Category: Education

note includes an educational achievement such as graduation or acceptance into a program of study.

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.”

John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D

John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D passed away on February 9, 2018 leaving his wife, Louise, children and grandchildren. He received his MA and Ph.D from UConn and was on faculty as a Professor in Special Education and Grantsman and later a Professor Emeritus. It has been been said “his professional interests in curriculum and teaching caused special educators’ to focus, as it should be, on students learning ” and that his “ideas about learning and curriculum were highly innovative and accurate”. He authored numerous books on special education.

Cathy Cocks ’93 MA and Pam Malyk ’01 (CLAS), ’03 MA

Cathy Cocks ’93 MA, UConn Director of Community Standards is the Association for Student Conduct Administration’s (ASCA) 2018-19 President and Pam Malyk ’01 (CLAS), ’03 MA, University of Florida’s Assistant Dean/Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, is the 2018 Conference Chair for ASCA’s Annual Conference which will have over 900 attendees. ASCA is the leading voice for student conduct administration within higher education. ASCA also attracts members who work in higher education prevention education and Title IX administrators in the United States. Founded in 1987 ASCA has almost 3,000 members at over 1,000 institutions.

Susan Kutia ’12 (ED), ’13 MA and Patrick Sawyer ’13 (CLAS)

After meeting and dating through their undergraduate years at UConn, Susan Kutia ’12 (ED), ’13 MA and Patrick Sawyer ’13 (CLAS) are engaged to be married August 4, 2018.

Jodi Roth-Saks ’08 MA

Jodi Roth-Saks ’08 MA recently joined United Way of Chester County’s board. Prior to joining the board, Jodi helped to assess agency funding requests as part of United Way’s Community Impact Teams.

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.

Christen Hernandez ’08 (SFA, ED) and Dan Campolieta ’08 (SFA, ED)

Dan Campolieta ’08 (SFA, ED) is the pianist for The United States Army Chorus, the vocal component of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, and Christen Hernandez ’08 (SFA, ED) teaches classroom music and directs choirs at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. This summer, taking a break from their day-jobs, they performed together at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage.

Cynthia Harakaly ’12 MA and Shane Gibson ’12 MS

Cynthia Harakaly ’12 MA and Shane Gibson ’12 MS were married April 14, 2017 in Sedona, Ariz. They met at UConn in 2011 and moved to Arizona in 2013. Cynthia is a high school counselor at Mingus Union High School and Shane is a professor of mathematics at Yavapai College.

Courtney Dinnan ’12 (CLAS) and David Knapp ’10 (ED)

Courtney Dinnan ’12 (CLAS) and David Knapp ’10 (ED) were married on May 28, 2017 and celebrated with many fellow proud UConn alumni including UConn Huskies basketball player Neils Giffey.
While at UConn, Courtney competed for the Huskies as a 3-sport athlete and captain of the women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Lindsey Reinert ’08 MA

Lindsey Reinert ’08 MA has recently received her Doctorate of Education specialized in Gifted Education from the University of Denver in June 2017. Her dissertation title was “The Limitations on Colorado School Districts Adoption of an Early Access Addendum Process”. This will be her eighteenth year in education and she plans to continue her position as a coordinator of Gifted Education with the largest school district in the state of Colorado.