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Alumni Highlights

Tara Parekh ’03 took on a special challenge from the White House.

Inside the White House
After graduation, Tara Parekh ’03 (new media publishing) went to work in Washington, D.C., as a printing services specialist and visual information specialist for the U.S. Government Printing Office. She served in the creative services department as a graphic designer and photographer for a variety of government agencies.

Last spring, she was sent on a six-week detail to the White House to work on a special project for the Office of the President. A group of authors and editors gave her the challenge of creating a graphic insert for a book on pandemic influenza.

“The experience was amazing,” she says.

“In addition to working with a great team of people, I was able to create something that was important and a graphic that easily conveyed information about how to respond to a pandemic.”

The publication, titled National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, was released by the Homeland Security Council in May 2006.

In August, Parekh moved to Savannah, Ga., to pursue a master’s degree in digital photography at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Hospitality Service Management Award winners at the October awards celebration are, from left, Stacey Resnick Rychlewski ’85, David Martin ’93, David Carpenter ’90 and John Christopher ’80. (Photo by Ken Huth ’88)

And the winners are . . .
The Hospitality and Service Management Alumni Society held its 22nd annual awards dinner on Oct. 5, 2006. This year’s recipients are:

Stacey Resnick Rychlewski ’85 (B.S., food management), business development manager for Vend Marketing, Kraft Foods: Sarah Margaret Gillam Memorial Award.

Danyelle Hildreth ’98, ’06 (B.S., hotel and resort management; M.S., service management), account manager for Rochester Marriott Hotels, EJ Del Monte Corp.: Richard Marecki Memorial Award.

Jennifer Schuler-Everett ’98 (M.S., tourism management), learning and development manager, SmithBucklin: Paul Kazmierski Memorial Award.

Penny Kris-Etherton ’71
(B.S., food administration), distinguished professor of nutrition, Pennsylvania State University: Excellence in Health in Memory of Thomas McCaffrey Award.

John Christopher ’80 (B.S., hotel and tourism industrial management), president, Hospitality Associates: Entrepreneurial Award.

David Martin ’93
(M.S., tourism management), director of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University: International Award of Excellence.

David Carpenter ’90
(B.S., hotel and resort management), director of catering sales, Rochester Riverside Convention Center: Special Service Award.

The society meets on a monthly basis. Interested in joining? Contact Catherine Bement ’89 at 585-475-4975 or catherine.bement@rit.edu. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/schoolhsm and click on Alumni.

A really big deal
Jonathan Rollins ’93 (NTID) of St. Louis, Mo., is the newest National Deaf Poker Tour champion. He took home $5,107 and first place in the tournament held July 22 at Binion’s Casino in Las Vegas. Rollins beat out 97 opponents to earn the championship. For future tournament dates, visit www.nationaldeafpokertour.com.
(Photo by Andy Blackburn ’87)

SWE honors Stacy Johnson
Stacy Kalisz Johnson ’96 (mechanical engineering) received the 2006 Emerging Leaders Award from the Society of Women Engineers for leadership in sales and marketing.

Johnson is product marketing engineer for Agilent Technologies, where she coordinated research and development, marketing, applications and sales efforts to optimize SP50 solder paste inspection system sales. In addition, she assisted with content generation for publications, trade shows, newsletters, product training, and internal and external Web sites to provide high- impact internal and external marketing communications to build preference awareness for Agilent.

Johnson is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Surface Mount Technology Association. She lives in Gilbert, Az.

Building big in Afghanistan
In June, William T. “Tom” Wilson ’77 (continuing education), completed a tour in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In his role as a sergeant major in the Army Reserves, he was part of a team overseeing construction of a $75 million project in Qalat, the capital of Zabol Province.

The massive project included a power plant, water plant, water treatment plant, hospital, more than 100 other buildings, six miles of roadway, and water and sewer infrastructure.

He is now back home in Lynchburg, Va., with his wife of 33 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter Jennifer. Wilson is a professional engineer and director of streets for Lynchburg.

Information for Alumni Highlights can be submitted to The University Magazine, University News Services, Rochester Institute of Technology, 132 Lomb Memorial Drive – Bldg. 86, Rochester, NY 14623. Send e-mail to umagwww@rit.edu.