Hartwick in the News 2009-2010

Hartwick College faculty, staff, students, and alumni are making news every day, both on campus and around the world. The following is a digest of mentions of Hartwick College and Hartwick people in regional, national, and international media (outside of the local Oneonta area).

The Post Standard (Syracuse, NY), June 10 

Michael Durkin '95 has joined CBD Brokerage LLC as a leasing and sales agent. For the 10 years prior he was a sales representative for Functional Communications Corp., and was in the transportation and logistics industry after graduating from Hartwick.

Sun City (AZ) Independent, June 9
Helen Sprowls Short '32
celebrated her 100th birthday on June 15, the paper reports. She married Harold Short in 1929, and they have a son named James. The family has lived in New York, NY, Jamestown, NY, and Kansas City, MO before settling in Sun City, AZ in 1974. She is a member of Lakeview Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, and Delta Zeta Sorority.

Cambridge Chronicle (Needham, MA), May 20
Dan Riviello '08
has been hired as a Communications Specialist for the Cambridge Police Department following a four-month search. Rivello is currently a public relations coordinator and business development assistant in the marketing department of Boston-based website Book of Odds. He said he is "extremely excited" to begin his new duties as the department's spokesman.

The Hartford (CT) Courant, May 16
Rebecca Karabin-Ahern '94
has become the first woman in its 126-year history to be elected President of the Board of Directors of the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. Over the course of the two-year term, she will lead the Y in its activities, and represent the organization at national conferences. Karabin-Ahearn is an owner of Acme Monaco Corp., a family-run medical device manufacturing business.

Inside Higher Ed, May 13
Assistant Professor of History Jeremy Wisnewski discussed his work on "Twilight and Philosophy," for which he served as editor. Though he admitted that the wildly popular "Twilight" books wouldn't crack the top 50 on his list of favorites, Wisnewski noted that philosophical questions can be raised about any subject, and the popularity of "Twilight" means a potential new audience for philosophical thought. Wisnewski has edited other volumes in the pop culture philosophy series, including those covering "The Office," "X-Men," and "Family Guy."

The Evening Telegram (Herkimer, NY), April 13
Michelle Johnston '92
has joined Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare as an obstetric anesthesiologist. She earned her medical degree from SUNY Health Sciences Center, where she also completed her residency and fellowship in pain management and anesthesia. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists.

Tri-Town News (Sidney, NY), April 8
Craig VanCott '75
and his family's business, Unadilla Silo Co. and Unadilla Laminated Products, were honored as the Unadilla Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year for 2010. The six-generation family enterprise has flourished for more than 100 years in Unadilla, 20 miles southwest of Oneonta. The firm formed in 1892 under the leadership of J.W. VanCott, and has been led by subsequent generations. Craig VanCott currently is at the helm, having received his Hartwick degree in economics and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. The firm has 65 employees–including Craig's son, Leif, and daughter, Zoe.

Life Science Leader, April 2010
Bill Beyer '97
was recently interviewed for the publication's piece on pharmaceutical staff training. Beyer serves as director of marketing for The Center for Professional Innovation and Education, "the global leader in accredited pharmaceutical training" in Malvern, PA.

The Bend (OR) Bulletin, March 31
Assistant Professor of History Vicki Howard was interviewed for an article titled "For the Bride." Howard, who has published extensively on the wedding industry, provided the history of the bridal shower and context of changing women's roles in the United States.

Sunday Gazette (Schenectady, NY), March 21
Sylvia "Sylvie" Fitchner Briber '69
knows all about being a singer, writer, teacher, and ambassador, according to the paper's feature upon the release of her new CD, "A Garden Sweet: Favorite Art Songs." Briber received her Hartwick degree in English education before also earning an associate's in apparel design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She returned to her hometown of Schenectady to work in Washington Irving Educational Center's Adult Life Management Program. Since, she has earned a master's in curriculum and instruction from SUNY Albany and coordinated the development of an adult life-management curriculum.

The Advocate (Stamford, CT), March 16
Keith Fiala '99
has joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in its Darien, CT office. He brings more than eight years of experience in the industry, most recently with Charles Schwab. A native of Rochester, NY, he is a member of The Association for Corporate Growth.

News Times (Danbury, CT), March 15
Keith Fiala ‘99
has joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in Merrill Lynch's Darien, CT office. Fiala brings more than eight years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined Merrill Lynch from Charles Schwab, where he was a financial consultant and managed accounts coordinator. Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management is a provider of comprehensive wealth management and investment services for individuals and businesses globally. It has more than 15,000 financial advisors and about $2.2 trillion in client assets as of December 31.

Brattleboro (VT) Reformer, March 2
Cheryl Proctor ‘72
has become a member of Biologic Integrative Healthcare in Brattleboro, VT. She brings more than 20 years of diverse clinical experience in naturopathic modalities and acupuncture to the practice. After earning her Hartwick degree in biology, Proctor went on to receive a master's in ecopsychology from Naropa University and her Naturopathic Medical Doctorate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

The Daily Sentinel (Rome, NY), March 1
Halsey Bagg '75,
director of cardiac services at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, has become a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Bagg is also co-coordinator of the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute. Fellow candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, among other requirements, are committed to ongoing professional development, and undergo recertification every three years. After receiving his Hartwick degree in mathematics, Bagg went on to Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he earned both a bachelor of science and master's degrees in health systems.

Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal, February 28
Fred Schaeffer '65
was named the paper's Businessperson of the Year for, according to the paper, leading "a team of helpers to build the Walkway Over the Hudson, a major success that has captured worldwide attention, spurred tourism and attracted 450,000 visitors to date." Schaeffer, a lawyer in private practice in Poughkeepsie and Pleasant Valley, led a team of volunteers in turning 6,768-foot long Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge into a pedestrian walkway over the Hudson River. A community panel selected him to receive the distinction from the newspaper.

Oneida (NY) Daily Dispatch, February 12
Eileen Kinsella '75
, a lifelong resident of Oneida, will be the lone contender on the ballot for the open seat on the Oneida Public Library Board of Trustees when voters go to the poll at the library on Tuesday, March 9. Kinsella recently retired after serving Morrisville State College for 30 years as a professor of nursing.

Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal, February 11
Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus has appointed James Fedorchak '69 as county attorney. Fedorchak's appointment follows the retirement of former County Attorney Ronald Wozniak, who retired earlier this month after 12 years of service. Fedorchak has more than 36 years of experience practicing law. He is a graduate of Dutchess Community College and Hartwick College with a B.A. in History. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law. His career began at the Dutchess County Attorney's Office in 1974. When he left for private practice in 1979, he had been serving as chief assistant county attorney, the second highest position in the Department of Law.

The Today Show (New York, NY), February 11
Hartwick Career Advisor and Links Program Coordinator Lara Sanford and Career Advisor and Internship Coordinator Melissa Marietta stopped by the set of The Today Show during the College's annual MetroLink program to give an on-camera "shout-out" to both the Hartwick community and their own families. Check out a photo here.

Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, NY), February 7
Associate Dean and Director of US Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews was mentioned, along with his scholarship, in Dick White's column "Area African-Americans fought Civil War." White particularly mentioned Matthews' "Voices from the Front Line" in his piece outlining the wartime contributions of African-Americans in New York's southern tier.

Natick (MA) Bulletin and Tab January 15
Dani Peloquin '08
has been working in the archives of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in her hometown of Natick to unearth the school's previously unrecognized past. The school, which was founded in 1893, began as a girls preparatory school for Wellesley College. In the late 1970s the school became coed and expanded its mission to be a school for the arts. As a budding archivist, Peloquin, a Simmons College graduate student, said the Walnut Hill project provides her with an amazing opportunity. While she was an undergraduate at Hartwick, Peloquin started working in the College's archives. Since then she has worked on collections at Lesley College, the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, the Museum of African American History in Boston, and the Natick and Weston historical societies.

Rockland Journal-News (White Plains, NY), January 14
Richard Struck '68
, a 26-year company veteran, has been named Director of Economic Development for Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. His focus will include new business attraction and current business expansion and retention, as well as the promotion of energy efficiency programs and practices throughout the company's service area.

National Public Radio, January 14
Cyrus Mehri '83
was featured in an NPR News story on the culture of the advertising industry. Mehri, an employment lawyer who specializes in workplace discrimination, told NPR that the white, male nature of the industry is a problem. "It's kind of like a freeze frame," he said. "It's kind of like if an anthropologist wanted to come back and see what discrimination [was] like in 1970, you've got it right here in the ad industry."

Amity Observer (Shelton, CT), December 3
Nancy Carrington '71
was profiled for her work on behalf of the Connecticut Food Bank, for which she has worked for 25 years, currently as Executive Director. Carrington explained that she grew up in a family committed to giving back to the community, and decided to dedicate her energy to the non-profit sector after 10 years in the corporate world, where she grew disillusioned, particularly with food waste while people were going hungry. After she earned a master's in business administration, Carrington was almost immediately hired by the fledgling Connecticut Food Bank, and there she has remained, giving back to her community.

Boston (MA) Globe, November 23, 2009
Bryan Scales '91
has been named head coach of the New England Revolution under-16 soccer team. He is also head coach of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell men's soccer team. Scales is also a scout for the U.S. Men's National Team as well as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-15 Boys Team. Scales was a four-year player for the Hartwick men's soccer team, during which they amassed a 42-25-11 record.

Rochester (NY) Business Journal, November 6, 2009
Andrew Deubler '87
, vice president of operations and planning and chief operating officer of Georgetown University Medical Center, was named one of the paper's "Forty Under 40" for 2009. He lives in Stafford, VA with his wife Cathleen and their two sons.

The Recorder (Amsterdam, NY), November 4, 2009
Randy McCullough '86
, deputy director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, was elected a member of the board of directors of the Public Affairs Council at the board's recent meeting. The council, based in Washington, DC, is the leading international association for public affairs professionals, and is composed of more than 600 member companies and associations. Volunteer board members are typically outstanding, senior-level executives from leading corporations, associations, and consultancies who have demonstrated a commitment to the missions and goals of the council–to advance the field of public affairs and provide tools and resources to enable public affairs executives and managers to achieve their business and personal goals.

The Evening Times (Little Falls, NY), November 2, 2009
Nancy Andrist '09
has joined the St. Johnsville school community as one of two new teachers this fall, the paper reports. A vocal music teacher, Andrist has been a competitive ballroom dancer for four years, with a repertoire of 19 dances (waltz and samba being her favorites). She majored in music education at Hartwick, and did her student teaching at Milford Central School.

Watertown (NY) Daily Times, October 21, 2009
Timothy Cook '75
has received the Chapter A "Practitioner of the Year" award from the New York Association of School Psychologists, qualifying him for competition for the statewide award. He has been a psychologist at South Jefferson School since 1979, and has had a private practice in Watertown since 1986.

The Business Journal (Syracuse, NY), October 9, 2009
William Wildridge '88
has been appointed regional executive for the Central New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. His region includes portions of New York state, as well as Puerto Rico. In addition to these volunteer duties, Wildridge is an audit partner with Fust Charles Chambers LLP, focusing on healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. His Hartwick degree is in accounting.

Banker and Tradesman (Boston, MA), September 16, 2009
Joseph Laurano '98
has been hired to oversee ResMark, Berkeley Investment's residential development and marketing subsidiary. Prior to joining Berkeley, Laurano, 33, worked in various leadership positions at leading national and local residential companies including Crescent Heights of America and most recently Otis & Ahearn serving as director of sales. Over the last nine years, Laurano has been involved in new condominium developments including underwriting, loan origination, unit pricing, asset branding, pre?marketing, public relations, sales and project management.

The Keene (NH) Sentinel, September 5, 2009
Keith Wood '99
has joined Keene High School as a mathematics teacher. For the last 10 years, he has taught math and coached football and track and field at Monadnock Regional High School.