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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.

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.

Clifford A. Lange ’79 (CLAS)

Clifford A. Lange '79 (CLAS), was recently promoted to Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer and Chief Actuary of Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company in Canton, Mass. Cliff and his wife Cindy '87 (CLAS) moved to Mattapoisett, Mass in 2016, now that their three daughters have grown up and "left the nest". In 2016 Cliff completed 120.7 miles in a 3 Day Footrace called "Across the Years" in Glendale, Ariz. In 2015 he completed 61.1 miles in a 24 Hour footrace called "24 Hours Around the Lake" in Wakefield, Mass.

Sherrie Stratton Willows ’63 (NUR)

Sherrie Stratton Willows '63 (NUR), of Manchester, Wash., passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Sherrie began her professional career as a registered Nurse and worked in hospitals and clinics before opening her massage business "The Healing Touch" in Friday Harbor in 1974. She is remembered fondly as an adventurer, a lover of music and theatre, and a mentor. She is survived by her three children, three siblings, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

John Harrington ‘66 (CLAS)

John Harrington ‘66 (CLAS) published a novel, The Year of the Lieutenant. He originally wrote it in the mid-1970's, but rewrote some of it recent years and published in the Summer of 2016. It is the story of United States Air Force personnel serving in Thailand during the time of the Vietnam War. It is available through Archway Books and Amazon.com.

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.