UB Giving Day 2018 @ University of Bridgeport
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

Join us on March 28, 2018, and help us Paint the Day Purple for our 2nd Annual Giving Day Challenge. This year our goal is to reach 500 donors in 24 hours. Stay tuned on Giving Day for hourly challenges from UB Board of Trustees and alumni!

For more information, visit

• Make a gift on Wednesday, March 28
› Online at
› Mail a check payable to University of Bridgeport
› Call the Office of Annual Giving at 203.576.4542
• Get social and share your “Only UB” stories using hashtag #UBGivingDay!

Add your brushstroke and join the painting party!

Executive Speaker Series: “How to grow a small business in the world of big enterprise” @ Jacobson Lecture Hall, Room 104
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Ernest C. Trefz School of Business Executive Speaker Series

Stephanie Blackwell, Founder and President of Aurora Products, presents “How to grow a small business in the world of big enterprise.”  

5:30 – 6:00 pm Refreshments
6:00 – 7:00 pm Presentation
7:00 – 7:30 pm Q&A, Networking

This free event is open to all UB students, faculty, staff, and the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Eileen Zoppi at or 203-576-4384.

About Stephanie Blackwell

After raising a family of four children, Stephanie Blackwell decided in 1998 to follow the All-American dream of owning her own business. She saw a need for All Natural and Organic offerings of assorted nuts, dried fruits, granolas and trail mixes in gourmet and supermarket stores, and headed out to seek customers.

After hiring only 4 employees, and borrowing some money from her personal credit cards, Stephanie packaged her new product line within a small warehouse space in downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut. The first few years were a struggle mixed with passion and hard work. Family members and employees became friends and worked hand in hand.

Now, celebrating twenty years, Stephanie has built Aurora Natural into one of the leading All Natural and Organic food brands in America.  What once started as a business that packaged dried fruits and nuts using postal scales and tables draped with plastic covers, Aurora Products has grown to over 225 employees. A new 140,000 square foot facility has been built by Aurora in Orange, CT that is filled with state of the art roasting and packaging equipment.

The company strives to maintain high standards in food quality safety for all products and is one of the leaders in obtaining Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification.  Aurora is a family owned company with Stephanie at the helm joined by her son, Gregory, currently heading up the Safety Department.


Health Sciences Vendor Day @ John J. Cox Student Center
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Co-Sponsored by the Colleges of Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Join members of UB’s Graduate Health Sciences community and local healthcare professionals at Health Sciences Vendor Day!

Enjoy an informative day of professional development: connect with colleagues, alumni and students, visit with top vendors in our natural medicine professions and attend presentations on medically-relevant topics!

CE Credit and Attendee Details

This event is open to all UB Professional Health Sciences alumni as well as New England Area NDs, DCs and other healthcare professionals. (CE Credits Approved for CT ND’s and DC’s)

Click here to register!

Questions?  Contact Louise Napoli, ND at or 203-576-4298.


Event Schedule

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8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

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9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.


Russel Marz, ND

Presenting “Blue Zones:  Optimal Health & Longevity?”  (2 CEUs)


The “Blue Zones” are five specific locations where people routinely live into their nineties, and they have the most centenarians, per capita, in the world!  In this presentation, Dr. Marz will analyze the excellent health and longevity of those living in the Blue Zones, including their macro/micro/phytonutrient intake and lifestyles.

Dr. Marz has taught clinical nutrition at various medical schools as an associate professor for over 25 years. He is the author of a 600-page clinically oriented textbook in clinical nutrition, Medical Nutrition from Marz, 2nd edition. He earned a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1992.  Since 1990 he has been in private practice at the “Tabor Hill Clinic” in Portland, OR where he is medical director.  In 1985 he founded Omnivite Nutrition Inc., a company that formulates unique nutritional formulas. He is currently the patent owner of 8 formulations. Aside from his private practice, formulation designing and teaching, Dr. Marz has been a competitive triathlete for 27 years in over 300 triathlons and is a two-time winner of the Mt. Man competition in Great Falls, MT. Dr. Marz has a keen interest in nutrition and the environment and particularly in sustainable nutrition.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Chiropractic Presentation” title_align=”separator_align_left” align=”align_left”][vc_column_text]

9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.


Leonard Faye DC., FRCCSS (Can) Hon., FICC

Presenting: “The Reality of Practicing a Five Component Functional Model” (2 CEU’s)

leonardFor more than 45 years, Dr. Leonard John Faye has led the transformation from the static listing based phase of chiropractic development to the dynamic, functional paradigm.  The author of hundreds of published articles, chapters and the book Good Bye Back Pain! (Book Surge Publishing), Dr. Faye has organized technique chaos into a biomechanical model. In addition to his published writing, Dr. Faye has also presented more than 400 seminars all over the world and delivered lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1967.  Professional Recognition:

  • The Henri Gillet D.C. Award of Excellence given by the Belgian Chiropractors Association.
  • The first chiropractor ever to be appointed by the Canadian Track and Field Team for the 1984 Olympics.

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10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Joel Evans, MD

Presenting:  “Food Sensitivity and Increased Intestinal Permeability:  It’s More than a Gut Issue.”  (1 CEU)


joel evansDr. Evans will discuss the latest literature on the myriad of ways that food sensitivities are related to symptoms and systemic illness from reproductive issues to cancers.  The etiology of food sensitivities and the downstream effect of intestinal permeability will be discussed.

Joel M. Evans, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN and international lecturer, is the Director of The Center for Functional Medicine in Stamford, CT.  He is a member of the senior faculty of two of the most recognized and prestigious teaching institutions in integrative medicine:  The Institute for Functional Medicine and the Center for Mind/Body Medicine.  He continues to serve as the “external lead” of the IFM Advanced Practice Module in Hormone Health since its inception in 2011.  Dr. Evans was honored to speak at the United Nations on the topic of Prenatal Origins of Violence, and his book on the holistic approach to pregnancy, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, has received widespread critical acclaim.  Dr. Evans serves as a peer reviewer for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and Global Advances in Health and Medicine and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Holistic Primary Care.


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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Anthony J. Lisi, D.C.
Director, VHA Chiropractic Service
Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services (10P4R)

Presenting: “The biopsychosocial model and behavioral approaches in the comprehensive management of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Applying principles of cognitive behavioral therapy-chronic pain for the non-mental health provider” (1 CEU)

anthonyIn 2004, Anthony Lisi, D.C., West ’96, became the first chiropractor appointed to the medical staff of the Veterans Administration’s Connecticut Healthcare System, where he developed processes for integrating hospital-based clinical services and inter-professional clinical education.  Three years later, Dr. Lisi was named national director of chiropractic services for the Veterans Health Administration, a role in which he oversees all national programmatic issues for chiropractic services in the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S.  The American Chiropractic Association recently saluted Dr. Lisi’s distinguished career of service by presenting him with the “Chiropractor of the Year” award, the ACA’s highest honor, during special ceremonies at the annual House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C.  The VA began providing chiropractic care in 2004 with 26 clinics caring for 4,000 Veterans. Since then, it has grown to 79 clinics, offering care to more than 44,000 Veterans annually.

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12:30 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.

Enjoy a healthy lunch, and browse our Vendor Tables!

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02:00 p.m. – 03:40 p.m.


Amy Rothenberg, ND

Presenting: “Where the Wild Things Are:  The Treatment of Challenging and Difficult Children.”  (2 CEU’s)

amyThis lecture will enable the practitioner to understand the nuanced differences among common childhood psychological disorders.  A roadmap for successful naturopathic treatment, including therapies, parenting approaches and broader support measures for families of these children will be offered.

Dr. Amy Rothenberg, the AANP 2017 Physician of the Year, practices in Connecticut She spearheaded the effort to gain licensure for Naturopathic Physicians in the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Rothenberg blogs for the Huffington Post and enjoys writing and speaking on topics in natural medicine to colleagues, lay people, medical students and in industry. Her book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories From Natural Medicine, was published in 2010. Dr. Rothenberg and her husband Paul Herscu, ND, MPH, have taught 1000s of students and doctors classical homeopathy across the US & abroad through the New England School of Homeopathy, helping practitioners grasp both the broadest and most detailed understanding of homeopathy. She has raised three wonderful children and spends much of her non-working hours in her art studio, in the great outdoors & on the ballroom dance floor.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Chiropractic Presentation” title_align=”separator_align_left” align=”align_left”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1519842083206{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”]

02:00 p.m. – 03:40 p.m.


Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC

Presenting: “The Present State of Spine Care and the Role of the Primary Spine Practitioner:  An Evidence-Based Clinical Model for Applying High Value Primary Spine Care Services” (2 CEU’s)

donaldDr. Donald Murphy is the Clinical Director of the Rhode Island Spine Center. He is on the Clinical Faculty at Alpert Medical School of Brown University as well as lecturing frequently at several chiropractic colleges. He has received postgraduate training in neurology, rehabilitation and sports medicine as well as in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). He lectures throughout the world on various topics related to back painneck pain and headaches. He has published numerous articles in the scientific literature as well as the mainstream press in addition to a major textbook on neck problems.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Home on the Morning Train – Evening Performance @ Mertens Theater
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented by University of Bridgeport’s Music and Performing Arts Program and the UB Dramatic Society

Join us for a production of  Home on the Morning Train, by Kim Hines.

Two performance times:  Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 2:00 p.m.
$10; $5 students and senior citizens

Click here to learn more about UB’s 2017–2018 Performance Season!

Home on the Morning Train – Afternoon Performance @ Mertens Theater
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Presented by University of Bridgeport’s Music and Performing Arts Program and the UB Dramatic Society

Join us for a production of  Home on the Morning Train, by Kom Hines.

Two performance times:  Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 2:00 p.m.
$10; $5 students and senior citizens

Click here to learn more about UB’s 2017–2018 Performance Season!