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75th Reunion & Counting!

75th Reunion & Counting!
75th Reunion & Counting!
Michael Altier ’37 graduated from The University of Scranton when gas cost 10 cents a gallon, Disney was just releasing “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and FDR was settling into his second term as U.S. president. In fact, the University was still called St. Thomas College. His campus might have changed, but Altier’s love of his alma mater hasn’t and he returned to attend his 75th class reunion in June. Pictured with Altier, on the walkway leading to the DeNaples Center, is Maryjane Rooney ’80, the University’s director of alumni relations.
Victor Greco, M.D. ’47, Hazleton, received the 2012 UNICO National Marconi Science Award.
Paul Flynn ’49, Lake Wales, Fla., has written a book entitled “The Unnecessary War, A Fictional Redress,” presenting a fictional alternative and an example of how statesmen of goodwill can change history and prevent catastrophes.
William Connolly ’59, Garwood, N.J., was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Connolly, a retired senior editor at The New York Times, received the award in recognition of his service to ACES and to copy editors everywhere. Teresa Schmedding, president of ACES, stated, “Bill is always the most practical and calmest in the room, and he has helped make this organization what it is today.”
John Callahan, D.O. ’60, Dallas, received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) in recognition of his countless contributions to the osteopathic profession and the POMA. 
John A. Walsh ’66, executive vice president and executive editor of ESPN, received the President’s Award during the annual dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County in March.
Rich Chvotkin ’67, Georgetown University’s men’s basketball radio announcer, was recently inducted in the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame. Chvotkin has called Georgetown’s men’s basketball games for 38 years.  
Gerald Luchansky ’68, Olyphant, has been elected chairman of the Mid Valley School District’s board of education. 
John Zonarich, Esq. ’68, Mechanicsburg, managing attorney at the Harrisburg law firm SkarlatosZanorich LLC, has been named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in the field of general litigation. 
Frank McCartney ’69, Maple Glen, was named Toll Industry Market Leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization. 
Francis O’Connor ’71, Susquehanna, became the vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in May. He will become the president of the 28,000-member statewide lawyers association in 2014.
Kevin Walsh ’73, G’77, Fairfield, Conn., participated in the 2012 Masters Basketball Association Senior Championships in Coral Springs, Fla. Walsh was selected to play for “Oakland’s Finest” of El Sobrante, Calif., in the 60-plus division. This team of assorted former professional and college players captured third place in the competition. 
Daniel Dowd, D.O. ’74, York, was re-elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Dowd is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at York Hospital.
Rev. Richard J. Polmounter, V.E. ’74, Tunkhannock, was appointed episcopal vicar of the Northern Region of the Diocese of Scranton.
Susan Swain ’76, Alexandria, Va., has been named co-CEO of the public affairs cable television network C-SPAN.
Harry W. Zike ’76 was appointed group chief financial officer at Chinook Sciences, LLC, located in Cranford, N.J. It is the leading manufacturer and operator of advanced gasification technology worldwide. 
Donna M. Czerw ’77, G’82 has been promoted to First National Community Bank’s senior vice president, where she supervises the community banking operational functions for 21 branch locations and the retail training department.  
Sharon Kneiss ’77, Bethesda, Md., is the new president and CEO of the Environmental Industry Associations in Washington, D.C.
Col. Mark Volk, USA, Ret. ’77, Dalton, has been selected as the eighth president of Lackawanna College by the board of trustees.
Brigadier General John L. Gronski ’78, who currently serves as the Pennsylvania National Guard’s deputy adjutant general-Army, was recently promoted to the rank of major general in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Kathleen Fitzgerald Sherman ’78, Mountain, Calif., was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Brigadier General Christopher Burne ’80, current Air Force Staff Judge Advocate, conducted a Leader’s Professional Development forum for the University’s military science level IV cadets in March.
Melinda Ghilardi ’80, Dunmore, first assistant federal public defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, will serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors as an at-large governor representing the interests of women lawyers in Pennsylvania. 
Patrick Kerrigan, D.O. ’80, Wilkes-Barre, was honored with the 2012 Family Physician of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society. The award was presented to Dr. Kerrigan in recognition of his outstanding service to the osteopathic profession and his community.
Bernice Tisi Tully ’80 has joined Allied’s Integrated Health System in the newly created position of executive director of operations, Home Health Division. She will be responsible for the development of home healthcare throughout the Allied system.
Ann Koefer ’81, coordinator of tutorial services and the Gateway to Success program at DeSales University, was recently named Professional Staff Employee of the Year. Koefer was recognized for her years of service and contributions during the Service Excellence Dinner in April.
Phil Spence ’81 was recently named the new director of Hernando County (Fla.) Health Department.
Frank Hacken ’82 was recently named director of campus safety and security at King’s College.
Fr. Cyril Opeil, S.J., Ph.D. ’82, Chestnut Hill, Mass., was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Physics Department at Boston College.
Tom Frascella, Esq. ’83 was hired as the director of Smart Devine’s Multistate Tax Practice. Frascella will advise privately held and public multistate and multi-national corporations on tax services as Smart Devine continues to expand its tax practice.
Col. Michael Konzman ’83 served as guest speaker at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Honesdale. 
Sgt. Dennis Lyons ’83, Kingston, R.I., has retired after serving 27 years with the New York State Police where he was last assigned as a forensic scientist at the NYSP Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, N.Y. He has taken the position of forensic scientist in the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory located at the University of Rhode Island. 
Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, N.Y., met Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel in New York City at the Council on Foreign Relations Inaugural Educator’s Conference. Dr. Mazzucelli recently began her work as chair of the Academic Advisory Council at This summer she taught online for Hofstra University’s Department of Political Science as well as for the University of Arizona’s School of Government & Public Policy in a new MA program in international security offered for armed services personnel on deployment around the globe. She recently began her ninth year on the graduate faculty at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University, where she now also teaches the core course in the Master of Science in Global Affairs Program, Global Civil Society. 
Joseph Yanish ’83, Cranston, R.I., senior health systems specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was inducted as president-elect for the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in January 2012. Yanish also recently received the ACHE Service Award for his volunteer efforts with the community and his mentoring of hospital administration students and early career healthcare executives. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty for the Health Care Administration Program of Rhode Island College. 
Rose Ann Jubinski ’84, G’91, a senior level information technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in the implementation of ERP systems, data conversion, system integration and implementation, database technology and strategic planning, was recently hired by Smart Devine & Company, LLC, to expand its higher education practice.

Alumnus Captures ‘Back in Her Arms’

Alumnus Captures ‘Back in Her Arms’
Alumnus Captures ‘Back in Her Arms’
“Back in Her Arms,” photographed by Bill Maile ’84, was recently selected for the national exhibit “Photowork 2012” at the Barrett Art Center in New York City. Juror Susan Thompson of the Guggenheim Museum of Art selected the photograph, one of only 60 images from across the nation chosen for display. “This year’s selection is a poignant, bittersweet thing for me, as well-known local man William Feddock perished in the fire,” says Maile. “This is my tribute to him and his family, as well as the brave men and women who were there to battle the blaze and help the victims.” In addition, Maile’s photograph “Hatchery Road” was selected for the “Art of the State: PA 2012” event at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
Joseph Adams ’85, G’96 has been named chairman of the board of directors for Human Resources Center, Inc., a multi-service, multi-county nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as emotional and physical challenges. The center’s service area includes Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties.
Sheila Gilbride Passenant, Esq. ’85, an attorney with Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman, P.A., in Charlotte, N.C., has been recognized by United Family Services with its Commitment of Justice Awards for her work in the agency’s Legal Representation Project.
Kevin Hudson ’92 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as the firm’s national private equity services managing director. In this role, Hudson will develop and implement a comprehensive growth strategy focused on working with private equity firms and their associated portfolio companies.
Dina Jolly Quiles ’92, Middletown, N.Y., received the Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2012 from the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, Minn.
Joseph Kampherstein III ’92, Warrington, has been honored as a 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star. Kampherstein practices in the Philadelphia office of the firm Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., where he focuses on the defense of product liability, premises liability and commercial matters in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Rosemary Maula Brown ’92, East Stroudsburg, was elected into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010 as a state representative of the 189th district.
Amy McNichols, Ph.D. ’92, Frederick, Md., was appointed director of global initiatives at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.
Doreen Rushton G’92 recently joined Borton-Lawson, an architecture and engineering firm in Wilkes-Barre and the Lehigh Valley, as director of human resources.
Erin Flynn Jay ’93, Philadelphia, is the author of “Mastering the Mommy Track: Juggling Career and Kids in Uncertain Times.”
William T. LaFond ’93, formerly managing director of business development for Wilmington Trust’s Family Wealth group, was promoted to head the company’s Wealth Advisory business in the Washington, D.C., and Richmond regions.
Kathleen Sprows Cummings ’93, G’93, associate professor of American studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.

Promoting Awareness of Violence, Bullying, Abuse

Promoting Awareness of Violence, Bullying, Abuse
Promoting Awareness of Violence, Bullying, Abuse
To say Erin O’Malley ’94, G’97, dean of faculty and counseling at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., is an advocate of building awareness to the problems of teen dating violence and school bullying would be an understatement. In February 2012, she joined Lynn Rosenthal of Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on domestic violence prevention to discuss domestic violence and teen dating violence. Two months later, she presented at the fourth annual Capitol Hill briefing, hosted by Futures Without Violence, to raise awareness regarding teen dating violence. Baseball legend Joe Torre was among the panelists. 

In June 2012, O’Malley was invited to represent the American School Counselor Association at the “1is2many” public service announcement screening in Washington, D.C. This campaign focuses on reducing violence against women, specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. Vice President Biden (pictured with O’Malley), a Scranton native, co-hosted the event. Most recently, O’Malley has been asked by Safe and Supportive Schools to be a reviewer of a workshop for specialized instructional support personnel in U.S. schools as change agents in addressing teen dating violence.
Kara Krystina Ostroski-Francis ’95, Frisco, Texas, published her second book in her “Simply Stated Series, Creative Tax Strategies for Creating Financial Freedom.” The book highlights the significance of business ownership, the tax advantages available to business owners and how owning your own business can create financial freedom for families.
Jeffrey Kingsley, D.O. ’96, Ellerslie, Ga., has been elected to serve as a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) board of trustees. ACRP is a global association comprised of more than 18,000 individuals in more than 71 countries dedicated to providing global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession.
Laura Ducceschi ’98, G’00 was named the new director and CEO of The Scranton Area Foundation, replacing longtime director Jeanne Bovard.
Rebecca Gallo ’98, G’99, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., walked the Camino de Santiago, a 450-mile pilgrimage trail across northern Spain in May and June.
Marissa Trichilo Brunetti, M.D. ’98, Media, completed five years of subspecialty training in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in June 2011. She is an attending physician in the cardiac intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 
Joseph C. Baldoni ’99, a certified appraiser in New Jersey and New York, has been awarded the MAI designation by the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Institute, organized in 1932, is recognized as the nation’s largest professional appraisal organization.
Matthew Bernard ’99, Clarks Summit, has been appointed as the new principal at Scranton Preparatory School.
Manan Singh Katohora G’99, an Indian American filmmaker, was awarded this year’s Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival for his feature film “9 Eleven.”
Megan Smithling ’99, Seattle, Wash., received her MLIS from the University of Washington in June 2011. She works at Cornish College of the Arts.
Joseph Payne ’00, vice president of professional services at Source One Management Services, LLC, was named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros to Know for 2012.” 

Running Stride for Stride

Running Stride for Stride
Running Stride for Stride
Nathaniel Sann ’00 and his wife, Jessica Dickson Sann ’01, finished their first half marathon together, completing the 13.1-mile event at the Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2012. The couple crossed the finish line in two hours and 38 minutes, an impressive time considering this was Jessica’s first half marathon. 
Gregory Shahum, Ph.D. ’00, Norwalk, Conn., received a graduate degree from Quinnipiac University School of Business in nursing home administration and successfully completed all state and federal requirements for Connecticut licensure. Dr. Shahum and his wife, Andrea, recently went to Cambodia to perform research and further assist with development of the comprehensive HIV/AIDS orphaned children project. 
Dennis Nutini, M.D. ’01, Beachwood, Ohio, completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. After working at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Maryland, he has accepted a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic through which he will be working with the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. 
Michael Draney ’03, Parsippany, N.J., earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Centenary College of Hackettstown, N.J. 
Stephanie Longo ’03, G’06, Scranton, recently published her second book, “Images of America: Dunmore.” Longo serves as the editor of The Abington Suburban, a weekly newspaper in the Abington region of Lackawanna County.
Zachary Miknis ’03, Leesburg, Va., is a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. He examines patents related to biotechnology inventions.
Scott Mullen ’03, Wallingford, earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Wilmington University, New Castle, Del., in May 2011. He is currently the chair of the Latin department at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley. 
2LT Laura Waters Newman ’03, Live Oak, Texas, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Specialist in September 2011 and is currently studying nutrition in the U.S. Military-Baylor University Graduate Program at Fort Sam Houston.
Susan Chrusciel ’04, Plainsboro, N.J., completed her MBA in May 2012 at Rutgers University with concentrations in pharmaceutical management and marketing.
CPT Kim Johnson, USA ’04, Alexandria, Va., received her M.S. in healthcare administration from the University of Maryland in May 2011. She is a logistics management specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Logistics Management Division, Distribution Division. She continues to serve in the Army Reserves at the Defense Logistics Agency, Ft. Belvior, Va., and is also currently serving on the board of directors for the National Capitol Healthcare Executives as the director of marketing. 
Jason Walsh ’05, Pittston, received an Academic Achievement Award at The University of Scranton for science. Walsh is pursuing a master’s degree in software engineering.
Michael Hill ’06, Columbia, Md., has joined the online printing company PrintNinja as chief internet ninja. In this role he will be responsible for strategy and management of the company’s website, social media and online content for marketing efforts.
Philip M. Prior ’06, G’07 will serve as facility director of Physiotherapy Associates’ new physical therapy clinic in Monroe, Conn. Physiotherapy Associates is the nation’s foremost provider of outpatient rehabilitation services.
Thomas Umile ’06, Princeton, N.J., received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University in June 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Villanova University.
Jesse B. Hallinan, Esq. ’07, recently joined Burns White, LLC, as an associate in its workers’ compensation practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an attorney at North Penn Legal Services, handling unemployment, workers’ compensation and family law matters in the Lackawanna and Dauphin county courts.
Ashley Hartman, Pharm.D. ’07, Clarks Summit, graduated from the Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in May 2012. She has accepted a PGY-1 residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Brian J. Loughney ’07, G’09, Dunmore, was named the new deputy director for human resources for Lackawanna County.
Tiffany Rogers ’07, a hospitality major and a member of the first graduating class from the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality & Tourism at Lackawanna College, presented the valedictory address at the college’s commencement ceremonies in May.   
Eileen Patterson ’08, Massapequa, N.Y., is a main stage performer for Disney Cruise Lines.
On New Year’s Day 2012 – after nearly three years of dating – First Lieutenant Rich Auletta ’10 proposed to his longtime girlfriend Trish Oakley ’10. The couple fell in love at Scranton, so it only made sense to take their engagement photos on the Commons. 

The couple originally planned to get married in October 2013, but soon found out that Rich will deploy to Afghanistan for a nine-month tour in January 2013. A commissioned officer in the infantry unit in the Army, Rich is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., where the couple currently resides. With the news of his deployment, Rich and Trish decided to move the wedding up a full year and will be married on Oct. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. 

Currently, Trish serves as a Spanish coordinator at the base’s Army Family Community Center. She spent the previous two years teaching at Saint Martin de Porres Academy, an inner city school in New Haven, Conn., through the AmeriCorps program. In preparation for his deployment, Rich is studying Dari – a dialect of Farsi.

Playing Hoops & Remembering Mike

Playing Hoops & Remembering Mike
Playing Hoops & Remembering Mike
Before the start of the second annual Malone Mulhall Benefit All-Star Basketball Game July 28, for which a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship at Scranton, Sean Kirk ’10 (left) and Mike Clark ’10 spoke with a local news outlet. Kirk and Clark established the Mulhall Scholarship to honor the memory of Michael, who lost his life in a tragic car accident on Long Island shortly after graduation. The scholarship will be used to provide financial assistance to a Scranton education student interested in special education. Former St. John’s star and NBA player Chris Mullin coached one of the charity game’s squads, comprised of present and former local college basketball stars. Mike Breen, the voice of the Knicks, coached the opposing team. The benefit game was held at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. Also pictured (far right) is current Scranton student Lauren Giunta ’14, who conducted the interview while working for Optimum Cable News.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
With her Scranton banner in hand – figuratively, since she probably needed both to climb – Mary Elise Lynch ’10 recently scaled Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet above sea level. Lynch, a biochemistry major, was one of the four members of the class of 2010 who received Fulbrights and spent the 2010-2011 academic year overseas. She spent her year abroad at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kisumu, conducting research on “Discordance Between HIV Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Kisumu, Kenya.” This past year, she returned to Africa to continue her research.
Marissa Daugherty ’11, Forest City, has been accepted as a Peace Corps volunteer and will be serving in the Republic of Georgia. She will teach English to youth ages 6-18, as well as work to transfer skills and promote professional among teachers.
Jenise Janulis G’11, a second-grade teacher at Fernbrook Elementary School, Randolph, N.J., has been named Randolph’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2011-2012 and was considered for Morris County Teacher of the Year for 2012.
Jamine Mbae G’11, Dunmore, has been promoted to mortgage loan underwriter at First National Community Bank and will be responsible for analyzing residential loan documents for accuracy, completeness and compliance with appropriate company and secondary market investor standards.
Andrew Wynne ’11, a graduate student studying environmental studies at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., was accepted into the Peace Corps and left for the Philippines in July. He serves as a coastal resource extension specialist during the 27-month assignment.
Michael A. Zaydon ’12 won the $3,000 first-place prize in the 2012 Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This year’s topic was fraud and the global business environment. Zaydon earned the top prize out of 182 entries for his essay examining the need for a paradigm shift in higher education as a way to curb financial statement fraud.
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