I ran into
Jacob Birchard
here in D.C. He
works in Bethesda, Md., at Abt Associates. He is
helping with the design and startup of several
health insurance pilots in Lagos, Nigeria.
Alexander Fisher
checks in from Ann Arbor,
Mich. He is in the third year of his doctoral
program in applied physics at the University of
Michigan. After one more year, he will have his
master’s in electrical engineering with a focus in
optics. He had an internship at a local company
called Picometrix, which produces high-speed
optical receivers and commercially available
terahertz instrumentation. He said that he is also
starting an interesting project funded by the Air
Force, relating to wireless power transfer and col-
lecting solar energy.
More than 100 Beta alums were on campus last
fall for a reunion.
John Pontius, Sam Ramus,
Trevor Garlock
Zach Slater
were there.
The reunion allowed Betas, past and present, to
reunite, share stories and reminisce about good
times at St. Lawrence.
Don’t forget to keep sending me information
and updates so we can share themwith our class!
Beth Spadaccini ’11
PO Box 49
Waddington NY 13694
Next Reunion: 5
, 2017 (
cluster with ’12, ’13)
Lots of exciting news! In September I went to
an SLU alumni event at City Beer Hall in Albany
and ran into a few of our classmates. First of all,
congratulations to
Haley Feickert
who hosted
the event, on being named assistant director for
event planning in St. Lawrence’s Office of An-
nual Giving and Laurentian Engagement!
also joined the St. Lawrence staff in the
summer of 2012, as one of the new assistant
directors of admissions, after having previously
served as an admissions summer intern.
Here’s some of the news I picked up at the
Audrey Wallace
started a job as an ad-
missions officer at the Emma Willard School in
Troy, N.Y., in September.
Shannon Hughes
also in Troy, working at The Sage Colleges as the
advancement information specialist in the Office
of Institutional Advancement.
And I’m happy to announce that in August 2012
I also relocated to Troy, N.Y. I was named assistant
to the commissioner of the Liberty League, which
sponsors all Division III sports at St. Lawrence.
I also received an update from my former Ford
College FYP-mate
Yessenia Chimelis
about her
new job as deputy director of Project Redirect,
an alternative sentencing program for gang
participants that is under the Kings County
Office of the District Attorney. (Kings County is
Brooklyn, N.Y.) Through partnering with faith-
based, governmental and private organizations,
Project Redirect helps individuals who were in
gangs get off the street and into internships,
college and much more.
Another former Ford College member,
Dubay Clark,
and husband David welcomed
their first child, a daughter, Bianca Bonnie, on July
24, 2012.
Congratulations to Kasey and David!
Best of luck to everyone in their new adven-
tures! Please keep sending me your updates.
I can be reached via email (see above) or Face-
book, or follow me on Twitter @spadaccinib!
Lauren Liebhaber ’12
Fountain Street
Clinton, NY 13323
315-527-8452 (
Next Reunion: 5
, 2017 (
cluster with ’11, ’13)
Peter Harrison
writes that he accepted a posi-
tion at EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, Mass., as a
content analyst for a division of the company
called DynaMed, and
Lettie Stratton
is an assis-
tant editor with a publishing house near Burling-
ton, Vt. They both credit their internships in the
communications office on campus with helping
them land their jobs.
Class of 2012 – please don’t be shy about shar-
ing your personal or professional successes! If you
have updates which you would like to see in the
Class Notes section of the alumni magazine, con-
tact me (see above) and I will include them in the
next issue’s write-up. I wish you all continued suc-
cess and I look forward to hearing from you.
Graduate Programs
Gary E. Krolikowski M’77
Lakeshore Drive
Castile, NY 14427
Please share your information with me as gradu-
ate reporter; the master’s program has produced
so many positive contributors. In Rochester, a
woman recognized me from the master’s pro-
gram; we had gone to school together. She told
me a quick story about being out in a boat on the
St. Lawrence River with“Gunner”(Prof. Hugh Gun-
nison ’52), but before I could ask her name she
was off in her car. I keep SLU stickers on my car
and periodically on the expressways I get beeps
and waves from other Laurentians. So please put
that enthusiasm into sending me your news.
I was honored last June; I am a brittle diabetic,
and friends from Rochester formed a bicycling
team for the “Tour de Cure” sponsored by the
American Diabetes Association. Every year I host
a party where I make and serve Polish stuffed
cabbages (golobki in Polish). So they called them-
selves “Team Golobki” and raised over $2500 for
the cause. I was very flattered.
I continue to do some part-time work for Em-
pire State College and serve on editorial boards
for McGraw-Hill. I was 24 when I earned my mas-
ter’s at St. Lawrence, 54 when I finished my Mas-
ter of Arts in psychology and 59 when I complet-
ed my Ph.D. Next summer I will be taking a few
graduate courses at Liberty University. Learning
stays with you.
Many Laurentians volunteer for the Pan Mass Challenge, the largest fundraiser for the Dana
Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The annual bike-a-thon, which is said to raise more money for
charity than any other single event in the country, runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts.
Volunteers may ride or assist with logistics. Young Laurentians who volunteered for the August
event included, from left,
Amanda Chase ‘12, Jack Nuland ‘13, Peter Child ‘12, Elizabeth
T. “Betsy” Lucas ‘12, Alison Limoncelli ‘12, Peter Carpenter ‘12, Louise “Lou Lou”Wheeler ‘12
Kirsten Newton ‘12
Missing from picture is
Mark Armstrong ‘12
Many of these Laurentians
volunteered while students, and have continued as alumni. Amanda Chase is a 15-year volunteer
and has ridden for seven years.