NYSC Alumni Association
Spring/Summer 1996 Newsletter
The third annual NYSCAA Reunion/Business meeting will be held in Chicago
from Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18 at the Hampton Inn/O'Hare.
"Official" events are planned for Friday and Saturday.
The tentative agenda for the weekend is:
- Thursday evening - Fly/dirve/bus/walk/crawl into Chicago. Random
get-togethers, pool party(?), dinner on your own.
- Friday morning - Business meeting - brainstorming and committee
- Friday afternoon - Lunch on your own in groups. Travel downtown,
possible stops: Museum of Science and Industry (cool Jurassic Park
exhibit), the Field Museum (Natural History), the Adler Planetarium,
the Aquarium (with 200 people, we can "sleep with the fishes"),
the Art Institute (fantastic China exhibit from Taiwan).
- Friday evening - Dinner on your own in groups. Suggestions:
Chinatown? Steakhouse? Trip to blues/jazz club? Return to Hampton Inn
in evening for talking, singing, etc.
- Saturday morning - General business meeting - elections, voting
on future meetings, goals, etc.
- Saturday afternoon - Lunch on your own in groups. Free time
for things you didn't get to do on Friday.
- Saturday evening - NYSCAA Dinner (included with registration).
- Sunday morning - Goodbye breakfast and then...
Whatever. Go home. Or stay in Chicago; it's a great place for a
The Reunion site is the Hampton Inn/O'Hare. Rooom prices are $71 for a
single and $77 for a double/triple/quad. Smoking and non-smoking rooms
are available., and there is a nice outdoor pool. The hotel is 2.5 miles
from O'Hare Airport/terminur of the "el" (the elevated train), about 25
minutes from downtown. El fare is approx. $1.50. There is a free shuttle
which runs frequently between the hotel/airport. (If you will have a car
and are willing to serve as "back-up" shuttle service, please
let us know.)
If you fly into Midway airport, you will need to
- Have a rental car
- Get a ride with someone (volunteers?)
- Take the train downtown; transfer to another; go to O'Hare; shuttle
- Taxi (quite expensive, maybe $35-40 one way)
- Bus (highly unrecommeded)
We have "reserved" 25 rooms, which the hotel will hold
through July 24. If we need more, we can get them, but WE NEED TO
DO THIS ASAP. PLEASE, if you know you're coming, make your reservations
right away so we don't run out of rooms. Summer in Chicago is very busy,
and the Democratic Nat'l Convention is less than two weeks later. Rooms
will be hard/impossible to find if you don't book early.
The hotel will not do this. You will need to find roommates in advance;
if you can't scare some up, or have no friends, we graciously volunteer
to try to help. Naturally, first come, first served. if experience
from previous reunions is any guide, people desireing to be matched with
roommates will do well to contact us sooner rather than later. We'll
attempt to honor preferences, but no guarantees. Neither NYSC nor we
will handle any money or confirm the matches; you will need to do this
after we provide the names/phone #'s. Please use email, if possible.
We would like to use email for frequent updates (maybe twice weekly) on
the status of the reunion, including lists of registered attendees. In
the past, several people have told us that they would have gone to a
reunion, had they only known that their friend, XXXXX, was there. If you
only want a couple of emails, with the most important info, also please
advise. Send email to
Win Schaeffer (KY76) and Carrie Rinker-Schaeffer (OH82)
5608 South Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Please feel free to email, write, or call us with suggestions. We
hope to see you in Chicago this summer.
P.S. For those of you who are single and looking, please be aware
that we met at the 1983 reunion.
Following in the tradition established last year, we're ready for our second
national NYSCAA elections. This year's candidates are all excellent; we're lucky
to have such a great pool of alumni to choose from. However, you'll notice that
there is only one name beside each slated office, reflecting our difficutly in
finding people to run for office. In fact, we're still looking for someone to
fill the position of secretary. (See "Candidate for Secretary" below
to find out how to volunteer for this job, if you are interested.) As you read
the position descriptions, we hope you'll think about how you might fill one of these
roles in the future.
- President-elect -
The president coordinates all NYSCAA activities. President is a 3-year term; the
first year as president-elect (liaison to the alumni), the second year as President (liaison to the NYSF) and
the third year as past-president (liaison to the NYSC Director). The president may
not serve consecutive terms.
- Secretary -
The secretary serves a 1-year term and is responsible for taking minutes at
annual business and BOA meetings, producing the NYSCAA newsletters, and
producing and receiving any other official correspondence. The secretary
may serve consecutive terms.
- Treasurer -
The treasurer serves a 1-year term and is responsible for the collection and
disbursement of all NYSCAA monies, establishing a proposed budget, and providing
annual financial reports to the NYSCAA. The treasurer may serve consecutive
The President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer must be dues-paying, delegate-alumni.
- Board of Advisors (BOA) (2 Open Positions) -
Members of the BOA serve a 3-year term and are responsible for setting
NYSCAA policy and advising the executive officers. BOA shall meet at
least once a year prior to the annual Business Meeting. BOA members may
not serve consecutive terms. BOA members must be dues-paying NYSCAA
Please see the ballot for information on how to cast your votes. [Sent
via postal mail. --Ed]
CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
Catherine L. Perry
Delegate year: SD 87; Stap year(s): 88
Hi, I'm back! Ready to try again for the position of President-elect.
Quite a few things have changed since last year, ultimately leading to
me having more free time to do grat things for the NYSCAA.
I was a camper in the green hills of West Virginia in 1987, coming from
the Black Hills of South Dakota. I returned to West Virginia in 1988 as a
counselor, happily leading troops on the North Fork H*ll Hike, not just once, but twice. Camp was a
great place with a great group of people, and the NYSCAA is really a wonderful
way to try and keep those Camp connections alive.
Beyond camp, I received my BA in Chemistry from Oberlin College. I'm
right in the middle of finishing my Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford
University. Time to enter the real world, so, I will be working as a
Product Applications Engineer at Tencor Instruments out here in sunny
My goals for the NYSCAA are pretty simple... increase the number of
regional activities that occur, especially out here on the West Coast
far away from WV. I'd also like to really get started on that NYSCAA
home page on the World Wide Web. And, I'd like to hear other alum's
ideas and spend some of my new found extra energy and extree free time
doing what I can for the NYSCAA!!
CANDIDATE FOR SECRETARY
At press time, we had not yet found a candidate for this position. If
you are interested in this office or know of someone who might be,
please contact Michelle Clauson SD85 at 703-573-7910 or email@example.com.
CANDIDATE FOR TREASURER
Delegate year: KY 82; Staph year(s): 84
After "graduating" from NYSC in 1982 (as a Kentucky delegate),
I was fortunate enough to make a return visit on staph in 1984. I was
also unfortunate enough to dislocate my knee three days after Camp
started, prompting an early return to my Old Kentucky Home. That
taught me never to mess with the frisbee fields of Pocahontas County!
Since earning my M.A. in Economics in 1988 from the University of
Kentucky, I have been employed in a variety of aviation-related
capacities; first with an Air Force contractor, then with British
Aerospace, and now (for all of three weeks!) with United Airlines
here in Chicago. My wife, Catherine, has worked in the health
communications field for several years and has recently found a new
position in "Chicagoland."
Both of us enjoy hiking and traveling, activities which our free
flight privileges on United should enable us to pursue more
readily. I began to work with Lisa Crabill last year, familiarizing
myself with the roles and responsibilities of the NYSCAA treasurer,
and I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve in that
capacity in 1996 and 1997.
CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF ADVISORS
Delegate year: WV 69
I found Science Camp to be a life-changing experience with lessons and
friendships I will never forget. The Alumni Association keeps those
cross-country and cross-discipline ties alive, and adds a new dimension of
time, as we meet Campers who went bfore, and the new minds shpaed by
experiences at Camp Pocahontas in the following years. In case current members
of NYSCAA want to know about my life outside the Association, five years ago
I settled in western Pennsylvania, after living in Ohio and north central
West Virginia. Family life, folk guitar and putting microcomputers to
practical use are my main interests outside of my career in patient care
The direction I believe our alumni organization should steer toward includes
helping Science Camp Alumni get together with people from diverse parts of
the country; by contact in person and via communications media, alumni can
discover those fellow Campers and Staph with whom they have that distinctive
NYSCAA kinship. A major objective of the Board and officers should be to
facilitate their time together, sharing intellectual and recreational
opportunities. At this point I have a substantial stake in showing that the
new governance system ratified in 1995 can make NYSCAA a more viable and
responsive organization, because of my participation in several incarnations
of the bylaws committees that forged the revised Constitution. You people
are special to me, and if it takes time and toil on my part so we can continue
to get together, and to make the spirit of Camp last year after year, well, the
fact is, I am willing to put in the effort to make NYSCAA function, and
hopefully function effectively.
Julie A. Robinson
Delegate year: ID 85; Staph year(s): 88
The strength of the NYSC Alumni Association rests in its ability to
link alumni from different years by common career interests, personal
interests, or geographic location. I believe that the organization
can play a critical and lifelong role by providing a mentoring and
information network that will benefit us all. Current efforts to
develop and maintain a database on former campers will be of
particular use to members as they make academic or other career
decisions, or to relocate across the country. Interactions within
the group can provide forums for discussion of such issues as
selecting locations for graduate study, balancing career and
family, difficulties of two-career couples, or challenges particular
to men or women in science.
After my experience as a delegate from Idaho in 1985, I had a strong
desire for continued involvement with NYSC and served on Staph in 1988.
I received bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Utah State
University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Biology from the University of Nevado, Reno in 1996. I am currently a
postdoctoral researcher in the Biology Department at the University of
Houston. Although my first love is research, I feel very strongly that
the greatest achievements made by most scientists are not through their
own research, but through the discoveries of the students and young
scientists whom they serve as mentors. The NYSC Alumni Association has
a powerful potential to guide NYSC programs as well as facilitate the
careers of NYSC alumns at all stages of development. I would relish the
chance to play an active role in these processes by serving on the Board
Once again, we have lots of news to share with you regarding your fellow
Science Camp alumns. If you have news to share, please send mail to
NYSC Alumni Association
PO Box 75373
Town Center Station
Charleston, WV 25375
or drop us a note via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And while you're at it, why not drop a line or pick up the
phone and contact that long-lost Science Camp friend to catch up? If you're looking
for someone, we can probaby help you find them--just send us a note or email!
- Anita Riddle (AZ80), a senior process engineer at Mobil Oil
Corporation in Beaumont, TX to Steven P. Schmidt on 11/11/95. Anita is
also completing her PhD in chemical engineering at Lamar University.
- Ian Dunn (OR88) and Karen O'Brien (MA87) on 6/15/96.
Karen recently completed her MD at Georgetown University and will be
doing a residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Ian is completing his PhD in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins
- Paul Chen (IL88) to Linh Le on 4/28/96. Both recently finished
their MD's at Harvard University Medical School, and Paul will be
starting his ophthalmology residency at UC-San Francisco in July.
- Bruce Panilaitis (CT90) and Susan Benson will be married on
8/3/96. Bruce is working on his PhD in biology at Tufts.
- Thomas Ho (HI66) and wife Laura Loh had their first child,
daughter Tabitha on 11/22/95.
- Steve Lackey (MO74) and wife Laura Elizabeth Bingaman had
their first child, Elizabeth Anne on 7/27/95. Steve is an assistant
medical director and a family physician with Blue Ridge Health Center in
- Raju Madhok (ND77) and wife Ashlesa had their first child,
daughter Anjali on 6/3/96. Raju is a dermatologist with Skin
Specialists, Ltd. in Minneapolis, MN and also serves as a clinical
faculty member at the University of Minnesota.
- Laura Taschenberg Sitter (MD78) and David Sitter
(ND78) had their second child, Andrew David, on 4/11/96. They also
have another child, Kathryn Mary. David recently started a new job as a
quality assurance manager at Black & Decker in Baltimore, MD.
- Kathryn Hoy Burgess (CT79; NYSC Director 91-92) and husband
Jeff Burgess had their second child, Meredith Rose, on 5/15/96. They
also have another daughter, Eleanor Rae.
- Cynthia Adams (NM80) and Gurpreet Singh had their first
child, son Armaan, on 12/13/95. Cynthia is an independent sales
representative with Excel Telecommunications, Inc. in Santa Fe, NM.
- Richard Wofford (AR81) and wife Brigitte Quelet had a son,
Marc Alexandre Wofford on 3/22/96. Richard is a financial actuary with
Security Life of Denver, CO.
- Craig Thulin (UT82) and wife Shauna had their second
- Kenneth Rosenzweig (NY84) and wife Stacey Berg had their
first child, Olivia Hannah, on 1/19/96. Kenneth is a resident in
radiation oncology at Harvard University.
- Tim Roop (SC87) and his wife Katherine L. Metzner had a son,
Andrew, in June of 1995. Tim is a laboratory manager/systems
administrator with Atlantic LittleNeck ClamFarms in James Island, SC.
- The NYSC lost a long-time supporter earlier this year. Ernie
Mellow passed away on March 13, 1996. Ernie was the husband
of Florence Mellow, camp nurse in the early 1980's, and the father of
Jane Mellow, former office and Public Information staph from 1982-87. Our
deepest condolences to Ernie's family.
- Kerry Yurewicz (MI90) has been chosen as a National Science
Foundation Predoctoral Fellow while pursuing a PhD in Ecology,
Evolution & Organismal Biology at the University of Michigan.
- Ben Sharp (SD92) has been chosen as a Rhodes Scholar and will be
at Oxford University beginning this fall. He recently completed
his BA in Biology at the University of Chicago.
Pursuing or Recently Completed Terminal Degrees
- Emily R. Jernberg (IN82) will complete her PhD in Clinical
Psychology at the University of Michigan this summer.
- Julie A. Robinson (ID85) completed her PhD in Ecology,
Evolution & Conservation Biology from University of Nevada at Reno
this February and is now a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of
Texas in Houston.
- Sharon Fraser (VT86) recently completed her MS in
Administration at St. Michael's College.
- Mark Vaughan (CA87) recently completed his PhD in Electrical
Engineering from Cornell University and now works as a microwave
engineer for Endgate Technology in Sunnyvale, CA.
- Nathalie Viart (France 88) is finishing her PhD in Materials
Chemistry at Universite de Strasbourg, &working on sol-gels,
studying the theoretical aspects of the sol-gel process as well as some
practical applications of the sol-gel synthesis.&
- Rev. Lee C. Riggs (CT67) is a Pastor at First Baptist
Church in Greensburg, IN.
- Fr. Robert Paul Ring (DE72) is the Director of Priest Personnel
for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, NY.
- Rev. Richard J. Satterthwaite (DE72) is a missionary with
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions in Spain.
- Muriel McLean-Roberson (NC82) is a Minister at the
Congregational Church in Aloha, OR.
- Scott Mims (NC85) is a Divinity student at Lutheran Southern
Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC.
Attorneys/Law School/Legal Profession
- Samuel J. Zeleski (NE67) is an Attorney with Western nebraska
Legal Services in Grand Island, NE.
- James A. McKowen (WV74) is an Associate Legal Counsel with
Allen & Allen in Charleston, WV.
- Kathy Rabin (KS75) is an Attorney specializing in the legal
aspects of medicine & bio-medical research.
- Terri A. Jones Esq. (MD86) is an Attorney/Natural Resources
Planner with the Maryland Department of the Environment in Baltimore,
- Dean Heyl (SD88) recently completed Law School at the
University of South Dakota.
- Angela Rova White (CA89) is a law student at the University
- Stan Thompson (CA91) is a law student at the University of
- Taunya Wright (TN91), a legal assistant in New York City, is
applying for Law School. Her father, Dr. Tommy Wright, who
lectured at camp in '92 & '93 was named Chief of Statistics for the
US Bureau of the Census in Washington, DC.
- Kathy Jo Knodel (SD79) is a veterinarian in Mooresville, NC.
- Janice veron Homan (MD81) is a veterinarian at the Seneca
Hill Animal Clinic in Great Falls.
- Marla McFadden Lind (IA86) is a veterinarian at Small Animal
Veterinarian and Surgery in Madison, WI.
- Mary-Beth Nickel (WY86) is a veterinarian in a small
animal/exotic animal practice in Tigard, OR.
- Anndrea Hogan Kapke (IN88) is a veterinarian at Crown point
Animal Hospital in Crown Point, IN.
- Beth Groening (GA88) is a veterinarian with Southern Oaks
Animal Hospital in Hope Mills, NC. She completed her DVM at the
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
- John R. Calhoun (LA69) is an associate planner for Oklahoma
- Gary Beecham (WI73) is an artist who makes unique objects of
art in glass in Spruce Pine, NC.
- Maggie Catlin Brandt (WI76) is a Mesopotamian archaeologist
who does archaeological work in the Middle East (usually Iraq!) in the
winters and runs a farm and apple orchard the rest of the year in
- Dawn Stover (NE78) writes and edits features in her job as an
articles editor at Popular Science Magazine in White Salmon, WA.
- Marie E. Bouffard (VT78) is the owner of Apple Mountain,
three retail stores specializing inf Vermont foods and gift items in
- Joyce little DeHaan (ME79) is a horse breeder and homemaker
in Rigby, ID.
- Christine Christman Stueter (NM82) serves in US Air Force
Reserves, tutors school kids in English, and is a mom to two children.
Her husband flies Tornadoes in the German Air Force.
- Chris Fullerton (HI86) is the general manager of Tuscarora
Organic Growers Cooperative in Hustontown, PA. He manages an
association of 20 family farms producing fruits and vegetables using
organic production methods.
- Amy Kathleen Eko (WA90) is an assistant program coordinator
in environmental education for the City of Olympia, WA. She is also
pursuing her MS in teaching/environmental studies through Gonzaga
University and Evergreen State College.
Please contribute any feedback and updates to Karen R
Sabog at email@example.com.
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