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Audrey Bowen ‘18: Hartford Art School

Audrey BowenAudrey, who is from Monson, Mass., infuses her art work with a distinct, edgy style (as you can see in these photos). As a visual communication design major, she worked hard to create a cohesive portfolio to present at Professionals Night during her senior show. Her efforts were rewarded with job offers from not one, but two design agencies! The advice she would offer to her freshman self is to stop stressing, because her hard work will pay off, and she'll never miss a deadline.

James Coleman ‘18: Barney School of Business

James Coleman

James is heading to San Francisco to work as a technical account manager at Microsoft, for whom he interned two years ago. He will be part of the company’s two-year on boarding program, Microsoft Academy for College Hires.

James, an entrepreneurial studies major with a minor in marketing, also had internships at Axians redtoo Inc. and L’Oreal. He is a Barney Student Ambassador, student shadow host for Admissions and an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. James was also one of the undergraduate winners of the Barney School Business Plan Competition for his “Car Fridge,” a space-saving and efficient car cooling system for beverages and perishable food. He is from Readington, N.J.


Jaime LeBron

Jaime, a criminal justice major, secured a position as a background investigator with CACI International, Inc., one of the largest background investigation firms in the world that supports national security missions. There he will be researching and reporting information for employment and security clearances.

While at UHart, Jaime had an internship with the U.S. Probation Office for Connecticut. Advice he’d give his freshman self? “Take advantage of the resources that this University offers. Career Services provides interviewing, cover letter, and resume tips and I would definitely go to the Resume Boot Camps. There I had Connecticut State Police and the Hartford Police professionals give me good advice on how to improve my resume.” Jaime is from Mount Vernon, N.Y.


Wesaam Lepak

Wesaam, a mechanical engineering major from West Hartford, Conn., will spend the summer interning at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He will work on structural dynamics of solid rocket motors. This will be Wesaam’s second NASA internship; just last summer he worked on a space shuttle system that, in the next two decades, may launch humans to the moon, asteroids, and Mars. 

In the fall, Wesaam will pursue a masters degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University, where he plans to focus his research on acoustics and vibration.

samantha nyser '18: college of engineering, technology, and architecture

Samantha Nyser

Samantha Nyser ’18, a civil engineering major from Bolton, Conn., can’t wait to immerse herself in the study of water. “It happens to be my favorite subject in a professional environment,” she says. Now, the civil engineering major can dive in full time as she takes on a roll as a staff engineer for Westfield, Mass.-based engineering and consulting firm Tighe and Bond. She’ll be working in a group that focuses on projects related to wastewater, storm water, and dams. (This photo of Samantha hugging a wind turbine in Germany's Black Forest during a study-abroad trip.)

Megan pare '18: college of education, nursing and health professions

Megan Pare

Megan has a respiratory therapy job lined up near her hometown of Lewiston, Maine. One of the top respiratory students in both classroom and clinical settings, Megan is graduating with honors. She became a trained instructor for the American Lung Association Open Airways Program for her honors project, learning how to teach elementary students about asthma. She applied her own research by planning and giving lessons in asthma management to fourth and fifth graders at the University of Hartford Magnet School.

aaron shea '18: college of arts and sciences

Ariana Lacerate

Aaron, a computer science major from North Haven. Conn., was recruited by a small startup in Silicon Valley called GeoMagical Labs, Inc., located in Mountain View, Calif. He will work as a software engineer, interfacing with computer vision technology. While at UHart, he received a $7,000 grant from Epic Games to develop video games, and he completed an internship as a computer programmer for Digital Surgeons of New Haven, Conn. If he could go back and say something to his “freshman self," it would be, “You really never can tell how much you and your life will change in just one year. Imagine what four years will do.”

alexandra saharek '18: barney school of business

Alexandra Saharek

Alexandra (Alex), a marketing major with an entrepreneurial studies minor from Wethersfield, Conn., will start a job in Cigna’s Marketing Leadership Development Program in August. She got the job offer last summer after finishing a marketing internship for the health insurance company.

“As a Division I student-athlete (I played softball all 4 years), member of the Barney Leadership Council, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Alpha Pi and Alpha Chi, I had an extremely well-rounded experience at the University of Hartford,” Alex says. “I am so thankful for all the opportunities throughout the past four years.”

Alex was this year’s recipient of the Barnard Flaxman Outstanding Senior Award from the Barney School of Business. She also received the Edward Weinswig Outstanding Female Senior Scholar by University of Hartford Athletics.