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Dr. Douglas Houck, ’60, (elem. ed.) was interviewed in April by CSPAN regarding his book, Peace River Boundary. The interview can be seen on YouTube Peace River Boundary and is listed on CSPAN Authors. Amazon sold out and has ordered more books. His new book, Energy and Light in Nineteenth Century Western New York, has just been released by History Press. He would like acknowledge Dr. William Chazanof, who instilled a love for local history, and Dr. Nancy Libby, who encouraged him to write, noting they were exceptional teachers. Dr. Houck is still teaching at Edison State College and Barry University in southwest Florida.

Karen (Russell) DiGiovanni, ’67, (elem. ed.) is living in San Marino, Calif., and enjoys teaching third grade and spending time with family and friends.


Kathryn (Jarvis) White, ’70, (music ed.) has become the music director for Batavia Players, Inc. Harvester 56 Theater since her retirement in 2011. Kathy, a former New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 2 rep and vocal adjudicator, has found retirement very fulfilling and stays very busy with piano work, theater and her favorite pastime, her granddaughters, Paige and Peyton.

Richard Cole, ’71, (soc. stds.) has joined the law firm of Tully Rinckey PLLC as a Senior Associate.

Kathleen Piersons, ’71, ’75, (right) with her Antwerp “sister” Claude.

Alumni Reunion: Naples, Fla., on Jan.12.

In photo, front row (L-R): Thomas Quatroche, '61; President Virginia
Horvath; Margot (Chastek) Schueler, '56; and J. Robert Quatroche, '63.

Back row (L-R): William Roberts, '67; Sue Roberts; Marilyn Quatroche; Betty Gossett, ‘76 (Associate Vice President for University Development); Jay Fike, '97; Melanie (Barber) Fike, '97; Maureen Pagano, '66; Kenneth Schueler; Frank Pagano (chair of College Council); Dean Dargavel, Jeanne Palmer, '79; Anthony Leone; and Diane (Marki) Leone, '50.




David R. Cooper, ’71, (math-sec. ed.) retired after teaching for 42 years at Herricks High School.

James McLeod, ’71, (pol. sci.) received the Openness to Change Award from Leadership Buffalo as a part of its 11th annual Values Awards.

Kathleen Piersons, ’71, ’75, (elem. ed.) took a riverboat cruise in spring with her mother to Holland and Belgium, visiting Antwerp where Kathleen had been a participant in Fredonia’s Junior Semester Abroad Program. She visited her old neighborhood and had an unexpected happy reunion with her host family, the Waltons. 

Chris (Wardaszka) Thackaberry, ’72, (math) has achieved, “Distinguished Toast Master,” status in Toastmasters International.

Bill Thackaberry, ’72, (geology) is retired and restoring vintage motorcycles.

Tom Dudzick, ’73, (art) wrote a play, Miracle on South Division Street, based on a shrine to the Virgin Mary on Seneca Street in Buffalo, N.Y., where he lived and neighbors claimed to have seen the Blessed Mother. It was performed at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo. He was a presenter at the 24th Annual Artie Award in Buffalo as well as the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anthony Rizzo, ’73, (econ.) was promoted to Senior Vice President and Western New York Middle Market Team Leader at First Niagara Financial Group.

Marjorie (Pendleton) Switala, ’73, (music ed.) of Jamestown is retired from Mayville/Chautauqua Lake Central School. She has a private voice studio and is an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown Community College. Her husband, David, ’73, (social stds.) is CEO of Southern Tier Financial.

J. Paul Lombardo, ’75, (elem. ed.) signed copies of his latest book, Beyond Reading, ‘riting, & ‘rithmetic, at Prendergast Library. He taught
in the Jamestown School District
for 31 years.

Mike McElheny, ’75, (elem. ed.) and Marti (Burr) McElheny, ’73, (elem. ed.) finished their careers in teaching and moved to The Villages, Fla. They are loving retirement.

Lisa (Wittlin) Rosenberg, ’76, (biology) is a science teacher at Elmwood Park school district in New Jersey.

Amy (Israeloff) Babcock, ’78, (theatre) has published her first book, Stabbed with a Pretzel and Other Poems and Lyrics, on Amazon in print and Kindle versions. She also continues to teach piano and voice, and coach drama and speech to 27 students in Westford, Mass.

Kathy Caton, ’79, (music ed.) just published a book, Da Capo From the Beginning: Inspiring Life Lessons From the Other Side of the Baton, which tracks her career beginning as a student at Fredonia.

Carmen Losito, ’71, (art), Reid Wallace, ’72, (elem. ed.) and Ron Smith, ’73, (biology), traveled to Costa Rica and didn’t see any Blue Devils but saw lots of monkeys! 

Former roommates from Grissom Hall, Debbie (Johnson) Baker, ’79 (English); Donna (Tramonti)
Bovalino, ’78
(elem. ed.); Barb (Neff) Davis, ’81 (art); Karen (Linn) Femia, ’79 (music ed.); and Cheri (Sloma) Panko ’78, (Spanish), met, coming from four different states, for a reunion in Washington, D.C.


Brian Moore, ’80, (pol. sci.) has been named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a partner at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Akron.  

Linda (Ritchie) Unger, ’80, (English) completed an A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology at Farmingdale State College in August 2013, passed her American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) boards and received New York State License as a Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician. She is about to start her first job in this field at the Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Alumni from the Boston, Mass., gathering on April 12 during the Sabres vs. Bruins game at The Harp. If you are interested in joining the Boston Alumni Chapter, contact Heather McKeever at (716) 673-3321 or


Josie DiVincenzo, ’81, (theatre) played 11 characters in the Jewish Repertory Theatre’s production of Dai - Hebrew for “enough” - at the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre in Getzville, N.Y. In June, she received the award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for this role at the 24th Annual Artie Awards in Buffalo, N.Y.

Deb Lanni, ’81, (special studies) presented a program, “Intimate Journey: From the Tambopata to the Highlands of Peru,” composed of photographs she took while visiting Peru. She is a Professor of communication and media arts at Jamestown Community College, and also teaches photography, video and multi-media storytelling.

Sue (Hess) Dove, ’82, (bus. admin.) stepped down as the Executive Director for the chamber of
commerce in Skaneateles, N.Y., 
after 17 years and will be returning to work in a family business, the Bird’s Nest Motel.

Tom Herrmann, ’82, (bus. admin.) accepted a position with Dunn Tire/Express Tire Delivery, as its Assistant Director of Continuous Improvement. His new position
involves responsibilities for safety and health for 31 retail stores and four warehouses, along with employee training and equipment management. 

Elizabeth (Koepcke) Russell, ’82, (special studies) was awarded a gold medal in the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards for her book, Arts Law Conversations: A Surprisingly Readable Guide for Arts Entrepreneurs (Ruly Press 2014). In February, Elizabeth used the book to teach a two-day, 1-credit-hour class on arts law. The book is currently available in the College Bookstore, and at

Donald Sarazen, ’82, (sociology) is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. He is a fourth grade teacher at H.B. Rhame Elementary School in Richland One in Columbia, S.C. 

Sandra (Maile) Dudley, ’83, (music perf.) just released a new CD with jazz pianist Lori Mechem on the Cognito Label, “All of My Life,” which is a tribute album to the great lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. It can be found at, Amazon and Itunes. An Assistant Professor of commercial voice at Belmont University, where she has been teaching since 1995, Sandra was just awarded a sabbatical for the fall semster. She is also writing a book on commercial voice in higher education. 

Dr. Lisa Heichberger, ’84,
(biology, med. tech.) was recognized as “Doctor of the Year” by Newbury County Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. She was selected on the basis of, “Leading by example and her enthusiasm for her work and commitment to exceptional
patient care.”

Jim Hughes, ’84 (commun.) won an Emmy as the Producer and Screenwriter for, “Signs of the Time,” a feature documentary narrated by Richard Dreyfuss on the origins of baseball. He is currently co-producing a feature film, “Vows & Rites,” a romantic comedy that brings a wedding and funeral party together with hilarious results. 

Scott Martelle, ’84, (pol. sci.) accepted an offer to rejoin the LA Times as an editorial writer. He also put together an east coast book tour for his recently-released book, The Admiral and the Ambassador: One Man’s Obsessive Search for the Body of John Paul Jones.

David Musial, ’84, (special studies) will be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 2.

Clifton Turner, ’84, (bus. admin.) was honored to attend the NASDAQ Opening Bell ceremonies for the fourth time in recognition of his STAPLES store’s outstanding customer service.  

Susan Asquith, ’85, (bus. admin.) was promoted to Executive Vice President at Travers Collins & Co., a public relations and advertising firm in Buffalo, N.Y., which was recently sold to The Martin Group. 

Jeff Nelson, ’85, (music perf., sound rec. tech.) played on, “Late Night with David Letterman,” with the CBS Orchestra for its annual Christmas show with Darlene Love. He finished the Broadway revival of Annie, in January, and started the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables, in February. He also recorded a new CD with Dave Liebman featuring the music of Wayne Shorter.

Sally (Aubertine) Fancher, ’86, (elem. ed.) was promoted to Head Teacher at the YMCA Universal Preschool.

Brian Moore, ‘80

Donald Sarazen, ‘82

Jim Hughes, ’84, with wife, Amy.

Deneen Hernandez, ’86, (pol. sci.) is a Forensic Examiner with the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va. She is also a national trainer for forensic activities with students and adults. She presented the “Zombie Apocalypse” STEM curriculum in May with the New York State Criminal Justice Explorer’s program in Western New York, and also presented at the University at Buffalo law school in May sponsored by the FBI Citizen’s Academy Buffalo field office. For the past four years she has also done forensic activities with the Erie 2 Board of Cooperative Education Services.

Terry Norris, ’86, (bus. admin.) was named Branch Manager at Usherwood Office Technology in Jamestown.

Jerry Drummond, ’87, (commun.) just retired from his position since 2003 as General Manager of KAOS Radio in Olympia, Wash., in March. His 30-year broadcast career included positions at both commercial and community stations in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington State. His retirement plans include no more morning shows, as well as relocating to North Carolina in order to be closer to his grandchildren.

James Ranney, ’88, (commun.) was appointed Director of Communications for New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan.

Mike Raymer, ’88, (history) was recently elected President of the National Association of Economic Educators.


Tom LaChiusa, ’90, (theatre) was recognized as a member of the Outstanding Ensemble of a Play, and nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Play, at the 24th Annual Artie Awards in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jennifer Cody, ’91, (theatre) starred in the Rochester Geva Theatre production of The Odd Couple.

Jason Nowak, ’91, (chem.) is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and assumed command of the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) at Fort Stewart, Ga. on Jan. 21. The 87th CSSB is part of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, the 3rd Infantry Division and consists of eight companies with over 1,200 soldiers. Jason recently moved to Fort Stewart, Ga., with his wife of 14 years, Michelle E. (Vitanov) Nowak, ’91, (chem.) and their 4-year-old son, Lucas. Jason and his family were joined by his parents, sister, Mrs. Kathy (Nowak) Mathewson, ’92, (math/sec. ed.) and several family members and close friends to share in the celebration and witness the change of command ceremony.

Tom Pokel, ’91, (bus. admin.) is the head coach of Team Italy for the Italian National Hockey team and his team played in the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championships. He is a Blue Devil hockey alumnus.

Kevin McGovern, ’92, (geology) was elected to the 2013-2014 Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists (BAPG) Board of Directors.

Paul Preston, ’92, (theatre) is living in Burbank, Calif., and is the host of 

Bret Apthorpe, ’93, (elem. ed./curr. instr.) was hired as Superintendent for the Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, N.Y.

Margaret (Payne) Pfeiffer, ’93, (math) was promoted to Director of Integrated Business Planning at Rich Products Corp., in Buffalo, N.Y.

Jenny (Privitera) Medley, ’94, (biology) recently had an article, “Cost-effectiveness of a WOC Nurse Practitioner in the Acute Care and Outpatient Setting,” in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Todd Tranum, ’94, (pol. sci.) was named the 2013 Chamber Executive of the Year by the Chamber Alliance of New York State.

Nick Ceglia, ’95, (bus. admin.) was named Inside Solar Sales Representative for Solar Liberty, an Amherst, N.Y.-based installer of grid-tied photovoltaic solar energy systems.

Melissa Lyon, ’95, (biology) was named Director of Public Health in Erie County, Pa., in March by County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper.

Timothy Sayles, ’95, (bus. admin.) lives in Charlotte, N.C. In August 2013, he was asked to act in a film for a 48-hour film festival (48 hours to write, film, edit, and turn into a seven-minute movie), and was named Best Male Actor in the festival.
He moved on to Filmapalooza in New Orleans in March with a chance to go to the Cannes Film Festival. He also wrote his first screenplay.

James Fadden, ’96, (elem. ed.) was recently promoted to Director of Information Technology Services at Allegheny College. James has worked in the IT department at
Allegheny since 2000.

John Golimowski, ’96, (bus. admin.) was promoted to Director, Claims Processing at Fidelis Care.

Leanna Luka-Conley, ’96, (sociology) was appointed to the position of Director of Care Coordination and Behavioral Services at the Resource Center.

Melanie (Gregg) McGovern, ’96, (commun.) is Marketing and Communications Associate for the Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York. She previously was the morning news producer at Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo.

Marie (Koester) Persch, ’96, (elem. ed.) and Philip Aguglia, ’98, (music ed.) were two of five finalists for the fifth annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers Program co-sponsored by the Buffalo Bills. Marie is a teacher at Brocton Central School and Philip teaches at Kenmore East.

Frank Williams, ’97, (English) was the keynote speaker for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon at the Moose Club in Dunkirk.

Blythe (Harkness) Kaczmarczyk, ’98, (bus. admin.) was named Director of Career Services at Villa Maria College.

Janet Keefe, ’98, (sociology) was elected on the Democratic ticket as a Chautauqua County Legislator, representing the village of Fredonia. 

Dr. Dan Krawczyk, ’98, (psych.) was recently awarded an endowed chair, the Debbie and Jim Francis Chair, in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. His parents fund an ongoing award in Dan’s name through Fredonia’s Department of Psychology for students who have had significant Independent Study experiences, something Dan participated in as an undergraduate and feels made a difference in his future. 

William Witzleben, ’98, (pol. sci.) was named Commercial Branch Manager for M&T Bank at the One M&T Plaza branch in Buffalo, N.Y.

Paul Baddeley, ’99, (bus. admin.) started a new job at IMS Health as a Delivery Manager in the Commercial Effectiveness Services group. His job is to work with clients and internal project teams to develop and deliver insights leveraging IMS data assets that help to solve business challenges. Specifically, he is responsible for the Sales Force Effectiveness service line focused on call planning, segmentation, incentive compensation, territory alignment and sales force sizing and structure. Paul lives in West Chester, Pa.


Jennifer Forbes, ’00, (commun./media mgmt.) was appointed a Class Dean in the Office of Student Experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

Thomas Gaffney, ’01, (bus. admin.) was promoted to Partner at Lippes Mathias Wexier Friedman.

Carmen Losito, ‘71 (far left); Reid Wallace, ‘72, and Ron Smith, ‘73.

Clifton Turner, ‘84

Brianna Falvey, ‘05

Justin Webb, ‘10

Jessica (Bittner) Markus, ’01, (sociology) recently completed her second master’s degree, earning her M.S.Ed. in Literacy Birth-12th Grade. Jessica is currently a special education itinerant teacher in Manhattan.

Stephen Erick, ’02, (elem. ed./math) a third grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, was the recipient of the 2014 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year award at Falls Church (Va.) City Public Schools. The awards are sponsored by The Washington Post.

Brian Miga, ’02, (physics, coop. engin.) is a Test Engineering Senior Manager at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. He is relocating to the company’s Lynnwood, Wash. office, moving from Minnesota with his wife, Annie, and their three daughters, Sophia, Lily and Charlotte.

Scott Fakowski, ’03, (interdisc. stds.) is the Subscriptions Services Manager at the Rochester Geva Theatre.

Lindsey Sack, ’03, (commun.) has been accepted into the Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders program. 

Charlie Wesley, ’03, ’06 (English) was recently hired as an Assistant Professor of English at Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y.

Kristen Beilman, ’04, (pol. sci.) was selected for the Presidential Management Fellows program in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as special advisor to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Adam Fusco, ’04, (biology/adol. ed.) is teaching high school chemistry, and Kristl Quirante, ’04, (biology) high school biology, on the Puxi Campus of the Shanghai American School. They previously taught in Russia, Kristl at the Anglo American School of Moscow.

Ryan Murphy, ’04, (social stds./adol. ed.) was promoted to Senior Associate at Hodgson Russ law firm in Buffalo, N.Y.

Patrick Wirth, ’04, (childhood ed./English) is a Hamburg (N.Y.) Central School fourth grade teacher and was the top honoree in the fifth annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers Program co-sponsored by the Buffalo Bills. Wirth, the head of the technology program at his school, was cited for looking for new ways to integrate technology into learning. His interactive classroom website serves as a portal for his students to share work with their peers around the globe. Each year, his class runs the Bulldog Pencil Shop, selling school supplies. Proceeds benefit hurricane stricken areas around
the world.

Raymond Bonilla, ’05, (media arts) received three awards from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. His theatre poster design for Fredonia’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank won a gold award. The poster for Moon Over Buffalo, also designed for Fredonia’s theatre program, won bronze and was selected for the Communication Arts 55th Annual Competition. Raymond is an art instructor at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk and an adjunct instructor at Fredonia.

Brianna Falvey, ’05, (childhood ed./soc. stds.) teaches fourth grade at Colvin Elementary School in Wichita, Kan., and challenged her class to complete 100 consecutive days of school where everyone in the class completed all their math and reading assignments every day. If they made it, she would dye her hair orange. She was featured in local newspapers and the local news. The students made it to 114 days. 

Kate (Mori) Heidinger, ’05, (psych.) joined Investigative Post, a non-profit investigative journalism center in Buffalo, N.Y., as Director of Development.

Raymond Chenez, ’06, (music perf.) won a George London Foundation award for professional classical singers.

Megan Green, ’06, (account.) recently became licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant. She works at Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C., an accounting firm in Jamestown.

Amber Rinehart, ’06, (commun.) received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. She is an adjunct instructor in Fredonia’s Department of Communication.

Dr. Philip J. Smaldino, ’06, (biology) received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in August 2013. In 2008, he received a Master of Science degree from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Biology and Natural Sciences. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Department of Biological Chemistry.

Steve Copps, ’07, (mus. theatre) won the Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) at the 24th Annual Artie Awards in Buffalo, N.Y., and was recognized with producer Matthew LaChiusa, ’90 (English); and Maura Nolan, ’13, (acting) for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Kevin Scully, ’07, (bus admin., commun.) has been promoted to Director of Human Resources for Corporate and Distribution Centers at Michael Kors, a publicly traded global luxury fashion-accessories company with headquarters based in New York City. Kevin has also held the position of Adjunct Professor at the Professional Business College in New York City, teaching Human Resources Management. 

Eric Sonnenberger, ’07, (bus. admin.) was appointed Appraisal Risk and Environmental Manager at Evans Bank.

Galena Duba-Weaver, ’08, (English) was hired as an Associate Attorney for the law firm of Fessenden, Laumer and DeAngelo in Jamestown.

Craig Hinderleider, ’08, (account.) was promoted to Assistant General Manager at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.

Meghan Lee, ’08, (history) has been named Executive Assistant at Phillips Lytle LLP.

Spencer Morgan, ’08, (history) discussed his recently published book, Western New York Steel, as a guest speaker at Fredonia. As a former curator for the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, he talked about the history of Western New York steel and reflected on the process of writing and assembling the material for the book. He also was named Director of Development and Marketing at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, N.Y.

Jackie (Bryant) Hausler, ’09, (commun.) recently started a new position at the University at Buffalo in its School of Public Health and Health Professions as Director of Communications and Alumni Relations.

Steve Hoagland, ’09, (music-applied) traveled to San Diego, Calif., to sing as a chorister for San Diego Opera’s 2014 spring season. While there, he met a “super” in the cast who turned out to be Dan Denison, ’79 (sociology). 

Spencer Johnson, ’09, (physics) recently got married and works at the U.S. Naval Base Indian Head in Maryland.


Dr. Julie Graham, ’10, (biology) just completed her pharmacy degree at the University at Buffalo on May 17 with a 3.756 GPA. She is moving to a suburb of Richmond, Va., where she has accepted a full-time position as a pharmacist with CVS Pharmacy.

Justin Webb, ’10, (philosophy) appeared on the “Wheel of Fortune” television show in January. He is an editor with Virucom Group in Syracuse and a former college Ambassador. 

Rachel Foltz, ’11, (psych.) is the Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions for the Ohio State University College of Public Health. Her role involves recruitment and admissions processing for the Master of Public Health, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees offered in public health. Rachel lives in Baltimore, Ohio.

Kathryn Goldbach, ’11, (English) was recently appointed Resource Development Team Assistant for The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

Spencer Evans, ’12, (history) graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas.

Joseph Jacobi, Jr., ’12, (bus. admin./marketing) was hired by MJ Peterson Real Estate in its Commercial Division.

Tara L. Sager, ’12, (bus. admin./finance) recently became licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. She is a Staff Accountant for Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. in Jamestown.

Christopher Scarpine, ’12, (school bldg. leadership) was named Assistant Principal at Lake Shore Middle School in Angola, N.Y.

Kody Van Rentergem, ’12, (econ.) is Hockey Operations Coordinator for the Robert Morris University men’s hockey team which just claimed its first Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) Championship.

Mary Ryan, ’12, (mus. theatre) recently moved to California and is pursuing commercial print screen work. 

Mark Sonner, ’13 (public account.) and Christopher Rhinehart, ’13 (econ.) recently joined Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. as Staff Accountants.  

Amanda Widzinski, ’12, (vis. arts and new media) was hired as an associate for Crowley Webb, a full-service marketing communications agency in Buffalo, N.Y.

Richard Burlett III, ’13

Mark Sonner, ‘13

Christopher Rhinehart, ’13

Dr. Michael Marletta, ’73, (chem., biology) has been named the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The award is presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in his or her field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. He will be recognized at the association’s annual conference in October.

Richard Burlett III, ’13, (public account.) was hired by Johnson, Mackowiak and Associates, LLP Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, as an accountant.  

David Chatterton, ’13, (music ed.) was hired as an instructor for Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.

Samuel Dolcine, ’13, (bus. admin.) was hired as a Recruitment Coordinator for Uncommon Schools, a non-profit organization that manages a network of public charter schools in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Adam Hedberg, ’13, (bus. admin.) was named Financial Consultant for AXA Advisors in Williamsville, N.Y.

Corey Moriarty, ’13, (bus. admin./marketing) was hired by Tattoo Projects Advertising as a Project Manager. He started as an intern and it grew to a full-time position within a month and a half.

Erin Dorozynski, ’14, (bus. admin./finance) has been hired by GEICO.


Nicholas Reed, ‘14, (bus. admin./finance) has been hired by GEICO in its Management Development Program.


Paul Bowers (professor emeritus, art/graphic design) was the author of, “The Winter Garden, Al Jolson and the Shuberts,” in Vol. 29, 2011-2012 edition of The Passing Show, the newsletter of the Schubert Archive.

Dr. Rob Deemer, (music) had his musical composition for wind band, “Home,” premiere in June, played by the U.S. Marine Corps Band on the steps
of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Dianne Bennett and Dr. William Graebner (professor emeritus, history) published a second alternative Rome guidebook in eBook format, Modern Rome: 4 Great Walks for the Curious Traveler. The book is available on Amazon’s Kindle store and in paperback.

Dr. Richard Gilman (geosciences) and his wife, Carmen, were honored in June by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation with its George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award for their many contributions to the community.

Professor Tom Loughlin and Associate Professor Dixon Reynolds (theatre and dance) received recognition at the 24th Annual Artie Awards held in June in Buffalo, N.Y., Tom for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play (Hamlet), and Dixon was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design for A Woman of No Importance.

Dr. William Schall (education) and his wife, Carol, have been honored by their daughter, Dr. Susan Schall, ’81, with a gift to the Fredonia College Foundation to name the Schall Study Alcove in the new Science Center. Dr. Schall is hoping to see many friends at the dedication during Homecoming.


Dr. Max Oppenheimer Jr., who taught at Fredonia as a member of the faculty in the Department of
Foreign Languages from 1967 to 1976, and as its chair from 1967 to 1974, died on May 23. Dr. Oppenheimer established the Fiat Lux (let there be light) Scholarship through the Fredonia
College Foundation. He was also a World War II veteran and former CIA officer, and served as the keynote speaker at Fredonia’s Commencement in 2007. Memorials should be directed to the Fiat Lux Scholarship at the foundation.



Lorraine (Youngs) Eastman,
Class of 1933

Eloise (Ostrander) Merchant,
Class of 1935

Elizabeth (Case) Alday, Class of 1936

Jean (Madigan) Russ, Class of 1936

Loretta (Zepp) Mulville,
Class of 1937

Frances (Lillie) Royce, Class of 1938

Elizabeth (Hall) Dedrick,
Class of 1939

Ethel (Jaekle) (Gath) Luttinger,
Class of 1939

Marion (Peterson) Hall,
Class of 1940

Lois (Price) LaBaron, Class of 1940

Jean (Clark) Marr, Class of 1942

Evelyn A. Hilldale, Class of 1944

William C. Jackson, Class of 1949

Joan (Samuelson) Finnell,
Class of 1954

Dr. Bennett Reimer, Class of 1954

Andolfa “Del” (Intravartolo)
, Class of 1954

Patricia M. (Norman) Westcott, Class of 1954

Diane (Hill) (Wilcox) Williams, Class of 1955

Ada E. (Eighmey) Wilson,
Class of 1956

Bessie (Lindell) Hannahs,
Class of 1958

Lorraine (Scagnelli) Rossi,
Class of 1958

Ross H. Shickler, Class of 1958

Marylou (Snyder) Stowell,
Class of 1961

William M. Reed Powers,
Class of 1962

Thomas W. O’Shea, Class of 1963

Rudolf F. Aurori, Class of 1964

Sharon L. (Johnson) Murray,
Class of 1965

Rosalie Ann (Peterson) Strachan, Class of 1966

Mary (Graham) Patterson,
Class of 1968

Thomas G. Stone, Class of 1968

Donald M. Riley, Class of 1969

Froma Bessel, Class of 1970

Marjorie M. (Bierman) Phillips, Class of 1971

Susan (Smith) Taber, Class of 1971

Mary F. (Chiro) Christy,
Class of 1972

Nancy (Benner) Remick,
Class of 1972

Charles B. Quackenbush,
Class of 1973

Audrey A. (Torrey) (McCord)
, Class of 1975

Mark P. Prusak, Class of 1975

Dr. Barbara E. Hoetker Ash,
Class of 1976

Nancy (Roberts) Bartlett,
Class of 1976

Rosemary M. (Schwier) Barchiesi, Class of 1981

Mark A. Quinn, Class of 1983

Jacqueline “Jackie” (Bobbitt)
, Class of 1983

Gregory J. Kole, Class of 1984

Delphine (Polasik) Przytula,
Class of 1985

Francis R. Schaub, Class of 1987

Janet E. Goodfriend, Class of 1989

Timothy R. Bushnell, Class of 1990

Michelle L. Gelsimino, Class of 1990

Anthony D. Jones, Class of 1990

Patricia (Dermont) Peters,
Class of 1992

Douglas L. Peterson, Class of 1997

Jessica M. (Corriere) Infantino,
Class of 1999

Emeritus Faculty/Staff

Dr. Osvaldo Chinchon, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1970-1995

Joseph J. Chouinard, Associate Librarian, 1977-1991

Robert G. Davis, Highway Equipment Operator, 1981-2005

Theodore Frazeur, School of Music, 1960-1993

Helen M. Higgs, Secretary,
Departments of Communication
and Psychology

Cheryl Howlett, Cleaner, 2000-2011

Therold “Terry” Lindquist Jr., Instructional Resources and
Department of Art, 1966-1999


Joseph C. Russo Jr., Faculty Student Association, 1981-2006


A son, Hayden Robert, to Brendan, ’07, (English) and Ashley (Lenz) Keiser, ’08, ’12 (childhood inclusive ed./soc. stds. 7-9 ext.; curr. and instruct./inclusive ed.).

A son, Reylan Michael, to Dawn (Shermet), ’05, and Shea Mathis, ’07 (interdisc. stds./envir. sci.).

A daughter, Lea Leialani, to Isabel (Correa), ’94, (Spanish) and Mark Wyman.

A son, Benjamin Samuel, to Kate (Mori), ’05, (psych.) and Nick Heidinger.


Alison Schoenfeld, ’04, (speech path.) to Dr. Kira Stiles-Mikl.

Melissa Labuda, ’06, to Brian Frazer, ’06 (music perf.).

Melanie Gregg, ’96, (commun.) to Kevin McGovern, ’92 (geology).


Dr. Michael Marletta, ’73, (chem., biology) has been named the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The award is presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in his or her field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. He will be recognized at the association’s annual conference in October.


Class of 1964 in front of Gregory Hall

Front row (L-R): Marcia (Butcher) Gallineaux-Hubert, Marcia (Guzenski) Neri, and Lynette (Gratz) Lombard. Second row (L–R): Elizabeth (Young) Chernault, Joanne (Davis) Hollenbeck, Kathie (Edgarton) Zielinski, Nancy (Hagstrom) Hammond, Kathy (Sadler) Blezard, Shirley (Fiorella) Monacelli, and Georgia (Sabel) May. Third row (L–R): Carolyn (Jerge) Benton,  Barbara (Withall) Singler, Carol (Seaman) Johnston, James Hardy, Carol (Pifer) Dick, Amanda (Stevens) Snyder, and Marilynn (Ford) Fortner. Fourth row (L–R): Wallace Goodman, Gregory Kerkorian, Suzanne (O’Neil) Snyder, Mary Boblak, Ann Marie (Sonne) Peters,  Linda (Loessi) Holtz, Beverley Ahlsen Williams, and Josephine (Avellino) Washington. Fifth row (L–R): Genevieve (Gilbert) Lindemann, Margaret (Guertin) Hite, and Karen (Karn) Bedgar. Back row (L–R): Thomas Lindemann, Rodney Brown, James (Victor) Lambert, Bruce Colburn, Robert Staffin and Edward Uprichard.


The Class of 1964 gathered on the Fredonia campus on June 6 to 8 to celebrate its 50-year reunion. The group established the Class of 1964 Dr. Oscar E. Lanford Memorial Scholarship. Once fully endowed, the Lanford Scholarship will be awarded as a recruitment scholarship to an incoming freshman studying in any field. We thank all of you who have contributed to the scholarship. If you have not yet made your class gift, please consider making one now. Donations should be directed to the Fredonia College Foundation at 272 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY 14063. Please write, “Lanford 1964” in the memo of your check. Once we collectively raise $10,000 or more, your class scholarship will produce an annual award and live in perpetuity. 



Members of the Steele Family returned to Fredonia this summer for a family reunion and campus tour —
including their namesake, Steele Hall. Pictured are (front, from left) Edward Steele and Joan Steele, and (back, from left): Lilly Steele, Alli Steele, Frances Steele,
Michael Steele, Anne Steele and Edward Steele III.

posted @ Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:57 PM by Nick Gunner

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