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Picturing the world. Making art. Te aching art.

Nazareth College Arts Center

2011-2012 Subscription Series Season Rioult Dance

Oct. 1, 2011

National Acrobats of China

Oct. 28, 2011

Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel “Gypsy (roma) Fire”

Nov. 11, 2011

Leahy (cross-genre, string-based musical collective)

Children’s/Family Performances Dallas Children’s Theatre Nov. 3, 4, 5, 2011 Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Dec.10 , 11; 17, 18, 2011

Nov. 19, 2011

Rochester Children’s Theatre Annie (co-production with Nazareth College Arts Center)

Garth Fagan Dance

Nov. 29–Dec. 4, 2011

John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean (black-light puppet show)

Jan. 7, 2012

The Capitol Steps

Dec. 31, 2011

Feb. 11, 12; 18, 19, 2012

42Five (a cappella) Opening act: Nazareth’s own Call4Backup

Jan. 21, 2012

Rochester Children’s Theatre The Hobbit (co-production with Nazareth College Arts Center)

Rochester City Ballet: The Blood Countess

Feb. 3, 4, 5, 2012

Mar. 10, 11; 17, 18, 2012

Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet

March 24, 2012

Tao: The Art of the Drum

March 31, 2012

Rochester Children’s Theatre A Year with Frog and Toad (co-production with Nazareth College Arts Center)

Parsons Dance

May 5, 2012

Rochester City Ballet

May 18, 19, 20, 2012

Box Office: 585-389-2170. Regular box office hours are Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special thanks to our Series sponors: BOX OFFICE: 585-389-2170

Rioult Dance Views of the Fleeting World Photo: Basil Childers

Rioult Dance Views of the Fleeting World Photo: Basil Childers

Nazareth College

ConneCtionS I Volume 23, Number 3 Summer/Fall 2011

Nazareth College Connections Volume 23, Number 3 Summer/Fall 2011 Editor Robyn A. Rime Assistant Director, Publications and Creative Services

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Regular Contributors Donna Borgus Kerry Gotham Julie Long Alicia Nestle Joe Seil Sofia Tokar Kerry Van Malderghem ’08G


Additional Contributors Robin L. Flanigan Alan Gelb Matthew Temple

Equestrian team; national volleyball champs; athletic round-up.

Printing Cohber Press Director of Alumni Relations Kerry Gotham ’98 Vice President, Institutional Advancement Kelly E. Gagan

Comments/story suggestions: Marketing and Communications—Publications e-mail: 585-389-5098 Name/address corrections: Office of Development e-mail: 585-389-2415 Class notes or comments: Office of Alumni Relations e-mail: 585-389-2472 Please note that Connections is produced approximately four months in advance of when it is received by readers. Letters and class notes received after production has begun will be included in the next issue of the magazine. All accepted text is subject to editing. Main College switchboard: 585-389-2525

Sports News


Nazareth in the World


Interfaith Ideas


Life of the Mind


Beyond Self


Nazareth Heritage


Cover Story: Making Art, Teaching Art

Nazareth’s peace and justice studies major draws students from many backgrounds. ABOUT OUR COVER Photograph by Alex Shukoff

Nazareth art professors Kathleen Calderwood and Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick picture their worlds in very different ways. This issue of Connections explores the intersection of making and teaching art.

Nazareth College President Daan Braveman, J.D. We welcome comments from our readers, articles and essays, and class notes. All mail should be directed to one of the offices below, and sent to: Nazareth College 4245 East Ave. Rochester, NY 14618-3790


The latest news from the Nazareth campus.

Professor Brian Bailey ’01G brings film studies to India… and vice versa.

Photographer Alex Shukoff

Design Boehm Marketing Communications

News and Views

The Classes Kerry Van Malderghem ’08G

Contributing Photographers Kurt Brownell Brady Dillsworth Greg Francis Jamie Germanow


Professor Matthew Temple’s use of the new 3-D microscope. More and more students do a year of service after graduation.

The long tradition of trees on the Nazareth campus.

Nazareth art professors Kathleen Calderwood and Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick are both respected painters and beloved teachers. Connections profiles these two very different personalities.

40 Alumni News Alumni profile of Renée Scialdo Shevat ’77; Reunion

photo album; Outstanding Alumni Award winners Jessica Shackelton Maclay ’03 and Mary Catherine Driscoll ’66.


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Class Notes The Archive

Copyright © 2011 by Nazareth College. Photographs and artwork copyright by their respective creators or by Nazareth College. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reused or republished in any form without express written permission. Nazareth College Mission and Vision Statements The mission of Nazareth College is to provide a learning community that educates students in the liberal arts, sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional fields, fostering commitment to a life informed by intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic values; to develop skills necessary for the pursuit of meaningful careers; and to inspire dedication to the ideal of service to their communities. Nazareth seeks students who want to make a difference in their own world and the world around them, and encourages them to develop the understanding, commitment, and confidence to lead fully informed and actively engaged lives. The vision of Nazareth College is to be nationally and internationally recognized as a comprehensive educational institution which provides its students with transformational experiences and integrates liberal arts, sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional education at the undergraduate and graduate levels and which places special value on student success, diversity, inclusion, civic engagement, and making a difference in local and global communities. Statement on Respect and Diversity We, the Nazareth community, embrace both respect for the person and freedom of speech. The College promotes civility and denounces acts of hatred or intolerance. The free exchange of ideas is possible only when concepts, values, and viewpoints can be expressed and challenged in a manner that is neither threatening nor demeaning. It is the policy of Nazareth College, in keeping with its efforts to foster a community in which the diversity of all members is respected, not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition, or any other protected status. Respect for the dignity of all peoples is an essential part of the College’s tradition and mission, and its vision for the future.

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President’s | letter

Dear Nazareth Friends,


azareth College celebrated its eighty-fourth annual Commencement last spring with a joint graduate and undergraduate ceremony for more than a thousand students. This issue of Connections shares photographs of the eventful day, and readers can browse through additional galleries online. As the graduation ceremony approached, I was reminded that the word “commencement” is an interesting and fitting word to describe the event. Commencement actually has two meanings—it is a ceremony at the end of an academic year. But it also refers to a beginning, and in this regard it is a most appropriate word to describe the graduation event. Students are ending their academic programs and beginning the next phase of their lives—whether it is work, or more school, or travel, or some other experience. They, however, leave Nazareth with links that enable them to connect the experience that is ending to the new experiences that are now beginning.  The College’s mission statement is a forward-looking declaration that connects the educational experience here with the future. The statement declares that it is our goal to provide a learning environment that fosters commitment to a life informed by intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic values. These are not simply words but our very purpose, and our students end their academic careers with the understandings and abilities to foster that kind of commitment in the future. The mission statement also provides that it is our goal to inspire in our students a dedication to the ideal of service to their communities and to making a difference in their own world and the world around them. Many of the graduates have been engaged with the community while at Nazareth. Last year alone our students devoted 553,000 hours of service to the community, and the Beyond Self article “Lives of Intention” highlights students who continue to serve after graduation. I am confident that our graduates will remain committed to the ideal of service. I want to mention another link between the phase of life that is ending and the excitement for the future, and that link includes their fellow graduates. Many of the students at this time of year experience mixed emotions—happy to have reached this significant milestone but at the same time concerned about the future of close friendships made over the past years. Let me offer a personal observation about those friends. I recently spoke on the phone to a friend in New York City. We met during our college orientation more years ago than I want to say, and we roomed together our junior and senior years. We went to different law schools and he has lived in NYC since his graduation from law school while I have lived upstate. Nevertheless, we have stayed close, attending each other’s weddings, watching our respective families grow, and generally sharing our career and life experiences. We speak regularly on the phone and see each other often. I mention this story to illustrate that as the graduates begin new phases in their lives, they too will maintain the close friendships developed over the years at Nazareth. In this respect the past and future remain connected. Commencement may be an ending and a beginning, but the experience that is ending and the future that is beginning are permanently linked together. Sincerely,

Daan Braveman

Read more from the perspective of President Braveman on his blog at

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Faculty Publications Tricia Asklar (English) published two poems, “My Uncle Smokes His Pipe” and “For Irene, Whose Obituary Was Too Brief,” in the June issue of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. The poems were selected as part of the I-90 Manifesto issue. Brian Bailey ’01G (Adolescent Education) published “Real Literacies in the Classroom: Healing Wounds with Digital Video” in the June issue of Journal of Digital Culture and Education. His book chapter “Addressing Everyday Problems and Constructing Situated Identities: Youth Filmmaking in Schools” will appear in the forthcoming peer-reviewed book Lights! Camera! Action and the Brain: The Use of Film in Education (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). Bill Capossere (English) published “Fog” in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 2011, and “The Price of Passage” in Cream City Review, Fall/Winter 2010/2011. His essay “Black Holes” was recently listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2010. Carlnita Greene (Communication and Rhetoric/ English) co-edited the book Food as Communication/Communication as Food (Peter Lang, 2011). In addition to the editors’ introduction, the volume features her essay “Competing Identities at the Table: Slow Food, Consumption, and the Performance of Social Style.”

Maria Hopkins (Language, Literacy, and Technology) coauthored two book chapters in Sociocultural Positioning in Literacy: Exploring Culture, Discourse, Narrative, and Power in Diverse Educational Contexts, edited by M. McVee, C. Brock, and J. Glazier (Hampton Press, 2011). Nicole Juersivich (Mathematics) co-wrote the chapter “The TPACK of Dynamic Representations” in Educational Technology, Teacher Knowledge, and Classroom Impact: A Research Handbook on Frameworks and Approaches, edited by R. Ronau, C. Rakes, and M. Niess (Information Science Publishing, 2011). Matt Koetz (Mathematics) had the poem “The Seniors” accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Math Horizons. William Korth (Chemistry) published “Review of the Species of Eumys Leidy (Rodentia, Cricetidae) from the Oligocene (Orellan to Arikareean) of North

America,” Annals of Carnegie Museum, 79:79–90, and “New Species of the Cricetid Rodents (Mammalia) from the Late Miocene (Hemphillian) Previously Referred to Peromyscus pliocenicus Wilson,” Annals of Carnegie Museum, 79:137–147. David Sommerville (Music) has a book review of Analyzing Atonal Music: Pitch-Class Set Theory and Its Contexts, by Michiel Shuijer, in the forthcoming issue of GAMUT. Renee van der Vennet (Creative Arts Therapy) co-authored “The Impact of Anxious and Calm Emotional States on Color Usage in Pre-Drawn Mandalas” in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 27(4), 184-189. Mary Ellen Vore (Physical Therapy) will publish “The Impact of a Ten Week Individualized Exercise Program on Physical Function and Fatigue of Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Study” in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of MS Care.

Monica Weis ’65 (English) published The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton (University Press of Kentucky, 2011). Ed Wiltse (English) co-edited Hope Against Hope: Philosophies, Cultures and Politics of Possibility and Doubt (Rodopi, 2010). In addition to the editors’ introduction, the volume contains his essay “Hope Across the Razor Wire: Student-Inmate Reading Groups at Monroe Correctional Facility.”

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Five Students Receive Prestigious

Fulbright Grants

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azareth College is proud to announce that the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Jeri Beckens ’11 of Sodus, N.Y., Alyssa Pantano ’11 of Amherst, N.Y., Amanda Poppe ’11 of Jordan, N.Y., Amber Powers ’11G of Webster, N.Y., and Daniel Simmons ’11 of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., to receive 2011–2012 U.S. Junior Fulbright awards. This year’s recipients make a record breaking number in one year for the College. In the last five years, there have been 12 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students. Beckens, a German and international studies double major and Spanish minor, will teach English in Germany. When she returns, she is interested in pursuing a master’s in international relations, or TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Pantano, a Spanish and inclusive childhood/middle childhood education double major, will teach English in Argentina. Upon her return, she plans to attend graduate school at the University of Buffalo to study English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) with an extension in bilingual education. She plans to work with

Two Graduates Receive Assistantships



immigrant and refugee populations in the U.S. and possibly pursue a doctorate related to the social foundations of education. Poppe, a Spanish and adolescence education double major, will teach English in Spain. She plans on attending graduate school for TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) when she returns. Powers, a TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) graduate student, will teach English in Nepal. Simmons, a German and Spanish double major, will teach English in Germany. There, he is hoping to get involved with an NGO that works on environmental sustainability initiatives. Upon returning, he plans to apply to graduate schools. His dream is to work in international relations. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program’s objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international education exchange. Approximately 279,500 “Fulbrights,” 105,400 from the United States and 174,100 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception over fifty years ago.

TWO Nazareth College graduating seniors were selected to receive French Government English Teaching Assistantships for the upcoming academic year. Emily Alexander ’11 of Montgomery, N.Y. and Emily Alexander ’11 Abraham Gerson ’11 of Charlotte, Vt., will be in various parts of France teaching English to high school and middle school students. These competitive assistantships give students a chance to gain experience in their field and improve their language skills as well as foster cross-cultural understanding. Gerson will be teaching in the vicinity of Rennes, France. He is a French major and communication and rhetoric minor. After his assistantship in France, Gerson Abraham Gerson ’11 will be attending Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications where he will pursue a master’s degree in broadcast journalism. Alexander, a French major and English literature minor, will be teaching in the vicinity of Strasbourg, France.

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Globalization and Culture Conference Features Student Work Nazareth College hosted the interdisciplinary event Globalization and Culture: An Undergraduate and Graduate Student Conference last spring. The first of its kind for the College, the conference featured three concurrent sessions and 173 studentpresenters sharing their research and civic engagement projects, as well as artistic performances in the form Keynote speaker Jeremy Scahill during the roundtable of scholarly papers, round[Hannah Tinti © Maria.jpg] discussion. table discussions, and poster presentations. Celebrating their curricular and co-curricular achievements, students learned about presenting at and attending an academic conference. The conference was designed by its organizers—Clare Counihan, Ph.D. (English); Otieno Kisiara, Ph.D. (Anthropology); and Yamuna Sangarasivam, Ph.D. (Anthropology) —to reflect the mission and strategic initiatives of the College. They identified globalization and

culture as a theme to showcase student research that contributes to the goal of preparing students to make a difference as members of plural societies while making connections between local and global communities. The conference featured keynote speaker Jeremy Scahill, an awardwinning investigative journalist and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, who spoke to a packed audience in the Shults Center Forum. Students and community members also joined a roundtable discussion that included Scahill, Sangarasivam, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman, Harry Murray, Ph.D. (Sociology and Anthropology), Dr. Karen Hall (Syracuse University), and Jon Sheldon ’13 (Marine combat veteran). Other highlights were a plenary lecture and performances by a spoken-word artist and a playwright/actress. “The success of this conference was due to it being truly a campuswide collaboration,” says Sangarasivam. Contributors included Nazareth College’s centers; all four schools; the Offices of Student Development, Academic Affairs, and Multicultural Affairs; Honors Program, First Year Center; Undergraduate Association Diversity Council; and Lorette Wilmot Library. To learn more about the conference please visit

Award-Winning Author Visits Campus


or the second year in a row, Nazareth welcomed a renowned author to campus as part of Writers & Books’ annual program If All of Rochester Read the Same Book …. This spring, Hannah Tinti, author of the Dickensian-inspired novel The Good Thief, spoke to an audience that filled the Shults Center Forum, despite the four inches of snow that had fallen that day. (Typical Rochester!) Tinti shared her wisdom with all the Hannah Tinti event attendees; however, the theme of her presentation was especially applicable to the Nazareth students in the audience. Tinti spoke at length about her background and the extent to which her childhood and her hometown of Salem, Massachu-

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by Carly Maldonado ’12 setts, have influenced not only the plot of her novel but her writing career as a whole. She told a story about seriously injuring her left hand while playing in a graveyard as a child. She then continued on to say that, although she did not consciously think of this experience when she decided that the protagonist of The Good Thief would be missing a left hand, this occurrence undoubtedly had a subconscious effect on her and her writing. As college students, we are in a stage of life where we are moving out of our childhood homes and away from our parents and families, trying to find our own way in life. The reminder that the experiences that we had growing up and that the way we were raised will have influences on what major we choose, what career we pursue, and how we respond to life’s challenges, is one that is always worth hearing again. And for our most recent reminder of that fact, we can thank Hannah Tinti. Carly Maldonado ’12 is a communication sciences and disorders major at Nazareth.

Nazareth Connects with Veterans

by Alicia Nestle


Veteran Students; How ince 2008, Do We Respectfully with the esTell the Veteran Story, tablishment and more. of the Naza“Many vets are reth Veterans returning from Iraq Scholarship and the and Afghanistan, and forging of partnerships institutions of higher with Rochester Regional education have an Veterans Business Counobligation to help them cil (RRVBC) and Veterans make the transition back Outreach Center, Inc. to their civilian lives,” (VOC), Nazareth Colsays Nazareth College lege’s commitment to President Daan Braveveteran students has man. “Colleges and continued to grow and universities must be strengthen, making it prepared to respond to an ideal institution for their needs, which may veterans and their dediffer from those of pendents to pursue traditional students.” an education. Representatives from colleges, business, and support services shared information with veterans According to Col. The combination of at an expo last February. James McDonough, the Nazareth Veterans U.S. Army (Ret.), VeterScholarship, the GI ans Outreach Center’s Bill, and Yellow Ribbon president and CEO, a recently released national survey of student program (which supplements tuition fees that exceed the Post-9/11 GI engagement shows that veterans are usually older than other students, Bill tuition benefit) means a veteran or his/her dependent could attend tend to be the first in their family to attend college, and are twice as Nazareth College tuition free. But free tuition alone does not prepare likely to be diagnosed with at least one disability. veterans to apply for and successfully complete their education. That is “The report suggested that colleges and universities should make why Project VET CONNECT-ED was launched. special efforts to identify and address the needs of student veterans,” Project VET CONNECT-ED is a collaborative endeavor led by VOC in says McDonough. “Project VET CONNECT-ED will not only provide partnership with Nazareth College and RRVBC. Funded by a $50,000 Rochester area colleges with the means to do so, but will also emCollege Access Challenge Grant by the New York State Higher Educapower student veterans with more information and better access tion Services Corporation, Project VET CONNECT-ED is designed to to resources in order to enable them to succeed.” provide supportive services and information in order to increase the Assistant Professor of Music and Music Therapy Betsey King, Ph.D., rate of veteran students in the Rochester area who are prepared to was one of more than 100 Nazareth College faculty and staff that succeed in college. Each Project VET CONNECT-ED outreach event attended the professional development training session held on includes informational workshops and an expo where representatives campus in the spring. King says one of the most valuable sessions from area colleges, VOC, and other community support services are on for her as a faculty member was the student panel. “It was both inforhand to answer veterans’ questions. The goal is to provide a one-stop mative and enlightening because we heard from men and women opportunity for veterans to get information on choosing a college, who had served at different levels in the service and had diverse points application processes, financial aid, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and other of view. It was valuable to see each veteran as an individual.” veterans’ benefits. VOC is organizing a number of Project VET CONNECT-ED outreach Another important component is to provide training for faculty and information sessions for military veterans and their families throughout staff at some of the Rochester area colleges to increase awareness the spring and fall of 2011. To find out more, check regularly for VOC about the unique needs of student veterans. The first of such profesprograms at sional development training sessions was held at Nazareth College in March and attracted more than 100 faculty and staff. The one-day Alicia Nestle is the assistant director for new media in Nazareth’s conference included a veteran student panel and workshops such as Veterans 101; The G.I. Bill; Readjustment Issues Confronting Returning marketing and communications department.

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SOE Forms Advisory Board

Jeanine Seguin Santelli, new chair of nursing


New Chair of Nursing

he School of Health and Human Services is proud to announce that Jeanine Seguin Santelli of Keuka Park, N.Y. has been hired as chair of the nursing department. Santelli was previously a professor of nursing at Keuka College and the executive director of Genetic Nurses Credentialing Commission. At Keuka, she also held the position of assistant vice president for academic programs. Prior to her positions at Keuka College, she worked as a nursing coordinator at Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake in Dresden, N.Y. from 2007 to 2009, and as an acute care evening supervisor at Thompson Health System in Canandaigua, N.Y. from 1989 to 1994. Santelli has held several faculty appointments at institutions such as Keuka College; University of Rochester; St. John Fisher College; Nazareth College; Kaplan Educational Centers; Syracuse University; and Finger Lakes Community College. Santelli graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing from Keuka College. She then received a master’s in adult primary care, medical/surgical nursing and teaching from Syracuse University. Santelli earned a doctorate in nursing from Widener University. She is certified as an adult and gerontologic nurse practitioner.

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The School of Education is pleased to announce the establishment of an advisory board, which seeks to bring together a small and select group of educational leaders from around the Rochester region to advise the school on how best to respond to opportunities and challenges in the rapidly changing educational environment. “The school sees this as an important avenue to gain multiple perspectives on the forces impacting teacher education and schools districts in our area,” says Timothy Glander, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “For each board member, it will be an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of educational leaders and to share their wisdom and insight as the School of Education continues to improve upon its work in teacher education.” Since 1924, the School of Education has been seen as a leader in New York state in preparing teachers for the classroom. With four distinct academic departments, the school currently enrolls more than 500 students in initial and professional certification programs at the graduate level, and nearly 400 students in undergraduate programs in inclusive childhood and adolescence education. More than 39% of all current Nazareth College students (graduate and undergraduate) are enrolled in one program or another leading to teacher certification. Members of the 2011–2012 School of Education Advisory Board include: Gerald Bucklin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Fairport Central School District Richard Costanza, Chair, Department of Education, Monroe Community College Khieta Davis, Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Flower City School #54, Rochester City School District Colin Garwood, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of Genesee Valley Delores Geter, Retired Teacher, Rochester City School District Mark Lavner, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Support Services, Canandaigua City School District Dr. Kay Marshman, Emeritus Professor of Education, Nazareth College Dr. Dawn Santiago Marullo ’80, Superintendent of Schools, Victor Central School District Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Rochester City School District Joanne Hume Nigro, Retired Teacher, Greece Central School District Dr. Paul H. Sartori, Corporate Vice President for Chief Human Resources Officer, Retired, Bausch and Lomb Margaret Sergent ’87G, 2nd Vice President, Rochester Teachers Association Anibal Soler ’04G, Principal, East High School, Rochester City School District Dr. Paul G. Theobald, Interim Dean, School of Education, Buffalo State College


Groundbreaking Boosted by New Donations

azareth College President Daan Braveman was joined by Board of Trustees Chair Judy Wilmot Linehan ’76, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and many federal, state, and local lawmakers to ceremoniously break ground for Nazareth’s Integrated Center for Math and Science. The $31 million center, which received a major boost with new gifts totaling more than $2.5 million dollars, will play an instrumental role in leading the way for Nazareth students to receive the very best in math and science education, while also fueling the Rochester region’s economy with health and human services professionals and teachers who remain in the area to work after graduation. “This facility will have a long-term impact on the College and the community. It will allow us to expand the number of students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, and math as well as

by Alicia Nestle health and human services and K-12 teaching of these subjects,” said Braveman. “And it will have an economic effect on the region as close to three-quarters of students in the health and human services field and an equally large number of our students in education programs remain in the area to work after graduation.” Nazareth College has raised nearly half of the total $31 million cost of the building to date, including the more than $2.5 million in new gifts from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, John “Dutch” Summers, Louise Woerner and Don Kollmorgen, and RG&E. The remainder of funding for the Integrated Center for Math and Science will come from a partnership of private donors, business, and government funds. “Excellus is investing in the regional healthcare workforce of the future,” says Zeke Duda, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and member of Nazareth’s board of trustees. “We are a major employer in upstate New York, and as the state’s largest non-profit health insurer, we must work with colleges like Nazareth to ensure that the health care needs for Rochester and beyond are being met with a new generation of highly capable graduates in math and science.” “RG&E and NYSEG are committed to upstate New York, now and far into the future,” says Mark Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “We are investing in Nazareth’s Integrated Center for Math and Science to create jobs and train the next generation of New Yorkers to fill those jobs—that’s why our economic development programs exist.” When the Nazareth College Integrated Center for Math and Science opens in fall 2012, the new building will provide training opportunities for Rochester’s future teachers, health care workers, and scientists. Check out the live Webcam showing construction of the Integrated Center for Math and Science at

President Daan Braveman and U.S. Senator Chuck Shumer (D-NY) reveal a rendering of the Integrated Center for Math and Science.

Alicia Nestle is the assistant director for new media in Nazareth’s marketing and communications department.

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n Sch o o l o f M an ag e ment

Social Media Wizards


t is no exaggeration to say that this has been the year of social media, from the highly publicized feature film The Social Network to the pivotal role that Facebook and Twitter played in the recent revolution in Egypt. Since graduating from Nazareth College, Mike Deichmiller ’06 and Gavin Thomas ’06 have immersed themselves in this wide-open new arena, ushering their employer, Butler/Till, a media planning and buying agency, down social media avenues that are laden with opportunity. Deichmiller and Thomas, who joined Butler/ Till soon out of college, started out in the areas of print, radio, and digital—the more traditional sectors of the business. Nonetheless, they felt that something important was missing from the Butler/Till profile. “From the time we were freshmen at Nazareth, we made use of social media on a personal level and always saw its potential,” says Deichmiller. “We wanted Butler/Till to see that potential as well.” Deichmiller and Thomas presented the idea of a social media initiative to Sue Butler and Tracy Till, the firm’s co-CEOs. “They went for it and gave us the support and leeway to do the necessary research,” Thomas recalls. Deichmiller and Thomas are true believers in the power of social media. “From our standpoint, social media really expands the realm of what we do and ups the benefits of the traditional media channels we use. It opens up dialogues that never existed before,” says Deichmiller. Thomas points out, however, that social media shouldn’t live alone. “Just as we wouldn’t recommend using stand-alone print, we wouldn’t recommend using stand-alone social media,” Thomas says. Deichmiller and Thomas both received bachelor’s degrees in business administration at Nazareth, which they credit with teaching them the fundamentals for their job. “My Nazareth education allowed me to understand the business landscape in today’s ever-changing world,” says Deichmiller. Adds Thomas, “Attending a community oriented and socially connected college like Nazareth helped us

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by Alan Gelb

Mike Deichmiller ’06 and Gavin Thomas ’06, social media wizards at the media agency Butler/Till. in translating the knowledge we gained from the Naz business coursework to the ad agency and the social media world.” The two particularly appreciate the dynamic nature of social media. They stay ahead of the curve by reading social media newsblogs, participating in countless webinars, and attending conferences across the country. In March, they made their yearly pilgrimage to South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual conference held in Austin, Texas, that brings together all that is new and exciting in original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. “We’re bringing new ideas to our clients and working with people throughout our agency,” says Deichmiller. “We’re teaching account executives how to Twitter and correcting the misconception that you can’t really measure social media. In fact, it’s very quantifiable.”

Thomas cautions, however, that there’s not just one social media answer. “When clients say that they want a Facebook page, we ask them what their marketing objective is,” Thomas says. “Social media requires an investment, and we want to make sure it’s used well.” Currently, Deichmiller and Thomas connect around social media with more than half of Butler/Till’s clients, and that figure is growing. “Social media is not going away,” says Thomas. “It’s here to stay.” Follow Nazareth College on:

Alan Gelb is a freelance writer in East Chatham, New York.

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Read Great Books, Think Big Thoughts

he email signature of Dr. Monica Weis ’65, S.S.J., concludes with a quote from Socrates: “Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame.” Weis is clearly a flame-kindler herself. As director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program in the College of Arts and Sciences, she is passionate about the transformative experience a liberal arts education can be. “Ideas colliding can be exciting and a little bit scary,” she says. “Some students find it challenging to push beyond their disciplinary lines and become comfortable in a world of different cultures. But when they reflect back, they realize how much they’ve changed.” Graduates of the program agree. “The MALS program has empowered me to have the courage to ask and respond to the questions: Who are you? Where does your heart lie? What do you stand for?” says Kathleen Hansen ’09G. Adds Grady S. Bailey III ’10G, “I do not feel so much as if I have completed a Dr. Monica Weis ’65, S.S.J., director of the Master process, as I have opened many avenues of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. for intellectual and personal growth.” Opening those avenues is what the MALS and expect it to be there.” MALS educates program excels at, believes Alec Sutherland, students in what she calls “constant skills— Ph.D. Sutherland, who retired from the Nazacreative problem solving, critical thinking, reth English department after 26 years and and clear writing, all of which are goals of has since taught MALS courses, calls the prothe program.” gram “a time to take a measure of ourselves The MALS program has three required against the world, a last opportunity to take a courses and a rotating schedule of electives, long view of the horizon.” culminating in a capstone project of the stuThe luxury of that leisurely viewpoint may dent’s creation. Each project, like the program be compelling in a strong economy, but what itself, must be interdisciplinary, scholarly, and value do liberal studies offer to a struggling combine the student’s academic study, profesjob market? Weis contends the interdiscisional skills, and personal interests. As one plinary nature of the MALS program makes might expect, capstone projects vary widely. it both unique and uniquely valuable in its outcomes. “Students gain transferrable skills,” Margaret Zanghi ’10G recently produced a thesis on women activists in the civil rights she says, explaining that in a world where movement, pulling together both her feminist “people change jobs multiple times during and human rights leanings. Other recent their lives, you cannot train them for a job

by Robyn Rime capstone projects have included “Air, Water and Sacred Earth: Constructing Interdisciplinary Narratives in Clay,” “Sixteen and Stoned: Alternative Drug Therapies for Addicted Teens,” and “Thought Consumption: How the Evolution of Writing has Strong-armed Us into the Social Media Milieu of Today.” The program has proved attractive to a variety of students: young high school teachers seeking professional certification and finding the humanities a better preparation; those with technical and professional degrees who recognize a gap in their knowledge; parents whose children are out of the home; and retirees with the leisure to “read great books and think big thoughts,” as Weis puts it. Zanghi, an adult learner, found the program a perfect match. “I needed something I could really dig into, something that would require attention and work and that was official,” she says. Taking courses one at a time, she completed her studies in four years, graduating from Nazareth in May 2010 together with her granddaughter, Rachel Trunfio ’10. The interdisciplinary nature of MALS appeals to the faculty, too, who also find themselves kindling flames. “We don’t ‘teach’ in the traditional sense of the word,” says Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg, Ph.D., professor of English. “We facilitate discussion among colleagues. Many of our students are teachers themselves, or they are older and have had life experiences to draw from, thus making our discussions robust and meaningful.” “The MALS program raises graduates to a higher pitch of literacy—they write better, speak better, and listen better,” concludes Sutherland. And surely those skills are valuable in any market. Find the MALS program on Facebook and at

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Bully to the Max


id we ever imagine that we could become nostalgic for a punch on the playground? Bullying has always existed, but in recent years technology has given rise to cyberbullying, an insidious new form that uses the internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Jennie Schaff, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of language, literacy, and technology in the School of Education, has studied, written about, and lectured on cyberbullying, which she terms “epidemic” within our society. Schaff, who was awarded tenure this year, examines the connections between education and technology and the issues that can arise at that nexus. Her interest in cyberbullying goes beyond the academic, however. “As someone with three young children, I know how early kids are introduced to technology and how fascinating and scary that can be,” Schaff says. In February, Schaff gave a talk titled “Cyber-bullying: Preventing Online Bruises” as part of the School of Education Lecture Series, sponsored by the Education Technology Specialist Program and the Office of Graduate Admissions. Her focus was on parental and educator awareness and intervention. As Schaff points out, the social platform for today’s youth has radically changed. Where the playground or community center used to be the main gathering place, today the primary social platform for children as young as second and third grade and throughout high school and college involves media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Formspring. “A site like Formspring allows a student to ask his or her friends all kinds of questions that they can respond to anonymously,” explains Schaff. “So you can put out a question like, ‘Is Joe cute?’ and suddenly you have 500 replies, many of them vicious.” Particularly dire instances of cyberbullying, in some cases leading to teen suicides, have been much in the news lately, and the statistics around cyberbullying are increasingly alarming. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life project in 2008, 39 percent of teens with profiles on social networking sites report being cyberbullied.

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by Alan Gelb “Bullying is an issue that’s always been with us,” says Bob Armstrong, physical education teacher and head tennis coach at the McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester. “Now, however, technology has made it so much easier to be a bully and to damage someone profoundly. My students and I discuss bullying and cyberbulllying in particular and how important it is to communicate, face to face, person to person, without any layers of anonymity.” So what are parents and educators to do in the face of this juggernaut? “The most important thing is to listen to your kids, and not to minimize incidents of online bullying,” says Schaff. To start out, parents should be sensitive to telltale signs that cyberbullying is taking place. “The most salient sign is that the child wants to be secluded when he or she is at the computer,” says Schaff. “Other important signs are withdrawal and having issues with friends. This is very similar to what happens when a child is being physically bullied. And when cyberbullying is going on, a parent’s first and foremost response should be to validate the pain and then to figure out appropriate action steps.” Most sites that are used in connection with cyberbullying, like Facebook, Twitter, and Formspring, have built-in mechanisms for flagging abusers, and all parents should know how to use those flags to alert the administrators of those instances when someone is bullying. At the same time, school districts around the nation are working out language by which they can include cyberbullying in their overall school bullying policies. Above all, education is the best antidote for this toxic behavior. Schaff teaches about cyberbullying in her Issues in Educational Technology course and is actively gathering data from teens, parents, and teachers regarding their experiences with cyberbullying. “We all need to become informed about the technology with which our children are engaged,” she says. “Today’s school bully operates in a vast new world that we call the internet, and what is possible there goes way beyond what most of us are capable of imagining.” Visit the School of Education at Alan Gelb is a freelance writer in East Chatham, New York.

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PT Clinics Get National Audience by Robyn Rime


azareth’s School of Health and Human Services has always known its clinics were special, providing both valuable clinical experience to its students and valuable health care to the greater Rochester community. Last January, two physical therapy students—one current, one former—got to share that news at the annual conference for the Society of StudentRun Free Clinics (SSRFC) in Houston, TX. Terra Rice ’11G, then a student, and Rachel Quashnoc ’10G, P.T., D.P.T., a recent graduate, were selected to represent Nazareth at the conference. The two worked with Jennifer Collins, P.T., M.P.A., Ed.D., professor and chair of the department of health science and physical therapy, to develop an abstract and presentation, focusing on Nazareth’s unusual model of embedding its on-campus clinics into its required PT coursework. Students serve widely varied populations in the College’s range of clinics, including the musculoskeletal (ortho) clinic, the neuromuscular (neuro) clinic, Kids Club, the Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program, Paddlers with Disabilities, and various off-campus clinical opportunities. “Most schools that are lucky enough to have clinics on campus are run on a student volunteer basis and aren’t supported financially by the college,” says Quashnoc. “This severely limits both the size of the clinical population able to be served as well as the resources.” “Most student-run clinics are run by medical schools, with students from other health professions kicking in as ancillary services,” adds Collins. “They’re not run by other health professions nor are they as strongly supported by the school as Nazareth’s are. All our students get this experience, working with people underserved by typical health care providers.” Nazareth students receive side-by-side mentorship with the faculty, too—another differentiator that strengthens its program.

Terra Rice ’11G works with a physical therapy client.

“We supervise closely what students do, and we have a one-to-three faculty student ratio,” Collins says. “They’re also mentored by more advanced students, our apprentice clinical instructors.” All in all, she says, “it’s a unique way of meeting our goals: experiential learning, a triad of faculty-student-mentor, and the College serving the community.” Both Quashnoc and Rice came away from the conference recognizing that Nazareth’s clinics are ahead of the curve. “Almost everywhere else doesn’t have this opportunity, or it’s a much more scaled-down experience,” says Quashnoc, currently a pediatric physical therapist at Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester. “I took for granted the unique opportunities we have in our curriculum for hands-on experience in a ‘safe’ setting.” Quashnoc has taken that opportunity to heart: she now also works as an adjunct professor at Nazareth leading a problem-based learning discussion group and serving as a clinical instructor for the Kids Club clinic. Rice, who calls the conference experience “amazing,” hopes to advocate for student-

run free clinics with future employers. She and Quashnoc are already providing useful information to other conference attendees seeking advice on setting up their own physical therapy clinics. Collins credits much of Nazareth’s clinics’ success to strong administrative support, from the dean’s level on up, as well as to participation of every PT member. “There is faculty time, dedication, and commitment required for this way of teaching,” she says. “It’s very time and labor intensive. There are didactic, lab, and clinic components.” But the outcomes are worth it, Collins concludes. Not only are the program’s pass rates great, but “students gain a better appreciation for altruism and giving back to their communities. After studying at Nazareth, they take that away with them.” Read more about Nazareth’s P.T. clinics at go. Robyn Rime is the editor of Connections.

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Graduation Day On May 8, 2011, Nazareth College held its eighty-fourth annual commencement at the Blue Cross Arena in a joint graduate and undergraduate ceremony where graduates and loved ones celebrated the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another.

Brent Burkhardt ‘11

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Board Chair Judy Wilmot Linehan ’76, speaker Essie Calhoun, and President Daan Braveman.

Rachael Motsenbocker ‘11

Class treasurer and student ambassador Lindsey Spector ’11 at the Candlelight Farewell for seniors.

Graduating nurses at their pinning ceremony in the Linehan Chapel.

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Mallorie Gerwitz ‘11

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Working the Phones

Pays Off


tudent callers will take to the phones once again in early October. Will you take their call? Thousands of donors last year did and contributed to a record of nearly

$250,000 in pledges to the Annual Fund, helping support the critical operations of the College. Thanks to all our supporters during last year, and thank you for taking that call in the future. To donate to the Annual Fund, make your gift online at Please contact the Development Office at 585-389-2415 to make your gift by phone or ask questions about ways to give.

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Equestrian Team Turns Ten by Kerry Van Malderghem ’08G


ina Malatesta ’04 originally intended to bring her horse Royal to college with her. “She was my first horse, the one I had ridden since I was seven, but she was aging,” Malatesta explains. “Then she started to go blind, and moving her was not an option.” Malatesta decided to stay in Rochester with Royal and look for a school close to home. She enrolled at Nazareth, but the College did not have an equestrian program at the time. Not knowing what kind of response she would receive, Malatesta held an interest meeting to start a club on campus—and the response was overwhelming. Approximately 35 students attended the meeting to learn more about starting a program at Nazareth. Through hard work and the support of administrators and staff, the equestrian club transitioned to a varsity sport after just one year. “We worked to formulate a solution so that the College would benefit from this program,” Malatesta says. And it has. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the equestrian team has achieved both local and regional success under head coach Terese Bouchard, the owner of Huntington Meadow Stables in Webster. “In the first year, we qualified riders for the regional championship, which is a good undertaking for a brand new team,” says Bouchard. “This has been our best year yet. The team finished with riders in every level [in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Region standings] and finished third overall.” “It’s been a great addition,” says Athletic Director Pete Bothner. “It’s one of those programs where I think we could be the best team in our district and continue to send students through the process of qualifying for the nationals. Hopefully at some point we will be bringing home national accolades for the individual riders.” “We are competing against colleges that have equine programs,” says Bouchard. “[At Nazareth], students can get a great education but don’t have to give up the sport they’ve been doing throughout middle and high school.” But the College has also had to consider the expense and cost of fielding the team. As Malatesta explains, riding horses is not as easy as grabbing a soccer ball and walking across campus to the practice fields. “It’s not like you can pick up the horse and bring it to the lacrosse field,” Malatesta says. As a result, the team has held multiple fundraisers and utilized off-campus host schools in order to defray costs. Even with the off-campus training facility 20 minutes away at Huntington Meadows, the program has benefitted the College in numerous ways. The equestrian team has created its own niche of student-athletes the school didn’t have before the program started 10 years ago. “It’s a group of students who are looking for a place to ride when they go to school, and a lot of these students might not have considered attending Nazareth,” says Bothner. “If they did, they certainly wouldn’t be a part of the athletic department.”

Amber Streicher ’11, a biology major, is a perfect example. A three-year captain of the equestrian team, Streicher competed on the swimming and diving team in high school and took riding lessons. She decided to join Nazareth’s equestrian team because she felt it was important to participate in a club or organization and she wanted to try something different. But what she gained from the experience was much more than Amber Streicher ’11 in a Novice Equitation Over she expected. Fences class. “I’m a pre-vet student and I can always use more experience with horses, so being on the team definitely helped,” Streicher says. “We can’t get that experience in dorms, and we aren’t an agricultural school, so we don’t have that much access to animals.” Because riding is an individual sport, Streicher emphasizes that one of its greatest challenges is getting all the riders to come together as a team. She has also learned about time management, something crucial in Division III athletics and especially for a team that has to train off campus. “That was a huge part of what I did from day to day,” Streicher says. “Trying to figure out lesson times and team activities…it’s kind of cliché, but time management is so important and I can’t imagine life without it.” The equestrian team has become an essential part of the athletics department, embracing student-athletes who might never have come to Nazareth. “If we didn’t offer it, they might just find a place to ride on their own,” Bothner says. “We’re able to give them a chance to do something that they wouldn’t be able to do at many colleges.” Learn more about the team at Kerry Van Malderghem ’08G works for Nazareth’s Office of Alumni Relations and is a sports reporter for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. CONNECTIONS | Summer/Fall 2011 19


Flyer Volleyball Is Molten Hot by Joe Seil


older of a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Cal Wickens knows a thing or two about assembling recipes. As head coach of Nazareth’s precocious men’s volleyball team, Wickens in 2011 often called upon his gastronomic wisdom in leading the Golden Flyers to a national championship in just their seventh season of intercollegiate play. What started as a dream became reality as Wickens used his vast array of volleyball contacts to pull together a team that might conform to his “just play” approach. Sprinkle in some hard work and dedication, some appetite-whetting success and a little bit of luck, and Wickens was convinced that the ingredients were in place and ready to be blended. “This is what we dreamed about when we started this thing seven years ago,” says Wickens, a self-proclaimed volleyball junkie who has

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been active in the Rochester area club scene for more than 30 years. “This is really as good as it gets; it’s exciting for the whole Nazareth community.” That excitement spiked April 15 –16 as more than 1,100 fans filled Nazareth’s Kidera Gymnasium in support of the Golden Flyers, who claimed the Molten Division III Men’s Volleyball Invitational championship with victories over Carthage College (in five sets) and Springfield College (in four sets). It marked Nazareth’s first national title in men’s volleyball and Nazareth’s first in a team sport since men’s lacrosse captured its third title in 1997. “We just kept attacking and hitting the ball hard,” says Hans Schroeder ’11, a first-team All-American and MVP of the Molten Tournament. “Once we had the lead [against Springfield], we knew that we couldn’t let it slip away. To become national champions in our home gym in front of our students and alumni is amazing. It’s the best possible ending to my career.”

Since Wickens started the program in 2005, the Golden Flyers have steadily improved, from 10-13 the first season to 20-9 in the second. They went 28-5 in 2009, but lost in the finals of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Tournament and missed out on a berth in the Molten Tournament. Then in 2010, the Golden Flyers were derailed by a series of injuries that resulted in a lackluster regular season and the 15th seed for the 16-team NECVA Tournament. Four upset wins later, Nazareth won the title and gained a berth in the Molten Tournament hosted by Carthage (they finished fourth). “That kind of laid the groundwork for us,” says Wickens, who has a career record of 159-60 (.726). “We finally got our guys healthy, and we felt that we could play with anybody.” So with high expectations, the Golden Flyers did just that in 2011, rolling to a 31-3 record and closing the season with a 22-match winning streak. None of those numbers should imply, though, that there were not some tense moments along the way. Of the 34 matches Nazareth played in 2011, eight were decided in five sets—and the Golden Flyers won all of them. In the finals of the newly formed United Volleyball Conference Tournament in late March, Nazareth dropped the first two sets to upsetminded SUNY New Paltz before rallying to win the title with the fifth set ending 18-16.

A week later, Nazareth was in a similarly bleak position in the finals of the NECVA Tournament against Baruch College before rallying to take the last two sets 30-28 and 15-12. Fast forward to April 15 and the Molten semifinals against Carthage. Trailing 23-20 in the fourth set, the Golden Flyers were on the brink of elimination before recovering to win the last two sets 28-26 and 15-11. The next night, Nazareth overcame a tradition-rich Springfield team that has won six national titles, including two of the previous three. In addition to an MVP performance by Schroeder, outside hitter Billy Gimello ’12 and setter EJ Wells-Spicer ’13 represented Nazareth on the all-tournament team. Surprisingly absent from that team was Robert Kraft ’13, who had 27 kills in 39 attempts in the two matches, including the championship-clinching spike against Springfield. Schroeder and Ellis Walsh ’11 were honored as first-team AllAmericans, while Gimello and Wells-Spicer were second-team choices. Learn more about Nazareth Athletics at and find them on Facebook at “Nazareth College Athletics.” Joe Seil is the assistant athletic director and sports information director at Nazareth College.

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Corletta, Scaffidi Make Honorable Mention Risucci Repeats as Swimming All-American Carissa Risucci ’13 saved her best swim of the season for last on March 26 as she secured fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee. Risucci earned All-American honors for the second year in a row after posting a time of 2:18.38. Risucci entered the finals in eighth place but moved up four spots as she narrowly missed breaking her own school record of 2:18.32 set last season. Emory senior April Whitley won the race in convincing fashion with a winning time of 2:14.62. “It was a beautiful swim,” says Martie Staser, head coach for women’s swimming and diving. “It was a tough field, but Carissa Carissa Risucci ’13 really swam well.” Risucci reached the finals after swimming 2:20.08 in the prelims. Earlier in the week, she finished 42nd in the 200 IM and 21st in the 100 breaststroke. Risucci won the Upper New York State and Empire 8 titles in the 200 breaststroke in February and was seeded 14th in that event heading into the national meet. She finished eighth in that event in 2010.


Jason Corletta ’12

Phil Scaffidi ’12

Jason Corletta ’12 and Phil Scaffidi ’12, who recently completed their junior seasons as members of the Nazareth College men’s basketball team, were chosen as honorable mention selections to the Empire 8 Conference all-star team. The selections were made through voting by the league’s nine head coaches. A native of Pittsford, N.Y. and a graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School, Corletta was Nazareth’s leading scorer in 2010–11 with an average of 15.3 points per game. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds per game and was the Golden Flyers’ most accurate foul shooter, hitting on 81 of 91 free throws for a .890 percentage. Scaffidi, of Buffalo, N.Y. and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, was second on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg.) and first in steals (37). He also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game and shot .448 from the field (126 for 281). Scaffidi also was Nazareth’s representative as E8 Sportsman of the Year. Nazareth finished 15-10 overall in 2010–11 and 8-8 in conference play.

Wilson Makes All-Region Team

orward Brittany Wilson ’12 was selected in March to the East Region all-star team for women’s basketball by She was named to the second team. A native of Fairport, N.Y. and a graduate of Fairport High School, Wilson led the Golden Flyers in several statistical categories in 2010–11, including scoring (16.7 ppg.), rebounding (7.2 per game), and steals (1.7 per game). She also ranked second on the team in blocks (22) and assists (36) and finished the season with 911 career points. Wilson also represented the Golden Flyers as a first-team Empire 8 Conference all-star.

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Brittany Wilson ’12

On Top of Their Games

s Division III men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes, co-captain Phil Scaffidi ’12 and co-captain Erica Shaw ’12 have to maintain a delicate balance between academics and athletics. This balance requires time management, a passion for the game of basketball, and a commitment to both academics and athletics. Check out the following videos for a look inside a typical game day for each of them.


Hotaling Picked for U.S. National Team

ormer Nazareth lacrosse standout Ryan Hotaling ’07 was on the official roster for the United States National Indoor Lacrosse Team that competed in the 2011 World Indoor Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, in May. Hotaling was one of five players added to the 23-player roster after making the Reserve List following tryouts last November. He is currently playing for the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League. “There are some serious names on that team,” says Hotaling, who scored 139 goals in four seasons at Nazareth. “It’s pretty cool just to be included on the same list as them.” A three-time All-American as an attackman for the Golden Flyers, Hotaling has successfully transitioned to the indoor game and has become a fixture in the Blazers lineup thanks in part to his face-off skills. He credits a stint in the U.S. Developmental Program in helping him improve his indoor proficiency. In a January game against the Knighthawks in Rochester, Hotaling won 20 of 28 face-offs as the Blazers won 16-7.

“I’m doing some things that I never had to do in college, but it’s a fun challenge,” says Hotaling, now in his second season. “Ryan Hotaling can definitely hold his own and more,” says U.S. team coach Tom Ryan. “He’s such a versatile player. He can play defense, he can play transition, he can really fill in anywhere on the floor that you need him to. We just felt that overall he was somebody we needed to have on our team.” In his real job, Hotaling works as an energy territory manager for Gyrus ACMI of Olympus. He lives in Albany and commutes to Boston for practices and games. He credits great support from parents, Jay and Sondra, who never miss a game, for helping him stay focused. “My dad is retired and my mom works part time so they have nothing better to do,” he jokes. The World Indoor Lacrosse Championships took place at Telsa Arena in Prague May 21-28. Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Ireland, and the Iroquois Nationals joined the U.S. in the one-week tournament.

Seil Receives Award Joe Seil, longtime athletic department administrator at Nazareth College, has been recognized as the 2011 recipient of the Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award, presented by the Eastern College Athletic Conference-Sports Information Directors of America (ECAC-SIDA). The award is presented annually to professionals who have made exceptional contributions to the field of collegiate sports information. Seil is in his 25th year as sports information director of Nazareth College, where he also serves as assistant athletic director. A native of Rochester, he was a sports writer for four years before taking over as SID at Nazareth in 1986. As a daily promoter of the college’s 23-team athletic program, Seil has won more

than a dozen best-in-the-nation citations for publication excellence from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He has also served on local organizing committees for two ECAC-SIDA conventions (1999 and 2011) and one CoSIDA national workshop (2002) and has been invited to serve as a panelist at several national conventions. “Joe gives us his best everyday,” says Nazareth College Athletic Director Pete Bothner. “He has the respect of not only our entire staff, but of the athletic personnel of all the colleges that we compete against.” Joe Seil, Nazareth sports information director

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Nazareth | in the world

A Naga family having afternoon tea, Kohima, Nagaland.

From Nazareth to Nagaland


by Sofia Tokar

n the School of Education at Nazareth College, the professors continually seek opportunities to develop personally and professionally. While in pursuit of this, some also manage to form global alliances. Take Brian Bailey ’01G, Ph.D., assistant professor of adolescence education. In fall 2010, Bailey’s wife Heather Layton, an artist and senior lecturer of art at the University of Rochester, was invited to hold a formal art exhibition in Nagaland, a state in the far northeast of India. She agreed to be the first American artist to exhibit there and began planning for the late November sojourn. But Layton wasn’t the only one to accept an invitation. Bailey received a letter from Theja Meru inviting him “to participate in an exchange of ideas regarding our common interests in

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developing public programs that foster and promote the creative potential of our youth through popular culture, music, filmmaking, and the entertainment industry.” In Nagaland, Meru is the president of the Rattle and Hum Music Society, an organization that supports youth in developing artistic and personal growth. With Meru’s letter, Bailey recognized an opportunity to support Layton, discover a new part of the world, and collaborate with an international partner around transformative artistic experiences for adolescents in Nagaland and Rochester, N.Y. The opportunity dovetailed with Bailey’s own research on the combination of adolescents, popular culture, literacy, and education. He primarily studies youth media arts as a valuable form of literacy. In fact, his research resulted in the growth of the annual

Rochester Teen Film Festival, which led to a partnership between Nazareth College and the 360|365 George Eastman House Film Festival. Each year the festival organizers collect student-produced films from youth in the greater Rochester area, judge the entries, and then screen the finalists’ entries. Working with a number of organizations in Nagaland, Bailey and Meru held the first-ever Youth Film Festival in Nagaland called GLOCAL (where global meets local) Film Festival. Some of the films screened included the finalists from the 2010 Rochester Teen Film Festival as well as those created by a group of young filmmakers who call themselves the Naga Headhunters Entertainment Group. “I was blown away by the quality of the Headhunters’ productions,” recalls Bailey, “especially the stereoscopic 3D music video for an original song. As with the Rochester youth filmmakers, I was amazed at the talent level and sophisticated stories.” In addition to the film festival and art exhibition, Bailey and Layton lectured at Nagaland University in Lumami about

the transformative power of art and education, followed by an hour of conversation with faculty and students about student life, politics, and culture in America. The conversation ended with one student saying, “Please tell them that we are not headhunters; we are hunters of knowledge.” Rather than just report back about his experiences with the Naga people, though, Bailey decided to take it a step further: He was determined to bring some of the Naga youth filmmakers to Rochester. In collaboration Bailey lecturing at the University of Nagaland. with George Eisen, Ph.D., executive director for Nazareth’s CenBailey. “By bringing the Naga youth here, ter for International Education, he has I hope to foster that reciprocal experience started the Nagaland Cultural Exchange of learning and cultural exchange.” Program, which will host a screening of And Bailey realized the opportunity Naga filmmakers’ latest productions. this summer: The Nagaland govern“It was cool to experience the stories of youth in both locations and to learn about ment agreed to fund the travel for several Naga filmmakers to journey stateside and their shared passion for filmmaking,” says participate in the 2011 Make Your Movie Summer Filmmaking Camp, co-sponsored by 360|365 and Nazareth College. The weeklong camp covered topics ranging from screenwriting and directing to postproduction editing and distribution. Bailey concludes that inevitably “a combination of globalizing forces will continue to bring all of us in contact with new people and new ideas. If this trip taught me anything, it’s the importance of listening to the stories of youth in general— here and abroad—as well as of my own students at Nazareth.” Read about Bailey’s trip to Nagaland at Sofia Tokar is assistant editor in Nazareth’s marketing and communications department.

Dr. Brian Bailey and Prof. Heather Layton making new friends at the Hornbill Festival, a celebration of traditional Naga art and culture.

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Paths to Peace and Justice by Robyn Rime


he growing field of peace and justice studies is fairly new at Nazareth and hasn’t yet been widely promoted. Nonetheless, students are increasingly finding their way to this interdisciplinary major— many unexpectedly—and arriving from surprisingly varied backgrounds. They are passionate, engaged, and articulate. They all recognize the value of conflict resolution and responsible living in a global society. But they’re not all just antiwar, and they’re definitely not all hippies. Tim Braley ’11 joined the Peace and justice studies majors Jarred Jones ’12, Ashley Ernst ’11, and Nick Croce ’13. U.S. Army at age 17, needing money for college and was a mental dissonance between who I really was and how I thinking “tanks looked cool.” He was deployed to Iraq in 2005 was in the military.” as part of the Third Infantry Division. The army taught him not Stateside again, Braley moved to Rochester and, seeking only to kill people, but to want to kill people, he says. “And that like-minded former soldiers, joined Iraq Veterans Against the wasn’t who I was. They break you down and build you up as a War (IVAW), an advocacy group of U.S. military personnel and different person. I didn’t realize how much I had changed—or veterans who have served since 9/11 and who are opposed to even that I had—until I got out of the military.” the U.S. occupation of Iraq. He discovered Nazareth offered One thing the army taught was something they call reflex both the veteran’s scholarship he needed and the music major firing, practicing a maneuver thousands of times to burn it he desired. “But I failed the audition for a music major because I into muscle memory. “Trying not to think but just to shoot was didn’t know why I wanted to major in music,” he says wryly. so scary,” Braley says, “especially considering the firepower a What he did want was to “help change the negative things tank has.” I’ve willfully participated in, to help do more positive things than Also frightening were the combat situations Braley experiI’ve done in the past. I wanted to make up for the things I’ve enced while stationed in Iraq. One particularly overwhelmdone and live in a more socially responsible manner.” ing incident, though technically legal and within the rules of For someone with those goals, peace and justice was a perfect engagement, Braley himself viewed as murder. “I consider myself fit. “I wanted to grow personally, and I knew this major would an accomplice to those murders, not only because I did nothing help me do that,” Braley says. “My concern isn’t about finding a to stop them, but also because I, along with everyone else in my well-paying job, or even financial security, but finding where I fit unit, acted in ways that made murder possible,” he says. “There

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into a world that is both beautiful and repulsive, with the intent to conserve what is beautiful and reform what is not.” Ashley Ernst ’11 didn’t originally intend to major in peace and justice either. The daughter of a retired military, die-hard Republican father, Ernst planned to study business at another institution. After receiving a degree in liberal arts from Monroe Community College (M.C.C.) in Rochester, Ernst spent a semester volunteering at the local Food Not Bombs program and for projects in the religious community. She got into every school into which she hoped to transfer and wasn’t sure what to do. But living with Shana Bielemier ’10, a Nazareth peace and justice studies graduate, became a real eye-opener. “I found myself wanting to do her schoolwork, which was unlike any work I’d ever seen before,” she says. Ernst has been told she has a unique approach to education. “I’m here to better myself and my life,” she says. “I’m not here to get work. I’ll be working my whole life. I’m going to educate myself on things I really care about—I’m getting an education, not a degree.”

“I’m going to educate myself on things I really care about—I’m getting an education, not a degree.” As hl ey Ernst ’ 1 1 Jarred Jones ’12 wasn’t interested in education or degrees in the beginning. Into drugs as a young teen, Jones dropped out of school in the tenth grade. He eventually received his G.E.D., and he was strongly encouraged by his mother to attend M.C.C. That’s where things began to change. “The first book I ever really read was at M.C.C.,” he says. “I made a drastic amount of progress in that year and a half. I knew I needed to work on my skills, and I needed to alienate myself from my old friends. I looked at them and I thought, I don’t ever want to be that dumb.” Studying social justice issues captivated Jones and kept him enrolled in school. “I grew up in a family that made it to the suburbs but were African American,” he says. “I saw discrimination and racial issues first-hand. That fostered my interest, and I knew I wanted to do something of that nature.” Jones, who recently received the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award offered by Nazareth’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, has planned a trip to Uganda this fall and eventually wants to attend law school. “I hope to become a politician,” he explains. “I want to represent people in my community on a national scale. Many of my

friends try to work outside the establishment, but I say why not work within it as well?” Nick Croce ’13 graduated simultaneously from high school and M.C.C. in 2010, and without immediate college plans, joined AmeriCorps. He’s currently employed through the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Program, serving as an agency liaison for New York State Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). His responsibilities include networking with local, state, and federal organizations, which requires a high degree of skill with details, organization, and communication. “I was very young, and I didn’t have the paper qualifications for the job,” he says. “They must have seen something in me.” Croce, who enrolled at Nazareth in spring 2011, is enthusiastic about both his work and his peace and justice courses, despite a lack of understanding and financial support from home. “My dad is trained as a mechanic, and he doesn’t necessarily understand liberal arts,” he explains. “He wants to know I’ll have a job. He doesn’t believe very much in volunteerism.” That lack of support made his first semester challenging for Croce, who used his life savings to pay his tuition bill. Seeking to emphasize the importance he placed on his Nazareth education, Croce paid the bill entirely with rolled coins—which took the student accounts office by surprise and required a solid half-hour of hand-counting. But once again, someone must have seen something in Croce, and by the time his bill was paid, the supervisor had passed him her card and told him she wanted to see him succeed. Croce doesn’t know where his path will lead, and that’s not unusual for peace and justice students, says Harry Murray, Ph.D., professor and chair in sociology and anthropology and director of the peace and justice studies program. “This isn’t a major for those whose goal is to get filthy rich,” smiles Murray. Nor is it, as Jones explains, “just a hippy-dippy program where you have to wear dreadlocks and tie-dyed shirts and sing ‘Kumbayah.’” Instead, Murray says, “the program is geared to help students form their life direction as a professional career.” The field has “lots of possibilities, ranging from the micro, such as interpersonal resolution, to the macro, such as international issues.” Peace and justice is for the student, he says, “who is more interested in making a positive contribution in the world than in having a career.” After all, concludes Ernst, “It’s hard to sit in your chair when there’s so much going on.” Learn more about peace and justice studies at peace. Robyn Rime is the editor of Connections.

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LIFE | of the mind

Biology Student Research Reaches New Dimension


by Matthew Temple

eeing is believing” has now taken on new levels of meaning in the biology department at Nazareth with a new microscope that “sees” in 3-D. I’ve been teaching Nazareth students how to look at cells through a microscope since 1984. And since 1984, I’ve often had to apologize to them because we know that cells actually have three-dimensional shapes—as spheres or cubes or even blobs—but under the microscope, those cells are often flattened in order to be examined. It’s like the difference between looking at a fully inflated soccer ball and one that has been deflated into a flat and distorted caricature of its former self. But at Nazareth, this is now no longer the case. Last summer, the biology department acquired a microscope that can “see” into a cell in three dimensions and that enables us to appreciate how cells package vital components within their spaces. Technically, this is called an optical-sectioning microscope, because it takes finely focused pictures of up to 50 slices of a cell from top to bottom. Those slices are then compiled by a computer into a three-dimensional rendering of that cell. Furthermore, different components within a cell are literally lit up by fluorescent dyes, which can make DNA (the genetic material) glow a brilliant blue, fat droplets (cells have to deal with fat, too) a vivid green, and structural fibers a deep red. Look at the picture produced by Kelly Noble ’11, one of three senior biology research students to use the new microscope. The red strings are actin filaments—a kind of bungee This image, taken by Noble with the new microscope, shows three-dimensional details inside cultured mouse cells. The red strings are actin filaments, and the spotted blue ovals are the nuclei within each cell.

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“…few students in other undergraduate biology departments have such free access to such a powerful instrument.” cord—inside cultured mouse cells. The blue ovals with bright spots are the DNA-rich nuclei within each cell. Kelly’s work suggests that actin has a unique shape around and within the nucleus. Shaughna Szymanski ’11 used this microscope to explore how mouse cells store excess fat, while Jessica Reeves ’11 showed that cells develop unusual nuclear shapes in response to a potent chemical. Their work would not have been possible at Nazareth even a year ago. Better yet, their work provides a solid foundation for students and faculty at Nazareth to use this new microscope to its fullest capacity in laboratory classes and in collaborative research. The idea for getting this kind of microscope at Nazareth started years ago, on a sabbatical. One of many great things about teaching at Nazareth is the opportunity for a sabbatical every seven years. So far, I’ve had three sabbaticals: each has involved at least a semester of research at the Jackson Laboratory, a world-class genetics research institute in Bar Harbor, Maine. For a geneticist who wants to learn the latest techniques and work with some of the greatest researchers, the Jackson Lab is the place to go. My last two sabbaticals gave me the opportunity to use those microscopes that can see inside cells in 3-D. This technology was literally an eye-opener for me: I could see inside the nuclei of cells (where genes are) in a radically different way. At “The JAX,” as it is called, I watched chromosomes in trouble in mutant mice and looked at a protein that seemed to hold certain genes close to the wall of the cell’s nucleus. Using these sophisticated microscopes made me wonder how my students at Nazareth could see cells this way as well. Early in 2010, Deborah Dooley ’75, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, asked science faculty for suggestions for equipment for the new Integrated Center for Math and Science—then only on the horizon but now under construction. I suggested an optical-sectioning microscope much like the one I had used at the Jackson Lab. Dean Dooley found the funds for it, and Nazareth’s Information Technology Services provided the computer that runs the microscope and produces its 3-D images. By August of last year, the new microscope and its computer were ready for our cell biology and senior research students. And by April 2011, Kelly, Shaunghna, and Jessica had used it to describe the shapes of DNA, fats, and protein filaments inside cells in brilliant color and accurate detail. As far as I can tell, few students in other undergraduate biology departments have such free access to such a powerful instrument.

Biology students Shaughna Szymanski ’11 (left) and Kelly Noble ’11 watch as Dr. Matthew Temple reviews the details of setting illumination on the department’s new optical-sectioning microscope.

Even better, for all of its complexity, it is a reasonably straightforward instrument to operate and maintain. After a little training, my students quickly mastered it and taught me a few new tricks for using it by the end of their research projects. Its power and the images it produces stimulate students and faculty to design innovative projects to explore the spaces inside cells. Using this kind of sophisticated instrument enhances the resumes of our students as they apply for graduate school and research positions. In the short time we have had this exceptional microscope, it has promoted excellent student research with our biology faculty—and our students have the pictures to prove it. Matthew Temple, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Nazareth.

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beyond self | community service

Lives of Intention by Robin L. Flanigan


ou’re so close to people here that you see all the raw stuff,” says Danielle Sylvester ’08, who moved to a remote region of western Alaska to pursue full-time service work after graduating from Nazareth College. Some of the Danielle Sylvester ’08 worked at a nonprofit radio station in rural Alaska. villages have no plumbing. Addiction issues and child abuse are abundant. its basic tenets—to develop active and responsible students who During her first two years there, in addition to volunteering for make an impact in their own world and the world around them. several local organizations, Sylvester worked at a nonprofit radio The new Center for Civic Engagement, which opened in May station, producing inspirational public-service announcements 2010, makes it easier than ever for students to take advantage of and running her own morning show (listeners often called with those opportunities. thanks for her motivational programming). Still in Alaska, she “The economic crisis has definitely been a catalyst, but I don’t now serves as a grant-funded K–12 tobacco prevention coordibelieve we would have seen the increase in student interest nator for the Nome Community Center. without the importance Nazareth places on partnering with our “Instead of ‘How much money can I make,’ it will always be local and global communities,” says Nuala Boyle, the center’s ‘What kind of difference can I make?’” the former philosophy executive director. “We are continually strengthening the and communications major says of the jobs she plans to pursue culture of engagement here at Nazareth.” in the future, not just in these post-graduate years. “Service not Boyle defines the potential for civic engagement as boundless. only fills a great need, but it makes you feel like the work you’re The center works with on-campus resources—the Center for doing is valuable at a higher level. It’s humbling. You realize that Spirituality, Career Services, and the Department of Community the world is not just about you.” Service—to match students with a diverse array of secular and More and more, college students nationwide are postponing faith-based opportunities throughout the world, bolstering graduate school and employment to become, or remain, civiNazareth’s reputation for service work. Nazareth is one of cally engaged. The economy is partly accountable. Programs 190 colleges and universities in the country to be selected by such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, for example, have become the Carnegie Foundation for its community engagement increasingly attractive in recent years as students look to gain classification. further experience before entering a competitive job market— Since joining AmeriCorps last year, Keira DeNoyer ’10 has and network in the meantime. played with cancer-stricken children at an Arkansas children’s At Nazareth, where service work is encouraged from the start hospital, prepared taxes for low-income families in northern of freshman year, hundreds of opportunities through courseTexas, and maintained walking trails in southeastern Oklahoma. based outreach, internships, and other sources nourish the need “You get to interact with people from every walk of life,” says to cultivate a life of meaning long after graduation. The College DeNoyer, who hopes the varied exposure will help her figure is constantly building community coalitions to carry out one of

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out how best to use her psychology degree. “Nazareth definitely prepared me for that.” The financial perks were a big draw. She can defer her student loans, earn a monthly stipend, and receive health insurance, room, and board. After 10 months of service she’ll be eligible for an educational award of $5,300 to put toward student loans. But more than that, her constant involvement in community service projects at Nazareth “made me just fall in love with doing things for others.” Jeri Beckens ’11, who has been involved for four years in Nazareth’s Partners for Learning program, expects that the skills she learned while tutoring second- and third-grade students in the Rochester City Schools will be a huge help when she starts teaching English to students in Germany later this year. She was recently awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, which will place her overseas for one academic year. “Nazareth instills the importance of giving back from day one,” explains Beckens, a double major in German and international studies with a minor in Spanish. “It starts with orientation weekend and ends with a day of service during senior week.

Nazareth encourages us to ‘pay it forward’ and gives us ample opportunity to do so.” Sarah Teetsel ’11 agrees. A music major with a minor in philosophy, she has become a human rights advocate after participating in The March: Bearing Witness to Hope and attending several service trips raised her social consciousness: helping the rebuilding effort in New Orleans, serving food at a soup kitchen in Philadelphia, and finding residential housing for the homeless in Maryland. Teetsel, who just got paired with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry for post-graduate service, keeps thinking about a class project that had her discussing books with inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

“Nazareth instills the importance of giving back from day one.” –– Jeri Beckens ’11 “You hear all these horror stories about people who are incarcerated, and how they’ve thrown away their rights, but that’s not true,” she says. “When I work with them, there’s a realization that human dignity is innate in everyone. When I see that not being respected, I want to make changes. I want to speak up for those who are not going to speak up for themselves. That’s what keeps me going.” For Boyle and the Center for Civic Engagement, these students represent another of Nazareth’s highest aims—to encourage the understanding, commitment, and confidence necessary for leading fully informed and actively engaged lives. Lives of intention. In Sylvester’s opinion, there is no down side to service. “It’s incredible to know you’re doing something positive for yourself, for others, for the community, for the world,” she explains. “And to know there’s so much good that can come from one thing. It’s not ‘Why should I serve?’ It’s “Why shouldn’t I?’ As long as I’m making a difference, I’m going to be happy.” Check out the Center for Civic Engagement at Robin L. Flanigan is a freelance writer in Rochester, New York.

Sarah Teetsel ‘11 participated in a week-long service retreat to Philadelphia sponsored by Nazareth’s Center for Spirituality last May. Sorting foodstuffs at the St. Francis Inn are, left to right, Sr. Mary Augustini, O.S.F., from the soup kitchen’s staff; Teetsel; and Erin Smith ‘12.

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Nazareth | heritage

They Speak for the Trees by Robyn Rime

The oak tree outside Smyth Hall has sheltered generations of commencement exercises.


tately evergreens greet arrivals at the main entrance to Nazareth College. A colonnade of silver maples lines the drive up to Smyth Hall, where immense copper beeches adorn the lawn and a spreading oak tree has sheltered generations of graduating seniors. Though Nazareth’s woodsy aspect is deeply familiar to many of its alumni, the campus wasn’t always this scenic. Early photographs of the Pittsford campus, to which the College relocated in 1942, reveal barren grounds with only a few tender young trees scattered about. Mother Rose Miriam Smyth, Nazareth’s second president and one of its five founders, determined to change that and bought saplings whenever she could find the money to do so. Planted in a somewhat random fashion and occasionally too close to buildings, the number and variety of trees nevertheless grew and prospered. One visiting nun even collected acorns from the Sherwood Forest in England, resulting in at least three now-mature oak trees on the north campus. “Trees are a hallmark of the campus,” says Robert Sanderson, grounds and landscape manager. “People perceive Nazareth as a scenic place.” Since arriving on campus in 1976, he has continued Smyth’s planting tradition, though with more professional deliberation. Sanderson took advantage of the extended growing season provided by proximity to Lake Ontario and invested in

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seedling stock, established a nursery, and introduced new varieties to campus. Kentucky coffee trees, river birches, and ginkgos joined the oaks, maples, and sycamores on an increasingly lush treescape. Today, more than 30 varieties grace Nazareth’s lawns and walkways. Original trees, though aging, still flourish in woodlots, and several ancient stands continue to harbor trees more than 200 years old. “I don’t manage an arboretum, I manage a college campus. We’re in the business of education,” says Sanderson. “That being said, I think it’s wonderful that the College puts so much value on the campus experience.” Mary Soons McCarty ’88 agrees. In the mid-’80s, McCarty conducted a census of the campus’s trees for a biology class, publishing her findings in a book now held by the Lorette Wilmot Library. “The value of the trees cannot be overstated,” she says in the book’s introduction. “An attractive campus is a strong attraction for many would-be freshmen who are making a choice of a college and its campus. For those already in residence, the trees are subtly, or obviously, an added value to the quality of daily life on campus.” Over the years, as trees have become integral to the campus experience, they’ve also been incorporated into students’ coursework. Professor of Biology William Hallahan, Ph.D., has

developed a continuing classroom project where students index individual trees using handheld GPS devices. The trees’ plot points can then be mapped onto landscape drawings or satellite photos using state-of-the-art GIS software. Hallahan, who professes a fondness for trees “because they don’t run away when you approach them,” has found the project useful for maintaining an inventory that can be synchronized with a map. But it serves a simpler purpose as well. “If you can take students out into the field, and they learn the names of the trees, they’re less likely to take them for granted,” he explains. Beverly Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, was inspired by the unusual diversity of trees on campus to develop a service-learning project for her course in Plant Biology (BIO216). Her students have produced a walking tree tour, including a website ( and a downloadable brochure identifying the location and species of Nazareth’s trees. “We see them as our lab,” she says. Their value as a campus asset earns Nazareth’s trees careful and regular maintenance. Sanderson conducts an annual evaluation, and when a tree has to come down, he consults with Hallahan and Brown, explaining the situation and making recommendations. “He shows respect for the trees’ importance on campus,” says Brown. Making an effort to keep the tree population consistent, Sanderson strives for a one-to-one replacement, planting a new tree for each one removed.

Nazareth’s campus was comparatively bare of trees in the 1940s.

The oldest trees on campus are closely monitored, with an eye to preserving them when possible. Sanderson, Hallahan, and Brown all agree on several important woodlots: the northwest corner of campus near the stadium and the forested area between the Golisano Academic Center and the Admissions House. Another ancient lot south of the Music House contains what is known as the Council Oak, a nearly 300-year-old tree that legend says Native Americans used as a marker when planting their crops. McCarty, who has come to be known on campus

as the “Tree Lady,” commissioned an arborist to prune and feed the Council Oak and donated funds for the creation of an outdoor classroom beneath its branches. The classroom features an instructor’s seat and a semi-circle of benches fashioned of wood from surrounding spruce trees. Sanderson’s job expanded in 2003 when Nazareth purchased an additional 75 acres from the Sisters of St. Joseph, doubling the size of campus. The Loraxes of Nazareth underneath a Japanese maple. It also presented the Left to right: Robert Sanderson, Dr. Beverly Brown, new challenge of how and Dr. William Hallahan. to visually merge the two land parcels into one coherent 150-acre campus. In response, a master plan was created with input from a landscape architect and in consultation with Hallahan, Brown, and Sanderson. The plan includes creating a greener, more pedestrian-friendly quad at the center of campus, with trees and potential plantings considered integral to its vision. “We talked a lot about the trees we want to put in,” says Brown. “In addition to displaying attractive gardens, those spaces around the new greenhouse are also programmatic spaces and will be used for class projects. The horticultural therapy program will need certain types of plants. Even the students in the Plants and People course (BIO114) were asked what kind of gardens they wanted to see around the new building.” The landscape architects redesigned their plans based on all this input, to the general satisfaction of all. Trees have now become part of what people think of when they envision Nazareth College. “I’m grateful that the College has placed such a value on the trees that it has allowed us to plant and culture the next couple of generations of trees on campus,” says Sanderson. “It’s a beautiful little piece of earth here, and it’s been an honor to work with it.” Check out the Nazareth College Tree Walks at treewalk. Robyn Rime is the editor of Connections. CONNECTIONS | Summer/Fall 2011 33


Behind Closed Doors, by Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick

Making Art,

Teaching Art by R obin L . F lanigan

Two Nazareth Professors

Picture the World


ne is an introspective conceptual artist who uses archetypes to examine the beauty and tragedy in life. The other is an offbeat open book who uses linear perspective to interpret realistic images. Both are Nazareth College art professors and esteemed painters whose work has earned national and international reputations. And while Kathleen Calderwood and Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick may have different approaches to their art—and different personalities—they have a unified vision when it comes to viewing the world and its occupants. “Everything is connected to everything,” Calderwood says of the relationship between physical truth and the creative process. “Everything affects everything else,” Brilla-Fitzpatrick summarizes in a separate interview. Deborah Dooley ’75, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says Nazareth is honored to have such talent on campus. “It is an extraordinary gift to any institution when an artist is capable of being artist and teacher. These women remind us that we don’t only see the world through words, and that there is a deeply creative and affective dimension to learning.” Deeply engaged with and equally beloved by their students, Calderwood and Brilla-Fitzpatrick eagerly demonstrate that the devil may be in the details—but that those details are open to interpretation.


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Calderwood Kathleen Calderwood at her temporary home studio, where she’s restoring a painting damaged in a recent fire at her house.


ometimes Kathleen Calderwood stops in the middle of a sentence to collect her thoughts. She might continue on after a few seconds, or she may start over in an entirely new direction to get her point across. “I see my thoughts in pictures and then have to put them into words,” she explains. Many of those thoughts get painted, sometimes after years of rumination, in saturated colors and whimsical images that celebrate paradox. “The Bad Side of

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the Good Girl,” for example, portrays an artistic, bipolar flirt who must deal with a repressed, temperamental shadow side. “We are perfect in our imperfection,” she writes in her 2009 book Archetypes: The Art of Kathy Calderwood (check out Her paintings have been exhibited in 27 states, seven European countries, and Japan. They have been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Memorial Art Gallery, and the Everson Museum of Art. And her work is in many notable collections, including some listed annually in Art in America’s Top 100 collectors. Calderwood recently found out she has been accepted

into the prestigious Florence Biennale, an international contemporary art exhibition held every two years in Florence, Italy. Talking over avocado, cheese, and tomato sandwiches at her contemporary home in Victor, she stops abruptly when she spots a squirrel in a praying stance, looking at her through the glass window. “Oh, there’s Alice Hallahan.” Named after one of her students, the squirrel has come around for her daily snack, a mixture of seeds and nuts that Calderwood tosses onto the deck. Calderwood says she can tell Alice apart from the other squirrels by “the little bit of white between the ears and two distinct layers on the tail.”

The description makes her think of finding a kitten, which leads to her pointing to the black-and-white checker­board painting hanging on her living room wall. The white squares are images of her cat’s fur. “It’s all about concept,” she says. “Sometimes students think they need to slavishly render the world, but I allow them to do anything they want. If they say, ‘I photographed this great fish head but I’m painting a street,’ I tell them to cut out the head and combine the two. You can put anything together.” Calderwood often comes up with class assignments during everyday tasks. One time while driving, she began thinking of icons she particularly likes: lobster tails, diamonds, lemons, irises, bacon, and yes, squirrel tails. She then asked her students to come up with their own list, mixing the icons together into a pattern for a decorative box. “What do they all have to do with each other?” she asks. “Probably nothing. But I want to see something I’ve never seen before. That’s what we’re all looking for.”

It’s Perfectly Obvious, by Kathleen Calderwood

Beyond that, she advises her students to choose truth over the accepted definitions of beauty. “Every painting should have some good and some bad, like the world,” she teaches. “That keeps you from getting stuck in predictable patterns. How come those horrific images of polar bears falling off the ice flows are on our minds but students don’t feel they’d be acceptable subject matter?” Calderwood gets inspired watching ideas develop into images in the classroom. Some of those ideas find their way into her own vibrant pieces. The painting of a gummy worm on the dedication page of her book, for instance, came after a discussion with one of the students about “the things you ‘couldn’t’ paint in the past but now you can, and still be considered a serious artist.”

Calderwood is proud of the relationships she has maintained with some of her former students, some of whom she taught decades ago. They exchange art catalogs and information about new artists and exhibitions, or get together for lunch. “She has this wonderful eccentricity,” says one of those students, Mark Maddalina ’87, a studio art major-turned-architect. “She always taught us to think a little differently, and when it serves me, that’s what sets me apart. Her class was very insightful.” At times emotional when she talks about how thoughtful her students have been over the years, Calderwood finds symbolism in a story about a green orchid one of them gave her just before a fire last November destroyed her studio and much of the rest of her house. After the fire, everything in her living room was covered in black—except for the orchid, which started to bloom soon after. “My students have been so generous to me in every way,” she says. “I wouldn’t know how I could find a way to repay them for all they have given me.” As for her art, Calderwood feels there is so much more material to explore. “I hope I live a long, long time,” she says. “I feel like I’m just starting.”

“She always taught us to think a little differently, and when it serves me, that’s what sets me apart.” —

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Kathy’s Painting, by Kathleen Calderwood

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BrillaFitzpatrick Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick teaching a drawing class for Nazareth students.


id you ever mess around with rocks?” Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick poses the question to the nine students watching her draw a can of Red Bull, the energy drink, from a still life—an incongruous collection that includes crayons, cupcake wrappers, and a Curious George jack-in-the-box. “If you move them around enough, they all fit together somehow,” she continues. “But what’s fun about a still life is you don’t have to set it up in a certain way that looks pretty. The more you make adjustments, the less you’re going to find out about the truth. And the truth is that everything belongs together. Everything plays off each other.” Later, when the students are working on their own drawings, she expands on the way her own work evolves, taking them back, as she often does, to her

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past. She remembers being four or five when she became entranced by a book in the shape of a horse’s head. She drew the head over and over again, then began making up stories to fill in the picture. Where did the horse live? What did the farm look like? Did a girl ride him? “That’s exactly how I paint now,” she explains. “I don’t have a specific intention when I start the work. The meaning of the piece develops as the work develops.” Brilla-Fitzpatrick, whose paintings have been in galleries and exhibitions in four states and six countries, is represented by Rochester’s Oxford Gallery, where she is having a show of oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and figure drawings in October. It will be the first time she has shown work in watercolors or pastels.

Brilla-Fitzpatrick started experimenting with materials unfamiliar to her, such as charcoal, because she wanted to teach with them. “You say you’re an artist and people say, ‘Oh, what do you work in?’ I like to say, ‘My bathrobe,’” she says with a big laugh. “The medium an artist works in isn’t what they do. It’s just the vehicle that best accommodates their vision.” The classroom is also a place where she can scrutinize complications that arise in her own paintings—she designs lessons around them. “It used to be that if I had to solve a problem, I would think back to what my professors told me. Now I hear my own voice. I can switch from being a painter to a teacher and look at my images more objectively.” “She shows us that she can screw up, too—that she’s just as human as we are and that we shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions,” says art education major Elizabeth Bondor ’14. “It’s easier to learn in an environment like that.” Students are quick to list the quirky qualities that make Brilla-Fitzpatrick as endearing as her teaching style. For instance, instead of a group photo at the end of each semester, she remembers each student by taping strands of their hair on a white sheet of paper displayed among other decorations on her office wall. Names are written beside the cuttings. With an artist’s eye, she draws a visitor’s attention to the various textures and colors, including light blue and orange. Brilla-Fitzpatrick works out of a studio in her apartment in the village of Pittsford. Her style blends a personal study of linear perspective—the idea that parallel lines meet at vanishing points and shapes get smaller with increasing distance from the eye—and the basics of abstract expressionism she was taught while growing up in the ’60s. Though her art pieces are compact, they take at least three months to create, and that’s only if she works on them nearly six hours a day. “One of the reasons my paintings are so small,” she reveals, “is that I want to express the preciousness of art, how reverent I feel toward the making of art.” Jessica Pike ’14, a photography student in one of Brilla-Fitzpatrick’s drawing classes, appreciates her professor’s concern for creative integrity. “For our critiques, she’ll say, ‘What was going on in your head?’ You have to try to explain not necessarily the technique you used, but why you drew what you drew. It gives everything a much deeper meaning.” “I don’t focus so much on how real you can make something look,” responds Brilla-Fitzpatrick. “It’s about what information is necessary to be able to talk about the essence of what a thing does, not what it is. You want to be able to recognize the integral truth. “Ultimately, the process of making art becomes a metaphor for how one lives their life.”

Butterflies and Ballerinas, by Maureen Brilla-Fitzpatrick

“The medium an artist works in isn’t what they do. It’s just the vehicle that best accommodates their vision.” — MAUREEN B rilla -F it zpatrick

Check out Nazareth’s art department at Robin L. Flanigan is a freelance writer in Rochester, New York.

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A Many-Faceted Life


by Alan Gelb

iamonds are forever, goes the saying, but those precious gems entered the life of Reneé Scialdo Shevat ’77 in a significant, ongoing way only after she had distinguished herself in the realm of education. A Nazareth graduate who earned degrees in psychology and elementary education, Shevat held a series of management posts in higher education until 1997, when she became the president of the Herkimer Diamond Mines, an outstanding tourist attraction and purveyor of gems to an international clientele. “My father first started thinking about buying the mines in 1977, while I was still a student at Nazareth,” Shevat recalls. “I was hanging around the dorm and somebody called up to say that my dad was on the line. When I picked up, he said, ‘Reneé, I’m considering buying a diamond mine. What do you think?’ And I said, ‘Dad, you’re in the commercial construction business. What do you know about diamonds?’” Reneé Scialdo Shevat ’77, president of the Herkimer Diamond Mines.

The Travel Channel aired a special program on the Herkimer tourist attraction throughout the year in 2008. Here Shevat is educating Kirsten Gum, Travel Channel Host.

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Apparently, Rudy Scialdo knew a good thing when he saw it, for the Herkimer Diamond Mines, which he bought in 1978, proved to be something of a…goldmine? At the time of purchase, the business’s focus was those very special diamonds—beautiful, double-terminated quartz crystals found only at this one upstate New York location. The Herkimer gemstones are close to five hundred million years old and are naturally faceted, each having 18 facets and 2 points. They have become much prized in today’s global market. But under the auspices of Reneé Shevat, which began when her father drafted her out of higher education to take over the family business, the Herkimer Diamond Mines have developed a number of other concentrations as well. Today, the mines are a popular tourist destination, where individuals and families can become prospectors, digging for diamonds. “We attract up to a thousand people a day,” says Shevat. “And we’ve also become a general outdoor destination, thanks to our KOA Kampground, which was recognized in 2010 as the best KOA campground facility on the continent.” As befits Shevat’s background, there is also a strong educational

component to Herkimer Diamond Mines, with science camps operating onsite. It is also home to one of the largest Boy Scout jamboree in the Northeast. Situated under this corporate umbrella are two more allied businesses. Unlocked Legends is an economic development entity that operates Gems Along the Mohawk, the premier visitor center of upstate New York, located on the Erie Canal. Gems Along the Mohawk features a fine restaurant, a retail outlet that promotes products manufactured in central New York, and tour boat cruises of the canal. The other subsidiary, Out of India, imports colored stones from foreign nations that are sold domestically. Building up this complex has been a great adventure for Shevat. “Situationally, my role changes from day to day,” she says. “One day, I’m a leader, developing vision. Another day, I’m a manager, developing mission. And always I remain an educator, seeking to instill purpose in young people. When we run science camps, you’re bound to find me there, teaching something.” Shevat was born and raised in Herkimer, where her mother and father started a commercial construction company. She came to Nazareth looking for a small school that would feel comfortable but that would test her and make a difference in her life. “And it did,” says Shevat. “Nazareth allowed me to become an independent thinker and to understand how to use grass roots to get things done.” Her lifelong commitment to service and activism started in earnest at Nazareth,

“Nazareth allowed me to become an independent thinker and to understand how to use grass roots to get things done.” where, in her senior year, she was both the president of the Nazareth College Student Government and vice president for the Independent Student Coalition, a statewide organization for all New York private colleges and universities. After graduating from Nazareth, Shevat earned her masters in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a doctorate from the University of Rochester that focused on organizational behavior, finance, policy, and human relations, with an emphasis on higher educational institutions. She held important positions at the State University of New York at Potsdam and at Cobleskill Agriculture and Technology College. Shevat has also enjoyed a full and satisfying family life. Her husband, Sam Shevat, is retired as the superintendent of the CobleskillRichmondville Schools and remains active with his own consulting firm. Their two sons—Sam, 26, and Rudy John, 24—are both Cornell graduates who now work in the financial sector. The Shevats maintain homes in Cobleskill and Herkimer. What does this exceptionally goal-oriented individual do for relaxation? Traveling is key. She must travel often for business (this year

During a recent business trip to Tokyo, Shevat was greeted by Miyuki Hatoyama, the first lady of Japan.

she’s been to Asia five times), but she always combines business with exploration. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is even known to play a bit of golf. But what really “relaxes” her is community service, for she feels best when she is very busy. “It’s very important to use your mind and have a sense of strategic purpose,” she says. “I’ve been lucky enough to have real mentors, and the one common denominator among the people I’ve looked up to is the ethic of giving back.” When Shevat left higher education, she made a commitment to stay involved; she has also focused her efforts on health care. Shevat currently serves on the Cobleskill Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, is the president elect for the Friends of Bassett in Cooperstown, New York, and, by gubernatorial appointment, has been a trustee of the State University of New York at Cobleskill. In 2010, she was one of 33 individuals honored at the CICU (Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities) Alumni Hall of Distinction Awards Ceremony for her contributions to New York State’s economy and the connections she has made between higher education and economic development. Shevat keeps a quote from her hero, Abraham Lincoln, on her desk. “It goes, ‘It’s not the years in your life that matter, but the life in your years.’ That’s what I keep in mind as I look toward the future.” Learn more about Herkimer Diamond Mines at Alan Gelb is a freelance writer in East Chatham, New York. Photos courtesy Herkimer Diamond Mines.

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Dear Alumni, Time has been flying by! I have been having so much fun getting to know you, and if we haven’t connected yet, I hope that we do so soon. No matter what your interest, Alumni Relations has something to offer you to get involved. Please consider volunteering on any one of the following committees of the alumni board: Admissions, Advancement, Athletics, Awards, Career Services, Chapters, GOLD, Graduate, and Student Services. Or you could be a mentor to a student. Our undergraduate students as well as our graduate students would be very grateful for your friendship, experience, and guidance. I’m looking forward to helping facilitate many new Naz-to-Naz connections. Look for the online mentor sign-up at and choose the level of time commitment that you can give; anything from a phone call to an internship would be helpful and appreciated. Reunion 2011 was a blast! Thank you to the honored classes of 1 and 6 for bringing your smiles and school spirit to campus. We are looking for reunion class volunteers for planning Reunion 2012. If your class year ends in 2 or 7, please consider getting involved now to make your reunion memorable, too. I am always excited to hear from you directly and can be reached at or 585-389-2471. Let’s talk soon!

Teacher in Action

All my best,

Donna Borgus Assistant Director, Office of Alumni Relations

Say Goodbye to Webmail The legend of webmail at Naz will be remembered by the alumni and students of the first decade of the 2000s, but alas, it received its proper burial in July 2011. Nazareth College has partnered with Google to provide a new, co-branded email solution for Nazareth students and alumni. The new solution is up and running and available for any alum who wishes to open a Nazareth branded gmail account. If you graduated between 2000 and 2010 and have not updated your email address since Webmail was shut down, we encourage you to send us your preferred email. To update your email address, visit For more information or questions about the Nazareth Google email account, contact Information Technology Services at or call the IT Service Desk at 585-389-2111.

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Autumn Alumni Events Purple and Gold Day

Golden Flyers Golf Tournament

Nazareth alums can show their pride by wearing purple and gold on Saturday, September 24, in honor of the day the College opened in 1924. Send photos of you and your friends showing off your Nazareth loyalty at work, at play, or at home to alumni@ for use on the alumni website. Events are planned for alumni gatherings in certain areas; you can find details at alumni. And if you don’t see an event listed for your area, plan one on your own!

The 9th annual Nazareth College Golden Flyers Golf Tournament, held at Greystone Golf Club on Friday, September 23, will benefit Nazareth’s student athletes. For more details and to register for the tournament, visit

Alumni Games Fans and hecklers alike are welcome as athletes relive those glory days with teammates and friends on Saturday, September 24. Games include men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s basketball, and more. Check for more details.

17th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Nazareth will honor some of the best ever to don the purple and gold at its 17th annual Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday, September 24. More than 80 alumni, coaches, and administrators, along


Three-time lacrosse All-American Eric Goodberlet ’01 and his son Grady returned to campus for the alumni lacrosse game last year. with three national championship teams, have been inducted into the Hall of Fame over the years. For more details, including a list of this year’s inductees and to register for the ceremony, visit

Record Gift by Seniors

he Class of 2011 set a new Nazareth record for participation in the Senior Class Gift, reaching the 50% mark for the first time in school history. More than 250 seniors showed their support by making a gift to student scholarships or designating it to the department, sport, or club of their choice. Class officers Jeri Beckens ’11, Lisa DiMatteo ’11, Danielle Fiorentino ’11, Carly Hewitt ’11, Steven Matos ’11, and Lindsey Spector ’11 played a huge role in the success of the “Gimme 5” campaign, which sought to boost participation by encouraging gifts of five dollars. As the campaign gained momentum, Spector challenged President Daan Braveman to a dance-off during Senior Week if the class reached the 50% mark. Braveman agreed, and the dance-off took place during graduation rehearsal before nearly 750 seniors, graduate students, faculty, and staff. “This was a great introduction to philanthropy for the seniors and helped them to learn what it means to take care of their alma mater,” says Kerry Gotham ’98, director of alumni relations and senior class advisor. “It was also tons of fun and created a great atmosphere of enthusiasm and excitement as they finished up their undergraduate studies and entered into the ranks of Nazareth alumni.” View the Class of 2011 “5 Dollar Revolution” video, the dance-off challenge exchange between Braveman and Spector, and the final dance-off at

Annual Alumni Legacy Luncheon Honor your family’s continued commitment to a Nazareth education. Alumni parents and grandparents along with their children or grandchildren who are current Nazareth students are invited to this special luncheon on Saturday, October 22. Advance registration is required. Please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 585-389-2472 or register online at

Daan and the Daanettes take to the floor for the Senior Week dance-off competition. Left to right: Danielle Fiorentino ’11, Emelyn Santos ’11, President Daan Braveman, Bianca DeJesus ’11, and Mackenzie Gotshall ’11.

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Alumni Board Committee Activities by Donna Borgus

The Admissions Committee has created a new regional alumni admissions ambassador program and has already started recruiting enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to promote Nazareth College. In addition, members of the alumni board have reached out to admitted students to share their positive memories of their time at Nazareth and encouraged these students to choose Nazareth, too.

The Career Services Committee has been generous with their time and expertise in assisting current students in their job search process. They are assisting Career Services in developing website tools and services that will be helpful to students as well as alumni. They also volunteered at a networking event for students in March and again at the Career Services Open House at Reunion.

The Advancement Committee has been busy thanking donors to the Nazareth Fund and reaching out to encourage new donors to continue and join as Consecutive Donors to the College.

Watch for upcoming communication from the Chapter Committees where you live. Planning is underway to bring Nazareth College closer to you.

G The Athletics Alumni Committee, which includes alum representatives from each sport, is just getting started. The group promotes Naz athletics by fostering goodwill with alumni and friends and cultivating a strong base of support and spirit for the Golden Flyers.

The Awards Committee has met the challenge of choosing the Sister Jamesetta Slattery Award, the Alumni Association Award, the Senior Service Award, and the Outstanding Alumni and GOLD Alumni award winners.

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The GOLD Committee is working through a list of upcoming events to keep that Nazareth enthusiasm flowing. In addition to these fun events, the committee has been thoughtful in reaching out to peers for support of Nazareth. The overall goal is to make a lasting impact by increasing GOLD engagement and participation, which also helps with College ranking and obtaining financial support for future projects.

The Graduate Committee has volunteered to come back to campus to share their positive experiences and the benefit of a Nazareth graduate degree with prospective graduate students. Did you know that graduate alums are 40 percent of our total alumni population? This committee understands that the experience of a Nazareth graduate alum is rewarding yet different from the undergraduate experience and is working to meet their diverse needs.

The Student Services Committee launched the pilot for our Alumni Mentor Program with great enthusiasm and success. Junior and senior class officers and Undergraduate Association leaders were matched with alumni with similar career and leadership interests. Their feedback and insight was used as we prepared this program for use by junior and senior students in the coming year. If you would like to join in the momentum of any one of these committees, please contact Donna Borgus, assistant director of alumni relations, at or 585-389-2471.

The alumni board’s annual Golden Flyer Egg Hunt was enjoyed by children and parents alike, despite this spring’s uncooperative weather.

Jessica Shackelton Maclay ’03 1980–2011 GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award Winner


n countless ways, Jessica Shackelton ’03 embodied the mission of Nazareth College. During her undergraduate years, Shackelton made an impact on the Nazareth campus as well as the Rochester community. She was recognized throughout her collegiate career as an outstanding leader and team player. After graduating, she continued to serve the Nazareth community for several years as an Americorp*VISTA member. In this capacity, she developed two new programs: Partners for Serving and the Service Floor, which are both successful today thanks to her dedication and organization. Shackelton moved to Oregon with her husband TJ Maclay ’04, ’05G, where she focused on serving the needs of the homeless population through her position at Clatsop Community Action. She spent the last year of her life initiating a network of social service agencies to support the local homeless population. TJ Maclay ‘04, ‘05G and Jessica Shackelton Maclay ‘03 with their At the time of her death in February 2011, Shackelton was daughter Kaiya. well known, respected, and beloved in the northwest region of Oregon for her passionate dedication to serving the homeless. The fruits of her labor and education will continue to serve that community for years to come, and her commitment to service remains an example to all Nazareth alumni. For more alumni profiles, visit


Mary Catherine Driscoll ’66 Outstanding Alumna

he life of Mary Catherine Driscoll ’66 has been one of exceptional competence and compassion, hallmarks of a Nazareth liberal arts education. Whether at the College or in her workplace, community, or church, Driscoll continues to lead and volunteer her time and expertise. Driscoll graduated with a double major in English and history. Afterward, she went to work for the New York State Department Labor. Her 33-year DOL career culminated in her promotion in 1996 to regional director for the Finger Lakes and Western New York region, where she eventually oversaw work in 14 counties. Much of her work was in service to disadvantaged residents in these areas. While her professional accomplishments are considerable, her ongoing service to the community is equally impressive. Since retiring, Driscoll has worked as a campaign assistant for the United Way of Rochester. She has also worked in coalition with the Empire Justice Center as a member of C.A.S.H. (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope, an organization that helps low-income workers build stronger financial futures). As a member of Saint Mary’s Church in Rochester, Driscoll has served as lector, Eucharistic minister, and volunteer and has served

on the Diocesan Women’s Commission. She is also a cherished daughter, sister, sisterin-law, and aunt. Since graduating, Driscoll has not forgotten Nazareth College. She has been a faithful and tireless alumna, serving as Alumni Association President, 1966 class agent, capital campaign volunteer, and Reunion organizer. Her life, accomplishments, and good works illustrate what it means to be an outstanding Nazareth alumna. For more alumni profiles, visit

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Kathleen Stein Fagan ’71 and Kathleen Payne Duley ’71.

The Class of 1966 loving their dinner entertainment.

Members of the Class of 1971 examine old yearbooks at their weekend residence in Portka Hall.

Nazareth College

Reunion Weekend 2011

June Smith Bidewell ’43, one of the oldest alumni to attend this year’s reunion, escorted around campus by Mackenzie Gotshall ’11.

Reunion weekend’s tent city by moonlight.

Left to right: Donyelle Losee ’06, Chris VanLowen ’06, Kevin Laley ’06, and Nikki Bell ’07 watching the slide show at Friday night’s dinner.

Jane Wallace ‘61 cheers with her classmates as their graduation year is announced.

The Golden Anniversary Class of 1961.

The Golden Anniversary class of 1961.

Clockwise from top right: Rita Allen ’56, Margaret Frisch ’56, and Dr. Mary T. Bush ’51 at the Founders Society luncheon.

The Golden Flyer takes the stand.

Looking to the Future “My husband and I established our wills shortly before the birth of our first daughter. We wanted the assurance of knowing that everything we most cared about would be provided for. That’s why we included Nazareth. It has been, and remains, an important part of our lives.” — Jennifer Giessler ’95 and Michael Giessler, with their daughters Meghan and Molly

Learn how you can make a lasting difference through your will by visiting What is planned giving?

What is the Founders Society?

When you include the College in your future plans through creating a life income gift such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder unitrust, or by naming Nazareth as a beneficiary of your will, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.

A planned giving recognition society whose members are crucial to advancing the long-term goals of Nazareth. The College honors members each year at a luncheon. Throughout the year, members receive special invitations to attend Nazareth events as well as recognition in our annual report.

For more information on planned giving opportunities, please contact Melissa Head, associate director of major gifts and planned giving, at 585-389-2179 or at


CLASS|notes ’50s Joan Ewing ’55, Chem., retired from Xerox in 1997. She has lived in Fairport for the past 26 years.

’60s Carol Papadopoli Basi ’62, Chem., still hopes to write the Great American Novel. She and her husband of 48 years divide their time between Illinois and Florida, and they have six children and 13 grandchildren. Ann O’Brien ’64, Eng., retired in July 2010 as an elementary school counselor after 20 years in the Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools. She also announced her engagement to William J. Kahl of Auburn in August 2010. Dr. Monica Weis ’65, S.S.J., Eng., celebrated her 50-year jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph on April 10. Kathleen Lyons Kelly ’68, M.D., Chem., has worked many positions throughout her career, including immunology lab tech at NYU; NYU School of Medicine; surgical residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital, NYC; surgical critical care fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC; director of surgical ICU, general and trauma surgeon at Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J.; director of ICU and associate director of trauma at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J.; director and

medical leader in clinical research and development at Johnson and Johnson. She has been married 41 years and has one son and one grandchild. Maureen McCarthy Nupp ’69, His., was honored in October 2010 as part of New York State’s School Board Recognition Week. She is in her 12th year serving on the school board in Fairport.

’70s Catherine Aiken Labombard ’70, Chem., earned her master’s degree in liberal studies from SUNY Plattsburgh. She retired in 2007 after teaching chemistry, math, and physical and environmental science for 32 years. From 1997 until her retirement, she and her students participated in the Hudson Basin River Watch Consortium. She now volunteers and serves on the board of directors for the Lake George Association. She is the chair of the water committee and volunteers with their floating classroom program. She and her husband have three children. Carol Klem ’72, ’76G, Eng., serves as the Village Crier for the Town of Webster. She has been collecting and reporting the news for the village for more than two decades, writing a column called “The Village Focus” every other week. She has also been involved with the Webster Arboretum, the Webster Museum, and other community groups.

Weis Receives Fulbright Award Nazareth College Professor of English Dr. Monica Weis ’65, S.S.J., has been selected by the U.S. Department of State and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to receive a 2012 Fulbright Senior Specialist award. Weis plans to travel to Hungary and teach one semester at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. The goals of the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program are to increase the participation of leading U.S. scholars and professionals in Fulbright academic exchanges, encourage new activities that go beyond the traditional Fulbright activities of lecturing and research, and to promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions.

’80s Kim Schroeder Cox ’82, ’87G, Music Ed., has recently been selected as superintendent of Le Roy Central Schools. Prior to this appointment she worked as a teacher, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent of instruction for five years at Wayne Central Schools. John Drain ’83, Bus. and Acct., recently joined Hearst Television as senior vice president of finance.

Mary Beth Stone West ’84, Mgmt., is the executive vice president and chief category and marketing officer for Kraft Foods, as well as a member of the board of directors of JCPenney. She is also involved with a nonprofit organization called the Off the Street Club. Winifred Lydford Bush ’85, Psy., has been an art teacher in the Rome area since 1985 and has been teaching art education for BOCES since 1999. She recently had a ceramics exhibition at the Rome Art and Community Center.

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Nicholas Woyciesjes ’97, a studio art major, is the co-founder and co-owner of Mirus Group Marketing Communications in Rochester and designs the illustrations on Wegmans Italian Classics sauce jars and pasta boxes. Says Woyciesjes, “Our first employee, Carl Huber, graduated from Nazareth in 2002. And our newest employee, Sherri Walker Baker, graduated with me in ’97. I’m trying to re-create the Naz art department in my office!”

Ockenden Wins SOM Alumni Award Jim Ockenden ’83 has received the first School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award. He graduated from Nazareth with a bachelor’s in management and currently serves as partner in the Visory Group in Syracuse, which specializes in network engineering, consulting, security, and technology solutions. According to the selection committee, Ockenden was chosen for the award based on his entrepreneurial and business success, service to others, commitment to ethics and social responsibility, and his long and unwavering support of Nazareth College.

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Martial Bednar ’88, Eng. Writing, recently spoke at the Olean Public Library about his book Nine M’s and a Mother Like No Other: Our Journey from Messed to Blessed, which addresses the bonds of family, the power of perseverance and prayer, and the sustaining gifts of faith, hope, and love. He has also built a successful career in communications in Rochester. Dolores Jablonski Johnson ’89, Bus. Dist. Edu., was awarded the NYSTAA Emeritus Award at the annual New York State Transfer Articulation Association conference in Syracuse in July 2010. She worked at Nazareth for 20 years as director of elderhostel and the Center for Lifelong Learning and more recently as senior assistant director of transfer admissions before retiring in 2010.

’90s Marisa Favro Geitner ’92, ’95G, Spc., is a 2011 finalist for the Athena Award, presented by Athena International in Rochester to exceptional leaders in the Rochester area. Scott Bradley ’94, Music Ed., accompanied Miché Fambro in a New Year’s Eve performance at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café in Angelica, N.Y. He is a jazz composer, teacher, and a regular performer with the Bill Tibero Band. Christopher Murtha ’95, Bus. Adm. and Pol. Sci., is entering his third term on the board of directors for the Financial Planning Association—Conn. Valley Chapter. He works as a financial advisor for Howard Financial Corp. in West Hartford, Conn. Kimberly J. Bellavia ’96, Art, is the education director at Granger Homestead Museum and Carriage House. She also teaches art history at Genesee Community College.

Sherri Walker Baker ’97, Studio Art, is a designer at the Mirus Group in Rochester. Nicholas Woyciesjes ’97, Studio Art, works at the Mirus Group and designs the illustrations on Wegmans Italian Classics sauce jars and pasta boxes. Mary Ellen Brule Nixon ’98, Env. Sci., began working with the Humane Society at Rochester’s Lollypop Farm in 2009. Since then, she has worked to help the shelter find new funding.

’00s Jeffrey Biesiada ’00, Bus. Adm., has been hired as vice president of the M&T Insurance Agency at M&T Bank. Chris Amesbury ’02, Chem., teaches chemistry at Gates Chili High School. He lives in Chili with his wife and three children. Carl Huber ’02, Studio Art, is a designer at the Mirus Group in Rochester. Mary Sarah Kinner ’04, Pol. Sci., has been appointed press secretary for Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada. She had previously served as Sandoval’s communications director during his election campaign. Shevon Kuznezov ’04, Soc., a special education teacher at Fisher Elementary School in Walpole, MA, was recognized for Excellence in Education at the 20th annual Goldin Foundation Educators Forum hosted by the DoverSherborn Regional High School District. The award honors educators for making outstanding contributions in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. Kuznezov provides significantly challenged upper elementary students with curriculum taught in thematic units to help integrate concepts and skills.

We lcome! Nazareth welcomes the following newborns into the ever-growing ranks of future alumni! From left to right: Row 1 Carly Rose, daughter of Jill Hodgson Piacitelli ’97, born November 11, 2010. Parker John, son of Kristin Dunleavy Davis ’99, born August 9, 2010. Luke Wyatt, son of Gina Curulla Jutzin ’00, ’02G and Carl Jutzin ’93, born August 25, 2010.   Row 2 Drew Alexander, son of Kelly Daniels ’03, born August 2, 2010. Adrian Teele, daughter of Jackie Russell Lipsky ’03 and Justin Lipsky, born September 10, 2010. Julianya Yamna, daughter of Kathryn Haldeman Smail ’03, born November 3, 2010. Row 3 Ava Rose, daughter of Erin Kline Goodwin ’05 and CJ Goodwin, born on April 8, 2010. Jadon Mark, son of Bethany Nickoloff Bajus ’06 and Daniel Bajus ’06, born August 26, 2010.

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Three generations Nazareth alumnae celebrate their degrees. Left to right: Mary Wilkes List ’09, ’11G, her mother Corinne Freer Wilkes ’45, ’61G, and her daughter Jessica Susan List ’10, ’11G.

Mary O’Donnell Emineke ’05, Chem., successfully defended her dissertation, What Is a Chemical? Fourth-Grade Children’s Categorization of Everyday Objects and Substances. Her oral report was titled Learning in the Analytical Laboratory and Investigating Children’s Ideas about Chemicals. In September 2010, she began a post-doctoral position at Iowa State University working with the director of the ACS Exams Institute in Ames, Iowa. She married Bright Emineke in 2009. Jessica Ann Best ’06, Music Perf., is a principal artist with Opera Tampa in Florida. She was also recently a soloist in the Rochester Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Cameron Adams McCurty ’06, ’10G, CSD, was selected to participate in the Minority Student Leadership Program at the American-Speech-LanguageHearing Association Convention in Philadelphia in November 2010.

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’10s Brian Hauck ’10, Chem. and Adol. Ed., spent the summer of 2009 teaching environmental chemistry and forensic science at Explo Summer Camp at Yale. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Washington State University. Jen Morton ’10, Art Hist., is living in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Art Conservation program, paintings treatment stream, at Queen’s University. Alexandra Parrotta ’10, Bus. Adm., is a youth advocate with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. The program provides academic support, part-time employment experience, and long-term mentoring. She also volunteers with the Young Women’s Group.

Adam Rall ’10, Chem., is working in the molecular biology group at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany. Shannon Rene ’10, Bus. Adm., worked as a team leader for Cooper Vision and then in the financial world. She is now working toward becoming a personal trainer. Currently, she is in her rookie season as a safety/wide receiver for the Chicago Bliss of the Lingerie Football League.

Graduate Lynne Hallock Erdle ’82G was awarded the 2010 Athena Award from the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Women of the Finger Lakes. The Athena Award recognizes leadership, advocacy, and collaboration with others. Amy Avino Bryan ’90G is a kindergarten teacher in the Finger Lakes. She is currently working on her master’s degree in literacy.

Susan Ruckdeschel ’91G is hosting writing workshops for grade-school students at Literacy Solutions in Beacon, N.Y. She has also written a number of teaching aids and handbooks for young writers, peer coaches, and instructors or parents. Albert Ambroselli Jr. ’98G has been teaching English with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership at Leicester Academy since 2000. He is also actively involved with People Rebuilding and Living in Dignity, which advocates for and assists adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. In addition to this, he has been coaching and umpiring with the Rush-Henrietta Athletic Association for 20 years. John Taylor ’06G worked in academic computing systems management and then oversaw the administrative local area of network and security, hardware and software resources, and training and support at Finger Lakes Community College. While there,

he received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. After his time at FLCC, he directed all aspects of information technology at Wells College. Most recently, he has been appointed as dean of information technology at Cayuga Community College. Jamie L. Affronti ’07G has been teaching eighth grade social studies at Farnsworth Middle School for the last five years. She recently announced her engagement to John Martin Mullins II. Allison Berical ’08G was accepted into the University of Rochester to obtain her doctorate in education in teaching and curriculum. She plans to graduate in 2013.

Weddings & Unions Jackie Fazio ’02 to John Scanlan on Nov. 27, 2004. Amber Spink ’03 to Brian Tolnar on Aug. 28, 2010. Karen L. Marchewka ’04 to Brent Steven Vance on July 17, 2010. Amy Smith ’06 to Eric Korver on July 26, 2010. Amanda Krohn ’07 to Adam Kellerson on Sept. 25, 2010. Elizabeth Marie Ormsbee ’09G to Eric Neider on Oct. 9, 2010.

Births & Adoptions Kathryn Haldeman Smail ’03, a daughter, Julianya Yamna, Nov. 3, 2010.

In Memoriam Mary Bigham Farren ’38, in Jan. 2011. She worked at Monroe County Social Services as a home finder for foster children until she retired in 1985. She was also the co-founder of St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, former leader of St. Augustine’s Girl Scout Troop 886, and worked with Bethany House, all in the Rochester area. Sister Teresa Clare Ehrmentraut ’42, on Jan. 25, 2011. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1924 and taught at St. Monica’s School in Rochester and at Elmira Catholic High School for more than 20 years. She joined the Nazareth College business faculty in 1955, became secretary to the president in 1960, and served as the College’s first archivist beginning in 1980. Upon her retirement from Nazareth in 1987, she served as the Sisters of St. Joseph congregational archivist and tutored sisters who were studying at Nazareth and residing at the SSJ Motherhouse.  Jean Antonietta Cappellino ’46, in late Dec. 2010. She was a teacher and director of foreign languages and the Major Achievement Program in the Rochester City School District. She earned the Distinguished Peace Service Award in 1994 and dedicated a great amount of time to Sister Cities International and Amnesty International.

Mary Lucia Stoltman ’55, in early Jan. 2011. She was a teacher before returning to help her parents with the family farm, which she continued to run after her parents’ passing. She was a member of St. Rose’s Church in Lima as well as the Catholic Daughters of America. Bernadine Carroll Warren ’58, in late Oct. 2010. She worked at the Newark Development Center in Wayne County and later for 35 years at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office. She eventually became a placement specialist at FLDDSO, where she found community residences for clients. Later in her life she operated a successful antique business. Gail Campanella Dagon ’60, in Dec. 2010. After receiving a master’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Rochester, she was a mathematics teacher at Benjamin Franklin and Mercy High Schools in Rochester, as well as a substitute mathematics teacher at Brighton High School. Lynne M. Serusa ’69, in Nov. 2010. She was an educator in the Buffalo City School District until her retirement and was also active in NEA and Buffalo Teachers organizations. Margaret Cappione Fleming ’71, in Nov. 2010. She taught remedial reading at Kakiat Junior High in Spring Valley for 15 years before her retirement. She was a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Association.

Miriam Komesar ’74, in Jan. 2011. She taught at the high school and college levels. After teaching, she became an advertising executive before retiring. Janice Colvin Collins ’74G, in Nov. 2010. She was an elementary school teacher at Jefferson Avenue School in Fairport for more than 20 years. Joann DelVecchio ’77G, in Nov. 2010. She worked with BOCES #1, Nazareth College, and Newark State School throughout her career. She also volunteered at the Red Cross, WXXI-TV, and George Eastman House in Rochester. Timmielyn Gooshaw Scaggs ’91, in Nov. 2010. She was an art teacher at Sherman and Kennedy Elementary Schools for 18 years before her retirement. Jessica Shackelton MacLay ’03, on Feb. 20, 2011. After a career as a student leader, she continued to serve the Nazareth community in her role as an Americorp*VISTA member, during which she developed the successful programs Partners for Serving and the Service Floor. Gabrielle Acevedo ’11, on Feb. 4, 2011. She was a counselor and lifeguard at Port Chester Recreation Department, a peer leadership mentor for the Anthony Foust Mentoring Program, and a member of Partners for Learning.

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Painting the Tunnels


ecorating the campus’s tunnel walls is a Nazareth student tradition! This painting may have been a freestyle experiment, or a class assignment from professors like those on pages 34–39. Whatever its origin, this particular image went the way of most tunnel artwork and was painted over some time during the past 60 years. If you have additional information about this photograph, please let us know! Send comments to Archives, Lorette Wilmot Library, Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, or email

This photo, which appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Connections, has now been identified! Taken at Nazareth’s 1949 Winter Carnival, it depicts these members of the Class of 1949 (left to right): Dawn Dillon Jewell, Mary Margaret Dutcher, Anna Frances Payne, Irene Kocak, Marian Fox Pfeiffer, Jean Monahan, Peggy Walsh Dryer, Marilyn Metz Curry, and Betty Quirk Hurley.

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azareth’s Department of Music presented its second annual Prism Concert in March 2011, featuring faculty and student performers from throughout the department. “This concert lets us showcase the talents of our students and faculty in a format that presents an eclectic mix of music and styles,” says John Hain, D.M.A., visiting assistant professor of music, concert organizer, and director of the concert

band. “The music flows seamlessly from piece to piece, shifting the audience’s attention between different parts of the stage and various locations throughout the hall, keeping everyone engaged throughout the entire concert.” Here Prof. Nancy Strelau conducts the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra in performing Achilles, by Josh Forgét ‘13.

Connections - Summer/Fall 2011  

Nazareth College: Connections - Summer/Fall 2011: vol. 23, no. 3

Connections - Summer/Fall 2011  

Nazareth College: Connections - Summer/Fall 2011: vol. 23, no. 3