Knowing their shared love of cars, an optometrist friend loaned the couple his vintage Rolls for portraits.
Just months before Julie M. Jones ’20 MBA met Andrew Rose at an NAACP conference — he was president of Central Connecticut State’s chapter and she was VP of the chapter at Southern Connecticut — a friend had tried to introduce them at an event, but Jones couldn’t make it. Fortunately the two were seated at the same table at the conference and hit it off.
Nine years later, last August, they wed at the Farmington Polo Club. In addition to cars, they love UConn basketball, travel, and their English bulldog, Peanut Butter. For four years, Jones (now Rose) balanced UConn MBA studies with full-time work; she leads a corporate marketing team for Macy’s, Inc. Her husband is a health insurance industry consultant and a small business owner with his own production company and photography studio.
“Andrew and I over the last decade have worked very hard in our careers, pursuing our passions to create a great life for ourselves. UConn was a big part of that for me,” she says.
Road to Romance
Love is in the air! Since our Spring 2023 issue launches on Valentine's Day, enjoy more wedding day stories from UConn alums.
When it comes to themed weddings, Kate Stringfellow ’11 (CAHNR) and Matt Ziance hit a hole-in-one! Matt, a golf enthusiast who introduced Kate to the game, pulled off a Masters-themed wedding, complete with “caddie” ring bearers. Says Matt: “The ultimate highlight was having the voice of the Masters, Jim Nantz, send us a personalized video to play for our guests before our reception began.”
Three generations of Huskies totaling more than 60 alumni came to celebrate the wedding of Samantha Arnold ’15 (CLAS) and Thomas Andreoli ’13 (ENG), ’17 MBA at Arnold’s parents’ house in Simsbury, Connecticut, recently. The happy couple met as undergraduates and returned to UConn for their MBAs. They even named their dog Kemba. Arnold works for Shenkman Capital while Andreoli works for Sikorsky. Congrats!
Kim Iacovo ’14 (CLAS) and Collin Monahan ’13 (CLAS) tied the knot in August in front of a crowd that included 30 other UConn grads, including two who graduated as far back as 1978.
Garrett Connolly ’15 (CLAS), ’17 MA married Kaila Toce ’15 (CLAS), ’16 (NUR) in Hampton, Connecticut, in July, surrounded by family and friends, including UConn alumni. Connolly is a middle school teacher, while Toce is a pediatric nurse.
Ritchie Shane ’16 (BUS), ’22 MBA and his wife, Emily (Spriegel) Shane ’14 (CLAS), got married in December 2021 in Simsbury surrounded by many of their closest UConn friends. They met through the co-ed fraternity Phi Sigma Pi in Storrs. They still live in Connecticut and continue to root for the Huskies.