Class Correspondent

25th Reunion
June 6-8, 2014

Very exciting news: Next year is our 25th Reunion! I can’t believe it. I have set aside the weekend, and I hope many of you will also be able to attend. Life is good in D.C. I had a lovely Passover at the home of Lee Cowen ’86 and Eva (Pollin) Cowen ’88 and am already trying to snag an invite for next year. I worked on the Washington, D.C., 48-Hour Film Project in a little film called “Hypnos.” It screened at the AFI Silver on May 10. Also in May, I worked on a fundraiser for Lean & Hungry Theater, of which I am a member; Jessica Hansen, MFA’05, is artistic director. Attendees included Dan Kazzaz ’74, MA’11.

Missy Hafter writes, “Another year, another pile of craziness! Getting ready to stage manage ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (learned to build sugar-glass beer bottles for this production) and had lots of fun creating props for ‘God of Carnage.’ My daughter will become a bat mitzvah this summer, and I will see my brother Mike Hafter ’84 then. I saw Phil Liebschutz ’90 this past winter while visiting Los Angeles. To make sure everyone was all right in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, I corresponded with old roomies and pals Rob Levy, Steve Simons, Liz Bennett Greene, Marni and Andy Schwartz, and Todd Batson ’88. I plan to head to Mexico (Cuernavaca and Oaxaca) this summer to recharge my battery and my Spanish speaking. I am learning French with my daughter (Beth Ellyn O’Mullan McClendon would be proud). I love connecting with folks on Facebook.” Sara Joseph recently celebrated daughter Lily’s becoming a bat mitzvah, two years after her older sister, Mollie. Both celebrations would not have been the same without the presence of Sharon Lichten Barnett ’88; her husband, Alexander; and their daughter, Eden. Sara recently became an associate veterinarian at Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital in Newton, Mass., just around the corner from Brandeis. Abbe Krieger gave a solo flute recital in New York City during Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s Chamber Music Series. Her quintet, PentaWinds, recently performed the world premiere of “Così Fan Tutte” arranged for wind quintet with narration during the Art on the Corner series. Her website’s URL is abberose.com. Abbe reports that she is single and open to suggestions from the Brandeis community. Catherine Nassa writes, “While vacationing in Phoenix in February, I had a couple of great Brandeis reconnections. Micki Barnett Jacobs and I had a fun afternoon at the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and even got invited back for one of her 12 Days of Giveaways shows in December. Then Fran Genn Saperstein, Arthur Ollendorff and I had drinks and watched a beautiful Arizona sunset at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort.” Marci Swede is an associate professor and chair of the new Department of Health Services at Long Island University’s CW Post campus. She writes, “I am developing my research program in antifungal resistance pathways in the yeast S. cerevisiae. I moved here from my position as science division chair at a college in Connecticut with my husband and our two children, Aaron and Katy.”

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