Summer 2003 Magazine Archive & SearchMuhlenberg Home


page 21: ’50 - ’59

page 22: ’60 - ’72

page 23: ’74 - ’87

page 24: ’88 - ’93

page 25: ’94 - ’98

page 26: ’99


page 27: ’00 - ’01

page 28: mini-mules ’82 - ’90

page 29: mini-mules ’91 - ’01

page 30: ’02 -’03

page 31: in memoriam

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| ’02 | Christina Castagna lives in Philadelphia with Liz Kostelnick. She works at Commerce Bank in the commercial loan department with fellow ’Berg alum Matt Skilton ’00. Christina is taking grad school classes at DeSales University, and is thinking of transferring to St.Joe’s or Villanova. In October 2002, Dena Diperstein joined the national tour of “Dragon Tales Live” as a dancer. A live show based on a PBS cartoon, “Dragon Tales Live” is produced by VEE Entertainment Corp, the company that produces “Sesame Street Live.” Dena has toured much of the west coast, Canada and the east coast. Nadine Gorelik is beginning her second year at Columbia University, working toward an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing. “Missing Muhlenberg immensely, as always – the professors whose influence on my thinking was positively radical,” she writes. “In this way, Muhlenberg was the best experience of my life. I wish I hadn’t had to graduate!” Saraswati Iobst plans to begin medical school at the University of Pennsylvania this fall. Ryan Kerian is beginning his first year as a Distinguished Scholar at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Heather Miller, a math specialist teaching in Hanover County, Va., was named “Beginning Teacher of the Year” in her building. On July 9, 2003, Elizabeth Phillips was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. Currently, she is serving a tour of duty in Alameda, Calif., at the Pacific Area Intelligence Division. Adam Pollack has been promoted to the position of coordinator of community outreach at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He coordinates and implements all of the community outreach initiatives for the undergraduate and four graduate-level schools. Courtney Reilly writes that she and David Quackenbush are engaged and very happy! An August 2004 wedding is planned, with Kristy Saile and Kate Vivinetto ’01 in the wedding party. Courtney is a third-grade teacher in Kinnelon, N.J. Greg Rhodes is finishing up his master’s in public administration at NYU while also working full-time for Health Plus, a non-profit health plan. At press time, he planned to speak at a professional conference in San Francisco this fall. Katie Schaffer sends this update: “I recently moved to Boston and am having a great time. I am catching lots of great shows and concerts like 98 Degrees and Jessica Simpson. I recently went to L.A. to try out for “The Bachelor” and “Blind Date” – I am crossing my fingers and waiting to hear from the shows’ producers!” Kate Schooley has been accepted into Temple University’s master of science program in speech pathology and plans to move to Philadelphia to continue her studies. Kate Stampler is enrolled in the D.O. Class of 2003 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Christopher Titze is a candidate for a master of urban planning degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Katelyn Torpey spent the summer working as a summer associate for Friedland, Laifer & Robbins in Manhattan, after completing her first year at New York Law School.

Maria Poluka ’03 and A.J. Serina ’95.
| ’03 | Ari Abramson sends this news: “Began working on June 2 for Legg Mason’s subsidiary Asset Management Technology Solutions as an application support analyst in Baltimore. AMTS provides consulting services exclusively to the investment management industry. After working in the ‘real world,’ it really makes your appreciate life at Muhlenberg. Advice for undergraduates is to enjoy your time and independence. Best of luck to my classmates!” Jeff Baird has taken a position at Phi Kappa Tau national headquarters in Oxford, Ohio. He will edit all the fraternity’s publications, including The Laurel, the organization’s national magazine (circulation about 55,000). Stacey Gordon sends this update: “I am finally following in the footsteps of those educators who have inspired me throughout my own educational career. I am finally living my dream of touching lives. I am a TEACHER!” Stacey is a sixth-grade teacher in Oradell, N.J. Sarah E. Hollenbach and Mitchell J. Keating were married over the summer. The Keatings live in Hatfield, Pa. Sarah Kersh lives in Whitehall, Pa., where she is a prevention education specialist for the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley. Jennifer Leigh sends this news: “I just landed a full-time job working at the Link Agency, a fully-integrated marketing firm in Providence, R.I. I work with a wonderful team who are helping me grow as a person and as a professional. Living out my dream of succeeding in the advertising industry!” Maria Poluka and A.J. Serina ’95 are pleased to announce their engagement. Maria writes that they are extremely happy and very excited, and are planning a May 2004 wedding. Maria is an English teacher in the Parkland School District in the Allentown area. A.J. is an assistant district attorney in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa. Brian Talbott, a communications associate for the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pa., writes that he became engaged to Christine Repsher on August 23, 2003.


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