Category - Alumni

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...

Panthers on the Prowl

Adventure loves company, as proved by the Panthers shown here. They met on the first day of freshman orientation in 2009, when happenstance placed them all in the West Wing of Henley Hall. The core group has been...

Top Teacher of Tech

        Every veteran elementary school teacher has faced one of “those” classes – a mix of students who hop around like popcorn kernels in a hot pan, aren’t keen to follow instructions and would...