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Message from the President Commencement Alumni Spotlight Connected Learning Campus Update Class Notes Alumni Relations Special Gifts Annual Fund Sports

Board of Trustees Approves Project

Making the Center for Creative and Applied Arts a Reality



A glass gallery runs along the entire front of the Center.

asell is an institution with a history of innovation — continually changing and growing to meet the needs of its student population. Currently the College’s student enrollment is at its highest peak, despite the current economic climate. But, with burgeoning enrollment comes the critical need for more classroom and faculty office space.

and Cultural Center for other uses. The two buildings will be the hub of the arts on the campus.

The Center for Creative and Applied Arts will be located immediately adjacent to the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center. Its construction has been under consideration for some time and is listed as a priority in the College’s Strategic Plan.

• Two smaller classrooms

“The cost of the project is relatively modest,” explains President Michael Alexander, “but it will have a great impact on students, faculty, and the academic program.” The opening of the Center will immediately give Lasell’s largest academic department, Fashion Design and Merchandising, much needed studio and classroom space. It will advance studies in the arts, music, and drama at the College by not only providing new space but also by freeing up the classrooms in the Yamawaki Art

The Center will contain over 19,000 square feet and will specifically add the following spaces to the Lasell facility inventory: • Four large studios for fashion design, studio art, or music courses

• Seventeen faculty offices • Gallery exhibition space • A display and climate controlled storage area for the College’s Historical Clothing Collection

The building has already received approval from the Auburndale Historic District Commission and is proceeding through the City’s normal zoning and building approval processes. “The project makes sense from a thousand perspectives,” says Director of Development Katharine Urner-Jones. “It will not only give our arts programs much needed space but, via the domino effect, it will free up other space across campus and enable the College to place related departments close to each other. The Center is not a nice-to-have. It’s a have-to-have.” ❦

• Conference rooms • A carpentry shop

The north side of the Center faces and completes the Bragdon quad.

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Lasell College Recognized in Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For Survey


asell College has been recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For® program in the Teaching Environment category. One hundred and fifty colleges were recognized in the results of the publication’s second annual survey, announced in a special supplement of The Chronicle on July 6, 2009. The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For® program recognizes small groups of colleges (based on enrollment size) for specific best practices and policies, such as compensation and benefits, faculty administration relations, and confidence in senior leadership. More than 300 four- and two-year colleges competed in this year’s program, and 247 went through the entire survey process this spring. ❦

This issue highlights artists Sandra Beraha ’78 and Livy Hitchcock ’68

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Message from the President

Dear Lasell Community, Once again the excitement on campus is palpable as we start the Fall semester. While we welcome the largest class of first-year students in our history, we are also delighted to have 130 more returning students than ever before. This excitement takes tangible form in the opening of two new residence halls — named East and West Halls — on Woodland Road between Forest Avenue and Studio Road. They form a quadrangle with Van Winkle and McClelland Halls that creates a dramatic interior courtyard, the likes of which we have not seen before on our Michael B. Alexander. campus. Now that the east end of campus has six residence halls on one block, we have added a brand new fitness facility in McClelland Hall that augments the facility in the Edwards Student Center. These are just a few, among many, indicators of the health and vitality of Lasell College. For example, in a year when most colleges were delighted if their Annual Fund was equal to the year before, our Annual Fund ended up 19% ahead of last year’s amount. We achieved this felicitous result because of the leadership of Trustee Adelaide Van Winkle ’36/H’96, who created the Van Winkle Annual Fund Challenge, which matched increases in gifts over contributions from the prior year. The challenge did its job: it stimulated our loyal and dedicated alumni and donors to reach a little deeper, even in these difficult economic times, and make somewhat larger gifts than they had in the past. Therefore, even though the number of donations was down a bit from the previous year, total giving to the Annual Fund was up significantly. With our enrollment increasing from year to year, and slated to increase again next year, it has created other needs on our campus for larger classroom space, faculty offices, and even storage space. As called for in the Strategic Plan we developed in October 2007, the next project on the boards is the Center for Creative and Applied Arts, a project that involves the renovation of the two older buildings next to the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center into one modern classroom and office building that would overlook the Campus Center quad (see article on page 1). For a relatively modest cost, the Center for Creative and Applied Arts would provide strategic value on several fronts. From an operational point of view, it would provide much-needed space for our largest academic program — Fashion Design and Merchandising; it would free up space in Yamawaki for art studios and music rehearsals; it could provide a new home for the graphic design department in Yamawaki; in fact, it would have a domino effect throughout the campus that would allow us to move departments and faculty members into areas where they will be adjacent to appropriate colleagues in their various departments. From an academic and extracurricular point of view, the Center for Creative and Applied Arts will support the revitalization of art, drama, and music programs at Lasell College. These programs, while active and growing, are not as strong as some of our alumni remember them from the past. We are determined to regain the prominence for the arts both within and outside of the curriculum, and this project will be a major step in helping us to do so. From a financial point of view, if we are able to raise the money for the Center for Creative and Applied Arts, it will position us to move forward strongly not only with our strategic plan, but with some of the future facilities projects contemplated by the Campus Master Plan, which our Trustees approved in the Fall of 2008. None of this progress would be possible without the loyalty and support of our alumni. We will be asking you for your help again to make the Center for Creative and Applied Arts a reality. Please consider making a pledge toward this project in addition to your Annual Fund support to keep moving Lasell forward to new levels of excellence in our drive to develop the intellectual potential and personal character of each Lasell student. Sincerely,

Michael B. Alexander President


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Lasell College Announces Appointment of New Overseers Sally M. Andrews is a healthcare and educational administrator with more than 30 years experience in the Boston academic community. Since 2002, she has been the executive director of the Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center and Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies. In that capacity, she is responsible for all strategic planning and operational and financial management of the organization. For over 22 years, Sally worked at Children’s Hospital Boston, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated academic institution, finishing her career there as vice chairman for administration and chief administrative officer for the Department of Medicine. She joined Lasell’s Board of Overseers in 1993, became a trustee in 2001, and now returns to the Board of Overseers. In 2006, she served as the chair of the College’s Transition Planning Committee and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Lasell Village. At Lasell, Urit Chaimovitz ‘98 developed a zeal for social justice and community service. Upon graduation, she worked at Project Hope and Crittendon Hastings House, two Boston-area social service organizations, focusing on women’s health issues and teen parents. In 2001, Urit joined C & J Katz Studio in Boston where she contributed to a broad range of design projects, though her particular focus and love was residential design. In 2006, Urit established her own design firm, focusing on interiors, events, and visual merchandising. She was also the Visual Merchandising Coordinator in both the New England and New York regions for Tiffany & Co. Urit has maintained a strong connection to her alma mater, serving on the Lasell College Board of Management as committee chair and president until the end of June 2009. Felice Gordis joined the Lasell College faculty in the fall of 1993. In1999, she was appointed Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, a position which she held through the end of the 2007/2008 academic year. As Department Chair, she excelled in integrating advocacy for the interests

of her faculty with both efficiency in departmental operations and the vigorous promotion of new departmental and institutional initiatives, many of which have become prototypes of excellence for all departments. Dr. Gordis was awarded the Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1970. She retired from Lasell in May 2009 and received the distinction of Professor Emerita. On July 1, 2009, Dr. Robert H. Huntington became the fourteenth president of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Enterprise Support Services for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., a company he worked with for more than 22 years. Rob is a former member of both Lasell’s Board of Overseers and Business Program Advisory Board. In 1998, he was elected to the Board of Trustees where he served as the Chairman of the Institutional Advancement Committee. He also served as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and was a member of the Presidential Search Committee. Rob received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Middlebury College, an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School, and his doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Laura T. Jensen ’61 is Principal/Owner of L/J Consultants, specialists in non-profit executive search. Prior to starting her own business, she was Vice President of Percom, Inc., consultants to non-profit management specializing in human resource and organization development interventions. Laura also served in the capacities of Director of Training and Development, Director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer and Manpower Coordinator for the American Cancer Society. In addition, she held the position of Director of Public Affairs for the Leukemia Society of America. She is a memoirist and writer of creative non-fiction and her work has been published in several literary magazines and the San Francisco Writers’ Conference Anthology. Laura has served as Reunion Coordinator for her class at Lasell and she is a member of the Heritage Society.

Commencement Lasell Holds 155th Commencement

Speaker Marian Heard Tells Graduates to Focus on Excellence

New Overseers Appointed continued from page 2 Chester K. Lasell spent 37 years in the public relations/ communications business with major corporations and agencies and educational institutions before retiring in 1998. His last positions were Vice President of Corporate Communications for Deere & Company and Director of Alumni Relations for Williams College. He received a B.A. from Williams in 1958 and an M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1959. He continues to be active in supporting the institutions from which he graduated. He is president of his class at Williams and served as co-chair of his 50th Reunion, where Williams honored him with its top award for alumni service, the Rogerson Cup. A 1954 graduate of Pomfret School, Chet served two terms as a Trustee and was president of the school’s Alumni Association from 2005 to 2007. He led the fundraising effort that resulted in the Chester H. Lasell Alumni House being opened in 2001 in honor of his late father. He also established the Lasell Visiting Alumni Program there. In 2008, he received the school’s Olmsted Award for “distinguished, sustained, and dedicated” service. Chet is active in community affairs, including service on the Advisory Board of the Indian River Neighborhood Association in Vero Beach, FL. He is the great, great nephew of Edward Lasell. Dominic F. (Nick) Mammola, P’11 is the father of Kirsten Mammola ‘11, a Criminal Justice major. Nick is a founding partner, Executive Vice-President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Stoneacre, Inc., in Lynnfield, MA and Charlotte, NC, a venture backed, early stage company and platform for affinity marketing and customer loyalty programs for major consumer brands, affinity groups and sports and entertainment properties. Prior to this position, Nick was the Co-Founder and Principal of Kingside Partners, LLC, in Lexington, MA, a consulting firm providing advisory and executive management services to underperforming mid-market companies. Nick has held multiple board memberships in private and public companies. He received his M.B.A. from Suffolk University and his B.S. from Boston College.

Since 2005, Sharyn Neble has served on the Board of the Boston Public Library Foundation and currently serves as the Vice Chair as well as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. Previously, she served as Finance, Audit, and Investment Chair and as Development Chair. She also serves on the Finance and Audit Committee for the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library. Sharyn served for four years on the Board of Trustees of the Conservatory Lab Charter School. She was a Board member and CEO of a sheltered workshop serving 500 special abilities clients annually. Sharyn was the CEO and Board member of a consumer products company for 14 years. She is an alumna of Skidmore College. Lisa Vasiloff is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Birthday Wishes, Inc., a charity that brings birthday parties to homeless children in Central and Eastern, Massachusetts. From 1992 until 2005, Lisa co-managed a Japanese bookstore in Cambridge, MA. Prior to opening the bookstore, Lisa spent four years at the Japan Society of Boston, first as Program Director, and later as Director of Development. In this capacity, Lisa organized cultural and educational events, managed fundraising and public relations activities, and produced the Society’s annual reports and monthly newsletters. She has worked with Lasell students on community service projects through her Birthday Wishes, Inc. Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in History from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. ❦


ommencement speaker Marian L. Heard, President and CEO of Oxen Hill Partners, which specializes in leadership development programs, and former head of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and United Ways of New England, delivered an energetic and passionate speech that encouraged the graduates to focus on excellence and progress in their lives and careers. “You can’t dream of the sacrifices the people here have made to get you to this point. Remember who you are and treat people with dignity. People will remember you for how you made them feel,” said Heard, who also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College. Heard went on to acknowledge the difficult economy that the graduates face as they begin their careers. A strong advocate of volunteer service, Heard congratulated those who have already found jobs and encouraged those who haven't yet landed one to volunteer.

Marian Heard addresses the Lasell graduates.

She also told the graduates that there are three traits of people who will succeed: “those who are well trained, those who are willing to be re-trained, and those who have a flexible personality.” Heard concluded with advice to the Class of 2009 to never make promises they can’t keep, to acknowledge the support others have given them, and to have a winning attitude that is mindful of progress and excellence — not just success. ❦

Professor Emerita, Psychology For her 16 years of exemplary leadership on the Lasell faculty and her masterful teaching that embodies a deep care for and commitment to the College’s students and their success, the Board of Trustees bestowed Dr. Felice Gordis with the designation of Professor Emerita, Psychology (see story p. 22).

Recipients of Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

Through a period of continuous growth, Director of Plant Operations and Public Safety Tom Koerber has guided the College.

As Registrar of the College, Dianne Polizzi exhibits constant concern for student welfare and success.

Accounting Professor Richard Frederics is a leader among faculty in classroom-based connected learning techniques.

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Alumni Spotlight

Alumni in the Arts

The Renaissance of the Senses

Responding to Columbine Loss

Latin American Master Artist Sandra Beraha ’78: Jungle Picassa

Livy Hitchcock ’68 Gifts Portraits to Families

“The only way I know how to share who I am is to share how I am,” says Ecuadorian artist Sandra Beraha ‘78. Sandra Beraha ’78. “To have been born gifted is a fantastic journey and I am grateful. For me, being an artist is devotion, passion, giving it all. My life has been mystical, mythical, and magical.” Known for her visionary paintings that are full of color and light, Sandra has been producing art since she was four. She also started photography at an early age which she gifts to us now with her camera art and her digital canvases. She is a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She can also count among her many talents being a writer and international published poet, a mathematician, and an amazing creative chef who has written seven imaginative cook books which are in the process of being edited and illustrated. And, she is the mother of two daughters. Sandra’s paintings and exhibits have received much praise from the art world. Fellow artist and fine art photographer Matthew John George says, “Sandra is one of the most successful Latin American female painters. Her work scintillates with light. Her paintings are imbued with a spirit full of passion and compassion, they express the finest qualities of humanity: respect, reverence, love, and beauty. They are true visions of Utopia.

“She creates her work in a dream-state, using the materials as if they were extensions of her body, mind, and spirit,” he continues. “You are invited into her visions which exist in a place and time of their own.” In addition, Maestro José Caballero Saguero, European Spanish Master, says of her: “You are fraught with heart and talent. You are a star, brilliant and colossal. Your paintings, acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors, digital paintings, are so far from the ‘sentimental’ with a purity so unbelievable…You’re a Jungle Picassa.” Sandra puts her whole being into her creations. “My paintings are music, adagios, concertos, symphonies,” she says. “I am honored to be called The Zen Impressionist of the XXI Century. I am a painter of light.” Despite the rheumatoid arthritis that has brought her much pain, Sandra’s spirit is strong and undaunted. “I never forget real life. The pain reminds me that I am human. It has taught me compassion, understanding, and patience. It has taught me to appreciate every instant of life,” she says. The chores and bustle of each day are part of who she is. “So many things are always happening. I am a mother of two beautiful girls and am running a wild household that includes an animal kingdom — three dogs, Miss Bunny, and Senor Tortuga. I can feel overworked, but it is so much fun.” Sandra credits her years at Lasell for awakening her senses to the seasons. “It is where I met autumn for the first time. The reds and oranges placed a spell on me. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall — New England is the music I hear from my young beautiful years at Lasell.“ It is a music that has never stopped. “Art is an arrow that hits you in the center of the heart, and it hits you in the center of your mind,” she says. “I hear the Universe! It explodes inside of me and comes through each piece. I am Art. Art is my life.” ❦ Artist’s Bibliography: Matthew John George José Caballero Salguero

A self-portrait by Sandra Beraha ’78.

To see Sandra’s work, visit


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Livy Hitchcock ’68.

For the past ten years, artist and gallery owner Livy Hitchcock ’68 has been creating pastel portraits of the 12 students who were shot at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. She has given them to the victims’ families in the hopes that the paintings will help them with their loss. Below she talks about this heartfelt and generous undertaking. What inspired you to do this project? After watching the horrifying coverage of the Columbine shootings with my daughter, who was 18 at the time, I couldn’t stop thinking about what could be done for these families to ease their pain. I had been painting portraits for over 25 years at that point and, as many of these people had passed on, I knew that such an offer would be helpful to the families as they dealt with their grief. How did you make contact with the families? The day after the tragedy I phoned a friend in Colorado who gave me the Hotline number for the Columbine families. I called and left a message, saying that I wanted to offer a portrait of the 12 students and the teacher who had been killed as a gift to their families. The very first response came two months after the tragedy. It was just a note, with a number to call. Did you have an idea of what the settings for the portraits would be? When I called the Bernall family, they sent me two photos. One of Cassie putting on lipstick and one of her as a baby holding on to a tree her father planted for her. They wanted to know if I could combine the two photos! So that is how I started doing the portraits with each student at both the age they were killed and their younger self. Did the project immediately snowball? In the first two years after the shootings I painted four portraits. Then I went to Littleton and stayed with friends. They hosted a party for the families so I could meet those I had painted the portraits for and also meet with the other families to discuss their portraits. Seventeen people came and I met most of the families. They stayed for five hours, had dessert and four pots of coffee, and I looked at photos they had brought. The parents must be so moved when they receive your portraits. Can you share some of their reactions? The parents’ responses have all been touching. Dee Fleming, whose daughter Kelly was killed, said, “The portrait is such a comfort. It’s calming. I know that Kelly’s not here anymore, but it makes me feel like she is.” I was also told that Doreen Tomlin was afraid to open her son John’s portrait

because she was worried that it wouldn’t look enough like him. But she said, “When I unwrapped it, there was John and his great big smile. I couldn’t believe how much was captured. I couldn’t stop staring at it.” When you graduated from Lasell, did you know that you wanted to be a portrait artist? I majored in Fashion Illustration at Lasell because I wanted to learn how to paint people, but I didn’t have portrait instruction or pastel instruction. What was extremely valuable was the three-hour life drawing classes twice a week. Aside from them, I am self-taught. So, I credit Lasell for giving me my art foundation and for offering me the opportunity to make close and lasting friendships. I want to send a special message of love to my fellow Nasonites from the class of 1968 who all watched me get my start.

To view a slide show of Livy’s Columbine portraits, go to

You and your husband now own an art gallery in St. John, Virgin Islands. How did you make that step? I have always had a connection to the Caribbean because I was born in Puerto Rico and my parents built a home in St. Croix (USVI) which they owned for 20 years. When the opportunity came to buy the Bajo el Sol Gallery in St. John we sold everything in Vermont and relocated. Our son and daughter were grown so we reasoned it was a good time to relocate. Our gallery exhibits all local art and St. John is a beautiful place to be and work. But, the Columbine portraits are the single most satisfying project of my career. It has made me feel blessed to be an artist. When I started I didn’t realize that it would take me ten years to get this far. Sometimes “good deeds” are a challenge to accomplish, but this has certainly been worth it. ❦

Connected Learning Creative Synergy Amplifies Understanding

Photobook Depicts Students’ Perceptions of Justice


hotographs truly communicate — they enhance the spoken and written word,” enthuses Criminal Justice Professor David Carlson. Since 2005, he has assigned photographic projects in several of his classes but, after a Fall 2008 sabbatical in which he studied digital imaging and the creation of e-Books, he decided to go one step further. “I asked the students in my Comparative Justice Systems class to explore the concept of justice through the use of quotations and related photographs with the objective of publishing their work by the end of the semester. They took it and ran with it and I hope the finished project will help others explore justice in new ways,” he explains. Titled The Arc of Justice: From Word to Image to Understanding, the book includes pages from all 18 students in the class. Each of them had access to a digital camera and Professor Carlson spent one class reviewing photographic principles. Two students, Brittany Ellis ’10 and Luis Simoes ‘11, took on the jobs of Artistic Director and Project Manager respectively as their Honors component projects.

Photo by Andrew Civetti ’09.

“It was very interesting to think about justice in the abstract,” says Brittany. “Some of the students found it easy to take a photo that represented their

It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert F. Kennedy 64th U.S. Attorney General

quote while others had a hard time. The whole class worked as a team on the book’s final look.” Erika McGrath ‘09 took a quote from Benjamin Franklin on freedom. “For me, when I think of freedom, I think about the beach,” she says. “One day, as I was leaving the dunes, I turned and took a photo of the boardwalk — it is calling me to walk it into the horizon. “I loved the creativity that we used to put the book together,” she continues. “I think we all got much more out of it than we would have if we had been asked to write a paper.”

summer of a set of rocks in a New Hampshire stream. When I read a paper by Professor David Hall of Northeastern University School of Law, I found a quote that was the perfect fit. The process of matching the words and images was new and exciting.” The finished product is a professional four-color book that was put together using the Blurb creative publishing service. “The project raised the level of intellectual and social synergy among the students through their individual, collaborative, and creative contributions in the area of Justice Studies. This is the measure of its true success,” says Professor Carlson. ❦

Scott Kennedy ‘09 had the photo before he chose the quote. “I was very pleased with a shot I had taken last

Running along the pathways of justice is a quiet personal stream from which each of us must drink daily. This stream is known by different names, it flows in different directions but it ultimately springs from a source of divine inspiration and peace. David Hall Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law Photo by Scott Kennedy ’09.

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Connected Learning

Off to Paris This June, for the first time, Lasell Fashion Design and Merchandising students were offered the opportunity to travel to Paris for two weeks to study French culture and the French/European fashion industry. Organized by Professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, chair of the Fashion Department, in conjunction with the Paris American Academy, the students participated in a combination of lecture, hands-on workshops, and field practice. Below, Erin Pitts ‘10 and Andrea Imperato ‘10 share some of their experiences.

Parisian Reflections by Andrea Imperato ’10


t’s still difficult to grasp that only weeks ago, 16 other students and I were studying at the Paris American Academy. Just when we had become accustomed to our neighborhood in the 5th Arrondissement near the Luxembourg Gardens, were master navigators of the Metro, and could finally muster up some decent conversational French, we were back at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Our 15 day adventure went by so rapidly!

Behind the scene at the Damir Doma Show.

As Fashion Design and Merchandising majors, our group was aware of the importance of Paris as a fashion capital. However, the experiences of this brief study abroad session truly allowed us to understand first-hand how deeply fashion is embedded in both the French culture and economy. During our time at the Paris American Academy, we were introduced to several young professionals who worked for established designers such as Dior and Anne Valerie Hash, as well as the prominent trend forecaster Trend Union. Many of our new acquaintances were branching out to create their own collections, which was truly inspiring. It was so refreshing to see young people succeed in this competitive industry, especially considering fashion’s recent battles against economic recessions. These introductions also allowed us to make many networking contacts, which we will no doubt reference come graduation.


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While it is grueling to narrow down the many highlights of our adventure, I personally found working as habilleurs (dressers) for three fashion shows to be the most exciting and educational aspect of the trip. Our group had the extreme good fortune of being in Paris during the Parisian Menswear Fashion Week, and was invited to dress for three different designers’ Spring/ Summer 2010 shows: Tim Hamilton, Damir Doma, and Songzio. Although most of us have had experience working on the Lasell Runway shows, being a part of a professional production was completely surreal! It really helped us comprehend the way fashion productions function. It was also amazing to see first-hand what the upcoming trends in menswear will be (be on the look-out for lounge tights for men!), as well as see the different creative perspectives of American, European, and Asian designers. We were even a part of fashion history, dressing for Tim Hamilton’s first-ever fashion show! I simply can’t imagine being able to have such phenomenal resume builders without this trip. In addition to viewing collections of contemporary designers, our group was given private tours of the Pierre Cardin Museum and the YSL Foundation Archives. We had the opportunity of seeing the most notable pieces from these designers throughout their careers, including garments that were only made for private clients rather than for regular collections. A personal highlight for me was being able to meet the curator of the Pierre Cardin Museum, who was once one of the designer’s models in the 1960s. From start to finish, our trip was nothing short of outstanding. It’s almost as though our two-week journey was a fantasy. But nothing can erase the endless number of incredible memories from our time in the fashion capital of the world. For sure, we will always have Paris! ❦

Standing amongst the menswear garments at the Damir Doma Show are (L to R) Renee Clarke ’10, Amanda Erickson ’12, and Rhonda Jaber ‘12. Photo by Andrea Imperato ’10.

The Sights and Styles of Paris by Erin Pitts ’10


he stark white façade and overwhelming architecture of the Sacre Coeur, the basilica that looks out over all of Paris, was for me one of the most memorable sites we visited on the trip. Located on Montemarte, a hill that reaches the height of 130 meters, the view of the city is amazing. I had seen countless pictures of it, but nothing compares to the moment when I first looked up and saw it staring back at me. People cover the stairs that lead up the hill, and there are performers dancing, playing music, and doing tricks to entertain all, which added to the excitement of the moment. Not only is its outside appearance amazing, the inside is equally as inspiring — the grand painting just above the altar and the stained glass panels in the windows. It holds a special place among all my incredible memories of Paris. In addition to the breathtaking sights, there were numerous lectures and hands-on experiences that we couldn’t have found anywhere but Paris. As a design student, the most touching and educating experience I had was working with Madame Picot, a leading figure in the French haute couture industry. She worked hand-in-hand with Madame Gres (1903-1993), a pleating and draping innovator of her time, and she shared her personal story about working with this legendary figure, as well as many photographs, sketches, and small couture samples. After her lecture, the design students were given a hands-on demonstration of the intricate pleating technique used by Madame Gres. Each of us, including

Under Madam Picot’s watchful eyes, Erin Pitts ’10 tries out the pleating technique for herself.

Professors Lynn Blake, Maritza Farrell, and Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, got to create a pleated leaf. It was a long process as we had to measure and pin very small and delicate pleats. What made it more challenging and fun was that Madame Picot doesn’t speak any English and there was no translator available. It was up to us to communicate through motions and attentive listening to fully understand her instructions. I still can’t believe I was given the opportunity to work with her. It was inspiring and motivating to learn a technique from someone who has perfected it and, hopefully one day, I will be able to perfect it myself. There are so many ways to create new shapes and fits by using small detailing methods. Needless to say, I am very excited to see what Paris-inspired creations this year’s Lasell fashion show will hold! ❦

Connected Learning Searching for a Lost Brother

Lasell Community Helps One of Its Own


he story of Sudan’s Lost Boys is tragic, but when that story hit close to home for the Lasell community last spring — then tragedy turned to hope. In May, Kuol Acuek ‘09, began to share his personal story about his experiences as one of Sudan’s Lost Boys and his desire to find his younger brother — who is still there. Kuol hoped that by sharing his story with the media he could raise funds to return to his homeland over the summer. After hearing Kuol’s story, two Lasell students, Rachael Simmons ’10 and Amanda Keefe ‘10, immediately went into action and collected more than $650 from fellow students in three days. They said that many were friendly with him during his four years at Lasell, but few knew what he had endured before he came to the campus. “We couldn’t believe his story,” said Rachael. “There was an instant outpouring of support.”

Kuol’s reunion with his brother Geu (L).

Then, Lasell’s Health Director, Ann Sherman, and her husband Stephen, gave Kuol the boost he needed to make the trip. The Shermans helped him make up the difference between what he had raised and his goal — $10,000. With the Shermans’ generosity, the students’ efforts, a donation from a Lasell Village resident, and other contributions secured by Lasell’s Institutional Advancement Office, Kuol purchased his airline ticket. He began his two-month-long trip to his country and his search for his younger brother on May 30. Kuol returned to the U.S. in July with a story of success. He not only found his brother, after three weeks of visits to his village, but he also located his mother, uncles, and learned that his family had expanded. His next step is to find a job locally and try to return to his family as soon as he can. ❦

(L) Rachael Simmons ’10 and Amanda Keefe ’10 (R) hand Kuol Acuek ‘09 a check that helped him to travel to Sudan.

Learning the Ropes

Two Students Participate in First-Ever U.S. Marshals Summer Internship had active warrants for 13 people. “But, the internship hasn’t all been action-packed,” says Tristen. “We have spent a lot of time in court and have dealt with quite a bit of paperwork. We were hoping that we would learn more about defensive tactics and have some time with weapons training, but that hasn’t happened yet.”

Inspired by Italian Exhibit

Hats Off to the Creations of Accessories Design Class

(L to R) Groundbreakers Cindy Puerta-Ordonez ‘13 and Tristen Racine ‘10.



he Larz Anderson Auto Museum may be considered an odd place for millinery inspiration but its exhibit, “Passion, Design, Performance: The Art of Italian Style” was the source of a great amount of creativity for 24 students from Fashion Professor Anne Vallely’s Accessories Design class. The exhibit showcased all things Italian, from cars to accessories and garments from the Lasell Historical Clothing Collection and it kindled the students’ imagination. The extraordinary results

were modeled by Lasell students at a runway show that was organized by Fashion Merchandising students taking Visual Promotion. “Combining fashion and automobiles was new territory for the museum and we were complimented to be asked to be part of it and to be able to have both our Fashion and Merchandising students draw from it,” says Professor Vallely. “It was a truly unique connected learning experience.” ❦

Lasell models wait to show the unique and cutting edge hats.

ugitive apprehension, the witness protection program, world travel — these are all part of the job description of a U.S. Marshal. If there is an unprecedented event, this is the law enforcement agency that is called. This summer, for the first time, a summer internship program was offered for students considering joining the department. Two Lasell Criminal Justice majors, Tristen Racine ’10 and Cindy Puerta-Ordonez ’13, jumped at the opportunity and sent in their resumes. Both were accepted and were the only two females to be so. “I saw it as a great opportunity to get a feel for the job — the hours, the pace, the work load,” says Tristen Racine ’10. When the two began, they found themselves working 40 to 50 hours a week. “Once we had to get up at 3:30 a.m. in order to arrive at a site where an arrest was being made,” says Cindy. “We stood outside as the officers went in after an attempted murder suspect — we got to see it all.” The busiest day the two had was when the officers they were accompanying

The two have received a fair amount of physical training. “It’s given us a taste of what kind of shape we would have to be in for the job,” continues Tristen. “Because we are the only female interns, we’ve done extra weight training for our arms besides working on cardio and push-ups with the others.”

“It’s made us think about all the responsibilities that go along with being a law enforcement agent,” says Cindy. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Can I picture doing this every day?’” — Cindy Puerta-Ordonez ’13

Over the summer, both students applied for the Federal Career Internship Program (FCIP), a two-year paid internship that could lead to acceptance at the Academy. “Since Tristen will be graduating in May, she would be affected immediately if accepted,” says Cindy. “I’m not sure I would be able to do it while I’m a full-time student, but I didn’t want to let any chance slip by. Our summer internship has answered a lot of questions and we’re both waiting to see what happens next.” ❦

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Connected Learning Trash can be Treasure

Honors Leadership Class Collects Move-Out “Garbage”


e are hoping to collect a ton of trash,” says Sarah Turnage ’11 as she picked up a bag filled with clothing. “As students depart for the summer they leave behind an enormous amount of stuff. They never take the time to think about the people who could really use their discards.” Sarah is a member of Environmental Science Professor Michael Daley’s Honors Leadership and Social Justice class. “We had a ‘green’ focus and I asked my students to come up with projects that revolved around environmental sustainability,” Professor Daley says. “Sarah’s proposal of collecting end-of-semester student ‘garbage’ was one that the whole class got behind. It tied in perfectly with Lasell’s goal of reducing solid waste on campus.” “Last year my roommate and I threw out so much,” recalls Sarah. “If we’d had a place to put it we would have been happy to donate it and not just produce waste. I learned of an organization that operates on other

campuses called ‘Dump & Run.’ It collects items that students no longer have use for and takes the dollars the ‘trash’ generates and donates the money to environmental and social groups. I thought we could do the same thing, just on a smaller scale.” Sarah pitched her idea to President Alexander, Vice President for Business and Finance Michael Hoyle, and Director of Plant Operations Tom Koerber, and they endorsed it enthusiastically. “It is something that we had been thinking of,” says Tom, “and Linda Williams ‘06, Lasell’s plant operations administrative assistant, and I were delighted to help out and coordinate the project.” The class put up posters around campus to advertise the castoff collection and donation barrels were set out in four campus locations. “The drive went on for two weeks and we collected 475 pounds of clothing! We were pleased to donated it to Big Brothers Big Sisters,” says Professor Daley. ❦

Fashion Design Major Sole Recipient

Alyssa Fetera ’10 Wins International Scholarship Competition were applying from all around the world I wasn’t expecting the letter that informed me that I was the winner. I feel so privileged to have been recognized.” Alyssa is a student who lets no moss grow under her feet. This past year she was selected to design and create an evening dress for Project Prom, which she did outside of class on her own time. As a senior, she will not only be working on her collection but also has an internship at the Boston Ballet. Alyssa Fetera ’10.


eceiving an award scholarship is always an honor, but to be the only recipient of a scholarship that is open to students internationally makes it much more so. “I applied for the American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) Foundation Color Solutions International Textile & Apparel Design Scholarship at the suggestion of Fashion Department Chair Mary Ruppert-Stroescu,” says Alyssa Fetera ’10, “but since I knew people


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“I’ve always danced, so I’m really excited about being surrounded by the excitement of the ballet productions. I’ll be sewing and making alterations to costumes while absorbing everything. After graduation one of the things on my wish list is to travel to Hollywood and make costumes, so this will be great experience. But, first things first. Right now I’m concentrating on my senior collection and thrilled to be the AATCC scholarship recipient.” ❦

The Trash Team: (L to R) Alli Huhtala ‘10, Fallon Castor ‘11, Jessie Glod ‘11, Josh Martinez ‘11, Sarah Trunage ‘11 (front), Angela Fox ‘11 (back), Livia Tsakiris-Alston ‘11, Kate Lyons ‘11 (front), Jessica West ‘11, Elisa Bronstein ‘11, and Aaron Paniccia ‘11.

From Research Project to Conference Presentation By Kaitlin Harris ’10


hen Dr. Marsha Mirkin approached me to become a part of an ongoing research team to help raise campus awareness surrounding the student immigrant experience, I immediately hopped on board. The study originated in the wake of a Student Voices Panel where immigrant students discussed their family, and educational and social experiences. A team was then created to conduct research to compare the experiences and viewpoints of immigrant and non-immigrant students. Another panel was held in the fall of 2008 and the process was repeated. Joining me on this second research team were Cate Near ‘09 and Danielle Roux ‘09. We created a new student survey and, with the Institutional Review Board’s approval, we distributed them to several classes across campus. We took the data that we collected and gathered our results. With our research done, we decided to submit it to the Association of Women in Psychology (AWP) conference in Newport, RI and we were very excited when we learned that we had been selected and would be part of an hour and

Kaitlin Harris ’10, Cate Near ’09, and Danielle Roux ’09 hold the poster they created for the Association of Women in Psychology Conference.

half poster session. We got busy with our preparations, deciding what we were going to say. Each of us took a different section. Cate took the abstract, I took the discussion, and Danielle compiled the results. With Dr. Mirkin, we all worked on the introduction and methods section. None of us had presented for this long and we were all very nervous. To our surprise, the conference was very laid back. We spoke with many professionals in the field including Rhoda Unger, a pioneer in women’s psychology. We were even asked to submit our work to be published. We walked into the conference with hundreds of people, feeling nervous and unprepared but we walked out with confidence that our research mattered and that we were the ones who made it all happen. This fall I am going to continue research with Dr. Mirkin but with a new topic. I am leaning towards a survey on women’s issues and I’m excited to start this undertaking. The experience I have gained has made me comfortable in my own ideas and I am ready to tackle a new project as a senior. ❦

Connected Learning Raising Money for Disadvantaged Women

First Annual Fashion & Service Society Fundraiser


here’s a new club on campus with an inspiring mission: The Fashion & Service Society. Its members are all fashion majors who want to use their talents to raise funds and awareness for charitable organizations. The club may be in its infancy, but the group is focused and determined. Americorps* Vista Volunteer Nyndia Diligent ’08, who was a Fashion Design major as an undergraduate, serves as the club’s advisor. “Once the idea of using fashion for a charitable end was put out there, I was amazed at how many students responded. A slate of officers was elected, the group started meeting once a week, and the ball was rolling.” For a first project, the group decided to hold a fashion show in the spring and donate the proceeds to Dress for Success, a not-for-profit that provides professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to disadvantaged women seeking jobs. “We sent a proposal to the Student Government Association and were given a stipend which we used for decorations and to purchase a great raffle item,” says Club President Dana Martin ’09. “But, as we proceeded we found that there are a lot of details that go into planning an event of this sort. It was our first time out and it was stressful!”

On the day of the show there were no signs of anxiety — just a sense of purpose. A colorful runway was created in the front of the Yamawaki auditorium, fun candy decorations were sprinkled about, student-baked cupcake refreshments were laid out, and 10 models were preparing to wear 30 outfits. “Nyndia had contacted Sparklle Thames ’06, an alum who was a featured designer in last fall’s Boston Fashion Expose (see story p. 24),” says Dana. “For the show, she willingly leant us pieces from her ready-to-wear line as well as a selection of her signature boned, constructed bodices. For the other two sections we modeled clothes from LF Stores and presented resort wear garments.” “The evening was a fantastic first Club effort,” exudes Nyndia. “We were pleased to raise money for Dress for Success and we’re already thinking about what we want to do next. We welcome anyone in the Lasell community, whether current or past, to join us in our fashion/service endeavors.” ❦

Benefit for Multiple Sclerosis

Fashion Promotion Students Volunteer at Glow and Behold Ball


vents don’t run smoothly without a willing and able crew, and the students in Professor Anne Vallely’s Fashion Promotion class did an outstanding job of decorating and staffing the Glow and Behold Ball that benefits the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis at the Boston Ritz Carlton. “It was a fun way to do community service,” recalls Vicky Anson ‘09. “We worked hard and everyone looked amazing. It was great to be a part of this celebration of fashion, especially for the purpose of promoting such an important cause.” ❦

Lasell models wear designs by Sparklle Thames ’06.

Seeing the Struggles, Hearing the Stories

Nicaragua Trip a Reality Check for Participants


he trip was utterly awe-inspiring and opened new avenues for my mind and heart,” exudes Amanda Miller ’09, one of the nine students who headed to Nicaragua on Lasell’s second annual service trip. “What I experienced took me out of my comfort zone. I was uneasy and scared until I got a hug from a little seven-year-old girl. Then I didn’t want to leave.” The group works in concert with the Biblioteca in San Juan del Sur and its Proyecto Movil, which make books available to the residents of the town and the surrounding rural communities. They also spend time with Fidel Pavon at the Workshop for Appropriate Technology, focusing on public health outreach and, in particular, the use of water filters. “It was wonderful to return and work with the same partners,” says Director and Lasell Librarian Lydia Pittman. “They are inspiring. We don’t want to be in a bubble when we’re down there. They understand our mission.”

Kayla McKenna ’09 wields a pick axe as the group works to build a road.

Valentina Hernandez ‘09 was the only Spanish speaking student and she served as the translator. “There were just 20 families there, with people from the ages of one to 80, living in this totally deserted, beautiful countryside. They cook over an open fire and want to be secluded. They say they just need cooking oil, soap, and sugar from the outside.

“We want to learn about Nicaragua, the issues of poverty and development. We want to see what the struggles are and hear the people’s stories.”

“It was so much more than I expected,” says Demetrick Nealy ‘09. “We had one particularly incredible day when we went with Fidel to a remote village to attend a community meeting to hear feedback on the water filters they had been provided. Riding in the back of a truck, it was a three hour trip — crossing rivers, going over boulders. When we arrived, the villagers embraced us. They wanted us to understand their society.”

“The children have to walk two to three miles to school and cross a river to get there,” continues Valentina. “In the winter sometimes they can’t get across, — Lydia Pittman so they miss school. Fidel is working with partners to find out if it’s possible to build a new school or bridge. In other communities children drop out because their families can’t afford school supplies or even shoes.” “Working with the Biblioteca we saw how much value the people put on books and education. Their quest for knowledge and their determination gave me something to look up to,” says Demetrick. “It was a life-changing experience.” ❦

Nicole Belanger ‘10 carries a bouquet of balloons.

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Connected Learning Presentations Span the Gamut

Spring Symposium Week

During the week we celebrated student performance and art work, community service learning here and abroad, internships across the curriculum, writing awards, and course projects showcasing students’ curiosity, ingenuity, creativity, and passion. At Lasell College, what students are learning matters to them for a better understanding of and action within the world beyond the classroom.

Jim Ostrow Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Senior Collections Fashion Show is the week’s grand finale.

Stress and Alcohol on Campus

At the Symposium’s Student Art Award Exhibit, Dean of Undergraduate Education Stephen Bloom presents an art award certificate to Ji Eun Kim ‘11.

Talent and Imagination

Intriguing Theatre Performances


here was a buzz on campus this spring about the performances of Professor Hortense Gerardo’s Introduction to Theatre Arts class. The action art piece, “Rebel Birds,” was the first of two and the actors drew the audience in as they wove their way through Valentine Hall to their performance space in Café 1851. The second work, “…a thing with feathers,” was an interactive multi-media art piece that was performed in concert with an alternate sound scape created by students in Professor Gerardo’s Kitsch, Camp and Cheese Honors 205 class. The work consisted of a live performance and a “meta-dialogue” to which audience members could eavesdrop, via radio, from computer-generated transmissions in Café 1851. Theatre reviewers gave both a rave. The Cyber Diem Awards Night on April 30th featured four short films created over the course of the semester by students in Professor Gerardo’s Visual Anthropology class. Each 24-minute film was a representation of a 24-hour period. David Henry, Director of Programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art, was the invited adjudicator for the evening. Amy McHale ‘09 won the jury prize for Best in Show with her film, “A Drink to Remember, Another to Forget.” Winner of the Audience Choice award was Kacie Member ‘09, for her film, “La Vie D’un Danseur.” ❦

Nicole Connolly ’09 Presents Year-Long Research


or my senior internship I was very interested in doing a research project,” says Honors program Psychology major Nicole Connolly ’09, “and wanted to focus on the relationship between stress and alcohol abuse. As a Resident Assistant it is a situation that I am confronted with and I don’t think students are seeing or recognizing the patterns that I see.” During the fall, Nicole submitted her proposal to the Institutional Review Board for approval to involve students on campus in her research, constructed a questionnaire, and received permission from professors across many disciplines to administer the survey in their classes.

and over again that was experiencing the negative impact of drinking — those who belong in the external locus of control group, who believe that something outside of them, such as fate or luck, is in control,. My hope is that they saw the poster that I created for the Spring Symposium and recognized themselves.” “Nicole compiled an enormous amount of data from her research,” says Social Science Professor Cherington, who served as her advisor. “As she developed her strategies and proceeded with the project, she was really doing graduate level work. In the future, perhaps another student will want to carry her work forward and build on her report.” ❦

The results served to confirm Nicole’s hunch. “It was the same group over

The cast of “Rebel Birds” prepares to make its entrance.

(L to R) Professor Sarah Cherington and Nicole Connolly ’09 at the Spring Symposium Poster Session.


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Connected Learning Service in the Lone Star State

Alternative Spring Break Focuses on the Working Poor


or 10 Lasell students who traveled to Austin, Texas over spring break, it was a week of education, hard service work, Southwestern music, and cultural emersion. “The theme of the trip was ‘The Working Poor,’” says Dave Walsh ’10. “We worked with a wide variety of organizations, got every point of view, and, in the process, fell in love with Texas.” This is the seventh year of Lasell’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, and each has been totally different. “There has been a lot of discussion

about homelessness at the College this year, and this brought us to the topic of the working poor and what it means to be struggling,” says MACC Americorps*VISTA Nyndia Diligent ’08, who accompanied the students along with Amy Greene, Student Programs Coordinator for the Center of Community-Based Learning. “We talked about helping bridge the gap between the poor and the middle class and we zeroed in on Austin, Texas because it has a range of organizations that are focused on this issue,” Nyndia explains. The week’s program was very varied and the students spent time at eight different locations. “We worked at a food bank where we packaged items, we served meals at a homeless shelter, and we visited the Center for Public Policy Priorities where we entered into a discussion about the political aspect of homelessness,” recalls Dave.

Ready to prepare meals at Caritas are (L to R) Katelyn Gormley ‘12, Alicia Deily ‘12, MACC Americorps* Vista volunteer Nyndia Diligent ’08, Nisha Cirino ‘11, Brittanie Allen ‘11, Camella Christmas ‘11, Chelsey O’Brien ‘10, and Erica Desautels ’09.

“The homeless shelters in Austin are awesome,” says Chelsey O’Brien ’10. “We spent an entire day at ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) which is located in the middle of downtown — it’s not hidden at all. It is housed in a ‘green’ building with solar panels and a lot of natural light and it serves gourmet food. It has

Members of the “pepper” team at Austin’s Salvation Army headquarters are (L to R) Brittanie Allen ‘11, Camella Christmas ‘11, and Katherine Millette ‘09.

an uplifting feel, which contributes to the well-being of the clients.” “Everything is in one spot,” explains Alicia Deily’12. “The homeless can sleep there or use it as a day drop-in shelter, where they can shower and get email. We talked to one man who came to pick up his mail. He had gotten a job but he still used it as his base.” At Caritas, an organization that offers services to individuals and families with permanent and transitional housing issues, the group helped prepare meals for 400 people. “There was live music playing while the cooking was being done,” says Chelsey, “and there was a music festival right across the street. In fact, there was music everywhere

because our trip coincided with the South by Southwest Music Festival. We worked hard but there was a fun atmosphere all around us.” “There are more than 6,000 homeless in Austin,” says Dave. “And, because of the economy, more people are finding themselves in this position. The work we did on ASB was not only gratifying, but made me feel more of a connection to the problem.” “Once you see it, you’re into it,” Alicia concurs. “It got rid of so many of my stereotypes. We spoke with a man who writes incredible poetry. It was very moving to have the opportunity to interact with him and others.” ❦

Finding Spirituality on Campus by Amanda Miller ’09 President, Student Government Association


was pleased when Reverend Barbara Asinger, Lasell’s director of Spiritual Life, asked me to join five other students from different faiths and religious cultures on a Student Voices panel on religion. The goal of the panel was to share the role that spirituality and religion plays in our lives, both before and during college, something that I have given a lot of thought. I am a very religious person and participated in a formal way before coming to Lasell. When I arrived on campus in 2005, it was difficult for me to find ways to practice my religion or even be spiritual. I emerged myself in student activities to fill the void of God in my life. I was rapidly becoming engrossed with leadership activities on campus and forgot about my spirituality.

I welcomed the establishment of the Center for Spiritual Life and the arrival of Reverend Asinger on campus in 2007. It is a place where students can explore their values and beliefs and I was able to talk without fear of being rejected or shutdown. I realized that the two-year hiatus from my religion had driven me closer to my spirituality. Reverend Asinger did not replace my minster at home; she was simply a remarkable addition to my circle of spiritual influence. This process of losing my religion and gaining my spirituality made me a more effective and confident leader among my peers. I slowly began to realize that I was not alone on campus. There were many silent people like me who were just waiting for an avenue for dialogue to open up at Lasell. The importance of having a spiritual center on college

(L to R) Rachael Craft ‘09, Wade Gallon ‘11, and Amanda Miller ’09 chat before the panel discussion begins. Missing are Rachael Simmons ’11 and Teresa Medeiros ’12.

campuses is crucial for students’ spiritual quests to continue to thrive through the college years. One major conclusion of this panel is that people who practice their religion are “normal” — not infallible. A lot of people have very high expectations of

“religious” people. We make mistakes too and live life just as much as others do. It is almost a stereotype to think that religious people are perfect because we are not. We are making our journeys just like our fellow students. ❦

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Campus Update

Four New Full-Time Faculty Hired Dana Janbek joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Public Relations. Dana recently completed her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. She earned her M.A. in Political Science at the University of Louisville and her B.S. in Communication at Spalding University. Dana’s research focuses on terrorist use of the Internet as a media outlet and the use of technology in developing nations. She has taught Communication courses at the University of Miami, and has also served as a research assistant at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Dana has worked for the Jordanian embassy in Washington, D.C., and prior to this served as the Director of World Communities of Louisville. She is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Philip Seib of the University of Southern California/Annenberg titled “Global Terrorism and New Media: The Next Generation after Al-Qaeda.”

Michelle Niestepski joins Lasell as Assistant Professor of English. Michelle received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Rhode Island, her M.A. in English from Boston College, and her B.A. in English and Sociology from Merrimack College. Her publications and professional presentations have focused on such topics as instructor and student responses to grammatical errors in student writing, writing across the curriculum programs, and gender stereotyping in children’s media. Michelle has taught at Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island, Boston College, and Merrimack College. Most recently, she has served as Acting Director of the National Archives of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. She has also served as Co-Director of the Andover Lawrence Bread Loaf Writing Workshop.

Melissa Van Hyfte joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Event Management. Melissa recently completed her Ph.D. in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Auburn University. She received her Master’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina, and her B.S. in Recreation and Sport Management at Indiana State University. Melissa has published various articles and delivered professional presentations in such areas as wildlife tourism, hotel branding, service-learning, and international hospitality education. In addition to her teaching experience at Auburn and the University of South Carolina, Melissa has worked in the areas of Event Planning and Hotel Management.

Catharine Weiss joins Lasell as Visiting Assistant Professor of Fashion. Cathy earned her M.S. in Management at Lesley University, and she received her B.S. in International Studies from Marymount Manhattan College. Cathy has held sales and marketing management positions at Brahmin, Priscilla of Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts and she worked at Liz Claiborne Corporate in New York as Fashion Consultant and Account Executive. She has taught a variety of fashion merchandising and business courses here at Lasell, as well as at Newbury College, UMass Dartmouth, and Bay State College, where she also served as Assistant Campus Coordinator. ❦

Faculty Update

Sociology Professor and Director of the Donahue Institute Tessa LeRoux and former Director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies Mark Sciegaj co-edited a special Spring 2009 edition of the Journal of Comparative Families Studies titled “Aging: Families and Households in Global Perspective.”

Derrek L. Shulman is the new Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New England. He has been an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Science in Management Program at Lasell since 2003 and has taught traditional and online hybrid courses focusing on marketing to elders and elder care politics. At the ADL helm, Shulman is responsible for confronting and counter-acting anti-Semitism and securing fair treatment for all people. The ADL was founded in 1913 and has a rich legacy of creating local communities based on respect across the region and the country.

Assistant Professor of Communication Brian Wardyga was this year’s recipient of the Joan Howe Weber ’51 Professional Development Grant, which provides funds for faculty as they seek terminal degrees in their field. In addition to teaching, Professor Wardyga coordinates radio, television, and video academic programming at the College and is the founding director of Lasell Radio. He is pursuing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Liberty University in Virginia. ❦

Professor Derrek Shulman.

Professor Brian Wardyga.

The Student Government Thomas E.J. de Witt Spirit Award was given this year to Department Chair of Accounting/Finance Richard Frederics. He was recognized for his immense enthusiasm and his desire to help everyone succeed in the classroom. His involvement in college life beyond the classroom, including his attendance at almost every Laser event, helps him connect to the students that he cares so greatly about.

Professor Richard Frederics holds the Spirit Award.


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In June, Professor LeRoux chaired and presented a paper titled “Reflections on Feminism, Family Studies and Qualitative Methodologies” at the Conference of the Committee on Family Research of the International Sociological Association at the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities at Oslo University College in Norway.

Professor Tessa LeRoux.

Class Notes

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home care or have moved to be near their children. Seventy-seven of us have passed on. Some continue serving as volunteers and/or enjoy a variety of religious, social and physical activities. Many have kept up life-long friendships with other Lasell classmates, sharing both good and bad times. Despite various electronic devices to keep in touch, the telephone is still a favorite with most of us. As we get on in years, our phone connections and other Lasell contacts bring back thoughts of our earlier days.”

1930’s 1936 Marjorie Reed Colley writes, “I tried to attend the funeral of former classmate, Janice Remig Kelley, but my back problems were too much. My driving license is now good until 2014. I have nine great-grandchildren but only one boy.”

1940’s 1944 Gloria Boyd Major-Brown and Dottie Tobin Staffier were the sole representatives from the Class of 1944 at reunion. They have this message for their classmates: “Since graduation, we’ve been the far from silent spearhead for social fairness in many arenas — equal pay for women, civil rights, housing, education, and opening doors heretofore closed. We are women — hear us roar — we are tired. Small wonder so few could attend our 65th reunion, but we send hearty wishes to our classmates. Don’t forget to send changes of address, etc. by phone, email or dogsled to Lasell. Keep in touch and appreciate each other. Kudos to Jean Campbell, our long-time, loyal class agent. Be ever mindful and fortified by our class

Our sincere condolences to Beatrice Smith Kallahan on the death of her husband. Marge Westgate Doran with President Michael B. Alexander.

motto, ‘Courage with a sense of humor.’ Until we meet again — talk loud, eat well, laugh often.” “I am so sorry that I was unable to attend our reunion,” writes Priscilla Breck Mitchell-Mosley. “I had a delightful chat with Dottie Tobin Staffier, and we shared our memories of Lasell. They were such happy years.” Priscilla and her husband spend summers in Nova Scotia and winters in Georgia. Last summer, Priscilla visited Ellie Laing Greenhalgh-Kilty in

Jean Michael Petersen with President Michael B. Alexander.

Chatham on the Cape. Priscilla says, “Ellie and I often chat as we have a lifelong friendship, from grade one through college.” Jean Campbell reminisces: “Sixty-five years ago, June 6, 1944, was a day of new hope for the world around us (D-Day) and it was graduation day for the Class of ‘44. Much has transpired since then. Many of us missed our 65th reunion. Classmates are spread around the country in retirement and assisted-living facilities. Some are in

Our sincere condolences to Jessie Doig Clark on the death of her sister, Mary Doig Nicholson '41. Jessie still keeps in touch with Polly Hanley Kuhn. Some poetic thoughts from Dottie Tobin Staffier: “Ever grateful for 62 years married to my WWII hero; replete with children, grandchildren and assorted pets; breathless from the ups and downs of life’s merry-go-round, with alternating roles of teacher, social worker, poet, and political activist; I’ve come to the joyous conclusion that Life Rocks!”

(L to R) Gloria Boyd Major-Brown and Dottie Tobin Staffier with flowers that were sent by classmate Jean Campbell.

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Class Notes

Joanna Ward with President Michael B. Alexander.

1955 Our sincere condolences to Jane Clark Minear on the death of her husband in October 2008.

Sally Quicke Reiss and her husband, Phil, celebrated their 50th anniversary in August 2008.

1957 (L to R) Joan Kennedy Johnson, Nancy Curtis Grellier, Nancy Lawson Donahue.

1949 An update from Elizabeth Rainville Hallenbeck: “We’ve enjoyed 20 great retirement years in South Carolina. Our three children and three grands are still in Connecticut, but daughter and family are planning to move down here so life is good.” Sally Taylor Murray sadly writes, “Alas! I won’t be able to get to reunion. Since my strokes I have trouble getting around and am very tired toward the end of the day.” From North Carolina, Marilyn Weeden Davidson reports that “there is never a dull moment. I am a chaplain’s assistant at the local hospital, sing in the choir, cook for shut-ins, sew children’s clothes for the needy, and volunteer at our local end-of-life hospice facility.”

1950’s 1952 “A Slant of Light” written by Galbraith Miller Crump chronicles the life and death of his wife, Joan Lee Crump, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006. Galbraith had this to say about Joan, “Wherever she went she made friends. She was the magnet drawing people to us. She filled my life with love and friends. Who could ask for more?”

1956 Nancy Shook Bender proudly boasts that her 14-year-old grandson, Matthew, played in the Little League World Series but their Walpole, MA team lost to Georgia who won the title.

“Sorry to miss reunion,” writes Norma Gamins Wise, “but my granddaughter was graduating magna cum laude from Washington College in Maryland.”

1953 Audrey Thompson Rielle and her husband are still in Jupiter, FL and enjoying retirement. Audrey often sees former classmates, Bunny Coats Stryeski, Jeanette Roberts Mann, Althea Janke Gardner, and Jane Corbin Post. Last year, she and Jeanette attended a Lasell gathering at the Cape and saw many other classmates.

In February 2009, two friends from the Class of ’58 got together in Stuart, FL. (L to R) Rich Oswald and Judy Feldt Oswald, Jeanne Bradner Morgan and Gene Morgan.

Front Row (L to R) Louise Harrison Leader, Joan Valentine Glasson, Sandy Kenney Granese, Joan Conradi McLaughlin, Judy Barnstead Francis, Jean Alesio Tsokanis, Betsy Coulson Conrad, Fran Reid Smith, Ann Douglass Wood, Judy Sias Fudge, Linda Barber Morgan; Middle Row (L to R) Patricia Reilly Lewis, Carol Slocum Hulse, Judy Sherman Babbitt, Nancy Rotman Duffy, Sue Saunders Doyle, Nancy Rioux, Joanne King Fitzgerald, Carolyn Wood Brox, Sandy Poole Bednarik, Lyndell Mead Betzner, Priscilla Williams Espenhain; Back Row (L to R) Pat Jenkins Cooper, Roz Aulisi Jureller, Melisse Jenkins Bailey, Cindy Boynton Green, Jeanne McShain White, Suzie Paige Pruden, Wendy Clark Gibb, Beverly Bigelow Young, Linda Bailey Bolton, Nancy Crowell Coleman, Carlene Hintlian Newell.


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Class Notes

1959 Regarding her hip replacement right after reunion, Fran Reid Smith writes, “My new hip is great.” Diane Strawhince Longley says, “My husband and I moved to The Villages in Lady Lake, FL, last year. I’m still working on shooting my age for 18 holes instead of 9. My granddaughter, Leigh Anderson, is in the class of 2012!” Carolyn Wood Brox and her husband, Charlie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Disney World in Orlando.

1960’s 1964 In 2008, former Lasell roommates and friends for the past 45 years, Jane Boyden Kropp and Janet Ramsbotham Blake, celebrated Thanksgiving together. Jane and husband David have lived in Huntington Beach, CA for over 10 years. Janet and husband Norman retired to Sun City, CA in 2008.

1965 Gail Jacobsen Isaksen is the recipient of the Fairhaven Improvement Association Testimonial Award, recognizing outstanding community service. She was recognized for spearheading the restoration of old Fairhaven buildings, especially in the historic waterfront area, and turning over other buildings into restaurants, businesses, and specialty shops. “She is an example for others on how to clean up, fix up and take pride in where you live.”

(L to R) David Kropp, Janet Ramsbotham Blake, Norman Blake, Jane Boyden Kropp.

The Alumni Office thanks Bev Pembroke Hill for representing Lasell College at the presidential inauguration at Green Mountain College in Vermont in April. Bev had this to say: “It was a wonderful experience. As it turned out, I knew many of the other representatives from the various colleges and universities in Vermont from my associations while working over the years for federal, state, county and local government. I also got to meet representatives from other colleges such as Harvard and University of Indiana. Every day I am proud to say I graduated from Lasell.”

1968 St. John’s, Virgin Islands, artist, Livy Haskin Hitchcock, takes her inspiration from the island’s natural beauty. She says, “I love the water, flowers, and sugarbirds. I love the light and dark and shadows.” Livy paints in pastels, a switch she made years ago after working in watercolors. While the island of St. John inspires her landscapes, people inspire her portraits, the genre she likes the most. Livy and her husband moved to St. John in 2004. Janice Taylor Perruzzi writes, “Enjoying yet another grandchild. Spending summers on the Cape. Looking forward to next reunion.”

The Lasell girls from the Class of 1961 held a mini reunion in Falmouth, MA on July 5, 2009. (L to R) Jane Parsons Dolbier, Linda Grean Curtis, Carol Healy McKinnon, Jane Kendrigan, and Dorothy Musche.

Front Row (L to R) Wendy Woolfort Cutler, Jackie Dubin Foster, Cindy Ross Corbett; Back Row (L to R) Eileen Cleveland Sterio, Mary Anne Conboy, Cindy Barr-Pfeffer, Kathleen Cooper McElroy.

Front Row (L to R) Claire Monahan Knox, Jan Slocum, Linda Parmenter Goulding; Back Row (L to R) Sue Coster Malsin, Vivien Ash Gallagher, Kathleen Hayes Panos, Marsha Keyes Tucker.

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Class Notes





Maggie Cohen Sherman, a community engagement artist, is co-leading a summer trip to South Africa through The University of Vermont. Under Maggie’s tutelage, graduate students will learn about “creative energy, social change, and knowledge of place” in this part of the world.

Robin Tavekelian Post had this to say about her wedding: “Bill and I were married at my great-grandmother’s church in the boonies of Vermont followed by a pig roast at my folks’ place. Everything was perfect, no exaggeration.”

Our sincere condolences to Nancy Wells Wood on the death of her mother, Shirley Wolcott Wells ’43.

1974 “I live in the country and work toward self-sufficiency with my husband,” writes Rita Alicino Wheatley. “I work in the city teaching second graders. I have two grown, wonderful children and one beautiful grandchild.” Renee Berke says, “I am so sorry I was not able to attend reunion.” On the bright side, Renee says, “Kaplan Publishing is publishing an anthology called ‘To the Rescue,’ and they are including a chapter by me.”

1990’s 1992 An update from Michelle Strathie Peterson: “I am now in healthcare as a social worker, a career change from hotel/travel.”

1993 Paula Connelly Vass has been promoted to assistant vice president, clinical operations, at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA, a hospital specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Paula’s past experience at Walden has included three years as director of social work and more than a year as a psychiatric triage clinician.

Jess Anthony and Urit Chaimovitz.

1994 “Just wanted to fill you in on what I’ve been up to,” writes Lauren Birchler Crook. “After graduation, I went to the University of Central Florida and earned my BS in business while working at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. I met my husband of 11 years there. We now live in California. I am an at-home mom to three beautiful girls, 7, 5, and 2 years.”

goes out for several hours, if not days. In addition, it is the rainy season now, and it has rained every day! I have only had a glimpse of the sun for maybe five hours the entire week. I am hoping for one clear night so I can star gaze. I would love to hear from all of you,”

2000’s 2001 Kara Roop shares some insights about her work and life in Ethiopia: “I am working for the International Rescue Committee. I intend to travel to six of the nine refugee camps to assist in training teachers. At the end of my time here I will have also produced a teacher training manual on how to be an effective teacher. I am not a big fan of coffee but I have tried Ethiopian coffee. I had to put quite a lot of sugar in it, and I was on a high for several hours. For those of you who love coffee, you should definitely come and visit. The electricity here sporadically

Tangi Pina ’02 celebrated her 30th birthday with Lasell friends Jennifer Benton Hunter ’01, Brittany Jackson Fevrier ’01, Maggie Joseph Pierre ’01, Lindsey Milheirao ’03, Meaghan Longo, Lawens Fevrier ’02, Cassandra Charles ’05, and Jenna-Lynn Geary ‘13.

(L to R): Beth Ballard, Susan Curry Soucy, Patricia Raposa Reineke, Dale Haworth-Wilson, Chris Chura.

Christine Bielakowski and Pam Henderson Pagliaro.

Front Row (L to R): Amy Sprague Sundberg, Mary Pat Smyth, Stephanie Belbusti; Back Row (L to R): Amy Pilat Weksner and Crista Cannata.


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Class Notes



In January, Alicia Cranford Corrigan began a Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Cambridge College.

Meghan Bishop was one of the top five finalists on country station 93.1 to win a free trip to Charleston, SC for their fashion week, and she was a winner!

Crystal Crafts Rivera, her husband, and daughter, Lola, “are happily settled in Iowa in our first home.” Crystal says, “Maybe she’ll attend Lasell someday.”

2007 Angelica Adams has been accepted into the Master’s program in Public Health at Brown University but is still waiting to hear from Rhode Island College. Angelica has been working in the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at Miriam Hospital, part of the Brown University Medical School in Providence, RI. Tabatha Torres has been working as an Ongoing Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families. She has been accepted at the graduate programs in social work at Salem State College and Simmons School of Social Work and will enroll in one of the programs in the fall semester 2009.

Jamie Borelli was accepted into the Master of Arts program in School Psychology at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston. Her career goal is to become a school psychologist.

Nara Paz has been selected as one of the five finalists to present her designs at Fashion Group International’s fashion show to be held during Boston Fashion Week in September. She has also been chosen by Boston Fashion Expose to show her garments during fashion week under the tent at Courageous Sailing overlooking Boston Harbor.

2009 Rachel Craft accepted a position with the AmeriCorps program in Apopka, FL, working with low-income families in a farming community. While the students are in school, Rachel will teach their parents English, financial literacy, and parenting. During after-school hours, she will be a tutor and mentor to the students. Rachel writes, “This is my next adventure. I move down to Florida at the beginning of August.” Amanda Miller has been accepted at Northeastern University’s Master’s program in College Student Development and Counseling. She will also be a graduate assistant in residential life working with living and learning communities.

Come One, Come All! Mark your calendars for the following fun events! Saturday, October 17 8:00 a.m. Alumni Soccer Games 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Alumni Athlete Continental Breakfast Rockwell Hall Roof Deck 12:00-3:00 p.m. BBQ and Fall FEST. Bring your kids for face painting, pumpkin decorating, henna tattoos, candy apples, balloon animals and more! 4:30 p.m. Alumni Athlete Reception 5:30 p.m. Alumni Pub Night Shoppers Café

Sunday, October 18

Complete weekend details at We look forward to seeing you at Family, Friends, and Alumni Weekend!

11:00 a.m. River Day Races and Feast - Stoller Boat House

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Nota Bene


Ruth Roughgarden Frank ’42 on June 10, 2009

Hillary Roth ’72 to Bruce Goemaat

Regina White McCarthy ’42 on March 2, 2009

Marriages Eve Cartwright ’79 to Skip Frederick Church on September 27, 2008 Robin Tavekelian ’82 to Bill Post on September 20, 2008 Kimberly Bewsher ’02 to David Prosper on September 27, 2008 Janice Hubbard ’04 to Adam Brown on July 1, 2006 Julie Hubbard ’05 to Michael Anastasia on June 28, 2008 Rebecca Crocker ’06 to Christopher Nadeau on August 16, 2008

Shirley Wolcott Wells ’43 on March 19, 2009 Grace Crossland Spurr ’44 on June 5, 2009 Janet Dean Hannula ’44 on April 7, 2009 Joan Mills Barry ’44 in October 2008 Barbara Perry Larkin ’44 on June 28, 2008 Anne Heaphy Briggs ’46 on June 9, 2009 Dorothy Chapman Hinrichs ’48 on March 20, 2009 Judy Tracy Shanahan ’48 on May 30, 2009

Births Patti Beck Bishop ’97, a daughter, Emily Margaret, on May 11, 2009 Julie Monaco Giles ’99, a daughter, Gabriella Marie, on December 12, 2008 Colleen Pratt ’02, a son, Cayden Alexander, on February 17, 2009 Janice Hubbard Brown ’04, a son, Dylan, May 2008

Deaths Janice Whittaker Sandberg ’30 on April 19, 2009 Muriel Morse Henrich ’32 on May 6, 2009 Janice Remig Kelley ’36 on June 11, 2009 Dorothy Thomas Thomas ’38 on January 30, 2009 Jean Aljoe Buurman ’39 on May 16, 2009

Katherine Babcock Hansen ’49 on December 25, 2008 Mary Ellen Fiske Brubaker ’49 on July 7, 2009 Mary Gilmore ’49 on June 10, 2009 Patricia Walsh Barry ’51 in February 2009 Audrey Lang Clark ’53 on March 7, 2009 Mary Wellington McKoan ’53 on March 20, 2009 Judith Gushue Blythe ’55, on February 16, 2009 Eileen Dahl Lord ’59 on February 24, 2009 Mary Jusick Fede ’59 Joanna Duggan Leppa ’60 Marilyn Schwarz Wheeler ’64, on February 14, 2007 Meredith Hunt Emerson ’70 Wendy Hilgert Boyle ’74

Mary Bryan Rooney ’39 on May 22, 2009

Nancy Rottman ’75, on June 13, 2007

Julia Keegan Fuller ’39 on November 26, 2008

Gertrude E. Boudrot, former Lasell cook

Shirley Wood Bush ’39 in October 2006

Robert Burgess, former faculty, on July 11, 2009

Sybil Hartley Eshbach ’40 on January 29, 2009

Elizabeth Iarrobino, former faculty, on March 3, 2009

Frances Hodge Dwyer ’40 in July 2009

Minoru Yamawaki, chairman of Yamawaki Gakuen Junior College, May 11, 2009.

Barbara Berkman Sherman ’42 on July 6, 2009 Sarah “Sally” Nolan Williams ’42 on March 1, 2009


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Sadly, Judith Tracy Shanahan ’48 died on May 30, 2009. A former member of Lasell’s Board of Overseers, Judy was firm in her support of the College’s Annual Fund, served as her class reunion agent several times, and attended most Florida alumni events. She was committed to education and for 12 years worked in the Manchester, NH public school system as a special education teacher. She was also active in her community, including serving on the board of the League of Women Voters and the board of Child Health Services. She and her husband Jim enjoyed being surrounded by their four children and 10 grandchildren.

Minoru Yamawaki, Chairman of Yamawaki Gakuen Junior College, Lasell’s sister college in Japan, died on May 11, 2009. A special relationship existed between the two institutions as they shared similar goals: to emphasize both practical and scholarly education of women to prepare them for successful professional and personal lives. In 1988, under Chairman Yamawaki’s leadership, discussions began on ways to broaden the exposure of students to other cultures and to increase the visibility of each college in the international education area. A sister school tie program was developed. The symbol of the strength of this relationship is the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, which was dedicated and opened in 1993. Its renovation was made possible in large part because of a generous gift from Chairman Yamawaki. He and his wife, Dr. Kyo Yamawaki, came for the ribbon cutting and ceremonial planting of a cherry tree. “Chairman Yamawaki was a quiet, private man and he enjoyed having Kyo be the speaker for him,” recalls Bob Kates, who was the first director of the Center. At the dedication, Kyo said, “I hope the Center will promote harmony between our people and other countries — that it will promote multicultural understanding throughout the world.” What better legacy for Chairman Yamawaki.

Campus Update Building Research into Curriculum

Lasell Receives Davis Educational Foundation Grant


ith the support of a new, three-year $85,700 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, Lasell undergraduates will soon be able to conduct research throughout their educational experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. The project, Research Across the Curriculum, enables students to participate in a variety of research projects at all levels of academic study — through research-intensive courses, independent study, and research assistantships. The Davis Educational Foundation, founded by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’ retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, has previously supported two other educational projects at Lasell — Technology Across the Curriculum and assistance in building connected learning into the first two years of study. “With connected learning, students are doing the work of the field; the investigative and analytical work of

research leads them deeper into that work, with meaningful results that have lasting value,” says Jim Ostrow, vice president of Academic Affairs for the College. “This grant provides us with the ability to institute research at all points of the curriculum — from First Year Seminar through Senior Capstones.” According to Ostrow, students will learn how to formulate research questions, gather data to test hypotheses, interpret results, and share findings — in a variety of settings. Both Ostrow and Joann Montepare, director of Lasell’s Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, are co-leads in this project for the College. The grant supports the College’s efforts to build new opportunities for faculty-student collaboration, builds rigor into the curriculum, and supports faculty leadership, development, and project design and implementation. One example of faculty-student collaboration is the research intensive

Psychology Professor Marsha Mirkin works with students on a student immigrant experience research project.

tutorial, which will be instituted in a variety of majors. The project will enable faculty and students to build upon collaborations between faculty and students in previous semesters, such as a social science survey conducted on the student immigrant experience. In that project, three social science students worked with Professor Marsha Mirkin to develop, implement, and analyze the survey and then presented their findings at a professional conference (see story p. 8).

“A unique aspect of the Lasell research initiative is that it provides students with enriched opportunities to hone their information literacy and communication skills,” said Montepare. “It takes the connected learning philosophy of Lasell one strong step further.” “Typically at institutions where research is available to students, it is available at the upper years. Our intention is to provide these opportunities to students right when they walk in the door,” Ostrow says. “Students can feel they are productive learners and are having an impact right away.” ❦

Lending a Hand to a Neighbor

Community Library Re-opens with Help of Lasell and Local Businesses


ne year after the closure of the Auburndale branch of the Newton Free Library, Lasell College and several local area businesses and organizations have joined forces to support the library’s re-opening in the community. The Auburndale Community Library, which is supported by a community-based, non-profit volunteer organization, now operates as a lending library that is independent from the Newton Main Library. It re-opened its doors on June 13. “When our neighborhood branch library was closed by the city due to a budgetary cutback, we were heartbroken. Because of the generous donations of Lasell College and other local businesses and institutions, we were able to license the building and the books back from the city for 15 hours per week,” said Dana Hanson of Auburndale Community Library, Inc. Start-up funds for the community

library were raised privately and from local businesses, with the help of local aldermen, members of the Auburndale Community Association, and the Lasell Neighborhood Association. Lasell College and other local businesses all pledged or gave a promise of in-kind services to help the library open its doors. “Because Lasell College is a part of the Auburndale community, it is natural that we lend a hand to support what we see as essentially an educational initiative,” said President Michael B. Alexander, who indicated that the Lasell College library will also still be available to neighborhood residents. “We thank our lucky stars every day that Lasell was willing to support the local community in this sort of an arrangement to bring back a beloved service to the local residents,” said Hanson. “Rallying around a community library is a great way for all of us who love Auburndale to come together to make our village a stronger community.” ❦

The Auburndale branch of the Newton Free Library.

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Campus Update

Professor Joe Aieta Celebrates Forty Years at Lasell by Victoria Zaleski ’09


ough or teddy bear? Students’ opinions vary, but Professor Joe Aieta’s long career at Lasell has touched the minds of many students who have walked down Woodland Road.

For Professor Aieta there have been many rewarding experiences. “Teaching. Being challenged by those who take my courses and having the support of my colleagues are what I have enjoyed the most,” he says.

In fact, students often get hooked on his classes which he considers a great compliment. Graphic Design major Breanna Liggan ’10 has taken two classes with him and is registered for his Ethics class this fall. “His classes appeal to my interests and I think his perspective on life offers great wisdom. He has a deep understanding of his students,” she says.

His co-professors consider Aieta an inspiration and a model for which to strive. Professor Denny Frey, Chairman of the Humanities Department, has taught alongside Professor Aieta on many occasions. He says that Aieta is a masterful teacher. “I find myself often times just enjoying the company, watching him do what he does,” Frey says. He adds that this is a bad thing because as the other instructor he is “not doing what I am supposed to be doing.”

A heavy load of coursework is part and parcel of his classes. “Sometimes they don’t understand that being a college student requires a fundamental commitment to the learning process,” says Aieta. “I understand most students have to work in order to pay for tuition, room and board. However, the coursework must come before anything, otherwise they are cheating themselves.”

Frey says that Professor Aieta’s use of the Socratic method is part of what makes Aieta such a talented professor. “He is a master of crafts at the art of teaching. Teasing the students’ way though questioning — he builds off the knowledge they already know and they learn as they go.”

“Sometimes they don’t understand that being a college student requires a fundamental commitment to the learning process,” — Professor Joe Aieta

Breanna acknowledges that even though the coursework can be tough, it is rewarding. “I have never read as much as I have for his classes in my entire school career. It gets a little aggravating trying to fit an entire book into one week, but what I’ve gained from it makes everything worthwhile. I wouldn’t trade it for anything…I have never felt so comfortable expressing my opinions, even if they differ from the professor’s.”

Lauren Ennis ’11 agrees. She says that the way Professor Aieta facilitates discussion adds to the classroom environment. “It’s more student-led. There is give and take — we all play off each other. His questioning opens that mental door.” Aieta may have a harsh exterior and an intense work ethic, but the outcomes of participating in his classes are worth it. He sets a high benchmark. ❦

Professors Denny Frey and Joe Aieta enjoy some give and take during class.

Why Science Matters…Or Does It?

Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor Stephen Sarikas Addresses College

Science is the spice of life,” says Professor of Biology Stephen Sarikas, the fifth Lasell College Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor. “It enhances our curiosity about nature, it enriches us, and it encourages self-discovery. Scientists must learn to have an open mind and have to be ready to deal with inconvenient results.


s Professor Sarikas delivered the annual Arnow lecture, his words reflected his passion for his field and his admiration for past scientists, many of whom are currently being celebrated. The year 2009 is “The Year of Science” since it is the anniversary of so many great events in science history: the 400th anniversary of the publication of Johannes Kepler’s first two Laws of Planetary Motion and of Galileo’s first telescopic observations; the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth; the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who signed into law the establishment of the National Academy of Science; the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Burgess Shale, the most celebrated of fossil locations; and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor Stephen Sarikas.

Cementing Ties with China

Joint Program in Fashion Merchandising Approved


ast fall an initial meeting with Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology (SICT) was held, which recently lead to the approval by the Shandong Provincial Government of a joint Lasell College — Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology Program in Fashion and Retail Merchandising. SICT is hoping to


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enroll the first cohort of students this fall. Lasell and SICT are continuing to refine the curriculum, instructional plan, and contract between the two institutions. The expectation is that SICT associate degree graduates will enter Lasell in Fall 2013 to complete their Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Retail Merchandising.

“Science matters to all of us,” he continued, “and is related to every major at Lasell.” To demonstrate this idea, Professor Sarikas identified areas of science that could be linked to each of Lasell’s academic programs. “The message that science conveys can be compromised by partisan politics,” he continued. He talked about the Bush administration’s assault on science and the encouraging signs he sees from

President Obama. “On the pro side are Obama’s moves towards legal and ethical stem cell research and his views on climate change policy. But, there are areas of concern. For example, I don’t see biofuels as the answer to our energy problem and there should be much less reliance on coal.” ❦

Campus Update Academic Recognition for Lasell Students

Exceptional Graduate School Choices

Amanda Rosario ’09.

Amanda Miller ’09.


“I wasn’t sure exactly what direction I wanted to head in after Lasell,” says Amanda Miller ’09, “so I applied and was accepted at Northeastern’s Master’s program in College Student Development and Counseling and the Master of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School. The spiritual side of my life is very important to me but, in the end, the experience I had at Lasell pushed me towards Northeastern.”

here was nothing but good news for Amanda Rosario ’09 when she checked her mail box. The law school acceptances kept coming in — from Suffolk University, Syracuse University, Roger Williams, Franklin Pierce University, and New England Law. And, to sweeten the pie, New England Law offered her a $20,000 Presidential Scholarship. “I did a lot of law school research on my own,” says this self-motivated Legal Studies major, “but Professors Linda Bucci and Paul DeBole were always ready to answer any questions I might have.” Amanda transferred to Lasell as a junior, after receiving her paralegal certificate from a community college near home in New Hampshire. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here and have just finished a terrific internship with the firm of Atlas & Atlas that exposed me to a variety of areas of law.” With so many incredible choices, deciding which school to accept was difficult. “I was surprised when my mother encouraged me to go to Suffolk. I was convinced she would favor Franklin Pierce because it’s closer to home or New England Law because of the scholarship. “After weighing all factors I decided on Suffolk. It has a great reputation, is a good size, and I really like it here in Boston. I’m very excited about my choice.”

During her four years at the College, Amanda’s presence was felt in many areas. She served as president of the Student Government Association, was an Admissions ambassador, captain of the field hockey team, and an orientation coordinator. She also served on the Presidential Transition Committee and the Mascot Committee.

Psychology majors Angelica Adams ’07 and Tabatha Torres ’07 have both been accepted into prestigious graduate programs and have had to make difficult decisions. As undergraduates, the two worked together their entire senior year on a very challenging independent research project for Psychology Professor Sidney Trantham. “It required them to demonstrate a great deal of initiative, responsibility, and intellectual curiosity and I am not surprised at their current accomplishments given their drive and talents,” he says.

community health education, health promotions, and intervention. I’ve already taken two courses there and I will be continuing my work at Miriam while I finish out my requirements in the evening.”

Angelica has been working as a research assistant at Miriam Hospital, which is part of the Brown University Medical School in Providence, RI. She is in the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center and has been most involved with bariatric patients, working on three different studies.

Recently Taby was accepted at both Salem State College and Simmons School of Social work. After receiving a fellowship from DCF, she decided to attend Simmons. “I will be working full-time and taking classes part-time except for when I’m on educational leave for my field placement. I’m counting on my organizational skills and planning to finish in three years.

“What I enjoy most is the interaction with the participants,” she says. “I go to the surgeons’ clinics and let the patients know about the different research studies and protocols. I also lead the assessment visits.” Angelica applied to Brown University Master’s program in Public Health and Rhode Island College’s Master’s program in Health Education and was accepted by both. “It was really difficult to turn down Brown, but I decided on Rhode Island because it catered more towards my interests which are

Tabatha has been working as an Ongoing Social Worker for the Department of Children & Families (DCF) since graduation. Her case management responsibilities run the gamut — she deals with infants up to the elderly. “I like the fact that my job is always changing,” she smiles.

“Once I have my M.S.W. I would like to take on a supervisory role at DCF and perhaps eventually relocate to Washington, D.C. and a hospital setting,” she says. “I know that the project that I worked on with Angelica under Professor Trantham helped me get into graduate school. It gave me a lot of experience that others didn’t have. Lasell helped open this door for me.” ❦

“Serving in these capacities influenced my final graduate school decision,” she explains. “I’m a person who can’t sit still and I loved being involved and connecting with students, faculty, staff and alumni at Lasell. When I thought about it, I realized that higher education is really where I want to develop my career and is, ultimately, ‘my calling.’” When at Northeastern, Amanda is already planning to apply for a 2010 summer internship at the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). “I had a wonderful experience as an undergraduate student representing Lasell at the NODA conference, and I would like to help plan their conferences and train coordinators in new orientation activities. “My immediate goal is to obtain an assistanceship in residential life in a Boston area college. My ultimate goal is to someday be a president of a college — perhaps being the first female president at Lasell!” ❦

(L to R) Angelica Adams ’07 and Tabatha Torres ’07 as undergraduates working on a research project for Professor Sidney Trantham.

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Campus Update Finding Acceptance

Shared Hearts: Coming Out and Getting Hitched “My own story is one of darkness, and then of light. It’s appropriate for a photographer.”


dam Mastoon, photographer and author of The Shared Heart, told his story of coming out and of acceptance to Lasell students, staff, and faculty at a talk sponsored by SAFE, the Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life, and the Center for Spiritual Life. Mastoon, who endured daily ridicule in school, said the culture he grew up in did not celebrate positive, gay role models. “I felt there was something wrong with me,” he said. “I turned to drugs and alcohol to deaden the pain.” But after Mastoon graduated from high school and went on to college, he found acceptance and his career, which allowed him to turn away from these substances. And, he discovered the power of images and wanted to use that power in a positive way to support gay, lesbian, and trans-gender youth. The idea for his book, The Shared Heart, was born.

“I see those depicted as exceptional young adults,” Mastoon said. “Collectively, the stories tell their journey from silence to expression and freedom.” Students look at Adam Mastoon’s moving photography exhibit.

The corresponding photo exhibit to his book was on display in the Brennan Library. The exhibit was sponsored by the Union Church of Waban and came to Lasell via the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in DC. Mastoon’s spouse, Rabbi Andrew Klein of Barrington, R.I., also spoke at the event about his experiences and how he came to attend rabbinical school later in life. Following the talk, Mastoon and Klein fielded questions about gay marriage, current laws, and asked the students about the climate on Lasell’s campus for gays and lesbians. ❦

College’s Accomplishments Recognized

Lasell Wins Honorable Mention in Chamber’s Green Awards


asell College was honored in May for its environmental sustainability efforts by the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce at the group’s second annual Green Business Awards ceremony, which was moderated by WCVB-TV News Anchor David Brown. Professor Aaron Toffler and Professor Michael Daley attended the May awards ceremony at the Newton Marriott where Lasell College received an honorable mention nod for its efforts. “It sounded terrific when

Lasell’s accomplishments were read,” says Aaron Toffler, Professor of Environmental Studies and co-Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee. “It helps; it gets us on the map locally for our environmental efforts. I want to try to establish these partnerships with local groups and, ultimately, it might make things easier for the school to proceed with its sustainability program. It’s a win — win.” ❦

Innovative, Dedicated, and Much Respected

Dr. Felice Gordis Retires from Lasell


hen the packing boxes began arriving at the office of Dr. Felice Gordis, the reality of her impending retirement struck home. It is not often that a professor’s retirement brings a college-wide feeling of professional and personal loss, but this was the case in May. “Felice is a gifted and natural leader,” says Social Sciences Department Chair Sidney Trantham. “She made both faculty and students want to work to their full potential, was very insightful, and incredibly generous with her time. She will be much missed by the entire community.” Dr. Gordis arrived as a part-time professor at Lasell in 1993 when there was no Psychology major. Five years later the major was established, she became full-time, and in 1999 was appointed Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, which includes Psychology, Sociology and Human Services. She held this position until 2008. “Lasell is a special place,” smiles Dr. Gordis. “The shared commitment to students that the faculty has here is unusual. What is in the forefront is the desire to help students move ahead. The quality of our teaching makes a huge difference to students who may not have had a previously strong record.” Under her hand, the Social Sciences Department grew. She assembled a group of talented faculty and every year the number of students majoring in the Social Science disciplines increased. “She set the foundation for the program, developing the infrastructure,” says Professor Trantham, “including creating the guidelines for our internship program and bringing technology into the classroom.”

President Michael Alexander holds the Green Business Award certificate with (L) Environmental Studies Professors Aaron Toffler and (R) Michael Daley.


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Dr. Felice Gordis, Professor Emerita, Psychology.

The Social Science internships provide professional training and are organized developmentally, with a first placement in a student’s sophomore year followed by an advanced senior internship. Under the leadership of Dr. Gordis, all site listings are now electronic and the position of a departmental internship coordinator has been established. “Many of her departmental initiatives have become prototypes of excellence for all departments,” says Jim Ostrow, vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Gordis and her husband, Dr. David Gordis, are moving to Albany. “I am looking forward to spending time with my children and grandchildren, reading, going to movies,” she says. “I leave Lasell with a great deal of professional satisfaction but I will miss my colleagues, the students, and the sense of sharing in a common objective.” She leaves a rich legacy behind. “She has been a model of pedagogical restlessness,” says Vice President Ostrow. “She was never wholly satisfied with what she achieved — always searching for new ideas, new methods, new possibilities for pushing students to a new point of understanding.” ❦

Campus Update Navigating Relationships with Adult Children

Dessert, Music, and Magic

Book Talk Given by Village Trustee and Author Ruth Nemzoff

A Festive Intergenerational Evening


ith verve and humor, Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D., talked to an involved Lasell Village audience about her book Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D. Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children, which provides a guide on how to navigate the ambiguities and ever-changing realities of the lives of parents and their adult children. “I don’t give people recipes, because they don’t work,” she said. “I give methodologies. Know the environment — our children’s world is different than the one we experienced. Know yourself — our children know us well and some of their perceptions may be true, or not. Ask the question, ‘Do we know each other?’

“My third piece of advice is ‘Forgive your parents! Only then are you free to parent in new ways not in opposition to them or exactly the way they parent.’” The discussion of intergenerational relationships led to a spirited question and answer period with Villagers sharing some of the life lessons they had learned. “Be a cheerleader.” “Remain teachable.” “It is often unclear when you are or aren’t being helpful.”


alloons, streamers, beautifully set tables, and a sideboard full of delicious desserts. The stage was set for the first-ever Lasell College and Village mixer. The event was the idea of Robert D’Agostino ’12, who wanted to start planning the evening as soon as he stepped on campus. “At Lunenburg High School we had such an event and it was always a huge success,” he says. When the Villagers arrived, they were greeted by two rows of students, dressed in their party finery. As everyone settled at the tables the

sound of conversation filled the air and Meghan Cheever ’11 played background music on the piano. After dessert, a magician provided entertainment. At the close of the evening, there were smiles on everyone’s faces. “When the Villagers who didn’t go heard what a wonderful time we all had had, they were so sorry they didn’t sign up,” says Ann Mignosa ’87. “If the students do it again next year, they will have to plan for many more Village attendees!” ❦

“Parents and their adult children need to know how, what, and when to say something,” continued Dr. Nemzoff. “I hope that the questions that I include in every chapter will help readers reflect. Let’s get away from the ‘My mom gives terrific advice, I just wish she’d follow it’ scenario.” ❦

Minna Osoroi by Dr. Kyo Yamawaki

Students’ Translation Captures Youngsters’ Imagination


t was a special day at The Holway Child Study Center-The Barn. The youngsters all gathered in a circle to hear a story written by Dr. Kyo Yamawaki, a long-time friend of the College and a reputed writer of children’s books.

(L to R) Rose Miller, Megan Gobeille ’11, and Anne Wangh enjoy the fun-filled evening.

Opportunities in a Growing Field

Careers in Aging Panel Held

What made the occasion particularly unique was that two Lasell students, Yuma Watanabe ’10 and Megan Christiansen ’11 had undertaken the translation of the book as a special project. They worked with Professor L. Halliday Piel, a Japanese History scholar, and succeeded in capturing the spirit of Minna Osoroi, which they rendered in English as “Everyone is Alike.” ❦


Assisted by five-year-old Teddy McCafferty, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow reads Minna Osoroi to an attentive audience.

(L to R) Paul Rosenthal and Dr. Montepare enter into a discussion before Kara Curtis speaks.

n informational evening for students on careers in the field of aging was sponsored by the RoseMary B. Fuss Center. “There are dramatic changes in demographics taking place and the needs of our culture are shifting,” said Dr. Joann Montepare, director of the Fuss Center. Five speakers addressed diverse areas of opportunity available to graduates: Dr. Daniel Kempler, chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College; Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, Fuss Center Research Affiliate and horticulture therapist; Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, chair of Fashion at Lasell; Paul Rosenthal of Health Dialog Inc.; and Kara Curtis, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Commonwealth Care Alliance. ❦

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Campus Update Balancing Two Careers

Sparklle Thames ’06: Fashion Designer and Youth Coordinator “Fashion Expose” was the grand finale of Boston Fashion Week 2008. It’s a moment when the industry is exposed to local and talented Boston area designers and Sparklle Thames ’06 was selected to show her collection “Hidden Jewel.” “I have a lot of sleepless nights when I’m getting ready for a show,” she confesses, “and this time was no different. The line I showed was readyto-wear clothing that is fun, vibrant, and suitable for many different occasions. It also exhibited my love of boned, constructed bodices, which has become my trade mark.” Sparklle created her first two corsets at Lasell when she was putting together her senior collection. “There are so many seams, I think that’s what I love. I go through phases where I’m looking for ways to make them look different — thinking about patterns and colors that are unusual.”

sustainable agriculture and social responsibility. “I went there when I was 14, so I’m an alum of their program,” she says. “Now I’m managing the diversity internships, training teenagers to give workshops to other youth. They talk about ‘isms’ — such as racism and genderism. We want youth to think about how they can make things better.”

Being involved is what drives Sparklle. “My job can be mentally draining but I find fashion design therapeutic unless I have a show.” And, shows keep coming her way. “I did the Beast of Fashion last December. It was lots of fun. My pieces were all corsets and I used spray paint, feathers — really anything I could get my hands on.” She was also awarded 2008 Designer of the Year by Style it Up, a fashion show that airs on Boston Neighborhood Network. “I used to say ‘yes’ to every fashion opportunity, but now I am more selective. I want to make sure that I

But Sparklle’s day job has nothing to do with clothing. She works at The Food Project, a non-profit youth development program that focuses on

benefit from it — I want to be paid, get good press, or have my designs pictured. “What I’m interested in now are ways to make fashion more environmentally friendly, such as using ‘green fabric’ that hasn’t been died chemically. In August, I was part of a show called Green Fest and I went with a lot of ideas.” Sparklle hasn’t forgotten her alma mater. She was pleased to lend garments from her “Hidden Jewel” collection to Lasell’s Fashion and Service show (see story p. 9). “I couldn’t actually be there that night but I was delighted to be able to contribute my designs to help the students raise money for Dress for Success.” But, Sparklle’s top priority is her three-year old daughter, Janylah, who is already showing a strong sense of color and has inherited her mother’s energy and drive. “I want to do it all,” says Sparklle, “and do it successfully.” ❦

From Hatchlings to One-Year Olds

45 Lasell Participants

The Tale of the Turtles

Walking in Support of Sexual Assault Awareness

Two hundred grams and counting. Three endangered Red-Bellied Cooter turtles were only 7 grams when Environmental Science Professor Michael Daley first brought them to Lasell last September as part of the Turtle Head Start program that is run by MassWildlife. With the care of his biology students, they increased their size by more than 28 times and were returned to Fish and Wildlife in Westborough in May, ready to be released into their natural environment. “We all learned a lot by being part of this conservation project,” says Professor Daley. “It generated interest across the campus and my students also shared their knowledge with the children at the Barn and Rockwell. The turtles were a real teaching tool for discussions about conservation, loss of habitat, and endangered species.”


t’s an issue I’m passionate about,” exclaims Fallon Coster ’11, who interned at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and helped fundraise for the fourth annual 5K “Walk for Change” in support of sexual assault awareness and ending sexual violence. BAARC offers free services such as hospital costs, counseling, and pro bono legal work. The walk raised $108,000 to help defray these costs.

Boston College and Lasell had the largest gatherings — so we should be very proud,” continues Fallon. The Lasell team included Peer Health Educators, Student Government, Resident Assistants, the entire women’s lacrosse team, and members of the faculty and staff. “With this year’s success, I’m confident that joining the walk will be an ongoing Lasell tradition,” says Fallon.

“I was so pleased by the number of Lasell representatives who turned out.

By the end of spring term, when the little fellows weren’t so little any more, they were devouring a head of lettuce a day and making quite a mess of their tank. “Their chances for survival are actually better than the hatchlings that remained in the wild, because they are so much bigger. We all wish them luck,” says Professor Daley. Growing bigger and bigger until they’re ready for release.


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The members of the Lasell team gather before the 5K “Walk for Change” sponsored by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).

Alumni Relations

Message from Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Relations Hello Lasell Alumni -

Karen Gill Director of Alumni Relations Office of Alumni Relations 1844 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, MA 02466-2716 (617) 243-2139 fax (617) 243-2383

It’s been a year of introducing some new programs mixed in with some standard favorites. We’ve welcomed some new faces with these initiatives and hope to keep re-engaging and re-connecting more alumni throughout the coming year with programming that fits your needs and those of changing global technology. Career and social networking have been very popular and we will continue to provide resources for those opportunities. On a personal note, I wanted to let you know that after 14 years, I have

decided to leave Lasell. I’m going to take a little time off and then decide what the next professional chapter of my life will hold. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know so many wonderful alumni from all the decades and I want to thank you for all the help you have given me over the years to make this job very enjoyable. With sincere fondness,

Karen Gill

Lasell Alumni Online Community We are excited to New and Improved announce our new and improved online community! You will be impressed with all the expanded features and options. Think MySpace or Facebook, but better, because it connects to your alma mater. And it is still free of charge to all alumni. Every user needs to go through the first time log in process.

Message from the President of the Board of Management: and made the transition from ‘home’ to school better.

Dear Alums,

Crista Cannata ’04 President of the Board of Management Lasell Alumni, Inc. 1844 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, MA 02466-2716 (617) 243-2139 fax (617) 243-2383

Each time I come back to Lasell College, whether it is for an Alumni Board of Management meeting, or using Woodland Road. as a short cut on my way home, I also look around and picture what the campus looked like when I first arrived. It is a joy to watch the college campus grow with the opening of two new residence halls and to have a Campus Master Plan that encompasses concepts for the Lasell of the future. The campus has always been beautiful, but I love to see the improvements.

Through the years I grew as a person and enjoyed every minute I had at Lasell. Now it is the College’s turn to grow and flourish. I have seen the many ideas that are beginning to be put in the works by President Alexander and each time I see the new designs for buildings and courtyards, I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It makes me so glad and excited, that I am a part of the Lasell College community and that by everyone’s help it is able to thrive and flourish and continue to be a great institution.

Click on and complete the following three steps: • Enter your last name and hit FIND. • Select your name from the list shown and click NEXT. • Enter your unique ID number and hit VERIFY. If you have not received your unique ID number by now, please contact the Alumni Office, or 617-243-2467.

Online community features include: • Email forwarding-for-life • Search for classmates, email them, send an instant note, or add them to your friends list • Set up your own blog

When I first came to Lasell College in the summer of 2000, they had just added the Forest Suites. Everyone wanted to live there, because it was brand new. I liked living in Haskell House, because it was small and quaint


• Post and view class notes Crista Cannata, Class of 2004

Back to the Classroom

Alumni Enjoy Two Seminar Sessions at Reunion

Associate Professor of Psychology Sidney M. Trantham fields a question about his topic, “The Evolution of Childhood.”

• Post and view photos

• Communicate via message boards and chat rooms • Networking, business card exchange, and job listings • Register for events, view events and reunions

Welcome to the community!

Former State Senator, Judge, and Adjunct Professor Cheryl Jacques discussed hot-button political topics.

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Alumni Relations

Thank you to all our Reunion Weekend Sponsors! Grant Thornton

RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies

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Alumni Relations

Past Alumni Events…

(L to R) Sue Allen Busa ’58 (seated), Susan Constantine Buonocore ’65, Laura Jensen ’61, Jack Hyer, Guy Busa attended a luncheon at the Carolina Club, Chapel Hill, NC.

Gustavo Batista ’02 spoke to the Advanced Leadership Seminar. In attendance at the program was Amanda Miller ’09, Student Government President. This group is for seasoned student leaders. Guest speakers are invited to share their successes in business, politics, the non-profit sector, or life in general with a tie to student leadership. In a small discussion format, students are encouraged to ask questions and learn from the featured guest. Four or five guests will be invited each semester.

At the “Life after Lasell” evening, seniors heard a presentation titled “The Art of Networking,” which was delivered by Dean for Institutional Advancement Ruth Shuman and President Michael Alexander. The students practiced networking with members of the Boards of Trustees, Overseers, and Lasell Alumni, Inc. The event was so successful that there will be several opportunities each year to network not only with the Lasell constituency, but with other area colleges and their constituencies as well.

The Natick Collection sponsored an exhibition and four-college competition, “Form to Fashion,” at which Lasell alumni displayed their designs. (L to R) Fashion alums Heather Daigle ‘07, Joe (Salvatore) Gianni ‘08, Amanda Unis ‘09, Lynn Morin ‘09, Kate Saddlemire ’09.

Elisse Allinson Share ’65, and her daughter Jennifer Share ’98, chatted with President Michael Alexander and Janet Murphy George ’50 at the New Jersey “Bill Cosby” event in Englewood.

On the Scoreboard — Lasell College Night at the Celtics!

Alumni Association Scholarships Awarded “I’ve always known I wanted to teach,” says Mercedes Czlapinski ’11, an Honors Program English major with a Secondary Education concentration. She received experience right on campus by being a co-facilitator for a First Year Seminar course last fall and by assisting English Professor Stephanie Athey with a Survey of American Literature class. Being the Vice President for Major Events for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) also consumes her time and brings her organizational skills to the fore. “Pulling Spring Fest week together was a challenge but joining CAB was one of the best decisions I have made. It has allowed me to branch out in so many different ways.”

Jamie DeLaurier ’12 is an Education major who is happiest when she’s singing. “It’s something I have always enjoyed and I’m having fun being a member of Lasell’s Jazz Chorus,” she says. “But, what really drew me to Lasell was its emphasis on community-based learning. I lived in the Community Service House last year and was an America Reads and America Counts tutor. Unfortunately I won’t be able to continue with these programs because of scheduling problems, but I am hoping to be a Second Step mentor.” Jamie will also be a Resident Assistant and would like to be a leader in Lasell’s Future Educators Club.

Lauren Ennis ’11 is a History major with a flair for writing. Her freshman year she received a Diane Donatio Memorial Writing Award. Last year she was a winner of one of the Ruth Paetz Braun ’54 Connected Learning Essay Awards and won the poetry contest that is held by the Multicultural Student Union. “There are so many opportunities here at Lasell,” she says. “I love that this is such a tight-knit College and that students are recognized for their efforts.” Lauren enjoys being involved with the ACES (Awareness, Confidence, Education, Success) Program and serves as a Resident Assistant.

Psychology major Nicole Mello ’12 is a Community Service Scholar and put in hours of service last year. She joined the America Reads program and, in spite of being a freshman, was made a Coordinator, leading six other tutors. She was also a peer mentor in The Second Step afterschool program and worked on the issue of domestic violence. She took part in the Exploring Leadership course and is a peer health mentor this fall as well as being Vice President of the Psychology Club. “I’ve always been busy,” she smiles. “Last year flew by. Sometimes it’s hard to do everything and still find time for homework and sleep.”

When Communications major Christina Lynn Purington ‘11 arrived on campus as a freshman she knew she wanted to become involved and did so through the Center for Spiritual Life. She also tutored for the America Reads program and worked in Admissions. But, when she joined the Campus Activity Board (CAB) she found her real passion and currently serves as its president. “I am determined to make students want to go to events,” she enthuses. “It’s a constant challenge, but our numbers have gone up. We are building CAB’s identity and trying to contribute to a lively atmosphere on campus. It’s all about creating a strong College community.”

Tara Rufo ’10 has given a lot of thought to her education and has made some important decisions along the way. She came to Lasell as a transfer student and a Fashion Design major, but soon realized that she wanted to become a Communication major with a concentration in Journalism. She has written articles for Polished and for The 1851 Chronicle and looks forward to making further literary contributions. “I am still coping with the death of my boyfriend, but I am thankful for the support of my professors and my friends. Right now I am focusing on doing well in school and I am considering applying to Lasell’s new Master’s program in Communication.” ❦

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Alumni Relations

Two Alumni Receive Lasell Medallions Virginia Thomas Baxter ’39 has spent her lifetime helping and caring for others, and has done this with a twinkle in her eye. “When you’re pushing 100, you shouldn’t push anything else,” she Medallion recipient Virginia smiles, but in her case Thomas Baxter ’39 was this isn’t true. A social unfortunately unable to activist by nature, she attend Reunion. is very connected to her church, continues to make hospital visitations and, fortunately for Lasell, maintains strong ties to her alma mater. She’s not one to boast of her accomplishments (“When I first wrote my autobiography it was a paragraph long,” she recalls.), but they are many. Virginia moved to St. Petersburg, FL with her husband in 1969 and soon became very involved with the Church

Although not able to attend her 70th Reunion this year, Virginia served as her Reunion Coordinator in 1999 and became a Corporator of the College in 1998. Continually interested in the growth and success of the College, she established a gift annuity for the Winslow Academic Center renovation during the Lasell 150 Campaign and is a member of the Heritage Society. Virginia has been a strong presence at many College Florida events, where her great sense of humor is always appreciated. “I learned at lot during my years at Lasell, including traveling into Boston and discovering what a cocktail was,” she laughs. Always open to new experiences, Virginia confesses that she took a chance and invested in an off-Broadway play. “I went to New York for opening night. I had to take my nurse with me on doctor’s orders,

“I take my walker and my oxygen and travel in the van to get there,” Virginia says. “I spend time with the residents who don’t have visitors. We swap lives. I get more out of it than what I give.” of the Good Samaritan, serving as an elder and a deacon. She ran the Shepherd Program which matches members of the congregation with their own shepherd and she assisted the pastor on his Care Team, supporting families and helping church members on a broad base. “Often I would stay with families in the hospital waiting room and be another pair of ears when the surgeon spoke with them,” she explains. “I learned a lot about the medical profession in the process.” Virginia is still involved with a hospital visitation program. “I take my walker and my oxygen and travel in the van to get there,” she says. “I spend time with the residents who don’t have visitors. We swap lives. I get more out of it than what I give.” The importance of education has always been a high priority for Virginia and she created the Baxter Endowed Scholarship at Lasell to enable students to receive a quality education. She has also established a scholarship at her retirement community for the hourly workers there. “I tell the single mothers that if they had more education they could do better for their children,” she says.


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but I didn’t want to miss it. I’ve never done anything like that before. The play did well and it opened my eyes to a whole different life style.” This year Virginia has season tickets for the Tampa Bay Rays. “I want to see them win the World Series. Gate 4, Section 131 — I’m there with my cow bells and my Rays hat. It’s my last hurrah!” The College is proud to have the support of such an exceptional woman who has given so much of herself to so many people. ❦

Ann J. Mignosa ’87 is a woman who enjoys life to the fullest. She willingly and eagerly lends her talents and expertise to every endeavor, and both the College and the Village are fortunate to have been the focus of so much of her time. Ann first became acquainted with Lasell through her husband, Sebastian Mignosa, who taught at the College for 32 years. She started breaking new ground during his tenure when she approached the registrar and asked if she could take a course. “There wasn’t a category for wives,” she laughs. “It was agreed that I could take one class, and then the next semester I got the ok to take a second. Pretty soon I was on my way to receiving my A.A.” Constantly giving back to her alma mater, Ann has served on the Alumni Board of Management for more than

Ann J. Mignosa ’87 receives her Medallion from President Michael Alexander.

breaking ceremony and to dig a first shovelful of dirt with President Tom de Witt and Newton Mayor David Cohen.” Ann not only enjoys taking classes, she has also reversed the roles and put on her own teaching hat. She tutored Accounting and Math at the Lasell College Learning Center until 1993

“Exchanging ideas with the students, getting to know them on a personal basis, and finding out first-hand what is going on is irreplaceable,” — Ann J. Mignosa ’87

15 years, was a member of the College Strategic Planning Committee in 20032004, and was a member of the President’s Search Committee. She is currently an Overseer.

and she has taught computer classes at both the Village and at Newton’s Senior Center. But, what she enjoys most is taking classes with Lasell students.

When Lasell Village opened its doors in 2000, Ann was the first resident to move in and she is now its longest resident. “I couldn’t wait,” she says. “A living and learning community — what could be better. I was privileged to be asked to speak at the Village ground

“Exchanging ideas with the students, getting to know them on a personal basis, and finding out first-hand what is going on is irreplaceable,” she says. “Plus, my grandchildren are getting to be the same age, so I can relate to them. I see resemblances and it helps me keep up.”

Call for Nominations for Lasell Medallion Each year a committee appointed by the Alumni Association’s Board of Management selects individuals to receive the Lasell Medallion. The bronze award may be presented to “any member of the Lasell family who, by virtue of distinguished service to the College or society at large, has brought added honor to the name Lasell.” Nominations for the 2010 award, which will be presented at Reunion Convocation on May 15, should be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations.

Recognizing her inquisitiveness and openness to new adventures, Ann was asked to be the photographer for Lasell’s Shoulder to Shoulder program to Mexico in 2005. “It wasn’t easy to keep up, but I did,” she smiles. “I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge. I was very impressed by how hard the Lasell students worked.” But she was right there with them cutting sugar cane — back-breaking and dirty work. Since moving into the Village, Ann has been Vice-chair and Chair of the Advisory Council and Chair of the Finance Committee. In her “spare” time, she volunteers at the Newton Historical Society and tends her verdant Village garden plot. ❦

Special Gifts and Planned Giving

Kathy Urner-Jones ’83 Becomes Director of Development


Katharine Urner-Jones ’83 Director of Development Office of Institutional Advancement 1844 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, MA 02466-2716 (617) 243-2223 Fax (617) 243-2383

he College is pleased to announce the promotion of Kathy Urner-Jones ’83 to Director of Development. In this capacity, Kathy will serve as the chief fundraising officer for the College with responsibility for special and planned gifts, annual and leadership giving, corporate and foundation relations, and constituent relations. As Director of Development, Kathy will also manage the fundraising efforts for a major initiative to build the new Center for Creative and Applied Arts (as described on page 1 of this issue.)

The Guidance Center, Inc., of Cambridge, was Senior Consultant with Payne, Forrester & Associates in Connecticut, and served as both Special Assistant to the President for Advancement and Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Bay Path College. From 1994 to 2001, Kathy served as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, and Campaign Director at Lasell where she directed Lasell’s first multi-million dollar comprehensive capital campaign, Lasell 150, which ended in 2001. ❦

Kathy has served as Special Assistant to the President for Leadership Development since her return to Lasell in September of 2007. Prior to that, she served as Director of Development for

hen I arrived at Lasell as a freshman, I was lucky to find a spot on the Annual Fund’s Phonathon team and soon discovered that I was doing something that I really loved,” says Katelyn Hammond ’09, who recently joined the Institutional Advancement staff on a full-time basis in the position of Development Coordinator.

Katelyn Hammond ’09.

“When I talk to alums about all that Lasell offers and how critical to students the money raised for the Annual Fund is, I know I’m doing something important,” she continues. “I think it’s vital that people understand that 92% of Lasell’s student body is on financial aid. Without scholarship

Heritage Society Members Hear from Students


embers of the Heritage Society, Lasell’s honorary organization for planned giving donors, gathered at a special tea in their honor held at Hamel House on the Friday of Reunion weekend. They listened attentively as Associate Professor of Psychology Marsha Mirkin, Molly Fawcett ’09, and Angela Piranosian ’07 talked about the many benefits of the internship experience at Lasell. Both Psychology majors, Molly and Angela agreed that the practical experience they received dovetailed with their class work and strengthened their grasp of their field. Further, they felt that the experience had enabled them to develop strong relationships with clients and had expanded their professional network.

Katelyn Hammond ’09 Is New Development Coordinator


The Value of the Internship Experience

assistance there would be no way they could fulfill their individual dreams.”

The attendees appreciated having the opportunity to hear firsthand from the students and to ask them questions directly. Many lingered afterwards to talk informally and catch up with friends. ❦

Katelyn capped her four years of Phonathon experience by serving as Phonathon Captain for her senior year. She also worked as a Resident Assistant and, as a Fashion Design major, she was busy creating her senior collection. “There are so many activities and ways to get involved at Lasell,” she says. “Now as an alumna and a member of the Institutional Advancement team, I will continue to be part of the process of spreading the word about what’s happening on campus and helping in the effort to keep essential programs at the College growing.” ❦

Molly Fawcett ’09 answers questions about her internship experience.

Institutional Advancement Adds Leadership Gifts Officer to Staff


ver the summer, Shelley Reese Cornish joined Institutional Advancement as the Leadership Gifts Officer and she will be focusing on increasing leadership giving to the Annual Fund. “I am looking forward to learning about the rich history and future vision of Lasell,” she says. “The College encompasses such a wide range of students — from the youngsters at The Barn, to traditional aged students,

to the Villagers. The vibrancy on campus and the rich intellectual environment is almost palpable.” Shelley most recently held the position of Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Sage School, a private elementary school in Foxboro, MA. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of Development, Gift and Estate Planning at Babson College. She also held several positions in alumni relations, fundraising, and admissions

at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. She holds a Master of Arts in Business Communication and Public Relations from Emerson College. ❦

Shelley Reese Cornish.

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Annual Fund

Re-cap of a Great Year

Haegan Forrest Director of Annual Giving and Constituent Relations Annual Fund Office 1844 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA 02466-2716 (617) 243-2165 Fax: (617) 243-2383


s we turn toward the new fund year it is still a joy to recall the success of the 2009 Annual Fund. Throughout the second half of the year our fundraising team was inspired by the continued support and commitment to the College from so many donors, including alumni, parents of current students, and many other friends. Starting a new position in fundraising approximately three quarters of the way through the fund

year can create a distinct sense of anxiety and concern. Shortly after starting though, my concern gave way to excitement as Lasell was the recipient of a tremendous level of support. The month of June — the last four weeks of the fund year — was the second highest total of gifts received over the past five years. The College, and all who benefit from Lasell’s programs, was greatly bolstered by this support. Annual Giving is a fascinating program to me. It is an amazing opportunity for a college to assure that essential programs are maintained. Funds raised also make it possible to consider new academic opportunities that strengthen the education provided to students. As alumni, parents, and friends of the College make the all-important choice to share their support with Lasell, they make it possible to strengthen and enhance the academic program today. At the same time, the reputation of the College grows, as does the reputation of degree recipients. This relationship is a key factor in the culture change fundraising and Annual Fund programs can have on a college. To be an agent of positive change is so exciting and fulfilling for me — it makes this work personally rewarding.


While guiding the Annual Fund program through the spring, I was able to visit with and meet a great many members of the Lasell community. Making some short drives, I enjoyed hearing stories of the Lasell of years past from several alums. In early May, I joined President Michael Alexander in New Jersey at an alumni reception and the Bill Cosby show. Later in May, during reunion weekend, it was a thrill to welcome alumni to campus. As a fly on the wall, I felt fortunate to be present for the many long-time friends getting reacquainted. I even had the luck of meeting Boomer, Lasell’s new mascot!! This past year the Annual Fund program raised over $730,000 for the College from just over 2,100 people. Thank you! Your support of Lasell College is incredibly important and each one of us here at Lasell is grateful. Especially in these tumultuous times, your choice to support the College is not overlooked or taken for granted. And to the many, many people who have given in previous years, I thank you as well. I hope you will all take advantage of the opportunity to make a gift to Lasell in the coming year.

to teach for, as a result of the positive feedback Lasell faculty provided for the survey (see story p. 1). I must say, between this report and the resounding love and fondness for Lasell among alumni and students, and their parents, I am encouraged and excited about my future here at the College. At a reception last spring, a graduating senior told me how she felt like she was about to leave her home. Another graduating senior I have had the good fortune to meet tells of pouring her heart into the College and watching in amazement as it grew and changed before her eyes. Several students returning this fall have talked about new academic offerings, new sports teams, and improved quality of life on campus. These stories provide evidence of what annual giving can do at Lasell. Please accept my deep gratitude for your ongoing support of the College. Your gift makes it all possible.

Haegan Forrest Director of Annual Giving and Constituent Relations

During my first few months here, I’ve heard over and over again how wonderful a place Lasell is to work. In fact, this past June, Lasell was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the best colleges

Kicking off the 2009-2010 Annual Fund The Lasell Giving Challenge resulted in You WERE over $161,000 of new Up to the and increased gifts during the 2008-2009 Challenge! Annual Fund program. With that total we met the challenge and secured the entire grant amount from Trustee Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle ’36/H’96. From everyone here at Lasell, we thank you and ask you to join us in expressing our deep appreciation to Adelaide Van Winkle for issuing the challenge!


he 2009-2010 Lasell College Annual Fund officially opened on July 1. Please answer the call and support Lasell this year. Your support is more important than ever. Each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. From phonathons, student fundraising programs, special mailings and many personal visits, we truly hope to inspire you to support Lasell this year. Together we strengthen the College and build strong ties among this year’s students and the generations who came before them. This year’s goals include: • Alumni participation goal of 15%. • Parent participation goal of 10%.

The Annual Fund has kicked off for the 2009-2010 academic year. Please join in support of Lasell.

You can give online at or email us at


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• The Lasell College Annual Fund aims to raise $750,000 toward the many academic and extra-curricular programs students enjoy.


Message from the Athletic Director


he Lasers experienced success and recognition during the Spring 2009 season. Even though no team championships were achieved, individuals and teams received acknowledgement.

Kristy Walter Athletic Director Office of Athletics 1844 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, MA 02466-2716 (617) 243-2147 fax (617) 243-2037

The baseball team, competing in their first year of varsity competition, compiled an overall record of 10-24 and earned a spot in the GNAC Championships. This was quite an accomplishment for the young team, as they had to beat out two other more established teams to make the play-offs. Also, to cap off the year, Lasell’s Mike Mahoney ’12, from Rockland, MA was named the GNAC Rookie of the Year. Coach Jim Dolan has even higher expectations for the 2010 season. The women’s lacrosse team finished the season with an overall record of 9-7, losing in the GNAC semifinals to Norwich. Coach Marushka Eddy, in her

Come-from-Behind Win is One for the Memory Books

Assistant Professor Neil Hatem Head Coach for a Day

first season, was honored as the GNAC Coach of the Year. Along with Coach Eddy, Caitlyn Murphy ’09 and Cassandra Haase ’09 were named First Team All-Conference Players. Murphy along with fellow men’s lacrosse player Mike Maggio ’11, also received regional recognition as both players were named to the ECAC All-Star Team. This winter, the Lasers will be adding two new varsity teams — men’s and women’s indoor track and field. Both teams competed on the club level last year, participating in a selection of invitational meets in December, January, and February. Members of the team will enter such field events as shot put and javelin along with sprints, distance events, and relays. A schedule will be put together to include 5-8 regional meets this year. Cross Country Coach Larry Sullivan, who will be the head coach for the track and field teams,

is looking forward to building this new tradition. Another new addition this year is the completion of a second fitness center on campus. A state-of-the-art facility opened on the first floor of McClelland Hall. The center is similar in size to the current fitness facility in Edwards, and it includes brand new cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, and a stretching/core area. Along with Boomer, the new website (, the new fitness center, and new varsity teams, the Athletic Department is looking forward to another successful year.

Kristy Walter Athletic Director

Individuals Recognized

Scholar Athletes of the Year Presented to senior four-year athletes with the highest cumulative GPA.

“It was truly one of the best experiences of my life!” exclaims Assistant Professor Neil Hatem when recalling his one-and-only time as head coach of the Lasell women’s basketball team. “It was incredible.”


or the past three years, Professor Hatem has been the assistant coach of the team, ably backing up Head Coach Kelly Stubbs. However, before the end of the season, he announced that he would not be coaching again next year. So, when Coach Stubbs had to go to a conference and asked him to take on the role of head coach against the Lasers’ chief rival, the Mt. Ida Mustangs, he knew this would be his one shot. “Both teams were in the position to compete for the last playoff spot in the GNAC conference, so it was a meaningful game. Going into it I knew I would have one win or no career win and I was braced for either.” And what a game it was. The Lasers were trailing with only 1:52 to go when Tricia Culver ‘10 made a drive and sunk the tying basket. Then Katie Schumitz ’09 made her third three-pointer of the game and the Mustangs never recovered. “Neil is a great motivator on and off the court,” says Assistant Coach Christina DeLuca’08. “He made the

Christopher Johnson ‘09 Men’s Cross Country.

Kayla McKenna ‘09 Women’s Cross Country.

Student Athletes of the Year Coach Hatem strategizes with the team during a time out.

Awarded to distinguished senior athletes for their achievements and impact on the team.

team realize that this game, because we were playing our rival school and because it would be his only game as head coach, meant a lot more than just winning. It was about playing for each other and taking pride in Lasell.” “I’m pleased I was able to communicate my passion to the team and implement Coach Stubbs’s tactics. The seniors really played hard and it was the team’s win,” Hatem says. “But there’s no getting around what an incredible experience it was for me. I still get excited thinking about it and I’m thrilled to be part of the history of basketball at Lasell. What a fabulous way to retire!” ❦

Jose Guitan ‘09 Men’s Basketball.

Caitlyn Murphy ‘09 Women’s lacrosse.

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Men’s Lacrosse

Overall Record; 21-19 Conference Record: 14-10

Overall Record: 5-10 Pilgrim League Record: 3-5



Ashley Laramie ’11 was named to the All-Conference first team and Heather Rose ‘09, Heather Lynch ‘10, Tricia Culver ‘10, and Michelle Torres ‘12 made the All-Conference third team. With a strong core returning, the Lasers are looking forward to the 2010 season. ❦

Maggio was selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)’s first team and he and Matt Stambler ‘09 made the Pilgrim League AllConference first team. Brandon Keith ‘10 was named to the League’s second team and was Player of the Week in March after recording a total of eight goals and two assists over the course of the 2-0 week for the Lasers. ❦

he Lasers got off to a fast start, coming out of their spring training trip to Florida with their best record ever, going 5-5 in Fort Meyers. In April, they were at the top of the GNAC standings and finished with an impressive 21-19 record. Although defeated early in the GNAC Tournament, five team members were selected for All-Conference teams.

here were many highlights to the season, including the final game against Clark University. The match ended with a sudden death overtime victory for the Lasers with Mike Maggio ’11 scoring the game-winning goal just 17 seconds into the extra period.

Kristin Mammola ‘11 on the mound.

Sean Speciale ‘12 takes a hit.


Women’s Lacrosse

Overall Record: 10-24 Conference Record: 5-9

Overall Record: 9-7 Conference Record: 4-2



Two rookies were selected to the GNAC All-Conference team. Pitcher Mike Mahoney ’12 was the GNAC Rookie of the Year and pitcher and second baseman Josh Sullivan ’12 was a GNAC All-Conference third team honoree. ❦

Senior attack Caitlyn Murphy was selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) second team and to the GNAC first team. Cassandra Haase ’09 was also named to the GNAC first team while goal keeper Kristin Coderre ‘11, Christina Canavan ‘11, and Meredith Hessler ‘12 were on the second team. Alexi Giatrelis ‘12 was selected as Rookie of the Week during April. ❦

asell’s rookie baseball program got off to a great start, securing a spot in the GNAC playoffs. Along the way there were some very exciting games, particularly an incredible 5-4 win over Becker College with a game-ending double play. Josh Sullivan earned the win on the mound, pitching a phenomenal seven innings and producing 10 strike outs and allowing only six hits and just one earned run.

he Lasers had their best season ever under the direction of first year Head Coach Marushka Eddy, who was named 2009 Coach of the Year by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).

Mike Mahoney ‘12 reaches for the catch.

Goal keeper Kristin Coderre ‘11 is under attack.

Men’s Volleyball Overall Record: 20-10 Conference Record: 9-3


t was a good year for the Lasers. They made it to the GNAC playoffs, had their best finish ever at the MIT Invitational Tournament, and took home the Bard College Invitational Championship. Freshman setter Brendan McGourn was selected as the GNAC Rookie of the Year and to the All-Conference first team. Senior outside hitter David Rogers made the All-GNAC second team. Joseph Lipski ‘09 set a new record for career digs at Lasell with 805. During March, Zack Smith ’12 was named Rookie of the Week. ❦


Lasell Leaves • Fall 2009

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Dan Rogers ‘11 stretches for the ball.

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