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Ed Bander (CAS’49, LAW’51) of Concord, Mass., read from his book The Hidden History of Essex Law School (Trafford, 2010) at the 60th reunion of his Boston University School of Law class last November. He also was invited to speak on his book at Suffolk University Law School last April. The book is available at

Joseph Zaitchik (GRS’59,’65) of Wayland, Mass., recently published a novel, The Fitting (Florida Academic Press, 2011), available on Zaitchik is a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Mass., and welcomes email at

Carol Delaney (CAS’62) of Providence, R.I., has published a new book, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2011). She majored in philosophy while at BU, then went on to earn an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from the University of Chicago. She taught at Stanford and Brown ­universities and now resides in Providence. Her grandson is a BU Academy student.

B. Amore (CAS’64) of Benson, Vt., displayed her art in the exhibition Naples-New York last fall at the Hofstra University Museum in Hempstead, N.Y. The exhibition featured a series of wall pieces that combine street finds from both Naples and New York and integrate archival sheet music covers published in both places. Visit

Helaine L. Smith (CAS’65) of New York, N.Y., recently published Homer and the Homeric Hymns: Mythology for Reading and Composition (University Press of America, 2011).

John S. Torday (CAS’68) of Redondo Beach, Calif., published Evolutionary Biology, Cell-Cell Communication, and Complex Disease (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Mary (Daniels) Brown (CAS’70) of Ballwin, Mo., recently earned a PhD in psychology from Saybrook University.

Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Wellesley, Mass., writes, “Last summer, I was delighted to be selected for a juried exhibition at Amazing Things Gallery, and I won an award in the process. That show hadn’t even closed before more of my paintings were selected for three more juried exhibitions. What an exciting season it’s been!”

Alison (Devine) Nordström (DGE’69, CAS’71) of Rochester, N.Y., is senior curator of photographs and director of exhibitions at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester. She is the curator of a major exhibition on the work of social progressive photographer Lewis Hine, which was on display until March 18, 2012, at Fundación Mapfre in Madrid. The exhibition will be at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam from September 15, 2012 through January 6, 2013. Contact Alison at

Janyce Stefan-Cole (CAS’72) of Brooklyn, N.Y., writes that her novel Hollywood Boulevard will be published by Unbridled Books in April 2012.

Rebecca Stone (DGE’69, CAS’72), formerly Eileen Rebecca Steinberg, of Sacramento, Calif., has been sole proprietor and instructor of her own business, The English Tutor, for the past 10 years. She was a high school instructor for 25 years, working with those with learning disabilities as well as youth offenders in juvenile facilities. Rebecca was a mentor teacher and president of the Sacramento County Office of Education Teachers Association and was nominated Teacher of the Year. She continues to edit master’s projects and dissertations.

Janey Bishoff (CAS’75) of West Roxbury, Mass., received the 2011 John J. Molloy Crystal Bell Lifetime Achievement Award at the Publicity Club of New England’s Bell Ringer Awards. Janey is CEO of Bishoff Communications, a Boston-based public relations firm. In 2010, Bishoff Communications won the Platinum Super Bell Award for executing the best communications campaign of the year for its work on behalf of the Melrose YMCA.

Ellen LaFleche (CAS’75) of Northampton, Mass., received the 2010 Philbrick Poetry Award for her manuscript Workers’ Rites, which was published by the Providence Athenaeum. She also published a chapbook, Ovarian (Dallas Poets Community, 2010).

Richard Waldman (CAS’75) of Highland Park, Ill., was named senior vice president of large corporate banking at Huntington National Bank in Chicago.

Phillip J. Baram (GRS’76) of Brookline, Mass., reports that KTAV Publishing has reissued his book, The Department of State in the Middle East, 1919–1945, in an augmented edition. The book was originally published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and won the Bernath Prize in 1978 from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations as that year’s outstanding new publication about U.S. foreign relations. Baram taught at BU, Worcester State College, and UMass Lowell. He and his sons recently became dual U.S.-Israeli citizens; he now spends part of each year in Israel. A decade ago Baram began a new career as teacher and practitioner of holistic health and energy healing. His email address is  

Katie (Evans) Sanchez (CAS’76) of Orlando, Fla., is a business programs consultant with Disney Institute in Orlando. Katie also serves on the alumni board of directors for the Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea program, where she was a student and staff member on two academic world voyages. Email her at

David Tanz (CAS’76) of Voorhees, N.J., has just published a novel titled A Shot of Brandi (iUniverse, 2011). He says the book is a crime thriller with all the requisite murders, betrayals, and twists and turns. A Shot of Brandi is available from

Gary Chamberlain (GRS’77) of Urbana, Ill., published The Greek of the Septuagint: A Supplemental Lexicon (Hendrickson Publishers, 2011). Email him at

Richard Martini (DGE’75, CAS’78) of Santa Monica, Calif., a filmmaker, published Flipside: A Tourist’s Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife (Homina Publishing, 2011). “The book, based on my documentary I’m still editing, examines the research of author and hypnotherapist Michael Newton,” he writes. “Newton’s 7,000 test patients under deep hypnosis all had the same basic ideas about what happens in the afterlife. To my friends and colleagues who knew me at BU—this subject is right up my alley.”

Glenn Kulbako (CAS’82) of Somerville, Mass., received that city’s Small Business of the Year Award last November in recognition of his successful editorial/public relations firm, Glenn Kulbako Photography ( His work has appeared in Time magazine, Newsweek, and National Geographic, and in the Oscar-winning film, The Departed. He is represented by Getty Images.

Joseph F. Patrouch III (CAS’82) of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, published Queen’s Apprentice: Archduchess Elizabeth, Empress María, the Habsburgs, and the Holy Roman Empire, 1554–1569 (Brill, 2010). Recently he was promoted to full professor and appointed director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Martha Dickinson Shattuck (GRS’82, ’93) of Tucson, Ariz., published A Beautiful and Fruitful Place: Selected Rensselaerwijck Papers, Volume II (State University of New York Press, 2011). Martha is editor and researcher at the New Netherland Research Center in the New York State Library.

Sandra Dorsainvil (CAS’84, SAR’85) of Natick, Mass., has been pastor at First Baptist Church of Sharon, Mass., since September 11, 2011. “I feel blessed to lead a multilingual, culturally diverse congregation of American Baptist Christians who have hearts of compassion and love the Lord,” she writes. “We are active in interfaith collaborations and local and international missions.” Email her at

Hillel Bromberg (CAS’85) of West Newton, Mass., was appointed director of grants development and administration for the Boston-based nonprofit Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL).

Matthew Hickerson (CAS’86) of Northport, N.Y., has been named head of corporate communications and marketing for Macquarie Group in the Americas. He previously led the marketing communications functions at Credit Suisse and UBS.

Jan Marie (Luddy) Combs (CAS’87) of Norton, Mass., published a new children’s book, The Forever Garden, An Adoption Story (Lulu, 2011). Written for adopted children and their older siblings, the book is available at

Ann-Marie (Coombs) Messbauer (CAS’88) of Springfield, Mass., sings in the traditional folk duo Three of Cups with Deborah Claar, coordinator of undergraduate programs at BU’s Sargent College Academic Services Center. “We formed our group back in 1987 in Professor Emeritus Anthony Barrand’s course Folk Song as Social History,” she writes. “This year marks our 25th anniversary.” The duo will release a recording and performed a concert at the BU College of Fine Arts on March 25, 2012. Learn more at, or email Ann-Marie at

Richard Ruth (CAS’88) of Annapolis, Md., published his first book, In Buddha’s Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War (University of Hawai’i Press, 2011). A work of cultural history, the book examines the experiences of the Thai volunteer soldiers who fought as allies of the United States in South Vietnam. He teaches Southeast Asian history at the United States Naval Academy. Email him at

Shelly H. Carolan (CAS’89) of New Hope, Pa., was promoted to chief marketing officer at NMS Labs, a professional forensic and clinical laboratory services provider in Willow Grove, Pa.

Brian Walsh (CAS’90) of Walpole, Mass., is senior counsel for Arbella Insurance Group in Boston. He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal courts. Brian and his wife, Ann, have five children. He is serving a second year as chairman of the Walpole School Committee. He also plays drums in the cover band Edgewater Road.

Scott Monty (CAS’92, GSM’96, MED’96) of Canton, Mich., is head of social media at Ford Motor Company. He writes the Social Media Marketing Blog at

Maria Romano (CAS’92) of Boca Raton, Fla., founded RPR Public Relations, Inc. in 2003, serving clients in all industry sectors in North America and Europe. Last October, RPR expanded to serve clients in Asia, Russia, and South America. Visit, or email

Wilfred Labiosa (CGS’91, CAS’93) of Arlington, Mass., is executive director of CASPAR, Inc., which provides services to youths, veterans, and adults who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse and who are often homeless. Visit

Carl Phillips (GRS’93) of Saint Louis, Mo., was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry for his collection Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011).

Julia C. Rennert (GRS’93) of Hamburg, Germany, and her husband, Clint Lohmann, announce the birth of their daughter, Helen Avin, in July 2011. Helen has a four-year-old brother, Bennet Mathis.

Keith Jensen (CAS’95) of Fort Lee, N.J., is running this year for a seat on the New Jersey State Assembly. His campaign website is

Apostolos Paraskevas (CAS’98) of Boston, Mass., received a Gold Level Award at the 2010 California Film Awards and a Silver Screen Award at the 2010 Nevada Film Festival for his documentary I Finally Did It! The feature-length documentary “explores the power of friendship, music, and death via a most unusual, yet sympathetic character” and features Apostolos’s original music. Apostolos is a professor of composition at Berklee College of Music. Email him at

Ana (Carreira) Valentin (CAS’98) of Walden, N.Y., and her husband, Tony, welcomed their first child, Mackenzie Arielle, on October 14, 2011.

Todd Albert (CAS’99) and Anika Bent-Albert (CGS’97, CAS’99) of Brooklyn, N.Y., announce the birth of their second daughter, Freya Claire, on July 9, 2011. She has an older sister, Maeve. Email Todd at ­

Christopher R. Paldine (CAS’99) of West Orange, N.J., joined Wolff & Samson’s litigation group as counsel. Previously, he was a shareholder at Budd Larner, P.C., in Short Hills, N.J.

Suzanne Smith (CAS’00, LAW’03) and Frank J. Busso, Jr. (SMG’01) of Alexandria, Va., welcomed a son, Nicholas Giovanni Busso, on March 27, 2011. Suzanne and Frank were both members of the Boston University Bands and are avid BU hockey fans. Email Suzanne at

Karla Leandri Rider (CAS’01) of Auburn, Maine, joined the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine, and is the team leader for the Androscoggin County Animal Response Team. Email her at

Alison Cody (CAS’02) of Baltimore, Md., earned a master’s degree in library and information science at Simmons College in 2007. Last summer, she began a new job at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., as a training specialist for the research databases the organization offers to libraries. Alison provides online and in-person training and technical support to other librarians around the world. Email her at

Marc Sabow (CGS’00, CAS’02) and Chloe Robinson (CAS’02) of Bayside, N.Y., welcomed their second child, Ethan William, on September 15, 2011.

Kate E. Bush (CAS’03) of Brighton, Mass., received the American Catholic Historical Association’s 2011 John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award for her research proposal, “Sorelle Mie: The Sermons of Caterina Vigri and Franciscan Observant Reform.” She presented a chapter of her work at the University of Manchester’s Gender and Medieval Studies conference in January 2012. Bush holds an MA in medieval history from the Catholic University of America, where she will defend her PhD thesis in spring 2013. She can be reached at

Tiffany (Finateri) Foley (CAS’03) of Post Falls, Idaho, and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of their identical twin boys, Lucas and Benjamin, on June 15, 2011, in Tacoma, Wash. She and her family recently moved from Washington to Idaho.

Lisa (Stein) Rothstein (CGS’01, CAS’03) of St. Louis Park, Minn., and her husband, Daniel Rothstein, announce the birth of their first child, Asher Jacobs, on July 20, 2011. Email her at

Jennifer (Brown) Van Dyk (CAS’04, SSW’10) of Watertown, Mass., married Robert Van Dyk on July 3, 2011. “We met in late 2007 when he moved to the Boston area for a job, and we began dating a few months later,” she writes. “He proposed to me via a secret code on his blog, which took me a few weeks to break. What a patient man!” Email her at

Noah Britton (CAS’05) of Salem, Mass., writes, “My sketch comedy troupe, Asperger’s Are Us, is the first comedy troupe composed entirely of people diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. We recently did an amazing performance at the Somerville Theatre and a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered.” Visit, or email Noah at

Yolanda (Scannicchio) Lufrano (CAS’05) and Christopher Lufrano (SMG’05) of New York, N.Y., were married on June 25, 2011, in Chicago, Ill. Guests included Chessie Henningfield (SMG’05), Jennifer Gagnon (SMG’05), Christie Garrity (CAS’05), Kristen Mackay (SMG’05), Kush Patel (SMG’05), Lava Patel (CAS’05), Zach Zaman (SMG’05), Kate (Ferguson) Zaman (SHA’06), Amy Paskal (CAS’05), Sheena Patel (SMG’05), and groomsman Louis Scannicchio (CAS’07). Yolanda and Chris live with their dog, Rocky.

John Spaulding (GRS’05) of Tucson, Ariz., recently published the poetry book Hospital (Finishing Line Press, 2011). His other published poetry titles are The Roses of Starvation (Riverstone Press, 1987), The White Train (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), and Walking in Stone (Wesleyan, 1989). John is also an editor of the culinary history book Civil War Recipes (University Press of Kentucky, 1999). He was awarded the first Norma Millay Fellowship, and was a Walt Whitman Award finalist and a National Poetry Series winner. After working as a psychologist for 20 years, he teaches writing at Pima Community College. Email him at

Jessica Cameron (CAS’07) of Middleboro, Mass., and Mike “Skippy” Posmoga (CAS’03, GRS’06) of Acton, Mass., are naval flight officers attached to the VAW-115, “Liberty Bells.” Mike earned his commission from Officer Candidate School in September 2006 and reported to VAW-115 in May 2009. Jess completed NROTC at BU in May 2007 and joined VAW-115 in August 2010. Jess’s twin sister, Allie “1-900” Cameron (CAS’07), is also a BU NROTC graduate and serves as a P-3 pilot for the VP-5 Mad Foxes, based in Jacksonville, Fla. Jess and Allie’s mother, Regina (Pulminskas) Cameron (CAS’70), is a former German and Latin teacher at Brockton High School and “a proud Navy mom.”

Coleman Donaldson (CAS’08) of Paris, France, was awarded a Fulbright grant to study linguistics and African language policy in Paris. Last year, he completed two years of Peace Corps service in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.