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Eric King ’10 JD and Amber (Doucette) King ’07 (CLAS), ’10 JD

Eric King ’10 JD & his wife Amber (Doucette) King ’07 (CLAS), ’10 JD, welcomed their son, Noah Everest King, into the world on May 7, 2018.  The couple married in 2016, lives in West Hartford, CT and are both attorneys in the greater Hartford area.

Bonnie Mack (aka Bonnie Jacob) ’55 (Neag)

Bonnie Mack (aka Bonnie Jacob) '55 (Neag), died on October 11, 2018 at her home in Jupiter, Florida.  Bonita Ann Barnard was born in 1933 in Winsted, CT. She graduated from the University of Connecticut  with a bachelor’s degree from the Neag School of Education.  She married Walter Phelps Jacob Jr. in 1958, and had one son, Walter Phelps Jacob III.  She taught music in Pittsford, NY and after moving to Lake Wylie, SC, she taught in Gastonia, NC.  She enjoyed playing bridge, golf and tennis.  Years after her husband Walter passed away, she married William F. Mack in 1985, and eventually moved to Jupiter, FL.  She is survived by her husband “Bill”, son “Walter”, daughter-in-law “Nancy”, grandson “Walter IV”, and brother “Norm”.

Timothy Barnett ’86 (CLAS)

Timothy Barnett '86 (CLAS) was recently promoted to full professor of English at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He has recently published "Intersectional Pedagogies of Queer Literature" in Approaches to Teaching LGBT Literature (ads. William Banks and John Pruitt), and he has helped form a BA program at Illinois' Stateville Prison through his work with NEIU and Chicago's Prison+Neighborhood Arts Project.

Cassandra Fiorenza ‘12 (Fine Arts)

Cassandra Fiorenza ‘12 (Fine Arts) recently launched a company called Collective 131, an online art gallery exclusively features emerging female artists. Cassandra is also busy planning her wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston for June 2019.

Zachary Binkowski ’09 (PHARM) ’11 PharmD (PHARM) ’17 MA

Zachary Binkowski '09 (PHARM) '11 PharmD (PHARM) '17 MA was recently named Employee of the Year 2018 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Binkowski is the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Medical Center and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the UCONN School of Pharmacy. Through affiliation with the Medical Center he is also an Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine where his teaching focuses on various aspects of pharmacotherapy.

Simon Perlsweig ’16 (CLAS)

Simon Perlsweig '16 (CLAS) has published his first book, Front Porches to Front Lines, One Small Town’s Mobilization of Men, Women, Manufacturing and Money during World War One. The book is a historical memoir, which tells the story of his maternal great-grandparents, who lived in Springfield, Vermont during the Great War and subsequent Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

Mara Reisman PhD ’06 (CLAS)

Mara Reisman PhD '06 (CLAS) has published her book,  Fay Weldon, Feminism, and British Culture: Challenging Cultural and Literary Conventions. Mara graduated from UConn in 2006 with a PhD in English. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Northern Arizona University.

Diego Cupolo ’06 (CLAS)

Diego Cupolo '06 (CLAS), fomer Daily Campus News Editor, has been awarded honorable mention in The World Justice Project's 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism for his reporting on Turkish politics since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Today he is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Ankara, Turkey.

Laura Vargo ’11 (CLAS) and Jeff Petrower ’11 BS  ’11 MS (BUS)

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Laura Vargo '11 (CLAS) married Jeff Petrower '11 BS  '11 MS (BUS). Bridal party also included Matron of Honor Elyssa (Shildneck) Kelly '11 (CLAS), Maid of Honor Allison Gale '11 (CLAS), Bridesmaid Abbey (Williams) Farrell '11 (Nursing), Groomsman Ben Hochron '11 (NUS), and Groomsman Dorian Bramarov '12 (CLAS). Both Elyssa and Abbey married UConn gents themselves and Dorian recently married a UConn gal, so it was about time that Jeff and I tied the knot! UConn couples are the best couples.

Robert Charles Illi MBA ’68 (BUS)

Robert Charles Illi MBA '68 (BUS) of Rochester/Pulteney, New York, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at the age of 76. Robert was a thirty plus year retiree of Eastman Kodak Company. He received his B.S. in 1963 from The University of Buffalo, SUNY, MBA in 1968 from University of Connecticut and a MATS in 2006 from Asbury Theological Seminary.