Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S. 1961, received the Jarvie-Burkhart Award from the Dental Society of New York at the society's annual meeting in November. He is professor, chairman of the periodontology department and director of the Center for Dental Studies at UB. Recognized internationally as an expert on pharmacology and periodontology, he is chairman of the dental panel of the United States Pharmacopeia and a member of the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs. He is editor of Biological Therapies in Dentistry and Periodontal Insights.
Joseph D. DePierro, B.S. 1961, has been elected president of the Monroe County Business Educators Association. A 35-year veteran of the Rochester City School District, he is currently the registrar of East High School. He holds a master's degree from Niagara University.
William A. Loftus, B.S. 1961, a 21-year veteran of Ace Hardware, has been promoted to executive vice president, retail, from his previous position as senior vice president, marketing and advertising. He and his wife, Nancy, residents of Winfield, Ill., have three children. In addition to his current retail success functions, he will have overall responsibility for new business for National Hardlines Supply, a wholly owned Ace subsidiary created to service nonmember retail accounts.
James N. Mitchell, D.D.S. 1961, recently retired after 25 years of service as acting chief of dental services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
Charles M. Bonasera, M.S.W. 1962, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Williamsville, N.Y. He also does consulting on preventive issues in mental health and stress management for area organizations.
Joseph Wolfe, B.S. 1962, recently retired from his 20-year position as professor of management at the University of Tulsa. Working in the areas of business simulations and games and field research, he will be a senior research fellow at INSEAD's Center for Advanced Learning Technologies. Over the past few years, he has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Hungary, Poland and various republics of the former Soviet Union, where he conducted market reform and business game-based training programs. He has written extensively on Hungarian and Russian companies and the problems they face in their emerging market-based economies. In October 1997, he headed a delegation of business gaming efforts to a conference of the Japanese Association of Simulations and Games in Tokyo.
Christopher T. W. Ross, J.D. 1963 & LL.B. 1950, after serving three years on the board of directors of the prestigious Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto and as its nonresident chairman, was appointed by the board as honorary officer for international affairs.
Anthony Amoriello, Ed.B. 1965, has retired after 32 years of teaching health and coaching football and golf in the East Ramapo Central School district of Monroe, N.Y. His daughter, Mia, graduated from UB with a M.L.S. degree in 1992.
Michael H. Fruth, B.A. 1966, is marketing director for U.S. Electronics in Buffalo.
John C. Knipler, B.A. 1966, is an advanced placement English instructor at West Seneca East High School and also serves as the track and field coach. He and his wife, Kristin, reside in Amherst, N.Y.
Susan P. Bogard, M.S.W. 1967, of Wheatley Heights, N.Y., received a doctoral degree in clinical social work from New York University in 1996 and is currently the director of the clinic where she completed her senior practicum. She is married to Bruce Bogard, M.D. 1968. Their daughter, Meredith Bogard, B.A. 1994, is working in public relations with the Rainbow Programming Division of Cablevision.
Michael F. Chelus, J.D. 1968 & B.S. 1965, a partner of the law firm of Grosse, Chelus, Herdzik & Speyer P.C., announces a change in the name of the firm to Chelus, Herdzik & Speyer, P.C., following the retirement of the firm's senior partner, Lowell Grosse. Founded in 1896, the firm continues its tradition in civil litigation, while developing a strong reputation in other areas of legal specialization.
Howard C. Bateman Jr., B.A. 1969, a librarian of the Vernon Township High School in Vernon, N.J., was selected to be one of 16 U.S. participants in the U.S. Department of Education's 1997 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program. He took part in a seminar on "Understanding the New South Africa: A major African Power in Transition" sponsored by the African-American Institute.