Like many of us, Robert Lipski ’12 has dreamed of one day going into space. But Lipski is a step ahead of the rest of us. He had a hand in conducting an experiment that blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule.
His eyes are dark and intense under heavy brows; his body, lean. He is a serious young man with an amazing intellect and impressive talent as a realist painter with a classical orientation, as well as a self-taught jazz percussionist.
By age 12, Stanislav “Stass” Shpanin ’12 was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Youngest Professional Artist in the World.” While a University of Hartford student, his paintings were displayed in public and private collections, including those of President Heydar Aliev of Azerbaijan and former U.S. President George W. Bush.