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1991
Darryl Gonzalez is District Director of Guidance for the Olean, NY, City Public Schools. He earned a second master's degree - in health and physical education from Frostburg, MD, State - in May 1998, and on Nov. 28, 1998, he married Courtney McClelland.
1992
Kate Owens, another Buffalo resident, writes: "This past April I finally took my 'trip of a lifetime.' I spent 15 days in Scotland and England, seeing incredible sites, meeting people from all over the world, and using up a lot of film! I stayed in youth hostels (converted mills, refurbished churches complete with people buried outside) and visited standard touristy sites such as: Stonehenge, London Tower, The Tate, etc. The more unusual and much more interesting events were: standing at the grave of J.R.R. Tolkien, having a pint at the Eagle & Child Pub (where Tolkien & C.S. Lewis hung out), viewing an ancient chalk drawing, 'The Wilmington Long Man' on a hillside in southern England, standing in the center of The Rollright Stones, a 2500 BC stone circle, and going on a 'Haunted Walking Tour' around the streets of Inverness, Scotland." Kate is still attempting to organize more than 300 photos she has from the trip and is in the process of typing up her travel journal, "full of amusing adventures," into manuscript form. She hopes to hear how some of her fellow art school classmates are doing and says, "Buffalo is treating me fine."
1993
Mianne Broncato Blakita is a senior accountant for the public accounting firm Toski, Schaefer, and Co., PC, in Buffalo, NY. After she transferred out of AU in December 1991 because of her father's terminal illness, she attended Canisius College in Buffalo, graduating in December 1993 with a BS in accounting. "I would love to hear from my old roommates and my old Kappa Psi Epsilon friends," she writes. Her new address is 90 Paradise Lane, Apt. 5, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Phone is 716 743-0418.
1994
Victoria Rentz graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in August 1998 with a master's degree in multicultural special education. She works as an editorial assistant for Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in Mahwah, NJ.
Aaron Codispoti writes, "I have recently started a job with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security as a Foreign Service Special Agent. On completion of my training, I will be assigned duty in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for two years."
1995
Katie Trukenbrod of Morristown, NJ, was the producer of the Darian O'Toole Show on Q104.3. Trukenbrod, who is married to Brent Ashton, describes the nutty and sometimes vulgar talk show as "an eclectic dinner party" at which anything could happen. "It could get pretty wild around here, but it was all in fun," she says. On the air, her boss, a 31-year-old Canadian-born redhead, cultivated a riotous circus atmosphere bordering on anarchy. Trukenbrod's job was to coax guests into the lion's den, and then soothe them on their way out the studio door. But this information is all in the past; one day in July 1998, Chancellor Media announced that the Darian O'Toole show had just aired its last broadcast. Trukenbrod took the news philosophically, saying she was thankful her fiance - now her husband - was an accountant with a steady source of income.
Congratulations are in order. Brett Talbot and his wife Diane Talbot '95 have two children.
1996
Karyn Gluck is working on advertising for in-house promotions and print ads in the media department at Town Sports International in New York City. They own sports clubs in Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Switzerland as well.
Kimberly Walker recently graduated from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law. On campus, she was active in the Black Law Students Association. She is the daughter of Leon and Geraldine Walker of Webster, NY.
Faith Laubenheimer has begun teaching first grade in Philadelphia.
Jodi Csaszar is working at Lukasiawicz Design in New York City.
Sarah Chilson writes, "Since leaving Alfred University, I completed my master's in health administration at Cornell University. Currently I'm serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in Tucson, AZ, where I'm the chief of facility management for the medical group. Tucson is gorgeous! I enjoy swimming, running, and ice hockey. I would like to say hello to Jenny, Brandy, Peter, Catie, and my other great AU friends."
Dennis Zybczynski joined the staff of the Cattaraugus County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in June 1999. He is a clinical alcoholism counselor.
1997
Dan Neuburger recently changed jobs and works for People Magazine at the Time Life Building in Manhattan. He has a message for Shawn Wyatt: "Fuufft, Fuufft BoB!!" He also has a message for Pete Wiernicki: "Knock Out Boxing, Sumo Wrestling, Mud Slides on Miller Hill, What's the next challenge?"
Jill Viggiani lives in Shelburne, VT, and works for Burton Snowboards.
Allison Tratner recently finished a year's internship in the Education Department of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and will be attending the master's program in museum education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia this fall. Allison and Robin Arian spent three and a half months last spring backpacking in Europe. Robin lives in Boston and works for a real estate investment management firm.
Peter Gard is working for a glass artist in Chimicum, Seattle, WA.
Nina Berkowitz is teaching eighth-grade art in Cohasset, MA.
Allison Tratner recently finished a year's internship in the Education Department of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and will be attending the master's program in museum education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia this fall. Allison and Robin Arian spent three and a half months last spring backpacking in Europe. Robin lives in Boston and works for a real estate investment management firm.
Doug Owens is attending Wake Forest Law School, studying patent law.
Evelyn Trzeciak is doing product development for a private label clothing line of Federated Department Stores in Manhattan and is living in Hoboken, NJ.
Terrance Andress is employed as a sales engineer at Ferro-Ceramic Grinding in Wakefield, MA.
Brandon Wang decided right after graduation that New York was not for him any more. He's currently in Washington, DC, where he works as a staff accountant at Carr America. He's managing account activities for three markets within the company - Chicago, Florida, and Virginia - and plans to tackle the CPA exam in the fall.
1998
Kim McCurdy is a sales associate at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, a four-diamond luxury hotel, spa, and marina where she is responsible for planning weddings, social events, and corporate meetings. She lives in Essex, on the Connecticut River, and for enjoyment, coaches her old high school cheerleading team.
Congratulations are in order. Brett Talbot and his wife Diane Talbot '95 have two children.
Debbie Nall is enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Certificate in Graphic Design Program in Boston. She is also working part-time as an assistant in the production and design department at Houghton Mifflin Co., a textbook publishing firm.
Amber Herron accepted a job at Lord Label East, Dunmore, PA, as assistant graphic designer. She's also looking at grad schools and is hoping to start in an advertising design program sometime next year.
Randy Wood is athletic trainer at Tennessee Tech University while earning his MBA.
Nicole Lebo has spent the last year teaching English in the Czech Republic.
Jessi Gottlieb has been working at Blue Cross since she graduated in December 1998. She's in process of moving, so has no new address or phone. But she has some good news (the reason she's moving): this fall, she's starting at Seton Hall Law School! She plans to study health policy, and hopes to end up in Albany after she passes the New York and New Jersey bar.
1999
Greg Hilgert is working as an administrative assistant at HPSC Financial Services, Boston, MA, for the summer. In the fall, he'll head for Teachers College at Columbia University to earn his master's. He and Debbie Nall live at 8 Garrison St., Apt. 702, Boston, MA 02116