Rodriguez and Thom Named Outstanding Neag Alumni

Three Summers MA graduates Lauren Rodriguez and Melissa Thom have been named 2021 Outstanding Neag Alumni. Rodriguez, who is a principal at Southeast Elementary School in Mansfield, Connecticut, is the 2021 Outstanding School Administrator. Lauren received her MA in 2003 and Sixth Year in 2006. Thom, who is a library media specialist for Bristow Middle School in West Hartford, Connecticut, was named 2021 Outstanding Professional. Melissa received her MA in 2015. The pair will be honored at a virtual celebration on Saturday, March 13. Learn more about Lauren and Melissa and the virtual celebration at https://education.uconn.edu/2021/01/13/announcing-the-2021-neag-school-alumni-awards-honorees/

Master’s Graduates Feted Online

The University of Connecticut held its first ever virtual graduation on May 9, 2020 . Among the virtual graduates were 11 Master’s graduates and one Ph.D. graduate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development. Congratulations to Master’s graduates Robert Belden, Kirsten Hansen Bourke, Constance Drakeobrien, Andrea Massoud, Adrien Moshenberg, Christina (Maeve) O’Connor, Annette Pietro, Julie Power, Claire Scott, Lynn Schuster, and John Smith-Horn, and to Ph.D. graduate Susan Dulong Langley.

On Tuesday, May 26, faculty and staff from the Renzulli Center team gathered online with the 2019-2020 graduates of the Master’s program for a virtual congratulatory toast – in some cases, caps and gowns included! Graduates shared tales of life in quarantine and how they spent graduation day when they couldn’t be in Storrs – we missed being together in person but are proud to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments!

Screen capture of UConn Three Summers Webex post graduation party