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1987
Other news from your correspondent: "Dr. Louis Mattos Jr. (who also has a doctorate in ceramic engineering from AU) and Heather Potter Mattos '87 relocated to Massachusetts from Ohio in August, and then Sara Ann Mattos arrived in their family and the world on Sept. 21."
1989
Daniel Marvin writes that he and his wife, Susan Hess Marvin '89, moved to Wellsboro, PA, in August 2000 with their children Adam, 8, and Cassie, 2. Anyone who would like to get in touch may send e-mail to mbdano@hotmail.com or poohcool@hotmail.com .
1990
Other news from your correspondent: "Dr. Louis Mattos Jr. (who also has a doctorate in ceramic engineering from AU) and Heather Potter Mattos '87 relocated to Massachusetts from Ohio in August, and then Sara Ann Mattos arrived in their family and the world on Sept. 21."
David Sperber writes, "I have recently changed jobs and gotten out of the electronics industry. I am in Roanoke, VA, working with a company that makes components for transmissions, particularly for Ford. Kim Larner Sperber '90 and I have been together 10 years and are still going strong. We have three darling little ones ... Hope all is well with y'all (that's what they say 'round here.) Feel free to e-mail me, dsperber@dynax.dxa.com , if anybody wants to keep in touch."
The big news is the induction of one of our own, Beth Mott Rothwell, into the AU Athletic Hall of Fame. This beloved member of 1990 writes: "A few weekends ago, I went back to Alfred for alumni weekend along with 12 members of my family. I was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, and my family wanted to celebrate with me. Along with my family, there was one special guest there to congratulate me, my best friend Cheryl Clinger LaPrade. As I'm sure you remember, it is nice to have support from friends like Cheryl. What a great weekend it was, and WOW, has the campus ever grown! I felt proud to be there with all those alumni, and there were many from our class as well as previous years. In my own family, there are Rich Mott '80 and Gail Falcone Mott '82. I was also proud to bring my six-week-old daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Rothwell (born Aug. 21, 2001) ... Maybe someday she'll be a Saxon too."
Isabelle Marie was born July 29, 2001, to Mark Letham and Debbie Dormady Letham '91. "I am working in the greater Philadelphia area," Mark writes. "I work for a contract pharmaceutical testing laboratory outside Trenton, NJ, as a research scientist. We live in Levittown, PA, and I am active in Lions Clubs International."
Joseph Fiacco married Kristin Potter back on April 24, 1999. Their baby girl, Maria Karina Fiacco, was born July 14, 2001. The couple owns a church, school, house, gallery, and art studio. They want to talk to AU alumni. Their address is 1921 Union Center Maine Highway, Endicott, NY 13760-1346 and their phone number is (607) 785-2544.
1991
David Sperber writes, "I have recently changed jobs and gotten out of the electronics industry. I am in Roanoke, VA, working with a company that makes components for transmissions, particularly for Ford. Kim Larner Sperber '90 and I have been together 10 years and are still going strong. We have three darling little ones ... Hope all is well with y'all (that's what they say 'round here.) Feel free to e-mail me, dsperber@dynax.dxa.com , if anybody wants to keep in touch."
Isabelle Marie was born July 29, 2001, to Mark Letham and Debbie Dormady Letham '91. "I am working in the greater Philadelphia area," Mark writes. "I work for a contract pharmaceutical testing laboratory outside Trenton, NJ, as a research scientist. We live in Levittown, PA, and I am active in Lions Clubs International."
Laura Cindel Bragg and Randy Bragg '92 now have two children: Lindsey Nicole Bragg, born Jan. 4, 2001, and Tyler James Bragg, born June 17, 1998.
1992
We received a sad and angry letter from John Sebben, brother of Paul Joseph Sebben, who earned his MFA at Alfred University: "My dear brother passed away this afternoon (Oct. 30, 2001.) I would like to notify a few of his close friends from AU that he lost his long battle with depression ... I'm quite shocked, but plan to survive with his memory. Unfortunately, the emerging artist that Alfred educated and helped develop will never reach his potential as a bad result of the illness of depression - it's a thief, the way it robs those left behind." John Sebben or his father, Dr. James Sebben, can be reached at johnsebben@lycos.com or johnsebben@hotmail.com .
Laura Cindel Bragg and Randy Bragg '92 now have two children: Lindsey Nicole Bragg, born Jan. 4, 2001, and Tyler James Bragg, born June 17, 1998.
Zora Longstreet, who holds a master's degree in community service administration from AU, has been hired as the on-line tutor coordinator in the Department of Learning Assistance at Alfred State College. Before coming to Alfred State, Longstreet worked as executive director of Chances & Changes in Geneseo. A graduate of Pine Grove Area High School, she has two children, James and Amanda.
Sharon Fulcher Rieck and Harry Rieck, a son, Benjamin James Rieck, born Aug. 29, 2001, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and to Tracey Thompson Coccitto and Tony Coccitto, a daughter, Sophia Anne, born April 18, 2001.
Steve Coutant reports, "I have been watching the anthrax developments with particular interest since I spent from 1997-2000 training medical personnel and first responders and chemical and biological terrorism response. After four years as an army officer, I worked for SAIC and conducted terrorism response courses for everyone from state and local responders to Air Force personnel in Japan to the U.S. Embassy staff in Cairo." In addition to working for SAIC, Steve is attending evening classes at the University of Maryland School of Law. In October 2001, Steve tied the knot with Theresa Cook. The couple is living happily in downtown Baltimore, MD."
Mark D'Arcy has joined the Alfred State College faculty as a lecturer in the Mathematics and Physics Department. In his previous positions, he was a software systems analyst, a quality engineer, and a high school math teacher.
1993
Susan Feltham wrote that she lives in Mishawaka, IN, and works as a supervisor at the Notre Dame University Bookstore. She has also been a store auditor at Kohl's department store. "I miss my classmates ... Here's my e-mail address for anyone who wishes to get in touch: sfeltham820@yahoo.com . AU, I miss you!"
Mark Shelton and Heather Rooney Shelton have moved to Strasburg, PA.
Susan Clusener, who has lived in California since being awarded an artist-in-residence grant at the Mendocino Art Center, not only crafts ceramic pots but also grows rare and beautiful succulents to plant in them. She often adds other substances to her pots, especially metal, glass, sand, and copper and particularly things related to the sea. She has even been known to break bottles to incorporate in her art. Since leaving Mendocino, she traveled around California and landed in rural Nipomo, where her cabin has plenty of room for more than 1,000 succulents of 200-plus varieties. She has her own small kiln but fires most of her work at the Allan Hancock College ceramics studio, where she can not only use the facilities but also talk shop with other ceramists.
Mark Shelton and Heather Rooney Shelton have moved to Strasburg, PA.
William C. Weimer has accepted a position as a computer systems specialist with Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale, PA. He lives in Beaver Falls, PA, with his wife Jennifer and their son Nathaniel.
1994
Chrisandra Zuma Grant recently married Daniel Grant. They live in Manchester, NH. Chrisandra teaches at a private school and Daniel is a manager for LTE Jewelers.
Betty Grossman Wood has joined Alfred State College as a peer tutor coordinator in the Department of Learning Assistance, where she recruits and trains student tutors and proctors for the math and language labs, establishes study groups, does some individual tutoring, and maintains the tutor payroll. She and her husband Marvin Wood have two children, Kelly and Kari.
Kristin Schomp Morrow and Will Morrow '95 report that their son William R. Morrow was born Feb. 20, 2001. All three are "doing great in Alaska," they say. Friends can get in touch at wkmorrow@ptialaska.net .
Michelle "Shelly" Stadler Overstreet sells her unique Alice-in-Wonderland strange ceramics in the art fair circuit around the Midwest. She and her husband David Overstreet live in Aurora, IL. Overstreet makes ceramic clown figures, each one unique, along with a complete line of bright-colored hand-painted earthenware dishes embellished with moons, stars, and fairy godmothers. She also makes and sells enormously oversized teacup planters, giant mushroom stools, and heart-shaped garden ornaments. In an interview with the Aurora, IL, Beacon-News, Overstreet said she gravitated toward science, especially biology, during high school, but then took a ceramics class and knew she'd found her life's medium. She said she feels lucky to have found AU, which is "kind of the place to go for ceramics in the East. I had a fantastic time there. When you're in that kind of environment, with everyone so excited about ceramics, it's hard not to feel the same."
1995
Kristin Schomp Morrow and Will Morrow '95 report that their son William R. Morrow was born Feb. 20, 2001. All three are "doing great in Alaska," they say. Friends can get in touch at wkmorrow@ptialaska.net .
Paul T. Fini has completed his Ph.D. in materials engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Word about Paul came from David Bachrach '94.
Darren Miller recently rode his bike over 400 miles from Montreal, Quebec, to Portland, ME, to raise money for AIDS vaccine research. Darren inspired donations by marketing his five-day petroleum-free "tour de northern forest" ride and raised over $3,400 for the cause. In addition to his philanthropy, Darren has set a personal goal of becoming an Adirondack 46er, a group in which membership is earned by climbing all 46 of the Adirondack peaks over 4,000 feet. He has conquered two so far. Now a resident of Blue Mountain Lake, Darren is the program coordinator for the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.
Christianne Smith was married to Brendan Wilson July 7, 2001, in Burnt Hills, NY, with the reception in Clifton Park. Several AU alumni attended: Patricia Pohlig Ainslie '94, Mike Casseri '88, Greg Connors '92, Jeni Wetzel Connors, Sara Frisk Frampton, Pauline Goulah, Jen Scholl Keida '96, Sue Flynn Lipscomb, Penny Giess McDonnell '87, Paul McDonnell '89, Stephanie Mommsen, Dave Nigrini '96, Adrianne Ter Louw, and Liz Welch. The happy couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and Maine, and now live in Burnt Hills, where Christianne has founded a graphic design firm, DesignsmithStudio.com. Brendan is a senior account manager with Grainger Industrial Supply.
Michael Connelly started a new job in September 2001 as resident potter at the Shelburne Craft School in Shelburne, VT. He was hired after a nationwide search, according to the Shelburne News. Connelly has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, and Mendocino Art Center and has published articles in Ceramics Monthly. He has taught at AU, Peter's Valley Craft Center, and Colorado Mountain College, among other places.
Bridget Hoffman and Vincent DiCello were married Oct. 6, 2001, in Buffalo, with many AU alumni participating in the ceremony and watching from the audience, including Julie Hathaway Verde, Heidi Liebi, Dan Ondreyko and his wife Missy, Randi Jermansen, Cindi Maloy Handy and her husband Ken Handy, Jen Coniglio '96, Joe Ryan '98, and Nikki Mediak-Pirigyi '96 and her husband Bryan Pirigyi '97. The day's highlights included a guest who traveled all the way from his home in Australia for the couple's big day, the reunion of AU friendships and a special appearance by Elvis at the reception! (Coordinator's note: So that's where he's been hiding out!) Bridget and Vince are currently living, and enjoying the warm climate, in San Diego.
Evelyn Kunkel is living in Oakland working as a gardener, focusing on California native plants, permaculture, and sustainable garden design. "I have learned a lot about stone masonry and can now build dry stack stone walls," she writes. "I also continue to paint and write poetry and fiction, and am going to be a featured poet this month at a poetry-reading series, She Speaks, in Oakland. I can be reached at silverofmoon@excite.com ."
Richard Forrester returned to campus to address the AU Math Club on Oct. 18, 2001. He's finishing his Ph.D. dissertation at Clemson University in applied and industrial mathematics. His talk was titled "Operations Research: Applications & Solutions Strategies."
1996
David Levesque '96: "I have recently moved to Albany to pursue the loves of my life: a very special woman, the art of dance. and the art of human interaction and value. I started teaching dance full-time in March to do what I love and get out of the corporate rat race. I am looking forward to choosing a great present and future for myself and the people I come into contact with daily!" …
Joel Bartley has received his master's degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
Jodi Csaszar Zielinski wrote to tell us that she now works as an art director in a Manhattan advertising agency. She and her husband, Josh Zielinski, recently became parents; their daughter Noa Alexandra Zielinski was born Sept. 19, 2001. "While home on maternity leave, I have been doing some free-lance design work for my own established business, Csaszar Design LLC. I also soon plan to begin training for the Boston Marathon, coming up in April 2002. Josh is still working as an attorney in the commercial litigation group at McElroy, Deutsch, & Mulvaney," she wrote. Jodi, Josh, and Noa live in Upper Montclair, NJ. They would love to hear from friends & classmates; their joint e-mail address is zlasky@bellatlantic.net .
Jodi Csaszar Zielinski wrote to tell us that she now works as an art director in a Manhattan advertising agency. She and her husband, Josh Zielinski, recently became parents; their daughter Noa Alexandra Zielinski was born Sept. 19, 2001. "While home on maternity leave, I have been doing some free-lance design work for my own established business, Csaszar Design LLC. I also soon plan to begin training for the Boston Marathon, coming up in April 2002. Josh is still working as an attorney in the commercial litigation group at McElroy, Deutsch, & Mulvaney," she wrote. Jodi, Josh, and Noa live in Upper Montclair, NJ. They would love to hear from friends & classmates; their joint e-mail address is zlasky@bellatlantic.net .
1997
Peter Wiernicki and Sarah (Clark) Wiernicki celebrated their first wedding anniversary Oct. 14. On Sept. 30, Sarah participated in the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund Walk-a-Thon to raise money for cancer research. She and a few others from Keene State College walked most of the 26-mile route of the Boston marathon.
Peter Wiernicki and Sarah (Clark) Wiernicki celebrated their first wedding anniversary Oct. 14. On Sept. 30, Sarah participated in the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund Walk-a-Thon to raise money for cancer research. She and a few others from Keene State College walked most of the 26-mile route of the Boston marathon.
Peter Wiernicki and Sarah (Clark) Wiernicki celebrated their first wedding anniversary Oct. 14. On Sept. 30, Sarah participated in the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund Walk-a-Thon to raise money for cancer research. She and a few others from Keene State College walked most of the 26-mile route of the Boston marathon.
Peter Wiernicki and Sarah (Clark) Wiernicki celebrated their first wedding anniversary Oct. 14. On Sept. 30, Sarah participated in the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund Walk-a-Thon to raise money for cancer research. She and a few others from Keene State College walked most of the 26-mile route of the Boston marathon.
For the past 2 years, Dan Neuburger has been working in Manhattan for People Magazine doing layout, design, type styling, web design, and photo retouching. Dan has found his job quite interesting, especially with respect to the events of September 11th. Dan said that working in NYC was a little tense (especially on 9/11, while working on People's Special Issue). Dan now writes, "It feels like most of NYC's attitude has shifted toward rebuilding and moving on." On a side note, Dan would like to thank everyone who contacted him out of concern for his well being after the tragedy. Dan says, "The fact that I was in your thoughts brought a great deal of comfort in very troubling times. Thank you so much!" On a lighter note, the past few months have been fairly adventurous for Dan. Between April and August, he managed to visit four different countries and 12 different US states. Throughout his travels, Dan climbed mountains in Switzerland, strolled past the Coliseum and Pantheon in Rome, paddled an eight-man raft over a 12-foot waterfall on a class 5+ river in Maine, and raced a speedboat through the jungles of Mexico. Of course, there was the viewing of the Sistine Chapel and running into the Pope. Dan also stood before David in Florence and wandered through the Uffizi Gallery. If fellow Alfredians would like to know more about Dan's journeys, feel free to get in touch with him at Eneubs@aol.com . Dan says, "It's always good to hear from fellow Alfredians."
In July, Ken Bishop competed in his first amateur body building contest. Ken weighed in at 156.25 pounds and competed in the lightweight class. Ken says, "Let's just say that I went home with more than a T-shirt." Ken ended up walking away with a fourth-place trophy! Ken was also interviewed for America's Most Wanted (AMW). Ken (seriously) wrote, "You see, I live in a building that was famous for a short period of time. Chandra Levy, the intern that was the center of national attention for a while, lived in my building. AMW asked a few people to talk about the safety of the neighborhood and the building. I never knew how many of my friends watched AMW until after my 'debut' and I received a heap of e-mails saying they saw me on TV!" Ken also has a new job. As of Oct. 1, he is working as an assistant director at Corporate Fitness Works (CFW), a national organization that manages fitness centers. Ken is very excited because he is finally able to use some of his "high-priced" education. His new job has "heaps" of possible advancement opportunities for him and in the few short weeks that he has been with CFW, they have already asked him if he would be interested in some regional responsibilities. In addition, Ken has also hung out with about eight or so fellow Alfredians, including Bill Mounce '98 and Mark Olender. "Yeah, there's a crew of us down here in MD/DC/VA," Ken says. Ken hopes to hear from Jeremy Lepisto, Jeremy Sedita, and Nicolle Levy '95. If you are one of these three people or know the whereabouts of these three Alfredians, email Ken at his new email address: k-bishop@usa.net
From Elizabeth DeFranco: "After three eight-month assignments throughout the East Coast with Osram Sylvania, I finally ended up working as a process engineer in Exeter, NH. Before getting too settled in, I took some time to travel through Europe with my sister, an unforgettable experience. Since graduating I have taken a huge interest in running and have run three marathons, including events in New York City and Boston. To add to this busy life I have decided to further my education to open up opportunities for the future, by attending Northeastern University, pursuing a High-Tech MBA, which I expect to complete in June 2002. For anyone I've lost touch with, my e-mail address is elizabeth.defranco2@sylvania.com .
Shawn Wyatt sends greetings to fellow Alfredians from State College, PA. Shawn is still with Supelco, Inc. as a Research and Development HPLC Chemist. Have a chromatographic problem? Let Shawn know-email him at swyatt@sial.com .
John Knaul still lives in Williamsburg, VA, and works for the College of William & Mary as an assistant athletic trainer. In August, John became a homeowner and moved into a new condo. Congratulations, John!
Joe DiCarlo '97 was recently promoted to consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Melissa Forsey married Chris Merz in Niagara Falls, NY, on Sept. 29, 2001. The couple now live in Denver, CO.
1998
Rebecca Schneider writes, "I'm leaving MoMA to pursue a career as a textile designer in the garment district (finally)... and am currently in the process of starting a home business designing and making wedding gowns. (Note: Rebecca designed and made the gown in which Debbie Nall was married to Greg Hilgert '99.) I'm still living with Adrienne Metzinger in Brooklyn and visiting Matt Kessler in North Carolina until next spring, when he should be joining me in the NYC area …
Max Freeman and Mandy Prior '99 were married June 30, 2001, in Hornell, with the reception at Lake Lodge in Alfred. They had photos taken on the AU campus "as it was Alfred University that brought us together," wrote Mandy. Several alumni were members of the wedding party: Ann Liotti Prior '96, Jason Honeck, Hanan Wajih '99, Sarah Vail '99, and Andrea Millett '99, plus students Nick Freeman '02 and Jaime Milanovich '02. Other alumni present included Tracy Higgins, Mary Beth Serafin '99, Danielle Drzymala '99, Angel Gac '99, Brian Quinlan '99, and Tony Greene '99. "We had a great time," Mandy said. "The campus looked beautiful. Max and I went to Cabo, Mexico, on our honeymoon; it is a must-see place ... We came back to two months off together, another vacation, as we both work for the Corning-Painted Post school district. We spent the summer remodeling our home with the help of Jason Honeck. Now we're back to work, and it is coaching season; Max coaches West High Football."
Rebecca Schneider writes, "I'm leaving MoMA to pursue a career as a textile designer in the garment district (finally)... and am currently in the process of starting a home business designing and making wedding gowns. (Note: Rebecca designed and made the gown in which Debbie Nall was married to Greg Hilgert '99.) I'm still living with Adrienne Metzinger in Brooklyn and visiting Matt Kessler in North Carolina until next spring, when he should be joining me in the NYC area …
Jason Sargenti is in his second year of graduate school in the architectural studies department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. "It's ironic that I managed to avoid doing any math or measurement while in the sculpture department, and now it's all coming back to haunt me!" Jason wrote. His e-mail address is jrsargenti@yahoo.com .
Debbie Nall calls the story "An Alfred Romance," and here is how it goes: "President Ed Coll Jr. always used to say in his welcome address: "Look around you; your future spouse may be in this room." Debbie Nall and Greg Hilgert '99 met for the first time on Aug. 25, 1995, during lunch in Ade Hall. They instantly felt like old friends who hadn't seen each other in a while and spent the next day "catching up." They discovered they had a lot in common, including the same birthday, same year. With the connection made, the romance began. Greg pledged Sigma Alpha Mu in the spring of 1996 and the next year shared a suite with his pledge brothers. Debbie lived right below him with her girlfriends. In spring '97 they moved into an apartment. After graduating with a BA (communications) and a BS (business administration), Debbie stayed to work in Alfred while Greg completed his senior year. He graduated in May 1999 with a BA in psychology. In the fall, Greg started his masters at Teachers College, Columbia University, while Debbie lived in Boston, working and completing her degree in graphic design from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. They spent weekends together until January 2000, when Debbie moved to New York. Greg completed his masters and Debbie began her magazine publishing career. In May 2001, Greg proposed to Debbie under the stars on a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands. They set their wedding date for Oct. 19, 2001, because it's their mutual 25th birthday. The ceremony took place in Greg's hometown of Newtown, CT, with the following AU alumni on hand: Peter McClain '00, Janet Sootheran McClain '00, David Levesque '96, Rebecca Schneider '98 (bridesmaid and designer of Debbie's wedding dress and veil), Dave Silbergleit '00, Jeff Mora '90, Michelle Mora '93, Kris Clark '99, Michael Butler '99, and Paul Leone '99. Currently, Greg is a clinical social worker at Kids in Crisis in Greenwich, CT. Debbie commutes to New York, where she's production coordinator at Art and Auction magazine. She is also in the process of opening her own photography studio: my candids photography. They live in Wilton, CT, with their cat, Merlin.
Shawn Wyatt sends greetings to fellow Alfredians from State College, PA. Shawn is still with Supelco, Inc. as a Research and Development HPLC Chemist. Have a chromatographic problem? Let Shawn know-email him at swyatt@sial.com .
Susan Larberg Coletti was married Aug. 25, 2000. Her husband, Dave Coletti, is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo. Susan teaches second grade.
Deborah Nall '98 and Greg Hilgert got married Oct. 19, 2001 - as they both turned 25 - that same day!
1999
Ben Link (thunderbird@fiverivers.org ) will be celebrating his two-year anniversary as a District Executive with the Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America, Jan. 1, 2002. In that time, he has worked closely with volunteer leaders to see that Scouting continues to grow and the aims of Character, Citizenship and Fitness are met within the Five Rivers Council and specifically the Thunderbird District. Currently, he is working with the new Leader Basic Training programs to see they are implemented fully on the Council level. This summer he will be returning as a member of the National Camping School Staff at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.
Laura Blake completed her masters degree at Duke University in May, earning a Master of Environmental Management. Shortly after that, Laura moved to Boston to begin her new job as a Water Quality Analyst, at the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). NEIWPCC's main purpose is to coordinate interstate water quality improvement in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. "The projects I oversee deal with the many different aspects of water quality management, including issues arising from water quality standards, wet weather standards, monitoring, the Clean Water Action Plan, and national policy and regulations," Laura writes. "NEIWPCC has turned out to be a fantastic organization to work for; I can actually say I love every aspect of my job. Aside from work, life is good; I'm just glad to finally be done with school ... and I'm especially looking forward to a snowy winter again! If you ever want to visit or just want to say hello, my email address is laurajblake@mediaone.net ."
Jim Kostiw is working for the US Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control, in addition to working for e-academics at American University. Jim will complete his degree in December.
Mike Fuller sent us word, via 2000 correspondent Jasmine Lellock '00, that he is still living in the Boston area, "specifically the village of Allston, hanging around with a lot of people from AU, almost all Greek. Still with Nextel Communications, which is doing OK in this rough economy. My e-mail address is fulldogg@hotmail.com ; feel free to get in touch."
Kerri-Anne 'Kazza' Appleton has been traveling a lot since she changed departments at her company. Kazza now works for a traveling team rather than dinner programs. Kazza moved again but still lives in Denver. "I now live in a house that has turned into an animal farm with the 3 dogs and 2 cats," she writes. "I have been extremely busy working with the Up with People alumni from around the world to put on 'International Song of Peace.' We had 28 cities around the world performing it Oct. 6. It was amazing and very powerful! We have a web site that you can check out at www.go.to/songofpeace.com ." With ski season upon us, Kazza has also been teaching a ski conditioning class, which, she says, "is a lot of fun and a great way to meet other people who love to ski as much as I do." Kazza plans to come to Hot Dog Day this year. "I know I say it every year but I have already asked for vacation time for the end of April. So expect to see me there," she says. If anyone is in the Denver area feel free to call Kazza, (303) 744-7491.
Max Freeman and Mandy Prior '99 were married June 30, 2001, in Hornell, with the reception at Lake Lodge in Alfred. They had photos taken on the AU campus "as it was Alfred University that brought us together," wrote Mandy. Several alumni were members of the wedding party: Ann Liotti Prior '96, Jason Honeck, Hanan Wajih '99, Sarah Vail '99, and Andrea Millett '99, plus students Nick Freeman '02 and Jaime Milanovich '02. Other alumni present included Tracy Higgins, Mary Beth Serafin '99, Danielle Drzymala '99, Angel Gac '99, Brian Quinlan '99, and Tony Greene '99. "We had a great time," Mandy said. "The campus looked beautiful. Max and I went to Cabo, Mexico, on our honeymoon; it is a must-see place ... We came back to two months off together, another vacation, as we both work for the Corning-Painted Post school district. We spent the summer remodeling our home with the help of Jason Honeck. Now we're back to work, and it is coaching season; Max coaches West High Football."
Chris Schaeffer is no longer in Syracuse; he moved to Corning, NY, around Labor Day. Chris has started his new job as the Plant Controller for Northland Cranberries Inc. (www.northlandcran.com ) at their facility in Dundee, NY (located about 15 minutes north of Watkins Glen on the west side of Seneca Lake). Northland produces cranberry and other fruit juices under both the Northland and Seneca labels. Chris writes, "I really like the new job as it's been challenging so far. It's been an interesting transition from a service company into a manufacturing environment."
Latissa Eisenberg is a graduate student at Southwest Texas University in San Marcos. Latissa writes "It's a two-year program. I'm an athletic trainer with the volleyball and softball teams, and I also teach a basic athletic training taping class. I'm enjoying it and working a lot, but I do miss good old Alfred!" Latissa's new address is 222 Ramsey St, Apt 114, San Marcos TX 78666, home phone is (512) 395-8838, and email is latissa7@hotmail.com .
Ken Leidig reports that he has spent the past few months collecting and arranging for donations for his church's Fall Festival and his high school's annual Bids for Kids. Ken hired an illusionist to perform at the Fall Festival, as part of his plan to attract parishioners with children, which would also provide something for the children to do while the parents browsed and ate. The planning committee has decided to allocate some of the profits for the local senior adult centers, as well as refurbishing the church's kitchen. Bids for Kids is approaching, and Ken has called on some friends and put together a whole table of 12, who will be avid bidders. Part of the strategy behind this was to collaborate to buy some electronics and office supply items to donate to a local charitable organization as an early Christmas gift.
Rachel W. Kulp married James D. Collins '98 Sept. 22, 2001, in Rochester, NY. Since their wonderful honeymoon in Aruba, Jim and Rachel have been settling into their new place in Brighton, a suburb of Rochester. "We have been spending a lot of time seeing other alums and making trips back to Alfred for weddings, seeing my sister, interviewing and other things," Rachel writes. "We recently went to a Rochester Area Alumni Event at the Memorial Art Gallery, to celebrate Wayne Higby's work. It was a great time and we got to speak to some old friends from the University."
Debbie Nall calls the story "An Alfred Romance," and here is how it goes: "President Ed Coll Jr. always used to say in his welcome address: "Look around you; your future spouse may be in this room." Debbie Nall and Greg Hilgert '99 met for the first time on Aug. 25, 1995, during lunch in Ade Hall. They instantly felt like old friends who hadn't seen each other in a while and spent the next day "catching up." They discovered they had a lot in common, including the same birthday, same year. With the connection made, the romance began. Greg pledged Sigma Alpha Mu in the spring of 1996 and the next year shared a suite with his pledge brothers. Debbie lived right below him with her girlfriends. In spring '97 they moved into an apartment. After graduating with a BA (communications) and a BS (business administration), Debbie stayed to work in Alfred while Greg completed his senior year. He graduated in May 1999 with a BA in psychology. In the fall, Greg started his masters at Teachers College, Columbia University, while Debbie lived in Boston, working and completing her degree in graphic design from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. They spent weekends together until January 2000, when Debbie moved to New York. Greg completed his masters and Debbie began her magazine publishing career. In May 2001, Greg proposed to Debbie under the stars on a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands. They set their wedding date for Oct. 19, 2001, because it's their mutual 25th birthday. The ceremony took place in Greg's hometown of Newtown, CT, with the following AU alumni on hand: Peter McClain '00, Janet Sootheran McClain '00, David Levesque '96, Rebecca Schneider '98 (bridesmaid and designer of Debbie's wedding dress and veil), Dave Silbergleit '00, Jeff Mora '90, Michelle Mora '93, Kris Clark '99, Michael Butler '99, and Paul Leone '99. Currently, Greg is a clinical social worker at Kids in Crisis in Greenwich, CT. Debbie commutes to New York, where she's production coordinator at Art and Auction magazine. She is also in the process of opening her own photography studio: my candids photography. They live in Wilton, CT, with their cat, Merlin.
2000
Finally, Justin Morton '00 is the Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Coach at City Bible Christian in Portland, OR.
From Anne Minkoff '00: "I've been working on Long Island at a bi-coastal talent agency called Omnipop, Inc. We represent everyone from comedians and actors/actresses to bands that play locally. Although our talent roster is small, we represent some well-known actors like Christopher Titus ("Titus"), Cheryl Hines (plays the wife of Larry David, the creator of "Seinfeld" in "Curb Your Enthusiasm") as well as the personal appearances of Greg Proops (the comedian from "Whose Line is it Anyway?"). Along with working, I am also taking some desktop publishing classes. I'm not that interested in sticking with the entertainment industry, so I'm working towards getting myself back into art. I'm excited that my company is allowing me to create a new logo for them as well as design and create mailers to send to casting agencies that advertise our theatrical roster. So I can build up my portfolio. And that's it for now. If anyone would like to get in touch, my e-mail address is annekm@email.com
Births
Adam Cox wrote to tell us his daughter, Savannah Marrie Ott, was born Aug. 8, 2001. "Her mother, Donna Cox, and I are living in Louisville, KY," Adam wrote. "Thanks Coach. Go Saxons!"
Marriages
Deborah Nall '98 and Greg Hilgert got married Oct. 19, 2001 - as they both turned 25 - that same day!
Aglika Dimitrova married Israel Arroyo, a graduate of Alfred State College, June 30, 2001. They live in Miami, FL.