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1970s Classnotes

Arthur R. Goshin, M.D. 1970 & B.S. 1966, president and chief executive officer of Univera Healthcare, received an Outstanding Executive Award at the 2001 Excalibur Awards presented by the Buffalo/Niagara chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. This award honors a Western New York business executive who supports the role of public relations within his or her organization; nominees must be from outside the communications industry.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, B.A. 1970, received the 2001 University of Massachusetts distinguished teaching award. She is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she resides.

Robert L. Culver, B.A. 1971, is Yale University’s new vice president for finance and administration. He will assume the management of the university’s finances, facilities, human resources and other critical services. He is a corporator of Northeastern University and a board member of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Ronald R. Olson, M.B.A. 1971 & B.A. 1968, works at Olson, Dann & Company of West Seneca, NY. He and his wife, Karen, live in Orchard Park, NY.

Richard C. Budzich, M.B.A. 1972 & B.S. 1971, is a budget analyst working for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. He resides in Montgomery Village, MD.

Stephen Ikler, B.A. 1972, has been named product manager for financial aid at SCT Global Education Solutions, the leading provider of administrative solutions for higher education. He will assist the solutions manager in developing financial aid solutions, as well as carrying out the product planning process for the SCT Banner, SCT Plus and associated self-service web capabilities for financial aid solutions. Ikler lives in Downingtown, PA.

Lanny S. Liebeskind, B.S. 1972, was appointed senior associate dean for science and sponsored research at Emory College and University in Atlanta, GA. He has been a visiting professor at institutes and universities in Sweden, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan and has more than 95 publications to his credit. Liebeskind is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Atlanta.

Andrew Dorn Jr., B.S. 1973, is president and chief executive officer of Greater Buffalo Savings Bank in Buffalo, NY. He resides with his wife, Teresa, in Fredonia, NY.

Karima Amin, Ed.M. 1974 & B.A. 1969, was the featured speaker at the 53rd commencement ceremony at Erie Community College (ECC). Known as a dedicated educator and published author who strives to preserve and perpetuate the art of storytelling, she dedicated her speaker’s fee to ECC to establish a scholarship in her name. She is a member of Spin-A-Story Tellers, We All Storytellers, National Storytelling Network, National Association of Black Storytellers and Traditional Keepers: Black Storytellers of Western New York.

Anthony C. Conte, M.S. 1974, is the new chief executive officer of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. In this position, he is in charge of operations for the theater, including the selection of Broadway shows and concerts for the 2002-2003 season. Conte resides in Amherst, NY.

Joseph P. Esposito, B.A. 1975, has coauthored an article, "The Seventh Amendment Right to a Jury Trial in Customs Penalty Cases," which was published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Esposito is a partner in the Washington office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, where he specializes in complex civil litigation. He was recently elected to the board of the Montgomery County (MD) Chamber of Commerce and is a resident of Bethesda, MD.

Charles A. Mendolera, B.S. 1975, was promoted to controller at Tops Markets LLC. He resides in Elma, NY.

John Bevilacqua, B.S. 1976, has been named to a three-year term on the Hilbert College board of trustees in Hamburg, NY. The board of trustees establishes policies for the college’s business and academic affairs, provides advice, actively participates in fund-raising, and presents the college’s private support needs to the community. Bevilacqua is owner and partner of Bevilacqua & Co. CPA, an Orchard Park accounting firm, a board member of the Spectrum Human Services Foundation Inc., chair of the Moog Federal Credit Union’s supervisory committee, and serves on the long-range planning and finance committees of the Orchard Park Country Club. He resides in Hamburg.

Alan M. Miller, Ph.D. 1976, M.A. 1974 & B.A. 1972, is vice president and associate dean for clinical affairs at Tulane University’s Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. Miller holds the academic rank of professor of medicine, pediatrics and pharmacology, and continues to serve as deputy director of the Tulane Cancer Center. He continues to maintain an active clinical practice, is listed in "Best Doctors in America" and has been named among New Orleans’ top doctors by New Orleans Magazine.

Robert Murphy, M.A. 1976 & B.A. 1973, is vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. He and his wife, Karen Sanford Murphy, M.A. 1992 & B.A. 1978, a school psychologist with the Buffalo Public Schools, live in Buffalo with their two sons.

Gary Damesek, B.A. 1977, has been named a principal of Ernst & Young in Boston, MA. Formerly senior manager with Ernst & Young’s Boston office, Damesek has more than 20 years’ experience in tax planning, business consulting and transaction structuring for corporations, partnerships, individuals and fiduciaries. A CPA in Massachusetts, he holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and an M.S. from Bentley College. He is a former vice president of finance at Temple Beth Am in Framingham, MA, where he currently resides with his wife, Jayne, and their children, Leah and Aaron.

Wayne Salen, B.A. 1977, has been appointed director of risk management services in the newly created First Niagara Risk Management. First Niagara Financial Group established the new entity to offer consulting and risk management services for mid- to large-size businesses. Salen resides in Lockport, NY.

Victor Gulotta, B.A. 1978, a Massachusetts-based collector, researcher and literary publicist, has sold the largest and most comprehensive private collection of rare books, unpublished letters, manuscripts and photographs relating to the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to be sold in more than 50 years. Made up of more than 600 volumes and nearly 200 autographed letters, manuscripts and documents signed by Longfellow, the collection was purchased for inclusion in the Houghton Library, which houses Harvard University’s rare book collection. The holdings include the second earliest known letter from Longfellow to Nathaniel Hawthorne and the original manuscripts of Longfellow’s sonnet "Dante."

Sheldon Kamieniecki, Ph.D. 1978, M.A. 1976 & B.A. 1974, is professor and chair of the department of political science at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also the founding director of the environmental studies program at USC. Next year he will spend his sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He resides in South Pasadena, CA.

Kathleen Mehltretter, J.D. 1978, was named interim U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. She will retain this position until President George W. Bush appoints a new chief federal prosecutor for the area. She lives in Orchard Park, NY.

Robert Sawicki, J.D. 1978 & B.A. 1975, a newly appointed assistant district attorney, has been assigned to the Grand Jury Bureau of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Marian Bass, M.S. 1979, a retired captain of the Buffalo Police Department (BPD), received the Everywoman Opportunity Center Award of Excellence at the BPD’s 17th awards dinner for her efforts as a trailblazer for women in law enforcement. She lives in Amherst, NY.

Kimberly M. Hovey, B.A. 1979, program clerk for the Veterans’ Medical Center in Batavia, NY, had a show of her photographs entitled "My View" on display at Richmond Memorial Library, also in Batavia. She resides in Corfu, NY.

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