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Craig T. O’Sullivan, MBA’09, and Michael Quaranta, MBA’09: Barks as good as a bite

Craig T. O’Sullivan, MBA’09, and Michael Quaranta, MBA’09: Barks as good as a bite

Touring Nashville’s Standard Candy Co., famous for its century-old Goo Goo Cluster candy bar, a pair of Owen Graduate School of Management classmates had an oddball bolt of inspiration. “Wouldn’t it be great to have something similar for dogs?” recalls Craig O’Sullivan. At the time, he and Michael Quaranta wereRead More

Cicely Woodard (Photo by Theresa Montgomery)

Cicely Woodard, MEd’03, Tennessee’s Top Teacher

For students whose hearts race at the thought of coefficients and cube roots, look no further than Cicely Woodard. The mathematics teacher at Metro Nashville’s West End Middle Prep School was named the 2017–18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year in September for her “outstanding communication and leadership skills.” The awardRead More

George-Warren joins other tribes in showing solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota, whose ancestral lands and drinking water are being threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo courtesey of DeLesslin George-Warren)

DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, BMus’14, Waking Up a Culture

It’s been 53 years since the Catawba language perished with the death of its last fluent speaker. But DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, a member of the Indian nation that is the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina—the reservation is based in Rock Hill—is working to breathe new life into hisRead More

Hermann and his BMW on Austria's Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, leading to Salzberg (Photo courtesy of John Hermann)

John E. Hermann, BA’52: King of the Alps

John E. Hermann isn’t typical European royalty. He’s not even a citizen of the continent. But the retired real estate appraiser from San Diego has achieved titular glory with his 80 motorcycle tours of the Alps, hence the moniker—bestowed upon him by friends—“King of the Alps.” All told, Hermann hasRead More


Emily Motayed, BA’10: Interior design on a dime

In 2013 Motayed co-founded the digital design firm Havenly, which for $199 develops floor plans for customers seeking affordable chic.

Amanda Farnsworth, left, and Dee Dee Turner prepare to fly to Havana Aug. 9, 2016. (COURTESY OF AMANDA FARNSWORTH)

Amanda Farnsworth, BS’81, MS’83: Historic flight

In August 2016, Farnsworth grabbed headlines by piloting her fixed-wing, single-engine Cirrus SR22T to Cuba, a feat made possible by the diplomatic thaw underway between the U.S. and the communist nation.

Aliza Berger, BMus’11: Sermons of song

Aliza Berger, BMus’11: Sermons of song

Recently, Berger graduated from Massachusetts-based Hebrew College, where she was ordained a rabbi–cantor—the school’s first, and one of only a handful in the country.

George Embiricos, BS’12: Hot chicken junkie

George Embiricos, BS’12: Hot chicken junkie

Embiricos is associate editor at Food Republic, a New York City-based online magazine that “explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations and experiences.”

Hattye Yarbrough (JOHN RUSSELL)

Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

Yarbrough’s World War II scrapbook is now part of the foundational collection of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

Caruso graduated with his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2016, and today he uses what he learned to teach ethics to medical school students.