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    January 2023

  • Grant Dinsmore (BFA ’63, MFA ’67)

    After graduating cum laude with a B.F.A. in illustration, Grant worked at an ad agency on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., and went through the U.S. Marine Corps basic training (1964, non-com officer 1968). He received a graduate assistant scholarship to Syracuse University and graduated in 1967. He married Barbara Ullmann (B.F.A. advertising design ’67) and worked as an instructor at Penn State University (1967-1974) and a professor at La Roche University (1974-2007). He is now a professor emeritus and is retired and residing in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

  • Dale Lawrence and another person

    Dale Lawrence (BFA ’79)

    Dale is currently living in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, near Chattanooga. His pre-retirement job is with Home Depot at the ProDesk. He notes that after almost 18 years at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta as a stage manager and later house manager of three performance spaces, it was time to move to the country and slow down. Find him on Facebook.

  • Phillip Gregory Burke

    Phillip Gregory Burke (BFA ’07)

    Phillip’s play, “He’s The First,” will run in rep at The Fire This Time Festival at the Kraine Theater in New York City from January 16-29, 2023 and will be broadcast on PBS at a later date.

  • December 2022

  • Ken Milch (BM ’91)

    Ken serves as principal at Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System (Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan). He is in his 30th year in public education, having previously served as a high school principal and assistant principal and as a classroom teacher for 14 years. He and his wife Carla reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with their four children.

  • If There Is No Wind: Poems Margaret R Sáraco

    Margaret Sáraco (BFA ’81)

    In 2022, Margaret published her first poetry book “If There Is No Wind” (Human Error Publishing), received a Pushcart Nomination from Lips Magazine for her poem “Cookies,” and was a semi-finalist in the Laura Boss Narrative Book Contest. Her book is available online including at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Bookshop.org, and in store at I Am Books in Boston and Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey. More information.

  • Aenea Kanaan (BS ’21)

    Aenea recently published “Gold,” her first poetry book. It is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the publisher’s website (Wipf and Stock). Visit Aenea’s website to learn more.

  • Jay Aubrey Jones

    Jay Aubrey Jones (BS ’76)

    Jay recently performed in “Bernstein on Broadway: A Celebration” with Chita Rivera at 54 Below in New York. He was also featured in Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for Irish Repertory Theatre, also in New York.

  • Michael Ambrosino (BS ’52, MS ’55)

    Michael has retired after spending 40 years in public broadcasting, mostly creating TV series for PBS. Credits include: creator and executive producer, “Nova” and “Odyssey”; executve producer, “The Ring of Truth”; and consulting executive producer, “Eyes On the Prize.”

  • October 2022

  • Emily Wells (BM ’10)

    Emily is now the senior assistant dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She was previously the director of administration of the vocal arts department at The Juilliard School.

  • Windsor Gallery exterior

    Daniel Fenski (BFA ’81) and Barbara Battles (BFA ’80)

    Windsor Gallery, in Colts Neck, New Jersey, owned by Daniel and Barbara, will celebrate 20 years in business in October 2022. The gallery represents the work of local and nationally acclaimed artists. Daniel, former retail design director at R.H. Macy’s, does fine custom framing for discerning clientele. He is a member of the Society of Gilders; trained in gilding and frame restoration at West Dean College, Chichester, U.K.; and works as curatorial consultant for Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey, having served on the board of trustees for 16 years. His wife Barbara recently retired as head of outreach services at South Brunswick Library, where she facilitated several library renovations and the design and acquisition of a new mobile library.

  • Giuliana Augello

    Giuliana Augello (BFA ’21)

    Giuliana is in the ensemble of the “Jesus Christ Superstar” 50th Anniversary First National Tour. Catch her touring around North America.

  • Debra Russell

    Debra (Rosenthal) Russell (BFA ’92)

    Debra has moved to Las Vegas and is an Executive MBA candidate at CU-Boulder Leeds School of Business. She has expanded her coaching practice, which has been focused on arts and entertainment and professional sport, to include small and medium business seeking a higher level of employee engagement, culture change, and professional development for their rising stars.

  • Nancy Danahy

    Nancy Danahy (BFA ’73)

    Nancy retired from Pearson Education several years ago. She is doing occasional freelance design work but mostly just enjoying her grandchildren.

  • August 2022

  • Exquisite Blue Towers exhibition poster

    Holly Brown (BFA ’98)

    Holly showed work in the three-person exhibition “Exquisite Blue Towers” with Juan Manuel Gomez and Mauricio Arroyave at gallery@AGI Denim in New York City this summer. Holly is the founder and CEO of Clockworks Press.

  • Barbara Long Jones

    Barbara (Long) Jones (MA ’94)

    Barbara was named curator emerita upon retirement in April 2022 after 26 1/2 years as curator/chief curator at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Her final exhibition for the museum, “Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee,” with co-curator Melissa Wolfe is currently on view at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida, and will travel to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, opening October 30.

  • July 2022

  • Kathleen Beausoleil

    Kathleen (Reilly) Beausoleil (BFA ’96)

    Kathleen received a 2022 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has a solo show at the Monmouth Museum August 20 – September 18. Visit Kathleen’s website.

  • Nora Carrol

    Nora Carrol (BFA ’71)

    Nora, who is principal of CarrolCreative, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland, has joined the communications faculty, advanced academic programs, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.

  • Dusty Rhodes

    W. Emerson (Dusty) Rhodes (BS ’61)

    Dusty will retire in March 2023 after 32 years as county auditor in Hamilton County, Ohio, elected and re-elected eight times. He was the first Democrat to win a county administrative office in the county in 20 years. In 2019 the County Auditors Association of Ohio named him “Outstanding County Auditor in Ohio,” and in 2020 he was honored with Greater Cincinnati Right to Life’s annual Life Award. In 1965 he was named “Cincinnati’s Most Popular Disc Jockey” by Billboard magazine. In 2001 he was inducted into the Ohio Radio & TV Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

  • Jay Aubrey Jones

    Jay Aubrey Jones (BS’ 76)

    Jay recently played Colonel Randolph and Captain Whitaker in “A Few Good Men” at Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

  • Mindy (Mermelstein) Moore (BFA ’76)

    A studio potter since graduating, Mindy lived in New York City until 1987, when she immigrated to Canada with her family. She has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, ever since with her husband/photographer Marvin Moore and their two sons. Mindy developed and taught a full art program at an independent school in Halifax, and she retired this June. She will return to the studio to her claywork; no doubt she will continue to offer classes from there as well as get back to being up to her elbows in clay.

  • May 2022

  • Jason Cicci accepts an Indie Series Award at a podium

    Jason Cicci (BFA ’93)

    Jason’s work was recently nominated for 16 Indie Series Awards for two independent series that he created/wrote/produced. “Cady Did” starring Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman was nominated for 12 awards, winning five, the most of any show this year, including Best Comedy Series. “Searching for Sylvie” was nominated for four awards, winning Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

  • Sally Gladden Luczyski (MA ’72)

    Sally presently works with the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop (South Fallsburg, New York) and is involved in all aspects.
    She initiated Catskill Readers’ Theatre.

  • Nancy Danahy (BFA ’73)

    Nancy “retired” from Pearson Education in 2012, well before she was expecting to retire, so she started her own small graphic design firm, Nancy Danahy Design. She has a life beyond her work that includes her children, grandchildren, and friends, as well as two Mahjong groups. She is looking forward to some traveling later this year, with potential trips to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Disney World in Florida with family. Her personal quote is “Life is good. It may not be perfect, but it is good.”

  • Terri Ginsberg (BFA ’85)

    Terri has published the short-form monograph “Films of Arab Loutfi and Heiny Srour: Studies in Palestine Solidarity Cinema” (Palgrave Pivot, 2021).  She is presently assistant professor of film and media at Concordia University in Montréal.

  • Moving Words About a Flower book cover

    Barbara (Zuckerman) Chotiner (BFA ’95)

    Barbara recently illustrated a new children’s book, “Moving Words About a Flower,” about the lifecycle of a dandelion for Charlesbridge Publishing. She had a book signing in her town of Narberth, Pennsylvania. Visit her website.

  • April 2022

  • John Rudolph

    John Rudolph (BFA ’05)

    After 15 years of building brands, concepting ad campaigns, and developing marketing platforms at various design and advertising agencies, John launched Map Agency, a brand design studio, in 2021. Based in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Map Agency provides print and digital brand and design services for people and businesses ranging from start-up to Fortune 500. Visit map-agency.com to learn more and see the latest work.

  • March 2022

  • Deborah Miller

    Deborah (Walker) Miller (BM ’71)

    After singing for two seasons with the Metropolitan Opera company in New York City and having a successful performing career as an ingenue leading lady in Broadway musical touring shows and performing internationally on cruise ships, Deborah transitioned to producing radio shows and lent her talent as an on-air radio personality for “The Dick Miller Show” in New York City, New Jersey, Aruba, and St. Maarten/St. Martin. Today, Deborah is an award-winning realtor in Venice/Sarasota, Florida. She was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2013 and in March 2021 was awarded the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual International RE/MAX convention in Orlando at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Deborah has access to RE/MAX offices in 110 countries around the world.

  • Book cover of "Stories My Father Told Me"

    Helen Zughaib (BFA ’81)

    Helen was nominated for and received a three-year Social Impact Residency at the Kennedy Center/REACH in Washington, D.C., to work on issues surrounding displacement, refugee crisis, and migration, especially around women and children. She received the Evelyn Shakir Book Award for non-fiction from the Arab American National Museum in Detroit for the book “Stories My Father Told Me” (Cune Press), co authored by Elia Zughaib.

  • Nora Carrol

    Nora Carrol (BFA ’71)

    Nora’s most recent article critiquing the worrisome move of online university programs to third-party platforms was publishsed by Times Higher Education (UK) in July 2021. Nora is also teaching entrepreneurship for both graduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia.

  • Adair Heitmann

    Adair (Wilson) Heitmann (BFA ’75)

    Adair is active in the international visual storytelling community, PechaKucha, most recently with her story “Creativity is the Mother of Reinvention.” She is a contributing author in the book “Animals: Personal Tales of Encounters with Spirit Animals” featuring Dr. Steven Farmer. She is currently writing unique stories that she presents and shares with diverse audiences. She is also working in book arts, photography, printmaking, and video essays.