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Undergraduate Degrees

1943

Harry Katz published A Material Scientist’s Memoir: Recollections and Advice. He lives in West Orange, N.J.

1966

Marie Shutlock Drinko received a COIN of Excellence award for her work as a military and family life counselor in Alaska. She currently works as a counselor in Bahrain.

1969

William (Bo) F. Ryan was honored with the Native Son Award at the 110th Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet. Ryan is the head coach of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.

Martin Naparsteck’s seventh book, Mrs. Mark Twain: The Life of Olivia Langdon Clemens, 1845-1904, which he co-wrote with Michelle Cardulla, was published by McFarland.

David Ralston was honored as a distinguished doctoral alumnus by the Florida State University College of Business at a ceremony in April. Ralston is a professor and Knight Ridder Research Fellow at Florida International University College of Business.

1970

Caleb McKenzie was elected recording secretary of the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York. McKenzie is a senior associate with T. Kondos Associates Inc., an international lighting consultancy located in New York City.

1986

Paul Cummings co-authored a mathematics article titled “A solvable conjugacy problem for finitely presented C(3) semigroups” that was published in February 2014 issue of the journal Semigroup Forum.

1987

Lisa (Berkoski) Zaleski earned her nurse practitioner certification in the state of Wisconsin. She is employed by St. Mary’s Hospital as a critical care nurse.

1993

Christine Hooper-Ostroski was named director at The Center for Cancer Wellness, Candy’s Place, in Forty Fort, Pa. She and husband Rick ’91 live in Shavertown, Pa., with their children, Nathan and Tegan.

1995

Kevin Gryboski was hired as pitching coach by the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things, a professional baseball team and member of the Frontier League, for the 2014 season.

1996

Dave Macedo recorded his 300th career win at Virginia Wesleyan College as the men’s basketball team defeated Randolph College 75-46. Over his 14 seasons as head coach, Macedo has recorded a 300-96 overall career record and was named Virginia College Division Coach of the Year six times. His teams have made nine straight NCAA tournament appearances, including an appearance in the school’s first NCAA Division III national championship in any sport.

1998

Melissa Coxe was named Teacher of the Week by WITN News in North Carolina. Coxe teaches music and chorus at Eastern Elementary School in Greenville also teaches a class at East Carolina University designed to teach elementary education majors how to integrate music into daily instruction.

1999

Jennifer Radzwillowicz was elected the 2014 Pennsylvania Jaycees vice president for business at the November 2013 convention in Grantville, Pa. She also serves as chairwoman of the board for the Greater Scranton chapter.

Corinna Sowers-Adler debuted her show “By Request – New York Moments” at 54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club in New York City in May 2014.

2000

Kerianne Geist was honored as one of the 2014 Women of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business at its annual luncheon on May 21 in Bethlehem, Pa.

2001

Greg Johansen recently moved back to the Wilkes-Barre area after finishing nine years of service with the U.S. Navy Seabees in Southern California.

2005

Elena Archer '05 and Dan Alma.

Elena Archer ’05 and Dan Alma.

Elena Archer and Dan Alma were married on Aug. 24, 2013, at Old St. Mary’s Church in Philadelphia. The bride is a resource management senior at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The groom is a physical therapist with Penn Care at Home. The couple resides in Philadelphia. Danielle (Dallazia) Burns PharmD ’08 was maid of honor and Katie Morton ’05 was a bridesmaid. Also celebrating were Ed Buck ’08, Sara (Toole) Buck ’06, Amanda (Felegi) Hall ’05, Erika (Knorr) Issler ’06, Chris Issler ’06, Bernadette Rabel ’05, Autumn (Kishbaugh) Smith ’06, Gary Steich ’06 and Alex Wishnie ’05.

2006

John Untisz, a doctor in the U.S. Air Force, took part in a training program at the University of Cincinnati’s Institute of Military Medicine. The program prepares participants about to be deployed to active war theaters to treat wounded soldiers in the stressful, confined space and oxygen-deprived conditions of military transport planes. The training was featured in USA Today. Untisz can be seen in the video clip of the USA Today coverage.

2008

Richard Read III was promoted to assistant vice president at PNC Bank, where he serves as an associate relationship manager.

2009

Mallory Marie Zoeller (see Graduate Degrees ’12).

2013

Todd Oravic’s and Ryan Wood’s film Pitchfork was shown at the West Chester Film Festival. The film won the Best Pennsylvania Filmmaker Award. The film script was written by creative writing alumnus Kevin Conner MA ’12 as his master’s thesis project.

Graduate Degrees

1992

Army Col. Jeffrey A. Boyer MS has retired from the U.S. Army after a 25-year career.  He was deputy director of the manpower personnel and security directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency, at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

2003

Jonathan Ference PharmD was elected president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation Board of Directors.

2007

David R. Cotner MS has been appointed dean of the School of Industrial, Computing and Engineering Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology. He has served as assistant dean of the school since January.

2008

Bryan Svencer MS continues to receive recognition for his EDUtainment teaching philosophy, which he discusses in his book EDUtainment: Entertainment in the K-12 Classroom. The book was the top-selling pedagogical book on Amazon.com in 2013.

2010

Edward Charles Hamm MS and Mallory Elizabeth Bieber were married July 6. The bride is a clinical supervisor of inpatient surgery at Reading Hospital. The groom teaches the sixth grade in the Wellsboro School District.

Matthew S. Hinton MFA was appointed the coordinator of writing for the writing center at Misericordia University.

2012

Kevin Conner MA. See undergraduate 2013.

2013

Chris Campion MA recently published his first novel, The Jiu-Jitsu Bum, with Northampton House Press.

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