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Judy Strom ’66 (CLAS)

A son, Emory Joseph Strom, was born to Tammy Strom of Redding on Aug. 1 at Danbury Hospital. Grandparents are Rob and Judy Strom ’66 (CLAS). The baby also has an aunt, Jessica Strom, in Ridgefield, and an uncle, David Strom, and a cousin, Juliet Strom, both in Centerville, VA.

Tom Vaughan ’79 (CLAS)

Tom Vaughan ’79 (CLAS) was elected as National President of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the country. UNICO National raises and donates about $5,000,000 dollars a year for local and national charities and scholarships. UNICO’s 5000 plus volunteer members in 110 local chapters also work to preserve Italian American heritage. Tom has served on the UNICO National Executive Committee for eight years and has been leading the organization since it’s national convention in Scottsdale in July 2017.

Courtney Clay ’98 (ENG)

Courtney Clay ’98 (ENG) is working in Paris, France with her company, Seppic. She moved with her 2 children to work as a Product Manager of natural skin care polymers for the cosmetic industry. She continues her career in the personal care industry.

Amanda Bradley '15 MA writes on the rock on UConn Gives giving day. (photo/UConn Foundation)

First UConn Gives Event Raises Over $260,000

36-hour giving day event receives nearly 2,500 gifts

During UConn’s first-ever online giving event, many supporters enthusiastically came together, which resulted in nearly 2,500 gifts, raising more than $260,000 for the University. Read Full Story

Amanda Bundock-Simjian ’01 (CLAS)

Amanda Bundock-Simjian ’01 (CLAS) is excited to announce that this May she will be inducted into the Lyman Hall High School (Wallingford, Conn.) Hall of Fame, class of 1997, for softball. She also recently started a new job working in the Learning & Development Dept. as a Training Coordinator at Medtronic, world leader in medical technology.

Gary F Borla ’97 MPH

Gary F Borla ’97 MPH recently retired after a 35 year career at Eversource Energy/Northeast Utilities. Gary was twice chosen as Eversource’s Volunteer of the Year for his service with High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Tanglewood Music Canter and as a guide for visually impaired runners in the New York City Marathon. Since his retirement Gary has returned to his roots and joined his family’s energy business and traveled to Italy and soon Ireland. He is looking forward to coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming weekend.

Linda Benoit ’03 MSW

Linda Benoit ’03 MSW, addiction therapist and private practice owner, recently attended and spoke at the Spandana 2018 – Responding to Realities international conference in Mangalore, India. Her address, titled “Best Practices in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Observations from the Field”, focused on the substance use disorder treatment system in the United States and how these treatments helped and were perceived by clients. On her trip, she also spoke to social work students and faculty at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, the School of Public Health, in Manipal.

Scott Baker ’87 MBA

Scott Baker ’87 MBA will be participating in a cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for The Fuller Center for Housing.

Jennifer (Soffayer) Hrbek ’05 (CLAS)

Jennifer (Soffayer) Hrbek ’05 (CLAS) was selected to serve as the Executive Director of Positive Directions – The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Westport, Conn. in November 2017. Positive Directions is a nearly 50-year old organization that provides behavioral health counseling and prevention services throughout Fairfield County.