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David A. Bloom, M.D. 1971, has been appointed associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Michigan medical school, where his responsibilities include the development and coordination of initiatives in the area of faculty affairs that are designed to improve educational and research environments for medical school faculty. He is a professor of surgery and chief of pediatric urology at the University of Michigan, as well as a clinical professor of surgery at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research interests lie in neurology, laparoscopy and historical research.

Howard L. Pranikoff, D.D.S. 1971, was elected international secretary of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, one of the world’s largest dental associations. A resident of Daytona Beach, FL, he maintains a private practice specializing in endodontics in Ormond Beach and in Port Orange, FL. In addition to his private practice, he maintains hospital affiliations at Memorial Hospital in Ormond Beach and Atlantic Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He also serves on the visiting faculties of several schools, including the departments of endodontics at the University of Florida School of Dental Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

William R. Besecker, B.A. 1972, has been elected chair of the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York Inc. for a one-year term. A resident of Wheatfield, NY, he has been a district representative for Lovell Safety Management Co., New York, NY, since 1990.

Maury A. Chaykin, B.A. 1972, best known for his appearances in films such as Dances With Wolves and Entrapment, plays detective Nero Wolfe in the A&E original movie The Golden Spiders, which is adapted from the mystery novel of the same name by Rex Stout.

Michael D. Garz, B.A. 1972, was recently promoted to manager of the Central Region of STV Incorporated, an STV Group engineering, architectural, planning, environmental and construction management firm, where he will be responsible for the region’s operations and administration. Now a vice president, he was the central region director of design operations before his promotion. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Pennsylvania Society of Architects and the Foundation of Architecture, he is a trustee and chairman of the Center for Literacy. He resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife, Sandra, and their two children.

Carmen A. Gautille, Ed.M. 1972, a regional vice president for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Inc., is responsible for operations in the eastern region of the United States. He resides in Manasquan, NJ, with his wife, Karen Hendry.

Arlen M. Tompkins, J.D. 1972 & B.A. 1968, has joined Fox, Rothschild, O’Brien & Frankel LLP, as special counsel in the tax and estates department, where he will concentrate his practice in estate planning, tax and trust and estate administration, including Orphans’ Court litigation. He will be based at the firm’s Philadelphia office. Before joining Fox Rothschild, he practiced trust and estates law with another Philadelphia law firm, was associated with a national accounting firm and served as an estate and gift tax attorney in the Philadelphia District Office of the Internal Revenue Service. He resides in Wayne, PA.

James W. Kosnik, M.A. 1973 & B.F.A. 1971, has been awarded a Golden Ear Award for best recording in 1999 by The Absolute Sound: The High End Journal of Audio & Music. He is currently an associate professor of organ and music history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Ihechukwu C. Madubuike, Ph.D. 1973, has written four books that are used as textbooks in colleges and universities in Nigeria and other institutions abroad. Before returning to Nigeria, Madubuike taught at what is now the Department of African American Studies at the University at Buffalo and taught African literature at Ohio State University. He also did research work at the University of Paris, Sorbonne; and the University of Dakar, Senegal. In addition to these scholarly achievements, he has held several key political positions in Nigeria, including minister of education and minister of health.

John B. O’Mara, M.B.A. 1974 & B.A. 1967, was promoted to vice president/asset, liability and risk manager at First Niagara Bank. He serves on the board of directors of CASA—Voices for Children, an advocacy group for children in the court system. He resides in East Amherst, NY, with his wife, Kathleen.

Susan A. Sherer, M.S. 1975, associate professor of management at Lehigh University, has received the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award, which recognizes high-quality applied research and refereed scholarship in business and applied economics. She is the author of numerous papers, articles and book reviews relating to software risk, testing, maintenance and implementation. In 1998, she was one of two recipients of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for teaching. Kit F. Burr, M.B.A. 1976 & B.S. 1969, has joined the Baptist Life Association of Buffalo, NY, as director of operations. Baptist Life provides insurance, annuities and other benefits to its membership and operates in 26 states.

Arthur Dohrman, B.S. 1976, has taken command of the 200th Engineer Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard. The battalion controls two bridge companies and is based in Linden, AL. During the week, he works for the Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, AL, where he is Huntsville’s lead engineer for the design and construction of two plants that will safely destroy lethal chemical weapons.

Michael J. Gaines, B.A. 1976, has joined bestroute.com LLC, as an online technical support expert. Bestroute is a new business-to-business e-commerce firm that is developing a national-scale online stocking distributorship of hard-to-find trade products.

Israel E. Kornstein, B.A. 1976, has joined the law firm of Harris Beach & Wilcox LLP, as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. He has a comprehensive labor and employment law and litigation practice that includes discrimination, collective bargaining, wage and hour issues, and counseling for private, not-for-profit and public organizations. He represents a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 corporations and private employers, in the personal care, trucking and amusement industries, in litigation matters and administrative proceedings. He resides in Scarsdale, NY.

Dennis R. Pyszczynski, M.D. 1976 & B.A. 1972, associate professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Truman Medical Center, will be one of six Kansas City investigators to join a five-year asthma research endeavor funded by the American Lung Association of Western Missouri. As part of the Asthma Clinical Research Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he will join researchers at 18 other centers across the country in the search for a greater understanding of the chronic—and sometimes fatal—disease.

Elaine C. Quincey, B.S. 1976, is a pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, PA.

Justin W. Schulz, Ph.D. 1976, is president of Applied Behavioral Sciences, a professional corporation in Littleton, CO.

Edna V. Baehre, Ph.D. 1977 & M.A. 1973, president of Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, PA, received the 2000 Carolyn Desjardins Presidential Award from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges during the group’s annual conference in Washington, DC. She was recognized for her achievements and outstanding leadership as president of her institution and for her support of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges and its sister organization, the National Institute for Leadership Development.

John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1977, was named the 1999 School Psychologist of the Year by the Washington State Association of School Psychologists at the organization’s annual meeting in Yakima, WA.

Joseph R. Wagner, B.P.S. 1977, has been named laboratory architect and firm principal of O’Brien/Atkins Associates PA, a 70-person design service firm in Research Triangle Park, NC, which provides architectural, interior design, engineering, landscape architecture and construction administration services to corporate, high technology and institutional clients. He has been with O’Brien/Atkins for 13 years and is a key team member in the delivery of laboratory design services.

Daniel T. Anderson, M.B.A. 1978 & B.S. 1977, has been promoted to principal of Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., a global consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm in Cambridge, MA. Anderson is a senior environmental engineer and management consulting specialist with more than 21 years’ experience, specializing in water, wastewater, storm water and solid waste rate studies; water and wastewater capital cost recovery studies; special assessment studies; and bond feasibility studies. He is a registered professional engineer, a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the American Water Works Association.

Janet Hansen-Moyes, Ed.M. 1978, was named interim executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York Inc. She joined the organization in 1975 as a program aide and has served as associate executive director for several years. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

Rodney Amadori, B.S. 1979, has been appointed director of education for ITT Technical Institute in Getzville, NY, where he will be in charge of the faculty, curricula and student body.

Peter S. Breslauer, M.A. 1979 & B.A. 1977, has been elected partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, a law firm in Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of the firm’s litigation department and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including class action, antitrust, products liability and intellectual property litigation. He has extensive experience in the defense of nationwide class action litigation, including several cases involving the performance of computer operating systems, hardware, and application and development software.

Mary C. St. Mary, B.S. 1979, has been promoted to associate marketing manager for Europe, the Middle East and South Africa by Rich Products Corporation, the nation’s largest privately owned frozen food manufacturer and headquartered in Buffalo, NY. Previously, she served as an inventory planner, demand planner and member of Rich’s international marketing group. She also worked for the American Red Cross in Washington, DC, and in Buffalo as the manager of the National Inventory Management System. She is affiliated with the SPCA of Erie County, AIDS Family Services and the Shea’s Buffalo Center for the Performing Arts Spotlight Committee. She holds an M.B.A. from Canisius College of Buffalo, NY.

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