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Alumni Director, Other Appointments Announced
Kandyce M. Aust joined the university as director of alumni and parent relations on Aug. 1 after six years at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, where her most recent position was director of development and alumnae relations. Previously she was with the Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens, first as director of leisure education, and then as director of development and public relations. Aust received her B.A. in mass communication, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Massachusetts, and her master’s of education from Westfield State College.
On Aug. 8, Alumni House will welcome Grant Smith as a development officer with responsibility for gifts from $10,000 to $50,000. A theatre arts major with a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Smith began his development experience with the Charles Webb Company in Pittsfield, Mass., and New York, N.Y. He then joined Miss Hall’s School, also in Pittsfield, as special gifts officer and event coordinator before moving to The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., as senior Hotchkiss Fund officer.
Rachel Matzkin Kimmelblatt will become the development officer for the university’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies on Aug. 22. In her new appointment, she will spend half of her time working for the Greenberg Center and the other half for the university in general. Kimmelblatt began her development career at UJA-Federation of New York’s Wall Street Division as part of the Hillel of New York Collegiate Leadership Intern Program. After graduating magna cum laude from SUNY Albany with a B.A. in psychology, she was a counselor and academic advisor in the College Discovery Program at Queensborough Community College/CUNY, in Bayside, N.Y. Kimmelblatt then became a meeting coordinator at the Union for Reform Judaism in New York before returning to Queensborough in her current position as assistant director of development and alumni relations. Her husband, Craig, will be entering the University of Hartford’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program this fall.
Also joining the development office on Aug. 22 will be Amy Myerson as assistant director for grants and contracts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in classical studies, and holds a master’s in social psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology from Ohio State University in Columbus. Myerson has been involved in academic research since she received her degrees, most recently as project director/research analyst for the Health and Media Research Group at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Public Health. She has an extensive list of papers, book chapters, posters, and presentations to her credit.