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President’s Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 V E R I T A S



Prior to delivering a St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture in November, The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, toured the campus with student guide Steven Rignoli ‘16.

90th Anniversary Celebration .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 O N


Building Strategy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 N E W


Under the Lights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 R E U N I O N

Photo: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

Reunion Schedule of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Class Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Around Campus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Mark your calendar, the Albertus Reunion is Saturday, June 4, 2016. See page 7 for the schedule of events.

Photo: Jeff Scott

Photo: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

We celebrated the 19th Annual Fall Fest in 90th Anniversary style. See pages 2 and 3 or photo gallery online at

From our founding building, Rosary Hall, to our most recent renovations, Albertus creates a campus environment for the 21st century. See pages 4 and 5.

Cover: Sunlight provides a golden glow for Rosary Hall during the 90th Anniversary Founders’ Day celebration party. Photo: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

Photo: Robert Lisak


Dear Alumni and Friends of Albertus, For nearly 34 years as president, I have had the honor and privilege to serve the mission and purposes of Albertus Magnus College. We are a vibrant, innovative and thriving Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition, and this heritage will continue to inspire and sustain our beloved Albertus. I thank our Board of Trustees, and especially former chair Joseph R. Crespo, for his wise counsel over many years. I thank our distinguished faculty for thinking outside of the box, our professional staff, our students who are so eager to make a difference in the world, supportive alumni and all those who have helped to make Albertus Magnus College the very special place that it is. I am blessed to have been part of the Albertus community. To begin the extremely important process of selecting the next president of Albertus, the Board of Trustees has retained the services of Hyatt-Fennell, a consulting search firm whose leaders will assist the Board in the presidential recruitment and selection process. Working closely with Hyatt-Fennell are the members of the Presidential Screening Committee, chaired by Jeanne M. Dennison, chair of the Board of Trustees and alumna of the College; Trustees Sister Maria Ciriello, O.P., Joseph P. Germain Jr., Frances B. Granquist and Paul McCraven; Faculty members Mark Barreuther, Ph.D., chair of the department of science and mathematics, and chair of the Faculty Assembly, Jeremiah Coffey, Ph.D., co-chair of the department of philosophy and religion, and Deborah Frattini, M.F.A., associate professor of English and humanities, and alumna of the College; Administrative Staff members Annette Bosley-Boyce, dean of the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies, Sister Anne Kilbride, O.P., former Trustee and assistant to the President for Dominican Mission, and Joan E. Venditto, Doctor of Arts, director of education programs, and alumna of the College; and student Jake Curello, Class of 2017.

During November, Ms. Cheryl Hyatt, a partner at Hyatt-Fennell, met in group meetings with members of the faculty, administrative council, administrative staff and students to seek information and advice regarding what community members view as desirable experience and qualities for the next president. An advertisement has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Presidential Screening Committee is expected to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2016. I hope that you will follow the proceedings of the Presidential Screening Committee. To keep you up to date on the process as it moves along, the College established a web page to provide information and updates to the College community; the link is

Faithfully yours,

Dr. Julia M. McNamara, President

“We are a vibrant, innovative and thriving Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition, and this heritage will continue to inspire and sustain our beloved Albertus.� From the Hill


V E R I TA S & V I S I O N

90th Anniversary Celebration


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uring 2015 hundreds of alumni and friends of Albertus came to campus to celebrate, along with faculty, students and staff, the 90th anniversary of the College. It was a year of joy, of honoring our past and looking forward to the centennial year of 2025. It was a time of reflection on the courage and accomplishment of the Dominican Sisters who founded the first Catholic, liberal arts residential college for women in New England here in New Haven. Today, Albertus flourishes as a place where women and men of all ages and backgrounds pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree program that promotes the search for truth in all its dimensions and is practical in its application. Here, inspiration stems from an 800-year old Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community and service. This year, at Founders’ Day, Albertus dedicated its wall of history in Rosary Hall, the College’s first building. The permanent display shows 90 years of change, a campus mix of contemporary buildings and gracious mansions, of students at typewriters and computers, of war-time proms and current commencements. Above, left to right, Very Rev. Vincent G. DeLucia, O.P., President Julia M. McNamara, Deacon John Hoffman and student Sheridan McNamara ’17 at the blessing of the wall. Also part of the 90th celebration were the St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series with distinguished speakers, Candlelight Ceremonies passing the light of knowledge to new students, alumni reunions, faculty and student panels, performances by the Albertus Magnus Chorus, receptions and a special Anniversary Tea with Foundress Mother Stefanie Mohun, O.P., and President McNamara. From time to time the College presents the Veritas Award to those alumni and friends who personify the values, traditions and service to others that are the hallmarks of the Albertus mission. In this 90th Anniversary year, the College honored Dr. Robert Imholt, professor and chair of the department of history and political science, and Mrs. Jeanne Mann, vice president for finance and treasurer, for their many years of dedicated service to the College. (See photos next page: bottom left: President McNamara, former Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph R. Crespo, Dr. Imholt and Dr. Sean O’Connell, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty; bottom right: President McNamara, Mrs. Mann and Mr. Crespo.)

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Building Strategy


Photo: Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86


Photo: Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86

The College’s Board of Trustees has supported and approved construction and renovation projects, the results of strategic planning, forward thinking and growth factors.



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Photo: Kim Matarese


Photo: Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86


Tagliatela Academic Center Photos 1–3: This 18,000 sq. ft. building, designed by Svigals+ Partners of New Haven, opened for classes in January 2005, supporting continued growth of academic programs at the College. It includes science classrooms and labs, a communications studio and suite, a teaching amphitheater and a CIS suite. The two-story St. Albert Atrium provides communal space for student, alumni and community activities. The St. Catherine of Siena Chapel, with its stained glass windows designed by Sr. Thoma Swanson, and the MacDonough Board Room are linked to the Academic Center by a covered walkway and courtyard.


Photo: Kim Matarese

Photo: Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86



Photos 4–6: Framework for the Tagliatela Academic Center rose quickly. On May 12, 2004, President McNamara, faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered at the site to sign the final steel beam for the building’s framework. Students gather in Bree Common at Aquinas Hall, which overlooks the Tagliatela Academic Center with its nine-foot tall bronze statue of St. Albert the Great, sculpted by Barry Svigals, the building’s architect.


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Photo: Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86

New Wing at Aquinas Hall

Photo: Kim Matarese


Hubert Campus Center Photos 9–10: Several recent renovation projects have dramatically changed the exterior and interior of the Campus Center, including new looks for the main entry way, the College Book Store and the DeDominicis Dining Hall. The bright and contemporary Dining Hall was the site of a luncheon welcoming Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of the Archdiocese of Hartford to the College, where he delivered the St. Albert the Great Lecture, a highlight of the 2015 St. Albert Week.

Cosgrove, Marcus, Messer Athletic Center Photos 11–12: This 60,000 square foot multi-purpose athletic facility is home to a six-lane, Olympic-size swimming pool, double gymnasium, three racquetball courts, fitness center and weight rooms, as well as other facilities. Dedication ceremonies took place October 14, 1989.

A Falcon’s View of the Campus


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Photo: Kim Matarese


Photos 7–8: In 2009 a new wing and major renovations added needed office and classroom space to Aquinas Hall, which was built in 1965. To commemorate its 85th Anniversary, Albertus added a bronze seal of the College to the Aquinas Hall walkway.

Photo 13: The College’s first building, the iconic Rosary Hall (center of photo), recently underwent an extensive interior renovation, which transformed the Library into a flexible, 21st century Information Commons. Rosary Hall now includes a variety of support services, such as Information Technology Services, the Writing Center, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, among others. Nearby, on August 31, 2011, the College community helped cut the ribbon celebrating the new turf surface at the Celentano Athletic Field; on October 24, 2015, the 19th annual Fall Fest held its men’s and women’s soccer matches under newly-installed permanent lights.

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This fall the College installed permanent lighting at the Celentano Field on the Prospect Street campus. 6

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Under the Lights


Reunion 2016, Saturday, June 4 Alumni of the Year Award nominations now being accepted. Visit REGISTRATION 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hubert Campus Center LITURGY IN MEMORY OF DECEASED CLASSMATES 10:00 a.m., St. Albert Atrium, Tagliatela Academic Center LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. DeDominicis Dining Hall, 2nd floor, Hubert Campus Center Featuring the President’s Address, presentation of the Alumni of the Year Awards, and Golden Society Induction Ceremony with champagne toast honoring the class of 1966. Class of 1966: No Charge Golden Society Members: $10 Adults: $20 Millennials: $10 Children ages 12 to 6: $10 Children ages 5 and under: No Charge TOUR OFFERINGS

New Albertus Walking Tour led by Albertus Magnus College Student Alumni Association members. Departs from Hubert Campus Center front entrance at 2:00 p.m. Self-Guided Residence Hall Visits: McAuliffe, Mohun, Nilan, Siena and Sansbury Residence Halls will remain open from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Members of the Student Alumni Association will be stationed in each building to greet you. ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES James Patsalides, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Management Research Presentation 3 to 3:45 p.m. Kops Forum, Room 113, Tagliatela Academic Center

Young Alumni Art Exhibit 2 to 5 p.m. MacDonough Art Gallery, first floor, Hubert Campus Center TASTE OF THE TOWN Local Wine and Beer Sampling, local coffee bar, sweet and savory treats. 3:45 to 5 p.m. Tagliatela Academic Center Atrium and Courtyard For classes that would like assistance in arranging an off-campus dinner, please contact Stefanie Seslar at or call 203-773-8519.

For your convenience, hotel rooms have been reserved at the Clarion, Hamden, and the Courtyard By Marriott, Orange/Milford. Both properties are offering a rate of $129 per night for Reunion guests. For more information or to register visit

Photos: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

Technology Help Desk: iPhone, iPad, Android, and Apps, Social Media & More Open 2 to 3:30 p.m. Common Ground, 1st Floor, Hubert Campus Center Want to skype one of your classmates into Reunion? Need assistance with your new mobile device, tablet or digital camera? Let our student experts help you with all your questions!

Photo: Max Pelloth ’17

A Reflection on 90 Years: A visit to Rosary Hall’s Heritage Suite and in-depth look at the historical wall presented by Sr. Anne Kilbride, O.P. 2 to 3:30 p.m., Rosary Hall

Schedule subject to change.

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CLASS NOTES Alumni photos appearing in Class Notes are submitted unless otherwise noted.

75th Reunion June 4, 2016


75th Reunion June 3, 2017

1945 Nina Ardito Gambardella, Cresskill, NJ, notes that at 91 her health is good, except for the usual aches and pains. She is still driving and keeps busy with family, church and community activities.


70th Reunion June 4, 2016


70th Reunion June 3, 2017

1948 Elizabeth “Betty” Hurley Candels, Wethersfield, CT, celebrated her 89th birthday by attending the December concert of the Albertus Chorus with her three daughters. Daughter Eileen writes “How great to listen, then join in for carols and regaled with Happy Birthday! Mom felt so special and proud of her school, and all of your students.”

1950 Yvonne Tomei McKitrick, Tampa, FL, received her master’s degree from Michigan State University. She has many happy memories of her time at Albertus: “wonderful teachers, especially Sr. Maria Patricia, friends made here and the beautiful setting.”


65th Reunion June 4, 2016


65th Reunion June 3, 2017

1953 Sr. Dolores Liptak, R.S.M., West Hartford, CT, professor of history at Holy Apostles College, gave a talk this summer at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, as part of a series of lectures marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Her talk focused on the role of Catholic Sisters as nurses in the war.

Noonan Receives UVM Achievement Award Jacqueline A. Noonan, ’50, a pioneering pediatric cardiologist, received the 2015 University of Vermont Alumni Association Achievement Award at its annual Reunion and Homecoming weekend celebration on October 3. She earned her medical degree from the University’s College of Medicine in 1954. Professor emerita and former chair of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Noonan in 2014 was named “Gifted Educator” by the American College of Cardiology. The award recognizes an individual who has “demonstrated innovative, outstanding teaching characteristics that contribute significantly to the field of cardiovascular medicine.” In 2008 Albertus awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of a “life dedicated to healing and teaching.” She was the first person to observe a link between congenital heart failure in children and the presence of other conditions such as chest deformities, certain facial characteristics, short stature and a narrowing of the heart’s pulmonary valve. The condition became known officially as Noonan Syndrome; today, it is one of the most common syndromes associated with congenital heart disease. St. George’s Hospital in London is the international center for Noonan Syndrome research.

1955 Patricia Sanders Behan, Madison, CT, enjoys golf; she is a member of the Catholic Charity League and the Yale Club of New Haven. She has two daughters: Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86, vice president for advancement and alumni relations at Albertus, and Katherine Behan. Mary Menadier Cromwell, Cockeysville, MD, celebrated 60 years of marriage in July; she and Michael have 7 children and 10 grandchildren with “varied and wonderful attributes.” She is closely involved in building a new church in the countryside, with women participating in all aspects of building and organizing the church community; she has retired from her business of designing and making wedding dresses. Janet McNamara Galante, Southington, CT, is a retired teacher. She is active with Friends of the Library, chairing the “Books for Babies” program.

National Association Honors Judge Burns The National Association of Women Judges, District 2, on September 26 honored Judge Ellen Bree Burns ’44S in New Haven for her nearly 40 years of judicial service in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. In May 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Judge Burns to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the first woman to serve on the federal bench in this district. She remained an active member of the federal bench in Connecticut until her retirement on March 31, 2015. In December 2013, former law clerks of Judge Burns established The Ellen Bree Burns ’44S Award for Academic Excellence at Albertus Magnus College.


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She enjoys line dancing and Dancercize. Her daughter is a teacher at an arts magnet school in New Haven; her son is a technician with Frontier Communications. Suzanne Shay Travers, West Hartford, CT, and Howard have three daughters and three sons, 10 “wonderful grandkids and one great-grandson.” She works at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is a member of a book club and is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Timothy’s and St. Mary’s Home; and she makes baptismal robes. Catherine McNamee Zupkus, Waterbury, CT, is a retired special education teacher. She has “four great sons, all near-by, two fantastic daughtersin-law and five grandchildren.” A 50-year active member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church, she takes courses at the Waterbury UCONN Branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and belongs to the “Swimming Women YMCA Group” with classmate Maureen Condron Delahunt. (Catherine passed away January 18, 2016.)


60th Reunion June 4, 2016


60th Reunion June 3, 2017

1960 Marianne Reyen Bell, Shelton, CT, and Don have a son living in Marietta, Georgia; a daughter in Bedford, Massachusetts; and two granddaughters. She enjoys quilting, reading and travel. She has an M.A. from Fordham and a sixth year from the University of Bridgeport.

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Patricia Joyce Heavren, Avon, CT, is enjoying retirement with Tom, her husband of 54 years; they have two sons and five grandchildren. She is a lector at St. Ann’s Church, and involved with the Avon Free Public Library, and Farmington Woods Woman’s Club and Book Club. Anne Esposito Persico, Guttenberg, NJ, who is with American Tartaric Products, Inc., is on several committees in the condo where she lives. Clare Coughlan Sullivan, Brooklin, ME, has three children and five grandchildren; she is involved with the Brooklin Keeping Society, visiting grandchildren and enjoying Maine retirement.


55th Reunion June 4, 2016


55th Reunion June 3, 2017

Catherine Koletsky, Cambridge, MA, took her ninth trip to Colonial Williamsburg in March. “For one who loves history—my major at Albertus— this was great fun,” she says.

1965 P. M. Michèle Daviau, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, is professor emerita of Near Eastern Archeology at Wilfrid Laurier University and director of the Wadi ath-Thamad Project in Jordan. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty, department of Near and Middle Eastern civilization at the University of Toronto. Ellen McNamara Funck, Riverside, CT, is a retired New York City public school teacher. She and Michael have three daughters: Julia ’90, Keara and Amy, and nine “grands.” Kathleen Gallagher, Haddam, CT, now retired, earned an M.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, and the sixth year from the University of Connecticut. She is interested in genealogy and follows UCONN basketball. Barbara Ricciardi Guarniere, Northford, CT, retired from the New Haven Public School System, where she taught fourth grade. A quilter, she worked at a local quilt store for several years, likes to garden and play golf. Alice Orient Kiel has moved to Pagosa Springs, CO, and is still settling in; she has joined a square dance group and Pilates, and intends to return to watercolor painting. She and Stephen have a daughter, a biologist in Alice Springs, Australia; and a son, an artist for computer games in California. She retired from teaching in 2010. Mary Ellen Long Simsbury, CT, has a son, daughter-in-law and “soon to be a new granddaughter.” She is a citizenship teacher with the department of the Registrar of Voters and a member of the Simsbury Aging and Disabilities Commission. Sr. Elizabeth McDonough, O.P., Westerville, OH, a former member of the class, is the canonical consultant for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and for various dioceses and religious congrega­­tions. She notes that her year at Albertus “changed my life positively and substantially forever.”

Adriann Vezzani Morse, Portland, CT, has three children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys bridge and antique shows, and she has volunteered for an in-school reading program. Mary Ann McKernon Ryan, Adamstown, MD, earned an M.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in higher education. She and her husband have a son and daughter, and five grandchildren. Retired, she is the chair of the education committee of her retirement community. Barbara Wilcinskas Schmidt, Milford, CT, is retired from the local school system. She enjoys European travel, serving as president of the Knights of Lithuania and dancing with HSV Bavaria, a group furthering interest in preservation of Bavarian and Tyrolian folk dance and traditons. Patricia Podufaly Schultheis, Baltimore, MD, earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 1973 and a Master of Arts in Writing in 2006, both from Johns Hopkins University. Her second book and first collection of short stories will be published this fall. Patricia Degnan Sidas, Wilton, CT, is active with the Connecticut Parent Teachers Association, her parish council, The Ridgefield Chorale, Music on the Hill, Wilton Community Gardens and the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute. K. Michèle Mark Walker, Milford, CT, has five children and seven grandchildren. She is the administrator for the Greater Fairfield County Consolidated Multiple Listing Service. Dianne Nuccitelli Whalen, Westcliffe, CO, earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Rochester. A past president of the San Isabel Land Protection Trust, she has four children and seven grandchildren.


50th Reunion June 4, 2016


50th Reunion June 3, 2017

1970 Anita DeGennaro Ewing, Edgewater, MD, and Don are retired and loving it. They have three sons and a granddaughter. She is active with the Muddy Creek Artist Guild and Maryland Federation of Art; she also is a tutor coordinator for Anne Arundel County Literary Council and a Pilates teacher. Kathleen Keenan Hawke, San Francisco, CA, is retired from the East Providence, RI, school system, where she was a library media specialist. She recently moved to the West Coast. Rosemary Creighton Mukhopadhyay, Baltimore, MD, is retired from teaching, but babysits for her two granddaughters “often.” She enjoys yoga classes, travel, Women’s Club of Roland Park and ushering at St. Ignatius.


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45th Reunion June 3, 2017

Kate Sullivan, Dighton, MA, was the subject of a profile in the local Herald News this past spring. An author, singer, performer and composer, she

Photo: U.S. Department of State

MaryAnne Blondin Cassidy, Cary, IL, has four children and nine grandchildren. She is retired, and involved with Friends of the Cary Library.

Jane Nady Sigmon ’70, senior advisor to the director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, in June attended the signing ceremony in Accra, Ghana, for the first Child Protection Compact Partnership with the Government of Ghana to reduce child trafficking and improve child protection. She worked for several months with four Ghanaian ministries negotiating the jointly-developed, multiyear CPC Partnership. “It was great to be there for the formal signing, presided over by Ghanaian President John Mahama,” she said. Ambassador Gene Cretz signed the CPC Partnership for the United States and Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Nana Lithur signed for Ghana. Shown following the signing ceremony are Minister Lithur, fifth from left; President Mahama, center; Ambassador Cretz, fourth from right; Dr. Sigmon, third from right; and staff members. Dr. Sigmon received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College in 2010.

wrote and illustrated the children’s book “On Linden Square,” which was published in October 2013.

1974 Jacqueline Zorena Albis, East Haven, CT, sends word that she is in her 30th year of teaching English. Her husband, Michael, is a Superior Court judge now sitting in Hartford; James was married in June; Mark participated in a technology conference in Amsterdam in September; and Katherine will be married in September 2016.


40th Reunion June 4, 2016


40th Reunion June 3, 2017

1980 Mary Schiffer Jones, Hudson, OH, is a selfemployed caterer. She and Kelly have four sons; she enjoys golf, cooking and reading; and is involved with Christ Renews His Parish group. Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, A.S.C.J., has accepted the newly-created position of provost for education, evangelization and catechesis of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut, effective January 1, 2016. Prior to this appointment, she served as superintendent of Catholic schools in the Bridgeport Diocese. An English major at Albertus, she went on to earn a master’s in education and administration from St. Louis University and a doctorate from Fordham University in educational administration and supervision/church leadership.

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Met Includes Alumna in The Artist Project (continued)


35th Reunion June 4, 2016


35th Reunion June 3, 2017

Dona J. Frauenhofer, Torrington, CT, reports the marriage of her son, Ryan Killiany, to Kara Kaminski on July 17 in Grand Rapids, MI; the couple resides in Somerville, MA.

1983 Letitia M. “Letty” Malone, Milford, CT, received the Milford Garden Club’s Distinguished Service Award this summer for her many years of service to the club and to the city. Laura Lupoli, Cheshire, CT, after a long career with AT&T, accepted a position with the State of Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in January 2015.


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30th Reunion June 3, 2017

Megan Sullivan, Brighton, MA, won the Anthony Award for non-fiction prose from Between the Lines Literary Journal at Holy Names University. She is an associate dean and assistant professor of rhetoric at Boston University.

1988 Barbara Reney Livingston, Hyannis, MA, has been promoted to the position of chronic disease nurse care manager at Harbor Health Services, a community health center in the Boston, South Shore and Cape Cod areas. She works with the Department of Health overseeing the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund partnership. This past summer her daughter spent time with her mother’s classmate Maria Varela de Derteano in Panama City, Panama, honing Spanish skills while doing an internship with a Panamanian firm.

1990 Michael P. Kelly, Groton, MA, and his wife have three children and four grandchildren. He is chief supply chain officer at Hologic, Inc. Meg Meiman Layton, Nokesville, VA, earned an M.S. degree in 1997 and expects to complete a doctorate in 2016. She is director of engineering for Symantec, and involved with PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Women in Technology. She and George have been married for 20 years and have two children.


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20th Reunion June 3, 2017

Sheila Pepe ’81, Brooklyn, NY, is one of 100 local, national and global artists invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to participate in “The Artist Project,” an online series, in which artists choose and describe works of art in the museum’s collections that spark their imagination. The yearlong, five-season project began in March. Pepe is best known for her large-scale ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. The Met describes The Artist Project as an opportunity for artists to “reflect on what art is, what inspires them across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.” “I’d say that being asked to be one of the artists in Season 3 of the Met’s Artist Project has been a great honor!” Pepe says. “Makes me feel even closer to a collection—the Hall of Arms and Armor— that I’ve grown up with over the years. I was lucky enough to be a student in the 1960s and 1970s when bus trips from Northern New Jersey into New York City to engage in the arts was simply a staple of a full education.” Pepe’s relationship to the objects in the Hall of Arms and Armor has changed over the years. “I guess it’s like any relationship—when you are a young person, the attraction doesn’t need to be described—it simply is. Then, as one grows up, and begins to describe the experience, and draws connection to one’s life—meaning is made. “That’s the beauty of museum collections; for the most part the objects stay the same, we can grow by learning their actual history, but no matter what, we change in relationship to their static presence. Part of the joy is tracing our stories in relationship to an object, a painting—or a suit of armor—over the years,” she says. Recently Pepe gave the keynote address for the regional Sculpture X Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit. “I could not help but advocate for a strong grounding in all of the liberal arts. I adore the hard sciences, but humans need a deep sense of their histories as well as manner and means of expression. We are capable of so much…well, that’s when I think ‘Thanks, Albertus.’ ” Pepe is a core critic for the painting and printmaking M.F.A. program at Yale University School of Art this year and, also this fall, was at Cornell University working with Art M.F.A. students. Coming up for fall 2016 is a show at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York. For more about Pepe’s thoughts on the Hall of Arms and Armor, go to



Jessica Somers, Terryville, CT, in May had an exhibition of 15 of her self-portraits, “Meditations on Being a Phoenix,” at PhotoSynthesis gallery in Manchester. She received a B.F.A. degree from Albertus and also graduated from Hartford Art School and Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Kristine Azar, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, has been named vice president of customer experience at Brightway Insurance, responsible for customer experience strategies and execution through the company’s Service Center in Jacksonville. She earned a B.S. in business management from Albertus and M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.


Mary Kate Carofano, Durham, CT, has been appointed chief development officer for the Connecticut Food Bank. Previously, she was chief operating officer for the New England Region of the National Arthritis Foundation; she also served as national vice president for development at the National Kidney Foundation. Ron Prisco, North Haven, CT, received a Commu­ nity Service Award as Fire Fighter of the Year. He joined the department in 2005, and has been active there and in the local community raising funds and awareness for charities, including children’s cancer research, lung cancer and men’s health. He and his wife have two daughters and a son.



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15th Reunion June 4, 2016

15th Reunion June 3, 2017

2005 Junietsy Cabrera De Marcos manages business for a global fashion photographer based in London. Brenda Susi Mierzejewski, Portland, CT, a former pharmaceutical planner, last year launched her own company, Lip Luxe LLC, to market her organic, all natural formula lip balm. One hundred gift bags given to celebrities at the 2015 Academy Awards included Lip Luxe. Jennifer Rosa, Newport, RI, earned a master’s degree in education from Rivier University in 2010; she is employed by Salve Regina University. She enjoys fitness, sports, traveling and New England.


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A. Geraldine O’Brien Sullivan ’38, mother of Anne Sullivan Ross-Fowler ’62, Sheila Sullivan O’Malley ’65, Geraldine “Geddy” Sullivan McCarthy ’67 and Kathleen “Kate” Sullivan ’72; sister of Joan V. O’Brien ’46 and the late Mary K. O’Brien ’43; she also is survived by 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; for many years she was active with the Albertus Boston Alumnae Chapter; in 2000 she received the Alumni Award for Loyalty and Service to the College January 27, 2015 Wellesley, MA Alice Schmitt Hart ’39 died at home at the age of 97; an English major at Albertus, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was employed for 22 years as a faculty-librarian, retiring in 1986; she is survived by three sons and a grandson; she was predeceased by Professor John A. Hart, her husband of 66 years, and a son October 18, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Beth W. Noble ’39 received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Yale University, and did post-graduate studies in Russian at the University of California, University of Indiana and Middlebury College; in World War II, she was a senior interpreter in the U.S. Department of State; she taught at Mary Washington College, Smith College, University of Kansas and Grinnell College, where she chaired the Spanish department and created the Russian department July 22, 2015 Venice, FL Restituta Buonocore Genovese ’41 served as treasurer of the family wine import business for more than 30 years; she traveled with her husband, Philip, nationally and internationally on behalf of his civil engineering firm and the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers; she held several positions with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Society, including that of president June 22, 2015 New Haven, CT Gladys Kiredjian Dahlberg ’42 devoted her professional life to the neglected children of San Francisco April 28, 2015 San Francisco, CA Marguerite Flannery ’43 earned advanced degrees in library science from Columbia University and Southern Connecticut State University; she taught in New Haven’s Fair Haven Junior High School; and then at Wilbur Cross High School from 1966 until her retirement in 1982; she was a former president of the Albertus Alumni Association, member

of many organizations and volunteered in the St. Raphael’s Hospital Gift Shop for 23 years June 3, 2015 New Haven, CT Antonette Scillia Giangarra ’43, wife of the late Benedict Giangarra, and sister of the late Lucy Scillia ’48, is survived by her four sons, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; she earned an M.A. from Yale University Gloria Rahgo Murcko ’43 was secretary of St. Mark Parish in Stratford for 17 years and coordinator of its travel group; she and her late husband were founding members of the Booth Memorial Park Astronomical Society; she was a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Guild of Our Lady, a minister to the sick and a Dominican Tertiary June 6, 2015 New Haven, CT Dr. Carol Ann Shea ’45 earned a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and doctorate from the University of Connecticut; she taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Southern June 1, 2015 Branford, CT Muriel Murphy Mehr ’49 returned to teaching after raising her five children; she became head of the religion department at La Salle College High School and earned her M.A. at La Salle College; retiring from her teaching career, she received certification in clinical pastoral education and became a hospital chaplain; she was pre-deceased by her husband, Ernest August 1, 2015 Blue Bell, PA Ann Dahill Griggs ’52 earned a master’s degree from Wesleyan University and taught in the Guilford school system; after her marriage, she became a tireless community volunteer, sharing her leadership skills with many organizations; pre-deceased by her husband, Donald, she is survived by a daughter and two sons September 13, 2015 Kensington, CT Sr. Patricia McCabe, O.P., ’52 professed her vows in the Congregation of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1955; she earned graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America and The Ohio State University; she ministered as a teacher in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut, and as a pastoral minister in Ohio May 29, 2015 Columbus, OH

Sr. Ursula Bongiovanni, A.S.C.J., ’54 professed perpetual vows in 1953, and taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden for 28 years; she also served her religious community as Provincial Secretary and Provincial Councilor, and in parish ministry in Florida; she earned a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America May 29, 2015 Hamden, CT Loretta Hanrahan Bruno ’55 was a kindergarten teacher for 23 years; she is survived by her husband of 60 years, her children and grandchildren July 9, 2015 Spring Hill, FL Joanne Pawlikowski Blair ’56 earned a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University; a juvenile probation officer for the State of Connecticut for more than 20 years, in retirement she was a reading tutor volunteer for several area programs; she is survived by her husband, Edward, and four children and their families July 25, 2015 Hamden, CT Sheila Lee Dickinson ’57 and her late husband, Bob, settled in Las Vegas in 1978 where they owned and ran Construction Notebook May 2, 2015 Las Vegas, NV Jeanne Huber Treanor ’58, an English major, taught for many years at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, retiring as head of the English department; she and Dick were married for 55 years May 18, 2015 Arnold, MD Celeste Centrella Allen ’60 and Bill were married in December 1962 at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; she earned a master’s degree at Angelo State University, joining the faculty there as an instructor; she retired in 2003 and joined the staff of her church, teaching RCIA classes and Bible studies; she and Bill had two daughters February 2, 2015 San Angelo, TX Margaret (Mimi) Johnson Keefe ’63, sister of the late Elizabeth Johnson Webb ’61; she was honored in the fall of 2013 by the University of Rhode Island for her more than 50 years of service to the University’s Library, where she was a full professor and social sciences reference librarian; she and Tom were married for 49 years and had two sons and two grandchildren June 3, 2015 Kingston, RI Martha Ann Massi Polemeni ’63 was a longtime dental office manager and a 40-year parishioner at her church, where she served as a Eucharistic

Minister at Mass and at neighboring nursing homes; predeceased by her husband, Anthony, in 2014, she is survived by her four children and 10 grandchildren February 4, 2015 West Orange, NJ JoAnn Ornato Mooney ’65, mother of four and grandmother of ten, worked as a junior high school French and Spanish teacher; she enjoyed volunteering with numerous organizations and served as an advocate for those in need September 29, 2015 Hamden, CT Carol Lupoli Papa ’69 was employed by the North Branford Board of Education for 46 years; she earned a master’s degree and sixth-year certificate from Southern Connecticut State University; wife of the late James A. Papa, she leaves two children and two grandchildren May 11, 2015 North Haven, CT Roberta Cattaneo O’Brien DiMeo ’70 was active in Hamden politics for many years and was elected town clerk for the 1983– 1985 term; she had successful careers in the mortgage and financial services businesses, was active in the East Haven Chamber of Commerce and a strong supporter of animal rights as a member of the ASPCA May 14, 2015 New Haven, CT Nan Fanning Rabbott ’78, daughter of Nancy Fanning Rabbott ’51, former director of alumni affairs at Albertus, and sister of Lisa Rabbott Anthony ’79; she was a social science major June 24, 2015 Waterbury, CT Kathleen Terry-Dzenyuy Armstrong ’79 earned the Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Hartford; she retired from the City of Hartford as senior financial manager after 26 years of service and then served as finance director at Hartford Job Corps Academy; active in the NAACP, National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Leadership Greater Hartford, she was the wife of Terry Armstrong and mother of a daughter April 20, 2015 Hartford, CT Phyllis Ezekiel Lynch ’79 is survived by her husband, Kevin Lynch, M.D., two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren; she began her working career as a nurse, then received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Albertus; she later received a B.F.A. from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts October 2, 2015 Madison, CT

Jenna Rodgers ’97 (Maya Chae) was an avid soccer player, dancer, poet, lover of animals and nature; she is survived by parents, brothers and an extended family March 7, 2015 Wallingford, CT Marilyn Luty Smith ’97 returned to school in her 50s to earn a degree; in 2014 she retired after a 27-year career in the telecommunications industry; she was a founding board member of Music Haven and a volunteer baby-cuddler at Yale-New Haven Hospital; she is survived by a son March 21, 2015 New Haven, CT Richard M. Twomey ’00, a bond trader for many years in New York City, received his M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; he is survived by his mother, a son and a brother July 26, 2015 Clearwater, FL David DeToto ’01 was a production manager for Taunton Press of Newtown in the Naugatuck Distribution Center; he is survived by his wife, Aurora, and his daughter, Olivia August 6, 2015 Seymour, CT William Becker ’07 earned a B.S. in management through the New Dimensions program; he is survived by his wife, Lisa September 17, 2014 Trumbull, CT Luis E. Colon Jr. ’10 earned his M.B.A. from Albertus and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut; an innovation planner for Unilever, he is survived by his wife, parents and sister April 28, 2015 West Haven, CT Ronald P. Rogliano ’11 was an employee of Northrop Grumman for several years; an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed skiing and fishing, and was a member of the Bridgeport Rifle Club and the National Rifle Association; he is survived by his wife of 30 years, his mother and an extended family May 15, 2015 Shelton, CT John J. Hackett III ’12 was a tile setter for Local 1 and also worked in the accounting field; he was the husband of Sara Chirico Hackett and father-to-be of Hannah Hackett; brother of Christina M. Hackett ’12 July 13, 2015 Orange, CT

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Steve Orosco, M.S., M.B.A, San Diego, CA, a mixed martial arts professional and entrepreneur, is the founder of Smash Global, which produces luxury entertainment for premium brands that showcase professional mixed martial artists. His inaugural black-tie event took place in August, with a silent auction benefitting Urban Angels, a non-profit organization providing food for the homeless in San Diego; November’s event raised funds for a four-year-old child recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

2008 Margot Johnson, ’11 M.A.A.T, Millbury, MA, has been named among Worcester’s 10 Coolest People. An artist, she is a full-time registered art therapist at a psychiatric hospital with children in crisis. Art has been her passion since she was a child, and she describes her work as “somewhere between impressionistic and expressionistic.” Nicole Lombardo Palmer, Attleboro, MA, earned the M.A.A.T. degree from Albertus in 2011. She and Eric have a 19-month-old daughter, Veronica. IN

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David Paul Behan, brother of the late Robert F. Behan, former chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, brother-in-law of Patricia Sanders Behan ’55 and uncle of Carolyn Behan Kraus ’86, vice president for development and alumni relations at Albertus April 8, 2015 Lewis S. Boyce Sr., father-in-law of Annette Bosley-Boyce, dean of the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies September 17, 2015 Melvin J. Burns, father of Sharon P. Burns ’85 April 21, 2015 Christopher M. Butler, son of Margaret Stanger Butler ’56 and the late Donald H. Butler March 18, 2015 Joseph S. Coco, father of Angela Coco ’82 March 6, 2015 Josephine Collicelli, mother of Nick Collicelli, affiliate faculty member and field experience coordinator for Education programs at Albertus September 25, 2015 Elizabeth Collins, mother of Patricia Collins Granfield Finan ’71 and Susan Collins ’76; she was a former staff member of the Office of Admission for many years February 21, 2015 Mary Fischer Curtiss, daughter of Lucille Smith Fischer ’42, was an English teacher at Trumbull (CT) High School for 35 years; she earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and master’s degrees from Trinity College and Wesleyan University January 12, 2015


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As an undergraduate, she was a Resident Assistant, member of the Faith Alliance Research Symposium; she graduated cum laude.



Gerard Bianco, M.F.A., South Portland, ME, in January 2015 published “A Sharp Bend in the Road: 17 Interesting Stories,” a collection of his short stories. “Discipline: A Play” was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Award for Performing Arts in 2013. He also is an artist, jewelry designer and filmmaker.

Stephen Harding, Brookfield, CT, was elected in a special election in February 2015 to represent the 107th General Assembly District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. His district covers Brookfield, and parts of Bethel and Danbury. He earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 2012.

2010 Lindsay Robbins Macay, Woodland Park, NJ, holds an M.A. in education from the University of New Haven, and teaches English at the Pioneer Academy. Ashley Kopcso Velky, Stratford, CT, is with Ameriprise Financial. She is a volunteer for STARS (Stratford Animal Rescue) and the Connecticut Audubon Society.


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Anthony Arnold, New Haven, CT, is working at the Mary T. Murphy School in Branford, instructing English Language Learners.


Rev. Peter S. Dargan, ordained in 1961, served many parishes throughout the state, including 22 years as pastor of Holy Infant Church in Orange, CT; brother of Sr. Mary Faith Dargan ’53, brother-in-law of Nancy Holleran Dargan ’51, and uncle of Kathleen Dargan Neelon ’79, and Patricia Doyle Anderson ’87 and her husband, John E. Anderson ’89 April 7, 2015 Gloria Pearl Dewar, mother of Denise Dewar Uziak ’93, worked for the Visiting Nurse Association in Guilford, CT, for many years May 25, 2014 Angelo DiSalvatore, father of Tina DiSalvatore Corraro, lecturer in foreign languages at Albertus, and Maria DiSalvatore Testa ’80; father-in-law of Dominic Corraro, lecturer in foreign languages at Albertus October 10, 2015 Norman Dubreuil, father of Michelle Dubreuil Macek ’85 October 17, 2015 Harry T. Faircloth, stepfather of Melissa J. Jennings ’08, member of the Albertus Alumni Association Board of Governors August 1, 2015 William C. Fasnacht, husband of Elizabeth “Betsy” S. Bowman ’80, member of the College’s Board of Trustees June 21, 2015 Ruth Burns Fritz, mother of Marianne Fritz ’84 and sister of Margaret Mary Burns Clancy ’57 June 29, 2015 Edmund J. Fusco Sr., father of Albertus Trustee Lynn Fusco September 24, 2014



Richard “Dick” Hatch Sr., father of Loel Tronsky, associate professor of psychology and education at Albertus February 4, 2015 William R. Herold is survived by his sister, Rosemary Herold Calvit ’51; also by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren January 14, 2015 Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who served for 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Albertus in 1996 February 20, 2015 Michael J. Ingelido, husband of Elinor Affinito Ingelido ’38 for 73 years, was a World War II fighter pilot in the European Theater, and retired in 1972 as Commander of the 14th Aerospace Force at Ent AFB in Colorado Springs April 28, 2015 Frank Kenna, husband of Joan Giese Kenna, was a longtime member of the President’s Associates July 30, 2015 Robert P. Kiley, husband of Patricia Buckley Kiley ’56 May 30, 2015 Ellen Griffin Lee, wife of the late Richard C. Lee, former mayor of New Haven, member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Albertus in 1982 March 25, 2015 Anna Mary Caldaroni Lisi, mother of Edward Lisi, lecturer in business administration and management, was a dedicated



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Theresa Valentine, New Hartford, CT, has published a book, “Sunrise,” and established the nonprofit Sunrise Foundation for Women, Inc. The organization’s goal is to change the lives of women in abusive or threatening relationships by providing financial grants. She is director of payroll for Global Shared Services at StanleyBlack&Decker.

2015 Yvonne Gordon, M.A.A.T., Branford, CT, is shepherding the artistic side of the new Branford Art Center Gallery and Art Workshop, an artists’ co-op. Also involved are M.A.A.T. graduates Sarah Hovick, a member of the co-op, and Heather Cassella, guest artist. ALBERTUS

volunteer for many organizations August 19, 2015 Rev. Dr. Richard E. Mallette Sr., husband of 53 years to Adrienne Terrazano Mallette ’60 January 22, 2015 F. Patrick McFadden Jr., a retired banker, was a member of the College’s Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1984 September 6, 2015 George T. Middleton Jr., father of June Middleton Sangapore ’10 M.A., director of student services, Division of Professional and Graduate Studies; grandfather of Steven M. Sangapore ’13 June 11, 2015 Mariette B. Moan, mother of Sr. Mariette Moan, A.S.C.J., Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of Hartford October 2, 2015 Timothy Murphy, husband of Barbara Popp Garrity Murphy ’58, was a federal judge for the Washington, D.C., Court of General Session, where he served for nearly 40 years January 8, 2015 Deacon James O’Neill, brother of Sr. Sheila O’Neill, A.S.C.J. ’76 September 20, 2015 Joseph A. Panico, husband of 58 years to Rosemary Bosco Panico ’54 June 30, 2015 Gladys V. Peach, mother of Raymond Peach, member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and the grandmother of Brenda Joslyn, curriculum services coordinator, Division of Professional and Graduate Studies March 1, 2015 Michael Farley Quinn, son of Christine Farley Quinn ’61, brother

CO MMUNI TY of Timothy Quinn ’88; and nephew of the late Anne Farley Hubbard ’55 and the late Eileen Farley Caravati ’58 July 11, 2015 Eugene J. Richter is survived by Nancy Callahan Richter ’55, his wife of 54 years, five children, their spouses and grandchildren August 1, 2015 Peter Sobin, son of Madeleine Martin Sobin ’51 and brother of the late Christine Sobin ’80; he had a 38-year career as an architect October 1, 2015 William Soriano, son of Evelyn Mitchell Soriano ’48 December 15, 2014 Agnes Wethers Timpson, dedicated New Haven community volunteer, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Albertus in 2000 October 6, 2015 Godfrey Tomanek, born in Czechoslovakia, was a composer, music teacher, pianist, organist, and a great home cook; stepfather of Douglas Reil ’89 July 25, 2015 Agnes Weber retired from the College’s business office after 30 years of service February 1, 2015 Carl A. Westhoff is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lois Agne Westhoff ’51 March 4, 2015 Joseph E. Wielk, brother of Lawrence Wielk, former vice president of student services at Albertus, and brother-in-law of Kathleen Wielk, former director of alumni affairs at Albertus July 25, 2015

Around Campus Bill Aniskovich has joined the Albertus faculty as an assistant professor of business and management. He received his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, M.A. from the University of Virginia Woodrow Wilson School of Government and B.A. from The Catholic University of America. He served for 14 years in the State of Connecticut General Assembly and was a member of the Connecticut Board of Governors of Higher Education. Corey Brushett has accepted the position of director of career services; she served as director of academic advising and student success for the past four years. She earned her M.B.A. from Albertus and B.A. from Gettysburg College. Mark Case has been promoted to professor of mathematics from associate professor. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Rhode Island. Julia Coash, associate professor, director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, and co-chair of the visual and performing arts department, and Evie Lindemann, associate professor of art therapy and clinical coordinator of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program, exhibited their work in New Haven’s fall 2015 City-Wide Open Studios, at Erector Square and West Cove, respectively.

Robert Hubbard’s latest book, “A History of Connecticut’s Deadliest Tornadoes,” was published in March by The History Press. The Wallingford Library and Hamden’s Books & Company have hosted presentations and signings for the book. He is an associate professor and director of the Computer Information Systems program. Nicole Kras, a lecturer in psychology, completed her Ph.D. in adult learning and development at Lesley University. In May of this year she was nominated as vice president of the New England Organization of Human Services. She earned her M.A.A.T and B.A. from Albertus. Marc Lewis, a lecturer in business administration and management, completed his doctorate in business administration at Wilmington University. He received the M.B.A. and B.S. from Albertus. Evie Lindemann, associate professor of art therapy and clinical coordinator, M.A.A.T., was a panel member on trauma and veteran issues at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center in September, following a showing of the film “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” directed by Karyl Evans and narrated by Meryl Streep. Edward Lisi, a lecturer in business administration and management, has been selected to serve as a “final judge” for the Direct Marketing Association’s International Echo Awards, honoring the world’s best marketing campaigns based on strategy, creativity and results.

Jason Coker’s book, “James in Postcolonial Perspective: The Letter as Nativist Discourse,” was published this year by Fortress Press. He is a lecturer in the philosophy and religion department.

Michael McGivern, a lecturer in business administration and management, coauthored three articles published in the International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Susan Cole, professor of English, will have her book, “Serious Daring: Photographic Eye and Visualizing Mind,” published in spring 2016 by Arkansas University Press. It focuses on the complementary journeys of two American women artists—celebrated fiction writer Eudora Welty and internationally acclaimed photographer Rosamund Purcell.

Abbe Miller, associate professor of art therapy and director of the M.A.A.T. program, in April 2015 took part in an Alumni Athletics Mentoring Workshop at Wesleyan University, where she earned her B.A. Mentors met with female student-athletes to speak about career options.

Kristen DeCarli has joined the faculty as an instructor in the department of business administration and management. Previously, she served as the College’s associate director of athletics/sports information director. She received her M.B.A. from Albertus and her B.S. in sport management from Endicott College. Melissa DeLucia, newly-appointed registrar of the College, presented at the fall 2014 conference of the New York State Cooperative & Experiential Education Association. Her topic at a Best Practices session: A Vision for Experiential Learning Day. She earned her M.S. and B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. Ross Edwards, assistant professor of political science, has completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. The title of his thesis is “Crisis of the Republic: Memory, History and the Hermeneutics of Citizenship.”

James Patsalides, assistant professor of management, completed his Ph.D. at Prescott College. The title of his dissertation is “Building a Climate for Creativity: A theory of action to improve U.S. elementary schools.” He has been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Bonnie Pepper, a lecturer in psychology, coauthored an article, “Internalized Homophobia and Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adult Women’s Same-Sex Relationships,” published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. Ross Riskin joins the College as an assistant professor of business administration and management. He received his master personal financial planner certificate and M.S. in taxation, with distinction, from Bentley University, and B.S. in accounting from Fairfield University. A certified college planning specialist, he is a senior tax consultant at Deloitte in Stamford.

Michael Geary, associate professor and coordinator of the criminal justice program, and Ryan Mihalyak, who received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Albertus in 2009, coauthored an article, “US Presidential Authority and Domestic Drone Missile Strikes,” published in The Homeland Security Review in December 2014.

Paul Robichaud has been promoted to professor of English from associate professor. This fall he was a keynote speaker at a conference on “Catholicism and the Avant Garde” at the University of Notre Dame, London Centre. A revised version of his paper, “David Jones in the Recent Work of Geoffrey Hill,” presented last year at a conference at Oxford University, will be included in a collection of essays to be out in 2016 from Brill, an international publishing house founded in Leiden, Netherlands, in 1683.

William C. Guerrero has joined the Albertus community as associate vice president for finance. Most recently he served as director of related programs and campus operations at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx, New York. He also served for nearly 14 years as executive director of Purchase College Association of the State University of New York. While at SUNY he established and led its NCAA Division III baseball program. He earned his M.B.A. in finance from Sacred Heart University and B.A. from UCONN.

Stefanie Stevens Seslar, director of alumni relations, will receive the 2016 CASE District 1 Rising Star Award. CASE—Council for Advancement and Support for Education—is an international association of educational institutions and advancement professionals. The award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals whose early success promises future leadership and achievement. She earned her master’s degree in leadership from Albertus in May 2015.

Tammy Hanna has joined the College as part-time coordinator for the Human Services program in East Hartford. She received her M.S. in Human Services and B.A. in English from Albertus.

Sarah Wallman, associate professor of English, published her story “One Car Hooks to the Next and Pulls” in both English and Italian as an ebook short from Feltrinelli Publishing.

Bill Howe has been named by Columbia University’s Teachers College as a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Honoree. He is the State of Connecticut Title IX coordinator and an education consultant for multicultural education at the Connecticut State Department of Education; he is a lecturer in the graduate education programs at Albertus.

Heather Wotton has joined the staff of the College as director of academic advisement and student success. She has 15 years’ experience in higher education academic advisement, and earned an M.S. in counseling and B.A. in psychology, cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University.

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Join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016, as we celebrate Julia M. McNamara who will retire from the presidency of the College on June 30.  Mass of Thanksgiving

4:00 p.m. Robert F. Behan Community Room, Sr. Marie Louise Hubert, O.P., Campus Center

Celebration 5:30 p.m. St. Albert Atrium, Mary A. and Louis F. Tagliatela Academic Center

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