Alumni: Fall 2013
Author: Jyoti Roy and Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 25, 2013

New friends jazz it up

BRAD MERSEREAU '73 and his wife, Janet, hosted their first house concert in June, featuring student musicians and debut compositions. Playing before a small, invited audience in the Mersereaus' music room, were three PSU students who received the couple's William Bradford Mersereau Jr. Endowed Scholarship: (left to right) Matt Hettwer, Mario Sandoval, and Nicole Glover posing with Janet and Brad. The concert "musically affirms all our reasons for establishing the scholarship. They were out of this world," says Mersereau. The jazz students, whose senior year is funded by the scholarship, played compositions by George Colligan, international jazz artist and a PSU music faculty member. Colligan also accompanied them. Mersereau, a pianist, opened the concert playing a piece he composed for Sanya Grace, an audience member.

Best friends visit

THE CAMPUS is so much bigger than the one building, Lincoln Hall, that best friends Peggy Shivers '59 (left) and Barbara Comstock '60 remember. Alumni Director Tom Bull (middle) met them on a recent visit, the first for Shivers since graduation. Elementary education majors, Comstock went on to teach for 29 years, mostly in the Reynolds School District. Shivers taught for a while in Portland and California. Today, she oversees the Shivers Fund, which hosts concerts and celebrations in Colorado Springs in support of African-American history and culture. Comstock continues her decades-long service to Oregon's Democratic Party, which awarded her its Dick Celsi prize for volunteerism this summer.

Lost friends can reconnect

BY BECOMING a free, registered member of AlumniNet, the PSU Alumni Association's new web portal, you can search for old friends and leave information so they can find you. On the web at, AlumniNet includes a secure alumni directory, Alumni Notes, news and upcoming events, subscriptions to alumni networks and groups, and free Alumni Association membership. With this membership comes free borrowing from the PSU Library collection.

Alumni in the news

Ray Anne Kibbey Lockard '69 is retiring as head librarian of Frick Fine Arts Library at University of Pittsburgh. A former PSU librarian, Lockard has spent the past 50 years working in libraries, including the past 27 at Frick.

S. Randy Redfield '72 was selected by the Oregon Arts Commission to exhibit his paintings on wood panels July 9-Sept. 25 in the ceremonial office of the governor of Oregon. The commission considers this a lifetime honor for Oregon artists. Redfield lives and paints in Sisters.

Karen Shepard '82 and Doug Shafer '81 were named top CFOs (certified financial officers) by the Portland Business Journal in May. Shepard is CFO for Bend-based St. Charles Health System, and Shafer '81 is CFO for iovation, Inc., a Portland-based maker of fraud detection software. The journal recognizes five financial executives each year.

Keith Eggener '85 has been appointed the Marion Dean Ross Distinguished Chair in Architectural History at University of Oregon in Eugene.

Cindy Lozeau MBA '88, national sales manager for Lockwood Products, is the newest board member appointed to the PSU Alumni Association.

Mark Jackson '95 was the first alumnus honored at the PSU President's Diversity Awards this past spring. Jackson is co-founder and executive director of REAP (Reaching Empowering All People), a nonprofit that brings business people together with underprivileged school children in five Portland area school districts. 

Jennifer Minner MURP '00 graduated this spring with a doctorate in community and regional planning from University of Texas at Austin. This fall she will join the City and Regional Planning Department at Cornell University as an assistant professor.

Matt Johnson '02, MURP '07 is the incoming board president for the PSU Alumni Association. He is a commercial real estate advisor at Cushman & Wakefield.

Abigail Elder MPA '08 is the new director of the Beaverton City Library.

Tracy Puhl '09, owner of GladRags, an eco-friendly menstrual product company, was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Portland Small Business Administration.

Justin Monahan '13 signed a free agent contract with the Hamilton (Ontario) Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Monahan, a West Linn native, was a wide receiver on the PSU football team. 

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