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Linda Sikora (faculty) participated in a group exhibition with other faculty and alumni entitled "New Alfred".
1929
Irene Wells Fisk '29 just celebrated her 100th birthday at Manor Hills in Friendship where Oct. 17 was named Irene Fisk Day by the Wellsville Town Supervisor James Cretekos.
1940
Merle Parker '40 died December 14, 2007, at the age of 90. Parker was born August 30, 1917 in Olean, NY, and worked for Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, NY, for 37 years. He retired in 1977 and with his wife, Margaret of almost 65 years, was very active in youth avtivites, Parker served as Cub Master, President of the PTA, Deacon and Chairman of the Board of Christian Education at Brick Presbyterian Church and was on the board of the YMCA, where he spearheaded a building expansion program which included a new swimming pool. He was a member of Punta Gorda Country Club, serving one term on the Board of Directors.
1952
Val Cushing '52 was a juror for the The Gallery at Genesee Pottery's second annual national juried ceramics exhibition, "History in the Making." The show presents work from 38 artists selected from 100 submissions.
1958
Norm Schulman '58 from North Carolina had an exhibit entitled, "Norm Schulman: A Life in Clay" at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. The exhibit is a touring exhibition organized by the Asheville Art Museum featuring 22 works from throughout Schulman's long career. Schulman's work ranges from the purely functional to the purely sculptural, among the examples of his constantly evolving style are his intricate double-walled vessels, salt-glazed porcelain pieces, and what he calls "three-dimensional paintings," which are more sculptural works. Since 1978, Schulman has operated Norman Schulman Studio in Penland. His works have been included in numerous exhibitions, including those of the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. His works are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Craft Museum in New York City, and others. A newly acquired Schulman ceramic work will also be unveiled for the museum's permanent collection.
1959
Joshua Allen Fierer, M.D., '59 unexpectedly passed away on November 18, 2007. Fierer was a former Alfred University Trustee from May 2003 to December 2005. While at Alfred, he was a member of Tau Delta fraternity and served on the Interfraternity Council. He was a member of the Fiat Lux staff and played in the marching band and orchestra. He was married to the late Mary Ellen Bailey, a 1961 alumna of AU, who died in 1984. In addition to serving as a trustee, Fierer was an active alumnus. He created the Norman and Evelyn Fierer Chair in Biomedical Materials Engineering Science, and also established the Samuel R. Scholes Jr. Lecture Series in Chemistry in honor of his mentor and friend, Professor Emeritus Samuel R. Scholes Jr., a 1938 alumnus of AU. After graduation from AU, Fierer attended the State University of New York Health Center in Brooklyn, earning his M.D. degree in 1963. From 1965 to 1967, he served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps and advanced to the rank of captain. He was a flight surgeon in Vietnam in 1967. From 1969 to 1978, he was an instructor in pathology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York; a professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and a professor and director in the anatomy and pathology department at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. From 1978 to 1986, he was a professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Illinois-Peoria. He retired from full-time practice and moved to Florida 20 years ago. He is survived by four children and Tina Kister, his loving companion.
Francis Stanton '59, beloved husband of almost 40 years, died on December 18 after a valiant 8-year battle with prostate cancer.
Richard Shankle '59 has retired as marketing director from Peoples Federal Savings Bank of Dekald County.
Barbara Cohrssen Powell '59 recently walked a full marathon: Nike 26.2 in San Francisco on October 21, 2007.
1963
Karla Moskowitz '63 has been appointed to fill openings in the First Department of the Manhattan Supreme Court by Governor Eliot Spitzer. The Appellate Division justice has been called a "superb lawyer and jurist". Moskowitz has been a Supreme Court justice since 1992 and sits in the Commercial Division in Manhattan. She was formerly a Civil Court judge in Manhattan. In 2001-2002, she was president of the National Association of Women Judges.
1965
Clifford C. Gilbert '65 writes that he and his wife are enjoying their retirement, they are traveling around the country Snow Sculpting! Caving totem poles and animals. They are also working part-time at a cross-country Ski Resort.
1966
William Johnson '66 has been named chief executive to work alongside at Triton Systems president Brian Kett. Johson, who has more than 22 years of experience in leadership roles, came to Triton from Hill Phoenix, where he served as vice president and general manager of ESAB Welding and Cutting Equipment, a global welding and cutting-equipment manufacturer.
1967
Bruce Jackson '67 died Decemer 19, 2007. Jackson had taught school at the state's last remaining one-room schoolhouse and ran a diner with his wife at Wilmington, NY. He then taught several years at Tupper Lake and later at St. Regis Fallls, retiring after 25 years at the school. He also represented District 5 on the Franklin County Legislature from 1984 to 1994. He was a member of Wilmington Fire and Rescue, St. Regis Falls Fire and Rescue and Moira Fire and Rescue, and taught firematics while he was an active member. He had been active with the Boy Scouts of America and served as scout master at Camp Bedford. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, North Star Lodge 107 in Brushton, the St. Regis Falls American Legion and St. Regis Falls Methodist Church.
1968
Roberta (Bobbi) Lamb '68 is one of the original Cazenovia artisans and current president of that group as well as chairwoman of the Skaneateles jury committee.
1970
Rosalia Scripa '70, a materials science and engineering professor at the University at Birmingham, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching.
Kenneth Campbell '70 was reelected to the Town Council of the Town of New Canaan, CT in the election of November 6. He was sworn in to his second four-year term of office on Nov. 20, 2007. Campbell lives in New Canaan with his wife and son, a senior in high school. His older son is a sophomore at Fairfield University. Ken is a loan officer with Westport Mortgage LLC in Westport, CT.
Bob R. Powell, PhD. '70 has been named General Motors Technical Fellow recipient for the 2007 Light Metals Technology Award by the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding long-term service to the light metals industry by consistently providing technical and/or operating knowledge that has enhanced the competitiveness of the industry. Powell has chaired the TMS Magnesium Committee and is the USCAR (USAMP 304) Magnesium Powertrain Cast Components (MPCC) Project Manager. Powell has received several awards including: the 2000 Thomas Wolfe Society Distinguished Service for efforts leading to a US commerative stamp, 2001 TMS Magnesium Technology Award for best paper at the 2001 Magnesium Symposium and 1003 General Motors John Campbell Award for "research in high temperature magnesium alloys." He is a member of the American Ceramic Society, AFS, MRS, TEM, and SAE. He is married to Dr. Hsiao-Ping H. Moore, and is in the process of writing a biography of his father, a P-51 fighter pilot in China during WWII.
Dr. Beth (Hurlburt) Hensley '70 was promoted to rank of professor at Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing. She is currently teaching the senior-level course, Professional Issues in Nursing, and has been instrumental in developing a remediation project for the traditional and online nursing programs.
From Rich Simington: One of the reasons homelessness is such an intractable problem is recovery is so complex. Typically, a homeless person returns to full functioning through many phases. Which is why Homeless Solutions of Morristown, NJ directed by Elizabeth (Betsey) Hall '70 continues to earn state and national notoriety for continually expanding services to include model programs of drop-in missions, long-term shelters, and subsidized apartment living along with a full range of counseling and employment programs. Betsey and her partner, Pam, continue to live in Califon, NJ.
1971
From Rich Simington: Everyone in Texas knows Stan Schneider '71 from his unprecedented record of successful death penalty appeals. He recently was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Argentine government the "Orden de Mayo al Merito"- Order of Merit- for his work to free one of their nationals who was imprisoned wrongly. Schneider is a partner at the Houston law firm of Schneider & McKinney P.C. He is also First Vice President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has received the Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer award from the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas in 1997 and the President's Award from the Texas Criminal Defence Lawyer's Association in 2003 for his work in death penalty litigation. Schneider has been recognized in criminal defense by "Best Lawyers in America" in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Texas Lawyer named him a "Super Lawyer" for 2004 through 2007 and one of the "Go To Criminal Defense Lawyers" for 2007.But recently there was a perhaps higher award. In the Houston courthouse Racehorse Hanes, arguably the most famous criminal defense attorney in the US, was heard to say, "He's a better lawyer that I am." Stan and his wife, Susan, continue to live in Houston, TX.
Charles Schafer '71 is currently Production Director at Heath Ceramics, Sausalito, CA, and owner of Sonoran Desert Pottery, Inc.
Lawrence Casey '71 as the Associate Deputy under the Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Labor, he is responsible for dealing with Human Trafficking issues, International Child laor abuses, forced labor, prison labor and has responsibility for all Free Trade Agreements- as well as coordinating with all international organizations like the UN, G-8, International Labor Organization in Geneva and OEC in Paris.
Peter Knickerbocker '71 participated along with other Alfred alumni in an exhibit at the Earthworks Art Gallery in Penn-Yan.
Robert McGowan '71 will retire this year from teaching social studies and coaching women's field hockey, after 30 years and over 250 victories, at Oakmont High School in Central Mass.
Jacqueline Grabin '71 is the co-president of Arrow Exterminating Co., Inc., a full-service pest control company.
1972
From Rich Simington: We all know George Leventon '72 has led many lives. He's been a dentist. A pathologist. And now a psychiatrist. And in each profession he's also been a professor and a forensics expert. But all those efforts may be forgotten one day when he finally finishes the project he's completing, to build a working one-third scale railroad locomotive in his garage. George and his very patient wife, Marge, continue to live in Bellaire, TX.
From Rich Simington: When your child is multi-talented you often have to hurry to keep up. And Jim Gardner '72 does. With his son Bill, an academic high-achiever and star track athlete looking at colleges in PA, Jim is thinking of relocating too to the Keystone State. Today, Jim and his wife, Cathy, and Bill for a while longer, continue to live in Long Valley, NJ.
David Greenspan, Ph.D., '72 has joined the Tutogen Medical Inc., a leading manufacturer of sterile biological implant products made from human and animal tissue, as Vice President of Global Research and Development. Greenspan has more than 26 years of experience in the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the fields of medical devices and high temperature ceramic coatings for severe environments. He has created intellectual property in three seperate technologies that have gained commercial success. From 2003 to the present, Greenspan, had served as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Officer at NovaMin Technology, Inc., a development stage company in medical devices and consumer prodcuts for oral health care. He was responsible for the creation of research and development programs for the Company's oral care technology. From 1992 to 2003, Greenspan was Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Officer at US Biomaterials Corporation, a start-up company in the field of bone regenration products, and was responsible for creation and implementation of internal and contract research programs to commercialize medical devices besed on Bioglass technology licensed from Geltech, Inc. and the University of Florida. Prior to that, Greenspan was Vice President of Biomedical Products at Geltech Inc., a start-up advanced amterials development company. He was responsible for organizing, staffing and implementing the newly created biomedical business unit based on Bioglass technology, licensed from the University of Florida.
1973
Stephen Foss '73 is a Christian counselor and licensed therapist, he has started a private practice at Northwest Medical Partners in Winston-Salem, NC.
Brent Young '73 is still at the Cleveland Institute of Art, teaching and chairman of the glass department. Several examples of Young's work will be featured in a retrospective exhibition, titled simply "Brent Kee Young," in the Heights Arts Gallery in the Cleveland Heights. The exhibit will feature pieces from Young's "Matrix Series", which have already been acquired for the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious museums in the country, including the Smithsonian in Washington; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Toledo Museum of Art; and New Mexico's Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe.
Bill Nelson '73 has been appointed as Director of New Business Development, at MacDermid Autotype's manufacturing facility in Middletown, Delaware. He will primarily be responsible for expanding sales of Autotype specialty films into new applications and market segments. Prior to joining MacDermid Autotype, Nelson held senior sales management positions with ICI and Dupont. More recently, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dunmore Corporation, a custom coater located outside Philadelphia.
Maureen Hause writes on behalf of Scott Hause '73: My husband Scott Hause '73 grad is currently finishing a 'day spa' in our building which has housed my hair salon since 2003. He and my stepson Coleman Hause '04 have been an integral part of making my vision and artistic design happen! Coleman and Lindsey Glover '05 are currently continuing their relationship... even though he's in Vermont practicing art and the great outdoors, she's at Cornell completing her master's in art. (She was my receptionist at the salon, until Cornell woed her away from me). I'm so proud of all their accomplishments, that's why I am finally writing something for the Class Notes because they would never 'toot their own horn.' Sincerely, Maureen Hause
1974
From Rich Simington: "If you know Joe Kurta '74, you'd know he could sell sand to the nomads; and probably has. He has owned and operated an aviation company, established a chain of flower and plant shops, developed a health care organization geared towards the convalescent home industry, and currently leads the sales initiative for a company that provides pre-employment screening services for national organizations. Today many of the retail organizations that you utilize daily are companies that are availing themselves of Joe's services. Joe and his wife, Joy, live in Dallas, TX."
From Rich Simington: Especially at these times we all appreciate the sacrifice of those who serve in the military. And their families serve, too, in a sense, living all over the world with one parent often away doing dangerous work. That's why Marlene Cohen Waage '74 is grateful for the support of her friends and neighbors as she raises her children alone when her helicopter pilot husband Bob is away. Marlene and Bob live in Fort Worth, TX.
Carl Butenas '74 is currently a substance abuse counselor at Project Rehad in Grand Rapids, MI. Project Rehab is a residential treatment program for men on parole from the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Katherine (Kopf) Laflam RN, BSN was awarded the 2007 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Award for Nursing Excellence. Laflam was recognized by her colleagues for a career in Nursing characterized by excellence and her name was submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. as a nominee for national recognition. She has worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont for 32 years and is now in the position of Surgical Nurse Coordinator. Kathy lives in Meriden, NH with her husband, Tom, in a house they built themselves. They have three sons and three grandsons.
Jim Lasky '74 is a partner in Bogdan, Lasky and Kopley, one of the top 10 lobbying firms in New York State. Lasky was cited for his professional accomplishments, as well as his service to Alfred University, which is why he received a Distinguished Service award from President Charles M. Edmonson.
Pam Cabanas '74 had an exhibit at the Gibbs Library in Washington Village. Her exhibit contained a series of large pastel paintings created during the last two years.
1975
David Branfman '75 of Branfman and Associates is one of the IP Transactional finalists for his impressive work in Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark and Copywright, Entertainment/New Media law practices in San Diego County for more than 28 years.
Andrew Lewis '75 now resides in Cincinnati Ohio, where he works for Staples as Senior Vice President US Retail Operations. His youngest son, Neill, entered Ohio State University in the Fall of '07. Andy recently completed a long time goal obtaining an instrument rating for his pilot certificate which he's had for a number of years. He writes that he would love hear from any classmates or old LXA buds. So send him an email at Andy.Lewis@staples.com.
Deborah Lanni '74 received a Master of Arts from SUNY Fredonia, a Bachelor of Arts from AU and has continued her education at SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Albany and Maine. Her most recent production credits and exhibits include "Unleashed: Lessons for and from Today's Family Dog," 2007; UB Green, 2007; "The Eye of the Beholder", 2006; "William Waite: Butternut Brook Equine Center," 2006; and "Camp Gross: A Camp with Kids in Mind," 2006. She received the Rochester Institute of Technology Outstanding Teacher Award, the Artist Fellowship Award, United Arts Appeal and multiple faculty development awards and teaching/learning grants from JCC. Lanni is an associate professor and coordinator of the communications and media arts programs at JCC. She teaches a variety of communication classes. Last year she took a full-year sabbatical to photograph and create documentary videos.
Piero Fenci '75 was featured in a solo exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University. Fenci cites a range of diverse inspiration for his ceramic art: Etruscan ceramics, Japanese folk ceramics, origami, etc. Three pieces in the exhibition, each titled "Turbine" are reminiscent of industrial machinery, year are clearly delicate art objects. Since 1975, Fenci has been teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He received the SFA University Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for innovation and excellence in teaching, research and service in 1998. He displays his work in numerous exhibitions around the country and is included in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Susan Rogers '75 has been promoted to vice president and general manager at WXXI, she previously served as an executive vice president. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the station and representing the station at the state and national level.
Katherine Faber '75 has been invited to attend the 50th anniversary meeting of the Korean Ceramic Society. She is among a group of 5 international women(and one of 2 from the US, the other also an Alfred alum) to speak at a special symposium entitled "Beyond Bias and Barriers- Fulfilling the Potential of Women in the Engineering World."
From Rich Simington: It's almost a cliche to say the most accomplished people are lifelong learners. But it's hard to find a better example than Connie Cephus '75. After leaving Alfred as a nurse she headed to California. While working full time in the cardiology field she went back to school to earn certification as a nurse practiticioner. Now she's moved to Texas where she's the manager for Cardiology NP Group at Texas Children's Hospital. And, oh yes, as if that weren't taking enough she's back in school full time. Connie lives, but apparently never sleeps, in Houston, TX.
From Rich Simington: Most people in San Antonia know Eliza Sonneland '75 as the famous radio talk-show host for more than a dozen years. But you can see her today if you screen the film Splash. Watch for the scene in New York City where Daryl Hannah takes a wild car ride. Only that's not Daryl Hannah. That's Eliza, her stunt double. Today Eliza-Daryl continues to live in San Antonio, TX.
1976
Kollee (Pennick) Morse '76 is a child care visitation worker for the Monroe County Department of Human Services. A group of Alfred Alum and their families gather each year in September at Chenango Forks State Park. They just celebrated their 26th year of fall camping.
From Rich Simington: When Joanne Krockta Martyn '76 was a youngster and thinking about adulthood she knew she liked three things- science, math, and kids. Well guess what? At Alfred she earned dual degrees in Ceramic Science and Math. And she's had careers working as a scientist and as a mathematician. What did she do in between the two careers? Raised four talented youngsters. Talk about following a plan. Today Joanne and her husband, Kevin '76, continue to live in Bridgewater, NJ.
From Rich Simington: If you've worked for a large company and traveled, the trip arrangements were probably made by an inhouse travel staff. It makes sense and it's efficient. That's why it's always been done that way. Well, it's always been done that way since Rick Zeckendorf '76 revolutionized the travel industry by inventing the in-house travel service concept, and then expanding the idea around the world with American Express. Rick continues to produce innovative travel arrangement ideas and lives in Denville, NJ.
Kimberly (Bobbi) Lamb '76 is one of the original Cazenovia artisans and current president of the group as well as chairwoman of the Skaneateles jury committee, which allows artisans to be a part of the offshoot co-op in Cazenovia, started by 18 artists in an area that had previously been a pizza restaurant. The co-op is a non-profit organization with all the members living nearby and each contributes to the rent and works a given number of hours a week. Among the disciplines are watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and collage paintings, stained glass, etc.
Anne Evans, an attorney at Damon & Morey LLP, was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2008. For more than twenty years, Best Lawyers has conduced independent peer-review surveys in which over 25,000 leading attorneys evaluate their professional peers in the United States. Evans practices real estate law.
Matthew Rothbeind '76 was appointed by First Bank to the Primer Banco Local Advisory Board. Rothbeind is also an attorney with a private practice in Cathage, N.C.
1977
Christine Costello '77 is the newest faculty member at Burr and Burton Academy where she will be teaching English as a Second Language to Burr and Burton's international students.
Steven I. Weinberg '77 presented an exhibition celebrating the diverse work of contemporary studio glass artists called, "Masters of Studio Glass" at the West Bridge Gallery at the Corning Museum of Glass. On view through Oct. 19, 2008, Weinberg along with Joel Philip Myers presented public lectures in the museum's auditorium. The artists presented a short program about their work, and then joined together in a discussion facilitated by Tina Oldknow, the museum's curator of modern glass. The exhibit celebrates the gift to the museum in 2006 of a major contemporary glass art collection by the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family. It is one of a series that will focus on the careers of individual artists represented in the museum's collection.
Ellen Shankin '77, a nationally recognized potter, lives and works in Floyd, Va. She was featured in September for the Visiting Potter series at the Center for Creative Economics in Edgefield.
Marina Pascucci '77 has been invited to attend the 50th anniversary meeting of the Korean Ceramic Society. She is among a group of 5 international women(and one of 2 from the US, the other also an Alfred alum) to speak at a special symposium entitled "Beyond Bias and Barriers- Fulfilling the Potential of Women in the Engineering World."
From Rich Simington: One of Sherry's '77 areas of professional expertise in her law practice is child protective law. And she is an advocate for children as a court-appointed child guardian ad litem. Talk about walking the walk as well as talking the talk, as if that weren't enough she has adopted two children and shares her home and family with yet another foster child. Sherry and her husband continue to live in Glenwood Springs, CO.
From Rich Simington: Oh there's no question David Holleb '77 is a smart guy and a hard worker. So few are surprised at his success as one of the most talented financial counselors in his area. But it may be argued that the smartest move he's made was to talk his wife, Regina, into joining him in the firm. Today, Dave and Regina continue to live in Gladstone, NJ.
1978
Vicki Weinstein-Finnefrock '78 has been hired by St. John's Home as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is responsible for providing counseling and psychotherapy services to the residents. Finnefrock lives in Pittsford.
Nancy Falk '78 writes: Here's the latest news from N. Virginia, we finally made it official! After ten wonderful years together (since meeting at a master's swim practice in N. Virginia), Ken Garrison and I were wed on July 29, 2007 surrounded by family and friends, we were married in a ceremony that blended new and old traditions. One of the greatest gifts we received was that our long-time friends from AU and Theta Theta Chi traveled across the country to be with us. The wedding was the first time the whole group had been together since graduation. We had a wonderful wedding weekend that started with a tour of Capitol Hill, included a Saturday cookout, and ended with the ceremony and reception on Sunday. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all as they laughed, talked and shared old memories, and created new ones. Ironically, while the group met at a rural university, most live in major metropolitan areas such as Boston, Pittsburgh, Northern NJ, Cleveland, Raleigh, NC, and Northern VA. Go figure?! We've vowed not to wait another 29 years to get together. Here's my favorite wedding story--AU: It's All in the Family. As we were taking a picture of AU alumni at the wedding, the wife of my recently married first cousin heard the name Alfred University. She proceeded to share the news that her father, Gil Chollick (AU Board of Trustees) and Carol Chollick are both AU alumni. It is indeed a small world. Post wedding, my goal is to complete my dissertation and PhD by May 2008. Between now and then I will be interviewing deans of colleges of nursing to learn more about their perceptions related to aging nurse faculty. It looks to be another busy, productive, and interesting year! Best regards, Nancy Falk
Evan Goldstein '78 and his wife, Christine, have taken over the ownership of the East Moriches Wine & Liquor store. Goldstein remains owner of Evan Goldstein Horticulture Enterprises.
Jennifer Ludemann '78 is teaching mathematics cousrses for Westwood College On-line and mathematics and information systems technology courses for Axia College of University of Phoenix. In addition, she and her partner Jim Wilbanks install and repair computer networks in and around Siloam Springs, AR (home since 2004). In their "free time" both are active in the community theater and several non-profit groups.
1979
Jeffrey E. Spriegel, Sr. '76 is in his seventeenth year as of "Golden Voice" of the Kenmore East Bulldogs. He announces the upstate New York high school's football games, track meets and boys and girls freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity basketball games. He has also announced wrestling, volleyball, swim meets, and done basketball scorekeeping and hockey supervision previously. "I enjoy athletic competitions at the high school level and I have the best seat in the house!" He played on the Junior Varsity Saxon basketball team at Alfred University and continued playing competitive sports well into his late 40s. He has been a well-respected school psychologist in the Kenmore, NY district for twenty-five years following three years in Lockport, NY. He served as the school psychologist on the district Committee on Special Education for ten years. He tries to attend the national school psychologist convention each year and was in New Orleans in February. He has been married to his wife, Kim, the "girl down the street," for twenty-eight ears and has two adult children, Jeffrey Jr. and Laura. He enjoys golfing in a summer league at a local course and plays whenever he can in Western New York and Canada. Spriegel was a proud member of Zeta Beta Tau when he was a student at AU.
From Rich Simington: Jim LaMarre '79 may be the poster boy for you never know what will happen when you get an Alfred degree but it will be interesting. Jim grew up in northern New Jersey. When Jim went to college he planned to be an engineer. Instead he left AU with a business degree and became a manager. Then he earned his MS in Computer Science and joined a company in Utah as their computer guru. Soon he was traveling all over teaching customers how to integrate their systems. Now the company has half as many staff in India as in the US. And Jim owns a ski condo in Colorado. Otherwise, his life went exactly as planned. Jim and his wife, Susan, continue to live in Salt Lake City, UT.
1981
Wayne Carnall '81 was named Chief Accountant in Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Carnall will be the principal advisor to John White, Director of the Division, on accounting and auditing matters.
Kathleen Barrett '81 is the newest sales associate of Lois Schneider Realtor in Summit.
Dave Moynihan '81 who was formerly Constellation's senior vice president of supply chain is now Constellation Brands, Inc. senior vice president, chief production and supply officer with global responsibilities in Fairport, NY.
1982
Carol Urbaitus '82 is the current Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management at the Finger Lakes Community College.
Michael Midey '82 is the Board of Education has been named the current superintendent of Romulus Central School District in Seneca County.
1983
Bobby Silverman '83 is an artist and designer who lives in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in New York; the European Ceramic Work Center, s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.; and the Daum Museum in Sedalia, MO. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Louisiana State Council for the Arts. He has taught and lectured in China, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East and is currently the director of the Ceramic Studio at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
From Rich Simington: Most of aspire to do good things for others. But Lisa Stark Walsh '77 is one of the lucky ones who gets to do that for a living. She's the long-term Executive Director of the Texas Medical Association Foundation, leading the organization's efforts to support hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of charitable work across Texas each year. Lisa and her husband, Frank, continue to live in Austin, TX.
Dr. J.C. Lapp '83 is being memorialized in the one of the top innovation awards that Corning Display Technologies presents each year. For the two teams receiving the Dr. J.C. Lapp Innovation Award, it's an inspiration to continue their co-worker's legacy of discovery and passion for science. Lapp, a development associate with Corning Display Technologies, was the co-inventor of some of Corning's groundbreaking LCD glass compositions. A well-known spokesman for Corning in the LCD industry, he died of cancer on April 26, 2007, at the age of 50. In re-naming its annual Innovation Award in his memory, the display business is paying tribute to Lapp's dedication to breaking new ground.
1984
Joseph Scheer '84 had an exhibit of digital prints of moths shown at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The moths are recreated on watercolor paper three feet by four feet that are high-definition scans at varying depths and the moths come from around the globe.
Richard Dolan '84 recently had an article entitled "UFOs are Real: So Now What?" published in The Canadian National Newspaper.
1986
Paula Tomanovich '86 has been promoted to a nurse manager at Wilmington Hospital, working with the elderly in acute care. Tomanovich has been with Christiana Care since 2002.
Beth Mennelle '86 has just been assigned as a full-time substitute at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.
1987
Margo Undercoffer '88 is the new principal of Francis P. Donnelly Elementary School which is in the Susquehana Valley Central School District.
Sharon McConnell '87 had an exhibit titled "HaRDedgeSoft" at the Cazenovie College Art Gallery in Syracuse, with a look at physical, artistic and verbal transitions and relationships.
Nitin P. Padture, PhD '87 is a professor in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State University.
1988
Stacey Covey '88, administrator of Troy Community Hospital and Guthrie Home Care, was elected as Chair for Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Small Hospital Council in 2007.
Janet King '88 has recently been promoted from Vice President of IDG Communications to General Manager of IDG.
1989
Dave Poulin '89, at a dedication ceremony at Titusville Middle School, along with students unveiled the third bronze statue in a series based upon stories written by students and designed and contructed by the class of the previous year.
1990
John Bisbee, '90, was featured in an article in the Boston Globe called, "Iron Man", that spoke of his most recent exhibition where he worked exclusively with nails.
Randi Solin '90 now operates Solinglass Studio in Brattleboro, VT. Her work is in the collections of the White House, the Prince of Dubai, and Harry Belafonte, among others.
1991
Laurie McFadden '91 has just published a book entitled, "Alfred and Alfred Station", a 128-page collection of black-and-white photographs edited by the librarian. McFadden began work on the project part-time in January and sent it to print in May of 2007. McFadden is also planning on giving several talks about the photos in the book. McFadden said, "I knew it would be great timing with the town's bicentennial right now." The book is part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing. There are currently 3,000 titles on regional history printed by the company. McFadden is currently president of the Baker's Bridge Association of Alfred Station and has also served as the secretary of the Alfred Historical Society.
Matthew Solomon '91 was featured in an article by the CountyTimes that wrote on his collection, handmade ceramic decorative pieces under the name Milleflora Ceramics, which would be displayed at Pergola in New Preston.
Stephen Dennis '91 was hired by the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency to be the new Executive Director of the Seneca County IDA.
Josh DeWeese '91 an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist was the visiting artist at University of North Dakota and recently retired as resident director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. He currently teaches ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman where he and wife, Rosalie Wynkoop, have built a home and studio.
1992
Rachel Pisciotta (Davids) '92 has joined Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc. as vice president and chief financial officer.
1993
Thomas W. Reed II '93 was elected mayor of Corning unseating first-term incumbent Democratic Mayor Frank P. Coccho.
Jennifer Dobie '93 creates specialty pots useing a technique of crafting hundreds of small petals into much larger pots featured in the 32nd annual Potters Market.
1995
Samantha Henneke '95 appeared in The Courier-Tribune in an article that praised her for being one of two local artists that were invited to participate in Krystallos 2007 in Pennsylvania.
Melissa Neubauer '95 along with her husband Karl '97 were featured in an article in the Naples Record entitled "Living Their Art,": Developing a Lifestyle that Enhances Creativity.
Christianna Wilson( Smith) '96 was named the Best of Albany graphic designer by Metroland newspaper.
1996
Ayumi Horie '96, with pottery work that consists almost entirely of functional tableware, is decorated with drawings that emerge from the fusion of Japanese and Merican folk traditions as well as her particularly playful imagination. Available at her website ayumihorie.com, includes a "family album" section entitled "Pots in Action" that displays snapshots of the happy lives shared with her mugs, bowls, and plates.
Stephanie Hoyer '96 will be among the new professional staff members to join the Alfred State College community this academic school year.
Pascale Delsol '96 was hired for the as a World Language Teacher at Lake Region Middle School.
1997
Karl B. Gholson '97 appeared in The Courier-Tribune in an article that praised him for being one of two local artists that were invited to participate in Krystallos 2007 in Pennsylvania.
Karl Neubauer '97 along with wife Melissa '95 were featured in an article in the Naples Record entitled "Living Their Art,": Developing a Lifestyle that Enhances Creativity.
Samuel Castner '97 participated along with other Alfred alumni in an exhibit at the Earthworks Art Gallery in Penn-Yan.
Jeremy Lepisto '97 along with Sean Albert exhibited at D&A Fine Arts in Southern California.
SunKoo Yuh '97 whose glazed porcelain sculptures and lusty drawings have the entire second floor of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, may be producing the most vivid, visceral representational ceramic sculpture since Robert Arneson's harrowing self-portrait heads of the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s, claims the Philadelphia Inquirer. Yuh was influenced by anonymous Korean folk art painting of the Yi Dynasty.
Peter Kupinski '97 was just married toKara (Costello) Kupinski '00 on August 11, 2007 at Burgundy Basin in Pittsford, NY.
1998
Martha McGee '98 will be among the new professional staff members to join the Alfred State College community this academic school year.
1999
Michael Christakis '99 recently accepted a position in the Office of the Vice President for Student Success at the University at Albany as the Assistant to the Vice President. In this capacity, his responsibilities will include the assessment of the various programs/units throughout the Division, division-wide planning, and risk management related to areas which might impact students. Since 2002, he have had the good fortune of working as an Assistant Director of Residential Life at UAlbany. His experiences while with Residential Life have been invaluable and ones that he will cherish for years to come. His colleagues have taught him so much (least of which is the importance of laughing at yourself - which he often does!); the student leaders he has interacted with are bright and talented and his staffs through the years have in fact been second-to-none. His new contact information is as follows: Office of the Vice President for Student Success, University Hall 206E, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. Phone is 518.956.8140, fax is 518.956.8141. Home address and cell phone number remain the same. Chrissy is three-months into her new job as the Director of Quality and Research Initiatives at the Healthcare Association of New York State and is really enjoying her work. Their next big move...is buying a house!
Kristina Schling '99, a needle felting artist, worked on a collaborative piece entitled "Fiber Fun" for the Harmoney House Marketplace in Troy, NY.
Rory MacDonald '99 was awarded the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery's Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists, a $10,000 prize intended to help emerging artists wih pottery or clay, last Thursday at the gallery. Macdonald works as an assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Regina. He intends to use the award to travel both in Canada and in Europe. He also plans to create multiple public art interventions and a database and curatorial proposal concentrating on Canadian emerging ceramics. Macdonald noted that the fact that the prize money was intended for travel opened up possibilities for enhanced mobility in the ceramics process.
2000
Andrew Shaw '00 spent his Fellowship year creating many of the pieces in his current exhibtion. After AU he has established himself as one of the best young potters in the US. Sahw's work celebrates function. It is meticulously crafted with beautifully proportioned forms and simply textured patterned surfaces highlighted through the pooling of a softly colored glaze.
Kara (Costello) Kupinski '00 was just married to Peter Kupinski '97 on August 11, 2007 at Burgundy Basin in Pittsford, NY.
Jasmine Lellock '00 recently received her MA in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She will continue on in the hopes of receiving her PhD.
Carlo Sammarco '00 participated in a group exhibition with other faculty and alumni entitled "New Alfred".
2001
Pablo Soto '01 was a part of an exhibit titled "A Tribute to Mary Nyburg, Blue Heron Gallery founder".
Christa Christakis '01 is three-months into her new job as the Director of Quality and Research Initiatives at the Healthcare Association of New York State and is really enjoying her work.
2002
Sanam Emami '02 participated in a group exhibition with other faculty and alumni entitled "New Alfred".
Daniel Mirer '02 participated along with other Alfred alumni in an exhibit at the Earthworks Art Gallery in Penn-Yan.
William Till '03 married Lori Till (Hughes) '05on Aug. 18, 2007 at the Worcester United Methodist Church.
2003
Cara Fuller '03 had a recent exhibit at Athens State University, Athens, Alabama, entitled, " Show in the Bear Cave". Also at the Big Orbit Members' exhibition at the Big Orbit Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the CEPA Members' Exhibition at the CEPA Gallery in Buffalo.
Lauren Selig '03 recently received her Masters of Fine Art in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of art and exhibited a body of artwork, "Hope is a Good Thing", at MICA the week of her graduation. She also presented the firndings from her thesis based on urban students' aesthetic reactions to style and visual culture at the Maryland Art Education Association convention in October and is looking forward to presenting it at the National Convention as well.
Penny Haesloop '03, formerly Penny Kalika, was married this past September to J.D. Haesloop and her horse, Bug, one that she has known since the age of 12 was featured at her wedding as an avid participant.
2004
Chadwick Augustine '04 participated in a group exhibition with other faculty and alumni entitled "New Alfred".
Shawn Murrey '04 participated along with other Alfred alumni in an exhibit at the Earthworks Art Gallery in Penn-Yan.
Hollie Hall '04 will be among the new professional staff members to join the Alfred State College community this academic school year.
New Alfred, a group exhibition of faculty and alumni from the NYS College of Ceramics at AU was on view at Lacost Gallery in Aug. 2007. It featured printmaking and painting from nine alumni and faculty of AU. The following were featured. Chadwick Augustine ('04) Lauren Gallaspy ('07) Michyio Oishi ('04) Nathan Prouty ('06)
Maureen Hause writes on behalf of Coleman Hause '04: My husband Scott Hause '73 grad is currently finishing a 'day spa' in our building which has housed my hair salon since 2003. He and my stepson Coleman Hause '04 have been an integral part of making my vision and artistic design happen! Coleman and Lindsey Glover '05 are currently continuing their relationship... even though he's in Vermont practicing art and the great outdoors, she's at Cornell completing her master's in art. (She was my receptionist at the salon, until Cornell woed her away from me). I'm so proud of all their accomplishments, that's why I am finally writing something for the Class Notes because they would never 'toot their own horn.' Sincerely, Maureen Hause
2005
Maureen Hause writes on behalf of Lindsey Glover '05: Coleman Hause '04 and Lindsey Glover '05 are currently continuing their relationship... even though he's in Vermont practicing art and the great outdoors, she's at Cornell completing her master's in art. (She was my receptionist at the salon, until Cornell woed her away from me). I'm so proud of all their accomplishments, that's why I am finally writing something for the Class Notes because they would never 'toot their own horn.' Sincerely, Maureen Hause
Lori Till (Hughes) '05 married William Till '03 on Aug. 18, 2007 at the Worcester United Methodist Church.
Sean Albert '05 along with Jeremy Lepisto '97 exhibited at D&A Fine Arts in Southern California.
2006
New Alfred, a group exhibition of faculty and alumni from the NYS College of Ceramics at AU was on view at Lacost Gallery in Aug. 2007. It featured printmaking and painting from nine alumni and faculty of AU. The following were featured. Chadwick Augustine ('04) Lauren Gallaspy ('07) Michyio Oishi ('04) Nathan Prouty ('06)
Erika Wastrom '06 participated in a group exhibition with other faculty and alumni entitled "New Alfred".
Peter Lutz '06 participated in a group exhibition with other faculty and alumni entitled "New Alfred".
Earl F. Johnson '06 has been hired as vice president for finance and operations for the Strong National Museum of Play. He is responsible for managing all finance and management information systems functions and supervising the teams that conduct them. Johson lives in Almond, Allegany County.
2007
Anes Osmic '07 has been hired by the Bonadio Group as an assistant accountant in Rochester, NY.
Laura McGraw '07 participated along with other Alfred alumni in an exhibit at the Earthworks Art Gallery in Penn-Yan.
New Alfred, a group exhibition of faculty and alumni from the NYS College of Ceramics at AU was on view at Lacost Gallery in Aug. 2007. It featured printmaking and painting from nine alumni and faculty of AU. The following were featured. Chadwick Augustine ('04) Lauren Gallaspy ('07) Michyio Oishi ('04) Nathan Prouty ('06)
Lauren Mastin '07 has been hired by The Bonadio Group in Rochester as assistant accountants.
Fontana Fluke '07 won Bruegger's Bagel 5K in Rochester on Sept. 9, 2007.
Births
Cynthia Arserio '96, Greg, and big brother Nathan would like to share the announcement of the birth of Meghan Diane Arserio born February 3, 2007.
Deaths - Alumni
Beverly Ann Lang Coleton '43 passed aswat on January 7th of Alzheimer's disease, her ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Coleton received her bachelor's and Master's degrees from AU, and is a veteran of the US Coast Guard. Coleton was married to John Coletoon were married 59 years.