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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
SCB 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”

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1949

Ewart “Bud” Moyer ’49 (GAP) continues his lifelong work in photography. He has photographed many film and TV stars and former president Gerald Ford. He has exhibited his works at RIT, in Santa Barbara, Calif., Detroit, and Washington, D.C., and in Japan. He is a life-long member of the Professional Photographers of America, was named Michigan Photographer of the Year in 1958 and went on in 1972 to serve as president of the Professional Photographers of Michigan. Bud also serves as a judge for area camera clubs and presents “Programs of Stars” to local groups. Bud and his wife, Jeanne, reside in Smyrna Beach, Fla.

1956

Ellen Clark Younkins ’56 (FAA) writes, “After retiring from 30 years working as a graphic artist for Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s office and as director of graphic arts for the New York State Senate, I have been designing and producing wearable art (handbags and apparel), which I show at local gallery and museum shops.”

1960

Rollin Shoemaker ’60 (SCB) has been operating Career Management Systems, a successful Western New York career counseling, resume writing and job development center, since 1974. Rollin is also a partner in Business Development Specialists (a strategic planning company that assists entrepreneurs with small business start-up or development). Recently, Rollin’s firm announced plans to initiate a career and educational counseling program for high school juniors and seniors. He has four grandchildren, is formerly married and resides in Hamburg, N.Y. Rollin is active in the community and church, and is also involved in a basketball program for an over-55 age group.

1964

Timothy Lloyd ’64 (FAA), emeritus professor of art and the liberal arts at Carleton College, exhibited his work at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington. One of Tim’s silver teakettles, “Kitano Fantasy,” was selected for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Renrick Gallery. The teapot was recently included in 500 Metal Vessels, Contemporary Explorations of Containment, published by Lark Books.

1965

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Herb Gross ’65, ’67 (SCB, GAP) rocks on with The Invictas, a band formed when he and Jim Kohler ’63 (printing) and brothers Dave Hickey ’72 (printing) and Bruce Hickey ’70 (printing) were RIT students. The band, reconstituted a few years ago, will perform at Brick City Homecoming in October. And Gross recently published Rock Till Ya Drop, which tells the story of The Invictas and urges other baby boomers to follow their passion and dreams. A companion Web site, www.rocktillyadrop.com, has more ideas.

1967

Ronald Meyers ’67 (FAA) has been awarded the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award at the 42nd Annual Conference of the National Council in Education for the Ceramic Arts.

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A group of friends from the Class of 1967 held their own 40th reunion last summer at “Tuller’s Little Red Caboose” on Seneca Lake. From left are Joan (Davis) Mills (SCB), Sandy (Saulpaugh) Tuller (SCB), Sue (Parker) Sirbaugh (FAA), Kathy (Mullady) Calderwood (FAA) and Pat (Vasisko) Dunn (FAA).

1968

Bill Munz ’68 (GAP) writes, “Hello, printing alumni and alumnae! I’m starting my 47th year in the industry and going strong. I look forward to seeing you in October at the reunion!”

1969

George Lagary ’69 (GAP) is director of production at ZcardNa in New York City.

1970

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Robert Kiger ’70 (GAP) writes, “Videography Lab presents it’s wide angle FaceCam based on proprietary aftermarket upgrades to the waterproof and shock resistant Pentax Optio W30. This camera has the specifications to be the videography device for the masses.”

1971

Robert Kiss ’71 (GAP) writes that his photograph of pop artist Andy Warhol and New York City gallery owner Ron Feldman appeared in the catalogs of two major museum shows in early 2008. In 1981, Kiss was commissioned by Forbes magazine to photograph a series of major artists and their gallery owners including Warhol and Feldman, Julian Schnabel and Mary Boone, and Christo for an article called “Portrait of the Artist as a Money Man.”

Roger Kuntz ’71 (COS) was a polymer chemist at Eastman Kodak Company until 1975 and was responsible for the development of many of the organic products that were employed in the manufacture of cameras, projectors, photocopiers and photofinishing machines during the ’70s and ’80s. Roger received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from Cornell University in 1979 and since that time has been engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.

1972

Sam Jack Difiglio ’72 (NTID) has worked at the Post Office Chicago Bulk Mail Center in Forest Park, Ill., for 31 years.

Dennis Lia ’72 (KGCOE) joined LTX Corp. in Norwood, Mass., in 2007 as principle diagnostics software engineer. Dennis was previously employed at Northrop-Grumman Corp. as senior test software engineer. “NGC closed the design center in Canton and moved the operations to California. The position at LTX involves developing calibration and diagnostics algorithms for precision analog and mixed signal test instrumentation.”

Joyce Taylor Hill ’72 (FAA) was interviewed by The Artery Magazine and has images at www.thearterymagazine.com.

1973

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Toby Thompson ’73 (FAA) retired from RIT in 1996 and moved to Sarasota, Fla. Recently, he has received recognition for his work, including: concept and art/design work (one of 12 selected from over 1,600 entries), Embracing Our Differences competition, 2008; mixed media painting award, All Florida Fine Art Show, 2008; first place, All Florida Fine Art Show, 2007; best of show award, four-color catalog design, 20th annual Florida Printing Awards, 2007; art/design poster and promotional commission, Charlotte Arts & Humanities Council, 2008; poster design commission, Sarasota Season of Sculpture, 2008; music festival poster, call for entries, 2006.

1975

Teresa Battisti SVP ’69, ’74, ’75 (FAA) works in digital scanning and film conversion services for Challenge Industries, Ithaca, N.Y.

Michael Stinebaugh ’72, ’75 (NTID) is a nautical cartographer in the Office of Global Navigation at National Geospatial Agency, Bethesda, Md.

1976

Michael Bienenstock ’71 ’76 (COS) teaches ASL and Deaf Culture classes at the University of Houston. He is developing the first bachelor’s degree program in Texas for ASL interpreting.

Christopher Blatto ’73, ’76 (NTID) is an ASL instructor at Arapaho Community College and received the 2005 Teacher Appreciation award.

Charles Cordaro ’76 (CAST) is a database administrator for Computer Sojourns in Rochester. Chuck has combined his expertise in accounting with computer programming, resulting in a specialized database spreadsheet development program.

Leonard Ladner ’76 (GAP) is running for the United States Senate from Tennessee. For more information visit www.ladner4ussenate.com.

Jay Levine ’76 (SCB) was selected as the Ernst & Young 2008 Rosemarie Meschi Award winner for the Americas Tax Practice. This award honors outstanding men and women who have played an active role in supporting the advancement of women within Ernst & Young.

Judy Silvestro Schuld ’73, ’76 (NTID) received the Distinguished Federal Services Recognition award on May 10, 2007, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1978

Kathy McWaters SVP ’73, ’78 (FAA) is a substitute teacher and floater within the academic/residential deaf program at Austine School for the Deaf as well as a mixed-media artist and Web developer. Kathy earned her master’s of education degree in deaf education from Boston University in 1996. Kathy is a member of a cooperative art gallery in Brattleboro, Vt.

Frank Sklarsky ’78 (SCB) is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester. He was previously employed at ConAgra Foods as executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Now that I am on the Alumni Online Community, I can reach out to all the folks who I might have known in Rochester when I last lived here in 1981. Our family arrived here almost by coincidence due to the opportunity to take the CFO job at Kodak. I have connected with a few fraternity brothers from Delta Sigma Pi since coming back, as well as other RIT grads. Kind of strange to come back after all these years. Rochester is still a great place to live and my family (two young girls) like the schools and the cultural activities (we’re a family of musicians). Saw the ‘new’ campus. Looks fantastic!”

1979

Karen Maier Warren ’79 (COS) is employed as technical leader of systems verification and validation within R&D at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company. Career highlights include the development of more than 15 thin film assays utilizing ion selective electrode, colorimetric, enzyme rate, and competitive binding immunorate techniques. She is specializing in verification and validation for FDA clearance of high-speed random access blood analyzers. She has numerous patents and publications.

Harold “Skip” Warren ’79 (COS) is employed as director of women’s health and cardiology within R&D at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company. Career highlights include the synthesis of numerous novel compounds used in detection systems in various thin film chemistries, the establishment of protein chemistry and nucleic acid labs within OCS, and the establishment of a reagent process engineering group. Skip’s most recent accomplishment is the development of the first commercial assay for Chagas disease to be used for the screening of blood donations in the U.S. He has more than 30 U.S. patents.

George Whitfield, Jr. ’75, ’79 (NTID) has worked for 14 years in Mt. Clemens, Mich. He likes boating and looks forward to retirement.

1980

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Jeanne Depolo ’80 (SCB), ’99 (CIAS), owner of dePolo Photography in Menlo Park, Calif., recently received the Certified Professional Photographers (CPP) degree, placing her among 3 percent of all the professional photographer in the U.S. who have passed the exam. Jeanne is president of the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area and has been a board member and trustee of Golden Gate School for Professional Photographers for the past four years.

Juliana Lemaster Gould ’80 (COS) established JLG Interpreter LLC in West Orange, N.J. Juliana was previously employed at Mountain Lakes Board of Education as an interpreter. “I recently established my own business, providing Sign/English interpreting and consulting services to the northern New Jersey area.”

Wendy Maruyama ’80 (FAA) and William Schairer were married Jan. 8, 2008, in Maui, Hawaii. They currently reside in San Diego, Calif. Wendy is a professor of furniture design at San Diego State University. Bill is a CPA at the accounting firm of Lavine, Lofgren, Morris and Engelberg LLP in La Jolla, Calif. Wendy will receive the Award of Distinction this year from the Furniture Society. For more information, see www.furnituresociety.org.

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Richard M. “Rick” Simpson ’76, ’80 (NTID), ’84 (CAST) received the 2007 Lyon Founder’s award. He is a video production/animation teacher at the Rochester School for the Deaf.

Brian Wells ’80 (CAST) is chief technology officer at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. Brian was previously employed at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a project director.

1981

Raymond Conrad ’76, ’81 (SCB) is a senior accountant at Viable Communications Inc., in Rockville, Md.

John Woodman ’80, ’81 (SCB) celebrated his 25th anniversary as a Shaklee independent distributor on Jan. 18, 2008.

1982

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Stephen Fletcher ’80, ’82 (GAP) was promoted from associate librarian to librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, he has been the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archivist since Feb. 1, 2003. He was curator of visual materials at the Indiana Historical Society from 1988 to 2002. At the California Historical Society, he was curator of photographs from 1986 to 1988 and assistant curator of photographs starting in May 1983. His first museum position was assistant cataloger at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, cataloging lantern slides during the summer of 1981. It was during his junior and senior years at RIT that he discovered his love for working with historical photographs. After graduating from RIT, Fletcher attended the Center for Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in San Francisco, Calif., and competed his master of arts degree in 1992.

Jerold Lisson ’82 (GAP) is the corporate secretary and vice president for research at Ever Young Natural Foods Inc. The company specializes in producing healthy organic foods. For more information, visit www.everyday-gourmet.net.

Deborah Rose ’79, ’82 (NTID) and Timothy Maloney SVP ’79, ’82 (NTID) were married on Aug. 19, 2006, at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, N.Y. Tim has worked for 20 years at Gillette Machine & Tool Co.

1983

Michael Busch ’81, ’83 (FAA) is a veteran creative director in Los Angeles. Career highlights include various awards and professional achievements in the motion graphics and media design industries, including being a member of an Academy Award-winning visual effects team. His experience bridges media from traditional broadcast design and 3D visual effects to interactive media and emerging platforms. He has extensive experience in network packaging and branding for TV, and he directed and designed multiple on-air graphics and promo packages for NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX as principle of TVart Inc. and currently Michael Busch Digital Media.

Nicholas Capanna ’83 (SCB) was promoted to branch manager at First Niagara Bank in Lockport, N.Y.

Matthew Huck ’81, ’83 (GAP) was promoted to director of field support for North America at ASML in Tempe, Ariz. Matt has nearly 15 years’ experience in customer support at ASML. As director of field support, Matt will have responsibility for the organizations supporting the customer support offices in North America.

Gerard Kiernan ’83 (CAST) is director of operations at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfiled, Mass., where he has worked for 19 years. The Exposition is in the top 10 fairgrounds/exposition centers in America.

Ronald Klimley ’86 (SCB) has been promoted to senior manager learning performance at Teletech in Tampa, Fla. Responsibilities include the overall management of the training function for a large outsource client with one site in North America and two additional sites in the Philippines.

Carl Moore ’83 (KGCOE) was promoted to executive director at Maxim Integrated Products in North Chelmsford, Mass. He enjoys his work in the Test Systems Development group.

Gary Talkofsky SVP ’80, ’83 (NTID) is in his sixth year working for the Joint Industry Board in the Information Technology Department in Flushing, N.Y.

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Jens Williamson III ’80, ’83 (NTID) was a voucher examiner/accounting technician at Fort Sam Houston for 13 years. He became a file clerk at Brooke Army Medical Center in December 2006. He was inducted into the Deaf Softball Hall of Fame by the Southwest Softball Association for the Deaf Inc. in San Marcos and Austin, Texas, on July 14, 2007.

1984

Eric Kuckhoff ’84 (COS) has held positions at the Dow Chemical Co. in technical service and development, and with Cytec Industries in marketing management, mergers and acquisitions, and eventually became the VP of global marketing, sales and technology. In January 2002, he created his own company, Polystar.

Stephen Stracqualursi ’84 (FAA) writes, “I graduated in 1984 and started working for Patagonia (www.patagonia.com) in 1990. I’ve held positions in the direct sales division as well as in wholesale. I am currently the director of the fly fishing products category and am responsible for global markets. I publish my personal blog (www.wayupstream.com) on fly fishing and all that relates.”

1985

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Andrew Asproulis ’85 (CCE) is a volunteer writer and assistant to the founder and president of the International Peace Garden Foundation. For more information, visit www.ipgf.org.

Charles Burke ’85 (CAST) recently became operations analyst at Ajilon Consulting in Syracuse, N.Y. “It took 25 years, but I am finally back at the (former) Niagara Mohawk Power Co., where I did my first co-op in 1982–83. I am currently a contractor, working in the Gas Operations Department.”

Thomas Hartrick ’82, ’85 (CAST) continues to work for IBM Corp. in Research Triangle Park, N.C., where he manages the IBM Developer Works Web site and Community Engineering Team.

Lisa Kay ’82, ’85 (NTID) received the Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges award in 2007 and is attending AB Tech College.

David Leonard ’85 (FAA) exhibited his paintings in a three-person show May 10-June 2, 2008, at Julie Baker Fine Art in Nevada City, Calif. He exhibited in the summer group show, “City Lights,” July 6–Aug. 16 at the George Billis Gallery in New York City. A solo exhibition will finish the year Nov. 8–Dec. 31 at the Norwood Flynn Gallery in Dallas. Early in 2009, he will exhibit in a two-person show at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas, where he lives. For more information, visit www.davidleonardpaintings.com.

Audrey Overs Kanik ’85 (CAST) has submitted her doctoral dissertation. She lives in New Hampshire with her daughters, Kelsey (16) and Hannah (14).

Bruce Morrow ’85 (COS) was a 2007 Revson Fellow at Columbia University. The fellowship supports New York City civic leaders for one year of academic study. Morrow is on the advisory board of two nonprofit organizations, The Rashawn Brazell Fund and Girls Write Now.

Stephen Turcsany ’79, ’82 (CAST), ’85 (NTID) and Heng Bee were married on Oct. 14, 2006. Heng Bee, who is deaf, is from Malaysia. Their daughter, Mia, was born on Feb. 24, 2007.

1986

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Steven Hockstein ’85, ’86 (GAP) writes, “Paying no attention to the looming economic recession, my lovely wife, Karen, and I celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harvard Studio Photography in Montclair, N.J. While Karen continues to be gainfully employed in the health care industry, I manicure the lawn and dream of buying a new computer.”

Albert Zahniser ’86 (CAST) is the director of technology at American Institute for History Education LLC in southern New Jersey. “This was a tremendous opportunity to join a fast-growing company that is applying leading-edge technology to teaching American history to our K–12 students across the nation.”

1987

R. Todd Barber ’87 (KGCOE) is the vice president of sales at SpeechCycle in New York City. Todd was previously employed at Comverse as VP & GM, Americas. “SpeechCycle is an exciting company using speech technology to automate calls into call centers.”

Andrew Blackburn ’83, ’87 (NTID) married Paula Hill on Aug. 25, 2007. He was promoted to full-time staff photographer for Lancaster New Era on Oct. 3, 2006.

Kevin Jerome ’87 (CAST) has been general manager for Bahama Breeze Restaurants since 2003 and is currently in Atlanta. Bahama Breeze won 2007 Diamond Club for Darden Restaurants in Schaumburg, Ill.

1988

Michael Buskey ’84 ’88 (NTID) is a staff accountant for Aldon Corp., Avon, N.Y. He’s been married for 14 years and has two daughters.

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Douglas Nice ’83, ’87, ’88 (NTID) has worked as a pre-press operator for 20 years. He has two daughters; his oldest is on the high school cheerleading team.

Marc Raco ’86, ’88 (GAP), an actor in New York City, recently wrapped production shooting in an episode of a new primetime TV series for Fox Sports Network, “Amazing Sports Stories.” Visit www.marcraco.com for details of this and other projects.

1989

Cassandra Harris SVP ’89, ’94 (NTID) and husband, Jeremiah Harris, announce the birth of a son, John David, on Aug. 27, 2007. They have two older children, Jaime, 5, and Crystal, 3.

Coleen Mahan Marcus ’85, ’89 (NTID) and husband, Robert Marcus ’77 (CAST), have three children, Rebekah, Tabitha and Luke. Tabitha and Luke attend the Rochester School for the Deaf.

Michael Miklos ’89 (SCB) is a material coordinator working on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Program at Lockheed Martin in Owego N.Y. Michael was previously employed at CDI Business Solutions as documentation analyst.

Judith Pinkham ’89 (CAST) and husband, William, announce the birth of their first child, Daniel William Charland, born on June 23, 2007, in Portsmouth, N.H.

Darren Therriault SVP ’81, ’85 (NTID), ’89 (KGCOE) appeared in a ground-breaking ASL commercial for Pepsi aired during the 2008 Super Bowl.

1990

Daniel Agne ’90 and wife, Kathleen Long SVP ’87, ’90, ’91 (NTID), welcomed their first son, Timothy Michael, born on April 5, 2008.

Michelle Demeyer ’88, ’86, ’90 (FAA) received the 2007 American Package Design Award from Graphic Design USA for package branding completed for the Graphic Communications Group, Eastman Kodak Co., where she has been employed as an artwork director since 1991.

Christine Ecker Feinbaum ’85, ’91, ’90 (NTID) has worked at the Walt Disney World Company for 15 years. She has two children, ages 12 and 13.

Christopher Root ’87, ’90 (COS) is senior automation analyst at Merck & Co. Inc. in West Point, Pa. Christopher was employed at ICON Clinical Research as validation engineer III.

Lisa Trager ’90 (FAA) and Adrian Walters announce the birth of a daughter, Fiona Rose Walters, on May 14, 2007, in Boston.

1991

Rebecca Cook Mickelson ’87, ’91 (NTID) received a B.S. degree in management from Park University in July 2007. She was promoted to the DLA Corporate Intern Program at the Defense Supply Center Columbus as a contract specialist.

Richard Mislan ’91 (COLA) writes, “During May 8–10, 2008, I hosted the first Mobile Forensics World Conference in Chicago (www.MobileForensicsWorld.com). Mobile Forensics World is the only conference dedicated to federal, state, and local law enforcement forensic specialists, corporate and private forensic examiners, industry leaders and academic researchers performing mobile device forensics. As an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology’s Cyber Forensics Lab at Purdue University’s College of Technology, I provide research, education, training and investigative support in small scale digital device forensics to various local, state and federal agencies. I was recently nominated the College of Technology Outstanding Faculty in Engagement and also serve as the editor of the Small Scale Digital Device Forensics Journal (www.ssddfj.org). Finally, I provide investigative training and support through my consultancy, SmartPhone Forensics (www.SmartPhoneForensics.com).”

1992

Kendell Burroughs ’92 (SCB) was promoted to chief financial officer from controller at Guttmacher Institute in New York City.

Donna Chen ’92 (COS) received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 1997 and spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. In 1999, Donna joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and is now an associate professor. Her research program has focused on molecular-level understanding of chemical reactions that occur on metal, semiconductor and oxide surfaces. She spoke at the Undergraduate Research Symposium 2007 about her research on surface chemistry on supported metal nanoparticles.

Michael Hawthorne ’92 (CAST) and wife, Kirstin, announce the birth of a son, Derek Charles, on July 19, 2007, in Fair Oaks, Va.

Todd Palczewski ’92 (SCB) was promoted to sales and marketing analyst from retail sales representative at Rosina Food Products Inc. in Buffalo.

1993

Tammy Kosarek ’93 (CAST) and husband, Joe, announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Frances, on Feb. 20, 2008, in Downers Grove, Ill.

Andrew Levy ’90, ’93 (CAST) writes, “Did you hear my exciting news about the IBM Corporate Service Corps? I was accepted into the program! I will be off to the Philippines this summer as part of this exciting program. Think Peace Corps crosses corporate world crosses Survivor/Reality TV. Only 100 were selected worldwide for the first round! I will have seven others on my team from across the world. I hope to find some way to share my experience with RIT students when I return.”

Christina Loftus ’93 (KGCOE) received an MBA in marketing from the University of Denver on March 12, 2008. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Kathleen Lota ’93 (CIAS) was promoted to art director at Tisha Creative in Englewood, N.J., after only a few months. She previously spent three years at Woodside Design Group in Butler, N.J., as a senior graphic designer.<

James Morse ’93 (FAA) married Heidi McHugh on May 12, 2007, at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, Conn. Jim is a digital print manager at Allied Printing in Manchester, Conn. He is a firefighter for the Town of Vernon Fire Department, Truck 541. Heidi is a facility accountant at Healthtrax. They are residing in Vernon, Conn.

Michelle Johnston Osterhout ’87, ’93 (FAA) was co-emcee for the Miss Deaf Michigan and the first Miss Deaf Teen Michigan in Kalamazoo on July 28, 2007. Besides being a mother of four children (Hunter, Hawke, Garret and Danelle), she works at DEAF CAN!’s Leap, is an ASL Instructor for MCC Flint/Lapeer, and is an artist creating arts/jewelry.

Amy Phillips ’93 (FAA) and husband, Chris, announce the birth of a son, Christopher Ryan, on Jan. 30, 2008, in Greenwich, Conn. He joins big brother Michael.

Melissa Rancourt ’93 (KGCOE) is the director of operations and corporate communication at a European firm in Brussels, Belgium, and also teaches operations management, project management and negotiations at Boston University’s campus in Brussels.

Ian Ratner ’93 (CAST) and wife, Lauren, announce the birth of a daughter, Vivienne Claire, born on March 21, 2008, in Raleigh, N.C. Ava, 6, and James, 5, welcome their new baby sister.

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Robert Wagner ’93 (SCB) was named to Graphic Design USA magazine’s list of “People to Watch in 2008.” Wagner is vice president of Xerox Corp.’s Creative Services Business Segment and the Xerox Premier Partners program, a global network of more than 700 commercial printing customers. Bob also is an adjunct instructor in RIT’s School of Print Media, where he teaches a course in multimedia strategies.

1994

Michelle Baikie SVP ’91, ’94 (CIAS) received a master of education degree in literacy from Mount Saint Vincent University on Oct. 21, 2007.

Stephen Balcom ’94 (KGCOE) and wife, Aimee, announce the birth of a son, Caleb Michael, on March 31, 2008, in Naperville, Ill. He joins older brother Christian.

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John DeHaas ’94 (CIAS) has recorded his first album of rock ’n’ roll music, Sloop Johnd. He wrote all of the songs and plays all of the instruments on the CD, and also designed a Web site (www.sloopjohnd.com) where people can hear song samples, read the lyrics, purchase the album and post comments. “Although this project does not directly relate to my bachelor of fine arts degree, I feel as though my RIT education broadened my creativity beyond designing the album package to other forms of art, including writing, music and web design,” says DeHaas, who lives in Rochester and works as an artist and illustrator.

Gina Switalski ’86, ’90 (NTID), ’93 (FAA) and Michael Colombo SVP ’86, ’89 (NTID), ’94 (KGCOE) were married in September 1997. They have three daughters: twins Megan and Amanda born in 2004, and Lauren, born in 2006.

Christopher Dempsey ’94 (CAST) was promoted from regional manager New England to regional manager Northeast at Unilever and, in addition to New England, assumes sales management responsibility for all of New York state.

Alice Merchant ’98 (CIAS) is director, Customer Implementation and Support, at Michael C. Fina Co. in New York City.

Andrew Knauf ’89 (KGCOE), ’94 (SCB) is senior project manager at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Byung-Kwon Suh ’94 (CIAS) received a master’s degree in marketing/business from Inha University, South Korea, on Feb. 22, 2008.

Renee Stetson Zborowski ’94 (CIAS) and husband, Douglas, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Douglas, on April 16, 2008, in Plantation, Fla. He was born nine weeks early, but parents report that he is very healthy.

1995

Julie Donohue ’95 (CIAS) and husband, Jim, announce the birth of twin sons, Liam and Dylan, on Oct. 10, 2007, in London, England. They were born seven weeks early, but parents report they are doing quite well. They join 4-year-old sister Emma.

Rod Donovan ’95 (SCB), ’08 (CIAS), after retiring from the computer industry in 2004, received an A.O.S. degree in furniture design and woodworking from RIT’s School for American Craft on May 24, 2008. He and Lisa are looking to relocate somewhere in the continental U.S. and open a furniture studio.

Ruben Mallory ’95 (NTID) and Lori Cummings SVP ’93, ’98 (NTID) were married July 8, 2006. Daughter, Esperanza LaDream, was born Oct. 14, 2006, and is a fourth-generation deaf family member on her mother’s side.

Kathryn L. Schmitz ’95 (CCE), assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “The Academic English Acquisition Experiences of Deaf College Students,” at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, April 1, 2008. On May 6, 2008, she was honored with the New York State Senate Achievers’ Award in Albany, New York, by Senator Joseph Robach. 

Susan Samson Windecker ’95 (NTID) received a B.A. degree in special/elementary education in 2000 from Plattsburgh State University and an M.A. degree in deaf education in 2001 from Canisius College. She works as a one-to-one aide and also works for HFM BOCES in Johnstown, N.Y. She married Matthew Windecker on May 21, 2005, and they had their first child, a daughter, Mercedes Lynn, on Oct. 17, 2007.

1996

Mark Amissah ’85, ’91 (NTID), ’96 (CAST) joined Gallaudet University as the presidential leadership fellow for diversity initiatives for two years starting in 2007. He is president of the Organization for Equity of African Americans and an adviser to the Eta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.

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Michael Birenbach ’96 (CAST) was promoted to staff engineer at Qualcomm in Cary, N.C.

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Judy Brint ’89, ’95, ’96 (CIAS) and Norman Douglas Murphy II SVP ’91, ’97 (NTID) were married on April 28, 2007, in Sherwood, Ark.

Jeanine Caruso ’96 (CIAS) received an M.S. in communications design from Pratt Institute in January 2008.

Shelley Dew ’92, ’96 (NTID) married Tommy Lynn Jr. on March 30, 2004, in Orlando, Fla. They live in Arizona and Shelley works as a cashier at Target.

Dmitriy Kiselgof ’93, ’96 (NTID) is an ASL freelance adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, University of Rochester and RIT. He also works at Lenscrafters. He and his wife, Regina Kiperman SVP ’95, ’00 (COLA), ’01 (CAST) had their second daughter, Sophie Levia, on Oct. 22, 2007. She joins sister Serafina Lily. Regina is an employment adviser for the Center on Employment at NTID.

Jerome Lazarczyk ’96 (KGCOE) and wife, Denise, announce the adoption of their daughter, Emma Noelle, born on Dec. 16, 2007, in North Carolina. Emma was welcomed home at the age of 10 days. Emma joins her brother, Anthony (age 5) in Raleigh.

Anna Kradlak Miller ’96 (COLA) is technical publications manager at CommutAir d/b/a Continental Connection in North Olmsted, Ohio. Previously, she was a freelance writer/proofreader and youth director in Greensboro, N.C. She was married in 1998 to David Miller ’99 (COS), who is now an R&D chemist with Sherwin-Williams Automotive Division. They have two daughters, Rosie (born in 2001) and Lily (born in 2006).

Neressa Sheets Morrison ’83, ’96 (NTID) and husband, Timothy, have three children: Amber, Natalie and Rachel. Amber graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee. Natalie will attend OSU majoring in chemical engineering. Rachel plans to be an interpreter or go into the criminal justice field. All three are former students at Margaret’s House at RIT. “We thank the Margaret’s House staff so much for giving our children a jump start in their education,” Neressa writes.

Christopher Orlowski ’96 (KGCOE), a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, took over in April 2008 as the commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy, Mass. He resides in Milton, Mass., with his wife, Joanmarie Nunziato Orlowski ’95 (CIAS), and their two sons, Mitchell and Andrew.

1997

Khaled Al-Hothili ’92 ,’97 (NTID) is a system administrator at Arabic Computer Systems LTD in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia. He has four daughters.

Devajoy Choudhury ’97 (CAST) is the head of Global Strategic Business Units, Trigyn Technologies.

Julie Ciferni ’98 (CIAS) and husband, Jamey, and son Jordan welcomed son Devin Anthony Ciferni into the world on Feb. 29, 2008. Devin made his debut on local TV news as the only baby born on leap day.

Timothy Cozzens ’97 (CIAS) was awarded tenure in the Art and Design Department of Columbia College in Chicago. He continues to produce speculative and commissioned works from his studio in Oak Park.

Ellen Hibbard ’91, ’97 (COS) received a master’s degree in genetics, genomics and development in 2004 from the School of Medicine and Dentistry at University of Rochester. She authored three papers in the molecular biology field and started a Ph.D. in communications and culture at Ryerson University in Toronto with research on the use of visual media for people with disabilities. Her hobbies are martial arts (she has a green belt) and collecting frogs.

N. Douglas Murphy II ’91, ’97 (NTID) and Judy Brint SVP ’89, ’95, ’96 (CIAS) were married on April 28, 2007, in Sherwood, Ark.

1998

Eric Atherton ’98 (KGCOE) and wife, Lindsay, announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Thomas, on Oct. 25, 2007, in Newton, Mass. Eric was on his way to Game 1 of the World Series when Benjamin decided to make his debut.

Marina Rossit Barnum ’98, ’94 (COLA) completed her master’s degree in social work at the University of Toronto in 2001. She is married to Jim Barnum ’00 (KGCOE) and is a team social worker for Park Ridge at Home for Unity Health Systems and a community integration counselor for the Traumatic Brain Injury program with the Epilepsy Foundation in Rochester.

Aaron Buchanan ’98 (KGCOE) and wife, Melinda, announce the birth of a daughter, Gwendolyn Graye, on April 16, 2008, in Charlottesville, Va. Her big sister, Aven Siena, was born on Dec. 26, 2005.

Loree Perry ’93, ’98 (NTID) and Justin Drawbaugh SVP ’98, ’01 (NTID), ’03 (GCCIS) were married on July 28, 2007, in Milford, Conn. Their honeymoon was in St. Lucia. She is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in the Mechanicsburg Area School District in Mechanicsburg, Penn.

Amity Leitner ’91, ’95,’98 (NTID) and Robert L. Graham SVP ’95, ’01 (NTID) were married on Aug. 18, 2007, and live in Alberta, Canada.

Jane Halpin ’97, ’98 (CAST) works as a senior sponsored research specialist in the School of Nursing at Duke University. In December 2007, she passed the Certified Research Administrators (CRA) examination to become a nationally recognized administrator of sponsored programs.

Theresa Homan ’98 (CIAS) and Jeanine Dorfman announce the birth of a son, Joshua Thomas Homan-Dorfman, on Nov. 9, 2007, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Lynnette Poe ’98 (CIAS) was promoted to senior designer at Yankee Candle Co.in South Deerfield, Mass.

Elizabeth Stone ’98 (COLA) is senior program associate for the Accessing Safety Initiative Program at Vera Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth previously was employed at Gallaudet University as assistant director, corporate/individual giving.

1999

W. Caleb Barlow ’95 (KGCOE), ’99 (SCB) has been named IBM integration executive for a recently acquired IBM company, Net Integration Technologies. In an unrelated effort, Caleb recently started the first IBM Software Innovation Laboratory on a University Campus at RIT.

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Alicia MacDonald ’99 (CAST) and Hafidh Khamis were married on Sept. 29, 2007, in Cedar Grove, N.J. They went to Hawaii for their honeymoon and currently reside in Clifton, N.J.

Mistie Munton Smith ’93, ’99 (COLA) is a case manager at the Rochester School for the Deaf PRIDE Program. She is also an instructor for the Greater Rochester Chapter of the Red Cross.

Hang Xu ’99 (SCB) and Wei Wu ’00 (SCB) announce the birth of their second daughter, Jiaqi Emmy Xu, on Jan. 14, 2008, in Maine. She joins big sister, Coco.

2000

Erin Carney ’98, ’00 (CIAS) was recently promoted to design director at “That’s Nice” in New York City.

Stephanie Coolidge ’98, ’00 (CIAS) and husband, Jason, announce the birth of their daughter, Kaelani Lyn Perkins, on Dec. 28, 2007.

Angela Laguardia ’00 (NTID) and Dragan Jaksic SVP ’87 were married on July 8, 2006, in St. Augustine, Fla. They reside in Fenton, Mich. She is an English and language arts teacher in the high school at the Michigan School for the Deaf. Dragan is director of community education and enrichment for the Communication Access Center organization for the state of Michigan.

Laura Malczewski Hild ’00 (KGCOE) is an applications engineer at MagneMotion Inc. in Acton, Mass. “I wanted to return to my engineering roots while still being involved in customer support. MagneMotion had the perfect position and their linear synchronous motor technology is intriguing!”

Barbara Benas Klimov ’00 (CAST) and husband, Aleksander, announce the birth of a son, Maximilian Benas, on June 6, 2007, in Coral Springs, Fla. Max got to see his dad become a U.S. citizen in September!

Teresa Mark ’00 (CAST) accepted a position at Litz USA Student Service in Hong Kong as education consultant. “My job duty is to promote higher education in the U.S.”

Jody Sirine McCoy ’00 (NTID) has worked in public relations for the Southeastern Virginia Society of the Deaf (SVSD) since 2006.

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Dawn Bleier McWilliams ’85 (FAA), ’00 (SCB) has been elected president of the Rochester Chapter of the American Marketing Association for the 2008–2009 year.

Jamie Moore ’00 (COS) is program manager, molecular diagnostics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “After RIT, I enjoyed eight enriching years in Boston learning more about the things I loved at RIT–biotechnology, pottery, photography, pilates, and education outreach. Now I have an intense desire to move closer to family and give back to the community I grew up loving!”

Rachael Alexander Robak ’00 (NTID) received an Oregon Education Association Presidential Citation for Web site design in June 2007. (Also see entry under 2002 for Andrew Robak).

Carah Best Taylor SVP’97, ’00 (NTID) obtained certification in physical education from SUNY Brockport and works as an adapted physical educator at the Rochester School for the Deaf. She and husband, Kristopher ’00 (CAST), have a 4-year-old daughter, Cameron, and 2-year-old son, Kaden.

Kristopher Taylor ’00 (CAST) is a network administrator at The Monroe Plan for Medical Care in Rochester.

John Turner ’00 (KGCOE) joined Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. High Powered Solutions Group in South Portland, Maine, on Feb. 11, 2008, as a staff engineer. John was previously employed at Tundra Semiconductor Corp as senior design engineer.

2001

Robert Graham ’95, ’01 (NTID) and Amity Leitner SVP ’95, ’01 (NTID) were married on Aug. 18, 2007, and live in Alberta, Canada.

S. Kyle Korndoerfer ’01 (COS) is senior software engineer for the Enterprise Enablement Group with Xerox Global Services in Webster, N.Y.

Jessica Lichterman ’00, ’01 (CIAS) is director of creative services at the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, in Philadelphia. Jessica was previously employed at Connors Advertising & Design as senior art director.

Shannon Sutton Poortinga ’01 (SCB) received an MBA from The Red McCombs School of Business, University of Texas-Austin on Dec. 9, 2007.

Matthew Rice ’01 (SCB) was promoted to manager of business development at Constellation Brands in Rochester.

Sal Pellingra ’98 (CAST), ’01 (SCB) is innovation and marketing director at Ampac Flexibles in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sal previously was employed at ExxonMobil Chemical as Americas market segment manager.

Nicholas Spittal ’00 (COS), ’01 (SCB) and wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of identical twin sons, Weston Robert and Walker Kendall, on Feb. 10, 2008. Despite being five weeks premature, both boys went home with Mom and Dad within a week and Nicholas reports that the whole family is happy and healthy.

2002

Anthony Calabria ’00, ’02 (COS) and wife, Monica, announce the birth of a daughter, Laura Grace Calabria, Dec. 28, 2007, in Morristown, N.J.

Bryce Dalhaus ’02 (CIAS) has published a number of books, including Gourds, a fictional tale about Halloween. A previous book, Get Out!, contained a chapter documenting his summit of Kilimanjaro in February 2006. To purchase books, visit stores.lulu.com/bdalhaus.

Christine Holtz ’02 (CIAS) is associate professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.. Christine was previously employed at the University of Wisconsin Platteville as assistant professor of communication technologies.

Philip Jones ’02 (GCCIS) relocated to Washington, D.C., from Hartford, Conn., in April 2008, and shortly thereafter accepted a developer position with Community IT Innovators (www.citidc.com).

Stacey Modrusan ’02 (COS) and husband, Daniel Modrusan ’98 (CAST), announce the birth of a son, Glenn Allen, on Feb. 12, 2008, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. He joins big brother Lukas Daniel.

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Blaine Moore ’02 (GCCIS) writes, “Following the publication of my book on marathon preparation and recovery, I have acquired my coaching certification through the Road Runners Club of America. I have taken on a weekly training group through the Maine Running Company and will begin private marathon coaching this summer. I have also set the course record with a win in the 2008 Cox Sports Marathon in Providence, R.I.”

Meghan Murphy ’02 (CIAS) had the first 100 strips of her Web comic Kawaii Not published by F+W Publications. It is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other books stores worldwide.

Katherine Petrinec ’02 (CIAS) received her master’s degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo on May 9, 2008. Katherine also received the 2007 Design Excellence award from the Department of Architecture.

Andrew Robak ’02 (COS) is assistant professor of chemistry at Keuka College in Penn Yan, N.Y. Andrew and wife, Rachael (Alexander) Robak ’00 (NTID), announce the birth of a son, Bright Andrew, on March 9, 2007, in Eugene, Ore.

Mark Rozum ’02 (GCCIS) and wife, Amy, announce the birth of a daughter, Lindsey Michelle, on April 18, 2008, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mark notes that his daughter was born on his birthday. She joins sister Renee.

Scott Zygadlo ’02 (SCB) is director of operational services at SRI Surgical in Tampa, Fla. Scott was previously employed at Bausch & Lomb as director of manufacturing in Clearwater, Fla. SRI Surgical provides outsourcing services to major hospitals and surgery centers.

2003

Daniel Becker ’03 (CIAS) is national entertainment photo editor for the Associated Press in Los Angeles.

Bryan Berkowitz ’03 (GCCIS) is information assurance software engineer at Akimeka LLC in Maui, Hawaii. Bryan previously was employed at Dolphin Technology as software engineer.

Matthew Huber ’03 (CIAS) and wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of a son, Harrison Timothy, on Nov. 27, 2007, in Plano, Texas. He joins big sister Haley Ruth.

Melanie Jarzyniecki ’03 (CIAS) resides in the East Village in Manhattan and is employed by the New York office of The Boston Consulting Group as a design and media specialist. She is focused on developing the company’s global video and multimedia services department from the ground up.

Rachel Robinson ’03 (CAST) received a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Denver on June 6, 2008. She has accepted a position as assistant director of admissions for data management at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Mary McGinnis ’03 (CIAS) is the founding director of Buffalo Indie Market, which aims to bring a monthly market of unique and stylish handmade products to the Buffalo community while nurturing the professional talents and business potential of up-and-coming designers and crafters.

2004

Justin Bienio ’04 (SCB) is project manager at Xerox Global Services in Pittsburgh, Pa. Justin was previously employed at American Eagle Outfitters as print production coordinator.

Hugh Campbell ’04 (KGCOE) and Emily Ryczko Campbell ’03 (COS) announce the birth of a son, Theodore Walter, on Dec. 31, 2007.

William Dowdle ’04 (COS) has begun his second year as a Ph.D. student at the University of California San Francisco. “I have joined the laboratory of Jeremy Reiter M.D., Ph.D. and recently authored a publication in Nature Cell Biology.”

David Fetzer ’04 (COS) received an M.D. degree from Utah Houston Medical School on May 31, 2008. After a one-year internship in Houston, David will begin radiology residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. David published “The HIPAA privacy rule and protected health information: Implications in research involving DICOM image databases” in Academic Radiology, March 2008.

Colleen Jones ’00,’04 (NTID) and current student Jeff Bingham ’01 (CAST) were married on Oct. 21, 2006. They had their first baby, Jaxstin, on Nov. 2, 2007.

Melissa Keith ’04 (CIAS) writes, “Melissa Dawn Keith Photography is now being represented by Cherry Reps, and we just completed our first advertising shoot for one of Melissa’s favorite vices—SHOES!”

Hope Kendrick ’04 (CIAS) and Jeffrey Lubkowski ’06 (KGCOE) were married on June 7, 2008, in Cazenovia, N.Y. They reside in Rochester.

Megan Kenyon ’04 (COLA) received her master’s degree in social work from Gallaudet University in May 2006 and is currently a school social worker at MPS in Milwaukee, Wis. Megan and husband, Keith, were married on Dec. 29, 2007, in Kohler, Wis. They reside in Milwaukee.

Stefania LoMonaco ’04 (CAST) is a solutions and services sales executive at Xerox Corp. in Penfield, N.Y. Stefania was previously employed at RIT’s Office of Alumni Relations. “At Xerox, I will be implementing and positioning a full spectrum of products, solutions and services to clients in the public sector.”

Erin Shull Lyons ’99, ’03 (CAST), ’04 (CIAS) and husband, Charles Lyons Jr., had their first child, a son, Brody, on April 27, 2007.

Jeffrey Nemconsky ’98, ’03, ’04 (NTID) is co-owner and vice president of Color Graphics. His wife, Heather Carol (Brown), is co-owner and president.

George Woodruff ’04 (KGCOE) and Michelle Johnston ’06 (NTID), ’04 (COLA) were married on July 14, 2007, in Chicago. He works for a nanotechnology company in Skokie, Ill.

Roman Yampolskiy ’04 (GCCIS) successfully defended his dissertation on April 23, 2008, and received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Buffalo.

2005

San Mark Chao ’93, ’99 (NTID), ’00 (CAST), ’05 (KGCOE) is a senior mechanical engineer/PCB engineer focusing on a military laser and helicopter project at a company in Long Island, N.Y.

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Jennifer Dietz ’05 (COLA) and Joel Collinson ’05 (COLA) were married on July 7, 2006 in North Carolina. They have a son, Trevor Blake, born on June 2, 2005. She is a program support assistant at the National Institute of Health in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Joel is pursuing a master’s degree in deaf education at Gallaudet University.

 

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David Du Rocher ’05 (GCCIS) and wife, Nicole, announce their marriage on Sept. 16, 2007, at the Chiesa del Redentore in Venice, Italy. The reception followed at the Gran CaffF Quadri in Piazza San Marco. The couple honeymooned in Nice, France. They reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Shaun Farrell ’05 (GCCIS) is a Web software developer at CACI International Inc. in Washington, D.C., and will work on site at the Library of Congress.

Paul Glaser ’05 (NTID) is a math/ASL teacher for the Edmonds School District in Washington.

Karin Knippa ’05 (CIAS) is a graphic designer at Davies Associates in Beverly Hills, Calif. Karin was previously employed at Proteus Design in Boston while she recieved her MFA in design from Boston University.

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Elizabeth Wiltrout ’05 (CIAS) and Frederick Lindenhovius ’05 (GCCIS) were married on July 28, 2007, in Geneva, N.Y. The wedding was attended by Kathryn Dome ’04 (CAST),’05 (CIAS); Rachel VerValin ’05 (CIAS); Sergey Katsev ’06 (KGCOE); Julie Christopher ’05 (KGCOE); Erin Sick ’05 (CIAS); and Jason Powley ’05 (SCB). The couple spent their honeymoon in Bonaire and Aruba. They reside in New York City.

Katarina Malatova ’05 (COS) spent a year working with pollution prevention and later with the bioremediation team in the Environmental Technology Lab at the GE Research Center. Katarina became involved in the small agribusiness IKIREZ after deciding to work in developing countries.

2006

Andrew Badera ’06 (GCCIS) recently joined Change Round-Up, a cause-marketing startup, in Coxsackie, N.Y., as CTO.

Donald Case ’06 (CAST) achieved Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) certifications. Don has been accepted into the Indiana State University Ph.D. program in technology management. He received his MBA from SUNY IT in May 2008.

Jessica Drake ’06 (COLA) is an employment training specialist at Paychex in Rochester.

Michael Horning ’06 (COLA) won “Top Three” research paper at the International Association for Science, Technology and Society’s annual conference. His paper is entitled “Putting the Community Bank into Community Networks.” Mike has begun work toward a Ph.D. in communication at Pennsylvania State University.

Michelle Johnston ’04 (COLA), ’06 (NTID) and George Woodruff III ’04 (KGCOE) were married July 14, 2007, in Chicago. She is an instructional specialist, Harper Community College in Palatine, Ill.

Robert Matson ’06 (CAST) was promoted to civil engineer I at the New York State Department of Transportation in Buffalo.

Patrick Meyer ’06 (COLA) is a Ph.D. candidate in energy and environmental policy at the University of Delaware.

Julie Morganti ’06 (CAST) is enteral specialist, registered dietitian, at Apria Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I get to work in children’s hospitals and really feel like I make a difference!”

Katherine Netti ’05, ’06 (CIAS) is the art teacher for pre-K through eighth grades in a Chicago public school. The school is in a high poverty area and funding for the art program is non-existent, she reports. Anyone interested in donating art materials can contact her directly at maurer.kn@gmail.com, or visit www.adoptaclassroom.org and search for Katie Netti to make a contribution online.

Matthew Page ’06 (GCCIS) was promoted in January to senior lead and is currently working for Rackspace IT Hosting (No. 32 in the Fortune 100 for 2008) in their Virginia Data-Center Operations Division.

Jessica Petty ’00, ’03 (NTID), ’06 (CIAS) is a production artist at Schawk Inc. She was formerly a process engineer/analyst at the Standard Register.

Russell Raymond ’06 (COLA) is in the Ph.D. program at the London School of Economics.

Joshua Srolis ’04, ’06 (CAST) owns and operates My Panini, which opened in July 2007 in Atlanta, Ga. A second store emerged in October 2007 on Baltimore’s Pier 5. Several other stores are in the works; see www.bestpanini.com.

2007

Anthony Allsop ’07 (COLA) is employed by AFLAC (the duck commercials). He reports that the company is recruiting for independent agent positions in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas; contact him via email at

Faiz Izwan Anuar ’07 (CAST) is pursuing a Ph.D. in recreation, park and tourism sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Nathan Claes ’07 (COLA) is pursuing a Ph.D. in communications at the University of Buffalo.

Andrew Cutter ’07 (COLA) is a lead technician at the University of Rochester Sleep Clinic.

Matthew DePersis ’07 (SCB) is partner marketing coordinator at MTV Networks in New York City. He supports the LOGO brand in the Content Distribution & Marketing department.

Luiz Freitas ’07 (COLA) is the Jonathan Baldwin Turner Fellow in the master’s in Agricultural Economics Program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Brian Garrison ’07 (COLA) is joining the Ph.D. program at the University of Waterloo in cognitive neuroscience.

Lisa Hessley ’07 (CAST) is a corporate travel agent at Van Zile Travel Service in Rochester. Lisa was previously employed at RIT as an event coordinator with the Government and Community Relations Office.

Elliot Jenner ’07 (COS) is enrolled in a doctoral program in physics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Michael Lazik ’07 (GCCIS) volunteers for the International Peace Garden Foundation. His responsibilities are to establish and direct the strategic long-term goals and determine the organization’s long-term systems needs and hardware acquisitions to accomplish the mission of promoting world peace through cultural exchange. Michael serves as an adviser to the president of IPG on matters relating to information-based marketing and leveraging information assets to reach target demographics. He also oversees the development, design and implementation of the corporate Web site, www.ipgf.org.

Rebecca Nelson ’07 (COLA) is employed as a marketing coordinator at VanDamme Associates in Pittsford, N.Y., and is enrolled in RIT’s M.S. degree program in IT/business communications.

Narin Nhem ’07 (GCCIS) entered the Technology Leadership Program at The Vanguard Group with the 2008 class.

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J.S. Ost ’07 (COLA) and James Rowe were married on March 8, 2008 in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Their bridal party included Jay Zarzeczny ’08 (CAST), former student Steve Ost, Renee Keiser ’08 (COLA), and COS student Roxanne Ost .

Nicholas Ratcliffe ’07 (COLA) is a business finance analyst for Harris RF Communication Division in Rochester.

Leanne Stefano ’07 (COLA) is enrolled in the M.S. engineering psychology program at RIT.

Sara Swain ’07 (COLA) is attending medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sarah Thompson ’07 (COLA) will be attending RIT this fall for the M.S. program in school psychology.

Lena Wilkins ’03, ’07 (CAST) is director of client services at Members Health Network in Albany N.Y. Lena was previously employed at ESL Federal Credit Union as manager of deposit operations. “Adult learning has certainly paid off for me. My education at RIT was extremely valuable to bring me to the next level in my career.”