Alums Honored by the College of Liberal Arts
English alums Daniel E. Kaner (BA 1988) and Cheryl N. Strayed (BA 1997) were honored June 29 at the McNamara Alumni Center as College of Liberal Arts Alumni of Notable Achievement. Kaner is the co-founder and president of the Oribe line of beauty products. Named one of Forbes Magazine’s “100 Most Promising Companies in America,” Oribe has been featured on The Today Show, in magazines such as InStyle and Elle, and is used at events such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala. Strayed is the author of the bestselling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as the bestselling Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Wild was adapted as an Oscar-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon.
The College of Liberal Arts that evening also recognized Jamie M. Millard (BA 2009) as one of four Emerging Alumni Awardees, who must have graduated in the past 10 years. Millard co-founded the literary arts magazine Paper Darts in 2009 with two other UMN English graduates. Today she directs the Pollen digital platform, which enhances professional, charitable, and cultural opportunity in the Upper Midwest. She was named among the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2015.