| 1970s Classnotes
J. Buechi, M.S. 1970 & B.S. 1968, a regional environmental
remediation engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, has been elected president of the UB Engineering
Thomas E. Carey, Ph.D. 1973, received the Distinguished
Research Scientist Award from the University of Michigan in recognition
of his outstanding research, his generosity as a colleague, teacher
and mentor, and his distinguished service to that university.
Marsha S. Henderson, B.A. 1973, was named to New York Governor
George Pataki’s commission honoring the achievements of women
in 1998. She currently serves as president of Key Bank, N.A.’s
Western New York District, where she is a career financial services
executive. She also serves as director of the National Women’s
Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Robert E. Johnson, B.S. 1973, has been named interim dean
of the William States Lee College of Engineering at the University
of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte. His appointment began January
1, 2000, following the retirement of Robert Snyder, who had headed
the college since 1977. He joined the faculty at UNC in 1994 as
chair of mechanical engineering, following 16 years on the faculty
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also began
a motorsports engineering program at UNC-Charlotte that was featured
on the December 29, 1998 cover of the New York Times sports page.
Roy W. Schonberg, B.A. 1973, has been promoted to the newly
created position of director of information infrastructure in
the Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park, NC,
where he will be responsible for network operations, telecommunications,
server operations and network security.
Carol L. Sheffer, M.L.S. 1973, has been promoted to deputy
director for planning and development for the Queensborough Public
Library in New York, NY. She was formerly director of programs
and services at the library.
Ronald J. Szatkowski, B.S. 1973, has been appointed vice
president of Mesch Engineering P.C. in Lockport, NY, where he
will be responsible for mechanical and structural project concerns.
James W. Beall, B.A. 1974, has been appointed an administrative
law judge for the State of California Department of Social Services.
Richard J. Langenfeld, Ed.M. 1974, has been named outstanding
educator in the criminal justice field by the criminal justice
alumni chapter and the criminal justice department at Buffalo
State College. An assistant professor of criminal justice at Hilbert
College in Hamburg, NY, he was honored for his contributions to
education and for creating innovative courses in police management
on such topics as “Police, Politics and Professionalism.”
Ellen R. Pasternack, B.A. 1974, is currently director of
public relations for Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker
Sound; both firms are owned by director/producer George Lucas
and are located in San Rafael, CA.
Joseph A Calabrese, M.B.A. 1975, a nationally recognized
transit expert, has joined the executive staff of the C&S Companies.
As director of national business development, he will work closely
with transit systems and communities to develop, fund and complete
“smart growth” initiatives. In addition to his public transit
experience, he was the executive vice president of a private corporation
that served the nation’s largest transit and aviation agencies.
Located in Syracuse, NY, C&S Companies provides comprehensive
planning, engineering design, construction, project management
and technical services to industry and government.
Carl J. Dyczek, B.A. 1976, has joined the law firm of Jones,
Day, Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland, OH, as a staff attorney.
Mark M. Sieczkarek, B.S. 1976, has been named corporate
vice president and president of Bausch & Lomb’s Europe, Middle
East and Africa operations, where he will lead the integrated
commercial regional team. Most recently acting president of the
surgical business in the European region and vice president of
finance/IM&T, he joined Bausch & Lomb in 1995 as vice president
and controller of the former personal products division, and later
for North American Vision Care. He has also served as staff vice
president of corporate development.
Donna Jordan Dusel, M.A. 1978, currently serves as president
of the Buffalo Society of Artists (established in 1891), one of
the oldest artists organizations in the U.S. From 1994–1998, she
was the president of the Western New York branch of the National
League of American Pen Women. Since 1978, she has been operating
a freelance photo business and exhibiting her photography and
artwork. Now working in the field of computer graphics as well,
she has taught photography, art and writing courses at the college
level for more than a decade.