On September 22, 2013, twelve UConn 1970 and 1971 School of Social Work graduates gathered at the home of Lew and Jean Triestman in West Greenwich, Rhode Island for a Social Work Tea to reconnect and celebrate their friendship and share UConn memories. This was the 10th year of their informal reunions. Lew is the mastermind of the party and he cajoles and coaxes his former classmates to attend with some coming from as far away as Maryland and Washington, D.C. Jean organizes the logistics of the menu and welcomes all to their home. Spouses attend as well. Interestingly, three of the married couples attending were both UConn SSW graduates.
This year was extra special because Dean Salome Raheim attended the gathering. She updated the alumni about current happenings including the big news of the SSW’s move from West Hartford to Hartford. She listened to the individual stories of how UConn connected the group and helped them professionally and personally over the 42-43 years since graduation. Dean Raheim validated the importance of the school and how important it was to her. All the attendees send best wishes to other classes and encourage reconnecting with their UConn SSW classmates.
Mavis MSW ‘71 & Bob MSW ‘71 Connolly
Lew Triestman MSW ‘70