Rivier Today – Spring 2014
The magazine of Rivier University
Rivier Today Spring 2014 T H E M A G A Z I N E O F R I V I E R U N I V E R S I T Y A campus transformation The Gateway Projects come to life on the Rivier campus page 10 A common thread Rivier Universityâ€™s new Learning Commons to unite a variety of academic support services with one goal page 14 page 16 Recognizing the impact of transformational service at 79th Commencement ceremony Spring 201 In this issue 9 Rivier launches new Public Health degree in fall 2014 New degree will prepare graduates for public health challenges of the future 10 A campus transformation The Gateway Projects come to life on the Rivier campus 14 A common thread Rivier University's new Learning Commons to unite a variety of academic support services with one goal 16 Reaching higher and better Recognizing the impact of transformational service 19 Planning for the future 10 Page 14 Gift annuities make donating a win-win opportunity Page 21 Remember. Relive. Reunite. Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014 Make plans to return to campus for this fall weekend celebration taking place September 26â€“28, 2014. All alumni are invited to attend and special recognition will be given to Reunion Classes ending in 4's and 9's. Departments 3 Alumni Events 5 For the Record 20 Student Profile 21 Raider Roundup 24 Faculty Profile 26 Making News 28 Alumni Profile 30 Class Notes See page 3. From the President Rivier Today THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Dear Friends of Rivier, President I am pleased to share with you that our 2013-2104 academic year has been marked by both exciting accomplishments and new opportunities. Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM Vice President for University Advancement Karen Cooper ’03G As we conclude our yearlong celebration of our 80th anniversary, we have reflected on our proud history and heritage, as well as the legacy created by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. We were saddened by the loss of Sister Adrienne Beauregard, pm, at the age of 101. A devoted member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and a direct collaborator with Sister Madeleine of Jesus, Rivier’s founder, Sister Adrienne provided 63 years of dedicated service to Rivier and stands as a beacon of our motto ‘altiora et meliora,’ higher and better. Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events As we celebrate the life and service of Sister Adrienne and recognize that her faithful work contributed to the foundation upon which Rivier solidly rests today, we are proud to see the Rivier University Gateway Projects come to life on our campus. A series of transformational campus design enhancements, these projects began in the fall of 2013 with renovations to Resurrection Chapel and will continue with the creation of the Heritage Plaza and construction of granite gateways marking the entrances to campus on both ends of South Main Street. We are profoundly grateful to our donor investors who have made these projects a priority through their giving and recognize that the transformation of our campus begins with our dedicated alumni and friends. Michelle Marrone As we continue to fulfill components of our strategic and campus master plans, I am pleased to announce that the Rivier University Learning Commons will open for the fall semester. The Learning Commons will be housed in a recently purchased property located on Robinson Road, directly adjacent to the Rivier campus. The Commons will unite a variety of academic and student support services and provide learning spaces designed to accommodate the way University students study and learn today. Address Changes We recently celebrated our 79th Commencement ceremony and recognized the impact of transformational service on individuals and society. We were honored to present an honorary degree to Mr. James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Office of The New England Council, and devoted Rivier administrator Sister Cecile Gamache, pm. We welcome our newest graduates, the Class of 2014, into the Rivier University Alumni Association and are pleased to invite all alumni back to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend this fall. The weekend provides an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with classmates and for the University to recognize the important place our alumni hold within the Rivier community. Sincerely, Mary Bollinger Director of Marketing and Communications Patricia Garrity Graphic Designer Andrea Leary Writer Photographers Jodie Andruskevich Grant Klene Jeremy Earl Mayhew Jill Whiteneck Rivier Today is published by the Office of Marketing and Communications, Rivier University, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060. Update contact and employer information online at www.rivier.edu/alumniupdate. Contact University Advancement Phone: (603) 897-8665 Fax: (603) 891-1799 Email: email@example.com Mail: University Advancement 420 South Main Street Nashua, NH 03060 Staying in Touch Main Switchboard (603) 888-1311 Admissions (603) 897-8507 Financial Aid (603) 897-8510 Marketing and Communications (603) 897-8514 Regina Library (603) 897-8256 Registrar (603) 897-8231 facebook.com/RivierUniversityAlumni twitter.com/RivUniversity Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM President Visit us at www.rivier.edu SPRING 2014 1 A Lasting Legacy Sister Adrienne Beauregard, pm, leaves behind a lasting legacy for the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and Rivier University Rivier mourned the loss of a devoted member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and the University community with the passing of Sister Adrienne Beauregard, pm, on Saturday, May 3 in Manchester, N.H. at the age of 101. A direct collaborator with Sister Madeleine of Jesus, Rivier’s founder, Sister Adrienne provided 63 years of dedicated service to Rivier University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1943 and worked in positions of finance and administration—including providing wise financial counsel and oversight as Rivier’s treasurer for 43 years, a role in which she worked tirelessly to ensure the institution’s financial vitality. She has been recognized by Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President as a “master builder” for her decades of work that created the foundation on which Rivier strongly stands today. “Through her faithful service, Sister Adrienne stands as a beacon of Rivier’s motto, ‘altiora et meliora,’ higher and better,” says Sister Paula. In recognition of her dedicated service, Sister Adrienne received the Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award in 1985, the highest tribute the Alumni Association bestows on a Rivier graduate. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration at the 2004 Commencement ceremony where she was recognized for her sound financial stewardship, steadfast commitment to mission, and willingness to quietly perform many modest but essential tasks throughout the years. Sister Adrienne was presented with the Rivier University Inaugural Founder’s Medal during the celebration of her 100th birthday in August 2012 in recognition of her founding vision, her leadership, and her transformative heart and mind in service to the world (see photo above left). In honoring 2 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Sister Adrienne at the celebration, Sister Paula stated, “The legacy of Sister Madeleine of Jesus has been strengthened and supported through the life, the witness, the work, the service, the love, and the joy of Sister Adrienne. In celebrating Sister Adrienne, we celebrate all those who have transformed hearts and minds to serve the world.” Adrienne Hall, an administrative building on the Rivier University campus, was named in honor of Sister Adrienne in 1969. A tribute plaque displayed in the foyer recognizes that “her brilliance in the field of finance was matched only by her enduring commitment to the mission and the people of Rivier. She inspired us all.” In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rivier University in support of Resurrection Chapel and the Gateway Projects, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, N.H. Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014 September 26-28, 2014 Remember. Relive. Reunite. Rivier University invites you to celebrate your Reunion! Stay up to date on the latest Alumni Reunion Weekend news! All alumni are invited back to campus for this fall weekend celebration. Join us as we celebrate the anniversaries of Reunion Classes ending in 4’s and 9’s. Invitations will be mailed to Reunion Class alumni in June. Visit www.rivier.edu/reunion for the latest reunion news, including the full brochure and events schedule, list of Reunion Class representatives, attendees as they register, and more. Online registration opens June 15. Celebrating the Reunion Classes of: 1939 1944 1949 1954 1959 1964 1969 1974 1979 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 Schedule of Events FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 riday evening events will take place at the F Radisson Hotel in Nashua. ❖ Reunion Registration Radisson Hotel, 6-8 p.m ❖ Reunion Class Dinner Radisson Hotel, Cocktail Hour, 6 p.m., Dinner, 7 p.m.; Entertainment, 8-9:30 p.m. Celebrate your milestone reunion with your classmates at the Reunion Class Dinner. After dinner, enjoy a special musical performance for alumni by Rivier’s own Rev. Regina Shearer and then continue the fun with your classmates in the Shade Bar and Grill, located in the Hotel. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 All Saturday events will take place on the Rivier University campus. ❖R eunion Registration and Welcome Center Dion Center Lobby, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ❖ Breakfast Dion Center Reception Room, 9-10:30 a.m. Start off the day with breakfast in Rivier’s newly renovated Dining Center. ❖P resident’s State of the University Address Jointly with Family Weekend Sylvia Trottier Hall, 11 a.m.- Noon Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President will present the University’s strategic and campus master plans, highlighting the University’s programs of academic distinction, global engagement initiatives, and campus renovations, including the Rivier University Gateway Projects, a series of transformational campus design enhancements. Select from two luncheon events: ❖ Alumni Awards Luncheon Dion Center Reception Room, 12:30-2:30 p.m Join us for a formal luncheon as we induct the Class of 1964 into the Golden Society and present the 2014 Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Rivier alumna/alumnus by the Alumni Association. Special recognition will be given to Alumni Reunion Class Representatives. ❖R aider BBQ Jointly with Family Weekend Softball Field, Noon-2:30 p.m. Enjoy an outdoor BBQ lunch, novelties and music, and cheer on the men's soccer team as they take on Mount Ida College at noon. SPRING 2014 3 ❖ Student Leadership Reception Dion Center Board Room, 3-5 p.m. Calling all past student leaders! This reception is designed for alumni who held leadership roles during their time at Rivier. If you were a member of the Student Government Association, a peer mentor, an athletic team captain, or held any other leadership role, you are invited to celebrate the legacy of student leadership at the University. ❖ Campus Tours Departing from the Dion Center at 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a walking tour of campus as our student tour guides show you all of the new developments since your last visit. ❖ Reunion Class Photos Dion Center, Second Floor Lounge, 3-5 p.m. Gather with your classmates for a class photo—a special keepsake commemorating your anniversary. Check the time for your class photo at the Welcome Center. ❖ President’s Cocktail Reception Rivier House, 5-6:30 p.m. Join us for a cocktail reception prior to dinner at Rivier House, the residence of Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. We will recognize Rivier’s donor investors and will highlight the impact of alumni support, including reunion class giving, on the University. ❖ Dinner on the Patio Dion Center Patio, 6:30-8 p.m Enjoy a casual outdoor dinner on the Dion Center patio. The Rivier Raider mascot will be our special dinner guest. Pose for a photo with the Raider and show your Rivier pride! Visit the Rivier University Bookstore: ❖S aturday Evening Entertainment Jointly with Family Weekend Dion Center Reception Room, 8 p.m. Join together with alumni and friends and enjoy an evening of entertainment. ❖ Coffee and Conversation Dion Center, Second Floor Lounge, 9-11 p.m. Gather with your classmates for a cup of coffee and continue to reminisce about your Rivier days in a relaxed, comfortable setting. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Visit www.rivier.edu/reunion To join the conversation on Facebook And check out the full Raiders weekend athletic schedule! ❖ Reunion Mass Resurrection Chapel, 10 a.m. Celebrate the Reunion Mass, the first alumni mass to be celebrated in the newly renovated Resurrection Chapel. ❖C hampagne Brunch with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary Rivier University Learning Commons, 2 Robinson Road, 11 a.m. Enjoy a full breakfast while catching up with the Sisters. This annual Reunion Weekend tradition has become a favorite for alumni of all class years! This year, you will have the opportunity to tour the University’s new Learning Commons, home to many of the University’s academic and student support services. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 ❖ 1 6th Annual Rivier University Golf Classic Nashua Country Club, Noon shotgun start Make it a long weekend and stay for Monday’s golf tournament! Join us for a great day of golf and support the Raiders Division III athletics and health and fitness programs at Rivier. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Make a Reunion Class Gift! Your gift to the Rivier University Fund in honor of your milestone reunion demonstrates your pride in your alma mater and provides critical resources for student scholarships and financial aid. Make your gift online at www.rivier.edu/makeagift. Special recognition will be given to our Alumni Reunion Class donors at the cocktail reception at Rivier House on Saturday evening. Plan to stay the weekend! Reserve your room and request the Rivier University block. A special rate of $79 per night is available while rooms last, so make your reservation early! Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, NH (603) 888-9970 Online Reunion Registration Opens June 15 www.rivier.edu/reunion 4 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY For the RECORD THE LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE RIVIER CAMPUS First Transformative Learning Conference highlights impact of global research and service learning Rivier University sponsored its first annual undergraduate studies conference on transformative learning this April in conjunction with Accepted Students Day. The Transformative Learning Conference provided undergraduate students the opportunity to explore, to discuss, and to reflect on the ways in which their participation in various high impact practices have helped them to grow into accomplished professionals; to become more deeply aware of and engaged in solving local, national, and/or world challenges; and, in short, to discover their strengths and vocations. Dr. Deborah Vess, Vice President for Academic Affairs, created this initiative. “This conference highlights the transformative potential of high impact practices such as study abroad, hands-on field research, undergraduate research, and service learning,” says Dr. Vess. “Student presenters highlighted the ways that their academic experiences Photo by Grant Klene in these contexts transformed not only their learning but their assumptions, ideals, behaviors, and career paths. The conference provided a way for our students’ excellent work to be shared in the public realm to inspire and enlighten others.” This event provided the extended Rivier community an opportunity to experience, first hand, the transformative impact of students’ learning experiences at Rivier. During the event, groups of accepted students and parents interacted not only with current students who were presenting, but also with alumni, faculty, and staff. Presentations spanned a breadth of academic disciplines and global locations. A sampling of the 17 presentation topics included: • Internships, Interactions and Global Awareness • In the Markets: Genetically Modified Produce • Saltwater pH and Calcium Carbonate in Marine Organisms • Multimedia Journalism • Paradise Lost: The Video Game • Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Developmental Delays • Costa Rica, the Environment, and Sustainable Practices University receives grant from Harvard Pilgrim’s Health Care Foundation for diversity assessment Rivier has been awarded a $60,000 technical assistance grant from Culture Insight, a unit of Harvard Pilgrim’s Health Care Foundation, to perform a campus-wide diversity and cultural competence needs assessment. This grant will support development of a comprehensive plan to advance these diversity initiatives over the next several years. This diversity initiative comes at an opportune time in the University’s history. New and expanded efforts in the Office for Global Engagement, growing student participation in study abroad and international field experiences, and increases in international student enrollments have set the stage for a powerful exchange of ideas. Since January 2014, Rivier has welcomed more than 80 graduate students from India, Spain, and several other countries; and an additional 50–70 international graduate students will join the community in fall 2014. The project’s research phase began this spring. In anticipation of goal setting in fall 2014, the University collected benchmark data from faculty, administration, staff, and students. The collection process included interviews, focus groups, and the distribution of an assessment questionnaire developed by the recently appointed Diversity Council. The Council will use the information gathered through these questionnaires to formulate preliminary diversity and inclusion objectives and set measurable plan goals. “I encourage all community members to actively take part in this important work,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “As a global community of educators and learners, it is our responsibility and privilege to engage in this dialogue. Diversity increases our engagement with the world and drives creativity and innovation.” SPRING 2014 5 For the RECORD Rivier University appoints new Vice President for Academic Affairs With more than 20 years experience in higher education administration, Dr. Deborah Vess joins Rivier University as Vice President for Academic Affairs. She leads academic programming in the five divisions of the University as well as oversees academic services. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Vess’s academic leadership to the University,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “Dr. Vess comes to us as a very experienced academician with broad expertise in the liberal arts, faculty development and research, accreditation and assessment, international initiatives, and program development.” Prior to joining Rivier, Dr. Vess served as associate provost for undergraduate studies at CUNY-College of Staten Island, N.Y. where she oversaw the Macaulay’s Honors College, the Verrazano School, the Teacher Education Honors Academy, the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, and the Center for International Service. Dr. Vess also helped to expand the number of freshmen learning communities, developed guidelines for faculty-led study abroad programs and completed negotiations for an international MBA collaborative. Dr. Vess holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa., a B.Mus. degree in piano performance from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., and a B.A. in Philosophy from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. With experience at both private Catholic and public universities, Dr. Vess’s focus is on developing programs and initiatives that advance the institution, foster enrollment, lead faculty, and enrich teaching and learning. “I am delighted to join Rivier University and to contribute to the University’s mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’” said Dr. Vess. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, administration, members of the Board of Trustees, and the community as we advance creative program development to meet critical areas of need that best serve the region and the mission.” 6 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Rivier Women in Leadership Three Rivier University leaders were recently honored with awards for their service and dedication to the community. “These leaders share a sense of purpose and devotion to advancing Rivier’s mission of transformation,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. Dianne Mercier, N.H. President of People’s United Bank and River University Board of Trustee member, was named 2014 Business Leader of the Year by Business NH Magazine and honored at an event in Manchester in May. Mercier serves on several other local boards including Elliot Health Systems in Manchester, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, N.H. Business Committee for the Arts, RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter, and the N.H. Center for Public Policy Studies.. Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President supported Mercier’s nomination noting “her commitment to excel inspires us to reach higher and better as we fulfill our mission. She offers practical advice and wisdom that has guided the implementation of programs of academic distinction, student leadership, and global engagement.” Karen Cooper, Vice President for University Advancement, received the Young Professional of the Year award by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual Eminence Awards in March. Cooper was recognized for her support of the community including her role as a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and a founding member of the city’s young professionals network. She recently completed a term as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, the youngest individual to fill this leadership position in the Chamber’s history. Her nomination stated “As a Vice President at Rivier, Karen’s expertise in marketing and fundraising has helped create a new chapter for the University. Her vision and leadership has propelled Rivier’s transition from a college to a university through its rebranding initiative, spreading the message that “Nashua is our home, the world is our classroom.” Joanne Merrill, Director of Athletics, was named one of the 25 Extraordinary Women in Greater Nashua by The Telegraph in April. Merrill has been an educator, coach, and mentor to countless athletes during her career, and she has served the Rivier University community with dedication for 33 years. Inspired by her high school coach and mentor, Merrill pursued a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health at the University of New Hampshire and went on to complete a master’s degree in athletic administration from Springfield College. As a valued member of the Rivier community, Merrill participated in visioning the $2 million Muldoon Fitness Center and artificial turf field renovations while continuously developing Rivier’s vibrant student athletic programs. THE LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE RIVIER CAMPUS Second annual Freshmen Day of Service benefits nonprofit organizations President’s Circle event featured Jerry Gappens of New Hampshire Motor Speedway Rivier freshmen students participated in various service projects throughout the Greater Nashua area, and the Biology Club hosted a 5k charitable walk/road race benefiting the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, N.H. and the Sante Total Health Clinic in Haiti during the Second Annual Freshman Day of Service in April. Part of the University’s “Student Success: Campus to Community” program, this event pairs nearly 200 freshmen and 25 upper-class peer mentors with nonprofit organizations, providing approximately 675 hours of service. Community Service is part of an already robust culture of service at the University and central to Journeys of Transformation, Rivier’s undergraduate core curriculum, and demonstrates Rivier’s mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.’ All students in Rivier’s School of Undergraduate Studies are required to earn at least one credit in service learning prior to graduation. The service projects this year included raking yards, mopping floors, and sprucing up kitchens, classrooms and other program areas for agencies such as Anne Marie House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, Girls Inc. of Greater Nashua, Harbor Homes, The Hunt Community, Nashua Police Athletics League, and the YMCA. The Freshmen Day of Service reminds students of the value of community service and sets them on a path to becoming dedicated citizens within their own communities. The Rivier University President’s Circle hosted a Leadership Forum in March, featuring a presentation by Jerry Gappens of New Hampshire Motor Speedway—“Racing to Success,” a discussion of the Speedway’s strategic and operational planning, as well as the impact of sports marketing on the New England economy. Gappens is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the largest sports and entertainment venue in New England and the host of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. The President’s Circle brings together hundreds of Presidents, CEO’s and government leaders from New Hampshire and Massachusetts for events during Rivier’s fall and spring semesters. S ister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President is pictured with Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley at The New England Council’s annual dinner last fall at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston, Mass. The University recognized James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New England Council, with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the 79th Commencement ceremony in May (see page 16). SPRING 2014 7 For the RECORD First Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff Leadership Award recognizes leadership and service The Office of Student Affairs hosted a Graduating Student Sendoff Reception in May to welcome the Class of 2014 into the Alumni Association and present awards to several outstanding students. The Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff Leadership Award, established last year, was presented to Magnolia Veronica Dixon ’14 of Avon, Maine. Dixon is the first recipient of this leadership award, which will be presented annually to a Rivier graduating student who, like Dr. Hoff, the former chair of the Board of Trustees, leaves Rivier with a legacy of leadership and service. Recipients must have demonstrated leadership qualities on the Rivier campus or in the Nashua community, been deeply involved in campus life and community service, and mentored other young leaders in an effort to encourage them to greater service and engagement in the community and the world. In addition to her abundant service work, Dixon was President of the Student Government during her senior year and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in History this May. She was the undergraduate student speaker at Commencement, representing the Class of 2014. She has been an active participant in campus life—academics, athletics, community service—and excelled in all areas. Shane Spellman, Meredith Turner, Casey Regan, and Melissa Arcari-Wood received the Rivier University Spirit Award, which acknowledges students for their loyalty to Rivier and dedication to enhancing the University experience for all. Cassandra Brown, Ginelle Testa, and Elizabeth Bellemore were awarded the Special Recognition Award for their outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteer services, leadership, support, and commitment to the University’s mission. From left to right: Magnolia Dixon, Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff, and Kurt Stimeling, Vice President for Student Affairs Photo by Jodie Andruskevich Mastering the Core Summer Institute for Educators July 8 – 11, 2014 • July 14 – 18, 2014 Earn 3 credits in 1 week or 6 credits in 2 weeks Advance your education career with the region's leader in education for 80 years REGISTER NOW www.rivier.edu/SummerEd14 8 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Rivier launches new Public Health degree in fall 2014 New degree will prepare graduates for public health challenges of the future By Patricia Garrity Rivier University announceD a new Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health (BSPH) beginning fall 2014. This degree will prepare undergraduates for health-related careers in population-based prevention programs—protecting, promoting and preserving the health of individuals, families and communities, including the underserved and marginalized, around the world. “Major advances in the improvement of health over the upcoming decades will come from the development and application of population-based prevention programs,” says Dean of Nursing Dr. Paula Williams. “Health promotion and disease prevention are among the major areas of growth where public health professionals will be in great demand.” A greater emphasis on assuring the health and safety of our communities and workers is also influencing the demand for experts in environmental health and industrial hygiene. “Having field experience as a public health specialist, I have always seen the profession as a profession of hope,” adds Director of the Public Health Program and Instructor of Nursing Bobbie Bagley, RN, MS, MPH, CPH. “Public health primarily focuses on prevention, making an impact on the physical, mental, and environmental health of populations and their communities to protect them from the onset of disease and illnesses.” Public health research focusing on women’s health, child and substance abuse, and programs to promote behavioral change to prevent the risk of STD’s, HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis, and unplanned pregnancies continue to be priorities. "I am very excited that Rivier University is offering a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health this fall," says Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. "The field is in need of more workers with all the new challenges, such as emerging infectious diseases, better understanding of human nutrition, an aging U.S. population, and rapidly growing numbers of people with chronic disease, and also the workforce is aging. I commend Rivier for implementing this new program and look forward to the positive impact it will have on New Hampshire and its residents." Rivier’s program is modeled on the Association of Schools of Public Health’s undergraduate public health learning outcomes developed in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. “Given the University’s mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’ and the need for formal education and workforce preparation in the realm of public health, this program affords students local, state, national and global perspectives, engagement, and career opportunities,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Deborah Vess. In addition to the new bachelor’s degree program, Rivier will also offer a minor in public health which will complement a number of disciplines. About the program The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program prepares scholar-practitioners with core knowledge and skills in service of public health including health behavior, research and statistics in environmental health, epidemiology, and health administration, as well as in the planning, evaluation, organization, and conduct of community and public health services. Experiential learning Students have the opportunity to learn globally with realworld experience and service in places such as Senegal as part of the ‘Rivier University Institute for Global Health’ project. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities ranging from faculty-led weeklong study tours to entire semesters spent at a university abroad. Careers in public health Graduates from the Public Health program are prepared for careers that make a difference in people’s health and quality of life—locally, nationally and globally. They will practice in multiple public health-related areas with insurance companies; medical supply and pharmaceutical companies; professional, advocacy and governmental organizations; non-profit charity and service organizations; and voluntary health agencies. SPRING 2014 9 A campus transformation The Gateway Projects come to life on the Rivier campus Presented for the first time at Alumni Reunion Weekend last fall, the Gateway Projects have generated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm on the Rivier campus throughout the year. Consistent with the University’s strategic plan theme of ‘comparing and competing’ with peer institutions, these landscape design projects will transform the campus—providing a focal point for the University at the entrance to the city’s downtown, enhancing our campus landscapes, and raising our profile within the local community and beyond. The University’s Gateway Projects have been prioritized and the transformative impact of these improvements is already visible on the Rivier campus. A gateway to faith The renovation of Resurrection Chapel began in October. The construction of the narthex, the entry space where the congregation gathers together, as well as the interior work are nearing completion. The Rivier community joined together in April to observe the installation of the cross atop the Chapel’s peak. The renovation is expected to be completed this spring and will be immediately followed by exterior site work to create the Chapel Quad. In addition to these three key projects, the Gateway Projects will also include enhancements to the Sunken Garden, improved access to Madeleine Hall, and development of the Campus Quad. Paving the way A gateway to learning Leave your mark on the Rivier campus! The addition of gateways at campus entrances on South Main Street will provide increased visibility for the University in this well-traveled area which serves as the entrance to the city’s downtown. The presence of the gateways will indicate to prospective students, community members, and visitors that they have arrived at a University with a proud history and heritage. Construction of the gateway signage will begin this summer. Alumni and friends can support the Gateway Projects and leave a lasting mark on the Rivier campus. Engraved bricks will be placed in the walkway of the new Heritage Plaza in the summer of 2015. A gateway to community The creation of the Heritage Plaza will provide a focal point on the Rivier campus which reflects our Catholic heritage and honors Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, through the placement of a bronze sculpture. The Heritage Plaza will be located on the current site of Florence Hall, an administrative building which will be taken down in June. The Heritage Plaza is anticipated to be completed for the summer of 2015. Inscribe a 4” X 8” brick with your name or a special message to show your support of Rivier. You can honor a graduate, remember a loved one or special occasion, or pay tribute to someone who has made a difference in your life. A limited number of bricks are available and the cost for each brick is $250. Your gift directly supports the Rivier University Gateway Projects. For more information or to order your brick, visit www.rivier.edu/gateway. Take a VIDEO tour of the Gateway Projects online at www.rivier.edu 10 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Resurrection Chapel Campus Entrances Heritage Plaza SPRING 2014 11 Renovations to Resurrection Chapel are near completion. Creation of the Chapel Plaza and Quad will enhance this sacred space. Resurrection Chapel Photo by Jodie Andruskevich 12 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Leading the way with their generous support Rivier recognizes the leadership gifts of two members of the Board of Trustees Campus gateways to raise the University’s presence elevate the institution’s profile. He is delighted that his The construction of gateways at the campus support of the gateway entrances will raise awareness of the entrances, slated to begin this summer, will be made possible University in his hometown and reflect its stature as the through the generosity of Mr. H. Robert “Bob” Weisman, city’s oldest institution of higher education. Trustee Emeritus and longtime friend of A dedicated supporter of Rivier, Mr. Rivier. His leadership gift will contribute to the Weisman created and endowed the Bee and creation of granite gates marking the entrances Bob Weisman Scholarship and has provided to campus at both ends of South Main Street. additional scholarship assistance to Rivier For Mr. Weisman, nothing is more students through the University’s Annual important than sharing the success of Rivier’s Fund each year. outstanding students and distinguished “Bob has been a tremendous partner and faculty. “Rivier delivers a quality education friend of Rivier for decades, providing us unparalleled by any other institution, right with his generous support, wisdom, and here in Nashua, and we need to tell the world guidance,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, about it,” he says. He is pleased that recent President. “We are deeply appreciative of developments, including the transition from his leadership support which will bring our a college to a university and a variety of new campus gateways, the signature project of our global engagement initiatives, have led to Gateway initiatives, to life.” increased public recognition and served to Mr. H. Robert Weisman Creating a sense of sacred beauty With the renovation of Resurrection Chapel nearing completion, the next step in transforming this sacred space involves the creation of the Chapel Plaza. This new plaza, which will provide a focal point highlighting the entrance to the Chapel and reflecting our Catholic heritage, will be funded through a generous gift from Mr. Leon Brassard, longtime member of the Rivier Board of Trustees, and his wife Jan. “The University is tremendously grateful for the generosity, vision, and leadership of Leon and Jan Brassard,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize the Brassards and the impact of their dedicated service to Rivier University, which has touched the lives of our community in a deeply profound way over the course of many years.” Serving as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2002 and as chairman of the first capital campaign from 2002 to 2007, Mr. Brassard’s leadership has benefited Rivier for decades. A residence hall on the University campus proudly bears the Brassard family name. Brassard Hall was dedicated in memory of their son Marc and recognizes the commitment of the Brassard family to the Rivier community. “Jan and I wish to acknowledge the enduring influence of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary that we both experienced in Berlin, N.H. Our support honors the Sisters and the legacy that they have created at Rivier University and throughout the world,” says Leon. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Brassard SPRING 2014 13 Photos by Jodie Andruskevich A common thread Rivier University’s new Learning Commons to unite a variety of academic support services with one goal Research shows that successful college and university students have common characteristics. They take advantage of services and resources and maximize their exposure to new opportunities and experiences. Students learn both inside and outside of the classroom and are successful at working independently and as members of teams. These skills lead to their academic success today and will prepare them for their future careers regardless of their profession or industry. Colleges and universities have found that segmenting academic support services can lead to effective outcomes, but integrating these services comprehensively into the student experience can lead to dynamic teaching and learning opportunities, according to Dr. Deborah Vess, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following best practices in higher education, Rivier University will create the Learning Commons, a destination for students seeking services that support teaching and learning. “The integration of student academic services is on the leading edge of trends in higher education,” says 14 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Dr. Vess. “The assimilation of these services has been shown to positively impact student learning outcomes. Today’s students thrive when presented with opportunities to collaborate in teams, use digital resources, and receive the support of peer mentors and tutors.” The Learning Commons will be located in a recently purchased property directly adjacent to the Rivier campus, across the street from Hayward’s Ice Cream. The 15,000 square-foot facility will be refurbished over the summer and will be transformed from an office building to a collaborative learning center. The Commons will bring together many of the University’s services which are currently distributed around the campus including the Writing and Resource Center, Career Development Center, Disability Services, Counseling and Wellness Center, Service Learning, and Student Success. The acquisition of this property and development of the Learning Commons expands the University’s footprint by extending the campus on Main Street in a well-traveled area adjacent to Route 3. The consolidation of these services into a central Learning Commons will foster further collaboration between students and the University’s support service professionals, enhancing learning outcomes directly connected to Rivier’s academic curriculum. In addition, the Commons will contribute to additional partnerships between departments and centers, ensuring that students are maximizing their use of all support resources. “The Learning Commons is designed to be a place where students can enhance their skills,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling. “With access to a variety of professional resources, as well as contemporary learning spaces, the Commons will become a destination for our students.” Other key resources located in Adrienne Hall including Academic Advising, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office will be able to refer students to one centralized location for support. “The common thread that ties these areas together is a focus on student success and achievement in an environment where students are supported as independent learners,” says Dr. Vess. “The relocation of these functions to the Learning Commons will enhance connections and raise the profile of the quality professional services and resources available to students.” The centralization of these offices supports the University’s focus on academic distinction, student engagement, and competitive facilities and is consistent with both the strategic and campus master plans. “The strategic plan calls for the University to continually enhance our physical facilities,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “The creation of the Learning Commons is an investment in our students and a commitment to providing learning spaces that foster student achievement.” The building’s design will offer a flexible learning environment with technology-enabled areas for both collaborative and independent study, private and group counseling, testing, as well as a variety of conference and meeting spaces. Another distinctive characteristic of the Learning Commons will be the presence of University Advancement and Alumni Relations. “From the beginning of a student’s learning experience, they will realize they are part of a community,” says Sister Paula. “Rivier’s community includes our 19,000 alumni across the country and around the world who serve as resources for mentorship, networking, and career development. It will be an exceptional experience for our alumni and donor investors to visit a university environment in which they can interact with students and experience an immediate impact and value from this interaction.” The Learning Commons will open for the 2014 fall semester and the University is eager to showcase this new learning space to students as an integral component of the Rivier experience. SPRING 2014 15 Reaching higher and better Recognizing the impact of transformational service at 79th Commencement Photos by Jodie Andruskevich By PATRICIA GARRITY Rivier University celebrated its 79th Commencement at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. on Saturday, May 10. The University awarded 562 degrees to doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree graduates. True to its core mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’ Rivier highlighted both its 80th anniversary and the impact of transformational service on individuals and society. During the ceremony, honorary degrees were presented to two individuals—James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New England Council, and devoted Rivier administrator, Sister Cecile Gamache, pm. Mr. Brett delivered the Commencement address, celebrating the impact of transformational service as the University recognized his outstanding collaborative efforts to bring people and resources together to improve the New England region. In his remarks, Mr. Brett spoke of his brother Jack who was intellectually disabled and is the impetus to his lifelong involvement as an advocate for the physically and mentally challenged. He urged Rivier graduates to make their own commitments to serve others as they go out into the world. “Kindness begets kindness. That’s what good neighbors do. They don’t build fences. They don’t turn away their gaze. They build networks of caring and acceptance. Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found. Go and do likewise. Congratulations Class of 2014. ” Appointed to the chief leadership role at The New England Council in 1996, Mr. Brett is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for outstanding public service. He was named the 2011 New Englander of the Year in recognition of his extraordinary commitment, leadership, and contributions to the quality of life in the region. The University also presented an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Sister Cecile Gamache, pm in recognition of her exemplary service to the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and to Rivier. Sister Cecile retired from her role as Rivier’s Assistant Vice President ➤ continued on page 18 16 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY SPRING 2014 17 ➤ "reaching higher and better" continued from page 16 of Finance and Operations in 2011. Her years of dedicated service have contributed to Rivier’s financial vitality and solid position within the competitive higher education marketplace. Magnolia Veronica Dixon, Student Government Association President of Avon, Maine, received a bachelor’s degree in history, and spoke about commitment to serve and higher values on behalf of Rivier’s undergraduate programs. “We have learned to be students of the world and embrace those around us who can teach us about different cultures and traditions. As a part of the Rivier community, we will take with us a commitment to reaching for higher and better values in our lives. Each one of us in the Class of 2014 stands for respect, engagement, compassion, honesty, and authenticity.” Student speaker for Rivier’s graduate programs, Carol Ann Becker, MBA in Healthcare Administration, of Hudson, N.H., shared lessons of leadership and service. “Leadership requires unwavering dedication, commitment, and focus, as well as recognizing when you need to change direction,” said Becker. “It’s about doing the right things, even when you yourself are uncertain.” Rivier awards honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to two distinguished leaders at Commencement 2014 Mr. James T. Brett Sister Cecile Gamache, pm Acknowledging his selfless devotion to improving the lives of others, the University presented Mr. James T. Brett with an honorary degree at Commencement 2014. Mr. Brett has made it his life’s work to give voice to the needs of the voiceless, recognizing and promoting the dignity of the human person. Mr. Brett has been the President and CEO of The New England Council since 1996, advocating for public policy issues including healthcare, education, and energy. His success at The New England Council follows an impressive 16-year tenure as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. A tireless advocate for the physically and mentally challenged, he has been recognized for his humanitarian work and his national contributions to the field of intellectual disability. He was appointed by former President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the President’s Commission for People with Intellectual Disabilities and subsequently appointed as Chairman under the leadership of President Barack Obama. In recognition of her devotion and exemplary service to the University and community, Sister Cecile Gamache, pm, was presented with an honorary degree at the 2014 Commencement ceremony. A Class of 1954 graduate, Sister Cecile provided exceptional leadership to the University, serving as Rivier’s Assistant Vice President of Finance and Operations for three decades, as a member of the Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Corporation. Her wise counsel guided Rivier through many decades of growth— the conversion to computerized systems, the development of banking and investment policies, and the construction of several campus buildings. At the heart of Sister Cecile’s work was the commitment to Rivier’s mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.’ This honorary degree acknowledges her devoted service, dedicated financial oversight, and faithful commitment to Rivier’s mission. 18 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Planning for the future Gift annuities make donating a win-win opportunity Rivier has expanded its DONATION options through the development of its planned giving program and the creation of the institution’s first charitable gift annuity. Designed to benefit both the donor and the University, the gift annuity is a great option for alumni and friends who wish to contribute to Rivier while also receiving tax benefits and a lifelong income stream. In addition to providing these personal benefits to the donor, the gift which funds the annuity advances Rivier’s mission and supports the role of teaching and learning for years to come. Jeannine and Joseph Jeffs have supported Rivier with affection and commitment for decades. Jeannine, a graduate of Rivier’s Class of 1952, made her first gift to Rivier after her graduation and has been giving annually ever since. Her husband Joe, well experienced in higher education having served for 30 years as University Librarian for Georgetown University, knows firsthand the value of alumni philanthropy and is proud of Jeannine’s commitment to giving back to Rivier each year. Together, Jeannine and Joe decided to enhance their annual support through planned giving with the creation of the University’s first charitable gift annuity this year. The mutual benefit made the annuity a great option for them to provide an additional gift to Rivier. “The return rate of the annuity provides a solid benefit,” says Joe. “In addition to receiving an income stream, we know that our gift will directly benefit Rivier in the future. It’s a win-win opportunity.” “Rivier is exceptionally grateful to Jeannine and Joe Jeffs for their generosity and foresight in establishing the first gift annuity for the University. Their vision will serve as an inspiration for other alumni and friends and will have a transformational impact on Rivier’s future,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. In addition to developing its first annuity, the University also advanced its planned giving program through the creation of an Estate and Planned Giving Seminar offered to alumni and friends last fall. The seminar highlighted effective and creative ways to plan for one’s future while benefiting Rivier and/or other charities. The Rivier University Heritage Society recognizes those alumni and friends who have included Rivier in their estate plans. For additional information, visit www.rivier.edu/planyourfuture. The Charitable Gift Annuity: a gift with mutual benefits A charitable gift annuity is a contract between a donor and an organization which is intended to benefit both parties. Here is how this win—win gift option works: • In exchange for a gift, the organization agrees by contract to pay a fixed amount each year to one or two beneficiaries (the annuitants) for life. • The payout rate is based on life-expectancy tables and varies, depending on several factors, including the donor’s age. It is recalculated for new annuities each year by the National Council on Gift Annuities. • P ayments are made to the donor typically on an annual, semi-annual, or quarterly basis. The Charitable Gift Annuity rate is almost always more attractive than commercial annuity rates. •T he organization invests the principal, from which the payments to the donor are made. Payments cease upon the donor’s death, and the remaining principal is available for the charitable purposes of the organization based on the donor’s gift intent. • P ayments may begin immediately, or the donor may opt to defer the first payment to a later year, while the fund grows, ensuring a higher principal and payout. •T he donor receives an initial tax advantage for the year in which the contribution is made and subsequent advantages in following years. • T he annuity may be funded by cash, stock, real estate, or U.S. Savings Bond. The donor pays no capital gains tax on the transfer of the gift. To discuss a charitable gift annuity, please call the Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations at (603) 897-8665. SPRING 2014 19 On a personal note Student PROFILE Namrata Khaitan ’14 Favorite Book – I am a big fan and have read all of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books. The last book I read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and I loved it. Favorite Food – Being a foodie, I like Thai, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian cuisines besides our home made Indian food! If you could do or be anything in life, what would it be? I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, and I would soon like to be a loving mom and successful entrepreneur! Master's in Computer Information Systems Growth through continuous change keeps Namrata Khaitan a step ahead By MICHELLE MARRONE Namrata Khaitan was born and raised in Ahmedabad, a large city in the state of Gujarat, India. She had already received an MBA in Finance from Gujarat University before moving to America with her husband who is employed by Dell in Nashua, N.H. “I got married and moved on a dependent visa, which did not allow me to continue working,” Khaitan says. “I realized that I needed to get my career back on track and returning to college was the best option.” She started her search for a university that would provide her with the optimal combination of desired courses, quality, flexibility, and local convenience. Beyond strong academics, Khaitan was looking for a community where she would have the opportunity to meet, interact, and learn about people and cultures from around the globe. “Most importantly, I needed to find all this at an affordable price,” Khaitan adds. An exhaustive search that included personal research, meetings with admissions officers and student advisors, and conversations with past and present students brought her to Rivier. “I walked into the admissions office unannounced and was greeted by the graduate admissions director Mr. Tim Dreyer,” says Khaitan. “He spent quality time with me talking about my career, past education, and future plans, after which there was no looking back. I knew Rivier was my premier option and would provide the best return on investment.” If moving halfway around the world wasn’t challenging enough, Khaitan chose to pursue a technical degree. “Being 20 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY from a non-technical, finance background, I was really worried about coping with all the competitive computer science courses,” she shares. “I was always scared about failure.” Graduate studies are demanding, but even more so for international students. Additional layers of paperwork, language and cultural challenges, and continuously navigating the unfamiliar requires resilience. “My biggest help and support at Rivier has been international student advisor Dey Barriga. She has been a mentor, advisor, guide, and, like family, always at the forefront whenever I need help with anything,” says Khaitan. “She makes me feel at home, and this is not an option available to international students at many other universities.” Khaitan is an active member of the Indian Student Association at Rivier University; working closely with Dey Barriga, she has volunteered to organize a number of cultural events and activities. “I have made a few presentations and participated in many other activities,” shares Khaitan. “This has led to an overall awareness of different cultures, festivals and their significances, and above all, improved my own selfconfidence to deal with people from different walks of life.” Khaitan has had to put in extra time and effort. With the help of her professors, mentors, and fellow students, she has triumphed. “I was able to get through all my computer science courses with flying colors, an achievement I never thought possible.” The world is our arena Raider ROUNDUP Savannah Butterfield, Rookie of the Year By JOANNE MERRILL This year, close to 200 Raider studentathletes represented Rivier University—not only in New England, but also throughout the world. The women’s soccer team kicked it off in mid-August with a trip to Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. The women had the opportunity to compete against teams in Germany and Austria. Over the winter break, the men’s basketball team competed in the Tournament of Heroes in Staten Island, N.Y., and the women’s team headed to warmer climes for a tournament in Daytona, Fla. Spring break found the softball team in South Carolina, the baseball team busing it through Maryland and Virginia, and the men’s volleyball team on the west coast competing against the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz. Riv Raiders are everywhere! Individual year-end honors for the Raiders At the year-end Awards Ceremony, several Rivier studentathletes were recognized for their 2013-2014 achievements. Cassandra Brown (Somersworth, N.H.), women’s soccer and Jim Varela (Merrimack, N.H.), men’s lacrosse were recognized as the 2014 Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Both had the highest cumulative GPA for a female and male student-athlete with at least sophomore status and are criminal justice majors. Earning Rookie of the Year honors were Tyler Blank (Rochester, N.Y.), men’s volleyball and Savannah Butterfield (Londonderry, N.H.), women’s basketball. Both were also named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Rookie of the Year in their respective sports. Blank became the third Rivier men's volleyball student-athlete to be named the GNAC Rookie of the Year. The 6-0 setter accounted for 1,054 assists and a 10.23 assists per set average in his first year. Blank also helped on the defensive side of the game with 69 total blocks, 18 solo blocks, and 119 digs. Butterfield was only the second Raider to be named a GNAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year. She averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game to rank second on the Raiders squad in each category. The rookie forward also added 47 assists, 40 blocks, and 32 steals. Butterfield posted 14 double-digit scoring contests and three double-doubles on the year. Seniors Christina Parent (Loudon, N.H.), women’s soccer and Nick Walch (Dedham, Mass.), men’s basketball earned the 2014 Rivier Sportsmanship Awards. Both athletes played at Rivier for four years and were role models on and off the field and court. Photos by Jodie Andruskevich and Grant Klene SPRING 2014 21 Two seniors—Aaron Almario (Alhambria, Calif.), men’s volleyball and Nicole Peacock (Warwick, R.I.), women’s volleyball and softball—were selected as the male and female Rivier Athletes of the Year and both will be hard to replace. Almario helped lead the men’s team to its seventh consecutive GNAC Championship. He was the GNAC Player of the Year and was also named to the AVCA Division III All-America first team. There were high expectations for Almario to remain one of the best heading into the 2014 season, and he did not disappoint. He ranks in the top 10 nationally in both hitting percentage (.401) and blocks per set (1.13), while placing second on his team in kills per set (2.46). This is Almario's third AVCA All-America honor, but his first time on the first team. Nicole Peacock was a four-year Raider in both women’s volleyball and softball, and she dazzled in both sports. This year she helped lead the women’s volleyball team to the 2013 GNAC Championship. Peacock had an outstanding finish to a brilliant career on the volleyball court. She averaged 3.18 kills per set along with leading the team in kills (331) and total blocks (62). Peacock also registered a .324 hitting, and she was tagged as the GNAC's Player of the Year. This is the fourth consecutive year that Peacock was named to the GNAC All-Conference team. She was named the GNAC's Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Year in 2010. It is also the fourth consecutive year that she was named to the GNAC All-Conference Softball team. As the centerfielder and leadoff batter for the Raiders, the Warwick, R.I. native batted .467 in her final season in Raider Blue. Peacock started all 34 games this spring and totaled 56 hits, 11 doubles, 4 triples and 3 home runs in 120 at bats; she is team leader in all those categories. The senior knocked in 27 RBIs and registered a .700 slugging percentage to go along with her .492 on-base percentage and 21 stolen bases. Peacock also committed just three errors in 70 total chances. She was also nominated as the GNAC Woman of the Year (to be announced in August 2014). Taylor Black, Rookie of the Year 22 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Men’s Volleyball captures 7th consecutive GNAC Championship Aaron Almario, GNAC Player of the Year, Named to AVCA Division III All-American First Team Nicole Peacock, GNAC Player of the Year, Named to GNAC All Conference Softball Team Individual Athletic Honors Academic Honors for the Raiders Several Raider student-athletes earned individual honors in their sports throughout the year. Several Raider student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements by their respective collegiate sport organizations. AVCA Division III Men's Volleyball All-American Team Aaron Almario Matt Bynon Chris Markuson Alhambria, Calif. Burnt Hills, N.Y. Cupertino, Calif. Honorable Mention GNAC All-Conference Teams Lauren Tamposi Hollis, N.H. Women’s Soccer Danny Connelly Nicole Peacock Nicole Boucher Jessica Amaral Molly McCormack Tom Poitras Nick Walch Deanna Purcell Savannah Butterfield Alexandra Guidi Aaron Almario Matt Bynon Terry Matatall Shane Spellman Chris Markuson Tyler Blank Kyle Graham Clark Plummer Elena Reilly Rebecca Wickens Nicole Peacock Taylor Black Bedford, N.H. Warwick, R.I. Windham, N.H. E. Providence, R.I. Ballston Lake, N.Y. Bow, N.H. Dedham, Mass. Hudson, N.H. Londonderry, N.H. Derry, N.H. Alhambria, Calif. Burnt Hills, N.Y. Danville, N.H. Norwich, Conn. Cupertino, Calif. Rochester, N.Y. Londonderry, N.H. Londonderry, N.H. Braintree, Mass. Tyngsboro, Mass. Warwick, R.I. W. Springfield, Mass. Men’s Soccer Women’s Volleyball Women’s Volleyball Women’s Volleyball Women’s Volleyball Men’s Basketball Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Volleyball Men’s Volleyball Men’s Volleyball Men’s Volleyball Men’s Volleyball Men’s Volleyball Men’s Lacrosse Men’s Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse Softball Baseball VIEW MORE PHOTOS, SCORES, NEWS, ROSTERS, SCHEDULES AND GAME RESULTS! lEARN MORE www.rivierathletics.com Field Hockey For the fourth consecutive year, the Rivier Field Hockey team was named a Collegiate National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The award recognizes those teams that achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Included on this prestigious list were nine members of the Rivier University Field Hockey team who had a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Kimberly Dennis Aimee Reutzel Veronica Jones Danielle Moran Amber Bennett Meredith Garcia Chelsea Gomes Nicole Hauer Charlotte Murphy Deerfield, N.H. Washington, Conn. West Chesterfield, N.H. San Diego, Calif. New Boston, N.H. Newton, N.H. Epsom, N.H. North Attleboro, Mass. Portland, Maine National College Athlete Honor Society— Chi Alpha Sigma Rivier University is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society—Chi Alpha Sigma which was founded to recognize studentathletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above in their junior and senior years. Chi Alpha Sigma’s purposes are: to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics; to recognize and honor the individual athlete her team sport, athletic department, and university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes. Rivier 2013–2014 inductees include: Ryan Baker Nicole Boucher Cassandra Brown Kimberly Dennis Britney Lane Lauren Tamposi Hillary Tarr Hannah Wyatt Laura Yesu Laura DeChristoforo Alexandra Guidi Heather Devereaux Veronica Jones Aimee Reutzel James Varela Basketball Whitinsville, Mass. Volleyball Windham, N.H. Soccer Somersworth, N.H. Field Hockey Deerfield, N.H. Basketball Waterford, Vt. Soccer Hollis, N.H. Softball North Easton, Mass. Lacrosse Merrimack, N.H. Basketball Longmeadow, Mass. Cross Country Burlington, Mass. Basketball Derry, N.H. Cross Country Londonderry, N.H. Field Hockey West Chesterfield, N.H. Field Hockey Washington, Conn. Lacrosse Merrimack, N.H. SPRING 2014 23 We have truly remarkable students here at Rivier. The graduate students are all experienced RNs with a wealth of nursing knowledge and involvement. Faculty PROFILE Adele Susan Feeney, M.S., APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Graduate Nursing Education Innovating for better outcomes Photo above: Rivier nursing students in Senegal clinic with the University's Institute for Global Health. Engaged students and strong departmental support fuel Assistant Professor Susan Feeney’s innovative spirit By MICHELLE MARRONE Practitioner, preceptor, professor—Susan Feeney serves the field of nursing at every level. She joined Rivier’s Family Nurse Practitioner program as a clinical preceptor, supervising students’ hands-on clinical experiences in her busy family practice. Teaching in the field laid a path to the classroom. Rivier’s high quality students and unparalleled faculty support made the opportunity to become a professor enticing. When a position became available, Feeney says, “I didn’t need to think twice. I jumped at the chance.” Feeney’s passion for her work, the University, and her students is visible in all that she does to foster a vibrant learning environment and strong student engagement both in the classroom and in the global community. “We have truly remarkable students here at Rivier,” says Feeney. “The graduate students are all experienced RNs with a wealth of nursing knowledge and involvement.” Creativity in the classroom Feeney credits her supportive dean and collegial nursing faculty as underwriters of her classroom success. Their collaboration and encouragement “allow me to focus my energy on innovative curricular and teaching strategies to fully engage the students to meet their required competencies. All ideas are welcome.” Feeney utilizes the “flipped classroom” technique to teach vital content online and focus class time on critical thinking and skills application in clinical cases. Students are able to watch lectures online prior to class and then apply the skills and concepts in classroom simulations. This teaching technique deepens the students’ understanding and skills development. Video feedback is provided to students so they can evaluate their skill levels and progress toward a goal. Feeney tells her students “that they can never memorize every fact. Information changes rapidly. However, they must become competent in the process of clinical reasoning and knowing where and how to access the evidence they need to provide safe, quality patient care. They need to think critically when assessing patients and populations in order to meet their specific needs. They need to know how to evaluate the evidence and how best to apply it in clinical settings to maximize outcomes.” On a mission Experiential learning extends far beyond the classroom for Rivier’s graduate nursing students. In fulfillment of the University’s mission, ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’ Feeney and colleague Assistant Professor Judi O’Hara founded the Rivier Nursing Wellness Connection. Susan Feeney profile photo by Jill Whiteneck 24 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY The Wellness Connection allows faculty to mentor students in clinical settings as well as provide preventative services to Rivier and local communities. Graduate students’ participation in Wellness Connection events gives them additional hands-on opportunities to hone their skills. Feeney is proud of their accomplishments: “It is so gratifying and rewarding to see the students engage the community with genuine enthusiasm and exemplary professionalism.” Beyond our borders, Feeney and other Rivier nursing faculty, undergraduate and graduate students recently traveled to Dakar, Senegal for a 10-day clinical immersion trip in collaboration with the University’s Institute for Global Health. The Institute facilitates academic, co-curricular, and campus-wide programs that promote international understanding, intercultural partnerships, and global immersion. Working closely with local healthcare staff in a rural hospital, these licensed RNs assisted in births, as well as mother and child aftercare. Senegal’s high child mortality rate made this an especially eye-opening experience. A love of learning In addition to maintaining a clinical practice, Feeney is pursuing doctoral studies and is on schedule to complete her degree in May 2015. She says, “I maintain a clinical practice so I can relate current relevant experience to the learning environment. My practice informs my teaching, and what I garner in the process of teaching informs my practice. Seeing patients and maintaining a clinical practice keeps me fresh and in the real world of patient care.” Feeney’s focus on lifelong learning and innovating for better student and patient outcomes makes her a superior educator. She believes effective teaching requires educators to be active listeners for all to benefit. Feeney shares, “I love learning from my students. My students are all experienced RNs who come to the program with a wealth of experiential knowledge and perspectives. It is very gratifying to facilitate their transformation into the advanced practice role and share in their “Aha” moments!” "As a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Rivier University, I feel most fortunate to work with Professor Susan Feeney. Not only has she taught me a great deal about Health Policy in the classroom, but she realizes the value of hands-on experiences and real-life immersion opportunities. Professor Feeney is an amazing teacher and a wonderful mentor who encourages her students to be lifelong learners." - Kellyn Freed, RN, Class of 2016 Bio: Adele Susan Feeney Assistant Professor of Nursing Director of Graduate Nursing Education M.S., Nursing, University of New Hampshire B.S., Nursing, Texas Woman’s University B.A., Psychology, McGill University Specialties • Family Health/Primary Care Nursing • Family Nurse Practitioner • Physical assessment • High-risk labor/delivery/antenatal/ postpartum/neonatal • Maternal-child health Classes Taught • Advance Health Policy • Advanced Family Nursing Theory I & II • Family Nurse Practitioner II & III Seminar and Practicum Honors & Awards • 2012 Nurse Practitioner of the Year • 2009 Campus Compact President’s Good Steward Award (N.H.) Academic Philosophy “My philosophy reflects my belief that every learner is unique and multidimensional. Effective teaching requires that educators actively listen to their students, becoming aware of the experiences that shape and influence their lives. Approaching students from a holistic perspective permits understanding of individual and diverse learning styles. As an educator, I see my role as helping students actualize their educational objectives by guiding them in their attainment of knowledge and skills.” Joyful children in Affiniam, Senegal follow Rivier nursing students to welcome them to their village. SPRING 2014 25 makingNEWS Dey G. Barriga, Senior Associate in the Office of Global Engagement, participated in an innovation and STEMthemed roundtable discussion on immigration reform with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster and others with international interests and expertise in February at Parallel Wireless, Inc. offices in Nashua. The discussions focused on the importance of attracting highly skilled, international workers and the need to expand investments in STEM education programs. Professor of Nursing Dr. Denise Baxter presented "Innovation with Low-Tech Teaching Strategies: Classroom and Clinical" at the 21th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators in Falmouth, Mass. in May. Adjunct faculty member in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Jennifer A. Ganem, M.S., APRN presented an adjunct faculty member in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, presented “Treating Depression and Anxiety in the Primary Care Setting” at the Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Meeting in May. Career Development Coordinator Jane Hussey was the recipient of the President’s Good Steward Award at the Campus Compact Award luncheon in April. Hussey was recognized for her efforts on the post-graduation service event hosted by the Center for Career Development. Professor and Director of History and Political Science Dr. George Kaloudis gave a well-received presentation on “Eleftherios Venizelos: His Meteoric Rise to Power in the Early 20th Century” at the Northeaster Political Science Association conference in November. Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Gagan Khera attended the Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in April. The experience provided valuable knowledge on the role of behavioral medicine in today’s dynamic healthcare environment and recent advances in behavioral interventions. Professor and Director of Counseling and School Psychology Dr. Carol Langelier is the 2014 recipient of the Sister Mary Jane Benoit Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. Named in honor of Sr. Mary Jane Benoit, a Rivier graduate of the classes of 1953 and 1956, the award is given to an individual who brings the highest distinction to themselves and their communities through their teaching and mentoring of students in education and/or mental health. Associate Professor of Business Dr. Gregory Kivenzor recently won the Toastmaster’s Fall Speech Evaluation Contest at both the club and district levels. Eric Blackburn, Coordinator of Student Activities and Orientation, presented a session in March at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education's Regional Conference entitled "Beyond the Theme: Creating a Comprehensive New Student Orientation Program." Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Nursing Education Susan Feeney and Nursing Instructor Chris Sullivan along with several nurse practitioner students, attended the annual AANP Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C. in April. The group met with several healthcare officials and Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster. THE LATEST NEWS FROM RIVIER FACULTY AND STAFF Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Professor and Director of Counseling and School Psychology Dr. Carol Langelier, and Dean of Education Dr. John J. Gleason. Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President and Career Development Coordinator Jane Hussey 26 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Associate Professor of Business Dr. Gregory Kivenzor Professor of Math and Computer Science Dr. Teresa Magnus gave a presentation at the Joint Mathematics Meetings on “Putting Together the Puzzle: Understanding Linear Independence, Spanning, and Bases via Group Exploration.” This was part of the Mathematical Assn. of America’s Innovative and Effective Ways to Teach Linear Algebra conference session. Professor and Coordinator of History, Law, and Political Science Dr. Martin Menke gave a lecture on “The Cold War: An Introduction” to 80 students at Milford High School in November. He emphasized the global importance of this conflict during the second half of the twentieth century. Dr. Menke attended four conferences from January through April, presenting two papers and participating in a panel discussion. He was also appointed to a two-year term on the American Catholic Historical Association program committee. Dr. Menke published a book review titled “AntiSemitism and the Evolving Catholic Conscience” of John Connelley’s From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933–1965. The review appears in Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology, and Religion (December 2013). Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Karen Meteyer in collaboration with Dr. Loretta Brady from Saint Anselm College, presented a paper, "Knowing you, Showing me: Online Social Network Attitudes in America and Cyprus" at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in March. Their research explored students' online technology usage patterns and found that U.S. students' attitudes toward social media differed from Cyprus students views. Dr. Meteyer also attended the New England Psychological Association conference in October with Professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Paul Cunningham, and Assistant Professor and Psychology Department Coordinator Elizabeth Harwood. Public Safety Officer Katrina Ware Simpson recently completed Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson. She is soon to embark on Officer Candidate School as a member of the N.H. National Guard. Simpson graduated as Soldier Leader of the cycle, an honor bestowed on only five soldiers in her training battalion of approximately one thousand soldiers. Associate Professor of Education Angela Mousseau and research team members gave four presentations in October at the Center for Research on Girls fall symposium, “From Stress & Storm to Power & Purpose: The Role of Sense of Purpose and Parenting in Positive Youth Development.” Commander Becker and Public Safety Officer Katrina Ware Simpson Sharron Rowlett-Moore, Director of Multicultural Affairs, received the “Unsung Hero Award” from the Merrimack Valley branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in November. She was also a guest speaker at the Greater Manchester Black Scholarship Foundation celebration in Manchester, N.H. last fall. Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling was appointed Region 1 Chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) Small Colleges and Universities (SCU) Division. He will sit on the NASPA Region 1 Advisory Board and the National SCU Division Leadership Team. These SCU divisions provide leadership in higher education to promote a greater understanding of small college and university missions, challenges, and opportunities. Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling Stay on top of all the news Associate Professor and Director of the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program Dr. Robert Walrath, together with Rivier’s Senior Instructor Dr. John Willis and Professor Dr. Ron Dumont of FarleighDickinson University, has a chapter ”Best Practices in Writing Assessment Reports” being published in sixth edition of Best Practices in School Psychology, the premier publication of the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Walrath was elected to his fourth term as Member-at-Large on the New Hampshire Psychological Association Board of Directors, and he attended the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga. this past March. www.rivier.edu/news SPRING 2014 27 Alumni PROFILE Michael A. Croatti, Class of 2009 Master of Business Administration Senior Vice President of Service and Operations, UniFirst Corporation UniFirst is an industry-leading uniform service and supply company. The company's 11,000 Team Partner employees and 225 facilities serve more than 250,000 customers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe (as Unitech). UniFirst recently celebrated its 25th anniversary on the NY Stock Exchange. 28 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Nice guys finish first Rivier opened my mind and senses to becoming a better person. Earning his MBA changed Michael Croatti’s life and the lives of many others By MICHELLE MARRONE Already an established business professional, Michael Croatti didn’t intend to earn his MBA at Rivier University. He intended to take one finance course and apply that knowledge to UniFirst’s business operations, which provide uniform and facility products services to more than 250,000 companies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A positive experience in his first class led him to pursue his MBA degree and become a permanent member of the Rivier community. “I chose Rivier based on its quality reputation, its emphasis on values, and its close proximity to several of UniFirst’s operations. I completed the initial course, and I was so pleased with the experience that I decided to pursue a full MBA at Rivier.” Immediately Croatti put his coursework learning into action at UniFirst, as well as in his corporate dealings on Wall Street and with investor relations. He believes “Rivier offers an MBA curriculum that is valuable in its real-world applications—a comprehensive business education that can be applied to any industry.” Rivier’s MBA classes not only contributed to Croatti’s executive development, but also improved other aspects of his life. While many people may believe the value of an MBA lies in the potential for career advancement, Croatti describes his Rivier experience as life changing. “I’m proud of the hard work I put in at Rivier, and it has certainly been paying off for me. Rivier opened my mind and senses to becoming a better person. Not only have I been able to improve my work life and capabilities, but the education also helped my personal life and my family, and is now making a difference in my community.” current students with alumni. In addition, as the newest member of the President's Circle Leadership Committee, he will work with other business leaders to develop events and programs to connect the University with the business community in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Taking lessons learned to heart and to the world In 2012, Croatti started the “Thanks from Home” program at UniFirst Corporation, after a discussion of soldiers’ leadership and operational skills with management trainees. The program recognizes the sacrifices made by U.S. overseas troops and shows them a measure of gratitude. This nationwide program involves Team Partners at more than 200 UniFirst locations, vendors, and community members. Through generous donations, UniFirst arranges to send care packages filled with snack foods, personal care products, clothing, games, and other much-missed items from home. The strong outpouring of support was immediate and has grown each year. Recipients of UniFirst “Thanks From Home” care packages Volunteering in the Rivier community Finishing first when we give of ourselves to others With a desire to give back, Croatti decided to lend a hand. “I first decided to attend an alumni event—a business roundtable featuring the Mayor of Nashua. I quickly found the staff in the Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations and Rivier’s President Sister Paula Marie Buley to be so welcoming that I was hooked.” He joined the Rivier University Alumni Council and is eager to help build career-focused programs that connect Beyond the accounting practice and management skills acquired during his MBA program, Croatti credits the importance of giving back as one of the most valuable lessons. “There are so many ways that Rivier has made a difference in my life. Not only did I gain an invaluable education, I also learned a lot about giving back to my community. I now know that I can make a real difference in the lives of others. . . whether it is through recruiting, volunteering, or donating.” SPRING 2014 29 Class notes Members of the Class of 1969 Joanne Spirito, Linda Robinson, Pat Moreland and Janet Dalis are pictured with Mary Bollinger, Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President, and Karen Cooper. 60’s Rivier welcomed members of the Class of 1969 to campus in January for a luncheon event. Thank you to Joanne Spirito, Linda Robinson, Pat Moreland, and Janet Dalis for visiting campus. They are pictured above left in Molloy Hall with Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President; Mary Bollinger, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events; and Karen Cooper, Vice President for University Advancement. Members of the Class of 1964, Donna Benoit and Leslie Boggis, attended Rivier’s 79th Commencement ceremony at the Tsongas Center in May. Members of the University’s 50th Reunion Class, Donna and Leslie walked in the academic procession and were recognized for the upcoming milestone anniversary of their Rivier graduation. They are pictured above right with Sister Paula in Members of Rivier's 50th Reunion Class, Leslie Boggis and Donna Benoit, Class of 1964, pose with Sister Paula at the 79th Commencement Ceremony. academic attire prior to the ceremony. The Class of 1964 will be recognized at the University’s upcoming Alumni Reunion Weekend in September and will be inducted into the Golden Society. Leslie is serving as the Reunion Class Representative and looks forward to seeing many of her classmates on the Rivier campus this fall. Medtronic, Inc. Global IT, was honored as itSMF USA Member of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes Jeanette’s dedication to service management and the organization. She had previously received the Central Region Member of the Year award. 70’s In addition to other travels in 2013, James Moher ’89, ’94 visited France, England, and Wales. He purchased a home in Savannah, Ga. last Jeanette McGillicuddy ’75 ’79, ’91, Senior IT Program Manager with 80’s From Portland to Belfast Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President visited with several alumni on a one-day trip to Maine in April. She started the day visiting Class of 1969 members Kathleen Conlon, Janet Dalis, and Louise Bergeron in South Portland, Maine. Next, she traveled north to Skowhegan to meet Mary Elizabeth (Laney) Turbyne from the Class of 1959. Mary will be celebrating her 55th Reunion, and members of the Class of 1969 will be celebrating their 45th Reunion on campus during Alumni Reunion Weekend in September. Sister Paula finished the day in Belfast for dinner with Mary Mosier, Class of 1973, and her husband Joe. After dinner, Mary and Joe gave Sister a tour of their new business venture, Nautical Scribe Bookstore. They opened the bookstore as a second career after both retired from the U.S. Navy. 30 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Halloween, and is way too busy enjoying that culturally vibrant and historic community. He expects to return to New England to celebrate the first birthday of his granddaughter Eleanor Miyen Sepulveda, a child of his daughter Jennifer, and to attend the 50th reunion of the Nashua High Class of 1964. His son Jason lives in Nashua, and youngest daughter Alyson has been tutoring English for a family near Moscow, Russia. 90’s Nadine “Penny” Buros ’94 is moving to Seattle after serving six years with the Girl Scouts of New Hampshire and Vermont and volunteering with the Births Christine Garrity Garner ’14G and her husband André Garner ’13G announce the birth of their first child, Claire Marjorie, on April 7, 2014. American Red Cross for 15 years. She looks forward to joining the Rotary Club and Red Cross in Seattle, as well as looking after her new baby granddaughter. Susannah Schultz ’99 graduated from the University of New England in 2013 with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. She will be attending residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Mass. for anesthesiology. 00’s Michael Averil ’00 has been named to the Ag Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company Board of Directors. He will serve as their Sarbanes Oxley Director. Mike is currently on the Dynamic Health Insurance Company Board of Directors. Rivier mourns the loss of former President and Sister of the Presentation of Mary Sister Gloria Lemieux, pm, a former President of Rivier and member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, passed away on May 1, 2014 at the age of 90. Sister Gloria received her Bachelor’s Degree from Catholic Teachers College in Providence, R.I., Masters of Arts in English from Rivier University, Master of Theology from Fordham and Doctorate in English from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She taught elementary school in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire before her 31 years of service to Rivier. For six of those years, she served as President and member of the English Department. Later in life, she served as a writer, researcher, and translator for a major computer systems company, and she also developed an education program for the Boston Federal Aviation Administration. Sister Gloria was active in the Rivier Institute for Senior Education and in 2007 was awarded “Emerita” status in recognition of her exemplary service. Sister Gloria’s leadership and contributions to Rivier will be long-remembered and cherished by the many lives she touched during her career and lifetime. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rivier University in support of Resurrection Chapel and the Gateway Projects, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, N.H. Deaths Sister Marie-Blanche Allard, pm ’55/’66G Jan. 23, 2013 Catherine Avitabile Kerr ’74 Nov. 6, 2013 Christie L. Fazio ’07 Dec. 14, 2013 Lucette Brien Alix ’43 Jan. 12, 2014 Janet H. Gustafson ’07 Jan. 22, 2014 Carol A. Tischner ’89 Jan. 24, 2014 Claire Marjorie Garner In memoriam Sister Ann Dyer CSJ ’65 Feb. 13, 2014 Elaine Guerin Hall ’51 March 12, 2014 Sister Adrienne Beauregard, pm ’43/’04H May 3, 2014 Sister Louise J. Mador, pm ’56 March 12, 2014 Sister Mary St. Edward Underberg, OSF ’58 May 8, 2014 Carol Chin, pm ’91/’03G April 22, 2014 Meghan Sullivan ’08 May 12, 2014 Sister Gloria A. Lemieux, pm ’60G May 1, 2014 Sister Maria Croteau, pm ’59 May 15, 2014 SUBMIT YOUR NOTES ONLINE www.rivier.edu/alumniupdate SPRING 2014 31 Ways for alumni and friends to stay in touch Show your Rivier pride! Refer a student today. Visit our website Check out alumni news at: www.rivier.edu/alumni Attend an alumni event Check out our calendar at: www.rivier.edu/alumnievents Sign up for our alumni email newsletter Update your contact and employer information Submit your class notes online www.rivier.edu/alumniupdate Find us on Facebook: Become a fan of our page at www.facebook.com/RivierUniversityAlumni Connect on LinkedIn: Search for and join our Rivier University Alumni group. Follow us on Twitter: Sign up to follow the Rivier University page at twitter.com/RivUniversity Follow us on YouTube: View Rivier videos on our YouTube channel at www.rivier.edu/YouTube 32 RIVIER TODAY THE MAGAZINE OF RIVIER UNIVERSITY Do you know a prospective student who would benefit from a Rivier University education? The Office of Undergraduate Admissions seeks the assistance of alumni in recruiting students to the University each year. Our alumni continue to support recruitment efforts in important ways and are a primary source for talented and interested students who will benefit from a Rivier education and who will also make important contributions to the campus community. Show your pride in Rivier by referring a prospective student! Our alumni are ambassadors in the community, sharing their Rivier experience as a student and the success they are enjoying as alumni. You can make a difference in the future of Rivier by helping to build a strong, dedicated class who will continue to enhance the future of Rivier and the legacy of your alma mater. Recommend a campus visit. A great way to connect a prospective student with Rivier University is to recommend they visit campus and experience the University firsthand. Attending an Open House in October, November, or December provides an opportunity to tour the campus, explore academic programs, meet faculty, learn about financial aid options, and more. To connect a prospective student with Rivier University, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (603) 898-8507 or visit www.rivier.edu/admissions. Rivier University 2013-2014 Annual Fund Kayla Class of 2017 Nursing Anna Class of 2017 Nursing Mack Class of 2015 Psychology Jane Class of 2017 Nursing Photo by Grant Klene Putting names to the faces that your gift can help As a graduate, you know that the Rivier experience is unique. You know that Rivier is a place where service and learning go hand in hand, a place where values and ethics matter, and where real-world learning takes place across all disciplines. While you know all of this about Rivier, did you know that the undergraduate and graduate student experience is directly shaped by the generous support of alumni? Your experience as a Rivier student was shaped through the generosity of the alumni who came before you. This is a powerful statement and means that you have the power to shape the Rivier experience for the next generation. Your support of the Rivier University Annual Fund makes it possible for students to attend Rivier and to receive the unique educational experience that you received. In addition, your support makes it possible for the University to continue to offer the most up-to-date academic programs and resources, ensuring that a Rivier degree continues to be a valuable asset to employers. Your gift to the Rivier University Annual Fund will have a direct and lasting impact on the University and its students, continuing the tradition of alumni support that has benefited Rivier students for generations. For additional information about the Rivier University Annual Fund and to make your gift, visit www.rivier.edu/makeagift. SPRING 2014 33 Non profit Org U.S. Postage PAID Permit #575 manchester, NH 420 South Main Street â€˘ Nashua, NH 03060-5086 Rivier Today T H E M A G A Z I N E O F R I V I E R U N I V E R S I T Y SUBMIT YOUR NOTES ONLINE www.rivier.edu/alumniupdate Leave your Mark on the Rivier Campus! Support the Gateway Projects by engraving a brick to be placed in the new Heritage Plaza. Learn more on page 10 or visit www.rivier.edu/gateway.