Hofstra Magazine

Class Notes – Fall 2005


Virginia Ellison (B.S.) of Woodbury, NY, is a part-time reference librarian at the Syosset Public Library…


Joseph Scalise (B.A.) of Farmingdale, NY, was re-elected to serve as parliamentarian of the Hofstra Alumni Organization for 2005-2006 at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University…


Warren J. Rudolph (B.A.) of Waco, TX, is retired and lives with his wife, Elizabeth, near his children and grandchildren…


Carol Bronzo (B.A.) of Farmingdale, NY, was elected to serve as second vice president of the Hofstra Alumni Organization for 2005-2006, at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University…


Robert J. Bernstein (B.A.) of Levittown, NY, was elected to serve as corresponding secretary of the Hofstra Alumni Organization for 2005-2006 at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University. Bob also celebrated his 50th class reunion this year… Jim Scott (B.A.) of Rincon, GA, was elected chairman of Effingham County Republican Party for 2005-2007. Jim attended the recent state convention as a county delegate…


Natalie Gottlieb Scheyer (B.S.Ed.) of Smithtown, NY, is retiring from Harbor County Day School in St. James after many years of teaching and administration. She is moving to a Dallas suburb to join her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren, and to write a book…


Alan Plotz (B.A.) of Dix Hills, NY, and his wife, Marilyn (B.S.-Ed. ’61), are the recipients of the Marjorie and James M. Shuart Alumni Family Award, which recognizes a family of two or more alumni who have shown outstanding dedication and service to Hofstra. Alan’s sister, Betty (Plotz) Fink (B.S.Ed. ’65) is also a Hofstra alumna. This award is given in honor of President Emeritus James M. Shuart ’53 and his wife, Marjorie Shuart ’60. The award was bestowed upon the Plotz family at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University… Suad Smolinsky (B.A.) is president of Smolinsky Properties Inc. She started this company after her teaching days and has been a broker for 20 years. It is a full-service real estate brokerage and appraisal service specializing in the towns of Woodmere and Hewlett. She is married with two children and enjoys golf, tennis and the arts.


Janet M. Doherty (B.S.Ed.) of San Antonio, TX, has retired from teaching ESL at San Antonio College and is currently a consultant at Harcourt Academic Testing. Janet was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Great Northwest Homeowners Association…


Sheldon Bernstein (B.A.) of Las Vegas, NV, started “Clark County Choppers,” manufacturers of custom motorcycles in Las Vegas. He also works in real estate and is a network operations technician with Mpower Communications. Sheldon’s youngest daughter is 2 years old… Marilyn (Serota) Plotz (B.S. Ed.) of Dix Hills, NY, and husband Alan (B.A. ’58) are the recipients of the Marjorie and James M. Shuart Alumni Family Award, which recognizes a family of two or more alumni who have shown outstanding dedication and service to Hofstra. This award is given in honor of President Emeritus James M. Shuart ’53 and his wife, Marjorie Strunk Shuart ’60. The award was bestowed upon the Plotz family at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University…


Alan Fruitstone (B.B.A.) of East Hampton, NY, retired in 2003 after careers in real estate marketing and mortgages. After moving to East Hampton, Alan began working again when wife Hannah (B.S.Ed. ’66) purchased Harbor Pets in Sag Harbor, NY… Vicky Whitaker (B.A.) of Springfield, IL, has been named to the board of directors of the Illinois Foundation for Frontier Studies, an organization that supports archaeological research in Illinois and surrounding states. Vicky is a major underwriter for the Elkhart, Illinois-based Museum Under the Prairie…


Alan Nierenberg (B.A.) of Wilton, CT, wrote Winning the Interview Game–Everything You Need to Know to Land the Job, published in May 2005 by The American Management Association (AMACOM). The book is an interview primer for new graduates through senior executives. Alan has his own executive search firm and coaches individuals on how to find a job…


Irene Bossert (B.A.) of North Massapequa, NY, was elected to serve as Recording Secretary of the Hofstra Alumni Organization for 2005-2006 at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University… Michael Poli (B.A.) of Marlboro, NJ, is senior lecturer and program coordinator of the Project Management program at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is completing work on his doctoral dissertation…


Frances M. Wisdom (B.A.) of Bailey, CO, lives in the mountains of Colorado where she makes wine with husband Charlie. They travel and spend time with grandchildren, family, and friends…


Wayne Block of Seaford, VA, is the recipient of the 2005 Warren Berg Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of college sports information. Wayne has been a member of the Christopher Newport University Athletic Department for the past 22 years and was inducted into the Christopher Newport Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. He also received the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ Distinguished Service Award in 1996… Hannah Elias (B.S.Ed.) of East Hampton, NY, purchased Harbor Pets in Sag Harbor, NY. Husband Alan (B.B.A. ’62) retired in 2003 after careers in real estate marketing and mortgages…


Allen J. Coles (B.A., M.A. ’72) of Las Vegas, NV, is a contender for the top superintendent position in the Clark County School District… Sherry Jargo (B.A., M.S.Ed. ’69) of Southport, NC, and husband David (B.A., M.S.Ed. ’68) are retired and enjoying their new careers in southeastern North Carolina…


Steven Richman (B.A.) of New York, NY, is the Grammy-nominated conductor of Harmonie Ensemble/New York and the Dvorak Festival Orchestra of New York. In May 2005 Steven conducted the Harmonie Symphony Orchestra of New York at a gala concert featuring Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, “Organ.” Recently, Steven presented a concert in New York of the chamber and other music of Gershwin and Swift, for the first time…


Joseph Hanshe (B.A, M.A ’70) of Sayville, NY, was instrumental in establishing the Florence M. Glaser Endowed Scholarship Fund at Hofstra. The scholarship supports Hofstra students who are the children or grandchildren of a veteran…


Philip Franzese (B.B.A.) of Mastic Beach, NY, is director of marketing for All Island Media. He earned an M.B.A. from Dowling College and owns Marketing Magic, an advertising and event promotion agency in Stony Brook. Philip is the creator of the Patriot’s Day Festival on Long Island and the Long Island Soap Box Derby. He has been married for 42 years, and has two children and four grandchildren…


Donna F. Ferber (B.A.) of Farmington, CT, is the author of From Ex-Wife to Exceptional Life: A Woman’s Journey Through Divorce, a newly published book for women experiencing divorce. Donna is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor in private practice in Farmington… Jerry Landau (B.A.) of Scottsdale, AZ, is director of government affairs for the Arizona Supreme Court and has been appointed a judge pro-tem… Jeffrey Wurst (B.S.Ed., M.A. ’74) of Rockville Centre, NY, is the author of a travel article that was published in the current issue of the New York Law Journal Magazine. In the article, Jeffrey describes his search with his wife, Vera, for missing clues about her family, which was torn apart by the Holocaust. They were successful in finding Vera’s grandmother’s grave in an old Jewish cemetery in Vienna and were able to repair it and add her name to it…


Jay M. Herman (B.A.) of Syosset, NY, was honored at the American Heart Association’s 17th Annual Corporate Golf Classic in Cold Spring Harbor. He is a partner in the tax certiorari and condemnation practice group at the East Meadow law firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, and a member of the Westchester and New York State Bar Associations and their committees on tax certiorari and condemnation law… Jack Marley (B.A.) of Stuart, FL, retired as chairman of First Winthrop Group after 20 years. Jack now lives in Florida and invests in real estate…


Gail D. Brooks (B.A.) was honored by the Boy Scouts at the 10th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Spirit of Scouting Education Reception and Dinner in Atlantic City. Gail is superintendent of Pleasantville Public Schools in Pleasantville, New Jersey… Terrance O’Connor (B.A.) of West Babylon, NY, was selected as the 2004-2005 New York State High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Terrance is principal of Wantagh High School in the Wantagh School District… Alese Owen Pechter (M.S.Ed) and her husband, Morton, were recently honored by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences in Houston, TX. They received the NOGI, which is one of the highest honors bestowed by the ocean interests and diving community. By receiving this award, the Pechters join ranks of such notables as Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard, Sylvia Earle, Lloyd Bridges, James Cameron and Peter Benchley. The Pechters were honored for their work as photojournalists, with the most notable collection of their work being underwater photography. They are fellows in the Explorers Club and listed in Pioneers of the Diving World. They have published an award-winning children’s book on the beauties of the underwater world, What’s in the Deep?, which is used as a marine biology text in schools and libraries around the country. Alese is also a charter member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame…


Adrienne Borbely (B.B.A.) of West Hempstead, NY, is teaching private piano at Adelphi University, as well as accompanying classes in the university’s Dance Department. She is the organist for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Paul in Hempstead, New York, and the pianist for the Waldorf Chamber Ensemble at Weill Hall in New York City. Adrienne and her husband, Joseph, have two daughters… Lydia Gladstone (B.A.) of Greenlawn, NY, starred in the Broadhollow production of Gypsy at Centre Stage, Rockville Centre. Lydia played Mama Rose, and her daughter Melanie (attending Hofstra now) played Louise, the performer who transforms herself into a glamorous stripper… Lynne Perez Patten (B.A.) of Vero Beach, FL, celebrated her five-year wedding anniversary to Dr. John M. Patten, Jr….


Gabriel H. Gluck (B.A.) of Westfield, NJ, was part of the news team that earned a Pulitzer Prize for the Newark Star-Ledger for its coverage of Governor James E. McGreevey’s unexpected resignation announcement last August. Gabriel succeeded in tracking down and interviewing the elusive Peter Harvey (New Jersey attorney general)… Kathleen Himler (B.A., B.B.A. ’86) of Upper St. Clair, PA, worked for 13 years as a high-tech salesperson with NCR and AT&T handling Fortune 500 corporate customers. She now stays home with her two sons, ages 7 and 9, is involved in a Bible study class and teaches a fourth grade CCD class. Her husband, Al, is vice president of product management and marketing for a Pittsburgh-based software company… Ronald Paushter (M.S.Ed.) of Lakewood, NJ, returned to New Jersey in March 2005 from his first trip to South America, where he taught in Peru for two months…


Richard Steinberg, M.D. (B.A.) is the assistant medical director of imaging services at Peninsula Hospital Center in Rockaway, NY. He received his degree and medical training at Downstate Medical Center and is board certified in radiology, and has co-authored several published articles drawing on his expertise in ultrasound and CT scanning. He has been honored at their annual dinner for his service at Peninsula Hospital Center…


John Cassagne (B.B.A.) of Kings Park, NY, is head of the Group Membership Association Division at New York Life Insurance Company. John and his wife, Laurel, have two children, John and Sarah… Robert Davenport (M.A.) of Queens Village, NY, retired after 18 years as a speech teacher at a Bronx high school, ended his private practice as a speech pathologist, and will soon move to Florida… E. David Woycik, Jr., Esq. (B.A., J.D. ’80) of Garden City, NY, was honored by the Hofstra University School of Law Alumni Association at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on March 16, at the Princeton Club in Manhattan. The Law School recently announced the naming of the E. David Woycik, Jr. Intensive Trial Techniques Program, which educates and trains law students in the skills of trial advocacy. David is partner at Sanders, Sanders, Block, Woycik, Viener & Grossman, P.C. and president of the Hofstra Veterans Alumni Chapter… Todd Zelnick (B.B.A.) of Arlington, VA, is an auditor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, office of inspector general. Todd is a CPA in Virginia and works in Washington, D.C….


William Agresti (B.B.A.) was re-elected to his second term as president of the Hofstra Alumni Organization for 2005-2006 at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University… Gordon Crane (J.D.) of Roslyn, NY, is chief executive officer of Apple & Eve, a 30-year-old juice company that for the first time purchased another company, acquiring Northland Cranberries Inc.’s juice division…


Kenneth I. Brown (B.B.A) is chief financial officer of Abco Refrigeration Supply, the Northeast’s largest wholesaler of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, parts and supplies. Abco has 16 branch warehouses throughout the area…


Adrienne M. Brand (B.A.) of New York, NY, is an investment banker and model in Manhattan… Robert Wayne Pearce (J.D.) of Boca Raton, FL, won a case against Merrill Lynch, the country’s largest retail brokerage. Robert’s clients were awarded more than $1 million, including punitive damages. Robert has been in private practice in Florida since 1982, managing the litigation arm of a boutique securities law practice. He is mediator for the Florida Supreme Court and the NASD and acts as a private judge or arbitrator in mini-trials and arbitration proceedings…


Michael Saul (B.A., M.S. ’85) is partner-in-charge at the accounting firm Marks Paneth & Shron, Long Island region… William Siegel (B.B.A.) of Hampton Bays, NY, is owner and president of New Age Builders, Inc., located in Hampton Bays. Bill’s company has been chosen by the Long Island Housing Partnership to construct 12 units of Workforce Housing in Bridgehampton, NY, and has also been chosen by the Town of East Hampton to construct 10 Workforce Homes…


Edward Bochynski (B.B.A.) of Merrick, NY, is the recipient of the Arthritis Foundation Volunteer Recognition Award for his participation in various fund-raising events as well as his work in raising community awareness about arthritis over the past eight years… George Hong (Ph.D.) of Montebello, CA, is vice president for diversity and public interest (2005-2006) of the Division of Family Psychology, American Psychological Association. He is the cultural diversity editor of The Family Psychologist, an official publication of the division. George is a professor at California State University in Los Angeles…


Marc Eiger (M.B.A.) of Wantagh, NY, is secretary of the Insurance Media Association… Since his graduation from Hofstra, Peter Hellerman (M.B.A.) has worked for several companies, including Symbol Technologies and now InTranS in various technical, marketing, sales and business development roles… Jeffrey L. Nash (J.D.) of Cherry Hill, NJ, is the recipient of the 2005 Camden County College Pro-Beneficio-Dato Distinguished Public Service Award. Jeffrey practices in the subrogation and recovery group at Cozen O’Connor’s Cherry Hill office, is freeholder-director of Camden County and vice chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority. He is also the recipient of the 2004 New Jersey Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award… Joseph A. Reinhardt (B.B.A.) of Commack, NY, is partner at Berdon LLP. Joseph specializes in advising companies on their policies, procedures, and internal controls… Helaine Winograd (B.B.A.) of New York, NY, has been a sales agent at Cooper Square Realty in Manhattan for more than two years. Prior to becoming a realtor, Helaine worked in telecom for 17 years, lastly at Goldman Sachs…


Carol Copper (B.A.) of Cambria Heights, NY, has been a reading teacher in Uniondale Schools for the past eight years and was previously a New York City teacher for nine years. Carol is married with two children.. Jeffrey Pulver (B.B.A.) of Great Neck, NY, is president of Pulver.com, Inc. He launched a new service dubbed Bellstar, which is a free service that works via the Internet to allow members to make local calls to various countries by essentially borrowing the phones of fellow users around the world…


Michael Meer (B.B.A.) of Arlington, VA, is the recipient of the HART Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to Hofstra Alumni Recruitment Team volunteers who have gone above and beyond in helping to recruit students for the University. The award was presented at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University. Michael heads the international client services help desk for Ruesch International in Washington, D.C., and is presently a candidate for admission to the Yale School of Management M.B.A. Program… Carol Itzkowitz (B.F.A.) of New York, NY, is the understudy for the two female roles in the Off-Broadway comedy JewtopiaStuart Shinske (B.A.) of Norwich, CT, is executive editor for the Norwich Bulletin. Previously, he was managing editor of the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, New Jersey…


Karen Fabrizio Forman (B.A.) of East Northport, NY, has four daughters from her first marriage, 11-year-old twins, and an 8- and 5-year-old. Karen works part-time in her daughter’s preschool and also as a teacher’s aide in the Commack schools. She is remarried and lives in East Northport… Brian Robinson (B.B.A.) of Manlius, NY, and wife, Kristen, have been married for 16 years and have two children, Taylor and Jack, ages 13 and 10, respectively. Brian is vice president of a nutritional supplement drink company, Advantage Plus, Inc., for the past five years… Krish Rudra (M.B.A.) of Garden City, NY, is a home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo…


Mitch Amster (B.B.A.) of New York, NY, is an account executive at Sports Radio 66 WFAN in New York. He works on new business development for the Imus in the Morning and the Mike & the Mad Dog programs, as well as New York Mets baseball and New York Giants football broadcasts on the station. Mitch is engaged to Alix Seryna Pustilnik, also of Manhattan… Sandra Cramer (B.B.A., M.B.A. ’89) of Edison, NJ, owns an online business specializing in Peanuts/Snoopy collectibles… Susan Lorde Martin (J.D.) of Massapequa Park, NY, was installed as the Cypres Family Distinguished Professor of Legal Studies at Business in the Zarb School of Business in a ceremony on April 5, 2005. She is a professor of accounting, taxation and legal studies in business, as well as director of the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence at Hofstra University… Patricia O’Brien (B.A.) of Clermont, FL, is part of the labor management team at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World. Patricia moved to central Florida in July 2000… Dr. Elisabeth Zamarelli (CERT) of Stony Brook, NY, was runner-up in the Ms. Senior America Pageant, a pageant that emphasizes and honors women who have reached the “Age of Elegance.” Elisabeth earned a Ph.D. in special education from Cambridge University in Hawaii in 1999…


James Barbour (B.A.) is playing The Ghost in The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, a new stage musical in Los Angeles that had been a novel, film and TV series. James is known for Broadway’s Urinetown, Assassins, Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast. He also stars in the new film “Alchemy”… Janet Hassid (B.S.) is director of business development and marketing at Craven Corporation… Denise Ingenito (B.A.) of Bethpage, NY, is the central intake social worker for Mercy Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services. She works with adults who lost their parents during the 9/11 attacks at Project Liberty and has facilitated a department-wide project in collaboration with the Nassau County VFW, collecting more than 400 pounds of books and videos for the soldiers in Afghanistan. Denise and husband, Peter, married in 2001 and have three children, Samantha Rose (age 9), Peter Frank (age 6) and Isabella Marie (age 4)… Jack Styczynski (B.A.) of Harrison, NY, assisted in the research for a Pulitzer Prize-winning series, “Death on the Tracks,” which focused on the corporate cover-up of responsibility for fatal accidents at railway crossings. Last year, he assisted in the research for another Pulitzer prize-winning series. Jack is currently a researcher for the New York Times Company…


Michael Devlin (B.B.A) of Bellmore, NY, is the recipient of the Hofstra CAN! Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to Career Assistance Network volunteers who have excelled at mentoring and providing career assistance to Hofstra students. The award was presented at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University. Michael currently serves as a coordinator of information systems for Hofstra’s Office of Campus Life… Patrick Ferraro (B.B.A.) of Philadelphia, PA, was a 2003-2004 national sales associate. Patrick and wife, Debbie, have two daughters, 5-year-old Cloe and 2-year-old Mia… Chris Nowacki (B.B.A.) of San Diego, CA, is the chief financial officer of a biotechnology company in Del Mar, California. He received an M.B.A. in finance and real estate from the University of San Diego… Joseph Sparacio (B.A.) of Garden City, NY, is the recipient of the Executive Council Member of the Year Award, which is given to an Alumni Organization Executive Council member who has demonstrated superior service and dedication to the organization. The award was presented at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University. Joe was also elected to serve a second term as executive vice president of the Alumni Organization for 2005-2006. In addition, Joe recently assumed the role of chief executive officer and managing partner of the Island Financial Group, and a general agent of Mass Mutual, where he is responsible for recruiting, driving revenue, managing expenses and strategic planning… Debra Steinke (B.B.A.) of Ramsey, NJ, and Edward Wardell are planning a 2006 wedding. She was ordained as an interfaith minister by the New Seminary in New York City in June 2002…


Lynda Curnyn (B.A.) of New York, NY, published her fourth novel, Killer Summer, in June 2005. The novel, published by Red Dress Ink, is a funny mystery featuring three friends who share a house on Fire Island one summer and discover their house hostess has been murdered… James W. Cusack (B.B.A., M.B.A. ’97) of Hempstead, NY, is the recipient of the Kathleen Trouvé Martin Award, which recognizes exemplary support for the Hofstra Alumni Organization. The award honors the memory of a member of Hofstra’s charter class and the first Alumni Senate president, and is given by the Alumni Organization Council of Presidents. The award was presented at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University. Jim serves as Hofstra’s director of campus life services and ombudsperson. Jim and wife, Michelle, (B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’01) have three children; the youngest, Delaney, was born May 3, 2005…


Joseph LaMonte of Plainview, NY, retired as a Major after 20 years of service with the U.S. Army Reserve Military Police Corps… Paul Rogers (B.S.) of Syracuse, NY, is energy engineering manager for eastern New York state and Vermont with Siemens Building Technologies. Paul and wife, Kathryn, recently welcomed their second son…


Estee Cross (B.A.) of Bronxville, NY, is health director at Fitness magazine… Latonia Early-Hubelbank (J.D.) is a partner focusing on matrimonial and family law at Westbury-based Cohn, Steinberg, Goldstein & Early-Hubelbank. She was appointed head of a diversity task force… Sara Lamar-Sterling (B.A.) of New York, NY, was ordained an elder at the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 3, 2005, during the church’s annual meeting at Hofstra. Sara is currently associate pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Manhattan… Rena Platt-Goldstein (B.B.A.) of Cherry Hill, NJ, is the recipient of the Advisor of the Year Award presented by the Hagesher Region United Synagogue Youth in April. The award is given to an individual who exhibits outstanding dedication and leadership in the region. Rena has been the advisor for Temple Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ, since 2001… Matthew Unger (B.A.) of Coral Springs, FL, works for the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as a computer systems technician with the County Records Automation Team. His team keeps the Records Department up and running efficiently. Matthew is remarried with two children, an 8-year-old son and a 17-month-old daughter… Kelli A. Wilkins (B.A.) of Woodbridge, NJ, won the Amber Quill Press “Amber Heat” writing contest. The Dark Lord won in the historical category, The Sexy Stranger in the contemporary category, and A Most Unusual Princess in the fantasy category. In addition to these three novellas, Kelli has written three award-winning full-length romance novels. She has also authored two non-fiction pet care guides, and published more than 60 short stories, including 45 in the romance genre…


Alison Hoffmann (M.A.) of Bellmore, NY, was honored by Long Island Business News as one of the “40 Under 40” rising stars. She has worked as an audiologist for more than 10 years and is co-owner of Advanced Hearing Center in Albertson. Recently, Alison was a guest on Channel 21 “Act II With Newsday” and has been featured in Long Island media. Alison and husband Robert have three children… Eric Lalicata (B.A.) of Burbank, CA, received an Emmy Award for sound editing. Eric has been working on several different types of projects, including a James Cameron IMAX movie, Sci-Fi Channel movies, feature films, and shorts. His wife, Traci (B.F.A. ’94), has appeared in an episode of “CSI” and performs in New Frequency on XM Satellite Radio, local LA theater, numerous industrials, and is in two shows at Universal Studios Hollywood… Joseph Rizzo (B.A.) of Staten Island, NY, is best known as “DJ Riz” at KTU 103.5 FM in NY. Joe was the tour DJ for MC Search (3rd Bass) appearing on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” was an original member of Funkmaster Flex’s “Flip Squad” DJs and appeared on different commercial radio stations as a guest DJ. He is a member of the “Crooklyn Clan,” responsible for the biggest club party anthems worldwide since 1995, including “Be Faithful”(AV8 Records) featuring Fatman Scoop, which was featured in the movie “Save the Last Dance”…


Traci Lalicata (B.F.A) of Burbank, CA, has appeared in an episode of “CSI” and performs in New Frequency on XM Satellite Radio, local LA theater, numerous industrials, and is in two shows at Universal Studios Hollywood. Her husband, Eric (B.A. ’93), received an Emmy Award for sound editing and has been working on several different types of projects, including a James Cameron IMAX movie, Sci-Fi Channel movies, feature films, and shorts… Frederick Ramen (B.A.) of New York, NY, participated in the “Jeopardy” Ultimate Tournament of Champions. In the first round, Frederick won the most money of any player in the tournament thus far…


Jeanne Cirone (B.A.) of Brooklyn, NY, is the interim acting assistant principal at P.S. 42Q, supervising grades 5 and 6 as well as the Special Education Department… Audrey Jastrow (B.A.) of Stamford, CT, is relocating to South Jersey to pursue her interests and stay at home with her 1-year-old daughter, Faith Marisa. After receiving a master’s in education and teaching for several years, Audrey decided to start her own baby clothing line that should be out within the next year… Janine Kane (B.S.) of Hewitt, TX, and husband, Chris, have two sons, 3-year-old Sean and 10-month-old Andrew. Janine is working as a physical therapist for early childhood intervention in Waco, Texas… Michele Lucks (B.A.) of Hartsdale, NY, is engaged to Hunter Denman… John Nuzzi (B.B.A.) of Melville, NY, is sales manager at MDNY Healthcare in Melville. John and wife, Noelle, have been married for two years…


Jeff Belanger (B.A.) of Bellingham, MA, wrote a second book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, which was published by New Page Books in April 2005… Carol Cooper (B.A., M.S.Ed. ’97) of East Meadow, NY, was elected to serve as first vice president of the Hofstra Alumni Organization for 2005-2006 at the Alumni Organization Annual Meeting, held May 21, at Hofstra University… Manuela Horowitz (CERT, M.A. ’77) of Plainview, NY, is assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Great Neck school district… Blake Miller of Plainfield, IL, will represent the United States at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship. Blake, an honorable mention All-American in 1996, was a member of the 1998 U.S. National team and was named the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year in 2004. He is currently tied for fourth in the MLL in goals (10) and tied for fifth in points (14) as a member of the Long Island Lizards… Alayna Tagariello (B.A.) of New York, NY, is managing public relations for Guardian Life Insurance in New York City, and pursuing an M.B.A. part time at CUNY Baruch. She also runs networking socials called TagParties, which have been featured in Time Out NY and Time Magazine


Dr. Robert Hill (B.S.) of Port Washington, NY, is assistant professor of anatomy at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury. He received a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in December 2004… Heather Lora (B.S.Ed.) of Middle Island, NY, is a music teacher in the Longwood Central School District. Her husband, Javier (B.B.A. ’98), is a senior financial specialist at Wachovia Bank… Leslie Segrete (B.A.) is the co-host of the radio show “Money Pit”, and is a carpenter and handyperson on the popular television program “While You Were Out”, which airs on The Learning Channel (TLC). She has also worked on such television shows as “The Ricki Lake Show”…


Javier O. Lora (B.B.A.) of Middle Island, NY, is a senior financial specialist at Wachovia Bank. His wife, Heather (B.S.Ed. ’97), is a music teacher in the Longwood Central School District… Tara York (B.A.) of East Haven, CT, is the policy and communications advisor in the Connecticut attorney general’s office. Previously, Tara worked as a reporter at the New Britain Herald and at the New Haven Register


Bahram Aziz (B.S.) of Kings Point, NY, is senior system/database/exchange/IIS administrator for Daniel K Inc…. Lauren Leighton (M.A.) of Denville, NJ, is the training manager in the human resource department of Cedant Car Rental Group in Parsippany, New Jersey. Her husband, Scott (M.A.), is the HRIS manager at the same company… John Sasso (M.B.A.) of Rockville Centre, NY, is founder and president of Insight Consulting, an independent Garden City-based management-consulting firm. He was recently named to the board of advisors of ZStrata, LLC, an independent software vendor providing a complete Web-based platform for commercial and residential brokerage firms. John is also active in The Alternative Board (TAB) and Cooperating Executives Organization (CEO)…


Loretta Caputo (B.A.) of North Massapequa, NY, is publications coordinator at Winthrop University Hospital… Cheryl R. Donald (M.A.) of Elmhurst, NY, is public health analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. She was transferred from Washington, D.C., to the New York field office in December 2004… Katie Feid (B.A.) of Attleboro, MA, and Rory Bloom are planning a May 2006 wedding… George H. Young (B.B.A.) of Corpus Christi, TX, and Leslie Haas are planning an October 2005 wedding. George is vice president and branch manager of ValueBank’s midtown branch…


Doug Shanahan (B.A.) of Farmingville, NY, will represent the United States at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship. Doug, a three-time All-American selection, including a first team pick as a senior in 2001, captured the inaugural Tewaaraton Trophy and the Lt. Ray Enners Award (USILA) as college lacrosse player of the year, and the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Award as USILA Division I Midfielder of the Year. He was a member of the 2002 U.S. National team and was named the Most Valuable Player of that championship tournament…


Edward Fred (M.B.A.) of Edgewood, NJ, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 Award. Following a series of promotions at CPI Aerostructures, Ed was named chief executive officer in early 2003… Brian Lepsis (J.D.) of Tabernacle, NJ, is business development manager at Shingle and Gibb Company, Inc. Brian is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He earned the Eagle Scout award at age 15 and presently serves as an Eagle Scout… Nicholas Polanco of Rockville Centre, NY, will represent the United States at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship. Nicky was a two-time All-American, including a first team selection in 2002, an alternate on the 2002 U.S. National team and a CAA Most Valuable Player, and was named the Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year in 2004…


Micah Barnes (B.A.) of Hempstead, NY, is a financial services associate at Prudential Financial at EAB Plaza. He has been with the company since September 2004, and is currently working with insurance and investments products… Marc Scigliano (B.A.) of Walpole, MA, is the videographer for his Manhatten-based Marcus Aurelius Productions. Marc won the National Broadcast Society’s grand prize for live-scripted comedy as producer and host of Thursday Nite Live, Hofstra University’s bi-weekly live broadcast comedy. Marc regularly performs stand-up comedy at New York City’s comedy clubs and in May he hosted a benefit for pediatric AIDS at “Stand-Up New York”…Xiomara E. Villacis (B.A.) of Hempstead, NY, was appointed by Mayor of the Village of Hempstead Wayne Hall as the village’s first Hispanic trustee in six years. A case worker in the county Department of Social Services, she will serve one year of the two years left on Hall’s trustee term before, under state law, having to run for election for the final year…


Colleen Eren (B.A.) of New Hyde Park, NY, was valedictorian for New College and the recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship at CUNY Graduate School… Grant Havasy (B.B.A.) was named Sales Associate of the Year by the Long Island Builders Institute at the 2004 Design, Build and Professional Excellence Awards. Grant was recognized for his extraordinary success as a sales associate at Sunken Pond Estates, a 192-unit active-adult community (age 55+) in Riverhead, NY. Grant personally had a sales volume in excess of $27 million, which led to the sale of 150 of the development’s homes before the community was even advertised in the newspaper… Bruce Zarett (M.A.) of West Hempstead, NY, is administrator at Willoughby Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, a 161-bed skilled nursing facility in Brooklyn, New York…

New Arrivals

Sophia Lily born to John and Michelle (Isaacs) Andriola (B.B.A. ’92)

Yusuf born to Kilic and Sabira (Bek) Beg(B.B.A. ’97)

Olivia Nicole born to Dan and Amber (Whitmore) Bonacci (B.B.A. ’93)

Jacob Samuel born to Michael and Nicole (Brumfield) Brand (B.B.A. ’91)

Caterina Rose born to Domenico and Jeanne (Ranauro) Cirone (B.A. ’95)

Melanie Paige born to Nicholas and Jennifer (Cuneo) DeMeo (B.A. ’94)

Brodie Altan born to Max and Ayser (Yurter) Deutsch (B.A. ’94)

Cameron born to Laura and Doug Fox (B.A. ’93)

Arielle Rose born to David and Marlyn (Gershman) Gelb (B.A. ’94)

Aiden Alexander and Tyler Gair born to Donald and Lisa (Blanchard) Harte (B.A. ’92)

Elisabeth Anne born to Emmet and Kimberly (Fasold) Hibson (B.B.A. ’89)

Connor Jared born to Eric (B.A.’93) andNancy (Barasch) Lockwood (B.S. ’92)

Kira Elise born to Michael (B.B.A ’90, M.B.A ’94) and Dana (Slifkin) McCreesh (B.A. ’91)

Christian Joseph born to Michael and Loretta (Debono) Sehlmeyer (B.B.A ’90)

Benjamin Thomas born to Chris and Sandi (Harris) Shover (B.A. ’93)

Michelle Rose born to Jonathan (B.A. ’97) and Abby (Brown) Winderman (B.A. ’96, M.S.Ed. ’97)


Elianna Sue Baslaw (B.A.’91) and Martin E. Goldman

Rachel Anderson (B.S. ’97) and Joseph Capone

Chemene Collier (B.A. ’98) and Rick Vizzi(B.A. ’97)

Sandra Cramer (B.B.A. ’87, M.B.A. ’89) and Tonino Mitacchione

Laura Marzano (B.S. ’00) and Thomas Kemper Jr. (B.B.A. ’01)

Lisa Marion (B.A. ’83) and Donald Larry Chambers Jr.

John McLoughlin (B.A. ’99) and Suzanne Szczepanik

Lauren Orsini (M.A. ’99) and Scott Leighton(M.A. ’99)

Karen Perino (J.D. ’03) and Carl Gravano

Melanie Plank (B.A. ’96) and Michael Orlando

Dana Puleo (B.A. ’01) and Brian McNeill (B.A. ’01)

Heather A. Walsh (B.S.Ed. ’97) and Javier O. Lora (B.B.A. ’98)

In Memoriam

Meyer Barash Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Gustav J. Berkel Jr. (B.S. ’52)

William M. Berry (B.B.A ’58)

James S. Bruno (B.A. ’69)

Maurine C. Buckner (B.S.Ed. ’72, M.A. ’75)

James F. Burke (B.A. ’40)

Salvatore Cannizzaro

Victor Cantone (B.A. ’79)
Victor Cantone was a widely respected, nationally syndicated political cartoonist listed in Who’s Who in American Art. Prior to being on staff at the Daily News for more than three decades (1951-1991), he was on staff at Newsday from 1954 to1959 as a newsroom cartoonist and courtroom artist. He was nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, and his caricatures of Presidents Johnson, Ford and Reagan are on display at their respective presidential libraries. Though already acclaimed in his profession, Vic enrolled at Hofstra in the 1970s, declaring a major in political science. According to his Newsday obituary, his plan in returning to school was to “deepen his understanding of politics and to enhance his cartoons’ impact.” He died on April 2, 2005, of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Rita A. Carmichael (M.S.Ed. ’62)

Timothy R. Cutler (B.B.A. ’60)

Roy C. DeNunzio (B.A.’70)

Miriam Feinsod (B.A. ’66)

Richard P. Fenick (B.A. ’95)

Arvid Friberg, Jr. (B.S. ’55)

Alice V. Gargiulo

Elizabeth Garner (B.A. ’98)

Lawrence R. Gibson (B.S. ’73)

Renee B. Goldberg (M.A. ’85)

Rose N. Goldstein (M.S.Ed. ’60)

William P. Haederle (M.S.Ed. ’65)

Glenn E. Higgins, Jr. (B.A. ’71)

Paul A. Hotchkiss (B.A. ’64)

Gerald Humel (B.A. ’54)

Edward F. Knauff (B.A. ’50)

Ross Ira Koppel (B.B.A. ’80)

Winifred Low (M.S.Ed. ’74)

Herbert V. Luckwaldt (B.S. ’71)

Nina B. Marshall (B.A. ’74)

John G. McAlonan, Jr. ’69
John McAlonan graduated in 1969 with a B.B.A. in management. During the two years he served as president of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization, John was instrumental in restructuring the organizaiton, making it more accessible to all alumni. John also served on the Nomination and Recognition Committee and the Hofstra Corporate Development Council. He was a founder of the School of Business Alumni Association and received its Outstanding Alumnus Award, and, in 1994 he received the Award for Alumni Achievement. John and wife Helaine were devoted friends of Hofstra for many years.

Kevin F. McLoughlin (M.S.Ed. ’75)

Lois M. Noon (B.S. ’48, M.S.Ed. ’69)

William F. O’Byrne (B.A. ’59)

Madeline Ondra (B.A. ’43, M.S.Ed. ’58)

Ralph T. Pierce Jr. (B.A. ’52)

Henrietta Eleanor Pfeiffer ’41
Henrietta (Rasweiler) Pfeiffer graduated in 1941 with a B.A. in economics. She was co-founder and president of Wreath and Foil Sorority (known today as Phi Sigma Sigma), a member of the Hofstra Women’s Basketball and Field Hockey teams and named best athlete by the members of her graduating class. Henrietta, and husband Robert (B.S. ’43) devoted much of their time, energy and enthusiasm to Hofstra. Together they served on various alumni committees and participated in campus activities. Henrietta co-chaired her 50th class reunion and was elected Alumni Organization Executive council member of the year. She received Hofstra’s Award for Alumni Achievement, George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award, and Kathleen Trouve Martin Award in 1990. In 2002 the Pfeiffers were the second family to receive the Marjorie and James M. Shuart Alumni Family Award for their commitment to and support of the University.

Stacey M. Roberts ( ’98)

Lesley Roesch (B.A. ’68)

Lorelle M. Schmitt (M.A. ’73)

David Shapiro

Roger Sicoli (B.A. ’74)

Toni Siskin (B.A. ’70)

Joseph V. Staron (B.A. ’75)

Peter S. Synek (M.A. ’69)

William Thompson (M.H.A. ’04)

Walter Trenkle (B.A. ’49)

Vincent Russo (B.A. ’41)

R. Edward Von Rhee (B.B.A. ’71)

Stanley Allen Watson (B.A. ’52)

Charles J. Woltmann (B.S. ’55)

Murray Yanowitch Professor Emeritus of Economics

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