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Evan, Chase, and Zachary Gutierrez: Singing Trio

Gutierrez Triplets

The Gutierrez triplets from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School are graduating this Sunday with degrees in music and vocal performance. Evan is moving to Virginia, where he will study for his master’s degree in vocal performance at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. Chase will stay in Connecticut, where he has several gigs lined up during the summer. He is also preparing material to apply for some of the top schools in the country such as Curtis Institute of Music. Zachary is going to Washington D.C, where he has a few auditions for professional singing positions in churches.

Scott Roberts: Professional Television News Producer

Scott Roberts

With four years of experience at the University of Hartford’s Student Television Network (STN) and two internships at NBC Connecticut, it was not a coincidence that Scott Roberts ’16 landed his dream job as a producer for NBC Connecticut while still a student.

As a freshman, Scott became a reporter and a news anchor at STN. Soon after, he was promoted to news director. He is now the general manager. With his involvement in STN and passion for producing, he was encouraged to reach out to alumni Kristie Borges ’93, who is producing the 5 p.m. show at NBC Connecticut. With two internships and producing experience from STN on his résumé, Scott was offered a producing job. He started working part-time during his senior year and will start full-time after Commencement.

Rochelle lewis: student commencement speaker

Rochelle Louis

Rochelle Louis will deliver the “Charge to the Graduating Class of 2016” at the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Rochelle, who is from Medford, Mass., is graduating summa cum laude. She also earned “University Honors with Thesis” distinction by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.25, completing 18 hours of honors coursework, and writing a thesis entitled “Perceived Motivation: Hindering and Refocusing Motivation in Marginalized Groups.” She also was vice president and secretary of the student group Women for Change. Rochelle, a psychology major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, hopes to work for a year before going to graduate school.

Hugo Santana: Engineering a Career

David Drakes

In just four years, Hugo has taken full advantage of student life on campus. He helped organize and presented during the University’s first TEDx Talk and started his own soccer club. He worked as an ambassador and a tour guide for the University’s Department of International Admission and as a math tutor. He also hosted his own radio show on the student-run radio station. And yes, there’s more— he is working with Akin Tatoglu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, to design a device that enables photographers to take clear pictures even when their hands are moving.

Hugo will start his job at Morris Group Inc., one of the largest machine tool distribution networks in North America, in Windsor, Conn. after he graduates.

joe and nick prete: Dynamic duo

Joe and Nick Prete

Joe and Nick Prete, students at the University's Barney School of Business, have taken being twins to the next level throughout their college careers at the University of Hartford. These two Insurance/Finance majors from Long Island, N.Y. have excelled in their academics throughout the last four years. For those that know them, it is no surprise that they have taken each class together! The Pretes have also been active members of the Barney Leadership Council, the Barney School’s top leadership organization, the Gamma Iota Sigma risk and insurance honor society, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.The have both landed positions in the personal injury protection claims department at Safety Insurance in Boston.

Cassie pastier: future optometrist

Cassie PastierFending off persistent eye infections during her senior year in high school, Cassie Pastier wondered was causing the irritating episodes and how she could prevent them. Pastier, a health sciences major, eventually explored the questions through a research project in the Honors Program in the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP).

With her advisor, Associate Professor Claudia Oakes, Pastier developed an educational program to teach college students how to care for contact lenses. She administered a brief questionnaire on contact lens care and hygiene to 61 study participants, then presented a short educational program to them on contact lens care. She will analyze the test data to determine if participants learned new information. Pastier received some funding for the project through the Dorothy Goodwin Scholars Program of the Women’s Advancement Initiative.

Pastier aspires to a career in optometry and has been accepted into Salus University’s doctoral program in optometry, where she will begin classes this fall.

cindy lau: artist AND APP CREATOR

Cindy Lau

Cindy Lau is designing and developing a mobile game app that combines exercise tracking and virtual pets in order to make fitness fun. Lau, who is a double major in the University's Hartford Art School, hopes to get the game programmed and put onto the iTunes App Store. She has also accepted a position as a motion graphics designer at ESPN.