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Meet Your Admissions Team 


Our undergraduate admissions team is available to help you with your application, program insights, scheduling a visit, and financial aid. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday - Friday. We are here to help!

Rebecca Ciullo

Rebecca Ciullo

Enrollment Communications Officer

(203) 576-4409
rciullo@bridgeport.edu


I graduated from University of Bridgeport with my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing (2015) and MBA in Analytics Intelligence & Marketing (2017). I’m currently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership at UB as well. I’m passionate about my job because I love helping students achieve their goals and dreams. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, my dog, and traveling.

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Book: 1984 by George Orwell
Favorite Food: Chicken/Eggplant Parm
Best Part About My Job: Helping students achieve their goals and dreams
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I’m a huge dog lover!
Three Words to Describe Me: Funny, helpful, caring

Lupita

Lupita Barajas

Admissions Officer

(203) 576-4859
lbarajas@bridgeport.edu


I'm a 2021 SCSU graduate with a Bachelors in English and minors in Film Studies and Transdisciplinary Honors. I spent my senior year writing (and drawing) my Honors Thesis which was part comic, part analytical essay that discussed the intersections of privilege in the Mexican American experience. During my time in undergrad, I was very active in various student organizations and was also a Student Ambassador for my school's Undergraduate Admissions office. It was there where I developed an appreciation for higher education, especially for the enrollment process, and made me want to pursue a career in admissions. As a first-generation college student myself, I want to help prospective students and their families through the admissions process and help them succeed.

In my free time, I like to make comic strips, watch movies with friends, and spend time with family.

Favorite Color: Moss Green
Favorite Movie: Kiki's Delivery Service (although there's many on my list!)
Favorite Book: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Favorite Food: Enchiladas Verdes
Three Words to Describe Me: Ambitious, empathetic, honest

Abigail Hancock

Abigail Hancock

Admissions Officer

(203) 576-4932
abhancoc@bridgeport.edu


I graduated with my Bachelors from Merrimack College and then with my Masters from Central Connecticut State University. I was very involved as an undergraduate student and this lead me to a career in Higher Education. I am a First Generation college student so I knew from the beginning of my academic career that I wanted to work with college students so they have the best experience that they can. I love watching movies, being with friends and family and going to NYC to see a Broadway show.

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Movie: The Godfather
Favorite Book: Little Women
Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I collect DVD’s. I have over 250 in my collection!
Three Words to Describe Me: Happy, caring, dedicated

Sabrina Maldonado

Sabrina Maldonado

Admissions Officer

(203) 576-4886
samaldon@bridgeport.edu


My name is Sabrina Maldonado and I just recently completed my Master’s degree in Spring 2020 at Central CT State University. My field of study was Counseling with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. While in college I was a Student Leader and gained a passion for being a mentor and helping guide students in the right direction. I have always valued education, and find it so important for Higher Education professionals to be a support for students in reaching their academic goals. Lastly, in my free time I love to spend quality time with friends and family; I am a very family oriented person.

Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Movie: Titanic
Favorite Book: The After Series
Favorite Food: Baked Mac & Cheese
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, bubbly/extroverted, and open-minded

Maria Volonte

Maria Volonte

Admissions Officer

(203) 576-4945
mvolonte@bridgeport.edu


I am a 2020 graduate of WCSU with a major in Anthropology. I spent my senior year studying student dynamics in the classroom, focusing on how behavior changes based on a multitude of factors. During that time, I cultivated a passion for impacting student life and learned the value of being an active force on campus. Those experiences, tied in with my immigrant background, led me to seek out a spot on the UB admissions team. I am excited to connect with students and help them reach their goals! On my days off, I am most likely baking, rollerskating or listening to an endless amount of podcasts.

Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
Favorite Book: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Favorite Food: Steak & potatoes
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay so I speak two languages
Three Words to Describe Me: Independent, honest, innovative

Kevin Bruestle

Kevin Bruestle

International Admissions Officer

(203) 576-4828
kbruestl@bridgeport.edu


I graduated with a Bachelors from the University of California: San Diego and a Masters from Stanford University. I have been involved in education for a long time. I previously worked at an international education organization focusing on international high school students and was most recently a lecturer at a university in China. These experiences have made me passionate about working with international students and helping them to succeed. During my free time, I enjoy studying Chinese language and literature.

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: haven’t really seen any good movies in a long time
Favorite Book: a wide array of classical and modern Chinese literature
Favorite Food: Chinese food
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I speak Chinese and German.
Three Words to Describe Me: honest, understanding, detail-oriented

Dorothy Classen

Dorothy Classen

International Admissions Officer

(203) 576-4554
dclassen@bridgeport.edu


I graduated from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2012 with a BFA in Photography. In 2013, my art connections brought me to St. Thomas More School, a small boarding school in eastern CT where I started as a yearbook advisor and tutor among several other responsibilities. I found a new passion working with the international students at STM and was promoted to Director of International Students in 2017. I love to travel and learn about other cultures, customs and languages and I am SO excited to link all of my passions together here with the rest of my awesome New UB Admissions crew! 
In my free time, I teach (virtual) dance fitness classes: MixxedFit® and Zumba®! I like to read, but tend to watch a lot of movies. And I am close with my friends and family; we hike, love the beach or any body of water really, and just being together. ❤  

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Book: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi and also George RR Martin’s series “A Song of Ice and Fire”
Favorite Food: Almost any unhealthy carb… I will never say no especially to chips or fries!
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I am simultaneously a travel addict and “homebody.” I have been very fortunate with many travel opportunities across almost every continent, but find it extremely important to balance my travels with time at home in the company of my friends, family and cat!
Three Words to Describe Me: Friendly, caring, open

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