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1949
Marty Dillon writes, "keeping active and busy. Retired attorney working p/t with HRBlock seasonally. My wife is also retired from teaching and is working p/t. Very active at our local Kiwanis. Have 2 daughters, 3 graddaughters and a female dog. surrounded by women.: His wife, Susan, adds, "The above was from Marty Dillon. He is too modest to let you know that he was named Man of the Year here in our town of Merrick in 2007 because of his extreme volunteerism and community service. He is a distinguished past president of Kiwanis and has been the Treasurer of Kiwanis for many years."
1950
Herb MacDonell's latest book, "After Holmes," is now available. It describes his involvement in 63 criminal and civil cases since 1949. The book can be ordered by email (forensiclab@stny.rr.com), by mail directed to Bloodstain Institute, Post Office Box 1111, Corning, N.Y. 14830, or by phone at 607-962-6581.
1952
Herbert Cohen will participate in the 75th anniversary celebration for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. with a ceramics exhibition, "Sophisticated Surfaces: The Pottery of Herb Cohen." The exhibition, which will include approximately 60 works from the museum's own collection and from a number of other private collections, will open April 7, 2012 and run through Jan. 6, 2013. Herb is a seminal figure in the history of The Mint Museum, having served as its acting director in the late 1960s. The museum is a nonprofit visual arts institution opened in 1936 at what was the original branch of the United States Mint.
1954
Claude Marshall, a volunteer for the United Nations Refugee Agency, headed a delivery of volleyballs and nets to refugees in the Central African Republic on June 30 as part of the organization's ongoing Social Responsibility Programme.
1955
Stephen Bender has begun to supply restaurants and shellfish dealers in Nantucket, Mass. with his home-grown oysters. He received a three-acre grant from the town of Nantucket, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Army Corps of Engineers in November 2008 and planted 50,000 oyster seeds in 2009. He has since added over 200,000 seeds. He runs the oyster farm himself with help from his wife, Anne Lynn, and his son, Emil Bender.
1957
Jenny Floch lives and works in Columbus, Ohio making wheel-thrown functional clay pottery. She has won several awards for her work and has sold her pottery to highly regarded museums throughout the United States.
Jenny Floch is currently exhibiting her ceramic artwork at Galleria Evangelia in Columbus, Ohio. Her wheel-thrown pieces include teapots, bowls, vases and other clay vessels.
1958
Syracuse University recently hosted Marvin Bell for a reading from his latest poetry collection, "Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems," on April 2. "Vertigo" is Marvin's 23rd book of poetry and his fourth collection of dead man poems, a stylistic technique he invented himself.
This fall Andy Seaman '58 and wife, Fran, were on an Alaska Cruise. On one of our tours I was wearing an Alfred shirt and received a tap on the shoulder from the couple behind me who asked if I went to Alfred. They were Cliff '65 and Candy Gilbert. Traveling with them were Dick '69 and his wife Cindy O'Driscoll, (Alfred State '69) who is Cliff's sister. They gathered for a group photo (from left): Clifford and Candy Gilbert, Fran and Andy Seaman, Dick and Cindy O'Driscoll
1959
Ken Price, who earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art & Design in 1959, died Feb. 17, 2012, at his home in New Mexico. Roberta Smith, in a New York Times obitutuary, called Price "one of the outstanding artists of postwar America." For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/arts/design/ken-price-sculptor-who-helped-elevate-ceramics-dies-at-77.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=Ken%20Price&st=cse
L. David Pye presented "Examining the Shroud of Turin," a lecture on the mixed history of the Shroud, at the Alfred State New Horizons Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 21. David is currently a dean and professor of glass science emeritus at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Gary Girmindl writes, "I live in Clemson, South Carolina and have become the #1 men's basketball fan for the Tigers. I have attended 547 consecutive home games at Littlejohn Coliseum. The streak started in 1978, when my olderst daughter was a freshman and has continued each season since then. I played varsity basketball at alfred in '57-'58 NS '58-'59 and also golf in those same years. I have been retired since '99, enjoying sports here at the University, would love to hear from my teammates and friends at AU."
1960
Glen VanIngen spoke from his home in Hawaii via Skype to a class about the Vietnam War taught by Gary Ostrower '61. Glen described his experiences as a pilot for Air America, a CIA-owned airline in Southeast Asia where he served from about 1967 to 1975. Skype has allowed Gary to bring in guests living all over the world to his classes.
1961
Bette Blank is currently showing a piece in an art exhibition titled "Alice: Into the Looking Glass" at The Noyes Museum in Oceanville, N.J. The exhibit opened Feb. 3 and will run through May 20.
1962
Joel Myers will receive the Lifetime Achievement award from the Glass Art Society for exceptional achievement in the field of glass. Joel is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University and founder of the university's glass program.
Retired Seton Hall Professor Maxine Lurie talked about her latest book, "Mapping New Jersey," on Jan. 15, 2012 at the Tweksbury Historical Society's annual meeting.
1964
Maynard Tischler was recently featured in DU Today, the University of Denver news blog, on his history as a professor of ceramics at the university. He left the DU art department in 2009, but he still occasionally teaches nighttime ceramics classes as well as offering classes and workshops at venues such as the Denver Art Museum. Maynard has many of his ceramics pieces on display in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland museum of fine and Decorative Art and the Littleton Museum.
John Jessiman presented a ceramics demonstration and lecture along with ceramic artist Steven Glass at East Tennessee State University on March 21-22. John is the founder and director of the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, Va., and an internationally recognized artist.
1968
Judith Gregory recently collaborated with artist Dianne Baker on a material installation piece, "Material/Ethereal Constructs," for the winter Jamestown Community College ArtParty. "Homegrown Excellence," presented by the Weeks Gallery. Judith and Dianne's piece, constructed with a combination of conventional and quirky materials, reflects art-process meditations engaging the body, mind and spirit. The exhibition continues from Feb. 6 through March 22.
1970
Kenneth Campbell was reelected to the Town Council of New Canaan, Conn. on Nov. 8. His swearing-in on Nov. 16 marks the beginning of his third four-year term on the legislative branch of the town government.
Linda Rounds has been reappointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for Galveston County in Galveston, Texas. The board governs the piloting of any vessels in the county. She is also a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Nursing. She is a member of the American and Texas Nurses associations, Texas Nurse Practitioners and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
The Phi Ep Winter Retreat/ski weekend has taken place for the past six years. This year the group met in Edwards, Colo. All are from the Class of 1970 (from left) Wes Martens, Sandy Reinauer, Kiki Stern, Howie Gershon, Ron Zapletal, Ken Campbell, Gil Roessner and Geoff Gray.
1973
Elizabeth Miller passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Memorial donations in her name can be made to the Norman Performing Arts Studio in Norman, Okla.
1974
Jonathan Greenfield recently received an MFA in creative writing and poetry from Fairfield University. He also holds an M.D. degree.
1977
Nicholas Wood was recently featured in The Shorthorn, the student newspaper for the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently an associate porfessor of art and art history. He has served as the head of ceramics there for 35 years. Nicholas has exhibited his work in ceramics, sculpture and drawings in several galleries including solo and group exhibitions in Germany and Paris.
Lois Rockcastle recently received the Alaska Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2011, presented annually to a nurse practitioner for professional leadership and contributions to health care in Alaska. Lois has been a member of the Alaska Nurse Practicioner Association for 20 years, serving as president, editor of the organization's newsletter and as a member of the conference committee. She currently works for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
1978
Annabeth Rosen was recently one of 25 recipients of $25,000 awards in the New York City-based Joan Mitchell Foundation's 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. She currently holds the Robert Arneson Chair of Ceramic Sculpture at the University of California, Davis.
Akio Takamori received an individual fellowship award and $50,000 grant from United States Artists, a nonprofit art organization. He currently works as a Professor of Art and Ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle.
1979
Deborah Oropallo, a digital printmaker and painter, was recently a featured artist on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte photography blog, a collection of resources for students interested in photography.
1980
Joe Mooney presented "Prophets" at the Kouros Gallery, New York City in January 2012.
Christopher Corapi is the director of U.S. equity research with ING Investment Management and co-manager of ING VP Growth and Income Portfolio. Prior to joining ING, he worked in investment management with Credit Suisse Asset Management and JPMorgan Investment Management.
1981
Work by Jean Grosser was included in Coker College's(SC) 39th Annual Faculty Show. Jean is chair of the art department and a member of the Coker College Board of Trustees.
1982
Elizabeth Lyons is devoting full-time to her art after taking early retirement from her job teaching in the Rochester, NY, city schools, reports Kevin Jacobs '89. Owner of More Fire Glass Studio in Rochester, Lyons will be among the exhibitors at the Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City March 22-25. Stop by Pier 94 to see her work.
James F. Conneely was selected as the president of Nortre Dame of Maryland University, the first man and second layperson to serve in this position in the Catholic women's college's 116-year history. James has a long history in the field of student affairs, most recently as associate provost and vice president of student affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. He has also served on several national student affairs organizations and has published extensively on student affairs issues.
1984
Richard Dolan was featured on No Lies Radio's PSI Saturday, a radio program on paranormal research, for the release of his new book, Volume 2 of "UFOs and the National Security State." The book is a historical narrative of the national security dimensions of possible UFO interactions over the past several decades.
1985
Ann Lynch was recently hired as a senior ERP consultant at GOJO Industries, a privately held skin health and hygiene retail company. Ann has worked previously for the company as the sales and operations planning director.
1988
Staci Covey will lead the American Hospital Association's Section for Small or Rurals Hospitals, a governing council representing rural hospitals in the AHA's policy process, in 2012. Staci has served as president of Troy Community Hospital in Troy, Pa. since 2003 and is also vice-president for post-acute care services for Guthrie Healthcare System in Sayre, Pa. and administrator for Guthrie Home Care in Towanda, Pa. She is an active member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce and volunteers for the Animal Care Sanctuary, a shelter and adoption program for rescued, abandoned and abused animals.
1991
Gina Denn is creating pieces and teaching the potter's wheel and ceramic arts in the Greenbelt Community Center and at the University of Maryland's Art and Learning Center.
Brian is the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has previously worked in the athletics departments at Florida State University and Georgetown University. He and his wife, Holly, were married in July of 2008.
1992
Lisa Robinson was recently hired as special counsel in the Syracuse office of Robinson Goldberg Segalla LLP. Lisa is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law.
1993
Mark Cook was recently named head coach for the North Dakota State University women's soccer team. He has been the director of coaching for the Minnesota Thunder Academy, the local youth soccer program, for the last 11 years. Mark has worked in several high school and youth soccer programs, but this will be his first college coaching job.
Michelle Plucinsky will be hosting the "Mardi Gras Winter Warm-Up" glass show on Feb. 23 at The Glass Academy, an educational art glass studio in Dearborn, Mich. where Michelle is a founding partner. The event will feature Michigan-made handcrafted glass products for sale along with demonstrations and Mardi Gras-themed food and music.
Michelle Plucinsky will present a new lecture series, "Open Your Eyes," on March 4 at The Glass Academy, an educational art glass studio in Dearborn, Mich. where she is a founding partner. The talk, given by environmental activist Lynn Henning, will focus on factory farming in Michigan and how individuals can help to change these farming practices.
Michelle Plucinsky will be presenting a new glassblowing show, "Glass Eggstravaganza," at The Glass Academy, an educational art glass studio in Dearborn, Mich. where she is a founding partner, on March 24-25 from 10am-4pm. The show will feature hand-sculpted Easter-themed glass items.
Ronald Little is a candidate for Congress for Maryland Congressional District 6. He is an attorney with Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans and Figel, an anti-trust, litigation, trust and estates firm in western Maryland, where he lives with his wife and three children. Ron is also a Montgomery County Democratic Precinct Chair and has served in multiple capacities in the Montgomery County District 19 Democratic Club. He volunteers with a number of organizations, including the Montgomery County Board of Social Services, the National Race for the Cure and his children's public elementary school's Parent Teacher Association.
1995
Sandra Murchison has been working on an ongoing project on the Mississippi Blues Trail in the Mississippi Delta area, creating 3-D mixed-media art projects out of impressions and rubbings of the trail markers to commomorate locations, people and events important to blues culture and history. Sandra is currently the chair of the art department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.
Paintings by Brooklyn-based Carrie Pollack are on exhibit Jan. 13-Feb. 25, 2012 in Carrie Pollack, Witness" at Minus Space, Brooklyn. Carrie describes her work as "a catalog of her memories." Carrie has exhibited her work throughout the United States, Germany, and Belgium.
1998
Scott Dewey, a corporal in the U.S Marines, was invited to lead the Belmont, N.Y. legislature meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance on Nov. 28.
DirkStaschke will present his first museum solo exhibition, "Dirk Staschke: Falling Feels a Lot Like Flying" at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Wash. The ceramic and mixed media exhibit will be open to the public March 1 through May 27.
Lyn Muxworthy, an Alfred native, was recently hired as an instructional support assistant in the Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State College.
Natalie Krauser-McCarthy writes, "Did I dream it, Debbie, or did I write you about running into Bridget Boss at the AFP NJ conference on philanthropy? It was fun - we were in a group photo and she said "I knew it was you!" Bridget's awesome and doing a great mix of things: grant writer for an arts group, glass blowing and is now blogging. "Changed jobs in January. Took a position as the development & marketing director for the Somerset Valley Y, a three branch YMCA association located in Somerset County. Very exciting to join one of the largest Ys in the country and help be a part of their strategic plan as it relates to fundraising and communications. "Amber Herron Williams had her second baby in July, a girl named Edith (Edie) who joined big sister Eleanor (Nora). Just saw Jessi Empestan at Nora's third birthday party last weekend and it was a thrill to finally meet her adorable daughter, Gaia, in person."
Hannah Wickline produces and sells a range of ceramics, pots, mugs, tiles and plates featuring portraits of animals. She currently lives in Winchester, Mass. with her husband, three children and a dog.
1999
Scott Reitnour was recently hired as the head coach and technical director for the Southern West Virgina King's Warriors soccer team, a new team in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League. Scott has served as the soccer coach at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C. for the past several years.
Molly VanDuser was recently published in Elite Magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, N.C. for her work in the Peace of Mind counseling center for wounded soldiers and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The clinic, which she founded in 2003, is the only facility in the region that specializes in trauma treatment.
Allison Carrow was recently inducted to the board of the YWCA of Jamestown, N.Y. at the board's annual meeting. Allison runs a private legal practice concentrating on family law.
Micaela Vivero contributed a piece to "Time.Space.Place," a new installation exhibit at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The exhibit will be open to the public through March 31.
Quincy Neri is showing a blown glass and mixed media exhibit titled "Invasive Species" this month at the McHenry County College Art Galleries in Crystal Lake, Ill. The exhibit, which depicts animals and their behavior as representations of war, politics and the mob mentality, will run through Feb. 28.
Scott Wade, who has more than 14 years of higher education experience in development, marketing, and student affairs, has been named Central Washington University's new director of University Advancement. Scott will reside in Ellenburg, WA with his wife, Jill, daughters Avlynn, 5, and Eleanor, 8 months, and son, Jackson, 3.
2001
Du Chau's new exhibit "Inch by Inch" opened at Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 14, 2012. It will run through Feb. 11.
Carrie Estabrooks and her husband, Jason, had a son, Gavin Joseph Estabrooks, on Feb. 7, 2012.
2002
On Feb. 2, Chad Curtis opened a new sculptural installation exhibit titled "All Natural" at The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida. The installation, constructed from processed and digitally manipulated sculptural materials such as clay, plasstic, cardboard, plywood and foam, will be open to the public through March 15.
Charles Fortuna was recently approved as the new principal for Elon Park Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. He has been working as a teacher and administrator in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District since 2005.
Patricia Strickland is the CEO for Ceralink Inc., a materials engineering and technology commercialization company located in Troy, N.Y. Ceralink recently announced the opening of a new Materials Testing facility in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
2003
Tammy Brackett has been named chairperson of the newly formed Department of Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y. She is currently an assistant professor at Alfred State.
Jonas Sebura recently collaborated with artist Alex Gartlemann on a new installation exhibition, "Unattainable," which opened Feb. 10 in the Doris Akers Gallery at Water Street Glassworks in Benton Harbor, Mich. The exhibit, which will be on display thorugh April 14, was inspired by the mystery surrounding mountain climber George Mallory's final Mount Everest expedition.
John Dunphy is currently the editor of the Morristown Patch in Morristow, N.J. He writes an opinion column about life in his new town.
2004
Tabitha Brewster was recently named agency administrator for Catholic Charities of Livingston County in Mount Morris, N.Y. She has served for the past year as the organization's assistant executive director and interim executive director.
Jessica Gardner recently opened a new solo exhibition titled groWING UP in the Harry Krug Gallery at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. The exhibit will run through May 4. Jessica is also currently exhibiting her work in the NCECA 2012 Invitational Exhibition, Push Play, in Bellevue, Wash., which will be on display through June 2012. She has also recently been included in publications such as Ceramics: Art and Perception and Art Calendar.
Gerit Grimm has an upcoming solo show at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, Calif. "Beyond the Figurine, Contemporary Inspirations from the Museum's Collection" will be open to the public March 15 through July 8.
Ronald Lambert is a featured regional artist in Middle Tennessee State University's second art exhibition of 2012, "H x W x D," open to the public in the University's Todd Gallery from Feb. 7 to March 1. Ron is currently an assistant professor at Watkins College of Art and Design in Nashville, Tenn.
2005
Erin Zellefrow has joined Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. as the art department's Director of Galleries, Exhibitions, and Collections.
2006
Elizabeth Gleeson is designing clothing for Outcast, the clothing company she started with her boyfriend Javi in Buenos Aires, Argentina. they design and produce clothing from the fabric remnants produced by a large textile company based in Argentina. She and Javi also recently had a baby, Luisa, who is now a year old.
Jennifer Pors is the stage manager and set designer for Fleetwood Middle School's production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Jennifer has been active in a number of local theater productions around her hometown of Fleetwood, Pa., and she has assisted with the middle school's performances for five years.
Kathryn Goetschius, who is working on a Ph.D. degree in materials science at Missouri University of Science & Technology, is one of three graduate students from the United States who will receive a travel grant to attend SancaS-MSE in Sao Carlos, Brazil, in March, 2012.
2007
Andrew Erdos's blown-glass art was featured at Art Miami in December in Claire Olliver Gallery's art and video installation, reviewed as "the best booth in Art Miami." He is now working on pieces to be exhibited in several major museums and galleries.
Work by Andrew Erdos is featured in a six-page spread in the Spring 2012 edition of Glass Quarterly, an unusual honor for en emerging artist. Erdos, who concentrated in glass and video art in his undergraduate work at the School of Art & Design at Alfred, is profiled in "Reflect: Refract: Readact," written by Ruth Reader. "Emerging artist Andrew Erdos uses dystopian silvered-glass objects, blown by hand and animated by the light from video screens, to create an unsettling collision of nature and technology that confounds a clear reading of any of its discreet elements." Peer Bode, professor of video arts, chair of the Division of Expanded Media and co-director of the Institute for Integrated Electronic Arts in the School of Art & Design, calls Erdos a "star artist" for the Claire Oliver Gallery in Chelsea, where he began mopping floors and cleaning windows. Reader recounts that Oliver, the gallery owner, agreed to mentor Erdos, meeting with him for half-an-hour once a week to discuss his work. When he brought her aproposal and a budget for a major installation piece he wanted to create, Oliver wrote a check to cover the cost of materials. Her faith in him was well-founded; the piece sold to the first collector who viewed his finishedproduct. Images of Erdos' work as a student may be found at For more about the School of Art & Design: For more about Alfred University: For more about the Claire Oliver Gallery: For more about Erdos' current work:
John Kalish was recently promoted to product manager at Carbonite, a computer software company offering an online data backup system. John has worked for Carbonite in various positions since 2007.
Matthew Butts has been hired by NBCUniversal, Inc. as manager of digital research and insights. He previously worked for Bloomberg as a multimedia research analyst.
2008
Michael Butler was married to Erica Ernewein '10 on June 11, 2011 at Panama United Methodist Church in Panama, N.Y. The couple honeymooned in New Orleans and on a Caribbean cruise and now live in Charlotte, N.C.
Catherine Aiello is now a printmaker and book artist working in the Vacation Arts Program at United South End Settlements, an organization providing programs to improve the health, education and financial security of low-income individuals and families in Boston, Mass.
Devin Loney was recently hired as a Mac Genius for Apple. He is responisble for troubleshooting and repairing Mac desktop and portable computers as well as facilitating training for current and future Family Room Specialists. Devin has worked as a Family Room Specialist and Personal Setup Specialist for Apple Retail for the past several years.
Ali Miller from Long Island, N.Y. is currently working towards an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
2009
Kala Stein, currently a visiting instructor of ceramics at Alfred University, opened a new installation exhibit titled "Convivium" at the Rosalie Steiner Art Gallery inside the Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College. The installation, constructed from a glass table set with hundreds of porcelain half-goblet forms, will be open to the public through Feb. 27.
Caroline Falcone has been hired as an admissions assistant in the Admissions Office at Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y. She previously worked as a graduate assistant in Alfred University's Center for Student Involvement.
David Swenson will conduct a clay workshop titled "Utilitarian Vessels" at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center in Bloomington, Ind. Sunday, May 20 from 1:30-5:30 pm. Currently, David is a teacher at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
2010
Giselle Hicks held a presentation and discussion of her artwork at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis. on Feb. 28. She is currently an arts and industry resident with JM Kohler.
2011
Jessica Thompson was married to Nicholas Blake Schwartz Nov. 26, 2011at their home at Flynn Creek Pottery in Mendocino, Calif.
Vreni Gust has been hired as the new curator for the Poplar Hill Mansion house museum in Salisbury, Md. Previously, she worked for an art-based nonprofit organization in North Dakota creating and instructing art programs for all ages, fundraising and writing grants.
Deaths - Alumni
Ken Price, MFA '59, died Feb. 17, 2012, at his home in New Mexico. He was a renowned ceramic sculptor and teacher.