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January 2017

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DALE LUDWIG (A&S) of West Dennis, Mass., has published a book titled “Backtory: The Stories Behind Great Novels,” and sub-titled “A Literary Passage in Time.”  It is the story behind great novels transporting the reader to those turning point places and mysterious moments which inspired great writers to create what they did.  Ludwig has spent his career in communications as a writer, director, producer, and marketer, both in television and for the insurance industry.  He is also a life-long creative writer and has had a number of works published.  


In honor of his service and dedication to the Hartford (Conn.) area Habitat for Humanity effort, DONALD H. SHAW, JR. M’77 (BARNEY) of Granby, Conn., was honored with Habitat for Humanity lifetime board member emeritus status.  He had been with the organization for two decades and has been a member of the board of directors since 2002, holding a variety of leadership roles.    




NINA SIDELL (A&S), M’84 (A&S) of Maple Glen, Pa., has developed a highly successful career as a therapist, life coach, professional speaker, workshop facilitator and author.  She is the Mom’s Choice Award-winning and Deepak Chopra-endorsed author of Parenting for Life.  She recently launched a parenting movement called, “Conscious Parents Unite,” and wrote the widely-distributed article, The Heart of Your Jewish Family.    


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass., awarded its 2017 Maud Morgan Prize to ANNETTE LEMIEUX (HAS) of Brookline, Mass.  The Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, and who has made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  Currently a senior lecturer on visual and environment studies at Harvard University, Lemieux’s work ranges from painting to photography to found-object assemblage.  

DOMINIC J. VANGARELLI M (A&S) of Jessup, Pa., has been named vice-president of the Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center in Waverly, Pa.  A certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, he has been with the Center for 22 years.  

JDA Software Group, Inc. named former Tyco executive GIRISH RISHI M (BARNEY) of South Barrington, Ill., as its CEO.  He is a member of the University’s Board of Regents.  

The State of Connecticut Office of the Arts has awarded KATHLEEN ZIMMERMAN (HAS) of Willington, Conn., a 2017 Regional Arts Award.


EBONY WRIGHT-CAMPBELL A’02 (HILLYER), (A&S) of Brooklyn, N.Y. received her Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) from Capella University in March.  Her dissertation was titled “Addressing Relational Aggression Amongst Young Women in an Alternative High School Program.”


Postmodern Jukebox and its creator SCOTT BRADLEE (HARTT) of Astoria, N.Y., were the subject of a feature article that appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) in January.  The group uses popular songs from such artists as Lady Gaga, Guns and Roses, Meghan Trainor and Radiohead, among others, and creates its own arrangements that are different from the original.

Finnegan has announced the election of ELLIOT C. COOK (CETA) of Reston, Va., as a partner.  He maintains a diverse practice, including patent litigation, post-patent challenges, patent prosecution and patent monetization.  Cook has 20 years of experience both defending against and asserting patent rights.  


NTIFIA MULLINGS (A&S) of Crofton, Md., has been named the media relations manager for the University of Maryland, College Park.

Cook '05


In December, The C. John Gallery, located in London’s renowned Mayfair, presented the first solo art exhibition of ANTINEA BOLETSI (HAS) of East Haven, Conn.  Her work focuses primarily on landscapes, still lifes and portraits. 


AYMSLEY MAHONEY (A&S) of Pembroke, Mass. was named the executive director of the Alliance Healthcare Center, a non-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Braintree, Mass.  She passed the federal Nursing Home Administrators Board exam in October.


JASON PAUL ROE (A&S) of New Windsor, N.Y., has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the N.Y. Army National Guard.


The Manchester (N.H.) Arts Commission displayed 30 watercolor works of YONG CHEN M’09 (HAS) of Quincy, Mass., on the walls of city hall in January as part of “Art on the Wall @ City Hall.”  The new series of works by Chen, titled “Go Outside and Play,” is meant to encourage parents to bring their children back to nature.  


BlumShapiro of West Hartford, Conn., has announced the election of COREY VENEZIANO, CPA, MSAT, M (BARNEY) of Burlington, Conn., as a new partner.  He works in the tax compliance department and has a wide range of experience in tax compliance, consulting, and planning for privately held businesses and their owners.

Chen '09
The artwork of JESSICA FALLIS (HAS) (A&S) of Southington, Conn., was part of the West Hartford (Conn.) Art League Emerging Artists exhibit which ran in January and February.  Her work was also a part of an exhibit at the Five Points Gallery Launchpad Studios in Torrington, Conn. in February.  
Fallis '12

OZAL AJMAL (BARNEY) of Bristol, Conn., has joined Filomeno & Company as a staff associate.  He was recently a staff accountant for Del Conte, Hyde, Annello & Schuch, P.C. 


CHLOE KOUNADIS (HARTT) of Framingham, Mass., played the role of Ali on the National Farewell tour of Mamma Mia.  

LEO ZAFFETTI (A&S) of Suffield, Conn., joined UTC Aerospace Systems as a material planner

Kounadis '15

JUWAN CROWLEY (HARTT) of Bridgeport, Conn., landed a starring role in the off-Broadway show, Spamilton, which ran from September through April at the Triad Theater in New York.  Spamilton is a parody of number of Broadway hits and Crowley played a mashup of Ben Franklin and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.  He was nominated for a Clive Davis Award which recognizes outstanding young talent.  


Filmaker and animator PATRICK REGAN (HAS) of New London, Conn., was featured in an article that appeared in The Day in January.  His two-minute animation titled, “The Legends & Lore of Avolonia,” premiered at the Hygienic Art Show’s Screening Room Film Festival in New London, Conn.  Regan works for Astor Place, a video production company. 


The work of artist SKYE RISS (HAS) of Wilton, Conn., was part of Wilton (Conn.) Library’s exhibit titled, “Perspective: The World of Female Artists.”  She works in mixed media – oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and more.

Crowley '16


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Hemmings '06

Bryce Washington Stewart was born to DAILEANN HEMMINGS ’06 (ENHP), M’11 (ENHP) of Bloomfield, Conn., on December 11.  He weighed in at 7 lbs., 7 ozs, and was 19 inches long.  Hemmings currently works in ENHP with Project Horizon and is an adjunct professor.