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1943
Your Class Correspondent, Evelyn Stevens Gorman writes: "Since we (husband Warren) have both turned 88 this year, we find ourselves much more actively supporting the local medical community. Warren livened up an otherwise quiet lifestyle with double bypass open heart surgery. He goes to a gym for cardiac rehab and is doing quite well. I also do well, despite some of the infirmities that come with age, and I see to it that things run smoothly around here. As we assess our blessings, let us extend our best wishes for health and happiness to you into this next year and beyond."
Joseph David Broudo had art work featured in a major survey exhibition in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, Beverly, MA.
1954
Claude Marshall, a voluntary consultant to the United Nations refugee agency in Geneva, Switzerland, recently received thanks from the International Olympic Committee President. Claude has worked on projects to bring sports to refugee youth in African and Asian camps since his business retirement in 1993.
1960
Richard Hess, a ceramic glass artist, has lassoed his passion for ceramic horses by creating majestic horses out of clay. Richard's projects have taught him more about his inner spirit as he continues to reinvent himself.
1962
Alan E. Fairbanks and his wife of 43 years, Judy Forrest Fairbanks, recited their wedding vows for the second time in a convalidation ceremony at Sacred Heart Saint Francis DeSales Church in Bennington, VT.
1968
Donna Bennett was nominated for the Canandaigua Athena Award, which recognizes a woman who excels in her profession, is a leader in her community and is personally and professionally supportive of other women. Donna is the founder of Canandaigua Connected Three Chiquitas Publishing.
Eileen Hickey-Hulme will have her painting "Mme. Swann's Drawing Room/Indestructible" on display at the Dene Gallery in New York City starting May 20, 2011. The 4 x 5- foot painting done with nail polish, lipstick and eye shadow on a canvas Angle Iron Frame is featured in Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper's new movie "The Dark Fields," scheduled to be released this May.
1969
Gene M. Bernstein, trustee of Alfred University, was recently elected to a one-year term as president of the Metropolitan Golf Association at the Association's 113th Annual Meeting at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY.
Eric Bershad is chairman and founder of Philip Jeffries Ltd. His company was honored at a party hosted by Veranda Magazine and the Hearst Corp. on Dec. 16, 2010 in New York City at the Setai Residences on 5th Avenue. His company was cited for its contribution of natural textured wall coverings to 14 Designer Show houses held throughout the United States.
1970
David McNeil, David Boyajian '80, and Matt Rink '07 had art work featured in the "Art in the Landscape" exhibition at the Sculpture Barn Gallery, CT.
Thomas L. Sciortino retired from Honeywell International in October 2009 after working over 35 years at the Autolite spark plug plant in Fostoria, Ohio, in various engineering, quality, and supervisory positions. Thomas was hired at Autolite by Ford Motor Co. and then worked for several other major corporations at this facility, as its ownership transitioned from Ford to Bendix to Allied to AlliedSignal to Honeywell. His last multi-assignment was as Engineering Prototype/Fabrication Lab Supervisor; he was certified as a Green Belt and Quality Engineer for Warranty, where he was occasionally called to testify as an Expert Witness in cases of litigation.
1971
Richard Stetz has stepped down as a Career-Link administrator with a number of honors in recognition of his 35 years of service, including a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; a certificate of appreciation from Sandra Vitro, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Labor and Industry; and a certificate of appreciation from the Tioga (PA) Country Development Corp.
1972
Barbara L. Donaldson, communications specialist for the U.S. Government Account at Hewlett-Packard, has been recognized by Cambridge "Who's Who" for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in communications management.
David Kweller announces the birth of his third grandson, Bronx Mason, born May 13, 2010 in Orlando, FL.
Ken Hankins was featured in the Carroll County Times as an "artist who makes pottery his passion" in December 2010. The article discusses his teaching career, beginning with his education at Alfred University as well as talents which led to his own studio as a part of the Carroll County Artists' Studio Tour.
Michael Oot was appointed by former NY Gov. David Paterson to serve on the College Council at Morrisville State College. He is an attorney and partner in the firm of Oot and Stratton and an active member of the local community. He is co-founder, board member, and vice president of the Stockbridge Valley Educational Foundation and has served as past president of the Stockbridge Valley Central School Board.
1973
Maryse Searls McConnell was one of three exhibiting studio faculty artists from the University of New Hampshire's Department of Art and Art History to present a gallery talk at the Museum of Art in Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham. Maryse has been teaching at the University of New Hampshire since 1973.
1975
Thomas Kowalik, the Binghamton University Continuing Education director, has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.
1977
Marina R. Pascucci was recently elected the American Ceramic Society president. Marina is president of CeraNova Corp.
1978
Akio Takamori, a ceramic sculptor, conducted a slide lecture of his work at the Austin Museum of Art as part of the first installment of The Art School's Visiting Ceramic Artist Program. Akio has been a faculty member in the University of Washington School of Art since 1993.
1979
Bruce Kaminstein, president of Casabella Holdings LLC, Congers, NY, was elected chairman of the board directors of the International Housewares Association(IHA). IHA is a full-service trade association for the housewares industry.
Sheri Peters has moved through the fine arts toward a recent career shift, landing in the music business. Sheri has recently released a debut CD titled "First Satori," which showases her original arrangements of jazz tunes. Read a full description of the album at: http://www.alfred.edu/pre... Since graduating from Alfred University, Sheri has expressed herself as an artist in surrealist oil paintings on canvas and has also produced many classical figurative bronze sculptures, while living abroad in Switzerland for 20 years. She decided to return to the United States a few years ago and has slowly found her way up to the coast of Maine where she currently resides in the town of Camden.
1980
David Boyajian was is in a five-artist group show at The Able Fine Art NY gallery, Chelsea, NY. His piece "Flourish" was featured. David, David McNeil '70, and Matt Rink '07 had art work featured in the "Art in the Landscape" exhibition at the Sculpture Barn Gallery, CT.
1981
Carol O'Brien, Earl O. James '90, and Dan Mirer '02 were three of 41 master craft artists from around the Northeast to have work featured in the Fine Craft Show at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY.
1982
Stephen Perrone had work featured in an art exhibit entitled, "With Whom to Share the Silence," at the Hamilton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, NY.
1983
Steve Garrison has joined Infoblox as vice president of marketing. He is responsible for spearheading the evolution of Infoblox's global brand and positioning.
1985
Greg Leshe had art work on display in the exhibition "Ground-Over Skies" at Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. He also participated in two group exhibitions, "One Two Punch" and "Portraiture: Inside Out." In addition, Greg read from his cursory writing series, "Circular Auto-graphs."
Clifford C. Holly, who was with the Marine Corps before joining the FBI, is scheduled to became FBI chief of the Albany field office in January 2011.
Alan DiPietro has joined Expressor Software as vice president of sales. He is responsible for growing and leading Expressor's sales team and operations.
1986
Lauren McClune, MD is the newest of primary care doctors to join the Brattleoro Memorial Hospital medical staff in January 2011. As a board certified practitioner, she is in the process of opening her own office.
1988
Harry Littell is designer and publisher of a new Civil War book, "Dear Friend Amelia: The Civil War Letters of Private John Tidd," which portrays the life of Private Tidd, who in 1862 enlists for a three-year period in Company B of the 109th New York Volunteers. The book is an account of John's wartime services as well as his relationship with Amelia through his corresponding letters with her. "Dear Friend Amelia" is available on Amazon.com.
1989
Greg Zeorlin had artwork showcased at The Gallery, Palestine, TX. Greg is a sculptor whose prize-winning art is represented in many private and public collections.
Dan Marvin and his wife, Larke, welcomed their third child, Alyah Ruth Marvin, on Oct. 30, 2010. Dan is also pleased to announce that his second book "Thomas Granger" is now available for Amazon's Kindle reader. Thomas Granger is set at the fictional Fabian University, which bears a striking, and intentional resemblance to Alfred University. "Anyone who attended AU in the late '80s will likely notice many similarities to place and events that were taking place at that time."
Theresa Alo earned her Ph.D. from the College of Notre Dame in May 2010. Her dissertation entitled: "The Effect of Visual Arts Education on At-Risk Students' Critical Thinking Skills and the Maryland English II High School Assessment" is searchable on ProQuest. Also, her sculpture was on display in November 2010 at the Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, at a juried show, The Show of Heads.
1990
Cathy Bissoon, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, has been nominated for a vacancy on the bench of the U.S. District Court inWestern Pennsylvania. President Obama made the announcement in November and her nomination has gone to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Cathy has been a magistrate in the court's Pittsburgh division since 2008.
1992
Rebekah Modrak is proud to announce the publishing of her book "Reframing Photography," available in the United Kingdom as of January 2011. She is the lead author for the text about photo-based arts in the widest possible sense of the word. Rebekah started writing the book while living in Alfred. Professor Roger Freeman allowed her access to student assistance when doing research for the publication. As her instructor, he "planted the seeds for this book 20 years ago when he allowed me to take his photo-history course and for sharing his curiosity about the circumstances around photos, not just the images themselves." You can learn more about the book by visiting www.reframingphotography.... .
1993
Sean Paul McCartney, a Plain Local Schools middle school teacher, recently published and signed copies of his new book, "The Secrets of the Magical Medallions: The Treasure Hunters Club Book 1." The novel is the first in a planned series of action adventure books for young people ages 9 to 13.
1994
Heather Roffe is a visiting assistant professor of dance at the State University of New York at Brockport. She is also the co-founder, co-director, choreographer, and dancer at FuturPointe Dance, Rochester, NY.
Jennison Bielemeier, director of Financial Development at Heritage Christian Services, Rochester, NY, was nominated for a Forty Under 40 Award. The Forty Under 40 Awards recognize 40 men and women under the age of 40 who have achieved professional success and made significant civic contributions to the community.
1995
Sandra Murchison is currently associate professor of art and art chairperson of the Art Department at Millsaps College, Jackson, MS. Sandra specializes in printing, book arts, and painting and drawing. Most recently, she has focused her attention on the legendary blues musicians of the Mississippi Delta, as well as "honoring a rare place, period of time and its people that make up the Delta."
Abby Thomas was named director of advisement and transition at the State University of New York at Cortland; she began her new duties Jan. 3, 2011. Abby oversees Advisement and Transition which operates under the Division of Academic Affairs. She provides leadership for academic advising, transitional and retention programming for approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students.
1996
Lori Hollenbeck has been hired as the assistant dean of St. John Fisher College's Bittner School of Business, Rochester, NY. Prior to her current position she served as the assistant dean of the College of Business at AU. Lori's accomplishments as a young professional were featured in the Democrat and Chronicle and on roc.now.com, in the article titled, "On The Ladder: Lori Hollenbeck."
1998
Cecily Rogers reports: "I married Aleksandr Reznitskiy, whom I met on JDate, on Nov. 21. He is taking my name, however, so I'm Mrs. Rogers. We are still living in San Francisco, CA - which we both love. Alek moved to San Franciso from Ukraine 13 years ago with his family. I'm still working at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco - just over 10 years now! Time goes by quickly." "Also, we are expecting a baby in June. I'll keep you posted! I'm keeping busy volunteering at the California Academy of Sciences as a docent/guide. My favorite spot is the Living Roof. I'm also volunteering as a Book Buddy through my synagogue and a local elementary school."
Pearl Dick took part in a three-person exhibition at the Craighead-Green Gallery, TX. Pearl is a full-time glass artist and also participates as a visiting art instructor in the Chicago and New York areas.
1999
Alleghany Meadows was presented by the Huntington Museum of Art as one of two visiting Walter Gropius Master Artists. An exhibition of his work was also on display. Alleghany is a studio potter in Carbondale, CO.
Russell Patterson and this wife, Thuy, welcomed a son, Logan Robert, into the world on Jan. 30, 2011. They still reside in Charleston, SC, where Russell is a project manager for Zapata Inc., managing environmental and technology projects for DoD installations. Thuy is owner of Jade Water Designs, a special events floral design firm.
Peter Roberts recently had his unique masonry technology selected as a winning solution to a problem posed by InnoCentive in its initiative "Design of a Low Cost Rainwater Harvesting Storage Tank in a Wetland Region." Currently, Peter is seeking to commercialize the rainwater harvest tank in the American West. In 2010, he started a company in Utah, "Sure Well LLC," which will be selling this masonry system in Utah and across other dry Western states.
2001
Kara Midlam is starting her fourth season with the Lenox Theatre Company as a costume designer. She is currently in charge of designing costumes for the theater's upcoming production, "The Mystery of Irma Vep."
Ed Goyda, who directed the Cape May County Library in New Jersey since 2008, has been appointed library director at Lewes Public Library in Lewes, DE.
John Mauro received the 2010 Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award. John is a senior research scientist at Corning Inc.
Kait Rhoads, artist in residence at the Glass Pavilion, discussed her glass creations and use of traditional Italian techniques at a free talk in January 2011.
Clarkson University has named Jeffrey D. Taylor as director of the University's Career Center. Most recently he served as the director of business career services at the State University of New York at Brockport.
2002
Bridgette Henne married Michael Elston at Riverview Country Club on Sept. 19, 2010. One hundred fifty guests helped celebrate their special day, including six fellow Alfred alumni. The couple currently resides in Easton, PA with their two dogs and two cats. Bridgette is an accounting coordinator for a mobile broadcast company and Michael is a sales associate for a four-wheel drive store. They plan to honeymoon in Las Vegas for their one-year anniversary.
2003
Carrie Sheehan is a financial services representative for MetLife, a life insurance company.
2004
Rachel Olin (Levy) had her first solo art show on Dec. 3, 2010. Her work was shown in the furniture store Design Within Reach as part of South Florida's annual winter art festivities including Gable Gallery Night and Art Basal Miami Beach. Her work is nature inspired, and her favorite mediums are oil pastel and watercolor. Rachel and her husband, Ken, celebrated their third wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2010.
Jessica Orlowski is presented her ceramic/mixed media sculpture, "Juggler," at the Guardino Gallery in Portland, OR throughout January 2011.
Elizabeth Cates Boisvert has been installed as the new associate pastor at the First Church of Christ, Longmeadow, MA.
2005
Shadra Bruce launched a Web site for moms last year with her sister Tiana Green in an effort to provide support, information, and a few minutes of welcome distraction during a mom's busy day. Not knowing what would come of the new adventure, Shadra and Tiana pooled all of their experience - 10 kids, two divorces, single parenting, stepparenting, twins, teens, and toddlers - into helping moms know that they are not alone. Along the way they have welcomed some amazing Mom Contributors to share different perspectives about the many roles moms play. The response has been extraordinary, and the Web site has grown from a small blog into a major undertaking that is truly having an impact on people's lives. IGotMomPower will celebrate its first anniversary in May and in honor of that landmark occasion the IGotMomPower Team is planning to honor one special mom with the first annual IGotMomPower Mom of the Year Award. Nominations are currently being accepted, as are donations from sponsors, who will be featured on the site throughout the months of April and May. For more information on how to nominate your favorite mom, please view the complete details of the contest here. To learn how you or your company can donate an item to the gift basket, please contact Shadra at shadra@igotmompower.com .
Casey Lumbra has been appointed Web designer/developer at the State University of New York Empire State College, Saratoga Springs. Casey formerly served as assistant director of communications at the NYS Division of Veterans' Affairs. He also worked for Manchester Newspapers out of Granville, NY, as a Web designer.
Jessica Ecock won an award for the Outstanding New Professional from the College Student Personnel Association of New York. Jessica is employed at Ithaca College as a residence life professional.
2006
Cashelle (Crowley) Rose had an exciting year in 2010. She married her husband, John Rose, in Atlanta, GA on Sept. 18. On Dec. 10, she graduated with a master's degree in medical science from Emory University
Mount Mercy University will showcase the work of Susannah Biondo-Gemmell during a special exhibit at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery throughout January and February 2011. Susannah currently serves as an assistant professor of art at Cornell College. She creates sculptural work which investigates ceramic materials and the phenomenon of the ceramic firing process.
2007
Matt Rink, David McNeil '70, and David Boyajian '80, had art work featured in the "Art in the Landscape" exhibition at the Sculpture Barn Gallery, CT.
Class Correspondent Bonnie Ye Sick became a graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University, in September 2010. She is also a Student Senate Diversity Senator at the Teacher's College at Columbia.
Sarah Pruiksma, after graduating Alfred in December 2007 with her BFA, was awarded the Diversity Teaching/Research Fellowship to attend The State University at Albany for her master's degree. This is her last semester. For nearly two years, Sarah has directed and curated Davey Jones Gallery in Albany. Davey Jones was open for nearly two months before she began, and was only a partial gallery at the time. Since then, she has coordinated a complete renovation and grown its community and high school artist base into regional and national exhibits. The Davey Jones Gallery is the only gallery on Delaware Avenue. For more information, please visit www.daveyjonesgallery.com .
2008
Deborah Wax has been named a program associate in The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) Development Department. JFR is a non-profit organization that identifies, honors, and financially supports non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
2009
Rachael Wong was the winner of the third annual RBC Award for Glass.
2010
Jason Bernagozzi had video work displayed at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Delaware.