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Pre-School to High School: Academic Excellence Thrives at Every Level ALSO INSIDE NEW Expansion| Those Who Make a Difference|Alumni Excellence

Marsha Joy Sullivan, President

NARDIN notes! In This Issue

Maintaining the legacy of academic excellence is one of the six goals of Nardin’s strategic plan developed to guide the Academy to a future of growth and opportunity. Feature articles demonstrate academic excellence in each of the Academy’s three schools.

On the Cover


Dear Friends of Nardin What a wonderfully dynamic year we have had at Nardin Academy! Academics, student life, faculty development and exciting intracommunity initiatives have filled our days and left us breathless as our students wave goodbye. Successes abound as you will discover reading through this edition of Nardin TODAY. We give thanks for the amazing commitment of our students and their families and they in turn know that they have the good fortune of being in the hands of our remarkable faculty. The Nardin culture, so carefully nurtured and developed by our founders, sets an expectation of academic growth that is empowered by strong character development. Our Catholic identity gives us the confidence in the formation of our students which is a combination of academics and moral conviction. This results in skills which can lead our students through a life of success balanced with humility and achievements tempered by compassion. Preparation, courage and dedication are required to be a good citizen of the world, in service to others. Our Daughters have shown us by their example that this is our role. We are at a turning point in our history as we learn that the Daughters

of the Heart of Mary will no longer live in Buffalo full time. Our Daughters have been active in Buffalo for more than 150 years serving primarily at Nardin Academy but also in many other ministries. Fortunately, they will continue to fill a vital role for us. Since 1985, our bylaws have stipulated that one-third of the seats of our twenty-four member board belong to the DHM. They hold a majority position on that committee ensuring ongoing oversight. Their residence on West Ferry will continue to provide hospitality when they travel to Buffalo for meetings throughout the year. As the DHM make this change, they have expressed their confidence in the strength of the Academy and rightfully take pride in the magnificent school that they have had such a foundational role in building. Their presence and commitment will remain constant and, although from afar, will remain our guiding light. We are grateful for all they have done for this school, its students and for our entire Western New York community.

With sincere gratitude and humility, Marsha

It is appropriate at this time of year to focus on Academic Excellence, one of the major goals of the Strategic Plan for Nardin Academy, adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2007. More specifically, the goal, as stated, is“to strengthen the legacy of Academic Excellence”followed by the description,“Academic Excellence is a key vision and tradition at Nardin Academy. The outstanding academic performance of Nardin students is a proud legacy and a primary priority at all levels.” In recent weeks I had the honor of attending our high school and elementary school graduation ceremonies. Both events were moving and impressive displays of the high quality of graduates coming out of each of our schools, many of them fostered by the foundation provided by their Nardin Montessori roots. The statistics speak for themselves. Every elementary graduate has been accepted at the high school that was their first choice. Twelve students have received fifteen merit scholarships to Nardin Academy, Holy Angels, Canisius and St. Joseph’s

Collegiate high schools. The high school graduates were awarded more than $16.7 million in college scholarships and grants, with 100% of the young women receiving New York State Regents Diplomas, 99% receiving New York State Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, 51% receiving New York State Regents Advanced Designation With Honors (attained 90% or above on all eight exams) and 100% accepted to a four year college. Business First has recognized the academic excellence at Nardin Academy, ranking the elementary school 14th among 292 elementary schools (95th percentile). The high school once again ranks Number 1 among Western New York’s high schools. Nardin has finished first for eight consecutive years — among private schools from 2002 to 2006, and on the combined private/public school list ever since. Every bit as impressive as these academic achievements is the poise and maturity displayed by the students as they accepted their awards and diplomas. It is the well-rounded,

Catholic education they have received that provides them with the obvious confidence they bring to the next phase of their educational experience. The Board of Trustees is well aware that not one of the several goals included in our strategic plan stands independent of the others. Academic excellence is meaningless if not accompanied by an environment where dignity, respect and morality are uncompromised values. Such academic success is not sustainable if our other goals of cultivating diversity; attracting, retaining and supporting our faculty and staff; building our financial foundation and maximizing our facilities for growth are not also met. Given the talented leadership team in place, the strong commitment of board members and the support of the Nardin community of families, friends and alumni and alumnae, there is plenty of reason to believe we can enjoy success in all of these endeavors. Enjoy your summer. We look forward to an exciting and enriching 2009-10 academic year.



Posing together outside the Academy on a beautiful spring day are (l to r) High School Principal, Rebecca Reeder; Montessori School Principal, Kristin Whitlock and Elementary School Principal, Margaret Abels’65.

Tom Keenan, Chairman, Board of Trustees


NARDIN notes! Expansion Project Receives Board Approval, Moves Ahead for 2010! The Nardin Academy Board of Trustees has approved a 22,000 square foot building expansion and renovation at the school’s Cleveland Avenue complex. The expansion will provide much-needed space for the school’s enrichment programs including music, dance and fine arts, which are a central part of Nardin’s curriculum. The high school and elementary divisions will each gain an 11,000 square foot addition on the Auburn Avenue side of the campus. At the high school, the expansion will include a new orchestra room, photography studio and space dedicated to fine arts programs. On the elementary school side, plans include a new dance studio, music department, foreign language areas, and a new home for our support services department. A new 1st – 3rd grade Montessori classroom is also planned. A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for next Fall. It is expected that the new additions will be completed and ready for occupancy in September 2010.

In this Issue Make Them Laugh, Make Them Think The Buffalo News hosted its 15th annual Editorial Cartoon Contest this spring with honors going to two Nardin students. Judging the event was Adam Zyglis, staff editorial cartoonist for The News. Adam's cartoons are internationally syndicated and have appeared in newspapers and books around the world, including USA Today, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. The winners from Nardin were Tricia Gianfagna, a high school freshman, who took an Honorable Mention, eighth grader, Louis Hutchinson, and fifth grader, Matthew Igoe both winning Third Place in the Elementary division.

High School Students Demonstrate Musical Talents Near And Far

Departments 2

President’s Letter

Music at Nardin Academy plays an important role in the enrichment of the academic experience and many of our high school students are engaged in musical activities that take them into the local community and beyond.


Chairman’s Letter


News Items

Each year, four to eight students from the orchestra and choir are selected to participate in annual musical festivals sponsored by the

Erie County Music Educator’s Association (ECMEA) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). This year at NYSSMA,, the orchestra took a silver! Nardin had five students participate in the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, a top-notch orchestra made up of students from Erie County schools which plays a sideby-side concert with the BPO. In addition, Nardin chorus members participated in the

Top, freshman, Tricia Gianfagna took an Honorable Mention for her cartoon. Below top, eighth grader, Louis Hutchinson and bottom, fifth grader, Matthew Igoe both took Third Place in the Buffalo News Editorial Cartoon Contest.

Buffalo Philharmonic Choral Affiliates. The members perform at

Nardin Notes

Our Nardin Circle 8

DHM Profile: Theresa Pasquarello


Volunteer Service Awards

Giving 10

Fortune 2009


Those Who Make a Difference: Nance and Chuck Basil


The Gator Beat Alumni News


Stay Close Go Far


Did You Know?



Kleinhans Music Hall with the BPO and Chorus.


This past March, chorus students performed at St. John the Divine in New York City. Other out-of-town performances have been in Baltimore, Toronto, Cleveland and a master class in conjunction with a performance in Boston.

13 Academic Excellence Thrives at Every Level 18 Science Faculty Reaches Beyond Classroom 20 Nardin Goes Green 22 Our Alumni Excellence


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Nondiscrimination Policy Nardin Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


Nardin Academy An Independent Catholic School Co-ed Montessori Co-ed Elementary High School for Young Women


NARDIN notes!

Class of 2009 College Choices Amanda Albrecht

Montessori Moving-Up

Class of 2009 High School Choices Madeline Alfiero Isabelle Anillo Taylor Ashwood Jacob Bell-Schwede Jessica Benton Anne Cantara Max Capizzi Daniel Celani Emily Collins Evan DeMayo Brianna Dobiesz Kristyn Farrar Kathryn Farrell Joseph Goergen Rachel Guarino Patrick Haley Olivia Hastings Louis Hutchinson Hanna Ito Christian Johnson Joseph Lana Alexander LaVersa John Lenahan Stephen Leous

Nardin Nardin St. Joe’s St. Joe’s Nardin Nardin Canisius Canisius Nichols Canisius Nardin Buffalo Seminary Nardin St. Joe’s Nardin Canisius City Honors Canisius Buffalo Seminary Canisius Canisius Canisius Nichols Canisius

Alexander Long Carly Mazur Matthew McDermott Emma McEvoy Paige McRae James Millson Kyle Moslow Conner Naughton Tess O’Leary Caitlyn Panczykowski Garret Papiernik Lillian Reszel Abigail Robertson Victoria Roney Samantha Ruotsi Tessa Santarpia Michael Schake Abigail Tezak Joanna Weymouth Aqmera Williams Tessa Yurko

Canisius Nardin St. Joe’s Nardin Nardin Canisius St. Joe’s Canisius Buffalo Seminary Nardin Canisius Nardin Nardin Buffalo Seminary Nardin Nardin Canisius Nardin Nardin Holy Angels Nardin

Moving up day is always celebrated with family and friends. Early Childhood students moved up to the first grade and Montessori Elementary students look forward to leaving the West Ferry Campus for fourth grade at the Cleveland Avenue site.

Margaret Alexander Courtney Anders Natalie Anillo Andrea Bassig Jenna Blaszkiewicz Catherine Bloomberg Emily Blum Caitlyn Bouquard Kara Buchheit Colleen Burke Taylor Burns Lauren Byrne Megan Cancilla Margaret Cantara Stephanie Che Erin Collins Olivia Cortese Taylor Cotter Maureen Creighton Rebecca Dearlove Jamie Deren Kerry Dobmeier Kasey Doeing Claire Donovan Chardé Drake Nicole Eggert Leah Fairbanks Shannon Farrell Jenna Fishback Carrie Fisher Réka Forgách Róza Forgách Allison Frantz Leigh Giangreco Jillian Goodwyn Elizabeth Grady Julie Guerra Maura Hanley

Alyssa Herrmann

Siena College / Albany Medical School Shannon Hiczewski SUNY College at Buffalo Northeastern University Ashley Hill Jamie Hitro Cornell University Canisius College Takira Jackson Madeline Joerg SUNY University at Buffalo Emory University Elise Johnson Jillian Johnson SUNY College at Fredonia University of Vermont Chelsea Juda Jessica Juliano University of Louisville University of Rochester Katherine Kabacinski Caroline Kane Loyola University Chicago George Washington Margot Knab University Kimberley Kopp Boston College Niagara University Alyssa Kozlowski Maple Lam Case Western Reserve University Charlotte Lane Harvard College Courtney Leous Hobart and William Smith College Natalie Lesniak Canisius College Pepperdine University Mia Longo Chelsea Lyons SUNY University at Buffalo Meghan Mahony SUNY University at Buffalo Canisius College Marie Mastrangelo Caitlin McHugh University of Richmond Case Western Reserve Madeline McMorrow University SUNY College at Fredonia Olivia Merisola Agatha Merkel Canisius College Allison Monaco Syracuse University Canisius College Laura Mulhern Elizabeth Murphy SUNY University at Buffalo Jeanne Murray SUNY University at Albany Marina Murray Boston University Molly Murray Canisius College Sarah O’Brien Hobart and William Smith College Marina Oktapodas SUNY University at Buffalo Rachel Olivieri American University Catherine Ostrowski Martin University of Notre Dame

Alison Owczarczak Alexandra Ozolins Sydney Pacer Rebecca Papaj Katharine Phillips Mary Pilarz Anna Plunkett Olivia Reinlander Ashley Riefler Theresa Rusnak Katherine Rutowski Chelsea Sands Mary Claire Scherer Kristina Schmitt Carla Schory Laura Sciarrino Mary Shehata Allison Sheridan Jenna Sholk Devin Stanford Leah Steinig Meredith Stone Lauren Stutzman Puja Sztorc Sarah Tobias Alicia Tos Angela Tuminno Melissa Turk Grace Turner Leah Umfrey Hannah Urbanski Amy VanTuyl Emily Voto Allison Wagner Jennifer Werbitsky Elizabeth Whitlock Michelle Wilhelm Janay Williams Monica Wlodarczyk Alyssa Wolff Erin Wylie

Kettering University SUNY College at Buffalo Duquesne University Canisius College Duquesne University University of Rochester University of Maryland, Baltimore SUNY College at Fredonia Ohio Wesleyan University College of the Holy Cross SUNY University at Buffalo University of Pittsburgh College of the Holy Cross Le Moyne College SUNY University at Buffalo Duke University Canisius College Emmanuel College Rutgers University Howard University Canisius College Cornell University SUNY University at Buffalo University of Tulsa John Carroll University Daemen College Washington and Lee University Loyola University Chicago Niagara University University of Pennsylvania SUNY College at Fredonia SUNY College at Buffalo Ohio State University University of Notre Dame Cornell University Loyola University Chicago St. John Fisher College Xavier University, LA Bowdoin College Loyola College in Maryland University of Wisconsin


Megan Harrington

Case Western Reserve University SUNY College at Fredonia Fordham University University of Richmond Duquesne University DePaul University Xavier University Ohio Northern University Mercyhurst College SUNY University at Buffalo SUNY College at Oswego John Carroll University George Washington University Auburn University University of Chicago Cornell University Catholic University of America SUNY College at Buffalo Canisius College John Carroll University SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY University at Buffalo University of Notre Dame Nazareth College Marymount Manhattan College SUNY College at Fredonia Champlain College University of Pittsburgh Nazareth College Ithaca College University of Pittsburgh Northwestern University Loyola University Chicago Champlain College Canisius College Carnegie Mellon University St. Bonaventure University University of Pittsburgh Columbia College Chicago George Washington University




Elementary Class of ‘09

High School Class of ‘09



Since founding Nardin Academy in 1857, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary have played a central role in the development and administration of the school. Today, they remain an integral part of academy life providing guidance, direction and spiritual support in keeping with the school’s founding principles. Currently, eight members of the Nardin Board of Trustees are Daughters of the Heart of Mary, including Theresa Pasquarello, DHM. Currently, Theresa resides in the Daughters’ residence at 702 West Ferry Street next to the Nardin Montessori School and has lived in Buffalo since summer 2008.“We just finished our May Board meeting here,”says Theresa, who has been with the Daughters for 41 years.‘“It was a busy time with a full house. The Daughters make up onethird of the Trustees and we help to develop the bylaws and guidelines for the Board.”Theresa also supervises the cleaning and maintenance of the residence, a busy place that is used regularly for retreats, group gatherings and school-related events. Prior to her assignment in Buffalo, Theresa served for four years as liaison between the Daughters and the Center for Spiritual Direction housed at the Daughters’ US headquarters in Holyoke, MA. She also previously worked in pastoral ministry at the Daughters’ Maryhill Retreat House in St. Paul, MN. In addition to her duties as a Nardin Board member, Theresa serves on the Board at Nativity/Miguel Middle School in Buffalo, a school where underprivileged children are given support and encouragement to continue

with their education.“The school offers a very different environment from a public school where they might be left to fend for themselves,”comments Theresa. Recently, Theresa was pleased to be among a group of religious women invited by this year’s Nativity/Miguel girl graduates to participate in a discussion on the religious life.“They had never had any contact with anyone in religious life and

wanted to know more about it. It was wonderful to have them express such an interest,”she says. Theresa also serves in the Eucharistic Ministry at Sisters Hospital and hopes to become more involved in pastoral ministry in the future.“That is what being a Daughter of the Heart of Mary is all about, she reflects.“To bring Jesus into the world where he cannot be seen.”

Thank You Volunteers!

The volunteer reception, hosted by President Marsha Joy Sullivan and the Board of Trustees on May 21, 2009, provided the opportunity to recognize our outstanding volunteers. Stars and the prestigious Parent Service Award are bestowed on those who best exemplify the Nardin philosophy of volunteerism. This year’s celebration has grown into one of our largest events, and is certainly one of our most important. Stars are awarded to those whose time and talent play a leadership role during the school year. Thirty-seven individuals were recognized at this year’s ceremony. An astonishing one-third of our Nardin families volunteer annually! The Parent Service Award was presented to Roseanne Turici Urbanski’72. Roseanne has an outstanding reputation for running well-organized and successful events while always ensuring an enjoyable volunteer experience for the other committee members. Roseanne’s commitment to Nardin Academy began as a student, and was evident as she enrolled each of her three daughters and provided them with the Nardin experience. As a parent, Roseanne contributed whenever asked. She was a constant presence at events ranging from freshmen orientation to the annual walk-a-thon to open house. Each of her daughters has graduated, yet, she promises to remain an active part of our community for years to come. The service of volunteers is vital to the daily operations of Nardin Academy. Our students and faculty benefit from their tireless efforts. The volunteer opportunities range from walk-a-thon, parent-partnership, monthly lunches, the post prom party, and school plays, to Golfing for Gators, Fortune, Reunion, Phonathon, and Nardinware. This truly was a night where the stars were shining!

Star Awards

L to R: The Urbanski Family, Bill Urbanski, Hannah‘09, Roseanne’72, Emily’06, and Mary Ann Turici, Nardin Academy Faculty, Roseanne’s sister. Missing from this photo is Allison Urbanski’04.

Kelly Africano

Laurie Tomani Alexander ‘80 Donna & Dennis Burns Alexis Buscaglia ‘01 Michelle Capizzi Margaret Carney Mark Carney Sherri Ciminelli Elizabeth Rice Conron ‘92 Sharon Cortese Karen Cummings Renee Dikeman Andrew & Carmen Fors Mark Frantz & Cathleen Hart-Frantz ‘81 Mary Kay Guerra

Donna McCartney Henry Bob & Cheryl Hill Beth Hitro Kent & Trish Lorence Ameer Lucas Linda Maggio Mark Mazur Lisa Ober Thomas & Kathleen O’Brien Catherine Turnboo Regan ‘53 Colleen Sellick John and Amy Spitzmiller Paula Thomas Louise Valenti Lynn Vasatka



DHM Profile: Theresa Pasquarello



elementary school performers added a Nardin’s signature fundraiser, special flair to the auction while Fortune ’09, took place on Saturday, performing skits from“Grease”. An ice March 14, 2009. carving masterpiece captured the By bringing the event back to 135 program cover designed by Adelina Cleveland Avenue, organizers, faculty, Simpson ’11 and was prominently staff and volunteers were given the displayed for all to see. opportunity to transform the spaces that are so familiar to our students and parents. Little did they know how dramatic a change it would be! Co-chair couples this year were Andrew and Carmen Fors, Kent and Trish Lorence, Mark L to R front: Kathleen O’Brien, Cathleen Hart-Franz’81, Trish Lorence, Carmen Fors. Rear: Tom O’Brien, Mark Franz, Franz and Cathleen HartKent Lorence, Andrew Fors Franz ’81, and Tom and Kathleen O’Brien. Eileen Sheets, Party goers were ushered by Nardin Fortune coordinator, and the co-chairs students into a dimly lit high school worked tirelessly to sell-out the event gym where the high school String Trio with 351 reservations. set the mood for a gourmet dinner and Tree-lit branches and wheat grass live auction. Nardin parent Jody centerpieces brought the“Going Green” Johnston, of Channel 2 News was the theme to life in both Nardin Hall and mistress of ceremonies. the high school gymnasium. Hallways The audience was lively and were decorated with art work and engaged, and the voices in the gym banners designed by elementary and high school students under the direction reached a fever pitch as Cash Cunningham, professional auctioneer, of faculty. worked his magic. Midway through the The sound of the big band, led by live auction, the room was hushed by our own Mark Mazur, echoed in the Theresa Pasquarello, DHM, with her halls during the auction.Young

testimonial to Barbara Rapier, DHM. Parents and guests responded with heartfelt pledges, resulting in overwhelming contributions to the Barbara Rapier Financial Aid Fund in the amount of $26,600. Before dessert was served, Fortune ’09 raised $178,800! Fortune ’09 had the tremendous support of corporate sponsors, advertisers, donors, volunteers, students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The challenge to garner involvement from all ends of the Nardin community was met and the tradition of Nardin’s commitment to academic excellence lives on. THANK YOU everyone for making the event a huge success!! Join us for Fortune ’10 now set for March 13, 2010!

Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors GOLD SPONSOR HodgsonRuss, LLP

SILVER SPONSOR Hart Hotels Independent Health M&T Bank Personal Touch Food Service Summer Street Capital Partners Try-It Distributing University Orthopaedics

BRONZE SPONSOR Ellicott Development Company First Niagara Lawley Service Insurance Group

COPPER SPONSOR Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP Kent & Trish Lorence Rich Products Corporation

Nance and Chuck Basil

Gift Establishes the Nardin Academy Alumnae Parent Endowed Scholarship Fund When Nardin Academy celebrated its 150th Anniversary last year, the Board of Trustees identified growth in endowment to support scholarship as one of the school’s top priorities. Schools that offer strong tuition assistance programs are those that are strongly endowed, boosting enrollment and enabling academically qualified students to attend regardless of their ability to pay. Over the generations, Nardin’s predominantly female alumnae simply did not have the opportunity to make sizable gifts to the school, resulting in a relatively small endowment. That will now begin to change thanks to the generosity of Nance and Chuck Basil who have donated the initial gift in the establishment of the Nardin Academy Alumnae Parent Endowed Scholarship Fund. The couple’s two daughters, Christine’01 and Jessica‘05 attended the high school and their son Chuck graduated from Nardin Elementary in 2000.“I can’t say enough about Nardin and the education our children received there,”says Nance. We wanted to reach out to a student who perhaps did not have the means to attend Nardin and give her the same opportunity.”Nance credits the quality and commitment of the Nardin administration and faculty for providing an outstanding education for her children, and in particular, the assistance of Director of Guidance, Jane Mathias in helping all three find the college that was right for them. After graduating from Nardin Academy, daughter Christine attended

Miami University of Ohio and is currently in her third year of medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jessica is currently attending Northeastern University in Boston as a Business Major with a minor in creative writing and has just returned from a semester in Paris.“I think Jessica will end up in the writing field,”her mother comments.“The writing skills she learned at Nardin gave her a strong foundation.”Son Chuck attended Canisius High School after graduating from Nardin Elementary and graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio before going into sales in the family’s automotive business. Longtime East Aurora residents, Nance and Chuck recently moved into the city of Buffalo and now reside in a house next to the Nardin Montessori School where Nance has started a small jewelry business, while Chuck continues

to run his auto dealership, Basil Ford on Walden Avenue.“We’re enjoying our new city lifestyle, close to the pulse of everything,“ declares Nance. “ We’re especially happy to be able to give back to Nardin by contributing to this scholarship fund. Our hope is that it will help a deserving student who will, in turn, help another student have the opportunity of a Nardin education someday. We hope it starts a cycle of giving that will reach far into the future.” For more information or to make a gift to the Nardin Academy Alumnae Parent Endowed Scholarship Fund, contact Katie Naughton, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 716-881-6262, ext. 1110 or at knaughton



by Eileen Sheets


Those Who Make a Difference




The Gatorbeat!


Nardin Academy offers a variety of athletic programs designed to encourage student participation and offer the greatest number of opportunities to students. Goals include instilling the ideals of sportsmanship, while contributing to students’ physical, mental and social development. The 2008-09 school year proved to be an outstanding one for the Elementary and High School athletic programs. At the Elementary School, 166 students participated in fall programs including swimming, baseball, boys and girls soccer and tennis; 73 participated in winter boys and girls basketball programs; and 163 participated in spring track, softball and boys and girls lacrosse programs. “Overall, we had an outstanding year,”says Mark Piwko, Physical Education/Athletic Director at the Elementary School. In addition to having a large number of students involved in athletics, several of our teams were outstanding. The swim team took third place overall, out of all the private school swim teams and the nine-and ten-year olds took first place in Division 1. Our baseball team came in second place in their division and made the playoffs. Our 7th and 8th grade Girls Green Team won their division and made the playoffs in basketball, and our 7th grade boys basketball team made the playoffs as well.”

The Nardin High School athletic program includes girls in freshman through senior years who participate in golf, cross-country, soccer, volleyball, swimming, bowling, basketball, softball, tennis, track, lacrosse and crew. “We took first place in track and tennis, third place in softball and fourth place in JV lacrosse,”comments Moira Sheehan, Athletic Director.“We also did very well in our fall programs, especially swimming, cross country and varsity bowling where we took first place league/first place All Catholic; in JV volleyball where we took first place league, and in JV basketball where our freshman were first team co-champions. ”In crew, the lightweight 8, Senior 4+, Junior 4+ and the Lightweight 4+ all placed in the top 3 at the New York State Championships. The Lightwerght 4+ got a bronze at the Canadian National Championships and for the first time ever, two boats will compete in the US Rowing Youth National Championships. Other high school sports results include: third place league/second team All Catholic in varsity basketball; third place league/third place All Catholic in varsity soccer; third place league in golf; third place league in JV soccer; fourth place league in JV bowling; and 8th place league in varsity volleyball. In tennis the team swept the singles and doubles championships at the All-Catholic tournament at Miller Tennis Center.

Nardin Gators Have Many Teams to Join High School Fall Cross Country Golf Soccer, Junior Varsity Soccer,Varsity Swimming Volleyball Winter Basketball, Freshman Basketball, Junior Varsity Basketball,Varsity Bowling Indoor Track Squash Spring Crew Lacrosse, Junior Varsity Lacrosse,Varsity Softball, Junior Varsity Softball,Varsity Outdoor Track

Elementary Baseball, Boys Basketball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Softball, Girls Swimming, Boys and Girls Track and Field, Boys and Girls

For more than 150 years, academic excellence has been the cornerstone of a Nardin education. It is the reason the academy is recognized today as one of the premier educational opportunities in the area, serving students at its Co-ed Montessori and Elementary Schools and at its High School for Young Women.

the faculty members participate in the Buffalo Teacher Education Montessori program where they educate other teachers in Montessori principles and curriculum.

It is a strategic part of Nardin’s mission to continue this legacy of academic excellence and give students the best educational experience possible at whatever age they enter the academy, including a lifelong love of learning they will carry with them long after they leave. Today Nardin enjoys resources and faces challenges never dreamed of at its inception over a century and a half ago, but the strong focus on excellence in academics remains an integral part of the learning environment in each of the academy’s three schools.

Montessori School: Laying A Solid Foundation For Learning The Nardin Montessori School was founded in 1963 and is the oldest Montessori school in Western New York offering five early childhood classrooms for boys and girls ages 3-5 and one coed elementary classroom for ages 6-9. The school sets the stage for selfmotivated life-long learning in a thoughtfully designed learning environment where children are guided and supported by an expert faculty of Montessori-certified teachers. Many of

The school follows the Montessori philosophy of education which holds that each child is a self-motivated learner. This classroom environment provides opportunities for each child to reach his or her maximum potential through experiential learning.“In Montessori, the role of the teacher is not to impose an agenda on the child, but to facilitate learning by designing the classroom environment so all the child’s learning choices are worthwhile,” says Montessori School Principal, Kristin Whitlock.”We help the child to learn how to focus, how to concentrate and that sets the stage for success down the road.”

The Nardin Montessori School offers a fully integrated curriculum focused in the areas of language, math, science and cultural, sensorial materials, and practical life. Lessons from one area are interrelated with those in other areas. For example, this year students participated in the annual spring musical, a Chinese version of Stone Soup. As part of their classroom curriculum, elementary students researched Chinese customs and a Chinese visitor was invited to play a Chinese stringed instrument for the students. Last year’s musical, The Great Kapok Tree was tied into a unit on the rain forest. “We have a wonderful curriculum in each of the areas,”notes Kristin.“For instance, the Montessori math materials are very hands-on and give the students an incredible understanding of mathematical concepts; they’re not just memorizing facts. The language materials are outstanding as well. In the science and cultural area, students explore the people, animals, climate and customs of various locales. The sensorial aspect of our curriculum shows our



Athletic Programs Score High in Participation and Sportsmanship

Pre-school to High School: Academic Excellence Thrives At Every Level



Elementary School: Growing As Learners and Leaders At Nardin Elementary School, students in the 1st through 8th Grades enjoy a full, challenging and engaging academic experience as they make their journey toward high school. The Elementary School provides innovative programs in all academic areas, as well as opportunities to discover and develop talents in the visual and performing arts, to exercise leadership and team building skills, and to develop a sense of volunteerism.“It’s exciting to be a part of the elementary experience because you’re able to see young children mature and develop through the grades,”says Maggie Abels, Nardin Elementary Principal. The Elementary School also offers an integrated curriculum with lessons that cross over from one area into another. Computer classes in Grades 13 reinforce lessons the children learn in their math and foreign language classes. Grade 3 also does an Oregon Trail

Project which integrates social studies and language arts with lessons in geography, history and oral presentation combined with journal writing and proofreading skills. Sixth Grade students do a design project that involves the collaboration of the technology and art departments with the library and culminates in the students creating their own Power Point presentation. In 7th Grade, students draw themselves as Superheroes in art class and then write biographies of their Superhero-selves in language arts. Students in Grades 7-8 do a“Who’s Who in History”project in which they research and perform as a person from history utilizing social studies, language arts and internet research skills. Eighth Grade language arts aligns reading assignments with the historical period being taught in social studies.“The students really get very involved in these projects; they’re used to doing a lot of presentations. They’re

Grades 4-7 competed in the national MATHFAX Catholic Math League competition and placed first for Grades 4, 5 and 7 and second for Grade 6 out of the top 100 schools. Nardin Elementary also had two third place winners from the 5th and 8th Grades in the Buffalo News editorial cartoon contest. For the first time this year, two Nardin Elementary students have been awarded scholarships from the Seneca Nation of Indians that will be used toward their tuition at the school. Twelve 8th Graders have also won scholarships to local high schools including Nardin, Holy Angels, Canisius and St. Joseph’s Collegiate. In addition to the academic curriculum, Elementary School students have a variety of In her presentation for the “Who’s Who in History” project, enrichment programs Agmera Williams portrays the life of Rosa Parks. including fine arts, performance arts and music opportunities, including an spoke to students about how people orchestra and two choruses.“I think with disabilities have been viewed our commitment to our music and throughout history and raised their dance programs is remarkable at the awareness about acceptance and elementary level,”says Maggie.“ There’s empathy toward disabled people. nothing else like it anywhere. Our dance Nardin Elementary students and performing arts teachers just make received honors in a variety of academic you feel that anything is possible!” competitions this school year. Eleven Elementary Dance Department Head, Nardin students ranked nationally in Cindy Hanna was honored at this year’s the National French Contest and two Young Audiences of Western New York tied for first place in Western New York Benefit Dinner. She is one of the among other awards. Nardin 7th Grade originators of Alphabet Awareness, a math students won the Grand Prize phonics program that has been offered Trophy in the annual St. Joe’s Math in twenty schools this year. Contest, along with a variety of The Elementary faculty is always individual awards. The Annual Team looking for ways to enhance and Spelling Bee Competition at Bishop improve academic excellence. In Timon-St. Jude High School was also addition to teaching at Nardin, won by Nardin 7th Graders who members of the faculty serve on a brought home the first place trophy and number of educational boards including an $850 scholarship. Students in so articulate, they can think on their feet and they do such a good job,”Maggie comments. This year, Elementary students participated in a Science Fair at the school where projects included a solar oven that baked chocolate chip cookies and an operating hovercraft.Valuable lessons also came from outside sources, such as a recent guest speaker from the Museum of Disability History who

the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies, the NYS Geographic Alliance and the School Library Association of WNY. In March they participated in a Staff Development Day with the goal of determining ways to raise students’ achievement levels on state tests. They use the services of the

Western New York Regional Information Center (WNYRIC), which provides them with an online review of state test data that is of great assistance in improving student performance. The faculty also attended a workshop focused on raising the level of instruction in the classroom by“tiering”lessons to insure that everyone in class is learning.“We want to be sure that every student is given the opportunity to achieve academic excellence to the best of his or her ability,”says Maggie.



young children how to experience learning in a multi-dimensional way by seeing, hearing, touching and using all their senses. Practical life teaches them important skills of everyday living, like pouring milk and washing the dog. Children at this age love to learn these things because they want to emulate the adults they live with.” The children enjoy a wide range of physical education activities, a music program and many enriching extracurricular activities. These include special in-house programs for the 3-5 year-olds and outside trips for the 6-9 year olds such as theater, ice-skating and fossil digs. Each classroom also has a pet cared for by the students. The pets represent each of the animal classifications providing a wide variety of learning opportunities. The Nardin Montessori program offers its young students an environment where they can begin to see themselves as part of their own community and of the world in general. Not only do the students study customs and cultures of other countries past and present, but they participate in traditions such as the Camp Weona outing at the beginning of the school year and the annual third grade sleepover at the school where they form lasting bonds with their classmates and families. “We really set the stage for future learning,“ comments Kristin.“The students come out of our program knowing that they can be independent learners and make their own decisions about the kind of things they want to learn. Our job is to help each child build independence, help them become self-motivated and give them a wonder of the world.”


High School: Finding Pathways to the Future


faculty and staff whose commitment keeps Nardin on the path to excellence. “Our goal is to bring every student to the level they should be,”says High School Principal, Becky Reeder.“There’s a certain confidence that comes through in our students. Our number one rating is based on the fact that we’re a Regents school and always have been. But what we try to do is teach beyond the test

and give the girls a well-rounded view of the subject matter.” The 2007 Nardin Strategic Plan includes the goals of increasing SAT scores and improving technology skills. Becky says she’s satisfied that the process of meeting both goals is well underway. More SAT-type material has been incorporated into both the English and Math curriculums and the school’s SAT preparatory course has been very successful.“What we see on SAT day is a comfort level in our kids. They know exactly what they have to do,” she comments. In the area of computer technology, computer teacher, Pam Healy is constantly adapting her courses to her students’ skill levels and to the rapid changes in this area. Students learn both Mac and PC formats and many of the student publications are now digitally produced. This year, the school offered a digital media class where students made movies that included music and sound. There were also some other notable academic highlights. The school has long been known for the strength of its English program, and this year several Nardin graduates who are studying to be teachers returned to Nardin to do their teaching observation work. The Advanced Biology students visited the Gross Anatomy lab at the University of Buffalo where they heard lectures on various medical topics, and the Math Department will be adding an advanced placement course in Statistics next year. High School students are given the opportunity to enrich their classroom

experience by participating in outside activities. Social Studies students took part in an essay contest sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and a political cartoon contest sponsored by The Buffalo News. Every year, Nardin Foreign Language students are award winners in a variety of language competitions including the Western New York and

national Latin exams. The girls also have a wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities to choose from and every student is required to do community service work to help develop a spirit of volunteerism and giving back to the community. “Nardin builds its curriculum to get the students to where they want to go,” Becky notes,“and once they get there, they pave the way for other students. They choose a college and if they do well, that brings the Nardin name to the forefront in that school’s admissions department. Sometimes the students don’t feel they can make that kind of an impact, but we know they can.” Finding the right path through high school and into the right college is a part of the Nardin High School

experience starting in the freshman year.“It’s all about planning ahead,” declares Director of Guidance, Jane Mathias, who along with Colleen Robertson provides guidance counseling for 470 students.“At each grade level it’s different, but we’re always looking forward to the next step. We look at each student individually and at where she wants to be and we help her move forward.” One of the cornerstones of academic excellence at Nardin is the personal attention given to the students, getting to know who they are and working with them through the high school years. There is also a great deal of interaction with parents ranging from one-on-one communications to an entire calendar of parent events each year. There is a very high level of commitment and availability to students who can visit, call and email their teachers and counselors whenever needed. “When it comes time for college, our goal for our graduating seniors is to have each and every one placed in a school that she herself wants to attend,” says Jane who serves on the Executive Board of the state Association for College Admission Counseling and is an elected delegate to the national association. She reads volumes of college materials and does as many college visitations as her schedule allows each year. She also personally writes a letter of recommendation for each senior to her selected college choices.“The college application process is incredibly intense,”comments Jane. “In the recommendation letter, I try to help someone on the other end know the student beyond her test scores. It’s

-Business First 2009-2010 Guide to Western New York’s Schools.

one of the few ways in the process that students have of being more than just a number.” Under the guidance and direction of Nardin faculty and staff, this year’s graduating seniors have continued the Nardin tradition of high academic achievement. Two students were accepted into combined 8-year undergraduate/graduate engineering

programs and two others were accepted into combined undergraduate/graduate medical programs. The 2009 senior class received $16.7 million in grants and scholarships. Says Jane,“We’re very proud of all our students. Many people judge success by the name of the college, but we judge our success by having each student be successful in the process and find her way to the best place for her in the end.”



Nardin High School’s college preparatory program has been consistently rated as number one in Western New York. The school is proud of the fact that it has maintained high academic standards while adapting to the needs of today’s students. The program also helps students to develop the leadership skills they need to compete in the world, as well as a dedication to service and responsibility to the greater community. Students are guided on their high school journey by a professional, dedicated and caring

In the Business First rankings this year, “Nardin emerged as the clear leader. Ninety-nine percent of the 2008 graduates earned Regents diplomas with advanced designations. No other high school in the region did better.”


Science Faculty

Reaches Beyond Classroom to Open New Horizons For Students Space exploration, particle physics and DNA analysis are some of the areas in which Nardin high school science students are getting hands-on learning experiences. Thanks to teachers who are passionate about science and continue to learn and grow in their own fields, today’s science classes at Nardin include lessons that go far beyond the standard curriculum.


Science Chair and NYS Biology Mentor, Marilou Bebak, is a biology teacher with a keen interest in space exploration who has worked on NASArelated projects since the late 1990s, including the international space station and a cometary probe project. In 2004, she and two Nardin students were chosen from some 100 applicants to work on the landings of NASA’s Marsexploration robotic rovers. They were among only 13 teacher-student teams nationwide selected to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California with a team of scientists as part of NASA’s Athena Student Intern Program. “The girls saw how science really works – how scientists operate when no one knows exactly what the data means or what will happen next,” she says.“And they saw the camaraderie, the teamwork, the respect for each other’s ideas.” In summer 2008, Marilou was asked to return to the program where she worked at the University of Arizona on the Phoenix Mission to Mars project. She served this time as a facilitator helping new teacher/student teams through the process, did educational programs and had a lot of interaction with the scientists. She’s currently working on becoming part of the next NASA project which will be the 2011 Mars Science Lab.

Buffalo Museum of Science & Cornell Collaborations The Buffalo Museum of Science, where Marilou was Chairman of Education prior to teaching at Nardin, also plays a significant role in the Nardin science program. Freshmen through senior student volunteers work at the museum with scientists, get to experience some of the museum’s collections and gain job experience. Nardin students participate in the museum’s Teen Challenge Initiative, a program which targets minority students with an interest in science. Marilou and her students also set up a genetics lab at the museum working with 8th grade students from the Buffalo Public Schools where they learned how

to extract DNA from insects and test for a specific strain of bacteria.“The Science Museum has had a great influence on the girls as they decide on their careers. And the museum benefits as well, because they couldn’t run their programs without volunteers. It’s been a nice collaboration between the two,”she says. Marilou also participates in the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT), a workshop program that keeps science teachers in touch with the latest research advances and with each other. She returns to Cornell regularly for updates and keeps in touch throughout the year via the institute’s alumni network. There are also opportunities at CIBT for student participation and collaborative projects. Another science faculty member, Wendy McKee is also involved with the CIBT program. One of the CIBT Lecturers, Dr. Mike Yerky visits Nardin once a year to guide Wendy’s AP Biology and Advanced Biology students through two labs. He brings his lab equipment with him from Cornell and the girls have the opportunity to perform a college level DNA analysis lab and a bacterial transformation lab.“The advantage of this experience is that the students are able to use very expensive equipment and be taught by a college lecturer, so it gives them an insight into what laboratory work might be like in a college setting,”comments Wendy.

Matter, Energy, Space and Time Anne Casper, who teaches Junior level physics, also has a Cornell connection. She became interested in particle physics during a 2002 summer program at the university.

to share their knowledge and excitement with their students.” Anne also participated in a 2007 summer workshop at the University of Buffalo where she and four other physics teachers from the WNY Physics Teachers Association attended lectures by UB physicists and built a cosmic ray

L to R: Wendy McKee, Anne Casper and Marilou Bebak

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) at the University of Chicago. The Fermilab Tevatron is currently the most powerful particle accelerator in the world designed to study the minutest fragments of matter.“The Standard Model, the theory that explains all the hundreds of particles and interactions, is barely touched upon in the high school curriculum,”explains Anne.”But thanks to Particle Boot Camp, high school teachers are exposed to the mysteries of particle physics so that they will be able

detector, now housed in Anne’s classroom at Nardin. It is one of only three such detectors in WNY. Anne moderates QuarkNet, an extracurricular club that focuses on particle physics and cosmic rays in particular. Data is collected and uploaded to an electronic grid which can be accessed by members of the QuarkNet Collaborative, a network of physics teachers and scientists, for use in their research anywhere in the world.

Learning By Doing As Nardin high school’s Science Chair, Marilou Bebak has led the way for the faculty with her learning-by-doing philosophy.“My philosophy of teaching science has become ‘Let’s try this and see what happens,’”she says. She likes bringing the real world into the classroom and cites the experience of new faculty member and chemistry teacher, Lisa Utz, who was formerly a field chemist with the FDA, as the kind of real life perspective that is invaluable to the students. Marilou, a strong believer in lifelong learning, attends numerous professional workshops and is a member of the NYS Biology Chemistry Professional Development Network where she networks with biology teachers from across the state. Marilou has seen a huge increase in interest in science among students during her years at Nardin.“I think this is true for a couple of reasons,”she comments.“First, every one of the science faculty is passionate about her subject. We love doing this, we get excited about what we do and that gets the students excited. Second, there are so many more opportunities now for women who want to pursue careers in science. Engineering is an especially strong career field right now for girls who are interested in that area. “Nardin has always been known for its strong programs in English, history and the arts and it has always offered a well-rounded curriculum,”she reflects. “But now we’re really seeing that our science program has also risen to the level where the girls view it as a potential career opportunity instead of just something they ’have to take.’And when they see the faculty go out and learn new things, they see that we’re still learning ourselves and that it never ends.”



Nardin and NASA

In addition, two sophomore students were accepted into the NASA INSPIRE Online Learning Community, a year-round program designed for 9th12th grade students interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics careers. They were also selected for the INSPIRE Summer Collegiate Experience where they will work with NASA scientists for two weeks at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Although the experience of working on the NASA projects cannot be duplicated in the classroom, Marilou believes that all her students benefit.“It definitely energizes my teaching and it’s valuable in giving the students an understanding of the process of scientific discovery. What we learn from these projects also relates directly to what we teach in biology because there are implications in many different areas like health and the environment.”

Particle physics is a study of the fundamental nature of the universe; it seeks to answer questions on the nature of matter, energy, space and time. She pursued her interest and last summer was one of 14 physics teachers nationwide to participate in Particle Boot Camp, a week-long program at the


Going Green

Wildlife Habitat on the Nardin campus which is also an official Monarch Watch Way Station for Monarch butterflies. The garden provides shelter, food and water for local wildlife and is used as a learning laboratory for Elementary and Middle School Science. The 1st through 8th grade students made edible ornaments for the birds in winter, planted seeds in the spring and are transplanting milkweed for the Monarch butterflies. These activities are tied into lessons in the Science curriculum. In honor of Earth Day this year, Patricia Schanzlin's 6th grade class organized a waste-free lunch event. As a result, the entire school was honored with a "Good Going" award by the Buffalo-Niagara Earth Day Initiative 2009. (See sidebar: Nardin Academy Continues To Go Green) In addition, four third grade students, Taylor LoDestro, Brooke Weir, Maggie McHale and Mackenzie Beck have formed their own Planet Savers club. They pick up trash, spread the "green" word, have their own logo and t-shirts and hope to develop a website. In the High School, Student Council volunteers write letters to catalog companies requesting that the mailing of unwanted catalogs be discontinued and receive practice in writing business letters at the same time. In mid-May, Nardin students were invited to do a presentation at the National

Nardin Community Embraces Green Initiative Going green is one of today’s most popular phrases, but at Nardin Academy it’s a real commitment that has taken hold of the minds and spirits of the entire school community. In the spring of 2008, Nardin decided to explore the possibility of establishing a green program and did a survey of administrators, faculty and staff to find out the level and areas of interest. The survey showed that there was a high level of interest and that nearly 80% of the faculty already incorporated environmental issues into their curriculum.

Students Contribute Ideas, Enthusiasm and Awareness Students from the Montessori level through high school have taken an active role in Nardin's Green Initiative. "Even at this early stage, we already have wonderful student involvement


Representatives from each of the schools formed a Green Initiative Committee, to focus on recycling, paper usage, energy conservation and event planning, grant writing and curriculum development. Joy Africano, 7th and 8th grade Science teacher and high school Environmental Science teacher, was named Green Leader for the school. She is a lifelong environmentalist and a volunteer in many environmental organizations.“It’s something I’m very passionate about,”comments Joy. She emphasizes that the most important focus of this initiative is to make it sustainable so that the next generation is educated and dedicated to this important responsibility. Nardin formally began its Green Initiative in the fall of 2008 using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System as its guide.

Nardin’s nationally certified Wildlife Habitat has an official Monarch Watch Way Station.

and excitement," says Joy. A recycling program that was begun in 2007 in the Elementary School is now firmly established throughout the academy. The 7th and 8th grade students manage the recycling program in the Elementary School and the Student Council does the same for the High School. In the spring of 2008, the 7th and 8th grade students planned and planted a National Wildlife Federation certified

-Joy Africano, Green Leader for Nardin Academy and science faculty member teaching 7th and 8th grade Science and High School Environmental Science

Students brought their lunches to school in reusable containers to avoid creating more waste.

Solar Conference, a conference of all solar researchers, vendors and dealers in the United States held at the Buffalo Convention Center. “The kids love nature,”declares Joy. “They want to take care of the world, lead responsible lives and do the right thing. We're incorporating the ‘green’ message into their curriculum, they're starting to bring this knowledge home with them, and eventually we'll see a shift in the way we do things.”

the environment. Ideas for more efficient heating and cooling of the school's buildings are also being studied. Ongoing efforts include finding ways to reduce paper usage in the school, and routinely shutting off computers and lights to reduce overall power consumption. Nardin has recently been awarded a grant from the Air and Waste Management Association which will be used for the Wildlife Habitat garden. Other grant writing opportunities are being explored. The Science Department has also formed a partnership with the University of Buffalo and will work with Professor of Science Education and Technology, Neomi Waight to observe Nardin’s use of technology in the science classroom and to make recommendations on how to expand its use to save paper, energy and other resources. The school is also looking for opportunities to partner with local businesses on environmental projects. "We're extremely proud of our accomplishments in such a short amount of time and know there is much more to be done," says Joy. "We know we'll be successful because everyone, especially the students, wants to see this wonderful change occur."

Green Going Forward

L to R: Planet Savers Club Brooke Weir, Taylor LoDestro, Mackenzie Beck, and Maggie McHale.

Nardin has had some environmentally-friendly policies in place prior to the current Green Initiative which will be continued and expanded upon as time goes on. These include the use of non-polluting cleaning supplies, water-efficient toilets, efficient soap and paper dispensers and lawn products that are not harmful to

Helping to plant this year’s garden in the National Wildlife Federation Habitat

Nardin Academy Continues to Go Green By Christina Rossitto and Caitlin Scully

Elementary 6th Grade

Nardin Academy is giving green a new meaning. On April 22nd, Earth Day, Nardin held a Waste-Free Lunch Day to help eliminate the amount of waste generated at our school. A few weeks ago, the students may have seen Mrs. Schanzlin’s 6th grade literature class weighing garbage on scales in the cafeteria. It was found that on a normal school day Nardin generates just over 100 pounds of trash! We researched to find waste statistics and tips on how to eliminate waste and shared them with fellow students during morning announcements. Students also made posters to generate awareness about our environment. Finally, we created a letter to go home to families informing them of the upcoming WasteFree Lunch Day. Our Earth Day was very exciting. Time Warner News and Channel 7 visited our school and interviewed students. Students replaced juice boxes with thermoses and plastic bags with Tupperware. Finally, our Waste-Free Lunch Day generated less than half the lunch waste of a normal day. We only produced 46 pounds. This means we saved about 54 pounds from ending up in a landfill! As we continue on the path to being eco-friendly, the 6th Grade Green Team urges you to keep reusing and recycling. Look for another Waste-Free Lunch Day coming soon to a cafeteria near you.



Getting Started

“We started the Green Initiative because it’s the right thing to do, and what better place to start than in our school?”


Our Alumni Excellence:

Hall of Fame Honors Alumnae Who Excel In The World Of Art Created in 1990, the Nardin Academy Alumnae Hall of Fame honors graduates who have not only earned distinction in their fields, but have also contributed to society on a national and international level.

Molly Donovan Young currently serves as Associate Curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where she is responsible for sitespecific installations including the dazzling Multiverse light sculpture by artist Leo Villareal. It consists of more than 40,000 computer-programmed LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in the concourse/moving walkway area between the West and East Buildings of the gallery. Molly had seen the artist’s permanent installation at the AlbrightKnox Art Gallery in Buffalo and invited him to do the installation. Molly also works on a variety of exhibitions, special permanent collections and donor development for the gallery. She is a talented writer and essayist on the subject of art and a frequent contributor


to exhibition catalogs. She is also the author of two books, Christo and JeanneClaude in the Vogel Collection published in 2002 and The Andy Goldsworthy Project to be published in 2009. Molly says that she is deeply honored to be included in the Hall of Fame. As a third generation Nardin alumna, she is particularly pleased that her induction will have special meaning for her entire family, especially her mother, Jeanne Drexelius Donovan. “Both my mom and dad set high expectations for me and were always open to all possibilities and encouraged me in everything I did,”she comments. She is also grateful to several of her Nardin teachers who gave her the knowledge and skills that helped her on her way to a successful career and which she continues to use in her professional life today.“My English teachers, Mrs. Langan and Mrs. Skoog, helped me to develop a love of literature and taught me how to write,”she recalls.“And Mrs. Maynor, my Latin teacher, taught us about ancient literature and culture that went beyond the language. All this knowledge helped me as I went on to college and plays an important part in my work today.”She also especially values her long-standing relationships with her Nardin classmates with whom she has kept in contact over the years. Molly lives with her husband, Dr. Dirk F.Young and their two children in Great Falls,VA near Washington, D.C.

Marjorie Hunt Van Dyke is an artist and master printmaker who currently resides in Manhattan. She is principal of VanDeb Editions of New York City along with painter and printmaker, Deborah Freedman.VanDeb Editions publishes monoprints, etchings and aquatints of the highest production quality for many prominent nationally and internationally recognized artists. Prior to starting her own etching atelier in 1997, Marjorie worked for 15 years as a printmaker at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop. Her prints have been included in solo exhibitions in New York City and Rome, in numerous group exhibitions, and in international collections, artists books and publications. Marjorie is also an accomplished artist in her own right. Her art is included in a variety of prestigious collections including the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the New York Public Library, The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Victoria Albert Museum in London. Marjorie’s first reaction to being chosen for the Hall of Fame was shock. “I just never expected it,”she says. Like Molly, she takes particular pleasure in the meaning the award has for her mother because…”I’ve always been the one who did exactly what she wanted to do, even though at times it was against everyone’s advice.”She sees the award as an affirmation of the choices she’s made in her life.“For some an award like this may represent material success, but for me it’s symbolic of success in a more unconventional way. It represents recognition for those kinds of people who, like me, want to follow their own path.”She credits her years at Nardin

L to R: Marjorie’s mother, Patricia Van Dyke, Marjorie’74, and Marjorie’s sister, Gretchen Van Dyke’79

with giving her the confidence to do just that through the fundamentals of an excellent education.“We were taught to write, to speak and to present ourselves with self-confidence. We were encouraged to think independently and we were told we could do anything we wanted to do. Going out into the world with that kind of self-confidence has helped me to sell myself and sell my work in the art world. It’s not a practical thing to be an artist, but it’s an important thing, and I’m very moved and honored that Nardin is recognizing me in this way.” Molly and Marjorie attended a dinner in their honor held at the Garret Club on Friday, May 15 and were presented with their awards by Alumnae Association president, Jennifer Valvo McCann at the Reunion Celebration at the school on Saturday, May 16.



These are women who deserve special recognition for their professional accomplishments, their contributions to society and their potential as role models for current Nardin students and young women everywhere. Two such graduates who excel in their professions and share a love for the world of art, Molly Donovan Young ’84 and Marjorie Hunt Van Dyke ’74 were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Molly Donovan Young’84

Marjorie Hunt Van Dyke’74

23 L to R in back; Molly’84, Molly’s mother, Jeanne Drexelius Donovan’48, seated; Eliza Young, Dirk Young, Aidan Young, and Molly’s father, John F. Donovan

Our Alumni Excellence: A Helping Hand in Ghana By Ben Karas E’06


By the Schneider Sisters

our last days, we visited Mole National Park, a huge game preserve where we saw elephants, antelope, warthogs, wild boar and monkeys. The two thoughts I have about my trip are that people are more alike than they are different, and that our small group was really able to make a difference. To paraphrase the motto of our organization, M.O.C.A.,“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are those that do.” It was quite a trip. Ben Karas and Alex Breeser are currently students at Canisius High School in Buffalo.

In a thank you letter to all contributors to the M.O.C.A. trip Dr. Nylander writes: “Thanks to the generosity of the Western New York community, we were able to travel with surgical supplies worth $15,000. We performed much needed surgeries in a remote area of northern Ghana, where they haven’t had an OB/GYN in over 15 years! Our greatest accomplishment was providing medical insurance to 136 men, women, and children for next year.” Emmekunia Nylander, MD Medical Outreach & Community Assistance, National Medical Assoc., Buffalo, NY Chapter

“Merge”means to combine, unite, or most literally to“come together”– that’s exactly what we aim to do – bring all types of people together to share ideas in our new restaurant. Open since the first of the year, Merge features an art gallery, music venue, bar and restaurant with offerings that focus on vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw meals. We named the space merge not only because it brought us back together in Buffalo, but also because it truly combines our artistic and environmental passions. After going out of state for college, (Sarah attended Notre Dame University in Indiana and Eliza studied at Loyola College in Maryland) we began to discuss our dreams of going into business together, and when Chef Ambrosia Borowski and Corey DeRushia offered to relocate from Chicago to help us, the merging of ideas began. Our father, Jake had a vacant bar space in his office building at 439 Delaware Avenue and we reimaged the space as an art gallery, restaurant, bar and performance venue. Nardin graduate, Jodi Penna’03 also works with us as an assistant manager at Merge and offers the type of energy and spunk that makes Merge such a dynamic and creative environment. We both agree that the work we did at Nardin helped prepare us for the challenges we are facing today.“When I

went to college my freshman year, I realized how much Nardin had prepared me for success,”says Eliza. “Other students simply did not know how to write papers, deal with the stress that comes with learning to organize, plan for and accomplish multiple assignments, which are the same skills I utilize today. Thank you to the community of great men and women at Nardin as well as our parents, the Merge staff and the community of Buffalo who have all helped us to grow and thrive.”



Ben KarasE’06, left and, Alex BreeserE’06, right, with students at His Grace Academy School in Ghana.

them the“preposition song”that I learned in French class at Nardin, and they loved it! We presented the school with funds that Nardin Elementary had raised in a jeans day, and they were going to use the money to send two of their teachers for training in the capital, Accra and also to buy uniforms. Before we left, the students prayed over us, and in return we joined hands and said the Lord’s Prayer and Hail Mary over them. We gave them Nardin and Canisius tee shirts and some school supplies and toys. Before we left Ghana, the Regent of Saboba presented us with a goat, to thank us for our work there. On one of

Merge Offers Exciting New Venue Sarah’00 and Eliza’03

Nardin Elementary

In April of this year, my fellow Nardin alum, Alex Breeser and I, Class of 2006, joined M.O.C.A., a Medical Outreach & Community Service group from Buffalo, and traveled to Ghana, West Africa. There were eight of us in total and we spent twelve days in Africa, most of the time in a remote village called Saboba, near the border of Ghana and Togo. Our purpose was to bring medical supplies and equipment that had been donated by various organizations in Buffalo and to provide OB/GYN services, including surgery at the local hospital. When we arrived, the men’s ward at the hospital was being re-habbed, so Alex and I helped to clean and disinfect the finished ward. We also spent a lot of time cleaning and organizing the hospital’s supply rooms and organizing medical instruments and sutures. The highlight of our time in the hospital was when we scrubbed and observed surgery. Before we started our work, we were introduced to the village chief. We had to wait for him to meet with us and he had his own special“throne”. Afterwards, we watched a celebration in honor of villagers who had died in the recent past and took pictures of the dance and the people. Another highlight was our visit to His Grace Academy School. The children were dressed in their uniforms and sang and danced for us. I was astounded that they were being taught English, French and Spanish. I taught

Our Alumni Excellence:

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STAY CLOSE GO FAR alumni news Our 50th Reunion


Wow! 50 years. Such a great milestone which inspires pride in the Class of ‘59 . It seems like just yesterday we were walking the halls of Nardin! During our reunion, 28 of our 63 classmates were walking down memory lane and commenting to each other how we hadn’t changed a bit! (hum!). Maybe the wine added the“charm”of no change. It was a very impressive turnout from members all over the country. We started organizing this great event on January 21, 2009 and thanks to the organizational skills and care of Erin Meegan’91, everything fell into place for our big night. We reminisced about our retreat at Holyoke College and all our“adventures” there. It’s a wonder the Daughters of the Heart of Mary continued retreats after the challenge we gave them! According to Miss Agnes Murphy, all breathed a sigh of relief when we returned to Buffalo unscathed. The High Tea at the Garret Club this year was another highlight- white gloves, chocolate, tea sandwiches. We all enjoyed hearing Marsha Joy Sullivan who has so much enthusiasm and knowledge as the first lay president of the Academy. All who attended the 2009 graduation were presented with a rose! The generosity of our class with donations to Nardin was heartfelt. The Mass was a great way to start the festivities. Fifty years does seem“real” when we think that tuition in 1955 was $150 per year and many parents at that time wondered where the money would come from. Thanks Nardin–we all have great memories of a truly splendid series of events that led to our 50th reunion celebration. We’ll keep giving to Nardin as Nardin keeps giving to all of us.

The event began with a Mass celebrated by Father Joyce, then our palates were satiated with fine food from the Elmwood Avenue Strip. The Hall of Fame was expanded with awards given to two distinguished alumnae Marjorie Van Dyke’74 and Molly Donovan Young’84 (story on pp. 22-23). A nice tempo was created by the Judd Sunshine Duo band as alumnae mingled, took tours of their alma mater, viewed a special video, and displays of their senior pictures and yearbooks. Special thanks to General Reunion Chair, Therese Forton Barnes’81; Party Chair, Elizabeth Banko Hays’99; and Reunion Mass Chair, Elizabeth Yurchak Callahan’86. Photos can be viewed on our website,

We’d like to recognize and thank the following Elmwood Avenue establishments for their generous donations to Reunion 2009: Carriage Trade Pastries Casa Di Pizza Cecelia's Ristorante & Martini Bar Cozumel Grill Elmwood Taco & Sub Frontier Discount Liquor & Beverage Kuni's Lexington Co-operative Market Merge Mister Pizza Mother Nature Plant Emporium Sample Restaurant The Wine Thief

A Taste of Elmwood Reunion 2009

Class of 1969

Class of 1979

Class of 1974

Class of 1984

Class of 1949

Class of 1989

Class of 1994



by Patricia Donohue Schictel’59

A record attendance of over 300 celebrated Reunion 2009

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Class of 1959

Classes 1944 and 1954 are not pictured. If you are interested in ordering a class photo, please contact Nancy Repp at Lifetouch, 716.633.4466.


Class of 1964 Class of 1999

Class of 2004

STAY CLOSE GO FAR alumni news High Tea

On Monday May 18, 2009, Nardin Alumnae from the classes of 1939-1959 gathered at the Garret Club to honor the 50th and 60th reunion celebrants from the classes of 1949 and 1959. Alumnae enjoyed tea and refreshments while wearing white gloves and raising pinkies. Graduates enjoyed music provided by several members of the high school string trio. The honorees were then escorted to the UB Center for the Arts where they were honored at the 2009 graduation ceremony. Congratulations to these ladies. To see more photos of this event please go to our website

Thanks to Reunion Coordinators

Special thanks to all the 2009 Reunion Coordinators . These women play an integral role in the planning and success of our Reunion celebration. Their efforts are greatly appreciated!

1949 Serena Amato Bona, Carmelina Manta Misercola, Jeanne Sanscrainte Moore 1954 Josephine Puleo Amatuzio, Anna Fabozzi Burgio, Nancy Cannizzaro, Rose Ann Bongi Gerci, Joann Bongi Polino, Mary Cannizzaro Rizzo 1959 Joanne Adinolfi, Lucille Grieco, Bonita Salvo McMorrow, Joanne Scibetta Privitera Annette Sansane, Patricia Donohue Schichtel, Louise Villa 1964 Donna Mititello Bubar, Kathleen Russell Dischner, Mary Susan Lincoln Herrington Ursula McHugh Mangano

1969 Catherine Solowski Brozyna, Judy

Guglielmo Cunningham, Elizabeth Shannon Ross 1974 Patricia Jackson Doctor, Lida Frauenheim Pettrella, Rosemary Zimmerman 1979 Sharon Quinn Costello, Nancy Ogiony Joerg 1984 Brigid Kane Hurley, Melanie Mecca Marotto, Kathleen Kane Turano, Rebecca Attea Weimer 1989 Anissa Galante Flocccare, Asha Herle Renee Russo Martinez 1994 Ellen Mogavero, Amy Jeris Obletz 1999 Elizabeth Hays, Jessicia Maglietto, Kristen Puglisi 2004 Patricia Aubrecht, Emma Eddy, Kathleen Hourihan

A Day of Giving


Launch of New England Chapter

Nardin's Academy launched its third out-of-town alum chapter in February 2009. A reception was held at The Chilton Club for our graduates living in Boston and the surrounding states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The chapter leadership team consists of Kathleen Kearney '96 (chapter chair) and Rachael Zalocha '87 (chapter co-chair). If you are interested in joining the Chapter Steering Committee please contact Erin Meegan '91 Director of Alumni Affairs at To view photos from the reception and to learn details regarding future chapter events, visit

Mary of Nazareth Join Us at the Alumnae Retreat

July 30, 2009 9:00am-1:00pm The DHM Residence 700 West Ferry Street Buffalo, New York

9:00am 9:15am 9:15am-11:30am 12:05pm 1:00pm

Gathering Session Begins Prayer and Reflection Mass held at St. Louis Church (optional) Dismissal

The retreat will be led by Victoria Boreanaz, Admissions Facilitator, who has more than 20 years of experience in planning retreats, liturgies and program series.

Launching Chicago and need volunteers!!

In 2009-2010, the Nardin Office of Institutional Advancement will launch its 4th out of town alum chapter in the Chicago area. If you live in Chicago, or the surrounding area and are interested in helping to start this exciting new program, please contact Erin Meegan’91, Director of Alumni Affairs at 716.881.6262 ext. 1760 or To learn details regarding future chapter events, visit

Miss Nardin’s Birthday Celebration

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Erin Megan’91 at 881-6262 ext. 1760 or before July 22, 2009.

Call for 2010 Reunion Coordinators Classes celebrating this year are 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. We’re already planning for next year’s Reunion! We will be celebrating next year on May 15, 2010 and we need you to help us plan. If you are interested in being a Reunion Coordinator for your class year, please contact Erin Meegan’91, Director of Alumni Affairs at 716.881.6262 ext. 1760 or email her at Thanks to all who can help.

Miss Nardin’s Birthday Celebration will take place in Buffalo, as well as Washington, D.C., New York City and New England on Friday November 13, 2009. For more information check the Alumnae Events pages at

What’s Cooking? Recipes Wanted The Nardin Academy Alumnae Association is excited to announce the kickoff of a fun, new project. We are creating a Nardin Family Cookbook and want your favorite original family recipes along with a story or memory that makes the recipe special and unique. For additional guidelines on submitting recipes, please go to and click on the Alumnae Association link under the Alumni tab or call 881-6262 ext. 3085. Stay tuned to your email for more information! Proceeds will benefit the Nardin Academy Alumnae Association scholarship program.

contact us! Contact us if you need information, if you want to volunteer, or to tell us what you’ve been up to! Erin Meegan ’91, Director of Alumni Affairs, at (716) 881-6262, ext. 1760 or



On Saturday, April 25, 2009 alumnae participated simultaneously in the Nardin Day of Giving, our second annual alumnae community volunteer day. Nardin alums in Buffalo, Washington, DC, New York City and our newest New England chapter joined together to carry on the charitable spirit of our founder, Miss Ernestine Nardin, DHM. Members of the Nardin Alumnae Association organized and were joined by local Buffalo alums at the“Putting Out Poverty” fundraiser which benefited The Friends of the Night People. In Washington, Nardin alums supported the local charity, Hands On DC, an organization whose mission is to beautify inner city schools. In New York City, our graduates helped out at Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing those in need with essential clothing and products for infants and young children. In Boston, volunteers worked at the Chelsea Community Kitchen, preparing and serving meals to those in need. To view photos of all the Day of Giving activities, visit

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STAY CLOSE GO FAR did you know? Susan Wagner Craven ’73 writes


Ann T. Bellanti Heraty ’63 tells

Elizabeth Beitz Manown ’42

us that the class of ‘63 is hoping to get together more often in the future.

and her husband Voyle celebrated their 65th wedding anniversity on Jan. 8, 2009. They are great-grandparents to three.

Ruth Dietrich Grimm ’46

writes that her second oldest grandchild was married on January 10, 2009. Her granddaugher’s new husband is a Boston Red Sox Farm Pitcher.

Suzanne Lawley Nyitrai ’66 writes that she retired from the Buffalo Board of Education after 33 years, spending most of her time in Pre-K. She is still living in Orchard Park. “I have three fantastic grandchildren; Liam, Aidan and Delany.” She heads to Florida after the Christmas holidays.

1950’s Bernadette “Bunny” Coyle Mannix ’53 writes that she has become a great-grandmother for the 1st time on January 1, 2009 with the birth of Iris Grace McCollester, daughter of her granddaughter Katie.

Catherine Turnboo Regan ’53 enjoyed visiting with fellow alums at the 2008 Alumnae Christmas Luncheon at the Garrett Club. Catherine’s granddaughter, Sarah O’Brien’09, is one of Nardin’s newest alumnae.

Ida Moscato Doherty ’56 is living in Ponte Verda, Flordia. She would love to get together with other Nardin alums living in the area.


Noel Kupras Bauer ’61 writes that she“is still living in Dayton, Ohio but she has RETIRED!” She and her husband, Larry will soon be grandparents for the fourth time. She is caring for her 92 year old father and is pursuing courses in spiritual direction. Roseann Lodico Failla ’61 is happily living in Las Vegas with her children and grandchildren close by. She travelled to Spain and Portugal at Eastertime 2009.

Pamela Scibetta Davenport ’69 has taught special education for 27 years and is looking forward to retirement and travel in 2010.

1970’s Maureen Melling Knutsen ’70 writes:“My husband and I took a road trip this past fall (08) and had a great time visiting friends and family in Alaska, Montana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nevada and, of course, Buffalo. I ran the YMCA Turkey Trot with 10,000 others and had a blast running right down the middle of Delaware Avenue!”

Judge Mary Grace Trimboli ’71 was recently appointed to the Canisius College Board of Regents for a three year term.

Maureen Donovan ’72 writes: “I just welcomed my second grandchild Hannah Maureen born 4-23-09 weighing 9lbs 2ozs. The baby was born at home with the help of the Buffalo Fire Department!” She also has a niece, Claire Donovan’ 09, who was graduated from Nardin this year. Congratulations!

Dorothy Moore Vinovrski ’74 writes: “Hi Everyone - All is well here in Franklinville! Our youngest son, Stephen, has just gotten married to a woman Marine from his own company at Camp Pendelton. He is now discharged after two tours in Iraq, but his new bride doesn’t get out until August, 09. In the meantime, they are at home at Camp Pendleton.”

charity event at the Darwin Martin House in November 2008. Aileen Comer’11 played violin and Connor Mangan E’07 played the piano at the gathering for the Steadfast Foundation. Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller started this foundation which is dedicated to assisting those affected by the consequences of cancer, especially childhood forms.

Maria Boubaris Steinig ’82 would like to announce that her daughter, Leah Steinig’09, is a member of the High School graduating class of 2009. Good luck to all the graduates!

Elizabeth Daigler Edbauer ’83 Patricia Jackson Doctor ’74 writes that Cathleen Flanigan Ackerman ‘74, Lida“Terry” Frauenheim Petrella ‘74, Maureen Mahaney Schwab ‘74, Rosemary Scaduto Zimmer ‘74, Jean Kalec Hayden and herself all enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch on December 24, 2008.

Diane Flanigen ’75, MD, a board certified Ophthalmologist and President of Flanigen Eye Care, has received the Patients’ Choice Award for 2008. This prestigious award is given to doctors who are selected based on their patients’ reviews and ratings. Diane is the mother of Olivia Roat’06.

Dr. Jeanne Malican Best ’79 served as president of the Western New York Equine Practitioner’s Group in 2008 and was selected to serve as secretary for the Western NY Chapter of the NYS Veterinary Medical Society through 2011. She is the owner of Royalton Equine Veterinary Services in Lockport, NY.

“I enjoyed seeing so many classmates at our 25th reunion in May 2008. My husband Mike and I reside in Hamburg, NY with our two children. Andrew is a junior at Canisius High School and Katie’12 is a freshman at Nardin.”

Nora Eberl Plizga ’88 recently received her Six Sigma Green Belt certificate from The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) at the University of Buffalo. She completed the Green Belt Blended Learning Certification Course in March 2009.

Nicole Davis ’96

is keeping busy in Boston, MA. She teaches students with severe disabilities in a K-8 Boston Public School . In her free time, she coachs girls lacross for a local nonprofit that teaches character education through the sport of lacross to inner city kids. She writes, “I love to travel and do it as often as I can!”

Danielle DelDuce ’96 was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Learning Services at First Niagara Bank. Danielle has been with the bank since 1999 and will be responsible for development and implementation of training programs for retail banking.

outside Richmond, VA. We have 2 children - Joshua Daniel Thrush born 3/9/07 and Allan James Thrush born 9/25/08. I’ve been a teacher for 4 years and am taking this year off, at least partially, to stay home with the kids for awhile. Daniel is a construction superintendent with Velocity Construction. I am a long-term substitute teach in English and I am hoping to get an English job for next year.”

Carolyn Blum ‘99 is enjoying living in NYC and trading for Diamondback Capital in Connecticut.

2000’s Kathleen Adelsberger’01 competed in the 29th annual Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid. She is a forward on the women’s hockey team and came home with a gold medal. She helped the Western Region to a record of three wins, one loss and one tie to capture first place. Well done!

Nora Haley ’03

has returned from a year teaching in the Marshall Islands and is now living in Boston, MA. She is working for Save The Children and writes that she is“avidly supporting the Bills and Sabres as best I can!”

Sara Lynn Sieteski ’99 writes:“I’ve Jennifer Fecio McDougall’89 is living in Buffalo with her husband, Alex and their daughter, Maeve E’16, a first grader at Nardin Elementary. A freelance writer and editor, Jennifer co-authored a reference book and has also edited several books. In addition, she loves working with children and is enjoying teaching the toddlers in Nardin’s faculty daycare. She enjoyed catching up with everyone at her 20 year reunion in May 09.

1990’s 1980’s

Meredith McGee Gunderson ’94

Therese Forton Barnes ’81

in conjunction with her work with Arts and Business, attended an award

assisted in coordinating a private

ceremony and luncheon at Prince Charles’s home. Meredith lives in London, England with her husband, Ross Gunderson and their two year old daughter, Georgia.

lived in Philadelphia, PA for 3 years now and just recently purchased a condo. During the academic year, I am enrolled in the Classics graduate program at Bryn Mawr College, work in IT at the University of Pennsylvania’s Library System, and am a certified Turbo Kick instructor. During the summer, I work as an Office Manager for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Kaneohe, Oahu site and continue writing my children’s book series. I also have 3 adorable dogs Frasier, Lily, and Io.”

Cynthia Stotz Thrush ’99 writes: “My husband, Daniel and I live

Lauren Mendolera ‘03 is attending NYU Law School and will be doing an intership with Sullivan and Cromwell Law Firm in New York City. Bridget Houck ‘04 student taught from January to March 09 at Willow Park Junior School in Dublin. Her students were 6 and 7 year olds at the all-boys school. She returned to Pittsburgh for her second student teaching experience and was graduated from Duquesne University in May 2009.




Darlene Dippold Kiel ’68 retired at Christmas ‘08 after working for the NYS Department of Labor for more than 33 years.

that she recently entered the world of higher education as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs at East Georgia College. She would love to hear from other alumnae who are in higher education.

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STAY CLOSE GO FAR did you know? Caitlin Arena ’05, Rachael Leberer ‘05 and Elizabeth Dillon ‘05 have all graduated from

Brides 1990’s

Loyola College in Maryland with degrees in Education. The three future teachers have remained friends since Nardin and all are pursuing the same career. (See below)

married Joseph Cannon in April 2009 in Buffalo, NY where they will make their home.

Ellen Mogavero Cannon ’94

Jennifer Cartus’00, Marisa Scime’00, Melissa Liakos’00, Kelly Sullivan’00, Jackie Lucchino’00, Jordan McCarthy’00, Bridget Quinlan’00, Katie Kabascinski’00 and Sarah Anner’00.

Jamison Anne Girdlestone

Laura Rahuba ’99 was married in


South Beach on April 25, 2009. She and her husband will make their home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Kristen Maricle Wolf ’94 writes

2000’s Kelly G. Sullivan ’00 married


Engagements 2000’s Margaret O’Sullivan ’03 writes that she became engaged to Andrew Shea (Timon Alum). Her wedding will be on May 29, 2010 at Marcy Casino of Delaware Park. She works as a tax accountant at Ernst and Young.

Both Elizabeth and Kelly carried a replica of a 150 year old Nardin Academy pin on their bouquets down the aisle. All remaining eleven ladies plan to follow this tradition. All these graduates are grateful for the friendships they made during their time at Nardin and love honoring Nardin on their big days.

Emily Kustreba Chabala ’02 was recently married in August 2008. She and her husband Anthony live in North Buffalo.

Jenna Marie Capozzi ’02 “Best wishes, Jenna!”from Serena Bona ‘49 who writes in to tell us“Jenna and Michael Hernandez were joined in marriage March 21, 2009. They are residing in Boynton Beach, Flordia and Jenna works for the PGA America.”

Births 1980’s Barbra Jarosz Girdlestone ’88

Elizabeth A. Kabacinski ’00 married Timothy Chiappetta, of Pittsburgh, September 6, 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA. Liz and Tim met while studying at Duquesne Law School. They are both practicing law in Pittsburgh. Pictured here with her dear Nardin friends, Cara Starosielec’00, Courtney Trego’ 00, Teri Braunschweig’00, Maria Violante’00,

writes that she“and her husband Tim are excited to announce the arrival of their first daughter, Jamison Anne, born on July 2, 2008. She weighed 8lbs, 11.3 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. We have been living in Denver, CO for almost 10 years but since Jami was born I’ve been getting back to Buffalo as much as possible so she can visit her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Jamison Anne’s aunt Mary Lou(Jarosz ‘86) is a High School English teacher at Nardin!”

that she and her husband Kevin welcomed a baby girl, Madelyn Marie Wolf on August 5, 2008. She joins her big brothers, Kyle 9 and Ryan 2.

Condolences Condolences to Amy Spitzmiller and her family on the passing of her father, Robert J. Lyle in May ‘09. Amy is the former Elementary School Office adminstrative assistant. Condolences to the Paladino and Jacobs families on the loss of their son, brother and uncle, Patrick J. Paladino on March 29, 2009. Condolences to the Pearce family on the death of their grandmother, Elizabeth Ward Pearce. Condolences to Lorraine LePage Sprissler ‘44 on the passing of her husband of 64 years and the love of her life on August 31, 2008. Condolences to the relatives of Lillian J. (Matteliano) Pino: her sisters, Mary

(Ignatius) Scaduto ‘49, Jennie Matteliano ‘52 and Angeline Matteliano Leone ‘53, her niece Rosemary Scaduto Zimmer ‘74, her great nieces Kristen Zimmer ‘97 and Theresa Zimmer ‘00 and her granddaughter, Morgan Pino ‘08. Lillian passed away on January 18, 2009. Lillian was instrumental in sending her sisters to Nardin Academy.

Condolences to the entire Doerr family, Elementary School Principal Margaret Doerr Abels’65, 8th grade teacher Amy Doerr ‘67, Jean Doerr ‘69, Mary Ellen Doerr Rashman ‘70, Dorthory Doerr Keenan ‘72 and her husband Tom Keenan, Nardin Academy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Judith Doerr Tomassi ‘79, Emily Persico ‘94, Deirdre Abels ‘95 and Sarah Keenan Schoelkopf ‘00 on the passing of their mother and grandmother, Jean Twist Stephenson on April 8, 2009. Condolences to Mary

Condolences to Michele

Ballacchino Thompson ’82 and her family on the sudden passing of her husband of 13 years. He was a wonderful father to his and Michele’s three children: Bryan (9), Kate(7) and Keira (5). He died on December 3, 2008 of myocardiac infarction. Condolences to Karen Lyons Nowadly ‘84 and Elizabeth Lyons Farace ‘85 on the passing of their father, John“Jack”M. Lyons on February 4, 2009.

Murphy DeRosa ’71, Megan Robertson ‘08, and elementary students Abigail Robertson, Kathryn Robertson, and Eleanor Robertson. Their mother and great

Condolences to Kelly Carrigg ‘85 on the passing of her father, Paul Carrigg in January 2009 and her mother, Colleen Carrigg in May 2009.

aunt Mary Schwab Murphy passed away on January 21, 2009. Mary started in Nardin elementary and ended as the president of the class of 1938. She stayed involved with Nardin for many years and was recognized as Nardin’s Distinguished Alumnae in 1998. She had recently celebrated her 70th year reunion in May 2008. Mary’s father was a former mayor of Buffalo. She was also the aunt of the late High School teacher Mary Jo Robertson.

Condolences to Anna Crimi ‘87 on passing of her father, Joseph T. Crimi on February 27, 2009 Condolences to Cheryl Tanski ‘98 and her family on the passing of her grandmother, Jean Tanski on May 4, 2009.

Condolences to Catherine “Kitty” Higgins Pilarz ‘76 on the passing of her brother, Rev. James Higgins,S. J., former President of Canisius High School.

Condolences to Alexandria Winslow ’12 and her family on the

Condolences to Nora

Curtin ‘78 and Colleen Curtin Cable ‘83

and their family as their father, Dr. Daniel Curtin passed away January 15, 2009. Condolences to the Burns family, Margaret, Catherine ‘79, Dennis and Donna, Mary Patricia ‘85, Kieran’10E and Madeline ‘12E on the passing of their husband, father and grandfather, Jerry“Doc”Burns. He died on April 22, 2009.

Condolences to Morgan Pino ‘08 on the death of her father Carmen Pino who passed away on March 28, 2009.

passing of her father, Matthew Winslow on April 3, 2009. Condolences to Sara Zapalowski ’12 and her family on the sudden death of her father, John Zapalowski on March, 19 2009. Memorial gifts were made to Nardin Academy in his name for the High School Music Department. Condolences to Lauren Heitzhaus ‘10 and her family on the death of her grandmother in December 2008.



Katherine Gibas ’05 spent one month this past summer in Beijing, China working for NBC Olympics, working with broadcasters Al Trautwig, Tim Daggett, Elfie Schlegel and legendary gymnastics coach Bela Kyroli. Katie met gymnasts Justin Spring and Alicia Sacramone and watched Michael Phelps win the 100m Butterfly by 1/100th of a second. Katie also met Ann Curry and Meredith Viera. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in December, 2008. Katie just began a job as a reporter/video journalist at the 24 hour cable news station News 10 Now at their bureau in Watertown, NY.

Caleb Gibson, of NYC, November 29, 2008 in Buffalo NY. Kelly and Caleb met while working on a Maryland Senate race. They are both living and working in the Washington, DC area. Kelly is pictured here with her great Nardin friends, Maria Violante’00, Teri Braunschweig’00, Courtney Trego’00, Elizabeth Kabacinksi Chiappetta ‘00, Marisa Scime’00, Melissa Liakos’00, Sarah Anner’00, Jordan McCarthy’00, Bridget Quinlan’00, Jackie Lucchino’00, Cara Starosielec’00 and Jennifer Cartus’00. Kelly’s mother is the president of Nardin Academy, Marsha Joy Sullivan. (See below)

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alumni news In Memoriam Virgina May Szymkowski’37 March 4, 2009 Mary Schwab Murphy’38 January 21, 2009 Cecille Nolder Ernst’49 June 14, 2008 Prudence DiFranco Curvin’49 February 27, 2009 Mary Ann Tomasulo Maybin’53 September 8, 2008 Mary Lou Campbell’55 February 18, 2009 Camille Vacanti Carrato’63 February 13, 2009 Valerie Pongo Stevens’64 March 12, 2009 Mary Randall Musen’67 February 10, 2009 Mary McCall Jacobus’75 February 20, 2009

Correction The Nardin Today Winter 09 issue omitted our condolences to Elizabeth Santandreu ’06, Martha Santandreu’08 and Grace Santandreu’11 in the notice of the death of their grandfather, Paul Koessler. It was incorrectly stated in the Winter 2009 issue of Nardin TODAY that Natalie Grillo DeLuca passed away. Our sincere apologies to Natalie and her family.


SAVE THE DATES! Nardin Students to Exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Look for the Nardin Academy art exhibit opening at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this fall. For the first time ever, all three schools will be exhibiting selected student art work in the Education Department in the Gallery. Taking inspiration from the Masters hanging in the Gallery, Nardin students have been painting and drawing pieces to hang in the show entitled Painting Like Painters, Inspiration Renewed For The 21st Century. Art teachers Gaile Amigone, Zuzana Zacher, Mary Ann Turici, Susan Semple, and Colleen Zimmerman have been working with students this spring and will continue to perfect works for the show this fall. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has a worldwide reputation as an outstanding center of modern art. Nardin Academy, in the continual pursuit of excellence for our students, has been able to collaborate with The Gallery for this first time event! The exhibit will run from November 2009-January 2010.

Back to School Mass and Picnic Our third annual Back to School Mass and Picnic will take place on September 13, 2009, at Elma Meadows Park. Everyone is invited, including all students, faculty, and parents! The festivities will begin with an Outdoor Mass followed by a delicious picnic lunch. Check the website next Fall for updates and times!

Giving to Nardin These are ways you can contribute to Nardin Academy.Your partnership with us ensures that we can continue to offer one of the best educational experiences in the region. You may send an undesignated contribution to our Annual Fund, donate to a Scholarship Fund, give a memorial gift, or a gift in honor of someone. There are many ways to give. Whatever your investment, we thank you for making Nardin your charitable priority.

Payment options: 1. Donate Online at 2. Use the enclosed envelope 3. Mail a check to: Nardin Academy Annual Fund 135 Cleveland Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 4. Call: Carol Dambmann Director of Annual Giving 716.881.6262 ext. 1100

Ways to Give: Annual Fund Give in any amount or at one of the Giving Levels below. Leadership Society $10,000 and above Adelaide de Cice’ Circle $5,000 and above The 1857 Society $2500 and above President’s Circle $1,000 and above Miss Nardin’s Circle $500 and above Green and White Club $250 and above Century Club $100 and above Loyalty Gift under $100 Scholarship and Endowed Scholarship Giving: Please give in any amount. These programs provide tuition awards to deserving students. These programs are gift programs because they give the wonderful, priceless gift of a Nardin education.You may give to any one of these scholarship funds. All scholarships are listed online at Memorial Gifts Honorary Gifts

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MISSION STATEMENT Nardin Academy is a Catholic Independent school which prepares the individual for life by providing a well-rounded education, by helping each student realize his or her own potential and develop a love of learning, and by instilling moral values in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Nardin Today June 2009  

The monthly newsletter for Nardin Academy