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1960s Classnotes

Florence L. Rosse, B.A. 1960, has been elected to the Beaufort County School Board from District Three. She is also chair of the Beaufort County Democratic Party and resides in Hilton Head Island, SC.

Hedria Lunken, Ed.B. 1961, president of Hedria Consulting, has been nominated for the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 2001. As a nominee, Lunken is being recognized for her extraordinary achievements and commitment to furthering the advancement of women business owners. She lives in Williamsville, NY.

Harold Kutner, B.S. 1963, vice president for worldwide purchasing at General Motors Corp., received the first-ever Alumnus of the Year Award from UB's School of Management at its annual alumni association awards banquet. The honor recognizes alumni whose career achievements have significantly impacted their businesses and industries. Kutner was named this year to the Business Week list of the 25 most influential men and women in e-commerce. He is leading development of GM's online ≥order to delivery≤ system, targeted for a 2003 launch. He resides in West Bloomfield, MI.

H. Joseph Sgroi, B.S. 1964, of H. Joseph Sgroi & Associates, has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 28 consecutive years. He is president-elect of Mercy Hospital Foundation, treasurer of the West Seneca (NY) Rotary Foundation and director of the Sisters of Mercy Development Council.

Rocco L. Versace, B.A. 1964, recently joined his son in the practice of law, founding the Versace Law Office in Rome, NY, and practicing out of the central New York area. In addition to his law practice, he is the developer of the Country Club Estates housing development and the owner of the Rose Garden Apartments, both located in Rome, where he resides.

James C. Collins, J.D. 1966 & B.A. 1964, practices law in Buffalo, NY, and specializes in workers' compensation. He lives in Hamburg, NY, with his wife, Bonnie Collins, M.S.W. 1980, Ed.M. 1967 & B.A. 1963.

Millard Drexler, B.S. 1966, has been named a 2001 recipient of the Israel Fellows Prize. Drexler is president and chief executive officer of Gap, which includes the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. Starting with the Gap division of the company in 1983 as president, he led the division to more than $1 billion in sales before launching Old Navy in 1993, the first apparel retailer to generate $1 billion in sales in under four years. He resides in San Francisco, CA.

Robert J. Albrecht, Ed.M. 1967, a professor in the English and humanities department at Alfred State College, has been recognized by the State University of New York (SUNY) as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. The designation constitutes a promotion above that of full professor. Albrecht, who has taught at the college for 33 years, has maintained an extremely high level of performance and energy in his teaching, pursuit of technical innovation and interest in his colleagues' success.

Cindy Breslin-Carere, B.A. 1967, has retired from a 32-year career of teaching French in Toronto, Ontario, writing pedagogical articles, leading seminars, instructing new teachers and writing French texts. Currently pursuing writing, painting and singing, she lives in Markham, Ontario.

Erika A. Metzger, Ph.D. 1967, has edited a book titled A Companion to the Works of Rainer Maria Rilke with her husband, Michael, professor emeritus at UB. A Companion provides essential, up-to-date essays by top Rilke scholars on a wide range of the major aspects of the poet's life and works. Metzger and her husband have written extensively on various aspects of German literature.

Rachel Sultanik, B.F.A. 1967, an artist and art teacher, had an exhibit of 20 oil-on-canvas paintings at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center Galleries, March 9-May 5, 2001. She resides in Rockville, MD.

Mark H. Swerdloff, B.A. 1967, and his wife, Ileen P. Swerdloff, B.A. 1967, practice law together at their firm Swerdloff & Swerdloff in West Hartford, CT. They live in Farmington, CT.

Robert E. Van Slyke, B.S. 1967, and his wife, Nancy Van Slyke, B.S. 1970, were both given the Herkimer Award as outstanding alumni of Southwest Texas State University's department of health administration, where they each received graduate degrees. Robert Van Slyke is currently senior vice president of Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, FL. Nancy Van Slyke is associate professor at the University of South Alabama. They reside in Gulf Breeze, FL.

Michael F. Chelus, J.D. 1968 & B.S. 1965, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC, has coauthored with Thomas P. Kawalec, J.D. 1998 & B.A. 1995, a chapter in the New York Bar Association's Insurance Law Practice. The chapter, entitled ≥Fire and Property Insurance,≤ details the mandatory provisions for fire insurance policies in New York State, according to New York insurance law.

Robert A. Milch, M.D. 1968 & B.A. 1964, is medical director for the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Cheektowaga, NY. He also writes for scholarly medical journals, and has contributed story lines and consulted for the popular television programs Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. He lives in Williamsville, NY, with his wife, Linda.

Theodore S. Pierce, B.A. 1969, has been appointed deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, by the Department of State in Washington, DC. As deputy to the ambassador, Pierce will be responsible for managing American relations with the countries of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu in the Southwest Pacific. Pierce will also oversee consular services to American citizens, promote stronger commercial ties with U.S. businesses and manage American aid to the region. He and his wife, Salote, have two children and reside in Falls Church, VA.

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