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Class Notes, 1993 November/December

November 1993

Hello again, and welcome to this month's column. As you read this, Homecoming will be fast approaching, and number of our classmates will return this year as newlyweds. I had the honor of serving as best man at the wedding of Michelle (Badami), MS '93 and Matthew D'Amore in August. Matt and Michelle spent their honeymoon on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard before returning to New Haven, where Matt is in his third year at Yale law school. Other Cornellians in attendance at the wedding were ushers David Fishbach '92 and Vincente Stasolla '93, and Pamela Hollerman '92. On behalf of our entire class, congratulations and best wishes in the years to come!

Several other classmates have been married (relatively) recently, as well. Marcy Sacks, a graduate student at U. of California, Berkeley, married Rodolfo Zuniga Villegas, a native of Costa Rica, in May 1992. August 1992 was busy for Thomas McCauley, who finished his MEng degree, married Alison Schmied '90, and moved to Birmingham, AL, to begin a PhD program at the U. of Alabama as Thomas Schmied-McCauley. Deborah and Travis Finn were married in April 1992, and live in Holland Patent, NY. Travis is a dairy farmer, while Deborah is a special education teacher. Merit Whirty sends news that several classmates attended the June 1993 wedding of Masako Shibata and Dave Taylor but did not name them. And finally, John House writes that he was married last December (no details) and recently completed his MSW degree at the U. of Illinois. John is now working on his EdM degree there. Congratulations to all!

A letter from Christina Guerola contains information about classmates in the Washington, DC area. Christina is in her second year at George Washington law school and recently took a vacation to Spain. Robin Leong is in her third year at Georgetown law school, and Amy Schmerl is working in DC. Celina Alvarez is leaving there to attend graduate school in international education at Stanford.

Many classmates are either still in school or have recently completed graduate degrees. This latter group includes Diane Haumann, who received her master's (physical therapy) from Hahnemann U. in Philadelphia, and Sally Mason, who earned a master's (health service administration) from the U. of Michigan this past May. Sally is now employed as an administrative fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Also in that area (both geographically and professionally) is Monica Ruehli, a third-year medical student at Tufts U. Catherine Reese is also at Tufts, as a veterinary student.

Moving quickly across the country, we find Rick Field, studying for his MBA at New York U.; Chuck Lerch, completing his MS in statistics at Iowa State U. in Ames; Dayna Hannon, in veterinary school at Kansas State U. in Manhattan; and both David Hunter and Andrew Keyes, at the Scripps Inst. of Oceanography in San Diego. David writes that there are numerous other members of our class studying at the U. of California there.

Moving north through the Golden State leads us to Fresno, where Josephine Burns is employed as a geologist after a lengthy job search, and on to San Francisco, where Cristos Goodrow works as a consultant for Andersen Consulting. Cristos traveled to Oslo, Norway, where he saw Annike Hoysater, who is working for a Norwegian public relations firm. Tracey McGrath visited San Francisco last spring. She went with Tom Catalano and several other friends to visit Paul Simic '90, who is studying at Stanford. Tracey is working for Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany, PA, as a line manager for a Bounty production line.

That's all for this month. I hope to see many of you during Homecoming Weekend. Please feel free to say "hi" while you're in town. *Howard Stein, 600 Warren Rd., #3-2D, Ithaca, NY 14850; (607) 257-3922.

December 1993

'Tis the season to be busy... tons of our classmates wrote in with all kinds of interesting things. Darcy Andrew is back from two years in Japan and traveling throughout Asia, and is studying at MIT's Sloan School of Business. Andrea Retzky writes that she is working in Washington, DC as the deputy press secretary for Rep. Joe Kennedy. Meanwhile, Stacey Burridge is working as an environmental engineer for Mobil Oil and transferred to London for the next two to three years. She says she hopes to get in contact with alumni peers in Europe.

Rachel Laiserin sent a whole bundle of news about classmates that she met up with at Tina Hohn's and Scott Schissel's wedding in July. First of all, Rachel graduated from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and is now in New York City working at the Dept. of Housing, Preservation, and Development. Scott is studying for his MD/PhD at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Tina works at Lifesavers Co. of RJR Nabisco, where she is putting her food science degree to work. Lisa Epstein is studying for her master's in higher education at New York U., while Varman Samuel is studying medicine at New York U. medical school. Other guests at the wedding included Linda Keenan, who is a producer for the television show "Broadcast New York"; Dave Tabenken, who works for a small architectural firm in Boston; and Joel Birnbaum, working in New Hampshire for Chubb Insurance. Jennifer Gold is in medical school at Washington U. in St. Louis, and Alex Temel finished his MBA at Washington U. and is currently in law school there. Ashley Gravelle is working as a therapist for autistic children in Portland, ME, and Steve Schuller is director of food and beverage at Windham Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Pete Crosby is studying at the U. of Chicago for his MBA. Rachel also includes news from former roommate Lara Krupka, who received her master's in medical science from Harvard and is working for Quintiles, a biotech and pharmaceutical consulting firm in Cambridge, MA. Jason Saul also graduated from the JFK School of Government at Harvard and is now enrolled in law school at the U. of Virginia. Thanks so much for the news, Rachel!

Further classmate reports: Stacey Neren is a promotion director for Vee Corp. in Minneapolis, MN. Stacey works on the musical touring stage production of "Sesame Street Live" and travels all over the US and Canada. Jared Aragona is in "La-La Land" working as a development associate for the Preston Fischer Co. Be sure to look for Jared's first feature film, White Fang II--Myth of the White World, in theaters near you around the middle of next year.

Sara Weaver is a dietitian at Professional Food Service Management in San Marcos, TX. After Sara received her MS in nutrition from Texas A&M U., she began working for this contract company that manages university and college food services. Also in the food industry is Kristen Trapp, who works as an account manager at Kraft USA in Amherst, NY. In Washington, DC, Deb Wengel is a program assistant at the Brookings Inst. and Victoria Stanley is an administrative assistant for the director of visitor services at the six-month-old US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Meanwhile, Kevin Covert is in Moscow working at the US Agency for International Development on private-sector initiatives. I received a letter from him recently, and he told me that right after graduation, he signed on with USAID/Washington. He says the work is exciting, and he explained that he helped to design a "new business development" project to promote businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

Wedding bells were ringing for Nicole Rose and Vincent Doria. Both are doctoral candidates at Cornell, where Nicole is studying molecular biology and Vincent, veterinary medicine. They were married in Anabel Taylor Chapel on campus.

More news about other classmates throughout the country follows: Richard Haynam works for the Limited Stores Inc. in Columbus, OH; Seth Kenvin is an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. in San Francisco; Laura Kersting is a dietitian at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC; Rosemary Medina is a counselor at Prep for Prep in New York City; Patrick Farrell is a structural engineer at Riva, Klein & Timmons in Miami, FL; and Kevin Lemanowicz is a meteorologist at WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT. Kevin tells us he will be on-air Friday, Saturday, and Sunday every week at 10 p.m. Best wishes to you all for a healthy and happy holiday season! * Melanie Bloom, 401 E. 80th St., Apt. #24D, NYC 10021

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