Molloy Magazine Winter/Spring 2011 Vol. 12 No. 1
New Facilities Serve Community
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Vol. 12, No. 1 • Winter/Spring 2011
Opening New Doors
12 A Celebration of Nursing 14 Molloy’s Finances: A Key Strength 6
Social Media Update
Public Square & Residential Housing Update
11 Women’s Basketball “Adopts” Eight-Year-Old 16
Minor in Sustainability Studies
Examining Faith Vs. Reason
The Legacy Continues
Sharing Business and Culture
Annual Golf Classic 2010
Going Green on the Greens
Business Women’s Luncheon
Alumni in the Military
Cover Photo: Molloy student Diana Geneva works with a young client at the new Molloy College Speech, Language, and Hearing Center.
Mission Statement 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.
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Message from the
Publisher Edward J. Thompson Vice President for Advancement
Supervising Editor Ken Young Director of Public Relations
ibbons were everywhere this fall, particularly for ribbon-cutting ceremonies. The Rebecca Center opened the doors to its new home on the lower level of the Wilbur Arts Center, where clients are treated using innovative techniques in Music Therapy. We also have a new Speech, Language and Hearing Center, which is located in Rockville Centre, just a short distance from our main campus. Additionally, our Nursing Division welcomed ten doctoral students into what is the College’s first Ph.D. program.
Editor Jacquie Rath Assistant Director of Public Relations
Designer Francis Bonnet Graphic Artist
With the launch of the new school year, Molloy’s enrollment climbed to a new high of more than 4,000 students. We were again named a “2011 Best College in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review and also earned “Best in the North” recognition from U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, our test scores for incoming freshman continue to climb, a clear indication that Molloy remains dedicated to academic excellence. If you have been to our campus recently, you know that major changes are in progress. The new student center (called the Public Square) includes a 550-seat performing arts theatre and will open before the end of 2011. We also have a new residence hall, the College’s first, which will be open for the Fall 2011 school year. These are among the many programs and projects that reinforce Molloy’s commitment to both our current and future students, as well as to the greater community in which we all live. You will find a variety of articles in this magazine, all of them highlighting the many accomplishments and achievements of the College, our students, our faculty and staff, and our alumni. It makes me proud to be a member of the Molloy community, and I know you share that feeling. Thank you for all you do to make Molloy so special.
Drew Bogner, Ph.D.
Contributors Normadeane Armstrong John Carpente Kisha Chandler Valerie Collins, Ph.D. Melissa Cortes Brendan Droge Debra Falk Veronica Feeg, Ph.D. S. Dorothy Fitzgibbons, O.P. Marion Flomenhaft, Ph.D. Diane Fornieri Michelle Fradua Melissa Gebbia, Ph.D. Regina Gorney Frank Koester Scott Levy Marilyn Marra Madeline McDonagh Michael McGovern Cynthia M. Metzger Jeannine Muldoon, Ph.D. Catherine Muscente Claudio Papapietro Sherry Radowitz, Ph.D. Mary Scanio Barbara Schmidt
Ian Schraier Cody Snapp Larissa Woo
Opening New Doors Molloy Introduces Two New Treatment Facilities
he fall of 2010 was an incredibly exciting time for the College. Not only did we watch two new buildings on campus begin to take form, but we also saw the opening of two new state-of-theart clinics under Molloy’s direction. The clinics are designed to provide critical services to the general public as well as valuable hands-on experience for our students.
In October, Molloy’s Speech Pathology/Audiology Department opened its new facility at 30 Hempstead Avenue in Rockville Centre. Then in November, The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College held a ribbon-cutting for its new offices and treatment rooms located on the lower level of the Wilbur Arts Center. Molloy’s Speech, Language and Hearing Center is a comprehensive facility 4
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providing diagnostic and therapeutic intervention for children and adults, from infancy through geriatrics. The client population includes individuals with speech, language, hearing, feeding and swallowing difficulty across the lifespan. With six new treatment rooms and an audiological suite, the clinic currently serves 25 clients weekly and anticipates serving approximately 75-100 clients per week as it becomes established in the community.
“In addition to services on-site, the Center also offers speech and hearing screenings and informational workshops in the surrounding communities,” said Susan Alimonti Schwarz, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director, Molloy College Speech, Language and Hearing Center. “Working with the Nassau County Head Start programs is a particularly educational and rewarding experience for the students and me.” “Locating the new Speech Center in Rockville Centre places us in the ideal location to serve the community at large, giving us greater visibility and allowing us to reach a broader cross-section of people who require our services,” said Barbara Schmidt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Dean, Speech-Language Pathology; and Executive Director, Molloy College Speech, Language and Hearing Center. “The Center is a testimony to the College’s commitment to providing a comprehensive, quality education in the context of the community. Students are able to learn while providing a valuable service to individuals in the community, many of whom may not otherwise receive services.”
Undergraduate students at Molloy College have been studying Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology for over 30 years and have been engaged in clinical practice on campus for over 20 years. Dr. Schmidt initiated the clinical component with the goal of providing an interactive learning experience. Students are expected to apply theory in a clinical setting. Most speech-language pathology undergraduate programs in the United States do not provide undergraduate students with such a comprehensive experience. In 2006, Dr. Schmidt proposed offering a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology. At that time, it was determined that additional speech center space would be required if such a program were to be initiated. The New York State Education Department approved the master’s degree in 2009 and the College immediately applied to the Council of Academic Affairs, American Speech, Language and Hearing Association for Candidacy for Accreditation. Once awarded candidacy, students will be admitted. Additionally, plans are underway to establish a program for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, meeting their speech and swallowing needs and providing support programs for their families. Additionally, the Speech Center is exploring the possibility of establishing a laboratory for augmentative and alternative communication, which involves the use of technology as a
Ribbon Cutting at The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College
communicative support/alternative. The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College celebrated the opening of its new facility with a cocktail reception and ribbon-cutting on November 4, 2010. The Center provides music therapy services to children and adolescents, ages 4-18, diagnosed with developmental delays, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, learning disabilities, pervasive developmental delays, attention deficit disorders, neurological impairments, speech and
Ribbon Cutting at Molloy’s Speech, Language and Hearing Center
language delays, Down’s syndrome, physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, and emotional difficulties. ”The Rebecca Center is an important part of the community, providing expert music therapy services for children with developmental challenges while supporting their families through our parent coalition and education opportunities,” said John Carpente, Ph.D., Founder/Director, Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College, and Assistant Professor of Music. “In addition, the Center provides an excellent forum for training opportunities for the music therapists of tomorrow, supporting Molloy College’s undergraduate and graduate music therapy programs.” The Center is dedicated to advancing the field of music therapy by consistently providing presentations at local, national and international conferences; community in-services and lectures, engaging in research opportunities and dissemination of findings including the creation and development of assessment and intervention planning tools for children with neuro-developmental disorders, and by providing post-graduate advanced clinical training, such as the Nordoff-Robbins Certification Training. Molloy continues to be the only college on Long Island that offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Music Therapy. ”We are thrilled that the Music Therapy students at Molloy College will have this exceptional clinic right here on campus, providing them with unique fieldwork experiences,” said Evelyn Selesky, Chairperson, Music Department. Winter/Spring 2011 •
Common Bonds Author David Oliver Relin speaks to the campus community
Shared literary experience extends beyond campus
s part of a continuous effort to enrich the freshman studies program at Molloy, the College leadership continually searches for new and exciting ways to build lasting student relationships. In 2008, a Molloy delegation comprised of faculty and administrators attended a conference focused on the “first year experience.” The conference was designed to provide suggestions on programs, speakers and curriculum for first-year college students.
During the conference, various concepts designed to strengthen the freshman class bond were discussed. Ideas from other colleges, also interested in achieving stronger student relationships, were shared. One program that sparked the interest of the Molloy representatives was the common reading program. The idea of a common reading program is not new. In fact, there are several colleges that instituted such programs over a decade ago. The basic concept behind such a program is to use a literary work to provide a shared experience for incoming students. The general criteria for the book’s selection is that it be approxi6
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mately 300 pages and detail an essentially non-polarizing experience. Each year a campus committee takes several months to select the ideal book. Molloy’s Common Reading Program was initiated in 2009. As part of the program, incoming freshmen are provided with a copy of the book at their pre-registration session in June, and they are asked to read it over the summer break. Copies of the books are also circulated among the staff, administrators and faculty. The 2009 program selection was Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg. The book detailed his daughter’s struggle with mental illness and its effects on her and
those around her as she struggled through her everyday life. The 2010 selection was Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The book recounts Mr. Mortenson’s efforts to help an impoverished community in the mountains of Pakistan to build much needed schools for their children. Through the efforts and coordination of Molloy’s Office of Academic Affairs, authors’ visits were arranged thereby further enhancing the reader’s experience. Mr. Greenberg spoke on campus in fall of 2009. He discussed his story and answered questions from those who attended. Then in October of 2010, Mr. Relin spoke to interested readers as well, sharing his thoughts on his book and presenting an amazing slide show which brought to life so many of the images from his book. The 2010 common reading experience further developed relationships beyond campus as members of the external community were invited to join as well. Molloy recruited additional reading program participants from the Sandel Senior Center and the Recreation Center in Rockville Centre, as well as local libraries. We eagerly await the announcement of the 2011 Common Reading Program selection.
Social Media Update
Scouts Earn Badge
ach semester Nassau County Girl Scouts, along with their par-
ents, visit the Molloy campus to learn more about the field of nursing and the college environment. Additionally, they meet with Professor Normadeane Armstrong’s Public Health class as a service learning project. On Friday, November 19 the focus was on bullying. This project incorporated three essential
There are three student ‘M-Bassadors’ who are in charge of updating the College’s Facebook and Twitter pages on a daily basis with information on academic news, campus events, athletics, etc. We recently added three students to the social media team who are in charge of updating video content, specifically on the College’s YouTube page. You’ll see them on campus with their flip cameras taking videos at various on-campus events.
elements that distinguished it from others: experiential learning, reflection, and reciprocal learning. The nursing students provided education on the different types of bullying and what to do when faced with a bullying situa-
We currently have almost 1,000 fans on Facebook and close to 200 followers on Twitter.
tion, enabling the Girl Scouts
In addition, 23 other departments on campus have a Facebook page, and more and more departments are adding Twitter accounts as well. All Facebook and Twitter pages are linked to the main Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/gomolloy
are provided experiential
to fulful their badge requirements in this area. Students learning as they take on the role of the educator and reflect on the core values of nursing at Molloy.
The Facebook and Twitter icons now appear on the College’s homepage, so we anticipate more and more prospective Molloy students will visit our pages.
We encourage all Molloy students and employees to not only check out our social media pages, but be active participants by posting photos, videos, links, updates, etc.
Strong Finish Highlights 2010 Campaign For Men’s Soccer In 2010, the Molloy College Men’s Soccer team stumbled out of the gate. After being selected to finish fifth in the East Coast Conference (ECC) preseason poll, the Lions lost their first four contests, including their first match-up in league play against Dowling College on Sept. 15. The Lions closed the season with an overall clip of 5-11-1 and an ECC mark of 1-5-1. But, things are looking up for Head Coach Danny Longo’s squad, as the Lions had an impressive record of 3-0-1 in their final four games.
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Junior John Alberda led the Lions on the campaign with 14 points off six goals and two assists. As a result, he garnered All-ECC second-team accolades. Another nod went to senior midfielder Mike Adamcewicz, who totaled one goal and two assists in 14 contests. He also attempted a team-best 34 shots. Junior midfielder Daniel Patino and freshman midfielder Dan Brown collected seven points apiece on three goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder/forward Tyler De La Torre raked six points (2 G, 2 A). Freshman midfielder Mario Gagliano finished his rookie campaign with four points on a goal and two assists. Women’s Tennis Posts Best Finish in Program History One year after making its first-ever appearance in the ECC tournament, the Molloy College Women’s Tennis team bested that performance in 2010 as the Lions posted an overall ledger of 9-8 and a league clip of 5-1. After losing its opening three contests, Molloy bounced back to earn victories in seven of its final nine matches before postseason action commenced. During the league tournament, the Lions made quick work of St. Thomas Aquinas College during the semifinal round in a 5-2 win. But, in the championship match against Queens College, Molloy fell just short of a title in a 7-0 loss to the reigning champion Knights. For the second time in as many years, sophomore Jeana Frey brought Jeana Frey
home All-ECC first-team accolades. This season, she recorded eight victories in singles and doubles play. Sophomore Madeline Jurlano joined Frey on the roster after being selected to the second-team. She and freshman Nikki Gloria teamed up to notch an impressive 13-6 clip in doubles, which included an 8-3 clip at the No. 2 position. Jurlano also went 6-9 in singles competition, while Gloria had a team-leading overall mark of 10-5 in the singles portion. Fellow rookie Gabrielle DiCroce put forth eight wins in doubles and seven triumphs in singles. Freshman Shines in Best Year Yet For Men’s Cross Country In 2010, the Molloy College Men’s Cross Country team gathered around the efforts of freshman Nick Filippazzo. He made quite a name for himself in just his first year as the Wantagh native was tabbed as the ECC Rookie of the Year, and a United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association All-East Region Team Honoree. He also shattered three school records, finished in the Top-15 in each race he competed in, and just missed becoming the first-ever qualifier from Molloy to secure a bid to the NCAA Division II National Championships in Louisville, Ky. Molloy got off to a flying start in 2010 as it captured a first-place finish in the Hofstra University Invitational. The duo of sophomore Nick DiBenedetto and freshman Ryan Healy paced the Lions in the 2 x 6000-meter relay with a ninth-place showing. Two weeks later, Molloy returned to action at the secondannual C.W. Post Invitational, where Filippazzo made a well-awaited collegiate debut. In just his first collegiate 8k, Filippazzo, a five-time ECC Rookie of the Week selection, posted a second-place time of 26:18.94, and finished as the top Division II runner. He also broke the school record by nearly 15 seconds in the process. Filippazzo continued his string of great efforts. On Oct. 9, Filippazzo nearly mirrored his run from C.W. Post as he once again placed as the best Division II runner. This time, it was at the DeSales University Invitational. Two weeks later, Filippazzo topped another record, running the 5k in 15:18.30 at East Stroudsburg University. After helping the Lions
to a second-place showing at the ECC Championships for the second time in as many years, Filippazzo’s chance to reach national glory was sitting in front of him. But, his attempt at the NCAA East Region Championships came up just one place short as the third-best individual runner. Women’s Cross Country Comes Up Just Shy of ECC Crown Projected to finish fourth in the ECC preseason rankings, the Lions came out of the gate firing with an impressive second-place finish at the Hofstra University Invitational on Sept. 4. The Lions Caitlin Breen
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were led by junior Alexandra Barrett and freshman Caitlin Breen, who had an eighth-place run in the 2 x 6000-meter relay. Two weeks later, Breen broke the school record in the 5k at the C.W. Post Invitational - the first of three times this season that she accomplished the feat. It also led to another Top-10 finish as the Lions placed sixth. On Oct. 16, Barrett led the way for Molloy at the University of Albany Invitational, where she clocked in at 20:36.6 in the 5k, en route to a 19th-place team effort. The ensuing week, Barrett and Breen led Molloy to an impressive thirdplace performance at the Pete Nevins Invitational, which was held at East Stroudsburg University. Breen clocked in a time of 20:29 in the 5k, which was good enough for a 14th-place finish and a new school record. Barrett came in just behind with an 18th-place (21:05.90) finish. In the ECC Championships, the Lions finished just three points in back of St. Thomas Aquinas College for the league title. Breen broke the school record in the 5k for the third time this year, clocking in at 20:13.73. She also placed sixth, and brought home All-ECC first-team accolades in the process. Meanwhile, junior Alyssa Fuertes and Barrett each received second-team recognition for their 11th- (20:50.45) and 13th-place (20:52.89) runs, respectively. Volleyball Brings In New Coach For Hopeful Turnaround On Dec. 1, Molloy College Director of Athletics Susan Cassidy-Lyke announced the appointment of William Corrao as Head Volleyball Coach. Corrao comes over to Rockville Centre after a four-year stint as a head assistant at Adelphi University. During each of his years at Adelphi, the Panthers secured a berth in the NCAA Division II East Region Championship. In addition to his impressive work with the Panthers, Corrao brought home a pair of junior varsity league titles and an overall mark of 32-5 as the Head Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y. Molloy finished the past season with an overall mark of 8-24 and an ECC clip of 2-10. Junior Angelica Nicalek highlighted the year for the Lions as she made a repeat landing on the All-ECC second-team. In just 23 matches, Nicalek registered 284 kills and a .243 hitting 10 Molloy Magazine • Winter/Spring 2011
percentage. She also picked up 222 digs and served 25 aces, which ranked her second and third on the squad, respectively. Moreover, Nicalek became the school’s all-time leader in kills on October 7 in a 3-1 triumph against Caldwell College. Less than a month later, on November 2, she put down a career-best 28 kills in a 3-1 win over Felician College. Women’s Soccer Ends Four-Year ECC Postseason Drought In 2010, the Molloy College Women’s Soccer team put an end to a fouryear ECC post-season shortfall as the Lions secured the No. 4 seed in the league tournament. Despite losing to C.W. Post, Molloy wrapped up the season with an overall record of 6-10-1 and an ECC clip of 4-3. It also put three of its members on the All-ECC second-team roster. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Valentine, who
was tabbed as the league’s best rookie in 2009, served as the Lions’ leading pointgetter with 19 points off nine goals and one assist. Specifically, in two of those contests, Valentine notched a hat trick. Senior midfielder Dianna Geneva, a three-time All-ECC honoree, appeared in 13 contests, and was slotted third on the squad in scoring with seven points (3 G, 1 A). Lastly, sophomore back Alyssa Faller was picked to the second-team for her key role on the Molloy back line, where she helped the defense hold the opposition to an average of 2.62 goals per game. She also converted on each of her penalty kick attempts, which came in crucial contests against Philadelphia University and Mercy College. In that same game against the Mavericks, the one-time Loyola University Greyhound dished out one of her two assists of the year.
“Adopts” Eight-Year-Old T
he Molloy College Women’s Basketball team “adopted” eight-year-old Jackie, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at the age of three, through the ‘Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.’ The foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. They match a child in need of love, support and friendship with a college or high school sports team. “We welcome Jackie and her mother, Cindy, to the Molloy family, said Tim O’Hagan, Head Coach, Molloy College Women’s Basketball Team. “I cannot begin to state how great my studentathletes are as people. They could not make me prouder.” On Christmas Eve 2006, Jackie, the youngest of three girls being raised by a single mother, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and was told that she had only a 50 percent chance of survival. Then, Jackie and her mother moved to Philadelphia so that she would receive the best possible treatment, leaving all friends and family behind, including her two older sisters. She endured months of harsh chemotherapy, spinal taps and bone marrow aspirates, in addition to being placed on a ventilator at one point. But, she continued to fight, and achieved remission. Five months after returning home, Jackie relapsed just after her fifth birthday. Her relapse included three
brain tumors, cancer in her central nervous system and peripheral blood and bone marrow. As a result, Jackie’s chances of survival were not good. She fought as hard as she could in the hospital for four straight months, enduring more chemotherapy, spinal taps, aspirates for the bone marrow, total body irradiation and an unrelated stem cell transplant. Jackie beat all odds yet again, and achieved total remission. She currently remains home, but still suffers from posttransplant complications, including graft
Rugby Club Reaches Out T
he Molloy College Rugby Club “adopted” a Marine platoon in Afghanistan. The Club showed its support for the Marines by collecting the contents for care packages to be sent to Afghanistan just before Thanksgiving.
Members of the Molloy community participated in the project as well by donating the contents for the packages. Items donated included: toothbrushes, undershirts, single-serve snacks, singleserve pre-sweetened drink powders,
v. host disease, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities. However, AML is an unpredictable disease, and she could relapse again at any time. Therefore, she still endures regular blood sticks, MRI’s, occasional spinal taps, and bone marrow aspirates. Jackie has proven herself to be a hero, warrior, and most importantly, a survivor. “The adoption of Jackie, through Friends of Jaclyn, was one of the most amazing experiences in my life,” said Caitlin Wheeler, Molloy College basketball player. “I was truly amazed that this little girl standing in front of me was a miracle. While her mother told me the story of Jackie’s journey, this second-grader had more poise and composure than our whole team. She has made every member of the Molloy College women’s basketball team a better person.” For more information on Jackie, and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, please visit www.friendsofjaclyn.org.
socks, liquid body wash and batteries. Participants also wrote letters of encouragement to the Marines to show support and express thanks for the work they do every day. The project was coordinated in conjunction with marineparents.com and the Campus Ministries office. The Marine Parents website has an abundance of information on how individuals or groups can participate in similar programs. Winter/Spring 2011 •
Nursing Our Shared Legacy
olloy College’s Division of Nursing held a full-day celebration on October 1, 2010. The special day was designed to bring attention to multiple milestones: The International Year of the Nurse-2010, the more than 50 years of educating Molloy College nurses , the official launching of the Doctoral Program in Nursing (the first doctoral program at Molloy), and the official Graduate Nursing Center ribbon-cutting.
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doon, Ph.D., RN, Dean, Division of Nursing. The morning session included We Must Not Forget What We Once Knew-The Timeless Practice of a Nightingale Nurse in the 21st Century, which was presented by Gina Ke-
arny from South Nassau Communities Hospital. Originally published in 1860, Notes on Nursing was written by Florence Nightingale as a manual for aspiring nurses. While the language within the piece may be dated, many of the ideas within it are astonishingly appropriate for nursing today. Later, A Malpractice Lawsuit Simulation-The Case of Nurse v. Pressure Ulcer was presented by the law firm of Bartlett, McDonough, Bastone and Monaghan, LLP. The presentation was created as a response to the litigious environment facing nursing professionals today. It provided an innovative approach to educating nurses about the complexities of health care law by simulating an actual medical malpractice lawsuit. The Case of Nurse v. Pressure Ulcer acknowledged the recurrent challenges
in patient care and treatment that currently face nurses and hospitals. Attendees learned how the legal system scrutinizes daily nursing decisions. The afternoon included a keynote address Nursing in 2010: Reason to Celebrate, which was given by Mary Chaffee, Ph.D., RN, FAAN; Co-Editor, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care; Captain, Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired). Dr. Chaffee’s presentation focused on celebrating the achievements of Molloy College in launching the new Ph.D. in Nursing program. She spoke of the need for advanced education at the doctoral level to continue the important trajectory of nursing research, nursing scientific progress and achievement. She also detailed the value of doctoral education to create scholars to enhance the health of people through discovery and dissemination of knowledge. She also praised Molloy’s goal to prepare nurse scholars to be leaders in education/academia, in policymaking, in administration, and in clinical practice. One of the highlights of the event was a fashion show entitled Nursing Through the Decades, which featured nurse uniforms from the 1800s through today. Cherokee Uniforms donated their latest line of nursing fashions to be worn by student models. At the conclusion of the fashion show, the participants passed an antique lamp symbolically from ‘Florence Nightingale’ through the many decades of nursing right up to the doctoral students of today, sig-
he Molloy College Division of Nursing is the proud recipient of a $970,575 three-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This prestigious award is supporting the launch and implementation of the new Ph.D. Program for Nursing Leadership in Education and Policy.
nifying the accumulation of their shared knowledge. The day ended with the ribbon-cutting for the new Graduate Nursing Center located on the Rockville Centre campus. The Center will serve as a major resource for the new doctoral students. “The 2010 International Year of the Nurse celebration was a true success,” said
A Leader in Nursing
ecently celebrating 30 years as a family nurse practitioner, Ellen R. Rich, Ph.D., RN, FNP, is a Professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Molloy College, and nurse researcher at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases and Good Samaritan Hospital. Most recently, she was named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). The FAANP program was established by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who have made outstanding contributions to healthcare through NP clinical practice, research, education, or policy.
Normadeane Armstrong, RN, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing, who dressed as Florence Nightingale for the event. “It showcased the many years of excellence in nursing education here at Molloy College. Many began their careers on this campus and they have gone forward to influence health care and serve the needs not only here on Long Island but globally.”
Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders, and as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care outside the confines of traditional thinking. Dr. Rich entered nursing as a second career and subsequently earned a Ph.D. from Adelphi University. Her emphasis is on evidence-based practice and research mentorship for associate to doctorally-prepared nurses. She was instrumental in helping one hospital achieve Magnet status. Dr. Rich has presented nationally on NP curricular innovations and nurse-managed centers at faculty, clinical, and research meetings; and has numerous publications to her credit. Winter/Spring 2011 •
ike McGovern came to Molloy nine years ago
and today oversees the College’s finances in his role as Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. We sat down to ask him about the financial state of Molloy.
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Q: Given the economic downturn of the last two years, how is the College doing regarding its finances? A: Molloy is on very solid ground financially. When the stock market declined, many universities and colleges lost a significant portion of their operating revenues, which resulted in dramatic reductions in budgets and layoffs at some institutions. Molloy College is not dependent on earnings from its investments to fund our operations, which enabled us to minimize the economic impact. Additionally, we have enjoyed strong enrollment growth and our academic programs are responsive to the needs of the marketplace. Q: Why else would you say we are doing well financially? What is our philosophy regarding our finances? A: Since Dr. Bogner became president more than ten years ago, Molloy has taken a conservative approach to how we manage our finances. One example of this is our projection of future enrollment. We base our revenue projections on the number of students we have right now, which means we don’t create budgets that anticipate enrollment growth. The only time we project an increase in enrollment from one year to the next is when we begin a new academic program (such as the Ph.D. in Nursing). This conservative approach to revenue forces us to be very careful about increases on the spending side of the ledger in order to develop a balanced budget. No other school that I’ve spoken with takes that approach, and it has worked well for us Artist’s rendering of the new theater
given the increases in enrollment that we have experienced. Q: We are in the middle of a major expansion – including a new student center, a 550-seat performing arts theatre, and our first residence hall – at a time when many colleges are postpon-
duced our cost of borrowing. Additionally, two years ago we completed the College’s most successful capital campaign, so we have funds there for expansion (and the bond rating agencies also love to see that you have outside donors supporting you). We also saved money because of the economic downturn, which
onations that are not restricted to a specific program help fund our ongoing operations, including the aid we give to students who cannot afford to pay full tuition. These donations are even more important than they might be at other schools that have large endowments.”
ing or cancelling capital projects. How are we able to do that? A: There are several reasons. Given our prudent, conservative approach to financial management and our enrollment growth, we have generated operating surplus in recent years. These surpluses have enabled us to increase our investment portfolio. Prior to our recent bond issue, we had no long term debt. These financial factors, as well as the positive image of Molloy College as a quality institution of higher education, resulted in a positive credit rating. This positive credit rating made our bonds attractive to the investment community and re-
drove down interest rates for us and anyone else qualified to borrow money in a tight economy. Q: If I make a donation to Molloy, what happens to the money? Does it just go into a general fund? A: There are two possible designations for your donation. You can require that your contribution be set aside for a specific scholarship or program, or you can simply contribute to the General Fund. Donations that are not restricted to a specific program help fund our ongoing operations, including the aid we give to students who cannot afford to pay full tuition. These donations are even more important than they might be at other schools that have large endowments. Q: Are you optimistic about Molloy’s finances going forward? A: Most definitely. Molloy’s reputation continues to grow, which helps us attract stronger and stronger students. These students and their families see a Molloy education as having great value and being a good return on the education dollars they spend with us. If that continues and we maintain our high retention rates while continuing to control costs, we will have a very bright future. Winter/Spring 2011 •
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Public Safety Bicycle Patrol
ou may see some members of the Public Safety team on bicycles. We currently have
two bikes in operation and three officers that are trained to use them, with two more bikes expected for the spring. The new Public Safety tools are designed to give the officers easier access to students and staff, while also making for improved navigation through the construction site. Additionally, the bicycles are also environmentally friendly! Pictured here are: Thomas Havey, Dennis Hannon, and Daniel Haggerty.
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Public Square & Residential Housing Update D
espite the snow and ice, we continue to make progress on both the Public Square (which includes both a student center and a performing arts theater) and the residence hall. For the Public Square, much of the brick and windows have been installed on the student center side, and similar exterior work will soon be done on the theatre side. The residence hall now has temporary roofing and windows will soon be installed. Both buildings are scheduled to be completed before the 2011-12 school year. Pictured here is the Public Square.
tarting in Spring 2011 Molloy is offering a minor in Sustainable Studies. The new minor will enhance any major, and will increase graduates’ career prospects.
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Ecology Understanding Sustainability Sustainable Business Sustainable Communities Integrative Seminar: Sustainable Policies
Electives (choose one): • Sustaining Societies: Historical Perspectives • Computer Models • Environmental Ethics • Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers
Recommended: • Spiritual and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment
Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary approach to configuring society to satisfy present human needs without depleting the resources necessary for the future. This is accomplished by following environmental principles, preserving natural resources, protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, and by constructing societal and economic systems that promote social equity and facilitate stable economic activity. Understanding the principles of sustainability will be essential for developing solutions to many of the most critical issues facing the world in coming decades. For information on the new program contact Chris Duffner in the Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Studies Department at 516.678.5000, ext. 6865.
Neal Lewis Honored
eal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, was recognized by the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) for his work on Energy Star Homes Laws. He received the organization’s Green Champions award during their annual Champions for a Greener
Nassau cocktail party on September 28. The NYLCV recognized Mr. Lewis’s success in helping to establish some of the strictest energy efficiency building codes in the Country. These codes were a direct result of the policy analysis work carried out by the team at the Sustainability Institute.
The unusual success in getting 10 different Long Island towns to work together to reduce energy waste, while saving homeowner’s money and boosting the local economy, was presented in the Green Paper written by the Sustainability Institute entitled: Long Island Towns Successfully Strengthen Residential Energy Codes (available for download at si.molloy.edu/reports). Winter/Spring 2011 •
If Home is where the heart is, then Molloy is where the Alumni were…
omecoming Weekend 2010 kicked-off with the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday night October 15 in the Anselma Room. This year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame were: Carole M. Gerrity, ’60, Equestrian Team; Lt. Kyle S. Matthew, U.S.N., ’99, Men’s Soccer Team; and Ralph A. Marigliano, ’90, Men’s Basketball Team.
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Friday’s festivities were followed by an action-packed Saturday, which included athletic events, educational seminars and a cocktail party. The Ath-
letics Department started the day with their inaugural Lions 5k Run and 3k Walk, which took place at the Dean G. Skelos Sports complex. The run/walk was followed by softball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, and basketball alumni games. Then, Division of Education alumni presented educational workshops with a common theme of “For Us, By Us Best Practices in Teaching Today.” The morning workshops covered topics in Social Studies, Mathematics, and overall educational strategies and techniques. The event also included roundtable discussions on related issues. Saturday evening saw the first Molloy Athletics and Alumni Cocktail Party. The well-attended event was held at Kasey’s Kitchen and Cocktails on North Park Avenue in Rockville Centre. The
admission charge for the event included a donation to the Molloy Athletic Fund. “It was great to have over 150 former athletes, coaches, and friends come out to support Molloy College and our Athletic Department,” said Joe Fucarino, Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Fund Coordinator. “I look forward to seeing increased attendance numbers for 2011.” An alumni Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel began a day of reflection and recognition on Sunday. The Mass was followed by the Smooth Jazz banquet and the 2010 alumni awards presentation. The Alumni Association recog-
• Distinguished Faculty Award S. Francis D. Piscatella, O.P. • Alumni Service Award Rita Martinelli, ‘07 • Recent Alumni Award Michael Funk, D.V.M., ‘04. “It is always a special time for the College when we can welcome back our alumni and share in their experiences of being a student at Molloy,” said Catherine Muscente, Director of Development, Molloy College. “This past October was even more exciting as they were able to see the progress on the new buildings, and there is an excitement among the alumni as they
t is always a special time for the College when we can welcome back our alumni and share in their experiences of being a student at Molloy.” - Catherine M uscente , ‘ 0 2 , ‘ 0 8 , D irector of D evelopment
nized the following individuals for their accomplishments: • Veritas Medal Lorraine E. Magnani, Ph.D., RN ‘73
look forward to Homecoming 2011 when they can celebrate with us and tour the Public Square and also our first residence hall. “
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Global Nursing Experience
By Kristine Kraham
y nursing internship in London during January of 2010 was the most wonderful and enlightening experience I have ever had. When I first read about the trip for student nurses, I immediately signed up – and I am so glad I did! The flight to London was long, but I used the time to make some strong connections with other students on the trip. During the 10 days in London we did so much as a group as well as on our own. The staff was wonderful and really made us feel comfortable. I met so many wonderful people during this trip. We developed relationships with each other that are far beyond what a classroom would allow. I couldn’t take enough pictures! I especially enjoyed the tours relating to Florence Nightingale and Alexander Flemming. The tour of Flemming’s lab was really interesting and very insightful. Another phenomenal experience was visiting Queens College of London where we met with the nursing staff at the College and learned about their healthcare system. While we learned, we also shared our thoughts on and experiences with the American healthcare system. In addition to the guided activities we were also able to take our own time to explore. My friends and I went shopping at the most popular locations, attended musicals and ate at a variety of different restaurants. Most importantly for me, the experience helped me to find my place at Molloy College. I have a great relationship with the staff who participated in the trip. I have friendships I know I would have never developed without this trip, and I can’t thank the Molloy staff enough for putting together this experience. I am honored to say I am a Molloy College nursing student, and even more so, I am honored to say that I learned a great deal while in London. What I experienced there has only made me a better student, friend, and hopefully a better nurse. 20 Molloy Magazine • Winter/Spring 2011
Faith Versus Reason T
he Institute for Interfaith Dialogue at Molloy College hosted A Contradictory Discussion Examining Faith Versus Reason on Nov. 7, 2010 in the Hays Theatre.
WABC radio commentator and co-host of Religion on the Line, Kevin McCormack, M.A., M.S., and Brian Quinn, Ph.D. engaged in a discussion on two timely thought-provoking and influential literary works: Karen Armstrong’s The Case for God, where she argues that faith and reason need not be a contradiction, and Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great where he argues that the concept of God is a totalitarian belief that destroys individual freedom, and as such, should be discouraged.
Kevin McCormack and Brian Quinn
Above: student recipients and their families.
he 10th Annual Legacy for Learning Dinner was celebrated on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 in the Anselma Room. The College welcomed over 200 guests to the event, demonstrating the tremendous support our generous scholarship donors provide. Student recipients and their families were in attendance and they embraced the opportunity to thank the scholarship donors personally for their financial support. Edward Thompson, Vice President for Advancement, announced that eight new scholarships were established in the past year and that the total donations to Molloy scholarships during the past 10 years have reached over $2 million.
Above: Maryann LaPolla, sister and donor of the Kathi Smillie Nursing Foundation Scholarship, with her father and family
Molloy College President Drew Bogner provided an overview of activities that have recently happened on campus and details on the planned campus growth, which includes the two new buildings currently under construction that will open in the fall of 2011. He also discussed the wide reaching impact of a Molloy education on the lives of our students. Other speakers for the evening included Mrs. MaryAnn LaPolla and Mr. Kevin Sloan. Mrs. LaPolla’s sister, Ms. Kathi Smillie, was a graduate of Molloy’s nursing program. She was a dedicated nurse who was passionate about her chosen profession. Unfortunately, Ms. Smillie recently passed away, and on her behalf her family established the Kathi Smillie Memorial Foundation. They raised money to start a scholarship for nursing students at Molloy. Mrs. LaPolla spoke of her sister’s love of education and the need to continue all efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Kevin Sloan, is the recipient of the Beatrice Duffy Scholarship and a senior. He will graduate with a degree in Education. Kevin expressed his appreciation for having received a scholarship which helped him fulfill his dream to be an educator. He was thrilled to personally thank his donor at dinner that evening. Right: Student speaker Kevin Sloan, recipient of the Beatrice M. Duffy Memorial Scholarship
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Sharing Business and
Students Travel to China Seeking Insight and Intellectual Exchange
magine having the opportunity to travel to China, an emerging economic powerhouse, under the tutelage of business experts, and while there visiting major corporations and taking in the sights and sounds of the Chinese culture. That is exactly the opportunity 23 Molloy students took advantage of during their Thanksgiving 2010 break.
The idea for the trip was conceived by Ed Weis, Ph.D., Dean of the Division of Business and Michael Cheah, Professor, Division of Business, as they discussed possible student experiences that could link a solid business education from Molloy to the “real’ business world. Professor Cheah shared details of his recent trips to various parts of China and detailed the very real economic threats and opportunities that exist in the now thriving Chinese economy. The process of designing the trip to China was then initiated based on Professor Cheah’s experiences in China, coupled with the fact that S. Judy Olson, O.P., Professor, Division of Business, had visited China in 2009, and had recommended that students travel there as well. Flights were arranged from JFK to Beijing. While in Beijing students visited Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, Olympic Park, and the Great Wall. They also traveled to Shanghai, where they experienced the Jade Buddha Temple and spent time at Fudan University. There was also time to experience a bit of everyday Chinese life. They rode in rickshaws, enjoyed a dinner of Peking duck, visited a silk shop and enjoyed an acrobatic show. But there was also a more serious academic side of the trip. There were incredible educational opportunities as the students immersed themselves in studies, lectures and corporate meetings. In Beijing the students attended a dinner presentation by Steven Skalak from Price Waterhouse Coopers. He discussed Chinese business practices, accounting, client relationships, and mar-
keting, as well as regulations in China. They also met with a consultant from Horizon Research Consultancy Group, who discussed global consulting opportunities. When the Molloy contingent was at Fudan University in Shanghai they met with business students there. Together the international teams worked to develop an innovative business plan for a product or service. They also had additional business meetings with representatives from Temasek and the China International Trust and Investment Company. They also spent some time with Kenneth Jarrett , Former Counsel General of the U.S. Embassy, who discussed challenges and policy response in China. “I personally loved the experience of going to China, and I found every-
thing from walking the Great Wall to going behind the scenes of a Chinese company[amazing],” said Melissa Cortes , Molloy Business Student, Freshman class president and fact-checker for The Molloy Forum student newspaper. “What I found most interesting was how different the culture is in China compared to what we are used to in America; the street peddlers, living conditions and food all came as such a shock. Another highlight of the trip was getting to know the other Business students as well as the professors. Being together for such a lengthy period of time allowed for new opportunities of getting to know people on a deeper level.” According to Dean Weis, plans are already being made for next year’s Business Division trip back to China.
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Annual Golf A
lthough inclement weather forced the Golf Committee to postpone the 2010 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 and awards reception. This year’s honorees were Michael P. Demetriou, President, Demetriou General Agency, Inc., and Scott T. Melnik, Managing Vice President, Claims Tower Group Companies. Foursomes played at either The Seawane Golf and Country Club or The Woodmere Club. The many event sponsors helped make the day a huge success. Their support of the golf classic helped to ensure that Molloy’s vision of providing financial assistance, and the highest level of education, opportunities for personal growth, and community service remains possible for all of its students. 2010 Molloy Golf Classic Honorees and members of the 2010 Golf Committee
Molloy Student Athletes & Staff with Former Yankee Roy White
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Classic Edward Thompson VP Molloy Office of Advancement , Honoree Michael Demetriou, President Demetriou General Agency, Inc. Honoree Scott T. Melnik Managing Vice President, Claims Tower Group Companies, Molloy College President Drew Bogner
Annual Golf Classic 2011 May 16, 2011 The Seawane Golf & Country Club and The Woodmere Club Honorees:
President Drew Bogner and John Ferrentino, Controller-Anchor Computer and â€˜hole-inoneâ€™ winner
Peter N. Resnick, Executive Vice President, Interboro Insurance Company Michael McGovern, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Molloy College
Chrisanthi Demetriou, Demetriou General Agency Inc., and Event Co-Chair Jeffrey H. Greenfield, Managing Member NGL Group, LLC, Molloy Board of Trustees James Multari, Molloy College, Robert Drexler, Drexler Land Development Corp.
For further information contact Cynthia Metzger, Senior Development Officer for Corporate Affairs at 516.678.5000 ext. 6723 or e-mail email@example.com
Greens on the
he mission of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College is to serve as a core resource on environmental excellence and to promote positive solutions towards sustainability for both the students and faculty of Molloy College and for the larger Long Island community. The Institute’s vision is for Long Island to lead the nation in promoting and implementing sustainable solutions to environmental and quality of life challenges. Therefore, it was only fitting that when the Institute was looking for a golf club to host the 2010 Sustainability Institute’s Golf Outing the Sebonack Golf Club, in Southampton, was the perfect choice. In addition to the fact that the Sebonack Golf Club (boasting a Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak designed layout) was named the “Best New Private Course” of 2007 by Golf Course Digest magazine, the magazine also recognized the Club in 2009 for its environmental leadership when they converted their entire golf cart fleet to solar power. Also, the greens at the Club have an underground liner system capturing run-off, which protects groundwater and the Peconic Bay. In recognition of the Liner system, the Club was 26 Molloy Magazine • Winter/Spring 2011
awarded the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Club Environment Award in 2008.
Seventy-two golfers participated in the October event which raised funds to support the Sustainability Institute’s efforts. ”The event was sold out - a tribute to the many Long Islanders supporting Molloy’s sustainability efforts,” said Edward J. Thompson, Vice President for Advancement. “And it was a special day because the Sebonack Golf Club represents the highest standards in sustainable golf course development. Molloy was proud to partner with Sebonack to host this event.”
Lawrence VandeWater, Principal (retired), Southside Middle School; Edward Thompson, Molloy College; Jeffrey Mulhall, JS McHugh, Ltd.; and Neal Lewis, The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
with the Psych Club
n early October the Psychology Club (in conjunction with Red Cross Club) invited all faculty, staff and students in the Molloy community to participate in a week of stress relief events on campus.
Events included: Artful Meditation with Dr. Maureen Carey, Make Your Own Stress Ball with the Psychology Club, cardio kickboxing, Yoga with Dr. Yanovitch, and a Drum Circle provided by the Music Therapy Club. The purpose of the Psychology Club is to provide information concerning the field of Psychology to members of the Molloy community,” said Dr. Melissa Gebbia, Psychology Club moderator. “As a united group, the Club will provide an environment where everyone in the Molloy community can meet, learn, and participate in various psychology and community service events.” According to Dr. Gebbia the Club’s goals include increasing awareness of the career opportunities associated with a Psychology degree, forming a fellowship between students and faculty, and representing and serving the interests of the psychological community at Molloy College through political, social, and career based activities. The membership in the Club is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are part-time or full-time. The club currently has 25 active members.
Eileen McDonnell ’84
to be Commencement Speaker
olloy’s 2011 Commencement will take place on Monday, May 23, at 6pm at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. This year’s Commencement speaker will be Eileen C. McDonnell, Class of 1984. Eileen currently holds the position of President of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, and it has recently been announced that, as of Feb. 18, she will take up the reins as Chief Executive Officer. Eileen is one of only a few women holding the CEO position at a major U.S. life insurer. She is also a member of the Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Board of Managers and the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Trust as well as a member of the Penn Mutual Board of Trustees. Eileen is a former member of the Molloy College Board of Trustees. Molloy College is very proud of our alumna’s accomplishments and looks forward to welcoming her back as the Commencement speaker this year as we know that she has much to share with our new graduates.
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A Place to
Honor the Past
Larissa Woo, Archivist & Coordinator of College Records, stands by a display during the open house.
he Archives and Records Center celebrated National Archives Week in October 2010 with an open house and exhibit featuring materials from Molloy’s opening orientation program in 1955. The exhibit included photographs, correspondence, alumni scrapbooks and even blueprints of the “mansion” on North Village Avenue – home of Molloy Catholic College for Women during its first year. The Center has recently undergone a modest renovation and can now accommodate visitors looking to learn about Molloy. This renovation also improved collections storage and processing areas, giving Archives room to broaden collections. We are actively seeking donations
of materials about Molloy or that are related to interests of Molloy’s community. In 2011 Archives will focus its efforts on improving collections access. This will begin with digitizing our photographic materials, and developing an online image catalog. This project is important, as
photographs are the most heavily used portion of our collections. Digitizing these materials will make them more accessible while safeguarding the originals. Going forward, Archives will be strengthening its collections and looking for new opportunities to share the history of Molloy.
he Music Therapy and the Music Education Clubs transformed the lobby of the Wilbur Arts Building into a contemporary coffee house. The lobby was filled with tables covered by tablecloths and topped with votive candles, all set up before an impromptu stage. The four hour event was designed to raise funds to support The Elija School, which teaches autistic children. The student organizers sold coffee and desserts, and half of all the money collected went toward helping the school. Many members of the Molloy community signed on to help by donating their talents. Attendees were treated to musical performances by individuals, duos and groups, as well as original works of poetry. A great time was had by all. 28 Molloy Magazine • Winter/Spring 2011
Wine, Art and Conversation O
n Sunday Sept. 25 the Molloy community once again traveled to Osprey Dominion Vineyards in Peconic to support the College’s fundraising efforts. The evening’s events included cocktails, appetizers and an art show. The featured artists donated their proceeds to Molloy to benefit student scholarships.
he Annual Molloy College Business Women’s Lunch, hosted by President Bogner and the Office of Advancement, was held on Wednesday Sept.
22, 2010 in the Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall. The keynote speaker at the event was Lorraine Aycock, Vice President, Community Relations Manager, Long Island, Bank of America. Funds raised by the event will go toward supporting programs for Molloy’s Mentoring Latinas initiative and Siena Women’s Center. Winter/Spring 2011 •
Annual The Molloy College
he annual Molloy College Ball was held at the Garden City Hotel on Saturday eve-
ning, November 13th. The blacktie gala raised funds to support the College’s commitment to providing scholarships and access to quality education.
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This year the event honored three distinguished members of our community in recognition of their years of strong leadership and corporate citizenship. The Corporate Leader Award recipient was Theresa Elkowitz, Principal, VHB Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, P.C.; the Distinguished Alumni Award was bestowed on Irene V. Villacci, Esq. ‘86; and William K . Duffy, Jr., President, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 138 was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Co-Chairs for the event were Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Esq., Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana and Frank Pelliccione, Vice President, Business Development, Flushing Bank. Next year’s event will be held on November 12, 2011 in Molloy’s new Public Square building.
Dr. Drew Bogner, President Molloy College with Honorees Irene V. Villacci, Esq. ’86, William K. Duffy, Jr., Theresa Elkowitz and Daniel T. Henry, Chairman, Molloy Board of Trustees
John Duffy with Billy Duffy, Jr., Dave Barnett, Steve Barnett, Scott Adrian, Phil Capobianco, Ken Huber, Marty Glennon & Kathy Cohen
“The Rat Pack,” with Susan and Peter G. Brandel, Regional Vice President, TD Bank
Molloy Board Member Chuck Piluso and Joanne Piluso with daughters Jacqueline and Victoria
Barbara Gervase, President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, Frank Pelliccione, event Co Chair, Linda Zuech, Immediate Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and Nassau Family Court Magistrate Diane M. Dwyer ’80.
Mr. Paul Conte, Conte Cadillac, Inc. and Mrs. Pat Roth
Peter Elkowitz, President of Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc.; James Britz, Vice President of Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc.; Melissa Shea; and Carol Feinstein.
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Alumni in the
Lieutenant James M. Reilly
Note: The following are excerpts taken from e-mail correspondence and phone conversations with the Molloy College Office of Alumni Relations. Lieutenant Junior Grade Donna M. Henderson U.S. Navy Nurse Molloy Class of 2008 Lieutenant Henderson has been deployed in Afghanistan since September
Lieutenant Junior Grade Donna M. Henderson
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and will hopefully be going home in April. One of her many duties while stationed overseas is working with victims of improvised explosive devices. “I owe all my nursing fundamentals to [Molloy], and wanted to say thank you,” she said. Lieutenant Commander Ann Fuhring, U.S. Navy (Retired) Molloy Class of 1987 Lieutenant Commander Fuhring received her commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1989 after completing Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Her assignments were mostly intelligence-related (anti-submarine warfare and signals intelligence) and her responsibilities involved reporting threats to national security. “It’s very interesting work although it can be stressful,” she said. “Like religious vocations, military service is voluntary and the people I worked alongside were very dedicated, similar to those in the Molloy College community.” After retiring from the Navy in 2008, she remained in the Washington D.C. area and worked in the intelligence community. She moved to Las Vegas this past summer.
Lieutenant James M. Reilly Nurse Corps, U.S. Navy, MSN, RN, CEN, CNOR Molloy class of 2001 “I trained with the Navy, Marine Corps and Army, both at Camp Pendleton and Fort Sam Houston, among other locations,” said Lieutenant Reilly. “I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. Our hospital was a series of tents and the operating rooms were situated within mobile tactical shelters. Just a few days after assuming our duties in country a mass casualty alert was issued with multiple [helicopters] inbound. All hands were mobilized and we were ready when the first of double digit patients started to arrive. “It was here that I utilized my training from the military and Molloy as an officer, service person, healthcare professional and registered nurse. Courageous men at their most vulnerable were in need, each a hero in my respective opinion. We were not only ‘medical’... we prayed with them before starting surgery if that is what they wanted. We joked if that was what they needed. We wrote letters to their family if they wanted to say something before en-
tering the operating room. “My thoughts concerning my nearly seventeen years of military service are positive. The military remains an all volunteer service and I genuinely support the Commander-in-Chief. I have been formally recognized for my military accomplishments several times over, a credit to my senior enlisted and officers over the years. I have been afforded an outstanding education, including undergraduate studies at Molloy College and also graduate training at the University of San Diego. I am specialty certified in the emergency and pre-operative nursing at no cost to me and am now applying for a second duty under instruction tour to complete my Ph.D.” Captain Ellen C. DeNigris, M.D., USN U.S. Navy, Retired Molloy Class of 1978 “I attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD (the only military medical school in the U.S.),” said Dr. DeNegris. “The students at USUHS are from all of the military branches that have doctors. Students are commissioned officers, and usually go to officer indoctrination prior to attending school. The USUHS was a fledgling medical school when I matriculated. I enrolled in its fifth class, and chose to be commissioned in the Navy. “After a brief period in the ER at Bethesda, I went to work on a new HIV unit. It was 1988. The Navy had its first forced HIV screen in 1985. Once the first patients who were positive were identified, an HIV unit was started at Bethesda, Portsmouth and San Diego. We had a small cohesive department for the evaluation and support of these patients. “When an opening in Pathology residency appeared, I grabbed it. The first year after residency, I taught Pathology at USUHS. The following year we moved to Okinawa, Japan. During my time in Okinawa, I had varied responsibilities. In addition to practicing Pathology, I became department head of the laboratory. For a period of time, I was the head of the Credentials Committee and eventually worked as the head of the medical staff. “My next adventure was starting an OB/GYN residency at the ‘young age’ of 42. I found myself back at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia. I had always dreamed of being an OB/GYN. “Then it was on to New England, where I went to work at the clinic on the sub base in Groton, CT. Unfortunately, at that time my in-laws became ill, and it was evident
that I would be unable to continue my career in the Navy. After 26.5 years, I retired. My husband is still on active duty and we are currently stationed at Great Lakes, IL, the Navy Recruiting and Training Base.” Lieutenant Commander Kyle S. Matthew BA Criminal Justice, Naval Postgraduate School, MS Defense Systems Analysis Molloy Class of 1999 After receiving his commission from Officer Candidate School, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Matthew attended flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL and Meridian, MS, earning his Naval Aviator wings in May 2001. He has over 2,000 hours and 300 air-
Lieutenant Commander Kyle S. Matthew on the left
craft carrier landings in 9 models of prop and jet aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation (2), Sea Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. “As you would expect, life in the Navy can be very demanding, especially for combat pilots like me,” said LCDR Matthew. “One day I can be flying a $60 million jet and the next be giving a talk to third grad-
ers about flying and science. What I wasn’t expecting is the incredible feeling of ‘belonging’ when I get up each morning. I know my fellow military members are there for me. I had the same feeling while at Molloy; I knew I belonged. “Teamwork is a big part of being the military. My time as the captain of the Molloy soccer team gave me much needed experience in leadership and teamwork. Molloy gave me the tools to succeed in all facets of life, not just in the military.” Captain Linda Jo Belsito, RN, MSN, CCM United States Public Health Service Molloy Class of 1980 “As a new grad I took my first nursing position at North Shore University Hospital. I worked there for 21 years,” said Captain Belsito. “While writing for Nursing Spectrum in 2001, I noticed an ad for an ‘RN, looking for adventure, like to travel, U.S. citizen, under 44.’ I went to the website for the Division of Immigration Health Services, and was introduced to one of the Seven Uniformed Services, the United States Public Health Service. www.usphs. gov. I applied to the Commissioned Corps as I knew this was a calling to serve my country and to wear the uniform, which is something I had always wanted to do.” “I was appointed to the Commissioned Corps in April 2001, and called to duty June 1st 2001, in Queens, NY. Our mission was to provide medical care to detained illegal immigrants while they await their legal proceedings. This was an eye opening experience, and being that I had never heard of the USPHS, realized that this was going to be one of the greatest opportunities to provide nursing care to the underserved, serve my country and to also be called upon in the event of natural or national disasters. “ Captain Linda Jo Belsito and President George W. Bush
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Alumni Community Class Notes 1960s Marion Kraskow Class of 1965 Major: Sociology Maiden Name: Stern
Marion Kraskow devoted the professional portion of her life to assisting those with failing mental health. As Su-
pervisor of Mental Health Services, she worked tirelessly to advocate for those under her care. Upon her retirement in 1995, Marion began to devote herself to her community in other ways. Marion has participated in the Island Harvest Food Drive. She has worked with the Speaker’s Bureau, coordinating various engagements in many area schools educating children, teachers and administrators. In addition, Marion has done a substantial amount of work with the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Tilles Center and is also a Hofstra Law School proctor. She has contributed in many ways to the volunteer work of the Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative. Marion has also found a calling in working with the Board of Elections. Marion values the importance of
Class of 1962, Fab 14 Reunion In October, the Nursing alumnae from the Class of 1962 visited Molloy College for a reunion and made a presentation about careers in nursing to the students. Pictured here with Marion Flomenhaft, Alumni Development Officer, are the members of the “Fab 14” who attended the reunion. L-R: Josephine Valyo Schultz, Ann Richter, Patricia Mostyn-Aker, Marilyn Reynolds Canty, Valerie Lawler Di Palma, Patricia Landi Linekin, Patrice Hyland Martin, Joan Macek Thackaberry, Rachel Condon Bruce (hidden behind Betty) and Betty Walsh Lockwood. The group created a Memory Book of their lives and careers, which includes an anecdotal history of the nursing program written by Mary Rourke Zargo, ’60. 34 Molloy Magazine • Winter/Spring 2011
exercising the right to vote and ensuring that others heed this calling as well. Her schedule is full and fulfilling, but occasionally, she does find time to catch a movie! Marion is a pillar of the North Bellmore and Nassau County communities.
1970s Ann M. Esposito Vivona Class of 1970 Major: English/Elementary Education Maiden Name: Thomas Ann married the year she graduated from Molloy, then attended Hofstra University where she earned a master’s in special education in 1976 and a certificate of advanced students in school administration in 1993 as Ann Esposito. In 2008 Ann remarried, then went on to earn a doctorate in early childhood special education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2009. Currently, she is employed as the Senior Principal/Assistant Director at YAI/New York League for Early Learning, the Harry H. Gordon School in the Bronx. Ann is also an adjunct instructor at St. John’s University and Teachers College, Columbia University.
1980s Maryanne Ilch Class of 1980 Major: Nursing Maryanne Ilch, RN, BSN (featured on right in photo), received the annual Nursing Excellence Award from her employer Pocono Medical Center (PMC). Ms. Ilch joined PMC in 1989 as a per diem float pool nurse and eventually joined the Pediatrics nursing staff.
Class Notes Mary Anne T. Izzo Germino Class of 1982 Major: Nursing Mary Anne has worked in Glen Cove since 1983, first as a night supervisor in Glengariff Nursing Home; and for the past 16 years as a school nurse in the Glen Cove School District. She is the mother of three, including Robert, a Hofstra 1998 philosophy major, political science minor and USMC Captain and Iraq War vet who is completing his eighth year of service. He recently ran for New York State Assembly for District 13. Presently, Robert works for Nassau County in the Executive Office in Mineola for Ed Mangano. Damien, Manhattan College 2009 psychology major, is now completing a master’s in neuro-psychology at Villanova. Clare, presently attends Molloy in the 7-12 foreign language education program and expects to graduate next year. Her major is Spanish and her minor is Italian. Mary Anne is extremely thankful to Molloy for her education, and now, her daughter’s.
Three alumnae who all work for KPMG in the Melville office presented to the Molloy College Business and Accounting Club (BAC) in the fall 2010. L-R: Julie Stewart, president of BAC; Josephine Herbert ’05, Kelly Quackenbush ’08, Aleisha Khan ’07, and Dr. Marion Flomenhaft, Alumni Development Officer.
Angela Jean Mendola Class of 1982 Major: Social Work My education at Molloy truly did change my life. I was a non-traditional student at Molloy, starting my education at the age of 37, after not sitting in a class room for 20 years. I was a child bride of the 1950s, then the mother of two beautiful children, which consumed my life for many years. However, I always had a
feeling that there was something more that I could be doing! That something came the day I read an announcement in Newsday regarding the Molloy Social Work program. I met with Susan Bender, the head of the department, and was on my way. “I started my Molloy experience with a philosophy class, The Philosophy of God. I knew I needed Him to guide me through this new and exciting challenge.
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Alumni Community Class Notes That was the start of my incredible education at Molloy. I advanced through my social work courses, earned a B.S.W. then went on to Fordham University for the master’s in social work. I took the li-
censing exam and now I am a practicing licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I have been a social worker at Catholic Charities Mental Health for 27 years and maintain a private practice.”
Three Molloy Alumnae Honored as Women of Distinction August 21, 2010
ssemblyman Tom McKevitt honored three Molloy College alumnae at his annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony, including Marion Kraskow ’65, Jacqueline Vita ’80 and Jenna-Lyn Zaino ’10. “What I see is a remarkable level of talent and success, but more importantly, what I sense … is really a great deal of happiness,” says Village of Floral Park trustee MaryGrace Tomecki, guest speaker and former “Woman of Distinction” honoree.”And it is a category of happiness that comes not just from receiving recognition … [but] is from the happiness that radiates from within, the happiness that sets in when sacrificing oneself completely for a cause you believe in.” “The women that we honor today represent some of the most inspiring and accomplished individuals in the county, state and the nation,” McKevitt said. “Their achievements and unselfish dedication to others are wonderful examples for all of us to emulate in our own lives.” Jacqueline Vita has worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, for the past 20 years and is also a copywriter for Clarity Writing Solutions. Ms. Vita also holds leadership positions in Garden City Kiwanis, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation and the Young Republicans Club, among others. “It’s a humbling experience, because you don’t realize the depth of what people are capable of juggling until you come here and you say, ‘Wow,’” Ms. Vita said.
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Each time I meet with a client, I thank God I took the opportunities I did at Molloy. The sense of spirituality and support I felt throughout my education was constant. The younger students were supportive and invited me to play on their softball team. My peers in the social work courses became friends and our “system” remained strong. I am proud to say my daughter also graduated from Molloy and now my 17-year-old granddaughter is considering Molloy; it is our family tradition.
1990s Diane Stile Class of 1991 Major: Education Maiden Name: Richards Diane recently celebrated her 17th wedding anniversary with her husband Marc. Diane lives on Long Island with her husband and two children. She is a 7th grade special education teacher in the Jericho School District.
2000s Meg Diliberto Class of 2001 Major: Nursing Margaret (Meg) Diliberto, RN, CDE, is an in-patient diabetes nurse clinician and certified diabetes educator at Glen Cove Hospital, and was recently named Diabetes Educator of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators (MNYADE) at the organization’s annual dinner at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. Ms. Diliberto has been involved in diabetes care management for most of
Class Notes her nursing career. In 2003, she joined Glen Cove Hospital, part of the 15-hospital North Shore-LIJ Health System, and serves as the hospital’s inpatient diabetes nurse clinician and nurse educator. In her role at Glen Cove, Ms. Diliberto educates patients and families on self-management skills for diabetes and coordinates a monthly community heart/diabetes support group. She also coordinates the hospital’s task force certification for inpatient management of diabetes and serves on the North Shore-LIJ diabetes task force. Ms. Diliberto is the program coordinator of a multidisciplinary taskforce that helped Glen Cove Hospital in 2009 to receive certification for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Management by The Joint Commission – the first hospital in New York State, and one of the eight nationwide to receive this distinction.
Photo: Meg Diliberto, RN, CDE of Glen Cove Hospital (at right) accepts the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award from Hildegarde Payne, president of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators at the group’s annual meeting. Rose Genovese Class of 2003 Major: Social Work Social worker Rose Genovese was instrumental in starting Homework Helpers in Rockville Centre in the fall 2010. The club pairs former school teachers who are members of the Sandel Senior Center with elementary, middle school, and English as a Second Language students who need help with their school work, particularly in reading and math. On meeting days, approximately three-
to four- senior educators tutor students who come from St. Agnes Cathedral Elementary School and Rockville Centre’s public schools. Approximately 50 elementary students have participated in Homework Helpers to this point, and 12 seniors in their late 60s to early 70s are currently on the teaching roster. Myla Jones Class of 2008 Graduate Education Myla is the author of God’s Daughter, a book for young women who struggle with moving past unsuccessful relationship issues such as abuse and addiction. It is a thought-provoking, insightful, spirituallybased text; available at www.alibris.com.
Attention Molloy Alumni! Do you have news to share with your classmates? Go online to http://alumni.molloy.edu 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. Your Name:___________________________________________________________________________ Class Year: ________________________________ Update My Information: Street Address_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City___________________________________________________________________State________________ Zip________________________________ Phone________________________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________ Business Information: Name of Employer________________________________________________Title__________________________________________________________ Department___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Business Phone_____________________________________________ Business E-mail______________________________________________________ Send in your news on another sheet of paper with this attached. Winter/Spring 2011 •
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Alumni Community 2010 Alumni Calendar of Events February 27, 2011 6th Annual High Tea Anselma Room, Kellenberg Hall, 2-4pm, $25.00 per person
April 4, 2011 Alumni Association Board Meeting Board Room, Kellenberg Hall, 7:30-9 p.m., all alumni invited
May 20, 2011 Commencement Brunch Wilbur Building, Quealy Hall, 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m., free of charge
March 7, 2011 Alumni Association Board Meeting Board Room, Kellenberg Hall, 7:30-9 p.m., all alumni invited
April 13, 2011 Alumni Networking Group Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall, 6-7:30 p.m., free of charge Nancy Mazzeo, ’00 speaker
May 23, 2011 Molloy College Commencement Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Special Recognition for the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1961
May 2, 2011 Alumni Association Board Meeting Board Room, Kellenberg Hall, 7:30-9 p.m., all alumni invited
July 28, 2011 LI Ducks Game Suffolk County Sports Park, Central Islip, 6 p.m., $10 per person
May 11, 2011 Alumni Networking Group Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall, 6-7:30 p.m., free of charge
October 21 and 22, 2011 Homecoming Reunion Weekend Honoring Classes: 1961 (50th), 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986 (25th), 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006
March 15, 2011 Career Transitions with Graduate Degrees Reception Room, Kellenberg Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free of charge Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Office of Alumni Relations March 17, 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City Pre-march breakfast at Slattery’s Pub, $20.00 per person Free round-trip bus service departing Molloy College, 9 a.m. March 19, 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Rockville Centre Meet at parking lot on Sunrise Highway at Long Beach Road, Noon March 26, 2011 Mets Spring Training Game Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Florida, gates open 11:30 a.m., $12.00 per person game at 1 p.m. March 28, 2011 Yankees Spring Training Game Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Florida, first pitch 7:05 p.m., $12.00 per person gates open at 5 p.m.
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May 16, 2011 Molloy Golf Classic Woodmere and Seawane Golf and Country Clubs
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Dominican Sisters of Amityville
In Memoriam Sister Patricia Anne Morris, OP
Sister Pat passed away on June 13, 2010; she was 79. She had dedicated 55 years to religious life. From 1980-1998 she held the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Molloy College. While in that position she implemented many new programs and majors including the collaboration with Fordham University for the joint Social Work degree and the Nuclear Medicine major. She also worked for a short time at Dowling College and then moved to Felician College in Lodi, NJ, where she served as the Vice President for Academic affairs until 2005. Sister Grace H. Smith, OP Sister Grace passed away on October 1, 2010, she was 94. She had dedicated 73 years to religious life. She had a varied ministry that included 45-years of teaching in
wo members of our Molloy Community passed away recently and their families created scholarships
Catholic schools at both elementary and high school levels. She ministered at Molloy College as registrar from 1955-1956. She worked as a literacy volunteer at the state prison in Ossining, NY, and worked for Catholic Charities in various departments including parish social ministry, homecare, maternity services, and immigrant services. Sister Janice Buettner, OP, Ph.D. Sister Janice passed away on November 14, 2010. She was Professor Emerita of Biology at Molloy having dedicated 50 years to teaching at the College. She served as Chairperson of Molloy’s Physics Department and on many College committees including: Promotion, Curriculum Development, Faculty Council, Governance, and Accreditation. She was also a founder of the Mother of God Charismatic Prayer Group, a group that prayed weekly for God’s blessings on the College and all of its personnel.
at the College to honor their memories. The new scholarships are the Kathie Krieg Medical Social Work Scholarship Fund named for alumna Kathleen (Kathie) P. Krieg, class of 1980 and a nursing schol-
Sister Cecilia Van Buren, OP Sister Cecilia passed away on Christmas morning 2010, she was 98. She had dedicated 78 years to religious life. Her teaching career spanned 40 years (from 19331973), she worked in various elementary schools including: All Saints in Brooklyn, Presentation in Jamaica, St. Fidelis in College Point, and St. Hugh in Huntington Station. Additionally, from 1973-1990 she worked in the Bursar’s Office of Molloy College. Sister Agnes Mary Butler, OP Sister Agnes passed away on January 15, 2011, she was 84. She had dedicated 65 years to religious life. She taught elementary school at St. Patrick in Brooklyn and Corpus Cristi in Mineola. She also taught business education at Dominican Commercial in Jamaica and at St. Michael High school in East New York. From 1973-2001 she worked at Molloy as an Assistant Professor and helped to establish the Business program in the 1980s.
arship in honor of Rose Ann Naughton, Professor Emeriti from the Division of Nursing. Donations to these scholarships can be made by calling 516.857.3218 ext. 6397 or http://alumni.molloy.edu/give. Winter/Spring 2011 •
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