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Members of the Emeriti Association are welcome and encouraged to submit a paragraph of their recent activities and interests, to keep their EA colleagues up to date. Send your "Class Notes" paragraph to emeritus@hartford.edu

Books

Jeanne Bonaca - The Lady in Blue: A Maria Chavez Mystery; Wally Banzhaf - Understanding Basic Electronics, second edition; Mal Stevens - Evan's War; Virginia Hale - A Woman in Business The Life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach

News

Summer 2017

Dom Armentano, Barney, Economics. I’m continuing to write Public Policy Op/Eds for the Press Journal here in Vero Beach, Florida. My two books are still in print and my wife and I work out at the local gym and I play golf twice a week.

Wally Banzhaf, CETA, Engineering Technology. I’m a member of of the Tariffville Water Commission and project manager for a $1.5 million water tank installation. I tutor math and recently demonstrated some cool electrical, electronic and magnetic concepts at the Simsbury Mini Maker Faire

Barry Broden, Barney, Accounting. I am continuing my tax practice, revising tax books, traveling, and enjoying our kids and grandkids as they grow into adults.

Bill Coleman, A & S, Biology. I have published several papers, done research at UCONN, and taught as adjunct faculty at two community colleges in Florida. Now fully retired, I enjoy gardening, travel, and taking courses in drawing, design, and watercoloring.

John Feierabend, Hartt, Music Education. Continuing as a leading authority on music and movement development. Visiting lecturer at five other universities, for music teachers at UHart, presenting at international conferences, and have a national organization named after me. I continue to publish (over 70) with some of the books translated into Chinese.

Bernard Z. Friedlander, A & S, Psychology. I am now working on two scholarly presentations for the interdisciplinary Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar in the Physics Department here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 2017—18 AY. I am also polishing a final version of a joint memoir on a hitherto unknown family’s important involvements in American history.

Steve Gryc, Hartt, Music Composition. I am still composing, getting commissions, and giving performances (including a recent anthem for the University of Hartford) One of my principal hobbies is geyser gazing in Yellowstone National Park. where I spend one week each summer. I am one of the editors of the newsletter, The Geyser Gazer Sput and have written numerous articles in journals about the thermal features of the park.

John Schloss, A & S, Psychology. Frequent visits with my children and grandchildren. Weekly radio broadcasts of business news on CRIS for the blind and print impaired. Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (part-time) at UCONN Medical School and maintaining a private practice in psychotherapy in the Farmington Valley.

Sharon Toffey Shepela, Hillyer, Psychology. In November, 2015, I organized a committee to solarize my town, resulting in 54 contracts for over 400kw of pv solar. Worked on the Clinton campaign and after the election, have joined two groups working on climate action and renewable energy legislation.

Catherine Stevenson, A & S, English. For the past 6 years, I have adored teaching courses in the Presidents’ College to brilliant people on texts too challenging for most undergraduates. I also belong to a weekly writer’s group, and foster my love of animals by volunteering at the Connecticut Humane Society. I’ve also become a devotee of yoga and travel.

November 2016

"SOLICITUDES (Little Jane Austin in school)" by Leo Rockas. A staged reading The Main Stage at 312 West 36th St., 4th Floor, New York City, November 18th, 2016 at 3 p.m.

July 2016

Leo Rockas (A&S)
"BECOMING REGENT" a history play by Leo Rockas. On July 29, 2016 at 2 P.M. there will be a staged reading at the Main Stage 312 West 36th St. 4th floor New York City. Admission: $18.00. Sponsor: Midtown Intenational Theatre Festival.

May 2016

Leo Rockas (A&S)
From the Jane Austin Society of North America: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Our long time friend Leo Rockas is visiting us from Connecticut to give a talk titled "Solicitudes." Join us on Saturday to learn why he chose to title his presentation after one of Jane Austen's favorite words. Last week NPR mentioned Leo at end of a broadcast and article about the new film version of Lady Susan!

Access the JASNA Central and Western New York blog

March 2016

Stephen Gryc (Hartt)
Composer Stephen Michael Gryc, professor emeritus at the Hartt School, recently travelled to Ann Arbor to spend a week as guest composer at the University of Michigan. On Tuesday, March 15 ten members of Michigan's Symphony Band performed Gryc's Six Romances After Mendelssohn, and on Friday, March 18 the Concert Band performed the composer's Concerto for Winds and Percussion. While on campus, Professor Gryc addressed the graduate conducting seminar and the undergraduate composition seminar.

March has been a windy month for the composer with performances of his music by several other bands and wind ensembles. On March 3 the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble performed Gryc's trombone concerto, titled Passaggi, with University of Hartford doctoral student Matthew Russo as soloist. On March 11 Six Romances After Mendelssohn was performed by the Hartt Wind Ensemble in New London, Connecticut as part of the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference that took place on the campus of the US Coast Guard Academy.

On March 17 Gryc's Golden Gate was presented in concert by the Lynbrook High School Wind Ensemble in San Jose, California. Lynbrook High School was one of eleven high schools and universities around the country that formed a consortium to commission Gryc to compose a work especially for performance by high school band students. The Lynbrook High School Wind Ensemble will perform the piece again on March 23 during the fourth annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California and also during their June concert tour at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

November 2015

Jay (John) Stewart (A&S)
Jay is keeping active. He recently published two articles:

  1. “Environmental Justice and Health Effects of Urban Air Pollution,” in the Journal of the National Medical Association 107 (1): 50-58. It showed that there were health problems related to living down-wind from Hartford pollution sources. His co-authors included Mark Mitchell, Victor Edgerton, and Robert VanCott. Robert’s senior thesis in environmental studies provided a key incentive for this research. If his last name sounds familiar it is because his mother, Karen, used to be President Harrison’s administrative assistant.
  2. “Human Rights Fulfillment: The Bedrock for a Healthy Society,” in the Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (2nd edition, Springer), which was edited by T. P. Gullotta & M. Bloom. His co-author is Susan Randolph, who developed the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index (www.SERFIndex.org) that they used to compare how well the different states in the U.S. are meeting basic human needs.

Jay was also appointed to the newly formed Bolton Energy Committee and remains active in other environmental groups. He is also physically active—now leading 5.10+ routes in the Glastonbury rock gym.

May 2015

Leo Rockas (A&S)
I have published three essays on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in the Jane Austen Journal Persuasions. I think at least two of these are available online.

I am under contract with a London publisher to do two "completions" of works Jane Austen left incomplete; one of these should have been published almost a year ago (the publisher is having some difficulties). I am also working on a play about the Prince Regent who became King George IV and his Queen Caroline. He was the Regent for whom the Regency period is named, which is when Jane Austen was publishing her major work.

I just returned from a talk to the Jane Austen society of Rochester NY where I discussed these projects.

September 2014

Dominick Armentano (Barney)

Just a note to indicate that I am alive and well in Vero Beach, Florida. I continue to write Op/Eds for our local newspaper, The Press Journal, and for LewRockwell.com. I enclose a link to a talk that I gave last year celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of my first book, The Myths of Antitrust: Economic Theory and Legal Cases, and the 30th anniversary of the publication of my second book, Antitrust & Monopoly, which is still in print with the Independent Institute in Oakland, CA.  Here is the link to my talk at Auburn University last year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efqitlhRJ60

Wally Banzhaf (CETA & Ward College)

It's hard to believe I'm  beginning my 9th year of retirement. In retrospect I should have done it when I was 40, but financial people tell me there are "fiscal issues" associated with early retirement. Mattie and I still travel, most recently to Denmark and Norway (our son lives in Oslo). In July we'll head to Okinawa for his wedding. In my spare time I am still an active volunteer firefighter in Simsbury, a volunteer for Foodshare delivering surplus supermarket food to Gifts of Love in Avon (over 7 tons so far in 2014), tutor honors h.s. algebra (it appears I have forgotten way more than I ever knew), update the Emeriti Assoc. website, and a few other endeavors.

I look forward to seeing colleagues at the two EA plenary meetings each year.

May 2013

Watson Morrison (Hartt)
Watson Morrison will be performing his 85th birthday recital on Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2013 at 3P.M. in Millard Auditorium of the Hartt School. Music of Schubert, Wagner, Liszt, J.S. Bach and Hartt composer David McBride.

October, 2012

Peter Breit(A&S, Politics & Government)
Sent in by Harald Sandstrom, colleague of Peter:

Many thanks, please also to the Emeriti who allowed themselves to be reminded of this long gone colleague. You . . . should know how much I am moved by the messages. It is most bracing to be reminded of these friends and colleagues!

Please assure them that, while no one knows what is wrong, Viola expects a malady to be named for me. I shall not go into the numerous glances into my innermostnesses. All are without verdict. Oddly, I was given an injection into the back at the same time as the meningitis scare hit the public. This, it seems, I am spared.

All of this has slowed my work on the "July Crisis," which now amounts to seven notebooks of composition (whilst I decompose). Still, as I am able to read, that part of my analysis continues. Recently I encountered a retired army major who has written on the "Schlieffen Plan." He casts it into the area of "inventions" or, as I call them, "fictions." This dovetails well with my cautions about fuzzy logic, counterfactual thought, and fictions. Although the focal point remains July, 1914, my analyses (yes, plural) go well beyond that moment. For instance, I find these three actively involved in the current, otherwise largely and contagiously sterile, campaign. What is presently involved is counterfictions,  not even counterfacts. This is most dangerous in a world with real facts, their exploiters. and their competitors. The major lives in West Va, so we may even meet. Unfortunately, his book costs ca. $150, which would in 1914 have paid for enough horse fodder for at best a pony.

Please apologize to our colleagues that I cannot thank them individually. I am very happy to add these notes to my other memorabilia.  Although I was recently elected to the Executive Board of our residence (thus keeping alive my eagerness to get mixed into the feverish fabric of governance), my disability compelled me to withdraw after one meeting. Dammit.
With affection, Peter

May, 2011

Bill Coleman (A&S, Biology)

has been named a graduate of distinction from Chestertown High School, class of 1955, by the Kent County (MD) Board of Education. After retiring, Bill did research of UConn Medical Center for a few years, publishing several papers with that group. His latest, from last summer, appeared in J. Bact. and concerned the evolution of a protein (SAS) that is critical for turning on genes to start sporulation in Bacillus species. The US Army has funded this program through Dr. Peter Setlow at UConn, as it may involve aspects of security.

Bill says “I have been fortunate to be able to update my skills in the field and to join such a productive group. So, I keep active.  I will be adjunct prof at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Spring Hill, Florida this fall, teaching a biology course.  It will be good to be back in the classroom again. So much for 'retirement'.&#8221 “I do miss all my colleagues at Hartford and do find time to enjoy the good weather here. I am active in the local Audubon Society and can almost identify most of the shore birds.  There are quite a few retired biologists in this group ... and they don't seem too interested in the identification of microorganisms, for some reason.  But they sure know their birds!”

September 2010

Bill (Mahlon) Barnes (A&S)
There was a memorial service on Friday, October 1, at 3 p.m. in Mali I lecture hall.

David Komisar (A&S)
David resides in an assisted living facility in Silver Springs, Maryland, near his son Jack. He recently celebrated his 93rd birthday, and enjoys socializing with the other residents.

Watson Morrison (Hartt)
On Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Watson Morrison will be performing a piano recital in Lincoln Theater. The program consists of music by the three Giant Romantic Period composers: Chopin, Schumann and Liszt, in observance of the 200th anniversary of their respective births - Chopin and Schumann (2010) and Liszt (2011). Admission is free. On Friday evening, March 25, 2011 Watson Morrison will be performing J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in D. Minor with the Nutmeg Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marshal Brown at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington, Connecticut at 8:00 P.M.

May 2010

Bea Isaacs (CETA)
It's hard to believe that it's almost six years since I left Hartford.  We live in Foster City, a pretty, but boring town adjacent to San Mateo, and about 20 miles south of San Francisco. In spite of where I live, I'm a city girl and get into San Francisco as frequently as possible.  Somewhere in the process of retiring and moving west, I turned into Martha Stewart. I've been doing upholstery, have gotten very involved with the local chapter of The Embroiderers' Guild of America, and actually cook dinner almost every night. Having someone to cook for makes it more enjoyable, but I'll never be Julia Child.

One day a month I drive for an organization called FISH, which takes elderly people to medical appointments.  I keep wondering when I'll become a FISH client, rather than a driver, but so far I've been lucky and spend a lot more time at the gym than at doctor's offices.  I've been getting to New York to visit friends almost every year, but so far haven't gotten north of the city.  One of these days.

The most exciting thing I've done recently was a trip to Tunisia this past January. It's a fascinating country, and just beginning to develop its tourism industry, so it's not overrun with tourists yet. Tunis, the capital, is a modern, bustling city. It feels European, with little exotic touches like being awakened by the call to prayer every morning. My reaction to it was "I could live here." As you go south though, it's like stepping into National Geographic. People dress differently, houses are different (although even the most primitive-looking houses have satellite dishes) and donkey carts are a common form of transport. We spent a night in a tent in the Sahara, and went on a camel ride, my first since I was about five at the Bronx Zoo. As a retired transportation engineer, I have to say that camel is probably. THE most uncomfortable mode of transportation I've ever been on. It was very interesting being in a country that's officially Muslim, but not fundamentalist. The hotels all have bars, and you can buy liquor in stores. When we asked the guide if all this was bootleg, he told us that the Koran prohibits the use of alcohol, but the government does not. We met an Imam who was a soft-spoken, gentle man, except when he got agitated talking about Dubai, which he considers a monument to greed and excess and an affront to everything Islam stands for. If anyone's interested in a trip that slightly off the beaten path, I'd highly recommend Tunisia.  The tour company I went with is Overseas Adventure Travel, and they do a great job.

For those who prefer less exotic travel and are planning a trip to the Bay Area, do give a holler. It would be fun to get together with colleagues. My e-mail address is: bronxbea@comcast.net.
Hope to see some of you.  Go Mets!!!

March 2010

Wally Banzhaf (CETA)
My latest publishing venture (Understanding Basic Electronics) is a quasi-textbook for high school students and adults who want to learn about the world of electronics in which we live. It uses just enough math to allow the reader to appreciate the subject, but not more math than a new learner needs. This is my third book; the other two were about using computers to analyze electronic circuits after they are designed, but before they are built. Both are based on the first on mainframe computers, the second on PCs. Any one of the three books will put the average reader quickly to sleep.

My wife and I visited the Galapagos Islands, Machu PIcchu, and Japan (to see our son) last year. This summer it looks like Argentina will be our destination. Seems like all our recent travel involves really long plane trips and thoughts of DVT (deep vein thrombosis). We are both looking forward to the Emeriti Association trip on June 8 to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

August 2009

Watson Morrison(Hartt)
will be presenting an All-Chopin recital in observance of the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth on Sunday, November 15 in Lincoln Theater. The recital begins at 3:00 p.m. and there is no admission charge. The program consists of: 4 Ballades, Funeral March Sonata, 2 Mazurkas and the Polonaise in A-Flat Major.

Bernard Friedlander (A&S)
("BZ"), U of H Psychology Department 1970-1995, is amused to report that he's getting almost as much pleasure from one of his current projects as he ever gained from his work at U H teaching developmental psychology and conducting research projects on language acquisition with young children, physical skills for the developmentally challenged, violence on television, and gerontology. By a peculiar chain of circumstances, he is serving as a consultant for the top management of the public television authority in one of the Mid-West states, helping to develop an alternative model of fund raising designed to replace the weary old national phenomenon of Pledge week. Bernard says that nothing would please him more than to go down in history as the man who shot Pledge Week through the heart and replaced it with pledge breaks that public TV viewers find entertaining, informative - and effective at raising money in dark times. It's too early to tell if this innovation will suit the doubters, cut the mustard, and do the job - but it seems well worth trying. Early action seems hopeful.

Mal Stevens (A&S)
My latest publishing venture is a novel. Entitled "Evan's War", the story concerns a young Welsh coalminer who enlists in the army at the onset of the First World War and is sent to fight the Turks at Gallipoli, where he becomes immersed in the culture of the enemy as he takes refuge in a village populated by Turks and Armenians. A web site provides more information www.xlibris.com/EvansWar.html This is my fifth book, the others being two in chemistry and two in history coauthored with my wife, Marcia.  Marcia and I visited Argentina last year, but health concerns have put the brakes on our annual foreign travel.

March 2009

Linda Solow Blotner (Hartt)
has been recognized for her distinguished service to music librarianship by the Music Library Association at their annual meeting in February, 2009. The citation she was awarded praises her lifetime achievements as an author, editor, reviewer and indexer. Her contributions locally, nationally and internationally, both her own and for encouraging others in the profession "to innovate, to experiment, and to work at the highest levels of professionalism" were the basis for this honor. Linda remains active in the MLA and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, chairing and serving on their committees. She recently compiled the index to Jane Gottlieb Music Library and Research Skills, (Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009).

October 2008

Virginia Hale (A&S)
has finished her biography of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, a Hartford Woman in Business who was a great benefactor of the University of Hartford. On October 2, Virginia made a presentation at the Emeriti Association Fall Meeting. She still teaches courses in the All-University Program and in A&S, and is Co-Chair of the Emeriti Association. To learn more about the book, click the link below: EA member Virginia Hale's book on Beatrice Fox Auerbach

August 2008

Watson Morrison (Hartt)
This fall I will be presenting a piano recital in observance of my 80th birthday. It will be at Lincoln Theater on campus, on Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public, and will consist of compositions by C.P.E. Bach, Schubert, Hartt composer David MacBride, Debussy and Chopin. I do hope that my friends and colleagues can attend.

April 2008

Domenic Armentano (Barney)
My two books, "Antitrust and Monopoly" and "Antitrust: The Case for Repeal", both still in print, recently have been translated into Russian. In addition, I continue to publish op/eds on public policy, most in our local Vero Beach, Florida, Press Journal, and many on Lewrockwell.com. (where my son, Paul, also frequently writes.) Recent op/eds have included topics such as the insurance crisis in Florida Federal Reserve monetary policy, and the current deepening economic recession. My most recent controversial op/ed called for more government disclosure on the subject of UFOs, something that both Gov. Bill Richardson (New Mexico) and former astronaut Ed Mitchell (and many other public figures) have called for, too. Unfortunately in my case, the Cato Institute, where I've been an adjunct scholar for 20 years, dropped me one day after the piece was published. (I still maintain scholarly affiliations with several other less squeamish think tanks). Civil libertarians, take note!

Ed Sullivan (A&S)
reports that he is deeply involved with the Centerville Historical Society as a volunteer curator and archivist. Never thought I'd be using my professional skills again. I recently installed an exhibit called "Hellbent for the White House"; excellent local coverage all over the Cape in the "C.C. Times" and radio stations. I am also similarly involved with the Academy for LIfe Long Learning, an over-60 program for senior retirees. The Cape is loaded with retired professionals of all sorts and we are all volunteers in ALL. The variety and quality of courses offered is incredible: literature, history, engineering (e.g. building of the Cape Cod Canal and the bridges), geology, history etc, etc., Whatever one wants to teach is free to do so. Very exciting and of considerably high quality. I will be teaching a course next spring based upon one of my books. Great fun. Update: In February, 2009 Ed will be speaking on Lincoln at the Federal Hall National Memorial in Manhattan.

March 2008

Kathy Delventhal (Hillyer College) & John Paul Froehlich (CETA)
We took two wonderful trips last year. In May we went to the island of Sicily spending three weeks in the southeastern corner of that island. Our primary interest was in looking at baroque architecture in the towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa as well as the classical ruins of Agrigento --- since we had rented an apartment in Sicily, we were able to cook many dishes with the delicious ingredients found in local grocery stores. From Sicily, we flew to the Island of Malta for a week. Again our focus was on art: specifically two Caravaggio paintings that never leave the island (meaning they do not participate in traveling exhibits) and three archaeological ruins---some of the oldest in western civilization (c.45000 B.C.). We had heard that Malta has some of the worst food anywhere so we were prepared--and cooked in our condo every night but one. Fortunately, grocery store items (fruits, vegetables, meat and bread) were very good and when prepared well provided us with tasty meals. Based on eating out for one night, we would agree that Maltese food is among the worst we have had in our travels (dishes of gray food).

In October/November, we rented an apartment in Oaxaca, Mexico. The apartment is part of a school for indigenous young people and its rental helps to fund the school. We wanted to be Oaxaca for "Day of the Dead" celebrations which occur around Halloween for an extended time. John's sister, Kay, joined us for two weeks staying in one of the school's B&B rooms. By the time Kay arrived we were all registered for classes at the Academy Vinigueleza, a local language school that also sponsors trips into the countryside to visit archaeological sites, Spanish colonial churches, a paper making factory and local markets. I brushed up on my Spanish with two weeks of classes while John and Kay took one week of private lessons. School trips for "Day of the Dead" activities were wonderful. We went to several cemeteries (families spend the night in the cemetery at the tombs of their deceased relatives----they bring food, drink and flowers---flowers galore, for this celebration of the dead), parades, outdoor theatrical events and trips to the local markets to purchase items to make our school altar. We had wonderful food in Oaxaca, some of it we cooked and some of it we had in restaurants. As an "arts" tourist center, Oaxaca now has good Italian (delicious pizza) and Chinese restaurants as well as a "European" bakery (that means no tortillas) with excellent rolls, pastries and grain breads

Wally Banzhaf
did, indeed, become a first-time grandpa in December; Eli is a miracle and a joy. Work continues writing the book on basic electronics, and being treasurer for both the Emeriti Assoc. and my volunteer fire company are keeping me out of trouble (mostly). Being home during the day allows me to respond to far more fire dept. calls (CO detectors, fires, car accidents, hazardous materials spills, rescues), which serve as a welcome distraction from writing. Soon the mountain bike will come out of winter storage and my wife Mattie and I will pedal the wonderful "rail trails" around home.

November 2007

Bernard Friedlander ("BZ"), U of H Psychology Department 1970-1995
reports that he is rather startled to discover that he is still called upon occasionally for professional assignments.  He has recently been appointed Visiting Research Professor of Psychology in a graduate program jointly conducted by Antioch University-Seattle and the University of Washington. His role in the program is to serve as a resource person to graduate students developing independent research projects and to lecture from time to time. As a gesture to modernity, his principal contact with the students is via phone & e-mail.  His talk scheduled for December 7, 2007 is "How People and Psychologists Get The Way They Are."  This talk is based on an update of the same continuously evolving conceptual structure he used in his human development courses throughout his years at U of H. Bernard lived in Seattle 1995-2002 and now resides principally in Madison WI.

Wally Banzhaf College of Engineering, Technology, & Architecture ’77-‘06
is hoping that he can be rehired as a professor so he’ll get some rest. Now Executive Secretary, Treasurer and “webmaster” of the Emeriti Association, he is also treasurer of his volunteer fire company, under contract to write a book on basic electronics, and doing web design for the University. In late November 2007 he expects to become, for the first time, a grandfather, a title for which he is not ready because “grandpas are old people”. He and spouse Mattie just came back from a month in Japan, where they toured with son Jeremy who lives in Tokyo. Every week he batters his aging knees with several games of racquetball, and finishes the torture with a mile or so in the UH Sports Center pool.