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1980s Classnotes

Charles C. Swanekamp, M.B.A. 1980 & J.D. 1979, has been named a partner in the litigation practice group at Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, a Buffalo, N.Y., law firm.

Charles D. Carter, B.S. 1981, has been named a project architect and specifications writer at Lauer-Manguso & Associates, an Amherst, N.Y., architectural and engineering firm.

Phyllis S. Herdendorf, Ph.D. 1981, has retired from her position at Empire State College of the State University of New York. She had been associate professor in the division of business, management and economics.

Thomas M. McPherson, B.S. 1981, has been named manager of civil engineering at Sears Brown Group in Buffalo, N.Y.

Matthew Randazzo, B.S. 1981, is sales manager for the process market department at Viatran Corporation, a Grand Island, N.Y., manufacturer of pressure transmitters.

Kenneth R. Bojanek, B.A. 1982, of Tonawanda, N.Y., is working at Tops Markets Inc. He has recently been appointed political action committee representative for Teamsters Local 264. He is also an active member of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health and the Western New York Coalition for Economic Justice.

Eugene A. Dombrowski, M.A. 1982, is floor manager for Valu Home Centers at its Fredonia, N.Y., location. He was self-employed for 26 years as the owner of Point Breeze Hardware Store. He resides in Angola, N.Y., with his wife, Darlene, and their son.

Herbert J. Glose, J.D. 1982, has been named a partner at the Buffalo, N.Y., law firm of Harris, Beach & Wilcox. As a corporate attorney, he concentrates on business law for private and public companies.

Bahgat Sammakia, Ph.D. 1982 & M.S. 1980, of Newark Valley, N.Y., is a senior engineer and manager at IBM Corporation. She has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, a worldwide engineering society focused on technical, educational and research issues.

Ilene B. Tannen, B.S. 1982, was promoted to counsel at Pennie & Edmonds LLP, an intellectual property law firm in New York, N.Y. She will specialize in the fields of trademark and copyright law.

Guy A. VanBaalen, J.D. 1982, is the assistant United States Trustee in the U.S. Trustee's Office, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice for the state's northern district, covering Utica, Syracuse, Binghamton and points in between. He has administrative and substantive oversight of all bankruptcy filings in the district.

Kenneth C. Best, B.S. 1983, has been named assistant vice president/corporate sales director at Hart Hotels, a hotel management company in Buffalo, N.Y.

Michael R. Bonetto, B.S. 1983, has been named an assistant vice president at S.H. Gow & Co. Inc., an insurance agency in Buffalo, N.Y.

Janet M. Gunner, J.D. 1983, has joined the law firm of Sanders & Sanders in Snyder, N.Y., where she will practice in the areas of labor and employment law and real estate law.

Richard A. Rainer, B.S. 1983, a U.S. Navy lieutenant, has completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas on the USS George Washington. He was the officer in charge of the surface fleet battle group and enforced the no-fly zone over Iraq. He joined the Navy in 1984.

Robert M. Yacynych, B.S. 1983, is a physician in the emergency department at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown, Md., following a nine-year career in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children: Eddie (5), David (3) and Janette (9 months).

James Everett, J.D. 1984, is vice president and counsel for state proceedings for the Securities Industry Association. He has been named to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws' Trust Act committee, the American Bar Association's committee on state regulation of securities, and has been included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.

Jill D. Kilinskas, M.B.A. 1984, of Williamsville, N.Y., has been promoted to financial analyst at Praxair Inc., the largest producer of industrial gases in North America. She will be responsible for capital budgeting and forecasting.

Stephanie A. Weisman, M.A. 1984 & B.A. 1978, of Oakland, Calif., started a theater company nine years ago called "The Marsh." It is a testing ground for new performances that, in turn, lead to the development of new plays.

Mary Ann Deb, M.S. 1985 & B.S. 1978, an associate professor of nursing at Trocaire College in Buffalo, N.Y., was awarded the 1997 Patricia Lavender Distinguished Educator Award. She resides in Williamsville, N.Y., with her husband and two children.

Robert T. Durkin, B.A. 1985, has served as an infantry officer in the Fleet Marine Force since graduation. Recently awarded the Bronze Star Medal, he is currently serving as an instructor and as the Marine Corps liaison at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

David Rose, B.A. 1985, is the founding director of an independent ergonomics consulting firm, ErgoMetrics Inc., located in Holland, Pa. His company provides loss control ergonomics services, which address workplace safety, accident prevention and workers' compensation issues, ergonomics training and litigation support.

Lawrence A. Tabak, P.M. Cert. 1985 & Ph.D. 1981, professor of dental research, biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester, was named a 1997 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is an authority on the saliva and salivary glands that help keep the mouth disease-free.

Mark S. Bennett, B.A. 1986, has joined the Cooperman Agency of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as an investment specialist. He resides in North Tonawanda, N.Y., with his wife, Diane.

Larry Hahn, M.B.A. 1986, has been promoted to vice president and consumer products business unit manager at Curtice Burns Foods in Rochester, N.Y.

Richard Kadlubowski, M.Arch. 1986, has been promoted to senior architect and transferred to Washington, D.C., where he now heads Hoffmann Architects' new Washington office. He, his wife, Mary, and their children will reside in northern Virginia.

Janet M. Palya, M.S.W. 1986, of Lake View, N.Y., is the director of field education for the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Social Work and is a member of the school's alumni board.

Charles E. Telford, J.D. 1986, has been named a partner at Damon & Morey, a Buffalo, N.Y., law firm. He will continue to practice environmental, corporate and estate law.

Daniel G. Winkowski, M.S. 1986 & B.A. 1984, has been promoted to principal scientist at the NATO consultation, command, and control agency located in The Hague, Netherlands.

Jeanne Heinrich, M.B.A. 1987, has been named vice president and manager of Marine Midland Bank in Buffalo, N.Y.

Barbara J. Little, Ph.D. 1987 & M.A. 1984, is a staff archaeologist for the National Historic Landmarks Survey and the National Registry of Historical Places in Washington, D.C.

Rajini Srikanth, Ph.D. 1987, has coedited a book titled A Part, Yet Apart, the first comprehensive study of the peripheral position and invisibility of South Asian perspectives within Asian America. She is also an adjunct professor of American Studies at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Scott P. Stiglicz, B.S. 1987, was promoted to director of sales and marketing for Europe at Bell & Howell's Scanner Division. Bell & Howell provides high-speed document scanners for electronic imaging systems. He will be relocating to London for two years.

Julius Gregg Adams, Ph.D. 1988 & B.A. 1978, was named director of the school of education at SUNY College at Fredonia. A state-certified school psychologist who has been on the Fredonia faculty since 1988, he resides with his wife, Carmon Grigsby, in Amherst, N.Y.

John Arrasjid, B.S. 1988, is the cofounder and vice president of an international ISP and systems network consulting and solution provider based in San Jose, Calif. The company is currently undergoing its first major expansion. He is also working on his first CD as a member of the World Beat Band.

Mark T. Balcom, B.A. 1988, has been named marketing manager of Pooley Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y.

Mark Bargnesi, M.B.A. 1988, has been promoted to group controller of the magazine and catalog group for Quebecor Printing (USA) Corporation in Depew, N.Y. He will have financial reporting responsibilities for seven printing facilities in the United States.

David G. Brock, M.D. 1988, was recently appointed to the staff of the Jefferson Stroke Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is assistant professor of neurology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and medical director of the neurosensory program/neuro-intensive care unit at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He has been coinvestigator of several clinical studies related to stroke, including the study of intra-arterial pro-urokinase for acute strokes and a National Institutes of Health TPA stroke study.

Sharon Quinn Costello, M.B.A. 1988, is the regional director of operations for New York State at Staff Builders Home Health Care in Amherst, N.Y.

Laurence A. Levine, M.B.A. 1988, has recently been promoted to district manager at Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical firm in Albany, N.Y.

Matthew J. Serwacki, B.S. 1988, is a loan officer for New York Business Development Corporation-New York, a statewide provider of long-term finance in Western New York.

Lee Y. Ting, B.S. 1988, is an assistant vice president for Merrill Lynch International Bank Ltd. in Singapore.

Stephen Vujcec, B.A. 1988, has been named an account executive at Inacom Information Systems, a technology management services firm in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mark Wojtowicz, M.B.A. 1988 & B.S. 1984, is production manager in the marketing department at Westwood-Squibb Pharmaceuticals in Buffalo, N.Y.

Carolyn M. Henry, J.D. 1989 & B.S. 1986, has been named an associate at Hurwitz & Fine, Buffalo, N.Y. She is a member of the firm's litigation department.

Eunice A. Lewin, Ed.M. 1989 & M.A. 1978, of Buffalo, N.Y., has been named to the Canisius College board of regents for a three-year term. The board serves as an advisory group to the president and the board of trustees. She is a social worker for the Buffalo Board of Education, a founding board member of Roswell Park Alliance and a member of the board of trustees of the Buffalo Zoo and WNED-TV, Channel 17, Buffalo's PBS station.

Cheryl Meyers, B.A. 1989, has been named an associate at Kenney, Kanaley, Shelton & Liptak, a Buffalo law firm, where she will practice criminal defense and civil litigation.

Scott D. Phelan, B.A. 1989, U.S. Navy petty officer third class, recently departed on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. He joined the Navy in March 1995.

David E. Rook, M.B.A. 1989, of Slingerlands, N.Y., earned a J.D. from the University at Albany Law School in 1995 and now has a private law practice. He is also a registered patent attorney and was elected fire commissioner of Slingerlands Fire District.

Craig F. Snyder, M.B.A. 1989, is an attorney in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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