NOV./DEC. 2004 VOLUME 107 NUMBER 3 Class Notes

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00 | Well, ladies and gentlemen of the Class of 2000, Reunion 2005 is just a hop, skip and a stone's throw across Beebe Lake away! Since reunion fever is high, I'd like to introduce your Reunion Planning Committee members.Heading up our 5th Reunion activities are co-chairs Andrea Wasserman and Melissa Bersofsky. Andrea married Ezra Marbach '97 on August 8 in New York City. In addition to mother of the groom, Judy Bondy Marbach '58, some of the many Cornellians at the wedding included Margaux Neiderbach '99, Carolyn Deckinger '02, Michael Schiffer '99, and Ryan Sullivan '98. Singing by several Last Call members was included! The couple resides on the Upper West Side of New York City and Andrea is currently the North American Director of Livnot U'Lehibanot ("To Build and To Be Built" in Hebrew).

Melissa writes that she is enjoying her "summer vacation" after earning a master's degree in higher education at Harvard. After a brief stint in the exciting yet stressful world of New York advertising,Melissa reports she has switched gears and looks forward to lending her creative ideas to the professional side of student and alumni affairs at the university level. In her spare time, she lends a hand to the Boston and New York Kappa Delta alumni associations. She says she is thrilled to be co-chairing the reunion committee and looks forward to the first official Class of 2000 gathering on the Hill. She can be reached at

Andrea and Melissa will be joined by Registration Chair Kristen Sweeney. Currently, Kristen is working at Johnson & Johnson in Skillman, NJ. She writes that she's been there since graduation and is currently doing process development work for various consumer and personal products. She adds that she's "living single in Raritan, NJ, and actually spent the Fourth of July holiday in Ithaca with Florence Natter hiking and wine-touring. It was absolutely beautiful there--the way you love to remember Ithaca."

Other reunion committee members include: Howie Goldsmith, Shanna Hillback, Sarit Kessel, Jill Lustbader, Jeff Ng, and Long Tran. Shanna graduated from Cornell with a double major in Spanish and Anthropology, worked at a PR firm in Boston briefly, and then returned to Cornell as the associate director of the New York/Ontario Regional Office. She writes that she left her position working for Cornell in May and moved to Charlottesville,VA, in July. Shanna started Darden Business School in August. Congratulations are in order as well because she married Tom Deng '99 on August 7.

Jill has been working in human resources at Morgan Stanley covering their Technology Division as a data analyst since graduation. She lives in Manhattan and reports that she is still in touch with Cornellians from various classes. She volunteers with Project Sunshine and other organizations. Jill also sits on the Cornell Young Alumni BAR committee planning Zinck's Night and Slope Day, and plays volleyball. Jeffrey is now an account supervisor at Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, working on American Express OPEN. This portion of American Express specializes in the needs of small businesses. Jeffrey writes that he has had the opportunity to meet some amazing small business owners that are doing incredible initiatives in their industries. He's also on Cornell's Big Apple Red Committee and is training for the NYC Marathon. Howie is currently a third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in New York City, while Sarit is still working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Last, but certainly not least, Long is currently a second-year law student at Suffolk U. Law School in Boston, MA. He is actively involved in the planning of the Cornell Club of Boston's young alumni happy hours and other alumni events. When not organizing an alumni event or studying, Long writes that he is usually hanging out with Patrick Lamey, Jessica Rice, Melissa, and the other cool Boston Cornellians. Long adds, "Boston's the best place to be during the summer, especially if you're a Red Sox fan!"

So that's our Class of 2000 Reunion Planning Committee. It's certainly composed of dynamic individuals who have maintained strong ties to Cornell. They'll be quite busy in the coming months planning a great weekend for us. I know they hope to see as many of you on the Hill as possible next June!

In other news, Heather Ginter and Evan Berk were married at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, NY, on July 4, 2004. They are living in New York City while Heather pursues her doctorate in child psychology at Yeshiva U. and Evan pursues his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry at Columbia U. Many Cornell alumni were present for the wedding, including bridesmaid Gaby Schoenfeld and groomsmen Rich Bruckner, Jeff Chwast,ME '01, Dave Feuerman, and Michael Rapkin. The couple honeymooned at the Four Seasons in Nevis.

Finally,Matt Noyes reports that he is now working as a television meteorologist in Boston, MA, and broadcasts on New England Cable News (NECN). He writes that NECN broadcasts to 2.8 million viewers in 890 communities from Maine to Connecticut.Matt adds that he recently forecasted the flight route for a pilot who, at 78 years old, won the national Air Race Classic airplane race. As always, keep those updates coming! -- Sarah Striffler,; and Andrea Chan,

01 | Happy Holidays, Class of 2001! We hope you're all doing well wherever your career paths and travels have taken you! Here's some news from your fellow classmates. On July 9, 2004, Matt Buchwalder began a hike across America along the "American Discovery Trail."He started in Delaware, and by August was in West Virginia.He hopes to reach California by 2005. This was a change for Matt after he spent the first three years after graduation teaching science at Smithtown Christian School on Long Island, NY.

Also back in July, while thousands of people crowded the National Mall for Independence Day weekend festivities in Washington, DC, a couple of classmates were making fireworks of their own. On July 3, Susan Mueller,ME'02, married Michael Hanson,MPA '02, in Vienna,VA. Cornellians standing up included Patrick Kinsella, Heather Bernstein, Steven Kopleff, ME '02, Courtney Berry '02, Edward Perez-Cortes, and Marcel Mueller '03, ME '04. After the wedding, Susan and Michael cruised the sunny Caribbean and moved into a home in the DC suburb of Chantilly,VA. Susan is in her second year of doing warfare modeling and simulations for the Department of Defense. Michael just started a new position in computer forensics. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Congratulations also to Adam Sloyer, who married Annie Budnick on August 14 at the Essex House in New York City. In attendance from Cornell were Adam's sister Jamie Sloyer '05, Larry Goldman, Jen Brown, Greg Rubenstein, Ben Rubin, Ben Brucker, Liz Axelrod, Eddie and Rachel Bogatin Solarsh, Scott Valins, Jon Bernstein,Matt Resnick, Brad Becker, Dan Ruff, Eric Kussin,Matt Paget, Aaron Shriftman '04, and Adam's grandfather, Jesse Silverman Jr. '44.

During the same weekend there was another wedding celebration on August 13 when Clinton Festa married Sanna Ray in Ft. Pierce, FL. The two were set up by Sanna's father, who had taken a real shine to Clinton's good nature. The couple was surrounded by family and friends for their big day, and Clint's former roommate Alan Noah was on hand as co-best man (he shared responsibilities with Clint's brother Curtis) and gave an awe-inspiring toast at the reception. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Orlando and are moving to Baltimore, where Clint has a new job as a chief flight instructor.

Congratulations to Teddie Martis who completed her master's at Columbia U. in organizational psychology and returned to work as a business consultant. She is now working at Stromberg Consulting in NYC, specializing in change management. Another congrats to Mike Glasser, who graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and started working at Wolff & Samson in West Orange, NJ, in the fall. After working the past three years in advertising in NYC, Andrew Wone is changing his career path and started law school this past August at the U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Nadine Feinstein began a graduate program at the Harvard School of Public Health in September. Congratulations to Nadine!

Steve Driver returned to school for his MBA at Yale! Steve had previously been working at Accenture in New York City. In July, Lauren Wallach started a part-time MBA program at Duke U. while continuing to work full-time at Tishman Speyer Properties in New York City. She will be traveling to Duke for a week on campus every ten weeks and spending the rest of each term using distance learning. The program has two terms where she will be traveling to Frankfurt, Germany, and Seoul, South Korea.

Nathan Connell is in his second year of medical school and has recently been appointed director of operations for the Florida Keys Health Fairs, now in its 34th year. The students at the U. of Miami School of Medicine travel in January to the Florida Keys to provide free or reduced-cost health care to over 1,000 people in a single day. Nathan is in charge of the entire project this year and oversees three health fair sites, one each in Marathon, Big Pine Key, and Key West. He traveled a lot this past summer and managed to spend the 4th of July in Boston with Garreth Biegun, Kristi Kull, Kyla Biegun '04, and Andy Golden '99. Garreth is in the middle of rotations at the U. of Massachusetts Medical School.

And as for two other med school students, both Lyle Young and Jessica Kulak started their third-year rotations at the U. of Miami School of Medicine.We also received a shout-out from Mariana Niell in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Class of 2001 Class Officers wish all of you a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. Let us know what you have been doing recently and what the future holds for all of you. E-mail us at All the best and keep the news coming! -- Lauren Wallach,; and Itai Dinour,

02 | As I write this, Charley is getting stronger and Bonnie is getting weaker.Welcome to hurricane season in New England, a fairly abnormal combination. I just spent the weekend in Ithaca, during which the new freshmen were walking around with all their new Cornell gear. I remember the first night with Duncan Sheik very well, as I'm sure many of you do, too. I wreak havoc upon New York City next week and am looking forward to my first Olsen twins sighting.

It's always reaffirming to learn of the great job opportunities and career paths our classmates take. Some have not gone too far from the Hill. Marianne Drowne was promoted to Business Development Coordinator at Audrey Edelman & Assoc. Real Estate in Ithaca, NY. As AE&A's former marketing coordinator, she is combining her marketing, graphic design, networking, and event planning skills for the newly created position. Congratulations,Marianne! Dan Salas was happy to escort his younger brother Fernando Salas '08 to his freshman year at Cornell in August. I'm sure Dan will be visiting Ithaca often. He still resides in the Washington, DC, area.

As expected, we have several alums beginning or returning to school this fall, continuing on the path of higher education. Eva Marcotrigiano is living in Pittsburgh, PA, and is about to start her second year of law school at the U. of Pittsburgh. This year she met another Cornell grad, Marisa Douglas '01, who is a dental student at Pitt. The two are now roommates and share a kitten,Maggie, who is 2 months old, and a Beta fish named Sander. Between graduating and starting law school in Pittsburgh, she worked at Cornell for seven months before road-tripping it out West. She lived in San Francisco for two months, and then moved up to Washington State for four months. "I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and hope to return," she writes.

Also residing in western Pennsylvania, Greg Frattaroli is currently in his second year at the U. of Pittsburgh Medical School. Always full of self-deprecation, Greg jokes, "It's good news for me, bad news for the general medical profession."He is thrilled to be doing something he loves, and he has even gone to a few Pirates games. I ran into Samantha Jacobs at Dillon's in Boston and learned that she is in her second year at the U. of Pennsylvania Medical School.

I suppose it is right on schedule that two years since graduation I have a few weddings to announce! What should strike you as even less odd is that they are all between Cornell alumni. The statistics strike again! Here's to our happy newlyweds! On June 26, 2004, Melissa Hazard and Michael Pattison got married in Utica, NY. They just purchased a house there, too. In other news, on August 8, 2004 I attended the wedding of my Theta big sister Andrea Wasserman '00 and Ezra Marbach '97 in Long Island City, NY. Ezra, being one of the founding members of Last Call, sang at the ceremony along with his fellow singing mates who were also in attendance that day.

The wedding of Stephen Terry to Alisa Bovee at Sage Chapel on July 24, 2004 was attended by fellow '02ers Adam Tope, Adam Ryan,Matt Goldhirsh, Daniel O'Connell, and Amy Liesenfeld. The celebration was held at Wagner's winery, as both Steve and Alisa's families are from the Central New York region. Alice Tu is finishing up her final year at Albany Law School. She and Han Cho '89 were married over the summer.Word has it that Alice can't wait to rejoin her husband in Ithaca after graduation this May!

By the time you all read this, you'll realize it's about time you sent in an update about what's going on in your life. If you haven't done so yet, send in the News form with your class dues, or write to one of us directly at the addresses below. Let me remind you that you need not have earth-shattering news in order to be included. Your classmates would definitely be interested to hear about a recent post-Cornell revelation, a trip you have taken or wish to take, what you miss most about Ithaca, etc. Send it my way and you'll never look back. I hope everyone had a fun-filled summer and has plans to visit Ithaca again soon. --Carolyn Deckinger,; Liz Richards,

03 | Happy fall! I hope we'll have a mini-reunion at Homecoming soon! Until then, though, here are a few highlights from our classmates. Congratulations to Kristin Kimmel, who married Lieutenant John Murray Dunlap, US Coast Guard, in a small ceremony in Traverse City,MI, on August 20. Adrianne Kroepsch wrote at the beginning of the summer. "Since graduating last May, I have been ski-bumming in Colorado. I spent the winter season ‘working' as a ski instructor in Winter Park, on the hill every day, and skiing Steamboat, Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc., on my days off. I'll be living in Park City, UT, this summer with classmate Aline Speeckaert, enjoying a new set of mountains.Visitors welcome!" Sounds like an ideal life!

Ted Kelleher, meanwhile, completed his Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering in June 2004, then packed up everything and moved to Florida to begin flight school.He writes that he is "currently in what is called a ‘pool,' which means I report in every morning at 0730 and then go to the gym. Following which I go home and proceed to come up with projects to keep me busy. I'm looking to buy some scuba gear, learn how to ride a motorcycle, and complete some woodworking projects." Jesse Rodriguez is also in Florida, finishing up his master's at Barry U. Over the summer he has been preparing to run a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Well that's all for this update! I know that all of you are busy with exciting new careers, adventures, and post-college lives. Don't forget to take the occasional break and keep us posted as well. --Sudha Nandagopal,; Samantha Buckingham,

04 | After four years of bitter cold, three of our esteemed classmates are taking Austin, TX, by storm. Jennifer Olori is busy doing research in the U. of Texas's paleontology department and plans to begin her graduate degree there next year. Jen sends a shout out to Cornell Rugby. Jen is not a lone star in Texas; she is in good company with Robert Way and Linda White. Linda is working her magic through the Americorps' Community in Schools Program. Rob is now the Human Resources Program Manager at IBM. He recently found an Ultimate Frisbee team and is continuing to play his favorite Cornell sport.

On the East Coast, Allison Goldberg is joining her father's company, Roger G. Goldberg & Assoc. Inc., as Vice President. Now you have someone to visit in Pensacola. Anthony Keeney is staying close to the Hill and attending Syracuse Law School, Class of 2007. He spent his summer traveling around the US.

I know many of you were avid readers of the Daily Sun and must be dying to know what former managing editor Marc Zawel is up to. No worries, you can revel in his writing again soon.Marc writes that he has "completed a 200-page comprehensive college guidebook on the Ivy League that will be published by College Prowler next April, a project that initially began as an independent study at Cornell.More information can be found at"

Congratulations to Edwardo Valero, who received the prestigious 2004 Samuel Huntington Public Service Award! The award and grant are for his program to prepare underprivileged students for post-secondary education and become actively involved in their communities. Edwardo is establishing La Casa Cultura in Cutler-Orosi, CA. It will have a library and resource facility for researching college information, as well as panels of recent alumni and scheduled college visits. La Casa Cultura will also pair artistic teens with professional artists to create murals.

Lastly, please update your information to ensure that you continue to receive important information and Cornell Alumni Magazine. You can do so at "Class of 2004 Address Updates" (

On behalf of the 2004 Alumni Class Council, Happy and Healthy Holidays! Thank you to Veronika Belenkaya for her collaboration on this column. Keep your news coming! -- Vanessa Matsis,

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