Winter 2018: 1980s


John Hollabaugh, BS ’81, Mentor, Ohio, wrote: “I retired from electronic media advertising sales in Cleveland after a 35-year career at: WWWE/WDOK, WGCL, WJW TV, WOIO TV, WEWS TV, Time Warner Cable/ Sportstime Ohio, WKYC TV. Could have never done it without Kent State!”


Steve Machovina, BBA ’85, Elyria, Ohio, was promoted to assistant vice president of technology infrastructure and cloud services for Cleveland–based Safeguard Properties, a mortgage field services industry leader preserving vacant and foreclosed properties across the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam.

Earl Miller, BA ’85, Somerville, Mass., a professor of neuroscience at MIT, was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. The academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications, as well as studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education.


Bertice Berry, MA ’86, PhD ’88, Savannah, Ga., was invited by members of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) to join as a special guest advisor to its board of directors. A past NACA Campus Entertainer of the Year, as well as recipient of NACA’s Comedy and Lecture awards, she has published 11 best-selling books in fiction and nonfiction and has won numerous awards and accolades for her writing and presentations. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Berry taught sociology at Kent State University before leaving academia in the early 1990s to work as an entertainer, lecturer and comedian. She is the mother of five adopted children, her most fulfilling achievement and role in life.


Laurette Payette, MA ’87, was inducted into both the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Ohio Athletic Association Hall of Fame in October, in honor of her dedication to advancing opportunities for women in sports. She retired in 2007 from Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, after 32 years of serving as a teacher, coach, physical education department chair and athletic director. 


Julie (Cirkelis) Locke, BA ’88, Cleveland, Ohio, says: “I was on the nearly undefeated Kent State women’s lacrosse team of 1979, and I want to thank all the women on the team for doing a great job. We were an outstanding team, and we had a lot of fun!” 

Bob Miller, BA ’88, Beltsville, Md., has been appointed associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Theology & Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.