UMSI Class Notes

Alumni, faculty, staff and students share life changes, job updates and more with the University of Michigan School of Information community. Below are recent notes, organized by graduating class. The month and year reported are noted in parentheses.

We want to hear from alumni! Fill out the submission form and we'll add your news to the Class Notes page.

Renée C. Clark, MSI ‘17, began work as Acquisitions/Information Literacy Librarian at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Taylor Library. (4/18)

Manu Gupta, MSI ‘16, started working on software development for Internal Medicine at the U of M during his time as a master’s student and fell in love with the field. After graduation, he combined his love for software development and healthcare with a passion for entrepreneurship and began working for an Ann Arbor startup called Genomenon. He still keeps in touch with many of the friends he made during his time at UMSI. (4/18)

Meg Morrissey, MSI '15, has been working in Digital Asset Management (DAM) with various clients in Chicago for the last three years. This April, Meg is heading to Los Angeles, where she will start as an Asset Management Specialist for the Walt Disney Studios. She will miss the Midwest and laughs cruelly at Los Angelenos who mention the "bad weather" when it's 65 and sunny. (4/18)

Febrianto, MSI ‘14, is currently the Department Head of Business Analytics and Campaign Management at Bank Mandiri, the largest bank in Indonesia by asset. Febrianto’s job consists of managing the data science team, doing analysis and machine learning modeling in Marketing and Fraud, and running campaigns for different products. UMSI provided him both the hard and soft skills needed in the data science field. After graduation, Febrianto and his wife welcomed their second child. (3/18)

Kimberly Miller, MSI ‘12, was awarded permanent status as Learning Technologies Librarian at Towson University. (5/18)

Jill Morningstar, MSI ’12, is working at Michigan State University as an Education, Psychology, and Children’s Literature Librarian, manager of their 24/7 Chat Reference service and Coordinator of Library Mentoring Initiatives. She currently serves as the 2018-2019 Chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavior Sciences Section (EBSS). (10/18)

Stephanie (Soule) Shreffler, MSI ’12, is a Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton Libraries, where she manages the U.S Catholic Special Collection. She recently had an article published in the Journal of Religious & Theological Information (Spring 2018). In October, 2016 she married her husband Matt, and welcomed the birth of her first son, Philip, in September of 2017. (10/18)

Meg Hixon, MSI ‘11, began her career at the William L. Clements Library here at U of M. In 2014, she joined the staffof the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She returned to Ann Arbor in 2017 to begin a job as the Processing Archivist for the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Michigan Library. Her favorite Michigan memory is sharing lunch with friends after their 501 section. (3/18)

Maureen Kerwin, MSI ’11, is currently based in Berlin where she recently started a business freelancing UX/Design Research. Prior to this, she worked at Nokia for about five years as an Interaction Designer. (10/18) 

Andy Hickner, MSI ‘10, works as a web services librarian for Yale University’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Andy believes that the School of Information’s edge comes from its user experience coursework. Some of Andy’s favorite courses include Tiffany Veinot’s Evidence-Based Health Information and Karen Markey’s cataloging class. Andy says that the challenging coursework, while dreaded at the time, gave him a firm foundation to begin an enjoyable career. (3/18)

Katie McCurdy, MSI ’10, started her career working as UX designer and researcher in healthcare for over 6 years. She recently founded a new company called Pictal Health that helps patients tell their health stories visually. Pictal helps people put together detailed timelines, symptom maps, and a neat and organized summary of their health history so that they can see and understand what happened, tell their story with confidence, and work together better with their doctors. (10/18)

Kristen Mot, MSI ’05, has worked as the Library Instruction Coordinator for Ferris State University for the past 12 years, as a faculty reference and instruction librarian. She recently became a full professor and travels across the country giving presentations. (10/18)

Meico Whitlock, MSI ’10, has launched an organization called Mindful Techie where he helps purpose-driven high achievers and organizations break from burnout, overwork, and digital distractions through talks, workshops, and coaching. His work has been well received including being featured on ABC News, Fox 5, and Radio One. (10/18)

Maria Almaguer, MILS '91, is a reference librarian at the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. (4/18)

Amy Cooper Cary, MSI ‘99, has been elected to the Fellows of the Society of American Archivists, SAA's highest honor. (5/18)

Glenn Fischer, MSI ’00, is currently working with the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society to help improve their internal operations and increase awareness. What sticks with Glenn most about his time at SI is the accessibility of the faculty and the direct feedback he could receive from respected teachers in his field of study. (10/18)

Tammy Sugarman, MSI '98, was appointed Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery and Budget at Virginia Commonwealth University. (5/18)

Daniel Boice, AMLS ‘82, is Director of the Taylor Library at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. (4/18)

Olivia Bravo, AMLS '82, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia passed away suddenly Feb. 21, 2018. Olivia served as reference librarian for 30 years at the Kanawha County Library in Charleston, WV. She was on the Board of Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha Co. and the Board of Covenant House in Charleston. Olivia rescued many at-risk dogs and usually had at least seven dogs herself. She was treasured by her community and friends everywhere. (3/18)

Rochelle Reagan, AMLS ‘78, recently retired after a 43-year career in the information technology industry and is now establishing the “Rollenhagen House”, a family museum and cultural center in Eastmanville, MI. (3/18)

Leelyn Johnson, AMLS '73, retired at the end of 2016 after a diverse career of almost 41 years at the Library of Michigan that included reference, interlibrary loan, and Federal Depository Library Program. She enjoyed working with the reference staff and patrons at the Library of Michigan. (4/18)

Gail Daly, AMLS ‘69, initially wanted to work with children, either through elementary education or public libraries. When her husband got transferred from Southeast Michigan to Minneapolis, she took a job as a cataloger in the Law School. Despite her expectations, she ended up loving the law library and eventually became the Associate Director. She earned a law degree and eventually became the Director of the Law Library at Southern Methodist University. She has thoroughly enjoyed her career and says she owes it all to UMSI. (3/18)

Mary Jane Niemann, AMLS ‘49, passed away on March 16 at the age of 90. She worked as a librarian for the Denver Public Library and Sterling High School before retiring in 1987. Mary Jane loved reading, music, volunteering and being a full-time grandmother (4/18). 

Give Now

Contribute to the educational mission of UMSI. Direct your support to the area of your choice: Scholarships, the Horizon Fund, the Annual Fund or any other option. Your gifts help support future professionals and faculty research at UMSI.