Dispatches Summer 2016

Vincent Migliazzo [SciEng] earned a place on his alma mater’s Wall of Fame for his dedication to young people. He has earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Philippine Liberation Medal as a combat medic for performing treacherous assault landings during World War II.

Steve Randtke [SciEng] has been retained by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment to develop guidelines for water reuse, a topic he began working on at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power in 1973. Last summer, he visited water reuse facilities in Southern California and Nevada, including Orange County Water District’s groundwater replenishment system, Anaheim’s water recycling demonstration project (guided by Bill Moorhead ’91), and the West Basin Municipal Water District’s water recycling facility (guided by Christiana Daisy ’92), which provides recycled water to the LMU campus.

Dena Maloney [LibArts] was selected as the first woman president of El Camino College in Torrance, California. She was previously the present and superintendent of Taft College, in Taft, California.

Christopher Garner [BusAdm, GradBusAdm ’84] is the general manager of the Long Beach Water Department in Long Beach, California. Garner began his position in September 2015.

Lisa (Tolman) von Biela had her sixth novel, “Broken Chain,” published in September 2015.

Virginia Furmanski [GradCFA] had an exhibit of her prints featured at Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura, California, in November 2015. The exhibit was titled “The Pressed Image, Hand Pulled Works on Paper.”

Rosemary Turner [BusAdm], president of UPS Northern California and an LMU Regent Emerita, was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council (EAC). Her post became effective as of February 1, 2016.

Brian Helgeland [CFA] wrote and directed “Legend,” which was released in September 2015, a film about 1960s London gangsters Reggie and Ronie Kray. Helgeland wrote “L.A. Confidential” and “Mystic River,” and he wrote and directed “42.”

Roxanne Hill [LibArts], formerly program administrator and assistant to the executive director at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, is a member of the Board of Directors of [Global Girl Project] in Los Angeles. Global Girl Project works to mobilize young women around the world for social change through community organizing and social entrepreneurship. Hill also is a certified private fitness trainer and also serves as a volunteer chaplain to incarcerated men and women at Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers in Los Angeles, and at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. Her other interests include sustainable living and event planning.

Tony Brown [CFA], executive director of [Heart of Los Angeles](http://heartofla.org), was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Before and After School Programs in February 2016. He is one of two Senate Rules Committee Appointees designated to represent before and after school programs in urban regions.

Shannon Ryan [CFA] was named executive vice president of marketing and communications for FOX Television Group in November 2015. She oversees publicity and corporate communications, as well as talent relations, across the network for 20th Century FOX Television and FOX 21 Television studios.

Renata Simril [LibArts] was named president and CEO LA84 Foundation in January 2016. Located in Los Angeles, LA84 funds youth sports in Southern California, trains coaches and examines the role of sport in society.

Julie Jarosz [SciEng] married Joshua Aviña on June 11, 2011.

Jose Garcia [LibArts, GradBusAdm ’05] and his wife, Edith, welcomed their daughter, Victoria Celeste, into the world on Sept. 25, 2015. She weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz.

Margaret Grundstein [GradLibArts] wrote “Naked in the Woods,” a memoir published by Oregon State University Press, that chronicles her journey in the 1970s when she dropped out of a graduate program at Yale University to move to a commune in an Oregon forest.

Carlos Hurtado [SFTV], a director and producer, won the Best Short Documentary award at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival for his “Hollygrove: The True Life Story of Monserrat.” He also won the Best Director and Best Music Video awards at the 2014 Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival for his “Only Me (Solo Yo).”

Xochiltl Bravo [LibArts] is the executive director of Urban Compass, an organization that provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment activities for underserved children and youth in Watts and South Central Los Angeles. The model of Urban Compass is it to partner with a Jesuit high school with an under-served elementary school and Verbum Dei High School is their partner. Prior to her work with Urban Compass, she was manager of community engagement and advocacy for Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a non-profit organization focusing on the lowest-performing schools in Boyle Heights, Watts and South Los Angeles.

Brothers William Andy Nelson [LibArts] and Charles Nelson [LibArts ’06] were featured in the Savannah Morning News in October 2015 about their having resurrected their family’s whisky company, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, which was started by Charles Nelson, their great-great-great grandfather.

Michael Oliver [SciEng] and Jessica Sachs [LibArts] were married on May 2, 2015, in San Diego. Julia Bianco [SFTV], Michael Bohley [LibArts ’08], Jim Dougherty [CBA], Tim Glenn [CBA], Gavin Hamilton [CBA] and Hunter Heatly [CBA] were in the bridal party.

Matilda Faith was born to Adrienne (Tygenhof) Page [LibArts] and her husband, Andrew Page, on Oct. 27, 2015.

Karla Alvarado [BCLA] is assistant chaplain and director of domestic immersion programs at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Andrew Kurt was born to Nick Schneider [BusAdm] and Christine (Reinertson) Schneider [CFA ’11] on Sept. 22, 2015.

Jason Wheeler [BusAdm], pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Minnesota Twins baseball organization, married Madelyn Walters on Nov. 5, 2015. Their wedding was the subject of a New York Times story on Nov. 27, 2015.

Sophia Parsa [BusAdm] created an app called “Toot” that connects students with tutors.

Katherine Lucas [SFTV] won a global contest by Nix Hydra, a gaming company, by creating what she calls “a cooperative, multiplayer game that is dependent upon friendship and sharing resources.” Nix Hydra hired Katie as one of their staff members.

Andre Robert [SFTV] is a filmmaker whose “Zafiro” was featured at the Shnit International Short Film Festival in Costa Rica in October 2015 and again at the Festival de Cine de Madrid-PNR in Madrid.

Mariele Courtois [SciEng] wrote “Stained Glass People,” an article for America Magazine about the May 2008 LMU commencement address by Peg Dolan, R.S.H.M. Her article reflects on Sister Peg’s advice to students to make life a gift regardless of their situation.

Kellie Janeski [BusAdm] is captain of the Clippers Spirit, the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball team. She is in her sixth year with the organization.