Alumni and Student Achievements

M.A. Degree Recipients, 2014

 
 

Name

Program

Honors

Brent Squires Bette
B.A., 2007, Bates College

American Studies

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Christopher James Binnie
B.A., 2012, Trinity College

Public Policy

 

Richard Travis Bonfiglio
B.A., 2012, Trinity College

Public Policy

 

Jennifer Elizabeth Brasfield
B.A., 2011, Western New England University

American Studies

 

Michael Carone
B.A., 2010, Plymouth State University

Public Policy

 

Paul J. Ciesinski
B.A., 1984, P:rovidence College

History

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Robert Cotto, Jr.
A.B., 2003, Dartmouth College
M.Ed., 2004, Harvard University

American Studies

 

Katie S. Gagnon
B.A., 2006, University of Saint Joseph

American Studies

 

Lisa Ann Giancola|
.A., 1979, Wesleyan University
J.D., 1982, New York University

English

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Katie M. Giberson
B.A., Trinity College

American Studies

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Rommel Guadalupe
B.A. 2000, Swarthmore College

Public Policy

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Leigh Margaret Howard
B.A., 2012, Trinity College

American Studies

 

Kristen Ashley Karpuska
B.A., 2009, University of Connecticut

Public Policy

 

Christopher Legrand
B.A., 2001, University of Connecticut

History

 

Giuliani Lopez
B.S., 2011, Trinity College

Public Policy

 

Dominique Lozzi
A.B., 2012, Bowdoin College

Public Policy

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

John Michael Mason
B.A., 2012, Trinity College

American Studies

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Kennedy Elspeth Munro
B.A., 2011, Sweet Briar College

Public Policy

 

Victor K. N’Guessan
B.A., 1991, University of Abidjan
B.A., 1992, University of Abidjan

Economics

 

Mariette Camille Ogg
B.S., 2004, United States Coast Guard Academy
M.A., 2009, Saint Mary’s College of California

English

 

Michael Peluso
B.A., 2005, Dickinson College

English

 

Parvin Pooya
B.A., 1997, Islamic Azad University
M.A., 2000, University of Art

American Studies

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

John Kenneth Anthony Provencher
B.A., 2003, Fairfield University

History

 

Daniel Alexander Sterner
B.A., 1997, Wesleyan University
M.A., 1999, The University of Chicago

American Studies

Honors in Graduate Scholarship

Justin Turco
B.A., 2007, University of Vermont

American Studies

 

Cynthia Dianne Van Doren
B.A., 2010, Trinity College

American Studies

 



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Emily Leonard, MA Candidate in American Studies
“You’re never too old!” is a frequent exclamation from Emily Leonard.
“For what?” you might ask.
“Certainly not for graduate school!” is likely to be her reply. At the age of 85, Emily is surely the oldest graduate student in the history of Trinity College.

After her husband died in 1963, Emily needed to fashion a career in order to support herself and her then ten-year-old son. Having earned a B.A. in English from Hunter College in 1950, she completed an M.S. degree in communications at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966 and moved on to positions in communications and public relations.

After briefly managing the marketing program for Hartford National Bank, Emily moved to New York City in 1968 to work in public relations for the National Association for Retarded Children (now, the Association for Retarded Citizens). She then became vice president for program development at Keep America Beautiful.

Emily’s responsibilities increased markedly when she started at Philip Morris, Inc. (now, Altria), in 1978. There, she staffed the nominating committee for the firm’s board of directors and directed efforts to improve cooperation among the corporate affairs departments of the different companies within PM.

After retiring from Philip Morris in 1992, Emily tried her hand at writing historical fiction and ran her own business as an online bookseller until 2011. She began working toward her M.A. degree in American Studies at Trinity in the summer of 2012, and is currently completing requirements for the track, New England and the Nation: Historical Perspectives.

Given her long career in communications and her interest in history, Emily is not shy about expressing her well-considered opinions. Her interest in American history and in progressive Catholicism is strong, making her a fascinating conversation partner for her fellow students and faculty alike. Having compiled an excellent academic record, she is now searching for a suitable Ph.D. program in American history. If all goes well, she anticipates receiving her doctorate in 2022, when she will be 93. "You're never too old," indeed!

 
 
 
 Vivian Nabeta, MA 2011
“I wouldn’t be working without Trinity!” That’s how Vivian Nabeta describes the significance of earning a master’s degree in American Studies (2011) for her life and career. And Vivian has been working!
 
Having received a B.A. degree in theater studies at the University of Connecticut, Vivian has pursued a number of ventures at Hartford Stage, Mount Holyoke College, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. But it was not until she joined City of New Haven’s Department of Economic Development that she truly hit her stride.
 
Recently appointed in June 2012 as Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism for New Haven, Vivian has done much to revitalize the city economically and artistically. As the former Membership and Special Events Manager for the Amistad Center for Art and Culture at the Atheneum, she brought strong experience to her present position. Currently, she directs the nationally famous Project Storefronts—an initiative that brings fresh, innovative arts-related businesses to life in formerly vacant retail spaces in New Haven by encouraging artists and entrepreneurs to test the viability of art and creative-inspired businesses. Propelled by a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, Project Storefronts provides access to empty storefronts and offers participants a technical support network of business and creative professionals.
 
Another project is the Winchester Avenue Revitalization Project (WRAP) in which Vivian’s department hosts various arts and cultural activities aimed at youth, seniors and the general populace in coordination with neighborhood residents in that area of the city in order to engage the community in constructive ways. Activities include painting, sculpture, dance, music, outdoor movies and more.
 
Vivian credits her broad experience and study of American culture in various media and forms of expression at Trinity as the basis for her recent effectiveness. Her enthusiasm for being able to use cultural expression and the arts in order to improve the economic well-being of city residents is contagious. “Just imagine, I’m in the enviable position of bringing both cultural and economic benefits to the people of New Haven!”
 

 
Christopher Todd, MA 2010
Congratulations to Christopher Todd (MA, Public Policy, 2010)!! Chris has just won the 2014 Connecticut DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award. Since 2004, he has taught history at Windsor High School in Windsor, CT. You can read more about Chris and this award at http://cour.at/1acACNH.