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John Wulff (Elementary Education) wants his fellow graduates to know he is doing well since the passing of his wife, Beth Kurtzman Wulff, five years ago. Beth was the campus school nurse starting in fall 1952 when they first met. “I have been on my own during the last five years,” he said, “but my five children living in various states make sure I am still the same Jack Wulff.” In his 50-year career of education, he was a classroom teacher, a principal, director of instruction for the Montgomery County Schools in Maryland, and a full-time professor of education at SUNY New Paltz, Florida University in Boca Raton, Fla., and Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also received his degree. He spent 36 years developing and teaching in a master's degree program at Salisbury State University for reading specialists in Maryland.  Since retiring, he moved into a new field of study: finance. After a considerable amount of education in the field of stock trading, he is doing day and swing trading in his home in Salisbury, Md.   He still shoots some hoops, bikes and can walk 18 holes of golf. He said, “I keep busy and hope I can do as well as my mother by living to 104 (do not think it is possible, but I will give it a go),” he said. “I hope my message finds my fellow classmates from New Paltz active and in good health.”

Cynthia Winika (Art Education) reports that her exhibit “THE NUDE” was included in a show at the waterfront in Newburgh, N.Y., at the Chris Davison Gallery and Regal Bag Studios exhibition from January to March 2017.


Patricia Morgan joyfully celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Religious Sister in the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, N.Y.


Robin Davis (Theatre Arts), founder and chairman emeritus of Help For Children, received the City & State Reports Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Philanthropy in the Financial Community.


Dennis Listort (Secondary Education 7-12 English) ’70g (English) ’78cas (Educational Administration) and his wife Darilyn (Stahl) Listort are pleased to announce the publication of “The Wolves At My Shadow: The Story of Ingelore Rothschild” by the Athabasca University Press, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This Holocaust memoir tells of one woman’s flight from fascism to freedom. Ingelore Rothschild was 12 when she was whisked out of her Berlin home in 1936. It was her first step on a transcontinental journey to Japan where she and her parents sought refuge from rising anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany.

Alan Reinstein (Mathematics) ’71g (Elementary Education) was inducted into the American Accounting Association (AAA) Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (TLC) Section’s Hall of Fame. Sponsored by the KPMG Foundation, this award is given to a TLC member who has provided outstanding service to the Section for an extended period of time. The TLC Section has about 1,000 members worldwide, primarily academics.


Terry Murray (Art Education) ’87g (Humanistic-Multicultural Ed) was featured as part of the Artists of Excellence series. His exhibit, “Simply Human,” was on display in the foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. The sculptures are made of reclaimed/recycled wood and found objects, each with individual meaning. “The exhibit is designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in the context of the viewers’ lives, and in the context of our turbulent, challenging world,” explained Murray.

Sharon (Formisano) Roth (French) ’91g (Secondary Education 7-12 French) traveled to Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, and taught a month-long English enrichment program at Saint Lazarus School in Dano, 140 miles west of the capital city. The students have three English classes a week. There are 217 students in the school ranging in age from 15 to 23. Roth brought them peace cards from the students she teaches at Woodbourne and Fishkill Correctional facilities, and the African students made cards for her to bring back to the American students.

Russell Paul La Valle (Secondary Education 7- 12 English) ’74g (English) announced the publication of his novel “Underground Dreams” in June. A prolific writer, La Valle is a former advertising and marketing executive, where he wrote for many of the country’s top companies, corporations, and educational institutions, including SUNY New Paltz. As a screenwriter, he has written feature films that have appeared on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and The Movie Channel. His work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and he is a former contributing editor to The Atlas Society, a philosophical think tank, where he wrote on topical issues from an ethical and rights-based perspective. Currently, he is an opinion writer for The Hill, a political newspaper and website published in Washington, D.C. He is married to Robin Cohen-La Valle ’77 (Psychology) ’82g (Psychology) the current dean of students at SUNY New Paltz. “Underground Dreams” is his first novel and is being considered as a feature film.


Raymond Southard (Elementary Education) ’74g (Elementary Education) ’80cas (Business Administration) welcomed his sixth grandchild, Dawson McKenna, on May 15, 2017. He writes, “Grandchildren make retirement wonderful.”


David Clegg (Sociology) is running for New York’s 19th Congressional District seat in 2018. He is a trial lawyer, church deacon and former public defender. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 10 years, has been a member of the Ulster County Board of Health and is chairman of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission. For more than 20 years he has coached and sponsored youth basketball teams in the city of Kingston. He and his wife Karen Clegg ’93g currently reside in Woodstock, N.Y.


Mark Novak (Elementary Education Pre K-6 Political Science) ’77g (Elementary Education N-6), a rabbi, cantor, storyteller and musician, successfully launched his new venture, MFSI: The MultiFaith Storytelling Institute, with a retreat at The Franciscan Center in Tampa, Fla. The mission of MFSI is to provide professional development for clergy, spiritual teachers, healers, lay leaders and students to tell stories in a sacred setting.


Clare Armstrong-Seward (Sociology) has been named SUNY Morrisville's Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. She currently is associate professor of criminal justice and chair of the college’s Criminal Justice Department. She worked for 26 years in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision prior to her current position.

Joseph Ferguson (English) has published his fourth book, “Reflections of a Scurvy Bastard.” This book of poems is a departure from his previous short fiction collections.

Bruce Kazan (Business) celebrates 28 years of business and is the owner of Main Course Marketplace in New Paltz. He has also been voted "Best Caterer in the Hudson Valley" for 24 years running by the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine.

John Turturro (Theatre Arts) was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or movie for the HBO miniseries “The Night Of.”


Donald Abrams (Music Therapy) has written a children’s book, “The Musical Rainbow Story,” to foster early childhood musical development and provide a bonding platform for parent-child and teacher-child relationships. It teaches the Happy Birthday melody using one finger only. For those interested in learning more about the book, it can be found at

Rose Bonczek (Theatre Arts) is the co-author with Steve Ansell of "One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre," published by Routledge Press in March 2017. The book includes an anthology of 200 one-minute plays from Gi60: The International One Minute Theatre Festival, now in its 13th year. Ms. Bonczek is also festival director and producer for Gi60 US. The Gi60 Festival annually performs 150 new one-minute plays in the United States, in Leeds, UK, and in Christchurch, New Zealand. All plays are filmed and available for viewing on the Gi60 YouTube Channel.

James DeSimone (Economics) has been appointed senior vice president of primary casualty at AXIS Insurance in their Northeast and Midwest regions.


Edward Fuhrman, ’82g (Educational Administration) is retiring as superintendent of the Croton-Harmon Schools. He has spent 42 years in public education. He is currently president of Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES’ Chief School Administrators and a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Council of Superintendents.


Alex Storozynski (Political Science), a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has presented his film “Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time” at SUNY New Paltz. Based on the book “The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution,” the film portrays Kosciuszko’s quest for liberty with his allies George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolutionaries against the tyranny of Britain’s King George, Russia’s Catherine the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Peter Tonjes (Metal) is the owner and CEO of Ed Levin Jewelry in Cambridge, N.Y. For more information on their collections, visit


Patricia Cyganovich ’84g (Educational Administration) is retiring after 30 years as principal of North Salem Middle/High School in New York. She is hoping to enjoy the beach, take a photography class and do some gardening.


Eric Houghtaling ’85g (Humanistic-Multicultural Ed) has been named director of marketing and admissions at the Children’s Home of Kingston. Prior to his promotion, he served as a residential clinician and a program director.

Ayala Naphtali (Metal) attended the Street Art Fair, the Original at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, where she displayed her vast array of jewelry. Giving distinction to her work is the use of covered coconut shells combined with silver enhancements. She has a minimalist approach with bold, elegant forms. She currently works out of her Brooklyn, N.Y., studio.

Ilyasah Shabazz (Biology), social activist and daughter of the late Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, was the keynote speaker at North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) “Rock the Mic” Lecture Series in March.


Amy (Boeck) Alduino (Geology) has joined the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning as coordinator of the Western N.Y. Sustainable Business Roundtable.


James Lofrese (Business Administration) joins Black Marjieh Leff & Sanford LLP of Elmsford, N.Y., as a partner. Jim has 25 years of experience as a trial attorney and for the past 20 years has been engaged in the field of insurance defense litigation.


Brian Cange (Communication Studies) is an award-winning producer who most recently line produced “Roxanne, Roxanne,” a 2017 Official Selection Sundance Film Festival, starring Mahershala Ali, Nia Longand Elvis Nolasco for director Michael Larnell. He also produced the feature documentary “Take My Nose... Please!,” winner of the Knight Documentary Achievement Award at the 2017 Miami Film Festival. 

Jeffrey Pearlman (Political Science) has been appointed acting director of the Authorities Budget Office. Previously, Mr. Pearlman served as chief of staff and counsel for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.


Betty Bathia (Fuchs) Cole (Visual Arts Education) is an artist and sole proprietor of Off Your Wall Art in Commack. She turns wine and other bottles into works of art. She also hosts bottle painting parties and teaches people to make “upcycling” art, taking something that would be recycled and turning into something new.

Andrew Matthews (Theatre Arts) performs a one-man show, “ Evening with Bill W,” a theatrical recreation of Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The show has been selected for the United Solo Festival on Theater Row in New York.


Ellen (Aszkenas) Luksberg ’91g (English) retired from M. Clifford Miller Middle School in Kingston, N.Y., in 2015 after teaching seventh-grade English for 18 years. In March 2016 she became the assistant director of The Lisa Libraries, located at The Shirt Factory in Kingston, N.Y., a nonprofit organization that donates new books to underserved children across the country.


Murali Coryell (Music) has released a new CD, “Mr. Senator.” He continues to perform live at local Hudson Valley venues. While playing at a blues festival on the Caribbean island of Mustique he met Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones who has a home there. Jagger, Coryell said, “was a totally down-to-earth person. He talks about music. He doesn’t like to make a big deal of himself.”

Carol Luhan (Communication Studies) wrote a book, “A Promise to My Mother,” about the seven years in which she was the sole caretaker for her mother, who had dementia. The book is available on

Jill Parisi-Phillips (Painting) ’01g (Printmaking) collaborated with fellow artist and New Paltz alum Alexandra Davis ’07g (Printmaking) to bring us “Celestial-Terrestrial,” which was exhibited at the Martin Mullen Art Gallery inside the SUNY Oneonta Fine Arts Center. She also exhibited her printmaking at the Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, N.Y., in January and February 2017. Her ephemeral three-dimensional prints are distinctive among contemporary printmakers. She draws inspiration from botanical and zoological texts and from direct observation of wild plant specimens.

KT Tobin (Sociology) won a seat on the New Paltz Village Board. She has been actively involved in the community and politics for the past decade. She has served on numerous municipal committees, from the village’s global warming task force to the affordable housing board to the joint town-village local emergency planning committee.

Michael Turturro (Finance) ’95g (Accounting) is the newest member of the Ulster Savings Bank Board of Trustees. Currently he is a partner at RBT CPAs, LLP in Newburgh, N.Y., where he has been employed for 20 years. Additionally, he is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), where he serves as Chairman (Mid-Size Firms) of their Managing Partner Board Committee, and has served on the board of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). He also has held board leadership roles with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress and SUNY New Paltz School of Business Advisory Board.

Jonathan Zanger (Communication Studies), a building maintenance chief for Orange and Rockland Utilities, was recently presented with the company’s highest employee honor, the “Living Our Values” award. He is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist who performs for dozens of service and charitable organizations.


Leslie Gordon (Sociology) has been named president and CEO of Food Bank for Westchester. She is a frequent guest speaker at various organizations addressing issues of hunger, including the National Conference on Emergency Feeding and the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine on Seniors & Hunger. She is also a guest lecturer of Fordham University’s Nonprofit Leadership graduate program.


Jeremy Baum (Music) and his band, the Jeremy Baum Trio-JB3, were the feature entertainers at the Acts 4 Ministry’s annual fundraising reception at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Conn. The organ player of the trio, which is rooted in the blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late ’60s, has been playing professionally at clubs and openings for many big name artists. He began the band in 2002 and released his first self-produced album “Lost River Jams” on Flying Yak Records.

Patrick Paul (Accounting) was named executive director and CEO of The Anderson Center for Autism Board of Trustees.

Lawrence Rogowsky (Theatre Arts) started producing shows on Broadway in 2016 with “Disaster!” and “Cagney Off-Broadway.” He is currently producer on “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” at the Imperial Theater on Broadway. In the fall of 2017, he will produce the first revival of the Tony Award-winning play “M. Butterfly” at the Cort Theater in New York.

Corinne Stanton (Communication Media) is currently a sales executive for Halston Media, the parent company of Mahopac News, as well as The Somers Record, Yorktown News and North Salem News. Recently, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce named her a recipient of the Trailblazer Award as Best Sales Executive.


William Nicholson (History) has been hired as the new director of competitive swimming at the YMCA in Waynesboro, Va. Prior to that he served as the head swimming and diving coach at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Eric Roth (Music) recently gave a performance of classical guitar in Binghamton, N.Y., at Phelps Mansion Museum. He performs at events throughout the Hudson Valley and serves as a board member of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society. He specializes in historical instruments, including the 19th century (early Romantic) guitar and the Renaissance lute. His interest also extends to modern classical music. He has performed avant-garde music on the lute and electric guitar with the Eric Ross Ensemble, based in Binghamton, N.Y., and serves as president of the Poné Ensemble for New Music, based in New Paltz, N.Y.


Luz (Avila) Kyncl (Psychology) has published a new book titled “Liberate Yourself: Your Past Is Not Your Prison,” available on

Janet Davis-Conyon (Communication Media) was a session presenter at the 2017 International Restaurant and Foodservice show in New York. The event was held in March 2017 at the Jacob Javits Center. Additionally, she has joined The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College as an adjunct instructor. “This new path allows me the opportunity to share Jamaica’s culinary traditions with a broader audience passionate about food,” she said. Her tenure began with a weeklong Junior Chefs International Flavors Summer Cooking Camp. For more information, visit


Brian Kastan (Music; Psychology) has released his newest CD, “Roll the Dice on Life,” a jazz-fusion album. He plays electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, and composes soundtracks for television and film. He has played guitar for Rhys Cantham’s “A Crimson Grail,” recorded live at Lincoln Center in 2010. He is an award-winning nature photographer with gallery shows in New York, Europe and Asia. Brian is also a certified clinical hypnotist, and has co-authored a book called “Target Talking” with his wife, artist Maria Hartmann Kastan.


Keith Kenney (Management) ’10g (School Leadership), currently the assistant director of athletics, wellness and recreation at SUNY New Paltz, has assumed the role of coach of the men’s basketball team.

Sayumi Yokouchi ’99g (Metal) had a featured exhibit at the Jewelers’ Werk Galerie in Washington, D.C., in June 2017.


Corinne Cody (Accounting) has joined the board of directors for Crystal Run Village. Currently a manager with Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, she also serves on the Washingtonville Central School District Audit Committee and has served on the boards of The Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council and Metropolitan Swimming.


Dabriah Alston (Black Studies; Communication Studies) recently published “Reflections,” her first book of poetry. She bravely breaks the surface of her soul to give readers an intimate understanding of her experiences with life, love and identity.


Jonathan Amoia (Marketing) has joined the philanthropic Board of Trustees of The Kenmore Mercy Foundation, which provides key financial support to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. In addition, he is currently partner and director with Sandhill Investment Management and has an extensive background in Buffalo and Rochester’s financial community. He is also board chair of Albright Knox’s Convergence Council and board member of the Buffalo State Foundation, Greentopia, and Vader Systems.

Thomas Fallon (Anthropology) received a master’s degree in Japanese Language and Culture, and is now teaching English at Nagoya University in Japan.

Dylan Hayden (Political Science) returned to SUNY New Paltz as a guest speaker in March 2017. The talk was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and International Relations and was a featured event of the Career Resource Center’s Public Service Week.

Alexander Marrero (Music), founder, coach and accompanist for the "Bach in the Church” intensive summer music institute, attended the Biennial Festival Conference for the American Handel Society. The event took place in April 2017 at Princeton University. Guest speakers included presenters from the United States, Scotland, England, Germany and Italy. Highlights included a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with student soloists and period instruments.


Gudrun Haider (Journalism) received the 2017 outstanding doctoral student award from the University of Maryland.

Stephanie (White) Holden (Communication Studies) celebrated the birth of her first child, Hunter James Holden, born April 17, 2017 in Carmel, N.Y.

Aaron Lamb (Anthropology) and Jessica Patchett ’04 (Psychology) welcomed a healthy and happy baby girl named Luna Kay Lamb on Sept. 23, 2016. She was born in Newport News, Va., where they currently reside. Jessica and Aaron celebrated their 10-year anniversary last October.


Carrie Lynch (History) teaches social studies at Khalil Gibran International Academy in New York. She has been nominated for a Hometown Heroes in Education award for her commitment to helping her students by creating a food pantry at her school and assisting them in finding eyeglasses and jackets when needed.

Kala Stein (Ceramics) featured her ceramic sculptures and multimedia installations at Petaluma Arts Center in Petaluma, Calif.


Jennifer (Vandernoot) Callahan (Childhood Education 1-6) ’09g (Childhood Education) married Nicholas Callahan on Oct. 15, 2016 in Lake George, N.Y. Her bridal party included New Paltz alumni Amanda Roche ’05 (Communication Media) and Molly Barker ’16 (Geology). Jennifer currently works as a special education teacher for the Glens Falls City School District, and Nicholas works as an insurance agent for AFLAC. They recently returned from their honeymoon in Ireland to their home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Philip Corso (Adolescence Education 7-12: English) is president of a new entity called 90 Miles Theater Company. He hopes to expand the little theater’s base of support and participation by scouting people all over the Hudson Valley for both onstage and behind the scenes. “In the longer term, the troupe is looking into hosting some sort of new playwright’s festival, reinstating its old tradition of granting scholarships to high school graduates interested in pursuing theater degrees and, in what Corso calls the “10-year” plan, building or otherwise acquiring a new theater.”

Jonathan Nott (Finance) ’12g (Business Administration) and Brian Tanenbaum ’07 (English) formed Behavior Pioneers, a behavioral health services company, in Dallas, Texas. Using the principles of applied behavior analysis, their board-certified behavior analysts work with families to create individualized goals and behavior intervention plans that are designed to increase skills and decrease challenging behaviors.


Alexandra Davis ’07g (Printmaking) featured her “The Celestial-Terrestrial” exhibit at the Martin Mullen Art Gallery inside the SUNY Oneonta Fine Arts Center. She is currently an art and printmaking professor at Binghamton University.

Kathryn (Crawford) Mettey (French; International Relations) and her husband, Christophe, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Cecilia Rose, on June 9, 2016. The couple met while Kathryn was studying abroad during the spring semester in Besançon, France, in 2006. The family currently resides in Westford, Mass.

Johanna (Porr) Yaun (Anthropology) was named director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands in 2012. She has been Orange County historian since 2014. She was married to Douglas Yaun in 2014 and has a 2-year-old son named Calvert. She has also created a blog,, which she describes as “a lifestyle guide from a historian’s perspective.” She uses her blog to show how history is relevant in everyday life.


Ian Pfaff (Political Science) became the chief knowledge officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has held positions in both the State Department and Department of Defense.


Wendy Lopez (Psychology), along with best friend Jessica Jones, created the website Food Heaven Made Easy, which includes a collection of videos, podcasts, recipes and even apparel, all based on the theme of healthy living. On top of the amazing online presence they have created, they also co-authored a new book. The “28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot” is a guide for everything you need to know about adopting a plant-based eating ritual.

Kaitlyn Regan (Communication Disorders) announces her recent engagement to fellow alum Tyler Terlecky ’09 (Communication Studies) ’11g (Business Administration). An April 2018 wedding is planned.

Jonah Schenker ’09g (School Leadership) ’10cas (School Leadership) is the principal of the innovative Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, or PTech. A six-year program that he helped design for ninth-graders that takes them through their first two years of college, PTech is affiliated with Ulster BOCES Pathways to Technology, the Ulster County Council of Industry and SUNY Ulster.


Michael Rossetti (Management) became a financial advisor after college, but after five years in finance decided to leave his job to perform magic full time. He currently is a master magician performing at trade shows, weddings, bar mitzvahs and anywhere he can capture an audience.


Claire Dellarocco (Printmaking) married Jared Young ’11 (Visual Art Education) on June 3, 2017.

Grace Jarrold (Theatre Arts) starred in Coach House Players revival of the 1920s British play “The Enchanted Cottage” in April in Kingston, N.Y.

Dustin Peone (Philosophy) of Emory University gave a lecture titled “The Essay as Philosophical Form” at SUNY New Paltz.


Cody Buser (English) self-produced his first original play, “For a Life,” at Sebsi Studios in Saugerties, N.Y. in 2014, which then went on to be accepted in the 2016 NY Summerfest at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York. He then founded Second to the Right Productions. His latest play, “Let’s Dig Up Dad!,” premiered in July at the Hudson Guild Theater. To find out more information on his productions, visit

Donte Ledbetter (Marketing) is currently working in his field of study. “My New Paltz education and study abroad experience shaped me into a person with knowledge about a wide range of topics and an appreciation for everyone, and that’s been a huge asset in my career,” he said. “You should really go out and see the world, because you only live once. I would love to do it again!”

Kathryn Miecznikowski (Journalism; Visual Arts Education; Visual Arts) recently won Success Academy Charter Schools’ Teacher Growth Excellence Award, which recognizes teachers who have exhibited the most significant progress in achieving classroom-wide excellence since the start of the school year.

Brianna Murphy (Ceramics; Visual Arts Education) displayed her solo exhibition “Synapse” at the RNG Gallery. After graduating in May 2013, she moved to Lincoln, Neb., to be an artist-in-residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. She was appointed to the position of gallery director at the LUX in January 2015 and continues to work in her studio.

Susan (Schiff) Weatherly (Humanistic-Multicultural Education) has joined Alfandre Architecture as director of marketing and new business development.


Barbara Cady (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies) is running for a legislative seat in St. Cloud, Fla., State House District 42. She attended the Democratic National Convention last year as a delegate for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and was the lead coordinator for Clinton’s campaign in Osceola County, Fla. She describes herself as “liberal progressive, radical feminist, freedom fighter, human rights activist.”

Laura Jensen (Digital Media Management) has been hired by Pinckney Hugo Group as an assistant account manager. Previously, she worked in New York at The Monday Campaigns and The Economist.

Laura Lanchantin (Painting) featured her paintings in “The Open Dream” at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, N.Y. She makes her own paint by grinding different types of stone and pigments she finds in nature. She then paints natural scenes into abstractions on canvas. Her inspiration to make paint from stone comes from watching her father, who is a stonemason. Her mother is also a landscape painter.

Jacob Meglio (Biology; Economics), along with two friends, owns Arrowood Farms Brewery, which uses a biodynamic farming philosophy to produce beer. For more information on the farm, go to

Quinn O'Callaghan (Journalism) is a staff writer at The Philadelphia Citizen. Has spent the last two years working in research and production at FOX News. He is also the author of a pair of novels represented by Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.


Amber Acosta (Psychology) has joined The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland located in Altamont, N.Y., as the human resources coordinator.

Ali Asaei (Electrical Engineering) has embarked on a cross-country journey by bicycle. His plan is to ride from Boston to Seattle. He is also raising money for children around the world in need of food, shelter, health and education as part of International Rescue Committee. He averages about 50 miles per day. If you wish to follow his journey you can find him on Facebook.

Christina Cassano (Biochemistry) is currently in veterinary school in Colorado and is doing well. She was recently back in the area catching up with family.

Steven Domino (Marketing) has been hired as the assistant coach of the women's soccer team at Clarkson University for the 2017-2018 season.

David Gueli (Psychology) will be returning to school to fulfill requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Dondre Irving (Biology) is currently in medical school, engaging with high school and middle school students through New York Institute of Technology's (NYIT) STEP program and as president of the NYIT SNMA (Student National Medical Association), which aims to support current and future underrepresented minority medical students and address the needs of underserved communities.

Noah Schoer (Digital Media Management) joined Avalanche Creative Services as account coordinator. He has also worked previously at Back Roads Entertainment, the TAI Group and WQXR. Noah manages the day-to-day accounts for both digital and television at Avalanche.


Holly Lipka (Journalism) started a new job at The Amherst Bee as a reporter. She writes, “It’s an honor to write for the newspaper my relatives have relied on for local news since I was a child. I’m excited to share the untold stories of many local residents, business owners and people, alike.”

Stephen Welter (Environmental Geochemical Science) joined Coffee Enterprises in Vermont as laboratory technician.