Berlin Resident Chosen As UConn Senior Class Representative
By Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Dorothy Puzio has studied in France, interned
for U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, backpacked through Europe,
completed four years of work
in the University of Connecticut's Honors Program, and even
managed to become one of the few students to live in the South
Campus residence halls for all three
years since they opened.
So when she tells more than 1,500 other graduating seniors on May
19 to be willing to take a chance in their lives, she speaks from
Puzio, from BERLIN, is one of two UConn students selected as
senior class representatives for Commencement Exercises. Puzio
will deliver her message during
the University's 3 p.m. ceremonies, addressing students earning
degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Neag
School of Education, and the
College of Continuing Studies. Sarah Kiernan, a pre-physical
therapy major from NEWTOWN and the other senior class representative,
will deliver the morning
address, during ceremonies at 10 a.m. May 19.
"I really want to tell them (fellow seniors) not to be afraid of
change, to take a chance, to follow their heart," says Puzio, the
daughter of Lila and Stanislaw Puzio
of 126 Clock Shop Drive. "There's a quote from a song by Leeann
Womack I love, 'If you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope
you dance.' I'd like to tell
them that too."
Puzio will earn bachelor's degrees in both economics and French.
The daughter of Polish immigrants, she also speaks Polish fluently.
She has been accepted to
next fall's class at the University of Connecticut School of Law,
and hopes to become a hospital administrator and, eventually, a
"I love being on a college campus. It's exciting and always
changing," she says.
Puzio's current love, though, is in the health care field. Her
honors thesis laid out an incentive-based insurance proposal for
people who are genetically disposed
to certain diseases, such as breast cancer. The model would create
a system that would reward people for behaviors that could lessen
their chances of contracting
the disease and, consequently, decrease the risks taken by insurance
companies who agree to cover them.
Puzio, who has earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average every
semester since arriving at UConn, also will be honored with the
Outstanding Graduating Woman
Award, an annual award given to one woman from each of UConn's 12
Storrs-based schools and colleges. The award, co-sponsored by
the UConn Women's
Center and the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women,
will be presented during ceremonies in the Student Union Ballroom
from 4-6 p.m. on May 18.
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