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CLASS NOTES 1960s Virginia Barnett Dickert '77, '84 won UNF's 2018 Gladys Prior Award For Career Teaching Excellence. She has taught music for 36 years here in Jacksonville. In addition to class and grade-level music, Dickert leads chorus, facilitates annual performances, takes students to Music USA in Orlando and provides musical outreach as well as entertainment with performances at area retirement communities and hospitals. Her students gain not only an appreciation for music but also learn self- confidence and perseverance. John Eppinger Jr. '77 graduated on January 29, 2018 from Wilmington University with a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technologies with a concentration in Management and Management Information Systems. He is now working in the College of Technology as an Adjunct Instructor. ZTA sorority (pictured above) came to JU in 1968. On February 24, 2018, members of the sorority met on campus for their 50-year reunion. Steve Piscitelli ’75 (pictured below) is a volunteer for Pet Therapy at Jacksonville International Airport as part of the JIA Jax Paws Program. He is shown below with his dog, Roxie. 1970s Bette Mattox '70 (pictured below) celebrated 50 years as the organist at Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL in November 2017. After earning her elementary education degree at JU, Mattox spent 20 of her 35 years in education as a fourth-grade teacher in Duval and Clay Counties. She served her final 15 years as a librarian at San Jose Elementary before retiring in 2012. She served as organist at Southside throughout her time teaching, and does not plan to retire from her music anytime soon. Frank "Rocky" Martello '87 was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Citrus Grove Elementary School in Deland, FL after 28 years as a teacher, baseball coach and Dean. Martello played for the JU Dolphins from 1984-87. He was Coach of the Year for a third time this past season and stepped down from baseball in August 2017. John Mitchell '87 has been named Vice President of Sales at QTC Management, the largest provider of disability exam services to our nations veterans. He will head up sales for the entire organization. John has been in the healthcare business since graduating from JU and currently resides in Southern California. Christiane Tourtet '75 presented during the observance of "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month," May 2018 in Tallahassee, FL. Mary Hester '76 has been selected for the third time as “Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year in Baton Rouge” by Best Lawyers in America ® in its 2018 rankings. The distinction is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Hester previously received this honor in 2012 and 2016. Hester also has been previously recognized among the "Top 25 Women Attorneys in Louisiana" by Louisiana Super Lawyers. She has been listed in both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers since 2008. ALUMNI & FAMILIES 1980s Patty Geary Jones '88 recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary at Crown Point Baptist Church as Worship Leader and 30 years in Music Ministry. Deborah (Debbie) Buscher '89 is a 27-year employee at NASA/Johnson Space Center and is currently the Deputy Manager of the Project Management and Integration Office within the Engineering Directorate. Her Office is responsible for all of the large, cross- cutting Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) designed and built for the International Space Station (ISS) and Orion programs. Recent projects include the Alphamagnetic Spectrometer (AMS), the Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS), the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), and the Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) Crew Module/Separation Ring (CSR).