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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
CLA 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”


Anthony Corsi ’49 (GAP)

Anthony Corsi ’49 (GAP) writes, “Well, I’m 88 years old now, retired and living in Buffalo. My wife and I used to travel a lot, but now I spend my time in the garden, chasing rabbits and squirrels; the squirrels outsmart me every time! If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!”


James Forney ’53 (GAP) is editor of Circumbites, an electronic newsletter of the Circumnavigators Club International, now nearly 110 years old. Past members include John Phillip Sousa, Harry Houdini, Admiral Perry, General McArthur, Walter Cronkite and many other notables. In early February, a small group of circumnavigators went to Cuba on a humanitarian mission to deliver medical supplies to a charity that ministers to the elderly and provides free meals to others in need.


Jesse Maffuid ’55 (KGCOE) lives in Cambridge, Md., following his retirement as director of international marketing for the National Machine Tool Builders Association. Promoting American machine tools took Jesse to 37 countries as well as the first American trade mission ever allowed in China during the era of President Nixon. During retirement, Jesse became friends with Allan Shepard ’61, ’62 (CIAS) who is a member of the RIT Hockey Team Hall of Fame. The two meet each Wednesday morning for a mini alumni meeting over coffee.


Brian Shapiro ’62 (FAA)

Brian Shapiro ’62 (FAA) an internationally exhibited artist, taught a self-portrait workshop in Pine Bush, N.Y. Persons of all levels of experience participated.


Bernard Bernstein ’63 (FAA) was honored as a recipient of the American Craft Council’s 2009 Aileen Osborn Webb Award. As a metalsmith in New York City for 50 years, he has devoted himself to the design and execution of Jewish ceremonial objects. In 1996, Bernard’s Silver Torah Crown (his thesis while a student at RIT) was put on display at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Joanne McGunagle-Purkis ’66 (FAA) writes, “I am building a portfolio of 3-D sculptural felt pieces inspired by underwater photography I have taken while snorkeling near Cozumel, Mexico. The work features sea fans, coral, turban shells (needle weaving). I also have needle weavings inspired by rock formations seen while traveling to Glenelg, South Australia.”


David Rosenthal ’68 (GAP) was presented an award for teaching excellence by Robert A. Lapiner, Dean, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where David is a member of the advisory board. He is one of three GOP candidates seeking a seat on the seven-member Freeholder Board for Middlesex County, N.J.


Gerald Kleiman ’70 (GAP) writes, “I have recently finished writing and publishing a novel, Hidden Claws, a political satire about a period in time when cats can talk and the responses of people to their thoughts and needs. If you have any interest in finding out more, please visit my website at or get in touch with me directly at”


Nancy Jagielski Bazzell ’73 (NTID) is a high school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She teaches deaf awareness to pre-med students for the UCLA Public Health department. Nancy has two children.

Toby Thompson ’73 (FAA) exhibited his works at a solo painting and print show at Frary Gallery, Sarasota, Fla., in spring 2010.


Richard Wegman ’75 (CAST) earned his master’s level certification in systems engineering from George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science, in March 2010. Richard is a chief systems engineer for SAIC (Science Applications International Corp). He is currently assigned to NASA programs at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.


Robert R. Chandler ’76 (FAA) has written, edited and self-published two Print-On-Demand books through His first book, Minus the Imple, is a “fictionalized memoir” that includes some of his RIT and Rochester experiences. His newest novel is a work of fiction (a survival adventure with metaphysical elements) called I Miss Your Purple Hair. Both books can be purchased though or most major retail booksellers. The Barnes & Noble at RIT (in Park Point, on the RIT campus) also stocks both books on its “RIT Authors” shelves.

Charles Cordaro ’76 (CAST) writes “Thanks to networking efforts, I recently accepted a position at Blue Tie as a sales representative. Blue Tie provides secured IT services for companies with confidential information (medical facilities would be an example). Any networking help in this new opportunity would be greatly appreciated. In other news, I recently joined the Rochester Professional Consultants Network. Conversations with people about MS Office have led me to consider teaching users how to apply database techniques to Excel.”

Peter Nielsen ’76 (CAST), ’90 (SCB) has been named a practice leader for Stantec’s Environmental Management Practice in the Tri-State region, which includes New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.


Richard Malone ’77 (GAP) was elected by the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Board of Managers as its new president and chief executive officer.

Gregory Morden SVP ’73, ’77 (SCB) is the proud father of alumna Tynelle Stewart ’00 (CAST), ’04 (COLA), who is director of Study Abroad & Fellowships Academic Enhancement Programs within the Department of Academic Affairs at RIT.


Gregory Hitchin ’78 (GAP) is director of economic development for the City of Waynesboro, Va. Gregory recently was employed at Onondaga County as business development manager. “I’m looking forward to new opportunities and exciting possibilities in my new position.”


Sharon Applegate SVP ’76, ’79 (NTID) received the Distinguished Alumna Award for NTID on April 9, 2010. She has been the executive director of DEAF Inc., Boston, since 2003 and has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit agencies serving people who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing.

Lynn Benjamin Vandeviver SVP ’74, ’79 (NTID) spent Christmas 2009 visiting her sister and a few feathered friends in Hawaii.


Garrett Traver ’82 (SCB) has been promoted from retail account sales manager to eastern canned vegetable specialist at Allens Inc., the largest privately held vegetable company in the nation. Before joining the Allens team, Traver worked as the northeast region sales manager for Dole Food Co. Inc. In that position, Traver managed Dole Fresh-Cut Salads sales in the northeast region. In Traver’s new position, he will be responsible for managing canned vegetable sales for the eastern U.S.

Carolyn Auerbach Weiner ’82 (GAP) writes, “Hello all from beautiful Costa Rica! I am in the beginning phases of going into business with two other people here.”


John Letteney ’83 (CLA) is chief of police for the Southern Pines (N.C.) Police Department. He was recently elected to the board of directors for the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police and was appointed as the North Carolina representative to the SACOP Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In this role, he represented North Carolina law enforcement agencies at the IACP sponsored “2010 Day on the Hill” as he met with congressional representatives from North Carolina to discuss critical issues facing law enforcement and public safety.

Don Twietmeyer ’83 (SCB) was named a partner in the firm of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP. Twietmeyer is a resident of Fairport, N.Y., and practices out of the firm’s Rochester office Twietmeyer is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Miami School of Law (LLM). Twietmeyer joined the firm in February 1998 and previously worked in other law firms as well as in the tax department of a certified public accounting firm.


Martha Dimeo’84 (GAP) has won the grand prize in the Layers Magazine, Adobe-sponsored Photoshop contest titled “How Photoshop Saved The Day.” Martha saved the day with retouching and tonal correction work done for the cover of this national magazine. Read the full story at See more of Martha’s retouching and color correction work at

Bradley Fluke ’84 (KGCOE) is a design engineer at Litton and part of a team that designed a radically new style of 2.5-GHz board-to-board connectors. More than $1 million in tooling had been built in anticipation of their success. “This is the first product we’ve designed in cyberspace using 3-D CAD.”

Carol Brezinski Hankin ’84 (SCB) is an esthetician at Carol Hankin Skin Care in Pittsford, N.Y. “I am proud to announce the opening of my own skin care practice for facials and waxing at SeriouSkin. Visit us on the Web at”

Catherine Jett ’84 (GAP) was elected to the Mountain Village (Colo.) Town Council in June 2009. She is the second woman in the town’s history to hold a council seat.


Michael Graziano SVP ’79, ’82 (NTID), ’85 (CAST) is the recipient of the first annual Chesapeake Bay area Combined Federal Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award. Having served as a volunteer since 2006 and increasing dollars raised for CFC charities, a record-breaking campaign was set out. Michael partnered with loaned executives and advocated for the use of online giving. He also collaborated with other coordinators from across the Chesapeake Bay area. From these cross-agency collaborations, he incorporated new special event ideas including an online auction and a charity fair. He was so dedicated to ensuring his campaign’s success, he stepped forward to donate his very own autographed Cal Ripken jersey to be auctioned off.

Glenn Jackling ’85 (KGCOE), ’90 (CCE) has joined NextPoint LLC as partner and will oversee the Rochester office. Jackling is a highly accomplished executive with 25 years of experience serving as chief executive officer, owner and consultant.


Michael Kane SVP ’83, ’88 (SCB) and Erin Kane announce the adoption of their second daughter, Julia Fu Zi Josephine, from China, on Feb. 22, 2010. She joins older sister Emma Ya Qin Marianne, 6 years old. Mike is a faculty member in the Business Studies Department at NTID. He earned a second graduate degree from NTID, a masterof science of secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, in May, 2010. Erin is an assistant director for NTID Enrollment Management.

Doreen Djavaheri Keville ’86, ’88 (SCB) is assistant vice president of merchandise operations for T.J. Maxx and Marshalls at corporate headquarters in Framingham, Mass.

Edithe Drewery-Brown ’89 (CCE) received a Ph.D. in business/organizational management/information technology management from Capella University, Minn., on Feb. 19, 2010.


William Bowers ’90 (COS) along with wife, Theresa, and daughter, Olivia, announce the birth of a son, Max William Theodore Bowers, on Nov. 3, 2009, in Rochester’s Highland Hospital.


David Good SVP ’87, ’91 (NTID) is a mental health technician at the National Deaf Academy. You can view his blog at

Rita Straubhaar SVP ’86, ’91 (GAP) was promoted from instructor to assistant professor and will receive tenure at Monroe Community College, Rochester, effective fall 2010.


Michael Hawthorne ’92 (CAST) and Kirstin Hawthorne announce the birth of a son, Kyle Joseph, on Dec. 1, 2009, in Fair Oaks, Va. Kyle’s older brothers, Owen (age 6) and Derek (age 2), are very excited and are looking forward to playing hockey with him soon!

Michael Naud ’92 (SCB) was recently promoted to vice president of information systems from director of information systems at Spyglass Entertainment Holdings in Los Angeles, Calif.

James Perkins ’92 (FAA) was recently promoted to full professor in the RIT’s Medical Illustration program.


Joseph Brennan ’93 (FAA) writes, “I had the pleasure of meeting famous jazz musician ‘Toots’ Thielemans.” Brennan is a designer/musician/artist and operates Brennan Designs.

Matthew Larkin ’93 (CLA) is an attorney and partner in the firm Hiscock & Barclay LLP. He focuses his practice on complex tort, products liability and professional malpractice litigation and has extensive jury trial experience.

Beth Toly-Hughes ’93 (GAP) and Roald Hughes ’93 (CIAS) announce the birth of a daughter, Bella RaeLin Hughes, on May 12, 2009, in Rochester. Bella joins brothers Aidan (age 9), Jack (age 7) and Dylan (age 5). “She is an amazing addition to our crazy family!”


Patricia Synakowski Lanter ’94 (SCB) and Jared Lanter ’94 (SCB) announce the birth of a son, Evan Michael, on Sept. 11, 2009, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Evan’s big brothers Alex (age 7) and Nathaniel (age 3) love playing with him and will teach him to play XBOX as soon as he can hold the controller, say Mom and Dad.

Kenneth Way ’94 (KGCOE) has been appointed vice president of World Wide Sales for Tilera, a San Jose provider of multi-core processors for networking, wireless, multimedia infrastructure and cloud computing applications. Ken joined Tilera early last year as the vice president of America’s Sales and before that was the director of Europe and Global Accounts for Cavium Networks.


Lisa Bork ’95 (SCB) writes, “My second novel, For Richer, For Danger: a Broken Vows mystery (the sequel to For Better, For Murder, a 2009 Agatha Award Finalist for Best First Novel), will be published by Midnight Ink in September 2010. For more information, please visit”

Michael Monin ’95 (CAST) accepted a position at Flextronics located in Irving, Texas, as senior IT manager for global application development. Flextronics, an electronics manufacturing services company, employs 225,000 people worldwide. Michael previously was employed at Texas Instruments Inc. as senior IT manager. He started his career after he was recruited from RIT at graduation by Texas Instruments Inc. in 1995 as software automation engineer. Mike has 12 years in the semiconductor manufacturing industry and global roles ranging from software engineering management, infrastructure management and global applications management.


Dennis McGee ’96 (CAST) and Christine Arzt-McGee announce the birth of a son, Ryan Edward Arzt-McGee, on June 3, 2009, in Overland Park, Kan. “He is everything a parent could ever want and more,” writes Dennis. “We enjoy every minute with him.”


Sara Beth Weiner SVP ’93, ’97 (CLA) and Corky Collier were married on July 5, 2009, at a vineyard in Hillsboro, Ore. Both of Sara Beth’s attendants were RIT alumnae, Leah Canale Coyle ’97, ’98 (CIAS) and Lindsay Buchko ’03, ’05 (KGCOE). Sara Beth is employed by the Women Disabilities Health Equity Coalition at Oregon Health and Science University as a project coordinator. Corky is the executive director of Columbia Corridor Association, an environment-business partnership in Portland. Following a honeymoon in Iceland, they are living in Portland, Ore.

Scott Vacula ’97 (CAST) and Abby Heilbron were married on Aug. 8, 2009. The ceremony took place at sunset on the beach in Solana Beach, Calif. They currently reside in San Diego and Scott became a licensed professional engineer in the State of California in January 2008.


Jeffrey Bauer ’98 (CLA) and JoAnn Bauer announce the birth of a daughter, Nora Josephine, on Feb. 20, 2010, in Stafford, Va. Mom and big brother, Victor, are doing great, they report.

Sarah Brownell ’98 (KGCOE) is a live-in volunteer at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, a Catholic Worker House in Rochester, where she helps provide meals, housing, discussion groups, advocacy and spiritual support for those in need. Sarah received a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1998, she has been working on water treatment, solar power and ecological sanitation projects with the organization Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa in Borgne, Haiti. Sarah helped found the Sant Teknoloji Brase Lide Brainstorming Technology Center in Borgne in 2003. She has also been an active member of the Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) group at UC Berkeley, helped start an ESW class for undergraduates, and has encouraged and supported engineering students volunteering in Haiti.

Victor Diodato ’98 (CLA) is director of campus life at Albany (N.Y.) College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mark previously was employed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as assistant dean, Residence Life. “Hello! I had been at RPI for about five years and interviewed for the position at ACPHS as a step up,” he writes. “In the new position, I supervise both the Residence Life and Student Activities programs at ACPHS.”

Eric Neumann ’98 (CIAS) has been appointed vice president of education for the Board of Directors of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA).


Paul Kurrasch ’99 (CAST) was promoted to senior manager of Pinnacle Professional Services for PAETEC in Rochester.

Jennifer Neary ’99 (CAST) and husband, Pete Neary, announce the birth of their daughter, Lola Grace, born on March 25, 2010, in Grapevine, Texas.


Jessica Berlin ’01, ’00 (CIAS) and Russ Lichterman announce the birth of a daughter, Elia Felicia Lichterman, on Dec. 29, 2009, in Philadelphia.

Lawrence Olivia ’00 (CAST) and Nicole Olivia announce the birth of a son, Brennan Patrick, on Oct. 13, 2009, in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. Larry and Nicole would also like to announce that they were married on Dec. 5, 2009. All are doing well and enjoying their new family.


Jennifer Bushnell ’01 (COS) and Daniel Bushnell ’01 (COS) announce the birth of a son, William Charles, on Jan. 27, 2010, in Pittsburgh. William was born a month early but was a healthy and hearty size. He was discharged with his mom and all are doing well. Big brother R.J. and he are already best buddies, report Jennifer and Dan.

Stacie Darbey ’01 (CAST) and Dan Darbey ’00 (CAST), ’01 (CIAS) announce the birth of a son, Jackson Edward, on Oct. 21, 2010, in Rochester.

Mary Jacob ’01 (KGCOE) and Brian Jacob ’01 (KGCOE) announce the birth of a son, Kyle Thomas, on Sept. 23, 2009, in Manassas, Va. Older sister Kaylin turned 4 on April 5.

Nikhil Shah ’01 (CAST) is employed by Cardinal Health as manager, Order Flow, Medical Segment. Previously, Nikhil was employed at Cardinal Health as an IT manager, where he managed multi-million-dollar programs. Nikhil states “I manage order channel for the medical business segment. It is a very fast paced environment with 24/7/365 operations with our team based out of U.S. and India. Primary responsibilities include managing order flow from existing customers while making improvements to our capability to acquire new business.”


Chad Holliday ’02 (CIAS) is head of the 3-D Arts, Sculpture, Glass and Ceramics Department at West Texas A&M. He is currently developing a cold shop at the university based upon equipment and techniques learned during his Fulbright experience in the Czech Republic at the historic first glass school in the world. Read his blog about his Fulbright research,

Erin Skuce Landers ’02 (SCB) and Aaron Landers ’02 (CLA), who were married June 14, 2008, announce the birth of a son, Seamus Keegan Skuce, on Aug. 16, 2009, in Syracuse.

Beth Levine ’02 (GCCIS) and Martin Skolnick were married March 20, 2010, in Piermont, N.Y., at The View on the Hudson. They currently reside in Hoboken, N.J. The wedding took place on one of the warmest Saturdays in March, close to 75 degrees. Guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the Hudson River as the ceremony took place. Alumnus and current student Neftali Ojeda ’03 (CIAS) attended with his wife, Alexa Arellano.

Ketan Shah ’02 (GCCIS) and Purvi Shah announce the birth of a son, Aadi, on Jan. 1, 2010, in Cary, N.C.


Kristen Hanna ’03 (CLA) and Jason Hanna announce the birth of their son, Jason Patrick Hanna Jr., on May 20, 2009, in Rochester. The Hanna family resides in Irondequoit, N.Y., and both Kristen and Jason love being parents.

Leslie Simmons ’03 (CIAS) and Michael Simmons ’02 (KGCOE), ’03 (SCB) announce the birth of a daughter, Taylor Olivia, on Nov. 2, 2009, in West Islip, N.Y.

Wanda Strychalski ’03 (COS) received a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug.10, 2009. The topic of her dissertation was mathematical biology.

Amber Szymanski ’03 (SCB) and Kevin Powell announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Isabella, on March 19, 2010, in Dunkirk, N.Y.

Dominic Vera SVP ’99, ’03 (NTID) was promoted to administrative technician in fall 2009 from program support clerk at National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Md.


Matthew Aggleton ’04 (COS) received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Irvine, on March 12, 2010. His dissertation was in cryogenic tribology. He is interested in beginning a career in instrumentation development.

Sarah Calvin ’04 (sCIAS) and Jason Kelly ’05 (CIAS) announce the birth of a son, Miles Booth Kelly, on March 16, 2010, in Concord, N.C.

Sarah Chase ’04 (GCCIS) is director of media for LLC in Sarasota, Fla.

Erin Demers ’04 (CAST) and Morgan Demers ’03 (KGCOE) announce the birth of a son, Rowan Xander, on Jan. 24, 2009, in Burlington, Vt. He is now a toddler and Mom and Dad are excited to watch him grow and learn.

Kimberly Feitl ’04 (COS) was recently promoted to quality manager from senior quality specialist at Bausch & Lomb in Clearwater, Fla.

Amy Niggel ’04 (COS) accepted a position at Allscripts in South Burlington, Vt., as an associate support consultant.

James Pannafino ’04 (CIAS) has published his first book, Common College Sense: The Visual Guide to Understanding Everyday Tasks for College Students. The book uses both diagrams and written explanations to clearly describe each common-sense task college students should know but may not. Tasks include tying a tie, changing a tire, or properly cleaning the kitchen. Visit www.commoncollegesense. com to learn more.


Humayun Zafar ’05 (GCCIS) writes “I have accepted a tenure-track position of assistant professor of information security and assurance at Kennesaw (Ga.) State University.”

Kayla Zerby ’05 (CLA) accepted a position as senior account executive at SeisMK, the digital division of The Morris + King Company (MKC) in New York City. SeisMK serves as the hub for all of MKC’s interactive marketing and PR services, from social media strategies, microsite development, widget creation and marketing to content development and syndication.


Donald Case ’06 (CAST) accepted a position at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) located in LeRoy, N.Y., as supervisor of management services. Donald was previously employed at the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as a safety engineer/team leader.

Merve Evran ’06 (KGCOE) accepted a position at Koc Sistem Information & Communication Services Inc. in Istanbul as a software design consultant. Merve previously was employed at Fortis Bank as a junior software engineer. Koc Sistem is an information technology and engineering company.

Drew Stephens ’06 (GCCIS) was promoted to development manager at, a creator of sales and marketing automation software and the Customer Choice Award winner in the Salesforce AppExchange.


Lisette Silver Madalena ’05, ’07 (NTID), ’09 (CAST) and Anthony Madalena SVP ’02, ’05 (NTID), ’09 (CAST) were married May 24, 2009, in Pittsford, N.Y. They currently reside in Maryland.

Ashlee Woodruff ’07 (CIAS) and

Doug McLoughlin ’07 (CAST) were married Sept. 19, 2009, at Glendoveers in Rochester. They reside in Englewood, N.J.

Saara Suni ’07 (CIAS) and husband, Timo, announce the birth of a son, Aaron, born on Jan. 11, 2010, in Finland. They report that big sister Annika (age 7) loves to take care of her baby brother.


Justin Allgyer ’08 (GCCIS) released his first Xbox 360 game, Zulu Hour. It is available now on Xbox Live Indie Games.

Filip Ambrosio ’08 (COS) has been accepted into dental school at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Brenda Cunningham ’08 (CIAS) writes “My master’s thesis proposal, The phenomonology of making glass mandalas with breast cancer survivors, was approved by the Human Subjects Research Committee. I am excited to start my research study and complete my last semester of the art therapy graduate program at Nazareth College.”

Jennifer Dovidio ’08 (CAST) opened XPolsé Pole Dance Fitness studio in Fairport, N.Y., offering classes, workshops and group parties to women in the Rochester area.

Carolyn “Carrie” Fisher ’99 (CLA), ’08 (NTID) gave birth to a daughter, Maggie, on March 8, 2010. Carrie is a teacher at the Rochester School for the Deaf.

Sean Forbes SVP ’00, ’04 (NTID), ’08 (CAST) was listed in the March 29, 2010, Crain’s Detroit Business newspaper as the founder of the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN). He produces music videos for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Sean works with Joel Martin, owner of 54 Sound Studio.