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Class Notes

Class Notes

Class Notes

Class Notes is an excellent way for alumni to keep up to date with news about the progress of classmates and peers.

Use the Class Notes form to send us information electronically.

To become a Class Notes Correspondent for your class, call the Office of Alumni Engagement, 718.951.5065.

May 2021 to October 2021


Franklin Stein, Ph.D., OTR/L., published the book Occupational Therapy: A Guide for Prospective Students, Consumers, and Advocates (Slack Incorporated, 2021) with Kathlyn Reed.


Howard Becker is treasurer of Friends of the Library of Collier County, with headquarters in Naples, Florida.


After six decades of writing nonfiction, Stu Bykofsky self-published his first novel, Press Card (2021).


Sol Barer, Ph.D. Rutgers (organic chemistry), cofounder of the biotech company Celgene, is chairman of Teva Pharmaceuticals. He is also founding chair of the Center for Discovery and Innovation (in medical research) and adviser and board member to the Israel Biotech Fund, Hibiscus BioVentues, and Red Cell Partners, LLC, among others. He is the former chair of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Advisory Committee for Restructuring Education.


Irvin Sam Schonfeld has received a 2021 Society of Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP) Service Award.


Stephanie Calmenson has published three new books—Dozens of Dachshunds: A Counting, Woofing, Wagging Book; Our Principal Is a Noodlehead!; and Our Principal’s Stilly Story Collection (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2021).


Joyce Zonana, author of Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile’s Journey (Feminist Press, 2008), a translation from French of author Tobie Nathan’s A Land Like You (Seagull Books, 2020), and numerous essays and reviews about Middle Eastern Jewish literature and culture, will be teaching her first online course about Arab Jewish Literature at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.


Allyson Aaron published Spanish for Beginners: Kids Ages 5–7 (AuthorHouse, 2021).

Tax attorney Karen Tenenbaum, Esq., LL.M. (tax), CPA, was honored by the Suffolk County Bar Association for her dedication to and exemplary service on the Tax Law Committee. She was also honored as a Power Lawyer by Schneps Media. She was recognized on the Long Island Business News Power 25 List and was inducted into its hall of fame.

Brian Wilson published Practicing Music: How the Professionals Do It (GIA Publications, 2021) with Morris Lang, professor emeritus, music, and In Search of Ancient Kings: Egúngún in Brazil (University Press of Mississippi, 2021).


Retta Blaney won her ninth journalism award, given by the Evangelical Press Association, for a feature she wrote for Salvation Army Connects about Salvation Army officers and their battles with cancer.


Justin Doyaga celebrated 10 years as a regional vice president in the Midwest region—the first three years at Prudential Financial, and the last seven years with Guggenheim Partners.

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