Category: Career

note includes a significant career achievement, promotion, or new job.

Rich Walcoff ’74 (CLAS)

Rich Walcoff ’74 (CLAS) is proud to announce his induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2017 in September. Walcoff started his sportscasting career at WHUS-FM as the radio voice of UConn football, basketball, and baseball from 1971-1974 and was a member of the UConn varsity soccer team in 1971. He was the Sports Director for KGO Radio, San Francisco for 32 years…including 22 years hosting 49ers Pre and Postgame talk shows. He was also the first ever radio sideline reporter for a Super Bowl (SB XXIX) in Miami, January 2015. Walcoff’s experience also includes: Oakland Raiders pre and Postgame talk show host 2005-2009, Play-by-Play voice of University of California (Berkeley) Basketball 1980’s and early 90’s, and Color Analyst Cal Football, 1992-1994. The father of two adult sons, Walcoff recently retired and is living with his wife Christina of 32 years in Petaluma, Calif.

Dr. Alan J. Lipman ’84 (CLAS)

Dr. Alan J. Lipman ’84 (CLAS) was quoted in the October 9, 2017 New York Times story “Coming to Terms With Mass Murder” on the Las Vegas mass shootings. Dr. Alan J. Lipman was also interviewed by BBC News on October 3, 2017 on the causes and consequences of the Las Vegas mass shootings.

Pamela Sardo, Pharm.D ’81 (PHR)

Pam Sardo, Pharm.D ’81 (PHR) currently employed as Senior Health Outcomes Liaison with Avanir Pharmaceuticals, volunteered after hurricane Harvey as a dispensing pharmacist in the NRG Center in Houston where 3000 displaced Texans were living. The make-shift pharmacy was staffed 24 hours a day and was stocked with donated medications mostly supplied from independent pharmacies. Emergency triage setting with volunteer physicians, nurses and pharmacists were providing patient care to address many acute care needs. Extremely rewarding experience.

Michael Horyczun ’81 (CLAS)

Michael Horyczun ’81 (CLAS) has been named Director of Communications for New Canaan Public Schools in New Canaan, Conn. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing the communication plan for the Board of Education and administration in one of the nation’s leading K-12 public school districts.

Stephanie C. Fox ’99 JD

Stephanie C. Fox ’99 JD has published 12 books under her imprint of QueenBeeEdit, through her editing and publishing service (see The work includes: a 3-novel dystopian series on human overpopulation and ecosystems collapse entitled Nae-Née; 2 allegorical studies, which look at the economic meltdown of 2008 in The Book of Thieves, and another on the legal, scientific, and political challenges surrounding honeybee colony collapse disorder in The Bear Guarding the Beehive; travelogues about Kuwait and Hawaiʻi; short stories, and, most recently, a children’s book about a cat in war-torn Kuwait who saved a group of soldiers from a bomb, entitled Scheherazade Cat – T\he Story of a War Hero.

John Surowiecki ’66 (CLAS), ’76 MA

After twelve authoring twelve books of poetry, John Surowiecki ’66 (CLAS), ’76 MA has published his first novel, Pie Man. The novel, which takes place in a working-class neighborhood in a small city in central Connecticut, was awarded the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. The publisher is the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Paul Valenti ’90 (CLAS)

Paul Valenti ’90 (CLAS), Director of Human Rights for Pinellas County, Fla., was elected as Member of the Board and Southern Region Representative to the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) at its annual conference in Seattle in September. As Southern Region Representative, he represents state and local civil and human rights law enforcement agencies in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia which are IAOHRA members.

Rob Carolla ’94 (CLAS)

Rob Carolla ’94 (CLAS) has been named Director of Communications for the College Football 150th Anniversary celebration. He has over 20 years of administrative experience working in collegiate sports and currently serves as President of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) – the national organization of strategic communicators for college athletics.

Dr. Steven Stack ’69 (CLAS), ’70 MA, ’73 MA, ’76 Ph.D

Dr. Steven Stack ’69 (CLAS), ’70 MA, ’73 MA, ’76 Ph.D received the Stengel Award for outstanding research on suicide. The award is given by the International Association for Suicide Prevention since 1977. Stack is the first sociologist to receive this award, the world’s most prestigious research award in the field of suicide studies.

Mary MacIlvain ’73 (CLAS), ’75 MS

Mary MacIlvain ’73 (CLAS), ’75 MS joins Hoffmann Architects, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, as Marketing Coordinator, based in the firm’s Hamden, Connecticut headquarters. With more than ten years’ experience marketing professional services, she excels at collaborating with technical and business development staff to develop proposal and qualification packages that address prospective client needs and demonstrate the firm’s capabilities in clear, concise terms. Her proficiency in a wide range of design and information management software programs, along with her capacity for supporting staff and clients in achieving successful project outcomes, enables MacIlvain to coordinate the efforts of a busy marketing and business development department. She lives in East Hampton, Connecticut.