Category - Alumni Features

A Beacon in the Night – Rescuer and filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 saves lives as she sheds light on the tragic plight of Syrian refugees. Rescuer and filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 saves lives as she sheds light on the tragic plight of Syrian refugees.

In the dark of a cold winter night, filmmaker Devyn Bisson ’14 sat on a small Greek beach facing the Aegean Sea, relaxing with lifeguards from around the world. The guards were there to stem drowning deaths among Syrian...

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...

Even After 75 Years, Pearl Harbor Remains a Touchstone Moment in History

Clint Paulson ’49 can still see in his mind the Los Angeles back yard where he was standing on Dec. 7, 1941. He remembers that he was with his cousin, who was wearing his Army uniform. He recalls details of the radio...

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...

Top Drawer – Her children’s book illustrations win praise for their whimsy and sophistication, putting the career of Cindy Derby ’08 on an artful upswing Her children's book illustrations win praise for their whimsy and sophistication, putting the career of Cindy Derby '08 on an artful upswing

As an artist and illustrator, Cindy Derby ’08 takes precious care of her portfolio. “It’s like my child,” she says. So after she handed that child to the judges at a high-profile international showcase, she was...

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A Growing Number of Panthers Are Finding Success with the Angels

When we think of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball, we typically consider the daily pitching match-ups, the heavy hitters we love to watch and the fielders likely to make that one saving play. Sometimes we also...