Volodymyr Kebalo, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“The classes are like one big family to me.”

Where are you from?
Ukraine

What is your field of study?
Culture and Conflict Resolution

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy having the opportunity to communicate with international students. The GLDP classes are like one big family to me.

What has your classroom experience taught you?
My writing skills have greatly improved, thanks to the many research papers, while I have also had the opportunity to enhance my presentation skills.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to be working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country of Ukraine, and to ultimately pursue a career in politics.

Fun Facts:

Previous education
BA, International Law, Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, Ukraine

Previous work experience
Intromisiya, Legal intern, Ukraine

Current employment
Office System of Connecticut, Court Interpreter, Connecticut

Languages
Ukrainian, English, Russian, Croatian, German

Tasha Kitchen-Williams, IDEAL Program



Alumni

“At some point we have to take a stand and make a start.”

My First Class

My first class in the IDEAL program, First Year Seminar 102, was very rewarding.  Lecturer Ms. Tecun was very supportive and served as a role model. Dedication, patience, and good study habits served me well.

Take a Stand and Make a Start

Other peoples’ life stories showed me why we have to continue our education.  Often, we think we do not have the money or time to go to college. Often, we find out that others have it much harder and are going to college. At some point we have to take a stand and make a start.  What better place than the University of Bridgeport IDEAL program!

Balancing Work, Family, and Education

The flexible course schedule accommodates working people such as myself who have two full time careers and a family.  All of the courses have a small lecturer to student ratio and great opportunities for group interaction.  In addition, the lessons are well-organized and executed.

Supporting Success

My advisor, Ms. Katharina Zambon, and all the IDEAL academic advisors are caring, interested, devoted individuals who ensure that all of our class requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner.

I’m thankful. The University is bringing me one step closer to my degree dreams.

Stella Kim, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



“I feel that the most amazing aspect of the program is the cultural diversity of the student body.”

Why did you chose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose UB because I felt that it was offering me precisely what I was looking for in a global development program. I could see that UB was a place where I could learn both inside and outside the classroom from both professors and students. Also, I had the impression that UB was offering me a unique environment where I would be able to contribute my previous experiences and background.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I feel that the most amazing aspect of the program is the cultural diversity of the student body. There is a never a dull conversation when discussing life experiences and cultural differences with other students. It enhances the academic experience by adding an element of personal growth.

What are your favorite classroom experiences?
Some of the best classroom experiences I had included simulations of real-world situations that allowed students to apply their knowledge in a very concrete way.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I see myself working in the sphere of global development, either to reduce global poverty or working towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Fun Facts

Education before UB
BA, Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago

Experiences before UB
Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Womenswear Product Coordinator, Amsterdam
ABN AMRO Bank, Expatriate Transfer Coordinator, Amsterdam

Internship experience
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Youth Assembly at the UN Logistics & Planning Intern, Greenwich

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
African Community Development Network, Inc., Member of Board of Trustees
Graduate Assistantship
Sigma Iota Rho

Languages
English, Korean, French, Dutch

Quan Zhang, M.A. in Global Media and Communication Studies



Alumni

“My views of the world have expanded after entering this program, and I have learned so much regarding global issues.”

Why did you select UB’s Global Media and Communication Studies?
I want to be a journalist that reports on international issues, and UB offers a program that matches well with my career objectives.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
My views of the world have expanded after entering this program, and I have learned so much regarding global issues that I had not previously considered.

Tell us about your classroom experiences:
The academic environment at UB is very good, and the professors are skilled and knowledgeable.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?
I want to be a journalist, maybe for a non-government organization.

Fun Facts

Hometown: China

Education before UB
BA, Linguistics, Communication University of China, Beijing
Experiences before UB
I worked as a copywriter at a design company for a year after receiving my undergraduate degree.

Languages
Chinese, English

Patrico Larriva, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose this program because of my career objectives to one-day work for either the government or a NGO. I knew it would prepare me well for my future to help solve real world issues.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I truly enjoy the cultural diversity and the respect that I see between students of varied backgrounds. There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.

What have you learned from your classroom experiences?
I have experienced so much personal growth at many different levels thanks to the experiences that I have had in the classroom.

Do you have plans following graduation?
I see myself working for the government back in my home country of Ecuador, or perhaps working for an international organization.

Fun Facts

Home country: Ecuador

Education before UB
BA, Economics with minor in Business Management Administration, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut

Internship experience
Princess Sumaya University, Amman, Jordan

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Member of School Board, Ecuador
Model UN, Member of Delegation from University of Bridgeport, New York

Languages
Spanish, English

Lauren Alston, B.S. in Biology



Alumni

“With the support of my friends and professors, I went on to achieve more than I ever dreamed.”

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Unsure of what she wanted to do with her life, or where she would even succeed in college, Lauren Alston knew what she needed – a school that offered support and direction. She found both at the University of Bridgeport.

The University had everything Lauren needed to make the most of her college experience and build a successful future. Small student body. Low student-to-faculty ratio. Well-rounded academic offerings. And a world of extracurricular opportunities. She also found people, such a s biology professor Michael Autuori, who offered personal support and encouraged her to reach for more every day.

And she did. Lauren has found countless ways to shine and show the world what she has to offer. She is secretary of the UB chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. She is co-founder of the Science Kids Adventurers community service organization. And she recently accepted a position as a laboratory technician for Unilever. Lauren now has her sights set on graduate school.

Lauren learned many things at the University of Bridgeport, in and beyond the classroom. On of the most important lessons she learned was that if you surround yourself with people full of drive and determination – people who want you to succeed – you can achieve anything.

“Somewhere along the way I convinced myself that I wasn’t capable of continuing. But with the support of my friends and professors at the University of Bridgeport, I overcame that obstacle and went on to achieve more than I ever dreamed.”

Kingsley Udeh, M.S. in Technology Management



Alumni

“People think engineering is too difficult, and we want to build an understanding, especially among domestic students, that it’s not.”

Home country: Nigeria

When he was in high school in Nigeria, Kingsley Udeh dreamed of becoming a doctor. He wanted to help people, make a difference.

Then he went to college. “My intention was to study medicine,” he says. “But along the way, I just couldn’t keep up with the demands. It was my uncle who suggested computer science and engineering. He told me, ‘Why don’t you try it?’ When I realized I had an ability for it, I went into it. I changed plans.”

It was a far better fit. At 35, Udeh will receive his Master’s in Technology Management with a concentration in Project Management. He hopes to use his degree in IT, banking, or engineering.

In the meantime, Udeh has sought out opportunities to use his skills to help others. He developed a software system for the Bridgeport chapter of American Red Cross, for example, that allows the nonprofit to match volunteer opportunities with individuals, based on their skills, availability, and interests.

In March, Google and the Connecticut Small Business Development Center ran a day of workshops and instructional seminars at the University that showed business owners how to build websites so they could get their ventures online. Udeh was among the first to volunteer.

“We helped design and make a website for a woman who owns a boutique in New Haven,” says Udeh. “It was exciting.”

He also worked on developing a website geared to high school and college students that encourages them to test their math and engineering skills by tackling a series of challenges. “People think engineering is too difficult, and we want to build an understanding, especially among domestic students, that it’s not,” says Udeh. “This will be something where they’ll be able to log on to a web-based system and solve problems, and hopefully realize that engineering is not as complicated as they think.”