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February 2016


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The photography work of DAVID KREISS (A&S), M’04 (HAS) of Collinsville, Conn. was featured in a solo exhibit at Gallery on the Green in Canton, Conn. in January.  A former photographer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Conn. and River Front Recapture, he has taught photography at several colleges in the Hartford, Conn. area.  David’s photographs have appeared in historical books in and around his hometown. 


RON ROSENFELD (BARNEY) of Ridgefield, Conn., retired at the end of February as owner of the New Balance store in New Canaan, Conn.  He ran the business for 10 years, and has became very involved with his community, particularly in support of special needs.  Ron has also been an advocate for running and fitness among New Canaan youth.

Rosenfeld '73


DR. MICHAEL GARGANO (BARNEY) of Hartford, Conn., was selected to serve as President of St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, Conn.  In that role, he will focus on expanding academic programming, enhancing student experiences and increasing financial aid resources.  He has more than three decades of experience serving in a variety of senior leadership positions in higher education.  






Gerson Preston, one of South Florida’s largest and long-standing public accounting firms, announced that CLIFFORD GELBER (BARNEY) of Parkland, Fla., will join the firm as a partner in its Boca Raton, Fla. office.  Clifford brings more than 30 years of experience as a CPA to the company.  He will be responsible for advising clients on a wide range of issues. 

of Bristol, Conn., was appointed president of Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Inc., and its principal subsidiaries: Johnson Memorial Hospital and Johnson Health Care and Home and Community Services, Inc.  He has been at the helm of Johnson Memorial since 2013.

Gargano '78

Gelber '78


BERNARD KAVALAR (A&S), M’88 (BARNEY) of West Hartford, Conn. was selected as a Board member of Leadership Greater Hartford.  He is managing principal for Express Strategies and President of the University of Hartford Alumni Association.

of Morehead, Ky., performed a “Liberaband” in the Duncan Recital Hall of the Baird Music Hall on the campus of Morehead State University in Jan.  An ardent proponent of the art song, she has devoted the major part of her career to the classical song repertoire.  Dr. Prindle has performed in 30 states and many countries throughout the world.  She has been a faculty member at Morehead since 1993.



GWENDOLYN CAHILL (A&S) of Petersburg, Va., released Out of Love, a novel about art theft, justice and love.  The premiere book signing event occurred April 9 at Barnes and Noble Chesterfield Town Center in Richmond, Va.
Artist DAVID HOLZMAN (HAS) of Avon, Conn., had his work displayed from January to March at New Britain, Conn.’s downtown Stockman Gallery.  The exhibit was titled “David Holzman: From the book of Umm.”  Since 2011, he has produced a series of small watercolor/gouache paintings that has been the focus of his process.  David has been teaching art at Simsbury High School since 1986.  He also teaches sculpture at Central Connecticut State University.  


JULIE JANSEN (A&S) of Stamford, Conn., published the third edition of “I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work.”  It was published by Penguin Books on March 1.

Jansen '81


WENDY DAVIES-STAUFFER (A&S) of Cheshire, Conn, a lawyer at Rome, Clifford, Katz & Keorner, GAYLE MULLIGAN ’88 (BARNEY) of Hebron, Conn., a Representative in the Connecticut State Legislature, and ERIC BENCIVENGA ’99 (BARNEY) of Amityville, N.Y.,  a financial advisor at Edward Jones, returned to campus in early February to speak to a group of student-athletes about life after graduation.  From developing teamwork, to overcoming adversity, to learning how to network, all three credited their time as a Hawk for much their success.



RICHARD WILLIAMS (HARTT) of Larchmont, N.Y., performed his third solo recital on April 24.  He is in the midst of his 27th season with the Westchester Symphonic Winds, the 10th as principal Trombone.




MITCHELL C. SKLAR, Esq. (A&S) of Voorhees, N.J., has received a Certificate in Facilitation Skills from the Training Foundation.  In addition, he has been accepted as an Associate Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development.  Mitchell has been the executive director of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police since 1999. 

 Sklar '85


Andruszko '88






Greene '95

PAUL ANDRUSZKO (CETA) of Clarence Center, N.Y., was named vice president of Gear Motions Buffalo , N.Y., operations, which includes its Oliver/Pro-Gear and Niagara Gear divisions.  Paul has more than three decades of experience in the gear industry and most recently served as general manager of the company’s Niagara Gear division.

STEVE DAVIS (HARTT) of New Britain, Conn., and JAMES BURTON III ’03 (HARTT) of Westbury, N.Y., joined the Christian McBride Band and a slate of gifted artists who performed in “A Tribute to Ray Charles” February 26 at the White House in front of President Obama and the First Lady.



COLEEN DUFFY M (BARNEY) of Cromwell, Conn., was appointed a Board member of the Middlesex United Way.  She is a certified public accountant with Hintz and Company LLC in Portland, Conn.  Before that, Coleen was self-employed as a CPA for nine years, and held various positions at Aetna for 17 years.

Following his Grammy nominations, JIMMY GREENE (HARTT) of Sandy Hook, Conn., enjoyed national exposure for his “Beautiful Life” recording honoring his daughter, Ana.  He performed on the Meredith Vieira Show on Feb. 15, along with JAVIER COLON ’00 (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., and then on the Jimmy Fallon show March 1, sitting in with the Roots.





of Granby, Mass., was promoted to the position of creative director by van Schouwen, LLC of Longmeadow, Mass..  In his new role, Horlitz will provide B2B companies with guidance on building visual identities for their brand.  Daniel joined the company in 2003.  He is a recipient of numerous industry awards.




Horlitz '98



JOSH FELDMAN (A&S) of S. Orange, N.J., was promoted to senior capital specialist at FORA Financial.  He was also recently FORA’s Spotlight recipient in honor of his hard work and dedication to the company.  Josh joined FORA in Sept. of 2014.



STEPHANIE MINOR (HAS) of Beacon, N.Y., gained international notoriety when a video of her placing the faceplate on Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar at the Governor’s Ball (with the actor standing by her side) went viral.  The video first appeared on the Variety web site, then Buzzfeed, then found its way into cyberspace.  Stephanie is the project manager for statuettes at Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, the foundry that was contracted to produce this year’s Oscars.  A picture of Stephanie and Leo also appeared in the March 14 issue of People magazine.

JACKIE ROCHE (HAS) of East Haven, Conn., was one of two distinguished writers who taught block-long advanced creative writing courses at Cornell College this past year.  She is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer specializing in non-fiction comics.  Her work has been published in such venues as the Economic Hardship Project, Fusion and Symbolia Magazine. 

KARA L SHYPULA (CETA) of Manhattan, N.Y., has been promoted to senior project coordinator at Hoffman Architects in New York City.  She was previously a project coordinator.  Kara will provide project management and construction administrative services for building envelope rehabilitation and new construction consultation.

Minor '09


Shypula '09


The Center for Latino Progress, a Hartford, Conn.-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Latino community announced the hiring of SAMANTHA SLADE M (A&S) of Cromwell, Conn., as director of advancement & marketing.  Previously, she was the development manager at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford (Conn.).

Slade '13






MEGAN CLOSE ’05 (A&S) and Michael Zavala of Burbank, Calif., were married at her parents’ home at the foot of the Organ Mountains in Las Cruces, New Mexico Oct. 24, 2015.  Megan is a literary agent at Keller Media, an agency based in Marina del Rey, Calif.  Michael is a visual effects producer at Hydraulix VFX.  The couple are planning a honeymoon to France and Italy in April.  While at UHart, Megan majored in cinema and worked on the Informer, including spending her senior year as editor-in-chief.


Hawk Hatchlings:
Births and Adoptions