Winter 2019 Staff


Ryan Underwood, BA’96

Executive Editor

Seth Robertson

Art Director/Designer

Heidi VanZant

Managing Editor

Phillip B. Tucker

Associate Editor

Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81

Copy Editor

Donna B. Smith


Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Susan Urmy

Associate Vice Chancellor, University Relations

Melanie Moran


Matt Anderson, Rebecca Beyer, Jalen Blue, Maria Browning, Zac Ellis, Liz Entman, Andrew Faught, Nora Foegeding, Heidi Hall, Liz Harrison, Jane Hirtle, Elizabeth Cook Jenkins, Molly Jewel, Lila Johnson, Jennifer Plant Johnston, Lily Kane, Princine Lewis, Mitch Light, Dan Lovinger, Richard Milner, Nicholas Moore, Morgan Newman, Ann Marie Deer Owens, John Pitcher, Grace Renshaw, Nicole Smith, Sarah Wolf, Nicholas S. Zeppos

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