Living the life he always dreamed of, Marc is Mission Director and Chief Engineer for NASA's Dawn mission. On March 6, after an interplanetary journey of 7.5 years and 3.1 billion miles, Dawn entered orbit around dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object between the Sun and Pluto not previously visited by a spacecraft. Ceres was discovered 129 years before Pluto, which was the second, but more famous dwarf planet. The spacecraft will spend at least a year taking pictures and making other measurements of the mysterious alien world of rock and ice, which may have a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Dawn explored the giant protoplanet Vesta in 2011-2012, and it is now the only spacecraft ever to orbit two extraterrestrial destinations. This ambitious expedition is enabled by ion propulsion, which Marc first heard of in a Star Trek episode. (The first mission to rely on ion propulsion was Deep Space 1, which he also was lucky enough to lead.) Anyone interested in Marc’s adventure might enjoy his Dawn Journals at tinyurl.com/Marc-Dawn. One reader of the March 6, 2015 Dawn Journal, which includes an amusing video with Marc, said he has "the mind of a brilliant rocket scientist, the heart of a poet, and the soul of an explorer." Marc has written many other articles for the public on science, including a recent short overview at tinyurl.com/Marc-Ceres of Dawn, Ceres, and his lifelong passion for exploring the cosmos.
Eric Blackstone ’94
Eric and his wife Dawn welcomed Luke Stetson Blackstone to the world on January 29, 2015 at the Puget Sound Birth Center. Luke weighed 7lbs 13oz and is their first child and the first grandchild in the Blackstone family.
Sarah (Breier) Sherwin '00
Sarah and her husband Ryan celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Vivienne Marie Sherwin, on February 25, 2015. Vivienne weighed 8lbs 3oz and was 20" long. She's doing great, and her older sister, Evelyn, couldn't be more excited!
Anant Tamirisa ’02
In August 2014, Anant joined Pantelion Films, a joint venture between Lionsgate Entertainment and Televisa (Mexican multimedia mass media company) as an Attorney at Business & Legal Affair in Santa Monica, CA. Anant graduated in May 2014 from the University of Toledo School of Law receiving a joint JD/MBA and was admitted to the California State Bar in November 2014. His practice focuses on film finance, international distribution, film production, and business development. Prior to law school, Anant spent four years with Lionsgate Entertainment in film finance and distribution, and as a legal intern with Relativity Media. While there, he worked on Limitless, Immortals, The Switch, 50/50, and Kiss Ass. After Maumee Valley Country Day School, Anant graduated with a BA in American Studies from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He currently resides in West Hollywood with his four year old Goldendoodle, Flynn.
Jangus Whitner ’10
Jangus was recently accepted to be a returning team member on a Medical Mission reaching rural villages in Nicaragua. This team consists of medical students, physicians, a pharmacist, and one pharmacy student. As the pharmacy student, Jangus will be assisting the pharmacist in preparing and dispensing medications, advising the medical students and physicians, and counseling patients in Spanish. The team will travel in August to a different clinic site each day (depending on what village needs their services the most).