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July 2007 Newsletter Research and Faculty News • Varshneya awarded highest honor by International Commission on Glass• Recent Faculty Publications Varshneya awarded highest honor by International Commission on Glass Dr. Arun Varshneya, professor of glass science and engineering at the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, was awarded the President's Award during opening ceremonies of the XXI International Congress on Glass July 2 in Strasbourg, France. The award was established in 1994 to "recognize outstanding lifetime contributions to the international glass community." Recipients are selected for their achievements in one or more of the following areas: scientific discoveries, engineering developments or applications, scholarship, artistic accomplishments, industrial/academic leadership, and communications within the international glass community. Varshneya was cited for his achievements in four areas; commitment to education; contributions to glass science research; contributions to glass technology applied research; and entrepreneurship for economic development of the region. Varshneya wrote the book, literally, for glass science. His "Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses," now in its second edition, is recognized world-wide as setting the gold standard for undergraduate textbooks in glass science. For the non-scientist, his 13-page invited article "Industrial Glasses" for Encyclopedia Britannica provides an accurate yet readable treatment of a difficult technical subject to the public. In addition to teaching and research in Glass, Varshneya has also developed the undergraduate course "Engineering Operations" (CES 484). Teaching basic principles of business such as economics, plant operations, accounting, rate-of-return analysis, quality control and safety by doing, teams of students develop hypothetical businesses based on materials issues. Praised by ABET; similar courses are now part of most engineering curricula in the United States. Putting theory into practice, Varshneya is also president of Saxon Glass Technologies, manufacturer of chemically-strengthened glass products including over 80 million autoinjector cartridges for the life-saving "EPI-PEN" as well as developer of specialty protective glasses. Saxon Glass was established in 1996 with colleagues Dr. Bill LaCourse and Dr. Alix Clare. Active in research, Varshneya has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles in major technical journals in his 40+ year career. Before joining the NYSCC glass faculty in 1982, Varshneya worked for Ford and as senior scientist at General Electric. Varshneya earned BS degrees from Agra University (Agra, India) and Sheffield University (Sheffield, England), prior to completing his MS and PhD research at Case Western Reserve University. A creative researcher, Varshneya's interests are broader than glass alone. In 1987, his work on preparation of a ceramic superconducting material earned him one of the first 20 research awards to be given under President Ronald Reagan's research initiative in superconductors and a subsequent patent on the same process. Varshneya and his wife Darshana have three daughters: Pooja, Kajal and Rupal. Darshana assists him in running Saxon Glass Technologies. He takes pride in his family, in his Indian roots and his adopted US citizenship. He enjoys singing Hindi golden oldies, often in duets. "Darshana is perhaps the greatest Indian cook east of the Mississippi!" he often remarks. Coming to the US in search of a higher education and subsequently pursuing a research career were "good for him." "America is indeed a land of opportunities. You can accomplish a lot over a lifetime if you have a loving home and a friendly environment around you", he says. The Varshneyas live in Alfred, NY.
1933
Adee N. Bennett writes: "Is anyone around anymore? I still am in contact with Juliet Drabkin of West Haven, CT. She still lives in her house as I do in mine. I am 97 years old and enjoy friends and neighbors very much. Have my #2 son Geoffrey who visits me three-four times a week and helps me with everything, especially my car, which I still drive."
1935
James L. Knapp II writes that in 1996 he and his wife moved into a cottage in a retirement community -- Moravian Manor -- in Lititz, PA. "During the past few years my wife, Olive, and I have had heart by-pass surgery, from which we have recovered nicely. However, in February 2006 we felt the desirability for closer medical attention where we would feel more comfortable and safer. So we moved up the street into the assisted living facility of Moravian Manor. We are very happy here. Life continues to be interesting and fun."
1936
At 95, Creig Flessel, the comic book artist, is still in demand for autographs. He most recently welcomed visitors in town for a San Francisco comic book convention to his Redwoods of Mill Valley, CA residence, where he lives with wife Marie (Marino) Flessel. They will celebrate their 70th anniversary Nov. 20, 2007. The visitors dubbed him "the Elvis Presley of the Golden Age of comics." Creig is one of a few living cartoonists whose career began in the 1930s. He is considered an American comic book icon. Creig was featured in a March 13, 2007 article in the Marin (County California) Independent Journal. He is currently working on a book about an alien falling into radioactive San Francisco Bay during a crab festival called "Iceberg."
1939
The daughter of Robert F. Perry Sr., who died on Nov. 19, 2006, wants it known that anyone who wishes to make a gift should make a donation to Alfred University. His wife, Jean, can be reached at 585.394.6022.
1940
Wisner Cook of Andover, NY, was the first official drawing student in the new Wellsville (NY) Creative Arts Center, which opened last fall. At AU, he studied ceramics.
"Margaret Ames Parker and husband Merle Parker '40 celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Jan. 2 of this year.
Merle and Margaret Ames '43 Parker of Port Charlotte, FL, are grateful there were no hurricanes in Florida this year. The area in which they live is still showing effects of Hurricane Charley which hit in 2004. Their retirement community has been completely repaired and refurbished, and they continue to enjoy the many activities, social life and good friends.
1942
Dr. Ralph Crawshaw wrote an article for the fall 2006 edition of "Bellevue Literary Review" entitled "Pushing the Geriatric Envelope."
"Bill Crandall has donated a 1900 Strich & Zeidler grand piano to the (Alfred) Village Hall Theatre (to read more, go to: www.alfred.edu/pressreleases/viewrelease.cfm?ID=3788). Bill and Betty enjoyed a trip to Ireland last summer.
"When I called, Audrey (Fisher) Gregory '43 she related that Gerald (Jerry) Gregory her husband and our classmate passed away in October 2005. Audrey lives in Homossa, FL and is now confined to a wheelchair. With her caregiver, she is getting long rides, picks up mail and goes out to lunch.
"My call to George Kellogg was answered by his wife Sheila, who said George was at his Romeo outing "Retired Old Men Eating Out." George e-mailed later: " ... All my life I've had a workshop, and a particularly large one when I retired to Florida. I have built furniture for my children, along with toys and the occasional school project with my grandchildren ... In 2005 I fell and broke my leg ... I am now using a cane. I have a very small workshop now, and make only squirrel-proof bird feeders. I'm also going to write up the instructions for such feeders for posterity." George and Sheila have been married for almost 28 years and these years have been the happiest of his life.
"Bill 'Art' Petri, spouse Ann and family members went on a safari in Tanzania in June. They stayed at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre before going on an unforgettable eight-day safari. The Gates Foundation funds a modern clinic at the hospital. The Infectious Disease Department at the University of Virginia Medical School advises the clinic on medical procedures and Bill Jr. is chief of the department in Charlottesville."Bill is 86 (aren't we all) and in wonderful health. He remembers his Alfred days very fondly.
"Anthony 'Tony' Ninos lives in Cocoa, FL, working in Florida government and as an official and owner, Brevard Hotel & Yacht Club. He is retired and has limited eyesight which does not hold him back. Tony enjoys his i-pod.
"Laur Don Wheaton spent his professional life creating beauty out of glass; he made bottles. Oh sure, some were fairly ordinary, made for the pharmaceutical industry. But others were special, exotic, artful, one-of-a-kind creations for the cosmetic industry. So it's not too surprising that in retirement, Laur Don has settled in a place almost too beautiful to describe, well off the beaten track, around a curve on a one-wagon-width country lane looking across acres of wild grass meadows onto ranges of the Blue Grass Mountains in Roseland, VA."
"Louise (Kenyon) Slingerland, Zephyrhills, FL, wrote last fall to tell me of the passing of Bob. I talked with her on the phone recently when she told me she has undergone surgery with an extended recuperation at a local nursing home and is now in her own home with her son's help.
1943
"George Jones writes that Christmas time found him and his wife Claire in good health and good spirits. He added that these blessings, enhanced by many close friends, make them 'rich, indeed.' In late October, they made an Elderhostel trip to visit three national parks, Sequoia/ Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Death Valley. For 2007, this on-the-go couple hope to go to Europe to see relatives and friends in Belgium and friends in Germany. In George's words, 'at our age, we must not stand still.'
"Bob Sinclair, with his usual persistence and spirit, successfully had hip replacement surgery in April of last year. After six weeks of rehab, he reports, 'all is working great.' In late September, Bob traveled to Oakland, CA, to attend the fall meeting of the Conference of California Historical Societies. On Jan. 21, '07, Bob attended a 25th wedding anniversary party for Donald Busteed '50 and his wife. A lot of reminiscing probably ensued, as Bob was best man at the wedding.
"Thank you Bob Sinclair '43 for giving me the information about the Country Inn that I may go to for my '65 reunion. My son wants to see the college where his father and mother met each other so he will be my traveling companion. He says he heard about it all his growing up years.
"When I called, Audrey (Fisher) Gregory '43 she related that Gerald (Jerry) Gregory her husband and our classmate passed away in October 2005. Audrey lives in Homossa, FL and is now confined to a wheelchair. With her caregiver, she is getting long rides, picks up mail and goes out to lunch.
Merle and Margaret Ames '43 Parker of Port Charlotte, FL, are grateful there were no hurricanes in Florida this year. The area in which they live is still showing effects of Hurricane Charley which hit in 2004. Their retirement community has been completely repaired and refurbished, and they continue to enjoy the many activities, social life and good friends.
"Margaret Ames Parker and husband Merle Parker '40 celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Jan. 2 of this year.
"Ellis 'Chick' Berger and his wife Tudy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November '06. Their children noted the occasion with a dinner/dance given in their honor at their local country club.
"Isabel Riggs Geibel seems to have adapted very well to her new home in Del Norte, CO. Her grandnephew and his large family own a 38-acre ranch there, and they built a house for her near the main residence. Isabel immediately became involved in church activities, senior citizen get-togethers, and American Legion and VFW meetings. Isabel is very thankful that she is a healthy 86.
1944
"The phone is my best way to reach many of you. Evelyn (Mathew) Kahn '44, (residing in Auburn, NY) is living in a retirement complex.
1945
"Dear friends, Col. Larry March '45 and his wife Eddie are keeping well, as are their son and two daughters, who check in with their parents regularly. Holiday time was in full seasonal mode at the March's residence, Larry reports, and the view from their fifth-floor apartment was very impressive ... A recent (Feb. 7, '07) call to Larry and Eddie reaffirmed their state of well-being and general contentment. "My former roommate, Emma Jo Hill Potter, still leads a remarkably active life. She and long-time friend Grace Bruno have a successful accounting business in Avon By the Sea, NJ. Hearing from Emma Jo stimulates many happy memories with a very compatible friend. "As readers have probably noticed from the column's initial info, we are now living in Sedona, AZ, in an area called the Village of Oakcreek. Our son Dave and his wife and daughter live about a mile away, a very appealing coincidence. We kept finding it more difficult to tolerate the Phoenix summer heat, air pollution, increase and density of the population, and general megalopolis trends there. Moving day was Jan. 27, so there are still some unpacked boxes (!), but the day will come when all this stress and readjustment will pay off. Thanks for your good thoughts and encouragement."
1946
From Bettie Lou (Fontaine) Cameron: "Although my doctor told me I was not to travel alone by air, at Thanksgiving I was able to spend three weeks with my daughter's family and 11 days at my son's. At Christmas, my grandson surprised me by putting up the lighting display which my late husband had made but not been able to install his last few years. I do enjoy my house, especially since I just had a new roof and have found someone to weed!"
"Kit (Carson) Burdick and Bob '44 wrote from their new home in Lexington, KY ' ... Surprise, surprise! We had never considered leaving our home in Virginia, but our son and his wife, who moved to Lexington two years ago, convinced us by promising to make the whole deal virtually trouble-free for us. We are in the Blue Grass section of Kentucky, surrounded by estates for breeding race horses AND home to several distilleries. We are very fortunate -- and so very lucky to keep well and happy together.' "My activities have been curtailed of late since I had a pacemaker implanted just before Christmas. However, all is ticking away very nicely -- I imagine there are quite a few out there amongst you all, too. Make a note on your calendar: send a Christmas card with notes to me this year."
From Edna J. McBride Wyeth: " ... here I am in a two-bedroom cottage (an independent retirement community) on the Oregon Coast, nestled amidst tall firs and overlooking the Coos River. I have the opportunity to make new friends who for the most part are widely traveled, have had interesting careers and, best of all, enjoy laughter with their dinner. My only travel plans are for my usual visit to Siesta Key, FL, in March. If your travel plans include the Oregon Coast, please let me know!"
1948
The latest from Johnnie was an inquiry about our recent near miss by the Ground Hog Day tornados in Volusia County, FL, straight across DeLand just north of our home and south of our daughter's home. We were missed by a couple miles. Mimi Polan and I wrote a short note about it for the Alfred Sun.
1949
"I had a long talk with Susan (Pike) Normoyle. We had a lot of catching-up to do. Sue and Tom live in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Sue had a great career as a school-nurse teacher, an experience with children that she looks back on with great enthusiasm. She also spent a lot of hours baby-sitting for her grandkids. Her husband Tom has had a long battle with cancer. "I was recently appointed town health officer and am on an emergency response team involved in writing a disaster plan for this community. Just when I make the decision to sell my home and move back to Youngstown, NY, where I grew up and have a lot of family, life decides to take this interesting turn.
"Lots of news from Art Hazlett and Jane, who did a lot of traveling last summer: 'We did our Yankee circuit in June, traveling to Leesburg, VA, New Hampshire, Boston, Armonk, NY, New Jersey, and then to the Poconos for an Alfred get-together with a group from Lambda Chi.' Art writes, 'I had a good time … and saw the Elliotts and the Hellmers.' In August, they made a trip to Oregon, flying to Boise, ID and driving to Oregon. After that, it was back to Virginia Beach, VA for a grandson's graduation from the Police Academy and again in December for a family Christmas with daughter Sue.
Willa Wright 2313 County Highway 22 Richfield Springs, NY 13439 Phone: (315) 858-2815 E-mail: willawright@stny.rr.com Your Class Correspondent writes: "Greetings from a snow-covered world -- we are buried under 3 feet of snow. Thank heavens for e-mail or there wouldn't be any correspondence. "Please let's all stay in touch. My e-mail address is willawright @stny.rr.com. My phone number is 315.292.1129. You won't find it in any phone book since it's Broadband and not phone company."
Lois (Mutch) Beato passed away in July. After graduation from Alfred, Lois and I joined the nursing staff at the VA Hospital in Northport, Long Island. Lois had an exemplary career, becoming head nurse of the Admissions Unit soon after starting at the VA. When she retired after 40 years of service, she was part of nursing administration. Lois then moved to Shallotte, NC, where she became an avid golfer. She is survived by two sons, Michael and David, both of Long Island, and by four grandchildren.
From Rich Simington: "As a college professor and researcher specializing in anthropology and archeology, Russell Langworthy was an expert in collective farming in Europe. After years of research, he fell so in love with Italy he bought a farm in Tuscany, determined to implement some of his theories of collective farming. One day in the field the plow turned up something that Russell formerly had only seen in museums. It turned out that under his farm field was an Etruscan tomb. The experience gave a whole new meaning to 'field research.' Today, Russell and his wife, Carol, live in Providence, RI."
1950
"Marjorie (Mould) Komitor has sold her home in Annandale,VA, and is on permanent vacation at Spring Village, an assisted-living facility. She loves having lots of people around, especially at meals. She said 'It's just like being back in college.' Her new address is 7450 Spring Village Drive, Apt 511, Springfield, VA 22150-4944.
Dr. Herbert Leon MacDonell PO Box 1111 Corning, NY 14830 607.962.6581 Your Class Correspondent was included in the Sept. 13, 2006 edition of "Psychic Detectives," which focused on a 1982 case in Watkins Glen, NY. His involvement was to locate the origin of bloodspatter to show that the victim was beaten to death on the floor. Herb goes on to report: "In November 1983, I conducted an Advanced Bloodstain Institute during which I founded the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. We began with 22 members and now have almost 900 worldwide. In October 2006 I hosted the annual conference of this international group (in Corning, NY) with 150 delegates attending from 12 countries and 21 states."
"Don Rosser, a track and cross country runner at Alfred, went on to a career in journalism and education but never got off the treadmill. Since he turned 60, he's been a perennial state cycling champion in his age group. This year was no exception: he won first place in the U.S. Cycling Federation's State Individual Time Trial Championships in the 75-plus age group. His home is in Moorestown with wife Helen (Miller) Rosser '52."
Verlie Anne (McKenzie) Skillman is looking for any news from occupants of the Castle during the years 1946-48. "I lived there and would love to hear from them. I moved to Rochester, MN, to finish my nursing degree, married, and spent 21 years in Japan, raised five children, and now am in a retirement community in Maryland with (husband) John. We just celebrated our 56th anniversary." She can be reached at jvaskillman@comcast.net.
Frank Trost and his wife, Katherine, have finally received awards they each earned in World War II. With their three children looking on, the two Navy veterans participated in ceremonies in early December 2006. Frank was presented the World War II Victory medal; the American Campaign; the European-African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze stars; Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; Combat Action Ribbon; Honorable Service lapel pin, and discharge button. Katherine received the World War II Victory Medal; the American Campaign Medal, an Honorable Service lapel pin, and the discharge button.
"Jim Wood is making a snappy comeback after major surgery last summer. He is still a consultant for the Arts Council in Owego and takes care of membership, although he has given up being president of the Council and treasurer of the Elks. He has been in touch with Paul Riley, who has retired to Eclectic, AL, from Oviedo, FL, where Paul taught literature classes at a local college. Paul is struggling with macular degeneration and would love to hear from old friends. Contact Jim at 607.687.4981 for Paul's address, etc.
Howard "Bud" Helmer and his wife, Vidla, went to Asheville, NC, to attend a reunion of the engineering battalion he served with in World War II. They spent an evening with Jane and Arling Hazlett '49 of Arden, NC.
From Rich Simington: "Donald Doster and wife Karyl are close to celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They continue to live in Hornell, NY."
1951
From Rich Simington: "Richard Alliegro, early in his engineering career, was a lead researcher in the project that solved the problem for the military of how to make materials of sufficient size and strength to be used as body armor. Dick and his wife, Barbara, continue to live in Northborough, MA.
"Wally Higgins is very busy developing consumer products including burial urns at Santanoni Glass and Ceramics in the Alfred Ceramic Innovation Center. He says his wife, Norma (Miller) Higgins '51 spurs him on.
From Rich Simington: "If you think you're a good salesman, you'd better meet Leonard Schoenfeld. He was so good he had to retire from his retirement. Len's one of those guys who could sell anything and did. After Alfred he sold Fuller Brushes. Eventually he was recruited to the insurance industry, where he owned his own agency on Long Island. He couldn't retire gradually so he tried to retire by moving to Florida. He had no office and no staff. But all his friends knew he was an insurance expert. Soon he was selling again just to help his friends. Finally, his older brother, Norm '51, came to his rescue and convinced Len to retire from his retirement and join him in California. Today Len is really retired at last and continues to live with his wife, Julie, near Norm, in Del Mar, CA."
1952
"Al Baxter, on the other hand, says 'I do nothing from Monday through Friday and rest on Saturday and Sunday.' Al identifies himself as 'The only student ever to fall asleep during the calculus final exam.' He neglects to report on his grade, but does list a new e-mail address, squareal@zoomtown.com
"William McClurg admits to having some health problems, but brushes them off lightly and says he is planning trips to Victoria in Canada and the western Mediterranean for the summer. His address is wmbmc@verizon.net."
"Wally Higgins is very busy developing consumer products including burial urns at Santanoni Glass and Ceramics in the Alfred Ceramic Innovation Center. He says his wife, Norma (Miller) Higgins '51 spurs him on.
Joseph and Pauline '74 Piccirillo of Chester, VA, were honored by family and friends with a surprise party marking their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 21, 2006. Following the party, the couple took a cruise to Bermuda as a second celebration of their anniversary.
"Marjorie (Bard) McNamee has had cataracts removed from both eyes. With her implanted lenses she is reading without glasses. 'Simply amazing!' she says. Her e-mail is margiemack@mindspring.com.
"Val Cushing can't seem to understand that being retired means not working. Here is some of his schedule for the recent months: February 2007, juried an art show at the University of Dallas and presented awards; January 2007, exhibited work at the Dubuque Museum of Fine Arts in Iowa and the Manchester Craftman's Guild in Pittsburgh; November 2006, exhibited at the Loveed Gallery in New York; September 2006, gave a slide lecture at Clemson University. Val's e-mail address is Cushingve@frontiernet.net." Val was also featured in an article, "A Constructivist Approach," by Edward Lebow, in the February/March 2007 edition of "American Craft" magazine.
"Robert Fluhr, who earned a master's degree in ceramic art, has been teaching ceramic art to blind adult students for 16 years in Philadelphia. Now, he says, 'I am over 80 and have the usual aches and pains that go with age.' His memories of Alfred include living in an Army-surplus trailer with a leaky roof and a bathroom 'a block away.' He recalls waking up one morning to find icicles hanging around the bed. He also remembers favorite teachers who are so memorable he doesn't give them full names -- Harder, Rhoades, Nelson, Fosdick and Smith. He'd like to hear from alumni at 901 W. Evergreen St. Apt. 904, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
"Lyn (Byers) Hart also reports celebrating her 50th anniversary with her husband John '53. She says she spends her spare time teaching craft classes and gardening at their home south of Ocala, FL, and John challenges the golf course.
"Phyllis (Ballman) Herrick, AKA Chickie, says that all three Ballman 'girls' from Middletown, NY, have achieved their goals. Each with her original spouse has been married at least 50 years. Two of the sisters married AU grads. Chickie married George Herrick, also '52, and her sister, Sandra '57 married Gus Lydahl '56. The other sister didn't attend Alfred.
Class Correspondent Frank Bredell writes that after completing his dispatch for this magazine he was packing his suitcases for a tour of Mayan ruins in Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras with an add-on trip to Panama. He and his wife, Jean Carnahan, who didn't go to Alfred, but after making a few visits to the campus wishes that she had, will have visited 57 countries together in the last dozen years. Jean chalked up another 17 countries before they were married.
"Don Boulton, class president forever (no term limits), says, 'All is well in Chapel Hill and our committee is beginning the selection for the Alumni Awards for this year and is looking for new members from the classes of the '50s for Alumni Council.' For the sixth year, Don will spend three weeks in April at St. Andrews University in Scotland as a visiting scholar. Does anyone hear the rattle of golf clubs in the luggage? His e-mail is dboulton@mindspring.com.
"Ellison (Pat) Patterson has been appointed to the search committee to find a new rector for his church, St. George Episcopal, in the Villages in Florida. E-mail at empattsr@aol.com.
"Dave Woodin and his wife, Terry, spent two weeks in Japan in September with friends from that country who toured them to Tokyo, Fukuoka and the pottery towns of Imari, Arita and the museum at Karatsu. They also got to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Their spring plans call for a visit to Tuscany. Meanwhile Dave does some pottery and repairs equipment at the ceramics department of George Washington University. His e-mail address is dwoodin521@aol.com. Dave conducted his annual craft show in Reno, NV, on Nov. 5, 2006. He had 300 one-of-a-kind pieces for sale.
"Don Rosser, a track and cross country runner at Alfred, went on to a career in journalism and education but never got off the treadmill. Since he turned 60, he's been a perennial state cycling champion in his age group. This year was no exception: he won first place in the U.S. Cycling Federation's State Individual Time Trial Championships in the 75-plus age group. His home is in Moorestown with wife Helen (Miller) Rosser '52."
1953
Richard Riegert owns Quad Group, Inc., in Spokane, WA. He has been a pioneer in the invention of the microchip and has been involved with nanotechnology since the 1990s.
1954
Stuart Fries, CIC, vice president of Garber Atlas Fries & Associates Inc., Oceanside, NY, received the Professional Agent of the Year Award from Professional Insurance Agents of New York Inc. last summer.
Claude Marshall has been a full-time volunteer consultant at UNHCR, a United Nations refugee agency, for the past 14 years, helping tens of thousands of refugees around the world. The 74-year-old Marshall volunteered his services at UNHCR headquarters after retiring as European vice president for a major international advertising and public relations firm. Much of his work since then has focused on raising public awareness and private sector support for sport and education programs for refugee children. Claude is preparing to hand over duties soon.
James Sclafani, founder of Multi Image Group (MIG), Boca Raton, FL, writes: "For the first time in the history of the National Hockey League, video projected on the entire arena ice was performed for the opening ceremony for the Florida Panther Hockey Team. All the photographs, graphics and animation were produced by MIG and then projected by MIG technicians using high-resolution video projectors hung from the arena ceiling. The family-owned MIG corporation has a staff of 90.
1955
"Mary (Singleton) Tabor and husband Jon have been active in renovation of the Delta Sigma house and getting an induction furnace for the casting center …
From Rich Simington: "Some go to college for four years, but Penelope (Fraser) Weiss has been affiliated with academia and Alfred all her life. As the youngest granddaughter of Charles Fergus Binns and the daughter of Norah Binns Fraser, who established the Box of Books (now a part of the Alfred village library), Penny often visited Alfred throughout her early years. Penny's father, A. David Fraser, was a professor at Alfred before moving on to the University of Virginia. Penny returned to Alfred for her college education. She became a roommate and close friend of Marcia Mapel, the soon-to-be Mrs. Marlin Miller. Penny returned to Virginia after graduating and married UVA Theater Professor David Weiss. Eventually, thanks to an enduring friendship between Penny and Marcia, Marlin invited David to serve as the theater consultant for the Miller Performing Arts Center. David continues to serve in that capacity for the second phase of the Center, a new proscenium theater, now in the planning stages. Penny and David continue to live in Charlottesville but both of them remain intrigued with Alfred and enjoy visiting at least twice every year."
1956
Class Correspondent Douglas Wilson writes: "It is my sad duty to report that Anna Mae 'Annie' Sullivan, passed away Sept. 11, 2006. I'm sure that those of us that knew Annie will be saddened to learn of her passing. She was a sweet person and we all liked her and will miss her."
"Henry 'Budd' Kass now lives in Portland, OR. He retired two years ago after 43 years of teaching at the University level. Since retirement, he and his wife Rose have spent their time enjoying their three grandchildren, their beach house on the Oregon coast and occasional trips to Europe. Currently, Budd is pursuing his long-delayed hobby writing children's stories which he tries out on his severest critics, his grandkids. "Budd said that his experience at Alfred University was seminal in setting him on the path to his life's work. The University afforded him an opportunity to go to the Washington Semester Program at American University. Upon graduation, he was able to win a Washington Semester Fellowship to the American University School of Government. There he completed his master's and doctoral degrees in government. Without the opportunities Alfred gave him, Budd said he would never have found a career that gave him a lifetime of rewarding work."
"Harry Robert Morton was pastoring rural churches as early as his junior year at AU. As a young pastor in Washington (state), he helped lead a campaign to clean up a local dump. It was that successful campaign that led him to successfully run for state representative when he retired. And today he serves his constituents as a Washington state senator. Bob says, 'I've just enlarged my congregation.' Bob and his wife, Linda, continue to live in Kettle Falls, WA.
From Rich Simington: "Howard Mendes is a banker managing commercial real estate transactions, and a dedicated volunteer. He represented his neighborhood on numerous civic boards in New York City. He was a leader in his co-op. He's been on the board of countless organizations. And he was a strong advocate to successfully oppose the New York City West Side Stadium project. Howie continues to live and be active in Manhattan.
1957
From Rich Simington: "After a distinguished career as a ceramic engineer in one of the world's largest companies, and having been president of the regional and national ceramic engineering professional association, William Rhodes is a consultant to three small companies, sharing his expertise to help them grow. Not surprisingly, in one, the principals are Alfred alums. Bill and his wife, Jacquie Monahan Rhodes '59, continue to live in Lexington, MA."
Joan Lyons presented "Joan Lyons, Selected Work/Four Decades," and "A Reading Room: Books from Visual Studies Workshop Press," of which Joan was founding director, at the Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY, Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2007. The program highlighted one of the Rochester area's "living treasures." She was cited as one who has been influential on the local arts scene for a number of years and in that time has helped to shape the careers of many others.
"Tinker Forbes Wilcox '57 and Dave Wilcox celebrated their oldest grandson's 16th birthday by taking him on a perspective-expanding trip to China …
1958
"John LeBlanc continues to work in many countries with a glass melting technology based upon a patent he received. When it is no longer fun he will spend more time helping his wife in her garden …
"Ed Weiss has the romantic lead in a community theater production ...
"Tinker Forbes Wilcox '57 and Dave Wilcox celebrated their oldest grandson's 16th birthday by taking him on a perspective-expanding trip to China …
"Phil Baker had a pleasant reunion in Washington with Bill Dick just before Christmas. He is always 'at the ready' to be the best private tour guide to Washington …
"Elliott and Bonnie Lasky had an enjoyable visit to Alfred in October."
"In December, Leon Sobon received the only Gold Medal in the International Barbera Festival in Allesandro, Italy, for his 2004 Shenandoah Vineyards Barbera wine. He will try to save enough to bring some to the reunion …
"Ray and Ginger Urode ventured to South America where they rounded Cape Horn …
"Mary (Singleton) Tabor and husband Jon have been active in renovation of the Delta Sigma house and getting an induction furnace for the casting center …
"Ed and Carol (Davidson) DeChristopher are still living in beautiful and historic Fredericksburg, VA, where he is in the real estate field with his daughter.
"Marvin Bell's 19th book of poetry, 'Mars Being Red,' will be published in July …
"In 1968 Warren Mintz applied for a summer teaching job at Hofstra University. An opening in the fall extended to the next 38 years …
"Mae Tupa spends some months in Spain …
1959
From Rich Simington: "After a distinguished career as a ceramic engineer in one of the world's largest companies, and having been president of the regional and national ceramic engineering professional association, William Rhodes is a consultant to three small companies, sharing his expertise to help them grow. Not surprisingly, in one, the principals are Alfred alums. Bill and his wife, Jacquie Monahan Rhodes '59, continue to live in Lexington, MA."
Cy Berlowitz reports he's alive and well and retired in Oakland, CA ... He's been married for 27 years to Judith Berlowitz, a professor of Spanish Literature at Mills College in Oakland. They have a daughter, Ana Celia. He also has two stepdaughters, Victoria Mauleón, a producer for NPR, and the noted Latin Jazz musician, Rebeca Mauleón. Cy spends his time managing his investments, reading, taking long hikes, cooking, and enjoying fine wines. He and Judith have maintained their love of traveling with trips over the past several years to Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Germany, and, yes, Alfred University. The next trip, perhaps, will be to Russia and the Ukraine. He has communicated with Bob Greene '58, Jake Ryan '59 and Elissa Cerone '59. Cy's e-mail is cber11@sbcglobal.net.
Stephen M. Morris writes: "In my old age I am trying my hand at poetry, children's stories, golf, part-time work and many other things. The beginning of the following poem was written about 1980 and the rest I finished yesterday (Jan. 26, 2007). Happy reading! To read Stephen's poem, go to www.alfred.edu/pressreleases/viewrelease.cfm?ID=3908
Peter '60 and Barbara (Miller) Hoagland have moved to White House, TN, to be near family. Peter is retired from Vesuvius and continues to do consultation work. Barbara is retired from teaching. They have three children ... Laura and family in White House, Diane and family in Godsden, AL, and Bon in Bethesda, MD. Their address is: 116 Millstone Way, White House, TN 37188; e-mail: petehoagland@comcast.net.
1960
Peter '60 and Barbara (Miller) Hoagland have moved to White House, TN, to be near family. Peter is retired from Vesuvius and continues to do consultation work. Barbara is retired from teaching. They have three children ... Laura and family in White House, Diane and family in Godsden, AL, and Bon in Bethesda, MD. Their address is: 116 Millstone Way, White House, TN 37188; e-mail: petehoagland@comcast.net.
"Ed and Carol (Davidson) DeChristopher are still living in beautiful and historic Fredericksburg, VA, where he is in the real estate field with his daughter.
Carlton Blanchard writes that he began his 31st year coaching boys track and field, six years at Batavia (NY) and in his 25th year at Westhill in Syracuse, NY. Carl and head coach Matt Whipple have coached 10 undefeated teams and 10 with only one loss. Carl ran track and cross country at Alfred in the Finnerty, Sweet, DiCamillo, Kelley, Crossman era -- 1956-61.
George Obst was appointed chairman emeritus of Dental Services Group, a company he co-founded. George resides in Fountain Hills, AZ, and maintains a residence in Bellevue, WA.
1961
Gary Ostrower professor of history at Alfred University, presented a Webchat on Sept. 19, 2006, on the origins of the United Nations and its new challenges in the 21st century, for the U.S. Bureau of International Information Programs, Department of State. Gary has served as president of the Society for the Study of Internationalism, an organization that promotes and publicizes academic study in the field of international cooperation.
The Orange County chapter of the American Jewish Committee honored Ceradyne, Inc. CEO Joel Moskowitz, an AU trustee, with the National Human Relations Award for his contributions to his profession and the community. Joel has been involved with organizations such as the Orange County Interfaith Shelter, the Jewish Bureau of Education, the American Cancer Society and Alfred University. He says Alfred University "represents the single basic focus of my life and my philanthropic efforts." Ceradyne was featured in the February 2007 edition of BetterInvesting magazine as the month's "featured company." Ceradyne was also named the 2006 Growth Company of the Year at the BetterInvesting National Convention because of the increase in sales and average annual rates.
Four Alfred University alumni, Kathleen O'Donnell, Sharon McConnell '87, Elizabeth Emery '05 and Linda Swanson '05, showcased artwork in "Craft Art Western New York 2006," an exhibit that opened in September at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College.
Jean Davis writes that her husband, the Rev. S. Kenneth Davis, died at home on May 20, 2006, in Bradenton, FL, after 45 years of pastoral service with the Seventh Day Baptist churches in Florida, Rhode Island, Michigan and West Virginia. "Some of our happiest memories are of the five years at Alfred while he taught at Alfred-Almond, studied at the School of Theology, assisted Pastor Warren and raised a young family of four, then five, at the married housing 'barracks' on 'Diaper Hill.' Many thanks and love to all of you whose kind notes and calls have meant so much to me and the family."
The New York Times featured Charles Gold and wife Peri Wolfman's new weekend home in Bridgehampton, NY, in its Nov. 16, 2006 edition.
1962
"John Gutierrez, spends a few months each year working for FEMA, and does he have colorful stories.
From Rich Simington: "Sara Pritchett who was a colonel in the Marines, was a leader in the successful effort to create the Arlington Cemetery Women in Military Service Memorial honoring all women who served in the U.S. armed forces. For the 231st anniversary of the Marine Corps last fall Sally hosted a "Marine Corps Birthday Party" attended by dozens of former Marines living in her retirement community. Sally continues to live in Springfield, VA."
Linda (Venezia) Reed: "Walt has been retired for 10 years and we still continue our worldwide travels. Our most recent trip was to Eastern Europe, relatively void of tourists, which was a pleasure. "We were also in Japan for the World Federated Rose Convention, where over 37 countries were in attendance, and we could discuss our hobby of growing and exhibiting roses. We grow over 200 roses of several varieties, exhibit at the local, district and national shows. We have been successful in getting on the trophy table at all levels with our roses. We have become judges for the American Rose Society. Our travels will now include judging rose shows, visiting children and grandchildren in Nevada, Colorado, New Jersey and South Carolina. "We plan to attend the June Alfred reunion.We hope to see some familiar faces there."
"Robert Klein '62 graduate of AU and nationally known, very successful stand-up comedian performed here in Sarasota at our Van Wezel Performing Art Auditorium this past January -- a terrific show.
Robert Klein, Bronx-born actor and comedian, bought his vintage comedy to the South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ, in November 2006. A lot of his material today is about facing age and aging.
Linda (Venezia) Reed: "Walt has been retired for 10 years and we still continue our worldwide travels. Our most recent trip was to Eastern Europe, relatively void of tourists, which was a pleasure. "We were also in Japan for the World Federated Rose Convention, where over 37 countries were in attendance, and we could discuss our hobby of growing and exhibiting roses. We grow over 200 roses of several varieties, exhibit at the local, district and national shows. We have been successful in getting on the trophy table at all levels with our roses. We have become judges for the American Rose Society. Our travels will now include judging rose shows, visiting children and grandchildren in Nevada, Colorado, New Jersey and South Carolina. "We plan to attend the June Alfred reunion.We hope to see some familiar faces there."
1963
Michael Kosser wrote "How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A. 50 Years of Music Row," published by Hal Leonard in June 2006. It is the story of how thousands of musicians, millions of fans and billions of dollars turned a small southern city into a huge music mecca. Michael reports the book is doing well.
Eleanor "Ellie" (Perry) Taylor is the author of a new book to be published in June 2007 by Mancala Publishing -- "Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole Family." Working with her daughter, Pamela Taylor Gould, the book represents the culmination of a career focused on preventive medicine and wellness. Mother and daughter collaborated and researched for two years, teaming up with Clemson University nutrition professor, Dr. Katherine Cason, who served as consulting dietitian. Ellie has had a 25-year career as a health educator and director of a hospital-based Wellness Center.
Don Reitz had a show of his ceramic works -- "Trial by Fire" -- at the Universty of North Texas Art Gallery in October-November 2006.
Richard Palmer Widdicombe "My apologies for not writing a long and detailed column for this issue. As you can see above, I have retired after 40 years as the director of the Stevens Institute Library. However, I continue there part-time as the Frederick Winslow Taylor Curator. Taylor, by the way, is the 'Father of Scientific Management' and we are digitizing all of his papers. "People have asked why we moved north to Utica when we had a house in North Carolina. The short answer is that we wanted to be relatively close to our country house at Big Moose Lake and near New York City by Thruway or train. There is a longer answer found in the writings of a book called 'Nine Shift' that talks about dramatic changes in business and society and which places will benefit first. "There was a gala farewell party for me on Jan. 13 attended by about 500 people. A few Alfredians came to Hoboken for the event including, Joan (Schlosser) Potter, John Gutierrez, Eugene Bannigan and Dart Everett.
From Rich Simington: "Karla (Turkheimer) Moskowitz came to Alfred planing to be a physician. But her experience at Alfred's Washington Semester changed her plans. She went on to law school at Columbia and became an advocate for women's jurists in the New York City area. Her career has inspired other talented women jurists not only by her counsel but by her example as a long-serving, distinguished justice of the New York Supreme Court. Karla and her husband, Marvin, continue to live in Manhattan.
Linda Purdy is a member of the Wolf Creek Painters featuring artists from Castile, NY. They had their first gallery exhibit last fall at the Arts Council Wyoming (NY) County Gallery. Linda's paintings consist of children and landscapes in oils and some watercolors. She also displayed a stoneware hand-built teapot and vase.
"With tongue in cheek, Justin Schulman calls his ceramic engineering classmates who work in some other field 'fallen engineers.' He includes himself. He hasn't done ceramic engineering since he was in the U.S. Army stationed at an ammo dump in Oregon after college. When he was discharged, he took a job with Control Data, a fledgling company in the new field of information technology. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today, several companies later and equipped with an MBA in information technology from Pitt, Jud is a vice president for Bank of New York linking its electronic transactions to the global market. Jud and his wife, Rosalinda, continue to live in Glen Ridge, NJ."
1964
"Spoke with Donna Middleton who attended Alfred University for two years and then graduated from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. She had a career in teaching music and private lessons and is performing in the Boston, MA area. She has one son, Charles, who is 27, and two grandchildren, 12, and 5. Donna has been fundraising for an environmental protection organization outside Philadelphia for eight years.
John Turner writes: "I've been enjoying reading Class Notes over the years, particularly the extensive news from 1963 Class Correspondent Richard Widdicombe, who was my freshman-year roommate in Cannon Hall. "I read where many from our era are retired and/or enjoying second careers, but I'm still enjoying my role as president of Allied Mineral Products in Columbus, Ohio and helping grow the company after joining it 36 years ago. After 40 years in the refractory business, I still feel going to Alfred and entering the ceramics industry was the best piece of good fortune for which one could ask. "I plan to stay at it for a few more years, but I am finding more time to spend with Liz and my twins and our four grandchildren, whom we are fortunate in having live nearby, all in the same ZIP CODE. I'm still playing as much golf as I can and getting to Naples, FL often during the winter. My garage full of old cars awaits retirement, though, before they get the attention needed for restoration."
"Speaking of retirement, Eugene Bannigan took compulsory retirement from his law firm and then joined Nixon Peabody on Madison Avenue in New York City. I hope with my monthly visits to the NYC area that we can get together for lunch.
"As an internationally recognized authority on Montessori education practice and peace education, Louise (Berry) Bogart was selected to be the keynote speaker in March at England's 100th year Montessori celebratory conference. She and her husband, Burt '63, have created the Christina Trudeau Education & Research Foundation to honor the work of one of Louise's mentors. Louise and Burt live in Salem, OR."
Rich Giandana has been promoted to vice president of human resources at RenewData, a leader in electronic evidence services for law firms and corporations, headquartered in Austin, TX.
"Mary (Espenmiller) McGaughey has spearheaded projects to create award-winning home care services for the handicapped in Oregon. She has worked to restore appropriate vegetation to endangered water channels. She has worked to reclaim park areas and replant indigenous vegetation. And she's now a volunteer horticulturist at the Oregon Zoo. Mary was probably seen by the largest number of people when she happened to be in Bilbao, Spain for the European dedication of the Guggenheim Bilbao. Because she was one of the few Americans there, all the television coverage showed her. Today Mary continues to live in Gresham, OR.
"Michael Kaplan must have been a heck of a drummer at Alfred because alum Robert Klein still tells Michael stories. Recently, Michael's sister went to hear Robert perform in Ohio and sent a note to say she was Michael's sister. Robert insisted she come back stage so he could recount some of his favorite stories, including some about Michael. When he isn't representing clients as an attorney, Michael is still drumming in San Diego, CA.
"Lesley (Mace) Knoll and husband Tom Knoll are grandparents as of May 24, 2006. Their daughter, Andrea (and husband Anthony Dawson-Ellis) gave birth to Alexander Kas Dawson-Elllis. Lesley and Tom have a rock, mineral, and fossil shop along with selling jewelry which Lesley creates in a building next door to their Water's Edge Cottages. There are five cabins -- two are winterized -- located on Rt. 30, Long Lake, NY. They spend the winter months out west at Quartsite, AZ, an old gold-mining town, and at Tucson, AZ. They haul a 37-foot titanium trailer made in Canada.
1965
Stephen R. Baar retired in 2006 after 35 years as a professor of English, dean and academic vice president at Westminster College, Salt Lake City. He is "enjoying the absence of responsibility."
Ken Wissmann wrote and produced a stage show in November 2006 at the Victory Hall Theater, Scottsville, VA, called "Lovesick Blues: The Life and Music of Hank Williams, Sr."
Stephen Pearlman has joined Houlihan Lokey Real Estate Investment Banking. He has been an adjunct professor for the New York University master of science in real estate program since 1986.
Mary E. Sekercioglu '67 of Muskegan, MI, called to report the sad news that her husband, Ibrahim Sekercioglu died unexpectedly Jan. 10, 2007.
"Also heard from Ann (Burgess) Conklin '65 and husband Gary Conklin. They remodeled their home in 2006.
1966
In fall 2006, Donald T. Sagolla joined the Los Angeles office of Heidrick & Struggles as a partner with the financial services practice.
"Barbara Jean Mauer recently proved that sometimes what you hear advertised on TV is really true. She is newly married. In an e-mail she reported, 'It's quite a fairy tale as we met through e-Harmony. And, as the commercials tout, it really was electrifying from the get-go. Who knew?' Barbara Jean and her husband, Gary, live in Gridley, CA."
Dianne M. Hunter, professor of English at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, writes that she lectured on Anton Chekhov's play "The Sea Gull" at the Avon (CT) Public Library in December 2006, and gave a paper entitled "Twentieth-Century Ophelias on Film: Faithfull, Bonham-Carter, Winslet" at the New York University Common Grounds Arts Festival in February 2007. Also, she presented a paper on "Poetics of the Actual" at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland, in August 2006. Last spring, she gave a paper on "Shakespeare in Love" at the Shakespeare Association of America convention in Philadelphia.
"Joyce (Insley) Fogg '66 is recovering from a serious fall. In January 2006 Joyce completed her year as an intern at the Acupuncture Clinic and on March 3, 2006 she graduated; the day after 'I fell while going down an outside set of stairs, an event that was to totally change my life as I knew it!' After emergency surgery, and intense rehabilitation, Joyce was in a wheelchair for five months. She has had extensive therapy and had to retire from her school nurse/teacher job. She is 'trying to heal and reclaim my life.' We wish her a speedy recovery in 2007!"
HH (Skip) Lyman, proprietor of Half Moon Studio, Spokane, WA, had an exhibition of his work at The Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, during February 2007.
1967
"Lesley (Mace) Knoll and husband Tom Knoll are grandparents as of May 24, 2006. Their daughter, Andrea (and husband Anthony Dawson-Ellis) gave birth to Alexander Kas Dawson-Elllis. Lesley and Tom have a rock, mineral, and fossil shop along with selling jewelry which Lesley creates in a building next door to their Water's Edge Cottages. There are five cabins -- two are winterized -- located on Rt. 30, Long Lake, NY. They spend the winter months out west at Quartsite, AZ, an old gold-mining town, and at Tucson, AZ. They haul a 37-foot titanium trailer made in Canada.
Mary E. Sekercioglu '67 of Muskegan, MI, called to report the sad news that her husband, Ibrahim Sekercioglu died unexpectedly Jan. 10, 2007.
An article -- "Tom Swift's Mysterious Motorcycle" -- by Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, appeared in Biker Ally, a bi-monthly magazine for the motorcyle enthusiast.
Rochelle M. Kuhn-Kimmel writes: "My oldest granddaughter was married on Dec. 28, 2006. I have 13 grandchilren."
AU Trustee Peter Cuneo has been named to the board of directors of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. which owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands. Peter was also featured in an Aug. 14, 2006 Time magazine article "Marvel Unmasked." He is vice chairman of the board of Marvel Entertainment.
"Deborah Shutt Hazel has retired from her career in Civil Service but that doesn't mean she's not busy. She started a food newsletter that grew into the publication of specialty cookbooks, which morphed into a company for the wholesale distribution of related items to gift shops. While this was occurring she was training and winning agility dog competitions with her two golden labs, Abby and Max. Now she thinks she has a little time so she's studying tax certification so she can assist in Dick's accounting firm. Debbie and Dick live in Richmond, VA."
1968
Barry Quinn is the president of the Rochester (NY) Engineering Society for 2006-07. He is regional utilities engineer at the NYS Department of Transportation.
Eileen Hickey-Hulme had works included in "Paintings and Sculpture" presented by Vito Sisti, Mobile Mechanic, Inc. at Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY, Sept. 9-17, 2006.
1969
The Rev. Tracie Martin, pastor of Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Westvale, NY, was installed for a three-year term as moderator of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse in a ceremony Jan. 27, 2007, at her home church. As moderator, she oversees administration of the Presbyterian faith in 44 congregations across Central New York, a community of about 6,500 members.
"If the Department of Defense was doing future planning it might seek out scientists who had expertise in microtechnology, or perhaps biological materials science, or armor materials. Or it might contact William Snowden. And that's what it's done since he finished his Ph.D. at Berkeley after graduating from Alfred. He's worked on research projects at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, the Department of Defense, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, some of them more than once. And for several years, to maximize the benefits of his research, he consults for a variety of agencies. Bill and his wife, Dianne, continue to live in Fairfax Station, VA."
Sharon Estee is a pioneering, nationally recognized researcher studying problems of how to best deliver services to people with multiple problems. She and her husband, Mark, live in Olympia, WA.
Richard Wukich, professor of ceramics at Slippery Rock University, Pittsburgh, PA, volunteered to instruct two Iraqi potters in Kalsu in how to make ceramic filters using his free time between semesters. He recently traveled to Iraq and spent two weeks training his new charges. The plan is to teach the apprentices how to make the filters so they can start selling them at affordable prices to the general public. Richard became involved through Potters for Peace. The project results in two things: putting Iraqis to work, and providing clean water.
Janet Riker, director of the University Art Museum, University at Albany (NY), will be the guest curator of the 28th Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, a juried, invitational, outdoor exhibit, from June 22-Oct. 14, 2007. Chesterwood is a national and Massachusetts Historic Landmark.
"Anthony Munroe's always been special. When he went into the Army he served in the Special Forces. After he was discharged he worked in Saudi Arabia for many years. So it's not too surprising that when he bought property in Stow, MA he decided to renovate the Cape Cod house on the property. He preferred Victorian houses. So he built one that swallowed up the Cape Cod. Tony and his wife, Lucy, continue to live in the house.
"Patricia Belcastro can tell a riveting story of raw courage and determination. After a bike accident, she needed a total shoulder replacement. Her surgeon says she has recoverd better than any patient he's ever had. But that's because she and her coach John did physical therapy exercises at home in excruciating pain three times a day for two years. Now they get exercise chasing their new West Highland Terrie puppy Hobbes (From "Calvin and Hobbes). John and Pat continue to live in Avon Lake, Ohio.
1970
The Alaska Municipal League (AML) names Barbara (Englert) Gruenstein 2006 Municipal Employee of the Year. The mayor of Anchorage whom she serves as municipal clerk nominated her. Barbara also serves as co-director of AML's Newly Elected Officials Training Program.
From Rich Simington: "Christopher Rodger earned a master's degree at Duke. And he's created a distinguished public school teaching career while also coaching for 20 years, expanding on his Alfred Hall of Fame football prowess. But he's certainly never been accused of being a teacher with an 'ivory tower' mentality who's aloof from his students. In fact it's difficult to him to walk with him through his school without virtually every student wanting to greet him. Maybe they can sense he's adept at 'real world' skill too. After all, he earned a living as a carpenter before grad school. And after that he owned and operated a successful sub shop. Chris continues to teach high school but has 'retired' from coaching football. Chris and his wife, Deborah Walker '72, continue to live in McLean, VA." 5/22/2007 11:04:38 AM BrendaH
From Rich Simington: "So you think you have a high pressure job? How would you like to be the director of critical care at a large hospital supervising the work of 120 staff? Wendy Bakken Harrigan is a cool operator both because she's good at what she does and because she and her husband, Mick '70, can relax by going to games of the minor league baseball team where her son is in sales and marketing. Wendy and Mick continue to live in Fayetteville, GA. 04/06/2007 11:56:01 AM MaryS
From Rich Simington: "After Alfred Christoph Rodger earned a master's degree at Duke. And he's created a distinguished public school teaching career while also coaching for 20 years, expanding on his Alfred Hall of Fame football prowess. But he's certainly never been accused of being a teacher with an 'ivory tower' mentality who's aloof from his students. In fact it's difficult to walk with him through his school without virtually every student wanting to greet him. Maybe they can sense he's adept at 'real world' skill too. After all, he earned a living as a carpenter before grad school. And after that he owned and operated a successful sub shop. Chris continues to teach high school but has 'retired' from coaching football. Chris and his wife, Deborah Walker, '72, continue to live in McLean, VA."
Dr. Elizabeth "Betsey" Hall, executive director of Homeless Solutions, Inc. (HSI), Morristown, NJ, was honored last fall by the Community Foundation of New Jersey with its Exemplary Performance in Non-Profit Management Award. During her tenure, which began in 1998, HSI has grown from an emergency shelter to one of the premier nonprofit affordable housing developers in New Jersey.
At Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology's (RIT) Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, engineers from RIT and a local firm are developing new and improved designs to extend the life of the EA-6B Prowler, an "electronic warfare" plane used by the U.S. Navy. Dr. Michael Haselkorn is project team leader.
Lars B. Johanson writes that he has been selected as chief of the Statistical Compendia Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he has worked since 1975. He and his wife reside in Woodstock, MD and are always looking forward to their next opportunity to travel abroad.
1971
From Rich Simington: "Maybe Alfred is more widely known than we think. Recently, Paul Kaye was wearing an Alfred shirt while vacationing in Thailand. A young woman stopped him to say, 'My mother went to Alfred.' Paul and his wife, Yoka, continue to live in Huntington Woods, MI." 5/22/2007 11:08:45 AM BrendaH
1972
Truett Sweeting '72, '79 is currently the operations manager of Vesuvius Hi-Tech Ceramics, Alfred Station, NY, a company that can trace its root to the NYS College of Ceramics. The company currently employs 120 people living in the Alfred area. Vesuvius, a company founded in 1916 to manufacture clay graphite crucibles, acquired Hi-Tech Ceramics in 1995. Four generations of present and former employees' family members came together to celebrate Hi-Tech's 25 years last September. 5/22/2007 11:13:39 AM BrendaH
Work by Lois Anne was featured in the final show of the season at the Ocean House Gallery at Rose Cottage, Port Clyde, Maine, last fall. 5/22/2007 11:16:13 AM BrendaH
From Rich Simington: "As we all proceed farther into the Internet age there are more and more reports of people choosing to work from home. Well Larry Sell's way ahead of the wave. He's been running his company buying and selling collectibles including stamps and antiques from home for years. For one thing, it allows convenience for dealing with customers in all time zones around the world. Larry continues to live in Hornell, NY." 5/22/2007 11:23:17 AM BrendaH
"Jeff Riklin is one of those guys who can do anything he tries. He's been a sports coach, an athletics trainer, and a physician's assistant. Today and for many years he's been a building contractor. And a good one. But his real calling should have been a social director. He needs card files to keep records of all the networks in which he's involved. For example, for almost four decades he's spent New Year's Eve with a group of Alfred friends. He's played monthly poker for 25 years with a different group of friends. He also has a hiking group, a golf group, and several others. In each, he's the instigator, organizer, chief cook and bottle washer. Jeff and his wife, Liz, continue to live in Newton Upper Falls, MA."
"Herb Rickloff" is yet another example of the continuing saga of how ceramic engineers can do anything. By his education at Alfred he's a glass scientist. But early in his career he became the Ford Motor Co's EPA expert. Which led to an increasing involvement with oversight of manufacturing plants. Today, for Pfizer,he oversees 25 research buildings (19 of which he supervised the construction) totaling 25 million square feet. He's about to retire to do what he really likes, study to be an artist (photography, paint, sculpture). And he and his wife operate three commercial resort homes. Oh, and he is on the board of a local incubator. Herb and his wife, Marla, live in Ann Arbor, MI." 5/22/2007 11:37:27 AM BrendaH
"Jay Haberland was on campus recently for a reunion. No he didn't come to Alfred to visit classmates. Although, he conducted university business with his fellow members of the Alfred Board of Trustees, that wasn't the the reunion part of the visit either. The 'reunion" happened at Alfred's Bromley-Daggett Equestrian Center when Jay got to visit with 'Karen', a horse he donated to his alma mater who now lives at the center. Jay and his wife, Evelyn, continue to live in Simsbury, CT." 5/22/2007 11:55:36 AM BrendaH
"Under Enid Borden's leadership as CEO, Meals on Wheels Association of America has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Homeland Security Department to develop a curriculum to be used nationally for the training of caretakers responsible for seniors and disabled homebound people in the event of a disaster. Enid continues to live and work in Alexandria, VA." 5/22/2007 11:58:52 AM BrendaH
1973
Author Peter Jenkins was the focus of a feature article -- "Southerner by Choice" -- in the September 1, 2006 edition of Southern Living Magazine. 5/22/2007 1:29:57 PM BrendaH
Oil and acrylic paintings by Nick Berger were included in a fall 2006 exhibition at the Beacon Fine Arts Gallery, Red Bank, NJ. 5/22/2007 2:01:59 PM BrendaH
Amelia "Mena" Hansinger, a health professional, was featured in the Sept. 12, 2006 edition of The Citizen, Auburn, NY. Mena is the assistant fitness director at the Auburn YMCA. 5/22/2007 2:06:31 PM BrendaH
Mitch Queler of Yorktown Heights, NY was honored for his volunteer efforts with the Member of the Year Award from the Darien (CT) Chamber of Commerce for upgrading the professional look of the Chamber's monthly bulletin and establishing a semi-annual newsletter. Mitch is vice president of operations at Colangelo Synergy Marketing. 5/22/2007 2:38:07 PM BrendaH
Stephen E. Wagner of Bel Air, MD, was appointed vice president and personal lines marketing director for Selective Insurance Co. of America. He joined the firm in May 2006. 5/22/2007 2:49:07 PM BrendaH
Pottery by artist Lynn Uhlmann was featured in a summer 2006 exhibition, "Dynamic Perspectives," presented by the Chambersburg, PA Council for the Arts. 5/23/2007 11:25:54 AM BrendaH
1974
Pamela A. Cabanas writes that she has recently opened Timberwind Gallery, Waldoboro Road, Friendship, Maine. 5/23/2007 11:29:09 AM BrendaH
Ceramics, prints and oil paintings by Gretchen Wachs of Santa Fe, NM, were on display in "Then and Now" last summer at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD. 5/24/2007 11:21:29 AM BrendaH
Memphis, TN artist Nancy White had an exhibit - - "Picket Fence Borders" - - in late summer at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. She is an associate professor at the University of Memphis. 5/24/2007 11:25:41 AM BrendaH
Dr. Jonathan Greenfield of Newton, CT has set aside his psychiatry practice to make jewelry. He has a studio and storefront in Westport, CT, and has had his works accepted for the American Crafts Show at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, for spring and fall 2007. His pieces, made of precious metals and stones, were also sold in fall 2006. 5/24/2007 11:29:22 AM BrendaH
From Rich Simington: "Many students aspire to a career in the publishing industry, but few achieve the distinguished success Susan Pioloi has. After all, it's very hard, competitive work. Today, Susan's a publishing director for one of the largest textbook publishers in the world. She and her husband, Martin, continue to live in Boston, MA." 5/24/2007 1:11:04 PM BrendaH
"Given the fact that Gail (Lohrey) Markey grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY, home of one of the most famous race tracks in the United States, it's not too surprising that she's had a lifetime fascination with horses. Today she has three. And her two daughters also ride. One of them is a veterinarian, specializing in the care of horses. When she's not riding, Gail is the vice president and Richmond, VA manager for a large title insurance company. She and her husband, John '73, continue to live in Rockville, VA. 5/24/2007 1:16:44 PM BrendaH
"Betty Bookheim grew up on an island wanting to be a marine biologist. And she has achieved that goal, working today as a marine ecologist for the State of Washington. Since Alfred, she has lived most of her life on or near the water, including the five years she and her husband David lived on their sailboat traversing the Pacific Ocean, eventually living on the boat of American Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Today Betty and David live in Olympia, WA." 5/24/2007 1:21:04 PM BrendaH
Joseph and Pauline '74 Piccirillo of Chester, VA, were honored by family and friends with a surprise party marking their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 21, 2006. Following the party, the couple took a cruise to Bermuda as a second celebration of their anniversary.
1975
Liz Perry writes: "I've opened my own pint-sized gallery on Cape Cod next to my print-making studio." Read about it at lizperry.com. 5/24/2007 1:35:09 PM BrendaH
Dr. Wayne Rosenfield earned his amateur radio license in March 2006. He was invited to operate WIAW, the flagship station of the American Radio Relay League at the national headquarters in Newington, CT, during the annual Ham Radio Field Day in June 2006. 5/24/2007 1:39:43 PM BrendaH
Harris E. Kershnar has been selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America," based on his expertise in the field of labor and employment law. He has also been selected as one of the "Southern California Super Lawyers 2007." 5/30/2007 8:48:56 AM BrendaH
A mixed media exhibit - - "Alison Weld: The Figurative Impulse in Abstraction" - - was on display at the Rider University (NJ) Art Gallery last fall. 5/30/2007 8:52:06 AM BrendaH
"Spirited Fushion: Akamatsu and Fenci," an autumn show at the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX, featured the ceramic, vessel-based work of Piero Fenci and the sculpture of his wife Elizabeth. Also last fall, Piero presented Etruscan pottery and Shaker hatboxes as one of 15 artists included in "Between Form and Function" at Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. 5/30/2007 9:18:30 AM BrendaH
Registered and board-certified Art Therapist Margaret Swartz, who works with young patients, was featured in a Dec. 20, 2006 article in the Carroll County (MD) Times. For the last five years, Margaret has worked almost exclusively with victims of sexual abuse and other crimes. 5/30/2007 9:22:59 AM BrendaH Article: The drawings reflected something of an inner sadness in Margaret Swartz's 11-year-old patient. The girl had been in foster care for several years, her young life very chaotic. When they first met, Swartz asked the girl to draw a picture of her family. The drawing was messy, loose, all in one color. It was a family of stick figures. There was no detail, very plain. Recently, one family adopted the young girl, along with her sister. Her artwork began to change. The lines were spread out evenly across the page. There was detail in clothing, more colors. It was, on the whole, brighter. "She was always using what was inside herself," Swartz said. "Now I see that I don't need to be there with her. She's on her way. "Swartz is a registered and board certified art therapist, finishing her doctorate in clinical psychology while working at Adams Hanover Counseling Services in Hanover, Pa. She got her Master's in art therapy almost 30 years ago, at a time when the professional field was still in its relative infancy. The school she graduated from, Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, now part of Drexel University, had just one of four full-accredited art therapy programs in the country at the time she received her degree. Swartz uses art in some way in most of her therapy sessions, especially with children. It's just part of an overall treatment, but a part that Swartz finds extremely beneficial. "Artwork lets them open up, especially children who can't really verbalize their feelings," said Swartz, 54. "They will often start with me and just be willing to draw. For some individuals, talking about themselves is the same as talking about their drawings. "Art therapy, like drama or music therapies, is relatively new, routinely practiced in a professional capacity just in the few past decades. Swartz considers art therapy a form of counseling, using art materials to convey underlying feelings of stress or depression. Patients don't look at art; they create it. And Swartz is often able to tell much from a simple painting. "Usually what happens is that I get drawings from them, collect information," she said. "I then usually ask for a drawing of their family and I start processing the information. Then we can start talking. "Generally, Swartz looks at how people use color, lines and space in their artwork. It's by no means an absolute science, Swartz said, but is able to glean bits of detail from each painting or drawing. For one, colors used are generally showcasing emotions. People who are depressed tend to use less color in their paintings, she said. As far as space, Swartz looks to see how people draw within the paper. If they take up less room, don't cover the page and draw small figures, that's usually a sign of depression as well. "Where children are developmentally can be reflected with their artwork," Swartz said. "As they grow, their artwork progresses. You see developmental stages, language development. You can see where stages are stunted. "Though she primarily uses art therapy with her younger patients, Swartz also uses the technique with adults. The adults are sometimes a bit hesitant to convey their feelings in artwork, she said, but it often helps in the same way it can help children. For five years, Swartz worked almost exclusively with victims of sexual abuse and other crimes. She said many of the adults, often victims of crimes like rape, embraced art therapy in place of established practices like journalizing. "For victims of trauma, it gets the person to tell their story often or thoroughly enough to let it go," Swartz said. "Art definitely had a role in the beginnings of their recovery. "Swartz grew up outside of Washington, DC., and originally went to school with the intention of being a professional potter. While in her last year at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Swartz decided to get a teaching certificate and took a class as a student teacher focusing on special education students. She taught the students art and the proverbial lightbulb went off for her. "I put the two together; it just all suddenly made sense," said Swartz, whose adviser is McDaniel College psychology lecturer Paul Meazeroff. "People who are depressed, they are often shut down. Art therapy provides a way for them to share experiences. Art becomes one of the sole ways they can communicate what they are feeling. "Over the years, Swartz has continued to study psychiatry, expanding her skills but still including including art therapy in many of her sessions. Art therapy may not be beneficial in all cases, she cautioned, just like Tylenol is not useful for every headache. But she's noticed that the simple act of a child drawing their family can make a huge difference when it comes to getting to the root of their emotional problems. "They are at a loss for words, "Swartz said. "The colors, the scribbles, become their words." The field of art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process helps people to resolve conflicts and problems. Art therapy is designed to help people develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress and increase self-esteem and self-awareness. Though an established mental health profession in its own right, art therapy integrates the fields of human development and visual art, as well as assorted models of counseling and psychotherapy. Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups and families. The concepts of art therapy are used to assess and treat, among other things, anxiety, depression, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and trauma. Art therapy programs are found in hospitals, clinics, public and community agencies, wellness centers and businesses. Art therapists are master's-level professionals who hold a degree in art therapy or a related field. Though its core concepts have been used throughout history, art therapy did not emerge as a distinct profession until the 1940s. A combination of factors led to the rise of art therapy. In the early 20th century, psychiatrists became interested in artwork created by their patients. At around the same time, educators saw that children's artwork reflected developmental growth stages. An art therapist may work as part of a team that includes physicians, psychologists, nurses or mental health counselors. Art therapy salaries vary geographically and depend on type of practice. Entry level income is about 32,000, with a median income of 45,000. Top earning potential for salaried administrators ranges between 50,000 and 100,000. The American Art Therapy Association promotes and regulates the educational and ethical standards for art therapists. The Art Therapy Credentials Board, a separate organization, grants registration after reviewing documentation of graduate and post-graduate education. Art therapy is generally classified as one of the creative arts or expressive arts therapies. Others in the same category include music therapy, dance/movement therapy and psychodrama. The closest master's level art therapy training program to the Baltimore - DC metro area is at George Washington University in Washington DC. Countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Israel also have art therapy associations. Sources: American Art Therapy Association, National Coalition of Creative Art Therapies Association, Maryland Art Therapy Association.
Susan Rogers, executive vice president of WXXI Public Broadcasting, Rochester, NY, was one of 21 finalists for the annual Athena Award honoring a local professional woman who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women. Rogers will speak at Reunion as part of the Women of Influence Series sponsored by AU's Women's Leadership Center. 5/30/2007 9:27:05 AM BrendaH
Susan Beckhorn sends news about her new book: "In addition to starred reviews from Kliatt and Booklist, 'Wind Rider' (a teen novel about how the first horse might have been tamed and ridden which takes place in Asia 6,000 years ago) was selected by Booksense (the association of independent booksellers0 for its winter Kid's Pick List. It also made the ALA's (American Library Association) Amelia Bloomer List for literature which promotes equality for women and is slated to be published in Germany. I'm thinking about a sequel and am planning a trip to Kazakhstan next summer to research more about the origins of horseback riding." See the Harper Collins Web site for more information. The book is available at the AU Bookstore. 5/30/2007 9:36:01 AM BrendaH
From Rich Simington "Leah (Hirsch) Rubenstein of Stamford, CT, is a gifted operating room nurse. But since Alfred she has loved making pottery, In recent years, she has twice attended Professors John and Andrea Gill's month-long summer pottery seminar on campus. And today Leah is in transition from being a nurse to a full-time potter. The architectural plans are drawn to build her pottery studio and instruction and exhibition space, in the woods at the back of her property where she continues to live with her husband, Dan '74. 5/30/2007 9:44:17 AM BrendaH
"When Michael O'Grady came to Alfred he had career aspirations to be a detective on the Buffalo (NY) Police Force. Well he wound up being a public servant, but not in Buffalo. After a distinguished career working on the staff of the Congressional agencies as well as staffing some of the most powerful congressional committees including the Senate Finance Committee, he was recruited to serve in the Department of Health and Human Services as the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. Today Mike is a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center and a consultant to organizations around the United States. Mike and his wife, Sharon, continue to live in Chevy Chase, MD. 5/30/2007 9:50:28 AM BrendaH
"When Robert Meredith was in high school he developed an interest in ceramics. So it made sense that he graduated from the School of Art & Design at Alfred. Wanting more study in sculpture, he earned his graduate degree from Yale. And to round out his educational experience, since leaving grad school he has been on the art faculty at the Dalton School in New York City, serving 13 years as chairman of the Art Department. Rob and his wife, Sara Holland '76, continue to live in Brooklyn. 5/30/2007 9:54:49 AM BrendaH
Robert Pachner grew up in an insurance family. Hw would have been the fourth generation to work in the family firm. But at Alfred he learned new ideas. And although he has gone on to spend virtually his whole career in the insurance field, he is noted for his information technology expertise. Today Bob shares those talents with many firms as an IT (information technology) consultant. He and his wife, Robin, continue to live in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.5/30/2007 10:21:06 AM BrendaH
1976
Col. Cathy L. Johnson (Ret) of North Pole, AK, was selected as Alaska Nurse of the Year 2006 by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 5/30/2007 10:34:57 AM BrendaH
Frank Ozereko has a show - - "Those People" - - a watercolor series - - March 22 - April 23, 2007, at Open Square Gallery, Holyoke, MA 5/30/2007 10:39:23 AM BrendaH
Fitness educator Tim "T-Bone" Arem was profiled in the Jan. 5, 2007 edition of the Citizen-Times, Ashville, NC. 5/30/2007 11:00:29 AM BrendaH
Andrew Benjamin wrote: "I am in Singapore running the second of four legs of the greatest race on earth, marathons in Nairobi (Oct. 29, 2006), Singapore this week, then Mumbai and Hong Kong. Will not be back until April." 5/30/2007 11:06:23 AM BrendaH
From Rich Simington: "After Robert Eberhart left Alfred he began a career in federal government with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the New York City area. But after 10 years or so dealing with immigration and deportation issues at Kennedy and Newark airports and in the city, he joined the family firm and continues today managing hundreds of residential rental units and dozens of commercial spaces. Bob and his wife, Barbara, continue to live in West Nyack, NY. 5/30/2007 11:13:21 AM BrendaH
"David Conrad, a bank president, collects, restores, and sells antique cars. But while he owns them he drives them to work. He now owns nine, including a 1919 Studebaker that won the national title "Studebaker of the Year" in 1999. Dave and his wife, Rita, continue to live in Pomfret Center, CT." 5/30/2007 11:21:46 AM BrendaH
Patty Ryon might have something to say about the notion that you never get over your first love. Patty remarried on Feb. 22, 2003. The groom is Steve Spiers, who was Patty's high school sweetheart. Patty has three sons: Rob Quiri, 23, a criminal analyst in Tallahassee, FL; Brad Quiri, 21, a junior at the University of South Florida; and C.J. Quiri, a 6-foot-8-inch high school junior whose basketball skills are drawing the attention of some colleges. 04/13/2007 1:23:01 PM MaryS
The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) presented its highest honor to Barbara J. Gregory, editor-in-chief of Numismatist, the American Numismatic Association's monthly magazine. The coveted "Clemy" annually recognizes an individual who embodies the attributes of Clement Bailey, an NLG founder who was known for his literary talent and sense of humor. The sixth woman out of 39 to receive the award, Barbara joined the Numismatist staff in 1981 and was appointed editor - - the first woman to hold the title in the magazines' 119-year history. 5/30/2007 10:28:48 AM BrendaH
1977
Daniel Starr was named superintendent of the Corinth (NY) Central School District in July 2006.
From Rich Simington: "Being chosen as the first artist-in-residence as the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, FL, is only one of the most recent honors Laurel Egnew has received. She's also been best of show in a Toledo (Ohio) Museum of Art Exhibition, finalist n the Artist Magazine National Landscape Competition, and an Atlanta Portrait Society award winner. She's been spotlighted in the Portrait Society of America newsletter and exhibited by invitation of the Ohio Arts Council at the Ohio Governor's Mansion. She's a portraiture workshop instructor at the Toledo Museum of Art and been commissioned throughout the country for works today displayed in both public and private collections. Laurel's home and studio are in Toledo. 5/30/2007 11:41:04 AM BrendaH
Steven Weinberg, an American studio glass pioneer, is conducting his first solo exhibition in Shanghai, "Journey-the Dream Boat," in China's first and only glass art museum - Liuli China - throughout the end of June. The exhibition includes selected works from five collections throughout Weinberg's 30-year career. His "Boat," "Icon," "Cube," "Mandala," and the newest "Life Studies" series are on display and available for purchase. Weinberg has built successful practices in the use of cast glass and has personally invented and designed techniques which are widely used today in studios and universities worldwide. 5/30/2007 11:29:08 AM BrendaH
1978
The husband and parents of Suzanne Lester Walker - - Davis C. Walker and Larry and Marilyn (Childs) Lester '57, '86 - - have established a scholarship in her memory titled "Excellence in Creative Expression," saluting Suzi's many talents and accomplishments. Suzi died May 30, 2005, following an 11-year struggle with cancer. Friends have asked how they remember Suzi. This scholarship is one way to do so, said her family. An award of $1,000 will go annually to an outstanding graduate at Friendship (NY) Central School, where Suzi was president and co-valedictorian of the Class of 1974. The recipient must enroll in a university, college or a school of higher education, and must demonstrate certain talents of the scholarship's namesake. Selection will be by Friendship Central administrators. The scholarship fund has been set up at the Alfred/Allegany Educational Employees Federal Credit Union, Pioneer Center, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY After earning a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering, Suzi worked several years installing kilns and building factories throughout the East. Married to Davis in 1983, they were co-owners of the Woods Quality Cabinetry. 5/30/2007 11:52:07 AM BrendaH
Works by ceramist Jim Chalkley, Suffolk, VA, are included in a two-artist exhibit running through May 20, 2007, in the Babcock Fine Arts Center Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA. Jim focuses on contemporary art and interior design. 5/30/2007 11:55:34 AM BrendaH
Some 45 works by Akio Takamori, associate professor of ceramics at the University of Seattle, WA, were on exhibit at the Racine (WI) Art Museum in "Between the Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori-----A Mid Career Survey," through March 18, 2007. 5/30/2007 12:00:04 PM BrendaH
D. Michael Ahl is one of the best glass problem solvers, traveling to plants around the world. But when he's home,he's a biker. He's ridden his Harley to kike week at both Sturgis, SD, and Dayton, FL. Mike continues to live in Bowling Green, Ohio.5/30/2007 1:05:54 PM BrendaH
"David Kaplan is the chief professional officer for the American Counseling Association, living a great deal of the time on the road at conferences and events representing the interests of his members. Dave and his wife, Vickie '94, continue to live in Alexandria, VA."5/30/2007 1:09:18 PM BrendaH
1979
Robert D. Shorb associate dean, director of Student Aid and Family Finance, and tuition exchange liaison officer, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, writes about an interesting AU and professional connection between him and David L. Gruen, director, Student Financial Aid, University of Wyoming. "David was the director of financial aid at Alfred University from 1976-89. I was his first AU graduate student intern under the College Student Development Specialist program in 1978-79. After leaving AU, Dave went on to three different director jobs, and I did too. Years after we both left Alfred, we served on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA) Board of Directors together, each serving terms of five years in our roles as regional presidents and reps-at-large. This year we are both NASFAA Commission Directors. Now the association has the mentor (Dave) and the mentee (Bob) running against each other for a national election! The election is slated for mid-March to early April." 5/30/2007 1:21:03 PM BrendaH
Arnold Zimmerman of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Christopher Kurtz '98 of Accord, NY, received the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award for 2005. They each received a $20,000 grant. Arnold is a ceramist/sculptor, Christopher is a sculptor. The biennial awards recognize emerging American artists and craftspeople delving in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and craft media. Recipients are those who show artistic promise but who have not yet received widespread critical or commercial recognition. 5/30/2007 1:30:20 PM BrendaH
From Rich Simington: "As an Alfred student, Linda Kline was selected to serve on the staff of New York Mayor Edward Koch. She went on to Georgetown Law and then clerked for a federal judge. After several years as a litigator, 20 years ago she became the principal of New England Legal Search, matching attorneys and firms all over the Northeast. Linda and her husband, Ken, continue to live in Brookline, MA."5/30/2007 1:46:53 PM BrendaH
1980
"Linda (Lenz) Rapp has been promoted to senior engineer at IBM Corp., East Fishkill, NY. She also continues to be an active chamber musician in the Poughkeepsie/Kingston/Woodstock area."
From Rich Simington: "When Richard Godsil was at Alfred, he was a member of the staff of WALF. Of course that wasn't his primary interest or he wouldn't have graduated. But it's interesting how experiences stay with you. Today he's a volunteer at a new radio station in his community and may win an opportunity as a disk jockey again. That doesn't mean he's planning to leave his job with Guardian Life where he's the manager of underwriting for one-third of the United States. Rich and his wife, Nancy, continue to live in Spokane, WA."
Frank Morbillo had a number of his mixed-media sculptures on display at Deloney Newkirk Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM. Morbillo's work was reviewed in the November 2006 issue of "THE Magazine," Santa Fe's monthly magazine of and for the arts.
1981
Five Star Bank, Bath, NY, has appointed Jeffrey A. James vice president of commercial lending in the bank's southeast region -- portions of Steuben,Yates, Ontario, and Allegany counties. He is a board member of the Steuben Churchpeople Against Poverty, Bath Rotary and Bath Elks clubs.
Dr. Avi Kempinski is an assistant professor of modern languages at Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS.
1982
Portrait paintings by Joseph Stephen Perrone were included in an autumn exhibit at the Delavan Art Gallery, Syracuse, NY.
Jeff Lindenthal has been hired as public education and recycling manager by Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Monterey, CA. He and his wife Melissa started Green Field Paper Co., San Diego, producing and distributing recycled and "tree-free" paper products.
Lori Lee Coleman erected a special installation last summer called "1,000 Cranes for Peace" in Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, NY. A multitude of stylized cranes were fashioned from heavy-duty, reflective mylar and suspended from light fixtures high above the park's plaza on transparent, 25-lb., deep-sea fishing line in a web-like pattern reminiscent of a meditative mandala.
Kevin F. Day married Maria Lourdes Legaspi on May 20, 2006. Kevin is assistant director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for the Church in Latin America, Washington, DC.
1983
Fred E. Nicholson of Port Washington, NY, writes that his wife, Martha K. Nicholson, is pursuing her doctorate in nursing at Case Institute, Cleveland, Ohio. "She continues at North Shore University Hospital (Manhassett, NY)" where she's been for over 23 years. "Her direct line is 516.562.2924."
David B. Levy was recently re-elected to a third, two-year term as regional director for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and serves as a member of the board of directors. Additionally, David is a member of a host of committees within ASQ. David established a quality consulting business -- Levy Quality Consulting, LLC -- in 2000 and is currently serving a variety of clients including Siemens Transportation Systems, Argo International Corp. and Allied Sinterings. David still lives in Cortlandt Manor, NY, with his wife of 16 years, Sharon Stern, and their two children, Danielle, 12, and Alex, 10.
From Rich Simington: "When Bruce Clark graduated from Alfred, his first job was to locate a site and oversee a start-up operation in a new location for a company. Some 22-year-olds might have been intimidated. Not Bruce. A couple of years later, another company hired him to do the same with an operation many times the size of the first. No problem. Then Bruce decided he could grow his own company. So he did. And today Belmont Corp./Village Cabinets is twice as big as it was when he bought it. Bruce and his wife, Marianne, continue to live in Avon, CT."
Katherine (Kate) A. Williams, a glass artist, was featured in a July 2006 article in the Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal. She is married to Ben, a neurologist, and has three children, Hayley, 14; Chase, 11; and Avery, 10.
Eddie Dominguez's earthenware sculptures were included in "Ceramics Retrospective: 20 Year Commemorative Exhibition" at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh. He was one of nine artists featured for contributions to the Guild during the past 20 years.
Nancy Shearer '83 was promoted to dean of Enrollment Services at Alfred State College.
Paul Viau was hired in September 2006 as an associate university registrar at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando. He has been a member of the UCF community for the past nine years, previously working as the assistant director of First Year Advising and Exploration.
Edward LaScala, an experienced structured securities professional, has joined Cantor Fitzgerald's Debt Capital Markets new Structured Products Group.
1984
John P. Walsh has been appointed president, chief executive officer and a director of Timminco Limited. Timminco, an international company, is a world leader in the production and marketing of alloy magnesium, silicon metal and specialty ferrosilicon, calcium and strontium alloys.
AU faculty member Joseph Scheer, professor of print media and co-director and founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts in the School of Art & Design at AU, had works in various exhibits this past fall and early winter. They included: "Joseph Scheer's Moths: Flight, Light and Desire," at the University of Arizona Museum of Art; "Night Flyers," at the Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburgh, WA; and "Moths: Beauty and Diversity -- at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville.
Light sculptor Christopher Freeman was featured in an article in the September issue of the Brick Township Bulletin. He recently completed a commissioned work - "Flow Fabric/Woven Light" for the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County (NJ) Library and is working on another commissioned piece for the Rutgers Campus Center for the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Richard Dolan of Rochester, NY, was featured this past fall on late-night coast-to-coast AM radio and recently on the History Channel, talking about his area of expertise, UFOs.
1985
Virginia Scotchie, a professor of fine art at the University of South Carolina since 1991, has been working on "Floating Spheres of Continuity," a large-scale sculpture to be installed on the grounds of the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. It is her biggest and most complex piece to date. She curated an exhibition at the Baltimore Clayworks in September 2006. Her work was included in shows at the Dubuque (Iowa) Museum of Art, November; the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, December; and in a solo exhibition at University of Tulsa, January 2007.
1986
Work by Walter McConnell, AU associate professor of ceramic art, was included in a three-artist exhibition at the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, last summer.
Lori Hochberg, founder and director of Village Artist School of Fine Arts, Huntington, NY, was featured as Merchant of the Week in the Sept. 13, 2006 edition of the Yankee Trader.
Susan (Brooks) Talbot of Auburn, NY, writes that "Zinnia - From The All-American Selections Garden at Dickman Farms," an oil painting, was featured in a full-page layout in volume 13 of "Direct Art," an annual "bookazine" that includes work by national and international artists. The painting was selected as a result of a national call to entry for the exhibit "Art Biologic" in May 2006, conducted at the Limner Gallery, Phoenicia, NY. The exhibit featured the works of 16 artists from across the country, three from New York State. Direct Art is distributed to galleries in the greater New York City-area as well as Borders Books and Barnes & Noble. Susan is a fine arts instructor for the Seneca Cayuga ARC and maintains a studio in her home, which she shares with her family. In late spring 2007, she will open a new studio, The Walden Room, at 46 South St., Auburn, and will provide art instruction to ages 7-17.
1987
In summer 2006, Jim Bush-Resko wrote: "On Aug. 10, our adoption of Hayden Lian Isobella Bush-Resko will be complete. We travelled to Guangzhou, China, last August to get Hayden. She has adjusted very well to life here in the United States. Lauria, Hayden, and I will be travelling to China again in the late fall to adopt her sister Sofia. You can follow the progress of our adoption at our Web site: www.bush-resko.redthreadkids.org/
Sypris Solutions, Inc. appointed Robert Callahan as director of Global Supply Chain. He will be located at company headquarters in Louisville, KY. Sypris Solutions is a diversified provider of technology-based outsourced services and specialty products.
Four Alfred University alumni, Kathleen O'Donnell, Sharon McConnell '87, Elizabeth Emery '05 and Linda Swanson '05, showcased artwork in "Craft Art Western New York 2006," an exhibit that opened in September at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College.
Holly Shulman, president of Ceralink Inc., Troy, NY, says a $250,000 deal with the U.S. Department of Energy is the six-person company's biggest in its six-year history. The company's project, also its first federal contract, involves using its radio-frequency wave technology to laminate glass to make bulletproof glass, windshields for planes and vehicles, and other laminated glass products. Ceralink will develop the process and equipment and license the technology to companies in the glass industry as well as to equipment manufacturers.
Matthew R. Versaggi sends news: "We've (Matt and wife Ana) been blessed with ALL Boys and Identical Twins! Nathan and Kaleb, who are now two years old follow their older brother of four years, Lukas. Life is Good, and the boys are great!" Matt is an entrepreneur of 15 years running his own company, Versaggi Information Systems, Inc., in Illinois, and is also an adjunct professor of eBusiness at DePaul University, having taught there eight years. Matt is also training for athletic competition (USA Track and Field Master Division) in the Pentathlon event and will hopefully compete in March 2008. "I got the bug to compete again over a year and a half ago and have been training hard ever since. It looks like I'll be able to perform at a competitive level again! That's all of the latest news from Casa D' Versaggi!"
John Reed Minty, 47, died at his home in New Era, MI, on Feb. 8, 2007. He was the owner and artist-in-residence at The Pottery Shop in Stony Lake. A suggested memorial is Alfred University's Baccalaureate Scholarship Program.
1988
Perry Streeter writes that he and wife Jeanne welcomed Matthew Brian Streeter on Jan. 4, 2007. He joins brothers Thomas and Will at home in Canisteo, NY.
Bonnie Onofre M.S., R.N., C.R.N.P. has joined Guthrie Health System as vice president and chief nursing officer of Guthrie and Robert Packer Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.
From Rich Simington: "At first there seems to be little connection between computers and wine. Until you talk to Mark Harris. He coupled his experience as the CEO of a winery with his computer experience to create a company electronically linking wineries, suppliers and customers. But that's his avocation. In the daytime he's the Web Services manager for a nationally prominent project connecting educational institutions to media learning services operated across the United States by WGTE Public Broadcasting, Toledo, Ohio. Mark continues to live in Sylvania, Ohio."
Michael M. Buchman has joined Pomerantz, Haudek Block Grossman & Gross LLP, New York. Mr. Buchman is a graduate of Alfred University (BA 1988), The John Marshall Law School (JD 1992) and Fordham University School of Law (LL.M., 1993 - International Antitrust and Trade Law), and worked as an attorney at Trans World Airlines, Inc. on international aviation competition law issues during his LL.M. coursework. He was an Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office before joining Milberg Weiss in 1997. He has acted in a leadership capacity in several successful class actions involving prices for brand-name prescription drugs, including In re Buspirone Antitrust Litig., MDL 1413 (S.D.N.Y.), In re Relafen Antitrust Litig., 01-12222-WGY (D. Mass.) and In re Augmentin Antitrust Litig., 02 Civ 445 (E.D. Va. Norfolk Div.) He also worked closely with co-lead counsel in the prosecution of In re NASDAQ Market-Makers Antitrust Litig.MDL 1023 (SDNY), which was a record setting $1.027 billion settlement in 1998. Mr. Buchman is the author or co-author of articles in international and domestic legal publications concerning procedure or competition law issues. Mr. Buchman has lectured on antitrust law issues and will be speaking next month at the 4th National In-House Counsel Conference on Managing Complex Litigation in New York. The Pomerantz Firm, which has offices in New York, Chicago and Washington DC is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 50 years later, the Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. For more information on the Firm, visit our web site at http://www.pomlaw.com Contact: Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross LLP Stanley M. Grossman (212) 661-1100
Dr. Gert Patello '88, '94 has been named Technical Group manager of the Radiochemical Science and Engineering Group and Radiochemical Processing Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. She is directly responsible for professional development and performance of approximately 81 technical and administrative staff. The facility she manages supports projects worth in excess of $50 million.
notes from Tom Ahart - thanks! Kara Mackey Dopman ('88) Hey, Kara I hope all is well with you. It's been a while since I sent an update for the Alumni magazine, and since I have some wonderful news, I thought I would send you an update. I am still living in the Philadelphia area. In 2003 I married Susan Hetzel and we now rside in Ambler, PA. We just welcomed our first child into the world - Cecelia Joy Ahart was born on May 8, 2007. I also have a new position with Keller Graduate School of Management. I am the Center Dean for their location in Fort Washington, PA, where I work with graduate students in business and technology programs. I would love to make it back to Alfred in the near future. Thanks for doing such a great job with the class notes. Take care, Tom Ahart
1989
James Densmore was hired by Arketi Group, an integrated marketing consultancy based in Atlanta, GA, as art director.
Erik Williams married Cathy Richy on Sept. 9, 2006, in New Rochelle, NY. The couple resides in White Plains, NY. Erik is employed by Wallace Foundation.
David Poulin of Jamestown, NY, worked for three weeks last fall as an artist-in-residence at the Chestnut Elementary School, Kane, PA, helping students to create a large, clay (approximately 150 pounds) sculpture for permanent display at the school. He has done similar projects at more than 60 schools in Pennsylvania and New York.
William Schultze and Jennifer Breeze '02 celebrated their marriage on Oct. 7, 2006, at Kanakadea Park, Hornell, NY. Their daughters, Gillian and Susannah, were a delightful part of the ceremony. About 20 AU alumni, from class years spanning the decades, attended the wedding and "Oktoberfest-style" reception afterward, including Chris Daigler '88, saxophone player from the legendary Bill Schultze Band, and his family.
Paul Fabozzi had two solo exhibitions running concurrently -- an exhibit of paintings and works on paper at Gallery Siano 309, Arch Street, Philadelphia, Nov. 3-25, 2006, and an installation of sculpture, artist books and large drawings at the Carbon 14 Gallery, 126 North 3rd St., Philadelphia from Nov. 3 through December 2006. Paul's work was also featured in a recent exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art as well as in the new book "100 New York Painters" by Cynthia Maris Dantzic.
1990
Eric Bridges was elected executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Ridgeway, PA, last fall. He and his wife, Maureen, have three children: Shannon, 11; Megan, 9; and Brendon, 1.
The Booz Allen Hamilton Board of Directors elected James Neely as Cleveland (Ohio) area vice president. James specializes in strategic transformation for clients involved in post-merger integrations, divestitures, spin-outs, and restructuring.
Professional saddlemaker Gordon Andrus demonstrated his craft last August in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's saddle shop in the Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, WY, as part of the gallery-in-residence program.
1990 Class Correspondent Andrew Weller 13 East Highland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118 Email
1991
1991 Class Correspondent Karen Schrader Greabell 266 Pulaski Road Kings Park, NY 11754
Mark Vaughn, a Corning Inc. scientist, received the "Corporate Promotion of Education Award" from the career Communications Group at the February 2007 annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference in Baltimore. Mark was cited for promoting minority educational advancement in science, engineering and technology. He serves Corning as manager of diversity recruiting and technical talent pipelining in the company's Science and Technology Human Resources Group.
Maureen (Bell) Hyde writes that she and husband Mark welcomed their third child, Keira Eve, on Dec. 13, 2006. She joins big sister and brother Lilith and James.
Krystin (Torp) Jorgenson writes that she and Matthew had a boy, Leif Matthew, on April 12, 2006. Leif joins big sister Freya Rose, 3. The family lives in North Carolina. Krystin is controller at Triangle Community Foundation, Durham.
Kim Buck has taken up running marathons over the past few years as a way to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training. She is currently training for a special run on June 3, 2007. She intends to compete in the San Diego Rock-n-Roll Marathon in honor of fellow AU alumna and Intercollegiate Horse Show Teammate Alicia (Fereday) Shiland, who was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma in December 2006. To learn more about Buck's challenge go to: www.active.com/donate/tntcny/buck. You can also reach Buck at 2834 Apulia Road, LaFayette, NY 13084; or 315.481.8253; or at kimbuck@hotmail.com.
Bridgette J. Cassety is vice president of Veracity Benefit Designs, independent employee and executive benefits expert, with locations in Jamestown and Olean, NY.
Roberta Grant FNP was appointed to the Specified Professional Personnel Staff in the Department of Occupational Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. She works in Occupation Health Services.
Jonathan Woolson has been named assistant director for Web site communications at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Since 2004 he has served local and national clients through his company, "thinkplaydesign." He and his wife, Laura Mitchell-Woolson, live in Fredonia with their two children, Allegra and Francesca.
Alfred University librarian/archivist Laurie McFadden will travel to Africa in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange (GSE) program, May 7-June 7, 2007. She is sponsored by the Hornell (NY) Rotary Club.
The Booz Allen Hamilton Board of Directors elected James Neely as Cleveland (Ohio) area vice president. James specializes in strategic transformation for clients involved in post-merger integrations, divestitures, spin-outs, and restructuring.
1992
From Rich Simington: "Most of us can remember a teacher who influenced our lives. Francesco Milana had two -- one in his native Sicily, and one in the United States. So it's not too surprising that after several years into a successful electrical engineering career, when he had an opportunity, Frank decided to become a public school teacher. Frank and his wife, Janel, continue to live in Oneida, NY."
Kristen (Johansen) Lindenmayer writes that she and Joe Lindenmayer welcomed a daughter, Riley Grace, Sept. 16, 2006.
Mitra Samadani and Philip Argiros were married in four ceremonies and two receptions in Iran on June 28 and July 5 and in the United States on Aug. 4 and 5, 2006. Mitra writes: "We knew within four months that we wanted to marry each other. Due to my mother's illness, my parents had moved their residence back to Iran so we didn't know whether they could travel to the United States for our wedding. We decided to take the wedding to them and were able to get a visa for Phil. This was an absolute dream come true and we were additionally able to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary and Phil's birthday with my family in Iran." The couple resides on Long Island with plans to move to California.
Dr. Thomas R. Rock, director of Admissions at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, appeared last fall in the 10th season of "The Amazing Race"on CBS. Tom and his partner, Terry Cosentino, made up one of 12 teams who embarked on a four continent, 13-country adventure that took them more than 40,000 miles in less than 30 days (to read more go to: www.alfred.edu/pressreleases/viewrelease.cfm?ID=3399). Tom is also an adjunct professor in the higher education program on campus. His research interests are in access and equity in the college admission process. Tom was recently elected president of the National Association of Graduate and Admission Professionals. He is also a three-time New York City Marathon finisher and can be seen weekends training in Central Park.
Works by Jeaneen Barnhart are now presented in the Park West Gallery of Michigan art collection. Park West is America's largest art dealer as well as the largest art dealer conducting auctions at sea.
Texas artist Lisa Orr presented a collection of her pottery at Hendrix College, Conway, AR, on Jan. 24, 2007. She also was a guest juror for the second annual Juried Student Art Show on campus.
Catherine Moody has been named director of professional and workforce education at the University of Pittsburgh (PA) at Bradford.
Peter Anderson was promoted to director of coating development and process at Viracon's Owatonna, MN facility.
1993
1993 Class Correspondent Tracy Lazarony 956K Richwood Drive Bel Air, MD 21014 Email
Nick Basta, an actor based in New York City, appeared on "Law & Order -Special Victims Unit" on Feb. 27, 2007, on NBC. This was his sixth appearance on a Law & Order program in three years. Basta would like to hear from classmates and friends. You can reach him at Nickybski@nyc.rr.com
LaVerne Cody Gittens presented sculpture in "Summer Light III" at the Westbeth Gallery, New York City, last summer.
Anthony W. DiGaudio was appointed vice president of marketing for Park Electrochemical Corp. in addition to his position as vice president of sales.
Fred Johnston, the "Johnston" of Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Seagrove, NC, was the Chairman's Choice potter for the 2006 Pottery Plus Auction, the annual FirstHealth Hospice Foundation fundraiser in Southern Pines, NC.
"Natural World," showcasing nature-inspired works of four Alfred University alumni artists from Seagrove, NC -- Bulldog Pottery's Bruce Gholson '97 and Samantha Henneke '95, along with Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery's Fred Johnston '93, and Carol Gentithes '93 opened Jan. 25, 2007, and runs through May 13, at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Talley Student Center, on the North Carolina State Campus. Together they are displaying over 140 ceramic pieces. Show information can be found at: www.bulldogpottery.com. Bruce and Samantha also exhibited their ceramics in the Nature Art Gallery at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, during October and November 2006.
1994
"Natural World," showcasing nature-inspired works of four AlFred University alumni artists from Seagrove, NC -- Bulldog Pottery's Bruce Gholson '97 and Samantha Henneke '95, along with Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery's Fred Johnston '93, and Carol Gentithes '93 opened Jan. 25, 2007, and runs through May 13, at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Talley Student Center, on the North Carolina State Campus. Together they are displaying over 140 ceramic pieces. Show information can be found at: www.bulldogpottery.com. Bruce and Samantha also exhibited their ceramics in the Nature Art Gallery at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, during October and November 2006.
Fred Johnston, the "Johnston" of Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery, Seagrove, NC, was the Chairman's Choice potter for the 2006 Pottery Plus Auction, the annual FirstHealth Hospice Foundation fundraiser in Southern Pines, NC.
"Virginia Livermore-Johnnson's little girl, Emily, will be 2 on Feb. 15. She will also be making the trip to Williamsville to attend the Second Annual AKO Luncheon!
1994 Class Correspondent Ellen De Biasa Kolonoski 18 Crestview Lane Hamburg, NJ 07419 Email
1995
1995 Class Correspondent Randi Jermansen 37 Daisy Court Whitehouse Station, NY 08889 Ph: 908.534.8890 Email
Sandra Smithson Murchison, associate professor of art at Millsaps College, Jackson, MS, curated and designed a traveling printmaking exhibit which is also a portfolio exchange. "Red Herring 2007," which opened in New York City on Jan. 19 at The Center for Book Arts, features the work of 20 artists, including Murchison and Laura Berman. The show was also featured at The Lewis Gallery at Millsaps College; the Southern Graphics Council Conference at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) - "Points, Plots and Ploys" -- March 21-25; and the Southwest School of Art & Craft. Laura is an assistant professor and head of printmaking at KCAI and the conference director. Sandra is also one of the coordinators for this conference. Sandra was also to have a solo exhibition of recent work at the Rockhurst University Greenlease Art Gallery.
Montana Artists Refuge artist-in-residence Zachary Keeting, painter, photographer and filmaker, displayed his work during a benefit for the Refuge's scholarship fund in November.
Kurt Gohde, associate professor at Transylvania University, spent a yearlong sabbatical last academic year visiting roadside attractions created by people some would call visionary and others would call crazy. He returned to campus last fall and created works for "Murmuration of the Filth," a solo exhibit.
Michelle (LoGerfo) Cryan writes that she wrote and illustrated a book that was published in January 2007 by Gallaudet University Press. It is a sign language lift-the-flap book for toddlers.
"Natural World," showcasing nature-inspired works of four Alfred University alumni artists from Seagrove, NC -- Bulldog Pottery's Bruce Gholson '97 and Samantha Henneke '95, along with Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery's Fred Johnston '93, and Carol Gentithes '93 opened Jan. 25, 2007, and runs through May 13, at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Talley Student Center, on the North Carolina State Campus. Together they are displaying over 140 ceramic pieces. Show information can be found at: www.bulldogpottery.com. Bruce and Samantha also exhibited their ceramics in the Nature Art Gallery at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, during October and November 2006.
1996
Jay Eich and his wife, Lindsey, welcomed a baby girl, Sophie, on Feb. 28, 2006. Jay is a director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Lindsey is a banker with Bank of America.
Christina Mottolese-Haubeil of Wantagh, NY, writes that she and her husband, Steven Hayubeil, welcomed their first child, John Paul, on Aug. 10, 2006. She also reports that she is head of the Marketing Research Department at The Greenberg Group. "We assist clients such as Lacoste, Puma, French Connection, Mikasa, Oneida, Kriess Furniture, just to name a few companies, open up stores throughout the United States and Canada."
Seth Balliett, Long Beach, CA, writes: "After many years of hard work, piles of torn paper, and the occasional paper cut, all in the pursuit of my artistic passion, I'm proud to announce the launch of PAPERTOCANVAS.com, a site dedicated to the unique textural portraits I've created. Please take a look and if you have any questions, or just want to say hello, feel free to drop me a line."
Peter Bergmann became president of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY, on Sept. 5, 2006. A certified health care executive, he will relocate with his wife and three children.
Alison Safford, a sculptor, was one of two artists presenting "Purpose Considered" at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, in February 2007.
William Bergman, sculpture technician at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, displayed a collection of his kinetic sculpture work last fall at McDaniel College's (Westminster, MD) Rice Gallery in "Ten Years of Balance: The Sculpture of William R. Bergman.'
Laura Vincent of Pittsburgh, PA, was one of four featured artists demonstrating skills at the Ellwood City Arts Festival, New Castle, PA, last July. She was joined by her husband and fellow ceramist Michael Vincent.
Glass artist Jean-Pierre Canlis was featured in a July 10, 2006 article in the Madison Park Times, Seattle, WA.
Sandra Lance, a potter, has opened a retail outlet and working studio -- Sandra Lance Pottery -- in the Field Farm complex of stores, junction of Rtes. 7 and 125, East Middlebury, VT, featuring the work of other potters as well as her own. Visit Sandra's Web site at: www.sandralance.com
1997
Kari Jermansen married Joseph Martin on Sept. 23, 2006, in Monmouth Beach, NJ. The ceremony was held at The Channel Club, on a dock alongside the Shrewsbury River. Many AU alums celebrated together at the reception, including Elaine (Torkildsen) Jermansen '64 (mother of the bride), Randi Jermansen '95 (maid of honor), Jennifer Corrado (bridesmaid), Dan Neuberger, Denise (Miller) Farnsworth '98 (bridesmaid), and Ben Farnsworth '00. Kari and Joe honeymooned for two beautiful weeks in Kauai, Hawaii. The couple is settling into their home in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township, NJ. After graduating from AU, Kari received a master of science degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. For six years, Kari worked as the outreach director for Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit environmental organization in Sandy Hook, NJ. In January 2007, Kari was promoted to policy communications director. Joe graduated from Kean College with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and is an associate and environmental project manager with Birdsall Engineering, Inc., Eatontown, NJ.
"Domenick Freda and his wife Cristina welcomed their first child, Alessandra Maria Freda, on Aug. 26, 2006. Alessandra weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. "Domenick is working in the financial services industry in Boston. He and Cristina just bought a house in the central Massachusetts suburbs, outside Worcester. According to Domenick, 'I finally found my way back to writing for a living, although these days it's the "less creative" world of requirements documents and project management.' Domenick says he and Cristina are busy changing diapers and singing with their beautiful little girl."
Gretchen Lee (Richards) Carletta writes: "We moved from the city of Rochester, NY, to a three-acre country parcel in Hamlin, NY, this past summer. I recently launched a new Web site to market my photography: http://www.pqrphoto.com. I had the pleasure of reuniting with many Alfred faces when I photographed an alumni wedding in November!" She also updates her family information: Paige Cyan Carletta, born March 17, 2003; Quinn Cerulean Carletta, born Oct. 28, 2004; Carletta baby #3 due April 9, 2007.
Sculptor Zoe Strecker presented "Veil Ops," Feb. 9-March 3, 2007, at the University of Kentucky Tuska Center for Contemporary Art.
Christian Weigandt is the new cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field coach at State University of New York at Oswego.
Bradley Walters had a one-artist show at Anderson Ranch's Patton-Malott Galleries, Snowmass Village, CO, last fall. Bradley is a staff member and working artist at Anderson.
Patricia Serraro was featured in an article -- "Handcrafted For Your Home Custom Ceramic Artist Makes One-Of-A-Kind Tiles and Much More" -- in the Day's Marketplace section, July 16, 2006.
Tanju Kilic of Ankara, Turkey, writes that he would like to hear from Michele Korwin-Edson '98, whom he remembers doing experiments for NASA, and Jennifer McLaughlin '98, who played volleyball. Tanju is married and has a daughter (see photo). He is finance manager at Central Finance and Contracts.
"Natural World," showcasing nature-inspired works of four Alfred University alumni artists from Seagrove, NC -- Bulldog Pottery's Bruce Gholson '97 and Samantha Henneke '95, along with Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery's Fred Johnston '93, and Carol Gentithes '93 opened Jan. 25, 2007, and runs through May 13, at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Talley Student Center, on the North Carolina State Campus. Together they are displaying over 140 ceramic pieces. Show information can be found at: www.bulldogpottery.com. Bruce and Samantha also exhibited their ceramics in the Nature Art Gallery at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, during October and November 2006.
1998
Gregory Allen is a student at Quinnipiac Law School in Hamden, CT.
"Friend and Omicron sister, Jennifer (Golus) Goehle and her husband Mike just welcomed their second baby girl! Her name is Jillian Willene Goehle and she was born on January 15, 2007. Check out their site for all the cute photos! http://mysite.verizon.net/mgoehle/
"Erik Lars Myers reports: 'It's been a while -- big news of the past year or so is that I got married on Oct. 8, 2005, to a lovely redhead named Sarah Hyde Ficke. I've included a picture from our wedding -- we had a pretty good set of Alfredians. 'We're currently in Chapel Hill, NC, while Sarah's working on her Ph.D. in literature at UNC. I've been working at the University myself, as a programmer and database manager for an arthritis research project in rural North Carolina. 'I've been spending a fair amount of free time as a staff member on an Internet media magazine, intrepidmedia.com (we're about to put out a book of short stories!) and keeping up a little Web site from my house that happens to house a fair amount of Alfred alumni -- peoplesregime.com. 'Finally, I'm working on perfecting my latest (5+ years old) hobby of making my own beer by writing a business plan -- the plan is that wherever Sarah and I land once her Ph.D. is finished, I'm starting a brewery -- and the more people I tell, the more likely I am to follow through on it, so keep your eyes open for it.'
"Lauren Borchard writes: 'Traveled to Japan with friends over the New Year holiday (Welcome to the Year of the Golden Pig!) The trip was about 10 days and we had a blast -- visited Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nara, Tokyo, and Iwakuni, and saw temples and shrines just about everywhere. Our six words of Japanese were enough to get by and we found the country fascinating and the people lovely. I'm on a search for kitsune noodles in Washington; no success yet but I've found lots of other great Japanese food and have finally made my own sticky rice.'
"Amber Williams Herron (we were next-door neighbors freshman year!) and her husband Tom have recently bought a beautiful old house and are restoring it! They also adopted two black kittens, Lucy and Isabelle, and have had house guests including Jessi Gottlieb, Kate Bond and her husband Mike Ward, and me and my husband Sean.
"And your correspondent has been trying to be less busy. We now have an English Bulldog. Her name is Izzy-Bell and she became a member of the family in September as an early anniversary gift. She has quickly adapted to life in our house, though the cats have not yet adopted her? Otherwise, life is pretty the same. We went to Antigua over New Year's and spend as many weekends as possible in our lake house in Dingmans Ferry, PA."
Christa (Latacz) Jones checks in with the following: "I am currently living in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. I was married on May 27, 2006, to Adrian Jones and we are expecting our first child in spring 2007. We recently bought our first house so I'm spending a lot of time unpacking and decorating right now. I am self-employed as a sign language interpreter, which is a big departure from the business degree I got from Alfred. I went back to school a few years ago and got my degree in sign language and have been interpreting ever since and I love every minute of it. I would love to hear from any Alfred alums, especially ones now living in Columbus."
"Singing CPA" Steven Zelin was featured in CFO magazine. Also featured in the article is the photography and cover design work of fellow Alfred alum Dan Neuberger '97. CFO, a media vehicle for senior financial and business executives, noticed Steven's work first on the Web, where his humorous takes on New York life piqued the interest of the editor. To read the article, go to: www.cfo.com/article.cfm/8581936/c_8613584?f=magazine_alsoinside Samples of Steven's music are available on his Web site, www.theSingingCPA.com. Steven also performed two Halloween events in New York City, with assistance from Matthew Washington '04, deputy director of Friends of Hudson River Park. In addition, he did a New Year's concert for kids and families at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 66th & Broadway.
Christopher Kurtz of Accord, NY, and Arnold Zimmerman '79 of Poughkeepsie, NY, received the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award for 2005
Jeremy Entwistle, a West Virginia University art student who will graduate in May with a master's degree in fine arts, exhibited work in the university's Creative Arts Center's Mesaros Galleries in March 2007. "Bridgewalkers" featured his latest work, including his exploration of wood sculpture, concrete casting and structural steel fabrication.
1998 Class Correspondent Natalie Krauser 86-10 117th St, Third Floor Richmond Hill, NY 11418 Email
1999
1999 Class Correspondent Andrew P. Alesso 52 Sayles St. Alfred, NY 14802 Email
1999 Class Correspondent Michael N. Christakis Alumni Quad Office, 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12222-0001 Ph: 518.442.7222 Fx: 517.442.5892 Email
"In 2003, Katilyn Ormsby got married to Mike Prutsman. They were married in my parent's backyard in Alfred Station NY, catered by the Barbecue Bandits. Many AU grads attended, many of the now defunct Klan Alpine fraternity. They are currently living in South Glens Falls NY, Mike's hometown. They bought their first home last year. Katilyn is working for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York as a case manager. Mike is working at Adirondack Community College as the director of the Office for Advisement and Student Instructional Support. Mike, Violet, and Katilin visit Alfred (family) frequently and love to see all the improvements to the town and the school!"
from Shane Nickerson: "On Feb. 8, 2007, Samantha and I welcomed our first child, Hazell Heary Nickerson, to our family. She arrived less than a week before my 30th birthday ... and I couldn't imagine a more precious gift. We'll be showing her off to a few other AU alums whom we're meeting in Myrtle Beach for a weekend this April. We have lived in Orlando since the summer of 2004 (the winters are great). Sam left PwC last spring to work for the Dr. Phillips charities and I continue to work for Hewitt Associates."
"And breaking news from Paige (Junker) Ormiston in Sicily … 'Well, it looks like we're moving to Everett, WA, this fall for me to be the discipline officer on USS Abraham Lincoln. I don't have written orders yet, but it's pretty close to set in stone. 'We're going to Prague this weekend and Paris/Normandy the first full week of March. We had a great time in Heidelberg in December and hit Ansbach, Wurtzburg, and Nuremburg while we were there this time. Yes, that's four different Christmas markets. I had a ball! We ate and drank our way (using Dr. Strong's suggestions) through Florence at Thanksgiving. Other than that, my sister is coming here before law school graduation and we'll travel and watch "Grey's Anatomy." Season 3 finally premiered here ... ahh the pleasures of home.'
Rebecca Hellinger writes: "I moved from Aberdeen, NC, to Southern Pines, NC, in early June 2006. Closer to work at the hospital, and of course, my friends! Chris and Ally Markotich had baby Josh in March (2006) so we're spending time together in the sunny south. June marked my first year in North Carolina and also a birthday, so Russ Patterson and his wife Thuy invited us to take in the Charleston, SC, charm. That was my first whirlwind trip down there but expect more in the near future. Always nice to pick back up where you left off with fellow AU friends."
Alleghany Meadows and Sam Harvey '01 own Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO. The gallery features contemporary ceramic art, prints and works on paper.
Kendall Getek married Francisco Lauri of Rome, Italy, on Aug. 26, 2006. They reside in S. Norwalk, CT.
Michael H. Butler married Julie B. Agne on April 29, 2006. Michael is a new product analyst at Advance/Newhouse Communications, Syracuse, NY. His wife is a research analyst at KS&R.
Jessie Ricchetti reports: "I have some exciting news. Chadd and I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Dec. 29, 2006. Her name is Leah Katherine LaMay. She was 6 lbs. 12 oz. I hope all is well with you! I couldn't be any happier these days. I am the director of marketing for Country LifeVitamins here in Long Island, and I love it."
Joseph Moore earned a master's degree in business administration last spring from Clark University. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for students of management, while attending Clark.
Jeremy R. Pierce has joined the San Diego offices of Knobbe MartensOlson & Bear as an associate.
From Rich Simington: "Richard Alliegro, early in his engineering career, was a lead researcher in the project that solved the problem for the military of how to make materials of sufficient size and strength to be used as body armor. Dick and his wife, Barbara, continue to live in Northborough, MA.
Amelia Wexler writes: "A healthy 6 lb. 6 oz. baby boy was born to Josh Wexler '00 and Amy (Laurence) Wexler on Oct. 9, 2006. His name is Stokley Eugene Wexler. Josh, Amy, and Stokley currently reside in Providence, RI. Also, on Nov. 16, 2006, NeoLux Neon, Pawtucket, RI, celebrated five years in business. NeoLux is a neon manufacturing and design company owned and operated by Josh. An open house marking the occasion featured neon chandeliers that Josh collaborated on with glassblower Dave Naito '03.
2000
Leanne Schinella: "Jeff '00 and I are back in Arizona living in Sun City. We had our third baby girl April 29, 2006. Isabel, 3 1/2, Cecelia, 2, and Olivia are growing like weeds. Jeff is currently working for Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria as the senior Web designer. He loves this job. I am currently home and loving that. We are excited to be back in the sun and have warmer winters again."
Michelle R. Foster of Orlando, FL, writes that she is the East Campus assistant provost at Valencia Community College. Happy in Orlando, Michelle and her husband, Richard, are the proud parents of Alexandra, 13; Morgan, 10; and Zachary, 7. You can e-mail Michelle at: mrfoster@valenciacc.edu
Morgan Weinrich: "After graduating from the art school and moving back to Maryland, I had my first solo show in Frederick, MD, in the summer of 2004, while working as admissions assistant at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC. One of my printmaking pieces was also featured in a group show at the District Fine Arts Gallery in DC, and is now in the permanent collection of the Corcoran. "In February of '05, I made the big leap to the Bluegrass state, moving with my faithful feline Argyle to Louisville, KY, and to a job as a design consultant for an interior design firm. Along the way I met Jason Warf, with whom I have fallen head over heels and am now cohabitating with, along with a new kitten-addition, Oberon. My artwork was chosen for a show of local artists' work in August at the Craig Kaviar Gallery and Forge in Louisville, and a solo show in November at the River Bend Winery in downtown Louisville. I was also asked to return to the Kaviar Gallery for an upcoming show." Contact Morgan at morgan.weinrich@gmail.com or find her on MySpace.
Julie York presented "Eight Small Ceramic Works," an exhibit of conceptual ceramics, at SOFA Chicago in November 2006.
As part of its commitment to community service, Clifford Chance's New York employees volunteered at the Food Bank for New York City on Sept. 30, 2006. One of those employees was Vanessa Krauser, who along with friends, repackaged 5,560 pounds of donated food -- the equivalent of 4,277 meals.
Jessica (Dunbar) Creter reports: "Mike is nearing the end of his first year as a Hartford police officer. He currently works the midnight shift and we have learned to adjust the rest of our lives to fit around Mike's work schedule. It is sometimes difficult, but worth it because he loves his job and is very happy. You should hear the stories he has to tell now! Also, we are expecting our second child -- due this summer, just after Matt turns two!"
Tyler Lotz, assistant professor of ceramics and 3-D fundamentals at Illinois State University, presented "Concatenations" this winter at the Armstrong Gallery, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL. Tyler also had a photo of his work in the August-September 2006 edition of American Craft magazine.
Angus Powers, visiting assistant professor of glass in the NYS College of Ceramics, had work on display in a three-artist show - "Penumbra" - last fall at the Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Jessica (Dunbar) Creter reports: "Mike is nearing the end of his first year as a Hartford police officer. He currently works the midnight shift and we have learned to adjust the rest of our lives to fit around Mike's work schedule. It is sometimes difficult, but worth it because he loves his job and is very happy. You should hear the stories he has to tell now! Also, we are expecting our second child -- due this summer, just after Matt turns two!"
2001
Nicholas Burt of York, PA, writes that he will marry Amanda Kreeger, also of York, on April 20, 2007. Nick is a supply chain analyst with Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and Amanda is a supports coordinator with Cumberland/Perry County.
Kimberly Gray '02 and Craig Hare '01 were married on July 1, 2006, at the Granite Rose, Hampstead, NH. Alfred alums in the bridal party included Anne Ebert '02, Diana Moller '02, John Thurber '01, Jon Pierce '01 and Chris Ungaro '01. Also attending were Brandon Chamberlin '02, Gregg Bell, Luke Sturdevant '05, Laura (Hilfiker) Gubitosi '02, Allica Culbertson '02, Elizabeth Birtch '02, and Mary (Ball) Flannigan '02. The couple honeymooned in Play del Carmen, Mexico. Kim and Craig reside in Merrimack, NH. Kim is employed as a staffing manager for Career Connections, Nashua, NH. Craig is employed as a manufacturing engineer for Ultrasource, Hollis, NH.
Brian Boorman, a principal engineer with Harris Corp.'s RF Communications Division, Rochester, NY, wrote an article last fall for EDN Magazine, Highlands Ranch, CO.
from Beth Merrill: "I got a new job at a marketing firm in Albany (NY), Media Logic. And my boss is an Alfred grad who graduated with a couple of my design teachers from Alfred."
Class Correspondent Kizzy Parks writes: "Hello Everyone. I am in the midst of completing a Ph.D. in industrial/ organizational psychology at Florida Tech. As a reward for all of my hard work, I am heading to Trinidad in a couple of days for Carnival."
Alleghany Meadows and Sam Harvey '01 own Harvey/Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO. The gallery features contemporary ceramic art, prints and works on paper.
Allison Lipani wrote last summer: "It has been another great year in Alfred, NY. I have been here for so many years now that I think I could be considered a local. Yikes! I have been spending most of my summer attending/participating in weddings. Thank goodness I have summers off as a teacher. By the time I go back to work I will have attended seven weddings in just a little over two months ... most of which were Alfred alumni weddings. On a slightly similar note ... John Feenaughty '06 and I (B.F.A. '01 and M.S.ed '06) got engaged on July 18, 2006, while we were vacationing in San Francisco. We are planning on getting married sometime in the next year and a half and would like to have a huge bash with all of our Alfred friends. E-mail me for details at allilipani@hotmail.com. I would love to have all of you there with us!"
2002
Robert Strickland '02 married Rachelle DiMatteo '04 on June 10, 2006, in Niagara Falls, NY. Rachelle sent the following: "Rob and Rachelle met at Alfred over three years ago while in graduate school. Many Alfred alumni friends attended their wedding including groomsmen Andrew Reeve, RJ Dawson, Joseph DiDomenico, Will Smith and Brian Strait. Rob and Rachelle Strickland currently reside in Rockledge, FL. Rob works as a structural engineer for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Corp. and Rachelle is a school psychologist for the Brevard County Public School District."
from Melissa Debolt: "I am recently engaged to Dr. Gabor Virag. Our wedding date is in September 2007 at Esperanza Mansion on Keuka Lake. A second ceremony is scheduled for April 2008 in the Baroque Cathedral of Szekesfehervar, Hungary. "Since graduating I have been employed as the administrator of the Ph.D. program of the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester (NY). I have been taking M.B.A. classes part-time, taught ballet, taken up gardening, bought and restored a beautiful Victorian home, become an avid skier, and done much traveling in the United States and Europe for both business and pleasure. "Alfred U provided me with a great education of lifelong value as well as a venue to formulate my identity in a very safe and nurturing environment. I would recommend the experience to anyone in possession of a positive and constructive nature. My sincerest thanks to all!"
Michael McGuire of Buffalo, NY, has joined the Peace Corps. He left for Peru on Sept. 13, 2006. He is serving as a community health promotion volunteer.
Kimberly Gray '02 and Craig Hare '01 were married on July 1, 2006, at the Granite Rose, Hampstead, NH. Alfred alums in the bridal party included Anne Ebert '02, Diana Moller '02, John Thurber '01, Jon Pierce '01 and Chris Ungaro '01. Also attending were Brandon Chamberlin '02, Gregg Bell, Luke Sturdevant '05, Laura (Hilfiker) Gubitosi '02, Allica Culbertson '02, Elizabeth Birtch '02, and Mary (Ball) Flannigan '02. The couple honeymooned in Play del Carmen, Mexico. Kim and Craig reside in Merrimack, NH. Kim is employed as a staffing manager for Career Connections, Nashua, NH. Craig is employed as a manufacturing engineer for Ultrasource, Hollis, NH.
Danielle M. Evans writes: "I am excited to be graduating from Rutgers School of Law-Newark (NJ) in May 2007 and plan to return to the Pacific Northwest. Law school seems to have absorbed all of my time. I would love to hear from AU friends with whom I've lost touch ." You can contact her at danielle.m.evans@gmail.com
Elissa Armstrong presented "Objects of Innocence and Experience" last fall at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.
Shawn Allan '02 writes that many Alfred alumni are involved in Ceralink. In addition to him, there are Patricia Strickland '02 and Morgana Fall '03. "We spent our early years in Alfred at the Ceramics Corridor, and 'graduated' two years ago when we relocated to Troy. We seem to keep expanding our Alfred connections with our intern students. One of our recent interns is the son of an Alfred ceramic engineering graduate and another is the son of two former professors at AU."
2003
"Rachel Bullard now lives in Los Angeles where she is vice principal at Aviva, a non-public high school for girls with special needs. (She was a Miss New York candidate from East Flatbush.)
"Jess Raad is living in New York and working for Comedy Central MTVN as a sales coordinator in advertising.
"Al Fuller recently earned her M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design where she was nominated for the top prize in photography. She is currently teaching photography at Alabama A&M University. Some of her work can be seen at Carafuller.com.
"Gretchen Schwerzler and Tom Whitcomb are happily settled in Southbridge, MA, outside Boston. The pair recently hosted a get-together for 20 Alfred grads in the New England area! Gretchen reports that after living in Indiana for a while, 'It's so nice to be back where all our friends are again!'
Bradley Sussman graduated with honors in May 2006 from the Jacob J. Fuchsberg Law Center (Touro Law School), New York City, earning the juris doctor degree. He began work in September as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. On Nov. 14, 2006, he learned he had passed the bar exam.
Kelly Kingston is a visual arts instructor at Bridgewater Village School and Sherburn Elementary School, Vermont. She was featured in an article in the Vermont Standard newspaper.
"Lindsay Olson was recently promoted to senior auditor at Bonadio & Co., LLP, a public accounting firm in Rochester, NY, and recently passed the CPA exam.
Charlotte Potter presented "Conversations in Glass," works in glass, wood and straw, this past winter at the Koshu Wine Bar, Jackson, WY. Also, she was featured March 2, 2007 in the Jackson Street Gallery's "First Fridays" series.
"Wes Sweetser is working as a production glass blower in Texas and Dean Thornton spent part of last year working at an organic farm in Maine.
Lauren (Torok) Murray married Jason Murray on July 29, 2006, in Immaculate Conception Church, Wellsville, NY. The reception followed in the Knight Club, AU campus. The couple honeymooned in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Lauren teaches biology at Minisink Valley High School, Slate Hill, NY. Jason is a corrections officer with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, where he also is a member of the Emergency Services Unit. They've recently purchased a home and now reside in Walden, NY.
Julie Babulski in Vancouver. She is in grad school at the University of Rochester, and I'm still at JetBlue and living in Manhattan."
"Terry Conrad and Rachel Zeigler-Sheridan moved to Albany, NY, recently, where Rachel is attending grad school.
John Dunphy is managing editor of The Lawrence (NJ) Ledger.
Sheree N. Johnson '03, '04 writes that she is an account executive for cho Highwater Group, a public relations firm in New York City. Her clients are Vivendi Universal/Sierra Entertainment, Verizon, Her Interactive and iHome. Sheree also reports that she moved into an apartment with Jamir Scarbrough '04. "We had a house warming on Nov. 4 (2006)."
Melissa Ball wrote that she married Dr. Aaron Shupp in her hometown of Phoenix, NY, on July 1, 2006. She included an update on her life since AU. "I attended Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) for my M.S. in computer technology. (She anticipated graduating in December 2006.) I have also worked as an art teacher at Phoenix, Oppenheim-Ephratah, and now at Veronon, Verona, and Sherrill central school districts." The couple resides in New Hartford, NY.
Tammy Brackett M.F.A. of Hornell, NY, is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Art & Design at AU.
from Sophie Gublo '03 that she and Shawn Henry are engaged. The couple is planning an October 2007 wedding. Shawn is a programmer/analyst at Ensco, Inc., Endicott, NY. Sophie is a graduate student at Elmira College and is employed as a procurement specialist at Apex Pinnacle, Port Crane, NY. They reside in Johnson City, NY."
2004
Rachel Olin writes that she became engaged on Valentine's Day to Ken Levy. Ken, born in Seaford, Long Island, graduated from Wagner College in 1990. He has a master's degree in elementary education and teaches secular and Hebrew school. Rachel is pursing a career in Web design and for the past few years has dedicated herself to helping a local non-profit Jewish organization, where she channels some of her artistic talent, overall creativity, knowledge from her B.A. in general studies from Alfred and her Jewish upbringing to raise money for the needy. The two live in Miami and plan to wed in December.
"Deirdre (Dowd) Spisak will graduate from AU in May with her master's in school psychology and will be moving to Lancaster, PA, with her husband, Jason Spisak '00. Jason has been working at ART Research Enterprise in Lancaster and he and ART were recently on the Travel channel show 'Made in America.'
Kevin Kline was one of eight artists who are first-year M.F.A. students in the Department of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo, having works in an exhibition in March 2007 in the UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts.
Zack Wickham '04 all the time. He lives in Birmingham, AL, and works for Bear Creek Glass. He also has a Web site at Zacharywickham.com.
Nick Coleman is full-time junior varsity football coach at AU.
from Noah Morgan '04 He lives in NYC and works for a company called Rocks Off doing rock music legwork (promotions for shows, etc.).
Ryan Spruck is administrator of lighting and sound and director of performances at Elmira, College, Elmira, NY.
Ronald Lambert is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Art & Design at AU. He is represented by the Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Robert Strickland '02 married Rachelle DiMatteo '04 on June 10, 2006, in Niagara Falls, NY. Rachelle sent the following: "Rob and Rachelle met at Alfred over three years ago while in graduate school. Many Alfred alumni friends attended their wedding including groomsmen Andrew Reeve, RJ Dawson, Joseph DiDomenico, Will Smith and Brian Strait. Rob and Rachelle Strickland currently reside in Rockledge, FL. Rob works as a structural engineer for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Corp. and Rachelle is a school psychologist for the Brevard County Public School District."
Throughout the month of November 2006, visitors to the Newburgh, NY City Hall enjoyed a rare perspective on ordinary people and events through the eyes of Rachel Weidkam. A professional artist, Rachel is a certified teacher in New York State and is a substitute teacher in Newburgh Enlarged City School District. She is represented by the Residue Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.
2005
"Valerie Kraft reports: 'I am currently a second-year associate auditor with KPMG LLP in Rochester, NY. The majority of my clients are in the manufacturing segment and I travel to the Napa Valley region of California as well as Chicago. I passed all four parts of the CPA exam and will receive my CPA license in September. I am dating Brian Goodberlet, he's also an accountant, and we live in Rochester.'
"Mary Karen Mrowka writes: 'I just moved to San Francisco with Marie and I'm working as a kindergarten teacher out here.'
"Daniel Occena is currently in his second year of law school. And he is still very active in the Black Law Students Association and Student Bar Association. Also, Daniel is the leading prosecutor on his Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team.
"Brandon R. Thurner is currently working as a research analyst at Pace Global Energy Services in its Clean Energy & Environmental Services practice. He is living and working out of Fairfax, VA, just outside of the Washington, DC Beltway.
"Pam Cooper is currently in her last semester at Marywood University, Scranton, PA. She will be graduating in late August with her M.S.W., as well as a certification in art therapy. After graduating, Pam will be moving back home (Rochester, NY) to search for a job.
Class Correspondent Tim Inthirakoth was profiled in the Sept. 2, 2006 edition of Bay Windows Online, Boston, MA. He writes: "I left my post as public relations account coordinator with a Boston events management and PR firm in August 2006 to strike it out on my own. As an independent PR and marketing consultant, I work with clients in the consumer, technology, financial services, marketing and non-profit sectors. In December, I secured a feature for one of my clients on 'The Today Show' in a special segment with Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker! I'll remember that one for a long time. "I recently moved into the beautiful South End neighborhood of Boston with my partner Frank Addonizio, who owns a franchise of Ameriprise Financial Services, and our 11-year-old black lab Sebastian! I keep in touch with my Alfred family as often as possible and here's what some of my fellow alumni are up to …
Nothnagle Realtors, Rochester, NY, hired Laurel Platt as a graphic designer in the marketing support department.
"Since Colleen Lyons graduated, she has moved back to Oakfield, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, where she works for Tops Markets. She currently is the customer operations manager and is continuing her education at Medaille College, Buffalo. She will be graduating in May 2007 with a master's degree in business administration."
Kara Dunne writes that she participated in an art exhibit -- "Art in Odd Places" -- last fall on the lower east side of New York City. Her performance piece was "Bathroom Vignettes: Scenes in a Bathroom."
Andrew B. Crawford, who competed on both the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track teams at AU, writes: "My first marathon was this past October - the Corning Wineglass Marathon - where I qualified for Boston. I took 26th place out of just over 600 people, and third in my age group. Not bad for only four weeks of marathon specific training! ... My training for Boston is an 18-week schedule, with long runs on Sundays up to 20 miles, and faster, tempo work on Wednesdays. The weekly mileage ranges from 55-70 miles ... While continuing in graduate school at AU, I have re-focused my life towards running again, and have improved a lot since my undergraduate years ... My goal time for Boston is 2 hours 50 minutes, roughly 6:30/mile, but I will be happy with a time under 3 hours. All of the faculty and other graduate students here are very supportive of my running endeavors. The current members of the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams are also great supporters."
"Bradford Boyd has been selected from an internal competition for the Roger Williams University Law Admiralty Moot Court team and was to argue in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in March. He has taken a summer position with a London law firm handling offshore oil platform claims as well as overseeing shipbuilding contracts and international insurance claims.
Four Alfred University alumni, Kathleen O'Donnell, Sharon McConnell '87, Elizabeth Emery '05 and Linda Swanson '05, showcased artwork in "Craft Art Western New York 2006," an exhibit that opened in September at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College.
James P. Gentile graduated from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Columbus, GA, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Four Alfred University alumni, Kathleen O'Donnell, Sharon McConnell '87, Elizabeth Emery '05 and Linda Swanson '05, showcased artwork in "Craft Art Western New York 2006," an exhibit that opened in September at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College.
Artist Hayley Schertz has joined the Matawan Student Enrichment Program. She instructs in ceramics to students in grades kindergarten and higher.
Naomi Krasnow was a Summer Camp orientation counselor for incoming freshman at her high school, Champlain Valley Union High School, Williston, VT.
"Crystal Myers graduated from AU in 2005 with dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and early childhood education. She gained acceptance into AU's graduate literacy program and earned her master's degree in education in 2006. While working on her master's, Crystal had an assistanceship with AU's Residence Life Office as the resident director of Barresi Hall and its 75 first-year students."Crystal currently is living in Rochester, NY, and is working for Monroe Community College. She is the resident director of Tribune Hall, a 137-bed, suite-style hall. She is also the program coordinator for all 400 students living on campus. She would love to get in touch with other alums in the Rochester area. Please feel free to e-mail her: caileec19@yahoo.com
2006
"Erin Donovan writes: 'I married in March 2006 and moved to the United Kingdom in May 2006. I work in the international development sector at Enterplan Ltd. I'm part of the Outsourced Facilities team and am responsible for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Livelihoods Programme (http://mprlp.nic.in/). My husband and I have three "kids": our lop-eared bunny Albert and two Russian hamsters, Axel and Henry.'
Deen Genzardi is living and working as a health and community development volunteer for the Peace Corps. She is located on the small island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean.
Red Barn Computers, Binghamton, NY, has named Jeramy Kruser as a computer field technician.
Heidi J. Grimmins is a staff accountant with Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., Elmira, NY.
Keith DeCarlo is a ceramic engineering research assistant at AU.
Ben Callaghan and Upper Saranac Lake, NY, neighborhood friend Joel Nashett have created the Avant ski line. They have designed, built, and presented a pair of skis within six months. They were featured in an article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on Aug. 7, 2006.
2007
from Sophie Gublo '03 that she and Shawn Henry are engaged. The couple is planning an October 2007 wedding. Shawn is a programmer/analyst at Ensco, Inc., Endicott, NY. Sophie is a graduate student at Elmira College and is employed as a procurement specialist at Apex Pinnacle, Port Crane, NY. They reside in Johnson City, NY."
College news •The following local residents graduated May 12 with bachelor's degrees from Alfred University: Zachary L. Hunkele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Hunkele of Elmira, in accounting. Hunkele is a graduate of Elmira Free Academy.
2008
Katherine A. Longinotti was named to the spring-semester dean's list at Alfred University. Longinotti is a senior art and design major. She is a graduate of Reynolds High School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Longinotti of Winston-Salem.
Births
"I want to announce the birth of our (father Jeffrey Greabell) twin boys. We welcomed Kevin James and Jack Foster Greabell on June 23, 2006. They join their big brother Peter who is 9."
"I want to announce the birth of our (father Jeffrey Greabell) twin boys. We welcomed Kevin James and Jack Foster Greabell on June 23, 2006. They join their big brother Peter who is 9."
from Bill Ernst: "My wife Ann and I welcomed a healthy and very happy baby boy, Liam, on Aug. 21, 2006. Mom, Dad and baby are all doing well."
From Sarah (Schuldt) Bellina '99: Danny '00 and I welcomed our second child, a girl, on May 23, 2006. We named her Lila Grace. We love having a boy and a girl and big brother Logan loves his baby sister!"
Deaths - Alumni
Harry Bauman's daughter, Phyllis Glass, writes that her father died on Jan. 17, 2007. He would have been 96 on Feb. 4. "He was very proud of Alfred University," she said.
The family of Constance (Brown Getz) of Vestal, NY, writes that she died on Jan. 10, 2007, six days shy of her 91st birthday. "She maintained a career as an educator for several decades and had many fond memories of her undergraduate years as a fine arts major at Alfred."
Charles C. Casamo of St. Pete Beach, FL, died on Sept. 29, 2006, 16 days before his 91st birthday. His wife, Bea, writes: "Chas always enjoyed reading the Alfred News on e-mail, and the last Alfred Magazine had his name mentioned under the class of '40 and he was pleased about that ... " Daughter Carol writes: "Throughout his life he loved Alfred and looked forward to all communications and publications about Alfred. He belonged to Klan Alpine and returned for class and fraternity reunions whenever possible."
Ivy Avildsen, 51, of Nelsonville, NY, died on Nov. 10, 2006. She is survived by her husband, Michael Kalota, and three children, Kate, Ethan, and Andrew. Her family is establishing a college scholarship fund for her children. Ivy earned an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981. Her works in various media including sculpture, prints, oil, and water color are included in private and public collection, including the Museum of Modern Art, Caracas, Venezuela, and Art Park, Buffalo, NY. She worked on a number of community education projects, founding Common Threads, a school-based diversity initiative at the Haldane School, best known for the annual Community Night Celebration. Common Threads received the Phoebe Apperson Hearst National PTA Award of Excellence in June 2006. Ivy was also active in political and community activities including Amnesty International, Phillipstown for Democracy and the American Friends Service Committee 5/30/2007 1:39:15 PM BrendaH.
Kerry S. Freeland of Dundee, NY, died March 4, 2007 in a car accident along with her husband, Timothy, and 13-year-old son, Russell/"Rusty." Kerry is survived by a 17-year-old daughter, Samantha. She was the manager of Follett Bookstore at Keuka College, Penn Yan, NY. She enjoyed reading, cross-stitch, and was an avid and obsessive collector of koala bears. Contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for Samantha, c/o Five Star Bank, 32 Main St., Dundee, NY 14837, or to a memorial scholarship fund in memory of Rusty, c/o Dundee Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 204, Dundee, NY 14837.
Engagements
Kendra Stratton writes that she is engaged to Brad Albertson and will be married on Oct. 6, 2007, in Burlington, VT.
Jennifer Baltrush and Matthew Gifford '03 are engaged! The Albany couple are to wed in October 2008.
Nicole Smolinski writes that she is engaged to Brian Rick of San Diego State University.
Marriages
Julee Allen and Laurence Jones married in April 2006 at Scott Farm in Brattleboro, VT. Julee attended Alfred University and the School for International Training and is employed by Save the Children. Laurence is a graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz and is employed by the U.S Department of State. The couple live in Washington, DC and will relocate to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2007.
Rachel Crafts married Chris Comstock at Buttonwood Grove Winery, Romulus, NY, May 20, 2006. A number of AU alums attended. The couple resides in Orlando, FL.