Spring/Summer 2018: 1980s


Claudia Bolden, BS ’80, MEd ’00, EdS ’02, Kent, Ohio, wrote: “After 30 years of service, I retired as principal of Shaw High School, East Cleveland, Ohio. My son and I penned the book Chained 2 Change, which was published in 2015. The word of God is not chained. I now reside in Kent and graduated from the Kent Citizen’s Police Academy in spring 2017. I serve on the KCPA board, and I organized a prayer vigil for the Kent and the KSU police departments. We meet the third Wednesday of every month at noon at the downtown gazebo.”

Ray Novotny, BS ’80, Youngstown, Ohio, wrote: “In 2017 I received a Naturalist Award from the Ohio Biological Survey, which reads: ‘In recognition of exemplary service and dedication as a naturalist whose contributions significantly advanced our understanding and appreciation of Ohio’s natural history.’ I am humbled to join this esteemed fraternity of OBS honorees.” 

Monica Sioux Silver, BFA ’80, Cleveland, has retired from GE Lighting after a 36-year career as art director.


Brenda Oros Smith, BFA ’84, is one of six judges for the International Pearl Design Competition in 2018. Her earring entry won an award in the organization’s first competition, and after winning all subsequent years, she was employed as one of their judges.


Diane (Severson) Mangan, BBA ’85, Annandale, N.J., wrote: “Having been involved in bookselling for 30 years and specializing in children’s books for most of that time, I am now the vice president of trade book merchandising for Baker & Taylor. B&T is a worldwide distributor/wholesaler to public libraries and retailers. Prior to B&T, I was with Borders Books for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”


Michele Curtin, BA ’86, Tampa, Fla., wrote: “I am now working as a professional realtor in the state of Florida, specializing in the Tampa market. See www.ShellSellsFloridaHomes.com.” 

Aaron Mandel, BA ’86, BBA ’86, Saint Louis, Mo., obtained a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in 2015, and is currently in year two of the Master of Wine program.

Scott Torok, BS ’86, MA ’88, Geneva, Ohio, has coached for 20 years and collected his 300th victory as coach of the Geneva High School Girls’ tennis team in Geneva, Ohio.


Laurette Payette, MA ’87, Macedonia, Ohio, was inducted into both the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Ohio Athletic Association Hall of Fame, in recognition of the years she has spent as a coach, athletic director and official, and in honor of her dedication to advancing opportunities for women in sports. In addition, the Laurette Payette Distinguished National Service Award was established by the U.S. Lacrosse Association in 2015, due to her tireless efforts to the game of lacrosse.


Robert Miller, BA ’88, Beltsville, Md., an associate professor at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., has been promoted to associate dean for graduate studies of the School of Theology & Religious Studies.


Sandra Glover-Strothers, BBA ’89, MEd ’91, Haddonfield, N.J., was inducted into the Toledo City Athletic League Hall of Fame on November 6, 2017. A 1984 graduate of Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Strothers was recognized for basketball, track and volleyball.