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Mollie Damon Bangs ’40 and her husband, Charles E., were honored in September 2006 for their many years of service to the Henderson Harbor Yacht Club.

Mollie Brown Babcock ’51 recently enjoyed a steamboat trip from St. Louis to Cincinnati and in 2006 she attended the SUNY Potsdam reunion for the Class of 1951.

Ann Phillips Barnes ’51 directs the chorus in her mobile home park and also teaches a Bible study group.

Patricia Plumb Bretscher ’51 recently traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a 10-day workshop on Argentine tango. At home on Long Island, she enjoys her three daughters and four grandchildren.

Jean Clark Burns ’51 has a granddaughter who spent the fall of 2006 studying abroad in Greece and also traveled to London, Paris and Brussels, Belgium.

Barbara Calipari ’51 cares for her 98-year old mother in St. Petersburg and delights in her two grand-nieces.

Sallie Maxcy Campbell ’51 is both proud of and concerned for grandson Jared, a Marine now serving in Iraq.

Sr. Eileen Chambers ’51 is now retired and has moved to Plattsburgh, NY. Following cataract surgery, she plans on volunteering at a nearby Senior Citizens Center.

Shirley Leary Chambers ’51 is a long-time member of the Massena Memorial Hospital’s auxiliary and also keeps busy attending concerts and sports events of her eight grandchildren.

Tom Culhane ’51 retired in February but will take on a part-time consultancy with the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Tony D’Addario ’51 is on the board of Club Italia, a prestigious Las Vegas organization. He was also pleased to be named in a book about the U.S. Navy’s anti-submarine action in the Pacific, when he served as a radio operator/machine gunner in WWII.

Fay Guhring Davis ’51 conducted a choir of 50 for the annual Thanksgiving Day service at the historic Fort Herkimer church.

Jane McDevitt Eagan ’51 and her husband, Jerry, enjoy visiting their three sons and 10 grandchildren in Lake Placid, NY. She is excited to report that one of her granddaughters is very musical and has composed several songs.

Bob Frank ’51 and his wife, Mary, have created two elderhostel programs during 2006: a Frank Lloyd Wright architecture program in Buffalo, NY and a Philadelphia-based program that focuses on art museums. Frank is proud that four of his grandchildren play strings and the fifth plays the piano.

Jim Gentilcore ’51 and Eileen Belsito Gentilcore ’51 recently took a fall trip to Istanbul in connection with Eileen’s Rotary International involvement.

Nancy Spencer Harris ’51 has been dealing with some recent surgeries. Her husband, Bob, is now retired from Ford, and the couple enjoys their two children and three grandchildren.

Barbara Butler Herne ’51 sings in four groups and leads the Harmony Club. She recently took a trip to Italy with her daughter, Lyn, visiting Sicily, Rome, Pompeii and Naples.

Leslie Goff Hosley ’51 has a family that is very involved with education. Her son David Hosley, an alumnus, is a music teacher and her grandson, Christopher, teaches physical education and coaches volleyball.

Joyce Merrick Howitt ’51 and her husband, Wylan, have moved from Tennessee to Charlotte, NC, to be closer to a son who is a professor at University of North Carolina.

Alice Prosonic Keeler ’51 has been renovating a double-wide mobile home in her Florida neighborhood to use it as rental property.

Phil Klein ’51 is currently working on a two-disc recording of Irish instrumental music. He also has recently created a live program for nursing homes, birthday and anniversary parties that feature top songs of a given year.

Polly House Lenhart ’51 enjoyed singing in John Rutter’s Magnificat with the Masterworks Choir. She’s also taking dance lessons.

Ruth Palen Lord ’51 and her community dealt with a major flooding of the Susquehanna River in Unadilla, NY. Fortunately, her home was spared any damage.

Barbara Stearns McKnight ’51 is a proud Eagle Scout grandmother. Four of her grandsons have now achieved that rank and she recently attended one of the induction ceremonies.

Marion Parker Mancini ’51 and her husband, Alfonso, have marked their 53rd year living in the same house in Webster, NY. She continues to substitute teach for special education classes in the area.

Bette Maguire May ’51 and Arthur May ’50 are very proud of their eldest daughter, Bonnie, who has been named assistant athletic director at Smith College, MA. Bonnie’s alma mater, SUNY Cortland, also elected her to their Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ed Mullen ’51 and his wife, Rita, attended the recent 55th class reunion at SUNY Potsdam for the Class of 1951. Both enjoyed themselves.

Winnie Toelke Peer ’51 and her husband, Dick, are enjoying their new community in Jamesville, NY. She volunteers with special-needs children in the Syracuse schools. The couple is excited to report that their grandchild, Sara Scheu, will be the fourth member of the family to graduate from SUNY Potsdam in May.

Shirley Fisher Pool ’51 recently trekked to Scotland for the 60th World Pipe Band Championships, where her son-in-law’s teen pipe band competed.

Portrait of Helen Hosmer Commissioned
Two years ago, the Crane Alumni Board contracted with Juan Martinez, an award-winning portrait artist to create a portrait of the late Dr. Helen Hosmer. During Reunion Weekend, the painting will be unveiled and placed in a place of prominence at The Crane School of Music.Because Dr. Hosmer was so revered and loved by her students, faculty and friends, the Alumni Board wishes to pay for the commissioned work through contributions from our vast body of alumni. If you would like to contribute, please contact Mona Ouimet Vroman ’85 in the Office of College Advancement at (315) 267-2088 or email

Alfred A. Renino ’51 has retired after a 25-year tenure as director of the White Plains Community Band. He still plays the clarinet in other groups and teaches a few students. He is a major opera devotee, having seen 125 different operas. He and his wife, Marjorie, have six children.

Mary Sherry Wagner ’51 is currently living in Pittsburgh, but she and her husband, Terry, are having a new home built in Texas.

Eileen Green Walsh ’51 and her husband, Larry, are active choir singers and have recently become interested in playing Bridge.

Mildred Armet Wiedmann ’51 and her husband, Don, attended their 55th class reunion at SUNY Potsdam and held a family reunion at their Delaware shore house for their family.

Norma Jean Lamb ’51 was named Educator of the Year by Buffalo’s OperaBuffs group. “Nim” has been writing about opera for the club’s newsletter for the past 18 years.

Raymond Smith ’54 has retired from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI, where he was a member of the music faculty for 39 years.

Swim Team Reunion

In conjunction with the annual swimming reunion, the 1976–77 Men’s Swim Team will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Potsdam’s first SUNYAC swimming championship. Events will include a dinner on May 4 and a meet against the current team, as well as a barbecue on May 5. All past swimmers are encouraged to attend.The captains of the championship team, All-Americans Steve Auburn ’77, Tom Carvotta ’77 and Dan Wall ’77 are organizing the event and invite you to join them, along with former coach, Dave Allen. Swimming alumni are asked to send their contact information to either Steve Auburn at or Dan Wall at so that they can be included in future communications about this event.

Jean Meachem William ’51 attended a family reunion in Schroon Lake, NY, where there was a lot of singing and fun. She greatly enjoys her children, grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Chris Weait ’61 will be retiring from the Ohio State University School of Music this year and received their Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999.

A gathering at her homeDorie Day Armstrong ’63 recently held a gathering at her home for Potsdam Alumnae Sandy Mruzik Menjik ’63, Sandy Excell Wilkins ’63, Kathleen McGough Brown ’63, Phyllis Depheimer Lennox ’63 and Kitty Gillard Isbell.

A friendly visitBetsey Delucia Cutler ’66 and Hal Cutler (Clarkson University ’66) of Sudbury, MA, recently traveled to Gorham, NJ, to visit Phyllis Mason Davies ’66 and Chris Davies (Clarkson University). It was their first visit in 40 years.

Ralph Hastings ’70 was featured on the program of Fanfare and Chorale, a program of American organ music presented by organist, Sondra Goldsmith Proctor at Gunnison Chapel at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.

David Hurd ’70 is the band director at Nanuet High School in Rockland, CO. He recently married Julie Ann Hurd and has tentative plans to retire in 2007.

Laszlo Kolozsvary ’73 is the current vice president of information technology and facilities at AmeriCU Credit Union. In addition to speaking at various conferences about business and technology over the past 20 years, he also served as a former president of GUIDE International, a non-profit IBM user group, and had two articles published in Beyond Computing magazine.

Mary Anne Tartaglia-Straube ’74 teaches mathematics at Trinity Prep school in Florida and recently received the Edyth May Sliffe Award by the Mathematical Association of America. The award honors math teachers for their dedication and excellence in teaching. Along with being president of her local chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma society of women educators, she is also working on a program that gives teachers several effective strategies for reaching diverse learners in math.

Harris Schlesinger ’74 is a professor of finance at the University of Alabama and was recently elected president of the European Association of Risk and Insurance Economists for the 2006-2007 academic year. He is the first non-European to be elected as president and formerly served as the president of the American Risk and Insurance Association from 1997-1998.

Larry Vincent ’76 is a safety and fraud investigator of day-care centers in Onondaga County. He is proud to have been doing this work for more than 20 years.

Ann Lomber Borsellino ’77 is a sixth grade teacher at the Trinity Catholic School in Massena, NY. She has been a dedicated Catholic Educator for the past 29 years, serving as director of religious education for St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Church of Massena for 16 years. In 2004, she received the Sharing the Light of Faith Award, and in 2006, she was given the Alumni Award from St. Peter’s Church in Lowville, NY.

Robyn Lisuzzo Hosley ’77 is currently the co-chair of the Department of Music Education at Crane.

Donnalyn Eaton Shuster ’78 attended the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2006 National Ceremony in New York City and was able to tour NBC Studios and attend teaching workshops at the Modern Museum of Art. She was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Women recently, and is serving as chair for Madison-Oneida BOCES Model Schools Art Committee.

David Hosley ’79 is working as a music teacher.

Linda Welch-Joseph ’79 has been teaching mathematics in the Remsen Central School District for the past 25 years. She was recognized by Who’s Who Among American Teachers for two consecutive years.

Scott Lawrence ’80 recently took over as CTO for Pingtel, Corp., MA.

Patrice Delaus Scully ’81 recently celebrated her 25th anniversary working with IBM. She is currently living in Mahwah, NJ, with her two children.

Gambill ’80 Founds Music Without Boundaries

Paul Gambill ’80 is the founder and music director of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (NCO): Music Without Boundaries in Tennessee. The NCO strives to create and perform new classical music that blends many music styles together, including Western classical jazz, gypsy jazz, American folk, fiddle traditions and world music. “When people come to our concerts and experience what we do and feel [the] power of our music and those different types of music coming together, they are almost never disappointed,” said Gambill, in a recent interview for the Nashville City Paper. Under Gambill’s leadership, the NCO has become one of the most respected and distinguished chamber orchestras in the country. In 2006, the NCO celebrated its official grand opening at its now permanent home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN.

Alan P. Lampson ’82 is the current coordinator of the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, an affiliate of Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, VT.

Nancy Bernadette Head James ’83 is currently the chorus master/assistant conductor for the Syracuse Opera and performs with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She is also the minister of music at Fairmount Community Church and organist at the Temple Society of Concord. In addition, she conducts a full studio of piano and voice students.

Dr. Mary HelanderDr. Mary Helander ’83 was honored as one of Potsdam’s Distinguished Alumni Speakers and returned to campus in February to speak to students and faculty in the Department of Math. Currently she serves as a research scientist at the Mathematical Sciences Department at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Dr. Helander (center) is pictured with Vicki Templeton-Cornell, vice president of college advancement and Dr. Blair Madore, Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Richard Mangicaro ’85 recently finished his career as artist relations director/music education director for the Paiste Cymbal Company and is now on tour as the percussionist/background vocalist for Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh, formerly of the Eagles. When he’s not touring, he performs regularly with recording artists Venice and the Los Angeles Jazz group Bisquera Brothers.

Gerald Felker ’89 earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts in trombone performance from SUNY Stony Brook in May 2005.

Campbell ’81 Wins Prestigious International Award
Campbell wins awardAt the annual International Association for Jazz Education conference held in New York City in January, IAJE Canada Executive Director Brent Campbell ’81 was presented with the 2007 IAJE Jazz Ambassador Award as selected by vote of the IAJE Past Presidents Council, the IAJE International Coordinator and the IAJE Executive Board. Campbell was recognized for making a significant impact on jazz education by developing a strong IAJE presence in Canada. Campbell is pictured receiving the Jazz Ambassador Award from IAJE President Chuck Owen at a special ceremony held at the final concert on the last day of the conference. Campbell is the director of the Brandon Jazz Festival, on the trombone faculty of the Mile High Jazz Camp in Boulder, CO, and Canadian consultant to the Essentially Ellington program of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Campbell teaches concert and jazz bands at Vincent Massey High School in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Kathryn Walser Long ’91 is currently working for Michigan Braille Transcribing as a proofreader of brailled math books for blind children.
Jennifer Storie Proulx ’91 completed her C.A.S. in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego in December 2005 and is in the process of changing her career from counseling to real estate sales.

James S. Rizzo ’91 became an associate at the law firm of Saunders, Kahler, Amoroso & Locke, L.L.P., in Utica, NY, in June of 2006. Previously, he worked as the corporation counsel for Rome, NY, from 2002-2006 and also served as the first assistant corporation counsel of Rome from 1996-2002.

Jason Jagemann ’93 recently secured tenure and a promotion at Norwich University in Northfield, VT. He is now an associate professor of political science. He and his family reside in Montpelier, VT.

Kenneth Proulx ’93 is the principal at Holly Ridge Middle School in North Carolina. He and his wife, Jennifer Proulx ’91, live in Holly Springs, NC, with their five children.

Jennifer Holmes-Blair ’94 graduated in December 2004 with a Master of Science degree in health care administration from SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. She and her husband, Michael Blair, and their two daughters reside in Utica, NY.

Jennifer M. Ross Sheerer ’97 received her Master of Science degree in reading from SUNY Albany in 2002. She is currently an eighth grade teacher at Stuart M. Townsend Middle School in Lake Luzerne, NY, where she and her husband, Raymond, now reside.

John P. Jeanneret ’97 currently teaches private lessons for flute, saxophone and clarinet.

Joe Shaver ’98 now works for the Department of Homeland Security.

Susan Chase Hahs ’02 is the general music teacher for grades sixth through eight at Keene Middle School and also serves as the six grade band director and Wednesday Night Jazz band director. She teaches private music lessons to students of all ages and is a freelance trombone player.

Big SuccessCharles Holmes ’00 recently published his first book, The Little Book About Big Success. Since graduating from Potsdam, he has served in the US Army and is now serving as a Captain with the Maryland Army National Guard.

Kristine Zaker ’02 is the resident educator at Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, an affiliate of Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, VT.

Michael Emmitt ’04 has appeared in several performances of late including a world premiere of the musical The Yiddish are Coming! He has established himself as a theatre artist and maintains a private vocal studio at his home in Denver. He is currently working on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucree and creating a new performance and visual art venue in downtown Denver.
Kristina Casselman Jeanneret ’05 is currently working on a tutoring program for local schools in the Syracuse, NY, area.

Kate Kaczmarek ’05 was recently named assistant coach to the women’s basketball team of Guilford College.

Four alumni form the “Kevin Dorsey Collective”
Kevin Dorsey ’94 teaches music throughout the Syracuse area. He is currently the artistic director for the Central New York Jazz Composer’s Co-operative, an organization dedicated to the promotion of newly composed jazz music. He also performs with other alumni, Dave DeSiro ’91, Bill Pomares ’02 and Greg McCrea ’03 in the Kevin Dorsey Collective. The group has recorded three CDs and received a Syracuse Area Music Award for their recording “Gateway,” which is currently being played on 150 radio stations worldwide.

When SUNY Potsdam Senior Brandon Mendelson first approached the College with plans to establish a scholarship in memory of his grandfather, he was told that a $20,000 endowment was needed and was kindly sent away. But Mendelson wasn’t going to let a little cash hold him back.
In February 2006, Mendelson organized a fundraiser for the endowment. As a result of the proceeds, he successfully established the Oscar Cohen Memorial Scholarship for the Crane School of Music’s business program.

Haden Land ’84100 most important hispanics list was recently named one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business by the Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine. He is the technical director and chief architect for enterprise and logistical solutions at Lockheed Martin Systems and responsible for several research and development projects. Understanding the important links between quality education, internship opportunities and successful careers, he founded and sponsors the Haden Land Endowed Internship for SUNY Potsdam students. The program helps students who are aspiring to enter careers in computer information science or mathematics, to secure internships in the aerospace and defense industries. Land currently lives in Vestal, NY, with his wife, Cathy Jo, and their two children, Michelle and JT.

Calling All Computer Science Alumni

The Computer Science Board of Advisors recently set into motion efforts to establish an endowed scholarship to support one or more deserving CS majors. Board members together have pledged $20,000, to fund one student, toward the ultimate goal of $80,000, to fund four students.

Current members of the CIS Board of Advisors include James Cottrell ’78 (Chair), Jeff Crump ’87 (Vice Chair), James Jones ’86 (Secretary), Pat Caffrey ’81, Ronda Curtis ’87, Ron Dinehart ’63, Chuck Fennell ’85, Lynne Fisher Kemp ’82, Robert Gray ’87, Andrew Harradine ’88, Dana Harris ’81, Chris Hemedinger ’90, Glenn Hyde ’85, Brian Lagana ’78, Geoffrey Lambert ’80, Haden Land ’84, Paul Malinowski ’76, Timothy Mann ’08, Jeff McGrath ’84, Adam Myatt ’02, James Pantas ’85, Alethea Pratt ’72, Jonathan Ring ’80, Karen Schuh ’79, Justin Sipher ’92, Gary Wager ’84, David Waite ’69, Daniel Wall ’77, Don Waltzer ’78, Leslie Williams and Mike Zebulske ’74.

If you would like to help today’s talented CS students achieve their dreams, please consider supporting this scholarship at, designating your gift to “CS Scholarship.” Or you may make a pledge by calling the Office of College Advancement at (315) 267-2112.