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University of St. Joseph Holds “Sky’s The Limit” Gala

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stjoes1 (2)The University of St. Joseph threw itself a little party Friday, a gala actually, at the Connecticut Convention Center.

And it didn’t matter that it was Friday the 13th.

Honorees for the black-tie evening included university professor Dorothy Bosch Keller, university professor emeritus Judith Perkins, university professor Shyamala Raman and Dr. Edison Liu, president and CEO of the anxiously awaited The Jackson Laboratory.

“This is a great honor for me,” said Dr. Liu, who is also an accomplished pianist and violinist.

stjoe9The new institute, located in Farmington, which will include genomic researchers and clinical providers, is slated for its grand opening in early October.

“It is going to be remarkable,” said Dr. Liu.

And as far as any cases of paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th, it seemed to be a case of spirituality over superstition.

sthoes2“St. Anthony will watch over us,” said Keller, noting Friday was also The Feast of St. Anthony, honoring Anthony of Padua, known as doctor of the church.

“Only a Catholic college would have enough faith to have its gala on Friday the 13th,” added Sullivan & LeShane’s Gene Sheehan.

Malta House Honors 2014 ‘Wonder Women’

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malta12 (2)When well-known Ct chef and restaurateur Ann Howard needed to borrow $20,000 for a business venture in the 80s, the male loan officer she was dealing with in Hartford said “sure, as long as you have a co-signer.”

Already well-established and successful in her business at the time, Howard was less-than-happy about the subtle discrimination but went on to prove how successful a woman can be.

On Tuesday, Howard, who with her family owns Apricots in Farmington, the Bond Ballroom in Hartford and her own catering business, and several others females were lauded for their courage, independence and success as Malta House handed out its annual “Wonder Women” awards.

“My advice to women who are looking to succeed, don’t protest against the gender inequities thatmalta22 exist,” said Howard. “Instead get out there and do what you want to do and show them all.”

Also recognized at the reception and ceremony at The Bushnell were Jill Adams, Eliana Cardeno, malta11Ranjana Chawla, Pamela Trotman Reid and Carol Stiff.

“I’m a wonder woman because of the supportive community around me,” said Trotman Reid, president of University of St. Joseph, which holds commencement exercises this weekend and includes its first graduating class from its School of Pharmacy.

“There were people who thought we couldn’t do it,” she said when the School of Pharmacy idea was launched.  “But we did.”

“I think every woman has a little wonder in her,” said Dawn Meyers, who was part of the crowd at the event benefiting the Malta House mobile medical clinic that provides primary health care to those in need. “I’d like to think we all have something special inside us, because we are woman, to make a positive difference in something, no matter how little it might seem. “