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Susan Hassed '76 of Oklahoma City, Okla., is a genetic counselor and clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also is an accomplished sculptor and photographer. Common themes in her art include “a desire to recognize the natural world we see around us, to look below the surface of an object, location, or time to get at its essence and a commentary on current societal trends that can be viewed as destructive to the world and the self.” Hassed’s work has been shown in juried exhibitions as well as solo and group shows. In May 2004 her solo show “Reality Re-visited” was exhibited at the Museum of the Great Plains.

Susan Hassed '76

Steven Szpytek '88 and Gayle Knol Szpytek '88 visited the New York Stock Exchange last summer for the NYSE’s famed opening-bell ceremony. The bell-ringing, held on Monday, June 27, kicked off the day’s trading and commemorated the February 2005 IPO of ECC Capital Corp. Steven serves as the CEO for ECC Capital, a mortgage finance real estate investment trust that originates and invests in residential mortgage loans. He, Gayle, and their three children live in the Chicago area.

Steven Szpytek '88 and Gayle Knol Szpytek '88

Abe Tubbs '94 was named a Rising Star for 2005 by the North Western Financial Review, the leading journal for bank presidents in the Upper Midwest. He is president and CEO of a bank in Cascade, Iowa, and co-president and CFO with his brother of First Central State Bank in DeWitt. He has immersed himself in eight communities, traveling frequently between his banks’ eight offices and serving on boards and economic development groups. Tubbs, who holds an MBA from the University of Iowa, lives in Anamosa with his wife and two children.

Abe Tubbs '94

Terry Goeldner '97 works for the United Nations in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he most recently helped coordinate the parliamentary elections of 2005. In 2004, he provided logistical and contract services support for the first democratic Afghanistan national election. From 2002–2003, he worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Malawi and Iraq. And from 1997–2001, he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was responsible for timely delivery of U.S. government relief commodities worldwide for disasters in 62 countries.

Terry Goeldner '97
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