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Stem-Cell Revolution
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Piano Playing Provost

Making Waves

Waves of Generosity
Masters of Disguise
The Pohutukawa Spirit
What's In A Name
Geisel in Other Guise
Water Wings
Couch Potato-thon
Cross Purpose


Class Notes May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2


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Jennifer Wong, '96
Gideon Edward Elementary is an inner-city Philadelphia school with 348 students. Every day, 30-year-old Muir graduate, Jennifer Wong commutes the four miles from her home to the predominately African American community, past abandoned houses, graffiti-strewn walls and trash-littered sidewalks, to teach her 30 eager third graders. MORE

Joseph M. Vinetz, '91
Joe Vinetz got hooked on his specialty when he studied microbiology and infectious diseases. “ It was kind of gross with puss and worms and all that,” he says “so, it’s a perfect career.”  MORE


Lisa Bennett, '91
It seemed like a fresh idea, rescuing fruit that was still edible but not aesthetically pleasing enough to put on the shelves. Lisa Bennett, ’91, thought why not make it into a juice and reduce waste as well as increase profits for organic farmers?

Thus, Purity Organic Juices was born. The very small company (there’s one employee) rents time in a factory to produce the juice, which is then sent to select convenience stores and Whole Foods markets. The bulk of their market is in the Bay Area, where Purity is based, but it can also be found gracing the shelves of stores in Chicago, Minneapolis and New York City.

Purity sells a variety of flavors, from Organic Cranberry Harmony (a mix with apples and grapes) to organic lemonade and, in keeping with its original mission, gives back 10 percent of its dividends to support sustainable organic farming.

Sustaining Purity’s own growth means that Bennett finds herself wearing multiple hats. “I’m the shipping consultant, I’m the C.P.A.
I’m whatever I need to be,” she says. Although she majored in Management Science, Bennett feels that nothing can replace what she’s learned in starting Purity: “This has been my life experience,” she says. For more information, please go to http://www.purityorganic.com.

Jill Ater, '86
Jill Ater, ’86, was chatting with three friends one day when they all realized they shared a similar problem: they wanted to work but also wanted to be there for their children. They wanted to be devoted as stay-at-home parents, but also to put their degrees and free time to use. So why not do both, they asked.

10 til 2 was born, filling a unique niche in part-time job placement. “The focus of our company is on parents’ needs,” says Ater, herself the mother of two boys.

Founded a year and a half ago, the company, which is based almost entirely online, became profitable within eight months. Now Ater and her partners are looking to open franchises in four more cities on the West Coast and in the Southwest. With client companies ranging from nonprofits and biotechs, to financial services and publishing, Ater emphasizes that 10 til 2 is not a temp agency, instead the goal is permanent placement.

Ater honed her leadership and initiative-taking skills as a two-term Associated Students Vice President of Finance, and member of the Price Center building committee. “UCSD gave me the ability to do this,” she says. “It was amazing working on planning the Price Center, taking in the growth of campus of the time.”

Ater and her partners are having the time of their lives working at 10 til 2, and bringing parents, work and children together. And she still has time to go watch her son’s first grade poetry reading.

For more information, please visit http://www.tentiltwo.com.

March 7, 2005

John Silber, an improvisational trombonist who headed the Department of Music at UCSD during the 1970s, died March 7, 2005, at UCSD Medical Center. He was 82.

He died of complications from an aneurysm. A native of Wheeling, West Virgina, he served in the Navy during World War II and later studied at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. He completed his Ph.D. in conducting, theory and literature at Indiana University.

He joined UCSD in 1967, and together with Robert Erickson, Will Ogdon, Pauline Oliveros and Tom Nee, developed a progressive music department. “Those first 10 or 15 years were quite extraordinary because the department was so innovative,” Nee says. “John had a perpetual inquisitiveness.”

KIVA, a group Silber formed, was known for improvisations that lasted 45 minutes. Bert Turetzky, now an emeritus professor of UCSD and a former bass player in KIVA, team-taught Medieval and Renaissance music with Silber.

“It was one of the highlights of my 35 years at UCSD,” he said.

Silber retired from UCSD in 1991 and was named professor emeritus. He spent the last decade working on a four-volume text on the nature of the Modern Age and its expression through music and movement.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ann, and eight children; 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Donations are suggested to the Wheeling, West Virginia Symphony Society Inc.