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Jakobe Anderson, Sophomore

Academics: Leadership & Business Management/Communication

Aspiring film producer Jakobe (Kobe) Anderson had a plan from the start when he set foot on campus as a freshman last year. “I would try to make Dean’s List, connect with the media technology professor on campus to make myself known and get an internship.” Kobe met all of those goals. Through connections that he made with…

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Alicia McKeon ’20

Academics: Business Administration

When Alicia McKeon started at Mitchell College as a first year student, she didn’t imagine that as a senior she would make a proposal to a faculty committee to implement a new academic offering. The proposal – a course on financial literacy designed to shape how incoming classes of Mitchell students understand money – was the topic of her honors thesis…

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Willeen Pun ’17

Academics: Criminal Justice

In the time since Willeen Pun ’17 graduated from Mitchell College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, she has earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Haven and now works as a correction officer for the Connecticut Department of Correction, with the ultimate goal of working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation…
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Dorothy (Dot) Ames, ’21

Academics:  Psychology

Senior Dorothy (Dot) Ames is back at Mitchell College for a second time – with a mission. “I am going to change the world, one addict at a time.” Dot earned her associate’s degree from Mitchell in 1985, with the intention of continuing her schooling and ultimately working in recovery therapy. An Honors Program student studying psychology, Dot had two life-changing events happen in 2018 that pushed her on the fast-track of returning to school…

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Gabriella Orlando, Senior

Academics:  Communication/Graphic Design

Since she was a child, senior Gabriella Orlando has always loved art and puzzles and now sees the connection between the two. When she researched career opportunities in the art field, she realized graphic design was the perfect fit. “People say, ‘What do puzzles have to do with graphic design?’ I say it’s putting things together – combining my art and building skills to make something have meaning and look visually pretty.”

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Rhodejah Pettiford, Senior

Academics: Psychology

Everyone has been touched by the challenges brought on by COVID-19, but Mitchell College senior Rhodejah Pettiford uses them to make a difference in the lives of others every day. Rhodejah is spending the summer working at Beechwood, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in New London, where her main responsibility is to help out with family visits to patients during the pandemic.


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