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1970s Classnotes

Lanna C. Hagge, B.A. 1970, was appointed director of career services at Trinity College after a 22-year career at Oberlin College, where she served as director of the career services office. At Trinity, she will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to improve postgraduate placements for seniors and alumni. While at Oberlin, she developed a variety of career programs that increased summer, internship and full-time job opportunities for both students and alumni. She also created an extensive alumni "job-a-thon," directed an 11-college nationwide consortium of job fairs, and increased on-campus recruiting by 50 percent.

Ronald L. Niedziela, M.B.A. 1970 & B.S. 1969, of Scottsdale, Ariz., retired from a 28-year career in investment management and research and has begun a new investment career at Marine Midland Bank.

Joel E. Wilensky, B.A. 1970, graduated from the New York Law School with a J.D. degree in 1994. He has a private practice and has recently been appointed director of technology for the Nassau County Bar Association, where he runs one of the most advanced electronic library and technology centers of any bar association in the country. In addition, he is an adjunct professor in the legal studies program at Nassau Community College and has lectured on law office technology for the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau Academy of Law, among other organizations. He resides on Long Island with his wife, Martha Schwarts, and their two sons, David and Josh.

Peter P. Dalton, B.A. 1972, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a culinary arts instructor at the Glenmont Job Corps Center after working for United Postal Service for 12 years.

Carol Goodson, M.L.S. 1972 & B.A. 1970, is the author of The Complete Guide to Performance Standards for Library Personnel (Neal-Schuman, 1997). She is also the founding editor of a new peer-reviewed electronic journal, The Journal of Library Services for Distance Education, which is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.westga.edu/library/jlsde/.

Veronica L. Lee, B.S. 1972, received a master of library and information science degree from San Jose State University in May 1997.

Stephen M. Miller, Ph.D. 1972 & M.A. 1969, is in his ninth year as head of the department of economics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Arthur J. Meizner, B.A. 1973, is vice president and director of marketing at Advest Inc. in Buffalo. A chartered financial analyst and an accredited asset management specialist, he is married and has one daughter.

Mickey H. Osterreicher, B.A. 1973, is a staff photographer for WKBW-TV Broadcast News in Buffalo. He has covered such stories as Terry Anderson's return from captivity, Jack Kemp's runs for national office and all four Bills Super Bowl attempts. He entered the UB Law School in 1995; during his second year, he coproduced a number of videos for the school's domestic violence clinic, that received local and statewide recognition. He is currently involved in the push to reinstate the use of cameras in New York State courtrooms.

Richard S. Podemski, Ph.D. 1973 & Ed.M. 1970, was recently appointed dean of the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He was previously professor of education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa's College of Education for one year. For the previous 11 years, he served as the college's associate dean for instructional programs and professor of educational leadership. He will be the first person to serve as dean of St. Thomas' School of Education since it was created through a recent academic reorganization.

Stanley L. Lugerner, M.S. 1974 & B.A. 1973, is a physician practicing internal medicine in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, Steven and Andrew.

Margaret Rosche Simpson, M.S.W. 1974, retired after 26 years with the Erie County Health Department and the Department of Social Services. She lives in Buffalo and in Melbourne, Fla., and continues to be active in community and church activities in both locations.

Barbara C. Arnold, M.Arch. 1975, is the owner of B. Arnold & Associates Planning and Design Consultants in Buffalo. She received a master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and has a 20-year-old daughter.

David Balsom, B.A. 1975, who heads an arts and entertainment public relations firm in Boston, Mass., has been named national press representative for the North American tour of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby.

Myra Green, M.S.W. 1975, is social work supervisor at the Big Sisters Association in Boston, Mass. The associ-ation's goal is to foster relationships among women and girls in order to increase the girls' self-esteem and to help them realize their potential.

Kenneth J. Dent, B.S. 1976, has served as assistant comptroller in the mid-Atlantic region for the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 1990. He has also competed in approximately 12 marathons, including the 100th Boston Marathon.

William J. Montesano Jr., M.S. 1976 & B.A. 1975, received a medical degree in July 1997 from the University of Ancona, Italy faculty of medicine and surgery. From 1993 to 1996, he worked as a volunteer medical intern with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Bosnia. He is now pursuing employment opportunities in Buffalo.

Frank Muscarella, Ed.M. 1976 & B.A. 1970, is president of Consulting Solutions, a training consultation firm in Charleston, S.C.

Carolyne DeVore Parks, Ed.M. 1976 & B.S. 1972, of Brookline, Mass., was elected to a two-year term on the Town Meeting, the legislative body of town government. Also, the Board of Selectmen appointed her to the Human Relations and Youth Resources Commission. She currently teaches biology at English High School in Boston, Mass.

Bonnie Ternoff Stringfield, B.S. 1976, has been named data security manager for BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta, Ga. She has worked in various capacities in data security for the past seven years and in information technology for 12 years.

Edna V. Baehre, Ph.D. 1977, has been selected as the new president of Harrisburg Area Community College. She was previously vice president for instruction and educational services at Elgin Community College (1995-1997) and also served two years as dean of instructional development at Highland Community College in Illinois, where she led distance-education initiatives and promoted workforce development issues.

Barry R. Clark, M.S. 1977 & B.A. 1975, is deputy assistant secretary for management and evaluation in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management in Washington, D.C. He joined the DOE in 1991 following 12 years with the U.S. Department of Interior in offshore oil and gas operations. To date, his work with the DOE has focused on characterization and cleanup of nuclear-contaminated sites associated with former nuclear weapons production facilities. He also led a team of U.S. scientists on location in Estonia to develop a cleanup plan for one of the Soviet nuclear sites during the Cold War.

Michael G. Baritot, B.S. 1978, was elected a partner in KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, where he works in the total tax minimization practice at KPMG's Buffalo office. He joined the company in 1981 and resides in Kenmore, N.Y., with his wife, Sally, and their children, Suzanne, Bryan and Caroline.

James J. Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, vice president of Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak Inc., an insurance and financial services company in Buffalo, was appointed president of the Buffalo Life Underwriters Inc. He previously chaired the organization's professional development, newsletter, membership and finance committees.

Hwang-Ming Chen, M.S. 1979, is president of Kung Sung Engineering Corp. in Taipei, Taiwan.

Peter Groumpos, Ph.D. 1979, M.S. 1976 & B.S. 1974, is professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Patras in Rion, Greece.

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