Spring 2021 Staff


Ryan Underwood, BA’96

Executive Editor

Seth Robertson

Art Directors

Michelle McMillen, Michael Swyers

Associate Editor

Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81


Abigail Miller, Donna Pritchett, Heidi VanZant, Kristina Juodenas, Laura Malmgren

Copy Editors

Donna B. Smith, Jennifer Goode Stevens

Production Editors

Maisie Wilson, Phillip B. Tucker


Daniel Dubois, Gil Gilbert, Steve Green, Joe Howell, John Howser, Uchechi Jeno, Greg Kahn, Jen McDonald, Josh Qualls, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Angela Snell, Susan Urmy

Associate Vice Chancellor, University Relations

Melanie Moran


Gary Bates, Michael Blanding, Aaron Conley, Evan Curran, Carla Diaz, Carlina Duan, Ben Giles, Kim Green, Graham Hays, Elizabeth Cook Jenkins, Lily Kane, Morgan Kroll, Mitch Light, Ann Marie Deer Owens, John Pitcher, Jan Read, Kathryn Royster, Kristin Whittlesey, Amy Wolf

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