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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May 13, 2015

James Evans, a top officer at Union Pacific Corp. for 16 years, died Monday at age 94, the Omaha-based railroad company said.

The company said Evans, from New York City and East Hampton, New York, died peacefully. Union Pacific did not report a cause of death.

May 11, 2015

Comcast named Michael J. Cavanagh as its chief financial officer Monday.

Beginning early this summer, Cavanagh, 50, will replace the company's current CFO, Michael Angelakis, who will head up Comcast's new company focused on investing in and operating growth-oriented companies.

May 1, 2015

I attended the University of Chicago Law School in the late 1990s, and one of the professors was a man in his 30s. He had two young daughters, two large student-loan debt loads, and three jobs.

April 28, 2015

SALT LAKE CITYApril 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Flagship Financial Group announced today that Brock Worthen has joined the company as general counsel.

April 17, 2015

The National Law Journal presents 75 of the most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today. These women, selected from hundreds of nominations, represent excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest representation, legal education and the judiciary.

April 16, 2015

Lisa Ellman, MPP/JD’05, has been named the recipient of the 2015 “Rising Star” award by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, which recognizes outstanding alumni under the age of 40. Ellman is a Counsel at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP after having served in senior positions at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice.

April 16, 2015

Running the National Basketball Association is like fulfilling that famous curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Since becoming commissioner on Feb. 1, 2014, Adam Silver’s interesting times have included Donald Sterling’s racist rant, Bruce Levenson’s mea culpa, drug-related suspensions of players, salary-cap debates and player-lockout rumors.

April 16, 2015

Andreessen Horowitz prides itself in being a full service venture firm. Over the years, it has built a hefty staff of more than 100 professionals that help its portfolio companies with executive recruiting, engineering talent, market development, marketing and corporate development.

April 8, 2015

NEC Energy Solutions, which develops and manufactures advanced battery products, is recharging its legal department. Deborah Collum has been appointed as general counsel, where she has been hired not only to manage the company's daily legal operations, but also provide counsel in corporate strategic development.