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

Lawrence Levine ’73 BA (Econ) promoted to senior VP at Peapack-Gladstone

alum-news-buttonLawrence_LevineLawrence Levine was made senior vice president, director of client experience at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. This promotion recognizes Levine for his focus on enhancing the quality of client service and his record of developing “best in class” employee experiences. Previously Levine spent 25 years working for Citibank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Natwest Bank. For more information about his recent achievement click here.

Greg Ahlgren ’74 BA (PSc) recently published, “Fort Fisher: The Battle for the Gibraltar of the South”


Greg Ahlgren’s latest novel, Fort Fisher: The Battle for the Gibraltar of the South, was recently published. A historical novel told from the point of view of enlisted combatants on both sides, as well as from the point of view of a woman who served as the chief Union spy, Fort Fisher tells the story of the four-day battle between the combined forces of the Union Army and Navy against the Confederate Army at Fort Fisher. In addition to his work as an author, Ahlgren has been a criminal justice professor, a state legislator, and a political activist. His books include the alternate history time-travel novel, Prologue, and the international thriller, The Medici Legacy. He and Stephen Monier co-authored the true crime book Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax.