Social Science Alumni Updates

Every day, more than 500,000 Spartans around the world rise to practically every challenge imaginable, proving again and again that Spartans Will. Alumni from the Michigan State University College of Social Science number 100,000 strong. Here, we share their updates and their stories.

 


Smith_Jonathan_PLS_1999_credit-Tom Williams-CQ Rool Call file photo_112_010917.jpgChief of Staff Smith advises to stay in touch


Jonathan Smith, a 1999 Political Science graduate now serving as chief of staff for Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), is profiled in Roll Call. His secret to success?  Stay in touch. "“It’s less about how to stay connected in a network and more about forming really genuine, meaningful relationships with people,” he said. “Keep people who are smart and thoughtful and give good advice.” Smith has done that by regularly speaking to MSU students participating in the College of Social Science Washington, D.C. Semester Program. Read more about him here. (Photo credit: Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call file photo)

 


 

Barr_John_M_class of 1956_attorney.jpgAlumnus inducted into Academy of Municipal Attorneys

John M. Barr, J.D., College of Social Science Class of 1956, was inducted into the Academy of Municipal Attorneys on October 13, 2016. To be inducted, the attorney must achieve educational and practice requirements, including education in municipal law and academic and scholarly excellence in municipal law. Mr. Barr has served as Ypsilanti City Attorney since 1981, and he is the senior attorney of the law firm Barr, Anhut& Associates, P.C. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Mr. Barr is active in Bar activities and is a past commissioner on the State Bar Board of Commissioners. He is a past president of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, the Michigan Association of Municipal Law Attorneys (life member), and the Michigan Municipal League Legal Defense Fund. He is a recipient of the Special Award of Merit of the Michigan Municipal League and The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award, and the William L. Steude Ethics and Civility in Local Government Award. In 2012, he was honored with the State Bar of Michigan Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. He is a Fellow of both the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.

 


 

In May, 2016, Officers Martha Brushaber and Megan Parviainen were was sworn in as Michigan State University Police Department Officers, and both are graduates of the College of Social Science! Martha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in December 2015. Megan graduated in 2013, majoring in both Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Brushaber_Martha_CJMSUPD.jpgWhile going to school, Martha worked as a Desk Cadet at the MSU Police Department for two years. This spring she attended the 97th Mid-Michigan Police Academy and graduated in May. She was elected to and maintained her rank of Captain of her unit throughout the training period at the academy. Upon graduation she received two awards: The Report Writing Award and the Coordinators’ Award.  

Parviainen_Megan_CJPSYMSUPD.jpgAfter graduation, Megan worked for the State of Michigan as a Foster Care Specialist and Children’s Protective Services Investigator for two years. She also graduated from the 97th Mid-Michigan Police Academy. She received two awards as well: The Physical Fitness Award and The MCOLES Award. Megan’s sister, Kim, also works with us, so Megan is no stranger to the MSUPD.

Congratulations Officers Brushaber and Parviainen!

 


 

 

Eaglin earns post-doctoral award


Eaglin_Jennifer_Pic_2016.JPGJennifer Naomi Eaglin, PhD, is an assistant professor of Environmental History/Sustainability in the Department of History at The Ohio State University, and she's a Spartan! Dr. Eaglin earned her Ph.D. from the MSU Department of History in the College of Social Science, and she was mentored by Dr. Peter Beattie and Dr. Edward Murphy.  Now, Dr. Eaglin is being recognized for her outstanding work having recenlty been named the winner of the Conference of Latin American History Lewis Hanke Award for the best project to transform into a book. The award is to be used for international travel. Congratulations Dr. Eaglin! 

 

 


 

Dean Fealk elected vice chair of the Northern California District Export Council

 

Fealk_Dean_chr.jpgDLA Piper announced that Dean Fealk, a partner in the San Francisco office, has been elected vice chair of the Northern California District Export Council (DEC).  

The DEC promotes exports and economic growth through business leadership and international experience supporting the Department of Commerce in trade-related matters. In Northern California, the DEC also hosts training seminars and roundtables on international business issues to assist companies with complex international business transactions and in efforts to grow their companies abroad. Its members are appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce.

Fealk, a 1994 graduate of the Department of Political Science in the MSU College of Social Science, is head of DLA Piper's Global Equity practice, advising leading multinational companies across a variety of industries regarding corporate, securities, regulatory, tax, labor, foreign exchange and data privacy aspects of international business matters. He also advises government leaders and politicians around the world on public policy issues related to international economics and security.

Additionally, Fealk serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council, the California Business Roundtable and the California-China Advisory Board. He is co-founder of Transatlantic West and serves as general counsel of the Halifax International Security Forum.

Fealk also is a Truman National Security Fellow, Marshall Memorial Fellow, and a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

 


Social Science alumnus publishes Empty Suits

 

Book cover of Empty Suites by Frederic Thomas SelakFrederic Thomas Selak, a 1962 Psychology graduate of the College of Social Science, has completed his new novel Empty Suits, a gripping and potent look inside the legal system and corporate America.

It tells the story of businessman Joe Strate, from his beginnings as a brash young advertising man through his later years and the courtroom drama surrounding his age discrimination suit. Along the way, there’s action aplenty.

There’s the untold, inside story of what plaintiffs are subjected to in our legal system – such as grueling pretrial interrogatories, psychiatric examinations, depositions, a mandatory mediation tribunal and judicial pressure – all aimed at forcing settlements with defendants and keeping cases out of court.

Potential plaintiffs unaware of the system may benefit from the information should they decide to file suits. The rest of us will simply enjoy a great story.

The book is available for purchase at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Spartan Sagas by Social Science alumni


Maurice Vernon Barnes, Jr.

Criminal Justice, 1977

Seth Mitchell

Criminal Justice, 2005

Melissa Barnes

Psychology, 2000

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Mike Bauer

Social Science Pre-law, 1973

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James Berry

Social Work, 1970

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Brian Brown

Psychology, 2002

Jessice Ceh

Social Work, 2012

Duncan Ferguson

Social Science 1978
Human Resources & Labor Relations 1979

Denise Formolo

Social Work and Criminal Justice 1991

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Alan Gorosh

Psychology, 1975

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Gregg Granger

Social Science 1989
Human Resources & Labor Relations 1991

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Connor Grant

Geography 2010

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Tiffany Hart

Human Ecology, 1995

Judy Hoppe

Human Ecology 1972

LaJoya Johnson

Interdisciplinary Studies, 2006

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T.D. Jorgensen

Social Science, 1967

Kevin Kellerman

Social Science, 1982

Merritt Lutz

Social Science, 1967

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Curtis Mack

Political Science, 1967

Amy Menzer

Interdisciplinary Studies, 2002

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Michael Morrissey

Criminal Justice, 1972

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Linda Nelson

Human Ecology, 1963

Jeremy Orr

Family Community Services, 2009

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Laura Peiffer

Family Community Services, 1997

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Basil Puglisi

Public Administration, 2005

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Paul Pummill

Criminal Justice, 1988

Bill Ramsey

Social Work, 2012

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Margie Roop

Criminal Justice, 1976

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Justin Sailor

Sociology, 2010

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William Schewe

History, 1968

Chrissy Shoemaker

Criminal Justice, 2006

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Rich Sternberg

History, 1965

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Jeremy Tripp

Political Science, 2005

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Sheryl Walker

Psychology, 2006

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Amy Ward

Interdisciplinary Studies, 2007

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Dennis Whalen

Criminal Justice, 1971

Sarah Shortt Williams

Social Work, 2012