Greg Ahlgren ’74 BA (PSc) writes novel set during U.S. civil war

gregahlgrenGreg Ahlgren wrote Olustee: America’s Unfinished Civil War Battle published by Canterbury House. The novel is about the recent efforts to erect a Union monument to Union soldiers in Olustee, Floria, and the opposition to this effort by neo-Confederate apologists. Ahlgren is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has worked as a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist.

John Bacheller ’72 PhD (PSc) named Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow

unnamedJohn Bacheller was recently named a Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, State University of New York at Albany. The Rockefeller Institute is a public policy think tank that focuses on problems facing New York State. Bacheller has retired and writes a blog ( that focuses on New York issues, with a focus on upstate economies.

Martin Rochester ’72 PhD (PSc) writes book about war in 21st century

RochesterJ. Martin Rochester wrote The New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for an Unruly World published by Routledge. Rochester is Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has written 10 books on international and American politics, including Between Peril and Promise: The Politics of International LawUS Foreign Policy in the 21st Century and the textbook The Global Condition.

Stephen Coffin ’77 MPA co-authors three books in 2017

Stephen_CoffinStephen Coffin co-authored three books entitled: Sound School Finance for Educational Excellence, School District Financial Leadership: Making District Funds Work Systemically and Systematically, and Why School Leaders Need Vision: Managing Scarcity, Mandates, and Conflicting Goals for Educational Quality. They were published by Rowman & Littlefield. Coffin is adjunct instructor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.

William Polf ’71 MA (Hist)/’73 PhD (Hist) wins award for short story

POlfWilliam Polf wrote a short story titled “Banjo” that was published in the North Carolina Literary Review Online. The story won second place in the 2017 Doris Betts Fiction competition. “Banjo” was also among the top three winners of Short Story America’s 2017 fiction awards. Read the story on this webpage. Previously Polf was senior vice president of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Roger Hamlin ’72 MRP/’73 PhD (SSc) receives top honor from Babes-Bolyai University

alum-news-buttonPhotoRoger Hamlin received “Honoris Causa” from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Honoris Causa, similar to an honorary PhD, acknowledge’s the recipient’s contributions to their academic discipline. Hamlin built a partnership between Michigan State University and Babes-Bolyai University beginning in the mid-1990s. He developed a technical-assistance program, assisted in course and curricula creation, mid-career training for public officials, joint research, and conferences. Hamlin is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Joe Mareane ’79 MPA retires from Tompkins County Legislature

alum-news-buttonMareaneJoe Mareane retired from his post as county administrator for Tompkins County, which has its county seat in Ithaca, N.Y. During his tenure, Mareane helped the county avoid many of the layoffs that followed the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. Before joining Tompkins county, Mareane was the Chief Fiscal Officer of Onondaga County, which has its county seat in Syracuse. To read about tributes paid to Mareane by the Tompkins County Legislature, read this article