Spotlight

Returning Home
"As a UNH alumnus, I was drawn to come full circle, back to the University of New Hampshire for my doctoral degree." Born in England, Catherine Loiselle met and married an American serviceman, then emigrated to the United States where she planted strong roots living, working, and raising a family...
Learning is Play
Learning is all about play. With so much importance placed on testing and structured education methodology, we sometimes lose our sense of play but students learn best when the objective requirements of teaching are balanced with their individual learning paths. Coming from a long lineage of...
The Long Journey
Born in Brazil, Marcelo Castro has logged many miles, from education to career to travel. Although he started his career in the airline industry, Castro’s own health became the catalyst for a lifetime change of focus. A nagging asthma condition that shadowed his life with doctor visits and medical...
Triathlon
Angela Boswell knows what it means to train hard. A former Pearl iZUMi triathlon team member, she conquered the triad of athletics – swimming, running, biking - by overcoming her fear of water, teaching herself to power walk, and building endurance. Boswell became an ambassador for GOTribal, an...
The Dandelion
A New Hampshire native, Gina Apgar was raised in economically challenging circumstances but she has worked steadily to improve her destiny. Starting with her first babysitting class at age eleven, her education has culminated in a master’s degree in social work from UNH in 2021. “I’ve always wanted...
The Art of Juggling
Few people ever learn to juggle better than professional performers, but Bianca Pietro seems to manage it with ineffable ease. As a Special Educator, her days may be challenging, as a mother of two her arms are full, as a performer and Director of Youth Theatre Education she fields a thousand...
The Artful Science of Empathy
How do you seamlessly blend art with science? In the case of Eugenia Opuda, you become a health science librarian with an art history degree and a music background. The connecting thread is a love of research and teaching with the broad perspective gained by a cross-disciplinary study that forms a...
The Awakening
Earning a degree is a respected milestone but the educational value of life experience should never be understated. With a bachelor’s degree from Rivier College in 2000, Chloe Cataldo developed her skills during twenty years of employment before earning a Master’s in Educational Studies in 2020...
Data-Driven Decision Making with Health Data Science
How would you explain your discipline and/or research to those unfamiliar with the subject? I would describe Health Data Science as the intersection of computer programming, statistics, and healthcare domain experience. Data-driven decision-making is a key component of healthcare delivery and...
The Tap on the Shoulder
Completing a BSN in Nursing from Husson College through Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cathleen Colleran also earned a master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Mass-Dartmouth in 2000, and a DNP from Regis College in 2010. She remembers with great affection her undergraduate...
A Love of Learning
“I could go to school forever, there are so many things I want to know,” declares Clarissa Michalak, Clinical Assistant Professor with the Nursing Department at UNH. Clarissa’s lifelong passion for learning is evidenced by an impressive list of academic accomplishments. In 2007, she earned a...
A Journey of Discovery
Michael Robustelli knows from experience that the path of discovery is not a straight line. During a lucrative career as a commodities trader in NYC, Michael felt something was missing. “My dad tells me that at age seven I wanted to become a doctor,” he remarks with a smile. “I needed to get back...