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1967
Dr. Elizabeth Treichler has retired from her position as principal at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, CO
1987
Mark Warwick, assistant professor and chair of the Visual Arts Department at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA, represented the United States in an international sculpture competition in Argentina in July 2000. Warwick and the other competitors were each given eight days to transform a $7,000 block of creamy beige travertine marble, along with $1,000 worth of stainless steel, into a sculpture. Crowds gathered to watch the artists at work in the city of Resistencia, known as the "City of Sculptures." After the contest, he planned to travel north to Alem, a community perched on the edge of a jungle between Paraguay and Brazil, to compete in another competition - this one to spend six days sculpting a log about five feet high and two feet in diameter. Warwick's wife is Rebecca A. Bergren '87.
1990
Mark Warwick, assistant professor and chair of the Visual Arts Department at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA, represented the United States in an international sculpture competition in Argentina in July 2000. Warwick and the other competitors were each given eight days to transform a $7,000 block of creamy beige travertine marble, along with $1,000 worth of stainless steel, into a sculpture. Crowds gathered to watch the artists at work in the city of Resistencia, known as the "City of Sculptures." After the contest, he planned to travel north to Alem, a community perched on the edge of a jungle between Paraguay and Brazil, to compete in another competition - this one to spend six days sculpting a log about five feet high and two feet in diameter. Warwick's wife is Rebecca A. Bergren '87.
Jennifer Elsner, a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, received an MFA in printmaking and photography and put her fine arts background into practical use. After working for several years as a graphic designer and art director, she formed her own studio: TextImage: The Studio of Jennifer Elsner. Located in Brooklyn, NY, TextImage is a full-service studio specializing in the fashion and beauty markets, providing a creative consultancy for both graphic and editorial communications. Elsner's client list includes Ann Taylor, Aveda, Avon Products, Eileen Fisher, Estee Lauder, Grey Advertising, Kenneth Cole, Martha by Mail (Martha Stewart Living), McCann-Erickson, The Limited, and Victoria's Secret. Her e-mail address is textimage@toast.net .
1991
Tobie Accardi has been living in Northern California four years and is looking to move back east soon. Send messages to Tobie_Accardi@hotmail.com .
Jae Barclay finished his teaching tenure at AU in May 2000. "I'll be starting a design company in Korea," he writes. "Old friends and comrades, get in touch by writing me at jaebarclay@hotmail.com ."
Georgia Verdier, president of the Elmira-Corning branch of the NAACP, was among winners of the 2000 Women of Distinction Awards presented in May by the New York State Senate. A resident of Corning for 30 years, Verdier works at the Elmira Psychiatric Center.. She has worked with the inmate branch of the NAACP at the Elmira Correctional Facility, where, in one of her program, inmates raise scholarship money for local high school students. She holds a master's degree from AU in Community Services Administration.
Edwin Guzman '91 recently moved from Durham to Burlington, NC, to be closer to his job at Labcorp. He prefers the climate there to the climate of Fort Bragg, where he lived for much of his stint in the U.S. Army. "I get a little seasonal change here with leaves changing," he said. "When I was living in Fort Bragg, about an hour and a half south of here, I couldn't really tell if the leaves were changing or not." Patti Judge Waschensky is living in Tonawanda, NY, working as a manager at People, Inc., an agency that serves developmentally disabled adults. Tom Young recently completed his master's degree in information resources management at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. He was enrolled in an internet-based distance-learning program where most of the work could be completed from his home in New York City. "Fortunately, I had to make a few trips up to SU each year, giving me the opportunity to meet up with John Bloom and Diane Carey Bloom '89 and Tim Chatas and his wife Steff," said Tom, who is an assistant vice president in the Information Technology Group at Prudential Securities.
1992
Joe Rozewski is teaching art and art history at a private high school in Oakland, CA. After graduation, he trained in bronze art foundries such as the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey and the Mussi Artworks foundry in Berkeley, CA, for seven years. He has stayed in the arts, producing an ever-growing body of bronze sculptures. "I love it here," he wrote in an e-mail. "There is so much culture, good food, great music, and fantastic weather. I love to teach and hike in the Redwoods ... but I miss my weird Alfred Artitude Freaker friends. Please write me." Joe's e-address is joe.roz@prodigy.net . You can see his artwork at .
Tina Betz, who earned an MFA at AU in 1992, was the subject of a profile and interview in "Glass Art," a national bi-monthly magazine. Her work was exhibited in May 2000 at SOFA New York, and will be exhibited in the fall at Portia Gallery in Chicago and the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Seattle. Among her themes are bees, fertility, reproduction, along with the representation of traditional feminine artifacts. Currently she works mostly in flameworked glass.
Marie H. Eckl received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree May 12, 2000, from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. She is now associate veterinarian with Best Friends Animal Hospital in Chambersburg, PA.
Artwork by Rebekah Modrak was featured this summer in "Monsters and Metaphors," a provocative exhibit at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery in Yellow Springs, OH. Modrak creates three-dimensional filled muslim forms of heads, busts, and bodies plastered with carved-up photographs of human beings. She is an assistant professor in the Ohio State University art department.
Stephen Rapp has been promoted to caseworker in Child Protective Services for the Livingston County (NY) Department of Social Services, where he investigates reports of child abuse and neglect received via the New York State Child Abuse Hotline.
Robert Sickler and his wife Julia O'Neil Sickler have two children. Their son Robert Nelson Sickler III was born May 1, 1998, and their daughter Emily Claire Sickler was born Sept. 3, 1999. Friends can reach them at 21336 Wake Robin Court, South Bend, IN 46628; or send e-mail to rsickler@ais-enveng.com .
1993
Josh Teplitzky and Keri Melmed were married July 9, 2000, on top of Keystone in Colorado. Chad Latz was Josh's best man. After several days celebrating at the resort with family and friends from all over the world, the couple headed for Thailand.
Dr. Jennifer Baker-Porazinski joined the medical staff of the McClellan Health System in Cambridge, NY, in July 2000, after completing her residency in family practice at St. Clare's Hospital of Schenectady. She earned her medical diploma from the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, in June 1997. She will practice primarily at the Hoosick Falls Family Health Center. She and her husband Paul Porazinski, a vice principal in the Mechanicville school system, plan to move to a house in White Creek along with their children.
Dr. Jennifer Baker-Porazinski joined the medical staff of the McClellan Health System in Cambridge, NY, in July 2000, after completing her residency in family practice at St. Clare's Hospital of Schenectady. She earned her medical diploma from the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland, in June 1997. She will practice primarily at the Hoosick Falls Family Health Center. She and her husband Paul Porazinski, a vice principal in the Mechanicville school system, plan to move to a house in White Creek along with their children.
Kevin Livingston was promoted in 1999 to vice president at US Trust Co. of New York. (He had been assistant vice president.) "I am doing well," he writes. "Work is busy, in addition to training for my first Half-Ironman ... I love a challenge." The event, consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run, was to take place June 4.
1994
For the past three years, Kim Skelton, Jennifer Frank, Kristin (Schomp) Morrow, and Lori (Hirsch) Henry have been holding their annual reunion in the Washington, DC, area. The tradition has become increasingly difficult because Kristin and her husband Will Morrow '95 (morrow@apti.net ) live on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where Will is a sports reporter for the Peninsula Clarion and Kristin is a Title I Reading Specialist at Nikiski Elementary School. Kim Skelton (kimske@mindspring.com ) lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as an accountant in the North American regional headquarters of Global Knowledge Network, Inc., a company that provides IT training to individuals and companies. Jennifer Frank (Franko!) lives in Easton, CT, and works in marketing. After five years at Gazelle International, Jennifer recently accepted a new position as a facility manager for the Focus Room, Inc., in Stamford, CT. Lori Henry (Lori_H@alumni.alfred.edu ) has completed the Presidential Management Intern and Administrative Career Development programs with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and now works as a formulation budget analyst for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. She and her husband, Aaron Henry '95, have both completed MBA degrees at Frostburg State University. MD. Aaron (Henrya@rcbhsc.wvu.edu ) is an administrator for Harper's Ferry Family Medicine, a rural residency practice that is part of the University of West Virginia. Kristin, Kim, Jen, and Lori all say hi to their old Theta friends.
Jason Silbergleit (a.k.a. "Doogie") and his wife Debbie Lurie Silbergleit '94 live in Vermont, where Jason works for IBM and is earning credit toward his MBA. His e-mail address is silberg@us.ibm.com and Debbie's is speed6050@aol.com .
For the past three years, Kim Skelton, Jennifer Frank, Kristin (Schomp) Morrow, and Lori (Hirsch) Henry have been holding their annual reunion in the Washington, DC, area. The tradition has become increasingly difficult because Kristin and her husband Will Morrow '95 (morrow@apti.net ) live on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where Will is a sports reporter for the Peninsula Clarion and Kristin is a Title I Reading Specialist at Nikiski Elementary School. Kim Skelton (kimske@mindspring.com ) lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as an accountant in the North American regional headquarters of Global Knowledge Network, Inc., a company that provides IT training to individuals and companies. Jennifer Frank (Franko!) lives in Easton, CT, and works in marketing. After five years at Gazelle International, Jennifer recently accepted a new position as a facility manager for the Focus Room, Inc., in Stamford, CT. Lori Henry (Lori_H@alumni.alfred.edu ) has completed the Presidential Management Intern and Administrative Career Development programs with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and now works as a formulation budget analyst for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. She and her husband, Aaron Henry '95, have both completed MBA degrees at Frostburg State University. MD. Aaron (Henrya@rcbhsc.wvu.edu ) is an administrator for Harper's Ferry Family Medicine, a rural residency practice that is part of the University of West Virginia. Kristin, Kim, Jen, and Lori all say hi to their old Theta friends.
Aaron Codispoti moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August 2000 to work in the US Consulate General as an assistant regional security officer. He invites friends to get in touch at acodispoti@hotmail.com .
For the past three years, Kim Skelton, Jennifer Frank, Kristin (Schomp) Morrow, and Lori (Hirsch) Henry have been holding their annual reunion in the Washington, DC, area. The tradition has become increasingly difficult because Kristin and her husband Will Morrow '95 (morrow@apti.net ) live on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where Will is a sports reporter for the Peninsula Clarion and Kristin is a Title I Reading Specialist at Nikiski Elementary School. Kim Skelton (kimske@mindspring.com ) lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as an accountant in the North American regional headquarters of Global Knowledge Network, Inc., a company that provides IT training to individuals and companies. Jennifer Frank (Franko!) lives in Easton, CT, and works in marketing. After five years at Gazelle International, Jennifer recently accepted a new position as a facility manager for the Focus Room, Inc., in Stamford, CT. Lori Henry (Lori_H@alumni.alfred.edu ) has completed the Presidential Management Intern and Administrative Career Development programs with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and now works as a formulation budget analyst for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. She and her husband, Aaron Henry '95, have both completed MBA degrees at Frostburg State University. MD. Aaron (Henrya@rcbhsc.wvu.edu ) is an administrator for Harper's Ferry Family Medicine, a rural residency practice that is part of the University of West Virginia. Kristin, Kim, Jen, and Lori all say hi to their old Theta friends.
Matthew Green has joined the Ithaca office of Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP, as manager. He'll be doing audits and technical reviews of financial statements for various clients, as well as preparing and reviewing corporate and individual tax returns.
1995
For the past three years, Kim Skelton, Jennifer Frank, Kristin (Schomp) Morrow, and Lori (Hirsch) Henry have been holding their annual reunion in the Washington, DC, area. The tradition has become increasingly difficult because Kristin and her husband Will Morrow '95 (morrow@apti.net ) live on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where Will is a sports reporter for the Peninsula Clarion and Kristin is a Title I Reading Specialist at Nikiski Elementary School. Kim Skelton (kimske@mindspring.com ) lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as an accountant in the North American regional headquarters of Global Knowledge Network, Inc., a company that provides IT training to individuals and companies. Jennifer Frank (Franko!) lives in Easton, CT, and works in marketing. After five years at Gazelle International, Jennifer recently accepted a new position as a facility manager for the Focus Room, Inc., in Stamford, CT. Lori Henry (Lori_H@alumni.alfred.edu ) has completed the Presidential Management Intern and Administrative Career Development programs with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and now works as a formulation budget analyst for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. She and her husband, Aaron Henry '95, have both completed MBA degrees at Frostburg State University. MD. Aaron (Henrya@rcbhsc.wvu.edu ) is an administrator for Harper's Ferry Family Medicine, a rural residency practice that is part of the University of West Virginia. Kristin, Kim, Jen, and Lori all say hi to their old Theta friends.
Adrianne Evans will be attending the glass graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design in 2000-01. "Currently, I am searching for funding. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!" she writes. Her e-mail address is supera1111@yahoo.com .
Elijah Underhill and his wife Kristi enjoyed a stroll across the AU campus during the Thanksgiving '99 holiday, which they spent with friends in Almond. "My 3-year-old son was particularly impressed with the King Alfred statue," Elijah wrote. "Also, excellent job on the Steinheim." His e-address is eunderhill@juno.com .
Patricia J. Bailey has been appointed director of transfer and international admissions at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. She has worked for Admissions for a year, and before July 1999, was associate director of the university's Career and Professional Development Center. She also directed Horizons, a three-week summer program to encourage seventh- and eighth-grade girls to pursue careers in math and science.
Darren Miller just returned from his stint teaching English in Japan. After touring Europe and Asia on his way home, he is back in the Binghamton, NY, area. In the fall, Darren will be working at a gallery in the Adirondacks while going to school to receive his teaching certificate.
Amy Gaudet left her job at Alfred University and is now special events coordinator of the Alumni Relations and Development Office at the Riverdale Country School just north of Manhattan. "It's a wonderful private high school," she writes. Her e-address is agaudet@riverdale.edu .
For the past three years, Kim Skelton, Jennifer Frank, Kristin (Schomp) Morrow, and Lori (Hirsch) Henry have been holding their annual reunion in the Washington, DC, area. The tradition has become increasingly difficult because Kristin and her husband Will Morrow '95 (morrow@apti.net ) live on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where Will is a sports reporter for the Peninsula Clarion and Kristin is a Title I Reading Specialist at Nikiski Elementary School. Kim Skelton (kimske@mindspring.com ) lives in Raleigh, NC, where she works as an accountant in the North American regional headquarters of Global Knowledge Network, Inc., a company that provides IT training to individuals and companies. Jennifer Frank (Franko!) lives in Easton, CT, and works in marketing. After five years at Gazelle International, Jennifer recently accepted a new position as a facility manager for the Focus Room, Inc., in Stamford, CT. Lori Henry (Lori_H@alumni.alfred.edu ) has completed the Presidential Management Intern and Administrative Career Development programs with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and now works as a formulation budget analyst for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. She and her husband, Aaron Henry '95, have both completed MBA degrees at Frostburg State University. MD. Aaron (Henrya@rcbhsc.wvu.edu ) is an administrator for Harper's Ferry Family Medicine, a rural residency practice that is part of the University of West Virginia. Kristin, Kim, Jen, and Lori all say hi to their old Theta friends.
Amy Palms and her brother Mike hosted a big party June 24 to celebrate 135 years of birthdays for their parents, Charlie and Rosemary Grebin Palms. The reception was held at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg on a beautiful summer evening.
1996
Tim Stahl lives and works in New York City, where he is working the cat walk as a model for fashion moguls such as Tommy Hilfiger.
Seth Balliett recently opened Balliett Design, a design studio in Portland, ME. On Sept. 18, 1999, he married Tessa Hartley. Friends can reach him at seth@balliettdesign.com .
Jason Silbergleit (a.k.a. "Doogie") and his wife Debbie Lurie Silbergleit '94 live in Vermont, where Jason works for IBM and is earning credit toward his MBA. His e-mail address is silberg@us.ibm.com and Debbie's is speed6050@aol.com .
Marco DiMarzio has been appointed to the admissions department at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, OH. He comes to his new job from a teaching position at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, OH.
David Levesque is working at an electrical engineering company in Rochester, NY, and competing in dance in his spare time.
Mark Levy works for IBM in Vermont.
Dan Siess Rain and Sarah Day Posniewski Rain '97 announce the birth of their son, Cadao Kestrel Rain, born July 12, 2000. "He's healthy and very cute. Mother, baby, and father are doing well," Dan writes. You can see photos of Cadao at www.photo.net/users/cadao .
Jay Eich is a senior personal financial tax consultant for Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP in Charlotte, NC. His e-mail address is jay.eich@us.pwcglobal.com .
Matt Biagi is still working at Ogilvy as an account executive and living in Forest Hills, NY.
Tim Eagen works and lives on Long Island and would like to hear from friends and classmates at billeagen@worldnet.att.net .
1997
Dan Siess Rain and Sarah Day Posniewski Rain '97 announce the birth of their son, Cadao Kestrel Rain, born July 12, 2000. "He's healthy and very cute. Mother, baby, and father are doing well," Dan writes. You can see photos of Cadao at www.photo.net/users/cadao .
Karl Pfaffenbach lives and works in Boulder, CO.
On July 1, 2000, Jennifer Corrado married Sean Harrington. You couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather or for a more incredible ceremony. Peira Moinester performed John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me" on acoustic guitar as a prelude. As a special surprise, the Segues (est. 1993, AU's only a capella group) performed at the reception. Founding members Peira Moinester and Jenn Corrado (the bride), as well as Kari Jermansen, Adrienne Metzinger '98, Amberlee Edgerton '99, Wayne Montminy '99, and Carolyn Corrado, an AU junior and the newest director, sang signature songs "Sweet Dreams" and "Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby." It was a wedding to remember. The couple honeymooned in San Francisco, and drove the Pacific Highway down to Stinson Beach, Monterey, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Jenn is a fourth-grade teacher in West Hempstead, Long Island, and her husband Sean works for Office Depot's Business Service Division as an account representative ...
Michelle Neverusky graduated with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport and is continuing to study there, working toward a master's degree in dance. Currently she's living and working in Paris, France.
Joseph DiCarlo Jr. is switching jobs, leaving Hewitt to work for Pricewaterhousecooper in Fort Lee. He'll be living in New York City, according to Debbie Nall '99.
Matthew Leech recently changed jobs and is now living in Lexington, KY, where he works as the furnace process engineer for United Glass, a company that makes automotive glass. "Believe it or not, Lexington is cool,"
Since moving to Washington, DC, Devin Dressman has been included as the author of two additional published articles. The first was published in the journal Virology in February 2000, and the second in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery in March. The second article's principal investigator was AU graduate Dr. Garth Ehrlich '77. Devin also recently received an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship for his research project, "rAAV Vector Mediated Gene Transfer to Heart and Skeletal Muscle, Biochemical and Functional Rescue, and Molecular Expression Toxicology." The fellowship provides $16,000 a year for two years.
Dave Griffin writes that he's doing something he never dreamed he'd be doing. Dave has been living in Florida the past two years. After playing a year of semi-pro baseball down there, he was signed by the New York Mets to play on their minor league team in A ball in Port St. Lucie. It was a long shot, Dave says, because he didn't expect to make the team. Now he's in his second year of playing for the Port St. Lucie Mets and there are rumors that he may move up to AA in Binghamton, NY, his home town. Dave is playing first base in the daily lineup. Although he's only hitting .250, Dave says he's playing every day, having fun, and meeting a lot of people. Plus, he says, the Florida weather is a lot nicer than Alfred's ...
James R. Gephard and Erin McCumber got married Dec. 19, 1999. The couple honeymooned in Aruba before settling in Marlboro, NY, where James works at the Ulster-Greene ARC and Erin is finishing her master's degree in speech-language pathology.
Cassandra Racasi has finished her master's degree in forensic psychology at John Jay in New York City and is now job hunting. She is not sure if she wants to jump into a job right away or play for a while (before it's too late!) This summer, Cass went to Tahoe and San Francisco, CA, and Pinehurst, NC, on a three-legged vacation. She had a great time and started getting into golf (so that one day she can beat Matt Leech!).
1998
Brian Durkin wrote, "Since I graduated, I've had a gallery show in White Plains at the Westchester Arts Council and have shown work in other places. My work is all video installation, and because it is hard to sell an environment, I have been working as a web developer. I recently got a job with GiantBear.com - a wireless internet portal company - and am a web developer for them. I haven't had much time in the past few months to do my video work, but I plan to have another show sometime soon. I love my job, and the best part is that I'm learning so much. I'm currently living with Jon Blair. My e-mail address is video_artist@yahoo.com ...
Amanda Burdick has joined the visual arts faculty of 171 Cedar Arts Group in Corning, NY, an arts center "dedicated to bringing art to life in the greater Corning area. She is a state-certified art teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Christina Lombardi worked this summer at a law firm in Manhattan after finishing her second year of law school at Hofstra University.
Rebecca Schneider lives and works in New York City.
Steve Zelin works at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York City.
Debbie Nall, who sent us a whole sheaf of news about members of the classes of '96-'00, moved to New York City in January to be with Greg Hilgert. Of her work as a production and design assistant at Quest Magazine in Manhattan, she says, "It's like producing a monthly yearbook but finally getting paid for it!" She'd like to hear from friends and classmates by e-mail at smiling76@hotmail.com .
Jeff Schmuki has been named assistant professor of art at the Gulf Coast campus of William Carey College in Jackson, MS. Jeff "is known for his unique ceramic printing process and the ability to transform materials." He recently became one of only six American artists asked to show his work in conjunction with 45 international artists at the Sidney Meyer International Ceramics Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia," says the Jackson Baptist Record.
Sarah Chambliss writes, "Hi there, alums! I wanted to let everyone know what I'm up to. Since I graduated and moved back to Boston, I have taught a combined third- and fourth-grade class (it's a private school, so the classes are small.) I also teach and help direct the first year of a preschool classroom. It's been a very long year with three jobs AND grad school, but the effort will soon pay off. This coming spring, I will complete my master's in early childhood education at Lesley College. This summer, I taught at a special summer school program for kids - a great experience. I also just found a place to continue welding, and I'm excited to get back into that. I would love to hear from anyone: e-mail schambliss@mindspring.com or rabbit1612@yahoo.com . Best wishes to everyone ...
Cecily Rogers was off in Europe, primarily England and Scotland, traveling for the last half of August. She said, "We're taking a boat down the Thames river for a week with my aunt and uncle, followed by several days on the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland." Bring back pictures, Cec! And if any alumni/ae in the San Francisco area want to get together, Cecily is your contact person. Her e-mail address is elfu76@aol.com ...
Adrienne Metzinger writes, "I am currently living in Brooklyn and working as a graphic designer for Stan Adler Associates. I have resumed my voice training and am singing with Brooklyn's Regina Opera Company. I'm loving life!"
Charlie Vazquez is working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
1999
Ben Link (thunderbird@fiverivers.org ) has been Thunderbird District Executive since January 2000 for the Five Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. "'Mr. Link' is enjoying his current position and insists that he will always have the coolest titles," he says.
Laura Blake (l.j.blake@att.net ) completed her summer internship in Charlotte, NC, where she worked for the Duke Energy Corp. on a water-quality modeling project in the Catawba Watershed, a fairly large watershed that extends into both Carolinas. Now she's in Durham, pursuing a Master of Environmental Management degree at Duke University. "Overall, life is going well, and I am especially looking forward to completing graduate school in May 2001," Laura wrote. Her kitty Amelia has been joined by a second furry feline, Willy.
Paul Leone graduated in May 2000 from SUNY New Paltz with a BFA degree.
Allison Norton (an3979@csc.albany.edu ) is starting her second year at the University at Albany's School Psychology program, where she is working toward her Psy.D. with a concentration in special education. She spent her summer working as a teacher's aide in the Pre-School and Special Education Program at the Center for the Disabled, and as a cashier at a drug store. Allison reports that she went and saw Moxy Fruvous and other bands at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July. She looks forward to spending several days a week in a local school, gaining experience as part of her practicum in school psychology.
Tarah Green has her own dance studio, "Dancin' On the Edge," in Hornell, NY. She teaches classes six days a week to students age 3-17 as well as adults. A native of Hornell, she is a member of Dance Educators of America and the Professional Dance Teachers Association.
Kris Clark is a supervisor at Ernest and Julio Gallo Wines in Modesto, CA, but is looking for something new back East.
Jessica Willoughby is enrolled in a doctoral program for clinical psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. "I hope all the other '99 graduates are well ... Also, congratulations to the class of 2000," she writes. She'd welcome e-mail messages at willoujl@yahoo.com .
Jim Kostiw (kostiwjc@hotmail.com ) said, "This summer I've been interning at the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center down here, studying money laundering issues, and then I'll be working on computer crime and how it meshes with organized crime ... That is, how organized crime is using computers to expand existing criminal markets and develop new ones," he wrote. In the fall, he'll be an Information Technology Fellow at American University, where he'll be working to complete his second year toward a master's degree in international affairs with a concentration in US foreign policy.
Rachel Kulp (rkulp@kpmg.com ) is working and traveling quite a bit. Rachel was recently promoted, and work has taken her to quite a few places this summer. "Auditing has been great - I swear!" she says. "It remains challenging, and I get to see so many interesting things, especially the technology companies."
Jason Corrigan works at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Buffalo, NY.
Joshua Hertz is living in Cambridge, MA. He'd be beginning his grad-school career if he could ever find his way out of the Samuel Adams brewery, reports his friend Jasmine (Jacy) Lellock '00.
Kerri-Ann "Kazza" Appleton (appletk@yahoo.com ) was offered a position as an event coordinator for a year (July 2000-June 2001) with Up With People. "Of course I accepted it, because I enjoyed my year with Up With People and would love to work for this amazing company," she reports. Kazza's travels throughout Europe and the US continue with the international theater-dance troupe.
Greg Hilgert just finished his first year in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College at Columbia University. He started this summer as a counseling intern at Holliswood Hospital in Queens. Friends can get in touch at greg_hilgert@hotmail.com .
April Brown (aprilyface@yahoo.com ) reports that "everything here in sunny California is going well." April, a California teacher, enjoyed two weeks off from teaching this summer (yes, it's true: School in California does go year-round).
Carrieann "CC" Coleman (Cariann_c@hotmail.com ) just finished her first year of graduate school at SUNY Albany in the master's degree program of the Department of English. In September, CC will be starting the Ph.D. program there, with a concentration in Women's Literature and Post-Colonial Studies. For those wondering where to find her, Carrieann reports, "I'll still be living in the same apartment but as of September, with my boyfriend Pete."
Michael Butler is living in Syracuse, NY, and working at a market research company.
Michael H. Butler is working as a research assistant at Knowledge Systems & Research, Inc., Syracuse.
Take note, class of '99: You now have two correspondents. Welcome, Michael Christakis! Mike, who sent many of the news items below, spent the summer working for the New York State Education Department developing and implementing a risk assessment policy for information technology services across the Department. Now that summer is over, Mike is beginning his second year at Albany's Rockefeller College, working toward his master's degree in public affairs and policy.
Matt Fava (mattfava@yahoo.com ) is in Alaska and has been there nearly 10 months. After graduation Matt went to Fort Lee, VA, for three and a half months for Officer Basic Course, graduated, and drove to Alaska. He is working on his MBA at the University of Alaska at Anchorage and got promoted to first lieutenant.
Rick Harwood (harwood51@hotmail.com ) got a job in Syracuse, NY, at Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems as an electrical engineer. Rick is part of a three-year program at Syracuse University and Lockheed Martin to get a master's degree in electrical engineering. Rick reports that he bought a house in Liverpool, NY, but "no marriage, no kids ... yet."
Ken Leidig (kleidig@comforce.com ) reports that for his birthday, he and his family went to see the Broadway revival of "Kiss Me Kate," where they enjoyed first-row, center-stage orchestra seats. "I could have shaken hands with the conductor and musicians. Great view of the show!" he says. Work at Comforce continues. Ken has taken over as financial analyst of the Ericsson account, which allows him to interact with numerous offices in the company, including credit, collections, accounting, legal affairs, and customer service.
2000
Joshua Hertz is living in Cambridge, MA. He'd be beginning his grad-school career if he could ever find his way out of the Samuel Adams brewery, reports his friend Jasmine (Jacy) Lellock '00.
Births
Keisha Clarke Johnson and Dean Johnson announced the birth of a son, Kevin Mitchell, born May 18, 2000.