Curtis Herink is a professor of mathematics at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He has been teaching college mathematics full time since completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.
Jessica Goerke is an academic coordinator for the Georgia Institute of Technology football program. She is responsible for overseeing the eligibility requirements and degree completion of student-athletes by coordinating tutoring sessions, creating learning objectives, conducting study sessions and providing student-athletes with academic advising. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Akron in 2012.
Marcella Marquez Dulka is supervisor of Ecolab’s Global Knowledge Sharing (GKS) for the Naperville site. She is responsible for the supervision of support staff, business, industry and competitive intelligence, operations, collection journal subscriptions, vendor negotiations and literature research. She has been with Ecolab, formerly Nalco Company, for 28 years.
A new study abroad program in Jordan allows students to learn Arabic and experience Middle Eastern culture.
A new study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, is appealing to students like Carly Johnston ’13, who wanted a life-changing academic experience that would set her apart. “I saw it as an opportunity to expand my resume, learn another language and make connections to make my goals a reality,” she says of her fall term there. “I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps and also connect with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Global Network.”
Kevin Manno is the host of a new reality show on the cable/satellite network Lifetime, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” which premiered October 9. The show is a spin-off of the popular Lifetime reality series “Dance Moms.” The 10-week program showcases a dozen young dancers between ages 6 and 13, each competing for a $100,000 grand prize and scholarship to New York’s famed Joffrey Ballet School. Judges of the competition include “Dance Moms’” Abby Lee Miller, Lady Gaga choreographer Richard Jackson and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin.
John Petzke M ’98 was appointed chief technology officer of North Shore School District 112. He previously served as the executive director of technology for Oswego Community Unit School District 308. Petzke’s position combines the duties of director of information and media services and the learning coordinator for technology integration, which were previously two full-time positions at School District 112. He received a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Aurora University and a master’s degree in educational administration from North Central College.
Kevin A. Brown received a Pacesetter Award as the lead of a project with five other co-workers at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been a coordinating writer and editor and has served the laboratory since 1989. He resides in Plainfield, IL, with his wife Michele T. Murray ’86/M ’95 and their two daughters.
Tommy Rivera-Vega debuted in the Steppenwolf Theatre production “Three Sisters,” a Russian comedy-drama. He was honored to receive the opportunity to learn from Steppenwolf’s Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro and seasoned Chicago actors Ora Jones and Alana Areas. “Three Sisters” ran through August 26.