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.



CLAS Career Night: Careers in Media

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

UConn Alumni Center (Great Hall)
2384 Alumni Drive, Storrs, CT

The focus of this semester’s CLAS Career Night will be on careers in media, including digital media, print and traditional media, broadcasting, publishing, in-house and agency communications, and more.

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. | Student Check-In/Registration
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. | Student Networking Overview
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Student/Alumni Roundtable Networking
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Open Networking

Registration is now open and recommended:

Business casual attire is encouraged. If you require accommodations for this event please contact Kristen Soprano at the Center for Career Development ( by November 4, 2019.

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



And more to be announced…



  • Spring 2019: Research-Based Careers

    CLAS Career Night: Research-Based Careers
    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – 5:30-8:30 PMThe spring 2019 focus was on research-based careers, including research in lab, clinical, academic, field, and industry settings, as well as research administration.Featured AlumniPatrick Adams                 Oncogenomic Liaison at Genomic HealthBram Bergeron-Smith    Immunoassay Manufacturing Scientist at EnviroLogixCasey Camire                  Process Engineer at Henkel IndustriesChristopher 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 PMThe spring 2018 focus was on careers in data science, finance, and market research.Featured AlumniPaul Carrier                     Manager, Rates & Filings at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.Jungbin Hwang               Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at UConnJennifer MacDonald       Senior Associate, Contracts & Business Management at UTC Aerospace SystemsAngelo 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 PThe 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 AlumniPayam Andalib                Director of Quality Assurance at Safe Passage NeuromonitoringLindsay Bitonti                Underwriter III at CIRMAJoshua Davis                    Senior Trainer at Mystic AquariumChad 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 PMThe 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 AlumniEmily Abbate                   Freelance JournalistEarl Bloodworth              Project Manager at Warren Kimbro Reentry ProjectDawn Buonocore            Store Team Leader at TargetTony 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.