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Richard P. Zipoli, Jr. ’07 Ph.D

Richard P. Zipoli, Jr. ’07 Ph.D was recently awarded the 2018 Connecticut State Universities Board of Regents Systems-Wide Teaching Award. He is an associate professor and clinical instructor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University.

Lawrence Davis ’90 (CLAS), ’01 Ph.D

Lawrence Davis ’90 (CLAS), ’01 Ph.D was recently appointed a Center Associate at the Davis Center at Harvard University. The Center supports research and teaching in Russian and Eurasian Studies. Larry is a professor of history at North Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass.

Celine Petrie ’00 (CAHNR)

Celine Petrie ’00 (CAHNR) lives in The Villages, Fla. and has been Chairman of the Board of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, since March 2016. The mission of the HS/SPCA is to provide care for adoptable animals that are injured, abused, unwanted, or abandoned; secure permanent homes for adoptable animals; provide spay and neuter services for animals to be adopted and animals of low-income residents; report incidents of animal cruelty and/or neglect to government agencies; and to encourage responsible animal ownership practices through education.

Jonathan Andersen ’92 (CLAS), ’12 MA

Jonathan Andersen ’92 (CLAS), ’12 MA, a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, Conn., was awarded the 2017 David Martinson – Meadowhawk Prize by Red Dragonfly Press for his second full-length collection of poems, Augur.

Capt. Grant W. Westerson ’92 (BGS)

Capt. Grant W. Westerson ’92 (BGS), A.M.S., has been a Connecticut Recreational Marine industry professional since 1963 and is on many state, local, and national committees, chairing most. Recently he was appointed as a Director to the Connecticut Port Authority by Senate Majority Leader Fasano. Westerson is a Marine Surveyor by trade and Captains a cruise ship for the Valley Railroad.

Timothy Bartlett ’90 (ED)

Timothy Bartlett ’90 (ED) has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in New Haven, Conn. He previously served the CCC YMCA as the District Executive Director overseeing the Bridgeport, Stratford and Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA’s. He lives in Newtown, Conn. with his wife and two children.

Eric Weeks ‘16 (CLAS)

Eric Weeks ’16 (CLAS) is proud to announce his is now a producer at NBC Connecticut in West Hartford. You can catch his work early mornings from 4:30 – 7 a.m.

Joan Ostaszewski Geronimo ’88 (BGS)

Joan Ostaszewski Geronimo ’88 (BGS) retired as an Certified Energy Manager from NU (now Eversource) in June, 2008 after 36 years. She is currently a substitute teacher in Flagler County, Fla. where her favorite classes are at Matanzas High School. She also enjoys being the on air DJ for the “Ladies of Jazz” heard every Thursday from 5-7 pm on Flagler College Radio WFCF 88.5 FM, an iheart radio station.

Fred Kenice McClafferty ’50 (CLAS)

Fred Kenice McClafferty ’50 (CLAS), of Bloomfield and Stamford, Conn., who had a passion for New York Times crossword puzzles, pineapple upside-down cake, golden retrievers, platform tennis, and UConn women’s basketball, died May 23. He was 88.

He grew up in Greenwich Village and attended La Salle Academy in Manhattan, then graduated from UConn. In 1954, he married the love of his life, Jane Reimer McClafferty, and they were together for 63 years.

He was a public information officer in the U.S. Army before building a career in media and advertising, first at ABC and later at NW Ayer. He truly found joy after he retired and went into the antiques business with Jane full time.

More recently, he was a beloved part of the Seabury community in Bloomfield, Conn., where he served on the stage crew for musical theater productions, helped oversee the residents’ workshop, and built boardwalks, bridges, and benches for others to enjoy.