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Class Notes

Michael Kelly '53
retired 15 years ago from Rowan University, where he was professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. An avid traveler, he has organized and led group trips abroad since 1973. Over the years, he has led tours in China, Thailand, Egypt, South America and virtually every country in Europe. Michael is currently preparing for his 41st tour, a 16-day Norwegian coastal cruise from Bergen to above the Arctic Circle planned for May 2014. He has been married to Barbara Rainear for 19 years. Two of their children and four grandchildren live in the Philadelphia area, and four children and seven grandchildren in the Chicago area.

Charlois Lumpkin '72
is the associate producer of the independent film Go South for Animal Index: A Fable of Los Alamos. Tracing four distinct story lines against the backdrop of the first successful atomic bomb test, the film debuted at the St. Louis Filmmakers showcase and later at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November.

Matt Flanigan '90
became CEO and executive director of Flower City Habitat for Humanity in Rochester, New York, in December. Before joining the staff at Flower City, Matt spent eight years with the American Cancer Society, the last four as regional vice president of the Eastern Division in Rochester, and eight years as executive director of Camp Stella Maris in Livonia, New York. Matt and his wife, Charmagne, have two daughters, Aubrey and Teagan, and they live in Livonia.

George Andrikokus '07
recently won the Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award. Given by the Illinois Grade School Music Association to one grade-school music teacher each year, the award recognizes music directors with five to 10 years of teaching experience whose students consistently excel. George teaches fifth grade at three schools in Bensenville: Tioga, W.A. Johnson and Blackhawk. Previously he taught in Addison for six years, where his jazz band received perfect scores in state competitions.

Jazmine Martinez '13
is preparing to embark on a two-year mission trip to Madagascar, Africa, where she will teach English and work with Enfants ’Alphonse-Marie, an organization that helps people stricken by poverty to regain charge of their lives and reintroduce them into Malagasy society. "Presently in Madagascar, many people live in a difficult position because of poverty and multiple forms of social oppression,” Jazmine writes. “Many children are left to fend for themselves, forcing them to live on the streets, become homeless and starve. They deserve the right to know what it means to receive a proper education, to maintain a nutritious diet, to have a place to call home, and experience a normal childhood.”

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