Will Toperoff and Amanda Jacobson are pleased to announce their engagement. Their parents are Gil and RaeLynne Toperoff of Oak Park and Ivor and Joan Jacobson of San Diego. The groom-to-be is a 1987 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rush University. He’s a nurse practitioner with the University of California, San Diego. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Pace University and San Diego State University, and is a teacher in San Diego. A spring wedding is planned.

Structurally sound
Roger Reckers of Oak Park has been installed as the new president of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. President of TGRWA, LLC, a structural engineering firm in Chicago, Reckers has been practicing structural engineering for 32 years, designing buildings for commercial, educational, residential and municipal uses. He has served as a member of the SEAOI board for the last six years and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute and American Institute of Steel Construction. Reckers received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bradley University and a master’s degree in structural engineering from Purdue University.

A Fulbright to Sarajevo
Dr. Ellen McMahon, associate professor and director of the Center for Online Learning at National-Louis University has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina. From September to February of the 2005-2006 academic year, McMahon will teach in the areas of strategic and organizational development, and will work with Bosnian student and community organizations, linking them with their American counterparts through the use of technology.

A longtime Oak Parker who attended Ascension School and Oak Park and River Forest High School (class of 1967), McMahon is one of approximately 800 faculty and professionals from the U.S. who will travel abroad to some 140 countries next year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic or professional achievement and for having demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Art scholars
The Oak Park Area Arts Council awarded 11 scholarships of $1,000 to 2005 Oak Park and River Forest High School graduates to assist them with freshman year tuition and fees. The recipients are : Aaron Berger (Northern Illinois University, journalism/broadcast communications); Peter Boyer (Brown University, architecture with minor in music); Keith Brooks (Elmhurst College, music education and music business); Cole DeGenova (Berklee College of Music, jazz studies); Meaghan Garvey (University of Notre Dame, studio arts and English); Mark Jirik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, printmaking and drawing); Jeffrey Kmiec (Illinois State University, scenic design and theater education); Katherine Robinson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, commercial/fashion photography or art education); Geryn Roche (University of Iowa, art education); Gina Hoch-Stall (Temple University, dance and journalism); Tiffany Young (Purdue University, photography).

Roman on the move at Dominican
Susan Roman has been appointed dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. She has served as an adult reference librarian, a children’s librarian, a general reference librarian and a member of the senior management group of the American Library Association. Roman received her master’s degree in library science from Dominican and holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, and has also taught in the graduate library schools at both Dominican and the U. of C.

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