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Outstanding Alumni

The current outstanding alumni are listed below:

Dr. Waded Cruzado-Salas

(1984 M.A. Spanish, 1990 Ph.D. Humanities)

Dr. Cruzado-Salas is President of Montana State University. She previously was dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University.

Dr. Nada Shabout

(BS Architecture 1984; Art & Art History, B.F.A. Painting 1988, M.A. Humanities 1991, Ph.D. Humanities 1999)

Dr. Shaboutis curating the permanent collection and an Arab modernist exhibition for the opening of the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.

Stephen Peters

(2009 B.A., Communication: Journalism)

Mr. Peters was named national college Multimedia Journalist of the Year by the Center for Innovation in College Media at Vanderbilt University in 2009.

Dr. Beth Brunk-Chavez

(1999 PhD, ENGL)

Dr. Brunk-Chavez is an Associate Professor of English at U Texas – El Paso received a UT Systems Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.

Jack Franke

(1987 BA, Russian)

is dean of the Emerging Languages Task Force at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA.

William McKenzie

(1979 M.A., POLS)

Mr. McKenzie was one of three reporters for the Dallas Morning News awarded a Pulitzer Prize April 12, 2010 for their series of articles “deploring the stark social and economic disparity” between North and South Dallas. This was the 9th Pulitzer Prize for the Dallas Morning News. Mr. McKenzie has been an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News as editorial columnist since 1991.

Lou Diamond Phillips

(B.F.A. 1985, theatre arts)

Mr. Phillips stars in the films “La Bamba”, “Stand and Deliver”, and “The King and I on Broadway”.

Ann Wynia

(1965 B.A., Political Science)

Ms. Wynia is currently president of North Hennepin Community College. She was elected to serve the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1977-1989

Jim McClellan

(1968 B.A. Political Science, 1970 M.A. History)

Mr. McClellan is dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. He is in his seventh term as commissioner of human rights for the city of Alexandria, VA.