Colin Capici





“I think that’s part of the reason I’m inspired by UB, anything can happen here.”

Major: Martial Arts Studies

If you told me back in high school that I would be student body president when I was in college, I would have laughed. But here I am, student body president. I think that’s part of the reason I’m inspired by UB, anything can happen here. I feel it all around campus. I’ve met students from all over. They might have different goals, but the excitement is the same. It’s something a lot of the students feel, that you can make this place your own.

I was completely surprised by the caliber of my fellow students – they’re all very bright and that pushes me to be better. It’s a welcoming atmosphere, like family.

Askar Morisseau





“It’s all about raising awareness, and educating people because those are the foundational steps to changing the world one step at a time.”

Major: Global Development and Peace
Field of Study
Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Why I chose UB Global Development and Peace Program
I chose the GLDP program because I knew it would be challenging. The internship requirement was the most appealing aspect. I love to travel and after learning about the program requirements, classes, and opportunities, I was convinced.

What I enjoy most about the program
I enjoy the small classes, discussions, and the diversity of the program. I have met people from all over the world. I have learned about other cultures, as well as development, and global issues. I am passionate about what I am studying and want to share this knowledge with others. It’s all about raising awareness, and educating people because those are the foundational steps to changing the world one step at a time.

On classroom experiences
The class sizes are small, which are great for discussions. I like the simulations that really bring the learning material to life.

Plans for after graduation
I see myself finding an international job in a related field, with the idea of possibly pursuing a doctorate in International Relations. I would also like to establish my own organization to help empower, educate, and motivate youth in high school to prepare for college.

Education before UB
BA, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Experiences before UB
DuBoff’s & Associates, Intern as legal assistant, Maryland
Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, Intern, Amherst
Upward Bound, Tutor/mentor

Internship experience
Princess Sumaya University, Amman, Jordan

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
Sigma Iota Rho

Languages
English, French, Creole

Andrea Malji





“The University of Bridgeport helped me realize my true calling.”

Major: International Political Economy Diplomacy (IPED)
State: Somerset, Kentucky

The University of Bridgeport helped me realize my true calling.

It was Andrea Malji’s dream to one day be a diplomat. After being accepted to schools in the U.S., England, Switzerland, and India, Andrea decided to take her dream to the University of Bridgeport, largely because of its global population of students.

Andrea also felt that the University’s International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED) program offered her many more options than she would have found in a typical international relations program elsewhere.

In the end, Andrea’s experience helped her discover a new passion for utilizing diplomacy to help solve human rights abuses, economic injustices, and social challenges. From taking classes at the United Nations, to meeting with ambassadors from all over the world, the international stage became her classroom. After obtaining her Ph.D., she plans to start a non-governmental organization to help females in India overcome discrimination.

Andrea’s experience included classes with unique angles on human rights, such as perspectives on Hiroshima and animal rights. Andrea also took advantage of an unparalleled opportunity to participate in classes at the United Nations, including one on the U.N. and non-governmental organizations.

“The University helped me realize what is important to me. My experience here brought into focus who I really am, how I view the world and, subsequently, what I can do to make it better.”

Alex Charmoz





“UB really equips you with all the tools you need to make wiser decisions— in school and in life.”

Major: Biology
State: Westport, CT

UB really equips you with all the tools you need to make wiser decisions— in school and in life. I’m forever grateful to the professors who helped guide me. They are always around; they love what they do, and they love helping students. One of the coolest parts of this program is the cadaver lab. What a great way to learn hands-on—and I mean hands on! Recently, I was accepted at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where in the Fall 2012 I will begin to study Medicine.

Alex Anin





“If it were not for the University of Bridgeport, I never would have had the opportunity to realize my dreams.”

Major: Industrial Design
State: Hamden, CT

Growing up in Russia, Alex Ananin was exposed more to military vehicles than fine automobiles. But after moving to the U.S. at age 12, Alex soon became enamored with automotive design and began sketching design ideas inspired, in part, by what he saw in magazines such as Popular Science.

Alex dreamed of becoming an automotive designer, but his hopes were dashed when he came across statistic that said there were more astronauts in the world than auto designers.

Nevertheless, after choosing to attend the University of Bridgeport and major in industrial design, Alex felt his dream taking shape once again. He credits instructor John Houlihan, who inspired and encouraged him on his path to success. The University has empowered Alex to make most of his talents. His design for a protective safety belt recently won the Nissan First Prize in the new York Auto Show Safety Competition.

Alex expanded his design experience and capabilities through an internship with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where he helped design the interiors of VIP helicopters. It was an opportunity made possible through the personal help of his University of Bridgeport instructors.

“If it were not for the University of Bridgeport, I never would have had the opportunity to realize my dreams. Choosing the right school was crucial for me. And having instructors who were truly interested in me and my success made all the difference.”

Brinet Rutherford





As UB grows, I see myself growing too, and I am really proud of the young woman that I am becoming.

Major: International Political Economy & Diplomacy (IPED) and Social Sciences
School: College of Public and International Affairs
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Class Year: 2016

I was only 16 years old when I began visiting colleges, and I had no idea where I was going. But I knew one thing – I needed to go with my “gut” feeling. I visited a few schools in Connecticut, and the University of Bridgeport was not actually on my list. However, I saw a billboard for the school while driving on the I-95 North with my mother, and she suggested that we visit it.

When I visited UB in the summer of 2011, I was extremely pleased with the small size of the campus, its beauty, and my tour guide Chris O’Neill did an amazing job making me feel right at home. I truly felt comfortable with UB’s atmosphere right away. The faculty was very pleasant, and I could just tell that their energy was genuine.

UB has opened many doors for me. I was privileged to have the honor of being taught by the school’s former president, Dr. Richard Rubenstein. I am also blessed to have a great advisor, Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei. My professors do a great job of informing me about many career or internship opportunities. Their support has really helped me to grow as a student. I understand that in this point in my life, it is important to seek challenges and explore opportunities that will help to enhance my background and experience. Professors like Dr. Hess and Dr. Wei have given me the support that I feel any undergraduate student can benefit from. They genuinely care and they do a great job at making themselves available.

Because of UB, I was able to land an internship at the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), which I believe was one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had. IICONN is a non-profit organization that helps refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into their community. IICONN brought all that I have learned in my Political Science classes at the University of Bridgeport to life. Globalization, diplomacy, and cultural diffusion are all real issues that I was able to actually witness at the institute. My dream career is to become an immigration lawyer, so working at IICONN was a blessing.

UB is helping to mold me into the young woman that I want to be. A woman who is charming, of integrity, has perseverance, and is cultivated. In the past two years, I have studied Chinese, I joined the Student Government Association, I became president of the Civil Rights Activist Club, and I became a Resident Assistant. As UB grows, I see myself growing too, and I am really proud of the young woman that I am becoming.