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Stacie L. Connors earned an MBA from the University of Michigan in December '98. She is a project manager in the Visteon Automotive Systems Division of Ford Motor Co. and lives in Ypsilanti, MI.
Matthew Culley has released a solo piano CD of original compositions. He urges everyone to listen on the web at . He also reports that he has a son, Lucas Joseph Culley, born Dec. 28, 1997.
Rick and Kathleen Hampson Miller have a 2-year-old son, David, and a 7-month-old daughter, Janet.
Louis Mattos Jr. earned his Ph.D. in ceramic engineering in February, but received his diploma from President Coll May 15 at regular commencement exercises, which he attended with his wife Heather G. Potter Mattos '87.
Ryan and Susan Kinney Ciurzynski now have two daughters, Alison Paige, born March 13, 1997, and Amanda Grace, born Feb. 24, 1999. Susan earned her master of science in nursing from the University of Rochester in 1997 and is now clinical nurse specialist at a children's hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Ryan and Susan Kinney Ciurzynski now have two daughters, Alison Paige, born March 13, 1997, and Amanda Grace, born Feb. 24, 1999. Susan earned her master of science in nursing from the University of Rochester in 1997 and is now clinical nurse specialist at a children's hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Ken P. Kelleher, who sells art and art-related merchandise at Phenomics in Exeter, NH, writes, "I'm currently working on a book on metaphysics with a professor of linguistics at NYU. I'm interested in getting in touch with fine arts alumni Cotter Luppi '90, Kyle Reicher '90, John Bisbee '90, Dave McInnes '89, and others from that time period. I'm interested in cataloguing current artwork by these and other AU grads. In particular, I'm interested in Cotter Luppi's new work and show at the synagogue with painter Sam Coe two years ago." His address is 41 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter, NH 03833, 607 778-8137, .
Sharlene Wedin-LeClerc is completing a psychology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Mark J. Hoskin and his wife Jennifer Martelle Hoskin '93 have a 2-year-old daughter, Allison. Mark is a product manager for Electric Mobility, and Jennifer is an assistant buyer for Spencer Gifts headquarters.
Laura Cindel Bragg and her husband Randy Bragg '92 had a son, Tyler James Bragg, born June 17, 1998. They live in Temecula, CA. Laura is a project manager for Norcal/San Bernardino. She received her master's degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA in 1994. Randy is the quality manager for Schlosser Forge Co.
Michaeline Shuman has accepted an invitation to serve in the Peace Corps, and will be leaving in September for an assignment in the Caribbean.
Erie Hanson has lived for five years in Austin, Texas, working out of his home as a sales engineer for Premier Refractories. On Nov. 21, 1998, he married Jenifer Binford.
By the time this issue of the magazine reaches you I will be in Buffalo, having recently taken a Division I sports information job at Canisius College. I enjoyed living and working in Alfred the past four years, but it was time for a change. I used the time in between jobs to do some fishing with my lifelong buddy Joe and his three-year-old son Timmy, and hiking the Taconic Ridge and parts of the Long Trail in Vermont. You can e-mail me at or send snail mail to my attention at the address above. Several members of the AU men's swimming team came back for Hot Dog Day and stayed in Alfred with me and Saxons swim coach T.J. Davis at our rented pad on High Street.
Steve Fasano, my freshman year roommate from Reimer, and Paul O'Brian represented the class of '92. Steve is still living in Hoboken, NJ, and working for Merrill Lynch in Jersey City as a computer programmer.
Laura Cindel Bragg and her husband Randy Bragg '92 had a son, Tyler James Bragg, born June 17, 1998. They live in Temecula, CA. Laura is a project manager for Norcal/San Bernardino. She received her master's degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA in 1994. Randy is the quality manager for Schlosser Forge Co.
Joe Spence dropped me a line to say he is enjoying married life, and his job as a program coordinator and career counselor at Broome County Community College, where he is also an adjunct instructor. Joe went to a Penn State football game last fall with his wife Kelly Stark, a PSU grad, The Spences also spent three weeks in Australia last summer, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, fly fishing in Tasmania, and checking out Melbourne and Sydney.
David Levine started graduate school in February 1999 at the Keller Graduate School of Management in Phoenix, AZ.
Christopher DiMaggio is now a member of AU's Alumni Council.
Sharon Brese Febrizzi and Michael Fabrizzi both received Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Slippery Rock University in August 1998. Sharon is now working as a physical therapist at Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, PA, and Michael is continuing to work as a physical therapist for United Community Hospital in Grove City, PA.
Sara Bressem's ceramics were featured in the Ferrin Gallery's 20th anniversary show this spring in Northampton, MA. The ceramist is planning to travel to Wales to work on a master's degree.
Debi Parsons Gebhardt and her husband, Larry Gebhardt '93, have moved to 132 Amherst St., Amherst, NH 03031. On Jan. 30, 1999, Debi gave birth to their second child, William David. Larry is a self-employed computer programmer, and Debi is currently enjoying being home with her children.
Work by artist and sculptor Daniel Buckingham was featured this winter at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art Gallery in Utica. "The central theme of my work is the Tree of Life," he says. "In my sculpture, I celebrate the historical and recent identities of specific trees such as cottonwood, oak, and maple, by referring to environmental, medicinal, or gender-related issues ... My objective is to engage the viewer's curiosity by creating a quiet visual meditation about humanity and our environment."
G. Jacob Fox IV and his wife of seven years, RoseAnne MacBurney Fox, have three children, Joshua, 5, Alyssa, 4, and Geoffrey, not yet 2.
Sharon Brese Febrizzi and Michael Fabrizzi both received Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Slippery Rock University in August 1998. Sharon is now working as a physical therapist at Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, PA, and Michael is continuing to work as a physical therapist for United Community Hospital in Grove City, PA.
Shannon McCormick Hach graduated May 16 from George Washington University with a degree in medicine. Her husband, Charles Hach '90, has a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering.
Jude Thomas Hanley just bought a 1965 Fender Jazzmaster guitar.
Matthew Sever is living in New York City, where he works as a global support analyst for a pharmaceutical company. He was scheduled to graduate from Fordham University in May '99 with an MBA in information systems and management systems.
Dave McBride '93, Andy Hoak '93, and Chris Adam '95 were also among the guests in town for a weekend of golf, swimming, and reliving the "glory days."
The Rev. Jonathan Cresse has assumed the pastorate at Lakewood Bible Fellowship in Lake Charles, LA. Before moving to Louisiana, he was a pastor in Estes Park, CO.
Robert L. Stevens was named the February employee of the month for Osram Sylvania in Towanda, PA, where he has worked for 20 years, starting while an undergraduate.
Dave McBride '93, Andy Hoak '93, and Chris Adam '95 were also among the guests in town for a weekend of golf, swimming, and reliving the "glory days."
Bryan Hann '93 is working as a hydrogeologist at Geomatrix Consultants in Williamsville, NY. He is also pursuing his master's degree via distance learning courses from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.
Marine 1st Lt. Michael M. Kowka recently reported for duty at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Iselin, NJ. He joined the Marines in January 1994.
Geoff Simson '93, lives outside Burlington, VT, and is working for "Big Blue."
Victoria Rentz is working as an editorial assistant at Lawrence Erlbaum Associates publishing company in Mahwah, NJ. This fall she will begin working toward her master's in creative writing at Boston University.
Mark Ferm is manager of Price Waterhouse-Cooper in Buffalo, NY.
Rick Stakel '93, wanted everyone to know that "Beaver Stadium may be Beaver Stadium, but it ain't no Merrill Field."
Jason Nocera has been working as a graphic designer at Ilardi Design for over three years. The company designs corporate communication materials for clients such as IBM, Pepsi-Cola, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Praxair, etc. On the side, Jason works on a comic strip and plays in a band.
Dave McBride '93, Andy Hoak '93, and Chris Adam '95 were also among the guests in town for a weekend of golf, swimming, and reliving the "glory days."
David Brennan proudly passed the CPA exam in November '98 and is working as an internal auditor for Hoechst-Celanese Corp. in Charlotte, NC.
Nancy Crane was awarded the Chemung County Outstanding Leadership Award.
Darren Miller was recently accepted to teach English for one year at an AEON School in Kariya, a small town in Japan, beginning this July. Darren is very enthusiastic about the opportunity and is thinking about continuing in education when (and if) he returns to the states. Congratulations and good luck Darren!
Jill Irland was recently married to Bill Nobes and the happy couple are living in their new home in Fairport, NY. She is district manager of the Rochester area for InterPay, a Fleet Bank affiliate and the fourth largest payroll company in the nation.
Jason Smith was married June 6, 1998, to Shireen Banerjee. The two met while Jason was attending graduate school at the University of Rochester, NY. Shireen was finishing her degree in mechanical engineering, and has since graduated and gone to work for Delphi Automotive. Jason received his master's in electrical engineering and is now working for Eastman Kodak.
Sidney Cherubin is studying law at the Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI.
James Horn's show, "Anthropomorphic Sculpture," which was scheduled to close in March, will be on view until June 1 at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY.
Lica Hartmann is living in New York City, where she recently left her job as a project coordinator in the architectural department at Calvin Klein, Inc., to accept a position at Columbia University as an event coordinator in the School of Engineering. She's planning to pursue an MBA at Columbia as a part-time student in 2000.
Maria Tettenborn Leeman is a sales representative for the Paamanok Vineyard in Aquebogue, Long Island.
Holly Miller graduated from the University of Florida with an MS in materials science and engineering. She's working as a rotation engineer in the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola in Phoenix, AZ.
Jennifer Corrado is teaching on Long Island and living in College Point, NY.
After Peter Herrscher graduated from AU, he stayed in Alfred and received his MBA in June '98. He's now working for KPMG LLP in Buffalo, NY as a property tax specialist in the State and Local Tax Practice.
Evelyn Trzeciak lives in Hoboken, NJ. She's leaving her job with Gitman Brothers for a post with Federated Stores as a marketing assistant, and she thanks the AU business college for a fine foundation.
Catherine Neuberger is enrolled in the civil engineering program at Rutgers University. In April, she was the top scholarship recipient chosen by member civil engineering firms in New Jersey.
Ying Ying Wong and her husband Garrett E. Goldfuss live in Morgantown, WV, where Ying Ying works for Elancommunications.
Since graduation, Gretchen Lee Richards-Carletta started her own business, selling her work, both photography and pastel drawings. She has participated in the Corn Hill Festival and the Clothesline Arts Festival in Rochester, NY, where she lives with her husband Joe Carletta. She set up a studio in her house. Besides her business, which is part-time, she is the quality control manager of one of the largest picture framing companies in Western New York. She handles all their accounting and major customer service, not to mention the quality of the framing itself. The company does framing for the Memorial Art Gallery, Albright-Knox Gallery, and many small galleries, as well as normal retail framing. She keeps in touch with many Alfredians from just working at her job. In the last couple of months, she reports that she's seen a great many AU students looking to frame pieces for their senior shows in May.
Ben Griswold has moved. His new address is 4451 N. California, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60625.
Devin Dressman, who is at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, had some of his work published in the journal Gene Therapy in January 1999. The title of his research is "RAAV Vector-Mediated Sarcoglycan Gene Transfer in a Hamster Model for limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy."
Derek Schalk is at Buffalo State working on his teaching certification for secondary education in science. His main area of concentration is chemistry. He'll be student teaching this fall. For the summer, he'll be in charge of arts and crafts at Blue Mountain Music Camp in Peekskill, NY. Derek is looking forward to a 10-day trip to Ireland at the end of the summer, which he'll take with a group of people, including some from the Alfred Equestrian Team.
Jack-Lynn Corcoran is currently at SUNY Oswego getting her MS in counseling and psychological services. After May, she'll be looking for a job either in the school system or an agency. She will work on finishing her thesis for her Certificate of Advanced Study, and within the next few years, will apply to PhD programs. Jack-Lynn lives in Syracuse and commutes to Oswego.
John Knaul is the assistant athletic trainer at Elmira College, a post he has held since August '97. John will be graduating from Elmira June 6 with a Master of Science degree in education.
Ken Bishop recently accepted the position of assistant manager at a corporate fitness center in Washington, DC. He reports that although the position may not sound very grand, it is his first official full-time job (unless he counts the years he spent at AU as an RA.) He says this position "sure beats" holding four part-time jobs.
Matthew Hanson left his position as a select banker with M&T Bank to be a full-time securities representative with Kirlin Securities Inc. in Rochester, NY. Matthew was recently appointed account executive with Kirlin, a dynamic full-service brokerage firm that has been serving clients for over a decade. They are publicly traded on the NASDAQ, symbol KILN.
Sculpture by Sun Koo Yuh is on display at the Helen Druft Gallery in Philadelphia and was profiled in the winter '99 issue of American Ceramics.
Shawn Wyatt is attending graduate school at the University of Virginia in chemistry, and is due to graduate in summer '00. After graduation, he plans to look for a job in the Southeast.
Kerin Kolonoskie has been living on Long Island working at KOCH International, an independent music distributor. The company has four in-house record labels, and Kerin has recently been promoted to senior graphic artist. She designs CD packaging for jazz and classical releases. The company's projects have included Martha Stewart and Bob Marley ... and most recently, the Scorpions! She now has her NARAS membership, so she'll actually get to vote for the next Grammy winners. Kerin is also working at night as a free-lance artist for a DJ entertainment company. Despite her cool jobs, Kerin still misses little ole Alfred.
Clark Dickerson is finishing his master's degree in bioengineering at Clemson University, conducting research with Dr. Subrata Saha and focusing on orthopedic biomechanics. Most of his current work deals with relating clinically obtained images to bone density and function. After graduating with his master's, he is going to be enrolled in a PhD program in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Steven Goldstein. His summer '99 plans include going to Germany and other parts of Europe to visit his brother and tour several other countries, including Sweden and Austria.
Peira Moinester is a performing musician in New York City, working in a recording studio and teaching music to young children.
Jon Tollerup has accepted the position of process engineer at American Standard in Tiffin, OH.
Jenny Golus is living and working in Rochester, NY. We've been e-mailing (yay for e-mail!) and she says, "I'm working at a nursing home (activities department) and a group home for mentally ill seniors, both jobs I had last fall. I'm working over 60 hours per week and have no social life but hey, somebody has to do it." She was hoping to make it to Alfred for graduation or reunion. Jenny is a great Omicron alum -- she came to Alfred for our fall and spring formals, picking up the slack for a lot of other alums!
Rebecca Schneider is living in New York City and working as a graphic designer for Calvin Klein. She's also taking fashion design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Erik Myers has been very busy since graduation. He moved to Boston, tried compact-mobile living (out of his car for two months), and discovered that apartments are better. He moved to Allston and began work at a cool start-up ( ), discovered that sales isn't for everyone, and left to pursue a career with Level 3 Communications Network Operations Center as a personal consultant. Unfortunately the company moved to Colorado Oct. 31, 1998. After a bit of unemployment and temp work, life turned around in March. Erik's living with five other people and is employed as an executive assistant for Digi-Block, LLC, a mathematical manipulatives company based on an invention by a professor at Harvard Business School -- a departure from a theater major, but hey ...
Amber Herron is living in Lake Ariel, PA, and commuting into Scranton, where she is doing administrative-communications work for Bell Atlantic. Am was supposed to come to New York for a visit, but she didn't -- she's been too busy interviewing at a New York City art institution, where she could also wind up getting certification in advanced art handling. Then again, Amber could end up at Lenox Hill China as a sculptor and designer, so everyone out there who needs china patterns can go to her! Rugby team info is always welcome, and she says hello to Marisa.
Jessica Trapasso has decided that Alfred is her home -- for at least a little longer. She's pursuing her master's in ceramic engineering and will graduate in May 2000. When she's not going to classes or working on her research, Jess can be found at Omicron, living with her sisters and cat.
Kenny Deane is living in New York City and working for ICON Capital Corp. as a corporate analyst. He was expecting to move into syndication in May, although he wasn't sure exactly what he'll be doing. "It will definitely be some sort of deal finance," he said.
Megan Taylor is living in Preston, England, and married Simon Taylor, "her very British boyfriend," April 11.
Cecily Rogers wrote to let me know she was in Alfred for Hot Dog Day and had a great time. "My theater techie job search is panning out. I am currently the technical apprentice for the San Francisco Opera. I get to help with stage management, electrics, props, paperwork, etc. I'm not actually working for the mainstage opera but for the opera center, which does the spring showcase and summer program for up-and-coming singers. I've been getting calls from other theater companies around here to operate the lights, or to help with strikes, etc. I'm having fun, which is really neat. As for my major, geology, it's on the back burner for now. There's a good hydrogeology master's program at San Francisco State University, which I might be interested in if the theater doesn't work out. For now, I am seeing if I can earn a living with this work." Guess that's all from me ...
Kathryn M. Werntz is working as an Americorps Promise Fellow for an organization called the "university neighborhood initiative of Washington, DC" (or UNI-DC.) "I run an after-school and full-time summer literacy-mentoring program for youth and families of the low-income housing developments in DC," she writes. "I had the pleasure of living with my former AU roommate, Aimee I. La Porte, in New Jersey for six months before I headed south and she headed east to New York City. Aimee and I also spent some quality time with our close AU alum friend from Connecticut, Cristina Pinton, at Aimee's solo painting exhibition in Boston."
Tom Evans writes, "Nothing beats acting in New York City for a living! Things are going great. Right now I'm playing Dromio of Syracuse in Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" down in the Village. I'm doing another show simultaneously, a new play called "Kindred Spirits," for the Sage Company. This summer I'll be playing Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the New York Renaissance Faire. I'm living in Queens in a cute little house with Dom, Andrea, Scott, and Ryan. I've actually had to turn down a bunch of jobs."
Allison Marzuoli is happy to report that she's teaching art in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Kingwood Township School in Frenchtown, NJ.
Lauren Borchard has completed her first year in the doctoral program in American studies at George Washington University. "During that time, I interned at the National Register, History and Education, part of the National Park Service; and at the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution," she says. "I'm still waiting to hear about various internships for this summer. I hope to work in public history at a government agency, and continue my swing classes. Next year I'll be a teaching assistant for the intro American Civilization class. If you're planning to come down to the DC area, e-mail me ( ) and maybe I'll be able to take a tourist around."
Greg Griffin has taken a new job as director of alumni and parent programs at St. Lawrence University, his undergraduate alma mater.
Rachel Alley wrote, "Since I graduated, I moved to Pittsburgh ... Currently working at Swindell Dressler, a well-established and globally positioned ceramics company. My primary objective at this point is familiarization with the workings of the company, which often involves travel across the country, and before long, throughout the world. I am expanding in various directions within SD, and my work will soon include quality assurance and supervision of periodic and tunnel kilns for the company's many customers. I'm very excited about my future here, and see possible sales or marketing opportunities here, or at another ceramics company."
Finally, Jeneen Lehocky wrote, "Since graduation I've been living in Albany, NY. I work at Siena College, where I run a tutoring program. It has been a great job, mostly because it convinced me that what I want to do is teach college students. Thus in the fall I'll be starting at UMass Amherst in the MA/PhD program in English, and I received a teaching associateship, which means I'll be teaching freshman writing."
Tadd Barnes has managed to live in two major cities, New York and Boston, and is finally completing his theater resume so he can start to act. "I plan on attending auditions regularly beginning in June, until I land that BIG role in that GOOD movie, like dead Jaws No. 4, and then it's off to the Academy Awards! I'm currently working at an asset management company here in downtown Boston, and am getting familiar with the area. I'm also starting up a band and am in process of learning a few songs and finding an agent." Apparently Boston is becoming a mecca for AU grads, particularly in theater.