On Tuesday, November 26, the Advancement Office held a breakfast for our young alumni as they returned home to Joe!
Click any of the news headlines to read more!
Ray Jia '16 Speaks to Go Green Club!
Dana Ganssle Ellis '99 spoke to a few of our students about her life and careers.
Over the past 4 years, as a Financial Planner for Barnum Financial, John Corraro '11, has gained recognition as a MetLife "Super Starter," a MassMutual “Rising Leader” two times over, and, in 2018, attained the honor qualifying for Leaders Conference. John is one of four teachers/discussion leaders at Barnum's unique off-site Establishment, a new concept in financial education which combines dialogue, informality, and even some wine tasting, all designed to appeal to the Millennial generation. In addition to firm and industry recognition, John was recently honored by the Fairfield County Business Journal as a 2019 40 Under 40 Award Recipient.
Billy Brady '19 was selected to play for the D2 Norwich Men's ACHA Hockey team!
Stephen Tavares ’91 has been appointmented as Captain of the Bristol Police Department (BPD). Stephen is the first black officer to achieve any rank in the 126 year history of the BPD and is now one of 3 members of BPD’s Executive Staff, which consists of two Captains and the Chief of Police.
On April 3, 2019 Jeremy Hopwood '14 came back to Joe to speak to Mr Mamarus' two Engineering classes. After graduating from St Joes, Jeremy went on to study mechanical/aerospace engineering at Central Connecticut State University. Jeremy was one of four students in the state of Connecticut to be awarded the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Spring 2018. This fellowship awarded Jeremy the funding required to perform and publish research on “Aeroservoelastic Control System Wind Tunnel Testing”, as well as travel to present his research in San Diego at the 2019 AIAA SciTech Forum.
April 4, 2019 was the soft opening of The Grapevine. The shop, located at 345 Main St in the heart of downtown Westport, is owned by Bia Parente Hittman '99, her husband Seth, and a close friend. Bia told the Alumni Office, "After settling in Westport, we wanted to further deepen our roots in the community and we came across an opportunity to open a full-service wine shop, right in the heart of downtown. Now, along with a good friend, we are the proud owners of The Grapevine!"
Father Platt installed as Pastor at St Catherine’s in Riverside
Over winter break, Robyn Pelletier ’16, a Pre-PA student at UCONN, traveled to Ghana, Africa alongside fellow SJ alumnae, Katelyn O’Dea ‘17 and Lindsay Lucifora ‘16. There, they provided medical assistance to underprivileged families. While visiting this poverty-stricken area, they were able to help over 700 patients by providing treatment and medication in which typically they would not have access.
SJ Director of Advancement & Alumni Affairs, Michele Krasznai '89 and her husband, Zoltan Krasznai '87 ran into Keith Clinkscales '82 on Feb 12th at the West LA Farmers Market. Keith is the former-CEO of Revolt TV, Vanguard Media, and VIBE. He is also the founder of The Shadow League, a digital sports platform in partnership with ESPN.
Courtney Jaser ‘01 and husband Andrew Lindgren-Robertson welcomed their daughter Hazel Jaser Robertson on January 23, 2019.
On September 15, 2018 Kelly Brennan '09 married Connor Brawley '10 at St Mary's Church in Stamford, CT followed by a reception at the Stamford Yacht Club where they arrived by boat to share their love with family and friends.
On Thursday, January 9, 2019, Ashley Ebanks '16 attended the 82nd YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala. The Gala, which honored Ryan Seacrest, Martha Stewart, and Macy's Hal Lawton, raised over $3.5m for fashion school scholarships. Ashley represented the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and was celebrated as a scholarship recipient during the Gala. Ashley was a recipient of a $5000 scholarship thanks to her case study on how Pat McGrath Cosmetics can expand globally and enter into the Indian beauty market. Ashley was also able to meet Martha Stewert, Ryan Seacrest, and actor Jake T. Austin who attended the event.
Charles “Buddy” Wade ’15 was the 2018 recipient of the Nichols College Bobby Daigle Award for Best Defensive Lineman. He received the honor at the Nichols College Awards Banquet on February 4, 2019. Congrats, Buddy!
On Thursday, Jan 31, 2019, Dr Natalie K Metz '96 hosted a seminar at the Helio's Health Center in Carbondale, Colorado on The Promise of Psychodelic Healing and the Future for Medicine. Dana Ganssle '99, a design architect living in Colorado, attended the workshop after seeing Dr Metz would be speaking.
Ray Foote '73 (Center Left) shared this picture of himself and his sons, Denis '05 (Left), Nick '07 (Center Right) and Ray '04 (Right). There are 16 years of SJ Hogs Football between them, including 2 captains, 3 All-FCIAC, and 1 Thanksgiving Day MVP.
Paul Giansanti ’01 was appointed Principal of Ansonia High School before the start of the 2018-2019 School Year. Since becoming Principal, Paul has been praised for his hard work to create career connections and opportunities for Ansonia High Students.
Elle Meegan Russell, born to parents Emily Luchansky Russell '07 and her husband, Corey Russell, at 2:58 am on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Elle was born at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, measuring 6 lbs, 8 oz and 19 inches. She is the first grandchild of Jim Luchansky '75 and Peggy Kelley Luchansky '75.
Congrats to Kara Saranich '16 on making the Dean's List for the Fall 2018 Dean's List at Sacred Heart University!
Krysta Caltabiano '16 was named to the Dean's list at Curry College! Congrats, Krysta!
On January 3, 2019, Ed Voccola '04 stopped by to meetw ith students interested in acting and screenwriting. Ed is currently a writer for the cartoon sitcom Rick & Morty and prior to that, wrote for the show Last Man on Earth. While on campus, Ed spent time having lunch with our Cadets and even spoke to Mrs Cardillo's Acting Class. Thanks, Ed!
Members of the Class of 1993 recently gathered at Caloroso Restaurant in Shelton. The restaurant is owned by Mathew Calandro '93.
Bill '85 & Mark ’87 DaSilva were recently presented the 2018 Silver Hammer award by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce for their craft brewery, BAD SONS Beer Co. They were given this award alongside fellow alum Ross Baccarella '80 and his business, BTX Global Logistics.
As owners of Sitting Duck, SBC, and other local eateries, the two are no strangers to the foodservice industry. Mark and Bill look forward to watching the BAD SONS brand grow into a well-respected regional craft brewery.