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Joy Dickinson Tipping, Dallas, rejoined the staff of the Dallas Morning News after several years as a freelance writer and editor. She is a copy editor for the GuideLive arts and entertainment section, and also writes frequent book reviews and feature stories.


Marilyn Evans (M.Ed.), Southlake, was named assistant superintendent of personnel for the Arlington ISD in October. She previously was executive director of elementary curriculum and instruction and first joined the district in 1989.

Todd Mozingo, Hiram, Ga., helped start the New Season Church in Hiram in February. He is the executive and worship pastor. He and his wife, Jan, have two daughters, Brianne, 14, and Brittney, 12.


Vickie Shamp Ellis (M.S.), Edmund, Okla., joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts full time in the fall as an associate professor of communications arts. She previously served as a visiting professor at OBU, teaching research, public speaking and fundamentals of speech. She worked for six years as associate professor of graduate education at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.

Larry Sullivan, Renton, Wash., was named director of development for the Developer Division at Microsoft Corp. in November. The Developer Division is a billion-dollar business within Microsoft with projects that include Visual Studio, the .Net Framework, Silverlight and the XNA Game Platform.


Kelly Green Crider, Dallas, and her husband, Chuck, celebrated the birth of their twin sons in December 2007. Collin John and Keegan Charles also were welcomed by their big sister, Katelynne Marie, who was born in 2004. Kelly is the owner of Fairies & Frogs online children's boutique.

Bart McMurry and Amy Graan-McMurry ('94), Plano, announce the birth of their son, Colin Christopher, born in August. Bart is employed as a wholesale account manager for Harley-Davidson Financial Services Inc. and is an alumnus of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Amy is employed as a senior art director for Plus Publishing and is an alumna of the Chi Omega sorority.

Kevin Moore and his wife, Colleen ('92), Frisco, were blessed with the birth of their second child, daughter Kira Colleen, in February.

John Veilleux, Indiana, Pa., accepted a position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as associate vice president for communications and community relations. He oversees all aspects of marketing, public relations and media relations for the university. He and his wife, Apryle Lee Veilleux ('00), welcomed their second child, Payton Graham, in October.


Carolyn Cruse, Lubbock, is the new assistant professor of music education and associate director of choral studies at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University in December.

Santos Nez Galicia, Lawrence, Kan., is program director for the Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Kansas, as well as a doctoral student in higher education there. A new building for the center, which promotes and celebrates diversity on campus, was dedicated last spring.

Maj. Richard Kyle Morris, Temecula, Calif., is deployed for one year as the communication company commander, 1st Marine Logistics Group, to the Al Anbar province in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Maj. Frank Simmons, Virginia Beach, Va., returned from a year-long deployment to Iraq, where he was an operations advisor responsible for training an Iraqi brigade in the Al Anbar province. He is the operations officer for the Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group at Fort Story, Va., responsible for training and deploying teams worldwide to train and mentor foreign security forces. He will spend most of this tour in Africa and South and Latin America. His wife, Kelly, teaches emotionally disturbed students in the Norfolk, Va., school district. He says their son, R.J., is 4 going on 16 and the joy of their lives.


Brian Dobbs, Dallas, is a new agency specialist for Allstate Insurance.

Amy Monroe, Sunnyvale, was named director of recruiting for Ryan in Dallas. The tax services firm has the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada.

Penny Young Simmons, Fort Worth, and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of their son, Roger Mason. They also have a 4-year-old son, Ryan Kyle. Penny is working as the showroom designer for Park Row Lighting stores.


Jody Burks (TAMS), Auburn, Ala., was inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society in April at Auburn University. She was scheduled to graduate in December with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and was honored as one of the top 10 doctoral students at Auburn for 2005. She also is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society.

Ian Douglas, Alexandria, Va., has earned his certification as a senior professional in human resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute. He is director of talent with Apartment Investment and Management Co.


Ben Griffiths, Dallas, is a senior project manager for Tribal DDB in Dallas.


Dexter K. Jones, DeSoto, is assistant chief of field operations for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. He oversees the Compliance and Marketing Practices Division. He began his career with the TABC in 1999 as an entry-level auditor. He has served as regional supervisor of the TABC for the South Texas area and as marketing practices director.

Allison Kiernan, Dallas, was promoted to manager of branch services for NBC Universal in Dallas. Her new responsibilities include management of the firm's activities throughout Canada. She joined NBC Universal in 1999. Both her sister, Jessica ('94), and father, Mitch Monis ('87), are UNT graduates.


Jennifer Garrison Brown and Tony Brown ('92), St. Louis, Mo., celebrated the birth of their daughter, Evangelina Cecile, in April. Tony and Jennifer teach together as band directors in the Mehlville School District.

Margo Rowder Gremmler, Chicago, Ill., and her husband, Jed, welcomed their first child, "a little guy" named Archer Edward, in September. Margo's first published fiction story for kids, "Old Man Winter: A Post-Global Warming Tale," appeared in the April 2008 issue of Faces magazine. 

Sabrina Hines, Denton, is the new audio visual support tech for Texas Christian University.

Michael Novotny (M.Ed.), Moulton, was selected superintendent of schools of the Moulton ISD. He is working on his dissertation for his doctor of education degree at UNT. He and his wife, Laura ('00 M.Ed.), have three children, Andrew, 6, Ryan, 3, and Thomas, 1.

DeAnza Williams (M.S.), Nashville, Tenn., was appointed area branch manager of the Madison branch library cluster of the Nashville Public Library in August. She began working at Nashville Public Library in 2000, serving as a young adult librarian for five years and as a branch manager for three years.


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