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Harold Eavenson (BA ‘79) was sworn in as Sheriff of Rockwall County, Texas, on January 1, 2001. Prior to becoming sheriff, he owned his own consulting firm/investigative company, Harold Eavenson and Associates, from 1995-2005.
Thomas Finn (BS ’88) was appointed executive vice president of operational restructuring for Medis Technologies, specialists in fuel cell technology. Thomas began his career at a private architecture/engineering firm and now has over 25 years of international experience as well as 11 years of experience working at Texas Instruments.
Denise Rively (BS ‘03) recently received the 2008 Rising Star award from the Lubbock chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management for her work as the chapter’s vice president of membership. She works for US Food Service.
Jessa Box-Thomas (BA '07, MPA '09) is a newlywed to another UT-Dallas alum, Richard Thomas (BA '07, MBA '09). They had a beautiful wedding and then headed to San Francisco and Hawaii for their honeymoon. She has just accepted the position of Executive Director of Keep Mesquite Beautiful, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
John Cox (MBA ‘08) has been selected by The American Society of Clinical Oncology as the editor of the bi-monthly Journal of Oncology Practice. Dr. Cox began his editorial responsibilities with the January 2009 issue. In addition to his editorial service, Dr. Cox is an Oncology/Hematology Specialist at Methodist Health Systems.
Pioneering Interdisciplinary Studies student
Sol Greenberg died January 18, 2009 at age 84 at his home in Dallas. Sol exemplified the typical IS student, mature, enterprising, and active in learning.
After his retirement from the New York City Police Department, he moved to Dallas to be near family and decided to complete his war-interrupted college education at UT Dallas. He served as a student senator and was active in student affairs, graduating in 1990 with an IS concentration in Criminal Justice, where he contributed greatly to student discussions from his long experience in the field. He loved the interdisciplinary nature of his degree, which allowed him to explore many areas of study and design his own degree plan.
A week after his graduation, he married Joyce Novin and embarked upon a long career of volunteer public service. Sol was a long term active docent at the Dallas Holocaust Center, and taught Hebrew and other courses throughout the Jewish community. He was a frequent blood donor and over 43 years donated 39 gallons of blood. Carter Blood Care honored him in 1999 with its first annual Sol Greenberg Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he taught English to foreign students at Richland College and substituted in the DISD as a special education teacher.
In his earlier years, Sol served as a bomber pilot in WWII and flew 27 air combat missions over Germany in a B-24 Liberator. He continued in the Air Force reserves while serving 20 years as a New York City police officer, was decorated 15 times, and had a cover photo on FBI magazine in April 1975. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Colonel with 9 medals and many awards, which will be donated to a WWII museum in Norwich, England, where he served.