Michael Bentley (Educ '85 ) published Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators, co-edited with Michael Mueller and Bruce Martin (Educ ’00). The book offers a compendium of fresh ideas and resources for parents and teachers to use with infants, children and teens. Mr. Bentley is an education associate at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and directs the Elementary Science Institute for Teachers at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. Among his two dozen published books are An Educator’s Field Guide and Teaching Constructivist Science.
Lynne Stein Benzion (Col '85 ) has been appointed vice president of strategic planning for the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a Certified Economic Developer who works on a variety of business attraction, retention, expansion and entrepreneur development projects. Ms. Benzion served for 10 years with Rockville Economic Development in Rockville, Maryland, where she held a variety of positions, including deputy director. She lives in Hollywood, Florida, with her husband, Ira Benzion; they have two adult children.
John Cooney (Engr '85 L/M) and his wife, Kelly, have launched a start-up apparel company, Après-Swim Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas. Après-Swim manufactures and sells fast-drying SPF 40+ after-swim cover-up dresses.
Jane E. Hardy (Col '85 ) was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of Spanish at Wabash College. Ms. Hardy joined the Wabash faculty in 2006, having taught previously at Indiana University, St. Michael’s College, the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and at the Slovenian Ministry of Defense’s School of Foreign Languages. Her teaching focuses on second-language acquisition, language teaching methodology and study abroad. Since 2008, she has accompanied Wabash students and faculty to Ecuador as part of the Wabash Ecuador Summer Study Program.
Robert Nix (Col '85 L/M) and his wife, Pebbles Glenn Nix, adopted their son, Guy Nelson Nix III, on Dec. 23, 2012. Guy was born in Las Vegas in March 2012. The family resides in Atlanta, where Mr. Nix serves as director of retirement plan services at Peachtree Wealth Strategies and Ms. Nix is owner and principal at Glenn Epting Interior Design.
Kevin A. Ohlson (Law '85 L/M) was nominated by President Obama, and recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He previously served as chief of staff and counselor to the U.S. Attorney General. Judge Ohlson lives with his wife and two children in northern Virginia.
Gwendolyn D. Perkins (Col '85 L/M) was named a 2013-14 School Bell Award recipient by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals in recognition of her work in education. She is an assistant principal in Richmond, Va.
S. Scott Rohrer (Grad '85, Grad '99 L/M) published Jacob Green’s Revolution: Radical Religion and Reform in a Revolutionary Age, a biography of independent-minded Presbyterian minister Jacob Green, with Penn State University Press. The book takes a look at Green’s life and illuminates the strong but complicated connections between religion and politics at the dawn of the American nation.