STEVEN R. MENTO, BYR ’87 composed a classical orchestral composition titled Algonquian Dreamcatcher, which had its world premiere with the Bay Atlantic Symphony in March. The work incorporates elements of New Jersey Native American tribal music.
RANDY D. NEWMAN, BYR ’78 completed his PhD in intercultural studies from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He researched how college students make decisions about faith conversion. Newman also has written three books about how the Christian faith intersects with other worldviews.
GERALD D. NOVAK, BYR ’98 performed on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 30, 2015, as a member of the U.S. Marine Band. A staff sergeant and a percussionist in the band, Novak performed when first lady Michelle Obama appeared on the show.
JOANNA PASCALE, BYR ’01 released the album Wildflower, a collection of her lesser-known repertoire as a jazz vocalist, in May. Pascale is an adjunct faculty member in jazz voice in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple.
PATRICIA HRUBY POWELL, BYR ’87 published the children’s book Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker with Chronicle Books. It was recognized with a 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, a 2014 BolognaRagazzi Nonfiction Honor, a 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor, a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Nonfiction Honor and a 2014 gold Parent’s Choice Award.
ANDRIJ V. R. SZUL, BYR ’70 is founder and managing director of Andrij V. R. Szul Law Offices, an international litigation firm with offices in New York and Pennsylvania. Formerly, he served as a New York state administrative law judge, a Nassau County child abuse prosecutor in County Family Court and a New York state senior attorney for the Workers’ Compensation Board.
ABIGAIL WURF, BYR ’01 is a Washington, D.C.–based professional certified coach who specializes in helping entrepreneurs and professionals struggling with ADHD. She also serves on the national board of the ADHD Coaching Organization. Wurf’s first book, Forget Perfect: How to Succeed in Your Profession and Personal Life Even if You Have ADHD, is available online.