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.
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.
Leslie Imse ’87 MA
Leslie Imse ’87 MA, chair of the music department for Farmington Public Schools, was presented with the departmental Arts Program Excellence Award by the CT Arts Administrators Association. In addition, Imse co-authored an article with Dr. Dee Hansen that was featured in the national Music Educators Journal Dec 2016 issue.
Dr. Alan Lipman ’84 (CLAS)
Dr. Alan Lipman ’84 (CLAS) received a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Lipman recently authored an op-ed that was featured by CNN on Oct 28 2016 titled “The Narcissism of Donald Trump’s candidacy“.