History Alumni Profiles

History Alumni Profiles


Jeffery Benedict ’91

Jeffery R. Benedict graduated from Eastern in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. He received a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Northeastern and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.

Even while pursuing his law degree, Jeff was developing his career as a professional writer. In 1997, he wrote his first book, Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women while interning in the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit in Boston. By the time he earned his law degree, he had published three more books: Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL; Athletes and Acquaintance Rape; and Without Reservation: How a Controversial Indian Tribe Rose to Power and Built the World’s Largest Casino. By then he’d decided to be a writer instead of a prosecutor. (more)

David Bosso ’97

When David Bosso ’97, a social studies teacher at Berlin High School, was named Connecticut’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, he felt honored to be recognized for doing what he loves. His dedication to teaching has taken Bosso around the world, expanding his global understanding and increasing the impact that he has on his students.

“I enjoy working with my students, watching them grow, and knowing that I played a part in enhancing their understanding of the world around them.” Bosso has traveled to Ghana, China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Egypt and Israel, working with teachers and students to better understand the culture and educational system of each country. Through his travels and time in the classroom, Bosso has been able to build on his Eastern education. (more)

Kenneth Briggs ’02/’06MS/’10MS

Kenneth Briggs (’02/’06MS/’10MS) is constantly moving forward in his life and in his career. Since coming to work for Eastern in 2000, he has obtained a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University and has worked his way up in the Office of Financial Aid. He has grown to consider the people at Eastern a family. When he is busy in his new role as Associate Director of Financial Aid at Three Rivers Community College, Briggs will remain connected to his alma mater as the newest president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“I want this board to be legendary,” he says. With the energy and optimism that he puts into everything, there is little doubt that Briggs will accomplish much during his time as president. His vision begins with greater board participation and more members present at every alumni event. (more)