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People of Note
David I. Andrianoff, B.A. 1972
Thomas K. Craine, Ph.D. 1972 & Ed.M. 1966
Arlene I. Greenspan, B.S. 1976
Joseph A. Raelin, Ph.D. 1977
Helen C. Kregg, B.A. 1991




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Phillip Belgrader, Ph.D. 1990 & M.A. 1986, is vice president and chief science officer at MicroFluidic Systems Inc. (MFSI) in Pleasanton, CA. MFSI is government funded to build autonomous instruments to monitor the air for pathogenic agents. Belgrader has held a number of prestigious positions, including neuromuscular disease research fellow at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, captain in the U.S. Air Force and chief of the advanced technologies development branch of the Armed Forces DNA identification lab. He has also served as principal investigator in the biology and biotechnology research program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and senior research scientist at Cepheid of Sunnyvale, CA. He has more than 40 publications, four issued patents and has served on review panels for the U.S. government. He lives in Manteca, CA.

Michael K. Chisamore, B.P.S. 1991, has joined the Alfred State College (ASC) staff as an assistant professor in the computer imaging and architectural technology department. In this position, he will teach courses in architectural communications and junior-level studio. Before joining ASC, Chisamore worked as a project manager/technical coordinator for SWBR Architects and as an architectural designer for the Sear-Brown Group. He resides in Scottsville, NY.

Mark C. Cieslinski, B.A. 1991, has been promoted to senior director of sales in the U.S. Division at the Mentholatum Company, a subsidiary of Rohto Pharmaceuticals headquartered in Osaka, Japan. He will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing the strategic objectives for the sales, customer service and category management departments within the U.S. division. He resides in Hamburg, NY.

Anthony Lumia, B.A. 1991, is working as an attorney with the firm Davis & Hosh in Long Island, NY. On November 14, 2002, he and his wife, Gayle L. Meinkes-Lumia, B.A. 1993, welcomed their new daughter, Rebecca Payton. The family lives in Kings Park, NY.

Philomena M. Behar, M.D. 1992 & B.A. 1988, is working as a pediatric otolaryngologist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. Behar and her husband welcomed their new son, Joseph Marc, on October 30, 2002. She resides with her family in Amherst, NY.

Bette L. Bottoms, Ph.D. 1992, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago, has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 2003. APA fellows are selected for their exceptional and outstanding contributions to research, teaching or the practice of psychology. Bottoms was also cited for the national impact of her work, as demonstrated through numerous research-based publications, as well as leadership roles within psychology and community service in her clinical practice. She resides in Chicago.

Jennifer Y. Webster-Cyriaque, D.D.S. 1992 & B.A. 1989, assistant professor in the departments of dental ecology, microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina, received the American Herpes Foundation’s Gertrude B. Elion Research Award in October 2002. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize to be split with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The award recognizes distinguished accomplishment or achievement in herpes research. Webster-Cyriaque focuses her research on understanding determinants of oral infection and developing oral systems for the study and local treatment of these infections. She resides in Bahama, NC.

Michael W. Agate, M.Arch. 1993 & B.P.S. 1990, an architect with Cannon Design since 1998, has received the Young Architect Award, given to an individual 29 to 39 years of age who has demonstrated exceptional professional promise in technical or design skills. Agate has more than 12 years’ experience in the planning and design of projects in diverse markets and has played a key role in projects for the Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornwall Central School District, Boston University and the Hill School of Pottstown, PA. He has also served as a project architect at Lutheran Social Services’ Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center and is currently working on a new student recreation center at St. Bonaventure University. Agate resides in Hamburg, NY.

Gayle L. Meinkes-Lumia, B.A. 1993, is an English teacher at Brentwood East Middle School in Brentwood, NY. She lives in Kings Park, NY.

Aaron A. Zynczak, B.A. 1993, has been promoted to vice president in the international department of Commerce Bank in Kansas City, MO. He is responsible for business development and customer service related to the bank’s international banking products and services. Zynczak also serves as treasurer for the International Visitors Council of Kansas City. He resides in Shawnee, KS.

Sungkon Kim, Ph.D. 1995, is a professor of structural engineering at Seoul National University of Technology in Seoul, South Korea. He is also South Korea’s recognized authority in structural health monitoring. In July 2002, he was invited to be a keynote speaker for the First International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management in Barcelona, Spain. Kim lives in Seoul.

Melanie Armstrong Lee, M.A. 1995, is in her third year as an instructor of English and humanities at Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, KY. The school is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System with campuses throughout the state. Before accepting her faculty appointment at Hopkinsville in 2000, Lee was director of marketing for Frontier Community College in Fairfield, IL. She has also worked as an adjunct writing professor at Henderson Community College, Kentucky Wesleyan College and the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN. She resides in Henderson, KY.

Roger I. Salomon, B.A. 1995, the information technology coordinator for the School of Business at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ, and Reesa Zitofsky, B.A. 1999, a speech pathologist at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, were married on October 6, 2002. They reside in Queens, NY.

Charles J. Kawas, B.A. 1996, has joined the Philadelphia, PA, offices of Cozen O’Connor as an associate. At Cozen O’Connor, ranked among the 100 largest law firms in the United States, Kawas will practice business litigation. He resides in Delmar, NY.

Sylvia S. Kwong, B.A. 1996, is a human resources associate at D.E. Shaw in New York, NY. Before joining Shaw, Kwong was a refined contribution specialist for the Ross Companies, also located in New York City, where she resides.

Steven M. Dale, M.E. 1997, the senior project engineer with Conax Buffalo Technologies, has been awarded the 2002 American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM) Award of Merit and the accompanying title of fellow, the society’s highest recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. The award recognizes Dale’s unusually productive service in ASTM committee work for a period of nearly 20 years, during which time he has served Conax in a variety of capacities. He is a member of the ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys and resides in Williamsville, NY.

Andrew D. Pincus, B.A. 1997, is the new owner and codirector of ChiroCare Chiropractic Associates, which serves the community with chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and rehabilitation. ChiroCare was founded in 1967 in New Hyde Park, NY, where it remains today. Additionally, Pincus serves as an adjunct faculty member of the New York College of Health Professionals in Syosset, NY. He lives in Bohemia, NY.

Victoria N. Sorvillo, B.S. 1997, was promoted to senior environmental specialist in the gas operations department of Con Edison, a company that provides electric, gas and steam service to customers in New York City and Westchester County, NY. Sorvillo has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the gas operations, environment, health and safety departments of the company. She was previously a field operations planner in the Manhattan gas construction division. Following the events of September 11, she worked at a makeshift command center coordinating the excavation, cutting and capping of gas mains to help restore gas service to lower Manhattan. Sorvillo lives in Fishkill, NY.

Sara E. Bossert, B.A. 1998, has been named business development coordinator at Marsh of Buffalo, one of the world’s leading insurance brokerage and risk advisement companies. In this position, she will be responsible for the execution of sales and marketing plans for Marsh’s Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany offices. Before joining Marsh, Bossert was an account executive at the SKM Group in Williamsville, NY. She resides in Snyder, NY.

Susan Sze, Ph.D. 1998, an assistant professor at Niagara University, has written her first academic text entitled The Special Toolbox: A Handbook for Teachers (North America Research Publications, 2002). The book is applicable to a broad spectrum of students with varying and overlapping disabilities. The Special Toolbox allows the user to go directly from a problem to a set of alternatives that have meaning and offers comprehensive programming for the individual student. Since the book appeared, Sze has spoken at conferences and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, China and Australia, addressing more than 5,000 people. She resides in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

Christopher P. Callas, B.A. 1999, was named admissions counselor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in January 2003. In this position, he will be responsible for the recruitment of prospective students to the college. He resides in Buffalo.

Patricia M. Costanzo, J.D. 1999 & Ph.D. 1985, has recently opened her own law firm, Patent Copyright Trademark Law (www.costanzopat .com), specializing in patents, copyrights, trademarks, DBAs, licensing and related matters. Previously, Costanzo was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with Simpson, Simpson & Snyder in Williamsville, NY, and an associate staff attorney at Ecology & Environment, where she won an exceptional employee award in 2001. Costanzo is a member of the Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Association, the Bar Association of Erie County and the Western New York chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of New York State. She resides in Elma, NY.

Devra L. Saccone, A.A. 1999, is the founder of FutureNetFX.com, a website design, Internet programming and e-commerce solutions firm that caters to small- and medium-sized businesses. In 2002, the website was the recipient of the Golden Web Award, the Altscape.com Top 10 Internet Award, the Advanced Programming Concepts Web Development Excellence Award and the Best of AFWork Award. She is a member of the HTML Writers Guild, the International Webmasters Association and the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce. Saccone lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Hsiao-Fang Wu, B.A. 1999, is a sales administrator for Sun Microsystems in Taiwan, where she resides.


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