Fall 2002 Magazine Archive & SearchMuhlenberg Home


page 20: ’40s - ’70s

page 21: ’80s - ’91

page 22: ’92 - ’96

page 23: mini-mules

page 24: ’97 - ’98

page 25: ’99 - ’00

page 26: ’01- ’02

page 27: special notices & memoriam


Kate Caldwell ’01 and
Jose Luis Riera ’99

| ’01 | Kevin Becker reports that he currently resides in Orlando, Fla., where he is a teacher at Mars Music Learning Center. He teaches beginning piano, voice, theory and percussion to students ranging in age from 6 to 32 years old. Kevin has been keeping busy outside of work as well. He premiered a collaborative performance art musical, “Hidden Mandala,” at Rollins College in April and at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May. Kevin wrote the score for the musical, which explores the infinite questions and nature of the human subconscious. The script of “Hidden Mandala” was written by Anna DeMers. The score Kevin wrote was composed for a small ensemble of marimba, vibraphone, flute and auxiliary percussion, which included typewriter, rainstick, windchimes and bell chime. This ensemble helped create the atmosphere of the subconscious. The show received good reviews from the “Orlando Sentinel” and the “Orlando Weekly.” Kevin says “working in close collaboration with Ms. DeMers has strengthened my love for the marriage of music and words. Currently, I have started composing other new collaborative works ranging from multimedia pieces to an operetta based on a short story.” Kate Caldwell and Jose Luis Riera ’99 were married on March 8, 2002 at the Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia. Many Muhlenberg students and alums were in attendance including: Chris ’99 and Rachel Notte ’99, Jeff Bauerlein ’99, Chris Roberti ’02, Dennis Slade ’99 and Joe Couchara ’99. Kate and Jose went to Williamsburg, Va., for their honeymoon. Carin Geisz is scheduled to graduate in December 2002 from Rutgers University with a master’s degree in library and information science. Carin then plans to travel to Mali in western Africa for missionary work. Stephanie (Thorpe) Holbus was married to Ben Holbus on May 25, 2002, in Vestal, N.Y. Stephanie is finishing her master’s of science in education in social studies and expects to graduate in December 2002. Ben is training to be a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy at Pensacola, Fla. Alumni in attendance at the wedding included: Jessie Pepper, Jo Buckley, Johanna Dunkel, Mark Millan, Debbie Brown and Allison Curd. Ryan Hutchins is an algebra and Spanish teacher and head wrestling coach at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. Marianne Koiva is currently employed at Corporate Translations Incorporated, a pharmaceutical translation company located in Mansfield, Conn. As an assistant project manager in the editorial department, Marianne edits pharmaceutical and legal journals. She lives in Tolland, Conn. Ainsley Lamberton was recently hired as assistant director of development for LifePath, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people with developmental disabilities. She will work out of LifePath’s Bethlehem, Pa., office. Prior to taking this position, Ainsley was employed with Susan Williams & Associates, a public relations firm in Allentown, Pa. She lives in Easton, Pa. Hilary Odom is a graduate associate at Hill College House at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is working toward her M.S. Ed. in Secondary English Education. Hilary lives in Philadelphia.

Stephanie (Thorpe) Holbus ’01 and husband Ben Holbus
| ’02 | Joy Chen reports that she is currently enrolled as a medical student at Jefferson Medical College. She lives in Philadelphia. Daniel D. Gill is embarking on an adventure. He sends the following news: “I was hired to come aboard Eckerd Youth Alternatives exactly one week after graduation. My stay in Exeter, R.I., will last about two years, where I will live in the woods, without electricity, in a cabin I helped to build. With Eckerd, I will serve as a wilderness youth counselor and will be supervising the recovery efforts of emotionally troubled adolescent males. All of this comes after a month-long training program (called Catatogas) in North Carolina.” Kelly Anne Robertson has exciting professional news. She writes: “For the 2002-03 school year, I will be teaching first grade in my hometown elementary school. Hope that all is well at MC and I send my best to all!” Kelly lives in Eldred, N.Y. Elias Saratovsky is currently living in Arlington, Va., and is the political affairs assistant at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C.


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