Category: 1970s

note includes graduate from the 1970s

Bobbie Ann Mason ’72 Ph.D, ’02H

Bobbie Ann Mason ’72 Ph.D, ’02H recently published a new book “Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader”.

Stewart Levine DMD ’70 (CLAS)

Stewart Levine ’70 (CLAS) attended UConn on wrestling scholarship, was a varsity wrestler, and has been inducted into (EPHOF) Elmwood Park Hall of Fame (Elmwood Park formerly East Paterson, N.J.) in 2012. He has been a wrestling official in both N.J. and Fla. Residing in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and P/T in Colts Neck, N.J.

Joe Wocoski ’73 (CLAS)

Joe Wocoski ’73 (CLAS) recently published his first novel, “Andy Anders and the Rebel Spies” under the pen name “Allen Alright”. “Andy Anders and the Rebel Spies” is a teen & young adult civil war novel set at the start of the civil war in 1861, in the fictional town of Mercyville, Connecticut.

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.

Gloria Berry ’79 6th Year

Gloria Berry ’79 6th Year, of Windsor Locks, Conn., and a former Hartford Public Schools teacher, has teamed with Createspace-Amazon to publish a combination book and journal entitled, CROSSROADS – The Discovery Journal: Reflecting and Reaching Out. Although the publication targets late teens and young adults in the area of enhancing decision-making skills, it also has something to offer others beyond those stages.

Barbara Entman Synnott ’76 (CLAS)

Barbara Entman Synnott ’76 (CLAS) has been honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the highest honor from Marquis Who’s Who in America. While a student at the Storrs campus, Barbara served as Publicity Director and radio producer at WHUS-FM. She was also in Photopool. Upon graduating, Barbara became a professional radio broadcaster, a career that lasted nearly twenty years. Barbara is currently a customer service professional at PSEG Long Island.

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.

Monica Elizabeth Spencer Bell ’78 (ED)

Monica Elizabeth Spencer Bell ’78 (ED) of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, died in the company of her husband and other family members on Oct. 22, 2017 at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Life was a dance for Monica. She tap-danced and pirouetted through schools and hundreds of dance lessons while performing in many musicals and recitals. At UConn, where she performed as a Jet girl in West Side Story, she earned a BA in English Education. Monica spent many summer vacations with her parents and siblings visiting grandparents in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her mother had grown up, instilling in her a lifelong love of the west. There was always a painting of the Teton Mountain Range hanging over her parents’ fireplace. Monica’s early career as a computer programmer led to a successful consulting business in New York City. In the early 1980s, she helped businesses automate processes using the new personal computer. In the late 1990s, Monica started her second career as a recruiter and career coach, helping thousands of professionals take the next steps in their careers. Monica and Bob Bell were married in Connecticut and lived there for several years before a job change relocated them to Alexandria, Virginia. Bob and Monica matched steps for 22 years sailing, traveling, working, volunteering, running marathons, dancing at every opportunity, and loving each other. Annual visits to Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park were an important element of her spiritual renewal. After retirement in 2013, they moved to Jackson, Wyoming, where Monica proclaimed, “My body has finally joined my spirit.” Giving back through volunteer work was paramount to Monica. She served on the board of directors for the Senior Center of Alexandria and First Night-Alexandria, and volunteered for numerous children’s literacy programs. Monica loved riding horses and volunteered with the Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association. In the summer of 2016, she became a rider herself at JHTRA after suffering a major brain hemorrhage. In spite of the grueling physical therapy, Monica maintained her positive spirit and resiliency, often saying, “My new purpose is to inspire others by how I handle the adversity in my life.”

Peter P LoCascio ’78 (CAHNR)

Peter P LoCascio ’78 (CAHNR) and MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1989 has work that is part of the Smithsonian Institute Archive of American Artists by the Paris Gallerist Darthea Speyer.

Vicki A. Tesoro ’77 (CLAS)

Vicki A. Tesoro (Wollkind) ’77 (CLAS) was recently elected First Selectman of Trumbull, Conn.