Class Notes

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Susie Beam ’80 (CLAS)

Susie Beam '80 (CLAS) recently published a book called "He's Not My Husband" in February 2017. Beam graduated with a B.S. in Fashion Design and Retail Management and is proud to represent the University of Connecticut.

Courtney Dinnan ’12 (CLAS) and David Knapp ’10 (ED)

Courtney Dinnan '12 (CLAS) and David Knapp '10 (ED) were married on May 28, 2017 and celebrated with many fellow proud UConn alumni including UConn Huskies basketball player Neils Giffey. While at UConn, Courtney competed for the Huskies as a 3-sport athlete and captain of the women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Lindsey Reinert ’08 MA

Lindsey Reinert '08 MA has recently received her Doctorate of Education specialized in Gifted Education from the University of Denver in June 2017. Her dissertation title was "The Limitations on Colorado School Districts Adoption of an Early Access Addendum Process". This will be her eighteenth year in education and she plans to continue her position as a coordinator of Gifted Education with the largest school district in the state of Colorado.

Deborah Fuhr ’82 (BUS)

Deborah Fuhr '82 (BUS), managing partner and co-founder at ETFGI LLP, an independent research and consultancy firm, will be presented with the 100 Women in Finance (100WF) 2017 European Industry Leadership Award at the organization's annual London Gala on October 11, 2017. Each year, 100WF identifies a woman whose professional talent, business ethics, and passion for investing help define and advance the industry's standards of excellence.

Dan Thomas ’90 (CLAS)

Dan Thomas '90 (CLAS) is an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He recently completed a two-year detail as lead counsel to the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. In that position he was responsible for legal advice on all human spaceflight matters, including missions to the International Space Station, development of commercial crew vehicles with Boeing and SpaceX, astronaut programs, and future missions to Mars. Dan is also a reserve JAG in the United States Air Force. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon as a Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Steve Maguire ’75 (CLAS), ’76 MA

Steve Maguire (Stephen C.) '75 (CLAS), '76 MA, has just released a Vietnam War novel, Mekong Meridian. Much of the story is drawn from Maguire's experience as an Airborne-Ranger Infantry officer with the 9th Division in 1969. Available from Amazon.

Dennis C. Cavanaugh ’78 (CLAS)

Dennis C. Cavanaugh '78 (CLAS) has accepted a fellowship with the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA.) Cavanaugh focuses his practice on construction and surety law, including transactional work and litigation. He has over 35 years of experience handling complex construction matters involving contract procurement, negotiation, financing, and commercial-related dispute resolution and litigation. Cavanaugh is a former chair of Robinson+Cole's Construction Group and the Connecticut Bar Association's Construction Law Section. CLSA is an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society with membership limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows from the United States and internationally. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in construction law, along with ethical reputation.

Nicole Lavoie ’12 (ENG) and Jordan Smith ’12 (ENG)

Nicole Lavoie '12 (ENG) and Jordan Smith '12 (ENG) were married on June 4, 2017 in Bolton, Conn. surrounded by friends, family, and many fellow UConn alumni from 2007-2014.

Lynn M. Patarini ’97 (BGS)

Lynn M. Patarini '97 (BGS), under the pseudonym L.M. Pampuro, released her fifth novel, Uncle Neddy's Funeral, in May 2017.

Michael I. Flores ’89 (CLAS)

Attorney Michael I. Flores '89 (CLAS), of Orleans, Mass., was elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Massachusetts Chapter, for a two year term commencing in September, 2017. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is a national organization consisting of approximately 1,200 of the most distinguished divorce and family law attorneys in the United States. Attorney Flores became a Fellow of the Academy in 2011.