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Sem Snippets SUMMER 2012

Greetings from the Head of School

Message from the BSAA

It’s hard to believe that another school year has ended. On June 12, we had a lovely graduation ceremony, and were honored to have Lauren Belfer ’71 return to her hometown to give the commencement address. Now, nearly a month later, Summer at Sem is in full swing, and the halls and classrooms are filled with the laughter of middle-school girls enjoying their time here as campers. Looking ahead to September and the start of a new academic year, I am excited to announce some important changes to my administrative team. Assistant Head of School Helen Marlette has been named Sem’s first Director of External Relations, a position that underscores a commitment to increasing collaborations with our Buffalo neighbors as well as within the wider community. Math teacher Rebecca Farwell has taken on the role of Dean of Students, and Moira Giammaresi ’05, who worked under Carrie Auwarter ’96, has stepped into the role of Director of Admissions. The chance to congratulate these individuals allows me also to thank Carrie Auwarter, who had been an integral part of the Sem team for the past nine years. Earlier this spring, she made the difficult decision to leave her position as Director of Admissions to begin a new chapter in her career at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Carrie’s love for her alma mater and her dedication to excellence in her work set a high standard for all of us. We continue to be inspired by that example, and although she is missed greatly, we wish her the best. Transitions can be both exciting and daunting. As Head of School, I am deeply grateful to have such a committed staff, caring faculty and dedicated volunteers working together for a place we all love. Enjoy the rest of these beautiful summer days, and see you soon! Best wishes,

Each spring the Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Association Board of Directors has the distinct pleasure of hosting a luncheon honoring Sem’s seniors. The Senior Induction Luncheon, which is a relatively recent tradition, is one of our favorites and gives us an opportunity to meet the soon-to-be graduates and officially welcome them into the Association. We also invite each of them to say a few words about her experience at Sem and what it has meant to her. Here are a few of their comments:

Our New Alumna Trustee

My experience at Sem has been eye-opening. I’ve learned what it means to be a leader. Buffalo Seminary helped me find myself. Sem was a growing experience. It turned me into an independent woman. Sem helped me to achieve things I would not have tried somewhere else. I am very proud of what I have accomplished. This experience has been filled with exciting moments…and memorable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Listening to each of them reaffirmed for me how lucky we are to have graduated from such a wonderful school as Sem. The City of Buffalo is also fortunate to have such an excellent single-gender institution dedicated to preparing young women for the future. Congratulations, graduates! Enjoy the summer! Gabrielle P. DeRose ‘74 President, Board of Directors Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Association

Congratulations to Mary Ross Rice, Class of 1952, who has been named our new Alumna Trustee for Sem’s Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2012. Mary succeeds Ellie Harder Johnson, Class of 1957. We thank everyone who voted!


Year-end Accolades JUNE 2012 CUM LAUDE SOCIETY INDUCTEES The following members of the Class of 2012 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society: Isabella (Bella) Dixon Alanna Leddy

Madison (Maddie) Paulk

MAY 2012 NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES The following members of the Class of 2013 were inducted into the Buffalo Seminary Chapter of the National Honor Society: Jane Bertelsen Olivia Bianco Ji Eun Choi Emily Glick

Ali Goodnough Bridget Haley Eliza Hopkins Arianna Hughes

Alexandra (Alex) Lamonte Curreen Luongo Erica Pellerite Sara Sanderson

Kathryn Sands Jordan Serotte Grace Von Simson Xiaotong (Chrissy) Xu

Margaret B. Herron ‘73 Award Maddie Paulk ‘12

History Department Award Juliette Brown ‘12

Gary R. Sutton Award Ivey Spier ‘12

Outstanding Athlete Award Eliza Kaye ‘12

Mt. Holyoke Book Award Kathryn Sands ‘13

French Language Award Eliza Hopkins ‘13

Wellesley Book Award Alex Lamonte ‘13

Miriam Berger Rashman ‘29 Award Nkiru (Kiki) Ifedigbo ‘12

Harvard Book Award Eliza Hopkins ‘13

Head’s Award Sarah Shafik ‘12

CLASS DAY AWARDS (recipients chosen by Sem faculty) Annette Wells Stevens ‘24 Freshman Friendship Award Maiah Overdorf ’15

Vocal Music Awards Jaime Engl ’12 Bella Dixon ‘12

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award Eliza Hopkins ‘13

Suzanne Young Smith ‘63 Award Giselle Binette ‘13

Margaret Storck Hart ‘40 Award Stacey Youn Oh ’12 Caitlyn Orta ‘12

Callie Montesano ‘74 Award Erica Pellerite ‘13

St. Lawrence University Book Award Chelsy Wagstaff ‘13

Science Department Award Bella Buscarino ‘12

Jean Wende McCarthy ‘31 Award Bella Dixon ‘12

Math Department Award in Honor of Jane Turner Alanna Leddy ‘12

Linda Rashman Levine ‘59 Award Molly Armstrong ‘14

Ensemble Award Lea Karnath ‘12

SEMPER FIDELIS AWARDS

Madeleine Breinig Reid ‘33 English Award Sarah Gardner ‘12

Spanish Language Award Juliette Brown ’12 Bella Dixon ‘12

Faculty Award in Honor of Robert A. Foster Mingus Daniels-Taylor ‘12

Alumnae Association Award Jasmine Chen ‘12

MATH AWARDS

ENGLISH AWARDS

EXTERNAL AWARDS

Class of 2015 Hannah Porter ‘15

Faculty Choice Award for 2012 Student Art Show: Stacey Youn Oh ‘12

Poetry First Place: Eliza Hopkins ‘13 for “White Cross, White Star”

Class of 2014 Marissa Egloff ‘14

Photography Award: Jaime Engl ‘12

Top Five Scorers for the New York Math League competition: Anna Magavern ’15, Ji Eun Choi ‘13, Linzi Zhou ‘14, Wanying (Jasmine) Chen ‘12, Sarah Shafik ‘12

Business First All-WNY Academic Team, Special Mention: Sarah Shafik ‘12

Class of 2013 Curreen Luongo ‘13

Other media: Sydney Rice ‘13 Alida Tabaro ‘13

Class of 2012 Isabella Buscarino ’12 Eliza Kaye ‘12

Top Scorer for the American Mathematics Competition 10 (underclassmen): Weiyi Li ‘15 Top Scorer for AMC 12 (upperclassmen): Wanying (Jasmine) Chen ‘12

Memoir First Place: Jaime Engl ’12 for “Dental Floss”

Business First Extracurricular Star (music): Bella Buscarino ‘12 Business First/Independent Health Community All Star: Nkiru Ifedigbo ‘12

Short Story First Place: Anna Magavern ’15 for “The School for Thieves”

2012 College Acceptances The following schools accepted one or more of our 2012 graduates: Allegheny College American University Amherst College Baldwin Wallace University Bard College Barnard College Barry University Baruch College Bentley University Boston University Brock University Bryn Mawr College Buffalo State College Canisius College Catholic University Clark University Colgate University College of Charleston College of Wooster Columbia College of Chicago Connecticut College Curry College

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Daemen College Dartmouth University Denison University DePaul University Dickinson College Duquesne University Edinboro University Elon University Eugene Lang College Fairfield University Finger Lakes College Florida International University Fordham University Furman College Gannon University George Washington University Georgetown University Georgia State University Gettysburg College High Point University Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Illinois State University Ithaca College Johnson & Wales University Juniata College Kent State University Kents Hill (PG) Keuka College Knox College Lafayette College Lehigh University LeMoyne College Lewis & Clark College Loyola University (Chicago) Madonna University (Michigan) Marist College Mercyhurst College Michigan State University Moravian College Mount Aloysius College Nazareth College New York University

Niagara University Ohio State University Old Dominion University Pace University Parsons School of Design Philadelphia University Reed College Robert Morris University Rochester Institute of Technology Roger Williams University Rollins College Santa Barbara City College Sarah Lawrence College Southern Methodist University (SMU) Spelman College St. Bonaventure University St. John’s University St. Lawrence University St. Mary’s College (Maryland) State University of

High Honors Jaime Engl Sarah Shafik Honor Roll Isabella (Bella) Buscarino Emily Cardullo Wan Ying (Jasmine) Chen Grace Clauss Madeline (Sukie) Cleary Isabella (Bella) Dixon Erika Douglas Sarah Gardner Alexandra (Alex) Holland Alanna Leddy Caitlyn Orta Madison (Maddie) Paulk Maya Radoccia-Feuerstein

CLASS OF 2013 High Honors Eliza Hopkins Kathryn Sands

ART AWARDS

Critical Analysis First Place: Eliza Hopkins ’13 for “BlackFlowering Freedom: Pearl’s Contradictory Role in The Scarlet Letter”

CLASS OF 2012

New York at Binghamton State University of New York at Brockport State University of New York at Buffalo State University of New York at Fredonia State University of New York at Geneseo Stevens Institute of Technology Stonehill College Syracuse University (Newhouse) Trinity College University of California (Davis) University of California (Irvine) University of California (Santa Barbara) University of Dayton University of Delaware University of Miami

University of Miami (Ohio) University of New Hampshire University of North Carolina (Wilmington) University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Rochester University of South Carolina University of Vermont University of Washington University of Wisconsin (Madison) Washington College Washington & Jefferson College Wells College West Florida University Westminster College Wheaton College Whitman College Wittenberg University

Honor Roll Olivia Bianco Ji Eun Choi Arianna Hughes Alexandra (Alex) Lamonte Curreen Luongo Sara Sanderson Jordan Serotte Xiaotong (Chrissy) Xu

CLASS OF 2014 Honor Roll Molly Armstrong Marla Beyer Marissa Egloff Katherine (Katie) Herer Annalise Ishwardas Callie Keavey Maribel Leddy Nianci Lu Maeve Melber Julia Paulk Pamela (Pam) Rivas Meghan Sullivan Natalie Voos

CLASS OF 2015 High Honors Weiyi Li Anna Magavern Honor Roll Nadine Abdellatif Hannah Atkinson Julia Douglas Madison (Maddie) Frank Jane Gold Maria Victoria (Marivi) Howell-Arza Gina Victoria (Tori) Igoe Jialian (Lillian) Li Zhuonan (Doris) Liu Jennifer O’Donnell Hannah Porter Mariah Reinard Alexis (Alex) Wright


Celebrating the Class of 2012 On June 12, we held our 161st Commencement. Author Lauren Belfer ’71 gave the commencement address, and English teacher Carey Miller delivered the closing remarks. Art teacher Kate Simonds was honored with The Betty Butzer Brown ’44 Humanities Chair, and Kevin O’Leary, 2009-2011 Board Chair, was presented with The Paul J. Koessler Community Service Award.

“So when I look at you, the class of 2012, sitting where I sat 41 years ago, the most important thing I can think of to say to you is, Don’t give up. Sometimes the line to reach your dreams will be a straight line, but more often, it will be a line that tacks like a sail boat.” ~ from the commencement address by Lauren Belfer

“This is it: you’re writing your very own Bildungsroman, in which you cast yourself as the hero. When crossing the threshold of those doors, just as you have departed from Sem’s great wooden doors for the last time as students, it’s finally time to make some big choices. What quest have you given yourself? What quest will you give yourself?” ~ from closing remarks by Carey Miller

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Reunion 2012, June 8-9

CLASS OF 1997

CLASS OF 1992

NANCY ESLICK UNGER ’72 & BETTY WILLIAMS ESLICK ’42

CLASS OF 2002

CLASS OF 1987

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CLASS OF 1962

CLASS OF 1947


Come One, Come All!

WE THANK M&T BANK

A party in the Margaret Smith Mugel ‘38 Atrium capped off our 2012 Sem Reunion. Alums from all years, as well as their spouses and partners, were invited to toast the Sem classes ending in a 2 or 7. We also learned the names of the Sem athletes who will be inducted into our Athletic Hall of Fame later this year. Congratulations to Joanne Kouris-Bell ’44, Joan Metzger Brisbin ’46, Holly Hahn-Baker ’77 and Brenda Ann Mattar ’80!

AND WALSH DUFFIELD COMPANY FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT.

CLASS OF 1942

CLASS OF 1952

CYNTHIA LORI GRIFFA & HOLLY HAHN-BAKER ‘77

EHLIMANA IMAMOVIC ’97 & ZEHRA IMAMOVIC ‘02

CLASS OF 1982

CLASS OF 1967

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CLASS OF 1957

CLASS OF 1972


Class Notes CLASS OF 1903

Margaret L. Wendt: From an announcement from the Preservation League of New York: “The Preservation League of New York State brought its Pillar of New York Award celebration to Buffalo in June, honoring the legacy of the late Margaret L. Wendt, her many contributions to her beloved city of Buffalo and the trustees of the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, who have assisted in advancing her legacy.” CLASS OF 1940

Louise Blakeslee Rich: “I had a serious automobile accident in November 2011, complete with a broken neck, but I am recovering thanks to kind thoughts and prayers.” CLASS OF 1941

Elizabeth Underwood Mosley: “Sorry to have missed our reunion. Keith and I are enjoying these years – a gift – living still in our home, seeing family and friends, enjoying our Quaker world.” CLASS OF 1944

Joanne Bozer Rehmus: “I still go down to Florida for the winter. I still go out to California twice a year to visit my two daughters and five grandchildren. The grandchildren are all in college now. My one granddaughter is in her second year at West Point. My two great-granddaughters are five and three and live in Bay City – as does my son.”

Patricia Maxwell Sweeney: “Next year will be 30 years in Tucson with lots of sunshine. I couldn’t be without it. I have five children, seven grandchildren and four lovely, young great-grandchildren.” CLASS OF 1945

Mary Moot Buerger: “All is well here. Living close to an excellent liberal arts college is a wonderful experience. As a very traditional liberal arts place, Hillsdale gets the very best of young adults from supportive and traditionally based homes. I have found the students polite and outgoing.” CLASS OF 1946

Joan Metzger Brisbin: “2011 – a good year: third great-grandchild, granddaughter’s high school grad, summer in Maryland near daughter and family, and lots of tennis, especially in Florida. What an honor to represent my country with a special trip to Turkey in October as a member of USTA Doris Hart Cup team. Best of all: Good health for both Lany and me!” CLASS OF 1948

Wendy Read Wells: “As an ‘outlander’ from Orchard Park, I often spent the night

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at the home of one friend or another. I loved being with Corky [Cora Dickinson Becker ‘48] and her parents (her sisters were somewhat older), especially the evening in August when, with her neighbors The Hughes boys, we joined the exuberant crowds on Main Street downtown to celebrate V-J Day – in conga lines!”

CLASS OF 1957

CLASS OF 1971

Mary Louise Norton Flanagan: “I’m sorry

Catherine Flickinger Schweitzer: In April,

not to be able to attend our 55th. A family reunion has been planned for that weekend to say goodbye to a niece, heading to our 50th state for the next three years.”

CLASS OF 1949

parish ministry on June 3rd and am looking forward to travel and more time with six grandchildren. I still see Nancy Cooley Polk, Barbara Kohl and Sally Copeland O’Brien.”

Catherine was honored by the YWCA. In May, she received the Preservation League of NYS Excellence Award for her work on the National Preservation Conference. In June, she received the Joan Bozer Award. Last but not least, she and Bob Skerker were named Citizens of the Year by The Buffalo News.

Janice Roberts Fretz: “I am so happy that my granddaughter, Anna Fretz, will be attending Sem in the fall. I hope my classmates will start thinking about our 65th reunion, coming up in two years.” CLASS OF 1951

Susan Wiesner Bray: “Spend six to seven months in Florida, taking care of my home at Kelly Greens and my rental property on Sanibel. Playing golf, walking dog, playing bridge and enjoying life!”

CLASS OF 1959

Deborah Bayles Hill: “I will retire from

Nancy Cooley Polk: “Bill and I are in our 50th year—yeah! We live in Shelburne, Vermont, at Wake Robin, a CCRC, near our son and family and our daughter and family. We are very happy and send our best to all at Sem.” CLASS OF 1960

CLASS OF 1952

Judith Hansen Benson: “Hope to see you

Susanne McMahon Fuller: “Looking for-

all at our 55th in June 2015. All is well in Chapel Hill. Just had grandchild number 9 and still counting.”

ward to reunion. Have lived in Rochester, New York, with husband, Gordon, for many years. And we winter in Sun Lakes, Arizona.” CLASS OF 1956

Beverley Cryer Brewer: “Hi, everyone. I have had an eventful few months, decided to really retire, and have closed the business. Sending off my super-salesperson granddaughter to join a like firm in San Francisco. Reason to travel! Am enjoying the lake house more and just returned from visiting my mother in Delray Beach, FL. It was mother’s 94th birthday. I took one of my 10-year-old granddaughters with me, and we had a wonderful time together. I was happy to receive the Sem postcard announcing some of the events taking place at Sem in the next few months. What a great offering to the students, the alums and the community!  Wish I was there to take part.  Surely a good sign of Sem’s proactive position and excellence in education. Those of you in the Buffalo area must be proud to recognize these events and take time to enjoy what you can.  Knowing how important it is to keep the school on such a high plane, I can’t help but be a spokesperson to remind everyone that it takes money to do these things. Our annual giving is so important.  It’s time for another year – get out those checkbooks or go online and make a donation! Thanks to all of you for your generosity. Stay well and happy!  Love to all, Beverley”

CLASS OF 1961 Gail Donaldson: Gail’s mother, Athena Donaldson, died on February 22, 2012. In giving a gift to Seminary in memory of her mother, Gail wrote, “Athena was not a Sem graduate, but she loved Sem and attended Alumnae Association events with her Sem graduate friends, especially the bridge group. She sent two daughters to Sem and was very happy and proud of the results.”

Patricia Liesinger Guinn: “On September 10, 2011, our son Matthew was married to Rebekah Gayley in Kane, Pennsylvania. They live in Havre de Grace, Maryland. I continue to serve the Episcopal Diocese, most recently at Saint Matthew’s.” CLASS OF 1962

Wendy Williams McKay: On June 11, 2012, Janie Constantine and Carolyn Clark received the following email: “Hats off to you both for a wonderful actionpacked reunion. The reviews would put Broadway to shame as everyone had a ball. I think by this age we are all finally comfortable in our own skin and thus seeing everyone again goes a lot smoother. I was so thrilled that we won the Oshei Cup.”

Mary Ellen Lowe Tompkins: “Our 50th is in the 50th year of my dad, Harold C. Lowe, Esq., being Head of the Board of Trustees. Look at our diplomas – he signed them!! We are certainly a Sem Family.”

Christina Sprague: “In April we went to visit our son, a junior at the University of Rochester, who is spending his winter/ spring semester in Amman, Jordan, living with a family and working on his Arabic. Our daughter, Alex, joined us from Portland, OR, for a trip of a lifetime. We floated in the Dead Sea, while looking over at Jerusalem and Jericho; we toured and hiked around Wadi Rum (made famous by Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia) and Petra. On our way home, Roger and I stopped in Istanbul for an incredible five days, awestruck by the Ottoman Sultans and the Empire. I couldn’t help but think of Jean Henrich when we visited Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, remembering them from her Art History class. She was with me in spirit!” CLASS OF 1973

Lucy Butterbaugh Coburn: “Greetings, fellow Seminarians! So glad to be back in Buffalo. The last six years have zoomed by. Currently serving on the BSAA (alumnae) board, which has been enjoyable. Working at the Canadian Consulate managing seven homes in the Buffalo area for diplomats assigned to Buffalo. Enjoying skiing again and all that Buffalo has to offer. Don’t forget to look me up if you come to town!”

Marjorie Burt MacElroy: “Life is busy. My oldest daughter, Melissa, is living in San Francisco. Kelsey will be graduating from Union and will be working as a paralegal with an international law firm in New York City. Donald is a freshman in high school. I am still at The Albany Times Union. Donald and I just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.” CLASS OF 1974

Elizabeth Barth Harten: “I retired last September after 33 years of teaching and am enjoying my new lifestyle completely!” CLASS OF 1975 Martha Buyer: Martha, along with Ginny Schaefer Horvath, has been appointed to a three-year term on Sem’s Board of Trustees.


Virginia Schaefer Horvath: The following is from The Buffalo News of March 23, 2012.  “The No. 2 ranking official at Fredonia State College is being recommended as the school’s next president. Virginia Schaefer Horvath – an Amherst native serving as vice president of academic affairs at Fredonia – was tapped for the top job by State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher after a six-month search.” Horvath will take office July 1, becoming Fredonia’s first female president in the college’s 186-year history. CLASS OF 1976

Cathy Anderson Estes: On June 11, 2012, Cathy shared the following in an email to the Development Office: “I just found out I won the PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching). This is the highest award a mathematics teacher can earn. I really believe had I not attended Sem, I would not have gone into mathematics. I was allowed the opportunity to go into an area I loved without anyone making fun of me. I will be going to Washington, DC, at the end of June to receive my award.” CLASS OF 1978

Isabella Bannerman: “Hello to all 78ers – whom I have been keeping in touch with mostly through Facebook. Thank you, Cindy Pope. I have one kid in college and one in high school now, so my fond memories of Sem are being refreshed. For cartoons, go to facebook.com/thesixchix.” CLASS OF 1979

Gwendolyn Yates Whittle: Gwen was

dinner at Coles. CLASS OF 1988 Erin McHale: “Erin McHale and her husband Stephen Langton are proud to announce the birth of their son Brendan John Langton on April 15, 2012.” CLASS OF 1996

Carrie Lyons Auwarter: In April, the Sem community bid an emotional farewell to Director of Admissions Carrie Auwarter, who, after nine productive years of admissions work at her alma mater, began a new chapter in her career. Carrie is now the Student Services and Communications Coordinator at University at Buffalo Executive MBA Program.

Anne E. Villari: “I got married in Boston on April 21, 2012 to Dr. Jerry Lee. In June, after completing my psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, we will be living together in western Connecticut. I’ll be working for Norwalk Hospital, while Jerry will be at Danbury Radiological Associates.” CLASS OF 1998

Molly O’Connor Greene: Earlier this spring, Molly married Rob Greene, a history teacher at Nichols School. Molly is currently the acting chair of the Buffalo Seminary History Department as well as Dean of Faculty. CLASS OF 1999

the 2012 commencement speaker at the Academy of the Arts University in San Francisco and recipient of an honorary doctorate in the humanities. Her speech, the writing of which Gwen acknowledged was aided by her sister, Katherine Yates Edwinson ’78, encouraged graduates to be audacious in taking chances as they pursue their futures in the arts.

Lisa Game Pritchard: In late spring,

Gwen, a sound editor at Skywalker Sound has been twice nominated for the Academy Award in motion picture sound editing. She has worked on the production of over 100 films, including Titanic, Rio, Avatar, Toy Story 3, Mission: Impossible and Tron.

CLASS OF 2001

CLASS OF 1981 A group of classmates got together in June when Nancy Hart Terrell traveled from Nashville to Western New York to accept a posthumous award given to her late brother, attorney Charles Hart, recognized for his work on behalf of children.

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Nancy Moden Lambert, Anni O’Connor, Beth Davis, Amy Lucachik Carpenter and Gwen (Baggs) Ito joined Nancy, her daughter and Felicia Miller ’80 for a lively

Lisa was appointed chair of the Buffalo Seminary English Department.

Anna Van Valin: Congratulations to Anna, who completed a new film project, Take It Off. Written, produced and directed by women, the film is “an adorable, sexy comedy about that moment we all overshoot, with the best intentions.”

Ann O’Connor Zasowski: “My husband, Jonathan and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter. Ella Ann Zasowski was born on June 7, 2011, and was 6 lbs. 3 oz. and 19 inches long. She is doing great!” CLASS OF 2002 Lacy Ellinwood: Lacy was recently engaged to California native Christopher Stuart Rodgers. In addition to completing her Master’s in Library Science in 2008, Lacy will be finishing a second Master’s in Humanities from the University at Buffalo this summer where her thesis concentra-

tion is in the area of Film Studies. Lacy is contemplating pursuing a Ph.D. in cinema studies for the Fall of 2013 based on her recent conference presentation at SUNY Brockport, which was on the use of off-scene violence in the films of Austrian director Michael Haneke. CLASS OF 2004 Laura Ivins: “Hey, Sem! Thought I’d update you all about what sort of flim flammery I’ve been up to. I’ve been living in Vermont for eight years and am one year away from a Master’s in social work, and have been focusing on incarcerated populations and social justice. I’m also captain of my roller derby team, the Black Ice Brawlers, and have been MVP three times this year! I think Sem needs a jr. derby league! I promise I’ll visit soon.” CLASS OF 2005

Moira Giammaresi: Congratulations to Moira, who was promoted to Director of Admissions in May. She was previously Associate Director of Admissions, and traveled extensively on behalf of our residential recruiting efforts. CLASS OF 2006

Josiane Abou-Jaoude: Josiane AbouJaoude, PharmD. graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy on May 12, 2012.

Lauren Sacha: From Lauren’s parents, Mark and Lynn Sacha: “We are pleased to announce that our daughter, Lauren Sacha, graduated from St. John Fisher School of Pharmacy and was honored by Fisher for placing in the top ten at the annual national Clinical Skills Competition sponsored by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. Lauren has accepted a clinical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Two Sem classmates and friends, Eliane and Dr. Josiane Abou-Jaoude, joined us in Rochester for Lauren’s graduation ceremony and a celebratory dinner.” CLASS OF 2007 Emily Bollier: Emily’s mother reports the following: “Emily graduated from RIT in interior design and is now at OSU in Columbus as a graduate student in architecture. She is doing very well… quite a deliberate, focused young lady.” CLASS OF 2008 Morgan Gress: From the NJI Media website: Morgan Gress joins the team at NJI Media, an award-winning interactive agency that specializes in design, web development, multimedia production, SEO and online communications strategy.

“NJI continues to expand. This time, we welcome Morgan Gress. Morgan joins the Client Services team as a Junior Account Manager. A recent public communication graduate of American University, Morgan comes to us from an internship at Story Partners where she worked to improve online communications strategy based on specific client needs. A native of Buffalo, New York, Morgan loves skiing, chicken wings and hockey. We’re very excited to welcome Morgan to the NJI Media Warehouse, where she will be assisting in the Client Services shop, keeping our clients up to speed on the latest digital trends necessary to succeed in the online workplace. Morgan will also be working on besting the Treat Challenge record (/ the-ultimate-treat-challenge/).” CLASS OF 2009 Katherine Bollier: Kate’s mother reports the following: “Kate spent one year at OCAD in Toronto to study graphic design but decided to change her major and is now at Baldwin-Wallace just outside of Cleveland with a major in communications. She is trying to stay on track to graduate in four years. She is being very responsible and has done well academically.” CLASS OF 2010 Kelsey Shea: Kelsey is spending this summer at Yarmouk University in northern Jordan. She is taking two semesters of intensive Arabic through an immersion program arranged by her school, the University of Virginia. CLASS OF 2012 Jasmine Foster: From The Buffalo News, May 29, 2012: “Six local leaders to get NAACP honors June 10. Youth Award— Jasmine Foster, a school leader and community volunteer, is a 2012 graduate of Buffalo Seminary. She has volunteered more than 300 hours of service to the Boys & Girls Club of Western New York, the Independent Health Foundation and Hospice Buffalo. At school, she served as president of the science club, was a presenter at the University at Buffalo Step Day of Service and a student ambassador at the statewide step conference.”


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Save these dates! REUNION 2013 JUNE 7-8 REUNITING ALUMS FROM CLASS YEARS ENDING IN 3 AND 8

162nd COMMENCEMENT JUNE 11 CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2013

ON MAY 17, 2012, WE WELCOMED ROBERTA RICH ‘63, AUTHOR OF THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE, AS OUR 2012 HARRIET MCNULTY ADSIT ‘26 LECTURER. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ANNE LIPP FRANK ’63, ROBERTA RICH ’63, JEANETTE VELING HULTGREN-GECKLER ’63 & MARSHA FEINE BODINE ‘63

“We all have a bond that is threaded through each and every one of us.” ~Eliza Kaye ‘12, 2011-2012 SGA President, Farewell Speech

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