March 2018 Alumni Buzz

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Barb Teed

2007 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, The New School

2010 Graduate Scholar, Hamline University

Barb’s play Not for Sale was picked up last month by the History Theatre for full-scale production. The idea for the play started on her Cooke Undergraduate Scholarship application, where she wrote about her first-generation German real estate father and first-generation Norwegian mother advocating for equal housing in 1960’s civil rights era Minnesota. Barb took that story and turned it into a full-length play. Barb also works as a Direct Support Professional with the disabled and writes for ArtsCrawler Twin Cities, recently covering events at the 2018 Super Bowl that were held in Minnesota.


Brady Redfearn

2007 Undergraduate Scholar, Brigham Young University

2010 Graduate Scholar, Brigham Young University

 Brady joined Brigham Young University’s faculty as an Assistant Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in human-computer interaction and user experience. He’s setting up a multidisciplinary augmented/virtual/mixed reality lab and building relationships with local companies to sponsor projects at BYU to give students real-world experience with applied technologies within the Information Technology program. In addition, Brady runs Redfearn User Experience, providing consulting work for privately-held companies and government agencies related to national defense.


Jay Larry

Young Scholar, 2010 College Scholar, Vanderbilt University

2014 Graduate Scholar, Vanderbilt University

After law school graduation, Jay returned to hometown Houston, TX as an Associate at Bracewell LLP in their Corporate and Securities practice. Jay focuses on securities compliance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate matters for privately and publicly held companies active in the energy industry. He also advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies, as well as management teams seeking private equity capital.


Noam Faingold

2007 Graduate Scholar, New York University and King's College London

 Serving as the Director of the Barthelmes Conservatory college preparatory program, Director/founder of the composition programs at Tulsa Community College, Barthelmes, and University of Tulsa's Summer Composition Seminar, and as an Adjunct Professor of music and film at UT, Noam keeps busy. Noam also recently wrote an orchestra piece in memory of the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Tulsa, OK poet and author of the famous poem Babi Yar. Tulsa Signature Symphony held a concert in Yevtushenko’s memory, featuring Noam’s piece The Defiant Poet: Elegy in Memory of Yevgeny Yevtushenko.


 Nasra Nimaga

2008 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of California Los Angeles

2010 Graduate Scholar, Princeton University

 Nasra is an architectural designer based in New York. She works on many scales of projects with particular emphasis on primary and secondary education, higher education, culture, large scale and mixed use all over the world. She’s worked on projects in New Delhi, Lima, Riyadh, and Hanoi in addition to many US cities. Every project tells a unique story and presents an opportunity to juxtapose pragmatic concerns of space-making with intelligent and even playful design. In addition to her architectural work, Nasra is also a published portrait photographer.


Ryan Baril

Young Scholar, 2007 College Scholar, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ryan recently published his first book, Amped Up, a young adult fantasy that tells the epic adventure of a boy named Jonny Leferd in his quest to acquire special powers called amps so he can save his brother. To learn more about the project, visit Ryan’s website and Amazon Book Page.


Sam Barnett

2010 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, University of Southern California

 Based in Los Angeles, Sam successfully used Kickstarter campaigns to fund a three episode stop animation sci-fi horror series, The Operator. You can check out the first two episodes plus several behind the scenes clips here. The third episode is still in production. Most recently, Sam provided the animation for a Grandtheft music video (warning—you may never look at sushi the same way again).


Carrie Moore

Young Scholar, 2006 College Scholar, Cedar Crest College

2011 Graduate Scholar, Grand Canyon University

 Carrie is a physician recruiter at Tower Health, a large health-system in Pennsylvania. In addition to recruiting for a variety of departments and specialties, Carrie is spearheading the development of a formal curriculum for the health system's residency programs that will educate new physicians on what to expect when they enter the job market. Carrie is also passionate about increasing the availability of medical care to less privileged populations and will be traveling to the southwestern mountain region of Guatemala in June with a group of clinicians to provide ENT and oculoplastic surgical care to the community there.

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