Alumni in the News

caroline thompson '10 writes on retaining millennials in the workplace

It’s obvious that millennials in the workplace are changing the game when it comes to the job market and upper management. Gone are the days of employees slaving away with little-to-no control in the workplace. Companies are now replacing the water fountain with kombucha on tap, hosting ping pong tournaments, and encouraging casual work wear. But other companies are struggling to keep their retention rates from plummeting. Beware of these company blunders if you want to hold on to those precious millennials of yours. Full story here.

sofia fly '00' opens rootz - a nutrition kitchen in fairhope

Sofia and her partner recently opened Rootz – Fresh Local Eats.  Their Nutrition Kitchen in Fairhope has been designed to get people back to their roots. In addition to educating the public, these two individuals wish to provide the healthiest food in the most convenient manner.  Rootz uses local farms, sustainably grown produce and Sofia can accommodate any special dietary need. The foods and beverages contain no processed sugar and everything that is prepared contains ten ingredients or less.  Full story here.

Ashleigh Carter Whitlow ‘84 pens a novel

Ruth Ann's mouth, along with her passion for coffee, often gets her into trouble; it's her love for family that redeems her. In this series of letters written to her sister, Ruth Ann's hilarious honesty and storytelling make us laugh a lot and sometimes cry a little. Though she is not always as kind as she longs to be, we soon discover the softness behind the humor, and that's what captures our hearts.  Full story here.

Rich Hatchett ‘85 explains cepi's vaccine plan to fight pandimics

At Davos a year later, CEPI was officially started — an unusually fast beginning in a world that routinely sleeps through endless wake up calls. Its headquarters are in Oslo, with offices in London and New Delhi so far. Richard Hatchett, an American, became CEPI’s chief executive in mid-April. He said the organization wants to raise a billion dollars for its first five years and has raised nearly $800 million so far — from the governments of Norway, Japan and Germany, the European Commission, Gates and Wellcome. India is preparing a donation.  Full story here.

Andy Schmidt ‘94 creates comics experience

Back in 2004, when he was an editor at Marvel Comics, he had an idea: He wanted to bring an old, forgotten comic back to life. Not everyone thought it could succeed, but Schmidt pitched it anyway. Some skepticism notwithstanding, he got his wish. “Annihilation,” the reboot that would ultimately become the popular “Guardians of the Galaxy,” was born. (Well, reborn.)  Full story here.

Caroline Kolakowski ‘15 receives 2017 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

“I was so excited to learn I was a recipient,” said Kolakoski, a holder of a Whiddon Honors Scholarship and a participant in the University Honors Program.  Full story here.

Robert Sturdy ‘99 named to the citadel

The Diocese of South Carolina is pleased to announce that the Rev. Rob Sturdy, Director of the Ridley Institute, a theological training initiative based out of St. Andrew’s, Mt. Pleasant, has accepted a call to serve as the Anglican Chaplain at the Citadel.  Full story here.

Tracy Edmundson ‘84 explains how to avoid legal risks in advertising

Does your business advertise?  Do you have a website or social media account where you promote your products or services? Do you have catalogs, brochures or product specification sheets? Do you compare your products or services to those of competitors? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then under federal and state law, you are probably making advertising claims whether you know it or not, and advertising claims can create legal obligations and risks.  Full story here.

Alex Gounares ‘89

CAROLYN THERRELL ‘04 named volunteer of the year

Alabama Power Service Organization (Magic City Chapter) recognized Carolyn Therrell as Volunteer of the Year. Whether it's helping provide for the homeless, making sure youth in the community have proper mentors, volunteering in schools, keeping arts and history alive in our city or being a friend or neighbor, Carolyn does it all. 

Mary Therrell ‘06 names as a 2017 rising star of money in birmingham


Shannon Watts Sweetnam ‘89 adopts refugee family

From age 13 until I went away to college, my best friends were, in this order, a horse that was practically impossible to train; a kitten that had been dumped by the side of the road in a paper bag; and my 75-year-old neighbor, who rated my back flips off her diving board while she floated in a pool chair in the shallow end drinking iced tea.  Full story here.

Sarah Mostellar ‘11 discovered at artfields

Native to the Gulf Coast, Mosteller developed her early artistic pursuits in embroidery and found-object assemblages, foreshadowing the marriage of her fiber arts and metalwork. Mosteller, a College of Charleston graduate in Art History and Sculpture, found herself knitting as a way to get through bed rest due to a back injury her junior year. “My sculpture professor, Herb Parker, encouraged me to explore and experiment with combining my two passions of metal work and fiber arts.”  Full story here.

Polly Robertson Parrish ‘77 receives 2017 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award

Parrish is valued beyond the classroom for her service to her local chapter of CEC and to CEC's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities , where she has served two terms as president. However, nowhere is she more revered than in her school, where colleagues see her as the go-to teacher who combines skill and compassion to educate students with the greatest needs.”  Full story here.


Mary Dumas
Director of Alumni Affairs