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Dan Kellams '58

Dan Kellams '58, a New York-based freelance writer and editorial consultant, has published a new book titled "A Coach's Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians." It tells the story of a legendary Iowa high school coach who was known for his winning teams and strict rules. He eventually lost his job when times changed and he didn't. "Les Hipple coached at Marion for 20 years and had a tremendous impact on hundreds of boys," said Kellams, who graduated from Marion High School in 1954 and played four sports under Hipple. "He was hired in 1945 to bring discipline to the program and was fired in 1965 for being too strict." Kellams worked on "A Coach's Life" over a 10-year period, advancing the project during breaks in his corporate assignments. In 2009, he began devoting full time to the project. "I was running out of years and readers," said Kellams.

Dan Kellams '58

Richard Kaufman '69 and Madelyn "Lyn" Butler Kaufman '70

Richard Kaufman '69 and Madelyn "Lyn" Butler Kaufman '70 both credit their Cornell education with their professional success. After more than 25 years in the business world, traveling often, Richard started a luxury travel company in 2000. In 2004, Madelyn started working there full time in addition to a job consulting for a financial planning company. She does the administrative work and he works with customers to plan their travel. The couple travels about four months each year escorting groups around the world. Madelyn said their liberal arts education made them able to work in many different fields. "We think a well-educated person is the foundation of a functioning society," she said. "Our Cornell liberal arts education has served us well, and the longer we have the opportunity to use it, the more we appreciate it."

Richard '69 and Lyn '70 Kaufman

Andrea Herrera '85

Andrea Herrera '85 was featured on CNN.com's Money section as an example of the way a small business can succeed by taking measured risks. Herrera, who opened the catering business Amazing Edibles in 1995, was successful, but her reluctance to borrow money limited her business. After participating in the Accelerator program offered by the Entrepreneur's Organization, she decided to make a move to expand, using home equity and personal credit cards to renovate a space. Her customers now include the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions. "Having a more beautiful facility has given me the courage to go after clients like Harpo," she told CNN.com. "We're not a little storefront anymore. We can sit at the table with the big boys."

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Andrea Herrera '85

Jen Klein O'Keefe '98

Jen Klein O'Keefe '98 was among scientists featured in a Discover magazine article "Earth on Fire," which appeared in the July/August 2010 issue. She is an assistant professor of science at Morehead State University and leads a team of scientists and students in the study of coal fires in eastern Kentucky. The team is part of a larger effort to determine the overall contribution of coal fires to the North American greenhouse gas production. Author Kris Olhson accompanied Jen, her collaborator, and several students on a trip to a coal fire in eastern Kentucky. Jen teaches in both the science education and geology programs at Morehead State University and mentors undergraduate researchers in geology and chemistry. She said her belief in the value of undergraduate research experiences stems from her own experiences as a geology major at Cornell College.

Jen Klein O'Keefe '98
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