CLASS NOTES
54
SUMMER 2013 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
Rob has counseled numerous companies of
all market-cap sizes on a wide range of corpo-
rate and investor communications issues. He is a
member of the National Investor Relations Insti-
tute and serves on the boards of both its annual
conference committee and its Cleveland/North-
east Ohio chapter. He also serves on the board
of DANCECleveland, the country’s oldest dance
presentation organization.
I had a long phone conversation with
Brooke
Simon Candelaria
.
She lives in Houston, Texas,
with her husband, Greg, and enjoys taking advan-
tage of the diverse restaurants and art galleries in
the city. She has worked in public relations and
marketing, and recently has devoted a lot of time
to volunteering at a homeless shelter and with a
program that fights childhood obesity. She and
Greg love to travel, both around the U.S. and
abroad. Brooke and I were roommates during
the London Program in the fall of 1987; I’d love to
hear fromothers who participated in the program
with us.
Congratulations to
JenWhite Walden
for being
inducted into the St. Lawrence Athletics Hall of
Fame last November. A three-year captain of the
women’s swimteam, Jen’s impressive accomplish-
ments include earning All-America status as a
member of two relay teams in 1987, being named
a co-winner of the Outstanding Senior Athlete
Award and earning Outstanding Swimmer at the
NYSWCAA Championship in 1989. She was a high
scorer in the NYSWCAA meet as both a junior and
senior and set the state and St. Lawrence records
in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley; her 400 IM
record still stands. Jen works in human resources
at Prudential Financial and is active with her two
daughters’ Girl Scout troops and sports teams, as
well as St. Lawrence alumni committees. Jen also
served for several years as our class reporter.
The 1987 and 1988 men’s indoor and outdoor
track and field teams also were inducted. Team
members include
Mike Krause, Tony Bjork, Joe
Bjork, Jay Disotelle
and
Chris Morrison
(
de-
ceased). Congratulations to all, and if I have omit-
ted anyone, please let me know.
Jeff Yun ’88 stopped by for a quick visit in Febru-
ary while he was in Ohio on business. Jeff lives
in Naples, Fla., with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Rock ’88,
who recently opened her own medical practice,
and their two children, Elyse, 12, and Henry, 10.
1990
Lynne Gilbert Agoston ’90
11805
Farmland Drive
Rockville, Maryland
301-881-8331
Next Reunion: 25
th
, 2015
Brendan McLaughlin
met up with first-year
hallmate Dave Liddell ’89 in Steamboat, Col., and
made a few turns in the fresh powder. Brendan
also enjoyed attending the Pittsburgh alumni
event hosted by the Wean family and watched
the Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1.
Penguins Executive VP and General Manager Ray
Shero ’84 stopped in before the puck dropped.
In March,
Rob English, K.C. Swenson
,
Sara
Norman ’88 and Andy Smith ’91, along with four
other regulars, congregated in New York City for
their annual gathering to see The Allman Brothers
Band at the Beacon Theatre. For some of them, it
marked the fifth year in a row! Rob says he plans
to do some fishing in New Hampshire this sum-
mer with K.C.
Karyn Edwards Niles
escaped to Mexico in
February with
Ani Reed Walker
and Megan
Champney Meagher ’91. They took a spontane-
ous four-day trip to Playa Del Carmen.
I received a very quick note from
Will Avantag-
gio
stating that he has fallen in love and is pretty
happy about it. Perhaps Will can fill us in with
more details for the next issue!
1991
Ken Polk ’91
34
Rana Court
Williamsville NY 14221
716-830-6438 (
cell)
716-626-6120 (
work)
Fax: 716-626-6099
Next Reunion: 25
th
, 2016
In March, four St. Lawrence alumni were elected
as members of Kenya’s new National Assembly.
Kenneth Okoth ’01 and Lati Lelelit ’04 both won
their first elected posts in the Kenyan govern-
ment, while Francis Chachu Ganya ’96 and
Jo-
seph Lekuton
M’94 were re-elected. Lekuton, an
economics and government double major, has
served in Kenya’s government since 2007. There’s
a picture of the four of them on page 56.
In stateside news, Marty Birmingham ’89 was
named president and CEO of Financial Institu-
tions. Marty, who is married to
Jill Cattau Bir-
mingham
,
lives in Rochester, N.Y.
On campus, the big announcement came that
a new residence hall is going to be built on the
parking lot in front of the Noble Center, adding
150
or more beds. Ground was broken in the
spring, and the University looks to complete con-
struction by fall 2014.
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share with your classmates, please let me know.
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