Heard it on the grapevine
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
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.
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.
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 ’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 ’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
|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.
|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,
images have appeared in major newspapers, magazines, and art
publications. He lives and works in Anthem, Ariz.
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
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