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Fall/Winter 2013-2014, Volume 10, Issue 2

Fisher Today A Fisher College alumni publication keeping you connected and informed.

Fisher College 110 Years

Education O Dedication O Life

What’s on the Fisher College menu? Homecoming! October 25–27, 2013 — A Fisher College Community Celebration Alumni • Students • Parents • Faculty • Friends

Homecoming Committee (In formation) Vicky Moutsos Kechris ’63 Lisa DeVescovi-Mahoney ’88 Alice Carolyn DuBois Saldi ’63 Karen McGill Dunton ’98 / ’10 Linda Campbell Simpson ’63 Kyle Grenier ’07 Lisa Petersen Isaksen ’88

Friday, October 25 3:30pm & 4:30pm • Campus & Residence Tours

Saturday, October 26 9:30am – 4:00pm • Rolling Registration • Campus & Residence Tours • Archives and Yearbook Look 10:00am • Baseball, Softball, Basketball Alumni Games 10:00am – 10:45am • Researching Your Family Tree Judy Lucey, archivist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will cover the fundamentals of family history research, including how to get started, conducting effective research, and navigating available resources in libraries and online. 11:00am • Department of Tourism & Hospitality Alumni Reunion with Richard Metzger, Program Director, and Nancy Pithis, Dean of International Academic Operations and Curriculum Development.

11:00am • “Lean In” during Homecoming Weekend What should women and men be doing to help further their careers and balance the responsibilities of a family? Join in a facilitated discussion about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Open to alumni, students, and families. 12:00pm • Alumni Class Photos at the 118 Beacon Street Grand Staircase 12:30pm • Lunch in Alumni Hall • Welcome to Fisher Honoring 50th and 25th Class Reunion Anniversary / Distinguished Alumni Award 2:15pm – 3:00pm • Walking Tour of the New England Historical Genealogical Society Research Library Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. 2:30pm • Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour, departs from 118 Beacon Street. A tour that is guaranteed to raise your spirits! 5:30pm • Athletics Hall of Fame For details, criteria, and nominations, visit Online submissions only.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:00am • Farewell Brunch

Monday, November 18, 2013 • 5:00pm – 7:30pm Annual Academic Advisory Board Meeting Contribute to your college as well as shape the future of your industry. Faculty and students depend on current knowledge, insight, expertise, and experience in many different disciplines such as management, human resources, meeting planning, hospitality, psychology, social work and criminal justice, and more. Keeping Fisher’s curriculum relevant and our students well-prepared to enter the workforce is the core of our mission. Take this opportunity to socialize and network with fellow alumni and faculty while making an important contribution to your alma mater. Contact Janet Kuser, Vice President for Academic Affairs, at if you would like to participate.

Greetings Alumni and Friends, Fisher College has been serving our students and community since its founding in 1903. This year we celebrate 110 years of excellence in education. We have been motivating our students with personalized attention, and inspiring them to strive for greatness. With faculty, staff, and coaches guiding the way, they have achieved great things in the classrooms, on the playing fields, in the workplace, and in their communities. Fisher is continually developing a rich selection of classes and refined portfolio of degrees, as well as co-curricular activities to keep our students engaged and ambitious. As our College expands and moves forward we continually turn to our mission statement: “Fisher College changes lives by positioning students in their quest for knowledge and skills that will last them through a lifetime of intellectual and professional pursuits.” A great benefit in my role as President and as a former faculty member is seeing some of the students I’ve taught and met over the decades become everything we have hoped for and more. I could not be prouder of the achievements of students such as Euz Azevedo, Brett Fodiman, Jeff Gauches, and Jennifer Ives Lee. This edition of Fisher Today features these and other alumni who have gone on to accomplish great things. With our 110th anniversary upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on what role Fisher College can play in upholding and furthering our legacy of positioning our students for success. A major part of this is understanding how Fisher’s past influences its present, and honoring the many unique traditions that have sustained the school through 110 years. A portion of this issue of Fisher Today is devoted to exploring the people and places that have played an important role in Fisher’s past. With our mission statement always top of mind, the administration at Fisher has been working tirelessly on developing a sound Institutional Master Plan for the College’s expansion. You can view the plan at A central part of our continued success and growth is philanthropy, and the most important part of our philanthropic community is you. The need for unrestricted annual giving to the Fisher Fund in order to grow our endowment to fund expansion, scholarships, and programming has never been more important. I would be grateful if you consider making a gift. Just as we push our students to achieve their best, Fisher as a community is striving to achieve record goals, for the next 110 years and beyond.

Fisher Today IN THIS ISSUE


This Just In


Returning to Her Roots, Emma Hadzi-Antich


110 Years Young

14 Faces of Fisher

Euzenando Azevedo ‘08, Brett Fodiman ‘06, Jeffrey Gauches ‘08

Jennifer Ives Lee ‘05

Jennifer Nelson ‘09

18 Featured Student: Watson Connelly ‘15 / Alumni Advantages 19 Fisher College Out, Alumni Events 20 Fun with the Fisher Fund / The Common Experience 2013 21 Honor Roll 24 Class Notes

We are so grateful for our alumni, parents, and friends who support our College and our students. I hope you enjoy the stories and examples of Fisher pride within these pages. Sincerely,

Dr. Thomas M. McGovern President


This Just In: Fisher News Magnificent Moonglow Magnolias Fisher College is grateful to the Garden Club of the Back Bay for donating two Moonglow Magnolias to the Boston campus, which can be found in front of 140 Beacon Street. The Magnolia virginiana aka the “Moonglow” is medium-sized and upright, ideal for townhouse gardens. The flowers are creamy white, cup-shaped, and very fragrant, with a sweet, lemony scent. These additions will help extend the Back Bay’s spring display of flowering trees. Magnolias were first planted along Commonwealth Avenue by the Garden Club’s Laura Dwight in 1963. In 1995, the Club oversaw a second planting of more than 40 young “Leonard Messel” magnolias, augmenting Back Bay’s spring display of flowering trees.

Partnership with FLS International Fisher College has partnered with FLS International, an organization that helps students in need of intensive English Language training prepare for the college experience. Since 1987, FLS International has offered high-quality English language programs to students from around the world.

Commencement 2013 On May 11, 2013 over 700 family and friends welcomed the Class of 2013 who gathered in John Hancock Hall and moved their tassels from right to left. Two hundred and twenty-one graduates celebrated the day. Valedictorian addresses were given by Svetlana Horner ’13 (above) for the Day Division and Sherry DaRocha ’13, Division of Professional Studies. Veteran journalist and Fox 25 news anchor Maria Stephanos gave a rousing commencement speech with humor and grace.

Veterans Welcome Home Breakfast In April 2013, Fisher College was honored to be chosen as host for the annual city of Boston’s Welcome Home Breakfast. Over fifty local veterans and their families were welcomed by Francisco Ureña, Veterans’ Services Commissioner for the city of Boston.


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The Washington Campus Students of Fisher College can take advantage of a new partnership with The Washington Center, an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit.

Congratulations to Natallia Seviaryn ’13, recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA) Student Achievement award, which recognizes an HIT or HIM student who has demonstrated leadership and high ethical and moral values.

Gaudreau’s three daughters, Danielle Gaudreau, Veronica Brizard, and Renee Gaudreau at the dedication ceremony. North Attleborough Site Dedicated in Memory of Debbie Gaudreau On Thursday, January 31, the student lounge at Fisher College’s North Attleborough site was dedicated in memory of Debbie Gaudreau, a beloved Fisher College employee who died on November 19, 2012 after a five-year battle with cancer. Gaudreau, who lived in Attleborough, had worked for the college for 12 years, serving in a variety of capacities including campus registrar, admissions counselor, and student services representative. “Deb was a very special person to me; she was a very close friend and gave fully of herself to others. Always there to help out and was caring of others. She made everyone smile even if you weren’t having a good day! Fisher was very lucky to have this special person with us. She will always be in my heart and will be missed by everyone including myself,” said Phyllis Soares ’04, Student Services Representative for New Bedford.

Webinars and Activities for Early Childhood Education Students in New Bedford and North Attleborough Early Childhood Education students can expect another robust academic year, according to Adjunct Professor William H. Strader, Ed.D. Recently, students have not only participated in webinars focusing on technology and young children but also contributed to a number of community and educational projects. In 2012, students created survival packets for the children of Hurricane Sandy, delivered on Thanksgiving morning to the hardest-hit areas on Staten Island. Students and faculty also participated in more lighthearted events such as Read Across America Day celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. Readers took part in reading classics such as Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

“There Goes the Neighborhood” Growing in Leaps and Bounds – Expansion The College has been located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood of Boston since 1939, and there have been a number of buildings bought and sold over the decades. These properties do not come up often and, as anyone in the Fisher community knows, the Back Bay neighborhood has its charms and challenges. This small and growing independent college has defied the odds yet again. In March 2013, Fisher acquired 10–11 Arlington Street in Back Bay. These new buildings have a commanding view of Boston Public Garden. With the addition of this property, Fisher will be able to provide additional services and resources to its current and prospective students as well as offices for faculty and staff. Fisher College will lease the space in the 17,000-square-foot buildings back to the Tellus Institute and other non-profit tenants for another two years and will phase in its own utilization of the space for the College’s administrative offices. “The Back Bay is an important part of Fisher College’s legacy, as it has been the College’s home for over 70 years,” stated President McGovern. Its slate Mansard roof, tall and rounded arch windows, detailed ornamentation, graceful staircase, and stately rooms exemplify 19th century architectural elegance and pavilion-style French academic design. With such former occupants as World Affairs Council and the United Nations Information Center, 10–11 Arlington Street carries a tradition of global engagement.

The buildings were originally built in 1861 as the home of Sarah Greenleaf Casanove. In 1872, it became the home of clothing manufacturer George A. Miner. By 1902, 10 Arlington had become a lodging house, leased from the Miner family by Mrs. Harriet (Bradstreet) Lane and her daughter, Miss Cornelia Frost, until 1920. Long-time lodgers included Otto Roth, an orchestra musician, Dr. W. D. Hall, Samuel E. Allen, Dr. Arthur C. Jelly, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Montague, and Barthold E. Schlesinger. In 1937, Joseph Bradley, the president of the Elk River Coal and Lumber Company, owned both 10 and 11 Arlington Street, until about 1944. In 1961, the legal use of the buildings changed, allowing Harbridge House, a management consulting firm, to rent space. In 1980, the two formerly residential buildings were remodeled, adding an additional floor (making six floors instead of five), and are now connected at every level. In 1993, the Tellus Institute, a not-for-profit research and policy organization, moved in. This Civil War era structure features marble floored foyer, intricately carved white marbled fireplaces, walnut paneling, and balustrades. Visitors are welcome to tours on September 25 and Homecoming Weekend, October 26.


This Just In: Fisher News Welcome New Board Members Fisher proudly welcomes five new board members: James Bayles, Onpoint Consulting; Rebecca Costello ’68, Principal, RBC Consulting; Dr. Stephanie Davidson, Vice Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents; Dan Dimancescu, Founder and President, Bastea Enterprises and Holdings; and Dr. Sarah McSweeney, Clinical Psychologist.

L to R, President Thomas M. McGovern, Saba Hashem from End Distracted Driving, Emily Stein, advocate, David Strickland, Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Stepping up for Safety Fisher College’s Transportation Safety Initiative: Ending Distracted Driving The College has taken a leading position on educating its students and the general public on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving practices that can save lives. On April 3, 2013, the Boston campus kicked off this effort with the country’s top automotive safety authority David Strickland, Administrator of the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as the keynote speaker at a 200-person event. Distracted Driving is a particularly important subject for the Fisher College community, where traditionally 60% of the student body is comprised of commuters. “Efforts like this at Fisher College are lessons critically important. New cultural norms are pulling people away from the driving task,” stated Strickland. He continued, “there is a culture of connectivity to the point where you feel you always have to respond to the tweet, text…and while there are clear advantages with what we gain with information and a connected life, there is a place and time for everything.” Strickland asked the larger questions: how do we convey this message and change a culture? “We are in the same spot that the country was in at the early stages (1980s) of drunk driving when the culture turned from drinking too much and driving was not just a social mistake but a dangerous, deadly crime…we are in the same…and possibly bigger fight. We have to work together collectively (as moms, dads, behavioral scientists, police officers) to make sure every time you drive you do the safest way possible.” In addition to this event, Fisher College is a proud member of BACCHUS, a university- and community-based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. New Campus in Brockton, MA In keeping with the measured growth and 110-year-old mission to move lives forward through accessible education, Fisher is opening a new satellite campus conveniently located south of Boston at 370 Oak Street in Brockton, MA. Through its partnership with the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, Fisher has been an active member of the Brockton area for over twenty years. With this new brick and mortar space, even more students will be able to take advantage of traditional, blended, and online degree programs. For more information, please contact 774-296-7650 or


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Center for Leadership and Public Service (CLPS) Alex Wagner, Director of Institutional Research, Peter Cassino, Professor in Criminal Justice, and Victoria Guay ’13 (above) presented highly regarded criminal justice research at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston in March of this year. The research was conducted in partnership with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Reporting Unit and examined ten years of hate crime data for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additional findings of this project will be presented by Alex Wagner and Victoria Guay ’13 at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta, November 20–23, 2013. Victoria is the first Criminal Justice student to present at a conference on behalf of Fisher and was also named Research Assistant of the Year for the Center for Leadership in Public Service and received the Fisher College academic excellence award in criminal justice this past April. She is also the first Fisher College Criminal Justice student to be the single presenter of a poster on hate crimes at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta. This poster presentation is in addition to her presentation on hate crimes with Alex Wagner. The National Institute of Justice, the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, recently selected a Fisher College presentation proposal entitled “Strategic Crash Analysis Using a State-Wide Dataset” for inclusion in the National Institute of Justice Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts Conference to be held September 9–13, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This selection by the prestigious federal research and funding agency is a great honor for Fisher College’s grant-funded traffic safety research project.

Save the Date Honor Your Veteran Lunch Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fisher College Drama Club Presents…the 2013–2014 Season Free and open to the public. Thursday & Friday shows start at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm. November 21–23, 2013 Bus Stop by William Inge Directed by Arthur Asbury, Associate Registrar Jennifer Brodie Brown ’05 and husband Damien, Kyle Grenier ’07 Resident Assistant and Resident Director 10-Year Reunion A torrential, rainy Friday night that turned into a beautiful June weekend welcomed 20 former resident assistants and directors to an impromptu “RA” reunion of the past ten years. On the ten-year anniversary as Dean of Students, Shiela Lally hosted her former student staffers back to their prior residences, but without all the responsibility. Current and former RAs mixed it up, swapping stories and a few laughs. Some shared faculty’s words of wisdom like Danielle Palmerino ’09 who still quotes Professor Nick Siciliano: “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you will keep getting what you’re getting!” Or Ali Carrano ’10 who didn’t ever remember doing rounds in 116 (“There were rooms there?!”). Others shared timeless roommate battles, such as the Oscar Madison – Felix Unger battles of the messy roomie versus meticulous neatnik. Alumni took in a night at the Pour House, a Red Sox game, the Boston Pride parade, and rooming with old friends. June 6–8, 2014 will be a Fisher Pride All-Alumni Mini-Reunion with option to stay in the residences; be sure to save the date.

February 20-22, 2014 Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley Directed by Danielle Herget, Associate Professor, Head of the Drama Club SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 26, 2014 7:00pm Drama Club 10-Year Reunion Show!! The “Best of” the past 10 years, with over 25 alums signed up so far!! Dress rehearsals/sneak peeks April 24 & 25, 2014 If you are interested in sponsoring a show, contact Kristen Sherman, Director of Alumni Relations at 617-670-4419 or at

Wednesday, September 25 Dick Lehr presents his new book Whitey The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss From the best-selling author of Black Mass, former Boston Globe reporter and current professor of journalism Dick Lehr will be speaking on the notorious Whitey Bulger, the most sadistic crime boss since Al Capone. Book signing to follow.

Known as one of basketball’s first ‘iron men’ playing in all 82 games for five consecutive seasons during the 1970s. Skills included great defense, speed, an underrated jump shot and team leadership. Since retiring in 1981 and hanging his number 10 in the rafters of the Boston Garden Jo Jo has been active in Boston community programs such as Stay in School and Read to Achieve.

Lessons Learned is Fisher College’s Speaker Series presented September through April. Talks occur between 12:30pm – 1:30pm and are free and open to the public.

Lessons Learned

Wednesday, October 23 Meet Celtics Legend Jo Jo White


Returning to her Roots Dr. Dean Walton and Emma Pickering Hadzi-Antich, 2013 Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony Speaker, Classroom Speaker

“One of the greatest joys teaching here, the same as for other Fisher faculty members, is greeting a new class each fall and then watching and helping those students find themselves and their interests. Emma Hadzi-Antich, a member of the class of 2006, was one of those students.” — Dr. Dean Walton Since 1981, Dr. Dean Walton, Assistant Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been influencing hundreds of students as a faculty member and as an advisor. Dr. Walton says, “one of his greatest joys teaching here, the same as for other Fisher faculty members, is greeting a new class each fall and then watching and helping those students find themselves and their interests. Emma Hadzi-Antich, a member of the class of 2006, was one of those students.” Emma came from Richmond, Virginia, an untraditional student who originally did not envision college in her future. In March 2013, Emma returned to Fisher, speaking to students and faculty about her path from indifferent high school student to star college student to Jack Kent Cooke scholarship recipient to community college professor of political science. Fisher students and former faculty welcomed Emma back for a snowy (blizzardy, actually) two-day visit to the Boston campus where she lectured on the founding principles and values of democratic society and government. Heather Carpenter, Director of Career Services, commented afterward that it was like getting the gift of a whole course in Western Civilization in one excellent lecture. Emma also presented an inspiring keynote address to our Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society on her route of finding funding for college and on the need to keep learning, to stay curious, and to not limit your future. From Dr. Walton: “When she was at Fisher, Emma was a joy to teach and tutor, with her fine intellect, her curiosity about the world, her kind and generous spirit, and her constant smile. I was delighted to spend time with her during her March visit to Fisher and to catch up on her exciting life. I am sure her scholarship and personal successes (among them her fine husband, Ted, her budding professorial career, and her art work) likely inspired our current students. I wrote in my recommendation for the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship that Emma would use her college education to give back to our world, and she certainly already has and will continue to, especially as a teacher. Thank you, Emma. You make us all proud here at Fisher.”


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110 Years 110 Years... Young

Pizza Party! On Wednesday, September 18 at

What does 110 years of a college look like? Is it a book, object, memory? 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the founding of Fisher College. This issue takes a look back. Follow this timeline and take pride in our rich and varied history. Thank you to archivist Mary Yearl, librarian Josh McKain, Cynthia Hatch Huff ’64 and Maria Coleman ’11 for helping us take this trip through the archives.

12:30pm, Fisher will host a public celebration on campus and offer tours of 10–11 Arlington Street. What better way to celebrate on a college campus than with pizza, a food synonymous with college. Have a slice of Santarpio’s Pizza of East Boston, also celebrating its 110th birthday this year!


Edmund Hiram Fisher

Myron Cornelius Fisher

1903 School founded by Myron Cornelius Fisher and Edmund Hiram Fisher 1903 – 1934 Myron Cornelius Fisher 1935 – 1970 Sanford Lee Fisher 1970 – 1980, 1986 – 1992 Scott A. Fisher 1981 – 1984 Richard A. Boudreau 1985 – 1986 Brian A. Donnelly 1993 – 2001 Christian C. Fisher 2003 – 2006 Charles C. Perkins 2007 – present Thomas M. McGovern

Sanford Lee Fisher

Scott A. Fisher

Christian C. Fisher

Richard A. Boudreau

Charles C. Perkins

Brian A. Donnelly

Thomas M. McGovern


110 Years Early Years 1903 – 1939 Founded by brothers Myron Cornelius Fisher and Edmund Hiram Fisher. Originally from Iowa, the brothers had a dream to start a school. Raised by parents who valued learning and made sacrifices to send their sons to a Normal School (a school for teacher training), Myron took a business course, while Edmund focused on ornate handwriting. Myron gained a teaching position at Burdett College in Worcester, MA in 1895 where Edmund joined him as a teacher and “road-man” (modern-day admissions counselor). They borrowed $300 from their wives to open the Winter Hill Business College, located at 343 Medford Street in Somerville, MA. Opening enrollment was 13 men and women. Myron served as President. The first student was Mrs. Ivor Olson. Improving economic standing was the core of the College’s mission. Courses were offered in penmanship, bookkeeping, and typing. Recruiting students was done on bicycles.

1910 The name of the school was changed to Fisher Business College. The student body grew to 300 day students and 200 evening students. A branch was opened at 2307 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA. Tuition was $15/month for day students and $4/ month for the Evening School. Life-time employment assistance was offered at no cost.

The Early Years, 343 Medford Street, Somerville, MA

Robert Farrell, member of the class of 1911, lived at 21 Avon Street in Somerville, MA and attended Fisher Business School in Somerville circa 1910–1911. (Pictured on the right with bat and glove.) He later worked for American Rubber as well as managed the Shell Station on Craigie Street in Somerville. He fought in WWI, in the 60th Infantry Division. Thank you to Dale Smith, Robert’s grandson, for this rare photo and information about one of Fisher’s students in our beginning years.

1918 The College moved to 374 Broadway Street in Somerville, MA.


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Fisher Facts 2012 – 2013 Student Profile and Enrollment 818 undergraduates at Boston Campus 467 from Massachusetts (94 from City of Boston) 127 from other New England states 86 from states outside of New England 135 International students from 43 countries

1939 – 1959

Marilyn Lunny White ‘54 on the cover of Fisher Graduates in Action. Before retiring in 1939, one of M. C. Fisher’s final projects for the College was the acquisition of 118 Beacon Street, one of the finest mansions in Boston. During a single weekend, the staff and faculty moved all of the school’s belongings into the space, and it became the new home of Fisher Business College. Over the next two years, M.C.’s son, Sanford Fisher, started his presidency and the school’s enrollment tripled. Students from outside of the Boston area began to attend. Prior to having a College residence option, Fisher offered a Home Residence Program. Administrators worked with area families to house students who lived far from Boston in exchange for babysitting and domestic chores, with the agreement these duties would not interfere with necessary school work and homework. The Home Residence Program started in the 1930s and continued into the mid-1950s, and dwindled when the College acquired residences; host families became fewer and more demanding in terms of duties. Fisher kept detailed 5x7“ cards, a modern day database, on companies that placed our graduates. The handwritten comments on the cards offer fascinating insight in the workforce needs, social norms of the time and insight into the economy. Above all, the comments often speak to just how much Fisher valued their students.

Yearbooks One of the first yearbooks in 1944 was named the Semma (S = Sanford, E = Edmund H., M = Myron C., M = Myron, Jr., A = Albert). Yearbooks were published until 2007. The digital age has usurped the need for printed pieces to capture college years. Today, the printed yearbooks serve as important records and archives of past school traditions, faculty, stories, and personalities that have shaped the College. They also express the “personality” of different classes from year to year.


110 Years 1939 – 1959

Fisher School for Men

The College was co-educational and continued to be so until 1942, when it became exclusively a women’s college. A separate school, The Fisher School for Men, continued until 1952. It closed due to a decline in enrollment as many young men enlisted to serve in the Korean War. In 1944, the Fisher family transferred ownership from a family partnership to a fifteen-member board of trustees, changing the school’s status from a proprietary to a nonprofit institution. In 1952, the Massachusetts Board of Collegiate Authority (MBCA) approved the name change to Fisher Junior College. In 1957, MBCA granted Fisher Junior College the authority to award the Associate in Science Degree. Between 1939 and 1965 the College bought thirteen buildings in the Back Bay area. These buildings had the classroom capacity for 500 students and dormitory facilities for 325 women. Bermuda Trip, 1950s

Activities & Clubs For any college, there is an ephemeral nature to student clubs and organizations. Traditions come and go, but some clubs have had a strong and lasting influence over the years. Clambake 1967

Variety Show & Drama Club & Christmas Pageants


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Commuter Club

Fashion Shows

1960 – 1979

Myron C. Fisher (left) designed and engineered the “Mall” and Alumni Hall. This change of space, bridging 102 to 118 Beacon Street, dramatically increased the size of the campus, creating a multi-purpose space for crowds as large as 300 and is still in use today. It currently serves as the cafeteria.

1963 The Massachusetts Board of Collegiate Authority granted Fisher Junior College the authority to award the Associate in Arts Degree. During this time in higher education history, the creation of 16 community colleges in Massachusetts and nearby states affected enrollment at Fisher and many other similar private junior colleges. Urban tensions and a changing political landscape led many students to seek colleges with suburban campuses. Students also became less interested in living in residences. Fisher’s enrollment dropped from 516 in 1966 to 300 in 1975. To offset the financial impact of these changes, 86 Marlborough Street and 181 and 183 Beacon Street buildings were eventually sold, in 1975 and 1976. 1970 Initial accreditation was granted by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

1970s Variety Show

In 1975 the College began an evening division, which was largely attended by veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Celebrities visit Fisher Robert Goulet, Roy Rogers.

Fisher Facts 1,806 students in the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies 42% Residents • 58% Commuters

School dance

Financial Aid and Remission $4,000,000 • Students receiving aid – 80% of total enrollment • Average institutional financial award: $10,213 General Finances • Operating Budget: $19 Million (as of 6/30/2013) • Quasi-endowment: $25 Million


110 Years 1960 – 1979

School’s out. That was the case for many in 1970 when hundreds of colleges and universities across the country canceled classes, exams, and graduations in fear of violent protests against the war in Vietnam and the violence at Kent State. Fisher was not immune. At the end of his 40-year presidency, Sanford Fisher reached out to parents to allay their concerns stating graduation would continue as planned, but if they feared for the safety of their child they may choose to withdraw early and pursue an alternate educational activity. Recognizing the importance of international and national affairs, Sanford wrote “I am pleased to report to you that your daughter as a part of the student body has enriched her outlook, understanding, and perspective of the world in which she lives.” True to the mission, the Fisher community chose to look for the valuable lesson among the turbulence around them.

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1980 – 1999

Faculty & Staff • 34 Full-time • 122 Part-time • Approximately 90 full- and part-time administrators General Facts • 12 buildings in Boston • 150,000 square feet • 5 baccalaureate degrees • 10 associate degrees • 10 concentrations • 10 minors

In the increasingly competitive landscape of higher education, as well as a difficult footprint to expand in Boston, the College expanded with satellite campuses across Massachusetts. At one point Fisher had 44 sites in high schools and rented space across the region from Agawam to Fall River. Staying true to its mission, Fisher’s continuing education sites provided important access to higher education for many non-traditional students, often individuals with families who worked full-time. Eventually, the College closed the sites and focused its resources on the Boston, New Bedford, and North Attleborough campuses. In 1988, the school adopted a new name, Fisher College. To meet the needs of a changing student body, tidal waves of change started to roll. Over its lifetime, Fisher has always been home to international students, from South America, England, Bermuda. The College worked with agents from other countries to attract international students; in the 1990s, Fisher had many students from Japan. Fisher introduced FIRST trips, later renamed Euroweek, in 1992, an annual week-long experience for students and faculty to bond and travel in Europe. These trips took the entire school to cities such as Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. The trips ended in 2001 due to international security concerns. The internet arrived. The revolutionary impact on culture and commerce FIRST passport started at Fisher in 1997 with HomeCampus, the first online courses. Access to education extended the vision of the College founders in a way they could never have imagined. In 1998, the College also introduced athletics and re-introduced men to campus. Becoming a co-educational campus was not welcome by all, but was a necessity. In 1999, a Bachelor’s degree in Management was introduced. Keeping (Right) The 80s, the hair. (Below) with the times and serving the modern student demands made these changes, Entire school though difficult at the time, ultimately the best for the school. goes to France.


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Fisher Flash (c. 1982) 4.1 road race. Adjunct faculty and future Fisher president, Thomas McGovern won 1st place. True fact.

2000 – present Fisher is a small, independent college with big plans. The past dozen years have brought expansion – new degrees, new buildings, a plan to grow the day-student body to over 1000 students by 2023. To get there, Fisher has undertaken substantive strategic planning processes. As a part of this effort, trustees, faculty, staff, advisory board members, alumni, and students have engaged in a process to formulate strategies to guide the College. The College has launched these goals, which can be found in Fisher’s Institutional Master Plan, This is an ongoing process. The college has acquired One Arlington Street, 111 Beacon Street and 10–11 Arlington Street. Baccalaureate programs are offered in Communications and Media, Human Services, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. In response to student demand and pending approvals, Fisher hopes to introduce more degrees such as a Master’s in Business Administration in the near future.

Fisher Facts Student Clubs & Associations BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) Black and Latino Student Association (BLSA) Common Good Commuter Student Association Criminal Justice Dance Drama Fashion Golden Key Society Hospitality and Tourism Club (HATS) MARCO (Marketing and Communications) Multi-Cultural Club Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) The National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS) Spectrum Student Government Association (SGA) The Charles Viewer Yoga

Fisher Falcons: cheerleading, soccer, baseball, softball, men and women’s basketball.

Commencement In simpler times, the Fisher graduation ceremony was held in the famous Hatch Shell, the outdoor amphitheater located on the Charles River Esplanade, home to the Fourth of July Boston Pops concerts since 1929. Graduates processed to the park, sometimes surrounded by a daisy chain. As the school has grown ceremonies have been held in various places. Recently commencements are at John Hancock Hall, three blocks from the Boston campus.


Faces of Fisher Fisher College has been influencing business in Boston and beyond for 110 years. Read about these entrepreneurial alumni who are making a difference.

Euzenando Azevedo ’08 Brett Fodiman ’06 Jeffrey Gauches ’08 Jennifer Ives Lee ’05 Jennifer Nelson ’09

Brett, Jeff and Euz at The Tap.

Fisher Strong “Seeing the way Forum worked, how hard it is to run a restaurant day to day, and especially being there on the day of the Boston Marathon attacks made me unafraid of a career in restaurants. It made me want to own my own place even more.” — Brandon O’Donnell ’14, Boston Nightlife Venture’s first intern.

Euzenando Azevedo ’08, President, Boston Nightlife Ventures Brett Fodiman ’06, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Gauches ’08, Chief Operations Officer Boston Nightlife Ventures is a multi-restaurant management company that was hatched in the halls of Fisher College by an entrepreneurial trio Euzenando “Euz” Azevedo ’08, Brett Fodiman ’06, Jeffrey Gauches ’08. They own and manage The Tap, Griddlers, Noche, and Forum, all popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. On April 15, 2013, on a day typically known in Boston as Patriot’s Day, the world watched as two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. In an instant, the Boylston Street restaurant named Forum became a crime scene – the second site of a terrorist attack. In the aftermath, patrons praised the restaurant staffers who kept calm as chaos ensued. They helped with the evacuation through the rear of the restaurant and helped the injured at the front of the restaurant. Since cell phones service was disabled, communications became impossible. Relocating to a local grocery store, COO Jeff Gauches ’08 worked with the FBI until that evening contacting his colleagues, family, and friends from a landline. It has been an emotional and complex time for the Forum family, but they take a tremendous amount of solace from the fact that their security cameras helped capture the terrorists who executed the attack. Friendship All Boston transplants, Brett and Jeff hail from Connecticut and Euz from Brazil. They met at Fisher and found the welcoming and personalized approach to education


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“We turned to our friends at Fisher and hired nearly all students, friends of ours, people we could trust,” — Jeff Gauches ’08

worked for them. In 2006, while still a student, Euz began planning how to start his career in the United States, a country he considers his home, while managing the legal complexities of attaining green card status. Start-up One solution was to incorporate a business and have at least 10 full-time employees. With his family’s support, Euz started shopping around for a small company by calling restaurant brokers. He had never worked in the restaurant industry but thought to himself, “Hey, why not? I know in my heart I can make this a successful business.” He bought The Tap, at the time a very shabby bar in a prime location near Faneuil Hall, the tourist mecca of Boston. It came with a full staff of 25 people. Euz turned to his two best friends to become the first new employees. Things were headed in a good direction, with each putting in 120 hours a week in addition to school. Except after a short time, they realized their newly acquired business was not as successful as it should be. Why? The staff. Trial by Fire “Running a restaurant or any company is like running a hockey or baseball team, you need the right players to win,” says Euz. Running a business, let alone a restaurant, was completely new to these twentysomethings. Firing and immediately hiring an entire staff was their only choice. “We turned to our friends at Fisher and hired nearly all students, friends of ours, people we could trust,” said Jeff. His new staff didn’t necessarily have the restaurant skills but the trust, chemistry, and support were there. Advice to future business owners All three answered this question in a chorus: be driven, have focus, and have flexibility. Brett advised to “reserve judgment and be honest. Network. Most people already know half the people you ever need to know to get yourself ahead.” Mentors The degree of profound gratitude for their parents’ support that each of these men have can’t be understated. Not many parents would support throwing so many hours into a business while school was in session. As for faculty, each had an influential teacher or course. Jeff: “Professors Janet Kuser (even though we didn’t always see eye to eye), Thomas McGovern, and Neil Trotta always took a real interest in what we were doing as new business owners and gave us some slack with academic deadlines when we were exhausted. Professor Trotta explained things simply. With Professor McGovern,

there was no b.s., which I really respected. Surprisingly, my favorite class was an elective art history course, which I took to have an easy A. It turned out to be the hardest but best class I took.” Euz: “The two best classes I would recommend for any business owner is Business Law and Psychology. Knowing how the chemistry of personalities work together or don’t. Professor Dr. Nicholas Siciliano’s psychology courses were key in understanding how some personalities work together and some do not. Professionally, I admire Danny Meyer, founder of the hospitality movement with Union Square Hospitality Group. He started just like we did.” Brett: “I borrowed (and have yet to return) an Operations Management book from Professor Kuser, who used real-world examples in her class when she was working for Starwood Hotels. Professionally, I respect businesses like Mario Batali’s Eataly. It’s a smart use of space, nothing is wasted, and all the goods it takes to make each dish are actually for sale in the market.”

“Running a restaurant or any company is like running a hockey or baseball team, you need the right players to win,” — Euz Azevedo ’08 Giving back In the fall of 2012, Brett, Jeff, and Euz contacted Fisher’s Office of Career Services looking for office help. Junior year student Brandon O’Donnell ’14, who dreams of owning his own restaurant someday, became the first Forum Boston intern and is thrilled to be starting this year as a part-time server. O’Donnell says, “Seeing the way Forum worked, how hard it is to run a restaurant day to day, and especially being there on the day of the Boston Marathon attacks made me unafraid of a career in restaurants. It made me want to own my own place even more.” The Fisher College community is glad to support alumni businesses and alumni are returning the favor. Ask any recent graduate of the last seven years where the “unofficial” alumni hang-out is and you will undoubtedly hear The Tap. The Forum has been serving as its Back Bay counterpart for senior and alumni networking events. They are planning to re-open in the summer of 2013. You can be sure that we will be there.


Faces of Fisher A Day At the Office Jennifer Ives Lee ’05 Senior Consultant, MOI, Inc.

Jennifer and her mom, Madeline Ives. A Day at the Office Originally from Waltham, Massachusetts, Jennifer Ives Lee ’05 came to Fisher as a working artist. While still in high school she was a cartoonist for the Emmy-award-winning HBO cartoon show “Dr. Katz Professional Therapist,” which aired on Comedy Central from 1995–1999. She attended Fisher, living in the 112 Beacon Street residences while earning her Associate’s in Fashion Merchandising, then as a commuter and evening student while earning her Bachelor’s in Management. She also attended Butera School of Art, a private commercial art school purchased by Fisher College in 2011. Landing in D.C. “After graduating I wanted to move to our nation’s capital. I responded to a recruiter hiring for a firm that specialized in high security government agencies. The role was a blended entry-level position that had duties such as admin, accounting, and doing whatever was needed for the fast-paced environment. My parents had taught me through their example that if I did above and beyond I would have the opportunity to move up fast. They were right. Within a year, I was recruited to a new exciting position. Now I’m a Senior Consultant at MOI, Inc., which is a full-service interiors and office solutions company. I provide furniture solutions for workplace interior projects.


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I volunteer at the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), a nonprofit organization that provides safe housing and resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence. I was honored this past April with DASH’s ‘Keystone Award for Leadership in the Development of Safe Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence.’ This organization’s mission is to ensure women and children escaping abuse do not become homeless by ensuring they have a safe space to live. It is an honor to be able to transfer my skills and expertise in creating safe and comfortable workplaces to creating these same personal spaces for domestic abuse survivors.” What was it like when you attended Fisher? “I was a day then evening student and had to learn to balance work and life demands. I found employment with a local firm in an administrative position, which allowed me to sneak some studying in during down time. I was enrolled in online courses and weekend classes in a condensed semester, which was trying but aided in finishing faster. The time management skills and discipline learned then was great preparation and practice for the challenges of juggling work and home life now! Fisher College gave me a strong foundation and the confidence to accomplish my goals.”

I wished I paid a little more attention to Macroeconomics. “Then, I thought Macroeconomics was interesting at the time but didn’t see how it would relate to my future career. Now, I am so thankful to have a solid understanding of the working economy in a global sense. Knowledge on policies regarding employment, economic fluctuations like trade cycle, inflation, deflation are essential to my decision-making. For example, I’m working to outfit five floors of the historic Sidney Yates building for the U.S. Dept. of Forestry. Their request for a furnishings quote called for “The Buy American compliance,” which dictates that the furniture is made in the U.S., which limits our offering due to the many factories located in Canada. Luckily, my knowledge regarding the various trade agreements afforded us to request that requirement to be changed to “Trade Agreement Act compliance.” They granted this change and we now have an equal opportunity to provide solutions. Thank you, Macroeconomics Class!” Some words to live by Cultivating curiosity and creation of new passions will never stop bringing you happiness. Pay attention to what you enjoy so much that you lose track of time. Don’t be afraid to take risks and to follow what you believe will make you happy. This advice especially holds true for women. I see time and time again smart, talented women pass up opportunities for career advancement because they ‘want to master their current role before trying a new one.’ Men in the workplace don’t think this way. They take the leap and know they can learn on the job and ‘figure it out later.’ Most people in their 30s and up will tell you that they have never regretted a risk they took, only the risks not taken.”

Jennifer Nelson ’09 Outpatient Validator, Boston Medical Center

How long have you been a medical coder? “After graduating from the Fisher College Coding Certificate Program I got a job in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Health Information Management department. I was at BIDMC eleven years and have recently moved to Boston Medical Center. While at BIDMC I made the decision to get my Associate’s Degree in Health Information Technology. BIDMC’s tuition reimbursement program helped me finance my return to school for further education while I worked as a coder. I’m proud to say I accomplished my goal of getting my Health Information Technology degree.” Why did you choose Fisher College? “When I decided it was time for me to go back, I went where I started, Fisher College. Attending Fisher while working at Beth Israel the location was perfect, it offered hybrid classes (online and in the classroom) and most importantly it was financially affordable.” What qualities do you feel are important in being a successful medical coder at an academic medical center? “You have to be very detail-oriented, able to read and comprehend a lot of data, be a self-starter, be a self-motivator, and be willing to learn. Most important of all, you have to believe in yourself and have the determination to learn new things, and excel within the profession. Be willing to advance yourself!!!” What do you like best about being a medical coder? I like the fact that you are always learning something new and interesting. There are always new codes and rules from the government and new procedures being performed by the hospitals. With the way things are moving within the health information field, there are a lot of new opportunities arising within the profession. When you think you know it all, understand it all and cannot learn anymore, think again! There is always something to learn!!” What or who motivates you in your work? “My colleagues – now friends – that I have met throughout my career who help me move up the ladder and who have pushed me to challenge myself. Also, within the RHIT field are the limitless possibilities and the positions that one can achieve.”

What exciting developments do you see in medical coding field? “Remote coding and the steps that hospitals have had to take to be able to have coders work remotely. The most recent exciting new development that I see is hospitals preparing for ICD-10, which is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, a medical classification list by the World Health Organization. This change has the potential to reveal more about quality of care, so that data can be used in a more meaningful way to better track the outcomes of care. The healthcare industry will be able to have improved efficiencies, potentially lower costs. It’s exciting to be a part of this.” Did you have a teacher at Fisher who made a difference for you, and why? “The teacher that made a difference for me is Clare Carvel. While attending classes she was always very helpful, if I had any questions at all she was willing to meet with me and go over projects to help me improve, especially when it came to doing my externship program. That made a big difference for me knowing that she wanted you to do your best to achieve your best grade possible. Even today when I attend certain conferences, she still remembers me being one of her students, which I found to very impressive.” Fisher College is privileged to be working with Joanne Pokaski, Director of Workforce Development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in their paid internship program, which offers students and graduates the opportunity for cutting-edge training, preparing participants to be highly marketable upon completion. Contact Heather Carpenter, Director of Career Services,, for more information.

Attention Medical Coders! Fisher College now offers ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Workforce Training Programs geared to introduce participants to the professional standards for coding and reporting of International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision-Clinical Modification and ICD-10Procedure Coding System procedure services. Emphasis will be placed on coding characteristics, conventions, and guidelines to identify and accurately assign codes to diseases, and conditions and procedures for medical documentation and reimbursement. For more information on this eight-week, online class, contact Jennifer Luukkonen, Corporate Recruiter, at 617-670-4509 or


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Social Media – Not all fun and games Featured Student: Watson Connolly ’15 Watson Connolly is a current student at Boston’s Fisher College campus pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Science of Management and is a part of the Military to Management program. Connolly didn’t have time to attend college when he was younger but has always wanted to. After graduation he plans to find a job working with veterans who have disabilities and help them overcome environmental and societal challenges, like he had to do. In the 1980s, when Connolly’s Army service ended, he was diagnosed with spinal ataxia, which forced him to use a wheelchair, but Connolly would not let this keep him down. In 2010 he won three gold medals in swimming and hand cycling events at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. His military experience helped him to be prepared and to push himself. Earning his degree is just the next obstacle he is determined to tackle and succeed.

Social media is an increasingly important part of the College’s social business strategy. Director of Communications Jennie Moore (pictured) is the social media specialist at Fisher who helps bring our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and whatever comes next, to life. Social media is a vital admissions and communications tool for appealing to today’s students, who have grown up and live online. Managing and monitoring conversations are a vital part of reputation and brand management. The College’s many departments have their own Facebook pages as well as Twitter accounts. Fisher College Alumni Association’s LinkedIn page has over 500 members and grows weekly. Find us where you live online by searching Fisher College.

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Fisher College Out & About Fisher staff, faculty, and students logged a lot of miles during the 2012–2013 academic year connecting with alumni and friends, listening and sharing College stories, as well telling you about the exciting changes at your alma mater.

Ogunquit, Maine (l to r) Donna Dehaven Jacobsen ‘62 and Linda Hanscom ’60; Arleen Elias Zaft ‘61, Jackie Gomarlo Bevins ‘61, Elaine Silverman Reiser ‘61

Pasadena, California (l to r) Dean of Enrollment Robert Melaragni, Esther Piermarini Koehler ’50, her daughter Susan Hooker, granddaughter Catherine Hooker, Glisery Colon ’01.

New York City, New York (l) Emily Davis ‘11, Pamela Garner Kozak ‘95, Marna Ringel ’86; (r) NYC Alumni

Sarasota and Orlando, Florida (l to r) Beverly Lydon Peyser ‘55, Scott and Laura Fisher, King and Valerie McCleary, Tom and Elaine McGovern, Beverly Cleathero ‘62, Beatrice McDermott Frost ‘46, Mary Testa ‘46, Kay Hazard Gendreau ‘55, Kristen Sherman, Dottie Harris Mara ‘59, Shiela Lally. Below left: Spring Training Game Right: Michael Wurst III ’01 and sister Joyann Wurst ‘00

Middleburg, Virginia Right: Rita Donahue Cooke ‘54 and husband John Kent Cooke Below: Horizons Class trip to DC

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

(l to r) Anthony Perry ’08, Lara and Ken Olisky ’06; Laura Sarno Cote ’86 and her twin sister.

Save the Date – January 30, 2014 NYC Alumni Reception and Book Talk with Professor Emily Stoehrer, co-author of Fashion Referenced.


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Fun with Fisher Fund Submitted by Michael Flynn ’13, Mike Thweatt ’13, Ashley Vassily ’13, Regan McGovern ’13, and Matthew Charles ’14 The Fall 2012 Public Relations Campaign class were given a semester-long project that focused on improving a specific area of Fisher College. Our committee developed a student-awareness

campaign for annual giving as future alumni. This was a real opportunity to not only build awareness about why to give back but also to solicit real ideas that will work with future alumni. Working as a team,

we explored different opinions and ideas and tried to implement them into the campaign, named Fun with the Fisher Fund. Our group had some bumps along the way, such as finding times for everyone to meet, in addition to meeting deadlines. We learned communication was key in coming together. A major tool we used in putting together our campaign was social media. Social media is the tool to promote new ideas for younger audiences. Our concept was “strength in numbers” but no donation is too small. For instance, the Scholars Club is a giving tier for any amount up to $99. Each philanthropic dollar builds a stronger institution and a greater Fisher experience for incoming students. Our committee connected special events, sporting events, and a College dance to spread awareness and jumpstart donations to help Fisher College grow bigger and stronger every day.

The Common Experience for Fall 2013 Submitted by Jennifer Mandolese, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs The Common Experience classes teach life skills to ensure academic success for the newest members of the Fisher community: freshman. The classes are tailored to students’ majors and are taught by full-time faculty members who also serve as academic advisors to their students, providing guidance and mentoring for both college and career success. Some of the fall selections include The Media in Boston with Dr. Heidi Hendershott; the Boston media industry provides the backdrop for this class. Films and television shows such as The Departed, Good Will Hunting, Fever Pitch, Cheers, and Boston Legal are media texts that put the city of Boston at the center of the production. Boston will now be at the center of every student’s latest production— college life! Fashion & Myth with Professor Emily Stoehrer is coupled with a course covering the history of fashion. Through the study of film, literature, and vintage clothing, students will discover what qualities transform a fashion designer into a household name. Students will explore the intersection of fashion and memory while learning the skills necessary to achieve college and career success. Professor John Hogan will be teaching Wake Up Your Inner Entrepreneur, which is designed to wake the sleeping Steve Jobs in any student. The class will explore the vision, energy, inspiration, passion, determination, and behaviors that are required to achieve business success. In Putting Two and Two Together with Professor Willem Wallinga, students will learn to question and test numerical claims and predictions as they are presented in the media. Specific attention will be given to the use of statistics in sports, and the class will compete in a fantasy football league. With these and many other exciting offerings, The Common Experience is poised to prepare our new students for life as a college student this coming fall. Thank you to all who participated and donated in the 2012 Balfour Challenge! YOU raised an additional $75,000 in support of this invaluable academic program, which helps lay the groundwork for every single student’s academic success. If you would like to learn more about The Common Experience and ways to support it, contact Kristen Sherman, Director of Alumni Relations, at 617-670-4419.


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2012-2013 The Fisher Fund Honor Roll Thank you for giving.

Fisher College is grateful to the many people and organizations who contributed so generously to our school’s programs, facilities, scholarships, and events during the 2012–2013 fiscal year. Fisher’s fiscal year runs July 1– June 30. Donors are recognized for cumulative giving across all categories of donations for this time period. In addition to the donors listed below, the College recognizes with thanks the volunteers who have contributed their time, energy, and expertise to make our educational experiences successful and memorable. Finally, thank you to students, who make this College proud year in and out. Gifts between July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 The E.H. and M.C. Legacy Society Scott Fisher ‘51 Joan Rubin Fixler ‘76 Isabelle Paull ‘47 Lea Tacconelli Pearson ‘42 Charles A. Wintermeyer, Sr.

Founder’s Circle ($10,000.00 + ) Aramark Food Services Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation Boston 4 Celebrations Cabot and Company Scott A. Fisher ‘51

President’s Circle ($5,000 - $9,999) Alexandra L. Bartsch Daniel Dimancescu Liberty Mutual Thomas M. McGovern

Falcon Society ($2,500 - $4,999) Christian C. Fisher McCarter & English Peter B. Post Charles A. Wintermeyer Charitable Lead Trust Fund-Cape Cod Foundation

1903 Society ($1,903 - $2,499) Robert Melaragni Steven W. Rich

Navy and Gold Society ($1,000 - $1,902) Michael J. Bell In honor of Frances Perry Jacqueline Gomarlo Bevins ‘61 Sandra Spadea Bishop ‘62 Beverly Cleathero ‘62

Jeffrey Conrad Melinda Cook Walter Dillingham J. Alexander Harte In memory of Ruth E. Harte Janet Kuser Komarnicki Shiela M. Lally McGraw-Hill Higher Education Millennium Integrated Marketing Larry Poe Neil Trotta USI New England

Charles River Club ($500 - $999) Cengage Learning Sarah McSweeney Chamberlain Stephanie Davidson Stephen Doherty Peter C. Everett EZ Disposal Services, Inc. FV Recillas Electrical Services Heritage Pest Control Diane Howard ‘66 Donna DeHaven Jacobsen ‘62 Joan E. M. Davis Joyce ‘74 Connie Bisceglia Lawler ‘60 Michele Kosden Massry ‘75 Roxanne E. McCorry Jennifer McSweeney Edward and Andrea Rogers Jane F. Rothschild - Castura ‘73 SCAN Business Systems, Inc. Ann Louise Tirrell Verizon Foundation

Beacon Club ($250 - $499) Euzenando Azevedo ‘08 James Bayles Boston Nightlife Ventures Jean Huntington Bowman ‘68 Bridget Snow Design Rebecca Bortz Costello ‘68

Elinor Shannon Dustin ‘49 William Englehardt M. Jane Strott Eaton ‘47 EBSCO Publishing First Integrity Mortgage Brett Fodiman ‘06 Jeff Gauches ‘08 Elizabeth Gavett Goodway Group Greater Boston Guidance Association Heike Milhench Jennifer Ives Lee ‘05 Valerie A. McCarthy Elizabeth O’Connor McCollum ‘76 Catherine and John McDonnell Dorothy Irving Olson ‘64 / ‘04 Steven J. Pelles and Debra Kamm-Pelles Dean Walton and Sandra Northrup

Centennial Club ($100 - $249) Anonymous (5) Violet Apalakian ‘43 Claire McMullen Baima ‘64 Nicholas W. Bankson Joanne Chisholm Beck ‘71 Eunice Forbes Becker ‘66 Lynne Streiber Bertram ‘62 Marion Brooks ‘50 Mary Ellen Coleman Brueckner ‘69 Rhodena Watt Brunstrom ‘61 Ellora Raymond Carle ‘56 Carolyn Carlson ‘64 Janice Krajewska Christensen ‘59 Alison Card Kaufman Clark ‘74 Kathy Plankey Coolahan ‘77 Maryanne DiBerto ‘70 Karen Sullivan Ditto ‘75 Ryan P. Donovan Barbara Breslin Downs ‘64 Dolores LeSaffre Driscoll ‘55 Scott Dulin

Judith Carrier Engel ‘67 JoAnn Evans ‘80 Deborah Davock Finch ‘76 June Freemanzon ‘52 Nancy Metzler Gale ‘59 Sarah Dunbar Goldberg ‘61 Debra Shields Graf ‘76 Susan Green ‘75 Kyle Grenier ‘07 Pamela Hamilton Linda Hanscom ‘60 Kathleen McGuinness Hartley ‘66 Heidi Henderschott Rodney Hinkle Cynthia Hatch Huff ‘64 Ann Rae Tondreault Kelley ‘62 Pauline Theroux Kosanke ‘60 Michael Krisanda Diane Lacroix ‘66 Gail Drury Lamb ‘64 Shawna Riffley Lambert ‘67 Judith Roberts Lawler ‘59 The Lucey Family Ethel Turner-Shapcott Manahan ‘48 Janet Mattozzi ‘60 Joshua V. McKain Michael Meadows Susan Schaufenbil Motschman ‘68 In memory of Susan Twist ‘68 Sandra Smith Mumford ‘62 In memory of Sonia Beechan Smith ‘24 Loretta Archer Murray ‘58 Karen Casey Myers ‘68 Mary-Ellen Spear Oberhauser ‘64 Claudette Prefontaine O’Brien ‘63 Linda Price O’Keefe ‘65 Pearson Learning Solutions June Rollins Pedrick ‘54 Barbara Cardello Pickrell ‘56 Nancy Pithis Richard Potter ‘05 Elaine Silverman Reiser ‘61 Carolyn Schlegel ‘57


Fisher Fund Kristen Sherman Susan Allen Smith ‘60 Anna White Spellissy ‘43 Lorraine Stec ‘55 Virginia Norris Taylor ‘66 Mary Testa ‘46 Pam Vitkin Tulman ‘68 Kandace Smith Van Gorder ‘73 Alexander Wagner Merrie Ellis Walker ‘64 Seth M. and Colleen Woods Jean Hogarth Zink ‘51

Scholars Club (Up to $99) Anonymous (4) Arlene Ludensky Abrams ‘65 Margaret Concannon Abramson ‘71 Erin Aldcroft ‘92 Karen Lobdell Allen ‘62 Mildred Ayer Allen ‘54 Nancy Amado ‘93 Cheryl Amantea Linda DiPerri Anderson ‘92 Donald A. Arruda Marcia Wishnow Balin ‘57 Joanne Menesale Bates ‘57 Melissa Benson Barbara Hynes Bertelsen ‘63 Alissa Bertram Mary Bigelow ‘77 / ‘92 Rachel Black Roberta Zampieri Blake ‘62 David Bryan Louise Patten Burgess ‘58 Barbara Burke ‘54 Anne Cardente Charlene Fourcher Carle ‘65 Heather M. Carpenter Myrna Kraft Cassin ‘52 Mary Czuckrey Celentano ‘61 Lisa Chapdelaine ‘13 Cara Chenes Herbert Chisholm ‘11 Amy Ye Cho ‘91 / ‘10 Chris Christopher Ann S. Clarke Amanda Cody ‘11 T. Jewell Wardwell Collins ‘51 Margaret Cosgrove ‘85 Laura Sarno Cote ‘86 Jennifer Courtney Mary Ellen Croft-Lafrance Judith Cronig ‘62 Hollis J. Davis Cindy Vibber DeBiasi ‘83 Callaway Wight Decoster ‘68


Ann Doheney ‘00 Joyce Jenkins Dow ‘62 Vicki Walentuk Dowdell ‘63 Karen L. Dunton ‘98 / ‘10 Helen Omer Duran ‘60 Susan E. Dyer Joy LaBrie Edwards ‘73 N. Avis Guild Eldert ‘45 Nancy Hord Elliott ‘46 Joey Eugenio ‘07 Linda Fader Nancy Farrar Tofferi ‘54 Sandra Goggin Ferro ‘62 Lisa Fey Emilia Van Bereen Flanagan ‘90 Matthew J. Florio Katherine Lawrence Flygare ‘70 Joan Forte ‘58 Marion Drew Francis ‘47 Bette Magoon Frenette ‘63 Muriel Gelinas Maureen Connolly Genereux ‘55 Lorraine Petrosevich Gettings ‘58 Hope Lewis Gibeault ‘52 Claire Gillette ‘88 Lydia Gonsalves ‘98 Amy Goodell ‘04 Loretta Taylor Gordon ‘61 Georgine Baird Gori ‘53 Jacqueline Rowe Gounaris ‘63 Rhonda Gurley ‘87 Charlotte Hamill Shirley Kay Henshall ‘58 Patrick Holland ‘07 Cecille Siuda Kasprzak ‘61 Terri Khoury Diane Sibolkin Kline ‘63 Brenda Alberts Korn ‘58 Joyce Koski ‘60 Wendy Lapointe ‘72 Maureen Connolly Lemieux ‘88 Martha Gyger Littlefield ‘75 Theo Cox Lovell ‘48 Beverly Lutz Dorothea Harris Mara ‘59 Herb Marin Candace Dodge Markella ‘70 Margaret Buckley Markey ‘55 Amanda Matarese Julieanne Finn McCarriston ‘87 Michael,Merlina and Natalia McGovern Patrick McGovern David Medvitz Andrew Meleo ‘11 Linda Giles Merikanto ‘62 Elizabeth Laraway Moeller ‘66

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Shirley M. Morris Sonja Johnson Murphy ‘83 Avraham Nahoumi ‘98 In honor of Barbra Nahoumi Joy Nelson ‘03 John C. Newburn Georgia Contos Otis ‘52 Cara Parkoff Isabelle Paull ‘47 Charles Peladeau ‘89 Mary Diamond Perdikes ‘49 Marcus A. Pereira Barbara Biggs Peterson ‘52 Phyllis Anne Ginty Petty ‘61 Michelle Pinsonneault Betsy Amenta Piskorski ‘62 Michael Pithis ‘12 Ann C. Powers Robert Powers ‘88 Pauline Zanello Querze ‘48 Rose Dwyer Quinn ‘71 Debra Belle Raimondi ‘84 Diane Rende Glenna Grant Richardson ‘59 Diana Roberts ‘90 Laura Rogers ‘85 Sheilah Feinberg Ross ‘55 Nancy Avedian Russo ‘62 Mary Ann Furman Salemme ‘66 Ruth Derwish Samia ‘60 Joyce Parmelee Santoro ‘83 Dianne Smith Santos ‘61 Mary Boyne Schlaff ‘79 Arghavan Schumacher Irene Siuda Seay ‘62 Thomas Sheehan ‘83 Donna Torno Shields ‘61 Whitney Shirley ‘06 Linda S. Small Helen Loring Smith ‘56 Ellen Sokowitz Joan Mason Stuart ‘62 John L. Sullivan ‘80 / ‘08 Lenore Hulteen Swanson ‘46 Charlene Taormina Frances Taormina ‘06 Donna Caldara Taylor ‘62 Claudia Tessier ‘64 Rebecca Bidwell Thompson ‘61 Richard Thorp Sheila Kelly Tighe ‘95 Barbara Maynard Tortorelli ‘62 Bonnie Buchan Traylor ‘61 Alice Wagner Tripp ‘62 Frances Heaphy Turco ‘52 Tunde Turi-Markovic Carmen Payne Urbonas ‘85

Harvey B. Ussach Gail Maculewicz Wagman ‘62 Clayton and Margaret Scarci Wagner ‘49 Michelle Wagner Sandra Elliott Wallace ‘59 Willem Wallinga Katrina Powers Walsh ‘97 Tamara Fedus Ward ‘85 Dorothy Hulquist Webster ‘53 Elizabeth Webster ‘01 Jennifer Weiner Catherine Sellers Wells ‘55 Janet Waite White ‘52 Marilyn Lunny White ‘54 Carol J. Wilcox and Arthur Barry Judith Wilcox ‘61 Jane Kelley Wilkins ‘58 Judith Brown Williams ‘51 Joan Cousineau Wingle ‘55 Colleen Woods Kathleen Blanchette Yarnell ‘67 June Young ‘95 Arleen Elias Zaft ‘61 Janice Paratore Zaganjori ‘61

Gifts In Kind John Kent and Rita Donoghue Cooke ‘54 David and Doris Cote Crocker ‘61 Cynthia Hatch Huff ‘64 Joseph Monteleone ‘11 Beverly Lyndon Peyser ‘55 Yvonne Twomey ‘44

Auction Donations Boston Children’s Museum Bruins Charles River Canoe & Kayak Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park Franklin Park Zoo Healing Soles - Relax with Reflexology Huntington Theatre Museum of Fine Arts Boston New England Aquarium Scarlet Oak Tavern Sony eBook SpeakEasy Stage Stoneham Theatre The Common Man Inn The Freedom Trail The Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston The Liberty Hotel

Fisher receptionist from the early years in Somerville, MA.

Alumni support of the Fisher Fund is important and essential to Fisher’s continued strength. Last year more than 400 alumni, faculty, staff, and students supported FC. So, this fall, when a student, classmate, or staff member reaches out to ask for support, we hope you will answer the call! Annual giving helps raise the critical funds needed to enable the College to respond where the need is greatest. The Fisher fund provides scholarships, programs, and facility and faculty support to achieve and enhance the College’s educational mission. Your dollars directly equip students to change the world both now and in the future.

Answer the Call! Volunteer Student Phone-a-thon Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Janet Bailey ’51 (standing, right) and Colleen Rollins Plummer ’51 (seated, left)

Flight of a Lifetime Soon after graduation, Janet Bailey ’51 started her 45-year career as a secretary at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. Also at that time, she began taking flying lessons, which she just loved. However, her father was less than thrilled with the idea, so she eventually quit taking lessons. She has talked about it ever since. Janet hadn’t flown as a pilot or even as a passenger since that time. Janet’s niece Sloane Bailey from Virginia decided 60 years was long enough to wait. On a cold and clear day, Sunday, January 26, 2013, Janet boarded and helped fly a four-seater Cessna 172 at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, where she took lessons 60 years ago. An audience of family and friends watched. Sloane tells us Janet is a beloved aunt of 16 nieces and nephews. Janet now lives in an assisted living facility with Alzheimer’s disease, but rest assured this is an experience that she will never forget.

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Fun fact, the former name of Class Notes…Rings, Rice, Rattles!

Please update us and your Fisher friends on your latest and greatest achievement. Engagements, weddings, new baby, grandchild, new job, retired, or trip, just let us know. Send an update to Thank you to those who sent their fondest memories of 110 years, we’ve included a few here.

1940s Mary Pavone Waddick ’44 from Waltham, MA can testify Fisher students can still dance. Mary met Richard Sorensen at a school sponsored dance with MIT and dated a short while. In 1948, Mary married her husband James and had five children. Fast forward to 2012. Mr. Sorenson emailed Fisher College’s alumni relations department to see what ever happened to Mary and if possible, may he get in touch with her. She said yes. Mary reported that it was wonderful to reconnect with Richard after all these years and share all that has happened since they left off. Mary shared that she loved having the time in classes and her favorite teachers were Ms. MacDonald, Mrs. Fitz. She is still friends with Nella Bowden Perkins ’44 and Eleanor Murphy ‘44. Mary also reported Richard was a great dancer.

“My wife Elinor M. Shannon graduated from Fisher in 1949. I graduated from Northeastern University in 1951, and we married in that year. At my fraternity, I was the social chairman. For a football game and dinnerdance, three of us needed ‘dates’. I made a phone call to the house mother at Fisher, got three blind dates for us and had a great time. My best friend Ken Barton, had Barbara Keay ’50 as his blind date – they married after Barbara graduated from Fisher.” Cedric H. Dustin, Jr., writing on behalf his wife Elinor, from Bow, New Hampshire.

1950s Resident of Hingham, MA, May Walker Vuilleumier ’53 is retired after a long career in the medical field. May was instrumental in community organizing in the 1970s to start ferry service from Hingham to Boston. She is an active volunteer for Road to Recovery, a

Yvonne Twomey in front of her historic home, on the birthday of her Aunt Helena, June 21.

Thank you! Yvonne Twomey ’44 for donating a treasured family heirloom, a rare 1919 Fisher College diploma, in honor and memory of her beloved aunt Helena Murphy ’19. Upon graduation, Helena worked for the founding Fisher brothers when the College was located in Boston’s downtown district until her untimely passing in 1939. Yvonne vividly remembers visiting her aunt at the College and becoming friends with the elevator operator, Ms. Brown. Before the war interrupted her studies, Yvonne attended Fisher in 1944 and 1945. Yvonne is an active member in the historic preservation in her community and gives tours to elementary school children of the Mann House. She lives in the original Bates House in Scituate, MA, which is known for the “lighthouse army of two.” During the War of 1812, on June 11, 1814, the lighthouse keepers’ daughters Rebecca and Abigail Bates scared off a British warship anchored in Scituate harbor by playing Yankee Doodle on a drum and fife. It has been home to only four families since being built in the 1650s. Noting its historic importance, Yvonne recently sold it to the town of Scituate, and it will be maintained by the Scituate Historical Society.


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program that provides transportation for people who have cancer to their lifesaving treatment. “To find a ‘favorite’ memory at Fisher College is probably the most difficult task one can have, simply because the two years spent in the college, acquiring an Associate Degree, was in and of itself a very fond memory. Of all the classes attended in the Medical Secretarial Course, I completely enjoyed my Music Appreciation Class, held in what was once the ballroom and now a Library, taught by most wonderful, Jane Kirkpatrick.” Patricia Mango Senich ‘59

1960s “My best memory was the close relationships that existed between the students and professors who wanted to ensure that we were successful once we graduated from Fisher and the long lasting friendships that continued throughout the years.” writes in Barbara Gentile Peck ’61, who is the Global Ergonomics and VPP at General Electric in Atlanta, GA. Ina Wasserstram Segel ’62 is a supervisor at New England Dermatology & Laser Center in Springfield, MA. “My best memory are working closely with my classmates in my medical classes and developing ‘Hilda Diabetic’. The camaraderie of meeting new people and establishing life-long friendships made the difference.” “Attending Fisher Junior College from 1961 to 1963 gave me wonderful memories, and most importantly a life-long best friend, (Alice) Carolyn DuBois Saldi ’63. We have had 50 years of friendship that started at Fisher from our time together in Myron Hall. Memories are many. Many a night, after lights would be out, Carolyn and I would sit out by the stairs where the lights stayed on and study. Sometimes I talked in my sleep, especially when studying for a test. Carolyn would ask me medical terms then when I was

Class Notes door and he was banging on the first set of doors! Later that night, on the same street we had been walking, a nurse was killed. We were petrified after that! There are so many more memories from those two years but enough is enough. Good luck in your celebration of 110 years of the college.” Linda Campbell Simpson ‘63 Carolyn Chasse Nieves ’63 is a property manager for Dolben, Inc. She shares her fondest memories as ”happiness and loved being in Boston. Great teachers. Strict rules!”

The ladies who lunch aka proud members of the class of 1955 at one of their bi-annual lunches. (Standing) Nancy Taylor Huntley ’55, Pat Cloherty Fagan ’55, Catherine Sellers Wells ’55, Joan Walker Woods ’55, Mary Huban McDonald ’55 (kneeling) Natalie Cerasoli Saladino ’55, Barbara Boynton Ryan ’55.

Cynthia Hatch Huff ’64 received her bachelor’s from UMASS Boston, then a Master’s from Boston University School of Public Health. Cindy is retired and fondly remembers the education received and friends made. Editor: Cindy has volunteered many hours helping to organize the Fisher College archives – thank you Cindy! Barbara Breslin Downs ’64 is the senior secretary for the Town of Danvers and her fondest memory is playing whist in the cafeteria during lunch break. “As it was outside the classroom setting, this is how I met many friends who were enrolled in different majors.”

Class of 1962 Phone Reunion in March 2012 On the phone in The Villages, Florida: Linda Finneran Brown ’62, Donna DeHaven Jacobsen ’62 and Beverly Cleathero ’62 on the phone with Helen Omer Duran ’62 in Colorado.

asleep she said she could still ask me questions and I would answer - correctly! But we had many great times in the lounge playing whist and other games. Carolyn and I were lucky enough to be able to go to Europe for two weeks with the school. We went to Heildberg, Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Zurich. Of course, one of my memories is that we always had to wear at least an inch heal (no tennis shoes!!), skirts or dresses, even when we would go to get our meals at the dorm a block away.

We were there during the time of the ‘Boston Strangler’ and swear there were a few episodes where we could have easily have encountered him. Each night we were able to leave the dorm from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. One night after stopping at Ken’s in Copley Square for a bagel and Coke on our way back to the dorm, we noticed a man in a trench coat and hat in the doorway. We crossed the street, he crossed the street. We turned right on Beacon Street then he turned right. We got to our dorm and immediately locked the

“As a commuter in the 1960s Fisher was a very different community. We had a dress code which was strickly enforced. Aside from that, the people I met were wonderful and I still keep in contact with them. I got a great education from Fisher that prepared me for a lot of opportunities.” writes in Janet Khoury Marino ’65 from Medford, MA. Janet is a department administrator at Tufts University. Nancy Jarvis Beal ’68 remembers “I was a young girl right from rural Massachussetts. Fisher introduced me to life in Boston. I gained confidence to work in the largest law firm in Boston, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, Sr. Partners. I married and moved to NYC, working for Sherman & Sterling on Wall Street. Now, I’m 65 and a realtor for over ten years. My background is perfect for this career. Thank you, I couldn’t have done it without you!” Editor: Thank you Nancy!


Class Notes 1970s Cynthia Sterling Webb ’70 says hello to her classmates from her home in Richmond, VA. Congratulations! Joy LaBrie Edwards ’73 was married on 12/12/12 to Jack Edwards and is living in Hollis, NH. Patricia Murray Fulmer ’74 is a legal secretary for Dickstein Shapiro in Irvine, CA. Susan Casey Weir ’74 has happy memories of living on Beacon Street “but there were no sports teams, no male students! I retired after 33 years of teaching in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland last July (2012) and relocated to the eastern shore of Virginia. I’ve visited Boston since I graduated and always manage to drive by campus.” Editor: Next time, don’t be a stranger, stop in and say hello! Donna Delman Lucier ’76 is a surgical coordinator in Cape Cod. She remembers “our living quarters and Mrs. Spinney, our dorm mother.”

1980s Robin Brown Mickle ’80 wrote in, “WOW 1980 was a long time ago!! I lived in the Park Plaza Hotel because Fisher was over booked in my first year. My second year was at 112/114 Beacon Street. My fondest memories were the opportunity to live in an amazing brownstone on Beacon Street overlooking the Charles River and Storrow Drive; to have a beautiful (non-working of course) fireplace in my room; and to hang out and chat with girlfriends.” Nancy Genova ’81 is an elementary/special education kindergarten teacher near her home in Bridgewater, NJ. “My best memory is all the city of Boston offered the women attending Fisher Junior College. Meeting my fellow students from all over the world. The small, homey feeling of the campus, the beautiful dormitories and admissions buildings. Smuggling handfuls of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies back to our dorms in the evening! Ahhhh, great memories of two wonderful years with so many opportunities for internships in the


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early childhood field such as the John Winthrop Nursery school, the League School in Government Center and Charlestown Head Start Program.” Carol Davis ’81 is a lease administration analyst for CBRE in Atlanta, GA. “I attended FJC from 1981-1983 and loved every minute of it, best years of my life!” says Barbara Harvey Matteson ’83, the education programs coordinator for Massachusetts General Hospital. Hello from beautiful Bermuda writes in Shirlene Roberts ’83 whose best memory is graduation. Lynn Tyburski ’83 remembers “my first steps into Fisher, so beautiful. The small, intimate classes. The view of my dorm on 104 Beacon Street.“ Lynn is the Senior Relationship Manager – Investment Recruiting for Fanning Personnel. Ann Theriault McComb ’84 is the senior tower planner operations at American Airlines in Logan Airport in Boston, MA. Ann recalls “My favorite memory is when I decided to go there, I walked into the marble front office, with the floating staircase and the largest Christmas tree I had ever seen. I knew it was a perfect fit. Small classes, individual attention, and being in Boston was so much fun. Emerson was a few blocks away. The first year I was able to attend a cruise which got me hooked on travel forever and it has become my career!” Kathryne Bercel-Bonvin ’85 is a human resources specialist at Von Rohr in Geneva, Switzerland and is a member of the Career Women’s Forum. Laura Rogers ’85 is the gift and data entry coordinator at Milton Academy. Marygrace O’Hora ’86 works at Liberty Mutual in MA. Anne Marie DiMauro ’86 is a real estate agent for Gibson Sotheby’s International in Weston. Anne Marie’s best memory was “co-editing the Charles Viewer with my friend Maureen Connolly and being involved with the yearbook.”

Mike Wall ’02 with Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arrendondo, received three commendations and a medal for his actions at the Boston Marathon.

“I had so many memories! I loved my studies and classes. My classmates were great and of course the gorgeous cultural campus of Boston can’t be beat. It was a great time in my life!” writes in Denise Logan Chrans ’86 of Clinton, CT and who is a senior marketing manager at AT&T. Katherine McAlevey McMann ’86 is a writer and has two books expected to publish in May 2013. Katherine lives in North Waterboro, ME and tells us of her best memory of Fisher, “I loved the experience! It was funny that first year when 30 of us girls had to be put up in a hotel for the year. I fell in love with the buildings. The college is so beautiful.” Camellia Browne ’86 works at Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA. “My fondest memories are in the cafeteria/lounge. Love that is was an all girls, private college. Loved the faculty, dean’s list and graduation!” Laura Peterson Isaksen ’88 is the applied technology teacher in Foxboro Public Schools. “September will be my 20th year of teaching in the field of business and computers. My business teachers at Fisher had much to do with my career decision especially Daisy Dobeck having me assist in her classes.” Her best memories are “hanging out with the President Scott Fisher and him knowing who I was. And he was always happy to see me.”

Class Notes Cesar DeOliveira ’01 is a controls engineer at Teknikor in Fall River, MA. Gary Olander ’03 is in logistics operations for HC Starck North American Trading in Newton, MA. Barbara Zurawski ’05 is a registered nurse at Merrimack Valley Hospital. Barbara’s proudest memory was receiving the student achievement award.

Engaged Jesse Avalos ’09 & Amanda Bertone ’09 and are planning their wedding for spring 2014.

Best wishes to Kaitlyn O’Leary ’07 & Evan Tardugno ’10 and Marisa O’Leary ‘07 & Luis Lara ’08 who are having a double wedding August 2013.

Greg Centeio ’89 of Fairhaven, MA is an investigator and lieutenant colonel for the Bristol County Sheriff Office.

David Broden ’93 works for TJX reports his best memory is taking classes one at a time, at a calm pace.


Catherine Blickarz ’98 is a legal assistant at Fuller Rosenberg Palmer & Beliveau in Worcester, MA.

Kristen Menard Capone ’91 says hello from Nashua, NH and shares that her favorite faculty who made the difference for her is former Fashion Program Director Teresa Howe. “My best memory is my classmates and instructors” writes Mabel Whitley ’91 from Summerville, South Carolina. Mabel is pursuing her bachelor’s degree online. Edith Taylor Valeri ’91 is a manager at Whitehead/MIT and proudly remembers her mentor Ms. Howe. As the site manager of the Dimock Head Start Program in Roxbury, MA, Delanie Brown Pryor ’92 writes “I appreciated meeting wonderful individuals and faculty at Fisher and gaining knowledge that plays a vital role in my career today.” Tricia Olsen ’93 is a provider claims resolutions specialist for United Healthcare in Tampa, FL.

Sherrie Donalson ’98 from Hyannis, MA remembers the great teaching staff. Sherrie is the manager of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home. Linda Bennett Frank ’99 works for Galeton, Inc in Foxboro, MA. She remembers each course as a learning adventure! Lisa Cranstron ’99 is the office manager for the Nantucket Yacht Club.

2000s Elizabeth Webster ’01 is a sales advisor for Club Demonstration Services. Susan Womble ’01 is the strategic investments coordinator for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Boston, MA. Panashe Flint ’01 is a police lieutenant at Bentley University.

Whitney Deluca ’08 remembers both sad and happy times while at Fisher. “Having my teacher pass away suddenly was tremendously sad and traumatic, but the good friends made along the way helped us get through it. I remember hanging out in the dorms and gathering in the ‘fish bowl’. Gina Tavares Stanzione ’09 is a nursing attendant at the RI Veterans Home and shares her best memory as a New Bedford site student as “meeting with professors who understand the challenges it takes to continue an education as an adult student.”

2010s Marilyn Bayley ’10 works for Harrison Specialty Co. in Canton, MA. She loved the friendly atmosphere in the class rooms with professors. Maureen Coyle ’10 says hello from Scituate, MA. Hilary Ritter ’11 works in Merrimack, NH for Fidelity Investments. Vikki Cabral ’11 is a senior quality data analyst for Southcoast Hospitals Group in Fall River, MA. Courtney Gollotto ’12 is a residential case manager at The Providence Center in Rhode Island.

First jobs! These 2013 grads are making a splash as they enter their first jobs after Fisher. Congratulations! Sara Fulford ’13 is an administrative assistant at Regan Communications in Boston, MA.


Class Notes Fairfield University to get a master’s in Communications. On May 11, 2013 following commencement, Debbie Fuller ‘13 and Jessica Goodno ‘11 tied the knot in Manchester, NH. “We met at Fisher in 2009 and have been inseparable since!”

Matthew Feehan ’13 is attending Roger Williams Law School. Derek Taylor ’13 is continuing his education, getting a master’s in Graphic Design at Suffolk University. Victoria Oliva ’13 is an assistant operations manager at Savers. Kristina Phu ’13 is the food and beverage supervisor at Delaware North in Boston, MA.

Courtney Waseleski ’13 is an administra tive coordinator at Covidien in Mansfield, MA. Maureen Deady ’13 is the assistant dockmaster at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA. Svetlana Horner ’13 is the assistant food and beverage manager, Hilton Boston Logan Airport. Helen De Ruisseau ’13 is at A-Stat Medical Billing Management, Inc. in Pawtucket, RI. Brittney Davis ’13 is the front desk agent at the Hilton in Mystic, CT.

Nicole Donovan ’13 is in the manager in training program at Vera Bradley in Providence, RI. Michael Callahan ’13 is a national recruiter at Tradesource, Inc. located in Warwick, RI. Ketura Nanny ’13 is the practice assistant II, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and is pursuing a Healthcare MBA at Simmons College. Antonio Mitchell ’13 is seeking his bachelor’s in Pre-Physical Therapy at Oakland University. Cassandra Fercodini ’13 is enrolled at

Sioh Yoon ’13 is working at Youngil Leather Company in South Korea. Johann Knee ’13 is the athlete liaison at K Sports & Entertainment in Boston, MA. Jennifer DeTerra ’13 is the senior administrative assistant at the Codman Neurovascular Marketing, a division of Johnson and Johnson in Raynham, MA.

In Memoriam Eleanor Sylvia Roche ‘53 Grace Ludwig Kinchla ‘60 Dona Lyons Goodwin ‘67

Master Sgt. Gregory R. Trent A 1995 graduate of the North Attleborough campus, Master Sgt. Gregory R. Trent of Norton, MA died on August 8, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland, from gunshot wounds he suffered on July 31 during fighting in Baktabad, Afghanistan. According to information released by the Department of Defense, Trent was wounded when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He had been assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C. After graduating from Fisher, Greg enlisted as an artillery man in the U.S. Army in 1998 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. In his 15 years of service, his numerous awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. Trent had been deployed five times since 1998, with his most recent being to Afghanistan, his fourth deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom. Trent was also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A loving husband and devoted father, his mother Barbara Trent also described her son as a jokester, always fun, never a dull moment. He and his father shared a passion for riding motorcycles. The entire Trent family moved to North Carolina a few years ago to remain close to each other during his service. Upon his untimely passing, the Norton Gold Star Committee was formed and raised funds to erect a monument in his hometown of Norton, MA in his honor. The ribbon-cutting and memorial service was on Memorial Day, 2013. The Fisher College community thanks him for his service and devotion to our country.


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