David Shampine '71 has been employed with the Watertown Daily Times for 37 years. His is a crime reporter and writes a weekly column, "Times Gone By." He has won numerous honors, including: NY State Bar Association media awards certificate of merit in 1984; NY Newspaper Publishers Association local reporting award of excellence, 1991-1992; NY State Associated Press Association second place in spot news reporting, 2000; NY State Department of Labor certificate of appreciation, 1988; Jefferson Community College Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award, 2007. His first book is due out this fall.
Michele Sojda '71 has received Hilbert College's 2008 Mother Colette Staff Mission Award, named after the foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, Hilbert's founding congregation. Started last year, the award recognizes staff members who exemplify the college's mission.
Thomas McKellop '74 received a license in March to practice as a Mental Health Counselor from the University of the State of New York Office of the Professions.
Sandra Perez '75 has been appointed to assistant professor in the Department of Dance at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She co-administers the K-12 certification in Dance, teaches Ballet and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC.
Blair Buchholz '76, a technology/industrial arts teacher from Andover Central School, was recently named the Allegany County Educator of the Year.
Thomas Sparaccio '77 has been named chief operations officer with StateCE, a leading provider of online continuing education services nationwide. Sparacio joined StateCE in January 2008. He combines his experience in telecommunications, business information, call center management and direct sales to lead StateCE's operational needs. He is responsible for overall day-to-day operations, and implementing strategies, processes and technologies that improve productivity and efficiency. Prior to StateCE, Sparacio directed national call centers for Dun and Bradstreet Inc., Synchronoss Technologies Inc. and Aetna Inc. He also served with OptionTel LLC, a Dallas telecom brokering and consulting firm for residential and business services, in addition to working with National Relief Charities, a national non-profit organization.
John Ambrosone '79 retired from the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Army Reserve.Richard Ettinger '79 is being honored by the American Museum of Natural History and Harry N. Abrams Books for his six-year project photographing and collaborating with six other professional photographers on five continents to capture the beauty of birds in flight. AMNH will display over 30 images in a photo exhibition running through May 2009. The AMNH is located at Central Park West and 79th Street in New York City. On Feathered Wings is available through Harry N. Abrams Books at http://www.hnabooks.com/product/show/31039
Michael Metzner '84 has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for First Wind. (First Wind is a leading independent North American wind energy company focused exclusively on the development, ownership and operation of wind energy projects. It is based in Newton, MA.) Metzner will be responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of the company's operations. Metzner was the senior vice president and treasurer at Exelon, the Chicago-based utility company primarily focused on the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic markets, where he was responsible for multiple departments within Exelon Finance including Treasury, Enterprise Risk Management, Investments and Investor Relations. Prior to becoming treasurer, Metzner served in a number of positions at Exelon, including vice president of investor relations, vice president of strategy, planning and analysis for Exelon Generation Company, and more. Before joining Exelon in 1999, Metzner served in a variety of positions with Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO), where he'd been since 1988.
Paul Cohen '89, president of Partner Concepts, received the Tourism Industry Leadership Award from Niagara University. Cohen founded Partner Concepts, a full-service travel-marketing firm, in 2002. The firm has the exclusive rights to market the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the U.S. Cohen also is helping to reshape the focus of The Travel Channel. He has headed the hospitality and tourism division of Enten & Associates, an advertising agency based in Bethesda, Md., and served as director of marketing and strategic alliances for the American Hotel & Motel Association.Robert Friedman '89, assistant vice president/senior assistant operations manager with Citi Smith Barney out of the Baltimore, MD, area, also is a collegiate football official and was featured in a USA Football newsletter about why he is a member. He has been an official since 2000.
Nicol Roberts-King '90 is President of TriCord Consulting, LLC, a national leadership training and development company.
Lesley Tillotson '90 has been named executive director of Southern Tier Celebrates!, an organization that was founded in 2002 through a merger of the Binghamton Summer Music Festival and First Night Binghamton. Tillotson, who previously was on the Department of Dance and Arts for Children faculty at The College at Brockport, was most recently the director of education for the Arts in Education Institute at the Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica.
Karen Fingar '93 has been named principal at Dudley Elementary School (Fairport). She was formerly an assistant principal at the school worked for many years in the Honeoye Falls-Lima school district.
Stephen Lenox '93 will handle the play-by-play for all 76 radio broadcasts of the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn league during the 2008 baseball season. He joins the Aberdeen crew after two years as a national talk-show host and play-by-play announcer for MLB Home Plate on XM satellite radio station 175. From 2001 to 2006, Lenox served as the director of broadcasting and media relations for the Wilmington Blue Rocks (now the Class-A-advanced affiliate of the Kansas City Royals) after a one-and- a-half-year stint in the same position with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League.
Sally Taylor '95 and her husband, Paul, both deaf since birth, are featured in an incredible HBO documentary film, Hear and Now, about their lives coping with their decision to receive cochlear implants - a breakthrough technology that could restore their ability to hear – and how it impacted their world. For a full synopsis, go to: http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/hearandnow/synopsis.htmlR. Thomas Fregoe '97 is a senior gaming operations inspector with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
David Insalaco '00 has been named assistant ice hockey coach at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He goes to RIT after spending the last two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. Midway through the 2007-08 season, he took over as the head coach and general manager. Insalaco played two years of professional hockey for the Adirondack IceHawks of the United Hockey League from 2000 to 2002.
Sarah Bradley '03 has been named event coordinator for the Nat Moore Foundation in North Miami, FL.
Bryan Pierce '05 is a senior account executive with 5W Public Relations in New York City.
Valerie Dimino '07 has been named publications assistant for the Office of College Enrollment at the University of Rochester.
Gina Guidera '99 married Michael Dier on July 28, 2007. They reside in Utica.
Sharon (Dashevsky) Warren '79 and Hal Warren announce the birth of their first grandchild, a boy, born to daughter, Julia and her husband, Arin Lipman, on April 12, 2008 named Chaim Binyamin.
R. Thomas Fregoe '97 and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their son, Cade, in 2007. He joins his sister, Campbell, who was adopted in 2006.
Margie (Bodine) Everett '00 and Steve Everett '01 announce the birth of their son, Kelton James, born Jan. 8, 2008.
Eric Lambalzer '00 and Cassandra (Rosh) Lambalzer '01 welcomed a second daughter, Kelsey Ann, on Dec. 13, 2007. She joins Kaitlyn Mae, who was born on Nov. 2, 2006.
John Friedel '01 and his wife, Jessica, announce the birth of their daughter, Lorelei Elizabeth, on April 18.
James Horn, associate professor of history emeritus and president of Brockport-based Educational Travel Service Inc., received special honors last month at the Universidad Internacional, a private university in Cuernavaca, Mexico. During the inaugural ceremonies of the 7th annual language congress, UNINTERlingua, Horn was honored as "Citizen of the World" for his 35 years of leading student groups and tourists in Mexico and seven other countries. During his time at the College, Horn coordinated the SUNY study abroad program in Cuernavaca for 25 years.
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