Alumni News & Accolades

The Alumni News & Accolades blog gathers information from news articles and press releases about noteworthy events in the lives of alumni. It is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record.

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September 15, 2016

Lyneir Richardson, '90, CEO of Chicago Trend, or Transforming Retail Economics of Neighborhood Development, says his new for-profit social enterprise company, backed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Chicago Community Trust, has three advantages that will help it build top-tier retail developments in Bronzeville, Chatham, Pullman and other neighborhoods on the South and West sides: data, development contacts and dollars.

September 9, 2016

Marvin Gittler, '63, labor attorney with an outsized personality, has passed away at 77.

September 8, 2016

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Martin, '69, who has served for 38 years, most of them as chief judge of the federal bankruptcy court in Madison, announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of the month.

September 7, 2016

Nancy Rotering, '90, first female Mayor of Highland Park, was recently profiled for

August 31, 2016

Lawrence Howe, '48, Chicago business and civic leader, dies at 94

August 25, 2016

Asma T. Uddin, '05, is the director of strategy at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom in Washington and a member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Her article "When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat" was featured in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times on August 24, 2016.

August 19, 2016

Guest post for written by Lyle Roberts, '96, Partner with Cooley, LLC in Washington who represented Millennial Media in its securities fraud case.

August 12, 2016

ProLiteracy, the world's leading adult literacy and basic education membership organization, announced at its recent board meeting the appointment of Thomas Eron, '87, to its Board of Directors.

August 4, 2016

Aaron Van Oort, '99, partner and co-chair of the Faegre Baker Daniels appellate advocacy group, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

August 2, 2016

Jessica Hall Zomer, '05, Attorney-Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, has been named a finalist in the Partnership for Public Service Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals program. Jessica is being recognized for helping craft and serving as chief legal advisor on a major plant regulation that will eliminate one-third of toxic heavy metals now dumped into the nation's rivers, lakes, and streams by regulated industries.