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Class Correspondent: Cindy Thompson

Daniel Cohen BS was appointed to the Emerson College Board of Overseers, which helps connect the college to industry in a variety of ways. Cohen is executive vice president of pay television and interactive media for Disney ABC Domestic Television, the content distribution arm of the Walt Disney Company within North America. His media team distributes motion pictures from Pixar, DreamWorks, Marvel, ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, and ABC Family across media platforms.


Adrienne Inglis B.M. performed Poem for Flute and Orchestra, by American composer Charles Griffes, with Texas’s Round Rock Symphony in February.


Class Correspondent: Mark Peterson

Norma de la Cruz Kop BA is assistant director of graduate advising at Hawai‘i Pacific University, the state’s largest private university. She works with a variety of students, particularly those in the M.BA program. Kop uses her communication degree to write, edit, and support online and print materials at the university. She and her husband, Randy, have three children: Davis and Roman, who are both students at Hawai‘i Pacific, and Kaimele, who is a sixth-grader.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

Class Correspondent: Susan Corlett

Leslie Atiyeh BA reports that Atiyeh Oriental Rugs received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Leadership in Family Business from the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University’s College of Business. Former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh accepted the award on behalf of the family and its rug businesses, Atiyeh Brothers and Atiyeh International. The original family business dates back to 1900. Tom and Leslie Atiyeh formed Atiyeh International in the mid-1980s.

Cynthia Scharf BA has served since 2009 in the executive office of the United Nations Secretary-General as the senior officer working for the head of the U.N. on climate change and sustainable energy issues. “On the home front, my husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary this year, and our daughter entered college. All in all, I’m very blessed.”


Class Correspondent: Sally Dadmun Bixby


James Abeles BA transitioned from a comfortable position as CEO of Pre1, a newspaper and magazine software company, to a new career as a police officer in West Linn, Oregon. Abeles remembers that as a first-year student at Lewis & Clark, he had the opportunity to shadow police officers during one of their shifts as part of a sociology class.

Elizabeth Ardinger Olsen BS ’88, M.A.T ’92 recently retired from Kodiak Island Borough School District after teaching kindergarten through fourth grade for 25 years. She moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in June with her husband and two children.


Arts & Sciences Reunion June 19−22, 2014

Class Correspondent: Andrea Ball

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