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What are Purchase College Alumni doing? These are but a few examples of how our alumni are changing the world!

Pedro de Alcantara (BFA in Music, 1981) is currently under contract to write two new books. For the Oxford University Press, he is preparing an innovative study of musicians' psycho-physical problems. For Random House, he's writing a time-travel novel for children, taking place in New York City during the first half of the 20th century. Expected publication date for both manuscript is 2008.

Hal Hartley (Film, 1984) is an Independent Filmmaker, writer, director, producer. Hal's films include "Henry Moon" "Simple Men," Trust," The Unbelievable Truth," Amateur," and "Flirt." He often lectures at Purchase.

Joshua Abeles (History 1991) is a manager at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. Prior to that he was VP of Product Development for Ustreamit, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer for OSC Global Services. Since graduating, he has lived in Prague, Tel Aviv and Bangkok.

Dante Albertie (Literature 1989) is Founder & Artistic Director of the Belmont Italian American Theatre in the Bronx. Dante continues to bring lively theatre to the New York community.

John Ambroseo (1983) was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Coherent, a Los Angeles-based international corporation in June '01. He rose through the ranks during his 12 years with the company. John has returned periodically to campus to share his knowledge with students & faculty.

Jill Bargonetti-Chavarria (Biology, 1985) is an Award-winning molecular geneticist, and Winner of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award of $500,000 over 5 years, Jill opted to teach at Hunter College and continue her research on a tumor-supressing protein, p53.  She recently won a New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology and is looking forward to a sabbatical at Rockefeller University in 2002 where she will focus on her p53 research.

Amy Billig (Math, 1990) teaches math and computer science at Harrison High School and is the recipient of the Who's Who Among America's Teachers in the 2000 edition.

Susan Biro (Political Science, 1980) is the Chief Administrative Judge, USEPA.

Terese Capucilli (Dance, 1978) Recipient of 2001 Dance Magazine Award. Terese received her award for her "significant contribution to dance" and as "One of the leading interpreters in our time of the works of Martha Graham."  She traveled to Kosovo on a cultural mission during the conflict there and works with inner-city kids in a Saturday dance program.

Tony Castrigno (Theatre Arts & Film 1978) Tony's company has staged Time Magazine's 75th birthday celebration at Radio City Hall, the turning over of Hong Kong to the Chinese, and a 50,000 square foot exhibit for Xerox in Germany. Tony brings his love of the theatre to his many celebrated displays and events.

Hernando Cortez (Dance 1985) Principal, Paul Taylor Dance Company. In addition to dancing with Paul Taylor, Hernando choreographs and teaches at Purchase. He and Denise Roberts Hurlin '84 founded Dancers Responding to AIDS.

Mark DiMassimo (Political Science 1986) is the President and Executive Creative Director of DiMassimo Brand Advertising. Mark founded this 60-person hot shop in l996.

Rhonda Kaplan (Art History 1981) Senior Portfolio Manager/VP Investments in the Portfolio Management Group of Salomon Smith Barney.  As a member of Purchase's Alumni Leadership Group, Rhonda has spearheaded a number of receptions for alumni and faculty of the College.

Brian MacDevitt (Design Technology 1980) is an Obie-winning lighting designer. Brian most recently designed the lighting for Tom Stoppard's "Invention of Love" and "urinetown." He also teaches here at Purchase.

Donald Margulies (Art+Design 1976) Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Donald's award-winning play "Dinner with Friends" is only one of his many plays, screenplays and short stories. He teaches playwrighting at Yale and recently returned to the College  discuss his play to a packed audience of students, faculty and Friends of Dramatic Writing at Purchase.

Adam Nagourney (Economics 1977) is a political reporter for The New York Times.

Jeffrey Nesich (Political Science 1977) is currently the Deputy Commissioner - Chief Financial Officer at the New York State Division of Parole. He was appointed by Governor Spitzer in March 2007, after a 27-year career in the State's Budget and Criminal Justice agencies.

Tony Pemberton (Film 1990) Tony's feature film "Beyond the Ocean" premiered at Sundance this year. He was cited as one of the 10 directors to watch by Variety Magazine this year. His film was screened at Purchase this spring with commentary by the filmmaker.

Carl Safina (Environmental Science 1977) winner of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Carl is champion of the oceans and the life they contain. His book "Song for the Blue Ocean" won the 2000 Lannan Library Award for Non Fiction and has influenced public awareness of ocean life.  He founded the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society. His most recent book "Eye of the Albatross" is getting excellent reviews. Carl is often back on campus, speaking to students.



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