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’50s BARRY HERMAN, ’56, hosts the weekly PBS television program, “The Jewish Forum.” Herman is also the president of The Ethnic Heritage Center located on Southern’s campus.

JOHN MONGILLO, ’58, a science teacher at Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, R.I., led a class project: converting a 1998 gas-powered car into a plugin electric car. Mongillo lives in Saunderstown, R.I.

ARTHUR GUAGLIUMI, ’59, M.S. ’66, showcased his artwork in an exhibit held at Southern called “The Collage of language: The language of Collage.” Guagliumi won a top award at the Connecticut Artists Annual Show in Norwich and also was accepted into the Ridgefield Art Association Annual Show and the Connecticut Academy at the Mystic Art Association.

Reunion News • The Class of 1955 is celebrating its 55th reunion on Oct. 9, 2010 at Park Central Tavern in Hamden, Conn., from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. • The Class of 1960 is planning a 50th reunion celebration to be held this fall. In addition, members of the class will be honored at undergraduate commencement on May 27, 2011. • The Class of 2000 is celebrating its 10th reunion this fall. For more information or if you would like to organize a reunion for your class, please contact Alumni Relations at (203) 392-6500. participated in 60 competitions from Canada to Florida.

dent teachers at Central Connecticut State University.


JOHN DODIG, ’66, 6th Yr. ’78,

’64, who retired after 44 years in the public school system, is currently an educational consultant and supervisor of stu-

principal of Staples High School, hosted a Westport Sunrise Rotary’s breakfast meeting. Dodig spoke about

teaching at Al-Hikma University in Baghdad, Iraq, and traveling through Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Singapore, and Japan.

CHARLES R. MORRISSEY, M.S. ’68, 6th Yr. ’73, was fea-

tured in the North Haven Courier in recognition of his commitment to the U.S. Army through his service as a reservist since 1967. Morrissey was an educator for 46 years in New Haven, Conn.

’70s DAN LAURIA, ’70, a celebrated actor known widely for his role as the father in the television show, “The Wonder Years,” is starring in a new Broadway play, “Lombardi,” about the legendary football coach. The play will begin previews on September 23 and open on October 21 in the Circle in the Square.

FRANK CASARELLA, ’71, M.S. ’76, has retired from the position of ESPN’s vice president, technology planning and administration. Casarella started at ESPN as a tape librarian.

Touchdown! He’s worked with quarterback greats Mark Brunell, Tony Romo, Doug Flutie, and Eli Manning — and as the


New York Giants’ quarterbacks’ coach he helped guide the team to victory in Super Bowl XLII.


of the United Football League’s (UFL) Hartford Colonials, which will kick off its first season in September — a date

was a featured senior athlete in Hartford Magazine in an article entitled, “Forget about aging gracefully.” At 74, the Windsor resident still makes the news for his 37-year long distance running practice. Butterfield coaches cross country at Hall High School in West Hartford, Conn.

BRUCE RUDOLPH, ’63, M.S. ’72, 6th Yr. ’84, who taught in the Wallingford school system for 35 years, contributed a $250,000 memorial gift to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in memory of his wife, Katherine, who succumbed to ovarian cancer.

VALERIE RYAN, ’64, M.S. ’68, was the featured Person of the Week in the Source newspaper in Madison, Conn. Ryan’s love of ballroom dancing is evident by the 483 first-place awards she has received. Ryan, who took her first dance lesson at age 66, has 30 | Southern ALUMNI MAGAZINE

What’s currently on the agenda for Chris Palmer, ’72, M.S. ‘75? Serving as head coach and general manager

eagerly awaited by football fans throughout the Nutmeg State. The UFL premiered in 2009 with a goal of providing top-class football to an expanded marketplace. Five teams, including the Hartford Colonials, are slated to play during the 2010 season. Palmer describes the appointment as a sort of homecoming. “Connecticut has provided me with several firsts in my football career — my first opportunity to play at high school and in college, my first coaching position, and first head coaching job,” says Palmer, who was inducted into Southern’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Palmer played quarterback for the Owls from 1968 to 1971, while earning a degree in physical education. He has coached football for 38 years at the collegiate and professional levels, including 20-consecutive years in the National Football League. In addition to serving on the Giants’ coaching staff, he was head coach of the Cleveland Browns and held various coaching positions with the Houston Oilers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans.

Southern Alumni Magazine Summer 2010  

A magazine for alumni and friends of Southern Connecticut State University