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Alumni Spotlight: Ozgen Felek

Born in a small village in western Turkey, Dr. Ozgen Felek knew from the age of six that she wanted to be an author. Her journey to achieving this dream began in the city of Denizli, Turkey, where she completed her primary and secondary education. When she graduated from high school, wearing a headscarf was not possible in universities, so she decided not to apply for college until the headscarf ban was abolished. Six months after her high school graduation, she married and moved with her husband to Elazig, a small city in eastern Turkey, where he began his medical residency.

Alumni Spotlight: Paul and Barbara Couture

In their retirement, the Coutures are busier than ever. When we met with them, they had just returned from a full day outing to explore nearby Harper’s Ferry National Park, and before that a 10-day intensive piano camp in the Rockies. (The Coutures admit they are consumed with music. They both take piano lessons, something Barbara been doing since age 7, whereas Paul started upon retirement a few years ago.) Avid readers, they are also in a book club with local alumni in the DC area and enjoy the variety of U-M connections they’ve made.

Alumni Spotlight: Beverly Tatum

Beverly returned to Ann Arbor recently. Her career as a psychologist, author, educator, and administrator has had a profound influence on a generation of students, a distinction the University of Michigan wanted to recognize. They did so on a grand scale, as she received an honorary doctorate at the U-M commencement ceremony in May to sit beside the one she earned at U-M in 1984.

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