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The June-July, 2002, issue of American Craft published a tribute to Peter Voulkos H'98, who died Feb. 16, 2002, during a two-week workshop he was giving at Bowling Green State University. Writing tributes were artists Rudy Autio, Peter Callas, Jun Kaneko, John Mason, and VAEA; writers Mac McCloud and Rose Slivka; and Peter Selz, professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. "I thought you would live forever," wrote Jun Kaneko. "But you have left and now there is a big void and sadness that I am not sure how to live with." A group of friends has established the Peter Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, where Voulkos worked at the beginning of his career. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Bray Foundation, 2915 Country Cub Ave., Helena, MT 59601. Voulkos was 78.
1970
Alan Daily continues working as a ceramic engineer at Vesuvius McDaniel in Beaver Falls, PA, while living in Darlington, PA, with his wife Amy Abbey Daily '73 5/11/2007 8:54:08 AM BrendaH
While David Galey claims he's no longer the athlete he was in Alfred days, he still acknowledges playing racquetball when he isn't at work as the chief financial officer of the Greenleaf Corp. in Saegertown, PA. He and his wife Stephanie, an orthopedic surgeon, live in Fairview, PA, and also have a home in Florida. 5/11/2007 9:01:53 AM BrendaH
Susan Gates is a member of the Baroque Chamber Trio of Rochester, a flute-oboe-cello ensemble that has played together for more than 20 years. Gates plays the flute. A former Teaching Fellow at East Carolina University, she has taught instrumental music at Pioneer Central Schools and has served as an adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association. She has also played in and soloed with various musical organizations in Western New York. On a different note, she is a coloratura who sings with the Eastman Rochester Chorus. 5/11/2007 9:08:33 AM BrendaH
Robert E. Moeller is retiring from teaching secondary school science after 26 years at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, VA. he is enrolled at Central Virginia Community College to start training for a new career as a radiologic technician. 5/11/2007 9:14:35 AM BrendaH
1971
Charles "Chuck" Eames has several old issues of the AU yearbook "The Kanakadea." "I have a 1970 Kanakadea in excellent condition that I found while moving from Texas back to New York," he said. "Anyone looking for this artsy issue? I'd be willing to part with it, as it's not my graduating class and there are no extraneous writings on it.......I just found two more Kanakadea yearbooks in excellent condition, a 1968 issue and a 1969 issue. Neither has been marked up with any penned or penciled-in notes. Send me an e-mail at chuck@eames.net if you'd like to have them." 5/11/2007 9:23:54 AM BrendaH
John Wetzel has had a lifelong love of languages - luckily, as he has worked at the German company Rutgers Organic for 20 years, most recently as the director of custom manufacturing. John is one of the few Americans in the company to speak German. He lives in State College, PA. 5/11/2007 9:28:54 AM BrendaH
1972
Lois Anne is among the teachers of summer art for kids at the Round Top Center for the Arts campus in Damariscotta, ME. Anne, who has maintained a studio in downtown Rockland since 1984, has taught at Round Top since 1998. She has also taught at the Farnsworth Art Museum, UMA Thomaston Center, Rockport College, and Coastal Workshops. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the Northeast. 5/11/2007 9:36:34 AM BrendaH
Bobbe Besold writes, "To those who were active in the 1970s: 'Whatever else we may believe, we may not believe is too late,' from Grass by Sheri Tepper. With love to you all, Bobbe."5/11/2007 9:42:21 AM BrendaH
Emmy Hubbell Forbes writes that her hobby-turned-business is sports photography, especially in junior and senior high school. She has lived in beautiful Denver, CO, since 1976. She has three children: special needs Suzi, 24; Annie 19; and Erie, 17. Ralph Hubbell, her dad and dean of Western New York Sports Announcers, recently died at age 90. He was the voice of the Bills for 20 years and a local TV personality. Previously he ran two law firms and two large medical practices. 5/11/2007 9:51:45 AM BrendaH
While Bob Gueldner is known at Alfred for his prowess on the football field, in the business world he is better known at treasurer and owned of Best Feeds & Farm Supplies of Oakdale, PA, which manufactures and markets Joy Dog Food in most of the continental US and also operates several retail garden stores in the Pittsburgh area. He and his wife Mary Beth Gueldner '73 live in Wexford, PA.5/11/2007 10:27:01 AM BrendaH
Ev Halper and her life partner Joan are moving to three acres of land in Shohola. PA, where they will help create a refuge for unwanted animals. Ev was recently hired at St. Francis Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, as a senior occupational therapist for mental health, working with chronic and acute adolescents in psychiatry, 5/11/2007 10:42:41 AM BrendaH
John Imhoff has joined Eisenmann Corp, as a senior sales engineer in the Ceramic Systems Group. "Eisenmann is the leading kiln supplier in the US," Imhoff told Ceramic Industry magazine. "I believe their diverse engineering expertise will fuel tremendous growth in firing systems as well as automation.....I am pleased to be part of this team, which will make the US ceramic industry more competitive in the global market." Imhoff has many years of experience with whitewares and technical ceramics. 5/11/2007 10:48:38 AM BrendaH
Frederic "Ric" Klug continues a successful career at GE's R&D center, having recently received his 25th patent. Ric, Sue, and Andy, age 9, enjoy skiing and sailing in their spare time. 5/11/2007 10:53:47 AM BrendaH
Craig Ohlhorst and Mary O'Neill Ohlhorst write, "Our oldest son Craig Patrick is a junior and our youngest son John is a freshman at both in the business program at Virginia Tech."
Mary Kay O'Rourke, Ph.D. , associate professor of public health & medicine at the University of Arizona, works as an environmental epidemiologist on arsenic and pesticide exposures in the state. 5/11/2007 11:05:43 AM BrendaH
Sally Langley Pini and her husband Anthony have moved from Northboro, MA to Manlius, NY, near Syracuse, "I love it here - it is beautiful. My husband also loves it; he does road biking. He just rode in the Pan Mass challenge, a huge fundraiser for Dana Farber. They raised about $15 million this year!" Last year she wrote, "I am recuperating from a fall in which I fractured my left arm (had surgical repair) and broke small bone in my right foot. Nothing worse than a klutzy nurse! Ann Cohen Sherman and I came for our 25th reunion and had a great time. Maybe we'll see you next time.....I have been in touch with one of my classmates, Margaret "Peach" Schermerhorn Cuccia." Sally's e-mail address is acpsassy@msn.com 5/11/2007 11:20:04 AM BrendaH
Jacqueline Conlon Ryba is (1) owner and president of Triangle Central Warehouse Inc., a distribution, warehousing, and trucking service based in Durham, NC, and serving the plastics and telecommunications industries; (2) vice president, still, of Triangle Polymers, which works in distribution & recycling and raw materials and plastics in Raleigh, NC; (3) a nurse consultant; and (4) a member of the Sister Cities Association 5/11/2007 11:30:50 AM BrendaH
Roger L. Schutt is currently operating hotels in Illinois and New York and developing real estate - condominiums and spec houses - in Cape Coral, FL, and Bristol Harbor on Canandaigua Lake in New York. He would enjoy hearing from alumni and classmates, especially for golf and boating on Canandaigua Lake, New York, or down in the Fort Myers, FL, area. 5/11/2007 11:39:54 AM BrendaH
1973
Rita Bonning Murphy wrote that she enjoyed the nursing reunion at AU in June. She and her husband, James Murphy, plan to return in 2003 for her 30th class reunion. 5/15/2007 11:40:39 AM BrendaH
Daniel L. Watson has accepted the position of branch manager for the Montoursville, PA, office of M&T Bank. He has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was a branch manager and associate manager for Commonwealth and Sovereign banks. Watson is a member of the advisory boards of the Salvation Army Leadership Lycoming and the South Williamsport High School Drug & Alcohol Program. He is also a member of the South Williamsport Kiwanis, the Christian Businessmens' Committee, and the Community Baptist Church in Montoursville and chairs two divisions of the Lycoming County United Way. 5/15/2007 11:56:53 AM BrendaH
1974
The phone number was given incorrectly last issue for Andrew Bergh, who works as a yacht broker at 515 SeaBreeze Blvd, Suite 503, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316. He says classmates or friends who want to buy yachts, sell yachts, or just get in touch should call (954) 695-2628.
Pamela Mack Cabanas's more than 10-year-old business creating faux art and murals, the latest of her many entrepreneurial art and decorating successes, is too successful to allow her as much time as she wants to create her own personal art. Pam still lives in Bayville, NY.5/15/2007 12:29:47 PM BrendaH
Dr. Kim Miller opened his new chiropractic office Aug 1, 2001 in Vestal, NY (near Binghamton). He is specializing in a new-low force technique called Network Spinal Analysis. He writes, "I would like to hear from some of the other 'trackies' and classmates at kimcmiller@hotmail.com 5/17/2007 9:36:46 AM BrendaH
David Morgan has joined Playworld as the chief financial officer after serving as the CEO of Kompan North America and before that, for 10 years, at General Electric. He lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, Karen Murtah Morgan '76 5/17/2007 9:40:27 AM BrendaH
1975
David B. Cole of Easton, CT, senior vice president at Beardsley, Brown, & Bassett in Bridgeport, was recently elected chairman of Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut Inc. in Bridgeport. The agency provides employment and support services for people with disabilities and special needs. Cole has been a member of Goodwill;s board of directors since 1985, most recently as vice chairman. 5/17/2007 9:48:37 AM BrendaH
Patricia Montgomery Crandall was honored with flowers and balloons on National School Nurse Day. She has been the school nurse at Alfred-Almond School since 1990, and before taking that job, was school nurse at Arkport Central School. 5/17/2007 9:52:00 AM BrendaH
Louise Hoffman, whose day job is professor of hospitality at the New York City Technical College, creates pastry-based art using marzipan, food coloring, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. She competed in February 2002 in the US Pastry Competition, organized by Paris Gourmet/Paris France, at the New York Restaurant Show. She combines her vocation and avocation by preparing her New York City Technical College students to craft sugar and chocolate sculptures to enter in the annual Salon of Culinary Arts competition. Their work has garnered first-place blue ribbons six years in a row, even though they've competed against such schools as the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales College. 5/17/2007 10:07:19 AM BrendaH
For Jim Mitchell, a ski patroller, watching last winter's Olympic ski events brought back memories of his Alfred days, While a member of the Alfred University ski-racing team, he used to launch off 40-meter jumps, puny by Olympic standards but, he told the Jackson Hole, WY, News, it was "petrifying" to him at the time. A resident of Jackson Hole, Mitchell took his family to watch the Olympic skiing events. 5/17/2007 10:13:13 AM BrendaH
Jeffrey B. Osgood, human resource director for Citizens & Northern Bank in Wellsboro, PA, has earned his certification as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR). The certification, awarded by the Human Resources Certification Institute, signifies that Osgood has the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field. Osgood has been with C&N Bank for 24 years. He and his wife Kathie live in Wellsboro and have two children. 5/17/2007 10:17:56 AM BrendaH
Debra Rhodes Smith runs Debra Rhodes Fine Art Services in Pinehurst, NC. Smith is a member of the Appraisers Association of America. Her e-mail address is drhodessmith@earthlink.net 5/17/2007 10:27:42 AM BrendaH
Erwin "Bub" Siwek and Cindy Wilkinson Siwek '77 hosted a combined 25-year Alfred reunion and 25-year wedding anniversary party this summer. Among the guests at the party, which was held at their summer home at the Northern Lake George Yacht Club in Hague, NY were Myles Peterson II, '01, Carol Lee Goetz '77, Kate West Redder '77, Kathy Finn Vincentz '77, Andi Odie McConnell '77, Kate Fasano Foster '77, Pam Kennedy Peterson '75 Andy Pomeroy '72, Myles Peterson '75, Gretchen Siwek Pomeroy '73, and Christina Mendez '06. 5/17/2007 10:49:15 AM BrendaH
1977
Gerald Keene, district attorney of New York's Tioga County, has been appointed chairman of the newly formed Criminal Justice Advisory Council. He will be spending a lot of his limited free time mediating a coordinating body to oversee ongoing and emerging criminal justice initiatives. The advisory council is in charge of efforts to develop alternatives to jail sentencing and helps with flexible operations within the jail to expedite prisoners; release. The new council also confers eligibility on the county for grants from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. The grants are aimed at reducing domestic violence and avoiding violence among young people. A member of both the New York and Pennsylvania bars, Keene and wife Betty, also a practicing lawyer, have two sons, 14 and 10. He holds a degree in law from Syracuse University. 5/17/2007 11:38:51 AM BrendaH
Steven Weinberg and Rosamond Berg had an exhibition titled "Waves, Boats, & Buoys" during June 2002 at the Flinn Gallery of Greenwich Library in Greenwich, CT. Weinberg, a resident of Pawtucket, RI, has seen his glass sculptures of boats and buoys exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Neuberger Museum at Purchase College, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and galleries worldwide. He has been casting glass in his Rhode Island studio since 1979. Much of his work reflects his fascination with water; he began boating at 14 and is still an avid fisherman. A pioneer of the contemporary glass casting movement,. Weinberg studied with Eric Hilton, a top designer at Steuben Glass, who showed him alternatives to glass blowing. Weinberg and his glass work were also profiled in American Craft magazine, the April-May, 2002, issue. 5/17/2007 11:45:02 AM BrendaH
1978
Nicholas "Nick" Burlingame is the founder of XYLON Ceramic Materials in the Ceramics Corridor incubator. The company, which dates from 1991 and has been a tenant in the incubator ever since, has received a state contract worth almost $500,000 to develop ceramics for fuel cells. Burlingame told the Buffalo News that his facility in Alfred will do development work to create the ceramic material at a lower cost than standard ceramic materials, and some of the work will be done in Newark. Eventually the product will be applicable in the power generation industry, where fuel cells will be used in technological innovations. 5/17/2007 11:50:55 AM BrendaH
David Kaplan, who is both an alumnus and a former faculty member at AU, is the 2002-03 president of the American Counseling Association. ACA is the world's largest organization for professional counselors, with 55,000 members in 50 countries and an annual budget of $8.7 million, Kaplan, who says he will probably visit half the United States during his one-year tenure as president, is professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education & Rehabilitation Programs at Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. 5/17/2007 11:55:13 AM BrendaH
Jennifer Ludemann earned her second master's degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in June 2002. He degree is in in information systems management, with minors in e-commerce and project management. 5/17/2007 11:59:06 AM BrendaH
1979
Kathleen Hanley Rude's pottery was recently reviewed in the Middletown (CT) Press, which noted that her work is sold and exhibited in many fine galleries, including the Wesleyan Potters Gallery in Middletown, the Ellen Traut Collections in Hartford, the Caron Gallery in Chester, CT, and the Paper Tiger in Vineyard Haven, MA. Among other positive comments, the reviewer said her Greek fertility gods "functions as the most interesting spoon rests you are likely to encounter, "sculptures embedded with stones conjure up the essence and mystery of Stonehenge, " and "A variety of useful bowls and vases are colorful, textured, and just plain lovely." 5/17/2007 2:02:53 PM BrendaH
Andy Shaw is second vice president of the board of Manchester, VT, Health Services. He is also vice president of the W.H. Shaw Insurance agency and has worked in the insurance business for 22 years. He is married and has two children. 5/17/2007 2:14:46 PM BrendaH
Harry Shortway, who played lacrosse at Alfred, is now coaching men's lacrosse for the Jefferson, NJ, falcons. Outside coaching time, Shortway is a deputy sergeant with the West Milford police and has a long line of Marines and police officers in his family. Shortway told the Morristown Daily Record that the team is growing and maturing through sports. "I want to send them off to college and see them play lacrosse," he said. 5/17/2007 2:19:00 PM BrendaH
1990
Maureen Tuite, MS, RN, ANP, was recently awarded the Carolyn Briton Nursing Excellence Award. Tuite is the clinical director and a nurse practitioner at the Finger Lakes Heart Institute at Arnot Health in Elmira. A registered nurse for 28 years, Tuite has spent half that time at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Before joining the Finger Lakes Heart Institute in 1998, she was the nurse manager in the emergency department. Tuite earned her bachelor's degree at AU and her nursing diploma at St. Joseph's in Elmira. Later at Syracuse University, she received a master's degree and an advanced degree to be an adult nurse practitioner.
Leigh Suhr George and David George '90 welcomed their second son, Devon Avery, on May 15, 2002. He is also their second child; they have a 3-year-old son named Owen.
An installation by sculptor John Bisbee was on view during May 2002 at Suyama Space in Seattle. His show included such large pieces as "Arc," a huge snarl of repeating curves that stretches 12 by 15 by 15 feet, and "Plode," a pileup of 250-pound incomplete spheres. The curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art says Bisbee's 2000 piece "Field" may be his most fanciful work to date. Created for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, "Field" is a large floor piece, 40 feet in diameter, made up of small nail vignettes. The curator calls Bisbee "a committed experimenter, creating endless recipes for his nail configurations." Two other pieces, "Arc" and "Plume," made for the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, return to the monumental but are still composed of nails.
Patrick J. Sgroi and his wife Christa had their second son, Jake Patrick Sgroi, on May 17, 2002 - but the birth wasn't quite routine. "The best part of the whole thing is that I delivered him at home (unplanned)," Patrick wrote. "Christa had contractions about eight minutes apart, her water broke, and I delivered Jake within about eight minutes. Mom and baby are both doing fine. We also have a 4-year-old boy named Timothy J. Sgroi." No word on whether the Sgrois' insurance company waived the labor and delivery fee.
Charlie Hach's wife Shannon McCormick Hach '92 wrote, "We have a 22-month-old son, Cyrus Joseph, who is the focus of our energy right now now. Charlie is working at Bechtell Bettis Inc. I just graduated from a family practice residence program. I am practicing part-time in Leechburg, PA, and spending my days off with Cy. Our e-mail address is hach@alltel.net ... we'd love to hear from Alfred friends."
1991
Leigh Suhr George and David George '90 welcomed their second son, Devon Avery, on May 15, 2002. He is also their second child; they have a 3-year-old son named Owen.
Patricia "Pat" Smith has been named Director of Community Health & Wellness at the Healthworks Wellness & Fitness Center in Painted Post, NY. Pat says the Center is "a brand new state-of-the-art wellness and fitness facility," and we say to Pat, Congratulations!
An exhibition titled "Intersections," featuring work by Mark Boguski and California painter Shirley Manfredi, was featured in June 2002 at the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. Boguski, a ceramic artist from Oakland, CA, with an MFA from Alfred, specializes in pieces where common objects such as tea bowls are "easily recognizable forms that are the perfect size to experiment with glaze color." His ceramics were complemented by Manfredi's figurative oil paintings. Boguski has shown his work in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Aspen, CO, and Durham, NC.
Jon McLaughlin, who recently tackled his first marathon, is a graduate football coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He's in his third year working with the offensive line under head coach Kirk Ferentz. He joined the Iowa staff after serving as offensive coordinator and line coach at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, for three years. The Connecticut native was also on the coaching staff at Cornell University, Hobart College, and Alfred University itself.
A solo exhibit featuring 28 sculptures by Mary Roettger was on display in March 2002 in the Benedicta Arts Center at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. Titled "Timeless Patterns in Clay," the show drew varied audiences, including Mike Weber, Roettger's high school art teacher. "It's very important for me that the viewer penetrate the form, to go down and get deep inside the piece, where it is darker and mysterious, like one's subconscious," Roettger told the St. Cloud (MN) Times, "to navigate the furrows of our mind." Roettger creates her pieces over a common mold shape, which is removed after the drying process, leaving a hollow containment. The structural expanse grows from this void.
While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, Michaeline M. Shuman met and married Hans (Roy) M. Molina Ruiz. "We returned to the States in July 2001, and on Sept. 14, our son Cooper Benjamin Molina-Shuman was born. We recently moved to Lancaster, PA," she wrote.
Christopher Dietter CPA has been promoted to senior manager in the Assurance & Advisory Business Services (AABS) practice at Ernst & Young, LLP, in Syracuse. Dietter joined Ernst & Young in 1999 as a manager. As a senior manager he will continue with and expand upon his responsibilities as a supervisor of the firm's local audit engagements. He'll also continue to help with staff development. Dietter holds a BS degree in accounting from Alfred. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSCPA) and is active in the Syracuse Chapter of the March of Dimes. A native of Rochester, Dietter lives in Liverpool, NY, with his wife Jennifer Weller Dietter '91.
Torsten Burns has been chosen to present his artwork at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Also, sometime in 2003, Burns and his brother Christian Burns, a ballet dancer, plan to collaborate on a performance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Mission Street in San Francisco.
1992
Christopher Dietter CPA has been promoted to senior manager in the Assurance & Advisory Business Services (AABS) practice at Ernst & Young, LLP, in Syracuse. Dietter joined Ernst & Young in 1999 as a manager. As a senior manager he will continue with and expand upon his responsibilities as a supervisor of the firm's local audit engagements. He'll also continue to help with staff development. Dietter holds a BS degree in accounting from Alfred. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSCPA) and is active in the Syracuse Chapter of the March of Dimes. A native of Rochester, Dietter lives in Liverpool, NY, with his wife Jennifer Weller Dietter '91.
Todd Thomas and Meg Corson Thomas '93 are the proud parents of a second son, Shane Patrick Thomas, born May 31, 2002, in Boca Raton, FL. Their older son is Todd Thomas Jr., born Oct. 21, 1999.
Jennifer Jacobson Friedman wrote, "We were recently blessed with our third child, Sara Tova, on Sept. 21, 2001. We hope the world she grows up in will be more tolerant and loving than the one she entered."
Nicholas Seidner and Diane Rosenmiller taught pottery classes this summer at the Frog Hollow Craft School in Manchester, VT. The couple produce utilitarian stoneware and porcelain pottery for food and flowers at their Rising Meadow Pottery Studio in Middletown Springs. He has also been a pottery instructor at Frog Hollow since 1997, teaching both adults and children.
Nicholas Seidner and Diane Rosenmiller taught pottery classes this summer at the Frog Hollow Craft School in Manchester, VT. The couple produce utilitarian stoneware and porcelain pottery for food and flowers at their Rising Meadow Pottery Studio in Middletown Springs. He has also been a pottery instructor at Frog Hollow since 1997, teaching both adults and children.
Charlie Hach's wife Shannon McCormick Hach '92 wrote, "We have a 22-month-old son, Cyrus Joseph, who is the focus of our energy right now now. Charlie is working at Bechtell Bettis Inc. I just graduated from a family practice residence program. I am practicing part-time in Leechburg, PA, and spending my days off with Cy. Our e-mail address is hach@alltel.net ... we'd love to hear from Alfred friends."
1993
Amanda Alsdorf Wodzenski recently joined Coldwell Banker Real Estate's Airport-West Region office in Pennsylvania. In addition to her bachelor's degree from Alfred, Wodzenski holds a master's degree from West Virginia University.
Jason Locke is director of recruitment & marketing for undergraduate admissions at Cornell University. Friends can get in touch at jcl31@cornell.edu .
Jessica Marks Manson wrote, "I got married July 21, 2002, to a wonderful man, David Manson. We had some Alfred alums there to help us celebrate - Karen Cox '91, James Taylor, David Windmuller, and Gregg Marks '91 (Gregg is Jessica's brother.) We honeymooned in French Polynesia on the islands of Bora Bora, Raittea, and Moorea - it was heaven! David, our three cats, and I are living in Highland Mills, NY. I've been working as a special ed teacher for nine years now, and David is an attorney. I'd love to hear from other alumni. Drop me a line at jem621@aol.com when you get a chance and let me know what you are up to." Don't forget to drop the class notes coordinator a line at the same time: dickenj@alfred.edu .
The "Tree of Life," an ever-changing outdoor sculpture by Martin T. Heffron, was dedicated in late spring 2002 at the Simon Kramer Institute in New Philadelphia, PA. With a solid nine-foot walnut arch, the sculpture contains plants, a meandering path, flowing water, a mountainous portrait, and a powerful tree limb. Heffron told the Pottsville Republican & Evening Herald that the work will receive periodic improvements, including the addition of fish to the pond, a sunset, and other items. "It changes the environment of the hospital setting to make it more inviting and more soothing," he said. A bench stands next to the sculpture for rest and meditation. The sculpture was dedicated during a picnic for cancer survivors.
Angelica Veitch Walls is attending vet school in Louisiana and expects to graduate in May 2004. "Then you can call me Dr. Veitch," she says.
Stephen S. Smith, after eight years as a teacher and administrator in the Palm Beach, FL, County school district, has been named principal of Sacred Heart Elementary in Lake Worth. In addition to his bachelor's in math, with minors in secondary education and coaching, he holds a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia in Athens.
Brenda Smith married Ken Porter in August 1998. Their daughter Ellison Jude Porter was born Sept. 18, 2000. Since September 2001, Brenda has been director of residence life at Alfred University. "It is great to be back!" she says.
Kathleen Blackwell has been appointed senior benefits analyst in the human resources department at Rich Products in Buffalo. Before this career move, she was employed by Price Waterhouse Coopers in Fort Lee, NJ. A native of Irondequoit, Blackwell lives in Hamburg outside Buffalo.
1994
Raphael Colangione, CPA, recently accepted a position as vice president of technology for Insight Corp., a data analysis software company outside Boston, MA. Previously Raphael was the World Wide Financial Systems Manager at MapInfo Corp.
Denise Powers Wellin of Churchville, NY, was recently promoted to associate director of admissions in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Office of Recruitment and Enrollment. Previously she was senior admissions counselor. Before that, she held posts at Monroe Community College and at Alfred University, where she earned her MS degree in education.
Nicolle Luke Johnson and Paul "Joe" F. Johnson '95 are the proud parents of their second son, Joshua Luke Johnson, born March 15, 2002. Big brother Jacob has been sharing his favorite trucks and trains and is showering Joshua with hugs and kisses. The Johnsons live in Virginia, where Nicki works at Corning and Joe is a combined stay-home dad and an at-home production editor for AIP. The boys reportedly love the arrangement with Daddy at home. The Johnsons stay very busy with their growing family, but would welcome e-mail at pfjohn@adelphia.net .
Vickie Kaplan has been appointed director of career services at Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, effective Aug. 7, 2002. ESU is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of some 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
Angelica Veitch Walls is attending vet school in Louisiana and expects to graduate in May 2004. "Then you can call me Dr. Veitch," she says.
1995
Nicolle Luke Johnson and Paul "Joe" F. Johnson '95 are the proud parents of their second son, Joshua Luke Johnson, born March 15, 2002. Big brother Jacob has been sharing his favorite trucks and trains and is showering Joshua with hugs and kisses. The Johnsons live in Virginia, where Nicki works at Corning and Joe is a combined stay-home dad and an at-home production editor for AIP. The boys reportedly love the arrangement with Daddy at home. The Johnsons stay very busy with their growing family, but would welcome e-mail at pfjohn@adelphia.net .
Jianshen Li director of the China Ceramic Cultural Exchange program, recently spoke during the Visiting Artists Series at Fredonia State University College in Fredonia, NY. The ceramist is also president of Sanbao Ceramic Institute, a residency for international ceramic artists and students. The Ceramic Cultural Exchange program has enabled hundreds of Western artists to travel to the People's Republic of China. Jianshen Li has an MFA from Alfred.
1996
On April 27, 2002, Erin Randall married Chris Williamee from Corning, NY. Several Alfred alumni celebrated with the couple, including Kristen Meissner, who was the maid of honor, and Gretchen Ewing and Noelle Tournour, who were bridesmaids. The couple honeymooned in Madrid and the Canary Islands. Erin is employed as a human resource generalist at Corning Hospital. You can reach her at erinwilliamee@yahoo.com .
Since graduating from AU, Mike LaCroix started his sales career for IKON Office Solutions in Williamsville, NY. After a year living in Buffalo in the copier business, Mike decided to venture out into medicine. For more than four years now, Mike has been in Pharmaceutical Sales working with AstraZeneca and currently Pfizer. Mike loves what he does and sees himself in this occupation for some time. On July 10, 1999, Mike married Terra Johnson '96. Currently, Mike and Terra live in Olean, NY, with plans to build a house outside of Ellicottville, NY, in the spring and summer of 2003. Terra is currently a special education teacher in the Salamanca City School District and she, too, loves her job. On August 14, 2002, Mike and Terra's family expanded with the birth of their daughter, Chloee Jean. Mike writes, "She is absolutely beautiful and we couldn't be more proud." Mike and Terra would like to hear from their AU classmates. You can reach them at mltj10@netsync.net ...
David Levesque is teaching & promoting partner dancing full-time. "I started teaching while at Alfred," he wrote. "I enjoy living in the capital district of New York, where camping and outdoors are awesome and the people are kind and generous. I recently traveled to Los Angeles to visit family." David's e-mail address is dancintime@yahoo.com .
Christopher Meany was recently promoted to business manager for the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Previously he worked for the parent company, Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing in New York as a financial services manager. He has moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Jen Grower wrote to Natalie Krauser '98, and Natalie passed it on: "Grad school has kept me rather busy the past three years. I'm in South Carolina at Clemson University. I received my master's in packaging science in December 2001 and am now working on my Ph.D. in food technology. I hope to teach college when I finish. I've been teaching packaging labs for the last year, and will be teaching biology labs in the fall."
Kim Young, a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Bluffton Elementary School in Hilton Head, SC, was recently named "teacher of the week" for the quality of her work. In addition to teaching children, she is a team leader for other teachers at her grade level and an evaluator for new teachers. She and her husband David have been married 11 years.
Jason Primrose was married May 25, 2002, to Christine M. Crosby. He is an earth science teacher and assistant football coach at Oswego High School.
Claire Kelly and Anthony Schafermeyer collaborate as a husband-wife team creating glass art using Venetian techniques such as cane and murrini to explore the connection between form and surface decoration. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology.
1997
Tetsuya Yamada assistant professor of art at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, has received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award recognizing him as one of the best emerging artists in the nation. He and 34 other artists were chosen to receive the award from among 400-plus artists who submitted their work. Yamada holds a bachelor's degree from Tamagawa University in Tokyo (1990) and an MFA in ceramics from Alfred.
Josh Dahlman and Becky Higginbottom Dahlman recently transferred within Corning Inc to the facility in Harrodsburg, KY, where they are working for the Advanced Display Products Division making glass for liquid crystal display systems. Becky is a senior melting development engineer and will be working in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Josh is working as a Senior Operations Engineer and will have responsibility for one production line in KY. Josh and Becky have purchased a new home in Danville (40 miles south of Lexington) and are settling in with Maggie, Cleo, and Kramer (2 bassets and a macaw). Josh writes, "Should anyone end up passing through or wanting to visit, drop us a line and we would welcome you!" Josh and Becky's new contact information: 111 Patrick Henry Ct., Danville, KY 40422, telephone: 859-936-9129.
Josh Dahlman and Becky Higginbottom Dahlman recently transferred within Corning Inc to the facility in Harrodsburg, KY, where they are working for the Advanced Display Products Division making glass for liquid crystal display systems. Becky is a senior melting development engineer and will be working in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. Josh is working as a Senior Operations Engineer and will have responsibility for one production line in KY. Josh and Becky have purchased a new home in Danville (40 miles south of Lexington) and are settling in with Maggie, Cleo, and Kramer (2 bassets and a macaw). Josh writes, "Should anyone end up passing through or wanting to visit, drop us a line and we would welcome you!" Josh and Becky's new contact information: 111 Patrick Henry Ct., Danville, KY 40422, telephone: 859-936-9129.
From Adeena M. Kravet: "Hi, all. Just completed my MFA this spring at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Now I have a little studio with some friends out here in the cornfields. I'm still recovering from school, trying to figure out what the next step will be! I'm daydreaming about starting a studio in Maine - anyone from Alfred in that area? I'd love to hear from others; please e-mail me at amk672001@yahoo.com . Best wishes to everyone!"
Ying Ying Wong and her husband Garrett Goldfuss have moved to New Jersey ...
Autumn Cipala was one of six potters whose work were included in the gallery annex above Woodstock Folk Art Prints & Antiquities in Woodstock, VT. Nearly all the potters have a connection to well-known potter Miranda Thomas; Cipala worked for her two years before accepting a two-month artist residency in Minnesota, where she focused on a wood and salt firing. "There are always new things to find out," Cipala told the Vermont Standard. "I like making functional pots." She also likes the way people's everyday lives touch and use the things she makes.
Carla Renzi Gage wrote, "Jeremy Gage and I were married June 12, 1999, in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Jeremy graduated from the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in June 2000. He and his classmates built a 26-foot wooden sailboat during the 10-month course. We now live in Belfast, ME, where Jeremy is a boatbuilder with French & Webb Inc. We love it here and are very excited to announce the birth of our first chid. Our son, Odin Marley Gage, was born Nov. 1, 2001."
Carla Renzi Gage wrote, "Jeremy Gage and I were married June 12, 1999, in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Jeremy graduated from the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in June 2000. He and his classmates built a 26-foot wooden sailboat during the 10-month course. We now live in Belfast, ME, where Jeremy is a boatbuilder with French & Webb Inc. We love it here and are very excited to announce the birth of our first chid. Our son, Odin Marley Gage, was born Nov. 1, 2001."
Denise LaForce writes, "I manage the corporate training department for a customer service center called Suite 1000 in Charlotte, NC. I've been working here for four and a half years. Andrew Keck '97 is a meter reader with Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte. We live with our two cats, Paco and Adja (I've had them since my last semester at Alfred!) My parents moved to France last October, and we have enjoyed two recent trips abroad to visit. Awesome!"
Since her days at Alfred, Lydia Searles Funk started working for Ferro Corporation in August of 1997, where she is today. Lydia has moved around quite a bit in the company in the past five years, as she was part of a training program that they developed. Currently, she is in Cleveland, where she works out of their Data Center. On the personal side, Lydia was married on April 8, 2000, to Duane Funk, Jr. Lydia and Duane were unable to attend the Class of 1997's five-year reunion in June because they just had their first child, Gabriel Thomas, on April 21, 2002. Lydia writes, "I hope fun was had by all at the Reunion. Maybe I'll be able to catch up at the 10 year!"
Ying Ying Wong and her husband Garrett Goldfuss have moved to New Jersey ...
Denise LaForce writes, "I manage the corporate training department for a customer service center called Suite 1000 in Charlotte, NC. I've been working here for four and a half years. Andrew Keck '97 is a meter reader with Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte. We live with our two cats, Paco and Adja (I've had them since my last semester at Alfred!) My parents moved to France last October, and we have enjoyed two recent trips abroad to visit. Awesome!"
Devin Dressman just published a paper in Human Gene Therapy entitled, "Delivery of Alpha- and Beta-Sarcoglycan by Recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus: Efficient Rescue of Muscle, but Differential Toxicity." One of his figures is the cover picture for the journal ...
Glazed stoneware animals byJessica Jones and oil paintings by Mitchell Wiebe were the centerpiece of an art show titled "Narrating the Morphic" this summer at the YHZ Halifax Contemporary Art Gallery in Halifax, NS, Canada. The theme of the show was to tell or suggest stories with anthropomorphic animals. The titles of Jones's pieces suggest their nature - "Bull with Chickens," "Monkey Dreams of White Toblerone Waiting to Gallop," etc.
Sun Koo Yuh was among the artists teaching at the second session of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The artist, a professor of art at Western University in Macomb, IL, earned his BFA from Hong IK University in Hong Kong and his MFA from Alfred. His work, according to the Blue Hill, ME, Weekly Packet, is "three-dimensional narrative sculpture with bright surface decoration and colorful high-fire glazes."
Since graduating from AU, Mike LaCroix started his sales career for IKON Office Solutions in Williamsville, NY. After a year living in Buffalo in the copier business, Mike decided to venture out into medicine. For more than four years now, Mike has been in Pharmaceutical Sales working with AstraZeneca and currently Pfizer. Mike loves what he does and sees himself in this occupation for some time. On July 10, 1999, Mike married Terra Johnson '96. Currently, Mike and Terra live in Olean, NY, with plans to build a house outside of Ellicottville, NY, in the spring and summer of 2003. Terra is currently a special education teacher in the Salamanca City School District and she, too, loves her job. On August 14, 2002, Mike and Terra's family expanded with the birth of their daughter, Chloee Jean. Mike writes, "She is absolutely beautiful and we couldn't be more proud." Mike and Terra would like to hear from their AU classmates. You can reach them at mltj10@netsync.net ...
Fiona Rose Pasternack received a doctor of medicine degree June 7, 2002, from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. While at Jefferson, she was accepted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society and received the Beach Scholarship, the Measey Scholarship, and the Cooper Scholarship. She has now begun a one-year medicine internship at North Shore University Hospital in Manhassat, NY. After her internship, she plans a dermatology residence at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
1998
Christina Lombardi is working in a real estate law firm on Long Island.
Jason Stempel recently published an article in Keyframe Magazine titled "Jason Stempel's Sludge: Facial Modeling & Animation." Anyone interested in animation - or just in getting in touch - may send e-mail to jasonstempel@hotmail.com .
From your correspondent: "I had a wonderful summer, where I got to see lots of Alfredians at lots of different little events around the city ... and a big thanks to Dez and Penny for keeping me sane during that Wednesday night at Mad River! Just got back from a beautiful long weekend in Nantucket thanks to my boyfriend ... and before that, a business trip in Spain and Portugal, where I was able to meet up with my sister Vanessa Krauser '00. My role at Trafalgar is expanding, and I'll soon be responsible for all our online agency strategy and development, as well as working with our global sales offices to extend and shape the Trafalgar brand. Lots of fun ... and looking forward to a fantastic Homecoming, where, I hope, I will have seen you all at the Alumni Association-sponsored 'State of the University' address. Have a great winter."
Also via Natalie, a note from Erik Lars Myers: "Two things in July. First I drove across the country, from Boston to San Francisco, with my girlfriend. It took us six days, which meant a lot of time in the car, but we got to visit with Alfred alums Tera Hamilton '01 and Ryan Stankus '96 on the trip, in addition to a fun stop in Las Vegas, a killer thunderstorm in Wyoming, and an almost-near-death experience in the mountains in California. It was full of good times. If anybody ever gets the chance to visit South Dakota, do it. It's awesome. Second, I moved into a new apartment in Watertown, MA, with two other alums, Callie Hastings '01 and Ashley Long '02. It's a nice place, and we accept visitors if we know about them in advance. Heh-heh ... of course Natalie is always invited! In August I rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity bike ride that benefits the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Foundation. It's 190 miles in two days and is the largest single contributor to the Jimmy Fund. It was a lot of fun, and it only took me a few days to get over the absolute pain that overtook my legs and butt. In other news, I've been writing lately for a really great web site, Intrepid Media (www.intrepridmedia.com ) - it's a great forum for people interested in writing; you can get yourself published for free. Hey ... all the cool kids are doing it, c'mon. At least go read my columns. I think that's it for now - more in the next regular installment of the random life of Erik Lars Myers."
Jeff Schmuki is ceramics instructor and art historian at William Carey College on the Coast, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in August 2002 year as the Gulf Coast's first four-year college. The college has about 650 students and offers five undergraduate majors - education, nursing, art, business, and psychology - and three master's degrees, in education, business, and psychology. This summer, Schmuki exhibited his figurine sculptures in the Lok Gallery at the Museum of Art at the University of Southern Mississippi. The show was part of USM's Emerging Artist Series, which carries a $500 stipend. Schmuki has also recently exhibited at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi, MS, and the Jane Heartsook Gallery in New York.
Guanghui Chen, who holds an MFA from Alfred and a BFA from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, recently presented a workshop in contemporary Chinese ceramics at SUNY Cortland. Born in Shangxi Province, China, he has received numerous fellowships and awards, internationally, for his ceramic work.
Andrew "Addison" Proctor published a long short story, "Try This, Dearest Man," in Madison, WI, Magazine in July 2002. Proctor lives in Madison, where he collects jazz records and sometimes plays old-time banjo tunes.
1999
Ken Leidig reports that since he wrote "a book" in the last issue of Class Notes, he decided to leave more space for others this time. They say that the most expensive aroma is that of a new car, and Ken agrees, having recently bought a new Lincoln LS. He's very happy with his purchase, as the car is steps above the outgoing Nissan Maxima. At press time, he was looking forward to taking it on its first jaunt to Albany to visit his friends David Clay '00, Mike Christakis, and Christa Nyman '01. Ken also appreciates the approach of his favorite season. Good-bye polo games and hammock, and hello autumn colors, fall festivals, apple pies, camelhair sport coats, brisk autumn air, and fires in the fireplace.
Michael Christakis has been appointed assistant director of residential life at the University at Albany, charged with overseeing the University's newest housing facility, Empire Commons. When it's completed, Empire Commons will house 1,200 upper-class students in 25 buildings on 25 acres; there's also a 21,000-square-foot student center. In addition to his duties at the University, Christakis just started his second year in the doctoral program in public administration. Mike warns potential visitors that although his e-mail and mailing address are the same, his physical address is different. He's now living on Empire Commons in Cluster B, Building 3, and people trying to find him are likely to get confused. His home phone number is now (518) 956-5297 and his work phone is (518) 956-6250 ...
From Tadd Barnes: "Hello, everyone. I've been living in Boston for a few years now, working for a pharmaceutical biotech company called Millennium. I've moved over to the Process Innovation and Lab Systems group and have been setting up computer systems with a good programming environment and have also been setting up internal web pages. Also, I want everyone to tune into Comedy Central's Battlebots this coming January and February 2003. Along with fellow AU alum Dan Roswell '00, I'm creating a middleweight robot to compete in this competition this November in San Francisco! You can see our team and robot at www.terawattrobotics.com . In addition, if you'd like to help us with some donations to build this robot, click on the "paypal" link. We'd appreciate any support you could give us struggling alumni. That's all from my neck of the woods ..."
Work by Alleghany Meadows was featured and photographed in the April-May 2002 issue of American Craft. Of his work "Bowl of Fruit, 2001," stoneware with porcelain cups, he said, "I am fascinating by the ability of this piece to exist as a still life and by the potential during a gathering for each cup to connect intimately with its user. Empty, the bowl becomes a raw vessel awaiting the return of the fruit or some other use." Meadows lives and operates a studio in Carbondale, CO.
Eileen Stevens H'99 has been named one of several "Women of Distinction 2002" on Long Island, where she lives.
Erasmo Sturla writes, "I'm living in New York city, where I've been working at AT&T Business in corporate sales for a year and a half. On the side, I'm seeking to launch my own real estate business."
Alissa Dodds is happy to announce that she and John Green have a baby boy. Zachary Thomas Green was born March 28, 2001. "We are all living happily in Ithaca, NY. Since I left school I have been working at BorgWarner Automotive as an engineer."
Stephen Rech and his wife, Mary Burns Rech, have a new young daughter, Lydia Marie Rech, born May 22, 2002. Mary Rech is a native Alfredian with two associate degrees from Alfred State College, where her father teaches in the math-physics department.
2000
From Tadd Barnes: "Hello, everyone. I've been living in Boston for a few years now, working for a pharmaceutical biotech company called Millennium. I've moved over to the Process Innovation and Lab Systems group and have been setting up computer systems with a good programming environment and have also been setting up internal web pages. Also, I want everyone to tune into Comedy Central's Battlebots this coming January and February 2003. Along with fellow AU alum Dan Roswell '00, I'm creating a middleweight robot to compete in this competition this November in San Francisco! You can see our team and robot at www.terawattrobotics.com . In addition, if you'd like to help us with some donations to build this robot, click on the "paypal" link. We'd appreciate any support you could give us struggling alumni. That's all from my neck of the woods ..."
Births
Mary Turner Buchanan and Cal Buchanan have a new daughter, Alice, born March 15, 2002. Her older sister is Beverley, born Dec. 29, 2000.
Todd Thomas and Meg Corson Thomas '93 are the proud parents of a second son, Shane Patrick Thomas, born May 31, 2002, in Boca Raton, FL. Their older son is Todd Thomas Jr., born Oct. 21, 1999.
Marriages
Tonia Artlip married Andrew S. Braddock April 27, 2002. She did not change her name. She is a marketing and public relations assistant at Manatee Community Blood Center in Bradenton, FL, where she lives.