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Leadership Legacy Experience

2011 Leadership Legacy Students

The University of Connecticut is proud to present its 2011 Legacy Students. The selection process for the 2011 experience saw a significant increase in the number of nominations received. This is the beginning of Legacy’s 5th year and once again, every facet of the University was represented in the pool of candidates - from a variety of academic disciplines to the types of leadership experiences (on- and off-campus) that students had been a part of. These 15 students, individually and collectively, represent a rich diversity of leadership experiences, personal accomplishments, and academic excellence. Through their actions these Legacy Students have personified character, integrity, maturity, and the potential that lies within every University of Connecticut student.

Ethan Butler

Ethan Butler

Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Home: Southbury, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Mun Choi, Mechanical Engineering Department
Alumni Mentor: John Driscoll (‘81) Webster Financial Advisors

A member of the honors program, Ethan is pursuing a career in the field of Chemical Engineering. Ethan was instrumental in reviving the UConn chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens of third world countries by creating sustainable living projects. Serving as the Organization’s president, Ethan spearheaded two projects focusing on Ethiopia and Nicaragua, which have raised over $20,000 to benefit sustainable development in those countries. Ethan is a facilitator for the Office of Environmental Policy, a member of the UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Committee and was invited to oversee and advise the University of Connecticut’s Climate Action Plan (CAP).

Colin Carlson

Colin Carlson

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Home: Coventry, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Eric Schultz, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Alumni Mentor: Richard Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLP

Colin, hopes to pursue a public-service career as a scientist-attorney designing and implementing new environmental policies for the United States. Colin is involved in EcoHusky, EcoHouse Learning Community, Roots and Shoots and the UConn Wildlife Society and has recently traveled to South Africa to study plant ecology. He participated in the Sierra Club Student Coalition summer program and was awarded the prestigious Udall Scholarship for his leadership in environmental education and awareness.

Brenna Dunnack

Brenna Dunnack

Area of Study: Elementary Education
Home: North Windham, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Rebecca Eckert, Teacher Education
Alumni Mentor: Holly Hageman (‘05 Neag), Glastonbury Public Schools

An honors student from North Windham, Connecticut, Brenna is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology. Brenna played an integral role in facilitating the transition of first year students as a UConn Orientation Leader. In addition, Brenna has also served as the Program Coordinator for America Reads, Public Relations Director for the Connecticut Education Association and as a Career Resource Assistant for the Office of Career Services, which presents career development workshops to student organizations on campus.

Aseel Eid

Aseel Eid

Area of Study: Physiology & Neurobiology
Home: Coventry, RI
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Jonathan Moore, SAIT
Alumni Mentor: Kelly Hennigan (‘97 MS), ING Direct

For the past two years Aseel has been the Senior Program Coordinator for the Community Outreach Save our Surplus Food Recovery Program, a program responsible for collecting surplus food from UConn dining halls and donating them to area soup kitchens. In addition to her work with Community Outreach, Aseel works as a an Advanced Technician for Uconn Student Affairs Information Technology, volunteers for Windham Hospital and serves as a research volunteer for the Hospital for Special Care in Windham, Connecticut.

Kelly Flaherty

Kelly Flaherty

Area of Study: Healthcare Management
Home: Stratford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Diane Bordeleau, Student Activities
Alumni Mentor: Annette Lombardi (‘76), Department of Social Services

A Health Care Management major from Stratford, Connecticut, Kelly Flaherty studied abroad at the University College Dublin in Ireland in the fall of 2010. Kelly worked in the ambulatory surgery department at Yale New Haven Hospital in the summer of 2010 and is currently the lead student employee in the UConn Student Activities Business Office. In addition Kelly is a UConn Connects facilitator, has participated in an alternative break trip, is a member of the Health Care Management Society and participated in the UConn Marching Band.

Armando Jimenez

Armando Jimenez

Area of Study: Business Management, Entrepreneurship
Home: Hartford, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Leo Lachut, Student Support Services
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (‘83, ‘92 MBA), General Electric

Armando would like to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Hartford, Connecticut. Armando was a founding member of the UConn chapter of BROS (Brothers Reaching Our Society), a student organization whose mission is to "Develop men conscious of their community, committed to progress and uplifting their peers". In addition, Armando is a brother of Pi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, a Program Coordinator for the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, and a TravelersEDGE Scholar. Armando was also the founder of Sarum Groceries in Salisbury Connecticut, which donates all of its profits to charity.

Julia Leonard

Julia Leonard

Major: Special Education
Home: Groton, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Del Siegle, Educational Psychology
Alumni Mentor: Holly Hageman (‘05 Neag), Glastonbury Public Schools

Julia, a Babbidge Scholar, serves as the project director for the Special Olympics Soccer Invitational. In addition to her work with the Special Olympics, Julia is also involved with the Jumpstart afterschool program, works with Camp Horizons, and is a facilitator for UConn Connects. Julia is the Special Needs Coordinator for the town of Groton, for which she received the 2009 Recreation and Parks Youth Leadership Award.

Cindy Luo

Cindy Luo

Area of Study: Linguistics/Philosophy
Home: Madison, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Gina Barreca, English Department
Alumni Mentor: Jeff Ment (‘89), Rome McGuigan, P.C.

In addition to a double major in Linguistics/Philosophy and Classics/Ancient Mediterranean Cindy is pursuing a triple minor in English, Women’s Studies, and Mathematics. She is a peer mentor to incoming freshman through the student group Peer Allies in Honors Program and is a coordinator for the Honors Initiative for Prospective Students. Cindy is also involved with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Fencing Club, and the Debate Team. In addition, Cindy is also team captain for the university Mock Trial Team, works as a staff columnist for the Daily Campus, and sits on the newspaper’s Editorial Board.

Michael Mizrahi

Michael Mizrahi

Area of Study: Communication Sciences
Home: Brooklyn, NY
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Melissa Tafoya, Department of Communication Sciences
Alumni Mentor: Steve Wolfberg (‘81), Cronin and Company, LLC

Michael is studying Communication Sciences with a Business Minor in Entrepreneurship. In addition to working as a tour leader for UConn, Michael is thoroughly involved on campus. As the 2011 President of the Interfraternity Council, he works hard with a committed Executive Board to advocate, collaborate, and educate for the values-based organizations that make up UConn's fraternity community. He also serves as Technology Director for HuskyTHON, the largest student-run philanthropy in Connecticut that has raised over half a million dollars for Connecticut Children's Medical Center. He has a strong interest in leadership and technology and hopes to pursue (or create) a career path that will combine the two.

Nasreen Mustafa

Nasreen Mustafa

Area of Study: Allied Health Sciences
Home: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Cristina Conte, ACES
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College

Nasreen, a first generation college student, works in both the Asian American Cultural Center and in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students. She also serves as an Orientation Leader, a mentor in the Asiantation program and volunteers for the Kids and UConn Bridging Education program. Nasreen aspires to become an Advanced Practiced Nurse and wants to open clinics in Bangladesh serving children and individuals who are homeless.

Amanda Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan

Area of Study: Nursing
Home: Manchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Lynn Allchin, School of Nursing
Alumni Mentor: Jen Ryley Welsh (‘90), Mitchell College

With a goal of pursuing a Master’s in Nurse Midwifery, Amanda is actively involved in the local Medical Community, serving as a member of the Student Nurse's Association (SNA) and the Nurse Mentor Program, and as a coordinator of World AIDS week. Amanda also works as a Resident Assistant in North Campus, volunteers at the Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT and is a Peer Health Educator with the UConn Sexperts program.

Hoang Trinh

Hoang Trinh

Area of Study: Psychology
Home: Windsor, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Angela Rola, Asian American Cultural Center
Alumni Mentor: Rich Twilley (‘96, ‘04 Law), McCarter & English LLC

Hoang, hopes to be the first in his extended family to receive an advanced degree by attending medical school or graduate school for psychology. Hoang is currently Co-Coordinator and a Mentor in the Asiantation Mentoring Program (AMP) and helped plan the Asiantation Kickoff, which includes a Mentor retreat and AMP welcome banquet. He is a mentor for Kids & UConn Bridging Education (KUBE), is involved in the Husky Bhangra Dance Team, and was a past UConn Men's Project participant and Pan Asian Council member. Hoang also organized the first HuskyThon team for the Asian American Cultural Center this past year.

Leonela Villegas

Leonela Villegas

Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Home: Colchester, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Doug Cooper, Chemical Engineering/Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Alumni Mentor: Sean O’Connell (‘83, ‘92 MBA), General Electric

Leonella, earned membership into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor’s society for first-year students. She is a tutor for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classes, takes part in the Collegiate Health Service Corps’ Migrant Farm Workers program, and is an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers. She serves as a Child Life Volunteer at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and volunteers at the Windham Bilingual Program, the Fair Haven Free Clinic, and the Mansfield Senior Center in the hopes of becoming a pediatric doctor.

Elysse Yulo

Elysse Yulo

Major: Theater Studies/Dramaturgy
Home: Brookfield, CT
Faculty/Administrator Mentor: Dr. Adrienne Macki Braconi, Dramatic Arts
Alumni Mentor: Steve Rogers (‘73, ‘78 MBA), Subway Development Corp.

After graduating from UConn, Elysse plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy. She is working towards becoming a dramaturg or literary manager in theatre. Eventually, Elysse plans to start her own theatre company in New York or Connecticut. Elysse has developed this passion for theater through her experience with Manhattan Theater Source, Bated Breath Theatre Company in Hartford, and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Elysse also volunteers as a tutor, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and is a student supervisor with Residential Life’s Front Desk.


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