William Edward Smart, Jr. ’60 (CLAS)
William Edward Smart, Jr. of Amalgamated Housing Cooperative in The Bronx, and formerly of Amherst, Virginia, died Saturday, February 9 at Montefiore Hospital. Bill was a well-respected poet and essayist, noted professor of Creative Writing and English Literature at Sweet Briar College, long-time director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a founding member of Res Artis and Res Artis America, key advocates for artists colonies on an international and national basis.
Thomas Welsh ’75 (BS, CLAS) ’80 (JD)
Thomas Welsh ’75 (BS, CLAS) ’80 (JD) has been appointed as the General Counsel of Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Americas, Inc. (“NSBA”), effective as of January 1, 2019. NSBA is a trading company dealing with ferrous & non-ferrous metals, food & machinery & equipment with headquarters office in Chicago & with offices in Pittsburgh, Houston, Los Angeles area & Mexico City, Mexico & has joint ventures & facilities throughout the United States & Mexico.
Tom Feige ’05 (CLAS) and Katelyn (Pelletier) Feige ’08 (CLAS)
Tom Feige ’05 (CLAS) and his wife, Katelyn (Pelletier) Feige ’08 (CLAS), welcomed a son, Thomas Richard Feige III, into the world in October. The couple, married in 2014, lives in Beacon Falls, Connecticut.
Tom Ingrassia ’75 (CLAS)
Tom Ingrassia’s ’75 (CLAS) book, Reflections Of A Love Supreme: Motown Through The Eyes Of Fans, was recently honored by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs with its Pinnacle Award as the Best Musical History Book of The Year. This is the second award for Reflection, which was named Best Music Book by the National Indie Excellence Awards. Ingrassia’s first book, One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams, is currently being adapted as a documentary film, due out in late 2019.
Grace Festa ’04 (CLAS)
Grace Festa ’04 (CLAS), Business Development Manager at the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP), earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), an international recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
Charles F. Modzelewski ’13 (CLAS) ’16 (Law)
Charles F. Modzelewski ’13 (CLAS) ’16 (Law) has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Hartford Performs, an organization that brings visiting artists into Hartford Public Schools to teach curriculum in creative new ways.
Brendan Crouse ’11 (BUS) and Holly Sansolo ’11 (CLAS)
Brendan Crouse ’11 (BUS) and Holly Sansolo ’11 (CLAS) married in Middletown, CT on November 24th, 2018. The couple now lives in Norwalk, CT. Brendan works for Pepperidge Farm located in Norwalk and Hollywork for Indeed.com, located in Stamford. Brendan is currently pursuing his MBA at the UConn Stamford campus and is an adjunct professor teaching OPIM 3103.