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1990
"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."
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.
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.
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
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."
1993
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.
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.
1994
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1995
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.
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.
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.
Anthony DeRado recently accepted a graphic designing position at SUNY Cortland after spending a few years doing free-lance graphic design.
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.
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.
1996
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 Shearing has a new job, administrative assistant to the vice president of purchasing at Heidelberg Digital in Rochester, NY.
1997
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 .
Timothy Mollitor has joined C.T. Male as an environmental technician in its environmental services division.
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.
From Kari Jermansen. 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.
1998
Joseph Cahill received an extension of his Fulbright Scholarship and is continuing his work in Prague with the Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer.
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.
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.
Gregory Allen is a student at Quinnipiac Law School in Hamden, CT.
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!"
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."
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 .
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 .
Jamie Rigoni and Laura Spooner Rigoni, who were married in Rochester, NY, July 17, 1999, have been busy moving into a house.
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."
Jamie Rigoni and Laura Spooner Rigoni, who were married in Rochester, NY, July 17, 1999, have been busy moving into a house.
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 .
2000
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."
2001
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."
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.