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AU is challenging as many as 20 teams of high school students to solve an engineering problem and win $5,000. It will be hosted by the university's math, science, and technology education institute June 28 to 30. Dr. Toot is director of the institute and chief of the challenging team.
Dr. Maiden had an article published in the November 2003 issue of Psychiatric Times titled Geriatric Psychiatry - Mental Health Services for the Rural Aged.
Dr. Gaughan has been appointed to the executirve committee of the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation (APA/CoA).
William will be working with John Roberts on Castle Wells, a new business in Wellsville.
Students competed in AU College of Business's fourth annual Kaminstein Business Plan Competition in Fall 2003. These student's were in Dr. Wonseok Woo's Policy Formulation and Administration class.
Bruno is the CEO for Castle Wells Management in Wellsville, NY.
William was honored at a recognition dinner for "New York's most important and innovative scholars and scientists" at the State University Plaza in Albany. It was held by the State University of New York Research Foundation.
Linda was honored at a recognition dinner for "New York's most important and innovative scholars and scientists" at the State University Plaza in Albany. It was held by the State University of New York Research Foundation.
Robert was appointed a new member to the Group's Executive Advisory Council by the Board of Directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group.
Ken is resigning as of February 18 as the AU soccer coach to take the head coaching job at Pfeiffer University.
Professor Steve and Dr. Crosby spoke February 19, 2004 at the Bergren Forum presenting "Around the World in 105 days."
Professor Steve and Dr. Crosby spoke February 19, 2004 at the Bergren Forum presenting "Around the World in 105 days."
Dr. Saha was elected the president of the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine (SPRBM).
Local poets plan joint book signing - Tom Krampf and Ben Howard will hold a joint book signing and reading at the Olean Public Library. Ben currently teaches at AU.
Sylvia Epstein Cuomo sends us an obituary for former AU faculty member Ellsworth "Dutchy" Barnard, 96, who died in Amherst, MA, on Dec. 29, 2003. (Editor's note: See obituary in this issue.)
Shifty Gere reported the death, also on Dec. 29, of Professor Ellsworth "Dutchy" Barnard in Amherst, MA. (See obituary in this edition). Shifty, by the way, reports that he is doing well following his surgery last summer.
Dr. Wang is among those helping to develop improved MRI equipment.
1922
Florence Belle Bowden celebrates her 104th birthday on April 21, and a look back on her past shows a life full of contributions to her community of Shiloh, NJ, and to the teaching profession. You could say she wrote the book on teaching English: In 1946, Florence and Dr. Thomas C. Pollock, vice president of New York University, began writing The Pollock-Bowden English textbook series, published by the MacMillan Company in 1953. Florence "has always been a Shiloh girl," according to a December 2003 newsletter published by the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Shiloh, which has claimed Florence as a member since 1909. After graduating from AU, Florence taught for a year in Netcong, NJ. She earned her master's degree, then returned to Shiloh to teach high school and serve as school system supervisor of English. In 1939 she was appointed as Cumberland County Helping Teacher, a job that included many hours of counseling. She was president of the Helping Teachers Association, president of the New Jersey English Teachers Association, and taught one summer at New York University in New York City. She served on the National Council of English Teachers. She has long been active in her church as a church school leader, and received the Robe of Achievement from the National Seventh Day Baptist Women's Society in 1972. The church's national Historical Society awarded her the prestigious Gold Headed Cane in 1977. The newsletter article concludes: "Shiloh has a right to be proud of this lady who brought honor to our community."
1929
Mary Rogers McFall of Ormand Beach, FL, died Jan. 27, 2004, at the age of 96. Mary was a member of a Daytona Beach pioneer family and her aunt, Dr. Josie Rogers, was the first woman mayor in Daytona Beach.
1933
Constance Stevens, 90, died March 13, 2004, in Portland, OR. A native of Canaseraga, NY, Constance served in the WAVES during World War II. She received master's degrees from the University of Oregon and the State University of New York. She moved to the Portland area in 1951 and was a professor of math at Portland State University. Her husband, J. Hugh Stevens, died in 1968. She is survived by a son and a daughter.
1935
From Rich Simington: "Mildred Tasker is inscrutable. She has a secret past. Literally. I can say it involves cryptology and J. Edgar Hoover, but I'm not allowed to talk about it. So you'll have to ask Mildred yourself. All I'm allowed to say is that she's enjoying her Green Springs Village retirement community in Springfield, VA, where she moved four years ago.
Marion Elizabeth Clements Williams died unexpectedly on Jan. 30, 2004, at an assisted-living facility near the home of her daughter in Newark, OH. She was a strong supporter of Alfred and never missed an opportunity to steer college-bound young people toward her beloved alma mater. Marion worked as a teacher and librarian at Cuba High School in Cuba, NY. On July 16, 1941, she married the late Frank W. Williams, a well-known attorney in Cuba and honorary AU alumnus. Marion served on the Alfred Alumni Council for many years and kept in close contact with many alumni. Said her daughter, Diane McGregor: "One thing Mom often talked about was the black stockings freshman women had to wear; they hated them. Her class voted not to make the next class wear them. Other classes had voted to make subsequent classes wear them because they had to. I think that defined the women of the class of '35: They had heart, determination and class." Marion is survived by a son and two daughters; as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
1936
Robert K. Howe notes that he's "still kicking at over 90" and sends greetings to his classmates from his home in Ft. Myers, FL. Bob says he came across a scrapbook that his father-in-law, Elmer Tucker, had with him when he attended AU. It's filled with notes and verses penned by many students. Bob sang in the Glee Club as a student, and was part of a student quartet that was popular on and off campus. "We became quite good and sang all over New York State and on the radio," said Bob, who sang second bass. Other members of the quartet in 1936 were the late Francis "Fran" Ruggles '37, first tenor; the late Weston B. Drake '37, second tenor; and Edwin L. Brewster, first bass. Before moving to Florida, Bob was a longtime school teacher and administrator in New York State. He was superintendent of schools in Jamestown from 1959-1970. He was married to Ella Tucker Howe, who died three years ago. They were married for 63 years.
If you've lost track of John C. Nevius and his wife, Beatrice Collins Nevius '39, they're now living in Marietta, GA, next door to their daughter, Pat. Since leaving Alfred, John and Beatrice have lived in Rochester, Syracuse and New Woodstock, NY; Warren, OH; Somerset, KY; Painted Post and Keuka Lake, NY; Anderson, SC; and now Marietta. John says he and Beatrice have also done extensive traveling in Europe and the Pacific islands, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. John adds: "We're in reasonably good health for 90 and 85. Viva Alfred!"
Still kicking at over 90....Hi to class of '36. Bob Howe
1938
Greetings to the class of 1938 and I would like to hear from any survivors! (from phonathon)
Nelda Randall Creagh sends greetings along to her Alfred friends and says she'd like to hear what other classmates are up to. Nelda is a retired teacher who lives in Baltimore, MD.
1939
My wife (Beatrice Collins AU'39) and I, (AU '36) now live in Marietta, GA next door to daughter Pat. Since graduation we have lived in Rochester, Syracuse, New Woodstock NY, Warren Ohio, Somerset KY, Painted Post NY, Keuka Lake, Anderson SC, and Marietta GA. We have done extensive travelling in Europe and the Pacific islands as well as the Carribean, Mexico and Canada. We're in reasonably good health for 90 and 85. "Viva Alfred"!!! John Nevius
1940
Virginia Engbers McCune of Cincinnati, OH, was reminded of Alfred on a trip she and her husband, Homer, made to the Adirondacks last autumn with their daughter and her family. "It had been some years since we'd been in these mountains, and never at the height of October's fall colors," said Virginia. "We could hardly believe their intensity. What a fine time we had doing a modest bit of canoeing and trail hiking." They paddled to an island in a lake as loons called to each other. On the island they found some of their favorite northern plants: bunchberry, rhododendron and club moss. Virginia was reminded of a class field trip to a place near campus when she was at AU. "Dr. Ross, our botany professor, led us to an impressive sighting - painted trillium in the wild. It was the first and only time I've ever had the pleasure of seeing them." Virginia says it would be interesting to hear of other alumni adventures in botany or birding.
David Woodside Thomas of Sarasota, FL, died Jan. 1, 2004. He was married to Betty Stangl Thomas '42, who survives. Born Nov. 12, 1916, in East Orange, NJ, David earned a degree in ceramic engineering from AU. He was a member of the Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, serving in England, France, Italy and Africa in World War II. He left the service as a major, returning to the private sector with the Stangl Pottery Co. In 1981 he retired from the Engelhard Mineral and Chemical Co. in Menlo Park, NJ. David was a life member of the American Ceramic Society and was awarded a fellowship in the society for his contributions to the ceramic industry. After retirement he resumed a ceramic consulting business and formed Thomas Tile Company, designing and producing ceramic items for the home, as well as memorabilia for World War II, Korea and Vietnam reunions. (See Class of '42 notes.)
1941
James O'Neill of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and East Marion, NY, died on Jan. 11, 2004, at the age of 90. James served in the Army from 1941-1946, then was a court reporter in Washington, DC. He later was an official reporter for the New York Senate and a court stenographer for the judiciary system. His wife, Gabrielle Daly, died in 1991. James is survived by a son and a brother.
From Rich Simington: "Many of his friends know that Clarence 'Ed' Washburn is an accomplished pilot, having accumulated thousands of flying hours as an instrument flight instructor. Many others know him as treasurer of the statewide California Adult Care Residents Association. But not many know of the special distinction he achieved as a young Naval officer in World War II when the late Admiral Thomas H. Moorer personally requested that Ed join his staff. Admiral Moorer was later one of the few naval officers ever to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The admiral died on Feb. 5, 2004."
1942
"Bill 'Art' Petri's wife, Ann, tells of their eight-day visit to Austria, spent equally between Vienna and Innsbruck. The latter city was a real surprise, with much to do and see and, unlike Vienna, not crowded with tourists. While touring a castle in Innsbruck, a college guide informed them that until two years ago anyone passing the entrance exam could attend any of the country's universities for free. Now it costs 300 Euros. The Vienna Art Museum's Egyptian collection rivals the British Museum's. Its one Vermeer painting is proudly displayed near its entrance. There are less than 40 known to exist and our National Gallery of Art has four.
From your correspondent: Bill Crandall and his wife, Betty, took an extended trip to the South Pacific last November, visiting Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Each area has its own outstanding features: Fiji has lush vegetation and outstanding outer islands (like in the movie 'Castaway'); Australia has great contrasts (Bill went snorkeling, then visited desert-like conditions in the Outback; in New Zealand they saw where some of the 'Lord of the Rings' was filmed, with high, rugged mountains as background to snow-capped peaks; and then on to Tahiti, which rivaled Fiji in beauty with dazzling sandy shorelines, with plenty of swimming. On their return home they had more time to reflect on the 29 days of the tour - with 17 air flights and many photos. Bill says this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one that they dearly loved.
"Ralph Crawshaw in his very own words: 'How is this for geriatric sports? On Feb. 8, 2004, at 82, I succeeded in earning the unofficial title of oldest-recorded Olympic bobsled rider. This was noted by our team driver, Stephen Bosch, who has driven bobsled in the last three winter Olympics. We ran the Utah Olympic Park run of 0.8 miles - with a drop equivalent to that from a 40-story building - in 57.05 seconds. This to the tune of four Gs in the curves. I do not plan to contest any future challenges to my life.'
Alice Lundy LeSuer, 83, died at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, on Dec. 12, 2003. She was a retired high school English teacher in the New York school system. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, George LeSuer, and a daughter.
"Bill 'Hooker' Lowe says they are wintered down in Poughkeepsie. Kids are all doing well: a high school teacher in Bar Harbor, an optometrist in Watertown, NY, and an engineer in Vail, CO. There are five grandchildren. They envision many trips in their new car in the future with the children scattered. However, Bill sold the boat and is thinking he will miss it come summer. Bill and Dee keep busy in activities - church, clubs, shopping and just goofing off.
1943
From your class correspondent: "Once in a great while I receive a telephone call which is a complete surprise, and all the more delightfully so! On Jan. 28, the call was from Cleone Post Hageman, whom I hadn't seen nor heard from since our 50th reunion in 1993. We had a long enjoyable conversation, interspersed with many laughs and reminiscences. During our freshman year in the Brick, Cleone and her roommate, Jane Lawrence Bickford, shared a corner room next to mine. A memory I'll always cherish is the beautiful music emanating from a phonograph in their room, especially the grand sweeping sounds of 'Finlandia,' one of Cleone's favorites. Since then, I've always thought of Cleone as the 'Finlandia girl,' and that's how she signed my yearbook at our 50th reunion. Other than coping with some back and vision problems, she is doing well, sounding spirited, witty and happy to report about her two great-grandchildren in Huntington Beach, CA: Katrina, who is 2 years old, and Luke, born in November '03. "An interesting aside is that I mentioned my hometown of Olean, NY, and Cleone replied that her late husband, L. Coulson Hageman '42, worked at one time for the Olean Tile Company, a long-established manufacturer there. This evoked my memories as a child living about a block away from the factory, and traipsing there to the mounds of colorful tile rejects piled at the back of the plant, rummaging among them for the especially pretty ones to take home. Thanks to Cleone for brightening my day. Why don't some others of you try calling? I'd love to hear from you.
"George Jones and his wife, Claire, welcomed a fourth great-grandchild in November '03, a lovely little girl named 'Leah.' George and Claire live in Port Jervis, NY, in a grand old house built in 1910. A simple repair to a bathroom, George wryly notes, now becomes a major project. ('Dust and clutter everywhere.') While our home is not as old as theirs, Warren says he feels that the house is starting to attack him! A recent experience with a recalcitrant hot water tank prompted him to observe that he was entirely too old to benefit from cold showers. George and Claire continue to remain in good health, we were glad to hear. Thanks to George for keeping us updated on their large family, including several from Belgium, Claire's homeland. They were married there on June 1, 1946, and since then have made several trips back to Belgium and Europe, and have welcomed many of Claire's relatives to extended visits and sightseeing in the States.
"After not hearing from Margaret Ames Parker and her husband, Merle Parker '40, for more than a year, we were very glad to have a lovely Christmas card and note from them. In February of last year they moved into a spacious new apartment in a retirement community in Port Charlotte, FL. They celebrated Merle's 86th birthday with a family party in their private dining room, and are very happy in their new surroundings. Margaret is pleased that she has a commodious computer room, where she can take advantage of a fast cable connection. More power to Marg, who seems to have a handle on all the new technology. She promised to keep in touch with us.
"Our Christmas card from Bob Starr was traditionally unique, featuring a quote from Hamlet and a 15th century woodcut design. Bob said the card had been a favorite of his late wife, Elaine Beckstrand Starr '44. A year ago, Bob and his youngest son moved from Hamburg, NY, to a smaller home in Webster, NY, 45 minutes away from the rest of the family. In January of last year, Bob spent a week with Jean Tucker Emens '44 and her husband, Don, Alfred Ag-Tech '41 (as the SUNY division was called then). They live in Palm Beach Shores, FL, and spend summers at their cottage on Silver Lake, Castile, NY. Bob and part of his family, including Daniel Starr '77, shared two cottages at one of the Thousand Islands during the summer of '03. In November, he accompanied a daughter and her husband to Paris for 10 days, where their daughter is a student at the Sorbonne. She was an excellent guide and interpreter. The trip included also a visit to Omaha Beach in Normandy. "Back to current news, Bob mentioned a coincidence worth repeating. It seems that for 17 years or so his sister has been in a Rochester, NY, area bowling league with the sister of Bob Sinclair, without either lady knowing that their brothers were Alfred graduates from the same class! I guess the revelation was somewhat recent. Bob was one of our 60th reunion attendees last year, and plans to return this year for the Golden Saxon Reunion, for graduates of the 50-year class and beyond. Coincidentally, this would have been Elaine's 60th reunion also. Thanks to Bob for his loyalty, and his presence, representing all of us.
"Very good news from Marv Britton. He writes in his latest Newsletter: 'We're really back in business and I feel great.' As part of his rehab after his heart surgery last fall he participated in a thrice-weekly exercise program for eight weeks. At the conclusion of this regimen, Marv's doctor congratulated him on his condition, and attributed his success to the bicycling in which he had been involved for several years. He continues to work out on a stationary bike, and be thankful for his blessings, which include a large extended family who showered him with memorable holiday celebrations. Marv is extremely proud of his grandchildren, as well he should be. One granddaughter has received a master of laws and letters from Boston University, and is now employed as a specialist in taxation with a major business in a New York office on Times Square. Another granddaughter has finished a program in criminal justice, while twin girls from Green River, WY, recent high school graduates, have moved on to college programs. A grandson has returned to college after several years in the work force. In the meantime, Marv is once again enjoying his clarinet ensemble of eight people who meet every Monday evening at his home. This, along with other returns to his former routine, give him much to be grateful for.
"The holiday letter from Isabel Riggs Geibel was so long and fun- and fact-filled that it would be impossible to recount all the activities of this incredibly on-the-move lady. I'll include the highlights. Besides attending our 60th reunion at Alfred in June of last year, Isabel celebrated her 65th reunion from Canandaigua (NY) Academy at the Canandaigua Country Club in August. No surprise that she was appointed chairperson for her 70th reunion. Isabel and a close lady friend belong to a local tour company that takes them many places for sightseeing and attending musical presentations almost every month. Besides New York State venues, they've been to Boston, MA, and Nashville, TN, where Isabel celebrated her birthday in early December. She continues her multiple interests and activities with volunteering for veteran and Marine Corps groups. (Isabel was a Marine during World War II and has always maintained her love and respect for the Corps.) She helped organize the Veterans Day and Marine Corps Birthday observances on Nov. 10 at the VAMC. Isabel has received many honors and awards for her commendable efforts. Long may our 'unsinkable Isabel' continue her great work!
"Rhoda 'Do' Ungar Jost sent an informative and optimistic Christmas letter. Happy to hear that both she and husband, Slim, are in quite good health, and that Do still likes 'playing in the dirt,' indicating that her garden last year was very productive, as usual. She says that the freezer is full, and that rows of pickles and jellies are evidence of her diligence. This past fall she visited her daughter Carla at her new condo in Redondo Beach, CA, and this spring she plans to visit her son and his wife in Walnut Creek, CA. Do has always loved swimming, and keeps busy as she can manage with this pastime, volunteer work, bridge games, and French class. She always seems to make the best of her time and opportunities, impressing me as a poised and self-confident lady, happy in her own skin, so to speak.
"Ellis 'Chick' Berger sent his always-cheerful Christmas note, reassuring us that he and his wife, Tudy, are still able to kick up their heels when the occasion arises! Way to go, Chick.
1944
From Rich Simington: "Because Jeanne Templeton is retired from her career working for Los Angeles County, she has plenty of time for her two chief interests, animals and puzzles. Jeanne is an avid supporter of organizations whose mission is to protect animals. When she isn't advocating for animals you'll likely find Jeanne concentrating on puzzles of all varieties, most of which are beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. Jeanne continues to live in Sierra Madre, CA."
1945
From Rich Simington: "When Frank Cornish isn't busy downloading big band music from his computer, or gardening, the longtime Eucharistic pastor is attending to church business. During the spring Frank is a volunteer tax preparer for AARP members. Frank and his wife, Katherine, continue to live in Bentleyville, PA."
From Rich Simington: "In 2003, Edwin 'Shifty' Gere and his wife, Doris Hill Gere '45 celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Doris loves salmon, so for the special occasion Shifty took her out for a salmon dinner - to Alaska. Then in December they celebrated Doris's 80th birthday with a gathering of friends and family at their home in Leverett, MA.
"Always an enjoyable call is the one we receive from Col. Larry March '45. He and his wife, Eddie, appear to be doing well, successfully coping in good spirits with problems associated with our generation. Larry had recently heard from Ed 'Shifty' Gere '48, with whom he had temporarily lost communication. They have been friends for many years, sharing many memories from Alfred and World War II.
"A letter from Malcolm 'Burr' Olsen '45 reports that he's still alive and kicking. Burr, who raised three boys and three girls, retired from teaching in 1975. He and his wife, Lorraine, now ordained ministers, are still living in New York State's Southern Tier despite the snow and cold. Burr likes keeping up to date on classmates and friends through the alumni reports. He says that having spent three years in the Air Force, he really graduated in '48.
1946
From your correspondent: "Jean MacDonald Coulombe, who retired as an adoption case worker for the Wayne County Department of Social Services, writes from her home in Sodus, N.Y.: 'The letter from Leah (Raptis Theofanis) in the alumni notes and the news article about the carillon have finally jogged me into writing. I thought I was keeping busy, trying to cope with my husband's death last June, but I can't hold a candle to Leah's schedule of activities! My three boys live in the area, as do some of the grandchildren - others are scattered. They've been tremendously supportive as has my church family. It's been helpful to be involved in the many congregational activities. A year ago I was burned out by the annual rummage sale; last summer it was a lifesaver and we're already planning this year's. I like the new format of the Alfred alumni publications. It's fun to read about the entrepreneur and mover-and-shaker grads. Only two more years now until our 60th reunion - hope a lot of us can make it!'
1948
"Memories came rushing back when Mimi Tooke Polan '48 received a letter from the Alpha Kappa Omicron Alumni Advisory Board stating they must get rid of their house at 26 S. Main St. This house was the home of Boothe Colwell Davis, AU's sixth president, and his wife, Estelle, as well as the residence of their daughter, Elizabeth Davis Lobaugh '19, and her husband, Frank Earley Lobaugh Sr. '20, and their son, Frank Earley Lobaugh Jr. '50. My parents had moved to Alfred and my introduction to the family and the house came about a year or two after the birth of Nancy Estelle Lobaugh Double '53. "This impressive brick house was one of the largest in the neighborhood. The side yard, which seemed large at the time, was where we played many games including touch football. Frank Jr. had access to 'real' footballs (ones discarded by the college team as no longer suitable) because Frank Sr. was the assistant football coach. He had been a star player in his college days. "The house had two formal living rooms - a front room to the right of the entry hall and a second room you entered through double sliding doors. In the front room was a grand piano and a sofa with a horse-hair cover that you learned not to sit on while wearing shorts. The stiff ends of the hairs hurt. "In the second room was a large, wood-burning fireplace and, to the left, a door to President Davis's office. There was another door to the office in the front hall. Inside was a large wooden desk with a tamboured, closable top, and a fascinating rotating bookcase which could hold probably 70 or 80 books. It was difficult to turn due to the weight. "A large formal dining room was behind the second living room, with cupboards for dishes on two walls. Behind it was the kitchen and a large pantry, and behind that was a shed-like structure for storage. "As I recall, the second floor of the house had two bathrooms, one near the front and the second at the rear. At the top of the front stairs was a small room which was used for a nursery after Nancy was born, and an adjacent master bedroom for her parents. "Down the long hall were bedrooms on each side occupied by the remainder of the family, with some extras. There were at least seven bedrooms at that time. Rear stairs came down to the pantry. "For several years a female college student lived in the house to assist with housekeeping and meals. The only one whose name I can recall isJean Millspaugh McKinstry '41, probably the last to live there before the Lobaughs moved to Plainfield, NJ. "The attic had abundant play space and was a favorite place when the weather was bad. In the attic was a sign with the record of Alfred's football games for one year. Not certain about the wins and losses, but the opponents in the '20s were Army, Cornell, Lehigh, Colgate, Syracuse and Thiel. "Speaking of football, Alfred has two records: the 'scoreless wonders' of 1927 who went 1-7, winning the first game by forfeit; and the fastest touchdown on record. "I was present for the latter. Bo Johnson, from Pennsylvania, was the fullback and the kicker for kickoffs. He kicked off at the beginning of one game and the ball struck the shoulder pad of the receiver and bounced in the air. Bo grabbed the ball and went over the goal line with only seven seconds having ticked off the clock. "Back to the home: A large addition of concrete block was added to the rear when AKO took over the house, making the building 6,210 square feet with 11 bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1.25 acres. There have been many changes in the interior since my childhood days. It is my hope that the Boothe Colwell Davis name continues to be associated with this grand old building."
From Rich Simington: "In 2003, Edwin 'Shifty' Gere and his wife, Doris Hill Gere '45 celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Doris loves salmon, so for the special occasion Shifty took her out for a salmon dinner - to Alaska. Then in December they celebrated Doris's 80th birthday with a gathering of friends and family at their home in Leverett, MA.
"After a career in the Air Force and a career as a ceramic engineer, and with graduate degrees in ceramic engineering, business and construction technology from three different colleges, it's not surprising that Marion Nadler is busy in retirement too. 'Mike' has been teaching English as a second language to immigrants for five years. He's active on committees in his retirement community in Carlsbad, CA, where he lives with his wife, Ruth. He and Ruth are regular visitors at the local nursing home."
From your correspondent: "George Tappan '50 sent me a note reporting the Dec. 29, 2003, death of Samir Shabb, the husband of Margaret June Allen Shabb '48.
1949
From Rich Simington: "Bob Whitford and his wife, Elaine, are longtime residents of one of the oldest and largest gated communities in America, Treasure Lake, in Dubois, PA. Since he's ended his appointment as president of the community, Bob enjoys being active with 'one of the best small-town Lions clubs' in the country."
1950
Gloria Marshall passes on a sad note that her husband, Darwin Marshall, died on Dec. 15, 2003, in Cincinnati, OH. Darwin earned his BS in ceramics in 1950 and his MS in ceramics from AU in 1952. Gloria says she was secretary to Harold O. Burdick, dean of the Biology Department, while Darwin attended AU.
Warren B. Ryther Jr., 84, of Morris, NY, died on Jan. 12, 2004. Warren was a longtime teacher and administrator at Guilford, Morris and Grand Gorge central schools, and served as clerk/treasurer of the Village of Morris for seven years. A graduate of Ithaca College, he earned his master's from Alfred. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Harriet, and two sons.
1951
Ernie Schuenzel notes that over the years he has seen names of fellow alumni like George Crouchley and Carol Dunham Sheets '53 and would mean to write, but the task would always be put off "till later." Well, says Ernie, later has arrived. "To quickly bring you up to date, I married Chris Jones (Ag Tech '51) after graduation. We had four children. I started working for General Refractories Co., then Curtis Wright Corp., and then spent 35 years working for IBM, mostly in engineering management. I retired in '89 and Chris and I started traveling the country, mostly by motor home, visiting most of the states. We now live six months each in Homestead, FL, and New Fairfield, CT. We have nine grandchildren, six in Florida and three in Omaha, NE. It's a pleasure not doing anything particularly useful, but Chris's numerous health problems in recent years keep me occupied."
From Rich Simington: "With over 65 years of experience, Bill Spangenberg is one of the longest-serving members of the Boy Scouts organization in the country. As a youngster he was a Scout. Then at Alfred he and Floyd English '50 shared the leadership of a troop. And now, Bill is one of the longest-serving members of the Board of the Greater Pittsburgh Council BSA. He and his wife, Florrie, continue to live in Pittsburgh."
1952
"Val Cushing reports that he was busy getting ready for a one-person show of his art at Gettysburg College in March. The ceramics teacher there is Andy Shaw, a 2000 MFA grad from AU. The head of the college's art department, Mark Warwick, is a 1990 AU grad. Mark's wife, Rebecca Bergen Warwick '87, daughter of former AU Professor Rick Bergen, heads the study abroad program. Val notes, 'AU is well represented at Gettysburg, and with all due respect to Dwight Eisenhower, a former president of the college, all are Democrats.'"
From your correspondent: "Joan Sauter reports having a 'wonderful family visit' when she went to see cousins in North Carolina and Virginia. She followed that a few months later with a trip to Las Vegas where she picked up a tour to Utah's canyons and a boat ride on Lake Powell. She says Las Vegas was too gaudy for her taste, but she did not run afoul of a slot machine. No report of winnings or losses.
From Rich Simington: "Most of his Kappa Psi buddies probably know that Karsten Styhr loves to travel and has been to places like Bora Bora and Fiji. Many may know that one of his many interests is designing renovations for his home. It may not be as well known why Kar designed and built a small, but sturdy, gate at the entrance to his patio. It's too small to keep out people or dogs. But it's perfect for keeping out rabbits. His neighborhood in Seal Beach, CA, has so many rabbits that they'll move into the house of anyone who's less creative than Kar. He learned of the need for the gate by becoming a nurse to a new brood of baby bunnies."
1953
Alma Gluck Lipson writes that she and her husband have been living in the Princeton, NJ, area since she retired from teaching in the New York City school system 15 years ago. "Our daughter graduated from Alfred's then-College of Nursing in 1979 and is working as an RN, and our son is a civil engineer," notes Alma. "We have five grandchildren, the oldest of whom will be entering the University of Pennsylvania's College of Nursing in September. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in November with a cruise (our 16th) with lifelong friends. I have lovely remembrances of Alfred, and a little stuffed animal I bought as a freshman has a place of honor in my den. I'd enjoy hearing from anyone living in my area."
"In the last edition of AU People, I alluded to Ray Spear and his wife Sue's 50th wedding anniversary. A celebration was held at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Rochester. Also attending were John Temple '54 and his wife, Claire. John was an usher at Ray's wedding. They had a chance to meet with Bob & Nancy Double for a few hours. Bob was best man at Ray's wedding. Ray says he would like to hear from classmates via e-mail sueray53@bluemarble.net.
From your correspondent: "Sorry to hear that Phil Hedstrom died Jan. 2l, 2004 from cancer. (Editor's note: See obituary in this issue.)
"Last week Ann and Joe Fasano stopped at our home in Yorktown, VA, on their return trip home. They had visited with Alfred friends in Hilton Head Island and Fripp Island.
"From Betty Baugh: 'In August 2003 Betty Baugh was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Industrial Design in New York City as an educational organization. The Museum of Industrial Design will start small, beginning as a web-based presence (virtual museum) featuring individual designers, design groups or companies. The annual Business Week IDEA Awards program winners will be featured. Design schools and students' work will have a place on the site. Curators will be sought out to plan and mount exhibitions on the web and for a physical location when it becomes available. In November 2003 Betty was invited to present a seminar and workshop for LG Inc. Electronics' in-house industrial designers. The presentation showed the trends and purchasing patterns for all types of electronic products in America and the value of good product placement in the market. The seminar demonstrated the role of industrial designers for successful marketing of electronic products and the American awareness of new and innovative design. In America, wireless technology, high-tech materials and coordinated finishes in product groups are highly desirable and are the important design trends in the electronics industry. The seminar and workshop was a two-day event at the corporate headquarters in Seoul, Korea.'
1954
"Last week Ann and Joe Fasano stopped at our home in Yorktown, VA, on their return trip home. They had visited with Alfred friends in Hilton Head Island and Fripp Island.
I understand that Bart Cosolito and his lovely wife, Marie, celebrated their 50th in January of this year. Friends and family feted the couple with an afternoon party in Sarasota, FL.
Marion Smith Corp won't be coming from California because she and her husband, Richard, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family that weekend.
"Joyce Trevor and I had our annual Ground Hog's Day phone call. It has been our tradition for 50 years. She tells me that it has been too cold to cross country ski this year. She lives in Wolfboro, NH.
"Jim and Arlene Sclafani announced that their company, Multi Image Group, Inc., has just relocated to a new building. Their daughter, Regina O'Neil '87, is also an officer of their firm. Congratulations to all the Sclafanis.
"Hank Kast called a while back telling me he has a collection of issues of the Fiat Lux and many slides taken during our era. Jim Sclafani also has photos. So bring what you may have tucked away for the last 50 years. I found my beanie and some pictures. We continue to make phone calls and send e-mail to classmates. As of this writing we have 28 people who say they plan to attend the reunion and another 21 who say maybe. Let's hope our continuing contacts will change some of the maybes and nos to yeses.
From your acting correspondent Inge Moeller Hess: "Let me explain why I am our acting correspondent. In mid-January I received a call from Dee Michaels Levine. She had just experienced her worst nightmare: Her house burned. She lost a great deal. Friends offered her their condo and she is working to have her house rebuilt. When firemen arrived, they broke the picture window in Dee's bedroom and threw everything out onto the patio. Then came the winter weather and it all froze. Sadly, it appeared that among the things lost was Dee's cherished collection of Alfred memorabilia. But recently her family helped her sort out the stuff on the patio and, amazingly, they found the box with the Alfred memorabilia intact - it only smells smokey. Dee is bringing her things to the reunion. She told me in March that the home will be gutted and construction will begin from the ground up.
"Jeannette Garman McNeilly writes that she completed her master's in public health at Loma Linda University in California last June.
From your acting correspondent Inge Moeller Hess: "Let me explain why I am our acting correspondent. In mid-January I received a call from Dee Michaels Levine. She had just experienced her worst nightmare: Her house burned. She lost a great deal. Friends offered her their condo and she is working to have her house rebuilt. When firemen arrived, they broke the picture window in Dee's bedroom and threw everything out onto the patio. Then came the winter weather and it all froze. Sadly, it appeared that among the things lost was Dee's cherished collection of Alfred memorabilia. But recently her family helped her sort out the stuff on the patio and, amazingly, they found the box with the Alfred memorabilia intact - it only smells smokey. Dee is bringing her things to the reunion. She told me in March that the home will be gutted and construction will begin from the ground up.
1955
Raymond J. Thomas of Wellsboro, Pa., died at the V.A. Center in Bath, NY, on Jan. 16, 2004. Ray, a retired school teacher in Horseheads, NY, earned his master's in education from AU. He served in the Air Force in World War II and was a life member of Ex-Prisoners of War. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Velma Lowe Thomas. His second wife, Jo Howey Thomas, survives.
1956
John Charles Shine, 88, of Wellsville, NY, died Feb. 19, 2004. Charlie enlisted in the Army in 1943. He served in combat in France, was seriously wounded, and received the Purple Heart and the Jubilee of Liberty Medal in recognition of his service during Operation Overlord. He attended Duquesne University and Alfred University. Charlie owned and operated Shine's Liquor Store in Wellsville from 1946-1976 and later worked for Joyce Pipeline Corp. of Andover. He was active in the Democratic Party and served as a legislator in Allegany County from 1979-1990. He served on the Allegany State Park and Historic Preservation Commission from 1988-1999. He helped form a local chapter of the Allegany Arc, an organization that strives to provide opportunities for people with special needs. He started a Sports Night to raise funds for the group and brought in top sports personalities including Joe Louis, Gayle Sayers, "Mean" Joe Green and Bob Lanier. The organization created the Charlie Award in his honor, recognizing people's service to the community. He was named Man of the Year by the Wellsville Elks in 1969, and Sportsman of the Year by the Olean Times Herald in 1977. Charlie was married to Kathleen Lomasney, who died in 1999. He is survived by six children.
1957
"Conrad Hess and his wife, Carolyn Young Hess '59, love being with their grandchildren. It's a good thing because their two children, John and Pamela, wound up living just blocks away from their home in Pittsburgh, PA. Any grandparent who likes reading to toddlers should get a copy of the Christmas book Carolyn illustrated, with a text by her sister, 'The Cricket in the Christmas Tree.'"
From Rich Simington: "Sometimes things in life that look carefully planned really aren't. Like why all three of Ernie Taylor's kids' names have three letters - Eve, Amy and Jay. He insists it was unintentional. Ernie and his wife, Julie, live at Treasure Lake in Dubois, PA.
1958
"You would think that if you talked to a nationally prominent cosmetic dentist who lectures all over the world to practitioners in his field, the first item of conversation would likely be teeth. Not for Harvey Putter. He likes to talk about fish, specifically the rare and exotic Koi fish, like the ones Harvey studies, cultivates and breeds in an environmentally controlled setting specially designed by him. Each fish is individually identifiable and named according to its elaborate colorful markings. Small ones can be a foot long, but most of Harvey's are considerably larger. Harvey is a fixture at conventions of other Koi owners and breeders. He lives in Las Vegas, NV.
"While vacationing in Haiti doesn't sound like such a good idea today, D. Philip Baker found it was a lovely place to spend a Christmas vacation. It's testimony to how quickly things can change in a volatile country. Phil was there before the hostility erupted. Now he's back, and safely ensconced in his Washington, DC, home."
Lt. Col. Charles Gilman Marvin (Ret.) of Mercer, PA, died on Dec. 24, 2003, at Sharon Regional Hospital in Sharon, PA. Charles was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins T-cell lymphoma/leukemia in mid-September of 2003. He earned his BS degree in ceramic engineering, then served 20 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During that time he earned his master's in business management at the University of Missouri/Rolla and spent two unaccompanied tours in Korea and one in Vietnam. He retired from the Army and worked for The Refractories Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, retiring as executive vice president in 1999. For years, Chuck organized the Kappa Psi reunion held each year in conjunction with the American Ceramic Society annual meeting. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Baily Marvin; a son, three daughters and 10 grandchildren.
From Rich Simington: "On a blustery, snowy, 10-degree day in Alfred this past winter I had occasion to call Stephen Saunders. I felt justified in a small whine about the weather. He retorted, 'That's nothing. When I was a student I remember a week at Alfred when the highest temperature was 25 degrees below zero.' Suddenly I felt warmer. Steve and his wife, Barbara Potter Saunders '60, live in La Habra, CA. (Understandably.)
After receiving his degree from AU John went to Ohio State where he earned his MS in Electrical Engineering. He taught 17 years at Ohio State. He started Lake Shore Cryotronics in 1967.
1959
From your corespondent: "Mary Cavanaugh Graves was re-elected mayor of Bellbrook, OH, and is starting her sixth two-year term. She is still involved in regional government and is trying to make the Greater Dayton Area a showplace."
Rich Simington adds this note about your correspondent: "When Elissa Finelli Cerone was working she was known as a fearless world traveler to exotic places, creating her own itinerary rather than touring with groups. One of her recent trips was to Cambodia and Thailand, by herself. Now that Lisa's retired she's stepping up the pace and talking about trips to Africa and Antarctica. When she's at home, Lisa lives in Sherman Oaks, CA."
"Conrad Hess and his wife, Carolyn Young Hess '59, love being with their grandchildren. It's a good thing because their two children, John and Pamela, wound up living just blocks away from their home in Pittsburgh, PA. Any grandparent who likes reading to toddlers should get a copy of the Christmas book Carolyn illustrated, with a text by her sister, 'The Cricket in the Christmas Tree.'"
1960
Dr. Phillip C. Breunle, Col. U.S. Army (Ret.) and Judy Breunle of Aurora, CO, are very proud to announce the birth of their new granddaughter, Abigail "Abi" Shirley von Poks, on Sept. 2, 2003. Phil retired with 30 years of service from the U.S. Army in June of 1990. Upon retirement, he was initially affiliated with the Veterans Administration's Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado. Since 1995, he has been manager at a Centura Health senior citizen retirement center in Denver. Phil and Judy have four children: two sons, Shawn and Kristan; and two daughters, Melissa and Kara. Their grandbabies number six, with a seventh bundle of joy due to arrive in June.
1961
From your correspondent: "Heard from Rosemary McGuire, who is now a real estate attorney with The Rothman Law Offices in Tampa, FL. However, before settling in Tampa she did legislative research and speechwriting for various congressmen in Washington, then went to law school in Chicago. Following law school she clerked for a justice on the Arizona Supreme Court, then had her own consulting company before settling in Tampa in 1995. She is licensed to practice both in Illinois and Florida.
Norm Severin reports that after 33 years at Hotwork, Inc., "I have retired and am truly enjoying life. Although I have traveled extensively for the company (visited 60 countries), I am still on the go whenever I can be. Last year we took the 6,000-mile trip through Siberia. It was a fantastic ride. In February I married Beverly and we will have a blowout celebration on June 19. Best wishes to all my classmates."
Joan has been working on a series of spiritually based art since 1974. Her work is on display at the Signs of Life gallery. She continues to work in her studio daily.
From Rich Simington: "Some people think Arnold Miller is a professor and leads a research team at the University of California at San Diego studying Alzheimer's disease. Well, he is. Some people think Arnie is an actor with two agents, several TV pilots and more than 40 commercials. Well, he is. Some people think he's a prolific author, Well, he is. Some people think he's involved with start-up companies with breakthrough health technology. Well, he is. Some people think he owns and operates an Internet life coaching business growing by leaps and bounds. Well, he does. Some people think his dream is to create and operate a ranch for the benefit of children with special problems. Well, he's working on it in his spare time.
Joel received the Albert Einstein Technology Award in January.
Joan's work was on dislay at Northwestern College January 8 through February 1.
1962
From Rich Simington: "If you want to hear an interesting story, ask Katja Lindenberg why her parents sent her to high school in the U.S. instead of her native Ecuador. Perhaps more surprising is how a brilliant Alfred math major earned her Ph.D. in physics at Cornell, but has an internationally prominent career as a professor, researcher and chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at San Diego. Katja lives in San Diego with her husband, Ted.
"After a military career including many years at the Pentagon, then another career as a vice president of marketing for an insurance company, traveling around the country wasn't enough to keep Robert Grossman's juices flowing. So for the past 11 years Bob's found a way to make the first third of the year a busy time as a tax consultant for H&R Block. He comes home to rest in Williamsburg, VA."
They say you can't go home again, but that's not the case with former AU Trustee Richard Denton. Rick spent 20 years with Baystate Financial Services, then went on to its parent firm of New England Financial (an affiliate of MetLife). He retired as a senior officer at NEF, only to go back home to Baystate in a sales and management role. Baystate recently honored Rick by presenting him with the 2003 Downing and Desautels Award in recognition of his agency spirit, community service, integrity and ethics. The presentation came at the firm's annual black tie awards dinner at the Copley Plaza in Boston, MA. Rick was chosen from among 250 associates in the firm. The annual award is named for former partners of the firm who were well known in Boston for civic and industry causes. Rick said he never expected such recognition. "I am still in shock, but very proud," he said. "I am humbled by the reaction of my associates, friends and family." This past year he completed a three-year term as a national director of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, an industry professional society of 30,000 members. In addition to serving the Alfred University Board of Trustees, Rick is an officer of the newly formed Alfred Community Corp. He is an elder of his church, where he is also chairman of the deacons and works with the church's youth group to serve the homeless in Boston. This summer he will make his second mission trip to Romania in three years. Rick said he feels fortunate that his career has exposed him to "so many wonderful people in all of these experiences."
Darwin "Deac" Dorr was honored with the Kansas Psychological Association Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of his research on personality disorders. He says he had an even greater honor serving as best man at the wedding of his younger son, Chris, in October. Deac is a professor at Wichita State University.
1963
"Myrna Monks Knapp '63 (wife of Rolland Knapp), who is recuperating from hip surgery, has offered to help contact classmates for our June reunion. She had a nice conversation with Kathy Coniglio Pagan who is now an outpatient nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Canton, Ohio. Kathy has a daughter in Chicago, IL, and a son in Columbus, OH.
Donna Schwartz Rosz writes to announce that (finally!) she has a grandson. Andrew Philip Honeckman was born on Nov. 13, 2003. Andrew's grandmother lives in Fort Worth, TX.
"Sometimes, even though retirement beckons, you can be so valuable that clients insist that the friendship be maintained. So it was when D. Chris Withers decided to retire as a vice president at the University of Richmond. Now more than a year and a half later he is the principal of his own firm, D. Chris Withers, Inc., and busier than ever in Richmond, VA, where he and his wife, Susan Fox '65, continue to live.
"Alan Willsey is a self-described 'health nut.' For years he's followed a prescribed regimen of exercising several days a week, pointing toward August. In August he participates in the 180-mile, round-trip bike-a-thon for charity along the route of the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Alan says his wife, Anne, shares his dedication. As an avocation she's a jazzercise instructor. After selling his employee benefits consulting business, Alan now is a counselor with St. Luke's House in Bethesda, MD, where he and Ann live."
From Rich Simington: "Dick Elvin is one of those smart ceramic engineers who can do anything. So after decades in engineering he was ready for a change and several years ago began a new career in financial services with Met Life. This past winter he welcomed his son, John, home safely from a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserves. Dick and his wife, Mary, live in Dubois, PA.
"Some of us are born salesmen. People who know Joel Siegler believe he can sell anything. His 32-year career with the Ethyl Corporation, selling billions of dollars worth of fuel additives to oil companies all over the world, is a good illustration. But even better is what he's doing since he retired from Ethyl. Today he is in the mortgage business, selling mortgages to customers all over the United States. However, he's never met one of them in person. They contact him by Internet. Joel and his wife, Dee, live in Glen Allen, VA.
Richard Sigal, a professor at County College of Morris, NJ, and a member of StopHazing.org, wrote an article for The Guidance Channel that gives educators and parents steps to end hazing in middle schools and high schools. The Guidance Channel (guidancechannel.com) is an Internet-based educational publishing and media company.
1964
From Rich Simington: "Most people know that Alfred was the second college in America to admit women for full-time study. So it shouldn't be too surprising that Carol Wharton Titus, a descendant of Alfred's third president, Boothe Colwell Davis, was a founding president of the National Organization for Women's chapter in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives."
Dr. B. Davie Napier of Claremont, CA, who holds an honorary degree from AU, notes sadly that his wife of 61 years, Joy, died on May 24, 2003.
"From the Southern Tier of New York, Richard Rosintoski reports he is celebrating his 11th year in the antique business located in Allentown, just five miles west of Wellsville on Route 417 (the old Route 17). An Air Force veteran and former teacher, Richard is now working with eight dealers who bring collectables such as oak furniture, pottery, books, and prints to his shop which is between Wellsville and Olean.
James D. Layfield, 63, of Canisteo, NY, died Feb. 29, 2004. A ceramics engineering major, James completed post-graduate work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He worked at the LaMont Geological Observatory at Columbia University, at Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY; served as assistant professor of research at the University of Hawaii; and worked at Morrison-Knudson and Alstom in Hornell, NY, prior to his retirement in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Nadine Lain Layfield, and three daughters.
"From Cortland, Lynda Whitney Harrison is meeting and recruiting high school students from three counties (Tompkins, Cortland, Keuka) for the freshman class of volunteers at the Cortland Memorial Hospital. These volunteers are trained in 12 fields ranging from physical therapy, nursing homecare, and dementia, to working in a pharmacy or the gift shop. Approximately one-fourth of these high school volunteers at the Cortland Memorial Hospital pursue areas in the medical field. Lynda's husband, Robert Harrison '64, recently completed a "gig" for The University Club of Cortland (group of professional men who meet monthly). This is the fifth year Bob was invited to provide them with his musical talent. Held at Pattino Murphy's Pub, this beer- and wine-tasting extravaganza hosted 200 people who enjoyed sampling local wines and 33 speciality beers.
From Ruth Gau: "When I spoke with Leslie Mace Knoll, she and her husband, Tom '67, had spent the past five days busily searching for trilobites in 94- 95-degree weather in Arizona. Between rock and fossil hunting, they attend international rock shows held in Quartzsite, AZ, for the month of January, and at Tucson, AZ, (just south of Phoenix) for three weeks in February. "Rock hounds" come from Morocco, China, India, Russia, and all over Europe to trade semi-precious and precious stones. According to Leslie, 'The Tucson hotels are booked way in advance' as the International Rock Show in Tucson is very popular. After Leslie and Tom 'mine' or purchase the stones they like, Tom polishes, shapes, and cuts stones for the one-of-a-kind silver jewelry that Leslie creates. Soon, Leslie and Tom will return to Water's Edge Cottages in Long Lake (Adirondacks) where they maintain and rent five housekeeping cottages while Leslie designs her silver creations. Their recently married daughter, Andrea, and her husband, Andrew Dawson-Ellis, both art directors with Urban Martini, also own a bed and breakfast place in Saranac Lake. Andrea and Andrew are graphic artists. In her letter, Leslie stated that her 'older daughter, Michele, has an M.A. in archeology and works in Southeast Utah on a culture survey team.' If you are up in the North Country this summer, remember to stop and say 'hello' to Leslie and Tom Knoll, at Water's Edge Cottages.
James had his work on display at Leidenfrost Vineyards gallery.
1965
Donald had to opportunity to go before the Supreme Court according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter. It was an honor for him.
James had the opportunity to go before the Supreme Court according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter. It was an honor for him.
AU classmates and pals Peter Immordino (your correspondent), Joe Kopczynski and John Klos don't let a little thing like a continent get in the way of their getting together. Peter and Joe live in California and see each other often, but John, known as "Moose" at AU, is a land away in New York. Nevertheless, they all get together about every other year. John went west last November to help celebrate Peter's and Joe's birthdays. (See photo, page 14.) John is retired from a 32-year career as a chemistry manager of an environmental laboratory at a New York State utility company. Upon retirement he accepted a position as operations manager of the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, which has created several world class waste management facilities in Rockland County, including recycling, municipal waste disposal, composting, and household hazardous waste disposal. John has also been a certified "spin" instructor (indoor group cycling) since 1996 and teaches at several gyms six days a week. His wife, Nancy, couldn't make the trip to California last fall, but won't miss the next one. Back in California, Peter and Joe were founding partners in the early '70s at McIntyre Tile Co. in Healdsburg, CA, where Peter was ceramic engineer and Joe was production manager. Joe is still there, but Peter left the company some years back to form his own studio, Ceramic Design Associates, featuring custom-designed Logan-Immordino California Tableware. Peter's the engineer, designer, and thrower. His wife, Tracy Logan-Immordino, helps with sales, hospitality, and other behind-the-scenes jobs that come with operating a small studio. Peter was a lacrosse player at AU and never lost his love for the game. He played on some local club teams in California and today is coach of two teams with the newly formed Healdsburg Lacrosse Club. Another AU graduate, Dr. Jeff Rapp '65, a physician in Healdsburg, is president of the club. Peter and Tracy met 21 years ago as actors in a local theater group, Camp Rose Players. They still perform with the group, as do Joe and his wife, Cheryl. 04/13/2007 10:37:03 AM MaryS
From your correspondent: "Jack Henion is emeritus professor of toxicology at Cornell University where he was a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1976. During his tenure at Cornell Dr. Henion conducted research and explored applications in areas of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry. He is currently president and CEO of Advion Biosciences, Inc., in Ithaca, a business he co-founded in 1993. Advion provides analytical services to the pharmaceutical industry and developed a microfabricated chip and associated robot called the NanoMate 100, used to identify and quantitate proteins and small molecules in drug discovery and development applications. His work has earned him two honorary doctorates, one from the University of Ghent in Belgium and one from Upsala University in Sweden. Jack lives with his wife and youngest child on a farm in Ithaca and enjoys playing with his 'toys' - tractors, motorcycles and airplanes. He would enjoy hearing from his Alfred friends: henionj@advion.com."
Gail Ash, a College of Ceramics graduate and a Theta Theta Chi sister, writes to say that after a three-year hiatus she has rejoined Animazing Gallery in Soho, New York City, as associate sales director. The gallery specializes in animation art, fine art and fine craft. Gail was previously assistant director for six years. "I am delighted to announce the marriage of my daughter, Ashley Pearlman, to David Desjardins," adds Gail. "The ceremony took place at sunset aboard a catamaran in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and the reception followed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. My son, Alexander Pearlman, is graduating this June from Marymount Manhattan College's School of Drama."
Lester Rickard has been elected a director, secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. The Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization, is purchasing and restoring Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed summer home of Darwin and Isabelle Martin. Graycliff is located on the bluffs of Lake Erie in Derby, NY. Lester and Barbara Falkey Rickard '65 live in the town of Hamburg, NY.
"Sometimes, even though retirement beckons, you can be so valuable that clients insist that the friendship be maintained. So it was when D. Chris Withers decided to retire as a vice president at the University of Richmond. Now more than a year and a half later he is the principal of his own firm, D. Chris Withers, Inc., and busier than ever in Richmond, VA, where he and his wife, Susan Fox '65, continue to live.
Lester Rickard has been elected a director, secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. The Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization, is purchasing and restoring Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed summer home of Darwin and Isabelle Martin. Graycliff is located on the bluffs of Lake Erie in Derby, NY. Lester and Barbara Falkey Rickard '65 live in the town of Hamburg, NY.
1966
"Want to know what Cher or Whoopie Goldberg are really like? Ask Jacqueline Cambas. If you've seen Made in America or Frankie and Johnny or Racing With the Moon, or the credits for any one of more than two dozen feature films, you've seen Jackie's name as the film editor. Ask her how an Alfred physics major creates a career editing major motion pictures. Today, Jackie lives in Encino, CA, with her husband, Ned, son Jack, 10 cats and two dogs.
From Rich Simington: "Sometimes when life seems complicated it helps to think what it would be like in someone else's shoes. Like Martha Brewster McKinley's. Marti is vice president of clinical research programs for Salick Health Care where she coordinates 250 human cancer research trials by 50 doctors in seven health care facilities in California, New York and Florida. And when she started she was the first person to try to pull it all together. Marti lives and works in Los Angeles when she's not flying back to Delaware to be with her husband, Sean '64.
Robert Albrecht has been named chairman of the English and Humanities Department at Alfred State College. Bob has been a member of the faculty since 1967, and in 1998 was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of the 1982 School of Liberal Studies Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a two-time winner of the Alumni Association's Teacher of the Year Award. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Alfred Station. They have three grown children.
"As the sons of longtime Alfred Professor Dr. Harold Simpson, Jay Simpson and H. Allan Simpson '66 grew up in Alfred and lived in the house formerly occupied by Alfred President John Nelson Norwood. Jay and Allan's mother, Edith, tells the story that Norwood was a clock fancier. One time he found an old clock meant to be mounted on an outside wall. It seems he only found most of the clock. Jay and Allan found the pieces stashed away. They assembled it, and fabricated the missing parts. Today the clock keeps perfect time in Alfred, mounted above the garage door of their childhood house on Main Street. Edith and Jay live in Ellicott City, MD. Allan lives in Andover, MA. 04/13/2007 10:44:20 AM MaryS
Robert, SUNY distinguised teaching professor, is the new chair for the English and Humanities Department at Alfred State College.
1967
From Rich Simington: "It was Alfred's good fortune when Russell Cesari brought his athletic talents to Alfred rather than the Air Force Academy, which is where he almost went. So now that Russ is a frequent tailgater with Alfred pals Ray Manza '69 and Bob Friend '69 at Naval Academy football games, who does he root for when Navy plays Air Force? Russ's ninth-grade sweetheart, Jo, is now his wife. They live in Potomac, MD.
From Ruth Gau: "When I spoke with Leslie Mace Knoll, she and her husband, Tom '67, had spent the past five days busily searching for trilobites in 94- 95-degree weather in Arizona. Between rock and fossil hunting, they attend international rock shows held in Quartzsite, AZ, for the month of January, and at Tucson, AZ, (just south of Phoenix) for three weeks in February. "Rock hounds" come from Morocco, China, India, Russia, and all over Europe to trade semi-precious and precious stones. According to Leslie, 'The Tucson hotels are booked way in advance' as the International Rock Show in Tucson is very popular. After Leslie and Tom 'mine' or purchase the stones they like, Tom polishes, shapes, and cuts stones for the one-of-a-kind silver jewelry that Leslie creates. Soon, Leslie and Tom will return to Water's Edge Cottages in Long Lake (Adirondacks) where they maintain and rent five housekeeping cottages while Leslie designs her silver creations. Their recently married daughter, Andrea, and her husband, Andrew Dawson-Ellis, both art directors with Urban Martini, also own a bed and breakfast place in Saranac Lake. Andrea and Andrew are graphic artists. In her letter, Leslie stated that her 'older daughter, Michele, has an M.A. in archeology and works in Southeast Utah on a culture survey team.' If you are up in the North Country this summer, remember to stop and say 'hello' to Leslie and Tom Knoll, at Water's Edge Cottages.
1968
Craig Prophet has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group, a not-for-profit community service corporation formed to preserve and improve the natural and manmade beauty of the area. Craig is a freelance graphic designer and fine artist. He and his wife, Becky Butts Prophet '70, professor of theater at AU, live in Alfred.
Craig was appointed a new member to the Group's Executive Advisory Council by the Board of Directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group.
1969
In October 2003 Jeffrey joined Neuberger Berman Inc as an Executive Vice President and a senior member of its management team.
The University at Albany named Janet director of the Unviersity Art Museum.
Janet Riker has been named director of the University Art Museum at the State University of New York at Albany. Since 1989 she has been executive director of the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, a not-for-profit art gallery dedicated to exhibiting Brooklyn artists.
1970
AU classmates and pals Peter Immordino (your correspondent), Joe Kopczynski and John Klos don't let a little thing like a continent get in the way of their getting together. Peter and Joe live in California and see each other often, but John, known as "Moose" at AU, is a land away in New York. Nevertheless, they all get together about every other year. John went west last November to help celebrate Peter's and Joe's birthdays. (See photo, page 14.) John is retired from a 32-year career as a chemistry manager of an environmental laboratory at a New York State utility company. Upon retirement he accepted a position as operations manager of the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, which has created several world class waste management facilities in Rockland County, including recycling, municipal waste disposal, composting, and household hazardous waste disposal. John has also been a certified "spin" instructor (indoor group cycling) since 1996 and teaches at several gyms six days a week. His wife, Nancy, couldn't make the trip to California last fall, but won't miss the next one. Back in California, Peter and Joe were founding partners in the early '70s at McIntyre Tile Co. in Healdsburg, CA, where Peter was ceramic engineer and Joe was production manager. Joe is still there, but Peter left the company some years back to form his own studio, Ceramic Design Associates, featuring custom-designed Logan-Immordino California Tableware. Peter's the engineer, designer, and thrower. His wife, Tracy Logan-Immordino, helps with sales, hospitality, and other behind-the-scenes jobs that come with operating a small studio. Peter was a lacrosse player at AU and never lost his love for the game. He played on some local club teams in California and today is coach of two teams with the newly formed Healdsburg Lacrosse Club. Another AU graduate, Dr. Jeff Rapp '65, a physician in Healdsburg, is president of the club. Peter and Tracy met 21 years ago as actors in a local theater group, Camp Rose Players. They still perform with the group, as do Joe and his wife, Cheryl. 04/13/2007 10:36:10 AM MaryS
Susan Gates still enjoys making good music with the Baroque Chamber Trio of Rochester. Susan, who plays the flute, studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, the Chautauqua Institute Summer School, and the University at Buffalo. 04/13/2007 10:38:19 AM MaryS
Howard Gershon writes to announce that he has established a new firm, New Heights Group, based in Santa Fe, NM. The company provides strategic counseling to hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S. 04/13/2007 10:39:26 AM MaryS
Larry has been elected to the post of President-Elect of the Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Admission (MSACROA). This will essentially a three-year term for Friedman.
AU classmates and pals Peter Immordino (your correspondent), Joe Kopczynski and John Klos don't let a little thing like a continent get in the way of their getting together. Peter and Joe live in California and see each other often, but John, known as "Moose" at AU, is a land away in New York. Nevertheless, they all get together about every other year. John went west last November to help celebrate Peter's and Joe's birthdays. (See photo, page 14.) John is retired from a 32-year career as a chemistry manager of an environmental laboratory at a New York State utility company. Upon retirement he accepted a position as operations manager of the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, which has created several world class waste management facilities in Rockland County, including recycling, municipal waste disposal, composting, and household hazardous waste disposal. John has also been a certified "spin" instructor (indoor group cycling) since 1996 and teaches at several gyms six days a week. His wife, Nancy, couldn't make the trip to California last fall, but won't miss the next one. Back in California, Peter and Joe were founding partners in the early '70s at McIntyre Tile Co. in Healdsburg, CA, where Peter was ceramic engineer and Joe was production manager. Joe is still there, but Peter left the company some years back to form his own studio, Ceramic Design Associates, featuring custom-designed Logan-Immordino California Tableware. Peter's the engineer, designer, and thrower. His wife, Tracy Logan-Immordino, helps with sales, hospitality, and other behind-the-scenes jobs that come with operating a small studio. Peter was a lacrosse player at AU and never lost his love for the game. He played on some local club teams in California and today is coach of two teams with the newly formed Healdsburg Lacrosse Club. Another AU graduate, Dr. Jeff Rapp '65, a physician in Healdsburg, is president of the club. Peter and Tracy met 21 years ago as actors in a local theater group, Camp Rose Players. They still perform with the group, as do Joe and his wife, Cheryl. 04/13/2007 9:31:44 AM MaryS
AU classmates and pals Peter Immordino (your correspondent), Joe Kopczynski and John Klos don't let a little thing like a continent get in the way of their getting together. Peter and Joe live in California and see each other often, but John, known as "Moose" at AU, is a land away in New York. Nevertheless, they all get together about every other year. John went west last November to help celebrate Peter's and Joe's birthdays. (See photo, page 14.) John is retired from a 32-year career as a chemistry manager of an environmental laboratory at a New York State utility company. Upon retirement he accepted a position as operations manager of the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, which has created several world class waste management facilities in Rockland County, including recycling, municipal waste disposal, composting, and household hazardous waste disposal. John has also been a certified "spin" instructor (indoor group cycling) since 1996 and teaches at several gyms six days a week. His wife, Nancy, couldn't make the trip to California last fall, but won't miss the next one. Back in California, Peter and Joe were founding partners in the early '70s at McIntyre Tile Co. in Healdsburg, CA, where Peter was ceramic engineer and Joe was production manager. Joe is still there, but Peter left the company some years back to form his own studio, Ceramic Design Associates, featuring custom-designed Logan-Immordino California Tableware. Peter's the engineer, designer, and thrower. His wife, Tracy Logan-Immordino, helps with sales, hospitality, and other behind-the-scenes jobs that come with operating a small studio. Peter was a lacrosse player at AU and never lost his love for the game. He played on some local club teams in California and today is coach of two teams with the newly formed Healdsburg Lacrosse Club. Another AU graduate, Dr. Jeff Rapp '65, a physician in Healdsburg, is president of the club. Peter and Tracy met 21 years ago as actors in a local theater group, Camp Rose Players. They still perform with the group, as do Joe and his wife, Cheryl. 04/13/2007 10:35:14 AM MaryS
"Some alums leave Alfred, then recreate it somewhere else with a network of friends. This is what Deborah Walker and her husband, Chris Rodger '70, have done in Mclean, VA, and in their vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, MA. Debbie is a partner with Deloitte Touche in Washington." 04/13/2007 10:47:28 AM MaryS
1971
Schneider's law firm, Schneider & McKinney, P.C., specializes in state and federal criminial trial and appellate practice. Schneider was nominated for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Lawyer of the Year in 1997, he won.
From Rich Simington: "Most people agree that when the private and public sectors collaborate, we all benefit. Dave Hoff retired as the vice president of international human resources for Anheuser Busch to head up a management consulting project working to streamline the federal General Services Administration. The mix of private and public must have worked because Dave's expected to be a candidate for a presidential citation. Dave and his wife, Sue, live in Leesburg, VA." 04/13/2007 10:40:50 AM MaryS
1972
Warren Wolf and his wife, Teresa, of San Antonio, TX, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Feb. 14, 2004. Warren received his law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and has been practicing law there since 1975. His daughter now attends St. Mary's. Warren has been active with the Boy Scouts, serving as Scoutmaster for 13 years and attending jamborees in Virginia, Australia and South Korea. His current avocation is cycling and he has participated in the Senior Olympics as well as numerous century (100 miles) charity events. 04/13/2007 10:48:25 AM MaryS
Donald Sperling (class of '72) has been promoted to Sr. Vice President of the CB Richard Ellis's Northern New Jersey offices in Saddle Brook, NJ.
James has been elected to the board of trustees of Alfred University.
"Some alums leave Alfred, then recreate it somewhere else with a network of friends. This is what Deborah Walker and her husband, Chris Rodger '70, have done in Mclean, VA, and in their vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, MA. Debbie is a partner with Deloitte Touche in Washington." 04/13/2007 10:46:51 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Arnold Podgorsky insists that being a litigator specializing in energy issues with the Washington law firm Wright & Talisman is exercise enough. He no longer needs the challenge of keeping his riding skills as sharp as they were for the many years he was an avid rider and owner of horses. His growing avocation of studying Jewish theology has nothing to do with aging. He's simply returning to the pursuit of intellectual interests like those that made him the editor of the Law Review when he was at Syracuse University after Alfred. Arnie and his wife, Christie, live in McLean, VA. For a good story, ask them how far they had to travel to a South Seas island to first become acquainted. 04/13/2007 10:42:34 AM MaryS
"As the sons of longtime Alfred Professor Dr. Harold Simpson, Jay Simpson and H. Allan Simpson '66 grew up in Alfred and lived in the house formerly occupied by Alfred President John Nelson Norwood. Jay and Allan's mother, Edith, tells the story that Norwood was a clock fancier. One time he found an old clock meant to be mounted on an outside wall. It seems he only found most of the clock. Jay and Allan found the pieces stashed away. They assembled it, and fabricated the missing parts. Today the clock keeps perfect time in Alfred, mounted above the garage door of their childhood house on Main Street. Edith and Jay live in Ellicott City, MD. Allan lives in Andover, MA. 04/13/2007 10:45:49 AM MaryS
Christine Reinhart Hoek has been named deputy director for external affairs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, where she will direct the institute's development, communications and membership departments. Prior to taking the Clark post Christine was vice president for advancement at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, VA, where she oversaw a $500 million fund-raising campaign. From 1988-1998 she was vice president for development and alumni affairs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she served as a member of the president's staff and guided the college through two fund-raising campaigns. Before moving to Saratoga she worked at AU for 10 years, serving in various capacities in the admissions and alumni offices. Alfred named her a Young Alumna of Distinction in 1992. Christine and her husband, Jon Hoek '72, have two children.
1973
From Rich Simington: "When Mike Morrill came to Alfred as an art student he was principally a ceramist. By the time he left he was principally a sculptor. However, for the past 15 years he's been a painter. Being a multimedia artist has helped Mike in his teaching as a professor of art at the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Laura, who is a high school art teacher. 04/13/2007 10:49:30 AM MaryS
"You can imagine how much fun it was to be Michael Spire's dog, Roland, with Mike as an avid skier, kayaker, and all-around outdoorsman. Then Mike married, and now he's the father of a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old. Roland gets to romp with the kids, but hasn't been skiing, hiking, or kayaking for a while. Mike and his wife, Holly, live in Baltimore, MD, where Mike is a therapist working with incarcerated clients." 04/13/2007 10:57:02 AM MaryS
"I am currently the director of the School of Art at East Carolina University. Our school has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1962. Our next review will be in 2012."
"Thanks to lacrosse fan Bruce Baschuk for calling his alma mater to make sure we saw the March 2004 article in Lacross Magazine with a large photo and observations on national lacrosse issues by his fellow alum, Steve Miller '73, arguably the most prominent lacross official in America today." 04/13/2007 11:20:21 AM MaryS
1974
4th child born to Steven Lessor, '74 , named Aaron Franklin Lessor on April 26, 200. per info provided to web site update
Author and ceramics consultant Jeff Zamek wrote an article for the December 2003 issue of Ceramic Industry magazine (www.ceramicindustry.com ). Jeff gives tips for saving time when experimenting with new ceramic glaze colors. Jeff, a former ceramics teacher at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, MA, and at Keane College in Elizabeth, NJ, has his own ceramics consulting firm, Jeff Zamek/Ceramics Consulting Services, in Southampton, MA. 04/13/2007 11:11:11 AM MaryS
Howard Rush is trying to reconnect with master's level psychology students from the class, as well as other old friends. He invites e-mail at hrush01@cox.net . 04/13/2007 11:12:18 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "Sometimes you just decide to act without making complicated plans. That's what Pamela Puckett Johnson and her fiance, Bill, did after 9/11. They were working in Manhattan and decided to fly to Las Vegas to get married. Once there, they liked it so much that they went back to New York, packed up, and moved to Las Vegas. Today, Pam and Bill live in Henderson, NV, where Pam is a sales representative for Fairfield Resorts." 04/13/2007 11:07:53 AM MaryS
1975
"Since Harris Kershnar was the president of his class at AU, it's perhaps not so surprising that he graduated from Berkeley Law and has become a sole practitioner civil rights attorney. It might have been less predictable that Harris would meet his wife, Tessa, through an improvisational theater group they were both affiliated with near Irvine, CA, where they now live. Harris says that today he does less theater and more tennis and softball. 04/13/2007 11:15:05 AM MaryS
"Thanks to lacrosse fan Bruce Baschuk for calling his alma mater to make sure we saw the March 2004 article in Lacross Magazine with a large photo and observations on national lacrosse issues by his fellow alum, Steve Miller '73, arguably the most prominent lacross official in America today." 04/13/2007 11:19:05 AM MaryS
Retired federal investigator James Patrick McGrath of Parkton, MD, died Dec. 29, 2003. James worked as an agent for the Immigration and Naturalization Service before joining the Internal Revenue Service. He was an IRS branch chief in the Baltimore field office and retired as an analyst at the IRS criminal investigation headquarters in Washington. He is survived by his wife, Holly; three sons and a stepson. 04/13/2007 11:37:31 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "There's more to Thomas Yager than first appears. He earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. from AU and MIT in ceramic engineering. But he also earned a bachelor's in ceramic art from Coe College in Iowa. By day Tom leads a 15-person optics research group for Cymer, Inc., in San Diego. But he and his wife, Gretchen, have another life as hikers. We're not talking strolls around the block, but major-league hiking trips all over Europe. They've even been to Nepal and the Himalayas several times. Tom and Gretchen continue to live in Encinitals, CA. 04/13/2007 11:13:54 AM MaryS
"Living in a neighborhood conducive to walking and being an avid walker seemed like a perfect arrangement for Alison Levins Cassidy, and a good chance to share nice times with her two dogs, Scout and Cavan. However, Scout and Alison were a lot taller and friskier than Cavan, who walked as much as his little legs would allow. Now he has a cast on his leg and has to be carried when his friends go for the walk. Alison, Scout and Cavan continue to live in Potomac, MD. 04/13/2007 11:16:29 AM MaryS
Dr. Richard Sturr of Camillus, NY, has been elected president of the Onondaga County Dental Society. A graduate of Georgetown Dental School, Richard has been practicing in Camillus since 1979. 04/13/2007 11:40:14 AM MaryS
Wayne D. Rosenfield writes that he and a colleague entered the talent show that was part of the last convention of the Connecticut Psychological Association. They planned to do a comedy routine that had gone over well at a prior event. "We hoped to have our audience rolling in the aisles." Unfortunately, said Wayne, "Connecticut hadn't seen a bomb like that since the British navy shelled Stonington in 1814." Wayne is a psychologist at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, CT, where he directs the psychosocial rehabilitation and education program. He's also a psychologist in the emergency department at William W. Backus Hospital in Greenwich. Wayne also finds time to be support group leader for the National Baucher Center at Yale University School of Medicine, a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, and a disaster mental health clinician for the American Red Cross. 04/13/2007 1:20:21 PM MaryS
1976
Andrea had work shown at the John Elder Gallery in New York last spring.
Roy Smitheimer lost his bid for return to the post of Port Washington (NY) Police Commissioner in a Dec. 9, 2003, election among three candidates. Roy, executive director of the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District, had held the post of police commissioner from 1996-98. Roy has a long record of service to the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. He and his wife, Karen, live in Port Washington with their daughter. 04/13/2007 1:21:36 PM MaryS
Phil Rich is living in Albany, NY, where he works as a certified social worker for the state. He earned his master's in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "I do lots of volunteer work with the Capital District Psychiatric Center Mental Health Players," said Phil. "We use a psychodramatic technique of role plays and audience participation to develop awareness of mental health issues." Phil's success and community involvement are even more notable when you learn that he is blind. He'd love to hear from other AU folks: (518) 432-6553. 04/13/2007 1:27:01 PM MaryS
1977
From Rich Simington: "Arguably the most famous raid in the history of American law enforcement occurred when law officers broke up a gathering of mafia leaders at a remote house in upstate New York. It happened in Tim Easler's home town of Appalachia. If you're interested, Tim can show you the house. Fortunately, Tim is a law-abiding AU alum who today is the chief scientist at ATK COI Ceramics in San Diego, CA, where he lives." 04/13/2007 1:28:35 PM MaryS
Neil will speak at the Bergren Forum. His speech is titled, "The Common Ground World Project at the United Nations."
What's a porcelain artist do when he's taken the dinner plate about as far as it can go? He turns to designing porcelain lamps, says Daniel Levy, owner of the Daniel Levy Studio in New York City. Dan started making contemporary lamps from the unforgiving medium about two years ago. "I've just scratched the surface of lamps and lighting," he said. 04/13/2007 1:31:00 PM MaryS
Artist Neil Tetkowski's Installation 188, a series of glass bottles containing samples of earth of the United Nations' 188 member states in January of 2000, was on display earlier this year at the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred. Installation 188 is part of the Common Ground World Project which focused attention on global interaction. Installation 188 was first exhibited at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Tetkowski, who taught at SUNY Buffalo and Denison University in Granville, Ohio, now runs his own studio in New York City. 04/13/2007 1:32:25 PM MaryS
1978
Linda Ellett's use of a 1920s-era press to make Victorian reproduction dust-press ceramic tiles caught the attention of the New England Antiques Journal, which featured Linda in its December 2003 edition. The old press no doubt likes its surroundings, an old schoolhouse built in the 1920s. Linda and her husband, Don Shore, run L'esperance Tile Works out of the building in Rock City Falls, NY. The school's gymnasium is Linda's workshop. Linda's handmade tiles are found on five state capital buildings, the Mark Twain house in Hartford, CT, and at many other historical sites. She is also restoring tiles at the Columbia University subway station in New York. 04/13/2007 1:36:32 PM MaryS
1979
Wendy LaPine has joined Coldwell Banker, Joly, McAbee & Weinert Realty of Barnstable Village, MA. Wendy has worked in the travel industry for many years. 04/13/2007 1:40:02 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "It's no accident that Steve Weston is good at what he does. He's been studying the field since he was a boy, which is when his father invented one of the world's best-known toys, GI Joe. Like his dad, Steve is one of a tiny, elite group of agents representing manufacturers to the entertainment industry. One sign of his skill is the floor-to-ceiling collection of toys made by his clients lining his office. Steve continues to live in Pacific Palisades, CA." 04/13/2007 1:38:13 PM MaryS
Joanne Candela and Denise Queffelec say they plan to attend their 25th reunion in June and wonder how many other classmates will be there.
Wendy LaPine is now a sales agent for Coldwell Banker, Joly, McAbee & Weinert Realty in Barnstable Village, MA. Wendy has worked in the travel industry for many years.
Liz Alpsteg-Causey says hello to her '79 classmates and notes she'll be at the reunion in June, along with Kathy Klein and Liz Schaeffer and others. "I would love to see a lot of people come back," said Liz. "Looking forward to a fun weekend." 04/13/2007 1:44:10 PM MaryS
1980
Angela Rossington, retired professor of nursing at AU, recently joined the HomeCare & Hospice advisory council. HomeCare & Hospice provides licensed home care and hospice services to patients and their families in four southwestern New York counties. Angela earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at AU and her master's in nursing at the University at Buffalo. She currently serves as grant writer and fund-raiser for Alfred Montessori School, and as past president and current secretary for its board of directors. She also serves on the school's Crandall Barn Committee. Angela serves on the boards for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier and the Bethesda Foundation, and is a founding organizer for the annual conference on women's health in cooperation with St. James (Hornell), Jones (Wellsville) and Strong Memorial (Rochester) hospitals. While at Alfred she received the Excellence in Teaching award. In her free time, Angela enjoys traveling with her husband, gardening, reading, sewing, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren.
1981
Ann attended the New York Academy of Science conference in New York on adolescent brain development.
1982
Doug Brandt '82 sends his very best to all his old friends and acquaintances at Alfred. I always look back and think about those great years @ Alfred.
According to the San Jose Mercury New Carol is a teacher at Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA.
Christine Whalley and Kelley Kobel of Cheektowaga have an addition to the family, an adopted daughter, Kathleen Kobel. Christine is produce manager at Wegman's in Cheektowaga.
According to phonathon class notes section, Joseph S. Perrone, '82 is now showing work at the Broom Street Gallery. This is all the info provided and I don't have a location but assume it would be in the Syracuse area since that is where he lives and works according to Blackbaud record.
Doug Brandt sends his best to all his old friends and acquaintances. "I always look back and think about those great years at Alfred," said Doug, who lives in Verona, NJ.
1983
Lori Jean Tolman and Mike "Chip" Kelsey Hendrickson Jr. were married at the Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC, on Jan. 17, 2004. Lori is an RN in clinical research at the Duke University Medical Center. Chip works for Sanmina Corp. They live in Raleigh.
Steven Powley is general manager for the Southern region of Sprint Business Solutions based in Ft. Myers, FL. Steven and his wife, Kathleen, have a 10-year-old daughter. They live in Cape Coral, FL.
1984
Thomas has joined the TCH team as the manager of its Rehabilitation Services department.
Dr. David Earl, assistant professor of ceramic engineering and materials science in the School of Engineering at AU, was appointed director of the AU Center for Environmental and Energy Research. He had been director of quality assurance for CEER, a multidisciplinary research center at AU.
Dr. David Earl has been appointed director of the AU Center for Environmental and Energy Research.
Mr. Scheer has had his prints of moths shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of China, the Atlanta College of Art and can be seen in Chicago's Field Museum in June 2004. He also has a book out titled "Night Visions: The Secret of Moths"
1986
Dr. Cheryl Blanchard has taken on additional duties at Zimmer Holdings, Inc. of Warsaw, IN, since its acquisition of Centerpulse, but she still finds time to serve biomedical and engineer advisory boards at Alfred, Notre Dame, and Indiana-Purdue universities.
1987
Heather Potter Mattos and Louis Mattos '90 of Dudley, MA, celebrated the birth of a son, Christopher Barrett Mattos, on Jan. 27, 2004. Mom and dad report that "CB" has a full head of hair and is "as cute at they come." Lou is a research scientist at Saint-Gobain in Worcester, MA. Heather has made a temporary career change to stay-at-home mom in order to care for Christopher and his big sister Sara, who was 3 in February. Heather said it might be the hardest job she's ever had, but she wouldn't have it any other way. Heather said her parents still live in Alfred and she and Lou make it back as often as they can.
Laura Miller has authored the Walt Disney World/Orlando 2005 Frommer's Travel Guide, as well as the chapter on Orlando in the Florida 2005 Frommer's Travel Guide, both due out in early fall 2004. Laura is currently writing a family specific travel guide for the Orlando area and is in discussion with the University of Florida for publication of that manuscript.
Laura Miller, class of 1987, has authored the Walt Disney World/Orlando 2005 Frommer's Travel Guide, as well as the chapter on Orlando in the Florida 2005 Frommer's Travel Guide, both due out in early Fall 2004. She is currently writing a family specific travel guide for the Orlando area and is in discussion with the University of Florida for publication of that manuscript. Info provided by Laura to Alumni Relations.
1988
Jeffrey A. Hollier and his wife, Elana, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Samantha Grace Hollier, on Feb. 1, 2004. The Holliers live in Charlottesville, VA.
Beverly, RN, has joined St. Joseph's Hospital as night hospital supervisor.
Christina Weber and Jay Burgess announce the birth of their second daughter, Bettina Skye Burgess, on March 21, 2003. Their first daughter, Claudia, is 4 1/2.
Cynthia Childs and William Taylor were married in Lake Worth, FL, on Oct. 11, 2003. Cynthia is special education coordinator for the Palm Beach County Department of Juvenile Justice. William is a deputy sheriff for Palm Beach County. They live in Royal Palm Beach.
Beverly Smith has been named night hospital supervisor at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. Beverly is a former staff nurse, unit director and nursing supervisor at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.
Perry Streeter and his wife, Jeanne Borowski Streeter, celebrated the birth of a son, Thomas Michael Streeter, on Jan. 19, 2004. Thomas is the first and only great-grandson of F. Marion Streeter '38 and Virgil Mahoney Slaght Streeter.
Kunihiko "Key" Otomo has been named managing director of Studley, the national commercial real estate services firm. He is working out of the firm's Midtown New York headquarters. He joins Studley from Insignia/ESG, Inc., where he served as managing director. Key earned his master's degree in political philosophy from New York University. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Japan Society.
1989
Michael Renzi and his wife, Janet, announce the birth of their daughter, Vanessa Elizabeth, on May 23, 2002. Vanessa joins big sister Katherine.
Chris Miller made the switch from industry to academia in April of 2003 when he began work as the associate director of university corporate relations at Cornell University. Chris had spent 10 years with Corning Inc. in the optical fiber business. In his new role Chris is responsible for developing and managing multi-year, research-based relationships with companies. He said he enjoys the diversity of the job in which he deals with everything from materials science (his comfort zone) to nutrition and agriculture. Chris completed his MBA at Syracuse University in May 2003. After some five years of night and weekend library sessions, he now enjoys spending those hours with his wife, Liz, and three daughters, ages 3, 4 1/2 and 6. Chris has done some adjunct teaching in business at the local community college and plans to continue periodically in the future. Chris and his family continue to live in Corning. So far, he says, the one-hour commute to Ithaca through the countryside has not taken a toll. Chris looks forward to catching up with former classmates and fraternity brothers at Reunion Weekend in June. He can be reached at fivemillers@stny.rr.com. or cm284@cornell.edu (business related).
Christine W. Saltzberg, a public health consultant and educator, was recently elected to the board of directors of the New York State Nurses Association. Besides setting policy, board members have fiduciary responsibility for this not-for-profit corporation. Christine (Ph.D., RN, summa cum laude AU nursing graduate) also holds a legislative appointment on the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Advisory Council to the New York State Department of Health and the Commissioner of Health. This council makes recommendations about the administration and funding of numerous health programs across the state and the expenditure of an annual budget that exceeds $1 billion.
Kathy, director of nursing education at Morgan Community College since July of 2002, has been selected Faculty of the Year by her colleagues according to the Fort Morgan Times.
Kathy Frisbie, the director of nursing education at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan, CO, has been named Faculty of the Year by her colleagues at the school. She was among those honored by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education at a meeting earlier this year. Kathie earned her BS in nursing from AU and her MS from SUNY Binghamton. Her 18 years of experience as a nurse includes duty in the intensive care unit at Colorado Plains Medical Center. She also taught at the Mansfield School of Nursing in Pennsylvania. Kathy and her husband, Manley, have three children. They live in Fort Morgan.
James Gray and Robin McAulliffe Gray '90 announce the birth of a son, Kadin James Gray, on Feb. 26, 2003. The Gray family relocated to the Pittsburgh, PA, area in January of this year. Jaime has taken a new job as area quality control manager for ANH Refractories. Robin continues to enjoy her job as stay-at-home mom. They now have two children, Regan and Kadin.
Robert is now the county clerk for Allegany County.
1990
According to phonathon caller, Kurt S. Potter, '90 was married in Las Vegas with 90 guests attending on February 15, 2004. His new wife's name is Sara Burbine Potter.
May 6th 2003 Daughter born to James E. Henegar, '90 and his wife Teresa. Her name is Iliana. He just received his MSE in Education from University of Wisconsin and is a Teacher of Emotional Behavior Disorders.
Lauren D. Butler has been named to the board of directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group. A bookkeeper for A&E Plumbing and Heating in Almond, Lauren has served on the group's executive advisory council since 1998. She lives in Alfred with her husband, Charles Butler '78.
Kristin Schad Vergis and her husband, Michael Vergis, celebrated the birth of a son, Thomas Michael Vergis, on Nov. 6, 2003. Thomas weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Kristin is associate director of university promotion and outreach at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She coordinates all of the university's recruitment events as well as outreach events for high school students. She also manages the tour guide program, and researches and negotiates sponsorship opportunities for the university.
James Gray and Robin McAulliffe Gray '90 announce the birth of a son, Kadin James Gray, on Feb. 26, 2003. The Gray family relocated to the Pittsburgh, PA, area in January of this year. Jaime has taken a new job as area quality control manager for ANH Refractories. Robin continues to enjoy her job as stay-at-home mom. They now have two children, Regan and Kadin.
The Board of Directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group appointed Lauren to the group's Board of Directors.
When Matthew McElligott and Christy Nicewonger McElligott aren't tending to their dog, horse and chickens on their small farm near Albany, NY, they're busy pursuing careers in the arts. Matt and Christy both earned fine arts degrees from the College of Ceramics, then headed to Buffalo where Matt pursued his master's at SUNY Buffalo and Christy taught at Daemon College. Both worked with Hallwalls and CEPA galleries while in Buffalo. After they were married in 1994, Christy went on to teach art in various public schools while Matt did freelance illustration and Web design work. He also began writing children's books on the side. His first book, The Truth About Cousin Ernie's Head, inspired by an uncle's old home movies, was published in 1995 by Simon & Schuster. Matt and Christy eventually settled in the Albany area, where Matt grew up. Matt started teaching as an adjunct at the Sage Colleges in 1996 and now is an associate professor of illustration and graphic design there. Christy took over the web design business that Matt started and now works full time from home, specializing in sites for small businesses and other authors and illustrators. Meanwhile, Matt's fourth picture book was just released by Walker and Company. Absolutely Not is the story of two bugs who go on a walk full of illusions and visual surprises. Matt will be promoting the book at several Albany area book stores this month. To find out more, go to www.mattmcelligott.com .
When Matthew McElligott and Christy Nicewonger McElligott aren't tending to their dog, horse and chickens on their small farm near Albany, NY, they're busy pursuing careers in the arts. Matt and Christy both earned fine arts degrees from the College of Ceramics, then headed to Buffalo where Matt pursued his master's at SUNY Buffalo and Christy taught at Daemon College. Both worked with Hallwalls and CEPA galleries while in Buffalo. After they were married in 1994, Christy went on to teach art in various public schools while Matt did freelance illustration and Web design work. He also began writing children's books on the side. His first book, The Truth About Cousin Ernie's Head, inspired by an uncle's old home movies, was published in 1995 by Simon & Schuster. Matt and Christy eventually settled in the Albany area, where Matt grew up. Matt started teaching as an adjunct at the Sage Colleges in 1996 and now is an associate professor of illustration and graphic design there. Christy took over the web design business that Matt started and now works full time from home, specializing in sites for small businesses and other authors and illustrators. Meanwhile, Matt's fourth picture book was just released by Walker and Company. Absolutely Not is the story of two bugs who go on a walk full of illusions and visual surprises. Matt will be promoting the book at several Albany area book stores this month. To find out more, go to www.mattmcelligott.com .
1991
Michaeline M. Shuman and her husband, Hans Molina-Ruiz, announce the birth of their daughter, Maryrose Felicita Molina-Shuman, on Sept. 5, 2003. Maryrose Felicita joins big brother Cooper, age 2.
Jerry L. Mottern started the new year with a new job - elementary principal at Randolph Central School in Randolph, NY. For the past three years Jerry served as director of curriculum and special education at Hinsdale Central School in Hinsdale, NY. Prior to that he was a special education teacher for the Wellsville (NY) Central School District. He was one of 14 candidates for the Randolph job. Jerry graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earned his master's from AU, and completed administrative course work at St. Bonaventure University.
Lorie A. Stickle Steele and her husband, Michael, of Roscoe, NY, celebrated the birth of a son on Nov. 4, 2003.
Lea Walker Duserick and Shannon Duserick '92 of Pittsford, NY, are back in touch and want to let friends know they had a son, Sawyer Walker Duserick, on Dec. 5, 2002. Sawyer joins big sister Emelia Frances, who was 3 in February. Lea and Shannon are administrators at Monroe County BOCES. Shannon is an assistant principal and Lea is the coordinator for a primary mental health project. The family recently moved from Rochester to the suburb of Pittsford. "Sawyer and his big sister, Emelia, keep us very busy, but we're having so much fun, too," said Lea.
Lorie A. Steele, '91 and Michael Steele announce the birth of a boy born on 11/04/2003 weighing 7 pounds and 6 ounces. Name wasn't given
Our daughter, Maryrose Felicita Molina-Shuman, was born on September 5,2003, joining big brother Cooper, age 2
Kathleen O'Buckley of Alfred said she and her husband, Kevin B. O'Buckley, could almost hear the laughter from their son's house in Burlington, VT, after reading an item in the last AU People. The class note said Kathleen and Kevin were the proud parents of two baby sons, Ryan and Reilly. Why the laughter? Kathleen and Kevin are the grandparents. The parents are Kevin M. O'Buckley '98 and his wife, Coral. Our apologies to both families. And thanks for being such good sports.
Bridgette was in a Who's Who in Insurance article that provided information of those who run insurance companies in Western New York.
The birth of Alyssa Kaminski on April 7, 2002 to parents Michael and Debroah Kaminski.
1992
Amy has attained national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Lea Walker Duserick and Shannon Duserick '92 of Pittsford, NY, are back in touch and want to let friends know they had a son, Sawyer Walker Duserick, on Dec. 5, 2002. Sawyer joins big sister Emelia Frances, who was 3 in February. Lea and Shannon are administrators at Monroe County BOCES. Shannon is an assistant principal and Lea is the coordinator for a primary mental health project. The family recently moved from Rochester to the suburb of Pittsford. "Sawyer and his big sister, Emelia, keep us very busy, but we're having so much fun, too," said Lea.
My husband, Rob and I celebrated the birth of our second son, Eric Robert Paruta, on April 21, 2003. He joins big brother, Nicholas, who will be four in May, reports Stacie Boyde Patuta '92.
Susan's work is on display through March 31 at Mostly Glass Gallery in Englewood.
Married to Florence P. Chu on 06/22/2003 Birth: Justin Thyme Scott on 09/30/2003
Curtis Sherwood has been hired as deputy corporation counsel (aka deputy city attorney) for the city and county of Honolulu, HI. Curtis became licensed to practice law in Hawaii in 2003. He was licensed in California in 1996 and in American Samoa in 2000.
John Fregosi and his wife, Stacey Hamrick Fregosi, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Natasia Yelena Fregosi, on Feb. 11, 2004.
Glass artist Susan Bloch of Elmira had three sculptures in an invitational show at the Mostly Glass Gallery in Englewood, NJ, earlier this year. Her "Good Will Reflector," a sculpture with large glass flowers and glass carved symbols of New York State, welcomes travelers to the departure area of the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.
Tim Bell and Ann Downing Bell '94 send news from their home in Chambersburg, PA. Tim is a senior manufacturing engineer at JLG Inc. and Ann is a nurse at Chambersburg Hospital. Tim completed his master's in engineering at AU in 1998 and Ann is earning hers through the University of Phoenix. Tim and Ann were married in 1992 and have two children, Jennifer and Zachary.
Stacy Boyd Paruta and her husband, Bob, celebrated the birth of their second son, Eric Robert Paruta, on April 21, 2003. Eric joins big brother Nicholas, who will be 4 in May.
Amy Miller has attained national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Amy has been employed by Laurel Health Systems for 24 years, the first 16 in the intensive cardiac care unit at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA. She managed the unit before transferring to the Laurel Health Center in Blossburg, PA, where she now provides comprehensive health care to patients of all ages.
1993
Todd Wagner is among 10 "movers and shakers" identified as People to Watch in 2004 by the Tribune-Democrat newspaper of Johnstown, PA. Todd is founder and owner of Conference Archives, a Johnstown communications company.
Jessica Marks Manson and her husband, David, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Kayden Rose, on Jan. 22, 2004.
Clayton Paul Cormier Jr. worked in Japan with Seigo Minami, "an amazing ceramic artist," until returning to the states two years ago to establish the Enzo America Porcelain Studio in Waitsfield, VT, where Clayton lives with his wife, Yuko. While porcelain dates back thousands of years in China, it's a relatively new material to Western culture and Clayton feels he's "working on the front lines." His work includes porcelain slab-built figure sculptures.
Dan Napolitano has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group, a not-for-profit community service corporation formed to preserve and improve the natural and manmade beauty of the area. Dan is director of student activities and multicultural affairs at AU. He is president of the Alfred Lions Club and a board member at Alfred Montessori School. He lives in Alfred with his wife, Tricia '95, and their two children.
Clayton has established the Enzo America Porcelain Studio in Waitsfield. He had a show in December 2003.
Todd is the founder and owner of Conference Archives in Johnstown.
Dan was appointed a new member to the Group's Executive Advisory Council by the Board of Directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group.
Julie Feuerstein Woodworth and Peter Woodworth '94 are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Eva Grace, on Nov. 24, 2003. Eva joins big brothers Brett, 4, and Joshua, 2.
Aaron was promoted to the office of corporate treasurer at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company.
1994
Matt has been named head coach of the Houghton College men's soccer program.
Joel is one of three award winning artist to judge for the 4th Annual Find Arts and Wine event held August 21 & 22, 2004.
according to info provided to alumni web site, Michael Ryan, '1995 and his wife, Jessica have a son, Nicholas born 12/27/2002.
Nina A. Johnson, '1994 married to Alexander Rothacker and has a doughter born 01/01/2002 named Annika Rothacker.
Tim Bell and Ann Downing Bell '94 send news from their home in Chambersburg, PA. Tim is a senior manufacturing engineer at JLG Inc. and Ann is a nurse at Chambersburg Hospital. Tim completed his master's in engineering at AU in 1998 and Ann is earning hers through the University of Phoenix. Tim and Ann were married in 1992 and have two children, Jennifer and Zachary.
Colleen Recio Jorolemon and her husband, Jeffrey, had a daughter, Jaclyn Janine, on Oct. 21, 2003. Jaclyn weight 8 lbs., 3 oz. and was 22 inches long. Colleen also has a 3-year-old son, Jared. When she wrote to us earlier this year she was home on maternity leave from her job as a sixth-grade teacher at Canandaigua Middle School in Canandaigua, NY.
Joel O'Dorisio was a judge for the fourth annual Fine Arts and Wine event at Keuka Lake, NY, in August of 2003. Joel, a studio glass artist, is owner of Lost Angel Glass in Corning.
Matt Webb, who earned his master's in higher education at AU, has been named head coach of the men's soccer team at Houghton College. Matt joined Houghton's residence life staff in 1992 and has been director of student programs since 1994. He began working with the women's soccer program in 1993 and became first assistant for the men's program in 1997.
Dee Richardson and Chris Kellogg were married on Sept. 28, 2003, at The Round House in Washingtonville, NY, with many Alfredians present. Helping Dee and Chris celebrate their special day were Nicole Wenz '95, Lynn Fox '92, Maria Vaccarello '97, Samantha Brooks '97, Darren Miller '95, Kristie Siroonian '96, and Randi Jermansen '95. Dee and Chris are living in Ringoes, NJ.
1995
Dan Napolitano has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alfred Twenty-First Century Group, a not-for-profit community service corporation formed to preserve and improve the natural and manmade beauty of the area. Dan is director of student activities and multicultural affairs at AU. He is president of the Alfred Lions Club and a board member at Alfred Montessori School. He lives in Alfred with his wife, Tricia '95, and their two children.
Jason Mouer creates sculptural forms from stacked recycled paper that has been carved and sanded. His works were featured at the Contemporary Crafts Museum in Portland, OR, earlier this year. A mixed-media artist, Mouer said his exploration of paper arose from experiments blowing glass into paper molds. Mouer lives in Seattle, WA.
"Julie Hathaway Verde and Michael Verde are proud parents of a baby girl. Grace Anne Verde was born on Oct. 27, 2003, in Berwick, ME.
"Julie Hathaway Verde and Michael Verde are proud parents of a baby girl. Grace Anne Verde was born on Oct. 27, 2003, in Berwick, ME.
From your correspondent: "Bridget Hoffman DiCello '95 started her own business last year, Building Bridges, LLC, a leadership and management training company based in New Orleans, LA. The company specializes in enhancing the leadership ability of managers, and developing and refining their ability to motivate employees in order to improve their productivity and effectiveness. Bridget, the president, is also a featured presenter, having designed and delivered innovative training sessions on a multitude of leadership, operational and customer service topics. She's a dynamic presenter and Building Bridges is off to a great start. Check out the company's website: www.bridges2leadership.co... .
David M. Brennan recently announced his engagement to Bhavini Tara Shah. They're planning a July 31, 2004, wedding in Princeton, NJ. Dave is living in Morristown, NJ, and working in the finance and controlling group for Celstran (long fiber reinforced thermoplastics) at Ticona, a business of Celanese AG headquartered in Summit, NJ. Dave and Bhavini will be moving in August 2004 to their new home in Glendale, AZ, where Dave will pursue his MBA at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.
"Heidi Liebi and Tim Root were married in Plymouth, IN, on Sept. 20, 2003, on a beautiful 70-degree, sunny day. Randi Jermansen was the maid of honor, and several other Alfred alums were in attendance including Kim McCurdy '98, Laura Foster '96, Jen Head Cooke and Tom Cooke '99, and Bridget Hoffman DiCello '95. Heidi and Tim are living in Albany, IN, where Heidi works as a batch and furnace manager for Saint-Gobain Containers.
Kristen (Welcher) Euliss, '95 and her husband, Trev, have a daughter named Annabelle that is one year old at the time of this entry/
Jason has had his work on display at the Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery
1996
Apologies to Christopher Jon Meany for identifying his wife instead of him as an AU graduate in the January issue of AUP. Christopher received his B.S. from AU in '96 and his M.B.A. in '97. On Oct. 18, 2003, he married Katherine Elizabeth Keane in Charleston, SC. Katherine graduated from Duke University in 1997.
Jennifer Laura Scholl Keida and Phil Keida recently moved back to upstate New York to be closer to family. They celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Madison, in June 2003. Jennifer and Phil were married in January of 1998. Their first daughter, Alexis, was born in November of 1998.
"I am still in my final months of grad school at Boston University's School of Public Health. I will graduate w/an MPH and certification in midwifery and hope to get a job either on the East or West coast."
Phillip Keida, '96 and Jennifer (Scholl) Keida, '96 had their first daughter, Alexis in November 1998. Their second daughter, Maddison was born in June of 2003.
Phillip Keida, '96 and Jennifer (Scholl) Keida, '96 had their first daughter Alexis, Nov of 1998 and their second daughter, Madison was born in June of 2003.
Danielle presented a slide show and talk at Grand Canyon Photography Club. The program was a retrospective overview of her work.
Treg's hand-blown glass menorah he created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the community's efforts to combat hate crimes in Billings is being displayed at the Yellowstone Art Museum through March 7, 2004.
Jon was named permanent media advisor to FCC Chairman Michael Powell.
Jennifer Laura Scholl Keida and Phil Keida recently moved back to upstate New York to be closer to family. They celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Madison, in June 2003. Jennifer and Phil were married in January of 1998. Their first daughter, Alexis, was born in November of 1998.
Rachel Alley and Brian Kenyon '96 were married in Corning, NY, on Aug. 31, 2003. Rachel notes it was a beautiful ceremony and even better honeymoon: "We went to Mexico!" Rachel says that Brian is busy traveling the globe for Vesuvius: In a three-month span he traveled to England, China, and Brazil. Adds Rachel, "It's sort of like playing my own version of 'Where in the World ...?' Life is being good to us right now. I hope everyone else is doing well, too!"
Cheryl Wilczynski Vetter and Matt Vetter '96 moved before Christmas back to their home state of New York in order for Matt to pursue a great job opportunity in Syracuse. They purchased their first home and are enjoying living closer to their families and friends.
With parents as physicians, is it any wonder that Peter U. Bergmann would choose a career in health care? Peter assumed the duties of CEO of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Pottsville, PA, last July. Before then he was the assistant CEO for Berwick Hospital Center in Berwick, PA. Peter and his wife, Megan, have two sons and live in Norwegian Township.
Erica A. Battit sends word that she is in her final months of graduate school at Boston University's School of Public Health. She will graduate with a master's in public health and certification in midwifery, and hopes to get a job on either the East or West Coast.
1997
Denise LaForce and Andrew Keck were married on June 1, 2003, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The Bellagio hosted the reception as well, and everyone was there - "even Elvis," says Denise. Hmmm. If you want confirmation of that ask any of these AU graduates, who also shared the couple's big day: Katie Walsh '95, Rachel Crafts '96, John Mitchell '95, Nyseem Thomas '96, Mark Speiser '96, Sheila McLeod '96, Megan Sinesiou '97, and Michelle Rozansky '96. Denise, a Theta Theta Chi sister, and Andrew, a Klan Alpine brother, enjoyed a honeymoon on Amelia Island immediately following the wedding, as well as a European honeymoon in Barcelona, Spain; Southern France; and Switzerland a few months later. In March, Denise decided to take a break from the corporate world and left the company she had been with for six years in order to enjoy some leisure time and travel. Andrew works for Piedmont Natural Gas and has been with the company for several years. They live in Charlotte, N.C.
From your correspondent: "Ken Volk writes: 'Well, it is over a year and Amy Ofmani Volk and I have decided to get our act together and mention that we got married.' Amy and Ken were married Aug. 24, 2002, in New Jersey and honeymooned in California's wine country. The happy couple is still living in Boston, MA, which is where they both ended up after school, and started dating. Ken is a creative lead at a software company called Kronos, and Amy is a manager of creative operations."
Pamela Kay Notz and William Martin Schwartz were married in Brandenburg, KY, on Nov. 8, 2003. Pamela has an associate's degree in business administration from Alfred State and attended AU as a marketing major. William is a general manager for Brantley Services, a firm that manages major sporting and other events. They live in Cincinnati, OH.
A piece of Alfred carried ceramic artist SunKoo Yuh to a first-place prize in the 2003 World Ceramic Biennial International Competition in Korea. Ceramics is revered as one of the highest arts in Korea, and the Korean Ceramic Biennial is so prestigious that South Korean President Moo Hyun Noh spoke at the opening ceremonies. The international competition is intended to represent the best of the world's contemporary ceramic art. Sunkoo, a native of Seoul, Korea, who earned his master's at AU, walked off with the grand prize - about $30,000 and a one-year study grant in Korea valued at about $10,000. Sunkoo won with his piece "Alfred Summer," an impressionistic representation of the people he met one summer at Alfred. Last year was a notable one for the artist. He also won the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder's Prize, presented every two years by the Pittsburgh-based Society for Contemporary Craft. Sunkoo and his wife, Minsoo, have two daughters. They live in Macomb, IL, where Sunkoo is an assistant professor of art at Western Illinois University.
From your correspondent: "Ken Volk writes: 'Well, it is over a year and Amy Ofmani Volk and I have decided to get our act together and mention that we got married.' Amy and Ken were married Aug. 24, 2002, in New Jersey and honeymooned in California's wine country. The happy couple is still living in Boston, MA, which is where they both ended up after school, and started dating. Ken is a creative lead at a software company called Kronos, and Amy is a manager of creative operations."
Cheryl Wilczynski Vetter and Matt Vetter '96 moved before Christmas back to their home state of New York in order for Matt to pursue a great job opportunity in Syracuse. They purchased their first home and are enjoying living closer to their families and friends.
Eric has joined ARM Group Inc as a project geologist.
Denise LaForce and Andrew Keck were married on June 1, 2003, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The Bellagio hosted the reception as well, and everyone was there - "even Elvis," says Denise. Hmmm. If you want confirmation of that ask any of these AU graduates, who also shared the couple's big day: Katie Walsh '95, Rachel Crafts '96, John Mitchell '95, Nyseem Thomas '96, Mark Speiser '96, Sheila McLeod '96, Megan Sinesiou '97, and Michelle Rozansky '96. Denise, a Theta Theta Chi sister, and Andrew, a Klan Alpine brother, enjoyed a honeymoon on Amelia Island immediately following the wedding, as well as a European honeymoon in Barcelona, Spain; Southern France; and Switzerland a few months later. In March, Denise decided to take a break from the corporate world and left the company she had been with for six years in order to enjoy some leisure time and travel. Andrew works for Piedmont Natural Gas and has been with the company for several years. They live in Charlotte, N.C.
Tonya has achieved National Board Certification in 2003. She is one of 107.
Tonya D. Federico of Schenectady, NY, is one of 107 elementary and secondary teachers in New York state to achieve National Board Certification in 2003. Tonya teaches kindergarten at King Magnet School in Schenectady.
Christina Festinger and Tom Lewis were married on July 12, 2003, at Tom's family reunion in Denver, CO, with an August wedding reception in New Jersey. Christina passed the CPA exam and is working as a senior financial analyst in pharmaceutical development at Cardinal Health in Somerset, NJ. Christina, Tom and their children, Lexi and Abby, live in Parlin, NJ.
Beth A. McLaughlin and Patrick Morrissey, both of Ballston Spa, NY, were married on May 31, 2003. Beth is a physician's credentialing and health insurance claims specialist with Saratoga Cardiology Associates. Her husband is a mental health counselor.
Jessica will dislay her ceramic work at Gallery 556, a new gallery opening on upper King Street in Charleston, SC.
1998
Gianna's work is currently on display at the Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery at the Frederick Community College Arts and Student Center.
Laurie B. Maragno and Jeremy R. Walsh were married on July 12, 2003, in Ballston Spa, NY. Laurie is a kindergarten teacher in Saratoga Springs, NY. Jeremy is an application engineer and account manager for Honeywell. They live in Saratoga Springs.
Rachel Alley and Brian Kenyon '96 were married in Corning, NY, on Aug. 31, 2003. Rachel notes it was a beautiful ceremony and even better honeymoon: "We went to Mexico!" Rachel says that Brian is busy traveling the globe for Vesuvius: In a three-month span he traveled to England, China, and Brazil. Adds Rachel, "It's sort of like playing my own version of 'Where in the World ...?' Life is being good to us right now. I hope everyone else is doing well, too!"
Kim Glover has been hired by Alfred State College as a grant writer. She is responsible for researching grant opportunities and working with faculty and staff to write grant proposals for all areas of the college. Kim lives in Hornell.
After Steven Farrenkopf was laid off from his Web development position at ProAct Technologies, he found himself unemployed for over a year. He's happy to announce that he recently accepted a position at First Investors Corp. in East Hartford, CT, and is training to become a registered representative. Steve has also been reunited with his AU swimming teammate Ben Meissner. The two are now roommates in Manchester, CT. Steve said he and Ben still make time to swim and work out together. Both are members of United States Masters Swimming and competed in an annual St. Patrick's Day swim meet at the home pool in East Hartford in March.
Kim Mowers of Cambridge, MA, is a collaborative staff member with the Boston Photo Collaborative, which received a $10,000 Coming Up Taller Award last November from First Lady Laura Bush. The award recognized the Collaborative's Project Image in which teens study and practice photography five hours a day for five weeks. Kim has been in Boston for six years and has taught photography, led workshops and worked as a kindergarten teacher.
Keith Seitz, '98 and Annette (Toliano) Seitz, 98 have a 6 month old daughter named Olivia. Birthdate note given.
Keith Seitz, '98 and Annette (Toliano) Seitz, '98 have a daughter, Olivia who is 6 months old at the time of this entry.
Kim is a collaborative staffer for Teen Project at the Boston Photo Collaborative where students study photography.
Marci creates ceramics using the Raku firing techniques. She spoke about this during a Knox County Art League meeting.
Kimberly has been hired by Alfred State College as a grant writer to assist the institution in obtaining funding from businesses, phalanthropic foundations and government entities. She assumed her duties last summer.
Katherine Reynolds married John-Paul Chalpin at the Keuka College (NY) Chapel on July 20, 2003. Katherine is vice president of marketing and production manager at the Bank of America. Her husband works in information systems at EN Worldwide. They live in Cockeysville, MD.
Beth A. McLaughlin and Patrick Morrissey, both of Ballston Spa, NY, were married on May 31, 2003. Beth is a physician's credentialing and health insurance claims specialist with Saratoga Cardiology Associates. Her husband is a mental health counselor.
Ben Weisman is busy these days doing art direction and design for HBO. Ben does everything from print campaigns and advertising to Web campaigns and motion graphics. For his other main client, Girlsinc.org, Ben does Web page designs and application development for Girlsinc monthly. Ben's other big news is his marriage to Elise April Wilner, his friend of 12 years, on Nov. 1, 2003. "We had a marvelous ceremony in New Jersey at the Park Savoy. We then headed off to Aruba and a cruise of the South Caribbean," said Ben. Elise is a research nurse at NYU Medical Center. Ben also continues to produce his artwork, and notes he has moved his studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn, to his Manhattan apartment. Since graduating from AU he has had a number of shows in the New York area. His new paintings and portraits were featured in an art show opening at the Children's Museum of the Arts. Ben continues to create drawings, paintings and videos and submitted two video pieces for a NYFA grant with New York state. (From your correspondent: Be sure to check out www.buckyben.com . It's amazing!)
Allyson Brant and Rob Fulton were married on July 19, 2003, in Carlisle, Pa. Two of Allyson's bridesmaids were her classmates at AU: Rachael Johnson and Melissa Cianciulli. Allyson is the academic coordinator for the Upward Bound program at New Mexico Junior College and teaches at the college in Hobbs, NM. Her husband is the women's soccer coach at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs and teaches at the school.
1999
Brooke Ballerstein and Garth Freeman '99 were married on Aug. 9, 2003, in Blue Hill, ME. Brooke, a graduate of the School of Art and Design, works for Douglas Elliman of Manhattan. Garth, who earned his master's from AU, works for Spanierman Gallery in Manhattan.
"Jim Kostiw writes: 'I continue to work for the government in Washington, DC. I am enjoying my work and still love the Maryland, DC, Virginia area. At work I am currently managing a national project that will aid the government in the collection of data related to economic sanctions programs. I have also been heavily involved in ongoing efforts to harmonize various law enforcement and anti-terrorism watch lists. Last year I moved out of the district and I am enjoying living in a less-urban setting. Among the important Alfred-related events that occurred last year: I realized that I forgot to send Ben Link a Christmas Card last year. I hope that by making this public announcement, I can shorten my penance. Also of note is the fact that I have still not received a call back from Mike Christakis. My sources tell me that Mike is still very much afraid of his long distance bill.'
"Cariann Colman, 'CC,' got married on Nov. 1, 2003, to Capt. Charles Franklin Harmon III, U.S. Army. CC writes, 'I met Frank, a 1999 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while he was stationed up in Fort Drum, NY, thanks to Jennifer Kahn '00! Joining Jennifer at our wedding were Alfred alums Meghan Kahn '00, Melissa Neis '99, Karen Eberhardt Pacelli '99, and Annika Black '00. Seeing all our friends and family at our wedding was especially important to us because we moved to the Republic of Korea, where Frank's stationed, right afterwards. We're up near the DMZ at Camp Stanley. It's been tough to live in such a foreign place so far away from our families and friends, but we're surviving and can't wait to move to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs in the fall.'
"Michael Christakis was re-elected to a second two-year term as national vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, at the Society's biennial convention in Norfolk, VA. Mike wants to encourage fellow alums to consider attending Reunion this year the weekend of June 11th - What could be better than a couple of days at AU with old friends?"
"Christopher Schaeffer writes, 'I've changed jobs yet again. I'm now working as a cost accountant for Pace Electronics in Sodus, NY. I'm enjoying it so far and hope it's something I can settle into and actually stick with for more than a year and a half. The bad part is Sodus is just off the shore of Lake Ontario so I learned to appreciate lake-effect snow during my commute in January - we went over 20 straight days with snow. It's shaping up to be a busy summer, which I'm looking forward to, as I'm ready for the beginning of the warmer weather and golf season.'
Margaux Jeanee Benoit Lingle and her husband, Matthew J. Lingle, are expecting their second child in June. Their son, Alan Lingle, was born in May of 2002. Margaux is an accountant in Buffalo. The Lingles live in Newfane.
"Ken Leidig reports ebullience at having spent a recent weekend in Albany with class correspondent Mike Christakis and fellow alums David Clay '00 and Chrissy Nyman '01. Thankfully, to soften the sad departure at the visit's conclusion, Mike sojourned to Long Island to attend to ODK business a week later, and Ken met him for dinner at one restaurant, and for cappuccino and dessert at yet another. Ken was also pleased to note a reference to Alfred University in the February issue of Restaurant Business magazine, whose cover story was about 'employee hazing.' While the harsh snow has caused other eateries to face only large piles of white outside the door, SPQR at Villa Leone has piles of green in the cash register. The restaurant where Ken works was at full capacity for all three seatings during Valentine's Day. For the near future, Ken has some NY Philharmonic performances to attend and has made a contact on the board of directors for the Long Island Philharmonic, which will allow access to more prime seats.
Margaux (Benoit) Lingle, '1999 was married to Matthew J. Lingle on 08/12/2000 and has a son Alan Lingle, born on 05/26/2002. Expecting another child 06/2004.
Garth '99 married Brooke (Ballerstein) Freeman '01 August 9, 2003. The couple resides in Brooklyn, NY.
From Jasmine Lelloc: "Jessica Rossi Gattone and Sal Gattone '99 say, 'Well, a lot has changed since we last wrote. Sal and I have moved to New Jersey. We love it here, but miss our dear friends in L-burg - hi guys! But even more exciting and life-changing: We welcomed our first child, Jake Thomas, on Oct. 18, 2003. Jake is now 5 months old and has the best personality. He is always happy, smiling, cooing and 'talking' He is also a drool monster, but I guess that is to be expected. To check out pictures: www.sparetiredesign.com/j.... Jake says hi to his aunties - can't wait to see you.'"
2000
Andrew gave a lecture with Michael Winikoff on their work at Mount St. Mary's College. The lecture is in conjuction with the opening exhibition of their work. Andrew's work has been exhibited widely, and he is the recipient of numerous awards.
Lori is a school psychologist at Hoosick Falls and also coaches at the school.
Amy Colleen Britt and Angus MacDiarmid Power, both of Philadelphia, were married on Aug. 2, 2003, in Cazenovia, NY. Amy is an elementary art teacher in New Hope, Pa. Angus is an instructor in glass blowing and sculpture at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and at Rosemount College.
Heather Eckert and Shannon Jordan were married on Aug. 2, 2003, and several AU graduates were on hand: Jennifer Hertzler Foust '00 and Ken Foust '00; and Mark Kicsak, '01. The couple went on a two-week honeymoon to England and Malta. Heather works full time as a financial manager for the Department of Prevention and Community Health at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She will graduate from GWU this summer with a master's degree in public health, maternal and child health. Shannon earned his master's degree in Irish studies and literature.
If you were to argue that not everyone's an artist, Ben Ellcome, who was a visual arts major at AU, would take up the debate. Ben, of Newport, RI, is out to help people without a formal art education feel less intimidated by art and artists. He equips people with cheap, plastic cameras and sends them out to shoot a roll of film. Each "artist" comes back with a different interpretation of life and, Ben believes, a better appreciation for art. Drawn to Newport by his love for sailing, Ben works on boats and teaches art part time at several area art centers.
Ben is the project manager for www.commonplaces.org. Ben hands out cameras to ordinary artists to document their experiences during a day. He hopes for more people to make and appreciate art and to learn more about their surroundings.
Mary Christine Blowers and Christopher Daniel Clark were married on Aug. 9, 2003, in Bath, NY. Mary is a case manager with ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc. Her husband is a fifth-grade school teacher.
Tane Robinson and Kristin Mitchell were married in Waterloo, NY, on July 4, 2003. Tane is a counselor for Palmyra-Macedon Middle School. Kristin is a teacher of the deaf in Rochester.
Amy Colleen Britt and Angus MacDiarmid Power, both of Philadelphia, were married on Aug. 2, 2003, in Cazenovia, NY. Amy is an elementary art teacher in New Hope, Pa. Angus is an instructor in glass blowing and sculpture at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and at Rosemount College.
Jeffrey D. Taylor and his wife, Susan R. Taylor '00, collaborated on an article published in the Winter 2004 edition of the NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employees) Journal: "Parents Have Their Say ... About Their College-Age Children's Career Decisions." Jeff was assistant director of Career Services at AU from July 2000 to April 2002. He earned his master's in college student development at AU in 2001. He is now the assistant director of Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan is presently a school psychologist for Chatham County Schools in North Carolina. She earned her master's from AU in 2000, and her doctorate in psychology in 2002. The NACE article focused on a UNC-Chapel Hill survey of parents of incoming freshmen. Survey findings supported the need for college career centers to work with parents, along with students, to help with career decision-making. Susan's dissertation at Alfred was closely related to the topic. In the same edition of the NACE Journal, Kathy Woughter '93, director of the Career Development Center at AU, is quoted in a sidebar article regarding telephone interviewing. The article cites Alfred's Employer-in-Residence program and its efforts to prepare students for telephone interviews. It also states that Stacy Ware '85 of Spherion, Inc., assisted current students with telephone interviews.
Mariann Freiner-Mess and her husband, Tony, celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Anarose Freiner-Mess, on Nov. 28, 2003. Big sister Haleigh is now 2 1/2. Mom has returned to her teaching job at Canaseraga, NY, and dad is working second shift, "which is great because we never need a baby sitter," said Mariann. "We built a new house last year and are finally done with all the small projects that come with building a new home."
Andrew Shaw, ceramic artist and professor at Gettysburg (PA) College, lectured at Mount St. Mary's College in January prior to the opening of an exhibition of his work.
From Jasmine Lelloc: "Jessica Rossi Gattone and Sal Gattone '99 say, 'Well, a lot has changed since we last wrote. Sal and I have moved to New Jersey. We love it here, but miss our dear friends in L-burg - hi guys! But even more exciting and life-changing: We welcomed our first child, Jake Thomas, on Oct. 18, 2003. Jake is now 5 months old and has the best personality. He is always happy, smiling, cooing and 'talking' He is also a drool monster, but I guess that is to be expected. To check out pictures: www.sparetiredesign.com/j.... Jake says hi to his aunties - can't wait to see you.'"
2001
Jeffrey D. Taylor and his wife, Susan R. Taylor '00, collaborated on an article published in the Winter 2004 edition of the NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employees) Journal: "Parents Have Their Say ... About Their College-Age Children's Career Decisions." Jeff was assistant director of Career Services at AU from July 2000 to April 2002. He earned his master's in college student development at AU in 2001. He is now the assistant director of Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan is presently a school psychologist for Chatham County Schools in North Carolina. She earned her master's from AU in 2000, and her doctorate in psychology in 2002. The NACE article focused on a UNC-Chapel Hill survey of parents of incoming freshmen. Survey findings supported the need for college career centers to work with parents, along with students, to help with career decision-making. Susan's dissertation at Alfred was closely related to the topic. In the same edition of the NACE Journal, Kathy Woughter '93, director of the Career Development Center at AU, is quoted in a sidebar article regarding telephone interviewing. The article cites Alfred's Employer-in-Residence program and its efforts to prepare students for telephone interviews. It also states that Stacy Ware '85 of Spherion, Inc., assisted current students with telephone interviews.
Correspondent Chrissy Nyman sends this update from Melissa Pritchard: "Last summer my Rotary Scholarship finished, but I decided to continue my studies in Spain. I'm currently enrolled in a jewelry design program at Escola Massana in the center of Barcelona. I study in the morning and give private English classes in the afternoons to support myself. "I've started playing volleyball on a club team and continue night school, learning the Catalan dialect. Last summer I went to an awesome ceramic residency in Galicia. I worked with about 50 other ceramic artists from all over Spain and Europe." Melissa said she made it home to Oregon last Christmas to visit family and friends for the first time since she left. Her new address is Melissa Pritchard, Calle Bertran, 41, 2o 3a, 08023 Barcelona, Spain.
Brooke Ballerstein and Garth Freeman '99 were married on Aug. 9, 2003, in Blue Hill, ME. Brooke, a graduate of the School of Art and Design, works for Douglas Elliman of Manhattan. Garth, who earned his master's from AU, works for Spanierman Gallery in Manhattan.
Would you like to be there when Kristen Benyo marries Tom Schoonover on Long Island on July 31? "If anyone would like to attend let me know," says Kristen. She and Tom met in Montana a couple of years ago. Kristen's maid of honor will be Tara O'Loughlin '01. Contact Kristen at krisbenyo@hotmail.com or (828) 277-6439.
Jodie Charles of Hornell was named December 2003 employee of the month at Steuben Arc in Bath. Jodie is a residential service coordinator for Steuben Arc, a not-for-profit organization that serves adults and children with developmental and other disabilities.
Brooke '01 married Garth Freeman '99 August 9, 2003. The couple resides in Brooklyn, NY.
2002
Lindsay is a video artist who hosts "The Unprofessionals" her unclassifiable combo platter of experimental video and goofy live performance. Since graduating she has also gotten a job at a law firm.
Lindsay Sampson is billed as being sort of like Wonder Woman: a secretary (marketing assistant) by day and a Superhero (artist/activist/promoter) by night (and on weekends). The first job, in a Buffalo, NY, law firm, pays the bills so the artist in Lindsay can pursue the second job as curator of The Unprofessionals, a show that one admiring critic described as "a combo platter of experimental video and goofy live performance." The Unprofessionals played in Buffalo, Chicago and Pittsburgh late last year.
Lisa Valitutto and Lawrence Rossi '03 have announced their engagement. Lisa will complete her master's degree in the School of Counseling at New Jersey's Rider University in December. Larry is in the U.S. Navy, serving as a commissioned officer in the nuclear propulsion submarine branch. They are planning a wedding for summer 2005.
Chuck Fortuna of Lakewood, OH, has announced his engagement to Kelly Bradley, also of Lakewood. Chuck is pursuing his master's degree at Cleveland State University and is a fourth-grade teacher. Kelly is an account manager at MBNA America Bank. A June 26, 2004, wedding is planned.
2003
Also from Danielle: "Jessi Crast writes: 'I'm in my second semester of graduate school at the University of Georgia, taking classes and working as a T.A. I'm also working in the monkey lab with capuchin monkeys, doing studies on behavior and cognition.'"
Melissa McAllister lives in Rochester and works for the CPA firm Bonadio & Co., LLP. Melissa was on the AU swim team for four years and held three school records. She studied abroad in England in 2001.
Your correspondent Danielle Johnson announces her engagement to Tyler M. Kutch. Danielle is pursuing her master's in political science at The School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. Tyler works for the sewer, water and utility division in Washington. They both live in Greenbelt, MD. A Dec. 18, 2004, wedding is planned.
Katherine Kuzio of Moorestown, NJ, recently committed to 10 months of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, a national community based service program.
Stephen Thorndike of Dewittville, NY, is pursuing a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Rochester. Stephen has already made international headlines in the astronomy field by helping to develop an ingenious technique to detect planets orbiting other stars.
Lauren Flynn says in a note to Jasmine Lellock '00: "I graduated this past December. Since then I've just been subbing and wedding-planning. It's July 3rd in Buffalo (that's where Dan is from) and we're having the reception outside at a restaurant patio. Its really pretty because it has a pond and a lot of land all around it; plenty of space to walk around, etc. The bridesmaids are wearing pink chiffon dresses that are strapless - they are really flowing and pretty (I want one). I'm wearing chiffon as well. It's also strapless and it drapes all the way down to the floor; it's really nice and soft looking, but it's not really poofy (almost straight down, actually), so I'm worried I'm going to trip on it. Hopefully not.'"
Sarah McCoy has been named executive director of the Wellsville (NY) Area Chamber of Commerce. Sarah was president of the American Marketing Association at AU, and also won the Alpha Mu Alpha Award for Excellence in Marketing and the Delta Mu Delta Award for outstanding scholarship in the field and study of business. Before accepting the Chamber post Sarah was working in the business and marketing department at Northern Lights Candles in Wellsville.
Sebastian had an article pusblished in the Alfred Sun about the time he had spent in Alfred.
Katherine has recently committed to ten months of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.
Sarah has been appointed to Executive Director by the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lisa Valitutto and Lawrence Rossi '03 have announced their engagement. Lisa will complete her master's degree in the School of Counseling at New Jersey's Rider University in December. Larry is in the U.S. Navy, serving as a commissioned officer in the nuclear propulsion submarine branch. They are planning a wedding for summer 2005.
2004
Leigh Elizabeth Schreiber '04 of Almond married Marcus Charles Emerson of Alfred Station on June 21, 2003. Leigh is pursuing her bachelor's degree in elementary education. Her husband is a 1997 RPI graduate and is a propulsion systems engineer at Alstom. He is pursuing his master's in computer science at RIT.
Births
Steven Altimari, '83, and Barri (Cooper) Altimari, 84 just has their second child. They had a baby boy and name is Kyen Davis Altimari.
Richard Carroll, Jr, '88 and his wife Tamara Carroll have twins born September 6,2003. They are named Adam Richard and Alicia Marie.
Jeffrey A. Hollier, '88 and his wife, Elana Farace had a baby daughter named Samantha Grace Hollier, born on Feb 1, 2004.
John D. Fregosi, '92 and Stacey Fergosi have a daughter named Natasia Y. Fregosi
David D. McBride and his wife, Cynthia, had a son, Liam Phillip, on Feb. 2, 2004.
Jordan Arzt, '2001 was married August 9th, 2003 in Alfred, NY and a daughter named Quinn Marie was born on May 19th, 2003.
Deaths - Alumni
Pearl W. Hemmer of Wayland, NY, died Feb. 23, 2004, at the age of 95. Pearl taught high school math for over 40 years. She loved to read and had a lifelong fascination with bird life and wild flowers. She and her husband of 60 years, Gerald, who survives, traveled extensively in their retirement.
Your correspondent, The Rev. Glenn Ernest Bucher, 94, of Alfred died Jan. 25, 2004. Glenn had been an elder of the United Methodist Church, and prior to his death was the oldest living ordained minister within the church's Western New York Conference. He received his master of theology degree from Drew Theological Seminary in 1941. His full-time ministry spanned 38 years, from 1941 to 1979. He was known as a man of integrity, unfaltering faith, and as a devoted family man. His wife of over 60 years, Maxine, died in 2001. He is survived by three children. (Editor's note: We appreciate Glenn's dedication in keeping tabs on his class. Anyone interested in carrying on his good work as correspondent may contact Tom Donahue at donahuet@alfred.edu or at (607) 871-2040.
Jane Pollard Hartsook of New York died Jan. 18, 2004. Jane received her master's from the New York State School of Ceramics in Alfred and moved to New York where she became manager of Greenwich House Pottery. It was at the time one of the very few places in the city where one could work in clay. The studio offered instruction to local residents, as it does to this day, but Jane brought in talented and innovative potters and helped turn Greenwich into one of the nation's leading ceramic arts studios. In 1992, a decade after she retired, a gallery at Greenwich House was named in her honor.
Barbara Louise Bloss Baer of Locust Grove, VA, died March 12, 2004. A native of Whitesville, NY, Barbara earned her master's in education at AU in 1945 and pursued doctoral studies at Syracuse University. She taught business in several New York State high schools, then married Harold Kenneth Baer, a career Army officer, and traveled extensively with him to assignments overseas and in the U.S., including the Pentagon. After Harold retired, Barbara was an administrative assistant to a lobbyist on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Her civic and business involvements were many and varied. Besides her husband, survivors include her three sons.
E. Virginia Harley Gibbs of Dundee, NY, died Jan. 11, 2004, at the age of 80. She was president and director of the Yates County Historical and Genealogical Society, and was Yates County Historian from 1980 to 1996. Considered an expert in her field, she was affectionately known as "The Source." She received the New York State Historical Preservation Award in 1994. Virginia's husband, Kenneth, died in 1977. She is survived by five daughters.
Col. Franklin Alvin Heasley of Napa, CA, died Nov. 16, 2003. Frank joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and fought in the European Theater in World War II, earning the battlefield commission of major. After the war he returned to AU and earned his bachelor's degree in ceramic engineering. Frank rejoined the Air Force in 1947 and worked on a nuclear-powered airplane project. He worked at the Pentagon from 1966-1969, then commanded SATAF, the Minuteman missile upgrade. Frank received the Legion of Merit, the highest honor awarded by the Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1974 and taught and tutored high school math and history. In his lifetime he had become an accomplished carpenter and furniture maker. Frank is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha, and their two children.
Lillian G. Dascomb of Allegany, NY, died unexpectedly on Feb. 24, 2004. Lillian earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at AU and worked at Olean General Hospital for 12 years, then as an industrial nurse for 10 years. From 1968-78 she worked with her late husband, William, as an owner of Don Adams Inc. in Olean. Lillian had a lifelong passion for art and became practiced at painting. She was an active member of the Olean Art Association. She and her husband enjoyed antique cars, and Lillian was editor of a local antique car club magazine. She also served on the board of directors of the Cattaraugus County SPCA.
"Dee Levine reported that Rhoda Agata Bellach passed away in December of 2003. She will be missed by the Alfred gals' dinner group that meets on Long Island monthly.
Michael Gordon Foreman of Tonto Verde, AZ, died Jan. 6, 2004. Michael was a building materials salesman and an avid fly fisherman. He was an Army captain with the 82nd Airborne Rangers. He is survived by his wife, Gail, and three sons.
Col. Andrew Adair Alston died unexpectedly on Feb. 24, 2004, of respiratory complications associated with his battle with cancer. Andrew's studies at Alfred were interrupted when he was called away to Vietnam. He would later graduate from the War College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Andrew received a battlefield commission during Vietnam, and served as a colonel with the Army's 101 Airborne Division during Desert Storm. He met his first wife, Ann Christine Hartman '67, at Alfred. They had two sons, Kevin and Steve Alston. The boys say their dad always spoke highly of his time at AU. Besides his sons, Andrew is survived by his mother, Barbara Goodman; and his wife, Jacqui Alton.
Bess C. Dusinberre of Hornell, NY, died on Jan. 20, 2004. She earned her master's in education from AU. She worked for the FBI and the federal government in Washington, DC, from 1940-1944, and was registrar at Hobart College from 1944-1947. Bess taught business at Hornell High School and the Steuben-Allegany BOCES from 1963 until her retirement in 1981. She was a literacy volunteer and loved spending time with her family. She was married to Richard Dusinberre, who died in 1976. Bess is survived by seven children.
Amy Elizabeth Zita Leal DiCarlo, 33, of Austin, TX, died Dec. 9, 2003, after a 6 1/2 year battle with breast cancer. She is remembered as a special person to whom people took an instant liking. Amy was born profoundly deaf. Raised in the Middletown, NY, area, she was taught to speak and read lips so she could live among the hearing. She earned a degree in elementary and special education at AU, where she met her husband, David DiCarlo '88. Amy was a loving mother who bore, nursed and home-schooled her children even while fighting cancer. Survivors include her husband, three children and her parents.
Amy Elizabeth Zita Leal DiCarlo, 33, of Austin, TX, died Dec. 9, 2003, after a 6 1/2 year battle with breast cancer. She is remembered as a special person to whom people took an instant liking. Amy was born profoundly deaf. Raised in the Middletown, NY, area, she was taught to speak and read lips so she could live among the hearing. She earned a degree in elementary and special education at AU, where she met her husband, David DiCarlo '88. Amy was a loving mother who bore, nursed and home-schooled her children even while fighting cancer. Survivors include her husband, three children and her parents.
Engagements
Jamie L. Barrett of Fairfax, Va., has announced his engagement to Gretchen E. Schroeder. A July wedding in Fairfax is planned. Jamie is a network/system administrator for Scitor Corp. in Chantilly, Va. Gretchen works for Satellite Systems Engineer, a Scitor subsidiary.