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College of Arts and Sciences honors eight of its graduates

As part of October’s Homecoming activities, the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina recognized the achievements of the following graduates from its departments: Will Annarino MPA ’89, political science and public affairs; Sue Ellen Bridgers ’76, English; Richard Craddock ’84, mathematics and computer science; Dr. Julius N. Hill III ’63, biology; Dr. Salvatore Lettieri ’83, chemistry and physics; Stephen Page ’68 MA ’73, history; Jeffrey Ryan ’83, geosciences and natural resources; and Rob Tiger ’73, anthropology and sociology.

Annarino worked in law enforcement for 30 years, including 10 as chief of the Asheville Police Department, where he encouraged his employees to further their educations and built a partnership between the city and WCU’s master’s degree program in public affairs.

Bridgers, of Sylva, has published seven novels for young adults and is widely recognized as among the top authors of her genre. She honored WCU with her contribution of 21 years worth of manuscripts to Hunter Library’s Special Collections.

A veteran of the computer industry, Craddock, of San Francisco, has spent the last 14 years with Microsoft Corp., where he manages the group responsible for Windows Live Hotmail and calendar services.

Hill, of Clarkesville, Ga., is a Navy veteran and anesthesiologist with deep ties to WCU. Hill’s grandfather, a country doctor, was a trustee when WCU was a teacher’s college, and his uncle, also a doctor, was the first WCU graduate to attend medical school.

Lettieri is a plastic surgeon specializing in trauma reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His patients include burn and cancer victims and those who have suffered animal attacks and other accidents.

An active volunteer and former Fulbright recipient, Page is a leading figure in N.C. public education, having served in numerous administrative capacities in Buncombe County and, since 2004, as superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools.

Ryan is assistant chair of the department of geology at the University of South Florida and researches the tectonic and geochemical origin of the Southern Appalachians. He is widely published and recognized in his field, and he is dedicated to writing and presenting with students.

Tiger, of Clay County, is a lifelong volunteer who has organized groups in Western North Carolina to promote community and draw attention to the region as a recreational area. He earned volunteer of the year in his county in 2007 and an award for outstanding volunteer service from the state in 2004.