Letter from the Dean: You’re Invited to the Neag Alumni Society Awards Dinner

Neag Alumni Society Celebration Dear Alumni and Friends of the Neag School of Education:

The Neag School of Education Alumni Society and the faculty of the Neag School of Education cordially invite you to attend our 15th Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the South Campus Ballroom (Rome Ballroom) on the Storrs campus. Click here for the UConn campus map.

This evening promises to be memorable as faculty and alumni gather to formally recognize the achievements of some of our outstanding graduates. It is our hope that you will be among those returning to the University for this event. Our award recipients are educators who have made significant contributions across all levels of education. We know that you will agree with our outstanding selection of alumni to honor:

The Outstanding Higher Education Professional is Dr. Patrice E. Farquharson, ’78 BS in education, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education/Child Studies at Post University and Executive Director of West Haven Child Development Center in West Haven, CT.

The Outstanding Kinesiology Professional is Dr. Karen S. Castagno, ‘80 MA adapted physical education, ‘91 Ph.D. in education, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Co-director of Ph.D. in Education Program at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI.

The Outstanding Physical Therapy Professional is Dr. Kathleen K. Kelley, ’88 BS in physical therapy, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University and former Director/Owner of Yoga Center in Plantsville, CT.

The Outstanding School Educator is June L. Cahill, ’92 BS in elementary education, ’94 MA in education, Instructional Coach at E.B. Kennelly School in Hartford, CT.

The Outstanding School Administrator is Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, ’00 MA bilingual bicultural education, ’04 Sixth Year Certificate in educational leadership, ’11 Ph.D. in educational leadership, Principal at Hanover Elementary School in Meriden, CT.

The Outstanding School Superintendent is Dr. Janet M. Robinson, ’06 Ph.D. in educational leadership, Superintendent of Newtown Public Schools in Newton, CT.

The Outstanding Young Professional is Phillip D. Bryant, ‘08 MA in educational technology/learning technology, Director of High Tech Classrooms at Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven, CT and President of the Hartford Hurricanes in Hartford, CT.

The Outstanding Professional is Dr. James D. Spina, ‘82 Ph.D. in educational leadership, Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Smith Business School in College Park, MD; past Consultant with The Spina Network in Annapolis, MD and past Director of Management and Succession Planning Development with the Tribune Company in Chicago, IL.

The Outstanding Alumni of the Year will be announced the night of the awards dinner.

Come and bring others with you to honor your colleagues and friends who are so influential in the field of education. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The entrees include a chicken or salmon choice. A vegetarian meal is also available. Attire is semi-formal. No-host bar. The cost of the dinner is $55.00 per person. To make reservations, go online at www.UConnAlumni.com/NeagAwardsRSVP or call (888) 822-5861 by Feb. 25, 2013. If you have questions, please contact Robyn Wilgis at (860-486-6044) or robyn.wilgis@uconn.edu.

We look forward to greeting you on March 9 for our celebration.


Thomas C. DeFranco

Dean, Neag School of Education