Category: 1980s

note includes graduate from the 1980s

Pamela Hackbart-Dean ’87 MA

Pamela Hackbart-Dean ’87 MA, director of the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during a ceremony at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23–29. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.

Hackbart-Dean, who earned her master’s degree in history and archival management at the University of Connecticut, has distinguished herself as a thoughtful leader. Her nominators describe her as a “skilled teacher” and someone for whom “to be a professional archivist is to be active—to publish, to present, to serve, to mentor, to collaborate, to learn, and to question.”

Marikate Murren ’89 (CLAS), ’96 MA

Marikate Murren ’89 (CLAS), ’96 MA was recently named Vice President, Human Resources at MGM Springfield which is due to open in September 2017.

Heather Sherman Somers ’88 (CLAS)

Heather Sherman Somers ’88 (CLAS) was elected the Connecticut State Senate in November 2016.

Paul W. Catanese ’83 (CLAS)

Donny’s Inferno: Down in Flames, book 2 in a series by Paul W. Catanese ’83 (CLAS) that takes readers on a thrilling and witty adventure in the underworld, was published in April 2017 by Simon and Schuster. At the same time, book 1 of Donny’s Inferno was released in paperback form, as well as two of Catanese’s previous novels, The Thief and the Beanstalk and The Mirror’s Tale, both in hardcover and paperback. As a UConn student, Paul wrote a cartoon strip entitled Bedlam Hall for the Daily Campus. He and his wife, Lisa Stenza Catanese ’83 (CLAS), are residents of Columbia, Conn.

Dr. John Thomas Marcoux ’89 (CAHNR)

Dr. John Thomas Marcoux ’89 (CAHNR) of Sudbury, MA, is the recipient of the 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon’s (ACFAS) Distinguished Service Award, one of the College’s highest honors. The ACFAS Board of Directors presents this award each year to recognize those members who volunteer their time, expertise and service behind the scenes to advance the College’s mission. Dr. Marcoux is the fourteenth recipient of this distinguished honor and was presented with the award at ACFAS’ Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas on February 28, 2017.

Chris Gedney, ’81 (ED)

Chris Gedney, ’81 (ED) has been hired by Arizona State University (ASU) after receiving her Ph.D in Social Work from the University of Utah in May 2017. Chris was the first UConn women’s basketball scholarship athlete. A retired Air Force Lt Colonel, her dissertation, the first randomized controlled trial of a military sexual assault intervention, revealed large shortfalls and significant areas for improvement. She presented her findings to several members of Congress and is currently developing curriculum for a military social work concentration at ASU.

LeeAnn (Landrigan) Coleman ’83 (BUS)

LeeAnn (Landrigan) Coleman ’83 (BUS), originally the Controller of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), was promoted in 2016 to Deputy Director, Financial Services. She was honored by the City of Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh as an Innovation Excellence Award winner. The award acknowledges innovative ideas, hard work, and commitment of the City of Boston employees. Her team was selected for the role they played in launching the BRA’s new web-based Property Management Solution to proactively manage its commercial real estate portfolio.

Eric Johnson ’84 (CLAS)

Eric Johnson ’84 (CLAS) recently published a book, From Park Ranger to Conservation Police Officer, about his career in conservation law enforcement.

Sharon Buchta Rizzo ’88 (SFA)

Sharon Buchta Rizzo ’88 (SFA) is a professional cellist and music educator in Big Bear Lake, Calif. She is responsible for the first strings program in the community and founded MountainTop Strings of California, a youth orchestra and camerata that plays throughout the region and had two successful European tours with a third scheduled for October 2017. The camerata has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on March 13, 2017, as part of its National Youth Concert. Her orchestras have won many competitions and recognitions in Southern California.