Alumni News

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Alumni Spotlight: Jeremy Hopwood '14

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.

Alumni News: Bia Headshot

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!"

Lindsay hugs a child

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.

Mchele Krasznai '89, Zoltan Krasznai '87, and Keith Clinkscales '82 pose for a pic

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.

Ashley Ebanks at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala

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.

Bad Sons owners receive Silver Hammer Award

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.