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May 2016 Class Notes

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Lyle Kanouse ’75 and wife Audrey Wasilewski are producing and starring in the film Sequence Break in Los Angeles starting this month. The film was written & directed by Graham Skipper, son of Mike Skipper ’78 and Anne Street ’78, and co-produced by Roger Gilley ’78. Lyle also now has two films streaming on Netflix: Sex, Death & Bowling and Out West.

Evan Faris ’76 was cast in Greater Tuna at Graham Regional Theatre. The play runs from May 6-22 and tickets are available online.

Scott Cannon ’77 received the Guardian of the Golden Shears Award at the musical performance on Saturday night of Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Debbie Brown ’78 will be playing Mrs. Harcourt in Lyric Stage Irving’s production of the musical Anything Goes. The original 1934 version will set sail June 17-26 in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall. Purchase tickets online or call 972-252-2787.

Perry Cockerell ’78 published his first novel, A Private War. The inspiration for this book came in part when Cockerell googled his name and the name Ollie Stewart appeared on the screen. Ollie Stewart was the first black journalist approved to cover World War II in the European Theater. Stewart interviewed a black soldier by the name of Private Perry Cockerell who was from Lexington, Mississippi and served in Normandy during the liberation of France.

Barry ’84 and Cheryl Baker recently celebrated 30 years of marriage.

Dr. Melissa Stanford Oden '97 was recently installed as the President of the Texas Public Health Association at their 92nd Annual Education Conference in Galveston, Texas.

Sharesa Alexander ’04 J.D. ’08 is the co-founder of Plan Empower Grow, a non-profit organization devoted to providing resources and education to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Their inaugural conference called Empowering Your Passions will be held in Dallas on May 14 from 10 am to 4 pm at the J. Erik Jonsson Library. This event is free and will contain an array of speakers including representation by the Office of the Governor.

Ben Phillips ’09 is performing in Don't Talk to the Actors at the Circle Theatre June 16-July 16. Get your tickets online.

Morgan Marr ’10 married Emily Van Volkinburg in Florida last month.

Susannah Sladek ’11 and husband Riley welcomed their baby boy, Grant Steven Sladek, into the world on February 2. He was born at 10:57am weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long.

Shereah Taylor Ed.D. ’15 was named outstanding professor for the Tarrant County South Campus.

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