The Northeast Conference named Eric Blake ’02, head coach of the CCSU the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams, its 2018 Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 2018 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Former Central Connecticut women’s soccer standout Leah Blayney ’10 was appointed July 17 as the head coach of both the Young Matildas and Future Matildas youth programs of the Australian national women’s soccer federation. Blayney was a three-time All-Northeast Conference First Team selection and the 2009 NEC Player of the Year during her career with the Blue Devils from 2007-09.
Governor Ned Lamont named Dr. Miguel Cardona ’97 the state’s Commissioner of Education on July 18. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Dr. Cardona served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Meriden, a position he held since 2015, and was principal of Hanover Elementary School in Meriden from 2003 to 2013. In 2012, he was named Connecticut’s principal of the year.
Vidhi Dave ‘16 was crowned Mrs. India USA 2018-19 on Feb. 19 at the 37th annual Miss/Mrs./Teen India USA beauty and talent pageant. The pageant is a production of the India Festival Committee in New York. Dave went on to compete in the Mrs. India Worldwide competition on Sept. 7 in Mumbai and placed as a runner-up.
Dr. James DeLaura ’67, ’70 of the Technology & Engineering Education Department received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly at the annual National Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast on Oct. 4. The citation recognizes DeLaura for his contributions to the New Britain community “through leadership, dedication, and commitment to empowering the lives of so many individuals.”
Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, recently presented CCSU President Emeritus Dr. Richard L. Judd ’59 with its Dr. William C. Bagley Award for Leadership Excellence. The Bagley award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained effort in leadership excellence within Kappa Delta Pi and the education profession. Judd has been a member of KDP since 1973.
Newington Public Schools named special education teacher Stacey Michaud ’97 the district’s Teacher of the Year on Aug. 28. Michaud has been teaching Special Education in Newington for 26 years and currently teaches at John Paterson Elementary School.
The Hartford Public Schools named Narciso Moquete BS ’01, MS ’09, Teacher of the Year Award on May 23. He is a fourth-grade teacher at the S.A.N.D. School.
The NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee honored Scott Pioli ’88 in August as a Champion of Diversity and Inclusion. The designation recognizes individuals for their work in supporting ethnic minorities and other underrepresented populations in athletics.
Hartford Business Journal announced its annual 40 Under 40 list on Aug. 5. Among those named to the 2019 class was Ben Roberts ’07 of West Hartford. Roberts is the creative director of Ryan Marketing in West Hartford. HBJ’s 40 Under 40 list features 40 of the Hartford area’s top young professionals who are leading their respective organizations.
Bill Schackner ’81 was part of a reporting team at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in April 2019 for the paper’s breaking news coverage of the Oct. 27, 2018, mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Schackner was news editor of the Central Recorder.
Wolcott Elementary School teacher Jennifer Stanish ’03 was named West Hartford’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Stanish is a fifth-grade teacher.
Jamie Tobias ’15 debuted his first short film, “Triple R,” at Bow Tie Cinemas in Hartford on Oct. 10. The film tells the story of a man named Larry, who takes a new approach to repaying society after serving 20 years in prison.