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Thomas “Gib” Shea ’22, who created his own major, is preparing for a public service career managing responses to emergencies like COVID-19. A volunteer firefighter and EMT since high school, Gib Shea ’22 enrolled at HWS planning to design an individual major. Since he arrived on campus that idea has evolved into “Community and Environmental Resilience,” which incorporates

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain Kevin Cook ’90 was recently named the chief operating officer for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. In the position, he oversees the market operations of the $3.6 billion and more than 1,700 licensed beds health care organization serving Louisiana and Mississippi. Previously Cook worked as the chief

For Taylor Rugg ’17, a single class during her first-year at HWS has led to an ongoing, interdisciplinary investigation into how individuals experience the effects of war. The 2013 course, “Gender and Terror,” taught by then-Fisher Center Fellow Brianne Gallagher, peaked Rugg’s interest in the military and the effects of war. “From the first class,

When Hannah Connolly ’16 and Courtney Franceschi ’16 first met while they were high school students, they bonded over their mutual interest in medical school and the options offered by the partnership between HWS and SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Upon arriving at HWS, the two reconnected, becoming fast friends and roommates. Following

Ann Van De Water ’79 has released her debut novel, “Mommy Memoirs: A Hilarious and Heartwarming Look at the Trials and Triumphs of Being a Mom.” Described as a collection of short, read it and run stories, the book contains 83 anecdotes on Van De Water’s experience as a stay-at-home mom raising her three sons

Before starting her final year at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) in the fall, Amanda Ward ‘11 has set off on a journey to Sierra Leone and Kenya to work with the UNForgotten Fund (UNFF) and the Among the Least non-profit organization. At CIPA, Ward will pursue a degree in international development, with

Kelly Rush ’98 recently made a donation to the LGBT Studies Department, inspired by what he refers to as “a kind of ‘perfect storm’ motivating me to give,” including HWS community support of his philanthropic efforts for Boston AIDSWalk, attendance in 2012 at the first official meeting for the LGBT community at Reunion and a

Sal Lilienthal ’88 has joined the race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, hoping to unseat freshman U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District). “When I appeared before the Kent Republican Town Committee they asked me some very pointed questions,” he was quoted in a recent article in the Litchfield County Times. “They asked why I thought

Recently, Wireless Analytics, LLC, of which Erik Eames ’82 is founder and chief executive officer, was listed in Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the country and the 50th within the telecommunications sector. Wireless Analytics was ranked 2,147 on Inc. magazine’s seventh annual “Inc. 500|5000.” The list represents the most

J.P. Lavin ’95 and Chad Damiani will write a new script and serve as supervising producers for a retelling of “The Cisco Kid,” which will air on CBS. The drama will be produced by Salma Hayek and Lauren Shuler Donner. According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, “The new take is described as the