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August 2016

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Alumuna ROSE FICHERA-EAGEN (BARNEY), M’85 (BARNEY) of Hartford, Conn., continues to operate “Rose’s Boutique” in the basement of Church Street Cathedral in Hartford, Conn.  Through the Boutique, just one of the many things acts of kindness she performs every day, Rose solicits takes in clothes and passes them along to the needy. 

Fichera-Eagen '85


Sypris Solutions, Inc., promoted JAMES M. LONG , JR. M (BARNEY) of Odessa, Fla., to vice president and general manager of its subsidiary, Syprus Electronics,LLC.  He has served as vice president of operations there since 2010.  




Rariton Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J., has promoted VIRGINA SMITH ’89 (HAS) of Ewing, N.J., to assistant professor.  She created RVCC’s Associate of Science in Interior Design Program and serves as its coordinator.  Smith continues to practice interior design, focusing on technology and visualization of architectural spaces. She has previously taught at Drexel University and Philadelphia University.

1996 profiled JON-PAUL J. VENOIT (BARNEY) of Wallingford, Conn., as he took on the role of president and CEO of Masonicare.  The story detailed his journey from that of a waiter in the dining hall 26 years ago while in high school to his current role as the organization’s leader. 

TRACEY KELUSKY ND (ENHP) of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, has been voted into the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Hall of Fame Class of 2016.  He starred for the Hawks from 1997-00 and became UHart’s first number one overall draft pick in the 2000 NLL Entry Draft.  Kelusky played 14 seasons in the NLL before joining the New England Black Wolves coaching staff in 2014. 




 Quinn '02

MATT MARGOLIS (CETA) of Silver Creek, N.Y. has published a book titled, The Worst President in History: the Legacy of Barack Obama.  It has become a Kindle bestseller on 


Assistant professor of organ at the Florida State University, DR. IAN QUINN (HARTT), of Tallahassee, Fla., has received a Fulbright Scholar Award and will be teaching in the Russian Federation during spring, 2017.  The coming months will also see the publication of two of his books.  They are The Genesis and Development of an English Organ Sonata (Royal Musical Association Monograph Series – Routledge) and The Organist in Victorian Literature (Palgrave Macmillan). 



The Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Mich, named DR. MATTHEW AUBIN M (HARTT), D’10 (HARTT) music director designate.  He has conducted and performed internationally from Benaroya Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Musikvberein and many stops in between.  Dr. Aubin is a passionate advocate for American and contemporary music.


Rapper CHEZARE MILLER (BARNEY) of East Hartford, Conn., was recently profiled in his hometown web site,  He performs under the name CheZZa and released a new album this summer titled “I am…”  With rock influences, a Sudbury, Mass., upbringing and Jamaican parents, CheZZa performs a colorful mixture of style and sounds, but the backbone of his music is Rastafarian hip hop.  

Miller '06



ANNA BLANCHARD (BARNEY) of Norwalk, Conn. spent the month of August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, activating a client’s Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Sponsorship for Octagon, a global sports marketing agency based in Norwalk, Conn.  As part of her work at the Olympics, Anna coordinated the client’s employee engagement activities, managed the filming of key activations, and hosted global sweepstakes winners and executives during their time in Rio. 



Northwestern Mutual has added JONATHAN HERRON (A&S) of Voorhees, N.J. as a Financial Advisor.  His national practice is located in Mt. Laurel, N.J.



ADAM FONTANA M (HARTT) of Kansas City, Mo., was appointed an assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.  Dr. Fontana will conduct the Bethel Wind Ensemble and Bethel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as teach courses in music and music education.


RYAN O’ROURKE (HAS), M’12 (HAS) of Hooksett, N.H. celebrated the release of his eighth children’s book, “Bella Up, Up, and Away” published by HarperCollins.  He also recently became department chair of illustration at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. 

O'Rourke '10


Classmates came together for a mini-reunion in July.  The group gathered at the home of BRITT (RESCSANSKI) LYNCH (HARTT), (BARNEY) of Rocky Hill, Conn.  Also attending were PHOENIX (MATARAZZO) MATOSIAN (HARTT) of Shelton, Conn. (with daughter, Charlotte), EMILY (ZATURSKY) KEIFER (HARTT) of Clinton Township, Mich., SARA COHEN (HARTT) of Bedford Hills, N.Y. and SARA FASTOW (HARTT) of Las Vegas , Nev. 

Lynch '11


NELSON CHAN M (HAS) of Montville, N.J. had his photography shown as part of the exhibition “Anthology: Somewhere Not Here,” a collection of images by an array of contemporary photographers staged at the Crosstown Arts Gallery August and September in Memphis, Tenn.  In his work, Chan continues to explore his immigrant duality of personal and cultural identity.   


NANCY A. MEYER (UNIVERSITY STUDIES) of Hartford, Conn., formerly the publisher and CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group, has been named president of the New Jersey Media Group and its flagship newspaper, The Record.  She created new products in Orlando that included a business-to-business digital publication and the Orlando Signature magazine.  Before that, Meyer served as president and publisher of the The Hartford Courant


DR. JIM MELLO D (ENHP) of Steubenville, Ohio, executive director for institutional effectiveness at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and his son, James Mello, at student-athlete at FUS, co-presented at the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity.  The Congress was held August 24-28, 2016 at York St. John University in the United Kingdom.  The presentation shared how the vision and mission of FUS are expressed through intercollegiate athletics.



Meyer '12


DR. JASDEEP SINGH D’13 (ENHP) of West Hartford, Conn. was appointed Principal at the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School in East Hartford, Conn.  He had spent his entire career to date in the West Hartford (Conn.) Public School System, most recently as principal of Wolcott Elementary. 



LEA RUSSO (HAS) of Torrington, Conn. and KRISTA M. NARCISO ’15 (HAS) of Watertown, Conn., had their works displayed as “emerging artists” at the Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Conn., during Aug.-Sept, 2016.  The exhibition featured paintings by Russo, and drawings and book arts by printmaker Narciso.



NOAH BLOCKER-GLYNN M (HARTT) of Simsbury, Conn., was featured in an article that appeared in the Valley Press (Conn.) in June.  Blocker-Glynn is the director of UHart’s Hartt Community Division and the article focused on the Community’s Divisions efforts to extend itself to surrounding communities, specifically establishing a satellite location in Simsbury, Conn. 

LEA RUSSO (HAS) of Torrington, Conn. and KRISTA M. NARCISO ’15 (HAS) of Watertown, Conn., had their works displayed as “emerging artists” at the Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Conn., during Aug.-Sept, 2016.  The exhibition featured paintings by Russo, and drawings and book arts by printmaker Narciso.

CHRIS SAYER M (BARNEY) of Canton, Conn., along with his wife Christina, have recently opened “Brewery Legitimus,” a craft brewery located in New Hartford, Conn.  The couple created Brewery Legitimus to bring locally crafted, high quality beer to Northwest Conn.

Blocker-Glynn '15

LIZZY SYNALOVSKI (HAS) from Succasunna, NJ, who recently joined Brown/RISD Hillel as an engagement associate, joined up with RACHEL HOROWITZ ’12 (A&S) from Washington, D.C., a talent associate with Hillel International, along with a group of current students at the Hillel Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.   


Hawk Hatchlings

Hinckley '02

Naski '01 '03

Pelliccione '10

Hannah Carolyn Hinckley was born to parents REBECCA (BINDIG) HINCKLEY ’02 (HARTT) and Kevin Hinckley of Windsor Locks, Conn., on July 22 at 8:12 p.m.  She weighed 9 lbs 12 ozs and 22.5 “ long. 


BURAK KONUK M’09 (CETA) and his wife, Elif, of Largo, Fla. welcomed a son, Omer Burak Konuk, on May 29, 2016.


PAUL ’01 (CETA) and KRISTY “WING” NASKI ’03 (ENHP) of Wallingford, Conn., welcomed their first child, Evan Michael Naski, on March 23 at 9:57 a.m.  He weighed in at 7 lbs 1.8 ozs, and was 19.5” long. 


AMANDA PELLICCIONE ’10 (CETA) and her husband CHRISTOPHER PELLICCIONE ’10 (A&S) of Middle Island, N.Y., announced the birth of their son, Harrison James, on July 27.