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1950
On Aug. 23, 2011, your Class Correspondent Herbert MacDonell was the recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Award presented by the Corning Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This award is named after Dr. Eugene C. Sullivan who was the first industrial research scientist in the United States. It is the ACS Section's highest award. The research facility of Corning Inc., Sullivan Park, is named after Dr. Sullivan. Also, on Sept. 26, Herb was invited to be on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for National Security and Forensic Sciences based at Syracuse University. Other members of this board are Gen. Wesley Clark (former Supreme Commander of NATO), Maj. Gen. Bruce Lawlor (former Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security), Lord George Robertson (former NATO Secretary General), Michael Baden (former Chief Medical Examiner NYC), Douglas Ubelaker (President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences).
Dick Johnson writes to your Class Correspondent:?"What a surprise to get your mail. But how can any of us have much to report at this time of our lives? Since I will be 89 in two weeks, my life has a much quieter pattern. I am enjoying my Winter apartment in Ft. Lauderdale on the beach. Also I spend Spring and Fall in my New York City apartment and I have been spending three Summer months in Europe for the last 40 years since I have an apartment in Athens, Greece. However, I don't see this as major news. Happily my health has held up and I still go to the gym three days a week for a two-hour workout. Actually Amy Jacobson (AU?director of gift planning) has kept track of me and is aware of all this. So Herb I am responding just to your kind inquiry."
1957
Claire Wilcox writes: "The reunion of the Alfred nurses of the class of 1957 occurred Sept. 10-14. We try to gather every two-three years, usually in the eastern United States as most of the 13 nurses live in that region. However, this year we decided on Branson, MO, an area that is known for its entertainment. The group rented a lodge and did a lot of chatting while fixing meals at 'home,' also dined out and enjoyed several shows and some hiking. We saw the newly opened 'Andy Williams and Ann Margaret Show,' 'The Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede' and went to The Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruise and show. The four nurses and spouses that attended were Lucyanne and Bill Nolan, Sue and Art Mittelstaedt, Claire (Tinker) and Dave Wilcox '58, and Carol Lasher (see photo below). Several others of the class were to attend but due to floods and other happenings just couldn't make it. We are planning another get-together in 2013 'back east,' the spot still to be determined. The Alfred University School of Nursing, which brought us together in 1953 and closed in 1989, is still alive because of our camaraderie."
1959
Richard Zodikoff writes, "My wife and I are selling our home in West Caldwell, NJ after 50 years of living in this wonderful community. We are moving to West Palm Beach, FL into a golf and tennis community called Ibis. We are both avid golfers and after double knee replacement surgery I am returning to the tennis courts. Three of our six grandchildren are now enrolled in college, so not being in the Northeast is not a problem. In truth, I do not miss the snow. If anyone is in the south Florida area, give a holler - Marty Oppenheim lives only 30 minutes away, and we can always do lunch."
1960
Earl Conabee and Bob Goldstein, roommates and fraternity brothers at Alfred, recently met up at a soccer game in Asheville, NC, where their granddaughters were playing against each other.
Don Bolles writes, "To fulfill my ROTC obligation (after graduation), I entered the Army in 1961, was involuntarily extended beyond the six months, and left the service in 1967 as a Captain, seeing combat in Vietnam. "I took my LSAT in Saigon and entered law school in the University of San Diego. I graduated cum laude from law school and was an editor on the school's law review. "My first and only legal job was with a small rural law firm in Monterey County, CA, Hutton, Foley, Anderson & Boles. One asks, what did you specialize in? Answer: in a rural community, guess what-whatever legal problem comes through the door. Prosecutor for the DA, city attorney for the four rural cities, civil litigator, family law, pretty much general practitioner, now a dinosaur. "After 30 years of practice, I retired in 2000. Today, my wife, Gerri, and I live in one of the best vibrant retirement communities, the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, OR. We enjoy singing in choir, bridge, tennis, golf and Bible study."
1961
Joan Bohlig exhibited her "Etchings on Biblical Themes" in the Trinity Lutheran Church's Fellowship Hall during the month of July. Joan's pottery, drawings, paintings, and etchings have been exhibited internationally and used in numerous book illustrations and book covers.
Charles Williams writes, "I have won a Will Rogers Medallion Award for production of a book on chuckwagon cook-offs entitled 'It's All About the Buckle - Cooking with the C-C.' The Will Rogers Medallion Award is given annually to honor excellence in Western media."
Joel Moskowitz, president and CEO of Ceradyne, was profiled in an Aug. 1, 2011 article appearing in Smart Business, Orange County, CA, which detailed how he diversified his company through acquisitions.
1962
Stephen Crossman, AU Sports Hall of Fame athlete, died Oct., 25, 2011. Steve is remembered as an outstanding and dedicated football player and track team member, and was a NYS Small College Hurdle Champion in Highs and Intermediates. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gloria Woodworth Crossman; two sons, Mark and Raymond; and four grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Wanders Rest, 7138 Sutherland Drive, Canastota, NY 13032.
Shaun William Baker died July 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and three grandchildren.
Richard Zodikoff writes, "My wife and I are selling our home in West Caldwell, NJ after 50 years of living in this wonderful community. We are moving to West Palm Beach, FL into a golf and tennis community called Ibis. We are both avid golfers and after double knee replacement surgery I am returning to the tennis courts. Three of our six grandchildren are now enrolled in college, so not being in the Northeast is not a problem. In truth, I do not miss the snow. If anyone is in the south Florida area, give a holler - Marty Oppenheim lives only 30 minutes away, and we can always do lunch."
Richard Denton writes, "Looking forward to that big reunion that once seemed so far away. It has been a fun year of travel; first to the Rose Bowl Parade and Reagan Library to start the year, followed by a mission trip to Ecuador and a nephew's destination wedding in Belize. Now, we are off to North Carolina for a little more beach time before the summer disappears. My wife is still teaching piano, and I am doing some financial services work. Life is good!"
Class Correspondent Maxine Lurie writes, "Last August I 'retired' as a professor of history at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. The quotation marks are there because I have not totally stopped working. Last fall I taught a graduate course, and this fall I teach the New Jersey history class. In addition, I continue to do scholarship, working on a book as an editor and contributor, and am also active in state history matters. "My husband, who two years ago 'retired' as history professor at Rutgers University in Newark, now serves as their academic integrity officer and is completing several books."
1963
Heidi Rankin recently toured Central Europe with her husband, visiting cities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. She writes, "We had our first dinner on the River Beatrice (our boat) in Budapest, and the gentleman seated next to me (Stan Holden '63) graduated from AU ... What a small world! He lives in North Carolina now."
1965
Isabel Chicquor '65, '67 died Oct. 29, 2011. She retired in 2007 as a faculty member of North Carolina Central University where she taught for 30 years. Isabel was highly respected and admired for her dedication, talent, compassion, and commitment to her students, to her teaching, and to the community. When she arrived in North Carolina she helped found, along with 12 other women artists, Center/Gallery, the first women's art cooperative in the state. Their 10-year history now resides in the archives of Douglas College Library, Rutgers University. Isabel's greatest joy was her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Daniel Mason Levitt; her daughter, Jessica Levitt Knorr; husband Jeffrey Robert Knorr; and her three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB#7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295 or Residential Services, Inc., 111 Providence Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Memo: In memory of Isabel)
James R. Higgins Jr. was named Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year by "Best Lawyers," the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. James was awarded this title based on high ratings by his peers in the legal community for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
1966
Richard Zakin opened a new clay, graphite drawing, and digital imagery exhibit at the new arts center The View in Old Forge, in July. Richard, who "retired" as an art professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego in 2008, has since spent his time learning how to make digital images and working with ideas derived from minimalism and "enjoying that a great deal." In the spring he will be teaching drawing to students in the Honors Program at SUNY Oswego.
David Perlstein writes that he "continues his late-life writing career with a novel, 'Slick!' (iUniverse, 2011). A geopolitical satire set in a fictional Persian Gulf sultanate, 'Slick!' skewers Middle East politics, hyper-capitalism and American foreign policy with the tale of a power struggle within a royal family. Expect the unexpected." David brought out a nonfiction work last year: "God's Others: Non-Israelites' Encounters With God in the Hebrew Bible" (iUniverse, 2010). It is cited in the Jewish Publication Society's commentary on the Book of Ruth. He also authored "Solo Success: 100 Tips for Becoming a $100,000-a-Year Freelancer" (Three Rivers Press/Crown Publishing, 1998). The first two-and-a-half chapters of "Slick!" can be read at davidperlstein.com. The book is available at iUniverse.com with Amazon and bn.com (Barnes and Noble) soon to follow.
Howard G. Paster, a consummate Washington insider whose effectiveness as a corporate lobbyist took him to the White House as President Bill Clinton's liaison to Congress, where he helped push through the North American Free Trade Agreement, died Aug. 10, 2011 in Baltimore. He was 66 and lived in Washington. Read The New York Times article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/us/politics/14paster.html
Raymond E. (Ray) Johnson '66, '68, former Presbyterian School Head of School, Houston, TX, and AU?Klan Alpine brother, died Oct. 18, 2011. Ray earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Alfred University and he began his educational and administrative careers at several well-regarded independent schools in the Northeast. Ray is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susie; his three children Marc, Karin, and Sarah; and six grandchildren. In keeping with Ray's family's request, memorial donations may be made to the Presbyterian School Financial Aid Endowment in memory of Raymond E. Johnson, 5300 Main St., Houston, Texas 77004.
1968
Michelle Murphy recently participated in a contemporary art exhibition titled "American Realism" at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe.
1970
Geoff Brunger writes, "I was recently hired as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Hilbert College, Hamburg."
1971
Ronald Deblinger has been named chairman of the Delta Dental of New Jersey Board of Trustees. Ronald has served as a member of the board for two decades. He is still active in his Clifton endodontic practice, which he founded in 1977.
Joseph Falcone was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at the State University of New York at Fredonia Homecoming in October 2011. Along with his wife, Jane Falcone, he owns and operates Falcone Farms in Silver Creek, one of the most successful farming operations in Western New York. The couple grows Concord grapes, apples, beans, vegetables, and small grains. Joseph is also the president of the National Grape Cooperative and chairman of the board of directors of Welch's, the food processing and marketing division of National Grape.
1973
Lou Gigliotti recently won the annual Spectre 341 Challenge in Virginia City, NV for the second year in a row with his 2010 ZR1 Corvette. Lou is currently a racecar driver and owns his own automotive shop, LG Motorsports.
Lynn Uhlmann exhibited several of her landscape paintings in July at the Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, MI. Lynn's landscapes depict the "elegance and quiet grandeur" of familiar forest and wilderness areas. Lynn lives in south-central Pennsylvania with her husband Phil and two sons.
1975
Alison Weld recently exhibited a series of paintings titled "Striations and Silent Diaries" at the Atea Ring Gallery in Westport. The oil-impasto paintings, which include a range of her work from the mid-1980s to the present, are based on geologic time and inspired by fossils Alison worked with as a vertebrate paleontology laboratory assistant at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.
"Tales of Art Beyond the Frame" was written by Debra Rhodes Smith, of Pinehurst, NC, professional art adviser and appraiser. She weaves a journey through her life and 34 years of an "exhilarating career." This is a memoir of anecdotes relating to things that happen along the way to a savvy gal wearing all the hats and running a successful business built from the ground up. Now available on Apple iTunes, B/N for Nook and Amazon for Kindle. For additional information and any inquiries please contact Debra directly by: e-mail:?drhodessmith@nc.rr.com; phone: 910.255.0570; or on the Web at www.debrarhodessmithfineartservices.com.
1977
Nicholas Wood exhibited a collection of paintings and wall reliefs titled "First This/First That" this fall at Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX. Nicholas is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Texas -Arlington.
Clifford Singer's work was on display this fall in "Clifford Singer, Retrospective Exhibition" at Lloyd D. George Federal Building, GSA, Las Vegas. Find it on youTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-cRBUpK7RE.
1978
Nancy Falk is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing Education at The George Washington University. She has been working at the university for two years as an adjunct faculty member, teaching classes in the College of Health and Human Services.
Daniel J. Carman has been named technical director for Cardinal Flat Glass Co. He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's of science in ceramic engineering degree from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has numerous years of experience in the float and container glass industries. He was formerly with Huhtamaki Packaging, Fulton.
1979
Gay Summer Rick exhibited her "Series in Fog and Sun" at the Bleicher/Golightly Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. in August. The series of paintings depicted local Southern California scenes in the presence of a growing fog.
1980
David Boyajian collaborated with fellow alum Matthew Rink '07 to create a 9-11 memorial sculpture that was installed in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CN. David and Matt's sculpture, a large aluminum floral arrangement constructed partly from shards of metal recovered from the Twin Towers, won a competition sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism to mark the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy.
Marianne Gaige recently received the Woman of Distinction Award from OutputLinks Communications Group, an organization of global corporate communications business divisions. Marianne was one of eight women from across the globe to receive this prestigious award for her work as president and CEO of Cathedral Corp., which offers printed and electronic communication programs for a broad range of industries.
Joe Mooney is exhibiting his sculpture "Make a Statue of My Friend: Presenting Enkidu Re-Presenting the Gilgamesh Epic Sculpture by Joe Mooney" at the Philip and Muriel Berman Art Museum at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. The sculpture retells the Epic of Gilgamesh, widely known as the first recorded narrative in history. Joe is currently working in Philadelphia as a sculptor.
1981
Kathy (Ferro) Barrett writes that a hearty group of alumni from classes in the late '70s and early '80s gathered for the first time in 30-plus years, July 15-17, at the home of Dan Buckingham '92 in Clayville. "It was a weekend filled with laughter and love... tents sprawling the property, slideshows, fire pits, music, art and good food reunited the very best of friends." Participating in the weekend's festivities were Cathy Frezza '81, Sally Wheaton '80, Harry Flamm '80, Clint Braine '80, Ginger Mills '82, Kit Jenkins '83, Dudley West (attended 1976-78), Steve Mendelsohn '81, Dave Barrett '81, Kathy Barrett, Jed Dowlin '80, Dan Tinsman '78, Dan Buckingham, Joe Bachman '80, Rob Perdue '81, Lauren (Stiefel) Rosen '81, Stewart Rosen '81, and Fiona (Jed's dog).
1982
Patricia Gonzalez has been appointed regional human resource manager for Buffalo Lodging Associates' Midwest region, overseeing human resources at hotels across New York, Ohio, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
1983
Diane Paladino '83 is looking to contact David Lester. If you have current contact information you can reach her at princessdiane2006@gmail.com or 631.581.3994.
John Nuzzo was honored by the Jamestown Community College Alumni Association as an Alumni Nurse of Distinction. John is a nursing supervisor at Bradford (PA) Regional Medical Center and an instructor for the nursing assistants program, an IV therapy course, and for first- and second-year students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Steve Garrison is vice president of marketing for Infoblox, a company providing network automation and control systems for businesses, schools and government. Steve develops and implements global marketing strategies to increase the company's revenue and market share growth.
1984
Lawrence Bush served as a juror on a national juried art exhibition titled "On and Off the Wall" this November at IMAGO Gallery in Warren, RI. Lawrence is a professor of ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and he is also a member of the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts.
Robert Joseph "RJ"Anderson died Aug. 16, 2011. RJ was the head coach of the swim team and assistant aquatics director at the Bergen County Y & J.C.C. in Washington Township, NJ. He was a member of the U.S.A. Swimming Coaches Association and a coach for the Special Olympics Sailing Program. He was also a Boy Scout leader in Mountainside. RJ was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and the swim team at AU. A number of RJ's classmates and fellow Saxon Swimmers were touched by this tragedy, including John "Skip" Hyde, who wrote, "For those of us who were touched by his friendship, his humor and his passion for Saxon Swimming, Delta Sig and for life, we should feel blessed to have known him. For those that did not have the pleasure of meeting or knowing RJ, I can only say that he had a HUGE heart and was a wonderful friend." He is survived by his parents, Robert and Julie Anderson, his sister Catherine Busse, his brother, Michael Anderson, his two nieces, Jessica Anderson and Caitlin Busse, his aunt and uncle, Eileen and James Neary and his aunt and uncle Liz and Marc Smith.
1985
The Noyes Memorial (Dansville) Hospital Board named Amy Pollard as its new president and chief executive officer in August. Amy had been at the helm as interim president and CEO since February, and was previously the vice president of patient care services since joining Noyes in 2007.
Greg Leshe was recently published in a book about artistic inspiration and the creative process titled "Take a Line for a Walk: A Creativity Journal." He also worked on a catalog project for artist Robert Morris and the Sonnabend Gallery chronicling the artist's career works in film, video, and performance. Some of Greg's upcoming shows and events include a public performance piece on the streets of Newark, NJ; "Collector's Choice," an exhibition of several contemporary photographers at the Gass Gallery in New Jersey; and "Memory Propellor," an installation and solo exhibition.
Susan Munyon was recently appointed senior sales engineer at Centerline Technologies LLC, where she will be responsible for increasing sales and supporting the company's products and services.
1986
Heidi Rankin recently toured Central Europe with her husband, visiting cities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. She writes, "We had our first dinner on the River Beatrice (our boat) in Budapest, and the gentleman seated next to me (Stan Holden '63) graduated from AU ... What a small world! He lives in North Carolina now."
1988
Julia Galloway was a visiting artist and workshop instructor at the Archie Bray Foundation Residence Center in Helena, MT. She is currently working as a studio potter, professor, and director of the School of Art at the University of Montana-Missoula.
Kevin Kollgaard was named the assistant district director of Mountainside District for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program. He has worked at the Mountainside District Office as a compliance officer since 2003, settling cases of equal-opportunity discrimination.
Diane (Galetta) Hazlett and Stephen Hazlett have adopted 4-year-old Lianne from China.
1989
Paul Fabozzi recently reconnected with classmate Chad Andrews, joining him to make prints at Paper+, Chad's printmaking studio at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, PA. Paul is currently an associate professor at St. John's University in New York City.
Dave Poulin is working with students at Cattaraugus-Little Valley central schools to create several sculptures for the schools' campus. Students submitted ideas, modeled, and helped Dave to create the life-sized bronze sculptures depicting the four seasons. He has created more than 120 life-sized bronze figures, many of which are displayed publicly in the Jamestown area.
1990
Andrew Deutsch exhibited his video work this September as part of The Niche, a new media project in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library at the University of Virginia. Andrew is currently working as a sonic/video professor at AU, where he founded the sonic arts program within the School of Art & Design.
Matthew McElligott just published the second in a series of young adult novels, titled "Benjamin Franklinstein Meets the Wright Brothers." The first book, "Benjamin Franklinstein LIVES" came out last fall. Matt illustrated and co-wrote the book with his childhood friend, Larry Tuxbury.
David Moreau has created a free Android smartphone app called Georeader that has been selected as a finalist in the North American regional contest of the 2011 European Satellite Navigation Competition. It was also featured in the Chicago Tribune and on NY1.com. The app contains lots of historical information, including some information about Alfred University.
Randi Solin exhibited a decorative glass vase in "Cutting Edge Glass," a juried and invitational glass art exhibition at JRB Art at the Elms Gallery in Oklahoma, along with fellow alum Joanna Manousis '10, whose glass "Pomegranate" was also exhibited.
Cathy Bissoon has been confirmed as the U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She has served as a U.S. magistrate judge for the district since 2008. U.S. Senator Bob Casey spoke on Cathy's behalf on the Senate floor, calling her "an American success story," and her nomination was later confirmed by a vote of 82-3.
1991
Angelique Irvin is president and CEO of Clear Align. She has 23 years of professional experience focused on technology driven businesses. Her experience includes successful corporate and entrepreneurial business launches at companies including Clear Align, a company that designs, prototypes, and manufactures custom imaging, sensing, and fiber-optic systems for defense and aerospace customers; Coviant; NEC; AT&T Microelectronics; and AT&T Bell Laboratories.?Angelique is a regular speaker and an Entreprenuer in Residence at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches others how to build technology companies.
1993
Terry Sweeney joined Cross-Tab, a market research outsourcing company, as vice president of operations and client services. Terry is living and working in San Jose, CA.
Michelle Plucinsky assisted in organizing the 3rd Annual Glass Pumpkin Fest Show and Sale this October at the Glass Academy, the largest art glass studio in Michigan. Michelle is a founding partner of the Academy.
1994
Michael Ryan was the keynote speaker at the Global Sales and Operations Planning conference in Boston, MA in September. Michael is currently the senior manager of supply chain with Goodyear's Commercial Truck business in Akron, Ohio.
Nanette Stangle-Castor was recently appointed chair of the steering committee for the Triangle Women Against Multiple Sclerosis Luncheon, an annual event sponsored by the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Nanette, who also serves on the advisory board for Alfred's Beth Robinson Judson Leadership Center, was also recently honored with the Triangle Business Journal's 40 under 40 Leadership Award.
1995
John Lloyd was recently hired at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO as the studio coordinator for sculpture. He has worked at Anderson Ranch previously as a summer intern, artist-in-residence, and interim sculpture studio coordinator.
Christianne Smith opened Designsmith Studio in Ballston Lake in 2000, where she works with clients ranging from Skidmore College to Proctors. Her talents have paid off; this fall she was named the Best of Albany graphic designer by Metroland newspaper.
Michael Beitz was another AU alumni recipient of this year's NYS Council on the Arts's Artist Fellowship Program. Michael, along with Linda Cordell '95 and Jason Bernagozzi '10, was selected from a pool of nearly 4,000 applicants and received a $7,000 cash grant.
1996
Mark Bilak has entered into partnership with Michael Murphy and Dan Homiller to form Murphy, Bilak & Homiller, PLLC, an intellectual property law firm located in Cary, NC specializing in patent law. Their Web site can be found at www.mbhiplaw.com.
1997
Josh Dahlman is the plant manager at Trikeenan Tileworks in Hornell, which recently became a subsidiary of Elgin Butler, a Texas-based ceramic company that plans to completely reorganize the ceramic plant.
Andrea Stanislav was a recipient of the 2010-11 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists, one of the oldest artist fellowship programs in the country celebrating outstanding Minnesota artists. Her video/sculpture installation "Half a Generation" was exhibited at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery.
Tetsuya Yamada won the grand prize at the Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennialle in Gwangju, South Korea. The award, which comes with a $50,000 cash prize, is considered one of the most prestigious in contemporary ceramics. Tetsuya is currently a professor at the University of Minnesota.
Christian Serraro died Sept. 28, 2011. He will be missed by everyone he knew. An artist who loved to create, Christian worked in metal and wood sculpture and was devoted to everything he made. Christian is survived by his wife, Patricia, and two young daughters, May and Clara.
Julie Moon will present the culmination of her NYS College of Ceramics thesis work, an exhibition titled "Pretty, Strange," at Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto, Ontario. Julie is currently a resident at the Center for Ceramics in Berlin.
1998
Jeff Schmuki presented a lecture this June on his use of found objects and renewable power technologies in art as part of the Shakerag Workshops, a summer artist workshop at St. Andrews-Sewanee School in Sewanee, TN.
1999
Michael Beitz was another AU alumni recipient of this year's NYS Council on the Arts's Artist Fellowship Program. Michael, along with Linda Cordell '95 and Jason Bernagozzi '10, was selected from a pool of nearly 4,000 applicants and received a $7,000 cash grant.
Dan Fischer exhibited several drawings at Alison Jacques Gallery in London this autumn.
2001
Alexandra Hibbitt participated in a traveling exhibit, discussion, and clay workshop in Alexandria, MN featuring several McKnight clay artists. Alexandra works as an assistant professor of ceramics at Ohio University School of Art in Athens, Ohio.
Bojung Olivia Choi Kim was featured in the exhibit "Two Worlds: Additive and Subtractive Methods in Sculpture" as Ock Hee's Gallery in Honeoye Falls. Olivia led a demonstration in portrait modeling at the exhibit's introductory reception.
Sinisa Kukec is currently an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO. He specializes in creating art from old pieces of furniture, using the personal history associated with the furniture to depict different concepts.
Jason Voellinger is a process engineer at GreenCell, Inc., a ceramic engineering company working to develop and market ceramic composite materials for home and transportation.
2002
Monica Panzarino participated in "RETCON," a performance art series at Parsons Hall Project Space in Massachusetts, where she performed a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" using the Freqshift/Reverb Audio Bra, an audio performance tool that she designed and constructed herself.
Jennifer (Ferrick) Brown writes that she and Jackson Brown "welcome their daughter, Ryan Leila-Jeanne Brown. She was born on Aug. 31, 2011. She is perfect. We are all leaving Manhattan, after being here for nine years. We will be moving to Massachusetts at the end of October." Jackson is still a controller and will take a position in Massachusetts and Jennifer will enjoy being a stay-at-home mom for awhile.
2003
Tim Berg presented a collaborative installation exhibition titled "on the brink" with his wife Rebekah Myers at the Dean Project Gallery, New York City this October.
Donald Herbert Jr. was named a fall 2011 Legal Analysis Writing and Research Writing Fellow at the University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo. Donald will assist faculty in providing support to first-year students in legal analysis writing and research classes.
Charlotte Potter has been hired by the Chrysler Museum to oversee its new glass studio.
Istikram Qaderi was recently named the new vice president of Quality at Martin's Point Health Care, a not-for-profit health care company located in northern New England. Istikram will lead the Quality Department in improving its clinical quality and accreditation, patient experience, and risk management.
2004
Michael Hart is the juror for this year's Juried Members Invitational Art Exhibit at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery in Kanakee, IL. Michael is currently a lecturer in sculpture at Governors State University as well as an independent studio artist maintaining Michael Hart Studios in Momence, IL
2005
Lacey Holmes was hired as managing director for Stage Left Theatre, a play production company in Chicago.
Sarah Coffey is an associate with Ifrah PLLC, a law firm focusing on white-collar criminal defense cases at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
2007
Matthew Butts is now employed as a multimedia research analyst with Bloomberg in New York City, where he develops multimedia sales presentations.
Elisabeth Holmes participated in the new French Masters category of the 2011 Syracuse New Times Street Painting Festival, part of the city's annual ArtsWeek Festival. Elisabeth recreated Raphael's "The Three Graces" using sidewalk chalk, modifying the painting so that it featured her sisters' faces.
Matthew Rink collaborated with AU alum David Boyajian '80 to create a 9-11 memorial sculpture that was installed in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CN. Matt and David's sculpture, a large aluminum floral arrangement constructed partly from shard of metal recovered from the Twin Towers, won a competition sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism to mark the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy.
2008
Alyssa Blittersdorf is the new co-owner of Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge in downtown Brattleboro, VT. Alyssa has been working in the food service industry since graduation. She and her business partner, Alan Blackwell, reopened the restaurant in July with a new menu of tapas and house-made infused liquors.
Mallory Welch is now a service specialist at Paychex Insurance Agency in Rochester. She previously worked for the company as an enrollment/new case specialist.
Joseph Page is a visiting artist at the University of Central Arkansas. His work was accepted into "More than a Mold: Contemporary Slip Cast Ceramics," a juried slip cast ceramics show that was part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the university's Baum Gallery of Fine Art.
2009
Julie B. Gordon was recently hired as a marketing and PR intern at the Albany Institute of History & Art after completing her master of arts degree in integrated marketing communications at St. Bonaventure University, Olean.
Jamie Mix recently passed the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination and received her license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. She has been working as a staff accountant with Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C., compiling, reviewing, and auditing financial statements.
2010
Jason Bernagozzi is the third AU alumni recipient of this year's NYS Council on the Arts's Artist Fellowship Program. Jason, along with Linda Cordell '95 and Michael Beitz '99, was selected from a pool of nearly 4,000 applicants and received a $7,000 cash grant.
Zoe Boucher is now on the staff of the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. During the past year, she received artist fellowships at Anderson Ranch and VSC, where she was asked to join the staff. Zoe plans to attend an MFA program sometime in the future.
Andrew Galens completed basic training for the U.S. Navy at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.
Tanya Rochelle Hurst writes, "I'm moving to Brussels! I'm attending the University of Canterbury's School of International Studies in Brussels. If anyone has any questions, or needs a place to crash, let me know!"
Joanna Manousis was featured for her glass "Pomegranate" sculpture in "Cutting Edge Glass," a national juried and invitational glass art exhibition at JRB Art at The Elms gallery in Oklahoma, along with fellow alum Randi Solin '90. Joanna is currently teaching sculpture and dimensional studies at AU.
Danna E. Reynolds recently joined public accounting firm Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C., in Orchard Park as a staff accountant, where she will be involved in preparing financial statements and tax returns for a variety of individual and business clients.
Megan MacNeill writes:?"Greg (Badger) and I met our freshman year in French 102. We started dating September of our junior year, when we both had another French class together. Greg proposed on April 30, 2010 in the park atop hairpin turn, after leading me on a scavenger hunt all over Alfred with clues and roses! We are getting married Dec. 30, 2011!"
Julie Moon will present the culmination of her NYS College of Ceramics thesis work, an exhibition titled "Pretty, Strange," at Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto, Ontario. Julie is currently a resident at the Center for Ceramics in Berlin.
Megan MacNeill writes:?"Greg (Badger) and I met our freshman year in French 102. We started dating September of our junior year, when we both had another French class together. Greg proposed on April 30, 2010 in the park atop hairpin turn, after leading me on a scavenger hunt all over Alfred with clues and roses! We are getting married Dec. 30, 2011!"
2011
Justin Crowe was recently featured in the September issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine in its annual "Undergraduate Showcase." Justin currently lives and works in Hudson, Ohio as a studio potter and pottery instructor.
Katelyn Davis is currently working as a freelance graphic designer in New York City.
Zach Grosser was hired as a Family Room Specialist at the Apple Inc. flagship store in San Francisco, CA., where he assists customers in using and troubleshooting Apple hardware and software.
Deaths - Alumni
Janet (LaDue) Skinner '35, Nov. 28, 2011
Rose (DeRossi) DaBiere '36, Aug. 30, 2011
Margery Dolbear '38, July 24, 2011
Ruth (Webb) Roberts '39, Oct. 3, 2011
William C. "Bill" Drohan '40, July 11, 2011
Walter John Solak '41, Aug. 15, 2011
Eloise B. Scholes '42, Aug. 24, 2011
Virginia (Shaner) Brinnier '43, Oct. 4, 2011
Lydia (Locher) Baldwin '43, Oct. 18, 2011
Eleanor (Chapin) Robbins '45, Nov. 16, 2011
Marjorie (Meuzenmair) Van Demark '45, Nov. 19, 2011
Robert J. Hicks '45, July 12, 2011
John C. Krazinski '46, Oct. 28, 2011
Robert M. Brant '48, Aug. 2, 2011
William J O'Connor '49, Oct. 28, 2011
Thomas W. Mitchell '50, Sept. 22, 2011
Ray R. Wilcox '51, Oct. 11, 2011
Robert Fluhr '52, June 20, 2011
Bruce D. Martenson '52, Aug. 21, 2011
Roxanne Jones Homer '53, Oct. 3, 2011
Stephen "Steve" Grossman '62 Oct. 25, 2011
Alben R. Pollack '55, March 16, 2011
Roy Einar Glad Nedreberg '55, July 16, 2011
Robert C. Brown '55, Nov. 27, 2011
Robert F. Stuart Jr. '59, Sept. 27, 2011
Andre G. Billeci '60, Nov. 1, 2011
Douglas F. Klosen '60, July 16, 2008
Shaun William Baker '62, July 14, 2011
Richard Ernest "Dick" Elvin '63, July 9, 2011
John J. Nunes '63, Jan. 16, 2011
Isabel K. Chicquor '65 Oct. 29, 2011
Howard G. Paster '66, '68, Aug. 10, 2011
Raymond E. "Ray" Johnson '66, Oct. 18, 2011
Elaine (Boblak) Stewart '66, Nov. 7, 2011
Barbara A. McKenna '70, July 17, 2011
George Stipanovich Jr. '72 April 27, 2011
Hollis Norman H. Knepp Jr. '75, Sept. 15, 2011
Lyn E. Mrowka '75, Aug. 15, 2011
John Joseph Gradoville '82, Oct. 6, 2011
Robert Joseph "RJ"Anderson '84, Aug. 16, 2011
Carla Packer Gilray '89, Oct. 9, 2011
Linda E. Spears '97, '99, Nov. 12, 2011
Christian Serraro '97, Sept. 28, 2011
Lois (Murdough) Smith '06, July 11, 2011
Deaths - Faculty/Staff
Robert L. Snyder, a member of the Alfred University faculty for 26 years, died Sept. 1, 2011, in Atlanta, after a long battle with cancer. At the time of his death Snyder was a professor and co-chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Metals and the American Ceramic Society, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Centre for Diffraction Data. He received the American Ceramic Society Outstanding Educator Award and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Materials Society recognized him for his leadership in the field and as an educator. He and Sheila, whom he married 48 years ago, raised their two children, Robert N. Snyder, who is a 1993 alumnus of AU, and Kristina Snyder Gardner, who graduated from AU in 1995, in Alfred. Snyder is also survived by two grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Sheila Snyder, 195 14th St. NE, STE 1, Atlanta, GA 30309. Friends
Mary DiRocco, Aug. 8, 2011
Lois M. Smith, July 11, 2011; after 34 years as a librarian with faculty status, Lois retired in 1974 from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was married to the late Duryea Smith III, who was chairman of the AU Department of Speech and Drama. She is survived by her son Charles (Ruth) and daughter Jennifer (Roger), a sister, and four nephews. Donations in Lois' memory may be made to Alfred University (Attn: The C. Duryea Smith III and Lois M. Smith Fund), Alfred, NY 14802. The Fund is used to support theater activities at the University. Alternatively, the family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization of your choice. You may contact Lois's daughter, Jennifer Fajman, at 17922 Pond Road, Ashton, MD 20861; or at 301.50.9065 (home) or 301221.0769 (cell); or by e-mail: Jennifer@fajman.org
Engagements
Gregory Badger '10 engaged to Megan MacNeill '10 April 30, 2010
Marriages
Kristopher Krueger '01 to Kary Tang on June 24, 2011
Rebecca E. Cochran '03 to Benjamin Skinner on Oct. 10, 2010
Tessa Hynek '06 to Aaron Kennison, July 2011
Britta Grace Leburg '09 to Kyle Scott Van Akin, Aug. 13, 2011