Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes



Patrick McCarthy ’48 (A&S) of Oneida, N.Y., was inducted into the Nottingham High School (Syracuse) Alumni Wall of Fame. A football and baseball standout in high school, he won gold medals in singles tennis, badminton, and horseshoes in the 2011 Empire State Senior Games. At age 85, McCarthy does not plan to stop competing anytime soon. 


George Babikian ’55 (WSM) received Sigma Chi fraternity’s Significant Sig Award—its highest recognition of one’s professional career and civic endeavors. An SU trustee emeritus, Babikian resides in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., with his wife, Mary Ann Buell Babikian ’52 (SDA).


Lyn Lifshin ’60 (A&S) of Vienna, Va., wrote All the Poets (Mostly) Who Have Touched Me (Living and Dead. All True: Especially the Lies), published by World Parade Books. The book offers a lively and compelling collection that romps through the generations of writers.

Lila L. Anastas ’62 (NUR) of Albuquerque, N.M., is a freelance writer, registered nurse, and gerontology counselor. Her personal essay, “Making Peace with the Birds,” appeared in issue number 63 of the Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts magazine.

Janice Law Trecker ’62 (A&S) of Hampton, Conn., delivered the annual Emmett Memorial Lecture at Pittsburg State University, Kansas, after her article on Walt Whitman was honored by the Midwest Quarterly. She also had a solo show of her paintings at the Eastern Expansion Gallery in Chicago.

Roland Van Deusen ’67 (A&S), G’75 (SWK) was one of eight members awarded special recognition at the 2011 national convention of Veterans for Peace in Portland, Ore. The 8,000-member organization advocates for veterans and their families.

Robert R. Ashton ’68 (SDA), G’75 (NEW) of Hull, Mass., is director of development at the Boston Athenaeum, a research library with special collections in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English, and American history.

Charles J. Feldman ’69 (WSM) of Annapolis, Md., was invited by former SU professor William H. Rabel, Endowed Chair of Finance and Insurance at the University of Alabama, to be a guest lecturer at the University of Alabama School of Business.

Patricia Latimer ’69 (NEW) is founder of Patricia Latimer Associates, a public relations and strategic planning company in Cleveland with a presence in San Francisco. She is also the author of Ohio Wine Country Excursions, Updated Edition (Ringtaw Books, Akron University Press).

Robert C. Plumb ’69 (NEW) published Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey (University of Missouri Press), a collection of previously unavailable documents written by George P. McClelland, a member of the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War, that offers fresh insight into camp life, battlefield conditions, and the mind-set of a young man facing the prospect of death every day. Plumb expounds on McClelland’s words by placing the events described in context, adding a historical outlook to the raw voice of a young soldier.


Peter Scales ’71 (A&S), G’73, G’76 (FALK) released Passing Circumstances…, a two-compact disc collection of his original songs, 1972-2002.

Gary S. Greenberg ’72 (A&S) is president of Birken Manufacturing Company in Bloomfield, Conn. At an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford that featured composer Marvin Hamlisch, Greenberg was honored for his work as president of The Rogow Greenberg Foundation, which has been involved with SU for 25 years—endowing the Todd Greenberg Memorial Scholarship, funding a classroom in the Whitman School of Management building, and donating the fitness center at the Winnick Hillel Center. 

Greg Ahlgren (A&S) wrote Prologue (Booklocker), a science fiction/alternative history novel that is now available in paperback. His international thriller,The Medici Legacy, was scheduled for paperback release in November. Both novels feature the SU campus and/or SU grads as characters.

Steve Adamek ’75 (NEW) retired after more than 35 years in the newspaper business—the last 21-plus years as a senior sportswriter with The Record in New Jersey. 

André W. Renna ’75 (LCS) wrote You’ll Land on Your Feet—How Anyone Can Survive and Thrive after Job Loss (Authorhouse), which offers the reader an honest portrayal of the emotional roller coaster that follows job loss. 

Lynn Aaronson ’76 (EDU) is executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association. ALS (Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no known cause, cure, or effective treatment.

Virginia Wall Gruenert ’76 (VPA) of Washington, Pa., is founder and artistic director of Off The Wall Theater. The theater was chosen by the Pittsburgh Magazine as number 5 on its list of “50 Things You Must Do.” Her original play, Shaken & Stirred, had its New York City premiere at Theatre 54 in October.

James Schatz G’76 (A&S),G’79(A&S/IST) is head of the Milton S. Eisenhower Research Center and Science and Technology Business Area at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

Kathleen J. Corbalis ’77 (NEW), executive director of college relations at Atlantic Cape Community College in Atlantic City and Cape May, N.J., completed the examination for accreditation in public relations

David P. Frankel ’77 (A&S) of Washington, D.C., received the Sustained Civic Activism Award from the Federation of Citizens Association of the District of Columbia for “serving the public interest by pursuing and informing citizens about issues critical to the long-term welfare of the district.”

Mary Pat Hyland ’77 (VPA) of Endicott, N.Y., wrote her second novel, A Sudden Gift of Fate, which follows an Irish couple who are given a Finger Lakes (New York) winery to manage as a wedding gift (

Scott Pitoniak ’77 (NEW) of Rochester, N.Y., wrote Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story (Triumph Books), a biography of SU basketball coach. Pitoniak, a nationally recognized sports columnist, is author of 14 books. 

Mohammed Ahmad Almurr ’78 (A&S), head of the Dubai Arts Council, won a gold medal for his exhibit Postal History of Muscat (1868-1948) at the Philanippon 2011 World Stamp Exhibition held in Yokohama, Japan.

Robert E. Johnson ’78 (A&S), an attorney with the GrayRobinson law firm, was recognized as one of Florida Trend’s 2011 Legal Elite. He specializes in commercial litigation in Tampa.

Jay Kramer ’78 (WSM) of Laguna Beach, Calif., is vice president of worldwide marketing for Astute Networks, where he leads the company’s efforts to build a leadership position in the global market  for virtualization solutions.

Brent Marchant ’78 (A&S/NEW) is a contributor for Library Journal magazine.

Jay Rogoff G’78, G’81 (A&S), an English professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., wrote a new book of poems, The Art of Gravity (LSU Press).

Janet St. Laurent G’78 (MAX) is director of Defense Capabilities and Management at the U.S. Government Accounting Office. She won a Service to America Medal (Sammies) from the Partnership for Public Service for the impact of her work on addressing the needs of the nation.

JoAnn Wypijewski ’78 (NEW), a freelance editor and writer, received a 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Wypijewski is working on Valiant, a nonfiction book about the general decline of America traced through the history of her 1963 Plymouth Valiant.

Fran DeSimone Becque ’79 (NEW/FALK), executive director of Women for Health and Wellness in Carterville, Ill., received Pi Beta Phi’s Dorothy Weaver Morgan Award for Fraternity Service. Becque, the fraternity’s archivist since 1995 and historian since 2003, wrote Hearts That Are Bound by the Wine and Silver Blue (Alibris), a coffee table book about the fraternity’s history.


Kevin Young ’80 (A&S), an attorney specializing in commercial litigation at the Tucker Ellis & West law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, was selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America. 

Rex Olson G’81 (MAX),G’85, G’94(A&S)is director of counseling at Alfred Sate College (New York). He served as discussant at the symposium “Psychology as a STEM Discipline and as Logos of the Soul: The Critical Necessity of the Humanities for Psychological Science” at the American Psychological Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Mark Cerulli ’82 (NEW) of Hartsdale, N.Y., won Best Horror/Sci-Fi Script for his screenplay Mutations at the 20th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival in July. His previous script, Sunburn, won an award in the Bahamas International Film Festival in 2010.

J. Daniel Pluff ’82 (NEW), a financial advisor and investment consultant with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Syracuse, marked the beginning of his 20th year as host of Financial Fitness on WCNY-TV in Syracuse. The longest-running program in the PBS station’s 46-year history, Pluff’s weekly, hour-long program features national experts who help viewers make smart decisions about their personal finances.

Stewart D. Aaron L’83 (LAW) is the 58th president of the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

Elenore “Lennie” Alickman ’83 (VPA) of Los Angeles was elected to the board of trustees of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Massachusetts.

Caroline Bock ’84 (A&S/NEW) published her first novel, Lie (St. Martin’s Press)—a story of teens and a vicious hate crime inspired by real events on Long Island. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Richard Bock ’85 (A&S).

Peter Hilgartner ’84 (A&S) and rowing partner Lindsay Lentini ’08 (FALK) placed third in the Quaker City Regatta mixed doubles competition in Philadelphia. They were rowing together for the first time for the Queensbury (N.Y.) Rowing Center.

Mark Shay ’84 (LCS) is senior vice president for marketing and business development at Drexel University Online in Philadelphia.

Deborah Geigis Berry ’85 (NEW) is founder of and a contributing editor of Disney FamilyFun magazine. She is the author of the FamilyFun Vacation Guide: New England (Disney Editions) and appears on such popular television shows as Today, The View, and The Early Show to chat about family topics.

Gini Mandelbaum Warner ’85 (VPA) of Laguna Beach, Calif., wrote The Gluten-Free Edge.

Sandra L. Caron G’86 (FALK), professor of family relations and human sexuality at the University of Maine, co-wrote Tackling Football: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding the College Game (Maine College Press). This casual guide features accessible, easy-to-digest terms, definitions, and common team strategies, plus rules and regulations.

Joseph D’Agnese ’86 (A&S/NEW) of Asheville, N.C., co-wrote Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the U.S. Constitution, a book that shines a spotlight on the quirky men who made the constitution a reality in 1787.

Fred Letourneau ’86 (WSM) of Chittenango, N.Y., is vice president for physician enterprise at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. In this newly created position, Letourneau works with employed and private practice physicians affiliated with St. Joseph’s to form an integrated system to improve quality and coordination of patient care.

Allan G. Savage G’87 (IST) retired from his position as senior technical information specialist at the National Library of Medicine. He has returned to his previous vocation as a professional chess teacher and chess journalist in the Washington, D.C., area.

Kim Sachse ’88 (WSM) is vice president of creative services at Massey Communications in Orlando, Fla.

H.J. Hubert L’89 (LAW), attorney and counselor-at-law, has moved his private practice from Fayetteville to Nedrow (New York). Hubert and his firm received the highest level of professional excellence, earning him a first-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms 2011-12 for success in personal injury litigation from both the plaintiff and defendant perspectives.

Cheryl Krajna ’89 (NEW) is senior publicist at Prometheus Books, an independent book publisher located in Amherst, N.Y.

Paul Reali G’89 (WSM) of Charlotte, N.C., was a featured presenter at the Expert-2-Expert Creativity Conference at Buffalo State College.


CJ Silas ’90 (NEW) wrote No Girls Allowed: The Jock & Jill Mentality of Sports Broadcasting (Max Q Enterprises).

Jeff Donaldson ’91 (NEW) is vice president of communications at Elias/Savion Advertising Inc. in Pittsburgh. He serves as chief communications counselor to CEOs and senior executives at all of the agency’s client companies.

Joseph Feese ’91 (NEW) is vice president of Washington, D.C.-based Griffin & Company, a national public relations and marketing communications firm specializing in the building and construction industries. 

Jeffrey O’Brien ’91 (NEW) of Mill Valley, Calif., co-wrote Making the World Work Better, a book commissioned by IBM on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, that explores the company’s impact on technology, the evolving role of the modern corporation, and the way our world works.

Gregory J. Samurovich ’91 (WSM) is special counsel in the Princeton, N.J., office of the Goldberg Segall law firm. He focuses his practice on complex, high-exposure civil litigation in the medical device, manufacturing, and transportation industries.

Christine Walsh Thorpe ’91 (A&S) is chair of the Department of Human Services at New York City College of Technology/CUNY.

AJ Mass ’92 (NEW), a writer for, wrote How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us about Wookiees and Wall Street (Skyhorse Publishing).

Scott D. Shuster ’92 (A&S/NEW) was honored as the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston Man of the Year for his work in support of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Jacqueline Urtecho ’92 (A&S), a physician specializing in stroke and neurocritical care, joined the neurology department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She is also an assistant professor of neurology at the university’s Jefferson Medical College. 

Gina Schiraldi Chapman ’93 (NEW), president of Mr. Handyman in Richmond, Va., is a regular guest on the Virginia This Morning show on CBS. She discusses tips and solutions for home maintenance, repairs, and enhancements.

Rich Meneghello ’93 (A&S), an attorney at Fisher & Philips law firm in Portland, Ore., specializing in labor and employment law, was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Amiee White Beazley ’95 (A&S), a writer from Basalt, Colo., and Paul Antonson ’95 (VPA), an illustrator from Sacramento, Calif., created Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure (People’s Press), a children’s winter adventure story inspired by animals recently discovered by The Snowmastodon Project, a paleontology dig some scientists deem the most significant high-altitude fossil site in North America.

Ronald D. Cantor G’95 (EDU) is president of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

Kwame DeRoche ’95 (WSM), a freelance creative director and copywriter in Washington, D.C., wrote The Three Dollar Girlfriend, a humorous look at his undergraduate experience at SU in the early ‘90s.

Kathleen Sullivan Esposito ’95 (NEW), L’98 (LAW) is vice president of legal and general counsel at Infigen Energy in Dallas.

Jeffrey S. Stewart ’95 (A&S/NEW), an attorney at Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentini, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, is included in the employment and labor section of the 2011 issue of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers—Rising Stars Edition.

Christine Woodcock Dettor L’96 (LAW), an attorney with the Green & Seifter law firm in Syracuse, was designated as an accredited estate planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

Chaise LaDousa G’96, G’00 (MAX), a professor of anthropology at Hamilton College, wrote House Signs and Collegiate Fun: Sex, Race, and Faith in a College Town (Indiana University Press). La Dousa explores house signs at off-campus student residences in a Midwestern college town where they are a longstanding tradition. He analyzes them through the lens of anthropology and folklore to discover clues to the social and cultural worlds in which they are produced. 

Craig T. Williams ’96 (WSM) of Philadelphia wrote The Olympian: An American Triumph (Vintage World), which tells the previously untold story of Dr. John Baxter Taylor Jr., the first African American to win Olympic gold at the 1908 London Games. Williams held a book-signing event at the Schine Student Center in September.

Deanna Durante ’97 (NEW) and her husband, Timothy Swan ’97, G’99 (IST), announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Elizabeth. Durante is a reporter for NBC 10, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and Swan is IT manager for the University of Pennsylvania.

Monica Chun ’99 (A&S) is an obstetrics/gynecology physician at the Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H., where she lives with her husband, Sean, and daughter Cassidy.

Eric Kaufman ’99 (A&S) and his wife, Michelle, of Philadelphia, announce the birth of their son, Jared Isaac. Kaufman, who holds master’s degrees in computers and technology in education and in educational leadership, is employed by the Neshaminy School District.

Emily Smolar ’99 (NEW) married Matthew Anziano. They reside in New York City, where she is a producer for Investigation Discovery’s On the Case with Paula Zahn.

Eileen Daly Vitelli ’99 (VPA) holds an M.A. degree in interior design from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. She won the 2011 Polsky Academic Achievement Award from the American Society of Interior Designers for her master’s thesis, which examined guest behavior and spending at communal tables in Washington, D.C.-area restaurants. 


Colin Hanlon ’00 (VPA) plays the role of Fiyero in the first North American tour of the Broadway show Wicked.

Myriam Bouchard G’01 (WSM) is a business advisor at the New York State Small Business Development Center. She received her sixth performance award, which recognizes advisors who go above and beyond normal responsibilities.

Sapna Kollali ’01 (A&S/NEW), G’09 (EDU) and Kevin Tampone ’01 (NEW) of Syracuse announce the birth of their daughter, Leela Ann. Sapna works for Madison-Oneida BOCES and Kevin works for the Central New York Business Journal.

Jennifer Markham ’01 (A&S) married Jeremy Bitz at the Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester, N.Y. They reside in New York City. 

Tariq Awwad ‘02 (LCS) and four partners launched Focal Point Consulting in Jordan. The firm  specializes in organizational development, human capital services, financial and franchising advisory services, strategy and business planning, and market research.

Susan DeMar ’02 (A&S) of Las Cruces, N.M., received the Above and Beyond Award from New Mexico State University, where she is an administrative assistant in the geography department. 

Kirsten Kaschock G’02 (A&S) wrote Sleight (Coffee House Press), a novel that explores ideas of gender, family, and the role of art in the face of unthinkable tragedy.

Jade Nicole Kington ’02 (A&S) and Joshua Givner ’03 (NEW) of Smithville, N.J., announce the birth of their son, Carter Kai.

Jessica Gardner Vedder ’02 (NEW), and her husband, Steven Vedder, of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., announce the birth of their son, Myles Edward.

Brent Vimtrup ’02 (VPA) was nominated for a 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role for his work in Sight Unseen, produced by InProximity Theatre Company.

Casey Boss ’03 (ARC) and David Whipple ’99 (ARC) of Philadelphia announce the birth of their son, Sullivan.

Christopher Ellis ’03 (NEW), director of advancement at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx, is race director of the Woodlawn Run for a Cause. During the first four years of the event, more than 575 people finished the 5K run, raising more than $12,000 for charity.

Daniel Haggerty ’03 (A&S), associate professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton, received the 2011 Teacher of the Year Award from Alpha Sigma Nu, a national honor society for students in Jesuit colleges and universities.

Lauren Movshin Mandel ’03 (WSM) and her husband, Jay Mandel ’00 (WSM), announce the birth of their son, Gavin Henry.

Christopher Powers G’03 (NEW) is a public relations account manager for Pinckney Hugo Group in Syracuse.

Michael Zyborowicz ’03 (WSM), a certified public accountant, is a manager with Citrin Cooperman, an accounting, tax, and business consulting firm in Philadelphia. 

Amy Faben-Wade G’04 (SWK) works with Ithaca-based Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services as a trainer and curriculum developer. She was selected to serve in the North American network of subject matter experts who write test questions for the social work licensing examinations used in the United States and Canada. 

Yolanda Norton ’04 (A&S) earned a master’s degree in theological studies in Hebrew Bible from Wesley Theological Seminary and was honored with the Interpretation Award for Excellence in Biblical Studies. She received a theology and practice fellowship from Vanderbilt University and a doctoral fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education to pursue a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel at Vanderbilt.

Amy J. Peterson-Berry ’04 (A&S) and her husband, Brandon N. Berry ’00 (VPA), announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Jean. Peterson-Berry is the conference services manager at the Gansevoort Miami Beach Hotel, and Berry is the general manager of the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

Travis Rowley ’04 (A&S) is program coordinator for the corporate work study program at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati.

Craig Welsh G’04 (VPA), principal and creative director of Go Welsh, a Lancaster, Pa.-based design studio, won Best of Show at the prestigious One Show Design Awards honoring the advertising industry’s best work. 

Lillian Baharestani ’05 (WSM) married Adam Archer in San Francisco. 

Steven Daly ’05 (NEW) had his piece “Rauschenberg in the Backyard” included in the August New Yorker photo blog.

Nicholas Fondulis ’05 (VPA) appeared in a Super Bowl XLV Chevrolet Cruze commercial and has the lead role in an independent horror film, The Shells.

William Low G’05 (VPA), an award-winning artist, designed two murals for the interior of the Parkchester subway station for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. He is principal in Cobalt Illustration Studios, which produces illustrations for corporations, children’s books, advertisements, gallery paintings, and fine art quality prints.

Desira Pesta ’05 (VPA) was cast to portray a court room sketch artist on an episode of Law & Order SVU.

Sarah Robinson ’05 (VPA) married Devin Horne ’06 (VPA) at Ashford Castle in Ireland. They reside in New York City.

Keith Ward ’05 (VPA) released his third studio recording, Take It From Me, in the UK and New York City. Ward’s music, which was featured in the film Viola, captured a Golden Palm Award at the 2011 Mexican International Film Festival.

Melinda Reger ’06 (WSM) is the new academic advisor and student-athlete affairs coordinator at the College of Charleston (South Carolina).

K. Carrie Sarhangi L’06 (LAW) is an associate at the Rawle & Henderson law firm in Philadelphia. She concentrates her practice on the defense of product liability.

Anneliese Heckert ’07 (EDU) of Wilmington, Del., earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is continuing her training in family medicine at Southern Colorado Family Medicine at St. Mary Regional Medical Center in Pueblo.

Aaron J. Libbey ’07 (VPA) was nominated for a 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award in the Outstanding Ensemble category for his work in The Drowsy Chaperone, produced by The Gallery Players.

Edward L. Cox G’08 (MAX) has been nominated for the Military Writers Society of America’s 2011 Book Award for Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship (New Forums Press). His book is a finalist in the non-fiction/biography category.

Jen Ferguson ’08 (IST) of Watertown, Mass., is data services librarian at Northeastern University in Boston.

Lindsay Lentini ’08 (FALK) and rowing partner Peter Hilgartner ’84 (A&S) placed third in the Quaker City Regatta mixed doubles competition in Philadelphia. They were rowing together for the first time for the Queensbury (N.Y.) Rowing Center.

Heather Mayer ’09 (NEW) married Jeffrey Irvine ’06 (NEW). They reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Alejandro Amezcua G’10 (MAX) received the 2011 National Federation of Independent Business Dissertation Award in Entrepreneurship and Independent Business for Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy. It was the first time the award was given to a scholar in the field of public administration.