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Cassandra (Sarg) Goldman (BA '95) has served as the Public Defender of Wabash County in Illinois since 2004. She is planning to run for the office of State's Attorney in the February 2008 Illinois primary.

Riann (Bensel) Moore (BA '02) gave birth to her daughter, Rowan Elizabeth Moore, on February 27, 2007. Riann also recently began a new position as an attorney at Walters, Balido & Crain, L.L.P., in Dallas, Texas.

Michele Majors (MA '04) was named Associate Director for Academic Support Services in the Office of Admissions and Records for Texas A&M University in College Station. Michele was previously the managing editor of MBN USA, a nationally distributed, award-winning business magazine published in Dallas. As associate director, she will oversee production and management of the Texas A&M University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, the Office of Admissions' recruitment publications, and many other communications efforts.

Jessica Zeske (BS '05) married John Clifford Whaley on July 7th, 2007 in Irving, TX. After honeymooning in the Bahamas, they will reside in Fort Worth.

Borghild Beeler (MBA '06) was promoted to president/CEO of the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop (MVAW) on July 1, 2007. Borghild has worked for the MVAW since 1985 and has served as the Chief Financial Officer since 1999.

Elizabeth Mathukutty (BS '06) was just elected to the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Associationís Executive Board as a student member and is featured on the front cover of the TSHA newsletter, the Communicologist (August 2007).

John W. Hall (BS '07) received a $5,000 scholarship from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and received the Esther R. Sawyer Scholarship Award during IIA's 2007 international conference, held July 8-11 in Amsterdam. Hall received the award for his research and paper that examines the internal audit profession's role in the enterprise risk management process.


Maynelle Cochran Cheney (BA '79) passed away peacefully on May 20, 2007, after a long illness. Born near Houston, she spent her adult life in Dallas, where she married and raised two sons after a successful modeling career at the Dallas Trade Mart. In her late forties and with her sons almost grown, Maynelle entered college, first El Centro and then UTD, where she joined the brand new Visual Arts program, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Performance. For the remainder of her life, Maynelle was proud to have been a part of the burgeoning art scene at the prestigious Richardson "science university." She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Alan Cheney and Dr. Stuart Cheney, their wives and four grandchildren.

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