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Class Notes August 2010

Deaths

 
ALUMNI
 
Laura D. Foster,
C
lass of 1929
 
Sarah (Bliss) Laine,
Class of 1929
 
Edna (Hollenbeck) Merchant, Class of 1931
 
Leila (Lloyd) Taylor,
Class of 1931
 
Edith M. (Mackmer) Schue, Class of 1934
 
Frank M. Nowak,
Class of 1935
 
Rita (Lee) Rosedahl,
Class of 1936
 
Ruth M. (Gorke) Dunnigan, Class of 1939
 
Lovina Ann Saigeon,
Class of 1939
 
W. Edward Turner,
Class of 1941
 
Mary Joan (FitzPatrick) Dean, Class of 1945
 
Vanja (Holmberg) Seawall, Class of 1946
 
Betty L. (Stetson) Torrey, Class of 1949
 
Dolores A. (Gretka) Nagy, Class of 1956
 
Anne (Tucker) Culhane,
Class of 1957
 
Robert C. Jesse,
Class of 1963
 
Donald R. Holtz,
Classes of 1964, 1969
 
Nicholas M. Fortuna,
Class of 1966
 
Richard M. Moskowitz,
Class of 1969
 
Kathryn N. Brown,
Class of 1970

Robert J. Giltinan,
Class of 1971
 
Ronald G. Norgren,
Class of 1971
 
Kenneth A. Kensek,
Class of 1978
 
Robin (Huth) Szczesny,
Class of 1978
 
Candy L. Kruschke,
Class of 1984
 
Georgene Mack,
Class of 1988
 
William Hall,
Class of 1994
 
Kristie L. Saletta,
Class of 2007
 
CURRENT STUDENTS
 
Eric R. Peters
Hannah H. Petersen
Jessica Webber
 
FACULTY/STAFF
 
Beatrice T. Catalano,
Student Association,
1964-1991
 
Joseph J. DuBois,
Facilities Services,
1993-2009
 
Joyce A. Frey,
Facilities Services, 1981-92; Green Thumb, 1997-2009
 
Edith “Gay” (Rice) Kreider, Reed Library, 1958-1970
 
Dr. T. Richard Patterson, School of Music, 1947-1987
 
Dr. Louis S. Richardson, School of Music, 1958-1987
 

Dr. Edward Saveth, Department of History
1967-1985 

 

1930s


Evelyn (Akerly) Button, ’34, (elem. ed.) made a sizable donation to the music department at Panama (N.Y.) Central School which was used to purchase a piano, microphones, a timpani, guitars, a drum set, hand chimes and 13 state-of-the-art iMac computers. She is a former Panama district music teacher.

 

1950s


Bruce Heacock, ’58, (music ed.) is gigging on piano in country clubs and restaurants.


1960s


Andy Horn, ’60,(music ed.) reports his son will be starting his freshman year at SUNY Fredonia in the fall, concurrent with his own 50th alumni reunion.

 

Geno Vincenzo (Gallelli), ’61, (elem. ed.) has written a book, A Reunion To Die For, a detective story.


Elizabeth (Young) Harper Chernault, ’64,
(music ed.) has retired from 40-plus years of teaching and is “loving it.” She would like to hear from classmates.

Jacob Ludes, III, ’64,
(history) delivered the 2010 Commencement address to overseas candidates for the master’s degree from Endicott College and the College for International Studies in July in Leysin, Switzerland. Jacob has addressed education audiences in 26 countries. He is the Executive Director/CEO of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).


Michele (Finnegan) Notte, ’66, (speech path.) is enjoying her Florida home in The Villages. She retired from SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2007.

 

Martha “Marti” (Dabb) Reed, ’67,(elem. ed.) retired in 2008 from Hillsborough County Schools in Tampa, Fla. She has a son, daughter and granddaughters.

Thomas Hebeisen, ’68,(chem.) has retired as chief “Train the Trainer” instructor with the New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) Regional Training Institute Camp Smith in Peekskill, N.Y., following 35 years of military service.

Jon Shapiro, ’68, 
(elem ed.) has been named Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, effective March 1.

Dr. Jeffrey A. DuBois, ’69,
(biology) presented a biology seminar on glucose testing and analysis at SUNY Fredonia as part of the biology department’s distinguished speaker event. He is Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Nova Biomedical Corporation in Waltham, Mass., holds several patents and is the author of more than 100 articles.

Nelson Kass, ’69,
(elem. ed.) has been living in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is looking forward to retiring.


1970s


Fred Zerega, ’70, (biology/sec. ed.) is a science and mathematics teacher at the Roxbury (N.Y.) Central School and has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in secondary education.

 

Robert Crabtree, ’71,(elem. ed.) has retired after 36 years as an elementary teacher and has been elected to the board of education for the North Syracuse (N.Y.) Central School District.


Onaje Allan Gumbs, ’71,
(music ed.) is pianist in the Avery Sharpe Trio.

Dr. Arthur Jackson, ’71
, (pol. sci.) has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Cynthia Wells, ’71
, (elem. ed.) is happily retired but continues to work on the board of trustees for the New York State Art Teachers’ Association.

Gary Crow-Willard, ’72
, (music) has switched career paths at least three times. After leaving Fredonia, Gary was an opera apprentice at Wolf Trap near Washington, D.C., while continuing vocal studies in Oklahoma City. In 1974, he moved to New York City, was married to Dorothy, and continued studying and performing in opera. They moved to New Haven, Conn., and Gary completed a master’s degree at Yale University in 1980. Gary became an adjunct teacher of voice at Wesleyan University and Trinity College and continued to freelance as a singer.

Barb (Robusto) Galliford, ’72,
(applied music) performed with the choral group, The Sampler Trio, from Rochester, N.Y., in a holiday concert for several churches in Batavia, N.Y. She has taught voice and piano for 30 years.

Leora “Lee” (Byrnes) Yanda, ’72,
(elem. ed.) is retired in Florida after 33 years at Fillmore (N.Y.) Central School. She continues to travel whenever possible with her husband of 27 years.

Reid Wallace, ’72,
(elem. ed.) and Marleen (Stoiber) Wallace, ’74, (elem. ed.) have been married for 32 years. Reid has retired after 35 years in education, the last 11 years as a principal. Marleen is still teaching reading at an elementary school.

Robert Bradley, ’74,
(history) is retired from Delray Beach (Fla.) Police Dept. after 27 years as a sergeant. Robert and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Matthew and Scott.

Carol (Covino) Deeb, ’74,
(sociology) recently received her license in Texas as a Master Social Worker.

William Lundquist, ’74,
(psych.) was named as a new partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, a Buffalo, N.Y., law firm.

David F. Smith, ’74,
(pol. sci.) was recently named Chairman of National Fuel Gas Co.

Edward Bysiek, ’75,
(math.) has retired as president of Alstom Power Air Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y. He began his career with the Air Preheater Company in 1979 as a marketing development analyst.

Lynne (Marmora) Crystal, ’76,
(speech path.) is happy and grateful to announce the 22nd anniversary of Lynne Crystal Company, LLC-Management Development Consultants. Her company works globally with Fortune 500 companies developing their senior management. Lynne also chairs The Gateway Workforce Education Committee in New Jersey.
 
James Bunge, ’77, (English) was recently appointed to coach for the girls junior varsity basketball team at Dunkirk (N.Y.) High School.
 
Sean McGuinness, ’77, (psych.) was named the new superintendent of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for the National Park Service.
 
Christina Rausa, ’77, (theatre) appeared in, Guacamole Conversations: Mother-Daughter Reflections, at the MusicalFare Theatre and starred as Amelia Earhart in Jean McCann’s play, American Pioneers: The Amelia Earhart Story, for the Theatre of Youth in Buffalo, N.Y.
 
Sandi (Johnson) Robison, ’77, (English) living in Ocala, Fla., has published two poetry chapbooks in 2009, Leaving the Pony, (Finishing Line Press) and Tundra Heart, (Pudding House Press). Both are available from the publishers; Leaving the Pony is also available on Amazon.com.
 
Michael Sembroff, ’77,(theatre) played a biker named, “Chainsaw,” in Coterie Theatre of Kansas City, Mo.’s production of, Maul of the Dead, along with his 13-year-old son who played a monster. The production was inspired by the classic zombie movie, “Dawn of the Dead.”
 
Dr. Luanne (Clarke) Crosby, ’78, (music ed.) a professor of voice and chorus at Alfred University, was recently on sabbatical studying in Costa Rica to prepare a recital program scheduled to be performed at Chautauqua Institution in August. Joining her was her husband, Stephen, and their children.
 
Scott Munson, ’78,(English) recently retired after serving for 30 years as executive director of an assisted living facility in Middle Island, N.Y. The free time allowed him to complete his first novel, A Gift from Saint Elmo, a fantasy-adventure taking place aboard the Titanic. Excerpts are at www.giftfromstelmo.com. Scott and his wife of 32 years, Patricia Reynolds, ’78, (elem. ed.) live in Bellport, N.Y., and have two grown children.
 
April (Biro) Carere, ’79, (music ed.) reports her daughter, Jill, (music ed.) graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia in May as the 11th family member with a Fredonia degree.
 
R. Timothy Eades, ’79, (pol. sci.) started a new law firm, Eades and Militello, P.C., in Fredonia, N.Y.
 
Nancy (Ward) Follansbee, ’79,(math.) was named Superintendent for Easthampton (N.Y.) School District. She had been the curriculum director since 2006 and began working as a reading specialist in 1991.
 

1980s

 

Ralph M. Jeswald, ’80, (psych.) received the Dr. Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award from the Canisius College Accounting Association Society at its annual banquet in April.
 
Jerome Moss, ’80,(sociology) was recognized during Black History Month by the Observer of Dunkirk, N.Y.
 
Carl Vahl, ’80,(pol. sci.) after 25 years of practicing law, has retired and is studying in New York City at the Italian Culinary Academy. After three months, he was slated to go to Alma in Parma, Italy, the finest Italian cooking school, followed by an internship at a one- or two-star, Michelin-rated restaurant in Italy.
 
Sean Kirst, ’81,(English) has written the book, Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd, about the first African American to play in the NBA. Sean also received the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award from The Society of Professional Journalists and the Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award. Sean is a columnist for the Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y.
 
Paul Layer Jr., ’81,(history) was inducted into Starpoint High School’s Wall of Fame. He is Vice President of Development for French Mortuary in Albuquerque, N.M.
 
Julie Newell, ’82,(music perf.) was named Educator of the Year by OperaBuffs of WNY at its 24th annual awards banquet.
 
John S. Mazur, ’82,(bus. admin.) represented SUNY Fredonia at the inauguration of Schenectady County Community College’s sixth president, Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, on April 30.
 
Sandra J. Olson, ’82,(sociology) was appointed Director of Special Education at Brocton (N.Y.) Central School, where she also serves as the Assistant Elementary Principal.
 
John Dedie, ’83, (commun.) is a political science instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County, School of Business, Social Science, Wellness and Education. He has been teaching for over 16 years and earned a M.A. degree in Political Science from the University at Buffalo in 1990. He also serves as a political analyst for WBBF-TV Fox 45 in Baltimore, Md.
 
Stephen J. Riczker, ’83,(psych.) received Jamestown Community College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Stephen is the Director of Health and Health-Related Services at The Resource Center.
 

Scott Martelle, ’84,(pol. sci.) hosted a panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with biographers of Raymond Carver, Arthur Koestler and Mark Twain. He also contributed to the LA TimesJacket Copy blog: latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/.
 
David Musial, ’84, (interdisc. stds.) composed a theme song for an award-winning campaign created by three Young Marine high school students in Red Bluff, Calif., upon invitation by the Inspector General of the Young Marines. David also produced a show in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon at an event honoring the three high schoolers. 
 
Carmen McCray Green, ’85,(English) received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in August 2009. Carmen’s 28th book, The Perfect Seduction, was released by Harlequin Books in January.
 
Holly (Johnson) Hannon, ’85, (reading) earned her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership with K-12 Principal Certification from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a literacy coach for the Falconer (N.Y.) Central School District, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
 
Louis P. Iglesias, ’85, (bus. admin.) is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AIG Risk Management, Inc. He was featured in an Executive Profile in Business Week.
 
Simone Fancher-Rowan, ’85, (sociology) director of Marketing/PR for Clarence (N.Y.) Credit Union, recently received awards at the state level for credit union participation in the community and for teaching youth financial literacy. She was slated to travel to Washington, D.C., to accept recognition at the national level.
 
Lisa Brigantino, ’86,(music theory) and Lori Brigantino, ’87, (interdisc. stds.) are performing in, Don’t Tell Mamma, as the musical comedy duo of Vickie & Nickie, in New York City. The sisters have been performing together since they were children.
 
Mike Crisanti, ’86, (bus. admin.) has been named Assistant Vice President of the Hanover Insurance Group (d/b/a Citizens Insurance) located in Howell, Mich. Mike joined the company in 2006 as Marketing Director for Michigan Personal lines.
 
Maureen "Mo" (Smith) Mulderig, ’86, (elem. ed.) is looking for class members and wonders if anyone is interested in meeting at Homecoming Weekend in the fall of 2011. Interested persons could contact Mo via e-mail at momo7@aol.com.
 
Robert Saeli, ’86, (recom. gene technology) was appointed by Independent Health as President of its Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions Division.
 
Patrick Gregor, ’87, (bus. admin.) joined Citizens Bank in Delaware as a mortgage loan officer.
 
Jackie (Amigone) Spiro, ’87, (theatre) has been living in Rochester, N.Y., for the past 10 years after moving from the metro New York City area. She works as an operations coordinator for High Tech Rochester, an economic development organization that runs two technology incubators in Rochester. Jackie also performs with the Gregory Kunde Chorale and stage manages numerous productions at Blackfriars theatre. She can be reached through LinkedIn.
 
Dr. Stuart A. Cain, ’89, (physics, coop. eng.) was named President and CEO of Alden Research Laboratory Inc., in Holden, Mass. He resides in Jefferson, Mass., with his wife, Kristine, and their three children, Douglas, Michael and Elizabeth.
 
Bonnie (Wander) Calamita, ’89, (speech and hear. hand.) is Primary School Principal of Starpoint Central School District and has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in education administration.
 
Roberta Thompson, ’89, (interdis. stds.) was named a real estate associate broker for Real Estate Advantage in Jamestown, N.Y., and has worked in the real estate business for more than 20 years.
 

1990s

 
Mike Thaine, ’90, (music ed.) was one of 11 Albion music teachers to perform in a faculty recital, on the euphonium. He is the Albion (N.Y.) High School band director.
 
Andy Flynn, ’91, (commun.) has been developing the “Adirondack Attic” radio show which debuted in April after his self-syndicated weekly newspaper column was discontinued due to the economic downturn. The show features stories about artifacts at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
 
Joseph L. Gugino, ’91,(bus. admin.) has joined New England Financial as a financial representative.
 
Susan Forrester-MacKay’s, ’91,(elem. ed.) series of paintings, “HumanScapes,” were featured at the Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library in Westfield, N.Y. In addition to New York, her work has also been exhibited in galleries in Arizona, California, Virginia and New Mexico.
 
Janet Mayer, ’91, (commun.) appeared on the “Dr. Oz” show to discuss being a stroke victim. She wrote an article for Stroke Connection about her experience and it was picked up by Dr. Mehmat Oz’s show on CBS. The show featured stroke victims whose conditions were misdiagnosed.

 

Dr. Melinda McMinn, ’91, (med. technology) has been board certified in Family Medicine since 1997 and received subspecialty board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in October 2008. She is the Assistant Medical Director of Hospice of Central New York and the new Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine/Advanced Illness service at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.

 
Pete Correale, ’92, (commun.) is doing stand-up comedy and has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, “MTV,” “VH1” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He has written for and acted on various shows for Comedy Central and MTV.
 
Mark Colmerauer, ’92, (geophysics) was appointed to the Hamburg (N.Y.) Village Board. He has served on the village’s Environmental Conservation Commission and the Erie County Environmental Management Council.
 
John D’Agostino, ’92, (English) was chosen to receive the Laura Paul Award for Democracy by the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County. John is the publisher of the Observer in Dunkirk, N.Y.

 
Molly (Hilbrecht) Frank, ’93, (econ.) has been appointed as Blasdell, N.Y., Branch Manager for M&T Bank.
 
Chris Parkhurst, ’93, (commun.) visited Nepal recently where he shot and directed the documentary, Journey to Kathmandu,
(JourneyToKathmandu.com) and would love to start some dialogue with Fredonia people about the film.
 
Brian Thornton, ’93,(account.) was promoted to Investment Officer at BB&T Investment Services. He joined the bank in 2006 as an investment counselor serving four BB&T financial centers in Wake County, N.C.
 
Kate (Maragliano) Dunlap, ’95, (English) married David Dunlap in October 2009 and moved to Ohio after working as a librarian for nine years at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y. She is now an instruction librarian for Ohio State University at its Mansfield campus and tries to keep up with her two stepsons, Brandon and Eric.
 
Kevin Halpin, ’95,(bus. admin.) was promoted to Director at DeltaPoint Capital Management, and is also the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Badger Technologies, Inc. He is also President of the Upstate Venture Association of New York. Kevin lives in Pittsford, N.Y., with his wife and three young sons.
 
Randall Lewis, ’95,(pol. sci.) has joined The Resource Center as the agency’s Corporate Counsel.
 
Tenor Jeffrey P. Porter, ’95, (music perf.) performed in a recital during Eastman Organists Day at the University at Buffalo. He is currently Director of Music and Liturgy for the Parish Community of St. Katharine Drexel in Buffalo, N.Y. He has also performed as a soloist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ars Nova Orchestra, the St. Joseph Cathedral Consort and the Chautauqua Chamber Singers.
 
Patrick Stokes, ’95,(English) has been named Community Chamber Coordinator for the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Greg Borowski, ’97, (commun.) has been promoted to Senior Product Manager of Video & Online TV at Synacor in Buffalo, N.Y.
 
Elizabeth Davis, ’97, (English) recently became a National Board Certified English Teacher and teaches high school near Fredonia, Wash.
 
Christine Schonhart, ’97, (bus. admin.) was appointed Neighborhood Services Manager at the Boston (Mass.) Public Library.
 
William K. Taylor, ’97, (English) was appointed Monroe County (N.Y.) Attorney. William has worked in the Monroe County Law Department since January 2007, most recently as Chief Deputy County Attorney.
 

Mike Modugno, ’98,(commun.) is in his eighth season as the “Voice of the K-Wings” on B2 Networks, the “Official BroadbandBroadcast Provider of the ECHL.”
 
Kevin Watson, ’98,(commun., English) is the new Assistant Principal at Kendall (N.Y.) Junior/Senior High School. He has been at Kendall for three years as an English teacher and Athletic Director.
 

Jason Enser, ’99, (commun., pol. sci.) has been appointed the new Associate Dean of Students at Clarkson University.
 
Craig Kier, ’99,(music ed.) will take on the role of Assistant Chorus Master for the Houston Grand Opera in September. He is currently the Resident Principal Coach/Accompanist and Assistant Conductor for the Atlanta Opera.
 
Shaun Nelms, ’99, (social studies/sec. ed.) has been named Chief of Schools, Northeast Zone, for the Rochester (N.Y.) City School District. He has been Principal of Burger Middle School in the Rush-Henrietta School District since 2006.
 

2000s

 
Tracy Rzepka, ’00, (commun.) was named as Communications Specialist by BWI Health Promotions in Buffalo, N.Y., which promotes health at work sites and schools.
 

Adam Parker, ’01, (interdis. stds) was appointed the new Men’s Soccer Coach at SUNY Potsdam. He spent the past three years coaching at North Country Community College, and last season led the squad to its first Mountain Valley Conference title.

  

Thomas C. Priester, ’01, (English/sec. educ.) represented SUNYFredonia at the inaugurationof Monroe Community College’s fifth president, Dr. Anne M. Kress.
 
Loretta (Slaton) Torain, ’01,(English) received an award in May for her service to democracy from the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County.
 

Jeffrey Bianchi, ’02, (music perf.) conducted an educational workshop for high school students, “The Classical Guitar: From Dowland to You Tube,” at The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation in Vicksburg, Miss. He also performed a solo concert.

  

Alan Altman, ’03,(visual arts/graphic design) and his wife, Amanda, have moved back home to Rochester, N.Y. from Charlotte, N.C. They brought back with them their full-service design and advertising firm, A3 Design.
 
Pamela (Smith) Enser, ’03, (literacy) has been appointed Assistant Registrar at SUNY Canton.
 
Jason Foster, ’03,(English) was promoted in July 2009 to Director of Student Activities at Northeastern University, responsible for the oversight of 250 student organizationsas well as large-scale programming on campus. Notably, he and his team have secured mainstream performers such as Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho to perform for the university community.
 

Jon Lelito, ’03, (biology) is a Biocontrol Facility Manager at a lab in Brighton, Mich., where he has been involved in breeding wasps to kill the emerald ash borer.

 

Mark Taurisani, ’03,(sociology) was promoted to Director of Football Operations for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. Prior to going to Wisconsin, Mark spent the summer of 2005 as a training camp assistant with the Seattle Seahawks.
 
Christopher Wietig, ’04, (music perf.) was promoted to Associate Marketing Manager for Rich Products, Inc., in Buffalo, N.Y.
 
Dinecia Pierre-Louis, ’05,(French/adol. ed.) coordinated an all-campus relief effort at SUNY Fredonia, including a talent show, to assist victims of the earthquake that struck her homeland, Haiti.
 
Meghan Roberts, ’05, (psych.) was named Assistant Administrator for EduKids Early Childhood Centers in West Seneca, N.Y. She was awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children.
 
Michael R. Davis, ’06,(music perf.) will be attending Washington and Lee School of Law in the fall in pursuit of a J.D.
 
James Domroe, ’06, (commun./TV and digital film) directed an unreleased music video for New York City rapper Taj Mahal in downtown Syracuse, N.Y. It is one of seven projects he has recently produced for local recording artists.
 
Joseph Flaxman, ’06, (music perf.) performed a recital in Denville, N.J., via the MacDowell Club, and the role of Germano in Rossini’s, La Scala di Seta, at Montclair (N.J.) State University. He and Victoria Vargas, ’08, (see separate note) taped performances for Robert Sherman’s June radio broadcast on WQXR (the New York Times’ classical radio station), and Joseph will sing the role of Danilo in, The Merry Widow, in August with Cape Cod Opera. He will also sing at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City for High Holy Days.
 
Stefan Gestwicki, ’09, (sport mgmt.) was hired as Baseball Operations Manager at the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.
 
Dave Henning, ’06, (comp. amd info. sci.) has been hired as a developer by Synacor, a Buffalo technology company.
 
Alissa Stahler, ’06,(music perf.) completed her Master of Music in Jazz Voice at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Peter Eldridge of the Grammy award-winning New York Voices, Grammy-nominated Kate McGarry and the critically acclaimed Theo Bleckmann.
 
Rachel (King) Gibson, ’07,(English) was hired as a research assistant by Hezel Associates, a nationally recognized consulting firm headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. Rachel supports research for studies and supports engagements for a variety of clients, including PBS. She earned her M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University in 2009.
 
Kaleena Goldsworthy, ’08,(interdis. stds./music bus.) and Kayleigh Goldsworthy, ’08, (interdis. stds./music bus.) continue to perform as members of the indie-rock band, “The Scarlet Ending.” The band is featured in a weekly video reality show, “The Scarlet Ending Tapes,” and has toured Southwest Asia, Germany and Greenland.
 
Meghan Lee, ’08, (history) has joined the EMS Insurance Group of Buffalo, N.Y., via Emerling Agency, where she has joined forces with fellow Fredonia alumnus Scott Medole, ’84, (bus. admin.). She works in the Financial Services department.
 
Sipkje Pesnichak, ’08, (music ed.) recently completed a master’s degree in Oboe Performance at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. While there, she also studied harp, organ and carillon. Sipkje is an Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Wyandotte, Mich.
 
Michael Puleo,’08,(music perf.) performed a free classical guitar concert at the Richmond (Mo.) Memorial Library. The performance featured classical guitar music of the 17th through 20th centuries, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Hector Villa-Lobos, and Maurice Ravel.
 
Victoria Vargas, ’08,(mus. perf.) performed with the Sarasota (Fla.) Young Artists Program, Chautauqua Opera Young Artists Program during the summer, and will perform in the Minnesota Opera Residency Program in Spring 2011, singing the role of Flora in, La Traviata, and the role of Anna in Maria Suarda.
 
John Pogorzelski, ’09, (interdis. stds./sport mgmt.) was hired as Sales and Operations Manager for the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.
 
Christopher Walters, ’09, (crim. justice) claimed the men’s championship in the Buffalo News’ Runner of the Year competition.
 

Emeritus Notes

 
Dr. Patrick Damore (athletics) was inducted into the Chautauqua County Hall of Fame.
 
Dr. Leonard Faulk(political science, academic affairs, graduate studies) received an award for service to democracy in May from the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County.


Births

 
A daughter, McKenna, to Jay and Tara (McGrath) Rooney, ’92 (art/graphic design).
 
A son, Dylan Joseph, to Kevin, ’95, (commun.) and Donna (Nuszkowski) Sylvester, ’95 (elem. ed.).
 
A daughter, Sadie Leigh, to Ken, ’97, (bus. admin.) and Maggie (Metzger) Sawada, ’98, (psych.) of Boston, Mass.
 
A son, Lochlan Benjamin, to Benjamin , ’01, (music ed.) and Jennifer (Meyer) Davis, ’99 (music ed., music perf.).
 
A daughter, Lindsay Grace, to Timothy and Andrea (Garvey) Barnhart, ’01, ’03 (elem. ed., curr. and instruct.).
 
A daughter, Kaelin Simone, to Bill and Rebecca (Cottrell), Diehl, ’02, (music ed.) of Fairfax, Va.
 
A daughter, Charlotte Mary, to Anne and Brian Miga, ’02, (physics) of Rosemount, Minn.
 
A daughter, Eva Patricia, to Steven and Allison (Head) Casto, ’04 (biology).
 
A daughter, Avalee Faith, to Brian, ’05, (sociology) and Jessica (Gill) Filjones, ’05 (social work).
 

Marriages

 
Deborah Rich, ’81, (biology) to John W. Agopovich.
 
Glen Johnson, ’08 to Melissa Allio, ’08 (music ed.).
 

 

 

posted @ Friday, August 27, 2010 3:35 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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