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Heard it on the grapevine

Holly Howell
Holly Howell

Holly Howell ’96 (food marketing and distribution) has been named director of education for the New York Wine & Culinary Center, which opens this summer in Canandaigua, N.Y. Howell joins the not-for-profit organization after more than six years with Wegmans Food Markets Inc. in employee training and recipe development. Howell is also an instructor of wine and food pairing at RIT and writes a wine column for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Constellation Brands, Inc., Wegmans, RIT and the New York Wine & Grape Foundation partnered to establish the Wine & Culinary Center.

For more information, visit www.nywcc.com.


Mr. President
Gary Bonvillian ’74, ’81 (business administration, M.S., career and human resources development) has been named the 13th president of Thomas University. Bonvillian, who served as assistant dean of RIT’s College of Business in the late 1970s, has been provost of Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y., since 2001. He begins his new job July 1.

Bonvillian, a native of San Antonio, Texas, received his doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Thomas University was founded in 1950. With 800 students, this private university has an academic emphasis on career development and arts and sciences.

Mind trip
Ron Mathias ’93 and Rob Flewell ’93 (both medical illustration) played a key role in the new IMAX movie, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France. The movie follows Australian cyclist Baden Cooke and his French teammate Jimmy Caspar, two of the 200 riders competing in the grueling race, and explores the unique brain physiology of athletes.

The two researched and developed detailed story boards for five sequences and worked closely with nWave Digital, the Belgian company that produced the computer animation.

Mathias, owns and operates Anatomical Justice in Nazareth, Pa., with his wife, Elyssia Marshall Mathias ’93 (medical illustration). Flewell, who lives in Brooklyn, is art director for Informa Training Partners.

The two have been asked to speak at a screening of the film at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators in Boston in August.

For the birds

John DeHaas
John DeHaas

John DeHaas ’94 (graphic design) is the illustrator of a new book, Birds of the Genesee. Written by Rochester author Bob Marcotte, the book examines the history of birds in the Rochester area and explains how to attract birds, how to get started watching them and where to see them. This is the first book project for Haas, a self-employed illustrator in Rochester.

Teaching and creating

Amanda Almon

Amanda Almon

Amanda Almon ’00 (medical illustration) became assistant professor and chair of the science and biomedical communications department at the Cleveland Institute of Art in July 2005. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in anatomy at Case Western Reserve University.

Previously, Almon worked in Fort Collins, Col., at Visible Productions LLC as a 2D/3D medical animator and illustrator.

She has worked on animation projects for clients including Discovery Health Channel, an Oprah Winfry show segment, National Geographic and others. She has also operate a freelance business, Biomed Visuals, completing animation and illustration work for publishers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device firms.

Motherly love

Newborn Love
Gail Nogle's award-winning photo

Newborn Love, an image by Gail Nogle ’73 (photography) of Dallas, has received numerous accolades. In spring 2005, the work earned her the Kodak Gallery Elite Award and the PPA Photographer of the Year Platinum Award from the Professional Photographers of America. The photo was judged best of 300 finalists selected from 6,000 photos submitted. Newborn Love also was chosen for display at the Imaging Asia 2005 Convention in Korea.

Nogle, who specializes in fine art and portrait photography, opened her own studio in 1991. In 1998 she was awarded a fellowship from the American Society of Photographers.


Imagine that

David Spindel
David Spindel and a display of his photos of John Lennon taken shortly before the rocker's death.

Last December marked the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. It also marked the opening in New York City of an exhibit of photos of the legendary rocker by David M. Spindel ’64 (photography). In October of 1980, Spindel photographed what was to be Lennon’s last recording session at the Hit Factory in Manhattan. Spindel relates the story of the session on his Web site, www.spindelvisions.com.

Prior to the New York City show, an exhibit of Spindel’s Lennon photos was shown in La Jolla, Calif. Over his career, Spindel’s images have appeared in major newspapers, magazines, and art publications. He lives and works in Anthem, Ariz.

Changing places
Robert Morreale ’93 (medical illustration) became director of medical illustration at the medical illustration unit at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in July 2005. He is leading a 13-person unit that provides medical illustration, editorial illustration, scientific illustration, scientific graphics and 3D medical animation across all three Mayo Clinic campuses and to the larger Mayo Health System.

It’s the latest of several moves. In spring 2004, he became assistant professor in the medical illustration graduate program at the Cleveland (Ohio) Institute of Art. Later that year he was appointed chair of the institute’s medical illustration program and received a joint teaching appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

He was a medical illustrator at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore from 1995 to 2003. In 2003, he founded Visual Explanations LLC (www.visualexplanations.net), a medical communications company. He continues to manage the daily operations on a part-time basis.

Morreale was married in July of 2001. He and his wife, Maureen, have two sons: Christopher, age 3, and Patrick, born in December 2005.

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