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At the company’s 30th anniversary, Casarella was one of 42 people honored with a walk of fame-style star on ESPN’s sidewalk for being with the company since its first year.

RUTH WHINNEM, M.L.S. ’72, has retired after 24 years as the children’s librarian at Plainville Public Library in Connecticut.

ENRICO BUCCILLI, ’73, M.S. ’78, principal of Dag Hammarskjold Middle School in Wallingford, Conn., was acknowledged in the RecordJournal. The school was recognized by the New England League of Middle Schools and the Connecticut Association of Schools for exemplary instructional practices.

MARYELLEN CONSIDINEWOOLLEY, ’74, M.S. ’81, 6th Yr. ’84, an art instructor for 30 years, recently exhibited her paintings at the Good News Café and Gallery in Woodbury, Conn.

SALLY KEATING, ’74, M.S. ’79, former assistant superintendent in Groton, Conn., has been named superintendent of schools in Lisbon, Conn.

AUDREY BLONDIN, ’75, formerly served 10 ten years on the Board of Selectmen in Litchfield, Conn., and plans to run for a fifth term on the Democratic State Central Committee. Blondin is an attorney in Litchfield, Conn.

MARY ELLEN VACCARI, ’76, M.S. ’80, was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame. Vaccari teaches health and physical education at Gilbert School in Winsted, Conn.

FILOMENA C. VAGUEIRO, ’76, M.P.H. ’97, has joined the staff at Bristol Hospital and is practicing at Central Connecticut Ob-Gyn Women’s Health Group. Vagueiro is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, the American Public Health Association, the National Association of Childbearing Center, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

DAVID B. ERWIN, M.S. ’78, has been named superintendent of Avon Schools in Connecticut. He has served as a school superintendent for 15 years, including 10 years in Montville, Conn. Erwin and his wife, Linda, ’79, live in Middlebury, Conn.

LUIGI NUZZOLILLO, ’78, is a recent recipient of the Gold Ring Award from the New Haven Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association. Nuzzolillo previously received the Community Service Award from the New Haven

Marchitto works at Washington School in West Haven, Conn.

TIMOTHY R. NEEDHAM, ’79, is the general manager of the Aqua Turf Club, a banquet facility in Plantsville, Conn.

placement English literature instructor at High School in the Community.

JOHN B. (JACK) ZIBLUK, ’83, M.S. ’84, has been promoted to full professor of journalism at Arkansas State University. He was also elected president of the faculty senate and the faculty association at the university.

’80s JEFFREY BLODGETT, M.S. ’80, is retiring from the position of vice president of research for the Connecticut Economic Resource Center after 13 years.

VANNA DEST, ’84, received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2805. Dest is an oncology nurse practitioner for

KIMBERLY GALLO, ’80, M.S. ’87, is the new principal of

Avon Public Free Library in Connecticut.

’90s STEPHEN CAPPIELLO,’90, a project manager at Travelers in Hartford, Conn., has acquired project management professional certification, as well as a master’s degree in health care administration. Cappiello and wife,

CAROLYN (STELLATTO) CAPPIELLO, ’91, live in Middletown, Conn. with their 2-year-old son, Tyler.

Owl Selected to Patriots’ Dream Team Former Owls’ football standout and SCSU Hall of Famer, Joe Andruzzi, has been named to the New England Patriots’ 2000s AllDecade Team. Andruzzi, a three-time Super Bowl-champion, was one of two guards included on the 27-member dream team by the Patriots’ Hall of Fame Nomination Committee, which includes reporters, alumni, and staff. A 10-year veteran of the National Football League, Andruzzi helped the New England Patriots to Super Bowl victories in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He also played with the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns. A powerhouse in his college days as well, Andruzzi played on Southern’s offensive line from 1993-96. He was named an AllAmerican as a junior and senior by the American Football Coaches Association. Today he is the chief executive officer of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting cancer.

Domestic Violence Services Organization and the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Award, and was named the Rotarian of the Year by the North Haven Rotary Club.

SHELLEY SHAVER, M.S. ’78, who teaches English at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif., has launched a website, http://dustbowlpoetry.wordpress.com. Fact-based and updated daily, the site depicts the story of a young farm family struggling during the Dust Bowl.

SUSAN MARCHITTO, ’79, has been named School Nurse of the Year by the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut.

Shepaug Valley High School in Washington, Conn. Gallo had served as assistant principal at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., since 2004.

CAROL J. STIFF, ’83, M.S. ’89, has been promoted to vice president of programming acquisition and scheduling for ESPN’s Programming Department in Bristol, Conn. Stiff has been with ESPN since 1990. She is a member of Southern’s Foundation Board of Directors

CAMEO THORNE, ’83, has received the New Haven Teacher of the Year Award. Thorne is a language arts instructor and advanced

Radiation Oncology Specialists of Southern Connecticut and the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn.

PASQUALE “PAT” PISCITELLI, ’84, has earned molecular biology certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathology and hopes to pursue a second career in the field of forensic science.

JOHN WHITFORD, ’84, a member of the Connecticut National Guard, received the silver eagle insignia of a full colonel, as reported in the Norwich Bulletin.

KAREN MCNULTY, M.L.S. ’87, has retired after 21 years as the children’s librarian at the

ANTONIETTA GIORDANO HALLET, ’91, recently graduated with a master’s degree in communication from Fairfield University.

PATRICIA LOTT, ’91, has opened a community clinic for acupuncture services in Towson, Md.

TRACY DAMONE VAN OSS, ’92, M.P.H. ’00, a clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, earned specialty certification in environmental modification from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was the first person in the state of Summer 2010 | 31

Southern Alumni Magazine Summer 2010  

A magazine for alumni and friends of Southern Connecticut State University