Alumni Updates Winter 2019

Ron Bee (IV) will publish an article for the foreign policy association 2020 Great Decisions volume: “Climate Change and the Global Order” (January 2020) and is currently under contract with the U.S. Naval Institute Press to write a book on the new geopolitics of nuclear weapons, due to appear in the spring of 2020.  He appears frequent on San Diego TV to comment on international relations, runs a winter program on IR at the Oxford Study Abroad Programme, UK and continues to serve as managing director the Hansen Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego.

Trooper Sanders (XIX) is now CEO of the Benefits Data Trust, a nonprofit enterprise connecting people to essential public benefits and services and using data and technology to improve those programs and systems.

Karin Johnston (II) recently ended her tenure as a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative program that brings outside experts to the Department of State and USAID and allows Fellows to deepen their professional experience by working on a wide range of issues and subjects.  Among other tasks, she helped establish CSO’s security sector stabilization portfolio, authored several conflict analyses for interagency task forces, and co-authored a defection guide for practitioners that can be access on the UK website. Karin returns to her teaching at American University in Washington, D.C. and to her work as a web editor for the Women in International Security (WIIS) organization.

Journalist and Professor Peter Laufer (V) (“Dreaming in Turtle”, University of Oregon) with Don Quixote in Guanajuato after Laufer’s meeting with former president of Mexico Vicente Fox. Presidente Fox agreed to provide the Foreword for Laufer’s upcoming book about walls across time and cultures, “Up Against the Wall.”

Amy Nelson (XXXIV) and her daughters, Zinnia and Isadora, returned to Berlin in June for a visit with “Berlin family” and had a blast. Amy was recently appointed to the Missile Dialogue Initiative advisory board, a project on the future of arms control funded by the German Foreign Ministry and run by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She recently co-authored an article in Strategic Studies Quarterly (Summer Issue 2019) on why the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty died the way it did this year. She also co-edited a volume of the Interagency Journal (May 2019) consisting of her students’ work on weapons of mass destruction issues of importance to U.S. government community.

Emily Byrne (XXXIV) is currently the Executive Director of Connecticut Voices for Children, a statewide “think and do” tank.

Fatima Mohyuddin (XVIII) an immigration attorney and have now permanently relocated back to my hometown, St. Louis, where I am practicing immigration law at a large corporate firm. Recently my firm did an interview with me and publicized the Q&A, and I thought that might be of interest to you. Here is what was shared internally within the firm and externally with clients and on the firm’s social media platforms.

Clare Waldmann (XXXI) was lead author on a study about how EU Member States consult with their neighboring countries on maritime spatial plans, recently published by the European Commission and available here:  She also gave birth to a daughter, Miriam Freya, on August 17th. Clare, her husband Ole and big brother Kai are very happy to have her as part of their German-American family.

Dr. Robert J. Devine (III) and Past OFPA Texas Governor and OFPA National Councilor-General, presented The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Award to Cadet Tyler Mccalister of the University of North Texas (UNT) Army ROTC Mean Green Detachment at the UNT Awards Ceremony and Military Ball on May 3, 2019 in Denton, Texas. The award is presented annually to a university Cadet for outstanding leadership and scholarship in military science.

Ariel Dora Stern (XXV) published an article over the summer about the German pharmaceutical market that may be interesting for Bosch folks. Unfortunately, the original article is behind a paywall, but there is a summary here.

Sheryl Oring (XVI) is collaborating with composer Lisa Bielawa to present “Mauer Broadcast,” a 15-minute musical performance created to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The work, which will be performed by hundreds of singers at historical sites throughout the city including Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and the Humboldtforum, offers the public a chance to participate by singing the testimonies of people remembering the Berlin Wall. The project is a collaboration between the New York-based composer Lisa Bielawa and the artist Sheryl Oring in cooperation with “Kulturprojekte Berlin.” The texts for “Mauer Broadcast” were collected in 2014 for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall during a performance of Oring’s “Maueramt” project in Berlin. For more info about the Mauerfall30 and the Mauer Broadcast.

Cristina Gonzalez (XXXII) is POLITICO Europe’s newest reporter/producer. Cristina is their first in-house podcast producer, taking the reins of the EU’s #1 politics podcast, EU Confidential. She is also the author of POLITICO’s EU Influence newsletter and reporting on lobbying and transparency in Brussels. This comes after an exciting summer where she not only completed a MSc degree in Communication Studies, but — most importantly — celebrated her marriage to Paul Gaitzsch, surrounded by relatives, friends and her Boschie family.

Perla Trevizo (XXXIII) recently started a new job as Environmental Affairs Reporter for the Houston Chronicle after six years of covering the border as part of the Arizona Daily Star project’s team. And recently was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Newspaper Association.

Pilar Wolfsteller (X) has returned to journalism after spending more than a dozen years in the corporate world. In September she joined FlightGlobal as Americas Air Transport Editor, covering airlines and commercial air transportation in North and South America. UK-based Flight Global provides news, data, analytics and advisory services to connect the aerospace & aviation community globally and help organizations shape their business strategies. Publications include Flight InternationalAirline BusinessFlight Daily News & Pilar, who holds both European and US pilot certificates, is thrilled to be able to combine her journalism education and skills with her passion for all things that fly.

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