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  Volume 38  


News from Peace Studies Alumni, Faculty and Friends


Wilbur Mullen ‘52 of Greenville, Ohio was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in May 2011. He was one of the first three graduates from Dr. Muir's classes at Manchester University.The archives at Manchester University contain a postcard sent to Wilbur by Dr. Muir. The unusual aspect is the postcard is a watercolor drawing, done by Dr. Muir, some years after she retired from teaching.


C. Wayne Zunkel '53 of Lancaster, PA died 21 April 2011.  A member of one of the first peace studies cohorts at Manchester, Wayne was devoted to the peacemaking witness in the Church of the Brethren.  We are deeply grateful for his life’s work, and extend our sympathies to Wayne’s family. A full obituary can be found at http://obits.lancasteronline.com/index.php?f=2695394.

Phil West ’60 regularly teaches core courses on East Asian Civilization, Modern Chinese History and Modern Japanese History at the University of Montana.  Dan was honored with the Manchester University Alumni Award in June 2011.  You can read information about his award here, and Phil’s reflections on his Manchester years here.


Since February 2010, Don Michaelsen ’67 has served as chairperson of the six-member Pastoral Search & Call Team of the Berea (OH) United Church of Christ. The team has reviewed 47 Ministerial Profiles from across the denomination and conducted four interviews so far.  Since 2005, Don has enjoyed serving as a substitute teacher in grades 2 - 12 at two local school districts.  Don retired from Top Driver, a for-profit driver education school in January 2009.  Don’s email address is primeminister42@earthlink.net.


Rachel (Kurtz) Gross '74 shared the platform with actor Mike Farrell (of M*A*S*H fame) in December 2010 at the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The occasion was a Death Penalty Symposium; Rachel talked about the Death Row Support Project (DRSP), which she has coordinated for over thirty years. Mike's laudatory comments about DRSP can be viewed at www.brethren.org/drsp

Tim Speicher ’75 is pastor of the Wyomissing Church of the Brethren, Reading PA, a position he has held since September, 1991.  “We host the coordinating committee for the annual Interfaith Labyrinth Walk for Peace in Berks County; member of five-pastor cohort trip to Nigeria in March 2009 meeting with Christians and Muslims reflecting on post-election violence and listening to actual experiences of EYN (CotB in Nigeria) members in the riots.” 



Kelli Yaussy ’91 married on June 23, 2011 to Howard McCullum. They were officially married at the court house in Chicago, but then had the ceremony in Mexico a week later. Yaussy and McCullum live in Chicago, where she is a school social worker in a district in the northwest suburbs. Howard is a Chicago Public Schools teacher and is the lead singer of a blues band - Howard and the White Boys.



Heidi Beck '01 & Chris Good '02live in Ann Arbor, MI whereChris is a musician and organic vegetablefarmer and Heidi is a nurse at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Chris' band Mutual Kumquat released their 5th album in July.He also has recently started a musical satire Youtube video series'Chris Good's Funky Farmer Newsic Program' that spotlights goings on in the musical, food, and activist worlds.


Matt Guynn ‘95: I have lived in Portland, OR, since 2007, with my wife, Sarah Kinsel. I continue as program director for the Church of the Brethren-rooted agency On Earth Peace, supporting grassroots initiatives to stop violence and build reconciliation. In Portland, I'm involved with several faith & spiritual communities, as well as organizing transit riders as part of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. Since a 2009 period of serious illness, I have been seeking better balance of rest & activity (but not always successfully. . .). My vegetable garden grows larger every year!

  We want to hear from you! Please send your alumni updates and photos at any time to Katy at klgraybrown@manchester.edu.

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