UB to honor five at 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on September 17

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Shawn Sequeria ’03, ’10 is one of five distinguished alumni to be be honored on Sept. 17, 2015.

The University of Bridgeport will honor five Distinguished Alumni for their loyalty to the school and their accomplished contributions to their professional fields on Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Amelia Amon ’81, a leading innovator in eco- and industrial design
  • Award-winning film designer Roland Brooks ’78
  • Stephen Diaz ’95, ’98, a vice president at Covanta Energy
  • Shawn Sequiera ’03, ’10, captain of the Shelton, Connecticut, Police Department
  • Globally recognized teacher Naomi Volain ’83

The UB Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center’s Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. duPont III Tower Room. The evening also includes a formal presentation announcing the 2015-16 Alumni Association Scholarship Winner.

“Every year, the Distinguished Alumni Committee has a tough time deciding whom to award — which is a good thing! We have an amazing group of talent to choose from that represents a wide range of fields, professions, and successes. This year’s recipients embody everything from science innovation, cinematography, law enforcement, education, and business,” said UB Director of Alumni Relations Aimee Marcella.

For more about the 2015 Distinguished Alumni:

Amelia Amon is Founder and President of Alt-Technica, a design company specializing in renewable-energy solutions. A graduate of UB’s industrial design program, she developed the first solar-powered ice cream cart for Ben & Jerry’s and has since collaborated on solar-powered public lighting projects, science exhibits, and other eco-friendly installments.

Roland Brooks graduated cum laude from the University of Bridgeport cinema program with a minor in fine art. A designer for film and television, his credits include: Jumping Jack Flash, Carlito’s Way, Men in Black, Catch Me if You Can, Meet Joe Black, and Shutter Island. Mr. Brooks is currently the Change Scenic Artist for the Fox television show Gotham, for which he was nominated by the Art Director’s Guild for Excellence in TV Production Design/ Scenic Artist.

Stephen Diaz is the Vice President of Strategic Services at Covanta Energy and a visiting professor at Ernest C. Trefz School of Business at  the University of Bridgeport. A longtime supporter of the school, he frequently selects his students to intern at Covanta.

Shawn Sequiera was named Captain of the Shelton Police Department in April 2015. Sequeira, of Cape Verdean descent, is the first minority police supervisor in the Connecticut Valley. In his law enforcement career, he has played an active role in many high profile investigations; most notably, the shooting at Hartford Distributors warehouse in Manchester, the 2009 killing of a Yale Medical School doctoral student, and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Naomi Volain began teaching science 17 years ago after earning her master’s in biology from UB. She was recently selected as a top ten finalist for the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, awarded this year in Dubai. She teaches advanced placement environmental science, botany, ecology and biology at Springfield Central High School in Springfield, MA, and is a member of the NASA Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu

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