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James Mielke
, Plano, retired from the U.S. Department of Defense after more than 36 years of service spanning six decades. He helped save the government more than $40 million during that time.

Nadine Pearce ('69 M.A.), Beaumont, exhibited a one-woman show at the Brown Gallery in Beaumont last fall. Soul Walking featured 38 of her works, many inspired by the Native American and Hispanic cultures of northern New Mexico.

Mort Straubmueller, Port Isabel, has retired as CEO and founder of the Roof Tile and Slate Co. in Carrollton. He now serves as a consultant to the roof tile industry.

Richard E. Berry, Houston, has served as superintendent of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD since 1992. The district's multipurpose educational center, set to open in 2006, is being named in his honor.

Earl E. Hansen ('71 M.Ed.), DeKalb, Ill., is a professor at Northern Illinois University and directs the Office of Ergonomics and Occupational Safety. He was 2001-02 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year in NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and is the new president of the academics division of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Ron Miller, Aledo, is director of the Learning Center for the Aledo ISD. The center houses the district's Alternative Educational Program classes.

Susan Bussard ('73 M.A.), Manitou Springs, Colo., retired from the Mesquite ISD after 29 years of teaching English and Latin. She is currently teaching Latin at the Classical Academy charter school in Colorado Springs.


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