Graduates Develop a Foundation for Success at UNH

by John A. Lahtinen
Communications and Public Affairs Writer/Editor

Rachel Putorti believes the key to her success at UNH was learning to prioritize and plan. Balancing her commitments as a member of the track and field team and a double major in criminal justice and accounting might seem like a daunting challenge, but it is one she took in stride.

“I learned valuable time management skills that will be beneficial in any area of work I go into,” said Putorti, who will attend Coastal Carolina University to pursue a master’s degree in accounting.

Rachel Putorti '13

Putorti, who was one of two Chargers recognized with a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete award, also found time to serve as a research assistant in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, intern at the Superior Courthouse in Derby and spend a summer studying in China.

“I feel confident and prepared for whatever lies ahead in life,” she said.

Alfred Garcia learned the same important lessons as an up-and-coming entrepreneur. In addition to a full-time course load, the graphic design major devoted 30 to 40 hours per week to running his clothing business, Garseeyuh, which he launched in 2011.

“I spent a lot of long nights catching up on work for my company or working on my projects for school,” he said. “Even though it was a challenge, it kept me on my toes and brought out the best in me.”

Garcia said his time at UNH helped him develop the skills to take his work to the next level.

“I looked at my earlier projects and compared them to my current ones, and I can’t believe how different they are from one another,” he said. “My understanding of design has grown tremendously throughout the years. My thought process has changed and improved. ‘Good design’ for me back then is not the same as what I think it is now.”

Vanessa Estime participated in the President’s Public Service Fellowship program, served as a mentor for the First-Year Success Center and studied in Spain. She recently created the “Before I Turn 100” wall, a public art installation that encouraged UNH students to reflect on their goals and aspirations. 

A legal studies major, she plans to work for a nonprofit organization before attending law school. “I'm looking forward to getting out into the real world, solving real problems and making a difference in my own backyard,” said Estime. “My favorite memories from my time at UNH are all the times spent with my close friends and mentors here. I hold these memories very closely, as they've helped mold and shape me into the person I am today.”

Mark Palmieri, a four-year member of the men’s basketball team, was also recognized with a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete award. Through a mentorship program developed by UNH’s management of sports industries department, he had the opportunity to interact with executives at the U.S. Open tennis tournament and the National Basketball Association. He also interned at Sikorsky.

“I believe that my diverse experiences as a student have positioned me for future success,” he said. 

Kate Moore, a founding member of the Graphic Design Arts Club, said the most fulfilling moment of her UNH career was helping to develop this year’s Senior Exhibition, “Not From Concentrate.”

“I don't think the art and design department has ever had a group of students so genuinely excited to take the show into their own hands,” said Moore, who will begin her career as a design associate with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. “At a time when we should have been enemies fighting for printer paper or wall space at the show, we became a family.”

Dominique Stasulli triple majored in forensic science, biology and biotechnology, with a minor in chemistry. She also was a standout on the cross country and track and field teams and a fitness coach at the Beckerman Recreation Center. Just in the last month, she completed two marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

“I was constantly trying to squeeze 25 hours in a 24-hour day,” said Stasulli, who will begin medical school this fall at Campbell University's School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. “I feel well prepared for the next steps I'm about to pursue.”

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