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1990
David Seymour, a master's degree student in the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science at AU, won first place in a research poster competition conducted by the Rochester chapter of the Materials Research Society. The project centers on developing energy-saving fast-firing cycles for porcelain high-tension insulators. David is using a state-of-the-art custom x-ray diffraction furnace, designed and built by Dr. Scott Misture '90, his thesis advisor, to track the phase formation in porcelains during firing. "Using this instrument, David can accurately determine the time and temperature conditions necessary to form the requisite amount of phases in the porcelain, and hence shorten the firing cycle required to produce high-quality parts," Misture said.
1991
Please note that Karen Schrader Greabell, your correspondent, has moved to Kings Park, NY.
Michelle A. Finn was hired in August 1998 as head women's basketball coach at AU. Michelle says the alumni game is scheduled in February 2000, and encourages anyone interested in playing to send her an e-mail at finnma.alfred.edu.
Tongquian Jin has a new job at Phillips Technology. He's been married since 1993.
Michelle Spooner Denkenberger and her husband James Denkenberger have two children, a daughter, Sarah Kay, born Jan. 12, 1997, and a son, James Morgan, born Aug. 23, 1998.
Kathryn A. Reitnour reports that her son Matt is at AU, in the Student Development Program. Her son Scott Reitnour '99 got a master's degree in secondary education and is teaching in North Carolina. Her son Brian is a student at Messiah College.
Darryl Gonzalez has changed jobs. He's working for the U.S. House of Representatives, teaching congressional pages about computers. He's also an Internet-based fantasy sports provider.
Charles Duffy III is working two jobs - at Planet Hollywood and as a tour guide - and expects to graduate from Tulane University in December with a degree in English. For now, he can be reached by e-mail at cduffy@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu .
Joe Iudice and Jennifer Morse Iudice celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary June 12, 1999. They have two children: Sadie Catherine, born July 17, 1999, and Jack Henry, born Dec. 30, 1997. Joe is an account executive at Lawson Software in Chicago, and Jennifer is having fun being a full-time mommy. They'd like to hear from friends and classmates by e-mail, joe.iudice@lawson.com .
1992
Bob Dezelin has two children, Sarah, born Aug. 25, 1996, and Bobbi, born Feb. 8, 1999.
Christopher Roesch is alumni advisor for Lambda Chi Alpha and is a member of the AU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Daniel Connors has been married nearly seven years. He and his wife have two children: Danika, 2, and Meaghan, 5.
Michael J. Lance works as a materials scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and lives in Knoxville, TN.
Jean Charles is teaching in Massachusetts. He has a daughter, Sofy, 22 months old.
William Perry is working at Nortel Networks in Research Triangle Park, NC. He and his wife Annie live in Cary, NC, and can be reached by e-mail at theperrys@prodigy.net .
Mark D'Arcy had flown up from Clemson, SC, to visit with Jon King '95. Mark just finished up work on his master's degree in mathematics at Clemson University.
Evelyn Bunnell is a caseworker for the Allegany County (NY) Department of Social Services.
Amy Lynn Gignac has changed her name and is now Amy Lynn Brady.
Christopher Di Maggio is a member of the Alumni Council.
1993
Frank Dragotta has been named manager of international development for Prevention magazine. He will manage the magazine's international ventures in Poland, Finland, and 22 Latin American nations, and will also direct all aspects of worldwide brand expansion. Frank originally joined Rodale Inc., Prevention's parent company, in 1994 as a market research assistant.
Adelaide Paul sends greetings from Lubbock, TX. She wants people to know that she's now an assistant professor of ceramics at Texas Tech University and has five dogs.
John Hart has a new job teaching art at St. Patrick Elementary School in Scranton, PA.
Gary Szolnoki, who still lives in Portland, OR, says hello to everyone in the class of '93.
April Menza has been promoted to supervisor of the Amherst Street Group Home for mentally ill adults.
James Klein and his partner David Reid set up the Klein/Reid studio in Brooklyn six years ago. Great admirers of Eva Zeisel, the two approached her to create a collection they could manufacture. Their "Eva" porcelain line was launched at the New York International Gift Fair in August '99.
Arlene Veloce Deroy and Chad Deroy '93 announce the birth of their son, Chad Joseph, Sept. 16 during Hurricane Floyd! Tienna, their 2-year-old daughter, likes her new brother, although not being the center of attention is a new experience.
1994
Craig Luce and Kathy Frank Luce live in Burlington, VT, where Craig moved right after college. He is a lead systems analyst at IDX, a health care software manufacturer where he has worked for five years. Craig says he enjoys his work designing software interfaces and systems so that different hospital environments can communicate with each other. He's also happy to announce the birth of Joshua Thomas on June 11, 1999.
Rachel Fran Rubin Lehr and her husband Joseph Lehr have bought a house in Ringwood, NJ.
Jennison Huebner is now working for Xerox in Business Services as a financial analyst. She is still taking graduate classes at Nazareth and recently bought a new house. Jennison was lucky to spend last summer touring England, Scotland, and Dublin!
Kristin Schomp Morrow and Will Morrow '95 have moved to Kenai, AK. Will is a sports reporter for a local paper, covering everything from high school sports to the Iditarod race, and Kristin is an elementary school reading teacher. They've asked me to include their e-mail: swkmorrow@ptialaska.net .
Mark and Marie Vivier Tabar have moved from Holden, MA, back to their home state of Michigan, where Mark has taken a job teaching math and science at a Christian high school.
Lizabeth Ann Gillette earned her master's degree in business from Indiana University.
Mark and Marie Vivier Tabar have moved from Holden, MA, back to their home state of Michigan, where Mark has taken a job teaching math and science at a Christian high school.
Jeff Castor and Nannette Stangle '94 were married July 4, 1999, an extremely hot day in Buffalo. Brad Butterstein '96 flew up from Florida to be Jeff's best man. Jeff is still working for Advanced Refractory Technologies in Buffalo, but he has switched positions from R&D engineer to quality engineer. This change has allowed him to travel to California and Massachusetts. Nannette plans to finish her doctorate in cancer therapeutics around March 2000. She recently received several awards, and has discovered some exciting information about breast cancer research. The couple plans to head for Raleigh-Durham, NC, when Nannette finishes her degree, as the Research Triangle has many job opportunities to offer them.
Christine Marie Clark has been married since 1993. She has a son, Jordan, born in 1995, and a daughter, Madison, born in 1998.
David Seymour, a master's degree student in the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science at AU, won first place in a research poster competition conducted by the Rochester chapter of the Materials Research Society. The project centers on developing energy-saving fast-firing cycles for porcelain high-tension insulators. David is using a state-of-the-art custom x-ray diffraction furnace, designed and built by Dr. Scott Misture '90, his thesis advisor, to track the phase formation in porcelains during firing. "Using this instrument, David can accurately determine the time and temperature conditions necessary to form the requisite amount of phases in the porcelain, and hence shorten the firing cycle required to produce high-quality parts," Misture said.
1995
Gilda Oliver is a woman with a cause. In an effort to promote peace and positive relationships among people, nature, and industry, she is determined to create 1,000 works she calls "peace warriors." Inspired by the Japanese idea of 1,000 cranes symbolizing peace, the series is about 10 percent done. Her central piece is an impressive 500-pound ceramic casting of a head, made of fired components that were broken and then joined. "This piece symbolizes the faces of all who stood up for peace - past, present, and future," she says. The first piece in the series is owned by the Renwick Gallery at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.
Janis Morgante married Jason Cwiklinski this past summer and returned to school this fall for an MBA at the University at Buffalo. She and her husband live in Lancaster.
Nicole Timberlake has been working for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Rochester, NY, the last five years, and is starting her second year as a senior associate in the Business Assurance Group.
Tresa Eldridge has been named administrator of the Alfred University Methodist Pre-School and Day Care Center. She and her son live in Hornell.
Heidi Liebi recently moved to Clinton, IA, and is still working for Guardian Glass.
Barbara G. Jones recently received her graduate degree in environmental studies at Syracuse University.
Jennifer K. Graff is in graduate school, studying ceramic art at the University of Georgia.
Arlene Veloce Deroy and Chad Deroy '93 announce the birth of their son, Chad Joseph, Sept. 16 during Hurricane Floyd! Tienna, their 2-year-old daughter, likes her new brother, although not being the center of attention is a new experience.
Penelope Gaitanis is running an art studio in Union City, NJ, and teaching at William Patterson University.
Jeff Castor and Nannette Stangle '94 were married July 4, 1999, an extremely hot day in Buffalo. Brad Butterstein '96 flew up from Florida to be Jeff's best man. Jeff is still working for Advanced Refractory Technologies in Buffalo, but he has switched positions from R&D engineer to quality engineer. This change has allowed him to travel to California and Massachusetts. Nannette plans to finish her doctorate in cancer therapeutics around March 2000. She recently received several awards, and has discovered some exciting information about breast cancer research. The couple plans to head for Raleigh-Durham, NC, when Nannette finishes her degree, as the Research Triangle has many job opportunities to offer them.
Rick MacDuffie Jr. just accepted a new job at Microsoft as a technical implementation manager for a product-service known as Transpoint. It is an internet bill presentment-payment model that will, he hopes, change the way people pay bills. Who knows, maybe the AU loan offices will let us all pay our bills electronically now, thanks to Rick! For more information, check out www.transpoint.com . Rick's wife Leah also has a new job as junior-senior high school band director for Alexander Central School near Darien Lake, and is continuing to work on her master's degree.
Peter Wall has been promoted to chief operating officer at Physician's Health Corp. based in Atlanta, GA.
Jennifer Hallman says hello to friends on the AU faculty and staff - Gail Walker, Sharon Davidson, Marilyn Saxton, and James Curl.
Kristin Schomp Morrow and Will Morrow '95 have moved to Kenai, AK. Will is a sports reporter for a local paper, covering everything from high school sports to the Iditarod race, and Kristin is an elementary school reading teacher. They've asked me to include their e-mail: swkmorrow@ptialaska.net .
1996
Steve Siffringer '96, works at Canisius.
Jeanine Sparks Hinterneder and her husband, Steven Hinterneder, a civil engineer and alumnus of RPI, live near Boston, MA. Jeanine is working toward a Ph.D. in biology, specializing in neuroscience, at Brandeis University.
Mark Godleski '96, is back in upstate New York after spending some time down on Tobacco Road. He is currently the director of residence life and coordinator of judicial affairs at LeMoyne College.
Back at the high school she graduated from, Roxanne Leslie Lane is teaching ceramics at South Windsor High in South Windsor, CT.
Faith Laubenheimer has taken the fall semester off from graduate school and is teaching kindergarten in Philadelphia.
Jennifer Presnell writes, "Life has changed a lot ... After Alfred, I returned home to Maryland, where I worked for Price Waterhouse in Arlington, VA, auditing federal government entities. Interesting work but not particularly rewarding, since the government moves so slow. The effect of my contributions probably won't be noticeable for 10 years, even if one of my project teams got a lovely letter from the U.S. Senate. I did get the opportunity to interrupt (accidentally) a meeting of a House subcommittee on Capitol Hill, who were using more than their fair share of time in the conference room where my team was supposed to be meeting accounting staff from the House. When Price Waterhouse became PricewaterhouseCoopers, I ended up doing some consulting work and then transferring to Minneapolis to audit mortgage banks. I've since decided that 17-hour days, seven days a week, are not for me, and I've taken a very nice corporate job with Wells Fargo & Co. This fall, I started working on my MBA at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. I'm the youngest person in the evening program (I'm 23), but I seem to be holding my own against the management types. The professors are top tier and I think I'm going to end up with an emphasis in operations management and marketing-logistics. I'm interested in working with the Wells Fargo division that decides where to put banking stores, ATMs, and operational units. I'm glad things turned out as they did, because I love Minneapolis, even if people here use some strange words (like ramp for parking garage and pop for soda.) I've even picked up the funny accent, an extremely mild form of the one they use in the movie 'Fargo.'"
Sean Sweeney writes, "I'm still going for a Ph.D. in ceramic science and engineering at Penn State."
Stephanie LaFever started a new job this fall as an admissions counselor at Alfred State College. She lives in Wellsville.
Joel Bartley has moved to 9 Edge Wood Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452.
1997
Hannah S. Merle graduated from Emporia State with an MS, concentrating in art therapy.
Devin Dressman recently attended a meeting in San Francisco for the American Society of Human Genetics. He submitted an abstracted titled "Functional Rescue of the Tibialis Anterior and Treatment of Large Muscle Groups in a Model for Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Using a rAAV Vector." His abstract was chosen as one of the top 5 percent of about 5,000 abstracts submitted. As a result, Devin was awarded a presentation at the meeting, and because his abstract was rated one of the most newsworthy, he was awarded a press conference. Devin writes, "It was great that I was able to talk with reporters and was published in a number of on-line journals as well as the Pittsburgh Post Gazette." The event was also picked up by the local PBS station, WQED 13, on a show called "UPMC Health News." In addition to all this excitement, Devin moved with his advisor Eric Hoffman to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, Children's Research Institute in the Center for Genetic Medicine. Devin is still working on his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in molecular genetics and biochemistry. He plans to finish it up in Washington.
Julie Ann Laing is a high school English teacher at Sherburne Earlville, east of Cortland, NY.
Christina Festinger recently changed jobs. She's currently working as a senior accountant for RPScherer, a subsidiary of Cardinal Health, which invented Liquid-Gels, in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Peter Wiernicki is now working full-time as a residence director at Keene State College in Keene, NH. Outside work, Peter spends most of his time with Sarah Clark. Since Peter last wrote, he and Sarah have climbed a nearby mountain together and met VP and Mrs. Gore at a campaign stop in Keene. They also bumped into Josh Levin while wandering around a craft fair in Simsbury, CT. "It was nice to see a familiar Alfred face and catch up on old times," Peter wrote.
Nicole Joseph is in her second year at Harvard University Law School. Over the summer, she worked with battered women in a domestic violence program.
Elizabeth Jean Giroux now owns her own company, Glass Lizard.
Rachel Mackenzie Liste is a recruiter for Spectrum Financial Systems in Mooresville, NC.
Sarah Clark will be graduating in May '99 from a Masters in Gerontology program at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. She has been the graduate assistant for the Gerontology Department and went on a 10-day trip to Beijing to study Chinese aging issues. Currently she's working in Hartford at North Central Area Agency on Aging, helping people with medicare problems and serving as a care planner for an Alzheimer's Disease respite program. Since graduation, she has also studied community dance at Jacob's Pillow.
Peter Wiernicki is now working full-time as a residence director at Keene State College in Keene, NH. Outside work, Peter spends most of his time with Sarah Clark. Since Peter last wrote, he and Sarah have climbed a nearby mountain together and met VP and Mrs. Gore at a campaign stop in Keene. They also bumped into Josh Levin while wandering around a craft fair in Simsbury, CT. "It was nice to see a familiar Alfred face and catch up on old times," Peter wrote
Daniel Koenig started a new job Aug. 9, 1999, with the Royce Investment Group.
1998
Matthew Cohen, now a certified strength and conditioning specialist, is pursuing a master's degree in health education.
Bridget Boss was recently profiled in "Glasswork: A Bimonthly Web Magazine on Glass" for her painted, blown-glass artwork. In the article by Seattle writer Dick Weiss, she is quoted as saying, "I like putting things together that don't go together. I like making them work."
Hiromi Minagawa Wittmann married Christian Wittmann April 24, 1999. Christian was an exchange student from the university in Erlangen, Germany, in AU's ceramic engineering department in 1995. The couple live in Munich, where they would welcome e-mail at hiromi.christian@nikocity.de - or regular mail at Reichenbachstr. 33, 80469 Muenchen, Germany.
Denise Zona is living at home in Baldwinsville, NY, with her 2-year-old son Sol. She is finishing up her degree at SUNY Oswego and expects to graduate soon with a dual degree in studio art and psychology.
A note from John Hartmann floated into Natalie's inbox: "I'm finishing my master's in philosophy this year at SUNY Stony Brook. The thesis will probably be on a Deleuzian (re)reading of Lacan. The assorted pleasantries that come with applying to Ph.D. programs (retaking the GREs, coming up with the money for applications) are also coming fast and furious ... but what else to do? To fund my hijinks and adventures, I'm working part-time at HSBC Bank. Banker's hours are a myth! Otherwise, things are generally boring. Long Island just isn't all it's cracked up to be."
Catherine Camille is in graduate school at John Jay College, where she's study forensics psychology.
Writes Brandy Russell, "I'm in my second year of grad school, working on my Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Rochester. I'm really enjoying my research, and teaching is going well, even though the first students I had were only two years younger than I! What else am I up to? Nothing - I'm a grad student - I have no life. Actually that's not completely true: I've been accepted into the Rochester Oratorio Society. We performed the fabulous Carmina Burana at the Chautauqua Institution over the summer, and have four concerts planned for the coming season."
Benjamin Hills is working as a production manager with Dreamweaver Productions.
Karen Enke writes, "I'm working as assistant to the director of the International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University. No grad school for me right now. I'm still enjoying leaving work without anything to do when I get home. (Natalie note: "Me too!") I will go back to school soon, but I haven't decided yet where that will be. So, until I decide otherwise, my future's here. I'm looking forward to continuing the fun and friendships at AU while maintaining a 'normal' college life." Karen's e-mail is enkekd@alfred.edu , so keep in touch!
Bridget Jacobs has a new job as a counselor at Elmira Free Academy in Elmira, NY.
David J. Hunt has been named assistant professor in the Information and Electrical Engineering Technology Department at Alfred State College. He and his wife Ami Adams Hunt live in Canaseraga.
Donna Provenzano is pursuing her master's degree in education at AU, where she was awarded a teaching assistantship.
Christa Latacz writes, "I'm still working for General Electric, in their two-and-a-half-year Financial Management Program. I change positions every six months. I lived in Kansas City for a year, and have just moved to Seattle! I'm currently working as an accountant for the investments department of the life insurance company within GE. Although my address and number change constantly, I can always be reached by e-mail at jetfaninks@aol.com ."
1999
Chris Aspinwall got a job as a cost analyst at Jones GMO.
Navy Seaman Paul J. Borst recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL.
Andrew Gajdos just started a job teaching English at Canaseraga Central School in Allegany County, not far from Alfred.
Your class correspondent, Andrew Alesso, is holding three part-time positions at Alfred State College. He's interim director of student affairs at the School of Vocational Technology in Wellsville, a counselor in the Placement Office on the Alfred campus, and an adjunct instructor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department.
Michael Butler is living with a fraternity brother and working at the Fastenal Co. of Geneva, NY, in inside-outside sales.
2000
Becca Cahill '00 and Diana Minneci '00 were among 200 college performers selected from 2,000-plus applicants to sing in one of the largest choir conventions in the world. Their success is significant not only because of the large pool of applicants but because most of the singers chosen were music majors, nearly all at major music schools. Cahill, a second alto and a liberal arts and sciences major, and Minneci, a first soprano and business administration major, sang in the women's honor choir at the American Choral Directors Association convention. Along with other top singers, they performed before some 5,000 choral directors from all over the world. "I am very proud of the work these two women have done," said Luanne Clarke, associate professor of voice and director of AU's choral program and the Chamber Singers, to which both students belong. She attributes their success to their lifelong love of singing, their "beautiful choral voices," and private voice instruction. Cahill is from Pleasant Valley, NY, and Minneci is from East Amherst, NY. The convention took place in February 1999 in Chicago.
Becca Cahill '00 and Diana Minneci '00 were among 200 college performers selected from 2,000-plus applicants to sing in one of the largest choir conventions in the world. Their success is significant not only because of the large pool of applicants but because most of the singers chosen were music majors, nearly all at major music schools. Cahill, a second alto and a liberal arts and sciences major, and Minneci, a first soprano and business administration major, sang in the women's honor choir at the American Choral Directors Association convention. Along with other top singers, they performed before some 5,000 choral directors from all over the world. "I am very proud of the work these two women have done," said Luanne Clarke, associate professor of voice and director of AU's choral program and the Chamber Singers, to which both students belong. She attributes their success to their lifelong love of singing, their "beautiful choral voices," and private voice instruction. Cahill is from Pleasant Valley, NY, and Minneci is from East Amherst, NY. The convention took place in February 1999 in Chicago.
After a national competition to judge the academic excellence of business students, Michael Pellicciotti '00 was named a 1999 Delta Mu Delta Scholar. He was one of 39 business students across the nation to share a total of $27,500 in scholarship funds; his $750 award is to be used toward his studies senior year. Pellicciotti comes from Munster, IN, and is the son of Joseph '72 and Mary Beth Pellicciotti.
Katherine Reynolds went to work for GE Capital in their Financial Management Program after graduation from Alfred. The program is a management development program where participants move around and do different jobs every six months. Katherine writes, "Just when I thought I was done with tests and papers..." the program requires her to take classes where a score of 84 is failing! Since joining GE Capital, she has lived in Stamford, CT, Atlanta, GA, Richmond, VA, and now she is living in San Francisco! She writes, "I love California - I've been to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Niners games - it's great out here!" She would love to hear from other Alfredians in the San Francisco area; e-mail is Katherine.Reynolds@gecapital.com .
Geoff Rose, is busy working on his MBA at AU.
2001
Also honored recently was Todd R. Zeitler '01, a junior in the ceramic engineering program. Zeitler won one of 26 scholarships awarded this year by Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that rewards excellence during a student's first year in college. A native of Beavercreek, OH, Zeitler was nominated by the AU chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta for the $1,000 scholarship award. Even to belong to the society, students must maintain a 3.5 gradepoint average or better, "so the nominees were the very best of a select group," said Dr. Robert Williams, math professor of and faculty advisor to the honor society.
Births
Kris Deily Dale and George Dale '96 had their first son, Jeremy Owen, Sept. 12, 1999.