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History, Politics & Society

Alumni News

If you are an alumnus of the Department, we want to hear from you! Please take a minute to write a quick note telling us what you're up to these days! Send it to the Department of History, Politics and Society, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515.

Zulema Ibarra, Emerging Voices in Cross-Cultural America (2008) is completing her second year in Georgia Southern University's Master's in Social Sciences program. This spring, she interned at a local, community-based nonprofit, as an applied anthropologist for a domestic violence awareness program, and presented a paper on "In-group Discrimination Among Hispanic Migrant Workers and Its Effects on Worker Mobilization" at the Southern Sociological Society.

Gregory Crowder (BA 2008) will begin attending law school at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut in the fall.

Debra Marovitch, Global Studies (2008) returned home to Southern California in June 2009 in the hopes of earning some money to pay off loans while enjoying the company of family and friends for about a year. After doing battle with the economic downturn, she finally found two part-time jobs at La Sierra University: in the Honors Program and the Communication and Integrated Marketing Department, where she has been since August. During summer 2010 she hopes to spend some time with a consortium of universities (University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, and Loma Linda University) managing a PEPFAR project in Malawi. From there, she will begin the Master's of Public Health in Global Health at Loma Linda University in the fall.

Jessica Kim, History and Gender Studies (2000) Since graduating from LSU, Jessica has been active on a number of fronts: Development Director for the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, as a research assistant for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Employment, and a teaching assistant/bibliographer for the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Currrently she is enrolled in a doctoral program in history with an emphasis on U.S.-Latin American relations at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

Benjamin Tyner, History (2002) Ben is currently pur-suing his Ph.D. at City University of New York with a major field in modern French history and a minor field in Medieval Europe. In preparation for his graduate program, he has spent several summers in Paris studying French through the Alliance Française. In 2009 he returned to Paris to do archival research for his dissertation thesis. He is currently teaching at Union College.

Ashley (Brodersen) Beagle (2008) Ashley is studying law at Chapman University, having been awarded a full scholarship to attend that institution.

Jennifer Kang, History (2008) is currently teaching English in South Korea and plans to enter a graduate program there in the fall.

Evelyn Moore, Global Studies  (2008) is currently teaching Conversational English as a student missionary in South Korea through the Samyook SDA Language Institute. While in Korea, Evelyn is studying Korean and traveling as much as fiscally possible. Plans after Korea include a number of possibilities, including returning to Europe to further her language studies in French and German, in preparation for graduate school.

Carolyn Ratzlaff, Global Studies (2008) is a Pickering Fellow in the U.S. Foreign Service Program, who has been enrolled this year in a Marine Corp Reserve Program. Next year she will attend Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Diplomacy at Syracuse University in preparation for her commitment with the U.S. Foreign Service.

* Please note that the information provided below represents the old information about our alumni, some of it dating back to the mid-1990’s.

(William) Douglas Steinman (BA 1973): "I studied medicine at LLU, graduated in 1979, and married LLU-SM classmate Beverly Way, a graduate of Pacific Union College (1976). We took residencies in family practice at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois, followed by five years of mission service in Guam. After returning to the states in 1988, we worked for FHP in Utah until October 1994 when we made our last and final move to the Grants Pass, Oregon area. We both work part-time in the local urgent care clinic and devote the rest of our energies to raising our two sons, Brandon (ten) and Eric (eight), as well as "farming," sailing, and other various outdoor recreations." 

Warren L. Fish (BA 1956): "In October of 1995 I retired from my OB-GYN practice here in La Grande, Oregon. My wife Gerda and I greatly enjoyed our last reunion at La Sierra University, especially seeing our classmates and friends. I am still assisting in surgery, and both Gerda and I enjoy traveling, walking, reading (history, of course!). I am especially enjoying a good night's sleep for the first time in a long time." 

Jim Zackrison (BA 1980,1985 [?]): "I am now a visiting fellow to the Americas Division of the Institute for National Strategic Studies of National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. My wife, Leila (Haddad), '82, is director of the Bone Health Diagnostics Center, and owns two rheumatology practices. My son, Erik, is in kindergarten." 

Dr. Dan Harris, Jr. (BA 1965): "I am currently living in Redding, CA, with my wife, Harri Joan. She received her MA from LLU in 1965 and works as a consulting dietitian. I am the Northern California branch manager for the Combined Insurance Company, a division of AON Corp., which provides health and disability coverage." 

Richard W. Ludders (BA 1962): "Heidi and I have been serving as missionaries on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the past six years. We recently accepted a call to transfer to the Saipan Adventist Clinic, where we plan to continue our work in the field of dentistry." 

Joel Sandefur (BA 1994): Joel is currently studying law at the University of Virginia. He reports that his classes are interesting and challenging, and he is also enjoying the friendly and laid-back atmosphere at his law school. 

Roger Steppe, Jr. (BA 1982): "Greetings from Merced, California, to my professors and mentors. Kindest regards to Dr. F. Hoyt and Dr. Dehner Ross. I am completing my seventh year as president and developer of Auberry Rehabilitation Hospital in Atwater, CA. Since 1983 I have purchased six health care facilities and achieved ownership of an 82-bed Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Center. I have also received full National Accreditation for Acute Levels of CARE." 

Lee and Jackie Meadowcroft (BA 1991,1992): "Iackie and I are still happily married and recently celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. We both feel a strong connection to the History Department in that we are both alumni and were married by former professor Dr. Ron Graybill (with no fewer than two other history alumni in the wedding). Currently, we are on leave from our professions to travel and teach English throughout Asia. Jackie finished her MA in 1995 and has been a high school histoiy teacher in the Oregon Public School system for three years. I finished my JD in 1994 and worked in law this past year." 

James Nix (BA 1969): "After 21 years at LLU, most if it being charge of the Heritage Room and Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office, I transferred to the White Estate's main office at the General Conference in 1993. Shortly after arriving at the G.C. I was made a member of the G.C.'s and N.A.D.'s Sesquicentennial Committees planning the denomination's 150th anniversary of 1844 commemoration activities. I chaired the planning committee for the large commemoration weekend of October 22, 1994 at the William Miller farm. I also chaired the planning committee for the 140th anniversary weekend at Battle Creek in 1995. Throughout 1994 I wrote a weekly column about the Millerites for the Adventist Review. My book, Early Adventist Singing was also published in 1994. From 1991- 1995 I served as president of Adventist Heritage Ministry, an organization that buys and restores historic Adventist sites. I also contributed to the 1996 revision of the SDA Encyclopedia. At the 1996 Spring Meeting of the General Conference Committee it was voted to ask the Ellen G. White Estate to become the official preserver, promoter, and nurturer of SDA history for the G.C. I have been assigned to oversee that project. In so doing I am currently helping to organize the White Estate's new Heritage Awareness office that is to be established effective on or about January 1, 1997." 

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