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Lisa A. Alzo was raised in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition (second major, English) in 1987 from West Virginia Wesleyan College.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, and spent six years researching her family history for  "Three Slovak Women."  Lisa has published articles in "The Ithaca Journal," Reunions Magazine and the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International.  As a features reporter, she published over 50 articles for the Ocean County Newspapers in NJ.  She is currently employed as an editorial assistant at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Lisa also works as part-time computer applications consultant and instructor (see below) and has been an invited speaker for several genealogical and historical societies (also below).  Her hobbies include:  genealogy, reading, journal writing, learning how to use the latest computer gadgets and software; listening to music (especially U2), and adding to her collection of koala bear figurines and keepsakes (over 300+ items!).

Recent Publications:
"ALAFFFA Celebrates 35 Years with All-American Picnic. Reunions Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 3,December 2002/January 2003
"Generation to Generation: The Slovak Woman's Role in Preserving Culture and Tradition," Nase Rodina, The Newsletter of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, September 2002.
"Find Your Slovak Roots Online,"  Rocenka: The Yearbook of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
"Three Slovak Women,"  Rocenka: The Yearbook of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International
"E-book Unites Old Stories with New Technology," Themestream.com, February 2001.
"Honoring Your Ancestors Through Ellis Island," Themestream.com, January 2001
"The Delicate Choices with Death,"  The Ithaca Journal, November 11, 2000
"Get Connected:  Ten Tips for Building Family Ties Online,"  Themestream.com, August 2000.
"ALAFFFA-Minute at Annual Reunion,"  Reunions Magazine, Spring 2000.


Courses Taught:
Adult Education Courses at: Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES (Ithaca, NY), Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES (Cortland/Liverpool, NY), Broome Community College (Binghamton, NY), Tompkins-Cortland Community College (Dryden, NY),  Finger Lakes Community College (Canandaigua, NY), State University of New York at Cortland (Cortland, NY)


Computer Applications:

  •  Writing Your Family History
  •  Genealogy on the Internet
  •  Advanced Genealogy on the Internet
  •  Researching Your Roots in the 21st Century
  •  Telling Stories:  Writing about Your Family in the Historical Context
  •  Creating a Family Web Page
  •  Nonfiction Writing
  •  Brochures/Newsletters
  •  Time Management
  •  Intro to Computers
  •  Windows 95/98
  •  Microsoft Word
  •  Microsoft PowerPoint
  •  Microsoft FrontPage (Web Page Design)


Invited Talks:
  •  Adventure Club, Liverpool, NY, January 25, 2003
  •  Cortland County Genealogical Society, Cortland, NY (November 19, 2002)
  •  University of Pittsburgh Slovak Festival, Pittsburgh, PA (November 4, 2002)
  •  Dear Myrtle's Family History Hour, November 2002
  •  Mifflin & Homestead Twp. Historical Society, Pittsburgh, PA (September 2002)
  •  Osturna Family Reunion, Barton, OH (August 2002)
  •  Christ United Methodist Church, Moravia, NY (June 2002)
  •  Kendall at Ithaca, Ithaca, NY (March 2002)
  •  Family Slovak Day, The Senator John Heinz Regional History Center, Pittsburgh, PA (December 2001)
  •  Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (Fall, 2001)                            
  •  Tompkins County Senior Citizens Group, (September 2001)
  •  Cortland County Historical Society, Cortland, NY (April, 2001)
  •  DeWitt Historical Society/Tompkins County Museum, Ithaca, NY (Oct., 2000, Feb., 2001)
  •  Southern Tier Genealogical Society, Binghamton, NY (October, 2000)






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