Alumni Notes: Winter 2019

  • Rebecca Aubrey (POLS MA ‘01), has been honored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as the 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. Rebecca teaches in the Ashford, CT, public school system and is also the lead instructor for the Ecuador Social Entrepreneur Corps summer source for UConn Education Abroad.
  • Derrik Kennedy (POLS ‘05, MPA ‘08) was appointed Town Manager of Mansfield, CT last May. He also sat on the president advisory search committee last year.
  • Dr. Jack Barry (PhD ‘15) recently had his article “Mexico wants internet access for all. Getting everyone online could reduce poverty, too” published in The Conversation.  It was then picked up by multiple newspapers around the country and translated into Spanish for broader further viewing. A public servant based research closed group, Apolitical, and Public Radio International also picked up the article.
  • Dr. Yazmin Garcia Trejo (PhD ‘15) has recently had two reports from her work at the U.S. Census Bureau posted. Read the reports here and here.  
  • Brett McGurk (POLS Honors ‘96), a leading US diplomat, who worked to hold together the American-led coalition fighting terrorist groups in Syria, announced his accelerated resignation with an email criticizing President Trump’s recent decision to pull troops out of Syria.
  • Dr. Rekha Datta (PhD ‘91) was appointed as Freed Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences at Monmouth University in New Jersey, where she is currently a professor.
  • Dr. Gregory Williams (PhD ‘15) recently received a book contract with SUNY Press.
  • Jeff Shaw (CLAS ‘04) is the Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, the state’s largest nonprofit advocacy organization, in Hartford, CT.
  • We are blessed with many alums who are currently working in media. They include: Kasey O’Brien (associate producer, NBC Nightly News), Jackie Wattles (CNN Money news reporter), Marina Cinami (project coordinator and digital marketing specialist, Society of Professional Journalists), Caitlin Emma (budget and appropriations editor, Politico), Chris Brodeur (content editor, online producer, Hartford Courant), Kate King (reporter, Wall Street Journal), Heather Murdock (award-winning Mideast correspondent , VOA, author of Everything is Possible in Yemen), Kala Kachmar (award-winning investigative and multimedia journalist, Asbury Park Press), Randy Serrano (Washington correspondent, Telemundo), Zach Singer (statistical analysis, ESPN), Jennifer Grogan McDermott (AP military and veterans affairs reporter), Eric Owles (assistant editor for tools and technology, NYT), Doug Hardy (entrepreneurial journalist, founder of CTNewsJunkie), and David Ushery (anchor, WNBC New York).