Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2006

I'm writing in response to the letter /newletter I received from the MIP dept. Very cool!My name is Erin Neill (Haywood) and I'm a CSU Microbiology graduate from 1991. A little update on where I'm at currently; I went on to receive my Nurse Doctorate at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and am currently working in Steamboat Springs Colorado at Yampa Valley Medical Center as a registered nurse. I'm married to an amazing guy, his name is Jeff and we now have two young daughters, Mazie (4) and Ruby (2). Thanks for doing this.........can't wait to read what other classmates are up to.
Erin Neill

Dr. Wilusz:
Thank you for sharing MIP's major accomplishments. After I received my B.S. degree from the Department of Microbiology in 1980, I trekked off to Purdue University to get a M.S. degree in Animal Science, and eventually another master's degree in business administration. Presently I am at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Currently I am a Technology Business Development Director and my primary responsibility is to generate, increase or enhance business development opportunities for advanced technologies within a university. Additional areas of responsibility include proactively identifying, assessing and cataloging technologies in the research and development stage, and linking these technologies with market or industry needs; assisting with the technology transfer process as appropriate; and coordinating and monitoring the progress of clients through the commercialization process.
Prior to employment with the university, I worked as a Business Development Specialist and Research Associate for private contract research organizations where the client base was comprised of agriculture, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical multinational companies. My responsibilities included managing client relationships and projects, developing and maintaining client information; formulating and implementing appropriate business strategies, and identifying and cultivating prospective clients.
I look forward to hear more about your efforts in development of a supercluster on campus. More efforts are need to develop multi-disciplinary teams that can bring the university, government and industry together.
Best of luck,
John Parfet, M.S., M.B.A., CSU Alumni '80

I graduated in 1990 w/ a B.S. in Microbiology and worked in small food/soil/water testing labs for 2 years. I then worked for the California Dept of Justice DNA Lab as a Criminalist. I am now at the San Diego Sheriff's Crime Laboratory, working in Forensic Biology and Narcotics (controlled substance analysis. I married a Criminalist from the San Diego Police Dept lab, so guess what our kid will be. I miss college but enjoy getting a paycheck.
Barbara (Bucknam) Burritt

Dr. Wilusz:
Thank you for your recent "Dear Alumni and Friends" letter and the enclosed MIP Newsletter. It's always fun to "catch up" whether by e-mail, newsletter, etc.
Congratulations on the $38 million extramural support mark and on your many other accomplishments. You and your colleagues have indeed amassed numerous major accomplishments. I'm proud to be a CSU MIP alum!
Best wishes for your continued success,
D. Jay Grimes, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University of Southern Mississippi

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