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1990
Rhonda Kay Allen took a trip to Europe about a year ago.
Ilyssa Riley earned her Masters in Social Work degree and is now a licensed clinical social worker.
Keith Reester Jr. has moved to Boulder, CO, where he works as a consultant with FMI, management consultants to the construction industry. On Sept. 19, 1998, he married Adele L. Borgognoni. "As always, I am active in the community, and am currently enjoying a great winter as a member of the Loveland Basin Ski Patrol," he writes.
Andrew Gorton recently moved from Oakland, CA, to Austin, TX. He is employed as a geologist with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and also does consulting on seismic hazards projects throughout the western U.S. His e-mail address is agorton@tnrcc.state.tx.us .
Mike Brasley writes, "Mike Walker and I used to work for the same company, Sherwood Medical, until about a month ago when he quit and went to work for SIMS. We were bought out in October by Kendall Healthcare and have been losing sales people ever since. I anticipate that I will be next, pending some final interviews ... I still stay in touch with Mike Neimeier, Steve Hall, and Mike Fagnan '88 ... My son Ryan was born April 8, 1998, and at 8 months, weighed 27 pounds (takes after Dad.) My wife Amy and I are really enjoying him.
Adam and Christine Hollings Ginsberg live in Scarsdale, NY. Adam is an account executive at Friedlander Group, Inc., specializing in insurance for restaurants, retailers, and wholesalers in the New York metro area and still occasionally runs into Sigma Alpha Mu brothers who live in the area. Christine was a librarian in the New York Public Library system for five years, and for the past three, has been assistant children's librarian at the Darien Library in Darien, CT. She's a member of the American Library Association and serves on several committees, including the 700+ Great Websites for Kids.
Adam and Christine Hollings Ginsberg live in Scarsdale, NY. Adam is an account executive at Friedlander Group, Inc., specializing in insurance for restaurants, retailers, and wholesalers in the New York metro area and still occasionally runs into Sigma Alpha Mu brothers who live in the area. Christine was a librarian in the New York Public Library system for five years, and for the past three, has been assistant children's librarian at the Darien Library in Darien, CT. She's a member of the American Library Association and serves on several committees, including the 700+ Great Websites for Kids.
Kathleen Kennedy McGrinder writes, "I married John McGrinder May 29, 1998. We are living in Kennett Square, PA, a Phildelphia suburb. John is the Philadelphia district sales manager for Panduit Corp.
Michele Mailhot Bazzarini married Scott Griffith June 6, 1998. (Peter Bazzarini, her first husband, died in a military helicopter accident five years ago.) Scott, Michele, and son Christopher, 6, live in Watertown, CT, and plan to move to Litchfield this spring. Michele just got a degree and certification to be an occupational therapy assistant and started working at a Waterbury hospital in fall '98.
Amy Kline-Alley writes, "Hello to other alumni! Thank you, Alfred, for a great degree that has opened a lot of doors for me. I am currently teaching ceramics at the community college here in Las Vegas and embarking on a full-time position in their sculpture department. My husband David is a Culinary Institute of America chef and we are loving sunny Las Vegas. We look forward to hearing from you."
Heather Iwanicki Clark works as a guidance officer -- Australian for school psychologist -- in the Catholic school system in Ashmore, Australia. She met her husband Mitchell when he came to live with her Batavia, NY, family as an exchange student. As a non-Australian national, she can't work in the public school system.
Mark Warwick exhibited his sculpture and drawings in the fall of 1998 at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, where he is teaching courses this spring in three-dimensional design and sculpture.
Valerie Booth Nixon, director of Financial Aid at Alfred State College, has been awarded the 1998 Founders Service Award by the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association for outstanding achievement and service to the association. She joined the Alfred State professional staff in 1987 after a year as assistant director of Financial Aid for the University. Nixon earned a BS degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master's in Community Service Administration from AU. A native of Canisteo, she is married to Robert F. Nixon. They have three children.
Valerie Booth Nixon, director of Financial Aid at Alfred State College, has been awarded the 1998 Founders Service Award by the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association for outstanding achievement and service to the association. She joined the Alfred State professional staff in 1987 after a year as assistant director of Financial Aid for the University. Nixon earned a BS degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master's in Community Service Administration from AU. A native of Canisteo, she is married to Robert F. Nixon. They have three children.
1991
Andrew F. Young passed the Patent and New York Bar Exams and is awaiting results from the New Jersey exams.
Dana Brown has been appointed Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Matt Quibell has taught math for the past seven years in the Horseheads School District, Horseheads, NY.
Laurie Richter-Becker teaches Spanish at Forestville Central School, where she also coaches girls basketball at the junior varsity and middle school levels. (Her best season so far was 12 wins and 2 losses.) On Oct. 19, 1996, she married Brian Becker.
Joshua De Weese recently received a Montana state individual fellowship award.
Jeffrey Clinton Phoenix has been promoted to manufacturing engineer at Albany International in Homer, NY.
Deborah Dormady-Letham just got a doctorate in plant molecular biology and accepted a post-doctoral position with the USDA at Cornell University.
Tracy Smith Alvord was a co-author of a newly published training manual for therapists who treat sex offenders.
Our sympathy goes out to Melissa Cutler Vernacotola, whose husband, Dean Vernacotola '92, died Jan. 15 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. They lived in Maumee, OH, where they both worked as advanced engineers at Libbey-Owens-Ford in Toledo. Dean authored several technical papers, earned a patent in glass compositions, and wrote a chapter in a technical book. He was attending the University of Michigan's evening MBA program when he was diagnosed with cancer in September 1996. Melissa's address is 2214 Denton Lane, Maumee, OH 43537-1170.
Cassandra Velazquez Flowers has been promoted to associate director of admissions at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
1992
Marlies (Brykailo) Treppel and her husband Matt live in Carolina Beach, NC, where they own a business that sells, installs and services garage, storm and screen doors. "Aside from an occasional hurricane, living near the beach is great and is profitable for our business," Marlies said. "My accounting and marketing profs would be proud."
Wendi Miller Cartwright received her CPA in January 1998 and was planning to move to Rochester, NY.
Ellen Hanney recently completed an internship at the American Indian Community House Gallery and Museum in New York City, where she worked as an assistant to artist Joanna Coburn Bigfeather. She expects to complete her MFA in art and museum education in the summer of '99.
James Davendonis moved up from assistant to associate financial analyst at Westdeutsche Landesbank.
Our sympathy goes out to Melissa Cutler Vernacotola, whose husband, Dean Vernacotola '92, died Jan. 15 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. They lived in Maumee, OH, where they both worked as advanced engineers at Libbey-Owens-Ford in Toledo. Dean authored several technical papers, earned a patent in glass compositions, and wrote a chapter in a technical book. He was attending the University of Michigan's evening MBA program when he was diagnosed with cancer in September 1996. Melissa's address is 2214 Denton Lane, Maumee, OH 43537-1170.
Joan Foose continued her nursing education at St. John Fisher College, earning a master's degree in 1995.
Grace Parent and Rebekah Modrak visited Alfred during a road trip to St. Louis, where they visited Jeff Gillman and Michelle Siu. Grace is currently a teacher in Woodbridge, CT.
Tina Betz has been named interim director of the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY.
Nicholas Seidner received the "Distinguished Artist Award for 3D" from the Stratton Arts Festival in Vermont, where he works as a studio potter and ceramics instructor at the Frog Hollow State Craft Center in Manchester.
Grace Parent and Rebekah Modrak visited Alfred during a road trip to St. Louis, where they visited Jeff Gillman and Michelle Siu. Grace is currently a teacher in Woodbridge, CT.
1993
Chris Archer is self-employed as owner of the Mud Room in Rye, NH, and writes that he is "making art and smiling."
Tony Alfonso sends regards to his classmates, adding, "To all of you who were optimistic about my future, I wish you could see me now!"
Mark Coppi and his family were profiled in a Boston Globe article about the need for college students to bring computers to school.
Kevin Livingston ran his first marathon Nov. 1, 1998, in New York City.
Dan Goldman combines dancing and football in his volunteer work coaching the New Hartford Pop Warner Senior Cubs football team. The players are boys ages 10-12. He lives in Utica, NY.
Jennifer Kissell Wagner and her husband Todd have a daughter, Emily, born Aug. 22, 1996.
Adelaide Paul and her ceramic students at Texas Tech in Lubbock are donating the bowls they made during the fall '98 semester to Empty Bowls, part of the national Hunger Awareness Program. She says she got the idea from a similar project in the spring of '91 at AU.
John Badgley is working for Globix Corp. as a project manager and lives in Hoboken, NJ. He is also going to NYU for a master's degree in graphic communications management and technology.
David McBride has a new job, Supplier Quality Engineer at General Electric.
Aaron L. Wraight has been teaching computers for the last few years in Assumption Parish High School in Louisiana.
Shirley Garcy has been promoted from consultant to developer at IBI in New York City.
Tammy Taby Durant has been hired by the graphics department of a Cleveland marketing agency.
1994
Our sympathy goes to David Oliver and his sister Jeannette Oliver '98, whose sister, Marie Oliver, died in February 1999. Another brother, John, is a sophomore at AU.
Rick Stakel '93, e-mailed to say that he's in his second year as an assistant swimming coach at Harvard University. A former English major, Rick exclaimed with pride that, "Harvard may be Harvard, but it ain't no Alfred."
Geoff Dobbin passed the Colorado and the Patent bar exams. Geoff and his wife Celeste have a 3-year-old daughter, Tatianne.
Pat Kavanagh works as an assistant art director for American Demographics and Marketing Tools magazines.
Maria Dandino Cackett is teaching geometry to eighth-graders and algebra to seventh-graders. Her husband David Cackett is also teaching, and the couple is enjoying their 1-year-old daughter, Haley, and their home in Fredericksburg, VA.
Jennison Huebner recently went back to school to get a master's in elementary and special education at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.
Michaela Cavallaro is working for Simon & Schuster and also does free-lance writing. Her article about Club Passim, Cambridge's legendary music coffeehouse, appeared in the May '98 issue of Boston magazine.
Joel O'Dorisio opened a new studio, Lost Angel Glass, in November 1998 in Corning. The studio offers a full range of blown-glass items and a limited line of sculptural glass. His new wife Mary Pollock was also planning to study ceramics at AU.
1995
Todd Stefanik is at MIT, going for his master's degree in materials science and engineering.
Todd Berry is working as a computer programmer in Houston.
David 'Domingo Gigante' Medina is working with a sculptor in Brooklyn and is teaching art and sculpture at El Puente, an alternative high school and community center. He is also working on his own glass and bronze projects, and on Wednesday nights, David spins Afro-Cuban grooves at the world-famous Nell's nightclub.
Funnyman and College Bowl whiz kid Mark McIntyre is working toward a master's in graphic design at SUNY Oswego. For fun, he teaches art at Tecumseh Elementary School in Syracuse. When not corrupting his students, he spends his time white-water kayaking.
Dan Ondreyko Jr. is now working as a systems integrator and test engineer for Fujitsu Nexion in Acton, MA. His wife Missy started her new job at a nearby hospital in January.
Mark Stahl is working for CertainTeed Corp. in Chowchilla, CA, near Fresno, as the engineer for the glass furnace. On April 25, 1998 (Hot Dog Day!) he married Jennifer Rogers, a girl he met out there, in the California mountains. They honeymooned in Cancun.
Shelley Back is working as a customer service rep for Wright Express and for three years, has been teaching dance to kids locally in Maine.
Aaron Kessler, who married Susanlisa Koppelman Aug. 31, 1997, works in Manhattan as the manager of medical support services at the Jewish Home and Hospital. He is also a health-care performance improvement consultant and is pursuing an MBA in health care administration at Baruch College.
Rosie Bortz Shapiro is working in the downtown Pittsburgh branch of the Carnegie Public Library and is thinking about going back to school for an MLS.
Nichole Gunn is teaching business and computers at a high school near Ithaca, NY.
Paul R. McMullan has been named assistant professor in the computer art and design program at Alfred State College, teaching 2-D design, 3-D design, drawing, art history, visual foundations of computer art, and light waves. His ceramic art was exhibited March 1-28, 1999, at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.
Julie Hathaway recently transferred with Corning from the American Video Glass division outside of Pittsburgh, where she was a glass technologist to the Corning, NY, corporate office. She is now a process engineer for Corning, Inc., and lives in Painted Post.
Sue Kirchgessner is working at the Cleveland Plain Dealer in the Advertising Imaging Services department.
The future Doctor Stefan 'Sosa' Reich, who is in his third year at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, has just added another school to his already hectic academic work load. Last fall he enrolled in a masters program in social studies, with an emphasis on political science, at the University of Chicago. He'll soon have more academic letters on his business card than characters in his name. To keep in shape, the ex-Saxon plays in two soccer leagues but says he misses Merrill Field.
Tyler Maroney wrote: "Desi 'Papi Chulo' Rivera married his high school sweetheart, Ari Gutierrez, last fall. They spent their honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise and on the beaches of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. After a two-and-a-half-year stint at Citibank, the former Student Senate president is now a municipal securities trade assistant at JP Morgan. In his spare time, Desi is a mentor at the Boys Club of New York.
As for me, Tyler Maroney, I just returned from weekly excursions to Venezuela and Puerto Rico. I live in Brooklyn and write for Fortune Magazine and MTV/VH1 Online. My first few million will be donated to build a new humanities library to match the Library of Congress's collection so that history students will never again have to rely on interlibrary loan."
AU hoops legend Cyrus 'Ultra DL' Nesbit is working as a media planner for the advertising firm McCann-Erickson. He still plays basketball in a pro-am league in Manhattan.
Seth Finkell is in his second year at Emory Law in Atlanta, where he lives with his new car and his girlfriend. If he doesn't win a clerkship on the High Court this year, he is considering a suit against Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Lt. Jason Bagley has returned home after spending nearly a year in Bosnia with the U.S. Army.
Katie Love is a free-lance jewelry maker.
Michael Prutsman has been named academic athletic counselor in the Learning Assistance Department at Alfred State College. He's also served for three years as assistant football coach for the Alfred Pioneers at the college.
Andy Whitley finished his degree at Franklin & Marshall in 1996 and started his own company, Athletes Inc., with a partner. His company, which places American football players in Europe on European club teams, is the world's largest purveyor of American players to the Europeans. He has fun traveling throughout Europe on business, meeting with sports teams. Nevertheless, Andy writes, "I do believe I made the right choice to 'chase the dream' of playing lacrosse."
Donald Bogart has a new job as scenic designer for Metalbrook Theatre.
1996
Carlyle Hicks recently left SUNY Farmingdale to accept a position at Manhattan College.
Brian G. Pecorino stayed at AU after graduation and received his M.S.Ed in college student development in May '98. He now works at the University of Dayton, OH, as an area coordinator for residential programs.
Susan Boyle told us about an omission in the last Magazine. "The article on Mary Louisa Ackerly Sibley '21 was great," Susan wrote. "(But) with several other women, she founded Theta Theta Chi. Theta was an important part of her life when she was at Alfred, and is still an important part of my life now." Thanks, Susan, for calling this oversight to our attention.
Louis C. De Biccari has moved to 125 S. Delaware Ave., Lindenhurst, NY 11757.
Tracie Preston, a kindergarten teacher at Genesee Valley School in Belmont, NY, was the 1998 recipient of the Marguerite Coughlin Memorial Scholarship at AU. The scholarship helps an AU graduate enrolled part-time in a graduate-level course in elementary education.
Miriam Rieger is assistant administrator at Weinberg Terrace, a 62-unit assisted living residence in Pittsburgh.
James Horn, a sculptor in steel who calls his works "hybrids of animals and architecture," had a show, ending Feb. 28, at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, N.Y.
Jay Eich is a personal tax consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. He recently transferred from the Buffalo office to Charlotte, NC.
Christina Mottolese is attending the C.W. Post Campus at Long Island University for her second master's in English.
"Jared Dietch is a programming coordinator at MTV. Often he wonders if the throngs of teen-age groupies who gather outside the MTV studios are screaming for him. He's also DJ'ing throughout the city."
Jen Poueymirou also lives in Brooklyn, where she is helping a design professor at Parsons and teaching ceramics at the Educational Alliance. A show of her work will take place sometime soon."
Jennifer Presnell now works for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Minneapolis as an auditor.
Christopher Meany has a new job - financial analyst at Disney Publishing in New York City.
Andrea Gioia got a new job in July 1998 in her field. She is working at the Cortland Standard in Cortland, NY, as an advertising representative. She does ad layout and drawings for special sections of the newspaper.
Marna Chester recently returned from from a four-month trip to South America. After living for two months with a family in northern Ecuador, where she was a visiting artist at a private studio and made handmade paper, she traveled to Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. She now lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is helping a ceramic tile maker.
1997
Christina Festinger is a senior tax consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in Florham Park, NJ, and living in Morristown.
Sarah Clark will be graduating in May '99 from a Masters in Gerontology program at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. She has been the graduate assistant for the Gerontology Department and went on a 10-day trip to Beijing to study Chinese aging issues. Currently she's working in Hartford at North Central Area Agency on Aging, helping people with medicare problems and serving as a care planner for an Alzheimer's Disease respite program. Since graduation, she has also studied community dance at Jacob's Pillow.
Tetsuya Yamada is visiting assistant professor of art at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.
Thomas Hale says hello to the brothers at Sigma Alpha Mu.
Jennifer Ward is in Boston working for the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) as a brand development coordinator. She's in the marketing department and works on a variety of things, including sales promotions, incentives, and HardCore cider.
Alison Wolfe lives in Alexandra, VA, and works at an environmental consulting firm. She has just been accepted by Johns Hopkins University in the Master of Science program for Environmental Science and Policy.
Shawn Wyatt is still at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He's decided to go for his Master of Science degree and should graduate in the summer of 2000. He's enjoying graduate school life and wants to send a short message to fellow Alfredian Dan Neuburger: "Bob!"
Elizabeth West is an AmeriCorps volunteer working for Granville County Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina. She says her work with the AU Habitat chapter got her interested in this kind of public service.
1998
Heather Lynch is working for Hewitt Associates in Stamford, CT, and living in White Plains, NY.
Tim Jones has been named project manager at Epley Associates, North Carolina's oldest and largest public relations firm.
David Sutton has been promoted to electrical engineer of vibration and noise at Corning, Inc.
David A. Walsh and AU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Garrett McGowan co-authored Revisting General Chemistry with Nuts, Bolts, and Washers and presented it at the Ninth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Science and Culture hosted by Kentucky State University.
Our sympathy goes to David Oliver and his sister Jeannette Oliver '98, whose sister, Marie Oliver, died in February 1999. Another brother, John, is a sophomore at AU.
2000
Our sympathy goes to David Oliver and his sister Jeannette Oliver '98, whose sister, Marie Oliver, died in February 1999. Another brother, John, is a sophomore at AU.
2002
Joel O'Dorisio opened a new studio, Lost Angel Glass, in November 1998 in Corning. The studio offers a full range of blown-glass items and a limited line of sculptural glass. His new wife Mary Pollock was also planning to study ceramics at AU.