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December 2018 Class Notes

SUBMIT CLASS NOTES

1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
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1970–1979

Stempe1975: PETER STEMPE
Peter Stempe M (Hartt) of Boise, Idaho, retired after 41 years as principal oboe of the Sunriver Musical Festival Orchestra. He was the last original member of the Festival Orchestra that was formed in 1978.  

Tawil1978: HASHIM AL-TAWIL
Hashim Al-Tawil M (HAS) has authored a textbook titled History of Arab Art. He is an art history professor and chair of the department at Henry Ford College. Al-Tawil has written about Arab art in textbooks published by Oxford University Press and Edinburgh University Press.  

1980–1989

1980: STEVE WATERS
Former UHart soccer standout Steve Waters (ENHP) of Unionville, Conn., has retired after 36 years as the Farmington High School boys soccer coach. With a 557-89-51 career record and nine state titles, he is tied as the winningest boys soccer coach in Connecticut history. 
 

Barrett1981: BONNIE BARRETT
Music America Special Reports named Bonnie Barrett (Hartt) of Brooklyn, N.Y., director of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc., as a Top 30 Professional. The publication recognizes the most innovative and accomplished individuals in the music industry.  

Arend 1985: MARK AREND
Mark Arend (A&S) of Atlanta, Ga., has been editor in chief of Site Selection since 2001. The internationally-circulated magazine covers real estate and economic development. Prior to joining the editorial staff there in 1997, he worked for 10 years in New York City at Wall Street Computer Review, ABA Banking Journal and Global Investment Technology.  

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1990–1999

1993: TED MYLES
Scholar Rock Holding Corporation added Ted Myles (Barney) of Concord, Mass., to its board of directors. Since 2016, he has served as executive vice president and CFO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

1995: PHILIP BOYKIN
Three 2018 Grammy-nominated cast recordings involved UHart alumni. Philip Boykin (Hartt) of West Orange, N.J. performed in Once on this Island, Orin Wolf ’01 (Hartt) of New York, N.Y. was the executive producer of The Band's Visit and Christine Dwyer '07 (Hartt) was in the ensemble of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Webster
1996: WAYNE WEBSTER
Bay Path University announced that Wayne Webster (A&S) of Hartford, Conn., has been elected to its Board of Trustees. A banking and financial services executive with over 22 years of experience, Webster is vice president, commercial lending at Westfield Bank in Westfield, Mass.  

1999: CHARLES TEALE
Retired Hartford Fire Chief and certified educator Charles Teale, Sr. M (Barney) of Hartford, Conn., was one of eight speakers featured at a TEDx event in Hartford in December. Lee Simmons '06 (A&S) of Agawam, Mass., and Laura Dinan Haber '07 (Barney) of Kensington, Conn., co-organized and co-hosted the event. W

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2000–2009

2001: ORIN WOLF
Orin Wolf (Hartt)
See Philip Boykin '95 (Hartt)

2005: SHELDON RICHARDS
Sheldon Richards (Barney) of Hamden, Conn., recently started his own CPA firm. The business is called Reliable Tax Services and serves New York and Connecticut.

2006: LEE SIMMONS
Lee Simmons (A&S)
See Charles Teale Sr. '99 (Barney)

2006: MATT WARNER
Alumni music group Bronze Radio Return, in conjunction with their new EP release, Check One, was featured in an interview on blacksquirrelradio.com. The group includes Matt Warner (Hartt) of Glastonbury, Conn., Chris Henderson '07 (Hartt) of Northport, Maine, Rob Griffith '07 (Hartt) of West Hartford, Conn., and Bob Tanen '08 (CETA) of Harleysville, Pa.

2007: CHRISTINE DWYER
Christine Dwyer (Hartt)
See Philip Boykin '95 (Hartt)

2007: LAURA DINAN HABER
Laura Dinan Haber
See Charles Teale, Sr. '99 (Barney)

2007: CHRIS HENDERSON (HARTT) and ROB GRIFFITH (HARTT)
See Matt Warner '06 (Hartt)

Katzman2007: GREGG KATZMAN
Valiant Entertainment has named comics journalist and marketing professional Gregg Katzman (A&S) of Edgewater, N.J., to the position of marketing coordinator. He has almost a decade of experience in the press and retail side of the comic book industry and he will focus on growing the awareness of the Valiant brand while forging strategic relationships.

2008: BOB TANEN
Bob Tanen (CETA)
See Matt Warner '06 (HARTT)

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2010–2018

2011: BRANDON KORN
Brandon Korn A (Hillyer) of Haverstraw, N.Y., was nominated for a Grammy for producing on the Travis Scott Astroworld album. It is nominated in the Best Rap Album category. The album has reached double platinum status.

Mellas
2014: SARA MELLAS
Sara Mellas (Hartt)
of Oakland, Calif., won the national Kellogg's Holiday Baking Challenge with her "Frosted Flakes Pear Berry Tart." A self-made baker, Mellas splits her time as a choir conductor/music teacher and a professional recipe developer and food stylist for Yummly, a website and mobile app. Mellas is also an amateur body builder. 

2015: FRANCES JOHNSON
Frances Johnson M (A&S) of New Haven, Conn., was featured in an article and video published by the National Institute of Mental Health on their diversity training programs. Johnson completed a summer stint as a trainee in a neuroscience lab at NIMH before matriculating in a neuroscience doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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WEDDINGS

OlsenSophia Olsen Ponichtera M'16 (A&S) and Jason Bond Ponichtera of Farmington, Conn., were married October 20, 2018, in Stowe, Vt. Sophia is a marketing communications manager in the University's Office of and Marketing Communication.  

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HAWK HATCHLINGS

MacTaggart BabyJuliana Carillo MacTaggart '08 (Barney) and Andrew MacTaggart M'06 (Barney) of Southington, Conn., welcomed their first child, a boy, Mateo Parker MacTaggart, on December 27, 2018. Juliana was on the women's golf team at UHart and works for Prudential Retirement and Andrew works for Pratt & Whitney. 

Sowalsky
Jessica Fine Sowalsky A'05 (Hillyer), '07 (A&S)
and Adam Sowalsky of Bethesda, Md., welcomed their first child, a boy, Ari Michael Sowalsky, on October 30, 2018. Jessica is a learning systems and courseware manager at the University of Maryland. Adam is a principal investigator at the National Cancer Institute, NIH.