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Jordan Bennett ’11 (CLAS)

Jordan Bennett '11 (CLAS) will be joining The Berman Group - a marketing, public relations, and event planning firm based in New York City. As Senior Public Relations Manager, Jordan Bennett will lead the public relations and digital strategy for a portfolio of clients in commercial real estate, construction, and urban development. Prior to joining The Berman Group, Jordan was a member of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign's rapid response communications team, and previously served as the Associate Director of Communications for the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser.

Jennifer Monahan ’95 MBA

Jennifer Monahan '95 MBA recently released her first book, This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman's Story of Spirit Evolution, which was selected as a finalist in the 2016 USA Best Book Awards in the Spiritual - Inspirational category.

Maura A. Power ’94 MA

Maura A. Power '94 MA ran her first marathon in Clonakilty, Ireland this past December. She was sponsored by Vibram and Team Hoyt Running Chairs to promote the movement of Inclusion of assisted athletes. Team Hoyt Running Chairs offer those with disabilities "to experience the thrill of the race".

Donald McKenzie Jr. ’10 (CLAS)

Donald McKenzie Jr. '10 (CLAS) is proud to announce the launch of his new company, Greenwich SEO Services, LLC. They help local small business owners get new customers, using the power of the internet. The name of the company caters to Donald's hometown of Greenwich, Conn. His passion for helping business owners utilize the internet was featured in the Greenwich Free Press.

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.

Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes ’04 JD

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes '04 JD has been elected to the partnership at Foley & Lardner's Milwaukee office.

John Strom ’65 (CLAS) ’76 MA

John Strom '65 (CLAS) '76 MA published a new book titled "Maximizing Your ROPI© - Return on Your People Investment." The book is based on Strom's 30+ years of management training, coaching and consulting, primarily in the automobile business.

Jessica McCauley ’97 (BUS)

Jessica McCauley '97 (BUS) is proud to announce her promotion to Partner at Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger, an accounting firm in Fairfield, Conn.

Danielle (Beil) Nartowicz ’03 (BUS)

Danielle (Beil) Nartowicz '03 (BUS) is thrilled to announce that she as been promoted to Group Vice President of Financial Planning at Macy's. Nartowicz has been with Macy's for over 10 years.

Eric Patros ’10 (CLAS) and Linda (Van) Patros ’12 (CLAS)

Eric Patros ’10 (CLAS) and Linda (Van) Patros ’12 (CLAS), UConn sweethearts, were married in Prospect, Conn. on July 16, 2016 surrounded by 3 generations of proud UConn alumni.