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1990
John Bisbee was featured with eight other Maine artists in a Maine Times cover story headlined "Who are the important new artists?" Bisbee, who teaches sculpture at Bowdoin College, won the purchase prize at the 1998 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. He has shown at many New England galleries and has one-artist shows coming up in June '00 and in Kansas City in the spring of '01. One distinguishing mark of Bisbee's work is "his non-academic approach to materials," the article says. "Using just spikes and nails, he arrives at his elegant abstract forms the same way nature does, building them up out of integral units like so many atoms and molecules." He works in a huge studio in the restored Fort Andross mill in Brunswick, ME.
Michelle Shlonsky Stars was married Oct. 9, 1999, to Dean Stars in Stony Point, NY. Several Alfred University alumni attended the wedding, including Jennifer Elsner '91, June Markman Kausch, and Yvette Pellettieri-Parker '91. "Although we didn't know each other then, Dean and I grew up in the same small town, Nanuet, NY," Michelle wrote. "He is the head residential sales representative for Lee Air Conditions. I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. I run my own private therapeutic tutoring and counseling practices for teen-agers in Chapel Hill, NC." Michelle's e-mail address is amichellestars@cs.com .
Cavan Gonzales had two recent shows in Arizona - the Native American Fine Art Show with Cheryl Kennedy '89 in Scottsdale and a very well-received pottery show at Herad Museum in Phoenix. His two children, Charine, 4, and Tyler, 2, are already interested in pottery and painting.
1991
Michael F. Day is chief of staff for Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee. He also manages the committee's Democratic side.
Ken Kelleher has started a web design company on the east coast of New Hampshire, Anchorball Web Site Design. The address is www.anchorball.com .
Lance Locey has been named to the Corning-Painted Post Hall of Fame. He threw for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Corning West, graduating in 1987. At AU, he played quarterback, led the team in rushing as a senior with 608 yards, and also played lacrosse. He lives in Orlando, FL.
1992
Aileen Mason is living in "The People's Republic of" Cambridge, MA. She's a senior project editor for Houghton Mifflin's College Division, publishing textbooks. The president of the Somerville Road Runners, Aileen competed in and completed the Boston Marathon April 17, 2000. Aileen and I were two of the survivors of the Gulag that was Stu Campbell's History of Russia class. Only Shakespeare with David Ohara was tougher on my GPA after I changed my major from electrical engineering to political science...
It was a very merry Christmas in the Treppel household as Matthew Treppel and Marlies Brykailo Treppel welcomed a daughter, Arianna Claire, into the family on Christmas Eve '99. - R.J. Hydorn.
Lisa Orr now has a Web address for her business, Lisa Orr Pottery: www.LisaOrr.com .
Glass sculptor Tina Betz, art instructor for the ArtReach Children's Summer Program at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum in Utica, NY, has shown her work in many galleries and museums, including the Morgan Gallery of Contemporary Glass in Pittsburgh and the Hot Soup Gallery in Philadelphia. Recently she presented a program titled "Femininity Translated into Glass" at Salem Community College, Carneys Point Township, NJ. "She takes the flame-working process and brings in innovation in sculpting a personal point of view in glass," said Paul Stankard, organizer of the lecture series. "She uses a gas torch and thin rods, and creates wonderfully light three-D forms."
Carolyn Eaton Quinci and Tom Quinci '94 had a daughter, Olivia, born in September 1998. Tom is working as an applications engineer for W.L. Gore & Associates. Their e-mail addresses are tom_quinci@yahoo.com and c_quinci@yahoo.com .
Correction: Christopher Roesch is not a member of the board of directors of the AU Alumni Association, as we reported in the winter '99 magazine. He's a member of the board of directors for the Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association. (Error by the class notes coordinator.)
Cavan Gonzales had two recent shows in Arizona - the Native American Fine Art Show with Cheryl Kennedy '89 in Scottsdale and a very well-received pottery show at Herad Museum in Phoenix. His two children, Charine, 4, and Tyler, 2, are already interested in pottery and painting.
Amy Fischette Farry and her husband Clark Farry '92 were married March 7, 1997. On Sept. 17, 1999, Amy gave birth to triplets, Thomas Joseph, Bryan Michael, and Kyle Christopher.
1993
Ronald Little and Kimberly McIntosh Little proudly announce the arrival of their son, Ronald Shervington Little II, on Feb. 17, 2000. Ron is a telecommunications attorney in Washington, DC, and works for a firm that represents a major telecommunications company. Kim is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, working as a health care administrator in Bethesda, MD. They live in Gaithersburg, MD.
Ronald Little and Kimberly McIntosh Little proudly announce the arrival of their son, Ronald Shervington Little II, on Feb. 17, 2000. Ron is a telecommunications attorney in Washington, DC, and works for a firm that represents a major telecommunications company. Kim is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, working as a health care administrator in Bethesda, MD. They live in Gaithersburg, MD.
Ginger Zeilman Henshall finished graduate school at North Carolina State this semester, receiving a master's degree in statistics. "I am currently working at Foveon Corp. as a statistician and have been here nine months. I still live in Durham, NC, with my husband Dave Henshall '92 (BS) and '96 (MS)." Her e-mail address is ghenshall@foveon.com .
James Klein and his partner, David Reid, both ceramists, run a pottery business, Klein-Reid, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. They produce some 2,000 pots a month for 200 stores, including Aero and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum store in Manhattan, Barneys in Tokyo, and Harrods in London. They also design dinnerware for Dansk International Design Ltd., where they were discovered and recruited by John Behringer, vice president for design. He called their work "art pieces for the masses, all in the $80 to $100 range," and said there's a large audience for work that, like theirs, features "very strong design and honesty of materials."
Amy Fischette Farry and her husband Clark Farry '92 were married March 7, 1997. On Sept. 17, 1999, Amy gave birth to triplets, Thomas Joseph, Bryan Michael, and Kyle Christopher.
Mary Jo Baker Wagner has three children, Marley, born Nov. 17, 1994; Max, born April 24, 1998; and Miyalani, born Feb. 3, 2000. Friends can reach her at Lakeaqua@cs.com .
Vaughn Matacale will be graduating from MCP Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia, PA, on May 19. In June, he will start his internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Josh Teplitzky is teaching ceramics in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. He loves the hiking and skiing trails of the countryside.
Diana Cherbuliez entertained members of the public during a March 2000 open-studio event at the Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA, where she was awarded an artist's residency. A sculptor who uses fairy tales and myths to present some of her themes, she lives in Maine.
1994
Virginia Livermore is still living in Elmira, NY, working as a Spanish-speaking correctional counselor in the Southport Correctional Facility. She has been taking bagpipe lessons since 1998 and bought her own set last December. She joined the Caledonian Highlander Pipe Band and marched in her first parade last Memorial Day weekend. She has also joined Common Time, a community choral group in Elmira.
Carolyn Eaton Quinci and Tom Quinci '94 had a daughter, Olivia, born in September 1998. Tom is working as an applications engineer for W.L. Gore & Associates. Their e-mail addresses are tom_quinci@yahoo.com and c_quinci@yahoo.com .
Darcia Harris Bowman wrote a story on school choice for Education Week, and her story was picked up by the Washington Post, which featured it as the lead story on its March 1 on-line education page. "Taking on one of the most divisive issues in education, a majority of state legislatures are examining proposals this year that would allow families to use public dollars or tax breaks to help send their children to private schools," Darcia wrote, going on to describe the proposals and analyze their fate and chances in various courts. Her husband, Chad Bowman '94, brought Darcia's story to our attention.
Krista Grecco is teaching ceramics at Denison University and Ohio State University.
Trevor James recently took a job as multimedia consultant and electronic resource specialist in the Picchi Electronic Information Resource Center at the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Before taking this job, he worked five years for the library at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Christine Clark and her husband Paul Clark report that they have two lovely kids: Jordan David Clark, born Dec. 9, 1995, and Madison Paige Clark, born April 24, 1998.
Jennison Huebner '94 started a new job in May as director of financial services at a not-for-profit organization, Heritage Christian Home. The agency opens and runs homes for adults with developmental disabilities. It turns out that Heritage was one of her clients when she worked in public accounting! Jennison is really excited about her new opportunity
1995
Owen Sayre recently spent some time with his family in California, including a backpacking trip with his dad in the Big Sur coast ranges. This summer he looks forward to a sixth season leading canoe trips at a camp in Ontario. Come fall, Owen plans to rejoin a therapeutic farm community in Vermont, where he enjoyed working in deep snow and collecting sweet sap last year!
Anthony DeRado recently accepted a graphic designing position at SUNY Cortland after spending a few years doing free-lance graphic design.
In the spring 2000 class notes, the coordinator made an error, reporting the wrong name for Jennifer Graham's young son, born Jan. 18, 1999. His name is John David Baker. Sorry, Jennifer!
Jason Nocera married Leslie Dottor on Nov. 20, 1999. They are living in Cromwell, CT, and Jason has been working the past five years at Ilardi Design. He recently received an award for the work he did for IBM. It was awarded by American Corporate Identity, the oldest and largest competition of its kind.
Sarah Farnsworth Yehl married Rick Yehl July 25, 1998. The Yehls own a house in Bath, NY. Sarah teaches sixth grade at Corning Free Academy.
Jae Won Lee lives in East Lansing, MI, where she is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Michigan State University. She exhibits her ceramic art widely.
Rick MacDuffie and his wife Leah Weitzacker MacDuffie will be moving this summer from the Buffalo area all the way to the West Coast! Rick is being transferred with Microsoft to Seattle, WA.
Michael Vogley and April Stein Vogley have been married since June 24, 1995. They have two children, Jakob Parker Vogley, born July 15, 1997, and Alexis Gabrielle Vogley, born Oct. 2, 1999.
Jennifer Swinton started a new job at Real Media (), an online advertising agency, in early March 2000 as a media support coordinator. She is the liaison between the sales force and sites. In the process, she is learning a lot about dot-com business and has met some very interesting people.
David Rizzio writes, "I was working as a graphic designer, but I've been promoted to project manager! Whoop-dee-doo! Living in West Philadelphia, itching to get some studio space again ... Look for stockmarket.com in the summer of 2000. That's me!" His e-mail address is rizzio@rizzio.net .
Seth Finkell was scheduled to graduate from Emory University School of Law in May 2000. He has accepted a position at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Atlanta.
Patti Lucas Metler, a special education teacher at East View Elementary School in Olean, NY, was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2000. She was nominated by a former student. Also, in 1998 she opened PB Jewelers, a full-service jewelry store in Cuba, NY.
Darcia Harris Bowman wrote a story on school choice for Education Week, and her story was picked up by the Washington Post, which featured it as the lead story on its March 1 on-line education page. "Taking on one of the most divisive issues in education, a majority of state legislatures are examining proposals this year that would allow families to use public dollars or tax breaks to help send their children to private schools," Darcia wrote, going on to describe the proposals and analyze their fate and chances in various courts. Her husband, Chad Bowman '94, brought Darcia's story to our attention.
1996
Ginger Zeilman Henshall finished graduate school at North Carolina State this semester, receiving a master's degree in statistics. "I am currently working at Foveon Corp. as a statistician and have been here nine months. I still live in Durham, NC, with my husband Dave Henshall '92 (BS) and '96 (MS)." Her e-mail address is ghenshall@foveon.com .
Jeanine Sparks Hinterneder is a graduate student in neuroscience at Brandeis University.
Jodi Csaszar and Josh Zielinski were married in Pittsburgh, PA, Feb. 26, 2000, and enjoyed a honeymoon in Paris, France. After passing both the New York and New Jersey Bar, Josh is clerking for the Hon. Ronald B. Graves in Sussex County, NJ, and will be starting in September at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, & Mulvaney in Morristown, NJ. "I am currently working in New York City at Lukasiewicz Design, doing packaging design for cosmetics. We've moved to Upper Montclair, NJ," Jody says.
Jodi Csaszar and Josh Zielinski were married in Pittsburgh, PA, Feb. 26, 2000, and enjoyed a honeymoon in Paris, France. After passing both the New York and New Jersey Bar, Josh is clerking for the Hon. Ronald B. Graves in Sussex County, NJ, and will be starting in September at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, & Mulvaney in Morristown, NJ. "I am currently working in New York City at Lukasiewicz Design, doing packaging design for cosmetics. We've moved to Upper Montclair, NJ," Jody says.
Kelly Mehaffey graduated with honors from the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Bryan Valladares will be the first coach of the men's lacrosse team at College Misericordia in Dallas, PA. He has already begun to prepare the squad to start competition in 2001. The four-year letterman at AU looks forward to building a lacrosse program out of nothing. "I enjoy being involved in every aspect from purchasing equipment to scheduling games and building a field," he told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.
Kelly Shearing has a new job, administrative assistant to the vice president of purchasing at Heidelberg Digital in Rochester, NY.
Ann Farkas is getting her maitrise from the University of Paris.
1997
James Randall Gephard was married Dec. 19, 1999. He and his wife, Erin Nicole Gephard, have a new puppy named Ellie.
Ying Ying Wong and her husband Garrett Goldfuss still live in Morgantown, WV, and commute to their jobs. Ying Ying is a designer working on both print and multi-media (video editing, interactive interface design, etc.) for Elan Communications in Pittsburgh, PA. She recently won an Addy award, a Pittsburgh American Advertising award from the American Advertising Federation. Garrett is working hard and doing well as the development engineer in the technical department of AFG Industries in Bridgeport, WV.
Susan P. Tirell has been named director of education at the Custer County Art Center in Miles City, MT. "I still have a studio here and am doing pots, sculpture, and custom tile work," she says. Her e-mail is Montanasu@hotmail.com .
Shawn Wyatt is well on his way to obtaining an MS degree in organic chemistry from the University of Virginia. He expects to graduate in August 2000. Shawn has already begun to search for a job and expects to have a job in the industry by the time this edition of Alfred Magazine is published. (Go, Shawn!)
Tetsuya Yamada lives in Galesburg, IL, where he is assistant professor of art at Knox College and a practicing studio artist. Three of his stoneware sculptures were recently pictured in a national art magazine.
Timothy Mollitor has joined C.T. Male as an environmental technician in its environmental services division.
Keep the news coming, class of '97! I have news about myself. I have received my MS degree in environmental policy and democratic processes from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. My degree was awarded after I completed my master's thesis, "An Analysis of Community Cohesiveness: Implications of Citizen Participation in the Creation of a Technical Guide for Understanding Dredged Material Management in the New York-New Jersey Harbor." I am now looking for a job with a non-profit environmental organization or an environmental consulting firm. - Kari Jermansen
Paul Howard writes, "I've made many trips from Boston to New York but none like the one I'm about to make Sept. 14-17. Crazy enough - I'll be joining over 3,000 cyclists in the AIDS Ride from Boston to New York. From now till Sept. 14, I'll be training to get my butt into shape so I don't pass out. The three-day ride involves 100 miles each of the first two days and 75 miles the last day. I'll be biking with seven others from my company, MediaMap, so at least I'll have some support along the way. Not only do I have to bike over 270 miles; I have to raise a significant amount of money. Alumni, I ask for your help to support me in the great cause of fighting AIDS. If you or anyone you know would like to donate money to the AIDS foundation, whether it be $1 or $500, please e-mail or call me and give me your address so I can send you a form. You mail the donation form directly to the foundation, not to me. To learn more, go to www.aidsride.com ." Paul's phone number is 617 731-1778; e-mail phoward@mediamap.com .
Justin Lane wrote, "Just to let you all know, as of May 22 I will be working at Chelsea B&W in Manhattan, and living in Brooklyn. YeeeeeHHAAAAAW! I will keep the same e-mail address (jnlphoto@hotmail.com ) and will have a phone number as soon as I'm settled in."
Brandy Bartwitz is working as an art teacher for the Fredonia Central School District in Western New York.
Kelly Sokol is graduating this spring from the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Chase Perry recently started working as a development engineer for IBM in Wappingers Falls, NY.
Allison Allport Schoolcraft reports that a lot has happened in her life in the past two and a half years. After graduation in 1997, she searched for a job for about a week and decided to get her MBA. In May 1999, she graduated from SUNY Buffalo with an MBA in marketing and health care management. In July 1999, she started working at Standard Register in Williamsville, NY, where she is now employed as a sales representative. Last September she married Isahia Schoolcraft and went on a well-deserved Jamaican honeymoon! "It's been a busy couple of years, and it feels great to be out of the school mode," Allison writes..
1998
Joseph Cahill received an extension of his Fulbright Scholarship and is continuing his work in Prague with the Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer.
Maggie Campolong is a graphic designer for Westwood One Radio Network.
Greg Corso told Natalie, "I've been employed for nearly two years at ABN-AMRO, the fourth largest bank in the world. Currently, I'm involved with commercial financing. For all those neophytes out there (like Natalie), commercial financing is where financing and supplying is set up for office and professional equipment. I'm also doing some legal work on the side - who knows, some law school might be in my future." Greg has a "puppy" - only Kujo is now older and bigger. He's a black lab and he's gorgeous.
Rachel White, a sculptor, received a seven-month fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and a Hudson D. and Ione Walker Endowed Fellowship. In addition, she was awarded a fully funded two-month residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY. Her e-mail address is evamonster@aol.com .
Wrote John Hartmann, "The big news is that I'm making the (very) big move from Long Island to Carbondale, IL, where I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at Southern Illinois University. While I'm a bit unsure how I'll fit into the 'midwestern' scheme of things, the department there seems to fit my interests, and will give me the latitude to follow my bliss. Beyond that, I'm in the final throes of writing my MA thesis, which is more of a revised, enlarged paper than anything else, and I'm still working as a bank teller for HSBC. Finally, I'm proud to announce that I've grown a big ol' goatee!"
Anastasia S. Kile, who has an entry in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, nominated Zakia Robana, assistant professor of French at AU, for the companion volume, Who's Who Among American Teachers.
Erik Lars Myers is now a systems developer at Digi-Block. "I'm essentially head of my own department - and the company's growing quickly," he told your class correspondent. Check it out at www.digi-block.com . Erik also directed his third play, "Princess Ida," for the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, performed April 7-16.
1999
Tadd Barnes to Natalie: "I've just finished another play out here with the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players called 'Princess Ida.' It was quite a bit of fun, and I'm looking forward to doing my next theatrical production. I'm going to be auditioning my butt off this summer, so if I get a professional role you'll be among the first to hear! I'm also still working for Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, which I enjoy. I'm also looking into various graduate schools to apply to for the 2002-03 academic year, depending on money of course! Other than that, life moves by too fast. Love you all!"
Brooke White is teaching photography at the Art Institute of Colorado. "I'm doing lots of skiing and enjoying Denver," Brooke says. Her digital photography on the Chromapress was described in a July '99 article in Electronic Publishing, a magazine available at www.electronic-publishing.com .
Jamie Rigoni and Laura Spooner Rigoni, who were married in Rochester, NY, July 17, 1999, have been busy moving into a house.
Andrew Alesso, your correspondent, apologizes for losing a note from a classmate before he got a chance to pass it on. "My hard disk crashed and I lost all my data ... What a catastrophe!" he says.
Joshua Buland started a job in the spring 2000 semester as residence hall coordinator for Shults Hall at Alfred State College. Originally from New Britain, CT, Joshua is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the AE Crandall Hook and Ladder Co. in Alfred.
Christopher Argentieri is working in the accounting division of Hearst Publishing Co. in Charlotte, NC.
Jessica Willoughby is in her first year of graduate school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she's enrolled in a doctoral program for clinical psychology. "So far, everything is going well," she writes. "I hope everyone else from the class of '99 is doing well also."
Craig A. Rosen is enrolled in law school at the Environmental School of Law and Policy at Pace University Law School. "It's the second best in the country! Thanks, Alfred!" he says.
Travis Bobbe is working as a graphic designer for JCDecaux USA Out-of-home media group. He tells us Holly Reder is working as an accountant on Long Island. Travis's e-mail is travis.bobbe@jcdecauxusa.com .
At the Omicron Delta Kappa national convention in St. Louis, MO, in February 2000, Michael Christakis was elected National Student Vice President, the first in the Society's 85-year history. Michael served two years as president of the AU Circle, presiding over the Circle's chartering in May 1998. In 1999 he was elected Province I Student Director. In that capacity, he oversaw the circles in the eight-state northeast region and served on the National Board of Directors. Also at the convention, he received ODK's Meritorious Service Award for his work at Alfred and throughout Province I. "AU was well-represented in St. Louis," Michael commented. "Mike Pellicciotti '00 and Christa Nyman '01 presented a program to a standing-room-only crowd."
Kenneth Leidig reports that his job at Comforce, a national staffing agency, is going well. Comforce is an organization that does payroll, insurance, and benefit management for employees of other companies. He works in the division that manages engineering employees. He's pleased that he managed to collect $250,000 for the company from old invoices that had been written off as uncollectable -- an effort that earned him a "coffee interview with the CEO!" Friends can get in touch at KLeidig@comforce.com .
Marriages
Bonnie Baker Johnson was married in August 1999 to Stephen Johnson. She finished her Ph.D. at Penn State in March '99 and has started work at Roham and Haas as a senior scientist.