Jul 252022

Kevin Geraldi ’96 will begin an appointment as Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, beginning Fall of 2022. As the 7th person to hold this position in the 154-year history of the Illinois Bands program, he will conduct the renowned Illinois Wind Symphony, teach graduate conducting, and provide administrative leadership for the University’s comprehensive and historic band program. From 2005–2022, he served on the faculty of the School of Music at UNC Greensboro. In May 2022 he was keynote speaker for the Spanish Musicological Society conference in Vigo, Spain.

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Nov 022021

Scott Rosenberg ’96, CFO of Travel Nurse Across America, was featured in the business publication’s “CFO of the Year” series. Here is the full article to read.

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Oct 052021

Filmmaker Sarah Edwards ’96 was nominated for a Mid-America EMMY for short-form content for “Classical BTS: Nomin Zolzaya,” which was featured as part of an Illinois Public Media docuseries. It follows the personal journey of Illinois Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Nomin Zolzaya, who first found her love for the cello as a young girl growing up in Mongolia.

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Sep 222021

Heather Olt will be premiering on September 24th, her new dramedy short/ pilot as part of the Oscar qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. It will also screen at the Catalyst Story Institute Festival, the biggest indie television festival in late Sept./ early Oct. in Duluth, MN.

Synopsis: Emily and Kristen are best friends. Emily, a successful entrepreneur, waited too long to have a baby
and, despite her best efforts to have one and raise it alone, she’s now told it’s physically impossible.
Kristen, a struggling actress, is simultaneously nine months pregnant and is forced to raise her baby
alone after being left by her “I’m sorry, I can’t do this” boyfriend, Mark. After meeting up to
commiserate over their recent losses, they concoct a plan to raise Kristen’s baby together. In “Last
Chance Moms,” we explore the difficulties that women in their 40s experience when confronted with
their biological clocks. They want it all, but what happens when it seems they can’t have it? They
find a way…

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Sep 072021

Esther Franco-Payne ’96 has a new role as Vice President of Programs for the Public Welfare Foundation. She will engage in grant-making at the national level and continue to advance transformative justice in support of youth and adults impacted by the criminal legal system.

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Aug 022021

David Rudd ’96 has been greenlighted for the publication of his memoir titled “Shut Up Brian” by New Degree Press with the publication date in December 2021.

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May 142021

Esther Franco-Payne ’96 was appointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee. Esther is the executive director of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid and previously served as the deputy director of the Illinois Justice Project.

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Apr 052021
25 years ago (1996): Chris Simich hoisted the Illinois Wesleyan basketball team on his broad shoulders and carried the Titans to an electrifying 73-67 victory over Hanover College in a Midwest Region game of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Simich scored 11 of his 25 points in the final 5:55 of the game.
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