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Michael James McEachran 1969 – 2014

Michael McEachran

Michael James McEachran 1969 – 2014

 

Michael McEachran, my college roommate and friend, sadly passed away this past Sunday morning after a year long battle with Brain Cancer. Michael, an alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (CFA ’95), acted, sang, and danced on television and in theaters on Broadway, off Broadway, on tour and regionally across the country.  Michael was an immensely talented actor and most importantly a beautiful human being. He has been an inspiration to me .  My heart and prayers are with his Spouse, Mother, Stepfather, Siblings, his Nieces, Nephews and those who loved him.

I first met Michael at the beginning of second semester of freshman year, January 1992. Matthew Stocke, a classmate of Michael in the Music Theatre program at the School of Drama, Paolo Malabuyo, a Fine Arts and Industrial Design double major, and I occupied prime real estate of the Carnegie Mellon Campus, Roselawn Terrace #7.  It was light blue individual row house for 5 roommates with a porch, back area, a big living room, dining room, basement with a washer and dryer, and three bedrooms upstairs.  Over the holidays that year, our two previous roommates Ed Walker and Michael Solomon left the CMU Drama school and Roselawn 7 for different pastures so we had two vacancies.  One went to directing student Tim Conley who quickly claimed the basement.  The other went to this thin, tall, handsome, dapper young man with red hair, Michael McEachran.  Thanks to some nifty maneuvering for the single room by Mr. Stocke, Michael and I shared a room for what would become three semesters.

The new Roselawn 7 guys became fast friends and in addition to our rigorous schedules in the College of Fine Arts, we found ways to hang out with each other and be the de facto CFA – Drama and Music congregation hall - party house – over the weekends.  Michael was older than all of us and because of his maturity and personality, he easily became a big brother to me and I sure to the others.  He patiently would answer the questions I had regarding the basics of acting and give strong encouragement to me in my times of despair.  He would be able to negotiate the different strong artistic egos and personalities in the house.  Don’t get me wrong, Michael had a healthy ego but his was tempered by great empathy, generosity, and compassion.  He also was a magnet as he dripped charm and a joie de vivre that always served for a good laugh.  He was the life of any gathering.

In the School of Drama productions, I remember being struck by his acting work in the George Kaufmann/ Moss Hart play “Once in a Lifetime.”  His physical work, the ability for the audience to empathize with his character, his comedic chops, and his brilliant choice to shell and eat peanuts throughout the play as the dimwitted George were eye-opening to me.  His work in that play was so believable and incredible to watch, so human and honest.  To this day, at every first rehearsal of a new play, I think about that eating peanuts choice and how cool it was.

I did get to perform with Michael once in the senior production of “Cabaret,” he as the tall, bean pole, Joel-Grey-be-damned EMCEE full of charm and fury and me as the KitKat “girl” with the short purple skirt and hairy legs playing the Saxophone in the band.  Again he was incredible – this time additionally as a song and dance man.  To this day “Cabaret” is still my favorite musical.

The summer after graduation, Michael was scheduled to do a production upstate and had some time off before.  He invited me on a road trip with him to Orlando to visit his family.  On the highway in North Carolina in the middle of the night, we saw a small furry bundle trying to cross the road.  Michael stopped the car, put it in reverse and we added one more soul to our duo heading south.  A small, tick riddled, cute-as-a-button puppy dog which he gave to his sister Lisa and her family.  It was a great trip.  Getting to experience first hand the newly graduated Michael returning home to showers of love from his proud, proud family.  It was quickly apparent where Michael got his best attributes.

I don’t know why over time Michael and I lost the closeness of those collegiate years.  He moved to New York City, I was on tour for four years and then was in and out of the city for the first few years after.  Wrongly, I took his friendship for granted.  I have seen him a few times, but never once shared with him what how much his friendship and Artistry had influenced me.

Mikey, thank you my friend for everything that you shared with and have given me.  I am not sure why things happen the way they do, but wherever you are, I hope that you can fully see and sense the immense love for you that is zapping back and forth on the internet, but more importantly how much it swells in our hearts and minds. Rest in well deserved peace my friend you are already greatly missed.

Memorials may be made in Michael’s memory to:

St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital

P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

or by calling 1-800-822-6344.

Please provide Michael’s tribute #35893813 and the family will be notified of your gift.

 

Michael’s Obituary and Funeral information from his sister Diane Wolf:

Dear friends and family – Here is my wonderful brother Michael McEachran‘s obituary and funeral service information. I miss him and there will forever be a hole in my heart. Writing about his amazing life was my greatest honor. He is resting in the loving arms of our father – singing and dancing in heaven. If you are in the New York area, please come celebrate with us on Saturday, May 3rd.

Michael James McEachran, age 44, Broadway and Television singer/actor, went into God’s arms on Sunday, April 27th at his dream home in Brooklyn, NY. He was diagnosed in 2013 with brain cancer. He fought courageously and continued his selfless love during the last 12 months, just as he did his entire life. He is survived by a loving family including his spouse, Hector Rojas who was faithfully beside him; his mother and stepfather, Joyce and Charles Frantzen; a brother, Jeffrey McEachran; two sisters, Lisa Cowan and Diane (John) Wolf, and a sister-in-law, Amy McEachran-Todd. He will be remembered as a loving uncle and honorary father-figure to ten nieces and nephews: Jeffrey McEachran Jr., Jared McEachran, Justin Cowan, Ryan Anderson, Aliya Cowan, Katey Wolf, Amy Wolf, Emilie Wolf, Johnny Wolf and Tory Cowan. He is preceded in death by his father and step-mother, James A. (Elaine) McEachran, his infant brother, James C. McEachran, his grandparents, and lifetime friend, Timothy Mitchell.

Michael was born in Alpena, Michigan on June 9, 1969. He was the youngest child with bright red hair and sparkling blue eyes singing ‘Joy to World’ at the age of two. He graduated from Goshen, Indiana High School in 1987 and was inspired to sing and dance by participating in the ensemble ‘Crimsonaires.’ He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and starred in ‘Cabaret’ his senior year. His Broadway credits include several touring productions including ‘How to Succeed in Business’ with Ralph Macchio, 1996; ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ 2000. He also appeared in Broadway’s ‘Little Me’ starring Martin Short, 1998. He starred in the 2006 off-Broadway Musical “How to Save the World and Find True Love” which was written and produced for him. Michael was in numerous television commercials and TV appearances. He is a member of Actor’s Equity. He joined Edison Learning, an education services company as Enrollment Manager in 2007. He used his creativity and his inexhaustible energy to inspire students throughout the country to stay in school. In addition to his passion for song and dance, Michael later became a fine artist including pencil sketching and acrylic paint. In 2012, he helped inspire the creation of Mod Cup, LLC., a specialty coffee business in Hoboken, NJ.

Michael will be remembered for his passion, love, creativity, talent, soulful wisdom, wit, and lasting friendship. He will continue to be a light that shines forever. Services will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at the Actors’ Chapel – St. Malachy’s, 239 W. 49th Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-489-1340. Visitation starts at 9:30 a.m. and funeral services begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held privately.

Expressions of condolences can be sent to the Actor’s Chapel. Memorials may be made in Michael’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or by calling 1-800-822-6344. Please provide Michael’s tribute #35893813 and the family will be notified of your gift.

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Jan 10 – 18th, NYC : THUMBPRINT: a world premiere Opera based on the story of Mukhtar Mai.

I am excited to make my opera debut in the world premiere of THUMBPRINT. A newly commissioned opera by Kamala Sankaram, composer and Susan Yankowitz, librettist, THUMBPRINT is based on interviews with Mukhtar Mai, a gang rape victim who was the first Pakistani woman to bring her attackers to justice in 2002. The score is heavily influenced by Hindustani and Western Classical music and the Libretto is in English. THUMBPRINT is part of the PROTOTYPE: OPERA/ THEATRE/ NOW Festival.

THUMBPRINT

Featuring Kamala Sankaram, Soprano; Manu Narayan, Lyric Baritone; Steve Gokool, Bass; Theodora Hanslowe, Mezzo; Leela Subramanium, Soprano; and Kannan Vasudevan, Tenor.

Musical Direction by Steve Osgood ; Directed by Rachel Dickstein

at the Baruch Performing  Arts Center, Nagelberg Theater, 55 Lexington Avenue (between 24th and 25th), New York, NY 10010.

90 Minutes.  Tickets $25 ($16.30 & $15 through PROTO pack).

January 10 & 12 /  14 through 18 at 7:00 pm  and  January 11 at 4:00 pm  **

**A panel on International Human Rights with esteemed panelists will follow the January 11 (4PM) show.  Moderated by Peter McCabe, the discussion will feature Maitreyi Das, Lead Social Sector Specialist, World Bank; Mohammed Naqvi, director of SHAME, a special Emmy winning documentary about Mukhtar Mai; Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch; Kamala Sankaram, Composer & SusanYankowitz, Librettist; and Ms. Mukhtar Bibi will join the conversation via Skype.

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Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai in the world premiere of THUMBPRINT at the 2014 Prototype Festival in the Nagelberg Theater, Baruch College Performing Arts Center.

THUMBPRINT poetically explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that shape Mukhtar’s story. Through acts of courage that astonish even her, Mukhtar is transformed, and so is the world that watches.

Composer Kamala Sankaram (Soprano) sings the lead role, bringing to life Mukhtar Mai’s courage, fortitude, and independence of thought.  I portray the role of Faiz Muhammed (Lyric Baritone), the antagonist who as a leader in the Village is ultimately charged with ordering the Honor “Crime” against Mukhtar. Steve Gokool, Bass  and Theodora Hanslowe, Mezzo portray Mukhtar’s Father and Mother, Leela Subramaniam, Soprano -Mukhtar’s sister Annu, and Kannan Vasudevan, Tenor – Mukhtar’s Brother Shakur.  Each cast member portrays multiple roles in the telling of the story.

Thumbprint started as a song-cycle commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects for the 2009 21c Liederabend at Galapagos Art Space, was further developed for the 2011 iteration at The Kitchen, and will now receive its final development and world-premiere in this co-production by BMP and HERE.

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now is Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s “wildly promising new opera and music-theatre festival” (The New York Times), showcasing the boom of new work by pioneering artists from New York and around the world. Launched in January 2013, the Festival produces, presents, and commissions fully realized chamber-sized piecesOn the inaugural launch, NPR noted “The rise of small-scale, more experimental presentations of opera is hugely exciting” and New Yorkmagazine concluded that PROTOTYPE “should quickly evolve into a New York institution,” adding, “The contemporary mini music drama has found its impresarios in Kristin ­Marting, Beth Morrison, and Kim Whitener.”

The inaugural Festival featured the world premiere co-commission of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song, the New York premiere of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, the U.S. premiere of 33 1/3 Collective’sBluebeard, and LA’s dark glam opera band, Timur and the Dime Museum. The 2014 Festival calendar, credits, personnel, synopses, libretti, images, videos, biographies, and more can be found at http://prototypefestival.org.

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A B O U T   T H E   C R E A T I V E   T E A M

As a performer, Kamala Sankaram has collaborated with and premiered pieces by the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Wooster Group, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, eighth blackbird, Phil Kline, David T. Little, Corey Dargel, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tristan Perich, Fred Ho, the Dogs of Desire, and Anti-Social Music, among others.  She has recorded with Anthony Braxton (TRILLIUM E: Braxton House), Phil Kline (Around the World in a Daze: Starkland Records), End (The Sick Generation: Hymen Records), Death Comet Crew (Dominatrix), the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Anti-Social Music.

As a composer, Kamala Sankaram’s music has been praised as “strikingly original” (Allan Kozinn, NY Times), and performed as part of American Opera Projects “Opera Grows in Brooklyn” series, at HERE Arts Center, the Stone, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, and the Lucerne Festival, among others. She had the featured commission on the 2009 21C Liederabend, selected as one of Time Out’s 10 Best Classical Concerts. Her music for SOUNDING (directed by Kristin Marting) was praised as “gorgeous pop-rock interludes” (Time Out NY). She was the 2011 Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy and the 2012 Composer-in-Residence at the Eugene O’Neil Theater. She has received grants from the MAP Fund,  the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Meet the Composer, and the Asian Women’s Giving Circl e, as well as residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Hermitage. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, Kamala created MIRANDA, a steampunk murder mystery opera called “enjoyable, utterly original opera” (NY Post) and “among the very best theater achievements of 2012” (NYTheater.com).

Susan Yankowitz is a playwright, novelist, lyricist and librettist. Among her plays are THE REVENGE, PHAEDRA IN DELIRIUM (winner of the QRL poetic play competition); UNDER THE SKIN; TERMINAL and 1969 TERMINAL 1996, both pieces collaborations with Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theatre (Drama Desk Playwright’s Award); A KNIFE IN THE HEART (O’Neill Conference winner; West Coast Premiere October 2002 at Sledgehammer Theatre); and NIGHT SKY, presented throughout the United States and internationally. Her plays have been translated into French, Japanese, Catalan, Dutch and German; they have been widely published and anthologized. She is also the librettist/lyricist of SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT, a gospel-and-blues opera with music by Taj Mahal; CHERI, an opera/music theatre work with Michael Dellaira; and bookwriter/lyricist of TRUE ROMANCES, a musical fantasia with Elmer Bernstein.

In addition to her work for the stage, she has written a novel, SILENT WITNESS, published by Knopf, as well as several films and television plays. Her teleplay, THE PRISON GAME, was aired on PBS, as was SYLVIA PLATH: ARROW TO THE SUN, which won her a WGA nomination for the best-written documentary of the season.

Her work has been honored by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, NYFA, TCG, Berilla Kerr, McKnight and Rockefeller Foundations. She is a frequent fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell, and is a member of New Dramatists, PEN, the Dramatists Guild, and WGA.


P R O T O T Y P E

T H E   P R O D U C E R S

Creative producer Beth Morrison Projects identifies and supports the work of emerging and established composers and their collaborators through the commission, development, and production of their work, taking the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, and multi-media concert works. Relying on the core values of collaboration, exploration, experimentation, artistry, and excellence, BMP provides a nurturing structure that allows artists to push the boundaries of their art form. Founded in 2006, BMP rapidly developed a reputation for “envisioning new possibilities and finding ways to facilitate their realization” (New York Times). In 6 years, BMP has commissioned, developed, and produced more than thirty operas and music-theatre pieces that have premiered or been performed in New York, across the country, and around the globe. The Wall Stre et Journal said, “Ms. Morrison may be immortalized one day as a 21st-century Diaghilev, known for her ability to assemble memorable collaborations among artists.” BMP is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City, Meet the Composer, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the ART NY/ JP Morgan Chase Fund for Small Theaters, The Map Fund, a program of creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. http://www.bethmorrisonprojects.org

Since 1993, HERE has been one of New York’s premier arts organizations and a leader in producing and presenting new, hybrid performance work. Over 20 years, HERE has come to occupy a unique and essential place in the landscape of downtown live arts, and to be known as a home both for risk-taking artists in all disciplines, and for their adventurous audiences. HERE has served thousands of emerging to mid-career artists developing bold new hybrid performances, which are cross-disciplinary works that challenge existing boundaries among media and forms of expression. In the face of cookie-cutter art making, HERE has created a commissioning, development and production model that addresses many of the challenges faced by artists working in these hybrid forms. HERE makes it possible for artists to work at varied levels or scales, depending on what they individually need for their project, and to do it within a community of fellow artists who provide peer support and inspiration through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). One major focus is on hybrid music- theatre/opera works, often involving multi-media and other genres such as dance and film. Recent examples are Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts (2007 & 2009), Christina Campanella & Stephanie Fleischmann’s Red Fly/Blue Bottle (2009), Nick Brooke’s Border Towns (2010), Yoav Gal’s Mosheh (2011), Kamala Sankaram’s Miranda (2012), Joe Diebes’ Botch, and upcoming, Stephan Weisman & David Cote’s The Scarlet Ibis, Hai-Ting Chinn’sScience Fair, Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathedral, and Rob Roth & Lady Rizo’s SoundstageHERE is located at 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013. http://here.org

T H E   P R E S E N T I N G   P A R T N E R S

Baruch Performing Arts Center presents programming that reflects the various interests of the college for both the college community and general public. BPAC and the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences support programming on an individual basis such as: the Joel Segall Great Works Readings, the Aaron Silberman Concert Series, the Alexander String Quartet Residency, the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series, and the Weissman Talks Onstage Dialogue Series via the Baruch Jewish Studies Center. BPAC programming is presented by professional musicians, theater and dance companies. BPAC is located at 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010. http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac


T H E   C R E D I T S

PROTOTYPE is part of “January in NYC is the Place to Be for the Performing Arts,” celebrating the unmatched convergence of performing arts professionals, audiences, and events in New York City. Every January over 45,000 people from around the globe flock to New York City for public festivals and industry gatherings, featuring over 1,500 performances by thousands of world-class artists of all disciplines and genres, including world music, theatre, dance, classical, and jazz. These Festival presentations and additional conversations coincide with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) conferences, and the Opera America New Works Forum. More at www.JanuaryNYC.org.

Leadership funding for PROTOTYPE has been provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with significant support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Charles and Cerise Jacobs Fund for New Opera, and The Reed Foundation.

Inauguration of Carnegie Mellon University’s Ninth President, Dr. Subra Suresh – November 15, 2013

I am looking forward to the events on November 14th and 15th at Carnegie Mellon University to celebrate the inauguration of our new President Dr. Subra Suresh.  I am already amazed at the exciting things that Dr. Suresh has already put into motion for our University and cannot wait to formally celebrate his appointment and dream about the future.

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Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to announce a series of inaugural events to welcome its ninth president, Dr. Subra Suresh.  The formal investiture ceremony will take place on November 15, 2013.

Google Executive Chairman Dr. Eric Schmidt will be the keynote speaker, and Dr. Suresh will deliver the inaugural address.

In addition, symposia and discussions are planned for President Suresh’s inaugural year with the theme of “Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Lives.”

Dr. Subra Suresh

Dr. Subra Suresh

Schedule of Events

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

The Study of Human Diseases at the Intersections of Engineering, Sciences & Medicine

A Lecture by President Subra Suresh

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
No tickets required


NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Campus-wide Celebration
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., University Center
No tickets required

Symposium: Leveraging the Data Sciences
3:00 – 4:15 p.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
No tickets required

Symposium: New Paradigms of Teaching and Learning
4:30 – 5:45 p.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
5:45 – 6:30 p.m., Showcase: Connan Room
No tickets required

Dinner (by invitation only)
Omni William Penn Hotel
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy and Climate
10:30 – 11:45 a.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
No tickets required

Inaugural Luncheon (by invitation only)
Carnegie Music Hall Foyer (just a short distance from CMU campus)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Investiture Ceremony & Reception

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall | * Webcast Available

No tickets required

All events will be held in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh Campus, unless otherwise noted.

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Subra Suresh (born May 30, 1956) is the ninth and current president of Carnegie Mellon University.

A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh served as Director of the National Science Foundation from 2010 to 2013. Before his appointment to NSF, he was the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the Dean of the School of Engineering (2007-2010).

In October 2013, Suresh was elected to the Institute of Medicine, the branch of the U.S. National Academies that honors researchers in medicine and health care. He already had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2002). Suresh is one of only 16 American scientists to be elected to all three branches, and the only current university president to hold this distinction.

His appointment as president of Carnegie Mellon University was announced on February 5, 2013.[1] Commenting on Suresh’s tenure at NSF, President Obama stated, “We have been very fortunate to have Subra Suresh guiding the National Science Foundation . . . . [He] has shown himself to be a consummate scientist and engineer — beholden to evidence and committed to upholding the highest scientific standards. He has also done his part to make sure the American people benefit from advances in technology, and opened up more opportunities for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. I am grateful for his service.”

In 2011, Suresh received the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, bestowed by the President of India.[16] Other honors include the 2006 Acta Materialia Gold Medal; the 2007 European Materials Medal, the highest honor conferred by the Federation of European Materials Societies comprising 27 countries (he was the first scientist based outside Europe to receive this medal); the 2008 Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science; the 2011 General President’s Gold Medal from the Indian National Science Congress; the 2012 R.F. Mehl Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; the 2011 Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); and the 2011 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies. He also received ASME’s 2012 Timoshenko Medal, the highest global recognition in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics.

In 2006, Technology Review magazine selected his work on nanobiomechanics as one of the top-10 emerging technologies that “will have a significant impact on business, medicine or culture.” Suresh received the Franklin Institute‘s 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science for “outstanding contributions to our understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials in applications ranging from large structures down to the atomic level. This research also showed how deformation of biological cells can be linked to human disease.”[17][18]

Suresh also received the Alan Cottrell Gold Medal for his pioneering work on fracture and fatigue of materials at the 2013 International Conference on Fracture.

Suresh has been elected to ten science and/or engineering academies: U.S. National Academy of Engineering; U.S. National Academy of SciencesAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences; the U.S. Institute of Medicine, Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering; Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences; German National Academy of Sciences; Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy; Indian National Academy of Engineering; Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore). He is a recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the United States, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, India, and China.

Suresh has been elected a fellow or honorary fellow by all major materials societies in the United States and India, including the Materials Research Society, the American Society for Materials International; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Ceramic Society; the Indian Institute of Metals; and the Materials Research Society of India.

Suresh graduated from high school in Tamil Nadu, India, at the age of 15. He received his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai in May 1977 and his MS from Iowa State University in May 1979. He completed his doctoral thesis two years later, in August 1981, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a ScD. He is the first Asia-born professor to lead any of the five schools at MIT, and the first Asia-born scientist to lead NSF.

Lia Chang: Nov. 4: The Jungle Book’s André De Shields Nominated for Jeff Award; will perform “I Wanna to Be Like You” at Ceremony

manu narayan:

Congratulations To Andre DeShields for his Jeff Nomination for Mary Zimmerman’s “The Jungle Book.”  It also Features my Bombay Dreams Co-Star Anjali Bhimani.

Originally posted on Backstage Pass with Lia Chang:

André De Shields (King Louie) and Akash Chopra (Mowgli) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book. Photo by Liz Larsen

André De Shields (King Louie) and Akash Chopra (Mowgli) in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new musical adaption of The Jungle Book. Photo by Liz Larsen

It’s been quite a jazzy year for Two-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway legend André De Shields, who completed his run as King Louie and Akela in the world premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, a co-production of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Boston’s Huntington Theatre on October 20, 2013.

For his critically-acclaimed role as King Louie, André has been nominated for a Jeff Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical, and recently garnered a 2013 BTAA for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Musical or Revue) at The 19th Annual Black Theater Alliance Awards, which honor excellence in African American theater and dance productions in the Chicago area.

André De Shields, Lia Chang, Ronnie Malley and Neel Murgai backstage at the McCarter's production of The White Snake in Princeton, NJ on November 1, 2013. Photo by Tessa Brinckman André…

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2013 NL WildCard – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinatti Reds #BUCTOBER

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I grew up watching my Pittsburgh Pirates. Omar Moreno, Bill Madlock, “Pops” Stargell, Kent Tekulve, Bob Walk, etc.  Last time I watched the Pirates in the postseason was that Infamous game seven 21 years ago in 1992.  I was a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon watching on the CFA mezzanine on a gerry rigged Black and White TV (remember those?).  I along with most Pittsburghers still can feel the echoes of being sick to my stomach when our best player skinny MVP Barry Bonds, failed to throw out our ex player Sid Bream (running with a leg injury) on a pinch hit from a no name, Francisco Cabrera.

I have gone to many games since then both at Three Rivers and now at beautiful PNC Park.  I have gone with friends, and family.  The last time I went with my late father was on his 70th Birthday.  As we crossed the Clemente Bridge,  he turned to me and said “just to let you know, they never win when I come.” I said, “Dad,  look around, I don’t think it is you.  They never win period.”

Times have finally changed. Twenty One years and a bunch of baseball hopelessness later, here we are.  One Wild Card game at home to continue forward into the “real” multi game playoffs.  Our team is riding a high into tonights game with the hated Cincinnati Reds.  Those same Reds, who we just swept in Cincinnati to finish the regular season.  Those same Reds that have been so dastardly at throwing right at our NL MVP Andrew McCutchen since the end of last year.

Dad, if you are watching, times have changed, they finally have turned things around.  I wish you were here to enjoy it.  but wherever you are, please give the North Side Boys a ton of offensive power and our Francisco, Mr. Liriano some awesome movement and location.  Oh yeah and Screw the REDS!

GO BUCCOS! The City’s hopes rest on you!

Production Photos: Gettin’ The Band Back Together Featuring Manu Narayan, Alison Fraser, Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara and More at George Street Playhouse, Opens October 4, 2013

Our Band “Juggernaut” finally reunited in “Gettin’ The Band Back Together” now through October 27th at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.Adam Monley as Sulley, Jay Klaitz as Bart, Mitch Jarvis as Mitch, and Me as Robbie.

Shooting Fox’s “The Following” with Kevin Bacon, James McDaniel, Shawn Ashmore, and more

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Kevin Bacon – The Following (image credit: Michael Lavine/ FOX)

I finally have one degree of separation between me and Kevin Bacon. Kevin and I are both alumni of The Pennsylvania Governors School of the Arts, the PA state sponsored summer professional training school for gifted high school arts students.  But even though there has always been that connection, I had never met Kevin in person, only seeing him in passing at the opening night party of Broadway’s Life  x 3 a few years ago. I have always enjoyed Kevin’s work. He was incredible in Footloose, Stir of Echoes, JFK, and a favorite of mine A Few Good Men.   I am really excited to have spent time with him this past Wednesday on the set of Fox’s The Following.   Kevin is so gracious and so kind to his fellow actors.  In preparation for my role as FBI analyst Reece in the first episode of season 2, I watched a few episodes of The Following. What impresses me most about Kevin, both as Ryan Hardy on the show and in his other roles in film, is that he so easily straddles the line between a believable leading man and a character actor of varied depth.  I admire him greatly for his skill onscreen.   That he was so gracious and came out of his way to introduce himself to me was the icing on the cake

James McDaniel in ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ (image credit: Mark H. Preston-ABC,2010)

James McDaniel, another favorite actor of mine who was nominated for two EMMY awards for his work on NYPD Blue as Lt. Arthur Fancy, is on season 2 of The Following playing our FBI boss Ken Phillips.  As I learned recently, he is friends with Peter Jay Fernandez, a colleague of mine in the Actors Center Workshop Company.  James and I quickly made the Peter Jay connection and had a couple of wonderful conversations between takes. I am currently deep in rehearsals for the new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.  So traveling and transitioning from the world of Broadway to a television set in Brooklyn was a good challenge.

Valerie Cruz in "The Following"

Valerie Cruz in “The Following” (image credit: The WB)

Going from acting as a singing/ dancing Dermatologist in a musical comedy under TONY award winning director John Rando, to playing an FBI crime analyst with a lot of dry technical text under executive producer/director Marcos Siega was what we actors live for. Thankfully, even though TV is much faster paced than theatre, Marcos and the entire cast and crew including Kevin, James, Canadian Shawn Ashmore (Iceman on X-Men and a great guy), and Valerie Cruz (Nip/TuckDexter, True Blood) were incredibly helpful and the shoot seemed to turn out well.

Kyle Barisich

Kyle Barisich (image credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America)

Kyle Barisich, who recently left the Broadway company of  Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera starring as Raoul, was my crime analyst partner in the scene. Kyle is a true pro, smart and talented. It is easy to see why he is a Broadway Star.  TV and film stardom is sure to follow.

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse, NJ from 9/24-10/27/13

I am having a blast in rehearsals for Ken Davenport’s new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together (previously known as Garage Band: the musical) at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. Performances run September 24th – October 27th, 2013. Opening night is scheduled for October 4th at 8PM.

Getting_the_band_back_together_flyer1This original Mike Myers/Will Farrell style ensemble musical is about four high school friends from a small town in New Jersey, who, while grappling with turning 40, reunite their hometown garage band to reclaim their dreams and finally triumph over their high school nemesis.

The cast is incredibly talented with the resumes that speak to their superb singing, acting, dancing and instrumental skills. The rehearsal room is a constant source of fun as we are having a ball collaborating with the creative team here in New Brunswick, NJ. I am hopeful that this funny, poignant musical will be a hit here and later up the New Jersey transit lines to Manhattan.  You definitely will be humming the tunes back home from the theatre.

I won’t give away too much, but our re-formed band of heroes are called “Juggernaut.” It consists of four high school classmates: I play Robbie, the dermatologist on keyboards;  my fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages) is Mitch the investment banker and lead singer;  Jay Klaitz (High Fidelity) is Bart, the high school math teacher on Bass; Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!) is Sulley, the hometown cop on drums, as the reuniting band mates.  Newcomer to the band is Evan Daves (The Coast of Utopia) on guitar.  The cast also features two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (GSP’s Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy on Broadway) as Sharon, Mitch’s mom, and another fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus and classmate of mine Brandon Williams (TV’s “Entourage,” “Stay at Home Dad”) as Tygen, the band’s high school arch-nemesis.  The company is rounded out by Heather Brave (Circle of Friends) as Billie , Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith) as Dani, Ryan Duncan (Soul Doctor) as Dr. Patel, Sr., Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line) as Officer Roxy, Christopher Gurr (Memphis national tour) as Sargent Sullivan & JP, Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Ritchie, Emily McNamara (NEWSical the Musical) as Tawney, and Tad Wilson (Wonderland) as the Mayor.

photo courtesy of Ken Davenport productions

The cast and creative team of “Gettin’ the Band Back Together” at George Street Playhouse. photo courtesy of Ken Davenport productions

Mitch Jarvis (MITCH) on a Coffee Break

CMU Alumnus Mitch Jarvis (MITCH) on a Coffee Break

Jay Klaiitz (BART) on Bass in “Juggernaut” music rehearsal

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Evan Daves (RICKY), Ryan Duncan (Dr. PATEL), Heather Brave (BILLIE) in GTBBT Rehearsal at Davenport Studios, NYC 8/27/13

Fellow CMU Alumnnus Brandon Williams (TYGEN), Deidre Goodwin (ROXY), Emily McNamara (TAWNEY) at Davenport Studios in NYC 8/27/2013

Fellow CMU Alumnnus Brandon Williams (TYGEN), Deidre Goodwin (ROXY), Emily McNamara (TAWNEY) at Davenport Studios in NYC 8/27/2013

Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown, GSP’s Toxic Avenger) is director of Gettin’ The Band Back Together which is written by Ken Davenport and The Grundelshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg, and music and lyrics by Mark Allen.  Fred Hartenstein is Stage Manager.

Orchestrations are by Doug KatsarosFred Lassen serves as musical director, Kelly Devine is choreographer. Creating the world of the play are scenic designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Ken Billington, costume designer Gregory Gale and sound designer Peter Fitzgerald.

George Street Playhouse is run by Artistic Director David Saint.  It was founded in 1974 by former Rutgers faculty member Eric Krebs.

Discount code using the word BOMBAY

GSP flyer advertising the 2 for 1 discount code using the code BOMBAY

A 2 for 1 ticket deal is available using the code “Bombay” which harkens back to my Broadway debut as the lead in AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams.

Read more about Gettin’ the Band Back Together

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Manu Narayan, Alison Fraser, Garth Kravits, Emily McNamara and More Set for Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse, September 24-October 27, 2013 - Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Alison Fraser & Mitchell Jarvis to Lead GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse; Full Cast Announced by www.broadwayworld.com

Manu Narayan appointed to the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees

Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang

Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang

When Dr. Jared Cohon, the outgoing president of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), set up an appointment to talk with me in May, I assumed that we were going to discuss some of the details regarding my duties as Master of Ceremonies for the June 15th CMU Inspire Innovation Gala in Pittsburgh, PA.

I quickly realized that this conversation was about something bigger and much more personal to me. Dr. Cohon stunned me with the invitation to join the Leadership of Carnegie Mellon University as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Fully aware that there is a Silicon Valley Manu Narayan who, unfortunately for me, has most combinations of the name as his email and other usernames, I asked Dr. Cohon if he was sure that he was asking the right guy. He assured me that this Manu Narayan is whom they wanted: the actor/musician. I was beside myself – thrilled and at the same time stunned. But it was an easy decision, I heartily accepted!

On July 1, 2013, I began my three year term on the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Term Trustee, joining new president Subra Suresh and the distinguished members of the Board (listed below). As an alumnus of the College of Fine Arts, School of Music, with a double degree in Vocal Performance and Saxophone Performance, and as a performing arts professional, hopefully I bring a unique perspective to the University that has given me much.

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Photos & Video: Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Manu Narayan, Deep Singh and More

Manu Narayan, Rajika Puri, Kannan Vasudevan and More Set for THUMBPRINT, A New Contemporary Opera, by Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz at The Watermill Center

Manu Narayan, Mark Bennett, Lea Salonga, Michael K. Lee and Stafford Arima Among 2012 Craig Noel Award Nominees

Multimedia: Manu Narayan Dazzles as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s Revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross

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ABOUT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY:

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a global research university with more than 12,000 students, 92,000 alumni, and 5,000 faculty and staff.

CMU has been a birthplace of innovation throughout its 113-year history.

Today, CMU is a global leader bringing groundbreaking ideas to market and creating successful startup businesses.

Their award-winning faculty members are renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges. They put a strong emphasis on creating things—from art to robots. Their students are recruited by some of the world’s most innovative companies.

CMU has campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

  • In 2012, Times Higher Education of London ranked CMU No. 22 in the world, and No. 15 among U.S. universities.
  • In a 2010 Wall Street Journal poll, job recruiters looking for new hires ranked CMU No. 1 in computer science, No. 4 in finance and No. 7 in business. CMU ranked 10 overall.
  • Nearly 35 percent of CMU’s students are from 115 countries outside the US, giving the university one of the 10 most international student bodies, by percentage, among four-year U.S. institutions.
  • CMU has ranked No. 1 among all US universities without a medical school in the number of startup companies created per research dollar spent since 2007. Find out more: CMU’s Entrepreneurial ecosystemhelping to create startup companies– Greenlighting Startups 
  • In the past 15 years, CMU faculty, students and alumni have created more than 300 companies and 9,000 jobs.
  • CMU is a world leader in robotics. CMU’s autonomous vehicle, Boss, earned the $2M prize for winning the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. Now, CMU researchers are developing a flying car, and working to land and operate a robot on the moon through Google’s Lunar X Mission—a project that combines technology and art.
  • CMU attracts award-winning talent. Current and former faculty and alumni are winning top awards in art, science and technology.
  • With 100 percent of CMU’s electricity coming from green power sources, the university ranked as a green power leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Currently in the final stages, the university’s “Inspire Innovation” campaign has already reached its $1 billion goal.

CMU consists of seven schools and colleges: Carnegie Institute of TechnologyCollege of Fine ArtsDietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Heinz CollegeMellon College of ScienceSchool of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.

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Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University

Officers of the Board

Raymond J. Lane, Chairman
E. Kears Pollock, Vice Chairman
James E. Rohr, Vice Chairman
Subra Suresh, President
Mark S. Kamlet, Provost and Executive Vice President
Jay Calhoun, Treasurer
Mary Jo Dively, Vice President and General Counsel
Cheryl M. Hays, Secretary
Charles A. Kennedy, Chief Investment Officer
Karen T. Khan, Assistant Secretary
Robbee Baker Kosak, Vice President for University Advancement
Elizabeth Milavec, Assistant Treasurer
Michael Murphy, Vice President for Campus Affairs
Amir Rahnamay-Azar, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Ex Officio Trustees

Subra Suresh, President
Darlene M. Harris, President, Pittsburgh City Council
Roberta Klatzky, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University
Steven Price, President, Andrew Carnegie Society
Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Antoinette Ungaretti, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Life Trustees

John R. Bertucci, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc.
Frank Brunckhorst, Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Interim Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
Linda A. Dickerson, Principal, 501(c)(3)2
Philip L. Dowd, Sherick Enterprises, LLC
Dina Dublon
Howard Ellin, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom
Edward H. Frank, Vice President, Apple, Inc.
Yoshiaki Fujimori, President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
Ira J. Gumberg, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co.
Teresa L. Heinz, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies
Torrence M. Hunt, Jr.
Tod S. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc.
Raymond J. Lane, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Bruce McWilliams, CEO and President, SuVolta
Ambar Paul, Director, Caparo Group Limited
E. Kears Pollock, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc.
James E. Rohr, Executive Chairman, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Jonathan Rothberg, Founder and Chairman, Raindance Technologies and Ion Torrent Systems
David S. Shapira, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.
J. Lea Hillman Simonds
Manoj Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte
James C. Stalder
Donald E. Stitzenberg, Principal, CBA Associates
David Tepper, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management
Mary Ann Ulishney, Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Sunil Wadhwani, Chairman and Co-founder, iGATE Corporation
Paula Kauffman Wagner, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Term Trustees

Joel Adams, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.
Kushagra Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group
Luis Ball, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC
Ronald Bianchini, Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems
Aristides Candris, Senior Consultant, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
Eric Cooper
David Coulter, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC
Russell Crockett
Jeanne Cunicelli, Partner, Bay City Capital
Francisco D’Souza, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc.
Dirk Gates, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.
James Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
Eric Giler, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation
Edward Grefenstette, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts
Roy Haley, Retired Chairman of the Board, WESCO International, Inc.
Oscar Harris, CEO and Founder, Turner Associates
Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO, Shutterfly
Larry Jennings, Jr., Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC
Erren Lester, Director, Product Management, The Advisory Board Company
Candace Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway Corporation
David McCormick, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates
Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation
William L. Meaney, Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain
Anne M. Molloy, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation
Manu Narayan, Performance Artist
David Porges, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation
Roy J. Shanker, Consultant
Ajit Shetty, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica
Luke Skurman, CEO and Founder, College Prowler, Inc.
Lip-Bu Tan, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems
Rohet Tolani, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Thomas Tull, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures
Carol A. Williams, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company

2013-2014 Board of Trustees – Emeritus Life Trustees

Paul A. Allaire, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
Arthur H. Aronson, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Teledyne
Carol R. Brown, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Robert M. Brown, III, President, B-III Capital LLC
Frank V. Cahouet, Retired Chairman and CEO, BNY Mellon
Lucian Caste, Retired Owner, Lucian Caste Architects & Engineers
Douglas D. Danforth, Retired Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Corporation
W. Logan Dickerson, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. & Protos Foods, Inc.
Edward Donley, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
William B. Ellis, Retired Chairman and CEO, Northeast Utilities
Cynthia Friedman, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh
Henry J. Gailliot
Claire W. Gargalli
William Goldsmith, Chairman of the Board, Nucon Energy Group
Richard D. Hamilton, Retired Director of Product Supply, Procter and Gamble
Wilton A. Hawkins
Orion Hoch, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries
T. Jerome Holleran, Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc.
W. Lee Hoskins, Retired Chairman and CEO, The Huntington National Bank
Justin M. Johnson, Retired Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Patricia Askwith Kenner, President, Campus Coach Lines
David M. Kirr, Partner, Kirr, Marbach & Company
Hans W. Lange
Edward E. Lucente
Thomas A. McConomy, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation
Jack E. McGrath, Retired Senior Vice President, Booz & Company
Regina Gouger Miller, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice; Regina Gouger Miller Studio
Lindsay J. Morgenthaler
Alessandro Ovi, President, TechRev srl
Norman F. Parker, Retired President, Varian Associates
Charles J. Queenan, Jr., Retired Senior Counsel, K&L Gates LLP
John G. Rangos, John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation
David M. Roderick, Former Chairman and CEO, United States Steel Corporation
Vincent A. Sarni, Retired Chairman and CEO, PPG Industries, Inc.
Joyce Bowie Scott, J. Bowie Scott Studio
Raymond Smith, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments
William P. Snyder, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc.
W. Lowell Steinbrenner, Retired Chairman, Contours, Ltd.
James M. Walton, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute
Konrad M. Weis, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation

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