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November 2016

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BETTY SLUSNY (HARTT), M’68 (HARTT) of Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany is celebrating 16 years of teaching for the military at Ramstein Air Force Base.  A world traveler, she has also taught in Italy, Belgium, and Africa. 

Painter and Printmaker ROBERT DENTE (HAS) of West Hartford, Conn., had his works displayed in an exhibit called “Come Meet Me in a Dream” in the TDP Gallery at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Conn.  The show ran in November and December.     

Dente '73

Tufts Health Plan has announced the appointment of THOMAS LEGARE M (A&S) as director of the change management office.  He will be responsible for defining the change management approach for the CHRM program, guiding the organization through the changes in technology and business processes and establishing the conditions for a smooth transition.  He has previously worked for IBM, Raytheon, BearingPoint, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.    


LAWRIN ROSEN (HAS) of Bloomfield, Conn., has successfully owned ARTfx for 34 years.  The custom design company is located in Bloomfield, Conn.

Legare '78

Westox Labs has named MATTHEW WATSON M (BARNEY) of Mission Viejo, Calif., its chief executive officer.  In his new role, Watson will oversee all aspects of the business including sales, marketing, operations, finance, billing and compliance.  He has over 25 years of experience in the business.    

Watson '83

CHUCK PAGANO (CETA), M’07 (A&S) of Waterbury, Conn., was inducted into the prestigious Consumer Technology Hall of Fame in November.  He was cited as a “Transformational Technologist” for his work with ESPN in building one of the first and most sophisticated HD television studios (valued at over $100 M), and the first HD programming that launched the sales of high definition televisions.    


SCOTT MacGREGOR (A&S) of Madison, Conn., founder and CEO of SomethingNew, won the 2016 American Business Award for Innovation.  A sales and marketing leader, he was recognized for helping recruiting agencies make data-driven decisions without losing the human element that an algorithm can’t deliver by creating meaningful systems for both the client and candidate.    


RUSS BLATT (CETA), M’96 (BARNEY) of Plainview, N.Y., has undertaken a new project titled “Obstacle Course Racing.”  It is the first mobile calendar application for the obstacle racing world.





DAYLON MARTIN (BARNEY) of Macon, Ga.was re-elected to the Jones County Board of Commissioners in Georgia as District Four Commissioner.    


AURELIO MURACA (HAS) of Bethel, Conn., is the technology program coordinator at the Danbury (Conn.) Library, and acts as a liaison to the Danbury Hackerspace located in the Danbury Innovation Center annexed to the Library.  He is helping the Danbury community to gain 21st century skills via STEM/STEAM programming as well as being active within the Maker Movement.


KATHLEEN ZIMMERMAN (HAS) of Willington, Conn., was awarded a State of Connecticut Regional Arts grant.

Martin '96

Muraca '96



A series of still life oil paintings by JANETTE MAXEY (HAS) of East Hartford, Conn., was exhibited in November and December at the Underground Gallery in Collinsville, Conn. 



BEN LIM (BARNEY) of Alpharetta, Ga., was the featured speaker in November in a web cast on commercial auto profitability.  He is the director, commercial insurance, for LexisNexis Risk Solutions and has 12 years of insurance product development and management experience.    

Dental lab technician and artist JOANNA GARREN (HAS) of South Windsor, Conn., was featured in Lab Management Today for her collection of original paintings that were exhibited this past fall at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Conn.  The exhibit, titled Toolbox Toybox, featured 27 of her paintings which are typically 20-inch square in size.  Garren uses acrylic and gouache paints, favoring their bright, bold colors.     


The inspiring storyof DARTRAY BELK (A&S) of Hempstead, N.Y. was profiled in a blog.  The blog detailed the progression of his life from growing up as a youth in the housing projects in South Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., to his current role as a New York City police officer who works as a community affairs liaison officer with the 26th precinct in Harlem, N.Y.


The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Connecticut has awarded Gilbane Building Company’s CAROLINA CUDEMUS M (BARNEY) of West Hartford, Conn., 2016 Project Manager of the Year.  Cudemus is the current deputy director for the largest construction program in the country (New Haven Schools Capital Program) where she been a program manager since 1998.    

Cudemus '07

JESSICA FAULDS (HAS) of Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., had her collection of oil pastel paintings exhibited at the Loft Gallery at the Smithy Store in New Preston, Conn., from mid-November through the end of the year.  Her work has been selected for a number of awards and exhibitions.




SHELDON HENRY (HARTT) of Brooklyn, N.Y., made his Speakeasy debut performing in “The Scottsboro Boys” in October and November.  A seasoned performer, his recent credits include the “South Pacific” national tour, 20th Anniversary “Riverdance” international tour, “The Prom,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Dream Girls,” among others.  Henry is also a proud alumnus of The Boys Choir of Harlem.    



Artist COREY PANE (HAS) of West Hartford, Conn., made his mark in a unique way this fall when he begin painting themed cleats for a few NFL players, most notably Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown.  His story was featured nationally in Sports Illustrated, and locally in The Hartford Courant.    

Noted photographer SEBASTIAN COLLETT M (HAS) of Ashville, N.C., was hosted by the Watkins College Department of Photography in October.  He was recently awarded the Cord Prize, the Light Work Grant, and the Emerging Photography Award, and has served in residencies at a wide variety of highly reputable foundations and organizations.    

SARAH MORIN (A&S) of West Hartford, Conn., joined Cronin and Company, LLC in Glastonbury, Conn., as a media analytics associate.  She previously worked for Bluespire Senior Living.  Cronin is the largest independent marketing communications agency in Conn.


AARON SARWAR (CETA) of West Hartford, Conn., has acquired the rights to Hartford City FC, an expansion professional soccer team from Hartford, Conn., that will begin play in the National Premier Soccer League beginning in May.


Music teacher REBECCA BERNARDO (HARTT) of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., has begun a band program for seventh and eighth graders at the Dunbar School in Bridgeport, Conn. where she works.  Lending a hand in inspiring the students to participate was the Hartt trombone studio’s Crimson Quartet who visited the school and interacted with the students in October.  Dunbar is the lowest performing and one of the most underfunded schools in the State, and the visit by the UHart students made a significant impact.


LAVINA V. CORREIA M (CETA) of Houston, Texas, was appointed sales application engineer for Foreverlamp.  She will be responsible for providing technical and application support to key customers, engineers, channel partners and the internal/external field sales team.  




Callahan M'12 D '15, Serbel '10

Feng '15

Healey '14, Healey '12

Krane '10

DRS JESSICA CALLAHAN M’12 (A&S), D’15 (A&S) and RYAN SERBEL ’10 (CETA), D’14 (ENHP) of Lancaster, Pa., were married September 17 at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos.  Callahan is clinical psychologist and Sorbel is a physical therapist, both working in the Lancaster area.    


DR. SOFIA YUN FENG D’15 (ENHP) and Louis Rossi, Jr., were married July 2 in China.  Although they were married at City Hall in New York, N.Y., the wedding celebration took place overseas and included family, close relatives and childhood friends.  Dr. Feng works Long Island Public Schools,while her husband is a former Marine Corps Iraq combat war veteran who works as a federal Police Officer for the Army.  They live in Massapequa, N.Y.    


ANGELA (BETHONEY) HEALEY ’14 (HARTT) and CRAIG HEALEY ’12 (CETA) were married August 6 in Plymouth, Mass., at the Pine Hills Country Club.  Angela is now in her third year at Quinnipiac University School of Law.  She will be a judicial clerk at the Connecticut Appellate Court beginning in June, 2017.  Craig works as an acoustics engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat and will graduate in May from WPI with a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering.  The couple resides in Norwich, Conn.  


RENEE SANDLER KRANE ’10 (A&S) and JASON KRANE ’10 (A&S) were married November 6 at The Palace in Somerset, N.J.  The bride is in marketing in a division of UL, and the groom is a development non-profit professional for the Jewish Federation in the heart of New Jersey.  They currently reside in East Windsor, N.J.