Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rossi Recognized as Distinguished Alumna

Francine Rossi, our department's 2007 Distinguished Alumna, was honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Reception on Friday, October 19, 2007. She attended the reception together with her husband, Gregory. Francine, who graduated from WMU with a bachelor's degree (major: English; minor: Speech/Drama), achieved an outstanding career in consumer affairs, breaking the glass ceiling as director and owner of The American Center for Educational Development, Inc., and owner of AS-RA-TECHnologies, an environmental remediation company with contracts for the Department of Aviation (e.g., at O'Hare, Midway & Meigs Airports) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She has kept a close connection with Western since her graduation, culminating in her six year service on the WMU Alumni Board of Directors. During the conversations she had with Drs. Meg Dupuis, Chari Thralls, and Richard Utz, she stressed how her education as a reader, writer, speaker, and editor (she was editor of the Western Herald) played a major role in reaching her career goals. English department students will get a chance to meet and speak with Francine in April, when she has promised to return to Western to share her experiences and speak about the many opportunities a thorough education in English studies provides.

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