Rakel Hinriksdottir, B.A. in Graphic Design



Alumni

“UB gave me just what I wanted—a chance to build a solid graphic design portfolio and play sports at the college level.”

Personally, I’ve had a great experience here at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design and I’m a little sad it’s over. UB gave me just what I wanted—a chance to build a solid graphic design portfolio and play sports at the college level. (I was captain of the soccer team and we qualified for the NCAA Championship tournament!) I’m ready to find my first job as a graphic designer.

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Pranaya Rana, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.”

Haiti Earthquake Recovery Internship

I was given the opportunity to participate as a volunteer Peacekeeper in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti during May-June, 2010 assisting the victims of the disastrous earthquake which devastated that country in January 2010. This opportunity was possible due to a special arrangement from the Nepalese Army Headquarters. I participated in the mission representing the Nepalese Army and it also served as an Internship for my Master’s program.

My Peacekeeping Experience

I was assigned to work with both the Nepalese contingents and also with other Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ. The major activities in the mission were as follows: Foot Patrolling, Vehicle Patrolling, VIP Escorting, Installation Security, Food and non-food items distribution, and IDP Camp security.

Apart from my duties within the boundaries of the Mission, I also conducted my own research about the post-earthquake scenario in Port-au-Prince by interviewing the Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ, by interviewing locals with the help of translators and some government officials. I also gathered information about the conflict in Haiti and the political instability.

I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Phoebe Patterson, B.S. in International Business



Alumni

“I like that UB is a small school where everyone knows everyone else. The campus is a very peaceful atmosphere, being right on the water.”

I like that UB is a small school where everyone knows everyone else. The campus is a very peaceful atmosphere, being right on the water. But peaceful doesn’t mean boring. There’s always something to do. I’m involved in the ASA [African Studies Alliance] and I sing in the choir. If every experience is what you make of it, then I’ve made quite a lot out of mine.

Hometown: Queens, NY

Meghan Gonik, M.S.Ac. in Acupuncture



Alumni

“Being in Shanghai gave me an appreciation of how much we can learn from immersion in another culture.”

At the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from very knowledgeable teachers with different backgrounds in TCM and from our clinics with their diverse patient populations. This past summer I was honored and delighted to be the first recipient of our study in China scholarship. This trip gave me the opportunity to visit Shanghai and see how TCM is practiced in modern China.

I stayed at a hotel only a few blocks from the Shanghai Traditional Medicine Hospital where I attended Acupuncture shifts. I was also near the metro, so in the evenings and on days off I got to explore the gardens, museum, temples, shopping, and food of Shanghai.

At the hospital, I worked with Dr. Yang, his resident, and interns from China and other countries. I got to see treatments for a variety of conditions, which I can now incorporate in to my strategies with patients here. I also had the opportunity to practice needle moxa, cupping, and free needling with direction from Dr. Yang. Being in Shanghai gave me an understanding of the language challenges facing international students and an appreciation of how much we can learn from immersion in another culture. Everyone at the hospital was very kind and generous.

I would like to thank the Acupuncture Institute for selecting me and having taught me so well, and I’d like to thank Dr. Yang, his resident, and interns for their kindness and help.

Megan Ey, B.S. in Mass Communications and B.S. in Martial Arts Studies



Alumni

“During the time that I’ve been at UB I’ve learned so much, not even just academically, but about myself.”

Looking for colleges was extremely important to my parents and myself when I was still in high school. Throughout my four years I was constantly looking at universities around the Northeast in search for a place I could call “home”, and after taking campus tours of UB five times, I fell in love. Looking at the faces of UB students around campus and touring with different Student Ambassadors left me starstruck and sure that I was going to go to the University of Bridgeport. Everyone I saw had a smile on their face and a warmth to them that I couldn’t explain until I was accepted and ready to go into my first year of college.

During the time that I’ve been at UB I’ve learned so much, not even just academically, but about myself. I have become an individual and my opinions do matter. In the Martial Arts Studies program I learned about Eastern Asia and how to cultivate myself both mentally and physically – a perfect balance of both – and I did better academically than I did when I was in high school. And even now, I know that adding the Mass Communications to my studies will make me a more well rounded person, while also making me a competitive candidate in the work force. But it wasn’t just academics that made me into the person I am today. Being a member of the Taekwondo Club and team, the Student Programming Board and Student Government Association has brought me to an entirely new level of understanding. The same could be said about the places I work on campus. I am now an Orientation Leader, Residential Assistant, and a Purple Knight Society Student Ambassador, all of which influenced me positively and made me love my university.

In short? I AM a Purple Knight.

Marion Sheppard, A.A. in General Studies



Alumni

“I’m proud to be part of the IDEAL program.”

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

I’m proud to be part of the IDEAL program. They have made it easy for me to work towards achieving my goals. The faculty are approachable and always willing to provide additional support when needed. The experience is great and I recommend it to all of my friends and colleagues.

I have been trying to continue my education for quite some time but it was the faculty of the IDEAL Program that took me step by step to help me get started. I am grateful. My supervisors at Ability Beyond Disability, as well as my family, have been a great support. My supervisor checks on me regarding my progress and she allows me to adjust my schedule as needed to succeed. My niece, LaTesha, has been and continues to be my cheerleader. I’m blessed to have all these people in my life.

Maria Donayre, B.S. in Dental Hygiene



Alumni

“Fones School will provide with you with an excellent education, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

I loved UB primarily because of the dental hygiene program! Once I went to visit the school and got a tour from a faculty in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene I was in love… it was just a plus when I was told that UB held students from all over the world.

The program was challenging, I am not going to lie, but at the same time it pushed me to be the best I can be. While in the program, I did my summer internship in Miami (my home) at the local dental hygiene program. I was able to network with hygienist that later became my mentors, friends, and a great support to my career.

While in the program I was fortunate enough to be an ambassador of the school. One of the best experiences in my life was working for the admissions office. I am very happy that I came to UB, I received amazing opportunities here. While taking my last research class I was able to get more opportunities in publication. Fones School will provide with you with an excellent education, I wouldn’t change it for the world. The professors are all amazing and they all work hard to help you obtain the most knowledge as possible. Our clinic, at Fones, has state of the art equipment and it prepares you in every way possible!

Katirya Lopez, B.S. in Human Services, B.S. in Psychology



Alumni

“With the flexible schedule, professional staff and classmates I am completing my education.”

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

I have been at my job for five years and that was when I realized I can finish school through the IDEAL Program.

It has been a blessing in my life to attend IDEAL. With the flexible schedule, professional staff and classmates I am completing my education. I have changed my view on education. I love it and it’s amazing how staff really makes you feel like a family.

A good friend told me about the IDEAL program. I met with Karen, the admissions counselor in Waterbury, and she was great getting me started with the IDEAL program.

The IDEAL program is a one time experience and opportunity for your life. This program can benefit you so much in your career.

Justin Hume, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“My experience helped to give me a first hand understanding of microcredit and loan distribution.”

Microfinance Internship in Africa

I had the opportunity to perform an internship at the Grounded and Holistic Approach to People’s Empowerment (GHAPE), a social model microfinance organization located in the North West Region of Cameroon.

There, I worked with the office staff performing the regular duties of a GHAPE credit officer. I wrote grants, created borrower profiles for the Kiva website, and was even involved in the day-to-day financial aspects of the organization (data entry, loan distribution, and borrower check-ups). In between our regular duties, during my stay, we secured three separate grants for increasing borrower education, for creating a new borrowing center, and even one more grant for establishing a third major office in Momo Division.

Gaining First-Hand Understanding

Together, these things served as a capstone experience to the University of Bridgeport’s masters program in Global Development and Peace, and not only helped to give me a first hand understanding of microcredit and loan distribution, but also helped me to become much more in tune with the challenges that many countries face in building a better tomorrow.

A Deeper Perspective

With these experiences in hand, I have since been able to the following:

  • Join the faculty of the College of Public and International Affairs
  • Write on the subject of microloan distribution from a more informed perspective
  • Become involved in the building of a new Non-Governmental Organization with the help of two other students from the Global Development and Peace program
  • Expand our activities beyond more academic pursuits and on in to helping people in the rural villages of East Africa