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October 2018 Class Notes

SUBMIT CLASS NOTES

1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
2010s Weddings Hawk Hatchlings

1970–1979

1971: STUART SAUNDERS SMITH
The Hartt School staged two concerts in early November 2018 to celebrate the 70th birthday and music of Stuart Saunders Smith (Hartt), M’73 (Hartt) of Gwynn Oak, Md. An exhibit of his works was also placed in Allen Library during that time.

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1980–1989

Boxer1983: MARK BOXER
Cigna Corporation announced that Mark Boxer (CETA) (A&S) of Glastonbury, Conn., will assume the role of executive vice-president and global chief information officer for the combined Cigna and Express Scripts business following the close of the proposed transaction.  

 

1985: KEVIN RONAN
Kevin Ronan (A&S) of West Long Branch, N.J., won a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy as a segment producer for Classroom Close-up NJ that aired in the New Jersey/New York market. It was his seventh regional Emmy win.  

Susi1985: TONY SUSI
Tony Susi (Hartt) of Andover, Conn., recently released his sixth album of original works, Catartic Keys. The nine songs are performed in various pop styles including rock, R&B, and contemporary country.

 

hansen1988: ERIK HANSEN
After a 25-year career as a law enforcement officer and three years as an executive protection agent, Erik Hansen (A&S) of Miami, Fla., was named executive director of Redemption Armor, LLC. In this role, he will be in charge of business development, international sales, and government compliance.  

1989: STEVE COLLINS
Hartford Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Steve Collins (Hartt) of South Glastonbury, Conn., was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ). The award was a part of HBJ's Community Excellence & Nonprofits awards and recognized a leader who demonstrates vision and innovation in advancing their organization.

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1990–1999

Carr
1995: GLYNDA CARR
Higher Heights for America
co-founder and 2018 Anchor Award winner Glynda Carr (Hartt) of East Windsor, Conn., served as a panelist at the FastCompany Innovation Festival in October 2018. Her panel was titled “Politics: The Next Generation.”  

1997: SUZANNE SCHWEITZER Schweitzer
School psychologist Suzanne Schweitzer M (A&S) of Canton, Conn., was named the recipient of the Thomas DiCorleto Memorial Outstanding Service Award from the Farmington Valley Special Education Directors Association. The award is given to a person who embodies the passion and commitment to children exhibited by Mr. DiCorleto.  

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2000-2009

2007: LAURA DINAN HABER
Hartford startup-business incubator the Social Enterprise Trust (reSET) has appointed MetroHartford Alliance Director of Investor Programming Laura Dinan Haber (Barney) of Kensington, Conn., to its board of directors. Haber also serves as vice-president on the University's Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Duda2008: MXOLISI DUDA
OVUWA, a South African choir led by conductor Mxolisi Duda (Hartt) of Hartford, Conn., gave an inspiring collection of pop-up performances on campus throughout the day on October 4, 2018. The University of Pretoria’s renowned choir performed a wide variety of cultural, folk, and indigenous music and dances. 

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2010-2018

Mike Casey2015: MIKE CASEY
Jazz saxophonist Mike Casey (Hartt) of Storrs, Conn., continues to receive rave reviews for his recordings. His final single from his Stay Surprising album, “Cold-Blooded Blues,” was released in October. He was profiled in an article by the Huffington Post that month.




Parkville
2015: STEPHEN CUSANO
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) premiered “The Parkville Sessions,”  a four-part series in conjunction with Parkville Sounds, a local music studio created by Stephen Cusano (Hartt) of North Haven, Conn. The series takes viewers on a tour of this historic Hartford neighborhood, through stories on its creative revival and live music from emerging artists.

2017: ALEXA JOACHIMJoachim
Alexa Joachim (ENHP) of Bridgewater, N.J., was a speaker at “The Next Generation: Will the Story Survive? A Panel of Third Generation Voice Responds,” held at Seton Hall University. Joachim was among a panel of third-generation Holocaust survivors, taking part in this interactive discussion to address issues of passing on the stories and lessons of the Holocause to future generations. Joachim currently works in human services at the Civil Service Commission in Trenton, N.J.  

2017: REBECCA PAPPALARDO
Rebecca Pappalardo (A&S) of Southington, Conn., was accepted into the Albany Medical School’s physician’s assistant program. She began the program in January, 2018.

alex2017: ALEXANDER RANIELLO
The State of Connecticut sponsored 10 murals that were painted across Hartford last summer, including one created in part by Alexander Raniello (HAS) of Wethersfield, Conn. The goal of the program was to beautify and brighten up areas of the community.   

2018: JAMAAL FIELDS-GREENJamal
Jamaal Fields-Green (Hartt) of New City, N.Y., has landed the roles of John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton in the Chicago cast of Hamilton, staged at the CIBC Theatre.

2018: KELLY TISCHBEIN
Kelly Tischbein (University Studies) of Bloomfield, Conn., has entered the Information Technology Leadership Development Program at Travelers Insurance Company. It is a four-year rotational program which will provide for the opportunity to experience different types of IT roles across the Travelers enterprise.

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WEDDINGS

SimardCaitlin Simard ’11, M’15 (A&S) and Justin Malinowski of Holyoke, Mass., were married October 27, 2018 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.  

Smith Wedding Nikkia Smith ’13 (ENHP) and Kendall Thompson of Charlotte, N.C., were married October 15, 2018. Nikkia is currently in school to become a sign language interpreter. The couple are therapeutic foster parents.  

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HAWK HATCHLINGS

Von Rosenberg BabyJaret von Rosenberg ’09 (Barney) and Sarah Rasor von Rosenberg A’06, ’08 (A&S) of Commerce, Texas, welcomed their second child, Ava Len von Rosenberg, on August 20, 2018. Jaret is the head men’s basketball coach at Texas A&M—Commerce.   

Sobo Ben Sobocinski ’09 (CETA) of Waldorf, Md., and his wife Brittany welcomed daughter Margaret “Maggie” Michelle Sobocinski on October 20, 2018. Ben works for Soltesz, a local civil engineering company.  

Denny Baby
Judy Denny ’11 (CETA), M’14 (CETA)
of New Haven, Conn., welcomed her third daughter, Jada Amani Denny, on July 4, 2018.  

Tejera-Anderson BabyJosayne Anderson ND (Hillyer) of Glenham, N.Y. welcomed son Napoleon Tejera-Anderson, on September 10, 2017.  

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