R.R. Denny Clunk, Mount Union ’48, retired on Dec. 29, 2016 as the longest sitting judge in Ohio after 31 years on the bench. He is past president of the Stark County Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Probate Judges and the National College of Probate Judges and was instrumental in state legislative initiatives, including the guardian and adoption reform bills and the Putative Father Registry.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Louisville ’61, published “The Long Game: A Memoir,” featuring stories from his more than 30 years in Washington. In June, National Vice President Bill Brasch, Louisville ’67, past National President Charlie Ball, Miami ’82, and members of Beta Beta chapter attended a signing of Sen. McConnell’s new book.
David Anderson, Louisville ’66, retired from Hospital Corporation of America in February after 37 years of service. Few people have had a longer or more distinguished career at HCA and its predecessor companies. In 2006, he helped lead the structuring of the leveraged buyout of HCA, one of the largest transactions of its kind, and in 2011 was part of the team that led the subsequent initial public offering of HCA.
Bill Schlichtemeier, Nebraska Wesleyan ’67, was recognized as the Cornhusker State Games Russ White Sports Director of the Year. Schlichtemeier has supervised the Cornhusker State Games marksmanship program since 1987 and has played a key role in the growth of the organization. Schlichtemeier oversees a variety of shooting sports during four days of competition in the Cornhusker State Games. The list of events includes .22 pistol, centerfire pistol, .22 rifle prone, .22 rifle silhouette and high-powered rifle.
John Shirey, Purdue ’68, completed five years as city manager of Sacramento, California, where he oversaw the completion of the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, the new home of the Sacramento Kings.
Durward Dunn, Mississippi State ’72, was promoted to the permanent rank of Commander in the United States Navy. Dunn received this honor in February.
Gary Bischof, Bethany ’81, was named dean of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. Bischof began his new role in January.
Jimmy Stubbs, Auburn ’82, was named River Region Living’s Citizen of the Year. He is the CEO of River Bank & Trust and serves on the Board of Directors.
Richard Ludwick, Evansville ’83, will begin service as the ninth president of the University of St. Thomas in Huston. Previously, Ludwick served as president and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana.
David Kells, Muhlenberg ’85, was featured on NHL.com for his work as the senior vice president of booking for Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. Kells is responsible for booking some of the largest names in music including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Eric Church.
Eric Strauss, Kent State ’88, and wife Nicole welcomed the birth of their son Jack in May 2016.
Patton Oswalt, William & Mary ’89, took home the award for Best Comedy Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for “Talking for Clapping.” His stand-up special can be found on Netflix.
Stephen Rupprecht, Oswego State ’91, was recognized with the 2016 Dissertation of the Year by the Association for Student Conduct Administration during its annual meeting. The phenomenological dissertation explored the identification of faculty characteristics and environmental factors that influence reporting of academic misconduct. Rupprecht serves the Drexel University community as the assistant dean of student conduct and community standards.
Gabe Uebel, Eastern Kentucky ’94, received the 2016 President’s Award from the Anderson County, Kentucky, Chamber of Commerce. He is the president of Splatter Inc.
Zack Wolfe, Georgetown ’03, and wife Kara celebrated the birth of their first child, Harvey Kenneth, in November 2016.
Jay Carnes, Centre ’04, received the Young Associate of the Year from his campus. A highly involved student leader, Carnes held a leadership position with the Centre Christian Fellowship, competed on the track team, was a student member of the residence life staff and named Homecoming king his senior year. He has continued to maintain his commitmenet to the College since graduating in 2007. A prior recipient of the Young Associate of the Year Award was Ewing T. Boles, Centre ’14.
Michael Kowalski, Case Western Reserve ’06, was appointed the director of food and beverage for the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Jordan Blair, Southern California ’07, was recognized as the 2016 Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class.
Garrett Bewkes, Colgate ’07, was named as the sixth publisher of the National Review. Bewkes brings with him knowledge of new media and worked for the New York Post prior to joining the National Review.
Phil Frandina, RIT ’08, and wife Jessica celebrated the birth of their first child, Jack Mason, in November 2016.
James Basey, Florida ’08, married Emily Molnar in Long Boat Key, Florida, in December 2016.
Justin Rezvani, Cal Poly-Pomona ’09, was recognized as a member of Forbes 30 Under 30. Rezvani founded a profitable influencer-marketing platform, theAmplify, with a daily reach of more than 500 million in 2013. The tech platform enables brands to work seamlessly with content creators all around the world. Clients include Coty, Nestle, Taco Bell, Ford and Unilever.
Steven Solowsky, Rochester ’12, married Danni Brancaccio in Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2016.
Andy Dulman, Southern California ’12, completed his tenure are national president of Delta Kappa Alpha, a national professional cinema fraternity.
John Gruccio, Murray State ’13, was named director of WPSD News Channel 6 in Paducah, Kentucky.
Jordan Tarver, Cal State-Fullerton ’13, launched Upward Web Designs, a website development company.
Jay Marion, Southern Mississippi ’14, was employed as a character performer at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.