Fall 2008 - Western Connecticut State University



Fall 2008 - Western Connecticut State University
The magazine for alumni and friends of Western Connecticut State University
Vol. 10, No 1 Fall 2008
Rolandas Kiaulevicius ’06:
Illustrator and entertainer
Fairfield Hall reopens! See page 10.
Fall 2008
Alumni Association Board of Directors
Elisa Beckett ’05 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .New Fairfield
Joan Boughton ’89, ’95 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Virginia Crowley ’69, ’74 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Lois Crucitti ’71, ’98 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodbury
Tom Crucitti ’69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodbury
William Druschell ’04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Terry Eberhard-Asch ’64, ’72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Sharon Fusco ’67 (Life member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Jeffrey Heyel ’90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bethel
Jan Maria Jagush ’75, ’81 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Woodbury
Ray Lubus ’80 (Life member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .New Fairfield
Lillian “Sissy” McKee ’04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brookfield
Monica Perry ’04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Jack Quinlan ’67, ’93 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Newtown
Daniel “Josh” Reilly ’00, ’05 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .New Milford
Elizabeth Salame ’82 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Elaine Salem ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .New Milford
Breina Schain ’05 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Waterbury
Kay Schreiber ’79 (Life member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Robert Scribner ’95 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brookfield
Richard Stabile ’89 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brookfield
Neil Wagner ’52 (Life member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Danbury
Eric Wellman ’64 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Newtown
John Wrenn ’74, ’80 (Life member) . . . . . . . . . . . .New Milford
Fall 2008
Executive Committee
President: Richard Stabile ’89
Vice President: Jan Maria Jagush ’75, ’81
Treasurer: Eric Wellman ’64
Secretary: Elaine Salem ’64
Immediate Past President: Tom Crucitti ’69
Director, Alumni Relations: Tammy Hammershoy ’97
Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Irene Sherlock ’84, ’91
Associate Director, University Publications & Design
Associate Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sherri Hill
Associate Director, University Relations
Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G. Koryoe Anim-Wright, Ph.D.
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Paul Steinmetz ’07
Director, University Relations
Copy Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Connie Conway ’96
University Publications & Design
Writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Robin DeMerell
University Relations
Art Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Davis ’97
Table of Contents
Director, University Publications & Design
Contents: ©2008 Western Connecticut State University. Opinions expressed
in AlumniNews are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent
the opinions of its editors or policies of Western Connecticut State University.
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WCSU, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810.
• Intercollegiate
• Nutmeg
Games come to town
Fairfield Hall reopens
Escape to Tuscany:
Twenty-Second Annual University Ball
WestConn emerita
Dean Claire Trisch Geddes
How planned giving can benefit you
and your alma mater
Homecoming 2008
Traveling through life — on air
Rolandas Kiaulevicius ’06
Met & Married
Al and Joan Mead
Made for each other
Patrica Bowen ’58
Dancing up a storm
WXCI celebrates 35 years
The happiest of all lives
Dr. Alice Carolan ’67, ’71, ’77
Class Notes
Calendar of events
Campus Photographer, University Publications & Design
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Edgett Scholarship
message from the Alumni
Association president
Layout & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frederica Paine
Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peggy Stewart ’97
• Mary
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Fall ’07 issue of the AlumniNews, most
notably graphic designer Frederica Paine, on winning the silver medal in the Admissions
Marketing Report’s annual design contest.
An Exciting Season!
Richard A. Stabile ’89
Alumni Association
Mary Edgett
Scholarship to honor
beloved teacher
By Irene Sherlock
In 2001, during WestConn’s centennial celebration,
Mary Edgett ’24, a life-long Danbury educator and
the university’s oldest living alumna, was among
those who received the Centennial Award for Excellence.
Later that year, at WestConn’s Commencement
ceremony, she received the Alumni Award.
Now, in 2008, a scholarship is being established in
her name. The Mary Edgett Scholarship will be
awarded to a WestConn elementary education major.
“Mary is one of the most beloved teachers in
Danbury,” notes Dr. G. Koryoe Anim-Wright, WCSU
vice president for Institutional Advancement. “What
better way to immortalize her than with a scholarship that supports the work to which she devoted her
entire life?”
A reception in Edgett’s honor is scheduled for
Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Westside
Campus Center Grand Ballroom, on the Westside
“I am so honored to be recognized in this way by my
alma mater,” says this proud alumna. At 105 years of
age, Edgett reports she feels “pretty good.” She adds,
“I hope this award encourages more students to go
into teaching.”
The scholarship is being established in part because
of the huge response received after a profile on
Edgett was published in the spring 2008 issue of
“Many readers wanted to reconnect with their former
teacher,” explains Anim-Wright. “That led to talk
about forming a scholarship. We think it’s a fitting
tribute to her.”
For more than a half century, Edgett fostered a love
for education, living and teaching middle school
primarily in the Danbury area. Many of those she
taught went on to become luminaries in their field.
Edgett received a teaching certificate from the
Danbury Normal School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Teacher’s College
of Connecticut in New Britain (now Central
Connecticut State University). Afterwards, she did
graduate work at the University of Hawaii.
Mary Edgett Scholarship committee member
Guido J. Tino ’64, a former student of Edgett’s,
has donated the first $1,000 to this fund. Other
committee members include: G. Koryoe Anim-Wright,
Tammy Hammershoy '97, Paul Steinmetz '07 and
David Halek.
To donate to the Mary Edgett Scholarship, contact the Office of
Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8290. Make checks payable to the
WCSU Foundation Mary Edgett Scholarship.
This summer, the Alumni Association has been busy
planning various projects that we hope will benefit
alumni and their families in the upcoming year. We
take great pride in our growing number of offerings
and welcome any suggestions –– and any help! ––
you wish to offer.
I want to thank the Alumni Association for electing
me to a second term as president. The entire
16-member board was voted back this year, in
addition to a new member, Bob Scribner. Your
executive board members –– Vice President Jan
Maria Jagush, Treasurer Eric Welman and Secretary
Elaine Salem –– all look forward to continuing the
forward momentum of these past few years.
One of the year’s highlights will be our annual
golf tournament on Sept. 29, held once again at
Danbury’s Richter Park, a “top-25” public golf
course. This outing affords business owners the
opportunity to reach the greater Danbury community with their company’s message and logo.
Also, please join us for Homecoming Day on
Saturday, Oct. 18. If you have attended Homecoming
in the past, you know about the great football, food,
refreshments and fun for all family members. Bring
the kids. It is a terrific way to spend a Saturday.
The Alumni Association is co-sponsoring several
trips this year, including a jaunt to The Culinary
Institute of America on Oct. 25. And we’ve planned a
fantastic excursion to Italy for the week of Nov. 3 –
10, not to mention our Dec. 6 – 7 holiday trip to the
Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania and Delaware,
where the region’s architecture and centuries-old traditions are showcased.
I would like to extend a special invitation to alumni
across the country and overseas to help solidify the
framework of our Alumni Ambassadors Program.
The program’s focus is to contact and cultivate
alumni membership and we’d like you to consider
hosting an alumni get-together in your area. If
you’d like to help out or need more information
about any event, please contact the Office of Alumni
Relations at (203) 837-8290.
Have a great fall season.
Institutional Advancement
Escape to Tuscany:
Twenty-second Annual University Ball
by Robin DeMerell
“Escape to Tuscany,” Western Connecticut State
University’s 22nd annual ball, was held on May 3
in the Feldman Arena at the William O’Neill
Convocation Center on the university’s Westside
About 250 people attended the black tie event in an
elaborate setting that had the look and feel of
Tuscany. Cocktail hour was held in a garden with the
façade of a Tuscan village — complete with water
fountains, pergola and exotic foliage. The dining
room was spectacular in Tuscan colors of burnt
orange and harvest yellow with wall sconces and
scrolled iron décor.
The event featured dinner and dancing, a silent
auction and a raffle for a trip to Italy.
Anthony and Roberta Caraluzzi were honored for
their strong support of WCSU and our community.
Longtime university benefactors, the Caraluzzis,
respected owners of Bethel Food Market, Georgetown
Market and Nutmeg Liquors, have supported the
WCSU Foundation Inc. and the Caraluzzi Scholarship
Foundation along with many other charitable causes.
Isabelle T. Farrington, an alumna from the Class of
1943, also was recognized for making a difference
every day in the lives of WestConn students and for
supporting their academic success through the
scholarships she has provided.
Wayne Sheppard, Danbury’s director of economic
development, was the Honorary Chair of the event.
Mary Jean Rebeiro, president of The NY CONN
Corporation, and a WCSU Foundation Board
member, was the winner of the raffle for a trip
for two to Italy, provided by the Caraluzzis and valued
at $6,000.
To make a donation to the WCSU Foundation, go to
www.wcsu.edu/IA, click on “Give Now.”
Photos clockwise:
Representing the WCSU Foundation, WestConn
President James W. Schmotter (center) presented a plaque and expressed appreciation to honorees Anthony and Roberta Caraluzzi for their
continued support of WCSU.
(l-r) Caitlin Clarkson ‘07 is introduced by Vice
President for Institutional Advancement Dr. G.
Koryoe Anim-Wright to Isabelle Farrington ’43.
Clarkson received the Isabelle Farrington Award
in her senior year.
Honorary Chair Wayne Sheppard chats with Mary
Jean Rebeiro ’87 at the event.
(l-r): Alumni Board Members Lois ’71, ’98 and
Tom ’69 Crucitti with Terry Eberhard-Asch ’64,
Institutional Advancement
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Traveling through life — on air
“I learned early on that art can give one’s life
meaning,” Kiaulevicius says. Which includes making
the artist himself smile a lot. “Yes, I look at my
animals and I smile,” he says.“I laugh and I
hope others do the same. I want to have fun and
entertain people.”
Entertain he does, with whimsically detailed
drawings that delight readers of all ages.
“Rolandas is super-talented,” says WestConn
Professor of Art Abe Echevarria, who taught
Kiaulevicius illustration in the M.F.A. program. “He’s
a vibrant individual who enjoys life, and an energy
source that just won’t quit. He’ll do very well in the
art world.”
But it was also his capacity for hard work and perseverance that served Kiaulevicius when he and Laura
arrived in the United States after she was offered an
au pair position in Connecticut. Laura’s employers
took the couple under their wing, helping them
acclimate to their new home. Kiaulevicius enrolled
in a language immersion program at Yale but art
always beckoned on the horizon.
Rolandas Kiaulevicius
By Irene Sherlock
It hardly seems reasonable to characterize the
extraordinarily talented Rolandas Kiaulevicius simply
as a fine artist when he is amazingly good at so
many things.
In 2006, the WestConn Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in
Art graduate published “Zoolidays,” a children’s book
he illustrated for a text by Bruce Glassman. A finalist
for the prestigious Tassey Walden Award, the book was
published by Red Cygnet Press and tells an “art
imitating life” story in which animals create art after
observing students painting at the zoo. Young readers
are challenged to consider what is “human” and
what is “animal” in this realm of creativity.
In addition to his fabulous illustrating, Kiaulevicius
is a member of the Hartford-based Lithuanian folk
dancing group, Berzelis. Before coming to the United
States, he danced with the Saulegroup at Siaulius
University in Lithuania. The experience encouraged
another passion: travel.
In time, he learned English and enrolled at the Paier
College of Art. In addition to his native Lithuanian,
Kiaulevicius also speaks Russian, Polish and
German. His expanding art portfolio ultimately
gained him admission to WestConn’s M.F.A. program.
Next, he anticipates earning Connecticut certification
to teach art at the high-school level.
After graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts and
Woodworking, Kiaulevicius and his fellow troupe
members high-stepped their way across Belgium,
Poland, Latvia, England, Scotland, Denmark,
Germany and parts of the United States. He
ultimately settled in New Haven, Conn., with
his wife, Laura, an elementary school teacher.
But he still hits the road on a regular basis, most
recently to entertain California audiences with fellow
Lithuanian ex-pat Gintaras Jocius. Their act is called
GIRO, formed by the first letters of their names.
Performances often involve improvisational painting
and dancing — sometimes on stilts!
“Art was always important to me,” Kiaulevicius says,
adding that his ballroom dancing parents encouraged him. In addition to painting and dancing,
Kiaulevicius is a woodworker, fashion designer and
photographer, and teaches art at a variety of venues
in Connecticut. He also credits his uncle, Vytautas
Dabrukas, a well-known artist, who urged him to be
serious about his craft.
A man with the creative sensibility to interpret art
through the eyes of zoo animals clearly has the
capacity to expand his talents to almost any area of
experience. “I’ve had so many opportunities in
America,” explains Kiaulevicius, showing his serious
side. “Yes, I miss my family in Lithuania. But I want
to raise my children here. There is so much you can
do in this country. I am grateful to be here.”
For more information about Kiaulevicius, visit
Dancing up a storm
Patricia Bowen ’58
By Irene Sherlock
It’s difficult to consider Patricia Bowen retired.
After a 26-year career at Danbury’s welfare department –– 24 years as assistant director and the last
year as director –– Bowen felt she was ready to move
on to another stage of her life.
“I spent a month with my brother in Florida,” she
says about those first free days. “I wanted to get my
bearings and consider how I would spend the rest of
my life.”
And what a life it is. Bowen, who graduated with a
B.S. in Elementary Education from what was then
Danbury State Teacher’s College, remains invested in
the people she loves and in a variety of causes about
which she is equally passionate.
At the top of her list are her seven children and 14
grandchildren, a sizable clan that would keep many
retirees happily busy. But Bowen also is devoted to
raising awareness about the plight of the homeless,
as well as pursuing issues of gender, race and civil
rights. At the moment, it’s the civil rights of immigrants in her Danbury hometown that has much of
her interest.
She’s among those who rallied at the capital in support of the “Danbury Eleven,” a group of undocumented immigrants arrested in a sting operation.
Bowen says she supports the dignity of human beings
as well as her own right to protest government
actions in a democracy –– which she often does with
a picket sign. Every Saturday, she’s one of a faithful
contingent that continues to protest the war in Iraq.
“I’ve been an activist for most of my life. I’m not
about to change now,” she says.
Bowen regards this current period of her life as an
opportunity to beef up her already impressive civic
resume, which includes a stint as a member of
Volunteers In Service To America, better known as
VISTA, the domestic arm of the Peace Corps. “I comanaged a very successful, low-income credit-union
program,” she says. “The intent was to give our
members economic leverage by providing financial
services that would otherwise not be available to
Active in city and state politics for most of her life
In addition to Bowen (center), other family members who dance at the AOH include (l-r) daughter Ellen
Krafick ’87, ’95 and grandson Andrew Krafick Wittman. More Irish dancing grandchildren (not pictured)
include Kari Krafick, Kendall Krafick and Marissa Volpe.
and supportive of dozens of initiatives involving aiding, educating and empowering the poor, Bowen’s most
impactful achievement began with a graduate course she
took in educational law at WestConn in the early ’70s.
“We were discussing the educational amendments of
1972. I became fully aware of Title IX, which was
slated to go into effect in Danbury by 1975.” It wasn’t
long before she had rallied city officials to form a
Title IX advisory board, of which she was made chair.
Title IX is the controversal law that made sports
accessible to everyone, regardless of gender. “It protects individuals against gender discrimination on
every level, from salaries to employment opportunities,” says Bowen. The Title IX advisory board ensured
that Danbury’s educational tax dollars were equitably
divided to aid both male and female students.
“For the first time, schools had to offer all students
the opportunity to participate in any class they
wished. Girls could take shop; boys could take cooking. Girls were finally offered a real choice of sport
she claims to be ‘retired’ from much of the political
and civic limelight, Bowen is still an active member
of WestConn’s Alumni Association, the WestConn
Society and the Gaelic-American Club, among other
She also does Irish set dancing three times a week.
One venue is at the Ancient Order of Hibernians
(AOH), in Danbury. “I’m their most loyal nonmember,” she says with a grin.
Her friend Maureen Leopold smiles when she hears
about Bowen’s initial –– but short-lived –– retirement concerns. “Patricia will never quit,” Leopold
predicts. “She’s passionate and loyal and still totally
committed to the Danbury community. Every city
should be so lucky.”
Friday nights at the AOH, Irish dancers kick up
their heels. (l-r): Bowen and Cathal Whelan.
For much of her life, Bowen has been a member of
numerous commissions and organizations, including
the Community Action Committee of Danbury, the
Homeless Task Force of 1981, the Danbury Council
on Education and the Commission on Equal Rights
and Opportunities, of which she was chair. Though
all lives
By Irene Sherlock
Aristotle famously said, “Those that know, do. Those
that understand, teach.” He seems to have neglected
the fact that, in some rare individuals, those two
capacities are wonderfully combined. Dr. Alice
Carolan is just such a person. A three-time WestConn
alumna, Carolan has known and loved teaching all
her adult life. And over her extraordinary career as
an educator, she has successfully imparted both the
art and the science of teaching to her students.
Dr. Alice Carolan ’67, ’71, ’77
“Teaching is the happiest of all lives,” she says of the
classroom experience that currently occupies most of
her workdays. Having been fully engaged in research,
instruction and administering to the world of students in one way or another all her professional life,
she counts the ability to work directly with them as
the most gratifying. “You see the fruits of your labor
when you teach,” she explains.
She also taught in graduate programs at Sacred
Heart University, Eastern Connecticut State University
Currently married to Hugh Carolan and living in
Brookfield, Conn., Carolan also is a member of the
Connecticut State Board of Education, a position for
which she was recommended by the governor and
appointed to by the House and Senate. She also sits
on the Brookfield Board of Ethics and, when she can,
volunteers in the Praxair Cancer Center for Danbury
Hospital, which she calls a “place of hope.”
favorite courses to teach …
For one thing, it’s especially
important to be talking about
human rights during these
turbulent times.
“I enjoyed it,” she says of that important work. “But
I’m glad to be back in the classroom. It’s what I
“School law is one of my favorite courses to teach,”
Carolan says. The subject has always intrigued her.
“For one thing, it’s especially important to be talking
about human rights during these turbulent times.”
Schramm has worked with Carolan on a number of
professional endeavors and says that she illustrates
qualities of excellence, professionalism and integrity
that characterize the best of WestConn’s alumni.
“Alice has a great humanitarian viewpoint,” he
explains. “It allows her to relate to people on the
most honest and sincere level.” Carolan herself says
she will be forever grateful for her WestConn education: “It gave me everything I needed to succeed.”
School law is one of my
Before retiring in 2001, Carolan was superintendent
of Naugatuck Public Schools, a district of almost
6,000 students. Previous to that, she was assistant
superintendent for five years.
So much so that she often drives across the state to
the University of Bridgeport where one of the courses
she teaches is in the doctorate of education leadership program. Her own Ph.D. in Educational
Administration and School Law was from the
University of Connecticut; before that, she’d earned
a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education ––
English, a Master of Arts in English, and a Sixth Year
Certificate in Education –– all from WestConn.
The loss initiated a dark time in her life, during
which Carolan raised their young son alone. Despite
the difficulties, she managed well: her son, Patrick
Tufts, is currently an expert in artificial intelligence
who lives and works in Berkeley, Calif.
and Southern Connecticut State University. A doctoral
adviser at the University of Connecticut, she cochaired that school’s summer legal institute.
“Alice has changed many, many lives for the better,”
says friend and colleague Dr. Harry Schramm,
WestConn professor emeritus of justice and law who
had been a student of Carolan’s late husband,
WestConn Professor of English Dr. John Tufts (see
sidebar), who taught here for more than 30 years.
“He was a scholar who really loved teaching,”
Carolan says. “He was devoted to this university.” The
John Tufts Prize for writing was established in his
Harry Schramm remembers
former teacher and mentor
Dr. John Tufts:
“In my view, John was the model teacher. Kind and
knowledgeable, he was truly a committed teacher
who was able to give his students a sense of wonder and appreciation for literature. I studied with
him as an undergraduate and found him to be a
gifted communicator and an inspiration for someone
who wanted to go into teaching as a career. John
became our ‘Mr. Chips.’ He is still revered by former
students who were led to teaching because of him
and who carry on his ideals in their own work.”
Go Colonials!
by Richard Gregory ’97
Spring was a season to shine for the student-athletes
at WestConn, as two teams –– the softball team and
the men’s lacrosse team –– qualified for their respective National Collegiate Athletic Tournament (NCAA)
Division III national tournaments and many of the
Colonials’ stars were awarded for their efforts on the
The softball team capped a remarkable season by
earning the program’s ninth trip to the NCAA tournament. The Colonials chalked up three wins in the
NCAA East Regionals before being eliminated. They
posted a 31-15 overall record and reached the 30-win
plateau for the sixth time in program history. Pitcher
Shelby Slie led the way, going 17-8 with three saves, a
1.34 earned run average and 171 strikeouts in 162
innings. She was named the Little East Conference
(LEC) Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year
and was an All-Conference first team pick as well.
The Colonials also featured plenty of powerful offensive weapons. Kristen Lugovich led the way, batting
.398 with 20 runs batted in and 27 stolen bases; she
started all 46 games this spring. Stacey DiMaggio
batted .356 with five homers and 36 RBIs and Loren
Angiolillo batted .320 with eight triples, one homer
and 35 RBIs. Cortney Romyns batted .348 with five
home runs and 28 RBIs and was a perfect 26-for-26
on stolen-base attempts. Romyns also posted a 7-3
record as a pitcher with a 2.21 ERA. Amy Hartman
and Meghan Mammone led the Colonials with six
homers apiece. Hartman batted .344 with 29 RBIs
and was an All-Conference first team pick.
The men’s lacrosse team, meanwhile, won its first
LEC tournament title and qualified for the national
tournament before suffering a season-ending loss to
Western New England College in the first round of
the NCAAs. Colonials coach Jason Ouellet was named
the LEC’s Coach of the Year after guiding his team to
a 13-7 overall record. Adam Lanehart led the
Colonials on offense with 56 goals and nine assists
for 65 points. Dennis Skarda had 16 goals and 41
assists for 57 points and A.J. Barbieri added 36 goals
and 14 assists for 50 points. Face-off specialist Terry
Stroz won a remarkable 243 of his 380 draws (almost
64 percent). Lanehart, Skarda and defenseman Gary
Schultz all earned All-Conference first team honors.
The women’s lacrosse team didn’t fare quite as well
as the men, going 4-14 overall, but the Colonials did
win four straight games after losing their first 12.
Kara Kruczkiewicz led the Colonials with 54 goals
and eight assists for 62 points, while Ashley Caruso
added 41 goals and 11 assists for 52 points.
Kruczkiewicz was a first team All-Conference selection.
On the baseball diamond, the Colonials posted a
17-25 overall record in a season that featured a sixgame winning streak that followed a six-game losing
streak. Bill Armstrong led the Colonials’ pitchers with
a 4-3 record, a 2.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Dan
Baccaro batted .383 with four homers and 29 RBIs
and Nick Ross batted .366. Matt Gardiner started 41
of 42 games and batted .362 with eight homers and
40 RBIs. As a reward for his efforts, Gardiner was
chosen to play in the New England Intercollegiate
Baseball Association’s All-Star Game at Fenway Park
in Boston on June 14.
On the tennis courts, freshman phenom Pat Matysek
won the LEC championship at No. 4 singles to cap a
solid season. The Colonials went 6-4 overall and
finished sixth in the LEC team tournament.
softball and men’s lacrosse teams shine
Nutmeg Games come to town!
WestConn’s Westside Athletic Complex hosted hundreds of young athletes at the end of July when the
20th Annual Nutmeg Games were held at numerous
Danbury-area locations, including WestConn.
Chris Smith ’03, captain of the Danbury Mad
Hatters, runs with the ball, leading his rugby
team to gold metal victory in the Nutmeg Games,
some of which were held at WestConn this
Hosted by Housatonic Valley Sports and the City of
Danbury, the games have been staged for the past 20
years around the state but this is the first time they
have been played in Danbury. Basketball players
competed in the Feldman Arena at the O’Neill Center,
with rugby and soccer players battling on the field at
the WCSU stadium.
The Nutmeg State Games is a multi-sport festival of
Olympic-style competition offering 24 different sports
for Connecticut’s amateur athletes. The games are
endorsed by the Governor’s Committee on Physical
Fitness & Health, governed by the National Congress
of State Games and recognized by the United States
Olympic Committee as the Official State Games of
Game organizers chose Danbury because of the topflight facilities available in the city and surrounding
1927 - 2008
By Paul Steinmetz
After two years of reconstruction, WestConn’s venerable Fairfield Hall –– the university’s first residence
hall –– is back in service.
While every room was gutted and reconfigured, the
charm of the building, which includes the turn-ofthe-century grand lobby, has been retained.
To accommodate WestConn’s thriving growth,
Fairfield Hall will become coed for only the second
time in the building’s history. Except for one year in
the 1960s, the residence hall has been reserved for
female students. Starting this fall, the main part of
the building will house female students and the
newer “annex” will be reserved for males.
Fairfield Hall
Before the renovation, said Dr. Walter Bernstein, vice
president of Student Affairs, rooms in Fairfield Hall
often went empty because of the relatively small
number of female students who wanted to live in
a women’s only dorm. At the same time, a large
number of male students requested campus housing.
“The demand for housing has so far outstripped our
demand for beds, especially among males, that we
found ourselves with 40 to 50 men on the waiting list
every fall,” Bernstein said.
A Fairfield Hall Tea and Tour will take place on
Friday, Oct. 17, to commemorate the reopening
of this grand residence hall. To R.S.V.P., call
(203) 837-8290 or e-mail [email protected]
“I remember singing at meals with the
music students. Irene Romaniello Tyrrell
and I were the only ones in our class who
were roommates for the full four years. It
was a happy, fun-filled time in our lives.”
Myrna Campbell Spencer ’60
“Yes, I did live in Fairfield Hall in 196465 when it was a men’s residence hall.
I was delighted when my daughter, Beth,
moved into the hall 25 years later.”
Jack Sikora ’65
Top: Exterior of Fairfield Hall today. Bottom (l-r):
Fairfield Hall circa 1940s; Fairfield Hall near the
completion of renovations.
Former coordinator of disability services and
adjunct lecturer for social sciences dept.
Fairfield Hall opens,
housing 86 women
Claire Geddes is
appointed dean of
Do-Day Activity:
Navy vet Thomas
Curley stumps and
loses fight to
become dean
of women
expansion increases
dorm capacity by
53 percent
Fairfield Hall goes
coed for a year while
Litchfield and
Newbury Halls are
being constructed
$250,000 in
are made
Mike Brumbaugh
becomes Fairfield
Hall’s first male
resident director
Fairfield Hall
reopens, coed
once more
WestConn emerita
Dean Claire Trisch Geddes
remembers Fairfield Hall
By Irene Sherlock
Former assistant professor of physical education
Claire Trisch Geddes was WestConn's first — and
only — dean of women, and to this day she clearly
recalls the experience of living and working in
Fairfield Hall.
“My room was on the first floor, right off the
lounge,” Geddes says. Back then, WestConn’s only
dorm housed 85 students. “We had a phone in the
office and a pay phone where students could make
and receive calls. Can you imagine what today’s
students would think of that?”
In 1946, when she was appointed dean by thenpresident Dr. Ruth A. Haas, Danbury Teacher’s
College, as WestConn was then known, ran quite
a lean machine.
“We were pretty hard working,” Geddes says of
the faculty. She taught physical education before
becoming dean. “But we were young and I for one
was thrilled to be doing the job I was given.”
It was a different time then, she reflects. “Lots of
dorm rules. Most of which would seem archaic today.
But our student council ably enforced them because
they were standard at most colleges.”
In those days there was no Office of Financial Aid
or Student Affairs. “We wore a lot of hats,” Geddes
says, referring to her colleagues, including her late
husband, Associate Professor of Physical Education
Alfred Geddes, who was dean of men while she was
dean of women. The two were friends and colleagues
long before their relationship turned romantic. They
wed in 1958 and remained happily married for 43
years until his death in 2001.
Geddes holds a B.S. in Education from New College,
Teachers College at Columbia University and an
M.S. in Education from the University of Michigan.
Further graduate work was done at Teachers College,
Columbia University.
Geddes remembers the cultural changes of the ’60s
and how they gradually made their way on to
WestConn’s campus. Then in1974, the legal drinking
age was changed from 21 to 18. (Though in 1984,
the Federal Minimum Drinking Age Act reestablished
21 as the minimum age for a person to purchase and
have public possession of alcohol.)
“By the ’70s, co-ed dorms were becoming commonplace.” Geddes says, adding that she was among the
first to support apartment-style living for WestConn
students. “Students no longer had to have their
parents’ permission to drink or to do anything,
really,” she says. “It was a huge shift for us in higher
Now 89, Geddes describes how she keeps fit, mentally
and physically, through daily swimming and by
maintaining her strong affiliation with the Catholic
Church. She also stays devoted to WestConn, from
which she retired in 1975. As always, she’ll be
attending the Golden Circle luncheon on Friday,
Sept. 13, which will focus on this year’s reopening
of Fairfield Hall.
“We had some great traditions there,” Geddes says,
musing back to her days at Fairfield Hall. “One of
them I actually started. We would sing in the dining
hall and when it came time, seniors would ‘hand
over’ these songs to the juniors. It was and still
remains a powerful memory for me.”
Featuring the classes of
1958 • 1963 • 1968 • 1973
Monday, Oct. 13
Alumni Art Show (through Oct. 19). Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., First Floor, Warner Hall. Free and open
to the public. Reception on Friday, Oct. 17, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
WCSU Women’s Tennis vs. Salem State. 3:30 p.m., Westside campus.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
The History of the Westside Campus. Join us for a discussion led by Mitch Wagener, associate
professor and chair of the biological and environmental sciences department. 5:30 p.m., Westside
Campus Center Grand Ballroom, Westside campus. Refreshments provided. Free and open to alumni,
faculty, staff, students and parents.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
Financial Planning Seminar. 5:30 p.m., First floor, Warner Hall, Midtown campus. Refreshments
provided. Free and open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents.
Film Screening and Discussion: “Chak De! India.” Danbury Library Director Mark Hasskarl will
lead the discussion. 7 p.m., Student Center Theater, Midtown campus. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 16
Student/Donor Reception and Scholarship Ceremony. 6:30 p.m., Westside Campus Center Grand
Ballroom, Westside campus. Free and open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents.
WCSU Faculty Jazz Concert. 7 p.m., Ives Concert Hall, White Hall, Midtown campus. Free and open
to the public.
Friday, Oct. 17
Fairfield Hall Tea & Tour. 1 p.m., Fairfield Hall, Midtown campus. Refreshments provided. Free and
open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents.
Alumni Art Show and Reception. 3:30 p.m., Warner Hall, Midtown campus. Refreshments provided. Free and open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents.
Class Reunion Gala. A special welcome to the reunion classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978,
1983, 1988, 1993 and 1998. 6 p.m., Westside Campus Center Grand Ballroom, Westside campus.
Cost. Invitation only. R.S.V.P. to (203) 837-8290.
Carlos Alazraqui and Cedric Yarbrough from the Hit Show “Reno 911.” 8 p.m., Ives Concert
Hall, White Hall, Midtown campus. $5/students; $20/general admission. Open to WCSU alumni,
faculty, staff, students and parents.
Saturday, Oct. 18
WCSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hall of Fame, front of O'Neill Center, Westside
campus. Free and open to the public.
Alumni & Friends Circle Rededication. 9:30 a.m., Alumni & Friends Circle (brick circle outside Old
Main), Midtown campus. Free and open to the public.
Homecoming Tailgate Party. 10 a.m., O’Neill Center parking lot, Westside campus. Open to
the public. Must be 21 years or older.
Homecoming Football Game: Colonials vs. Cortland State. Noon, Westside Athletic Complex,
Westside campus. $6/general admission; $4/55 or older and children under 12. Open to the public.
Alumni Hospitality Tent. (Across from Westside Athletic Complex.) 2 p.m., Westside campus. Cost.
Open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents. Must be 21 years or older.
Alumni Business Showcase. (Next to Alumni Hospitality Tent.) Meet alumni business owners.
2 p.m., Westside campus. Free and open to alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents.
Street Fair. 2 p.m., Westside campus. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, Oct. 19
5K Road Race. 8 a.m. Begins at the Westside campus and ends at Midtown campus. Cost. Open to
the public. For more information, call race coordinator Amy Shanks at (203) 837-8609.
Events subject to change. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/alumni.
The couple pursued careers that engaged them fully.
Al was an eighth-grade math teacher for 29 years in
Carmel, N.Y., while Joan was a full-time homemaker
who would later go on to other career interests as her
children Amanda, now 43, and Joseph, 42 grew.
By Connie Conway
Al ’67, ’69 and Joan ’68 Mead tell a great story about
how they met as undergraduates at WestConn.
“I substitute-taught and was a proofreader for the
News-Times,” she says. “Then for a few years I was
a partner in a restaurant business. Doing different
things appealed to me. I even managed Union
Carbide’s audio-visual department until they moved.
After that, I was an editor until I retired.”
“Some buddies and I were having a silly conversation in the coffee shop at the old Student Union,”
remembers Danbury-born-and-raised Al. “One fellow
said something was ‘irrevelent.’ At the next table,
Joan — ever the English education major — just
put her foot down.”
The two “retired” Meads seem anything but that. Still
strongly connected to their alma mater, they attend
Homecoming and football games, and are dedicated
supporters of the WCSU Foundation.
“I told him the word was ‘irrelevant’,” says Joan, who
originally hailed from Pennsylvania. “I had to correct a mistake like that.”
“Meantime, I’m looking at her attractive face,” Al
recalls with a twinkle. “And thinking, ‘hmmm, here’s
an interesting woman.’”
Joan laughs, protesting it was her roommate who
“convinced me to go out with him.”
“We were married a year later, between semesters,” Al
In college and throughout life, it’s clear the Meads
have always been thoroughly involved people.
As an undergraduate, Al, a secondary-education/mathematics major who interrupted college
with a four-year stint in the Air Force, managed the
basketball team. Joan sang in class productions that
were regularly presented to the school at large.
Al and Joan Mead
Made for Each Other
“But I love to tell about the first time I actually saw
Al, before we’d ever met,” Joan says. “He was up on a
ladder, trying to fix a basketball net. He told someone
to toss him a ball, which they did … ”
“And I missed it!” Al chuckles.
“Which left me with quite an impression,” concludes
his wife of 44 years.
“Currently I’m on WestConn’s Annual Golf
Tournament committee,” explains Al. “And I get to
as many Colonials basketball games as I can.”
WestConn has grown so much since they were students, notes Joan. “We’re delighted that our daughterin-law, Laura, is enrolled in WestConn’s new doctoral
program in educational leadership.”
Grandparents to three who live just down the road,
the Meads also keep busy with civic concerns. Al
serves as chairman of the Richter Park Authority and
Joan is currently on Danbury’s Charter Revision
Share your Met & Married story with us.
E-mail alumni @wcsu.edu.
Save these dates!
Alumni Golf Tournament
Holiday Wine Tasting
Alumni Dinner Theatre
Monday, Sept. 29
Sunday, Nov. 2 • 4-7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7
Gather your friends for some fun at
Richter Park Golf Course. Everyone enjoys
Grand Ballroom • Westside Campus Center
$50/person • Proceeds to benefit the
Caraluzzi Scholarship Fund.
this great golf outing that helps raise money
for WestConn student scholarships.
• 8:30 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
• 10 a.m. Shotgun start (scramble format)
• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch on the Turn
• 3 p.m. Awards reception at Cafe on the Green
• $700/foursome ($175/person). Sponsorships
are available.
Open to the public. To register, call
(203) 837-8290.
Activate your membership to the
WCSU Alumni Association!
Active members save on goods and services at
many businesses in the Greater Danbury area
(www.wcsu.edu/alumni/usave.asp). Also,
membership entitles you to university privileges.
Call (203) 837-8290 or e-mail [email protected]
Dinner: 5:30 p.m • Warner Hall
Show: 8 p.m • Berkshire Theatre
WCSU Midtown campus • Price: TBA
Alumni, lend us your expertise!
Volunteer your time and talent by: Giving a
classroom lecture; delivering special talks to
alumni and students; hosting an event for alumni
and/or new students in your community. Call the
Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8290.
35 Years
(l-r): Radio consultant Tom Zarecki ’87, Channel
3’s Kevin Hogan, Greg Wencek and former
Danbury Mayor James Dyer ’72 reminisce during
WXCI’s 35th anniversary reunion.
WXCI celebrates 35 years
By Robin DeMerell
When Kevin Hogan — now a Channel 3 Eyewitness
News anchor — was a WestConn freshman reporting
for WCSU radio station WXCI, his voice was overheard
by the general manager of a local radio station —
and he was offered a job on the spot.
Jim Clarke, on-air personality for Greater Danbury’s
WRKI I-95, says Hogan is one of many WXCI alumni
who have made careers based on their college radio
experience. A number of WXCI grads now are in the
recording industry, advertising and corporate media.
“I went there exclusively for the radio station,” says
Clarke, also a former DJ on WXCI, who can be heard
on I-95 weeknights from 6 p.m. to midnight.
In February, Clarke, along with dozens of alumni of
91.7 FM WXCI, celebrated the station’s 35th anniversary and reminisced about life as a college DJ.
Every year on the anniversary — which is celebrated
the last Saturday of February — from noon to midnight the station is turned over to former students
who get to relive their college days by playing their
favorite tunes and interviewing old friends and
WXCI is a student-run college radio station located
on WestConn’s Midtown campus. Started in 1973,
WXCI has remained the second largest college radio
Scholarship Dinner
At the Scholarship Dinner last April, the
Alumni Association awarded $11,000 in
scholarships to deserving WestConn students
for the 2008-09 academic year. Students in
attendance included: Anthony LaBruno,
Laura Muller, Lissette Rivas and Jeffrey
Reichard who received Alumni Association
Scholarships. Allison Soto received the
Graduate Award and Stephanie Bisson
received the May Sherwood Scholarship.
station in Connecticut and broadcasts at 3,000 watts.
The station plays everything from hip-hop, metal,
indie-rock, classic rock, jazz, punk, electro clash,
ambient, ska, grindcore and more. It also features
weekly topical talk shows including the Sports Jam
and WestConn Happenings and, on the weekends,
broadcasts WCSU sports events, including football,
basketball and hockey games.
WXCI was one of the first stations to play alternative
rock in the 1980s — now a focus of many college
stations. The station began back in the early 1970s
with small stature — some even say it was in a
broom closet. But before too long, at least before
Professor of Communication Dr. Hugh McCarney
came along in 1977 as the station’s adviser, it was
moved to the second floor of the Student Center
where it’s been ever since.
McCarney, who is still adviser to the students, also
organized the first reunion which celebrated the station’s 25th year. “It’s an opportunity for people to
reconnect and network,” he says. “The fact that these
people want to come back shows how important it was.”
Alumnus Tom Zarecki, now a radio consultant and
principal of an internet radio and television streaming company, says WXCI was a great stepping stone.
There in the station’s beginning years, Zarecki helped
create the station. He says within the first couple of
years of the station’s inception at least a dozen students were working in communications-related jobs
outside the university. He credits WXCI’s professionalism under the guidance of McCarney with turning
out such qualified candidates. “We created a commercial-sounding format,” Zarecki says. “We didn’t
sound like a college radio station.”
The radio station is mostly paid for through student
activity fees, although the students can raise funds
or get grants and the Alumni Association helps with
sports broadcasting. The format is laid out by an
executive board that “sets parameters of what can be
played,” McCarney says. “You won’t hear country &
The focus instead is on new music and breaking
groups, and quite often what WXCI students select for
the local airwaves will eventually make the Top 40
list the following year. The station has three gold and
platinum records of groups they helped break into
the business by being among the first radio stations
to play their songs.
And while the students have lots of fun expressing
their inner DJ, they are careful about guidelines and
McCarney makes sure of that.
The students research the music to make sure it
follows the format and there’s nothing objectionable
to their 14- to 30-year-old audience.
“Everybody who spends time there grows,” he says.
“There’s a certain ego satisfaction having potentially
thousands of people listening … but they often find
they want to improve things and take on positions of
responsibility. That way they really get to shape what
goes on there.”
Class Notes
Wedding bells
Adriana Busch ’02 and Jason Brooks, Aug. 4, 2007
In memoriam, cont’d.
Robert T. Burke ’76, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Amy Danka ’80 and John Donnelly, July 1, 2007
Lynn A. Carey ’87, Dover, N.H.
Heather Hauck ’07 and Christopher Symes, Aug. 26, 2007
William J. Cooper ’64, Wellfleet, Mass., Dec. 7, 2007
Jennifer Kosanke ’96 and Bradley Camp, Oct. 20, 2007
Eileen M. (Lucas) Corbett ’82, Southbury, Conn., Dec. 26, 2007
WestConn Sweethearts Amy Gardner ’06 and Mark Kotach ’02, May 18, 2008
Diana J. Emerson ’69, Madison, Conn., March 28, 2008
Heather Smarz ’03 and Chad Gatesman, Sept. 14, 2007
Enid S. Emmons ’40, Mountain Home, Ariz.
And baby makes …
John Brodacki ’00 and wife Stephanie welcomed their first child, Madison Paige,
on April 28, 2008.
Louise (Hertz) Farris ’53, Norwalk, Conn., April 18, 2007
WestConn Sweethearts Wendy Slie ’00 and Joseph Carrafiello ’99 welcomed
the birth of their first children, twin sons, Robert and Joseph, on April 13, 2007.
Assunta DeLuca ’02 and Erich Bachman celebrated the birth of their son,
Preston Anthony, on June 23, 2006.
Winona “Dona” L. Gillotte ’59, Danbury, Conn., Jan. 19, 2008
Elizabeth T. Grinwalsky ’35, Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 20, 2007
Olga (Bella) Heck ’28, Oviedo, Fla.
Norman G. Kaback ’50, Danbury, Conn., April 1, 2003
Stella (Wozny) Kowalski ’40, Greenwich, Conn., Jan. 11, 2008
WestConn Sweethearts Yvonne Montemayor ’01 and Kevin M. Fitzgerald ’95
welcomed their first child, Ryan McHugh, on Sept. 20, 2007.
Doris J. (Day) Kuhn ’35, Ebeemee Township, Maine
Melissa Grossman ’04 and Scott Rockafellow welcomed the birth of their first
son, Jacob Reese, on Nov. 14, 2007.
A. Joyce Mallery ’72, Oneonta, N.Y.
Tatum Lakowksy ’06 and Charles Sherwood III welcomed the birth of their son,
Darien, on Sept. 9, 2007.
Linda Ann (Reynolds) Maxwell ’83, Brookfield, Conn., June 13, 2008
WestConn Sweethearts Shawn Krystopa ’94, ’01 and Richard Morse ’97
celebrated the birth of their third child, Matthew Thomas, on Feb. 17, 2007.
He joins bothers Nicholas Glenn, 6, and Kyle Lucian, 4.
Frances D. Lynch ’55, Naugatuck, Conn.
Douglas J. Marchesi ’87, Norwalk, Conn., Dec. 17, 2006
Joyce (Rigby) McGinn ’49, Long Beach, N.Y.
Karyn L. Patasuis-Ferreira ’99, Woodbury, Conn., Feb. 9, 2008
Mary B. Pokrywka ’34, Roxbury, Conn.
WestConn Sweethearts Laura Tittemore ’91, ’94 and Edward Piechota ’92, ’02
welcomed the birth of their first child, Jenna Lynn, on Jan. 7, 2008.
Vincent A. Ponzo ’72, Wallingford, Conn., Jan. 3, 2008
Amy Proulx ’98 and Brian Shanks welcomed the birth of their first child, Austin
Edward, on April 29, 2008.
Joan F. (Feuerstein) Setaro ’53, Milford, N.H.
Karin Tyrian ’98 and Robert Miller welcomed son, Landon Chase, on June 5,
2008. He joins big brother, Aidan.
Dawn E. Whaley ’76, Bethel, Conn., May 17, 2008
Donna Vitrone ’02 and husband Jesse celebrated the birth of their son, Michael,
on June 23, 2006.
Douglas Wawrzynski ’04 and Sarah Bradford welcomed the birth of their first
child, Luke Thomas, on June 1, 2008.
In memoriam
Sally L. (Heck) Barendse ’61, Brookfield, Conn., Dec. 23, 2007
Deborah A. Quinn ’90, West Redding, Conn., April 25, 2008
Albert E. Swanson ’52, Marbledale, Conn., July 20, 2002
WestConn Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies
Dr. H. Jonothan Greenwald, Newtown, Conn., Friday, Oct. 1, 2007
WestConn Professor Emeritus of Marketing Dr. John S. Kakalik,
Southbury, Conn., April 26, 2008
WestConn Professor Emeritus of Marketing James Retter, Naples, Fla., April 20,
Robert G. Bolander ’88, Danbury, Conn., March 4, 2008
WestConn Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Mary Martha (Stacey) Wahl,
Ridgefield, Conn., Nov. 9, 2007
Elizabeth J. (Rall) Boyd ’74, Carmel, N.Y.
Marion L. Bria ’31, Vero Beach, Fla., Oct. 28, 2007
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Class Notes
Helen Marie (Pearson) Close ’40
retired from teaching in 1982 and
enjoys caring for her grandson,
substitute teaching and traveling to
western Europe, the British Isles,
Alaska and southern Canada.
Peter Anthony Barbieri ’73 earned
a Master of Music and a Doctor of
Music Composition from the
University of Colorado, Boulder.
His post-doctoral studies were with
Luciano Berio in Florence, Italy, in
Robert Young ’81, a board-certified
trial attorney, was nominated and
confirmed as a Connecticut Superior
Court judge in March. A life member
of WXCI, Young lives with his wife,
Mary, and their three sons in
Glastonbury, Conn.
For five years, Pamela W. Watkins
’86 has worked in the Post
Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at the
University of Maryland Medical
Center Shock Trauma Center, the
preeminent center for trauma in
Jean O. Cooper ’46 retired in 1989
after 32 years of teaching. She has
three children and two grandsons.
She and her late husband were
always grateful to WestConn for their
education and the rewarding jobs
they were able to secure as a result.
Cooper enjoyed reading about former eighth-grade teacher Mary
Edgett ’24 in the most recent issue
of the AlumniNews.
Charlotte Cuneo ’74 earned a
Master of Science in Nursing from
Boston College and works full time
in the post-anesthesia care unit
(PACU) at Boston Medical Center.
Geoffrey Herald ’82 is the new fire
chief of Danbury, Conn.
WestConn Sweethearts Jacqueline
Burtnick ’87 and Wayne ’86
Andersen celebrated their 20th
wedding anniversary on June 11,
Mary (Lopedota) Urban ’53 and
husband George are enjoying
retirement. While both attended
WestConn together, George left
school in his sophomore year to
serve in the Korean War.
Barbara L. Talarico ’64 retired from
teaching first grade after 22 years.
Daphne J. Yobaggy ’65 is enjoying
her retirement and traveling, most
recently to Alaska in June 2007.
She spends the winter months in
Melbourne, Fla.
Daniel DeRosa Jr. ’67, ’74 just
started a new job after retiring from
teaching in school systems in New
York and Connecticut.
Recently widowed, Charles W. Ward
’67 has retired from teaching high
school and college. He also is a
former Methodist minister.
Diane Tyrrell Lesniak ’68 retired in
2007 after teaching elementary
school in Broward County, Fla., for
37 years. She and her husband,
Chet, have a daughter, Leigh, a senior in college. In June, the Lesniaks
relocated to Summerfield, N.C.
Wendy Thatcher-Hall ’71 has been
happily remarried for 15 years and
enjoys spending time with her four
children, three step-children, 10
granddaughters and three grandsons. She remains passionate about
teaching music.
Evelynne Stone Adams ’76 has
three children and two grandchildren
and resides in Danbury, Conn.
Patrice Waltz ’76 is employed at St.
Francis Hospital and Medical Center
in Hartford, Conn. Her daughter
Laura, a high school junior, is considering nursing as a major and will
be applying to WestConn in the fall.
Waltz says colleagues have nothing
but great things to say about
WestConn’s nursing program.
Gretchen Schmidlin Kennedy ’78
immigrated to Australia and obtained
dual citizenship. She met and
married her husband, Luke, there.
Presently, she is an editor for the
Queensland State Government and
studying at Deakin University pursuing a Master of Arts in Writing and
Employed at Connecticut State
Trade High School in Stamford,
Conn., Marilyn Fuller ’79 resides in
New Milford, Conn. Over the years,
she has worked in many facets of
the nursing profession, including
intensive care, home care, case
management, hospice care and
holistic care.
Caroline Hartman ’80 has relocated
to Rochester, Minn., and is currently
employed as an RN in the PACU at
the Mayo Clinic. She remains grateful to WestConn for her education
and fondly remembers her professors, particularly Dr. Aggie Brown
and her gold stars for correct EKG
rhythm strip interpretation.
Karen Cooper ’81 is the author of
“Spirited Encounters,” published by
Altamira, which chronicles American
Indian protests of museum policies
and practices.
Lisa K. Thompson ’82 retired from
the State of Conn. Department of
Labor. After undergoing extensive
physical therapy for a traumatic
brain injury, she is now able to walk
Denise Black ’83 enjoys working
with adolescents and has been
employed as a case manager for the
Chatham County Department of
Family and Children Services in
Savannah, Ga., for 16 years. She is
currently working on a master’s
degree in professional counseling.
Rev. Carole Johannsen ’83 continues her work as director of pastoral
care at Phelps Memorial Hospital
Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Dr. Deborah Sampson ’83 earned a
Master of Science in Nursing from
Yale University, a post master’s
degree from the University of New
Hampshire and a Ph.D. from the
University of Pennsylvania. She is a
tenure-track assistant professor at
the University of Michigan. She loved
her time at WestConn, where she
received a wonderful education. She
fondly remembers Dr. Ruth Kohl.
Stacy Michelle Mueller ’84 has
been employed by AT&T for more
than 23 years.
Patrick H. Mulhall ’85 relocated
from Connecticut to Bermuda and
is a senior vice president for Axis
Capital Holdings.
Sharon Dellinger (Blankenburg) ’86
has many fond memories of
WestConn and still keeps in touch
with former classmates. When comparing her skills to nurse graduates
from other schools, she believes she
had a definite “leg up” with her
WestConn education. She looks forward to visiting campus to see all
the new changes.
Carol P. Lubus ’86 is the associate
director of Human Resources at
Mann Kind Corp. Previously, she
worked at Boehringer Ingelheim for
24 years.
Cheryl Scriven ’87 received a
Master in Social Work from Rutgers
University and has been employed
as a school social worker on a child
study team for the past 12 years.
She celebrated her 28th wedding
anniversary with husband, Ilia, with
whom she has three children. She
credits professors Beatrice Nemzer
and Patty Ivry for their leadership in
the social work program at
After working on a cardiology stepdown unit at Yale New Haven
Hospital, Irene Stukshis ’88,
developed a love for cardiac nursing.
She earned a Master of Science in
Nursing from Yale University and
pursued a post master’s degree in
geriatric nursing there as well.
Married in 1998, she gave birth to
her first child in 2000. Presently, she
lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where
she is a full-time mother.
Nancy D. (Barchi) Corrigan ’89
enjoys her career with the U.S.
Department of Justice as an industry
operations investigator with the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives in Hartford,
Donald J. LaFerriere ’89 was promoted to senior vice president, medical segment commercial leader at
GE Healthcare Financial Services.
Cynthia Moschitta ’89 has worked
at New Milford Hospital in New
Milford, Conn., since graduation and
is a staff nurse in the PACU. She
has been married to husband, Ken,
since 1989 and the couple have a
daughter, Amelia, 7. She believes
WestConn is a great place.
Class Notes
Nancy L. Norton ’89 taught cancer
prevention, nutrition, drug education
and sex education in Danbury,
Conn., and worked as a nutrition
coordinator of a federally-funded
food program in Waterbury, Conn.
She recently retired from the
American Red Cross, but remains
active as a national disaster volunteer. Norton sits on the Board of
Directors for the American Red
Having lived abroad for more than
15 years, Stephen Saracco ’89 is
presently vice president and asset
and project manager of Citi in
Budapest, Hungary. He earned a
Bachelor of Art in Mathematics from
WestConn, where he also minored in
music, philosophy and history. He
and his partner, Noemi, have three
children: Lucio, 5, Alessandro, 4,
and Sophia, 1.
Thomas Gregory ’90 is a senior
analyst in the European Renewable
Energy Advisory Group of Emerging
Energy Research (EER). An expert in
business/strategic development,
Gregory has more than 10 years
experience as a mergers and acquisitions analyst and financial consultant in central and eastern Europe,
and has produced market research
for European photovoltaic and wind
energy companies. In addition to a
B.A. in English from WestConn,
Gregory holds a master of international affairs from the School of
International and Public Affairs,
Columbia University. Gregory, who
has lived abroad for 15 years, is
based out of EER’s Barcelona, Spain,
David Jolly ’90 recently had a page
one story in The New York Times on
the trading scandal at Société
Générale. He shared a byline with
his wife, Nicola Clark. Their son
Luke, 3, at nursery school that day,
was unable to contribute to the
story. Jolly has lived in Paris, France,
for seven years.
Debra Suzanne Snearly ’90 was
elected secretary to the Connecticut
Bar Association and inducted as a
fellow of the American Bar
Association, a distinction determined
by peers and granted to the top one
percent of attorneys in the country.
Barbara Powers ’91 retired to
Maine and currently contributes to
church-related projects. She also
enjoys traveling.
Jalna Jaeger ’92 works as a school
nurse in Norwalk, Conn. In 2003,
she had surgery for a benign brain
tumor and made a full recovery. She
loves working with children and is
very thankful for her nursing degree
from WestConn.
Angelle M. Roussel ’92 was
appointed vice president and assistant treasurer of Parsons
Corporation, in Pasadena Calif. In
her new position, she oversees the
company’s global treasury function.
In addition to a Bachelor of Business
Administration from WestConn,
Roussel earned a Master of
Business Administration from
Pepperdine University.
Susan McNerney ’93 has been
busy raising her four children and
conducting home studies for international adoption for three private
agencies. She is pursuing employment as a school social worker.
Major Christopher Paige ’93 joined
the United States Air Force after
graduation and has lived in Virginia;
South Carolina; Colorado; Washington,
D.C.; and Germany. Paige earned a
master’s in nursing from the
University of Colorado at Colorado
Springs and is currently pursuing a
Ph.D. from the University of Alabama
in Birmingham. Paige resides in
Alabama with his wife Colleen, and
three children, Danny, Stephen and
Along with her husband, a medical
doctor, Tara Elizabeth McLaughlin
’94, has left the medical field to
study the Bible at Crown College
and Seminary.
Kerry Bender ’95 works full time in
the ICU at Danbury Hospital. She
and her husband, Robert, have a
son, Jack,1 ½.
Brenda Swetz ’95 recently began a
master’s degree program at
Fordham University, which she is
enjoying very much. For 10 years,
she has been busy raising her three
sons and is now happy to be back in
the world of social work.
Andrew Santamauro ’96 left both
his home state and the field of
parish ministry and is now a university chaplain at the Catholic
University of America in Washington,
Diane Hardt ’97 has worked since
1998 at St. Mary’s Hospital, where
she is manager of education. Hardt
says that her Master of Science in
Nursing from WestConn has opened
many professional doors for her and
she is very grateful to her alma
Colette Norton ’97 is a licensed
clinical social worker at Wellpath
Behavioral Health in Waterbury,
Conn. She’s also a supervisor for
Intensive In-home Child and
Adolescent Psychiatric Service.
Norton has two children, Garrett, 8,
and Cheyenne, 6.
Jennifer (Parisi) Poole ’98 has been
married for seven years and has two
beautiful daughters, Amanda, 6, and
Alexandra, 2. She resides in
Washingtonville, N.Y., and is working
full time as a social worker at St.
Dominic’s Home in Goshen, N.Y.
She often thinks of Professors Patty
Ivry and Marjorie Steinberg, and
is thankful for the wisdom and
knowledge these and other
teachers provided.
Timothy C. Abbott ’99 met his wife,
Parinita, in an organic chemistry
class. They have three children:
Oliver, 6, Simon, 4, and Jena, 7
months. Abbott graduated from
medical school in 2006 and is an
anesthesia resident at Baystate
Sara Knox Brinckerhoff ’99, a retail
manager for Limited Too in Las
Vegas, N.V., teaches retail management for the Art Institute of Las
Donna M. Vitrone ’02 is a second
grade teacher.
Stephen Andrew Cowf ’03 resides
in Ocala, Fla., and has three daughters, Niesey, Gabriella and Alexa.
Donna M. Albano ’04 is currently
teaching health at Joel Barlow High
School in Redding, Conn., and is
looking forward to beginning
graduate studies within the year.
WestConn Sweethearts Douglas
Wawrzynski ’04 and wife Sarah
Bradford, who met in a pre-calculus
class at WestConn, moved to Salt
Lake City, Utah, in 2005 when Doug
took a job with Fidelity Investments.
In the fall of 2007, he left Fidelity to
attend S. J. Quinney College of Law
at the University of Utah, where he is
now a student.
Joann Korniluk ’05, ’07 is currently
working on a Master of Business
Administration degree with a focus
on global wealth management. She
works full time at People’s United
Bank as an automated clearing
house product analyst. Korniluk also
teaches history at Naugatuck Valley
Community College and Norwalk
Community College.
Kristina L. Nigro ’05 is proud that
her youngest sister, Megan, is
attending WestConn and following
in her footsteps.
Katie Ayotte ’06 works as a medical
oncology nurse at St. Mary’s
Hospital in Waterbury, Conn.
Currently, she is enrolled in
WestConn’s graduate nursing
Nicole Melious-Dwyer ’06 works as
a case manager at Arbor House in
Brewster, N.Y. She is a student in the
Adelphi Advanced Standing program
and will graduate with a Master of
Social Work in May 2009.
Aaron Fallon ’07 is employed at
Bradley International Airport. He
continues to use his degree in
Spanish by speaking the language
and continuing to learn about
Spanish history and culture.
After teaching as an adjunct for a
semester and a half at State
University of New York (SUNY) Delhi
in the business and hospitality
department, Robert Braathe ’07
accepted a full-time teaching position at SUNY’s Schenectady campus.
Robert earned a distinguished alumni award from the Ancell School of
Business in 2007.
Samuel Eugene Kwapong ’07 is so
thankful to the entire WestConn
community for his wonderful education. He is employed at Azusa Pacific
University and is the Graduate
Center’s transcript coordinator. He
recently became engaged.
Hit the road and take a trip!
Gourmet Lunch at the Culinary Institute of America!
Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania
& Delaware
Southern Charm
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008
Dec. 6-7, 2008
April 5-11, 2009
Join the WCSU Alumni Association for an afternoon of
elegant dining. Enjoy a four-course luncheon at the elegant Escoffier
Join us for this relaxing, entertaining and
lively holiday trip to Winterthur, a museum
Restaurant followed by a tour of Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse
Historic Site in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (www.lgny.org). $89/per person
includes lunch, gratuity, tour and transportation via motor coach.
Please R.S.V.P. by Sept. 25. To access a reservation form or for more
information, visit www.wcsu.edu/alumni or call (203) 837-8298.
and American country estate, and Longwood
Gardens, a country garden, with overnight
accommodations at the elegant Mendenhall
Inn. For details on this excursion, visit
www.wcsu.edu/alumni, or call
(203) 790-8342 or e-mail
[email protected]
Experience the charm of the South.
Join us for this trip! Highlights include
Historic Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation,
Beaufort, Savannah, Factors Walk, Jekyll
Island, St. Simons Island. Rates begin at
$1,969/per person. For more information,
call Kay Schreiber ’79 at (203) 790-8342.
Calendar of events
WCSU Diversity Lecture Series
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.
Loung Ung, author of “First They Killed
My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia
Remembers,” discusses her account of surviving
the Khmer Rouge In Cambodia. Midtown Student
Center Theater. Midtown campus. For more
information, call (203) 837-8486.
One Book, One Community
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Meet the author: Jhumpa Lahiri,
author of “The Namesake”
Ives Concert Hall, White Hall, Midtown campus.
Free and open to the public. For more information
call, Betsy McDonough at (203) 837-8754.
Ives Family Fair
Sunday, Sept. 21
Ives Concert Park
Free and open to the
Sunday, Nov. 2
Wine Tasting
4 to 7 p.m., Westside Campus Center Grand
Ballroom, Westside campus. $50/per person.
Monday, Nov. 3
Reflections of Italy trip
See below information on this page. For more
information and reservations, call Kay Schreiber
at (203) 790-8342.
Sunday, Sept. 21
Ives Concert Park Family Fair
Free daylong family events at Ives Concert Park.
Westside campus. Visit www.ivesconcertpark.com
or call (203) 837-9227.
Friday, Nov. 7
Alumni Dinner Theatre
Dinner. 5:30 p.m., Warner Hall, Midtown
campus. Show 8 p.m., Berkshire Hall, Midtown
campus. Price: TBA.
Monday, Sept. 29
Alumni Association Golf Outing,
See page 15 for details. For more information,
call (203) 837-8290.
Dec. 6-7
Brandywine Valley and Delaware Trip
See above information on this page. For more
information and reservations, call Kay Schreiber
at (203) 790-8342.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
Mary Edgett Scholarship Reception
See page 3 for details.
Monday, Oct. 11 to Sunday, Oct. 19
Homecoming Week
See page 12 for details..
Saturday, Oct. 25
Bus Trip to Culinary Institute of America
for a gourmet lunch See above information
on this page. For more information and
reservations, call (203) 837-8298.
Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Theatre Production – “Cabaret”
Presented by the theatre arts department
8 p.m., Berkshire Theatre, Midtown campus.
Tickets: $17; $12 for seniors and students;
WCSU students free with valid I.D. Box office:
(203) 837-8732.
Alumni Trip
Join us for 10 days!
Reflections of Italy!
Departure date: Nov. 3, 2008
For more information, call Kay
Schreiber ’79 at (203) 790-8342.
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(l-r): Laura (Tittemore) Piechota ’91, ’94; Jenna Piechota (parents:
Laura ’91, ’94 & Edward ’92, ’02); Melissa (Ortiz) Stephens ’98, ’08;
Justin Stephens (mom: Melissa Stephens ’98, ’08); Emelie Myhill
(mom: Ellen ’90, ’01); Ellen (Dannatt) Myhill ’90, ’01; Mark Pisano ’04.
A. WestConn Alumni Hat: $15.98
(Cobra). Available in navy or khaki.
B. WestConn Alumni Crewneck
Sweatshirt: $ 24.98 (Champion) S-2X.
Available in navy only.
C. WestConn Infant Tee-shirt: $14.98
(College Kids) 6m, 12m, 18m. Available
in white, pink or gray.
D. WCSU Alumni Tee-shirt: $14.98
(Champion) S-XL. Available in gray only.
E. WestConn Sweatpants: $24.98
(Champion) S-2X. Available in blue or
F. WCSU Zip-hood Toddler Sweatshirt:
$29.98 (College Kids) 2T-5/6. Available
in pink, white or gray.
G. WestConn Toddler Tee-shirt: $14.98
(College Kids) 2T-5/6. Available in white
or gray.
H. WestConn Alumni Hooded Sweatshirt:
$34.98 (Champion) S-2X. Available in
navy only.
I. WCSU Alumni Tee-shirt: $14.98
(Gildan) S-2X. Available in navy only.
J. WCSU Alumni License Plate Holder,
K. WCSU men’s and women’s watches
$79.95 each (Quartz). Time and day.
Brown leather band. Comes in high-gloss
cherry-finish jewelry box.
L. WCSU Alumni Desk Accessories, seal
and school name with “Alumni” engraved
on black and gold. Masterpiece medallion.
L1: Desk set: $49.95. Attached
solid brass business card holder
and ball point pen. 10” x 1/2" x 3/4"
L2: Desk box: $44.95 Black suede
lining and magnetic closure. 9" x 6"
x 2 1/2"
L3: Letter sorter: $34.95. Keep your
mail organized. 10" x 3" x 4"
L4: Paperweight: $22.95. Genuine
marble. 3" x 3" x 7/8"
Personalization is available on desk set
and desk box for additional $4.95.
Shipping is $6.95 for paperweight and
$8.95 for all other pieces.
M. Diploma frames:
M1: 23K jewelry-quality medallion,
black and gold museum matting, gold
embossed WCSU, cherry, $137.95.
M2 & M3: Regency or Gallery style
frames: $114.95, seal and school name
gold embossed on black and gold
museum-quality matting. M2: Gallery:
cherry. M3: Regency: mahogany. Both:
gold inner lip. Signature style frame. M4:
Campus Scene Edition showcases a
beautiful panoramic photo of Fairfield
Hall mounted above diploma with seal
and school name gold embossed on
black and gold museum-quality matting
and features a high-gloss Galleria cherry
moulding, $144.95.
Please specify M1, M2, M3 or M4. For
pre-1998 styles, call the Office of
Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8290.
Photo frames are also available in the
above styles for $44.95 (your choice:
vertical or horizontal). For detailed
photos, descriptions and other available
styles, visit: www.diplomaframe.com.
N.—O. WCSU Rocker, Standard Chair
and Heritage Lamp (not shown). Can be
personalized at an additional charge. Visit
www.wcsu.edu/alumni for more information and photos. Call (203) 837-8298
to order.
N. WCSU Boston Rocker or Standard
Chair: classic solid maple hardwoods and
satin black finish with laser engraved
WCSU seal, $360.
O. WCSU Heritage Lamp: classic solid
maple hardwoods and satin black finish
with laser engraved WCSU seal. Shade is
black parchment with gold trim, $210.
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Make checks payable to and send orders to:
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1) WestConn music alumni chatted during a reception held in their honor after the 63rd annual Connecticut Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and All
State Music Festival held in April 2008. 2) Alumnae, faculty, students, staff and friends helped raise both awareness and funds for cancer research at the “Think Pink”
alumnae basketball game held in February 2008. 3) A graduate from the Ancell School of Business (ASB) mingled with other alumni and faculty during Ancell Alumni
Night in April 2008. 4) Alumni and friends enjoyed dinner in Warner Hall before WestConn’s theatre performance (pictured) of The Who’s “Tommy,” presented by
WestConn’s Department of Theatre Arts.
5) In April, the Alumni Nursing Society held a reception for nursing alumni and soon-to-be graduates of WestConn’s nursing program. 6) A happy graduate smiles in
anticipation of receiving his diploma at Commencement 2008. 7) Recent inductees to WestConn’s Hall of Fame include (l-r): Patrick Hackett ’87 (football); Nicholas
Mongillo ’85 (football); Professor of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences Jody Rajcula (Women’s head basketball coach); Leon Stolle (supporter); and Philip Bergen
’92 (soccer). 8) (l-r) WestConn Director of Career Development Center Maureen Gernert chats with ASB Dean Dr. Allen Morton and Vice President for Human Resources
for Boehringer Ingelheim Corp. David Nurnberger ’72 during an alumni reception for those employed at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield, Conn.
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