CLAS Career Night Series

A liberal arts and sciences degree prepares students with the tools they need to excel across a wide range of careers. Given the number of options available to you, it can be overwhelming to narrow down career choices. Attending CLAS Career Night will provide you exposure to career opportunities for CLAS students.

Each event in this series features a number of UConn CLAS alumni who were once in your shoes and have since led successful careers in a variety of industries. Attending CLAS Career Night will involve opportunities for you to engage with these alumni, learn in-depth about various occupations, and gain insight about how to best prepare for your future career.


The Fall 2021 CLAS Career Night will feature alumni in writing-based careers. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 9th at 5:30pm on Zoom! Be sure to check this page periodically for more details on the event and participating alumni.

  • Fall 2021: Writing-Based Careers

    CLAS Career Night: Writing-Based Careers

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm on Zoom

    Click Here to Register for CLAS Career Night: Writing-Based Careers

    Every day of your life, you spend time writing: Notes and assignments for class, composing and responding to emails, commenting on friends’ social media posts, or publishing your own. But have you ever thought about turning all of your writing experience into a career?
    Learn about writing-based careers at our next CLAS Career Night on Tuesday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. Come network with UConn CLAS alumni working in various writing-focused careers and ask questions about their career journeys!

    Featured Alumni

    Elizabeth Charash, ’18 History Project Manager at Brady
    Jennifer Cox, ’90 Political Science Attorney, Cox & Osowiecki
    Nandini D’Souza-Wolfe, ’97 English VP Global Storytelling & Editorial at Tory Burch
    Rebecca Hasko, ’13 Sociology Grant Writer at Economic Mobility Pathways
    Dr. Melissa-Sue John, ’08 ’10 Ph.D. Psychology CEO at Lauren Simone Publishing House
    Anne McAuley Lopez, ’96 Economics SEO Content Writer and Content Strategist at Agency Content Writer
    Paul Orzulak, ’89 History & Political Science Founding Partner at West Wing Writers
    Soniya Assudani Patel, ’19 Ph.D. Neuroscience Senior Medical Writer at Apothecom
    Curtis Wong, ’01 Journalism & English Senior Reporter at Huffington Post


  • Spring 2021: Public Health

    CLAS Career Night: Public Health
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

    Featured Alumni:

    Chi Anako Director of Community Health and Wellbeing at Trinity Health of New England
    Roberto Henry Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Jennifer Hoeg Senior Program Officer at Jhpiego
    Odia Kane Policy and Advocacy Fellow at the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
    Jessica Kolis Health Communications Specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Francesca Provenzano Section Chief at the Connecticut Department of Public Health
    Melissa Steidler Associate Director of Pharmacovigilance Operations at Entasis Therapeutics
    Orlando Wright Director of Partnerships and Innovation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
    Colby Zongol Communications Specialist at RI Department of Public Health
  • Fall 2020: Careers in Nonprofit and Service

    CLAS Career Night: Careers in Nonprofit and Service

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 5:30-7:00 PM on Zoom

    This semester’s CLAS Career Night focused on careers in nonprofit and service.

    Featured Alumni:

    Ben Shaiken Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy at CT Community Nonprofit Alliance
    Yahaira Escribano Partner Programs Coordinator at Foodshare
    Brianna McClure Volunteer Coordinator at Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA)
    Riley Hasson Associate Director of Talent, External Affairs at Great Oaks Charter Schools
    Brooke Hirsheimer Communications Specialist at World Wildlife Fund
    Aleena Santhosh Child Development Specialist at The Village for Children & Families
    Daisy Ouva Communications Advisor at AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC)
    Stephen Schirra Founder and CEO at Around the Worlds, Around the World
    Nicole Sancelemente Policy and Programs Associate at Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)
    Luke Anderson FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member, FoodCorps in Middletown Public Schools
    Dieter Tejada Executive Director at National Justice Impact Bar Association
    Bilal Tajildeen Manager of Membership and Culture at Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Spring 2020: Technology & Innovation

    CLAS Career Night: Technology & Innovation

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 5:30-8:30 PM

    This semester’s CLAS Career Night focused on careers in technology and innovation.

    Featured Alumni:

    Ashton Beason-Jones Scrum Master Sr. Advisor at Cigna
    Kelly Cosgrove Data Engineer at The Hartford
    Jean Crawford Sr. Data and Applied Scientist at Microsoft
    Sarah Crothers Early Career Leadership Development Program at The Hartford
    Chris DeBenedictis VP of Technology and Operations at Budderfly LLC
    Chris Mosquera Automation Engineer at All Covered
    Kalin Naidoo Database Developer at TEKsystems
    Ryan O’Connor Global Impact Technology Manager at Splunk
    Jonathan Patterson Technical Consultant at DXC Technology
    Francis Preli VP of Propulsion & Materials Technologies at Pratt & Whitney
    Stephen Slota Assistant Professor in Residence – Educational Technology at UConn
    Nicole Wagner CEO and Founder of Lambda Vision
    Julianne Winkel Information Security & Compliance Specialist at Webster Bank

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Fall 2019: Careers in Media

    CLAS Career Night: Careers in Media

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 5:30-8:30 PM

    This semester’s CLAS Career Night focused on careers in media, including digital media, print and traditional media, broadcasting, publishing, in-house and agency communications, and more.

    Featured Alumni:

    Michael Sivo Media Relations Assistant | Boston Red Sox
    Loretta Rivers Independent Film Producer/Director | Lojeri Productions
    Virge Kask Scientific Illustrator | UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Mike Enright Deputy Spokesperson, Editorial Associate | University of Connecticut
    Tia Mele Junior Literary Agent | Talcott Notch Literary
    John Silver Co-Founder | The UConn Daily
    Amanda Falcone Public Relations Director | Middlesex Health Network
    Mike Savino Reporter | WFSB TV
    Ali Oshinskie Development Coordinator | Yale School of Nursing
    Mark Dupuis Communications and Legislative Specialist | State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice
    Kathleen McWilliams Staff Writer | The Hartford Courant
    Sara-Beth Donovan President of Media Only | Mintz + Hoke

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Spring 2019: Research-Based Careers

    CLAS Career Night: Research-Based Careers

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 5:30-8:30 PM

    The spring 2019 focus was on research-based careers, including research in lab, clinical, academic, field, and industry settings, as well as research administration.

    Featured Alumni:

    Patrick Adams Oncogenomic Liaison at Genomic Health
    Bram Bergeron-Smith Immunoassay Manufacturing Scientist at EnviroLogix
    Casey Camire Process Engineer at Henkel Industries
    Christopher Chapman Research Chemist at King Industries
    Ron Ciak Automation/Project Engineer at ARBURG, Inc.
    Heather Clinton Research Assistant at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
    Lizzie Collin Research Lab Manager at University of Connecticut
    Lauren Long Bioinformatics Analyst II at The Jackson Laboratory
    Nastassja Ortega Associate Director of Laboratory Operations at Charles River Laboratories
    Kim Radda Director of Research Administration at The Institute of Community Research
    Collyn Seeger Scientist III at Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Bethany Silver Director of Assessment, Evaluation & Research at Bloomfield Public Schools
    Justin Smith Senior Associate Scientist, Pharmacogenomics at Pfizer
    Corbinian Wanner Research Associate at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
    Amanda Wedge Behavior Technician at Harc Inc.
    Dylan Young Artificial Intelligence Manager at Fidelity Investments

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Fall 2018: Government, Law, & Politics

    CLAS Career Night: Government, Law, & Politics

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 5:30-8:30 PM

    The fall 2018 event focused on careers in various areas of government, law, and politics, including members of law enforcement, lobbyists, lawyers, political officials, and even the Connecticut Supreme Court.

    Featured Alumni:

    Caitlin Briody Community Engagement Specialist at United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
    Mike Bzdyra Commissioner at Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
    Tony Camilliere Partner at Camilliere, Cloud & Kennedy
    Justin Cheney Officer at UConn Police Department
    Eric George President at Insurance Association of Connecticut
    Andy Glassman Member at Pullman & Comley
    Mary Glassman Manager at Capitol Region Education Council
    Peter Klensch Manager of Policy and Government Affairs at Citizens Against Government Waste
    Matt Necci Partner at Halloran Sage
    Richard Robinson Chief Justice at Connecticut Supreme Court
    Chelsea Turner Interim Vice President at Connecticut Lottery Corporation
    Bill Wilcox Chief Compliance Officer at Prudential Advisors
    Matthew Yorzinski Law School Graduate of Vermont Law School

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Spring 2018: Business & Analytics

    CLAS Career Night: Business & Analytics

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 6:00-8:00 PM

    The spring 2018 focus was on careers in data science, finance, and market research.

    Featured Alumni:

    Paul Carrier Manager, Rates & Filings at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.
    Jungbin Hwang Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at UConn
    Jennifer MacDonald Senior Associate, Contracts & Business Management at UTC Aerospace Systems
    Angelo Pruitt Financial Solutions Advisor at Merrill Lynch
    John Sponauer VP, Marketing Communications and Philanthropic Giving at Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
    Jack Tompkins Early Career Leadership Development Program (Product Track) at The Hartford
    Nigel Walker Investment Accounting Consultant at Mass Mutual
    Steve Wolfberg Chief Creative and Growth Officer at Cronin

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Fall 2017: Health, Science, Education, & Technology

    CLAS Career Night: Health, Science, Education, & Technology

    Tuesday, November 6, 2017 – 6:00-8:00 PM

    The fall 2017 event focused on careers in various STEM disciplines, including healthcare practice and sales, higher education administration and teaching, human resources, and insurance.

    Featured Alumni:

    Payam Andalib Director of Quality Assurance at Safe Passage Neuromonitoring
    Lindsay Bitonti Underwriter III at CIRMA
    Joshua Davis Senior Trainer at Mystic Aquarium
    Chad Fagan Government Relations Specialist at Macroscopic Solutions, LLC
    Jason Hancock Associate Professor/Experimental Physicist at UConn
    Victoria Hanulik Inside Sales Representative at Thor Specialties
    Mina Hernandez AVP – Life Sciences Practice Leader at Hanover Insurance Group
    Toby Levi VP and Business Unit Leader, Technology at Hanover Insurance Group
    Lynn Loveland Human Resources Manager at Tradebe
    Heather McHugh Talent Acquisition Specialist at Tradebe
    Marianne Muro University Relations Program Manager at Hanover Insurance Group
    LeeAnn Parker Placement Counselor at Carney, Sandoe, & Associates
    Christina Philips Technical Sales Specialist at Thor Specialties
    Fiona Porto Underwriting Administrative Supervisor at CIRMA
    Ashley Robles Field-Based Technical Chemist at Tradebe
    Matthew Rogalski OBGYN
    Amit Savkar Associate Professor in Residence/Director of Assessment and Teaching at UConn

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.

  • Spring 2017: Inaugural CLAS Career Night

    Inaugural CLAS Career Night

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 6:00-8:00 PM

    The inaugural CLAS Career Night in spring 2017 included alumni from communications and journalism, general business, social services and healthcare, law and government, and education.

    Featured Alumni:

    Emily Abbate Freelance Journalist
    Earl Bloodworth Project Manager at Warren Kimbro Reentry Project
    Dawn Buonocore Store Team Leader at Target
    Tony Camilliere Partner at Camilliere, Cloud & Kennedy
    Lilibeth Carrasquillo Care Coordinator at Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
    William Collins Business Manager at Cigna
    Chet Dalzell Senior Director of Comms and Industry Relations at Digital Advertising Alliance
    Judge Diana Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut
    Jess Dugan Vice President at Empire Wealth Strategies
    Amanda Falcone Director of Public Relations at Middlesex Hospital
    John Florio Financial Adviser at Northwestern Mutual
    Abby Jewett Regional Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs at AT&T
    Gary LeBeau Consultant at Synergistic Strategic Solutions, LLC
    Kim Manning CEO at Cronin
    Nasreen Mustafa Recruiter at American Eagle Financial Credit Unions
    Ty McNamee Doctoral Student at Teachers College of Columbia University
    Dennis Moynihan Jr. Middle School History Teacher at Hartford Public Schools
    Victoria Nimirowski Executive Director at Windham Area Interfaith Ministry
    Maddy Rahmy Alumni Relations Coordinator at The UConn Foundation
    Fareed Rasheed Business Sales Consultant at Cintas
    Suzanne Waterman Academic Advisor at UConn

    Note: All position titles and organizations listed here were at the time of this event.