2005 Stories
Delila Owens 250 Words with Delila Owens
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Things have kind of come full circle now that I am an assistant professor at Wayne State University. I think back to some of the experiences that I had with some of my favorite professors.
Gail Wojtowicz Ad Astra per Asperus
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It's no surprise that security is tight at the Pentagon. There are searches of backpacks, lots of picture IDs hanging from lanyards, and checkpoints whose turnstiles open after scanning a visitor's temporary badge.
John Hare Don't Touch That Dial: an interview with John Hare
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John Hare (B'68) is president of ABC Radio, a division of the Walt Disney Company, which does just under a billion dollars in annual revenues. He is responsible for the ABC Radio Network, which serves more than 4,600 affiliated stations and reaches 125 million persons weekly, and also for the division's 72 local radio stations, which reach 15 million listeners in 43 markets on a weekly basis. He talked to Crimson & Gold about his beginnings, the media business and his favorite radio program.
Barbara Kemp Hooked on Success
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Being your own boss is a dream many people have. Making that dream come true is harder than you might imagine just ask Barbara Kemp (B'75), owner of Hooked on Rugs and Punch Needle Patterns.
Kurt Klaus Boeing Geologist Returns from 15-Day "Mars" Mission
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Back in 1974 when he enrolled in General Astronomy I at Ferris, Kurt Klaus probably didn't dream he'd go to Mars or, at least as close to it as you can get without a spaceship. Last spring, the Boeing geologist took part in a 15-day simulated visit to the red planet as part of an engineering and science team at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah.
Eric Nittolo Carp River Trades on Cherries' Versatility
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The West Michigan region is among the nation's leaders in the production of cherries. Maybe you've bought a pint or two from a roadside stand and eaten them fresh, or used Michigan cherries as pie filling. But have you ever garnished a sandwich with cherry mustard, or dipped a tortilla chip in raspberry and cherry salsa?
Cristy Catlett and Andrew Grimm Red, White and Sideways
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Frankenmuth, "Michigan's Little Bavaria," is a popular tourist destination known more as place to find good sauerbraten served with a stein of Heineken than as somewhere to discover the next impudent little Pinot Noir. Cristy Catlett (B'04) and Andrew Grimm (B'03), who manage the Frankenmuth tasting room of Leelenau County-based vineyard and winery Chateau de Leelenau, stand ready to help with just that kind of discovery.
Barry Allen Operation: Desert Learning
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You're stationed in the northern Kuwaiti desert. It's mail call, which you've been waiting for anxiously because you're expecting a special package from home. Are you most hoping to receive A) letters from family members, B) cookies, C) a digital camera, or D) a sporting goods catalog.
George and Dolly Wildern Prescription for Change
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New medicines are helping more people than ever, while others are controversial. Chain store? Independent? Hospital? Where do you go to get your prescription filled?
Tanya Johnson Johnson's 500th
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Last January, former women's basketball standout Tanya Johnson (AS'77, EHS'80) reached a milestone in her coaching career as she registered her 500th victory in her 22nd year as a prep head coach.
Rampage Bulldogs on the Rampage
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With national TV coverage and celebrity owners such as Jon Bon Jovi hyping the sport, Arena football is in the spotlight and Sparky McEwen is in it, too.
Catherine Badrak An American in Pontlevoy
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From negotiating for the importation of jeeps to learning about winemaking from top sommeliers, Catherine Badrak has made the most of her time at the Abbey of Pontlevoy, France
Jeff Hephner Glimpse Behind the Scenes
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"I always wanted to be an actor. My dad told me when I was young that you become what you think about the most."
Tim Essebaggers Black Sea Resorts, Dracula and 2,500
Years of History

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It's a long way from Big Rapids to Bucharest, but Ferris State graduate Tim Essebaggers (AS'75) feels right at home in Romania.