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Winter 2016

Welcome to Legacy 10th In 2016, the Leadership Legacy Experience will be celebrating its 10th year as the University’s premiere student leadership development experience! It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown since we welcomed our first cohort in January, 2007. Yet, despite the passage of time, Legacy has remained true to its original intent by recognizing a select group of the University’s most outstanding leaders and preparing them for a life of leadership beyond UConn. Many of the components designed and crafted over ten years ago remain effective at helping students reflect on and solidify their experiences as student leaders, develop a deeper understanding of their abilities and responsibilities as members and leaders on campus and in society, form life-long connections and networking relationships with their peers and their mentors, and prepare them for life as individuals who lead through actions that are selfless, civically motivated, and socially responsible. To celebrate Legacy’s Tenth Year, there are several events currently being planned that will be held throughout the year – inviting all of our Alumni Legacy Students to reflect, reconnect, and relive some of the best parts of their Legacy Experience. The following are just some of the events we’re planning:

•‘Long-Distance’ Legacy BiWeeklies – recreating the regular evening gatherings where we explored such topics as failure, humility and passion – only with updated topics reflecting life topics relevant to recent alums. We’re hoping to utilize webinar technology for folks to sign up and check in. •White Water Rafting –You didn’t think we’d let an opportunity pass to go rafting again, did you? This Summer 2016 experience will invite everyone back to work as a team, ride the rapids, and maybe even go for a swim. We’re particularly interested in seeing Legacy 2007 since this annual favorite wasn’t added until 2008. •Legacy Book – a recent addition to Legacy, the Legacy Book has become an annual summer favorite featuring a topic of depth, relevance, and interest. Stay tuned for our announcement of the Legacy Book and how to get your free copy. •Legacy Speakers – join us once again as the Legacy Speaker Series hosts 2-3 leaders from a variety fields each semester! The Legacy Speaker Series has become a signature component of Legacy that the entire University community has enjoyed. •And More – stay tuned for more and please let us know how you would like to celebrate Legacy 10! Our future newsletters will have more information and ways of connecting. If you have ideas or updates, please let us know.

Fall 2015 Re Cap For those of us who have experienced it, we always say that the Fall BiWeeklies are when things get “real” in Legacy-land. The topics of the meetings (Change, Passion, Humility and Failure) are tough and emotional topics for many. The conversations rarely end in a ‘bow’ but instead provoke more questions and more thought. This past year with Legacy 2015 was no different: Earlier this semester, we approached the topic of change, and challenged the Legacy-ers to see beyond their 5 year plans into the impact that real-life, unplanned events can have on them. Many of the students struggled with the possibility that their lives, which have been so prescribed up until now, may be affected by things beyond their control. We hope that those of you who are 3, 5, 7 years out of college are starting to see how the unanticipated and unexpected can impact your lives. Another favorite is the passion puzzle, where we asked the students to think of an accomplishment that they’re particularly proud of and the obstacles and barriers they’ve had to deal with so far that may prevent them from achieving all they want in life (self-doubt, lack of support, fear, change). To demonstrate and test the level of commitment needed to persevere in spite of those barriers, we then asked them to assemble a 3D puzzle that we created. After almost 1.5 hours, the cohort was unable to finish the challenging puzzle. Towards the end of the semester, we discussed the topic of humility and its importance to leadership and character. We had a big discussion on what humility is and isn’t, and came

toagreement on humility being a perspective about life and our accomplishments (ie: we didn’t get where we are alone; we have had implicit and explicit help, assistance, and luck). We all left thinking about how to maintain humility in the job search/grad school process and in the 24-7 social media culture. Just as in past years, the fall is also the time for many Legacy Traditions like White-Water Rafting and Homecoming. This year, the rapids were a bit cold and rainy, but we only had 1 unintentional swimmer (faculty mentor, Glenn Mitoma, Director of the Dodd Research Center). Overall, a highly successful trip for all of the rafters we had in Legacy. Back in October, we also hosted the annual Homecoming Reunion. It was a bit cold, but we loved seeing our Legacy family (which grows every year), catching up on life, and reminiscing about some of our favorite legacy moments. This Fall semester has also been a great one for the Legacy Speaker Series, and in September, Legacy hosted Policy Expert and Author, Aaron David Miller on campus to talk about his book The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) another Great President as well as his policy work and experience with US/Middle East relations, past and present. In November, Legacy hosted the Environmental Defense Fund’s Chief Scientist, Steve Hamburg, for a discussion on the use of unconventional gas and oil, including its impact on the economy and environment and overall influence on the energy landscape of the future.

Legacy: Navigating Their Way LEGACY 2007 - Brendan (BJ) Bayers - BJ and his wife at UConn(!) in the Bursar’s Office as a Manager of Client welcomed their son - Tristan James Bayers into the world Support. She is also pursing her MBA at UConn. last May 26th, 2015. Congratulations!.....Jen (Elman) LEGACY 2011 - Ethan Butler - Ethan lives in London, Cushman - Jen was recently hired by UConn(!) as a member England and is attending Imperial College pursuing his of the faculty as a 4-H Extension Educator.....Charlayne doctorate......Armando Jimenez- Armando lives in Washington, McStay - Charlayne lives in New Haven, CT and is employed DC, where he works for Management Leadership for by Yale-New Haven Hospital as a Pediatric Resident Tomorrow (MLT) as their Partnerships Associate. Armando Physician (2nd year). She completed her MD degree is also coaching Girls AAU Basketball and high school at UConn School of Medicine in May 2013.....Samantha football......Hoang Trinh - Hoang is living in Springfield, Sherwood - Sam got engaged last MA where he works for CleanSlate October and will be getting married in Addiction Treatment Centers as a January 2017. Physician Assistant. He’s hopin to LEGACY 2008 - Bryan Banville - Bryan run the NYC Marathon in March! lives in San Diego, CA and is the LEGACY 2012 - David Andrew - David is President and Co-Founder of the currently living in New York considering Institute for Mastering Success and several options to pursue......Shervin is also actively involved in the theater Etemad - Shervin lives in Nashville, TN community in the San Diego area...... and is enrolled at Vanderbilt University Juan Carmona - Juan is employed as School of Medicine. Prior to that, an Account Exec at, is he spent a year at the Yale School married and has two children, Isabella of Medicine Dept. of OB/GYN and (2) and Efrain (1)......Linda Drozdowicz Reproductive Sciences, performing - Linda lives in NYC and works at research on infections during Mount Sinai Hospital where she is pregnancy.....Sagar Rana - Sagar lives a Resident Physician in Psychiatry. in Vallejo, CA where he is pursuing Linda also shared with us that she a double Master’s in Physician “got engaged to a man, and… didn’t Assistant Studies and Public even have to bribe him!”. Health.....Giovanna Torres - Giovanna LEGACY 2009 - Valen (Diaz) Grandelski works as an Account Executive for - Valen lives in Hamden, CT and AC&M Group Cultural Marketing in works at Yale University’s School Charlotte, NC......Meagan (O’Brien) of Nursing where she is a Project Tworek - Megan lives in Charlottesville, Manager for the Intergenerational VA where she was recently married Blood Pressure Study. Valen was and is a second grade teacher. married in 2013 and has two boys, Oliver LEGACY 2013 - Molly Rockett - Molly is (3) and Elias (15 months). Valen is also working for FairVote as a Democracy pursuing a Master of Public Health Fellow in their Communications degree at Southern Connecticut State Department and she is applying for University and will graduate in law school......Rachel Stewart - Rachel 2017......Chelsea Ambrozaitis - Chelsea lives in Williamsport, PA where she lives in Milford, CT where she works at works at Bucknell University as their the Greater Waterbury YMCA as their Interpersonal Violence Prevention Director of Member Engagement..... Coordinator. Brandon Luna - Brandon lives in LEGACY 2014 - Andrew (Panda) Kim Jacksonville, FL, where he words Panda is working at UConn(!) in the for The First Tee as their Senior Honors Program as their Programming Coordinator, Participant Opportunities. Assistant......Sean O’Briskie - Sean Last year, Brandon travelled to is living and student teaching in Peru where he hiked Machu Manchester, CT. Sean just returned Picchu!.....Leah McDermott - Leah lives from a study abroad experience in in Boston, MA and works at Boston Sam Sherwood:“For the past couple years I’ve England where he worked at the University as the Assistant Director of gotten really into the outdoors and particularly National Holocaust Centre Museum. Admissions.....Yoo Mi Thompson - Yoo Mi hiking. I bring my legacy compass on the hikes He also taught at Rushcliffe Secondary recently moved to Washington, DC too! It’s gotten tons of compliments from other School in Nottinghamshire and took people we meet along the way who love seeing and she works at Bully Pulpit Interactive it in a day when most hikers rely on cell phones classes at the University of Nottingham where she is a Senior Associate. .....Sarah Purtill - Sarah is living in and gps. #legacy10 LEGACY 2010 - Stephan Darden - Stephan Waterbury, CT where she works at the lives in Middletown, CT and current works at Liberty Mutual Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Center Insurance as a Commercial Underwriter.....Rafael Perez-Segura as a Program Coordinator. - Rafael lives in New Jersey where he works at KIPP New Jersey as a Learning Specialist......Nina Sacco - Nina works Have any news to share with us? Visit our website and update us!

Meet the 2016 Legacy Cohort Christian Allyn

Lauren Biernacki

Caitlin Briody

Area of Study: Horticulture/ Resource Economics Hometown: East Canaan, CT

Area of Study: Computer Science and Engineering Hometown: North Grosvenordale, CT

Area of Study: Political Science/Sociology Hometown: Storrs, CT

Maman Cooper

Ian Fignon

Karim Abdel Jalil

Area of Study: Communication/ Political Science Hometown: East Hartford, CT

Area of Study: Political Science Hometown: Woodbury, CT

Area of Study: Physiology and Neurobiology Hometown: Westbrook, CT

Alleya Jenkins

Sydney Lauro

Marinela Maxhari

Area of Study: Management Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

Area of Study: English Hometown: Upton, MA

Area of Study: Mathematics/ Secondary Education Hometown: Waterbury, CT

Myles Mocarski

Anurag Ojha

Marissa Piccolo

Area of Study: Violin Performance/Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Hometown: North Haven, CT

Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering Hometown: West Hartford, CT

Area of Study: Political Science/Economics Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Carolina Reyes

Ariana Scurti

Area of Study: Allied Health Hometown: Wallingford, CT

Area of Study: International Relations/Spanish Hometown: Easton, MA

Upcoming Legacy 10th Events: March: Social Happy Hour April: Stay tuned for the Legacy book Summer: White Water Rafting trip



October: Homecoming January 16, 2017: Legacy 10th Banquet *Check the Legacy 10th Anniversary tab on our website for more details!

Legacy Newsletter Winter 2016  
Legacy Newsletter Winter 2016