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By the way, at our recent visit to Alfred we met Robert Tucker '77, a Lambda Chi and an intellectual property attorney in New York City. He and Gary Horowitz H'91 (now a vice president at Frostburg State University) had quite a time getting brought up to date by Dr. Linda Mitchell, associate professor of history at AU. Linda studies medieval manuscripts. These documents were written on sheepskin and are still readable today. Many paperbacks from your college days have already deteriorated.
1925
After William Navin, Alfred University trustee emeritus, died in December 2000, his protegé John Fasano '53 wrote the following tribute for the Port Washington, NY, News, Bill Navin's hometown paper: "Last Monday ... we lost a dear friend. Over the past 70 years, he was instrumental in getting well over 50 of Port Washington's young men and women into his old college, Alfred University. I was fortunate to be one of them. The list is too long, but we know who we are. We were all so fond of the 'good doctor,' as we knew how he affected our lives. "He came to Port in 1929 as a junior high history teacher and basketball coach. It was as a teacher that he started to recruit for Alfred University. The first two men he sent to Alfred, who both came back to Port as doctors, were Joe Teta '34 and the late Frank Jenkins. Old Port residents will remember them. I remember how we all would try to get to see him, and visit his basement where he did all his writing and reading ... His basement walls were covered with pictures of all the people he sent to Alfred. They were a work of art! These letters got many of us full scholarships, and others partial aid. Just being able to go to college during those times was something we thought would never happen. Many of us were the only members of our families to go to college. Very few of us ever thought about going on to college, until we met Doc. "He spent many hours at the Port Library ... He was always writing his book, making adjustments, and asking his friends to read it and get back to him. Naturally his best stories were about his family, working on the family farm, running track in high school, working his way through college at the Red Lion Inn in Massachusetts, teaching history at Port Junior High, coaching the basketball team, going to night school, getting his law degree from NYU, and then becoming Alfred's greatest recruiter. I believe of all the honors bestowed upon him, being inducted into both Alfred's and Port Washington's Sports Hall of Fame were his proudest accomplishments. Doc, we will all miss you."
I trust you read the article on page 24 of the spring magazine, "A stranger walked into a meat market," a very interesting account of Bill Navin '25. He did get to see it in the New York Times but sadly, he died Dec. 11, 2000.
1927
Ruth Randolph Brooks is now 96! She has moved from her independent cottage at John Knox Village in Orange City, FL, and is now a resident of their Med-Center. She still enjoys her reading and visits from family and friends. She is pleased that Dr. Tim Bancroft has become the new minister of her Seventh Day Baptist Church in the village of Alfred. She wishes she could attend to hear his wonderful sermons! The University and the church continue to be important in her life. She also wishes Dr. Charley Edmondson Godspeed in his new position as president of AU. (This note was submitted by Ruth's daughter, Adella Boticelli Brooks Latus '69.)
1930
Waldo W. Kuhl writes, "I am 95 and live in an adult condominium community called Top of the World in Clearwater, FL, where I have lived since retiring from Corning Glass Works in 1968. I play golf every day, walking the nine-hole course. My wife Margaret passed away four years ago. My daughter and family and my son and family visit me during the year."
1932
Bernadine "Bernie" Smith volunteers each week, teaching craft classes for seniors in her town of Dunedin, FL. She's also a puzzle fanatic - she does four puzzles a day.
1933
At the last reunion, I think it was the 60th, Dante Vezzoli '33 asked for suggestions for the next reunion. Someone called out, "Stay alive!" I'd love to hear from any of you who followed that advice.
Ruth Kenyon Tate sent the following letter: The last two issues of Alfred Magazine left me bubbling over with reminiscences. Upon reading the message from Wilma McLean Tucciarone '32, I was relieved that my memory hadn't been playing tricks. My vivid memories of waking up on the sleeping porch of the brick covered with inches of snow were actually true! I was also reminded of the time "Middy" accosted me downtown to say "Ruth, go to your room and get properly dressed." She had failed to note that I was wearing stockings. I believe it was on moving-up day that we freshman were required to carry a pillow, and upon meeting an upperclassman, kneel and repeat, "This lowly worm greets this almighty upper-classman."
1934
After William Navin, Alfred University trustee emeritus, died in December 2000, his protegé John Fasano '53 wrote the following tribute for the Port Washington, NY, News, Bill Navin's hometown paper: "Last Monday ... we lost a dear friend. Over the past 70 years, he was instrumental in getting well over 50 of Port Washington's young men and women into his old college, Alfred University. I was fortunate to be one of them. The list is too long, but we know who we are. We were all so fond of the 'good doctor,' as we knew how he affected our lives. "He came to Port in 1929 as a junior high history teacher and basketball coach. It was as a teacher that he started to recruit for Alfred University. The first two men he sent to Alfred, who both came back to Port as doctors, were Joe Teta '34 and the late Frank Jenkins. Old Port residents will remember them. I remember how we all would try to get to see him, and visit his basement where he did all his writing and reading ... His basement walls were covered with pictures of all the people he sent to Alfred. They were a work of art! These letters got many of us full scholarships, and others partial aid. Just being able to go to college during those times was something we thought would never happen. Many of us were the only members of our families to go to college. Very few of us ever thought about going on to college, until we met Doc. "He spent many hours at the Port Library ... He was always writing his book, making adjustments, and asking his friends to read it and get back to him. Naturally his best stories were about his family, working on the family farm, running track in high school, working his way through college at the Red Lion Inn in Massachusetts, teaching history at Port Junior High, coaching the basketball team, going to night school, getting his law degree from NYU, and then becoming Alfred's greatest recruiter. I believe of all the honors bestowed upon him, being inducted into both Alfred's and Port Washington's Sports Hall of Fame were his proudest accomplishments. Doc, we will all miss you."
Doris Coates Pfeiffer wrote, "In early March 2001, at a meeting of Allegany County snowbirds in Lakeland, FL, at age 87 I was surprised to be the oldest one of about 200 attendees there!"
1935
Marion Clements Williams hosted a spontaneous alumni gathering when she discovered that one of the staff in her retirement community was a recent graduate of Alfred's graduate program in public administration.
L. Donald "Don" Brooks and his wife Bes celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in Pompano Beach, FL. Don, by the way, served on the aircraft carrier Saratoga in World War I.
After William Navin, Alfred University trustee emeritus, died in December 2000, his protegé John Fasano '53 wrote the following tribute for the Port Washington, NY, News, Bill Navin's hometown paper: "Last Monday ... we lost a dear friend. Over the past 70 years, he was instrumental in getting well over 50 of Port Washington's young men and women into his old college, Alfred University. I was fortunate to be one of them. The list is too long, but we know who we are. We were all so fond of the 'good doctor,' as we knew how he affected our lives. "He came to Port in 1929 as a junior high history teacher and basketball coach. It was as a teacher that he started to recruit for Alfred University. The first two men he sent to Alfred, who both came back to Port as doctors, were Joe Teta '34 and the late Frank Jenkins. Old Port residents will remember them. I remember how we all would try to get to see him, and visit his basement where he did all his writing and reading ... His basement walls were covered with pictures of all the people he sent to Alfred. They were a work of art! These letters got many of us full scholarships, and others partial aid. Just being able to go to college during those times was something we thought would never happen. Many of us were the only members of our families to go to college. Very few of us ever thought about going on to college, until we met Doc. "He spent many hours at the Port Library ... He was always writing his book, making adjustments, and asking his friends to read it and get back to him. Naturally his best stories were about his family, working on the family farm, running track in high school, working his way through college at the Red Lion Inn in Massachusetts, teaching history at Port Junior High, coaching the basketball team, going to night school, getting his law degree from NYU, and then becoming Alfred's greatest recruiter. I believe of all the honors bestowed upon him, being inducted into both Alfred's and Port Washington's Sports Hall of Fame were his proudest accomplishments. Doc, we will all miss you."
I was astonished to read in Peg Bedell Cantwell's '35 column about the time the women in the Brick used a pulley and basket to help dates visit the third floor. In the early 1890s, my mother, Evangeline Canfield, attended Alfred. "Two choice years in college with the soul of Jonathan Allen to instill in our minds thoughts and ideas for living for something," she wrote in her diary. She lived in rooms at the old White House, but she told with great glee the story of the basket pulled up to the third floor. I always assumed that happened during her time, but does anyone know for sure which president was in the basket? Could it have been President Allen or President Kenyon? Mother's mother, Mary Crandall, also attended Alfred before marrying George Canfield.
Marjorie A. Kerns writes, "I just returned from Chambersburg & Shippensburg Hospital after a second hip replacement and therapy."
1936
I'm reminded of Clarida "Greeny" Greene Gulrich '36, my roommate my freshman year. We've been in touch by phone since she moved to Georgia to be with her daughter. I just heard that Greeny died Feb. 27, 2001. I had recently written an article on her. Lately I've had so much bad news.
1937
Sam Scholes recently met his daughter Jean from Richmond. They each drove halfway. Sam also mentioned a Scholes gathering at Alfred. Besides a Scholes Sr. Lecture, there is now also a Scholes Jr. Lecture. There are now two lecture series that our class has a connection to -- the Riley Lecture through Don Hallenbeck and now the Scholes Jr. Lecture.
Howard Theodore "Ted" Knapp is living in Orange City, FL, and is very pleased with his decision four years ago to move there.
Speaking of athletics, I've spoken with Norm Schachter. He continues to be involved with the NFL. Incidentally, two new players are from Virginia. In talking about our high school days in Brooklyn, NY, he spoke of Erasmus High and I remembered Girls High, which was segregated back then. Those hoping to go to college were at Girls High; those going into business were at Girls Commercial. For both my school and Erasmus, the principals were doctors. We still remember their names. In speaking recently with the Alumni Relations Office, I discovered that the person was from Olean, and I told her that three of us from Alfred did our student teaching there. We were the first women student teachers in the high school, as St. Bonaventure at that time was all male. Alice, Dot, and I were the three. If I remember correctly, we had rooms there. Incidentally, this is only my second year of not working. I just turned down a tutoring job, as I do not have time. The rate per hour was more than I got for a week teaching at my first job in Silver Creek!
Classmates, I am still waiting for the surprise note or phone call. I'm not on the computer for E-letters, but I do have a fax number, (804) 741-0967. This job has gotten me reacquainted with many of you, including some I'd not seen in years. I was reminded the other day by Alice Matson DiBiasi that she gave me the report 18 years ago when she and Tom DiBiasi were married. At that time, the notes did not appear as often. I often wonder now, as the deadline nears, if I can get it in on time. It is a challenge. Speaking of Alice, I just discovered that my one and only cousin will be a neighbor of Tom and Alice, as he has bought a house near them in Whiting, NJ. I hope I may get to see them. Do you recall my mention of our girls' hockey team? I'm very disappointed to find out that the enlarged photo would not be shown in the athletic department ... Speaking of athletics, I've spoken with Norm Schachter. He continues to be involved with the NFL. Incidentally, two new players are from Virginia. In talking about our high school days in Brooklyn, NY, he spoke of Erasmus High and I remembered Girls High, which was segregated back then. Those hoping to go to college were at Girls High; those going into business were at Girls Commercial. For both my school and Erasmus, the principals were doctors. We still remember their names. In speaking recently with the Alumni Relations Office, I discovered that the person was from Olean, and I told her that three of us from Alfred did our student teaching there. We were the first women student teachers in the high school, as St. Bonaventure at that time was all male. Alice, Dot, and I were the three. If I remember correctly, we had rooms there. Incidentally, this is only my second year of not working. I just turned down a tutoring job, as I do not have time. The rate per hour was more than I got for a week teaching at my first job in Silver Creek! Howard Theodore "Ted" Knapp is living in Orange City, FL, and is very pleased with his decision four years ago to move there. Sam Scholes recently met his daughter Jean from Richmond. They each drove halfway. Sam also mentioned a Scholes gathering at Alfred. Besides a Scholes Sr. Lecture, there is now also a Scholes Jr. Lecture. There are now two lecture series that our class has a connection to -- the Riley Lecture through Don Hallenbeck and now the Scholes Jr. Lecture. My former high school student, Frank Elliott '49, retired as president of Rider College in 1990, having served there since 1969. During that time, Alfred asked him to give a speech to the incoming freshmen. I read the excerpt and wrote to him, requesting the entire speech. I've seen him once since the 1940s, in Princeton. Recently I found out that after receiving a B.A. at Alfred, he went on to Ohio University for his master's degree and the University of Wisconsin for his Ph.D. He has been on the staff of Michigan State, Columbia, and Hofstra, where he was vice president, and in 1969, became president of Rider College. He and his family live in Pennsylvania ... I trust you read the article on page 24 of the spring magazine, "A stranger walked into a meat market," a very interesting account of Bill Navin '25. He did get to see it in the New York Times but sadly, he died Dec. 11, 2000. I'm reminded of Clarida "Greeny" Greene Gulrich '36, my roommate my freshman year. We've been in touch by phone since she moved to Georgia to be with her daughter. I just heard that Greeny died Feb. 27, 2001. I had recently written an article on her. Lately I've had so much bad news. I've lost three Bettys in a row, two of them younger than I. Then in March, my English friend here was instantly killed crossing a street. I had to hear about it from TV, as the police had no ID on her. She was such an interesting person ... It helps to see spring arrive in Richmond. I look out at red azaleas and there are pansies. My beautiful Bradford Pear tree now gives us the shade in preparation for the hot summer. I noticed a mention of me in Betty Stangl Thomas's '42 column. I was in Sarasota in February only one evening. I then went to Orlando for a visit, and to Melbourne, where I had an appointment. As for Betty's remark about my trips, let's just say I'm making up for lost time. Also, let me make a correction about the piano: I still want to take lessons. I do want to add that I made my annual trip to Washington to see the cherry blossoms. Our 64th reunion will be this June. I'll be thinking of all of you there. So far, I know that Marion Phillips Bartlett will be there, as will her houseguest from Ireland, Dot Schirm Ievers, and Sam Scholes. - Lillian Chavis Dixon
1938
John Albright recently gave his AU Freshman Handbook to the University archives, the repository of artifacts important to AU history. In his home he has an impressive collection of watercolors he has painted of scenes in countries he and his wife Lonaura have visited, including Russia, Nepal, India, Egypt, and Portugal.
Samuel Sverdlik is enjoying being away from the New York winters at his new home in Ft. Myers, FL. As a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation medicine, however, he is still asked to make regular trips to New York to testify as an expert witness in court cases.
Dorothy Elve Tombaugh has received honorary degrees from Alfred as well as Adrian College in recognition of her pioneering work in teaching sciences to blind students. She continues to live in Tucson. She originally moved west in the early 1940s to work at the largest Presbyterian mission at Ganado, AZ, on the Navajo reservation, where she met her husband, Roy.
1939
Milt Stitzel and wife Dorothy recently returned from California, where they visited with their grandchildren and other family members. They then traveled to New York City for their induction as new members of Alfred University's prestigious Founders Society.
Kendall "Ken" Getman recently told an Alfred visitor a fascinating World War II anecdote about his introduction to General Louis Groves, the officer in charge of the atom bomb project, on Tinian Island in the Pacific. Ken was stationed there, and the Enola Gay took off on its bombing mission from the same island.
Rosemary Hallenbeck Mossien's winter address is 407 Tennis Lane, Lake Mary, FL 32746. Phone is (407) 322-3410. "Come on over!" she tells classmates and friends.
Nancilu Butler Burdick continues work on her latest book about the lives of her Seventh Day Baptist Alabama relatives. Her best-known work, reprinted more than once, is Legacy: The Story of Tulula Gilbert Bottoms and her Quilts. In preparation for that book, Nancy and friends created quilts using the 300-plus patterns she discovered in the belongings of her late relative.
1940
Mildred "Millie" Haerter Pape is making plans to move to Freedom Village, a retirement community near her present home in Bradenton, FL. She will join Jane Crandall West and Dick West '41, who are residents of Freedom Village. Millie hopes to find some bridge partners at her new residence.
When they're not golfing or playing bridge, Merle Parker and Margaret Ames Parker '43 are experimenting with their new digital camera. Merle says Marg is the one with the technical expertise.
Mildred "Millie" Haerter Pape is making plans to move to Freedom Village, a retirement community near her present home in Bradenton, FL. She will join Jane Crandall West and Dick West '41, who are residents of Freedom Village. Millie hopes to find some bridge partners at her new residence.
1941
Robert "Whit" Whitwood and Jane Colberg Whitwood are proud of their granddaughter Daphne, who is nearing the close of her studies to receive the Ph.D. degree at Stanford University.
During his engineering career as a pioneer in radar and rocketry, Clifford Leahy worked all over the world and was friends with a founder of the company TRW, as well as Seymour Cray of Cray Supercomputer. He recently told an Alfred visitor of how his World War II destroyer sank a German U-Boat in the North Atlantic. Several years later, he was surprised to meet a neighbor of his in Virginia who had been the captain of the U-Boat! Today Cliff lives in Sun City, AZ, where he is a hospice volunteer.
When Janet Howell Leiper and her husband Joe Leiper became engaged shortly after World War II, their engagement was written up in the "Talk of the Town" column in the New Yorker. Janet has spent 80 summers in South Hampton, Long Island, where her ancestors settled in 1640.
Mildred "Millie" Haerter Pape is making plans to move to Freedom Village, a retirement community near her present home in Bradenton, FL. She will join Jane Crandall West and Dick West '41, who are residents of Freedom Village. Millie hopes to find some bridge partners at her new residence.
Don Bissell is spearheading an effort by local citizens to encourage South Carolina government officials to declare a previously unrecognized Revolutionary War battlefield outside his town, Clinton, SC, a state park.
1942
Received an e-mail from Dick Peck last winter while in Florida, asking for a list of those in our class who live or vacation in Florida. I was able to give him the names of 14. I also have an up-to-date roster of our classmates with addresses, those who are receiving the Alfred Magazine. There are 39 women and 57 men. Seven of us have e-mail. Those of you who have it, please write to me. It's so simple ...
William Andrew "Andy" Krusen, former award co-chair, was involved in this year's selection of Robert L. Crandall, the dominant and domineering former American Airlines boss, to be recipient of the annual Tony Jannus Award. Since 1964, the St. Petersburg and Tampa chambers of commerce have sponsored the award to honor outstanding figures in aviation. Past recipients include Sr. Richard Branson, founder of Atlantic Virgin Airways; Jimmy Doolittle; and Chuck Yeager. The award is named after Tony Jannus, pilot of the world's first scheduled airline flight (New Year's Day 1914). This piece of news came from Col. Larry March '45, who is a casual friend of Andy Krusen's.
Waldo Jones has a collections of photos of Alfred University and village life back to the turn of the 20th century. His family settled in Alfred in 1824.
Dave Thomas and Betty Stangl Thomas '42 are increasing their efforts to encourage Betty's classmates to join them at the 60th reunion of Alfred's class of 1942 on campus in 2002. Bill Crandall '42 is also involved in the effort.
More news about the Black Knight. In the past, under "class notes," we traced the whereabouts of this 12-inch black iron stove topping in the late 1930s and through the 1940s. You may recall part of an old tradition. The Black Knight became a symbol of rivalry between the University's odd and even classes, and many a battle raged over the possession of the little iron man. In the 1950s, he was found in the Fiat Lux darkroom, taken by Art Hyman '52 to Hornell to be identified, and stolen again. So where is he now? Classmates, surprise me with a phone call, an e-mail, or a letter - or best of all, come to Florida and visit me. See you in June 2002. - Betty Stangl Thomas
Beverly Butterfield Robinson and her husband Paul Robinson split their time between Venice, FL, and Cayuga Lake, NY. Bev has had a long relationship with Clare Nelson, where she taught art to junior and senior high school students. She was also a subcontractor for IBM as a draftsman. In the 1980s, a burial ground was discovered in Engelwood, FL, and Beverly was hired to photograph it and draw 15 full-size diagrams to scale of the discovered skeletons ...
Marjorie Eiss Lawrence shared some lovely poetry by Elsie Binns with a recent Alfred University visitor. She continues to live on Singer Island, FL.
Bill Crandall took pictures at the Sarasota reunion. With his daughter Polly, her husband, and Bill's grandson, they will be going to the part of France where his wife, the late Mary Burdick Crandall's mother, grew up. Mary's mother, who was English, married Percy Burdick '17 in France after World War I. In an e-mail, Bill said, "It should be a big gathering for our 60th reunion next year." He has been in touch with our classmates to encourage them to be there in June 2002 ... Bill Crandall, while at his Florida home, kept his vocal chords limber by performing a concert of Broadway show tunes with a community chorus in the Port Charlotte area and by preparing a concert of Randall Thompson's Allelulia with his church choir. He is a frequent tenor soloist, although he claims the reason is that there just aren't too many tenors. He's also been enjoying the cooking of his sister Hilda Crandall Rowley '35.
Recently my friend Sophia Perry '42 nominated me for membership in the Women's Memorial: Women in Military Service for America. I served with the American Red Cross in the South Pacific from 1943-45.
1943
When they're not golfing or playing bridge, Merle Parker and Margaret Ames Parker '43 are experimenting with their new digital camera. Merle says Marg is the one with the technical expertise.
When delving into (and weeding out) my "Alfred Box" early this year, I came across a landmark issue of the AU Reporter, dated summer 1994. The front page spread featured the grand opening of the Arthur and Lea Powell Campus Center, dedicated March 23, 1994. Then-President Coll noted, "The completion of this building adds so much to the texture and character of Alfred University." In this same issue, the 1943 class notes included a contribution by the late Mary Walker Bonynge. She wrote that when she told her young granddaughter about attending college with the grandparents of the purple dinosaur Barney (Margaret Ames Parker and Merle Parker '40), the awestruck little girl asked, "What did they look like?" This gave me a laugh then, and it still does!
Recently received a mysterious phone call one early morning. Your class correspondent didn't recognize the name, and the caller said "from Alfred." Once she said her maiden name, however, I was happy to hear the voice of Ailsa Johnstone Inglis '43, traveling with her friend through Florida. We had a memorable day together, sharing Alfred memories and showing them our city, and sent them on their way. So, classmates and friends, if ever on the Florida west coast, give me a call ...
Gil Mohr wrote from Toledo, OH, "Rhoda "Do" Ungar Jost and husband Slim attend the same concert series, so we see them in between their worldwide excursions." Gil would be glad to hear from friends and classmates. His e-mail address is jgilbert-mohr@webtv.net.
Gil Mohr wrote from Toledo, OH, "Rhoda "Do" Ungar Jost and husband Slim attend the same concert series, so we see them in between their worldwide excursions." Gil would be glad to hear from friends and classmates. His e-mail address is jgilbert-mohr@webtv.net.
1944
In the notes by Merv "Hat" Roberts '44, I was interested in his exchange with Stan "Bud" Harris '58. Stan's father, the Rev. Everett T. Harris, and mother Clora Stanley Harris '33, were close friends of mine. Rev. Harris married Preston and me at the Gothic Chapel Aug. 3, 1948. Stan, I believe, sang at my wedding, and I was given away by my cousin Dr. Paul Saunders. I wonder if the gun Merv sold Pastor Harris was the one he used to go hunting with my brother in Ashaway, RI, on Thanksgiving Days.
1945
Again, from this same issue, under "Alumni Notables," was a picture of our good friend Col. Larry March '45, along with news of his participation in the dedication of a plaque at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport honoring the P-51 Mustang, "Absolutely the best fighter aircraft of WWII," to quote Larry. We who correspond with him know that his enthusiasm continues with his "Mustangs Forever!" always as part of his signature sign-off. Larry had the recent distinction of emceeing the annual reunion of the Florida West Coast Alfred alumni group March 3 in Sarasota.
1949
Betty A. Groden wrote to tell us of the death of her husband, Daniel M. Groden, on Nov. 29, 2000, of a brain tumor. "His memories of Alfred were always with him," she wrote. "He talked of the time when the town was 'dry' and of the fact that the snowy weather limited his period as captain of the tennis team ... Now what do I do with his two beloved sweaters - one for his fraternity and one for his tennis team?"
Hermine Deutsch Plotnick is associate professor and founding chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY.
Jerome Deutscher continues his lifelong love of the tuba, playing in several bands around his home area of Sanibel, FL. He's also a longtime ham radio enthusiast.
Evelyn Costello Davis and Robert B. Davis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 27, 2000. Robert Davis is a 1951 graduate of Rutgers. Their daughter, Susan Davis Neston '76, lives in Hickory, NC, where she is executive director of the Western North Carolina Health Alliance.
To celebrate their 50th anniversary May 5, Barbara Phelps Heckenliable and John Heckenliable went on a Caribbean cruise with 11 members of their family.
My former high school student, Frank Elliott '49, retired as president of Rider College in 1990, having served there since 1969. During that time, Alfred asked him to give a speech to the incoming freshmen. I read the excerpt and wrote to him, requesting the entire speech. I've seen him once since the 1940s, in Princeton. Recently I found out that after receiving a B.A. at Alfred, he went on to Ohio University for his master's degree and the University of Wisconsin for his Ph.D. He has been on the staff of Michigan State, Columbia, and Hofstra, where he was vice president, and in 1969, became president of Rider College. He and his family live in Pennsylvania ...
1953
After William Navin, Alfred University trustee emeritus, died in December 2000, his protegé John Fasano '53 wrote the following tribute for the Port Washington, NY, News, Bill Navin's hometown paper: "Last Monday ... we lost a dear friend. Over the past 70 years, he was instrumental in getting well over 50 of Port Washington's young men and women into his old college, Alfred University. I was fortunate to be one of them. The list is too long, but we know who we are. We were all so fond of the 'good doctor,' as we knew how he affected our lives. "He came to Port in 1929 as a junior high history teacher and basketball coach. It was as a teacher that he started to recruit for Alfred University. The first two men he sent to Alfred, who both came back to Port as doctors, were Joe Teta '34 and the late Frank Jenkins. Old Port residents will remember them. I remember how we all would try to get to see him, and visit his basement where he did all his writing and reading ... His basement walls were covered with pictures of all the people he sent to Alfred. They were a work of art! These letters got many of us full scholarships, and others partial aid. Just being able to go to college during those times was something we thought would never happen. Many of us were the only members of our families to go to college. Very few of us ever thought about going on to college, until we met Doc. "He spent many hours at the Port Library ... He was always writing his book, making adjustments, and asking his friends to read it and get back to him. Naturally his best stories were about his family, working on the family farm, running track in high school, working his way through college at the Red Lion Inn in Massachusetts, teaching history at Port Junior High, coaching the basketball team, going to night school, getting his law degree from NYU, and then becoming Alfred's greatest recruiter. I believe of all the honors bestowed upon him, being inducted into both Alfred's and Port Washington's Sports Hall of Fame were his proudest accomplishments. Doc, we will all miss you."
1959
Joseph B. Kelly retired from PPG Industries in July 2000 after 41 years. He spent the period from November 2000 through February 2001 at PPG/CITSA in Mexico as a consultant.
1960
The next time you see the Woody Allen film "Hannah and Her Sisters," look for Dickson "Dick" Shaw as the host who welcomes the guests at the door for the Thanksgiving gathering. Although a well-known actor around New York City since his Alfred days, Dick is even more proud of his volunteer service as a "Superfriend" to a 15-year-old Harlem youth through the program Northern Lights Alternatives. Dick and Carol Loveland Shaw '61 both volunteer at a summer camp, Camp Compass, for children affected by AIDS. Carol is a school nurse at an elementary school in New York's Inwood neighborhood.
Burt Rein and Susan Kroll Rein '62 continue to enjoy winter golf at their home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and then move north when the weather warms up at their residence in Mountain Lakes, NJ.
Sylvia Weinstein Levinson and five other San Diego poets read from their work in a featured reading April 6, 2001, at D.G. Wills Bookstore in La Jolla, CA, in honor of April as National Poetry Month.
Dawn Franks Edgington, now living in retirement in Hilton Head, SC, after a career in California as a public school administrator, is a staff member helping to implement one of the largest Habitat for Humanity projects in the U.S., a 60-home development in Bluffton, SC.
Armand Mednick's students at Oak Lane Day School, Philadelphia, PA, are about the same age he was when his family fled Brussels in 1940 and settled in France under assumed names. Mednick was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the occasion of his 40th anniversary as an art teacher at Oak Lane. Because clay touched an elemental part of him when he was a child, he has passed on his love for the medium to generations of children. One of his small students said his art class with Mednick "is one of the funniest things I do in my weekly routine ... I like getting the clay pieces back when they're done and taking them home."
1961
Even though Judy Douglass Pearson continues in her career as a school psychologist in Spartanburg, SC, she continues to fill in as a substitute organist and choir director in her area -- a way to use the musical talent she displayed at AU as a member of the Varsity 7.
Betty Bartkowiak retired from SUNY Oswego in 1985 and is now professor emeritus. She continues to play tennis on a Space Coast league, participates in senior games in various other activities, and is an avid golfer.
Richard "Dick" Gross, in addition to maintaining his clinical and teaching schedule as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina, coaches a local championship high school soccer team. He has volunteered his medical services around the world in many countries, including Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Romania.
Charles Gold and his wife Peri Wolfman have published six books of photography of elegant dining environments. You have seen the work of Charles, a top-rated New York commercial photographer, if you've seen photographic ads for Milky Way candy bars, Haagen Dazs ice cream, Pillsbury baking products, or Purina Dog Chow.
Norman Severin retired after working for 35 years for Hotworks, Inc., where he was president at the time of his retirement.
Charles Williams was recently elected executive vice president of the Academy of Western Artists. Over the last two years, he has also been nominated for Male Cowboy Poet of the Year.
Andras "Andy" Lakatos has retired after 31 years at Xerox, moving to the Tucson, AZ, area with his wife Louise. They are still avid skiers. Andy continues to be active as editor-in-chief of the professional journal of the Society for Information Display, with 7,000 members in 26 countries. He is also a past president of the Society.
1962
Robert Klein, who is rapidly becoming one of Alfred University's best-known alumni, has turned his comic attention to a subject that will resonate with many classmates. "Child in His 50s," which premiered in November 2000, is an ode to the joys of the colonoscopy. "When I turned 53 / a colonoscopy / opened up a whole new world for me," he sings.
Peter Buttress, trustee emeritus, retired from IBM in 1987 and then began a second career as a reporter writing for newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is now a free-lance writer, working out of his home in South Carolina. Recently he wrote about Ben Racusin '37 of Hilton Head, SC, for Alfred Magazine.
Richard DeMott has retired after 38 years as dean of students and football coach, but he still works in various sports, including a job for the Arnold Palmer Management Corp.
Rick Denton and his wife Myra Lou recently attended the Society of Financial Services Professionals Forum in Las Vegas, NV. He is a national director of the Society and also participated in the annual directors' meeting. Rick reports that his service on the AU Board of Trustees is an exciting experience, providing an opportunity to get reacquainted with many former associates and friends.
Ken Wildman retired in May 2001 from Ohio Northern University, where he served 27 years as professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology. For the past 10 years he has also headed the Division of Social Sciences. Two years ago he started the ONU Institute for Social Research, and he continues to serve as its director. He and his wife Penny Brownell Wildman '63 have two grown sons and four grandchildren. They will be staying in Ada, OH, to remain close to family. Their plans include writing, painting in watercolors, the Newfoundland Club of America, and much travel in their vintage motor home. Their activities after retirement will also include work in arbitration, mediation, and judging professional boxing matches. In addition, they are raising their sixth Newfoundland puppy and hope to begin showing him soon.
Judy Wyman Gross has retired as a professor. She now lives on historic Sullivans Island, SC, where she volunteers for Meals on Wheels and has served on the board of her church.
Catharine Young Takemoto retired in July 2000 from teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District and is now volunteering one day a week in an elementary school.
Tom Pecuil and his wife Terry are living in Johns Island, SC, now that Tom has retired as the operations manager at Foster Dixiana.
1963
Ruth Reeve Gau wrote, What a pleasure to talk with Harriet Fain Berger on a recent Gaithersburg, MD, visit to see our daughter, who is an art teacher with the Montgomery County Schools in Maryland. Harriet is the executive director of the Peppertree Children Centers at Canterbury, Waring Station, and Up-County in Germantown, MD. Ron Berger '63 is a retired federal government attorney now working as hearing officer for the Montgomery County government. Their daughters, Monique Berger, who works in occupational medicine for Washington Hospital Center, and Debbie Van de Poll, who works in an accounting firm, live in Maryland. Harriet and Ron are the proud grandparents of Alexa, Debbie's daughter. "Ron and I love to travel," Harriet says, "and have recently visited Italy, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, and Denmark."
Don Reitz, who has taught since 1957 and is now an internationally known ceramics artist from Clarkdale, AZ, presented a two-day workshop this winter at Stetson University in Deland, FL.
Joe Rosenberg has taken a sabbatical from the wine business to write some books for Resonent Publishing, including a literary collection of wine memoirs. He's also working with a coalition of consumers to modify Maryland's wine shipping laws ...
A postscript: Mike Mishkin sent the following note too late to be included in the spring magazine. He wrote: "As previously disclosed, I have come out of retirement to become CEO and Chairman of a new insurance technology - Quotopia.com. We have concluded our first round of funding and are moving toward a launch date of April 1, 2001. We have had a very favorable response to Wall Street. Last summer we were honored to be asked to make a presentation to the New York Society of Security Analysts, who chose 20 start-up companies with exciting business plans to present their stories to 150 venture capital firms from across the country. We had offers to purchase our company even before it was up and running. I am very excited about our prospects. My son Gregory has joined our company as chief technology officer and president. Offices have been opened in New York and Atlanta. I guess retirement isn't that exciting to me anyway. My wife recently threw me a 59th birthday party. Among the friends who attended were AU classmates Arnold Ecker and John Sprung. I also became a grandparent for the first time - twins, Suzanne and Samuel. So life continues to be good to me. Any classmates wishing to get in touch can send e-mail to mike@quotopia.com .
Peter J. Baron writes that he and his wife Donna have been happily married for four years. The problem, he adds with his tongue in his cheek, is that they are celebrating 20 years of marriage this June.
Richard Klein has been named vice president of advanced development at Bluesocket, a developer of wireless networks for portable devices. Bluesocket CEO commented that Richard Klein is "an award-winning engineer who brings 30 years of experience in wireline and wireless access technologies, backbone network technologies, network security, cellular networks, and fiber optics."
When Bob Gottlieb joined Roseman, Colin, Freund, Lewis, Cohen, the prestigious New York City law firm where he is still a litigator, his achievement as editor of the Columbia University School of Law Law Review was not celebrated as anything special. All the partners in the firm had been editors of the law review at their respective schools.
1964
Martha Brewster McKinley received her executive MBA at the University of Delaware in May 1998. We got word about her from her husband Sean McKinley '64.
Richard Vlasak '64 sent an e-mail from Puerto Rico, where he has maintained a showplace home and run his business for many years. Bob McComsey '66 and I are trying to figure out a way to encourage Richard to visit the mainland. He claims it is "too cold" for him in New York. This may be true, as the snow in Alfred only melted the last week of April.
As reported in a recent edition of the magazine Northern Ohio Live, Dr. Martin Resnick was selected in a poll of Northern Ohio physicians as the physician most highly recommended in the medical field of urology and general practice. Recently an endowed scholarship has been created to honor Marty at AU. Contributions can be made by sending a check, made out to Alfred University, to the University Relations office on campus.
David Huff continues as the manager of the Greenville, SC, office of Paine Webber, formerly J.C. Bradford & Co.
Ruth Reeve Gau wrote, What a pleasure to talk with Harriet Fain Berger on a recent Gaithersburg, MD, visit to see our daughter, who is an art teacher with the Montgomery County Schools in Maryland. Harriet is the executive director of the Peppertree Children Centers at Canterbury, Waring Station, and Up-County in Germantown, MD. Ron Berger '63 is a retired federal government attorney now working as hearing officer for the Montgomery County government. Their daughters, Monique Berger, who works in occupational medicine for Washington Hospital Center, and Debbie Van de Poll, who works in an accounting firm, live in Maryland. Harriet and Ron are the proud grandparents of Alexa, Debbie's daughter. "Ron and I love to travel," Harriet says, "and have recently visited Italy, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, and Denmark."
Our friend Neal Smith '64 writes that many surgeries and severe back pain have forced him to step down from his organization. As our collective group ages, various health issues will develop. I guess this is the next phase of life's challenges ...
1965
Pete also brought me up to date about Bob Beck '65. Bob has been selected as the guest expert handicapper once a month at Charlestown Racetrack in West Virginia and has been nationally recognized as the person who has been to more racetracks than anyone else in the history of the world. That's official.
Even though she recently retired from Southern New England Telephone, Eileen Landry's days are busy with computer projects, gardening, activities at her gym, duties as the librarian of her choral group, and caring for her cats Tony and Ebony.
Class of 1965, you have a new correspondent. At the moment, Janet Pitt can best be reached by e-mail, because she's headed east for the summer. You can, however, send paper letters to the Las Cruces address above, where she spends much of the year, and the letters will be forwarded. Please welcome her by sending her some news!
1966
Dianne Hunter continues to nurture students as an English professor at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, as she was encouraged by mentors Professor Finch at AU and Leslie Fiedler and Norman Holland at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. James Varner, professor of ceramic engineering at AU, has been named an honorary member of the German Society of Glass Technology. He received the honor at the Society's annual meeting May 21-23 in Wernigerode, Germany. He was honored for his longtime diverse support of Germany's glass scientists and engineers. He has been especially supportive of international exchanges of students and scientists.
When away from his job in charge of the innovative Phoenix Office of the Legal Defender, where his staff has defended 87 death-penalty cases in five years, Robert "Bob" Briney is determined to resume his tennis career after his third knee surgery. Currently he is attending outpatient physical therapy sessions with pro golfer Mark Calcavecchia.
When Joseph "Joe" Smith Jr. has free time from his responsibilities as professor and former dean of the Law School at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he joins his wife Alice Fisher Smith in her activities as a board member on museum boards in Florida and Wisconsin.
Susanna Masters Miller sent news about several young AU graduates. In the newsletter of the Community College of Philadelphia, Amy Beth C. Kirchner '00 was profiled as a 1994 Community College graduate. Amy said, "The ... staff of the Community College's art department helped me develop myself as a whole person. Together, we laid the groundwork that enabled me to get accepted into the top ceramics program in the U.S." -- namely, the art program of AU's College of Ceramics. And from The Arrow (the magazine of Pi Beta Phi, the sorority to which Susanna's daughter, a junior at Cornell University, belongs), she sent an article about the 2000-01 artists-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Of five resident artists, two are AU alumni - David DeLaitsch '00 and Steven Colby '99.
1967
Dr. Lester Friedman is now a senior scholar at Northwestern University with a joint appointment to the school of medicine and the department of radio, TV, and film. His wife is a physician in the pediatric cardiology department at Children's Hospital in Chicago.
Peter Cuneo, president, CEO, and a director of Marvel Enterprises, Inc., has been appointed to the board of directors of Water Pik Technologies, Inc. Water Pik describes itself as "a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of innovative personal health care products, pool products, and heating systems sold under the Water Pik, Laars, and Jandy brand names.
Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article that appeared in the most recent issue of the Baker Street Journal. Titled "James Hilton's Sherlockian Schoolmaster," the article describes several correlations between Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle's great detective, and Mr. Chips, James Hilton's beloved schoolmaster. He noted that "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" is a touching tribute to Hilton's father, who served as headmaster in an English boarding school, and to all members of the teaching profession.
1968
Steve Isaac continues as a vice president for J.T. Thorpe, the largest purchaser of refractory parts for construction in the U.S. At Thorpe, Steve is responsible for the manufacture of furnace linings for the incineration of the U.S. stockpile of 50,000 tons of nerve gas. With his wife Shirley, Steve lives in the Tucson area, where he is an avid golfer.
Kenneth "Kip" Thornton recently hosted an Alfred visitor at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, where virtually everyone who came into the room interrupted them to say hello to Kip. A partner in Kip's law firm was recently elected mayor of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
1969
Gary Woodfield is a partner in the law firm of Edwards & Angell in Palm Beach, FL. "Recently, I was appointed to the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, which will revamp the way children's rights are protected in all proceedings," he wrote.
June Brown, librarian emerita at AU, wrote that she visited Brazil and Argentina in March 2001. She climbed the 200 steps to the top of Corcovado Mountain, where the large statue of Christ the Redeemer is located, and reports that the view from the top is beautiful. After returning home, however, she was involved in a one-car accident May 18 when her brakes failed on Hartsville Hill Road. Her injuries included multiple bruises, broken ribs, and compression fractures of neck vertebrae, but after spending over a week in Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, she's on the mend, and is home once again.
Although Gerald "Jerry" Schwabel is probably best known as the president of the family company, Schwabel Fabricating in Tonawanda, NY, he may be more well-known in the future for the exquisite hand-made museum-quality furniture he designs and makes in his home workshop.
Jacqueline Gikow's second book, a comprehensive examination of the uses of polymer clay, is scheduled for publication in 2001. She continues to live and work in New York City's Yorkville neighborhood.
1970
Morgan "Mo" Denny recently accepted a new position as senior financial analyst with Parsons Brinkerhoff, an international construction management company. He works at the firm's office in Columbia, SC. In addition, his first Dairy Queen franchise will soon be open for business, just in time for the summer weather.
The New York City office of Kathryn Charles, a certified financial planner at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, is in the building that also houses Madison Square Garden.
1971
Jillian Gilman Cardasis is co-owner of A Range in the Park Golf Course in Merrick, NY. Her daughter, Candice Cardasis '98, is a senior web developer for HBO in Manhattan.
Larry Casey continues to be active in national Republican Party affairs and in business interests in Asia and Las Vegas. He is now living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
1972
Randall Johnson, as vice president at R.T. Vanderbilt Co., maintains contact with Alfred University via his company's membership in the Whiteware Research Center in the School of Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science.
In addition to his busy law practice, Ken Segel continues his civic involvement as the former president of the Jewish Federation of Albany and as the next president of his daughter's school.
Philip P. Thomas, CEO of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs, received the 2000 President Rank Award of Meritorious Executive Nov. 28, 2000, in Washington, DC. The awards were established to recognize executives with careers of sustained accomplishment, executives who have consistently demonstrated strength, leadership, integrity, industry, and personal conduct of a level that has established and maintained a high degree of public confidence and trust. In addition to his degree from Alfred University, Thomas is a graduate of Troy High School and the Bernard Baruch School of Hospital Administration.
Carol Camenga McNeil just changed jobs and is now working at Eli Lilly BCO as a specialist in in-state government affairs.
1973
Jim Abrahams continues his work as a professor and physician at Yale Medical School, where he is in charge of the neuroradiology program. Outside work, he is the founder and moderator of two pioneering support groups for divorced fathers.
1974
Kurt Holsapple tells us he's now divorced and living in Germantown, NY. He is currently making cabinets and is working toward getting more involved with his art.
H. Scott Koplar writes, "I have recently joined A.G. Edwards & Sons as a financial consultant. My oldest daughter, Aubrey, is a freshman at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."
Merle Cummings reports that the Cummings clan - Merle, his wife Ann, Cate, born June 20, 1985, and Andrew, born May 18, 1984 - moved to Shanghai, China, for the startup of the Corning, Inc., Automotive Substate plant, where he is technical manager.
Leland Miles, Past President of AU, and his wife Virginia Geyer Miles, who now live part-time in Sarasota, FL, were also present. A book published by Dr. Miles, Provoking Thought, is now available. This is a book on what colleges should do for students, a rare, one-of-a-kind book that deals with college as an adventure in ideas ...
1975
In addition to her children's book In the Morning of the World, Susan "Sus" Williams Beckhorn recently published a story in Highlights magazine for children. The story is about the manatee, an endangered species of sea creature, and the lifelong effort by Ranger Wayne Hartley to save it. "I think it's terribly tragic when we lose a species," Beckhorn says. "There's an old saying, 'In the end, we preserve what we love.'"
1976
After leaving AU, Doug Kulmacz served as a Vista and Peace Corps volunteer for three years, then served as municipal social services director for the town of Portland, CT. He has now been Director of Volunteer Services for 15 years at the Connecticut Department of Corrections, where he was nominated by the department and selected by the American Correctional Association (ACA) as one of "The Best in the Business." The honor will result in an article featuring some of his accomplishments and the insights gained from 15 years' service, to be included in the June 2001 edition of Corrections Today, published by the ACA.
Paul Sena has two sons, Logan and Jared. They will soon be attending college, he says.
Evelyn Costello Davis and Robert B. Davis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 27, 2000. Robert Davis is a 1951 graduate of Rutgers. Their daughter, Susan Davis Neston '76, lives in Hickory, NC, where she is executive director of the Western North Carolina Health Alliance.
1977
By the way, at our recent visit to Alfred we met Robert Tucker '77, a Lambda Chi and an intellectual property attorney in New York City. He and Gary Horowitz H'91 (now a vice president at Frostburg State University) had quite a time getting brought up to date by Dr. Linda Mitchell, associate professor of history at AU. Linda studies medieval manuscripts. These documents were written on sheepskin and are still readable today. Many paperbacks from your college days have already deteriorated.
Jay Steinberg is a board-certified urologist practicing just outside Chicago. He received his MD degree in 1993. He lives in Riverside, IL, with his wife Christine, also a physician, and two children, Max and Zoe.
1978
David Kaplan, former AU professor of education and now chair of the Department of Counseling, Education, and Rehabilitation at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, sends a message to everyone in the AU Division of Education: "Hello to the gang." He was just elected president-elect (for 2002-03) of the American Counseling Association, the world's biggest professional counseling organization. ACA has more than 50,000 members and an annual budget topping $8 million. A news story reports that when told of his election, he said he was "floored."
Terrence Houck has a 17-month-old daughter and currently works for Eastman Kodak.
1979
Ann Wagner wanted to get in touch with Wendy Caldwell Maloney, but I don't have Wendy's address. Wendy, if you get in touch with me, I'll forward your information to Ann.
Kevin Karl wrote to say that this snowy winter reminded him of Alfred. He has been enjoying teaching his 8-year-old daughter Allison Karl how to cross-country ski. Kevin is still, after 17 years, a neuroscience research specialist in the laboratory of Eric Kandel at Columbia Presbyterian. Dr. Kandel won the 2000 Nobel Prize in physiology-medicine for his work on the mechanism of learning and memory. Some of Kevin's experimental results were presented at the Nobel lecture. Kevin wants to say hello to his fellow skiers and "bio nerds" from '79, John Hipp, Steve Eilenberg, and Carolyn Chiquette Thompson ...
Kathleen Ritter Olenick and her husband John Olenick, both ceramic engineers, are both working at Advanced Refractory Technologies in Buffalo, the fifth company where they have worked together.
1980
Frank Bosco has been selected to receive the 2001 fellowship award by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Only 37 artists were chosen from 532 applicants in seven disciplines. The award, a $10,000 grant, recognizes the work Frank is doing in ceramics. Frank also recently had works on view at the newark Museum and the Morris Museum and was chosen to participate in the New Jersey 2000 Arts Annual and the NJ 2000 Crafts Annual. He has worked 15 years in Jersey City. Frank is the founder of the New York/New Jersey Academy of Ceramic Art, located in Jersey City, and is also a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
1981
Tina Cantelmi Bradford writes, "Since graduating from Alfred two decades ago (whew!), I have been an editor for Women's Wear Daily in New York City and a free-lance writer for several national publications, including Glamour, Parenting, and Runner's World. I am the mother of two energetic daughters. One is an actress and model in New York and the other shows much promise as a scientist and mathematician ... My wonderful husband Geoff is a principal at Predictive Systems, a New York-based computer firm. When not busy with my kids, I run my own public relations firm, specializing in artists or fashion designers who license their work. I would love to hear from students, particular art students or track athletes, who attended AU from 1976-81. I still run and would love to get in touch with old art or running buddies." Tina's e-mail address is TinCanBrad@aol.com.
Chris Pateras lives outside Syracuse, NY, and practices cosmetic and family dentistry as "Dazzling Smiles by Dr. Pateras." He writes, "My wife and I have three beautiful kids, including twins, who keep us very busy between school activities, soccer, and gymnastics. We don't travel as much as we used to but have made excursions to Virginia Beach and Southern California to escape the tropical New York climate. I would love to hear from friends at proti2@aol.com."
James V. Portugal was recently promoted to business development manager for Tosoh SMD, Inc., of Grove City, OH, a leading manufacturer of materials for the semiconductor industry.
Keith A. Neff works in the bakery department of RMI in Olean, NY.
1982
Melanie Thunberg Byrne lives in Rochester and has three children.
Laurie MacPherson Zwetsch, who also lives in Fairport, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Strong Memorial's neurology department and has sons in the fifth and sixth grade plus two daughters, age 4 and 1.
Ann Loring Swezey works at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY, as an ICU nurse. She also teaches ballet. Her two boys play ice hockey, so she travels often to Rochester, Buffalo, New York, and Boston for their hockey matches.
Elaine Browning Pratt '82, who lives in Fairport, NY, and works as an RN in the pediatric clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital, sent a bunch of news. Elaine herself has three children, daughters in the seventh and fifth grade and a son in the third grade.
Nanette Lewis Rung has three daughters and lives in Buffalo.
Betsy Brady McGovern has three daughters and lives near Boston, MA.
Andrew Berends was recently featured as Craftsman of the Month at the Wolfeboro League Shop, New Hampshire. The raku pottery he creates at his Springfield, VT, woodland studio has been shown in galleries all over the nation.
Jill Olmstead lives in California and is an adult nurse practitioner.
1983
Dan Lasser's ceramics, which have been featured for several years in Robert Redford's Sundance catalogue, are now being sold retail. Lasser Ceramics makes 18 dinnerware patterns, along with accessory pieces, as well as one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures and tiles. Each dinnerware piece takes about a week to complete. All the pottery, with names like "Red Tulip," "Sassy Country," and "Pastel Fish," is handmade and hand-painted in a 4,000-square-foot studio in a renovated barn next to Lasser's home in southern Vermont. Manager of the studio is another AU alumnus, Jason Greene '89.
Janette Thomas, Director of Learning Assistance at Alfred State College, recently collaborated with three others on a textbook, Medical Terminology: Language for Health Care, to be published by Glencoe/McGraw Hill in 2002. The book is designed for students in health-care curriculums who need to be familiar with medical terms. Thomas has worked for the college since 1979 as professor and curriculum coordinator in the health information technology & medical records curriculum. In 1997, she received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for teaching excellence.
Ann Worthington recently started a new job as a sales representative for Hemlock Printers, where she will work in the San Francisco Bay area and Northern California. Before taking this job, where she was reportedly attracted by Hemlock's environmental record, she was marketing and selling environmentally sound recycled paper. Friends can reach her at ann@hemlock.com.
Jeanne Lemmond Nailos and David Nailos live in Pittsfield, MA, with three children, Jen, 16, Stephanie, 14, and Christopher, 12. Jeanne is a fourth-grade teacher and the director of Christian education and youth services. She holds a master's degree in education and serves on many educational boards.
Jeanne Lemmond Nailos and David Nailos live in Pittsfield, MA, with three children, Jen, 16, Stephanie, 14, and Christopher, 12. Jeanne is a fourth-grade teacher and the director of Christian education and youth services. She holds a master's degree in education and serves on many educational boards.
1984
John J. Simmins, who earned a BS in ceramic science in 1984 and a Ph.D. in ceramic science in 1990, both from AU, is technical manager at GE Global Exchange Services in Gaithersburg, MD. "At GXS we created business-to-business e-commerce solutions for large organizations," he wrote. "My wife Judy works part-time selling project management training, consulting, and software. We've been married six wonderful years and have three boys: John Patrick, 5; Nathan Charles (Charlie), 4; and Christopher Robert, 2, who keeps us pretty busy. We are very excited about a new house we are building in Walkersville, MD. Our website is http://www.geocities.com/simminsj. I'd love to hear from any AU grads in the Washington, DC, area."
Charles Aydlett Jr. was recently profiled as a ceramic artist in the Winona, MN, Daily News. Nature is a major influence, the article says, but Aydlett also aims to make his ceramics functional. The mugs hold coffee, the teapots hold hot water, the bowls are comfortable for eating salad or soup. The artist originally went to school to study computers, but found that he liked art. "I can't see myself sitting behind a desk," he says. "I have a hard time sitting still. This work sort of fits." A few of his pieces are just decorative, but most have a story behind the design. "My pieces are narrative. I like to tell a story of some sort," he says. "A lot of them are stories based on nature and my appreciation of it."
Victoria Keill Lo Russo and her husband John Lo Russo recently had their fourth child, Steven Lo Russo, born Nov. 9, 2000.
1985
Lauren McIsaac-O'Hare will be defending her dissertation in the fall of 2001 at St. John's University in Jamaica, NY, for a doctorate in education, instructional leadership. She is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Wagner College on Staten Island, where she has been teaching for six years. She writes, "I graduated from Alfred with a bachelor of science in nursing, which, as we know, no longer exists there, but I have many fond memories of the great program that it was. I'd like to wish all my former classmates well. They can find me at lohare@wagner.edu ."
Susan Severin Munyon writes, "Unfortunately, I have fallen prey to the recent layoffs at CoorsTek ... My new e-mail address is smunyon@mediaone.net."
Brian Miller and his wife Wendy Harkins Miller live in Herndon, VA. They have a daughter, Sarah Catherine, born March 19, 1998, and a son, Brendan Charles, born Nov. 10, 2000. "I have been working for a year at Freddie Mac Corp. in McLean, VA, as an account manager covering the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We purchase mortgage debt from banks, mortgage bankers, and credit unions. I have been in the mortgage lending industry for 12 years, with Citicorp Mortgage and Crestar Mortgage Corp. before coming here," Brian writes.
Eric W. Collins writes that he is living in Cincinnati with his wife Donna Russell and two sons, Bradley and Auston. Since 1993, he has been owner and partner in Maverick Corp., a company that develops and manufactures high-temperature materials for the aerospace industry. He is also owner and partner in Canyon Composites, located in Anaheim, CA, a firm that produces composite parts for the satellite and space industry.
1987
Christine Hoffman Blockley was married Oct. 28, 2000, to Ron Blockley. "I am a family physician in private practice in Murfreesboro, TN, just outside Nashville," she wrote. "My husband is a family dentist, also in private practice."
Your correspondent, Susan McDonald Gould, and her husband Jeff Gould celebrated the birth of their third son, James Harrison, born March 22, 2001. He joins his two older brothers, Jeffrey, age 6, and John, age 4. Please note that Susan's e-mail address has been reactivated.
William C. Wirz and his wife Louise Wirz have two sons, Chris, 16, and Nick, 13.
Joseph L. Keddie was awarded the 2001 Paterson Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics for "major contributions of industrial importance to the understanding of the dynamics of polymers at surfaces, in thin films, and in colloidal dispersions." This prize is given annually by the Institute, usually to a scientist 35 or younger. More details can be found on page 59 of the December 2000 issue of Physics World. Joe was also recently promoted to the position of "Reader in Physics" in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey, which is in Guildford, England, about 30 miles southwest of London.
1988
George B. Burke III has been named a partner in the law firm of Walsh & Hacker. George is engaged in the general practice of law, with an emphasis on the defense of workers' compensation and personal-injury litigation.
Mark McDonough and his wife Michele have three children, a daughter, Caitlin Margaret, born Dec. 28, 2000, and two sons, Shane, born Jan. 19, 1999, and Riley, born Sept. 13, 1995.
Paul Kuchinski III moved to Ann Arbor, MI, and in December 1998, took a job with TI Group Automotive as a regional manager of manufacturing systems.
1989
Dan Lasser's ceramics, which have been featured for several years in Robert Redford's Sundance catalogue, are now being sold retail. Lasser Ceramics makes 18 dinnerware patterns, along with accessory pieces, as well as one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures and tiles. Each dinnerware piece takes about a week to complete. All the pottery, with names like "Red Tulip," "Sassy Country," and "Pastel Fish," is handmade and hand-painted in a 4,000-square-foot studio in a renovated barn next to Lasser's home in southern Vermont. Manager of the studio is another AU alumnus, Jason Greene '89.
Dr. Robert S. Pavlik Jr. and his new wife Andrea were married Dec. 30, 2000, and spent their honeymoon in Barbados. January is a great time to leave Upstate New York and travel south for better weather! Bob and Andrea live in their new home at 214 Walnut St., Corning, NY. Bob is a senior project engineering supervisor at Corning, Inc. He has been with Corning seven years. Andrea has a BS degree in marketing from Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA.
Eric R. Twiname '89 and Richard E. Mistler '59 recently authored Tape Casting: Theory and Practice, published by the American Ceramics Society in May 2000. Both are employed by Richard E. Mistler, Inc.
1990
Matt Melkonian, working for Salomon Smith Barney in New York, reports on the birth of his and Nanette's second child, Joseph, on Feb. 7, 2001. Their first, Katherine, was born June 1, 1999.
Ronda Sheaffer Frazier is currently working as a school psychologist in the Northern Neck region of Virginia. She and husband Randy have a daughter, Jenna Elise, born Jan. 1, 1999.
Christine Sjolander and her daughter Samantha, age 7, have recently moved to Southern California, where Christine is Assistant Director of MBA Career Services for the University of California at Irvine.
1991
Michael Cusick '91 writes that he and his wife Cynthia have bought a home on Capitol in Washington, DC, where he works in the US Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner. He reports that Larry Chatfield currently lives in San Diego. Gretchen Shively, now living in Chicago and teaching reading in an elementary school, married Richard Giampetro of Syracuse, NY, in July 1999.
Meredith Glenn graduated in June 2000 from New York University Dental School. She is currently a resident at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson on Long Island.
Timothy Bassette wrote, "From 1997-99, I worked as an environmental regulatory consultant near Washington, DC. I loved living in our nation's capital, but in 1999, I relocated to Raleigh, NC, to work at my 'dream job' as an environmental biologist for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with travel all over the state to assess the impact of proposed road construction on wetlands, streams, and endangered species. Outside of work, I play soccer, volunteer with the Raleigh Jaycees, and participate in a local political organization and my church youth group."
Potter Chris Longwell teaches art at Notre Dame High School in Elmira, NY, as well as evening courses in ceramics at Elmira College. He works on a potter's wheel in the art studio in Fassett Commons on the Elmira College campus. In his teaching, Chris emphasizes glazing that is compatible with the art object. "There is a big place in my heart for functional, utilitarian pieces meant to be used and enjoyed," he told the Elmira Star-Gazette in an interview. His ceramics, which are safe for the dishwasher, microwave, and oven, are sold at Cappy's store, 205 West Clinton St., Elmira.
Holly Krebs Shaffer wrote that she and Matt Shaffer got married Oct. 20, 1996, and have two children, Jason, born Dec. 8, 1997, and Corey, born Aug. 15, 2000.
Suzanne O'Connor Pearce and Timothy Pearce have two children - Alex Thomas, born Dec. 28, 1996, and Jack Ryan, born, April 21, 2000.
Alex Torres wants classmates to know they can get in touch with him at 1105 Big Pine Lane, Norco, CA 92860. His e-mail address is ATorres968@aol.com .
Daniel Weeks is a federal agent, working as an investigator for the U.S. government. He also owns and operates his own business, training Arabian show horses and taking them to competitions across the country.
By the way, at our recent visit to Alfred we met Robert Tucker '77, a Lambda Chi and an intellectual property attorney in New York City. He and Gary Horowitz H'91 (now a vice president at Frostburg State University) had quite a time getting brought up to date by Dr. Linda Mitchell, associate professor of history at AU. Linda studies medieval manuscripts. These documents were written on sheepskin and are still readable today. Many paperbacks from your college days have already deteriorated.
1992
Sara Gelfan Davis has been busy since graduating from AU. She taught kindergarten in rural Virginia for four years before packing up and moving to Seattle for another kindergarten-teaching post. During that time Sara, a former member of the AU equestrian team, competed in show jumping on the West Coast and in Canada. In 1999, she married Eric Davis and the couple moved to Enumclaw, WA, a small town surrounded by mountains, located about an hour east of Seattle, that boasts a great view of Mount Rainier. Now a first-grade teacher, Sara became a mom when Jensen Kyle Davis was born on Feb. 19. "I have fond memories of my time at Alfred and look forward to a time when we can go back East to visit," Sara says. She can be reached by e-mail at sgelfansyd@aol.com ...
Karen Walters-Prymak went on to get her master's degree in special education from St. Bonaventure and currently volunteers with the AmeriCorps Program, part of the Corporation for National Service, as a mentor under a governor-appointed state commission that has partnered with the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau to reduce school violence. Last year she was with the Olean City Schools; now she works at Franklinville Central School in Franklinville. Karen and her husband live in Portville, NY, where they run Anchor of Hope Ministries. Most of their work is with youth; they have two teens living with them, and have had up to four in addition to their daughters, Amber and Sarah.
Susan Heidenreich McIntyre was recently promoted to manager of residential nursing at Crestwood Children's Center in Rochester, NY. Crestwood is a mental health facility for children. "I enjoy working with the children. It is an extremely rewarding job," Susan says. Speaking of children, Susan, her husband Jamison McIntyre, and their daughters Allison and Danielle welcomed twin girls, Nicole Alexandra and Madeline Bethany, into the family on March 16, 2001.
Lynn Van Hine got married March 25, 2001, to Randy Larrison. "We are currently living in Long Beach, CA, where I am working for Speedo Authentic Fitness as a planner and allocator for the retail stores. We live with our adopted ex-racing greyhound Striker. Randy and I do volunteer work for Greyhound Pets of America, providing foster homes and helping to find permanent homes for recently retired racing dogs. I would love to hear from friends and classmates; my e-mail address is rgllav@earthlink.net ," Lynn wrote.
Chris Rando wrote that his wife Heather Rando gave birth Jan. 8, 2001, to their first child, a daughter, Eva Lauren. "Both are healthy and doing well down here in Austin, TX," he said.
1993
Marjorie Gambill Sullivan and her husband George Sullivan announce the birth of their first child, Abigail Gertrude Sullivan, born Feb. 26, 2001. We don't usually publish birth weights, but producing Abigail was a remarkable accomplishment: She weighed in at nine pounds, nine ounces.
from Kristin Brownlow Mahoney. She and Christopher Mahoney '95 had a daughter, Katelyn Nesley Mahoney, born July 25, 2000. Kristin works as vice president of Due Diligence at ING Barings, and Chris recently started working as a production planner for L'Oreal USA. "We recently visited Clark Farry '92 and Amy Fischette Farry and their three boys - triplets - and had a great time. Amy has her hands full, but she is doing a great job. Her boys are angels! We miss our AU friends and hope everyone is doing well," Kristin wrote.
Adam Gershon is now principal engineer for Klipsch Audio Technologies, Indianapolis, IN. He and his wife Candi had their first child, Kyle Joseph Gershon, on March 5, 2001.
Cheri Dorn Kropp and her husband Erik Kropp have a new son, Andrew Clydon Kropp, born in Phoenix, AZ, March 22, 2001. Cheri also sent word that Holly Smith and Tim Watson were married in September 2000 "at a beautiful bed-and-breakfast on the Chesapeake in Maryland."
1994
The coordinator owes an apology to David Bachrach, whose class was listed wrong in the spring 2001 Alfred Magazine. He is a member of the class of 1994. On Aug. 13, 2000, he married Melanie Darr.
Kimberly Skelton Ladwig was married Sept. 30, 2000, to Christopher Ladwig. The couple live in Raleigh, NC, where Kim is a financial reporting accountant for Global Knowledge Network, Inc., an international IT training company.
Staci Newmahr was married in March 1999 to Paul Kress '96. She is currently finishing (she hopes!) her Ph.D. work in sociology at SUNY Stony Brook and would love to hear from old friends. Her e-mail address is snewmahr@ic.sunysb.edu .
Maria Dandino Cackett '94 and David Cackett '94 announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Ashley, born May 11, 2000. Maria is on leave of absence from teaching and is home with their children. She is staying involved in education by doing some private tutoring in the evening. David is still working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Alexandria, VA, and is doing very well.
Maria Dandino Cackett '94 and David Cackett '94 announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Ashley, born May 11, 2000. Maria is on leave of absence from teaching and is home with their children. She is staying involved in education by doing some private tutoring in the evening. David is still working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Alexandria, VA, and is doing very well.
1995
Matthew Neivert is in his last year of graduate school at Newcomb Art, Tulane University, and will graduate with an MFA. He is at Tulane with classmates Nat Lakin and Laura Berman. Laura and Matt were recently in a group art show at the Arthur Roger Art Gallery, the largest gallery in New Orleans. Matt's art is primarily sold through Mario Villo's art galleries, and is in collections all over the world. If he doesn't get a university teaching job next year, he plans to live off his artwork. Matt has three solo shows planned for the next year, including one to be held at the French Consulate, which will deal with the history of the French porcelain figurine.
Shelley Back recently moved from Maine to Brooklyn to start a career in acting in the Big Apple.
Jennifer Swinton wants to thank Dr. Amy Rummel (associate professor of marketing at AU) for her encouragement and guidance in her decision to go back to school. Jen would love to hear from classmates by e-mail at mamaladybugs@hotmail.com .
More information about Jen Swinton came to us via Natalie Krauser '98, who credits Jen with Natalie's interest in marketing and her continuing involvement with the American Marketing Association. Jennifer began a new job this spring working at Trafalgar Tours as a sales assistant to the vice president of sales. Jennifer handles the day-to-day activities within Sales, including managing 23 busy district sales managers her boss oversees. In conjunction with her new role, Jennifer has applied to the New York Teaching Fellows Program, a unique opportunity to become a teacher while taking master's-degree courses in education. If accepted into the program, she will undergo an intensive eight-week training course to prepare for the fall semester. Jennifer wishes to say hello to all her friends ... and sends congratulations to Sidney Cherubin '96, who is about to graduate from Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan.
Julie Hathaway Verde and Michael Verde recently moved into a brand new house in Horseheads, NY, near their engineering jobs at Corning.
Stefan Weber writes, "I'm temporarily living in New Fairfield, CT. I can be reached at my e-mail address, SMSSJW@msn.com . I've almost finished my art studio and gallery, located in Ardsley, NY, in Westchester County. The studio has a glass shop, wood shop, and ceramic facilities. I'm currently looking for artists interested in working here. Send me e-mail if you're interested."
Laurence "Larry" Maniccia wrote, "Since last communication with the class of '95 I have taken a position as development engineer at Advanced Ceramics Corp. in Strongsville, OH. Since taking the job I have moved to the other side of Cleveland to be closer to work." Shane R. Pitkin, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.
1996
Erica Battit is attending Boston University in pursuit of a master's degree in public health. Dawn Fiske Jacobs was married May 15, 1999, to Charles Jacobs. For five years, she has been a materials engineer at Valco, ESI.
Jason Silbergleit wrote that "everything is well up here in frigid Vermont." He expected to be graduating from the University of Vermont in May 2001 with an MBA.
Miriam Rieger '96 and Alain Jachiet were married July 9, 2000, in Pittsburgh. Two close AU friends were there, Kyle Reinhart and Christy Mosser, who was a bridesmaid. Miriam and Alain met while they were both living in Jerusalem, Israel. They now live in Pittsburgh.
Elizabeth Humphreys Johnston married Ben Johnston on Dec. 22, 2000. She received her master's degree in science journalism in August 2000.
Staci Newmahr was married in March 1999 to Paul Kress '96. She is currently finishing (she hopes!) her Ph.D. work in sociology at SUNY Stony Brook and would love to hear from old friends. Her e-mail address is snewmahr@ic.sunysb.edu .
1997
Alexis Diamond of New York City, who was named Outstanding Male Senior at AU in 1997, will be attending the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the fall of 2001. He will be pursuing a Ph.D. in economics and government. Alexis was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1997 and completed a masters degree program at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 1999.
Maggie Cregan teaches sixth-grade reading at Glenwood Middle School in Howard County, MD. Her e-mail address is mcregan@aol.com .
Eric Jones, who has taught caricature and portrait drawing for the Allegany Arts Association, recently gave a workshop on portraiture at the Seneca Nation Library in Salamanca.
Jennifer Conrow Case has achieved certification as a high school English teacher. She expects to be teaching full-time in 2001-02.
An article in the Billings, MT, Gazette, published May 4, 2001, touched on Sue Tirrell's life: "Inspired by their Montana heritage, their love of horses, and their devotion to lyrical line, Billings painter Donna Erickson and Miles City artist Sue Tirrell have joined artistic forces," it says. Their show at Artwalk, Toucan Gallery, Billings, is titled "In the Music of Horses." It was scheduled to run through the end of May 2001. Although the two work in different media, they share a connection with horses and with line, the newspaper says. Also, both have had a horse named Joe, both are Montana natives who left the state and received some formal artistic training in the East.
Devin Dressman expects to graduate with his Ph.D. in molecular genetics and biochemistry from the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2001. Devin also recently received an award at the Children's National Medical Center for the top graduate student abstract submitted for the 15th annual Advances in Pediatrics Forum. The title of the abstract was "Functional Recovery and Differential Cellular Immune Response Following AAV Gene Delivery to Alpha- and Beta-Sarcoglycan Deficient Muscle."
Allison Allport Schoolcraft wrote to Natalie Krauser '98, who forwarded the letter, "I changed jobs around November 2000 and I now work at MetLife as a financial services representative. It took me two months to study for and pass all the exams to get my licenses (and I thought I was done with that part of my life!) and now I'm here and working mad hours. On top of being busy with work, Isahia and I just closed on our house. We moved (in mid-April) and we're settling in nicely. Between the new job and the new house, I've made enough changes to keep me going for a while. That's been life for the past few months. I hope things will start to slow down and return to normal."
1998
Christina Lombardi will be taking the bar exam in July.
Jennifer Golus accepted a job in the winter of 2000-01 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buffalo, where she is a social worker and has two co-workers. "It is definitely a challenge, but one I am absolutely up for ... I'm really starting to get in my own groove, so to speak. It's a lot of the discharge-planning stuff that I was doing at the nursing home, only at warp speed!"
From Aretta Stillman: "I am doing real well. I work for the Adelphia Communications corporate accounting department and believe I have found my niche in business. My work consists of financial statement analysis, many journal entry postings, helping prepare the quarterly and annual SEC filings for one of our subsidiaries, compiling supporting documentation for those filings, and various other accounting projects. Our corporate offices are in Coudersport, PA, a rural town near the New York-Pennsylvania border just west of Alfred. I live in an apartment about 20 minutes from work in Port Allegany, PA. After graduation, I had moved to the Orlando, FL, area, but missed home and moved back after a year down there ... I've become a member of an international women's sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, which just organized a chapter in Coudersport. Who knew my sisterhood interest would continue after college ... I'd love to hear from college friends and AKO sisters ... I especially miss Sara E, Allison Z, Erin, Sara H, Penny, Desiree, Rachel, Jenny, Althea, Jeanne, Jessica, Kelly, Christine, Althea, Natalie, Hollie, Allison A, Carin, Tarra, and Jacq." Her e-mail address is aretta.stillman@adelphia.com ...
Jillian Gilman Cardasis is co-owner of A Range in the Park Golf Course in Merrick, NY. Her daughter, Candice Cardasis '98, is a senior web developer for HBO in Manhattan.
Erik Lars Myers was planning at press time to participate in the Tanqueray Northeast AIDSRide. Pledges had to be submitted by June 22, so it's too late to support him that way, but anyone who wants to donate money toward AIDS research and education may do so on-line at www.aidsride.org ... Erik is Rider #2481. He would welcome support and questions at his cell phone number (617) 216-0963 or by e-mail, turtyl@fire.lsds.com . He's also built a web site to explain the project and keep friends current on his progress: www.lsds.com/~turtyl/aidsride/index.html ...
Robert LaTorre Jr. wrote, "Since graduation I've been working in Rochester, NY, for Kodak's Motion Picture Imaging division, developing internet solutions to provide better customer service and support."
1999
Carrie Pino, who received her master's in school psychology from AU, has been named the 2000 recipient of the Ted Bernstein Award. The honor is bestowed each year by the New York Association of School Psychologists to the student in each school psychology training program who, in the opinion of the faculty, "shows the most potential for outstanding contributions as a practicing school psychologist."
Korin Scheible has a new job. She has accepted a position as an environmental scientist for Camp, Dresser, & McKee in Cambridge, MA.
Mandy Prior wrote that she is an elementary school counselor in Corning, NY, where Max Freeman III '98 is a fifth-grade teacher. Max also coaches football and lacrosse at Corning West High School.
Jessica Rossi and Sal Gattone '99 were married April 7, 2001. Many Alfredians helped celebrate and party. Sal and Jess are living in North Carolina with their dog Gromit. Jess works for Designing Solutions, a small graphic design firm that concentrates on web design. Sal works for Pilkington, where he is a process engineer.
Jillian Perez, who reports that she's still working for ACNielsen, an international market research firm in Westport, CT. She moved to Danbury, CT, with Andrew Dalton '00 and their two dogs, Maxwell and Simon. Andrew Dalton works as an engineer in the microelectronics division of IBM in Fishkill, NY. Jillian's e-mail address is jperez@bases.com .
Alleghany Meadows and another studio potter, Sam Clarkson, gave a two-day workshop titled "Exploring Domestic Space: Utilitarian Pottery," including a slide show, this winter at the Clay Center in Carbondale, CO. Work by both potters can be seen at www.rfvalley.com . Click on "community" and go to Carbondale Clay Center Winter Workshops.
Rachel Kulp reported that she is moving out of her "cute" little apartment in the city (Rochester) and back to the suburb of Brighton in July. Rachel recently spent two weeks in Europe touring Italy with her sister Devon, who is currently studying in Southern Germany. Rachel writes, "We had a blast, and managed to make it home with only two or three train delays. Devon is fluent in Italian and German, so I just sat back and enjoyed the ride." Rachel is still at KPMG, where she expects to be promoted to Senior in June.
Mike Christakis received his masters degree in public policy in May from SUNY at Albany, and will be continuing work toward his doctorate in the fall. This summer, he'll be working for the university's Orientation Office as assistant director for incoming students' summer planning conference.
Andrew Alesso has been teaching a full course-load in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department at SUNY Alfred. He was recently chosen to be one of some 25 people to attend the First Emerging Leadership Conference at the American Counseling Association world convention in San Antonio. He has also been associate editor of the Family Digest, a publication of the International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors, and was recently appointed editor. Also, at the world convention, he was elected chair of the American Counseling Association's Council of Newsletter Editors. Andrew also pursues his interest in music, continuing as adviser to the newly-formed Alfred Acappella Society at AU and singing in AU's Chamber Singers, and working as music director for a production of "Grease" by The Players of Allegany County.
Albion Stafford has a job as a resident artist at the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, CO.
Kerri-Ann "Kazza" Appleton wrote, "After Up With People's decision to suspend operations and me getting bored at home, I caught the next available plane out to Denver to start a new life." For several months, Kazza has been living with a host family from this past summer. She is working for Deloitte & Touche in the Human Resources Department, a job she really enjoys. She reports that she'll "probably stay with the firm for a while before starting another adventure ... I love Denver but unfortunately have not been out skiing enough. I am still trying to adjust from living on the road to being in one place for longer than a few weeks."
Stephanie Wright-Spackman has joined Optimation Technology, Inc., of Rochester, NY, as coordinator of marketing communications. Stephanie's job includes organizing and implementing the company's overall marketing communications program, as well as marketing activities for outside sales efforts. Her job is a new position.
Holly Rife wrote, "I work for Verizon in the Business Partnership Channel. We deal with businesses that pay $9,600 to $60,000 on their phone service. Of course, I am not a salesperson; I am a system administrator. This means that one of the main systems that the people on the floor use I maintain and enhance. I also do training and special ad hoc reporting ... I started off as a resource management analyst in April 2000 and received a promotion to this position in September 2000. I finally got my own apartment, although it is kind of expensive living here on my salary. I live close to my family and friends, and in addition, I have a new boyfriend, Bill."
Seth Tibbetts has gone back to school and is studying for a master's degree in elementary education at Rhode Island College. His e-mail address is h2odir@visionfusion.net . Note that the "o" must be lower case.
Kelly Knee wrote that she's currently a graduate student, finishing her first year in the Ph.D. program in molecular biophysics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. "Wesleyan is a school about the size of Alfred, but Middletown is a bit bigger," she said. "We're about 20 minutes from Hartford and 30 minutes from New Haven, and we have mass transit. Wesleyan is located right on the Connecticut River. I have started rowing crew. It's fun, although it's very cold on the river at 6 a.m. - but at least I get out of the lab! My new e-mail address at school is KKnee@wesleyan.edu . Anyone passing through this way, look me up!"
Jessica Lynn Willoughby is still in graduate school - finishing her second year - studying for her doctorate in clinical psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She passed her research comprehensive exams in January 2001, expects to receive her master's at the end of August 2001, and will take her clinical proficiency exams in May 2001. "Wish me luck!" she writes. "I'd love to hear from any fellow '99 alums (willoujl@yahoo.com ). I hope you are all happy, healthy, and wise. Dear sweet friends, you are always on my mind, and forever in my heart!"
Susanna Masters Miller sent news about several young AU graduates. In the newsletter of the Community College of Philadelphia, Amy Beth C. Kirchner '00 was profiled as a 1994 Community College graduate. Amy said, "The ... staff of the Community College's art department helped me develop myself as a whole person. Together, we laid the groundwork that enabled me to get accepted into the top ceramics program in the U.S." -- namely, the art program of AU's College of Ceramics. And from The Arrow (the magazine of Pi Beta Phi, the sorority to which Susanna's daughter, a junior at Cornell University, belongs), she sent an article about the 2000-01 artists-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Of five resident artists, two are AU alumni - David DeLaitsch '00 and Steven Colby '99.
2000
Bethany Carpenter graduated (AGAIN) from Alfred in May, this time with her master's degree ...
Melinda "Mindy" Saddlemire is living in London, England, and doing well."
Michelle Foster has been hired as Manatee Community College's new director of recruitment and advising. Michelle earned a master's degree in community services administration from AU, plus a bachelor's in communications from SUNY Fredonia. Manatee is in Florida.
From Michael Creter: "Believe it or not, I've set aside my tool belt and my plunger and taken a real office job! I work at Cendant Mobility in Danbury, CT, as a relocation consultant. I'm playing on a softball team (and) will soon be joining a roller-hockey team."
Karolyn Reddy, an Americorps-VISTA volunteer, works with teen-agers in the area around Winthrop, ME. She learned of the program from www.idealist.org. Although she doesn't have an office for her year's work in Winthrop, she can be reached by leaving a message at Winthrop High School, (207) 623-3811. Reddy noted that growing up in Western New York was good preparation for working in Maine. "If anything, the weather in Maine is probably milder," she says.
From Vanessa Krauser: "Hey, Jasmine ... I hope you are still in one piece, since I know you are playing rugby. I love Madrid, and am staying for summer session here. My family has already already visited me. My sister Natalie Krauser '98 and I went to the Canary Islands! I'm off to see Ireland tomorrow, and Laurie, Ahad, and I are going to Morocco (just like you!). He has family there, which is cool. We're also going to Barcelona and maybe Malaga or Sevilla."
Jennifer Knapp wrote, "I enjoy teaching despite the rough days when my kids are wild (which is often). I work at Happiness House in Canandaigua and live in Geneva. Happiness House is a private preschool and daycare center for children with and without disabilities. I have 16 children age 3, 4, and 5. Nine are special-ed children getting occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and/or a psychologist's care. Most of them get all the above. I am in the process of looking for a position in a public elementary school somewhere in the United States. Matt Woodhams '01 and I are not sure where we're going to live after he graduates in May."
Justin Bosananko, who played lacrosse for AU, is now playing for the Columbus Rangers in the Columbus-Ft. Benning, GA, area, near his base as a US Army Ranger. The team competes in the Southeast Lacrosse League of Atlanta. Justin, who attributes the high quality of the team to the Army, was quoted in a recent article in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, saying, "It's the nature of our job in the military. We have athletic guys who when push comes to shove, will put everything on the line."
"Hi, everyone!" wrote Kylie Hancock. "Currently I am working in Watertown, NY, at Transitional Living Services, a residential treatment facility for boys. The house is pretty much the step between a detention facility and going home; we get them ready for the transition of moving home. Right now we have eight boys in the house, age 12-17, all there for different reasons, ranging from physical or mental abuse to sexual abuse to just plain behavioral problems. It's a very trying job, considering that I have been hit and punched and have had to restrain almost all the boys in the house. (I guess that's where rugby came in handy.) Speaking of rugby, I flew to New Jersey to see Jess Rossi and Sal Gattone '99 get married April 7. It was a fun time, and it was great seeing my old Alfred friends. I wish all weddings could be that fun. Speaking of fun, this little blurb goes out to all rugby girls: Jess Dunbar and I have started the alumni team. If you are not getting the e-mails, write to me, kyliehancock@hotmail.com or AWRAlumni@hotmail.com. Hope everyone is doing well and having fun!"
From Jason Horesco: "I'm working as a quality assurance engineer for Computer Associates, where I test software. I'm on two soccer teams, one indoor and one outdoor. I figure with my natural talents and overall beauty, why not show off for the ladies? It just makes sense. Besides that, nothing exciting happened except my first vacation, when I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. (Note from Jasmine: Don't you count Habitat for Humanity's trip to Florida?) It was unbelievable. AU's party scene prepared me quite nicely for the weekend of socializing."
Susanna Masters Miller sent news about several young AU graduates. In the newsletter of the Community College of Philadelphia, Amy Beth C. Kirchner '00 was profiled as a 1994 Community College graduate. Amy said, "The ... staff of the Community College's art department helped me develop myself as a whole person. Together, we laid the groundwork that enabled me to get accepted into the top ceramics program in the U.S." -- namely, the art program of AU's College of Ceramics. And from The Arrow (the magazine of Pi Beta Phi, the sorority to which Susanna's daughter, a junior at Cornell University, belongs), she sent an article about the 2000-01 artists-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Of five resident artists, two are AU alumni - David DeLaitsch '00 and Steven Colby '99.
Susanna Masters Miller sent news about several young AU graduates. In the newsletter of the Community College of Philadelphia, Amy Beth C. Kirchner '00 was profiled as a 1994 Community College graduate. Amy said, "The ... staff of the Community College's art department helped me develop myself as a whole person. Together, we laid the groundwork that enabled me to get accepted into the top ceramics program in the U.S." -- namely, the art program of AU's College of Ceramics. And from The Arrow (the magazine of Pi Beta Phi, the sorority to which Susanna's daughter, a junior at Cornell University, belongs), she sent an article about the 2000-01 artists-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Of five resident artists, two are AU alumni - David DeLaitsch '00 and Steven Colby '99.
Robert Johnson, after graduating with his MBA, accepted a job with Guardian Building Products Group in Greenville, SC, a large building materials and commodities distributor. In April 2001, Rob was promoted to treasury manager for Cameron Ashley, a subsidiary of Guardian. Rob really likes the South Carolina sunshine and says he will not miss Alfred winters!
Jaci Curry reported, "I have a good job as a personnel specialist in the human resources department of a manufacturing company, my own office and everything!"
"I moved to Boston in October 2001," wrote Alison Huftalen. "I'm working at the Art Institute of Boston as the librarian's assistant. It's a good job and I love Boston, but I've applied for a museum certificate program at Tufts, with plans to start part-time in the fall. There are a bunch of Alfredians in Boston, and if you know who we are, we love visitors! For those who miss her, Karolyn Reddy is alive and well working for Americorps Vista in Maine; I go up every chance I can to visit." Alison's e-mail address is ALH@hotmail.com.
Jenn Kahn wrote, "I am working in Watertown, NY, at an organization called AIDS Community Resources. As part of my job I visit alcohol & drug treatment facilities and provide HIV education for people in recovery. I also do educational presentations for the community, and I organize volunteer activities. My organization is based in Syracuse, so being here in Watertown I pretty much do everything ... Otherwise, things are going well. I live out in Sackets Harbor, which is right in the Black River Bay area of Lake Ontario, and I am on an organizing committee for the town's bicentennial celebration in June. Things move pretty fast around here. I can't believe I've been out of school a year!"
When she graduated from AU with a master's degree in community services administration in December 2000, Kelley Clark Butler became the eighth member of her family to earn an AU degree and the 15th to attend the school. She was a member of her clan's sixth generation of Alfredians. The first, her great-great-great-grandmother Sarah Stevens Clark, attended Alfred Academy in its infancy, back in 1837.
Lea Kennard wrote, "Valentine's Day was highly romantic for me considering I, along with three AU undergrad students (Anne Ebert '02, Rob Schaut '03, and Theresa Totedo '01) and an AU mechanical engineering professor, Dr. John Williams, went up in the "Vomit Comet," a.k.a. the "KC-135 Weightless Wonder" down in Houston, TX. There we experienced zero-gravity for about 30 seconds each two-minute parabola, in which time we performed our experiment. It was about a two-hour flight. Between the zero-gravity sessions, we experienced 1.8 gravity. Also, we experienced lunar and Martian parabolas. It was an uplifting experience! Check out www.zerog.alfred.edu. Also, I am working at Refractron Technologies Corp. with another AU alum, Ed Vroman '99, until I go back for grad school, when I will join up with Kevin Fox and Joe Ryan at Penn State in the materials science program in August. Finally, I headed to OSU for a grad school visit and stopped by Lisa Latchaw's and Matt Parish's place outside Dayton, OH."
Matthew Parish is working for Ahresty Wilmington Corp. near Dayton, OH, a company that manufactures die-cast metal products.
Melissa Meissner wrote, "I am now working for Dun & Bradstreet in Buffalo, NY, as a customer information consultant. Basically, I create credit reports for small businesses. It is a really good job, and the people are great. Unfortunately it will all come to an end June 29 because the company is downsizing. The Buffalo office will be closed. I'm not very worried about it, though, since I was planning on relocating in September anyway ... I'm been making many trips to Alfred while Mike Thompson '99 is finishing his master's, but it isn't the same now that most of our friends are no longer there. I've gotten together with Terry Pologa a couple of times."
Dan Roswell is doing well at IBM and has been taking flying lessons ...
Jessica Dunbar told Chandra, "Since graduation I have a new car, a new job, and a new home. I'm living in Naugatuck, CT, and teaching middle-school art in Stamford. It tests my patience every single day; thank goodness for summer vacation. (Michael) Creter and I were in town for Hot Dog Day and had a great time. The alumni rugby game was by far the high point of the weekend; we alumni won 40-5! I'm trying to hook up with a team here in Connecticut, but so far no luck."
Jessica Rossi and Sal Gattone '99 were married April 7, 2001. Many Alfredians helped celebrate and party. Sal and Jess are living in North Carolina with their dog Gromit. Jess works for Designing Solutions, a small graphic design firm that concentrates on web design. Sal works for Pilkington, where he is a process engineer.
Jasmine Lellock wrote, "I've had a very busy spring. I'm still teaching; I just finished Romeo & Juliet, and I am moving on to The Odyssey. I joined many alumni at the wedding of Jessica Rossi and Sal Gattone '99 at the beginning of April. What a great time! The wedding and the bride were both beautiful, and it was great to see so many Alfred alums in one place. Then I spent my spring break with my family in Punxsutawney. Despite my car's breakdown, I still managed to make it to Hot Dog Day (Thanks, Josh!) I got a few bruises and realized how out of shape I am by playing an alumni rugby game. We actually beat the current team 40-5! Then I played on the Theta Theta Chi Mud Olympics team. By the end of the game, we were tackling each other in the mud, but we still managed to win second place. Finally, a sizable group of theater alumni and students gathered at the home of Becky Butts Prophet '70, AU professor of theater, to share breakfast and memories. The ride home was long but well spent, as I carpooled with Alison Huftalen and Tadd Barnes '98. Thanks, Alfred! (By the way, anyone interested in getting involved with an Alfred University Alumni Club in the Boston area should get in touch with Jasmine, lellocjs@yahoo.com.)
Kristin Sloane sends greetings from Southeastern Pennsylvania. "I am so happy spring is here. I wasn't expecting a long Alfred winter all the way down here! I am still working away at my new job in Wayne, PA, as an environmental scientist for CDM Federal Programs Corp. We do contract work for federal clients, mostly through the EPA, and we just turned in a huge project this morning for the office in Philly. My tasks vary from field work to data management, and the office is very small and laid-back, so the overall work environment is good. It has all been very exciting. My free time? Well, I have been traveling up to Alfred often in my noisy little car, but this spring I am trying to get back into canoeing, and will be racing this Sunday on the Brandywine River. I have also been taking care of my new Easter present, a very wild hare named Scooter. I hope everyone else is enjoying post-college life; I know it was hard for me to get used to. I would love to hear from other alums." Kristin is at 226 Engle Drive, Wallingford, PA 19086. Phone is (610) 566-6267, or e-mail kristinelizabeth@hotmail.com.
Katie Isaac reports that the Omicron Phi Chapter of the Delta Zeta National Sorority has formed a chapter association. Members gathered in Alfred during Hot Dog Day weekend to elect officers and set goals. The organization currently boasts over 100 members, alumnae of the AU chapter of Delta Zeta. The chapter association has created a Yahoo group for members. For log-in information, send e-mail to Kerri-Ann Appleton '99 at appletk@yahoo.com. For other information, call Katie, (203) 201-2962 or send her e-mail at kisaac@vidmon.com, or get in touch with Stephanie Thomas '00.
Rachel Sluga reports, "I have been working the past nine months at KPMG in Pittsburgh. I am excited to say that I have survived my first busy season! Although I've been working long hours, I've gained a tremendous amount of experience in a short time. Thus far, I have worked on manufacturing, government, not-for-profit, and also financial clients. I have also been involved with the firm's largest client, Mellon Financial Corp. In addition to a busy work schedule I have been taking 10 credits in order to meet the 150-hour requirements for public accounting. My plans include transferring to the KPMG office in Greenville, SC."
Michael Pellicciotti told Jasmine, "I had a great time seeing everyone at Hot Dog Day, and I'm finishing up my masters in rural development in Canada. I'm all done with classes and am working on my practicum, helping the provincial government make Manitoba's Tourism & Recreation Act more inclusive of the province's diverse opportunities." (Jasmine's response: "I'm impressed!") From another source, we learned that Mike was awarded a $500 scholarship toward graduate school from Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society in business administration.
Marian "Marnie" Furniss says, "I do a lot of work at the Columbus AIDS Task Force, an organization that offers myriad services to people living with HIV and AIDS. I also volunteer at the American Red Cross of Fairfield County, working in disaster services. I will be going back to Ireland and Scotland this summer, and what happens from there is still up in the air. That is an overall summary, but everything I do is intense and time-consuming. There is never a dull moment!"
Chandra Leister sent several updates: "I am finishing up my first year of graduate school at the University of Rhode Island, and will be living in the Portland, ME, area this summer. Had a great time visiting Alfred for Hot Dog Day 2001 ...
2001
Two members of the Fiat Lux staff won prestigious awards this spring. Jay Weisberger, editor-in-chief, won a certificate of merit (honorable mention) from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for personal-opinion writing about on-campus issues. His winning piece was an editorial column headlined "Delta hazing sanctions too harsh," which appeared in the April 12, 2000, Fiat. A thoughtful critique of the University's sanctions against Delta Sigma Phi, imposed last spring after a widely-frowned-upon pledging incident, Weisberger's column is a plea for consistency in the punishment for Greek houses' misconduct.
Staffer Emilie Hardman won second place in the column category of the New York Press Association's annual Better College Newspaper Contest. There were 293 entries in five categories. Her column, which appeared just before Thanksgiving 2000, supports "Buy Nothing Day," the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the year's biggest shopping day. Hardman cited a United Nations report showing that the rich industrial countries, with one-fifth of the world's people, consume 86 percent of the world's manufactured goods. "The creation of consumer goods translates to depletion of resources and environmental damage," Hardman said, acknowledging that she too buys things she doesn't need. "We keep buying ... and so corporations keep developing new things for us to buy," she wrote.
Jennifer Knapp wrote, "I enjoy teaching despite the rough days when my kids are wild (which is often). I work at Happiness House in Canandaigua and live in Geneva. Happiness House is a private preschool and daycare center for children with and without disabilities. I have 16 children age 3, 4, and 5. Nine are special-ed children getting occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and/or a psychologist's care. Most of them get all the above. I am in the process of looking for a position in a public elementary school somewhere in the United States. Matt Woodhams '01 and I are not sure where we're going to live after he graduates in May."
Births
Gene and Pam Bernstein report that their daughter Mindy Feinberg and her husband Mark became the parents of Eliza Joy on May 28 at 7:15AM. The new arrival weighed in at 6 lbs. 2ozs. and 19 & 1/2" inches. She is perfectly healthy as is Mindy. "Grammy Pammy" and "Grandpa Gene" are doing well too.
Gene and Pam Bernstein report that their daughter Mindy Feinberg and her husband Mark became the parents of Eliza Joy on May 28 at 7:15AM. The new arrival weighed in at 6 lbs. 2ozs. and 19 & 1/2" inches. She is perfectly healthy as is Mindy. "Grammy Pammy" and "Grandpa Gene" are doing well too.
Mary-Lynn Kavanagh Bender '87 wrote that she's proud to announce the newest arrival in the family. She, her husband Ray Bender, and children Ryan, Sharon, and Mariah welcomed Matthew Hae Rang from South Korea Feb. 16, 2001. Born Sept. 3, 2000, "Matthew is a healthy, happy baby boy," she reported. Mary-Lynn lives in Pittsford, NY, near Rochester, and is doing management of a private-duty nursing case as well as running her private practice in lactation consulting and teaching baby-care classes to adoptive and foster families. "Our adoption experience was wonderful, and we would love to share our experience with anyone considering something similar," she wrote. Her e-mail address is ml@motherslove.com.
Scott Davis and Lisa Poloncarz Davis '91 write that they were blessed with the arrival of triplets - Thomas, Katelyn, and Emilee - born Oct. 24, 2000.
Scott Davis and Lisa Poloncarz Davis '91 write that they were blessed with the arrival of triplets - Thomas, Katelyn, and Emilee - born Oct. 24, 2000.
Nathaneal Butzer and Catherine Stinson Butzer '98 have a new daughter, McKenzie Loganne Butzer, both Dec. 19, 2000. Friends can get in touch at natcat22@earthlink.net .