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Molloy Magazine Winter/Spring 2009-2010 Vol. 10 No. 1


Molloy Magazine Winter/Spring 2009-2010 Vol. 11 No. 1

Publisher Edward J. Thompson Vice President for Advancement

Supervising Editor Ken Young Director of Public Relations

Editor Jacquie Rath Assistant Director of Public Relations

Designer Francis Bonnet

Construction of the new Public Square has started. Story on page 6.

Graphic Artist

Contributors Susan Cassidy-Lyke Michael DeVito Nancy Engelhardt Debra Falk Beth Fiteni S. Dorothy Fitzgibbons, O.P. Marion Flomenhaft, Ph.D. Richard Formica Diane Fornieri Michelle Fradua Regina Gorney Janet Jansen Frank Koester Scott Levy Neal Lewis Marilyn Marra Madeline McDonagh Cynthia Metzger Catherine Muscente Paul North Sherry Radowitz, Ph.D. Susana Rubio, Ph.D.

Ian Schraier Mary Scanio Cody Snapp

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Dominican Roots on Display

A new Molloy icon is born.


Public Square Groundbreaking

Construction begins on new facility.



Molloy welcomes alumni back to campus.

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Bob Houlihan Inducted into the Hall of Fame Energeia Partnership Update Annual Ball Looking to the Future with Dr. Valerie Collins Sustainability Institute Update Lions Fall Athletic Review Alumni Community

Message from the


Mission Statement Molloy College, an independent, Catholic college

Welcome to 2010! Given the many exciting things that have happened at Molloy since our last issue of this magazine was published in June, it’s hard to know where to start.

rooted in the Dominican

In September we began a new school year, with all the promise offered by that annual rite of fall. Once again our enrollment figures set a new record, showing that our students and their families continue to place great value on a Molloy education.

tradition of study,

Adding to the fall excitement was the announcement that Molloy had been named a “2010 Best College in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review and had also earned “Best in the North” recognition from U.S. News and World Report in the Universities – Master’s category. These wonderful honors were an affirmation of our continued commitment to academic excellence.

and community,

spirituality, service,

is committed to academic excellence with

On September 30, we held our groundbreaking for the Public Square, Molloy’s first major addition since 1992. The beautiful new building, made possible by the College’s most successful capital campaign ever, will serve as a student center and is expected to open in the spring of 2011. In addition to providing updates on a variety of exciting events that have taken place at Molloy, this issue also includes a look to the future. You’ll find stories on our new Facebook Badge Program, thoughts from Dr. Valerie Collins (Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty) on some of the new and exciting academic programs we will be launching soon, and a look at some of the activities that made Homecoming Weekend so special. If one story captures the essence of Molloy, though, it would have to be the cover piece on our new four-pillar banner. The four pillars visually summarize the roots of our Dominican heritage, with its emphasis on study, spirituality, service and community. You can expect to see this beautiful work of art proudly displayed at future Molloy events and ceremonies.

respect for each person. Through transformative education, Molloy promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership.

Thanks to everyone who helped in the development and creation of this inspirational banner, and a continued thank you to all of you who make up what is a very special Molloy community.

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nder the leadership of Sister Dorothy Fitzgibbons, Vice President for Mission, the Molloy Community recently completed the process of revising the College’s 1988 Mission Statement. In 2007, meetings of constituencies were held to dialogue and discuss common values. The Mission Statement Task Force crafted many revisions of the statement prior to its approval.


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Those who are committed to the Dominican way-of-life understand that the words “study, spirituality, service and community” have very special meaning. These concepts are known as the four pillars, or essential elements, of Dominican philosophy. These principles were set forth by Saint Dominic de Guzman, who founded the Order of Preachers in 1216. Saint Dominic believed it would be the synergy of the four pillars that would act as the catalyst for change and enlightenment throughout the world. As the College’s mission statement details, Molloy is a “Catholic college rooted in the Dominican tradition.” Molloy was founded in 1955 by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, and emphasizes the value of study, the importance of community, the need for service to others, and the positive attributes of spiritual practice. The College continually strives to educate the Molloy community on the importance of maintaining the delicate balance and interaction among the four pillars. To increase awareness and visibility of the four pillar concept on Molloy’s campus, the College’s Mission and Environment Committee created a banner illustrating these Dominican principles. The banner will be used at Molloy Community events and liturgies. Committee member Maureen E. Carey, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Molloy College, and an accomplished artist, was asked to develop the graphic representation of Saint Dominic’s ideals.

Mission and Environment Committee Members S. Diane Capuano Dr. Maureen Carey Dr. Valerie Collins S. Dorothy Fitzgibbons Diane Fornieri Ann LoCastro Catherine Muscente S. Mary Pat Neylon Dr. Yolande Trincere

The Molloy College Board of Trustees approved the following updated Mission Statement in spring of 2009: Molloy College, an independent, Catholic college rooted in the Dominican tradition of study, spirituality, service, and community, is committed to academic excellence with respect for each person. Through transformative education, Molloy promotes a lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership. Dr. Carey’s vision took form over many months of collaborative efforts with fellow committee members. The final version equates each of the four pillars of Dominican life to a visual representation of one of the four seasons. The final piece was painted in water color and incorporates the Dominican Cross, which is used to divide the artwork into four separate components. The four seasons were correlated to the concept of the four pillars as follows: Autumn – The season of community. Autumn is when we come together collectively as the Molloy Community to start our academic year, to recognize changes to our group, and to celebrate our diversity. Winter – The season of going within, being still, being aware of silence as snow falls, and being aware of the darkness as the days are shorter. Winter is used as a metaphor for prayer and spirituality. Spring – The season of new growth and new life. It is the season for the budding forth of new ideas and for study. Summer – The season of being in full bloom. This is the season of service. It is time for sharing the abundance of who we are with others around us. Once the artwork was finalized, it was then translated to banner form. The four components of the banner (the pictures of the seasons) were designed to be used as individual banners at a service or event dealing with a single aspect of Dominican life, or they can be assembled like a puzzle to appear as one single image. “It was challenging to integrate all four concepts and to provide a better

understanding of the pillars while not trivializing the ideals,” said Dr. Carey. “I am very pleased with the end result.” “The positive response to the artistic presentation of the Dominican way of education at Molloy was very rewarding for all involved in the process,” said S. Fitzgibbons, O.P. The fully assembled banner debuted at opening day festivities for the fall 2009 semester, where it was unveiled and the components were reviewed and discussed at length. The entire banner, or its components, will be used at future events on campus as a reminder of Molloy’s Dominican roots.

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he story of Molloy College began a new chapter on September 30, 2009 when supporters of the College, faculty, alumni, students, administrators and staff gathered for the

official groundbreaking of the new Public Square building.

The Public Square

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Over 300 attendees filled the baseball field behind Kellenberg Hall (the future Public Square site) to listen as Drew Bogner, Ph.D., President, Molloy College, New York State Senator Dean Skelos, and Daniel T. Henry, Chairman of the Molloy Board of Trustees spoke about the bright future that lies ahead for the entire Molloy community. The groundbreaking represented the culmination of the most successful capital campaign in the College’s history, which concluded in the fall of 2008 and generated over $20 million for the construction. The Public Square is the College’s first major addition since 1992. It will serve as a student center and provide new classroom space. The 57,000 square-foot facility will also house a 550seat theater (the Madison National Bank

Local officials join President Bogner (center) in breaking ground for the new building.

Theatre,) as well as an art gallery and a multimedia center. “The Public Square demonstrates Molloy’s continued commitment to both its students and the greater community,” said Dr. Bogner. “It also reflects the support of alumni and the countless friends of the College, whose generous

Members of Molloy’s Board of Trustees proudly take part in the day’s festivities.

donations fueled a record capital campaign that helped to fund this expansion. This new building will serve as the campus center for students, and the community to enjoy a wide variety of arts, lectures and conferences.” The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Public Square building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2011. The College also plans to build its first student residence hall (with an anticipated completion date of fall 2011), which will house approximately 150 students. For additional photos of the ground breaking event, visit the Molloy College web site at, or view construction progress by visiting the Molloy College homepage and clicking on “Campus Construction.”

Daniel T. Henry, Chairman of the Molloy Board of Trustees; President Drew Bogner; and New York State Senator Dean Skelos, take a moment to discuss the new facility. Spring 2010 •

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“I believe the greatest legacy a person can have is to have had a positive

influence on others. There is no question in my mind that Bob has achieved this status.” -Susan Cassidy-Lyke, Director of Athletics

Bob Houlihan Inducted into the

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olloy College hosted the Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner on October 16, 2009. The annual dinner traditionally serves as the kick-off event to Homecoming Weekend. This year Robert (Bob) Houlihan, Vice President of Student Affairs, was inducted into the Hall of Fame – an institution he created. Bob Houlihan’s relationship with Molloy College spans a twenty-nine year period. He began his Molloy career in 1980 as the softball coach, and six years later assumed additional coaching duties as the women’s basketball coach. In nineteen seasons at the softball helm, he recorded over 300 victories including a New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) Championship in 1995 and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in 1994 and 1995. He amassed 134 basketball victories over eleven basketball seasons, reaching the post-season tournament ten times. In 1988 Bob became Molloy’s third Director of Athletics. During his tenure, he was instrumental in adding seven intercollegiate teams, including five men’s programs. Baseball, men’s basketball and men’s cross country made their debut during the 1992-93 academic year, marking the first men’s athletic programs in the history of Molloy College. Soon after, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s cross country and men’s la-

Susan Cassidy-Lyke, Athletics Director; President Drew Bogner; Honoree Bob Houlihan; and Linda Albanese, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

crosse began. Under Bob’s guidance the student-athlete body grew from forty to two hundred. In June of 2001, Bob was elevated to his current position as Vice President of Student Affairs. He is the chief student affairs officer, providing leadership and vision for student support services, including athletics, health, public safety and student government-sponsored clubs and activities. He is responsible for organizing freshmen and transfer student orientations, handling all graduation festivities, and developing and implementing student life programs. Bob is a twenty-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, where he served as a detective for seventeen years before his retirement in 1986. He

has been sharing his police experiences with the Molloy students as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department since 1988. He has also taught classes in Molloy’s Physical Education Department. “Bob lives out the mission of Molloy every day,” said Susan Cassidy-Lyke, the current Athletics Director at Molloy. “He continues to promote positive societal attitudes through his contributions to the community. He has inspired so many students during his tenure at Molloy, most notably those involved in student government and the student-athletes. I believe the greatest legacy a person can have is to have had a positive influence on others. There is no question in my mind that Bob has achieved this status.”

Bob Houlihan, Vice President for Student Affairs (center), is surrounded by Molloy students at the induction ceremony.

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Over 200 guests included past honorees, past student government representatives, alumni, members of the Molloy community and friends of the College.

Homecoming H

omecoming weekend 2009 kicked off with the Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Oct. 16. This year’s honoree was Molloy’s Vice President

of Student Affairs, Robert Houlihan. There were over 200 guests in attendance, including past honorees, past student government representatives, alumni, members of An Elvis impersonator entertained during the banquet.

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the Molloy community and friends of the College.

Day two of the three-day celebration saw a nor’easter approaching the New York area. The outdoor location for Saturday’s scheduled tailgating event was changed to the lobby of the Wilbur Arts Building. The weather may have been dreary, but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of the attendees. Over 50 alumni registered for the events that day, which were attended by over 250 athletes and their families. Events included pumpkin painting and face painting for the children, and members of the athletics department cooked barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs. Also on Saturday, Oct. 17, spectators were treated to exciting games played on campus including: volleyball, women’s lacrosse, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s rugby. The women’s and men’s soccer teams facedoff against their Bridgeport rivals at the nearby Dean Skelos Athletic Complex. The weekend’s events culminated on Sunday with an Alumni Mass in the campus Chapel, followed by a wonderful reunion banquet. The 2009 Alumni Awards were presented during the banquet. The 2009 honorees were: Veritas Medal: Mrs. Patricia A. Costello Calcado, ‘82 Distinguished Faculty Award: Dr. C. Vincent Pané Departmental Chairperson, Associate Professor of Education and Mathematics Alumni Service Award: Mrs. Laura Morlando Misitano, ‘84 Recent Alumni Award: Mr. Paul Cordasco, ‘04 Look for more photos from Homecoming 2009, or information regarding Homecoming 2010 on Molloy’s website,, or contact Mary Scanio at 516.678.5000 ext. 6405.

Students celebrate Midnight Madness

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The Energeia

Partnership An Update on Molloy’s Academy for Regional Stewardship

Paul Tonna, Executive Director, The Energeia Partnership.


he Energeia Partnership, Molloy’s Academy for Regional Stewardship on Long Island, launched its inaugural class in 2006, and as

of January 2010 the program has graduated three classes.

The class of 2009 is midway through their program, and the fifth class begins in February 2010. With an emphasis on “leadership through service” Energeia gives proven, ethical leaders the opportunity to act as catalysts for change, helping to create innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our region. “We are embarking on new territory,” said Nancy Englehardt, Director, The Energeia Partnership. “We have no regional models to emulate but are gaining pearls of wisdom from a variety of sources and research. The innovative use of technology is the next step necessary to enhance our ability to communicate, to improve civic engage12 Molloy Magazine • Spring 2010

ment and to reach out and educate the silent majority.”

To date, under the guidance of Paul Tonna, Executive Director, The Energeia Partnership, there have been over 75 full-day workshops, seminars and retreats facilitated as part of the program. The Academy is committed to educating leaders for the benefit of all people who live and work on Long Island. The group has over 150 curriculum partners, as well as 213 Energeia Partners and board members serving on over 200 different boards and commissions across the Island.

Edward Thompson, Vice President for Advancement; Energeia graduate Isabel Sepulveda de Scanlon, President, Voz Latina; and Paul Tonna.

Each year Energeia leadership develops an innovative, regionally-based curriculum for the purpose of providing selected proven and ethical leaders with the relationships, information and tools to become change agents. “Energeia is quickly and momentously approaching a tipping point for regional action,” said

Energeia members participate in a discussion during a classroom session.

Ms. Englehardt. “We are leaders with a value proposition about to embark on Phase II of the Energeia Partnership – creating and implementing a structured and sustainable action plan.” Each graduating and current class has selected ambassadors to represent and act as the liaisons and committee chairs. Together with the board of advisors, they are developing a model that will include many opportunities to stay engaged and participate with Energeia Partners. In the future the ambassadors will play a significant role in planning additional workshops and seminars, community-related social events for families and friends, and provide opportunities to serve on task force committees to implement a strategy for change. The Energeia class of 2008 recently completed their two-year program with a final class at Planting Fields Arboretum. Graduates from the two former classes attended and joined in a discussion to report on the shared vi-

Nancy Englehardt, Director, The Energeia Partnership.

sion and collective strengths of the “Partnership.” “The level of commitment and dedication from the hundreds of people who have been involved in Energeia since 2006 is overwhelming and we strive daily to earn their trust, time and support as we plant the seeds of change,” said Ms. Englehardt.

Energeia Partnership members during a recent retreat at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay.

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The Molloy College



Attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing, singing waiters, and a silent auction. 14 Molloy Magazine • Spring 2010

Congratulations Dorothy and Michael Bock - 2009 Molloy Annual Ball Grand Prize Raffle Winners. They won a trip to St. Maarten.


he annual Molloy College Ball was held at the Garden City Hotel on Saturday evening, November 14th. The blacktie gala raised funds to support the College’s unwavering commitment to scholarship funding and access to quality education. This year the event honored three distinguished members of our community in recognition of their years of strong leadership and corporate citizenship. The Corporate Award recipient was State Bank of Long Island, the Distinguished Alumni Award was

Edward Thompson, Vice President for Advancement (far right), joins President Bogner and Molloy students during the ball festivities.

bestowed on Daniel L. Murphy the Chairman and CEO of Madison National Bank, and Timothy P. Knight of Newsday Media Group was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Co-Chairs for the event were: Gerald Kaiser, Esq., Founder & Director, Madison National Bank; Deborah Kendric, CPA, Director Corporate Communications, State Bank; and Deidra Parrish Williams, Director, Community Affairs & Media Relations, Newsday. Next year’s event will be held on November 13, 2010.

Tom O’Brien, CEO, State Bank of Long Island; and Daniel T. Henry, Chairman, Molloy College Board of Trustees.

Ball co-chairs Deidra Parrish Williams, Director, Community Affairs and Media Relations, Newsday; Deborah Kendric, CPA, Director, Corporate Communications, State Bank; and Gerald Kaiser, Esq., Founder and Director, Madison National Bank.

Timothy P. Knight (right), of Newsday Media Group, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.

President Bogner (left) presents Daniel L. Murphy with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Spring 2010 •

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Annual Golf Classic

Tom Dwyer, Ed Thompson, John McDonough, Gerald McCabe.

John and Loretta Cameron, Karen and President Drew Bogner.

Event Co-Chairs, Lisa Tepper (far left) and Jeff Greenfield (far right), with Molloy Student Athletes.

Honoree Lew Bernstein, Lisa Tepper, Jeff Greenfield, Event Co-Chairs.


Advancement Team: Madeline McDonagh, Michelle Fradua, Regina Gorney, and Cynthia Metzger, with Diane Fornieri and President Drew Bogner.

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lthough inclement weather forced the Golf Committee to postpone the 2009 Molloy College Annual Golf Classic originally scheduled for May, until the end of the summer, the event lived up to all expectations. Attendees enjoyed a fun-filled round of golf followed by an enjoyable dinner/awards reception. This year’s honorees were Lewis Bernstein, CEO, B&B Coverage, LLC, and Stuart H. Lubow, Chairman, President and CEO of Community National

Honoree, Stu Lubow, President Drew Bogner.

Bank. Foursomes played courses at either The Seawane Golf and Country Club or the Woodmere Golf and Country Club. The many event sponsors helped make the day a huge success. Their support of the golf classic helped to ensure that Molloy’s continued vision of providing financial assistance, the highest level of education, opportunities for personal growth, and community service remain possible for all of its students.

Bringing the

World of Music to Molloy

Dr. Tom Malone leads a Molloy community performance.


r. Tom Malone just completed his first semester as a member of the Molloy College Music Department. He teaches music theory classes and piano, and supervises seniors in the field who are doing their student teaching.

Originally from the small town of South Hero, an island in Vermont, where the off-season population drops to a mere 2,000 residents, the self-proclaimed “music nerd” is happy to call the Rockville Centre campus home. “I have always had a passion for music,” said Dr. Malone. “I was inspired by my high school music teacher who brought music from around the world into the classroom. That made me want to teach and compose.” After completing his undergraduate studies in composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was mentored by Professor Richard Colwell (a noted music education expert and author), Dr. Malone received both his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. Dr. Malone believes that the 21st cen-

tury classroom requires music educators who are looking to broaden the horizons of their students through the music of many cultures. “My primary goal here at Molloy is to equip music education students with a diverse toolkit of skills,” he said. “I also strive to teach superior musicianship and hope to enable students to bridge cultural and economic divides through participatory music making. If you think about it, music is able to connect and empower people like almost nothing else can.” When Dr. Malone first came to campus last September, he was impressed by the cohesiveness of the entire Molloy community. “Respect and caring are evident throughout the campus,” he said. “You see it in both faculty and students. The Music Department is extremely collegial.”

He joined the Molloy community right away, putting together a very memorable sharp-note/sacred-harp music performance as part of the September 11th Tribute Concert on campus. “Shape-notes, Gospel music, and American folk instruments are all passions of mine,” he said. “I am interested in all forms of community music making.” Dr. Malone recently invited Moses Buyondo, a drummer from East Africa, to present an afternoon workshop for Molloy students. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Molloy College Vocal Harmony Club, which he formed in early September, and is looking to create additional music related clubs including Irish music. Any students who are interested in joining the clubs should contact Dr. Malone directly. Spring 2010 •

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Looking to the


with Dr. Valerie Collins


r. Collins has a unique perspective on Molloy’s history and traditions, having been both a student and faculty member at the College before assuming her current role as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

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Dr. Collins has held leadership positions throughout her career at the College, serving as President of Molloy’s student government during her undergraduate days and Faculty President while a faculty member of the Nursing Division. Shortly after her appointment as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Collins served as Acting President prior to Dr. Bogner’s arrival on campus. After graduating from Molloy with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Dr. Collins attended New York University, where she received both a Master’s degree in Child Psychiatric Nursing and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. While pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Collins discovered that she loved teaching. It was this passion that brought her back to Molloy. Dr. Collins credits the wonderful role modeling of the Dominican Sisters at Molloy College, who focused on the education of women as inspiring her to achieve her goals. “Great teachers inspire you,” she said. “We are fortunate that Molloy began with, and continues to be blessed with, so many extraordinary educators.” Under the leadership of Dr. Collins, who has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs since 1998, and a faculty that she describes as “truly amazing,” Molloy continues to flourish academically. Looking forward, Dr. Collins sees many opportunities for students attending Molloy in the years ahead. Working with Dr. Bogner and the Molloy faculty, she spearheaded an initiative to organize the current academic division structure, which is actually a return to Molloy’s roots. “When Molloy started more than 50 years ago, it was organized in divisional structure. The divisional model brings together faculty and students with similar interests and facilitates the pursuit of common goals.” The six academic divisions, Business, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences offer numerous undergraduate programs. The first Mas-

Dr. Collins and S. Dorothy Fitzgibbons, O.P., prepare for the 2009 Commencement ceremony.

Suzanne Sorel, Ph.D., Director, Music Therapy Program; Dr. Collins; and guest speaker Dr. Clive Robbins at the 2008 Music Therapy event.

ter’s program opened in 1989. Since that time, four additional Master’s programs have been added, three within the last five years. Pending final accreditation, the College will offer an additional Master’s program in Speech Pathology and Audiology beginning in the Fall 2010 semester. Dr. Collins noted that Molloy’s undergraduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, education, and nursing built the academic reputation of the College and that these programs continue to thrive with the addition of initiatives such as Freshman Learning Communities, Global Studies and the Honors program. In keeping with Molloy’s dedication to reaching out to local communities, many Molloy programs are community focused and this tradition has continued with the development of our graduate programs. For example, our graduate music therapy program and the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy are providing opportunities for community outreach to clients that include children with autism. The speech pathology and audiology program will house a state of the art speech clinic for both children and adults. Molloy graduate and undergraduate students work with faculty and professional staff to provide services in speech and music therapy for the Long Island community. Another example of community outreach is our Business Division, where we have both great educators and also leaders with significant business experience guiding our students and helping to place them in internships on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. New programs and new faculty mean increased opportunities for students. “That’s where our focus has to remain,” said Dr. Collins. “Our programs continue to draw a greater number of applicants each

year, and those students are coming in with higher grades and test scores than the prior year’s students. These students graduate from Molloy with a value-based education built on the Dominican and Catholic tradition and skills that will help them further their career goals, whether in the liberal arts or in a professional program.” Dr. Collins believes that what Molloy has accomplished in its relatively short tenure is a remarkable achievement. “Many institutions of higher education have long histories spanning many decades,” she said. “Our founders would be amazed at what we’ve achieved in just over fifty years. As I look to the future, though, I am confident that our best years are still to come.” One great example is the pending doctoral program in Nursing, which will be Molloy’s first Ph.D. program. “This doctoral program will help take Molloy to the next level of academic excellence,” said Dr. Collins. “We are already a leader in the field of nursing, and have been for many years. We have a well-deserved reputation for producing talented nurses, but now we will also educate the next generation of nursing leaders. The College takes this responsibility very seriously, while also realizing that this is a great opportunity for both current students and new students who will be drawn to this exciting new program.” When asked what is the best part of her job as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Molloy, Dr. Collins replied, “Every single day, we have the opportunity to reach out and touch the future. Through the programs we offer and the efforts of our talented faculty, administrators and staff, we have a tremendous impact on our students and the Long Island communities where they live.” Spring 2010 •

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The Sustainability Institute:

Out of the Gate Running M Neal Lewis, Executive Director of The Sustainability Institute.

Below are some of the activities the group, under the guidance of local environmental leader Neal Lewis, has undertaken since its inception: • The Sustainability Institute (SI) convenes the regional Clean Energy Leadership Task Force, which brings together local towns, villages, and the two Long Island counties to push forward clean energy projects and help identify funding sources and incentives. This has been highly successful in getting projects implemented on Long Island. One of the Task Force’s biggest successes was being the catalyst behind ten out of 13 townships adopting Energy Star standards for new home construction. As a result new homes in those towns will be up to 30% more energy efficient. This year the SI issued a “Green Paper” analyzing the success of this effort, and offering future policy recommendations. • The Clean Energy Leadership Task Force also produced the 2009 Leading the Way 20 Molloy Magazine • Spring 2010

olloy College is truly invested when it comes to sustainability. In addition to the start of the construction of Molloy’s new “green” Public Square building, the College launched the Sustainability Institute in April 2009.

report, documenting what each local municipality is doing to implement clean energy projects. For example, the Town of Hempstead is using alternative fuels in its vehicles, and installed a large solar array on Town Hall. See report at • SI is playing a major role in the formation and future coordination of a consortium of towns that is currently applying for a $40 million federal Department of Energy grant to help fund home energy efficiency retrofits. If successful, the program could bring $250 million to Long Island. • SI offered a “green jobs” presentation to Molloy’s Division of Business in September, and is also helping to coordinate the annual Maher Lecture on March 12, 2010 on the topic “Green Economy: Promise and Potential,” with keynote speaker Peter Fusaro, and panel discussions between government and green industry leaders. • The Sustainability Institute helped obtain the LED holiday lights for the Molloy cam-

pus. About 10,000 individual decorative lights were replaced, and the switch will save about 90% of the energy used over previous holiday seasons. • SI also coordinates the LI Interfaith Environment Network, which assists places of worship in reducing their environmental impact. The group produced two reports this year; one called Greening the Faith, which lists local places of worship and what they’ve done to save energy, and one is Greening Your Place of Worship: How to Tips on Getting Started. • The group also issued a special report in August on avoiding mosquitoes without using toxic pesticides. • Finally, SI staff is helping to coordinate Earth Week activities for the campus, and will be teaching a class on environmental policy this semester. To contact the Sustainability Institute call 516.678.5000 ext. 7562.

Earth Week 2010 April 19-23

Get involved. Call Beth Fiteni, Chairperson, Earth Week Committee at 516.678.5000 ext. 7561 or e-mail

Join us for the 2010 Joseph F. Maher Event

The Green Economy: Promise and Potential March 12, 2010 • 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Come and listen to what those who know have to say‌ Keynote Address: Peter C. Fusaro, Chairman and Founder, Global Change Associates Panel Discussions: -Government Policy That Promotes Green Job Creation -The Nuts and Bolts of Green Jobs Followed by Cocktail Reception and Networking

Sponsorships available! For more information call 516.678.5000 ext. 6622 or visit

Division of Business

2010 Program Schedule

Speaker Series

Sunday, February 28th Assisted Emigration - The Story of Brigid Egan Presented by Clare Curtin, Sociologist, Vice President, Garden City Irish Cultural Society 3:00 p.m. Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall A seventeen-year old girl left County Clare as part of an assisted emigration scheme. Who was the sponsor and what was the motive? Research for this topic has taken the author from New York to Dublin, Belfast and County Clare over a ten-year period.

Sunday, March 28th A History of Traditional Irish Music in America Told and performed by Robert Lynch 3:00 p.m. Multi Purpose Room, Wilbur Arts Center

Wednesday, April 28th An Evening of Irish Storytelling Presented by Jim Hawkins, Seanchai (storyteller) 7:00 p.m. Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall A discussion and performance of the different types of stories in the Irish storytelling tradition, their origins and development.

Guest speaker Jai Sooklal (center).


he Division of Business Speaker Series (formerly known as the MBA Speaker Series) offers Molloy students real-life insight into the business world. Focusing on students’ professional development with a business perspective, the series brings prominent business leaders from various organizations to speak on campus, providing illustration to various courses of study. Beginning in the fall 2009 semester, it was decided that a speaker would be invited to Molloy each month, covering various topics studied in current classes. Some of our past speakers have included Dr. Ray Manganelli, Founding Partner, Shelter Rock Group, LLC; Jai Sooklal, Head - Funding, Liquidity and Interest Rate Management, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Neal Lewis, Executive Director, The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College; Stuart Richner, President, Richner Communications, Inc; and Mr. Daniel T. Henry, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, American Express Company. The Speaker Series has been well received, and the Division has also added workshops such as The Math Boot Camp, Accounting Boot Camp, and The Entrepreneurship Event.

February 6th Irish For Beginners - Level 2 Through April 17 Instructor: Hazel Conroy-Chrobet Location: TBD 8 Sessions All classes are Saturday morning, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Note: there are no classes Feb. 13, March 6, & April 3. Fee: $144 If you wish to register for any of the above classes, please call Cathy Muscente, 516.678.5000 ext. 6218, or email 22 Molloy Magazine • Spring 2010

Guest Speaker Dr. Ray Manganelli

Legacy for Learning T

he Legacy for Learning dinner is an annual celebration at Molloy that brings together student scholarship recipients with those who made the scholarships possible. Students have an opportunity to discuss the meaning of their scholarships and how the opportunities have enhanced their Molloy experiences. Almost 200 guests enjoyed the December 2, 2009 event in the Anselma Room. They mingled with the scholarship students who sat at their tables. It was a great opportunity for the Molloy alumni who were present to hear about life on campus today and for the students to say thank you. For information about how you can contribute to Molloy’s many scholarship funds, contact Mary Scanio, Development Associate, Alumni Relations, at 516.678.5000 ext. 6405.

Molloy student, dance team member and scholarship recipient Clare Germino (second from left) with President Bogner and her parents Robert and Maryann Germino ’82. Clare is the recipient of the Barry Scholarship.

Molloy Named a “Best” College! Selected as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report, and “Best in the Northeast” college by The Princeton Review


olloy College, based in Rockville Centre, was founded in 1955. The College serves a student population of nearly 4,000 undergraduates and graduates. Students can earn degrees in a variety of outstanding academic programs including nursing, business, education, social work, music therapy, criminal justice and many more.

Visit or call 516.678.5000 to speak with an admissions counselor

Matthew Badano ’10

LIONS Fall Athletic Review Record-Setting Season for Cross Country 2009 was a record-setting year for the runners in Rockville Centre. During Head Coach Al Kilfoyle’s second year at the helm, the men’s squad ran to six top-5 finishes in eight total races, which helped them to a 15th position at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regional Championships. The team posted two victories this season, the first in the program’s history. The first win came on Oct. 3 at the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational. The men notched their second win fifteen days later at the St. John’s Invitational. The men were led by two individuals. Graduate student Matthew Walsh, of Wantagh, N.Y., and senior Matthew Badamo, of Floral Park, N.Y., were both named to the All-East Coast Conference second-team for their impressive seasons. Walsh also ran to a second-place finish at the East Coast Conference Championships. The Lions’ women’s team also posted three top-five finishes including a team win at the C.W. Post Invitational on Sept. 12. Molloy also ran to a secondplace spot at the St. John’s Invitational on Oct. 18. The Lions were led by graduate student Elizabeth Weiss, of Oceanside, N.Y., whose strong season garnered her All-East Coast Conference secondteam accolades. In the ECC Championships, the team ran to a fourth-place finish. 2009 turned out to be a successful season for both cross country teams. Tennis Posts Huge Turnaround

Coming off a 2008 campaign that saw the Molloy College women’s tennis team post only one victory, the 2009 season was vastly improved. Under first-year Head Coach Terry Hirten and Assistant Coach Helen Quon, the team showed one of the best turnarounds in program history, finishing the 2009 season with a 4-7 overall record. The team was led by several returning players and some new cast members, including

Shannon Skeggs ’10

freshman Jeana Frey of Island Park, N.Y. and senior Annie Ayala of South Hempstead, N.Y. Valentine Garners Rookie of the Year Praise Nicole Valentine, a forward out of Massapequa, N.Y., was tabbed as the East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year after pacing the Lions with 13 points (six goals, one assist). The rookie also ranked sixth in the league in shots per game (3.67) and ninth in goals per game (0.50). Plus, Valentine took home ECC Rookie of the Week accolades on Sept. 14 for her three-goal week against Caldwell College and Concordia College. Three other women’s soccer players were given conference honors as Dianna Geneva, Christina Aquilon, Laura McNamara and Valentine were all named to the All-ECC Second-team. Geneva accumulated five points this year (two goals, one assist), which ranked fifth-best on the team. One of those goals came as a game-winner. Molloy also excelled on the defensive side of the ball as McNamara helped the Lions hold their opponents to 36 goals this season. Aquilon led the squad with 77 saves, which was third-best in the ECC, and five wins. She was also slotted third in the league in saves per game (5.50), seventh in save percentage (.694) and eighth in shutouts (1). The women’s soccer team closed out the 2009 season with an overall record of 6-10 (3-4 ECC). Batista Honored Jose Batista, a senior midfielder from Rego Park, N.Y., was named the ECC Offensive Player of the Year for his outstanding fall season with the Molloy College men’s soccer team. He accumulated a team-high 28 points, which came on 12 goals and four assists. He also led the league in points per game at an average of 2.0. Amongst the nation, Batista was ranked 17th in the nation in points and goals per game (0.86). In the ECC, he is slotted second in several categories. Moreover, he helped his team to some crucial victories by firing three gamewinning markers. Molloy’s two other seniors, forward John-Paul Hughes and midfielder Graeme Roderick, were honored as AllECC second-team members. Hughes, a

Jose Batista ’10

Manchester, England native, tallied 15 points this season (five goals, five assists), while Roderick, who hails from Liverpool, England, raked in nine points on four goals and one assist. Hughes recorded the game-winning marker in a 6-0 triumph over Felician College on Sept. 2. Moreover, he finished 66th in the nation in assists per game (0.38). In the ECC, the forward is ranked fifth in shots per game (3.23) and seventh in points per game (1.15). Batista, Hughes and Roderick helped the Lions post an overall record of 7-8-1 and a league mark of 3-4. Nicalek Named to All-ECC SecondTeam Sophomore Angelica Nicalek, a right-side hitter from Valley Stream, N.Y., had a team-best 349 kills in 2009. She was also ranked second in attack percentage (.232), and third in assists (29) and digs (.239). In addition, the Valley Stream native slotted second in the East Coast Conference in kills per game (3.61). Nicalek posted ten double-doubles during the 2009 campaign. In a 3-1 win over Queens College on Sept. 29, the sophomore recorded a season- and team-high 21 kills, to go along with 13 digs. During a match against Mercy College on Oct. 15, Nicalek helped lead the Lions to a 3-1 victory with 18 kills and 18 digs. The women’s volleyball team finished with an overall mark of 9-22 and an ECC ledger of 3-9. Junior Arielle Wichard also had a solid season as she ranked second in attack percentage (2.15) and

fourth in digs (168). Freshman Stefani Koelbel led Molloy with 335 digs, while senior Monika Rodziewicz posted 264 digs for second. Rookie Jennifer Koelbel was first on the Lions in assists (599), while junior Kristen Sklarsky picked up 289 digs, which was good for second. Frey’s first year in Rockville Centre saw her post a 7-4 overall mark, including a 4-2 record from the first singles position. Her stellar performance helped her earn All-East Coast Conference firstteam honors. Ayala, a senior, served as the team’s captain. She was third on the team in wins with five and won five doubles matches. Freshman Madeline Jurlano (Middle Village, N.Y.) also had a strong first season in Rockville Centre. She was second on the squad in wins, en route to a 6-6 overall mark. She and senior Shannon Skeggs, of Southold, N.Y., partnered up for a strong 5-1 showing in doubles competition. The 2010 season will see the Lions return eight letter winners.

Angelica Nicalek ’12

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Badge Program


he Molloy Office of Public Relations is constantly looking for innovative ways to promote the College and its many opportunities for students and alumni. Recently, Ken Young, Director, Public Relations, decided to partner with an organization that was piloting a unique Facebook Badge program. “We were able to sign up as one of the pioneering schools in the program,” stated Young. “It was an opportunity to differentiate our students and

alumni from others in a unique way. We also wanted to utilize social media to get the word out about Molloy and the exciting organizations connected with it.” The program allows people who have a profile set up on Facebook to download special Molloy badges that can be placed on their profile. The badges can be generic or more specialized honing in on certain interests of individuals. For example, currently we have a general Molloy College version, but

alumni, the rugby teams, student government, and the Molloy Forum all have customized badges. The customized badges all require special passwords that can be obtained by contacting the group’s designated administrator. Facebook will only allow one Molloy badge per profile, although they can be swapped as more options are made available. For questions or more info, e-mail Ken Young at

In order to access the badges follow these simple steps 1. Make sure you are signed on to Facebook 2. Go to 3. Click “allow access” 4. Look for the badge you want 5. Select it and post to your profile

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Sports Conference O

n November 6, Molloy College hosted The Forum on Youth Sports and Physical Education, which was sponsored by New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal, Athletes Helping Athletes, and Molloy College. The Forum brought together athletic directors and physical education professionals from the entire downstate region to strategize as to how the physical education community can assist youth sports in its quest to provide a meaningful experience for all young athletes. Much has been written and documented about the increased intensity of youth sports through its commercialization and interference from over-invested parents. The Forum is viewed as the initial step in forming a systemic alliance

Bob Houlihan, Vice President for Student Affairs (third from right), and fellow panelists answered questions from attendees.

between scholastic and youth sports. Pat LaFontaine, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and a youth hock-

ey coach, introduced a Young Athlete’s Bill of Rights with the assistance of student athlete leaders.

2009 Business Women’s Luncheon T

Keynote Speaker Debbie Van Bourgondien. Keynote Speaker Debbie Van Bourgondien

he 2009 Molloy College Business Women’s Luncheon keynote speaker, Debbie Van Bourgondien, was a delight! Her remarks on how to balance career, commitments, family and community responsibility struck a chord with everyone in the room. The annual event assists in the College’s goal of networking and sharing all the exciting news about our plans for significant campus growth. This year’s event was sponsored in part by The Roslyn Savings Foundation, NEFCU and Liberty Mutual. Donations for this event were accepted in support of the Siena Women’s Center at Molloy College. The Center promotes awareness of issues concerning women in today’s world, and serves as Molloy’s resource center for research by and about women.

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Art Gallery Exhibit: The Long Island Quilters Guild


olloy College Art Gallery hosted an exhibit of the work of the Long Island Quilters Guild from September 17 through October 30, 2009. The Long Island Quilters Guild has more than 400 members and over 75 quilts were shown during the exhibition. The quilts varied from figurative country to contemporary abstraction, and from mural-size to pillow-size. There were also quilting demonstrations twice a week in the gallery area. The public was invited to attend these free demonstrations. For information on future exhibits, contact the gallery at artgallery@molloy. edu, or 516.678-5000 ext. 6549.

Members of the Long Island Quilters Guild pose with their work in the Molloy College Art Gallery.

Molloy Professor Tackles Terrorism

Professor John A. Eterno

In an ever changing complex world, law enforcement must readily adapt to fight criminals/ terrorists. In their new book, Police Practices in Global Perspective, Professor Eterno and Mr. Das use experts from all over the globe to explain policing in a way that only they can do. These experts are well-versed in law enforcement methods and operations in their respective countries. Nearly every part of the 28 Molloy Magazine • Spring 2010


ohn A. Eterno, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Criminal Justice Studies, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has just released a new book , which he worked on with Dilip K. Das. globe is represented in a cornucopia of nations: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Russia, and the United States. Many of the contributors are world renowned scholars with practical policing experience. Each chapter demonstrates a unique viewpoint explaining the country’s police from the perspective of that country’s culture. The focus of the book is on transnational crime and terrorism; however,

each chapter provides a basic understanding of policing in that nation. Additionally, a chapter on current legal practices throughout the world develops a global understanding of the difficulties faced by law enforcement. To combat crime and terrorism on a global scale requires an understanding of other nations: their cultures, their laws, their viewpoints.

Lauren Ernst ’11




lthough the Molloy Men’s Rugby team has been in existence since 2005, it took several years and substantial recruitment efforts to get a Women’s Rugby team started on campus. But once the group banded together and hit the field, there was no holding them back. Spring of 2009 was the women’s inaugural season - a season spent building team unity and cultivating athletic skills.

The group’s dedication and team spirit have already catapulted the club to success. The fall 2009 season saw the team of 30 women play against rugby clubs from Hofstra University, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University, Bard College and Drew University. Under the guidance of Coach Scott Salvato, Director, Campus Ministries, and Assistant Coach Brendan Droge, Senior Admissions Counselor, the fledgling club made it to the Met Union Division 3 semi-finals. “It is amazing to be able to say that in the same calendar year, we went from teaching the girls how to play rugby to developing a strategy for a playoff match,” said Coach Droge. “It’s a real testament to how hard all the women have worked.” “Making it to the semi-finals was significant,” said Aisha Belgrave, the team’s Scrumhalf. “We proved that we could accomplish a major goal through hard work and team effort. The fact that we didn’t give up, and that everyone banded together is what made the experience so special.”

A love of physical competition draws many people to the game, but the Molloy players have found many additional benefits in belonging to a rugby club. “It offers a support system,“ said Kristina Marrero, Team Captain. “Our team is made up of friends you can count on and relationships that will last a lifetime. When I joined the team last year I was taken in like I was in their family and that was a great feeling!” “The women’s team is really a small miracle,” said Coach Salvato. “The level of commitment and cooperation from them

boggled our minds. They helped each other, wanted to learn everything there was to know, took responsibility for the Club, and became good friends. It still amazes me how quickly they became a highly organized, close-knit team.” The Molloy Rugby Club is open to anyone who is interested in joining. There are no tryouts and no experience is necessary. For those interested in learning more about Molloy’s Rugby Clubs, or just about the game in general, you can visit http://www.

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New Grant-Funded Initiatives at the

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he Siena Women’s Center promotes awareness of issues concerning women in today’s world, and serves as Molloy’s resource center for research by and about women. The Young Women’s Leadership Initiative, (YWLI) supported by Roslyn Savings Foundation since 2008, encourages knowledge and activism regarding contemporary women’s issues. Inspired by a survey revealing political apathy on campus, 12 diverse young women were trained by The League of Women Voters and conducted a voter registration/education campaign for the presidential election. YWLI promoted campus presenta-

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tions on domestic violence, women and the legal system, and the annual symposium on women and spirituality, Voices of Women, and members attended the Molloy Business Women’s Luncheon. A 2009 highlight was a trip to Washington D.C., with tours of the Library of Congress, National Archives, Kennedy Center, and the U.S. Capitol to experience House proceedings and a visit with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. To address declining interest in gender equity and the women’s movement, Siena Women’s Center and the YWLI will “reignite the fire!” in 2010 with a social action grant from Long Island Fund for Women & Girls and continued support from Roslyn Savings Foundation. The capstone trip will be to the Legislative Office Building in Albany, Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, and Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Also, the

Red Flag Campaign, designed to make students aware of warning signs of abusive relationships, will be implemented. Development of the Red Flag Campaign on campus has been funded by a grant from Soroptomist International of Nassau County and a memorial donation from the family of Dr. Teresa Cosenza, former Molloy adjunct professor.

Honorary Doctorate for

President Drew Bogner presents the honorary Doctor of Laws degree to S. Janet Fitzgerald, O.P., Ph.D., President Emerita.

“Sister Janet” S

ister Janet Fitzgerald, O.P., Ph.D., was honored at a celebratory brunch on June 30, 2009, where she was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, LL.D. The degree was conveyed in recognition for her many accomplishments as well as her dedication to Molloy College.

She was appointed President of Molloy College in 1972, which was the year after she received her Ph.D. S. Fitzgerald remained a professor in the Philosophy Department throughout her presidency, and during her tenure as president emeritus, teaching a philosophy course in every single semester during her twentyfour years as Molloy College President. As President of Molloy, S. Fitzgerald engineered tremendous growth and development. The College doubled in student population under her guidance, she initiated the construction of the Wilbur Arts Building, the Chapel of the Sacred Heart and the William J. Casey Center, as well as renovations to Kellenberg and Quealy Halls. Twentyone majors were initiated during her presidency, as well as the A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts, the A.A.S. Degrees in Health Information Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Respira-

tory Care. Molloy’s Masters Degree in Nursing and the Nurse Practitioner Program also started under S. Fitzgerald. She also supervised the growth of the budget from 2 million dollars in 1972 to 20 million dollars over the course of her twenty-four years as president.

Additionally, S. Fitzgerald has received much recognition for her distinguished service as scholar, educator, and church and college leader. She was the only woman chosen as one of nine invited experts to the Vatican International Conference on Catholic Higher Education. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, and she chaired the Long Island Regional Advisory Council of Higher Education. All in attendance were thrilled to have an opportunity to celebrate and recognize all of S. Fitzgerald’s accomplishments.

“Sister Janet” (bottom left), is joined by S. Miriam Cecile Lenehan, O.P, Ph.D. (bottom center), Arlene Campbell (back row 4th from left), Jim Campbell (back row 5th from left), Former Chairman of the Molloy College Board of Trustees, and others during the luncheon festivities. Spring 2010 •

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Alumni Community Class Notes Judith Branagan Class of 1971 Major: History Maiden name: Froehling Judith accepted a position as a middle school teacher at her parish school, Holy Spirit, in Annandale, VA. She will teach 6th grade Social Studies and 8th grade English. Her husband Tom is retiring from the federal government, and her daughter Mariel is beginning her freshman year at Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA. Her son Brian is a 2nd LT, USAF, sta-

tioned in Anchorage, Alaska and is slated to begin working on a Master’s of Arts in Diplomacy. Helene Diller Class of 1971 Major: Mathematics Maiden name: Pope Helene became a grandma for the first time this past February; Amelia Grace was born in Alaska. She has been able to spend time with her, though not enough because she lives so far away.

Eileen Connor, O.P., Ed.D. Major: Mathematics and Religious Studies Class of 1977 Eileen successfully defended her dissertation in October, 2009 and is now officially Dr. Connor. Her doctorate is in education from St. John’s University. In her dissertation she discussed learning styles and their relationship to understanding middle-school mathematics. In addi-

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Class Notes tion, Eileen is an assistant professor in the College of Professional Studies, St. John’s University, and a Senior Adjunct Instructor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at St. Joseph’s College, Suffolk Campus. Lorraine Butler Class of 1980 Major: Nursing Lorraine has been named Administrative Director of Preoperative Services for Methodist University Hospital. Before joining Methodist, Lorraine served as System Administrative Director at Clarian Health Partners in Indianapolis. She received her Master of Science Administration degree from Central Michigan University and her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Molloy College. Mary Ann Heinicke Class of 1980 Major: Nursing Maiden name: Jacoby Mary Ann completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing at The College of Saint Catherine, in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2008. She is now a Board Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and works in Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Patricia Booth Class of: 1982 Major: Philosophy In late-October 2009, Pat was one of 24 social workers participating in

a social work delegation, led by Dr. Elizabeth Clark, the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, to study health care in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. This summer, she will attend the World Forum Federation in Cambridge, England representing the United States as a citizen ambassador. Pat was recently recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of social work. Pat lends over a decade of professional social work experience to her current position as Social Worker for Mederi Caretenders Home Health Service of Southeast Florida. With a background in both religious studies and social services, Pat is uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality senior care and bereavement counseling. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Walden University. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Barry University, earned in 2004, and a Master’s of Arts in Religion and Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University, earned in 1985. Patricia Calcado Class of 1982 Major: Mathematics and Business Management Maiden name: Costello Patty was the recipient of the Veritas Medal from President Drew Bogner at Molloy’s Homecoming celebration on October 18, 2009. She is a Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager for Bank of America. Patty is an

active alumna here at Molloy. She hosted a group of students from the Business & Accounting Club at Bank of America last April, was selected as the February 2009 Alumna of the Month, and is a member of the Molloy College Annual Ball Committee. Kathleen Monaghan Class of 1983 Major: Gerontology In addition to working full time at The A. Holy Patterson Extended Care Facility, she has started her own business as a licensed mental health counselor and is certified in General Biofeedback. Her new company is Biofeedback and Beyond, Inc. She provides biofeedback at the Gronwell Healing Center, located in Merrick, Long Island. You can contact her at (516) 384-6029. Laura Misitano Class of 1984 Major: Psychology Maiden Name: Morlando

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Alumni Community Class Notes College Alumni Association. She is an honored member of Biltmore Who’s Who since 2007 and a member of the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women. On June 3, 2009 she received Honorary Life Membership from the Oceanside PTA. As of November 2008, Laura joined the staff of Bloomingdale’s at Roosevelt Field and is a certified fit specialist in their intimate apparel department. Lila B. Spaulding Class of 1985 Major: Psychology Maiden name: Mitchell After graduating from Molloy College, Lila enrolled in Hofstra University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She moved back to her hometown in Lake Waccamaw, NC shortly after her husband died of a heart condition. She is now working in her own Native American gift shop and counsels by appointment. She wrote The Life of Lila, which is not yet published. Lila also donated 9.2 acres of property to her community, which is now known as the St. James Community Park. Irene Villacci Class of 1986 Major: English Irene has held her own law practice in Rockville Centre for nearly three years now. In February 2008, she moved her offices to North Village Avenue, just right up the road from the College. “Having your own business is quite a venture, working harder than 34 Molloy Magazine • Spring 2010

ever and enjoying every minute,” said Irene. This past spring, she was re-elected as a Village Trustee in East Rockaway, where she lives. She is now serving her second 4-year term. “It has been quite a great quality of life change for me over the past three years, only one mile between work and home, and being able to participate more in my community and charities, including our Alma Mater.” Irene will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award at the upcoming 2010 Molloy College Annual Ball this November. Caroline Maher-Ervolina Class of 1987 Major: Business Caroline, her husband Peter, and son Daniel, welcomed a new baby to their family. Robert Scott Ervolina was born on March 20, 2009. The family resides in Miller Place on Long Island. Walter Anderson Class of 1990 Major: Business Management Walter was recently promoted to Captain and has been assigned the position of Deputy Commanding Officer 5th Precinct Nassau County Police Department. Danielle M. Haglich Class of 1998 Maiden name: Galvani After graduation, Danielle worked as a medical assistant in a doctor’s office. She went back to school and married her husband, Paul Haglich, in August 2003. They have a 3-yearold son who was born in August 2006 and they currently live in Bellmore.

She works as a sleep technician, and she and her husband own a butcher shop in Franklin Square. James Reilly Class of 2001 Major: Nursing Lieutenant Reilly recently graduated

from duty under instruction at the University of San Diego’s “Nurse Executive Leader” program with a Master’s of Science. He had previously served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has follow-on orders to Naval Medical Center San Diego. Paul Cordasco Class of 2004 Major: Accounting

Paul was the recipient of the Recent Alumni Award as selected by his fel-

Class Notes low alumni at Homecoming 2009. Paul is a Fund Accounting Analyst at JP Morgan Private Equity Fund Services, where he is primarily responsible for managing 37 employee private equity funds. Paul coaches and plays basketball for St. Joseph by the Sea High School, is active in the local CPA society and serves on the board of directors for the community where he and his wife, Monique, live.

Natalie Eichele Class of 2009 Degree: Master’s Nursing Administration Natalie graduated with her daughterin-law, Melissa Eichele, in May 2009. They went through four years of studying nursing together in the master’s program, and they FINALLY finished! Melissa even gave birth to her son (Tanner) while taking Informatics.

Alumni Spotlight W Carole Neidich-Ryder

Tanner Jayden Eichele, born November 12, 2007, was just diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. He underwent brain surgery, and is now beginning chemotherapy and radiation. Tanner will become a big brother in April 2010. The family requests that the Molloy community keep them in their thoughts and prayers.

hen Carole Neidich first came to Molloy in 1968, she quickly learned what a difference one person can make. Carole knew she wanted to study something that would enable her to help others and considered becoming a doctor, but wasn’t sure if that was the right path for her. Then she met S. Justine Jones, who taught Biology. “Sister Justine was incredible,” said Carole. “Her passion for Biology opened my eyes and inspired me to look at the different options in the science field.” Carole earned her B.S. in Biology in 1972 and then embraced her love of nature and began a 35-year career with the Museum Services Division of the Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks. Her many responsibilities included managing over 1,000 acres of County-owned preserve lands, as well as writing a variety of natural history publications for schools and the general

public. “There may be no more important issue than sustainability, which is why I believe every student should be required to take Environmental Science,” she said. “That’s also why I was so excited when Molloy established The Sustainability Institute. It’s a perfect example of what makes Molloy special, a small college tackling such a big issue.” In recent years, Carole has focused on teaching. Armed with a Master’s in Biology and another in Earth Science, she is an adjunct professor at C.W. Post and Nassau Community College, teaching Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Geology and Physical Science. “I love working with young people, it really energizes me,” she said. “Teaching is about investing in the next generation, and I hope to inspire my students in the same way that Sister Justine inspired me.”

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Alumni Community The 1955 Society: Continuing the Legacy by Julia O’Keeffe, Class of 1964, 1955 Society Member When I graduated from Molloy in 1964, I was well-equipped to handle the challenges that the teaching profession presented. I had been given a work ethic that prepared me to achieve, to serve, and to lead. When I retired in 1998, after teaching English for thirty-four years at H. Frank Carey High School, I returned to Molloy as an alumna and now enjoy attending monthly meetings of Lambda Iota Tau, the English Honor Society, established by Sis-

ter Mary Verity in the late 1960s. Thus, my mind continues to be challenged by the “Royal” English Department as I participate in discussions on classical and modern literature. I also served on the 50th Anniversary Committee, and became a member of the High Tea Committee. Yes, Molloy continues to enrich my life, and so I am happy to include Molloy College in my last will and testament. I know whatever money is ultimately bequeathed to the College will enable other young people to enjoy the benefits of a great education and a rewarding future. Molloy College is sustained by the generosity of many alumni, friends, and

faculty members who recognize the importance of planning their philanthropy by providing for Molloy through a bequest or other planned giving option. Molloy recognizes these benefactors and their longterm commitment to the mission, based on Dominican traditions, by enrolling them in the 1955 Society. You, too, can guide Molloy’s destiny by making a difference in the lives of future generations of students and Long Islanders through membership in the 1955 Society. To learn more, contact Dr. Marion Flomenhaft, Alumni Development Officer, 516.67835000 ext. 6507 or mflomenhaft@

Estate & Gift Planning Seminars The Alumni Relations Office offers seminars where estate planning concepts are presented in easy-to-understand terms, in a relaxed and encouraging environment, and completely free of charge. On February 7, 2010 we hosted Mark J. Brosnan, Esq. and Hon. John B. Riordan who discussed wills, trusts and estates. Future event topics include the current state of real estate, how to avoid financial scams, and elder law concerns.

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For more information contact Cynthia Metzger, Senior Development Officer for Corporate Affairs

The Raymond Crile Quick Foundation

516.678.5000 ext. 6723, or

Superior Mechanical Corporation Waldorf & Associates

The Departments of Alumni Relations & Social Work at Molloy College Cordially Invite You to Attend

Alumni Social Work Annual Event Cocktails and Networking Tuesday, March 9, 2010 6:00-8:30 p.m. Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall R.S.V.P.

Debra Falk, Alumni Relations Office 516.678.5000 ext. 6397 or

Alumni Community 2010 Alumni Calendar of Events February 7, 2010 - Sunday Estate and Gift Planning Seminar 12:30-2 p.m., Free Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall You are cordially invited to this seminar where estate planning concepts will be presented in easy-to-understand terms, in a relaxed and encouraging environment, and completely free of charge. Feel free to invite a friend (or your legal or financial advisor) to join you. February 7, 2010 – Sunday 5th Annual Alumni High Tea

Come and represent your alma mater, Molloy College as you walk in the oldest, biggest and best parade in the world!

October 15, 16 and 17, 2010 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday Molloy College Homecoming Reunion Weekend

March 20, 2010 - Saturday St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Rockville Centre

Mark your calendars and plan a fun-filled weekend with your classmates, faculty and staff. Details to be announced, so stay tuned!

Line up at Sunrise Highway and Long Beach Road, 12 noon. RSVP by March 15, 2010. Show your pride and march with us in “The Parade that Shares and Cares.” Students, alumni, family and friends are welcome to join us for a pre-march snack.

November 13, 2010 Molloy College Annual Ball Garden City Hotel Contact Cynthia Metzger, 516.678.5000 ext. 6723, for details.

2-4 p.m. Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall $30 per person/$50 for two ($5 of your ticket will support the Molloy College Annual Fund)

May 3, 2010 Molloy Annual Golf Classic

December 1, 2010 – Wednesday The Legacy for Learning Dinner

Small white hankies, watercress, finger sandwiches and lovely guests. Come and enjoy the afternoon with us at our Fifth Annual Alumni High Tea.

Seawane Country Club & Woodmere Country Club Contact Cynthia Metzger, 516.678.5000 ext. 6723, for details.

6-8 pm in the Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall. RSVP required no later than November 23, 2010.

March 7, 2010 – Sunday 2010 New York Mets Spring Training Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Florida Tickets are $10.00 per person ($5.00 of your ticket will support the Molloy College Annual Fund) Seats are limited so please reserve early! Come root for your favorite team as they kick off a new season at Tradition Field. Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and friends. March 9, 2010 – Tuesday Social Work Alumni Awards Reception

May 21, 2010 - Friday Commencement Brunch 11:30 – 2 p.m., Quealy Hall Welcome our newest Alumni and their families! July 15, 2010 – Thursday Ducks Baseball at Citifield, Central Islip, New York Tickets are 10.00 per person, which includes $5 in duck bills. Seats are limited so please reserve early!

6 – 8:30 p.m., Reception Room in Kellenberg Hall

This year Molloy College’s Dance Team and Cheerleading Team will represent Molloy on the field before the game. Come support our girls and watch them shine!

March 17, 2010 – Wednesday St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City

September 2010 Business Women’s Luncheon

Free Bus Service (departs from Molloy campus at 9 a.m.). $15.00 per person for breakfast at Slattery’s Pub. Seats are limited on the bus so please reserve early!

(by invitation only)

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Contact Cynthia Metzger, 516.678.5000 ext. 6723, for details.

All students welcome with their families to meet, greet and thank your scholarship donors. For information on any of the above events, please call Mary Scanio, 516.678.5000 ext. 6405, or Dr. Marion Flomenhaft, 516.678.5000 ext. 6507 unless otherwise specified.

Attention Molloy Alumni!

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Go online to and use the first time login number printed next to your name and address on the back of this magazine. Or, complete this form and return it to Dr. Marion Flomenhaft, Alumni Development Officer, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., P.O. Box 5002, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002, or fax it to 516.678.7410.

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Thank you to our 2009 Sponsors: Austin & Williams Baer’s Rug & Linoleum Co. Inc. B&B Coverage, LLC

Annual Golf Classic May 3, 2010 The Seawane Golf & Country Club and The Woodmere Club Event Co Chairs: Jeffrey H. Greenfield & Lisa M. Tepper For further information contact Cynthia Metzger, Senior Development Officer for Corporate Affairs at 516.678.5000 ext. 6723 or e-mail

Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP Community National Bank Crisler & Peter Quick Damon G. Douglas Company The Kaiser Family Foundation Inc. Legacy Infiniti Lexus of Rockville Centre Lisa M. Tepper Merrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Wantagh - Harold Reese NGL Group L.L.C. OneBeacon Insurance Group Paul Conte Cadillac of Freeport The Raymond Crile Quick Foundation Spellman Rice Schure Gibbons McDonough & Polizzi, LLP. State Bank of Long Island Travelers

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