THE MAGAZINE OF REGIS COLLEGE Fall 2018
SMILE ON Dental hygiene students and faculty embrace their new home at Regis
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Grace Milner HowardDonlin ’00 says her Regis experience inspires her work as founder and principal of Springfield Honors Academy. Read more on page 22.
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Judy M. Lauch ’68 Mary Ann Walsh Lewis ’74 John Libertino, MD Paul A. Lonergan Peter N. Madras, MD
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Jacquelyn McCarthy, CSJ, MA, RN, LNHA
Joanne Crowley ’74, MS Maureen Doherty, CSJ, ’68, MEd Camille Ferazzi ’69 Joe-Ann Fergus, PhD, RN Michael J. Halloran, MBA (Treasurer)
Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, ’71, PhD Glenn Morris, AIA, IIDA Eileen Ng, MBA Thomas P. O’Neill III, MPA Jane Cronin Tedder ’66, EdD
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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When Mount Ida College closed its doors, Regis welcomed students and faculty from the school’s Dental Hygiene program—a natural fit for Regis’ School of Health Sciences.
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Photo: Joanna Chattman
An inner-city honors academy founded by Grace Milner Howard-Donlin ’00 is providing new opportunities for students in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dear Neighbor Regis shines at the Let It Shine Gala and enrollment soars to new heights amid the president’s eighth year.
Tower Views A new Regis website; highlights from France and Dublin; Flatley Scholars and neuroscience research grants; Founders’ Day and Regis Fest roundups.
O N TH E COVE R Regis Dental Hygiene students in the lab Photo by Kathleen Dooher
Taking Action Nursing graduates from Saudi Arabia will use what they learned at Regis to advance the nursing profession in their country.
Academic Innovation How a Regis Zebrafish Research Facility is using tiny fish to make a big impact in studying human disease.
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In My Own Words A sneak peek inside the travel journal of ABC News Producer Alexa Pozniak ’99 during her travel with the Regis In Haiti team.
Alumni Together Gatherings and events keep alumni connected.
Class Notes News of the classes.
In Memoriam Remembering alumni who passed away.
Let It Shine Regis gala raises nearly $1 million and brings Now We Fly campaign to $35 million.
Hearts & Minds Regis men’s basketball guard Isaiah Wilson ’19 scores big as a mentor and leader.
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“Since taking the helm in 2011, one of my goals has been to bring the Regis mission to light— to show the world the great work the Regis community engages in every day. That vision has become a reality.”
REGIS SHINES! We celebrated another amazing Let It Shine Gala in October, where sponsors gave nearly $1 million to support student scholarships (read more and see photos on page 46). Ninety-five percent of the Regis undergraduate population receives scholarship or merit-based aid, so this funding is critical in providing students the opportunity to receive a private, Catholic education. And we are providing a Regis education to more students than ever before! Enrollment now stands at approximately 3,000 (which is an increase of about 50 percent from a year ago) and that total is comprised of approximately one-third undergraduate students, one-third on-campus graduate students, and one-third fully online graduate students. Our undergraduate population reached 1,033 with a record number of students living on campus in our residence halls. Our graduate programs—both “on the ground” and online—reached record enrollment and we continue to add new online programs, including a marketing and communications degree and three nursing certificates (read more on page 7). Supporting this growth is a new website, which serves as an incredible recruitment tool for prospective students at all levels. The transformation of our student body represents a shift both at Regis and in higher education across the country. Securing our financial strength is a key element of our strategic plan, and our enrollment strategy ensures Regis’ success well into the future. Significant investments to Now We Fly: The Campaign for Regis are also crucial to our growth and sustainability. With $35 million of our $40 million goal secured, we are nearing the completion of the most ambitious campaign in Regis history. In my eighth year as president of this treasured institution, I am immensely proud of our progress and I am excited for what the future has in store. Since taking the helm in 2011, one of my goals has been to bring the Regis mission to light—to show the world the great work the Regis community engages in every day. That vision has become a reality: From Weston to Regis North in Lawrence, to Haiti, Kenya, and so many other places, Regis shines beyond Greater Boston to our dear neighbors around the country and around the world.
Photo (left): Brian Smith
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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The university proudly launched a new website earlier this fall. The website, with more than 500 pages of fresh, interactive content, is the new face for a university whose impressive growth is reaching students all over the world—including China, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia. Check out the Pride’s new home on the web at regiscollege.edu and if you can’t make it to campus, be sure to take the virtual tour!
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Suzanne Rappaport was on a Club Med vacation with a few friends in 2002 when she tried the flying trapeze for the first time. And she liked it—a lot. “I liked it so much that I decided to leave my corporate job in New York City to pursue the flying trapeze,” says Rappaport, assistant professor of occupational therapy at Regis. She left her gig at Fortune magazine in the art and photo imaging department and was hired at Club Med. During training she learned how to safely facilitate flying trapeze lessons for guests of the resort. And although she didn’t realize it at the time, the discipline of teaching would become her forte. Building Strength In 2004 Rappaport met two former Cirque du Soleil performers, twin sisters who had opened the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont. “They had a philosophy of ‘teach to the heart,’ which I valued so much that I moved there to learn from them,” she says. From there, her trajectory into the field of occupational therapy happened naturally. When she was teaching recreational classes for adults, after-school programs, and home-school programs, she was approached to teach a weekly circus lesson at the Austine School for the Deaf. It wasn’t long before Rappaport started to see a common thread.
“The students were all getting stronger physically and emotionally and there was something magical about having an identity of a circus person, even if it was just for the length of the class,” she recalls. Occupational therapy was “a natural fit” so she pursued a master’s degree then a doctorate in the discipline. In 2012, she launched therapeutic groups that used circus arts as a healing tool for adult cancer survivors and researched health professionals’ perceptions of this intervention. She ultimately landed at Regis, where she teaches occupational therapy courses in pediatrics, leadership, community practice, assistive technologies, and clinical reasoning. Some of her most memorable career highlights are founded in the goals of occupational
therapy and teaching: to help people fully engage in their lives. “Since I was an entertainer, I am good at reading the crowd (or the class) and I know when their energy wanes,” Rappaport says. “I try to be energetic and engaging when lecturing so I can instill a sense of purpose, leadership, and advocacy in the classroom and beyond.”
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Reaching New Heights
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Grants Take Center Stage
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Want a sneak peek into the Honors Program gala? A preview of the Admitted Students Dinner? A glimpse into the results of the Student Government Association election? Launched in fall 2016, Regis Life is a student-focused, digital communication platform, managed by students and overseen by the Student Affairs and Enrollment Division. The site features blogs about life at Regis written by undergraduate and graduate students. Check it out to see what Regis students are saying: regislife.com
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A new sound system was installed in the Fine Arts Center’s Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre, thanks to a $32,000 capital grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Facilities Fund—a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The upgrade includes digital snake boxes, a digital signal processor, new amplifiers with right and left separation, a new array of speakers, and installation and tuning. The Regis Fine Arts Center offers 35-plus yearly productions and events held in the Casey Theatre. Regis also received a $1,455 grant for a con fuego workshop and performance featuring American guitar virtuoso Aaron Larget-Caplan and international flamenco dancer, singer, and choreographer La Conja. Held in October, the free performance took the audience on a journey of Spanish classical music with original flamenco dance and song. They also led a flamenco dance workshop that included basic footwork, hands and arms, compass, and choreography. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Weston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. “The Regis Fine Arts Center is thrilled to receive funding from both the Weston Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council,” says Fine Arts Center Director Jennifer Potts. “This funding demonstrates their confidence in our ability to deliver and host quality performing arts in the MetroWest region.” To learn more about the Fine Arts Center, visit regiscollege.edu/fac.
REGIS LIFE BLOG
EdD Goes to Dublin
In May, members of the Regis Doctor of Education (EdD) program in higher education leadership traveled to Trinity College, University College Dublin, and American College Dublin in Ireland to explore the country’s higher education system. They also did a tour the Book of Kells exhibition and the Long Room—the impressive main chamber of Trinity College’s Old Library (pictured above). The global experience was facilitated by Priscilla Boerger, EdD, program director, and Marsha Glines, dean of academic student services, in conjunction with the Center for Global Connections. “This international experience allowed our EdD students to develop personal and professional relationships with their Regis cohorts and people in the Dublin universities we visited,” Boerger says. “The Regis EdD program left its mark on Dublin and Dublin left its mark on our hearts.” Learn more about the program at regiscollege.edu/edd.
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THE FLATLEY SCHOLARS PROGRAM The Flatley Foundation awarded Regis a $100,000 grant that is supporting the Flatley Scholars Program, which will aid undergraduate students’ participation in off-campus, unpaid internships during the academic year and the summer. All Regis undergraduate students complete one internship as a requirement for graduation and the Flatley Scholars Program is available to undergraduates who demonstrate financial need. “We are happy to support Regis’ internship program to bolster the great Catholic education the university provides,” said trustee Daniel T. Flatley of The Flatley Foundation.
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If you have internship opportunities, please consider a Regis student. Contact Director of the Center for Internships and Career Placement Susan Kennedy at email@example.com. Taylor Iorfino ’20 (center) and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Sarah Assante (right) present Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey with a Regis basketball jersey. Healey was co-captain of the women’s basketball team during her time at Harvard and played professional basketball in Austria for two years.
FOUNDERS’ DAY & REGIS FEST More than 700 members of the Regis community participated in Founders’ Day on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 25 service locations to celebrate the Regis mission and honor the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Regis Fest Family and Friends Weekend kicked off the next day and Regis welcomed Attorney General Maura Healey as the featured guest on WBZ NewsRadio’s Talk the Vote with Dan Rea, which took place as a live broadcast from the Fine Arts Center Casey Theatre. Regis Fest continued on Saturday with athletic competitions, a family barbeque and alumni social, sessions with dynamic Regis faculty, and fun activities for the whole family.
REGIS FEST GOLD REUNION Regis Fest 2019 will feature the first exclusive GOLD Reunion. Graduates of the last decade (GOLD) will celebrate their milestone 5th and 10th Reunions during Regis Fest homecoming weekend. More details coming soon.
NIH GRANT FUNDS NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH Regis received $275,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund neonatal brain research in its Neuroscience program in the School of Health Sciences. An article in the fall 2017 issue of Regis Today focused on the traumatic brain injury research of Neuroscience program director and associate professor Steven Threlkeld, PhD, and his students as a result of previous NIH grants. The $275,000 NIH award is the largest given to the university from the organization, and Threlkeld will lead the neonatal research project to identify the age at which the combined impact of early life behavioral training and anti-inflammatory drug therapy can produce the greatest improvements in brain structure and learning after neonatal brain injury. The project is in collaboration with Women and Infants Hospital and ProThera Biologics in Providence, Rhode Island, and will provide funds for undergraduate neuroscience majors to participate in the research through July 2021. “The next phase of this work will help inform new approaches to improving long-term outcomes by identifying critical windows for intervention in this serious condition,” says Threlkeld.
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Online Graduate Enrollment Steadily Increasing, Three Nursing Certificates Added Regis has nearly 2,000 graduate students, with more than half of them enrolled in fully online programs. As enrollment experiences steady growth, the program offerings also continue to grow—the latest being three new nursing certificates: • Advanced Practice Addictions Nursing Certificate As with all public health crises, nurses are on the front line of the addiction epidemic. Students will learn specialized treatment for patients with both primary and comorbid addictions. Classes begin in January 2019.
On June 16, three pilgrims from the Regis community set off for France to experience firsthand the origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Dan Leahy, director of the Center for Ministry and Service, Megan Bubello ’20, and Ariana McCormack ’20, joined students from CSJ colleges throughout the United States, CSJ higher education staff members, and CSJ Sisters. Highlights included a visit to the “Original Kitchen” hearth in Le Puy, where the first group of six women gathered for prayer and meals; the Mother House in Lyon; and the grave of Mother St. John Fontebonne (pictured below), the courageous and inspiring leader of the rebirth. “We walked the cobblestones upon which the first Sisters walked; we prayed in humble chapels and grand cathedrals where they prayed; we felt their presence clearly around the grand hearth in the Original Kitchen,” Leahy recalls. “It was amazing, it was inspiring, and it left me with a deep appreciation for the bravery and the courage of those six humble—yet strong and determined—women and the subsequent generations who have followed.” McCormack echoes that sentiment. “Because of this incredible experience, I can now say the Sisters’ mission is my mission. I have shared my experiences with fellow students since my return, and I will work hard to ensure social justice shapes future generations at Regis.”
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• Perioperative Nursing Certificate Designed to provide registered nurses with the skills needed to provide comprehensive care to patients during the intraoperative period, the program teaches theoretical concepts, principles, and skills of perioperative nursing based on the standards and recommended practices established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Classes began in October 2018.
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• Simulation in Nursing Education Certificate Simulation is a critical component of nursing education, and its use continues to grow as new technologies enhance the student experience. Taught by experts in nursing simulation, this three-course certificate provides firsthand experience with best practices in simulation. Classes begin in January 2019. Learn more and apply at online.regiscollege.edu.
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Cultural Exchange Nursing students from Saudi Arabia earn Regis graduate degrees and build personal connections B Y KR IS T E N WA L S H
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Ibtisam Almashni ’18 and Seham Alselami ’18 traveled more than 6,000 miles from Saudi Arabia to earn a graduate degree in nursing at Regis. Though they arrived in the United States with vastly different cultural and religious experiences, their reason for choosing the nursing profession is very much the same as many American students: A personal medical experience shaped their decision. For Alselami, it happened during high school. “I was a caregiver for my father who is a diabetic patient, and my main source of inspiration to become a nurse comes from an innate desire to help people and care for them in times of need.” Almashni was also in high school when she became interested in nursing, as she watched nurses deliver care. “My sister was sick at the time and her nurses were always so helpful and kind to her and to our family.” By the time the pair arrived at Regis—along with five other graduate students from Saudi Arabia—they had earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing back home. But because their country did not offer advanced practice nursing education, the women came to Regis to prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and earn a graduate degree. “At Regis, our goal is to ensure that our nursing colleagues globally have the same opportunities that we have in the United States,” says Patricia McCauley, DNP, CHSE, RN, associate professor and director of the Clinical Resource and Simulation Center at Regis. “We have a similarity in that we are all nurses, but we don’t all have the same access to educational resources.” McCauley teamed up with the Center’s coordinator, Janis Tuxbury, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE, to develop and
teach the NCLEX course, which focused on testtaking strategies, language intricacies, and simulation exercises. All seven nursing students passed the exam the first time. “The chances of a foreign-educated nurse passing the licensure exam on the first attempt is very low because of language and educational differences,” Tuxbury says. “The impressive 100 percent pass rate is a testament to how hard this group worked in the preparatory course. They went above and beyond.” Since graduating from Regis in spring 2018, many women—including Alselami—went on to apply to doctoral programs; Almashni returned home to Saudi Arabia to teach at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences College of Nursing. Their goal is to help advance the nursing profession in Saudi Arabia through education and advanced practice. “At Regis I learned strategies for teaching, curriculum development, and presentation,” Almashni says. “I will apply these strategies with my own students.” EMBRACING DIVERSITY Perhaps more meaningful than passing the NCLEX and earning a master’s degree is the fact that Almashni and Alselami felt safe in a new country as they studied. They both spoke of the principles that the university holds close to heart: respect, warmth, inclusion—welcoming all without distinction. “There was an appreciation of diversity and differences in students’ backgrounds,” Alselami says. The statement is simple, but its implications run deep. Students spent time learning about American culture, including Thanksgiving and Easter dinners at Tuxbury’s home and a graduation celebration
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Photos: Michael Quiet (large photo), Sharon Wong (inset)
hosted by McCauley. And they felt comfortable enough to reciprocate, sharing the food, traditions, and spirituality at the center of their lives. The personal interactions were so powerful that students were assigned a project to develop presentations on health care in Saudi Arabia. “Caring Across Culture: Demystifying the Muslim Experience” was held in College Hall in April 2018 with topics including end-of-life care, childbirth, and the Islam diet. Almashni was also a keynote speaker at the Nursing Honor Society that same month. Her presentation—“Increasing Cultural Awareness in Nursing Students in Caring for Muslims Patients”—included the results of a simulation she developed for a diabetic patient who became ill when fasting for the Ramadan religious observance. “Ibtisam addressed the important issue of nurses who need to deliver competent care while
respecting religious practices,” McCauley says. It is common, for example, for Muslims to call for spiritual and religious intervention when facing a significant challenge. “This wasn’t just about presenting posters, it was about the grace, commitment, and the grateful attitude of this cohort,” Tuxbury adds. The success of the graduates is evidence of the changes that the nursing profession is experiencing in their home country: Nurses are gaining more respect and playing a role in the decision-making process of health care. “Studying at Regis advanced my knowledge and allowed me to experience direct clinical practice, collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, research, and leadership opportunities to educate nurses, patients, and families,” Alselami says. “All of these positive things not only prepare me as a future advanced nurse practitioner, but they also empower me.”
Large photo: Seham Alselami ’18 during Commencement. Inset: Ibtisam Almashni ’18 presents an original simulation she designed for students.
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Little Fish, Big Impact Zebrafish Research Facility opens doors for studying human disease B Y A L LYS ON M A NC H E S T E R
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Student and faculty scientists at Regis received a special delivery this year. Thanks to support from a 2017 Kaneb Grant (see sidebar on page 11), a sizeable colony of zebrafish arrived on campus from the Zon Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital. The freshwater fish are now part of the Regis Zebrafish Research Facility, a brand-new, fully commissioned lab for undergraduate research on campus. Associate Professor Shari Litch Gray, PhD, was on the front lines of establishing the lab. “We are lucky to have such dedicated Regis faculty and up-to-date equipment in this lab,” she says. “The Regis Zebrafish Facility will be critical to teaching undergraduates the basics of research and preparing them for the workforce.” Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability Kyle Peet, PhD, has also been involved with incorporating the zebrafish into research on campus. “Zebrafish are one of the most versatile and widely used model organisms in the field of biology. Our students are incredibly excited to work with them.” Peet is right. Although the creatures are tiny—a full-grown zebrafish measures only 1 to 1.5 inches in length—their importance to academic and medical research is enormous. Rather surprisingly, 75 percent of the genes in zebrafish are the same or orthologous (share a common ancestral gene) to human genes. These genetic similarities, as well as the ease of care of zebrafish in the laboratory, make the species an ideal research organism for studying human diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and cardiovascular disease. Their embryos also play a major role in pharmaceutical drug testing. The translucent color and rapid development of zebrafish embryos allow scientists to watch the progression of certain diseases and pinpoint exactly where the disease may emerge in the human body.
Given the scientific value of zebrafish, Regis students and professors took great care to give the research colony a smooth entry into its new home in the Watson-Hubbard Science Center. Gray, who was trained in zebrafish care by Zon Lab staff, mentored the undergraduates who were slated to work in the facility. She educated students on the intricacies of pH, ammonia levels, UV lighting, and filtration systems—all key elements in keeping zebrafish safe and healthy. “The biggest challenge of our work with the zebrafish came when they were first brought to campus,” says Nick Rainville ’18, a student of Gray’s who undertook one of the first research projects in the new facility. “The chemical levels in the water in our tanks were fluctuating due to the sudden addition of the zebrafish and it was especially important to stabilize them.” Once he mastered the basics of zebrafish care, he dove into serious academic study, ultimately developing a lab exercise with the zebrafish that will allow students in biology and environmental sustainability courses to study predator/prey relationships. For his exercise, he exposed the zebrafish to video and still images of predator and non-predator fish while observing and documenting the fish’s behavioral responses. Peet emphasizes the importance of such projects in a young scientist’s career. “In the lab, I look for students who can demonstrate their hard work, professionalism, academic excellence, and attention to detail.” After graduation, Rainville accepted a full-time job as a research technician in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiovascular Division. He works to maintain the zebrafish colony, participate in research, and co-author scientific publications. “As the zebrafish
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Nick Rainville ’18—now a research technician in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiovascular Division—worked in the Regis Zebrafish Facility his senior year with fellow biology students. Watch the students and faculty in action: regisma.me/zebrafish
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research community grows, I would love to be a part of the amazing advancements that I believe will come from these little creatures,” he says.
Research Development Biology major Marissa Bennett ’18 is another student who pioneered zebrafish research last spring. “I had participated in other research at Regis, including projects on developmental dyslexia and traumatic brain injuries, and developed a passion for researching health issues that can arise in average Americans,” she says. “But being part of the zebrafish research team turned out to be the best semester of my four years at Regis.” Bennett studied how different feeds impact obesity and spawning numbers in the same zebrafish population—a project that aligns closely with Gray’s scholarly work on developmental biology and reproductive physiology. With Gray’s mentorship, she conducted literature reviews, wrote protocols, and developed timelines and goal attainments. Above all, she learned the value of consistency and efficiency in the lab. Currently, the zebrafish colony is comprised of 300 fish in 56 tanks. This fall, five new undergraduate students began a yearlong independent study and research coursework that relates to zebrafish—including establishing breeding protocols in the lab and working with CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a new gene
Generous alumna and former Regis trustee Virginia Pyne Kaneb ’57 established The Virginia Pyne Kaneb ’57 Scholars Program in 1997, which funds both student scholarships and faculty research and development. In addition to the grant for the Zebrafish Lab, the Kaneb Grants will support the following faculty research in academic year 2018–2019:
• She Persisted: An Exploration of Role Conflict Management Among Working Mothers in EdD Programs • Regis-St. George’s University Global Nursing Initiative: In Support and Fulfillment of Baccalaureate Nursing Education in Grenada, West Indies • Bringing Hidden Music to Life • Completion of a Poetry Manuscript • Design and Develop Open Text Book and Other Supplements for a Two-Semester General Physics • Identifying and Training Socially Valid Parenting Skills to Parents of Preschoolers • Support for Pre-Medical and Pre-Veterinary Students
editing technology that helps to make species like zebrafish more tailored to specific research needs. Gray has high expectations for present and future undergraduate work in the lab. “It is so rewarding to see students move beyond classroom instruction to a place where they can begin to solve real problems in a research setting,” Gray says. “Students mature right before my eyes into the thoughtful researchers that the scientific community needs right now.”
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Day 1: Bos>PAP>Grand Goave Haiti is only a four-hour flight from Boston, but as soon as the plane begins its descent over this impoverished country, it becomes immediately clear that you are in a different world. Once we make our way through the congested (and chaotic), capital city of Port-au-Prince, we head to the Be Like Brit (BLB) orphanage located in the small, mountainous village of Grand Goave. The Gengel family of Rutland, Massachusetts, built BLB in memory of their daughter Britney, a 19-year-old college student who died in the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010. BLB is now home to 66 children. The orphanage also houses a medical clinic, open to the public. Every week, individuals descend from the mountain, oftentimes with children in tow, to seek health care. Many have never seen a doctor or nurse
Above: Kellie LaPierre, DNP, GNP-BC, pictured with a patient at a Regis clinic in Haiti.
before. Regis has partnered with BLB, and we meet up with two Regis assistant nursing professors, Lisa Krikorian and Sheryl Kelleher, who make two trips here each year. We witnessed the amazing work they are doing, treating individuals with conditions ranging from pneumonia to high blood pressure, which are easily treatable in the U.S. yet very often deadly in Haiti because of the lack of care. Demonstrating incredible compassion, and with the help of a translator, they examine and diagnose their patients one by one, administer the proper medications (all of which were donated), and talk to them about healthy habits that are like second nature to us yet foreign to them—like hand washing, which greatly helps control the spread of germs. Day 2: Grand Goave>Les Cayes Today we made our way to the southern town of Les Cayes, where we shot video interviews with two RCHP success stories. Since graduating from the program, Myrmonde Amazan has been promoted to the dean of students at the National Nursing School, and Rose Darline Bossuet is now the Head of Clinical Education there. In a country where women are still overpowered by men, particularly in the medical world, it’s great to see these two women
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I often say stepping into Haiti is like stepping back in time. Despite traveling there more than a half dozen times, I’m still taken aback by its primitiveness. Resources that we never think twice about here in the United States, like electricity and clean water, are often sparse there. No surprise, since Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, where the average citizen eats just one meal every other day. Also extremely rare is accessible health care. Here in the U.S., if we don’t feel well, top-notch care is often just a phone call—or quick click—away. In Haiti, it’s starkly different. The nearest clinic could take days to reach by foot or hours by car. In many cases, clinics don’t provide medications like antibiotics. Instead, it’s up to the patients to bring their own (if they can afford it). Regis is looking to change that. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with the Regis College Haiti Project (RCHP) group on two occasions, most recently in February 2018. This is my travel diary.
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Regis In Haiti team Harry Gerard, Alexis Lawton, and Kellie LaPierre meet with a graduate from the Regis Haiti Project, Rose Darline Boussuet (far right), at the regional hospital where she is responsible for all clinical education of nursing students in Les Cayes, Haiti.
in leadership positions. Upon meeting them, you immediately get the sense that their education has empowered them. During the interview, they confirm just that. Day 3: Les Cayes>Port-au-Prince We revisit Myrmonde and Rose Darline, who take us on a tour of the National Hospital in Les Cayes that is affiliated with the nursing school. An upclose look at the aging facility, which lacks even the most basic of “tools” like antibiotics and sterilization equipment, was eye-opening to say the least. All around us were patients lining the hallways, battling assorted ailments. Their suffering was evident. And silent. Haitians have a unique way about them when it comes to sickness. They don’t necessarily complain when they’re not feeling well or express when they’re in pain. Instead they appear to agonize inwardly, whether they’re in labor or near death from disease. I don’t know whether it’s toughness or surrender. We left Les Cayes and headed back to Port-auPrince to meet up with the rest of the Regis contingent, who flew in that day. This four-hour drive turned into an eight-hour extravaganza. But it’s hard to complain when you look out the window and are surrounded by unthinkable poverty. To say it puts everything in perspective is an understatement. That night we have dinner with Irma Bois, the head of nursing for the Ministry of Health and friend of the RCHP, and Fritz Des Hommes, Rector of the University of Haiti.
Day 4: Port-au-Prince: Ministry of Health/ Notre Dame In the morning, we head across town to the University of Haiti Nursing School in Port-auPrince, where Medicine and Pharmacy is also located. The group meets with the dean of nursing and graduates of the RCHP to talk about the history of nursing in Haiti, the issues that still exist, and how Regis can be of further assistance. It’s safe to say that doctors (a male-dominated profession) are still more respected in Haiti than nurses (a femaledominated profession). I believe it’s because they have not yet evolved as a society. But it was clear the administrators had the utmost respect for the Regis contingent, perhaps because they realize the power and drive the group possesses to make a positive impact in their country. Afterwards, we visit the University of Notre Dame d’Haiti, a private nursing school, and meet with the Rector. The group discusses with him the possibility of implementing the master’s program in his school. We also take a tour, where we peeked in on students in their classrooms. Looking at them, I thought about how the education they were fortunate enough to be receiving was ripe with opportunity. Opportunity for a better life. Opportunity for a stronger sense of self. Day 5: Port-au-Prince>Mirebalais With just one day before graduation, the soon-to-be graduates gathered at our hotel in Port-au-Prince to present their research projects to the RCHP group. Meanwhile, a few of us headed a few hours west to shoot video of the hospital in Mirebalais, a stateof-the-art facility built by the nonprofit Partners In Health (PIH)—and the first partner of the RCHP. Constructed in 2013, the hospital is truly a diamond in the rough. It treats close to one-thousand patients each day, many of whom travel across the
Graduates of the third cohort of the Regis Haiti Project celebrated graduation in Port-au-Prince in March 2018.
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REGIS IN HAITI
Over the course of a decade, the goal of the Regis College Haiti Project (RCHP) has been to advance health care in Haiti by focusing on nursing education. The program, now called Regis In Haiti, has awarded 37 master’s degrees in nursing and leadership to select nurse faculty throughout the impoverished country. Classes have taken place both in Haiti and on campus in Weston. But there is still more work to be done. As the program moves into its next phase, the group has its sights set on three primary goals: • Creation of an alumni program in Haiti to offer continued support and mentorship to the nurses, engage alumni, and ultimately raise the level of health care.
• The expansion of a Nurse Educator Program at the Partners In Health hospital in Mirebalais in order for nurses and nursing students to gain crucial hands-on experience to expand their skills. Watch the video to learn more about what’s next for Regis In Haiti: regisma.me/regisinhaiti
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country and wait hours, sometimes even days, to be seen. Despite this, the feeling of hope amongst these patients is palpable. The pews they sit on in the waiting room were donated by Boston churches, while some of the medical equipment used to sit inside Boston hospitals. Coming together to help those who need it most is what both PIH and Regis stand for.
• Expand the partnership with the Be Like Brit orphanage (pictured below) to provide residents in the poverty-stricken village of Grand Goave with much-needed access to health care.
Photos: Jay Dobek
Day 6: Port-au-Prince>Graduation Day There’s excitement in the air as the third and final cohort of the RCHP receives their master’s degrees. The nurses travel in from all over the country with their beaming families in tow. The music they chose for their procession was a warrior march. It’s incredibly fitting, and aptly describes each of these women who have sacrificed, and against all odds, advanced their education. I got chills watching them receive their diplomas. With their heads held high, they looked confident, ready to take on any obstacle. Their mission is to help provide better medical care for the people of Haiti. Armed with their Regis degree, you get the feeling this is the first step in doing just that.
Regis nursing team Susan Sawyer, Sheryl Kelleher, Lisa Krikorian, and Kimberly Campbell with Be Like Brit co-founder Cherylann Gengel (center) in front of the Brit’s Home orphanage in Grand-Goâve.
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When Mount Ida College announced that it would close its doors in spring 2018, a tight-knit college community in Newton, Massachusetts, was left without a home, without educational pathways, without jobs. But students, faculty, and staff refused to let go of their dreams. And, so did Regis. The university committed to continue Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene program—a natural fit for Regis’ School of Health Sciences and indication of its mission to “love and serve the dear neighbor.”
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Denise Tetreault rarely worked from home, but on April 6, 2018, she did. It was a Friday. She was making lunch when her cell phone buzzed on the kitchen counter with an email from Mount Ida College, where she was department chair of the Dental Hygiene program. What came next was an utter shock: Mount Ida was closing. “My head was spinning; I called my dean and my associate department chair,” recalls Tetreault, a registered dental hygienist. She is still choked up with emotion months later. “My first thought wasn’t ‘I’m out of a job.’ It was ‘What are we going to do for these students?’ That was a priority for all of us.” The supervising dentist was Karen Hallisey-Pesa, DMD, who was also the pre-dental hygiene adviser at Mount Ida. Just one day prior, she had spoken with a group of excited, prospective Mount Ida pre-dental hygiene students to discuss prerequisites for the program. She and Tetreault were scheduled to speak on Saturday at Admitted Students Day. But her plans quickly took a turn. Instead, she headed to campus for a meeting called by Mount Ida President Barry Brown. “It was devastating,” HalliseyPesa says of absorbing the news with other members of her beloved community. “We were all sitting around the boardroom table; many people were in tears. It was incredibly emotional.” Former Mount Ida student Lacey Perry ’19 also describes the news as devastating. She was off campus at a café working on a final paper with a few friends from the Dental Hygiene program when she received the news. “While typing our papers, we received the horrible email that we soon learned would change our lives,” Perry says. “I read it out
“At first I tried to make a joke. But the laughs did not last when we realized that our future was starting to collapse and there was uncertainty about continuing our degree. I had completed two years of academics; I was halfway there. It was hard to accept and believe.” SAEED ALQALALEEF ’20
loud and we all instantly laughed thinking it wasn’t true. But then we stormed out of the café and headed back to Mount Ida when we realized that it was.” Back on campus, people were walking around trying to understand what was happening. Perry
went to her room to call home and tell her mom, then headed down the hall where she and her floormates sat together and cried for hours at the thought of being split up. “Never in a million years did I think I would go away to college
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Regis Dental Hygiene students utilize the lab on the former Mount Ida College campus in Newton, where they will continue their lab work while a new modern space is built. The Dental Center offers cleanings and other dental services at an affordable rate. To learn more, visit regiscollege.edu/dentalcenter or call 781.768.7250 to make an appointment.
and start learning a career I love and make so many amazing new friendships just to have it all taken away,” Perry says. “Not knowing if, when, and where I was going to finish my degree was awful.” Saeed Alqalaleef ’20 and his classmates were in the dental hygiene clinic preparing for a lab when they heard the news. “At first I tried to make a joke. But the laughs did not last when we realized that our future was starting to collapse and there was uncertainty about continuing our degree. I had completed two years of academics; I was halfway there. It was hard to accept and believe.”
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Alqalaleef traveled from Saudi Arabia to attend Mount Ida College. “I made so much effort to manage my life and adapt to Mount Ida. I could not accept going to another school and leaving my friends and teachers—my dental hygiene family.” Among that family was Latisha DeRepentigny ’20, who was with Alqalaleef at the clinic. “We were really confused by the email wording that Mount Ida was closing and that UMass might take us over, so we decided to head to the meeting with President Brown. We went dressed in scrubs as a united body.”
There, DeRepentigny questioned the UMass chancellor about the Dental Hygiene program. “He said that UMass wasn’t taking it because it isn’t a part of what they offer. I was shocked. I’m 28 years old and finally made the leap to come back to school. My classmates and I looked at each other wondering if this was the end.”
A NEW BEGINNING It turns out, it wasn’t the end. Alqalaleef, DeRepentigny, and Perry wouldn’t have to leave their dental hygiene family and they would be able to finish their degrees. Tetreault
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Watch a video featuring Regis dental hygiene student Julia Spillane ’21, the third sibling in her family to attend Regis: regisma.me/julia
ANTOINETTE M. HAYS, Ph D, RN, REG IS PRESIDENT
and our work with the students from Mount Ida was anchored in this philosophy.” Burke says that the addition of the program and its students is a win-win. “We wanted students in the Dental Hygiene program to understand that this was an opportunity for them to continue their educational path but also an opportunity for Regis to continue a very specific program that has a history of being very strong. Mount Ida’s Dental Hygiene program has a long, impressive legacy.” Hallisey-Pesa agrees about the program’s success at Mount Ida. But she is excited about its future at Regis. “It’s a dream that Regis values health sciences and has so many programs because it opens the door for us to do interdisciplinary work,” says Hallisey-Pesa, who is continuing as the supervising dentist at Regis. “It’s such a good fit.” Throughout the transition, Burke says that the Regis community has not lost sight of the fact that Mount Ida was an institution loved by its faculty, staff, and students. “It was their second home in the same way that Regis is for our students. It is important for us to remember that.” At a college fair on the Mount Ida campus and a second event
at Regis—held even before a formal agreement had been confirmed—Regis staff members were on hand to answer questions, listen, and walk potential students through the transfer process. Seventy-six dental hygiene students from Mount Ida enrolled in the new Regis program (which totals 83 students); 20 Mount Ida students transferred to Regis programs such as sports management, education, and criminal justice. “Students were waiting in the wings not knowing what to do,” says Tetreault, who now directs the Regis Dental Hygiene program. “We asked them to please be patient. We couldn’t promise what would happen because we didn’t know. But they had faith and look how great it turned out.”
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and Hallisey-Pesa could stop searching for new placements for their students. “When Mount Ida announced its decision to close, we immediately began exploring ways that Regis could step in for these students,” says Regis President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. “Not only did we feel compelled to help our neighbors, but we already had a strong School of Health Sciences. The Dental Hygiene program was a perfect fit and great addition to our portfolio of programs.” On May 10, Regis announced that it would continue the Mount Ida Dental Hygiene program when the college closed its doors this spring. The pending agreement gave hope. It provided a path for former Mount Ida College students to complete their degrees and achieve their academic goals—and 11 former Mount Ida Dental Hygiene faculty and two full-time staff, including Tetreault and Hallisey-Pesa, to continue their careers at Regis. Dental hygiene courses and clinics are continuing at the former Mount Ida campus for the 2018–19 academic year and the public dental clinic will continue to operate. Among the many working tirelessly behind the scenes at Regis to make it work were Laura Burke, dean of the School of Health Sciences, and Laura Bertonazzi, dean of undergraduate admission and retention. “The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment recognized the immense transition that these Mount Ida students were facing and worked to provide a seamless and supportive enrollment process for these students and their families,” says Bertonazzi. “The hallmark of Regis College is our care for the dear neighbor,
“Not only did we feel compelled to help our neighbors, but we already had a strong School of Health Sciences. The Dental Hygiene program was a perfect fit and great addition to our portfolio of programs.”
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A FRESH START Grace Milner Howard-Donlin â€™00 founds an inner-city honors academy that challenges the status quo
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GRACE MILNER HOWARD-DONLIN ’00, principal and founder of Springfield Honors Academy in western Massachusetts, describes her school building as “one of the prized possessions of the city.” Built in the early 1900s, it teems with old charm: wooden auditorium seats, marble detailing in the lobby, and large windows that overlook the city skyline. The building, which is
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home to The High School of Commerce, is also where the current mayor of Springfield attended school. It may seem incongruous, then, that Howard-Donlin would choose a historical gem as the location for Springfield Honors Academy at The High School of Commerce, the newest—and perhaps most radical—school program in the city of Springfield. Still, since she founded the school and first opened its doors in fall 2017, Howard-Donlin has found it to be the perfect starter home. Before taking on the role of founding principal at Springfield Honors Academy, Howard-Donlin was teaching and working on similar design projects in other districts. When Springfield leaders and educators approached her about their idea to create an honors academy in the city, she was eager to bring it to fruition. According to their vision, the school would cater to highperforming, low-opportunity students. “I knew that this would be the most challenging undertaking of my life,” Howard-Donlin says. “But as I saw and thought about
student needs in Springfield, I knew that I wanted to dig deep and get creative about how I could meet those tremendous needs.” The result was Springfield Honors Academy, a public school program that selects students based on GPA, essays, an interview, MCAS scores, and letters of recommendation. As HowardDonlin thought about how the new academy could best serve its students, she decided that her top priority would be to create an entirely new set of expectations for their achievement. According to the Massachusetts Department of Education leveling system, most public schools in Springfield are labeled as a Level 4 or Level 5 status. This means that the schools have been evaluated as “underperforming” or “chronically underperforming” based on students’ standardized test scores. Level 4 and Level 5 schools constitute the bottom 4 percent of schools in the state, and their low status is a constant topic of
discussion in the media and in the schools. Many students, in turn, come to accept their underperformance as an inevitable truth. According to Howard-Donlin, a new school would be absolutely necessary in providing students in Springfield with a new sense of potential. “Our students need to believe that they have the power to become more than just another inner-city statistic. It is very difficult to confront and change the mindset that they have about their own achievement.” Because Springfield Honors Academy opened its doors so recently, it has not yet been assigned a level on the Department of Education’s 1–5 scale—which may actually work in its favor. HowardDonlin strongly believes that the absence of an official label has given the school true power to define itself. Since the opening of the school program, students have shared comments with Howard-Donlin like, “I’ve always felt stuck, now I have a fresh start,” and “I never would have thought that I could make this kind of improvement.” In addition to offering students a rigorous curriculum and a safe, beautiful building for learning, HowardDonlin is actively changing their perception of what’s possible.
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With the “fresh start” mentality permeating the halls of Springfield Honors Academy, Howard-Donlin plans to make individualized instruction another trademark of the school. An intentionally low enrollment—only 60-70 students in each grade— allows faculty and staff to learn the students’ individual stories, identify their specific needs, and make personalized plans for growth. Howard-Donlin strongly believes that this individualized approach is the key reason
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students have made measurable improvement at the academy thus far. In fall 2017, students at Springfield Honors Academy took the MAP assessment, a well-regarded tool for monitoring student growth. After receiving results, teachers worked with students to interpret their individual data and strategize for a MAP retake in the winter. The teachers also focused on helping students believe that they could achieve higher scores on the second test. Winter test scores showed a 94 percent increase in mathematics and a 510 percent increase in English. “Simply put, we notice our students in ways that help them to notice themselves and their worth. It is amazing to see results from students who are able to believe in themselves,” HowardDonlin says of the philosophy. The school’s motto, Vestri Optimus Pro Mundo (Be Your Best for the World), gives students a daily reminder of their worth. It is just one of the inspirational touches that the founding faculty has added to the halls of Springfield Honors Academy. In the lobby, five stately flags hang from the ceiling, each representing one of the “five pillars” of school culture: integrity, intellect, respect, possibility, and citizenship. In order to show students the relationship between secondary and post-secondary education, each pillar is directly tied to the mission statement of a well-respected college or university. Given the fact that HowardDonlin’s passion for education began at Regis, it’s no surprise that the university is one of the names on this list. “My entire Regis experience influenced the way that I feel about education,” Howard-Donlin notes. She remembers professors Leona McCaughey-Oreszak, PhD,
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Carmela Abbruzzese, CSJ, and Judith Costello, CSJ, as playing a special role in shaping her educational philosophy. “My professors knew how to teach us about really reaching kids. ‘Making a difference’ wasn’t just a cliché; it was what we were being trained to do as future educators. I can still remember these professors so vividly, genuinely caring about their craft. I carry it with me always and it guides so much of what I do.” Howard-Donlin has also incorporated her Regis education into Springfield Honors Academy in more concrete ways, such as adding a course to the school’s core curriculum—Demystification of the Arts—that is based on one of her favorite courses at Regis.
The class exposes students to art research and asks them to engage in creative projects that span all eras, media, and styles. But while Springfield Honors Academy has certainly enjoyed a beautiful beginning, HowardDonlin knows that many aspects of the new school program are likely to change: They will eventually become a four-year comprehensive entity; they will eventually earn a level status from the Department of Education. Amid the uncertainty, Howard-Donlin maintains the same sense of possibility that she has instilled in her students. “The only way for us to progress is to see past the reasons why our school shouldn’t succeed. We plan to show people why we can.”
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1 Regis alumni, friends, and student scholars shined at the Let It Shine Regis Gala in October. 2 The Class of 2008 showed their Regis pride at their 10th Reunion in May.
3 The Class of 2013 celebrated their first Reunion in May as the youngest class in the Parade of Classes. 4 The Class of 1948 enjoyed the Parade of Classes at their 70th Reunion. 5 The Class of 1988 celebrated their 30th Reunion together under the Reunion tent.
6 Alumni and friends traveled to Scotland together in June. 7 Alumnae from the 1990s hit the dance floor at the All-Alumni Reunion. 8 Left to right: Audrey Caulfield, Barbara Danbury Gillespie ’53, Hillary Caulfield Baker ’90, and Carol Donovan ’59 mingled at the Cape Cod Luncheon in August. 9 The Class of 1965 enjoyed the Cape Cod Luncheon at the Willowbend Country Club. 10 Golden Tower Society alumnae enjoyed the annual luncheon on campus in September.
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REUNION WEEKEND MAY 17-19, 2019
Regis classes ending in 4 and 9 (starting with the 15th Reunion) are celebrating a Reunion. All classes are welcome to join for the AllAlumni and Family BBQ on Saturday! The 5th and 10th Reunion classes will celebrate during Regis Fest Weekend in September. Get involved in your class Reunion committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com
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✒ Phyllis Brosnahan Richardson,
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notes, I did my best to call as many of our 26 classmates as possible. In July, I hosted a Ladies Lunch at our Cape home for a few Regis friends. Women of the ’40s, Dorothy Mahoney McKenna, Marguerite (“Peg”) Donovan, myself, and Marie Dillon Doran ’40 led the conversation. Perspectives were added by alumnae of the 1970s—my daughter Elaine Richardson ’76 and Mary Bergeron Suchopar ’76, along with Cathy Doran ’74 and Joanne Crowley ’74. Rita Dailey Brosnahan enjoyed her role as honored grandmother of the groom last October when her grandson Michael Fouhy and Kara Derr were married at The Garden at Elm Bank in Wellesley. Rita has a lovely one-bedroom apartment at AtriaLongmeadow in Burlington. Catherine Gately McGunigle has a new great grandchild, Keira Minerva Green, born on July 20. Catherine had a fall in January but recovered well enough to embark on a Caribbean cruise in August! Gloria Mawhinney shared some fond memories of our dances and parties at her original family home on Beacon Street. She’s feeling well and continues to live in her home in Littleton. Phyllis Gallinelli Campbell has eight great-grandchildren and remains socially active with friends in Marshfield, often joined for lobster salad lunches by Gertrude Breen Alfredson. Rita Rizzo Covelle remains active in several profamily causes and initiatives on Beacon Hill. She travels to Vermont and the outer Cape frequently. Continuing the family tradition of a Catholic education, this fall Rita’s granddaughter will join the freshman class at Holy Cross and her grandson will be a sophomore at St. Anslem’s College. Marjorie DiMento Magrath keeps busy with eight great-grandchildren, all in New Hampshire where she visits frequently from her East Boston family home. In winter, Marjorie spends four to five months in the Valley near Los Angeles, where her granddaughter lives. I had a nice chat with Dorothy Gibbons Sullivan who lives in Missouri near her daughter Carolyn. Dorothy was keenly interested in hearing what’s new on campus. Alice Dunbar O’Halloran told me about her new apartment at Laurelwoods at the Pinehills in Plymouth nearby her daughter’s home. Our prayers go out to Eleanor Consentino Feuer who after 70 years of marriage lost her husband Martin. Martin had been a glider pilot in
D-Day. Sadly, she also lost her younger brother just weeks before. Eleanor continues to live at home with help from her son. Frances Durkee O’Neill has been blessed with her sixth great-granddaughter, Nora. Fran actively participates in events at the Notre Dame Assisted Living community in Worcester and occasionally gets to Eastham on Cape Cod to visit her daughter Mary O’Neill ’75. Jeanne MacDonough Cronin still lives at home in Watertown with help from family nearby. Our prayers go out to Frances Signorelli Peeler who lost her beloved husband Peter in December 2017. A distinguished doctor of internal medicine and infectious disease, Dr. Peeler and Frances spent much of their 66 years together travelling the world. Dot McKenna still enjoys a host of Cape-area activities. In July her daughter Marylou visited from Florida and together they attended opening night of The Fantasticks at the Orleans Playhouse where Dot’s grandson Sean Whalen had a supporting role. Several years ago, Louise McInerney Ryder moved from Cape Cod to Virginia Beach across the street from her son, John. Her daughter Mary Louise developed an unknown debilitating illness after years of humanitarian work in Haiti. Please remember Louise’s daughter in your prayers. Virginia Demeo Prieto’s son Tom told me that Ginny is doing well. Several years ago, she fractured a hip but came back stronger. Ginny has met several Boston-area people at her new assisted living community, which is nearby her daughter. We hear Joan Moynagh continues to do well living at Pristine Senior Living in Oxford, OH. Alice Noonan Cote lives near her son in Bemidgi, MN. During my call with Patricia Donovan Morton and her husband Victor I learned they have been married for 45 years and are blessed with nine children between them, 24 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Catherine Pattavina socializes through lunches with friends. With her passport now expired and having a few mobility issues (like the rest of us!) Kay no longer travels as much. We extend our deepest sympathy to Kay in the recent loss of her sister, Beatrice P Sloan ’56. By the time we read this, two of our globetrotting classmates will have completed bucket list adventures. Peg Donovan took a three-week river cruise from Paris to Normandy and Gert Alfredson embarked on her twoweek grand tour of the National Parks & Monuments, which had been interrupted two years ago by the government
shutdown. And for me, in May I was fortunate to attend my grandson Connor’s graduation from St. Michaels College in Vermont. Granddaughter Sydney is a junior at University of Alabama and her sister Emily will graduate Winchester High in June. It is with sadness that I report the passing of several classmates. I had a nice yet sad conversation with Irene Rykoski O’Brien’s son in California who reports that in January 2018 Irene passed away after a long and happy life. Please also remember: Marie Austin Baldwin, Estelle M Brennan, Jean Curran, Joan Gunning Hansen, Alice McNaughton Langley, and Patricia Curtin Mahoney. Until next year, keep happy, stay healthy!
✒ Joan Doherty Mahoney, 32 Surrey
Lane, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-259-7361, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ It’s hard to
believe, but our 70th reunion has come and gone and although the weather did not cooperate we had 11 die-hard classmates who made the luncheon! Ann O’Hare Smith, Jane McGrath, S. Regina Harrington, Clare Glennon Brown, Marie Fisher Lee, Mary Geary Mullen, Barbara Earley Mason, Nancie Turner Donelan, Jeanne Blackwell Morgan, Clare Hailer Dennis and myself, Joan Doherty Mahoney, were in attendance! A few of us were early enough to visit a bit before we “paraded” to the luncheon which was held this year under a large white tent located near the Tea House. Mary Geary Mullen held the 70th Class banner. Then due to the rain and the fact that many of us had walkers or canes, we arrived at the luncheon in golf carts! It was very convenient! Even though Josephine DiMauro Demers could not attend the reunion she was with us in spirit and sent the following letter, “I have wonderful memories of my four years at Regis. I was the only Spanish major until Alice Lavery joined us. I had a room on the first floor with my roommate, Mary McLean and I will always remember—no men above the second floor except for fathers. Times have changed. My father sent me to Regis because there were no boys! I guess I came too soon. However, after teaching for 40 years I married my best friend at age 80! We were both photographers. We met in 1960 at the camera club after my father passed away.” She went on to graciously wish the best of luck to all members of the Class of ‘48. The inclement weather precluded our class meeting that day, but we still have news!
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✒ Betty Ann Hynes Elliott, 38 Oxford
Road, Wellesley, MA 02481, 781-2354697, email@example.com ¶ Ladies,
our 70th reunion is fast approaching! Next May 18 we will return to our alma mater to reminiscence and share our life stories. There will be plenty of golf carts to chauffer us around with student drivers who are delightful and very willing to help us get about. Marie Ash Reed is spending more time with her daughter, Susan, in the Naples, FL, area. Hope you’re enjoying being in that beautiful part of the country, Marie, especially during the winter months. Mary Breslin continues to enjoy her summers in Hull. She claims to be “taking it a bit easier,”
but I think she’s still pretty remarkable. Not far from Mary in Hingham is Pat Foley Granahan. Pat is politically involved (as usual) with the town of Hingham promoting the acquisition of the water company by the town. Her deceased sister’s husband and five children came up from South Carolina recently to attend a remembrance for Pat’s sister. Pat was thrilled to see her sister’s families as well as many other relatives. Pat’s 4-year-old granddaughter, Scout, recently attended Baby Spinach Holly Hill Organic Farm in Cohasset, the same farm where Pat volunteered 20 years ago. Eileen Dewire Locke has moved to the Timothy Wheeler House in Concord and loves it. It is an independent living facility for seniors where all the pampering makes her “feel like Queen Elizabeth.” She even bought herself some new furniture—strawberry red sofa and lounge chair. She keeps in touch with Mary Prasinos Wyshak. Mary was a bit under the weather recently but is much better. She and her husband George are still living in Boulder, CO, near two of their children. Nancy Natoli Fay and her son Christopher, who was visiting from Taiwan, joined Joe and me at the reception in the Fine Arts Center at Regis the night before commencement where we met Diane Guerrero, actor and activist, who spoke to us about her days at Regis and her life since. She received an honorary degree the following day at Regis graduation where she addressed the graduates and their guests. She was charming, very impressive and a pleasure to meet. Now for the sad news: Katherine Barron Cox passed away in April. Rosemary McAuliffe attended the funeral in Belmont. Kaye had been our class president and then she became president of the alumnae association. She was predeceased by her husband Richard. Mary Downey Wiles died in June having just celebrated her 90th birthday. Mary had earned a master’s degree in education from Northeastern University and taught English and remedial reading for many years. Mary’s husband Bill passed away in 2014. She leaves five children and three grandchildren. May Kaye and Mary rest in peace. Just a reminder—reunion (70th!) is just around the corner. I’m sure you’ll be hearing from Rosemary McAuliffe, our class president, or one of her committee members to fill you in on the details and encourage you to attend. Please say “yes.” You’ll make other classmates happy as well as yourself.
✒ Janice Power, 27 Redwood Drive,
Norwood, MA 02062, 781-762-3548, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ I will start off with happy news. Pat Chisholm, who
was seriously ill, recovered miraculously and has returned home—and is driving around in her new red car.
Ann Comerford Kelly came back east
for a visit a few months ago; I met with her and a few old friends. Joan Wall Williamson went to Ireland with a few family friends recently. Now for the sad news of classmates who have passed away: Jean Williamson Horsman after a long suffering with some form of dementia; also, Margie O’Brien, Nancy Moran Phalon, and Ann Downey Tierney, who was my close friend since ninth grade. Please stay in touch with me and maybe next time the class report will be longer.
✒ Marie Rizzo, 136 Warren Street,
Medford, MA 02155, 781-396-9835 ¶ Dear Classmates, It’s that time again for me to report to you some news that hopefully will encourage you to get in contact with some of your oldest—oops wrong word; I meant to say wise and very mature classmates. I’m sure due to the most humid hot spell we had this summer that you were brave and bold to put on that bikini and go into the water to cool off. We don’t have to compete now with the younger generation. Speaking of that, I would like to share with you a comment made to me upon leaving a store in the Burlington Mall. It was made to me by a gentleman (not too old). As I left dressed in a suit he said to me, “You look like a woman from another century.” What do you think: a compliment or not? Enough about me. Our kudos and prayers go to our wonderful and dedicated President Sally Finnerty Tully. She demonstrates daily and perhaps hourly her deep faith as she is combating an illness. When I talk to her, which is often, she is positive, upbeat, and worthy of our prayers, admiration, and inspiration. Know Sally that all your classmates think you are very special and we send you our love and prayers. Recently, Sally was visited by her son from Australia and guess what they did? They toured our historic City of Boston. It was a big surprise for our Sally. To say she was delighted would be an understatement. Jill McKearin Paredes, the ultimate chauffeur of the South Shore, continues to do her corporal works of mercy, especially to her Regis friends. Associated closely with Jill is her dear friend Nancy Quinn O’Keefe. I was informed by Ann Purcell MacDonald that Nancy Quinn would love to hear from and see her Regis friends. Listed here is her address. Let Nancy hear from you. She’ll be so pleased. Mrs. Nancy Quinn O’Keefe, Marist Hill, Room 301 B, 66 Newton Street, Waltham, MA 02456. ¶ I’m happy to share another pleasant event about Dorothy Holley Connors. Her son Bobby has returned to Boston leaving a prestigious job in California. As he explained with humor to his mom, he got homesick for Boston Baked Beans and the summer home down the Cape. This article would not be complete
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Marie Fisher Lee is still playing the organ at three or four funerals a week! A nephew of Jane McGrath’s brought her to spend a week at the beach in her beloved Rye, NH. Barbara Earley Mason continues to live in a lovely retirement community, Fox Hills, in Westwood. She will be spending a few weeks at Cape Cod with her family. And speaking of the Cape, Mary Geary Mullen attended the Cape Cod Regis luncheon this summer as she has for many years. She was the only member of our class in attendance, but she ran into one of the daughters of Marion Mulrennan Graham! While calling on behalf of the reunion committee, I spoke with Mercedes Yennaco Casey, who lives in Virginia. She continues to enjoy many of the opportunities the Washington area has to offer. While talking with many of you, it became clear that it would be great to be able to have a list of our classmates and their corresponding phone numbers. I have asked Regis to send me such a list. If you would like to get in touch with an “old” classmate, please call me on my landline, 203.259.7361, and if I’m not here, simply leave a message as to whom you’d like to reach and I will get back to you with a phone number. I’ll close with another poem by our class poet, Jane McGrath, entitled, “Class Day- June 1944.” On class day that year All the girls Were dressed in rainbow colors To symbolize A future of hope And promise. Behind us the boys marched Their white shirts Starched and shinning, We stood there Our dresses Fading in the sun. They passed us by To join friends And brothers On fields Where no games played. We could almost hear The distant guns.
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unless I write about grandchildren. Ann MacDonald can now boast that the youngest of her 10 grandchildren; her grandson will be entering Bates College. Also, another grandson, Liam, has chosen to go into the Army, which he loves. His twin sister Grace is at Colgate. What a wonderful family Ann and Bill have raised having had six girls. Ann shared a story with me. The elevator in her condo building has been broken for almost a month. She and Bill are getting their exercise by using the stairs. Oh yes, they are on the fourth floor. I gave Ann my suggestion after she moaned about using the stairs. I said, “I have a solution… she should ride piggy back on Bill.” Ha, ha! More about grandchildren. Patricia Waite Petrilli has reason to boast. She has 11 great-grandchildren. She laughingly adds that’s not counting her husband’s family. She claims that there are a lot of weddings, graduations, and christenings to go to. Our heartfelt thanks to Pat, our great class treasurer for over 50 years. She keeps us solvent. I think the state could use her. As a born organizer, Pat may now become president of a small Regis Alumnae group where she lives. Patricia and Hank live at a lovely senior community in Needham called North Hill. There are three girls from Regis classes of ’53 and ’59, and two men who live there at North Hill. The two men serve on the board at Regis. Now for the sad part of this report, which I do not relish. Corinne DeLuca Grise, Loyola Doherty Sylvan, and Mary Foley Noon, our dear friends and classmates, are no longer with us. They are enjoying happiness and peace in Heaven. I also must beg your understanding and forgiveness for not reporting in our last news edition that Joan Keefe Reardon had died. I felt terrible when Joan’s sister called me and told me sadly that she wondered why I had not put Joan’s death in our last class report. I apologized sincerely and was very sorry to have made that error. I don’t know how it happened but mea culpa, mea culpa. In conclusion, I want to remind you to enjoy each day and remember the good times we have shared and all those with your loved ones these precious years. Cherish your faith and remember we have the true way to happiness. An afterthought, please do not hesitate to call or send me any news. It certainly would help me and relieve me of much anxiety. At this (young age) I don’t want to add any more wrinkles if I can help it.
✒ Patricia Cronin Huie, P.O. Box 674,
Humarock, MA 02047, 781-834-7134, email@example.com ¶ As always, we
must share sad news with happy news. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of our classmate Patricia Avery Settimelli, and the family of Regina
Mitchell Cantella. Both Pat and Regina
passed this year. Also, our sympathy is extended to Betty Morrissey Neal on the loss of her grandson, Kevin Williamson, to cancer at the age of 28. Please remember Pat, Regina, and Kevin in your prayers. Congratulations to Mary Roche Sullivan, who after 18 years is retiring from the Board of Trustees from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, where she received an honorary doctoral degree in 2012. Regis is happy to share Mary’s many talents with the college. She may be retiring from the St. Joseph’s Board of Trustees, but she is now in the process of rebuilding her summer house in Scituate, MA, that was demolished by winter storms in 2018. We hope everything goes smoothly Mary; we are looking forward to an invite. Regina Seales Caines continues to do work for the diversity for the teachers in public schools. Regina is the executive director of Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity Education (MPDE). She was instrumental in having the summer planning session of the MPDE at Regis on July 12. All who participated were thrilled with the special attention Regis gave to the group—from the facilities to students acting as tour guides. Regina said that the praise for Regis was overwhelming. Great PR for Regis, Regina; I know Regis appreciated your hard work, as do your classmates. Also, we want to note that Regina has a grandson turning 30 and a great-grandson turning 9. They live in Andover and are regular visitors to Regina; lucky you Regina! Happy news from Marianne Sanderson Shay. Sandy welcomed a new grandson, Eamon, weighing in at 9 pounds 10 ounces. Sandy flew out to Arizona to welcome Eamon. In July, Eamon, his father, who is Sandy’s oldest son, and his wife came to visit Sandy on the Cape. A great Cape Cod vacation was had by all. Sandy has 14 grandchildren, 9 boys and 5 girls. Norma McNamara Quinn, Rosemary Denmark Murphy, and Pat Huie (your reporter) enjoyed many seaside lunches together this past winter in Jupiter, Florida. We reminisced and laughed over our great times at Regis. Our best memories are of the wonderful friends we made at Regis. So, to you all in the class of 1954, good health and thanks for the memories! Please keep me informed of all your doings, send to my email or call I need to hear from you!
✒ Janet Beyer, 52 Author’s Road, Concord, MA 01742, 978-369-4828, jbeyer1126@ aol.com ¶ Greetings to you all. I emailed
to all the people I had email addresses for, asking for a rundown of what books they had been reading or recommend. At least half the addresses were incorrect. Could you please send me a proper email for you? I promise I will not use it for
anything other than class news. Also, if your phone number has changed I would love to have that, just in case. Now, back to the books. Patricia Hogan Sullivan recommends A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, about a count in 1922 Moscow who is subject to house arrest for being a gentleman. He lives in an attic room as Russian history unfolds out his window. She was starting Eunice when we emailed. Pat and Frank are living in a retirement community in Alexandria and are happy there. Barbara Kelley Kelley recommends The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, about the last two years of the war when the Nazis were in Paris. She also loved Michael Connolly’s Two Kinds of Truth and Robin Cook’s new book Charlatins. Jacqueline Cyr Lewis recommends: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, “easily a five-star book. It is about Alaska and the dysfunctional family that decides to relocate there. And Crucified Under Pontius Pilate, the partially recovered memoirs of his beloved wife Claudia, by George LeMaitre my next-door neighbor here at Edgewood Retirement Community.” Margaret Vincent Kelley says she doesn’t read as much as she used to, but she is in a book club on Martha’s Vineyard led by author Jean Stone, who has written the first of what will be a series of books set on the Vineyard. “Over the last year or so I have read two books about women in Nazi concentration camps and they were quite compelling.” Rosalie L’Ecuyer emailed: “One that might prove interesting and a good discussion book is Christianity, Islam, and Atheism, the Struggles for the Soul of the West by Kilpatrick; also The Fisherman’s Tomb by John O›Neil.” From Margot O’Meara Egan: “My book club selection this summer is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It must be popular because all copies in the library were out and I had to buy it in paperback. Also 500 pages long; I’ll let you know if I liked it! I just spent a week on the Rhode Island shore, beautiful beach weather.” And finally, I finished Grant, by Ron Chernow, and it was long. Then went into something lighter Rich, Crazy Asian, which I do not recommend. Remember to send me your email addresses please.
✒ Geraldine Dowd Driscoll, 7 Conant Rd
#50, Winchester, MA 01890, 781-729-7823, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Regis Cape
Cod luncheon was held once again at Willowbend in Mashpee in early August. Carole Settana Scollins, Mary Keenan, and your class reporter represented our class. One of the highlights of the afternoon was learning about the very successful ongoing fundraiser for a new and much needed athletic building to complement the athletic fields. Sports are an important part of undergraduate student life, and this facility will allow Regis to host
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✒ Judy Sughrue, 47 Rosewood Drive,
Stoughton, MA 02072, 781-344-3357, email@example.com ¶ Anne McNeil Hynes called to say that her daughter
received a master’s degree in Education from Regis. She is the second child of our class to graduate from Regis. The graduation took place along the Boston Harbor. The hooding ceremony was at the Tower at Regis. Having heard how
happy her sister-in-law Mary Hughes Noonan has been since selling her home and moving into an apartment (as many of our classmates have done) Carol Noonan Driscoll plans to sell her house next year and move into an apartment. She has the apartment house picked out. It is on the T, where she can hop on and continue attending symphony concerts and plays. Rosemary Weidner Mahoney no longer has season tickets to the Red Sox or Boston Symphony although her son at times buys them tickets. As I write in early August it appears that the Sox will win the World Series. Does that mean that John Kaneb will give Ginny Pyne Kaneb another World Series ring to convert into a pin? On the move Renelle L’Hullier McLaughlin has moved down to Atlanta, GA, to be near her son. Josephine Keefe Rosauer has moved to South Dakota. Suzanne Treacy McGovern often drives from her home in New York to her daughter’s home in Richmond, VA. Hopefully, by the time you read this in December I will have joined her at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Mildred Iantosca Costa enjoys trips to Maine with Jack. She also is very happy in doing good works. Gabriella Zarotschenzeff Doyle is facing a triple hit by three illnesses that attack in old age. She would appreciate remembering her in your prayers. In November Regis will remember our two classmates who have died the past year, Jean Volante O’Connor and Joan Higgins Duffy. It is always sad to receive death notices from Regis but especially for classmates to whom one was close. It brings back memories of dorm mates, carpool rides, dances, the smoker, moving library books, and for all our favorite class, Senior Philosophy. There are still 94 of us.
✒ Joan Meleski Kenney, P.O. Box 33,
Hyannis Port MA 02647, kenneyjo@aol. com ✒ Carol Finnell Kenney, 23 Katy Hatchs Road, Falmouth MA 02540, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Our class was
extremely well represented at Reunion Weekend 2018. Despite the inclement weather, a grand time was had by all. The following classmates attended our 60th Reunion events: Dorothy Madden Cannon, Margaret Carlin, Tish Albiani Carney, Gail Oliver Corrigan, Catherine Rosicky Devlin, Janet Lynch Dougherty, Maureen O’Connor Fitzgerald, Elaine O’Connell Fitzpatrick, Claire Sirois Foley, Patricia Salmon Hillmer, Marie Hutchinson Jefferson, Carol Finnell Kenney, Joan Meleski Kenney, Mary Jo Kilmain, Ann Maloney Leahy, Patricia Hennessey Malloy, Nan McGuire, Patricia Kelly McNulty, Patricia Flanagan Neumann, Nancy Burke Norbedo, Barbara Prackneck, Ina Catalanotti Roehr, Georgian Hurley Ryan, Ann Smith Tobin, Lucille Berube Williams, and Donna Coffey Young. We had the
highest participation rate in the 2016-17 Annual Fund (47.47%), and the thirdhighest dollars raised ($107,385). We anticipate that our totals as a Reunion Class for the 2017-18 Annual Fund will be even higher. Class Officers for the next five years are President Lucille Williams, Treasurer Mary Jo Kilmain, and Class Reporters Carol Kenney and Joan Kenney. Getting together for their annual luncheon in Hingham in June were Marilyn Dozois Rohrer, Doris Good Marr, Janet Duggan Hall, Tish Carney, Ina Roehr, and Carol Kenney. Sorely missed was Patricia Graham Kelley. Representing our class at the Summer Luncheon at Willowbend were Dottie Cannon, Tish Carney, Kay Devlin, Joan Kenney, and Mary Jo Kilmain. We were notified recently of the passing of Jane Rooney Friel in June 2014. We also send condolences to the families of Maura McCarthy Grace, who passed away in January 2018, and Paula Kirby Macione, who passed in June 2018. Paula served as our Class Reporter for 55 years and was an inexhaustible source of information regarding the hooded carpool and other class tales.
✒ Maureen O’Connell Palmer, 101
Coventry Road, Hanover, MA 02339, 781-561-1061, maureenpalmer59@hotmail. com ¶ Isn’t it amazing how this very
hot August weather can make us forget about the snow and cold of last winter? Some of our classmates have new addresses: Patricia O’Hearn Hilsinger is in residence at The Arnold House in Stoneham, Patricia O’Connor Reynolds is at an assisted living residence in Topsfield, Janet Veno has moved to Wellesley. Janice Canniff McCall and Bill are enjoying Osterville. They often see Mixie McSwiney Doyle and Bill during their stay. My big news is “new digs!” I am living in a very comfortable in-law wing at my daughter’s home in Hanover. One daughter, one son-in-law, four teens, one dog, and me: It’s been great! Suddenly my cooking skills have returned (actually the kids’ standards aren’t too high!) Also, it’s a good thing I like sports! Our love and sympathy to Elizabeth Russell Bilafer, who lost her dear husband, John, in July. Liz is so grateful to those friends who are helping her through this difficult time. Also, please remember your prayers, George Sullivan, husband of Roberta Smith Sullivan. Sit on the porch and read on these sultry days. Here are some highly recommended books: The Red Coat by Dolley Carlson, about Boston; so many familiar places and expressions. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. Beartown by Fredrik Bachman. Enjoy!
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many league competitions on campus. Did you know that as of December 2017 our class has awarded nine scholarships through the S. John Scholarship Fund? Remember that it is important to designate your annual donation to the S. John Scholarship Fund if you want it to be included. As of December 2017, the balance in the fund was $28,052. Those of us who have had an opportunity to meet some of the recipients have been very impressed, not only with their academic accomplishments but also their participation in service projects and dedication to the continuation of the mission of our beloved Sisters of St. Joseph. Patricia Turner Kelley continues her great job on our “Sunshine Fund,” making donations to the Regis Fund in memory of deceased classmates and finding unique gifts for classmates who are ill or in need of a little “cheering up.” Please send Sunshine Fund donations to Pat at 2308 Highland Glen Road, Westwood, MA 02090. Pat was looking forward to another fabulous cruise with her niece, Natalie. The trip was leaving from Cuba, travelling through the Panama Canal ending up in Hawaii. Mary Lou Rawson, Mary Keenan, Pat Kelley, Carol Hughes Hickey, Jane Nyhan Kelly, Carol Bonner Connell, and I spent a lovely afternoon at East Bay Grille in Plymouth at our spring class meeting. Carol brought along a copy of former Red Sox player David Ortiz’s cookbook. The book was edited by Margaret Casey Mulcahy’s daughter. Some of you may remember her as the organizer the release of balloons in memory of deceased classmates at our reunion. Patricia Limerick Skelly has moved to North Hill in Needham. From posts on Facebook she seems to like her new home. Last post I saw she was attending one of her grandchildren’s college graduation. Sadly, we lost a few more classmates this past year: Frances Foley Hassett, Beatrice Pattavina Sloan, and Irene P. Smith. Our condolences to their families. Remember that Regis offers a mass in remembrance of our deceased in November. As always let’s remember to keep all our classmates in our prayers. I try to keep you informed on my email updates. If you would like to be added to this list, please email me along with any news or reflections you might like to share. Love to hear what you are doing!
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Mary Lou DeMaria Schwinn, 909 Old Post Road, Cotuit, MA 02635, 508-4208998, email@example.com ¶ The
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Regis Cape Cod Luncheon enabled five classmates to get together; here are their reports. From Gail Brosnihan Walsh: She surprised us with her attendance, and told how her family had a “surprise” 80th for her even though she was only 79 ½. Their older two grandchildren have graduated from college and are gainfully employed. The youngest grandchild is entering the 4th grade! She and John flew to Lisbon and then cruised the west coast of Africa visiting 10 countries. They ended the trip with a four-day safari in Krueger National Park. So nice to see Gail! Mary Jane Doherty Curran enjoyed a week of downhill skiing in Vermont this past winter. She invested in new skis so she must ski again next winter. Her daughter from California decided to relocate to Cape Cod so Mary Jane spent time helping her and is so happy to have her nearby. Angela Regis Kravchuk enjoyed visiting her son who lives in Boca Raton, FL, for Thanksgiving. She is still involved with the local Bayberry Quilt Guild on CC. And she loves that Winnie Murphy lives close to her in South Dennis, MA. Mary Grover Rossetti says “hi” to all. John and she had a wonderful trip to Scotland in April where they enjoyed Edinburgh, Glasgow, and especially the Isle of Skye. In October they are looking forward to a trip to Italy where they will visit their daughter and her family. That family is there for her husband’s sabbatical. Mary still goes off Cape to her book club that includes both Ann Hynes and Kathleen Brennan Keane. It is always fun, she says. Winnie Murphy reported that Ann Marie Volante O’Neill and Brenda Donnelly Kneeland continue to live in the Loon Mt. area and ski regularly, downhill and cross country. Gail Stephenson Dolan lives in Bolton with her daughter Beth and her husband. She is active in the local chorus despite being “housebound” for six months with two broken ankles. She gathers frequently with children and grandchildren. Winnie continues as a lector, E.M., Berevrment Team member at St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth. She also volunteers twice a week at the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. She is thankful for the good health that she experiences.
✒ Kate Martin Hawke, 4 Rockland Road, Marblehead, MA 01945, 781-639-3492, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Here we are
contemplating life at the end of our 7th decade. Even after many years I am so grateful that I spent four years at Regis College because the friendships from that time give me much happiness. And
I hope many of you feel the same. So, on to the news. At the end of May, I attended a class meeting at Regis along with Ellen Donahue Foley, Mary Doane Cassidy, Dorothy Hutchinson Jodice, Maureen Bosteel Fleming, Eleanor Mikulski Collins, Catherine Ross Bettencourt, Carroll Beegan Follas, Judith King Weber, Virginia Bishop Carroll, Diane Doherty Anastasia, Barbara Hoyle Healy, and Christine Roessel. The first and most exciting topic of conversation was about Christine’s wedding to Robert Gonsalves. The couple met in the balcony of the Stoneham Theatre at intermission and sparks flew! Chris is one happy bride. The 13 of us sat at around table and discussed aging, travel, books, and other subjects. You should have been there—it was so much fun, even though we explored end of life issues and funerals. Lots of laughs, if you can believe it. On July, 5 of the North Shore group went to a performance by the Kingston Trio—not the originals of course. After having played those records in the dorm for years, we were able to sing along to most of the songs from the 50s and 60s. A great trip down memory lane. In August, five classmates met at the Regis Luncheon on Cape Cod where they had a mini reunion followed by a sleepover for some. Ellie Foley, Maureen Fleming, Carroll Follas, Barbara Healy and Ginny Bishop were the social butterflies. Finally, I can report that Joan Murray, Judith Powers, and Barbara Healy went on the Road Scholar trip to the National Parks in the western U.S. in May. Did you notice that the same names are repeated in this account? These ladies are not the only members of the class who are noteworthy, but they are the ones I know about. Tell me what is going on in your lives please.
lives nearby in Lexington, and the other three are out of state, so she has a busy travel schedule. Her mom lives nearby and celebrated her 97th birthday this year. Nancy Greene Mullin saw her tenth grandchild graduate high school and fifth from college. Angela Giovannangelo sends best wishes to all her classmates. She works part time in Lexington and travels frequently. Aruba is a favorite in winter. She had a memorable trip to Holy Land and visits with relatives in Italy and has seen all of Europe. Her goal is the 60th. Great goal for us all! I retired one year ago from Northeast Voke. I did not want be the oldest in the building; I was getting close. I spend time with my grandchildren, 11-year-old twins to a 3-year-old. I moved from Winchester to a family home in Cambridge. That move has kept me busy. I always free up time for sunshine in the winter. Susan Donnelly Riley and Helene Swiatek Saviciki attended the Cape Cod Luncheon on August 2. Ann McManus Joyce and Mary Higgins attended the Memorial Liturgy in November 2017. After that Mary flew to Houston to spend the winter there with her daughter except for celebrating the Holidays in Maryland with her children and grandchildren, returning to MA in the spring. Ann attended the Golden Tower Luncheon in September 2017 and Ann was invited to and attended the cocktail reception for Diane Guerrero, a former Regis student and this year’s commencement speaker. Her story is featured in the spring edition of Regis Today. Our condolences to the family of our classmate Jane Corliss Buckley who passed away in July 2018. You all have my email so send news. Health and happiness for next year.
✒ JoAnne Dufort, 24 Notre Dame Ave,
✒ Margaret Tierney Wheeler, 41 Magazine St, Cambridge, MA 02139, 781-5706812, Miggiewheeler@hotmail.com ¶
Greetings to class 1962. When our very hard-working president Mary McCauley Higgins mentioned her 60th reunion from high school, it was a jolt. Where did the years go? Mary spent summer in Texas and will return in the early fall. I see and talk to Kathleen Sheahan Falvey frequently. Kathy, like a few classmates, spends time with grandchildren. She has nine boys and nine girls and four of them will enter college this year. Two of Kathy’s grandchildren are already in college and she has a newborn, which is quite a span. Kathy continues to live in Holliston for over 50 years. Domenica Fiumara Pedulla and I were neighbors, so I often bump into her in Winchester when she is not at her house in Bonita Springs, where she and Lucille Manoli Bourque are neighbors. Dee has nine grandchildren aged 3-17. One child
Allenstown, NH 03275, 603-485-5014, email@example.com ¶ We had our 55th class
reunion this year, which was poorly attended by our class. There were four of us for lunch, Joan Iverson Gallivan, Ann Hughes Restivo, Kathleen Hickey Lennon, and yours truly, JoAnne Dufort. For the dinner, we had two more, Madelon Zeuli Bures and Joanne McCarthy. Let’s hope our 60th will be better attended. I don’t have very much news. Ann Hughes Restivo and her husband did a Viking Sea Cruise to Sweden and the Arctic Circle, which she described as fantastic. I have done more traveling including Israel and Jordan last fall. They were fantastic countries. In Jordan I went to Petra which was outstanding. Then this May and June, I went on African Safaris in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as well as visiting Victoria Falls and Johannesburg, South Africa. I highly recommend doing a safari. Next fall I go to Guatemala and Honduras to witness the Dia de Los
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class Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. We have lost two classmates, Marilyn Clarke Hardiman and Priscilla Goodwin Phillips. Our deepest sympathy goes out to their families. Another sad note, our deepest sympathy to Sheila Carr Malley on the death of her husband, Kevin.
✒ Virginia McNeil Slep, 40 Jeffrey
Road, Wayland, MA 01778, 508-358-2478, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Sheila Dineen Queenan, 47 Cottonwood Drive, Hudson, NH, 03051, 603-881-8528, saqueenan@ comcast.net ¶ Our condolences to the family of our classmate Ann O’Meara Flanagan who passed away in June
Class Notes are published once per year in fall issues of Regis Today, which means the next column of notes will be due in August 2019. 2019 The specific deadline will be communicated to class reporters as it approaches. News may be submitted to your class reporter or directly to Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by emailing classnotes@ regiscollege.edu or by mail to 235 Wellesley St., Box 30, Weston, MA 02493.
✒ Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, 54 Stacy Street, Randolph, MA 02368, 781-9636964, email@example.com ¶
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Margaret Cassidy. Thinking of Peg brings back memories of our wonderful trip in 2007, when Peg, Pamela Dubzinski Bent, Ellen Twomey Manning, Kathleen Henighan, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, Carole Groncki McCarthy, Gail Hoffman Burke, and Patricia Gaumond Kasierski, along with family members, visited Venantia Fivawo Malima in Tanzania. Venantia was a surprise guest at the Regis summer luncheon in Mashpee, where she was recognized for having traveled the farthest! Venantia had been in Maine to meet her newest grandson, her thirteenth grandchild. At that luncheon, Pat Kasierski announced that she and George bought a home in Jacksonville, FL, close to their grandkids, and will now be splitting their time between Florida and Cape Cod. Barbara Long Smith is now working on Onset Bay Association board, planning concerts, Blues Fest, and other festivals, and invites everyone to come see and join in. Barbara helped plan a surprise 50th wedding anniversary party for Pamela Agrillo Giunta. Gail and Walter Burke celebrated their 50th anniversary with a European Danube cruise, then went to Prague, where Gail has family roots. They also did a family Disney cruise. Carole McCarthy had a visit from a cousin from Poland in May and June, with many activities taking place. Carole visited Anne Bartley in New Hampshire and learned that Anne’s grandson went to Poland for a wedding. Carole also
visited Venantia in Maine and was responsible for bringing her to the Cape lunch before her return to Tanzania. Sharon Gibbons Reardon and Tom visited Cuba last November. Next trip takes them to France, on a Viking cruise called “Chateaux, Rivers & Wine’’ which will take them from Paris to Bordeaux. Lida McMahon Harkins now has three grandchildren in college and continues her work with the Commonwealth Museum’s traveling displays. Andrea DeSimone Hallion recently travelled to Cuba and Rome. Andrea, a docent at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, gave a wonderful tour last November of the special exhibit “Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Painting,” followed by lunch in the museum’s BRAVO restaurant. Enjoying this special day were Barbara Doran Sullivan, Carole McCarthy, Virginia Flynn Wright, Marie Shatos, Kathleen Henighan, Mary Ellen (Mel) Lavenberg, Anne Bartley, Anne Herron Healy, Anne Marie Healey, Kathleen (Mixie) McCaffrey Ford, and Patricia McCarthy Jacquart. Pat had just returned from an extended and eventful time in Paris. Everyone’s favorite artist, Carol Jewell Hunt, has had two recent gallery shows for her art, one of Solarplate Etchings and Works on Paper, and the other, where she also served as mentor to a young artist, showcased her amazing textile weavings. Marie Shatos is happy that the two nursing students she encouraged to attend Regis are doing well academically and involved in sports, and love being at Regis. Kathleen is doing a Road Scholar trip “Walking the Five Boroughs of New York.” Kathleen and Anne Marie traveled to Fiji and New Zealand on an Overseas Adventure Travel trip. Mel will once again venture to Spain for eight weeks (after speaking much Spanish at Weston Community Center). She will perfect her Spanish in Seville and Barcelona before and after walking a pilgrim route called “Via de la Plata” on El Camino de Santiago. Nancy Brown loves living on the Maine coast in South Portland. She recently met Janet Comeau Moriarty in Kennebunkport for lunch, and also had a visit from Lyda Peters. Nancy would love to see other classmates, should they travel to the area. Nancy Abbood Grohmann moved to Naples, FL, after the death of her husband Gary. She had been a guidance counselor in several school systems, including five years in the American School in Tokyo, Japan, where she and Gary met. Nancy says, “My time is now spent taking care of my 97-year-old mother and my adorable dog Hercules” and adds, “life is good.” Judy Roxborough, now a Teresian Sister, can add Spanish to her multiple list of languages, having served in several Spanish-speaking communities. After time teaching in Mexico, Judy shared: “I’ve been in San Antonio teaching English to Seminarians and then teaching GED Math to women
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2018 after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Our congratulations to Regina Quinlan on her marriage on March 10, 2018, to Gerard Doherty of Boston. Best wishes to both of you! Joanne Benedict Caulfield and her husband Steve honeymooned in Italy back in 1964, so it was great fun to return in April with their twin granddaughters, age fifteen. They visited Rome and had a private tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, then went to Florence, Pisa, and Venice. Patricia Luben O’Hearn traveled to Portugal in October 2017. In addition to visiting all the UNESCO sites, she went to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to the three children.... a very moving and beautiful experience. She also took a Mississippi riverboat cruise, beginning in St. Paul Minnesota and ending in St. Louis, Missouri. A highlight was the Mark Twain Museum and Homestead. Mary Carroll Epperlein traveled to Switzerland in February with her son and daughter-in-law for a snowy visit with her daughter-in-law’s family. She climbed a snowy hill to visit a 12th-century chapel with some lovely frescoes, and thoroughly enjoyed Swiss hospitality. Maureen Burns Gropman still lives on the Cape, but she spent four weeks on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, during the winter, and she traveled to Norway and Iceland in June. Please mark your calendars now: On the weekend of May 18, 2019, we will celebrate our 55th class reunion at Regis. Hope to see you there! Our annual October class dinner has been replaced with the Tower Luncheon held at Regis each September. We always have a lot of attendees and would love to have you join us. And lastly our class has a thriving, active Prayer Chain, capably managed by Judith Machaj Susanin. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org either to request prayers or to join our ranks. Your request for prayers can remain anonymous, or you can share as much information as you care to. This is a wonderful way for us to support each other.
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at a small operation called La Casita. Now I’m teaching all four GED subjects, even language arts, almost exclusively in Spanish. My students are wonderful and they are very patient with me!” A vacation in Jamaica had a dual purpose, for Babs, Mel, Kathleen, and Anne Marie brought a donation of many school supplies, particularly for Home Economics and Art classes, to Mount Alvernia High School in Montego Bay, where Anne Marie had taught in the Regis Lay Apostolate program. (Kathleen Frawley Phillips taught at Mount Alvernia Prep that year). It was gratifying to see how much the school had grown. Anne Marie also went to a Mount Alvernia reunion, where some of her former students remembered her from all those years ago. Since there was no Alumni Cape Hollyfest lunch this year, Carole, Pat, Gail, Kathy, Barbara, and Anne Marie decided to celebrate on their own at the Dan’l Webster Inn. Barbara also hosted a lunch at her Sagamore beach home in July, with good company… and lots of desserts. As always, we would like to see and hear from more class members. All are welcome!
✒ Betsy Burns Griffin, 38 Pine Lane,
Framingham, MA 01701, 508-877-8826, email@example.com ✒ Connie Alexander Giorgio, 658 Main St., Harwich, MA 02645, 508-432-4645, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Jo-Anna Rapp Holden had lunch with Nancy Lewis Hennessey, who lives near Kitty Hawk,
NC, as does Jo-Anna part of the year. Nancy does webcasts and teacher training on dyslexia after many years in New Jersey in generic special education. A published author in this specialized field, she contributed a chapter on dyslexia in Multi-Sensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills (Brooks Publishing) and is now writing a book about reading comprehension in dyslexic children. Nancy was an honored guest at a select symposium, “Language Science and Practice,” in St. Petersburg, Russia, last May. From Mary O’Hearne Hanemann: Anne Boyle Tatum and her husband visited the Hannemanns in Phoenix and toured the Botanical Garden. In a phone call in June, Anne Boyle Tatum said she saw John and Elizabeth Lewis Bowen at Anne’s daughter’s wedding in September 2017, and Dick and Jane Cronin Tedder for a visit to Tucson in March 2018. Cynthia Gosselin Wilusz retired in 9/21/18 and moved to the Seabury life plan community in Bloomfield, CT. In February, Frances Murphy finished a documentary about the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including an interview with the museum’s founder and director, Lonnie Bunch. Fran’s documentary on the Underground Railroad, “North Star to Freedom,” won
a regional Emmy in June as well as the National Association of Black Journalists Award for best local documentary. Nancy Greene Barry continues work on the educational foundation she co-founded in 2010. Its mission: transforming education through a social/emotional curriculum called “Awakening Wisdom.” In 2018 the foundation launched Summer Teacher Training Institutes in Petaluma, CA, and Honolulu, HI. Their first client school is the American Middle School in Doha, Qatar. The foundation’s website: awakeningwisdom.org. Nancy and Susan Hennessey Kobayashi play Scrabble weekly to keep their brains functioning. Susan commented, “Being 74 is fun, but no wine with lunch or we fall asleep. God bless our parents and grandparents for sacrificing for us and thank God for Pope Francis and Regis!” Mary Scanlon wrote of her daughter’s recently adopted son from South Korea. Another grandson, Chip, also adopted, thinks the term is a noun: so Hae Sol is “a dopted” too. Mary’s husband retired recently from medical practice (happy not to wear a beeper 24/7). On leave from her psychiatric nursing work to help with the new grandchild, Mary enjoyed a taste of freedom and is considering retirement herself. She often sees Carmen and Mary Jo Mead Zaccardi, who “spread love around.” Thank you to Andrea Owens Shagory, who volunteered her house in Chatham for ’66ers’ pot luck August 1. Attending were Kathleen Bailey, Betsy Burns Griffin, Beth Healey Kossuth, Eleanor McCarthy Bouvier, Jo-Anna Holden, Margaret Ventre Panagrossi, Connie Alexander Giorgio, Eileen McCann Wickham, Mary McAuliffe, Francine Bailey Osenton, and Nancy Barry. Word of the day was “inside-out” as guests told stories of recent clothing errors. Beth Kossuth still volunteers as a math tutor at Notre Dame Christo Rey in Lawrence MA. Mary McAuliffe advises on Medicare at the Bourne, MA, Council on Aging and also volunteers at Barnstable District Court as a conciliator. Andrea Shagory and a group of women from her church are making simple sundresses by the hundreds for refugee girls and women in Africa. The project, called “Dresses for Africa,” is looking for fabric and sewers. If interested or to donate fabric, email email@example.com. Connie and Peter Giorgio celebrated their 50th anniversary last June at a party hosted by their children and families at the site of their wedding reception, Mrs. Alexander’s School in Beverly. Ann Bernson, maid of honor, came from Hawaii and Francine Bailey Osenton, bridesmaid, and husband Bill, usher, came from California. The Osentons also enjoyed a 50th anniversary celebration on the Cape this summer with their children. Perhaps many classmates are having these events? Linda Marinelli Bollettino and sister Carole Marinelli
Auth had lunch with Maryellen Gallagher Reed to celebrate Maryellen’s birthday August 1. Deborah Cahoon Didick
has settled into a new home in North Kingstown, RI, near her daughter. Kathy Bailey, keeper of our Facebook page, needs email addresses for Mary McAvoy, Kathleen Murphy Keane, Vivian Ryan Saulnier, Kathleen Sullivan, and any other classmates you know who are out of touch. Contact Kathy at kk.bailey@ verizon.net. And coming soon, Jo-Anna Holden’s annual early Christmas party in Woodbridge, CT is Tuesday, Dec. 4. If you can come, call 203-397-8097 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy holiday season, friends.
✒ Carolyn Sammartino Moran, 105
Kittredge St. #1, Roslindale, MA 02131, 617-921-5759, email@example.com ¶
We are saddened to report the death of
Suzanne Maxwell Smith on October 18,
2017, and are grateful she was able to join us for our 50th reunion. After multiple sclerosis was diagnosed, Suzanne continued to teach in Brockton until she felt her physical limitations impacted others. She then volunteered as a reading teacher in Brockton, and later in Florida where she lived for several years before returning to Massachusetts to be closer to her son Kevin, his wife Amy, and their children Ella and Kieran—the delights of her life. Condolences are offered to her family. The class remembered her with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Paul Kilroy, chaplain at Regis, followed by supper in the Kearns Conference Room. Patricia McCurry Morley and Rachel Gustina Shea made the arrangements and were joined at the memorial by Paula Dempsey Beauregard, Patricia Driscoll Egan, Susan Sitarz Fennelly, Miriam Riley Flecca, Ellen Kearns, Rosemarie Melloni Dittmer, Carolyn Conway Stack, Jane Ryan Wessen, and Marlene Gibbons Wilkey. Suzanne’s efforts to be positive have been an inspiration to all who knew her. Our sympathy and prayers are also extended to the families of Susan Lang Abbott on the death of her brother George Lang on September 12, 2017, and to Barbara DiRusso on the death of her sister Loretta DiRusso Lisciotti on October 22, 2017. After retiring from the Archdiocese of Boston, Susan started a new position at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine on Seaport Boulevard, Boston, and she will tell you that the Stations of the Cross at the Shrine are from the Regis College Convent Chapel. Stopping by the Shrine was the Hon. Marianne “Mimi” Bowler who works at the nearby U.S. District Court as a magistrate judge. The Seaport District will also be the site of the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Frances Waht Lewis and Scott. Family and friends will join them to commemorate this happy event in August,
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✒ Patricia Nelson Cross, 200 Passeo
Terraza #306, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 904-823-1394, tricia.cross915@gmail. com ¶ Greetings classmates. Sad news to
report from our friends and classmates
How to Submit Class Notes Regis would love to know what’s new with you. Regis Today is a great way to stay in touch with your classmates and friends. Share news about babies, jobs, marriages, vacations, activities, anniversaries, and grandchildren. Contacting your class reporter is the best way to submit a note. If you’re unable to get in touch with your reporter, please send your notes directly to the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for keeping in touch; we look forward to hearing your news!
Dawn Marie Driscoll and Carol Battiston O’Connell. Dawn writes “My husband of
40 years, Norman Marcus, died June 22. I was happy that I was able to share all the news of the 50th reunion with him! I’ve now rented an apartment in Boston and will try being a snowbird and see how that goes.” Carol’s husband Gary passed away September 9, 2017. They connected in Angela Hall in 1968 and immediately became a couple. “He was my partner, best friend and constant companion from that point until his death. My sadness and sense of loss and that of my three children is indescribable, but I am trying to focus on how blessed we were.” Our sincerest sympathy to both Dawn and Carol and their families. Our 50th Reunion was a great success, thanks to the hard work of the wonderful Regis staff, class committee chairs and volunteers. Reconnecting, reminiscing, laughing and dancing—the weekend went by too fast. Special thanks to our Class President Judy Murphy Lauch, Fundraising Chair Marcia Carey Walsh, Mary Beth Govoni Cormier, Barbara Murphy and Nancy Brine Fredrickson, and others who enabled our class to reach new heights for contributions and class participation. Well done! Many highlights over our reunion weekend,
but special kudos to two of our active classmates who received special recognition at the All Alumni Reunion Luncheon on Saturday. Congratulations to Mary Beth for receiving the Regis Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the Community and to Judy, surprised by President Toni Hays, who honored her with the President’s Leadership Award “for going above and beyond for Regis.” Both awards were truly deserved. Thank you to all who sent me news. Sheila Brown Healy writes, “Some of my close friends could not make it to the reunion so we are having a mini reunion in September in Charleston, SC. Paula Sudol Lowe, Alice Valerie Wertz, Lucy Doyle Previte, Ruth Crotty Little, Mary Reilly, Polly Conlon, Jane Hyde Hawkes, possibly Maryellen Conlin LaBua, and I will meet for three-tofour days there on Sept, 24. I have been having a busy summer with grandkids, family ,and friends. Herb and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on August 18th! Time flies!” Anne Marie Tucker Brooks wrote “Had a great time at the reunion. Funny how quickly 50 years melts away when you get talking with people. I shared a suite there with Jane McManus Berard, my former roommate. And she talked me into going with her on a cruise to the Baltic in July. My first cruise and my first visit to Europe. Jane is a veteran of both. But I really enjoyed the trip. Since returning, I have had two ten-year-old granddaughters visit me. Am currently in Illinois visiting one of them, after bringing her back to her home. I think I may stay home for a bit after this. But I could get used to traveling. It certainly keeps things interesting.” Rita Famiglietti Lash just got back from spending a wonderful week on the Jersey shore with her family. Son Christopher was home from Jordan and has already started grad school but was able to visit for a few days and get to spend time with nephew Carter and meet his new niece, Josephine. Rita writes “Our Reunion was great, and I especially enjoyed reconnecting with so many classmates, in particular Carol Ernsdorff Foster and Maria Cole. It was so special to see old friends and reestablish relationships. Loved getting to know Elizabeth Dill Chafcouloff’s husband and partying with everyone on Saturday night. Very proud to be part of this terrific group of women who have made such an impact in the world.” Adrienne Buuck Butler wrote that she very much enjoyed the virtual visit with everyone. However, she wrote, “Unfortunately, I fell at my rock steady boxing class on June 28 and fractured my pelvis, so am in rehab for a while.” How awful! Get well Adrienne!!! Thanks to Rita’s efforts, we were delighted to Skype with both Adrienne and Carolyn Kelliher during our class meeting. It was great to see them both. Kathleen Hutchinson Breslin wrote, “Since I was unable to attend the 50th reunion, I connected with some of my
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not far from the place of their original reception. Also celebrating 50 years of marriage are Elaine Simeone Pace and Dan, who enjoyed an anniversary trip to Hawaii. Elaine and I see each other at water aerobics at the YMCA on Martha’s Vineyard. Please let us know of others who have reached this milestone and we will congratulate them in a future column. Looking forward to seeing Paula Beauregard and Marlene Wilkey at the Cape Cod Luncheon on August 2 at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. Last fall, we had a wonderful turnout for our first Golden Tower Luncheon, and we look forward to again renewing friendships during our second luncheon on campus, September 14, 2018. Keep in touch with Mim Flecca, mflecca@ yahoo.com, and Ellen Kearns, ekearns@ constangy.com, our class presidents, for upcoming dates for gatherings, and suggest events you may enjoy. Also, look us up on Facebook, Regis College, Class of 1967 for news. Pat Egan established that confidential website for us. If you are in Florida during March, consider joining us in Naples around St. Patrick’s Day. Last March, Ann LaBrecque Baird, Donna LaCouture MacLeod, Ellen St. Cyr Gillham, and I enjoyed the Mass and Brunch with our husbands, and Donna and Ann had also participated in the Parade. Ellen retired to Naples after teaching in Massachusetts, and for the Department of Defense in Frankfurt, Germany, where she met her husband Bruce. Their son Michael is a US Coast Guard helicopter pilot. A phone conversation with Patricia O’Brien brought back many memories. Pat lives in Laguna Beach, CA, has retired from the history department of UCLA, and enjoys many volunteer activities. I shared with her that Marguerite Doyle Papadopoulou wants to get in touch with her. Pat last saw Margie in Greece before the birth of Margie’s oldest child. Pat was editor of our Mount Regis yearbook, and a letter she wrote for that is in our 50th reunion booklet, and it is as relevant today as it was in 1967. Our thanks to Charlene DeMayo Niles and Jane Wessen who put months into getting that booklet together, and to each of you for continuing to fulfill your generous reunion pledges. Our class continues to do wonderful things in the workplace, at volunteer sites, and in our homes helping family members old and young. Trying to keep our minds active and bodies moving, let us continue to live purposefully, gaining strength and support from friendships of more than 55 years!
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dear old buddies on the Cape! Mary Jane Dunn Weber, Julie Slattery Maguire, Midge Sullivan Durgin, and I met at the Wianno
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Club in Osterville for a wonderful lunch! Julie and Midge filled Mary Jane and me in on all the happenings at the 50th! Jo Sullivan commented on her favorite aspects of our reunion. “The Class of ‘68 events were the best. Seeing everyone was wonderful, and especially classmates I hadn’t seen in 50 years. I carpooled with Alana Sullivan Anderson my senior year, connecting with Pat Donnelly Davitt, Anne Flanagan Bradley and Helen Stapler Tinsley-Jones. Happy to see Shirley Lee Zao, her husband and family members at the dinner on Saturday night. Planning a visit with Shirley and Bill in November in Las Vegas. I am hoping to have lunch soon with Clare Doyle Hayes, who works nearby in Lynn.” ¶ Nancy Brine Frederickson continues her appreciated efforts on Facebook. Great picture of Nancy, Ellen Finnerty Smith, Marybeth, Marcia, and Anne Marie at the Regis Alumni Cape Cod Luncheon at Willowbend. It would be great to see more ’68ers 2019. Cannot omit mention of the Saturday night reunion dinner where we all cut loose, sang and danced to all our oldies, a fabulous time. Amazing dance moves by Helen Stapler Tinsley-Jones and Betsy Dill Chafcoulof and their very game husbands…got us all up dancing until the very end of the evening. Who knew we could still manage every dance we ever did in the 60’s… including the stroll? Still smiling over a rousing YMCA, getting all of Shirley’s family up to dance. The finale, “We Gotta Get Outa This Place!” But, honestly, we didn’t want it to end. Kudos to Maryanne Skeiber Burtman and Katharine Lilly who did a lovely job with the Friday evening Mass. Could not have managed without the Regis staff Christina Duggan (our hero!), Kristyn Gondola, and Amy Carney, and great presentations by Kelley Tuthill and our very own honorary ‘68er - Kate Korzendorfer. Those who could not make it, were truly
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missed. But you will enjoy the Regis 50th Reunion Book, painstakingly prepared by Jo Sullivan and Grace Previte Meo--a fantastic job and no easy task. The hard copy is a wonderful keepsake and the online color version is beautiful! It will bring back memories and perhaps encourage reconnection with old friends. And isn’t that what it is all about? Finally, thank you, President Hays, for your enthusiasm and leadership and to all who made our 50th Reunion special and unique. Best wishes for a happy and healthy year. Until next time.
✒ Nora Quinlan Waystack, 126 Merrimac
Street #50, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978314-4416, email@example.com
¶ A large group of Regis friends from our class gathered at Patricia Daddabo Watrous’ summer condo in Narraganset this past June to celebrate a “big” birthday. In attendance were, Jane Scott O’Brien, Mary Lowney Mitchell, Kathleen Giardi Swanson, Marcia Ragonese Falzone (came from Colorado!), Anne Marie Hurley Sullivan, Anne Nigro, Christine Hansen McGill, Margaret Burns Morrison, Kathryn Ryan Micale (came from Syracuse), Nancy Higgins Hendon (came from Alabama), and Pat Daddabo Watrous. Joining the ladies were many husbands who chose to remain outside during much of the gathering in order to hear one another! The chatter and laughter went on for hours as many of these Regis alums had not seen each other in years, and there was much to catch up on. Kathleen Murphy Lockwood and husband Skip have been traveling promoting his book, Inside Pitch, which was published in March. Skip spoke at the Author’s Corner at the Baseball Hall of Fame last August. They continue to split their time between New Hampshire with their three grandchildren, ages 1, 3 and 5, and Florida where they spend time with their 5-year-old granddaughter. Life is “hilariously hectic” to quote Kathy. Their oldest daughter, Meghan, has recently moved to Newburyport, MA, so I’m looking forward to seeing Kathy now and then. On her way to California via Logan Airport, Rita Keavy Lynch visited with Margaret O’Brien and Dede Dalton-Martell in Quincy. They had an opportunity to catch up and enjoy a good meal together. Dede spoke about a visit she had with Jane McCusker Taylor. Jane came up from Virginia to her Rhode Island beach house to put her recently renovated kitchen back in order. During their visit a powerful nor’easter lashed the Westerly region with rain, wind and coastal flooding. They found themselves without power and surrounded by floodwaters but made the best of the visit by recalling good memories and comparing notes on what it meant to turn 70 years old. Dede also noted she met Margaret Craven for a delightful lunch and
spectacular view at Fisherman’s View in Sandwich. Margaret shares her time between her Boston condominium and her house in Falmouth. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Dede, and Patricia Hanifey attended the play, The Irish and How They Got That Way. Afterwards they continued the celebration at a nearby Irish pub. Dede’s mother Pearl passed away in May at age 97. She was a wonderful person and mother and will be sorely missed. Nancy McCallum Brenerman and Carol Giacomo spent a few days together enjoying the warmth of sunny Tempe, AZ, last April. Carol still has her job as a member of the Editorial Board of the New York Times covering foreign affairs. She has no immediate plans to retire. Carol’s son, Chris Marquette, worked as a reporter for a small newspaper in CT. After working for various small newspapers in Connecticut and Mississippi, Chris is now covering securities for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC. Chris’ father was a Pulitzer Prizewinning photojournalist for Reuters, AP, and other organizations. Nancy and David’s daughter, Molly, graduated this past year from USM in Portland, Maine, with a degree in Classical Humanities and a minor in Anthropology. Molly is an Account Executive for Portland’s newest hockey team, the Maine Mariners. Patty Hanifey and Nancy got together at our vacation home in New Harbor, Maine, last July. Great time catching up over local lobster and clams! The previous winter Valerie Shakespeare James met Kathleen Dobbyn Bouchard, Patty Hanifey, Nancy Brenerman, and myself in Worcester, MA, at the Sole Proprietor for lunch. Val and her husband, Bob, are retired and live in western Massachusetts where Bob grew up. Bob volunteers at a legal aid clinic, and Val volunteers with a group that helps people prepare their tax returns. Every few months they travel to visit family or friends. Kathy and Mike Bouchard are happily retired and enjoying grandchildren, taking trips visiting family and friends and spending time at the family cottage in New Hampshire. Patty joined a Cross Fit workout program with the encouragement of daughter Meghan. She has a personal goal of setting up a modification scale for those of us who are 70+! Patty and I see each other regularly either in Newburyport or at our New Harbor, Maine, vacation homes. Peter and I are first time grandparents to baby Dorian. No one ever told me how much fun that could be! I have been fully retired for several years, bouncing between our two homes happily playing hostess. Peter is semi-retired from his law practice which allows us more time for travel. Two trips to Tuscany and the usual weeks in Naples, FL, kept us on the road last year. When in Naples we always spend a wonderful evening with Nancy Adams Brisson and Steve. We
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class continue to be grateful for the wonderful blessings and opportunities our life offers Please stay in touch. Our Regis connection is very special. Best wishes for a happy healthy year!
✒ Grace Murphy, 6 Colony Rd.,
Lexington, MA 02420, 781-861-3914, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Condolences to the family and friends of Mariann Morelli Eden of Marlboro, who passed
✒ Karen Driscoll Montague, 9 Erwin
Rd., Wayland, MA 01778, 508-358-5130, email@example.com ¶ Susan DiLoffi Antonellis is celebrating 33 years at
Marian High School in Framingham where she is Foreign Language Department Chair. Her son is a junior at Regis and her daughter is a recent graduate of Marian. Donna Cellucci Sumner retired from Wayland Middle School where she was co-chair of the Math Department. Janet Prior retired after 18 years teaching special education at Lawrence High School. Former roommates Joan O’Connor and Cynthia Janski McMahon connected over the holidays. Joan reminisced that she, Cindy, Linda, Denise Garvey and Valthea McGee Fry all met their first night at Regis. Julie O’Connor McGinn organized an outing at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem last spring. In attendance were Janet Prior, Jane Lenox Leary, Elizabeth Mazeiko Abdulla, Kathleen Cove Curley, Carol Manning Chicarello, Nicki Girouard, and myself. Julie’s husband John retired in June and they have a trip planned to Florence in the fall where they have rented an apartment followed by a twoweek cruise. Jane’s youngest son Sean was married in June. Nicki is doing a lot of traveling in her retirement. She visited Camino de Santiago in Spain in the spring and then Iowa in July for the RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), riding 460 miles in a week! Carmel Coughlin Donoghue had a great time reconnecting with Alice Blum over lunch in Cambridge in May. Over the summer, Anita BrennanSarmiento traveled to Africa with her husband and son. Running enthusiast, Susan Anderson Stirrat and husband Reno visited her daughter Meghan in Portland, Oregon. While there she visited Nike Headquarters and had her picture taken with Alberto Salazar and Centro. Susan lives in Rockaway, NJ, working as a Teaching Assistant at Morris Hills High School. Joanne Ferraro Davies flew up from her home in Hilton Head for Regis Night at the Red Sox in July. She went to the game with her husband and daughter and hopes more members of the class join her next year. Seven from ’77 attended
the August Cape Cod luncheon: Joan Whalen Wilson, Kathy Cove Curley, Janet Gleason Rogers, Patrice d’Entremont, Elizabeth Driscoll Nace, Maureen Callahan Zander, and Diane Naehle McCarthy. Mary Colpoys was unable to attend, as she
was across the bay enjoying her vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. Joan and Gary are retired on Cape Cod, golfing and entertaining their five grandchildren on the beach. They are planning to spend a few months in Florida this winter to keep up their golf game. After giving condo living a go, Kathy and Jack, opted to return to a single-family home in Framingham with gardens to love and a pool that attracts friends and family. Kathy and I meet for weekly yoga classes. Jan is very happy with her move to Cape Cod. Son Chris has rewritten the script of Inside the World of ESPN. It will be his first movie credit after success of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. After completing a degree in design, Patrice has left her career as a clinical nurse and is opening her own interior/product design business in D.C. While juggling a new business, she is involved in a total renovation of her home. Maureen is living in Milwaukie and continues with her real estate career. This past June, her daughter Caroline was married. Diane continues to work as the assistant to the president of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Diane and husband Keven live in Yarmouth. They are looking forward to celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this fall. Elizabeth is busy building a new home in Sarasota, FL. While enjoying her time with family and granddaughter, Elizabeth golfs, spends time in Hingham during the summer and is active with numerous charity events. In the spring of 2020, Elizabeth plans to host a 65th birthday celebration for “77ers” in Sarasota. Prior to the luncheon they met to discuss ways to help keep our class connected and aware of events and reunion plans. There is a Facebook page: Regis College Class of 1977. Please join and post photos or notes that are of interest to all. Events that someone attends where one or more are gathered is perfect for posting. If you have been busy raising families and planning for retirement, this is the time to reconnect and discover wonderful friendships, shared experiences, and support. Our condolences to Marion Quinn Jowett and Janice Rutkowski on the death of their mothers and to any of you who have lost members of your family over the past year.
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away unexpectedly in June. Following graduation from Regis, where she majored in Art History, she had a long teaching career in Acton. Besides her husband, Michael, she leaves two daughters. She will be remembered at the Memorial Mass in November. The Class of 1974 was well represented at the October 2017 Gala at the Park Plaza. Deborah Mann MacDonald and her husband Bob attended, as well as Nancy Boyd Lennon, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Joanne Crowley, and Mary Ann Walsh Lewis. I am told the festivities continued in the downstairs bar well after the fundraiser was over, but what happens at the Park Plaza, stays at the Park Plaza! The annual Cape Cod Luncheon was also a big draw this year--big enough for our own table. Mary Beth Graham Conry attended since it coincided with her annual vacation on the Cape. JoAnn Bayer Michaels made the long drive from her home in the Albany area. Alicemarie Spellman Petrucci was also there. She sold her house in Winchester several years ago and now lives in Falmouth full time. Kathleen Mason Podolski and Diane Salvatore Comforti were able to attend since they both retired this year. Nancy Boyd Lennon took the day off from her job on Hy-Line Cruises and from the hot dog truck(!) that she recently bought. Marie Driscoll Hanlon drove down from Hingham. Best wishes to Marie and husband Harry on their 40th wedding anniversary! Other items of interest I picked up at various alumnae events this year: Linda Dunn Dillon retired from Stonehill College, where she spent her entire career after graduate school. She has a granddaughter in New Jersey whom she enjoys seeing. Mary O’Reilly Cooney sold her big house in N. Kingstown, RI, and bought a smaller house down the street from her son Eddie and his family. She has two grandsons—ages 4 and 2. Elisabeth Driscoll Tuite retired from the Boston Globe this year. She is now putting her librarian expertise to good use as a Trustee of the Hingham Public Library. After several months of retirement, Elizabeth Rearick MacLellan went back to work part-time for a bank in Stoughton. She now has a second grandchild, a girl, on whom she dotes. Finally, Congratulations to Joanne Crowley on her appointment to the Regis Board of Trustees. Along with Mary Ann Walsh
Lewis, that gives us two classmates on the board! Joanne has been very involved in the last year in finalizing the plans and fundraising for the completion of the Athletic fields on campus. She gave a very enlightening speech at the Cape Cod Luncheon that highlighted the need for this investment—especially since Regis is now co-ed and we need to ensure that both our male and female scholar athletes are equally supported. The artistic renderings of the facilities are impressive; if you have not already done so, please check them out on the website.
✒ Sheila Walsh, 13B Beal’s Cove Road,
Hingham, MA 02043, sheila.walsh@gmail. com, 617-319-0823 ¶ Hello, Class of 1978!
I have very little news to report this time. We gathered in May on campus for our 40th reunion, and there was a very good showing from Angela Hall:
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Mary Ellen Reynolds Allen, Mary K. Ames, Janet Buckley Bernard, Daria Charchenko Kamford, Pat DiPasqua Woodward, Lynne Davis Haddock, Eileen McCormick Langenus, Nancy Salvetti Naimey, and I
attended, with many of us staying in the new and spectacular Maria Hall. Nancy reports from Maine that she now has four grandchildren, two American grandchildren (5 and 3), and two Guatemalan/ German grandchildren (2 and 5 months). She, Pat, and Lynne recently got together in Portland, ME, an annual trip, and she and Lynne went to NYC last December to join Eileen and other Regis grads at a holiday gathering. That’s it for now; hope to see you all soon.
✒ Debbie Southworth Howard, 1817
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Primrose Lane, Osceola, IA 50213, 515441-9539, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Janet Mills-Knudsen, 504 Narvaezi Street, Ste 113, Venice, FL 34285, 781-424-0660, email@example.com ¶ Kathleen Mulvihill Brutzman’s oldest son Brian and his wife
Jenna had their first baby, James Sawyer Brutzman, in October. Kathy loves being a grandma to her own “Sweet Baby James.” Kathy traveled to Boston last August to see James and Bonnie Raitt at Fenway Park with Mary McManus ‘82 and Susan McManus ‘82. Kathy and her husband Bill enjoyed many laughs at a dinner get-together in New York City with Jean Jianos Gray and her husband John in April. The women in Kathy’s family have an annual holiday luncheon, and this past December her mom’s best friend from high school, Eileen Dwyer Locke ‘49, joined them. Eileen will celebrate her 70th Regis Reunion next spring as we celebrate our 40th! Jean Jianos Gray and her husband enjoyed seeing Audrey Edmonds Stone at the Regis in Washington, D.C., reception at the Cosmos Club in April. Deborah Southworth Howard’s son Cory got married this year to his high school sweetheart, Amanda. They had a beautiful wedding in North Carolina in May. Deborah Flaherty’s husband Keith is retiring and they’re thinking about spending part of the winter in Florida. Deb continues to volunteer with the American Heart Association’s local chapter of WomenHeart (The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Her daughter Abby lives in Orlando and works for Disney. Son Colin and his family live about 10 minutes away. Their first grandchild, Winry Lynn, was born to Colin and his wife Krissy last March. Cheryl Cullinan Lewis reports that now that her three boys are out of the house, her husband Chris and she have moved to a house on Great Herring Pond in Plymouth, MA and are enjoying lake life. Cheryl is Technology Director for the Duxbury Public School system
in Duxbury, MA. Marie Sannicandro Linden and her husband John went
on a Baltic Cruise in May. The highlight was St. Petersburg, Russia. On a recent stay at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, Maine, Marie ran into a fellow Regis grad outside of the chapel, Ginny Kearney Allen ‘61, who lives in Kennebunk. Ginny has written three spiritual books that are available online. Marguerite Quist Paul and her husband, Barie, downsized to a 55+ apartment home at the site of the old South Weymouth Naval Air Base. When not building her new venture as a wellness coach, “Late Bloomer Wellness,” Marguerite enjoys working as a para three days a week in Bellows Falls, VT, and beaching at Nantasket and at her old haunts in Dennisport. Kathleen McCarthy Toomey welcomed a first grandchild, Charles Edmond Toomey, born to her son Richard and his wife Melissa in July. Kate started a new position as the Business Development Representative for Sunrise Detox Center, a private medical detox facility to open soon in Millbury, MA. She recently received Best of Worcester’s Best City Councilor Award and serves as Chair of Public Safety on the City Council. Susan Chilelli Wallace retired from teaching. She was hired for her first teaching job in 1979! Elizabeth LaFountain Carder has two children going to Miami University in Ohio. Our sympathies go out to Katherine Shepard on the passing of her mother, Eleanor, on July 29th, 2018. Please keep in touch with your class reporters so we’ll have more news to share in the next issue of Regis Today!
✒ Judith A. Allonby, 7 Rockland Park,
Apt. 2, Malden, MA 02148, 781-324-7735, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Andrea Andrews
and her husband Dale Mirth own and have operated Brookside Manor Bed and Breakfast in Fredonia, NY, for the last 23 years. They live in a beautiful 1875 Victorian Gothic building with their four cats and start each day enjoying the beauty of nature around them. Toni-Ann Miller Butler has retired from her job as a special education paraprofessional and has become an e-commerce entrepreneur; working as a Rodan + Fields Consultant while her husband Jim is serving as a Londonderry Town Councilor. Toni enjoys spending lots of time with her four beautiful granddaughters and is looking forward to a Girl’s Weekend with Vivian Mawhinney Demeusy-Gerzog, Mary Ellen Jeffery O’Donnell, and Jan Mogavero France. Ellen Sheehy mourns the loss of her aunt, Sister Helen Fenton, who passed away last year. Sister Helen taught economics at Regis for 26 years, resided at Regis the longest of any Sister of St. Joseph, and saw four nieces including Ellen through Regis. Ellen has been
at Melissa & Doug for 12 years now and she and her wife Cindy love to travel. Denise Arsenault Carthas and husband Dick will have welcomed the birth of their grandson in early September, who will join his 2-year-old sister Kennedy. Michelle Velilla-Martin is also expecting a new grandchild in March, who will join her 2-year-old grandson Paxton. Her mom, Dr. Ana Velilla just celebrated her 93rd birthday. Michelle still works as a speech therapist at the Amego School for severe autistic and behavioral students. Lisa Tropeano-Tringale has retired from her social worker position at the MA Department of Developmental Services after 30 years. Lisa spends her time playing nanny to her grandson, coordinating an after-school class for 3-7 year olds and as a fund raiser for One Hope Wines. Anthea Maria Poole reports, and Annamaria Waechter confirms, that she has joined the Grandma Club and has come stateside to help her daughter with her little boy. Janet Murphy was awaiting the births of two granddaughters to bring her total to three. Caroline Coscia was promoted to Senior Lecturer II at UMASS Boston. Nina Bertelli Hamilton vacationed in Vermont this summer, loves her new job at GDIT, and reports that her son is in his final year at Loyola University in Chicago. Mary Beth Untersee Klotz reports that no news is good news and she is doing well. Eileen Mulry Campbell also became a grandmother to a little boy, thanks to her son Chris. Eileen rejoined PAREXEL, working from home in South Carolina as a Senior Talent Advisor in November 2017 after taking some time off and doing contract work with EMD Serono. Elise McGilvray Collagan is working for Boston Harbor Cruises on the Salem Ferry and is working on a project through her foundation to fight the opioid epidemic. Jo-Ann Bafaro is volunteering at a senior center teaching crafts and is still volunteering with the Girl Scouts. Pamela Wongburg Radler enjoyed her summer off from her job as a Special Educator at the Josiah Haynes School in Sudbury with a cruise to Canada with her family and spent some time on the Cape with her two grandsons. She reports that Helen Hayden Topor is the Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at the Salem Five Bank. Betsy Conway, CSJ was elected to serve a five-year term in the leadership of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Elizabeth Curran is still friends with Mordecai Wilson who was a security guard at Regis.
✒ Elizabeth Carey Stygles, 24 MacArthur Road, Natick, MA 01760, 508-333-1832, email@example.com ¶ Hello class-
mates! A few updates from Facebook: during the Fall Maureen Gallagher Taddeo can be found at Higgins Court
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watching her niece Erin ‘21 play with the Regis Women’s Volleyball team. Susan Keaney Carlson is working in Seoul, South Korea. Mary Sereda lives in Natick and is close friends with Susan. Mary McManus and Susan McManus are updating their kitchen and bathroom and now feel they are living the “Money Pit.” Kathleen Peterson Boyd is living in Marshfield, MA. Christine Cannon Dixon lives in Scituate and is working in the business office of the Hatherly Country Club. Ann Mucharoni Ahnert spent 2 weeks traveling the USA with her husband this summer visiting the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Yellowstone. Ann tells me when Marta Suarez-Baeza comes to Boston in November where Marie Desrosier Wahl, Ann McKeever Fenlason, Deirdre ClancyKelley, Barbara McKee, Mary Sereda, and Karen Bent Colpak all get together. Paula Lind is living in Boston. As for myself, both my children are now Regis graduates. Ned ’16 and Shannon ’18. I received my MS in Communications from Regis in May. My thesis discussed the recipients of the Crimson and Gold Tassel and the benefits of these graduates to Regis. As a recipient myself, I was disappointed to find that the Regis Archives only has names of recipients starting in 2010. I would like to update the lists with names/contact information of previous Crimson and Gold Tassel recipients. Please contact me. I think it would be nice, for us as a group, to gather and discuss what we can do for Regis other than monetary gifts. We all have so many talents to offer. 1982 Classmates, I hope you are happy to see something in this space. Please be sure to update the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations with your contact information. I would like to hear from more classmates. Our 40th Reunion is only a few years away and it would be nice to see so many of us on campus.
✒ Maria Monks Serrao, 14 Orris Street,
Melrose, MA 02176, 781-665-0139, makas@ comcast.net ¶ From Anne Gruszka McKenzie: This is my final article as Class of 1983 reporter; Maria Monks Serrao has graciously offered to accept
the role. I am officially an empty-nester and looking forward to the next chapter of our lives which, I expect, will include countless visits to OBX and rooting for the VT and JMU sports’ teams. Thank you to everyone who attended our 35th reunion festivities. Although a small group for the dinner—Catherine Wilson, Maureen Dalton, Maria Monks Serrao, and me—we enjoyed many laughs, reminisced about our time at Regis, and made new memories to treasure. Patricia Robinson Drooff visited Regis this year and was impressed with all that is happening on campus. She currently works
for Partners in Information Systems and Information Security in addition to some consulting in health physics. Daughter Caley completed a summer internship at the MIT Tangible Media Lab and her son Collin began his first year of studies at George Washington University. Maureen Dalton has shared that daughter Brianna ’13, ’14, and Brian were married June 16 at St. Bridget Parish in Framingham followed by a beautiful reception at the Portuguese Club in Hudson. Maureen is still working as a travel agent at AAA in Framingham; she planned her own “honeymoon week” in St. Lucia after her daughter’s wedding. From Cathy Wilson, she is still a Director at the Lynn Community Health Center and was recently given the added role of Project Manager for the health center’s conversion to an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Also, she shared that her cousin Jack Heneghan, grandson of Helen Hart Heneghan ’54, signed as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, so her previous allegiance to the Patriots is being sorely challenged. Thank goodness the teams are in different conferences! If you have not done so already, I recommend you go back for a visit to Regis. You will be pleasantly surprised!
✒ Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, 26 Marshall Street, North Reading, MA 01864, 978664-4181, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Katie FitzGerald McCully’s only child James
McCully became a High School AllAmerican soccer player this past year and graduated from Nauset Regional High School (the same school where she has been teaching and coaching since the early 90s) as the all-time leading scorer in school history. He attends the University of New Hampshire where he plays soccer and majors in physical education. As for Katie, she continues to pursue triathlons and aquathlons, and this past October was the USA Master’s National Champ in Aquathlon (open water swimming, followed by running). The race was held in Austin, TX. She competed at the ITU World Aquathlon Championships in Denmark this past July. She also competed at the USA Triathlon Nationals in Cleveland in August. She noted she is lucky that her training partner is her husband Chris and they have a blast doing the destination races. Kristen Peterson earned her MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University this past May. Kristen lived in Florence, Italy, for four years where she restored frescos. She also worked in a lab as well as in private chapels. Her son Anthony will graduate from Northeastern University in May with a graduate degree in Computer Science and will work for a “three-letter agency” in DC. Her daughter Christina
is a freshman at Emmanuel College. She currently lives in southern Maine. Carol A. Flynn reported that she will be moving, if all goes well, from the house she has lived in since she was 12 (yes, 12!) Her plan is to move to Brookhaven, which is a retirement community in Lexington, on the line to Waltham. Donna McLellan MacLellan reported that she is around the corner from Regis working at Sun Life Financial in Wellesley as AVP of Application Support, a role she’s been in since February. She lives in Hingham with her husband Paul and almost 14-year-old son Mark. Theresa Montani tells me that I don’t get notes from her because her life is pretty boring! She continues to work at the Braintree Fire Department as a Lieutenant; and she works part time for Tufts University as a Fire Safety Specialist. She bought a beautiful condominium in Randolph last fall and is thrilled to enjoy her new space. She had a great time shopping and decorating it (and revealed that shopping is her forte)! She enjoys watching her family grow as there are 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren! She says it’s wonderful to enjoy them and still enjoy her Dad who is 89 and one of her sisters who has MS. Theresa your life is not boring! Angela Iatrou Simon entered the annual World Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness (WNBF) Northeast Classic Competition held in June. Since her last update, she improved on her placements from previous competitions. She won third place in the Classic Bikini division, which included all women over the age of 50. She also won fourth place in the Master’s Bikini division (medium height), which included women over the age of 40. Angela and husband Eric have been married almost 22 years. Their daughter, Korinna, is attending the University of Maine to study psychology. Sons Xander and Nathan are a senior and a freshman in high school, respectively. Angela is a senior project manager for Johnson Controls, managing the installation of security systems for schools, banks, hospitals, and companies including Google, Facebook, and Amazon, and has been in the security industry for over five years. Eileen Schmitt Perry and her husband Henry celebrated their 29th anniversary in September. She is a kindergarten teacher in Arlington and loves it! Their daughter Katie is a Special Ed teacher in Newton and daughter Colleen is a senior at Emmanuel College studying Elementary Education (yup all teachers). And of course, the star of the family is their dog Bear who is a basset hound/ shepard mix. And for me, Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, life doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Peter and I celebrated our 29th anniversary in August. Our daughter is attending the University of Rhode Island, where she was accepted to the Pharm D program. Just when we
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class thought we would become empty nesters, our middle son decided to move home. He graduated from Bentley University in May and is attending Bentley U. School of Business pursuing a master’s degree in finance. Our oldest son works for Bain Capital and recently got a dog. My parents celebrated their 90th and 91st birthdays last November.
✒ Kym Johnson Miele, 31 Randall Street,
Greenville, RI 02828, 401-949-2828, email@example.com ✒ Michelle Mathis-Buras, 62 High Street, Medfield, MA 02052, 508-655-0688, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶
✒ Maria Alpers Henehan, 33 Baker Road, Arlington, MA 02474, 781.643.4499, email@example.com ¶ Well, this
is truly difficult to believe, but our 30thReunion is on the horizon! Please mark your calendars for May 18, 2019 to celebrate at Regis! Five years ago, we had a great turnout—laughing, sharing, and catching up with old friends. Be on the lookout for details in the mail. Irene Mooka Richard’s oldest son (24) graduated from Rutgers and is living in NJ working for an insurance company. Her youngest son (22) is a junior a University of Southern Maine. Irene is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the reunion in May! Mary
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Greetings Ladies! It’s hard to believe that our 30th Reunion was May 2018! Here are the classmates who attended: Kym Johnson Miele, Michelle MathisBuras, Cheryl Cooper Murphy, Karen Lewis Moynihan, Kathleen Forrest Regan, Denise Sullivan, Mary Kate Smedile Butler, Mary Ellen Kelley, Rosalind Powers Kessel, Anne Maneikis, Debbie Brooks Puchovsky, Holly Hurtle Bridgeford, Kara Laverty Flynn, Laura Ann Doherty Reynolds, and Sarah Walcott Abramson. Angela Mazzeo Johansen wrote to say that she just started a new position at Taconic High School, Pittsfield, MA, where she has been teaching Spanish and Italian for 24 years. She was hired as the new Dean of Students in a brand-new school that will open in September. Taconic 2.0 is unbelievable and will offer a wider variety of vocational and academic programs. Pittsfield is very fortunate to have this state of the art school. Her kids are doing great, Juliana is entering eighth grade and Ryan is entering sixth. She will end the summer with a trip to California to visit friends in LA and San Diego. Kathleen Forrest Regan has had a busy 2018 summer with work, as people always need health and life insurance as well as Medicare. She made her annual track to Boothbay Harbor Maine with family and friends in July, but now it’s back to school and work time. Michael will be going into the ninth grade at Sacred Heart High School. Steph Palermo is speaking in Dubai on September 13, 2018, on living with a Rare Disorder/ Disease. The title of her talk is #Perfect. Steph has Poland Syndrome, which is a Rare Disorder where individuals are born with missing or underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body, resulting in abnormalities that can affect the chest, shoulder, arm, and hand. Steph is also emceeing an event for Rett Syndrome in Boston on November 10, 2018. Steph is also hosting an engagement party for her oldest son, Richie, in September 2018. He is planning a fall 2019 wedding. Look for “Steph’s 10 Feel Groovy Do’s to Get You in the Groove” on her website and social media. She is offering one-on-one short-term coaching to get you on The Groove Line as well
as a 12-week online course soon to be live. Michelle Mathis-Buras is a realtor at Weichert Realtors in Medfield, MA. Her family recently rescued a dog named Tucker. In June 2018, Chris Cavagnaro Kelley and family went to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. Chris is happy to report that she is now serving as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in her hometown of Reading! After 30 years in education, it is exciting for her to be working in the town that she and her husband, Tim, not only grew up in, but have raised their three children in. In August, Rosalind Powers Kessel and her family also took a vacation to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. Anne Maneikis is doing a lot with LL Bean Outdoor discovery school. In August 2017, she did a speaking engagement about honeybees. For the past four years she has worked with them teaching Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) for all levels and also teaches a class SUP with your pup. Liz Higgins Fitzgerald and Steve celebrated their 25th anniversary taking their family to Ireland in July 2018. Amy Buckley Meyer and Bob celebrated the wedding of their son Paul in June 2018. In July 2018, Mary Ellen Kelley, Debbie Brooks Puchovsky, Anne Maneikis, Marianne Ritchie McMorrow, Courtney Feeney Deschenes, and Heidi Michitsch spent their usual summer weekend on the Cape. Claire Barton Sheridan and Bob travelled to Alaska in August 2018. Claire is teaching at a catholic school in MA. In case you are at Regis and need medical assistance, you will find that our own Cheryl Cooper Murphy is the school nurse there. Cheryl Cooper Murphy, Michelle Mathis-Buras, and Claire Barton Sheridan attended the Women’s Table at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in May 2018. Kathy Doherty Eld, Cheryl Cooper Murphy, Michelle Mathis-Buras, and Claire Barton Sheridan attended the Annual Gala for the Now We Fly campaign in Boston. That is all the news for now! Please keep Michelle and I updated with all your items for upcoming Class Notes!
O’Connor D’Amicoreports that she, Jana, Susan, Cheryl, Ruth, and JoEllen have been able to clear schedules and meet for lunch on several occasions. Her son, Daniel is a sophomore at UVM…where my daughter Casey is a junior. Her younger two, Christopher and Katelyn are in seventh and sixth grades. Mary is still practicing law. Karol Maybury Macintosh’s daughter Grace is a freshman at University of Maine Farmington where Karol teaches. Krisann Donofrio Stancombe welcomed a granddaughter, Harley, earlier this year. So nice to hear from Liliana Mantilla, “since my graduation from Regis, I have lived in the Boston area. I work at Cambridge Health Alliance providing counseling to families who have lost someone to homicide. I also work in the health center doing behavioral health integration in the department of adult medicine. I enjoy a number of different activities including hiking, rock climbing, and outdoors in
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general. I love attending concerts and have recently seen Sylvan Esso and am looking forward to Death Cab for Cutie later this year. I go to Columbia yearly to visit friends and family and have a trip to Portugal coming up.” Kristine Gomes shared a proud mom moment: her daughter, Chloe, won a gold key award through the Boston Globe Art Competition. Both Mary Regan Thakur and Barbara L’Heureux Murphy have children performing in the UMASS marching band. Last year they marched in the Rose Bowl Parade. I look forward to seeing many of you in May at our 30th reunion. Please spread the word to classmates! Please send me any news you may wish to include in future publications—there is only one class update per year. This column is only as interesting as the news I receive.
✒ Sabrina Greenwood-Briggs, 15353
Weddington Street, Apt D 320, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411, 603-369-0394, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ The Class of
1997 has been fairly quiet this year with not much to report. Sabrina GreenwoodBriggs received a significant promotion this year and is now Director of People for her company, along with passing the Senior Certified Professional exam for the Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRM-SCP).
✒ Janine Lapan Yawson, 171 Derby Dingle
Street, Springfield, MA 01107, j9l0414@ comcast.net, 413-746-8151 ¶ Howdy 99ers!
I hope these notes find you all doing well. I would like to extend condolences to Katie Harrington Morrill, who lost her beloved father Raymond Harrington. Ray was the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Swim Coach during our time at Regis. Congratulations to Jessica Moffat, who was married on June 30th to Jonathan Fuller. They enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon in Playa del Carmen and will enjoy a family moon on Martha’s Vineyard with their blended family that consists of Ryan, age 17; Autumn, age 7; and Colton, age 4. Page Wheaton Gallivan and husband, John, welcomed their third child Celia Kylene on March 23, 2018. She is treasured by big sisters Tessa and Aniston. Megan Michael Lane has started a new job as Senior Manager of Emerging Technology and Growth Public Relations at VMare. This marks 15 years in tech PR thanks to her communications degree from Regis. Molly Maginnis Butler has started her own business as a travel agent. Please feel free to contact her at Your Travel Butler so that she may help you with your travel needs. Finally, the Yawson family went from party of three to party of five. On March 2, 2018, I gave birth to twins, Albert Joseph and Hannalyn Marie. Their brother, Andrew,
is enjoying his new siblings. Life has certainly gotten busier.
✒ Allyson DiGregory Looney, 781-
632-3344, email@example.com ¶ Kristen Gleneck Chiumiento graduated
in December 2017 from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science University’s post-Bach 16-month accelerated program with a BSN degree. She is currently a registered nurse in NH and works on the medical-surgical unit at Exeter Hospital. Lauren Liscombe Morris sold her home in CT and built a new house in St. Augustine, FL. She took a job at Jewish Family and Community Services in Jacksonville and was placed in the San Jose Academy and Preparatory School as a full-time clinical school social worker. Her son Torre (age 10) and daughter Ellie (age 6) wanted to try out track and field so she also coached long jump for the first time this spring. Since she needed to furnish her home, she taught herself how to refinish furniture. Lauren also set a goal to start running and to run at least one 5K race each month for one year; she’s already eight months into it and feeling pretty good. She and her husband Casey just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in July. Megan Tierney Connor left working for the institutional advancement team at Regis in December and started working as the major gifts officer at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA. She has been busy working on raising money for their $20 million campaign; they have $3 million more to go! Come visit her in Concord sometime! She would love to give you a tour of the new arts center building to be completed in June of 2019. Her children keep her busy as well, serving on the school’s PTF and Chair of her town’s recreation commission. Her son, Jack will be starting kindergarten in the fall! Hope to see you all at the 20th next year!!
✒ Lisa Owen, 801-231-5487, lowen423@ gmail.com ¶ Meg Morrill relocated to Agawam and works at Bay Path College in fundraising and development. Kate Hancock Ragsdale is engaged to Bill and is to be married in December. Jennifer Kokoth Jones and husband Scott welcomed a daughter, Cora, on December 28, 2017. Rebecca Strong and husband, Kyle Guarino, welcomed their third child Emma in October 2017.
✒ Andrea DePaoli McDonough, 978-
¶ It’s been a busy year for the Class of 2002! First things first, let’s catch up on 2017. Julie Bertolino Coiteux married her
love, Jon Coiteux on October 14, 2017, surrounded by friends and family at St. Raphael Church in West Medford, MA. The reception was at Café Escadrille in Burlington. Several Regis alumnae were there to celebrate the bride and groom: Matron of honor Jill Bertolino Chisholm, Kara Bolton, and Mary Iannella. Also, in attendance: Kim Sullivan-Ferraro, Jessica Moffat Fuller, Julia Mastronardi Yakovich, Elizabeth Avery Baggett, and Kelly Linehan Solomon. Kathleen Roche Kelley married Gary Kelley at her hometown church in Plainville, MA, on November 10, 2017. The reception was held at Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, and her bridesmaids included two Regis alumnae: Meredith Mooney Robinson and Alicia Colcord Blank. Kristen Mitchell Ross and Anne Mastronardi Miller were also there for the wedding festivities. The happy couple honeymooned in California traveling up the coast from San Diego all the way to Napa. I’m mentally adding that trip to my bucket list. There are more wedding bells on the way! Kara Bolton and her fiancé, Bill Fitzpatrick, plan to marry on September 15, 2018, at St. Raphael Church in West Medford, MA, with the reception at Café Escadrille in Burlington. Julie Bertolino Coiteux is one of the two Matrons of Honor. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in beautiful Barbados. Kathryn Phillips Livingston has been working on building her photography business; shooting for Albuquerque the Magazine and contracting as a wedding photographer. On November 5, 2017, she proposed to the love of her life in the most epic way possible: on stage at a rock concert. Way to go, Kate! She and her fiancé, Jesus Duran Rodriguez, C.S., plan to tie the knot with a small ceremony in New Hampshire on September 29, 2019, and plan to change their last names to ‘Duran’ to honor the groom’s Spanish heritage. Congratulations to all the brides, brides-to-be, and their families! OH, BABY! It has been quite the year for so many mothers in our class. Elle Wolterbeek Yarborough and her husband Joe joyfully welcomed their third little boy, Crew Wheeler Yarborough, on August 15, 2017. Erin Caggiano Moll and her husband Matt welcomed their little bundle of joy, Tobin (aka Toby), on a rainy Marathon Monday: April 16, 2018. Leigh Ann Zarkauskas Biggins and her husband Cliff welcomed a second daughter to their family, Eleanor Genevieve, on May 6, 2018. Their daughter Charlotte, age 2, is very excited about her promotion to big sister! Jessica Surette Scanlon and her husband, Pat, were blessed with a fourth child, Keagan, on June 18, 2018, greeted by his older siblings Mackenzie 10, Madison 7, and Kellan 5. Anne Mastronardi Miller and her husband Justin welcomed their firstborn son, Joseph William Miller, on July 5, 2018. He is already so loved by all his Regis
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✒ Paula Power Spadea, 781-413-5593, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Another year has gone by Class of 2004 and yet again you amaze me in all that you accomplish. Bobbie Finocchio Paolini and her wife Tessa welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Vincenza in November 2017. Angela Mancini Chrisemer and her husband Chad had their son Logan in April 2017. Maria Coughlin-Lok and her husband Jimmy expanded their family in January and their daughter, Cristina, is now big sister to William Thomas. Lorena Sestayo Feijoo and her husband, Johnny had their first child, Alba, in February 2017. Despite taking on her new role as mom, Lorena was also promoted to Senior Scientist in the Vaccine Research Department at Pfizer. Dana Beguerie completed her Master’s in Public Health with a global health focus, which included a trip to rural Ghana studying barriers to women’s reproductive care. Melanie Acuna started a role as staff attorney at AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly in Washington, DC, defending elderly facing evictions. Julie Burgoyne Sears accepted a new position at Decker, a creative marketing agency in Glastonbury, CT. She is the Traffic Manager and will also be the Production Manager for the CT Lottery Corporation account. She is working toward her Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication at Marist College and intends to finish by July 2019. She also joined a choral group, The
Tapestry Singers, and performed her first concert in June. It’s a wonderful group and brings back so many memories from her time at Regis! Cassie Blondel-Libardi started roller-derby. Paula Power Spadea was promoted to Quality and Compliance Consultant at Blue Cross of MA, using both her clinical psychology and public health background. Nikki Williams got married in August 2018. She is still teaching moral education in Tobago and is the owner of Nick’s Homemade Ice Cream. She noted how much she misses her Regis girls and hopes she can make it home for the reunion. Speaking of reunion, our 15-year reunion is in May 2019! Keep your eye out for local events leading up to the reunion and plan on attending the reunion in May!
✒ Elizabeth DeLise, 757-848-6160, email@example.com ¶ Samantha Bevilacqua moved to Salem, MA, and got promoted to Director of Catering at a local hotel. She went to Japan in April and got engaged; her wedding date is set for October 19, 2019. Kat Caldwell Stuart was married Oct 14, 2017; she’s going to New Zealand and Australia in November 2018 for her honeymoon. She is also working toward her MBA at Curry College. Elizabeth DeLise moved to Fort Bragg, NC, and serves as the Co-President of the Ft. Bragg wear blue: run to remember anchor community. She was also selected to be a Race Ambassador for the All-American Marathon. Cate Howley McLaughlin started a new job as the Assistant Vice President of Capital Gifts in the Advancement team at Simmons College and finished her Master’s in Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Meg Sullivan received her teacher license in MA for PreK-2 and serves on the board of directors for Woods Hole Theater Company. Carla Trodella lives in Danvers, MA, and works in the Memory Care Unit at Brooksby Village. She also placed second in the wheelchair division of the B.A.A 5K and 10K.
✒ Nicole Collette, 603-801-1847, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Heidi Gomez,
978-918-6300, email@example.com ¶ Hello class of 2006! Meg Delaney Oskin
is delighted to announce the birth of her daughter, Delaney Eleanora, born on April 15. Meg and her husband Tim are enjoying being new parents! Amanda Iverson Pinto and her husband Tom welcomed their son, Rocco, in February. Aside from being a busy mom, Amanda is busily working in her sixth year in special education in Plymouth, MA, and has recently transitioned from the Autism Program to teaching as a
regular Special Education teacher at the elementary level. Fellow special education teacher, Heidi Gomez continues to teach at the middle school level, and has enjoyed volunteering with Autism on the Seas on two occasions this year. During these trips, Heidi supports families with their children on their vacation so that every family member enjoys their trip. On the two cruises she has been on, she has worked with nine amazing families! Stephanie Larocque Lenzo is living in Norwood, MA, and has been working in the health care industry, most recently with hospital contracts and Business Associate Agreement Management. She and her husband Jeremy are excited to announce that they were recently approved by Department of Children and Families to be a pre-adoptive home. They are looking forward to being able to welcome at least two children into their home to provide a stable and supportive environment. Erin Campbell is busy training for the NYC Marathon in November and will be running for Team Fox as she continues her tireless efforts to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research. Please be sure to keep us updated with all your life events and accomplishments at firstname.lastname@example.org!
✒ Kate Daley Fisher, 339-933-0517, email@example.com ¶ It has been an exciting year for Jullieanne Doherty Lee and her wife Seol Lee, who married last fall on a beautiful New England day. A promotion to Director of Outreach and Engagement for Mayor Walsh in the City of Boston keeps her busy, and soon she will be even busier as she and her wife are expecting their first child this fall! Speaking of babies: Aislynn Quinn and husband Craig Assad welcomed son, Griffin Bruce (7 lbs 10 oz) on November 4, 2017, joining siblings Brendan and Kalley. Marrissa Gondola Brunetti celebrated her son Mason’s first birthday and also rejoins Real Living Realty Group as a realtor in Massachusetts. As for me, I am still teaching, moved to Halifax, MA, and spent the summer removing three layers of wallpaper from my home. Exciting, I know. Send in those notes 2007!
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aunties! About a week later, on July 12, 2018, Briana Madden Vachon, and her husband Jamie were delighted to share and introduce the arrival of their twin girls, Grace and Faye, joining their older siblings Stephanie and Michael. Lastly for baby news, Christina Hurton Marabella and her husband Tony are thrilled to announce that they are expecting baby #2 in February 2019. Yay! In other news, Shandren Marshall Harrington is living in Shirley, MA, with her husband of eight-and-a-half years and three boys ages 7, 5 and 3. She has put her career as a Spanish/English interpreter and technology sales professional on hold for now and is a full-time stay-at-home mom. Jessica Albrent is a math coordinator at Al Sahwa Schools in Oman, where she lives with her husband and cat. She began her EdD (doctoral studies) with Johns Hopkins University in Education Leadership in August 2018. In April 2018, Nicole Catatao was promoted to Director of Advance Practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston. As for myself, I will soon be completing a certificate program at the Elizabeth Grady School for Makeup Artistry. For updates and to stay connected, don’t forget to join our class’ private Facebook page: Regis College - Class of 2002. Thanks, everyone!
✒ Jennifer Thomas, 401-374-1519,
firstname.lastname@example.org or JThomas822@gmail.com ¶ It was great reuniting with Lauren Cavalier, Gillian Conklin, Jennifer Engelhorn, Isobo Erekeosima, Caitlyn Fraser Finn, Adalis Henriquez, Liljana Lora, Amanda Heroux Lynch, Katelynn Shea, Mardochee Val, Erica Guastello Vallande, Ashley Villandry,
Lena Vue, and Kristine Zarifian (and
Thamarr Guerrier via Facetime) in May
to celebrate 10 years since we graduated
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from Regis! Congratulations to Amanda Mauro Curtis and her husband Brian, who welcomed their second daughter, Ayla Mae Curtis, into this world on April 24, 2018. Older sister Addison is overjoyed! They continue to reside in Framingham and Amanda continues to work for John Hancock in their Long Term Care Insurance division as a Senior Customer Integration Specialist. Congratulations also to Valentine Tendo, who recently celebrated her two-year wedding anniversary to Patrick Kuharic; they were married on June 18, 2016. July marked a year for Valentine at her current position at Providence College as a Senior Administrative Assistant with the Office of Institutional Advancement. Please remember that if you have updates you want to share—an exciting vacation, new job, promotion, engagement, wedding, new baby, or pet—you can email regis email@example.com at any time! Thanks for staying in touch!
In Memory 1940 Marie Dillon Doran Marcellino October 23, 2018 1942 Alice Sullivan Sheehan July 29, 2018 1943 Patricia Blunt Buckley May 19, 2018 Kathleen Creedon, CSJ August 9, 2018 1944 Frances Parisi McVeigh June 9, 2018
1945 Bernadette Early Hickey May 3, 2018 Eleanor Monahan Moschella July 8, 2018 1946 Cecelia Agnes Mulrennan, CSJ October 8, 2018 Louise Patten O’Neil May 19, 2018 Virginia Clifford White July 31, 2018 1947 Joan Marie Moynagh September 22, 2018 Irene Rykoski O’Brien January 22, 2018 1948 Louise Sullivan Corcoran May 26, 2018 H. Frances Davis October 8, 2018 Clare Hailer Dennis October 5, 2018 Beverly Freeman Ganley December 22, 2017
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Regis has been notified of the following alumni and friends who passed away.* May they rest in God’s eternal peace.
1962 Jane Corliss Buckley July 13, 2018
1983 Eileen Lynch Flynn May 18, 2018
1955 Priscilla Mahoney Granfield May 30, 2018
Joan Jackson Ricardo-Gil June 11, 2018
1986 Patricia Denucci Doherty July 1, 2018
1956 Jane Gallogly Dunn October 20, 2018
1963 Constance Crean Carven October 17, 2018
Anne McDonald April 29, 2018
Priscilla Goodwin Phillips June 21, 2018
1957 Joan Higgins Duffy May 21, 2018
1964 Monica Beliveau Ehret September 1, 2018
Susanne McElligott March 30, 2017
Ann O’Meara Flanagan June 17, 2018
Jean Volante O’Connor June 4, 2018
1965 Mary Desmond Curtiss October 9, 2018
Marion Mulrennan Graham August 31, 2018
M. Patricia Avery Settimelli May 27, 2018
1949 Mary Pat Leary Crory September 29, 2018 Mary Downey Wiles June 4, 2018 1950 Mary Casey Acton September 8, 2018 Claire Turner Giuranna August 31, 2018 Grace Avery Mackiewicz September 24, 2018
1951 Beatriz Lopez de Romana de Corso April 24, 2018 Dorothy Looney DeRoche October 20, 2018 Jean Williamson Horsman August 14, 2018 Marjorie Howe, CSJ September 17, 2018 1952 Joan Flynn Cashman August 10, 2018 1953 Jean Meegan Finfrock August 10, 2018 Fleurette Arpin O’Toole October 9, 2018 1954 Joan Turner Flannery August 7, 2018 Marie Clogher Malaro July 21, 2018
Maryalice Supple Rancourt August 11, 2018 1958 Paula Kirby Macione June 13, 2018 Anna Lamoureux Merriman August 25, 2018 Carol Connelly Santos January 29, 2018 1960 Sherill Geary Duggan August 18, 2018 1961 Barbara Coghlan May 17, 2018 Judith Condon Goetz October 11, 2018 Elaine Wood Lombardi August 29, 2018
Lilane Gagnon July 17, 2018 Louise Sciubba Young September 24, 2018 1971 Patricia Brundage June 29, 2018 1974 Mariann Morelli Eden June 30, 2018 1976 Diane Dufault August 24, 2018
1987 Diana Oakes Mannisto August 16, 2018 1988 Elizabeth Gouldie Donahue May 14, 2018 1990 Nancy Glynn Godwin August 18, 2018 1992 Michael Lally May 26, 2018
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Barbara Dougherty McDermott August 6, 2018
Lois Daly Hunter May 17, 2018
1994 Allison Schramm Bowen June 16, 2018 Janice Gerstel McLaughlin July 5, 2018 1996 Joannah Cotton Quinn May 8, 2018 2005 Judith Shea October 19, 2018
Cornelia Simpkins Turner May 4, 2016
2018 Stephanie Boaventura July 13, 2018
1982 Frances Healy McGowan September 6, 2018
2019 Debra Doak July 3, 2018
Mary Ann Benninghof Lucas October 19, 2018
*As of October 23, 2018, print deadline.
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Special thanks to our top Let It Shine 2018 sponsors PRESENTING SPONSORS Public Consulting Group Regis Board of Trustees Bill and Jane Mosakowski CHANGE MAKERS Haleh Azar, DMD and Ali Shajii, PhD Jim and Lisa Mooney Century Bank Communication Technology Services, LLC
Regis raised more than $921,000 in scholarship funds at the Let It Shine Gala at the Boston Park Plaza on October 18, 2018. More than 300 people gathered to honor Public Consulting Group Founder, President, and CEO William S. Mosakowski with the Shining Example Award for his dedication to Regis and to Catholic education. “We are grateful for the incredible generosity and support that our alumni and entire community have shown to the mission of our great university to educate the young leaders of tomorrow,” says Regis President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. “William Mosakowski is a consummate professional, an impassioned business leader, a dedicated philanthropist, and a faithful believer in the power of education. Through his work, he continues to impact the lives of young people and continues to make critical change happen in our communities.” Funding raised for Let It Shine feeds directly into the comprehensive Now We Fly campaign, bringing the total raised thus far for the campaign to more than $35 million. Learn more and support Now We Fly: alumni.regiscollege.edu/nowwefly Learn more about Let It Shine: alumni.regiscollege.edu/letitshine Watch the tribute video to Bill Mosakowski: regisma.me/billm
From left to right: Cardinal Seán O’Malley poses with Century Bank President and CEO Barry Sloane, President Hays, and Bill and Jane Mosakowski; Barry Sloane auctions a signed Tom Brady jersey— modeled by his son, Marshall—to support student scholarships; honoree Bill Mosakowski accepts the Shining Example Award from Board Chairman John Tegan and President Hays.
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Regis really empowers its students to enact change and shape our community. My Presidential Catholic Scholarship is a true blessing. I would not be at Regis without it, which means I would not be the person I am today without it. Thank you so much for believing in me.” Ariana McCormack ’20 (Student speaker pictured at left center with fellow student Isaiah Wilson ’19 and their parents)
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A True Champion Isaiah Wilson ’19 uses mentorship to create opportunities for others
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Some people grow up with a cheerleader in their corner. Someone who can spark a passion, guide them on the right path. Others aren’t so lucky. But Isaiah Wilson ’19 is working to change the latter— whether purposely or without even knowing it. Mentoring comes naturally for the Global Business major and guard on the Regis men’s basketball team who is set to graduate early in December. In 2016 when Wilson reconnected with a former high school basketball coach who founded a youth basketball program, one weekend turned into an assistant coaching position. “The team was heading to Virginia for the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) 12U (under 12) nationals and I asked to help out,” Wilson recalls. “I connected with the players and realized the impact I could have.” Wilson wasn’t ready to walk away from the team— Seaford Heat (aka Heat Elite) out of Nassau County, New York. The program aims to benefit youth through the sport of basketball and in July 2018 won the AAU D1 14U (Division 1, under 14) championship. And Wilson believes in its core fundamentals: hard work, determination, and sportsmanship. “Sometimes I have to tell players things they don’t want to hear or help them see things they don’t want to see,” he says. “But nothing in life is given, and it’s my job to help them build the confidence to face adversity instead of giving up.” Even for Wilson that is not always easy. He recalls one talented player who hadn’t played organized sports before. “There were new rules and he wasn’t buying into the team’s playing style, no matter what I tried.” But then Wilson went from mentor to mentee with simple advice from one of the team parents. “He told me not to give up on him.” Wilson didn’t give up, and the player went on to become a strong team leader. “Within a year,
he transformed. I was able to help him by putting myself in his shoes.” That kind of empathy informs Wilson in various student advocate roles at Regis: Student Government Association (SGA) representative for his freshman class; senior class president; and resident assistant. He also volunteered for the Special Olympics basketball program (a long-standing commitment of the Regis men’s basketball team). When he was sidelined by an injury during his junior year, Wilson worked behind the scenes with men’s basketball coach Nathan Hager to learn the ins-and-outs of scouting and player development. “Isaiah is a mature leader who genuinely cares about the well-being of others,” Coach Hager says. “His mix of high academic accomplishment, community-driven ideals, and team leadership is what we aim to instill in each of our student-athletes.” A “quiet kid” in high school, Wilson says he found his voice at Regis. “I remember my first year sitting in on SGA meetings and listening to the older students respectfully tackle different issues. Over time I thought, ‘I can talk just like them.’ I took a lot away from that experience.” Today, he serves as that same kind of role model. But he remains humble. “I don’t want people to refer to me by a title like ‘coach.’ They can call me Isaiah or Zeek,” he says of the nickname given to him by his Regis basketball teammates. “I try to act like a big brother to guide people toward making the right choices. I keep myself on the same level and give respect, and it comes back to me the same way.” And though he shies away from titles, Wilson is excited to become the assistant varsity basketball coach—and continue to mentor—at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in New York after he graduates from Regis.
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“I try to act like a big brother to guide people toward making the right choices. I keep myself on the same level and give respect, and it comes back to me the same way.” —ISAIAH WILSON ’19
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