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1985
Jonathan Y. Levine is living and working in Ichinoseki in northern Japan, where he teaches English and coaches Kendo. Friends can reach him at jonanzan@sekisho.ac.jp .
1988
Ami Leal DiCarlo and David DiCarlo '88 live in Austin, TX. David works for Motorola and Ami is a full-time mother of three. "Homeschooling the eldest son is going well, and we all enjoy it very much," she writes. "Right now the biggest trial is my being diagnosed with primary breast cancer in May '97, and I am currently being treated for breast cancer metastatic in my lungs. The chemotherapy seems to be working, and so far there is no sign of cancer in my body." Ami would love to hear from friends at 8207 Mescalero Dr., Austin, TX 78736, or e-mail her at FullTimeMum@aol.com .
1989
JoAnn Altomare took a moment from her busy life in Hoboken, NJ, to write, "I am working two jobs. In the morning I'm a receptionist for a lawyer's office. In the afternoon I supervise an after-school program. I am also a first-year student at Union County College, studying American Sign Language Interpretation."
Gregory Kessler and his wife Julie have two sons, Corbin, born July 10, 1997, and Carson, born July 31, 1994.
1990
Gregory Kessler and his wife Julie have two sons, Corbin, born July 10, 1997, and Carson, born July 31, 1994.
Christopher B. Southcott and his wife Kathryn Thomas Southcott have two boys, Ian, born Oct. 5, 1995, and Austin, born Dec. 10, 1993.
Pat Cooney has been named graduate assistant coach of the AU women's basketball team. In her undergraduate days, she played soccer for AU for four years, and basketball for two. A caseworker for the Allegany County Social Services Department, Pat is working toward a Master's Degree in psychology from AU.
Heatherlee Bailey-Cooner, MD, is an emergency medicine physician working in Philadelphia. She is the assistant program director at the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Hahnemann University. While presenting her research, she's had the chance to travel, most recently to Egypt. In her spare time, Heather still rides her horse, Double. Her husband, Edward Cooner, is also a physician.
"Hello, everyone," writes Kurt Potter. "If you want to drop me a line, send it to my e-mail, Kurt.Potter@gartner.com ."
Liz Williams Call is working and living in Rochester, printing in her studio and taking care of the kids full-time. Her husband Andrew Call, MD, works for the University of Rochester and Highland Hospital as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Their two beautiful daughters, Olivia Rose (born Nov. 2, 1996) and Juliana Sage (May 31, 1998), keep them both busy.
Liz Williams Call is working and living in Rochester, printing in her studio and taking care of the kids full-time. Her husband Andrew Call, MD, works for the University of Rochester and Highland Hospital as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Their two beautiful daughters, Olivia Rose (born Nov. 2, 1996) and Juliana Sage (May 31, 1998), keep them both busy.
Matthew Pitta, currently a special education teacher at the Cooke Center for Learning and Development in New York City, is enrolled at Fordham University as a candidate for a Master's in Educational Administration. He's also pursuing a music career and is working with a producer in hope of establishing a record contract with interested labels. His e-mail address is Cookeatstp@aol.com .
"In February 2000, Lt. Timothy Loomis, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, received his wings as a Naval Aerospace Physiologist after completing a six-month course of instruction at the Pensacola, FL, Naval Air Station He is stationed at the Aviation Survival Training Center, NAS Pensacola, where he teaches aeromedical safety to student aviators."
news from Veronica Reid Johanns, who wrote: "I am the proud mother of two blonde blue-eyed treasures, Ethan Reid Johanns, born Oct. 16, 1995, and Evan Rudy Johanns, born July 12, 1997. In 1999, I was the featured artist in the book Painting Greeting Cards for Fun and Profit by Jeannette Robertson, which is for sale at Barnes & Nobles and includes several of my card designs. Please get in touch with me by e-mail, Kissiest@aol.com ." Veronica lives in Syracuse, NY.
1991
April Watson has been married to Elijah Gowin since Aug. 31, 1996. She's a curatorial assistant in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Friends can reach her by e-mail, amwatson@mindspring.com . Amy Bruce is in the middle of her eighth year as an art teacher and her third at her present school with Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia. She is also enrolled in the graduate program at Virginia Commonwealth University for her master's in art education. "After receiving a grant to study architecture, I've also developed a fine arts page for our school's web site that includes photos from a recent trip to London," she writes.
1992
Bob Padiak and Taryn Volk Padiak '93 had a son, Caleb Michael, Oct. 1, 1999. Bob works as a senior national accounts planner for At-A-Glance in Sidney, NY. The Ethan Allen sofa I bought from them a few years back has successfully made the trip from Alfred to Hornell, back to Alfred, and on to Buffalo in great shape.
Erik Weiselberg got his Ph.D. in United States history from the University of Oregon, where Stu Campbell advised him to go.
Stephanie Singer Ballantine just got her master's in early childhood education. She's working as director of the Arlington Infant and Toddler Center in Arlington, MA.
Ami Leal DiCarlo and David DiCarlo '88 live in Austin, TX. David works for Motorola and Ami is a full-time mother of three. "Homeschooling the eldest son is going well, and we all enjoy it very much," she writes. "Right now the biggest trial is my being diagnosed with primary breast cancer in May '97, and I am currently being treated for breast cancer metastatic in my lungs. The chemotherapy seems to be working, and so far there is no sign of cancer in my body." Ami would love to hear from friends at 8207 Mescalero Dr., Austin, TX 78736, or e-mail her at FullTimeMum@aol.com .
Rachel Roberts Morandi moved from North Adams to Lawrence, MA. "I'm teaching middle school French, grades seven and eight, at Pentucket Regional Middle School in West Newbury, MA. Love it!!"
Rick Russo completed his MBA at Boston University's Graduate School of Management, and got his CPA license from New York state. He continues to work as associate director of finance and administration at Boston University's Division of International Programs.
1993
Monika Kaden writes, "I received my MFA from the College of Ceramics in 1993 and I moved back to the U.S.A., to Santa Fe, NM, from Berlin, Germany, three months ago. I tell you, I am very happy, being back home." Monika's e-mail address is monikaden@earthlink.net .
Javier Morales and Jenna DeFranco Morales '94 were married in Rochester, NY, on Oct. 18, 1997. Javier landed a job at XEROX and Jenna made false teeth as a fixed-prothodontic lab technician, then got her master's degree in education from Nazareth College in December 1998 and began teaching the following spring. Javier also began a web design business, which he runs at their home (www.turtleg.com ). In the fall of 1999, they moved into their first house (181 Avondale Road, Rochester, NY 14622), Jenna started a new job at the James Madison School of Excellence for middle-schoolers, and Javier began working on a master's in information technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He hopes soon to move into a new position at XEROX. Friends may reach them at jenna@turtleg.com and jav@turtleg.com .
Christine Samson has moved from Painted Post to Corning, NY.
"I really appreciate the electronic newsletter," writes Marie-Elaine Lippert Miller. "All is well in Lancaster, PA. I have been working for three and a half years at Albert/Bogner Design Communications. My husband, Mark, and I have been in our new house for over a year, 110 Race Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603. Our jack russell, Scout, is a year old and loves to play in the park and fields at the Franklin & Marshall campus right up the street. Yesterday we got an unexpected foot of snow; it brought back many wonderful memories of Alfred." Her e-mail address is marie-elaine@mailcity.com
Giokazta Molina got her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. She works for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She and Jeremy Schneider were married Oct. 3, 1999, and now live in New York City. Jeremy works for North America Media Engines.
Sean Salo and Katie Schroeder were married Sept. 18, 1999, and honeymooned in Australia. Sean works as a marketing manager at VH1, the cable TV music channel, in New York City. Friends can get in touch by e-mail at sean.salo@VH1.com .
Giokazta Molina got her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. She works for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She and Jeremy Schneider were married Oct. 3, 1999, and now live in New York City. Jeremy works for North America Media Engines.
Diana Cherbuliez was featured in January 2000 in an Artist Residency Open Studio event at Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA. The program brings artists to Montalvo for a one-to-three-month working residency in a setting that offers privacy, creative reflection, and, during open studio events, a chance to talk with the public. Diana lives in Vinalhaven, ME.
Jon MacSwan '93 and his wife Jill Jaworski MacSwan '93 live in Lackawanna, NY, and had a baby girl, Shelby Jo, back on Oct. 10, 1999. Jon teaches at Lake Shore High School in Angola, where he also coaches football.
Jon MacSwan '93 and his wife Jill Jaworski MacSwan '93 live in Lackawanna, NY, and had a baby girl, Shelby Jo, back on Oct. 10, 1999. Jon teaches at Lake Shore High School in Angola, where he also coaches football.
Bob Padiak and Taryn Volk Padiak '93 had a son, Caleb Michael, Oct. 1, 1999. Bob works as a senior national accounts planner for At-A-Glance in Sidney, NY. The Ethan Allen sofa I bought from them a few years back has successfully made the trip from Alfred to Hornell, back to Alfred, and on to Buffalo in great shape.
1994
Raphael (Raff) Colangione, a CPA working in the software industry for MapInfo Corp. in its United Kingdom office, was recently promoted to Business Systems and Process Manager for Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His main responsibility is to design and implement applications to increase efficiency for all levels of information processed at MapInfo. He's been with the company three years and loves living near London almost as near Paris.
Chad Bowman reports on health care law for the Bureau of National Affairs and is in his first year of law school at Georgetown University. His wife, Darcia Harris Bowman '95, recently started a job as a reporter for Education Week after completing a year-long journalism fellowship on Capitol Hill, sponsored by Congressional Quarterly and the American Political Science Association. The Bowmans live in Arlington, VA.
Krista Grecco has been appointed to a part-time position as assistant professor of art at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Victoria Rentz '94 recently sold her first nonfiction article, "Tales of a College Transfer." Not only was it published on a website (www.maincampus.com/lifestyles/life_00029a.html ), but next to her article, there's a sidebar and a little publicity on Alfred University!
Victoria Rentz is working toward a master's degree in creative writing at Boston University. Friends can e-mail her at writer@bu.edu .
Javier Morales and Jenna DeFranco Morales '94 were married in Rochester, NY, on Oct. 18, 1997. Javier landed a job at XEROX and Jenna made false teeth as a fixed-prothodontic lab technician, then got her master's degree in education from Nazareth College in December 1998 and began teaching the following spring. Javier also began a web design business, which he runs at their home (www.turtleg.com ). In the fall of 1999, they moved into their first house (181 Avondale Road, Rochester, NY 14622), Jenna started a new job at the James Madison School of Excellence for middle-schoolers, and Javier began working on a master's in information technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He hopes soon to move into a new position at XEROX. Friends may reach them at jenna@turtleg.com and jav@turtleg.com .
Patti Pohlig '94 went on to receive her master's in teaching at St. Bonaventure University. After retiring from teaching high school economics, she became a financial consultant with Solomon Smith Barney in Jamestown, NY, where she can be reached at pohlig@madbbs.com .
Steven Rolf and his wife, Jacqueline (Jacky) Cott Rolf '98, have moved to River Falls, WI, where Steven opened a pottery studio. Jacky works in research and development at 3M Company. Friends may reach them by e-mail at scrolf@pressenter.com .
1995
"Soon after graduating, Sue Flynn Lipscomb moved to Atlanta, where she was the the marketing manager at TruGreen-Chem Lawn. In September 1998 she married Shawn Lipscomb. They recently moved from Atlanta to Saratoga, NY.
Amy Palms has been running the Joan Jett headquarters in San Francisco for touring schedules. "We recently opened the Joan Jett School of glass and stained glass art, which started with a generous grant from Miss Joan Jett herself and seems to be taking off quite nicely," she writes. Friends may reach her by e-mail at a_palms@hotmail.com .
Andy Radano is a first-year social studies teacher in the Rochester City School District. He teaches Global Studies at Edison Tech and the Young Mothers Program.
Karen Gringhuis is a studio potter with a new private studio in Alfred.
Paul McMullan has joined the art department faculty of Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI. He is married to Tanya Rudenjak '98.
After two years at Andersen Consulting in the Practice Management role, Jennifer Swinton transferred into the BPM Ventures and Alliances Group this past fall. She writes, "I have been in the role for more than a month, and look forward to many opportunities within the marketing realm. I would like to say hello to my AU friends. I also have a new e-mail account: mamaladybugs@hotmail.com . Happy New Year!"
Starting in the summer of 1995, Christianne Smith worked three years in New York City at Chermayeff and Geismar Associates as a graphic designer. She moved to Boston in June 1998 and has been working as a senior designer and art director at Fassino Design and teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art.
Danielle Argueta Reyes and her husband, Alex Reyes, met in Alfred while she was at AU and he was a student at Alfred State College. They both work for Allstate Insurance: Daniel is a claims adjuster for the auto division, and Alex works with homeowners' claims. Their daughter, Alyssa Gisselle Reyes, was born Aug. 3, 1998. "On days when we are not exhausted running after our 'little angel,' we are busy watching our favorite episode of Elmo's World," Danielle wrote.
1996
Natalie Hill '96 is back in Long Island, NY, teaching sixth grade science and language arts.
Jennifer Grower started graduate school at Clemson University this fall. She is working toward a Master's Degree in packaging science.
After an almost three-year engagement, Erika Stapleton and Harry Seaman were married in October 1999, and surprisingly, returned still speaking to each other after a two-week honeymoon in Italy. Erika works for Corning, Inc., heading the R&D x-ray lab, while Harry works for the Corning Museum of Glass, in the new education studio, as facility coordinator and teacher. Harry and Erika live outside Corning in a log home in the country with four cats and a dog.
Christa Marlowe recently bought a home in Milwaukee, WI. Christa is working as an environmental educator at a couple of nature centers in town. "I love working outside with kids," she says. "It's the least stressful job imaginable." Over the holidays, Christa had a reunion with some Alfred apartment-mates.
After an almost three-year engagement, Erika Stapleton and Harry Seaman were married in October 1999, and surprisingly, returned still speaking to each other after a two-week honeymoon in Italy. Erika works for Corning, Inc., heading the R&D x-ray lab, while Harry works for the Corning Museum of Glass, in the new education studio, as facility coordinator and teacher. Harry and Erika live outside Corning in a log home in the country with four cats and a dog.
Chris Chimera writes, "I am working at Geneva High School teaching chemistry. I'm also planning a trip to France this summer."
Anthony Burger graduated from law school and, on his first try, passed the New York Bar Exam.
Work by Emrys Berkower was featured at the first exhibition mounted by Whitehouse Books, 32 E. Market St., Corning, NY, in November 1999. The store has become a hub for artists who want to explore what's going on in the glass world, says owner Julia Whitehouse (www.Whitehouse-Books.com .) Berkower's exhibition was built around the theme of common everyday objects rendered in glass.
Sandra Lance has joined the faculty of the School of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, as a professor in the foundation studies department. In addition to her AU degree, she holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida.
Sarah Chilson joined the Leukemia Society of America's Team in Training, and plans to run the Maui Marathon in March to honor her second cousin. She's made a commitment to earning at least $4,000 for the Society, but would welcome help from classmates to exceed her goal. She can be reached at 2500 N. Desert Links Drive, #2203, Tucson, AZ 85715 or by e-mail at sarah.chilson@dm.af.mil . She sends smiles and hugs to Lauren, Brandy, Thea, Jens, Catie, Rick, Peter, and other Alfredians.
Sara Tro and two other artists exhibited their work in November at the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill, NY. Her specialty is figurative photography. She lives in Seattle, where she works as a framer, designer, and photographer.
Stacia J. Pike graduated in 1998 from Wright State University with a Master of Science in geological sciences with a concentration in geophysics. She works for Veritas GeoServices in Houston, TX.
1997
Elizabeth West is attending Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, to get a graduate degree in art therapy.
Jen Ward ended the last century intending to leave her job at Sam Adams (the Boston Beer Company) to move to San Francisco, CA, to get a job in the internet industry. At the last minute, however, she moved from Boston to New York City to take a job as an account executive for DoubleClick, Inc., an internet advertising solutions company.
Cassandra Racasi rang in the new year and century in England. She sent a picture of her and her cousin Ruth on top of a turret of Warwick Castle. She said she had a blast visiting England.
Lauren Ralston got her maitrise from the Sorbonne in Paris.
Karla Stubenazy is working for the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern New York as a case manager. Friends can get in touch by mail at 3204 Route 9 West, Apt. 2D, New Windsor, NY 12553 or by e-mail, Kstubenazy@hotmail.com .
Charlie (Chuck) Emrich took himself and his education to the West Coast, got a job doing research and development in the mass storage devices field of the computer industry, and loved it, his mother reports. He's working at the Chemistry Department of the University of California Berkeley, where he's part of a project supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Chuck is part of a team making devices on glass wafers to do genomics, proteomics, and DNA sequencing, and also working on the "lab-on-a-chip" idea, which he calls "a real Holy Grail right now." He's hoping to get his Ph.D.
Emmalee Olson is teaching junior high math and science at St. John's Lutheran School in Queens, NY. She received her certification in June 1999 from the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, becoming a certified athletic trainer. Friends can reach her at ECROlson@aol.com .
Anna Daly works for Design Center for Tiles: A Refined Selection in Boston, MA.
Jen Ward ended the last century intending to leave her job at Sam Adams (the Boston Beer Company) to move to San Francisco, CA, to get a job in the internet industry. At the last minute, however, she moved from Boston to New York City to take a job as an account executive for DoubleClick, Inc., an internet advertising solutions company.
Sarah Clark has moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire to be closer to Peter Wiernicki, who is a residence director at Keene State College.
Chris Longo has been quite busy. After starring in some small production musicals in his home area of Schenectady, NY, Chris moved to New York City for a few months, where he "really got into dancing." Chris wrote, "I know those who know me will not believe this, but I just REALLY enjoyed it. I took jazz, tap, even ballet (don't laugh.)" About four months ago, Chris and his roommate Randy, also a dancer, moved out to San Francisco, where Chris is starring in a dance-musical number called "Amazing Andy," in which Chris plays the part of Andy. "It's not Broadway or Hollywood," Chris wrote, "but I am getting good, and love it."
Dan Glanowski and Teresa Vincent '99 were married Sept. 11, 1999, at Niagara Falls. Teresa is working at the University at Buffalo as assistant director of international student medical insurance, and Dan is pursuing a career in stand-up comedy.
1998
David A. Walsh, a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Baylor University in Texas, hosted a chemistry magic show at Baylor, showing off such feats as pounding a nail into a board with a banana for hammer. The chemistry department plans to make the show an annual event. (By the way, he froze the banana first with liquid nitrogen.)
Ben Goldberg '00 reports that three '99 graduates "have found jobs in the real world after leaving their Alfred home at 2 Mill St.
Debbie Nall is working full-time at Houghton Mifflin as an administrative associate and has also been taking graphic design courses three nights a week at the School of Museum of Fine Arts. Friends can reach her at smiling76@hotmail.com .
Steven Rolf and his wife, Jacqueline (Jacky) Cott Rolf '98, have moved to River Falls, WI, where Steven opened a pottery studio. Jacky works in research and development at 3M Company. Friends may reach them by e-mail at scrolf@pressenter.com .
Tim Jones '98 is now working for Brodeur Worldwide, a high-tech PR agency in Raleigh, NC. In an e-mail just after the holidays, he bragged, "Life is good here. I've played golf five times already since winter started. It's tough, man, you know, having to apply sun block in December!" Tim had to put his clubs away after the Raleigh-Durham area got buried with nearly two feet of snow a couple of weeks later.
Christine Brown '98 is excited about her new job teaching art in Long Island, NY, at Longwood Junior High School.
Meghan Fealy '98 is working at KPMG in the Interactive Marketing Department as a media presentation coordinator. She recently moved to Westwood, NJ.
Joshua Schimsky is working for Pyramid Accessories in New York City. Right after graduation, he worked as a paid intern for Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.
Susan M. Larberg is now teaching second grade at a school in East Northport, NY, after teaching pre-kindergarten for a few months after graduation.
Natalie Krauser made the papers in her hometown as an appointee to the newly-formed Queens Museum of Arts "First Thursdays" Committee. The committee, modeled on the Brooklyn Museum of Art's "First Saturdays" program, was created to encourage young Queens residents to come to the museum. With the museum's program department, it produces evening events.
1999
Greg Hilgert is enrolled at Teachers College, Columbia University, working toward a Masters of Education in psychological counseling. He also works part-time as a publications manager for NCREST, an education research publication company. His e-mail address is greg_hilgert@hotmail.com .
Alisa Andropolis lives in Asheville, NC, working as a film developer for Ball Photo.
Tim Healy lives in Georgetown, Washington, DC, working as a film developer.
Mary Oakes is teaching math at Mount Pleasant High School in Mt. Pleasant, NC.
Eric Gremli still lives with his family in Moravia, NY, where he works with his father as a gym teacher."
Holly Brooks is teaching art in grades K-6 in the Sherman school system in her home county (Chautauqua County, NY.) She also offers classes for members of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Jamestown on evenings and weekends in fine arts and ceramics. Holly continues with her own art and has entered several shows and sold some pieces.
Tadd Barnes reports on the good and the bad: Under "The Good," he says, "1. Moved out of my hellish situation and have a really cool roomie, and not 12 illegal immigrants living with me. (See the bad.) 2. Work is going well, and I may be hired full-time. 3. Finished work on "The Admirable Crichton" and had a lot of fun in my first post-college play. 4. Having money is a good thing sometimes!" "The Bad" includes "1. Had 12 illegal immigrants, friends of an old roommate's boyfriend, move into our place without telling any of us ... It caused quite a bit of strife, and I came away with the nickname 'Captain Confrontation.' 2. Paying bills. 3. Paying college loans. 4. My car died finally. Poor old Henrietta -- I'll miss the gal. Other than that, life is mundane, but going by quite quickly. I'm getting info on various graduate programs in theater and am waiting to hear about those."
Births
Susan Heidenreich McIntyre and her husband Jamison McIntyre had a daughter, Danielle Elizabeth, on Oct. 9, 1999.
Catherine Stinson and Nathaneal Butzer '97 have a son, Tyler Scott Butzer, born Dec. 22, 1998. Catherine is working at Long Beach Sports Rehabilitation in the field of physical therapy.
Marriages
Rosalie Bortz Shapiro, who married Harold Shapiro in September 1998, is still living in Pittsburgh, working full-time as a library clerk, and attending school part-time to work toward her master's degree in library science.