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Linda Arbolino (M.M.Ed.), Plano, presented a session titled "Music Listening Strategies: How to Actively Engage Your Students in Music" at the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in San Antonio. She teaches elementary music at Hedgcoxe Elementary School in Plano and has 28 years of experience teaching choral music. She also has taught in UNT's Kodály certification program and co-written music curriculum for the Plano ISD. She has been named Plano ISD's Elementary Teacher of the Year, received the Ross Perot Excellence in Teaching Award and was recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.


Georganna Hall Zaba (M.B.A.), Horseshoe Bay, with the Zaba Team at Keller Williams Realty, earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation in recognition of her expertise in the luxury home market. She has won numerous awards for top listings, top written volume and top closed volume at Keller Williams Realty and networks with agents worldwide to match buyers and sellers.


Joe A. Thomas, Kennesaw, Ga., was appointed professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University. Formerly, he was associate professor of art history at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.


David Molta (M.P.A.), Liverpool, N.Y., assistant dean for technology in Syracuse University's iSchool, was named director of its bachelor's degree program in information management and technology. He joined Syracuse in 1991 and also is director of the Center for Emerging Network Technologies.


Sonya Calooy, Houston, was named senior learning designer of Shell International's knowledge-innovation-design team for Shell Learning. Shell Learning is the training and development arm of the Shell Group, headquartered in the Netherlands. She serves as design lead for learning design and development initiatives used in more than 140 countries.

*Rick Herold ('85 M.S.), Grand Prairie, is the director of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation, which won the 2008 National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award for cities with a population of 100,000 to 250,000. The award, with only one winner annually, is the highest national honor a parks and recreation department can receive. At UNT, Rick has served on the alumni association's board of directors and the advisory board for the recreation and leisure studies program. He won the UNT Spirit Award and is a longtime member of the Mean Green Club.

*Doug Renfro, Keller, is president of Renfro Foods. The company, which makes gourmet salsas, sauces and relishes, won a 2008 Greater Tarrant Business Ethics Award from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and the Tarrant chapter of the Society of Financial Service Providers.

Paul Whitaker, Sugarland, has been appointed vice president of sales for Imperial Sugar Co. He is responsibile for industrial, consumer and food service channels. He also is an officer for the company.


Pete Peabody, Dallas, was appointed vice president of preservation issues on the Preservation Dallas board of trustees. He also has served as chair of the Dallas Modern Committee for the past three years. He is employed by Sprint as product manager for Nextel Direct Connect Services.

David Roylance, Bellaire, was promoted to senior vice president of commercial and industrial sales and marketing for Reliant Energy. His team is responsible for the expansion and management of Reliant business customers in the United States. He has worked at Reliant since 1998, including two years with Reliant Europe, and previously worked at ConocoPhillips.  


David Kosofsky ('86 M.S.), Plano, was appointed chief financial officer of American Community Newspapers. He previously was with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc., an international provider of security solutions for the hotel industry and a subsidiary of a $5 billion publicly traded Swedish corporation. He has been married to Rusalyn Moore Kosofsky ('92, '92 M.S.) for 14 years. They have two sons.

Scott Robinson ('91 M.A.), Nacogdoches, became director of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art in fall 2008. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. He says Don Schol of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design was his administrative guru and taught him by example "the humanistic side of the job."

Bryan Stewart (M.S., '92 Ph.D.), Keller, was named vice president for teaching and learning at the new Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth. A 23-year TCC employee, he was dean of mathematics and science at TCC's Southeast Campus in Arlington.


Matt Michel (M.B.A.), Flower Mound, was named one of the top five business advisors in the air conditioning industry by the Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News. He is the CEO of the Service Roundtable, an Internet-based business alliance of air conditioning, heating and plumbing contractors. He serves on the advisory board for Contracting Business magazine, where he writes one of the industry's most widely read columns, and also is a contributing writer and columnist for two plumbing publications.


Valerie Roper Carrillo, Bethesda, Md., is the new supervising producer for the Discovery Channel's marketing and advertising department, located in Silver Spring, Md. She previously served as creative senior writer and producer at CMT, an MTV network, in Nashville, Tenn.

Nicolette D. Christensen (M.B.A.), New York, N.Y., is the new director of the University Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. Prior to joining the center, she served as the executive director of Global Academic Management at New York University and spent 13 years as the chair of the business department at Guilford College in North Carolina.


Allan Escher, Land O' Lakes, Fla., physician with Pain Institute of Tampa Bay, was appointed to Florida's Board of Osteopathic Medicine in October by Gov. Charlie Crist. The term runs through October 2011.

James Jordan-Wagner (Ph.D.), Cookeville, Tenn., was named dean of the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University. Before joining TTU, he was professor of finance and chair of the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University. Prior to entering academia, he worked in fixed income analysis for Drexel Burnham Lambert in London.

Susan Stutzman-Box, Virginia Beach, Va., and her husband, Joe, welcomed their third child, daughter Abigail Grace Box, in July. Abigail joins big sisters Emily and Olivia.


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