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1. 1946 First AMC Campus


1958 Mass in Foundress Hall


1958 Sister M. Joseph Alfred


1954 Bedroom In Trinity Hall

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5. 1976 Choral group leaves for Rome 6.

1992 Students on Campus


1965 Sledding on Campus


1973 AMC goes Co-ed


1976 AMC Cheerleader


1971 Orientation Dinner


1986 Basketball


2010 Students in Vienna


2009 First Football Team


1980 Students on Campus


2007 Go AMCATS



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President, Alumni Association




Forever Pioneers


Upcoming events at AMC

A profile of two influential Sisters



65 Years of Transforming Lives

On theQT


Student Profile: Quincy Thomas ‘14

Alumni ReConnect


Reunion News

A learning environment that just fits.


Student Profile: Mary Kate Stone ‘13

Brave Heart

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Life is Full of Possibilities


Design: Casey Design, Worcester, MA

Student Profile: Mikhala O’Donnell ‘13

Alumni share news, milestones & happenings


A message from the President the talents of our students who performed in both the chorus and the orchestra. This event combined with our faculty and student art exhibits reminded all of us of the extraordinary tradition of the arts at Anna Maria that continues today. The 65th Anniversary celebration will culminate with a Fall 2012 Academic Convocation scheduled for September 20. The focus of this event will be the future of Catholic higher education as we look towards the next decade of Anna Maria College. We also plan to unveil a newly created history wall, which will commemorate many of the important For the past nine months, Anna Maria College has been celebrating its 65th Anniversary. This issue of the Alumni

Consistent with our on campus celebration, this issue of

Magazine commemorates this historic year and celebrates

the magazine provides evidence of our rich past and our

the important history of this great college.

bright future. The stories

The 65th Anniversary celebration has centered on several

of alumnae and students

special events and a continuous focus on our core values.

demonstrate that the

The year began with three days of special events beginning

transforming experience

with an Academic Convocation on September 14, 2011 that

at Anna Maria continues

centered on a discussion of Catholic identity and the Catholic

today just as it was in 1946.

intellectual tradition. This event initiated a year-long

The stories about Sr. Yvette

conversation on our mission and core values and how they

Beford and Sr. Ann Belliveau

are experienced by our community through our curriculum

are both inspiring and

and programs. These small group discussions with faculty,

educational as they help us

staff and students have been insightful and rewarding.

understand the challenges

The day after the Academic Convocation the College participated in the United Way’s Annual Day of Caring. Over 250 students, faculty and staff volunteered at projects

“The deeper the tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater its chances of growing and bearing fruit.” Blessed Mother Marie Anne Blondin

faced in the early years of the College and the extraordinary vision and dedication of the Sisters of Saint Anne. And finally, the image on the cover was not chosen by

throughout the Worcester area, demonstrating AMC’s 65

accident. There is a famous quotation from Mother Marie

year commitment to service, volunteerism and concern for

Anne Blondin, the Foundress of the Sisters of Saint Anne,

the Common Good. The United Way presented Anna Maria

that is at the center of who we are, what we believe, and what

College with its first annual award recognizing outstanding

we do on this campus every single day. Mother Marie Anne is

service to the community as the College again provided

quoted as having said, “The deeper a tree sinks its roots into

more volunteers than any other organization in the region.

the soil, the greater its chances of growing and bearing fruit.”

What a fitting recognition in our anniversary year! On Friday, September 16, 2011, a luncheon was hosted


moments at the College over the past 65 years.

What a perfect image for Anna Maria College in its 65th year! The roots of the tree planted in 1946 by the Foundresses

for the Sisters of Saint Anne and our students. September

of the College grow deeper and deeper every year. And

16, 1946 was the day when the first AMC students arrived

today as with every year on campus, we see the “fruit” of this

in Marlborough to begin their college education. The

College in our students and our alumni/ae. We have been

opportunity to celebrate our anniversary with so many

richly blessed and continue to benefit from your support

Sisters who were educated, taught and served at the College

and interest in AMC. Anna Maria College…65 years of

was a wonderful experience for our students and helped us

transforming lives!

to remember the founding of Anna Maria and the ever present vision of the Sisters of Saint Anne.


On December 6, 2011, the College celebrated its rich tradition of the fine arts with a Christmas Concert including all of its performance groups. An overflow audience enjoyed

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Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D. President

A message from Alicia Lenahan ’89 Alumni Association President

Alumni Relations at (508) 849-3342 and they will arrange a private tour and treat you to lunch in the Dining Hall! As always, we want you, our alumni, to engage with the College. You can: • Friend us on Facebook: Join nearly 1,000 AMC alumni already connected and receive updates on the College. Find our page at As you read this message, we will be closing out another academic year and welcoming the Class of 2012 into the AMC Alumni Association. With this graduating class, our numbers will exceed 14,700 Anna Maria College alumni, living in all 50 states • Submit a Class Note via the web at or by email to • Answer the Call: The alumni office staff is

and around the globe. They work in public agencies,

traveling to meet alumni locally, regionally,

non-profits and schools, small businesses and some

and across the country. If they call you for

of the country’s largest corporations, all connected

a meeting, I hope you’ll say yes. It’s a great

by their shared experience at AMC.

chance to get reconnected and hear about

We have seen many successes this year at the College as we watch the campus grow and expand. This past fall, we opened St. Anne Hall, a new 200-bed, suite style residence hall to respond to the ever increasing enrollment and the necessity for varied housing options for students. We watched the AMCAT Football Team achieve their first win against Becker College during the Homecoming game on November 5, 2011. And a few weeks ago, we opened the AMCAT Center, which supports the athletes and coaches who compete on the multipurpose field. This facility hosts men’s and women’s locker rooms, office space for coaches and athletics’ administration, equipment storage, and a fitness area. I invite you to visit the campus. You will be

all the changes on campus. • Nominate a fellow classmate for our Outstanding Alumni Awards at • Attend an event or volunteer! However you choose to engage, please know how important your involvement is. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Alumni Relations with your input and suggestions. We want to hear from you. You can call (508) 8493342 or send an email to I hope you have an enjoyable summer! Sincerely,


amazed and impressed by the changes that have occurred. This year’s Reunion & Homecoming Weekend will be held on October 19th & 20th when guided campus tours will be offered. If you can’t make it to Homecoming, call the Office of

Alicia Lenahan ’89 President, Anna Maria College Alumni Association

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golf Save the Date! June 25, 2012 AMC Golf Tournament

The is right around the corner.

Great sponsorship opportunities available! Email or call (508) 849-3342 to receive a full brochure.


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Monday, June 25, 2012 Mount Pleasant Country Club Boylston, MA Support Anna Maria College and enjoy a full afternoon of golf at one of the area’s most exclusive country clubs. The AMC Golf Tournament will be held at the beautiful and private Mount Pleasant Country Club. Mount Pleasant Country Club maintains an 18-hole championship golf course that provides the perfect intimate and comfortable setting to play with friends and colleagues at a world class country club. The AMC Golf Tournament supports TWO important programs at the College: 1. Scholarship for talented students with financial need, and 2. Our 17 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III athletic teams.

events amc alumni calendar

June 23-28

October Boston to Canada Cruise


AMC Golf Tournament Mount Pleasant Country Club

August 21

AMC Night at Fenway Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels

19 & 20

Reunion & Homecoming Weekend

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Visit Italy with our exciting and personalized tour. Plans are being made for April 2013. See page 32 for a tentative itinerary.

September 20

2012 Academic Convocation Details coming soon.

Save the Date for Reunion & Homecoming Weekend!

October 19 & 20, 2012 Start making your plans to come back home to AMC! Reunion & Homecoming Weekend is a great time to reconnect with classmates, relive some old college memories, and see what’s new on campus.

Weekend Highlights include: Watch your mail this summer for the full weekend schedule!

Decade Reunions for the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s & ’00s Outstanding Alumni Awards Class Reunions for the Classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 & 2007 5K Road Race Tailgating & AMC Football vs. Castleton

Interested in helping organize your Reunion? Please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (508) 849-3342 or send an email to

We have partnered with several area hotels to offer you discounted accommodations for the weekend. Call today to make your reservations and make sure to mention Anna Maria College. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Comfort Inn & Suites 215 Charlton Road Sturbridge (508) 347-3306 $131.75/night*

Courtyard Marriott 72 Grove Street Worcester (508) 363-0300 $129/night*

Hilton Garden Inn 35 Major Taylor Boulevard Worcester (508) 753-5700 $104/night*

Residence Inn 503 Plantation Street Worcester (508) 659-4923 $129/night*

Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation Street Worcester (508) 754-5789 $139/night*

*All prices are subject to applicable state and local taxes.


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Forever Pioneers Forever Anna Maria’s Shining Stars

The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne has been recognized for its pioneering spirit since its inception by Blessed Mother Marie Anne Blondin over 150 years ago in Lachine, Quebec, Canada. Throughout the years, this mission-driven group of religious women has paved the way for underserved populations to receive a quality education around the world. As one of the Sisters’ most stead-fast pioneering efforts, Anna Maria College, celebrates its 65th Anniversary, two members of the Congregation share their stories of the early days at AMC.

Sr. Yvette Beford aspired to lead a religious life filled with good works, teaching and helping others since she was in kindergarten. She became familiar with the Sisters of Saint Anne while studying at Holy Name of Jesus School in Worcester, and soon after graduation she traveled to Lachine, Quebec, Canada to prepare to take her vows. “I was a member of the first graduating class at Holy Name of Jesus High,” remarks Sr. Yvette. “The Sisters of Saint Anne were an inspiration to all of us and I wanted to become a part of their legacy.”


In 1948, Sr. Yvette took her vows and was sent to Cohoes, New York to teach. A few years later, she made her way back to Massachusetts to join the music staff at St. Anne Academy in Marlborough. From there she attended Anna Maria College, which had recently Sr. Yvette with a photo of herself playing the organ in the early years at AMC.

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moved to its Paxton location. “I lived in the dormitory as a resident assistant and was able to watch the expansion of Trinity Hall,”

she recalls. “It was exciting to be a part of Anna Maria

decision to take some time

during its early years of growth.”

away from campus. During

The study of music, and in particular the organ,

Sr. Yvette has always been dedicated to the music program at AMC.

this period, Sr. Yvette

became Sr. Yvette’s focus and she graduated in 1958

worked at the La Salette

with a Bachelor of Music degree in this field. Her recital

Shrines both in Enfield,

included performing the “Westminster Chimes” on

New Hampshire and

the organ, a feat that few are able to accomplish well.

Attleboro, Massachusetts

“It is not an easy piece to play,” Sr. Yvette explains.

assisting “Fr. Pat,” as he is

“With both hands and feet moving in different direc-

known, with his retreats,

tions, it takes a great deal of dexterity and energy.”

often accompanying him on the organ. She also became

Sr. Yvette’s exceptional abilities led her to further

acquainted and interested in a new profession, pastoral

study of the organ with renowned Boston organist,

ministry. She then studied at the Allentown College of

George Faxon, who was teaching at Boston University.

St. Frances de Sales, Pennsylvania, where she received

After accomplishing four years of work in two, she

her Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. She took her gift of

received her Master’s Degree in Music in organ

service to British Columbia, Canada. Sr. Yvette spent 20

performance and returned to Anna Maria to share

years in British Columbia, bravely traveling by herself to

her talents with its students. Sr. Yvette loved teaching,

the remote villages of Tahsis and Gold River, providing

and as one of only a few music faculty she taught piano,

adult faith formation and a religious presence to the

organ, music history, theory and other music courses

faithful of these mission churches. “There were times

as needed. “Although we were a small department, we

when the unpaved, mountainous roads to these villages

had a strong and vigorous program,” shares Sr. Yvette.

were treacherous,” shares Sr. Yvette. “However, I knew

“My experiences teaching at Anna Maria College will

that I needed to put my fears aside and trust in God to

stay in my heart forever.”

get me safely to my destination.”

During her time at AMC, Sr. Yvette helped to build

When she returned to the States, Sr. Yvette assumed

and strengthen the program, and as moderator was

ministerial duties in local parishes in Massachusetts

twice able to travel to Rome with the Women’s Chorus.

until she suffered a major stroke. Sr. Yvette remains

One of the trips included 85 students from both the art

strong and committed to her life as a religious woman.

and music departments. The Chorus performed at the

She strives to be present to the residents of Marie Esther

Vatican for Pope Paul VI and met with him after the

Health Center in Marlborough. She visits the sick, leads


the rosary, and heads a Lectio Divina session on the

Recognizing Sr. Yvette’s hard work to develop AMC’s music department, Dr. Louise Soldani supported her

Sunday Scripture readings. “I have had a blessed life and


have appreciated every minute of my religious vocation,” states Sr. Yvette. “While I can’t play the organ right now, I can still help others understand the power of prayer. I will never give up on this.” continued on next page

Sr. Yvette with the Women's Chorus in Rome, 1972.

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Forever Pioneers


Growing up in Lynn, Massachusetts,

Sr. Ann Belliveau became

acquainted with the Sisters of Saint Anne through her schooling at St. John the Baptist and knew at a very young age that she wanted to be a part of the mission of this wonderful congregation of religious women. While attending St. Anne Academy in Marlborough, Massachusetts she decided at age 16 to join the Order and she has never looked back.

Sr. Ann began her religious life in Lachine, Quebec,

music students because we had to travel every day to

Canada, teaching piano and preparing for her vows,

Worcester to study the piano,” she adds.

which she took when she was 19. She had been studying


After graduating from Anna Maria in 1954, Sr. Ann

the piano since she was in the third grade, and despite

began teaching in Worcester until she was directed

attempts to sway her to follow other vocations, like

to attend Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

playing the violin or becoming a nurse, Sr. Ann’s

to continue her music studies. It was while she was

passion and talent for the piano made it her life’s work.

at Catholic University that Sr. Ann became acquainted

In 1951, Sr. Ann returned to Marlborough, Massachusetts to study music performance and voice at the newly opened Anna Maria College. She joined the

with what would become her second passion in life: the study of psychology. When searching for a minor, she approached the head

College a year before its move to Paxton and has fond

of the psychology department and despite his warning

memories of her early years with AMC. “I remember the

that no one had ever majored in music and minored in

silo attached to Trinity Hall,” she recollects. “I also saw

psychology, she decided to take the risk and follow her

the building of Miriam Hall, which was exciting for all

heart. It wasn’t until a few years later that Sr. Ann would

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With the help of realize that her choice of study had prepared her for a

missions in Chile, where

some very dedicated

vocation she never knew existed. “During this time a

she spent her time divided

colleagues, in 1979

new profession was developing in the Midwest: Music

between the educational

Therapy,” she explains. “After learning more about it,

needs of the children and

I realized that I was extremely prepared to become a

the supportive needs of

music therapist. It was as if it was pre-determined that

the adults.

I would join this growing field.” Sr. Ann travelled to the University of Kansas where

Sr. Ann launched the music therapy program at AMC,

In the early ’80s, Sr. Ann left Chile briefly

which has become a hallmark of the College,

she had only one year of study before she could graduate

to attend the Formation

with a degree in music therapy. She chose to do her

Institute at the University

gaining it national and

internship in the psychology field and spent six months

of St. Louis so she could

international attention

living with the Carmelites in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

become prepared to

while working at a local psychiatric hospital. From

take on a new task of

there, Sr. Ann headed back east where she spent the

mentoring postulates and

next seven years working at Connecticut Psychiatric

subsequently be assigned to religious formation.

Hospital. “I really enjoyed my profession during these

It was at St. Louis that she learned more about

years in Connecticut,” she shares. “I was able to sponsor

another ground-breaking program: The Enneagram,

student interns from various universities and was

a psychological approach to understanding personality

pleased to be asked to supervise all hospital therapists.

traits. As its use became wide-spread, Sr. Ann adopted

It truly was a blessed time.”

it to teach postulates, novices and professed sisters. She

However, while she loved her vocation, Sr. Ann

in the field.

translated teaching materials into Spanish and taught

remained committed to her Congregation, and when the

the program to fourteen different Orders over a thirteen

leadership asked her to return to Anna Maria College

year period in Chile.

to initiate and build up a music therapy program, she

Sr. Ann in the early years at AMC.

Sr. Ann has always been a true pioneer. While

heeded the call. With the help of

remaining committed to the mission of her beloved

some very dedicated colleagues,

Congregation, she has embraced new challenges and

in 1979 Sr. Ann launched the

has always found ways to enjoy life. Today, at 84, she

music therapy program at AMC,

teaches ESL and Spanish at the Provincial House in

which has become a hallmark of

Marlborough, and because her Brazilian friends shared

the College, gaining it national

their beautiful language with her, she has picked up

and international attention in

enough Portuguese to enjoy a good book. She is also

the field.

still involved in music therapy sessions and remains

Always passionate about

ever grateful to the Worcester Art Museum where she

life and ready to take on a new

had the opportunity to finally study art after returning

challenge, Sr. Ann heard and

to the States.

answered the call for volunteers


and eventually left AMC for the

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Celebrating 65 Years of Transforming Lives

Throughout its prestigious history, Anna Maria College has remained on the forefront of Catholic higher education in keeping with the mission and values of the Sisters of Saint Anne. As the College turns 65 years, it reflects on the many outstanding achievements and accomplishments of its campus community and in particular of the dedicated service of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne, which has remained a constant spiritual support to Anna Maria College as it


continues to transform the lives of its students.

1944-45: Under the leadership of Sr. M. Anne Eva Mondor, the Sisters of Saint Anne petition

the Board of Collegiate Authority for an amendment to their charter of 1887 to include higher education.

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Sr. M. Anne Eva Mondor

Sr. M. Rose Isabel Eagen

Sr. M. Joseph Alfred

Sr. Raymond Marie Carmel

1946: The Charter for Anna Maria College is granted on April 23rd. Anna Maria College opens

1947: The first Board of Advisors is established and meets for the first time on October 26th.

1949: Sr. Florence Chevalier (Sr. Florence Marie) establishes the sociology department.


its doors on September 16th at St. Anne Academy in Marlborough, MA. Sr. M. Anne Eva Mondor becomes its first president.

Sr. Jeannette Payer establishes the music department.

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1950s 1950: The first charter class graduates from Anna Maria College on May 29th.

1951: On May 25th, the College purchases Mooreacres in


Paxton, MA.

First Class

Sr. Irene Socquet becomes president of Anna Maria College.

1952: The Sisters of Saint Anne move onto campus in August.

Classes begin on September 29th with 89 students.

St. Joseph Hall is opened.

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1954: Miriam Hall is dedicated on October 9th. AMC’s music program continues to grow with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music in Piano, Voice and Instruments.


1955: Senator John F. Kennedy visits the Paxton

campus on November 25th at the behest of the Student Council. The College joins NEASC and the American Council of Education.

1956: The teacher training program is formalized

allowing education students to engage in classroom experiences at area public and parochial schools.


Bishop Wright blesses Foundress Hall in memory of Blessed Marie Anne Blondin on March 24th.

Th e Variet y Show becom es a n a n n ua l even t.

1959: AMC graduates its first mathematics majors.


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1960: Madonna Hall is dedicated on May 7th. 1961: A Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology is launched in cooperation with St. Vincent Hospital.

Lab Work

1963: Construction on Cardinal Cushing Hall begins in April and ends in September. The Sisters living on campus move 20,000 books to the library’s new home.


1964: The graduating class exceeds 100 students for the first time.

1966: AMC opens an Independent Studies Program for gifted students.


A Social Welfare Certificate is established by the sociology department. The tunnels connecting the campus are completed.

1968: The Bishop Flanagan Campus Center is dedicated on May 19th.

The Faculty Committee on Rank, Tenure and Policy replaces the former Faculty Committee on Internal Public Relations.

Th e Annual Tree Planting

A joint committee of students, faculty and administrators recommends the acceptance of the national Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students.


The facility now known as Alumni Hall is built.

1969: The SGA memorializes Robert F. Kennedy with the RFK Award.

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Education offerings expand to include secondary and special education and certificates in guidance and psychology.

1970s 1970: A concentration in the field of Humanities is launched. 1971: Sr. Mary Rose Isabel Eagen receives an Honorary degree



at Commencement.

Sr. M. Anne Eva is awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education degree on May 29th. Psychology emerges as a separate academic offering at AMC.

1972: The Anna Maria College Choral Group performs for Pope Paul VI in Rome.

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1975 en First m e a u grad t C M A from

1973: Anna Maria College goes co-educational. 1974: AMC launches its graduate division in January. In June, the first students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work graduate. The health studies program is developed opening up the RN-BSN program and a bachelor’s in health studies.

1975: Seven male students become the first men to receive a degree at AMC and the first students to graduate from the graduate division on June 1st.

On November 30th, Sr. Caroline Finn becomes the College’s president. The bachelor’s in business administration is launched.

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Paralegal studies is offered.

Librar y opens.

1976: Sr. Rollande Quintal is named Registrar on August 1st.


The AMC board begins to focus on blending liberal arts and career preparation programs. A Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy is introduced.

1977: AMC launches Art Therapy. 1978: Sr. Bernadette Madore becomes Anna Maria College’s president on December 10th.

The AMCATs launch the Women’s Field Hockey and Softball Teams and introduce Men’s Basketball.

1979: AMC introduces its Criminal Justice Program.


1980s 1980: The Sisters of St. Anne form a new corporation making

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AMC an independent institution and a new College Board of Trustees is established.

Socquet House is dedicated to Sr. Irene on September 27th.

AMC joins the information highway.

1981: Students, faculty, administration and staff sign a

scroll of sympathy to send to Egypt in the wake of the assassination of Anwar Sadat. The Scroll was also


presented to late-Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

The Executive MBA is established.

Golf comes to AMC.


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1982: The Mondor-Eagen Library is officially opened. 1983: AMC hosts seven athletic teams that compete for the


first time on a Division III level in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

1984: The soccer field is developed. 1985: Eighty members of the National Guard receive

their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees on December 8th.

The dedication of the Fuller Activities Center

Runners take the field for AMCAT Cross Country.

1986: The dedication of the Fuller Activities Center to George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation is held on May 10th.

1990s 1990: Zecco Performing Arts Center opens on campus. 1991: The AMCAT Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships.

1992: The Center for Professional Studies is established.


Men in the


Students celebrate International Week.

1993: Sr. Rita Larivee is appointed AMC’s President in December.

1995: The study of Fire Science comes to AMC. 1996: Dr. Bernard Parker takes the reigns at AMC.

The AMCAT Men’s Basketball Team becomes one of the Nation’s “Sweet 16.”


1997: The Women’s Soccer Team captures the Championship. 1999: Mr. William McGarry takes the helm as President of Anna Maria College.

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Dedica ted

2000: Dr. Paul Russell hosts the College’s first urban seminar in Berlin.

2004: The Chapel is dedicated to Sr. Bernadette Madore. 2006: Sport Management is offered at AMC. 2007: Dr. Jack P. Calareso is inaugurated Anna Maria’s


president on October 4th.

Anna Maria College launches its new Honors Program.

Coghlin Hall is dedicated.

The Fitness Center Opens.


2008: Student groups raise funds for the Sisters of Saint Anne in Haiti.

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AMCATs launch tennis.

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2009: Football and Lacrosse students play on the new


all-purpose athletic field.

AMC launches its first online programs.

The Habitat for Humanity group formally changes its name to HABACATs.

South Hall opens.

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2010s 2010: Students travel to Vienna for an AMC semester abroad.



The BSN becomes accredited and Paramedic Science is added. St. Anne Hall, the first suite-style residence hall, is dedicated on September 21st, bringing the total to five residence halls. The AMCAT football team scores its first win during Homecoming and Reunion November 5th.

2012: Anna Maria College launches its first academic school: the School of Business.

Anna Maria College enro lls the largest undergraduat e class in its histor y.

St. Anne Hall Opens


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Life with Quincy Thomas is anything but quiet!

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hen AMC sophomore Quincy Thomas was in the fourth grade, his South Windsor, Connecticut elementary school needed someone to play a brass instrument for the band. Quincy was chosen to play the

euphonium, a small tuba, and since then he has known that music has to be a part of his life. Throughout junior and senior high, Quincy honed his musical abilities while exploring other talents, which he discovered by participating on the wrestling and football teams. He was adept at both and in his senior year he made the all-state wrestling team. “It took a great deal of discipline for me to keep up with everything,” explains Quincy. “I also had the tremendous support of my family.” With so many accomplishments, finding the right college where he could continue to grow his abilities became a challenge. “My parents didn’t go to college,” states Quincy. “As a first generation student, my family and I were unfamiliar with the search process.” Thankfully, as Quincy puts it, “Anna Maria College found me.” With budding band and football programs,

“Family, friends,

Quincy was a perfect fit for AMC.

and roommates

After deciding to attend Anna Maria, Quincy began to think

of tuba players are

through his major. Criminal Justice appealed to him but he was determined to follow his dream of exploring the music field. “I was

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afraid that I would always regret it if I didn’t try to do something with music,” he shares. “The music education program at AMC made sense as it would allow me to study music while preparing

tolerance and a

me for the teaching profession.” As a music education major, Quincy takes music classes,

sense of humor

as well as education classes that expose him to the teaching profession. “It is interesting to see how a classroom works from

is a must!”

the perspective of the teacher rather than the student,” comments Quincy. “Now I am able to understand what comprises a good learning environment.”

Quincy Thomas ’14

Since joining AMC, Quincy has been able to be a part of many firsts for the College. He was the first student to sign the register for the new St. Anne Hall; he is a proud member of the first marching band; and he is a committed member of the first football team. As part of the football team, he also helped to make history for Anna Maria with the first football victory in November. “It was great to get that first win,” states Quincy. “We all feel vindicated and proud of what we were able to accomplish.”


Quincy believes that his college experience is a step to the future, so while he is at AMC he plans to make the best of all four years by excelling in academics, sports, and music. “At a small school like Anna Maria, you have the potential to accomplish many things,” Quincy shares. “I believe in living life to the fullest and seizing the opportunities. AMC is helping achieve my dream.” the amc alumni magazine

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when old friends


On Nov. 5th our Homecoming & Reunion was a

Members of the Class of 1961 were inducted into the Saint Anne Society during a special luncheon on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Front Row (L to R): Eileen Gorman, Mary (Foley) McKinnon, Judith (L’Ecuyer) Toscano, Joan (Hirvonen) Lajoie, Gail (Riordan) McGrail Back Row (L to R): Lucille (Kuklinski) O’Connell, Jeannette Hebert, Annette (Simoneau) Shaw, Ann Marie Shea, Ann (Kaskan) Chapman, Winifred (Barron) Griffin, Christine (Parenteau) Saulnier, Mary (Burke) Koonmen, Donna Mary Grout, Elizabeth (Dame) Morris, Norann (O’Connor) Coggins, Carol (Cosgrove) Quinn



Members of the Class of 1961 celebrated their 50th Reunion at the Worcester Club on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Front Row (L to R): Ann Marie Shea, Claire Angers, Sister Janet Provost, Judith (L’Ecuyer) Toscano, Gail (Riordan) McGrail, Carol (Cosgrove) Quinn


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Back Row (L to R): Mary (Foley) McKinnon, Adele (Fuller) Demers, Jeannette Hebert, Carol (Lafleur) Daley, Mary (Burke) Koonmen, Maureen (O’Sullivan) Friedrich, Winifred (Barron) Griffin, Annette (Simoneau) Shaw, Cecilia (St. Maurice) Lynch, Ann (Kaskan) Chapman, Elizabeth (Dame) Morris, Donna Mary Grout, Lucille (Kuklinski) O’Connell, Joan (Hirvonen) Lajoie, Norann (O’Connor) Coggins

2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards Recipients

Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D.

Alicia Lenahan ’89


Alumni Association President

Sr. Rollande M. Quintal, SSA ‘62

Patricia Recko Smith ’64

Robert F. Chauvin ’83G

Alyssa L. Balboni, ’01

Contributions to the Community

Contributions to the Community

Outstanding Professional Achievement

Outstanding Young Alumnus

For more than 35 years, Sr. Rollande has faithfully

Bob is President of SimplexGrinnell, a worldwide leader in fire and life safety

served the students of Anna Maria College. After

technology. A Tyco International Company, SimplexGrinnell has one million

a number of years working as a teacher, guidance

customers and 150 offices around the world. Bob has served SimplexGrinnell

counselor and Dean of Students at St. Anne Academy in

for more than 30 years. Prior to being named President, he was Vice President

Marlborough, Sr. Rollande returned to campus in 1976

of Northern Operations and Chief Financial Officer, and has also held

to serve as the Registrar; a position she would hold for

leadership positions in business planning and marketing.

34 years. She also served

He is strongly committed to making SimplexGrinnell an

concurrently for a number

Pat is a lifelong educator who is deeply

integral part of the communities in which it does business.

of years as a Resident

committed to learning and changing the

He serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the

Director in Foundress Hall.

lives of her students. She has dedicated her

United Way of North Central Massachusetts, and has helped

Generations of AMC alumni

career to Catholic education, serving first

spearhead Tyco’s support for United Way Youth Venture,

speak to the influence Sr.

as a fifth grade teacher and then as the

a youth leadership program that started in North Central

Rollande had on their lives,

first lay Principal of St. Mary’s Elementary

Massachusetts. Chauvin received the Tyco Chairman’s

both through her work in

School in Worcester. Although Pat is

Award in 2008 from Tyco CEO Ed Breen and served for

the Registrar’s office and as

technically retired, she still serves as a

several years on the Tyco Diversity and Inclusion Council.

a mentor and advisor in the

substitute teacher, volunteers for summer

residence hall. Last year Sr. Rollande transitioned into a new role, becoming the College’s

Currently Bob is also working to develop a relationship

programs, and was recently appointed to

between SimplexGrinnell and the Fire Science program

serve on the Diocese of Worcester Catholic

at Anna Maria College. He has opened his facilities to

Schools Board.

AMC students and has made available the expertise of

In addition, Pat is a member

his personnel.

first Dean of Mission

of the Daughters of Isabella, St.

Effectiveness. In this vital

Katharine Drexel Circle number

Alyssa earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from AMC and was

role she is charged with

1398, having most recently

active in both community and campus service. Most notably, she was an

ensuring the College

served as chancellor. She also

active volunteer with the “Best Buddies” organization, serving as a mentor

remains deeply connected

sits on the board of Our Lady

for troubled and disadvantaged youth. Alyssa also played softball for AMC,

to both its mission and its

of Providence, has volunteered

earning the most valuable player award all four years, and served as class

founding order, the Sisters

at its free health clinic, and is

president for three years.

of Saint Anne. Already

a member of the Commission

Sr. Rollande has organized

for Women of the Diocese

Evergreen Center, a residential program for children with dual diagnosis.

speakers and educational

of Worcester. She serves as

She wore many different hats during her time at Evergreen and was named

programs, helped broaden

a Eucharistic Minister at St.

the “Supervisor of the Year” in 2004. Despite changing employment she

campus ministry program-

Francis Home and as a member

continues to visit the children at Evergreen and stays connected to those

ming on campus, and has

of the Shawl Ministry at St.

she worked with directly.

worked to help faculty, staff

John’s Church. She has also

and students integrate the

dedicated herself to her alma

formerly known as the Department of Social Services, in 2005. Her work

College’s special mission

mater. Pat currently serves on

with the department began as an assessment writer in the protective unit.

into their work and studies.

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She currently serves as an ongoing social worker in the protective unit, but

of Directors and also served

also works late nights and weekends serving as an emergency investigator

on the former Alumni Council.

for the department.

After earning her degree, Alyssa began her professional career with the

Alyssa began working for the Department of Children and Families,

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Student Profile

A learning environment that just fits. Mary Kate Stone transferred to Anna

Maria College as a junior and believes it was one of the

best decisions she has ever made. After graduating from Holy Name High School in Worcester, she set off for Providence College to study education in an atmosphere that was described to her as small and personal. However, Mary Kate views professors such as Chris Holmes (left), Joanne McDonald, and Dan Case as instrumental in her success.

her college career hit a snag when Mary Kate felt that she was not receiving the personal attention she had expected. “I was attending lecture halls with 300 students and my advisor didn’t even know my name,” she explains. “This was not what I had signed up for and I knew I needed to find a different learning environment.” A Spencer native, Mary Kate was familiar with Anna Maria and from the first day she stepped on campus, she knew she would be able to make her dream of teaching become a reality. Mary Kate has wanted to be a teacher since first grade and, in fact, believes she was “born with the teaching gene.” Mary Kate speaks laudably about the entire transfer process at AMC. “Right from the start, the faculty demonstrated their commitment to my success,”


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she comments. “From Professor McDonald, who recommended me to the Honors Program, to Dr. Holmes, who

continually makes sure that I am able to take the

As part of her out of the classroom experiences,

courses I need, to Dory Rourke, who connects me

Mary Kate has had the opportunity to work in

to the right practicums, I feel very supported,”

suburban and urban settings. She has found that she

she adds. Mary Kate also points to Professor

likes the challenges of urban schools and teaching

Dan Case who encouraged her to take the math

students during the pivotal third grade. “I also plan

qualifying exam earlier than she expected.

to continue at AMC for my master’s degree through

She passed with flying colors and realized the

the fifth year option,” she comments. “I want to be

importance of having faculty like Professor Case,

able to teach special education students as well.”

who know your skills and capabilities.

“I would like to teach third grade. It is a pivotal year in a child’s education. The reading and math skills that are developed in this year are built upon exponentially in subsequent years.” — Mary Kate Stone ’13

A Dean’s List student, Mary Kate’s night

Mary Kate has also been impressed with the

and day experiences at Providence College and

speed in which faculty members return emails,

AMC respectively are testimony to the campus

and their desire to make sure she has made the right

environment that students throughout Anna

connections for her future career as an educator.

Maria’s 65 year history have touted. According

“My professors have already opened up doors for me

to Mary Kate, “At Anna Maria College exceptional

through networking and practicums that will help

opportunities are available. You just need to act

me secure a job after graduation,” she shares.

on them.”


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Marie Lagasse Fabbri ‘50 in her home studio in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Displayed on the easel is a drawing from when she attended AMC.

Brave Heart Growing up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Marie Lagasse Fabbri ’50 never imagined that she would one day study art at a school just outside Florence, Italy. The oldest daughter of a hard-working, blue collar family would discover over time that taking risks and meeting challenges head-on can open wonderful doors of opportunity for a life full of joy and excitement.


Marie learned how to engage her pioneer spirit from the Sisters of Saint Anne. After attending St. Joseph’s Elementary School and St. James High School in the Haverhill area, she entered Anna Maria College as one of 25 students in the charter class. “At the time, my mother and father were hosting carnivals for various organizations,” she explains. “While working on a fundraiser for St. Anne’s Church in Marlborough, Massachusetts, my father learned about the new Catholic women’s college that was opening. He told Fr. Lavalle that he had two daughters that would attend, and we did,” she adds.

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The first year of her college career, Marie remembers

While she was in Italy, Marie took a chance and

living in a large, auditorium- style room where 25

visited the Pius XII Schifanoia School with her letter

beds, dressers and desks were set up in a barracks

of introduction. She decided then and there to take a

formation. The second year, they moved to small

risk and remain in Italy to study art. “The School was

houses purchased by the Sisters and were able to live

amazing,” comments Marie. “I studied with students

two to a room. As an art student, Marie attended

from all over Europe in a setting that rivaled any villa

classes in what she describes as a tiny room in

in the country.” She studied oil painting alongside

St. Anne’s Academy. “We had to take our classes

students who were taking classes in violin, history,

after the high school students went home,” she shares.

and architecture. “It was a once in a lifetime

“But that didn’t stop us from learning. The Sisters

experience and if it wasn’t for my education

really persevered to launch Anna Maria College

at the feet of the pioneering Sisters at

and their courage and audacity was contagious.”

Anna Maria College, I never would have

Marie fondly remembers Sr. Louis Arthur and Sr. Madeline. In addition, as one of the only students

been able to seize upon this wonderful opportunity,” she adds.

with a car, she remembers driving Sr. Anne Eva to

While in Italy, Marie fell in love with a

Paxton to view the property they would eventually

young physician, Alberto Fabbri. Although

purchase for the College. “I never studied at the

she returned to the U.S. after graduating, her

Paxton campus, however, I was one of the first

heart strings kept her close to Italy and the man

AMC students to see it,” she states.

she would one day marry. Alberto was unable to come

After being the first AMC student to graduate with

to the U.S. due to a challenging visa process, so Marie

a Bachelor of Arts in Art, new doors began to open

traveled back to Italy. “It was too close to the end of

for Marie. Her sister Alice, two years behind her, was

World War II, and immigration to the U.S. didn’t

involved in a local organization that was planning a

always come easy,” remarks Marie.

trip to Italy. Marie’s mother was nervous about her

In 1955, Marie and Alberto were married in the

youngest daughter traveling this distance alone,

Polazzo Del Vecchio in Florence, Italy. A year later and

so she insisted that Marie go along. “What began as

after lobbying for help from then-Senator John

a trip watching out for my sister, ended up becoming

F. Kennedy, Alberto was able to join Marie in the

a life-changing experience for me,” comments Marie.

States. They settled in the Boston area where Alberto

Prior to her departure, Sr. Louis Arthur wrote

worked at Mt. Auburn Hospital and Marie painted

Marie a letter of introduction to the Pius XII

in a loft in Coolidge Corner. They then moved to

Schifanoia School near Florence, Italy. Sr. Louis

Wakefield and eventually Lynnfield, where they

was preparing the way for Marie to take the next

raised their four children.

step in her life journey. So off to Italy Marie and Alice sailed in Liberte

Marie Lagasse Fabbri in 1950


Now a widow of 22 years and the grandmother of nine, Marie looks fondly back on her life. “I know that

ships that were used to transport soldiers to war.

for a woman in the ’50s, I took some risks and made a

“We slept in hammocks,” recalls Marie. “It was also

few courageous decisions,” she shares. “If it wasn’t for

the Holy Year and students from all over the world

my Anna Maria education and the role-modeling of

were traveling to Rome for this special occasion.

the Sisters of Saint Anne, I don’t know if I would

I remember the road leading up to the Vatican filled

have been as brave as I was.”

with students carrying candles,” she adds. In addition to Italy, the Lagasse sisters traveled with over 1,000 other students to Germany and France for a six-week trip that cost around $1,000.

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Student Profile

Is Full of Possibilities AMC Honors student Mikhala O’Donnell is a very

in Charlton. “What I love

directed individual. She has been this way most of

about music therapy is that it

her life. Growing up in Charlton, Massachusetts,

focuses on the client and not

Mikhala knew at a very young age that both music

the ailment,” she explains. As

and education had to be a part of her life.

a music therapy and music education student, Mikhala

Since high school, she knew that she

had to learn to play several instruments including the

wanted to study music therapy.

flute, the violin, the piano, and the guitar, which she

Thankfully, Mikhala was able to realize both her goals at Anna Maria College, which

Now in her junior year, Mikhala has no regrets

offers a double major in music education

about attending Anna Maria College. “AMC has

and music therapy. However, dual majors,

done so much more for me than just offer the double

particularly when they involve education

major I was seeking. The faculty at the College work

and music programs, do not come without

closely with students and care about our success,”

their challenges. “It is grueling work,” shares

she comments. “Your professors can really make an

Mikhala. “I take 22 credit hours a semester,

impact when they are able to get to know the whole

which is in addition to my required honors courses. It

person and understand each student’s individual

takes a lot of energy but I am determined to succeed.”

stories and needs,” she adds.

A Dean’s List student and a member of the honor


claims, “I can finally play without my fingers hurting.”

For her study abroad requirement for the Honors

society, Delta Epsilon Sigma, Mikhala takes her studies

Program, Mikhala is planning a trip to the Cayman

seriously. She currently spends sixty percent of her

Islands to work with students in a special summer

time taking music education courses and forty percent

camp initiative. In addition, on March 30, 2012,

of her time focused on music therapy. She also sings

she officially became the President of the New

alto in the chorus. “Being a member of the chorus has

England Region of the American Music Therapy

been fun,” she states. “I particularly enjoyed singing

Association for students. “Dr. Summer has been a

for the President’s Christmas gathering at the Tower

great help in connecting me with other music therapy

Hill Botanical Garden in 2010.”

professionals,” she shares. “I feel as if I am already

As part of her music education pre-practicum,

connected in the field.” Following graduation in 2013,

Mikhala is working in the

Mikhala will marry her fiancé,

Shrewsbury school system. For

who is in the Navy, and she

her music therapy practicum,

cannot wait for her life to take

she has the opportunity to work

her wherever it leads.

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Michaline (Chomicz) Manno ’57 just returned from a three-week trip to New Zealand and Australia aboard the Celebrity Century with nine friends and cousins from Buffalo, NY. The cruise began in Auckland to Dunedin, New Zealand, went over to Sydney and ended in Perth, Australia. Perfect weather, wonderful sights, and good friends made for a marvelous trip.

Cherune (Waxwood) Clewley ’62 is the author of the mystery novel Camel in a Snowstorm, which was just re-released as an e-book on, and Xlibris. Bernadette (Pipczynski) Wyman ’64 retired in 2011 after 16 years working for a federal judge in his chambers in Springfield, MA. She is part of a small committee that is planning a 70th birthday bash for classmates of the Anna Maria College Class of 1964, all of whom will be turning 70 in the next year. The party will be in Portsmouth, NH in the fall.


Jacqueline (Denis) Fehlner ’65 moved with her husband Bill to Nelson, British Columbia where she accepted a teaching position at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. It is located in the interior of British Columbia in the Selkirk and Purcell Mountain Range.

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Nancy Roy ’65 joined the Extension Volunteers right after graduation from AMC. She was assigned to teach grades two and three at Sacred Heart School in La Grange, TX. It was one of the most wonderful years of her life! Nancy has gone back over the years to visit friends she made while there. At the end of February, she will be visiting again and this time plans to see several former students from her first class. It should be a memorable time. On another note, her oldest brother died last May of an inoperable brain tumor. He had been a lobbyist at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT and was known for his many charitable works. He will be greatly missed. On Nov. 20, 2011, Sister Rose Clarisse Gadoury, SSA ’66 was a recipient of the Bishop Cheverus Medal, awarded by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston “in recognition of exemplary service given in the name of the Lord.” The award was presented at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Ann McCrea ’67 now has a home studio for graphic design, after 15 years as publication designer and manager for the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. She is pleased to be the publication designer for Bay State Equine Rescue and now has time for explorations into wonderful new avenues, personal development, and travel. This year includes trips to Arizona, Quebec, and a planned trip to Utah to volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Society. Therese (Fenner) Boucher ’69 and her husband, John have written a new book, Praying for Our Adult Children, published by the Word Among Us Press in October 2012.

Carol Sullivan ’73 is the winner of the prestigious 2012 Writers Guild Award for On-Air Promotion (Radio or Television) for her “Fairy tale” spot promoting TODAY’s coverage of the Royal Wedding. Her spot can be viewed on You Tube, by visiting and searching “Today Show Royal Wedding Fairy Tale.”

After 38 years as a school guidance counselor, Kathy (Cheney) Novosad ’71 has retired. She still volunteers at her old school, travels, and attempts to stay in shape. She will travel to Portland, OR and Washington, DC this summer.

Margaret Welsh ’74 worked as a child care worker in a children’s psychiatric hospital for 34 years and retired in June of 2009. She was trained in trauma response by Dr. Robert Flannery.

Michele (Buckley) Mills ’72 was recently appointed to the Council on Elder Affairs serving the Hanson, MA Senior Center.

After graduation, Jane Neale ’76 pursued a further degree at Clark University, receiving a Master’s in Art and Liberal Arts. She also served as assistant to the graphic arts curator at the American Antiquarian Society. For her thesis, she wrote a watercolor painting handbook for beginners. She used the book when she taught students in a local class.

Geraldine McQuoid ’74, ’77G, ’85G is director of education and infection prevention and control at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, MA. She is the 2011 Masters Barrel Racing Champion at Emerald Glen Equestrian Center. Gerry owns five horses.


Alumni gather together for a picture during their trip to Italy in April 2011. Patricia (McGee) Gendron ’66 with husband Burt, Kelly (McCarthy) Grant ’80 with husband Robert, Donna Levansavich ’89G with husband Richard, and Richard Carpenter ’98 with wife Suzanne.

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Paul Barabani ’85 was sworn in as Superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, MA by Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray on April 14, 2011. The facility in Holyoke is one of two state-run soldiers’ homes that provide health care services for Massachusetts veterans. Since 2006, Paul served as administrative officer for the Department of Veterans’ Services Medical Center in Leeds, MA. Prior to that, he worked for two decades at the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He is a retired colonel and 32-year veteran of the United States Army. As Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, Paul is working to ensure that the facility continues to provide the highest quality health care services to state veterans. He is also responsible for carrying out its strategic plan to improve the overall organizational performance of the home. Paul has also received numerous awards and recognition from the US Army for his service, including the Legion of Merit Award, two awards for Meritorious Service, the Army Commendation Medal (awarded four times) and the Army Achievement Medal. Norman Yvon ’86 is currently the Principal of the A. M. Chaffee School in Oxford MA, taking care of almost 500 kindergarten through first grade students and their teachers. His daughter is just starting college, studying Fine Art. He and his wife, Karen, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.


Andy Debatis ’88 and Michelle (Morin) Debatis ’90 recently celebrated their 20th anniversary with their two daughters at Sanibel Island in Florida. Michelle is a Research Technician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA and Andy is a Senior Windows Systems Analyst at Sunlife Financial in Wellesley, MA.

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Doreen Gorski-Albert ’90 followed in her mother, Dale (Marhefka) Gorski’s ’65 footsteps and attended AMC. Her daughter is in love with AMC and is now in her sophomore year, hoping to be a graduate in 2014. Doreen is the principal of Our Lady of the Angels Elementary School in Worcester and has sent many graduates to visit AMC, many of whom subsequently enrolled. Lynn Klein ’91 is enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition program, where she is studying to become a health coach after 10 years working as Program Manager for The Arc of Oneida-Lewis in NY. She is very excited at the prospect of using the teaching skills she learned at Anna Maria in a whole new way! Dan Totten ’93, ’97G earned a certificate from Harvard University Law School, Trade Union Program on February 17, 2012. Donna (DeMaio) Hunt ’96, ’98G is the author of Reaching Out to the Stars: American Idol Dreams, an inspirational memoir about celebrity obsession and what lies beneath it. Through real life experiences, Donna creates an original and creative perspective that shows a direct connection between fantasy and reality and inspires the reader to live out dreams by creating happiness and excitement in life. Donna’s book is available for purchase on and at Barnes & Noble. Corporal Donald H. Brickman, Jr. ’97, ’00G was given a Special Recognition Award in early 2011 by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators for his exceptional work as a campus police officer at Assumption College. The College’s Director of Public Safety, Chief Robert Murphy, nominated Donald for the award for his outstanding service in 2010. Chief Murphy states, “Corporal Brickman is a determined force of professionalism while advancing the best interests of the Assumption College community. Aside from being the Department’s lead investigative officer, field training officer and court liaison, he still performs his unusually high level of professional service in carrying out his ‘routine’ daily patrol enforcement functions.”

Mark Sweeney ’98 was named Vice President in April, 2011 at TD Insurance in Providence, RI. He is responsible for new client development, as well as the management of Health & Welfare plans for clients in the Commercial and Middle Market Segments. His geographic responsibilities include Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and the Cape & Islands. Mark has 13 years of experience in insurance and banking. Prior to joining TD Insurance, he served in similar positions at Fleet Bank in Providence, and Bank of America in Providence and Boston.

Kathleen Maher ’03 exchanged wedding vows with James Boren, Jr. on May 14, 2011. She is an English teacher at St. Pius X Middle School in Mobile, AL William DeYoung ’03 and Elizabeth (Meyering) DeYoung ’04 had their 4th child on February 22, 2012, Lucas Joseph. They have three other children William "Liam" Gabriel (August 17, 2004), Aaron Phillip (September 12, 2006) and Sara Kathryn (October 7, 2008). Bernadette Kerns ’04 is currently an advocate for people with mental health conditions, or lived experiences. She speaks at the State House on specific bills. She is a Board Member of M-POWER, and is on the Worcester Site Advisory Board for the Department of Mental Health. Stephen Coleman ’06 was appointed permanent Fire Chief for the Town of Auburn, MA in May, 2011. Stephen had served as Acting Fire Chief for several months following the retirement of the former fire chief. He has been involved with Massachusetts fire service for over 20 years. He began his career in 1989 at the Charlton Fire Department, serving as a call firefighter and call Lieutenant before being hired as a full time firefighter in 1995. He served as captain for nine years before arriving in Auburn as Deputy Chief in 2006. He was nationally certified as a Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor and Safety Officer and has completed all of the requirements to become a Credential Fire Chief in the Commonwealth. He is one of only thirty Fire Chiefs in Massachusetts to complete the credentialing process.

Jonathan Slavinskas ’06, son of Deb ’06 and Dan Slavinskas will be ordained a priest on June 2, 2012 for the Diocese of Worcester after graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in May. Eric Bozoian ’07 married Leslie Counts in July 2009. He is currently employed by Homeland Security in Washington, DC. Merralena Richardson ’07 and Christopher Houghton ’08 were married on June 18, 2011 at St. Mary’s of the Nativity in Scituate, MA. Alumnus Peter Harrington ’08 served as one of the groomsmen in the wedding party. Merralena is a bond specialist with Hanover Insurance Company in Worcester, MA and Christopher is a firefighter and EMT for the Town of Wilbraham, MA. Congratulations Merralena and Christopher! Julie (Novak) Farrand ’07, ’08G married Jordan Farrand on October 8, 2011. The couple will be moving to Florida in March where they will be stationed. Both Julie and Jordan serve in the military and Julie will be promoted to First Lieutenant in the Air Force in April. Timothy Harris ’08 was recently appointed a permanent intermittent reserve police officer for the town of Northbridge, MA.


George Gardiner ’10 was recently promoted to captain with the Abington Fire Department. George has been a certified paramedic since 1995 and joined the department in 1998 as a firefighter and paramedic. He has been the department’s assistant emergency medical services coordinator since 2001. He is also a department and community instructor for emergency medical services, CPR, and life-guard drills, and holds numerous commendations for assisting others both on and off duty.

Alisha Burrill ’11 writes, “Fresh out of college and into the real world, nothing but work and bills. It has been two and a half months since graduation and I have found myself spending more time with friends and family when I am not working... AMC has set a foundation for me and has given me guidance to be the best that I can be and to do my best to succeed.”

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Criminal Justice Business Administration Rosalie Lawless ’83G, director of human resources at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester, was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to the Quinsigamond Community College Board of Trustees in September, 2010. Rosalie also serves on the board of advisors for Nichols College in Dudley, MA and is the chairperson of the Central Massachusetts Regional Employment Board. Lawrence M. Silverman ’83G has had his own tax preparation business since 1991. He is an Enrolled Agent, which allows him to represent taxpayers in front of the Internal Revenue Service. He has two offices—one in Weymouth, MA and the other in Falmouth, MA. He lives with his wife of 27 years, Stella Citrano. They recently moved to East Falmouth, MA. Peter Hamilton ’94G was recently appointed Vice President of Manufacturing and Production at Histogenics Corporation, a privately held regenerative medicine company that combines cell therapy and tissue engineering technologies to develop highly innovative products for tissue repair and regeneration. Peter has over 20 years of engineering and operating experience in the medical device industry. He previously served as Vice President of Operations for Choice Therapeutics, Inc. and Operations Manager at BioSphere Medical, where he managed production, quality control, sterilization, packaging and movement of inventory among U.S. and European facilities and developed two new methods of packaging for BioSphere’s lead product. Prior to BioSphere, he was a Senior Development Engineer at Boston Scientific, where he designed, developed and implemented production stents, snares and guide wires for non-vascular applications. He also served as a Design Engineer at Deknatel. He is the holder of six U.S. patents. Andrea Doucette ’04G was recently named vice president and business lending officer at The Webster Five Cents Savings Bank. She brings more than 16 years of banking experience to Webster Five, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, healthcare, education and non-profit lending. She is a member of the Worcester and Marlboro Regional Chambers of Commerce and the Marlboro Women’s Business Council.


John Lanata ’83G recently retired as a patrol sergeant from the Yarmouth Police Department after 33 years of service. Before beginning his career in law enforcement with the Yarmouth Police Department, Sgt. Lanata was a United States Army military police officer. During his career, he received sixteen awards from the department including three lifesaving awards and two police officer of the year awards. In addition to his patrol duties, he served as both Field Training Officer Program Leader and Police Mountain Bike Patrol Unit Supervisor. John H. Crawford ’84G retired from National Grid in May 2010 after nine years serving in executive security and criminal investigator in their security department. He had previously retired as a Lieutenant with the Massachusetts State Police after 32 years in May of 2001. Army Lt. Col. Robert A Dwan ’95G, 26th “Yankee” Brigade, Massachusetts Army National Guard was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As the officer in charge of the New Kabul Compound and a Military Police Officer, Robert is assisting the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan to transfer responsibility of security to the Afghanistan National Security Forces. He is a 23-year veteran and Guardsman and is also a lieutenant for the Boston Police Department. His previous deployments include operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and the Liberation of Kuwait. Robert has served as a military police platoon leader, helped sustain area security and security of enemy prisoners of war, provided convoy security, battlefield circulation control and law enforcement.

James Vierra ’95G

was honored in May

2011 by Rhode Island Department of Corrections. He was presented with the longevity award for his 35 years of Service to the Department. James is Deputy Assistant Director-Warden in the Central Office of the Division of Institutions and Operations

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Sgt. James Heron ’96G was recently named deputy chief with the Milford Police Department. He started with the department in 1984 and was appointed sergeant in 2003. He has been the commanding officer for the Public Safety Communications Center since 2010. He served with the Army Reserve from 1980 to 1986 and was a corrections officer with the state Department of Correction from 1981 to 1984. Corporal Donald H. Brickman, Jr. ’97, ’00G was given a Special Recognition Award in early 2011 by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators for his exceptional work as a campus police officer at Assumption College. The College’s Director of Public Safety, Chief Robert Murphy, nominated Donald for the award for his outstanding service in 2010. Chief Murphy states, “Corporal Brickman is a determined force of professionalism while advancing the best interests of the Assumption College Community. Aside from being the Department’s lead investigative officer, field training officer and court liaison, he still performs his unusually high level of professional service in carrying out his ‘routine’ daily patrol enforcement functions.”

Raymond E. Gallucci, Jr. ’04G was promoted to Major of the Warwick Police Department in February 2011. He is a 25-year veteran of that department and is now third-incommand. After joining the Warwick Police Department in December 1986, Raymond served as a patrol officer and a detective before being promoted to sergeant in 1993. Six years later, he was promoted to lieutenant and in 2009 became a captain. During his years with the department, he has been a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Underwater Search and Recovery Team. Raymond is also a colonel with the National Guard and was transferred to the Army Reserve after a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004.

Julie (Novak) Farrand ’07, ’08G married Jordan Farrand on October 8, 2011. The couple moved to Florida in March where they are stationed. Both Julie and Jordan serve in the military and Julie was

David Cortese ’98G is a recent addition to the Massachusetts Bar, and just opened the Law Office of David P. Cortese in Worcester, MA. Curtis Wood ’00G was sworn in by Governor Patrick as the Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology within the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. In this role he provides strategic leadership and oversight over the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State Crime Laboratory, Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, State 911 Department and the Office of Technology and Information Services. Harold Zacks ’01G retired after 20 years with the Providence Police department as a detective and accepted a position as a full-time faculty member at Keiser University. He joined the University’s Criminal Justice Program at its Melbourne, FL campus. He has since been promoted to the position of Program Coordinator for the Criminal Justice program at the same campus.

promoted to First Lieutenant in the Air Force in April.

James Berkowitz ’10G was recently appointed a permanent intermittent reserve police officer for the town of Northbridge, MA.

Pastoral Studies Terry Ann Renaud ’04G is enjoying being the Director of Religious Education at St. Roch in Oxford, MA since graduation.

Public Administration Ferol Smith ’10G was recently promoted to Director of Assistive Technology Loan Program with Easter Seals of Massachusetts. This program provides reduced-rate loans to help Massachusetts residents with disabilities acquire technology to increase their independence. She writes, “Without the help of my Anna Maria College education and experience, I would not have received this promotion.” Congratulations Ferol!


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Sr. Bernadette Madore, SSA

Gloria (Zarrella) Hand ’55 on the death of her grandson

Louise Soldani ’53

Nancy (Ann) (Cronin) Sadler ’56 on the death of her son-in-law

Elizabeth “Betty Lou” (Nugent) Conte ’57

Peggy (LaBrie) Houde ’56 on the death of her sister and her husband

Anne Marie Nadeau ’58

Lucille (Coppolino) Billings ’59 on the death of her husband

Gail (Dubrey) Simmons ’62

Carol (Cosgrove) Quinn ’61 on the death of her husband

Janice Laperle ’67

Nancy Roy ’65 on the death of her brother

Linda Stranieri ’77G

Phyllis (Beaudry) Tomaiolo ’65 on the death of her son

Patricia Rugg ’78

Melissa Andrews ’87 on the death of her son

Paul Greaney ’83G Vijay Raja ’83G Phillippe Schroth ’84G Randolph Swillo ’84G Peter Pujo ’86G Joseph Scully, Jr. ’87G

vi s i t 2013 Charlotte (Grant) Hanks ’88 Ellen Engelhardt ’95G

ITALY April 12–21, 2013

Let Dr. and Mrs. Jack Calareso be your hosts on an exceptional, guided tour of Italy. You’ve never truly visited Italy if you haven’t travelled there with the Calaresos and had the opportunity to see this beautiful country through their eyes. Highlights include: St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Basilica of St. Francis, St. Mark’s Basilica Square, and the Uffizi Gallery, just to name a few.

The dates for the Italy 2013 trip are as follows:


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Pricing: $3775 per person — based on double occupancy

For a trip brochure, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-849-3342,

Call for Nominations Anna Maria College Alumni Awards Awards will be presented in the following four categories: Outstanding Contribution to the Community Outstanding Professional Achievement Outstanding Contribution to the College Outstanding Young Alumnus/a (Alumni under the age of 35)

These awards are designed to recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through _ their professional endeavors, service to the College, or exemplary service to the community. Alumni Awards Nomination Form Who is eligible? All AMC alumni – undergraduate or graduate – are eligible to receive one of these prestigious awards. The program is successful because of your involvement each year and we encourage you to help us identify alumni who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements. Please mail your nominations to: Alumni Awards Nominations, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane – Box K, Paxton, MA 01612. You may also email nominations to, or submit a nomination online by visiting The deadline to receive nominations is June 1 ,2012. Nominee_______________________________________________________________________________ Class Year_______________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City_________________________________________________________________ State_____________ Zip_____________________________ Job Title________________________________________________ Employer _____________________________________________________ Phone _ ____________________________________________________ Email _____________________________________________________ Award:

Professional Achievement



Young Alumnus/a

On a separate piece of paper, please state your reasons for nomination. An Awards Committee member may contact you for more information. Nominator_ ____________________________________________________________________________ Class Year_______________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City__________________________________________________________ State_____________________ Zip____________________________ Phone________________________________________________________ Email____________________________________________________

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Spring 2012 Alumni Magazine  
Spring 2012 Alumni Magazine