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January 2016


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CHERYL MELODY (HARTT) of Hopkinton, Mass., announced the release of her ninth CD, “Lullabies of Love,” that was released Valentine’s Day.  The CD features heart-centered and peaceful adult lullabies and is described as “Nurturing the Heart of the Inner Child.”

Melody '69


BILL DOUGAL (HAS) of Lebanon, Conn., created a video called “Cowboy Billy’s OK Corral,” which teaches character values cowboy style.  It is available on along with his other recent videos, “Fast Draw Fun” and “Fish Fact Fun.”

Dougal '73

RUTH B. SMITH (A&S), M’86 (BARNEY) of Barre, Vt., has been promoted to the position of vice-president for protection at National Life Group.  Since 2009, she has been in charge of the life insurance division of National Life Group, a financial services firm with $29 billion in assets under management.
Smith '81

MICHAEL ZIOGAS (ENHP) of Bristol, Conn., will receive the Ed Lodovico Award at the Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion recognition event April 8.  A standout soccer player in Bristol, he continues to serve the youth of his hometown in a coaching capacity.  Michael was an All-America goalkeeper for the Hawks and was elected to the Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.







Landino '83

ALISA COLEMAN (HARTT) of Morris Plains, N.J., was named the first chief operating officer of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. in January.  She first joined ABKCO in 1985 and has worked in every division of the company, finding innovative ways to introduce ABKCO’s song and film catalog to new generations.  The catalog includes compositions, recordings and films by such notable performers as Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones and The Kinks. named ROBERT LANDINO (CETA) of Westbrook, Conn., as one of “5 to Watch in 2016.”  A civil engineer, Landino is the founder and CEO Middletown-based Centerplan Cos.


KATHY BEHRENS (ENHP) of Irvington, N.Y., was one of three individuals selected to receive the 2016 Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Women of the Year Award.  Kathy is President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs for the National Basketball Association.  The award will be given in June at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Motivational speaker and organizational leadership expert KAREN JAMES (CETA) of Cammeray, Australia, returned to campus in January to speak to the LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) program of The Women’s Advancement Initiative.  She recently published a book On Purpose.




University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design professor ANNETTE LAWRENCE (HAS) of Denton, Texas, had her art exhibit, “Around Again,” displayed in late January at UNT on the Square.  The exhibition ran in conjunction with the Denton Black Film Festival.



HERM SORCHER (A&S) of Newtown, N.J., was named vice-president of business development for the Morristown-based Sky Blue FC, a women’s professional soccer team.  He will manage the team’s overall business strategy, including ticket, sponsor and marketing initiatives.  Sorcher has been the CEO and managing ownership partner for the Danbury, Conn. Whalers of the Federal Hockey League since 2009.  Previously, he spent 17 seasons with the minor league baseball New Jersey Cardinals.

Sorcher '91



Former UHart women’s basketball standout MARY JANE BESSELINK A’91 (HILLYER), (A&S) of Kingston, Ontario, Canada will be inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies in May, 2016.  She has been enshrined in numerous “Halls”, including UHart’s own Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame (in 2004).

of Macomb, Ill., travelled earlier this year to Myanmar as one of the first United States educators to provide professional development to their music teachers.  He also celebrated his selection as the new conductor for the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra in Quincy, Ill.




Cordani '95

DAVID CORDANI M (BARNEY) of Simsbury, Conn., was featured prominently in an article that appeared on in January.  The CEO of CIGNA, he was serving as a “guide” at the Walt Disney World Marathon for Cedric King, a double-amputee veteran.  They competed as part of the non-profit organization Achilles International, which partners people with disabilities with guides to complete road races across the country.


New Canaan Public Schools will welcome JO-ANN KEATING D (ENHP) of Southbury, Conn. as its director of finance and operations beginning this summer.  Her integrity, financial and budget skills, collaborative management style, and extensive experience in school performance and operations were cited by district officials as attributes that make her well-suited for the job.



DAN HORLITZ (HAS) of Granby, Conn., was promoted to creative director at van Schouwen Associates LLC, a strategic business-to-business launch marketing company in Longmeadow, Mass.  He has been the firm’s art director since 2006 and previously worked as a graphic designer in the higher education field.

Torrington, Connecticut Mayor Elinor C. Carbone tapped JAIME M. LAMERE (A&S) of Torrington, Conn., as the town’s new corporation counsel.  She is a former associate at Cramer & Anderson in Torrington.


In March, 2015, MAXWELL WILLIAMS (HARTT) of New Orleans, La., was named artistic director of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, and this January was selected by New Orleans Magazine as one of its “People to Watch.”  He was formerly artistic director for Hartford Stage in Hartford, Conn.


The love story and professional journey of ANNETTE ROGERS M (BARNEY), D’11 (ENHP) and Alden Davis of Avon, Conn., was chronicled in a Hartford Courant article in January.  She was assistant dean at the Barney School of Business before leaving in 2013 to join Alden’s consulting business venture,  She was invited back soon thereafter and is now an assistant dean and clinical instructor of management in the MBA program at Barney.



TODD MYERS (A&S) of Wallingford, Conn., was named vice president, programming acquisitions and development for ONE WORLD SPORTS, America’s Network for Global Sports.  He will be responsible for the network’s programming acquisitions across all platforms for the USA and Canada.  Previously, Myers spent 16 years as director of programming & acquisitions for ESPN.

Myers '04



For the seventh consecutive year, ANNIE KERINS (HARTT) of Sutton, Mass., performed the role of Mrs. Cratchit in the performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, Mass.

Kerins '06



PEDRO BERMUDEZ (A&S) of Hartford, Conn., a visiting professor of cinema in the College of Arts and Sciences, screened his latest film, “Hasta Manana,” January 14 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn.  The film was inspired by a trip he took to Puerto Rico as a student when he stumbled across a rooster fight.  The cast largely included residents of Hartford and was filmed throughout the city.

CASEY CORMIER (HARTT) of Denver, Colo., is a proud member of the band “Woods in Flight” which plays shows throughout the Boulder and Denver area.  Included was a featured performance at the Swallow Hill Music Hall earlier this year.  He relocated from the Hartford, Conn., area to Colorado in the summer of 2012 and took up a teaching residency at The Lesson Studio in Boulder.  






Cormier '07




A story on former Hawk COURTNEY GOMEZ (ENHP), D’10 (ENHP) of New Haven, Conn., appeared in in January.  The piece focused on the return to her high school alma mater, Norwich Free Academy (where she won two women’s basketball state titles as a player), in her current role as an assistant coach for Mercy High School.  Courtney works in home health care.


Artist PETER ALBANO ’09 (HAS) of Middletown, Conn., was featured in an article in the Middletown Press (Conn.) for a grant he received to create 50 different paintings for 50 families who live in the North End of his hometown.  Tagged the North End Pride Project, the paintings will be placed in the homes of the families and reflect each of their views on the neighborhood in which they live.

Albano '09



Marguiles Perruzzi Architects welcomed MATTHEW SIMON (CETA) of Bedford, N.Y. as an architectural designer, responsible for design development, programming, and project management and coordination.  The organization is one of Boston’s most innovative architectural design firms.


MICHAEL BASKOWSKI (HARTT) of Holliston, Mass. was featured in a story that appeared in the Providence Journal in late December.  He was a member of the cast for the touring production of “Beauty and the Beast,” which played at the Boston Opera House around the holidays.  It was a homecoming of sorts as Michael is a Holliston, Mass. native.


Liparini '14

ANEESA FOLDS (HARTT) of Jamaica, N.Y., joined the touring production of “Ragtime.”  She plays the role of Sarah’s friend in the ensemble.

“Wise Old Moon,” with band members DANIEL LIPARINI (HARTT) of N. Kingston, R.I., and STEPHEN CUSANO ’15 (HARTT) of North Haven, Conn., released its second album, “Don’t Take Me Off.”  The release of the album, which has received positive reviews from the critics, was followed by a March tour.









NATHAN SCALZONE ’99 (HARTT) and DEBBIE CHOU ’04 (HARTT) of Astoria, N.Y., were married July 5 in Camden, Maine.  The two first met working in the Hartt administrative offices, and reconnected in New York City through their work at 92nd Street Y and Steinway & Sons.  Hartt Composition Professor David Macbride was the officiant at the wedding.  JOSEPH DiPONIO M’00 (HARTT) and AUDRA JAMAI WHITE (A&S) were in the wedding party.



TONY FILARDO ’09 (CETA) and TINA BROCKMANN ’09 (HARTT) of Belmont, Mass., were married at St. Rose of Lima Church on November 14, 2015 in Northborough, Mass. Alumni and faculty in attendance were REVEREND MICHAEL RUMINSKI ’08, DEACON PATRICK FIORILLO ’10, Bridesmaid MICHELLE SCHULTZ WOODS ’09, Bridesmaid MARGARET FORTUNATO ’10, JIMMY LoRUSSO ’09, SARA MURRAY MADISON ’08, MELISSA LEHM SHORTINO ’09, NICK SHORTINO ’09, CHRISTA CHU ’09, ANDREW SCHMIDT ’09, JULIE FALCONE ’09, MARILYN BRENDEL ’10, M’14, ALYSSA PANITICH WHITE ’09, CHRIS WARD ’09, MATT SCHAEFFLER ’09, REBECCA EATON ’09, ANTHONY SPERANZA, Jr. ’10, JONATHAN ZWICK ’09, SHANNON BROWN ZWICK ’10, M’13, MICHAEL CROSBIE, Ph.D., FAIA, Associate Professor Theodore Sawruk and Adjunct Assistant Professor Rebecca Tuscano-Moss.


Hawk Hatchlings:
Births and Adoptions




PAUL BRAND ’02 (CETA), ’02 (A&S), an Alumni Association Board Member, and his wife MARY KATE ’04 (ENHP), M’14 (ENHP) of Hartford, Conn., welcomed Grady James Brand on November 23, 2015.  Grady joins big sister, Whimsy (four years old).



ROBERT MURRATTI ’02 (BARNEY) and his wife, Brook, of Wallingford, Conn., who were married in August, 2014, announced the birth of their first child, Mia Elizabeth on April 20, 2015.



Alumni Association Board member LAURA DINAN HABER B’07 (BARNEY) of New Britain, Conn. and her husband Sean Haber welcomed their son, Grant Dickinson (left) December 18, 2015.