Kristin Rohrer ’19, D.H.Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition

D. H. Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition
Nutrition Institute

I had the pleasure of taking Dr. Grazia’s nutritional therapeutics course through UB’s online human nutrition program, and it was one of my favorite classes.  I really enjoyed his lectures and the information was very applicable to real life, so when I heard about the online D.H.Sc. program through UB, and that he was developing the curriculum, I jumped at the chance to apply.

 

Kristin Rohrer ’19, D.H.Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition

D. H. Sc. in Health Sciences, M.S. in Human Nutrition
Nutrition Institute

My name is Kristen Rohrer. M.Ed., M.S., and I currently work as an adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, a nutrition educator, and group aerobics instructor at Jazzercise Fitness Center in Glen Burnie, MD.  I just finished a clinical nutrition internship at a chiropractic office in Annapolis, MD, and recently fulfilled the requirements for CNS certification which will allow me to oversee the clinical nutrition program at Jazzercise Fitness Center.

I had the pleasure of taking Dr. Grazia’s nutritional therapeutics course through UB’s online human nutrition program, and it was one of my favorite classes.  I really enjoyed his lectures and the information was very applicable to real life, so when I heard about the online D.H.Sc. program through UB, and that he was developing the curriculum, I jumped at the chance to apply.

I am in my first semester of the program and I am loving it; the instructors are phenomenal; information is presented clearly and effectively, discussion boards are dynamic and engaging, and the pacing of the program is designed to fit the busy needs of a health professional, which is a perfect fit for me and my demanding schedule.

My estimated semester for graduation is May, 2019, and with this degree, I will be eligible to teach health and nutrition courses at the university level, anywhere!  After graduating from UB’s Graduate Program in Human Nutrition, I feel that UB graduates stand out because of the quality of education, the knowledge of the instructors, and the curriculum design, and the D.H.Sc. program is no exception!  With the tools this program provides, I feel that I can become a leading health professional in my field.

Karlie Spader ’16, B.S. in Psychology



Alumni

The University of Bridgeport has opened my eyes to new opportunities and exposed me to new experiences. I have learned to open and up allow myself to enjoy everything UB has to offer. We are a community of truly great and interesting people from all over the world and we are able to experience their cultures with them. I love UB because I am able to be myself. I can talk to almost anyone on campus without the fear of being judged.

Jose Cabrera ’15, B.A. in English

B.A. in English
School of Arts and Sciences
Alumni

“The English Department at UB is amazing. Each professor has their specialty and they know how to teach it.”

When I came to UB as a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. It was very troubling, especially because I had this urgency in myself to find out the answer to those questions as soon as possible.

The only thing I did know was that I wanted to do something that I loved. Fortunately, I went to UB. During my first semester I spoke to the staff at Career Services who really helped me see what I wanted to do and how I could get there. Also, since it was my first semester and I had not declared a major yet, I was taking various classes.

One class that was pivotal to the path that I decided to take was “Madness in Literature” with Professor Diane Krumrey. I enjoyed the class more than any of my others, and Professor Krumrey was there to help me with whatever was needed. We spoke about the English Major and, after looking up more information with the help of Career Services, I declared it my major. Afterwards, I took a creative writing class and saw that I was interested in that too, so I decided to do a dual concentration in Literature and Creative Writing.

I am very happy with my decisions. I like who I became. I came to UB a shy, nervous kid who didn’t know who I wanted to be, but graduated as a young adult who knew the answers to the questions my freshman self had and more. I was able in my undergraduate career to study in South Korea, take many language classes that I loved, like American Sign Language and Japanese, and get real-world experience by being the Editor of Groundswell, UB’s literary magazine.

The English Department at UB is amazing. Each professor has their specialty and they know how to teach it, so you are as interested in it as they are. I know that without all of them I would not have gotten as far as I did. They were all always there to talk to and help me out, and they helped me get to where I am today.

Natalie Saimeri, B.S. in Fashion Merchandising



Alumni

Struggling between being a fashion student, doing projects and reports every week, to being a full-time athlete was very hard to manage. But doing what you love makes it all happen.

My name is Natalie Saimeri and I was a Fashion Merchandising student here at University of Bridgeport while also on the gymnastics team. We have won 5 consecutive National Championships in the last 5 years. I have contributed to the last 4 National Championships, also being the team captain my senior year at the University. I’ve made some amazing friendships with students and professors here that I will forever be thankful for and will keep in touch always.

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.”

Kali Mason, B.A. in Literature and Civilization



Alumni

“It made the difference between going back to school or not, and I’m not sure what I would have done if it hadn’t been for that.”

Without the Bigelow, she wouldn’t have made it.

At least, that’s how Kali Mason tells the story. The 21-year-old, who graduates on May 5 with honors and a Bachelor of Art in Literature and Civilization, was about to start her sophomore year at UB when her father was laid off. Without his income, Mason would have to delay college, get a job, and figure out Plan B.

Desperate, she contacted the financial aid office. Because of her top marks (she had a 3.8 gpa at the time) Mason was invited to apply for a David and Eunice Bigelow Scholarship. Two weeks before the fall semester began in 2010, Mason got the good news: she had won the award.

“The Bigelow was significant. It made the difference between going back to school or not, and I’m not sure what I would have done if it hadn’t been for that. I was afraid I’d never finish college at all,” says Mason, who returned to campus with an intensity to learn and experience as much as possible.

Classes with history professor Thomas Juliusburger (enlivened by his personal accounts of England and studies at Oxford) and philosophy classes with Timothy Eves made Mason hungry to learn more about the subjects and to travel to Europe. During her junior spring, she was accepted to a program in Paros, Greece, where she spent the semester studying philosophy, art history, and ancient history.

Mason’s passion for learning helped her maintain superlative grades as she balanced school with work-study jobs; she won other scholarships to help pay for college. This year, Mason also interned at the Museum of the City of New York, where she helped host and plan lectures, walking tours of Manhattan, and exhibition openings.

“There was one night where they had a chair on view from the 1930s. It was on loan from the Met [Metropolitan Museum of Art], and they didn’t want anything to happen to it, so they asked me to watch the gallery. I had to babysit the chair,” says Mason.

Mason will see a lot more art in the not-so-distant future: she was accepted to a master’s degree program in museum studies in Florence, Italy, that starts in the fall. And she ultimately hopes to learn how to restore and preserve ancient documents and books or be a museum curator. “I’ve already found a program,” she says with characteristic enthusiasm. “It’s in Canada!”