Alumni Updates Winter 2018

Sandi Peterson (I) was honored on November 1, 2018 as the 36th Recipient of the Hatfield Fellow Award in Economics from Cornell. This award is one of the highest awards the university bestows. She gave a speech on campus and received the award, which has been given to CEOs for the past 36 years. You can look it up on the Cornell University website or the Hatfield Award website.

Ron Bee (IV) will publish an article for the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Volume in January 2019. The article, entitled, “Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?” will be distributed to all World Affairs Councils across the country.

Peter Laufer’s (V) book Dreaming in Turtle is out and the initial reviews are lovely! Publishers Weekly called it “Enlightening!…Laufer’s passion for his subject translates into an unexpectedly thought-provoking cri de coeur.” In other news: It is coming out soon in German from Terra Mater! See below:

Markos Kounalakis’ (V) wife, Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, won a historic election on November 6th, 2018 and will become the first woman Lieutenant Governor of the State of California. Below is a family picture from the campaign trail with sons Neo (17) and Eon (16). Congratulations, Eleni!

His new book is also out, “Spin Wars & Spy Games: Global Media and Intelligence Gathering” (Hoover Institution Press) and his weekly foreign affairs columns are published in The Miami Herald and all 30 McClatchy newspapers nationwide.

Melissa Yeager (XXXIV) has just started a new position as the Consumer Travel Reporter for the Arizona Republic, the newspaper serving Phoenix, Arizona. One of her first stories on staff was about Condor expanding its service between Phoenix and Frankfurt! You can read that article here:

Amy Nelson (XXXIV) and Emily Byrne (XXXIV) have published an article on what to do about the current downturn in transatlantic relations. You can read it here:

Dr. Robert J. Devine (Bosch III) was made a Freeman of the City of London on 18 October 2018 at the Chamberlain’s Court in Guildhall, City of London. The previous evening, Robert and Gleceria took part in Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral attended by the Lord Mayor of London, the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayors of the London Boroughs. Receiving the Freedom of the City of London is a first step in the process of becoming a Liveryman in one of the historic Worshipful Livery Companies of the City of London. Liverymen retain voting rights for the senior civic offices, such as the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, and the City of London Corporation, its ancient municipal authority with extensive local government powers.

Present at the ceremony at Guildhall were Ms. Laura Miller of the Chamberlain’s Court and the Reverend Canon David Parrott, Guild Vicar of St. Lawrence Jewry, the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. Robert and Gleceria celebrated his Freedom grant with lunch and dinner at several private London clubs including the Travellers, the Oriental, the National Liberal and the Savile.

On Saturday 27 October, in Zagreb, Croatia, Robert was knighted by the Grand Master, His Imperial Highness Karl von Habsburg, in the St. Georgs-Orden, a European Order of the House of Habsburg-Lothringen. The candidates assembled in St. Mark’s Square, the seat of the Croatian Government, and then paraded to the Baroque Church of St. Catherine’s for the solemn investiture ceremonies accompanied by the Order’s marching band, the Hoch-und Deutschmeister k.u.k Wiener Regimentskapelle IR4. During the interregnum Robert and Gleceria were able to explore Wales, Vienna, Graz and the fabulous wine country of the Steiermark close to nearby Slovenia and Hungary.


Kate Polin (XXXI) and Wolfgang Silbermann celebrated their marriage with friends and family in Gent, NY on September 15. They were joined by Clare Waldmann, Laura Gardner and Katharine Burgess, also Bosch XXXI. The couple were legally married in Berlin on Thanksgiving, 2017, at the Standesamt in Charlottenburg. Congratulations, Kate and Wolfgang!

Kim Ochs (XXII) and Nicole Harkin (XXII) have been working together on Project Ungoverned? The Online Learning Landscape since last fall. The project encompasses a website:, a podcast:, and a coming virtual symposium on January 24th. The project takes place within iac Berlin and Bosch Alumni Network (BAN) ( They’ve had a great time doing the work and enjoyed meeting lots of other Bosch alumni, including Shana Kennedy-Salchow (XXXII) The picture on the top below from left to right is: Nicole Harkin, Corey Johnson, Susan Stone, and Kim Ochs.

They found the call for the project at the Bosch Alumni Network (BAN) and highly recommend registering. On November 14th they participated in the Monday on the Couch event in Berlin at the iac. The video from the event can be found here:

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