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Steven Dixel ’88

Director and Business Operations Officer U.S. Small Business Association

As director and business operations officer for the Small Business Association (SBA), Steven oversees budget, funding, contracting, acquisitions, facilities, and data management for 10 regional and 68 district offices staffed by more than 800 employees. Prior to joining the SBA, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and General Services Administration. Steve was the recipient of SBA's Mission Support IKE Award, which is the highest honor given to an SBA employee for demonstrating outstanding services in the successful accomplishment of SBA’s mission and strategic goals.

“I truly enjoyed my time at the University of Hartford. Professors Ray McGivney, Robert Decker, and Paul Mali provided me with the tools I needed to enter the workplace and helped me learn and grow through structured class work and daily encouragement.”

Sarabeth Grant ’03
English and History

Recent PhD Graduate

Sarabeth was the 2003 John G. Martin Scholar, which allowed her to study Modern History and English at Hertford College, University of Oxford, in England. In 2008, Sarabeth received her MA in English from the University of Rhode Island and recently completed her PhD in English from Brandeis University. Presently, Sarabeth is applying for postdoctoral fellowships while she finishes her book manuscript, tentatively titled, Exemplary Loss: Historiography, Commemoration, and Aesthetic Recompense, 1741-1753.

“I continually look back on UH as a place that inspired my professional energy and that offered me many ways to improve myself, either through peer tutoring, symposium presentations, or honor society work. I credit Professor Mark Blackwell with instilling in me a deep enthusiasm for eighteenth-century studies. It was because of his energy and dedication that I decided to continue my education through graduate school.”