Jasmine Alcantara ’95 (CLAS), ’99 MBA
Jasmine Alcantara ’95 (CLAS), ’99 MBA, owner of JLA Group, will be awarded the 2017 U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Innovation & Performance Award at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 2017. This prestigious award recognizes women-owned small business owners who exhibit outstanding innovation and/or performance on a key contract that will significantly bolster their ability to secure future opportunities. She has also been selected to present at the Southern New England Conference-Project Management Institute 12th Annual Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center on April 24, 2017.
Dr. Perry Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D, ’76 JD
Dr. Perry Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D, ’76 JD was honored with the 2016 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, given by the Education Law Association. The award is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter, or other form of scholarly legal writing in the field of education law.
Shawn Mangar ’04 (CLAS)
Shawn Mangar ’04 (CLAS) , former special education teacher, founded the award-winning Baychester Middle School in the Bronx, his hometown, in New York City, N.Y. Baychester Middle was featured in a number of television shows, teaching magazines, and other publications for its success for both students and teachers.
Steven R. Jenkins, C.P.A.’99 JD, ’12 MBA, ’15 ML
Steven R. Jenkins, C.P.A.’99 JD, ’12 MBA, ’15 ML has been appointed as a Trustee to the Connecticut Laborers’ Pension, Health, and Annuity Funds. Steve is General Counsel and Compliance Director for regional construction firm Manafort Brothers Incorporated headquartered in Plainville, 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.
Hope Payson LCSW ’92 MSW
Hope Payson LCSW ’92 MSW of Barkhamsted, CT is co-producing a documentary film based on the connection between childhood trauma and neglect. The film, Recovering Community, uses the personals stories of 13 Connecticut individuals with histories of trauma and addiction along with clips of interviews of experts in the field to explore the roots of both addiction and recovery. More information about the movie can be found on the movie website and on Facebook.
Arthur Horwitz ’76 (CLAS)
Arthur Horwitz ’76 (CLAS) was elected in February as board chair of Detroit Public Television, the 10th largest PBS affiliate. He recently concluded a four-year term as commissioner and chair of the non-partisan Michigan Civil Rights Commission, which in 2016 received more than 2,000 claims of housing, employment, and public accommodation discrimination and completed an extensive investigation into alleged civil rights violations centered on the Flint water crisis. He is president of Renaissance Media. His wife, Gina Wesler Horwitz ’78 (CLAS), is a senior major gift officer for Wayne State University in Detroit.
Dr. Robert Nicoletti ’66 MA, ’68 6th Year
Dr. Robert Nicoletti ’66 MA, ’68 6th Year reports that his book, Parenthood a Life Sentence? A Journey from Womb to Tomb, was released by Outskirts Press. Dr. Nicoletti is a retired Connecticut Superintendent of Schools and is currently on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education at Quinnipiac University.
Carol Milardo Floriani ’68 (NUR)
Carol Milardo Floriani ’68 (NUR) is currently “retired” in Easley, S.C. but continues to work as a hospice nurse visiting patients in their homes upstate. Previously she was a nursing educator and a manager of hospices and home health services in California. She is ever grateful to Dean Widmer and Jo Henderson for her great UConn education.