David A. Miller, II writes: “My first novel, Time Birds, has just been published. It’s spy/adventure science fiction, with non-stop action from CIA alumni, spies and astounding robotic ‘birds’. Time Birds is the first of a trilogy; the second is due later this year. Find Time Birds on Smashwords or Kindle. I’d love your comments and reviews!”
Ed Bonekemper writes, “Serendipitously, three Muhlenberg alumni ended up on the same riverboat trip from Vienna to Amsterdam. We had a great time renewing acquaintances after almost 50 years. David Bernstein ’62, Nessa Rosen Bernstein ’64 and I are all looking forward to upcoming 50th reunions!”
Lee Hadden writes, “After 37 years of teaching biology at Wingate University, I have retired from classroom teaching. My wife and I began teaching at Wingate in 1975 following graduate school at Wake Forest University. Transitioning from a two-year to a four-year college, beginning in 1976, and the development of a biology curriculum from scratch, rather than jumping into an existing program, proved challenging and rewarding. Over the years I have taught introductory courses for majors and non-majors, and microbiology, histology, plant biology, and electron microscopy. I served as chair of the division of science and mathematics for five years and chair of the biology department subsequently for 14 years. I just returned from a trip with my daughter, Christi, to three National Parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Rocky Mountain NP, the first of an anticipated sequence of travel destinations. Hopefully I’ll visit the west coast to visit national parks and other destinations there in the near future.”
Larry Wellikson, M.D. SFHM was recently recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives for 2012 as #17. Wellikson has been the CEO of the Society of Hospital medicine, the national medical professional society for our nation’s hospitalists. Wellikson lives with his wife Sharon, in Dana Point, Calif. and has 3 sons and 5 grandsons.
Pastor Philip Smith of Emmanuel – Mt. Zion Lutheran Parish received his Doctor of Ministry degree from LTSP on May 18. Because of its size, the Class of 2012 gathered for the 148th Commencement at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale.
Karen Greber Shaffer writes, “Back at the end of May – my darling Bob and fellow classmate Jim Hay were both inducted into the Carbon County Hall of Fame (Sports). For both the guys the list of credits include their accomplishments not only in their respective Carbon County high schools (Lehighton and Palmerton) but also for their time at Muhlenberg on the football and basketball teams and their post collegiate coaching experience. As you know – Bob’s coaching career includes 12 seasons (I think!) at ’Berg before moving on to Southern Lehigh basketball for the last 24 seasons. Jim has coached basketball and track in several schools over his career.
Stewart Abrams writes, “Just to complete the 37 year saga, on August 24, 2012, which was the 37th year anniversary of the day we met at the home of ’Berg alum Hans Peckmann ’55, Jackie Bernstein ’79 and I were married in Blue Bell, Pa. Talk about playing extreme ’hard to get.’”
Jeff Finley writes “I retired from the Army on July 1 and have recently accepted a position with U.S. Army Cyber Command in Huntsville Alabama.” Finley expected to start on September 24.
Carrie Moore, Sharon Jones Smith ’81, Lenni Maguire ’81, Susan Shulman Johnson ’81, Chuck Rogers, Denise Storz Pearson ’81 and Rose Long ’81 went to see Neil Hever ’82 in the SMT production of Hairspray.
Michael Nochimson was elected to the Verona, N.J. Town Council in a highly contested election.
Courtenay Cooper Hall was part of a team that got to ring the trading bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Heather Marko and Kevin Casey are happy to announce their marriage on April 29, 2011, in Long Branch, N.J. Alumni in attendance were Wes Miller ’00, Jamie Alvo Miller ’02, Jakob Koslin ’03, Elizabeth Seavy ’08 and Mike Pellegrino ’00.
Jared Shafer has been honored as a 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous ratings process, and no more than more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.
Sharon Saferstein Cestari recently graduated from Rowan University with her Master’s Degree in Education.
Elizabeth Fendt writes, “Cassidy Elizabeth Fendt was born July 12, 2012, at 4:28 AM. She weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz and measured 19 1/2 inches long. Lorelei loves having a baby sister.”
Steven Grossman was recently named one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” on the cover of Variety, which is the entertainment industry’s leading trade publication. He was also recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal and has been featured as a distinguished celebrity talent manager on Bravo, VH1, Style Network, and WE TV. He and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of their two year-old son, Grayden, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their second child.
Lindsay Jana Spungin was born May 31, 2012 to proud parents Carolyn (Nurnberg) and Scott Spungin.
Tara (Peterson) Walter and Jeff Walter were married July 11, 2008, at Iron Lakes Country Club in Orefield, Pa., on the 18th hole. They welcomed baby boy, Evan Lee Walter, on May 22, 2010, (8lbs, 12 oz, 21.5 inches long). Evan was joined by baby girl, Bryn Elizabeth Walter, on March 27, 2012, (8lbs. 2 oz, 21 inches). The couple resides in Pennsburg, Pa. Tara is teaching middle school in Center Valley, Pa., and Jeff works in the commercial construction field.
Melanie (Saxon) Olds and her husband, Josh, are thrilled to announce the arrival of Pearl Jaclyn Olds, born June 28, 2012, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Pearl looks forward to attending Muhlenberg football games!
Nathan Pickowicz writes, “In recent years, my wife, Jessica, and I have had a son, Jack (12/3/10), and are in the process of starting or ’planting’ a new church in Gilmanton, N.H. I will have received my master’s degree in theology from Trinity Theological Seminary by the end of this summer.”
Liz (Alsdorf) Hoffman writes, “My husband, Herb, and I are happy to announce that H. Eric Hoffman, III was born on March 28th. Eric (aka Trey) weighed 8 lbs, 7 oz and measured 21 1/2 inches long.”
AmeriCares Manager of Emergency Response Kate Dischino was honored for her Hurricane Sandy relief work at Glamour’s 2012 Women of the Year Awards in New York City on Monday, November 12. Dischino was honored as one of the female responders to Hurricane Sandy at the Carnegie Hall event. Dischino, a Stamford resident, has been coordinating the AmeriCares Sandy response, working nonstop to deliver aid to the hardest-hit communities on the East Coast.
Dan and Alicia (Malley) Sehn are excited to announce the birth of their son, Connor Daniel. Connor was born on June 10th, 2012, measured 19 inches long and weighed 6 lbs 5oz. Mom, Dad and Baby are all doing well!
Jessica Krausz and Matthew Pawluk were married on March 31, 2012, at the Metropolitan in Glen Cove, N,Y. The couple resides in Smithtown, N.Y., where Jessica is a dentist and Matthew is a software engineer. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica.
Becky (Armstrong) Pallone and her husband Jonathan are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter. Isabella Marie was born on June 6, 2012 and weighed 7 lbs, 7 oz.
Becca Erlich recently married Will Platnick. Several alumni (and Phi Mu sisters) were in attendance.
Robert and Lauren Kovach are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy Aiden James Kovach. He was born October 15, 2011 at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Carey Heller and Hope Axelrod were married on December 3, 2011 in Jacksonville, Fla. Carey is a licensed psychologist with The Psychological Group of Washington in Washington, D.C. Hope is a licensed clinical social worker at Georgetown University Hospital. The couple resides in Bethesda, Md.
Todd Kauffman ’05 and Casey (Gaspartich) Kauffman are happy to announce their marriage on August 10, 2012, in Lakewood, N.J. They currently reside in Midland Park, N.J. Alumni in attendance were bridesmaids Lisa White, Megan DiPaolo and Lauren Krisa, and groomsmen Mike Piontek ’05, and Ben Mannix ’05. Other alumni include Kieran Southwick ’04, Emily Feldhamer ’05, Katie Gottlieb ’06, Kristen DeMarco ’06, Lindsay Galvan, Rory Rosenwald, Janna Burke ’06, Stephani Smith, Mike Saratovsky ’04, Adam Hurlburt ’06, Jon Gray ’05, Jessica Kriss ’03, Alan VanGrack ’05, Jackie Seaman ’05, Sarah Harris ’05, Samantha Jonson and Jared Goldstein.
Benjamin Shaw directed “SOS, A Journey Out of the Forgotten Borough… Staten Island…” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre this October. He recently assistant directed END OF THE RAINBOW on Broadway, currently running at the Belasco Theatre, starring Tracy Bennett. Over the past year and a half, he has assisted and directed at theatres in Minneapolis, Seattle, Florida and NYC. For the past three years, he has worked as the Executive Assistant to the President at Disney Theatrical. In the future, he will be directing Theatreworks USA’s BUNNICULA.
Ryan Stauffer and Kristen Rastelli are happy to announce their marriage, which took place on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown, Pa. They were married by fellow ’Berg alumnus the Reverend Philip C. Spohn ’86.
Steven Toto and Kaitlyn (Rossetti) Toto were happily married on April 16, 2011, in Florham Park, N.J. Both are residents of Hackettstown, N.J and work for Mars Chocolate North America.
Megan Wilhelm and Samantha Ginsburg ’10 are currently serving as Youth Development Volunteers with U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco. Megan is living and working in Tiznit, while Sam is in Zagora.
Alex and Amanda Corgan were married on November 11, 2011, and had 40 ’Berg alumni in attendance as well as 8 faculty/staff members. They were married in Egner Memorial Chapel, and the reception was at Hotel Bethlehem.
Janis Coughlin and Stu Chanin were married on June 9, 2012 in Bridgewater, N.J. The couple honeymooned in the Cayman Islands and currently lives in Boston, Mass. Many ’Berg friends from the Class of 2008 joined in the celebration.
Cailen (Poles) Marone and Craig Marone ’09 were married in November 5, 2011. Several alumni were in attendance.
Allison Schnall writes, “Thanks to the power of Facebook, members of the class of 2008 put together a spontaneous ‘four year reunion.’ On October 12, 2012, about 50 alumni from ’08 gathered for drinks in NYC. Guests came from many states to reconnect with old friends.”
Brianne Schurott and Kyle Farris were married at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, Pa., on July 21, 2012. Mules in attendance included attendants Katie Mulford, Jill Aberbach, Caroline Pottash, Jared Mazzei and Mickey Norton, as well as Jillian (Duffy) Dilmore, Kelly Shetron, Taylor (Armstrong) Yagatich, Tim Martin, Luke Silverman, Tim Dwyre, James Corley, Chris Nerney, Michelle Yost, Allison (Colino) Gomes ’06, Jen Sherlock, Ryan Troy, Amanda Talbi, Leah Rovner ’09, Noel Brown ’09 and Mike Bruckner, VP of Public Relations. The newlyweds reside in Phoenixville, Pa.
Sara Mazes was promoted to assistant manager at Hyatt and transferred to the Hyatt Resort and Spa in Maui, Hawaii. She is living and working in paradise and welcomes anyone who wants to plan a wedding or honeymoon there to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is singing with the Maui Festival Chorus, learning to surf, and hiking in volcanoes on her free time.
Dorothy Martin and Matt Rathbun are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple plans to be married February 23, 2013. Dorothy is a social worker at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., and Matt is a sales manager for ADP in Parsippany, N,J.
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