Eng plans an August wedding with May

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Joe and Jennifer May of Taylorville announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie May, to Michael Eng, the son of Susie Eng Goldschmidt of River Forest and the late Jaffe "Jeff" Eng. The future bride is a 2000 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora and a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She will earn her master of science in accounting from UIC in December. The future groom graduated in 1999 from Oak Park and River Forest High School and in 2004 from UIC, with a bachelor of arts in elementary education. He teaches fifth grade at Irving School in Oak Park.

The couple is planning an Aug. 4, 2006 wedding at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park and a honeymoon in Fiji.

Leader in training

Gardy Senat has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course, a 33-day training program also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. Senat, the nephew of Antonio Senat of River Forest, is a 2002 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hail to the graduates

Alissa Ann Calabrese of Oak Park, a former intern at Wednesday Journal, received a bachelor of science degree, with majors in journalism and history, from Northwestern University in Evanston.

Thomas Begani of Oak Park earned his associate degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America. The son of Thomas and Arlene Begani, Thomas is a 2003 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He will continue his education at the CIA, pursuing a bachelor's degree in culinary arts management.

Erik Timothy Jorgensen of River Forest graduated with a bachelor of arts in business administration, finance emphasis, from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.

Laura Diane Brauneis of Oak Park received a master of science in taxation degree from Northern Illinois University.

George Douglas Smith of Oak Park received a bachelor of arts degree in political science-public administration and service from Northern Illinois University.

Sports medicine guru

Oak Park resident Bernard R. Bach Jr., M.D., has been selected president-elect of both the Herodicus Sports Medicine Society, comprised of 90 international leaders in the field of sports medicine, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a national organization in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship. A member of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and director of sports medicine at Rush since 1986, Bach has published extensively and serves on numerous national sports committees and editorial boards, and is an educator of residents, fellows and his patients. Along with the other members of the sports medicine program, he has been the team physician for the Chicago White Sox in the 2004/2005 season and the Chicago Bulls for the 2005/2006 season.

Making his debut

Carlo Sebree was born in Chicago on Sept. 22. He weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces at birth, and measured 19 1/2 inches long. Carlo's proud parents are Susan and Ross Lissuzzo of Chicago. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Lissuzzo of Oak Park and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sebree of Avon, Ind. Great grandparents are Anthony V. DeRose of Oak Park, Mrs. Anthony J. Lissuzzo of Oak Park and Mrs. G. Vance. Carlo has a big brother, Luca Ross, who is 18 months old.

Fast friends

Oak Parker Whitney Allen, a freshman at Carleton College in Minnesota, participated in a world-wide fast on Oct. 6, and donated the money saved to relief efforts in the Darfur region of Sudan, where an estimated 400,000 people have been killed since 2003 and over 2.5 million people have been left homeless by violence. Over 500 people die there each day from violence, malnutrition and disease. Allen joined hundreds of Carleton students, faculty and staff in the fast, which was followed by a dinner event with a student panel and question-and-answer session.

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