Alumni Class Notes

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1960s

Irvine, California-based Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates LLC (SperryCGA) added Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates – Property Investment Counselors as an affiliate in the Detroit market. The Birmingham, Mich.-based commercial real estate brokerage firm is led by Robert J. Pliska ’69 who will serve as president.

1970s

Jean Alicia (Fuqua) Elster ’77 has published How It Happens (Wayne State University Press), an intergenerational story of three African American women and their struggle to stake their claim to the American dream.

1980s

Butzel attorney Beth S. Gotthelf ’85 is a recipient of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Award of Merit, presented during the National SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Trade Show.

1990s

Dennis Ortman ’95 published Life, Liberty and COVID-19: The Inner Game of Survival, a series of essays inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2000s

Brandi J. Whack ’06, ’11 has been named a Technology All-Star for 2021 by Career Communications Group’s Woman of Color magazine.