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Linda Muhl (B.A. '79) is retiring after 29 years of teaching in Mesquite ISD. She teaches a three-year language arts course similar to a college humanities class to students at John Horn High School. She is admired by many of her students, who sing praises for a teaching practice they call "Muhl-ism," which combines life lessons along with the lesson plan.
John (Jay) K. Wick (B.A. '80) opened the doors of the Wick Home for Emotional Growth and Recovery in December. The live-in facility works with troubled teens who struggle with substance abuse or have behavioral problems. Wick comes from a line of family dedicated to education and involvement with children.
Clifford V. Adams (M.B.A. '93) was named the new CEO and COO of Bucking Horse Energy, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Adams has worked in investment banking, as a reservoir engineering consultant and as a petroleum engineer.
Dr. Ralf R. Greenwald (B.A. '96, M.S. '98, Ph.D. '02) recently received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He will start as an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at Central Washington University at the end of the summer.
Jennifer Duncan (M.B.A. '98) was named executive vice president of SIG Insurance Professionals. She holds the CIC designation and has 16 years of experience in the insurance industry.
Dr. Katherine Burgess (M.A. '00, Ph.D. '06) will present a series of lectures at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango. Her first lecture in the series is titled "Etched in Stone: The Power of Texts." The lecture will examine why people believe everything they read and provide ways to help read critically.
Taylor Hayden (B.A. '00) is showcasing his recent film The 13th of Never. He recently signed a nine-year contract for worldwide distribution of his films. He is currently living in Los Angeles, but travels on location for his films.
Yury Shulman (B.S. '01) is the reigning chess champ, winning the 2008 US Championship with a 7-2 score. He came to America nine years ago when he was recruited by UT Dallas on a chess scholarship. He currently lives in Chicago and spends his time playing and teaching the game of chess.
Deran Abernathy (B.A. '04) was recently promoted to assistant director of recruiting in Enrollment Services for UT Dallas. He will focus on recruiting students in north central Texas. He has worked for Enrollment Services for three and a half years.
Steve L. Harrison (M.B.A. '05) was appointed vice president, investor relations, by Lennox International, Inc. He has been a member of the National Investor Relations Institute since 1993.
Cyndy Powell (B.S. '05, M.P.A. '06) is the new assistant economic development director at the City of Rosenberg, located outside of Houston. She will assist in the implementation of programs that will encourage economic growth and development in the city.