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Legacy Students (2007-2016)

Dark Blue ImageLegacy Students represent a rich diversity of leadership experiences, personal accomplishments, and academic excellence. Through their actions over the years, these individuals have personified character, integrity, maturity, and the potential that lies within every University of Connecticut student. Click on the years below to learn more about the outstanding students that were, and will always be a part of Legacy.

 

2016-Allyn

Christian Allyn

Area of Study: Horticulture/Resource Economics
Hometown: East Canaan, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Pat Jepsen, Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (’73, ’78), Subway Development Corporation
Christian, a double major in Horticulture and Resource Economics, is currently conducting an independent study to create a teacher’s guide and signage for the North Canaan Elementary School Arboretum. Christian has also completed an internship with TM Agricultural and Ecological Services, removing invasive plant species. In the future he would like to apply his majors by starting a small business focused on the removal of invasive plant species.

2016-Biernacki

Lauren Biernacki

Area of Study: Computer Science and Engineering
Hometown: North Grosvenordale, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dan Burkey, Engineering
Alumni Mentor: Brooke Zelesnick (‘98), UBS AG

As a Computer Science and Engineering major with a minor in Math, Lauren is a mentor in the Society of Women Engineers and a Teaching Assistant with the Engineering Teaching and Mentoring Fellowship program. Lauren is an Honors Student who has participated in the Honors Across State Borders organization helping underserved communities across the country. She interns in the IT department for Spirol International Corporation and hopes to pursue a Masters and Doctorate in Computer Science and to one day become a professor.

2016-Briody

Caitlin Briody

Area of Study: Political Science/Sociology
Hometown: Storrs, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Mark Boyer, Geography
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (’76), Department of Social Services

As a Political Science and Sociology major, Caitlin’s interests are varied and multidisciplinary. She is a Writing Center Tutor, Honors Student, and served as an Orientation Leader. Caitlin also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she interned at a nonprofit focusing on HIV treatment, gender-based violence, and public health for low-income communities. After graduation, Caitlin hopes to work in public service either in government or nonprofits to address social issues.

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2016-Cooper

Maman Cooper

Area of Study: Communication/Political Science
Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jeff Ogbar, History
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley-Welsh (’90), Mitchell College

Maman is majoring in Communication and Political Science. Currently she works as a Resident Assistant for Social Justice Education. She is the President of the Storrs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is involved with the American Association of University Women and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. In the future, Maman wants to improve educational opportunities for underprivileged children, young adults, and women in Liberia.

2016-Fignon

Ian Fignon

Area of Study: Political Science
Hometown: Woodbury, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Alexis Dudden, History
Alumni Mentor: Ben Kehl (’99), Kehl Financial

Ian is an Honors Student majoring in Political Science. He has interned at the Roper Center for Public Policy Research, completing research projects on the “Impact of Party Identification on Policy Support versus Amendment Support” and “Perceptions of Police and Race: An Analysis of Public Opinion”. Aside from his interest in law and politics, Ian is a tutor at the Writing Center and wrote his first fiction novel during his freshman year. He is interested in pursuing a career in law or single-issue

2016-Jalil

Karim Abdel Jalil

Area of Study: Physiology and Neurobiology
Hometown: Westbrook, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Keat Sanford, Enrichment Programs
Alumni Mentor: Nick Roy (’06), Somnio Financial Group, LLC

Karim, a Physiology and Neurobiology major with a minor in Healthcare Management, currently serves as a teaching assistant for a First Year Experience Mentor course training a group of 12 mentors. He is also a research assistant in Dr. Rusling’s Laboratory in the Chemistry Department. A first generation Palestinian American, Karim hopes to become a doctor and use his skills to give back to his community in the West Bank.

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2016-Jenkins

Alleya Jenkins

Area of Study: Management
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Paula Wilmot, Honors Program
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (’76), Department of Social Services
Alleya is a Management major and Public Policy minor. She has interned at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and at the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services of Bridgeport. She is an Honors Student, UConn Late Night Team Captain, President of the UConn Gospel Choir Club, and an Assistant Blackbelt Instructor for Tae Kwon Do. After graduation, Alleya hopes to pursue a public-sector career in program administration or human resources. She wants to utilize her administrative and management strengths to make a difference in her local community.

2016-Lauro

Sydney Lauro

Area of Study: English
Hometown: Upton, MA
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Steven Williams, Accounting
Alumni Mentor: Ben Kehl (’99), Kehl Financial

Sydney is an English major with minors in Real Estate and Communication. She has interned at WNPR, assisting in the daily production of the ‘Where We Live’ and ‘The Colin McEnroe Show’ programs. A Writing Center Tutor, and FYE Mentor, Sydney has also written a full length trilogy, and is a member of the CLAS Student Leadership Board. Sydney hopes to be a Real Estate Agent/Broker and to continue her pursuit of publishing her novels and poetry.

2016-Liu

Yijia Liu

Area of Study: Linguistics/Psychology
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Faculty/Staff Mentor: David Ouimette, First Year Programs & Learning Communities
Alumni Mentor: Nick Roy (’06), Somnio Financial Group, LLC

Yijia, a Linguistics and Psychology major, has worked as an International Orientation Ambassador, First Year Experience Mentor, and an Asiantation mentor. She has volunteered for the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, China and the UConn English as a Second Language Program where she helped elderly students learn English. In the future, Yijia hopes to continue her passion for languages by becoming an interpreter and learning five languages.

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2016-Maxhari

Marinela Maxhari

Area of Study: Mathematics/Secondary Education
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Megan Staples, Mathematics Education
Alumni Mentor: Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis (‘06), Class 4 Classes

As a Mathematics and Secondary Education major, Marinela aspires to become a high school math teacher. She interned abroad at the Federation of Balkan American Association where she taught students in Turkey. She also studied abroad in London, England. Through her involvement in Circle K and Community Outreach, Marinela is committed to improving educational opportunities for all.

2016-Mocarski

Myles Mocarski

Area of Study: Violin Performance/Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Hometown: North Haven, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Solomiya Ivakhiv, Violin and Viola
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (’97), ING U.S.

As a Violin Performance major, Myles currently works at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Myles is founder of UConn Chamber Orchestra, the concertmaster of the UConn Symphony Orchestra, a Peer Allies Through Honors Mentor, and a UConn Presidential Scholar recipient. In the future, Myles aspires to have a career playing in a professional orchestra and teaching violin.

2016-Ojha

Anurag Ojha

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jess Hoffmann, Honors Program Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (’81), Webster Private Bank

Anurag, a Biomedical Engineering major with a minor in electrical engineering, is a Rowe Scholar and Research Assistant at UConn Health. He is also a Resident Assistant and a member of the Nepali Student Association. As part of a research expedition, he travelled back to Nepal and across the Himalayas assessing public health concerns and engineering issues. His future career goals include working in the business industry as a biomedical engineer and he hopes to eventually become an engineering consultant.

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2016-Piccolo

Marissa Piccolo

Area of Study: Political Science/Economics
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Virginia Hettinger, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (’89), Silver, Golub & Teitell LLP
Marissa, a Political Science and Economics major with a minor in Women’s Studies, is a Holster Scholar and SHARE Grant Research Assistant. She is a member of the College Democrats and UConn Ready for Hillary organizations, as well as a member of the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee, and former intern in the Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. After graduation, Marissa plans to pursue a law degree and focus on women-oriented
legal issues in labor and employment law. She hopes to someday run for public office.

2016-Scuti

Ariana Scurti

Area of Study: International Relations/Spanish
Hometown: Easton, MA
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Betty Hanson, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: > Rich Twilley (’96, ’04), McCormick, Paulding & Huber, LLC

Ariana is a Spanish and International Relations major with a focus in Human Rights and Development. She is the Assistant Trip Director for the Birmingham, AL alternative winter break trip. Ariana traveled to India as a member of UConn Empower and to Guatemala with the UConn Social Entrepreneur Corps. After graduate school, she hopes to work in international development.

2015-Bachinelo

Gabriel Bachinelo

Area of Study: Accounting
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Leo Lachut, Asst. Director of First Year Programs & Learning Communities
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (’83, ‘92), General Electric

As an Accounting major, Gabriel aspires to be a public accountant and auditor. He has participated in the Future Diversity Leadership Program at KPMG, a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm. Gabe is a National Scholarship recipient for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. On campus, he has been active in the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center as a METAS mentor and participates in the KUBE program.

2015-Burgos

Alyssa Burgos

Area of Study: Business Management
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Christine Wilson, Asst. VP of Student Affairs, Director of Student Activities
Alumni Mentor: Nick Roy (’06), Somnio Financial Group, LLC

Alyssa, a Business Management major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Latino Studies, currently works as a Resident Assistant in the Alumni Quadrangle. She is one of the student coordinators for the METAS mentoring program in the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center and is the Vice President and Recruitment Chair of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Alyssa hopes to use her Business degree to open her own small business in the future.

2015-Castrellon

Maria Gabriela Castrellon

Area of Study: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Sona, Veraguas, Panama
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Fany Hannon, Director-Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Rich Twilley (’96, ’04), McCormick, Paulding & Huber, LLC

An international student from Panama, Gaby is an Honors student majoring in Environmental Engineering. She has interned with the Panama Canal Authority – Dredging Division, and is currently conducting research on groundwater issues. As a Music minor, Gaby also plays the piano and sings in a women’s choir and Earthtones Vocal Ensemble. After graduation, Gaby hopes to pursue a Masters and PhD in Groundwater Hydrology and return to Panama to conduct research, teach and develop projects that will ensure the access to safe drinking water.

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2015-Fields

Veronica Fields

Area of Study: Human Development and Family Studies
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Chelsea Cichocki, Counselor for Student Support Services
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley-Welsh (’90), Mitchell College

Veronica is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, and over the past semester completed an internship with UConn Connects in the Academic Achievement Center where she worked with six students on academic probation. She is active with Student Support Services where she serves as a committee member for the Academic Achiever’s Award Ceremony and was a Resident Assistant for their summer program. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow. After graduation, she plans to become a student affairs professional and eventually earn a PhD or EdD and become a Dean of Students.

2015-Jablonowski

Kamil Jablonowski

Area of Study: Horticulture
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Cameron Faustman, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, CAHNR
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (’97), Voya Financial

As a Horticulture major, Kamil has worked for UConn Blooms where he has gained experience in the retail and business side of the horticulture industry. He is a lab assistant in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department’s Botany Research laboratory, and is a brother in Alpha Beta Epsilon, a biology fraternity. Kamil is a College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources ambassador and student employee in the First Year Programs office. In the future, Kamil hopes to open his own plant production operation.

2015-Kaufman

Emily Kaufman

Area of Study: Human Rights/Cognitive Science
Hometown: Portsmouth, RI
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Glenn Mitoma, Director-Dodd Center Outreach & Policy
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (’89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.

Emily is committed to furthering human rights. She participated in the Universitas 21 Human Rights Summer School in Sydney, Australia and studied abroad in South Africa with an internship at Treatment Action Campaign, an HIV/AIDS advocacy organization. She serves as a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leadership Board. Additionally, Emily has been a UNESCO Student Ambassador, participated in Lawyers without Borders, and works as a student assistant at the Dodd Center. Beyond graduation, she hopes to earn a Masters Degree in Public Policy with a focus on International and Global Affairs.

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2015-Keugler

Adam Kuegler

Area of Study: Political Science
Hometown: Watertown, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Vincent Moscardelli, Asst. Professor, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Ben Kehl (’99), Northwest Mutual Wealth Financial

Adam is an Honors student majoring in Political Science who has worked on four political campaigns, most recently as a campaign manager for Eric Berthel for State Representative (CT). As a Holster Scholar, Adam conducted independent research on voter identification laws in Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. He serves as a Multicultural Diversity Senator and as the Chair of the External Affairs committee of the Undergraduate Student Government working to improve students’ relationships with the local and state community. In the future, Adam hopes to remain active in politics and earn a graduate degree in either law or public administration.

2015-Khan

Asiyah Khan

Area of Study: Molecular and Cell Biology/Communication
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Thomas Abbott, Asst. Professor-in-Residence, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley-Welsh (’90), Mitchell College

Asiyah, a double major in Molecular and Cell Biology and Communications, has conducted research at the UConn Health Center and is the Resident Assistant and mentor in the Public Health Learning Community. She is involved with HuskyTHON, the Pakistani Community at UConn, Relay for Life, and with the Lodewick Visitor Center as a tour guide. Recently, Asiyah completed the Student Leadership Challenge Workshop Series. She aspires to be a dentist and work in public health advocacy focusing on oral health promotion and disease prevention.

2015-Khattar

Varun Khattar

Area of Study: Sociology, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Hometown: South Windsor, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Angela Rola, Director of Asian American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (’81), Webster Private Bank

Varun, a Sociology major, is passionate about social justice education, grassroots community organizing, and youth empowerment. He co-facilitates the Men’s Project at the Women’s Center, founded and leads the Civic Scholars Collective, and is an active member of the Pan Asian Council and Connecticut Students for a Dream. He has served as an emergency medical technician at Windham Hospital, a diversity intern at the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity and volunteer coordinator and medical interpreter for the UConn Migrant Worker Clinics, and a community consultant for Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala. After graduation, Varun hopes to pursue a Master’s in Education, Social Work, or Public Health.

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2015-LaRosa

Luke LaRosa

Area of Study: Geography/Urban and Community Studies
Hometown: Northfield, VT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Bill Simonsen, Professor- Department of Public Policy
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (’73, ’78), Subway Development Corporation

As a Geography and Urban and Community Studies major, Luke currently serves as a Census and Geospatial Data Intern at the Connecticut State Data Center. Luke, a Holster Scholar, has furthered his interest in community planning and mapping by conducting research on rural school consolidation policy and planning, as well as a citizen-based research project that analyzes the process of place branding in Downtown North Hartford. He is a member of UConn’s Moot Court Competition Team and recently qualified for the national competition and earned a “Top Orator” honor.

2015-Luft

Sarah Luft

Area of Study: Economics/Individualized major: Cultural Influence on Youth Development
Hometown: Westbrook, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jennifer Lease Butts, Asst. Vice Provost for Enrichment Programs and Director of the Honors Program
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (’76), Department of Social Services

Sarah created an individualized major to reflect her interests in human development, cross-cultural exchange and education. She spent a semester abroad in South Africa working as an intern for the Independent Electoral Commission. On campus, Sarah acts a mentor through her involvement with Peer Allies Through Honors, as an Honors UNIV facilitator and as the president of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. She continues her commitment to service and cultural awareness as the Assistant Trip Director on the Costa Rica Alternative Break. She hopes to work in management for a nonprofit that services youth, elderly, or the disadvantaged.

2015-Quintino

Francine Quintino

Area of Study: Political Science/Spanish
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Elsie Gonzalez, Asst. Director of Residential Education
Alumni Mentor: Cara Motowidlo (’06), YuMe

Francine, a Political Science and Spanish major, is committed to advocating for education equality and immigration reform for undocumented students as a member of Students Without Boarders and CT Students For a Dream. To further her interest in the Spanish language, she spent a semester studying abroad in Spain and now runs “The Spanish Hour” on campus which provides a space for students to come together to practice and speak. Francine serves as a METAS mentor, is a Resident Assistant and a member of BAILE (Bringing Awareness to Latino Ethnicities). She hopes to have a career in policy or law focusing on immigration and first generation American students.

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2015-Rose

Julian Rose

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Farmington, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jessamy Hoffmann, Asst. Director and Academic Advisor, Honors Program
Alumni Mentor: Rich Twilley (’96, ’04), McCormick, Paulding & Huber, LLC

Julian is a Biomedical Engineering major with a passion for inspiring the next generation of STEM students. As a volunteer for STARBASE-Connecticut, a branch of the Department of Defense, Julian runs programs in elementary schools to engage students with STEM initiatives. He also works as a Teach for America Mobilization Campus Campaign Coordinator to spread awareness around educational inequality. As a Rowe Scholar, Julian has conducted research with UConn Health and he hopes to someday treat and cure neurodegenerative diseases and brain damage.

2015-Stargardter

Jessica Stargardter

Area of Study: Elementary Education
Hometown: Windsor, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Joseph Renzulli, Director of National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
Alumni Mentor: Brooke Zelesnick (‘98), UBS AG

As an Elementary Education major, Jessica has a passion for teaching that extends outside of the traditional classroom such as her participation as a Teaching Assistant in the First Year Experience Program and through her research with the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Additionally, Jessica uses her love of music to conduct violin lessons and was a member of the UConn Symphony Orchestra. After completing her Masters in Education, Jessica hopes to teach internationally and eventually earn a PhD in Education focusing on education policy and reform.

2014 RJ Anderson

RJ Anderson

Majors: IMJR- International Development and Human Rights
Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Cathy Schlund-Vials, Asian American Studies
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (’89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.

Majoring in International Development and Human Rights, RJ is involved with the Rainbow Center, is a mentor in the Humanities House, works as an Undergraduate Assistant at the Dodd Center and the Human Rights Institute and was recently appointed to sit on the President’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility. Receiving a SURF (Student Undergraduate Research Fund) grant this past summer, RJ traveled to Geneva, Switzerland and Los Angeles, California to gather interviews with local non-governmental organizations involved in the anti-trafficking movement as part of a documentary he is creating.

2014 Quian Callender

Quian Callender

Major: Healthcare Management
Hometown: Middletown, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Lewis Gordon, Psychology
Alumni Mentor: Marisa Leone (’93), UConn Health Center

Quian is an Honors student majoring in Healthcare Management with the hopes of increasing awareness of access and equality issues in healthcare. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Student Union Board of Governors’ Special Events Committee and previously served as the Vice Chair of the Travel Committee. Quian is also involved with Community Outreach, Amnesty International, and the First Year Experience Program. Quian has been an active member of the Honors Program, serving as the student representative on the Honors Board of Associate Directors, the Honors Council, and as a guide in the Honors Initiative for Prospective Students.

2014 Gabe Castro

Gabriel Castro

Major: Secondary Education, Mathematics
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Leo Lachut, School of Business
Alumni Mentor: Dave Pepin (’66, ‘70), Retired

As a Secondary Education major with a concentration in Math, Gabe hopes to be a teacher and mentor. He currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for the First Year Experience Program, where he oversees 12 student mentors. He is a Master Coach with the UConn Connects Program where he helps teach peer-facilitators and also mentor students on academic probation. Gabe also created a video blog called the “UConn Survival Guide” to help ease the transition of first-year students to the University and serves as a student representative to the University’s Retention and Graduation Task Force.

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2014 Trayvonn Diaz

Trayvonn Diaz

Major: Political Science, Philosophy
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Josh Newton, UConn Foundation
Alumni Mentor: Nick Roy (’06), Somnio Financial Group, LLC

As a Political Science and Philosophy double major, Trayvonn wants to eventually pursue public office in his hometown of Waterbury. He was elected to a two year term as the Student Director of the UConn Foundation and is an active member of the Student Philanthropy Association. Trayvonn is a Resident Assistant and serves on the Leadership Committee of Alpha Phi Omega (national community service fraternity). He hopes to increase his fraternity’s outreach by extending their service to low-income areas of Connecticut that are in dire need of support.

2014 Kiana Gonzalez

Kiana Gonzalez

Majors: Art History, Medieval Studies
Hometown: Willimantic, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Joanna Rivera Davis, Student Support Services
Alumni Mentor: Cara Motowidlo (’06), YuMe

Kiana, an Art History and Medieval Studies double major, currently works as a Docent at the Benton Museum. She serves as President for Adventist Christian Fellowship, has been a Resident Assistant for Student Support Service’s Summer Program, and volunteers regularly with the American Red Cross. Additionally, Kiana runs her own Etsy Shop where she sells her various artwork. Kiana wants to use her Art History degree to become an Art Librarian in a museum or higher education institution.

2014 Erin Holden

Erin Holden

Major: Elementary Education, History
Hometown: Durham, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Maria Sedotti
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (’89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.

Erin is an Elementary Education major with a concentration in History. She has been an integral leader in the UConn Future Educators organization which is actively engaged in community schools. Erin also works with the Office of Community Outreach organizing tutoring programs and serves as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor. Erin has been an active member of the Orientation team since her freshman year, both as a New Student Orientation Leader and a Parent Staff Orientation Leader.

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2014 Victoria Kallsen

Victoria Kallsen

Major: Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management
Hometown: Thomaston, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Jon Moore, HuskyTech
Alumni Mentor: Pete Graham (’92), General Electric

A third year Mechanical Engineering major in the Honors Program, Vicki is an active leader on the Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) as Travel Chair and Lecture Chair, helping to bring programs and speakers to campus that inspire students to embrace different perspectives. Vicki is a writer with the Daily Campus, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Horse Lincoln improv group. Additionally, as a HuskyTech employee, Vicki serves as a Call Center Lead and has coordinated workshops to educate students about Google Apps.

2014 Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Dave Ouimette, First Year Programs and Learning Communities
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley-Welsh (’90), Mitchell College

Andrew, a Political Science major, serves as a Teaching Assistant for the FYE Mentor Program where he teaches and facilitates discussions with a group of twelve FYE student mentors. Andrew is also actively involved with the Leadership Learning Community, serving as a mentor and as the former President of Alumni Area Council. Although Andrew has interned on several political campaigns, he has been inspired from his work with his peers to pursue a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs after graduating.

2014 Rubby Koomson

Rubby Koomson

Major: Nursing
Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Jessamy Hoffmann, Honors Program
Alumni Mentor: Ben Kehl (’99), Kehl Financial

Rubby is a Nursing Major and member of the prestigious John and Valerie Rowe Health Professions Scholars Program. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant and an Orientation Leader. Rubby also serves on the Fundraising Committee for Global Medical Brigades and has traveled with them to Ghana where she triaged patients, shadowed health professionals, and used her language skills to educate the community on issues of public health.

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2014 Nordia Meggie

Nordia Meggie

Major: Counseling Psychology
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Maria Martinez, Institute for Student Success
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (’76), Department of Social Services

Nordia is a Counseling Psychology major working to provide disadvantaged youth with the skills, tools and inspiration they need to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Nordia served as a Teaching Assistant for the First Star Academy summer program and is the Chair of Internal Affairs for Poetic Release. Nordia spends much of her time as a mentor with Kids and UConn Bridging Education (KUBE) and is a Program Coordinator for Pipeline Connect, an initiative out of the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity. In this role, Nordia coordinates and facilitates weekly college readiness and leadership workshops and mentors the high school participants.

2014 Mashcal Mohiuddin

Maschal Mohiuddin

Majors: Biological Sciences, Journalism
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Robert Birge, Chemistry
Alumni Mentor: Steve Wolfberg (’81), Cronin & Company, LLC

Maschal, a Biology and Journalism double major in the Honors Program, is a highly involved member of the Office of Community Outreach where she has served as a Coordinator for Health and Human Services and as a Program Director for the Holy Family Shelter. Maschal serves as a Resident Assistant for the Community Service Learning Community, and is involved with the Muslim Student Association. Originally born in Pakistan, Maschal would like to travel as a medical journalist in the future to help educate and improve others’ lives.

2014 Sean O'Briskie

Sean O’Briskie

Major: Secondary Education, History
Hometown: Clinton, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Scott Brown, Educational Psychology
Alumni Mentor: Rich Twilley (’96, ’04), McCormick, Paulding & Huber, LLC

A Secondary Education Major, Sean hopes to pursue a career in teaching History. Sean serves as a Resident Assistant, is an active member of HOLDUP! – facilitating leadership development workshops for high school students, and he is a peer facilitator for The Student Leadership Challenge workshop series. As an ex-cadet of the United States Air Force Academy, Sean also collaborates with the Veteran Affairs Office to enhance the awareness and inclusion of veterans to campus.

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2014 Sarah Purtill

Sarah Purtill

Majors: Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Jill Deans, Office of National Scholarships and Endowments
Alumni Mentor: Brooke Zelesnick (‘98), UBS AG

Pursuing three majors – Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy -Sarah hopes to enhance the community at large through urban education and policy analysis. She studied abroad in England during the fall, 2013 and interned in Guatemala during the summer of 2013 to understand different perspectives of policy issues. Sarah has also presented research on female identity in Ireland at an International Women’s Day event. She is currently serving as a member of HOLDUP!, an Alternative Break Trip Director for Community Outreach and a Girl Scout Troop Leader in Manchester, CT.

2014 Margaret Rowland

Margaret Rowland

Major: Psychology, Physiology & Neurobiology
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Heather Read, Psychology and Biomedical Engineering
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (’73, ’78), Subway Development Corporation

As a Psychology and PNB double major, Margaret is an Honors student engaged in research focused on neuroscience. As president of the Bioethics Club at UConn, Margaret worked to create The Ethical Biologist, a peer-reviewed, undergraduate, bioethics journal that is entirely written, reviewed, and published by undergraduates. It not only contains work from UConn students but includes submissions from students across the globe. She also serves as a Husky Ambassador, working with the Husky-for-a-Day program to introduce prospective students to UConn.

2014 Emily Stassen

Emily Stassen

Majors: Molecular and Cell Biology, IMJR – American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Faculty/Administrative Mentor: Becca Herman, Leadership Office
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (’97), Voya Financial

Emily is an Honors student with an individualized major in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture as well as Molecular and Cell Biology. She hopes to combine these disciplines one day by teaching biology at a university for the deaf. Emily serves as president of the American Sign Language Club, is a Trip Director for the alternative spring break to Washington, DC, and is a Corps Member and Volunteer Coordinator for the Jumpstart program. Additionally, she founded Allies for Collaborating TLGBQ for Action and works in a Molecular and Cell Biology lab researching aspects of viral replication.

2013 - Dean Walston

Dean Walston

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: East Lyme, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, Biomedical Engineering
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (‘97 MS), Voya Financial

Dean is a Biomedical Engineering major who plans to earn a Ph.D. in exercise science and physiology. He is Vice President of the UConn Residence Hall Association (RHA), an organization dedicated to supporting and advocating initiatives that raise the quality of residential living on campus and increase student retention and success rates. As a result of his position in RHA, Dean is also an active member in the TRIAD Leadership Program. In the Spring of 2012, Dean received the David Beecher Hahn Scholarship from the School of Engineering.

2013 - Yomarie Diaz

Yomarie Diaz

Area of Study: Allied Health Sciences
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Fany Hannon, Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Department of Social Services

Yomarie is an Allied Health Sciences major with plans to earn a Master’s degree in Nursing and then become a mid-wife or Physician’s Assistant. She is extremely active in the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center and works as one of the coordinators for PRLACC’s Mentoring, Educating, and Training for Academic Success (METAS) Program which strives to promote retention rates of Latino students. Yomarie is also a member of the Kids and UConn Bridging Education (KUBE) Program and mentors middle school students from Killingly and Windham, CT.

2013 - Brandi Stenglein

Brandi Stenglein

Area of Study: Elementary Education
Hometown: Ashford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Leo Lachut, Student Support Services
Alumni Mentor: Marisa Leone (’93), UConn Health Center

Brandi is an elementary education major with a passion for giving back. Brandi served as a First Year Experience (FYE) Mentor in Fall 2011, and now serves as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the FYE Mentor Program. During the summer, Brandi works at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for seriously ill children and their families. In Spring 2012, Brandi studied abroad in South Africa and completed an internship at a local school where she worked as an assistant teacher and provided care for youth who came from low-income families. She hopes to become an elementary school teacher and potentially work in school counseling or school administration.

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2013 - Andrew Bilich

Andrew Bilich

Area of Study: Natural Resources/Resource Economics
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Mark Boyer, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Peter Graham (‘92), GE Capital

As a Natural Resources and Resource Economics major and Political Science minor, Andy is passionate about environmental issues and sustainable energy. Andy served as a research assistant in studies on environmental policies and initiatives in both Connecticut and California. Recently, Andy was awarded the SHARE award in 2012 for his work with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He hopes to work for an intergovernmental agency at the international level focusing on energy security and the expansion of renewable energy markets.

2013 - Emily Block

Emily Block

Area of Study: Political Science/Human Rights
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Christine Sylvester, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (‘89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.

Emily is a Political Science and Human Rights double major. She is the co-founder and president of UConn’s Undergraduate Human Rights Discussion Group, which meets to discuss current issues in human rights. Emily was previously the Vice President of Hillel’s community service and social justice group Tzedek, and is currently the president of the Hillel Student Body. Emily’s particular field of interest is humanitarian law and hopes to work in the field of human rights upon graduation

2013 - Jamille Rancourt

Jamille Rancourt

Area of Study: Allied Health Sciences
Hometown: Wolcott, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Lawrence Silbart, Allied Health Sciences
Alumni Mentor: Cara Motowidlo (’06), YuMe

As an Allied Health Science major, Jamille hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the summer she works as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant in a nursing home providing basic care for those who cannot take care of themselves. In 2011, she was named a New England Scholar and has been involved with the Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) since her freshman year. Jamille is currently the President of SUBOG and is responsible for all of the major social programming on campus.

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2013 - Julianne Norton

Julianne Norton

Area of Study: Transglobal Perspectives
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jill Deans, Office of National Scholarships
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (‘89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.

Julianne is an Honors student pursuing an individualized major in Transglobal Perspectives, a major designed to foster a synthesized exploration and understanding of Anthropology, English, History, Art, and Political Science. In 2012 she founded Everybody Arts—an inclusive art club for all abilities and majors. As a recipient of the 2012 Holster Grant, Julianne spent the summer developing, creating, and completing her grant project “Canvassing Generations: Art through Postmemory” which explored and chronicled the memories of the last four generations of her family with regards to the Holocaust

2013 - Justis Lopez

Justis Lopez

Area of Study: Education/History
Hometown: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jeffrey Ogbar, Office of the Provost
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLP

An Education major interested in raising awareness about the educational achievement gap in the state of Connecticut, Justis is currently working with the Dean of NEAG to recruit more minorities into the field of education. Justis is also a Resident Assistant for the Leadership Learning Community and in 2011 was awarded the Emerging Student Leader Award. As an active member of the UConn Community, Justis has been an Orientation Leader, a Learning Communities Ambassador, and is currently a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow.

2013 - Krisela Karaja

Krisela Karaja

Area of Study: English/Spanish
Hometown: Windsor, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Regina Barreca, English
Alumni Mentor: Cara Motowidlo (’06), YuMe

Krisela is an English and Spanish double major and is heavily involved with the Albanian Student Association, currently holding the role of Vice President. She served as Translations Editor and Poetry Panelist for the university’s Long River Review, a literary and art magazine. Krisela is also a Day of Pride Scholar and recipient of the Sophomore Honors Award. She hopes to earn a Ph.D. in English with a focus in ethnic literature and become a university professor and faculty member.

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2013 - Smit Patel

Smit Patel

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering/Pre-Med
Hometown: Nashua, NH
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Kazem Kazerounian, Engineering
Alumni Mentor: Ben Kehl (99), Kehl Financial

Smit is a Biomedical Engineering major with a concentration in Pre-Med and hopes to become a pediatrician. Additionally, he is interested in researching the water crisis in India where he and his family have lived in the past. He was a proud member of the Leadership Learning Community, and is now a Resident Assistant in Towers Quadrangle. Smit participated in an alternative spring break trip to Atlanta, GA, in 2011 and participated in several community service projects centered on urban poverty and homelessness.

2013 - Molly Rockett

Mary (Molly) Rockett

Area of Study: Political Science
Hometown: Somers, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Virginia Hettinger, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLP

Molly is an Honors student majoring in Political Science. Last summer she completed an internship in Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office in Washington, D.C. Molly is the President of the UConn College Democrats and in this role she has organized a Political Conference featuring Governor Malloy, Secretary of State Merrill, and Mayor Boughton of Danbury, CT. Molly plans to attend law school and work to progress LGBT rights.

2013 - Monica Smith

Monica Smith

Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering/German
Hometown: Storrs, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Michael Renfro, Mechanical Engineering
Alumni Mentor: Steve Wolfberg (‘81), Cronin and Company, LLC

As a Mechanical Engineering and German double major, Monica has become involved many engineering groups on campus. She is the co-president and one of the founding members of UConn Engineering Ambassadors, an outreach program developed to inspire younger generations to explore the fields of engineering and to challenge traditional ideas and perceptions about science and engineering fields. Monica is also the Resident Assistant to the Eurotech Learning Community and in the summer of 2012, she successfully completed an internship with Pratt and Whitney’s Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing) Group.

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2013 - O’Rayne Clarke

O’Rayne Clarke

Area of Study: Accounting
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Lawrence Gramling, Business
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (‘73, ‘78 MBA), Subway Development Corp.

As an Accounting major, O’Rayne is interested in pursuing a career in consulting for financial firms. O’Rayne currently serves as the Campus Outreach Chair for the National Association of Black Accountant. He has successfully completed three internships at accounting firms, two at KPMG, a fortune 500 accounting firm, and one with the start-up company CCEI. O’Rayne has also worked as a Student Support Service Peer Advisor, which works to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of low-income and/or first generation college students at the University of Connecticut. He is a proud member of the Leadership Learning Community and is also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional Business Fraternity.

2013 - Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

Area of Study: Psychology
Hometown: Mansfield Center, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Paula Wilmot, Honors Program
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welch (‘90), Mitchell College

Rachel is an honors student majoring in Psychology with the hopes of earning a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Rachel served as a Student Instructional Specialist for the Honors INTD 1784 Program. Rachel is also a Master Coach in the student mentoring program UConn Connects where she works with students on academic probation and their peer facilitators to ensure the success of their education here at UConn. Additionally, Rachel helped found the student organization Revolution Against Rape (RAR) which educates students on issues involving sexual assault.

2013 - Michael Chiluisa

Michael Chiluisa

Area of Study: Finance
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Matthew Farley, Student Activities Community Outreach
Alumni Mentor: Nick Roy (’06), Somnio Financial Group, LLC

Michael is a Finance major with an interest in community service. He has been an integral part of numerous Community Outreach Alternative Break trips, and was also a member of the Community Service Learning Community (CSLC). He organized a donation drive for a local homeless shelter and a book drive to support schools in Connecticut. He was a team leader for two alternative winter break trips, one to Niceville, FL in 2011 and another trip in Birmingham, AL in 2012. Michael also volunteers with the Windham Heights Afterschool Tutoring Program, where he has helped numerous students with their academic work while providing them with inspiration to pursue a college education.

2012 - Shreena Desai

Shreena Desai

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering/Pre-Med
Hometown: Burlington, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Sally Reis, Vice Provost for Academic Administration
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Department of Social Services
While at UConn: Worked as Research Assistant at the CT Children’s Medical Center ~ Contributed to several medical research publications ~ Member of the Pre-Med Society and the Global Medical Brigades ~ Alternative Break (New Orleans) ~ Volunteered with Our Piece of the Pie Youth Agency (Hartford) ~

2012 - Shervin Etemad

Shervin Etemad

Area of Study: Molecular and Cell Biology
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Thomas Abbott, Molecular and Cell Biology
Alumni Mentor: Cara Motowidlo (’06), YuMe
While at UConn: Worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Goldhamer Lab ~ Member of Iranian Alliances Across Borders ~ Member of UConn’s Global Leadership Commission ~ Volunteered at the UConn Health Center Migrant Worker Clinics ~ Eagle Scout

2012 - Sagar Rana

Sagar Rana

Hometown: Danbury, CT
Degrees at UConn: Bachelor’s in Allied Health Sciences with Psychology and Biological Sciences minors
Occupation: Emergency Department Technician at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Paul Gaines, Veterans Services
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Department of Social Services
While at UConn: Alternative Break (Atlanta) ~ Vice President of Indian Students Association ~ Volunteered with Lion’s Club ~ Member of Alpha Kappa Psi ~ Member of Leadership Learning Community ~ Worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant
UConn Memory: By far all of the activities involving school spirit. Men’s and Women’s basketball games, Football games and Homecoming Week!
Favorite Legacy Memory: At the end of the program, reflecting back on the activities of the past year and realizing how we have grown individually and as a unit…was amazing to see.
Legacy in your current career: Legacy taught me a lot about myself. Particularly, I discovered my true strengths and weaknesses. I spend a lot of time using my strengths here in the ER and work on what I can. Legacy has really taught me to acknowledge and reflect on where I am in my life.

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2012 - Meagan O'Brian

Meagan O’Brien

Area of Study: Elementary Education
Hometown: Lisbon, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Robin Hands, School of Education
Alumni Mentor: Holly Hageman (‘05 Neag), Glastonbury Public Schools
While at UConn: Community Outreach America Reads program ~ Facilitator with UConn Connects ~ Volunteered abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions (Tanzania) ~ Interned as a Preschool Teacher

2012 - Rebecca D'Angelo

Rebecca D’Angelo

Area of Study: History, Anthropology
Hometown: North Stonington, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Matthew McKenzie, History and American Studies
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (‘83, ‘92 MBA), General Electric
While at UConn: Representative on the University Senate ~ INTD facilitator for Honors Program ~ Member of the UConn Folk Music Society ~ Volunteered with UConn Community Service Days and the Mystic Seaport Museum

2012 - Matthew Dempsey

Matthew Dempsey

Area of Study: Special Education
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Venida Rodman-Jenkins, Violence Against Women Prevention Program
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welsch (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Member of Beta Theta Pi ~ Served on Fraternity and Sorority Peer Standards Board ~ Study abroad (Spain) ~ Travelled to El Salvador and the Dominican Republic ~ Volunteered at Camp Hemlocks ~ Peer Educator with Violence Against Women Prevention Program

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2012 - Giovanna Torres

Giovanna Torres

Hometown: Toa Baja, PR
Degrees at UConn: B.A. Individualized major: Media (Public Relations) and Latino Studies. Minor in Communications.
Occupation: Account Executive at Telemundo Hartford
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Diane Rios, Communication
Alumni Mentor: Steve Wolfberg (‘81), Cronin and Company, LLC
While at UConn: Undergraduate Assistant for Outreach and Event Planning with the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center ~ PRLACC Representative for the Student Union Policy Council ~ Team Captain for PRLACC Relay for Life Team ~ Member of the Global House Learning Community ~ Received the Mentor of the Year Award (2011)
Favorite Legacy Memory: Why the why the WHY…

2012 - Kyle Kotvun

Kyle Kotvun

Area of Study: Nutritional Sciences
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Rhonda Brownbill, Nutritional Sciences
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (‘81), Webster Financial Advisors
While on Campus: Alternative Breaks ~ Alternative Break Trip Director ~ Student President for Neighborhood Revitalization Zone ~ Member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Club

2012 - Dustyn Nelson

Dustyn Nelson

Area of Study: Horticulture
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Patricia Jepson, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (‘97 MS), Voya Financial
While at UConn: Member of National FFA ~ Vice President of Connecticut FFA Association ~ Volunteered with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

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2012 - David Andrew

David Andrew

Area of Study: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jaci Vanheest, Educational Psychology
Alumni Mentor: Cara Motowidlo (’06), YuMe
While at UConn: Volunteered with the Migrant Farm Workers Clinic ~ Member of the Public Health House Learning Community, Students United for Reproductive Justice, and the Husky Ambassador program

2012 - Chris Campbell

Christopher Campbell

Area of Study: Special Education/English
Hometown: New London, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jennifer Morenus, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welsch (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Choreographed for the Latin dance group B.A.I.L.E. ~ Volunteered as Coordinator for middle school mentoring program ~ Worked with Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies ~ Volunteered at New London Public Schools

2012 - Celia Guillard

Celia Guillard

Area of Study: International Relations
Hometown: Windham, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Shareen Hertel, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (‘89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.
While at UConn: Volunteered as a docent at the William Benton Museum of Art ~ Treasurer and Co-President of PeaceJam ~ . Volunteered at the Indo International School (Rajasthan, India) ~ Interned with Social Accountability International

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2012 - Carl D'Oleo-Lundgren

Carl D’Oleo-Lundgren

Area of Study: International Relations
Hometown: East Harford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jeremy Pressman, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLP
While at UConn: Interned at the Town Manager’s Office (Town of Mansfield) ~ Member of Beta Theta Pi ~ Served as UNESCO Student Ambassador ~ Social Entrepreneur Corps (Guatemala) ~ Volunteered at the Mansfield Community Center, wiith Husky Haulers and, with UConn Model United Nations

2012 - Anne Jensen

Anne Jensen

Area of Study: Accounting
Hometown: Guilford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Larry Gramling, School of Business
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (‘73, ‘78 MBA), Subway Development Corp.
While at UConn: Chemical Engineering Research Assistant (Yale University) ~ Teaching Assistant with UConn Accounting Department ~ Interned with Community Enterprise Solutions (Guatemala) ~Honors Alternative Breaks

2012 - Alana Benito

Alana Benito

Area of Study: Nutritional Sciences
Hometown: Rocky Hill, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Rhonda Brownbill, Nutritional Sciences
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (‘81), Webster Financial Advisors
While at UConn: Community Engagement Intern with Foodshare ~ Chief financial officer for Alpha Zeta ~ Member of and S.H.A.P.E. (Student’s Helping Achieve Positive Esteem) ~ Peer Educator for the Public Health House Learning Community

2011 - Armando Jimenez

Armando Jimenez

Area of Study: Business Management, Entrepreneurship
Home: Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Leo Lachut, Student Support Services
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (‘83, ‘92 MBA), General Electric
While at UConn: Founding member of the UConn Chapter of BROS (Brothers Reaching Our Society) ~ Member of Pi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity ~ Program Coordinator for the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center ~ TravelersEDGE Scholar ~ Founder of Sarum Groceries (Salisbury, CT)

2011 - Aseel Eid

Aseel Eid

Area of Study: Physiology & Neurobiology
Home: Coventry, RI
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jonathan Moore, SAIT
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (‘97 MS), Voya Financial
While at UConn: Senior Program Coordinator for the Save our Surplus Food Recovery Program ~ Worked as a Advanced Technician for UConn Student Affairs Information Technology ~ Volunteered for Windham Hospital ~ Served as a research volunteer for the Hospital for Special Care (Windham)

2011 - Cindy Luo

Cindy Luo

Area of Study: Linguistics/Philosophy
Home: Madison, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Gina Barreca, English Department
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (‘89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.
While at UConn: Peer Allies in Honors Program ~ Coordinator for Honors Initiative for Prospective Students ~ UConn Symphony Orchestra ~ Chamber Ensemble ~ Fencing Club ~ Debate Team ~ Team captain for the Mock Trial Team ~ Staff columnist for the Daily Campus ~ Daily Campus Editorial Board

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2011 - Brenna Dunnack

Brenna Dunnack

Hometown: North Windham, CT
Degrees at UConn: Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education
Occupation: Teacher
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Rebecca Eckert, Teacher Education
Alumni Mentor: Holly Hageman (‘05 Neag), Glastonbury Public Schools
While at UConn: Honors student ~ Orientation Leader ~ Program Coordinator for America Reads ~ Public Relations Director for the Connecticut Education Association ~ Career Resource Assistant
Favorite Legacy Moment: While water rafting with my cohort was an amazing experience! It was such a fun and challenging day that brought us together.

2011 - Colin Carlson

Colin Carlson

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Home: Coventry, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Eric Schultz, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLP
While at UConn: EcoHusky ~ EcoHouse Learning Community ~ Roots and Shoots ~ UConn Wildlife Society ~ Traveled to South Africa to study plant ecology ~ Sierra Club Student Coalition summer program ~ Recipient of the Udall Scholarship

2011 - Ethan Butler

Ethan Butler

Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Home: Southbury, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Mun Choi, Mechanical Engineering Department
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (‘81) Webster Financial Advisors
While at UConn: Honors program ~ UConn Chapter of Engineers Without Borders ~ Raised funds for sustainable development projects in Ethiopia and Nicaragua ~ Facilitator for the Office of Environmental Policy ~ Member of UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Committee ~ Oversaw and advised the University’s Climate Action Plan (CAP).

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2011 - Elysse Yulo

Elysse Yulo

Major: Theater Studies/Dramaturgy
Home: Brookfield, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Adrienne Macki Braconi, Dramatic Arts
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (‘73, ‘78 MBA), Subway Development Corp.
While at UConn: Worked with Manhattan Theater Source, Bated Breath Theatre Company (Hartford), and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre ~ Volunteered as a tutor ~ Member of Alpha Lambda Delta ~ Worked at Residential Life’s Front Desk

2011 - Hoang Trinh

Hoang Trinh

Area of Study: Psychology
Home: Windsor, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Angela Rola, Asian American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Rich Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLC
While at UConn: Co-Coordinator and Mentor in the Asiantation Mentoring Program ~ Helped plan Asiantation Kickoff/Retreat ~ Mentor for Kids & UConn Bridging Education ~ Involved in Husky Bhangra Dance Team ~ Member of the Pan Asian Council ~ Organized the first HuskyThon team for the Asian American Cultural Center

2011 - Julia Leonard

Julia Leonard

Major: Special Education
Home: Groton, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Del Siegle, Educational Psychology
Alumni Mentor: Holly Hageman (‘05 Neag), Glastonbury Public Schools
While at UConn: Babbidge Scholar ~ Served as Project Director for Special Olympics Soccer Invitational ~ Involved with Jumpstart afterschool program ~ Worked with Camp Horizons ~ Facilitator for UConn Connects ~ Special Needs Coordinator for the Town of Groton ~ Recipient of the Recreation and Parks Youth Leadership Award (Groton, CT)

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2011 - Kelly Flaherty

Kelly Flaherty

Area of Study: Healthcare Management
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Degree at UCONN: B.S. in Business
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Diane Bordeleau, Student Activities
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Department of Social Services
While at UConn: Studied abroad (Dublin, Ireland) ~ Worked at Yale New Haven Hospital ~ Worked in the Student Activities Business Office ~ UConn Connects Facilitator ~ Alternative Break trip ~ Member of the Health Care Management Society ~ Participated in the UConn Marching Band.
Current occupation: Health & Benefits Analyst at Mercer
Activity Update: Working on Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (C.E.B.S.) designation. Aside from that, I’m in the post-college “next steps” phase, I am keeping an open mind while I think about what makes sense for my future.
Favorite Legacy Memory: I’m not sure I can pinpoint one favorite memory but the memory most prominent in this moment would be the series of events held during September 2011 that bonded our cohort and affirmed my pride in all levels of my identity at the time – UConn student, female, American, Legacy participant, etc.

2011 - Leonela Villegas

Leonela Villegas

Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Home: Colchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Doug Cooper, Chemical Engineering/Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (‘83, ‘92 MBA), General Electric
While at UConn: Member in Alpha Lambda Delta ~ Tutor for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classes ~ Participant in the Collegiate Health Service Corps’ Migrant Farm Workers program ~ Member of the National Society of Black Engineers ~ Volunteered at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Windham Bilingual Program, Fair Haven Free Clinic, and Mansfield Senior Center

2011 - Michael Mizrahi

Michael Mizrahi

Area of Study: Communication Sciences
Home: Brooklyn, NY
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Melissa Tafoya, Department of Communication Sciences
Alumni Mentor: Steve Wolfberg (‘81), Cronin and Company, LLC
While at UConn: Tour Leader ~ President of the Interfraternity Council ~ Technology Director for HuskyTHON

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2011 - Nasreen Mustafa

Nasreen Mustafa

Area of Study: Allied Health Sciences
Home: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Cristina Conte, ACES
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: First generation college student ~ Worked in both the Asian American Cultural Center and the Academic Center for Exploratory Students ~ Served as an Orientation Leader ~ Mentor in the Asiantation program ~ Volunteered for the Kids and UConn Bridging Education program

2011-Amanda Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan

Area of Study: Nursing
Home: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Lynn Allchin, School of Nursing
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Involved in the local Medical Community ~ Member of the Student Nurse’s Association ~ Member of the Nurse Mentor Program ~ Coordinator of World AIDS week ~ Resident Assistant ~ Volunteered at the Seabury Retirement Community (Bloomfield, CT) ~ Peer Health Educator with the UConn Sexperts program

2010 - Tim Callaghan

Timothy Callaghan

Area of Study: Biological Sciences and Political Science
Home: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Ladewig, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’96, ’04 Law), McCarter & English LLP
While at UConn: Alternative Breaks Trip Director/Student Coordinator ~ Chairperson for the Community Outreach Sustainability Committee ~ Selected as a Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington DC ~ Honors Program

2010 - Steve Pelletier

Stephen Pelletier

Area of Study: Public Policy
Home: Mansfield, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Ken Dautrich, Public Policy
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’96, ’04 Law), McCarter & English LLP
While at UConn: Emerging Leader Award Recipient ~ Mentor for the Leadership Learning Community ~ Student leader in HOLDUP! ~ Member of the College Independents ~ Campaign Finance Intern and Congressional Intern for Congressman Joe Courtney

2010 - Stephan Darden

Stephan Darden

Area of Study: Actuarial Science
Home: Hamden, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Paul Gaines, Student Activities
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (’73, ’78 MBA), Subway Development Corp. of New England
While at UConn: First generation college student ~ Senior Peer Advisor in Student Support Services ~ Co-taught a Peer counseling course ~ Resident Assistant ~ Member of the National Society of Black Engineers ~ EXPLORE program

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2010 - Sarah Deangelo

Sarah DeAngelo

Area of Study: Human Development Family Studies
Home: Atkinson, NH
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Rachel Larson, Career Services
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UConn: Career Resource Assistant ~ Section Leader at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts ~ Mentorship Chair for Huskies Away From Home ~ Involved with the Family Studies Undergraduate Committee ~ UConn Connects Facilitator ~ Explore program

2010 - Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Area of Study: Pre-Education/History
Home: Portland, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lease Butts, Undergraduate Research/Honors
Alumni Mentor: Kathy White (’78, ’87 Neag), Mansfield Middle School
While at UConn: EXPLORE program ~ Honors Program ~ Student instructor for UConn Connects ~ Volunteer for Windham Region No Freeze Homeless Shelter ~ Member of HOLDUP! high school leadership development program ~ Participated in London study abroad program

2010 - Romana Haider

Romana Haider

Area of Study: Political Science/Expected Human Rights
Home: South Windsor, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Bandana Purkayastha, Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alumni Mentor: Heather Rhoades (’96,’99 Law), Cummings and Lockwood
While at UConn: Interned with an immigration lawyer ~ Completed a field experience with migrant workers in Connecticut ~ Honors Council ~ Honors Alternative Spring Break ~ Assistant Director of the Cross-Cultural Connections group ~ UNESCO Student Ambassador ~ Presented at the National Collegiate Honors Council

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2010 - Nina Sacco

Nina Sacco

Area of Study: Business Management and Entrepreneurship
Home: North Haven, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Glen O’Keefe, Bursar
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (’90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Honors student ~ Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society ~ Interned at the Innovation Accelerator (Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation) ~ Interned at Target (Executive Leadership Program) ~ Supervised teaching assistants in First Year Programs! Student worker at the Bursar’s office ~ First-generation college student

2010 - Rafael Perez-Segura

Rafael Perez-Segura

Area of Study: Economics/Political Science
Home: Storrs, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Richard Langlois, Economics
Alumni Mentor: Dan Parzych (’93), Data Solutions
While at UConn: UNESCO Student Ambassador ~ Intern with UNESCO Chair at UConn ~ Member of UConn’s Model UN ~ Led human rights workshops for middle school students ~ Member of the Ballroom Dance Team

2010 - Melanie Rodriguez

Melanie Rodriguez

Area of Study: Elementary Education-English
Home: Bridgeport, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Xae Reyes, Education
Alumni Mentor: Kathy White (’78, ’87 Neag), Mansfield Middle School
While at UConn: Cstudent leader position at the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, Melanie is the coordinator for the K.U.B.E. outreach program that assists minority elementary students with school work and life skills. In addition she has helped PRLAAC win the Moral Award in UConn’s HuskyThon as the coordinator. Melanie is also a resident assistant and a first-generation college student.

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2010 - Kaitlin Heenehan

Kaitlin Heenehan

Hometown: Hamilton Square, NJ
Degrees at UConn : B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, May 2011
Degrees Elsewhere: M.A. Ed Virginia Tech, Higher Education, 2013
Occupation: UConn Honors Program, Program Coordinator
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lease Butts, Undergraduate Research/Honors
Alumni Mentor: Steve Wolfberg (’81), Cronin and Company, LLC
While at UConn: Honors student ~ Facilitator for the Honors INTD Seminar ~ Service co-chair in the Sophomore Honors Living Community ~ Honors mentor ~ Awarded the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship ~ Interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ~ Inductee of Phi Beta Kappa ~ Volunteered with America Reads and Counts, the Husky Ambassador Program, and the Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir
UConn Memory: It is so difficult to pick just one, but all of my favorite UConn memories share one common theme: sharing my love of UConn with people I love the most. Whether it was family weekend with my parents and sister, football games with my friends, speaking at Open House to thousands of students and families, or celebrating my graduation at the same time as my grandmother’s 90th birthday (with almost 20 extended family members present), all of these rise to the top of my list because they revolved around sharing my love of UConn with others!
Favorite Legacy Memory: I loved every moment of whitewater rafting; it was challenging, fun, and I remember having wonderful conversations before, during, and after this experience with some of my cohort-mates. However, I think the experience I learned the most from was the feeling of failure (and processing through that) after the U.S. Army Leadership Reaction Course. All of that being said, my favorite memories are actually the discussions we had at bi-weekly meetings. I always left feeling inspired and excited; these meetings were the best part of the experience.
Legacy in your current career: I use these lessons everyday as I seek to facilitate some of these same experiences and teach some of the same lessons that I learned in Legacy with the students I currently work with at UConn. In graduate school, I was able to pull from my experiences in Legacy (and particularly from taking StrengthsFinder because Virginia Tech was looking to become a “strengths campus” when I arrived). It is wonderful to see the connections, and I wish I had been taking more notes at the time I was in Legacy because I would honestly love to be able to replicate some of the details of the activities and experiences I had in Legacy. I am so grateful for my experience, and I attribute part of my passion for giving back through the field of higher education to the Leadership Legacy Experience.

2010 - Matt Turner

Matthew Turner

Area of Study: Business Management
Home: Colorado Springs, CO
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Paul McCarthy, Athletics
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (’81), Webster Financial Advisors
While at UConn: Youth counselor at the United States Air Force Academy ~ Volunteered at Penrose Hospital ~ Division-I athlete (Men’s Hockey) ~ Elected to the All-Academic Team ~ Named the Alternate Captain ~ Participated in many outreach activities such as “Skate with the Huskies” and “Husky Reach”

2010 - Elizabeth Fedorko

Elizabeth Fedorko

Area of Study: Animal Science/Pre-Vet
Home: Trumbull, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Steve Zinn, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (’90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Captain of the equestrian team ~ Teaching assistant in the UConn Horse practicum program ~ Works for/Member of the College of Agriculture and Natural Rescources (CANR) College Ambassador group ~ Resident Assistant ~ FYE Mentor

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2010 - David Lindsay

William David Lindsay

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering/Physics and Neurobiology
Home: Brookline, NH
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: William Bailey, Chemistry
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (’81), Webster Financial Advisors
While at UConn: Honors student ~ Studied the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation surgery on Parkinson’s disease ~ Created and directed a summer internship program for the Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, MA ~ , Worked as a researcher at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center ~ Volunteered for New Hampshire Teen Institute ~ Pianist and saxophonist ~ Served on the Board of Directors for the Mansfield Development Project

2010 - Arben Mustafa

Arben Mustafa

Area of Study: Economics/Political Science
Home: Bridgeport, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Leo Lachut, Student Support Services
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (’83, ’92 MBA), General Electric
While at UConn: Vice President for the Albanian Student Association ~ Helped host a conference for the Albanian community ~ First-generation college student ~ Mentor for Student Support Services ~ Helped raise scholarships for Albanian students attending UConn ~ Kosovo citizen

2010 - Danielle Lanslots

Danielle Lanslots

Area of Study: Environmental Science
Home: Stamford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Robert Thorson, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (’83, ’92 MBA), General Electric
While at UConn: Member of the EcoHouse Learning Community ~ Intern at the Office of Environmental Policy ~ Assistant coordinator of Alternative Breaks ~ Received the Academic Excellence Award in Biology

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2010 - Alexandra Kuehnle

Alexandra Kuehnle

Area of Study: International Security/Political Science
Home: Durham, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Matt Farley, Community Outreach
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (’89), Rome McGuian, PC
While at UConn: Student Coordinator for Community Outreach Public Relations ~ Chair of the CO Executive Board ~ Resident Assistant for the Community Service Learning Community ~ Founded the UConn chapter of Silver Wings ~ Silver Wings Northeast Region President ~ Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach For America

2009-yoo mi thompson

Yoo Mi Thompson

Home: Avon, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Business Management with a Minor in International Studies
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Tom Deans
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (’81), Webster Financial Advisors
While at UCONN: Taught mathematics in Belize City, Belize ~ Renovated classrooms in San Pedro, Belize ~ Representative for the Undergraduate Student Government ~ Tutor for the Writing Center ~ Member of the General Education Oversight Committee (University Senate) ~ Big Sister volunteer
Activity Update: Completed a summer abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
Favorite Legacy Memory: Guard Dogs with the Legacy family!!

2009-caitlin partyka

Cait Partyka

Home: Mansfield, CT
Degrees at UConn: Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Science Degrees Elsewhere
Current Occupation: Expected Masters of Social Work in Social Innovation & Leadership, from Boston College, May 2013
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Marysol Asencio
Alumni Mentor: Steven Hoffler (‘95), Casey Family Services
While at UConn: Husky Nutrition Summer Intern ~ Participant in the Congress Bundestag Exchange program ~ Volunteered for Storrs Congregational Daycare, Jumpstart!, Language Partners, and Kinderklinik Bethel
UConn Memory: My work with Community Outreach was a tremendous growing and learning experience for me. I loved engaging with new and different communities and peers from UConn and seeing the impact we could have, as students, on the community and world around us.
Favorite Legacy Memory: Our white water rafting trip. It was a great adventure and a terrific bonding experience for our cohort.

2009-wenhui sun

Wenhui Sun

Home: Southbury, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Sociobiomedical Perspectives in Health
Current Occupation: Student
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Joseph Crivello
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UCONN: UConn’s Dental Hygiene Education program ~ Member of the Pre-Dental Society ~ Implemented a dental hygiene program for elementary schools ~ Served as a Husky Ambassador ~ Intern at the Northwestern Area Health Education Center
UConn Memory: Too many to count!
Favorite Legacy Memory: Falling out of the raft during our rafting trip.

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2009-valen diaz

Valen Diaz

Home: Oxford, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Individualized Sociomedical Sciences and Health Disparities
Current Occupation: Student
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Jim Hill
Alumni Mentor: Steven Hoffler (‘95), Casey Family Services
While at UConn: Member of the Honors Council ~ Emergency Technician for the town of Mansfield ~ Member of Bringing Awareness into Latino Ethnicities ~ Volunteered for Generations Family Health Center ~ Alternative Spring Break

2009-sarah melchior

Sarah Melchior

Hometown: Norwich, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.A. in English/Philosophy, magnum cum laude
Degrees Elsewhere: J.D. College of William and Mary, School of Law ’13, cum laude
Current Occupation: In September I will begin a post graduate fellowship in the Education section of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office.
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Jonathan Hufstader
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (’83, ’92 MBA) General Electric
While at UCONN: Peer mentor in the Peer Leadership Instructor Program ~ Study Abroad program in London.
UConn Memory: Waking up at 5am to climb to the top of Horse Barn hill and watch the sunrise.
Favorite Legacy Memory: There are so many favorite to choose from, but the top two are meeting Nadine Strossen, former ACLU president and Shadowing my alumni mentor at GE for a day. Oh and White water rafting!
Legacy in your current career: Lessons about failure and embracing challenges were especially helpful during law school and bar study. It always helped to reflect and have a bit of perspective.

2009-phil gorecki

Phil Gorecki

Area of Study: Molecular and Cell Biology/Economics
Home: New Britain, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Michael Lynes
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), McCarter & English, LLP
While at UConn: Member of the UConn Honors Program ~ Program Director for the UConn Homelessness Project ~ Volunteer as an Emergency Department at New Britain General Hospital ~ Originally from Poland ~ First generation college student

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2009-leah mcdermott

Leah McDermott

Area of Study: Psychology
Home: Middletown, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. David B. Miller
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Teachers’ Assistant for First Year Programs ~ UConn Connects Facilitator ~ Member of the Freshmen Honor Society Alpha Lambda Delta

2009-joe antelmi

Joseph Antelmi

Area of Study: Economics/Psychology
Home: Suffield, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Richard Langlois
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UConn: Teacher’s Assistant for Migrant Studies ~ Lead singer of the rock band ‘Exit 47’ ~ Intern at Connecticut Association for Human Services ~ Member of the 2009 End Hunger CT! Board of Directors ~ Member of UConn PIRG ~ Active with the Free Tibet Movement

2009-chelsea ambrozaitis

Chelsea Ambrozaitis

Hometown: Woodstock, CT
Degrees at UConn B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies
Occupation Greater Waterbury YMCA- Outdoor Center Program Director
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Anita Garey
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UConn: Husky Ambassador ~ Peer Allies Through Honors Mentor ~ Honors Freshmen Year Experience Facilitator ~ Alternative Breaks
UConn Memory: All of them! Constantly being surrounded by friends who were passionate about their studies, service work, and extracurriculars made for an amazing college experience!
Favorite Legacy Memory: Volunteering together for GUARD Dogs and the team building retreat.
Legacy in your current career: My LLE experiences come to mind constantly. Whether it’s leading team building activities, supervising staff, or working with young people, I am reminded of what positive leadership means and very aware of the potential I have to be a role model to others. Sometimes it’s even coming to terms with the fact that the less glamorous work I do as a part of my job (cleaning, mostly!) sets a positive example for others and counts as leadership! A big part of LLE was examining our expectations versus our realities, which has helped me a lot in my field.

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2009-gregory petropoulos

Gregory Petropoulos

Area of Study: Physics
Home: Southington, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Thomas Blum
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (’83, ’92 MBA) General Electric
While at UConn: Physics Club ~ Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honors Society) ~ Residential Life ~ Sophomore Honors Community Project ~ Worked closely with Professor Thomas Blum in researching high energy physics

2009-garrett cottrell

Garrett Cottrell

Area of Study: Political Science
Home: Saratoga Springs, NY
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Julie Elkins
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), McCarter & English, LLP
While at UConn: Representative on the Undergraduate Student Government ~ Member of GUARD Dogs ~ Volunteered at Saratoga County Youth Court

2009-elisabeth werling

Elisabeth Werling

Home: Avon, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Special Education
Current Occupation: University of Connecticut, Center for Students with Disabilities: Note taking Coordinator
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Donna Korbel
Alumni Mentor: Kathy White (’78, ’87 Neag), Mansfield Middle School
While at UCONN: Founder of UConn Gymnastics ~ Member of the Freshman Honor Society Alpha Lambda Delta ~ Intern at the University of Redlands as a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow ~ Volunteer for the UConn School of Law Clean-up Days ~ Named as a Babbidge Scholar
Favorite Legacy Memory: The experiences shared during our second outdoor experience! This experience allowed us to bond even more closely with each other as we had to test our own fears and help others through theirs.

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2009-brandon luna

Brandon Luna

Area of Study: Sports Management
Home: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Leo Lachut
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (’81), Webster Financial Advisors
While at UConn: Vice President for Bringing Awareness into Latino Ethnicities (BAILE) ~ Program Coordinator for Relay for Life ~ Member of the Homecoming and Latin Fest Committees ~ First generation college student.

2009-akina warner

Akina Warner

Area of Study: Healthcare Management
Home: Queens Village, NY
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Kramer
Alumni Mentor: Kathy White (’78, ’87 Neag), Mansfield Middle School
While at UConn: Peer mentor in the Peer Leadership Instructor program ~ Program Director for the Generations Family Health Center ~ Intern for the Episcopal Church Medical Trust.

2008 Ryan Matthews

Ryan Matthews

Home: Beacon Falls, CT
Degrees at UCONN: B.A. in History and Political Science
Current Occupation: AmeriCorps VISTA Academic Service-Learning Associate at the University of New Haven in New Haven, Connecticut
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: David Ouimette, Office of First Year Programs
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), McCarter & English, LLP
While at UCONN: Member of the Global Leadership Commission and the Pre-Medical Society ~ Husky Ambassador and Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs volunteer ~PATH Mentor ~ Facilitator for the Honors Freshman Seminar ~ Research fellow at a New York Hospital
UConn Memory: Fall afternoons spent putting together service projects, chatting with friends about last Thursday night, eating a burrito from the marketplace, and listening to Pandora in the Community Outreach/Student Activities Office
Favorite Legacy Memory: Falling big, big, BIG time at Land Navigation

2008 Robert Slattery

Robert Slattery

Area of Study: Economics/Structural Biology and Biophysics
Home: Milford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Julie Elkins, Student Affairs
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), McCarter & English, LLP
While at UCONN: Served on the Mansfield Downtown Partnership Committee ~ Created an organization to increase student-voter turnout during congressional elections ~ Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis intern ~ Owned his own web-site development company

2008 Rachael Forker

Rachael Forker

Hometown: Wethersfield, CT
Degrees at UConn: BA: Urban & Community Studies; BA: Political Science
Degrees Elsewhere: MA Cities from King’s College London Urban Development, 2013
Current Occupation: Events & Promotions Coordinator, Onyx Spirits Company East Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. David Yalof, Political Science
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UCONN: Undergraduate Student Government representative~ Husky WOW Leader ~ UConn Connects Facilitator ~ Volunteer work with a number of organizations, including donating her time to Hurricane Katrina relief in New Orleans.
Favorite Legacy Memory: Whitewater Rafting!!!!!

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2008 Pratistha Koirala

Pratistha Koirala

Home: Storrs, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. Biology/Molecular and Cell Biology
Current Occupation: MD PhD Candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. David Goldhamer, Molecular and Cell Biology
Alumni Mentor: Steven Hoffler (‘95), Casey Family Services
While at UCONN: Undergraduate research assistant ~ Author of an article that was published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal (2007) ~ Keynote speaker at the Connecticut Science Fair in 2006 ~ Husky Ambassador ~ Freshman Honors Facilitator ~ Staff columnist for the Daily Campus.
Favorite Legacy Memory: My favorite memory of Legacy was when we learned navigation skills by the river. I had to cross the river two times, once over a fallen tree! It was a great bonding experience; I think everyone had a lot of fun. This event made the compass we all received at the end of our experience especially meaningful.

2008 Linda Drozdowicz

Linda Drozdowicz

Home: Orange, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology Minor in Physiology and Neurobiology
Degrees Elsewhere: M.D. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2014
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lease-Butts, Honors & Office of Undergraduate Research
Alumni Mentor: Stephen Zielinski (’72)
While at UCONN: Study abroad in Mexico, Member of the Pre-Medical Society, Rubyfruit (a capella group) ~ Mentor in the Honors Program.
UConn Memory: Senior year, when I was the Musical Director of Rubyfruit…Finding out that Perez Hilton tweeted about Rubyfruit and CDN’s a cappella song!
Favorite Legacy Memory: Falling out of the raft during white water rafting …and surviving
Legacy in your current career: Legacy taught me to interact with leaders from all sorts of fields – business, athletic, etc. Those skills have helped me work with colleagues from many different backgrounds.

2008 Juan Carmona

Juan Carmona

Area of Study: Resource Economics
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Current occupation: Account Executive
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Mayte Perez, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UCONN: Community Assistant ~ Active member of several organizations on campus, including First Year Programs~ Eucharistic Minister/Lector at St. Thomas Aquinas (Storrs) ~ Volunteer as a mentor to high school students in nearby East Hartford, CT.

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2008 Heeren Makanji

Heeren Makanji

Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, 2009
Degrees Elsewhere: M.D. cum laude-Harvard Medical School, 2013
Current Occupation: Surgical resident: Harvard combined orthopaedic surgery residency program
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Debra Kendall, Molecular and Cell Biology
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UCONN: Member of the Global Leadership Commission and the Pre-Medical Society ~ Husky Ambassador and Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs volunteer ~PATH Mentor ~ Facilitator for the Honors Freshman Seminar ~ Research fellow at a New York Hospital.
UConn Memory: Final Four 2009 in Detroit
Favorite Legacy Memory: Whitewater Rafting….amazing
Legacy in your current career: Self-reflection is the key to becoming a better leader, professional, teammate, and person.

2008 Erica Morse

Erica Morse

Home: San Francisco, CA
Degrees at UConn: BA in Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology
Current Occupation: Americorps VISTA Community Resource Organizer
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Jill Deans, Honors Program
Alumni Mentor: Steven Hoffler (‘95), Casey Family Services
While at UCONN: Off campus volunteer in the local chapter of the Big Sisters organization ~ Local middle school tutor ~ Participation at the Georgetown University Institute on Philanthropy and Volunteer Service where she participated in their Leadership Scholar Program
UConn Memory: Everything and anything related to Community Outreach
Favorite Legacy Memory: I loved all our weekly dinners!

2008 Camille Patterson

Camille Patterson

Area of Study: Psychology/Political Science
Home: Bridgeport, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Marie McCain, Institute for Student Success
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), McCarter & English, LLP
While at UCONN: Peer mentor in the Peer Leadership Instructor program, working with local middle school students ~ Supporter of Habitat for Humanity in her home town ~ One of the first students to complete the FUTURE Leaders program on campus ~ Building Manager in the Student Union

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2008 Daniel Lin

Daniel Lin

Hometown: East Lyme, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Finance, 2009
Degrees Elsewhere: Harvard University- Masters in International Education Policy, 2011
Occupation: PREL – Senior Research & Policy Specialist, Honolulu National Geographic Society- Writer/photographer
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Angela Rola, Asian American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Frank Milone (‘92), Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
While at UCONN: Mentor for middle school children ~ Active member of A-Minor, a University a cappella group ~ Served as an undergraduate representative on the Asian American Cultural Center Advisory Board ~ Undergraduate T.A. ~ Member of the Finance Society ~ Active with Habitat for Humanity, traveling with the organization to New Orleans offering relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina
UConn Memory: Study breaks at Coventry Lake, Involvement with the AsACC
Favorite Legacy Memory: Workshops on failure and perseverance
Legacy in your current career: Sometimes, you have to get lost in order to truly find yourself.

2008 Bryan Banville

Bryan Banville

Hometown: Topsfield, MA
Degrees at UConn: B.S. Physiology and Neurobiology
Current Occupation: Chief Academic Officer/Provost of Institute for Mastering Success; Professional Actor
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. John Enderle, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Alumni Mentor: Frank Milone (‘92), Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
While at UCONN: Trip director for university sponsored alternative breaks trip ~ Developed and ran his own international service trip to Belize ~ Founding member of a Habitat for Humanity chapter ~ Volunteer for the Red Cross and Special Olympics in his home state ~ Member of the co-ed a capella group, Extreme Measures
UConn Memory: Community Outreach Alternative Break Trips (all of them!); Senior Year; UCONN Football games Favorite Legacy Memory: White water Rafting and being the first person ever to fall out of the boat!
Favorite Legacy Memory: Being the first Legacy Student EVER to fall out of the White Water Raft.
Legacy in your current career: I use my experiences on a daily basis and many have helped inform the lessons I teach in my coursework at the Institute

2008 Alixandra Grasson

Alixandra Grasson

Home: Cheshire, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.A. English
Current Occupation: Student
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Steven Jarvi, Institute for Student Success
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UCONN: On campus mentor to first year students ~ Undergraduate peer T.A. ~ Summer school teacher ~ Volunteer in an after school tutoring program, as well as in elementary schools in the New Haven/Cheshire area of the state
UConn Memory: Discovering the “hidden gems” as I like to call them, like Diana’s pool and Bidwells. Enjoying the campus during the nice weather was always awesome, along with working for the First Year Programs Office!
Favorite Legacy Memory: White water rafting was hands down my favorite Legacy trip, I always tell people about how amazing it was and want to go again soon!

2007 McStay

Charlayne McStay

Hometown: Flanders, NJ
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Chemistry
Degrees Elsewhere: M.D. University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2013
Current Occupation: Pediatric Resident Physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Katherine Ratcliff, Sociology
Alumni Mentor: Frank Milone (‘92), Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
While at UCONN: Program Coordinator for the Husky Ambassador Program ~ Member of the Global Leadership Commission, UConn Tap Team, Honors Council, and the Pre-medical society ~ UConn Presidential Scholar and a National Merit Commended Scholar
UConn Memory: Eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream (w/ blue & white sprinkles, of course) on top of Horse Barn Hill
Favorite Legacy Memory: Having a candid and honest conversation about our successes & failures over apple crisp
Legacy in your current career: Leadership Legacy enabled me to hone my leadership skills in a way that I was prepared not simply to lead others but empower individuals to become leaders themselves. This critical education piece has been essential in my career as a future pediatrician as I must provide my patients and their families with the skills and support necessary to make positive changes in their own lives as well as within the community.

2007 Lin

Matthew Lin

Area of Study: Molecular and Cell Biology, Physiology and Neurobiology
Home: West Hartford, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Angela Rola, Asian American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UCONN: Member of the Men Against Violence Against Women organization, the Asiantation Mentoring Program, and the Asian American Student Association ~ Recognized as an AP Scholar with Honors and Distinction in 2004 and 2005 ~ semi- finalist in the Chemistry Olympiad Regional

2007 Elman

Jennifer Elman-Cushman

Home: West Hartford, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Animal Science/Agriculture and Natural Resources, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
Current Occupation: Agriscience Teacher & Head Teacher, Glastonbury Public Schools
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Michael Darre, Animal Science
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UCONN: Influential member of the 4-H society and Sigma Alpha ~ Recipient of the Robert Johnson Scholarship for Dairy Excellence, the York Family Scholarship for Citizenship, and the Kellogg Merit Scholarship

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2007 Lemkin

Allison Lemkin

Area of Study: Molecular and Cell Biology
Home: Cromwell, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Sally Neal, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), Pepe & Hazard LLP
While at UCONN: Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital intern during study abroad experience in Cape Town, South Africa ~ Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars ~ UConn Presidential Scholar ~ Dean’s List recipient

2007 Chamble

Adonis Chamble

Area of Study: Communications
Home: Norwalk. CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Adrian McCleary, ACES
Alumni Mentor: Steven Hoffler (‘95), Casey Family Services
While at UCONN: Performing and Fine Arts Chairman of S.U.B.O.G. ~ Active member of the Black Student Association ~ UConn Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir and Impact ~ Peer leader ~ Independent record label intern

2007 Bayers

Brendan Bayers

Home: St. Louis Park, MN
Degrees at UConn: Real Estate & Urban Economic Planning
Current Occupation: IT Hardware Consultant at GSGI Global, based out of Minnetonka, MN
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Rebecca Taylor, CPIA
Alumni Mentor: Rosalyn Cama (‘75), Cama, Inc.
While at UCONN: Community Service Chair for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee ~ Active member of the Academic Integrity Committee ~ Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society
UConn Memory: Too many to choose just one. But, being a part of the Men’s Ice Hockey Team in general was a great experience. I have so many great memories of my teammates and our 4 great seasons together. I miss the camaraderie of being a part of such a competitive team, it’s truly something you can’t replicate after college
Favorite Legacy Memory: The initial retreat and how we all met for the first time… Not one of us knew what we were getting ourselves into, but it turned out to be such an amazing and inspiring group

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2007 Sierakowski

Jonathan Sierakowski

Hometown: Manchester, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. Business Management Concentration- Entrepreneurship Crash Course in Journalism via The Daily Campus
Occupation: RM Auctions- Automobile Historian/Writer
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Larry Gramling, Accounting
Alumni Mentor: Rosalyn Cama (‘75), Cama, Inc.
While at UCONN: Editor-in-chief of the Daily Campus ~ Chairman and CEO of the UConn Co-op Board of Directors ~ Daring member of the Skydiving Club
UConn memory There are many memories of exceptional experiences at UConn, but I think my favorite was when I had the opportunity to be part of a group of students welcoming the freshman during their orientation. It was an opportunity to speak from the heart and convey what my experiences up to that point meant.
Favorite Legacy Memory My favorite legacy memory was the “what would you do if” discussion involving the pending detonation of a nuclear bomb. There were a variety of interesting, insightful answers given, and no one could ultimately be right or wrong.
Legacy in your current career: One of the most valuable lessons I took away from Legacy was that of perspective. Here we were, a group of individuals that came from completely different backgrounds, all of whom were recognized for having some leadership potential based on a variety of factors. It taught me that it is important to maintain perspective on all levels, and to not only keep an open mind but to keep in mind where the other person is coming from. This has enriched me in both my personal and professional life.

2007 Gelbard

Emily Gelbard

Area of Study: Communication Disorders
Home: Freehold, NJ
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Kathleen Cienkowski, Communications Sciences
Alumni Mentor: Christine Lodewick (‘67), Retired
While at UCONN: Active member of UConn Connects and Huskies Away From Home ~ FYE mentor

2007 Moss

Alyssa Moss

Home: Guilford, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.A. Sociology with a minor in Human Rights
Current Occupation: Clinician at Harbor Health
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Beth Settje, Career Service
Alumni Mentor: Steven Hoffler (‘95), Casey Family Services
While at UCONN: Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars ~ Participant in Community Outreach, UConn Relief Core, and Cross Cultural Solutions ~ Volunteer among the Special Olympics, as well as Mississippi, Tanzania, and South Africa
UConn Memory: Spending warm afternoons after class and work laying on the grass with my friends at the Mansfield Hollow Dam
Favorite Legacy Memory: Being able to eat dinner together at our meetings. It was so nice to be able to get everyone together as often as we did. Also, discussions and activities always seem to be more productive when your stomach is full!

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2007 Steuber

David Steuber

Hometown: Loveland, OH
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Political Science and Economics; B.S. in Philosophy
Current Occupation: Policy Analyst and Press Secretary, Connecticut Senate Majority Caucus
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. JC Beall, Philosophy
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Dept. of Social Services
While at UCONN: President of the UConn College Democrats and the UConn International Relations Association ~ Political campaign volunteer
UConn memory: Holding rallies, knocking on dorm doors and organizing the campus for a record 720% increase in student voter turnout. Congressman Courtney is still fighting for lower student loan interest rates because the campus stood up and took a stand. Even in a jaded world, never underestimate the power of the student voice.
Favorite Legacy Memory: Hiking in the woods. BRIIIIOOODY!!!
Legacy in your current career: Legacy taught me the value of learning from the perspectives of people in a wide variety of fields other than your own. That’s essential for crafting good government policy. I also learned a lot about accepting failures and growing through them. Sometimes failures can teach you a lot more than your victories.

2007 Sherwood

Samantha Sherwood

Hometown: West Haven, CT
Degrees at UConn: B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies
Degrees Elsewhere: M.S. in Education, Lehman College, 2010, M.A. in Education Leadership and Policy, Bank Street College of Education, 2013
Current Occupation: Assistant Principal and Co-Founder of Bronx Arena High School
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Lease-Butts, Honors & Office of Undergraduate Research
Alumni Mentor: Jennifer Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College
While at UCONN: Member of UConn’s Honor Council, the Husky Ambassador Program, the national Collegiate Honors Council Board of Directors and more
UConn Memory: So many to choose from! All of Senior year, Sophomore year Spring Weekend with Guster and OAR coming to UCONN, random gatherings with friends, usually the spontaneous activities are the best ones!
Favorite Legacy Memory: Getting kidnapped and dropped in the woods and having to find our way out was perhaps one of the best memories, but really any time our group had an excuse to all get together and be tormented by Joe was a good time!
Legacy in your current career: It was a real crash course in leadership and both sides of the coin when it comes to leadership. Legacy showed us the good and the bad of leadership and made us reflect on how we viewed ourselves within that paradigm. Prior to the Legacy Experience I would rarely think about the responsibility and challenges that come with leadership. As a college kid, you often get swept up in the romanticized idea of leadership. Legacy helped us see the bigger picture and begin planning for that early on so that now, when I find myself in a true leadership role with staff and students who depend on me I’m able to know my “North” and know my values to help make the difficult decisions.

2007 Mendonca

Christian Mendonca

Area of Study: Finance
Home: Trumbull, CT
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Dr. Mike Willenborg, Accounting
Alumni Mentor: Frank Milone (‘92), Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
While at UCONN: Actively involved with the Portuguese Cultural Association, Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir, S.U.B.O.G., and UConn Connects ~ FYE mentor

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2007 McHardy

Ryan McHardy

Area of Study: Political Science
Home: Bentonville, AR
Faculty/Staff Mentor: Julie Bell-Elkins, Student Affairs
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (’04 Law), Pepe & Hazard LLP
While at UCONN: Residential Affairs Chairperson for USG ~ Active member and co-founder of Justice for Children International ~ Manager for a large telecommunications company