UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 2003
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People of Note
Jan Sadlak, Ph.D. 1988
Sylvester Wise, Ed.M. 1968
Rebecca Monck, J.D. '99 & B.A. '96
Jonas Zdanys, Ph.D. 1975
Jonathan Solomon, J.D. 1983 & B.A. 1980


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1970s Classnotes

Larry C. Joyce, Ed.M. 1970 & B.A. 1969, recently retired as assistant dean of students at Hunter College/CUNY in New York, NY, after more than 29 years of service. He lives in Staten Island, NY.

John H. Shellum, M.B.A. 1970 & B.S. 1969, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Beechwood/Blocher Foundation in Getzville, NY. Assistant dean for external affairs and alumni relations in the UB School of Management, Shellum recently finished a two-year term as chair of the board of directors for Beechwood Continuing Care. He resides in Wheatfield, NY.

Ronald Uva, B.A. 1970, is chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Oswego Hospital in Oswego, NY. He is also a clinical professor at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, as well as an auxiliary member of the State Board of Medicine. Additionally, Uva is the vice chair of Section V, District II of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a member of the Safe Motherhood Initiative for the State Board of Health. He resides in Oswego.

Brian F. Adams, B.A. 1971, is working as the supervisor of compensatory/federal programs at the Manatee County school board in Bradenton, FL. He lives in Bradenton and has resided in Manatee County since 1974.

Thomas M. Rozek, B.A. 1971, was appointed to the new governing board of the Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County in March of 2003. Rozek is the president and CEO of Miami Children's Hospital and resides in Coral Gables, FL.

Lawrence S. Gray, B.A. 1972 & B.A. 1972, has been named an officer at the firm of Amper, Politziner & Mattia. In this position, he will be responsible for quality assurance for the firm's auditing and accounting services department. Gray has more than 25 years of public accounting experience, as well as extensive experience serving a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He resides in Marlboro, NJ.

John I. Salomon, B.S. 1972, was promoted to senior managing director of FTI Consulting in Washington, DC, a multidisciplined consulting firm that practices in bankruptcy and litigation-related consulting services. In addition, Salomon was also appointed office head of this 110-person organization. He resides in McLean, VA.

Janis A. Wolfe Gasch, B.A. 1973, has been named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Academy of Audiology. She received the award at the academy's annual convention in San Antonio, TX in April 2003. Wolfe Gasch is an audiologist at Arizona Hearing Specialists in Tucson, AZ, where she resides.

Richard J. Buckley, M.D. 1974, a practicing general surgeon at Amherst Surgical Associates Inc., in Amherst, NY, is the new president of the Medical Society of the County of Erie. Buckley is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and clinical assistant professor in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He lives in Eggertsville, NY.

Christopher J. Gray, M.A. 1974, is a professor and department chair in the school of architecture at Syracuse University (SU). He joined the SU faculty in 1974 and opened up a private practice in 1979. He has worked in England at Camas Industrialized Housing Systems and with Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano on the design competition for the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. His professional work encompasses residential, institutional and commercial projects in the northeastern U.S., England, Norway and Ecuador. Most recently, Gray participated in a program review of SUNY at Morrisville's architectural technology program. He resides in Syracuse, NY.

Marc Jacobson, B.A. 1974, counsel at Greenberg Traurig's New York, NY office, has been unanimously elected to the Long Island Film/TV Foundation's board of directors. This group of 13 professionals works to represent an array of corporate entertainment clients in encouraging film production on Long Island. Jacobson resides in Woodbury, NY.

Surendra N. Rustgi, Ph.D. 1974, is the chief physicist in the department of radiation oncology at Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami Beach, FL. She was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR) at a formal convocation ceremony during the ACR's annual meeting in Washington, DC. Fellows are nominated based on their service to organized medicine, accomplishments in research and exemplary performance as teachers. Only 10 percent of ACR members are selected for these fellowships. Rustgi lives in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Keith Shandalow, B.A. 1974, is corporate counsel in the commercial practice group at Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, CA. Previously, he worked as a litigator in San Francisco and in the legal department of Hewlett-Packard, also in Palo Alto. He resides in San Francisco.

David F. Simon, B.S. 1974, has been named senior vice president and general counsel for Jefferson Health System. He will be based in the system's corporate offices in Radnor, PA. Simon was previously chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. He also lectures on medical malpractice, managed care and other related legal and health-care issues, and also serves on the dean's advisory counsel for the UB School of Management. Simon resides in Gwynedd Valley, PA.

David A. Bellnier, B.A. 1975, is a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. He was named the 28th Annual Western New York Inventor of the Year by the Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association and the Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier. Together with Thomas Dougherty, also of Roswell Park, Bellnier developed a therapy that uses a chemical enhancer and light-sensitive compounds to kill malignant tumors. He is a faculty member of the department of molecular and cellular biophysics at UB and resides in Buffalo.

Michael A. Evola, B.A. 1975, is working full time at his psychotherapy practice in Williamsville, NY. He recently retired from his position of 20 years with the Erie County Department of Mental Health, where he worked in the forensic division. Evola resides in Buffalo, NY.

Joseph R. Stetter, Ph.D. 1975 & B.A. 1969, is vice president of engineering at the California-based corporation Nanomix, where he is responsible for creating the first commercially available nanoelectronic devices in the world. In 2002, Stetter was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Technology Management Association of Chicago. He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and resides in Hayward, CA.

Melissa Banta, B.A. 1976, is working as a curatorial associate at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of a recent book on early photographs at Harvard entitled A Curious and Ingenious Art: Reflections on Daguerreotypes at Harvard (University of Iowa Press, 2000). She also produced, with filmmaker Eric Stange, Murder at Harvard, a documentary for PBS about a 19th-century murder at this renowned institution. She lives in Arlington, MA.

Louis P. DiLorenzo, J.D. 1976, has been named the "Great Negotiator" by Corporate Legal Times, one of the most respected legal magazines in the country. DiLorenzo was chosen for his skills in handling difficult labor situations that can have a major adverse impact on a company. He was selected as the best lawyer to retain in a crucial labor and employment situation and was praised for his keen negotiating skills. DiLorenzo has been with the firm of Bond, Shoeneck and King for the past 25 years and resides in Fayetteville, NY.

John L. Newell, Ph.D. 1978 & M.F.A. 1978, presented the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in February at the new Enid Symphony Center in Enid, OK. Newell is a renowned composer and musician and has created works for such organizations as the Atlantic Sinfonietta in New York and the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles. He held the first Edgar Varèse Fellowship in composition while in Buffalo, and has been the recipient of awards and grants from Meet the Composer and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Newell is affiliated with Broadcast Music, Inc. and is an artist member of the American Music Center. He resides in Worthington, MA.

Rochelle A. Sweedler, B.A. 1978, has been named executive director of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission's International Children's Games and Cultural Festival. This 35-year tradition introduces young athletes to other cultures and new friends. Sweedler resides in University Heights, OH.

Lawrence Cohen, J.D. 1979, is legal counsel at Stark & Stark PC, in Princeton, NJ. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the Children's Home Society of New Jersey. Cohen lives in Plainsboro, NJ.

Marc S. Gibian, B.A. 1979, has been working at CONNX Solutions, a leading provider of data access software in Bellevue, WA. Before joining CONNX in August 2002, Gibian worked for Amazon.com. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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