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.


12th Annual SASD Design Alumni Event @ Arnold Bernhard Center at UB
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Join us for the 12th Annual SASD Design Alumni Event – a full day of celebration recognizing our most accomplished alumni and congratulating our graduating seniors!  Hosted by Art Landi ’74 ID & UB Trustee and honoring 2018 SASD Professional Achievement Award Winner Patrick Nolan ’90 ID, President of DesignThink.

11:00am  Senior Design Exhibition in the Schelfhaudt Gallery
12:00pm Alumni Panel in Littlefield Recital Hall
12:45pm Senior Awards Ceremony in Littlefield Recital Hall
1:30pm   Alumni Award Reception in the duPont Tower Room
3:00pm  Arnold Bernhard Center tours are offered
4:00pm  Alumni Reception concludes

There is no fee to attend but kindly RSVP to by April 25 to Lindsey Christiani, Assistant Director for Alumni & Family Engagement, at 203-576-4151 or  You may also register online at

About Patrick Nolan ’90
President, DesignThink

Patrick has 30 years of global design experience in Industrial Design, is passionate about all things design where he is focused on creating meaningful experiences. “Meeting and working with new people is what I enjoy most day to day.”

Patrick has worked as a design leader at Black & Decker, Stanley Tools, and Newell Rubbermaid prior to founding DesignThink.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport in 1990.  He is focused on design leadership, exploring new processes and building successful teams.  Patrick is currently engaged at DesignThink where he and his team deliver global brand and product solutions across a prolific range of industries which include medical devices, juvenile products, construction & tools, office products, housewares, outdoor gear, and consumer electronics.

Patrick is named on over 60 utility and design patents and has been recognized on several Industrial Design Awards.  He brings his years of experience working on innovative, breakthrough products to help clients identify and translate user needs into relevant and meaningful design solutions.  He is focused on creating new user experiences through an integrated design process to ensure that the users’ needs, aesthetic strategies, and performance criteria are complemented in each project.

Outside of work, Patrick is a huge Corvette nut and is currently working on the restoration of a 1968 convertible that apparently has no real end date in sight but is fun to work on.  “I think having a long term project with an indefinite end offers a nice counter balance to being so deadline focused in my professional world.  Not sure my family shares that same philosophy with me though”.