FSAS Annual Meeting - 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The Family Studies Alumni Society (FSAS) held its Annual Meeting and Dinner on June 5, 2008 at the UConn Alumni House on the Storrs campus. The evening began with a reception where guests met old friends and new, and enjoyed the opportunity to view the HDFS Honors students’ poster displays.
The meeting began with a warm welcome from HDFS Professor and Department Head Ronald Sabatelli, Ph.D, who then introduced FSAS President Jennifer Fairbanks ’00. Jennifer presented a report about the yearly activities of the Society. She honored the past president, Cathy Foley Geib ’92, and the Members who were stepping down from their positions; Beena Achhpal ’00, Gayle Carroll ’97, and Shirley Randazzo ’77, ’84. Jennifer then nominated Stephanie Rubenzahl ’04, Anne Cremé ’76, ’82, and Karen Grudzinski ’08 to the FSAS Board. FSAS Treasurer Gina Proia ’03, ’06, seconded this motion and a successful vote was held.
Following dinner, HDFS Professor JoAnn Robinson, Ph.D., presented the 2008 Human Development and Family Studies Outstanding Student Award to Colleen Deasy ’08, B.A. who was recognized for her many impressive efforts and outstanding achievements in human development and family studies.
The recipient of the 2008 Lorraine Wetherell Family Studies Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award was Keith Bellizzi ’03, Ph.D., who was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting to receive the award. In Keith’s absence, Professor Thomas O. Blank, Ph.D., gave an enthusiastic overview of Keith’s involvement and devotion to the study of cancer prevention, control, and survivorship. Until this summer, Keith was a Health Scientist in the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute where he conducted research and helped set the national agenda for cancer survivorship research. His research and publications focused on the quality of life of older cancer survivors; the role health behaviors play in attenuating late effects of cancer; resilience and growth in the aftermath of cancer; and caregiver and family issues. His work has received national and international recognition and has been featured in diverse media outlets. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is thrilled to welcome Keith and his family back to Connecticut and to our program this fall.Emeritus Faculty and Department Historian Irene Q. Brown, Ph.D., remembered alumni who passed away since the last annual meeting. It was a special conclusion to another successful Annual Meeting and Dinner.
Read more about Keith Bellizzi, PhD. '03 recipient of the 2008 Lorraine Wetherell Family Studies Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award.