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Biology Alumni Updates

WIU Biology alums are invited to add their information or update their information at any time.  To do so, please email information to the department secretary, at cs-drasites@wiu.edu

 
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ANDERSON (KLIEST), BARBARA

I graduated with a BS of Ed in Biology in 1972 and a MS in Botany (Plant Ecology) in 1977.  I taught Biology at Oak Lawn High School for 7 years and then moved on to the College of DuPage as a part time instructor of Biology in 1980.  I am a Professor of Biology and have taught full time at College of DuPage since 1981.  I teach a variety of classes but my specialties are nonmajors biology and Prairie Ecology.  I am married, have a 29 year old daughter, and enjoy skiing, camping,cycling, and gardening.

Work phone:  (630) 942-2347
Work email:  anderson@cod.edu
Cell phone:  (630) 605-0991
Home email:  agroovymom@aol.com

 

 

 

BLOECKS (ORTON), SUE

Class of 1969- Zoology major.  

Retired, spending my summers gardening and enjoying free time for crafts like crocheting, knitting and sewing. We spend a great deal of time sailing on the "Big Pond" aka Lake Michigan.  Over 29 years of sailing our boat, Rominten, we have managed to circumnavigate The Lake including a trip to Mackinaw Island and St Ignace (which means, we technically made it to Lake Huron). While sailing, we have had quite a few wild life encounters of the avian kind and especially like getting back to nature by heading north to Rock Island, Wisconsin and Fayette, Michigan.  

I live in La Grange, Illinois. 

 
 

 

CRESWELL, JOHN

I graduated with an MS in Botany from WIU in 1971.  My BS is in Agronomy from Iowa State University.

My major professor at WIU was Dr. Joe Ives. While working on my master's degree, I was employed as plant agronomist at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. I was hired by Iowa State University in 1974 as Calhoun County Extension Director in Rockwell City, Iowa. In 1980, I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa as an area crop production specialist. In 1988, I moved to Ankeny, Iowa as an area crop production specialist and completed my PhD in 1990 from Iowa State University in Agricultural Education. I coordinated a statewide nutrient management education project from 2000-2002 and retired at the end of the year. I received an honorary PhD in Agronomy from Iowa State University in 2002.

My wife, Dorothy, and I are retired and currently live in New Braunfels, Texas. We enjoy retirement and are active in several organizations.

John L Creswell, PhD
1771 Oakmont Cir
New Braunfels TX 78132-3846

Phone: (830) 620-0344
Cell:  (830) 481-8090
Email: creswelj@sbcglobal.net

 

 

FILLA, MARK

Currently, I live in Verona, WI. I am married and have two children. I work as an assistant scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I've been at the UW Madison since 1994, first doing post-doctoral research within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. After completing that work, I obtained a staff researcher position within the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and was later promoted to my current position as an assistant scientist.  The lab that I work in studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating aqueous humor outflow from the eye and how things go wrong during the pathogenesis of certain forms of glaucoma including steroid-induced glaucoma and primary open angle glaucoma. 

Email: msfilla@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-7576

 

 

HAGERMAN, HOWARD

I received my MS in 1953 and Joan (Bond), my wife, received a BS in home economics the same year. Joan taught 3 years in high school and then we decided that staying home with our two boys was more beneficial than the income.  In 1961, after teaching high school biology in Camp Point, IL and Mendon, IL, and then 4 years at Quincy College, Quincy, IL, we went to Purdue University where I served as an Instructor of Biology while pursuing a PhD and I was awarded the degree in 1966.  From there we moved to Michigan and Michigan State University where I am now retired as a Professor of Biology Emeritus. Throughout my time at MSU, I have been on the faculty of Lyman Briggs College (LBC), a residential college of the University.  I was privileged to design the biology program for the newly formed college, LBC.  In 1993, I was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Faculty award for the College of Natural Science (one of the colleges of the University with which Lyman Briggs College is closely associated).  Joan and I have had many opportunities to travel the world and in the mid 70's, I was given a Fulbright Scholarship to present a series of lectures in several Philippine High Schools and a private high school in Hong Kong.  In the early 80's, I was invited to join the International Rice Research Institute (Los Banos, Philippines) in their training department where my staff trained young men and women in modern rice growing techniques and use of productive varieties. We were there 2.5 years on a leave of absence from MSU.  I have been awarded four NSF grants (primary investigator on 3 of them) to train teachers at the Masters level in environmental science at the University's biological station.  Joan has accompanied me on all of these adventures and our combined educations at Western have been priceless.

 

 

MAYNARD, JIM

I graduated with a degree in Biology in 1966. I had planned to earn my MA in Wildlife Biology at Western. My draft board had other ideas. They indicated that I would not finish because I would be drafted. I took a job teaching Biology in Cuba so my wife would be near her parents when I was drafted. I did not get drafted. I taught Biology for 4 years and earned a MS in Counseling. I moved to Canton in 1970 as the Elementary Counselor. I then earned a MA in Psychology in 1978 and became the School Psychologist in 1979. I obtained administrative certification and became Canton's Special Education Coordinator in addition to being the School Psychologist. I retired in 2000, but continued to do contract work for several years. I have maintained my interest in Biology by environmental work and fishing and hunting. We continue to live in Cuba and winter in Florida.

 


 

travisMOHRMAN, TRAVIS

I am a currently an ecologist at the biological field station of Washington University in St. Louis (private, tier 1 research university).  I am also a bestselling (on Amazon) science fiction author of three novels with a fourth coming out in January, 2014.  The path I have been on in my life was HEAVILY influenced by Dr. Sean Jenkins, a WIU plant ecology professor and director of the Kibbe Biological Field Station. I owe him many favors. If I sell enough books, I'm supposed to give him a building or something out there at the station...he doesn't realize it will be an outhouse (a fancy one though!). 

Web: http://travismohrman.com/

 

 

NETTO, GLENN

I am associate professor of clinical medicine and interim chairman of the Medicine Department at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Illinois. I am a general internal medicine physician with an interest in medical education and primary care medicine. I also serve as the medical director for two local hospitals where I coordinate their {CME} or continuing medical education programs for physicians. I serve on the ISMS (Illinois State Medical Society) and the Board of CME Accreditation.

My interests include travel, gardening and reading literature.

Email:  glennn@uic.edu

 

 

 

NOLAND, JEFF

I currently am a PhD student in the department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. 

I am working under Dr. Bruce Webb and my area of focus is on Insect Molecular Virology and Biotechnology. My research deals with multi-component protein expression using baculovirus expression vectors. I am expressing insecticidal compounds packaged in insect virus polyhedra for delivery in the field. I also am researching and developing a vector system to rapid identify and construct cell lines to find gut targets of pest insects. Additionally, I am working with baculovirus expression vectors for non-permissible cells (mammal origin) to express potential cancer targets to deliver therapeutics and test their efficacy. I am interested in anything science, hockey, drawing, reading and being outdoors.

 

 

 

QUISMONDO (DUTTON), MADISON

I am a 2013 WIU Biology graduate. I currently am living in Moberly, MO, working on an oil and gas pipeline. I am employed by Westwood Professional Services and I am the Field Office Administrator for Spread 2. Even though at the present time I am not using my BS in Biology, I am learning many supervisory skills that will continue to help me throughout my career. I am looking toward working in the environmental side of the pipeline, but right now, its one day at a time. ☺

Web:  http://oilandgas.westwoodps.com

 

 

 

paulREGA, PAUL

I am currently a full-time writer and have published three #1 bestselling books with a fourth book, The Syndrome being released in January, 2014. Interestingly enough—the Western Courier, where I got my start in writing, ran a great story on me and my bestselling career book, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs. The book hit the #1 bestselling spot for career and job search books on Amazon. 

Here is the Western Courier article:  Alum Brings Job Advice
The Career Center at WIU also ran a spot on their site and interviewed me at that time.

Biography:
Paul Rega began his writing career in 1980 while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Upon graduating with a degree in biology and journalism, he spent the next thirty years in business having started an executive search firm in 1984. His passion for writing stayed with him throughout his business life, and he started writing his first book in 1993. He published, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs in December 2011. The book was an instant success, and hit #1 on Amazon's bestseller list for job hunting books in March 2012.  He published 12 Steps to Freedom in August 2013 and Trail of 32, a true coming of age story in September 2013. Paul currently lives in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he is writing his next book.

Web: www.paulrega.com
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Rega/e/B0056UWQSI
Twitter: http://twitter.com/paulregabooks
Facebook: http://facebook.com/paulrega
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/paulrega/boards/

 

 

rogerRODBY, ROGER

I graduated WIU in 1978, went to the University of Illinois College of Medicine from 1978-82. I did a Residency in Internal Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Jersey from 1982-85, and a Fellowship in Nephrology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, from 1985-87 after which I joined the academic faculty of Rush Medical University where I remain. I became full Professor in 2009. I run the Nephrology Fellowship Training program, and spend equal time teaching, writing, administrating and seeing both in-patients and out-patients with various nephrological problems. I am married since 1991, we have 2 children, one in college and one in high school. I enjoy golfing and gardening.

 

 

 

 

tomSHARP, THOMAS

I graduated in 1972 with a B.S. in zoology and went on to obtain my Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Indiana University.  If you really want to blame somebody, it's all Professor Jim Nielsen's fault!  (Nielsen and I started at WIU at the same time, in the fall of 1968.)  After a couple of post-doc appointments, a couple of staff positions at the University of Utah and Texas A&M University, I did 18 years of hard time in the research division of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  Retiring from Pfizer in early 2009, I have been enjoying the semi-retired life, teaching at a number of different local universities (most recently, quantitative and instrumental chemical analysis at the University of New Haven), traveling, sailing in the summertime, and in general doing what I want to do. All the gory details (and then some) can be found on my profile on the Linked-In professional networking site (after all, that's what it's for!) if you really want to know more. 

 
Linked-In profile:   http://www.linkedin.com/in/sharptr

Thomas R. Sharp, Ph.D.
63 Bunny Road
Preston, Connecticut   06365
home:  (860) 887-5314
 
Email:  thomas.sharp50@yahoo.com

 

 

SHIANNA, SHAWN

I continue to practice otolaryngology part-time with FHN in Freeport, Illinois.  However, most of my time is taken up as an administrator, the Chief Medical Information Officer with FHN.  That job, in short, has to do with moving us into electronic medical records and keeping that all running smoothly.  (Our daughters have moved out of state and we are tempted to move to be near them.)

 

WADAS, GINA M.

wadas

Hello WIU alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

My name is Gina Wadas and I received my associate of science degree in December 2007 from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and my bachelor of science degree from WIU in December 2009.  While I attended WIU, I majored in biology/zoology and minored in creative writing.  After graduation, I worked in small animal veterinary medicine specializing in emergency and critical care for about three years.  I also volunteered at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the Amazon Rising exhibit for about two years.

After some soul searching and with a lot of influence from WIU English professor Dr. Erika Wurth and several other WIU biology professors, I decided to merge my passion for science and writing by applying to the Science and Technology Journalism Program (STJR) at Texas A&M University. I am currently working on my master of science degree in science and technology journalism under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Gastel and plan to graduate in May of 2015. 

In addition to being a graduate student, I am a non-teaching graduate assistant for a biomedical narrative writing course, a proofreader for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and an intern at the Texas A&M University Press.

In addition to loving all science disciplines and practicing several forms of writing, I enjoy music, reading, traveling, art, classic cars and motorcycles, Halloween, laughing, learning, the outdoors, and photography to name a few. 

Email: GinaWadas@gmail.com

LinkedIn profile:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginamwadas

 

 

WEIR, MARK

Occupation: Region Manager for Midwest Business Unit
Employer: Air Liquide

As Region Manager of Air Liquide Midwest Business unit, I am responsible for all commercial, service, legal, production and business activities within the Midwest area.  Air Liquide is the largest global manufacturer of industrial, medical and specialty gases, specifically Nitrogen, Oxygen, Helium and Argon.  Our business concentration is on the materials and energy market sectors with a strong presence in food and healthcare customers as well.

I am currently married to Jolene (Badour BA–WIU 98’ / MS-NIU 99’), teacher at CUSD District 303, St. Charles) and have two children Madison (7) and Emma (6).  We live in St. Charles, Illinois.

My current interests are playing golf and traveling with my family.

Email:  mark.weir@airliquide.com

 

 

WELLS, FRANCES

I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with a BA in 1974. I got my MS from Western in 1977 with a plant ecology speciality. I spent one whole summer at Kibbe and did my research on Eagle Island near Kibbe. I worked for the USDA and then US Dept. of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, for a little over 35 years. For most of my career ( 29 years), I was a federal agriculture officer at JFK airport in NY city. My job was interesting, and almost all the passengers seemed to understand when we had to seize items.  I retired in May 2013 and moved to Cape Cod which I have been visiting my whole life.

Email:  Frwells@msn.com