Accolades & Achievements

The Accolades & Achievements 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.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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February 8, 2016
A conversation with alumna Virginia Aronson

February 2, 2016

Thousands run the Twin Cities Marathon each fall. Martin “Skip” Burke was the man who made the event happen.

February 2, 2016

Joel W. Nomkin, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice in Phoenix, and Charles G. Curtis, Jr., '82, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice in Madison and Washington, D.C., have been elected as members of the American Law Institute (ALI).  Joel and Chuck join 13 other Perkins Coie attorneys who are members of ALI: C. Randall Bain, David J. Burman, Timothy W.

February 2, 2016

AG Schimel appoints Ryan Walsh as Chief Deputy Solicitor General

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today his appointment of Ryan J. Walsh as Chief Deputy Solicitor General for the State of Wisconsin.

January 29, 2016

Education Department Announces James Cole Jr. to Assume the Duties of Deputy Secretary

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today that James Cole Jr., who is currently serving as General Counsel to the Department, will assume the duties of Deputy Secretary.

January 22, 2016

Leading International Arbitration Lawyer Joins NUS as Director of the Centre for International Law

Ms Lucy Reed, Head of the global international arbitration and public international law groups at Freshfields, will also be appointed the first Professor of Practice at the NUS Faculty of Law.

January 21, 2016

There Is Only One Reason Women Don't Make it to the Top

COMMENTARY by Jana Cohen Barbe

January 19, 2016, 7:30 PM EST

It’s the truth that you might not want to hear.

January 20, 2016

ATLANTA, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CTT) announced today the election of industry veteran Paul S. Fisher, a former President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Properties Trust, to the company's Board of Directors.

January 15, 2016

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Stephanie M. Graham, currently deputy general counsel at Northwestern University, has been promoted to associate vice president and deputy general counsel for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 1, 2016, Philip Harris, Northwestern’s vice president and general counsel, announced today.

January 11, 2016

Unwired Planet, Inc. (NASDAQ:UPIP) today announced that Hugh Steven Wilson, '71, has joined the company’s Board of Directors effective January 6, 2016. The Board of Directors appointed Mr. Wilson to replace Taylor Harmeling, who resigned from the Board on December 31, 2015.