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H. James Birx, Ph.D. 1971 & M.A. 1967, a professor of anthropology at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and a Harvard Scholar, was the organizer and chair of an international conference on "Darwin, Evolution & Values," which took place at the Darwin State Museum in Moscow, Russia. He was both a visiting professor in the philosophy department and Development Center of GE in Schenectady, NY, and lives in Gloversville, NY.

Ira Flatow, B.A. 1971, hosts the NPR program, Talk of the Nation Science Friday, which airs in the Buffalo area at 2 p.m. on WBFO, FM 88.7. The Buffalo News called Flatow "a top-notch interviewer, well informed, deeply interested and especially good at focusing on central themes" that concern our world today.

Margarita M. Wood, B.A. 1971, of MetLife Financial Services, is a member of the 2000 Million Dollar Round Table, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Buffalo Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. She specializes in retirement, estate and business planning.

Bill Besecker, B.A. 1972, has been elected chair of the Construction Exchange for a second one-year term. He is currently a district representative for Lovell Safety Management Company of New York, NY. He resides in Wheatfield, NY.

Mark G. Farrell, J.D. 1972 & B.A. 1969, has been Amherst (NY) Town Justice since 1993 and will run for reelection in Fall 2001. His responsibilities as Amherst Town Justice include criminal, civil, vehicle and traffic, and property-related matters. Farrell also implemented and continues to preside over the first suburban drug treatment court in the United States. Additionally, he initiated the first operative Domestic Violence Court in Erie County and assisted in the creation of the Amherst Youth Court. He and his wife live in Amherst.

Christopher G. Lauer, B.A. 1972, of Lauer and McLaughlin Company, is a member of the 2000 Million Dollar Round Table. With 20 years' experience providing financial advice, he is currently an officer and board member of the Buffalo Chapter, Society of Financial Service Professionals and a member of both the Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York and the Wealth Management Group of Western New York. He resides in Williamsville, NY, with his wife, Cheri, and their two sons.

James L. Mulvihill, M.A. 1972, is professor and chair of the Department of Geography at California State University in San Bernardino, CA, where he resides.

William H. Van Evera, B.A. 1972, was recently named agency compliance officer for Summit Financial Group LLC, in Albany, NY, a full service insurance/financial services firm. Van Evera also conducts numerous seminars each year on topics dealing with retirement and estate planning, and is the managing partner for BFG Brokerage Services in Albany. He lives in Niskayuna, NY, with his wife, Terry, and their two children.

Mitchell Drucker, M.S. 1973 & B.S. 1969, is chief financial officer of CVD Equipment Corporation in Ronkonkoma, NY. He resides in Marmora, NJ.

Vince Evans, M.S.W. 1973 & B.S. 1973, is director of marketing for the home health-care company Willcare and a member of the "Happy to Be Back in Western New York Club," which emphasizes the reasons for area natives returning to the region.

J. Michael Lennon, J.D. 1973, was honored by St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, NY, at the school's annual Signum Fidei dinner. The Signum Fidei Society was founded in 1984 to honor graduates for their career achievements; "Signum Fidei" is the Latin motto of the Brothers of St. John Baptist de la Salle, who have operated the school since its founding in 1861. Lennon is a principal in Edward C. Cosgrove Attorneys, an adjunct professor of business law at Canisius College and the 2000 recipient of the Thomas More Guild Award, given to an outstanding Catholic lawyer. He resides in Buffalo, NY.

Evan Summer, B.F.A. 1973, had an exhibition of printmaking and collage entitled Evan Summer: Landscapes and Nocturnes, in the Reading (PA) Public Museum. Summer has been described as a modern-day artist using old world skills. His art deals with time and change and is dark, moody and foreboding. The exhibit opened with a talk by the artist.

Jeffrey Wigand, Ph.D. 1973, M.A. 1972 & B.A. 1969, is the founder of the nonprofit organization Smoke-Free Kids Inc. in Charleston, SC. Profiled in the Winter 2000 issue of UB Today, he was the subject of the 1999 movie The Insider, which focused on his role as the central witness in lawsuits filed by 40 state attorneys general against the tobacco industry for deception and wrongdoing that led to a $246 billion settlement. Wigand, who lives in Charleston, continues his efforts to reduce tobacco use.

Marianne B. Eimer, M.L.S. 1974, has been appointed head of reference and instruction at SUNY Fredonia's Reed Library. Eimer will provide leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating information services. She also teaches information literacy classes to students, faculty and other library patrons at Fredonia. Eimer served on the program committee of the 32nd State University of New York Librarians Association Conference, where she presented a session on "Access to Materials: How SUNY Libraries Function Now and What Lessons Can be Learned."

William Mehls, Ed.M. 1974 & B.A. 1974, received the Classroom Music Specialist Award, one of the 2001 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) Musicians' Awards for outstanding music educators. Mehls teaches at the Canandaigua Primary School, where he has integrated music into classroom content areas, coordinated all-school events and written songs for numerous classroom plays. The RPO Musicians' Awards program was created in 1988 to recognize and honor outstanding music educators.

Steve M. Lustig, B.S. 1975, received the Charles I. Lytle Award for 2000 at a New England Financial (NEF) national conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Lustig, who was recognized for his exemplary customer service, finished in the top two percent nationally in productivity for all NEF associates. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Lawrence A. Zimmerman, J.D. 1975 & M.Arch. 1975, has joined the Albany, NY, office of Hiscock and Barclay LLP, as a partner and cochair of the real estate tax/condemnation/valuation litigation practice group. He specializes in the areas of real property tax reduction and general commercial litigation. Zimmerman's practice also includes administrative hearings before various state agencies. He is the chair of the New York State Bar Association's special committee to investigate, study and report on the emerging tax consulting industry and its impact on tax certiorari practice. He lives in Delmar, NY.

James A. Baker, B.A. 1976, is a lawyer in Ithaca, NY, practicing criminal defense and family law. He and his wife, Kathryn Loomis Baker, B.A. 1976, who works in a genetics research laboratory at Cornell University, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in May. They live in Moravia, NY, with their three daughters.

Carl J. Dyczek, B.A. 1976, has become counsel to Walter & Haverfield LLP, in Cleveland, OH. He lives in Cleveland with his wife and four children.

Edward R. Kreinheder Jr., B.S. 1976, is director of production planning and inventory control in the purchasing custom and specialty division at Steeltin Can Corporation in Baltimore, MD. He resides in Pasadena, MD.

Lois Mevs, M.S. 1976, has completed the legal nurse consultant program at Kaplan College. She lives in Lockport, NY.

James F. Connolly, M.A. 1977 & B.A. 1970, received the Elected Official of the Year Award from the Western New York chapter of the American Public Works Association. The award recognizes the creative use of private sector management practices in a government public works project for the Town of Hamburg, NY, where Connolly resides.

Alan Klein, Ph.D. 1977, M.A. 1973 & B.A. 1970, is a professor of anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Author of three books and dozens of publications in the areas of culture, politics and sport, he recently delivered a presidential address at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, of which he was president from 1998-2000. He lives in Boston with his wife and four children.

Paul Volcy, J.D. 1977, was appointed as a Buffalo (NY) City Court Judge by Mayor Anthony Masiello to fill a recent vacancy. He will serve by appointment until December 2001 and is seeking election in November to a full 10-year term. Volcy is a founding member of Western New York Hispanics and Friends Civic Association and is active in other Latino organizations. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Buffalo with their daughter.

William J. Grobe, Ed.D. 1978, Ed.M. 1972 & B.A. 1969, is president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and principal of AIM, an alternative high school program of the Williamsville, NY, School District. He has 18 years' experience as a middle level and high school principal. He lives in Tonawanda, NY.

Charles Meltzer, B.A. 1978, has relocated to Monterey, CA, and founded a business called "NaturMax," a mail order company that distributes natural health products for pets across America. He resides in Seaside, CA.

James J. Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, of Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak, is a member of the 2000 Million Dollar Round Table and a 2000 recipient of the Stanley Collins Award.

Lisa Bender, Ph.D. 1979, has been elected as an officer of the MITRE Corporation and appointed vice president by MITRE's board of trustees. MITRE is a not-for-profit national technology resource that provides systems engineering, research and development and information technology support to the government. She lives in Harvard, MA.

Frank T. Schreck, M.D. 1979, was honored at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute's annual Signum Fidei dinner. The Signum Fidei Society was founded in 1984 to honor graduates for their career achievements. Schreck is the founder and president of Orchard Park (NY) Pediatrics and a clinical professor of pediatrics at the UB medical school. He also received the John S. Paroski Award as educator of the year from Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY. He resides in Orchard Park.

Elizabeth C. Teviotdale, B.A. 1979, an associate curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, has written The Stammheim Missal, a book about the original Stammheim Missal, produced in Lower Saxony in the 1170s.

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