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Rob Lafond

Class of 2006
Rob LaFond's "She's Dangerous" single and EP "High and Low" come out July 28th
Rob LaFond's "She's Dangerous" single and EP "High and Low" come out July 28th
Following up his well-received 2014 EP “When We Fly” popular vintage rocker Rob LaFond returns with a new seven track EP “High and Low” with its bluesy, sexy, punk lead track, single, and video “She’s Dangerous.” The music is set for release on July 28, with a public release show scheduled at Los Angeles’ roots music headquarters Hotel Café on Saturday July 29.

“High and Low,” the second in his three EP series (that form a sentence: When we fly high and low…) was produced in the center of Downtown LA’s skid row at Royal Dog Records with noted producer Jean Paul Riva (Ruby Friedman, Mother Superior) who inherited his chops from his great grandfather Harry Warren, writer of American classics like “At Last,” “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “That’s Amore.” An impressive group filled out the sound on the EP including Ty Bailie (Katy Perry, Mudhoney) on keys, rhythm guitar and backing vocals by Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam), Matt Tecu (Jakob Dylan, Beck) on drums, with guitar and bouzouki from classic LA punker Zander Schloss (The Weirdos, Joe Strummer), and bass from Ian Walker (KD Lang, Cher).

Aimee Kimerling

Class of 1997
Aimee worked in NYC for 3 years after graduation and then moved to London, UK. What was meant to be a move for a year or two has become a 16 year stay. She now works for the University of Cambridge and has been married for 6 years and has one son.

George Smith

Class of 2002
George G Smith Jr currently leads digital marketing strategy for the PepsiCo’s Global Beverages Group and their Next-Gen Content studio, Creators League Studios. Over the past decade, George has worked with some of the world’s most recognizable brands creating integrated marketing programs that elevate the consumer experience through content, technology, and experience.

Glenn Mangurian

Class of 1970
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Glenn Mangurian has recently published his first book - "Pushing the Edge of Thought, Possibility and Action. http://amzn.to/2raaWy2

Arthur Xia (Xia)

Class of 2013
Arthur Xia with Conan O'Brien at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Arthur Xia with Conan O'Brien at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
After recently working for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Arthur Xia is currently serving as a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring, where he works as the Community Outreach Associate at Mass Mentoring Partnership in Boston. They currently support an extensive network of more than 250 mentoring and youth development programs across Massachusetts, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Clubs, serving more than 33,000 youth by assessing programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities. Arthur helps to develop recruitment strategies with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston, and partner programs to support the Mayor's Mentoring Movement as part of President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative.

Starting this summer, Arthur will serve in the Volunteers In Asia (VIA) Global Community Fellowship Program dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Asia and to establishing a global community of changemakers collaboratively addressing humanity’s most critical challenges since 1963. As a similar program to the Peace Corps, the Global Community Fellowship was ranked by ProFellow, the leading online resource for information on professional and academic fellowships, as one of their “top ten alternatives to the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in 2017” that “provide merit-based awards to fund an extraordinary experience abroad.” Arthur will research disability rights and services, advocate for individuals with disabilities, and build strategic partnerships to raise public awareness about the traditional barriers to employment for the disabled in China.

In 2014, Arthur completed a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program in China through the U.S. Department of Education, studying the modernization of China's military, including its advanced technological improvements, increased domestic and foreign presence, and extensive economic impacts, with his research team.

Thomas Zink

Class of 1988
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Tom Zink, Ed.D. '88 has recently published a book, "Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace." "Seasoned" is the story of Tom’s unwitting grief journey of five decades that began when his older brother, Steve, died in a traffic crash when the two boys were teenagers. It’s the story of a con­servative German Lutheran family and the ways in which the parents and surviving children protect each other in loss with a silent acceptance that does not serve them in the long run.

Tom buries his grief along with his brother so he can carry on with his life. After graduating from college in 1968, Tom's career takes him around the world, across the country and back again. It is only after he is married and a father of two teenaged sons that, in a moment of profound grace, he realizes the depth and importance of his loss.

Tom's faith and new-found desire as an adult to process his brother’s death lift him out of his personal permafrost of grief and take Tom full circle back to his brother’s grave. But "Seasoned" is not merely a story of grief and recovery. It is also a poignant and, at times, humorous look at laughter and lightheartedness, winning and losing, and doubt and faith.

Information about the book, the author and how to purchase your copy can be found at www.tomzink.ca.

Joseph Fountain

Class of 1998
Currently, I live in San Diego California. I am a special education teacher at a large Charter school. I live there with my fiance, Cynthia and our dog Lola, and cats Soaks and Moe.

I earned my doctorate in education in the Fall of 2014.

John Petrocelli

Class of 1988
John Petrocelli (1988) writes, "I started my own live streaming agency and strategy company in 2012 after selling my business to AEG and working there for 3 years. Its been an exciting run - my company is Bulldog DM www.bulldogdm.com and we've worked on some interesting projects and are also focused on live music and music festivals."

Gary Radin

Class of 1991
Entrance Garden Design: EXPLORE AMERICA- Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service   2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
Entrance Garden Design: EXPLORE AMERICA- Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
Pleased to announce my company has earned the International Festivals & Events Association Gold Pinnacle Award for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show Entrance Garden Design.

Gary Radin

Class of 1991
Entrance Garden Design - 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show
Entrance Garden Design - 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show
Proud to have earned the International Festivals & Events Association Gold Pinnacle Award for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show Entrance Garden Design

Mary Moore (Lareau)

Class of 1973
Deceased: Kevin Moore, class of 1972 in Feb., 2017

Ryan Davenport

Class of 2007
The Minnesota Timberwolves have hired Ryan Davenport as Senior Director of Sales. A graduate of UMass-Amherst's highly regarded Sport Management program, Ryan's career highlights include establishing NFL records for total PSLs sold and revenue generated for the most expensive privately-financed stadium in professional sports history (New York Giants - MetLife Stadium), as well as creating the on-field Pitchside Seating Club experience at Yankee Stadium for Major League Soccer's New York City FC, where he most recently served as the Club's first Director of Premium Seating.

Andrew Hosmer

Class of 1987
Andrew Hosmer '87 BDIC has recently been hired as Senior Policy Advisor by Preti Strategies (Concord, NH, Boston, Portland and Augusta ME)after serving 2 terms in the New Hampshire Senate.

Shane Huber

Class of 2018
Shane began working at the UMass Amherst Alumni Association in January, upon his arrival back on campus. He is currently the Business Development and Marketing Intern with the Alumni Association.
Cover for THE HOLLOW, a novel on Amazon.
Cover for THE HOLLOW, a novel on Amazon.
I've published my first novel on Amazon in February 2017 titled, "The Hollow," a thriller. More information at http://www.nicolebarrell.com.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott presenting Dr. Kelley with the Enginer of the Year plaque
Vermont Governor Phil Scott presenting Dr. Kelley with the Enginer of the Year plaque
Dr. Shawn P. Kelley, Ph.D., P.E. has been named Vermont's Engineer of the Year for 2017. For additional information, see link to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Website: https://cee.umass.edu/news/alumnus-dr-shawn-kelley-named-vermonts-2017-engineer-year

He was honored at the EWeek Banquet in South Burlington, VT on February 24, 2017.
Robert C. Tashjian ('52) and Lois Roberts Tashjian ('56) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 27, 2016. They currently reside in Smithland, Kentucky and live on a farm.

Robert Tashjian

Class of 1955
Robert C. Tashjian ('52) and Lois Roberts Tashjian ('56) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 27, 2016. They currently reside in Smithland, Kentucky and live on a farm.

Nicholas Barrett

Class of 2015
Nick Barrett, a 2015 graduate of UMass-Amherst, has filmed an episode with the television show, Million Dollar Listing upon his move to New York City.

Zack Exley

Class of 1994
Zach Exley, class of 1993 has recently published his new book: "Rules for Revolutionaries: How big Organizing Can Change Everything". This book details what he learned from his experience working on the front lines of Bernie Sanders' Democratic Primary Run.
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