The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 29, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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    Alumni shine in Master’s Week
By Sarah Fox
Staff writer
Notable UNL alumni - including a
Sears vice president and an AT&T
technology pioneer - are revisiting
their academic roots this week.
Master's Week, which runs
through Friday at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. provides students
the chance to learn about careers from
successful graduates and also teaches
real-life skills for the job market.
"It shows students how to really
make it in the real world," said Phyllis
Larsen. UNL director of public rela
tions. "They can learn secrets from
(the alumni'sj success.”
The 1998 Master's Week featured
graduates are:
■ Bob Thacker, vice president of
marketing for Sears. Roebuck and Co.,
graduated from UNL in 1970 with an
advertising degree.
Thacker was also vice president of
marketing for Target Co. and has been
recognized by Adv ertising Age maga
zine as one of the top 100 marketers in
the United States.
■ Patricia Wirth. network design
analyst for AT&T, received her bache
lor's in mathematics in 1971 from
i™ n" ■
Wirth taught at Washington
University in St. Louis and was hired
by AT&T. She’s received company
honors, including being named
AT&T’s first woman Fellow in 1997.
She lives in New Jersey.
■ Arthur Hughes, director general
of the Multinational Force and
Observers, an independent peacekeep
ing organization.
Hughes, a native of Lincoln,
received his bachelor's degree in histo
ry from the University of Nebraska
Lincoln in 1961.
He served as deputy assistant sec
retary of defense during Desert Storm.
Hughes received the Presidential
Distinguished Service Award before
taking his current position in Rome.
■ Debra Miller, owner and direc
tor of Animal Health Services, an
emergency veterinary clinic, received
her bachelor's in animal science from
UNL in 1979.
In 1993. Miller founded Animal
Health Services, a 24-hour emergence
veterinary clinic w ith more than 4.000
clients. She currently resides in New
■ Scott Stev ens, senior systems
scientist for the Information
Technology center at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, earned his
doctorate in curriculum and instruc
tion in 1984 from UNL and works with
multimedia research and development.
Stevens developed a virtual Albert
Einstein for a synthetic interv iew soft
ware program. He lives in Pittsburgh.
In addition to speaking in classes
and visiting campus organizations,
four of the Master's Week honorees
will speak publicly this week.
The public sessions are usually
well attended by interested faculty
members, staff and students, Larsen
Today’s speakers include:
■ Stevens from 10 a.m. to noon in
116 L.W. Chase Hall and at 7 p.m. in
102 Hamilton Hall.
■ Hughes at 4 p.m. in 1126
■ Wirth at 5:45 p.m. in 115
Burnett Hall.
Friday's speakers are:
■ Stevens at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
in 203 Brace Lab and at 3:45 p.m. in
115 Burnett Hall.
■ Hughes at 3:30 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union.
■ Mi 1 ler at 3:30p.m. in A 1 30
Animal ’Science Building.
Master's Week is sponsored b\ the
chancellor's office, the Student
Alumni Association, the Innocents
Society and Mortar Board honors
Denver court charges
UNL senior with murder
The case against two twin broth
ers, one a UNL senior facing murder
charges, was taken up by Denver’s dis
trict court.
David and Kevin Bills, both 21,
along w'ith two of their friends Joshua
Wright, 18. of Arvada. Colo., and
Kevin Snyder. 19, of Omaha, face
first-degree murder charges for the
Oct. 4 stabbing death of 34-vear-old
Patrick Perry.
David Bills, a UNL senior, was in
Denver visiting his brother Kevin,
who had transferred to Metropolitan
State College from UNL.
According to probable cause affi
davits filed with the court, the four
men encountered Perry outside an
apartment building early on the morn
ing of Oct. 4 when the four men broke
up a domestic dispute between Perry
and a woman.
A few hours later the four men
again encountered Perry, and a fight
occurred in w'hich Perry was stabbed.
But reports differ about the nature
of this second encounter.
Perry’s friends say the four men
came after Perry, harassed him and
then beat him to death.
The Bills brothers maintain that
Perry came back to the apartment
building threatening them and then
attacked Kevin Bills, starting the
On Nov. 12, the Bills brothers will
be back in court for a bond hearing.
Until then, they will remain in jail.
Compiled by senior staff writer
Josh Funk
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