Honors Class Notes (Spring 2012 eNewsletter)


William Cremins ’69, ’73 is the Administrative Judge for the Waterbury Judicial District, a member of the State Judicial Review Counsel, and a member of the State Marshal Commission.


Dr. Lisa D. Brush ’85 is a sociology professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her new book, Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy (Oxford University Press), was named a CHOICE outstanding academic book for 2011. She was in Storrs this May to address the UConn women’s studies students at their Commencement celebration. Robert Rzewnicki ’88 is owner of the FISC Help and Information Desk at Aetna, providing business and technical support for the company’s group and health insurance underwriting and accounting operations.


Seth H. Jaffe ’91 is currently on detail at the White House Counsel’s Office as an Ethics Counsel. Seth is on detail from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics where he serves as an Associate General Counsel.


Lauren Aleksunes ’00, ’02, ’06 is being awarded the UConn Graduate of the Last Decade Award G.O.L.D. from the Alumni Association during Homecoming weekend 2012. She is also the recent awardee of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from NIH/NIEHS, which provides her laboratory  with R01 grant funding and career development funds. Vanessa Abraham ’02 is completing residency training in urology this year at New York University and joining Cleveland Clinic for a two-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Michael A. Ceccorulli ’03 has recently joined the Danbury law firm Collins, Hannafin, Garamella, Jaber & Tuozzolo. Attorney Ceccorulli brings his experience representing national telecommunications companies and retail franchises in real estate matters, and will be handling real estate, land use, and corporate and commercial transactions. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. Katie Boiteau ’04 is completing her third year teaching chemistry at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will lead the science team as department head beginning in the fall of 2012. Last summer, she was promoted to the rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by UFC legend Royce Gracie. John Joseph Hudak ’05 received his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University. He will be a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution beginning in July 2012. Carleton Coffrin ’06 will receive a Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University this year. Vanessa Kafka ’06 headed into the studio to record a new album in May, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. She is graduating from MIT’s Sloan School of Management with an M.B.A. in June and is looking forward to the start of an exciting career in Liberty Mutual’s Corporate Development Program starting in July. Maria Dover ’06 has been working at the NC Center of Excellence for Integrated Care for the past year. She is working on a federal grant, CHIPRA, which was awarded to NC to improve health care for children and youth with special health care needs. Her work involves training and technical assistance with pediatric practices to improve delivery of care. Marshall Dougherty ’08 has returned from living abroad to take a position at Travelers in Hartford. He is also a founding partner of the emerging social travel platform, GuideHop. Heather Heenehan ’09 graduated in 2011 with her Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She stayed on for her Ph.D., and just completed her first year in Durham, North Carolina. She will soon be at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, and will be studying Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin acoustics.


Samantha Jones ’10 graduated from Boston University in May 2012 with a music master’s degree in ethnomusicology. She recently received an honorable mention from the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology for her paper “Timing and Groove in Irish Traditional Music and Dance.” Monica Shah ’10 will be joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health class of 2015 this fall for the Master of Health Administration program, after dedicating two years to public service in New York City. Allyson Bower ’11 will be receiving her master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut this summer, and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in human nutrition.

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