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A Climber We Lost: Giselle Field, July 13

Published: Tue January 4, 2022
Source: Yahoo! Sports

Giselle (Fernandez ’14) Field was an artist, business leader, wife, daughter, sister, friend, adventurer and climber. She died in a rappelling accident on July 13, while exploring an obscure region of the Cordillera Carabaya in the Peruvian Andes with her husband Derek Field. In a moving eulogy, her friend Jason Danoff called her "a creative genius" and "inspiration for a generation."

Scott Romine to Lead Jackson National’s Distribution Arm: Personnel Moves

Published: Fri December 17, 2021
Source: ThinkAdvisor

Jackson Financial — which recently became a stand-alone, publicly traded company — has picked Scott Romine ’88 to help it produce the kinds of sales numbers that will keep investors happy. The Lansing, Michigan-based life insurer named Romine to be the president of Jackson National Life Distributors, the marketing and distribution arm of Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

With Style Zero, Quintessence Extols African Culture

Published: Fri December 17, 2021
Source: ThisDayLive.com

Long strides, magnificent make-up, models clad in simple African fabrics matched with hot stilettos and loafers stole the Style Zero fashion show inside Parkview, Ikoyi — the home of Quintessence Gallery. The unconventional space for a fashion show came alive recently to showcase the rich collection of African wears that the gallery offers for the Christmas season. Jude Oni-Okpaku ’04 is the CEO of Quintessence Limited.

Pastor Rova leads Trinity Lutheran congregation

Published: Tue December 14, 2021
Source: Acantha (Choteau, MT)

Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau is welcoming Annela Rova to the community as the new pastor and a new member of the Choteau community.

Making the Case: Looking at Dave Aranda for LSU coaching job

Published: Tue November 23, 2021
Source: Tiger Details

Entering the last week of the regular season, Dave Aranda's name is one of the hottest in the country. His name recently has been linked to the USC head coach opening, which could be intriguing for him considering he's from Southern California, and of course the LSU job. Aranda has been successful at every step along the way of his coaching career, and with the talent in Louisiana year-after-year, paired with his style of defense, it would make sense that he could become the fourth head coach at LSU to win it all should Woodward decide to go in that direction.

First Lutheran Church calls new senior pastor

Published: Thu November 18, 2021
Source: Decorahnews.com (Iowa)

The Rev. Michael Wilker, MDiv ’94, has been called to lead First Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. He will begin his service Jan. 18, 2022. He served bilingual (Spanish/English) congregations in both California and New York, then returned to Lutheran Volunteer Corps in 2005 to serve as its president and executive director. In 2011, he accepted the call to serve as senior pastor at Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. He and his wife — Elgin native and Luther College graduate Judy Kittleson — look forward to returning to the Midwest.

16 business cards later, he has a rapidly growing marketing firm

Published: Wed November 17, 2021
Source: Albany Business Review

John Guarino's Peregrine Market Access deals in the emerging business of marketing new medications to insurance companies, hospitals and wholesalers. The Saratoga agency’s revenue has grown 817% since it opened three years ago. Guarino is a 1989 graduate of Cal Lutheran.