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Joseph Lojacono, M.B.A. 1980 & B.S. 1979, has been promoted to executive vice president of the SKM Group, an advertising and marketing communications agency based in Williamsville, NY, where he will be responsible for integrated marketing campaigns and strategic services. Additional responsibilities include new business development and managing client relationships at the full-service agency. Lojacono’s experience includes working with both business-to-consumer and business-to-business clients in the financial, energy, retail and telecommunications sectors. He is also a past president of both the UB Alumni Association and the UB School of Management Alumni Association. He resides with his family in Getzville, NY.

William E. Gallagher, B.A. 1981, has been named commercial lines account executive with Lawley Service Insurance Group of Companies, where he will be responsible for the development of new commercial insurance accounts. A member of the Erie Community College advisory board for institutional advancement, he is past chair of the insurance division for the Western New York United Way. He lives in Buffalo, NY, with his wife and two children.

Jeremy L. Gilbert, B.S. 1981, professor of bioengineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at Syracuse University, has been featured in an article in the college’s magazine, Syracuse University Synergies. He is one of two faculty members conducting bioengineering research in the ECS department of bioengineering and neuroscience. Gilbert specializes in the study of orthopedic biomaterials used to repair, replace or augment tissues in the body, such as hip replacements, and cardiovascular biomaterials, such as pacemakers. He has spent the last four years developing a new polymeric material with a coworker—an orthopedic bone cement—that will eventually be manufactured by a company in the United Kingdom for use in joint replacement surgeries. He resides in Downers Grove, IL.

Teresa M. Morgan, B.S. 1981, was named senior accountant at Fiddler & Company LLP. She recently completed a graduate tax certificate program at UB’s Institute for Tax Studies. She lives in Buffalo, NY.

Charles Clevenger, Ph.D. 1982, was named president of Harrisburg (PA) Polytechnic Development Corporation, established in 2001 to support the proposed Harrisburg Polytechnic Institute. The latter is conceived as a nontraditional university intended to foster applied research and development, serve as an incubator for new businesses and act as a catalyst for regional workforce development. As president, Clevenger will perform the duties of chief executive officer and serve as spokesperson for the corporation. He will also pursue discussions about possible creation of a high-tech prep school, as a collaborative venture with the Harrisburg School District and Harrisburg Area Community College.

David Gnage, M.B.A. 1982, interim dean of the Arizona International College, University of Arizona, has been named campus executive officer of Penn State Mont Alto in Mont Alto, PA. With extensive experience in fiscal and administrative affairs, enrollment management and developing academic partnerships, Gnage will be responsible for providing leadership for all aspects of the campus community, including academic affairs, student affairs, alumni relations, institutional support, community relations and the continued development of degree programs to meet community needs. He lives in Fayetteville, PA.

Robert W. Patterson, J.D. 1983 & B.A. 1980, has joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King as senior counsel. He concentrates his practice in employee benefits law, health-care law and business law. Bond, Schoeneck & King LLP is comprised of 150 attorneys in Albany, Buffalo, Oswego and Syracuse, NY, as well as Overland Park, KS.

David Wachtel, Ph.D. 1983 & M.S. 1976, is the chair of social sciences at Lexington Community College in Lexington, KY, where he was promoted to full professor. In addition to his teaching and administration duties, he leads yearly trips to China with interested faculty and others to teach a three-week conversational English course to high school English teachers.

Marsha L. Baum, J.D. 1985, has been promoted to professor of law and has been granted tenure at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law. Baum is director of the law library at UNM and teaches courses on copyright law, and information technology and the law. She resides in Albuquerque, NM.

Efrain Benavides, M.B.A. 1985, has been appointed visiting professor of management at the Swiss Business School in Zurich, Switzerland, where he will be teaching one-week intensive courses to top executives and managers from different parts of Europe and Asia. Benavides is cofounder and president of Consultores Asociados en Administración, a management consulting firm based in Mexico. Previously, he was dean of the school of management at ITESM, one of the most recognized private universities in Latin America. He lives in Mexico City.

Michael J. Berson, B.A. 1987, associate professor of social science education at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL, received a USF Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2000–2001 academic year. He and his wife, Ilene Ruth Berson, B.A. 1987, reside in Tampa.

Richard K. Schroeder, M.A. 1987, is a financial planner in the Town of Amherst after spending 19 years in the field of journalism. He resides in Amherst, NY.

David E. Gaulin, M.B.A. 1988 & B.S. 1987, has been admitted into the partnership of Pricewaterhouse- Coopers LLP in New York, NY. He provides accounting, auditing and business advisory services to various clients, primarily in the manufacturing, distribution and services industries. In addition to his client service, he was the project leader on a major firm-wide international reengineering assignment. Gaulin has also provided professional services to New York City-based clients, and is the New York City leader of the PricewaterhouseCoopers assurance practice for law firms. He has been a frequent instructor and speaker at various continuing education programs, both within the firm and at outside business group programs. He has also been actively involved in various community organizations. He, his wife, Anne, and their three children reside in Buffalo, NY.

Markus Kessler, M.Arch. 1988 & B.P.S. 1986, was named director of facilities planning at SUNY College at Fredonia, where he previously served as assistant director. Kessler is responsible for providing direction, assistance and recommendations on all capital, residential and renovation projects at all stages of development and construction on the Fredonia campus. He resides in Hamburg, NY.

Babs Reingold, M.F.A. 1988, a New York artist, was featured in a solo exhibition at the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, GA, in March. Fifteen new pieces in the exhibit, titled “Intimate Apparel,” feature large wall and standing works created in what Reingold terms “other skins.” This is a reference not only to human skin, but also the topographical life of all objects, according to the artist’s conception. Reingold uses both a staining process and materials such as silk, threads, human hair and encaustic in her work. The Atlanta exhibit included four large paintings on canvas, seven stain paintings on paper and four sculptural pieces on raw steel stands, as well as several wall-mounted boxes. The “Intimate Apparel” exhibition continues a theme Reingold has been exploring for the past seven years, that of surface, and the biography beneath the surface. “Layers, and the chimera of layers, are integral in all surfaces—ours, a structure, whatever—for illusion is always the life beneath the surface,” she says. A frequent exhibitor in New York City, Reingold was selected for a New Jersey Arts Annual exhibit with such notables as George Segal and Faith Ringgold. A work from this exhibit was selected for the permanent collection of the Newark Museum. Reingold maintains studios in Tybee Island, GA and the New York City area.

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