Regis Today Fall 2014

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GLOBAL FOOTPRINTS The lifelong impact of international study

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“ Miriam Finn Sherman ’98 Vice President, Institutional Advancement Peter Kent Director of Communications | Editor

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

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Ernest Bartell, CSC, PhD (Emeritus)

Ruth Sanderson Kingsbury ’57

Marian Batho, CSJ, ’70

Kate Korzendorfer

Beverly W. Boorstein, JD

Peter Langenus, JD

Anita Brennan ’77

Bryan Geary Contributing Writer |

Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, ’71, PhD

Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, ’70, MEd, MDiv

Peter Minihane, MS, CPA

Lilly Pereira Designer |

Elizabeth Cadigan, MSN, RN

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.

Hans Christensen, MBA

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Clyde H. Evans, PhD

Heather Ciras Managing Editor | Alexis Baum Associate Director, Advancement Communications and Alumni Relations Contributing Editor |

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Meyer Chambers, MLM Kathleen Dawley ’79 Maureen Doherty, CSJ, ’68, MEd Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, ’67, PhD

Lee Hogan, CSJ, ’61, PhD (Vice Chair)

Glenn Morris, AIA, IIDA Donna M. Norris, MD Kathleen O’Hare ’69 Thomas P. O’Neill, III, MPA Jane Cronin Tedder ’66, EdD John Tegan, Jr., MEd Richard W. Young, PhD (Emeritus)

Rev. Msgr. Paul V. Garrity, MA, MDiv Michael J. Halloran, MBA

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On the cover Elizabeth O’Hare ’85 and her daughter, Maya, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala. Photo by Len Spoden.

With EDUCATION you can have anything. If I were a LEADER in Haiti the first thing I would do is INVEST in youth education.”

Features essons Abroad 10 L Three Regis women who received Fulbright Scholarships, and how it changed their lives.

eaching Overseas 16 R New Director of the Center for Global

—Yves Vilton [ pg 20 ]

photo: Kathleen Dooher

Connections David Crisci is helping to grow Regis’s global footprint, on campus and off.

nshakeable Faith 20 U Fulbright Scholar Yves Vilton chose Regis so he can return to Haiti fully trained to help his country.


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Dear Neighbor By engaging others around the world, Regis isn’t hiding its light under a bushel.

Tower Views Regis breaks ground to begin implementation of the Master Plan; a new grant supports nurse practitioners.

Academic Innovation 6 Technology on campus

A lumni Together 24 Gatherings and events

is enhancing the student experience.

bring alumni together.


Looking Ahead Eileen (McCormick) ’78 and Peter Langenus are helping Regis to shine brightly.

Notes 26 Class News of the classes. Hearts & Minds 52 Valedictorian Rachel Abarbanel ’14 hasn’t let anything slow her down— not even cancer.

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neighbor At a recent dinner on campus, Regis


Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN PRESIDENT

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photo left: Brian Smith; photos right: Heather Ciras


international students introduced themselves and identified their home countries: Albania, Cambodia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Uganda, Haiti, and Jamaica. The place-names echoed with the news of the world today and prompted me to ponder the impact of tectonic sociopolitical change on these students. Shogofa Amini, a junior from Afghanistan, spoke on this subject at the annual Cape Cod Luncheon for alums in August, addressing the importance of education in her family—especially education of women—and how difficult it has been to obtain that freedom and exercise it. Then a different kind of impact played out before me at the campus dinner. When I invited several students from one country who were shyly dining by themselves to join the others, they moved with alacrity, and other students from all over the world simply welcomed them. Global inclusiveness before my very eyes—a style that has been noted by alums from Costa Rica and Thailand as well as those from Cambridge, Springfield, and Portland, Maine, an inclination to reach out that inspired the Regis College Lay Apostles decades ago and sustains the Perú service trip today. The welcome and inclusiveness emphasized by the Sisters of St. Joseph have permeated the campus atmosphere, and students already get it and demonstrate it. Later, two Saudi students commented that this was the first time they had ever eaten apple pie, and it is now their favorite dessert. Another wrote to our international student advisor about the “wonderful evening” and the hospitality, the chance to get to know one another better. During a recent visit to Albania, Pope Francis hailed that nation’s practice of “respect and mutual trust” among its Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish communities as a model, a “beautiful sign for the world.” We’re painting our own beautiful sign here at Regis, one student at a time, or 20, or a couple of thousand. A genuine effect of Catholic example and Catholic higher education: students from all over the world befriending one another.

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Regis breaks ground on Phase I of Master Plan

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Regis College began a new chapter in its history with a May 16 groundbreaking ceremony to launch Phase I implementation of its Master Plan. Phase I will bring a stunning new look to the heart of the Regis campus in fall 2015: a beautiful new quadrangle with walkways, benches, lamp posts, and a central plaza; an expanded Library with a café and amphitheater-style entryway; and a new residence wing with suite-style bedrooms for 72 students, and a large, fireplaced “living room” and kitchen for the entire Regis community. Site work was well underway when students returned from summer break, and members of the campus community—as well as alumni, visitors, vendors, and others —are finding their way around thanks to an extensive signage program orchestrated by contractors Suffolk Construction and Colliers International, along with members of the Regis Physical Facilities team. New parking lots have been created next to the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History and along new roadways circling the campus. A camera atop St. Joseph’s Hall is capturing much of the activity for time-lapse video. Learn more about the Master Plan at

Board of Trustees Chair Joan Shea (far right) and Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, enjoy a moment with fellow groundbreaking ceremony participants Alexa Nicholls (far left), who represented Regis graduate students, and Carolyn Roche ’14. The ceremonial “shovel party” also included President Antoinette M. Hays, Alumni Board President Kelly Moran ’99, and professors Mary Beth Scanlon and Cristina Squeff.

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224 4 137 3.11 49 3 4 126 Student-athletes

Championships won


Student-athletes on Dean’s List

NEW TRUSTEES Thomas P. O’Neill, III, of Boston, is founder and chief executive officer of O’Neill and Associates, a leading public relations and government affairs consulting firm in Boston. A former state legislator and lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1983, O’Neill’s expertise spans public and private sectors in transportation, healthcare, higher education, financial services, and nonprofit development. O’Neill is the eldest son of late U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. He serves on many boards, including Tufts Health Plan, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Massachusetts Hospital School Foundation, The Women’s Lunch Place, and Boston College. He received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


Kate Korzendorfer, of Brookline, is vice president of Technology Commercial Delivery at RBS Citizens Bank in Cranston, R.I., where she manages programs and projects in commercial banking and asset finance. Prior to this, she was program manager at Norman Technologies in Charlotte, N.C., a global firm providing management and technology consulting services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Babson College.

Average GPA of student-athletes

All-Conference student-athletes

Coaches of the Year

Players of the Year

Records set

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SHOWTIME…AND A NEW LOOK Freshman Meggan Thermitus of Randolph, Mass., won $6,000 and other prizes on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as part of the “Cash at Your Dorm” game. Read more about it on our newly redesigned website at

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+ Focus on Health Regis receives Jonas grant for two DNP students New Haitian nursing students get acclimated

REGIS PARTNERS WITH HARVARD AND MGH ON NIH RESEARCH Regis has joined an interprofessional grant with the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) on National Institutes of Health (NIH) research into pain management. Specifically, Regis will integrate case studies on chronic pain into the nursing curriculum. In March 2015, Regis will be presenting at an interprofessional workshop with Harvard, MGH, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

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The second cohort of Haitian nursing students arrived on the Regis campus this summer. The first cohort graduated in May. Accompanied by project administrator Alexis Lawton and Cherlie Normilus, director of policy and advocacy for the Regis College Haiti Project, the nursing students visited the Massachusetts State House in June and met with State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, a Haitian-American. Learn more about the Regis College Haiti Project through a powerful new video:

The School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions has recently earned another prestigious distinction: two awards to support a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars program for students pursuing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees at Regis. The program is made possible by a grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. It is part of a national effort to stem the shortage of nursing faculty and prepare future nurse leaders as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve. The Jonas Center awarded a $20,000 grant to support one DNP Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and one DNP Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar. “It is an honor to take part in this national effort to increase the number of nurse educators who have earned a doctoral degree and to improve healthcare for our nation’s veterans,” says Karen Crowley, DNP, associate professor and director of the DNP program at Regis. “We have educated a number of veterans returning home to pursue advanced degrees in nursing, and their insight and experience have clearly informed the intellectual value of our program.” The two scholars were selected following a comprehensive selection process led by Dr. Crowley and a team composed of the associate dean of graduate affairs, nursing faculty, and the associate director of nursing of the VA Boston Healthcare System. Melinda Luther, BSN, MS, of Hollis, N.H., received the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar award. Her work will focus on examining assessment measures used in associate degree pre-licensure nursing programs for efficacy, quality, and efficiency. Her focus aligns to the National League for Nursing’s research priorities for educational measurement and evaluation. Erica Mumm, RN, MSN, of New Hartford, Conn., is Regis’s Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar. Her planned doctoral capstone will weave together her commitment to nursing education, integrative health, and helping veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Mumm’s husband is a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Regis College Jonas Scholars join nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs. The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is addressing a critical need for qualified nursing faculty. Troubling data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing show that 2013 saw the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs in the past five years, and this was related to a shortage of faculty.

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It’s about learning anywhere, anytime Regis’s student-focused approach to digital learning B Y NA OMI KOOKE R

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Scan the social media sites Twitter or Instagram for the hashtag #RegisOrientation2014 and confident selfies of incoming freshmen to Regis College pop up. There they are chatting up the folks at the Academic Center for Excellence in College Hall, snapping a photo in front of the tree mural in Campus Ministry, doing Zumba with Claudia Pouravelis, associate dean of Graduate Affairs, and taking their pictures with a cardboard cutout of Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays—all part of the iPad competition that sent students blazing through the campus on orientation day earlier this summer. As an all-iPad institution, Instructional Designer Sabrina Johnson-Taylor and Instructional Technologist Chad Bergeron thought, “What better way to introduce incoming freshmen to the Regis College campus than through using their iPads in an engaging and challenging way?” So they designed and implemented what Bergeron called a “scavenger race,” a challengedbased learning project intended to make the students comfortable, get to know the campus, interact with the staff and faculty, and make new students feel part of the Regis community. “We wanted the students to learn the campus in a fun way while becoming familiar with the iPad and use apps like

Twitter and Instagram that they might use in their courses,” says Johnson-Taylor. It worked. Upwards of 200 students, comprising 40 teams of three to six students, visited various sites on campus. Once there, they scanned QR codes (Quick Response codes) with their iPads to open a website with further instructions. For bonus points, students could track down the real President Hays and snap a photo with her. “It was talked about for days,” says Johnson-Taylor, who was recognized in a supermarket by a student who attended the orientation—solidifying a Regis connection. “It did what I was hoping it would do.” The winning group, which won academic apps for their iPads, posted a photo on Twitter with President Hays and the hashtag “#HolyCannolis!” It was a first for freshman orientation. Though seemingly all fun and games, the successful iPad scavenger race marked an important shift for Regis College as it embraces the age of academic computing or what is commonly called “instructional technology.” Two years after Regis led the way to an all-iPad campus, it continues to advance student and faculty digital learning through various programs and initiatives—and students are reaping the benefits.

“My sophomore year was the first year with iPads, and there was a great new energy on campus,” says Michael McCloskey ’15, a Business major with a concentration in Accounting and minor in Communication. “I think professors are able to use the iPads in class for activities with apps and certain programs to help students learn. For some classes, I have taken tests or quizzes on the iPad and it has worked out just great.” As part of its new identity as a digital leader, Regis is working to become an Apple Distinguished School (ADS), a distinction that would give the College cachet and recognize faculty as innovative educators—providing a wider community to share with other institutions. “It’s feeling connected, and building that learning community and all that it means,” says Marla Botelho, the school’s chief information officer. By next academic year, 20152016, Regis will become a viable candidate and apply for ADS status, according to Vice President of Academic Affairs Malcolm Asadoorian, who also serves as dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences, and professor of economics. “The key is to teach faculty how to teach new knowledge and skills or teach them in an innovative way through the use of technology to improve student learning,” he

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and beyond. “It’s a collaborative process,” she says. A challengebased learning course for faculty is slated to debut in spring 2015. This past summer saw faculty engaged in digital storytelling workshops. Out of a number of proposals, professors from both schools earned course-releases or stipends to transform courses into interactive books using iBooks Author as Regis progresses toward digital pedagogy and the Apple Distinguished School label. Faculty members are working on the books this academic year. “This is all purposed to engage students and enhance learning,” says Botelho. It’s all about “online-ready learners,” according to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs David Gilmore, an assistant professor and program director of Medical Imaging, and director of the Institute of Advancing Studies. “I think the most important concept is that

“ I think the most important concept is that we begin to refocus how we teach at the undergraduate level—that’s where academic computing comes into play. It’s that life-by-learning process being built in right now.” gauge effectiveness compared to a traditionally taught course. “Challenge-based learning utilizes mobile, multimedia, and web resources to solve real-world problems,” says Botelho. For example, the instructor and students would choose an issue that affects a community. Students define the problem, research solutions, document, and create an action plan, then publish results to the class

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we begin to refocus how we teach at the undergraduate level; that’s where academic computing comes into play. It’s that life-by-learning process being built in right now.” In other words, it’s all about the “learn anywhere, anytime” attitude. Academics from all corners of the globe are rethinking the traditional model, where students sit through lectures in the classroom,

do their assignments, and show up to do it again. Technology has helped turn that model on its head, sometimes called the “flipped classroom,” where lectures are delivered via video outside the classroom, and class time is spent doing the “homework” or working on more complex concepts with the instructor. Associate Professor of Art Steven Belcher says one of the biggest changes in using technology for his art history and studio classes is students “taking weeks instead of years” to learn an aspect of the curriculum, such as an understanding of pigments. “Digital instructional media’s common user interface makes for much quicker, faster, broader, and more interconnected engagement in course content, and breaks down barriers that each individual traditional media has had,” he says. That’s where Johnson-Taylor and Bergeron come in, as well as rTIP (Regis Technology Innovation Program). rTIP provides rich and varied professional development and support for faculty to explore the use of new technologies in teaching and learning (digital pedagogy) and to foster innovation. “As a student I love having the iPad,” says McCloskey. “With the world we live in now, we are moving into more computerized technology instead of paper. Companies now use up-to-date technology and it helps students transition into the work force.” And nothing like a couple of QR codes, an iPad, and community spirit to help in the process.

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says. “The idea is how to benefit them in the spirit of liberal arts education and life-long learning.” Regis’s comprehensive approach to instructional technology is ultimately about empowering students and setting them up for success. At the core is faculty support and training. “It’s why we’re all here,” says Botelho,“to help students progress in their academic careers. How do we help our students learn? What technology assists in that process?” Botelho lists several initiatives already underway, including gamebased learning and an increased approach to challenge-based learning. Game-based learning, being explored by Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy Joseph Draper, along with Johnson-Taylor and Bergeron, would potentially use leaderboards, points, virtual currency, badges, and epic challenges to engage students with academic material, explains Botelho. “They are working to

Naomi Kooker is a lecturer in the Communication Department at Regis College.

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Lighting new paths Eileen and Peter Langenus boost a new generation of Regis students B Y PE TE R KE NT

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For the longest time, Peter Langenus was in the dark about Regis College. Literally. But six years ago, while on campus for the 30th class reunion of his wife Eileen (McCormick) ’78, that all changed. One could say that Peter saw the light. “It was the first time I saw Regis in the daylight,” says Peter of that weekend morning in spring 2008. “Every other time that we had been to campus, it was for a dinner. This time, we stayed for the entire weekend, saw it in the daylight, and I said to myself, ‘What a beautiful place.’ And then I thought, if this should ever go away, you’d never be able to create it again.” Investing in the present and future of Regis College became a priority for the couple. Eileen joined the Alumni Board of Directors in 2008; Peter was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. They have been, and remain, exceedingly generous of their time and wisdom, and are among the College’s leading donors in recent years as well. “What Regis is all about is helping young people get that break,” says Peter. “Somebody to listen to them, to say, ‘Have you thought of doing this, or trying that?’ They’re the same kids coming through the Catholic schools as those who came through 30, 40, 50 years ago. Their parents want the same things for them. Their parents don’t want any less for them than my parents wanted for me or Eileen’s parents wanted for her.” “I think Regis has always been about that,” Eileen adds. “Even when I was here, most of the girls were on some kind of financial aid. So it really is the same, just a lot more diverse now than it was when we were here. But it’s still the same message, the same helping people who need help financially to get through college. It’s a great experience to be a part of.” Regis was in transition when the New Canaan, Conn., couple joined their respective boards. Finances

were tight, challenges numerous. Regis had gone coed in 2007—a formidable decision for all concerned— and one both Peter and Eileen believe was prudent and vital to the future of the school. They laud Regis trustees and administrators for guiding the College through the daunting terrain. “What these folks did,” says Peter, “was gutsy, brave, and incredible.” Peter is well acquainted with tough decisions, risk-taking, and leadership. Upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame and setting out for law school, the Tet Offensive military campaign in Southeast Asia prompted him to enlist in the U.S. Army. At 24, he was an Army Ranger captain, leading an infantry unit in Vietnam. After completing his tour, Peter finished law school and launched his career, but more than two decades later, at 46, he was back in the service: an Army Reserve colonel summoned to duty from his successful law practice in New York City, with the enormous task of directing transportation logistics in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Back on the home front, Eileen was helping to ensure that military families were kept abreast of what was happening with their soldiers. “When Peter went to Desert Storm, I became in charge of the families for the unit,” Eileen recalls. “We were brand new to the unit, and I knew nobody. So we set up a phone tree—whenever there was a Scud missile attack Peter would call me and say ‘we’re fine,’ and then I would call a group of spouses and they would make calls to the other families.” For a couple so grounded in their approach to things, they’ve spent a significant amount of time on terra-non-firma. Eileen has spent her career as a flight attendant, first with Pan Am and then with

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Delta. She continues to fly today … and is especially fond of assignments that take her to the sunny climes of Southern California. Peter’s military service meant helicopters and planes (punctuated at times by nighttime parachuting, a whole different way of finding one’s way in the dark). And to the air, add the sea: The Langenuses are avid ocean cruisers and, in fact, one such trip several years ago led to a Regis moment and a fast friendship. “We went to 7 o’clock Mass on the Queen Mary 2 the first day out of London,” says Eileen, “and the priest introduced himself: ‘I’m Father Paul Kilroy from a small Catholic college in Weston, Massachusetts—Regis College.’ And we were standing in the balcony waving; we couldn’t believe it. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship.” So much so, that Father Paul officiated when Peter and Eileen renewed their marriage vows on the

voyage, and he officiated at the wedding of their son, Brendan, this fall. “Father Paul is the perfect person for Regis,” says Eileen. “He brings young people back in touch with their faith. He talks to them. And it’s just amazing to watch them interact with him.” That process of student engagement, interaction, and enlightenment—from classrooms to dining halls, the Campus Ministry office to the Athletic Center— fascinates and warms the Langenuses, who direct their Regis giving to student scholarships and financial assistance. “To see students and the way they relate to President Hays, to their professors, to Father Paul and the staff—it’s wonderful,” says Eileen. “And I think the more alumni and others who come to campus to see that, to spend a weekend—or even just a few hours—the more they’ll want to get involved.”

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Abroad L IF E- C H A NG ING . EY E- OPENING . INS PIRING . Words that describe the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are telling of its impact, but leave much to the imagination. As Regis alumnae share, the one-year international academic experience is one with a beginning but no real end. “The program provides an opportunity to study, teach, or research in a whole different culture,” says Mary-Anne Vetterling, professor of Spanish and associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences. “You really get to learn how other people live, and see the United States from a very different perspective. You also gain international contacts—friendships, mentorships—that inform you both personally and professionally.”


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SHANNON TONELLI ’ 10 MAJOR: History with a concentration in Elementary Education

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Available for graduating seniors, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals, grants come in the form of study/research, English teaching assistant, and travel, along with other special programs. They are not easy to come by; in addition to distinguished academic performance, candidates must demonstrate an ability to serve abroad as strong ambassadors for the United States. Vetterling has been campus advisor for Regis Fulbright applicants since 1985. Her job is to help students navigate a complex application process that includes a proposal, personal essay, and strict deadlines. She also connects them with a faculty advisor in the chosen field. “It’s a lot like being a coach. You’ve got to get the team working together, get all the pieces in place, and then you get to the game itself.” Professor of Communication Joan Murray ’61 was among Vetterling’s collaborators, assisting students interested in travel to Germany and Austria during the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Murray also recalls working with Vetterling’s Fulbright predecessor, the late Mary Hamilton, who was a key player in helping the Fulbright program take off at Regis. “Mary was the chair of the German Department and was fully dedicated to the students,” says Murray. “She was the one giving them the encouragement and direction they needed. Regis has always been extremely supportive of study-abroad programs, and still is.” Vetterling sees the Fulbright experience as an extension of the international mission work of the College’s founding order. “The Sisters of St. Joseph reach so many corners of the world.” She also recognizes the way it helps new graduates develop plans for their future. “The Fulbright is not just about what you do while abroad, it’s about what you do with it afterwards.”

Shannon Tonelli ’10

Alternative Spring Break trips to central Perú with Campus Ministry sparked Shannon Tonelli’s interest in the country. “I was inspired by the simplicity of life and enduring faith,” she says. “I felt drawn to the culture and wanted to further my relationships there, improve my language skills, and attempt to help the people of this beautiful culture.” Thanks to a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship at the National University of Cajamarca, Tonelli reconnected with the passion ignited by the low-income residential district of Villa El Salvador. This time in northern Perú, she taught English speaking classes to students and professors, and also developed an English school for underprivileged youth. “I began teaching informal English classes in a neighborhood called Baños. We purchased a white board and sat on the sidewalk, ready to teach whoever showed up on Tuesdays and Thursdays.” A local family eventually donated their front porch, where Tonelli and a partner set up a small classroom and taught basic English skills through song, activity, and worksheets. “It was probably the most rewarding part of my entire experience.” Months later, the pair formalized the school, aptly named Mundo Maravilloso (Wonderful World). Amidst the lessons she taught are values that became part of her own life: living in the moment, living

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simply, and appreciating basics like clean drinking water and food. “One of the most important things that I discovered was that I was not there to change a culture. I was there to observe and learn,” says Tonelli.

Terry (Audette) Wood Lavine ’53

Terry Lavine went from a “provincial life growing up” to a successful career as a global consultant. The dramatic transformation, she says, came from a newly launched government-funded international exhange program that took her to Heidelberg University in Germany. “When my history professor, Sister Alphonsine, and my German professor, Mary Hamilton, encouraged me to apply, I didn’t know much about Fulbright,” she recalls. “Frankly, it came to me as a revelation.” Lavine applied and was accepted in what would represent many “firsts”: Regis’s first Fulbright and her first trip overseas. “My father and mother were from Canada and I grew up in a French-Canadian community,” she says of her childhood in Pawtucket, R.I. “The only place I had traveled was to Canada, so the year in Germany was very broadening.” In Heidelberg, she lived in a boarding house that was a melting pot of students from Britain, Germany, Iran, Iraq, and the U.S.—something very different from what she was used to but which came naturally. Dinners with her international housemates led to trips and excursions: a World Cup match in Switzerland, train rides to Spain and France, and weekend trips to meet the family of a young German friend. The effects were lasting. “It made me truly interested in world

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T E RRY (AU D ETTE) WO OD LAVI NE ’ 53 MAJOR: History and Political Science FULBRIGHT: Heidelberg University, Germany, 1953–1954


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affairs,” she says. “It’s probably why I ended up working on international issues during my career.” Her more than 30 years of experience as a global consultant includes negotiation, new business development, and liaison for major international organizations, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Among the organizations: Mobil Corporation, the International Legal Center, and the Institute of International Education. “The Fulbright and Regis opened my eyes to the world.”


Elizabeth O’Hare ’85


Simply put, the Fulbright to Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay changed Liz O’Hare’s life, as she fell in love with Latin America. “I lived with an amazing Uruguayan family and to this day consider them my second family,” she says. “I have been back to Montevideo many times since, and recently brought my husband and daughter there to meet the family and experience the beauty of the people and countryside.” Immersion into the culture helped O’Hare hone her Spanish language skills. She returned to


the U.S. determined to pursue a career in international business with a strong focus on Latin America. She earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and worked in international sales for 15-plus years, covering Latin America, Europe, and Asia. “I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Chile, and Brazil,” she says. “The Fulbright helped me learn that everything was possible. The world is relatively small and I know how to enjoy a country’s traditions and people.” There’s not much question how the Fulbright influenced O’Hare’s career, and the same goes for her personal life. “As a direct result of the Fulbright, I always wanted to adopt a child from Latin America because I was able to see that there’s such

a need. Particularly when you speak the child’s native language, you can make a huge difference.” Nearly eight years ago, she and her husband, Louis Soares, adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and it truly seems like things have come full circle for the family. “When Maya gets a little older, our goal is to travel the world with her. The best education is travel, and we’ve got a whole list of places we would like to take her.” To this day, speaking Spanish is O’Hare’s passion. “Thanks to the Fulbright, I realized that if I learned a language, the world is full of opportunities.” O’Hare’s aunt, Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare, CSJ, ’39, completed a Fulbright to Nigeria in 1964 just before being named the sixth president of Regis College.

BY TH E NUMBERS The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

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1 year



The year the Fulbright program was created and named for Senator J. William Fulbright, the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The length of time that graduating seniors, graduate and doctoral candidates, and young professionals can study abroad.

The number of current awards in all fields of study.

The number of countries in which the Fulbright operates.

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Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1985–1986

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David Crisci is the new director of the Center for Global Connections. The center will enhance Regis's global footprint through programs that will grow international study for faculty and students, and recruit and support international students.

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Reachıng Overseas How the Center for Global Connections is growing Regis College’s international community STEP INTO THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL CONNECTIONS— a.k.a. David Crisci’s office in College Hall 207—and you’ll see evidence of a well-traveled man. The Chinese red fabric chilies hanging near the door offer good luck. A map of the world spurs conversations with students. And the mini Eiffel Tower and embroidered hat from Azerbaijan, gifts from faculty members from Marywood University in Scranton, Penn., Crisci’s alma mater and former workplace, represent places he’s also been. BY N AO M I KO O KE R

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ut it’s what you can’t see—the memories of kindred spirits supping over kabobs in Iraq and the unforgotten elderly man in Greece who gave a stranger (Crisci) his worn, marble worry beads on a roadside in Thessaloniki—that fuel Crisci’s passion for and philosophy of overseas travel: It’s those brushes with others from different cultures that broaden one’s scope of humankind. “I say this all the time, and I know it sounds really corny, but if we—human beings—can have an understanding of another culture and another religion and another lifestyle, there would be no wars,” says Crisci (pronounced Cree-see). “I know that’s being very simplistic. But once students travel abroad and have those cultural experiences for themselves, they bring them back home. That’s what begins to change them from the inside out.”

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Simplistic or not, as the director of Regis’s newly formed Center for Global Connections, Crisci wants students and faculty to get those life-changing experiences that come with traveling to other countries. Whether or not they lead to world peace remains to be seen. While Regis has supported mission work in Haiti and other countries for decades, and has supported students in studying abroad and offered faculty-led trips overseas, part of its long-term strategic plan is to increase the College’s international footprint. The center, launched in October 2013 with a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation/One World Boston, is working on five initiatives to make that happen. Those initiatives are to: • Increase the number of Regis students studying abroad; • Expand faculty exchange offerings; • Implement a Certificate in Global Citizenship program with a capstone course that would include a study-abroad experience; • Recruit international students; • Support those international students through a new English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

“We’re trying to get all these initiatives off the ground in a short period of time,” says Crisci, who guided the Marywood studyabroad program from fledgling to robust. Seeing his past success, Regis felt he was the right person for the job. Kathryn Anastasia, academic support specialist and lecturer in the English Department, is heading up the new ESL program that began this fall. The new program brings a rigorous course of study for a full semester and replaces what was formerly TALK International, an oncampus ESL program provided by an outside organization. The percentage of international students at Regis is small, and Crisci’s goal is to raise it to 5 to 7 percent. The center plans to hire a full-time counselor to help recruit international students with focus areas including the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. A recruiting trip to Colombia is planned. Feelers are out for teaching exchange opportunities. Raymond McCarthy, associate professor and director of the College’s Doctor of Education program, traveled to Ireland a few months ago to start building relationships with schools there. While details of a teaching

exchange are in the works, a more immediate collaboration is imminent between students in Ireland and Regis to develop a project via the online video chat service Skype—a way for students to get their own international exchange without having to leave the classroom. In addition, Regis is working to establish a J-1 Visa program as part of a work-study exchange for faculty. One of the most significant moves is the creation of the Certificate in Global Citizenship, an 18-credit undergraduate program designed to expose students to international experiences connected to their learning. While the particulars are being hammered out, a few parameters are set: Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered for the program, and students from any major can design their own courses of study as long as they fulfill the core requirements for their majors. Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy Joseph Draper helped write the grant for the certificate program. He is also designing and teaching the capstone class, a global ethics online course that offers different cultural and religious perspectives and sheds light on political, economic,

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and social implications tied to global ethics. The capstone culminates in a two-week trip abroad to one of four rotating destinations: Rome, Rwanda, Beijing, or Central America (visiting both El Salvador and Guatemala). “The locations are all tied to courses students will be learning about,” says Crisci. “And many have connections to the Sisters of St. Joseph.” The certificate course is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2015. Gete Solomon ’15, a Communication major, says

studying in London during the 2014 spring semester was the best decision she ever made. Though not her first time traveling (she was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), she says her experience in London taught her to be grateful for what she has instead of pining for what she doesn’t. “I was nervous that I would not meet people like me,” she says, “but instead I realized that it is better to meet people who aren’t like you, because they will take you out of your comfort zone

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“ Once students travel abroad and have those cultural experiences for themselves, they bring them back home. That’s what begins to change them from the inside out.” and teach you valuable things you would never learn from being with a person just like you.” Solomon’s experience matches the very reason Crisci seeks to get more students overseas and is successful in doing so. “I’m getting bombarded by students,” says Crisci. “Some have never been on an airplane before.” Already, upwards of 50 students are slated to travel out of the country in the spring of 2015, a 150 percent increase over the 20 who traveled in the spring of 2014. Some are studying for a full semester, others are signed up for the shorter, faculty-led trips to Italy and France. Italy has a waiting list. “All of our work and culture creation occurs on a global scene,” says Draper. “Traveling abroad greatly expands the horizons from which students see. It’s a way for them to have revolutionary experiences.”

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Fulbright Scholar Yves Vilton sees better days ahead for Haitian homeland YVES VILTON WAS THERE ON THE DAY THAT HAITI SHOOK. About 16 miles east of the epicenter, he was in a car on the streets of Port-au-Prince dropping off a friend. As they felt the earth begin to quake beneath them, they got out of the car to see buildings quivering, some collapsing instantly.

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“I was asking, crying to God for help,” recalls Vilton.

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n a city called Croix-des-Bouquets, about 12 miles east of Port-auPrince, Vilton’s wife and three children were at home. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, he lost communication with his family. Unable to check on their safety, Vilton began the treacherous journey home, assessing the damage along the way. A drive that usually takes about 35 or 40 minutes took two hours on that day. When he arrived, he found that his two-story home had withstood the massive earthquake, and his family was safe.

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“During those two hours,” he says, “you have everything on your mind. Thank God they were safe.” Four years later, Haiti is still recovering. And Vilton, now a Fulbright Scholar, is more than 1,500 miles away from his family and country, earning a master’s degree in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management, which he believes will aid in that recovery. His path to Regis College was an arduous one. The search and application process lasted more than a full year. He considered large universities such as Temple, Northeastern, and Michigan. But in the end, he found a special quality at Regis, both in the curriculum and the culture, that brought him to Weston. Not only was Regis one of the few schools offering an on-campus program that interested him (Fulbright Scholars do not have the option of completing coursework online), it boasts a top-flight nursing program, and something that was very near and dear to Vilton’s heart: the Regis College Haiti Project. “People at Regis give their time to Haiti,” he says. “That is why I chose to come here.” Now more than halfway through the two-year degree program, from which he will graduate in

the spring, Vilton is a fixture on campus. Extremely outgoing and personable, he can be seen in the office of the Haiti Project, helping with new initiatives, or visiting with the Campus Ministry staff. He has also developed a “harmonious” relationship with President Antoinette M. Hays. “She treats me like I am her son,” he says. “If I need something, I just talk to her. She tries to understand and she tries to do her best for me.” For Vilton, Regis has become more than a place where he studies. It has become his second home. “The sacrifice I made leaving my wife and my kids in Haiti would be a lot worse if I hadn’t met the people here at Regis,” he says. What a sacrifice it is. Vilton has been able to travel back to Haiti to see his family only on a few occasions since coming to Regis. But he remains steadfast in his decision, faithful that his hard work will pay off. Before the earthquake, before he came to Regis, Vilton was a faculty member at the State University of Haiti. He began teaching there shortly after receiving his undergraduate degree in pharmacy and has remained connected to the school ever since. But that was far from

the only thing he did. Vilton has worked with the World Health Organization in Haiti as well as with Catholic Relief Services to bring relief and strategy to various public health issues around the country. In addition, he was also the head of the Pharmacy Department at the General Hospital of Haiti for a year, helping to reform infrastructure, finance, and supply-chain problems. Having worked in so many different channels of healthcare in Haiti, he is acutely aware of the issues that exist, many of which were made worse after the devastating earthquake. “We are truly in need of help,” he says. “We need to think about priorities. We need to think about how we could better distribute the resources we do have. But we need people to do that.” That is why he is so driven to learn and to become even more valuable to his country. Learning about policy in regulation and quality control here at Regis is enabling him to form a blueprint to approach the issues that exist in Haiti. Part of that blueprint takes inspiration from the Regis College Haiti Project. “I think the fact that the project is trying to provide higher

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That’s good, because it works for me. We should be positive and optimistic. I am sure that one day our country will be better, and safer, and all people will want to come.”

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education to Haitian nurses is an important thing,” Vilton says. “With education you can have anything. If I were a leader in Haiti the first thing I would do is invest in youth education.” And the day when Vilton is a leader in Haiti may not be far off. With strong connections in the Ministry of Health, particularly in the Department of Pharmacy, he sees a big role for himself when he returns home. “From all of my experiences I know what people need,” he says. “I know what industries need. I know what private sectors need. I can help.” He is realistic, however. He knows, better than most, the challenges that Haiti still faces. Vilton speaks about the need to provide people with basic necessities and the need to plan for the country’s vulnerability to natural disaster. But with his trademark smile, he will inform anyone who asks that he is optimistic. “Some people say that I am a dreamer,” he says. “That’s good, because it works for me. We should be positive and optimistic. I am sure that one day our country will be better, and safer, and all people will want to come.”

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3 1T he Class of 1965 enjoyed time together at the April lecture and reception to celebrate the Lay Apostolate program. L–R: Kathleen Henighan, Anne Herron Healy, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, Mary Ellen Lavenberg, Barbara Doran Sullivan, Carole Groncki McCarthy. 2 Friends from the Class of 1984 posed for a shot on the dance floor at the All-Alumni Reunion in May.


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3A lumni and friends geared up for the Naples St. Patrick’s Day parade in March. 4M embers of the Class of 1999 gathered for their 15th Reunion. 5 Members of the Class of 1960 lunched together on Cape Cod at the Coonamessett Inn. L-R: Mary Jane Doherty Curran, Joyce Kennerly Bohan, Angela Regis Kravchuk, Mary Lou DeMaria Schwinn, and Winifred Murphy.


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Upcoming Alumni Events 2014–2015 Hollyfest

December 3, 2014 Dan’l Webster Inn Sandwich, MA


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

St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14, 2015 Naples, FL

Mass and Brunch in Florida March 15, 2015 Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

Spring 2015 (Date TBD) Boston, MA

8 6O ver 100 alumni, friends, and their families came out to Fenway Park in July for Regis at the Red Sox. 7M embers of the Cape Cod Club met at First Crush Winery in Harwich for a Regis wine tasting in July.

Reunion Weekend May 15–17, 2015 Regis College Campus

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Alumni Brunch


All-Alumni Reunion


May 16, 2015 Regis College Campus

8T he 25th Reunion Class of 1989 had a great crowd come back to celebrate in May. 9M embers of the Class of 1958 came together at the annual Cape Cod Luncheon in August. 10 The Class of 1974 celebrated their 40th Reunion year in May.


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ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS Welcome to our three new members: Diana Rando Hampe ’73, Patricia Turner Kelley ’56, and Melinda Hanlon Powers ’85.

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75th Reunion ✒ Mary Kerr Lynch, 275 Mirick Road, Princeton, MA 01541, 978-464-5611


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70th Reunion ✒ Annette P. Pendergast, 101

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Weatherbee Drive, Westwood, MA 02090, 781-326-1230 ¶ While I’m sit-

ting here in Yarmouth Port, Cape Cod, I’m thinking that May 2015 is not so far away and we will be celebrating our 70th Reunion. It would be great if


✒ Phyllis Brosnahan Richardson,

3 Wingate Road, Lexington, MA 02420, 781-862-6262, perichardson555@ ¶ 2014 is turning out to be

the “Year of the Leg” for the class of 1947. Many are benefiting from the wonder of Mohs surgery, an outpatient procedure to alleviate skin cancers from all those years of sitting in the sun. During my recent checking-in calls with our classmates, I learned from S. Dorothy McKenzie that she had the procedure earlier in the summer and her recovery is coming along well, in time for her annual retreat at the St. Joseph’s Summer House in Cohasset. At the conclusion of her week-long retreat, she joined Alice Dunbar O’Halloran and Gertrude Breen Alfredson to enjoy the foursome’s annual summer getaway at the home of Phyllis Gallinelli Campbell in Marshfield. What a great Aug. vacation. ¶ Next, Dorothy Mahoney McKenna reports that she’s still recovering from her Mohs procedure on her leg earlier this year. It’s coming along slowly but steadily. Dot is fortunate to have her daughters living nearby fulltime and her two sons bring their families to Cape Cod every summer for vacation. I’m happy to report that I have remained upright and with no leg failure, however, my husband, Albert Richardson, suffered a leg trauma in March when he experienced a freak poolside accident. He broke the two

lower bones of his left leg and had a serious gash on his shin that caused a domino effect of healthcare woes, including more than four months in hospitals and rehab hospitals. He finally returned home on Aug. 7—his 90th birthday. We are grateful for the prayers and good wishes of so many— including many of our classmates and the Sisters of St. Joseph. ¶ Eleanor Consentino Feuer had a fall—her legs went out from under her causing a serious head trauma. I am pleased to report that Eleanor and I had a delightful conversation and with the guidance of her doctors and the occasional CT scan she’s recovering nicely. Eleanor is in frequent contact with S. Eileen Prebensen who continues to appreciate the cards and notes she receives from our classmates. Please keep in touch with Eileen. ¶ Preb also hears frequently from Marguerite “Peg” Donovan who passes along news she gathers from the Cape Cod Regis crowd. Having not seen Peg this summer because of Al’s hospitalization, we hope to spend more time on Cape this fall and plan to catch up with the Regis ’47 crowd including Peg Donovan, Dot McKenna, Louise McInerney Ryder, and Jean Olivo Glynn. Rita Dailey Brosnahan Fahey and I see each other frequently; during our last visit she asked me to extend her appreciation for all the kind expressions of sympathy on the death of her husband Frank Fahey earlier this year. ¶ It’s been years since Dorothy Burns Sullivan and I have had a chance to chat by phone. Even though it was sad to learn she lost her husband, Daniel, 2 years ago, it was heartening to hear that she continues an active lifestyle both in her hometown in New Hampshire and as a snowbird in Fort Myers, FL. That’s it for now, but in the meantime…keep happy, keep healthy, and please keep in touch!

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¶ Marie Scanlon Flaherty and Matt continue a happy life together in their beautiful home in Scituate, MA. Marie enjoys hearing news of her classmates and Regis. ¶ Mary Sampson Schmidt married her husband, Raymond, at St. Aiden’s Church in Brookline, MA with 4 Regis classmates as bridesmaids. The couple settled in San Jose, CA where she raised her 5 children and she continues to enjoy her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary enjoys news of Regis activities. ¶ Mary Hasting Kilcoyne still resides in her family homestead in Clinton, MA with son, Timothy. Sadly, Mary lost her dear son James in early June. On July 6, Mary celebrated her 95th birthday with Julie, Timothy, and extended family. ¶ Mary McDevitt Hadley moved to Harbor Point Assisted Living near her family in Centerville, MA this year. She enjoys her 5 married children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ¶ Martha Mitten Hosinski still sounds enthusiastic in her South Bend, IN home getting ready to celebrate her 94th year. Her daughter, Anne ’67 flew from Portland, OR to join her siblings and family. Martha served as a WAVES during World War II where she met her husband, Bill. ¶ Geraldine Burke Morrill still lives in her lovely home at Plantation Village in Wilmington, NC just 20 minutes from the ocean. Her 6 children, her grandchildren, and extended family all arrived to cele­ brate her 95th birthday. ¶ Marie Dillon Marcellino enjoys living between her summer home on Cape Cod and her condominium in Lexington, MA. She keeps a busy schedule with 4 children and her 6 stepchildren, traveling, and a very active social life. ¶ Mary Kerr Lynch is still very active living in her in-law apartment in Princeton, MA with her daughter, Mary, and sonin-law, Jay. This Massachusetts location also keeps her traveling between her 3 sons, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Mary flew by herself to FL to visit her other daughters for several months. Mary’s 97th birthday on July 27 was a memorable day with over 50 people who came to party. ¶ May the Lord continue to shower his blessings on Regis College, “high on the hilltop.”

a good number of our classmates were able to make it. I checked with the Alumni Relations office and found that there are 40 of our classmates still living, so maybe we could hear from them and enjoy our special Reunion. The Golden Tower Luncheon has been changed from the spring at Reunion to the fall. It will be held Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 in the Lower Student Union of Alumnae Hall at noon. This would be a great get-together for the class of 1945 to meet to discuss plans for the Reunion. I have spoken to Philomene Winchester Murphy and she plans to contact Doris Lynch; they expect to come together to the luncheon on Sept. 26. I will definitely come up from Cape Cod and attend the luncheon myself. I called Mary Foley Dowd, Barbara Mullins Garrity, Irene Pendolari McCarthy, Kathleen O’Connell Miett, Eve Casey Carey and Mary (Louise) Sullivan O’Brien. I wasn’t able to get any positive “yes” answers to attending the luncheon. Also, I was not able to get any news items for you or for Regis Today. If you can, please forward any news or any information of any kind to me by telephone or mail! Peace, joy, and love to each of you and stay well, healthy, and happy.


✒ Joan Doherty Manoney, 32 Surrey Lane, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-259-7361, ¶ Fortunately a group of us got together right after Memorial Day, for our Reunion, for a very long weekend. We missed Mary Louise Cooney Manning this year and that was tough for her but awful for me also as she had been our reporter for so many years. I was going to pick her brains! The other classmates were Jean McDonald Snyder, Nancie Turner Donelan, and the co-presidents, Ann O’Hare Smith and Jane McGrath. ¶ Since no one has called or written with any news to be put into our “newsletter,” I decided to start calling the remaining 68 of our classmates, such fun! And I only

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made about 16 calls—many not at home, but not to worry, I’ll call again. I had a list from Regis of our living graduates, married name and phone number, and since that was alphabetical, I followed it. Then I had to look into our yearbook to see for sure who that person was. Of course we’ve all probably changed somewhat in looks, but the voices were amazing—they were the same as I remembered. One of the questions was “did you have children?”—and then grand­children and “greats” as well. Perhaps after all the calls were done, which might be several years from now, the number of offspring could be totaled. ¶ Marion Louise Blue Brennan returned my call, and in typical Marion fashion, “I’ve buried two husbands, my eight girls are all married. I have 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; I live on the first floor now and don’t drive.” Just a fun gal. Marion and I roomed together at Hampton Beach, NH the summer before our senior year. ¶ Jeanne Brenner has had two hip replacements. After one of them, she fell in her kitchen so all the good therapy left. Also has neuropathy, but she was happy to talk. ¶ Elinor O’Neil Bowers has 7 children, 14 grand­ children, 4 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way. She can’t drive and her eyes are very bad, but she can play cards and uses magnifying glasses. ¶ Clare Glennon Brown has a new knee and hip; she is still singing and has 1 daughter, Meghan, and 2 grandchildren. ¶ Mercedes Yennaco Casey lives in Virginia close to D.C. She worked many years in the sciences, but because of all her volunteering at the Smithsonian Institute she found she loved being a librarian. One of her 2 sons is an archivist on WWI in Kansas City, so it looks like love of history runs in the family. She also has 2 daughters. ¶ Lillian Catignani Cirafice wasn’t too easy to find as her Regis address is in Milton. However, I knew she also had a place in Florida close to Margaret McGrath, a close friend from our freshman Regis class who left us and went to BU, and I reached her via her cell in NH, where she summers. Lillian has no children of her own, but her sister Ida had 8 and they are very close. One of her nephews is very sick and asked if we would pray for him. Lillian also asked if anyone knew whatever happened to Celeste Egan. She seems to be missing as well as Justine Warren. So…if anyone knows of either one, please call Regis. ¶ Elizabeth O’Rourke Craggy has 3 children and 6 grandchildren; 1 of whom is a 16-year-old named “Rosie” from China, and also a boy from Korea. ¶ Josephine DiMauro Demers’ answer to the first question was, “I got married at 80 and he died seven and a half months later.” They

knew each other from a camera club over 30 years ago. When he, Gene, had a laryngectomy, she became his “caretaker,” as his wife was sick. She had taken a trip across the states and he came along. After Gene’s wife died, his 4 children wanted them to marry, but she wanted to wait a year! So she now has 4 step-children, 8 grandchildren, 1 great, with another one on the way! From Regis, Jo taught one year in Ashland, ME and taught English to juniors and seniors. One of the seniors was not going to be able to graduate as he had not passed junior English, so Jo offered to tutor him and he was able to graduate and won an award for “most improved student.” After teaching a year in Germany for the service, she taught 38 years in Methuen. If you ever feel down or want a delightful conversation, call Jo. ¶ In the last issue I had said one of our co-presidents is a poet, and most of us did not know it. It was Jane McGrath!! One of her nieces surprised her last Feb. for her birthday with a published book of her poems. Here is one I thought you would all appreciate: ¶ “Class Day June 1944” ¶ On class day that year / All the girls / Were dressed in rainbow colors / To symbolize / A future of hope / And promise. / Behind us the boys marched / Their white shirts / Starched and shining, / We stood there / Our dresses / Fading in the sun. / They passed us by / To join friends / And brothers / On fields / Where no games played / We could almost hear / The distant guns.


✒ Betty Ann Hynes Elliott, 38 Oxford

Road, Wellesley, MA 02481, 781-2354697, ¶ Another

great Reunion—our 65th! So many memories for those of us lucky enough to be there. For those of you who weren’t able to be with us, we missed you. Arriving Friday all the way from Spokane, WA, Elizabeth Shatos Thompson was accompanied by her charming granddaughter who was very attentive to Elizabeth. They stayed in Maria Hall as did Rosemary McAuliffe and Eileen Dewire Locke. Mary Breslin and I enjoyed dinner with them in our own private dining room right in Maria. The heavy rain interfered with Fri. night activities, but not our spirits. ¶ Sat. brought welcome sunshine as the aforementioned were joined by: Marion Comerford Cowie, Nancy Natoli Fay, Margie Sellers Fitzpatrick who flew in from Toledo, OH, Pat Foley Granahan, Arline Rainey Hamel, on from Selbyville, DE, Kay Healy Hassey, Betty Perrault Joyce, Midge O’Hare McCarthy, Jane Dawson McKearin, down from York, ME, Lois McWeeney Moulton, Mardee O’Brien, Pat Cauley

Ross, and Mary Prasinos Wyshak, as bubbly and youthful-looking as ever, arriving from CO with her husband, George. We marched in the Parade of Classes and had lunch in the Alumnae Hall dining room, where we celebrated Mary Breslin’s receiving the Alumni Loyalty Award—much deserved, I might add. Mary treated all to a very gracious acceptance speech. We then had our class meeting, at which we elected officers for the next 5 years: Rosemary McAuliffe, President; Nancy Fay, Vice-President; Eileen Locke, Fund Agent; and I will continue as Class Reporter as no one else seems anxious to take on the task. ¶ Just before Reunion, while out on her daily walk, Nancy Fay was struck by a bicyclist and suffered a broken arm (her left and of course she’s left-handed) as well as scrapes and bruises. She was in a sling for 12 weeks and couldn’t drive or swim, let alone play golf or perform daily asks. Fortunately she finally recovered and is grateful it wasn’t worse. Coincidentally, just after Reunion, Pat Ross fell and broke her arm—not a good thing for them to share. ¶ I’m sorry to report the loss of 2 more classmates. Dorothy Costello Merrill, who lived in Sandwich, MA died in Nov. 2013. Dot had lost her husband in 2009 and leaves a daughter, 2 sons, and 2 granddaughters. Marie Fitzgerald Eberle passed away in Feb. in VA, where she had lived in recent years. She leaves a son and her grandchildren in VA, where she was buried. Please remember both Dot and Marie as well as their families in your prayers. Dot had attended the Cape Cod luncheon in recent years, but this past Aug., only Marion Cowie, Nancy Fay, Eileen Locke, Rosemary McAuliffe, and I were at the 1949 table. My how our ranks have dwindled. ¶ As I write this in Aug., Mary Breslin is planning her summer luncheon in Hull. Many of us look forward to what has become an annual gathering. Mary is certainly our “hostess with the mostess.” Hope those I don’t see or hear from are well—why don’t you let us know how and where you are?!


65th Reunion ✒ Mary Daily Neylon, 69 Viola Street,

Lowell, MA 01851, 978-453-4237, ✒ Anne Swiston O’Hara, 55 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, MA 01930, 978-525-3227, alfreda1928@ ✒ Jacqueline Choquette Picard, 2970 Mendon Road, Unit 189, Cumberland, RI 02864, 401-658-0625, ¶ Our condolences to Barbara Shea Vines and her

family on the death of her husband, Bill, on Mother’s Day, just short of their 62nd wedding anniversary. Bill

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✒ Anne Downey Tierney, 303 Brooksby

Village Drive, Unit 524, Peabody, MA 01960, 978-886-0181, ✒ Ann Brown Janes c/o Catherine Staes,

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4335 South Pin Oak Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84124, ¶ There

are lots of changes in the class of 1951 this semester. ¶ Ann Patricia Brown Janes has retired from her position as class reporter. Ann now resides at Concord Park, 68 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742. She is in the unit for people with memory issues. Ann loves to get cards and notes. Ann Comerford Kelly came east because her brother, John, died. Ann, Florence Kelley McKenna and Janice McBride Power visited Ann Janes in Concord. They said she was very happy there. Ann C. Kelly has a new address in California. It is Mrs. Ann Kelly, 632 Blanfield Ave., Diamond Bar, CA 97765. ¶ Janice Power and Patricia Chisholm are still learning. They attend LLARC, Lifelong Learning at Regis College. They report that it is very interesting. ¶ Deepest sympathy to Florence McKenna whose son, Paul, died March 4. ¶ Barbara Palmer Schlichte had a wonderful trip to Africa. She said it is gorgeous. She went on a safari. Even with the 10-hour plane rides it was worth it. ¶ Al and Maureen Walsh McEvoy had a very busy Aug. They had 23 houseguests for a week. They filled 3 houses in Wells Beach, ME. Among the guests were 3 great-grandchildren. Armand and Mary-Lee McLaughlin Girouard celebrated 60 years of marriage in June. Mary Louise Mecagni Quinton was at the celebra­­tion. Mary was in the wedding party 60 years ago. ¶ Anne Downey Tierney has moved.


✒ Joan Hartley Meagher, 102 Blodgett

Drive, Folsom, CA 95630, 916-985-0643

¶ Patricia Hogan Hogan, 100 Luce Street, Lowell, MA 01852, 978-4531502 ¶ Summer is winding down as I write these notes. I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable time. My family spent two weeks in Maine. I could have stayed all summer! One of these days, I hope to be in New England when you have a class luncheon. Patricia Hogan Hogan reported that fewer alumnae attended the class luncheon at the Marriott in April. The faithful ones were Patricia Arroll Petrilli, Marie Fleming Sisk, Dorothy Holley Connors, Jill McKearin Paredes, Nancy Quinn O’Keefe, Marie Rizzo, and Pat Hogan. Pat sent around her notebook for each to write something for this report. ¶ Marie Rizzo wrote, The lucky 7 ladies had a wonderful time comparing their hearing aids and had a demonstration on the correct way of putting them in without damaging the ear drum. Marie is excited about running a field trip to the Century House for seniors. She also expressed concern that a pro-life office has not yet been established at Regis. ¶ Nancy Quinn was grateful for Jill Paredes driving her to the luncheon. She would not be able to make it otherwise. ¶ Jill Paredes said they had a great time but Ann Purcell MacDonald was greatly missed. Christina Duggan, Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement, attended the luncheon to give the attendees an update on the Regis Master Plan. She welcomed suggestions made by the group. ¶ Sally Finnerty Tully phoned Pat Hogan with this news. She is now living in Vestal, NY, which is near Binghamton. She attended the Regis Cape Cod Luncheon and then stayed at the Cape for some time. She had dinner with Nancy Boland Johnson when she was at the Cape over Memorial Day. Sally had been in touch with Helen Cruchley Jones who reported on her recent trip. Helen and her sister started from Cape Town, South Africa and sailed up the west coast of Africa past Spain, Portugal, England, and Norway up to Spitsbergen Island Archipelago, which is above the Arctic Circle. She said it was great fun. They went from seeing baboons and ostriches running by the side of the road to reindeer grazing on the hills overlooking the port. Can any of us match that?!?? Helen has moved to West Colombia, SC, to be near family. Patricia McNerney Kelleher has also changed residences, from Ohio to Fredericksburg, VA, where 3 of her children live. What a comfort

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had been fighting cancer courageously for 9 years. ¶ Doris Toohey McCue, who summers in Falmouth and winters in St. Petersburg, enjoyed a lovely garden wedding for one of her grandsons; it was the occasion for a great family reunion. Doris also attended a memorial service for Amy Chin Guen’s husband, Edward, at which she met 8 of the Guens’ very handsome grandchildren. Amy and Eddie were very active in a Chinese clinic and nursing home near Boston. ¶ Alice Boyce Lapoint Smith had a very relaxing and fun-filled summer. She, her friend Betty O’Neil, her sister Maryann ’49, and her granddaughter Claire enjoyed a lovely vacation on Cape Cod. Later she flew to Chicago to visit her son, his wife Erin, and their children, Sophia 17, and 14-year-old twins, Paris and Chaz. They live in Naperville, a lovely Chicago suburb, and she had a wonderful visit enjoying the hospitable Midwest. ¶ Theresa LeBlanc Gray loves flowers and has been spending much time this summer in her garden. The bouquets in her home are lovely. Her daughter Janet recently treated Terry and (Anne) Alfreda Swiston O’Hara to a wonderful evening of dinner and the theater in Boston. Alfreda volunteers at the Visitors’ Center in Gloucester and is available to anyone “free of charge” who’d like a tour of “the other cape,” beautiful Cape Ann. Sounds like a great offer—Cape Ann is so interesting and beautiful all four seasons! Both Mary Buckley Glennon and Alfreda have grandchildren who are students at Santa Clara University in California. Both students spent a semester abroad, one in London, the other in Argentina. Great life for college kids these days! ¶ Catherine “Cay” Nolan Sokol reminded me recently that next spring we will be celebrating our 65th Reunion—hardly seems possible, does it? That should give us much to talk about at the Golden Tower Luncheon on Sept. 26. ¶ I, Mary Daily Neylon, am awaiting the arrival of my family from Chicago and Long Island to celebrate another grandchild’s wedding next weekend. In March, I became a great-grandmother for the 1st time, and another grandson and his wife are due for their 1st child in Jan. Thank God for family; I feel so blessed. I am fortunate that my health allows me to continue volunteer work in our parish and at Lowell General Hospital. We wish more of you would contact us at the above addresses. We need to keep in touch.


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to have our children nearby. ¶ I spoke with Pat Petrilli. She was pleased with the returns on the raffle for the quilt donated by Sally Tully. Our class treasury needs the boost. ¶ Pat Hogan’s twin granddaughters are attending Merrimack College. ¶ Joan Hartley Meagher’s twins are off to college, too; Alison to UC San Diego and Andrea to Berkeley. Joan was so inspired by her cruise on the Mississippi last spring that she is leading a seminar on the Mighty Mississippi at the Renaissance Society, a Learning in Retirement group at Sacramento State. ¶ Catherine Deveney Kaladin meets regularly with Kate Molloy Rowe and Jeanne Marie Bowen Delorey for lunch at Alberto’s, Wimpys, and the Black Cat (mid-Cape) to chat and discuss senior issues. ¶ Kay met with Marie Sisk in Falmouth over July 4th weekend. ¶ Unfortunately there is always sad news. We extend our sympathy to Marie Sisk on the passing of her husband, Jack, on March 2, and to Dorothy Connors on the loss of her sister, Audrey Christianson. We are saddened by the loss of classmates Jaqueline Moylan Callahan on April 14, 2014 and Marjorie MacKenzie Pellicane Williams on Dec. 17, 2013. Our prayerful thoughts are with their families and friends.

Roche Sullivan, and class reporters are Connie Murphy Davidson and Pat Cronin Huie. ¶ Gail McGrath Bertolini has 3 children and 6 grandchildren, 2 of whom are in high school, 3 in college and 1 finished school. A daughter and a granddaughter participated in the Pan Mass challenge in Aug. ¶ Joanne Hickey Johnson and husband Bob have returned from FL and all is well in the Johnson household. ¶ Anne O’Brien O’Connor is thankful for the life she has lived. She has 10 children, 34 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Her sister-in-law, Joan O’Connor, is doing well. ¶ Kay Tobin and Peggy Rowe Dreger are meeting to go to the Peabody Essex Museum. Peggy’s son, John, has had heart surgery to replace a valve. ¶ Pat Avery Settimelli, Helena Kenney Kasuba, and Priscilla Bradford Cronin met recently at a Derby Street restaurant. ¶ Rosemary Denmark Murphy sold her condo and is living in Jupiter, FL. She enjoys water aerobics and is living a full life. ¶ Betty Morrissey Neal is still enjoying bridge. ¶ Pat Cronin Huie went to the Master’s Tournament, then to her granddaughter’s graduation from Merrimack, then out west to visit Mount Rushmore and Custer’s Monument among other sites.


60th Reunion ✒ Margaret “Peg” Vincent Kelley, P.O.

✒ Connie Murphy Davidson, 207 Prairie Street, Concord, MA 01742, 978-3694489 ✒ Patricia Cronin Huie, P.O. Box 375, Humarock, MA 02047, 781-8347134, ¶ Our 60th

Reunion was great fun and all who attended enjoyed catching up with friends and marveling at the changes on campus and at those planned for the near future. For those of you who were not able to identify all the classmates in the official picture taken by Regis, here are the names: Front row left to right: Peggy Rogers Savage, Kay Tobin, Mary Roche Sullivan and Marianne Sanderson Shay. Middle Row l to r: Julie Brassard Marcoux, Grace Golden Shaw, Regina Seales Caines, Rosemary McAuliffe, Rita Fichera Fragala, Connie Murphy Davidson, Pat Cronin Huie, and Sister Louise (Vicki) Macchia. Back row left to right: Helen Sullivan, Mary Alvord Biette, Angela Ricker, Peggy Rowe Dreger and Marcia Gaughan Mahoney. ¶ Two additional classmates joined us for lunch on Saturday: Connie Lucchini Wilkinson and Vivian Lamoureux Duval. At the Saturday luncheon, the class of 1954 was mentioned for donating the 3rd largest amount to the Regis Fund and Mary Roche Sullivan received the Alumni Loyalty Award. ¶ Our new class officers are Co-Presidents Kay Tobin, Sandy Shay, and Mary

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Box 1346, Edgartown, MA, 02539, ¶ Greetings, class-

mates, I hope you all had a pleasant summer. Last spring I had lunch with Grace Cronin Godefroy, as I usually manage to do when she’s on the East Coast, and she told me about a reunion of the Lay Apostolate that she had attended a year ago. I realize that this is old news, but I became so interested in it that I thought you might like to hear about it, too. Grace writes, “I happened to be in Boston for a few days that coincided with the Regis Lay Apostolate reunion, so my sister—Marie Cronin ’59, also a lay apostolate—and I attended. It was great to see 2 of our classmates there, Marguerite Flavin and Mary Connolly Redmond. There were about 60 or more attending and each had the opportunity to speak briefly about their experiences. There was a speaker, whose research was on the Catholic post-graduate Lay Apostolate. He began his research with the Jesuit program, but kept reading about Sister John, and he came to the conclusion that the whole present program did indeed begin at Regis under our beloved Sister John. Our Lay Apostolate began in 1950 and continued as such for 25 years. Something to be proud of!” I agree. So, I asked the other apostles from

our class what their thoughts were and how their experience affected them. Janet Condrey Beyer said, “My strongest memory of living in El Paso is the culture shock. I boarded the plane in Boston for the all-day trip to Texas. My companion was Janet Connolly Guinee ‘53. For the plane ride I wore the uniform of the decade: beige trench coat, white gloves, heels. We got off the plane and the priest who met us said he knew just what to look for: the uniform. Before Christmas we had adopted the local uniform: Levis and cowboy boots. Very comfortable. I returned and the next year I met the group of women arriving from Regis. I could spot them by their uniforms. I had on Levis and cowboy boots. They were stunned and I said: Just you wait. By Christmas they were wearing Levis and cowboy boots. Very comfortable. Among the things I learned: What we took for granted as class, standard, or culture on the east coast didn’t fly west of the Mississippi. And we are better off for it. My appreciation of art, food, scenery, music, and clothes was permanently broadened.” Marguerite Flavin chimes in, “Santa Fe, NM many years ago had yet to be discovered. Dirt roads, a sleepy town, plenty of artists and authors, lots of southwestern charm and adobe, adobe, adobe!” Margaret “Margo” Brennan, Maureen Carlson Donnelly, Mary Ford, Roberta “Bobby” Koster and I were all captivated by the beauty of the place and the culture, so different from that of our New England home. We taught grades 2-5 in the almost-new Christo Rey School. Our students were wonderful children. They spoke with traces of their Mexican heritage and thought our Boston accents very amusing. We managed to communicate and I hope we taught them well. Today Santa Fe is a tourist destination city. It is still a wonderful place, but the Santa Fe that remains with me is the Santa Fe of my year as a Lay Apostolate. I think you women did wonderful things and I’m sure the rest of the class agrees with me. We are proud to know you! Next spring is our 60th Reunion! Hope to see you there. Peace.


✒ Geraldine Dowd Driscoll, 7 Conant

Road #50, Winchester, MA 01890, ¶ In April,

10 of our classmates met at Regis for a class meeting as well as for the Lay Apostolate Lecture and Reception. I wish you all had been able to join us for this really inspiring afternoon! Attendees were: Mary Lou Rawson, Mary Keenan, Pat Turner Kelley, Carol Bonner Connell, Carol Settana Scollins, Mary Rose Campbell, Virginia Clark Kristo, Ann Flaherty Walsh, Mary

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class Daly Curtin, and Gerry Dowd Driscoll. Great to have Mary Curtin back with us! ¶ We had the chance to meet this year’s recipient of the Sister John Scholarship made this a special occasion! We knew Addisalem Agegnehu was a graduating senior majoring in International Relations with a minor in Religious Studies, active at Regis, and that she had traveled to Peru on the annual Regis service trip and that she hoped to pursue a career after graduate work serving the less fortunate. But her impressive resume had not prepared us for the enthusiastic, dynamic, poised young woman we met. Addisalem shared her background, coming to this country from Ethiopia, via Sudan and Germany, at the age of 9, speaking no English. A product

of the Cambridge Public Schools, she embraced life at Regis, taking advantage of study abroad as well as Regissponsored service opportunities in the local area as well as in Peru. She displayed a passion about helping others reminiscent of Sister John herself! We were truly captivated by “Addie,” as we have affectionately nicknamed her. She promises to keep in touch and hoped to join us in the fall after her summer internship in Washington, DC. ¶ The second part of our afternoon was “Celebrating Women in Action: Lay Apostolate Lecture and Reception.” We are sorry that many of you who were so intimately involved were unable to join us but you were well represented by Pat Kelley. All 16 lay apostles from ’56 were in our

thoughts: Suzanne Brebbia, Ginny Crago Roberts, Marilyn Curley Daley, Candy Dillon Mattaliano, Joyce Dunn Higgins, Claire Flynn Cisternelli, Mary Jeanne Getfread Sullivan, Anne Greaney Susina, Mary Anne Kent, Margie Mannix Spils, Pat Murphy Capone, Jean Neary Farry, Mary Neilan Regan, Cay Tiernan Galgon, Pat Turner Kelley, and Marie Vasaturo White. The program included a lecture by Chris Staysniak, a doctoral student from BC. He has researched the origins of postgraduate volun­teerism and found Regis Lay Apostolate at the forefront of the movement and a precursor of the more well-known programs such as the Peace Corps and Teach for America. A student-produced documentary presented interviews with past lay

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Catherine Mary Burke was an alumna of Regis’s first graduating class in 1931 and an inaugural member of the Founders Society, a special group created in 1990 to honor alumni and friends who make planned gifts to Regis College. Catherine established the Catherine Burke Endowed Fund by naming Regis in her will and giving the largest-ever bequest in the College’s history. Her generous gift has helped to fund the education of more than 1,000 students since 1997 and the endowment will continue to provide scholarships for years to come. Renaming the Founders Society as the Catherine Burke Society honors the legacy of a generous alumna who continues to change the lives of Regis students every day. LEARN MORE about how you can join the Catherine Burke Society at Regis College. Visit or call Patrick Woods, Director of Leadership Giving, at 781-768-7238.

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apostolate volunteers. The group has estab­­lished a Lay Apostolate Website: regislayapostolate. I’m sure many of you could contribute some interesting reflections to the site. Sister Betsy Conway ’80 brought us up-to-date with the many service opportunities for Regis students today. ¶ Those of us lucky enough to attend the Lay Apostolate Program came away with a greater appreciation of the “new Regis” which while “new” has certainly retained the spirit of the Regis we attended so many years ago. ¶ Thank you to Carol Connell for continuing to work on the Regis Fund. Class donations to the Regis Fund for the year ending June 30, 2014 amounted to $27,682.80 with 57.5% participation. Donations earmarked for the Sister John Scholarship totaled $3,985.80. Remember to mark “Sister John Scholarship” on your check if you want your gift to support the scholarship fund. To date, four $5,000 scholarships have been awarded. Our meeting with “Addie” confirmed our resolve to keep this scholarship fund growing! ¶ Pat Sullivan Brown’s daughter, Jennifer ’97, sent a lovely photo of Pat and her husband Arthur at their grandson’s graduation from the Naval Academy in June. I was able to share the photo with many of our classmates. (This should be an incentive to add your name to my email list!) Three of Pat’s sons and 3 grandsons have graduated from The Naval Academy. A 4th son served in the Merchant Marines. Apparently summer vacations spent “on location” at their Dad’s tours of duty in the Naval Reserve inspired their career choices. ¶ The Regis Cape Cod Luncheon was held at Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth in Aug. Twelve members of our class attended: Virginia Kristo, Mary Lou Rawson, Carole Scollins, Carol Connell, Bette Ann Shelbourne Titterton, Mary Keenan, Pat Kelley, Maggie Faneuf, Mary Anne Kent, and myself. Once again we were impressed by the continued outreach by the College. We had a chance to view a video on “The Haiti Project.” (If you are not familiar with it you can see the video at www. A student from Afghanistan also delivered a moving account of her life. ¶ We were saddened by the loss of Joananne Argus Marshall in Feb. Please remember Joananne and her family in your prayers.


✒ Judy A. Sughrue, 47 Rosewood Drive, Stoughton, MA 02072, 781-344-3357, ¶ I begin this

column with tales of resurrection. For years I kept in touch with S. Vicky Alexander. About 2 years ago I did not receive any more messages from

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Vicky. I tried the Medical Missionaries mother house and their websites in India. Nothing. Jeannene Duenas Murphy’s family also could not reach her. We presumed she died. Being a historian, I decided to investigate their archives. Surprise! The archivist informed me that Vicky was at their hospital in Bandar, India. Vicky still continues in her major field of science from Regis. Jeannene, one of those brilliant math majors in our class, also continues in her major field. As does Alice Murphy Toomey, continuing in the business field in her work for the administration of the Medford school system. Alice had recently returned from a 2-week visit with her son in CO. ¶ Colorado has become the full-time home for Jo Keefe Rosauer. She no longer lives in her cabin there, but in a retirement community. She likes having her own place while also is very enthusiastic that members daily come together in the Grill. ¶ Pat Handricken Bell did the reverse and moved from retirement living back to her home. ¶ The other resurrection story is that of Janet Lordan Delaney. In the Fall/ Winter 2012 issue I included her name for remembrance. Actually Janet is not dead. The basis for this resurrection story is Janet herself. But, since neither Vicky nor Janet died are these truly resurrections? They certainly are happy stories. Janet had surgery on her hip and is slowly recovering at her home in Franklin, where she and her husband moved to be near her daughter. ¶ Fortunately I didn’t have surgery when I broke my right arm at the end of Feb. and have only 3 more therapy sessions as I write this in mid-Aug. Arthritis is a problem as we age. ¶ Vicky has Lupus, I am having treatment, and Ginny Pyne Kaneb has trouble with her lower spine. However Ginny still plays tennis and golf. Ginny attended the Regis Mass and luncheon in Florida with Jane Denmark Maher and Brenda Murphy Dugan. Ginny and Jane also were seen on the Regis St. Patrick’s Day float. Elly Zee Doyle also golfs. ¶ For several classmates graduations have become part of the spring ritual: Connie Fontaine Perron, Elly Zee, and Ginny. Starting with our own high school graduations, we are now in the 6th phase of graduations. ¶ Jean Volante O’Connor’s grandson, whom we have followed since he danced in the Nutcracker Ballet in Boston, has graduated into a professional role in the San Francisco Ballet Company. ¶ Sheila Cruchley Campbell is still cruising the world. In late May, she flew to the Union of South Africa for a 30-day sail along the west coast of Africa to Dover, England. She continued another 17 days sail to the Artic. ¶ Isabel Long Chesak emailed her recent food travel article. Her latest was her trip

to Chicago for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs 2014 Conference. Isabel has a great gift for writing and should collect her articles into a book. They are such wonderful reports of wines, ethnic foods, farms, cities etc. ¶ I end with a non-resurrection story. Mac Hanlon O’Leary will be sorely missed. She was a good friend, a fellow history major, and a source of much fun. Rest in peace with Neal, my friend. ¶ Archives, health, retirement communities, grad­ uations and travel: most of the ’57ers are still moving on. Life is good.


✒ Carol Finnell Kenney, 23 Katy Hatch

Road, Falmouth, MA 02540-2416,; Joan Meleski Kenney, P.O. Box 33, Hyannis Port, MA 02647, ¶ Our

class had 2 tables at the luncheon on Aug. 7 at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth for the Cape Cod Luncheon. Attending were Laetitia “Tish” Albiani Carney, Joan Meleski Kenney, Mary Jo Kilmain, Patricia “Pat” Salmon Hillmer, Patricia “Pat” Kelly McNulty, Ann Maloney Leahy, Dorothy “Dottie” Madden Cannon, Carol Finnell Kenney, Carole Vannicola Clark, Mary Reynolds Kennedy and Dorothy “Dotty” Hogan Hennessey. ¶ Sheila Dugan Block sends greetings from Hilton Head, SC and hopes to be in the Boston area this fall to catch up with classmates. ¶ Pat Hillmer and Pat McNulty celebrated same-day birthdays at Joan Kenney’s home in June. Pat Hillmer’s oldest grandson suffered a severe neck injury this past winter and is having extensive therapy. We wish him a speedy recovery. ¶ Helping to blow out the candles were Catherine “Kay” Rosicky Devlin and Mary Jo Kilmain. ¶ Lora LoConte Stosez writes that Aug. will bring her whole family and that of her 2 brothers to a big house steps from the beach in Hull for a multigenerational reunion. ¶ Carol Howard came from California to Franklin for her 60th high school reunion in June and went on to visit friends in Sandwich. June also brought a group together for lunch in Woods Hole and some time at the beach at Carol Kenney’s cottage. Included were Joan Kenney, Tish Carney, Ina Catalanotti Roehr, Doris Good Marr, Marilyn Dozois Rohrer, Janet Duggan Hall and Pat Graham Kelley. ¶ Lucille “Lou” Berube Williams is in Meredith, NH this summer where she ran into Marilyn Dozois Rohrer at the supermarket doing what mothers do!! Lou, Claire Foley, Patricia “Pat” Malloy and Andrea Keefe Halliday met in Braintree this spring for a mini reunion. ¶ Carol Kenney and her family, children and grandchildren, all 14 of them, spent time in Dingle, Ireland in early July for an unforgettable

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class vacation. ¶ Nan McGuire sends greetings from CA where she has lived for the past 34 years very far from Regis folk. She is in contact with Gail Corrigan and Patricia “Pat” Flanagan Neumann. ¶ Joan Kenney visited with Lea Helen Toto Dmytryck in early July while she was at the Cape visiting her daughter. Our deepest sympathies to Lea who lost her husband Paul on May 7 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Georgian Hurley Ryan, who is still working at her local newspaper in Scarsdale, NY, also went to Peru this year as well as to Ireland in March with her daughters. We are saddened to learn of the loss of her husband, Ed, in 2012 who was the head of the Economics Department at Manhattanville College. Please remember Mary Anne O’Connor Dwyer in your prayers who passed away this June. Our sympathies to her family.


✒ Maureen O’Connell Palmer, 525

column with the sad news that

Barbara Flynn Defino passed away

in Aug. as a result of injuries from a car accident. Thank you, Ruthie Holland Lynch, for e-mailing us this news. Barbara, Ruthie, Cathleen “Kathy” Carney Conley, Mary Dunphy Branon, and I were in a Regis carpool—all new drivers—it was quite an experience! I think that we’d all agree that Barbara was the kindest and most positive person that we know. She was a well-loved teacher in Framingham for many years. ¶ Our reunion events were fun. We had quite a few gals at “The Talk” (a restaurant in Watertown) including Barbara O’Neil Natale, Margaret “Peg” Harney Morrissey, Frances “Fran” Kopka Parsons, Judith “Judy” Bresnahan Mawn, Louise “Lou” Forgues, Mary Courtney, Marilyn Lombardi Nicholas, Dorothy “Dotty” Kelly, Ann LaFay Flamand, Jane McCarthy Murphy, Kathleen “Kay” Philbin Donovan, Elizabeth “Liz” Russell Bilafer, Carol Donovan, Catherine “Kay” O’Connor Johnson, Patricia “Trisha” O’Hearn Hilsinger, Brenda Meade Doherty, Audrey Bowen Criado, and Anne Daly Graham on Saturday at Regis, we were joined by Christine “Chris” Tracy Coppola, Patricia “Pat” Collins Smith, Margaret O’Connell, and Frances “Fran” Dewire Calabro. It was a very enjoyable weekend. We are an amazing group! ¶ After the Reunion, Judy M., Carol D., Audrey, and Marilyn N. had lunch with Mary Callahan on the Cape. Frances “Fran” Dewire Calabro has traveled a lot with “Exploritas” which was formerly called “Elderhostel.” Her

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Class notes for the Spring 2015 issue are due to the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by February 1, 2015; 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 St., Box 30, Weston, MA 02493.

most recent adventure was a week’s stay in the Ozarks. ¶ Liz Bilafer and Carol Donovan bumped into each other at a campaign event for LieutenantGovernor candidate Steve Kerrigan. ¶ Mary Jane England is a clinical professor at BU School of Public Health. She is happy to announce that her son graduated from BU Medical School and will do his residency in NY. ¶ Kay Donovan retired as president of Pope John XXIII High School and is now a consultant to her nephews’ businesses—Safety Net Access and Stone Management. Rosemary “Bunnie” Catalucci Hughes is a board member of the Everett Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board of the Everett Cooperative Bank. She is involved in many community issues such as The Wynn casino coming to Everett. All this, along with being a grandmother and great-grandmother (Aiden Henry) keep our Bunnie on the run! ¶ I was in “The Sound of Music” in Hingham (for the 3rd time). Yes, I was the cast as a nun…again! We’re still trying to solve that problem called “Maria!” ¶ As of May 31, Janice Canniff Monteith is now Mrs. William McCall. We all wish Janice and Bill much happiness. The July luncheon was at Mary Philbin

Gorman’s house in Ipswich. Janet Clements Lavey, Dotty Kelly, Barbara O’Neil Natale, Louise Foucher Conley

were present. From the picture I saw, they all looked stunning! A big thankyou is due to all those who work so hard to arrange our reunions and gettogethers. Kudos to Carol Donovan, Barbara Natale, and Marilyn Nicholas in particular! You gals keep us going!


55th Reunion ✒ Mary Lou DeMaria Schwinn, 210

Osprey Villas Court, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951; 909 Old Post Road, Cotuit, MA 02635; ¶ Good news from Janice Snook. She reported

her departure from Carefree in North Fort Myers, FL, where she has been for 17 years as one of the founding residents of this all-women’s community. She returned to the Tampa Bay area moving into University Village, a CCRC (continuing care retirement community). Now she is about 3 miles from the U of South FL, where she taught for 30 years. ¶ Mary Grover Rossetti attended a great Regis event: the First Crush Winery wine tasting. She was astonished that she did not know the winery existed in her hometown. Grapes are grown in Napa, flown to Harwich, and processed there. Although there were mostly more recent grads there, she did connect with Elaine Sobolewski McMahon, who left in her junior year, but loves all things Regis. ¶ In June, Christina “Chris” Kennedy McCann ended her 8 years as a Regis trustee. She and husband Jim enjoyed a week’s stay in Rockland, ME, this summer. She reminded us that 2015 will be our 55th Reunion. Who has ideas about how we can celebrate?? ¶ Ann Marie O’Neill Volante reported that she spent 2.5 days with Brenda Donnelly Kneeland, Marilyn Louise Stasio and Jane Sprogis in the Westport/Dartmouth/New Bedford area. Of course they had a great time! She had returned from France on the 18th, after midnight and left to see the gals on the 20th. ¶ Joyce Kennerly Bohan had a pleasant chance encounter while out for an exercise walk in Hingham. She noticed two women working in the beautiful garden at the Church of the Resurrection and went up to them to compliment them. She was amazed to immediately recognize—after 53 years!—Phyllis Reddy Noonan. Phyllis is the mother of 10 and has 30 grandchildren! And Joyce said she looks wonderful! Tell us your secret, Phyllis! Joyce was in the area from MD visiting family and beaching at the Cape. She was happy to be able to attend the Regis Cape Cod luncheon while in the area. ¶ Via Mary Jane Doherty Curran, Brenda McCrann sold her condo and moved

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to Marlboro in mid-Aug. Mary Jane assisted her in the sale by providing her with the St. Joseph’s How to Buy and Sell a House Kit. ¶ Lucy Ricker Sheehan, Laura Allen Rushton, Anna Lamperti and Ann Hynes met for lunch at Legacy Place in Dedham recently. ¶ Winifred “Winnie” Murphy reported that the Regis Lay Apostolate Research Project is part of the spring 2014 oral history performance course, to learn about the Lay Apostolate Program and the experiences of its volunteers. She, Brenda McCrann, and several others responded, were interviewed and appear on video. Access regislayapostolate. Winnie also reported on her Trip Down Memory Lane: “In Aug. 1960, she left Logan as a member of Regis Lay Apostolate, going to Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, to become a member of the lay movement directed by Bishop Fergus O’Grady, OMI. This group became the Frontier Apostolate and assisted the Bishop in building, staffing and supporting new schools and parishes over a 500-mile route. She served as an FA for about 22 years, from 1960–1984, with several returns East for study. This past July, she and her friend, Charlotte (also former FA) took a 5,000-mile road trip from St. Paul, MN to Rocky Mountains, P.G. and Vancouver to revisit places of work and play (camping, hiking, etc). Neither had been back to the West since 1984. The beauty of God’s creation is awesome, mountains remain majestic, plains go on for miles despite human efforts to radically change the landscape. Prince George is a large city now that services the northern part of the Province, with a Community College and the Univ. of Northern British Columbia. Highlights were visits with former students at the Catholic high school, both white and Native Canadian Indian, to see their maturity and leadership within their communities. We enjoyed a lovely pot-luck supper with 2 dozen FAs living in the area with whom we had both worked. It was so comfortable to pick up the conversation of former times and share our lives of the past 30 years; to realize that we all remain involved in helping others within our communities, and that bonds formed so many years ago are still strong. This same experience repeated itself in visiting former friends in Vancouver, especially those from the 1960s with whom I shared the real beginnings of life in the ‘northern wilderness.’ I thank God for the blessings of Regis, and friends from here, for my family support, for being part of a local church structure (both in Canada and Boston) open to lay people, especially women; and for this wonderful

summer trip!” ¶ Think about coming to our 55th Reunion next spring. I just read a book, Love Anthony, by Lisa Genova about an autistic boy. Since we have an autistic twin (only one of the twins is autistic), I would just like to recommend the book. It also has a good story about 2 women.


✒ Kate Martin Hawke, 4 Rockland

Road, Marblehead, MA 01945, kfhawke@ ¶ What a magnificent

summer we in N.E. are having! The highlight for some of us was the gathering hosted by Joan Murray at her new home in Waltham. Joan is still teaching in the Communications Department at Regis. There were 12 of us for a ladies lunch that turned into a raucous gab fest. Catherine Ross Bettencourt, Barbara Hoyle Healy, Eleanor Mikulski Collins, Brenda Kulisich Gomez and Mary Doane Cassidy were among the guests at this festive occasion. ¶ Carroll Beegan Follas shared with us a book that she had just read that brought back many memories of our days and nights at Regis. Carroll so enjoyed “Doc, Revelations of a Reluctant Yank Studying Medicine Among the Irish” that she has been in an email correspondence with E.B. McKee, MD, who graduated from Holy Cross in 1955. Worth a look. ¶ Ellen Kelleher Guillette had happy news on two fronts, a trip to Paris in Oct. and her daughter’s recent engagement. ¶ Ellen Donahue Foley’s son Sean retired from the NYPD and safely returned to his family in Nahant. We just retired and now our children are retiring!! ¶ Judith Powers will be in Oxford this fall immersing herself in WWI studies, ever the student. ¶ Susan Marie Fallon Kolk was bursting with pride this June when her son-in-law received his EdD from Harvard University. She, unfortunately, was not at the big ceremony since she and Larry babysat for the twins so that her daughter and grandson could come to Boston. Now there is a doctor in the family.


✒ Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea, 386 Essex Street #3, Salem, MA 01970, 978-7458448, ¶ On

behalf of our whole class we send deep condolences to Marie Manoli Bourque on the passing of her husband, Robert Bourque, on March 7. He has been a stalwart companion to many events at Regis over the years. Marie, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you. ¶ With many thanks to Sue Donnelly for helping me out with news from the Regis Cape Cod

Luncheon and from the annual Cape Cod get-together of the following: Mary Lord Mahoney, Patti Cusack Morrison, Sue Donnelly Riley, Eleanor Forrest Fisher, Martha Valente Greene, and their husbands (and companion). This year it was the Rileys’ turn to host. Mary and George Mahoney live in CT, Patti and Bill Morrison live on the Cape, Eleanor and Jack Fisher live in Annapolis, MD, and Martha Greene lives in Dartmouth, MA. They describe their new life as “busier than ever” and are the last ones in this group to retire. ¶ The Rileys recently renovated their summer home in Popponesset and retired there after Sue retired as Development Director of Mount Alvernia and Jim sold his dental practice in Dedham after 46 years. Sue and Jim love Cape living and running their “Summer Motel” for their 3 daughters, their husbands, and 7 grandchildren. ¶ Una Foley Redgate writes that she and husband, Leo, visited Lisbon, Portugal, and the island of Madeira. They described the country was beautiful and loved the people. They visited a son and family in Chicago, which they do twice a year in summer and fall, but never in winter! Happily, Una says the other 4 children and their families live within 20 minutes of them. When at home, Una keeps busy volunteering 3 days a week at church and the Fairfield Women’s Exchange, a lovely gift shop run by volunteers that supports local charities, promoting the physical and mental health of women children. Good for you, Una. ¶ Another move: Carol O’Brien Barton and husband have sadly left their beach home in MA after 68 years, and have arrived safely at their new home in the Sunshine State. Lots of luck getting settled Carol. ¶ Dorothy DeNave Rossi and Bill Rossi went to Tempe, AZ, to visit son Matt and wife Daniela. They were there when Matt defended his thesis and is now Dr. Matt. Matt and Daniela are now off to Northwestern U. Congratulations all. ¶ I apologize to the class as our notes are a bit light this time. I had a small stroke in July and it hindered my getting in touch. Happily, I have no residual effects. They told me it was because I was active and I rode my bike all the time. So, stay active friends. So, do send along any special news you would like to include for the next spring issue. ¶ It does give me the chance to include some McCrea news. I usually run out of words. I was able to fly out to St. Louis, MO, for a little rest while visiting my son, Brendan, and family. He arranged a tour with my granddaughter, Caitlin of the Arch, followed by a boat trip on the Mississippi. Afterwards, I stuck my toe in the river. It’s warmer than the Atlantic!

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class 1963

✒ JoAnne Dufort, 24 Notre Dame Ave,

Allenstown, NH 03275, 603-485-5014, ¶ Thanks to all of you

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✒ Virginia McNeil Slep, 40 Jeffrey

Road, Wayland, MA 01778, virginiaslep@ ✒ Barbara Bye Murdock, P.O. Box 266, Little Compton, RI 02837, ¶

Our 50th Reunion was wonderful! So many of our classmates returned to campus for the occasion—some of whom we hadn’t seen in 50 years. In many ways it was as if we hadn’t even graduated yet. There was almost an element of time-distortion: wasn’t it

just yesterday, or last week, or maybe last month that we walked these halls, strolled these paths, ate in this dining room together? We hadn’t even started on our careers, our lives then—and now here we were 50 years later. How did this happen so quickly? ¶ It was impressive to learn how many of us have earned advanced degrees; how many of us have retired from one career only to begin another (at our age!!) and how many of us have turned retirement into an opportunity to volunteer and serve others. We’re still going strong, still active and energetic, still making a difference. Clearly, Regis educated us well; and we in turn have represented Regis well to the world. I think the Sisters of Saint Joseph would be pleased at how “the last of the good-time Charlies” turned out. ¶ Notes from the Reunion: • Margaret Fermoyle Flagg, our Class Fund Agent, reported at our Class Dinner, Friday evening of Reunion Weekend that our class at achieved the goal of $125,000. The Fund Committee was delighted that we successfully reached our target. • At Saturday’s Alumni Luncheon, we were astounded to hear that by lunchtime that Saturday we had received an anonymous gift of $100,000 to bring our class gift amount to $228,000. From all of our Class of ’64 members and the Regis community we are exceedingly grateful to one of classmates for this most generous gift. • Our class participation percentage: 56.95% Thank you all • Class officers for the next five years are: President: Pat Luben O’Hearn; Vice President: Mary Carroll Epperlein; Class Reporters: Virginia McNeil Slep and Barbara Bye Murdock. ¶ Anyone who did not get their Tower pin or their USB drive with all the class memorabilia photos and biographies can contact Regina Garland in the Office of Alumni Relations at 781-768-7221 or regina.garland@ ¶ Our thoughts were with Mary Ann Cashen Ruma, who missed the reunion because of the death of her son, Mark. Classmates made a donation to Mary Ann’s family, and she wrote, “Our family is deeply grateful for your generosity in Mark’s memory. We have chosen to donate to a children’s library in Araca, Colombia, to help the children there further their education. Your caring and thoughtfulness have brought us great comfort during this difficult time.” ¶ Shelley Hackett Phipps and her partner, Cathy, enjoyed a trip to Spain and Portugal after Reunion. Shelley then went to Las Vegas (in July!!) for the American Library Association conference, then to Chama in northern New Mexico. In Sept. she will participate in a number of tennis tournaments: the Himmel 4.0 Ladies 55+ in Sept., the 40+ in Nov.,

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who answered my SOS for news. Some of you are still rejecting my emails. Among those who are: Joan Osgood Lawrence, Sally Shimkus Kirkutis, Mary Connors Gilroy, Rosanne Belz Withington, Connie Crean Carven, Pat Hurley Keohane, Elizabeth Cawley. ¶ I was sorry to hear about the passing of a classmate, Karolyn Burke Hagearty, last month. Prayers and sympathy are offered to her family. ¶ A note on donations from Joan Iverson Gallivan: ¶ We received a nice letter from Regis explaining the possibilities for our Regis Annual Fund (Regis Fund) donations. Our class-sponsored scholarship, Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund, is now established at the College, and we may contribute by splitting our gift, or even choosing the purpose of our gift. ¶ Please remember that we also may build up our scholarship fund through: (1) bequests, (2) beneficiary designation on our IRAs, and (3) as a memorial donation honoring deceased Regis graduates or their family members. That may be one of the best ways to increase the fund, as we need $100,000 in order to begin awarding the scholarship itself. ¶ A lot of classmates have traveled to Maine. Janet Lydon O’Sullivan, Lynn Barry Scheff, and Dodie McKeon Franz were at Janet’s home in Hill’s Beach, ME. The “Thirty Toes” did a lot of reminiscing of past times together. ¶ Maryjane Bittman Kenny and husband Larry were in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Their grandson Ryan is off to Bowdoin College. Of course, yours truly, JoAnne Dufort spends 5 1/2 months in York Beach. ¶ Others on summer vacation are Susanne Albanys Giarraputo, for the month of Aug., at Shelter Island, NY. ¶ Sheila Carr Malley was at Cape Cod, Wellesley, MA, as well as NY for her son’s 50th birthday. ¶ Jane DeMarco Wittreich and husband George went to all 3 Scandinavian countries, as well as Finland and Estonia. She said it was novel to have daylight most of the time. The trip sounded fantastic. ¶ Another fantastic trip to Nepal and India was taken by JoAnne Dufort, with whom I spent 2 weeks trekking the Himalayan Mountains, staying in “Tea Houses.” We were 4 women with 2 Sherpas, a guide, and 2 porters. I spent time looking for the Yeti but didn’t find him, but did suffer his revenge. We flew in and out of the worst airport in the world, Lukla. We wanted to get to the base of Mt. Everest but didn’t get there. It was quite a grueling hike but the vistas we saw were well worth it. We also spent a week in Katmandu. The trip to Nepal was for the Deboche

Project, which is for helping Buddhist nuns improve their living quarters. The frosting of this trip was visiting the Taj Mahal, as well as Delhi and Jaipur. ¶ Thoughts and prayers are going to Valerie Jane Ahearn Leger for her husband who had major surgery. He had cancer 10 years ago and was in remission but it did come back. ¶ Nancy Collins Edwards had a knee replacement and is magically recovering. ¶ I heard that Beverly Falcione Marano had a freak accident but is in rehab. ¶ A few of us are still working. Mary Jo Pescatore Cicchetti is teaching a course in Duxbury, MA, for Lifelong Learning. It is called Gabriel Garcia Marquiz, “The Cerantes of South America.” Hope all goes well with her. ¶ S. Ellen Powers, CSJ has a new Ministry. She was looking forward to retirement, but she loves her new ministry. She has been appointed as Regional Director of Saint John Paul 2 Catholic Academy. It has 4 campuses, with a total of 1,250 elementary students, in pre-k, k–1, k–2, grades 1–8. Twenty percent of students are white and the majority are black, Hispanic, and Asian. The tuition is $4,500 with over half receiving financial aid. The actual cost for one child is $6,000. Her new theme song is “Pennies from Heaven.” She says: “at 73 years, a new career has begun! The CSJs don’t retire, we die in the saddle.” Good luck Ellen. ¶ I got a lengthy letter from Ann White Capoccia, who is also still working. She retired from MA Department of Mental Health after 32 years in the Children’s Division. Now she is back working a couple of days a week on a $4 million SAMSHA grant for young adults with mental illness. She has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren, ages, 9, 7, and 5. She has two cottages in Wellfleet on Drummer Cove. She is a Eucharistic Minister and heads up the Justice and Peace Committee with Cass Turner of Sacred Heart. She is looking for Madelon Zeuli Bures, Jane from Nahant, Claire, Ginny, Jane from Tauton. Maybe you can give her a call. She was sorry to have missed the 50th. ¶ Good luck to Connie Barton O’Brien for her recovery, and to anyone else suffering from illnesses.


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and the 65+ in Dec. Go Shelley!!! ¶ Janice Foss Watts told me that about 10 years ago, she took up watercolor painting. Her work is just beautiful— many lighthouses and lovely old barns. She said that when she sells one of her paintings, she donates the money to Anisa Shubita Kreitem, our classmate from Jerusalem, to aid in her work there. Anisa works at Four Homes of Mercy in Bethany, Palestine, where she helps mentally and physically disadvantaged adults and children. ¶ Sheila Dineen Queenan reports that she spends a lot of time volunteering at a family shelter near her home in NH. Sheila and Jim were heading off on a trip to Ireland right after the Reunion. ¶ Mary Margaret Sullivan Brady and her family—all 23 of them— traveled to Ireland on the same plane. The whole family stayed for 2 weeks at their home in Kinvara, relaxing and visiting some of the sights, then Mary and her husband spent another 6 weeks by themselves. Mary reports that everyone made memories that will last a lifetime. ¶ Ann O’Sullivan reports that on July 22, there was a minireunion of classmates at Rye, NH: she joined Louise Brennan Murray, Ann Casey Collins, Judy Machaj Susanin, Sheila Dineen Queenan, Barbara Bye Murdock, Mary Ann Cashen Ruma, and Ann Batterbury Fitzpatrick for a day at the beach!


50th Reunion ✒ Kathleen McCaffrey Ford, 491 Everett Street, Westwood, MA 02090, 781-3268273, ✒ Virginia Flynn Wright, 15 Linden Circle, Weston, MA 02493, 781-891-1374, wright@gmail. com ✒ Joanne Massey Howes, 2719 Woodley Place NW, Washington DC 20008, 202-462-4208, joannehowes@ ¶ I begin this column with

sad news. Jack Curtin, brother of Maryal Curtin Redmond, died in Nov. 2013, and Edward W. (Ted) Pyne, husband of JoAnne Ansaldi Pyne, passed away Feb. 2. We send our condolences. ¶ Barbara Doran Sullivan coordinated a Regis luncheon at the Daniel Webster on April 30. Those present from our class were Gail Hoffman Burke, Deirdre Casey, Carol Connolly Farley, Sheila Tierney Gale, Pamela Grillo Giunta, Andrea DeSimone Hallion, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, Kathleen Henighan, Cynthia Glacken Jellinghaus, Patricia Gaumond Kasierski, Mary Ellen Lavenberg, Carole Groncki McCarthy, Kathleen Frawley Phillips, Sharon Gibbons Reardon, Marie Shatos, Barbara Long Smith, and herself. Guest speaker Mel Lavenberg recounted her courageous journey to the south of Spain last fall to follow the walk of St. James, from Camino to Santiago de Compostela. She completed 310 miles

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in 5 weeks with many exciting stops along the way. She stayed primarily in hostels and had only a 10-pound backpack. Mel’s slides made those present feel they were along for the ride. Many classmates made pledges to Regis, based on the number of miles she completed; over $700 was raised. Mel prepared to return to Spain this fall for a shorter walk. Mel relates how she has been “taken” by the Camino, she finds “the walking a form of meditation... as well as an adventure.” ¶ In June, Andrea Hallion, Anne Marie Healey, Kathy Henighan, and Mel spent several sunny days with Barbara Sullivan at Sagamore Beach, MA. ¶ This summer, Carol Jewell Hunt exhibited 8

loom woven wall hangings at Levitas Cultural Center, Southampton, NY. Carol was delighted to have Mary Louise Howe Gleason attend the July 24 opening! ¶ On Aug. 7, I joined Anne Bartley Bartley-White, Gail Burke, Deirdre Casey, Anne Marie Healey, Anne Heron Healey, Pat Kasierski, Mel Lavenberg, Carol McCarthy, Katherine Moynihan McGovern, Sharon Reardon, Marie Shatos, Barbara Sullivan, Virginia Flynn Wright at the annual Regis Cape Cod Luncheon, held at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. Following the lunch, Anne BartleyWhite and Kathy McGovern stayed with Carol McCarthy at her home in Duxbury for a “mini-reunion.” Anne “graced” Carole’s table with delicious fruit and veggies from her farm. ¶ In Aug., after many months of planning, Sally Daily Buckler and husband Tom were about to start construction of a solar-powered contemporary home on Lake Murray in SC. ¶ Barbara Milner Elwood sends an update from the mountains of NC. Although she loves the altitude and magnificent views, she will not be staying there again in the winter; she finds it very bleak and cold and too expensive to stay warm. She is looking to rent a condo for several months in West Palm Beach, FL, particularly in City Place. She would love to hear from you if you know of any rentals. ¶ Maryal Redmond writes from RI that she enjoyed hosting an exchange student from Lyons, France for the year. Her husband, Frank, is still teaching deaf students; he is contemplating retiring at the end of the school year. They babysit their grandchildren 2 days a week. ¶ Ginny Wright was eagerly awaiting the birth of her 11th grandchild in the fall and looking forward to the marriage of her youngest son in April. ¶ In Oct., Deirdre Casey expected to drive from the Cape to Montreal. Here she would board a cruise ship that would take her to Portland, ME. ¶ In the fall, Anne Marie Healey and Kathy Henighan were once again traveling together. This time, it was a month’s expedition to Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar. ¶ As you know, our 50th Reunion is scheduled for May 15–17, 2015. Ginny Wright is putting together a CD of all our pictures for the Reunion. Please email a digital scan as an attachment of your Regis pictures and post-Regis pictures of you, your family, and Regis friends to Ginny at There is much enthusiasm for “kicking off” our 50th at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Naples, FL, on March 14, 2015. In Aug., Carole McCarthy noted that 10 members of the Class of 1965 had already signed up to ride on the Regis trolley in the parade! On March 15, there will be a Regis Mass and Brunch

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class at the Naples Beach Club. Hope you will be there!


✒ Betsy Burns Griffin, 38 Pine Lane,

Framingham, MA 01701, 508-877-8826, ¶ Happy

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✒ Carolyn Sammartino Moran, P.O.

Box 43, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, 508-6960931, 617-921-5759, cmoran6@comcast. net ¶ Condolences of the class to Frances X. Hogan on the death of her

brother, Dr. Joseph C. Hogan Jr., on May 22. His children include Regis ’94 grads and twins Rebecca Hogan Weiler and Rachel Hogan. As so often occurs in our journeys, Fran experienced this sadness just days after a very happy

event. She was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at Assumption College in Worcester on May 17. President Francesco C. Cesareo, PhD presented a Doctorate of Laws and Letters to Fran for her work as a humanitarian. He said that she embodies the values of a Catholic liberal arts education, intertwining her personal and professional lives. He stated: “Frances understands that the aim of education is to form virtuous citizens who will become advocates for the common good. Not only has she demonstrated this in her efforts to create affordable housing, but also in her work as a tireless voice in the promotion and protection of human life and the underserved.” She encouraged the graduates to make a difference by becoming involved in the world they are entering. Her words reflect what so many of you have done in your own lives since our graduation almost 50 years ago. ¶ The Honorable Marianne B. Bowler, US District Court Magistrate Judge, was reappointed to her present position. Congratulations, Mimi! ¶ Rosemarie Melloni Dittmer and Myron celebrated the marriage of their son, Thomas, to Lindsay Nogash in Oct. 2013. ¶ Ellen Collier Szecsy has lived in TX for 33 years and loves it, especially its Spurs champions. She taught math in middle school and then was promoted to be the school district’s math coordinator for elementary, middle, and high schools. Upon retirement, she worked for Exemplars Co., out of VT, traveling the country as a professional development consultant. She and Richard have 3 children: Katie and hubby in Seattle, Richard and family in Dallas, and Sandi and family in San Antonio. Twin grandsons are 11, and granddaughter Sydney is 17. Sydney is looking forward to entering the Naval Academy after graduation. Ellen continues to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Quilting for Kids, and knitting for the local preemie unit. ¶ Susan Lang Abbott is in a new position with the Archdiocese of Boston, Coordinator of Parish Outreach. You may read her column in The Pilot. Son John, his wife, and sons Joseph and Michael visited from Hollywood, CA, joining Susan’s 3 daughters and 6 other grandchildren for family fun. Susan recently met Peggy Friel Sittig at a summer gathering in West Roxbury, where they both live. ¶ Peggy was remembered by S. Rosenda Gill, retired French teacher, when Fran Hogan saw her at Bethany, Framingham during a visit with 50th Reunion classmates from Mt. St. Joseph Academy. Sister Rosenda spoke to Fran in French, perhaps not remembering that Fran had studied German! ¶ Frances Waht Lewis and Scott sold their Essex Junction, VT, home and

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holidays. I write this months ahead, and picture halls being decked. If this column is published in time, Joanna Rapp Holden invites all to a luncheon Dec. 2 at 106 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT. Call 203-397-8097 for details. ¶ Ann Bernson (in Honolulu) had double hip replacements last spring and recovered so well with some help from Mary McAuliffe that they got together with Nancy Greene Barry and Susan Hennessey Kobayashi at Susan’s home near Kona on “the Big Island.” Nancy is consulting on fundraising for two non-profits in Honolulu part time. Andrea Owens Shagory retired from teaching last May and is living in Framingham, MA, and “loving the freedom.” ¶ I visited Libby Chamberlain Houlihan and husband George in Bluffton, SC, in April. You won’t be surprised to hear Libby is organizing discussion groups in her new neighborhood. Joanna Holden also visited the Houlihans in June. ¶ Eileen McCann Wickam visited Ireland last summer. ¶ In July, I sailed the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam, great trip aside from the killer cobblestones. ¶ Eileen Gaquin Kelly welcomed granddaughter Ruby Grace, born in Austin, TX. ¶ In attendance at the Regis Cape Cod luncheon at the Coonamessett Inn in Aug. were Eileen Kelly, Nancy Mytkowicz Sullivan, Marcia Mawhinney Timilty, Lida McMahon Harkins, Mary Jo Mead Zaccardi, and Mary Lou Scanlon. ¶ Also in Aug., our annual class of ‘66 Cape pot luck lunch, held this year at Connie Alexander Giorgio’s home in Harwich, included Mary Lou Collins, Joan O’Leary Foley, Sherrin O’Brien Langler, Sister Ann Christine (‘66 Framingham Campus), Elaine Falcione Wallace, Susan Clark Cronin, Eileen Kelly, Andrea Shagory, Eleanor McCarthy Bouvier, Beth Healey Kossuth, Jane Cronin Tedder, Jill Gilooly Reich, Mary McAuliffe, Kathy Bailey, Joanna Holden, Nancy Barry, and me. ¶ Beth traveled to Italy with friends this fall. ¶ Connie Giorgio went to Bahrain this fall to visit her daughter and family. ¶ Susan Cronin travels to Abu Dhabi this winter to see her daughter and family, there for three years. ¶ Regis has produced an archive video about the Lay Apostolate available on YouTube, a must-see for all former Lay Apostles. Just type “Regis College Lay Apostolate” into the YouTube subject line. ¶ Next, public service announcements: Connie Giorgio is a founding member of

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, organized by fellow Cape-Codder Linda Alhart after the Sandy Hook tragedy on 12/14/2012. These women, whose motto is “Common sense, common ground,” gather at the Hyannis rotary on the 14th of every month holding placards that say, “We Support the 2nd Amendment, but We Do Not Support Gun Violence.” The organization, now national, has spread to Kansas City and Phoenix. ¶ Over the past 9 months I’ve become part of a coalition of volunteers helping homeless families living in an older motel in my area. Churches and service organizations donate goods not available with food stamps, and volunteers tutor ESL, distribute donated seasonal clothing, provide rides to appointments, laundromats, supermarkets, food pantries for 60 families in “emergency shelter,” all with young children, some there over a year. The crisis in homelessness among young families is widespread; if you are looking for challenging work with great rewards, ask around. ¶ As we all turn 70 in 2014, here is some birthday news from classmates: Joan Foley was taken to Las Vegas by her daughter and a friend; Connie Giorgio had her eyebrows tattooed (!) and received a kayak from her children; Susan Cronin was surprised with a party by her husband; Kathy Bailey’s 70th birthday party was attended by 70 women, all of whom contributed to the library account of the Goodyear Elementary School where Kathy volunteers; Mary McAuliffe was in Buenos Aires for her celebration; Elaine Wallace’s whole family was together in FL for her birthday. Did you celebrate your threescore-and-ten in a special way? Let me know for the next column! As you may know, Donna Page Sytek received an honorary doctorate from Regis at Commencement in May, where she was the featured speaker. As we sat on Connie’s deck in Aug., trying to recall our own commencement (hot and humid, delayed by a thunderstorm, no flip-flops allowed, and Carl Rowan of the U.N. was the speaker), Eleanor Bouvier referred to the process as “the patchwork quilt of old age.” Memories come in bits and pieces, but the quilt is still lovely.


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are now living in their expanded Eastham home. Daughter Amanda and family visited from Brittany, France, and were joined by son Jonathan and his family and son Nathaniel. Patti McCurry Morley and Don spend time in Cape Neddick, ME, and are anticipating an Aug. visit from Anna Cavanaugh Prentiss. ¶ Mim Riley Flecca and Tony also spend time with family in Maine at Kennebunk Beach. ¶ Rachel Gustina Shea is busy after retirement from teaching at Arlington Catholic and is now working assisting an elderly woman in Everett. She says that the woman is appreciative and a pleasure to help. ¶ Marlene Gibbons Wilkey came from Sandwich, Paula Dempsey Beauregard from Harwich, and I from Oak Bluffs to attend the Regis summer luncheon at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. A current student from Afghanistan spoke, and we also saw a film about the Regis program in Haiti, both very inspiring. The Haiti program received support from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. One alumna at the luncheon likened it to teaching a person to fish rather than just giving him a fish; a good analogy because the program trains nurses to instruct other nurses in Haiti. ¶ On a personal note, the summer has been busy on Martha’s Vineyard, and made special by visits from our daughters and grandchildren. Eva visited from Genoa with grandchildren Giulio and Sophia; a nice time was had by all. ¶ Email Mim Riley Flecca at or Ellen Kearns at ekearns@constangy. com with your ideas for our 50th, coming up soon. Let them know if you want to be added to the email list for our monthly supper gatherings at the Chateau, Waltham. A suggestion has been made that we plan a fall weekday lunch maybe at Regis so that those driving distance could make a one-day trip to join us. What do you think?


✒ Patricia N. Cross, 161 Oak Common

Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 904823-1394, ¶

Thanks to those of you who responded to my plea for news. I was especially delighted to hear from some “new” contributors… ¶ Sheila Brown Healy lives in Stoddard, NH and Newburyport, MA. Married to Herb 46 years, and they have 2 sons Timothy, CEO and founder of Boston-based ENERNOC, and Scott, former director of Downtown Green Special Services District in New Haven, CT, now living and working in Chicago in business consulting. They have 5 grandchildren ranging from 14 down to 3. She retired 10 years ago and Herb retired and went to work for ENERNOC. She still sees Mary Reilly Potter, who lives in Kittery, ME, and

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Venice, FL. Ruth Crotty Little, Jane Hyde Hawkes, Maryjane Macewicz Fernino, Lucy Doyle Previte, Polly Conlon, Paula Sudol Lowe, Michelle Goddard Bongiorno, and Sheila met

for lunch. “We are still Regis Girls at heart! Regis will always have a special place in my heart and my friendships will last a lifetime.” ¶ Mary Reilly Potter went to her 50th reunion in Maine on Aug. 2 and reconnected with some classmates. The committee asked her to read a class ode she had written as a senior. “I was happy to see that I hadn’t made any grammatical errors as I would have had to turn in my high school English teacher badge! Hard to believe our 50th Regis Reunion is a mere five years away. How did that happen?” ¶ Alice Murray Fay has been living in the “Wild West of Oregon” since 1973, happily married to Dick since 1976, has 3 wonderful (“grownup and employed, yah!”) children and 2 granddaughters. Since retiring from Portland Public Schools Special Ed 6 years ago, she keeps busy with “family, book clubs, and volunteering with Meals on Wheels, the Red Cross, and the local Senior Center. I also spend much time trying to reform the Catholic Church.” ¶ Rita Famiglietti Lash writes that Carol Hogan Ford and husband Bob welcomed their 3rd granddaughter, Anastasia Lily, in June. Their son (and Rita’s godson), Michael, and wife, Maggie, live in London with their new baby and daughter Isabella. Carol and Bob’s daughter Kelly and husband Brad live in IL with their daughter, Sophia, and Carol is enjoying the frequent trips to visit all of them. ¶ Rita also said that Grace Previte Meo and Peter have both of their daughters nearby; Christina, her husband, Jamie, and their daughters Ella and Sabrina recently bought a house in Lynnfield and Jessica and her husband, Connor, live in South Hamilton with their children, Ryan and Gabriella. ¶ Rita and David are still living in Wayland, and she is still working full-time at Tufts Health Plan. “After 17 years in Member Services, I moved to the ‘other side’ and now work with providers. Our older son, Stephen, and his wife, Heather, live in Conchohocken, PA where Heather has a chiropractic practice, “Beyond Chiropractic.” Anyone in that area in need of her services should definitely contact her. Stephen works for VideoRay, a company that makes underwater robots! Not bad for a boy who loved Legos growing up, and is working towards his PhD. Our younger son, Christopher, is in DC and involved in a not-for-profit school. I had dinner with Jo Sullivan recently and we talked about weddings since she shares ‘mother of the groom’ status with me! I frequently see Grace Previte Meo and Carol Hogan Ford as we continue to

celebrate weddings, new grandbabies (none for me yet), and other life experiences. We enjoyed seeing Nancy Wilson Irwin in the fall during a ‘girls weekend’ of high school friends. Grace and I saw Gail Gawlinski McGuinness who was in town over the Christmas holiday to visit her family. She is the Executive Vice President of the American Association of Pediatrics and looks fabulous. ¶ Adirenne Buuk Butler says, “All is quiet here in the steamy Okefenokee Swamp.” She and John spent 2 weeks in Alaska, with Road Scholar, a group we have traveled with many times. They are both retired from practice and enjoy volunteering, exercise class, traveling, gardening, and spoiling their grandchildren.” I enjoy hearing about Regis classmates, and certainly hope to make the 50th Reunion, the good Lord willing.” ¶ Barbara Bouchard Haggerty writes that she had dinner with Dawn Marie Driscoll in FL in Jan.; talked to Tish Brush Petske recently; and had dinner with Kathy McFarland Kelly in FL and on the Cape. She and her husband travel to Oahu often to visit son Mark and his family, including their 3-year-old granddaughter. They also spend time with son Eric and his family. They have one daughter, 2. Her Classical High School (Providence, RI) 50th reunion was great! ¶ Tim and Maryanne Skeiber Burtman spent a week at the Cape with daughter Nicole, husband Jason, and her 3 grandchildren. Maryanne took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! ¶ Ellen Grimes Aamodt writes: “Bill Lauch, husband of Judy Murphy Lauch, inspired me to volunteer for Boston By Foot. I am now a certified guide for the Heart of the Freedom Trail and enjoying it very much.” ¶ Mimi McDonald Concannon works with families doing educational consultation and advocacy after retiring from teaching. She and Bill spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Italy attending a wedding in Amalfi. ¶ Burt and I are enjoying St. Augustine and always pleased to have family and friends here to visit. I am still working part-time and hoping to get back to my tennis group after knee replacement. We were thrilled to welcome our newest granddaughter, Fiona Patricia Harris, on St. Patrick’s Day. That makes 14 for us. She is the 4th child and 1st girl for my youngest daughter, Casey, and husband Peter. Casey teaches in Middleton and Peter at the Landmark School in Manchester. They live in Topsfield with three adorable and rambunctious boys, a golden retriever, and now the lovely Fiona! I forget how to do that but they seem to be managing just fine! ¶ Judy Murphy Lauch completed 8 years on the Regis College Board of Trustees in June. Judy has been an enthusiastic supporter of the College since graduation and her significant efforts on

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✒ Linda Garstka Daigneault, 300

Forker Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146, 724-342-5306, ¶

Smiling faces, easy laughter, a good time was had by all. If you were there, you know what I’m talking about. If you weren’t, you missed a good time. Thanks to the Alumni Relations office and Mary Beth Stanton Cotter and the team for a great Reunion. I’m sure you all received the photo of the smiling faces of many of our classmates at the Reunion (more came but had left by the time the photo was taken). Friday night was rainy but Saturday was sunny and beautiful. I was able to meet up with my friends Cheryl Cooper Costello and Claire Hartwig Gradone. We enjoyed reminiscing and looking at old pictures while our husbands talked golf and sports. Nancy Mozzicato Allison and I had a good laugh remembering Dr. Covo’s English literature classes and her utter amazement that we had no idea about the symbolism in To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. The luncheon was packed (as usual) with celebrating classes. Some were represented

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by many and some by only a few members. There was even one lady celebrating her class’ 75th reunion! WOW! The reunion booklet came out well. Not as thick as we had hoped but fun to read. Thank you to all who sent in their info. Let’s make this an annual reunion project and get more participation for the 50th (start planning now). If you did not receive a booklet and want one, contact me or Regina Garland ( to get a copy. Some highlights from the booklet: Toni Ames continues to teach special-needs children after 20 years and is still smiling. Karen Buckley Gelineau has recently retired and is enjoying traveling with her husband. She and Kathie Brown, Ruthann Iovanni Bates, Noreen McKinnon, Mary Finn Vodoklys and, recently, Jean Billigham spend a long weekend together to catch up every year or so. Sheila Canavan lives in Moab, UT with her husband, Mike Chandler, and is a consumer lawyer on behalf of elderly victims. She and her husband are producing and directing a documentary on Barney Frank. I will try to add some highlights from the reunion booklet to my future reports. ¶ My husband, Ted, and I got together with Cindy (Cynthia) FitzGerald Sullivan and her husband, Dennis, over Memorial Day weekend in Portsmouth, RI. We spent all weekend catching up on family, travels and the last 40 years. We hope to make it an annual mini-reunion. ¶ Nancy Mozzicato Allison says “What a great reunion. Thanks to all who organized the event. Because Kathy Carrellas Donnelly missed the festivities, Patty Lucas, Leigh Alogna Duff and Nancy Mozzicato Allison met Kathy for a mini-reunion and lunch in Portsmouth, RI. It was great to catch up and we hope to get together again before the 50th.”


45th Reunion ✒ Nora Quinlan Waystack, 126 Merrimac

Street #50, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978-314-4416, ¶

Hello classmates, so glad to hear from several of you for the first time since our last Reunion. As you know, our 45th is coming up on the weekend of May 15–17, 2015. So mark your calendars! ¶ Barbara Fiorda sent in an update on a group of four Regis friends who come together regularly to celebrate their friendship and memories established at Regis. Amy Lind Corbett still loves her job at the FAA and has a new granddaughter, Lydia, who joins her brother, Lucas. Kathy Cosgrove Bennetto retired from teaching and splits her time between Clinton and Old Saybrook, CT and enjoys spending time with Cailan and Braedan, her grandchildren. Peggy

Brennan Worster and husband John live in Houston. They have 4 sons and 4 grandchildren. They are active golfers and Peggy continues to enjoy gardening. After years in non-profit management, Barbara returned to school in 2011 and became a paralegal. She lives and works in MA. They are all looking forward to the upcoming 45th Reunion and renewing old college friendships. ¶ I heard from Corinne Cote. She married a widowed internist/physiatrist with whom she worked for over 30 years. Her husband Richard was the medical director of a number of rehabilitation departments throughout southeastern Massachusetts. She assisted him in the running of the departments and also in performing electrodiagnostic studies. Her husband passed away 11 years ago. Corinne now lives in Marston Mills, MA with her youngest brother. She keeps busy with reading, taking care of her “darling dog,” and cooking up a storm. ¶ Trudy Brown Clark retired after almost 22 years from National Education Association Member Benefits. This, following 20 years of teaching in Virginia as an Associate Executive Director for the Palm Beach County Classroom Teacher Association. Now Trudy is occupied updating and renovating the house, spending time with family, working on the gubernatorial election, and planning to cruise in Jan. ¶ Joanne Berry continues as a real estate broker with Hammond Residential in Weston Center (of all places!) She has been selling houses for over 30 years, and has earned the title of Senior Associate, not because of gray hair, but because of the volume of sales she has made in the Weston/Wayland/Wellesley area and beyond. Joanne has 2 sons. David works for a Seattle private equity firm and has a three-year-old son. John is a teacher in the Wayland Public School system. Joanne’s husband, Dennis, continues to work at the National Fire Protection Association in their legal department. He also serves as Town Meeting Moderator. Joanne is a Lifetime Overseer at NewtonWellesley Hospital where Joan Archer serves as President of the hospital’s Charitable Foundation. Joanne is also a member of the Boston College Council for Women and the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band where she plays the French horn. Joanne Berry noted that her husband is a track official and spends much time the great new Regis track facility. ¶ Joanne heard from Robin Delaney. Robin is President and Founder of Greenleaf Financial Strategies, an investment and retirement planning firm in Tampa, FL. She founded the company in 2002. ¶ My roommate, Patty Hanifey now has 4 grandchildren.

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behalf of Regis have contributed to the College’s recent success. ¶ Jo Sullivan is feeling retired because she has had time this year to visit friends. She went to Sarasota, DC (first time seeing cherry blossoms), and Raleigh, NC. Friends also visited her from Tanzania and Cape Town. “Two Peace Corps/ Liberia friends were here this month from Utah. We had not seen them in 30 years.” During Aug. and Sept., she and her 2 best friends from high school and I are going to Italy for 3 weeks to visit the woman who was an exchange student at their high school. She and Clare Doyle Hayes have got together a couple of times since the Regis Reunion and will both be at their 50th high school reunion in Sept. There were 4 from Fenwick in our class at Regis: Clare and Jo, Francine Leary Anderson, and the late Jane Landers. Clare’s late husband, Steve Hayes, was also a member of her high school class. Maria Cole was the first new classmate she met. “I believe that you, Tricia, may have been the second person. Didn’t we meet at a get together of freshmen/junior sisters 50 years ago this summer? Happy fall!” ¶ Kate Korzendorfer, daughter of our beloved friend and classmate the late Pat Gross Korzendorfer, was elected to the Regis Board of Trustees. You can read her bio in the Tower Views section of this magazine. Trustee Judy Murphy Lauch nominated Kate for this prestigious role and we congratulate Kate on her appointment. No doubt Pat would be justly proud and so are we! That’s all for now. Best to everyone.


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Son Graham Boardman and wife, Sarah, recently had their 1st child, Penny Annette Boardman. Patty’s daughter, Megan, has 3 children. ¶ My husband, Peter and I took a 16-day trip of a lifetime throughout Italy last June. I find it hard to stray far from my Italian heritage! I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Reunion. After all, how many opportunities do we get to attend a 45th college reunion! Ciao.


✒ Connie Castelline, Class President, 53 Whitman Road, Waltham, MA 02453 or ✒ Patricia Funder, 25 Sawmill Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-746-5684,

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¶ Our condolences and prayers are offered to Anne Marie Roach Mooney and family upon the sudden death of Anne Marie’s husband John “Jack” Mooney in July this year. Messages of condolences can be sent to Anne Marie at or at Leonard Florence Center for the Living, Gann Building Room #607, Chelsea, MA 02150. May God bless and comfort the Mooney family during this sad time. ¶ For those of you who did not know, I sadly announce that our classmate Joan Hallisey passed away in Jan. 2013. Any messages of condolences may be sent to her sister, Mary McNamara, 46 Mayflower Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Joan was remembered at the annual Memorial Liturgy in the Regis College Hall Chapel last fall. May she rejoice in God’s presence. ¶ Regis College Cape Cod alumnae gathered together this July for a lovely afternoon of wine tasting and a tour of the First Crush Winery in Harwich. Connie McElroy Castelline and Janet Baran Levesque were delighted to see each there, and they and their husbands had a fun time sampling different wines while learning about the workings of a winery. The weather on the Cape was beautiful, and the company and the wine were excellent. Connie is very pleased to announce that her son, Anthony, was married this year, and that she and her family are thrilled to welcome her new daughter-in-law Rebecca to their family. Mary Ann Biasi Fitzpatrick is now the proud grandmother of 3 grandsons named Nathan, 6, Nolan, 3, and Nicholas, 3 months. Mary Ann is a retired elementary teacher and is enjoying spending time with her grandsons. Connie attended the Cape Cod Luncheon on Aug. 7 at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. She represented the Class of 1971 and shared a table with Christina Murphy ‘72 and Barbara Murphy ‘68. Connie encourages her classmates to check out all the interesting updates of Regis

programs and the new renovations for the campus.


✒ Mary Lou Wenthe, 8485 Berkeley

Street, Honeoye, NY 14471508-2297061, Cornhill ✒ Susan Schissel Fogerty, 113 Central Street, Byfield, MA 01922, 978-4628647, ¶ Fairlie Dalton had some great news. On

Feb. 19, 2014, she was sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick as a judge of the Massachusetts Housing Court, Northeast Division. She had practiced housing law in the northeast area since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1983. For the previous 8 years Fairlie had worked at the court in the clerk-magistrate’s office. Fairlie and her husband, Francis Walsh, live in Melrose. Congratulations Fairlie! ¶ Maureen O’Malley Kelly has some good news as well. She said her career will come full circle this fall. After having just completed a year-long sabbatical, she will return to teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, beginning her 28th year of service at the college. Mo began her teaching career in the Brockton Public Schools and also taught visual art in the Chelsea and Weymouth Public Schools. Subsequently, she served as an art therapist for children and youth placed in hospital and residential care. She is a Professor of Art Education but over the course of her career at the college she has also served as Chair of the Art Education Department and most recently as the college’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. Congratulations on your sabbatical and enjoy your return to the classroom. Maureen and her husband, Jerry, live in Scituate. Their 3 children are daughter Julia, and twin sons, Max and Nathaniel. She also serves on the board of the Walker Home and School in Needham, MA. ¶ Maureen also told Mary Lou of the recent gettogether she had with some of our other classmates. On Sunday, Aug. 3, Mo met up with Mary Ann Thompson Razook, Jane Thompson Doyle, Mary Lou Randall, Kathy Markt Haddad and Rita Kennedy Burke. They met for about 10 hours, but time always flies and they were reluctant to part. They sorely missed Meg Basler Carey Baxter and Lesley Hyland Bennett due to unexpected family and friend illnesses. A recurring topic of the day was upcoming weddings of adult children Mary Ann, Jane x2, Kathy and Rita all had weddings in the planning stages. And Mo states, the spouses all enjoyed themselves too, as usual. ¶ Meg Baxter served for many years as the CEO of the Maine United Way.

Currently, she holds a senior leadership position with the George Mitchell Foundation. Her work has been rigorous and quite interesting. ¶ Speaking of upcoming weddings, Susan Schissel Fogerty, is in the final planning for her daughter Laura’s wedding on Sept. 20. “Almost everything is set and now we are just hoping for a beautiful day.”


✒ Grace Murphy, 6 Colony Road,

Lexington, MA 02420, Grace.Murphy@ ¶ Thirty-three of us came

together on Reunion Weekend to celebrate 40 years as Regis alumnae. It was great to see and hear of the many exciting things happening on campus and in each others’ lives. We had our own event on Friday night at the Library and the rest of the weekend was dominated by the Alumni Luncheon on Saturday and dinner under the tent on Saturday night. Jody Bayer Michaels and Sandi Krulicki Fitzpatrick carried the banner for our class during the Parade of Classes. Jody and Kate Conway personalized it for everyone by giving out angels (Jody) and Peace sign necklaces (Kate). President Joanne Crowley conducted our class meeting after the luncheon and was unanimously elected to serve another 5 years! Jane Connerton is now Vice President and Diane Salvatore Comforti volunteered to set up a Facebook page for our class. Be sure to check it out as there are many pictures posted! Jody Bayer Michaels and Jane Connerton volunteered to update the class contact info so please send them any changes to your phone, e-mail or address (jodybear60@hotmail. com or Much of the talk centered around children and now grandchildren. Many of us are still working but retirement was also a hot topic. ¶ Here is some of the chatter I picked up on Saturday night: Jane Connerton is living and working in RI after working for Chase Bank in St. Thomas for 10 years. After living in St. Thomas and visiting many of the Caribbean islands, her favorite is now St. Maarten, which she now frequents and where she owns several timeshares. ¶ Patty Cotter Allshouse is living in Maryland and has 4 children. She is currently working for her parish, where she started as a volunteer and it evolved into a full-time position. Joanne tells me we have Patty to thank for the great postcard that we all received following Reunion! ¶ Judy Bolger Ruhlig is now living in Florida after having lived in several places. She lived in Chicago for 10 years and has two children (22 and 24). ¶ Jo-Ann Messina Stadelmann retired once from teaching but went back to it after 2–3 years. ¶ Debbie Mann-MacDonald is

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Take a 9-day, 7-night trip to Ireland with other Regis Alumni

Join Regis College alumni and friends for a 9-day, 7-night trip to Ireland with President Antoinette “Toni” Hays from July 17–25, 2015. Visit Limerick, Killarney, Waterford, and Dublin. The trip includes airfare, a complete sightseeing package with expert tour guides, a full Irish breakfast each morning, and dinner each evening. Guests will be accompanied by Regis College Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy and Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement Christina Duggan. Father Paul will celebrate Masses for Regis guests in Killarney and Dublin. FOR FULL ITINERARY AND COST INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT

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also retired from the Haverhill school system where she taught and later worked in administration. She also went back to work for a while but now tutors students for the MCAS exams— a topic in which she is one of the most knowledgeable people in the state. ¶ Fran Perrone Smith is now living in Las Vegas and enjoying the dry climate after years of New England weather. ¶ Kathy Mullins-Mogayzel is still producing amazing art and living in Scituate. ¶ Mary Fecteau Shasta retired many years ago from her job in banking but now does charity work and travels frequently with her husband. ¶ Mary Jane Heins Vaillancourt gave up her dentistry practice years ago and now works with the military in Newport, RI. ¶ Kathy Mason Podoski has one grandson whom she dotes on. Her daughter and one son are married. She has another son as well. She is still working as an Office Manager in Boston. ¶ Diane Salvatore Comforti is still making the long commute from Fairfield, CT to Tarrytown, NY, every day for her job at Oracle, where she has worked for the last 20 years. ¶ Mary Anne Walsh Lewis sold her company about 10 years ago but still works for the new company, managing construction workers. She hosted Nancy Boyd Lennon and Joanne Crowley for a visit to her beach house in Delaware this summer. ¶ Kate Conway is a professor of English at Wheaton College. ¶ Denise Travers is enjoying her second career as a nurse after retiring from the Air Force. ¶ Nancy Boyd Lennon is living on the Cape and working at the Cape Cod Times. Her son is in the Army and preparing for a posting in Germany. ¶ Jody Bayer Michaels is living in Clifton Park, NY and working for the State of New York. Her daughter and son-in-law live close by and they see each other frequently. ¶ Cheryl McMahon-Fraser is living in Marblehead and enjoying a career in theatre. ¶ Liz-Kurkjian-Henry is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild, whom they have already named Rosie. ¶ Lisa Driscoll Tuite is busy planning her daughter’s wedding. Congratulations to Lisa for sharing in the Pulitzer Prize won by the Boston Globe for their coverage of the Marathon bombing. ¶ Mary Chamberland is an epidemiologist consulting on infectious diseases for the CDC and the WHO, after retiring from the CDC years ago. She and Denise Travers urged all of us to get the Shingles vaccine! ¶ Robin Parker Brissette is living in Boylston and teaching. ¶ Helene Moreau is living in ME and teaching. ¶ Mary Byram also lives in ME, where she is working as an artist and has her own art gallery. ¶ Jan Hannon lives in Weston and works at a private kindergarten. ¶ Sandi Krulicki Fitzpatrick is still working but

enjoys spending time in Hilton Head, SC, and Hawaii, where she and Neal own timeshares. ¶ Marie Driscoll Hanlon is living in Hingham and working as a realtor, after retiring from teaching several years ago. ¶ I apologize if I did not get all the facts straight but the music was loud in that tent! Several other classmates attended Friday night’s event, and I’m told there was some impromptu fundraising and that got us a shout-out from President Toni Hays at the luncheon. ¶ Lois Tartaglia McGill and Betsy Dorn Snow joined a number of classmates at the Cape Cod Luncheon in Aug. Lois still lives in CT but summers on the Cape in Orleans. Betsy lives in Yarmouthport, although soon to move to Portsmouth, NH.


✒ Karen Driscoll Montague, 9 Erwin

Road, Wayland, MA 01778, 508-358-5130 ¶ Save the dates: Julie O’Connor McGinn has offered to

host a 60th birthday bash for our class at her home in Peabody next June, the weekend of June 12–14. Julie is now officially an empty-nester. Her youngest daughter, Nora, graduated in May from Knox College and after spending a month in Europe with sister Bridget and aunts Claire and Ellen O’Connor (both Regis grads), has joined City Year in LA. ¶ Also living in LA is Chris Rogers, son of Jan Gleason Rogers. Chris was married last Oct. in RI. He is the co-creator and writer of the new AMC hit show, “Halt & Catch Fire.” Jan went to the premiere and actually walked the red carpet. ¶ In early summer, Jan was in New England for a wake and was reacquainted with Marie “ReRe” Segadelli Ferri. Marie is a marriage therapist and lives in North Falmouth. ¶ Jane Lenox Leary recently bumped into Mary Philbin who is living in Western MA. ¶ Also in Western MA, is Marion Quinn Jowett who works for the Williamstown Council on Aging. Husband Jake has recently retired and son Christopher lives and works in NYC. ¶ Congratulations to Anita Brennan on being named a Regis Trustee. ¶ Thank you to Jan Rutkowski who works at Regis in the IT Department and has been updating our class Facebook page with pictures of the major changes underway on campus. Regis will look very different at our next Reunion! ¶ Susan Anderson Stirrat has moved to New Jersey with husband Reno to be closer to his mother who is ill. Her daughter Meghan recently received her master’s degree in Counseling from the CA Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Susan and Reno are passionate runners and train 365 days of the year. Susan has been running for 39 years and is in amazing shape. ¶

Kathy Cove Curley’s daughter Caroline, who was married last year, has bought a house in Wellesley. Daughter Anne is in college and Stephen is getting his master’s degree in music at BU. ¶ Elizabeth Mazeiko Abdulla has been very busy as a Pease Greeter at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth NH. She lives in nearby Salem, NH, and is part of an organization that greets and celebrates the return of Military when they return home from their deployment. The Pease Greeters also knit hats for the troops to wear under their helmets. Betty alone has knit over 150 hats and is proud to be a part of this very special organization. ¶ Sharon Lally Doliber who lives in Marblehead, works for Commonwealth Care Alliance, Senior Care Options. Connor, her youngest, just graduated with an Associates Degree and is pursuing a teaching degree at Salem State. Sharon is now living with and taking care of her mother who has dementia. ¶ Anne Marie Hurley Darling, another empty-nester, has started practicing law again, mediating and coaching around conflict resolution. Her husband Mark is also a lawyer with a practice in Worcester. They live in Oxford. Her oldest son Michael is married and is a lawyer living in Portsmouth, NH. Her daughter Alanna just finished her first year of medical school at Brown and was married in June on Peaks Island in Maine. Alanna’s husband is a teacher at Beaver County Day in Chestnut Hill. Anne Marie’s youngest son Matthew is a High School English teacher in Chicopee. ¶ Pam Witt Wadzita posted on Facebook that Jill Cislaghi’s Friends of Mine album is going for $200 on Ebay! ¶ Please join the Regis College Class of 77 group on Facebook if you aren’t already on it. ¶ My daughter AiLi starts 4th grade in the fall. She’s a good little athlete and passionate about swimming. Her swim team, the Wayland Jr. Warriors, won in their division this summer. At the post championship party, I noticed a woman who looked very familiar taking pictures of the coach with the kids. I couldn’t place her until she left the pool and then realized it was Toni Hays, President of Regis. I asked the coach how he knew her and he said she was his mother. Small world. Please email me with news for the next edition.


✒ Debbie Southworth Howard,

12315 Winston Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50323, 515-619-9258, deboo813@ ✒ Janet Mills-Knudsen, 12B Lawrence Street, Woburn, MA 01801, 781-491-0698,

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class included Claudia Pelosi Cuddy, Dao Dang, Chris Crowley Delosh, Lori Seccareccio DeMartin, Ann Regan Flynn, Roberta Fox, Daphne Cunliffe Green, Janice Kao, Deborah Flaherty Kizer, Ann Harrington Lagasse, Marie Sannicandro Linden, Loretta Salvucci McClary, Jeanne McGillicuddy, Cathy O’Halloran McManama, Janet MillsKnudsen, Rosemary Noon, Cheryl Rodgers, Margo Melville Steen, and Audrey Edmonds Stone. We were


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✒ Judith Allonby, 7 Rockland Park, Apt. 2, Malden, MA 02148, 781-3247735, ✒ Marie O’Malley, 1 Green Street, Milton, MA 02186, 617-333-0740, omalley_marie@ ¶ Greetings to all. Very

sad news to begin this edition of class notes, our classmate Brenda Hiscock Westcott passed away on March 20. Brenda lived in Taunton and had worked as a substitute teacher and a librarian at Ciba-Corning. Brenda leaves her husband, Paul, sons Michael and Gavin, and daughter Gillian. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda’s family. ¶ In happier news, Maria Walden Labonte’s daughter, Sara, entered Regis as a freshman this fall and Maria is very happy for her but missing having both her girls at home. She’s keeping herself occupied with her 9-year-old stepson. ¶ Jo-Ann Bafaro recently adopted a new rescue puppy Bentley and he makes her very happy. Last April, Jo-Ann received her 50 year pin for 50 years of involvement with

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✒ Susan Clancy Kennedy, 40 Bowditch

Road, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-4604601 ¶

Hello all. I hope everyone had a great summer. It was great to hear from so many classmates! ¶ Some of you may know that I am now the Director of Career Services here at Regis. In the 2 years that I have been here, we have been able to make significant increases to our placement numbers. Yes, that is a hint. You can easily post jobs and/or internships with me. ¶ I recently saw Ann Dowd Goodhue at her daughter Elise’s graduation party from BC. Congratulations to Elise! ¶ It was great seeing Joanne Lynch Schamberg at the party, though I see her fairly frequently as she and Donna Ribaudo Schow are members of the Regis Alumni Board. Donna’s daughter, Sarah, just graduated from Regis with a degree in nursing. Congratulations, Sarah! ¶ I heard from Sue Flynn Charochak that after 10 years as principal at an elementary school in Beverly, she has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent. She and her husband, Doug, have three kids: Katie is a teacher in Everett, Mike is a CPA at Ernst and Young and Kara is in her second year with City Year. ¶ Charlotte O’Malley Kelly is the principal at St. Joseph’s school in Needham. ¶ Betty Donovan Guilfoile and her husband of 29 years live in Gainesville, GA. She is the Executive Director of the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child sexual abuse. Betty is in regular contact with her Regis roommate, Laureen King O’Brien, and will be seeing Laureen and her husband in NYC

in Sept. ¶ Susan Schumacher Fiaschetti taught the inaugural “Integrated Marketing Communications” course in the Regis Communications master’s program. Susan has been the Advisory Board Chairperson for this graduate program for more than 10 years now. ¶ Marianne McMahon Kenney, who also works here at Regis, reports that Nancy Shaw Bauman is currently celebrating 3 major events in her household: Nancy just received her graduate degree in teaching, her husband Peter recently had positive news on a recent diagnosis, and her son Ben is back on US soil after completing a tour in Afghanistan with the Marines. ¶ Carol Weigel DiFranco recently celebrated her birthday with Maureen Stephens and Maria Branquinho. Although Meg Simpson, Maureen Fallon and Maureen Mulcahy often times joins them, a good time was still had by all. Carol is also still in touch with Hope Miceli Spalla who lives in CT with her husband, Andy. Hope recently started teaching full-time and enjoys it. Carol also mentioned that she and her husband attended the all school reunion at Regis and had a great time. ¶ Finally, I heard from Kelly Carney Kelly that Judy Spellman Spang bought a parcel of land across the street from Kelly in Nyes Neck and will be building a house there. They will be neighbors next summer. (Party contract?)

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joined by special guests Dawna Provost Carrette ’77 and Mary McManus ’81. In addition to all the fun Reunion activities, we elected new class officers: Co-presidents: Lori Seccareccio DeMartin and Deborah Flaherty Kizer; Co-vice presidents: Roberta Fox and Jeanne McGillicuddy; Reunion chairs: Loretta Salvucci McClary, Rosemary Noon and Margo Melville Steen; Class fund agents: Claudia Pelosi Cuddy, Dao Dang and Chris Crowley Delosh; Class reporters: Deb Southworth Howard and Janet Mills-Knudsen. ¶ We received news from Deborah Flaherty Kizer. Her daughter, Abby, is returning to Orlando for the Disney College Program this fall. She will be working as a photographer in the Animal Kingdom. Her son, Colin, is a quality assurance manager at FedEx. Deborah volunteers with WomenHeart and the Adult Congenital Heart Association, and is working towards a certificate in Health Education. ¶ Our deepest condolences to Louise Clark, whose father passed away in March, and to Jeanne McGillicuddy, whose mother passed away in August. We are also saddened to learn of the death of Liz LaFountain Carder’s mother earlier this year.

Girl Scouts. ¶ Gabriela Suib Marchitelli is also feeling some empty-nest symptoms as daughter Dana is pursuing a master’s degree and coaching lacrosse at Norwich U and son Dean, a recent college graduate, is pursuing a career in financial management. Gabe and Dennis are renovating their house and taking mini vacations. Gabe still works as an IT technologist at Hewlett Packard but longs for the days when she can sit at a potter’s wheel and play in the mud. ¶ I am writing this in mid-Aug. and Claire Ventura King and I are preparing for our annual summer beach excursion. That should warm everyone up while reading this on a late autumn evening! ¶ Our 35th Reunion is coming fast. Please mark your calendar for May 15–17, 2015 and plan to attend some, if not all, of the festivities. Please make sure Regis has your current email address so we can communicate with you as we plan events. You can do so at www.



✒ Anne Gruszka McKenzie, 4508

Buffalo Trace, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-978-2121, anne.m.mckenzie@gmail. com ¶ Through a telephone call from Maribel Aguayo of Guaynabo, Puerto

Rico, I learned that she recently celebrated the 29th anniversary of Camellia Accessories with a Rougethemed fashion show and luncheon. Maribel and her Regis friends from Puerto Rico—Romy Soler, Roxanne Mayol, Yamila Rodrigues ’82, Carmen Davila, and Margie Morris—remain very close; they even model for her boutique! ¶ Christine Micelotti Robbins’ son, Craig, is in his 3rd year at Berklee

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

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College of Music and she continues to teach math in Auburn, MA. ¶ Diane Santos wrote that she spent the summer reconnecting with her sense of play; she took the Circus Yoga session at Kripalu, a yoga retreat center in the Berkshires, and joined their teacher training session in Brattleboro. ¶ In the 100th Lexington Lions Club Patriots Day Road Race, MJ Fietze came in first in her age group using a G-force handcycle loaned by Achilles International, an organization dedicated to athletes with disabilities. MJ finished the 5-mile race in 35 minutes. Anyone want to arm wrestle her? MJ has had Multiple Sclerosis for 24 years and is entered in the NYC Marathon despite a recent compression fracture of her back. ¶ While preparing for her last move, Susan Reenstierna Kelly came across her Regis memorabilia. Since Regis, she and husband Michael have moved to several Boston-area homes; Mendham, NJ; Bermuda; Mendham, NJ (again); Bainbridge Island, WA; Princeton, NJ; and now Alexandria, VA. In May, Susan’s daughter Kaitlyn graduated from Simmons College; her son Sean is a freshman at the U of Washington in Seattle. ¶ Tricia Mooney Smith’s youngest, Aidan, started his senior year of high school. Ryan, her middle child, graduated from UMass Amherst and is working as a personal trainer at Milton Hill Sport and Spa. Two years out of school, daughter Jillian landed her dream job at a New Zealand Winery called Villa Maria. Tricia still works at MGH and she and her husband celebrated 29 years of marriage in Aug. ¶ In addition to selling diamonds for Zales, Maureen Dalton is now a travel counselor for AAA Travel in Framingham. In May, daughter Brianna completed her MA in Organizational and Professional Communication from Regis and both Maureen and Brianna celebrated with a trip to Turks and Caicos. Brianna is now Marketing Manager at Moodz Salon and Spas. Maureen’s son, Kyle, a barber, now works for Hounds Barbershop in Sudbury. ¶ Patty Robinson Drooff left her job in March to spend time with her children before their college years. This summer, daughter Caley attended a pre-college class at Parsons New School in Paris. Patty accompanied her to France and together they explored Normandy, Giverny, and Versailles, where fond memories of Sister Juan’s French class came flooding back. Son Collin and his team traveled to play rugby in Wales and, this fall, he began high school at Thayer Academy. ¶ Lucie Morin Dunn, her husband Patrick, and daughter Catalina have lived in the NE Georgia area for the past 9 years; they vacationed in ME this July and celebrated the 90th birthday of Lucie’s mom. On

Lucie’s birthday, Catalina graduated from high school—a great gift for a proud mom! Catalina is now enrolled in the School of Business at Georgia State. ¶ Lora Nannery Thompson reports that life is full and very good. She has been married for 26 years, has 3 great teenagers and works as a dental assistant for a wonderful doctor in Canton. She also has managed to sing professionally for 30 years at restaurants, private functions/weddings, and as a soloist for 7 years at her church. ¶ Lori Fortini spent time with Sandra Hassett-Cahill for Sandra’s birthday in Aug. They are thankful that both of their families are doing well and that they have remained such close friends since Regis. Lori’s partner, Bruce, is a Rotary District Governor and travels extensively. Working fulltime as a social worker at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, she is unable to go on his many visits but she is very proud of his service. In Aug., Lori enjoyed spending time with high school classmates in Adams, MA for an impromptu 35th reunion. Lori’s daughter Haley is back at the U of VT for her sophomore year in the UVM Nursing program. ¶ Now my news…as my younger son, Matthew, starts high school, my older son, Michael, is completing his senior year. In Sept., I completed my 21st year at Johns Hopkins SAIS; I use Spanish regularly (my Regis major) and thoroughly enjoy working with our international graduate students. And Louise, you are right—with a last name like McKenzie, you knew that I did not marry a Spanish boy. My husband of 21 years is a nice southern boy from SC.


✒ Nancy Maloney Donahue, 211

Park Street, Stoneham, MA 02180, ¶ Our class

celebrated its 30th Reunion in May! Although the turnout was relatively small, classmates in attendance celebrated in style, enjoying all the festivities that Regis rolled out. It is mind boggling to think it has been 30 years since we rushed through familiar hallways to classes in College Hall, ambled our way to the student union for meals, spent late nights at the library (well, maybe not all of us), and enjoyed our “new” athletic facility. Lots of things have changed since 1984, but not much has been forgotten of our Regis experience. ¶ Kathleen O’Halloran Baker had dinner with Margaret Stokes Chinetti to celebrate Kathy’s move from Chicago to Seattle in July with her husband Kurt, whose new employer is Zetron in Redmond, WA. ¶ Mary Grady-Hebert has been living and working in Kennebunkport, ME for over 20 years and loves it. She teaches Spanish at the local high

school and received her MSED about 10 years ago. Son Joe graduated from Emerson and Christopher from Salve Regina in Newport. Mary loves living close to the ocean and would love to meet other Regis alumni who may be living in her neck of the woods. ¶ Lee Cooper Mann reports from Jamaica Plain that life is good! Lee works at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and recently celebrated 10 years of marriage. ¶ Liz Hughes VanderAarde had a blast at the Reunion (“no sleep and many laughs!”) Her youngest son, Max, started high school in Sept. and enjoys life these days as an only child. His brother Jack lives and works in Manhattan, while Sam is a sophomore at Santa Clara U in sunny CA. Liz and husband John looked forward to their 25th wedding anniversary. Liz expects to stay in MN for another few years, then head east to a home they built on Christmas Mountain in Glen, NH. Eventually they hope to spend half the year there and half the year on Marco Island! ¶ Kim O’Gorman Manning and husband Mike celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in Aug. in the Outer Banks, NC. Kim and family live in Hopkinton. Daughter Lindsay, 19, is an electrical engineering student at UMass Amherst, while daughter Jen, 16, and a junior at Hopkinton High. Kim wonders who in our class has been married the longest. Whoever contacts me for the next issue, reporting the longest marriage, gets a prize (from Kim). ¶ In the category of “it’s a small world,” Elizabeth D’Agostino Kearns ran into Rosemarie Foley ’85 in an airport in Ireland! Elizabeth and family traveled to Galway and Donegal this summer to visit family, some of whom they had never met. ¶ This summer, Mary Crimmins Adgate was gearing up to send her daughter off to college for the first time. Sarah is now a freshman at Merrimack College. ¶ Nancy Terravecchia Rollins reports from Wakefield that daughter Alyssa received her master’s from Merrimack in May and is now working in the tax department at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Boston and sitting for her CPA exams. Daughter Lindsay entered her sophomore year at Westfield State and is considering teaching or exercise science for her major. Katie is a senior year at Wakefield High School and Nancy is again enjoying college tours. Husband Rick continues at Boston Scientific in the IT Department, and Nancy is an insurance broker at Chas. F. Hartshorne & Son in Wakefield. On a sad note, Nancy’s sister Cathy’s husband, Keith, lost his nearly 2-year battle with leukemia on July 22. Our condolences go out to Nancy, Cathy, and families. ¶ Laura Beck lives and works in Framingham as an elementary general music teacher. She is still

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’85) in Woburn this past winter. Dawn and husband Mark live in CT with 2 sons and Deirdre, who married military man Kurt and has lived in quite a few places, mostly down South, where her Boston accent has gained a moderate twang in the interim. ¶ I celebrated 25 years of marriage last Nov. with Bob and, boy, is he lucky. Send me your news and updated email addresses or friend me on facebook. We all want to hear from you!

the Berkshires, where I am originally from. ¶ As I close this column, I do hope many of you will join our Facebook page or “friend” one of us. And you may also email information to us. We wish you a wonderful autumn and ask that you keep the news coming.


Hello, Ladies! ¶ No surprise—our 25th Reunion proved to be a huge success! Kudos to Mary Regan Thakur and Sue Casey for the time and effort they spent planning—much appreciated by all. We had a great showing both Friday night for cocktails at Morrison House (despite the soggy weather), and Saturday for lunch as well as dinner and dancing under the tent on the front lawn (why didn’t we ever do this while we were there? So fun.) Not to mention that the photo booth was clearly a hit with the ladies of ’89! I am going to attempt to mention everyone who attended over the course of the weekend—accept my sincerest apology if I leave your name out…I am a tad forgetful these days. It was great to see Briege Walsh O’Connell, Mary Regan Thakur, Sue Casey, Christine Enwright Wilson, Paula Kelliher Antonevich, Michelle Kupjian Antonevich, Jenn Oteri, Mary McSoley Ohrn, Lisa Perry Calderan, Renee Cormier Wheeler, Sue Synkowicz, Dana Perry Forsman, Melissa Rodriguez, Maria Iannuccillo, Tracey Sharpe, Suzanne Elliott Hoeppner, Heather Sims, Jo-Ellen Caffrey McGinnity, Andrea Ausiello Manning, Mary-Margaret Mulligan Carroll, Cheryl Mabey Cleary, Mary O’Connor-D’Amico, Kathleen Fleming, Kathy Hennessey, Kathy Nawn Conrad, Rita Ryan, Sarah Dwyer, Laura Kopp Nuttall, Erin Murphy Pigott, Deirdre Carey, Julia Aubrey Kane, Jane McLarney, Andrea Johnson O’Connor, Kathleen O’Leary Masterson, Kristine Gomes, Nancy Gelineau Keaton, Kristen Dolder Wenger, Susan Smith Porter, Terri Labounty-Rodriguez, Gail Parkins Grant and Karol Maybury McIntosh, Patty Quinn, and Anne-Marie Kerrigan Caruso. ¶ Nancy Antonellis D’Amato baked an amazing cake, carefully delivered by Terry Rodriguez and Joan Fellows Madden ’90 (well, it may have slid around on the golf cart ride up the hill) but was unable to attend at the last minute. Check out Nancy’s newest venture: Beyond Bows-Custom Cakes on Facebook. ¶ Tracey Sharpe owns The Sharpe Gallery in Kennebunk, ME. ¶ Karol Maybury is an Associate Professor at UMaine Farmington. ¶ Gail Parkins Grant lives in Toronto with her husband, Patrick, and daughter who is entering kindergarten. Gail works for

✒ Kym Johnson Miele, 31 Randall Street, Greenville, RI 02828, 401949-2828, ✒ Elizabeth Higgins Fitzgerald, 69 Cleveland Hill Road, Brookline, NH 03033, 603-673-8754, slfitzgerald@ ¶ We begin this column on a sad note. Two of our classmates, Liz Higgins Fitzgerald and Linda Clement Ahern, both recently lost their mothers.

Liz’s mom, Mary Ellen, passed away on Aug. 14. Linda’s mom, Lucette, passed away on Aug. 2. We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to each family. ¶ We have found Facebook to be a very useful tool in gathering information for our class notes. Please feel free to join our page: RegisClassof88. ¶ Angela Mazzeo Johansen recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She also graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on July 11, with Completion of Leadership Academy, Assistant Principal. She and her family also took a well-deserved vacation on Cape Cod. ¶ Chris Cavagnaro Kelley and Tim celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Aug. and their family vacationed in FL earlier that month. ¶ Michelle Gray Bird and David also celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in April. Michelle is still teaching elementary school and enjoys that her school is very close to her house. ¶ Mary Ellen Kelley has been very busy with her social life!! In May, she kicked off the summer with her margarita machine with Barbara Grady, Anne Manekis, Laura Doherty, Marianne McMorrow, Courtney Feeney Deschenes, and Debi Brooks Puchovsky. Mary Ellen also had a Cape Trip in July with Anne Manekis, Debi Brooks Puchovsky, Heidi Michitsch, Courtney Feeney Deschenes, and Marianne McMorrow. ¶ Katie Brady Corcoran also took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did the Pan Mass Bike Challenge and also travelled with her family to Ireland. ¶ I, Kym Johnson Miele, have been keeping busy with my volunteer work. In May, I did the 3-mile walk for the Arthritis Foundation. I also have been learning all about soccer, as I am helping out with our town’s soccer association. In my other free time, I have done some travelling to


✒ Maria Alpers Henehan, 33 Baker

Road, Arlington, MA 02474, 781-6434499, ¶

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very musically connected, playing in several concert/marching bands in the area. Laura earned her master’s in music education from the Boston Conservatory a few years ago. She is a vegan and animal activist, “looking to spread the truth about animal suffering to those who are unaware.” ¶ Lisa Clivio-Wentrup has a bi-coastal family with husband David and daughter Ashley on the west coast, and Lisa and daughter Melissa back east in Newport, NH. David, a CA native, retired from teaching in NH and went west for a job with Delta Packing in Lodi, CA. Ashley attends Fresno City College. Lisa continues to work as a guidance counselor in Canaan, NH and Melissa is a high school junior. “Not sure where we will end up,” Lisa said, but she plans on staying in NH for at least 2 more years so Melissa can finish high school. Lisa also takes care of her mother, who resides in an assisted living facility close to Lisa’s home. David came home to NH for 2 weeks in June and Lisa travelled west in Aug., where the family attended the wedding of a close friend, over which David presided. ¶ I was fortunate to meet up with Beth Shannon Langley and Cheryl Keneavy Hablanian after a performance of “Menopause the Musical” at Stoneham Theatre in the spring. Beth is busy with her family in their newly renovated home in Peabody. Beth has been working on part-time consulting assignments, but was looking for something more permanent for the fall. Husband Rob is Director of Public Services for the City of Peabody. Son Andrew is an 8th grader who caddied at Salem Country Club this summer and was awarded “Rookie of the Year.” Son James is in 4th grade and enjoyed a family trip to Lego Land this summer, and even attended a Lego Engineering camp. Beth and family vacationed in Lake Champlain this summer, fitting in a visit to Norwich U, Rob’s alma mater. Cheryl lives in Natick with husband Dave. After working for many years as a corporate librarian for Fidelity Investments in Boston, Cheryl pursued her interest in children’s literature and now works as a school librarian in Wellesley. Cheryl was looking forward to hosting a late summer mini Regis reunion at her home with Leah Pellegrino who was flying in from Washington, D.C. and staying with Deirdre Moraes at her Boston condo. I expect a full report for our next issue from Cheryl, Beth, Leah, Deirdre, and anyone else in attendance! ¶ I enjoyed our Regis Reunion with my bunkmates Lisa Clivio-Wentrup and Jane Olson who attended Regis for our freshman and sophomore years. We had a great time “tripling” in Angela Hall. I also met up with Deirdre Fahey ’85 and Dawn Zagora (formerly of the class of


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the government. ¶ Kathleen Fleming got married in Oct. ¶ Paula Kelliher Antonevich works in development at the Waldorf School in Lexington, MA. ¶ Mary-Margaret Mulligan Carroll lives in Maine with her husband and 2 children. ¶ Nancy Gelineau Keaton’s son currently attends Regis. ¶ Several classmates including Julie Aubrey, Paula Kelliher, Michelle Kupjian, Erin Murphy, and myself chatted about looking at colleges for our own children. ¶ Congratulations to S. Maria Iannuccillo who just celebrated her 20th anniversary as a School Sister of Notre Dame. So proud to have you as a friend! ¶ I know I speak for many, if not all, who attended campus over the weekend—the hugs, laughter, and smiles reminded us all of the special bond we share as Regis women. If you were not able to attend this year—our 30th is in 2019! Yikes, how is that even possible when we are only 39?? Be well and please keep in touch as this column is only as interesting as the news I receive. ¶


✒ Audrey Griffin-Goode, 90

Leslie Road, Waltham, MA 02451, ¶ Hello

classmates! I received a great email in July from Indira Gumbe Fitch. In the years since Regis, Indira has been busy. She completed her master’s degree at Simmons College and has worked as a clinical social worker for more than 2 decades. She is currently a program manager for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program at LSSNE. The program, which is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, has offered Indira the wonderful and humbling experience of meeting so many children from different parts of the world. Indira also founded and directs the small humanitarian nonprofit program, Heal (Health Education and Advocacy for Latinos), which assists indigenous Ecuadorian families residing in the Milford, MA area. Indira has 3 daughters: Bianca, 11, Frances, 9, and Shelby, 6. She and her family live in Hopedale, MA. ¶ On a sad note, this is the first column I’ve submitted since the sudden death of our classmate, Sharon Mulcahy. As most of you already know, Sharon passed from a brain aneurysm on March 10. When I posted the news on Facebook, many of our classmates were deeply saddened. Sharon was one of a kind, an original, a superstar. So many of us were touched by her generosity, her kindness, her creativity, and her laugh. The only positive from this situation was reconnecting with Regis classmates at Sharon’s services: Susan Ryan Shaloub, Jennifer Devine Brady,

Paula Ventura, Maria Santos, Becky Kowaleck, Stephanie Cane, Diep Vo Benedictis, Kristen Laverty ’90, and

Alumni Relations office and sent out an email over the summer soliciting fellow classmates for updates; the list is apparently out-of-date as I got many bounce backs. Please visit the website to update your contact information or email ¶ Please keep in touch even if it is just a sentence to let us know you are well.


20th Reunion ✒ Johanna C. Taylor, 157 Lafayette

of course Sharon’s “besties” from our class, Gabrielle Wylie Menezes, Cindy Joyce, and Michelle Barczykowski. There were even more I didn’t get a chance to talk with. Sharon’s death is a profound loss for so many of us. ¶ Until next column, take care and enjoy connecting with one another!

✒ Andrea Fegan Bohn, 1 Bruce Circle,

Randolph, MA 02368, 781-963-1288, ¶ I went to our

20th class Reunion in May and was looking forward to going for months. There were a dozen or so of us that made it back to school. It was nice to reconnect with old friends and catch up on life—the good, the bad and everything in between. ¶ Going back for Reunion reminded me of the dreams I had when I walked across the stage and accepted my diploma on that warm day in May; I believed in the Regis spirit, one full of hope, dreams and passion. Like most of us I haven’t achieved all my dreams yet. But appreciate and cherish all the things “in between” family, friends, work, etc.—the things in life that mean the most. ¶ Here’s an update from a couple of our classmates: ¶ Jennifer Kenyon is an “Organic Search Director” at Catalyst Online located in Newton MA. She’s been with the company for 6 years this Sept. She currently lives in Framingham MA and is in the process of applying to graduate school for “Integrated Marketing Communications.” ¶ Nancy Gould attended Regis’ Nursing Program at the age of 56. During that time, she suffered a stroke, but with the support of fellow students and professors she was able to complete the program and earn her BSN. She had been told by other nurses that Regis was there to help and guide them in their path for further education and that everyone at Regis was a true Christian. They made it possible for her to get her BSN. At the age of 78, she continues to work in the inner city as a visiting nurse. ¶ As for me, as I recover from a recent illness, I was recently reminded of the fragility of life and what matters most—all of life’s “in-betweens!” I enjoy working parttime at a private foundation gifting grants to various third world countries to help those less fortunate. I am truly blessed to have a loving and support husband and 2 active little boys. ¶ At Reunion, I volunteered (or rather drew the short straw—just kidding!) to be the class reporter. I received a list of approximately 80 names and email addresses from the


Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860-6013, 401-722-1332, ¶ Tammie Burke Stanford is back at

our alma mater as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, a position she started in April. Congratulations, Tammie! She recently organized an effort to move the office down to Walters Hall—the small building near the Spellman Stamp Museum that used to be the carriage house for Morrison House. Tammie hopes for a great turnout from the class of 1995 at the Reunion next spring and encourages classmates to visit the campus to see the all the changes currently taking place as part of the Master Plan— and to visit her in Walters! ¶ From Stephanie Ford Logue: I recently completed an Ultramarathon and was encouraged to share it with ya’ll but first here’s a quick update on the past 19 years! After graduation, I married my Air Force man, Jason, and moved to MO, where our daughter, Natalie, was born in 1998. Right after her birth we moved to the Netherlands, where our son, Jacob, was born. In 2001, we moved to KS, where I was a stay-at-home-mom. Four years later we moved to TX where I earned my master’s in School Psychology at Trinity U and worked for Northside ISD. In 2010, we moved to ID, where I worked for the Mountain Home School District for 3 years. Last summer, we moved to England and while not sightseeing I am a substitute teacher at Lakenheath High School. While I’m disappointed not to be working fulltime, it did give me the chance to train for a crazy race Jason and I signed up for together. The Wall Ultramarathon was a 2-day, 69-mile journey along Hadrian’s Wall (built by the Romans to serve as their north-west frontier). Once we had signed up for it, I decided I needed to make it worthwhile so I chose to raise money for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in honor of my nephew, John, who was diagnosed with MD 2 years ago. I’m proud to say I raised over $2,500 and I completed the Ultramarathon in 15:45; I truly feel like I can do anything!

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✒ Jodi M. Michalski, 49 Brentwood

Drive, Westfield, MA 01085, 413562-1108, ¶ In July, Kim Marshall Condon and


✒ Valerie Williams Sumner, 105 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054, 508-596-6598, ¶ It is nice

to hear from so many classmates. We hope you all have enjoyed your summer! ¶ Natalie White Begin’s husband, Rick, returned from Afghanistan in 2012 after spending a year there with the U.S. Army. When he returned they put their house on the market and it sold within 3 weeks. They then bought her parents’ house in Hanover, MA. Natalie’s daughter actually has the bedroom she grew up in! They have done extensive renovations to the house and finally feel like it is their own. Natalie sees another classmate, Jessica Piccinni Capodilupo, all the time. She was the greatest friend Natalie could have asked for while Rick was away. Her love and support helped her get through a very difficult time. Jessica recently moved to Lynnfield and is doing really well. ¶ Natalie also had the chance to go away with Michelle White (and Katie

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✒ Jessica Nowosielski Flaherty, 26

West Street, Weymouth, MA 02190, 781-340-0567, ¶ Beth Antonio Thomas just visited

campus today with her cousin who is a perspective student and Rosie Martone had the opportunity to cater an event for the Alumni Board at Morrison House this past spring! ¶ Marie Hoegerle recently received a promotion at Marriott and has moved from San Antonio to Baltimore. ¶ Jessica Nowosielski Flaherty had been teaching high school biology in Norwood for the past 4 years and will now be teaching the same subject, but in her own town of Weymouth. The switch will help her be a bigger part of her community and have the shortest commute she has ever had.


✒ Alexa Pozniak, 11 Chester Road, Billerica, MA 01821, 860-766-3388, ✒ Janine Lapan-Lawson, 171 Derby Dingle Street, Springfield, MA 01107, 413-746-8151, j9l0414@ ✒ Stephanie Turgeon, 9915 Wiltshire Manor Drive #203, Riverview, FL 33578, 813-964-8925, stephanie. ¶ It was so nice seeing everyone who attended our 15-year reunion in May, I, Stephanie Turgeon, had a blast, and I hope that you did, as well. It was surreal “living” in Angela Hall again. I had forgotten how small the rooms are; and so many things have changed. For instance, there are no longer phone jacks in each room and there is a new state-of-theart fitness center. Yet it still feels the same. I will be moving from the Tampa

Q&A with Megan Tierney Connor ’00

What is your favorite thing about Regis? Regis College has always been a family. Students were never numbers and everyone knew your name. I will always cherish the friendships I made and this close-knit community, and I will never forget the amazing faculty members who taught me how to think on my own and be a leader. For such a small school, it definitely thinks big!


Even as a young alumna, you give generously to the Regis Fund every year. What’s your philosophy when it comes to giving back? I wish I could do more! But I know that a gift of any size makes a difference and I want to give back to the school that has given me so much. My degree is worth only as much as the reputation of the institution from which it is given. By investing in Regis, we are cementing the foundation of our education and enhancing the prestige of our degrees, while also helping current students receive a valuable education.

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her husband, Jamie, were approved by the Natick Zoning Board to receive a Special License to run a Dog Boarding Business in their home in Natick. It was hard work, and their company is called Wally’s World, named after their first dog Wally. Kim and Jamie began this journey when they began fostering small dogs since 2010 for Yorkies Inc. located in Taunton, MA after adopting their second dog, Finn. Kim is also the Treasurer of FIDO (Fun Informed Dog Owners) of Natick. Thank you Dr. Jutras! ¶ Meredith Haskell Sheehan just had a new baby, so that’s news! Abigail Julia Rose was born Dec. 12, 2013 and joins big brothers Colin, 12, and Liam, 5. She is living in North Kingstown, RI and works for the National MS Society as the Community Program Manager for Rhode Island. ¶ April Eve Grudier is currently living in Bellingham, MA with her husband, Patrick, and their son, Benjamin, who was born in Feb. 2012. Her husband was a stay-at-home dad up until recently, which was great because it allowed them to travel to Europe and to move their family to Chicago for 3 months while April was on a work assignment. She has been at Staples for almost 7 years and recently took on a new position as Senior Manager of New Media Marketing. ¶ Lisa Morrissey Wu started at Simmons in a master’s in Health Care Administration program with a scholarship from Blue Cross.

Lamanna Chavous ’96) to her parents’ Lake House in NH in late winter… reliving the old Regis days! ¶ Laura Johnson Vittum was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall. It was caught early and she is now doing great. She wants to encourage all of our classmates to be sure they make appointments for mammograms since we all turn 40 soon! Her family is celebrating the craziness of this past year with a trip to Hawaii! Congrats Laura! We are thrilled you are in recovery! ¶ Brandy Worrall-Soriano just got invited to go on a sailing expedition with other young adult cancer survivors in a couple weeks through Survive and Thrive Expeditions. Congrats Brandy! We know you will have so much fun! ¶ Swati Patel says she is sorry she’s been MIA lately but would like to just give a shout out to the class of ’97...she hopes that everyone is having a great year!! ¶ Please submit class notes via email or on the Regis College Class of 1997 Facebook Page.


Tell us how your experience as a volunteer on the Regis Fund Executive Committee has been. It has been amazing, and it allows me to use my professional fundraising skills to help Regis move forward. I love calling Regis donors and hearing their stories and why they feel giving is important. Your 15th Reunion with the Class of 2000 is next year! Any big plans? Time flies! I would love to have a family get-together at Reunion. It would be so neat to show my children where I attended college and meet other alumni children. It could be a whole new generation of future Regis alumni! If you had to choose one word to describe Regis, what would it be? Friendship. My best friends today were classmates. I love that no matter how much time may pass, we pick right up as if we were all living next door to each other again. Regis College is truly special. You cannot beat the attention that students receive from faculty and staff. Everyone really looks out for Flag Indicates each other here. It’s a true testament to the misReunion Year sion of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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Bay area to the Sarasota area so that I don’t have a daily 50+ mile commute each way. I am also looking forward to being closer to Ft. Myers so that she can finally enjoy Red Sox Spring Training. We have quite a few exciting announcements from our fellow classmates: ¶ Megan Michael Lane and her husband recently celebrated their daughter Rory’s 1st birthday. Megan also recently celebrated a career milestone: She is now a Public Relations Manager at EMC Corporation. ¶ Aloha! Simone McGuire Grant reports that she is still living in Olympia, WA and is thoroughly enjoying staying home with her 3 children and watching them grow. She and her husband are planning an anniversary trip to Hawaii in Oct. without their children, and are very much looking forward to it! ¶ Meghan LeeParker, her husband, Dennis, and big brother, Henry, welcomed baby Jackson Douglas Parker on June 17th and could not be happier. They hope that everyone is having a great summer. To see adorable pictures of their family, you can check out her Facebook page.


15th Reunion ✒ Allyson L. DiGregory, 781-632-3344, ✒ Grace L. Milner, 774-230-7991,

✒ Jahjaira Mora, ¶ Hi girls! We are in our REUNION YEAR! It’s been 15 years (ouch!) since we paraded around campus. Make sure you save the date for Saturday, May 16. Put the date in your smartphones and sync it with your spouse’s calendar. Call your babysitters. Send the pre-teens to grandma’s. Reserve your dog walker. You all deserve a night out. If you haven’t been back to campus since Sunday, May 14, 2000, then you are long overdue for some Regis time. ¶ Here are some notes from your fellow sisters: ¶ After 14 years of teaching at a small parochial school in Beverly, MA, Kerri Oates Boudreault has accepted a position as a 7th-grade humanities teacher at the Nathaniel Bowditch School in Salem, MA. When not teaching you’ll usually find her at the rink being a hockey mom to her 2 boys. ¶ Melanie Fletcher’s son, Benjamin Michael, turned 1 in the summer of 2014. He will be a big brother in Feb. with baby #2 on the way! ¶ Early in 2014, Katie Towle Piretti graduated from Quinnipiac U with a master of science in interactive media. In the spring, she accepted a promotion to become the Manager of Interactive Media for American National Insurance Company and relocated to Springfield, MO with her husband, Paul, and their 2 English Springer Spaniels. ¶ Karen Packer DiBona and her husband, Rob, welcomed “Chill” Will DiBona in early 2014. He is absolutely the easiest,

happiest baby ever and he is much loved by his big sister and 2 brothers! ¶ Julia Mastronardi Yakovich has recently been promoted to the Director of Service-Learning for UConn and feels fortunate to lead the initiative that combines rigorous academic courses and instruction with meaningful service to the community at large. ¶ Sarahi Almonte was married on May 30. After 15 years, she has changed careers. She recently graduated from the Quinnipiac U School of Nursing. ¶ Jill Gendron Muccino sent us an update from NC! Her eldest daughter, Delaney, started kindergarten. Younger siblings Norah, 4, and Callen, 3, are enjoying their time in preschool. Jill is enjoying her job as a labor and delivery RN and also a home care nurse for pregnant women. Carrie Ennis Nicosia enjoying her being a mom to her 2 children, Braydon, 3, and Isabella. Khara Larkin Grieves and her husband Jay celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary in the spring. They (of course) dragged their whole family down to Disney World to celebrate. The Grieves family is living down on the Cape with 2 children. ¶ Shannon Wagner Paquette, her husband, George, and big sister, Jillian, welcomed Jeremy George in the spring of 2014. Congrats to Shannon and her growing family. ¶ Grace Milner HowardDonlin is currently the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School and recently earned her master’s in Educational Administration from UMass Boston. She is living in Dudley, MA with her husband Matt and her daughter Evie, almost 2. The HowardDonlin family will also be welcoming a baby boy in Nov.!


✒ Margo L. Cicciarella, 860-454-8662, ¶ Jessica Shumaker Grondin, 617-435-3450, ✒ Lisa Owen, 801231-5487, ✒ Katie Sticklor Tommasini, 978-534-1797, ¶ Margo Bednarz Cicciarella accepted a Senior Recruiter

role at The Hanover Insurance Group. Margo and Frank will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary before the end of 2014 in addition to their daughters turning 6 (Taylor) and 4 (Brooke). ¶ Lots of baby news! ¶ Martha Douty-Perez and her husband, Julio, welcomed William David Douty Perez-Ochoa on March 31. He was baptized in Aug. and Meg Morrill is his godmother! ¶ Kyla McMahon welcomed a baby girl, Josephine, in October 2013. ¶ And finally, Katie Rogers Osazuwa also welcomed a baby boy, Jacob, in October 2013. ¶ As for me, Jessica Shumaker Grondin, I accepted a new job as the Communications

Director for the City of Portland here in ME and I’m really enjoying working once again for a great municipality.


✒ Katie C. Blais, 978-790-8554, katie. ¶ Katie Milosovich Bryant and Jason Bryant welcomed their second daughter, Dylan Katherine, on July 25, 2013. Big sister Elliot couldn’t be happier!


✒ Paula K. Power Spadea, 781-413-5593, ¶ Happy fall class of 2004! I cannot believe that summer has come and gone so fast. Yokathelin Pimental celebrated her wedding in the Poconos in Aug. ¶ Renee Walters married David Archie in Sept. ¶ Amanda DeMeo is expecting a bundle of joy in Oct. ¶ Jessica Homer spent the summer in a Florida NELA fellowship working for a boutique employment law firm in Palm Beach County. She is finishing her last year of law school in KY. ¶ Elizabeth M. Smith had a very eventful year—all good! She was fortunate enough to ring in the new year in Sydney, Australia, while on a fun trip that included Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Snorkeling in Fiji was the highlight. ¶ Elizabeth had been living in Washington DC since 2009, when she moved to pursue a Ph.D. in systematic theology at the Catholic University of America. She’s in the candidacy period of that degree program right now, and is currently working on the dissertation. She expects to be finished within a couple of years (fingers crossed!). Most excitingly, Elizabeth moved back to MA this past January to accept an assistant professorship at Regis, where she assumed the position of the director of both the Glee Club and Chamber Singers. Absolutely loving the job! Regis immediately feels like home once again, and she is incredibly grateful to have a job she loves so much! Elizabeth especially loves getting to know the current undergrads and working with some who are choosing the new Interdisciplinary Arts major. She’s currently living in Waltham and enjoying catching up with many Regis friends now back in Massachusetts. ¶ We missed some of you at the Reunion, which was a fun time with beautiful weather! We have new class officers: President: Lorick Wash; Vice President: Katrina Hill; Regis Fund Agents: Lorena Sestayo, Cassie Blondel, and Dana Beguerie; Class Reporter: Paula Power Spadea; Reunion Chairpersons: Melanie Acuna and Kamille Carthy. As always, please keep us posted on the exciting things that you are all doing. Enjoy your holidays!

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Kathryn H. Bloomquist, 508-429-2735, ¶ Olivia Kelley


✒ Leah Boniface, 1455 Commonwealth

Avenue, Apt. 210, Brighton, MA 02135, ✒ Sarah Boniface Sauder, 13 Walden Drive, Unit 6, Natick, MA 01760, SBoniface17@ ¶ Hello from the Class of 2007! Marrissa Gondola Brunetti is

enjoying her position as Liaison of the Regis College Cape Cod Club. This past spring she had a chance to catch up with members of the club at their regular lunch spot, the Hyannis Yacht Club (stay tuned for next year’s dates). She planned a successful wine tasting, with the assistance of staff member Regina Garland, for over 30 alumni and friends at First Crush Winery in Harwich on July 12. Everyone enjoyed the event and they even were able to bring home a bottle of wine. Recently, Marrissa gave the opening blessing at the annual Cape Cod Luncheon on Aug. 7 at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. Over 130 alumni and friends attended the event. They loved hearing from President Toni Hays as well as members of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations about the latest updates to the Regis campus. In her free time, Marrissa serves on the American Cancer Society Cape Cod Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Committee and will be walking 4 miles with her team on Oct. 19, beginning at the Barnstable County

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Road, Apt 609, Framingham, MA 01701, ¶ Marie Kong has worked at Arbour Hri

Hospital for 3.5 years now. She started out as a Mental Health Worker and was then promoted to Medical Records Auditor. Recently she was promoted to the Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement. She is excited to be starting this new journey! ¶ Maria Mendes is thrilled to share that she gave birth to the most handsome little man, Dominik, in Oct. 2013. She also got engaged to his dad, her best friend and the love of her life, Joseph, on her 26th birthday. As for her career, she continues to bring more books home to children in Brockton with Raising A Reader MA, as well as fluoridation with Better Oral Health MA Coalition. ¶ After returning abroad from South Korea, Maria Pino accepted a Social Studies teaching position at the Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Revere, MA. She is excited to start this new endeavor. ¶ Karen Price started her Peace Corps service on July 8 and is doing well so far. She is serving in Costa Rica. After 3 months of service training, she was sworn in on Oct. 1. Then she was scheduled to go to her permanent site where she will be living for 2 years. ¶ Andrea Sheldon continues teaching 6th grade Social Studies and Language Arts in Boxford, MA. She and her husband, David, were expecting their 1st child, a baby girl, early in Oct. ¶ Stephanie Voltaire received her master’s in Public Health degree from UMass Amherst in May 2014. She hoped to begin her public health career in the upcoming months. She has been doing lots of traveling internationally and locally and enjoys visiting new places, seeing more of the world and learning about new cultures. Due to her passion and love for fashion, she recently started a small business where she makes fashionable handmade clutches. They are available on her Etsy shop and will be showcased at local fashion shows in Boston. ¶ Following graduation Janelle Welsh worked for several non-profit youth agencies including the Key Program, Inc. and Justice Resource Institute helping at-risk and homeless

youth reach their full potential. Most recently, she was a Crisis Specialist at Community Healthlink that serves people of all ages in mental health crisis or substance abuse detoxification. While working here, Janelle completed a Practicum in School Psychology at Brookfield Elementary School in Brookfield, MA and an Internship at Hopedale Jr./Sr. High School in Hopedale, MA. She earned her MEd in School Psychology in Dec. 2013 and CAGS in School Psychology in May from Worcester State U. After obtaining licensure in MA and CT, she received a Nationally Certified School Psychologist Certificate to assess and provide services to kids with physical and learning disabilities, social, emotional or academic challenges. She began a new journey as a fulltime School Psychologist at Pomfret Community School in Pomfret, CT serving students Pre-K-8 in Sept! ¶ Tricia Ide, RN, MS, has joined New England Baptist Hospital, a Bostonbased premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, as Senior Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience. She will play a key role in performance improvement for high reliability of clinical care and services related to quality and patient safety and within the domain of patient engagement and experience. She joins NEBH from Tufts Medical Center, and has more than 28 years of health care experience. Tricia received her master’s degree at Regis.

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just celebrated the christening of her little boy, Henry. ¶ Amy Bucelewicz just returned to work after maternity leave and loves her 2 boys. ¶ Michelle Petersen’s just enjoying life with all these kids around! ¶ Kara McGillicuddy will be returning to school this fall to pursue her PhD in Communication at UConn. She previously completed an MS in Communication and Information Management at Bay Path U (formerly Bay Path College) and is looking forward to delving even deeper into the study of communication technology. ¶ Catherine “Cate” Howley McLaughlin, Noel, and big brother Liam welcomed Eleanor “Nora” Rosemarie McLaughlin into their family on March 13. ¶ Liz Delise is living in San Antonio now. She says, “It’s an even number year and, yep, we had another baby.” Michael Edwin Stemen was a little firework born on the 4th of July weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. Liz can’t believe our 10-year reunion is almost here—she doubts she’ll be able to attend so “have a drink for me!” Regiville 4eva!

Courthouse in Barnstable. She will also be a bridesmaid in May 2015 for her good friend Jess’s wedding. Stay tuned for upcoming Cape events and suggestions are always welcome. As Marrissa continues to plan events, you may reach her at marrissag@msn. com. Class of 2007, remember to visit our Facebook to keep up-to-date on all future alumni events, www.facebook. com/RegisCollegeClassOf2007!



✒ Jacqueline A. Williams, 781-575-0579, ¶ Tamara Leroy has been working 2 parttime jobs in the mental health field since graduating. The first job is part of an in-home therapy team and the 2nd is at a residential home and school. She has received a great amount of experience through these jobs, supporting children with psychological diagnoses as well as their families. Tamara will be going back to school this fall at Simmons College, to receive a master’s degree through their social work program. ¶ Stephen McGovern is currently in Washington, D.C. working his 2nd year with City Year, a program that works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students need and what their school are designed to provide. He acts as a Team Leader at the Stanton Elementary School, the 1st DCPS elementary school to be moved off of the “priority” list. McGovern is very happy with his current work and hopes to grow within this program.

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1940 Janet Ahern Rink February 18, 2013

1945 Helen Riordan Ahern April 29, 2014

1941 Eleanor Sline March 6, 2014

1946 Barbara C. Deveney August 24, 2014

1942 Mary Lee Mulvey July 12, 2014

Priscilla Labrecque Hummell January 17, 2013

1953 Mary Martin Shea December 18, 2013

Kathleen Roche September 18, 2013

Helen Levesque March 27, 2014

1943 Ann Lyons Burke May 19, 2014

1947 Helen Moynihan June 16, 2013

1954 Mary Driscoll Gardetto May 2, 2014

Anita Maxwell Kiely July 22, 2014

1950 Ann Sullivan Lonergan September 2, 2013


Leila Foley McGann May 17, 2014

Rilla Savage May 19, 2014

1952 Jacqueline Moylan Callahan April 14, 2014

1959 Barbara Flynn Defino August 2, 2014 1963 Jane Haley Abbott February 1, 2014

Ann Hopkins Falvey December 30, 2013

Karolyn Burke Hagearty June 22, 2014

1957 Marilyn Hanlon O’Leary April 21, 2014 1958 Bernice Fouhey Donahue January 14, 2014

1966 Pauline Levesque Calvin May 13, 2003 1967 Ann Ryan, SCND August 23, 2014 1969 Maria Cuneo MacLeod April 19, 2014

Mary Anne O’Connor Dwyer May 2, 2014

1985 ✒ Holly Kendrick Babin, 241 Sandown Road, Chester, NH 03036, 603-887-3287, ✒ Dianne Gaudet Baxter, 2 East Street, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-443-6034,

1993 ✒ 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, 2002 ✒ Adrian Sexton, 646-320-0901,

1973 ✒ Patricia D’Amore, 50 Jane Road, Newton Center, 02459, 617-969-1996,

1986 ✒ Sara Mulrooney, 2701 8th Street South #302c, Arlington, VA 22204, 703-920-3129, ✒ Kimberley Livingstone Sinclair, 10 Fountain Grass Way, Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-830-3581, ✒ Jocelyn Greene, 8 Tara Manor, Savannah, GA 31406, 508-965-9060

1975 ✒ Christina Mackiewicz McMahon, 841 Randolph Street, Abington, MA 02351, 617-775-2205,

1987 ✒ Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, 26 Marshall Street, North Reading, MA 01864, 978-664-4181,

1976 ✒ 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, 1978 ✒ Sheila Walsh, 13B Beal’s Cove Road, Hingham, MA 02043, 781-749-1044, sheila.

1990 ✒ Robin Daley Doyle, 5 Rose Lane, Atkinson, NH 03811, 603-362-5158, rdoyle@ ✒ 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, ✒ Elaine M. Posanka, 180 Winding Way, Normandy, TN 37360, 931409-0628,

1982 ✒ Elizabeth Carey Stygles, 24 Macarthur Road, Natick, MA 01760, 508-655-1722, ✒ Carolyn MacLellan, 17 Ash Swamp Road, Newmarket, NH 03857, 781-861-6862

1991 ✒ Rosemary A. Hughes, 111 Malden Street, Everett, MA 02149, 617-389-6524, ✒ Maria Rodriguez, 5069 Willow Oak Place, Montclair, VA 22025, 703-670-4883,

To all of the classes who did not submit notes, please contact your reporter so we can keep you connected through Regis Today! 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1953 ✒ No reporter listed. 1944 ✒ Margaret Kelly Young, 384 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453, 978-537-3541

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Regis has been notified of the following alumni and friends who passed away. Those listed are notifications received between April 17, 2014 and September 24, 2014. May they rest in God’s eternal peace.

2006 ✒ Erin M. Campbell, 781-431-7162, ✒ Ryan E. Carney, 508-212-3950, RyanElizabethCarney@gmail. com ✒ Stephanie A. Larocque, 508-883-7633, 2008 ✒ Jennifer Thomas, 401-723-5778, ✒ Kristine Zarifian, 617-924-1452, 2009 ✒ Monique A. Colarossi, no phone number listed, ✒ Jocelyn C. Yabut, 201-576-0508, ✒ Hillary Mosher, 2011 ✒ James Guaragna, 617-246-5636, 2012 ✒ Alyson M. Goncalves, 508-287-0909, 2014 ✒ Markenson Telfort, 781-629-2652,

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Eileen is an alumna from the Class of 1978 and a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. Peter serves as a Regis Trustee. (See the story about the Langenuses on page 8.) This “Regis couple” knows the importance of donor participation, and they’re challenging you to help Regis College move forward in a time of incredible growth. Learn more about the Langenus Challenge langenus

Here’s how the Langenus Challenge works: When Regis doubles the number of donors from last year before the end of this calendar year, Eileen and Peter Langenus will give $25,000 to the Regis Fund. The challenge will provide scholarships, studyand volunteer-abroad opportunities, funding for student clubs, financial aid, and so much more.

3 EASY WAYS TO GIVE: ONLINE: • PHONE: 781-768-7220 • MAIL: Office of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Box 30, Weston, MA 02493

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She mentions the cancer almost in passing, in a tone not much different from her lament over the B+ in Spanish that kept her from graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. One of life’s “bumps.” Focus on the happy stuff, and all that lies ahead. It is just a few days before Commencement 2014, and Rachel Abarbanel is sitting in a College Hall office chatting, smiling, and looking as thrilled and relieved as … well, as someone who just completed a very demanding undergraduate nursing program. Receiving the actual diploma would be big; but even bigger would be the day before—Baccalaureate— where she would address classmates, families, faculty, and staff as the Class of 2014 valedictorian. For Abarbanel, the moment would be particularly special. School was going well, the grades were straight A’s. (Other than that B+ in “Spanish for Healthcare Providers,” which she likens to a scratch on a new car: “I expected it might happen at some point, and it did, but I just kept on going.”) But then in February 2013, halfway through her junior year at Regis, “I actually almost dropped out because I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer,” she says in a casual voice. The medical response was surgery and radioactive iodine (and ultimately, a clean bill of health). The academic response from the College was exceptional flexibility with studies and exams that semester. Her own emotional response was to stay in school. “I didn’t want to lose track, and I wanted to be with my friends. I knew if I stayed at home I would have just gotten deep in a hole and been sad. I just wanted to be with everyone and be happy and just do what everybody else was doing,” she says.

“I still managed a 4.0 that semester. I don’t know how I did it. I think it just made me realize that I really wanted to be here, like once there’s the risk of having it taken away, you want it so much more, so I think that really pushed me, too.” Make no mistake, however, “it was scary,” she acknowledges. “But I think I am a better person now. Obviously you don’t want it, but I think I am that much more determined to do what I want.” What she wants is to continue her professional training at Stanford University or perhaps the University of San Francisco Medical Center. To that end, she headed west after graduation. And what she gained from her illness, she says, is perspective. “You get taught as a nurse how to have empathy, but having the experience of actually being in a hospital bed and having all that stuff happen, you understand what your patients are going through, you get how they lose control, how they are sad. And so you can really talk to them, and have therapeutic conversations with them.” There is another thing she gained: a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Regis College community. As she declared before a jam-packed audience in her May 9 valedictory address: “I chose Regis because I perceived a devotion to individuals. Regis put forth the effort to reach out to me, offering me to come find my own path. And that is exactly what I found—a path to knowledge, confidence, and success. This was not without setbacks. I can surely attest to having a few bumps in the road. But all along I felt the school’s confidence in us as they gave us the tools to pursue our goals. “It is now up to us to take the skills and tools Regis has given us and use them throughout life.”

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