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Linda Ann Wainright, M.S. ’09 (counseling), M.P.S. ’09, joined St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minn., in February 2010 as a postulant. She became “Sister Ann Marie” in August 2010 when she became a novice. On August 29, 2011, Sr. Ann Marie Wainright, OSB, made her first monastic profession. While continuing initial formation as a Benedictine sister, she serves in various ministries within the monastery and also is completing an extended unit of clinical pastoral education at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn.
Crystal Guidry Vaccaro ’05 (political science), M.B.A ’09, and her husband, John, welcomed their first child, Hunter Joseph Vaccaro, on December 20, 2012. Crystal is currently an associate director of admissions at Loyola and cannot wait to recruit Hunter for the Loyola Class of 2034.
Michael Twillman ’09, Michael Twillman ’09 (music business) was recently profiled in New Orleans Magazine for his Freret Street music club, Gasa Gasa. [Bonus: The article was written by alumna Lauren LaBorde ’09 (communication.)]
Samuel Sotolongo ’09 (history), is currently serving in the U.S. Army as a 1LT. He returned from his deployment to Afghanistan to serve as the platoon leader for the escort to the president of the U.S. His missions include marching and presenting at ceremonies for the president and anyone connected to him, such as secretaries of defense or foreign prime ministers.
Gabriella Lopez ’09 (English), is the Internet content producer for KFDM Channel 6 CBS Affiliate in Beaumont, Texas, as of December 2012. Previous to this, she was a reporter and assistant web editor for the Odessa American in Odessa, Texas. Her new job brings her closer to Louisiana and her New Orleans friends.
Brett Horton, J.D. ’09, was named policy director and senior counsel for the Republican Study Committee in Washington, D.C. The RSC is the largest multi-issue caucus in Congress, comprised of more than 170 members of the United States House of Representatives, and is currently chaired by Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Brett was previously Congressman Scalise’s legislative counsel and counsel for a United States Senate Committee.
Andrew Campanelli ’09 (music industry studies), and George Gekas ’09 (marketing) formed The Revivalists, a New Orleans, La., band known for their brand of soulful blues-rock, in 2007. In 2011, the band was named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards, and they were nominated for Best Rock Act in 2012. The band’s latest album, City of Sound, released in March 2012, was produced by Ben Ellman, whose credits include Galactic, Gypsyphonic Dysko, and Trombone Shorty. (www.therevivalists.com)
Caitlin Craig Brewster, M.B.A. ’09, and G. Hyder Brewster ’07 (social sciences), M.B.A. ’09, welcomed Mary Catherine Brewster on Dec. 2, 2010, and William “Wills” Craig Brewster on June 24, 2012. Caitlin is the district marketing manager for Sodexo Campus Services.
Gregory Agid ’09 (music), Kenner, La., nominated as New Orleans’ Best Clarinetist by Off Beat Magazine, will release his debut record, Mystery Blues, on Feb. 28. Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis, Mystery Blues showcases Gregory’s unique approach to improvisation on the clarinet through original compositions and standards. (www.gregoryagid.com)
Carlie Trosclair ’08 (visual arts), M.F.A., St. Louis, Mo., had her exhibition, Interim, displayed in the Haas Gallery on Bloomsburg University’s campus. Her next upcoming solo exhibition will be held at Antenna Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif.
Andrea Rubin, J.D. ’08, New Orleans, La., is the assistant director of student conduct at Loyola University New Orleans. Some of the issues she handles include visitation, underage drinking, illegal drugs, and sexual assault.
Karen Hope Ressue ’08 (graphic design, marketing), and Kevin Andrew Jacobsen were married in the presence of their close family and friends at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., on October 7, 2012. Karen and Kevin currently live in Washington, D.C., where Karen works for a litigation law firm and Kevin is the assistant dean of students at Gonzaga College High School.
Alex McConduit ’08 (marketing), author of The Little Who Dat, Who Didn’t and Snowballs For All, started W.R.I.T.E., a program designed to take students from all over the New Orleans Metro area and transform them into published authors! W.R.I.T.E. will take each young author through the brainstorming, creative writing, editing, formatting, illustrating, and publishing processes. Each student who enrolls in the program will write, illustrate, and publish his/her own book. (www.indiegogo.com/writeneworleans)
Alexander McConduit ’08 (marketing), following the success of his books, The Little Who Dat Who Didn’t and Snowballs for All, founded a children’s publishing program called Write, Read & Illustrate to Educate (W.R.I.T.E.), which he operated at SciTech Academy with 80 second-graders. Through W.R.I.T.E., Alex helps children foster their creativity by teaching them the basics of writing, illustrating, and publishing over a three-week period, and inviting guest presenters to speak. Alexander is still involved in freelance social media marketing, and he used fundraising site IndieGoGo to raise almost enough money to cover the cost of publishing all the students’ books using Amazon.com and CreateSpace. He currently is working on his third book, Buddy Goes to the Bowl, a sequel to The Little Who Dat Who Didn’t and the second in a series Alexander plans to continue. In addition, he was named to Gambit’s “40 Under 40” for 2012.
Morgan Paige Martin ’08 (English), currently a high school English teacher in Nashville, Tenn., graduated with her master’s degree in education from Belmont University in 2011. Following that, she joined the Peace Corps, where she was then stationed in Kocani, Macedonia. While there, she not only taught English to her local school in a small town of about 18,000 people, but she also successfully constructed a dance studio in the basement of the school, after obtaining a grant through USAID, and established a dance camp. The fifth day of camp included a day-long rehearsal, followed by a recital.
Jared Marcell ’08 (music industry studies), New Orleans, La., along with current students and brothers Sam and Collin McCabe, formed the band Bantam Foxes. They released a new single, “Interstate 55,” and they signed contracts to clear their catalog for use on MTV’s afternoon programming and on all of Discovery’s networks. Their record, Another Image, Another Frame, charted on the CMJ Top 200 at #171.
Andrew Lopez ’08 (communication), joined The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com as a high school sports reporter. Andrew, who previously taught at Holy Cross High School, has covered high school sports as a contract writer for The Times-Picayune for the past five years.
Laura Marie Fluke ’08 (biological sciences), received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences on May 18, 2012. She was accepted to the General Surgery Residency Program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia.
Brianna Bennett ’08 (marketing), and Brian Ralston ’08 (economics) met during their freshman year at Loyola in their Intro to Business class. They tied the knot in Wilmington, N.C., on September 15, 2012, at Figure Eight Island Yacht Club. They were joined by several of their friends from Loyola. Brian is a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, and Brianna is a marketing manager for a marketing firm in Downtown Wilmington.