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Arlington resident Rosalie Westervelt Rogers, a '32 graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, LA was honored on Oct. 18 at The Distinguished Alumni Dinner at the college.

Currently, 135 individuals have been recognized as Distinguished Alumni because of their personal and professional achievements, and service to the College and the community-at-large. Distinguished Alumni are given this honor because they live their life in accordance with the Centenary values of service, excellence, tradition, and growth.

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) on Friday appointed Kristina E. Bartlett of Arlington to the state Board for Geology. Carney is one of two citizen members on the five-member Board.

Bartlett is managing editor of Geotimes, a monthly earth science newsmagazine published in Alexandria by the American Geological Institute. Before serving in her current position, she worked as a staff writer for Geotimes and as a reporter for daily newspapers. A graduate of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Bartlett received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Earth Science Editors, and is also the newsletter editor for the Potomac Chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists.

Gerald H. Parks and Olivia N. Graham, both of Arlington, have been elected to a three-year term on the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) at its National Council Session held in Long Beach, Calif., Oct. 17-20.

Parks manages fair employment practices and compliance programs with General Electric in Fairfield, Conn. He has held human resource executive positions within General Electric for the past 30 years, specializing in equal employment, diversity and affirmative action.

Parks is a former advisory board member of the Girl Scout Council of Southwestern Connecticut. He is an active volunteer in public school programs and has served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including the Equal Employment Advisory Council and the General Electric Foundation.

Graham serves as an investigator in the Department of

Institutional Integrity at the World Bank. Previously she was a criminal law attorney in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army. Graham is a former command judge advocate, legal assistance attorney and trial counsel for the U.S. Army.

Graham received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal from the U.S. Army in 2001. She also served as president, first vice president and member at large of the executive board of GSUSA Overseas-West Pacific.

Joanne Alper of Arlington, circuit court judge in the Arlington Circuit Court, was recently elected vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors at Syracuse University. Board officers serve a two-year term.

From 1991-98, Alper was a judge of the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and served as chief judge of that court from 1996-98. She was elected a judge of the Arlington Circuit Court in 1998 and was the first woman to serve as a judge of the Circuit Court in Arlington. The Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction in Virginia and is the highest level of trial court. She is a member of the Judicial Court of Virginia, the state's policymaking body for the judiciary. Alper was in private practice from 1975-91.

At a recent awards ceremony, the 2002 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Committee presented 35 gold medals to Arlington seniors in a variety of events and age categories. The event was held at the Falls Church Community Center with gold, silver and bronze medals given to winners in 25 events. Multiple gold medal winners in Arlington in track and field were John Baker (discus, standing long jump, shot put; 50-, 100-, 200-meter dash; 70-74 age group); David Bertagnoli (200-, 400-, 800-meter dash, 3-mile walk; 55-59 age group); George Ryffel (standing long jump, 50-, 100-meter dash, basketball throw, 80-84 age group); Curran Tiffany (200-, 400-meter dash, breast stroke, swimming, 75-79 age group); Burton Bostwick (running long jump, softball throw, 60-64 age group); and Mary White (50-, 100-meter dash, 55-59 age group). Single gold medals were awarded to Arlingtonians in swimming, tennis, table tennis, miniature golf, frisbee throw, eight ball pool, basketball throw, golf, yo yo tricks, pickleball and track and field.

David B. Kinney of Arlington, a 1943 graduate of Alma College in Alma, Mich., is this year's recipient of the Alma College Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni who have brought distinction to the College through their professions, have set strong examples for others and have served their communities. Kinney graduated from Alma College with a degree in economics. He was employed by the National Security Agency as a kryptanalyst during World War II. While working, he enrolled in law school at George Washington University, earned his LL.D. degree in 1952, and then became a trial attorney. After serving as a judge in Arlington County, he founded the law firm of Kinney, Smith and Barnham, in which he was a senior partner. During the Vietnam War, he became a political activist and defended many protesters in court. Later he turned to commercial real estate and asset management and started a family business called KINCO. Kinney is a member of a Washington-based political think tank and has recently established the Kinney First Amendment Scholarship at Alma College for exceptional students engaged in independent studies of ideas, persons or societal trends relating to the Bill of Rights. Now semiretired, he and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Arlington.

Arlington resident Linda Russo Ohler received the Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding professional contributions in the field of organ transplants and research at Marymount University's 2002 Reunion Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

Ohler earned her bachelor of nursing degree from Marymount University in 1983 and a master of science in nursing from Catholic University in 1986. During her graduate studies, Ohler taught introductory classes at Marymount and worked in the ICU at Washington Hospital Center. After completing her M.S.N., Ohler returned to clinical work at Fairfax Hospital, where she became the heart and lung transplant coordinator. Ohler increasingly concentrated on transplant medicine, serving as lead transplant coordinator at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1998. In 1999, she returned home to assist with a startup program in solid organ transplantation at the National Institutes of Health, where she now serves as program manager and nurse consultant for clinical trials in solid organ transplantation. Since 1994, she has been the editor in chief for Progress in Transplantation. Ohler has also written numerous professional articles, published two books on transplants, and has given national presentations on topics that include heart transplantation, immunology, pregnancy after transplantation, and risk management issues in transplantation. Currently, she is working on her doctorate in nursing at The Catholic University of America, focusing on bioethical issues in living donor transplantation. In July 2002, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Transplantation from the North American Transplant Coordinator's Organization.

Students at Glebe Elementary School in Arlington took advantage of their first day outside in weeks on Friday, Oct. 25, to help those less fortunate. Students gave up their recess to participate in a mini-walkathon to benefit Borromeo Housing Inc., an Arlington-based Second Chance Home that provides housing and education to young mothers and children. Students earned over $400 in this event sponsored by Fannie Mae and learned that they can make a difference to the lives of others.

Karen L. Bune has been selected to appear in Marquis Who's Who in America. Bune is a graduate of American University and holds a master of science in the administration of justice. Bune is employed as a victim specialist in the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Arlington. She also serves as a consultant on victim issues for the U.S. Department of Justice and is an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington and George Mason University in Fairfax, where she teaches courses in victimology.

Arlington resident Bianna Bass was a recipient of a Virginia Morris Kincaid Scholarship from Marymount University's Physical Therapy Department. Bass is from Rio de Janeiro and has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from her native country. She is obtaining a master's degree to "learn more, so I can improve the way I work with patients back home in Brazil." Bass was head of the physical therapy department at a hospital in Brazil, where she treated patients with respiratory and neurological problems. She is especially interested in working with people suffering from strokes and Parkinson's disease and plans to focus her research on this area.

Barcroft Elementary School Principal Miriam Hughey-Guy has been selected as the Arlington Public Schools 2002 Principal of the Year and recipient of The Washington Post 2002 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. Hughey-Guy successfully led the effort to have Barcroft move to a year-round school calendar. An Arlington Public Schools educator since 1984, Hughey-Guy has been principal at Barcroft for nine years. She previously served as assistant principal, program coordinator and physical education teacher at Key Elementary School. She also taught health and physical education in Mecklenburg County Schools (Virginia). She earned her undergraduate degree at Virginia State University and her master’s degree in physical education administration and supervision at the University of Maryland.

The Washington Post honored Hughey-Guy and 19 other metropolitan-area Principals of the Year during an awards ceremony on Nov. 18. Hughey-Guy will be recognized by the Arlington School Board during its Jan. 9 meeting at 7:30 p.m. A 7 p.m. reception will precede the meeting.