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Parliamentary Procedure
C. Kenneth Ongalo-Obote '94 returns to Ugana to run for office

Alumni Club Circuit
Club News, upcoming events, etc.



W. Mal Wilson '33
a heck of a good skate

Sara Holbrook '66

Dale Kunhert '68
An unsurpassed Down East view

Judith Kenoyer Stoy '71
What she can't tell you

Gwynelle Dismukes '73
An alternative to city life

Kevin Carley '76

Nancy Marshall '82

Jan Dutton '94

Morgan Filler '97
Swimming the world's waters

Kathryn Johnson '00
She was one high diva

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Laura Senier
38 Pitts Street
Natick, MA 01760


Greetings from wintry Boston! It's always a pleasure to start the column with good news, so I'll announce to those of you who don't already know that Michael Marcello won his bid to get reelected to the town council in Scituate, R.I., last fall. Winning by more than 400 votes is no mean feat in this GOP stronghold, and Michael is the only Democrat currently serving (with six Republicans) and one of only three Democrats to hold office since 1913. Michael is still working at Morrison, Mahoney and Miller in Providence as a litigation associate, specializing in premises and municipal liability and civil rights defense. . . . Eric Albano '92 wrote to let me know that he and Kristin White married in September of last year and are living in Peabody, Mass. Eric is an associate for Wal-Mart, and Kristin is a human services caseworker. Eric was seriously injured in 1989 but returned to Colby and graduated with the Class of 1992. He attends as many Colby soccer games as he can, although he also works as a soccer referee, and that keeps him tied up most weekends. He recently completed his 350th career game and sees no slowing down in his future! . . . Richard Zumkhawala-Cook is a newly appointed visiting assistant professor of English at Kenyon College. He completed his Ph.D. at Miami University of Ohio. . . . Jennifer Brackett and M. Stuart Lathers Jr. are planning a July wedding. They live in Connecticut, where Jennifer is a nurse practitioner for Hill Health Center in New Haven and Stuart is an architect. . . . Dyanne Kaufman and James Hayes '91 are also planning a July wedding. They are living in New York, where Dyanne is a first grade reading teacher in the Manhattan public schools and James works for Network Plus. . . . Glenn Powell recently joined Bergen & Parkinson of Kennebunk, Maine, as an attorney in their business and real estate law group. . . . Jennifer Symonds Holloran and her husband, John, are happy to announce the arrival of their daughter, Marissa, last November 20. They are currently living in North Andover, Mass., and Jennifer is on maternity leave from her job as a senior accountant at CSL International in Beverly. . . . As I write this, Rudy and Erika Dresser Penczer are expecting the birth of their second child in February. They are living in Bethel, Maine, where Rudy teaches mathematics at Gould Academy. They already have a 2-year-old boy named Nicholas. . . . Graham Powis and his wife, Diane, had a baby boy named Benjamin in November. Graham is managing director in the equity capital markets group at S.G. Cowan in New York City. . . . Kate Brennan Dailey and her husband, Tom, had a baby boy named William in November. They are living in Henley-on-Thames, England, although they may be moving to Geneva soon. Congratulations to all the new parents! . . . And finally, those of you following the news of the AOL-Time Warner merger last fall may have spotted our very own Kathy McKiernan's name in the news. Kathy is a spokeswoman for AOL and manages to exude calm confidence in all her communiqués. . . . That's all the news I have for now-keep those cards and letters coming!

–Laura Senier


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Jennifer Wood Jencks
80 Walnut Street
Seakonk, MA 02771


Excitement is building for our 10th reunion during the weekend of June 8-10. You can be on the lookout for another class letter with a list of those attending, or, if you can't wait, check out the list on the Web ( If you don't see your name there or someone else's who is planning to attend, please let the Office of Alumni Relations know (207-872-3190 or Only we can make our reunion successful, so please plan to get back to campus! Keep those e-mails coming . . . and see you in June!

–Jennifer Wood Jencks

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Michelle Fortier Biscotti
8232 Arbor Drive
Shrewsbury, MA 01545


Jenn Griffin Harkins is still teaching special ed and loving it. She now has two boys, Griffin, 3, and Conor, 1. . . . Suzanne Regnier married Mark Koschmeder on April 15 in her hometown of Shrewsbury, Mass. Guests included Charlie Bassett and Paul '93 and Angela Tennett Butler '93. After a two-week trip to England, Suzanne and Mark settled in Philadelphia. . . . Nikki Vadeboncoeur Dresser and husband Derek welcomed a baby boy, Samuel Myles Dresser, on June 6. . . . Heather Belanger is a neuropsychology intern at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., and is about to finish her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. She writes that Kathy Lyford just had a baby boy! . . . JC Klick graduated in 1999 from UMass medical school and is currently in his second year of residency training in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Andrew Miller '82 is one of the attending physicians in JC's department. JC writes that Jim Albright is currently a chief resident in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in Philadelphia and was planning an April wedding in California. . . . Tabby Archer Biddle is living in New York City and offering private Yoga lessons. . . . Nicole Farkas married Ken Mogul on May 20 last year. Guests included Cecily Von Ziegesar and her husband of nearly five years, Richard Griggs. . . . Molly Beale is living in Cambridge, Mass., and working for Pallotta TeamWorks, the company that created and produces the nationwide AIDS Rides, Breast Cancer 3-Days and AIDS Vaccine Rides. Molly attended Sarah Block's wedding to Chad Wallace in Colorado last September. Guests included Elaine Bueschen, Kristin Wallace Livezey, Anne Maddock Michels and Kelly Wenger. . . . John Cook completed the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride, a six-day, 500-mile bicycle trek to raise awareness of and money for research towards an AIDS vaccine. He recently joined the consulting firm of Spangle Associates in Portola Valley, Calif., where he works with client city governments in managing and developing long-range planning studies. John is also the president of the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Team, a 130-plus member gay and lesbian master's swim team. . . . Anne Maddocks married Bill Michels '93 in Dorset, Vt., last May. . . . Nicole Dauteuil Begin just completed a master of arts degree in writing from Northeastern University and is in her ninth year of teaching English at St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Her daughter, Emilie, turned 2 last year. . . . Carol Chamberlain Martin lives just outside of Atlanta in Marietta, Ga., and teaches math at Marist, a Catholic high school in Atlanta. She has a 3-year-old son, Daniel, who keeps Carol and her husband, Daniel, very busy. They spent a few weeks last summer on Cape Cod visiting family and friends, including Bonnie Dewsberry Chase, Beth Baumer LeBlanc and Heather Post LaFrance '94. . . . Mark Boles is working as an account supervisor for the advertising agency, TFA/Leo Burnett Technology Group in Boston. He is engaged to marry Kate LaVigne '95 in South Yarmouth on August 11, 2001. Groomsmen will be Ben Beatie, Steve Swartz, Andrew Eldredge, Jason Eslick and Garin Arevian '91. Mark and Kate just bought a house in Hingham and will be neighbors of Chris and Whitney Adams Ward and babysitters to Chris and Whitney's daughter, Lily.

–Michelle Fortier Biscotti


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Beth Curran
64 Dane Street #1
Somerville, MA 02143


Congratulations to Crawford Strunk, who recently began his pediatrician residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and to Kat Creeden, who received her M.B.A. from Boston College last spring. . . . Stephanie Doyon is a published author-13 times over! Stephanie writes for a young adult audience, and her most recent novel, On the Road, is being developed for a television pilot. She does book signings regularly and has sold more than 600,000 copies in total! . . . In wedding news, Jason Barnes was married to Mandy Brebach in Marblehead, Mass., in July 2000. Jason and Mandy are teaching at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Many Colby folks came into town for that wedding, and I had the pleasure of seeing the likes of Tyler Lewis, Mike Powers, Tyler Merritt, Rob O'Neil, Tim von Jess, Louisa Merianos and Rob Danis (and many others whom I am forgetting!) at the beautiful Marblehead home of Bart and Betsy Arden Rickards. . . . Simone Cella is engaged to James Miller, and Stephanie Miller is engaged to Maxwell Repaci! Congratulations to one and all. . . . There is a famous saying that I want to share with you all: she who writes the class news and gets no fodder from her classmates does a crappy job. Profound, eh? I certainly think so. I don't know about you, but I can relate! There are only so many times that I can cajole and beg and wheedle vexingly for news before I start to annoy even myself-so please help me out here, folks. I am on my knees over here (figuratively speaking, of course)!

–Beth Curran


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Tracy K. Larsen
529 Columbus Avenue #12
Boston, MA 02118


Chris Wilde graduated from NYU law school and is an environmental attorney at a public interest law firm in Juneau, Alaska. He wrote that it is a change from N.Y.C. but a little like Maine, and any Colby a-lums who find themselves in Alaska should look him up. . . . Josette Huntress is spending a year volunteer teaching in Lilongwe, Malawi. She is teaching psychology and computers and is the dean of students at the Kamuzu College of Nursing. . . . John Bond married Julie Erickson '96 in Holliston, Mass., on October 28. Shawn Keeler was the best man, Susan MacCauley '96 was the maid of honor, and Deirdre Foley '96 was a bridesmaid. Other Colby alums in attendance were Chris and Andrea Bowman Rogers, Laura Keally Heywood, Steve and Crissie Coleman Simchock '93, Daniel Rheaume '96 and Ali Werner '96. . . . Emily Davis Wall and her husband, Corey, are living in Douglas, Alaska. She is working full time at the University of Alaska Southeast and is teaching creative writing and literature. . . . Lynette Millett is a study director at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. She works for the computer science and telecommunications board, where the primary focus is on information technology policy. . . . Heather Johnson is living in Boston, finishing up her Ph.D. in sociology at Northeastern University with a dissertation on the role of wealth and ideology in black and white families' decision making about where to send their young children to school and how these processes contribute to race and class stratification in the U.S. She will graduate in June. Heather and Braydon McCormick are planning a September 15, 2001, wedding in N.H. Heather wrote that they got engaged on September 10 at 9 a.m. on the end of a dock at a cottage on Lake Winnepesaukee, N.H., and that on the exact same day at the same time (by total coincidence) on the other side of the country (California) her Colby roommate Jennifer Morrow also got engaged! Jennifer will marry Anthony Slavin on October 6, 2001, in Harvard, Mass. . . . Caleb Winder lives in Boston and is working for a computer-aided engineering software company as a regional sales manager. . . . Kristin Scheible and her husband, Pat Hanley '93, were expecting their first baby in February. Both are doctoral students at Harvard University. In December they returned to Colby, where Kristin gave a talk in the Religious Studies Department. . . . Sara Barker is a research biologist for Cornell University at the ornithology lab, running three conservation/citizen-science grants. She also runs the alpine JIII ski program at Holimont Ski Club in Ellicottville, N.Y., on the weekends in the winter. The rest of the year she races for a road cycling team based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and for a mountain bike team in Ithaca, N.Y. . . . Stephanie Cain worked as a crime reporter for various daily newspapers since graduation. In January 1999 she took a job as a reporter for the Marine Corps Times, a Gannett-owned weekly based in Springfield, Va., where she spent nine months covering military life, including a two-week stint in Kosovo in the aftermath of NATO's bombing campaign there. In September 1999 she moved to Pasadena, Calif., and took up crime reporting again as a staff writer at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. She is in touch with Lee Awbrey, who is enjoying life in Vermont, Ana Pitchon, who is in Washington state working on her master's in anthropology, and Rob Underwood, who plans to be married in Japan in the spring. . . . Beth Scoville is completing her first year as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati in the central Pacific. She has been assigned to the island of Maiana to assist and teach at the junior high level. . . . Kerry Enright is living in Mountain View, Calif. She is at Stanford for a Ph.D. in educational linguistics, focusing on supporting immigrant youth in public schools. In August 2001 she will marry A. Maximiliano Villalva, a manager at an academic software company. Her family will host the wedding in Boston, and his family will have another reception in Mexico. . . . Chris Sharpe started as a senior analyst dealing with sales data at Streamware Inc. Streamware has a variety of software and hardware products that facilitate market research in the vending industry. . . . Michelle Mathai is still working as a diplomat in New Zealand but will move to El Salvador in April 2002 for her next assignment. For now she is having a great time exploring the South Pacific, venturing to such places as Samoa, Fiji and Australia. . . . In September, Gary Bergeron married Laura Gibbons in Bridgton, Maine. Matt Trudeau, Aram Goudsouzian, Andy Colligan, Ethan Spencer, Glen McCrum, Jac Coyne, Patrick and Brooke Porteous Skulley and Rod '93 and Candace Killmer Corey '93 all attended. The couple honeymooned in Montana. . . . Melissa Wilcox will graduate from Virginia Theological Seminary in May with a master's in divinity. On June 9 she will be ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Connecticut at the cathedral in Hartford. On July 28, 2001, she will be married to Adam Kradel in Little Compton, R.I. Adam is a priest serving at St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston, W.Va. . . . Donna Bacchiocchi is working at Emerson College in downtown Boston as senior cataloguer in the library. She lives in Jamaica Plain, down the street from Bonnie Johnson and Elliott Barry, who just got engaged! She wrote that she saw Jessica Haskell and Todd Curtis at the Tufts-Colby football game.

–Tracy K. Larsen


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