UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Winter 2004
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People of Note
Ronald W. Johnson, Ph.D. '71 & M.A. '69
John D. Burke, Ph.D. '75 & M.A. '71
Carol Twigg, Ph.D. '78
Linda C. Duffy, Ph.D. '87 & M.S. '85


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2000s Classnotes

Brian M. Mentel, B.S. 2000, is a procurement specialist for Black & Veatch in Overland Park, KS. He is responsible for contract administration, field material receiving, bidding, and awarding contracts. He lives in Overland Park.

Jason J. Riker, B.A. 2000, has accepted a position with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership as a public policy associate. He lives in Eden, NY.

Latasha A. Allen, B.A. 2001, has been accepted in the fellowship program of the Association of Schools of Public Health/Environmental Protection Agency. She will be conducting ecological epidemiology research in Narragansett, RI. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Dan J. Avnir, B.S. 2001, is working in sales/operations for A1 First Class Moving & Storage, with offices in Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, NY. In the past, he has worked as a consultant for Affiliated Computer Services in New York, NY, and recently traveled to Brazil, where he participated in a Global Village Program with Habitat for Humanity. He lives in New York City.

Peter Briechle, Ph.D. 2001 & M.A. 1994, is the assistant director of research and data support in the department of alumni affairs and development at Cornell University. He recently published an article in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's International Journal of Educational Advancement entitled "Does Institutional Type Affect Alumnae Donating Patterns in the United States?" Briechle lives in Ithaca, NY.

John Marmysz, Ph.D. 2001, is an assistant professor of philosophy at Corning Community College in Corning, NY. He recently published Laughing at Nothing: Humor as a Response to Nihilism (SUNY Press, 2003), which examines the phenomenon of nihilism as it appears in the works and lives of various figures in philosophy, literature, politics and theology. He lives in Elmira, NY.

Jason Ascher, B.A. 2002, has been working in politics, most recently in the 2002 New Jersey State Senate race. He plans to move to Seattle, WA, where he will be employed by Working America, an employment union organization. Ascher lives in Staten Island, NY.

Mark S. Hartig Jr., B.S. 2002, is a staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick, located in Buffalo, NY. He is responsible for auditing, accounting and tax services to commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Hartig lives in East Aurora, NY.

Lilly M. Hill, B.A. 2002, has begun a new job coordinating classroom presentations for the Alameda County Office of Education through the VISTA program. As coordinator of these presentations, she will manage the details of the programs and assist presenters with resources and materials. Hill lives in San Francisco, CA.

Warren S. Marcus, Ph.D. 2002, has been named to the Nationwide NASA Educational Initiative on Solar System Exploration. Honorees chosen to be a Solar System Ambassador are leaders in professional, public and private sectors who share a common involvement in their local communities, as well as a keen interest in space. Marcus was chosen by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to join this program, which consists of approximately 300 Solar System Ambassadors nationwide, including 15 throughout New York State. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Micah J. Allen, M.S. 2003 & B.S. 2001, is working in the field of building systems engineering design. He lives in Burnt Hills, NY.

Christopher S. Kicinski, B.S. 2003, has joined the firm of Lumsden & McCormick, located in Buffalo, NY, as a staff accountant. In this position, he will be responsible for services to commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and individuals. Kicinski lives in Williamsville, NY.

Robert O. Lopez, Ph.D. 2003 & M.A. 2001, has been named assistant professor of English at Rutgers University's Camden campus. In this position, Lopez will teach courses in African American authors, American popular literature and literature of the late 20th century. Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Lopez served as manager of program operations for Nickelodeon Latin America and was coordinator of international programming at Nickelodeon. He resides in Collingswood, NJ.

Jessica K. Teresi, B.A. 2003, accepted a position as a passport specialist with the Los Angeles Passport Agency in Los Angeles, CA. Previously, Teresi was a legal aide for the City of Buffalo's bureau of administrative adjudication. She resides in Los Angeles.

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