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Class of 2002

Class Secretary: Drew Weymouth, 119 Winthrop Ln., Holden, MA 01520; dweymout@alumni.bates.edu

Class President: Jason Surdukowski 1002 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001; surdukowski@hotmail.com

Next Reunion in 2007. Got news? Tap out a note to magazine@bates.edu!Selections from the recent Class Letter: Jane Barlow has finished her first year at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the Univ. of Prince Edward Island, Canada…. Rachel Beckhardt works as a tour consultant at EF Education, located in Cambridge. It’s a young company that offers opportunity to travel, so she really loves it…. Anya Belanger works as an editorial assistant at Harpercollins Children’s Books in New York City. She works on books that are part of The Julie Andrews Collection, an imprint of Harpercollins…. Elizabeth Berkey teaches team leadership skills and outdoor education to kids in fifth through ninth grade at an outdoor center in Vermont…. Marissa Borin is pursuing a bachelor’s in nursing at Regis College. She plans to then get a master’s in nursing, and then finally get her pediatric nurse practitioner license. In total, it’s a three-year program called the Generic Master’s Program…. Kim Bosse works for New Beginnings Transitional Living Program in Lewiston…. Tara Businski lives in St. John, Newfoundland, where she started graduate school at the Ocean Sciences Centre at Memorial Univ. last year…. Jess Caron lives in Philadelphia, Pa., and works as a paralegal in a large law firm in Center City…. Becca Carvalho attends George Washington Univ. Law School…. Will Coghlan has joined the staff of the Keene Sentinel in Keene, N.H., as a reporter…. Matt Dominici spent 10 months after graduation collecting and researching various types of foliage found in the forests of southwest Russia in an attempt to defend the long-standing argument that our continents were once all linked into one giant land mass, Pangaea…. John Dubzinski teaches freshman world history at Everett (Mass.) High School. He now has the utmost respect for every teacher out there…. Beth Duffy is a research assistant at the Center for Biomarkers in Imaging in the radiology department at Massachusetts General Hospital…. Cle Franklin lives in San Francisco and works part time at a nonprofit called the International Museum of Women. She’s working on a project called Imagining Ourselves, which is going to be a published anthology made up of visual and literary art submitted by young women all over the world…. “How are your two wives? And your 15 children? Your cows too?” These are just some of the greetings that Paul Frisoli hears everyday while being a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Guinea, a small Muslim West African country. He teaches math to ninth and 10th graders in a small village, Timbo, nestled in the mountainous region called the Fouta Djallon. Most of his students believe that math is for crazy people or for wizards and witches…. Nissa Gainty teaches English at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in the northern part of Quito, Ecuador, the organization that hosts the CBB Quito program, so she also helped out on the exchange program last semester. She is playing her oboe with the Orquesta del Conservatorio Nacional…. Meredith Gendron works as a technical analyst with a financial research firm in Hingham, Mass…. Al Haber is an analyst in the revenue management department of US Airways in Arlington, Va…. Edward Helmer has joined Pomerleau Real Estate in Burlington, Vt., as a commercial salesman…. Trung Huynh is a claims representative for the Social Security Administration (SSA)…. Eric Kaviar works at the Boston law firm Mintz Levin as an intellectual property researcher…. In an attempt to put off living in the real world, Dana Lehman has been living in rural northeastern Thailand and teaching English to kindergarteners…. Jesse Minor works for the Island Institute on Islesford. His fellowship includes weekly trips out on lobster boats during fishing season to keep tabs on the number of lobsters coming up in the traps. He also teaches violin in the two-room schoolhouse on the island…. Leslie Moser is a research assistant at Harvard School of Public Health and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at Tufts…. Kate Nies presented a new piece of choreography, Flock, at dance space in New York City last February. Laura Medina was also in it…. Jo-Ellen Rowley plays indoor soccer once a week. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and works as a manager in Dedham, Mass., at My Gym, a children’s fitness center, for children 3 months to 9 years…. Amanda Slocum is in a graduate program in materials engineering at UC-Santa Barbara…. Kristin Smith works at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute…. Dan Spector is in veterinary school at Tufts…. Liz Stefany works for Sea Education Assn. and has a great time with it…. Adam Stern works for Decision Resources in Waltham, Mass., a biotech/pharmaceutical research and advisory firm, as a marketing research associate…. Jay Surdukowski is in law school at Michigan and won election to the student senate. In November, he was a featured reader at the Poet Lore birthday celebration in Bethesda, Md., reading alongside author E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University and an editor of Poet Lore, and Rita Chin, who teaches writing at Towson University and whose poetry appears in Poet Lore. Established in 1889, Poet Lore is the oldest continuously published poetry magazine in the United States. “Painting proceeds apace,” Jay adds, “but no shows since spring 2002.”… Heather Thomson lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and works at the Great Outdoors Store: Fin and Feather…. Alicia Weisser experienced a bit of a culture shock after moving to the southern half of Connecticut, where everyone is loyal to the Yankees and the Jets instead of the Red Sox and the Patriots, and you are more likely to hear the traffic report for Long Island and downtown Manhattan than for southern Connecticut…. Drew Weymouth teaches biology and geometry at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass. Drew enjoys throwing things at the kids, jumping off desks, and having a good time while actually teaching them, too. As for a long-term plan, he has applied to medical school and is just waiting to hear good news now.


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