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Class Notes, 2004 March/April

March/April 2004

Greetings from the farm. By now, you have all received (and I am sure you have finished reading) your very own copy of Antigone, provided to you gratis by your Class of 1991 officers. So, what did you think? Are you glad we sent you the play? Did it make you think about Cornell and the good times that you had in your Freshman Writing Seminar? Were you just happy to receive something for free? Let us know on our class website: Also, please participate in the online discussions about the play and reconnect with the Cornell community.

Having recently relocated to Westchester, I have had more than a few Cornellian train-spottings. I'd like to take this opportunity to let Dave Peck, MPA '92, know that although I was a bit mouthy about his loss of power during the October windstorm, I arrived home to my house and it was cold and it was dark. I also sat next to Robert Gates '90, MBA '94, on the Mt. Kisco express, where we discussed the latest and greatest in reality TV and the finer points of legal boating and fishing on the Croton Reservoir. I also spotted Dan Sirota '90 at lunch in White Plains. I wanted to let Dan know to stay away from the turkey chili--it was not so good. What's that, you think it's a slow month for news? Well maybe it is, but here's the good news:

Monica Chadha Piper writes that she and husband Jeff are living in Chicago, and welcomed Shawn Nathan Piper on New Year's Day 2003. Monica graduated with an MBA from Ohio State U. in 1995, after which she worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (now IBM Business Consulting Services). Monica is currently on an extended leave of absence from IBM and enjoying being home with Shawn! Mollie Finch Hunter reports that she married LCDR John Hunter, USN on Oct. 4, '03 in Peterborough, NH. Mollie and John are stationed for two years in Bahrain. Other Cornellians at the wedding included Christina Miske, MPA '99, Eric, MBA '99, and Susie Curtis Schneider, and Todd Smalley.

Tom Catalano writes that he and wife Carrie and their son Jack welcomed Thomas Nicholas in May 2003. The Catalanos are living in Horsham, PA, where Tom works as a marketing manager at McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Karen Finkston Payes and husband Giora are living in New York City and welcomed Noah Isaac on July 7, '03. Cornellians at the bris included Carla Heiss and Jennifer Lee, with her husband Scott Klein and their children Jared Lee and Rachel. The New York Times reported that Sarah Abbe married Jim Taylor at the home of Sarah's father in Healdsburg, CA. Sarah is the West Coast fund-raiser for Accion International, a nonprofit organization in Boston that provides financial support and training to small businesses.

Lisa Ploucha Christensen has joined the Syracuse office of Bond, Schoeneck & King LLC, the largest law firm in Central New York. Karen Schmeidler Sagor reports that she married David on Sept. 18, '03 in New Rochelle, NY. Karen writes, "Although tropical storm Isabella came through that evening, a wonderful time was had by all, and the storm created an amazing backdrop to an amazing day!" Cornellians in attendance were: Mike and Joan Kochan Schade, Joe, ME '92, and Beth Livolsi Riordan '92, Adam and Sue Farrar-Choi, Jim Conti '88, MBA '89, Samir and Kathy Duffy Khanjar, Bill Munze, Paula Burdett Rusu, MBA '94, Dorine Colabella Scher, Jeff, MD '95, and Robyn Lipsky Weintraub, Gary Wojcik, and Joel Ossher '06. Much to the enjoyment of all the wedding guests, Karen and David ended the evening with a (slightly off key) rendition of the Alma Mater!

Now that's the way to end the evening. Congratulations on all the new jobs, new marriages, and new babies. *Nina Rosen Peek,; Dave Smith,; Corinne Kuchling,

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