People of Note
Mark G. Farrell, J.D. 1972 & B.A. 1969
Mark G. Farrell, Amherst Town Justice and special counsel to Damon & Morey LLP
in Buffalo, has received the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth
and Citizenship Program.
Farrell was honored for developing alternative sentencing programs for
youthful offenders, ages 16-20, that emphasize personal accountability and extensive follow-up. He was also recognized
for his educational efforts throughout area schools, and for instituting the state's first suburban drug court, in which eligible
offenders with limited criminal histories receive supportive treatment, even as they continue to be held responsible for their
offenses. The goal of the drug court is to get offenders off drugs, rather than punishment alone.
He also received the 1996-97 law enforcement special recognition award from
the Erie County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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Didier Geneste, B.A. 1970
is a senior international consultant for General Physics of Troy, Mich.
Michael G. Parker, B.A. 1970
was elected to the partnership of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP in New York City, where his
responsibilities include formulating strategic plans for hospital administration and management.
Hafil Abdulgani, B.S. 1971
is chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Padjadjaran
University in Bandung, Indonesia.
Patty L. Harris Donegan, Ed.M. 1971
has been elected president of the Barrister Wives of Washington, D.C., where she
previously chaired the scholarship fund. She is also a reading teacher in the public school system.
Kevin P. O'Brien, B.S. 1971
has joined First Washington Associates Ltd. as a senior associate. Previously, he managed
a U.S. AID-funded project in Russia, developing a commercial real estate mortgage market.
David Duchscherer, M.S. 1972
president of Duchscherer Oberst Design PC of Buffalo, announced that his firm has been
selected to design a new $5 million administrative/maintenance/storage facility for Rockland County.
In addition, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has retained the firm to perform a site selection study
for a new bus maintenance/storage facility in New Haven.
Henry A. Kasprzak, B.A. 1972
was named vice president of the newly created Coatings Raw Materials Division of
Huls America Inc. in Somerset, N.J.
Paul Rickard, B.A. 1972
has been named assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations
Board in Boston.
Jacalyn Sherriton, Ed.D. 1972
is president of Corporate Management Developers Inc. in Hollywood, Fla. and is coauthor of
Corporate Culture/Team Culture (Amacom Publishers).
Marilynne Crawford, M.S. 1974 & B.S. 1970
is currently teaching at the Colegio Maya in Guatemala City. She is a member of the
local chapter of the International Reading Association.
Philip Fanone, Ed.M. 1974
of West Seneca, N.Y. is in his twenty-ninth year as a teacher and treasurer of the
Maryvale Teachers Association.
Robert Fink, Ph.D. 1974
recently accepted an appointment as professor of counseling at Oakland University in
Rochester, Mich., having previously served for 17 years as director of the university's psychology clinic.
He also maintains a private practice in clinical psychology.
George S. Kachmarik, B.A. 1974
was recently promoted to Navy Commander. For the past two years, he has been a psychotherapist
at LaAmistad Residential Treatment Center in Maitland, Fla.
Morton Merowitz, M.A. 1974
of Buffalo published a review in the Jewish Frontier of Joseph Heller's study of the Stern Gang,
an outlawed Jewish underground group that fought the British authorities in Palestine before Israel's founding in 1948.
Sheila F. Painter, B.A. 1974
manages membership at the Jewish Community Center of Toledo, Ohio, while juggling her many
responsibilities as wife, mother to three teenage sons, and public speaker and freelance writer.
Ron Schreiber, B.A. 1975
is corecipient with Jordan Levy, B.A. 1977, of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year
Award for the Upstate New York region. The two are cofounders of UCA&L, leading provider of out-sourced
sales and support services to the high technology industry.
Paul L. Klein, B.S. 1976
of Buffalo was appointed director of information systems for Rich Products Corporation. His
responsibilities include leading the application development team for computer systems utilized by the company's
business units and staff functions.
Shin Yin Liong, M.D. 1976 & B.S. 1971
has opened a medical practice in Orange, Calif., specializing in internal medicine and
Alan Soble, Ph.D. 1976
professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, recently published Sexual
Investigations (New York University Press), an examination of the moral, political and analytical dimensions
of sexuality. His other books include The Structure of Love and Pornography: Marxism, Feminism, and the
Future of Sexuality.
Chung In Um, Ph.D. 1976
professor of physics at Korea University, is the newly elected president of the UB Alumni
Association chapter in Korea.
Ruth Trieber Berman, M.B.A. 1977 & B.A. 1975
is director of marketing services for the Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Division of Johnson &
Johnson. In December 1995, she won the Johnson & Johnson Achievement Award and serves as spokesperson for
Ortho McNeil's annual birth control study.
Monica L. Brodzik, B.S. 1977
received a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, where she has
been appointed visiting assistant professor of mathematics for the 1996-1997 academic year.
Nancilu Burdick, M.A. 1977
has been a freelance writer since retiring from teaching in 1981. Her first book, Legacy:
The Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts, was featured in the PBS documentary "Ancestors"
in January 1996.
Jordan Levy, B.A. 1977
is corecipient with Ron Schreiber, B.A. 1975, of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year
Award for the Upstate New York region. The two are cofounders of UCA&L, leading provider of outsourced
sales and support services to the high technology industry.
Bob Se Yuen Choi, B.S. 1978
is director of research for Survey Research Hong Kong Ltd.
Isaiah D. Cooper, B.F.A. 1978
of Hamden, Conn. joined the law firm of Pepe & Hazard as an associate in the corporate
Martin S. Glass, B.S. 1978
opened a full-service law practice in Commack, N.Y., specializing in patents, trademarks
and copyrights. He earned his law degree at night while working as a software engineer during the day.
David Eric Knuutila, Ed.M. 1978 & B.S. 1973
is professor of health, physical education and recreation at Niagara County Community College,
where he is also wrestling coach and assistant athletic director.
Carol Plantamura, M.F.A. 1978
is a professor of music at the University of California at San Diego. She has also completed
a book, The Opera Lover's Guide to Europe, published by Citadel Press in November 1996.
Steven M. Plotycia, B.A. 1978
of Pelham, N.Y. graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1982
and married Roberta Oliverio that same year. They have three children, Steven, 13, Joey, eight, and Michael,
Marilena Amoni, M.S. 1979 & B.A. 1977
of Arlington, Va. has been named director of the Office of Traffic Injury Control Program of
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Judith S. Krom, Ph.D. 1979
of Syracuse has been appointed associate dean of the Human Services Degree Program at Thomas
Edison State College.
Elizabeth C. Teviotdale, B.A. 1979
is assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Santa Monica. In 1996,
she was appointed an associate of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.