Brayden Cole (left) and Christian Anthony (right)
Ashley (Kendig) Leonardi '10 and Jonathan Leonardi are beyond blessed to announce the arrival of their wombmates, Brayden Cole and Christian Anthony. The fraternal twin boys were born on April 4th, 2017 at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. Older brother Brayden arrived at 2:45pm and weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces. Younger brother Christian arrived just one minute later at 2:46 pm and weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces.
On Sunday, October 2, 2016 Megan O'Leary (Class of 2011) married James F. Clarkin IV (George Washington University '10) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The two met while attending graduate school for City and Regional Planning and thoroughly enjoyed their reception, which was held in an adaptive reuse along the Delaware River Waterfront.
Book cover photo: abandoned Philadelphia, Newtown and New York Railroad. (PA)
My first novel, Elizabeth's Story, was published in March. Truth suspended between fact and fiction, coincidence and contradiction and hidden places. On Amazon and Kindle. I hope you enjoy the tale.
After many years of interest, mystery, and research, a book was published regarding Francis Thompson and written by Richard Patterson. Thompson is known as one of the greatest Catholic poets of the modern age. This book makes the claim that Thompson was also the nation's most notorious serial killer. Joseph Rupp is a forensic pathologist who was the first to post the theory that Thompson could be Jack the Ripper. Rupp was not recognized for his early work with these cases, but after Patterson developed his theory, Rupp wrote the forward of the book and Patterson printed his original article in the appendix.
My theatre company is bringing Gruff!, a puppet eco-musical, to NYC this Spring.
The production employs three muhlenberg grads, and this script was originally premiered at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.
This is a family friendly reinvention of the Three Billy Goats Gruff that calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change.
We are raising funds to cover production costs, and you can contribute by going to https://www.fundingworks.com/gruff/campaigns/26
Each donor will receive a personalized puppet music video to show our thanks.
Lois Blood is a part time organist at church, and is enjoying being a grandmother to 6 grandchildren. One of them expressed an interest in attending Muhlenberg. Lois is hopeful since she the 3rd generation to attend Muhlenberg.
Joseph B. Blood Jr., MD is still working as geriatrician at Guthrie clinic in his 43rd year there, and still enjoying his career.
Richard Fragale retired in 2013 after 49 years as an educator including 29 years as superintendent of schools and 13 months as interim Vice President Business Services - Imperial Valley College.
Oliver Baer is the Associate Producer of Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. His writing, performing and photos can be found at http://tentacularity.wordpress.com. His book and CD can also be found here.
Joyous Rebecca Pierce was was admitted by SOAS, (Study of Asia, Africa and Middle East – United Kingdom) University of London to the Degree of Master of Science
in the following field of study:
31 December 2016
She was recently awarded a four month paid fellowship with:
The Caribbean Cultural Center
African Diaspora Institute
Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (effective March 18, 2017)
Harlem –NYC, New York
She will play an important role in growing a cadre of future thinkers and leaders in this field of arts advocacy towards creating eventual systemic changes necessary for our communities survival and development.
Arthur J. Dichter has returned to Berkowitz Pollack Brant LLP in Miami, FL, as Director of International Tax. Art specializes in international tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals.
Sawyer, son of Danielle (Falcone) '05 and Daniel Molinari
Daniel and Danielle (Falcone) Molinari '05 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Sawyer Daniel Molinari. Sawyer was born on November 7, 2016 in Boston, MA.
We are pleased to welcome a 2nd daughter to our family. Jenna Olivia Keltai was born on 11/13/12. Her big sister, Layla loves her to pieces.
Magyar Bancorp Announces Appointment of Jon R. Ansari to Board of Directors
New Brunswick, NJ—February 28, 2017—Magyar Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Magyar Bank, announced today that Jon R. Ansari was appointed to the Board of Directors of Magyar Bancorp, and Magyar Bank during the Board’s February meeting.
Mr. Ansari joined Magyar Bank in 1999, and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ansari is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, and received his MBA from New York University. He is also a graduate of the America’s Community Bankers National School of Banking.
Commenting on his appointment, Magyar Bank President and Chief Executive Officer John Fitzgerald stated, “Jon is an integral part of our organization, and as Chief Financial Officer he played a significant role in transforming the Bank from a traditional savings bank to the publicly traded, commercial bank that Magyar is today. Jon’s business acumen and attention to detail will be a tremendous asset to the Board.”
Jordan Posner '13 and Rachel Waldman '14 got engaged on campus the weekend of February 11th, 2017!
Michael R. Halsband has been elected partner by Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He is a member of the Corporate Group and is based out of the New York City office. Michael has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry, including investment banking, capital markets advisory and transaction. His transactional experience includes work on mergers and acquisitions, complex structured reinsurance transactions, insurance-linked securities (ILS), sidecar and cat convergence fund formation and management, and distressed portfolio run-off administration and strategies.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (January 2017) – Penn Community Bank is proud to announce that President and CEO Jeane M. Coyle will serve as president of the board of directors of the Bucks County Opportunity Council for 2017. She previously had served as the board’s vice president.
Alumnae at the wedding of Erica Heyer '00 and Carl Johnson.
From left to right - Jen Bloom '02, Shelly Bloom '01, Erica Heyer '00, Christina Buu '01, Rachel Silberman '06, and Rachel Scheiner Karp '01.
Karin [Biehl-64] & Gerhard Kalmus just returned from a unique, adventurous expedition to Antarctica, including the Chile Fjords and Falkland Islands, aboard MS Midnatsol [Hurtigruten line] with Vantage World Travels. We were hiking on Deception Island the day of M Berg's THAW. Photo forthcoming.
I will need to step down from the Alumni Board. I have accepted the Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Students position at the University of San Francisco and will be relocating to San Francisco in February 2017.
It has been an honor and pleasure to serve on the alumni board. While I will not be able to formally be a member of the board, I hope to continue being an active alum on the west coast. It's my hope to find new opportunities to continue Muhlenberg connections with other alums in the west!