Category - Alumni Features

Course Correction

“I found my calling as an entrepreneur in college when I began to feel the necessity to be in command of my own destiny,” said  Ryan Robinson, B.S. business administration ’12. Now Ryan shares the lessons of his...

Banking on Change

Coming of age in the 1960s, Texas-born Jim Patterson ’73 was a self-proclaimed longhaired hippie who lived all over the world by way of his father’s oil-industry career. He spent much of his childhood in Colombia and...

A Little Leg Up

For Hannah (Taylor) Skvarla ’10, childhood vacations weren’t always the typical family excursions; often, they were volunteer missions with nonprofits. Together, the family members learned about underserved populations...

Drawn to Success

As a child, Alex Hillkurtz ’90 dreamed of digging up dinosaur bones in exotic lands and becoming a paleontologist. That changed in 1977 when he saw Star Wars. Awed by the film, he studied its “making of” television...

A World of Hope

Cara Lawler ’11 always wanted to be a mother. In 2013, she founded Someone a World Away (SAWA), a nonprofit that raises funds for El Shadai Grace Children’s Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. She is now “Mzungu Mama” (English...

Door-to-Door Leader

Lawyer Kevin Muldoon (JD ’06) always loved politics, but not at the local level. Then after he worked on a property rights case for Newport Harbor homeowners, a group of his clients encouraged him to run for the Newport...

Class Act – Marty Burbank (LL.M.’08) and his wife make an incredibly generous gesture that defers one dream as it fulfills 27 others Marty Burbank (LL.M.'08) and his wife make an incredibly generous gesture that defers one dream as it fulfills 27 others

Marty Burbank (LL.M. ’08) had narrowed his choice to two sailboats, including a particularly dreamy Catalina cruiser. It was to be the fulfillment of a love that began in the Sea Scouts, billowed during his 12 years in...