Quinnipiac University faculty members and administrators will dance with student members of Quinnipiac’s Ballroom Society in the competition, “QU Dancing with the Stars,” at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 12, on Burt Kahn Court on the Mount Carmel Campus.
Based on the ABC television show, “Dancing with the Stars,” the event will feature faculty and staff and their student dance partners dressed in costumes and performing several dances, including the cha cha, rumba, tango, swing, fox trot and salsa. They will be judged by a panel that includes Mike Guthrie, Quinnipiac residence hall director; Karen Pfrommer, ballroom dance teacher and adjunct professor at Quinnipiac; and Alex Scott, ballroom dance teacher, coach and choreographer.
The faculty and staff who will participate are: Kathy Cooke, of New Haven, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences; Sean Duffy, of New Haven, associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences; Robin Guisti, of Wolcott, assistant professor in the School of Nursing; Louise Howe, of East Haven, director of marketing communications for admissions;William Jellison, of Hamden, associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences; Thomas Martin, of Northford, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Health Sciences; Gary Pandolfi, of West Simsbury, instructional technologist; Tara Rothman, of Cheshire, adjunct professor in the School of Business; and Joseph Woods, of Wallingford, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The student dancers include: Nick Barrios of Oakdale, N.Y.; Joann Cazorla, of Lincoln Park, N.J.; Alex Diaz, of Trumbull; Danielle Martin, of Worcester, Mass.; Sean McCarty, of Salem; Kuwabo Mubyana, of Hamden; Ethan Pandolfi, of West Simsbury; Jaclyn Plante, of North Scituate, R.I.; and Aidan Tatar, of Amherst, N.H.
The event is open to the public. General admission tickets cost $5. VIP tickets, which include a table near the competitors and dinner, are available for $20. Tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the event, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to Camp Sunshine, an organization that provides a camp for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,200 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.