Here are some updates cobbled together from various and sundry places, including
that vast warehouse of intrusive personal data known as LinkedIn. (Thanks to Dr. Tom
Janik for providing much of this information.)
Valerie Baish (B. S. in Chemistry, 2008) is employed as a Research and Development Chemist at Honeywell
(Buffalo). Valerie’s project involves environmentally-friendly refrigerants. Prior
to joining Honeywell, Valerie worked for two years at ENrG, Inc., also in Buffalo.
Dr. Joe Bringley (B. S. in Chemistry, 1984) is the Founder and President of Transparent Materials,
LLC, in Rochester, NY. Transparent Materials manufactures advanced materials for dental
and orthopdedic implants, specializing in bone replacement materials and composites.
Prior to starting this company in November 2008, Joe worked for many years as a Senior
Research Scientist at Eastman Kodak.
Dr. Sarah Bolton (B. S. in Chemistry, 2003) is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Ramapo College
in Mahwah, New Jersey. Sarah teaches organic chemistry at Ramapo; her primary research
interests include the synthesis and characterization of organometallic molecular wires,
and stoichiometric and catalytic alkyne metathesis.
Dr. Adam Sanford (B. S. in Chemistry, 2000) is presently a Research & Development Group Leader with
the Celanese Corporation; he also holds the title of Global Innovation Portfolio Manager
at Ticona. Adam is located at the Celenese TEM/Ticona facility outside of Cincinnati,
Dr. Larry Toomey (B. S. in Chemistry, 1992) is presently a Research Scientist at the U.S. Army’s TARDEC
[Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center] facility in Warren,
Dr. Nate Genung (B. S. in Chemistry, 2003) competed his postdoctoral research at the University of
California at Irvine and has now begun a position as a Senior Scientist with Pfizer,
Inc. in Groton, Connecticut.
Kevin Smith (B. S. in Chemistry, 1997; M. S. in Chemistry, 1999) is presently the Quality Systems
Supervisor for Hospira, Inc., in the Cleveland/Akron area. Kevin worked in the pharmaceutical
industry for 13 years as an analytical chemist and has now transitioned into quality
Christopher Sutton (B. S. in Chemistry, 1992) holds the title of Global Product Manager with Chemtura
Corporation; Chris previously held the same job with BASF.
First, a quick reminder that Homecoming is just around the corner, and that this
year’s version of that annual celebration will include a wealth of science-related
activities. You’ve probably been hearing about these from other sources, but a summary
can be obtained via this link: (http://alumni.fredonia.edu/Events/Homecoming.aspx). In the meantime, here are a few assorted alumni updates.
Scott Simpson (B. S. in Chemistry, 2010) continues his graduate work at SUNY @ Buffalo. Scott’s
research appears to be progressing nicely, as evidenced by this recent publication:
Simpson, S.; Zurek, E. “Substituted Benzene Derivatives on the Cu(111) Surface,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 12636–12643.
Dr. Kathleen (Carrado) Gregar
(B. S. in Chemistry, 1982) was recently inducted as an A.C.S. Fellow; Katie continues
her work as Programs Manager
Center for Nanoscale Materials
at the Argonne National Laboratory. See this web site for more information:
Dr. Cynthia (Miller) Hoover
(B. S. in Chemistry, 1991) continues as Director of Applications R&D at Praxair in
Tonawanda, New York. Cindi recently hosted a group of students from our Chemistry
Club, who returned to Fredonia enthused about industrial chemistry and laden with
Dr. Lisa (Carlson) Nogaj
(B. S. in Chemistry, 2004) is presently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Gannon
University in Erie, PA. Lisa’s research at Gannon involves studies of the optical
properties of nanoscale materials.
An update from Gary Mosehauer (B. S. in Chemistry, 1989) reminds us of his subsequent degree work at M.I.T. (B.
S. in Chemical Engineering) and R.I.T. (M. S. in Applied Statistics).
We are glad to be able welcome seven new alumni to the fold.
Dan Austin (B. S. in Chemistry, May 2010) is from Falconer, NY. Highlights of Dan’s time at
Fredonia included undergraduate research with Dr. Matt Gronquist, as well as receipt
of this year’s Kumler award (outstanding senior seminar presentation). He now moves
on to St. John Fisher College, where he will pursue his doctor of pharmacy degree
beginning in August.
Dan Dykstra (B. S. in Biochemistry, May 2010) is from Wilson, NY. Dan participated in biochemical
research at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute last summer, as well as here at Fredonia
with Dr. Matt Fountain. This fall he will begin graduate studies at the University
of Texas (Austin) pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.
Eric Gordon (B. S. in Biochemistry, May 2010) is from East Concord, NY. Eric’s research here
at Fredonia included projects headed by Dr. Gronquist. Eric will be staying close
by; he will pursue his MAT Science degree from Fredonia beginning this summer, with
the goal of earning his teaching certification in biology and chemistry.
Mark Kryman (B. S. in Biochemistry, May 2010) is from Batavia, NY. Mark’s undergraduate research
was with Dr. Mark Janik; he was this year’s OUR (Outstanding Undergraduate Research)
Award winner. Mark will pursue his Ph.D. in Chemistry degree from SUNY-Buffalo; he
begins there this summer as a graduate assistant in the group of Professor Mike Detty.
Scott Simpson (B. S. in Chemistry, May 2010) is from Allegany, NY. Scott was named our department’s
outstanding senior for 2010; he did research with Dr. Mike Milligan and was especially
active as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the department. He will enter the
Ph.D. in Chemistry program at SUNY-Buffalo this fall, with the goal of increasing
his expertise in chemical instrumentation, especially NMR.
Jeremy Wignall (B. S. in Chemistry, May 2010) is from Weedsport, NY. Jeremy was engaged in a research
project last summer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head, Maryland,
working on water gun propellants. He will continue at that same facility as a Research
Chemist, beginning in July.
Rebecca Zimmerman (B. S. in Chemistry, May 2010) is from Jamestown, NY. Rebecca had a busy two years
here—in addition to her academic workload, she was a key member of Fredonia’s intercollegiate
volleyball and softball teams. She will pursue her MAT Science degree from Fredonia
beginning this summer, with an eye toward teaching certification in chemistry and
** Thanks to Dr. Holly Lawson for compiling much of this information! **
Lost Alumni: OK, they probably aren't lost, but we don't know where they are! If you have any
information (work address, mail address, e-mail, etc.) concerning alumni who don't
appear on the list, please notify Jim Bowser (firstname.lastname@example.org). 'Lost alumni'
include Ryan Landis (B.S. '06), Marshall van de Walle (B.S. '86), and Karen Davis (B.S. '01).
Comings and Goings: With the onset of the Fall semester, the Chemistry Department has undergone a number
of personnel changes. In several cases these changes have enabled us to welcome alumni
back to the department. Early this year we said goodbye to our long-time stockroom
professional, Andrea Domst (B.S. '71), who has retired to enjoy life with grandchildren. Replacing Andrea is
Rachel Lesher (B.S. ‘08), who will oversee the stockroom while teaching at least one section of
General Chemistry Laboratory each semester. Also on board for the Fall semester is
Diana (Wilkins) Carpenter (B.S. ‘87). Diana is teaching General Chemistry Laboratory, as well as a section
of our SCI 301 (Science for Elementary Education) course.
Dr. Ryan Mackiewicz(B. S. '00; Ph.D., Texas A & M) visited the department in August. Ryan continues
to work as a Process Engineer with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OR. Ryan is a
recipient of a prestigious Intel Achievement Award for 2009.
Dr. Amanda Petrus (B. S. '03; Ph.D., Syracuse University) presented a seminar to the department during
the Spring 2009 semester. Since that time Amanda has completed her Ph.D. work at
Syracuse, and she has recently began postdoctoral research with Professor Ken Noll
in the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at the University of Connecticut.
Valerie Baish (B. S. '08) visited from Buffalo. Valerie is employed as a Chemist for ENrG Inc.,
and is presently working on a project for the Department of Energy involving OTM (oxygen
transport membrane) tubes.
Kris Hite (BS-Biochem 2005) checked in from Fort Collins, CO where he is entering the fourth
year of the biochemistry program at Colorado State University. He has just submitted
a review article about his research (involving chromatin) to Biochemistry & Cell Biology.
He is still quite excited about his research but is hoping to get some additional
teaching experience while at Colorado State. Kris seems to be “ahead of the game”
in terms of gasoline conservation as he bikes to the lab everyday and also fixes old
bikes. He and his yellow lab Ben enjoy running and hiking in the northern Rockies.
His sister Katie will enter her senior year at Fredonia this fall.
Another 2005 grad, John Lemon (BS Chem 2005) recently updated his online records from the west as well. John is
in the PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Arizona. He is working with Mary
J. Wirth on probing the proton pumping action of bacteriorhodopsin in an artificial
lipid bilayer with potential solar energy applications.
Jason Nowak (BS Chem 1991) and his wife Michelle Vitanov Nowak (BS Chem 1991) will soon be packing up in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for a new assignment
at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jason graduated from the Army’s Command
and General Staff College. They are very excited about their move further west.
Recently retired from active teaching is Pat Volk (MS Chem 1975). Pat taught Physics and Physical Science for 21 years at Pine Valley
Central School. Pat is actively enjoying her four grandchildren and happily anticipating
two more grandchildren, one in October and one in December. Their youngest son, Kevin,
graduated summa cum laude from Fredonia with a double major in English and Music.
It had been a while since we heard from Jim Happell (BS Chem 1984). He is at the University of Miami as a research associate professor.
His current research interests are the atmospheric chemistry of ozone-depleting substances
and using CFCs to trace global ocean circulation. He reports he has been spending
more time at sea over the last several years and just recently returned from a cruise
to Antarctica where he experienced 30-40 foot waves for 24 hours.
Another voice from the past….alumnus Joe Korwin (BS Chem 1975) recalled fondly his Houghton Hall days and his many friends from there
(Dr. Supple, Dr. DIngledy, Dr. Moos, Mike Marletta, J Elton Dewhurst, Steve Suib,
Lesley Palmer and his uncle Ange Bennice who convinced him to pursue chemistry. Joe
became a Physician Assistant and then a physician (internist) and currently works
at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He is the Medical Director of the Special
Exam Unit and the Employee Health Unit. In addition he a clinical associate professor
of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (his medical alma mater).
Barry E. Taylor (BS Chem 1969) is currently a Ph.D. Research Fellow with DuPont Electronic Technologies.
Barry received his PhD in Solid State Inorganic Chemistry at Brown University working
for Aaron Wold, a friend and associate of Paul Weller, his Fredonia mentor, thesis
advisor, and friend. He has had many interesting assignments during his 35 years at
DuPont, including a five year stay in Japan. He works at the Technical Center in Research
Triangle Park in NC, doing development and research on thick film screen printable
electronic pastes, He has no imminent plans to retire but spends as much time as possible
at his cottage in the Adirondacks with his companion animals (his dog Sadie Mae and
his cockatiel Ravi Singh). Barry would be very interested in hearing from fellow Fredonia
Checking in from southern Utah was Kris Griffith (BS Chem 1996), who received his PhD from Georgia Tech under Charles Liotta in 2001.
He went to work for American Pacific Corporation in southern Utah as a senior scientist.
After 4+ years he was promoted to Director, Analytical Labs and Product Development.
This division manufactures perchlorates, sodium azide, and a fire extinguisher blend
called Halotron. Kris married his wife Tara in 2002 and they welcomed their daughter
Sloane Maci in 2006.
Ryan Landis (BS Chem 2006) has recently accepted a position at Xerox in Rochester where he will
be an EA toner process specialist. Ryan is glad to finally be able to use his technical
skills and training.
Following his Fredonia career, Scott Lewis (BS Chem 1979) pursued a career in aviation. He has been flying for United Airlines
since 1985 and is currently a captain on the Airbus 320. Part of his career included
flight instructing at Florida Institute of Technology. Scott currently lives in Maryland
with his wife and two teenage children. Though he did not pursue chemistry as a career
Scott indicated that his Fredonia degree did open doors for him and contributed to
his problem solving skills. To keep active in teaching he teaches martial arts one
night a week (check out http://www.kreimers-karate.com/scott.html) and is pursuing a second career as a writer. I especially liked a quote that Scott
included in his e-mail: “Giving money & power to government is like giving whiskey
and car keys to teenage boys” (P.J. O’Rourke).
It is always nice to report about alums receiving awards. Recently Julia (Giambra) Gavin (BS Chem 1993) was recently named as Eli Lilly & Company’s Six Sigma Sponsor of the
Year for Lilly Research Laboratories. Julia was nominated for this honor based on
the five projects she completed in 2007, which saved the Indianapolis based company
more than half a million dollars. She received her PhD in chemistry from Penn State
and joined Lilly in 1998 as a senior analytical chemist. She was promoted to principal
research scientist in 2003, and is currently head of small molecule analytical chemistry
where she is responsible for Lilly’s Global Industrial Hygiene Laboratory supporting
22 manufacturing facilities around the world. Julia and her husband Peter Gavin (BS Chem 1993), who also has a PhD in chemistry from Penn State, have completed 10
years with Lilly and are residing in Zionsville, IN with their daughters Nicole and
J Elton Dewhurst (BA Chem 1971, MS Chem 1973) reported in from Macungie, PA where he still works for
Air Products. I am sure some of you are aware of The Element Song made famous by Tom
Lehrer. How many of you are aware of The Element Song written by Frank Vollaro (BS Chem 1970) and J Elton? It was first written in 1968, revamped in 2007, and has
finally been recorded in its entirety. There are 116 verses for a total of 47 minutes
of music. Each element gets one four-line verse except hydrogen, which gets two extra
for deuterium and tritium, and carbon and nitrogen which each get two verses because
“we like them”. J Elton promises to send a CD when it is finished and included in
his e-mail the last verse:
Elements, elements, the subject’s never boring
Who wouldn’t want to hear a song of boron, lead and fluorine?
We hope you like the song we wrote, don’t say we didn’t warn ya
And, yes, we learned about this stuff at SUNY in Fredonia
He reports that he spends as much time as he can in his fully digital recording studio
(in his home) where he has produced 18+ CDs.
An online update (easy for all of you to do at the chemistry website) was received
from Ed Castellana (BS Chem 1999) reporting in from Texas. Ed received his PhD in chemistry from Texas
A&M in 2005 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow there.
Patti (Andolino) Brandt (BS 1981) updated us from Minnesota where she recently completed 22 years at 3M where
she is currently a Material Compliance Program Manager. Her latest focus is getting
3M ready to meet the requirements for the new European regulation called REACH. Prior
to that assignment she was Sax Sigma Black Belt and lead/coached many cost reduction,
quality improvement, and new technology projects. Her two sons Kyle (15) and Alex
(12) keep Patti and her husband Mike very busy, Both boys play competitive soccer
year round and Patti volunteers with a youth group at church, was on the school parent
advisory council for a few years, and is now on the new high school boundary task
force and oversight committee.
Somewhat closer to home, Henry Milliman (BS Chem 2007) is really enjoying the PhD program in Polymer Science at Case Western
Reserve where he is working with Dave Schiraldi. His NSF-sponsored project is entitled
“Processing of Self Assembled, Bottom-up Nanocomposite Polymers. Henry presented a
poster on his work at an NSF-grantees conference in Knoxville in January where he
toured the Oakridge National Laboratory. Henry and his girlfriend Jessica, a student
at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine) are loving Cleveland and what they are doing.
Another online update came from Charles Hagmaier (BS Chem 1985) who currently lives and works in Canada. After many years at Kodak
in Rochester he moved across the border in 2002 to work for Deluxe Laboratories, the
largest motion picture processing facility in the world. Charlie reports that he has
actually been dealing with motion picture industry ever since he left college. He
is currently the VP of engineering for Deluxe and lives in Oakville, Ontario with
his wife Tina and their three children.
Keith Mesch (BS Chem 1976) shared some fond remembrances of his Fredonia days: “Great news for
Angelo [Ange Bennice (BS Chem 1973)]. He was my “study buddy” for PChem back in my day. I spent several
evenings at his kitchen table going through PChem problems trying to pass Hopke’s
class. We did it and we got A’s!"
Mark Bailey (BS Chem 1977) reported in from Haddonfield NJ where he has just celebrated his tenth
anniversary SAS Institute. Mark reports that his work is a mix of teaching, developing
and revising training courses, and collaborating with JMP R&D at SAS Institute. His
focus remains on data analysis, statistics, modeling, design and analysis of experiments,
and scripting. Mark’s wife manages compensation and incentive programs at AstraZeneca
in Wilmington Delaware. Their two children Greg & Lisa are new sophomores in high
Reporting in from Texas was Joe DelPrincipe (BS Chem 1978) where he is chairman of the Emergency Room and president of Arlington
Emergency Medicine. He also works for the department of public safety as their medical
director as well as directing a first response EMS service and training police offices
to draw blood for their DWI program. Joe has 5 boys ages 12-18 with one starting college
in the fall at Texas Tech. His daughter Lorenza, from a first marriage is a veterinarian
Governor Eliot Spitzer has appointed Angelo P. Bennice (BS Chem 1973) to the SUNY Fredonia College Council. This is Ange's second stint
on the council, previously serving from 1977 to 1999 as a council member. In addition
to numerous appointments and awards, Ange received the Chemistry Department's Honored
Alumnus award in 1980. For the complete press release on this appointment, check out
the article in the Observer.
Deanna (Nuszkowski) Carlsen (BS Chem 1993) will be returning to the western New York area. In Deanna's own words
"It is true.... After 11 years, 2 apartments, 2 houses, and 2 Texas born children,
we are headed back North!" Brett has accepted a marketing position with Labatt USA
in Buffalo and Deanna will continue to work for Dannon part-time. "While Texas will
always hold a special place in our heart, it is time for us to enjoy family, cousins,
grandparents, nieces & nephews!" By the time you are reading this Deanna & Brett and
their two children should be back in the Buffalo area.
The University at Buffalo Alumni Association has recently selected Cynthia (Miller) Hoover (BS Chem 1995) for the George W. Thorn Award. This award is given annually to a UB
graduate under 40 in recognition of their outstanding national or international contributions
to their career field or academic area. Cindy received her chemistry doctorate from
UB and, after two years as a research chemist at Advanced Technology Materials, she
joined the Praxair Research & Development Center as a developmental associate in electronics
technology. She is now director of research and development for the Fortune 500 company
that has operations around the world. She holds several patents and in 2005 was the
recipient of the Young Eminent Engineer Award from the National Academy of Engineering.
Another recent grad has "checked in" from Jamestown NY. Alicia (Hartman) Johnson (BS Biochem 2007) recently sent pictures of her new baby girl Kaia Mae born 12/13/2007.
Alicia reports that she is "feeling lost without Fredonia. I can say I actually miss
it." Her husband Ben has some great job offers in the Raleigh, NC area so they are
putting their house up for sale and planning on moving soon. Alicia plans on working
for a year or two and then pursuing her PhD. Alicia received the chemistry department's
Outstanding Senior Award for 2006-2007.
It seems like this is the issue to report on awards. Michael Marletta (BA Chem 1973) has been selected to receive the 2008 Murray Goodman Memorial Prize,
sponsored by Biopolymers. This annual award was established in memory of Dr. Murray
Goodman, founding editor of Biopolymers. This award will be presented during the Fall
2008 meeting of the American Chemical Society. Mike received this prize for contributions
towards a molecular understanding of nitric oxide (NO) signaling and gas sensing using
chemical and biophysical methods. Mike is currently the Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished
Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and also chair of the chemistry department.
Mike also holds the distinction of being the only Fredonia alum as a member of the
National Academy of Sciences.
The department recently received a recruiting notice for an opening at the Frewsburg
processing facility of Keywell LLC. Keywell is a processor of ferrous and non-ferrrous
scrap alloys. Jeff Ohman (BS Chem 1985) is their chief chemist.
Nicky Colomb (BS Biochem 2000) recently checked in from Richmond, VA. Where she is the Director
of Marketing for Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. She keeps in touch with some
other Fredonia alums (Janice Menz, Jackie Koczaja, and Pattra Wirojratana). In Nicky’s
own words…”I have so many great memories – and friends – from Fredonia. It really
was a great place! COLD, but great.”
Though not a chemistry alum, Tom Ott spent a lot of time in Houghton Hall working on the triple-quad mass spec with Phil
Kumler. He is currently finishing his biology degree at University of Texas at San
Antonio. Tom and his soon-to-be bride Cassie (a June 2008 wedding is planned) are
building a home and Tom plans on attending medical school at UTSA next year.
A recent article in the Dunkirk Observer announced the birth of Isabella Ann Stolle,
granddaughter of Dr. Sheryl Westling Bushman (BS Chemistry 1978). Sheryl is a practicing physician in Fort Scott, KS and is also
extensively involved in humanitarian work in Haiti.
A recent publication (ChemMedChem, 2007, 2, 1-5) entitled “Vitamin B12 as a Carrier
for the Oral Delivery of Insulin” had Amanda K. Petrus (BS Chemistry 2003) as lead author. This paper was recently highlighted in Faculty
of 1000 Biology. Amanda is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Chemistry at Syracuse
Michael Marletta (BS Chem & Biol 1973) returned to campus recently and presented an exciting seminar
entitled “From NO S ignaling to Ligand Discrimination to a Blood Substitute”. While
on campus he participated in the Chemistry Department award ceremony and presented
the Mary Marletta Biochemistry Award to freshman biochemistry major Amanda Button
of Stanley. The award is named in honor of Mike’s mother. Mike is the Aldo DeBenedictis
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and the only Fredonia alum to
be a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
The good news continues about Tim Grant (BS Biochem 2005). He has essentially totally recovered from his serious accident
and recently married Rachel Perkins. Tim continues to pursue his dream of cattle ranching
and hopes to be selling grass-fed beef in Chautauqua County in the near future.
Recently another “lost” alumnus checked in. Michael Carges (BS Chemistry 1985) continues to teach physics at Greece Athena High School in Rochester,
NY. In 2003 Mike received the William D. Ryan Inspirational Teacher Award sponsored
by the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. One of Mike’s students
who nominated him said “The knowledge he imparts to his students sets him apart from
other teachers I have had in the past. Mr. Carges strives to inspire those around
him in many ways. His instruction in class was truly one of the most exemplary models
I have encountered in high school.” Mike recently finished a second masters degree
(in administration) but is not certain he really wants to lose the contact with his
students. Mike and his wife have three children, the oldest just starting high school
and the youngest just starting first grade.
After 19 years at General Electric Plastics, Rick Joyce (BS Chemistry 1981) joined Sun Chemical in Carlstadt, NJ in 2005 where he is the
Vice President, Technology & Growth Initiatives. Rick commented that the move was
a great opportunity although he spends considerable time on the road. Rick supervises
a group of about 120 people at 4 sites (2 in the UK, one in NJ, and one in CT). Rick
resides in Albany but also maintains an apartment in NJ. Rick received his PhD in
chemistry from Penn State in 1986.
Another “defection” from General Electric Plastics resulted in Paul Hans (BS Chem 1983) moving to a position as Product Manager HP/S-ETP in the Engineered
Materials Group at PolyOne Corporation in Avon Lake, Ohio. One great aspect of the
job change was that it did not require Paul, his wife Tammy, and their four children
to move from their home in Medina, Ohio.
Rick Herman (BS Chem 1966) continues to keep us updated on his activities at Lehigh University
where he continues his catalysis research and also his teaching. By invitation of
the Chemistry department he is teaching “Chemical Equilibrium in Aqueous Systems”
for the Fall 2007 semester (an 8:10am class of 87 students) and will teach “Intro
to Chemical Principles” in the spring semester.
Jeff Takos (BS Biochemistry 2007) is working in a B2 lab in Rochester doing bioanalytical chemistry
for LHT and is contracted to Johnson & Johnson. He plans to attend medical school
starting in January 2008.
Martin Pollizotto (BS Biochemistry 2000) is a technical support analyst at Sequent Energy Management
in Houston. Martin earned a graduate degree at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to
his current position he was a laboratory manager at UT-Houston and a technical sales
representative at Improvision Inc.
Greg Roth (BS/MS Chemistry 1979/84) seems to be quite settled into his new position as Associate
Professor and Director of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology at the Burnham Institute
for Medical Research at Lake Nona in their brand new venture in Orlando,FL. You may
wish to check out his web page.
Bart Schober (BS Chem 1987) recently visited campus to attend the Kumler Conference and present
a paper. Bart completed his PhD degree at Penn State in 1992 with Bronco Gordon in
polymer science. Bart has been employed by Lubrizol Corporation near Cleveland Ohio
since leaving Penn State. Bart has held a number of different positions with Lubrizol
and is currently responsible for the oversight and development of polymer characterization
methods at Lubrizol. He holds three patents in the field of electrorheological fluids
and one in the area of block copolymers via living free radical polymerization. Bart
currently lives in Perry, Ohio with his wife Diane and their four children. Bart’s
off-the-job interests include theological study, carpentry, home renovation, and parenting.
From Parsippany, NJ some reminiscences by Ed Fennessy, Jr. (BS Chem 1987, MS Chem 1989) were shared with the department. He shared fond memories
of chemistry field trips, especially to Toronto which included the infamous Henry
Moore tours. “It was fun associating with nerds and having fun!” Ed is employed at
Pfizer Global Manufacturing where he is the Manager/Team Leader for Quality Inspection.
As an update on the alumni briefs from March 2007, it is a pleasure to report that
alumnus Tim Grant (BS Biochem 2005) is undergoing a remarkable recovery from his serious accident in
Feb. 2007. Tim has recovered enough to pursue his dream to become a cattle rancher
and soon will be selling organic beef in the western NY area. Many of the faculty
got a chance to visit with Tim when he attended the Kumler Conference in May, 2007.
The last mystery alumnus quiz proved to be too challenging. If you remember you were
asked to identify three chemistry alums in a group photo taken during a recent visit
to campus. No one was able to identify all three alums but one person was able to
correctly identify two of the alums. Our congratulations to Pamela Krna Barry (BS Chem 1982) who correctly identified twin brothers Jim Connors (BS Chem 1982) and Bill Connors (BS Chem 1983). No one was able to correctly identify the third chem alum in the
picture Charles McVay (BS Chem 1988). The picture is shown below: #1 is McVay, #2 is Bill Connors, and
#3 is Jim Connors.
An article describing the history and technology of sandpaper, which appeared recently in Chemical
& Engineering News relied heavily on the work of alumnus Stefan Babirad (BS Chem 1981). “From a layman’s perspective, you might think that you just sprinkle
little rocks on a backing, but there’s a lot of science behind sandpaper”. Stefan
received his PhD in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon, was a postdoc at Harvard, and
is currently a technical director at 3M Abrasive Systems Division in Minneapolis.
Another chemistry alum has “come home”. Carl Gaupp (BS Chem 1997) has recently returned to Fredonia as a student. After receiving his
PhD in Chemistry from University of Florida. Carl has had a productive and rewarding
career at Dow Chemical in Midland, MI. He has now decided to pursue one of his long
standing dreams and become a teacher. Carl is enrolled in the graduate program at
Fredonia, is TAing freshman labs, and is pursuing his New York State certification.
We are excited to have Carl back in the department.
Bryan Kroon (BS Chem 2007) reports that he absolutely loves his position at Ecology & Environment
in Lancaster NY as a validation chemist. He is currently involved with remediation
clean ups for military and government contacts (EPA, DEC, DOD, and Army Corps of Engineers)
and has also enjoyed field sampling in New Jersey, Georgia, and South Carolina. Bryan
and his wife live in Orchard Park.
Katie Johnson (BS Chem 2007) reports from Jamestown NY that she took 12 hours of graduate course
work at St. Bonaventure over this past summer. She is enrolled in a master’s program
at SBU which will result in NYS certification to teach 7th and 8th grade science as
well as high school chemistry. During this coming year, while completing her course
work, she will also substitute teach, work part time, and spend time with her family.
Another “lost” alumnus has resurfaced. Larry Heverley (BS Chem 2006) has had a very active career. Since leaving Fredonia in 1999 he completed
the 3-2 Co-Op engineering program at UB, had an internship at Laser Photonics and
then worked for General Motors on fuel cells. Subsequently he spent 3 years at Catalytic
Solutions in Oxnard, CA but recently returned to western NY to be closer to family;
he is working at General Electric in Erie, PA. Larry and his wife Clare have three
girls and are expecting their fourth child in March 2008.
Katie (Skelly) Richards (BS Chem 2002) is working at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the laboratory
of Dr. Andrea Sant where she has acted as the laboratory manager and is now a Senior
Technician; she works in the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology. She has been
a co-author on several publications and the first paper on which she is the primary
author was recently accepted. In September 2003 she married Joseph Richards and their
son Zachary was born in 2005.
Several alumni have noted that the keynote address presented by Phil Kumler at the
recent Kumler Conference was not included (as it was stated) in the recent e-mail
to the CHEMALUMNI listserv. The size of the Powerpoint file precluded it being included
in such a mass mailing. For a copy of Dr. Kumler's Keynote Address, click here.
Bill Connors (BS Chem 1983) was on campus for Homecoming in October 2006 and reported that he
and his wife of 19 years have 4 children (3 boys, 1 girl; ages 10-18). His oldest
son is a freshman at UB (pharmacy) and his daughter will start college next fall.
He continues to work for the West Valley Demonstration Project which is a DOE/NYSERDA
nuclear waste remediation project. For the last seven years he has been working as
an environmental engineer responsible for the characterization and shipping of low-level
Andy Cosgrove (BS Chem 1995) who obtained an MS in Chemistry and an MBA (both from Boston College)
is a project manager (Global Learning and Development) for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
and resides in Fairfield CT with his wife Alison and son Ethan. Andy had an interesting
insight on his Fredonia education. In his words “I am enjoying a successful career
at Pfizer and…..I attribute much of my accomplishments to date with my learning experiences
from the Fredonia Chemistry Department. Each member of the department from 1991-1995
had a tremendous impact on my development.”
Recently while surfing the web I located another “lost” alum. Duane Clement (BS Chem 1989 and BS in Chem Eng from UB 1989) is currently the president of SRBI
Market Insights Division in Erlanger, KY. Duane started his career with Procter &
Gamble for 9 years, leading the successful development and launch of several new products.
After P&G he was the CEO of Bounty SCA where he had responsibility for a $180 million
global Marketing Services network with 1300 employees and operations in 29 countries.
He then became CEO of Catalina Marketing Research Solutions where he focused the company
on building research solutions to provide actionable information and influence business
results. Check out his website at: [http://www.srbi.com/duane_clement.html].
Patrick DePalma (BS Chem 1992) resurfaced (after a long absence) in Windsor Mill, MD (about 30 minutes
from Annapolis). He received his MS in Chemistry from Clemson, spent a year working
for a start-up biopharm firm in South Carolina, and then moved to Guilford Pharmaceuticals
in Maryland. Patrick moved back to the Rochester area in 2000 where he married his
wife Amy in 2002. They moved back to Maryland where he worked for a contract pharmaceutical
organization and he recently joined Azopharma (based in South Florida). He covers
the mid-Atlantic states, works out of his home when not traveling, and is currently
the Director of Business Development for Azopharma.
Some of you may have already heard about the serious accident involving alumnus Tim Grant (BS Biochem 2005) which happened on Feb 3, 2007. Tim was working part-time as a tow
truck operator, trying to pull a disabled vehicle back on to the NYS Thruway near
Fredonia, when an 18-wheeler struck the tow truck pushing it over Tim into the disabled
vehicle. After more than a month in ECMC I am happy to report that Tim has returned
to Fredonia to continue his recuperation here. I have talked with him by phone and
he reports that he should have a full recovery in the not too distant future. He is
anxious to visit the department for a visit.
Rick Herman (BS Chem 1966) checked in from Lehigh University where he continues his active NSF
research project on NO abatement/reduction and is teaching a course entitled “Chemical
Equilibrium in Aqueous Systems’. Rick reminisced about doing an undergrad research
project with Paul Weller at Fredonia, attempting to grow MASER crystals for microwave
applications. His work was carried out in the basement of the “brand new” Jewett Hall.
He also recalled fondly his interactions with both Doug Carter and Gil Moos.
Bill Lennox (BS Chem 1993) checked in from New Jersey to introduce his son Eli Joseph born in
October 2006. As an Associate Scientist at PTC Therapeutics he had a busy year including
process development work for an oncology clinical candidate drug, and he spent some
time working on a muscular dystrophy target and an antibacterial target. You may check
out the company at: [http://www.ptcbio.com]
I had another “chance encounter” with one of our alums. I recently needed an appliance
repaired and have dealt over the years with Wally Latimer in Fredonia. When the serviceman
arrived at our house it did not take us long to realize that we knew each other. Mark Lis (BS Chem 1984), after a long and productive career in the corporate world, decided
to “come home”. After a year of being trained by Wally, Mark bought the business but
maintains the name Latimer’s Major Appliance Repair. Mark and his wife Valerie live
in Portland NY and Mark told me that he loves what he is doing and has no regrets
about leaving the “corporate rat race”.
Joe Pietro (BS 1997, MS 2006 both in Chem) and his wife traveled to Guatemala in December 2005
and brought home their newly adopted 7 month old son to join their other three children
(1 boy 2 girls). Joe reports that his company Safetec ([http://www.safetec.com]) just finished up their most recent FDA inspection and “no 483 was issued”.
Another “lost” alumnus has resurfaced. Roberta Schwartz (BS Chem 1997) is back in the western NY area since April 2006 after stints in both
Madison WI and Chicago. She claims that she is a “stay-at-home mom” with her two year
old Edgar. In her words: “My other full time job besides being a mom is managing Queen
City Roller Girls. As a startup organization with 50 smart, strong, sassy girls it
keeps me pretty busy. I run the business end of things and coach the skaters. We’ve
been pretty lucky with all the press we received lately (two feature articles in the
last 6 months in the Buffalo News) and hopefully things will continue to get bigger
and better.” If you are interested in checking out “Sweets” avocation check out their
web site at [http://www.queencityrollergirls.net ]
Mark Stringer (MS Chem 1982) has been working at Valeo (Jamestown NY) as Supplier Quality Manager
for the past two years. In that capacity Mark has had the opportunity to travel the
world including China, Europe, South America, and Mexico and he has greatly enjoyed
seeing the rest of the world. Mark continues to have a distinguished career in quality
management in the industrial sector.
Another alumnus appeared during some of my “surfing”. Greg Swiech (BS Chem 1983) is a senior research analyst with Ariel Research Corporation which
is now a part of 3E Company [www.3ecompany.com/]. The company, located in McLean VA, is a global provider of chemical, regulatory,
and compliance information services. Greg had almost 20 years experience with Akzo
Nobel when his (and 200 other) positions were eliminated in 2003. Greg comments that
“This new job let’s me expand my horizons by taking advantage of my chemistry, regulatory
and computer experience.
Edward T. Castellana (BS Chem 1999) is currently a postdoc in chemistry at Texas A & M, where received
his PhD in analytical chemistry. In addition to chemistry, Ed also had majors in both
physics and mathematics at Fredonia. He completed his PhD in analytical chemistry
with Paul Cremer and is currently a postdoc with David Russel doing mass spectrometry.
Jackie Winter (BS Chem 2004) has made a big move. Upon graduation from Fredonia she enrolled in
the graduate program in biological chemistry at the University of Arizona. In May
2005 she began her research work with Bradley Moore; shortly after joining his group,
he was recruited away by Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Jackie moved with his
group to LaJolla, CA. In Jackie’s words: “I really am lucky to be here! I couldn’t
ask for more perfect weather, but more importantly SIO-UCSD is now known as the ‘hot
spot’ for marine natural products!”
Pamela Krna Barry (BS Chem 1982) checked in from Wilmington, DE where she is the manager for GCP compliance
for Cephalon, Inc. Pam spent the first 20 years of her career with Procter & Gamble
in Norwich NY and Cincinnati OH. She started out in analytical method development
and then managed the GMP/GLP quality assurance analytical laboratory. She has traveled
to more than 20 countries and lived in the UK for a year while at P&G. Three years
ago she moved to Cephalon in Wilmington. In her spare time Pam loves to golf and spend
time in her Nags Head, NC beach home.
John Farver ( BS Chem & Geology 1982) was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at Brocton
Central School in Brocton NY. John was actually a triple major at Fredonia (Chemistry,
Geology, and Geochemistry) and may be the only department alum holding that distinction.
John is an associate professor in the geology department at Bowling Green State University
where he is also the Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research. Since arriving
at Bowling Green he has obtained over $1.4 million in external funds.
Megan (McLean) Tichy (BS Chem 1999) completed her PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M in July 2004. In August
2004 she accepted a non-tenure track faculty position at Texas A&M teaching sophomore
level organic chemistry to roughly 300 non-chemistry majors per semester. She was
married to Dr. Shane Tichy (a chemistry graduate from Purdue) in September 2004; their
son (Nathan) was born in February 2006.
Jennifer Perez (BS Chem1988) was the winner of QUIZ #2. Jennifer recently left Astrazeneca and accepted
a position with Abbott Bioscience in Worcester, MA. She is currently working in technology
development generating antibody libraries that can be used to screen for binders specific
to an antigen of interest. Her husband Daryl Conte is doing a postdoc with Nobel Laureate
(2006 Physiology or Medicine) Craig Mello at U Mass Medical School. In her spare time
Jennifer pursues her fascination with pottery and doing some applied chemistry.
Lauretta (Skidmore) Bateman (BS Chem 1984) reports from Texas that she misses western NY very much. After working
in pharmaceuticals (generic drug manufacturing) she moved to Petroleum Products Research
at Southwest Research Institute and then back to pharmaceuticals (clinical research
trials). After developing some chemical sensitivity she returned to school earning
an MS in Project Management and is now a project manager for Harcourt Publishing.
Charles McVay (BS Chem 1988) was on campus during the recent Homecoming weekend. Charles and his
wife and two sons live in Knoxville, TN and Charlie is still in the nuclear waste
clean up business working for Washington Group International in Oak Ridge TN which
purchased parts of Westinghouse that he used to work for. He runs an office that manages
several large waste clean-up activities. Though he doesn’t get the opportunity to
do much chemistry anymore, he indicates that his B.S. in Chemistry has served him
Cindy Wolfe (BS 1995) is now living on a horse farm in the mountains of North Carolina with her
daughter Chelsea who is now 15. Cindy recently completed her Masters in Library Science
and is seeking employment in that field. Cindy previously worked with Kester Solder,
AVL Scientific, and as a library trainee with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
Andy Slater (BS Biochem 2005) has recently accepted a position with Albany Molecular Research
Institute as a research scientist; Andy previously worked for Stiefel Laboratories.
In Andy’s own words “It should be an awesome job and I am wicked excited”.
Rick Kiehle (BS 1988) reported in from California where he now works for Genentech. Rick started
his employment at Red Wing in Fredonia and then moved to California and the environmental
analysis industry including a stint at Superior Analytical in San Francisco (owned
by Richard Srna a former professor in our department). He is currently an instrument
technician at Genentech; he and his wife Eloisa have a son Zion.
Sarah Stahl (BS 1999) is in the finishing stages of her PhD in chemistry at Southern Illinois
University working on silica sol-gel thin films and microspheres. Sadie indicates
that she is quite happy after her move from Texas.
Paul Hans (BS 1983; MS and PhD from Penn State) has recently completed 17 years at General
Electric. He is currently in their Advanced Materials business as an applications
development engineer. Prior to this Paul spent 15 years in GE Plastics in a variety
of roles. Paul, his wife Tammy, and four children reside in Medina, OH where he is
active in both Boy Scouts and his church.
Checking in from Rochester, NY was Gary Mosehauer (BS 1989). Gary was a cooperative engineering student and received his BS in chemical
engineering from MIT; he also completed an MS in Statistics at RIT. Gary worked for
Eastman Kodak in Rochester from 1989 until 2002; in early 2003 he accepted a position
with Kraft Foods in Tarrytown, NY as a statistician. In Gary’s words, he “collaborates
with scientists and engineers on lots of fascinating projects helping them use and
appreciate the power of statistics.” Gary, his wife Anne, and their two daughters
live in Washingtonville, NY.
Tina Battaglia (BS 2000) completed her PhD in Chemistry from Arizona State University in January
2005. She spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cincinnati and
now has returned to ASU as a postdoc and faculty associate (teaching instrumental
analysis). She is actively pursuing an industrial career and will be getting married
in June 2007.
JoAnn Catalano (MS 1981) has recently been promoted at Cummins Engine to the title of Exempt Chemist.
In addition to her MS in Chem from Fredonia she also has a Fredonia BA in mathematics.
Prior to her promotion JoAnn spent 17 years in the Met/Chem lab. In addition to her
expanded supervisory roles she actively supports Cummins’ 3rd Grade Science Initiative.
As reported in the April 2006 Fredonia Statement, Martin Logan (BS 1982) has completed 20 years with Dow Agrochemical in Indianapolis. Marty also
has an MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Virginia. His wife Nancy Gula-Logan
is also an alum with a BS in accounting from Fredonia. They reside in Indianapolis.
Marty was the 2005 commencement speaker at Forestville Central High School.
As reported in the April 2006 Fredonia Statement, Steve Heilman (BS 1993) is a quality compliance specialist with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, headquartered
in Tarrytown, NY. Regeneron is a biopharmaceutical company with several products undergoing
human clinical trials for the potential treatment of a diverse set of diseases.
Nisar Amin (BS 1996) has recently accepted a new position as a Vice-President for RCN Chemicals
Inc. Established in Staten Island, NY RCN Chemicals serves as a leading global manufacturer
and supplier of specialty chemicals such as rheological modifiers. Nisar was a Co-Op
engineering student and also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.
Tim Braun (BS 1991) has recently accepted a faculty position in the Department of Biological
Sciences at SUNY-Oswego. Tim received his PhD in Biology from the University of Utah
and most recently was a temporary faculty member at the University of Wisconsin at
Whitewater. Prior to that he was a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Tim was a double major (chemistry and recombinant gene technology) at Fredonia. We
welcome Tim back to New York. Check out his website.
Another department alum has migrated back east of the Mississippi. The lure of the
east was too much for Matt Steinbroner (BS 1997); he was formerly working in the fuel cell industry in Oregon. He has recently
accepted a position as a program manager for Aspen Aerogels in Berlin, MA and is residing
in Northborough, MA.
Kris Griffith (BS 1996, PhD from Georgia Tech 2001) has reported in from southern Utah where he
is working as a senior scientist for American Pacific Corporation. AMPAC is the sole
US producer of ammonium perchlorate and sodium azide. You may check out their web
site at: [http://www.apfc.com/].
Gayle Gawlik (BS 2004), who is in the PhD program at the University of Michigan, is preparing
to take her orals. Gayle is working with Anna Mapp who is one of the editors of the
new ACS journal Chemical Biology. Gayle is also serving as the Administrator for the
second semester Honors Organic Lecture which keeps her quite busy.
Lori (Cabell) Finuncane (BS 1979) reported in from southern California where she is working as a chemist
for Bio-Rad Laboratories. She has been living in the San Francisco bay area for 27
years. She originally worked for Chevron’s pesticide company, Ortho Chemicals, took
some time out to raise two children and returned to the work world at Bio-Rad. Besides
whitewater rafting she enjoys showing Irish Wolfhounds.
Rick Herman (BS 1966, PhD Ohio University) has announced his “semi-retirement” from Lehigh University.
Not surprisingly Rick reports that: “although the pay is half-time, the work is usually
more than that”. He continues to work on projects for DuPont (new NO abatement processes
and catalysts) and is co-investigator on an NSF project using zeolite catalysts for
NO abatement. It is obvious that Rick hasn’t slowed down very much.
Bill Lennox (BS 1993) checked in from New Jersey where he is an Associate Scientist II for PTC
Therapeutics (www.ptcbio.com) . He contacted us to announce that PTC will be hiring
at all levels (BS, MS, PhD). Bill and his wife Patty are living in South Plainfield,
We had a recent e-mail from Diane (Grandits) Wolfrum (BA 1972) trying to locate information on Dr. Paul Weller. Diane did research with
Paul as an undergraduate. Unfortunately we do not have any recent information on Paul
Weller; if any of you have any information, please e-mail us. Diane continues to teach
Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Lake Shore High School in Angola NY.
Tim Roy (BA 1970, MS 1974; PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from U of Florida) recently checked
in via e-mail. He is another one of our earlier grads who received a BA degree rather
than the BS. Tim is the Director of Port Royal Research (formerly Petrotec Inc.) located
on the campus of Univ. of South Carolina at Beaufort where he also holds a University
Affiliate position. Tim’s lab specializes in in vitro dermal and analytical services.
Ernie Linek (BS 1975) , “Ernie the Attorney” reported in from Massachusetts that he will be presenting
a paper at the upcoming ACS National Meeting in Atlanta in March 2006. He will be
speaking on “Patent Office Appeals” in the Division of Chemistry and Law. Anyone planning
on attending that meeting may wish to look him up. In addition to his BS in chemistry
from Fredonia, Ernie has an MS in Organic Chemistry from Univ. of New Hampshire, and
a J.D. degree from Seton Hall University. Ernie is a senior partner with Banner &
Witcoff, Ltd. (http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/).
Mike Flaitz (BS 1992) recently updated from Spring Grove, Illinois. After many years with Labelon
Corporation doing polymer science, Mike took a position as plant manager at Miami
Wabash Paper Company in Franklin, OH. After a couple of years in Ohio Mike was recruited
to run the manufacturing group for Base-Line, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor
of supplies for the graphic arts industries. Mike is currently the Vice-President
of Manufacturing for Base-Line (http://www.base-line.com/) and is living in Spring Grove, IL.
Lynn Martynowicz-Andrews (BS 1983) checked in from Frankston, TX while she is out on temporary disability
from the corporate world because of serious back problems. Lynn has an impressive
record of successes at GE Plastics, Huntsman Chemical, and most recently as Vice-President
for American Standard Companies. Lynn holds 15 patents on GECET, a thermoplastic widely
used in the automotive industry and sits on the advisory review board for the Journal
of Cellular Plastics. Currently she and her husband own two businesses: First Time
Ranch & Beefmaster Cattle Co. Ltd and A-1 Custom Hay Baling. Lynn reported that she
even recently took short courses at Texas A & M on artificial insemination of cows
and palpating cows! You may wish to check out one of her web sites: http://home.earthlink.net/~first_time_ranch/
John Dennerlein (BS 1977, MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson) reported in from Middlebury, CT where he
is the Global Marketing Director for a business within Chemtura Corporation. He is
the urethanes business unit and primarily is focused on growing the business. John
is married to another Fredonia graduate, Mary Diffley. John coached baseball for many
years and currently coaches soccer, plays hockey (predominantly roller hockey) and
likes to sail and windsurf in the summer.
Frank Vollaro (BS 1970) will be presenting “Monitoring Flavor Quality by Analytical Methods” for
the Institute of Technologist’s, Flavor Interactions course in late February in Austin,
TX. He just celebrated 15 years as the director of the analytical labs for Comax Flavors
in Melville, NY. He and some of his “older” hockey buddies will be playing in an “old
timer” tournament in Quebec in April. To quote Frank: “I say being over 50 isn’t old---for
Tim Grant (BS Biochem 2005) recently visited the department while home “on leave” from his
intern position at a huge grassfed cattle ranch in Idaho. In Tim’s words “…the best
part is riding the range. We have a 46,000 acre allotment in the mountains of central
Idaho. I’ve gotten to know a lot of it already and probably rode 500 miles on horseback.”
Tim also confessed that he carries a pocket periodic table with him on the range.
If you check out the ranch’s website [http://www.alderspring.com] some of the pictures show Tim riding the range.
Though not an alumnus, former faculty member Paul Weller has “been found” in Sarasota, FL where he and his wife Gail have a retirement home.
Paul had a very distinguished academic career culminating in a 10 year presidency
at Framingham State University. Paul would love to hear from former students and friends
(contact Phil Kumler for mailing and/or e-mail address).
Cpt. Jason J. Nowak (BS Chem 1991) is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq and hopes to
return in about eight months. We are thankful for Jason and the many others that are
protecting our freedom. Jason is married to another Fredonia chemist, the former Michelle E. Vitanov who also received her BS degree in chemistry from Fredonia the same year.
In the Chicago area Katie Carrado (BS Chem 1982, PhD U Conn 1986) has been promoted to group leader of the catalyst
design group in the Chemistry Divison of Argonne National Labs. Katie worked with
Steve Suib during a workshop on Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites in June in France. You may know
Steve (BS Chem 1975), another Chem alumnus, at U Conn. You may wish to check out one
of the following websites; the first is to research, and the second is to one of her
pet projects, “ChemShorts for Kids”.
Also from the Chicago area Paul Jelonek (BS Chem 1981, MS Chem 1993) reported a job change. After many years with INX International
(the former CPS) Paul moved to ITW (Illinois Tool Works); www.itw.com. ITW is a $10 billion company with over 600 different business units. As far as the
job change, Paul reports “I love it here because of the variety of projects that I
can work on”. Paul, his wife Mary, and their three children live in Geneva, IL.
From central Pennsylvania Amy Diegelman Parente (BS Chem 1995, PhD Chem from Univ. of Rochester) continues to enjoy her career as
assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Penn State Altoona. Another big event for Amy
and John was the birth of their son Samuel Joseph in May 2005. John is also a Fredonia
grad and has recently become Director of Recreational Sports and Special Projects
at Penn State Altoona where he continues to coach soccer.