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Valerie Forrest, of Westminster Station, Vt., has been married to Craig for 22 years and has three daughters. She is a family and consumer science teacher at Fall Mountain High School in Langdon, teaching foods and nutrition, travel, tourism and hospitality, and quilting. She welcomes e-mail from alumni; send a note to


Arlene Lewis Dykes retired from Claremont schools in June 2001 and moved to Carlisle, Pa., to be near family. She subs in Carlisle schools once or twice a week.

Suzan Kinaci writes, "After riding the high-tech roller coaster for many years along with frequent moves abroad and in the U.S., I have finally settled down. I am working for Mass Colleges Online as special projects manager and living with my son Andrew and fiance Steve, two dogs, and one cat in Greenland (N.H.). Would love to hear from fellow alumni from the '80s and HRX sisters. Cheers!"


20th Reunion – June 4-6, 2004

IN MEMORIAM: Leslie Nikin '84 died on July 17, 2003.


Tracy Davis, of Maricopa, Ariz., started a home-based tutoring and translating business, "In Other Words," after retiring from teaching Spanish and ESL for six years. She invites any KSC alums living in the Phoenix area to get in touch with her for get-togethers. E-mail:


Candace Anne Collins Sterling died on Sept. 22, 2003. She was a special education teacher at Spring Woods Middle School in Houston, Texas. She also taught for 11 years in San Antonio, at St. Mary Magdalene, Pauline Nelson Elementary, and Horace Mann Middle School. She married Timothy F. Sterling on July 7, 2001, in San Antonio. She earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education and special education. She was a member of Kappa Delta Phi-NAS, Kappa Gamma sorority.

IN MEMORIAM: Candace Anne Collins Sterling '86 died on Sept. 22, 2003, in Texas.


Gail Patria DiMasi, of Winooski, Vt., is married to Robert DiMasi and has three sons, Toliver, 13, Matthew, 11, and Tucker, 7. She is a senior client service specialist for Putnam Investments. Gail writes, "Just wanted to say hello and I hope everyone is doing well. Stopped in Tau Phi Xi house back in May and got to see all the newly inducted sisters. If anyone knows how to get in touch with Vicki Powers, please e-mail me at"

Teresa Straffin and husband Dave Stevenson had another little boy, Zachary, in May 2003. He joins brothers Connor, 5, and Parker, 2.


Barbara Hastings Volta has been a student of Cheng Man Cheng's Tai Chi Chuan for 10 years and works as an aide coordinator while taking care of her 94-year-old mother, gardening, and doing "horticultural therapy." She would "love to hear from any of my fellow artists - Robin, Kevin, Patrick, Doris, Karen."

From Jeff: As I write this note to you, we are one month away from the end of another year, with the holidays fast approaching. There hardly seems time to write, but write I must, since I know it's been some time since you've had any words of wisdom from yours truly or any news from your classmates.

Simply put, it means as you are reading these notes, spring is about to begin and bring another season of renewal, hopefully providing you with abundant opportunities to clean house both symbolically and literally. In other words, get out those pens and paper, or dust off that keyboard and drop one of your class secretaries a note! We know you've been meaning to do so. Now is the perfect time!

Life has been busy this past year and my career as assistant director of annual giving at Pomona College continues to offer many challenges and rewards. Most recently, I have been asked to serve on the college's discrimination and harassment review committee. In addition, I have accepted the nomination to serve as vice president of programming for the Annual Giving Professional Network, serving for the second year in a row as a member of the conference planning team for a southwestern U.S. regional meeting for annual giving professionals.

Enough about me...

Pam Brissette wrote to share news of the birth of her daughter, Maya, on May 11. (I know, the news is way overdue-I think I missed a deadline somewhere along the way!) Dad is classmate Steve MacMillin. When not changing diapers, Steve worked as lead man on the David Kelley show "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire." Classmate Chris Peterson worked with Steve on the show. Pam is a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) who occasionally works as a substitute teacher and restaurant manager. Pam traveled to Washington, D.C., last fall to visit Whitney Mikesell, who moved there almost two years ago. Whitney works as a buyer for HMS Host. They have stores in airports and tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building. Pam was unable to attend Reunion last May, because it happened to be right around her due date.

Unfortunately, that's all the news I have to share for now. I hope you'll be inspired to write and tell me what you've been up to. Please keep in mind I share news based on quarterly deadlines: March 1, June 1, Sept. 1, and Dec. 1. Typically, news is published approximately three months later, so if you don't see something in print, it likely will appear in the next issue.

I try to be as diligent as I can about making sure your news is shared, so please keep the fan mail, er, um – news about weddings, births, family, or professional and/or civic awards/accomplishments coming!

Until next time...


15th Reunion – June 4-6, 2004

Brian Marquis and Renaie Levesque Marquis '92 adopted a beautiful, healthy baby boy in June 2003. Jamison Brody Marquis was born on June 9, 2003. They write, "He's perfect and continues to amaze us everyday!"

Dr. Jeffrey A. Sager, doctor of naturopathic medicine, has joined the staff of the Center for Life Management in Derry and the Bedford Counseling Associates. He earned a master's degree from Antioch New England and received medical training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. His focus is on treating mental health-related problems.

Kay-Ellen Legrand Chicoine, of Athol, Mass., is working on her GREs for entrance into a Ph.D. program.

James Newcomb, a graduate student in biology at Georgia State University, was selected by Oak Ridge Associated Universities as one of seven outstanding researchers to attend the 53rd international convention of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 30-July 4. Newcomb participated with the Nobel laureates in activities relating to biology and medicine.

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