Regis Today Spring 2014

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Branching Out Vanessa noesi ’14 is making her mark

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Kathy Hickey Lennon ’63 [pg 22]

Miriam Finn Sherman ’98 Vice President, Institutional Advancement Peter Kent Director of Communications | Editor Heather Ciras Managing Editor | Alexis Baum Associate Director, Advancement Communications and Alumni Relations Contributing Editor | Bryan Geary Staff Writer | Lilly Pereira Designer | Regis Today is published twice a year. © 2014, Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed in Regis Today are those of the authors and not necessarily of Regis College. Please send address changes to: Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations, Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493-1571 or call 781-768-7220 or online at

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Regis College Board of Trustees 2014 Chair Joan C. Shea, MBA Members Carole F. Barrett ’63, JD

Lee Hogan ’61, CSJ, PhD (Vice Chair)

Ernest Bartell, CSC, PhD (Emeritus)

Ellen C. Kearns ’67, JD

Marian Batho ’70, CSJ Beverly W. Boorstein, JD Anita Brennan ’77 Rosemary Brennan ’70, CSJ, MEd, MDiv Elizabeth Cadigan, MSN, RN Meyer Chambers, MLM Hans Christensen, MBA Kathleen Dawley ’79 Maureen Doherty ’68, CSJ, MEd Mary Anne Doyle ’67, CSJ, PhD Clyde H. Evans, PhD Rev. Msgr. Paul V. Garrity, MA, MDiv Michael J. Halloran, MBA Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Ruth Sanderson Kingsbury ’57 Peter Langenus, JD Judith Murphy Lauch ’68, MS Christina M. McCann ’60, MAT Kathy McCluskey ’71, CSJ, PhD Teresa M. McGonagle ’81, MS Peter Minihane, MS, CPA Glenn Morris, AIA, IIDA Donna M. Norris, MD Kathleen O’Hare ’69 Mary T. Roche ’78, CPA Jane Cronin Tedder ’66, EdD John Tegan, Jr., MEd Richard W. Young, PhD (Emeritus)

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On the cover Vanessa Noesi ’14. Photo by Kathleen Dooher.

Features Art 14 Wherefore, Artist, student-athlete, intern, leader. Vanessa Noesi ’14 is unstoppable.

Room 18 Making Maria Hall has long been a big part photo: Kathleen Dooher

of campus life. It’s about to get bigger.

Harmony 22 Sweet The tuneful life of Kathy Hickey Lennon ’63.



Dear Neighbor


Tower Views

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Where technology and community intersect.

Graduate students curate an art show; Haitian nursing students graduate.

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In My Own Words Lee Hogan ’61, CSJ, remembering her mentor, Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare, CSJ.


Academic Innovation


In-depth training complements Regis’s iPad initiative.


Alumni Together Gatherings and events bring alumni together.

Class Notes News of the classes.

Hearts & Minds Ukrainian student Olena Barabash has found her place at Regis.

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are, of course, recognizing the fact that community and technology go together. In the world in which we live and work and teach, we cannot have one without the other. Higher education has to be on par with industry and with society not only in order to give to both, but also in order to be “higher”—and therefore, deeper—education. Students today are “natives” who have thumbs that can text in the dark, and faculty and staff are often the “foreign visitors” looking for a paper map to the terrain. Thinking across types of media—translating, disseminating, and multiplying the content and shape of information from one medium to another—is as immediate in rising generations in their use of the social media nervous system as we wish interdisciplinary thinking were academically. This means that the creation of “digital pedagogy” as a habit of mind in the university setting is not an option but an absolute necessity. Online learning has changed the marketability of traditional brick-and-mortar educational institutions. Faculty members who have created an online platform, especially a hybrid combination of online and classroom instruction, are those whose colleges or universities can adapt, perdure, and prevail in a world reliant upon technology and accepting of rapid technological change. This coming year, Regis will require faculty members to embrace this change. Some already have, and with a good degree of savoir faire. As reported in The Boston Globe, for example, Regis has become locally known as “iPad U” because we decisively distributed iPads to all undergraduates and their professors in 2012, and then to graduate students, with the result, as the article put it, “Science and health classes use iTunes U to view live dissections; astronomy education is enriched by 3-D views of planets and stars.”And it is not uncommon for a student to say, “I use my iPad for everything: course work, new projects, calendar, music, social media.” But this is just the beginning. On this student-centered campus, the academic incorporation of digital pedagogy is now a matter of social justice; in the worldwide network of human beings, community and technology have already combined. Those who have the media have control of the message, so they had better be well-educated in thinking, values, and practice or the message will devolve, and so will human community. Technology without community, without thought, can and already has contributed merely to informational proliferation and social fragmentation. My thoughts on this are not random. They reflect the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, who founded and who sponsor Regis College as a mission of higher education committed to service of “the dear neighbor without distinction.” Our heritage through the Sisters focuses the intellectual and social justice mission and resources of Regis as a learning community on “right relationship,” and we strive to inform the campus with “excellence with gentleness,” unity in diversity, and inclusiveness. Our heritage also asks us to hold a certain, deliberate moral and intellectual edge—the challenge to reach for something more. Today, community and technology go together, at home and abroad. Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN PRESIDENT

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Here at Regis we

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‘Following Our Path’ StudentS curate regiS-centric art Show Students in the college’s heritage Studies graduate program and the history, world Languages and cultural heritage department recently curated an exhibit in the Fine arts center’s carney gallery. titled “Following our Path: regis college through its art collection,” the exhibit featured pieces from regis’s own art and antiques collection. “regis has many beautiful works of art that represent the cultural sensibility of the Sisters of St. Joseph during an earlier phase of regis’s history,” said graduate student amy damon. “we feel the exhibit gives a true sense of regis’s spirit.”

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Donna Sytek ’66 delivers Commencement address


Alumna and longtime New Hampshire State Representative Donna P. Sytek ’66 was the featured speaker at Commencement exercises on May 10. Sytek was elected to the New Hampshire House in 1977 and served for 23 years, chairing several major committees including Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Criminal Justice. She served two terms as House speaker (1996–2000) before becoming chairwoman of the state Republican Party. Sytek currently serves as director and past chair of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies; vice chair of New Hampshire Catholic Charities; and chairwoman emerita of the Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership training program for women. She is a recipient of The Manchester Union Leader’s Granite State Legacy Award and the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. At Commencement, Regis awarded honorary doctoral degrees to Sytek and to Marshall M. Sloane, founder and chairman of Century Bank in Medford, Mass. A strong believer in social involvement and service, Sloane has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to building community. He is a trustee of Suffolk University, a trustee emeritus of Boston University, and a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

CarNegie ProJeCT TaPS regiS DoCToral Program Regis has been selected to participate in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a consortium of colleges and universities undertaking a critical examination of the doctorate in education (EdD) degree—across the U.S. and abroad—through dialogue, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation. The College is a member of the third cohort of institutions to join CPED; only Regis and Northeastern University were selected from Massachusetts this year. Prior cohorts include such prominent Massachusetts institutions as Boston College and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. “We are in very good company, and we are particularly proud to be selected for CPED in just the first year of launching our EdD program,” said Academic Affairs Vice President Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD. “CPED acceptance will allow our faculty to gain cutting-edge knowledge to engage our students in innovative, dynamic, experiential learning,” added Ray McCarthy, EdD, director of the College’s EdD in Higher Education Leadership program.

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Joan Shea elected board chair Joan C. Shea, deputy comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that office’s chief information officer, is the new chair of the Board of Trustees. A trustee since 2008, Shea succeeds Donna M. Norris, MD, who served as chair for three years. “With the College’s implementation of a strategic plan—including building up a global footprint, creating new academic and industry partnerships, and rolling out a Master Plan for development of the West Campus—it is an exciting time at Regis,” said Shea, a Newton College of the Sacred Heart alumna with graduate degrees in business and social service administration from the University of Chicago. Previously, Shea ran a strategic and managerial consulting firm to public and nonprofit institutions. She spent seven years with the Arthur Young consulting practice as director of government consulting for New England. Shea is an adjunct instructor at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.

New Trustees Anita Brennan ’77, of Guaynabo, P.R., senior vice president at UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico. Specializing in investments, she has worked at Salomon Smith Barney, E.F. Hutton, and Paine Webber, and is a member of NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange, AMEX, and several other exchanges. She serves on the boards of Colegio Puerto Riqueno de Ninas, Fondos Unidos of Puerto Rico, and American Building Maintenance Corporation. She is president of Hogar Santa Maria de Los Angelos and vice president of the board of Corporacion de la Difusion Publica de Puerto Rico. Elizabeth Cadigan, MSN, RN, of Middleton, Mass., senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nurse at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). Prior to joining CHA in 2010, she served in a similar capacity at Quincy Medical Center for nine years. During her long career in healthcare, Cadigan also held leadership positions at Boston Medical Center and Boston City Hospital. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston University and a BSN from Salve Regina University. Cadigan also holds Nurse Executive, Advanced certification.

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By THe NumBerS

2,069 19% 16:1 13,081 6,979 19 36 30 Total enrollment, as of Fall 2013

of student body is male

Women’s basketball undefeated in regular-season conference games

Student–faculty ratio

Regis alumni out in the world

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Under first-year head coach Angela Santa Fe, the Regis College women’s basketball team finished with a perfect 18–0 record in the New England Collegiate Conference, and an overall season record of 21–4. The Pride has not lost a regular-season conference game since joining the NECC in 2011, with 54 consecutive wins. It was the third consecutive 20-win season for Regis, which earned its way into its second NCAA appearance after winning the New England Collegiate Conference. Regis played Montclair State University in the NCAA Division 3 tournament, losing 78–51. The loss snapped the Pride’s 17-game winning streak dating back to January.

Alumni who have given to Regis

Cool Courses, Hot Careers High school students interested in two hot career paths—healthcare and communication—and a taste of college life should check out the new Regis College Summer Scholars program launching this year. The program, for rising high school juniors and seniors, offers introductory courses in health and fitness, psychology, public health, communication, and writing. Participants receive loaner iPads to enhance their coursework, advice on writing their college essays, and a tuition voucher for future use at Regis. The program runs for two weeks, from July 14 to 24, and offers participants the chance to live on campus, and enjoy social activities such as movies, games, and a trip to see the Red Sox. Cost for the full program, including coursework, room, board, and activities, is $2,500, or $1,250 for commuter students. Learn more at, or contact the program coordinator at or 781-768-7162.

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Undergraduate majors offered

Graduate programs offered

Student clubs and organizations

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+ Focus on Health


Palliative care exPert tackles end-of-life issu es Ira Byock, MD, a leading palliative care physician and author of The Best Care Possible—A Physician’s Quest to Change Care through the End of Life, was the featured speaker at a Regis College forum in April on end-of-life issues. His talk was part of the College’s “Envisioning and Achieving a Brighter Future—Unprecedented Challenges & Opportunities” forum, presented in partnership with the Parmenter Foundation and Parmenter Home Care & Hospice. Byock, a professor of medicine at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine, was director of palliative medicine at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., from 2003 to 2013. His first book, Dying Well (1997), has become a standard in the field. A subsequent book, The Four Things That Matter Most (2004), is widely used as a counseling tool by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible (2012), tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life. The forum drew healthcare educators, students and providers, business leaders, policymakers, faith leaders, and the general community. former HHs secretary sPeaks on HealtHcare access Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H. W. Bush, came to campus in April to discuss his book, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine, before a capacity audience in the College Hall Foyer. A champion of higher education, medicine, and accessible healthcare, Dr. Sullivan was the founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine. He is currently chair of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions.

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The President’s Lecture Series on Health Want to learn more about healthcare reform and implementation in the U.S. and Massachusetts? Are you dealing with a patient or family member with Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, diverticulitis, celiac disease, epilepsy, or Parkinson’s? The Regis College President’s Lecture Series on Health was established in 2007, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, to build awareness and to inform healthcare professionals, educators, students, and the general public on contemporary health and wellness issues to help effect positive change in addressing those issues. Two lectures are held in the fall, and two are held in the spring. Panelists are leading physicians, nurses, hospital executives, public policy experts, health educators, and other practitioners and thought leaders from across All lectures are free and the region. open to the public, and advance registration is Moderators include required. Learn more at Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, and faculty members from the College’s School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions. The lecture series coordinator since the launch of this special initiative is Amy Anderson, founding dean of the Regis nursing program. In addition to pressing medical issues, the series has explored an array of other contemporary topics, including autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, obesity, bullying, violence prevention, depression, and food and water safety. Topics for the fall 2014 season are treatments for anxiety, drug abuse, panic attacks, and “What is in your DNA? Genetics and Cancer Treatment.” Each evening lecture draws well over 200 attendees, many of whom are nurses and social workers pursuing professional contact hours to meet certification requirements. All lectures are free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. Learn more at

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Former President Bill Clinton congratulated President Antoinette Hays in Port-au-Prince as she and nursing graduates prepared for the graduation ceremony.

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First in class Haitian nurses receive master of science degrees

The first group of 12 Haitian educators participating in the Regis College Haiti Project received master of science degrees in nursing from the University of Haiti at a February 18 ceremony in Port-au-Prince. President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, and Regis faculty members were on hand to celebrate the milestone, and had the opportunity to meet with former President Bill Clinton prior to the graduation ceremony. Clinton and former President George W. Bush oversaw a special fund to support rebuilding in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

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In 2012, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund granted Regis nearly $500,000 to support the nursing project. Boston-based medical charity Partners in Health, founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, has collaborated with Regis to build Haiti’s Human Resources for Health. Initial funding for the Regis Haiti Project came from an anonymous donor to Partners in Health and generous support from the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation. The Regis commitment to educating Haitian nursing educators, however, began well before the earthquake.

“In 2007, we promised the nurses of Haiti to change the under-resourced healthcare system, not just assist in episodic clinical care during spring break,” said President Hays. “Upgrading Haitian nurses’ education to a master of science level persuades me that this is within reach.” The program has a multiplier effect on Haiti by sustaining nursing jobs, promoting healthcare standards, and transforming the health sector, all while filling a need for skilled Haitian health workers.

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Remembering Sister Jeanne d’Arc By Lee Hogan ’61, CS J, P h D

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Fifty years ago, Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare ’39, CSJ, PhD, became the sixth president of Regis College. She served as president until 1974, and left a legacy of tremendous intellectual, social, and international focus and growth at Regis. Moreover, she left an extraordinary family legacy: Three of her sisters, a sister-in-law, and five nieces attended Regis, and a grandniece is currently a student here. Sister Jeanne d’Arc passed away one year ago. Woman religious. Teacher. Scholar. administrator. Mentor. Friend. a Sister of St. Joseph who did it all ... all that she was asked to do, called to do. and she always made it seem enjoyable, just what she wanted to be doing. Whether it was teaching, serving as a trustee, a member of Congregational Leadership, an archivist, a neaSC commissioner for higher education, or president of Regis College, she embraced everything with energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and intellectual passion that few could match. My first encounter with Sister Jeanne d’Arc was at the start of my sophomore year at Regis. She arrived in the summer to take over the government Department. I had just signed up for that major and was looking forward to this new major with a professor who was getting the program launched. our disappointment over the sudden departure of that professor was quickly erased by the presence of this enthusiastic, energetic Sister who was taking over the building up of this new department, teaching several courses, advising students, attending student activities and events—all the while completing her PhD requirements. Our first course with Sister Jeanne d’Arc was in World Politics. She was serious and scholarly, gave excellence and expected it from us. By the end of the course we were having intellectual engagement with the Cold War world, aware that the continent of africa was undergoing a major transformation, discussing issues of global import in ways we would never have imagined. We wondered if our heads could hold it all the way hers could. and of course we began to read The New York Times every day—a habit I continue to this day. She was always encouraging, offering suggestions, getting us to know the past but to think about the future—both our own and the world’s. Her encouragement led many of us to seek opportunities and new experiences: for me it was first as an intern in state

government at a time when internships were quite new and few; then to a career position in federal government in Washington in the early days of the Kennedy administration. The latter was an experience I have always valued. and ultimately I was led to the Sisters of St. Joseph. Here I came to know Sister in many more rich and varied ways. Sister Jeanne d’arc was a model of scholarly teaching, compassionate concern for students, and willingness to say “yes” to wherever she could make a contribution. Her gifts were many and she was always sharing them. When I began teaching, I tended to “teach as I had been taught.” one of the great thrills for me was when we both were recognized for teaching excellence by the Mcauliffe Center as “Christa’s Teachers.” and since I had been Christa’s U.S. History teacher at Marian High School, there was much significance in the reach of one good professor into the future. For Christa often acknowledged that she taught as she had been taught. after her presidency and some sabbatical time, Sister Jeanne d’arc returned to Regis to teach in what was now the Political Science Department, and serve as director of continuing

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Sister Jeanne d’Arc was a model of scholarly teaching,

compassionate concern for students, and willingness to say “yes” to wherever she could make a contribution.

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education. In the early ’80s, trying to grow new programs, such as nursing, she and thenacademic-dean ed Mulholland hired Dr. amy anderson to build the nursing programs, which have become such a key part of today’s Regis. They certainly had great foresight envisioning the Regis of the 21st century. She was a great model and great mentor for me. I was fortunate

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that my ministry took me along some similar paths, where I learned much about humility, simplicity, and compassion, along with scholarship, intellectual curiosity, and hard work. But I could never reach her capacity for storytelling. Sister Jeanne d’arc was a Sister of St. Joseph who lived her life (as our CSJ Consensus Statement says) “… in humility, in sincere

charity … with an orientation toward excellence, tempered by gentleness, peace, and joy.” Indeed, she was a great woman. Lee Hogan, CSJ, PhD, is a member of the Class of 1961. She has filled many roles at the College from 1975 to the present, including associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department, and academic dean. Sister Lee is currently vice chair of the Regis Board of Trustees.

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Associate Professor Michelle Cromwell always had a difficult time getting students in her Introduction to Sociology course to understand a literature review. The concept is simple enough: Students choose a topic, and then synthesize the best in research on said topic. But the execution was often off. This year, however, she took a different approach. Instead of assigning it, then having to dig through their work, Cromwell had the students do them in class, guiding them the whole time. She presented Powerpoint slides to the class and discussed the different elements crucial in the review. Then, using research questions she designed, they did the research on their iPads as she helped and answered questions. “It was so easy compared to past years,” said Cromwell. “And two days later they were able to do a 900-word literature review by themselves and do it well. It’s the first time I’ve been able to get them to grasp it immediately.” Instances like this are occurring all over campus since the College distributed iPads to students and faculty in 2012—with the support

of a generous grant from Virginia ’54 and John Kaneb—and created a rich faculty professional development program to incorporate the devices to engage students and enhance learning. Regis recognized the huge opportunity the College had to infuse technology holistically into classes, and that investment is paying off. In an art history class, Associate Professor Steven Belcher uses the iPad to feature artwork and original documents. In nursing and social work classes, professors use the video-recording feature of the iPad to allow students to role-play, then play the video for class feedback. In math classes, Associate Professor Barbara Loud, CSJ, says that iPads are more convenient and flexible than calculators, and that apps provide a much-needed visual experience for everyone, especially when dealing with abstract concepts. There are also numerous side benefits for inclass assessment and exams. “This is exactly what we hoped for: extensive use of the mobile devices both inside and outside of the classroom so that learning can take place anywhere and untethered collaboration

can happen spontaneously,” said Chief Information Officer Marla Botelho. The way in which professors are communicating information is changing. And while lectures remain a long-held and essential tradition, technology has given professors the chance to move some “information imparting” to outside the classroom and bring more interactive guidance into it. The overarching technology education effort is known as “rTIP”—the Regis Technological Innovation Program. There are weekly workshops about specific apps or topics and large technology-education events, such as a colloquium on faculty projects each semester. “rTIP facilitates learning how to use devices like iPads and their apps, but the program’s work is much broader than that,” said Andrea Humphrey, a general education and women’s studies assistant professor and coordinator of rTIP. “It’s about literacy. Because high tech now permeates every industry and most of our non-work lives, students need to understand how and when to use technology and what it means

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just as much as they need literacy in math and language.” The College recently hired a highly experienced instructional designer with a PhD in education, Sabrina Johnson-Taylor, who helps faculty add technology to their teaching repertoire and supports all forms of instructional delivery. An instructional technologist, Chad Bergeron, provides the technical detail, researching applications and training faculty and

“This is exactly what we hoped for: extensive use of the mobile devices both inside and outside of the classroom so that learning

can take place anywhere

and untethered collaboration can happen spontaneously.”

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“It’s about literacy. Because high tech now permeates every industry and most of our non-work lives, students need to understand how and when to use technology and what it means just as much as they need literacy in math and language.” staff on them. Johnson-Taylor provides ongoing conversion of traditional classes to online or hybrid classes, where many classes are held “in person” but with a large technology component in and outside of the class as well. She helps professors to structure courses with multimedia, helping them to make the environment interactive for students, following what research says enhances teaching.

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Johnson-Taylor teaches two online courses for faculty that are a basic foundation: Best Practices for Online and Blended Classes, and a Flipped Classroom Seminar. The flipped classroom is the practice of students learning the content outside the class and coming to class for more complex concepts or problem solving. The idea is that if students learn the information outside of the

classroom through videos and reading assignments provided by the professor, then class can be for higher-level work like demonstrations, discussions, and conceptualization. “This way,” said Johnson-Taylor, “the classroom is more like a lab. The teacher is freed up to act like a coach.” There are added benefits to incorporating multimedia into the class. By changing the style of teaching, it opens up the class for students who learn in different ways. With this as a focus, using technology for students is just as much a social justice issue as it is an academic one, faculty say, noting that Regis has always focused on providing a high-quality education for students with various learning styles. “This gives students the opportunity to show that they know something using various kinds of multimedia,” said JohnsonTaylor. “You have a diverse population of students, why wouldn’t you diversify how you teach and assess students?” In addition to teaching in a different way, professors can evaluate students in a fresh way. Johnson-Taylor particularly recommends electronic portfolios, a collection of writings, photos, videos, and other material that the student assembles, along with a written self-reflection about what students have learned and how the pieces in the portfolio represent growth and development. “Some people don’t do well on standardized tests,” she said. “It’s giving students the opportunity to show that they know something using multimedia. It appeals to the various ways students learn.” So, instead of a standardized test, someone could show in a lab

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how condensation theory works. Or, someone else could demonstrate a principle of broadcasting in a podcast. Professors can get creative with evaluation instead of relying on written tests. “I’m really enjoying seeing faculty take the bull by the horns,” said Johnson-Taylor. “When they learn something and use it, then have the students use it too, it’s really fulfilling.” Faculty members are finding it exciting, too. “Technology isn’t about changing the core of what we do in the classroom. It is about expanding the effectiveness of what we do,” said Humphrey. Cromwell said she is finding that class has become a lot more active and interactive. “The iPad is integral to the teaching pedagogy,” she said, “facilitating what we do in class.” Her Intro to Sociology course is currently creating an iBook, assembling content based on the subject matter and putting it all together as a digital book, and working to cite all video, photos, and text appropriately. “It makes the class more fun,” said Cromwell, “and students engage.” Adding technology creates new opportunities for extending what “classroom” means. Claudia Pouravelis, associate dean of graduate affairs and an adjunct professor, uses a hybrid format to teach a Co-Curricular Development in Higher education course, which is part of the College’s new Doctor of education (edD) in Higher education Leadership program. The majority of classes are online, augmented by four oncampus sessions each semester.

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By using online forums and a combination of apps, Pouravelis, her co-professor, and the students are able to present to each other and then discuss the content extensively. Because it’s all recorded, it’s easy to track how often students are participating, and ensure that everyone is getting enough feedback. “In a traditional class,” she said, “there are some students you don’t really get to know. With this class,

you’re almost interacting more, even though it’s not in-person.” And, for working professionals such as those in the edD program, the format better fits busy lifestyles. “It is the wave of the future,” Pouravelis said. “In five years, we’ll be thinking, ‘Can you believe we once met in class every single week?’ ”

A New Interdisciplinary Major in the Arts “The arts are humanity’s most eloquent means of understanding the world. Through the arts, we share the highest achievements of every culture and find a universal language that provides, promotes, and preserves a venue of communication among all peoples. As such, the arts are an essential component of a complete education.” So began a Regis faculty proposal for a new undergraduate program blending the aesthetic and the practical, the historical and the contemporary: an Interdisciplinary Arts major. The major is designed to provide students with a solid platform from which to pursue careers or graduate-level studies in any of the arts disciplines or other areas of interest. The program draws on the College’s traditional strengths in arts education to address society’s growing focus on applied learning and professional preparation to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge of music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts. “This new path of study was created in the understanding that arts professionals must be skilled in a variety of creative disciplines to be successful in the increasingly global arenas of arts-related professions, industry, and government,” said Associate Professor Frans Rijnbout, chair of the Department of Art, Music and Theatre. “Through this new major, students will acquire fundamental knowledge in the three main creative disciplines—art, music, and theatre,” he continued. “And, by specializing in one of six concentrations, students will gain more specific experLearn more about the tise in their chosen discipline, be it Arts Administration, Art History, new Interdisciplinary Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts.” Arts major at Count students Jessica Nguyen ’17 and Nicole DeRosa ’16—both graduates of Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, Mass.—among the major’s enthusiastic audience. “I have loved to perform and entertain since I was little,” said Nguyen, who hails from Chelsea. “For my career, I have always wanted to be either involved with theatre as an actor, director, manager, prop maker, production designer, theatre teacher, or English teacher. This new major will help me get there.” “I am not entirely sure about a career just yet,” said DeRosa, a Saugus resident. “Originally, I really wanted to perform as a professional actress in musical theatre productions, but I want to have a college degree because the entertainment business is not very steady. I can't guarantee that I will always have a job performing, so I might want to teach voice lessons, dance, and theatre. I also am interested in working for or starting my own small theatre company.”

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Vanessa Noesi ’14 is leaving lasting impressions

( story By Bryan Geary • photos By kathleen dooher )

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N so m a n y wa y s , Va n essa Noes i ’14 h as m a d e h e r ma r k o n R e gi s C ollege. Sh e is a s t a r a t h l e t e , a t o p - n otch st ud en t , a n d a t a l e n t e d gr a p hi c d esig ne r .

h er m o st v is i b l e a n d l a s t i n g i mp r e s si o n o n c am p us, h o w e ve r , a d o r n s a wa l l w i thi n t h e C am p us M i n i s t r y of f i c e : a b e a u t i ful t r ee m ur al s h e wa s r e c r u i t e d t o p a int b y dir ec t o r of s p i r i t u a l l i f e e l i z a b e th C o n way ’80, C S J , a n d h e r s t a f f , a l l o f w ho m wer e w el l awa r e o f N oe s i ’ s r e p u t a t io n fo r wo n der fu l d r aw i n gs a n d p a i n t i ngs . The mural’s theme—We are Regis. We belong to something bigger— is one with which Noesi easily identifies, and she wanted to create something that everyone else would identify with as well. Chemistry, art, soccer, a globe, the Sisters of St. Joseph—all featured on the tree, each meticulously illustrated circle playing its part in something bigger. “When Vanessa came up with the mural design, we knew she got it—the real image of Regis as one community of so many parts,” said Sister Betsy. “She gave us a timeless gift.” The tree tells a story about Regis as a whole, but within it you will also find Noesi’s story. As an athlete, Noesi has found more success than she had ever imagined. On her way to becoming a first-team All-New England Collegiate Conference volleyball player, the senior captain said, “I realized somewhere along the way that I love this sport even more than I thought I loved it.” Only five years ago, however, if you asked Noesi whether “college volleyball star” was in her future,

she would have said, “no way.” As a child growing up in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, a city on the country’s northern coast, Noesi was always active. “We didn’t need a park to play. You played anywhere there was space.” In particular, she grew up playing the country’s sport of choice: baseball. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl, a boy, whatever. You still play baseball.” When she came to the United States for high school with her mother and her older sister, Noesi was not yet involved in organized sports. That was something the Greater Lawrence Technical High School volleyball coach quickly set out to change. “Before I went to high school, during the summer I took one course for English,” she said. “The coach saw me there and said ‘Oh! You’re so tall. You should play volleyball!’ ” Noesi’s response? “I said, ‘What’s volleyball?’ ” Standing at 6-foot-1, she followed through on her coach’s recruiting attempt and more: She went on to play high school volleyball, basketball, and tennis. And while

she found success in all three, she was surprised when Regis began to show interest in having her play volleyball at the college level. Four years later, she ranks among the top three all-time in Regis history in matches played, career games played, attack percentage, and blocks. She also owns two of the top 10 single-season block totals and is a two-time All-NECC performer. To call her time with the Pride a success is an understatement. But it is as an artist that Noesi found what she believes is her true calling. “As a little kid I was always drawing for my mom,” she said. “I always told people I wanted to be an art teacher.” Though the transition to life in the U.S. wasn’t easy at first, Noesi said that art made it easier for her. “I feel like art has always been there for my good and hard times,” she said. “And the more I’m stressed, the better I paint.” She pursued that passion at Regis, where she has excelled as a Communication major, concentrating in Graphic Design. And

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it’s not just her coursework that can be seen around campus. Noesi has spent four years as a workstudy student in the College’s publications office, helping to create many of the brochures and flyers produced for admission and promotional efforts. It is experience that helped her land a senior-year internship with El Mundo, where she helps with design and layout for one of Boston’s most prominent Spanish-language newspapers. The El Mundo internship is among the many ways Noesi keeps in touch with her heritage. As president of the Latin American Student Organization and a member of the Multicultural Group, she is an ambassador not only for Regis, but also for her country. Someday, she hopes to return to the Dominican Republic and share her passion for art as a teacher.

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has always been there for my good and hard times. And the more I’m stressed, the better I paint.

“Growing up in the Dominican Republic is hard,” said Noesi. “I love kids so I feel like teaching them something that I love would make me very happy.” Part of something bigger, indeed.

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Maria Hall will look markedly different in the near future (above) than it did in the 1960s (below).

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Making Room By Patricia Murray DiBona ’84

For the Driscoll family, attending Regis College was a rite of passage. Matriarch Marie White Driscoll graduated in 1944, and it was only natural that her three daughters would follow suit. “It just felt right,” said Elizabeth Driscoll Nace ’77 of her decision and that of her sisters, Marie Driscoll Hanlon ’74 and Georgia Driscoll ’84. “Regis was home to us,” said Nace, who lived in Angela Hall for four years.

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When Nace had daughters of her own, she hoped the Regis legacy might live on through them. But the two Nace sisters had other ideas—large universities, in big cities. They also preferred climates similar to their hometown of Sarasota, Fla. So it came as a great surprise to everyone when Austin, the youngest member of the Nace family, set his sights on Regis. He was drawn to Regis by its liberal arts focus, proximity to Boston, and men’s tennis team. “I never in a million years thought my son would be the one to go to Regis,” said Nace. “Every child is different and Regis was the best fit for him.”

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On a recent visit to campus, Nace remarked that her son’s dormitory, Maria Hall, looks very much the same as it did when she attended Regis. But that is about to change, and it is clear that Regis’s Master Plan for campus development, breaking ground after Reunion this year, could not have come at a better time. The Master Plan includes a 72-bed, suite-style, four-story addition that will expand Maria Hall by 31,000 square feet. Internationally acclaimed architectural firm Sasaki Associates has created a design that unites the entire campus with a central quad and walkway.

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ust seven years ago, Regis welcomed its first co-ed class, bringing an influx of male undergraduates that boosted enrollment. Back then, the campus’s four dormitories resembled Swiss cheese: filled with 450 students but pocketed with holes of empty rooms. Today, Regis boasts 700-plus student residents—a number that has risen steadily each year, culminating with a happy problem last summer. To the delight of College officials, housing applications reached an all-time high. Yet the residence halls were bursting at capacity, prompting the school to move 30 upperclassmen into the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick. Hourly shuttles moved students back and forth to campus for several months until enrollment shifted and the students settled back in the residence halls. As Regis moves forward to meet the needs of its student body, the 10-year transformation plan promises to reshape the look of the College. Many alumnae returning to campus will find a Regis quite different from their memories. Though Regis has changed through the years, it’s evident from talking with graduates that much remains the same. Dorm life, it seems, transcends the ages. Molly Gouthro ’12 and Mary Nealon Regan ’56 both lived in College Hall, the first college structure built on the Regis campus in 1928. “I was ecstatic when I moved in,” said Gouthro. “The high ceilings, the hardwood floors; it was so charming. My room was right above the parterre at the entrance on Katsura Drive and the views of Weston were amazing.” Gouthro said living in the same building as her classes was an added bonus on busy days. “I’d wake up, brush my teeth, and be in class in minutes. On rainy days, I didn’t even need to go outside.” Regan recalls a more structured routine when she was a Home Economics major in the 1950s. “My three roommates and I lived next to the bunny hop,” she said, fondly describing the College Hall passageway to the convent in St. Joseph Hall. The nickname gave a nod to the nuns’ traditional black and white habits. “They would knock on our doors every morning and tell us to get up and go to Mass,” she recalled with a laugh. Study hours were from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with mandatory lights-out at 10 p.m. Regan remembers gathering with friends for a chat and a cigarette at the nuns’ “summer house,” a covered carport where the Student Union now stands, before rushing back to meet curfew. Both Regan and Gouthro said they wouldn’t change a thing about their Regis experience. They shared nearly identical stories of evening snacks—cocoa and cookies served by Sister Isabelle in Regan’s case and cupcakes courtesy of Gouthro’s resident director—in College Hall’s boat lounge. Just beginning her career, Gouthro is completing a master’s degree at Regis. “I made friends for life here,” she said. “We text each other every day.” Regan, who retired with her husband and college sweetheart, John, to Martha’s Vineyard, said there’s nothing quite like a college friendship. She counts Regis classmates among her best friends. “The Class of 1956 still has luncheons twice a year,” she said. This close-knit vibe has kept James Guaragna ’11 at Regis for seven years. One of the young men in that first co-ed class, Guaragna was a resident assistant and then a resident director after graduation. He finished his master’s degree at Regis and was offered his

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[ looking forward ] current job as director of orientation and social media marketing. Students regularly benefit from Guaragna’s firsthand accounts of Regis dorms. He has lived in nearly every residence hall. “I still remember my first night in Angela Hall,” he said. Television camera crews had been on hand that day, adding to the freshman’s nervousness. “I was just a new college student. I didn’t think I was a ‘pioneer,’ ” he said. There was a loud noise in the hallway that night and Guaragna said everyone popped their heads out of their rooms. “Someone began playing music and we all started dancing. It was a great way to kick off the year.” Along with spontaneous moments, students have also witnessed history while living in their dormitory communities at Regis. Sometimes it has been a pop culture first and other times a more earth-shaking world event. Along with memories of sunbathing behind Angela Hall, Tara Bucchino Matthews ’85 recalls gathering in the lounge to watch Luke and Laura’s wedding on General Hospital. In a similar scenario 20 years before, Barbara

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Keller ’67 and friends huddled around her dorm’s lone TV to see the Beatles sing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on the Ed Sullivan Show during their first visit to America. Keller said she remembers exactly where she was when President John F. Kennedy was shot. “I was with friends, climbing up the five flights from gym class in the basement of College Hall. Classmates were shouting the news down the echoing stairwell. We were sent home early for Thanksgiving break but my parents couldn’t pick me up right away. I was one of the last to leave the dorm and still recall vividly the silent halls and the sadness of that gray, rainy day.” Domitilla Hall opened in 1964, just in time for Keller’s sophomore year. Move-in day sticks in her memory, Keller said. “The shouting, hugging, and joy at seeing friends after the summer away. There was something so warm and welcoming about returning, minus the anxiety of move-in day freshman year.” Each of the dorms continues to retain a distinct personality. Domitilla is still the place to be

for sophomores. Angela is now an all-freshman dorm and includes a recently rehabbed first floor lounge and fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Maria and College Halls attract nursing students and are known as the quiet residences. College Hall was the last dorm to go co-ed. Inside each residence hall, technology has transformed the way students live and communicate. Gone is the hallway phone booth that served as a lifeline for past Regis students. Smart phones have replaced landlines installed in the 1990s, and sleek laptops and iPads have made bulky computers and typewriters history. While some students squeeze flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and video game systems into their rooms, many opt to watch shows on the Internet via Netflix. Residence life staff members work hard to keep students happy and involved on campus, organizing an array of social, community service, and faith-based activities. They work closely with members of the College’s health center and campus police to ensure a safe environment and a calming place to call home, said Housing Director Shawn Edie, who lives with his wife and their two young sons in an apartment above the chapel in College Hall. “When students live on campus, opportunities open up for them,” said Student Affairs Vice President Kara Kolomitz. “They grow, they develop confidence and social skills, they become more independent. And, as they have for decades here, they create lifelong friendships.” Writer Patricia Murray DiBona ’84 lived in Angela Hall throughout her four years at Regis, as did her sisters Judith Murray Regan ’74 and Susan Murray Cronin ’86. Her sister Valerie Murray ’90 broke ranks and lived in Maria Hall.


Co m mu n i ty Ad d it i on S The first phase of the Master Plan to remake core areas of the campus launches this spring. Phase I will yield a stunning, landscaped quadrangle flanked by College Hall, St. Joseph Hall, Alumnae Hall, a new entrance to the Library— and a new wing for Maria Hall. For Student Affairs Vice President Kara Kolomitz, the projects are both exciting and telling. “This is about how we live, and what Regis values,” said Kolomitz. “We are so grateful that Phase I is about community space—creating space for all of us to come together. It reinforces the notion that we are all connected. “In her very first meeting with students in 2011, President Hays asked them what would deepen their time here,” Kolomitz continued. “They talked about the living and learning concept, and that ultimately became part of the overall strategic plan for the College. From a student advocacy perspective, that is very impressive. It speaks to the power of the student voice.” The Maria Hall addition will create suite-style bedrooms for 72 students, and a large, fireplaced central “living room” and kitchen for the entire Regis community. “We’ve not been able to offer a contemporary housing choice for many years,” said Kolomitz, “so we’re thrilled about the new wing, and the effect it will have on campus life and student recruitment.” Work on the new wing, the campus quad, and the Library’s new vestibule, café and amphitheater-style staircase is slated for completion by fall 2015. Learn more and watch the Master Plan video at






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Kathy Hickey Lennon ’63 laughs as she describes a favorite gift from her three daughters. Like many family photographs, the framed color portrait shows adult children and grandchildren wearing coordinating shades of red and gray. But any similarity to formal studio photography ends there.

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After all, the Lennon sisters know their mom and share their singing namesakes’ spirit. The photo captures a performance moment: bodies in motion, fingers splayed in “jazz hands,” each person seemingly shouting “TA-DA!” It is a perfect Christmas present, filled with creativity and personality— much like Lennon herself.

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ennon’s earliest memories revolve around music. She recalls singing along to the radio as a young girl and remembers her parents belting out tunes in the house. Today, Lennon is an accomplished choral singer who performs competitively with Coastline Show Chorus, an international chapter of the Sweet Adelines. Known for their four-part a cappella harmony and energetic choreography, Coastline is comprised of 80 women from across New England singing a range of music, from American classics to Broadway hits. Lennon traces her love of a cappella to 1958, when she first saw the Buffalo Bills, a famous barbershop quartet, at Symphony Hall in Boston. “It’s a gas if done right,” Lennon said of the blended voices. Intrigued with male barbershop, Lennon learned that a female counterpart existed. She auditioned for a Sweet Adelines chapter in 1987 and never looked back. Every Wednesday evening, Lennon makes the 30-mile trek from her home in Needham to Coastline rehearsals in Attleboro. Not one to waste a minute, Lennon uses her 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse as her personal music studio. “That old car has a CD and a tape player, so I practice sets as I’m driving or just listen to what my mood calls for that day,” said Lennon, a slender woman with a flair for fashion: On a recent winter day, Lennon wore a purple studded jacket, swirling black skirt, and cream leather boots. Her memories of Regis College are equally colorful. A “day hop,” Lennon spent hours traveling to and from Regis in the early 1960s, the oldest and first of seven children to attend college.

“I lived with my aunt who was a dance teacher in our family homestead freshman year, and took the subway three changes to Riverside where I got on the blue Regis bus,” she said. Lennon later worked as a mother’s helper for a Weston family. She said she felt lucky to be in college, no matter the struggles. “I was determined to make my parents proud. Plus, the Sisters of St. Joseph kept a close eye on us scholarship students,” she chuckled. In high school, Lennon was one of 13 young women in A Baker’s Dozen, an a cappella group. At Regis, Lennon graduated with a Fine Arts degree and minor in Spanish and German. “It was the height of folk music, so I also played guitar and sang a lot of Joan Baez,” she said. She married John Lennon, whom she had met years ago when his mother introduced them, and the couple settled in Needham, where they raised daughters Beth, Pam, and Katie ’96. Lennon worked at the Watertown Library along with Regis classmate Anne Billingham Brophy (“We met in Sister Melmarie’s creative writing class”) for a year. Then she worked as an elementary school teacher at St. Anthony’s in Allston and Immaculate Conception in Malden until her first child was born. “I enjoyed being home with the kids but was on a guilt trip. I worried that I wasn’t using my degree,” she said. She indulged her artistic bent by joining Needham Community Theatre, performing in “Brigadoon” and “Flower Drum Song.” Lennon also created show posters and designed and helped build the annual Fourth of July parade floats. After 15 years as a stay-athome mother, Lennon enrolled in graduate school. “It seemed to me that people were always telling

me their troubles,” said Lennon about her decision to pursue a master’s degree in counseling at Framingham State College. She worked at NORCAP, a treatment program for adults with dual diagnoses—substance abuse addictions and mental health issues. Realizing that she needed a doctorate degree to advance in her field, Lennon enrolled at Boston College. “I received my PhD in developmental and educational psychology in 1994,” said Lennon. After she completed her degree, she co-wrote Understanding Creativity with John Dacey, one of her Boston College professors. The book examined the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to the creative process. Lennon accepted a job as an adjunct psychology professor at Boston College and worked there for a decade until her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. “It was difficult teaching and driving John to his many medical appointments,” she said. Then John learned he had Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. The diagnosis was devastating. A financial analyst and outdoorsman, John would eventually be confined to a wheelchair. When he died in 2010, the couple had been married for 46 years. Following the advice of famed psychologist Erik Erikson, whose theory of psychosocial development considers the whole lifespan, Lennon prepared for the next phase of her life. “Suddenly I was single and had to restart myself,” she said. At the urging of Regis classmate Gail Ryan Benson ’69, Lennon joined the Regis College Alumni Chorus. She performs at shows in the Casey Theatre and last year traveled to Barcelona to sing with the Regis College Glee Club. Two months later, Lennon

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was back on campus to celebrate her 50th reunion. Her involvement at regis has allowed Lennon to look closely at the music program, and she brings her professional music expertise to her regis philanthropy. In recent years, Lennon began earmarking donations for specific use, with a focus on the arts. “There’s a piano at regis with my name on it,” she said. A 2013 gift enabled the purchase of professional note-learning media that will allow regis singers to learn their chorus parts quickly through customized cDs. “Kathy is a dedicated musician and believes strongly in the power of music to uplift and unite,” said Sheila Pritchard, choral music director at regis. “She is currently investigating a way to assist us in music learning: that is, having a professional recording artist record the voice-parts for music currently under study. This will give us high-quality sound and allow us to learn the music thoroughly—because of her generous gift to the Music Department.” The future for Lennon is chockfull of challenges, both musically and personally. She is preparing for regional and international competitions with coastline Show chorus and plans to start playing guitar again. A yoga practitioner for more than 40 years, Lennon hopes to become certified as an instructor. “There is so much to learn,” she said about yoga’s spiritual, mental, and physical teachings—aspects all the more important as one grows older. Whether Lennon chooses to instruct seniors or educate a blend of ages after she completes her 200 hours of yoga training, one thing is certain: She has no plans to slow down. “I recently saw a PBS documentary about a woman in new york who is still teaching yoga at the age of 96. That really inspired me.”

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REGIS TODAY 1 Class of 2002 alumnae enjoyed the Holly Tea Brunch in December. 2 Regis friends from the Class of 1965 met at the Christmas Hollyfest Luncheon. 3 Alumnae from the Class of 1949 came together for a lovely Hollyfest luncheon on the Cape in December.

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4 Left to right: Megan Burns ’01, Doris Basel Franz ’63, and Lynn Scheff ’63 enjoyed a Christmas reception for alumni and friends at the Union League Club in New York City. 5 “Marga-Regis-ville” was a reception and concert in the Fine Arts Center. Class of 1959 members posed for a shot during the reception with their coconut cocktails! 6 Front to back: President Toni Hays, Trustee Ellen Kearns ’67, Julia Shen Fung ’67, Shirley Lee Zao ’68, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Miriam Finn Sherman ’98 in Hong Kong last fall. 7 The Class of 1963 poses with student scholarship recipients at the President’s Associates and Circles Reception last fall. 8 Class of 1981 alumnae at the annual memorial liturgy and brunch in November. 9 Trustee Anita Brennan ’77 (fourth from right) had a great turnout at her alumnae reception in Puerto Rico. Other alumnae and friends in the photo include: Diana Caballero Gonzalez ’82, Suzanne Benavent Mendez ’78, Yamila Rodriguez, Zita Fleming ’59, CSJ, Annie Iturregui ’82, G. Teresa ShorterBenitez ’82, Roxanna Serralles ’78, Agnes Malaret-Collazo ’84, Maria Iturregui de Diaz ’81, Leany Godas de Martinez ’78, Roxanne Mayol Gonzalez ’83, Mariana Benitez ’85, and Agnes Badrena Malaret ’55.

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Red Sox vs. White Sox July 10, 2014 Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.

Cape Cod Luncheon August 7, 2014 The Coonamessett Inn Falmouth, Mass.


Golden Tower Luncheon September 26, 2014 Regis College campus

Memorial Liturgy November 16, 2014 Regis College Chapel


December 3, 2014 Dan’l Webster Inn, Sandwich, Mass.

December 2014 Regis College campus

New York City Christmas Reception December 12, 2014 Union League Club


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SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, August 7, 2014 ANNuAl CApE CoD ANNuAl SummEr luNCHEoN luNCHEoN The Coonamessett Inn Falmouth, Mass. To learn more or to register, please visit www.registowertalk. net/capelunch14

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✒Mary Kerr Lynch, 275 Mirick Road, Princeton, MA 01541, 978-464-5611 ¶ Mary Sampson Schmidt: I chat with Mary frequently and she has continued to express interest in the affairs of her alma mater since graduation. She resides in San Jose, CA, which has been her home for 60 years and where her 5 children grew up. Her husband, Raymond, passed away many years ago. Mary enjoys seeing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they live locally. ¶ Martha Mitten Hosinski continues to reside in South Bend, IN. Martha met her husband Bill when she was a WAVE in WWII. After the war, the couple returned to South Bend, which was Bill’s hometown. Martha’s 3 sons live locally while her daughters, including Anne Hosinski Madden ’67 and Claire, live in OR. In college, Martha was known as the student with “a flash of red hair and a peal of laughter.” ¶ Geraldine Burke Morrill continues to enjoy residing in Plantation Village in North Carolina, which is most comfortable and homelike. Close to the city of Wilmington, Gerrie is able to take advantage of cultural events. She keeps busy with many activities with her 6 children, who live throughout the US. The Morrill family frequently gathers at Plantation Village. ¶ Rita McNeil Schissel: I received a telephone call from Rita’s daughter, Betsy Mitchell, letting me know that her beloved mother Rita had passed away on Sept. 25, and her father, Charles, had passed away in July. The Mitchells are U.S. Rangers located in Bar Harbor, ME. For many years I have chatted frequently with Rita and her last comment in our conversation was, “The Lord blessed me with 8 wonderful children and Charles.” In college years, Rita was a combination of scientist and actress, performing in many plays. Listed in many activities including Regis Club, Dean’s List, and a Sigma Tau Pin for all 4 years, Rita was a wonderful lady showering everyone with her love and kindness. May Rita and Charles together rejoice in the presence of the Lord. ¶ Mary Hastings Kilcoyne continues to live in the family home with her son, Timothy. Daughter, Julie, also a resident of Clinton, has 3 daughters and a son attending BC. Mary’s sons, John and Charles, live with their families in a nearby town in MA. Mary is most fortunate to spend time with her family frequently. Mary and I enjoy reminiscing about Regis activities. She is in generally good health. ¶ Marie Dillon Marcellino enjoys her Lexington condominium in the winter months, but the summer breezes are enjoyed at the Cape. With 4 of her children, and her late husband Bill’s 6 children, Marie is surrounded

and energized by loving family members. ¶ Marie Scanlon Flaherty continues to enjoy her home in Scituate, MA, with her husband, Matt. Marie’s niece and nephews, children of her late sister, Josephine Scanlon Carlson ’44, are attentive to Marie and Matt. ¶ Sadly, Janet Ahern Rink passed away in Feb. 2013, in IL. Loving mother of Holly (Scott) Troeger, the late Charles F. Laird Jr. and the late Linda (Brian) Faino; dear grandmother of Quinn and Dylan Faino and Amy, Victoria, and Neil Troeger. RIP. ¶ Mary Kerr Lynch: I continue to enjoy living in my “in-law” apartment in beautiful Princeton, MA. Also enjoy spending time visiting my daughter, Kathy Lynch O’Donoghue ’67, and her husband Michael in FL. The O’Donoghues recently repatriated from many years of overseas living. We had a festive Christmas celebration with over 31 family members gathered. ¶ May the Lord continue to shower his blessings on Regis College, “high on the hilltop.”


✒Annette P. Pendergast, 101

Weatherbee Dr., Westwood, MA 02090, 781-326-1230 ¶ When the year of 2014

arrived on New Year’s Day, I thought the next year 2015 will be our 70th Reunion. ¶ Doris Lynch celebrated her Sept. 13 birthday with a party given by her niece in her Gloucester home on the ocean. It was a perfect sunny day and was a great success. ¶ Mary Sullivan O’Brien attended a birthday party for Betty Boback Lee that was given by her family. While talking to Mary she said she had 3 grandsons in college: Michael at BC, Christopher at Temple, and Dylan at Tulane. What nice news! ¶ From Cape Cod, I learned Anne Steffens Linnehan’s family gave her a birthday party at The Orleans Inn on Jan. 28. She mentioned that she has two grandsons getting married on New Year’s and in August this year. ¶ In the sunny South, Naples, FL, I talked with Eve Casey Carey and all is well with her. She misses Betty Cronin Crane who passed away last year because they got together often in Naples. ¶ In the Worcester area, Bernadette Early Hickey said she and Mary Daly McKeon keep in touch with each other. Bernadette has 3 children: Tom in Boston, Christina in New York, Maria in Princeton. They are two attorneys and one banker. ¶ In Winter Park, FL, Doris Burns Sullivan has 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She mentioned that a party was held for her husband, Sully, celebrating his 90th birthday in August 2013. ¶ Mary Jacobs Brown is still living in Shrewsbury with her son James and his wife. She has 14 grandchildren. ¶ Eleanor Monahan

How to Submit Class Notes regis College 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 jobs, marriages, vacations, activities, anniversaries, children, and grandchildren. Contacting your class reporter is the best way to submit a note. All reporters are listed along with their contact information in the Class notes section of this issue. 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 visiting www.registowertalk. net/classnotes (login required) or emailing class

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Thanks for keeping in touch; we look forward to hearing your news!

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and 9 grandchildren. One daughter is a Regis alumna. And her husband Sam is still practicing. ¶ Clare Dunn Hern’s husband passed away. He was a BC alumnus. I attended the funeral at St. Theresa of Avila in West Roxbury. Our condolences go to Clare and her family.


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Wingate Rd., Lexington, MA 02420, 781-862-6262 ¶ Ernest Glynn, hus-

band of Jean Olivo Glynn, has died recently. Our prayers go out to Jean and her family. ¶ S. Dorothy McKenzie informed us that her niece, Mary McKenzie Gorman ’90, died recently. Mary returned to college after marrying and having a family. She received her CED from Regis in 1990. Our

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prayers go to Mary, the McKenzie family, and to the Gorman family. ¶ A magical, winter wonderland is how S. Dorothy McKenzie described Gertrude Breen Alfredson’s annual holiday luncheon for the Gals who Lunch. The festive holiday décor and delicious cuisine created the perfect setting for Alice Dunbar O’Halloran, Phyllis Gallinelli Campbell, Jeanne MacDonough Cronin, S. Dorothy, and their hostess Gert to reflect upon their 2013 experiences and plan for an equally exciting 2014. Gert is quite the explorer and plans the most exciting trips. This past summer she was ready to go again, this time to and through many of our national parks. Unfortunately Gert’s trip fell by the wayside—just one more consequence of this year’s government shutdown. Oh well, at least our national parks are open again—so maybe next year! ¶ As I write these notes I am grateful for another winter season in Naples, FL, especially given the Polar Vortex, the ice storms in Atlanta, and the daily blizzards on Cape Cod. I am happy to report that our Cape Cod classmates— Dorothy Mahoney McKenna, Louise Ryder McInerney, and Marguerite “Peg” Donovan—are patiently weathering the nasty winter and counting the days until spring. During our phone call, Peg Donovan told me how yesterday it was “crazy 8s”—8 degrees and 8 more inches of snow. Good grief! In March, Peg will escape for a holiday in St. Maarten, hoping that when she returns, the snow will have stopped falling. ¶ The annual Regis in Naples FL alumni gathering is always a mustattend event. Once again a capacity crowd filled the Regis trolley for the Naples St. Patrick’s Day parade. The following day, President Hays told us about all that’s new on campus and what’s planned for the future. My daughter, Elaine Richardson ’76, and I mixed and mingled with Regis alumni, friends, supporters, and staff at the brunch, which followed a community Mass offered by the Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy. It was indeed a special day. ¶ Dot McKenna keeps busy with activities and various field trips at her Heatherwood community. Yet topping her list of favorite things to do is dishing with her two daughters about the joys of teaching math. Mary Lou and Carol are both math teachers in the Barnstable School System and they love it! Proving once again that the apple never falls far from the tree. ¶ Rita Dailey Fahey is nearly as good as new with her new hip and is out of the hospital. Sadly, though, her husband Frank Fahey of Lexington passed away. ¶ Eileen “Preb” Prebensen enjoys frequent phone calls with Peg Donovan and Eleanor Consentino Feurer, both of whom say Preb’s spirits

are good. Preb sends warm wishes and wants everyone to know how much she appreciates the cards and notes she has been receiving. ¶ In June my husband, Al, and I will attend Fairfield Prep’s graduation as the 1st of our 3 grandchildren graduates from high school and prepares to head off to college. Wow, another milestone…I must be getting older! ¶ Even though we all seem to be slowing down a bit, it’s heartwarming to hear happy and optimistic voices when I call to catch up with you. Drop me a line if you have news to share or even if you just want to say hello. ’Til next time, keep happy and healthy!


✒Joan Doherty Mahoney, 32 Surrey

Lane, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-2597361, ¶ An

apology is due from me for my omission in the last magazine about the death of Marie Fisher Lee’s husband, Edward, who died in February of 2013. Marie had called me about this. Very sorry Marie, I will try to do better. Speaking of deaths, unless I get a call, there seems to be only a “deceased” email from Regis about our own classmates. Ann O’Hare Smith, one of our class presidents, called to tell me that Mary Geary Mullen’s daughter, Barbara Anne Murphy ’73, passed away this past December. Ann saw the obituary in the Boston Globe. To lose a child has to be one of the greatest sorrows. Our prayers are with you Mary. ¶ On a much lighter and happier note, I must tell you how great everyone looked at our 65th Reunion last May. We gave the best dressed award to Marion Blue Brennan and Mary Kane Vachon. This past June, one of my grandsons was married in Bermuda and 22 of the family went and made a dreamy vacation out of it. Andrew the groom was born in Bermuda and went to school in Fairfield, and went back to Bermuda to work. Hope he stays! It’s a great place to visit! ¶ Sister Regina Harrington, our former President for 15 years, started Regis with us and left after 2 years to follow her vocation as a Sister of St. Joseph. After she “supposedly” retired, she spent many years in pastoral care to the bereaved. This year, she will have her 70th reunion from Notre Dame. She shares this gathering with a few other members of our class: Marion Blue Brennan, Mary Murphy, and Mary McLean Flanagan. Sister Regina was born on the fourth of July and she was our firecracker! Her quote, “keep moving.” ¶ Jean McDonald Snyder is a Laffey Fine Homes Associate broker in Huntington Long Island. This past fall she received the Emeritus award from the Long Island national board of realtors. This honor is not shared by many.

Jean has also been president of Rotary Club and has been a member for over 25 years. Of course she’s not as old as some of us. ¶ Oh, a little “scoop”—one of our reigning presidents was given a surprise birthday party, and one of her presents, was a bound book of her poetry—who knew we had a famous poet in our class?! ¶ Please let me know of any happenings in your life.


65th Reunion ✒Betty Ann Hynes Elliott, 38 Oxford

Road, Wellesley, MA 02481, 781-2354697, ¶ At least

one of our classmates is still health conscious and able enough to undertake her daily walk, or so I hear from Mary Breslin. Good for you Mary, and I might say it shows. Nancy Natoli Fay, who also walks faithfully around Falmouth when she’s not swimming there, and Marion Comerford Cowie planned to lunch at the Hyannis Yacht Club with fellow alums when the Cape Cod Club meets there monthly. Nancy and Marion had gathered in December at the Dan’l Webster Inn for the Hollyfest along with Dot Waldron Fitzgerald, June Mackey Stagliano, and yours truly. It’s always very festive there over the holidays. S. Betsy Conway ’80, Director of Spiritual Life at Regis, was there with two Erat Scholars, Regis students who participate in an overseas travel program focused on exploring Christian roots in different countries. They shared their experiences over hot cider and lunch. ¶ Betty Perrault Joyce usually joins us at this event but was unable to this year as her husband was hospitalized. Sadly, Marty passed away just before Christmas. Pat Leary Crory, Betty’s roommate at Regis, attended the wake, and Marie Ash Reed the funeral. We extend our deepest sympathy to Betty and her son. Betty’s grandson Matthew was married on the Cape last June and Betty is very fond of the new bride. ¶ Marie’s son, Barry, Jr., lives with her now and is a tremendous comfort to her, especially at night as she claims not to be too brave. ¶ I’m also sorry to report the death of our classmate, Barbara Masterson Smith, who passed away in August. Barbara, who lived in Providence, RI, was predeceased by her husband, Edward, and leaves 2 daughters and 1 son. We assure them of our thoughts and prayers. ¶ Pat Foley Granahan’s daughter, Julie, had her first baby in February, an 8-pound girl named Scout. Scout is Pat’s sixth grandchild, joining four great-grandchildren. Pat’s four daughters all live in Hingham near Pat, lucky Pat I’d say. ¶ I know of at least one classmate who was enjoying the FL sun while we were freezing up north. Pat Cauley Ross was out for a swim when I called

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class in January. She did later admit that it wasn’t always warm enough for a swim in January, but I was delighted she was able to enjoy herself on Marco Island again this year. Eileen Dewire Locke, also spending the winter in FL,was looking forward to Reunion as soon as she comes home in May. She was planning to spend both Friday and Saturday nights at Regis and enjoy the whole weekend. ¶ On the homefront, my granddaughter, Lila, from Atlanta graduates from Suffolk U in May, actually the same weekend as our Reunion. She has been a joy to have close by these few years but she is considering serving in the Peace Corps as did both her parents. She definitely has “wanderlust” like her mother as she spent the first 5 years of her life in Africa and her junior year of college studying in Australia and Paris. I sometimes think I was born too soon! ¶ I recently came across some interesting facts from our youth, the 40s to be exact: life expectancy for women was 68.2 years. Obviously those of you reading this have already beaten the odds, so give thanks and join your classmates at a class gathering or be in touch.


✒Mary D. Neylon, 69 Viola Street,

Lowell, MA 01851, 978-453-4237, ✒Anne A. O’Hara, 55 Lexington Avenue, Mangolia, MA 01930, 978-525-3227, alfreda1928@ ✒Jacqueline C. Picard, 70 Hadde Avenue, Cumberland, RI 02864, 401-658-0625,

¶ My grandchildren cannot believe that I can talk for half an hour to someone I graduated with 64 years ago. I just finished such a conversation with Beth Finn Deschenes. Beth is living in Centerville with one of her sons. Her daughter, Liz Deschenes, is a photographic artist and has had exhibits in Paris and London as well as in New York at the Metropolitan and the Guggenheim Museum. Liz also teaches 3 days a week at Bennington College. ¶ Pauli Doyle Powell is having “staycations” rather than traveling the world as she did for many years. This year she spent the Christmas holidays at the lovely Jefferson Hotel in her hometown of Washington, DC. There were many friends there and it was very relaxing. Pauli has had some eye surgeries but is doing very well.¶ Last November Alice Boyce Smith, Cay Nolan Sokol, Terry LeBlanc Gray, and I attended the Memorial Liturgy at the chapel. Father Paul Kilroy gave a thought-provoking homily, and later we enjoyed a delicious brunch in the Lower Student Union of Alumnae Hall. We all had a wonderful chance to chat and catch up with each other. ¶ I recently returned from a week

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in Naples, FL with a dear friend and Regis alumna, Frances McInnis Clifford; we stayed with her son and his wife, and although the weather was cool, we did some sightseeing including the Naples Historical Museum and the Botanical Gardens. Of course, we also went shopping! ¶ From Mary Daily Neylon: I read in the Boston Globe of the death of Claire McNamara Connell on January 7. She had not been well recently and was living in an assisted-living community near one of her sons. She was waked and buried in her hometown of Yardley, PA. Claire leaves her daughter, Kathleen, and three sons, William, David, and Steven, and 2 grandchildren as well as her brother, John. Claire was a very loyal alumna. May she rest in peace. ¶ 2014 promises to be a happy one for us Neylons with 3 graduations and the arrival of my first great-grandchild in March when my granddaughter Kara Martin Koch and her husband, Jason, (both Holy Cross ’06) welcomed their first child. In May, Jason will graduate from med school, my grandson Rob Martin (Trinity ’11), graduates from law school, and my daughter, Lainey Martin, finishes her degree at UMass Lowell. To add to the joy, another granddaughter, Caitlin O’Malley, an elementary teacher in Lowell, is marrying Mike Gudewich in August. After a few family deaths in 2013, we are really looking forward to a happy 2014.¶ Jackie, here. Glad to be aboard again after missing last year. Marie Dillon Canane’s sweet letter lured me back! Busy gal! Up in Boston visiting her sisters, in San Diego two months later, then to Denver, to a granddaughter’s wedding at the Air Force Academy with a side trip to Steamboat Springs! (Brought back memories, having been there with George. Aren’t we blessed to be able to recall happy times at will? A gift to be treasured!) Grace Avery’s family and ours met annually while the kids were growing up. (They’re still connecting.) I was bemoaning to her recently the constitutional illiteracy so many of us are guilty of when she mentioned that Christina’s ’75 husband teaches Government and Law to Seniors. (Think Civics, eons ago! What say we all call our school superintendents and ask that they offer this in their adult-ed programs? Think how we’d all benefit!) Had an awesome chat with Anne Noonan Nicholson. We hardly knew each other at Regis; now we’re friends. Anne has been legally blind since 2008, and before that had lost 4 siblings in 6 years, but her voice belied the dire facts. I was enthralled by the lively positive spirit that went on to say how much she and Jack enjoy the discussion club they’re in, and how many varied aids are available to her,


and how grateful she is that they’re living so well despite her handicap. Helps you realize a profound truth: whatever your challenge is (and for octogenarians, they can be legion!) your response,positive or negative, will make a difference as to who’s in control. (Worth thinking about!) Keep glowing, Anne! Hang in there, everyone. Keep us posted, we’re listening. God bless!


✒Ann Brown Janes, Sunrise of

Arlington, 1395 Mass. Ave, Arlington, MA 02476, ✒Anne Downey Tierney, 80 Penzance Rd, Rockport, MA 01966, 978 546-6749 (Florida January through April: 941-387-9217), JFTAFT@ ¶ Sorry to start again with sad news: Roberta Cutting Donnelly died October 28, 2013. Barbara Phair McCarthy died January 22, 2014.

Barbara had been in failing health for nearly a year. We wish their families peace. ¶ Jean Sullivan and Charlie enjoy winters in their condo in Marco Island, FL. Jean conducts her real estate business from there and two of her daughters, Jodi and Sisie, do all the personal visits, running papers, etc. They have 5 daughters and go to Marco for fun visits. They have 8 granddaughters, 1 grandson, and 3 great-grandsons. With all those girls in the family, boys are new to them. Two daughters are out-of-state—one in SC and one in VA. Granddaughters are in UT, NC and NY. Lots of well-planned travel time. ¶ Mary Lee McLaughlin Girouard came from a luncheon not long ago at Joan DesRoches’ home in Needham. Joan and Mary Lee were joined by their former Regis carpool mates Mary Mecagni Quinton and Jeanne Bourneuf Burke. All are in good health. Conversation turned to decision of who was the youngest in the class. Thinking our “Class Baby” was Barbie Coolen Corrado (July 23), finally realized after all these years it was really Joan DesRoches. We have really deep discussions. While on the subject of “Class Baby,” Janice McBride Power reported that Elizabeth Johnson (Ruth Durnan Johnson’s daughter) was the first baby born to a class of ’51 grad. Elizabeth sent Janice a nice note acknowledging a memorial sent to the Regis Fund in memory of Ruth. Elizabeth mentioned how much Ruth loved Regis. ¶ Maureen Walsh McEvoy reported that she and Al are in good health. They were expecting their 3rd great-grandchild on Valentine’s. They have 2 great-granddaughters and the new one is a boy. A pre-Christmas lunch was enjoyed by Florence Kelly McKenna, Pat Chisholm, Janice Power and Anne Downey Tierney at the Wenham Tea House. Pat spends March

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in Saint Martin and Anne T. spends Jan. through April in Longboat Key, FL. Please, please send more news. We love to hear what the ’51ers are doing (or not doing). Emails are fine.


✒Joan Hartley Meagher, 102 Blodgett

Drive, Folsom, CA 95630, 916-985-0643, ✒Patricia Hogan, 100 Luce Street, Lowell, MA 01852, 978453-1502 ¶ Most of you are suffering

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from freezing cold while I am writing this, but here in CA we are experiencing unusually warm weather. Our problem is severe drought conditions. I live very close to Folsom Lake, which is only at 16% capacity. We are praying very hard for rain. ¶ Once again Patricia Hogan Hogan has gathered information for me for this column. I couldn’t do it without her. Thanks, Pat. ¶ Those attending the Marriott luncheon in October were Ann Purcell MacDonald, Loyola Doherty Sylvan, Marie Rizzo, Patricia Arroll Petrilli, Sally Finnerty Tully, Jill McKearin Paredes, Nancy Quinn O’Keefe, Kay Deveney Kaladin, Kate Molloy Rowe, and Dorothy Barrett Bemis. ¶ Pat Hogan, Marie Rizzo, and Ann MacDonald represented our class at the Memorial Liturgy in November. Our classmates Patricia Donavan Bondelevitch and Antoinette Navarro Campbell were remembered at this time. ¶ Marie is very concerned about the transgender bill, which has recently been passed in MA. She feels that parents and grandparents should be made aware of this bill. ¶ Helen Cruchley Jones was planning a cruise up the west coast of Africa in May. ¶ Richard and Joan Hartley Meagher looked forward to a river cruise on the Mississippi in late March. Lots of fun and all that jazz. ¶ Ann MacDonald and husband, Bill, are very active in a book club. Their grandson, Will, is a sophomore at Syracuse U studying public relations. He expected to go to Russia and possibly to the Olympics. ¶ At Christmas time Paula Burton was recuperating at Waltham Crossings with a troublesome foot. She had had 3 casts, graduated to a boot, and expected to be walking again in a few months. We certainly hope all is well now, Paula, and you are not only walking but dancing. ¶ Mary Foley Noon’s grandson, Joseph Marion, is a freshman at Syracuse U studying graphic arts. ¶ Marie Brophy Allard moved in November to be near her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Please send us your new address, Marie. ¶ Pat Hogan’s twin granddaughters were managers for the Central Catholic High School football team in Lawrence, MA. They were delighted that their team won the Division I championship in the Merrimack Valley Conference. Their

older sister is in her 3rd year at U Maine in Orono. ¶ It is with sadness that we announce the death of Nancy Kelley Geary in January. Pat Hogan and Peg O’Donoghue attended her funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception church in Lowell. Nancy had 6 children and was very active in the Lowell area. Our deepest sympathy to her friends and family.


60th Reunion ✒Maureen Sullivan Carey, 1202

Greendale Ave., Needham, MA 02492,, 781-449-2247 ✒Patricia Cronin Huie, PO Box 375, Humarock, MA 02047 pchuie@, 781-834-7134 ¶ Are you all

packed up and heading back to Regis for our 60th Reunion (May 16–18, 2014)? A planning committee, led by our President, Mary Roche Sullivan, has been working over the past year to prepare a fun time to renew past acquaintances and perhaps make some new ones. I hear that there will be plenty of golf carts and/or vans for those of us who find walking a bit difficult. ¶ Our annual Memorial Liturgy was held on November 2, 2013. The Mass, held in the College Chapel and celebrated by Father Cormac Walsh, S.J. was followed by a delicious luncheon. Attending were Regina Seales Caines, Cornelia Murphy Davidson, Mary Driscoll Gaudetto, Patricia Cronin Huie, Rosemary McAuliffe, Marianne Sanderson Shay, Helen Sullivan, Mary Roche Sullivan, and Catherine Tobin. Also joining the group was Carroll Beegan Follas ’61 who is our Reunion Consultant. ¶ Regina Seales Caines had a visit over the Christmas holidays with Clara Buscaglia Toledo, her daughters and grandson. They joined Julie Brassard Marcoux and had lunch at Copley Place in Boston. Clara and family were traveling from their home in Miami to spend Christmas in Vermont. Her grandson had never seen snow—how exciting! Julie and her husband, Leo, had just returned from an annual fall trip to the Bahamas. Both Julie and Clara are planning on attending Reunion. ¶ Norma McNamara Quinn and her husband, Frank, winter in Juno Beach, FL. ¶ They spend Nov. to May and then return to Saratoga Springs, NY for the summer months. Rosemary Denmark Murphy lives next door in FL and they are not far from Patricia Cronin Huie in West Palm Beach, FL. Pat, her daughters, and her granddaughters spent the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s in Woodstock, VT. It was great fun, especially introducing a FL granddaughter to snow—similar to Clara’s experience. ¶ While calling with Reunion news, Pat Huie talked with Alison Cass Cattan, who lives in NY and

is very involved with her art. Some of her work is on display in a 5th Avenue art gallery. She usually visits with Marie “Queenie” Ward as she heads to Maine for the summer. Allison is sorry that she won’t be attending Reunion. Pat had a nice telephone visit with Leona Donahue who filled her in on her life with the Sisters of Mercy. Vivian Lamoureux Duval told Pat that she plans to attend the Reunion. ¶ Maureen Sullivan Carey’s son, Tim, and his family from CA visited this summer along with a granddaughter from GA. They came to celebrate their Dad’s 80th birthday. The girls made his cake which resembled a golf green, complete with a trap and a flag in the hole. Good choice, as golf is his favorite past-time. ¶ Condolences to Virginia Hannigan on the loss of her brother, John, who died in November.


✒Peg Vincent Kelley, PO Box 1346,

Edgartown, MA 02539, 508-627-8596, ¶ Greetings ladies.

Not much going on here this year; I guess most of us are still trying to get over the winter and snow, which of course we used to love and now we’re all afraid of falling down and breaking something! Ah, the joys of 8 decades! ¶ Janet Condrey Beyer reports that she played a lot of solitaire and at the moment feels like a stuffed sausage: no exercise of any type, three days in bed with a strained muscle, a lot of bad food. “I did get through Cold Comfort Farm, however, and recommend it if you want a clever take on the ‘Poor Orphan Goes to Live With Strange Relatives on a Large Farm in Rural UK’ style of writing: Austin, Bronte, Hardy.” She saw the movie first and also recommends that. ¶ Barbara Kelley says “I am grateful for faith, family, and friends and our new Pope Francis. He seems to understand the true meaning of church as the People of God. I say, “Amen to this.” ¶ Anne O’Brien Temple writes: This cold winter is reaching me so I’m looking ahead to a few days in the warmth of Savannah, GA, in March. Meanwhile, I shiver as I walk the dog and creak as I shovel. Next year we will celebrate our 60th Reunion from Regis. Let’s hope that many of us will be able to celebrate together at that wonderful occasion. ¶ On a sad note, Carol Conroy Doherty writes to tell the class that her dear husband, Tom, passed away on Jan. 6 after a long battle with esophageal cancer. “Mass General did a wonderful job treating him for almost a year, but the cancer always wins. We had just celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary, and all the children and grandchildren were here in Nahant for his funeral. Remember him in your

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class prayers.”¶ Finally, I want to add that I, also, am looking forward to May 15, 2015, when we will have been alumnae from Regis for 60 years! Can’t believe it! Peace.


✒Gerry Dowd Driscoll, 7 Conant Road #50, Winchester, MA 01890, 781-7297823, ¶ Mary Keenan reports that the recipi-

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✒Judy A. Sughrue, 47 Rosewood

Drive, Stoughton, MA 02072, 781344-3357, ¶

As we age, cruises are increasingly popular. Descended from great seafaring nations, Cynthia Souza and Paul Nakane love to sail along the coast of ME and on ocean liners. They have celebrated wedding anniversaries and Christmas 2013 on a cruise through the Straits of Magellan. ¶ Elly Zee Zarotschenzeff Doyle made a similar cruise last spring. She loves cruising and this January/February she sailed the Caribbean. ¶ The tales of the many voyages of Sheila Cruchley Campbell have enticed her husband, Conrad, to sign on for the next one. ¶ For Mim Carroll Woods and Martha Ford Collier, their travels have been focused on children and grandchildren. Mim became enticed with the Harry Potter series while reading with her grandchildren. She also has become absorbed in Downton Abbey. Fortunately for me, she clarified one of its many subplots. Due to her husband Frederick’s illness, Martha has recently had to restrict her travels. ¶ Joan Cusick Morrissey travels between Norwood and Dennis. Gone are the ski trips. Now it’s 40-minute walks. ¶ In western NY, Suzy Treacy McGovern has been hardest hit by this

winter. But she can enjoy listening to many hours of opera. ¶ Mary Lynn Eagan Whittaker was not worried on the day the south was to be hit by a major snowstorm unless it would make it difficult to visit the elderly as she does with the Legion of Mary from her parish. Love fills so many of our classmates in the final stage of our lives as we become caregivers. ¶ Such was the case of Carol Noonan Driscoll who spent six hours a day with Tom during his last years in a nursing home. ¶ The husband of Kathleen Speer Howrigan led 18 members of her family to the Memorial Liturgy at Regis. ¶ Mac Hanlon O’Leary, who alternates between MGH and home as she is treated for kidney problems, lives with her son, who is a great help. ¶ Did any of you see Ginny Pyne Kaneb on TV as she stepped off Duck Boat 1 in Fenway Park at the end of the Red Sox victory parade?


✒Carol Finnell Kenney, 23 Katy Hatch Road, Falmouth, MA 02540-2416, ✒Joan Meleski Kenney, P.O. Box 33, Hyannis Port, MA 02647, ¶ Carol Howard reports that, “Both

Jim MacDonald and I are well and most happy living here at The Forum Retirement Community in Cupertino in northern CA for over 3 years now. We stay active with hiking in the local park, yoga, physical exercise classes, bridge, attending plays, films, lectures, opera etc. Jim and I might travel back east for a short time to attend my Franklin H.S. reunion June 21, 2014 and to visit 2 nieces and a nephew in the Burlington, VT area.” ¶ Marilyn Dozois Rohrer took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru in Oct. She is busy as the captain of her tennis team in FL and plays regularly. Her husband, Bob, is an officer in the Classic Car Club of America, which had its regional meeting in Naples last week. Lots of antique cars were on display. She is just getting used to the fact that some of her grandchildren are college students. Where did the time go? ¶ Doris Good Marr who lived on Beacon Hill for 40 years and then moved to Marshfield has made her final move to Milton this fall and hopes to see lots of Regis alumni in the area. ¶ Tish Albiani Carney had an adventure during the snowstorm she doesn’t want to repeat. Her husband, George, had to get back to Boston for business and there were no flights, so they did a direct drive from FL to Brockton, getting stuck many times behind disabled vehicles. She hopes this is her last such drive and will never again complain about the airlines! ¶ Dotty Madden Cannon said, “I’m checking in to let you know

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ent of the Sister John Scholarship for 2013-2014 is Addisalem Agegnehu. She is a senior majoring in international relations with a minor in religious studies. Addisalem is active at Regis and traveled to Peru on the annual Regis service trip. She hopes to attain a master’s degree before pursuing a career dedicated to serving people who are less fortunate than she is. The class officers will have an opportunity to meet Addisalem and other scholarship recipients this spring at Regis. This is the fourth scholarship of $5,000 our class has funded. As of 6/30/13 the fund showed a balance of $38,132.45. Please consider earmarking your annual donation to Regis to the Sister John Scholarship. ¶ Our class continues to get together for luncheon meetings a few times during the year. Pat Turner Kelley hosted an Oct. gathering at Woodland Country Club with 12 of us in attendance: Ann Kent, Mary Queeney Shinney, Mary Lou Rawson, Nancy Foley LaDue, Mary Keenan, Maggie Austin Faneuf, Bea Pattavina Sloan, Ann Flaherty Walsh, Mary Rose Campbell, Jane Nyhan Kelly and your reporter. Carole Settana Scollins and Betty Keane Hayes, regular attendees, were unable to join us as they and their spouses were on their annual fall get-away. ¶ Pat Kelley received a note from Sue Barker Oldmixon, thanking the class for the lovely silk flower arrangement Pat had sent on our behalf. ¶ Pat Kelley also reported that Betty Ann Shelbourne Titterton hopes to join us at one of our meetings as she is often in Mass. visiting her daughter’s family (4 grandsons, ages 9, 7, 5, and 3). At the time of the luncheon, however, she was on a 38-day cruise through the South Pacific, Australia, and New Zealand. ¶ Several of us attended the annual Memorial Liturgy and Brunch in Nov. at which 4 of our classmates were remembered: Mary Alice Powers Garmer, Joyce Higgins Dunn, Joyce Haggerty, and Carolyn Ambrose Donovan Hayes. ¶ Our sympathies are with Virginia Clark Kristo and Mary Carol Daly Curtin who lost their beloved husbands this fall. ¶ Marie Vasaturo White and her husband traveled to Sorrento in the fall and plan to return to Italy in June when their granddaughter will sing with her school choir at the Vatican and other

churches in Rome. Marie continues to take classes in Italian while modestly declaring herself “not fluent yet.” ¶ At Christmas time, Pat Kelley enclosed pictures of her 8 grandchildren (ages 6-21) on the rare occasion of them all being together. Pat manages to spend time with all the grandchildren including the Texas branch of the family. ¶ Please continue to send donations for the sunshine fund to Pat at 114 Shaw Farm Lane, Canton, MA 07021. Also please contact Pat about classmates who are in need of a little ray of sunshine. ¶ Mary Jeanne Getzfread’s granddaughters continue their world travels. Lauren is in Costa Rica at a Franciscan Mission working with the Francis Corps. Another granddaughter, Mary Eileen, is spending a semester in Paris studying at the NYU campus there and taking Art History classes at the University of Paris. ¶ Maggie Faneuf continues to perform with Stage One Productions in Manchester, NH, most recently in a two-person play, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, at the Manchester Dinner Theater. ¶ Marie Healy sends her thanks for your cards and notes after her surgery last fall. She continues to do well in her recuperation and looks forward to getting together this spring. ¶ Let’s remember all our classmates in prayer, especially those whose intentions remain unspoken.


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that, during the past year (now that I’m retired), the remodeling and preparation of my Mashpee house has finally been completed—just before the holidays. My planned move to Cape Cod from MD will happen soon, and by the time the class notes go to press I expect to be a Mashpee resident. I look forward to seeing more of you and our co-alums in the coming year.” ¶ Both Paula Kirby Macione and Donna Coffey Young are celebrating the arrival of new granddaughters, Paula’s in LA and Donna’s in CA. ¶ Joan Meleski Kenney tremendously enjoyed the weddings of her 2 oldest grandsons, one in July and the other in December. With all the dancing and celebrating she may need a knee replacement in the not-too-distant future! ¶ Speaking of replacements, Mary Jo Kilmain sailed through her knee operation. Both she and Pat Kelly McNulty will be attending the Regis Luncheon Lecture Series through the Lifelong Learning Program (LLARC), which starts in Feb., and Pat is continuing to enjoy the drop-in Tuesday discussions on Women’s Issues. Pat also got together with Anne Smith Tobin and Jane Leahy O’Brien at a BC gathering for the Class of 1957. ¶ Pat Salmon Hillmer is feeling much better after a serious illness. ¶ Pat Byington Murphy wrote, “My Regis friends called me Pat Byington but I call myself now Trish Murphy and still live here on Cape Cod in Cataumet. My husband, Peter, and I are well and happily getting through the winter quite nicely. I have had bilateral hip replacements and am pleased to be fully able to do all the walking that I want and so grateful. I remember now how I was limping so badly at our 50th Reunion. Recently visited my daughter in San Francisco and son in Spokane. It’s a big trip to see those 3 grandchildren, but worth it.”


55th Reunion ✒Maureen O’Connell Palmer, 525

Washington Street, Apt. 206, Hanover, MA 02339, 781-826-6525, ✒Liz Russell Bilafer, 15 Victoria Road, Arlington, MA 02474, 781-648-0697, ¶ It is with a

heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and classmate, Margey Finn Morich. Some of us knew Margey in high school as well as college. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Remember that wonderful Chicago trip she put together for us a few years ago. Please remember Margey in your prayers. ¶ I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in local supermarkets (which is strange because I don’t cook that much). Heck! I saw Steven Tyler at the Stop and Shop. More

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importantly, I see Regis friends there. The most recent sighting was Elaine Sullivan Quinan. Last year, she had some health problems, but has made a great recovery and she looks marvelous. ¶ Tricia O’Hearn Hilsinger and I had grandsons play against each other in a high school basketball game. I prefer not to divulge the score because there was a gallo product riding on the outcome. ¶ Kay O’Connor Johnson is thrilled to announce the arrival of a granddaughter, Eloise Catherine Johnson. Kay is going to Klosters, Switzerland for the annual Johnson family ski trip. They started this tradition in 1980. Incidentally, if you are interested in learning to ski or snowboard, Kay works at the Killington, VT Snow Sports School. She would love to help you and your family out. ¶ We hope to see many of you at our Reunion. It will be so much fun!


✒Mary Lou DeMaria Schwinn, 210

Osprey Villas Ct., Melbourne Beach, FL 32951; 909 Old Post Rd., Cotuit, MA 02635, 508-420-8998, mlschwinn@ ¶ Catherine Keane Memory

attended the Memorial Liturgy at Regis on Nov. 17, 2013, to honor our classmates, Madeline Pini Coviello and Nancy Burden Day who passed away this year. It was a beautiful service for all deceased Regis alumni of this year. Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy is a wonderful representative for Regis and gave an inspiring homily. ¶ Big news from Winnie Murphy. She sold her family home quickly in mid Dec., retired from her Pastoral Associate position at Sacred Heart, Newton on Dec. 31 and moved in with her sister, Louise, in South Dennis. During Jan., sunny, warm Cape had 2 major snowstorms and frigid temps! She hopes to be more settled by spring. Her new address is: 12 Lockwood Drive, South Dennis, MA 02660; home phone 508-394-7758; email same, winifred.murphy@comcast. net; no cell as yet.Congratulations Winnie; and welcome to Cape Cod. ¶ Best news from Ann Hynes! Life has been very routine. She stays in touch with Anna Lamperti and connects with Mary Grover Rossetti and Kay Brennan Keane at book club. All are well. ¶ Nancy Cavanaugh Curran reports a quiet year except for their second granddaughter’s wedding in August—it was beautiful. In February she and her husband headed to San Francisco to visit Army friends and then on to Hawaii! ¶ Chris Kennedy McCann reported that she is mid-way through her 8th and final year as a Regis trustee. For her, it has been a privilege and an exciting ride to witness our alma mater rise up from the years of shrinking enrollment and a significant deficit to positive

fiscal health. Regis is operating in the black and seeing increased enrollment and continuing growth. It has been her pleasure to work with former president Dr. Mary Jane England ’59, whose love for the Regis mission and the Sisters of St. Joseph and whose courage in making difficult decisions during her 10-year tenure inspired trustees, faculty, and staff to commit to a vision of Regis that we celebrate today. Under the leadership of current president Dr. Toni Hays, Regis is strategically poised to continue its growth with such “firsts” as the campus-wide iPad initiative and other distinguishing programs. The College needs to upgrade aging facilities and modernize the campus to attract and retain students led to a recent board vote to conduct a comprehensive fundraising campaign. We Regis graduates have reasons to be proud of our alma mater and it is our time to “give back” to ensure that the inspired vision of the founding CSJs will bear fruit in new generations of students. We all thank you, Chris, for the energy you have expended and the enthusiasm you brought to your tenure as a Regis trustee. ¶ Ann Marie Volante O’Neill and husband, Fred, spent time this winter at their home in NH just 5 minutes from Brenda Donnelly Kneeland. They skied in Telluride at their son’s home for Christmas and will return there for 2 weeks in Feb. Even after a knee replacement in Aug., Ann Marie is on the mountain Monday through Friday during the winter when the conditions are good! She is planning a trip to France in July—Sept. for her French Pottery business. Look at her website—just enter her name. A bientot! ¶ Last fall the NY Times Book Review made a bit of a fuss over Marilyn Stasio because Sept. 2013 marked her 25th year writing the crime and mystery column for the Book Review. (“Not that much of a fuss—and no raise—just an interview that ran in the Book Review and on the website.”) It was also her 10th anniversary writing theater reviews for Variety, but nobody noticed. At the end of Sept., she treated herself to a 2-week trip to Italy (Siena, Florence, and a couple of days in Rome) with a group of Columbia U grads. She especially enjoyed Siena, where she discovered many treasures, and many restaurants to eat the regional specialty of “pici” (a fat, chewy spaghetti) with wild boar ragout. For Christmas, she stays with friends in Tucson. For a New Englander, Christmas in the desert climes of the Southwest is a bit bizarre. But she always comes home with a tan. ¶ During the past year, Peggy Carroll Bowles and husband, Larry, downsized to an apartment in Port Washington. They are happy with the move and have much less to take care of, as well as more time to spend in Mattituck.

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class They had a wonderful trip to Dublin in the fall. During the year, they met with some Kings Point classmates in North Carolina to play golf. She really misses seeing her Regis classmates and continues to plan a trip to MA one of these days. ¶ As for me, my husband and I left in early Feb. just before this was due for a trip to Southeast Asia— an area of the world where we had never been. Stay tuned….I’ll let you know what we thought of it next time! And thanks to everyone who responded with the “gentle nudge.”


✒Kate Martin Hawke, 4 Rockland Road, Marblehead, MA 01945, 781-639-3492, ¶ A group of us


✒Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea, 386

Essex Street #3, Salem, MA 01970, 978-745-8448,

¶ Due to outreach on Facebook, I was delighted to receive a message from our long-ago classmate and sister history major, Millicent Diggs Veal. She now lives in Winter Haven, FL and

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Class Notes for the fall 2014 issue are due to the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by August 15; 15 each class is limited to 750 words. Notes received after the deadline will run in a later issue. You are invited to submit articles and news that are of interest to your classmates. If you know of an alumna/us who would make an interesting feature story, please let us know. News may be submitted directly to your class reporter or to the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by emailing classnotes@, or mailing: 235 Wellesley Street, Box 30, Weston, MA 02493, or visiting www.registowertalk. net/classnotes (login required).

is active in a small church there and is in a Bible Study group. After her husband passed away in 2010, Millie joined the church grief group. With a friend Millie joined their trip to Italy. Millie is helping her daughter with a career change and also tutors autistic children, which she finds exhilarating and exhausting. While Millie misses UMass and Brown U, she is involved in activities at Polk State U. So pleased to hear from you Millie. Bless your work with the autistic children. ¶ Nancy Greene Mullin writes hoping everyone is surviving our endless season of snow!! Nancy says 2014 is a big year for her family: another grandchild graduating from college and going on to grad school; 2 others graduating from high school and on to college. Congratulations to all. Nancy remembers heading off to Regis not so long ago?! ¶ Helene Swiatek Savicki: Having fun in Dennis! My painting class (we do fanciful furniture, etc.) decided we would get together monthly as a Charity Lunch Bunch. Each of us rotates hostess duty, food categories are assigned, and each of us writes a check to the charity chosen by the hostess. Twelve of us have been doing

this for over 3 years...$11,000 so far to a variety of organizations on and off Cape...always a lovely afternoon (with reps from the organizations to explain their missions and recipients). Garden Club in town has kept me busy as chair of the scholarship committee. ¶ Barbara Klarmann Summers: My big moment was attending my 50th Reunion of the Peace (Morocco) held in Provincetown last Sept. Seeing all those people I hadn’t seen for 50 years, and learning their interesting lives was a wonderful experience. A lot of laughs about our experiences over there! I continue to enjoy my grandchildren, including 2 young boys adopted from Ethiopia; seeing them absorb our culture like a sponge is inspiring. ¶ Cathy Norris Norton: I notice from LinkedIn that Cathy is celebrating her 1st year at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Congratulations, Cathy. ¶ Ann McManus Joyce: Ann wrote to say she is returning from her home away from home, on Aruba, on Feb. 9. Ann and I met up at the alwaysbeautiful Memorial Mass for deceased alumni in November. We particularly wanted to remember our classmates Julia Fitzgerald Mulkerin and S. Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare. It was very special to reminisce with Ann about how I almost chose to be a home economics major instead of history. Oh well, such are the decisions that formed our lives. ¶ Sorry I was not able to contact many of the class this time around. I had carpal tunnel surgery in Nov. and Dec. and also had problems with e-mails. To confirm correct addresses, please send me an email with news for the next editions so I have your correct address. Happy 2014!

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represented the class at the Memorial Liturgy in November to remember the classmates who had died in 2013. Included in that group, I am sad to report, is Mary Ann “Mimi” Gore Kelley who lived in Lewes, DE. In the Regis chapel were: Ellen Donahue Foley, Mary Doane Cassidy, Cathy Ross Bettencourt, Christine Roessel, Jane D’Ercole Roman, Barbara Hoyle Healy, Agnes O’Hara Barrett, Eleanor Mikulski Collins, and me. ¶ My task this time is easy since I received a lovely letter from Janet Casey Corrigan: “I really enjoy reading class notes seeing how everyone is doing. I particularly enjoyed hearing about Ginny Cunningham Byrne and Kevin. I met a neighbor of theirs this summer and had a neighbor move up near them. I have been living in Alexandria, VA for the last 20 years and teaching in Fairfax County and now at Bishop Ireton. Curiously, every place I go, I am scheduled to teach chemistry. Oh, if Sister Emily ever heard that! My 8 children are grown and married and I have 17 grandchildren, from ages 3 to 26. All on the South Shore except one daughter who is here in VA. I spend my summers on the Vineyard and plan to retire there in a year or so. Basically, I continue to teach to support my travel habit. What would spring break be without an exciting trip? Looking forward to a long weekend in Paris (an annual adventure) over MLK day. I hope everyone continues to be well and our classmates continue to thrive.” ¶ You could be featured in this spot next time if you send me a letter!

A Reminder



✒Jo Anne Dufort, 24 Notre Dame Ave, Allenstown, NH 03275, 603-485-5014, ¶ Many thanks to

those who answered my cry for help for news. A few of you rejected my email so make sure you accept my address. Most of us are retired and spending time with travels, crafts, Life Long Learning courses, book clubs, and of course, grandchildren. ¶ Among those still working are Carole Fiorine Barrett, Mary Crosby, and Mary Folan Farry. Carole has left a CA large law firm and set up solo and brand consulting practice in FL. She has a winter house in Naples. Mary Crosby is providing mental health services in the administrative way to the 10 million citizens of LA County. She left psychiatric nursing practice in MA 3 years ago to aid her daughter with a new baby boy, Mary’s 9th grandchild. She lives in Santa Monica with her spouse, a math teacher. Mary Farry is a docent

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at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and says it is fun and rewarding. She asks that we come and visit. ¶ As for travelers, Amy Huestis Donovan and Mary Farry are off to Ireland. Maryjane Bittman Kenney with husband Larry went on an Avalon River cruise from Amsterdam to Basil, Switzerland, passing through Germany and France along the Rhine River. Next trip will be to travel the Danube. Rosalie Digiovanna Mangels are off to Hawaii for 16 days in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Mary Arnold Geroch just returned from a trip down the Amazon River. Yours truly, Jo Anne Dufort, returned last month from a 3 week trip to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. It was a phenomenal journey. I spent the most time in Vietnam, 9 days. In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), I went to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which the Viet Cong and N. Vietnamese used extensively. There were secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, meeting rooms, hospital rooms. I crawled through some of them as you could not stand up in them. It was an emotional experience, as I do remember these in the news. Also I went for a Mekong Delta cruise. I flew to DaNang and on to Hoi An, a resort city on South China Beach. After a one-day stay in Hue, I went to Hanoi. There I saw Ho Chi Ninh, embalmed and under glass for viewing, as well as his residence and his final home. After Hanoi, it was to Ha Long Bay for a cruise. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with limestone towers, cliffs, arches, and fishing villages. Then off to Laos, which is one of my favorite countries. There I gave sticky rice to hundreds of monks, in early morning, as they walked by. I visited many temples, waterfalls, as well as a fabulous cave on the Mekong. In Cambodia, we toured Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world and an outstanding example of Khmer architecture. My favorite temple was Ta Prohm, known as the Jungle Temple, because it had been reclaimed by the jungle, with stone ruins and trees becoming one. To see it watch “Indiana Jones and the Tomb Raiders.” I could go on about these countries, the food, the people, who were friendly and helpful, and best were the massages, $10, but I am limited on allowable words. My next trip is trekking in Nepal in March. ¶ Mary Jo Pescatore Cicchetti had brunch with Nancy Collins Edwards and Beverly Falcione Marano. Mary Jo Cicchetti, living across from the ocean, is concerned about the tides increasing and the shoreline decreasing, which could cause problems in the future. She participates in Life Long Learning courses, which she compares to our Regis seminars. ¶

Charlotte Cormier Montillo is a member of a local “Threads of Love” group, who contribute hand-made items to a preemie ward of a local hospital. She also meets with other sewing groups, which she says hones her skills and challenges her. ¶ And thanks to those who answered me and had no news, Susanne Albanys Giarraputo, Janet Lydon O’Sullivan, Joan Lally Canterbury, Jean Harrington Gefteas, Jane DeMarco Wittreich, and Ann Farrell Wade, but wanted to hear about my trip. Ann Wade did have a bit of news, the birth of her 11th grandchild. Congratulations, Ann. ¶ Now I am wondering who has the most grandchildren. Maybe next issue.


50th Reunion

✒Virginia McNeil Slep, 40 Jeffrey Road,

Wayland, MA 01778, 508-358-2478, ✒Barbara Bye Murdock, PO Box 266, Little Compton, RI 02837, 401-635-4876, barbara@ ¶ By the time

you are reading this, we will be past our Reunion. Planning meetings have started the connections with classmates, some who are returning with retirement giving way to more flexible schedules. ¶ Judy Higgins Donohue has posted approximately 60 classmate profiles at this time (Feb 1) with more interviews already completed. Our private Facebook group is “Regis College Class of 1964.” Connect with classmates and read these profiles. Mary Carroll Epperlein recently wrote about her excitement with Judy’s project, saying that she is hoping to get others to join our Facebook group to share these “50-year stories” of our classmates. We are very grateful to Judy for her dedication to this project. If you haven’t had a call from Judy yet, contact her at or 352-5614084. These stories will be collected for print or CD for all. ¶ Keep looking for those pictures! If you don’t have a scanner to copy these, Staples now has copy centers in every store. You keep the photo and send the digital file through email to our classmate, Sr. Mary Rita Grady, who has agreed to receive any memorabilia that you might find! ¶ And for some news….Sue Sullivan Gabler: “We finally became grandparents to 2 thriving baby boys. Unfortunately for Ray and me, they both live in Europe at this time. Our daughter, Julie, has lived in Brussels for about 7 years. Our son, David, is an Air Force F-16 pilot currently stationed in Germany. Julie and Dave are living only about 2 hours apart, so the cousins see each other regularly, which is wonderful for both families. Ray and I will be traveling to Europe for an extended visit this spring so I do not expect to be able to attend

the Reunion. It is unfortunate, but we take the opportunities to visit them whenever it is convenient for all. I will really miss seeing classmates. Since we moved to CA at the end of 1978, I have only been able to attend the 20th Reunion. It surely would have been wonderful to reconnect.” ¶ Some difficult news via Judy Higgins Donohue: Sharon Callnan Rush’s husband, Harry Rush, reports that she is suffering from dementia and is in a nursing home. A former history teacher at Caribou High School in ME, Sharon is a resident at Katahdin Health Care, 22 Walnut Street, Millinocket, ME. Cards should be addressed to Sharon Rush.


✒Kathleen McCaffrey Ford, 491 Everett Street, Westwood, MA 02090, 781326-8273, ¶ It is

with sadness that I open these notes. In November, Kevin C. Hyland, son of the late Barbara Kelleher Hyland and George Hyland passed away. He is survived by his sister Dana of Scituate, MA. In Jan., at age 97 the mother of Sally Daily Buckler died. ¶ In October, Cooper Sparrough, grandson of Kathleen Davis Sparrough and husband Michael was born. Deirdre Casey reports the news of the birth of a grandniece on Halloween. ¶ Carole Groncki McCarthy notes that Elizabeth Ingalls Wefer has a vacation home in Falmouth. The “Cape Contingent” looks forward to getting together with her. Mary Ellen Lavenberg moved from the Cape to Weston last year. ¶ In May 2013, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey and Mel Lavenberg enjoyed good food and great music at the All-Alumni Reunion on Saturday of Reunion Weekend. In Dec., several members of our class, Gail Hoffman Burke, Deirdre Casey, Mary Lou Gray, Anne Marie Healey, Patricia Gaumond Kasierski, Carole McCarthy, Sharon Gibbons Reardon, and Barbara Doran Sullivan attended the annual Christmas Cape Hollyfest luncheon at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich. ¶ In August, Anne Marie Healey, accompanied by her son John, celebrated her 70th birthday in the South Pacific. Their journey included a small cruise ship to the French Polynesian and the Cook Islands, snorkeling in Bora Bora, and sailing with two Polynesian friends on a traditional Polynesian sailboat. ¶ Mel Lavenberg was overwhelmed and overjoyed by the number of classmates who viewed her blog of her Sept. trek on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She said there was one time she considered quitting but refused to let her supporters down. We are extremely proud of her as well as grateful to her for her fundraising on behalf of the class. In September 2014, she

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Bequests, charitable gift annuities and trusts, gifts of life insurance—there are many planned-giving options that will provide benefits to the College and to you and your family. Barbara Doran Sullivan ’65 talks about her relationship with regis and why she chose to include the College in her will. To learn more about your planned-giving options, visit or call 781.768.7220.

Tell me about your time at Regis. What made it so special? The lifelong friendships i formed. i still talk to at least one friend from regis every day! The camaraderie between the home economists was wonderful and we were provided with a great education that led to great jobs after we graduated and throughout our lives. Why do you give back to the College? giving annually has always been important to me. My class of 1965 has an individual fund aside from the regis Fund and i have always made a point to give to both—to

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support my class fundraising efforts but also to support the unrestricted regis Fund every year. participation is what’s most important. When did you decide to join the Founders Society? several years ago i was putting together my will and decided to include regis. i attended Harvard Business school and Boston College for graduate studies but because they are such wealthy institutions, i felt that regis could use the funds more wisely. When i give to regis, i feel like i get more bang for my buck!

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intends to return to Spain and walk a shorter Camino route from the coast at Ferrol to Santiago. ¶ In October, Class President Katherine Moynihan McGovern and husband, Bernie, traveled to Spain. Kathy and Bernie expected to spend the winter months in Fort Myers, FL. ¶ In the fall, Carole McCarthy and husband, Ken, spent 2 weeks in Poland researching genealogy. In a rental car, they drove approximately 1,800 miles.Carole’s second cousin once removed joined them and she functioned as a guide and translator in addition to being good company. Highlights included getting together with many cousins and locating villages, where all four of Carole’s great grandparents had come from. ¶ In mid-November, Melanie Varol Cashio and Joanne Massey Howes coordinated a 4-day adventure in Asheville, NC for Rosabel Anderson Barroilhet, Cynthia Glacken, Andrea DeSimone Hallion, Frances Camerano Johns, Kathy Sparrough, and me. We dined, toured, hiked, caught up, and reminisced as we celebrated over 50 years of friendship. ¶ In Jan., Kathy Sparrough and husband, Mike, went to the Santa Barbara film festival. Their son, Mark, was Photography Director and one of the producers of a featured film—Mount Joy—at the festival. In Feb., Kathleen Henighan, Mel Lavenberg, and Barbara Sullivan were venturing to St. Maarten. Before the vacation, Barbara wondered “Can you imagine 3 home ec majors on the loose in the Gourmet capitol of the Caribbean?” ¶ Plans are underway for our 50th Reunion.


✒Betsy Burns Griffin, 38 Pine Lane,

Framingham, MA 01701, 508-877-8826, ¶ First, sad news: classmate Judy Murray died

on Jan. 14, leaving 4 siblings, 7 nieces and nephews and 4 grand nieces and nephews. Her sister Alice Murray Fay ‘68 passed the word along. Judy was a nurse practitioner at Brigham and Women’s and Blue Cross Blue Shield, Quincy, for many years. Friends remember her always smiling. ¶ Diane Valenti Liebmann wrote from Green Bay, WI, “I haven’t seen such low temperatures since Joanna Rapp-Holden and I served in the Lay Apostolate in Prince George, BC, Canada, in 1966-67!” She also mentioned she keeps in touch with Mary Lou Collins via Facebook. Mary Lou recently vacationed in Guatemala and posted pictures daily on her Facebook page. ¶ Susan Clark Cronin saw Mary Jo Mead Zaccardi and Eileen Gaquin Kelly at the Regis Christmas Hollyfest luncheon at the Dan’l Webster Inn on Cape Cod. ¶ Rosemary Eagan

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Heffernan, Susan, and I met for some

long-range 50th Reunion planning and lunch in Jan., and a larger group met at Rosemary’s home in April. To join in the planning, contact Susan Cronin. ¶ Eileen Dooley wrote, “It’s ‘No news is good news’ in WV.’ “ ¶ Donna Nealon Hoffman and husband, Chris, traveled through Europe last fall, enjoying Prague, Vienna, and the Italian lakes region. ¶ Fourteen classmates met for a pre-holiday luncheon at Joanna RappHolden’s home in Woodbridge, CT, in early Dec., where I picked up some news: Cindy Gosselin Wilusz is a move specialist and marketing assistant at Sudbury Life-Care and Active Senior Community in Bloomfield, CT. Louise Leonka Carroll has traveled extensively since retiring in ’04, including attending an Irish wedding in Poland. She has 3 grandchildren and is active in her parish in Granby, CT. Ann Tracy Guerriero of Burlington, CT, recently retired as a kindergarten teacher (hats off to those who can get down to help with boots and coats until retirement!). Renie Lesiak LaFlamme lives in Somers, CT, teaches adult ed. classes in nearby Enfield 2 days a week and is active in Women’s Club charity work. Also in attendance were Susan Doyle Callahan, Peggy Ventre Panagrossi, Susan Smith Bowab, Sherrin O’Brien Langeler, Joan O’Leary Foley, Eleanor McCarthy Bouvier, and Jane Cronin Tedder. I was so involved in talking, I forgot to take notes. Next time. Lucille Fandel contacted Jane, sorry she could not make it to Woodbridge; she had to work. Lucille goes by Lucy now, is a nurse and lives in Cummington, MA. She hopes to arrange time off for the next ’66 event. Jane and Dick Tedder toured Cuba in February. ¶ And left over from our fall column, Betsy Burns Griffin and husband, Larry, enjoyed a river cruise on the Elbe last September, traveling from Prague to Berlin. This mode of travel is lovely, but lace up your hiking boots for the cobblestoned streets. Hope your spring and summer are idyllic.


✒Carolyn Sammartino Moran, PO Box

43, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, 617-921-5759, ¶ We extend condolences to the family of Arleen Ellis who passed away Dec. 14 after a

lengthy illness. She began her career as a technical writer for the Navy, and later worked in many venues coordinating fundraising. She leaves her husband, Robert Trahan, whom she married in 1972. ¶ Sympathy also to Jane Sibson Monti of Tampa, FL and her family on the January death of her mother, Virginia Frances Sibson, age 95, of Ashland. ¶ This fall brought new grandchildren. To Patti McCurry Morley and Don, a grandson, Christopher

James, to their daughter Meredith and husband, Merlin. To Rosemarie Melloni Dittmer and Myron, a granddaughter, Colette Rose, to their daughter Joanna and husband Phil. And to George and myself, a granddaughter, Sophia Carolyn, to our daughter Eva and husband Alessio. ¶ Susan Lang Abbott who was Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Boston, and Mary Jane “MJ” Doherty, special assistant to the president of Regis, each received the Cheverus Award at a ceremony in Nov. Cardinal Sean O’Malley presided, and said that the Cheverus award is given for “extraordinary dedication to the life of the church.” Rosemarie Dittmer and Frances Hogan received the Cheverus Award in previous years. ¶ I recommend Mary Jane Doherty’s book The Gate is Everywhere: Victims, Christ, & Faith. It is a very personal account of her life after Regis with many references to names and events we will all recognize from the almost 50 years since graduation. She recounts her story as a survivor of abuse at the hands of her psychiatrist and how she later used her experiences “to help mend the social rupture of the sexual abuse scandal, and to affirm ‘things hoped for’ in the healing of the Church.” You may order the book by contacting Mary Jane at ¶ In late Oct., Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, Regis president, traveled to Hong Kong to visit with several universities and high schools. Ellen Kearns, a Regis trustee, was able to join her on part of the trip before traveling to Cambodia for her niece’s wedding. They had a wonderful visit with our classmate Julia Shen Fung. Julia and her husband, Victor, were incredibly hospitable during the trip. Julia promised she would return to Regis for our 50th Reunion. Mimi Bowler was most helpful in arranging the rendezvous in Hong Kong. ¶ Cheryl Adkins Boss retired in Dec. 2012, and she and her husband are spending time in Houston with their 2 granddaughters. Her oldest daughter is living in Jamaica Plain and just earned a master’s in children’s literature at Simmons, and is an editor at Charlesbridge in Watertown. Her son is working and living in NYC, is engaged and planning on an Aug. wedding in Jackson, NH. Cheryl and her husband are anticipating ski weekends to Mt. Snow, a Caribbean trip in March, and a trip out West in May. ¶ Suzanne Barry Leary, a math major who remembers Ellen Kearns, was a programmer for Bank of Boston after graduation. Suzanne has been married to John for 43 years and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren, and live in Hamden, CT. They travel to see one son in NC, who is a clinical psychologist; another son in RI, who

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✒Patricia N. Cross, 161 Oak Common

Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 904823-1394, ¶ Marybeth Govoni Cormier is staying

warm in Bradenton, FL for 3 months where she owns a condo. She enjoys visits from her children and their spouses and exploring that lovely part of FL. Speaking of FL, I enjoy keeping up with Nancy Brine Fredrickson and her Facebook page and the Regis ’68 Facebook page. Check it out! Who knew (or can fathom!) that Nancy is a pilot! I am in awe of her energy and daring. ¶ Linda Gaioni Dranchak and husband John’s lovely daughter, Kate, a forensic psychologist, was recently married to Greg Williams in Hawaii. Linda and John also have a new grandson, daughter Sarah’s baby, Sam. That makes 4 grandchildren. She reports that her life in Bath, ME revolves around her business (www., her grandkids, and traveling to visit family. Shortly after the Reunion, Marlena Belviso Santomero and husband Tony

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became grandparents again when daughter Jill gave birth to little Oliver in June. He now joins big brother Liam, who is 3. “As for travel, Tony and I spent several weeks in the UK last September, visiting London and the Cotswolds.” ¶ Tish Brush Petzke must be one of the busiest members of the class. Between her consulting business, family, social and professional events, and traveling, she is busy busy. She works hard and takes trips from Mallorca to Istanbul. ¶ Marcia Carey Walsh wrote that she and husband, Jack, are spending the winter in Naples, FL for the 3rd straight year. “Although it has been cooler than last Jan. it is still warm and sunny! So far we have missed 2 blizzards back home. I am looking forward to seeing my daughters. Tricia and husband Mark, and daughter Deb will visit with grandchildren Braddock and Thomas. ¶ Jeanne Gianturco plans to visit Lake Tahoe to ski and spend time with daughter Catherine. ¶ Ellen Grimes Aamodt is now fully retired but accepts UN consulting assignments from time to time and travels to some countries to visit UN friends she made over the years. “On the home front, I received a wonderful Christmas present—a new grandson born on Christmas Day.” Now that she is settled in Arlington, Ellen enjoys local cultural events. She serves as a trustee and guide at the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and enjoys it very much. Home renovation projects in her 100-year-old house keep her busy. ¶ Judy Murphy Lauch and husband, Bill, arrived in St. Augustine in late Jan. and are busy furnishing their new condo. They both are still very involved in Boston activities, work, and volunteering. They plan to stay here during the coldest time of the year, but Boston will remain their home and favorite city. Tim and Maryanne Skeiber Burtman came through St. Augustine for their annual visit on their way to Stuart, FL. Maryanne and Tim are retired and keep busy with their 5 grandchildren. Maryanne is an avid pickle ball player! Judy, Maryanne, and I and husbands had fun catching up. ¶ Burt and I are expecting our 14th grandchild on St. Patrick’s Day. Our youngest daughter, Casey, and husband, Peter, live in Topsfield, MA and have 3 little boys— Cole, Mason, and Will. We are on pins and needles wondering if they will have a baby sister or brother! I am still working part time and getting back to tennis after a knee replacement. ¶ Our 50th high school reunion is upon us this year! Let me hear from you as you plan or attend. I am excited to see my St. Mary/Regis buddies, Sharyn Murphy McGann, Ellen Aamodt, and Judy Lauch. Hopefully we will finally catch up with ex-68er Joanne Davis Thomas,

who lives in Camden, ME. St. Mary’s HS will also remember our friends who have passed away, including ’68 classmate Mary Jane Griffin. And we always considered Mimi McDonald Concannon “one of us” since she was a member of the SMH carpool to Regis! Write and let us know about your reunion and tell us who, if anyone, you saw from Regis Class of ’68. Marybeth Cormier is looking forward to her Bishop Stang High School reunion, Carolyn Durant was a classmate. Jeanne Gianturco will be attending her Notre Dame Academy reunion but says most of her classmates went to Emmanuel or Trinity (Notre Dame sisters!) ¶ The column is brief this time. Help me out and email me a quick note or else I will have to start listing my grandchildren and telling you more than you want to know about all of them! Seriously, we all enjoy hearing about your comings and goings. Stay well everyone!


45th Reunion ✒Linda Garstka Daigneault, 300 Forker Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146, 724-3425306, ¶ Hope that

all your holidays were merry and that 2014 has started on a good note. ¶ I have been busy trying to get the Reunion surveys together for the anticipated “booklet.” So far the response has been less than stellar but I’m hoping for a surge in responses before the deadline. I’ve heard from many classmates and am surprised at the diversity of experiences. I have been in contact with Mary Beth Stanton Cotter and other Reunion committee members and am enjoying the “catch up” conversations. The “Reunion Booklet” will be available at and after the Reunion. ¶ By the time you get this, I will have just seen you at Reunion. One thing for sure, this awful COLD will be behind us. What a winter!

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is a manufacturing engineer; and a daughter in DC, who works for the World Bank with a focus on Africa. ¶ Another CT resident is Ellen Mara Smith who lives in Madison. Ellen is a dietician, has been widowed, and enjoys her family, home, and work. Her son teaches in VT, and her daughter lives in NY and is planning a fall wedding in Newport. ¶ Our Jan. gathering at the Chateau in Waltham included Miriam Finn Sherman ’98, Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Christina Duggan, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving along with classmates: Patsy Connearney Deveaux, Peggy Jones Gigante, Phyllis-Mae Carberry Mueller, Paula Dempsey Beauregard, Patricia Driscoll Egan, Ellen Kearns, and myself. We discussed possibilities for our 50th Reunion. Contact Miriam Riley Flecca at to get on the mailing list for the gatherings at the Chateau, and either Mim or Ellen Kearns at ekearns@constangy. com, our class co-presidents, with your thoughts about the Reunion. ¶ Our class treasurer, Patsy Deveaux, asks us to send our $25 class dues, made payable to Regis College Class of 1967, to her at 55 Clark Lane, Waltham, MA 02451. Patsy’s granddaughter, Emily Dewey, earned Dean’s List honors at her grandfather Don’s alma mater, St. Anslem. ¶ I am now serving on the Regis Fund Executive Committee, and ask you to please consider a gift. Two new scholarships are honoring S. Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare and S. Thérèse Higgins and you may designate your gift to these funds.



✒Nora Quinlan Waystack, 126 Merrimac St. #50, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978314-4416,

¶ Greetings once again classmates. Do hope you passed happy, healthy, (warm?) winter months. ¶ We spent our first real FL vacation in Naples this past Jan., and I had a wonderful reunion with Nancy Adams Brisson. We hadn’t seen each other since graduation day 44 years ago, but managed to fill in the years. Nancy and husband Steve moved to Naples 38 years ago. She had just retired last June from 36 years of teaching; 29 years teaching accelerated math at Naples High School. She also served as a teacher representative on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SATS), which covers 11 southern

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states. She enjoyed all the travel this role required. Steve has been practicing architecture since they arrived in Naples, and they especially loved being involved in the tremendous growth of the area. Their son, Greg, followed in his dad’s footsteps, graduating from RISD with degrees in architecture. He worked with his dad for 10 years, and then became a principal in one of the largest home-building companies, sometimes even building his dad’s designs. Greg and his wife, Carey, have two daughters, Sydney and Sabyne, ages 11 and 8, who still enjoy doing things with “Grandnan.” Nancy and Steve travel back to VT every June. Most summers they make a trip to Europe, with southern France and Paris becoming their home away from home. With her retirement Nancy is looking forward to more flexibility in planning these trips, including spring and fall. She would love to hear from any classmates about life since our Regis years and any visits to beautiful Naples on the Gulf. ¶ This past Christmas in NH I ran into Maura Burns and Paul Gorman at an area choir Christmas concert that my sister, Kathy Quinlan Ward (Regis 1968-69), performed in. Maura and Paul continue to live in New London, NH where Maura recently retired as Director of the Learning Center at Mt. Sunapee. She continues with her landscape business in the New London area. Paul is the music director of Our Lady of Fatima/Immaculate Conception Parish in New London, as well as maintaining an association with Dartmouth. Their son Luke and his wife, Chrissie, bought a house on Lake Sunapee last year. They left a 3-bedroom apartment in Boston to come to a large 4-bedroom house. So, Maura and Paul are happily helping them furnish their expanded accommodations. They are thrilled at having them so close. ¶ I spoke to Mary DonCarlos Egan. Her name came up in conversation with Nancy Adams; Nancy remembered that Mary and I were the first 2 people she met at Regis. So I felt a call was in order. All is well with Mary and husband, John. John has a property management business on the South Shore and Mary keeps busy helping him out. They have 9 grandchildren between their 4 boys—Sean, Scott, John and Michael— and they all managed to be together this past Christmas! ¶ There were big changes for my former Regis roomie, Patty Hanifey, this past year. She put the home she had lived in for 64 years in Marblehead on the market, only to have it under contract in 2 days. Within a month, she was homeless and spent the next 8 months living with friends and family. During that time she had an apartment in Lynn gutted and redesigned. She now is happily

relocated in what she describes as like living on a boat but with the comforts of home. Patty has 3 grandchildren: Sally, 5, and 3-year-old twins Walter and Louisa, and is very much a “hands-on” grandmother. Her children, Meghan and Graham, have both recently broken away from corporate business settings and begun their own businesses. ¶ I continue to enjoy touching base with my fellow classmates as class scribe, maintaining and making new friendships along the way. Please feel free to contact me or Regis directly online with your news to be included in the next issue. Be well everyone!


✒Mary Lou Wenthe, 8485 Berkeley

Street, Honeoye, NY 14471, 508-2297061, ✒Susan Schissel Fogerty, 113 Central Street, Byfield, MA 01922, 978-4628647, ¶ Hello Everyone! Kathleen Edwards’ son was

seen on Brazilian TV! Gordon was visiting his brother Gregory in Buenos Aires, Argentina last spring. Gregory is an exchange student from George Washington U. Gordon, a city planning major from the U of Pittsburgh, wandered into the Cathedral for a tour. People were cheering as their own Cardinal had just been elected Pope Francis. A TV reporter interviewed Gordon to hear what an American student thought of the new Pope. We are not sure if he answered in Spanish, but like his mother and brother he is bilingual. He deferred college to spend a year playing baseball and taking cooking classes in Spain. ¶ Kathy Graham Deyman lives in Annandale, VA, with her husband George. After graduation, Kathy received her master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. She began work in DC, where she was a writerresearcher in the field of international relations, her topic: corporate responsibility in multinational corporations. She retired from that field to raise her 2 sons, Colin and Phillip, and began a new career as a kindergarten teacher. Now retired, she loves to make quilts. (She should get together with Paula Downes Vogel.) Kathy’s husband retired after 40 years as an investigative reporter on trade issues for the US International Trade Commission. They hope to move back to MA soon to be near their sons. Colin, a geologist, lives in Salem with wife, Christine, a microbiologist, and they are soon-to-be parents. Phillip, a timber framer, lives in Montague with wife, Chaldea, an artist and organic farmer. ¶ Kathy Ryan Carey has a new son-in-law. Daughter Meghan married Chad in Oct. Kathy has had a longtime career in banking and has a lovely home overlooking

the Merrimack River in Newburyport, MA. ¶ Carol Vitali Flynn lives with husband, Ed, in Montrose, NY, where they raised their 4 children. Tom and his wife, Abby, have a little girl, Eleanor Elizabeth, age 1. They live in NC, as does his brother, Eddie, and his wife, Michelle. Their 2 daughters both live in Charleston, MA. Katie and husband, Geoff, are parents to Ryan who’s 3. Aunt Maureen lives nearby. ¶ Virginia Coughlan-Perez finished working for a large anesthesiology group in May. She’s getting to spend more time with her growing family. All 4 of her children had babies last year! How lucky is that? Oldest, G.W. and wife, Jacque, had Elouise Noreen join big brother, Gus. Brian and his wife welcomed Meghan Rose. Daughter Katie and husband, Tim, had their 1st, William Francis. And daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Michael, added Abigail Lillian. Two-year-old Ella loves being a big sister. Her sons are in MD and IA, so Ginny has been on the road a lot. ¶ Maria Zodda lives on Nantucket. She is a volunteer teacher for writing in grade 1 and on the board of the Homestead. She’s helping to raise funds for a new hospital on the island. But her favorite role is Nona Z, to grandson Fox. She writes he is the light of her life and only a bike ride away. ¶ After losing my dad in July, I, Susan Schissel Fogerty, lost my mom in Sept. Rita McNeil Schissel ’40 was a treasure. In Nov, we were blessed with a new granddaughter, Evangeline Rita. We spent Thanksgiving with them in Tucson, and as I write this I’m packing for another visit. Hope all is well with the rest of ’72. Let Mary Lou and me know any news you have for the fall issue.


40th Reunion ✒Grace Murphy, 6 Colony Rd.,

Lexington, MA 02420, 781-861-3914, ¶ We had a nice note from Carol Cahill Grady, who

is living in CA, as she has since shortly after our Regis graduation. She has been married to husband, Steve, for almost 36 years and has 3 daughters, who are also living on the west coast. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her 2nd grandchild. Although she has worked and enjoyed quilting as a hobby, she said that nothing beats being a grandmother! ¶ I had a Christmas letter from Kathi O’Looney Adams filled with news of her military family. Husband, Bill, retired from the Navy but is still working as a civilian. Her oldest son, Bill, also in the Navy, is married and Kathi and Bill now have a granddaughter. Daughter Maura, formerly on active duty in the Navy, is now in the Reserves and in a doctoral nursing program at Catholic

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Class Notes Participation The ’60s is the only decade with 100% Class Notes participation! The ’50s are right behind them with 90% and the ’10s with 75%. Let’s try to get participation from all classes next issue!

U. Son John and his wife, Tiffany, are West Point graduates and are now in the Army. Tiffany is deployed to Afghanistan and John is in Special Forces School. Youngest daughter, Margaret, is at Fordham U. ¶ By the time this is delivered, we will have had our 40th Reunion. It will be a great time to reconnect!

Winston Ave., urbandale, IA 50323, 515-619-9258, ✒Janet Mills-Knudsen, 12B Lawrence St., Woburn, MA 01801, 781-491-0698, ¶ A group of

1979 alumnae met at Tryst Restaurant in Arlington this past November to catch up on news and look ahead to our Reunion. Present were Susan Chevoor Chin, Chris Crowley Delosh, Roberta Fox, Marie Sannicandro Linden, Jeanne McGillicuddy, Janet MillsKnudsen, Rosemary Noon, and Loretta Salvucci McClary. ¶ Marie Sannicandro Linden and her husband, John, went on a pilgrimage to eastern Europe last fall. They visited Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, adding Our Lady of Czestochowa, Divine Mercy Sanctuary, and Infant of Prague to the list of many shrines they have visited. ¶ In early December, a group of alumnae including Chris Crowley Delosh, Janet Mills-Knudsen, Kathleen Mulvihill Brutzman, Claudia Pelosi Cuddy, and Loretta Salvucci McClary, met at Regis to assist with Reunion planning. ¶ It’s hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since our graduation. We hope you’ll come back to campus May 16—18 to help us celebrate. If you’re in touch with former classmates, please encourage them to come, too. One of our classmates has dared to dream that we might get 100% of our class to attend…Also, please give generously to our class gift, which will help to fund the new S. Thérèse Higgins Scholarship. ¶ Have you

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✒Judith A. Allonby, 7 Rockland Park,

Apt. 2, Malden, MA 02148, 781-3247735, ✒Marie T. O’Malley, 1 Green Street, Milton, MA 02186, 617-333-0740, omalley_marie@ ¶ Greetings, Class of 1980!

One more year until our 35th Reunion. Be sure Regis has your current email information! ¶ Condolences go out to Elise Collagen on the recent loss of her mother. Elise has moved from NH to Marblehead, MA and built a national foundation to bring new support measures to challenged college and university systems, www.brilliant Elise met up with her old roommate Maki. She still lives in San Antonio, but visits MA and NH frequently. ¶ Janet L. Murphy, RN, MSN, CPNP, was recently recognized by Yale School of Nursing as one of its 90 notable alumnae. Janet has worked in the field of child abuse for more than 20 years. She is the associate medical director at the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic, which is part of a Child Advocacy Center at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. In this role she provides expert medical exams and care for children when there is a concern of sexual abuse. The work is multidisciplinary, and close collaboration occurs with forensic interviewers, child protection workers, police, prosecutors, mental health clinicians, and primary care providers. Janet has co-authored articles relevant to direct clinical care of children and families dealing with concerns of sexual abuse. She was on the YSN faculty from 1988 to 1996 and is currently an assistant clinical professor at YSN. ¶ Ellen Sheehy is still in CT. She and Cindy love to travel and have enjoyed recent trips to Disney World, Disney Land, and Newport Beach, CA. This year Ellen is heading to Marco Island, FL in April, then to Orlando in Aug. Ellen’s aunt, Sr. Helen Fenton, is still well and living at Bethany in Framingham and will be 92 in July. ¶ Mary Ellen O’Donnell, who is nearing 30 years of marriage to Curt, has been working at a preschool and loving it. ¶ Betty Gillis DiBiase has been living in Portland, ME since graduation. Betty has been married 29 years and is looking to travel more now that her 2 sons are grown. ¶ Tricia Wlasuk is busy working and getting the final pieces of her son’s college applications done. Tricia is thinking of going back to school but is now keeping busy volunteering at her son’s class events and the high school

booster club. A question among our class: who is responsible for “College Hall! We sneak ’em in better!?” ¶ Carol MacGillvray Masters had a busy 2013. She is still settling into her new job at Boston Medical Center. Her daughter Sarah has “decided to grace UMassAmherst with her presence.” Carol and son Max are adjusting to the lower noise level. Carol reports that her life is pretty peachy. ¶ Special thanks to Janet LeBlanc for helping me with my multiple telephone problems. Janet celebrated 30 years at Verizon on December 19. She also adopted a rescue puppy, “Miller,” from TN on Jan. 11. Both keep her very busy. ¶ Jo-Ann Bafaro is volunteering at a new parish in Shrewsbury and loving it. Jo-Ann is serving as Eucharistic Minister and working in the Thrift Shop and Food Ministry. ¶ Anthea-Maria Poole continues to give English lessons while her husband has his own business working with aluminum. Despite the tough economic times in Greece, Anthea still finds time to enjoy simple moments with friends and family on the beautiful island of Samos. ¶ Gabriella Suib Marchitelli says she does not have much new to report. She and Dennis are almost empty-nesters, with her daughter in college and her son heading to college soon. Gabe is an account executive with Hewlett Packard, which keeps her busy and on top of tech projects and new technologies. She gets to be the go-to person for anything that goes wrong on computers, phones, and cars. ¶ Michelle Villella Aloma reports that she is not that interesting. Seriously. Gretchen Youngdahl and Janet LeBlanc Osborne gave Michelle’s assessment of herself 2 enthusiastic thumbs up. Gretchen is in AL and is celebrating her survival through the treacherous snowstorm that dumped a whopping 2 inches of snow. ¶ Marie Walden’s younger daughter, Sarah, will be a freshman at Regis in the fall.

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35th Reunion ✒Debbie Southworth Howard, 12315

joined the Class of 1979 Facebook page yet? It’s a great way to keep in touch with your former classmates. You can join at groups/44439292310/



✒Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, 26

Marshall Street, North Reading, MA 01864, 978-664-4181, apaone@arqule. com ¶ Hello friends, I hope that by

the time this reaches you the spring weather will be upon us. I bet many of you were wondering how Katie FitzGerald McCully fared in London this past fall. Katie placed 20th out of 92 in the world in her age group (7th American)! She was 4th out of the water, but fell behind a bit on the bike. It was raining throughout the race so she didn’t fare so well on the bike leg as there were many hairpin turns and she wanted to be safe. She made up a bit on the 5k run as she ran a 20:46 (6:41 mile pace). Her overall time was 1:19:58.

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Katie’s next international competition will be in Aug. competing in the World Aquathlon Championships in Edmonton, Canada. It is a swim and run competition. She is an age-group member of Team USA. Her goal for this race is to place in the top 5. Good luck Katie! ¶ Justine Lima Correia is due to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband, Frank, this year. She has lived in Bristol, RI for 24 years where she raised 2 sons, Christopher, 21, and Justin, 19, who are both in college. She is beginning her 12th year with Silpada Designs jewelry as a director, making women sparkle and fundraising for various causes. ¶ In 2013, as a foster home to rescued animals, Lisa Demasi facilitated adoptions of 11 cute and furry animals and was named Foster Home of the Year by House Rabbit Network in Woburn, MA. Lisa continues to write her memoir and works as a “killer receptionist” for a property management firm in Harvard Square. Check out her blog www. Regis has many events including seminars planned throughout the year. Stay connected and check out the Regis Tower Talk website for updated information:


✒Kym Johnson Miele, 31 Randall

Street, Greenville, RI 02828, 401949-2828, ✒Liz Higgins Fitzgerald, 69 Cleveland Hill Road, Brookline, NH 03033, 603673-8754, ¶

I’m pleased to report that since Reunion, many classmates have been enjoying rekindled Regis connections. Jenn Kelley Drain, Laurie Henry Morrison and Mindy Seifert had 2 opportunities to meet up for lunch and enjoy each other’s company. Jenn’s son, Matt, has been helping “cabber” Katie Brady Corcoran’s daughter Bridget train for her 1st degree black belt so our 2 classmates have enjoyed several karate get-togethers with their kids. Jenn also updates that her eldest son, Patrick, is studying civil engineering at Northeastern and her youngest, Molly, is a sophomore at Mansfield High. Jenn herself recently started a great new job with Sharon Credit Union in Walpole. Rosalind Powers Kessel and Jenn have been trading notes on our class Facebook page about their upcoming Fontbonne Academy reunion. ¶ Holly Hurtle, Denise, and Patty enjoyed getting back to campus for the Holly Tea and Brunch in December. ¶ Our favorite party girl, Mary Ellen Kelly, hosted her annual Christmas Party and although a fierce winter storm was raging, Regis friends showed up in force

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to celebrate the season with Melon including Marianne Ritchie McMorrow, Sarah Walcott Abrahmson, Laura Doherty, Anne Maneikis, Barbara Grady, Marty Mccabe, Roz Kessel, and Debi Brooks Puchovsky. ¶ I had a quick update from Christina Aicardi Maguire. Chrissy is back in publishing, recently hired part-time by a local nonprofit. ¶ I also had the opportunity to see Chris Rhodes Travers, Martha Waldron, and Jackie Albrikes before the holidays at Market Street in Lynnfield. We thought we’d go to Kings Bowling Club but opted, instead, for a long chat in the quiet of a nearby noodle house. “Regis girls and Ramen…’mm ’mm good.” Martha is now working in marketing for Boston Public Television. Jackie and her husband, Michael, are busy, busy, busy with a toddling 2-year-old daughter. Christine and family have enjoyed some “together time recently” renovating 2 investment properties. I missed Christine and Kevin’s annual New Year’s gathering but am looking forward to an update. Linda Clement Ahern also keeps busy with her family. Both kids are accomplished competitive skiers and they spent time out west this summer in ski camp and the family spends most winter weekends at their farm in Maine. Linda Clement, a farmer? Now there’s class news for ya! ¶ Val Brown Maguire also brought a smile to my face when she emailed that her eldest would be “curtain man” for his school’s production of “Bye, Bye Birdie”…my own high school show. ¶ Mary Bunnell Faulkner sent her eldest off to Manhattanville College this fall. Michelle Gray Bird and hubby are now officially empty-nesters. Congrats Michelle and Mary! Job well done, now let the good times roll! ¶ Would love to hear from you all… Our class Facebook group Regis Class of 88 continues to grow. Consider joining even if you are not “on” Facebook. Please send class notes and updates to


✒Robin Daley Doyle, 5 Rose Lane,

Atkinson, NH 03811, 603-362-5158, ✒Christina Ferlisi Kennedy, 80 Perkins Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-283-0879, ✒Bethlee O’Connor McLaughlin, 3601 Justin Drive, Palm Harbor, FL 34685, 727-939-1170, ✒Lt. Col. Elaine M. Posanka, 180 Winding Way, Normandy, TN 37360, 931-409-0628, elaine. ¶ From Karen

Rodrigues: I was disappointed when I received Regis Today to notice the class of 1990 had no information. Then I realized I was amiss myself. So here it goes...My husband of 22 years,

Jack Davis, retired from the Navy after serving 24 years. We are still living in Italy. This makes living here 5 years, which is the longest we have ever lived in one place. Since being here in Italy we have visited more than 10 countries. Our children have been able to get a real global education. We are always telling our boys how it is not normal for school activities to take you to another country. ¶ However, we did purchase a home in Newburyport, MA in 2012. Jack spent his early retirement renovating the home, but then the US government wanted him back in a position here in Italy. I have to say, being a mom, I was very grateful that he was there to help our oldest settle into College. Phillip is now in his 2nd year at St. Anselm. He is studying International Relations and hopes to work with the Dept. of State for the Foreign Service. He is applying to attend a summer program in South Africa this summer. ¶ Our youngest, Marc, is in his junior year and continues to do well academically. He has been very active in sports playing with Italian Teams in Volleyball and Equestrian. He is looking into returning to the States to attend college, with Norwich being his first choice. ¶ As for me, I am still teaching in the Department of Defense School here in Italy. However, I started to teach early childhood education courses for a local college here in Italy. It has been a great way to start something different and I am truly enjoying it! We will be returning to the States soon—I hope. But one thing is for sure, I have learned never to close myself off to adventures—so who knows what may come next!


✒Jodi M. Michalski, 49 Brentwood

Drive, Westfield, MA 01085, 413-5621108, ¶ Leah Kalapinski Warren started a new job

last year as Art Director at Grant Communications Consulting Group in Lynn, MA. Hope this finds our Class of 1996 classmates well!


✒Valerie Williams Sumner, 105 Plain

Street, Millis, MA 02054, 508-596-6598, ¶ I had the pleasure of meeting with Annie Grady Marro, Darcey Bortz Fahey, Lisa McPhail and Andrea Bolton List before the

holidays. We had a great dinner in the North End of Boston and many, many laughs. It was great to see you ladies! Our class has been somewhat quiet over the last few months. We would love to hear from other classmates. Please contact me with any exciting news to share!

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✒Jessica Nowosielski Flaherty, 26

West Street, Weymouth, MA 02190, 781-340-0567, ¶ Pamela Wheeler Johnson recently

got a promotion at Hartford Hospital to Research Education and Quality Improvement Specialist and also bought a house in Ellington, CT. ¶ Kathleen O’Connor is still managing the operations of a private equity firm in downtown Boston, and has been with this team for nearly 10 years. In her spare time, she is volunteering at the local food pantry, Loaves & Fishes, and was elected President of the board in June. She and her husband still travel as much as they can, time permitting. ¶ Rosie Martone successfully opened her second restaurant, Figaro’s, on Revere Beach. The business is going well and keeping Rosie very busy. She did have a little time to get away just after Christmas for some fun in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ with Marie Hoegerle and Miriam Finn Sherman.

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✒Alexa Pozniak, 11 Chester Road,

baby girl. Molly Elizabeth was born in November in Raleigh, NC, weighing in at 9lbs. Jen says, “she’s a great baby who laughs and cuddles all the time.... truly the light of my life.” ¶ Carrie Blais checked in with an update on her life: “I started a private psychotherapy practice in Hubbardston, MA. I am working with adults and adolescents and am enjoying the flexibility that allows me to keep up with my 3 kids.” ¶ Molly Maginnis Butler also has some career news: she was promoted at the Mass Department of Public Health to a tobacco compliance inspector.


✒Adrian Sexton, 646-320-0901, ¶ Leigh Ann Zarkauskas reported she is engaged to Cliff Biggins. No wedding date set yet. ¶ Lisa Lemoine Mavilia had an eventful year for their family! They moved from Weymouth to Hanover in Aug. and welcomed their 2nd son, Drew Douglas, on Sept. 29. “We are so blessed to have another happy, healthy boy,” Lisa said. ¶ Shandren Marshall Harrington is currently living in Shirley, MA with her husband, Eric, of 4 years, and sons Stanley, 3, and Harvey, 4 months. She worked in technology sales for and

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✒Bobbie F. Finocchio, 617-784-2030, ✒Paula

15th Reunion

Billerica, MA 01821, 860-766-3388, ✒Sara A. Greenwood, Columbia Circle, Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-747-1195, greenwood_sara@hotmail. com ¶ A big congrats goes out to Jen Collins who gave birth to a beautiful

expecting her second son in May. Nicole Sotiropoulos welcomed a baby boy, Damian Brady Sanchez, on July 28, 2013. ¶ Erica Glennon Farrand had a great 2013. She and her husband bought a new home this past summer in Burlington, MA. She also just had a new baby boy, Asher, born on October 13. She said he is the sweetest thing ever! It is also her 6th year teaching 2nd grade and she is loving it. ¶ After 10 years of events management, communications and program management, Amelia Aubourg is working on establishing her business, Celestial Event Productions, a full services event company. You can reach her at amelia or by phone at 617-899-2320. She is also learning how to swim. ¶ As for me I am here in Miami enjoying the warm weather and the beach. I enjoy hearing from everyone and encourage you all to send your updates and news to

Solidworks and as a Spanish/English interpreter prior to dedicating herself full-time as a stay-at-home mom.


✒Katie C. Blais, 978-790-8554, ¶ There are some exciting things to share from the Class of 2003. Danielle DiMartino has passed her MA boards and is now a registered nurse; congrats Danielle! ¶ After 3 years with the MA Senate Ways and Means Committee, Carole Meehan has moved on and is now the Caseload Budget Manager at the state’s Department of Early Education and Care. She will be working on policy and budgets for the statesubsidized early childcare programs. ¶ At press time Courtni Bolden Laracy was awaiting the birth of her second son, Owen. Owen will be joining big brother Jack who is 1 and a half. Courtni works as a special education teacher at a private school in Beverly. Her husband, Ryan, is a lieutenant for Beverly Fire Department. He just received an award at the Fire Fighter of the Year Awards for his work at the Marathon bombings in April. ¶ Kaitlyn McDonough moved to Quincy 2 years ago. This past December was her 10th anniversary on the Railroad. This February marked her 5th year as manger of South Station’s ticket office. ¶ Erika Haas Klag is

K. Power Spadea, 781-413-5593, paulak. ✒Dominique M. Salvacion, 603-292-6770, dominique. ¶ Happy New

Year Class of 2004! 2013 turned out to be a busy year for our ladies and I am sure that 2014 will be even more exciting! ¶ Julie Burgoyne Sears and her husband, Richard, welcomed their second child, Andrew Reilly, who weighed 7 pounds 3.8 ounces. His sister, Haylie, is very excited to be a big sister. ¶ Stephanie Barros Hansbury and her husband welcomed her new baby girl, Guiliana Grace. ¶ Erin Brennan Avery bought a new house in Framingham with her new husband, Shaun. She is currently working as a senior project manager at a social media company in Burlington. She also served as a bridesmaid for Kaitlynn Malinowksi Arvidson with Angelina Mancini, Katelyn Cormier Koen ’05, and Maria Coughlin-Lok. Kaitlynn married Will in April 2013 and traveled to Italy for their honeymoon. ¶ Yokathelin Pimentel is set to marry her fiancé, Edward Garcia, this August in the Poconos. Three other Regis alumnae will be by her side as bridesmaids: Lorena Sestayo, Melanie Acuna and Helen Pimentel ’09. ¶ Dana Beguerie completed her 1st half marathon in Disney. Way to go Dana! ¶ I bought a condo with my husband, Michael. We got married in Nov. and spent a relaxing week in the Bahamas for our honeymoon. I am giving up my awesome last name “Power” for Spadea. However, I will always be known fondly as “PP!” Please keep everyone updated!

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Christina Aprea Young, 401-835-1296, ✒Kathryn H. Bloomquist, 508-429-2735, khbloomq@ ✒Kathleen M. Stuart, 857-4723040, ¶ Olivia Kelley just celebrated the christening of her little boy, Henry. ¶ Amy Bucelewicz just returned to work after


maternity leave and loves her two boys. ¶ Michelle Petersen’s just enjoying life with all these kids around! ¶ Sharon Ploss just bought a house in Sterling, MA and got a promotion at her job. She’s now Division Director for South County through The Bridge in Central MA. She just celebrated her son’s 1st birthday. “Life is good. :-)” ¶ Lauren Spencer got married this past Oct. She bought a house in Osterville and added 2 sweet puppies to their family. She’s finishing her master’s in SPED this fall. ¶ Meredith Ann will be graduating in May from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with a dual BSN/MSN degree in mental health/psychiatric lifespan advanced practice nursing and plans to be employed as a psychiatric nurse practitioner by this summer. She is living happily with her boyfriend outside of Boston and hopefully will be adding a puppy to their family within the upcoming year. ¶ Evan Treece and his wife, Stacey, had a baby girl, June Katherine, on Oct. 11. “Loving life with our little one!”


✒Erin M. Campbell, 781-431-


✒Ryan E. Carney, 508-212-3950,

✒Stephanie A. Larocque, 508-883-7633, ¶ Katie Horan has had her eyes set on the Boston Marathon for a while now and it is now happening. She is not only training for Boston 2014 but running and fundraising for Walk Boston. Good luck Katie! ¶ Melissa Gonzales-Sweeney and her husband welcomed a handsome baby boy, Jace. All the best to their new family! ¶ Kimberly Luciani is now working at Living Proof in Cambridge. The company uses technology that originates from MIT to help solve the toughest beauty problems. Fun fact: Jennifer Aniston is an owner of the company. I am patiently awaiting my “I just met Jennifer Aniston” phone call from Kimberly. ¶ Jackie Gentile and Mandy Martino ’04 bought a house in Sharon, a big change from city living. They’re enjoying their new environment with their dog, Toby, who runs the household more often than they care to admit. ¶ Lisa Crowley was promoted in September to administrative manager of the physical and occupational therapy department at

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Boston Children’s Hospital. She currently manages their Boston site as well as all their satellite locations. ¶ As for me, Erin Campbell, I have caught the running/racing bug and have been participating in a number of events since the summer. I am still with Boston Color Graphics but now a Lead Project Manager.

for a 4-week run and she is currently auditioning for more shows at regional playhouses in New England. Kimberly and fellow alumna Ashley Villandry ’08 are also very much looking forward to joining many Regis girls at Elsbeth Clifford’s wedding this spring at Sunday River; it will surely be a weekend to remember!



Boniface Sauder, 978-310-7010, ¶ Greetings from the Class of 2007! Kristen Lanctot Demers had a baby boy, Parker Oliver

DelRose, 617-923-4061, alanna.delrose@ ¶ Alanna DelRose got

✒Leah Boniface, 978-310-7010, ✒Sarah

Demers, on Nov. 17. She is enjoying being a mom and will be returning to work soon. ¶ Marrissa Gondola Brunetti attended the Hollyfest at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich, MA on Dec. 4 with 50 fellow Regis Cape Cod Club members. She had a chance to catch up with President Toni Hays and members of the Office of Institutional Advancement. At Hollyfest, Marrissa was named Liaison of the Regis Cape Cod Club, a role she was pleased to accept. She asks that you save the following dates in 2014 for lunch at the Hyannis Yacht Club: Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7. If you have any questions about the Club or would like to join please email her at To learn more about Marrissa, check out the January Alumni Newsletter available on Tower Talk. She was also featured in Cape Cod Magazine “People to Watch” January/February edition. ¶ In Oct., Leah Boniface was recruited back to Fresenius Medical Care, where she worked for 4 years previously. She is now a Market Systems Analyst Manager. ¶ Sarah Boniface Sauder recently traveled to Hong Kong for work where she presented to and networked with her human resources colleagues from all over the Asia Pacific region. ¶ Kimberly Barrett has been very busy over the past few months working diligently with her 2007 class officers and the class of 2008 and 2006 to help plan Regis alumni events together. After getting together at Homecoming and having a blast in the “Alumni Only Area” thanks to Regis, we are all looking forward to the All-Alumni Reunion under the tent on May 17! ¶ Remember to find the Class of 2007 on Facebook to keep up to date on all future Alumni events (www.facebook.comRegisCollege ClassOf2007). Kimberly has also been very busy at work, after wrapping up her final season at Ghosts & Gravestone Trolley Tours as Lily Winters in Oct., this past Dec. she joined Arlington Friends of Drama’s cast of Legally Blonde as Paulette

✒Shannon Tonelli, 413-362-2676, ✒Alanna

engaged to her long-time boyfriend this past fall. She is excitedly anticipating the wedding! ¶ Jessica Culhane Eisenlord celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary this past summer and purchased their first house. ¶ Amanda Hoyt Morril still loves being a nurse on the Cardiac Medical Unit at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. She and her husband welcomed their son, Hayden, into the world this past February. They feel very blessed. ¶ Erika Pereya plans to leave her job at Children’s Hospital Boston in August to attend Northeastern University’s PA program. ¶ Stephanie Voltaire is working on her master’s of public health (MPH) project at UMass Amherst. She will be developing a training guide and curriculum for a sexual health education and prevention program to be implemented in a village in Haiti. She will be receiving her MPH degree in May 2014! She is very excited and is anticipating where her professional career will begin! ¶ Shannon Tonelli is finishing her last semester as a graduate student at Regis. She plans to graduate this summer with her MAT in special education. She stays in regular touch with many fellow alumni through monthly girls’ nights. This Feb., she completed her 1st half marathon by running in the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando, FL with Kate Haslam Felicio ’09. They had a great time with the princesses!


✒James Guaragna, 617-246-5636, ¶ The Class of 2011 continues to have great success all around the world! As many of us anxiously await our 5-year Reunion in 2016, we try and create our own mini reunions and look forward to the newly added “All-Alumni Reunion.” ¶ Nathan Fagundo continues to work at EMC and is climbing up the ladder. His work is not only interesting to him, but he enjoys what he does and always brags about it! We couldn’t be happier for all of his successes. ¶ Yash Shah continues his position at Accenture as an Information Security

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class Analyst. Yash gets to travel on projects with this position and enjoys what he is doing! Yash also never lets his close friends forget that he is the 2014 Fantasy Football League Champion. Congrats on this prestigious (and lucky) award. ¶ James Guaragna continues his work at Regis College as the Director of Orientation & Communication Management for the Office of Student Affairs. Along with being the Assistant Men’s/Women’s Volleyball Coach at Regis, James enjoys his roles at Regis very much. ¶ Caitlin Erwin welcomed her nephew, Michael Edward, on Nov. 21. She is working to develop a Women’s Health Symposium scheduled for this spring at her high school, St. Joseph’s Prep formally Mount St. Joseph academy. She is also working on developing a new program at work to improve patient care. Caitlin was recently named a Top Nurse in Boston, MA by the International Nurses Association. For this recognition she will be spotlighted in the


✒Jacqueline A. Williams, 781-575-0579,

¶ Christiana Johnson is currently at Regis College as an Office Assistant/ Coordinator of Proctored Tests in the Student Affairs Department —Office of Student Disability and Accessibility Services, as she pursues a master’s degree in nursing. She plans on becoming a family nurse practitioner. Johnson works in the office part time,

goes to school part time, and will finish her degree in 2 years. ¶ Lev Baesh recently moved to Austin, TX and is currently an RN at Seton-University Medical Center Brackenridge, and is a Trauma/Ortho/Neuro/Plastic nurse. He finished the Versant 5-month nursing residency program in Acute Care Nursing at Seton. Baesh is also studying for the CLNC (clinical Legal Nurse Consultant) certification, and will be entering an online RN-MSN program this summer. ¶ Semi Spahillari is currently working as a Sr. Account Manager in Sales at a startup company known as New England Insights. This is part of a management training program where the entry-level applicants can grow within the company to reach a managerial role. A large part of his work at New England Insights is sales; Semi describes his experience as close to what was depicted in the 2013 blockbuster Wolf of Wall Street. He is currently living in Framingham, MA with occasional visits from his girlfriend, Alicia, and his puppy, Loki.

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publication Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She has spent the winter catching up with Regis friends. Congratulations for all of your successes, Caitlin! ¶ Corinne Montalvo will be graduating with her master’s in social work in May 2014 and is looking forward to her career in geriatrics. ¶ Michael Fernandes started working at Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA in Aug. 2013 and is enjoying it so far. As always, Regis has taught you well! God is good, all the time!


Do you live on or near the Cape? Consider joining the regis College Cape Cod Club! With luncheons and meetings throughout the year, this regional club is the perfect way to connect with other regis alumni and friends on the Cape. The alumni leader of the Cape Club is Marrissa Gondola Brunetti ’07. To read more about Marrissa and the club, visit marrissa. interested in starting a regional regis club in another geographic area? We would love to hear from you! Email and we will be in touch. Flag Indicates Reunion Year

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To all of the classes who did not submit notes, please contact your reporter so we can keep you connected through Regis Today !


70th Reunion ✒Margaret Kelly Young, 384 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453, 978-537-3541

✒Patricia Rinaldi, 306 Danbury Road


Apt. 10, Wilton, CT 06897-2530,, 203-762-8262 ✒Elizabeth Carey Stygles, 24 Macarthur Road, Natick, MA 01760, 508-655-1722,

Brook Road, Milton, MA 02186, 617-6985626,



Trace, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-9782121 ✒Marynn Cawley Pardo, 20 Pumpkin Patch Way, Hanover, MA 02339, 781-9824299,

✒Kathryn Cauley Driscoll, 5 Quisset

✒Patricia Funder, 25 Sawmill Drive,

Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-746-5684,




✒Dr. Patricia D’Amore, 50 Jane Road,


Newton Center, 02459, 617-969-1996,

✒Anne Gruszka McKenzie, 4508 Buffalo


30th Reunion ✒Nancy Maloney Donahue, 211 Park

Street, Stoneham, MA 02180, 781-2791926,



Randolph Street, Abington, MA 02351, 617-775-2205,

Road, Chester, NH 03036, 603-887-3287, ✒Dianne Gaudet Baxter, 2 East Street, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-443-6034, sudburysinger@

✒Christina Mackiewicz McMahon, 841


✒Rosamond Dunn Lockwood, 47

Greenfield Street, P.O. Box 1480, Manchester, NH 03105, 603-641-6566, ✒Linda Reed Tolman, 11 Georgetown Landing, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, 508-394-8854, CapeC55@


✒Karen Driscoll Montague, 9 Erwin Road, Wayland, MA 01778-2502,, 508-358-5130


✒Janet Buckley Bernard, 113 Hubbard Street, Concord, MA 01742, 978-2874214,


✒Kelly Carney Kelly, 622 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, 617-523-7007, ✒Teresa M. McGonagle, Flagship Wharf 612, 197 Eighth Street, Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-241-0966,

✒Holly Kendrick Babin, 241 Sandown


✒Jean M. Lorizio, 125 Warren Avenue,

Hyde Park, MA 02136, 617-276-3793, ✒Angela M. Valerio, 15 West Union Street, Ashland, MA 01721, 508-309-3261, angmv11@


20th Reunion ✒Karen Corkum McCue, 57 Windward

Lane, Manchester, NH 03104, 603-6694032, ✒Heather E. Williams, 33 Gurney Street #1, Cambridge, MA 02138, 413-563-5834,


✒Johanna C. Taylor, 157 Lafayette

Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, 401-7221332, jpc877@


✒Allyson L. Digregory, 781-632-3344, ✒Grace L. Milner, 774-230-7991,

✒Jahjaira Mora, no phone number listed,



#302c, Arlington, VA 22204, 703-9203129, ✒Kimberley Livingstone Sinclair, 10 Fountain Grass Way, Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-8303581, ✒Jocelyn Greene, 8 Tara Manor, Savannah, GA 31406, 508-965-9060, no email listed

Shumaker Grondin, 617-435-3450, ✒Lisa Owen, 801-231-5487, ✒Katie Sticklor Tommasini, 978-5341797,

✒Sara Mulrooney, 2701 8th Street So.


25th Reunion

✒Maria Alpers Henehan, 33 Baker Road, Arlington, MA 02474, 781-643-4499,


✒Rosemary A. Hughes, 111 Malden

Street, Everett, MA 02149, 617-3896524, ✒Maria Rodriguez, 5069 Willow Oak Place, Montclair, VA 22025, 703-670-4883,


✒Margo L. Cicciarella, 860-454-8662, ✒Jessica


✒Jennifer Thomas, 401-723-5778, ✒Kristine Zarifian, 617-924-1452, kzarifian@


5th Reunion ✒Monique A. Colarossi, MAC_777@ ✒Jocelyn C. Yabut, 201-576-



✒Alyson M. Goncalves, 508-287-0909,

✒Audrey Griffin-Goode, 90 Leslie Way, Waltham, MA 02451, 781-890-7811,

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In Memory

Regis has been notified of the following alumni and friends who passed away. Those listed are notifications received between November 1, 2013 and April 16, 2014. May they rest in God’s eternal peace.

1935 Ethel Callanan O’neill september 25, 2013

1951 roberta Cutting Donnelly October 30, 2013

1968 Barbara Coyne Weber september 16, 2013

1936 Cecelia Mcgovern Field December 9, 2013

Barbara phair McCarthy January 22, 2014

1973 Barbara Mullen Murphy December 3, 2013

Eileen Craig Mcgrath October 13, 2008

1952 nancy Kelley geary January 25, 2014

1938 Virginia Caldbeck Hogan January 29, 2014

Marjorie MacKenzie pellicane Williams December 17, 2013

1939 Margaret Foley sweeney May 29, 2013

1954 Ann Cunningham Flaherty January 20, 2014

1940 rita Mcneil schissel september 25, 2013

1955 Brenda O’Connor Connelly October 4, 2013

1941 gertrude Burke Brown April 8, 2014

nancy sullivan Durkin november 4, 2013

Claire Cosgrove Ebersole December 11, 2013 1943 Elizabeth Henley glancy January 7, 2014 Muriel Chouquette Hazebrouck september 24, 2013 1948 Mary Curley Mcgillicuddy January 1, 2014

Janet patterson Huie March 13, 2014 Julie McDevitt December 28, 2013 1956 Joananne Argus Marshall February 22, 2014 1957 Margaret Mcgarry, CsJ July 9, 2013

Edna Cunningham Moran October 11, 2013

1958 Margaret Fitzpatrick Kelleher October 1, 2013

1949 Marie Fitzgerald Eberle February 25, 2014

1959 Margaret Finn Morich november 12, 2013

Dorothy Costello Merrill november 21, 2013

1961 Mary Ann gore Kelley november 1, 2013

1950 Joan Hynes Bergin August 17, 2013 Claire Mcnamara Connell January 7, 2014 Julia Ford, CsJ March 16, 2014

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1975 Elizabeth Hayes Tetrault April 1, 2013 1976 Marie T. Healy February 18, 2014 1979 patricia Finn Whitford October 2, 2013 1980 Brenda Hiscock Westcott March 20, 2014 1988 Barbara Davis January 14, 2013 1990 Mary McKenzie gorman February 17, 2014 1992 sharon Mulcahy February 10, 2014 1997 Deborah Barrette november 26, 2013 1999 Jane L. Jacques January 17, 2014 2015 Charles Young March 12, 2014 Jessica Haggard Begin October 27, 2013

1966 Judith Murray January 14, 2014 1967 Arleen Ellis December 14, 2013

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mınds hearts &

Finding her Place

Ukrainian student Olena Barabash begins anew at Regis B y A l IC IA MA R T IN ’1 5

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“Regis is like my second home,” said Olena Barabash. “It’s the first place where I haven’t met any unpleasant people.” This means a lot to Barabash, a Regis graduate student pursing a Master of Science degree in Nursing, especially when her home country, Ukraine, is in such upheaval. When she first came to Regis in the summer of 2013, Barabash was embarking on a journey to make her father proud, and to make a life for herself in the United States as her own country slid into a state of despair. “There was so much corruption,” Barabash explained. “If you wanted a job you had to pay someone to hire you.” And so at the age of 38, Barabash moved from her home city of Odessa to Salem, Mass., where her mother and stepfather reside, and began her studies at Regis College. Adapting to Boston was not that difficult for her, having already visited various family members around the United States and, she said, “I feel very comfortable here because it reminds me of my city.” Odessa, located on the shores of the Black Sea, is a six-hour drive from Kiev, Ukraine’s capital and largest city. Her father still lives in Odessa; with him so far away and the situation in Ukraine so volatile, Barabash makes sure to Skype with him at least a few times a week. Ukraine was not always as it is now, and Barabash looks back fondly on times spent with family when she and her twin sister were young in Odessa. “We had a summer house outside the city that had fresh air and a very big garden,” she remembers. When Barabash was very young, her father always spoke of wanting one of his daughters to go into medicine. She

took that to heart and it became her main motivation to seek an education in the medical field. Ukraine helped Barabash achieve a wonderful education at no cost to her or her family. She attended two years of nursing school and became a certified nurse, then pursued medical school for eight years. She became a physician, and worked for three years as a neurologist. Unfortunately, when Barabash was finished with her schooling she found that her salary—a mere $200 a month— was not enough to live on, and so she began to look for other employment. From 2005 to 2008, Barabash worked as head physician on a cruise ship, and during that time she was called upon on three separate occasions to save a passenger’s life. “There is a fine border between life and death,” Barabash said. “It feels very good to save a life, but it is very stressful.” While working on the cruise ship, Barabash was able to save money for her eventual journey to the United States. She also began applying to graduate schools. An acceptance letter from Regis prompted a visit to campus, and she quickly decided that it was the place for her. “Everyone was so helpful and friendly,” Barabash said, noting that her first professor, Anne Fryer, was remarkable. “She was a very good teacher and made sure that everyone in her class understood, especially people like me who did not speak English very well,” said Barabash. “She can talk for three hours and really teach.” Barabash finds comfort in the home that she has found at Regis and in the home she has with her mother in Salem. She is eagerly awaiting her sister’s

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“You need to have a goal, a desire. You need to

dedicate time,

photo: Bryce Vickmark

and work for it.”

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arrival from Iceland—quite a reunion, as they have not seen one another in 12 years. But as tensions heighten in her homeland, Barabash is becoming increasingly worried. “I have many friends and my father in Ukraine, and I am scared for them,” she said. The situation in Ukraine is highly unstable, as violence after the Crimean secession continues. “The conflict is so sad,” said Barabash, “Russia and Ukraine are like brother and sister. We come from the same family.”

In the meantime, Barabash is driven and determined to become a nurse practitioner. “You need to have a goal, a desire. You need to dedicate time, and work for it.” Alicia Martin ’15 is a Communication major from Putnam, Conn. She produced this piece in conjunction with a journalism course.

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