Christopher Zhu '16 studies, leads workshop in Japan

October 04, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Christopher Zhu '16 utilized two months of his summer in Japan to experience international healthcare.

He spent the first part of his summer rotating through the clinical laboratory and emergency medicine departments at Juntendo University in Tokyo, presenting patients, case studies, and participating in mock-ups alongside Japanese medical students. In the following month, he led an innovation workshop sponsored by the University of Tokyo in the southern prefecture of Miyazaki focused on the reversal of its rural depopulation crisis. He remains very excited about attending the UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine in late summer 2019!

Alicia (Dennis) Ortega '03 succeeds at Sundance

September 27, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

The writing career of Alicia (Dennis) Ortega is progressing impressively.

In May, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University, where her novel The Ghost You Deserve won the Robert Penn Warren Award for best MFA thesis in prose.

Her feature Righteous Acts was selected for both the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Utah, where she attended workshops and mentor meetings with established filmmakers. She's currently the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting fellow and a finalist for the SFFILM Westridge Grant.

In addition, she writes essays, short stories (including publications in The Arkansas International and Aquifer from The Florida Review), and screenplays.

After stints in San Francisco, New York, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, she recently moved back to San Antonio with her husband, Anthony, and cat, Magic Johnson. Her story, Only Tourists Remember the Alamo, is online in Aquifer.

After Keystone, she went to Stanford, where she studied English and Human Biology.

Evan Meade '18 arrives with fanfare at UT-Dallas

September 27, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Evan Meade '18 is already making news at the University of Texas at Dallas.

He's one of 16 students in the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program, a highly competitive honor at the school. McDermott Scholars receive full tuition and fees, stipends for books, monthly stipends, funds for study abroad and several other benefits.

Here's a story from the univerity's news service about his incoming class.

The year's entering cohort, the program’s 18th class, includes seven students from Texas, and the nine from eight other states, including California and New York.

Evan is majoring in physics with a concentration in quantum information science.

Toya Cirica (Cook) Bell '83 appointed to Rice alumni board

September 20, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Congratulations to Toya Cirica (Cook) Bell '83 on her recent appointment to the Board of Directors for the Association of Rice Alumni.

After Keystone, she went to Rice and graduated in 1987 with her bachelor's in English. From Rice, she attended the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law and graduated in 1990. While at William & Mary she attended the summer abroad program at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England.


Elmo Ponsdomenech '76 wins Emmy

September 13, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Congratulations to Elmo Ponsdomenech '76, who won his first Emmy this week.

He won in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy or Drama Series, for his work as re-recording mixer on Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast And Keep Going of the HBO series Barry.

He has been nominated 10 times, two of them in the same category this year. His first nomination came in 1999 for sound mixing for NYPD Blue.

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