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Class Notes

Undergraduate

1960

Bruce Miles of Stamford, Conn., Jerome Pauley of Shickshinny, Pa., and Robert Martin ’61  of Wall Twp., N.J., along with their classmates., the late Larry Choper and  Boyd Hoats were members of a popular singing group in the late 1950s called the Crewnecks. On Oct. 30, 2018, the CBS television show “NCIS” featured their song “Rockin Zombie,” which they recorded in 1959. The group sang extensively at college functions during that time.


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Florence (Billings) Finn ’62

1962

Florence (Billings) Finn of Dallas, Pa., was inducted into The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in August 2018. She taught in the Lake Lehman School District and coached basketball, junior high field hockey and softball. Finn has been retired for 22 years.


1969

George Pawlush MS ’76 of Cheshire, Conn., was inducted into the Connecticut American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2019. He served as Connecticut state baseball chairman and tournament director from 1999 to 2005.

1970

Caleb McKenzie of Hoboken, N.J., was reelected to a second term as the 92nd president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York City. McKenzie and his brother, Jeff, sponsor the Beryl and Cromwell E. Thomas Engineering Scholarship at Wilkes. He is also co-chair of the Richard Kelly Grant and the chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York City Merit Scholarship. McKenzie is a principal at US Lighting Consultants, an international lighting consultancy based in New York City.


1975

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Thomas Pezzicara ’75

Thomas Pezzicara of Holland, Pa., welcomed his first grandson, Enzo Christopher Pezzicara on Oct. 12, 2018. 


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Nicholas Adler ’00 and Linda Abbey ’77

1977 

Linda Abbey ’77 of New York, N.Y., and Nicholas Adler ’00 of Bloomfield, N.J., recently worked on “Goalkeepers” for the Bill Gates Foundation. The event brings together leaders from around the world to accelerate progress toward ending poverty and fighting inequality. Adler is an associate house manager at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Abbey is the vice president at Great Performances in New York City.

Jim Burnetti and Deborah Hynoski Burnetti of Derwood, Md., celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2, 2018, with a trip to the Galapagos Islands. They were accompanied by their son, Tony, who recently earned his doctorate in molecular biology at Duke University. Jim is employed as a senior principal systems engineer at the MITRE Corporation in McLean Va. Debbie recently retired from her position as an editor with the American Geological Institute to devote her time to writing a book based on her father’s letters to her mother during World War II.

1978

Doreen Wickiser Dzoba MS ’00 of Orlando, Fla., retired from teaching after 36 years. She taught at St. Jude School in Mountain Top, Pa. for 28 years. Her last 8 years of teaching were in Orange County, Fla. She lives in Florida with her husband, Tom Dzoba.

Alan France and Sheree (Kessler) France ’79 of Center Valley, Pa., are celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary. They have also welcomed a grandson, Alan Bird. Alan France is the president of France, Anderson, Basile and Company P.C., a CPA firm in the Lehigh Valley and was recently elected as president of the Lehigh County Historical Society. Sheree retired from teaching in 2015.

1980

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From left to right; Steve Pavlick ’81, Joe Ferrara, David Arrigoni ’80, Richy Maurer ’82, Nick Gard ’80, John Haffner ’80, Craig Jackson ’80.  Missing from the photo are: Peter Pagano ’79, Ken Lesniak ’80, Bill Manley and Jack Manley.

Recently, several 1980 graduates met to remember their days at Warner, Gore and Slocum halls. Pictured from left to right; Steve Pavlick ’81, Joe Ferrara, David Arrigoni ’80, Richy Maurer ’82, Nick Gard ’80, John Haffner ’80, Craig Jackson ’80.  Missing from the photo are: Peter Pagano ’79, Ken Lesniak ’80, Bill Manley and Jack Manley.

Shepard Willner of Arlington, Va., retired from the federal government on Sept. 28, 2018 after 35 years and three-plus months of federal service. 


1985

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Donna (O’Toole) Sedor ’85

Donna (O’Toole) Sedor of Larksville, Pa., was named executive director of The Arc of Luzerne County, the leading agency fighting for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She previously was the director of development for the Women’s Resource Center of Scranton.


1986

Paul Cummings of Cohoes, N.Y., co-authored the article “A solvable conjugacy problem for finitely presented semigroups satisfying C(2) and T(4)” appearing in the April issue of the mathematics journal Semigroup Forum.

1988

John Coble of Reading, Pa., was appointed as a new commissioner by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Coble is a middle school English teacher at St. Francis Academy, Philadelphia.

1995

Alexandria Marchel of Sandy, Utah, opened Primrose Clothiers, a high-end consignment shop near Salt Lake City, Utah.

1996

William Boyer, M.D., of Allentown, Pa., was appointed chief academic officer/designated institutional official at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

1997

Shawn Harden of Semora, N.C., has been promoted to senior associate at Dewberry, a professional services firm.

2000

Nicholas Adler – see 1977


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Lucas and Reid Fischer

2005

Brian and Katherine (Green) Fischer of Factoryville, Pa., welcomed twins on Aug. 23, 2018. Lucas and Reid Fischer were welcomed home by big brothers Jack and Everett and big sister, Lia.


2008 Christopher Mayerski MBA ’10 of Springfield, Pa., became the director of graduate admissions at Wilkes University on Nov. 12, 2018.


2011

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Britney Hazleton ’11, husband Michael and Madelyn Elizabeth.

Britney Hazleton of Dallas, Pa., and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Madelyn Elizabeth Hazleton, on April 15, 2018.


Jacqueline Lukas of Courtdale, Pa., married Kevin Eovitch on Nov. 3, 2018.

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Jacqueline Lukas ’11 and Kevin Eovitch.


2012

Nicole Kaufman of Scranton, Pa., and her husband, Mark, welcomed baby boy Robert Joseph Kaufman to their family on Sept. 20, 2018. 

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Robert Joseph Kaufman

Mary Siejak of Hanover Twp., Pa., was honored as a 2019 Distinctive Women by the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre. Siejak is an individualized instruction teacher at Good Shepherd Academy and a ballet instructor at the Degnan Ballet Center at the Conservatory at Wilkes University.


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Dustin Hough ’13 and Lauren Wood ’13

2013

Dustin Hough of Chambersburg, Pa., and Lauren Wood of Kingston, Pa. married on Sept. 13, 2018 at Sand Springs in Drums, Pa.

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Jessica Short ’13 and Nadine Taylor Prutzman ’07 MS ’13

Jessica Short of Scranton, Pa., and Nadine Taylor Prutzman ’07 MS ’13 of Scranton, Pa., ran into each other on Future Day at Western Wayne School District. Short works at Western Wayne School District and is the cheerleading coach at Wilkes University. Prutzman is a special education teacher at Robert D. Wilson Elementary School and a member of the Wilkes Athletics Hall of Famer. 


2015

Angela (Cairns) Choate of Camp Hill, Pa., welcomed her second child, Theodore James, with husband Joshua Choate on Nov. 2, 2018.

2018

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Madison Scarfaro ’18

Madison Scarfaro of Whitehall, Pa., recently graduated from Wilkes and has become a field staff member for Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania team. Marsy’s Law would ensure that victims of crime have the same co-equal rights as those who were accused or convicted. The law has been passed unanimously by Pennsylvania’s Senate and House. The law must be approved by the voters of Pennsylvania in a ballot referendum before it can be added into the constitution.


Graduate

1976 – See George Pawlush in Undergraduates 1969

2000 – See Doreen Wickiser Dzoba MS ’00 in Undergraduates 1978

2008

Holly (Miller) Courter MBA of Wilkes-Barre Twp. welcomed a daughter, Delaney Jane, with her husband, Josh, on Feb. 21, 2018. The couple also have a six-year old daughter, Peyton.

2010

See Christopher Mayerski MBA, Undergraduate 2008

2013

Christina Force Ed.D. of Berwick, Pa. received the Michael and Bree Gillespie Faculty Fellowship from the department of business education at Bloomsburg University. She earned her doctorate from Wilkes in educational administration. Force serves as the adviser of Pi Omega Pi, the business education honor society and is a member of the national executive board. She is the vice president for both the Pennsylvania Business Education Association and Phi Kappa Phi. In addition, she organizes the Husky Dog Pound, a shark tank-like event for Bloomsburg University students and high school students.