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Spring/Summer 2013, Volume 9, Issue 2

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

Lorraine Sylvia Earle ’81 CFO of Johnny Cupcakes talks business.

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January is National Mentoring Month Did you have someone special who helped guide you in your career? You can be that person for a student at Fisher College! Alumni can and do help students with career advice, resumepolishing, or by participating in a classroom discussion. As an Alumni Mentor, you pick your level of engagement and when you want to be contacted. Access your account and update your information by contacting Heather Carpenter, Director of Career Services, at (617) 236-8838 or

Fish*net – our online job resource – connecting students and alumni.

Heather Carpenter, Director of Career Services

Thank you for making a difference!

The Fisher College Fashion Show Featuring the work of first- and second-year Fashion students. Sunday, April 28, 2013 @ 3:00pm – 4:30pm Alumni Hall 116 Beacon Street, Boston Reception immediately following the show. Want to be involved in the show? Email or call (617) 670-4455.

Greetings Alumni and Friends,

Fisher Today IN THIS ISSUE This has been one of the busiest and most exciting school years that I can recall during my six years here at Fisher College. The Boston campus has been hosting high-profile and diverse speakers such as award-winning actor and author, Tony Danza, and one of the nation’s leading radio personalities, Boston’s very own JAM’N 94.5’s Ramiro Torres. We are also honored to announce our 2013 Commencement Speaker, Fox25 news anchor, Maria Stephanos. In addition, we have been meeting with various politicians at all levels – federal, state, and local – as well as community partners, as a natural part of our growth trajectory.



Just as these speakers have influenced the world of news and entertainment, Fisher College graduates have been influencing business in Boston and beyond for over 110 years. As business owners, and leaders in finance; education; and emerging and changing industries like communications and technology, Fisher College students and alumni alike are making a continual impact. This all goes back to our original philosophy: “we place our graduates.” Speaking of business, I had the opportunity to speak about the business of education with one of our Fisher College print advertisement, 1910 students as part of a class project. Elle-Jordyn Goslin ’15, a communications major, interviewed me and asked how my business experience has been applied to running Fisher College. It was interesting to reflect upon how the college has grown and evolved; the interview may be found on page 5.


This Just In: Fisher News


Interview with President McGovern


Faces of Fisher

Daniel Faneuf ‘04

June Freemanzon ‘52

Susan Schaufenbil Motschman ‘68

Lorraine Sylvia Earle ‘81

11 Fisher College Out & About, Alumni Events 12 Alumni Advantages / Fisher Flashback 13 Life After Fisher College 14 Athletics Update, Go Falcons 14 Class Notes 16 Scholarship News

Thank you to all who answered the call and rose to the Balfour Challenge. Your efforts generated an additional $75,000 of critical revenue in support of The Common Experience as well as future academic pursuits that enrich each and every student. Thanks to your support, the college becomes stronger every year. For Fisher,

Dr. Thomas M. McGovern President


This Just In: Fisher News

110th Year Anniversary 2013 will mark Fisher College’s 110th year anniversary. In honor of this milestone, we are asking both alumni and current students to tell us their fondest memories of their time at Fisher College. Please email us your name, class year, and favorite memory at and we will include this list in an upcoming issue of Fisher Today.


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Habitat for Humanity Fisher students are headed to New Bern, North Carolina, as the 2013 destination for Habitat for Humanity. This will be the third year in a row that students will participate in the program. Pictured above, Fisher students on last year’s trip to El Paso, Texas.


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We are thrilled and honored to announce Maria Stephanos, FOX25 News anchor, as the Commencement speaker for Fisher College’s 109th Commencement ceremony to be held on May 11, 2013 at 11:00am at the John Hancock Building in Boston. Maria Stephanos anchors FOX25 News at 10:00pm & 11:00pm as well as FOX25 News at 6:00pm & 6:30pm. She joined FOX25 in 1997 and is one of Boston’s most experienced broadcast journalists. Maria’s versatility as a reporter and anchor has lead to numerous high-profile assignments. She’s covered local, state, and national elections; democratic and republican conventions; and a variety of breaking news stories. Her political coverage has taken her from the halls of the Massachusetts State House to interviews with three U.S. Presidents. She is a reputable icon in the New England Community who will give an inspirational and memorable speech to Fisher College’s newest graduates.

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“Fisher Forum Spotlight On…” 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Alumni Hall, 116 Beacon Street, Boston Free and Open to the Public

Elsevier Faculty Development Conference Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) instructors Mary Ellen Croft-LaFrance and Mary Herbowy and Fisher College Program Director Carol Wilcox will be poster presenters at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference in Las Vegas, January 2 – 5. The presentation is a continuation of their analysis of the Peer Tutoring program at the BHSN site.

Award Winning Actor and Author Tony Danza on Fisher’s Campus Fisher College hosted award-winning actor and author Tony Danza as a guest speaker on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Danza discussed his latest book, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High and how spending a year as a high school teacher impacted his life and what it’s really like today in America’s classrooms. Danza stayed for an hour after his talk to sign copies of the book for members of the community.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Al Letson Meet this critically acclaimed poet, playwright, and host of State of the Re:Union, a radio program produced by the Public Radio Exchange and distributed by National Public Radio. The show travels to an American city or town to discover the interesting things that people are doing to create community and transcend their circumstances, while placing focus on the vital cultural narratives.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Dennis Kolsch Meet Dennis Kolsch from To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Tim Bawmann Meet the Lowell Spinners President and General Manager who has been setting attendance records for the league for the past 10 years and working for 23 years in the minor leagues.

Welcome Fisher’s newest Phi Theta Kappa inductees on March 7, 2013, 5:30pm, 116 Beacon Street, Alumni Hall, Boston.


This Just In: Fisher News From left, Dr. Thomas McGovern, President; Coleman Nee, Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Services; Matthew Bonner, Commander of the USS Constitution; Major Jeffrey Dulgarian, Fisher’s 2011 recipient of the Adopt a Soldier program; Francisco Urena, Commissioner of Veterans Services for the city of Boston; and Dr. Neil Trotta, Dean, Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies and The School of Health Professions

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Honor Your Veteran’s Day On November 16, 2012, Fisher hosted its annual Honor Your Veteran’s Day celebration. What originally began as a small display in the hallway of Fisher’s main campus six years ago has evolved into an all-day recognition of the service and dedication of US Veterans connected to the Fisher community. For two months leading up to the event, the college community collected donations to send off to two deployed soldiers as part of the College’s annual “Adopt a Soldier” initiative. This year’s event also featured a luncheon, which included speeches by honored guests Matthew Bonner, Commander of the USS Constitution, Francisco Urena, Commissioner of Veterans Services for the city of Boston, and Coleman Nee, Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Services. Major Jeffrey Dulgarian, the recipient of the 2011 Adopt a Soldier drive, stopped by to express his gratitude for the donations received from Fisher College last year.

Alumni & Family Weekend 2012 Over 150 alumni, students, and families came together over Oct. 12-14, 2012. The Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed three new members: Jackie Streeter ’10, Edwin Pena ’10, and Michael Newcombe ’12. Associate Professor Karen Casey Myers ’68 and Chair of the Fisher College Board of Trustees Dr. Alexandra Bartsch presented the Outstanding Alumni Award to Beverly Cleathero ’62. Tours of the campus included a sneak peek of the 118 Beacon Street rooftop. Alumni, students, and parents toured Fenway Park. Over 75 students, faculty, and alumni did not let a little rain get in the way as they joined together to cap off the weekend in the six-mile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Above left, Michael Newcombe ’12 and Athletics Director Scott Dulin; Above right, Chair, Board of Trustees, Alexandra Bartsch, Beverly Cleathero ’62, Karen Casey Myers ’68; Below right, Edwin Pena ’10 and family.


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New Name: Homecoming Weekend 2013 Save the Date! October 25-27, 2013 We are re-naming our Alumni & Family Weekend so be on the lookout for more information on Homecoming Weekend 2013! Everyone is invited, but if your class ends in a 3 or 8, this is your milestone Reunion year.  lumni! Rally your classmates and help plan the weekend A as a Reunion Committee Chair. Contact Kristen Sherman, Director of Alumni Relations at

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Taking Care of Business at Fisher College Interview with President Thomas M. McGovern on the 110th anniversary of Fisher College By Elle-Jordyn Goslin ‘15

What’s your background and how did you arrive as President at Fisher College? I joined the Army in 1968, and served as a Special Agent in the 902d Military Intelligence Group. After my discharge, I worked at AT & T for five years, and then pursued a career in government and consulting. It was during this time that I began teaching in the continuing education division at Fisher College, where the student population was 99% veterans. The College developed a Bachelor’s Degree in Management in the late 90’s and at that point I became the Division Chair of Management and Public Service. I left the College following the 2005/06 academic year to consult full-time, and then pursued the Presidency in 2007. What was Fisher College like when you arrived as President and where do you see it in a few years? I arrived in 2007, midway through the fiscal year. At that time we had 589 day students and 1,100 students overall. Operating revenue was in the range of $15M, Fisher had one bachelor’s degree with several concentrations and 14 majors. Today we have grown to 818 day students and 2,200 hundred students overall, with revenue in the $25M range, five bachelor’s degrees and 18 majors. We are on target with our 2011-2016 strategic plan. Our goal is to have 1,100 full-time students with nine bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees by September 2015.

Do you see Fisher College as a business or college? Can a college have a profit-driven motive like a business? According to former President Scott A. Fisher, “Fisher College is a business, and our business is education.” I subscribe to this philosophy and run the business side of the College like a business. If we were not successful on the business side we would be in trouble on the academic side, and unable to fully serve our students. As a small private school located in Boston’s Back Bay, we have many challenges and must work to remain competitive. This requires diligence, creativity, and constant innovation. We constantly evaluate our business practices to ensure we are employing sound fiscal controls and measures, but also keep a close watch on both how the market is changing and what our students desire. Each department (Academic Affairs, Athletics, Advancement, etc.) has a departmental budget, representing several line items – everything must be justified. Having said that, we have to ensure the provision of a solid product (our curriculum and all wrap around services that represent the student experience, including a solid co-curricular life), which will then enhance our financial stability and growth. How do you evaluate your ‘product’? Product evaluation and ongoing assessment is the responsibility of the academic side of the house – residing with Janet Kuser the Vice President for Academic Affairs. She makes sure the ‘product,’ our curriculum, fits the needs of the students. We examine market demand and compare this to labor market statistics to ensure that when a student graduates from their program, they will have every opportunity to pursue a career in that particular field. Our new 12 credit internship also works toward preparing students for careers, and feedback from the businesses is meaningful in refining our curricula. What is the most surprising or inspirational part of this job? I am inspired everyday working with students and being around Fisher alumni, hearing their success stories – whether they have recently graduated, or it’s been over 50 years. When you see their success, you realize the college has done its job, and recognize how we have contributed to their future. That makes it all worthwhile – it is truly work that has a lasting impact.


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.

Daniel Faneuf ’04 June Freemanzon ’52 Susan Schaufenbil Motschman ’68 Lorraine Sylvia Earle ’81

Daniel Faneuf ’04 Firm Liaison, Actor, Director

When I think of Fisher, I think of Professor Danielle Herget. She was very motivated and taught me how important drama can be in all aspects of anyone’s life.

Daniel received his first degree at Fisher College in Legal Studies and discovered his passion for acting. He has worked for Boston area politicians and law offices for many years since his graduation. For eight years, he has been in the field of civil litigation and negotiations, and is currently attending New England School of Law. Daniel also holds a degree in Government from Suffolk University and wrote and directed the award winning feature film, A Work of Fiction. You can be the best lawyer ever on paper, but when you have to get up in front of a bunch of people in court it can be nerve-racking. Having improvisation and acting skills has been a tremendous asset for me. What I have learned from acting and working in law firms is that most people have a lot of insecurity. No one is immune. Acting and improv skills can help anyone to overcome this.


When I think of Fisher, I think of Professor Danielle Herget. She was very motivated and taught me how important drama can be in all aspects of anyone’s life. She was the primary advocate for getting the Drama Club up and running for the school. It was an endeavor, there wasn’t a road map – so she made one up. Being a part of the Drama Club was a completely new experience for me. I had always considered myself a ‘guy’s guy’ — definitely not an actor. But the club changed me. ‘A Boys Life’ was the first play I did and it all came together with basically no budget. This experience gave me confidence.

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When I attended Suffolk University I joined an improv troupe named ‘Seriously Bent’. In 2005, I was asked to audition for ImprovAsylum and made it on as a member in their NXT cast, which is their Sunday and Wednesday night show. I then became a member of their National Touring Company. I traveled up and down the East Coast with this group for a number of years. I made the Main Stage cast in 2007 and I stayed on until January 2012, when I decided to go to law school.

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I’ve been working days at various law offices since 2004. The first office I worked at was the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, however, I now work at the Law Offices of Jeffery S. Glassman. I am the Firm Liaison and I work on large and small settlements for clients. I bring my acting experience to my job every day. If I have a hard phone call to make or a difficult conversation with an angry client, I am not intimidated by these situations. If I had any advice for current students it is cliché but it is true: Do what you are passionate about and don’t pursue a career solely for the money.



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“I attribute my success in business to taking chances and being entrepreneurial. I take my own advice: Work hard, play hard, and do both well. Above all, have fun!”

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June Freemanzon ’52 Founder, NY POPs Originally from Worcester, MA, June heeded the advice of her aunt to attend Fisher College. Small classes at a small school in the big city seemed the right fit for her. Inspired by a school-sponsored trip to New York City, she started on her path to being a New Yorker. After graduating in 1952, June spent a few years working in the Communications Arts department at Boston University. But 1956 is when her career really took flight. I moved to New York City in 1956. Wearing my white gloves (as was standard at the time) I shopped my resume around to various airline companies. This was against the advice of the influential Mr. Albert (Fisher) who upon my graduation asked me, “You are not going to do anything in aviation, are you?” I interviewed with the Purchasing Manager of Alitalia Airlines who was establishing an office in New York City. He ultimately put my resume aside and asked “Do you have any common sense?” I guess I did. I took a chance and joined the new airline, which made me the first female in the New York organization and eventually had five employees in the first year. I thought it was a good opportunity to get in from the ground up. My job was in ‘technical purchasing’, which translates to buying parts for the aircrafts. I kept the birds in the skies!

It was not so common being a woman in this area of the aviation industry. After 25 years when I resigned from Alitalia, I took my next job with Associated Products of America, Inc., an aviation parts distribution business. When the founder passed away, I became President of the company and ran it for nine years. During this time, I realized that I didn’t want my entire life to be just the business. After reading in the paper that Skitch Henderson, former band leader for The Tonight Show, was starting The New York Pops, I was inspired to send him a congratulatory note and donation. I always enjoyed the Boston Pops from my Fisher days. Much to my surprise, sometime later I received a call from Skitch who invited me to lunch at the Wings Club (professional aviation club). He was a pilot and the conversation leaned toward aviation rather than music. However, I eventually became active in yet another organization from the ground up which led to my becoming a Founder and Board Member. I have great admiration for Skitch and his musical talents as well as his being someone with whom you could converse on most any subject. My personal music tastes lean toward jazz and the American songbook. I attribute my success in business to taking chances and being entrepreneurial. I take my own advice: Work hard, play hard, and do both well. Above all, have fun!


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Keep an open mind as to the types of businesses that could use your talents. You want to find a job that you love, even if it isn’t your dream job. All jobs that can give you hands-on experience are priceless.

I am originally from Martha’s Vineyard. I moved off island and began working for the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1976. I decided to attend college at night while working full-time. Fisher offered a great program and was within walking distance from my job. My major was Business Management and I obtained my degree in 2 ½ years attending the evening division. How did you apply the skills that you learned at Fisher to your job? All of the skills I learned at Fisher were utilized and are still being utilized on a daily basis. My 23 years at the law firm prepared me for the job of handling the financial and general management of Johnny Cupcakes’ growing company. As Sally & Fitch was a start-up firm, I basically had to teach myself to manage all of the day-to-day operations from scratch, as well as learning word processing and bookkeeping. In 2007 I left working in law firms to work full-time for my son’s company, Johnny Cupcakes. We have five store locations (Boston, London, Los Angeles, and seasonally in Hull and Martha’s Vineyard) and an office/ warehouse space. The courses I was taught and the hands-on experience I gained gave me the ability to oversee Johnny Cupcakes.


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Do you have a management style? How would you describe it? Yes – my very own style you could say. I am way too lenient and a softy, so my feelings come into play too much. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt, unless that trust is broken. Although I try not to micro manage, I do stick my nose into every aspect of every job. I never want anyone to feel that the buck stops with them, as it doesn’t. The buck stops here. We all work as a team and no one is too big for their britches at JC. Everyone does what has to be done to make the customers’ experiences special, fun, and unique. How did you decide to work for Johnny Cupcakes full-time? Johnny Cupcakes has been a work in progress since 2001. At night and in mornings I would help fill online orders and deal with financial issues prior to leaving for my “real job” each day for about five years. When John decided to open a store on Newbury Street in 2006, I knew that I couldn’t keep up with the demands of both jobs, so I gave notice at the law firm. Steps had to be taken to prepare Johnny Cupcakes for the new store and the expected growth of the company as a whole.

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At that time we already had and the Hull location. Time had to be spent learning the proper channels for incorporating the company, trade-marking the logo and name, tax issues, hiring, payroll, benefits, leases, etc. What is a day like in the life as “Mama Cupcakes”? Due to the locations of our stores, my day is 32 hours long. I wake up to London being in full swing (5 hours behind EST) so I deal with that location first. At the end of the day Los Angeles is 3 hours ahead of EST so I usually receive their emails and deal with any issues after I get home at night. Then I answer all emails, check the JC Facebook (and personal Facebook), all JC Twitter accounts, and other social media to make sure all of our customers are happy. I try to answer anything I can personally, as we have very close relationships with our customers. I then check all bank accounts, sales for each location, move money around based on expenses for each location, determine what needs to be paid and when. Then I go to the warehouse/office for a few hours to be on hand and help where necessary. Depending on the week, I usually try to spend at least one full day at home doing my London books, answering any long emails (like interviews), thinking of the future in short and long terms, and a lot of predicting. We have an excellent support system in place with outside professionals (accountants, trademark lawyers, insurance agents, benefits broker, financial advisor, etc.) to help guide us. Our staff is currently at 31 and it’s amazing that 31 of us manage to run five stores and an online center, as well as an Ebay Vault of older JC items that is a store

What is the most rewarding part of working with your family? The most rewarding part of working with my family is getting to see them on a daily basis. When the kids were young I worked outside the home until they were full-grown. Now we are getting to spend that lost time, and it is very rewarding. It makes up for a lot of the anxiety that I carried around with me when they were young and I wasn’t home with them. The other rewarding part is having such a flexible schedule. I can pretty much work from everywhere, which enables me to travel more and also to provide company surveillance 24 hours a day from my laptop. How do you keep your employees inspired? We try to give our employees the space to grow and to make decisions for themselves. We all try to work together as a team to come up with whacky events, great designs, new ways to do things that save time and money. We are a passionate group that feeds off of each other and know that the more fun we have the more fun the brand is. Inspiration comes from seeing things through and the rewards are that we all had an integral part in our successes. We try to learn from our mistakes. Communication is a key factor, which we are constantly working on improving. Do you have any advice for new graduates and how to succeed in their career path? My advice to new graduates is to utilize any contacts you have made during your college years and work experiences to obtain a job. Keep an open mind as to the types of businesses that could use your talents. You want to find a job that you love, even if it isn’t your dream job. All jobs that can give you hands-on experience are priceless.


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Susan Schaufenbil Motschman ’68 Proprietor, Sugarlands Farm Beginning as a commuter student from Lawrence in 1966, Fisher College has had quite an impact on my life. I was the first in my family to go to college. I had always been attracted to Boston and could not have entertained the thought attending college anywhere else. In September of 1967, I met my husband Les at a Fisher mixer (my story cannot be told without mentioning Les frequently). Growing up in Vermont, he also had a fixation with Boston. Even after all these years, it is still our favorite city. After graduating from Fisher, I worked and took classes at Suffolk University. Les entered the Marines, and we married in December 1970. We started our adventure, living at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, then Little Creek, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. During that time, I worked for executives in a large bank, where my Fisher training had been noticed. In October 1972 we moved to Vermont. Although ready for a little relaxation, within three weeks I was working for a large retail and wholesale food corporation, whose parent company was (happily for me) lodged in the Prudential Center in Boston. I laugh when we bought our land in 1973 and Les said “We’ve done our own plan [for our 16-sided polygon], now let’s get this house built.” My response was “Great. Who’s the contractor?” Turns out it was us! Little did I know that my life was about to change as I learned how to do things I never thought I could do. It was a big shocker for me to go from being a city gal and I had to ease my way into country life. Les and I were busy working our jobs and starting our small maple syrup business. Although no one in the family was in the maple business and Les had made a small amount of syrup as a boy, it was something many Vermonters do on a very small scale. Over the next 15+ years, we went to Boston mainly for Red Sox games. I worked in many different industries, such as Assistant Librarian for 20 years, managing a Vermont State Welcome Center for four years, County Clerk, to name a few. All the while we worked on our maple syrup business. My adaptability to whatever opened up was learned at Fisher.


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Our small maple syrup operation grew from tapping 26 trees to over 8,000 over several years and we now realized this was to be the work we would both love and do together. We now sell our syrup retail, wholesale, and through our mail order business. I have ‘retired’ three times – but each time after a year I knew I needed to be with people and not just trees. Our business has had its challenges. One of our biggest maple syrup customers closed their store at Quincy Market in 1986. Fortunately, our name was passed along to another wholesaler and for the last 25 years they have been our biggest customer in Boston, distributing our syrup to high end hotels. It is so enjoyable to head from the country to our favorite city. In my 40’s I had to learn how to use “computers” but now I could not run our businesses without them! Although I know the average 10-year old can do more than I ever will be able to on computers, I have even started designing and producing our own labels for syrup in glass containers. I’m proud to say that Les and I were named Vermont’s Outstanding Sugarmaker in 2008, a once-in-a-lifetime honor. Les and I have been lucky to have the education and background to be able to run our business. Until recently, we have done 100% of the prep work, syrup producing, marketing, financials, deliveries, and any other work necessary to run a good maple syrup business. In addition to the syrup business, Les also does custom woodworking – anything from building custom furniture to building houses and additions. He also learned antique furniture restoration and reproduction through his father and occasionally does a job along that line. I am finding it very difficult to think of retiring from the business world. Of course, when at Fisher, I never imagined I’d be living this kind of life. I owe this great life to Les – who has more stamina than absolutely anyone I know, extremely important in managing your own business – and to my sturdy education at Fisher. To order your maple syrup, call (802) 436-2561 or email

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Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm NYC Reception The Princeton Club 15 West 43rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) New York, NY Reconnect with local alumni and learn what’s happening at Fisher from President McGovern. Free, RSVP required.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013, 9:00pm Toast to Tartuffe! 116 Beacon Street, Boston, MA Drama Club Alumni Post-show reception Toast the current Drama club after grabbing a front row seat on opening night! Show starts at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm, reception immediately after the performance. Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:00pm – 6:00pm All Alumni Reception at the home of Beverly Lydon Peyser ‘55 Sarasota, FL Join fellow Fisher Alumni at this informal open house. President Thomas M. McGovern and Elaine McGovern, Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Sherman and Program Director of Health Information Management, Valerie McCleary will welcome guests. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the developments occurring at your alma mater and celebrate the President’s visit with Florida alumni. This event is free, reservations are required. Space is limited. • RSVP required. Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:05pm Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12 th Street, Sarasota, FL Take Friday afternoon off and attend the Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. Optional Pre-game picnic, starts at 11:00am. $20 per person. Tickets at Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:30pm Celebration Town Tavern 721 Front Street, Celebration, FL Meet Orlando-area alumni as well as Fisher College administration and faculty at this informal after-work outing. Free, reservations recommended.

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Boston Alumni Networking Night FORUM, 755 Boylston Street, Boston Meet young alumni and share your Fisher College experiences over appetizers and cocktails! First two drinks on us. 21+ event. Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4:00pm – 6:00pm Virginia Reception Boxwood Estate Winery, Middleburg, VA See what it takes to operate a winery in this behind the scenes tour and sample one of the finest wines being made in Virginia. Graciously hosted by proprietors John Kent & Rita Donoghue Cooke ‘54. Space is limited. • RSVP required. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:00pm – 5:30pm Brockton Hospital School of Nursing ~ Fisher College Alumni Induction Celebration 680 Centre Street, Brockton, MA Welcome the newest nursing alumni! Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Fisher College – Southern California Regional Event The Westin Pasadena, 191 N Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA Meet West Coast Alumni as well as Robert Melaragni, Dean of Enrollment Management and Chief Admissions Officer and learn what’s happening at your alma mater. Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:10pm Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Fenway Park, Boston, MA $20 per person. Tickets at


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Internship Presentations Linkedin for Beginners Monday, February 11, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:00pm Computer Lab

Advanced Linkedin Monday, March 25, 5:00pm – 6:00pm Computer Lab Led by Anne Grieves, Career Advisor First learn to build your basic online profile and in the second session learn how to use this business tool for brand building, recruiting and building connections.

Etiquette Dinner Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5:00pm – 8:00pm College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston This sell-out event is not to be missed. Shy with strangers? Learn the do’s and don’ts from our manners expert and why your fork is not a shovel. Includes “mocktails”, a 3-course meal, and fun! $7. RSVP at

Mock Interviews Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:00pm – 4:00pm Give a student some real interview experience before they hit the real world with a one-on-one interview. Help students develop their interview style.

Job Search Workshop Wednesday, April 10, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Led by Anne Grieves, Career Advisor Finding a job or internship can be really hard, don’t go it alone. Learn expert tips and tricks to make the job search easier and more productive.

Friday, April 26, 2013, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Location to be announced on campus. Hear what it is like to be an intern. Food and beverages will be served.

On-campus Recruiting Hire a student! Sign-up on the Fish*net.

Think the Link Kelly Anderson ’08 (photo, left) has been thinking the link since her mentor, retired Fashion Program Director Terri Howe, helped her get her foot in the door at Bloomingdale’s as an assistant personal buyer. “When you gain one great connection it’s like a snowball effect, you will keep gaining more opportunities for yourself,” says Kelly. “Stay connected with a holiday or birthday card, or with Linked-In, Facebook. Never lose sight of someone who has assisted you to success.” In her role as the accessories buyer at Timberland, Kelly has been giving Fisher students a chance. She helped Taryn Manning ‘12 with an opportunity first as an assistant buyer and who is now an allocator for the buying team. Now, Taryn has reached out in support of Fisher students Michael DeFilippo’13 and Regan McGovern ’13, who are getting experience as interns and part-time workers. Granite Communications is a hotspot of Fisher graduates. Rachel Sutnick ‘09, Danielle Palmerino ‘09, Amanda Owens ‘11, and Celeste Bolduc ’09 have been working and thriving at the wholesale telecommunications company based in Quincy, MA. Rachel reports, “As students, we worked together in projects as teams and now it’s a natural progression we are doing the same.” Even the top brass has noticed – “Fisher does well by its students, which has been a boon to me and my company,” says Rand Currier, Chief Operating Officer of Granite Telecommunications. “I have hired several Fisher graduates – assets each and every one – and am constantly impressed with their skills and talent.”


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Athletic Director Scott Dulin and Head Soccer Coach Bill Maddock (photo, left) are pleased to announce the Fisher College Men’s and Women’s Soccer Programs will have a new home beginning Fall 2013 when they move into Hormel Stadium in nearby Medford, MA. An agreement with the Hormel Stadium Commission was finalized in early December.


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The Men’s and Women’s Soccer programs used Hormel Stadium for a total of five home games during the 2012 season but will now use Hormel Stadium as its primary facility. “I am very excited for the move to Hormel,” said Coach Maddock. “Located just 5 miles from campus, the new facility will be a great recruiting tool and bring some stability to the programs.”

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The Fisher Falcons have used a number of different facilities throughout Eastern Massachusetts over the past five seasons. The agreement with Hormel Stadium will not only enhance the identities of the programs but will now allow the programs to compete at one of the area’s premier stadiums.

Class Notes

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Where Are You? What Have You Been Doing? Landed a new job? Received an award? Engaged or married? Had a new baby? Moving? Bumped into a long-lost classmate? Looking for someone? Let us know. Send an update at

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1950s Ian Struthers ’11 is a case worker at the Pine Street Inn. He also volunteered for Massachusetts state representative Paul Sciortino and for Elizabeth Warren’s senatorial campaign all while pursuing his masters degree in social work at Simmons College.

Jill Williams Summers ’53 is enjoying her retirement traveling six months a year in an RV. She and her husband Donald volunteer as ushers for Yankees Spring Training. “My best memory of Fisher is the closeness we had with one another” reminisces Loretta Archer Murray ’58 from Bloomfield, CT.

1960s From Claire McMullen Baima ’64 in Bel Air, MD, “Mrs. Barnes convinced me that women could do anything they set their minds to... and she was right.”

Hello from Iowa, says Robert and June Rollins Pedrick ’54, who stopped in to visit the Fisher library in the exact the spot where they got engaged, in August during an annual New England visit.

When in Sante Fe, New Mexico look up Sharon Sutherland Reynolds ’67 who fondly remembers Edmund Florence Hall and would like to hear from her former classmates. Linda Wells ’69 remembers “great camaraderie, excellent teachers preparing me for a sustainable career.”


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Class Notes Judith Bircher ’69 is a legal assistant for The Wagner Law Group in Boston, MA.

1970s Susan Scarpati-Reilly ’72 is an attorney and administrative law judge for the City of New York and is interested in reconnecting with classmates. “I met wonderful friends and enjoyed dorm life and what Boston had to offer. Plus great internships lead to a wonderful job.” says Barbara Smith Morgan ’72 from St. Albans, VT. Dorothy Moreau Finigan ’74 is a consultant and senior benefits analyst in Silicon Valley, CA. Suzanne Phillips Duncombe ’75 lives in California and owns College Bound Strategies. Her best memory is “Living at 102 Beacon Street, we had a flag football team – and we were pretty good!”

1980s Lisa Battaglia Davenport ’82 works as a teacher’s assistant in the Arlington Public Schools. Writing in from Lowell, MA, Kristine LaVertur McMahon ’86 is looking to reconnect with her classmates. “My best memory of Fisher is meeting other students,” says Steven Rogers ’85. Shelly Hebert Adler ’88 is in human resources for Interactive Data Corporation.

1990s Regina Smart ’92 received her masters from Capella University and is the program director in an adult group home in Chesapeake, VA. Sharon Petitti Callanan ’93 is the junior finance manager for Koko Fitness in Rockland, MA.

Michelle Marques Cafua ’97 is the senior revenue cycle manager for Cape Cod Healthcare. “I met the greatest people at Fisher, in particular Jennifer Carter ‘97 who (15 years later) is still my best friend!”says Kerri Holl ’97 from Lincoln, NH.

2000s Christine Fazio Sullivan ’01 is an international contracts manager for American Science and Engineering in Billerica, MA. Valerie Bowlan ’05 is a Customer Sales Representative at Waltham Service LLC. Melissa Menard Demakes ’06 is married and living in Danvers. Kevin Papadopoulos ’08 is an application manager for State Street Global Advisors. Kyle VanOffernan ’09 is starting up a sales team at Veracode.

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“Almost 30 years ago I walked through this door a week after having a son and giving him up for adoption,” remembers Cindy Rounds McGuiggan ’85 (photo, above) who spoke to 50 Fisher students in 2012 about adoption and foster care.“I lived in this building as a student for two years and later as a Resident Director of 60 girls for two years. I am happy to be standing before it again at a happier time, knowing my son is well, having married the love of my life and having three beautiful daughters.”

“I recently started my own grief education and consulting service called GriefTeach” writes Cheryl Monaco Amari ’86. (photo, above) “I offer unique programs for the bereaved and those who care about them. My presentations address all types of loss and are engaging and informative. Visit to learn more.”

Paige Switzer ’14 caught up with Dana Sorrentino Duggan ’89 during her swimwear show at the Intercontinental Hotel during Boston’s Fashion Week Boston 2012. (photo, above) “As a former buyer and designer at sportswear companies such as Reebok, I understood both sides of the desk and I understood fabric. I learned how to work in a team, putting my ego aside.”


Class Notes 2010s Kara Cassidy ’12 “I work for Latitude 44 Ltd. which is the resort clothing company and I also own Aftershock Clothing which is a custom sportswear company.” Travis Leotti ’11 writes in “I will finish my degree in Human Services at Northeastern University summer 2013. I started City Year last August and am mentoring and teaching in a 5th grade class. I help students who have attendance, behavior, or even course work problems. I call home to let parents know how there students are doing. I’m also head of the yearbook at City Year.” First jobs! These recent alums are making a splash as they enter their first jobs after Fisher College. Congratulations! Isabelle Baggetta ’12 is the Web Production Assistant at Commonwealth Financial Network.

Michelle DeMaria ’12 is the Front Desk Supervisor at the Hotel Viking. Javier Fernandez ’12 is an Agent/New Business Development, Boston International Real Estate. Cindy Mai ’12 is an Education and Employment Counselor, Bay Cove Human Services. Sarah Poyton ’12 is in the Retail Management Program, Nordstrom. Kurt Gagliardi ’12 is a Product Manager/ Warehouse Manager at HBP Sales. Taryn Manning ’12 is Allocation for the Buying Team at Timberland LLC.

Gisele Byamana ’12 is a Residential Concierge at Archstone. Golden Key Honor Society! I am so thrilled and honored to become a member. Double Major - Health Care Management, one class remaining and Human Services, 6 classes remaining! I am actively seeking scholarships to pursue my Master’s Degree. I will truly miss Fisher. The Professors are wonderful and the support the entire team at Fisher provides exceeds all my expectations. I could not have done this without all of you. Thank you. Sheila O’Toole-Miller ‘13

Jessica Muise ’12 is in Special Reservations at the historic Omni Parker House. Caroline Brea ’12 is in Human Resources at Liberty Mutual. Amanda Cody ‘11 is an Assistant Manager of Department Operations at Ora.

In Memoriam Jeanne Dimmock McCormack ‘44 Doris Mullen Daly ‘46 Elizabeth Bergstrom Ikerd ‘53 Babette Cutbill Reichert ‘53


The Nicholas Dimancescu ’07 Memorial Scholarship A $7,500 scholarship has been established in memory of beloved former student Nicholas ‘Nick’ Dimancescu ’07. Nick tragically passed away during the filming of Decoding Dacia in May 2011, a documentary that he had been in the process of filming in Romania. Inspired by his special passion for the subject, his film company, colleagues, and family committed to complete his work, with the US premiere taking place at Fisher College on November 15, 2012. The scholarship was established by Nick’s family members Dan, Katherine, and Katie and was announced to the over 200 guests who gathered for the screening. “We are grateful to the Dimancescu family for this generous and thoughtful gift. Nick touched a lot of lives at Fisher. This gift is a testament to the impact one individual can make on a place and a person.” stated President McGovern. The scholarship is open to students in junior standing who intend to complete their bachelor’s degree at Fisher. Decoding Dacia includes new video and aerials of the Carpathian Mountains as well as original music and 3D animations produced to recreate historic sites in three Romanian locations. The film also includes specially commissioned illustrations that depict moments of battle between Dacians and Romans. To find out about Decoding Dacia and future screenings, please visit


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Fisher Today Spring/Summer 2013  

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Fisher Today Spring/Summer 2013  

Fisher College's Alumni newsletter.