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Capettini '01 uses forest preserve for studio

Maggie Capettini '01 had no plans when she started to paint, inspired by a forest preserve near her home. But it became her studio as she captured its varied and seasonal landscapes over 18 months. Now the 30 paintings she created are on display at the Will County Forest Preserve District's center in Joliet., and later will travel to Beecher, Ill. Capettini is a teacher at Lemont Montessori School and education coordinator at the West Chicago City Museum.

Ahmed '96 going on school Wall of Honor

Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed of Iowa City is the recipient of Pleasant Valley High School’s 2015 Wall of Honor Distinguished Alumni Award. He is the executive vice chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Hasselmo winner has heart and mind in the right place

Fueled by a heart defect and an interest in research, junior Brandon Wills earned the 2015 Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit and its $5,000 award. The biology major will conduct genetics research at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., this summer.

Mortenson '78 named dean of music at Baylor

Gary Mortenson '78 has been named dean of the School of Music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Dr. Mortenson currently serves as director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Kansas State University, where he is professor of trumpet and has taught since 1989. He earned a bachelor’s in music education from Augustana, a master’s of music in trumpet performance from Ithaca (N.Y.) College, and doctorate of musical arts in trumpet performance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Alumni, friends honor longtime English professor

Professor Emerita of English Dr. Dorothy Parkander ’46 was the last one to know — just as planned. She walked into the Quad City Arts Center in Rock Island to find 25 former students and friends gathered in honor of her 90th birthday March 14. Surprise!