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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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Gordon ‘Mickey’ Fagan ’47 (GAP) has had two paintings selected for the United States Coast Guard collection. He was recognized for his work on June 25, 2008, at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The collection was on display in New York City for three weeks and then traveled to several cities across the United States.


Joseph Whalen ’50 (FAA) is the president of the Market Street Art Center in Lockport, N.Y. A 45-year member of the Buff alo Society of Artists, Whalen is also a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. Whalen has worked as a medical illustrator for Roswell Park Hospital, as a technical illustrator for Cornell Lab and as a freelance commercial artist for local companies including Harrison Radiator, now Delphi. Whalen’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the Albright Knox Art Gallery. The winner of many awards including the Gold Medal of the Buff alo Society of Artists, Whalen feels his greatest impact on the art scene has been the 35 years he spent as an art teacher in local school systems.


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Betty Pratt Saunders ’57 (SCB) was named to the Chairman’s Council of Raymond James and Associates. Betty has been a financial adviser for 28 years and works in a partnership with her daughter, Susan Saunders, in the company’s Ponte Vedra, Fla., office.


Randall Stewart ’59 (GAP) is president of RDimagetech, a Ben Franklin Technology Partners company. The company received a Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Science Foundation. The award, one of four given to Pennsylvania companies, will support development of a color printing technology called ME Digital. For more information, contact Randall at


Donald Boyle ’61 (GAP) writes, “Joanie (Button) Boyle ’61 (COS) and I celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary in September 2007. We have three daughters and a son and seven grandchildren. We have traveled to Australia twice in recent years to visit with our daughter and her husband. Our son is an associate partner in an architectural firm in Portland, Ore. One daughter is a corporate vice president at New York Life, another daughter is a special education teacher here in South Jersey.”


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Bruce James ’64 (GAP) was named by the governor to chair the Nevada Spending and Government Effi ciency (SAGE) Commission, consisting of 14 private-sector CEOs who will provide recommendations to the governor and state legislature for streamlining state government, reducing costs and improving services. James is a former chairman of the RIT Board of Trustees.


Leslie Howard ’65 (GAP) is the CEO of Les Howard Productions, an event media company in Monroe, N.Y. Les and wife, Linda (who is the head of production at Les Howard Productions) announce that the next generation has arrived. Grandson Colin Arcus is 2 years old and granddaughter Cameron Arcus is 4 months old.


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John M. “Jack” Kauffman ’70 (FAA) has been employed at The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., for the past seven years. As exhibit services graphic design supervisor, Jack has designed and supervised the design and production of exhibit graphics, signage and other materials for Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. In 2007 and 2008, he was involved with the design, production and installation of The World of 1607 exhibit graphics. The exhibit was held in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown. Jack and his wife, Judy, reside in Richmond, VA.


Robert Kiss ’71 (GAP) exhibited a series of eight figure-study prints titled ‘A Passage to Eden’ in a group show at Lancaster House in Barbados, where he resides.


Steven Early ’72 (CCE) is a sales executive at Security Management Partners in Waltham, Mass. Prior to joining the company, he was a sales and marketing consultant for Sentillion Inc.

Dennis Gellasch ’72 (SCB) received the Jeff erson Award for 2008. His volunteerism covers “Operation Paperback,” “Operation Military Goodwill” (serving troops in Afghanistan and Iraq), AARP driver safety instructor, chairman of Webster Association of Senior Program Supporters Inc.), which he helped take through incorporation and listing with IRS 501 (c) 3 status. Other activity is with veterans’ projects locally and statewide.


James Riche 1974 (GAP) is the director of digital production at Digital Domain in Venice, Calif.


Allan Luftig ’75 (GAP) writes “I am co-owner and COO of Monster Sushi Inc., Summit N.J. Monster Sushi has been included in the ZAGAT Top Japanese Restaurants of America. Monster’s customers include many personalities, such as Senator Jon Corzine, CNN’s Heidi Collins, Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz and former N.J. Net Kerry Kittles. Visit allanluftig. com and”


Gerald Isobe SVP ’71, ’74, ’76 (SCB) transferred from the Department of Defense Dependents School - Pacific in Okinawa, Japan, to Cleveland, Ohio, to work as an accountant for the Defense Finance Accounting Service in June 2008.


Richard Dumbleton ’77 (CCE) writes, “After 39 years and a rewarding career in labor relations, I retired from Xerox in February 2006. My wife, Shar, retired in August 2006 from the Webster (N.Y.) transportation system where she was a bus driver for 17 years. We are spending winters in North Myrtle Beach and just enjoying life.”


Meredith Davison ’78 (GAP) announces the adoption of a daughter, Emma Yi, born on April 23, 2004. The Davison family traveled to China in July to adopt 4-year-old Emma. See their blog at

Joyce (Bozarth) Klemmer ’78 (SCB) is a partner in the Atlanta offi ce of law fi rm Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP, where she has worked for 27 years. Joyce specializes in intellectual property litigation (patent, trade mark, copyright and trade secret litigation). This year she joined the RIT President’s Roundtable.

Larry Koskinen ’76, ’78 (GAP) is a certified member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Larry is TIGTA’s associate inspector general. Larry joined TIGTA in April 2008 from the Peace Corps, where he served as the agency’s business architect. He previously was co-founder and CEO of Civitas Interactive Media, VP and chief information offi cer of Development Alternatives Inc. and vice president at the Council for Excellence in Government. Koskinen also served on former Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review Initiative.


John Seeba ’77, ’79 (SCB) is the inspector general at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C.

Leigh Whittemore ’79 (GAP) and Bethany (Johnson) Whittemore ’78, ’79 (CIAS) celebrated their 30th anniversary on Aug. 19, 2008. This milestone coincides with the start of college at Boston University for their youngest son, Alexander. Leigh is meeting many recent RIT grads who have chosen to start their careers at Liberty Mutual in Dover, N.H.


Emory Dively SVP ’74, ’80 (COLA) ran for Minnesota Legislature as a Republican for Social Justice in Saint Paul, Minn. If elected, he would be the first deaf state legislator in the nation’s history. The magazine went to press before Election Day.


Tami Kuhn ’81 (COLA) has been appointed to the conference planning team for the 2010 International Conference in New York City for the Association of College Unions International.

Cliff ord Locks ’81 (GAP) has retired as the executive producer of Motor Trend’s Auto Show Division. He can be contacted at

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Bethany Marten ’79, ’81 (GAP) writes, “I have been keeping myself quite busy by purchasing, renovating and flipping homes on Long Island. My newest project is the complete renovation of a turn-of-the- century home in Patchogue Village, which I am lovingly restoring to it’s former grandeur.”


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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 and an energy drink called “Ever Young,” available in early 2009. For more information please visit the Web site,

Paul Graham ’82 (SCB) was named the recipient of the 2008 Generations Award for “Volunteer of the Year” by the Episcopal Senior Life Communities, Rochester. Paul has been volunteering at the Episcopal Church Home since 1981.


James Mooney ’83 (CAST) is the director of sales and marketing for Integre Technologies LLC, a provider of hardware engineering services specializing in ASIC and FPGA design and verification.

Walter Richter ’83 (CAST) and Lisa Marie Arduini ’85 (CIAS) recently celebrated their 23-year wedding anniversary.

Jeffrey Rosenthal ’81, ’83 (SCB) and Bobbi Rosenthal were married May 4, 2008, in Bristol, R.I. They currently reside in East Providence, R.I.


Christopher Doyle ’84 (CAST) is the senior quality consultant at Hilton Hotels Corp. in Atlanta.

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Melinda Edwards-King ’84 (CIAS) writes, “I have founded Chair Weaver, a business devoted to restoring antique and modern woven furniture. I also initiated and organized the fi rst two gatherings of the fi rst guild in the history of America devoted to the skills preservation, called The Seat Weaver’s Guild.”

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Caroline “Tammy” Frisinger ’84 (FAA) and her husband relocated to Miami where she opened a new practice specializing in deep tissue sports massage. She continues to compete in triathlons and road races.


Paul Garbarini ’85 (COS) has been appointed to serve as general counsel to the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacists Association, in addition to serving as general counsel to the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association. His practice concentrates on representation of health care practitioners in administrative, civil and criminal hearings. In addition, he is adjunct faculty at Northeastern University, Bouve College of Pharmacy, as an assistant clinical professor in pharmacy jurisprudence. His practice is also heavily involved in probate matters, particularly guardianships and the valid use of antipsychotics in the elderly. He wishes all his old pals and classmates a hearty hello.


Douglas Laplante ’86 (COS) was named chief innovation offi cer and VP, strategy for New Pig Corp. Laplante lives in State College, Pa., with his wife, Mary Kay Laplante ’87 (CIAS), and four children.

Meike Williams ’86 (GAP) writes, “After a nonillustrious career in photography, with a minor in bartending to pay the bills . . . a new option was discovered in 2001. A few metalsmithing classes later, and a jewelry designer was born. I opened my first retail store in Los Angeles in 2004, and now represent 14 other designers as well, including fellow RIT alum Sharon Koweek ’89 (CIAS). Always a soft spot for RIT, call for a special discount on your purchase on the newly launched Web site,”


Laura (O’Neill) Arnold ’87 (CIAS) is a self-employed marketing consultant in northeast Wisconsin. “In the past year, I have pursued the opportunity to open my own home-based business specifi cally concentrating on design and advertising. Contact me at”

Anne (Olsen) Williams ’87 (COS) is a senior analyst/ developer at EchoStar Satellite LLC in Denver.

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Ariadna Rodriguez ’85, ’87 (SCB) has been appointed vice president of global branding and advertising for Bausch & Lomb, Rochester. Since joining the company in 1991, Rodriguez has held positions in marketing and fi nance, including serving as director of global marketing for the former Ray-Ban sunglasses division. Most recently, she served as director of advertising and communications for the U.S. Vision Care business.


Pennie Baxter ’88 (FAA) has been selected as art department chairperson at Chico (Calif.) High School. She also serves on Chico High School’s Research Committee and advises the Gay-Straight Alliance Club.

Eric Meyers ’88 (CAST) received an MBA degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia on June 14, 2008. He is currently the data protection manager for DuPont in Wilmington, Del.

Nam Nguyen ’88 (SCB) writes, “I am working for KeyPoint Credit Union as e-marketing manager in Santa Clara, Calif., and have been married more than 16 years to Beth (Griffo) Nguyen. We have two sons—Taylor (1996) and Ashton (2000). My wife is working for CommonWealth Central Credit Union as AVP Retail Sales. We have enjoyed living in the Silicon Valley with the nice weather.”


Louis Luba ’89 (COLA) completed a nine-month deployment to the Middle East with his Naval Coastal Warfare squadron, a composite Navy / Coast Guard unit. Luba is a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard and served as senior watch offi cer, assistant operations offi cer and task force liaison in charge of Coastal Warfare operations. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal and gold star for missions conducted during his deployment. He currently resides with his wife, Robin, and son L.J. in West Hartford, Conn.

Susan Svika Smith ’89 (COS) and Christopher Hartman were married on Nov. 11, 2007, in Geneva, N.Y. The wedding was attended by Susan’s children, Alyssa, 17, and Evan, 15; and Christopher’s son, Stephen, 19, and many friends and family. The couple currently reside in Rochester.


Robert Bresson ’88, ’90 (GAP) and Rick Lewandowski ’89 (CIAS) were reunited at the local skating rink in suburban Chicago. Bob’s son Ben and Rick’s son Zach, squared off three times last season in the North West Hockey League. Ben scored three goals in the fi rst two games and Zach shut down Ben in the third.

Sheila Levi SVP ’86, ’90 (NTID) is a payroll specialist at Aetna Insurance Co. in Plantation, Fla., and was recently featured in Aetna Company News. She has been with the company for 11 years and is their only deaf employee in the state.

Daniel Morris ’90 (SCB) recently earned his certifi ed fraud examiner license. He resides in Leesburg, Va.

Michael Winters ’90 (KGCOE) is an operations manager at Northpak American in Ingleside, Ill. Previously, Michael was a project engineer at ITWSignode.


Margaret (Grant) Bieger ’91 (FAA) writes, “After graduation I worked as a designer in newspaper advertising and did some freelance work for the company that owned Slinky (James Industries). This gave me the opportunity to work with Disney during the first Toy Story movie and to design packaging for other Slinky products. For the past eight years, I have been a designer at the woman’s fashion retailer, Dressbarn, in their corporate offices in Suffern, N.Y. I learned a lot about designing marketing materials and I have RIT to thank for part of my success. I currently live in a small town in Orange County, N.Y., with my husband of 14 years, Mike, and my two kids, Jason and Mackenzie.”

Katrin Eismann ’91 (GAP) has had an exciting 2008 as she released her fourth book, The Creative Digital Darkroom, traveled to Tasmania with the Adobe Lightroom Adventure, and celebrated the first graduating class Masters in Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


Sarah Feller ’92 (CAST) is a human resources/payroll director at North Las Vegas Care Center.

Carl Gross ’92 (COS) and Angela McHale were married Aug. 23, 2008, in Worthington, Pa. They went to Mexico for their honeymoon and currently reside in Valencia, Pa.

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Michael Hawthorne ’92 (CAST) received a Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffi c Organization Vice President’s Award for Excellence for leading the organization’s safety oversight audit project. He is an international program manager, serving as a liaison to the International Civil Aviation Organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations. ICAO audits the nations of the world for compliance with global aviation standards.

Paul Jeran’92 (KGCOE) and wife, Lisa, announce the birth of a son, Spencer Austin, on July 15, 2008, in Boise, Idaho. Dad is already talking to him about Mini Baja and Formula cars!

Susan Quinn ’92 (COLA) writes, “In May 2008, I completed my M.S. in advanced practice nursing from St. John Fisher College. Currently, I’m practicing as a family nurse practitioner in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I’m also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and plan to sit for national board certifi cation as a F.N.P. this fall. Other news: I will celebrate my 10th year of marriage to Anthony, a senior software engineer. We have three children Audrey, 8; Aidan, 6; and Colin, 2.”

David Solon ’92 (GAP) is the instructional technology coordinator at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 in Lancaster, Pa. Previously, he was assistant manager of computer services at Conestoga Valley School District. “I now get to work with 22 public school districts in the area of instructional technology instead of just one district. I’m also producing an instructional technology podcast at Come and have a listen!”

Joshua Sticht ’91, ’92 (FAA) attended the 234th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico Virginia this year. The 10-week program for police executives has been held at the FBI Academy since 1935.

Christine Tisa ’92 (CIAS) enjoyed a fi ve-week stay in Mexico to study painting and Spanish in San Miguel de Allende. Visit her Web site, www.tisagallery. com, to see new work.

Kathi Willoughby ’92 (COLA) and Brian Vokes were married June 16, 2007, in Alexandria, Va. They currently reside in Clarksville, Tenn.


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Joseph Brennan ’93 (FAA) writes, “I am blessed and thankful to be alive and ‘designing’ well. My true calling and passions have driven me through a colorful life to fi nally reach this point where I can say, as the owner and operator of Brennan Designs, that being unique helps. Please visit my Web site at and please let me know what you think. This is just the beginning!”

Scott Cash ’93 (SCB) is the business integration manager at Sears Holdings Corp. in Hoff man Estates. Cash previously was employed at Freddie Mac as a development manager. He is responsible for business operations projects related to all Sears Holdings commercial Web sites, including,, and

John Devaney ’93 (COLA) writes, “I just completed my second master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The fi rst was in criminal justice, and this second one is in public administration.”

Robert Harner ’93 (CAST) is a partner in an $11 million consulting engineering firm and obtained his PE licenses as well as the national CPESC certification (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control). Harner speaks to high school and college students each year about a career in civil engineering or a day in the life of a civil engineer.

Stephen Johnston ’93 (COS) is senior production manager at SmartDrive in San Diego, Calif. “My wife Lauren O’Connell ’93 (CIAS) and I moved to San Diego in February to enjoy the sunshine and new job. We’re recovering from sunlight defi ciency after seven years in Britain, where I helped build a start-up semiconductor company and received my Executive MBA from London Business School. Look us up if you’re in San Diego and want to grab a pint.”

John Lawrence ’93 (CAST) is senior partner with JJ Real Estate Service LP and My Castle REO LP in Houston, Texas. Both companies deal with the increasing demand of foreclosure management in Texas. John and wife, Maryjane, live with their two sons, John and Jared, in Spring, Texas, outside Houston.

Jason VanDewark ’93 (KGCOE) was promoted to software new product manager from logistics project manager at IBM in Charlotte, N.C.


Eric Leaver ’94 (KGCOE) and wife, Heather, announce the birth of a daughter, Sienna Rose, on July 29, 2008, in Huntington, N.Y. They report that everyone is doing just fine.

Nancy Weigle ’92 (GAP), ’94 (CIAS) and husband, David, announce the adoption of a son, Noah David, born on May 9, 2008. Nancy was there for Noah’s birth and brought him home on Mother’s Day. The adoption was fi nalized on Aug. 5, 2008.


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Christopher Bearup ’93 (COS), ’95 (CAST) works in an intensive English language program that assists international students trying to improve their English skills to get accepted into an American college or university.

Olga (Economos) Grant ’95 (CIAS) and husband, David, announce the birth of a daughter, Christine Maria, Dec. 23, 2005. Olga is branch director at American Red Cross of Northern New York, Potsdam. Previously, she was a sales associate at NepWest Enterprises.

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Jason Klinger ’95 (SCB), left, support director - Rochester, M5 Networks Inc., celebrated the opening of the company’s Rochester office on June 23, 2008, with Mayor Robert Duffy ’93 (CAST), and Brent S. Barbara, director of service and support, M5 Networks. M5 Networks is a leading VoIP provider. The company chose Rochester for its high tech talent pool and growth opportunities.

Matthew Snyder ’95 (COS) is the fire chief for the City of Canandaigua, N.Y. He lives in Canandaigua with his wife, Gillian, and three children: Hope, Gage, and Brant.


Courtney Aquilina ’96 (CIAS) is the user experience manager at Nokia in Burlington, Mass. In this role, she ensures optimized user experience for the company by liaising with respective teams in Device Experiences, Nokia Design, Nokia S60, Maemo and Series40 platform design and S&S Connect, Communicate & Collaborate service line.

Frank Casilio ’96, ’98 (KGCOE) recently transferred from an AMD site in Austin, Texas to an AMD site in Toronto.

Scott Christman ’96 (KGCOE) and wife, Megan, announce the birth of a son, Cooper James, on May 12, 2008, in Syracuse, N.Y. Cooper joins sister Abigail, 7, and brothers Calvin, 5, and Cole, 2. Scott was recently promoted to program manager, advanced manufacturing planning, at Magna Powertrain - New Process Gear Division in Syracuse.

Brian Ickes ’96 (CAST) and Alison (King) Ickes ’96 (KGCOE) announce the birth of a son, Jesse Matthew, on Jan. 16, 2008, in Harrisburg, Pa.


Parastoo Farzad ’97 (CIAS) and Raymond Lykins were married on May 17, 2008, in Birmingham, Ala. They had two ceremonies—a Christian church ceremony and a traditional Persian ceremony. They honeymooned in St. Barth, French West Indies. They reside in Birmingham, Ala.


Norsafriman Abd Rahman ’98 (SCB) received an MBA in international hospitality management from IMI Luzern, Switzerland, on June 18, 2008.

Gumersindo Claveria ’98 (CAST) is the senior quality control specialist at New York City Transit. He previously was employed at Telephonics Corp. as a quality engineer.

John Flannery ’98 (SCB) and Kristine (Bush) Flannery ’96 (COLA) announce the birth of twin daughters on Dec. 20, 2007, in Rochester. They report that Mom and babies are doing well.

Robin Fogerty ’98 (CAST) is Web developer and project manager at IBM in Andover, Mass. She previously was employed at Telelogic.

Mark Mooney ’98 (KGCOE) is the junior program coordinator for the Grand National Curling Club. The responsibilities for this position include training and coordinating junior programs (including college curling) in the Northeastern U.S. with the ultimate goal of producing an Olympic champion.

Melissa Rachinsky ’95, ’98 (SCB) and husband, Robert, announce the birth of a son, Reed Emerson, born on Feb. 8, 2008, in Stamford, Conn. Mom and Dad report that they are having a ball with Reed as they get settled in their new home in Ridgefi eld, Conn.


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Kara Calandrelli ’99 (CIAS) moved from Western New York to Las Vegas about two years ago. She writes, “Antoine and I have been together about seven years now. I am currently a candidate for my MFA in photography from AAU.”

Alexandrine De Bianchi ’99 (COLA) is the director of Federal Government Relations at the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, D.C. Alexandrine previously was the senior legislative assistant at the offi ce of Representative Hank Johnson.

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Daniel Lane ’99 (CIAS) and Jenna Ward were married on Oct. 1, 2006, at the Audubon Naturalist Society Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Md. They reside in Washington, D.C.

Paul Wiernicki ’99 (COS) writes, “My wife, Karina, and I had our first child in June of 2006. He is now two and is the coolest boy a parent could ask for! Our newest addition to the family arrived April of ’08. Her name, Mila Nayeli Wiernicki, means ‘My Love’ ‘I Love You.’ She is always showing off her gummy smile. My wife and I have been together for seven years now, and we made it official in the fall of ’06. We purchased a waterfront home that year.”


Jessica (Gugino) Connolly ’00 (SCB) and husband, Justin, announce the birth of a daughter, Carthan Bonney, on Feb. 28, 2008. Jessica has since retired from ESPN and is working as a SAHM (stay at home mom) in Stamford, Conn.

Jennifer (Day-Baker) Hunt ’00 (CIAS) and Benjamin Hunt ’00 (CAST) announce the birth of a daughter, Marley Jane, on Feb. 15, 2008, in Syracuse, N.Y.

Michael Kern ’00 (CIAS) has founded an interactive agency, Welikesmall, picking up clients that include Quiksilver, Warrior, and Hyundai. Kern recently was employed at Struck Creative as interactive design director where he was most recognized for the Philips Bodygroom “shaveeverywhere” viral campaign and the Alltel Wireless mancave campaign. He continues to reside in Salt Lake City with his wife, Adriann, and their daughter, Gwendolyn.

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Edward Shanshala ’85, ’87 (COS), ’00 (CAST) has been named executive director of the Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS). Ed has been the agency’s chief operating officer since 2005.

Jamie (Marciniak) Waller ’00 (SCB) and Brandon Waller ’99 (CAST) announce the birth of a daughter, Rachel Joan Waller, on May 27, 2008, in Raleigh, N.C. Rachael is their first child.

Brian Weston ’00 (CAST) received his M.S. in engineering management from Syracuse University on May 12, 2008. Weston is senior manufacturing engineer at Lockheed Martin in Syracuse. He previously worked at BorgWarner Morse TEC.


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Michael Attebery ’01 (CIAS) writes, “My horror novel On/Off - A Jekyll & Hyde Story was released Nov. 4. Its setting is RIT. For more information or to order copies, check out”

Katherine (Fennessey) Blair ’01 (CAST) and Campbell Blair announce the birth of a son, James Patrick, on Feb. 6, 2008, in Anchorage, Alaska. They write, “Everyone is doing great and very excited to add another hockey player to the family.”

Jennifer (Paine) Bushnell ’01, ’05 (COS) and Daniel Bushnell ’01 (COS) announce the birth of a son, Ronald Jon “R.J.”, Aug. 15, 2008, in Cincinnati.

Andrew Callahan ’01 (SCB) and wife, Beth, announce the birth of a daughter, Ashlyn Marie Callahan, Jan. 19, 2008, in Denver. Ashlyn joins her 18-month-old brother, Gavin.

Paul Ehlke SVP ’93, ’97 (CIAS), ’01 (CAST) has been a visual information specialist for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Va., since November 2007.

Jennifer Hunt ’01 (CIAS) and husband, David, announce the birth of a daughter, Kaia Marie, born on Feb. 17, 2008, in Syracuse.

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Joseph Iacovissi ’01 (SCB) and Melanie Joan LaVassaur were married Sept. 29, 2007. The couple honeymooned at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla., and enjoyed a cruise to the Bahamas. They now reside in Rome, N.Y. Melanie, a graduate of Onondaga County (N.Y.) Community College, is a pharmacy technician at Oneida Correctional Facility, Rome. Joseph is the software quality assurance manager at ITT Corporation, Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division, Rome, N.Y.

Mary Johnstone ’01 (CIAS) is an associate professor of art at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

John Lagonigro ’01 (CAST) and Antoinette Huelsmann were married July 12, 2008, in Ocean Isle, N.C. They reside in Raleigh, N.C. The couple were married on the beach with a small group of family and friends. The couple reports that their two pet boxers, Makenzie and Barney, are happy to be part of the family.

Nicolas Rubio ’99, ’01 (SCB) is a business development manager - LATAM Export Hub at REVLON Overseas Corporation C.A. in Caracas, Venezuela. Rubio was a business development manager at Alimentos Heinz C.A. in the Caribbean. “In Fall of 2007, a new career opportunity arose. On my new job, I am responsible for the Revlon business in the Andean Community (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia), Panama, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. This is an exciting time in which I have had the chance to travel around the region and meet new people.”


Briana Robbiano Collier ’02 (CIAS) and Karl Collier ’00 (CIAS) announce the birth of a daughter, Annabelle Sophia, on Jan. 25, 2008.

John Gonzalez ’02 (GCCIS) and wife, Lisa, announce the birth of a daughter, Audrey Leah, on Aug. 12, 2008, in Syracuse, N.Y.

Paul Kieper ’02 (GCCIS) is a senior systems engineer at Edelman in New York City.

Shain Naugle ’02 (KGCOE) and wife, Carrie, announce the birth of a son, Cole Thomas, on Jan. 15, 2008, in Elyria, Ohio.

Amy Shelton ’02 (KGCOE) writes, “I have earned tenure at Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, N.J., as assistant professor of mathematics with additional duties as math facilitator/coordinator. Thank you Applied Statistics Faculty and RIT for helping me reach my career goals!”

Michael Swete ’02 (CAST) brought home the gold in golf at the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Transplant Games aim is to unite individuals awaiting transplants with individuals who have received transplants, donors, and families of donors. After his cadaver liver transplant in 1995, Swete attended RIT and graduated in 2002. He now works as an engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation and Design.

Caroline Vollertsen ’02 (SCB) and husband, Jaysen, announce the birth of a son, Ryan Charles, on April 27, 2008, in Rochester.


Mark Higgins ’03 (SCB) and wife, Lynn, announce the birth of their third child, June Kathryn, July 11, 2008, in Rochester. Her brothers, Luke (4) and Owen (3) are happy to have their sister home in Fairport N.Y.

Leslie Saunders ’03 (CIAS) and Michael Simmons ’03 (SCB) were married May 23, 2008, in Woodbury, N.Y. They currently reside in Long Island, N.Y. Nikki Mahany ’06 (CAST), Jonathan Kossar ’03 (SCB), and Eric Rinella ’06 (GCCIS) were part of their bridal party. The newlyweds honeymooned in Bora Bora. Leslie was recently promoted to photo editor of Penthouse Magazine in New York City.

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Dominic Vera SVP ’99, ’03 (NTID) received the Harvey J. Bullock Jr. Award for Equal Opportunity Achievement at National Institutes of Health, given in recognition of exemplary eff orts to raise disability awareness in the Offi ce of Acquisition and Logistics Management. The award was presented July 21, 2008.

Joshua Zatulove ’03 (GCCIS) is lead systems developer at Third Avenue Management in New York City.

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Stephen Baden ’04 (CIAS) is the director of photography and graphic services at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He provides photographic services for internal advertising, annual reports and editorials. He also provides digital archiving, color management and scanning for the university’s archives, as well as city museums, libraries, and history centers.

Gary Clarke ’97 (CAST), ’04 (GCCIS) was recently accepted into the Executive MBA program at New York University.

Melissa Keith ’04 (CIAS) writes, “Melissa Dawn Keith Photography has just completed shooting a National Holiday Ad Campaign for Frito-Lay!”

Keith Le Claire ’04 (GCCIS) was promoted to technical operations manager at World Discount Telecommunications in Garden City, N.Y.

David Lickstein ’04 (CIAS) is a senior package engineer of face care products at Unilever Personal Care R&D in Shanghai, China. He was previously employed at Unilever Thailand.

Silvia Lopez ’04 (COLA) has begun a Master of Science program in rehabilitation counseling from University of North Texas through the Consortium for Distance Education in Rehabilitation program (CDER). She expects to graduate in 2010.

David McKnight ’04 (GCCIS) is security and privacy manager at Crowe Chizek and Company in Chicago.

Kevin Ptak ’04 (COLA) is an account executive at Porter Novelli Public Relations in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jason Selleck ’04 (COLA) is an Air Force intelligence officer in Virginia.

Michael Smith ’04 (SCB) and wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of a son, Aidan Michael, on March 28, 2008. Michael is the consumer market manager at Bank of America in Syracuse, N.Y.

Scott Streiker ’04 (CIAS) was recently promoted from director to associate research electron microscopist of Nanoscale Engineering Science and Technology (NEST) Laboratory at University of Dayton Research Institute.

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Roman Yampolskiy ’04 (GCCIS) is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville (Ky.).


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Emma Hollander ’05 (CAST) and David Ashley ’04 (CAST) were married Aug. 21, 2008, in Costa Rica. They currently reside in Bronx, N.Y. Emma works as a packaging engineer for Unilever Foods supporting ice cream. David is a mechanical design engineer for MTA (NYC Transit).

Patrick Rice ’05 (CIAS) and Alison Miller were married on June 20, 2008, in Canandaigua, N.Y. The couple resides in Baltimore, Md. Patrick is employed as a merchandising coordinator for Under Armour Inc. and Alison is a fourth grade teacher in the Baltimore City Schools. Alumni attending included: Mary (Titus) Bayer ’05 (CIAS); Kari Iverson ’05 (CIAS); Sara Lin ’05 (CIAS); Jamie Clark ’05 (CIAS); Bill Simpson ’06 (CIAS); and the bride’s father, William Miller ’67 (KGCOE).

Michael Savage ’05 (SCB) and Paige (Foster) Savage ’05 (SCB) announce the birth of a daughter, Sienna Jane Savage, Feb. 16, 2008, in Rochester.

Allison Studley ’05 (KGCOE) has started graduate school at Virginia Tech and will be pursuing a master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Emily Schnee ’05 (COLA) and husband, Chadwick, announce the birth of a son, Hunter Dale Schnee, on July 22, 2008. They reside in Pittsburgh where Emily is a nurse at UPMC Shadyside and Chadwick is a third-year law student at the University of Pittsburgh. Emily earned a B.S. in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from RIT.

Kayla Zerby ’05 (COLA) is an account executive at Idea Hall, an Orange County, Calif.-based integrated public relations and marketing agency. Kayla is responsible for the management and execution of public relations, advertising and marketing strategies for consumer and business-to-business clients.


Mayank Agrawal ’06 (KGCOE) finished his master’s coursework last winter from Dartmouth College and joined L.E.K. Consulting, a Boston management consulting fi rm providing services to Fortune 500 companies in fi nancial services, aviation and healthcare sectors.

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Amy Ares ’06 (COS) and Herman Lee ’06 (SCB) were married on March 1, 2008, in Alameda, Calif. They reside in San Francisco, Calif.

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Michelle Blondin ’06 (SCB) is marketing manager of new business initiatives at IDC in Boston.

Sarah Friedlander ’06 (CIAS) and Ryan Doherty ’05 (GCCIS) were married on July 27, 2008, in Centerport, N.Y. In their wedding party were Randy (Brock) Boland ’05 (GCCIS) and Lindsay Lamb ’06 (CIAS). The wedding was also attended by Adam Zielinski ’06 (GCCIS), Cheston Lee ’08 (GCCIS) and Daniel Lee ’04 (COLA). The couple spent their honeymoon in Nassau, Bahamas. They reside in Campbell, Calif.

Andrew Harrer ’06 (CIAS) is a staff photographer at Bloomberg News in New York City following an internship. Andrew covers local assignments from business news, general news, to sports and travels to Central and South America on assignment.

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Michelle Johnston SVP ’04, (COLA), ’06 (NTID) and George Woodruff ’04 (KGCOE) were married July 14, 2007, in Chicago, where they reside.

Margaret Romanowski ’06 (SCB) is marketing coordinator at VASCO Data Security Inc. in Westborough, Mass. Margaret previously was employed at Psyche Systems Corp. as associate marketing director. She is working on the portfolio that is required to complete the Trade Show Marketing Certification (CTSM).

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Bridget Sweetin ’06 (CIAS) designed the book cover for Unheeded Warnings: The Lost Reports of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare Volume 1: Islamic Terrorism and the West. The book is published by Crossbow Publishing and is available for purchase at


Amir Figueroa ’07 (CAST) is a clinical research technician at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York City.

Marie Krysak ’07 (COS) is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Cornell University and was invited to do research at Kyoto (Japan) University this fall.

Erin Mc Fadden ’07 (CIAS) is working at Canfield & Tack Inc. and also as a Lia Sophia jewelry adviser. She is the vice president of programming for the ZTA Rochester Alumnae Chapter and is actively involved with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.


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Timothy Maiura ’08 (CIAS) a former LGA intern, specializes in Web design, Flash development and animation. Maiura’s client experience includes Curtiss-Wright Controls, Parfums de Coeur, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife and Morehead Properties. In addition, Maiura has been a semifi nalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Pamala Plumadore ’08 (SCB), who works as an assistant Internet marketing specialist at Innovative Solutions in Rochester, writes, “On July 8th, 2008, Innovative Solutions hosted the Microsoft Across America truck at our event, On The Go 2008. The event featured mobile technology solutions for smallmedium businesses and vendors such as Verizon, Lenovo, and PAETEC.”

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Kevin Turko ’08 (GCCIS) began thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail just after graduation in May and completed the 2,175 mile hike in September. This photo was taken on Bald Mountain in Maine near the end of his trek. Kevin designed a Web site and maintained it from his Blackberry while on the trail. He plans to keep the site active for the next few years. Visit it at