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Alumni Accomplishments

Tom French ’85,
a junior high teacher in Potsdam, N.Y., gained some media attention for himself and his students when they created public service announcements about issues such as cyber-bullying and recycling.

Trudy Hall '77, head of the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., has been included in the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) Alumni Hall of Distinction for 2009. She and 20 other graduates of independent colleges and universities throughout New York were honored at a ceremony and Legislative reception on March 2 in Albany. “The 2009 Alumni Hall focuses on inspirational elementary school educators and school leaders (principals, superintendents and school business officers) who bring attention to the pivotal role that private colleges and universities play in preparing New York State's teachers, educating students at all levels, and administering essential school programs,” according to a CICU statement. Hall, who holds a master's degree from Harvard, comes from a long line of Laurentian.

When Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren ’71, left, visited the Adirondack Semester last fall to perform and talk about regional folkways, he gave Arla Casselman ’11, Brunswick, Me., some guitar tips.
Credit: Katrina DeVore ’10

Trustee Derrick Pitts '78 was been featured in a number of major news outlets in the spring, discussing a telescope that was used by Galileo, on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where Pitts is chief astronomer. The featured piece in an exhibition called "Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy," the telescope will be at the Franklin Institute through September, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. It is the first time that the instrument has been allowed out of Italy. Pitts was interviewed and quoted for stories in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as National Public Radio and "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Mass., has named Christopher Ritter ’72 vice president for marketing and communications following a national search. Ritter leads a division of 20 professionals in marketing, public relations, publications and the campus Web site.  He will play a key role in shaping the public presentation of the university’s next capital campaign, and in the general promotion of the WPI’s qualities and distinguishing characteristics. He has more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience, most recently as the chief marketing and communications officer for Binghamton University in New York.  Previously, he was the first director of university marketing at Clarkson.  He also spent 19 years at Eric Mower and Associates, Inc., a marketing and communications firm based in Syracuse, N.Y., rising from copywriter to partner.

Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr. ’73, recently promoted to deputy commanding general, Department of Interior Affairs, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, was previously commanding general of the Military District of Washington, D.C.  In that capacity he was responsible for representing the military tradition at the White House, on military installations and at Arlington National Cemetery, where he is pictured, above, escorting two Medal of Honor recipients and President Barack Obama at a wreath-laying ceremony. In January, as head of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, he was responsible for military security for the inauguration of President Obama.
Credit: Caroline Bridges

Carol York ’75
, of Hood River, Ore., was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Adventure Cycling Association, based in Missoula, Mont.  She serves on many regional boards and committees, and was a Hood River County commissioner for 10 years. She and her husband recently sold their publishing company, and plan to take up travel writing. A skier, hiker, sea kayaker, hammered dulcimer player and cook, she has cycled in Europe, South Africa, China and Canada as well as the Pacific Northwest (she is pictured with Mt. Hood in the background).

Bill Torrey ’57 was honored at the National Hockey League’s general managers’ annual meeting in Naples, Fla., in March.  The group recognizes a former league or club executive each year, and Bill was lauded for his many years of service in multiple capacities.  Bill was general manager of the New York Islanders when they won four straight Stanley Cups some years ago, and was instrumental in bringing hockey, in the form of the Florida Panthers franchise, to that part of the country.

Krokidas & Bluestein LLP, a Boston-based law firm, announces that Attorney Vincent Pisegna ’76 was named a “BTI Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group, Inc. According to BTI, the recognition went to a select group of 176 attorneys around the country “who deliver the absolute best client service to Fortune 1000 clients.”  Vince has developed a diverse civil litigation practice in state and federal courts as the firm’s senior trial attorney.  He earned his law degree at Northeastern University School of Law Among many public service activities, he incorporated and has served on the Board of Directors of The Kids Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting pediatric patients at Boston Medical Center.  He lives in Lexington, Mass., with his wife, 2008 Alumni Citation recipient Barbara “Bobbi” Philipp ’75, and their three children.

Bill Sauter ’77, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Okatie, S.C., has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, the Jones Financial Companies. He was one of 25 individuals chosen from more than 36,000 associates across the globe to join the firm’s 310 principals. In addition to his economics degree, Bill holds the AAMS, CRPC and CFP professional designations. Bill joined Edward Jones in 1994 and was named a regional leader in 2006; the company ranked second on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for, 2009” and is headquartered in St. Louis.

Diana K. Lloyd ’84 has been named co-chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.  She is a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston and is a1989 graduate of New York University School of Law. The Phi Beta Kappa Laurentian lives in Sharon, Mass., wither husband, Jordan Hershman, and their two children.

John Marshall ’92, a commercial real estate professional, has been named senior director of  commercial brokerage for Cushman & Wakefield of Florida. He is co-manager of the firm’s Miami tenant advisory team, helping oversee the creation and implementation of cost-saving real estate strategies for a diverse roster of clients. He has worked in south Florida commercial real estate for over 15 years. An economics major, he is pursuing the Master of Corporate Real Estate designation, which recognizes expertise and professionalism in the commercial real estate sector.  Outside of his career, John has competed in six Ironman triathlons, including the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Andrew A. Taylor ’95, founder, president and CEO of Learner First, was given a Shaker Award by the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce in March.  The award recognizes 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated a commitment in shaping their region and making it a better place to live for everyone.  Learner First utilizes 21st-century learning tools to provide free tutoring to over 1500 low-income students throughout New York State.  It has over 50 employees. He’s also a national education consultant and presenter and a New York State Model Schools and Distance Learning Program coordinator. He implemented one of New York State's first online high school distance learning programs and oversees a regional Title IID literacy grant.  He is a Doctor of Educational Leadership candidate at Sage College.  He lives in Kingston, N.Y., with his wife, Alyssa, and three daughters. 

Tayt Brooks ’97 has been named deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs.  Before accepting this position, Tayt, a native Vermonter, served as the executive director for the Vermont Republican Party. Prior to that, he spent five years as the government affairs director for the Home Builders’ & Remodelers’ Association of Northern Vermont.  The announcement identified him as “a longtime advocate for the home construction industry.”  He majored in history and minored in Canadian studies at St. Lawrence.
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