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Class Notes

Key to abbreviations

CAST College of Applied Science and Technology
CCE College of Continuing Education (now CAST)
CIAS College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
COLA College of Liberal Arts
EPSCOB E. Philip Saunders College of Business
KGCOE Kate Gleason College of Engineering
COS College of Science
FAA Fine and Applied Arts (now CIAS)
GAP Graphic Arts and Photography (now CIAS)
GCCIS B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
NTID National Technical Institute for the Deaf
SVP NTID "Summer Vestibule Program"


Francis “Frank” Sweeney ’49 (FAA) recently retired. He spent 2½ years in the U.S. Air Force and owned and operated F. G. Sweeney Art Studio Inc. for 43 years. His studio employed 10 artists, all with different interests. For 20 years, Frank was an adjunct teacher at Syracuse University. He writes, “I married Loraine, my true love, we discovered each other at RIT. We have three boys and a girl, which made for a very, very, exciting life and almost made me grow up.”


Ruth Brown Davis ’51 (EPSCOB) worked as a buyer in retail following graduation. She and her husband, Norman, raised two children (one is a veterinarian, the other a social worker). She went on to fulfill her life-long dream of racing and showing horses. Ruth and Norman live on their horse farm in Vestal Center, N.Y.


Richard Zakia ’56 (GAP) co-authored a new book with Glenn Rand of Brooks Institute, Teaching Photography. He is also completing a third edition of his book, Perception and Imaging, which will be published in 2007.


Robert Keough ’64 (GAP) was recently honored by the Town of Long Lake, N.Y., with the naming of Keough Road. Bob retired from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences in June 2005 after teaching graduate courses in computer graphics design for 22 years.


Leslie HowardLeslie Howard ’65 (GAP) was awarded a blue ribbon for his digital image titled “SYBIL” at the 102nd anniversary of the Professional Photographer’s Society of New York State. Les and his wife, Linda, have been residents of Orange County for 23 years and own a special-event photography and video company, Les Howard Productions, in Monroe, N.Y.

1967 40th reunion

Joseph GellerJoseph Geller ’67 (GAP) writes, “Hello fellow 1967 photo science graduates. How about joining Jan Meades ’67 (GAP) and me at the 40th reunion in Rochester in October?”

Eugene Rosa ’67 (EPSCOB) was selected to deliver the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Address during the March 23 Showcase event at Washington State University. Rosa was also elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and to the Sociological Research Association. He serves on the editorial boards of five journals and one encyclopedia, and received the 1999 Distinguished Contribution Award of the Section on Environment and Technology of the ASA.


Edward Lester ’68 (FAA) had an exhibit, “And Ain’t I a Woman,” displayed at Wayne Arts, Newark, N.J., and Pikeville, Tenn. “The sculptures include a subtle irony, combining perfect shapes and smooth surfaces with wrinkles and imperfections left intact, reminding us, with their quirks, that they are modeled after real life conditions with all their fallibilities,” Lester writes.

David Rosenthal ’68 (GAP), CEO of Shepard Communications Group Inc., is an adjunct instructor in the master of arts program at the New York University College of Graphic Communications Management and Technology. David also serves on the program’s Advisory Board.

Bary Siegel ’66, ’68 (GAP), ’90 (CAST), will be retiring from his faculty position at RIT the end of April, 2007.

Alvis Upitis ’68 (GAP) received recognition as a Portfolio Review winner in the February 2007 issue of B&W Magazine.


George Belle-Isle ’69, ’78 (EPSCOB) was promoted from the director of Monroe Community College’s Career Center to distinguished service professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. George is a charter member of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association Executive Board and served as its first president. He is also a charter member of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs.

Robert Lauterbach ’69 (EPSCOB) writes, “I retired four years ago after 36 years with Rochester Gas & Electric. Currently, I am the volunteer director of Calvary St. Andrew’s Emergency Food Cupboard in Rochester’s South Wedge. We acquire food from the Food Link of New York, the Boy Scouts of America, and the postal workers food drives. The food is then distributed to people within the 14620 zip code. Life goes by very fast. Check out my Web site when you can:”


Frank Argento ’64 (GAP), ’70 (CIAS), an award-winning designer and illustrator, has designed a series of typographic characters inspired by his cat, Buster. Each of the 12 “Catype” designs forms a word comprised of a combination of its letters. Argento is associate professor of arts and imaging studies at NTID and president and creative director of Archer Communications. For more information, visit

Douglas Robinson ’70 (GAP) writes, “After retiring from information technology, I opened my stained glass studio in a 1911 Federal-style bank building in Bucksport, Maine. I suppose glass work could be a related art to Graphic Arts, but I never thought back in 1970 that I would have a studio.”


Robert Kiss ’71 (GAP) exhibited his work at the prestigious Alan Klotz Gallery in New York City.

George McGeeGeorge McGee ’71 (EPSCOB) writes, “I have taken up writing since retiring from the corporate world and just got my first book published. It’s called Norman - A Dogs life.”

Norman Wironen ’71 (GAP) recently achieved CFP(R) certification. He is employed as a financial adviser for Edward Jones in Gardner, Ma.


Joyce Greenberg-Goode ’74 (FAA) is a fiber artist and quilt maker. She has been working for many years around art and for the last five years has been creating new and original art pieces.

James Riche ’74 (GAP)
recently opened Cause + Effects in Santa Monica, Calif. as president. He writes, “Moved back to Santa Monica from New York City to open a visual effects and design firm serving the TV commercial marketplace. Prior to that I served as head of production/executive producer at Guava, Freestyle Collective and Nice Shoes in New
York City.”

John TillotsonJohn Tillotson ’74 (KGCOE) recently accepted a position at Trevitt Realtors in Vestal, N.Y., as a licensed real estate salesperson. John was employed at IBM and Cadence Design Systems for 32 years, most recently as engineering director at Cadence.


John Green ’75 (FAA) writes, “In addition to base graphic design business of 22 years, Creative Colleagues, ( has added a consumer division at that specializes in custom personal and small organization Web sites, retouching and custom art composites.”

Leonard Smith ’75 (EPSCOB) is the CEO and president at BSP Pharma Inc. in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Michael Stinebaugh SVP ’72, ’75 (NTID) recently accepted a position as nautical cartographer within the Maritime Division at the National Geospatial Agency in Bethesda, Md.


Eugene Bradley ’76 (KGCOE) is the technical services manager at Benteler Automotive in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Karen Hamburg ’76 (GAP) earned tenure at Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J., where she is a professor of visual, performing and communication arts.

Stephen McClary ’76 (COLA) was recently promoted to deputy fire chief for the City of Rochester.

1977 30th reunion

Gary Dermody ’77 (COS) is a chemistry teacher in the Rochester City School District. His oldest son (age 24) will receive his MBA in fall ’07; his second son (age 23) graduated from the University of Rochester and will enter grad school in fall ’07 for educational administration; and his daughter is a School of Design student at RIT.


Jonathan Atkin ’78 (GAP) writes, “I am pleased to report that the U.S. Coast Guard presented to me on Jan. 30, 2007, the U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s Master’s License to operate motor, sail, or steam vessels of up to 100 tons. Simply said, this photographer brings to professional maritime image-making a knowledgeable ‘view from the bridge.’ ”

James Cali ’78 (EPSCOB) is the manager of RGL Forensic Accountants & Consultants in St. Louis, Mo. He is additionally knowledgeable in the area of terrorist financing and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

DrewnowskiDrewnowski ’78 (KGCOE) completed the Boston Marathon in 4 hours, 52 minutes, 31 seconds, a personal best. He ran in memory of Larry Antinassi ’64 (EPSCOB), who lost his battle with liver cancer in January 2005. Drewnowski was part of the American Liver Foundation’s 2007 Run for Research Boston Marathon Team and collected $2,600 for the effort. To find out more, contact Drewnowski at or visit The photo by Robert Getz ’78 (KGCOE) shows Dan at mile 17 of the April 16 race, which took place despite a major New England storm.

ierluigi Cipollone ’78 (CAST) writes, “I have been an information technology professional for 29 years; 16 of those years with Xerox as a software developer and project manager. I was outsourced to EDS in 1994 and joined a private software consulting firm in 1996. I formed my own firm in 2001, Pierluigi Cipollone Associates. In 2004, I took on a partner and formed Paramount Computing Associates LLC and I am currently the president and CEO.”

Michael McManus ’78 (CCE) is the manager of product development at Garlock Sealing Technologies in Palmyra, N.Y.


Sheila Stevenson ’77, ’79 (GAP) is the sports information director at Rowan University in New Jersey. Stevenson was honored with the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award on March 5, 2007, at the All-American Football Foundation’s 60th Banquet of Champions at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton.


Susan Eagle ’78, ’80 (FAA) is the director of marketing and public relations at Salisbury (Md.) University.

Peter Franz ’80 (EPSCOB) recently accepted a position at Merrill Lynch in Utica, N.Y., as financial adviser. Peter previously was employed at Legal Aid Society as administrator.


Paul Alfano ’81 (EPSCOB) is a director of sales and business development at Hewlett-Packard Co. in San Jose, Calif.

Bethany Marten ’79, ’81 (GAP) was recently interviewed and appeared in The New York Times and Newsday. She is an expert source in the field of real estate and mortgages. She is also the founder of Home Buyers’ Resource Center and has been helping home buyers on Long Island and Queens for the past 16 years.

J. Paul Villforth ’81 (KGCOE) is a doctoral candidate at UT School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. He moved to Hong Kong in May 2007 where he works in air pollution control, waste water treatment, drinking water and food safety inspection with the Hong Kong government. He plans to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong.


David Almy ’82 (GAP) has five photographs on display in the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C. One is 4-by-6-feet in size!

Zay Bailey ’82 (EPSCOB) has been nominated as Outstanding Professor of the Year at SUNY Brockport by Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Nominees are chosen for their excellent teaching practices and for going above and beyond for students.

Emmanuel Manny Marcano JrEmmanuel “Manny” Marcano Jr. ’82 (CAST) was named to the Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction Class of 2007 by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu). Each of this year’s 17 honorees is the first in their family to earn a college degree. Marcano is founder and president of EMA Design Automation, a Rochester Top 100 company. cIcu represents more than 100 private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York state.


James NortzJames Nortz ’83 (KGCOE) is director of compliance for Bausch & Lomb, Rochester. Nortz is responsible for advancing Bausch & Lomb’s global compliance and ethics program.

Mark Winans ’82, ’83 (GAP) was recently promoted to president/Springfield and V.P./Gannett Offset from general manager/Springfield and V.P./Gannett Offset at Gannett Offset in Springfield, Va.


Robert Shepherd ’84 (CCE) recently accepted a position at Big Lots in Henrietta, N.Y., as area merchandising manager. Robert recently was employed at Unity Health Systems as medical/surgical buyer. “I retired from Unity Health Systems after 15 years. Decided I still wanted to be active and took the position at Big Lots. I was associate manager until I went on Social Security. I had to relinquish that position as I had to go to part time status and accepted the position as area merchandising manager.”

Rebecca ShickRebecca Shick ’84 (GAP) was recently promoted to productions/operation manager at Howell, Liberatore & Wickham Inc. in Elmira, N.Y.


Susan Connor Freeman ’86 (EPSCOB) is an author and publisher for Footprint Press Recreation Guidebooks. Susan moved to Florida and launched her final guidebooks to outdoor fun in Central and Western New York. The new books are Take A Hike—Family Walks in New York’’s Finger Lakes Region and Take Your Bike—Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Both can be viewed at

1987 20th reunion

David Dunham ’87 (CAST) is the packaging project manager at Equity Packaging in New Jersey. Currently, David is located in Seattle, Wash., overseeing a long-term contract with Microsoft Corp. After a three-year hiatus to further pursue his acting career, he has chosen to go back into the packaging industry.

Mark Kulzer ’87 (CAST) is a civil engineer at the New York State Department of Transportation in Troy, N.Y.

Ralph Salerno ’87 (GAP) is the owner of Keller Bros. & Miller Inc. in Buffalo. Ralph was recently received Buffalo’s Community Commitment Leadership Award.


Marc RacoMarc Raco ’86, ’88 (GAP) recently completed post production as director/editor/co-writer of a TV infomercial for Reading Genius. This follows several other theatrical features and short films for which he played roles on screen and behind the scenes, including the recent features Getting Personal and Smoking Laws and the soon-to-premiere A Night at the Cat and Chipper’s in Charge. Marc also released his first full-length album of original music, Basically Nowhere. More details at


David Cassidy ’90 (EPSCOB) is a member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. serving the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. David has extensive experience representing multinational companies in all types of labor and employment claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He regularly counsels companies regarding all facets of employment law and drafts employment policies and procedures to ensure employer compliance with federal and state laws.

Martin Daly ’87 (GAP), ’89 (CAST) was recently promoted to director of operations and planning from senior product manager at Avaya in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Michael Miklos ’89 (EPSCOB) is a configuration management/documentation analyst at Lockheed-Martin in Owego, N.Y.

Judith Pinkham ’89 (CAST) and William J. Charland were married Jan. 27, 2007, in Portsmouth, N.H., where they currently reside. Fellow alumni Michele

Arikian Ferreira ’90 (CAST) and Christopher Ferreira ’89 (CAST) attended from New Jersey, along with guests from New York, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Florida and Rhode Island. The couple honeymooned in Marco Island, Fla.

Elaine Marcucci Reeder ’87, ’89 (FAA) earned tenure from Camden County College where she is a professor of computer graphics.

Craig Varjabedian ’89 (GAP) is a fine-art photographer who has just completed his sixth book, Four and Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens, to be released in June by the University of New Mexico Press.


William Bowers ’90 (COS) and wife, Theresa, announce the birth their daughter, Olivia Katherine, on April 3, 2007, in Rochester. They report that they and baby are doing well, while pets Clancy, Starbuck, Steinway and Clarissa are adjusting to the new addition (and potential treat source).

Glenn Ferguson ’90 (CAST) is the senior packaging engineer at Arrow International Inc. in Reading, Pa.

Glenn G. Jackling ’85 (KCOE), ’90 (CAST) became president and CEO of Allen-Bailey Tag & Label Inc., Caledonia, N.Y., in May. 

Wendy Pitcher Wilson ’90 (COLA) writes, “I am an attorney with with Batts, Batts, & Bell LLP in Rocky Mount, N.C. I specialize in the field of trusts and estates.”


David Gianna ’91 (GAP), ’91 (CAST) and wife, Denise Zottola, announce the adoption of their daughter, Ava Maria, born Dec. 8, 2006, in Guatemala. Ava was adopted at the age of 7 months and is expected to come home this summer. Dave was certified in January 2007 as a payment card industry qualified security assessor (PCI-QSA) by VISA in San Francisco. Working through his employer, Cybertrust Inc., he provides auditing, gap analysis and guidance for top retail chains and payment processors to meet and comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard for protecting cardholder data.

Raoul Lotos SVP ’87, ’90, ’91 (NTID) and Carina Nilsson were married on July 19, 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden. They welcomed a newly adopted daughter, Julia, 3 years old, from China on Sept. 18, 2006, and brought her home to Sweden on Sept. 27, 2006.

Scott Wilson ’91 (CIAS) was featured in Time magazine’s special issue on Style and Design (April 10, 2007). Wilson, who is now based in Chicago, recently joined Motorola. His first product for the company is the Bluetooth Motorola H680 headset. (An article about Wilson appeared in The University Magazine, winter 2005.)


Thomas Frengillo ’86, ’92 (GAP) is the director of operations at Red Book Solutions in Englewood, Colo. Thomas was previously employed at Oppenheimer Funds as assistant vice president.

Jennifer Gogos ’92 (FAA) and husband, George, announce the birth of their son, Adam Sterios, on Feb. 2, 2007, in Amherst, N.Y. Jennifer and George recently formed The Gogos Group, a consulting firm for graphic design and computer programming jobs in Amherst. Jennifer was previously employed at Delaware North Companies as graphic designer.

Robert Kreppel ’92 (KGCOE) and wife, Stacy, announce the birth of their son, Eli Zachary, on Aug. 19, 2006.

Michael Naud ’92 (EPSCOB) was recently promoted to director of information systems from manager of information systems at Spyglass Entertainment Holdings LLC in Los Angeles. “Spyglass produces and distributes such films as The Sixth Sense, Bruce Almighty and Seabiscuit.”

Gideon Sober ’92 (GAP) is manager of production and quality assurance for the New York Post, New York City.

Brian WilsonBrian Wilson ’92 (GAP) was recently promoted to banquet manager at Sheraton Raleigh, N.C.


Cathleen Buff ’93 (FAA) and husband, Bernard, announce the birth of their daughter, Anika Louise, on Aug. 16, 2006, in Albany. Their daughter Maeve Emily will be 3 in July and enjoys entertaining her sister.

Ignacio Espinosa de los Monteros ’93 (KGCOE) and Amber Scott announce their marriage on March 17, 2007, in Anderson, Ind. They reside in Hartford, Conn., where Ignacio is a strategic initiatives manager for United Technologies Corp.

Sanford Fitelson ’93 (CAST) and Kristin Ricotta announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Amara, on Sept. 27, 2006, in Torrance, Calif.

Dana Hollie ’93 (EPSCOB) is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Colorado –Boulder. Hollie was employed at the University of Houston as an assistant professor of accounting. “Returning to four seasons partly prompted the change,” he says.

Bridget Novak Hooser ’93 (KGCOE) and husband, Brian, announce the birth of a son, Zachary Wilson, on Nov. 25, 2005, in Munich, Germany, where they have been residing for the past six years. Sister Alexandra Helen (age 4) is excited to have a little brother to play with.

Kenneth John ’93 (COLA) is the third shift supervisor, promoted from assistant supervisor at Will Poultry Inc., Buffalo.

Michael Lahetta ’93 (EPSCOB) and wife, Michelle, announce the birth of their son, Ryan Andrew, on Dec. 14, 2006, in Livingston, N.J. Sisters Alexandra Helen, 5, and Megan Grace, 3, are very excited.

Beth Toly-Hughes ’93 (GAP) is a registered nurse at Unity Hospital, Park Ridge, Rochester. Beth was previously employed at American Images as project manager/account executive. “I am enjoying a new career in healthcare after several years in the photo industry. I will continue to advance my career and become a nurse-midwife.”


Andrea Depolo-Saibanti ’94 (CIAS) is the manager for research and development at Alinari Photo Archive in Florence, Italy, a family-owned business and oldest photo archive in the world.

Patricia Synakowski Lanter ’94 (EPSCOB) and Jared Lanter ’94 (EPSCOB) announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel James, on Sept. 28, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. Nathaniel already tries to keep up with his 4-year-old brother, Alex.

Renee Stetson Zborowski ’94 (CIAS) is co-founder and vice president of Square One Branding, a full-service branding and advertising firm in Miami.

James Barlow ’95 (KGCOE) is the plant engineer at Griffin Pipe Products in Florence, N.J. He writes, “I recently received my Pennsylvania Professional Engineers License and will be entering the graduate program at Drexel University for mechanical engineering in fall 2007.”\

Giuliano Callegaro ’95 (CAST) is the assistant director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai. Giuliano was employed at Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma as assistant director of food and beverage. “Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is expanding in Asia and especially in China in the next two years, and being part of the Asian economic boom is exciting and challenging,” he writes.

Judd SchorrJudd A. Schorr ’94 (COS), ’96 (EPSCOB) reports that the birth of his first child, Maximillian Porter Schorr, was “terrifying, wonderful and exciting.” When his wife, Allison, began experiencing labor pains, they headed for the hospital. After three hours, the hospital sent the couple home to await further developments, with a doctor’s appointment scheduled for the following day. Rather than make the 45-minute drive from Atlanta home to Smyrna, they decided to stay in a nearby hotel.Shortly thereafter, their wait was suddenly over. Before they could get to their car, Max made his debut on March 1, 2007. Schorr delivered his son with pointers from 911 dispatchers, before the arrival of an ambulance crew. Besides being a new dad, Schorr is vice president, project quality, Enterprise Information Services, SunTrust Bank, Atlanta.


Richard Lapinski ’95 (CAST) has been named director - packaging engineering in the Global Engineering Division of the Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Mich.

Joanmarie Orlowski ’95 (CIAS) writes, “After graduating from RIT in May 1995, I worked as an interior designer at Bergmann Associates in Rochester from June 1995 to August 1997. In May 1999, I received an MFA degree in historic preservation at the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design. In November 1999, my husband and I moved to Kailua, Hawaii. I took a job as a historic preservationist at Mason Architects Inc. in Honolulu. I worked mostly on government contract work at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, focusing on the WWII-era historic housing areas of the base and the WWII facilities at the Navy Shipyard. Many of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) reports I wrote are in the process of being archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. I currently reside in Milton, Fla., and am a stay-at-home mom for my two boys, Mitchell and Andrew.”


Courtney Aquilina ’96 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at Nokia in Boston as senior user interface designer.

Aisha Holmes ’96 (COLA) has been accepted for graduate study in technical communication at North Carolina State University. Aisha begins her graduate work in fall 2007.

Earl Ipsaro ’85, ’96 (CAST) was recently promoted to vice president at Fibertech Networks in Rochester.

Daniel PipitoneDaniel Pipitone ’96 (CIAS): After one year as a senior information and graphic designer at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel was promoted to take on the team leader/creative director role within the Dommunications Division. Daniel’s new role will involve the coordination and guidance of design efforts in support of the technical research staff, as well as corporate collateral and outreach materials, both for print and Web-based.

John Pironti ’96 (CIAS) is the chief information risk strategist for Getronics. He has designed and implemented electronic business solutions, information security programs and threat and vulnerability management for key customers in a range of industries on a global scale. Pironti has a number of industry certifications and is also a published author and writer and a frequent speaker on electronic business and security topics at domestic and international industry conferences.

Peter Vergis ’96, ’96 (CIAS) was one of the featured artists in the grand opening of Art at Eighteen, a fine arts gallery in Milford, N.J., and also exhibits at his Blue Heron Studio. For more info, go to his site at

1997 10th reunion

Timothy Cozzens ’97 (CIAS) won first place in the Creative Scholarship: Visual Arts Category for a presentation entitled “Entry Table Series” given at the IDEC International Conference in Austin, Texas.

Nicole Crawford ’97 (EPSCOB) and husband, Andrew, announce the birth of their son, Lucas Andrew, on Aug. 5, 2006, in Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Nicole was recently promoted to head of organizational development for Windsong Radiology Group, P.C. in Williamsville, N.Y.

Megan Cuda ’97 (COS) and husband, Robert, announce the birth of their son, Tobias Edward, on Jan. 12, 2007, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Todd Gates ’97 (EPSCOB) is a captain in the United States Marine Corp. He has nine years of service, which include two combat tours in Iraq as a jet pilot. He married Sarah on Sept. 2, 2006, on board the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Sarah is a kindergarten teacher.

Christopher Mc Cormick ’97 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at Betonas Inc. in Beacon, N.Y., as vice president. “Betonas is in the process of closing our Florida facility.

Dominick Perritano ’97 (KGCOE) is a principal software engineer at BAE Systems in San Diego, Calif.

Karen Voorhees Simonds ’84 (CAST), ’97 (EPSCOB) is the quality manager at Corning Tropel Corp., where she has worked for 10 years.

Matthew Staub ’97 (COLA) is a technical support engineer for Session Border Controller products at Acme Packet. Matt, his wife and son recently moved to a new house in Waltham, Mass.

Amy Strzegowski ’97 (COS) and Mark Strzegowski ’96 (KGCOE) announce the birth of their son, Matthew Joseph, on July 20, 2006, in Concord, Mass. Matthew has three proud sisters; Emily (age 4), and Sarah and Megan (age 2).

Gregory Urtz ’97 (KGCOE) and wife, Sherrye, announce the birth of a son, Jackson LaRocque Urtz, on Sept. 22, 2006, in Leonardtown, Md.


Jennifer Everett ’98 (CAST) and husband, Brett, announce the birth of their daughter, Margaret Kendall, on March 2, 2007.

Margery Gandolfi ’98 (CIAS) was promoted to vice president at Citigroup in Long Island City, N.Y.

Brian Wilson ’98 (CAST) recently accepted a position at Global Knowledge in Cary, N.C., as e-learning development team leader. Brian was previously employed at MountainTop Technologies as senior instructional systems designer.


Robert Camp ’99 (KGCOE) is a Ph.D. student at Northeastern University in Boston. Robert was employed at AOA Inc. as senior mechanical engineer. “I left my job to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering/nanomedicine at Northeastern University in Boston.”

David CombsDavid Combs ’99 (CAST) has worked for Dell Computers in Austin, Texas, since June of 2000. In 2005, he moved into Dell’s Worldwide Procurement Organization as the global commodity quality manager, specializing in the development of the Dell notebook in China and other countries in Asia. Early February 2007, Dell began advertising its “Tough Traveler” notebook – and featured David in the online ad campaign.

Emmanuel Garcia ’99 (KGCOE) and Delmy Baquedano were married on Oct. 1, 2006, in Springfield, Va. They reside in Ashburn, Va. They have been living in the D.C. metro area since 1999.

Scott RankinScott Rankin ’99 (CAST) was recently promoted to helpdesk coordinator at Alaska Court System in Anchorage. “I have worked with the Alaska Court System (ACS) starting in August 2002, when my wife became the law clerk for the Superior Court Judge in Bethel. I took a year leave of absence from my field-engineer position at Xerox in Rochester. After the year was up, Christina got a job as an attorney in Anchorage. Again I moved along and took a position with ACS, this time as the legal technician for Children’s Court. After almost two years, a good position opened up in the technology department. As of July 2006, I have been the helpdesk coordinator for all the courts in Alaska. Some of the challenges with supporting multiple sites have to do with their remote locations. I love my job and the challenges we get to overcome. I also doubt many people have the beauty just outside their door like we have here with mountains all around us.”

Mark Schmidt ’99 (EPSCOB) is the manager of tax services at Beard Miller Co. in the TFG Syracuse Office. Mark received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation from the N.Y. State Division of Professional Licensing Services.


Brandy Donough ’00 (CIAS) and wife, Cameron, announce the birth of their son, Braden Shea Donough, on April 18, 2007, in RAF Lakenheath, England. Braden is doing well. Brandy reports that grandparents in Washington State are proud as can be!

Alan Feldstein ’00 (KGCOE) is a Sun certified programmer for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0 (SCJP).

Ntalaie Hawryschuk and Paul StopkoNatalie Hawryschuk ’95, ’97 (CIAS), ’00 (CAST) and Paul Stopko ’97 (CIAS) were married June 3, 2006, in Pittsford, N.Y. They currently reside in Charlotte, N.C. Natalie was recently promoted to director of Web services at LendingTree LLC in Charlotte, N.C. She is responsible for managing a team of Web designers, developers and usability specialists.

Marion Higby Gray ’00 (COS) is part of a select group of individuals chosen to receive training regarding issues surrounding global warming. The Climate Project is led by former vice president Al Gore and includes a team of renowned scientists and environmental educators. Marion will be scheduling free presentations in the coming months and can be reached at

Katherine Hoheusle Jones ’00 (COS) and Kevin Jones ’94 (NTID), ’97 (CIAS) announce the birth of their son, Liam Aquilla Hoheusle Jone, on Sept. 26, 2006 in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Katherine recently accepted a position at IBM in Boulder, Colo. as LEAN associate. “After graduating with my MBA in December 2006 from the University of Colorado at Denver, I was given the opportunity to become a LEAN associate, which is in line with my MBA career goals.”

Brian Krenzer ’98, ’00 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at Avenue A | Razorfish in Chicago as senior art director working on interactive advertising campaigns for AT&T. Brian was previously employed at Noble Worldwide as senior art director.

Marianne Sims SVP ’97, ’00 (CAST), ’00 (COLA) is an educational specialist at Graphisoft U.S., among the largest architecture/
engineering/construction CAD software companies in the world. Marianne describes the job as “the position of a lifetime.” She creates educational relationships with architectural schools to promote ArchiCAD software.


Amie Banis and Eric OlsonAmie Banis ’01 (CIAS) and Eric Olson ’03 (KGCOE) were married August 20, 2006 in Harrisburg, Pa. The bride’s twin sister Heather Banis ’01 (CIAS) served as maid of honor. The couple resides in Ballston Spa, N.Y., and are waiting for new orders as Eric finishes up Navy Nuclear Power School.

Amanda Claypoole ’01 (CIAS) and Ed Masiello II were married Sept. 9, 2006, at Penn Shore Winery in North East, Pa. They currently reside in Pawtucket, R.I., and are both employed at Hasbro Inc., where Amanda recently became a graphic designer.

Erin Esposito ’96 (COLA), ’01 (NTID) was recently promoted to assistant director for student life and leadership at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at RIT.

Micah Falkner ’01 (CIAS) writes, “For several years I’ve been mostly freelancing for print and the Web. I’ve done print work for the Albany Times Union, Web design for Virtual Flow Media and Epractis in Rochester. I am currently a full-time Web design/developer for Kathoderay Media in Greenville, N.Y.”

Derek Mozer ’01 (CIAS) is the creative development producer at Post Newsweek WKMG-TV6 Local 6 News in Orlando, Fla.

Carrie Nicholsen SVP ’98 (NTID) was recently promoted to imaging specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration in Glenn Dale, Md.

Renee Sitnik ’01 (COS) was recently promoted to the team lead of product disposition at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Syracuse, N.Y.

Richard Stone ’99 (EPSCOB), ’01,’02 (CAST) participated as team leader for an Applied Ergonomics Graduate Student Design Competition while pursuing his Ph.D. studies at SUNY Buffalo. His team won the top prize, known as the ePrize.


Melissa Gerber ’02 (CIAS) recently accepted a position as an art director at Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. in New York City. She is handling book interiors, covers, kits, catalog, special sales, co-editions and sales materials, managing approximately 20 outside freelance designers and illustrators.

Marina Harner ’02 (CIAS) and Justin Steinhard ’04 (CIAS) were married June 30, 2007, in New Paltz, N.Y.

David Kidder ’02 (CIAS) recently co-authored The Intellectual Devotional (Rodale Books/October 2006), a collection of 365 short inspirational lessons. Wisdom is drawn from history, literature, visual arts, science, music, philosophy and religion.

Jillian Knight ’02 (KGCOE) and Ryan Chase ’01 (KGCOE) announce the birth of their son, Elijah Henry Chase,on Nov. 16, 2006.

Danielle Mettler ’02 (CAST) is an associate attorney at Hiscock & Barclay Law Firm. Prior to this, Danielle was a law clerk with the Vermont Office of the Defender General, Appellate Division.

Rashida Morgan ’02 (CIAS) is a graphic designer at People Magazine in New York City. She also launched a beauty line in January 2007 called “Marie Deneen” and can be seen on the Web at

Christopher Samulski ’02 (EPSCOB) recently accepted a position at Dominion Enterprises in Norfolk, Va., as SQL server database administrator. Dominion Enterprises is a leading media and information services company serving the needs of the real estate, apartment, automotive, specialty vehicle, employment and travel industries. Dominion Enterprises, wholly owned by media pioneer Landmark Communications Inc., was established in September 2006. The company’s brands include For Rent, The Employment Guide, Harmon Homes and a full complement of specialty vehicle titles including Chris is one of two database administrators for the business.

Bonnie Santaguida ’02 (EPSCOB) and Vincent Santaguida ’99 (COS) announce the birth of their son, Braden Michael, Oct. 5, 2006, in Syracuse, N.Y.


Aaron Baskin ’03 (COLA) is working as a departmental trainer for PAETEC Communications.

Melissa Farrell ’03 (EPSCOB) is a financial professional at MassMutual Financial in San Francisco, Calif. “I decided to pursue an industry where I can grow my own business, my network and myself,” she writes.

Jonathan Measel SVP ’97, ’02, ’03 (NTID) and Lindsay Hogan Measel ’03 (NTID) announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlin Ann, on July 17, 2005.
2005 second reunion

Christopher Panichella and Alyssa Eve MillerChristopher Panichella ’03 (CIAS) and Alyssa Eve Miller ’03 (CIAS) were married on July 3, 2006, on the Egyptian Patio at the Darlington House in La Jolla, Calif. Following a honeymoon in Maui, the couple resides in Oceanside, Calif. Alyssa is a graphic designer for Arbonne International and Christopher is the owner/operator of Achella Design Studio.

Andrew Quagliata ’01 (COLA), ’03 (EPSCOB) recently accepted a position at New Horizon Advisors in Pittsford, N.Y., as financial adviser/operations manager.

Michael Sadovnick ’03 (CAST) is currently employed as a project engineer for Balfour Beatty Rail Inc. Michael is assigned to a multi-million dollar commuter line project on Boston’s South Shore.

Keith Tabakman ’03 (KGCOE) and Alexandra Balan were married on June 16th, 2007.


Kimberly Boyd ’03, ’04 (EPSCOB) is a marketing research analyst at the University of California, Berkeley.

Erin Moran Demers ’04 (CAST) accepted a position at City of Burlington, Vt., as public works engineer.

Theresa Hossenlopp ’04 (CIAS) writes, “After two years of creating puppets and props for the stop-motion animation world, I recently married and moved with my husband to midcoast Maine. I am now pursuing my dream of writing and illustrating children’s books.”

James Hulka ’04 (COS) received a master of science degree in atmospheric sciences from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on May 12, 2007. James will pursue a Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences at the University of New Mexico.

Bridget Lasecki ’04 (COS) and Daniel Lasecki Jr. ’03 (CIAS) announce the birth of a their son, Thomas Daniel, on Feb. 13, 2007, in Kingston, N.Y.

Kristen ReilandKristin Reiland ’04 (COS) has entered first-year studies at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

Daniel Shvimer ’04 (GCCIS) was recently promoted to assistant vice president at JPMorganChase in New York City.

Jill Spaeth ’04 (CIAS) was recently promoted to graphics studio manager at FOX Architects in Washington, D.C. “My new responsibilities include bringing in new business, scheduling internal and external projects, as well as managing three design professionals within the studio. I have also been promoted to membership director for the Washington, D.C., chapter of AIGA (the Professional Association for Design). I have been a member of the Washington chapter’s board for one year.”


Jonathan Bove ’05 (COLA) has accepted an offer from Campus Advantage to become their National Assistant Director for Residence Life. Though based at the firm’s home office in Denver, Colo., he will travel the country to 42 different campus locations to train new or existing staff.

Amy Cham ’05 (CAST) received a MBA in marketing from The Johnson School, Cornell University, on May 26, 2007. Her accomplishments include first place wins at the SCJ Guerilla Marketing and Simon School Marketing case competitions, making finals at the Thunderbird Innovation Challenge, and leadership roles with the Women’s Management Council, High Tech Club, and Sound Investments vocal group. She is now in Manhattan establishing her freelance internet marketing consultancy.

Kory Gunnarsen ’05 (CIAS) writes, “I was the recipient of the Directors Award for RIT’s 2005 SPAS Student Honors Show. I am currently an assistant wedding photographer and fine art digital lab manager.”

Michael Maeder ’05 (KGCOE) works at Battelle - National Security Division in Washington, D.C., as training and operations officer.

Michael Murawski ’05 (CIAS) is an imaging service representative for Quad/Graphics, the largest private commercial printer in North America. He completed a corporate trainee program in July 2007. He works in the Alexandria, Va., imaging office. National Geographic prints their monthly titles with Quad/Graphics.

Mahine Rattonsey ’05 (CIAS) was among several alumni whose work was exhibited at the Upstate Invitational Art Show in Rochester.

Erin Vlahos SVP ’00, ’05 (CAST), ’07 (NTID) and Aaron Bosley ’05 (GCCIS) were married Aug. 13, 2005, in Pittsburgh, Pa., where they now reside. Aaron is a Web developer at Highmark in Pittsburgh, and Erin returned to RIT to complete her M.S. in secondary education. RIT interpreter Dave “Santa Claus” McCloskey served as interpreter for the wedding.\

Thomas Warsaw ’05 (KGCOE) and wife, Bethany, announce the birth of their daughter, Jordyn Emily, on March 27, 2007, in Rochester.

Gus Weber ’05 (GCCIS) recently ac­cepted a position at Microsoft Corp. in Rochester as director, univer­sity relations. Gus was previously em­ployed at Rochester Institute of Technology as director of development.

Brett Wolff and Meridith FargnoliBrett Wolff ’05 (CAST) and Meridith Fargnoli ’07 (CAST) were married July 27, 2007, in Rochester. The couple met while they attended RIT. Brett was recently promoted to front office manager from front office supervisor at Residence Inn by Marriott West in Rochester.


Jennifer Bertelsen ’06 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at the Washington, D.C., Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as a forensic photographer.

Julia Dickinson ’04, ’06 (COLA) was recently promoted to research director at Rochester Business Journal. Julia is responsible for “Top 25” lists, “Marketplace” and “Portfolio” sections.

Jessica Drake ’06 (COLA) accepted a position as marketing associate with CGI Communications Inc. in Rochester. She will foster and maintain relationships with municipalities across the nation.

David Fulle ’03, ’06 (CAST) is the engagement manager at Element K in the Custom Media Group with responsibilities including project budgets, schedule, revenue, margin, content, client engagement, and the project team.

Herman Lee ’03, ’06 (EPSCOB) recently accepted a technology consulting position at Accenture (based out of their San Francisco, Calif., office) in the Information Management Services - Business Intelligence Practice Division. Herman previously was employed at Rochester Institute of Technology as development services coordinator.

James Miller ’06 (GCCIS) accepted a position at XLHealth Inc. in Baltimore as a systems engineer.


Corinne Griffiths ’07 (COLA) recently accepted a position as a publicist with Matter Communications. The PR firm works mostly with high technology companies and is located in Newburyport, Mass.

Benjamin Harris ’07 (EPSCOB) recently accepted a position at The Nielsen Company as a management development associate.

Jennifer Palumbo ’07 (COLA) is author of two articles in the March 14, 2007 issue of Medicine & Health’s Managed Care Report. One article focuses on “Patient Centered Management” and the other on
dental hygiene. The publication is published by Jennifer’s employer, Eli Research.

Michelle Wescott ’07 (COLA) a communication and media technologies graduate (May 2007) has been hired by Element K as an instructional designer. Michelle began working at Element K shortly after May 1.

In Memoriam

Dorcas Fitch Darling ’37 (CCE). Feb. 20, 2007

Frank H. Ross ’40 (GAP). Jan. 31, 2007

Wallace Seawell ’41 (photography). May 28, 2007

Evelyn Eagan Swan ’42 (EPSCOB). July 4, 2006

Ronald E. Johnson ’47 (GAP). April 29, 20066

John Leo Johnson ’50 (GAP). Feb. 11, 2007
Dell H. Warnick ’50 (GAP). May 2006

Cynthia Hovey Anklin ’51 (EPSCOB). Dec. 23, 1006

Harold N. Gunther ’57 (GAP). April 2005
Norman J. Kuczmanski ’57 (KGCOE). Dec. 22, 2006

Nikki A. Tompsett ’60 (GAP). Feb. 18, 2003

Marvin R. Bauer ’63 (GAP). Dec. 29, 2006

Donald A. Dickinson ’65 (GAP). April 2007

Earl H. Reynolds ’67 (CCE). June 9, 2005

Alfred Zielinski ’69 (CCE). April 17, 2006

Richard W. Broadbelt ’72 (GAP). Feb. 8, 2007

John R. Woods ’76 (CCE). March 6, 2006

Stephen J. Carter ’84 (CAST). Feb. 17, 2007

Thomas J. Curley ’99 (CAST). Jan. 16, 2007