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Last January Barbara Bornmann ’95 started work as the supervising activities therapist in the in-patient child psychiatric unit at NYCs Elmhurst Hospital. In the spring she chaired the Creative Arts Therapy Festival of Brooklyn, sponsored by the Department of Mental Health. Barbara is continuing her studies in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Rick Rantz ’98 had an article on “Leading Urban Institutions of Higher Education in the New Millennium” published in a recent issue of the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal. The study investigated the roles that public-sector college and university presidents will be expected to play in the twenty-first century and identified those experiences that can help prepare individuals to assume those roles.

Randy Ortiz ’98 is serving as director of administrative studies as St. Johns University while pursing his Ph.D at Fordham. He also consults for the NYC Department of Education on immigrant family issues and is involved with an agency that received a grant from FEMA to study stress and anxiety in early childhood. This grant was a direct result of the events of 9/11.

Khalil Sakalla ’98 recently defended his dissertation and will begin a one-year internship at the Gainesville VA in Florida.

Sandra Giovanna Giacomazzi ’00 teaches law and economics at the Liceo Europeo Umberto I, in Turin, Italy. Besides keeping up with her column, “Overseas Perspectives,” for the American papers, she has become a regular editorialist for the Roman daily, LOpinione della Liberte. She has also contributed articles to other Italian journals. Last November she received the Mario Soldati prize for journalism and criticism. In January she took on a student from the UWW program at Skidmore College, Michele Pollock, who is doing a course with her in Contemporary Italian Politics.

Pernille Dake ’02, a graduate in arts advocacy, is involved in a traveling art show of her own work, covering regional museums in South Carolina. This project is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In New York Miki Huber ’03 has joined the Black Moon Theatre Company, an experimental off-Broadway company.


Gordon Waldhausen ’98 oversees special projects as the business manager of On Q Technologies.

Annie Taylor Mecca ’99 was named campus director of the Connecticut Schools of Broadcasting in Stratford, after teaching there for over 19 years. A 23-year broadcast veteran, Annie is founder of Mecca Media and a cable-TV ACE Award winner.

Tobey Gifford ’99 has been hired as superintendent of the Recreation Department in Glens Falls, NY.

Elizabeth Peabody ’01 is pursuing an MSW at Fordham University.

Sydney Reynolds-Raniere ’01 graduated from Fordham University with a masters in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. She works for Project NYCope, funded by Project Liberty and FEMA, as an outreach counselor to assist 9/11 survivors. She is also a chaplain intern at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Vanessa Wales ’01 was married to Simon Moore on July 19 in NYC, where she teaches yoga and her husband is a producer for The Abrams Report, a daily news program about the law on MSNBC.

Geneva Long ’02, who received her bachelors degree at the age of 96, was featured on Albanys PBS television station in the series It’s An Age Thing: Positive Strategies for Better Living Longer on May 28. The segment was aired nationally on PBS in June and hosted by NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg.

Amber Love ’03 authored a chapter for a collection of essays called Side by Side: On Having a Gay Sibling, edited by Andrew Gottlieb.


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