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Has been elected vice chair of the board of directors of TMJ implant Inc, in Golden, CO.
Press release stating Dr. Martha G. Anderson, professor of art history in the School of Art and Design, was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
Press release stating Dr. Doreen Edwards, associate professor of ceramic engineering and materials science and graduate program director, in the School of Engineering, won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Press Release stating that Mark A. Smith, associate librarian/information systems librarian at Scholes Library, College of Ceramics, won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Lirarianship.
Press release stating that Brice Weigman, director of business affairs, College of Ceramics, was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
James, the McMahon Professor of ceramic engineering recently received a $2 million US Dept of Energy grant to develop new technology for a storage system for hydrogen to power a new generation of vehicles.
AU Art Professor to deliver lecture in Rochester at Memorial Art Gallery on Tuesday 7/27/04. Her lecture is being held in conjunction with the first Rochester Biennial.
Hall to be acting provost at Alfred. AU's dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. William M. Hall, will take over duties as acting provost at the University effective Aug 9. Dr. Hall will serve as interim provost while the university conducts a national search for a replacement of Dr. David Szczerbacki, who will become provost and VP for academic affairs at the College of St Rose in Albany.
Dr. David G. Martin, former director of the William G. McGowan School of Business and a professor of finance at Kings College in Wilkes Barre, PA, became dean of Alfred University's College of Business on June 1, 2004. Prior to going to McGowan in 2001, Martin spent nine years at Bloomsburg University of PA where he was an associate professor of finance and business law, chair of the department of finance and business law, and coordinator of the MBA program. He was an assistant professor of finance at St. Bonaventure University in Olean NY from 1988-1992, and an assistant professor of business at Quincy University in Quincy, IL from 1982-1988. He also has 10 years' experience in busniness. Martin received his BA from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, in 1974 and an MBA from Western Illinois University in 1981. He earned his Ph.D. in business administration from St Louis University in 1991. He and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren. Martin replaces Professor Frank Duserick, who has served as interim dean since 2001.
AU Press Release - Mary Lum, professor of painting in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, is one of only 46 scholars from around the world selected to receive the prestigious Radcliffe Fellowships for 2004-2005. The Radcliffe Fellowships among eight creative artists, 14 humanists, 12 social scientists and 11 scientists will work individually and across disciplines on projects chosen for both quality and long term impact. Lum will continue her work on "Tracing the City', a project she began in 2002 with an AU Faculty Summer Research Grant. Her initial work led her to explore Paris, Berlin and New York City, looking for the visual clues that trigger perceptions of particular locations in a particular urban area. As she wanders tha cities, Lum makes drawings and takes photographs, then translates those images into more complicated drawings and constructions by layering them, cutting them out, reassembling them and then layering them again to create a perceptual roadmap of the city.
Article in Glass Art Lagniappe! Glass Art Society's 2004Conference in Review "Elegance, Decadence and Lagniappe (a Creole term meaning a little something extra)," aptly describes the Glass Art Society's (GAS) 2004 gathering. 34th Annual Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 10-12. Dr. William LaCourse gave the Labino Lecture, Sol-Gel and Other Curiosities.
Diamon-Fusion USA West, Inc. - Diamon-Fusion's Glassguard has been tested and certified by Dr. William C. LaCourse to gain empirical, third party proof that the application decreases adhesion, increases repellency and extends the durability of glass to improve visibility in bad weather while increasing driver safety.
The Time Herald " Alfred forum to focus on drumming" Dr Vicki Eaklor, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at AU and a percussion instructor in the Division of Performing Arts, will speak on "Rhythm Methods" (Three different styles of drumming)
Article in the Alfred Sun/Moonlighter, Thursday Sept 9, 2004. Former art school dean to exhibit works. Paintings and works on paper by Richard Thompson, professor of painting and former dean of the School of Art and Design at AU, will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in Harder Hall from Sept 10 - Oct 8. The exhibition will include new works from Thompson's series "My Nature."
Article in Burrelles Luce - JCC Weeks Gallery Exhibition To Open With October 2 Event - Brian Arnold, assistant professor at AU, composes beautiful black-and-white still-life photographs.
Janet, a 15 year employee of AU, becomes administrative assistant to the VP for enrollment management.
Article in the Alfred Sun on 9/2/04 "AU professor to head group of journalist" Dr. Robyn Goodman, associate professor of Communication Studies at AU, was named the head of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications international division. (AEJMC)
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Pamela Hawkins joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, she is a visiting professor Studio Art in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
AU professor Michael McDonough is chair of AU's Communication Studies division, is conducting a series of election-year polls of first time voters. Headline " AU poll finds young voters maintain interest in election"
Article in The Chronicle of Higher Education "The course: "Tightwaddery, or the Good Life on a Dollar a Day," Alfred University.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Robert joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, an assistant professor of Political Science. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Article in The Times Herald Sun Sept 12, 2004. "Alfred prof has paper published in magazine" Dr. Saha, professor of biomedical materials engineering science in AU School of Engineering published the paper, "Conflicts of Values and Biodefense Measures", in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology magazine.
Article in The Evening Tribune - AU presents "Modern Cosmology in Thirty Minutes" which Dr. Roger Loucks, an assistant professor of physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be speaking.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Danielle Gagne joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, she is a assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Melissa joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, she is a assistant professor of English who is a candidate for a Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Lidija joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, an assistant professor of Studio Art, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Timothy Howell joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, he is a program director and an assistant of athletic training, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Eugene joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, he is a visiting professor of Environmental Science.
Email from Cheryl Monroe - Ms. Visscher has been appointed Director of Overseas Studies, effective 8/16/04. She will advise students on Study Abroad, increase awareness of overseas studies, work with the faculty on establishing additional rograms, develop additional pre and post departure sessions, increase publicity for overseas opportunities, and work with individuals across campus to generally expand international programs.
1930
Frances R. Spencer, 93, of Mexico, MO, died Feb. 15, 2004, in a nursing home in Columbia, MO, where she had resided for a short time. On Aug. 14, 1942, she married E.H. Spencer, who died on Aug. 14, 1997. Frances had worked as an occupational therapist.
1934
From Rich Simington: "Richard Ricker and his wife, Esther, moved about two years ago to John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, FL, but it looks like Dick's been there a lot longer. He's the treasurer of the bustling Curiosity Shop, and the resident stained glass artist. In his frequent walks around the neighborhood he often stops to spend time with a local celebrity named Helen, a rare, black swan that is blind. If you stop at the pond and talk to Helen, she'll talk back to you (in swan talk, of course)."
1935
Mildred Tasker died May 18, 2004, in Fairfax, VA, following surgery, Her cousin, John Lenahan, called to let her classmates know of Mildred's death. He said those friends who wish to make a donation in her memory are being asked to send their gifts to Alfred University.
Mildred Tasker '35 passed away on May 18th, 2004 in Fairfax, VA following surgery. John Lenahan, Mildred's cousin called today with the information. He would like this info in class notes, so that her fellow 1935 classmates will know. John has also informed friends if they want to make donations to send them to Alfred University in honor of Mildred.
Charles R. Toomajian Sr., 91, of Troy, NY, died July 22, 2004. He owned and operated a service station in Troy for 27 years and then worked as a salesman for Mooradian's Furniture in Troy. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Frances Furdyna Toomajian; a son and a daughter; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
1936
Dorothy Saunders Orr, 88, of Hendersonville, NC, died on Jan. 8, 2004. Dorothy's sister, Mary Lou Miles '42, notes the family has a long and proud association with Alfred University. Dorothy was married to Stanley Craig Orr '37, who died in 1997. Her mother, Lucile Stillman Saunders, graduated from AU in 1914, and her grandmother, Lucy Prentice Stillman, graduated from AU in the 1880s. Dorothy's brothers were also AU graduates: Hollis S. Saunders '40 and Alfred Clarke Saunders '45. There are at least six other AU graduates in the family. Dorothy, who was editor of the Fiat Lux at AU, was a reporter for the former Times-Union in Rochester, NY. She lived in Elyria, OH, and was the president of the League of Women Voters there. She was also an English teacher.
Robert K. Howe, 91, of Fort Myers, FL, and formerly of Jamestown, NY, died Aug. 11, 2004, at Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, NY. He was an AU graduate and had attended Cornell and Columbia universities. His career as an educator was spent in public schools in Western New York. He was a supervising principal at Panama, NY, Central School and an assistant and acting superintendent in the City of Jamestown schools. His wife, Ella, died in 1999. He is survived by four children; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
1939
Agnes B. Shults Simonson, 87, of Grand Gorge, NY, died May 24, 2004. Agnes taught for 28 years at Grand Gorge Central School before retiring in 1976. She traveled extensively across the U.S. with her husband, Charles, who died in 1999. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Long; and a son, George Simonson."
From Rich Simington: "While Kendall Getman has been retired from the publishing business for some time, it's clear he hasn't lost the public relations skills that made him so good at his profession. Today the skills are used to promote his daughter's product, 'Maine Mud, An Old-fashioned Chocolate Sauce.' Not surprisingly, with Ken's help, sales are increasing. Ken lives in Stamford, CT."
1940
Abbie Jane West, 88, died July 26, 2004, in Bradenton, FL. Married to Richard R. West '41, who died March 5, 2004, for 65 years, Jane grew up in Alfred, the daughter of E. Rogers and Hattie Brooks Crandall, and lived in the community for much of her life while Dick taught at AU. She attended Alfred University, but met and married Dick prior to graduating. Jane was a telephone operator in Alfred during the days when operators had to connect callers to one through a switchboard, and later worked at Herrick Library. She is survived by a daughter, Sally Kuck, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as a sister, Hilda Rowley, and a brother, William Crandall '42, professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at AU.
1941
George H.Mann, 85, of Lewiston, NY, died July 29, 2004, at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. A ceramic engineering graduate, George worked first for Stauffer Chemical in Niagara Falls and then for Corning Glass Works. He served as plant manager for Corning's facility in Bradford, PA, where he is credited with creating fused silica mirrors for telescopes and space exploration. He was manager of new products for Corning for a number of yers and received five patents for his contributions to the development of the photochromatic opthamalic lens. In 1939, he married the former Marjorie Herrick, who died in 1990. They had five children and 12 grandchildren. He later married the former Alice Waddell Houtz, who survives.
1942
Occasionally, and always with pleasure, I hear from Bob Smith '42 who is aware of my interests in the classical writings of Greece and Rome. In May, he sent me a critical but compelling review of a recent film, "Troy," that appeared in the New York Times. Regrettably, neither Warren nor I is a movie fan of late, so we hadn't seen "Troy." So many liberties are usually taken with the story lines of such epics, it is not encouraging to view them. Bob was indeed fortunate to grow up in a family that appreciated the classics. I think his home town was East Aurora, NY. While dutifully reading both the "Iliad" and "Odyssey," my favorites remain the poetry of the Roman authors, especially Horace, who in his works unforgettably played the role of the moderate observer and the critically observed.
1943
In late April, a new high-speed ferry boat, "The Spirit of Ontario," was launched to cruise between Rochester, NY, and Toronto, Canada. Tourism officials in both countries of course are hoping to increase the number of travelers interested in exploring new venues and experiencing new recreational activities. Good friend Isabel Riggs Geibel, our perpetual lady-on-the-go, made immediate reservations to go to Toronto July 26th to attend a baseball game between the Toronto team and the New York Yankees. In June she went to Buffalo, NY, and toured the old Buffalo Transit trolley barns, which have been transformed into a museum featuring mementos of the Pan-American Exposition, held in the city in 1901. We remember President McKinley was assassinated there. Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the new President at the Wilcox mansion, now a national historic site, also visited by Isabel. In the works are plans possibly to drive to Colorado this fall to see relatives. On her return trip, she'll be stopping in Phoenix to see us. We're looking forward to a lively conversation!
On April 11, we lost a special classmate. Bob Moebus was a loyal Alfredian, a popular and welll-known figure on campus. He and his wife Lois returned for all the class reunions I can remember. One of his closest friends was Bob Sinclair wth whom he kept in touch for all these years, to my knowledge. It's always difficult to see our ranks diminishing.
Ellis "Chick" Berger and his wife Tudy continue a busy round of activities, including traveling to New York City to see stage plays and musicals with daughter "Muff" (Carol). They also belong to a bridge club, which periodically meets at their home in Fishkill, NY. Chick still enjoys golfing and keeps in touch with several Alfred alumni, including Tom Grove '44, Jack Wall '42 and George Reuning '45. Tom e-mailed Chick this spring asking if he planned to return for this year's reunion. Chick replied in the negative, but noted that his next trip to Alfred would be to celebrate our 65th in 2008. "How's that for optimism?", he concludes. Comment from me: Can't think of anything more inspiringly enthusiastic! Chick keeps in close touch with Marv Britton whom he hadn't seen in 60 years until they met at our reunion in 2003. They really enjoyed exchanging reminiscences and poring over old pictures. Chick reports that Marv is doing much better after a rather "tough winter." This was very good news, as we hadn't heard from Marv in a number of months. Soon after our conversation with Chick, on July 29th we received corroboration from Marv himself in one of his Grandfather's Letters, which started out, "Ah Ha!! Contrary to hopeful whisperings in the night, I am not dead. Damaged, but not out of business." He continued with newsy information about his family and the support and comfort provided by all of them, and many good friends, during his recovery. It was very heartening to us to see the familiar envelope from Marv and be reassured that his sense of humor and talent for expression will continue. Great going, Marv!
From Rich Simington: "It was a treat to see Robert Sinclair on campus greeting his old friends and doing his best to stay out of trouble. Bob was on an extended tour of the East, visiting friends and relatives a few weeks before Reunion weekend at his alma mater. Bob continues to live in Laguna Niguel, CA."
Bob Sinclair keeps up an ambitious routine of travel and participation in community interests. In late May, he flew to Rochester, NY, to visit his two sisters and a brother and their families. He had lunch with two alumni from our class, Jim Starkweather and Bob Starr, who live in the Rochester area. Driving to Alfred, he visited Rich Simington, director of planned giving, and former AU President Edward Coll and his wife, Carole. On June 24th to 26th, Bob attended the 50th annual conference of California Historical Societies in Sonora, CA, first settled by miners from Sonora, Mexico. It became one of the wealthiest towns in the Mother Lode Country. En route to Sonora, Bob spent some time with Charles Van Clute '51 in Madera, CA, and both attended the annual Demotion Party of the local Rotary Club. He adds that both he and Val, as he called him, have been active in Rotary for a number of years. Come late in August, Bob planned a trip Reno, NV, to attend the annual meeting of the LSM Association, comprised of those like himself who served aboard LSM's in WWII. He expects to see two other members of his crew there. Your correspondent thanks Bob for always coming through with information for this column. Now I wish that many more of you out there would do the same thing!
After not hearing from him for a while, your correspondent recently received an encouraging letter from Carl Jacobi. Carl still lives in his family home in Wallingford, PA. His daugther, son-in-law and grandchildren share the house, and he has his own apartment as part of the arrangement. He notes that he'll be 83 years old in August and doing well. That puts him in the same time frame, more or less, as teh rest of us. Hope it was a very Happy Birthday, Carl!
We sent a card to George Jones and his wife Claire for their wedding anniversary June 1. In reply, George sent a beautifully expressed note, saying that Claire was responsible for the success of an "audacious and risky undertaking of 58 years ago in a foreign land." It was in Belgium when George was still in the military that they met and wed. Since 1964, they've lived in a grand old house in Port Jervis, NY. They are both nature lovers and through the years have cultivated roses, rhododendron, Japanese dogwood and iris. George described a charming view from his desk of pear trees trained as espaliers on the stone wall of the garage. All this imagery of sights and scents really triggers the imagination, doesn't it?
Article about his life in Spanish
1945
Col. Larry March '45 and wife Eddie considered it a "special treat" to be able to attend the West Coast AU Alumni Reunion in Sarasota, FL, on March 6. Jonathan Baulsir '02 and his wife Debbie from Bradenton, FL, thoughtfully stopped by the March residence in St. Petersburg and invited Larry and Eddie to ride with them to the reunion. Larry sent me the attendance list, noting that Jane Bray Humphrey was the only one there from our class, and that the class of '41 with seven people had the most representatives. Larry had some medical problems in the spring, but some remedial surgery on June 7 was very successful. On July 7th he and Eddie left their home of many years and moved to smaller but still comfortably suitable quarters in Seminole, FL. We spoke to Larry July 24 and found him as witty and spirited as ever! He and Eddie are adapting well to their new lifestyle.We wish them both good health and much happiness in their new home. .
1946
Article in Burrelle's Luce with the headline "Garden Exhibit Honors Artist Who Poured Soul into Clay."
1947
Helen Pawlak Schen, 80, of Wellsville, NY, died April 22, 2004. She was a graduate of AU's first cadet nursing program during World War II. She worked a nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville for 27 years prior to her retirement. Survivors include her husband, Harold, whom she married on July 19, 1947, and four children: David Schen of Mt. Layton, VT; Michael Schen of North Potomac, MD; Judith Flanagan of Provo, UT; and Julie Gish of Vancouver, WA. She also has nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
1948
AU in the News: Dr. Martin Davidson, emeritus professor of economics at the University of North Texas, authored an article, "Evolution of scientific surface geochemical exploration," published in the Oil and Gas Journal in June. Davidson, who earned his BS in engineering from Alfred University; an MBA from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston, worked as a reserach engineer at Sylvania Electric Products' Advanced Development Laboratory, then spent seven years with Crown Central Petroleum Corp. as an economic analyst and assistant manager of exploration. He's considered an expert on unconventional methods in exploring for petroleum and natural gas.
Article with the headlines that read "Evolution of Scientific geochemical exploration".
"Mary Lowden grew up in East Meadow, Long Island. But when Mary was a kid, the bucolic name was more than a memory. She grew up on a farm and walked to school down dirt roads. While she spent most of her career teaching art in the Hempstead school system, ask her someday to tell the story of what she found when she arrived to teach as an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University. Today, Mary lives in Basking Ridge, NJ.
1949
From Rich Simington: "After graduating from Alfred and after establishing herself as a surgical nurse at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, Virginia Ciampaglio was looking for a new challenge. And she found it on the golf course. Ginny was so good at golf that she and a group of friends traveled to places like California, Hawaii, Europe and Canada to play. Today, Ginny lives in Spring Lake Heights, NJ.
William L. Pangborn, 79, of Ocala, FL, died July 25, 2004, at his home. He received his B.S. degree in ceramic engineering and worked for Robinson Clay Products before becoming the chief ceramic engineer for United States Concrete Pipe Co. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, two children and three grandchildren.
1950
Frank J. Mustico, 81, or Rotterdam, NY, died July 15, 2004, at Ellis Hospital. After earning a degree in political science from AU, he attended Boston University and received a master's in 1951 and did additional graduate work at Syracuse University, Siena College and SUNY Albany. Frank began his teaching career in 1953. From 1957 until his retirement in 1987, he served the Rotterdam Mohanasen Central School District as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and then superintendent. He had served in the European Theater during World War II and earned a Bronze Star. His wife of 42 years, Rosalie Musto Mustico, died in 1994. Survivors include a daughter, a son and a brother.
Editor's note: Thanks to David Crump for all his contributions as class correspondent. David has notified us that he's resigning, so if you're interested in taking over the duties, please contact us!
In other news, David A. Crump celebrated 50 years as an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church on Dec 23, 2003. He continues to conduct The Essential Experience Workshop, a 3 1/2-day intensive course in human development, which he designed and began in 1980. David has 7 children and 12 grandchildren, and was recently advised that great-grandfatherhood is looming in the fall."
1951
Berwyn H. Reid, 79, of Almond, NY, died April 23, 2004. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 and returned to the Alfred area. He briefly owned a short-order restaurant in Alfred, The Huddle, and then joined the US Postal Service, serving for 29 years and rising to the rank of postmaster. He was a member of the U.S. Senior Olympics Masters Swim Team and a participant in the Empire State Games and was a member of two Hornell Bowling Association Tourney Championship teams. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Jane Ormsby, whom he married July 17, 1949; a daughter; four sons; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
From Rich Simington: "Although he's retired from selling them, George Botti still has a keen eye for Fords, especially the classic Thunderbirds with the porthole windows. These days, he's busy volunteering virtually every day with veterans or his church. George and his wife, Billie, continue to live in Huntington, NY.
"Today David Petteys is retired from his career as a special collections librarian at CW Post College. He began that career by earning his master's at Columbia, after graduating from AU. If you're of a certain age, you remember one of the most famous television shows of all time, The $64,000 Question, which was made doubly famous when it was revealed contestants were coached on their answers. The most famous scandalized contestant on that show was a university profesor named Charles Van Doren. At the same time he was appearing as a contestant on the show, he was teaching at Columbia University and serving as David's thesis advisor. Fortunately, David's thesis was scandal free. Today, David lives in New York City."
Ka Kwong Hui, who also earned his MFA from AU in 1952, died Oct., 17, 2003. Born in China, he immigrated to the US in 1948 and studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Workshop in Guernville, CA. After Alfred, he taught at the Brooklyn Museum School in New York and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His work - brightly glazed earthenware - is included in many museum collections.
Ellethra "Tebe" LaValle of Hornell, NY, died May 25, 2004, one day after celebrating her 100th birthday. A long-time teacher and guidance counselor at Canisteo Central School, Tebe was the Rotary Club Teacher of the Year in 1966. She is survived by a son, Richard LaValle; and two daughters, Josanne LaValley and Jeanne Hollenbeck.
1952
Allen Baxter, just returned from the Colorado Rockies, says the air was so fresh and clean it smelled funny. At home he delivers meals-on-wheels, makes wooden toys for Toys for Tots (with a byproduct of prodigious amounts of sawdust), dabbles in calligraphy, watercolors, painting and calling fraternity brothers. The latter he says only gargled at the fountain of knowledge instead of drinking. I won't name them lest your correspondent have a threat issued against him.
Al Baxter said that any future poll should concern our sex lives at Alfred. He noted, "Our class was the only one that AU graduated 100 percent virgins." Comment?
"Judith Leondar's friends know that one of her most charming qualities is her curiosity, her willingness to try out new things. So it was no surprise that when a new buffet restaurant came to town specializing in Indian cuisine, Judy was quick to persuade friends to try it out, to their great enjoyment. Judy continues to live in Princeton, NJ."
From Rich Simington: "If you visit Donald Lester and his wife, Nancy, at their home in Sarasota, FL, don't get too wrapped up in conversation. If you watch out their living room window you'll see dolphins swimming and pelicans flying over the channel in the back yard. This is the same channel where Don's last boat sank during a hurricane."
Johnson Wood is putting together a collection of poems which he plans to publish and is finishing a novel about, as he says, "a man of our age who lives in Cyclone, PA." Johnson published a collection of poems about the Alfred area after moving to Florida 10 years ago. He says that if he had known as a student tht he was going to be a writer, he would have "taken every moment that was available with Galway Kinnell and Mel Bernstein."
But turning away from work, Ellison (Pat) Patterson knows how to have fun. Living in The Villages near Ocala, FL, he says he watched his wife Jean do face painting for local kids and teach line dancing on July 4. They then entertained a passel of grandchildren. When there is time, he has a choice of 15 free golf courses at the development, and 14 more that charge a fee. What a busy guy!
From Rich Simington: "There's no rule that says a ceramic engineer can't have a wide ranging interest in other materials. And Robert Owens does. To prove it, ask Bob someday about his extensive collection of historical pewter and he'll be able to tell you not only about the particular artifacts, but what they can teach about the times and place the item was widely used. Bob continues to live in Cinnaminson, NJ.
Then there is Marty Moskof who says, "Having arrived at my dotage I've thrown caution to the winds and have started my own publishing house named Brillig Press." He will be publishing very small editions of "very carefully designed books with original art and photography." He plans new editions of out-of-copyright books such as Song of Solomon, The First American Cookbook, Titus Andronicus, and Hart Crane's The Bridge. (Mel Bernstein would have loved this idea.) In case you want to get in an early order, you can contact Marty at Moskof@aol.com
Louis Mendez has had a one-person show of his ceramic art at Capeluto Arts, a New York gallery. You can check it out, he says, at www.capelutoarts.com Louis also reports the arrival of his first grandchild, a girl named Maria Viviane Mendez. In December, Louis will pack up wife, son, daughter-in-law and the new baby for a trip to Tokyo so the other grandparents can meet the new arrival. Louis expects to spend a lot of time at the Tokyo National Museum.
Your correspondent, Frank Bredell, and his wife Jean made three overseas trips during the past year, touring France last fall, southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia) in the winter, and Spain and Portugal in the spring. Ever cautious, Frank admits he carried business cards, which he called "insurance policies," on two of the trips. In France, the cards read, "Girac oui, Bush non," and in Spain, "Zapatero si, Bush no." They proved to be a wonderful source of amusement except to a couple of right-wing Americans who were also on the tour of France.
Emily Worth Robinson has published some poems in Dan River Anthology. Her work has appeared in the annual publication several times previously. One of her poems won first prize in the intermediate poetry contest of the Capitol Christian Writers. In addition, she co-taught a course on the Psalms at her church during Lent, and followed that up with a cruise to Hawaii with her husband, Dick '50. Emily says "aloha" to her sorority sisters and friends.
Marge Bard McNamee says that if no news is good news, she has a lot of good news to offer. She is still working part-time at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, which lets her see all the shows there free - plays, m ovies, ballet and concerts.
"Chickie" Ballman Herrick offers personal and educational news. First the personal: She and husband George became grandparents last year of a baby girl who weighed only one pound, 11 ounces. She spent the first two months of her life in Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY, but now, as Chickie says, 'is walking, climbing and trying to talk straight at 15 months.' George and Chickie were among the golden Saxons at the June reunion and reported talking with many nurses from the class of '52. "Now for the educational bit: The Herricks were at their condo in Myrtle Beach, SC, when they saw a PBS program about Blenko glass and the company's close relationship with Alfred, including pictures of Alfred's Main Street and the campus, both circa 1940. When Blinko needed a designer it contacted Alfred and hired Winslow Anderson '43, who was succeeded by Wayne Husted '52, and after that by Joel Myers '62. George and Chickie were doubly interested in the program because they received a Blenko pitcher as a wedding present, a piece they now know was designed by Winslow Anderson."
"Chickie" Ballman Herrick offers personal and educational news. First the personal: She and husband George became grandparents last year of a baby girl who weighed only one pound, 11 ounces. She spent the first two months of her life in Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY, but now, as Chickie says, 'is walking, climbing and trying to talk straight at 15 months.' George and Chickie were among the golden Saxons at the June reunion and reported talking with many nurses from the class of '52. "Now for the educational bit: The Herricks were at their condo in Myrtle Beach, SC, when they saw a PBS program about Blenko glass and the company's close relationship with Alfred, including pictures of Alfred's Main Street and the campus, both circa 1940. When Blinko needed a designer it contacted Alfred and hired Winslow Anderson '43, who was succeeded by Wayne Husted '52, and after that by Joel Myers '62. George and Chickie were doubly interested in the program because they received a Blenko pitcher as a wedding present, a piece they now know was designed by Winslow Anderson."
From your correspondent: The Class of '52 was the smartest Alfred ever turned out. Just ask any of us. But some of us haven't yet realized that we are old enough to retire and quit working. For example, Val Cushing recently gave a lecture at the University of Kentucky during the dedication of a branch of the university's fine arts library in honor of John Tuska '60. Tuska received a BFA and was one of Val's students. Val has also taught a pottery course at Touchstone, an arts and crafts school south of PIttsburgh. Val's 35-piece functional pottery exhibit was displayed at the Musselman Library at Gettysburg College in the spring. The exhibit examines whether practical potery, like cups and bowls, is a form of art. Val taught pottery and technical courses at AU's School of Art and Design for more than 40 years. The internationally recognized artist, who lives in Alfred Station, is represented at the Smithsonian and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
John K. Fisher reports that he has been named president of St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport, CT. From 1986 until 1992 he was president of Norwalk State Technical College, also in Connecticut. In between his presidencies he was academic dean and professor mathematics at Norwalk Community Technical College. He also reports the birth of a fifth grandchild. Anyone who wants to send congratulations can e-mail to jfisher@stvincentscollege.edu.
1953
Edward Sailer, 72, of Sanibel, FL, died April 2, 2004. A native of Long Island, he earned a degree in ceramic engineering from AU, where he met his wife, Joan Esther Jacobs '54, who died March 19, 2003. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. Ed worked for IBM in Wappingers Falls, NY, and in 1980 moved to Paris, France, with his family. He retired from IBM after returning to the U.S., and began a successful second career in real estate. He is survived by a son and two daughters.
Robert Thurnau was 27 and a World War II veteran when he enrolled as a freshman at AU. "All the guys on campus called me pop," he says with a laugh. Well, the "old man" is still going strong at the age of 81. After graduating from AU magna cum laude, Bob became an executive with a financial services company. He and his wife of more than 60 years, Virginia, and their two sons lived in 12 states during his career. He and Virginia now live in Bluffton, SC, near one of their sons. Bob took up skeet shooting in 1936, just four years after the sport was invented. He won his share of competitions, but his big claim to fame is having trained three-time world champion Brad Rivenburgh.
1954
From your correspondent: George Taft graduated in May from the University of Alaska in Anchorage with another degree in anthropology. It is his 50th annivesary of his graduation from AU, and, coincidentally, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Alaska, Anchorage. George is director of the crime lab for the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety.
Al Paladino, Fred Gibbs and Joe Fasano presented our class check in the amount of $12,225,564.
Al Paladino, Fred Gibbs and Joe Fasano presented our class check in the amount of $12,225,564.
Inge Moelle Hess writes: Thirty-one members of the Class of 1954 met in Alfred for their 50-year reunion. The weather was perfect, the food and drink great, but most of all we renwed some special friendships.
Frank L. Waith, 71, of Chapel Hill, NC, died Jan. 17, 2004, at UNC Hospital. He held a degree in glass science from AU and spent his career working for PPG Industries in various capacities, retiring in 1990 as assistant plant manager in Meadville, PA. He is survived by his wife; a daughter and a son; five grandchildren and three sisters.
Al Paladino, Fred Gibbs and Joe Fasano presented our class check in the amount of $12,225,564.
At the Saturday night dinner we shared more stories of our student days. Claude Marshall (St. Pat, 1954) crowned Barbara Parsons Merridew (St. Pat's queen, 1954) with a new crown. It seems back in 1954, the crown was dropped and broken and Barb never wore it.
Hank Kast sent some of his slides from our student years to the Alumni Office. They were put together for a continuous running slide show during the weekend. On Saturday we all got together for the parade of classes, pictures and awards luncheon. Dee Michaels Levine was honored with the Lil Nevins Award to recognize her outstanding support of the university throughout the years (see story, page 9). Our class has four people who have received this award: Marlin Miller Jr., Joe Fasano, Inge Moeller Hess and Dee.
1955
Pat Gadek Miller, who transferred in her sophomore year, says she doesn't know whether she belongs in the Class of '55 or the Class of '56, but she knew more people in '56 so figures that's where she belongs. "I am still alive, living in western Michigan (Grand Haven) and would be happy to hear from anyone in either class. You can claim anything 'cause I think our memory is getting bad at this stage."
From Rich Simington: "You can always count on Mary Jane Mackey to be interested in things going on at Alfred. So, even though she had been on campus for Reunion the week before, when Dee Levine called and invited her to lunch to talk about reunion, she went. And she had a great time, as usual. Mary Jane and her husband, Sam, continue to live in East Northport, NY.
"Have you ever noticed that talent isn't evenly distributed? Some people get enough to be accomplished at anything they try. Like Judith Saccucci. When Judy retired from teaching she decided to try painting. One day a friend saw her work and insisted on mounting a show of her work. They sold out. All 60 of them. Somehow, that's just not fair. Judy continues to live and paint in Stony Brook, NY."
1956
From Edward McNamara comes word of the death of Conrad Lefton on May 25, 2004. Ed writes: "Conrad was known to us as Connie Lefkowitz. My wife, Joyce Emmick McNamara '58, and I had the privilege to visit Connie yearly on our winter trips to Florida, and we last saw him in January 2004. Connie was the recipient of a heart transplant in June 1998 at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Connie was always a very positive and vibrant person who was a true friend.While he was waiting for the heart transplant in 1998, he was interviewed by Leslie Stahl of CBS, and I believe that segment was shown on June 21, 1998, and Connie had received the heart two or three days before the segment was shown on 60 Minutes. He moved to the Orlando, FL, area about five years ago. His wife, Ann, died in January 2003. He was good friends with Dick Sicker and Paul Goodridge. The four of us had some reunions together over the last 20 years, but Connie was not able to make the 45th at Alfred in 2001."
From Edward McNamara comes word of the death of Conrad Lefton on May 25, 2004. Ed writes: "Conrad was known to us as Connie Lefkowitz. My wife, Joyce Emmick McNamara '58, and I had the privilege to visit Connie yearly on our winter trips to Florida, and we last saw him in January 2004. Connie was the recipient of a heart transplant in June 1998 at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Connie was always a very positive and vibrant person who was a true friend.While he was waiting for the heart transplant in 1998, he was interviewed by Leslie Stahl of CBS, and I believe that segment was shown on June 21, 1998, and Connie had received the heart two or three days before the segment was shown on 60 Minutes. He moved to the Orlando, FL, area about five years ago. His wife, Ann, died in January 2003. He was good friends with Dick Sicker and Paul Goodridge. The four of us had some reunions together over the last 20 years, but Connie was not able to make the 45th at Alfred in 2001."
From Rich Simington: "You may have seen Warner 'Chet' Micciche at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock this summer. After all, it's his club. However, he wasn't entered, even though he's a good golfer and loves to play. But he was the captain of the marshals, so he was close to the action and knows all the inside gossip. Chet now lives in Port Jefferson Station, NY, and Palm Beach, FL."
1958
From Edward McNamara comes word of the death of Conrad Lefton on May 25, 2004. Ed writes: "Conrad was known to us as Connie Lefkowitz. My wife, Joyce Emmick McNamara '58, and I had the privilege to visit Connie yearly on our winter trips to Florida, and we last saw him in January 2004. Connie was the recipient of a heart transplant in June 1998 at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Connie was always a very positive and vibrant person who was a true friend.While he was waiting for the heart transplant in 1998, he was interviewed by Leslie Stahl of CBS, and I believe that segment was shown on June 21, 1998, and Connie had received the heart two or three days before the segment was shown on 60 Minutes. He moved to the Orlando, FL, area about five years ago. His wife, Ann, died in January 2003. He was good friends with Dick Sicker and Paul Goodridge. The four of us had some reunions together over the last 20 years, but Connie was not able to make the 45th at Alfred in 2001."
From Rich Simington: "It's not that rare to attend a reunion of your former Army buddies. But when you were the founding commanding officer of the command, it's a special experience. This summer, Thomas Curtin joined his comrades to tell stories and catch up. Tom lives in Louisville, KY, where he is the civilian CEO of the Curtin Group."
As a ceramic engineering student at AU, Samuel Hulbert had heard of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, so he took notice of the place as he drove by the campus in his Studebaker in 1960. Sam was on his way to Mexico to pick up his fiancee, Joy Husband '60, who was in summer school there. Little did Sam know at the time that he and Joy would spend 28 years helping to shape Rose-Hulman into what many consider to be one of the best colleges of its kind in the nation. In May, some 1,600 people turned out to honor the Hulberts during an evening on campus called "The Hulbert Years: A Celebration." Sam, president of the school for 28 years - the longest tenure of any of the previous 10 presidents - retired in June. The Samuel F. Hulbert Chair in Biomedical engineering was created in hiss honor.
1959
From your class correspondent: Mary Cavanaugh writes, "To all my classmates from the year 1959, if you did not come to our 45th in June, you missed the BEST reunion that we ever had. Alfred is still the utopia that I hope we all felt it was, but greatly enhanced by the new buildings and lovely landscaping. The pride that we had then about our little campus is still as strong as ever, and for me it was once again hard to leave a place that I loved so much. As I have said over the years, Alfred and the wonderful people that I met there helped mold me into the person that I am today; it was one of the best experiences of my life. It is my prayer that we may all meet again at the 50th reunion in 2009, to have fun, renew friendships and as Barbara Cohrssen said, 'enjoy what felt like a community hug' - something we all need in our lives."
A retrospective of the work of the late John Regis Tuska was the featured exhibit at the University of Kentucky Art Museum through May 2004. Born in Pennsylvania coal country, Tuska moved to New York City and graduated from the prestigious High School of Music and Art. He completed a year at AU's New York State College of Ceramics, then joined the Navy. He was sent to Japan, where he became fascinated by the fine ceramics of Japan's masters. He returned to AU, eventually earning his Master of Fine Arts degree. He taught at Murray State University and at the University of Kentucky. He was known for his ceramic and bronze sculptures.
Sue Baker Mossman writes, "I have this big warm spot in my heart when I recall our reunion and being able to give everyone a big hug - how blessed we are to have had a great education at AU and the ties of friendship that never get broken."
Watercolor artist Barbara Nechis conducted a workshop at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, ME, in June. Barbara was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America, and abroad. She has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society. She now lives in California's Napa Valley. A graduate of the University of Rochester, she earned her Master of Fine arts degree at AU.
From Rich Simington: "It may be surprising to some people to know why Warren Smith is especially interested in AU's planning for a new equestrian facility in Alfred. It turns out that Warren has a lot of equestrian experience as a veteran fox hunter. Ask him about the significance of the color and tailoring of a fox hunter's regalia and you're in for an interesting discussion. Warren and his wife, Judy, who introduced him to fox hunting, live in Carmel, IN.
"Kenneth Pollack is smart enough to have a son who lives in Florida where it's only right for dad to go to give advice once in a while, especially in the winter months. In the summer, Ken's on Long Island, challenging fellow duffer and Alfred pal Stu Fries '54, to golf. Ken continues to live in Glen Cove, NY.
"So you think New York City is a place of constant movement? Marvin Mansky doesn't. Marvin has operated his dental practice in the same neighborhood in Manhattan for 38 years. Of course, he's been able to do that by constantly marketing his professional skills to new generations of patients. He's so good at it that he's been written up in the New Yotk Times and the Wall Street Journal. And he's working on new ideas this year, surveying his patients to see if they're interested in trying out additional kinds of services. Marvin and his wife, Ivy, continue to live in New York."
"When historians write the global military history of the second half of the twentieth century, it will be dominated by the cold war. And the most feared weapon of the time was the B-52 bomber. Edward Kast spent a good deal of his career as an Air Force officer serving as a bombardier on B-52s. In the late part of his career, as a senior officer on the military staff of NATO, it was his responsibility to assess targets for the giant weapon. Today he is retired, living a much more mild-mannered life in West Chester, OH.
1961
Deyo W. Montanye of Houghton, NY, died on March 20, 2004. He served in the Army in World War II and received a Bronze Star. Deyo taught in Puerto Rico and was a guidance counselor at several schools in New York's Southern Tier. He was also assistant superintendent of Allegany County schools. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace Thompson Montanye.
1962
"If you get to visit Grace Ryan you'll get to see one of the cutest dogs in the world, Mike. But even though Grace is retired from teaching, Mike doesn't get to see her as much as he wants because she's golfing at the club about three times a week. So bring Mike a treat when you come. Grace and Mike continue to live in Port Jefferson, NY."
From your correspondent: Dr. Norman Simms, who has been teaching for the past 33 years at Waikato University in New Zealand, recently published two books with Edwin Mellen Press: A New Midrashic Reading of Geoffrey Chaucer, His Life and Works, and Crypto-Judaism, Madness and the Female Quixote: Charlotte Lennox as Marrana in Mid-Eighteenth Century.
From Rich Simington: "If you visit Richard DeMott, he'll show you his treasure house of memorabilia from coaching and a long career working in professional football. Or you can turn on the TV when the NY Jets are playing at home and see Rich, who continues as the veteran sideline coordinator for the team. He'll be wearing the NFL official green hat that goes with the job. He does the same job for the Arena Football League NY Dragons, only there he wears a red hat. Rich and his wife, Linda, live in Amityville, NY.
1963
From Rich Simington: "John Gedney visited campus recently and wondered how many classmates recalled that during their time at Alfred, there was an outbreak of ordering recordings from mail-order record companies using fictitious names. Apparently, before the epidemic ended, boxes of records almost filled Dean Paul Powers' office, recalled John, emphasizing his innocence. He had another recollection of a wayward blue Volkswagen that was found inside a campus building, although John 'took the fifth' instead of pleading innocence to this gig.
Another classmate, Sharon Hogue Turecek, for the past 19 years worked at Cornell University and is currently a finance specialist in the crop and soil sciences. She and her husband, Richard Turecek '63, have two sons. Matt is a science teacher at Washington Middle School in Jamestown, NY, while his wife, Michele, is an elementary librarian. Matt and Michele have a daughter, Natalie, who recently turned one. Their other son, Aaron, is a geological information systems specialist who works for Environmental Engineering Company and lives with his wife, Megan, in Portland, OR. Sharon's husband, Richard, is a manager with Emerson Power Transmission, worked there since 1966, and planned to retire this summer. Sharon, like Kathleen Coniglio Pagan and Kay Jordan Scott and husband Walter '63 hoped to return for Reunion, but family matters prevented them from being with us. We look forward to seeing them for our 45th.
From Rich Simington: "Several years ago Judith Raskin was thinking about a new career and thought being a paralegal was an idea worth considering. Then, liking a challenge, she decided why not just go to law school? And she did. Judy and her partner in the firm Raskin & Makofsky went on to become among the early attorneys to be certified in New York with special expertise in the emerging field of elder law. Judy and her husband, Richard '63, continue to live in Roslyn, NY."
1964
"Life is good," reports Catherine Perkins. She's retired after a 32-year career with the New York State Department of Health, much of the time spent working with the Medicaid program. She's living in a timber-frame house that she designed and built herself 14 years ago, and working part-time as a counselor at a local domestic violence shelter. Her 120-pound Anatolian Shepherd is a therapy dog and often goes to work with her. The rest of her time is divided among a variety of craft pursuits, her friends and her five grandchildren. Daughter Laura is a physician in Dover, DE, and has four children, ranging in age from 1 to 13. Her younger daugher, Liza, is a hardware distributor, has a 9-year-old son and lives in nearby Troy, NY.
Another classmate, Sharon Hogue Turecek, for the past 19 years worked at Cornell University and is currently a finance specialist in the crop and soil sciences. She and her husband, Richard Turecek '63, have two sons. Matt is a science teacher at Washington Middle School in Jamestown, NY, while his wife, Michele, is an elementary librarian. Matt and Michele have a daughter, Natalie, who recently turned one. Their other son, Aaron, is a geological information systems specialist who works for Environmental Engineering Company and lives with his wife, Megan, in Portland, OR. Sharon's husband, Richard, is a manager with Emerson Power Transmission, worked there since 1966, and planned to retire this summer. Sharon, like Kathleen Coniglio Pagan and Kay Jordan Scott and husband Walter '63 hoped to return for Reunion, but family matters prevented them from being with us. We look forward to seeing them for our 45th.
Ellen D. Oakes, 61, of Deposit, NY, died July 26, 2004, at her home. After receiving her bachelor's degree from AU, she earned a master's from Cornell University and had a career as a guidance counselor for the Jamesville DeWitt and Union-Endicott School Districts. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, John K. Oakes, as well as her mother; a brother and a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
From Ruth Gau: Janice "Jay" Williams, a retired lab technician from the Cornell Veterinary College, has a 125-year-old home in Dryden, NY, where she raises miniature horses.
From Rich Simington: "Michael Douglass is a man ahead of his time. When Mike left AU, he was one of the first volunteered in the Peace Corps, where he served two years in Venezuela. Then he came home and opened Post Liquors, a business that today has become one of the largest alcohol retailers on Long Island. However, in 1964 such stores hardly ever sold wine. So Mike did, and today he is a respected oenologist, traveling the world to find specialty wines. Mike and his stores are located in Syosset, NY."
On our way home from our cottage in the Adirondacks, we stopped at Friendly's Restaurant in Glenville, NY, where we met Ted Eighmie and his wife Dora. Ted has his business, Best Investment Financial Management, in Glenville, while Dora works as a library aide with the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central Schools. They have three young adults. Their daughter Kim Berry, who lives in Springfield, MO, is studying for her master's in accounting while her husband is acquiring a doctorate in psychology from the University of Southwest Missouri in Springfield. Their other daughter, Pam, teaches math at Schnectady (NY) High School while their son William, who lives in Glenmont, NY, is a computer systems analyst with Farm Family Mutual Insurance, networking systems from Maine to West Virginia. Ted and Dora have a condo in Myrtle Beach where they take their vacations.
Priscilla Humprhey Popp, who lives in Perry, NY, has not only served 11 years on the Perry Board of Education where they just built a middle school, but she was an elementary special education teaching assistant for handicapped children at York Central, a district near Perry. Pris plays spiritual songs on a folk guitar along with her daughter-in-law Rhonda, as well as being a caregiver for her family. She enjoys painting with acrylics, watercolors, and doing pen and ink creations. For more than 16 years, she and her late husband, Harold, had a small engine repair shop and hobby store. They also raised four children. Her son, Mark, a cabinet-maker at Attica Lumber, and his wife, Rhonda, live in Perry. Her daughter, Karen Hall, a secretary at Wyoming County Bank, and husband Kyle, a welder at Sabin Metal in Caledonia, also live in Perry. Kyle's work involves reclaiming precious metals. Priscilla's third young adult Brian has developmental disabilities and lives in a group home in Lima, NY. Stephen and Lori Popp live in Grand Rapids, MI, with their 1-year-old, Joshua. Steve is an accountant with a Christian radio station at Corner Stone University and he works in the business office of Corner Stone.
1965
Stephen J. Pearlman has been appointed senior vice president of the investment services team of the New York, NY, real estate firm Trammel Crow Company. Prior to joining Trammel Crow, he was managing director of investment banking with HIGroup. In the course of his career he completed transactions valued at over $5 billion.
Trammell Crow Company announced that Stephen J. Pearlman '65 has been appointed as senior vice president of its investment services team.
1966
Press release stating Dr. James A. Varner, professor of ceramic engineering and undergraduate program coordinator, in the School of Engineering, was awarded SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
From your correspondent: "In March 2004, Nancy Nadel ran unopposed in the election for her third term as Oakland, CA, city councilmember. In May, she held her fund-raiser for the 2006 Oakland mayoral race. One of the attendees was former classmate Jordan Rose and his wife, who live in the neighboring town of Piedmont. The emcee for the event was Nancy's daughter, Sele Nadel-Hayes, now a fellowship graduate student at University of California Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy."
1967
Ross West writes that he was recently inducted into his high school's athletic Hall of Fame. "Imagine, after all these years," he said. "Anyway, it brought back memories of being an Alfred harrier and helping the frosh team go undefeated in 1964. Our coach was Cliff Dubreuil, who is retired, living in Alfred." For more on Ross' induction at http://www.mc2link.com/ma...
1968
William "Bill" Zimmerman, 59, of Hamburg, NY, died Jan. 18, 2004. He received his B.S. degree in ceramic engineering and worked at Bethlehem Steel and then Ferro Electronic Materials, Inc. in Niagara Falls prior to his retirement in 2002. After retirement, he volunteered his time to a number of causes, and had a large flower and vegetable garden. He is survived by his wife, the former Wendy Bizzozero; a daughter and granddaughter. He was predeceased by his parents and a daughter.
Raymond P. Hill is the author of several books, many of them aimed at young readers. Hungary, published in 1997, recounts "the dramatic and bloody story of Hungary," according to Kirkus Reviews. He's also written two books - Unsung Heroes of Pro Basketball and Pro Basketball's Little Men - that focus on some of the lesser-known professional players of the sport. His book, O.J. Simpson, written in 1975, focuses on the former Buffalo Bills quarterback at the height of his pro career. He's also written In and Out.
1969
From Rich Simington: "While Alan Greenspan may get all the attention, arguably it is William Emigholz who is coaxing a large part of Long Island's economy into the black. He's the senior vice president in charge of all commercial loans anywhere on Long Island for North Fork Bank, one of the island's fastest-growing financial companies. Bill and his wife, Bonnie, continue to live in Dix Hills, NY.
Eric Bershad writes: "Thought that after 20 years, I would like to pass on some good news to my old cronies: I am now a grandfather of a beautiful little girl, Ellie Kate Bershad. Someday I hope to bring her to old AU to see the campus on a beautiful fall day. In other news, I am spending quite a bit of the winter in Boca Raton, FL, and (forgive me, my kids and wife wanted me to include this note) my doubles partner, Carlo Penini from Rome, and I won the Palm Beach County Senior Men's 4.5 Doubles Championships in April. The final set ended in a nerve-racking tie-breaker in front of a few hundred fans (OK, they were mostly friends and teammates of either team). I always enjoy telling stories of my Alfred tennis days and how we had two "snowouts" in late April of '69. Sometimes it seems like it was just yesterday. In non-sports news, our business, Phillip Jeffries Ltd, has been featured twice on Home and Garden TV with host Gail O'Neill. Ten years ago, I named the company after my two boys, Phil and Jeff, hoping but never thinking they would be interested in working with the old man (and my wife who I dragged into the business). But after graduating from Michigan and Duke, respectively, and working in other jobs for three years, they both came on board. (Frees me up for the tennis courts!) We are currently the largest American distributor of 'green' environmentally friendly wallcoverings and fabrics that are made from the harvest of bamboo, palm and sea grass, and woven together with post-consumer recycled papers. Our materials are also shown in 28 to-the-trade designer showrooms throughout the US and in 21 foreign countries. Our customers range from the MGM Grand and Hyatt to thousands of individual designers and architects. It all started in Alfred. Who would have thought?
From Bill Snowden: Richard Sills is professor of pediatrics and director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Albany Medical College. His wife, Irene, is director of Pediatric Endocrinology at the College. Both of them are very involved in medical student and resident teaching, but find time to back country ski whenever snow falls.
"Since John Stanislaw retired from teaching last year he's had some medical issues to deal with and is doing fine. It's probably because he knew what he wanted to do when he retired. When he meets with his doctors, it's not enough for them to discuss his health; they have to discuss how his health might affect his competive tennis skills. John continues to be competitive at the club in the town where he lives with his wife, Kathy, Port Jefferson, NY.
1970
Marc Dulman, who now teaches at the City College of San Francisco, delivered a guest lecture on Raymond Carver at the American University in Paris in March 2004. He also gave a poetry reading. 04/12/2007 3:27:39 PM MaryS
AU Press Releases - Veteran art professor leave to become dean at Rhode Island School of Design. Taught at AU for 28 years.
Mary Louise Griffith Schleigh, 80, of Cuba, NY, died July 27, 2004. She attended Mary Mount College, then married John R. Schleigh Jr. in 1945 and they raised a family of eight children. Deciding she wanted to be an art teacher, she entered Alfred University and earned a BFA in 1970 at the age of 46. She taught elementary art in the Olean, NY, school system for 14 years prior to her retirement in 1984. During that time, she also earned a master's degree from AU. 04/12/2007 3:26:07 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "In the Clark Kent portion of Brian Westfall's life he is a highly respected environmental engineer who has achieved a distinguished career working on nationally important projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Risk Management Research Laboratory. However, in his non-professional life, Brian is a Superman. For many years Brian has traveled on volunteer humanitarian missions to the Ukraine, including one stint where he lived in the Ukraine for a year. Recently, he has been influential in promoting and enhancing the work of a pioneer pediatric heart surgeon in Kiev. When Brian isn't Superman, he continues to live in Cincinnati, OH." 04/12/2007 3:28:40 PM MaryS
1971
Alan Gnann admits to running a fishy business, and you would too if you ran REC Components of Enfield, CT. Allan is president of REC, a manufacturing company that makes components for flyrods. "We are an international business. We sell all over the world, to China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia," Allan told the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, CT. Since moving to Enfield in 1997, the business has expanded twice and was expected to open a new locaton in Stafford, CT. 04/12/2007 3:30:01 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "The next time Alfred needs an example of how an education at a smaller college makes you a well-rounded individual, we're going to mention Jeffrey Maess. For many years, Jeff was a successful marketing executive with several companies in the telecommunications industry. When the city of Indianapolis wanted to attract the Pan Am Games, officials asked for Jeff's help, and he delivered. He was so successful that the Indianapolis Opera recruited him to be its general manager for several years. And today, he continues to enhance the cultural life in Indianapolis as the general manager of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis. Not bad for a guy who's neither an athlete nor a musician. Jeff and his wife, Michelle, live in Indianapolis." 04/12/2007 3:31:15 PM MaryS
1972
From Rich Simington: "Joseph Pellicciotti credits Alfred Professor Bob Heineman with helping him make the decision to be an attorney. But his old professor may have been more influential than he thought. Early in his law career, Joe was tapped to teach a course in a local college and found he liked it. Over the years he became more and more of an educator and less and less of a lawyer. Today, Joe is the vice chancellor for enrollment management at Indiana Univesity Northwest. Joe and his wife, Beth, live in Gary, IN." 04/12/2007 3:32:26 PM MaryS
1973
From Rich Simington: "Chances are, if you've been in a school, college, library or other public building, you've seen custom furniture designed by Joe Agate's award-winning company, Agati. When he isn't designing furniture or sculpting (his friends say he's a genius), Joe enjoys flying his small plane. Joe and his company continue to be located in Chicago." 04/12/2007 3:34:20 PM MaryS
1974
Delta State University's Wright Art Center Gallery will open the 2004-05 academic year with the first exhibition featuring artists Sara Good and Nancy White, both of Memphis. The joint exhibition entitled Surface Gardens will present installation art by Good and Ceramics by White.
Article in Burrelles Luce "Whitman College's Sheehan Art Gallary opened the 2004-2005 academic year with a Studio Art Faculty Exhibition featuring nine faculty members.
Artist Christine Federighi of Coral Gables, FL, says she launches a new series of figurative ceramics in response to something she feels strongly about. That's the case with Wrapped and Protected, a series of human forms wrapped in ceramic "bandaging." She started the pieces after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The mummylike forms represent the idea of cocooning - pulling something around you to feel protected; to keep nature's "life force" stirring for breakout at another time. 04/12/2007 3:35:58 PM MaryS
1975
Richard K. Matros is chairman of the board and chief financial officer of Sun Healthcare Group of Irvine, CA. Richard and his wife, Adrienne, have three children: Carly, Chelsea and Alex. 04/12/2007 3:37:28 PM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "If you're traveling anywhere near Louisville, it's worth a few extra miles to see the impressive new headquarters building of Underwriters Safety and Claims, where Bruce Ferguson is the president. Bruce and his wife, Barbara '75, live in Louisville. Barbara is a skilled bridge player while Bruce follows thoroughbred racing." 04/12/2007 3:39:25 PM MaryS
Article on the Web on how CEO Rick Matros and his company Sun Healthcare are doing financially. CM
From Rich Simington: "If you're traveling anywhere near Louisville, it's worth a few extra miles to see the impressive new headquarters building of Underwriters Safety and Claims, where Bruce Ferguson is the president. Bruce and his wife, Barbara '75, live in Louisville. Barbara is a skilled bridge player while Bruce follows thoroughbred racing." 04/12/2007 3:40:27 PM MaryS
Article "Painted Post home packed with personality."
Article in Burrelles Luce on 8/30/04 "New A-P-W (Altmar - Parish - Williamstown High School) schools chief says she feels at home"
1977
Constance, an instructor at Alfred State College, received the Alumni Faculty Award after being nominated by students. Ms. Pennisi was honored for her willingness to help students in the Computer Imaging and Architectural Engineering Technology Dept at Alfred State. She was awarded with a gift and a monetary award.
1978
New York City artist Terry Rosenberg takes the idea of capturing an image on canvas to another level with his "Figuring Motion" exhibition in which he uses paint to capture the motion of dance. Terry has worked with the American Ballet Theatre, the Kirove Ballet and others to create abstract-lookng pieces that show the motion of dance. At his exhibitions, dancers sometimes dance before his creations, responding to the motions in his paintings, and artists are invited to learn how to capture those dancers in motion. 04/12/2007 3:42:27 PM MaryS
Stephanie Prince is director of corporate marketing for Dime Community Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh. She brings more than 20 years' experience in the banking and finance industries to her new position. She began her career at Lehman Brothers as a bank and thrift securities analyst in 1980. After 13 years with the firm and advancing to the post of vice president of its Equity Investment Strategy Group, she spent seven years as an investment analyst and portfolio manager, first as a managing director at Fuman Selz Capital Management and then at Glickenhaus and Co. She earned an MBA from Tulane University Graduate School of Business Administration. 04/12/2007 3:44:08 PM MaryS
Ann (Abbott) Klaas received her Master of Science degree in Health and Human Services (Early Childhood Option) in May from Montana State University. Ms. Klaas is employed as the Provider Services Director at Child Care Connections in Bozeman, Montana. Ann is married to Guy G. Klaas '77 and they have two daughters, Price, 18 years old and Morgan, 14 years old.
1979
Headlines "Lewsiburg man takes top prize at State College's Arts Fest" Andrew won the award for Best of Show at the recent 38th Central PA Festival of the Arts at State College of his submission in Ceramics held on July 8-11.
A piece by Arnold Zimmerman is included in "Four Sculptures from the Margulies Collection" on display through Oct. 3 at the University of Florida's Harn Museum of Art. He is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and earned his MFA from AU. He's the recipient of three National Endowment of Arts grants, and his work is found in numerous museums around the world. Summer art strolls through cool spaces - Arnold, one of "Four Sculptures from the Margulies Collection" opened Tuesday and will remain on view through Oct 3. These abstract works by four American artists were created in the 1970's and 1980's. All were gifted to the Harn by Martin Z. Margulies. Arnold's 1982 untitled ceramic work gives a monumental, almost architectural presence to a vase shape. Standing 7 feet tall, the spiraling base of the vessel suggests organic shapes reinforced by the fleshy quality of the clay. By enlarging the vase shape, Zimmerman creates a witty and surprising juxtaposition of scale and use.
1980
Article with the headline "Boyajian Sculpture Barn opens to the public with new exhibition." The Barn is in New Fairfield.
7/8/04 Article in the paper "Hinsdale mother proud of her son's service in Iraq."
Article with the headline "MetalInkClay Exhibit at Guilford Handcraft Center" - MetalInkClay is the first biannual small group exhibition of faculty work. Lisa represents the clay protion.
Short Bio in Burrelles Luce - Age: 53 Occupation: Police Commissioner, City of York. Background: Whitman has been in law enforcement for nearly 33 years, including the Palm Beach (Florida) Sheriff's Office and US Army Investigative Services. He spent 15 years with the Hornell Police Department where he climbed to the rank of police chief. He later became police commissioner in Troy, NY for nearly eight years before coming to York in Aug. 2003. Education: Asociates from Monroe Community College; and a Masters in public administration for AU in New York.
Lisa Walkow was among the faculty artists whose work was included in "MetalInkClay" at the Guilford Handcraft Center in Guilford, CT, this summer. She has taught at the Guilford Center and at the University of Hartford. Her work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is represented in several private collections, She was recently selected as one of five ceramic artists to have their work included in "Creations in Clay/Contemporary New England Ceramics" show at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.
Artist David Boyajian and his wife, Carter, a performance artist and designer, opened their studio in New Fairfield, CT. to visitors every weekend this summer. Passers-by have long been able to view his nature-inspired sculptures installed on his property, but this was the first time he had opened his studio, known as the Boyajian Sculpture Barns, to the public as well. In an article in the Kent Good Times Dispatch, Mrs. Boyajian explained they wanted "visitors to get a glimpse of how an artist lives and works." After earning his BFA from AU, Boyajian received a master's from the Maryland Institute and spent 10 years honing his skills by assisting figurative sculptors such as Wolfgang Behl, Elbert Weinberg and Andrew Coppola. He is director of sculpture studies at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT., and teaches drawing at Norwalk Community College. He's among the artists exhibiting in "Steel Seeds" in an outdoor sculpture exhibit at Gallery in the Park in Cross River, NY, through Nov. 1
Your correspondent, Mark Brostoff, has been recognized by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business for his contribution to the school's diversity efforts. Mark, associate director of undergraduate career services at the school, was one of two faculty members awarded the John Deere Advancing Diversity Award. Each received $2,500. Mark conducted the first diversity and career education workshop for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at Indiana University. He was selected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers to present a workshop on diversity and career decision making in June 2004 at the National Association of Colleges and Employers' National Conference in Orlando, FL.
Joan Littlefield passed along this update to Mark Brostoff: "I ended my six-year posting in South Africa on a USAID-funded health project as a management development trainer for district health care and have landed in Manila, The Philippines, as a family planning advisor on the Local Enhancement and Development (LEAD) for Health Project, also USAID-funded. Reproductive health and family planning programs have been part of my work life since the early '90s, so helping local governments in the Philippines rise to the challenge of doing a better job of providing these essential services is a pleasure. This is an enormous project that aims to build local government health management capacity and has an amazingly talented local team. Given the socio-cultural climate, however, making quality family planning services truly accessible is daunting. My children - Adam, 6, and Maya, 2 - and I arrived in November at the height of the Christmas festivities, which Filipinos do like no one else. We are adjusting to living in a more crowded space and learning to enjoy the urban life after our breezy suburban beach-side life in South Africa. We are settled here for three to five years, so expect to explore a bit of the 7,000 islands the Philippines has to offer.
Mark Whitman, who earned his master's in Community Service Administration, is now the commissioner of the 98-person York, PA, police department. He's been in law enforcement for nearly 33 years, including service with the Palm Beach, FL, Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Army Investigative Services. He spent 15 years with the Hornell, NY, Police Department, rising to the rank of chief. Prior to going to York in August 2003, he was police commissioner in Troy, NY, for eight years.
1981
His path is far different from what he imagined when he entered Alfred University in 1977. After his freshman year, Doug Heir returned to his home in New Jersey for a summer job as a lifeguard at a pool in Fairfield. While on duty, he responded to a child's call for help and dove headlong from a platform 15 feet in the air - into a pool that was only five feet deep. He broke his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. Heir, who is 6-foot, 4-inches and a former football linebacker, started his recovery by curling one-pound weights while still in the hospital, and soon began competing in wheelchair sports. He appeared on three million Wheaties cereal boxes in 1985, making him one of the most well-recognized wheelchair athletes ever. Heir is still competing, and earlier this summer took gold medals in the shot put, discus and javelin at the National Sports Festival for the Disabled, according to an Associated Press article that ran in newspapers across the country. Heir now has won a total of 302 gold medals over his 25-year career. He told the AP reporter he has not lost an event at or below the national level since 1982, although he does admit to a few less-than-first-place finishes in international competitions. Along the way, he also has earned a law degree and is now a personal injury and entertainment lawyer, and still finds time to deliver about 75 motivational talks to schools and corporations. He's given up the one-pound weights, however; he now can bench press 450 pounds.
G. Thomas Tranter Jr., who earned his master's degree from AU in 1981, was named president of Corning Enterprises on July 1. Corning Enterprises is a subsidiary of Corning, Inc., created in the 1980s to focus on economic development and quality-of-life issues in the region. Agency priorities include child care, tourism, economic development, transportation and education, according to Trantor. He serves on the board of directors of Alfred Technology Resources, Inc., the non-profit that manages the Ceramic Corridor Innovation Centers in Alfred and the Corning area. Alfred Technology Resources was created as a partnership between Alfred University and Corning, Inc., as well as Allegany and Steuben counties. Before joining Corning as director of state and local government relations in 2000, Tranter served nine years as Chemung County executive, and prior to that was deputy county executive for seven years. He previously had been Horseheads village manager. In addition to his responsibilities with the development agency, Trantor will continue to serve as Corning, Inc.'s chief lobbyist for state and local government.
Ann (Abbott) Klaas received her Master of Science degree in Health and Human Services (Early Childhood Option) in May from Montana State University. Ms. Klaas is employed as the Provider Services Director at Child Care Connections in Bozeman, Montana. Ann is married to Guy G. Klaas '77 and they have two daughters, Price, 18 years old and Morgan, 14 years old.
Wheaties wheelchair athlete still rolling 19 years later. Doug is still competing - and winning - in wheelchair sports. Doug has 302 golds in his 25 year career. Heir's image graced 3 million Wheaties boxes in 1985.
Ann (Abbott) Klass received her Master of Science degree in Health and Humban Services (Early Childhood Option) in May from Montana State University. Ms. Klaas is employed as the Provider Services Director at Child Care Connections in Bozeman, Montana. Ms. Klaas is married to Guy G. Lkaas (class of '77) and they have two daughters, Price, 18 years old and Morgan, 14 years old. Ann Klaas Training Coordinator Child Care Connections 406-587-7786 aklaas@hotmail.com
G. Thomas Tranter Jr., a former Chemung County Executive and Corning Inc's chief lobbyist for state and local government, will become President of Corning Rnterprises Inc. on July 1, 2004.
David Moynihan has been promoted to senior vice president, supply chain, by Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading international producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands. The company is headquarterd in Canandaigua, NY. Moynihan had been respomsible for implementing the company-wide sourcing initiative for Constellation, one that encompassed all aspects of global purchasing. He began his career with Canandaigua Wine Company in 1996 as director of quality operations. He was promoted to vice president of operation strategy and logistics in 1998, and became the vice president of East coast operations and division supply chain in 2001. He moved to Constellation Brands in January of this year. Moynihan has previously worked for ITT Corporation, Galileo Electro Optical Corporation (now part of Corning, Inc.), and PPG Industries. In addition to his B.S. in enigneering from AU, he earned an M.B.A from Radford University.
1982
Lynn Carlson has been named director of the Early Childhood Center in Holland, MI, where she has been a district school psychologist for 14 years. She will continue those duties half-time while directing the center half-time. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo and earned her master's from AU.
Tim Callahan '82 will be inducted during the AU Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday evening, Oct 2. The banquet is held as part of Homecoming Weekend. Callahan was a linebacker on the football team from 1978-81. He was a member of the nationally-ranked Saxon defense that allowed a mere 8.2 points per game in 1981, when Alfred went 10-1 and played in the NCAA Division III championships. Callahan had 122 tackles that season and totaled more than 200 for his career.
Lynn has been named director of the Early Childhood Center at Cityside Middle School.
Lori Linderman Clovis is currently teaching English at St. Bonaventure University. She has a son who will graduate from St. Bonaventure next May with a degree in journalism. "Would love to hear from English/Poli Sci friends, as well as those I knew in theater and orchestra," says Lori.
Kevin Hunt of Malta, NY, who works in Albany for the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, has joined the Malta Rotary Club. Kevin and his wife, Deborah Van Dyke Hunt '84, have three children.
Noreen Ohlinger Twombley Pace, who earned her master's degree in reading from AU, was among the nominees for Teacher of the Year in Allegany County. Now teaching fifth grade in the Genesee Valley Central School, Noreen was nominated by students and colleagues who told the judges, "Every day she makes a difference for kids in her diverse instructional practices and with her passion for learning."
Doug Casebeer's "Around the House" exhibit ran last spring at the Firehouse Art Gallery in Norman, OK. The exhibit features bowls, pitchers, cups, jars and other "around the house" items that are functional, yet have a "sculptural presence." Doug is a resident artist at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO.
1983
David Nahan, who started his newspaper career more than 20 years ago on the Fiat Lux under Dr. Sharon Hoover, is now publisher of the Cape May (NJ) Star and Wave; editor/publisher of the Ocean City Sentinel; and president and CEO of Sample Media, Inc. Following graduation from AU with a degree in sociology, David planned to do a three-month internship with the Hornell Evening Tribune, then enter graduate school. Instead, he stayed with the Tribune for two years before moving to Naugatuck, CT. From there, he went to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts where he was editor and publisher of the North Adams Transcript. Learning that American Publishing Co., which owned the Star and Wave and the Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger had the two papers for sale, David took the opportunity to become co-owner in August 1997. Today, he and his partner in Sample Media own four community newspapers, all locally controlled. David and his wife, Mahara, live in Lower Township with their three children: Keaton Shane, 15; Kelsey Bettina, 14; and Ian Grendel, 8.
From Rich Simington: "Lots of people know that John Edmond is a co-founder of CREE Research, and that his company is one of the fastest growing in America. That's obvious from the astonishing growth of CREE's sprawling campus of laboratories and manufacturing facilities. Now the company reveals the creativity behind its success. On display in the new visitors' center are almost 150 patents granted the company while John has led research efforts. John and his wife, Rita, live in Cary, NC
Lia Zulalian is featured in a cover story in Art Doll Quarterly, Summer 2004, for her hand-made ceramic dolls. The profile was written by Rice Freeman-Zachery. Lia Zulalian is represented by the Ferrin Gallery.
Dr. Dalton will present the JoAnn Miller Lecture on Ethical Issues at 8 pm Sept 20, 2004 in Holmes Aud, Harder Hall, on the AU campus. Dalton's topic is "Smoking in the Movies: Perspectives from a Social Scientist"
Dr. Madeline Dalton '83, alumna of Alfred University whose research on the impact on teen-agers of showing tobacco use in movies led to a national movement to stop glamorizing smoking, delivered the annual JoAnn S. Miller Memorial Lecture on Ethical Issues at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, on the AU campus. Dalton's topic was "Smoking in the Movies: Perspectives from a Social Scientist." She addressed the issue of tobacco use in movies by examining its impact on public health. A nutritional epidemiologist, Dalton is now a research associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School and an investigator at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. For the past 10 years, Dalton's research has focused on the social and environmental risk factors for tobacco use. Her studies span from early childhood to adulthood and address issues ranging from attitudinal development about smoking to cessation treatments. After graduating from Alfred University, Dalton earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The JoAnn Miller Memorial Lecture series, which annually brings to campus noted speakers on bioethical issues, was created by Irwin Miller '50 in memory of his first wife, JoAnn S, Miller, who died in 1987.
1984
Edward Derowitsch has been promoted from instructor to assistant professor in the Electrical/Electronic Service Dept. at the School of Applied Technologies, Alfred State College. Ed has taught at the college since 2001.
Julie Martin Bartle, who also earned an MA in psychology from AU in 1984, and her husband, Brian Martin, are parents of a son, Liam Guy Martin, born Feb. 2, 2004.
Joseph, professor of printmaking in the School of Art & Design will display his exhibit his work, "Night Visions: The Secret Designs of Moths,' at the Field Museum in Chicago starting July 24 and continues through January 9, 2005.
David has been appointed director of the AU Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)
Ed was promoted from instructor to assistant professor at Alfred State College. (In the paper on Thursday, July 15, 2004).
Robert J. Brophy writes that he is married to Connie Kaspar Brophy, and they are the parents of two children. Alex Kaspar was born May 10, 2002, and Mary Brucchieri was born June 17, 2004. Brophy also has a daughter from a previous marriage. Natasha was born Sept. 20, 1990. He's been a residential life manager at Purdue University for more than six years.
Kevin Hunt of Malta, NY, who works in Albany for the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, has joined the Malta Rotary Club. Kevin and his wife, Deborah Van Dyke Hunt '84, have three children.
Adam Weisman has been named vice president, operations, for Cabot Microelecronics, Inc., in Aurora, IL. He joined Cabot after several years in senior operations management with General Electric Corp, most recently as executive vice president for GE Railcar Services, Inc. Prior to joining GE, he had been an engineering team leader and pilot plant manager for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
Tom Hartz, owner and physical therapist for Brevard Physical Therapy, Brevard, NC, has sold the business to Transylvania Community Hospital. Tom has joined the THC team as the manager of its Rehabilitation Services department. Before moving to Brevard in 1994, Tom spent some 10 years in the U.S. Army as a physical therapy assistant, physical therapist and chief of several physical therapy departments at military hospitals.
1986
Article in Burrelles Luce "Michael Talbot, former city recreation director, is the new sanitation supervisor"
1987
Dr. Holly S. Shulman, an alumnus of AU, founded Ceralink in order to promote and benfit from breakthrough developments in materials science. Ceralink Inc. a materials engineering and technology commercialization service, is moving to the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy. Ceralink was founded by Dr. Shulman and launched from the CCIC incubator in January 2001. The business has grown to five skilled employees and an anticipated annual sales level of $500,000 in 2004.
Article in timesunion.com "They just toss it in the microwave" Holly said "Microwave heating isn't just for food" Holly founded Ceralink in 2000 and serves as president. It can be used to heat high-tech metals and ceramics, to process nanomaterials, do rapid prototyping and a whole host of other things.
Kathleen was promoted from associate professor to full professor at Alfred State College
Dohne, an assistant professor in the Foundation Program at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, teaches three-dimensional art and sculpture. I July and August she will spend a residency at Utica's Sculpture Space, and in November she will exhibit work at Niagra University's Castellani Museum in Niagra Falls.
Dr. Holly Shulman, founder of Ceralink, Inc., a materials engineering and technology commercialization service, has moved her company from the Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center incubator in Alfred to the Rennselaer Technology Park in Troy, NY. Shulman said Alfred incubator provided valuable assistance during her company's start-up phase. In just over three years, the company has grown to five full-time employees and annual sales of about $500,000. After receiving her ceramic engineering degree from AU, Shulman completed a master's at the University of Pittsburgh, and then earned a doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Deborah Dohne, who earned her BFA in three-dimensional studies, had an exhibition of her work, Objects from the Land of Enchancement, at the Earlville Opera House Gallery earlier this summer. Dohne is an assistant professor in the Foundation program at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, teaching three-dimensional art and sculpture.
Alexandra Ruth Vallis-Pfeffer and George Eckert Scaff were married Dec. 31, 2003, in Red Bank, NJ. Alexandra is a teacher at Middletown High School South.
Kathleen Casey Ebert has been promoted to full professor at Alfred State College, where she is chair of the math and physics department. Kathleen has been teaching full-time at Alfred State since 1993. After AU, she earned a master's degee in statistics from SUNY Buffalo and is now working on a doctorate in educational psychology with an emphasis on statistical research methods and institutional research at SUNY Buffalo.
Larry Weinhauer, who also received his master's degree from AU in 1991, was married to Jamie Dahlgren on Aug. 7, 2004. Larry teaches fifth grade at Wellsville Elementary School and Jamie teaches third grade in the same school.
1988
Debbie Price, now vice president at Bradford (PA) Regional Medical Center, recounted the influences that prompted her to become a nurse in "Nursing's Wonders and Challenges," published in the Bradford Era on May 6, 2004, to mark National Nurses Week. Price, who was graduated from Hamot School of Nursing in Erie, PA, in 1970, earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from AU in 1988.
Phillip Stanton and Alexandra Kristin Riddle of Ewing, NJ, were married Oct. 25, 2003. Stanton, who earned his degree in ceramic engineering, returned to Mercer County Community College to earn an associate's degree in medical laboratory technology. He is now a medical laboratory technologist at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ.
Christopher J. Krantz, assistant principal at Southwestern High School in Jamestown, has been named the new principal at Southside High School in Elmira, NY. He begins his duties July 1. Krantz, who earned his master's at AU, was a guidance counselor for 14 years before being named principal at Southwestern seven years ago.
The Evening Tribune - "AU alumnus to lead off Fall Eco Design Series" Bill will give the first lecture of the 2004 Center for Environment and Energy Research Fall Eco Design Series.
Hilary Birnbaum Lipman and her husband, Dr. Steven Lipman, had a son, Jonathan Seth Lipman, on Sept. 10, 2003.
Michelle Green, a faculty member in the Physical and Life Sciences Department at Alfred State College, has been recognized by the State University of New York as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. She had received the SUNY Chancellor's Award from Excellence in Teaching in 2000. She has taught at Alfred State since 1984. She holds a Master of Professional Studies degree from AU.
1989
Jeri Carr-Serbinowski and Paul Serbinowski '89 welcomed a son, Eric, on January 16, 2004. He joins sisters Emily (9) and Katherine (7) and brother Aleksandr (2). The family lives in the Cleveland area where Paul is a partner at the intellectual property firm Pearne and Gordon.
The Alfred University carillonneur will assist MArcel Siebers, noted carillonneur and composer of carillon music, will present the third concert in the Wingate Summer Recital Series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday July 20, 2004.
1990
James E. Henegar of Superior, WI, has earned his master's in education from the University of Wisconsin. James teaches children with emotional behavior disorders. He and his wife, Teresa, had a daughter, Iliana, on May 6, 2003.
Kurt S. Potter of Stamford, CT, and Sara Burbine were married in Las Vegas, NV, on Feb. 15, 2004. Kurt is a senior program director for Gartner Inc. in Stamford.
Lisa Diane Miller of Big Flats, NY, and James Grinnell Gray of Corning, NY, were married on March 5, 2004, in Las Vegas, NV. Lisa is a senior accounting associate at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning. Her husband owns Gray's Country Kennel in Hornby, NY.
Article in Burrelles Luce " Van Eimeren show on display at Carroll College"
Article Finger Lakes Times Online "Seneca County mental health office gets new director. Jonathan of Horseheads will lead the Seneca County Mental Health Departmenrt for the next year. Unanimously appointed acting director by the Board of Supervisors to replace David Hekel, who was killed in a car accident near Syracuse. Strohl will be under contract at a rate of $5208.33 per month for up to one year.
1991
Bruce Dehnert, who earned his MFA from Alfred, is a resident artist at Peters Valley, an internationally known craft education center in Sandyston, NJ. Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Peters Valley offers a series of classes taught by both resident artists and visiting artists. Dehnert is the head of the ceramics programs, offering workshops for ceramic artists at all levels"from professional guild to grade-school kids," Dehnert told a reporter for the New Jersey Sunday Herald. Each workshop is 12-14 days long. A native of Wyoming, Dehnert started his career as a production potter in Georgia. After earning his master's, Dehnert taught at Hunter College and Parsons School of Art & Design in New York City. He moved to New Zealand, where he met his wife and taught at the School of Art in Dunedin. After a stint at the Universitii Malaysia of the Island of Borneo, he arrived in Peters Valley five years ago.
Bridget Clark Cassety was named to Who's Who in Insurance in Western New York, a listing compiled by Business First. Bridget works for Veracity Benefit Designs Inc. in Amherst, NY. She and her husband, Scott, live in Snyder. Seton Hall University in Greensburg, PA, was an all-female school up until the 1980s. So, it's only fitting that in recruiting the school's first-ever football team, new head coach Chris Snyder isn't ruling out women. "I'm recruiting the best players. If it is a woman who is best for that position, she gets recruited, said Chris, who received his master's at AU and was an assistant football coach here. Chris went to Seton Hall from Bethany College in West Virginia, where he was head football coach since 2001. Seton Hall will begin play in the American Mideast Collegiate Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2005.
1992
Dr. Paul S. Briggs always tried to find God in his art, so it's no surprise that Dr. Briggs is now Pastor Briggs, and heading the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills, NY. Paul received his master's in art education at AU. He was an assistant professor of art education at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, gave seminars in ceramics at Harvard Univerity, and was coordinator of art education at South Carolina State University. He taught art in Newburgh public schools and at a coeducational boarding school. The son of a pastor, Paul earned his master's in biblical literature from Oral Roberts University.
From your correspondent: Adam Lang and Orna Ahoobim were married Dec. 21, 2003, in Newport Beach, CA. Adam is currently a plant manager for a ceramics company and Orna is an optometrist.
Marc Crayton and Erin Waggoner were married on Sept. 20, 2003, in Hartford, CT. Marc is an attorney witn the Connecticut State Election Enforcement Commission. Erin is a physical education teacher.
Annie Boucher '92 will be inducted during the AU Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday evening, Oct 2. The banquet is held as part of Homecoming Weekend. Annie was a star on the women's tennis team in the early 1990's. Her accomplishments are remarkable in that she enrolled at Alfred in 1990 as a 49 year old grandmother. She dominated her opponents the following year, logging a 9-1 record in first singles and leading AU to its first ever unbeaten season.
My husband, Nick Tobier, and I are excited to announce the arrival of our first child, Lucy Modrak Tobier, born on June 4th, 2004. Rebekah Modrak, '92.
1993
Mike Johnson will be inducted during the AU Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday evening, Oct 2. The banquet is held as part of Homecoming Weekend. Mike is one of the best deffenders ever to wear a Saxon men's lacrosse uniform. Like Brian Johnson (no relation), he transferred to AU prior to the 1992 season and played two years (1992-93). He also earned All-American honors twice at AU: honorable mention in 1992 and Third Team in 1993.
AU Press Releases - Woughter named acting vice president for Student Affairs. Kathleen has been the director of the Alfred University Career Development Center since 1997.
Kristine is now the president of Electro Abrasives. Headlines read "Continuing a Fine Tradition".
"Investing in Ceramics: Continuing a Fine Tradition" reads a headline in the August edition of Ceramics Industry. The article is about Electro Abrasives Corp. in Buffalo, NY, and its new president - Kristine Ramming. The company was started in 1987 by her father, the late Allan Ramming, who with other managers acquired what had been the abrasives division of Ferro Corporation. Kristine was a business and marketing major at AU when the buy-out occurred, and even as a student, the article says, she helped her father as he began to investigate the potential for boron carbide products. After graduation, though, Kris pursued other careers before joining Electro Abrasives in 1997. Her father, she told Christine Grahl of Ceramics Industry, was training her to eventually take over the company, a process that was accelerated by his "hands-off" approach that inreasingly left her in charge while he was traveling. When he became ill in early 2003, and died in June of that year, Kristine was prepared. "My dad always planned that I would take over the company eventually," she told Ceramics Industry. "Of course, we didn't think it would be this soon. But he was continually training me, and I was constantly learning, so my taking over in September of last year was a smooth transition."
Anthony W. DiGaudio has been appointed vice president of quality for the Park Electrochemical Corp. in Lake Success, NY. He joined Park in 2002 as product director, following eight years' experience in technical and customer interface experience, according to a press release from Park Electrochemical Corp. He has a BS in ceramic engineering from AU.
Per notification on survey: I just got married on August 7, 2004 to Karl E. Schweiker. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Jennifer Petersen '93 Angell, Will Angell '93, Amy Jedlicka '93 Ostrander, Steve Ostrander, Jennifer Saunders '93 Comis, Robert Comis, and Doug Seabury '93 were AU Alums that were invited. I have one more year of Grad School for my Master's in Occupational Therapy.
Kimberly Mcintosh-Little, '93 and Ronald Little, '93 had their third child, Kristina Morgan Little born on Sept. 20, 2003.
1994
Steven Charles "S.C." Rolf says his art has both form and function - "My platters can be mounted on the wall, but then taken down for a party and used for food." S.C., who lives in River Falls, WI, was part of a mother-and-son show of pottery, batik and mixed-media collages that ran at the Faribault Art Center in Faribault, MN, in the spring. His mother, Arlene, has no academic degrees in art, but her art career spans 40 years.
James Ponder of Bath, NY, has announced his engagement to Lisa Hamilton, also of Bath. James is a network technician with Erie 1 BOCES. Lisa is a student at Corning Community College, majoring in nursing education. A July 10, 2004, wedding was planned.
Brian Johnson '94 will be inducted during the AU Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday evening, Oct 2. The banquet is held as part of Homecoming Weekend. Brian played two seasons on the men's lacrosse team (1992-93) after transferring to AU prior to the 1992 season. He was a two-time All-American attackman (honorable mention in 1992; Second Team in 1993) who ranks third at Alfred in career assists and career points.
Dr. Jason Sibble and Maureen McKinley Sibble '95 are parents of a daughter, Mallory Elizabeth, born July 10, 2003. She joins sister Morgan Ann, who is 3.
1995
Lori Tiller of Allegany, NY, conducted several figure-drawing workshops at several Cattaraugus County libraries earlier this year. Lori, who majored in photography at AU, is a former art teacher with training in various art media.
Dr. Shane Pitkin, who earned his bachelor's degree from AU and his master's and Ph.D. degree in behavioral neuroscience from the State University of New York at Binghamton, has joined Palio Communications in Saratoga Springs, NY, as a medical writer. He had previously been at Harte-Hanks Interactive.
The Evening Tribune, Nicole received a Ph.D. in political science from Colorado State University during the spring commencement ceremonies. She is currenly employed by Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio.
Nicole L. Freiner received her Ph.D. degree in political science from Colorado State University in May 2004. She is now employed by the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, OH.
Dr. Jason Sibble and Maureen McKinley Sibble '95 are parents of a daughter, Mallory Elizabeth, born July 10, 2003. She joins sister Morgan Ann, who is 3.
1996
Forrest Snyder makes books, complete with eggshell-thin leaves of paper, out of clay. (Article on the Internet)
Article with the headline "The Digital Future". See folder.
Article with headline "Functional art makes every day more special." Roxanne is a potter and a teacher at South Windsor High School.
Daniel Robert Solloway married Kristen Elizabeth Platt on May 3, 2004, in Danbury, CT. After earning his BS degree in mechanical engineering from AU, Solloway earned a master's in technology management from Rennsalear Polytechnic Institute and is now a test engineer for Pratt and Whitney in Hartford, CT. Kristen Solloway, a graduate of Clarkson University, is a transportation engineer for Fuss and O'Neill in Manchester.
1997
Eric Jones, who earned his degree in fine arts, is now employed by Daltile International/American Olean in Olean as a commercial graphic designer/illustration artist, designing and producing murals, logos, and other designs from natural stone and tile products for installations all over the world. He presented a workshop, "Portraits and Caricatures," in oils and graphite for the Potter County (PA) Fine Arts Council.
"Portraits and Caricatures" in oils and graphite will be presented by Eric Jones of Wellsville, NY at the Potter County Fine Arts Council in St. Eulalia's Parish Center in Coudersport on Aug 21, 2004. Jones is a 1996 Fine Arts grad of AU and is employed by Daltile International/American Olean in Olean, NY as a commercial graphic designer/illustration artist. He currently designs and produces murals, logos and designs all over the world, made from ceramic mosaics, natural stone and other tile products.
A 12-foot, 6,500-pound steel sculpture, entitled "Free Wheel," by Peter Trout Gard has been permanently installed at the Croft Farm in Cherry Hill, NJ, according to an article in Trend of Cherry Hill. It is the township's first commissioned public sculpture, and Gard was selected from among 30 artists to create a piece for the historic site. Gard, who also works with glass, first learned of the project far from home, according to the article. Two years ago, he was in Dublin, teaching glass, when he stopped in a local pub and struck up a conversation with a woman from Cherry Hill who was working on the project. She encouraged Gard to apply for the commission. The farm had a working grist mill and was a waystation on the Underground Railroad, so the township wanted a sculpture that would reflect that history. Gard's sculpture is a giant wheel with a large key through the center. Gard told the reporter, "I created a sculpture incorporating two straightforward elements - a water wheel and a key - that would reference the history of the property and be easily recognizable by the daily audience. The wheel, representing motion and progress, may be the most fundamental machine ever to exist - yet rarely celebrated. Free is a blatant reference to freedom. Freewheel can be defined as a machine that allows for only forward motion to occur." Gard's home and studio are in Wynnewood, PA.
Bruce Gholson, who earned his MFA in ceramic art, was one of 17 artists whose work was featured at the Southern Pottery Workcenter and Gallery in Columbia, SC, according to Ceramics Monthly, The gallery's focus is on Southern pottery by both established and emerging artists. Most of the work included in the exhibition had been fired with wood, salt or soda. Gholson had been a studio potter for 10 years before coming to Alfred to earn his MFA.
Brian Thomas Hallligan married Shannon Marie Youst on June 19, 2004, in Caroline Center Church. Brian, who earned a degree in communications, is a copywriter at Marino Flynn LLC. His wife, a graduate of Ithaca College who holds a master's in art therapy from Nazareth College, is employed by Partners in Community Development and also is co-owner of Sage Arts, where she is an art therapist. They are living in Rochester.
Eric Magdar is a project geologist for ARM Group Inc., an earth resource engineering and consulting firm based in Derry Township, Pa. Eric joined ARM earlier this year after conducting environmental site investigations in Maryland for six years.
1998
Linda J. Peacock and Justin Marshall, both of Warwick, RI, were married May 29, 2004. Linda is manager of the Providence Hilti Center. Her husband, who earned a degree in architectural engineering from the New England Institute of Technology, is a an architectural draftsman for Creative Designs in Attleboro, MA.
Kenny McGee and Sara Hammond '99 are pleased to announce their engagement. Sara says their romance began while they were both students at Alfred, and the wedding will take place on the seventh anniversary of their first date - April 9, 2005. Kenny is a financial advisor and associate vice president with Hefren-Tillotson in Pittsburgh, and Sara is the manager of the University Student Judicial System at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to planning for the wedding, Kenny is busy with his work with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, which raises money for two very worth local charities, the Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. Sara has decided to go back to school for a second bachelor's degree at Pitt. They both look forward to seeing lots of Alfred alums at the wedding! And speaking of Kenny... A feature in the August-September issue of Irish America includes him on its seventh annual list of "Wall Street 50." The article notes that at Hefren-Tillotson, Kenny is "one of the youngest associate vice presidents ever," specializing in comprehensive financial planning in the areas of investments, insurance, retirement, estate and tax planning.We'd like to think his rapid success is due, in part, because he got a head start on his career as one of the managers of the Student-Managed Investment Fund at AU.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Gianna Committo joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, she is a visiting professor in the School of Art & Design.
Jessica A. Gottlieb notes that after a "wonderful experience" as an associate at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C., she has started the next phase of her career as counsel in the general law department of Hoffman-La Roche Inc., Nutley, NJ.
Article in the Evening Tribune - Several new faces on AU campus this fall" - Stephanie joined the AU faculty for the 2004-2005 academic year, she is a visiting professor of drawing, painting and photography, School of Art & Design.
1999
My name is Linda Ramos and I graduated in the class of 1999 from Alfred University School of Business. I wanted to share the good news with everyone in my class and other classes that might have known my husband and I. I FINALLY married the love of my life and Alfred Alumni of the 1999 class, Stephen Filosa. Our wedding was June 5th, 2004 and we would like to send a picture for the AU People of us along with other Alfred Alumni, Tracy Higgins (now Quinlan), Brian Quinlan and Paul Valentine. And yet another picture showing yes, another Alfred Alumni, Collin Culbreth. (All the men graduated Alfred University 1999 and Played Basketball). I can be contacted at 41 Sachem Drive, Mastic, NY 11950. Mt cell number is 631-827-2019 and the below is my work number, feel free to call during the day. Thanks Linda Filosa (Ramos) Queens Legal 516-877-5757 516-877-5754
My name is Linda Ramos and I graduated in the class of 1999 from Alfred University School of Business. I wanted to share the good news with everyone in my class and other classes that might have known my husband and I. I FINALLY married the love of my life and Alfred Alumni of the 1999 class, Stephen Filosa. Our wedding was June 5th, 2004 and we would like to send a picture for the AU People, of us along with other Alfred Alumni, Tracy Higgins (now Quinlan), Brian Quinlan and Paul Valentine. And yet another picture showing yes, another Alfred Alumni, Collin Culbreth. (All the men graduated Alfred University 1999 and played Basketball). I can be contacted at 41 Sachem Drive, Mastic, NY 11950. My cell number is 631-827-2019 and the below number is my work number, feel free to call during the day. Thanks Linda Filosa (Ramos) Attorney awaiting Admittance Queens Legal 516-877-5757 516-877-5754
Article stating "Little Silver Resident Joins Peace Corps." Lynne has accepted a Peace Corps assignment to work as an English as a Second Language Volunteer.
Kenny McGee and Sara Hammond '99 are pleased to announce their engagement. Sara says their romance began while they were both students at Alfred, and the wedding will take place on the seventh anniversary of their first date - April 9, 2005. Kenny is a financial advisor and associate vice president with Hefren-Tillotson in Pittsburgh, and Sara is the manager of the University Student Judicial System at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to planning for the wedding, Kenny is busy with his work with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, which raises money for two very worth local charities, the Allegheny Valley School and the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. Sara has decided to go back to school for a second bachelor's degree at Pitt. They both look forward to seeing lots of Alfred alums at the wedding! And speaking of Kenny... A feature in the August-September issue of Irish America includes him on its seventh annual list of "Wall Street 50." The article notes that at Hefren-Tillotson, Kenny is "one of the youngest associate vice presidents ever," specializing in comprehensive financial planning in the areas of investments, insurance, retirement, estate and tax planning.We'd like to think his rapid success is due, in part, because he got a head start on his career as one of the managers of the Student-Managed Investment Fund at AU.
2000
Article with the headline "Gallery features new work by Weinrich" She will present her first solo show, "Rebirth/Revisit/Re-Emerge,' Saturday Aug. 7 through Aug 28 at the Spirit Art Gallary in Frederick. Weinrich is an alumna of the School of Art and Design at AU, with a BA degree in studio art, art history and dance. She is a member of the Frederick County Art Association and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. She works at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington.
William has been admitted to the New York State Bar. He is an associate attorney with Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth.
Matthew, the assistant professor of glass science recently received a $2 million US Dept of Energy grant to develop new technology for a storage system for hydrogen to power a new generation of vehicles.
Article with the headline "L. Wilson Realty announces new sales associate."
Per Burrelles Luce Pathways Inc. recently named Tracy Campbell as assistant director of the Erwin Child and Family Center.
Weiler Mapping, a division of James W. Sewall Company, announced the promotion of Mat Andrews to GIS Project Manager on June 12, 2004.
Article in The Olean Times Herald "Lewis takes post at Alfred University" Cynthia has joined the university as associate director of alumni relations.
Cynthia M. Lewis has joined AU's Office of Alumni and Community Relations as associate director. Her responsibilities include organizing alumni events, including Reunion. While a student in the College of Business, she completed an internship with the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce and continued after graduation as an events coordinator supervisor. Prior to joining the AU staff, she had been a client services coordinator with Employee Services, Inc., in Wellsville, NY.
Mat Andrews has been appointed GIS project manager by Weiler Mapping, a division of James W. Sewall Co. He joined Weiler in 2000 as a GIS analyst and since then has developed comprehensive technical skills in tax map conversion and GIS project implementation. He earned a BS in geology.
Katherine Carol Crandall and Benjamin Harvey Palmer '00 were married in Almond on June 28, 2003. Katherine teaches special education at Alfred-Almond Central School. Ben is pursuing his master's in speech and language pathology at SUNY Geneseo.
Andy Bartholomew has joined the staff of L. Wilson Realty in Auburn, NY, as a sales associate. He and fiance Gennie Gilliland, who teaches fifth grade and Spanish at St. Joseph's School, have just purchased a house in Auburn.
Andrew Shaw, who received his MFA degree from AU, won the Best of Show award at the 38th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts at State College, PA. He was a first-time entrant in the show, which draws more than 300 artists and 100,000 visitors.
Morgan Weinrich, who majored in fine arts, art history and dance at AU, had her first solo exhibition, "Rebirth/Revisit/Re-Emerge," at the Spirit Gallery in Frederick, MD, during August. A multi-disciplinary artist, Weinrich uses needle and thread to create collages on stretched canvas, "entrapping digital and Polaroid images and various paint media, along with found and made objects," according to an article in the Frederick, MD, News-Post.
Dr. Matthew Hall (Ph.D. in '03) was among nine graduate students awarded National Science Foundation-supported travel fellowships to participate in the 5th International Meeting of the Pacific Rim Ceramic Societies, held last fall in Nagoya, Japan. Matthew is an assistant professor of biomaterials at AU.
William A. Scott has been admitted to New York State Bar. After graduating from AU with a degree in business, he earned his juris doctor degree from Albany Law School. He is an associate attorney with FitzGerald Morris Baker Firth in Schnectady, NY.
Tracy Jefferds Campbell has been named assistant director of the Erwin, NY, Child and Family Center. After graduation from AU, Tracy earned a master's degree in early childhood education from Geneseo State College. She has been a head teacher, curriculum coordinator and director of Wee Care Early Childhood Development Center in Hornell.
2001
Harold F. Preston III and Bridgette Lenore Herne '02 plan to wed Feb. 19, 2005, in Fort Myers Beach, FL, where they are now living. Hank is a network engineer for Softrim Corp, and Bridgette is an administrative assistant for Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.
Chris Ungaro is co-owner with his stepfather Tony Piccione of Fat Bob's Smokehouse on Virginia Street in Buffalo. A profile in Business First says the two "brought their experience from the corporate world to the dining table, complete with long hours and busy schedules." Chris, who had been a stockbroker, and his stepfather bought the business that specializes in Texas barbecue in 2003, and have built a clientele that includes workers in downtown law firms, banks, insurance agencies and other businesses. They've started to market the products on the internet as well. The secret to their success so far, they say, is "family and trust."
G. Douglas Clarke received a plaque from the A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co., the volunteer fire company that serves Alfred, for his years of service to the company. Doug, who is now a technical specialist for the Environmental Sciences program, is now a captain and has been an assistant chief. Doug was among the firefighters honored at the company's annual dinner.
Andrea Olewnik, a 2002 graduate of Alfred University, who currently resides in Stamford, CT, has been selected as a winner in the 2004 American Graphic Design Awards for excellence in communication and graphic design for her branding and packaging of the Blue Buffalo Company. In its 25th year, this competition is among the most prestigious. Most selective, too, as only 12% of entries were honored this year. The award is issued by Graphic Design USA Magazine. The award winning artwork will be published in the December annual issue of Graphic Design USA under the name of her company, Sierra Communications. Info submitted by Nicky Olewnik 260 Mobile Drive Rochester, NY 14616 585-621-6189
Jay A. Weisberger,'01 just took a job as Public Relations Manager at Teen People, a division of Time Magazine.
2002
Article with the headline "We have a lot of new shows for kids" Shauna McNabb of Weedsport, co-director of the Cayuga County Fair, talked recently about herself and her job with the county fair.
Article in the Alfred Sun "Brad Bowden awarded fellowship. One of 170 Fellows chosen from over 3200 applicants to receive a National DefenseScience and Engineering Graduate Fellowship funded by the Office of Naval Research.
Portfolio - Cast Bottom Bootles, 2003, blown and pressed glass, 7 by 2 inches; Red Plug Bottle, 2003, blown glass, 8 by 4 inches. "Being a home brewer I naturally find the beer a form worth investigating. My recent work comes from experiments with technique. Some pieces are utilitarian and others are more decorative." Born 1979, in Schenectady, NY. Lives in Voorheesville, NY, where he expects to build a studio in the Capital District. Attended Skidmore College Summer Six program, Saratoga Springs, NY (1996,1997), School for American Craft's at Rochester Institute of Technology (AOS 1997), NYS College of Ceramics at AU (BFA 2002). Visiting artist fellowship, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY (fall 2003).
Article that read "Ebert Family Celebrates Twin Graduations."
Nick McLaughlin of Cicero, NY, has been hired by C&S Engineers, North Syracuse, as a staff engineer in the company's airport group. Nick is working toward his master's in mechanical engineering.
Shauna McNabb, who received her bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in secondary education from AU, is co-director of the Cayuga County Fair and a special events assistant for DIRT Motorsports. As co-director of the annual county fair, Shauna was responsible for hiring employees, doing the payroll, booking all the entertainment and exhibits, coordinating all vendors, and handling all advertising, promotions and ticket sales. She started working for DIRT Motorsports in 1995 while still in high school and continued working every summer during the time she was at AU. She's been involved with the fair for about the same amount of time and became co-director a year ago.
Cheryl Hayne is living in Boston and working toward her Ph.D. in the Law, Policy, and Society Program at Northeastern University and working as a researcher with the Public Health Advocacy Institute there. I'm also in Boston, working for a marketing firm and doing newspaper writing on the side. On a recent trip to Rochester, Julie Babulski and I ran into Frank Raddell at a bar, and separately that Saturday night, we ran into a few guys from the 1999-2000 Openhym crew!
Katherine Carol Crandall and Benjamin Harvey Palmer '00 were married in Almond on June 28, 2003. Katherine teaches special education at Alfred-Almond Central School. Ben is pursuing his master's in speech and language pathology at SUNY Geneseo.
Megan Martin is working at a law firm in Providence and training to become a paralegal. Megan says she's even tossing around the idea of going to law school.
2003
Brighid O'Dea spent part of the summer working at world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle. Brighid described Pilchuck as a "mini Alfred reunion, with tons of past and present Alfred people here." Becca Chernow was also at Pilchuck, and is exhibiting her work at the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles and at a gallery on Camano Island in Washington.
Liane Klingensmith is in Boston, too, and is entering her second year in an organic chemistry Ph.D. program at MIT. She is concentrating on organic synthesis/organometallic chemistry.
Cheryl Hayne is living in Boston and working toward her Ph.D. in the Law, Policy, and Society Program at Northeastern University and working as a researcher with the Public Health Advocacy Institute there. I'm also in Boston, working for a marketing firm and doing newspaper writing on the side. On a recent trip to Rochester, Julie Babulski and I ran into Frank Raddell at a bar, and separately that Saturday night, we ran into a few guys from the 1999-2000 Openhym crew!
Alison Green is also in New York, and starting her second year as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn.
Christina Saunders moved to Arizona after graduation and is keeping busy in Phoenix, where she is "excited to have finally found a state with 300 sunny days per year."
Nikki Birdsall had her own Alfred run-in recently. She just returned to Philadelphia after a couple weeks of law classes in the Greek islands (including one taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) where she met a woman whose sister went to Alfred (small world!). Nikki is beginning her second year of law school at Temple and has been working at the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office. She encourages Alfred friends to email her (nikki_birsdall@hotmail.com) and to visit when they're in Philly!
Nearby, in New Jersey, Maria Giampino is working as a project director at Alloy Marketing and Promotions, one of the country's largest youth marketing companies.
April Felipe is in New York and working at Greenwich House Pottery, a non-profit arts organization.
Casey Kuzio emailed recently from Germany, during a three-week trip around Europe to say she's been very busy during the past year working with AmeriCorps throughout the southeastern U.S. and among activities, has been tutoring underprivileged kids and building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Alabama and Florida. Casey is planning to head back to school soon, "if only so I can continue putting off the real world for as long as possible."
Alecia Geno was gearing up in August to move from Syracuse to San Francisco where she will be attending the California College of the Arts and working toward her master's degree in architecture.
Jolee Romano has been living near Sarasota and living in The Village of the Arts, running her friend's Baobab Tree Gallery, where she has her own "nice little studio." She's also been working at a cafe/bar called the Havana Cabana and volunteering with the Manatee County Humane Society (she even adopted her own dog!).
Jolee and Alecia were at the wedding of Jon Cocina and Sarah Vinci, who were married in Burlington, VT on August 7 before a crowd that included countless Alfred alumni. Laura Espinoza was also scheduled to have an August wedding, this one in Jamestown, with another large group of Alfred friends planning to attend.
Tamarah Roman is also in Phoenix, working at a New Age store and helping coordinate its expansion. Still busy with her art, Tamarah says she's working "while trying to wrangle the glass gods on the side."
From Sebastian White: Before I started at Alfred, I had never really heard of the place, nor did anyone I know. More and more, though, it seems the Alfred name is getting out (or at least I'm more conscious of it). Heading back to the Los Angeles airport recently, I was being driven through Sabrina Brody '04's neighborhood, and having a great conversation with the driver. Alfred happened to come up, and he told me that he was originally from Binghamton and had a brother who graduated from Alfred in the 70s!
Christopher M. Williams and Victoria Anne Shults, both of Columbia, MD, have announced their engagement. Chris is employed by ADT Securities. Victoria is employed by the Department of Defense. An Aug. 14 wedding is planned.
Sebastian left Maine for AU and never looked back. Says he wasn't sure what he would do with his degree in sociology bu knew he wouldn't be looking for work in Maine. He now lives near Boston.
Megan is exhibiting works from her "To Hear the Falling World" series. Currently on display in the offices of Waterfront Media, located in Mass MoCA on the second floor.
Richard, son of LeeAnn and Richard J. Hammond Sr. of South Glens Falls, received a Master's Degree in Community Service Administration from Alfred University. Hammond is a 1998 graduate of South Glens Falls High School.
Article in the Shanghai Daily News - After a two-month scholarship to China, American artist Daniel Bare has returned for a special solo show.
Wrote an article with the headline"Flip side of Maine's brain-drain dilemma" Sebastian graduated in 2003 and works as a research analyst for a marketing firm and as a free lance writer in Boston.
2004
Alfred Sun - Shaminda of Alfred received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in theatre from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at AU. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Vasantha Amarakoon of Alfred and a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School. Shaminda, together with classmate Beth Greenwood, selected as senior class speakers, presented a dialogue titled "It's okay."
Headline " Area students receive bachelor degrees from Alfred University.
Katie has been named an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) all-star.
Logan was in an article in The Times Herald with the headline "Area Students receive bachelor degrees from Alfred University."
Carolyn was in an article in The Times Herald with the headline "Area students receive bachelor degrees from Alfred University."
Alfred Sun - Fenna received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in fine arts from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at AU . She is the daughter of Nadine Clare Hoover of Alfred and is a graduate of George School.
Michael was in an article in the Times Herald with the Headline "Area Students receive bachelor degrees from Alfred University"
Steven was in an article in The Times Herald with the headline " Area students receive bachelor degrees from Alfred University."
Alfred Sun - Cherity of Almond received a bachelor of science degree magna cum laude in business administration from the College of Business at Alfred University. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Humbert of Almond.
Article in the Patriot and Free Press, Aug 4-10, 2004 Cuba resident graduates from Alfred with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Alfred Sun - 7/22/04. Lindsey has been awarded Divisional Honors based on her Sr work at AU. She was also invited to join 1200 other staff members to instruct ceramic art this summer at Interlocken International Camp for the Arts in Interlocken, MI where 2300 campers must qualify to attend each year. While attending AU, she was a Dean's List student and served as pianist for the AU InterVarsity praise and worship team for four years at weekly chapel services.
The 2004 Wellsville JV football team will be coached this year by Dan Shutt, a former quarterback at Wellsville High School and a recent gradute of Alfred University.
Outstanding Senior Award
A few weeks ago, at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, I ran into Chagmion Antoine who was covering the event for CNN. We had a great time catching up and trying to get the attention of all the celebrities there. I wasn't as successful as Chagm, who, needless to say, charmed everyone.
2005
Erick sponsored a 48 hour Challenge for top high school students. Figure out the solution to a mystery in 48 hours, and win $5,000. Ended in a tie. Laine said he sponsored the competition "to energize students, to get them interested in studying things they maybe hadn't thought about studying before."
2011
Wayne will be attending the biennial meeting in Seoul and Icheon, Gyeonggi Province from 8/26 - 9/4 2004. The International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) 2004 General Assembly will be bringing together roughly 300 participants from over 30 countries to discuss current issues in ceramics. This year's gathering, titled "The Hidden LEgacy" has a pointed focus on the ceramcis tradition in Asia, following visitors and introduction to Korea's rich pottery history.
Births
Eva (Bergren )Cronin '83 and Peter Cronin welcome Aidan William, born May 28, 2004.
Robert Brophy '84 and his wife Connie Kaspar Brophy had a daughter born 06/17/2004 and her name is Mary Brucchieri Brophy.
Andrew James was born on 8/29/04. He weighed 8lbs. 4oz. and 20 1/2 ".
Jeri Carr-Serbinowski and Paul Serbinowski '89 welcomed a son, Eric, on January 16, 2004. He joins sisters Emily (9) and Katherine (7) and brother Aleksandr (2). The family lives in the Cleveland area where Paul is a partner at the intellectual property firm Pearne and Gordon.
Had Andrew James born on Aug. 29, 2004. He weighed 8lbs. 4 oz. and 20 1/2 ".
Kimberly McIntosh-Little, '93 and Ronald Little, '93 had their third child, Kristina Morgan Little born Sept 20, 2003.
Had twins on August 27, 2004 names Maya and Charlie. Has another child named Keller that was born May 14, 2003.
Had a baby girl named Megan on May 31, 2004.
Sarah Sculdt Bellina '99 and husband Danny Bellina '00, are parents of a new son, Logan Matteo Bellina, born April 28, 2004.
Deaths - Alumni
Delbert L. Barden, 89, of Stamford, CT, died April 8, 2004. He was a retired carpenter and member of Carpenters Local 210 who worked for many years for the Lee Co. in New Canaan, CT. He was a long-standing member of the Cos Cob Rifle and Revolver Club, and the Halloween Yacht Club in Stamford. He was also an avid fisherman and member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Barden is survived by two daughters; eight grandchildren and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, the former Jean Sleath.
Victor A. Burdick, a retired teacher and manufacturing executive from Orchard Park, NY, died in Dade City, FL, on April 4, 2004. Victor earned his bachelor's degree in history from AU and taught in Corning and Bolivar, NY, before serving in the Army during World War II. He returned to Bolivar and taught for a year, went to work for Wickwire Spencer Steel in Buffalo, then for the Armor Fence Co. in Buffalo. He retired and resumed his teaching career at a Buffalo business institute, then at a community college in Florida, where he moved. Victor was a talented vocalist and an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, the former Mary C. Hall; two sons and a daughter.
Catherine C. Goodfellow, 87, of Manlius, NY, died on March 1, 2004. Catherine was active in her church and in several community service organizations. Her husband of 51 years, Kenneth H. Goodfellow, died March 14, 2002.
Ruth W. Cunningham, 83, of Attleboro, MA, a retired fashion designer, died May 14, 2004. Ruth was a former editor and worked on magazines such as Seventeen and Glamour. Later, she became a successful fashion desugner in New York. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul Cunningham; two sons, Paul and Walter; and a daughter, Bridget Cunningham.
Jim Carl '73 notified us of the death of his mother, Grace A. Carl. Mrs. Carl, who had lived in Horseheads and Hammondsport, NY, died June 28, 2004, at The Waters in Painted Post. Mrs. Carl, who volunteered for the Chemung and Steuben County ARC, is survived by a daughter, Linda Carl '80 of Philadelphia, PA; and two sons, James Carl '73 of Painted Post and Thomas Carl of Corning. "She and Dad (John Carl '51) loved AU very much," Jim said.
James E. Dietsche, who earned a master's in elementary education at AU, died June 26 at the age of 93. He was a resident of Dansville, NY. Prior to his retirement, he was an elementary principal in Elmira, NY. After retirement, he kept busy as a member of the Geneseo Valley Hunt, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, the Livingston County Historical Association and the 121st Cavalry.
John Edward Colcord, 73, of Temple Terrace, FL, died June 17, 2004. He had retired in 1991 as a lubrication engineer with Texaco, Inc. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Nancy Coulter Colcord; a son, two daughters and four grandchildren.
It is with heavy heart that I report the death of my friend and Nursing classmate, Elizabeth Reinke Burger. Betty and Bob (the late K. Robert Burger '60), who preceded her in death two years ago, met on campus in 1959 and remained loyal and giving alumni for all these years, in spite of illness that kept them from returning to campus. They will be missed. A memorial bench is planned by members of both classes of '59 and '60. (See story, page 5)
Jeffrey R. Green, 40, of Brownwood, TX, died April 20, 2004, in Dallas. A ceramic engineer, he was employed by the Kohler Company as a senior project engineer. He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Igoe; four children, Matthew, Katie, Zachary and Megan; his parents; a brother and sister; and several nieces and nephews.
Diane B. Harris, 56, died at her home in Addison, NY, on Feb. 18, 2004. Diane graduated from the Binghamton State Hospital School of Nursing, received her bachelor's in nursing from AU, and her master's in nursing from Syracuse University. She earned her degree as a nurse practitioner from SUNY Binghamton, and worked in that capacity at the Big Flats Primary Care Office. She also taught at Corning Community College and Elmira College Schools of Nursing. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Nelson; a son and a daughter.
Engagements
Scott Bray, who received his degree in business administration and is now manager of Pool Mart in Olean, NY, is engaged to wed Sarah McCoy '03 in January, 2005, in the Bahamas. Sarah is executive director of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah McCoy, who earned her degree in business administration and who is now the executive director of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, is engaged to marry Scott Bray '91. Scott is manager of Pool Mart in Olean. The wedding is planned for January, 2005, in the Bahamas.
Marriages
Steven Russell Reis '92 and Hilary Evelyn White were married August 15th, 2004.
Frederick L. Pollack and Jennifer Lei Pollack were married on Aug. 31, 2003. Frederick is an attorney in Tampa, FL.
James Ponder, '94 and Lisa Hamilton were married July 10, 2004.
Thomas Walker married Keli Turner '01 on July 3, 2004
Dagmar Sepulveda, '00 and Matthew Herrick, 00, were married on August 7, 2004.
Dagmar Sepulveda '00 and Matthew Herrick '00 were married on August 7, 2004.
Daniel DeCerbo '01 and Kathryn J. Gallaher were married on July 31, 2004.
Thomas Walker married Keli Turner '01 on July 3, 2004
Josh Phillips, 2003 married to Courtney Thompson on 04/24/2004