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Class of 2002 reunion 2007

Class Secretary: Drew Weymouth, Apt. 1, 24 Bowdoin St., Worcester MA 01609, dweymout@alumni.bates.edu

Class President: Jason Surdukowski, 551 S. State St., Ann Arbor MI 48109, surdukowski@hotmail.com

Charles Antin has taught English and creative writing in France, worked the grape harvest, and enrolled in flight school…. Jane Barlow is in her third year at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island…. Rachel Beckhardt has started graduate school…. Anya Belanger is working on an M.F.A. in creative writing at Lesley Univ…. Elizabeth Berkey works for Outward Bound in Boulder, Colo., and teaches for The Princeton Review…. If all goes as planned, Emily Bisson will graduate in three years with a master’s in nursing from Yale. She’ll be a pediatric nurse practitioner with a specialty in chronic illness care…. Marissa Borin is now officially a registered nurse. She’s also in her last year at Regis for a master’s degree…. Alicia Dermody is working on an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan…. Alison Deysher studies Kawasaki disease as part of her master’s program at Emory in Atlanta. She has worked at the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a health educator in the special pathogens branch. She plans to publish her master’s thesis, a research-based and theory-driven comprehensive curriculum designed to address the psychosexual needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer…. Cle Franklin works with Seattle’s homeless population in a job training program called FareStart…. Samuel Huleatt reports that he’s living in Washington D.C., working for a private equity investment company. His younger sister, Sarah, is a freshman at Bates…. Kate Humphrey is a first-year student at the UConn School of Medicine…. Geoff Jones lives with a family in a small Moroccan village, building character in the Peace Corps…. Nicholas Kuppens is working on two master’s from Suffolk Univ., one in political science and one in public administration…. Bjorn Mueller hopes to finish his master’s in international business and management at the Bradford Univ. School of Management (in the U.K.) this year…. Rachel Calkins Oxnard is in the Ph.D. program for school psychology at Indiana Univ…. Jason Pinkham tests new-age vehicles at the Ford testing site outside Naples, Fla., to see how they respond to warm weather…. Michael Ritger plans to finish a master’s in environmental science at Yale this spring and move to New York…. Amanda Slocum is a chemical oceanography graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography…. Dan Spector milks cows at Tufts’ veterinary school. He’s completed a certificate program in bovine insemination and has begun clinical rotations. He hopes to snag a year-long internship in Boston for 2006, and then a surgical residency…. Jen Stankiewicz writes from San Francisco, “Aloha y’all! Sorry to say, but I really don’t miss the East Coast! I work at a residential outdoor school run by the county. Yup, teaching dirt lovin’ and tree huggin’ to the kids of Silicon Valley. I love being a field instructor (naturalist) at Walden West – we get paid to hike with kids, wander around the redwoods, go by random nature names, and sing crazy songs!”… Adam Stern is a research associate at Decision Resources, a biotech/pharmaceutical market research advocacy consulting firm, based in Waltham, Mass. He plans to attend graduate school in international affairs in the near future…. Jenn Strahle has started medical school at the Univ. of Minnesota. Jay Surdukowski recently was named to the first class of Dean’s Fellows at Michigan Law School, a fellowship that supports students working in the public interest. Jay was also recently awarded the Jenny Runkles Scholarship, given to the second year student that demonstrates commitment to improving the law school community, and society as a whole, through devotion to public interest and diversity, while possessing the ability to embrace and bring together individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or other distinguishing characteristics…. Matt Szlachetka works days waiting tables and nights playing music in San Diego. His band, The Northstar Session, www.thenorthstarsession.com, has released a full-length demo that has received great press…. Sam Temple lives on a farm in Blue Hill, Maine, and is in business for himself building wooden boats…. Matt Thaler will gradute from law school at Syracuse this spring, and will then move to Boston to work for the law firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in their litigation department…. Jeff Vachon and Morgan Oliver live in Boston, where Jeff works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital doing research on atherosclerosis, and Morgan is a manager at Bath and Body Works’ flagship store. Both are applying to graduate school, Jeff in the fields of dentistry and physician assistantship and Morgan in business administration…. Alicia Weisser does the reverse commute: she has moved to Manhattan but continues to work as a project associate at Right Management Consultants in Stamford, Conn…. Drew Weymouth amazed the student body at Wachusett Regional High School (where he teaches) by balancing a 10-foot stepladder on his chin during the school’s talent show. He plans to attend graduate school in some branch of health sciences next year…. Last spring, Andrew Wilkie began a small-scale maple syrup business, tapping roughly 80 trees, and collecting a little over 800 gallons of sap for the season. A sizable Bates contingent helped collect and boil down the sap on Maine Maple Sunday, on what he hopes will become an annual Bates alumni tradition. “After the syrup season finished up, I became quite serious about the idea of venturing into beekeeping. After building several hives, and acquiring a few others, I have established The Cape Cod Hill Apiary which turned out a significant amount of honey this season.” Andrew has also earned his Maine Guide’s license.


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