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   from the issue of October 14, 2004

6 honored at Masters Week

The Masters Week program at UNL celebrates its 40th anniversary this year by again bringing outstanding alumni back to campus to meet with students to share their knowledge and experiences. This year, six alumni will be on campus from Oct. 27-30 concluding with the Homecoming football game.

This year's Masters:

• Ronald Arp: Arp graduated from UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 1985. Recently, a career change led him from senior vice president of Fleishman-Hillard, a company that offers strategic communications counsel, to his new position as senior vice president of corporate communications with the Nautilus Group in Vancouver, Wash.

• Alice Dittman: Dittman is the chairwoman emeritus of Cornhusker Bank in Lincoln. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1952. She studied at the Harvard-Radcliffe program in business administration when Harvard did not admit women to its business administration program, then transferred her credits to Nebraska and earned a master's degree in 1955.

• Aris Gennadios: Gennadios received a doctorate in engineering with a specialization in agricultural and biological systems engineering from UNL in 1995. He is the director of business development for Oral Technologies business unit with Cardinal Health, Inc., a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. Gennadios is an author, researcher and teacher and holds four patents.

• Karen Nicodemus: Nicodemus is the president of Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., a position she has held since 1998. At UNL, she earned a master's degree in physical education and sports administration in 1979 and a Ph.D. degree in educational administration in 1990.

• Anne El-Omami: El-Omami graduated from UNL in 1970 with a bachelor of arts degree in visual arts education and art history and received her master's of arts in visual arts education and art history from UNL four years later. She is associate professor and director of the graduate program in museum education at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. She was named Distinguished Fellow of the National Arts Education Association in 1998.

• Celia Swanson: Swanson has more than 20 years of human resource experience in field and corporate capacities at major retail organizations. She is the executive vice president of membership, marketing and administration for Sam's Club Division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Ark. She graduated from UNL in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree with a major in textiles, clothing and design. She has been named one of the Top 100 Business Women in Arkansas.

Since 1964, more than 200 alumni have participated in Masters Week, which is sponsored by Innocents, Mortar Board, the Student Alumni Association, the Chancellor's Office and the Alumni Association.



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