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Richard and Donna E. Hill, Agriculture: Animal Science, are the owners of Hill’s Valley Farm of Cattaraugus, which received Farmer of the Year honors at the eighth annual Cattaraugus County Farmer-Neighbor Dinner.


Mark Berghorn, Business Administration, Newark Valley, was named Greater Binghamton Small Businessperson of the year in May 2018.


Patricia NilsenPatricia Nilsen, Court Reporting, Nashville, TN, placed second overall in the National Court Reporters Association 2018 Speed Contest held in New Orleans, LA.


Elizabeth Brutsch, Interior Design, East Chatham, received her New York State Architect’s License and was promoted to associate at CSArch.


Christopher T. Locke, Surveying Engineering Technology, Spencerport, passed his New York State exams to become a licensed professional land surveyor, and is a member of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors and the Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.



James E. Cehonski, Industrial Controls, and wife Sharon Cehonski, Medical Secretary Science, Ellenton, FL, celebrated 50 years of marriage in September 2018.



Harold Stewart, Agriculture Engineering, Interlaken, retired in August 2017.


Michael Morlock, Drafting, Barnard, SD, retired in July 2017.


Constance Rickerson, Nursing, Manassas, VA, retired in 2017.


Cynthia Schubmehl, Nursing, Corfu, celebrated one year at the Sand Constellation Heart Institute of Rochester Regional Health as a registered nurse.

Donald Kennedy, Construction Technology, Lenoir, NC, celebrated 24 years with First Financial Capital Corporation as a registered representative.


Kyle Allen, Data Processing, Webster, enjoyed 38 wonderful years in IT at Xerox and Hewlett Packard, and is now consulting for Mindex Technologies.


Michael Humberstone, Marketing, Perry, celebrated 38 years at Creative Food Ingredients Inc., and holds the title of executive director of operations.

Hugh B. Golden, Landscape Development, Jamestown, was promoted to the position of general manager by The Lake View Cemetery Association Board.


Howard Nisbet, Construction Engineering Technology, Hornell, retired in June 2017 from a 30-year career in the NYS Department of Transportation as a civil engineer.


Debra Slade, Accounting, Andover, celebrated two-and-a-half years as the treasurer for the village of Alfred.


Candace Stanton, Marketing, Winter Haven, FL, was promoted on July 1 2017, to the position of vice president of Marketing and Communications at the United Way of Central Florida.

Clifford Frink, Electrical Electronics, Fulton, celebrated 22 years with Nocor Steel Auburn, and recently became owner and operator of Planet Inspections.


Daniel T. DemarteDaniel T. Demarte, Individual Studies, Jamestown, has been hired as the president of Jamestown Community College.


Jason Kennedy, Construction Architecture Engineering Technology, Perinton, was named the new commissioner of Public Works and highway superintendent for the town of Perinton.


Diane Corby, Court Reporting, Rochester, fully retired in 2016 from the University of Rochester as the senior prospect research analyst.

Mike Hollabaugh, Animal Husbandry, Grampian, PA, celebrated 10 years of employment for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.


John B. Cardamone, Business Administration, Hornell, has been hired as the new athletic director and intermediate school dean of students for Hornell High School.


Laird Updyke, Construction Management, Cortland, was hired by LeChase Construction Services, LLC as a senior project manager in its Syracuse office.

Stephen Pytlak, Machine Tool Technology, Plattsburgh, celebrated one year at Vapor Stone Rail as the tooling lead and manufacturing engineer.


Jacob A. O’Hearn, Architectural Technology, Depew, will serve as a project architect in the Northeast Buildings Division for Bergmann. With 12 years of experience, O’Hearn is a registered architect in New York and has received his NCARB certification.


James Irick, Web Development, Mount Vernon, celebrated four years of employment with Moda Operandi.

Adam Loucks, Electrical Engineering Technology, Miami, FL, was recently promoted to senior engineering and construction manager at Sonnedix in Miami.


Larry Olivo, Network Administration, Bround Brook, NJ, celebrated three years at Bloomberg LP as a network operation engineer.


Joshua Altemoos, Network Administration, Buffalo, recently celebrated a year and a half of employment at the University of Buffalo as a staff assistant/project coordinator.


Allison Leary, Business Management/Veterinary Technology, Strykersville, celebrated six months of employment at West Herr.


John Felton, Electrical Engineering Technology, New York City, is the CEO of Forex Inc.


Brandon Holley, Architectural Technology, Livonia, has been recently hired by the SWBR architecture firm out of Rochester as a project designer.

Dominic Arresta, Architecture, Southampton, has recently accepted a position at JM2 Architecture.

Andrew Hammond, Architecture, Hornell, has been hired as an architectural designer at CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private sector clients for more than 40 years.

Adam Wilkins, Financial Planning, Rochester, is a new wealth advisor at Mariaca Wealth Management, LLC.

Nathaniel Piscitelli, Architecture, Wellsville, has been hired as an architectural designer at CPL.

Gabrielle Marino, Architecture, Cassville, has been recently hired by the SWBR architecture firm out of Rochester as a project designer.

Lachelle Cruickshank, Nursing, Central Islip, has accepted a position as a visiting nurse.

Samuel Bartz, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, West Seneca, recently accepted a position at Tri-R Mechanical Services as an HVAC technician.



Nathaniel Kelsey and Page AlmondNathaniel Kelsey, Architectural Technology, North Chesterfield, VA, married Page Almond on July 8, 2018.


Joshua A. Torrance, Construction Management Technology, Orchard Park, married his wife, Caitlin, on Oct. 14, 2017, in Buffalo.


Christopher T. Locke, Surveying Engineering Technology, Spencerport, married Emily Chambers, Nursing, LeRoy (2015), on May 26, 2018.


Nicholas Congdon and Madison DawnNicholas Congdon, Building Trades: Building Construction, Dunkirk, married Madison Dawn September 29, 2018. Alexander Pacific, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Blasdell, married Jessica Long, Forensic Science Technology, Blasdell (2013) on July 23, 2017.


Kaitlyn Brown and Sutton CarhartKaitlyn Brown, Business Administration, Hornell, exchanged wedding vows with Sutton Carhart on Sept. 8, 2018.



James E Boyd, Office Technologies, Batavia, passed away April 5, 2018.


James H. Frier, Undeclared, Troutville, VA, passed away April 11, 2018.


C. Edward HindleC. Edward Hindle, Electrical Technology, Dansville, passed away July 3, 2018.


David R. EggertDavid R. Eggert, Agriculture Engineering Technology Power & Machine, Westfield, passed away Aug. 6, 2018.


Russel Warner, Business Management, Las Cruces, NM, passed away March 2, 2018.


Richard E. PaigeRichard E. Paige, Floriculture Production, Clarence Center, passed away June 12, 2018.

David E. Terry, Ornamental HorticultureFloriculture Merchandise, Ovid, passed away Nov. 28, 2017.


Ted L. FlandersTed L. Flanders, Electrical Technology, North Las Vegas, NV, passed away May 27, 2018.


David EdmundsDavid Edmunds, Accounting, Fairport, passed away Aug. 22, 2018.


Michael Neu, Undeclared, Cuba, passed away June 21, 2018.


Donald C. WeeksDonald C. Weeks, Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, Moravia, passed away Aug. 5, 2018.


April C. LangApril C. Lang, Medical Laboratory Technology, Bradford, PA, passed away July 19, 2018.


Charles Thomas Richmond, Industrial Technology, Clare, MI, passed away July 20, 2018.


Laurie McCarthy Reinprecht, Human Services, Watertown, CT, passed away Aug. 23, 2018.

Catherine Rita Thomas, Medical Laboratory Technology, Kingsport, TN, passed away June 5, 2018.


MaryAnn Gath, Nursing, Hornell, passed away April 28, 2018.


David Mattison, Medical Laboratory Technology, Wayne, passed away Aug. 9, 2018.

Jody V. GlassJody V. Glass, Nursing, Wellsville, passed away Aug. 7, 2018.


Thomas G. GeyerThomas G. Geyer, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Scio, passed away July 27, 2018.


Jonathon Dean Jaquish, Automotive Service Technician, Arcade, passed away July 9, 2018.


Michael R. LathamMichael R. Latham, Masonry, Scio, passed away July 7, 2018.


Lyman R. Savory, Marble Falls, TX, former professor, passed away Nov. 17, 2017.

Thomas V. Burnard, Alfred Station, former professor, passed away June 22, 2018.


several people outside on a balconyAlfred State alumni enjoyed the “Doves & Lions” Fall Wine Tour 2017 on Keuka Lake. For information on future events, please contact Donna Sorokti at or Bill Lang at

First Row (l-r): Kim Fasciano; John Ferrara, ’83, Building Trades, LeRoy; Shari (Sacco) Ratka, ’85, Chemical Technology, Farmington; and Riley Stossel.

Second Row (l-r): Donna (Alt) Sorokti, ’82, Medical Assistant, Victor; Lynn (Tobin) Phillips, ’83, Marketing, Penfield; Darcy (Chasey) Gouldman, ’83, Business-Retail Management, Geneseo; and Don Nicholson, ’83, Computer & Electronic Systems Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Back Row (l-r): Ken Wright, ’83, Computer & Electronic Systems Technology, Cornwall on Hudson; Bill Lang, ’83, Food Service, Lutz, FL; Diane (Nowacki) Nichols, ’84, Marketing, Tonawanda; and Christian Wright.