Aug. 6, 2012
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Tim Harper ’00 (COS) and Stephen Burke ’06 (GCCIS) have been competing in an automotive race around the country for the past three years called “One Lap of America.” This year’s race started on May 4 and lasted eight days while participants drove around the country from racetrack to racetrack. Burke and Harper have been using social media to bring people along for the adventure and as a result have secured sponsorships. For details, go to www.facebook.com/OneLapRochester.
Joseph Carberry ’01 (CAST) in January accepted a position at Honeywell Safety Products in Smithfield, R.I., as retail packaging engineer. He was employed at Hasbro as senior packaging engineer, where he worked for more than 10 years.
Daniel Cavanagh ’01 (KGCOE) and Julia Cavanagh are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Lucy Ellen. She was born on Jan. 29, in Newport, R.I.
Krysta Doerfler ’01 (CIAS) recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as a graphic designer with The Yield Book, a division of Citi, in Buffalo, N.Y. Her main focus is to create marketing material for both The Yield Book, which provides an essential set of tools to aid in bond investment strategy, and Citi Fixed Income Indices. “We are currently in the process of rebranding and it will be an exciting year as we present our bold new look to our customers and continue to reach out to grow our business in new global markets.”
Travis Beaver ’02 (GCCIS) and Jennifer Roby are happy to announce their marriage on Jan. 13. They live in Columbia, Md. Beaver works at a satellite office of Harris RF Communications in Columbia as an IT administrator and is president of his condominium association. He recently launched www.mosalumni.info, a website dedicated to all alumni, faculty, and staff of the former Mother of Sorrows School in Greece, N.Y.
Allison Dinner ’02 (CIAS) writes, “Following my passion I am very busy working in Boston, Mass., doing commercial photography, mainly focusing on food and product photography. Some clients include Ritz Carlton Hotels, Mikasa, Food Arts, This Old House, Food and Wine, and so many others. If you are ever in the area stop by the studio and say hi.”
Matthew Dana ’03 (GCCIS) and Stephanie Dana are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Andrew Christopher. He was born on March 2, at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Andrew Christopher is their second child after Ryan Matthew, 2 ½.
Michael Sclafani ’03 (CAST) recently accepted a position at Trade Card in New York, N.Y., as client manager. He was employed at Canon USA as senior business analyst. “I will be working closely with many major apparel and footwear companies in matters of international trade settlement-procure to pay processes.”
Sherwin Damdar ’03, ’04 (KGCOE) received the 2011 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year award from the Rochester Engineering Society. He is a project lead for Garlock Sealing Technology’s Rubber Expansion Joint division. He is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the business unit, including product engineering, marketing and sales.
James Dowdle ’04 (COS) received a Ph.D. in cancer biology from Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on May 11.
Erin (Hannan) Kelley ’04 (COB) and Daniel Kelley are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, Quinn Michael. He was born on Sept. 8, 2011, in Noblesville, Ind. Quinn is their first child.
Kathy McClure ’04 (CIAS) and Steve McClure are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Kaylee Grace. She was born on Nov. 13, 2011, in Lancaster, Pa. She has a proud older brother, Caleb, 2.
Jia Mei ’04 (CIAS) writes, “Gary Mei ’04 (GCCIS), who is currently employed at Kodak, won the grand prize at the PAX East (Penny-Arcade Expo) Omegathon event in April. Gary won a trip to Cologne, Germany, and $1,500. The competition was a mixed slate of table-top (a crossword and Crokinole) and video games (a classic arcade game and Dance Central).”
Daniel Shvimer ’04 (GCCIS) and Jessica Shvimer are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Dylan Mark. He was born on Aug. 25, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y. His parents are very excited and have already purchased several tiger outfits.
Joelle (Tannenbaum) Boedecker ’05 (CIAS) and Nicholas Boedecker are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 18, 2011, at Collingwood Library and Museum in Alexandria, Va. They live in Alexandria. The maid of honor was Molly Miles ’05 (GCCIS) and the bridesmaid was Miranda Stefano ’05 (CIAS). Other RIT friends in attendance were Kara Austin ’05 (CIAS), Matt DeTurck ’07, Hayley Fisch ’05 (CIAS), Fritz Heier ’05 (GCCIS), Nick Herber ’05 (CIAS), Anna McCabe ’05 (GCCIS), Milan Patel ’05 (GCCIS) and Ashley Walker ’05, ’07 (CIAS).
Christopher Taylor ’05 (GCCIS) recently accepted a position at Blackbaud in Charleston, S.C., as quality assurance principal. He was employed at Ultimate Software as lead process engineer.
Lindsay (Rusert) Bjorhus ’06 (SCB) was recently promoted to supply chain business lead-demand planning at McNeil Consumer Healthcare/ J&J in Fort Washington, Pa. The new role involves rolling out process improvements across the total supply chain and tactical demand management for the Adult Tylenol brands.
Stephen Burke ’06 (GCCIS) and Tim Harper ’00 (COS) have been competing in an automotive race around the country for the past three years called “One Lap of America.” This year’s race started on May 4 and lasted eight days while participants drove around the country from racetrack to racetrack. Burke and Harper have been using social media to bring people along for the adventure and as a result have secured sponsorships to support their efforts. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/OneLapRochester.
Erhardt Graeff ’06 (GCCIS) was accepted into the Master of Science program at the MIT Media Lab starting in September.
Matthew De Persis ’07 (SCB) recently changed positions at Viacom Media Networks in New York, N.Y., to partner marketing coordinator supporting MTV. He was employed at MTV Networks as partner marketing coordinator for TV Land, CMT, EPIX and Logo.
Andrew Peak ’07 (CAST) and Brianna Cleary are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding will be on Oct. 12, 2013, in Kingston, N.Y.
Kelly Place ’07 (CIAS) and Michael Place welcomed their baby boy, Liam Michael, into the world on Jan.1, 2012, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Lucy Wilke ’07 (GCCIS) and Burkhardt Wilke are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Mila Elizabeth. She was born on Oct. 26, 2011, in Rochester.
Ankit Katyal ’08 (COS) recently accepted a position at Evalueserve SEZ in Gurgaon, Haryana, as research associate - Intellectual Property. Katyal was employed at Jubilant Life Sciences as executive project manager. “The opportunity to use my RIT biotechnology degree knowledge that I gained and finally getting to apply it in the role of a knowledge matter expert prompted the change. Also, the prospect of working with U.S.-based clients in the life sciences area was very exciting.”
Melissa Mance-Coniglio ’08 (CIAS) opened a new exhibition of her work in Jamestown, N.Y., at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. A reception was held April 21. The exhibition featured 50 original paintings of birds and their habitats, which convey her deep respect for her subjects and sensitivity to their innate beauty. Also on display was a selection of bird carvings done by her father, James Mance Sr. In addition to her RIT degree, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Rachel Woods ’08 (NTID) received a master’s degree in library science from State University of New York at Buffalo on Feb. 1.
Kirk Staley ’08 (NTID) writes, “I have been accepted into FIU Order of Omega as of April 14, 2012.”
Michael Saffran ’08 (CLA) was the symposium editor for a five-article section on localism in radio broadcasting and wrote “Effects of Local-Market Radio Ownership Concentration on Radio Localism, the Public Interest, and Listener Opinions and Use of Local Radio” in the November 2011 issue of Journal of Radio & Audio Media. He is Associate Director/Manager of New Media for RIT University News Services.
Karishma Diwan ’09 (KGCOE) and Gautam Varma were recently married. They live in Powai, Mumbai.
Casey (Moosmann) Kita ’09 (CIAS) and Endri Kita ’09 (CAST) are happy to announce their marriage on Aug. 27, 2011, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. They live in Somerville, Mass. RIT alumni Larissa Stawnychy Chadwick ’09 (GCCIS), Joshua Chadwick ’08 (CIAS) and Andy McLean ’09 (GCCIS) were in the wedding party.
Erica (Main) Dawson ’09 (CIAS) and Kyle Dawson ’09 (COB) are happy to announce their marriage on Nov. 5, 2011, in Geneva, N.Y. The bridal party included maid of honor Amanda Sisti ’09 (CIAS) along with Nicci Scuteri ’10 (CAST), Eric Wavrek ’10 (SCB), Christopher Somers ’10 (KGCOE), Jesse Kling ’07 (GCCIS) and best man Mark Frisicano ’09 (KGCOE). Also in the bridal party were the bride’s sister, Erin, and childhood friend, Kristie. A reception was held at the Belhurst Castle where many of the women’s soccer alumnae were also in attendance. The couple enjoyed a two-week honeymoon on the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai and Maui. They live in Spencerport, N.Y.
Amanda (Kristoff) Weissman ’09 (COS) was recently recognized by the Society of Women Engineers as the top nominee for the 2012 New Faces of Engineering Program.