Alumni News: January 2011

Rachel Hinton (MSLS 2007) of Mt. Rainier, Maryland, works as a contractor at EPA’s library. She and her husband Matt are excitedly expecting their second child in March.

Cristina D. Ramirez (MSLS 2005) is a Doctoral Student in the Education, Urban Services Leadership program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She taught Collection Development, CLSC 641 for CUA SLIS as adjunct faculty in the Fall of 2010. Cristina was re-elected to serve on American Library Association Council as a Councilor-at-Large for the term 2010-2013 and was promoted in rank to Assistant Professor as the Collection Librarian for Social & Behavioral Sciences at VCU. She is an annual reviewer for bilingual children’s and young adult titles for the REFORMA Newsletter Resenas/Book Reviews. Cristina is a Co-Chair of the Multicultural Forum for the Virginia Library Association and was reappointed to serve as the University Library Services representative to the University Equity and Diversity Committee, VCU Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Christine Hall (MSLS 2004), Director of the Alexandria Law Library, recently participated in the world’s largest paired kidney exchange at Georgetown University Hospital. Ms. Hall was one of sixteen people who donated a kidney in the 16-way exchange, which took place over a two-week period in November, at three area hospitals. Four of the 16 donors, including Ms. Hall, were non-directed or altruistic donors, meaning they were not related to or donating on behalf of any of the 16 recipients. Ms. Hall was profiled on the NBC Nightly News report, “Making a Difference” on November 2, 2010.
She and most of the other 31 participants appeared on The Today Show the following morning. Ms. Hall, who lost 40 pounds in order to participate in the exchange, returned to work in early December, and said it was the best experience of her life.

Dr. Ken Phifer (MSLS 1983) published his memoirs in March 2010: “The First Seventy-Five Years 1934-2009: A Memoir”. Copies are available at the Rockville, MD Public Library and at the Montgomery County Historical Society Library. He notes that the chapter on library school brought back fond memories as he reached back into the past.

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