Class Notes

Tom Richardson ’77

Tom Richardson and law partner Greg St. Arnauld (a proud Yooper), wrote a parody song to the tune of Back in the USSR entitled Back in Da U.P. We Are. As of the end of June, it had amassed almost 3,000 views on YouTube.

Cynthia Berman ’79

Cynthia BermanCynthia Berman has been recognized for her legal excellence and client service by the 2019 legal ranking guide Chambers USA. Cynthia also recently received top ranking in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 for her work in real estate law. Cynthia is a principal in the real estate practice of Kramon & Graham in Baltimore, Maryland.

Paul Greff ’83

The Ultimate Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor men and women “who by their deeds as ultimate [Frisbee] players and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, merit acknowledgment by all individuals involved in the sport of ultimate.” The formal induction ceremony is held every five years, and in October of 2018, Paul Greff was honored as a 2016 inductee. In the program, he thanked “all of my classmates at Kalamazoo College who introduced me to Ultimate by inviting me to join in a game on the campus quad…From the moment I chased my first huck down on the quad at Kalamazoo and watched it sponk off my hand and fall harmlessly to the ground, I knew I was meant to play this game.”  Also honored at the event were the “Johnny Appleseeds,” a group of early players who played a highly impactful role in helping the game take root and grow. Bruce “Frisbee” Johnson ’76 was among those players cited.

Jake Bleed ’97

Jake Bleed, who had been the director of fiscal and agency operations in Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office since July 2017, was promoted to state budget director in April. “Jake distinguished himself as a leader in all matters related to the state budget,” Hutchinson said in a news release. “Through his work in our office, he developed relationships with legislators, agency directors and fiscal officers throughout state government. Those relationships, along with an extensive understanding of the budget, make this a smart, seamless transition.”

Sarah Arnosky ’09

Last September, Sarah Arnosky earned MVP honors after helping the St. Louis, Missouri-based Arch Rival Roller Derby to the championship of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association 12-team playoff tournament in A Coruña, Spain. Arnosky, a jammer and co-captain for Arch Rival, scored 325 points in the three games of the tournament to help her team win its first trophy in its 13-year history. Arnosky’s team competed at the World Championships in New Orleans in November and is now ranked No. 5 in the world.