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Following graduation from Seton Hall Law School this summer, Adam Stein is preparing to take the New Jersey and New York bar examinations. Meanwhile, he continues training for regional bodybuilding competitions, with hopes of eventually competing internationally.
Mike Meguerdichian is a third-year medical student at Tufts in Boston. He is considering the field of emergency medicine and may relocate to NYC.
After working on the Kerry-Edwards campaign in New Hampshire, Caren Arbeit and her partner drove cross-country. Caren now lives in Berkeley, CA, where she is a research associate studying education reform for a San Francisco-based nonprofit.
After earning a master’s in education from Harvard, Jeffrey Smith accepted a job as dean of students at the Doane Stuart School, a private school in Albany, NY, where he has taught French and directed the campus ministry program for the past two years.
Floryn Glass left the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY, to join the company of Bigfork (MT) Summer Playhouse, where she performed the role of Velma in Chicago and Rosemary in Bullshot Crummond. Floryn remains close to Bryn Mars, who drove cross-country with her to Bigfork.
Justin Graeber was a finalist in this year’s New England Press Association newspaper contest, in the business writing category. He is news editor for the Hanson and Whitman Express, a pair of local weeklies near Boston. The Express publisher is fellow Skidmore alum Josh Cutler ’94.
Roommates Alison Pruchansky and Bryn Mars have spent the past few years living and working in Washington, DC. Bryn is a personal trainer at the Washington Sports Club and a marathon runner. Alison is completing a master’s in interior design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design; meanwhile, she juggles homework, a waitress job, selling her paintings, and hanging out with her roomie and a host of other DC-area alumni. The “courageous duo” spent New Year’s Eve “protecting the city from being terrorized” by visitors Matt Christie and Ross Gortner.
Meeting one of the biggest challenges of her life in April, Heather Martin completed the Boston marathon in five hours, eight minutes, and eighteen seconds. Sponsored by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Heather raised $11,000 for early-stage cancer research. The run was a tribute to her father, who passed away earlier this year after a difficult battle with colon cancer. Heather invites friends to share their own inspirational stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Tiede is a second-year student in Drexel University’s physician-assistant program in Philadelphia. He lives in Devon, PA, and commutes to NYC on weekends to see girlfriend Jill Gadkowski ’04.
Molly Varecka graduated from New York Law School in May and is spending the summer studying for the bar exam. In NYC she lives with Nicole Brink, an accountant at the Jockey Club.
Joshua Bender has spent the past year living in Dongying, China, where he teaches English at the University of Petroleum with Kamaya Prince ’04, Leigh Feldman ’04, and Ariel Magnes ’04. Living in Dongying is “like living in the Wild West without much of the wild,” he observes.
Mike Ormsbee graduated with a master’s in exercise physiology and sports nutrition from South Dakota State University in April. He has accepted a graduate fellowship at East Carolina University’s PhD program in bioenergetics in Greenville, NC.
Jessica Hubbard completed a master’s in quantitative social-science research from Columbia University. She is testing movie advertising effectiveness on primetime television in NYC, where she lives with Tamara Wilder.