Alumni denoted by an asterisk (*) are members of the North Texas Exes
*Randall M. Good, Denton, displayed his 14 oil paintings titled The Way of the Cross: The Passion of the Christ in Art at Manhattan College, to coincide with Pope Benedict XVI's American visit last April.
Mike Harris ('91 M.Ed.), Bedford, was promoted to principal of Trinity High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. He was a student
in the Meadows Excellence in Teaching program at UNT.
James Parsons (Ph.D.), Springfield, Mo., is professor of music history at Missouri State University. He presented his paper, "Hanns Eisler's Hollywooder Liederbuch and 'The New Stuff of Life,'" at "The Impact of Nazism on Music in the 20th Century" conference in April in London.
Monique Gulyas Posa, Denton, passed the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry examination for pathologists' assistants and was accepted as a Fellow member in the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants.
Jerry B. Coats (M.A.), Duncanville, was named dean of liberal arts for Tarrant County College District's Southeast Campus in Arlington. He is an associate professor of English who has taught for 12 years
U.S. Air Force Majors Mike Connolly, Chris Echols, Chris Edwards and Lance Hill were selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in March. The four friends graduated from UNT together and were commissioned from Air Force ROTC Detachment 835. Connolly is chief of the Director's Action Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Echols transferred this summer from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., to command the Security Forces Squadron. Edwards is working as an operations officer at an undisclosed location. And Hill, who was most recently a KC-10 pilot at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., transferred this summer to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to fly the new C-37 Gulfstream executive jet.
Mark A. Keeton, Long Island City, N.Y., appeared in the hit summer comedy Baby Mama as the Denim Suit Guy. He's had roles in The Guitar directed by Amy Redford, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Across Dot Ave., which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival in June.
*Michael Parkhill ('99 M.Ed., '05 M.S.), Lindsay, is an assistant principal and science teacher for the Era ISD and serves as a NASA educational trainer and an aerospace education officer for the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary). In April, he formed a team of four students and traveled to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. While he was undergoing training in Houston, they were among those selected through the Texas Space Grant Consortium and NASA to prepare a protein crystal growth experiment to be sent to Russia and flown to the International Space Station on Columbus Day.
Arminda Santiago (M.A.), Quezon City, Luzon, Philippines, chair of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Graduate Studies Department, was promoted to professor 2 at the college.
Todd Herauf ('04 M.Ed.), Corinth, and his wife, Holly, welcomed their second "Mean Green child," Piper Lynn, in April.
*Peter Razey, Lake Oswego, Ore., was promoted to senior area sales representative with Progressive Insurance in the states of Hawaii and Oregon.
Bill Staples, Chandler, Ariz., wrote an article titled "Black Giant: Biz Mackey's Texas Negro League Career" for
the premiere issue of Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues in spring 2008.
Matthew Mailman (D.M.A.), Oklahoma City, Okla., professor of conducting at Oklahoma City University, conducted Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at Opera in the Ozarks this summer.
*Norman Nieves ('98, '02 M.S.) and *Christy Coffman-Nieves ('98), Edmond, Okla., welcomed their second child, Braden Miguel Nieves, in March. He joins big sister Kristen Lindsay Nieves, 5. Norman is the emergency management coordinator at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Christy is an English teacher at Edmond Memorial High School.
Lisa L. Rollins, La Vergne, Tenn., director of public affairs and a member of the journalism faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, won a Grand Award prize from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District III this year. The award was for a partnership she initiated between students in her reporting class and editors at a Murfreesboro newspaper. She also received two Silver Award trophies from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association
for a public relations campaign and news
program she produced.
Laura Lee McCartney (M.A.), Fort Worth, was one of 80 women out of more than 800 applicants to receive a Philanthropic Educational Organization doctoral dissertation research award for 2008-09. She is working on her doctorate in art education at UNT.
Chris Mosmeyer (M.A.) and Tristan Connors Mosmeyer ('98), Temple, had their fifth child in June, Victoria Rose. Chris received the Lumen Gentium award from the Diocese of Austin last year and was named Fine Arts Teacher of the Year for 2007-08 by the Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools for all 3A schools. He is the English department chair and coach of the forensics and academic teams at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. The academic team won its fourth straight state championship in April.
Teryn Richardson Todd, McKinney, and her husband, Ryan, welcomed triplet sons in June 2007. Jake Robert, Tyson Nicholas and Zachary Kyle were also welcomed by their big sister, Taylor Ryanne, who was born in 2002.
Passion Hayes ('03 M.P.A.), Denton, was named human resources director for the town of Addison. She previously worked in local government for Denton County and the cities of Denton and Fort Worth.
Traci Schwartz McGowan, Frisco, is a paralegal in a Dallas law firm. Her husband, Todd McGowan, whom she dated while she was a student at UNT, is a senior vice president and project director with CitiMortgage in Irving. Todd, a 1999 West Point graduate who served in Iraq with the U.S. Army out of Fort Hood, is pursuing a graduate academic certificate in Six Sigma at UNT.
Mary McMinn, Irving, earned the status of accredited business communicator through the International Association of Business Communicators and is the director of communications for the Dallas IABC.
Michael Wright, Flower Mound, was promoted to director of client services of PFSweb, where he has worked since the company went public in 1999. He also was a speaker for the UNT chapter of the Institute of Supply Management in March. His wife, Shannon ('01), taught in the Lewisville ISD and is a stay-at-home mom with their two daughters, Maren and Ella.
Cameron Hernholm, Dallas, is the director of development for the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas. She was formerly the development director of the Center for Family Resources.
Marcus Parkhill, Gainesville, was named CEO of Chancellor Manufacturing Inc.
*Gary Payne, Denton, won honorable mention awards for sports and spot news photography from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors (class 2A) this year. He is a staff photographer with the Denton Record-Chronicle.
Amy Michelle Sample and James Anthony Pence ('07), Plano, were married in January in Dallas. Amy teaches fifth grade in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, and Tony is an insurance adjuster for Allied Solutions.