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People of Note
Cynthia Rauso, B.A. 1973
Patrick D. Sculley, D.D.S. 1973
Yvonne Villano-Hassett, B.F.A. 2001


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1990s Classnotes

Jackie L. Gower, B.A. 1990, is a founding partner and psychotherapist at Women’s Solutions in Bethlehem, PA, a counseling group focusing on the unique needs of women and children. In April 2004, she became a national certified counselor, as well as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Gower lives in Bethlehem.

David M. Ford, B.S. 1991, was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 10th annual “Frontiers of Engineering” symposium, September 9–11, 2004 in Irvine, CA. The symposium explored topics in multi-scale modeling, designer materials, engineering for extreme environments and engineering and entertainment. Ford is an associate professor at Texas A&M University, where he holds the Kenneth R. Hall professorship in chemical engineering. He lives in College Station, TX.

Kathleen Ebert, M.A. 1992, has been appointed chair of the assessment of student performance subcommittee of the Placement and Assessment Committee (PAC). Ebert, an associate professor and chair of the math and physics department at Alfred State College, will hold the position until November 2005. The goal of the committee is to communicate to members the nature of mathematics assessment for two-year colleges around the country. As chair, Ebert will be responsible for planning and conducting a subcommittee meeting as part of the PAC committee meeting at the 2004 conference, and providing recommendations for changes/new goals and objectives to PAC. She lives in Wellsville, NY.

Kevin T. Merriman, J.D. 1992, has joined the Buffalo, NY firm of Goldberg Segalla as a partner. He lives in East Aurora, NY.

Jay C. Pletcher, J.D. 1992, is a partner at Bouvier & O’Connor of Buffalo, NY. He concentrates his practice in the areas of special education law (representing families of children with disabilities and school districts), the rights of the disabled, estates, wills and trusts, guardianship and health-care law. In 2002, he received the Inspirational Citizenship Award from the Western New York chapter of the National MS Society. Pletcher is a contributor to the legal treatise Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law and lives in Buffalo.

Michael Agate, M.Arch. 1993 & B.P.S. 1990, has been named associate vice president at Cannon Design. He joined the company as an architect in 1998 and has more than 13 years’ experience in planning and design. In 2002, he received the Young Architect Award for his exceptional professional talent in technical and design skills. Agate lives in Hamburg, NY.

Stephen Hemrick, B.A. 1993, is the volunteer director for Kit Clark Senior Services, a member of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Housing in Dorchester, MA. Hemrick is also pursuing a master’s degree in health services at Boston University’s School of Public Health in Boston, MA. He lives in Boston.

Stephen Machnicki, M.D. 1994, a radiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, has been named associate program director of the hospital’s radiology department. He resides in New York, NY.

Bruce W. Lawson, B.S. 1995, is the department head of the laboratory department for the Naval Hospital in Sigonella, Italy. He resides on base at FPO, AE.

Stephanie E. Preisch, B.A. 1995, is a special education teacher and the AIS (academic intervention services) coordinator for West Seneca West Senior High School. She lives in Boston, NY.

Amira Proweller, Ph.D. 1995, has been named associate dean of DePaul University. She is an associate professor of educational foundations and has served as a faculty member in the department of educational policy studies and research in the School of Education since 1995. Proweller is the author of Constructing Female Identities: Meaning-Making in an Upper Middle Class Youth Culture (State University of New York Press, 1998). The book brings together her research on female identity formation and schooling. She resides in Chicago, IL.

David S. Widenor, B.A. 1995 & B.A. 1995, was named as a coauthor of the commercial law section of the Syracuse Law Review, an annual survey of developments in New York State law. Widenor is a senior associate at Damon & Morey’s business litigation and insolvency department. He focuses his practice in the area of commercial and business-related litigation with a concentration on contract and uniform commercial code litigation, securities litigation and intellectual property litigation. Widenor will be authoring a series of commercial litigation-related articles for the Buffalo Law Journal. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Meron Langsler, B.A. 1996, has graduated with a master in fine arts degree from Brandeis University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in drama at Tufts University. He began the program in Fall 2004 on a full scholarship and with a university fellowship. Langsler lives in Waltham, MA.

Sunny Lee, B.A. 1997, is a New York Times contributing writer. She has been on staff in the past at Time Out New York, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Daily News. Lee lives in New York, NY.

Carl F. Smukall, M.B.A. 1997, has been named financial analyst for William S. Hein & Company. In this position, he will be responsible for the company’s banking and business insurance relationships, as well as monitoring the company’s financial performance and reporting requirements. Smukall lives in Batavia, NY.

Mark Weber, B.A. 1997, has published his first book, Christian Music Makers, which weaves together CD reviews and interviews covering 70 contemporary Christian and gospel recording artists. A freelance writer, Weber has published articles about Christian musicians in such magazines as Release and Profile, as well as in such newspapers as Toronto’s Christian Herald and Buffalo’s The Word. He resides in Chesapeake, VA.

Hongliang Xu, Ph.D. 1998 & M.S. 1997, a research scientist at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, NY, has received funding for a five-year, National Institutes of Health grant for more than $2 million. Xu, with co-principal investigator professor Nikolas V. Sahinidis, will work on a project entitled “Novel Algorithms for Crystallographic Computing.” The project will seek to develop a systematic methodology for resolving the phase problem in crystallographic computing, promising to lay the foundation for a new generation of computing systems that will reveal the structure of millions of substances important to the understanding of life, materials, science and drug design. Xu lives in Buffalo.

Gary O. Roberts, M.L.S. 1999, information systems librarian at Herrick Memorial Library, Alfred University, is a recipient of the 2004 21st Century Librarian Award. The award recognizes librarians who have become leaders in shaping the evolution of the new information environment. Roberts helped pioneer a number of library innovations that include the use of library database-driven Web sites and the comprehensive journal locator. His research has focused on how smaller libraries can fully utilize technology through collaboration, publication and resource-sharing. He lives in Hornell, NY.

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