Say “Kate Spade New York” to the fashion-savvy, and visions of sophisticated, chic designer womenswear and accessories come to mind. Some of those visions may be of designs by our very own Jessica Bourque BFA ’07, who has worked at Kate Spade New York as a textile designer since 2013. She designs prints for apparel, handbags, scarves, shoes, and other product categories, and her path to this job is as varied as some of her designs.
“This is a need and something I could have used from the very beginning.” That was the reaction from a person that does not have a hand when he saw a prototype of what has come to be known as the Hartford Hand. Five graduate students from the University’s Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) program have been so inspired by that statement that they’ve spent non-class hours working on the project that began in 2013 to make the world’s first prosthetic hand that can be fully customized to patients’ needs.
This past fall, Jonas Hampton '11 not only ran in the Eversource Hartford Marathon for the first time—competing in his first full marathon anywhere—he won it. The former Hawks’ track and cross-country standout beat his closest competition by two minutes in becoming the first Connecticut resident to win the Hartford men’s marathon in the 22-year history of the event.