November 2019 Alumni Update

Aaron Chambers (BA ’18) is an associate accountant at Boos & Associates, an accounting and consulting firm.

Karen Vargas (BA ’18) and Jorg Letkemann (BA ‘18) got engaged. Karen is a community outreach representative at MedZed, a medical services company.

Julia (Ponce BA ’18) VanCamp is the boys water polo coach at Gig Harbor (WA) High School

Max (MA ’17) and Brianne (Vogt TC ’09, BA ’07) Debbas directed and star in, “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play,” in order to raise funds for the Syrian refugee crisis. The production is set in a 1940s style radio/recording studio where six actors portray around 60 different characters and perform all the live sound effects. Admission is free with donations and all money from concessions directly benefiting Refugee Response, an organization seeking to assist millions of Syrian refugees. Reserved seating is available at Seating will also be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Performances will be at 101 Sunnyside Avenue Clovis, across from Bicentennial Park, at:

7:00 p.m. Friday, December 13
7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 15
7:00 p.m. Friday, December 20
7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21 

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Delbert Warkentin (BA ’15) was accepted into Columbia University’s M.S. in Nonprofit Management program with a scholarship from the Paraguayan Government (BECAL).

Zack Darrah (BA ’07) was named CEO of Poverello House, a Fresno homeless shelter, in November 2019. He had previously served as executive director for Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM).

Allen Schwamb (BA ’01) was among 102 St. Louis-area educators to receive a Emerson’s Excellence in Teaching award November 17, 2019. The awards pay tribute to area educators from kindergarten teachers to college professors for achievements and dedication to the field of education. Each honoree received a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple box, as a symbol of their vital role in shaping students’ lives. The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is sponsored annually by St. Louis-based Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader.

Benjamin Thomas Higgins (BA ’00) published a children’s book called The Cracking of Monday Egg November 1, 2019, with Ambassador International, which calls the book an entertaining story full of Biblical principles and parallels. Benjamin, known as “B.T.,” “hopes this story will have succeeded if the image of the cracking egg becomes synonymous, in the readers mind, with successfully healing from real life trials.” He grew up in Twain Harte, CA. He, wife Michelle, and their four children live in Anchorage, AK.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations