Trocaire Trends January 2013
Trocaire College magazine for students, staff, alumni and friends.
o s Pre i t den l rati a i ec gu Sp Inau eb e D ue ss nI January 2013 Trocaire Trends Inaugurations are large celebrations in honor of the installation of a new president. It is an opportunity for the entire academic community and its constituents to welcome a new leader and joyfully anticipate the future. November 2, 2012 Inauguration From the President Dear friends and supporters: As I complete my first six months at Trocaire College, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the support you have given the college over the years. I look forward to the opportunity to visit with you and keep you informed about all the wonderful things that are taking place at the college. As you can imagine, being the new president I have spent time conversing with staff, faculty, and students. In addition, I have met with current and former board of trustee members, the alumni board, benefactors, local politicians, and a number of other businesses and organizations that have historically supported Trocaire College, provided clinical and internship opportunities for our students, and generally have been a validating voice to the quality of education that Trocaire provides in the Buffalo region. I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Trustees and humbled to take the torch of leadership from Dr. Paul Hurley, Jr. after fourteen years of service to the college. His leadership and commitment to the institution made it possible for Trocaire to stabilize its enrollment and finances as well as provide a solid foundation to move the college forward. The college was recently approved to add two Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and in Echocardiography which brings the total number of baccalaureate programs to five. This type of development will position Trocaire College to remain as the leading provider of higher education in health related professions in the region. Our Hospitality Management students will be able to study for one semester as a visiting student at MODUL University, a top ranked hospitality school in Austria. These are only two examples of the new and innovative efforts the faculty and staff have undertaken at the college. In my inaugural address, I shared with the college community my positive impressions of Trocaire and all that it has accomplished over the past fifty-four years. The Sisters of Mercy have laid a strong foundation for us to empower students toward personal enrichment, dignity, and self-worth. As a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Trocaire adheres to the principals of preserving the core Catholic identity and the Mercy mission. At the core of this mission is a call to work together as members of this higher education community to model mercy and justice, and to promote systemic change with special concern for women, children, and the less fortunate, as we embrace our multicultural and international reality. However, our work is not done. We must continue to chart new efforts and be ever more creative in the way we deliver our academic programs. We must be entrepreneurial in our approach as we work with K-12 schools, hospitals, businesses, and the community in order for our students to have a successful educational experience, whether they are pursuing a certificate, associate, or baccalaureate degree. We, at Trocaire College, pray that Godâ€™s blessings bring you and yours happiness and health in this new year of 2013. We look forward to your continued support of the college. Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D. President 2â€ƒtrocaire.edu Russell J. Salvatore Gives Trocaire Hospitality Students an A+ On November 14 Trocaire College’s hospitality management students held their grand opening of Lunch at Russell’s by Trocaire College. Brandon Supernault, director of hospitality management at the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business explained, “Lunch at Russell’s allows our hospitality management students to implement the knowledge they have learned in the classroom into practical dining experience that emphasizes creativity and focuses on providing excellent service to the community. The students were provided a wonderful opportunity to provide this service in one of the finest restaurants in Western New York - Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More.” The lunch service, which was open to the public, featured a Seasonal Prix Fixe menu featuring items such as Butternut Squash Soup, a Banh Mi Sandwich, Seafood en Papillote and the famous Trocaire Chicken Pot Pie. Mark Jerge, general manager of Salvatore’s Grand Hotel said, “This to me was a natural progression for the program. It was a culmination of many great ideas and the students really made it their own. We were ready to jump in and help, but really they had it all handled. I can’t wait for next year and this current class has certainly set the mark.” Trocaire Trends Editor/Writer Kathy Popielski, ’74 Director of Communications Associate Editor/Writer Jackie Hausler Web/Social Media Editor Contributors Joan Williams Director of Development/Alumni John A. Vecchio Vice President for Institutional Advancement Photography Jackie Hausler Michelle Rutan Lunch at Russell’s by Trocaire College was led by student manager, Miranda Morales, and featured both freshman and sophomore students in the hospitality management program. Marketing course students developed a marketing plan and Facebook page to promote the Seasonal Prix Fixe menu and service. Students in the Introduction to Food and Beverage course provided the front of the house staff while the Culinary Foundations course served an array of culinary dishes. So how was the food? Food critic and owner of Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, Russell J. Salvatore stated, “I was very impressed with every aspect of the event. The students felt comfortable and all came across very professional and the food was delicious, A+.” The Trocaire Hospitality Department and the management at Russell’s, Steaks, Chops & More are currently developing the date for the next Lunch at Russell’s by Trocaire College. For more information about our future lunch services in 2013, e-mail LunchAtRussells@trocaire.edu or to stay updated on new developments, “like” us at www.facebook.com/ LunchAtRussellsByTrocaireCollege. trocaire.edu 3 First International Program Launched On November 20, Trocaire announced an Agreement of Cooperation between the college and MODUL University in Vienna, Austria. As the college’s first international program, this innovative partnership affords Trocaire hospitality management students the opportunity to study for one semester (six months) as a visiting student at MODUL University. While at MODUL, students will be studying at the top ranked hospitality school in Austria. They will be part of an international student body of more than 250 students from more than fifty countries around the world. Trocaire College is only one of six institutions of higher education in the United States, and the only two-year hospitality program in the world, to partner with MODUL University. “This wonderful study/work abroad program is truly one of the best international programs around and helps to enhance Trocaire’s program in continuing to be one of the finest Hospitality Management programs in Western New York,” noted hospitality program director Brandon Supernault. “This partnership allows students to work and study abroad, while enjoying the cultural elements of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am truly proud of the hard work and commitment both institutions have made over the past year and a half to make this possible for our students.” This agreement will include faculty and research collaboration as well as a study abroad option that gives Trocaire College hospitality students the opportunity to take courses in Market Research & Consumer Behavior, Advertising & Marketing Communication, Business & Tourism Law, Revenue Management, and Latest Trends & Innovations. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their practical internship hours at the Steigenberger Herrenhof Wien. This prestigious, five-star hotel was recently rated one of the top 20 hotels in Europe by TripAdvisor.com. Upon completion of their semester at MODUL University, students will transfer back thirteen credit hours towards their Associate in Applied Science degree or Certificate in Hospitality Management at Trocaire College. Partnership with Catholic Health System Nurse Residency Program The Catholic Health System (CHS) has recently initiated a nurse residency program that helps and supports new nurses as they transition from a student nurse to a competent and independent professional. Through a unique collaboration, Trocaire’s nursing faculty members are working closely with CHS to develop and implement clinical scenarios for the newly graduated nurse to increase their confidence level. The first simulation, held in October, was a scenario of a patient experiencing chest pain with a family member present. The CHS nurses practiced how to assess the patient and then communicate with the patient’s family and physicians. The interaction was videotaped and a debriefing was held to evaluate communication and assessment skills of the nurses. The care of a respiratory patient was the topic of the second simulation held in December. The CHS nurses who participate in the nurse residency program receive a blend of classroom and hands-on experience. “Trocaire College is pleased to be a partner in providing additional clinical support and mentoring through simulation,” noted Mary Ann Deb, Trocaire Professor of Nursing. “Our nursing faculty and the CHS hospital educators worked together to develop and implement clinical scenarios for the new graduate nurse as they transition into their first professional roles in the Catholic Health System.” Trocaire Nursing Instructor John Anderson demonstrates a patient scenario to CHS nurses in the college’s simulation lab. 4 trocaire.edu Through this innovative program, the new CHS nurses will develop the essential skills needed to move successfully into the role of a professional nurse - experiencing an increase in job satisfaction which directly results in an increase in patient satisfaction. Moving For ward Deeb Installed as Trocaireâ€™s 6 th President On Friday, November 2, faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, family, community leaders, and delegates from other institutions of higher learning officially welcomed Dr. Bassam M. Deeb into the Trocaire Family as he was inaugurated as the Collegeâ€™s 6th President. trocaire.eduâ€ƒ5 Trocaire Inaugurates Sixth President “I am honored to stand before you as the sixth President of Trocaire College,” noted Deeb, who began his Trocaire journey this past summer. The former Vice President for Student Services at Niagara County Community College, Deeb began his presidency at Trocaire College on July 9. Since that time he has been meeting with every college program director, dean, department head and board member. He has also initiated meetings with faculty and staff groups, students, major donors of the college and local political leaders. In his inaugural address Deeb said, “I am amazed by the openness and support I have received throughout my visits. Trocaire holds a special place in the heart of everyone I have Trocaire’s First Family – From left to right: Emily, Jodi, Bassam and Matthew Deeb. spoken to.” Inaugurations are celebrations in honor of the installation of a new president. It is customary for members of various constituencies to deliver messages and greetings during the installation ceremony. Greetings for President Deeb were offered on behalf of the Board of Trustees, college community, faculty, alumni, current student body, WNY community and higher education community. Board chair Lisa Kirisits said of Deeb, “A new era for this Mercy inspired college began on July 9, 2012 with your selection as the sixth president of Trocaire College. Your impressive breadth of experience, knowledge and pure talent has become obvious to all of us.” Student Association President Alexandria Mann extended a warm welcome to the new president on behalf of the student body and noted that a new chapter begins for Trocaire College. “As students we have all arrived here from diverse backgrounds, but have all come to Trocaire to accomplish a common goal – to dream, focus and succeed. We chose Trocaire because we know it is the best and we know you have come to that conclusion as well.” The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo, delivered the invocation and the benediction was given by Msgr. Bakhos Chidiac, Pastor of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Wheeling, West Virginia. The afternoon ceremony included a musical interlude by the Sisters of Mercy Choir, celebrating the college’s Mercy heritage. The presidential medallion was bestowed to Deeb by Board chair Lisa M. Kirisits. Sister JoAnne Courneen, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West community, gave the Congregational Prayer of Investiture. Student Alexandria Mann congratulates President Deeb. 6 trocaire.edu An inauguration is a time to introduce the new president and provide a platform for the president to publicly express his or her vision. Deeb’s inaugural address was both a celebration of Trocaire’s history and a glimpse of his vision for its future. In his remarks he recognized that the college has adhered to the core mission of the Sisters of Mercy. “What sets Trocaire apart from others is the fact that we are about giving people a chance, that they may not otherwise get, to attend a small college with a supportive and nurturing environment; a college that focuses on each person’s needs and skills and gives them the tools they need to enter the world of work and lead successful lives.” “Today our motto at Trocaire College is Dream, Focus, Succeed,” noted Deeb. “These are not just words that are relevant to our students but should be relevant to all of us, the custodians of Trocaire College.” Pointing to the future, President Deeb told the audience “The time is ripe for us together to lead Trocaire into the future – a future based on a shared vision, a commitment to transparency and involvement at all levels, a qualitative and quantitative review of critical and strategic issues, and a direct and decisive decision-making process that recognizes our identity, mission, and commitment to serve our community.” 12 Questions with President Deeb Why Trocaire? The college’s mission is consistent with the other colleges where I have worked providing open enrollment, truly understanding the needs of the students and giving them an opportunity for an education. Favorite aspect of your new job: Meeting people, employees and the community at large, who are dedicated to the college and want the best for this institution. As a new president coming from a student services background, how will you keep connected to Trocaire students? Initially through the student leadership groups, but I will continually seek out ways to keep connected to them through student clubs and activities. Spending your entire career in higher education, where do you draw your inspiration to continue in this field? From the people I have worked with and their level of commitment to their chosen profession. Also from commencement, where you see how students have directly benefitted from our efforts. Attribute you like best about yourself: I am passionate. It helps to keep me focused and drives me to do as well as I can. Board chair Lisa Kirisits bestows presidential medallion. Is there a talent you would like to have? To play an instrument, particularly the piano. I love music. What kind of music do you like? I like instrumental songs and new-age music. Jesse Cook is a favorite. My motto: “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can.” (excerpt from Abraham Lincoln quote) It has been my motto since the beginning of my career. Favorite value in others: Integrity. What is your idea of fun? Spending time with friends over a meal or just socializing. Favorite food: No favorite – I like to try different foods from a variety of cultures. My bucket list: Travel – in the U.S. and abroad. I like to visit different places, generally not the same place twice. “The time is ripe for us together to lead Trocaire into the future...” - Bassam Deeb trocaire.edu 7 Staff Profile Serving Trocaire: Serving Our Country Brad Baumgardner, a Western New York native, started college at Onondaga Community College in East Syracuse, NY, but his journey wasn’t that of the average college student. At 19-years-old, he heard his calling and enlisted in the United States Air Force. In November of 2000, he left home and started his military career. Last month marks his twelve year anniversary with the Air Force. “I went into the service before September 11, 2001. Within a year of my enlistment, the twin towers fell and our unit was on our way to the Middle East.” While Brad was in active duty, he honorably completed five deployments taking him to seven countries in the Middle East, ten countries in Europe, ten countries in Africa and also to Columbia in South America. All of the deployments he completed were in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). When speaking of his deployments and his time on active duty, Brad has a humble opinion of his role. “There is never any level of vanity in my life. I don’t live my life like that. I feel blessed to be able to open my eyes, experience things I have seen and accomplished, and in the end come home safely.” Late in 2004 his time serving our country came to an end, or so he thought. “When I got off of active duty, I thought I was done. I never thought I was going to go back, but after six months of being out, I really missed it. I was in charge of a 300 million dollar aircraft and when I came back home, not being in charge of something so significant really started to weigh on me.” While Brad began his studies at the University at Buffalo in the spring of 2005, he soon found himself returning Brad Baumgardner (middle) at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy. 8 trocaire.edu to the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and the rest of his twelve years are history. An enlisted aviator, a Computer Radar Specialist aboard the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), and a C-130 Loadmaster were just some of Brad’s credentials upon starting at Trocaire College in June of 2011 as the college’s Veteran Services Coordinator. As the first person to be employed in this role at Trocaire, Brad has made the position into what it is today. He is currently responsible for helping students obtain all the financial help and resources they need to succeed. “Trocaire was the first college in Western New York to offer a tuition-free benefit for OEF and OIF veterans,” stated Brad. Although the number of students varies each semester, he serves approximately 100 student veterans and their families. “I essentially have a role in every office here at the college. I have a small group of students, about 7% of the total enrolled, and I need to know about each student as they begin the next phase in their lives. I am here to help them along every step of the way from admissions, to academic advisement to benefits, all the way through to graduation. Over the course of a semester I get to know each student really well. It helps being at a smaller college ensuring they are having the best experience possible both inside the classroom and out. It’s easy to just be a number or get lost in a larger institution; whereas at Trocaire, I get a chance to understand the challenges each of our students face as they transition from being in the military culture to an academic one,” stated Brad. “This added benefit allows this office to enhance the services provided to every student that enrolls at Trocaire.” In Brad, we know we are blessed with a dedicated, motivated, and positive employee at Trocaire College. If you see Brad’s smiling face, consider thanking him for what he has graciously helped continue to give all of us - our freedom. Student Profile Never Say Never Michelle Ameera Hassan’s typical day begins at 5:00 a.m. One by one, she wakes up each of her six children, preparing them breakfast and getting them ready for school. By 10:00 a.m. she is dashing around the house taking care of her toddler, scheduling doctor appointments for her disabled daughter and making dinner for the children for later that evening. Somehow, amongst all of her responsibilities, Michelle found time to enroll at Trocaire College and is now a second semester registered nursing student. Her children, Yasmine, 16; Rose, 13; Bryanna, 11; Summer, 10; Alexzander, 8; and Laila, 4 are her motivation. “My children are my inspiration for everything I do. I’m going to school and bettering my education for them. They are so supportive of my studies at Trocaire,” said Michelle. Describing her children as supportive may be an understatement. From the very oldest, to the very youngest, they all help each other in different ways. On a day-today basis, her eldest daughter takes all the younger kids off of the bus and ensures they do their homework while she fixes plates with the meal Michelle made for them that morning. They also love to help their mom study her nursing material whenever they can. Michelle’s daughter Summer helped her study with flashcards so much over her break from school, she went back to elementary school with a whole new set of mental faculties. When her teacher asked each person in the class to share something they did over their break, Summer said, “I learned how to identify an apical pulse. 60-100 beats per minute is normal, but my mom thinks anything over 80 we have to watch.” Needless to say, Summer’s teacher was quite impressed. Michelle draws her highest form of motivation from her daughter, Bryanna. “When she was born, the doctors said that there was no hope in her survival,” said Michelle. At the age of eight she suffered a stroke which caused facial paralysis and left the doctors perplexed. The things we take for granted like chewing food and opening our eyes became Bryanna’s daily battles. Michelle explained, “This little girl was so determined and she did not give up on anything. She always saw the positive in everything. She taught me the meaning of life. She taught me strength and courage and to never give up on hope. Hope is all we have.” Now 11-years-old, doctors believe Bryanna has a mitochondrial muscle disease and she works with an occupational therapist on a regular basis. “Her whole life she has been treated like a guinea pig; testing different methods, trying to figure out what her condition is. I am not sure if Bryanna realizes how strong of a person she is. I am who I am because of her. She can overcome anything because God is with her in her journey of life,” said Michelle. Largely because of Bryanna the Hassan family has adopted a family motto to remove ‘never’ from their vocabulary. “There is no such thing as never,” says Michelle. Michelle’s clinical instructor at Mercy Hospital, Donnette Hong, can attest to her dedicated and optimistic approach on life. “She is kind and supportive to classmates and patients. She has a positive attitude and is hardworking; a true role model to the other students,” said Hong. “Michelle has a level of empathy for patients that very few students at her level demonstrate. She is always doing nice things for people, and she never expects anything in return.” Sustaining over a 3.0 average in a demanding program is definitely something to be proud of, especially considering how trying her schedule is. “I am lucky to be a student at Trocaire. I feel very blessed to be here,” noted Michelle. In true Michelle fashion, on top of all of her other responsibilities, she manages to tutor students for sociology and psychology in the Palisano Center for Academic Success (PCAS) at Trocaire. Dr. Althea Porter, Director of the PCAS, describes Michelle as a very well-liked person. “Michele is a very enthusiastic and motivated student. The Center was very proud that she was honored at last year’s honors convocation for her academic achievements,” stated Dr. Porter. Living in the now and tackling her daily responsibilities isn’t Michelle’s only strong suit; she has high goals and dreams for the future. When she graduates, she hopes to further her education and become a nurse practitioner. Michelle also stated, “I aspire to give back to the community and open a scholarship fund for mothers who want to improve their families’ lives by continuing their education.” By the time she is 50, she plans to write a book. It is apparent, “never” is not a word in Michelle Hassan’s vocabulary. trocaire.edu 9 Reflecting on the Past Year As President of the Trocaire College Alumni Board, I can look back on this past year with a feeling of pride for all that has taken place, and at the same time, look forward to the activities that are planned for the upcoming year. The Alumni Association is on the move and we invite you to join us every step of the way. During this very special time of year we are mindful of the challenges that so many have faced; a difficult economy, the natural disasters that have affected us around the country, around the world, and the personal struggles that we often face from day-to-day. We are also extremely grateful for the blessings of family, friends, colleagues and those of you who have been so generous to our students and their pursuit of a quality education. This past October, 420 alumni and friends joined together to honor several individuals in our community who have demonstrated their belief in providing deserving individuals with a quality education through their philanthropic support. Reflections 2012, Trocaire’s signature fundraising event, honored Sr. Marie Bernarde Procknal, RSM, Gary Miller, and Amy J. Habib and The Habib Family. Frank G. Downing, Sr., a longtime friend of the college, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to Trocaire College and Peg Overdorf was the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service award. All of the honorees’ generosity and support parallel the mission of the Sisters of Mercy and Trocaire College each and every day. More than $130,000 was raised for scholarships that evening. Time goes by so quickly. It is hard to believe that very soon six deserving individuals will be honored at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner. The event will be held again this year at Ilio DiPaolo’s on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Last year we had a record-breaking crowd as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class. Please save the date as space will be limited for this event. Last March we traveled to Florida visiting alumni in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Venice and the Villages. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Alumni Reunion, which was to be held in early November, was postponed and is now scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2013. If you will be in the area, please plan to attend. At the end of February, there will be a reunion of Trocaire alumni in Naples, Florida and in April there will be three alumni events held in the Western New York area. Dr. Paul B. Hurley, Jr., president of Trocaire College for the past fourteen years, retired at the end of June. In July, the sixth president of the college, Dr. Bassam M. Deeb, was named the new president. The alumni board met with Dr. Deeb in September and we look forward to working with him for many years to come. I am thankful that I will have the opportunity to work with so many alumni and friends as the Alumni Board President again this coming year. God bless, Henry (Hank) J. Mumme, Jr. ’01, RN 10 trocaire.edu Upcoming Alumni Events Distinguished Alumni Dinner Six distinguished alumni will be honored for outstanding service/ accomplishments in their respective fields of work at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner to be held at Ilio DiPaolo’s on Wednesday, February 6 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 each. Make your reservation today. We will be communicating details of the event via e-mail. New York City Alumni & Friends Reunion The event will be hosted by Margaret Healy Bay ’71, RN, at her home in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, January 26. If you are coming from outside the Manhattan area, a block of rooms have been reserved at the rate of $238 per night including taxes for January 25 and 26. Florida Reunion There will be a gathering of alumni living in Florida during the latter part of February. The event will take place in Naples, Florida. Whether you are just visiting or live in the area, please plan to join us. Further information will be communicated through the alumni e-newsletter so please provide us with your e-mail address. Another Shopping Experience is Scheduled! Forty-four alumni and friends traveled by chartered bus to the Grove City Premium Outlets in Pennsylvania on October 20. Everyone had such a great time that another event will be scheduled in the spring of 2013. For more information on any of these alumni activities or to provide the alumni office with your e-mail address, contact Director of Development/ Alumni, Joni Williams, at williamsjo@ trocaire.edu or 716-827-4341. On July 19, alumni, friends, faculty and staff joined together to dedicate the new Memory Garden located in the courtyard. You can still purchase a brick or paver to commemorate or honor someone. Alumni Board president, Hank Mumme, throws out the first pitch at Coca Cola Field for the Alumni Friday Night Bash on August 10. 2012 Reflections honorees with President Deeb and his wife Jodi at the scholarship dinner: Sister Marie Bernarde’ Procknal, RSM, former Trocaire Career Center Director, Gary Miller, CEO of Quinlan, Amy Habib, community volunteer and philanthropist, Board Chair Lisa Kirisits and Peg Overdorf, community volunteer and recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service award. Vice President John Vecchio, Karen Penfold, Board Chair Lisa Kirisits and Dick Penfold at the Commons at the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business which was named in honor of the Penfolds on June 13. Franklin (Frank) Downing, Sr., CEO of Towne Auto, was the recipient of the 2012 Reflections Lifetime Achievement award. The Radiologic Technology Class of 2002 held their 10-year reunion at Templeton Landing restaurant in Buffalo, NY. trocaire.edu 11 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Buffalo, NY Permit #2435 Trocaire College 360 Choate Avenue • Buffalo, NY 14220-2094 Third-Party Fundraising 101 There are many different ways in which to fundraise as an organization. Most common activities are galas, scholarship dinners, golf tournaments, auctions, etc. Typically, the Development Office or Alumni Office at a higher education institution coordinates these activities using a team of staff members and/or volunteers. Most of these events require a great deal of planning, coordination and implementation by staff, but raise significant dollars for the organization. There is also another category of fundraising which is commonly known as a third-party fundraiser. This means that an individual or group of people will coordinate an activity with the proceeds going to a charity of their choice. There is usually very little time invested by the beneficiary of the event other than providing logos, signage, etc. Of course any organization is very pleased to be at the receiving end of such a project. This past year, two alumnae, who are also Trocaire employees, were kind enough to coordinate an effort on their own time to raise funds by selling Bon-Ton Community Day coupon books. Kathy Popielski ’74 and Kathy Hoffstetter ’72 raised almost $300 that was donated to the Alumni Association. Joni Williams recently coordinated a project at The Wear House Accessorized, which raised almost $300 for the annual fund. We are conveying this to you because perhaps you are planning a wedding, and in lieu of buying favors, you would like to make a donation to Trocaire. Maybe you are hosting a jewelry sale in your home, and you will earn a piece of jewelry in exchange for hosting the event, but you really don’t need another gold necklace. Why not donate it to an organization that can use it as an incentive to raise money. These are simple examples of ways in which you and your family and friends can give back to Trocaire College and its students. If you would like more information on how to coordinate an event, please contact Joni Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-827-4341. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Ways to Give Since 1958, Trocaire College has provided a quality education to more than 9,000 individuals, most of who continue to live and work in Buffalo & Erie County. We are proud of the accomplishments made by these many alumni and hope to continue the legacy for years to come. If you would like additional information about supporting Trocaire, please contact our Institutional Advancement Office at 716-827-4341 or go to www.trocaire.edu, click on the “GIVE” button in the right hand corner – it’s that easy! You can contribute to the following: Annual Fund, Courtyard Bricks & Pavers, Scholarship Fund, Reflections Scholarship Fund, the Sister Barbara Ciarico, RSM Legacy Society, Planned Giving, Gifts of Stock or Naming Opportunities.