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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”


Earl Trevett ’35 (KGCOE) writes “Just wanted to let the Phoenix Group know that at age 92, I am still around but unable to attend any of the local functions.”


Jay Brauer ’51 (GAP) writes “I’ve retired and am now living in Oro Valley, Ariz., a suburb of Tucson.”


Donald Nagel ’55 (FAA) and Joyce Tilley Nagel ’56 (FAA) exhibited their work in the Pastel Society of America’s 35th Annual Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club, New York City, in September. They also exhibited at the Birmingham (Mich.) Bloomfield Art Center during the 50 Years of Art Celebration in October. Don is a retired art supervisor for major Detroit advertising agencies. They reside in Hilton Head Island, S.C.


Lawrence Guzzetta ’60 (SCB) has enrolled in the Education Leadership Program at Walden University. Planned graduation date: 2009. Guzzetta has been designated president elect of the Academy for Career and Technical Teacher Education. His term will commence during the December 2007 ACTE convention in Las Vegas.


Raymond Maly ’64 (GAP) retired in August after 43 years in the printing industry.


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Leslie Howard ’65 (GAP) has won the Carol Phillips Award for Print of the Year 2006 at the juried competition of the Westchester Professional Photographers Association. His winning image, Firing Line, was taken at a civil war reenactment at the Farmer’s Museum in Montgomery, N.Y. Howard is the owner of Les Howard Productions, a photography and video company (


Philip MacArthur ’67 (KGCOE) retired from teaching mathematics at the community college in Key West and attended the 40th class reunion at Brick City Homecoming.

Howard Worzel ’67 (GAP) writes, “Hello fellow alumni! After 34 years of working at Polaroid designing film and camera systems, I have retired to sun-drenched Phoenix where I enjoy running, golfing and swimming almost every day.” He was unable to attend the 40th class reunion, but notes, “We were so very lucky to have had the great teachers that RIT afforded us and our lives have forever been enriched because of them.”


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David Folkman ’68 (FAA) writes, “As co-publisher and design director of Hogan’s Alley, the Magazine of the Cartoon Arts, I’m happy to report issue No. 15 is now out. There is an impossibly detailed examination of the symbiotic relationship between comics and smoking; June Brigman, artist on Brenda Starr, and Tim Rickard, creator of Brewster Rockit, are interviewed, as is Popeye and The Katzenjammer Kids artist Hy Eisman, who also unearths a lot of never-before-reprinted artwork! And the issue traces the history of Little Lulu from simple gag cartoon to merchandising juggernaut. Also, you’ll see Henry as you never saw him in his comic strip, as one of comics’ early integrationists! This is the biggest issue of Hogan’s Alley yet, at 160 pages. For subscription info, go to”


John Jordan ’69 (GAP) retired in 1998 after 22 years as staff photographer of the Phoenix Fire Department. He volunteers as photographer and is on the planning committee for the Arizona Childrens Burn Camp, a one-week summer camp in Prescott, Ariz., for children ages 6–17 who have sustained burn injuries. John currently serves as president of the Board of Directors and trip escort for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, which provides approximately 28 photo workshops a year led by well-known photographers.


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Frank Argento ’70 (GAP) is exhibiting more than a dozen charcoal drawings at S.C. Fine Art gallery in Rochester. Pop Icons: Music 101 features portraits of Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Argento joined RIT in 1965 and has held various positions in instructional design, research and technology and teaching. He also operated a full-service ad agency in Rochester. Pop Art: Music 101 is on view through Dec. 30, 2007, at S.C. Fine Art, 115 Berkeley St., Rochester.


Deborah Bewley ’71 (FAA) had one of her mixed media pieces, 24 Balls - Black, accepted by the 25th Annual National Small Works Exhibit at the Tri-County Arts Council Gallery in Cobleskill, N.Y. This piece was also included in the The Best of 2007 show at the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, the Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, and the Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio.

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Thomas Klinkowstein ’71 (GAP) is the president of Media A LLC, associate professor of New Media at Hofstra University and adjunct professor of digital design at Pratt Institute. Tom took a zero-gravity flight over the Atlantic Ocean on May 5,2007, as part of the research component of a new project entitled “A Day in the Life of Smart Things, 2030.” He also gave the keynote address on living environments, sensor-nets and “blogjects” for the German Multimedia Congress in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sept. 19, 2007.


John Hardel ’72 (NTID) is a peer specialist woring for clients with AIDS/HIV at D.E.A.F. Inc. in Massachusetts.

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Richard Woodring ’72 (KGCOE) was promoted to vice president/general manager, North American Compressed Air and Gas Treatmentby, Parker Hannifin Corp.


David Grossman ’73 (KGCOE) retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 30 years as an aerospace engineer. He has started an engineering consulting business in the aviation and aircraft certification field.

Karen Kashmanian Oates ’71, ’73 (CAST) has been selected as the deputy director of the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Oates is recognized nationally as a leader in the reform of undergraduate science


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Kathryn Bloom ’76 (GAP) is the director of operations at Perimeter Marketing Co., Westport, Conn. Prior to that, Kathe was the owner of kbloom Associates. “I joined this marketing company in June 2006 as part of a team brought together to revive the company and introduce new products.” Bloom and Dee White were married on May 27, 2006 in New Haven, Conn. They reside in Stratford, Conn.


Dennis Brannon ’77 (CAST) is self-employed as a CPA in Fayetteville, Ga. He earned an MBA in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984 and became a CPA in 1989. He began a tax and accounting office in 1993, specializing in small businesses and individual income tax preparation.

Daniel Comfort ’77 (KGCOE) has joined the Fluor Corporation, Sugarland, Texas, as a senior design engineer after working 28 years for DuPont Corp.

Keith Williams ’77 (GAP) is an instructor of economics and business administration at Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Ill. He received the 2007 full-time Faculty-of-the-Year Award. Williams is a Sam Walton Fellow and faculty adviser for the local chapter of Students In Free Enterprise. The father of three (with two teens still at home) is pursuing a doctorate in business administration.


Donney Drennon Gala ’78 (COLA) will retire from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Jan. 3, 2008, ending a career in law enforcement of 21 years. He is featured in a profile in the seventh edition of a criminal justice textbook entitled Criminal Justice: A brief introduction by Frank Schmalleger.

Lawrence Fox ’78 (GAP) is the manager of corporate imaging at Fred Fox Studios. Founded in 1919 by his grandfather, the company has eight studios in the Chicago area and was a finalist in the Illinois Family Business of the Year 2006.


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Mitch Klaif ’79 (GAP) has been named Time Inc.’s senior vice president, information technology. Previously, Klaif served as Time Inc.’s vice president of Global Magazine and Digital Technology where he led the division that managed the company’s around-the-clock magazine, production and digital technology operations. He also served as deputy chief information officer of Time Inc., assisting in the overall management of Time Inc.’s information technologists and its hundreds of mission-critical systems. Klaif originally joined Time Inc. in 1997 as director of Customer Service & Operations for Information Technology.

Jerome Nevins ’79 (GAP) is the co-chair of the visual and performing arts department at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn. He teaches the history of photography, digital photography, introduction to computer art, ceramics, kiln building and design, graphic design, ceramics and textiles. Nevins also teaches philosophy and comments, “I believe that excellence in teaching begins with having a profound respect for the integrity and honest intent of every student. Each must find his or her own voice. Each must feel secure enough in the classroom to take risks, make mistakes, feel encouraged by successes and derive energy from a supportive cooperative classroom environment.”

Michael Philie ’77, ’79 (GAP) became the president of The Philie Group LLC in West Friendship, Md. He brings his 28 years of experience and leadership to Philie, which provides management consulting and strategic planning to commercial printing companies.


Thomas Curley ’80 (GAP) has been employed by Fujifilm USA for 25 years. As director of marketing for lab solutions in the imaging division, he is responsible for all lab equipment and software related to retail and professional lab markets in the United States.

Stephen Owens ’80 (SCB) is an associate professor in the Culinary, Baking and & Pastry Arts Program at Southern New Hampshire University. He has been teaching associate and bachelor degree programs for 15 years.

Toby Westcott ’80 (CAST) is a senior consultant at TITAN Technology Partners, Charlotte, N.C. Toby was previously employed at Thomson Inc. as senior analyst. “A traveling road warrior once again—providing SAP R/3 basis consulting for various companies in contract with TITAN.” He lives in Noblesville, Ind.


Fred Mayes ’81 (COLA) has been promoted from program manager to administrator at AMAK Health Care.

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Richard Nicolette ’81 (GAP) is the pre-press specialist at New Vista Image, Golden, Colo. He previously was employed at Rocky Mountain Blueprint as IT/Color/Architectural Planroom. “I have always wanted to get back to large color format for indoor and outdoor applications as well as using my prepress skills for accurate color and appropriate sharpness, depending on the viewing distance. Looking forward to it!”

Robert Schott ’79, ’81 (FAA) recently founded WOWindows LLC in Cranford, N.J. “For Halloween 2006, I launched my first consumer product invention called WOWindow Posters. These are full-color, hi-res plastic window decorations that ‘light up’ at night for the enjoyment of passersby. In 2007, my product will be distributed through seven national catalog companies and approximately 2,500 specialty and mid-size chain stores.” For more information, go to

Joseph Staszak ’81 (GAP) writes, “Since my 1995 retirement (as director of Regional Book Programs in Latin America for the United States Information Agency), I live in Mexico and have dedicated myself fulltime to creating high quality technical resources for the print and publishing industry in both Spanish and Portuguese. Creating most of Graphic Arts Technical Foundation material in Spanish (by contract and through royalty agreements), I have also worked with NAPL, NAQP (now known as Pll), RIT and many other professional groups throughout Latin America. I recently worked closely with the CEO of IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) to ­create Spanish versions of the General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography and Web Offset Print Standards. I have been granted the opportunity to work with great organizations, and am honored to help IDEAlliance create valuable tools in Spanish and Portuguese for everyone involved in the information creation process. Currently, we are working to gain support of GRACol as the universally accepted communication tool of the graphic communication industry, from Canada all the way south to Argentina—uniting the entire Western Hemisphere. In September 2007, we launched an annual Digital Workflow Congress in Mexico City. I would love to hear from other RIT graduates interested in helping spread technology or establish exchanges between universities. My email is

Nicoletta Zongrone ’78, ’81 (COS) was promoted to vice president of Eastman Kodak Co. by the Board of Directors. Nicoletta joined Kodak as a chemist in 1981. Prior to her current position, she was worldwide operations manager for the company’s Consumer Output Business (2004–2005); general manager, Inkjet Media/Home Printing (2003–2004); and general manager, Inkjet Media (2000–2003). She also holds three U.S. patents for work on digital printing plates.


Deborah Telfer ’79, ’82 (COS) is the acting vice president of academic affairs at Jones International University, Centennial, Colo.


Michael Catillaz ’83 (SCB) has been named vice president for college advancement and president of the Geneseo Foundation. At Geneseo, Catillaz will direct the College Advancement Division and manage a team of 23 professionals engaged in development, communications and alumni relations. He brings more than 25 years of fundraising and development experience in public and private higher education, including leadership positions in capital campaigns at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at RIT.

Julia Dooley ’81,’83 (GAP) writes, “I’ve been selected as one of five science educators from the United States to participate in geoscience core drilling program in Antarctica. I will be part of a seismic survey team that will be stationed in a remote science camp in the Mackay Sea Valley for four to five weeks. I’m so excited about the photographs I’ll be taking that I broke down and bought a digital camera, but I’m also taking my old Nikon and numerous rolls of black and white film. You can track my adventure through and follow the education on Project Iceberg links.”

Norbert Politi ’83 (CAST) has been named by Bausch & Lomb as the director of supply risk mitigation, surgical equipment, Rochester.


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Mark Cushman ’84 (CAST) recently accepted a position at Fermer Precision Inc. in Ilion, N.Y., as general manager. Cushman is also the mayor of the Village of Ilion, Herkimer County’s largest municipality with 8,600 residents. It is also the home of Remington Arms Co. Ilion is well known for its low-cost municipal electric and water utilities, and its beautiful marina/RV park.

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Chris Gardner ’84 (GAP), president and CEO of Variant Products Ltd. in Rochester, recently caught up with retired School of Design professor Toby Thompson in Sarasota, Fla. Chris and his wife, Theresa Williams Gardner, ’84 (GAP) and their two daughters, Kathryn and Shannon, were vacationing in Florida, where Toby resides. A week before, Toby’s grandson, Max Waldt, graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School with Chris’ daughter, Kathryn. The entire gang, including Toby’s daughter, Kelly Thompson Waldt ’82 (FAA) and husband Dale Waldt ’82 (GAP) had a great time discussing many interesting design ideas over a delightful dinner at The Beach House.

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Carolyn Powell ’82, ’84 (FAA) and Keith Grover were married Oct. 1, 2006, in Rochester. They reside in Fairport, N.Y.


Kim Miller ’85 (SCB) writes, “Hi! I wrote and published a book titled How to Love Your Kids More Than You Hate That Man.”

Rodney Penniman ’85 (CAST) is operations manager for AMEC in Phoenix. AMEC provides engineering services to clients from over 300 offices worldwide.

Peter Waskewicz SVP ’83, ’85 (NTID) will transfer his job location for the U.S. Postal Service from Fort Myers, Fla. to Knoxville, Tenn.


John McFarland ’86 (SCB) writes, “We received custody of our grandson Donovan in March of 2006. Donovan turned two on May 9, 2007. With two grown children, we are now starting over . . . the curves life throws at you!”


Julie Borden ’87 (FAA) is a product designer, fine artist, illustrator and owner of Juleez, LLC located in Philadelphia, PA. Juleez™ features a collection of fine art and licensed art products designed by Borden. Herdoos™ has become the newest licensee to work with Borden, and features whimsical 3D sculpted hairbrushes and accessories. Juleez™ has also created and licensed artwork for Ball Corporation, C.R. Gibson, Fabri-Quilt, Pacific-Enterprise and several other companies. Borden’s fine art paintings and sculptures are shown in galleries in Philadelphia and various locations throughout the United States. Visit to see her colorful work and say hello.

Michael Manger ’86,’87 (GAP)
is the owner of Arizona Color Solutions Inc. (, a large-format graphics company in Tempe Ariz.

Julia Pfefferkorn ’85, ’87 (FAA) is a professor at the Art Institute of Charlotte, N.C. She was recently featured in an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered and was presented at the International Conference of Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Matthew Carey ’88 (SCB) became a licensed New York State home inspector and is now the owner of a new business, AM Home Inspections Inc., in central New York.

Joseph Mulligan ’88 (GAP) was recently named division head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Temple University Medical Center. His special interest includes post-traumatic facial reconstruction in adult and pediatric patients.

Jacqueline Robinson ’88 (SCB) accepted a position at ARAMARK Higher Education in Covington, Ky., as Mid-Atlantic regional marketing director. She manages the marketing team for universities in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.


Jeffrey Downs ’90 (CAST) was promoted to chief information officer from director of development at MyWebGrocer in Colchester, Vt. “Our current challenge is finding bright, inquisitive and motivated American software developers,” he says.

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Glenn Jackling ’85 (KGCOE), ’90 (CCE) is president and CEO of Allen-Bailey Tag & Label, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1911. He started the new job in May 2007.

Judith Sobresky ’90 (GAP) and Christopher Mattioli were married May 5, 2007, at St. John of the Wilderness Church in Copake Falls, N.Y. They are currently living in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.


Fabian Grabski ’91 (CAST) is assistant chief engineer for two Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals in St. Louis, Mo. He also continues to serve as a major in the Missouri Air National Guard.

Monica Meehan ’92 (FAA) accepted a graphic design position with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs at the Center for Museum Resources in Santa Fe. “It’s a challenging position with varied work, including exhibit graphics and marketing collateral support for the Museum of New Mexico system.”


Jason Berry ’92 (FAA) directed the film 24-solo, which premiered in Rochester at the Little Theatre, June 21, 2007. The film follows world champion Chris Eatough on his quest to a seventh consecutive title in mountain bike racing. Jason’s first feature-length production, Off Road to Athens, has won multiple awards and was nominated for Best Documentary in six international film festivals.

Young Kim ’92 (KGCOE) is the director of biostatistics at DP Clinical Inc., Rockville, Md.

Jeffrey Mau ’92 (SCB) is a systems analyst at New Era Cap Co. in Buffalo.

Ricardo Venegas-Giron ’92 (SCB) is the chief financial officer and executive vice president at impreMedia, New York City. Ricardo previously was employed at Journal Register Company as treasurer. ImpreMedia is the No. 1 Hispanic news and information media company in the United States in print and online. For more info, visit


Ignacio Espinosa de los Monteros ’93 (KGCOE) and Amber Nichole Espinosa de los Monteros announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Scott, on Aug. 27, 2007, in St. John’s Hospital, Anderson, Ind.

Blaine Fairless ’93 (COLA) is a senior manager in Parente Randolph’s Forensic & Litigation Support Services group. The firm provides expert services and trial testimony to lawyers in commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Adam Parent ’93 (CAST) is currently deployed to Afghanistan on a one-year assignment mentoring Afghan National Army Officers.

John Peterson ’93 (CAST) is a software engineer at Sensis Corp. in East Syracuse, N.Y. He has been employed at Sensis since he graduated. He and Christine Manchester were married on April 13, 2002, in Believers’ Chapel, Cicero, N.Y. They currently reside in Pulaski, N.Y. They have
five children: Derek (16), Matthew (14), Timothy (11), Sarah (8) and Samuel (6).

Susan Plummer ’93 (CAST) and husband, Scott, announce the birth of a son, Griffin Thomas, on March 27, 2007. He joins brothers Ben (4) and Nicholas (2).


Michael Dobson SVP ’85, ’90 (NTID), ’94 (CAST) and wife, Beth Ann Sutherland, SVP’84, ’89 (COLA), adopted two deaf sons, Billy and Jonathan.

Thomas Heseltine ’94 (SCB) was recognized as a “SmartCPA” by the Baltimore SmartCEO magazine. More than 60 CPAs from the Baltimore metro area were considered for this award and nominees were selected based on their technical expertise, leadership, innovation, significant accomplishments and relationship-development strengths.

Nannette Patterson Napier ’94 (KGCOE) received a Ph.D. in computer information systems from Georgia State University on Aug. 29, 2007. Nannette is an assistant professor of information technology at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

Karen Fuller Tribbett’94 (COS) completed active duty in the United States Marine Corps after 13 years of service as an F/A-18 pilot. She is now a demonstration pilot for Gulfstream Aerospace, flying G450 and G550 aircraft. She is continuing her service as a Marine Corps reservist.


Giuliano Callegaro ’95 (CAST) was promoted to associate director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts are expanding with the opening of five properties in China: Macau, Beijing, Hangzhou, Pudong, and Guangzhou.

Andy Cooney ’95 (COLA), ’00 (SCB) and Michelle Lacagnina Cooney ’96 (COS) announce the birth of a son, Kyle Andrew, on Aug. 12, 2007, in Rochester. Andy, Michelle, Kyle and Kyle’s big brother Zach are doing well.

Rosanne Vanduzer Lissow ’95 (SCB) and husband, Tom, announce the birth of a daughter, Amy, in February 2007 in Cary, N.C. Amy joins 3-year-old sister Jennifer.


Rebekah Dawes ’96 (CAST) is a teacher in the Elmira (N.Y.) City School District.

Elizabeth McGee Denman’92 (GAP), ’96 (CIAS) is the manager at Morgan Lane Ent. Elizabeth also donates her time and photography talents to the county volunteer fire and rescue as the public relations and media contact person.

Diane Dimitroff ’80, ’83, ’96 (SCB) is the new executive director of the Brockport Auxiliary Service Corp. (BASC) on the campus of SUNY Brockport.

Dianne Iverglynne ’96 (CIAS) writes, “Completed International Patent ‘Monoterpines in Photographic Developers and Method of Use’ (2002). Completed masters’ degree in history, research (2006), Thesis: ‘The Photographic Crayon Portrait: Nineteenth-Century Icon of Absent Family Members and Present-day Relics of Latter-day Saints.’ No . . . not a member. Creative non-fiction essay published in Forged in Fire: Essays by Idaho Writers, “Reading the Glow” (primitive clay firing temperatures), Oklahoma University Press (2005). Currently enjoying life studying Chinese culture: brush script, the language, and traditional Chinese music on the erhu (two-string lap violin) and on the hulisi (gourd flute) from generational players in Xiangfan, Hubei Province, China, while teaching at Xiangfan University. Just renewed my contract in order to stick around my erhu teacher – a true master of the art. (I’ve made it to level three of 10—just a screeching beginner all over again!) See you at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony??? Making every effort to be there!”

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Richard A. Panzer ’96, ’98 (CIAS, CAST) married Julianna Harris on Sept. 22, 2006, in Breckenridge, Colo. Richard is web interface designer and owner of, a company he founded in 2005. Julianna, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is a project manager for IQ Solutions in Rockville, Md. They reside in Silver Spring, Md. They plan on moving to Colorado in 2008.


Sarah Smith Arana SVP ’93 ’97 (COLA) and husband, Xavier Arana SVP ’89, ’94 (NTID),’98 (CAST), announce the birth of a daughter, Caroline Isabel, on July 14, 2006. Big brother Henry is 5½ years old. They reside in Minneapolis where Xavier works for a consulting engineering firm.

Katherine Carter ’97 (CAST) and Nathaniel Scott were married June 3, 2007, in Rochester, where they currently reside.

Michelle Danzer-Gries ’97 (CIAS) and Tom Gries ’95 (KGCOE) announce the birth of a son, Alexander Sebastian Gries, born on Feb. 6, 2007, in Providence, R.I. Alexander has a big brother, Jakob.

Deborah Kulas-Sorg ’97 (CIAS) and husband, Stephen, announce the birth of a daughter, Jacquelin Laureen, on June 2, 2007, in Morristown, N.J. Deborah is currently director of cosmetic promotional purchasing for L’Oreal Paris in New York City.

Benjamin Richey ’97 (CIAS) and his wife, Melissa, welcomed a son, Evan Carter, April 25, 2007. Evan joins big brother Colin, age 3.

Erin Tomeny ’97 (CAST) and Alan Deuel were married June 23, 2007, in Webster, N.Y. They reside in Geneva, N.Y.


Jeffrey Bauer ’98 (COLA) and wife, JoAnn, announce the birth of a son, Victor Gabriel, on Aug. 3, 2007, in Oak Harbor, Wash.

Scott Drahzal ’98 (SCB) and wife, Danielle, announce the birth of daughter, McKenna Grace Drahzal, on June 29, 2007 in Huntersville, N.C.

Melissa Mortimer ’95, ’98 (SCB) and Robert Rachinsky were married Sept. 30, 2006, in Keuka Lake, N,Y. They currently reside in Norwalk, Conn. The bridal party included alums Julie Nagle Warner ’95 (COS), KC Ryan Foster ’95 (CCE) and Jodi Sullivan West ’98 (KGCOE). Tom Balland ’96 (KGCOE) and Kristen Spiotti Tompkins ’97 (COLA) performed readings.

Michael Pail ’98 (KGCOE) accepted a position at Varian Inc. in Cary, N.C., as an electrical design engineer. Prior to that, Michael was the owner/operator of the Closet Factory. After 14 months in business, Suzanne Pail ’98 (KGCOE) and Michael are trading roles: Michael will return to corporate America and Suzanne will leave it and continue where Michael left off with the Closet Factory franchise business. The two reside in Cary, N.C.

Jason Vigil ’98 (CAST) recently co-authored the textbook Structural Wood Design: A Practice Oriented Approach with RIT Professor Abi Aghayere. The book was released in August 2007 by John Wiley & Sons.

Adam Will ’98 (KGCOE) and wife, Julie, announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Faith, on Jan. 10, 2007, in Boca Raton, Fla.


Elizabeth Haywood ’99 (COS) had a solo showing of 40 paintings at the Vose Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston. Vose Gallery is the oldest family-owned art gallery in America. Her pastel paintings were featured in the May 2007 issue of American Artist Magazine. Her works were also featured in the October 2007 issue of Pastel Journal and American Art Collector Magazine.

Karen Hauget Hoyack ’99 (CIAS) and husband, Michael Hoyack ’01 (CAST) announce the birth of a son, Andrew Lawrence Hoyack, on Jan. 25, 2007. The family resides in Newtown, Conn.

Frederick Nesslage ’99 (KGCOE) and wife, Jill, announce the birth of their first child, Christopher Logan, on April 17, 2007, in Kansas City, Mo.

Derek Punaro ’99 (CAST) was promoted to information architect, leading site design efforts for Praxair’s global Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment.

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Sheri Calleri Scavone ’99 (CAST) became director of the New York State Cancer Services Program in February 2007. Prior to that, Sheri was the president/CEO of Gilda’s Club Capital Region, New York.


Stephanie Coolidge ’98, ’00 (CIAS) works for Citizenship and Immigration Services (Department of Homeland Security) as an adjudications officer in Essex Junction, Vt.

Camille Dickson-Deane ’00 (CAST) is pursuing her Ph.D. in information systems and learning technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a Fulbright Scholar.

Joshua Horvath ’00 (KGCOE) recently accepted a position at Bosch Security Systems in Lancaster, Pa., as mechanical engineering group leader. Joshua recently was employed at Teleflex Inc. as a senior product engineer.

Shayan Keramati SVP ’95, ’00 (NTID) and wife, Kimberly, annually host Deaf Island disc golf in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. (see

Brian Krenzer ’98, ’00 (CIAS) accepted a position at Avenue A | Razorfish in Chicago as senior art director working on AT&T’s online advertising.

Seth Singer ’00 (CAST) launched a new venture, Think Thirty Three Inc., in Toronto. Think Thirty Three is a marketing communications company delivering interactive, photography, video and design for clients from Research In Motion to Petro Canada. Seth and his wife, Talia, announce the birth of a daughter, Noa Lailah, on Oct. 24, 2005.

Anna Lisa Stockwell ’00 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at Opici Wine Co. in Fairfield County, Conn., as wine sales consultant. Anna Lisa previously was employed at TracyLocke as art producer.

Salina Thomas ’00 (KGCOE) recently accepted a position at The MathWorks in Natick, Mass., as technical writer. Salina previously was employed at Analog Devices as applications engineer.


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Daniel Chen ’01 (CIAS) has been promoted to art director at Avenue A: Razorfish, a New York City-based interactive marketing and technology services agency. In his new job, Chen is responsible for managing a team of designers and animators in creating marketing Web sites for companies such as Ford Motor Company and The New York Times.

Krysta Doerfler ’01 (CIAS) was recently promoted to assistant art director from art assistant at Taunton Press, Fine Homebuilding Magazine, Newtown, Conn. “I am directing and shooting photography and working closely with editors to design solid article layouts.”

Jessica Filbey Gill ’01 (CAST) and husband, Norman Gill ’98 (CIAS), announce the birth of a son, Henry Raymond, on Aug. 23, 2007, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Lynn Marasciulo Molenkamp ’01 (CAST) and husband, Jeffrey, announce the birth of a son, Tyler Jeffrey, on May 17, 2007, at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich. He joins sister Emily.

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Rita Mulcahy ’01 (NTID) enjoyed her first flight in a WWII SNJ. No loops, no rolls, but maybe next time! Flight instructor Jay Vandersluis of Warbird Adventures enjoys the view.

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Jason Nabewaniec ’01 (CAST) was elected co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. The Green Party is the third largest political party in the United States. Jason will serve a two-year term as co-chair.

Suzanne Silvestri Sarr ’01 (COS) and husband, Nathan Sarr ’02 (GCCIS), announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Elizabeth, on July 23, 2007, at Rochester General Hospital.

Suzanne Sollecito ’00 (COS), ’01 (SCB) and Cpt. Mark S. Padgett Jr. announce their marriage on Sept. 2, 2006. They reside in Eys, Limburg, Netherlands. Alumni Kelly Doyle ’01 (COS), ’02 (SCB), RoseAnn Kurumunda ’00 (COS), ’01 (SCB), and Lisa Rothgery ’00 (COS) joined the celebration. Suzanne and Mark honeymooned in Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Jennifer Walkowski ’01 (CIAS) recently completed a research/curatorial internship with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, Va. As a part of the project in conjunction with the Institute for Public History at the University of Virginia, Walkowski researched and designed a new educational display for the library’s 1919 Pierce Arrow limousine. Walkowski is entering her second year of studies at the University of Virginia, studying American architectural history under Professor Richard Guy Wilson.

Andrew Warycka ’01 (CIAS) accepted a position at the Pinpoint Resource Group in Torrance, Calif., as a recruiter. Pinpoint is a technology recruiting firm serving the greater Los Angeles area.


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Brian Andrews ’02 (CAST) and Jennifer Cascioli were married Sept. 9, 2006, in Sanibel Island, Fla. They reside in Atlanta. They were attended by Joshua Liller ’02, ’04 (CIAS).

Siddhartha Bhattacharya ’02 (SCB) and husband, Urvashi, announce the birth of a baby girl, Shreya, born on June 9, 2007, in Rochester.

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Kimberly Dolcimascolo ’02 (CAST) is director of organization development and effectiveness for Bausch & Lomb Global Operations and Engineering. Based in Rochester, she is responsible for providing leadership and support in the areas of employee engagement and satisfaction and training and development. She will also provide human resources support to the GO&E IT organization.

David Mc Clelland ’02 (CIAS) accepted a position at Novatek in Rochester as lead developer. David recently was employed at Plexus Scientific Corp. as LMS administrator.

Stacey Austin Modrusan ’02 (COS) and husband, Daniel Modrusan ’98 (CAST), announce the birth of a son, Lukas Daniel, on Aug. 15, 2006, in Bangor, Maine.

Kathryn Palmacci ’02 (SCB) and Jason Musiak were married on April 14, 2007, in St. Patrick Church, Natick, Mass. They reside in Marlborough, Mass. The honeymoon was a two-week tour of Italy. Andrew Wilcox ’02 (CIAS) was the wedding photographer.

Michael Rielly ’02 (KGCOE) is among an elite group selected as RETTEW’s first associates, a new program to recognize employees who consistently contribute to the firm’s growth, profitability and overall success. Rielly is a project manager in the firm’s Liberty, N.Y., land development group and resides in Lancaster, Pa.


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Jennifer Dashnau ’02 (COS), ’03 (SCB) received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania on May 14, 2007. During her graduate studies, Dashnau was successful in obtaining a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finance her dissertation research on the biophysics of cryoprotectants. Dashnau published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as associate council to the American Society for Photobiology. Currently, Dashnau is employed at Merck & Co. in West Point, Pa., as process engineer supporting Gardasil (human papilloma virus) vaccine manufacturing.

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Joseph Gawlowicz ’97 (CIAS), ’03 (GCCIS) is an associate at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group. His practice will focus on researching key labor and employment issues and strategies to help advise employers involved in litigation as well as to help counsel employers in their day-to-day operations. In addition, he has been involved with developing internal and external continuing legal education programs for attorneys concerning e-discovery in litigation and the latest updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Lori Hepner ’03 (CIAS) accepted a position at Penn State University in McKeesport, Pa., as assistant professor of integrative arts. Lori recently was employed at SUNY Cortland as assistant professor of new media design. She attended the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, N.Y., in July as a summer fellow. Two of the photographic works that Hepner produced while at the residency will be exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art as a part of the 97th Annual Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Her piece, Nebulous Spasm, received the Leon Arkus Award, which is the highest honor of the exhibition. The show runs to Jan. 18, 2008. Hepner has also been invited to show work from her Code Word series in a two-person exhibition at the Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas in March 2008, as well as at the Craddock-Terry Gallery at Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, Va.,
 in May 2008.

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Denise Herold ’03 (SCB) accepted a position at PC Universe Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla., as marketing manager. She is responsible for the daily management of the company’s online and direct marketing programs and processes including public relations campaigns, sales lead generation campaigns, branding, marketing collaterals, and customer relationship management activities.

Geoffrey Irwin ’03 (SCB) was recognized as an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). APICS CSCP is a program offered by APICS: The Association for Operations Management.

Lawrence Jones ’03 (CIAS) is the senior Web developer for Cartoon Network New Media in Atlanta. This role focuses on the development of dynamic Internet applications, and the development of rich interactive experiences. Jones was also nominated for a 2007 FITC (Flash In The Can) for his work on the Web site.

Tara Parekh ’03 (CIAS) received a master of arts degree in digital photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design on May 31, 2007.

Melissa Sanborn ’03 (CIAS) accepted a position at Oneida LTD, Oneida, N.Y., as an art director. She will be responsible for the company’s dinnerware packaging. Melissa recently was employed at Bard College as a graphic designer.

Bryan Watson ’03 (KGCOE) writes, “After being commissioned as a Naval Officer in 2003, I went through the Naval Nuclear Power Training Pipeline in Charleston, S.C. I spent the last two years onboard the USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), a trident submarine out of Bangor, Wash. Based on my professional and engineering achievements, I was recently selected to go to the PCU New Hampshire (SSN 778), a brand new Virginia Class submarine, which is being built in Groton, Conn. Over the next two years, I will be an integral part in the construction, testing during sea trials, and commissioning of the Navy’s newest and most advanced submarine.”

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Tyler White ’03 (SCB) and Andrea Hanke ’04 (KGCOE) were married May 19, 2007, in Needham, Mass. They currently reside in Newport News, Va. The maid of honor was Sarah Behling ’04 (KGCOE).


Joseph Burwick ’04 (SCB) is the senior associate at Freed, Maxick and Battaglia, CPAs in Buffalo. Joe was nominated to serve on the finance committee at Homespace, a transitional housing charity for single parents in Buffalo.

Rachel Clow Denny ’04 (CIAS) writes, “This year will mark my fourth year as a staff photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, which is the largest newspaper in South Texas.”

Sarah Edwards ’04 (GCCIS) is a senior computer forensics examiner at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Northern Virginia.

Nathan Gardner ’04 (COS) earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Albany Medical College and has since become the first PA hired to work in the neonatal intensive care unit at The Children’s Hospital of Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center.

Tianay Hardy ’04 (SCB) and Jean-Pierre Perrault were married Aug. 30, 2007, in Duluth, Georgia.

David Lickstein ’04 (CIAS) is the senior packaging engineer at Unilever HPC-Skin Care in Bangkok, Thailand.

Evelyn Sizemore ’04 (CIAS) has moved to Savannah, Ga., in pursuit of her bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She received a combined honors scholarship.

Lalena Symonds ’04 (SCB) is employed as a manager at McCarthy, Holthus, Baum & Ackerman LLP. While residing in Rochester, she remotely manages bankruptcy, foreclosure, file clerk staff. Sometimes her work takes her to Oklahoma City, but 40 percent of her work is in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with Zucker, Goldberg, & Ackerman LLC under The National Firm.


John Ackley ’05 (SCB) is the managing editor of Speedway Illustrated at Performance Media, LLC in Salisbury, Mass.

Jennifer Paine Bushnell ’01, ’05 (COS) was promoted to materials hub applications manager from senior bioinformatics researcher at Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shaun Farrell ’05 (GCCIS) is an associate business applications analyst at Sony Electronics, Fort Myers, Fla. Shaun was previously employed at ePlus Systems Inc. as a software quality assurance analyst.

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Vandna Jain ’03, ’04 (CAST), ’05 (CIAS) writes, “Recently relocated to Manhattan to work for Agent 16, a multi-million dollar ad agency. Previously worked at Partners + Napier in Rochester, where accomplishments include a Silver Northeast regional Addy Award. Currently working on a soon-to-be-released side project, a 40-page promotional book for John Myers Photography detailing his travel to Bangalore, India. Also in the midst of writing a book of reflections. Soon to be going on a one-week sea-kayaking expedition in the Prince William Sound off of the coast of Alaska.”

Jennifer Kostek ’05 (CIAS) and Joe Calkins ’05 (KGCOE) were married May 26, 2007, in Canandaigua, N.Y. They reside in Florence, Ky.

Kira Mikels ’05 (CAST) and Daniel Wilson ’05 (CAST), both graduates of the manufacturing
and mechanical engineering technology department, were married Sept. 8, 2006, in Hilton, N.Y. They currently reside in Elma, N.Y. Dan and Kira are both employed at Moog Inc. of East Aurora, Dan as a project engineer, and Kira as a manufacturing engineer.

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Julia Quagliozzi ’05 (CIAS) and Gus Mancini ’06 (CAST) were married Sept. 29, 2006, in Spencer, Mass. Jennifer DeWitt ’04 (CAST), Jaclyn Fiorie ’07 (CIAS) and Lauren Aiello ’05 (CIAS) served as bridesmaids, and Brian Bauer ’08 (CAST) served as a groomsman. Following a honeymoon in the Bahamas, the couple resides in Waltham, Mass.

Ashley Waltz ’05 (CIAS), ’07 (SCB) has accepted the position of communications coordinator with the Printing Industry Center at RIT.

Humayun Zafar ’05 (GCCIS) has transferred to a doctorate program in business administration with emphasis in information technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kayla Zerby ’05 (COLA) is an account executive in the Washington, D.C., office of Hellerman Baretz Communications LLC, an award-winning national public relations firm. She designs and executes strategic communications campaigns that support the business growth objectives of the world’s leading law firms, consulting firms and financial services companies


Casey DiCaro ’06 (CAST) was recently promoted to legislative assistant for Monroe County, N.Y.

Nathan Fisk ’04 (GCCIS), ’06 (COLA) began work on his doctoral degree in the fall of 2007 in science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lauren Green ’06 (COS) is pursuing her doctor of medicine degree at the Saba University School of Medicine.

Michael Horning ’06 (COLA) is pursuing his Ph.D. in communication at Pennsylvania State University.

Eric Hunn ’06 (CIAS) has accepted an adjunct professorship at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., where he’ll teach several courses including The History of Computer Animation. Since graduation, Hunn has served as the graphic artist for WSTM (TV) NBC-3 in Syracuse.

Tham Nguyen ’06 (CAST) is a production artist at Mark Russell & Associates, Syracuse, N.Y. She is working with fellow RIT alumnus Sean Carner ’05 (CIAS) and RIT student Tom McCaffery.

Robert Rose ’06 (COS) is a patent attorney at the intellectual property law firm of Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC. He was elected to the grade of senior member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).


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Nathan Holland ’07 (KGCOE) and April Colleton ’06 (COS) were married Aug. 11, 2007, in Shiloh Baptist Church, Landover, Md. They currently reside in Durham, N.C. Wedding attendees included Teresa Jones ’02 (COS), Oreoluwa Fatimilehin ’05 (COS), Aisosa Ayela-Uwangue ’07 (KGCOE), Edem Attiogbe ’05 (COS), Aniekeme Sam Udofia ’04 (CAST), Erick Littleford ’04 (COLA), Terri Page-Littleford ’02 (COLA), ’05 (CAST); Coleman Glasgow ’07 (KGCOE), Daron Ladson ’06 (NTID), Denise Oquendo ’05 (CAST), Sonnet Stepp ’01, ’02 (CAST), Cynetra Ferguson ’99 (CAST), Tia White ’05 (CAST), Nkiruka Kiki Okeke ’07 (KGCOE). Professor Abi Aghayere of CAST attended and presided over the wedding prayer.

In Memoriam

William M. Coleman ’30 (KGCOE), April 9, 2004

Margaret L. Woodley ’37 (SCB), July 28, 2007

James W. MacLaren ’39 (KGCOE), July 4, 2007

Vaughan William Wagner ’40 (CCE),
March 2, 2007

Mary V. Bone ’43 (SCB), April 13, 1998

Blanche S. Clements ’49 (SCB), Aug. 26, 2007

Robert B. Shumway ’50 (GAP), April 6, 2007

Donald E. Wilson ’50 (GAP), July 27, 2006

Robert Rowlands ’60 (CCE), Dec. 25, 2006

Christine Ciesiel ’66 (FAA),Sept. 13, 2003

James A. Conklin ’69 (SCB), May 7, 2007

Nicholas Catino ’70 (CCE), Nov. 20, 2006

Frank P. Galen ’71 (CCE), Jan. 23, 2007

Edward J. Troyan ’72 (CAST), July 31, 2007

Paul K. Hyder ’73 (GAP), July 22, 2007

Robert J. Meyer ’75 (CCE), Jan. 24, 2006

Graig C. Frantz ’78 (CCE), Jan. 10, 2007

Robert Knauth ’81 (CAST), April 29, 2007

Christine Baran ’85 (COS), May 26, 2006

Kevin D. Gietler ’91 (GAP), June 8, 2007

Phoebe Anne Wiekrykas Foster ’96 (CCE), Aug. 7, 2007