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Class Notes, August 2009



A group of longtime Fredonia alumni and friends for 69 years have gotten together every year for the past 12 years, including Dorothy (Gilbert) and Walt Schermerhorn, ’43, (elem. ed.); Ingeborg (Hedin) Remais, ’44, (elem. ed.) and Robert Remais, ’47, (music ed.); Helen (Towner) and Werner Schroeder, and Connie (Nelson) McGill Atkins and Dr. Robert Atkins.
Theresa M. Lund, ’46, (music ed.) shared an article written about her by Andrea Kimbriel in the Clarence Bee, “Clarence resident shares hope through creativity,” which described her fight against illness and her resolve to continue performing at local nursing homes. Theresa taught music in the Lancaster (N.Y.) Central School District for 43 years.
Marilyn (Schueler) Fabricatore, ’47, (music ed.) donated a copy of her recently-published book of poetry, “You, Me, and a Cup of Hot Tea,” to Reed Library. After graduating she taught music for a year and then switched to teaching kindergarten for nine years.


Marybeth Smith, ’52, (elem. ed.) of Hornell, N.Y., recently gave an original watercolor painting by the late Doris (Scheisser) Carey, ’53, to SUNY Fredonia. It hangs in Foundation House. Marybeth taught in Olean, N.Y., prior to her retirement.
Dr. James Lyke, ’54, (music ed.) co-founder of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, was honored at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s conference this summer with its 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Lyke’s colleague, Tony Caramia, ’73, (applied music) performed a musical tribute during the award ceremony. Dr. Lyke was also featured in the May/June issue of Clavier Companion magazine.
Ethel (Nastasi) Juliano, ’56, (elem. ed.) of San Bernardino, Calif., is retired 10 years as a teacher in the Rialto Unified School District and keeps busy reading and taking care of her rose garden.
A group of SUNY Fredonia educators including Lyn (Curtis), ’58, (elem. ed.) and Vincent Aiosa, ’60, (music ed.); Dan Schmid, ’61, (music ed.), Russ Henze, ’61, (music ed.), and Ron Sutherland, ’61, (music ed.) participated in the 2008 American Music Abroad Tour.
Corinne “Connie” (Oliver) Widdis, ’59, (elem. ed.) is involved in “Earth Day Everyday” in west Michigan. She also enjoyed a career in elementary education beginning in Corning, N.Y. and ending in teacher education at Grand Valley State University.



Vincent Aiosa, ’60, (music ed.) of Newfield, N.Y., represented SUNY Fredonia at the inauguration of Ithaca College’s eighth president, Dr. Thomas R. Rochon, on April 17. Also see 1950s.
Mel Clarke, ’60, (elem. ed.) recently completed training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), serving abused and neglected children in the Conta Costa County Juvenile Court System in Martinez, Calif.
Dr. Eugene Alexander, ’64, (elem. ed.) and his wife, Sandy, were honored at a testimonial brunch on June 14 at Temple Emanu-El in Lynbrook, N.Y., for 32 years of leadership, dedication and guidance.
Jacob Ludes III, ’64, (history) was one of 15 leading American education experts invited to participate in a February seminar at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
Cliff O’Connell, ’65, (speech and drama) continues to teach humanities and theatre arts at Los Angeles (Calif.) City College, and writes novels and screenplays.
Warren Beyer, ’68, (history) achieved membership in New England Financial’s Million Dollar Round Table.
Paul Denning, ’68, (psych.) is employed as a Human Resources administrator by West Valley (N.Y.) Environmental Services. He would like to hear from former classmates via e-mail at
Dolores “Dee” (Sroczyk) White, ’68, (elem. ed.) is retired seven years from teaching 34 years. She travels often, delivers Meals on Wheels and is a docent at Mission San Juan Capistrano in California.
Alice (Buckley) Gibbs, ’69, (sociology) and Ann Dingledy-Rodie, ’71, (art) report having had a great time at the San Francisco, Calif., Fredonia reunion. Ann is an artist living in Eugene, Ore., and Alice a principal in the Los Angeles (Calif.) Unified School District.
Gary Goodson (music ed.) and Nessa (Segal) Goodson, ’69, (speech/English/sec. ed.) report that Gary is managing education programs for a non-profit organization in San Francisco and Nessa is a business analyst and tester for a major corporation servicing the mutual fund industry.


Howard G. Baumgartner, ’70, ’71, (English/sec. ed.) became an accountant and  retired in 2008 after over 30 years in public health care administration. He would love to hear from friends who attended Fredonia between 1966 and 1981 at
Mary (Mossey) Griess, ’70, (elem. ed.) of Long Beach, Calif., retired after 37 years in teaching, and now enjoys her garden and cycling.
Dr. Edward Finger, ’71, (biology) and Cynthia (Darling) Finger, ’71, (speech and hear.) from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., represented SUNY Fredonia at the March 26 inauguration of Empire State College’s third president, Dr. Alan R. Davis.
Michael Margolis, ’71, (psych.) is a reference librarian at Saint John’s University in Queens, N.Y.
Buffalo City Judge James A.W. McLeod, ’71, (pol. sci.) was honored in May with the Man of the Year Award at the Sojourner Truth Award and Founder’s Day Luncheon in Buffalo, N.Y.
William J. Pendziwiatr, ’71, (music ed.) was elected president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA).
Pianist Elenora Seib, ’71, (music ed.) performed in February in, “Boheme to Broadway,” at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.
Guy Devitt, ’72, (elem. ed.) of Herkimer, N.Y., represented SUNY Fredonia at the inauguration of Herkimer County Community College’s third president, Dr. Ann Marie Murray, on April 17.
Dave Hermance, ’72, (soc. studies/sec. ed.) retired from the City of Santa Ana in California after 31 years in its Planning and Building Agency. He plans to do some cruising, play a lot of golf and spend time at a vacation home in Big Bear Lake.
Larry Hilliard, ’72, (Spanish/sec. ed.) taught at the University of Oregon for two years and is now transitioning to a new home in Georgetown, Texas.
Tom, ’73, (biology) and Linda (McIlvain) Cooper, ’73, (elem. ed.) volunteered with Children’s Disaster Services at a shelter in Alexandria, La., during 2008’s Hurricane Gustav.
Karl Holz, ’73, (bus. admin.) has been named president, Disney Cruise Line & New Vacation Operations for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in Florida.
Terrie Benson Murray, ’76, (pol. sci.) was elected recording secretary of the CM Chapter in Orchard Park (N.Y.) of the Philanthropic Education
Organization. She is also the chapter’s project chairperson for Cottey College.
Dr. Michael D. Melzer, ’77, (biology) joined the Cream Ridge Office of South Jersey Eye Physicians in January. He studied at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, earning a master’s degree, and completed a program at the University of St. Louis (Mo.) in the diagnosis and training of ocular diseases.
Tina Rausa, ’77, (theatre) joined with Josephine Hogan to present the program, “Dear Ruth…The Monologues of Ruth Draper,” in June at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Garry R. White, ’77, (biology) returned to Utica, N.Y., in March to conduct the annual inspection of the Thomas R. Proctor High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp’s battalion, as reported in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
U.S. Naval Reserve Capt. (Ret.) David Banach, D.D.S., ’78, (chem.) was the featured speaker at the Memorial Day ceremonies in the City of Dunkirk, N.Y.
Dr. James L. Klages, ’78, (music ed., music perf.) is a professor of trumpet at the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and former cornet soloist with The President’s Own Marine Band. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989 and medically retired from the military, he taught trumpet in Colorado. Today, he reports after new treatment, “My life has turned around!” and is the subject of a documentary by former student Sam Karp. To see the movie trailer, persons should visit
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Erie County Music Educators Association named Kristie (Krahn) Schlewitt, ’78, (music ed.) as the outstanding classroom/vocal music educator for 2009 in their “Excellence in Music Education” program. She is the music specialist at Maple East Elementary School in Williamsville and was a teacher leader for People to People this summer in Australia.
SUNY Fredonia Vice President of Enrollment Services Daniel Tramuta, ’78, ’80, (elem. ed., reading) received the William A. Troy Service Award, the highest honor given by the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP).
Barbara Thomas, ’79, (bus. admin.) lives in Pasadena, Calif., and enjoys consulting on human resources systems and traveling.


Paul Borger, ’80, (bus. admin.) is retired after working 28 years in the automotive industry.
The 10th Amityville Horror Halloween Hash Run in 2008 served as a mini-reunion when Ray Paez, ’82, (med. tech.) surprised Hash Run organizer Mike Mehary, ’80, (bus. admin.) by arranging to have Frank Cirillo, ’80, (bus. admin.) and Bill Dyer join in the fun. Ray has been a bus accident investigator for the New York City Transit Authority for the past 20 years; Mike is a trial attorney with an office in Merrick, and Frank is an international account manager for Artform International.
Brian Moore, ’80, (pol. sci.) an attorney with the firm of Roetzel & Andress in its Akron, Ohio, office, was selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine.
Jeffrey Rothstein, ’80, (bus. admin.) of Centreville, Va., graduated cum laude in January from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in with his Juris Doctor degree. He was on the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll, earned the Cooley Leadership Award and awards from Moot Court, mock trial and the law journal.
Michael Shaw, ’80, (music ed.) was named director of the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264. He has been band director for 18 years at Frontier High School in the Hamburg (N.Y.) Central School District.
Thomas H. Waring Jr., ’80, (pol. sci.) was named a member of the 2009 board of directors of Gilda’s Club Western New York.
Author Lauren E. Smith, ’81, (Spanish) of Naples, Fla., had a new children’s mystery book released in May, “Ashley Enright and the Darnell Diamonds,” the third book in the Ashley Enright series. Interested persons can read the book series blog at
John F. McCarthy, CPA, ’82, (account.) was named director in the Accounting and Tax Department of the Orchard Park, N.Y., office of Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro.
After completing the U.S. Army ROTC program at Fredonia, Don Sarazen, ’82, (sociology) spent seven years in the army. For the past 17 years, he has been an elementary school teacher and this year received National Teacher Certification. He was recently featured as “Teacher of the Week” on WLTX television in Columbia, S.C.
Sue (Lanski) Wilson, ’82, (elem. ed./early child.) would enjoy hearing from old friends at 44 Johnson Road, Apt. 11, Rochester, N.Y. 14616.
Stephen Riczker, ’83, ’89, (psych., special studies/human resource mgmt.) of Falconer, N.Y., was named director of mental health and health services for The Resource Center. He is also the president of the board of directors of the Jamestown Community College Alumni Association.
Robin (Jackson) Rouse, ’83, (theatre) starred in the Landless Theatre Company’s Washington, D.C. premiere of “Walmartopia – A Musical On a Mission” at the District of Columbia Arts Center. She also performs as a jazz vocalist in New York State and in the Baltimore/Annapolis, Md. area.
Susan (Nebrich) Arthur, ’84, (commun.) has worked at Sister’s Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., for 23 years and also teaches aerobics. She attributes a discussion at a college fair with Dr. Carmela (DuBose) Thompson, ’78, then director of Fredonia’s Educational Opportunity Program, as the greatest influence in her decision to attend college.
Scott Martelle, ’84, (pol. sci.) moderated panels in March at the annual Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism; in April he spoke at a conference at Colorado College on the Ludlow Massacre, and participated again on a panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. His article, “Killing King Coal,” appeared in the March/April and May/June issue of SIERRA magazine.
Kelley Briggs, ’85, (art/graphic design) principal and executive creative director of Hudson Fusion LLC, reported the company was named a national winner in the “What Works for Business Contest.”
Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, ’87, ’93, (English) of Durham, N.C., was a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in Fall 2008. His essay, “Music: Bodies in Pain,” was recently published in the collection, “Best African-American Essays, 2009” (Random House), edited by Debra Dickerson and Gerald Early.
Andrew Nixon, ’88, (bus. admin.) was named to the board of directors of the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Leadership Network.
James Sturm, ’88, (commun.) vice president for Student Life at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y., and Jeff Majka, ’02, (comp. sci.) were featured during the SUNY Fredonia Leadership Development Program Character Education and Leadership Development Speaker Series. Jeff is a treasury manager for M&T Bank.



James J. Kincaid, ’90, (account.) of Orchard Park, N.Y., was named a partner in the accounting firm of Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, LLP of Amherst, N.Y. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Affordable Housing Association of CPAs, and active in the United Way.
William Langehennig, CSW, ’90, (sociology) of Marlton, N.J., has been with the U.S. Department of Justice for the past 19 years, currently as a senior case manager for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Intelligence and Anti-Terrorism.
Jennifer Cody, ’91, (theatre) is in the ensemble cast of “Shrek: The Musical” on Broadway as the Shoemaker’s Elf and performed during the opening number on the CBS broadcast of the 63rd Tony Awards in June. Her voice will also be heard in the upcoming Disney animated film, “The Princess and The Frog,” as Charlotte LaBeouf.
Pianist Dr. David Curtin, ’91, (music perf.) was named a Steinway Artist, along with his wife, Hyun Ju. While at Fredonia he studied under Steinway Artist and Professor Emeritus Robert Jordan.
Glenn Lankowski, ’92, (bus. admin.) lives in South Carolina and finished his 11th marathon in April, the Boston Marathon.
Kevin MacDonald, ’92, (social stud./sec. ed., pol. sci.) was named superintendent of schools of the Royalton-Hartland School District in Middleport, N.Y. Kim (Bracken) McDonald, ’92, (psych.) is a psychologist with the Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools.
Stuart McCallister, ’92, (sociology) works for the State of Michigan as a social worker and as a house MC at Dr. Grins comedy club in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Rohan Patrick, ’92, (art/graphic design) was named the SUNY Fredonia 2009 Educational Development Program Distinguished Alumnus.
Katherine W. Campbell, ’93, (English) lives in Wrentham, Mass., with her husband, David, and family.
Christopher Gagnier, ’93, (econ.) teaches social studies at a high school in Atlanta, Ga.
Freelance actor Andy Konrad, ’93, (theatre) appeared on the Feb. 11 episode of ABC television’s “Life on Mars,” playing the guitarist in Sebastian Grace’s band.
Gregory Krauza, ’93, (school admin./super.) was hired as general manager of Rt 60 Homes in Fredonia, N.Y.  He is president of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce.
Tracy (Koch) Polisoto, ’93, (health serv. admin., commun.) is an executive sales representative for Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceuticals in a job share position. In 2007 she won an International Sales Champion Award.
Michelle Richards-Popowicz, ’93, (psych.) works for Tata Technologies as a project manager.
Michael Ende, ’94, (account.) was promoted to associate vice president at M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y., where he works as a senior credit analyst.
Kimberly (VanDerwarker) Huther, ’94, (English) has started her own business, Wordsmith Proofreading Services.
Marc Stress, ’94, (art) launched AXNT™, a broadcast e-mail platform and services provider, in 2008 as a subsidiary of his firm Stressdesign. His company launched a website,, offering no-charge downloads of a logo his firm created for print and online communications to indicate the use of renewable wind power.
Lisa (Rehak) Barrette, ’95, (bus. admin.) is director of New Business Development and Channels at Post Foods in New Jersey, part of Ralcorp.
Lisa (Naslund) Bell, ’95, (special studies) is a licensed real estate agent with Century 21 in East Aurora, N.Y.
Sharon (Hansen) Powers, ’95, (psych.) was elected director of Leadership Development for the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, and received its Outstanding Member Award. She is assistant director of Career Development for Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Matthew P. Allen, ’97, (pol. sci.) of Troy, Mich., has been named a principal with the law firm of Miller Canfield as a business, intellectual property and criminal trial lawyer. He earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and served as editor-in-chief of the Wayne Law Review.
Ben Synborski, ’97, (visual arts) of Webster, N.Y., joined Crown Exhibits of Rochester, N.Y., as Design Director.
Alexsandra Lopez, ’99, (commun. disorders) was an honoree at the Hispanics United of Buffalo’s Hispanic Awards Luncheon in June. She serves as secretary of the Fredonia Alumni Board of Directors.
Jacob “Jake” Wickham, ’99, ’02, (biology) successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. His master’s thesis was cited an article posted on a forum in British ethologist Richard Dawkins’ website.



Michelle A. Blackley, 2000, (commun.) created the literary publicity firm, Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, headquartered in the Elmwood Village area in Buffalo, N.Y. Persons interested in learning more about the company should visit the web site at
Peter J. Morgante, 2000, (account.) was named to the board of directors of the Chautauqua (N.Y.) Leadership Network.
Justin J. Bohall, ’01, (bus. admin./finance) joined UBS Financial Services as a financial advisor in its Jamestown, N.Y., office.
Melissa A. (Uhteg) McGloin, ’01, ’05, (elem. ed./soc. stud., curr. and instr.) teaches Level 6 Social Studies at Hamburg (N.Y.) Middle School.
Thomas Priester, ’01, (English/sec.ed.) assistant director of Student Life at Finger Lakes Community College since August 2008, was honored in April at the annual conference of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) with its 2009 Two-Year College Professional Service Award.
Zoeth Browne, ’02, (bus. admn.) is a human resources systems associate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
Christopher Ash, ’03, (theater prod. and design) was lighting designer, and Professor Emeritus Carol Blanchard (theatre), costume designer, for the play “Love Person,” at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, Ill., which was reviewed in Variety in May.
Christopher Babbage, ’03, ’07, (music ed.) has been working as a musical director, conductor and keyboardist across the country. He conducted “Les Misérables” at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Utah and played keyboards on the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.”
Julie A. (Furgala) (child ed./math. 7-9 ext.) and James J. Asztalos, ’04, (child. ed./music) of Lawrenceville, Ga., have worked as teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools for five years; Julie, as a fifth grade teacher, and Jim, in fourth. Jim earned his M.Ed. in Technology from Troy University and Julie, her M.Ed. in Reading from the University of Georgia, where she is also seeking her Specialist Degree in Leadership Education.
Scott Richmond, ’04, ’06, ’07, (English, history) completed his Master of Library Science degree in December 2008 at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Soprano Maria Fasciano, ’05, (music perf.) performed “A European Tour” of music with baritone Lon Arnold at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, N.Y.
Sarah Hite, ’05, (biology) an honors graduate and All-America track athlete during her SUNY Fredonia years, earned her master’s degree in Medical Nutrition Science at Boston University and is currently enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina, pursuing a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.
Charlsey Bickett, ’06, (pol. sci.) earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) and is a senior researcher for the Ford Institute for Human Security.
Time Warner Cable’s new 24-hour news channel in Buffalo, “YNN (Your News Now)” has added two SUNY Fredonia graduates to its news team.. Kathryn Bogey, ’06, (bus. admin./market.) is a reporter who previously worked at the Time Warner channel in New York City, while Anne Lithiluxa, ’08, (commun.) has been hired as a news assistant.
Thomas Briggs, ’06, (account.) has been promoted to senior accountant at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Jessica Hunt, ’06, (music therapy) is pursuing a master’s degree at SUNY Fredonia.
Dan Lendzian, ’06, (English, acting) and Aundre Seals, ’07, (acting) returned to the area to direct a production of the courtroom scene in “To Kill a Mockingbird” as part of The Big Read initiative. Dan spent a year with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Aundre is directing productions including the New York City premier of “CARTOON” by Steve Yockey this fall and hopes to open his own company with Roger Mulligan, ’08, (acting).
Ellen Engel, ’07, (social work) earned a Master in Social Work degree from the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work program through SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College.
Nurangiz Khodzharova, ’07, (interdis. stud./internat. stud.) earned a master’s degree in international affairs at Central European University and is working with the Ford Foundation in Moscow, Russia. Her book, “Single Voice or Cacophony?: Competing National Preferences in European Energy Policy,” was published in 2008.
Brittany Lew, ’07, (pol sci., interdis. stud./legal studies) is a pharmacy monitor for SUNY Upstate Medical University, working on an ALS research study involving experimental treatments. Brittany lives in Syracuse, N.Y., with Justin Estlinbaum, ’06, (vis. art/graphic design), where the couple have purchased a house.
Eileen LeMar, ’08, (commun./public rel.) was named Special Projects Manager at Merritt Estate Winery in Forestville, N.Y.
Melissa Roberts, ’08, (pol. sci.) is in Boston, Mass., working with ActionUSA.
Harrison Santiago, ’08, (commun.) is working at Busch Gardens in Florida.
Chad Sayers, ’08, (music ed.) is pursuing a master’s degree at SUNY Fredonia.
Jared Scott Tesler, ’08, (commun./pub. rel.) was initiated into the Zeta Iota Chapter of the Sigma Iota Epsilon National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity.
Dahn Bull, ’09, (pol. sci.) was elected chair of the Pomfret (N.Y.) Republican Committee.

Emeritus Notes

Dr. William Graebner’s (history) and Dianne Bennett’s book, “Rome the Second Time: 15 Itineraries that Don’t Go to the Coliseum,” was in the top 50 in Italy book sales, among Amazon’s top 50 travel reference books, and highly rated in its Kindle version.
Dr. William B. Hartley (business administration) is president of Anaheim (Calif.) University, an online university, adding, “It all started with my training in the SUNY Learning Network, and then one thing lead to another and here I am.”
Tom Malinoski (publication services) was a featured artist on the 2009 Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail Open Studio Tour in May, along with current SUNY Fredonia faculty and staff Alberto Rey (visual arts), Dr. Tom Janik (chem.), Lori Deemer (music) and Michael Long (visual arts).
Dr. Mac Nelson (English) received an award for Best Feature Story from United University Professions for the article, “Water Wilderness,” in the UUP Active Retirees Newsletter. His recently-published book about U.S. Route 20 received the Gold Medal in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards’ Travel-Essay category.
The University of Georgia Press is slated to release the fourth edition of, “Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vitas,” by Dr. W. Dirk Raat (history) and Michael Brescia, by February 2010.


posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4:04 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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