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Doug Arnold

This has been a long winter, but I have made a couple of trips out of Vermont to visit classmates. On February 12, I went to the UVM-BU game and watched this exciting match up with Joanne Czachor Magliozzi and husband, Tom. Before the game, I had built up the prowess of the UVM men's basketball team, which proved to be true against Syracuse during March Madness. During the BU game, our team, except for Taylor Coppenrath, didn't play up to their potential, but we still had a great time rooting for UVM. I met Nancy McDonald Quimby and husband Charlie at the game. They were with Susan Shaw ('73) Robinson and Tyler. It was great to see them and to know that more than 30 years have passed but it hasn't changed any of us. Nancy told me on the phone after the game that her three oldest daughters are “launched,” and her fourth is at Wake Forest. Nancy is currently coaching a local high school tennis team and loving it. I also heard from Greg Novak whose company, Novak Marketing, just celebrated its 15th anniversary. Interesting tidbit: The Cap Report, which was the first scientifically-projectable, multi-sponsored study to measure client perceptions of large accounting firms, was renamed in 1994, the Novak CPA Study™. Jimmy Seder contacted me recently to let me know that his youngest, Zoe, will be attending Georgetown, not UVM. He may be up this summer, so I hope to see him then. Jimmy represented UVM at the inauguration of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's new president in late April. I hear that Joe and Martha Baker ('72) Forgiano are enjoying life and work in Brazil so much they may never return to the U.S. unless one of their kids provides them with a grandchild. I missed Patricia Lennox Kaufman while I was in New York in February, but Susan Hynes Taylor and I had a very nice lunch. Patricia is program director at Selfhelp, a non-profit organization working with community services. I look forward to hearing more about her work next visit to New York. I did see Jason Robards and Tom Reilly for dinner that same visit. Jason is definitely “found.” He's a bit grayer, but just the same Jason. I was corrected by Myron Grauer that Jason has never been MIA. He sees him often in Columbus. I was happy for Myron's report. I also recently heard that Dick Peisch and Jimmy Earle met in Boston, and both attended a UVM event, which included listening to President Dan Fogel recite original poetry. Nancy Heckman Blasberg and I had a nice visit over brunch in February, one of the coldest days that month. She was on her way back from visiting daughter Libby, who attends McGill. Remember that June 1-4, 2006, we will be celebrating a “non-milestone” 35th reunion. Ed Borden told me he's coming to Burlington for our reunion. We will be invited to campus for the regular all-class activities and will plan a low-key gathering anywhere downtown that strikes our fancy on Saturday, June 3, 2006. It seems like a long way off, but please mark your calendars today and keep in touch in the meantime.
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Sarah Sprayregen

Mark and Anne Horvath Miller welcomed their first grandchild, Logan McCullough Matthews, on March 27, 2004. He lives in Longmont, Colo., with his parents, Laura and Travis.
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Debbie Koslow Stern

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Deborah Mesce

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Steven Rice

Paula Cope is the first Vermont recipient of the U.S. SBA Small Business Woman of the Year Award. She was featured in an article in the May 2005 issue of Vermont Business Magazine.
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Dina Dwyer Child

Last December, Heather Munro O'Neill's husband and four children threw a surprise party to celebrate her 50th birthday. UVM friends Karen Levy Taylor, Lei Ann Lawson Weiss, Marsha Case, and Annie Haverly Fortier joined in the celebration. They had such fun that all have promised to meet again at our next reunion in June 2006. It was nice to receive a letter from Sheldon Scruggs. The first volume of Sheldons first novel, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, the story of a real-life black cowboy, was recently published through www.author house.com. Sheldon has also written screenplays and articles for local New York newspapers. On behalf of Sigma Nu brothers from the classes of 1975 through 1978, a special note of thanks to Gary Gottfried and Brian Donahue for planning a reunion June 23-26, 2005, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Pete Beekman

Sadly, there is tragic news for the Class of 1977. The UVM Office of Alumni Relations received word that Karen Kwasha Jacober died in a plane crash in Pennsylvania on March 26, 2005, along with her husband Jeffrey and son Eric, 15. Karen served as '77 class secretary for many years, keeping classmates in touch with one another and with UVM, and supported the University and the Alumni Association in numerous volunteer capacities. She will be greatly missed by all. The Jacobers leave two sons, Michael, 21, a student at Pennsylvania Sate University, and David, 25, of Washington, D.C. Funeral services were held March 30 in Providence, R.I.
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Audrey Ziss Bath

Susan Maynard Iverson sent news of her marriage last October to Craig Iverson. Congratulations to you both! Michael Winstanley announced the establishment of Michael Winstanley Architects Planners in Washington, D.C. Under Michael's leadership at the Washington office of Leo A. Daly over the past seven years, the firm received numerous design awards. He is excited about the development of his new office, stating, “our work benefits from the diversity of our explorations in architecture, planning, and landscape.” I look forward to hearing from fellow classmates.
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Beth Nutter Gamache


Robert Monniere of Laurel, Md., enjoyed chatting with Gordy Smith, Bob Yaple, John Morrill, Dave Averil, Dave Heaton, and Sue Caverly last fall. He was looking forward to seeing everyone at reunion. Gregory Smith joined Mediabolic, Inc, an industry leader in providing software infrastructure for connected entertainment devices in San Francisco, as senior vice president and senior financial officer.

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Mardie Trask Sorensen

Brian Hosmer, his wife Victoria Murphy, and their daughter Megan extended their best wishes to UVM from their home in Forest Park, Ill. Brian is director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History and associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His second book, Native Pathways, was published last fall. Allison Rood Judge lives in Williston, Vt., with her husband Peter and their children, Hadley, Alex, and William. She wrote that, in addition to her multiple “Mom duties,” she is on a Dragon Boat racing team for breast cancer survivors, called Dragonheart Vermont. The team recently acquired their own Dragonboat, and they will be practicing in it on Lake Champlain this summer when they aren't in races around the Northeast. She would love to hear from her UVM friends.
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Beth Peabody

As I write this message, spring is arriving in Chicago, but we noticed that it arrived in full force at UVM during “March Madness.” Congratulations to Tom Brennan and the UVM basketball team for thrilling the country and all the proud UVM alumni. Their win over Syracuse was a true meaning of the expression, “the thrill of victory.” We received exciting news from H. Wright Caswell of Shelburne, Vt. He sent a report about a UVM Squaw Valley, Calif., ski reunion. He wrote, “Dr. Chris Evans '82 of Sacramento, Calif., hosted everyone at his Truckee, Calif., home. The group was heavily guarded by FBI agent Tom Ballard '81 of Simi Valley, Calif. John Gilchrest '80 of Basalt, Colo., principal of Aspen Community School, gave us all lessons on how to talk to our kids' teachers. Steve Olsen '82, a local, stopped by for a few days to guide us to the 'steep and deep.' Tom Rushford '82 of Shelburne, Vt., showed us that Vermonters can still out ski any transplant Californians. Todd Kempianen of Plattsburgh, N.Y., made it as far as Vancouver, B.C., but turned around thinking that he could not keep up with the group.” Wright added, “Four straight days of sunny Sierra skiing made everyone realize that they can ski anything the mountain throws at us as long as there is pain medication in the medicine cabinet at night.” Deborah Neudek was named senior vice president at Banknorth in South Portland, Maine. Let us know what you are doing this summer. Don't forget to write in.
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Sharon Morrissey Young

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Laurie Olander Angle

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Barbara Roth

I hope all is well with you. Yes, it is already time to start thinking about our 15th reunion. Time sure flies, so it is not too far away to start making plans. Mark your calendar for June 1-4, 2006, so you can join us in a great celebration
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Larry Gorkun

Michael McCarthy lives and teaches in Florence, Italy. He presented a new series of photographs entitled, “Low Hum: Images of the Everyday,” in a one-person exhibition at the White Gallery in Portland, Oreg., last January. Thom and Dawn Jones-Low live in a Ferrisburgh, Vt., in a house built by Josh Stillman '95. Thom works for Softstart Services, Inc, a software development company in Middlebury, Vt. Dawn continues to exhibit fine art photographs. She was recently accepted into the juried 18th International Exhibit on Animals in Art in Baton Rouge, La. She also stays busy with her horse breeding farm, Faerie Court Farm Arabian Sport Horses, and she continues to train and do a bit of showing in dressage competition.
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Sarah Vaden Reynolds

Hi, everyone. It was great hearing from classmates who haven't written in before, but I'm still hoping to hear from many more of you. My husband, Jon, and I spent our winter break in Deer Valley with our three boys. For those of you who knew me in college and don't believe that I actually skied, I ran into Sue Lichstein '87, who can tell you that I really did ski. Sue is doing great. She lives in Armonk, N.Y., with her husband and three children. It was amazing seeing her. I also was lucky enough to get together for dinner with Lori Tull Bass and husband Mike '87. We had a great time. I also had dinner with Elizabeth Horman. She is doing great. She recently saw Chris and Debbie Gerhardt Kirchner at a Keane concert in New York City. She also bumped into Lynne Kline ('89) Capstik, who lives in Purchase, N.Y. My sister, Jill Selinka ('90) Winston and her husband, Michael, live in New York City with their two-year-old daughter Eva. Jill is a social worker at Mount Sinai Hospital. I would love to hear from some of my Wilks 4 friends. Scott Olsen wrote that for the past 12 years he has been living around the country on various assignments with Ford Motor Company. He now lives in Exeter, Pa., with his wife, Melanie, and their daughters Emily and Olivia. He joined the staff of the Mente family of auto dealerships in Kutztown, Pa. Scott would love to hear from other UVMers who live in the Reading/Allentown area. He can be reached at scottgolsen@ aol.com. Amy Walchenbach Emery, my old McAuley Hall friend, is living in northern Virginia with her husband, Bob, and their two daughters. Amy is finishing her master's degree in nursing at Marymount College, and she hopes to become a family nurse practitioner. Cathy Gentile Sedler and her husband, Dean, started a company called Martiniware two years ago. Starting as an online business (www.martiniware.com), it has grown to include wholesale clothing and gift sales to retail stores in resort areas. The Sedlers have a daughter, Carly. Cathy stays in touch with Laura Callis, Erika Lloyd, and Jane Clayman. She had a blast at Jane's wedding and loved seeing Steve and Julie Kinyon Soja there. It was great hearing from Cathy as it brought back many Pi Phi memories. Neil Callahan joined the St. Michael's College board of trustees. He is senior vice president for investments with Wachovia Securities. Neil and his wife Marianne live in South Burlington, Vt., with their sons Thomas and John. John Williams of North Yarmouth, Maine, recently became a senior project manager at Williams & Curran in Portland. He has had more than 24 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Carrie Wellhousen Teffner was selected by the board of directors of Sara Lee Corporation in Chicago to become vice president of the corporation. Ricky Strauss was named president of Participant Productions in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for overseeing production, marketing, and business development at the company. Keith Sproule married Robin Brackett Cink, his college girlfriend, on August 21, 2004. He wrote, “In one fell swoop, I've been fortunate to become a family man.” The family, including Lindsay, Ben, Jake, and Elisa, lives in Longmont, Colo.
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Cathy Selinka Levison

Tony Reilly and his wife, Danielle, welcomed their new daughter, Alexandra Maria, into the world on April 17, 2005. The family makes their home in New York City.
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Kate Barker Swindell