THE MAGAZINE OF REGIS COLLEGE Spring 2015
THE SUNSHINE BAND
Warm-weather students take Regis athletics by storm
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Meyer Chambers, MLM Kathleen Dawley ’79 Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, ’67, PhD Clyde H. Evans, PhD Camille Ferazzi ’69 Rev. Msgr. Paul V. Garrity, MA, MDiv Michael J. Halloran, MBA
Kate Korzendorfer Mary Ann Walsh Lewis ’74 Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, ’71, PhD Peter Minihane, MS, CPA Glenn Morris, AIA, IIDA Donna M. Norris, MD Kathleen O’Hare ’69 Thomas P. O’Neill III, MPA Joseph H. Petrowski Jane Cronin Tedder ’66, EdD John Tegan Jr., MEd Richard W. Young, PhD (Emeritus)
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On the cover Regis student-athletes Evan Stone ’16, Crystina Lathrop ’18, and Josh Bazail ’18 brave the harsh New England winter. Photo by Kathleen Dooher.
12 The Eyes Have It
Acclaimed scientist Patricia D’Amore ’73 is on the front lines of the battle against eye disease.
16 Writing A Life
Professor and author Anthony D’Aries draws from his writing experiences to help students uncover their own passion for words.
22 The Sunshine Band A record-breaking New England winter hasn’t stopped warm-weather studentathletes from scoring big at Regis.
Dear Neighbor Physical expansion and teaching innovation come together to open up a world of possibilities.
Tower Views Nearly 700 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students cross the stage at the 85th Commencement exercises; new program targets the growing field of counseling psychology.
In My Own Words The faithful support of Regis and its alumni community inspires the family of the late Lorraine DeStefano Tegan ’63 to generously give back.
Alumni Together Gatherings and events keep alumni connected.
Class Notes News of the classes.
Hearts & Minds Carla Prophete ’15 arrived at Regis with a passion to serve. An inside look at how her journey has progressed, and where it is taking her.
neighbor Expanding Boundaries
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN PRESIDENT
photo (left): Brian Smith. photo (right): Christopher Barroso
For a decade we’ve been discussing—and realizing— growth at Regis. This spring, with a new walkway across the Great Lawn, an upper campus with a transformed quadrangle and library entrance, and a new addition to Maria Hall, I find myself thinking about expanding boundaries, evolving accountabilities, and hitherto unseen possibilities. Our learning community strikes a deliberate and vital balance of continuity and innovation. Experienced employees welcome new staff and their energy to bolster that balance; veteran trustees welcome new board members and their insight to enrich institutional governance. Graduate students present the demands of a changing marketplace; undergraduates show their seriousness of purpose throughout February’s endless snowstorms by “meeting” class schedules and professors’ expectations online. Faculty members old and new, as always, steadfastly bring talents, ideas, and solutions to meet those demands and purposes through current and new academic programs. Our venerable institution itself strikes a balance: Our name says “College,” yet Regis is in reality a university. Two doctoral programs and 20 distinct master’s programs make us that by Massachusetts standards. Administratively, in the fourth year of my presidency and our five-year strategic plan, we are turning a big corner, working on the next iteration of our strategic plan— the next five years—with a draft going very soon to trustees for review and reflection. By 2027, when Regis turns 100, who knows what we will see? In the far distance, of course, the skyscrapers of Boston. In our immediate surroundings, Morrison House, the Norman Tower, and the Corinthian columns of College Hall will be there shining, as they are today. But what else will join the athletic fields that were not there in 2008, the stunning quadrangle and residence wing that were not there in 2014? How shall this new physical intensity affect our learning community? I think what it will “say” is that boundaries expand and shrink and change on the interior social and personal scale, and on the exterior as well. Our growth will symbolize expanding boundaries and evolving accountabilities, and a new dimension of community with— as always—inclusiveness for all.
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It was a great winter for Regis basketball, as the menâ€™s team captured its first New England Collegiate Conference title, while the womenâ€™s team won the NECC crown for the third straight year. Both teams moved on to the NCAA Division III tournament, with the men dropping a close one to No. 10 Dickinson College and the women falling to perennial powerhouse Montclair State University. And speaking of winter, find out how our warm-weather student-athletes are adapting to the cold realities of New England on page 22.
Children’s Hospital CEO delivers Commencement Address
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Sandra L. Fenwick, chief executive officer of Boston Children’s Hospital, was the featured speaker at Commencement exercises on May 9. An honorary doctoral degree was presented to her during the ceremony. Fenwick joined Boston Children’s Hospital in 1999, was promoted to chief operating officer later that year, and became president in 2008. She was named CEO in 2013—the first woman to lead Boston Children’s Hospital. Previously, Fenwick worked for 20 years in healthcare administration and strategic planning at Beth Israel Hospital and CareGroup, Inc. “Sandi Fenwick is a wonderful professional role model not only for our women students but for our men, too, at a time when administration generally, whether in hospitals, higher education, or industry, is rapidly changing,” says Regis President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. Regis also awarded honorary doctorates to communications consultant and Emmy Award-winning journalist Marjorie Arons-Barron, and to alumna and social justice champion Karen LaFrazia ’82. Arons-Barron, president of Barron Associates Worldwide, is the former longtime editorial director and producer/host at WCVB-TV, Channel 5. LaFrazia is executive director of St. Francis House in Boston, the largest day shelter in New England supporting more than 800 poor and homeless men and women each day. In 2008, LaFrazia received the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Approximately 700 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students received degrees at the 85th Commencement exercises, held for the third year under the tent on the Great Lawn.
ACROSS THE BOARD NEW-LOOK REGIS WEBSITE FEATURES NEW REGIS BLOG
Check out the Regis blog “Across the Board,” launched in fall 2014 to coincide with a new-look Regis website. Featuring contributions and musings from Regis administrators, faculty, and guest writers, the blog covers an array of topics: Catholicism and religion today, poetry and creative writing, college enrollment and affordability, curriculum design and assessment, constructing an iBook and lifelong learning, international and domestic travel, and plenty of other subjects “Across the Board.” The blog is curated by M.J. Doherty, PhD, special assistant to the president. Find it at: regiscollege.edu
New Hires Jane (Hingston) Peck ’79 is the new director of the Regis Library. Previously, she was assistant director of the Framingham Public Library, the fifth busiest public library in Massachusetts. She has also worked at the Wellesley College library, the Needham Public Library, and the technical/business library at NOVA Biomedical in Waltham. Peck earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Regis, and an MLS degree from Simmons College. Rebecca Putnam was named director of the Regis Children’s Center in August 2014. Previously, she was director/marketing manager at the Goddard School in Auburn, Mass., where she worked since 2001. She also teaches at the collegiate level, with Becker College and Dean College on her résumé. She holds an MEd in child development and early childhood education from Wheelock College and a BS in elementary education from York College. Kelly Treseler, the new director of residence life and housing, oversees Regis’s five residence halls, which house more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students. She also plays an integral role in Regis’s Title IX response process and other crisis management procedures. Previously, she was assistant director of residence life at Stonehill College. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston College. Patrick Woods, the new director of leadership giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations, is working with Regis alumni, volunteers, and friends to build meaningful financial support for Regis’s mission and academic priorities. He brings more than 15 years of fund-raising experience at organizations including the University of Connecticut, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Ocean Alliance, and the Museum of Science, Boston. He holds a BA in English from Hobart College.
New Trustees Camille Ferazzi ’69 is very active in the commercial real estate market and serves as tenant relations manager at New City Corporation in Boston, working with commercial tenants in various holdings throughout Suffolk County. She is also property manager at 125 Broad Street in Boston, and owner/manager of The Studio & The Studio Marina in Falmouth, Mass. A committed philanthropist, she owns and operates Cassie’s Place in Falmouth, a sober house for women, has spent many years as philanthropic coordinator at The Rack in Boston, was a founding member of the University of Miami’s Parents Council, and serves on the Humane Society of Broward County in Florida. She was a member of the Class of 1969 Reunion Committee and serves on Regis’s Institutional Advancement Committee. Previously, she taught foreign languages in the Arlington Public Schools.
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New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian kicked off the Liberal Arts Lecture Series this spring with a discussion of “The Writing Life.” Also on the schedule for the inaugural season were Gene Bell-Villada (“On the Ayn Rand Cult and the Slow, Steady Rise of Libertarianism”) and James Lang (“Can Teaching Innovation Revitalize the Liberal Arts?”).
Two hot majors, one cool week Rising high school juniors and seniors seeking to sample college-level academics and campus life, while getting a jump on their admission essays, are encouraged to check out the 2015 Regis Summer Scholars program. Last July’s two-week pilot version of Summer Scholars drew high-schoolers from around the region and overseas, and provided Regis administrators with a solid basis for program evaluation and modification. Summer Scholars 2015 will run for one week—July 12 to 17— with a substantially reduced tuition rate of $695 for five days of classes, room and board, a loaner iPad for each student, and an array of recreational and social activities on and off campus. Participants also receive a Regis tuition voucher for future use. The college-level courses for 2015 center on two red-hot majors and career fields—healthcare and communications—and are led by Regis faculty members. In addition to classes, students will work on college essays while also learning how to navigate the college admission and financial aid process. For details, call 781-768-7162 or visit regiscollege.edu/hsprogram
Mary Ann Walsh Lewis ’74, incoming president and the government liaison of SAVE International, the professional society for Value Enhancing Methodologies, spent her career promoting value-improving practices and construction management. Prior to retiring in 2014, she managed Black & Veatch’s Water Program & Construction Management Practice. She co-founded Lewis & Zimmerman Associates (1982), the Construction Dynamics Group (1983), and CDG International (1991, in the United Kingdom), which were sold in 2004 to ARCADIS. She worked for two U.S. congressmen early in her career. She is a trustee and former chair and director of the nonprofit Lawrence D. Miles Value Foundation. Joseph H. Petrowski is founder and managing director of Mercantor Partners, a private equity group focused on downstream energy distribution and retail convenience. He is past CEO of the combined Cumberland Farms-Gulf Oil Group, the 34th largest private company on the Forbes 500 list. He is a member of the Henry Kravis Institute for Leadership Development, a trustee of Boston College High School, and a former board member of the Financial Economic Institute of Claremont McKenna College. An expert on energy and public policy, regulation, and market development, he has been a contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg Radio, and has testified before Congress and several regulatory agencies on energy and international trade issues.
LIBERAL ARTS LECTURE SERIES
An Apple Distinguished School REGIS AMONG A SELECT GROUP OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES RECOGNIZED BY APPLE
6 REGIS TODAY The pioneering iPad initiative, launched by Regis in 2011, has placed the school among a select group of colleges and universities recognized by Apple for institution-wide programs that exemplify innovation, leadership, educational excellence, and a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. Apple executives came to campus on March 17 to formally present the Apple Distinguished School for 2014–2016 recognition to President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. The event included presentations of iPad-enhanced and integrated education across the curriculum, offered by faculty members from the departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy, History, Nursing, and Public Health. “I am thrilled that Regis is one of an elite number of colleges and universities—about 20 in the whole country—to receive the Apple Distinguished School designation,” said President Hays, “and I continue
to credit our forward-looking faculty, staff—and our always innovative students—who won this recognition for us.” Commented junior Andrew Essington, a Nursing major: “The iPad adds another dimension of understanding to the classes I’m taking. It’s one thing to see a diagram of the heart on the whiteboard, but being able to manipulate a 3D model while seeing the blood flow from chamber to chamber is a completely different experience.” “Regis has always had a learning environment with a personal touch,” said Regis Chief Information Officer Marla Botelho. She and Karin Plumadore, special assistant to Academic Affairs Vice President Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, traveled to Cupertino, Calif., this winter to huddle with representatives from other ADS institutions around the country. “I was very proud to share with other universities what we’ve done and to show how our technological rollout in the last four years has enhanced our commitment to teach and to learn.”
photo: Kathleen Dooher
“The iPad adds another dimension of understanding to the classes I’m taking.”
Putting a Stop to Human Trafficking
REGIS LAUNCHES A NEW DEGREE PROGRAM Regis is launching a new Master of Arts degree program designed to develop highly qualified healthcare professionals and leaders in the rapidly expanding field of counseling psychology. The MA in Counseling Psychology offers two tracks: A 60-credit program to qualify students to sit for the exam for licensure as a mental health counselor; and a 48-credit program for students who do not plan to pursue mental health licensure and/or who plan to enter doctoral study after completion of the MA degree. Program graduates will join a growing group of master’s-level, public-serviceoriented mental health practitioners. There are now over Learn more about 4,500 licensed mental the program at health counselors in http://tinyurl.com/ RegisNewMA Massachusetts alone, according to program director Shelby Ortega, PhD, with employment opportunities nationally expected to increase by 29 percent by 2022. “Our MA program will provide rigorous scholarship and extensive supervised field education while emphasizing the core values of multiculturalism and social justice through the lens of public health and wellness,” says Ortega.
FULBRIGHT FIRST In the fall 2014 issue of Regis Today, we misidentified Regis’s first Fulbright Scholar. Ida (Catignani) Andreani ’49 was the first Fulbright, returning to her Italian roots to study at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. While at Regis, she was active in the Mission Unit and served as editor of Mount Regis. Before graduation, she was accepted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. Her Fulbright experience clearly had a lasting impact, as she continues to make annual pilgrimages to Italy.
A Nursing Simulation Lab in College Hall was recently outfitted with new equipment through a gift of $24,230 from the estate of the late Mary A. Hefron ’55, an active Regis alumna and long-time registrar at Suffolk University. Regis administrators, faculty, and members of the Hefron family attended a January dedication ceremony marking the gift.
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MA in Counseling Psychology
As founding executive director of the nonprofit Multicultural Village, Michelle Cromwell, PhD, has a goal: to build community through experiential dialogues. The program’s 2015 resolution solution service-learning retreat, hosted at Regis in January, focused on raising awareness of human trafficking and how the global crime affects a range of local communities. “Human trafficking is a lot more widespread than we realize or even want to admit,” says Cromwell, associate professor of politics and social justice and Honors Program advisor. “The retreat was very powerful, and one participant was also a survivor of human trafficking, which made it real for others.” The day-long program also included a service project and a dialogue with retreat participants and community members. It was supported by Sister Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, as it aligns with their mission to collaborate to fight human trafficking. Local Natick businesses placed decals in shop windows with the national hotline number to raise awareness about the prevalence of human trafficking in suburban communities. Cromwell founded the Natick-based Multicultural Village in 2008. “We are expanding our focus and educating people about racial injustice and inclusion through meaningful dialogues, which can provide ways to transform difficult issues—and ultimately communities.”
+ Focus on Health In Brief
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CARE DIMENSIONS AND REGIS TO DEVELOP ONLINE AND RESIDENCY HEALTHCARE TRAINING Regis will team up with Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston) to develop two training initiatives: a nurse residency program, and online learning modules for clinical staff. Both projects are aimed at enhancing healthcare staff engagement and retention, and ultimately improving patient care. The program is made possible by a $249,000 Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund Training Grant awarded to Care Dimensions. “As educators of the healthcare workforce of tomorrow, we find this is an exciting opportunity to use today’s interactive teaching tools to reach current healthcare providers, and for our team to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the healthcare industry, including sustaining quality care,” says Penelope Glynn, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Regis. The initiative will help fill a gap in the recruitment of hospice providers, as it will provide mentoring and online training tools. JOHN W. ALDEN TRUST GRANT TO SUPPORT PA RENT TRAINING A $13,000 grant from the John W. Alden Trust will support the project “Evaluation of a Parent Training Program via Written Instructions With and Without Video Modeling.” Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, BCBA-D, will assess the effects of 10 empirically validated tactics combined into one parenting program—a combination that has not been evaluated. Beaulieu, director of
the Applied Behavior Analysis master’s program, aims to enrich the lives of children diagnosed with various disabilities, as well as children who exhibit behavioral problems and are at risk for delinquency. “This work advances the Trust’s focus on issues affecting children with disabilities, and we very much look forward to hearing the results,” says Susan Monahan, trustee and grants coordinator for the John W. Alden Trust. The project also provides training for graduate students enrolled in Regis’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program. The grant complements a Virginia Pyne Kaneb Faculty Scholars Grant. FEDERAL FUNDING SUPPORTS DNP CANDIDATES Regis received an award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are eligible for a low-interest federal loan that offers partial loan forgiveness if they graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty in an accredited school of nursing for a specific period of time. This is the sixth year that Regis has received funding. “The goal of the NFLP at Regis is to support the nursing profession in responding to the continued substantial shortage of doctoral-prepared nursing faculty, thereby enabling access to nursing education to qualified applicants,” says Karen Crowley, DNP, associate professor and director of the of the total DNP program. program budget The federal fundwill be funded ing provides 90 percent ($87,583) of the total $97,314 program budget, with the remaining amount coming from Regis’s Institutional Capital Contribution.
JONI BESHANSKY DIRECTS RCRM PROGRAM Joni Beshansky is an associate professor and the new director of the Regulatory and Clinical Research Management (RCRM) graduate program at Regis. She is recognized nationally as an accomplished scientist and clinical operations leader with extensive experience in developing, designing, and executing complex strategies for major healthcare research initiatives and clinical trials. Prior to joining Regis in 2014, she was associate director of the Center for Cardiovascular Health Services Research in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, and an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, a faculty position she continues to hold. She was co-founder and associate director of a master’s and PhD program in clinical translational science at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University, and mentored numerous pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows and faculty. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Lesley University, an MPH from Boston University, and is completing her doctoral degree in law and policy at Northeastern University. Regis offers a master’s degree and graduate certificates in RCRM to help students navigate the increasingly complex areas of drug, device, and biologics regulatory affairs, health economics and reimbursement, health policy and development, and clinical trial management. The program is designed to fit the schedules of working professionals through evening, weekend, and virtual class options.
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CHERLIE MAGNY-NORMILUS HONORED
Partners In Health co-founders Paul Farmer, MD, and Ophelia Dahl joined President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, and dozens of alumni and friends at an October 29 fund-raising event to support the Regis Haiti Project. The celebration was held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Paul Farmer (left), chief strategist for PIH, was special guest speaker at the fundraiser. Ophelia Dahl (right), longtime executive director and now chair of the board of PIH, served as honorary co-chair of the event, along with Regis trustee and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III, Read more about CEO of O’Neill & Associates. Event sponsors the fund-raiser and included Jim and Karen Ansara, Diane and Farmer’s remarks at http://tinyurl.com/ Al Kaneb, trustee John Tegan, Brigham and regispartnersforhaiti Women’s Hospital, John and Beverly Barry, Partners In Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Tom and Shelley M. O’Neill. The Regis Haiti Project, launched in 2007, is a “teach-the-teachers” initiative led by Regis, PIH, the Haitian Ministry of Health, and public and private nursing school leaders in Haiti. The project provides master’s-level education and training for Haitian nurse educators who in turn help create a growing cadre of nursing professionals in the island nation.
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Partners for Haiti … and Global Health
Cherlie Magny-Normilus, assistant professor of nursing and director of policy and advocacy for the Regis Haiti Project, was named a changemaker on The Haitian Roundtable 1804 List for 2015. The Haitian Roundtable 1804 List, named in honor of Haiti’s year of independence, recognizes Haitian-Americans in the United States who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession, proven themselves to be forces for change in their communities, and helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community. “I am deeply gratified to be so recognized,” Magny-Normilus said at a March 21 gala in New York City. “I credit my parents, Haitian immigrants to the United States, for encouraging my siblings and me to be educated. Education is the fundamental path of human change and social justice.” Magny-Normilus is a clinical research nurse practitioner at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is involved in a number of community service projects, including Magny’s HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention in Haiti, and The Health Ministry at Eagle Heights Church in Revere, Mass. She has also been honored with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Ujima Award (2011), the Regis Graduate Leadership Award (2011), and the Massachusetts Hospital Association Scholarship (2010). “Cherlie has been the heart and soul of our connection to Haitian nursing faculty who are gaining their master’s degrees and influencing countless other nurses in Haiti through education,” says President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN.
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A Gift in Memory BY J OHN T E GA N
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Lorraine DeStefano Tegan ’63 and I were married on February 8, 1964, having only met in September 1963. We were recent first-generation college graduates and teachers at Revere Junior High. Most of our friends and family did not give us much of a chance to succeed because of our different personalities: Lorraine was a feminist, a confident woman influenced by the Sisters of St. Joseph who taught her that gender should never limit your success; I grew up in a tough neighborhood, a little rough around the edges— but Lorraine squared me away very rapidly! We proved friends and family wrong, as we were married for 48 years—with four children and 11 grandchildren—when Lorraine died of breast cancer in February 2012. Over time, the Regis community and faithful alums have always been present and supportive during our journey. After Lorraine’s death, our family wanted to plan a celebration of her life and did not want the venue to be a funeral home, which we felt could be cold and impersonal. I asked our children for suggestions and one of our daughters said, ‘Why not call President Hays at Regis?’ I did call and will never forget Dr. Hays’s response. After a brief pause, she said, “You would honor us by having Lorraine’s celebration of life here at Regis.” The Regis staff helped plan the event with our family. It was a great tribute to a faithful alumna who loved the school, and it tightened the bond between Lorraine’s family and the extended Regis family.
The Tegan family believes that Regis’s sense of community is more important than ever in our world today. The charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph permeates the university and is reflected by the students as you walk through the campus today, much like it was when Lorraine was an undergraduate at Regis (except now there are men as well as women!). Scores of firstgeneration college students still give a unique identity to the school, representing many different cultures and extending the Regis family into a global forum. One such nationally and internationally recognized project is in Haiti—the “teach-the-teachers” nursing education program has become a model for other parts of the world. [See related story, page 9.] Regis has been and always will be an important resource for women, and now for men as well. Its Catholic culture and values are instilled in every aspect of the institution—a rarity in today’s world. Lorraine spent many hours as a student, an alumna, and a trustee supporting important initiatives to enhance Regis’s academic programs, and to make that experience even more compelling to prospective students. She was surprised to find out that women’s colleges were so poorly supported. Starting with her own husband, she began efforts to involve more spouses in the school’s philanthropic programs. Our family’s gift to Regis is a result of Lorraine’s vision. We have always believed that “the Regis experience” deserves to be significantly supported. Lorraine would be extremely pleased that a gift from her family was given to launch the creation of a new “Learning Commons” in the heart of the Regis Library and continue this tradition of support. “To whom much is given much is expected.”
Lorraine DeStefano Tegan ’63 was a Regis trustee from 2006 to 2012. John Tegan was elected a trustee in 2013.
11 SPRING 2015 BUILDING REGIS TOGETHER The Lorraine Tegan Learning Commons in the heart of the Regis Library honors a deeply committed alumna and trustee, whose family recently pledged a $1 million gift in her memory. The Tegan Learning Commons is a central piece of Phase I of the Regis campus development Master Plan. The first floor of the reimagined building features new spaces for study, areas for students and others to congregate with friends, a cafĂŠ, and an amphitheater-style exterior staircase leading to a new entryway. The exterior staircase ties into a brick plaza and walkwayâ€”part of the newly transformed quadrangle bordered by College Hall, St. Joseph Hall, the Student Union/Alumnae Hall, and the new 72-bed residence building connected to Maria Hall. Phase I completion is set for this summer, with a celebration scheduled for September 10 (see back cover).
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PATRICIA D’AMORE ’73 A N D HER VISION FOR F IG HT IN G EYE DISE ASE
Try this job posting on for size: “Research Scientist, Administrator, and Educator wanted. Advanced degrees required. Managerial experience essential. Ongoing scramble for shrinking funds. Long hours. Salary not commensurate. Countless other responsibilities as assigned.” Not the most appealing opportunity in today’s career scene—and certainly not one envisioned by a young woman from Everett, Mass., who arrived on the Regis campus as a freshman in 1969 with no real sense of what she wanted to do with her life. But it has all come together very nicely for Patricia D’Amore ’73, and to the benefit of the ophthalmological community in its march against the calamitous effects of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases. D’Amore is director of research and senior scientist at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, and director of the Howe Laboratory and associate chief of basic and translational research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. They are part of Harvard University, where D’Amore also holds several titles within the Ophthalmology Department of Harvard Medical School, including Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology, professor of pathology, and vice-chair of basic research.
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he focus of her work is the human vasculature—which she describes as the plumbing system supplying blood from the heart to the rest of the body—and angiogenesis—the growth of new blood vessels and specifically capillaries. Last spring, D’Amore was part of a group presented with the Champalimaud Vision Award; in ophthalmology circles, it is akin to a Nobel. This spring, she will receive the Proctor Medal, the highest award from the Association for Vision and Ophthalmology.
GENESIS OF A SCIENCE CAREER Like many of her Regis classmates, D’Amore was a first-generation college student. Her parents knew the importance of higher education (and by Pat’s count, the six D’Amore children have 13 academic degrees among them), but aspects such as a major were not on the radar screen. “I was clueless, frankly,” she recalls. “I had no idea about a career path. I was just sort of going in whatever way.” But she was open to inspiration, and a pair of science classes taught by Sisters Cabrini Angelli, CSJ, and Cecilia Agnes Mulrennan, CSJ, piqued her interest. So, too, did a related field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to learn about radiation, and a summer research experience at a field station in upper Michigan (“though I realized, ‘okay this is fun, but I definitely don’t want to collect bugs for a living’ ”). What really got her focused as an undergraduate, however, was a two-summer research fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Mass., funded through a regional business and philanthropic organization. “There weren’t a lot of research opportunities for young women at the time, especially for those at small liberal arts schools,” she notes. At St. Elizabeth’s, D’Amore worked in the lab of a young
physician who specialized in hematology, which exposed her to both research and patient visits. “She got me very interested in aspects of the vasculature because of some of the pathology she used to see in her patients who were lacking platelets,” says D’Amore. “When I decided to go to graduate school, I looked for somebody working on the vasculature, which was new at that time.” It was a very compelling field, she adds. “There was a researcher at Boston University who was starting to tissue-culture these cells and I ended up going to his lab to do my PhD. So I had been basically doing the same general kind of research since I was at Regis.” THAT’S DEE-AMOR-AY The BA from Regis and the PhD from BU are in biology. D’Amore did a post-doctoral fellowship in biological chemistry and ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, followed by 18 years at Boston Children’s Hospital before joining Schepens in 1999. Along the way, she earned an MBA from Northeastern University, which prompts her to explain the pronunciation of her last name because in 2012 Northeastern’s business school was named in honor of her brother Richard, a very successful venture capitalist, and his friend and fellow alumnus and benefactor Alan McKim. “It’s DEE-amor-AY. Not DAHmore. I’m the only one in my family who pronounces it right,” she says with a laugh. “I can’t pronounce it wrong; it is such a nice name. The only people who have introduced me correctly when I give talks are people who are not native English speakers.” Such introductions—whether or not the pronunciation is accurate—are a common occurrence for D’Amore, given her prominence in ophthalmology research and education. She is particularly fond of the teaching and mentoring pieces, at Harvard Medical School
and occasionally during summers at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole on Cape Cod. “It keeps me connected to academics, to students. Otherwise I can sometimes feel isolated. It’s good work. I love it.” D’Amore’s role of teacher comes in handy for the nonscientific layperson interviewing her in her Schepens Institute office, which branches off a larger lab where her small team is busy at work. “Basically, my background is in blood vessels, capillaries, and the growth of small blood vessels, which is called angiogenesis,” she explains. “I became interested in how they grow or don’t grow—or grow at the wrong time. So I did some work on how they develop, but mostly I’ve always focused on ‘why do they grow when they’re not supposed to.’ ” Such growth is a key factor in several eye diseases, she says, and two in particular: diabetic retinopathy, and the wet form of macular degeneration (as opposed to the dry form, which is the most common form of macular degeneration). “If you’ve ever heard about people who’ve lost vision from diabetes, that’s a blood vessel problem,” she says. “In both forms of macular degeneration, the macula—the small part of the retina responsible for central vision—gets affected, but in the dry form it’s age-related and in the wet form there are blood vessels growing. The wet form is a relatively small percentage, probably about 10 percent, but it is so destructive and it causes about 90 percent of the associated vision loss.” CHALLENGES + REWARDS Like most anyone who pursues funded research, D’Amore extols the research aspect but bemoans the funding part. The need for support is never-ending and the cost of research ever-climbing, but grants from various sources— largely the federal government via the National Institutes of Health
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and other such agencies, and to a far lesser degree corporate and private entities—continue to shrink. It’s a far different scenario than a decade ago, let alone when she began her career. “It’s a hard time for researchers … and many are losing hope,” she says. “I’ve heard of people getting their first grant at age 40. I was 25 when I got my first grant. I worry that we’re losing a current generation and risking our next generation of basic scientists because they’re jumping ship and going to do different things.” But the personal and professional rewards of breakthrough research and treatment to prevent blindness are nearly indescribable, says D’Amore of the work that led to the Proctor Medal. “It’s been a very large group of people doing the work, and it’s nice to feel that you did something that was beneficial. That makes it all worth it.” She then returns to her arrival on the Regis campus in fall 1969, to her biology courses, to the Sisters of St. Joseph who taught them, to the opportunities—and offers the scientist’s perspective of her path to success. “You can trace it all back,” she says. “It is one of those cases where if I hadn’t gone to Regis, then I wouldn’t have done the summer fellowships, and I wouldn’t have met the mentors I had. And that’s really where and how I got interested in vascular stuff, and that’s why I’m here now.”
It is one of those cases where if I hadn’t gone to Regis, then I wouldn’t have done the summer fellowships, and I wouldn’t have met the mentors I had. And that’s really where and how I got interested in vascular stuff, and that’s why I’m here now.”
ST O RY B Y N A O MI K O O K E R PHOTOS BY K AT H L E E N D O O H E R
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Writıng a Life
How a professor’s passion pushes students to improve —their schoolwork and life— with a click of a pen (or tap of the keys)
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assistant professor of English and the Writing Program director, cuts the lights in his classroom. The opening scene of “Apocalypse Now” appears on the screen—no sound. His students in EN-223 Rhetoric: Art & Written Communication sit in an eerie quiet as images of a fiery blaze engulf palm trees. The camera pans to an unkempt Martin Sheen (the students guess the actor correctly) dragging on a cigarette, vacantly staring upward as a helicopter rotor blade fades into a ceiling fan, a gun and glass of booze nearby. When the lights come up, D’Aries is all questions: “What are we introduced to first and how? Is it a character or a setting? Are we up close in the character’s face or is the camera far away? What are the first details we notice? What tone or mood is set right from the start?” When students respond, he keeps asking: “What else?” The students notice the alcohol, the cigarette, the gun, and Sheen’s spaciness as signs of posttraumatic stress syndrome. It’s all in the details and the way the camera delivers the visual narrative. D’Aries shows the clip again, this time with sound. The Doors’ downbeat anthem “The End” adds a somber psychedelic synchronicity to the images, and the scene takes on another dimension. Later in the semester, D’Aries will give examples of a written equivalent of a “zoomed in” shot versus a “zoomed out” shot—filmmaking terms he’s jotted on the whiteboard—and have students write about their favorite films from those two perspectives.
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“When we take a look at TV shows, movies, or news, everything has a bias,” says Taylor Raucher, a senior in D’Aries’s rhetoric class. “Being able to critically look at a piece of visual media and analyze it rhetorically is something very useful; to apply that to real life is really valuable.” Talk to students who sit through a “Professor D” or “D’Aries” writing class and you’ll get a singular voice: They love him and his approach to teaching. Hate writing or are critical of your own writing? Take a Professor D class. Unsure of your major? Take a Professor D class, but be forewarned: You may end up an English major. “The lives of our students and our department as a whole have been truly enriched since Anthony took on the role of Writing Program director here at Regis,” says Julia Lisella, PhD, associate professor of English and author of several poetry books. “He brings his passion for writing into the classroom, he inspires the students he advises on Regis’s Hemetera literary journal, and he’s brought a level of seriousness to his students about what it means to be a writer.”
my quiet way of making noise, of being heard.” ANTHONY D’ARIES
D’Aries started teaching at Regis in the fall of 2013. His passion for writing—coupled with his own work as a writer—has lifted the craft to a new level at Regis and for anyone who’s participated in his classes. Whether he’s holding class, leading a faculty workshop, or engaged in his own work (he’s 50 pages into his first novel), D’Aries evangelizes that creative writing can build confidence in students, change perspectives, open doors, open minds and, ultimately, change a life—a tall order for the art and craft of putting thoughts on paper. At a glance, D’Aries, 32, passes for a grad student himself. Sporting a trimmed beard, jeans and a pullover sweater, his demeanor is laid back, friendly, and down-to-earth for a guy who’s earned bragging rights from his first book, “The Language of Men: A Memoir” (Hudson Whitman/ Excelsior College Press, 2012). The book explores gender roles and communication in a maledominated, working-class family— sparked by his father’s time in the Vietnam War. “He didn’t share combat stories,” says D’Aries, “but
rather candid depictions of his relationships with Vietnamese prostitutes. There seemed to be an unspoken agreement between us that this was ‘just what guys did,’ and that I, as a man, wasn’t supposed to ask questions.” Ask questions, he did. “The female perspective on the Vietnam War served as the backdrop to my exploration of my own immediate family and the traditional gender roles I grew up with but did not question until I began to write.” The book received the PEN/ New England Discovery Prize in nonfiction, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year (Gold/Autobiography), and other awards. Acclaimed author Andre Dubus III, whom D’Aries brought to campus last fall to speak with students and faculty, calls his friend a “major new talent.” The act of writing “Language” defies the stereotype that memoir, as a genre, belongs to women. “Somehow trying to make sense of your memories is perceived as feminine and, quote-un-quote, not real writing,” says D’Aries. Part of finding his voice in “Language” is what he espouses to his students. “I strive to nurture in emerging writers a curiosity for words, a healthy relationship with doubt, and a desire to communicate with the larger world,” he says. Reading is an integral part of the creative writing process. “I really admire the way Anthony brings that integrity of reading literature and understanding it to the project of writing,” says Lisella. “You can’t be a good writer without being a good reader, and that’s apparent in the way Anthony approaches teaching both creative and nonfiction writing. It’s a commitment to language in a very personal way.” In a faculty development workshop on how to create intensive
Leonard Paul III was a prelaw major until he realized that wasn’t his passion. “At the end of freshman year, I was undeclared and pretty unsure about what to do,” says the Regis sophomore. “Occasionally, I would stick around after class and talk to D’Aries about writing, books, or movies, and about how even though I loved writing and English studies, I didn’t want to get an English degree just to end up teaching. “D’Aries encouraged me to view writing and an English degree as a way of thinking and approaching life. English teaches us how to think critically, empathize, and create—attributes important to any career and life as a whole. I was pushed to pursue a major that involved my passion,” says Paul. “He’s a cool teacher.” The professor’s use of film, music, and photographs—the visual aids of pop culture—in his writing classes comes honestly. “Film and music were my first inspirations, not literature,” says D’Aries. “I only started to read seriously when I began writing more, say in middle school or high school.” A shy kid growing up in Northport on Long Island, D’Aries preferred being alone. “I think writing was my quiet way of making noise, of being heard,” he says. “I still feel that in a way. I’m more vocal now, of course—otherwise my students would be bored to death—but I think most writers understand the need for solitude.” His father ran the deli department at Walbaum’s supermarket; his mother cleaned houses. “You could go a few blocks in one direction and there were people worse off than us or you could go the other direction and stare at the mansions on the cliff overlooking our town,” D’Aries recalls. “I remember my mother
was the first teacher who made me love writing.”
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driving up the hills to clean those houses. That stuck with me.” When he’s in his routine, D’Aries writes at least two hours every morning, juggling writing and teaching with being a husband to Vanessa, his wife with whom he traveled to Vietnam as part of the research for his memoir, and being a new father to their son, Otis. “I don’t think creativity can be taught,” says D’Aries, “but we can create an encouraging, welcoming space where new creative writers can explore different genres and try out new forms. “There has to be a foundation of curiosity and sometimes that foundation is so deeply buried or a student hasn’t been given a chance to dig down to it and he or she might think they’re ‘not creative enough’ or ‘not the creative type.’ But really, I think it’s just a matter of presenting the student with different ‘doors’ into a creative piece.” Back in EN-223, D’Aries stirs up questions about dialogue and sound. “Is anybody talking? Is it just two people talking, a cacophony of noise like a restaurant? Is it silent, loud conversation? Yelling?” The students respond. The answers come. And D’Aries keeps asking: “What else?”
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writing courses, D’Aries peppers his instruction with quotes: “We write to become the person who can finish the work.” “Pick the right verb, you never need an adverb.” “Writing tools as transferable skills.” With this last sentiment, he offers the template of creative writing. “I teach students to see the writing process as a transferable set of skills—development, drafting, revising, proofreading—that can be applied to any discipline, any writing assignment.” As a member of PEN/New England’s Freedom-to-Write Committee, D’Aries has taught workshops in prisons, shelters, and residential care facilities. He is helping to coordinate a “Writing About Trauma” conference scheduled for this fall in Boston. “The conference will feature panels and discussions on what trauma is, how traumatic memories are stored and accessed, and the role that writing and revising personal narratives can have in empowering survivors of traumatic events,” says D’Aries. In his classes he creates a safe environment for his students by listening, by honoring and respecting their opinions, and by leading them through discussions of literature that support and challenge those opinions. “The same approach I use for my undergraduate and graduate workshops.” His approach pays off. “Professor D was the first teacher who made me love writing, and my own writing,” says sophomore Sara Weaver, who took D’Aries’s Creative Writing Workshop this spring semester. “Before my freshman year, I was always very critical of my writing. I was always telling myself that I could have done better. But Professor D showed me that I am a really good writer, which is something I should be proud of.”
S TORY BY BRYAN GEARY P H OTOS BY KATH LEEN DO O HER
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Wƒrm-weƒther students tƒke Regis ƒthletics by storm
First sign of spring! Snow starts to melt away on campus after a record 100-plus inches of snow this winter.
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100+ inches of snow.
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The coldest February in years. Blizzard-induced school closings. It was some kind of winter—the type that drives even the most seasoned New Englanders to the brink of packing up and moving south. Ask a bunch of warm-weather students who did just the opposite, however—they packed up and moved north to Regis—about the winter we just had and you’ll get a wide range of answers:
“The snow is AWESOME! And the snow days are even better!” —SHAY FABER ’18 (WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL; FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.)
“Not many people can say the first winter they experienced was 100-plus inches of snow!” — MARCOS AGUIRRE ’18 (MEN’S VOLLEYBALL; NORWALK, CALIF.)
“During a practice one day in March, my ears had the strangest feeling from the cold.” —TAIS SALLES ’18 (WOMEN’S SOCCER; FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.)
“The weather is wonderful, but it’s also bizarre.” —MIKE MCCLOSKEY ’15 (MEN’S BASKETBALL; WINTER SPRINGS, FLA.)
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GARVEN CHARLES ’18 BASKETBALL
This “bizarre” experience is becoming more familiar as Regis expands recruitment outside of New England. “The number of students from areas of the country where Regis has not typically recruited has nearly doubled since 2009,” says Paul Vaccaro, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “A majority of them are student-athletes.” The shift in focus comes in response to the fact that many areas around the country will face a decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years. Vaccaro and the admission staff at Regis identified three states—Florida, Texas, and California—as ideal areas to expand their efforts. There are a number of factors that make these ideal markets, including projections that the number of high school graduates will actually increase in all three states. Vaccaro also notes that students are able to get a direct flight from those areas to either Boston
EVAN STONE ’16 VOLLEYBALL
CRYSTINA LATHROP ’18 VOLLEYBALL
JAIWON MARTIN ’17 BASKETBALL
cƒliforniƒ JACKIE SILVER ’15 VOLLEYBALL
JOSH BAZAIL ’18 LACROSSE
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or Providence, a major factor when you consider travel distance. And how do Regis students adjust to this distance? Although it could be daunting while simultaneously adjusting to college life, you wouldn’t know it from talking to them. “When I got here, I really noticed just how friendly everyone was,” says Coral Springs, Fla., native Jaiwon Martin, a sophomore on the men’s basketball team. “It really feels like a family,” says Tais Salles ’18, a women’s soccer player who traveled from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. “I feel okay being away from home.” “The community at Regis is extremely supportive of studentathletes,” adds women’s volleyball sophomore Kristina Del Ray, a Miami, Fla., native. “No matter how tough things may get, you always feel like you’re at home.” For Crystina Lathrop ’18, a Houston, Texas, native on the women’s volleyball team, the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph that define Regis have
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“Our coaches are aggressively recruiting around the country to improve our overall athleticism,” says Riley. “We have great roots in the New England states and Massachusetts, but in our recent championship run we had studentathletes from 12 different states. Our national efforts are an important part of our success.” Vaccaro adds that Regis’s strong track record recruiting studentathletes has paved the way for the entire admission department. “It’s much easier for us to knock on doors given how many athletes have been successful at Regis coming from these states,” he says. The reputation and visibility are things that current studentathletes believe in; many say they would tell others in their hometowns that Regis is a great place to “be challenged,” to “be pushed to your limits as an athlete,” and to “grow as an individual.” Josh Bazail, a freshman lacrosse player from Miami, Fla., also stressed the “tremendous education” he knew he would receive if he chose Regis. Bazail had a glowing word-of-mouth endorsement from fellow men’s lacrosse player and Christopher Columbus High School graduate Nicky Rodrigo ’16. “After hearing all the great things about Regis from Nicky, when Coach [Josh] Blumenthal reached out to me I was very interested in joining the Pride family,” says Bazail. And if you have jitters about leaving home, “Don’t be afraid,” Martin says. “Regis is a microcosm of the real world that’s waiting for you once you graduate. I can’t believe how many connections I’ve made already. I’m expanding my network and I know it will be worth it.” Even in the midst of a brutal winter, students from all across the country are warming to the idea of life at Regis.
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only reinforced this strong family atmosphere. “It’s such a beautiful campus, and the fact that Regis believes in such strong and positive values makes it even more beautiful to me,” she says. And now that they feel at home, they’re beginning to branch out in new ways. Martin, for example, is an active Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. “Coach [Nathan] Hager is always encouraging us to get out there and be involved,” he says. “The Regis career fair, community service, whatever it is—they want us to broaden our horizons and make connections.” Martin, who helped the men’s basketball team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance this year, has some favorite Regis moments: marching in a Weston community parade and storming the field after Boston College beat the University of Southern California in football this past fall. “We were working concessions at the BC-USC game to help raise money for our team, and after the third quarter they let us stop and watch the game,” he says. “It was crazy.”
Another big factor for studentathletes coming to Regis is proximity to Boston. Salles, who was admitted directly into the Nursing program, says Regis really stood out to her in this regard. “The Regis shuttle bus and the MBTA make getting into Boston much easier than I thought it would be, honestly,” she says. “My friends and I take the train in almost every weekend.” Salles says her excursions have taken her ice skating at Frog Pond, shopping at Faneuil Hall, and to Wahlburgers in Hingham to sample gourmet burgers made famous by the Wahlberg family (including celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie). That’s the fun stuff; what she really loves is the number of hospitals nearby. “It was one of those situations where I didn’t fully realize how connected Regis is and what I could do here until I got here this past fall,” she says of her plans for a career in healthcare. “It’s really great.” Vaccaro and the admission staff at Regis agree that prospective students from California seem to have a particular attraction to New England— specifically Boston, “a mecca of higher education.” “I was very intrigued with New England, and Boston more specifically,” says Evan Stone ’16, a men’s volleyball player from Stockton, Calif. “I pushed very hard to be able to come to Regis. Being a ‘California boy’ doesn’t prep you for life here, but I’ve learned so much.” Director of Athletics Rob Riley notes the extremely successful run for Regis teams in recent years and, with a nod toward the championship banners hanging throughout the gymnasium, says a big part of that success has been recruiting players from beyond New England.
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left to right: Ann McManus Joyce ’62, Barbara O’Neil Natale ’59, Catherine O’Connor Johnson ’59, Mary McCauley Higgins ’62. 03 Left to right: Trustee Maureen Doherty CSJ, ’68, Maud Duvilaire, President Antoinette M. Hays, and trustee Mary Ann Walsh Lewis ’74, gathered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston for a Haiti Project fund-raiser in October.
01 Graduate student Ashley Castor ’13 (top left) visited with Roberta Macdonald ’35 (bottom left) at Youville Assisted Living in Cambridge, Mass., where Ashley and Roberta met and continue their friendship today. Joining them are Betty Ann Hynes Elliott ’49 and Christina Duggan, director of alumni relations and donor engagement. 02 Regis’s most generous alumni and donors enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner for the President’s Associates and Circles event in October. From
04 Trustee Anita Brennan-Sarmiento ’77 hosted a reception in Puerto Rico in February. Left to right: Carmen Davila ’83, Teresa ShorterBenitez ’82, Sandra Pujals Ramirez ’78, Leany Godas de Martinez ’78, Yamila Rodriguez. 05 Alumnae enjoyed brunch in Brighton, Mass., at Devlin’s Restaurant in January. Clockwise from left: Kathryn Bloomquist ’05, Kelly Moran ’99, Carolyn Dandurand ’03, Jena Murphy ’93. 06 A group from the Class of 1983 had a reunion of their own. Clockwise from left: Donna Deangelis Ricciardelli, Laura Ditargiani Lamere, Susan Ryan-Tierney, Cathy Foley-Lewis. 07 Regis alumni and friends gathered in Naples for the annual
St. Patrick’s Day parade with President Antoinette M. Hays, Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Miriam Finn Sherman ’98, Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement Christina Duggan, and trustee Carole Fiorine Barrett ’63. 08 Class of 1950 grads came together for the Golden Tower Luncheon, a tradition that was moved to September in 2014. 09 Nearly 40 alumni and friends attended the annual NYC reception at the Union League Club hosted by Eileen Langenus ’78 and her husband, Peter Langenus, a Regis trustee. 10 Class of 1965 members geared up for their 50th Reunion by meeting at the annual Hollyfest Luncheon on the Cape in December. 11 Members of the Alumni Board planned and attended the inaugural Merry Mingle, a more casual rendition of the annual Holly Tea. Left to right: Melinda Hanlon Powers ’85, Nancy MacKenzie Connelly ’70, Amelia Aubourg ’03, ’06, Donna Ribaudo Schow ’81, Joanne Lynch Schamberg ’81, Heather Wojcik ’99.
Upcoming Alumni Events 2015-2016 Regis at the Red Sox July 7, 2015 Fenway Park
Alumni Trip to Ireland July 17 to 25, 2015
Cape Cod Luncheon August 6, 2015 Willowbend Country Club Mashpee, Mass.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration September 10, 2015 Regis campus
President’s Associates and Circles Dinner
Golden Tower Luncheon
September 25, 2015 Regis campus
Memorial Liturgy and Brunch November 15, 2015 Regis campus
December 2, 2015 Dan’l Webster Inn, Sandwich, Mass.
NYC Christmas Reception December 11, 2015 Union League Club, New York, NY
Reunion Weekend 2016 May 13 to 15, 2016 Regis campus
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September 10, 2015 Regis campus
1940 75th Reunion
✒ Mary Kerr Lynch, 275 Mirick Road,
✒ Annette P. Pendergast, 101
Golden Tower Luncheon with my daughter, Mary Lynch Cadwallader, and enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest representative from the earliest class. At our table a fun group of alumnae from the classes of 1942, 1943, and 1945 shared conversation. In 2014, I enjoyed multiple trips to my daughter, Kathleen Lynch O’Donoghue ’67’s home in Florida. I enjoy the attentions of my 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. I continue to live in Princeton in my “in-law” apartment. ¶ Sadly, I received a letter from Mary’s daughter, Denise Sampson Powers, that Mary Sampson Schmidt passed away on November 20, 2014. In her note she mentioned that Mary considered me a classmate and also a friend. I enjoyed our phone chatter over many decades of phone calls from California. She will be missed. Mary is survived by her 4 children and their spouses, her beloved 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. ¶ Martha Mitten Hosinski continues to reside in a condominium in South Bend, IN. Martha’s three sons live locally while her daughters, Anne Hosinski Madden ’67 and Claire, live in Oregon. Martha was very active while at Regis. ¶ Geraldine Burke Morrill continues to enjoy residing in Plantation Village in North Carolina. Gerrie keeps busy with her many activities with her six children, who live throughout the U.S. ¶ Mary Hastings Kilcoyne continues to live in the family home in Clinton, MA, with her son Timothy. Mary and I enjoy reminiscing about Regis activities. She is in generally good health. ¶ Marie Dillon Marcellino enjoys her Lexington condominium in the winter and the Cape in the summer. With four of her children, and her late husband Bill’s six children, Marie is surrounded by loving family members. ¶ On January 20, 2015, Marie Scanlon Flaherty passed away. Marie was a beloved and devoted wife for 46 years of Matthew F. Flaherty, whom she had known for over 58 years. A beautiful funeral mass was held at St. Mary of the Nativity Church in Scituate Harbor. The pastor, Father John Keegan, mentioned that Marie and Matt were dedicated parishioners. I will continue to talk with Matt—a happy twosome separated. May the Lord continue to shower his blessings on Regis College, “high on the hilltop.”
each one of you a happy and healthy New Year in 2015. It doesn’t seem possible that 1945 to 2015 is a 70-year span to arrive at one reunion year. This past November 16, 2014, was the date of our memorial mass for our alumni and it was held at the chapel in College Hall. Mary E. Flaherty and Helen M. Riordan were remembered at the liturgy. I attended the mass and the brunch at the foyer and I sat with the alumnae of the class of 1949. I’m delighted to tell you this news that I received a note from the Alumni Relations office regarding our 70th Reunion. A class meeting is something I think would be great to get newsy happenings during our past years. Hopefully we will be seeing each other soon. I’m looking forward to it. Stay happy and healthy.
Princeton, MA 01541, 978-464-5611 I, Mary Kerr Lynch, attended the 2014
1945 70th Reunion
Weatherbee Drive, Westwood, MA 02090, 781-326-1230 ¶ I’d like to wish
✒ Joan Doherty Mahoney, 32 Surrey Lane, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-259-7361, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ First of all we want to congratulate Ann O’Hare Smith, one of our co-presidents, on
her niece Elizabeth O’Hare. Hopefully you all enjoyed the past issue of Regis Today with a picture of Elizabeth and her daughter from Guatemala on the cover. Also Ann is the only one I know of from our class who has received a note from an ex-president of the United States. The residents of Kennebunkport, ME, were invited to a belated 91st birthday party for our ex-president George Bush, and all were asked if they wished, to bring a small cake. Ann’s was one of the 91 cakes chosen as special and received a note of thanks from the president. Now if anyone has had anything happen with one of our ex-presidents or the one in office please let me know so we can share these happenings. ¶ Lucille Noonan Blue lives in a retirement complex in Pennsylvania. She moved there from California as her daughter lives in the area. She had lived in West Hartford, CT, for 30 years and loved it and has recently gone to Pennsylvania. She sounded very well and happy even though she had a stroke 20 years ago which left her left side mostly paralyzed. This year she fell and broke her coccyx and when almost better, fell and broke her wrist. In spite of four
spinal surgeries and being a survivor of breast cancer she rode an elephant in Africa 20 years ago. Lucille has 3 children and 5 grandchildren, one planning a wedding in October. ¶ Nancy Larrabee Endicott had three children with her first husband who died when the last was in college. She married 8 years later to William Endicott. Nancy had her 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren with her this past Christmas. She had been a school teacher for 23 years and is still volunteering at the library. She considers herself very fortunate and we had a great talk. ¶ Gloria Faretra is a retired child psychologist and has not been back to Regis for reunions. She told me as a young girl her folks took her to see Regis and she loved the drive up to College Hall. Never thought she’d be lucky enough to go there, but when she received the pictures Sister Louisella painted she framed them and has them on her wall. ¶ Unfortunately when I called Mary McLean Flanagan a son answered and said “Maisie” had a massive stroke early December and died on the 23rd. It was very moving as he said his wife who always loved Maisie took care of her until the very end. ¶ Another nice phone call I got was from Clare Hailer Dennis who returned my call; some don’t. She had been at our 60th Reunion but was with the group who came Friday due to the mix up! She has five children and one grandson so they are very blessed as a family. One of her daughters was very involved with Haiti and the education of the young down there long before the earthquake. She works in San Francisco but unfortunately is at home recuperating from a broken neck. Sounds like all her children are really social workers in the true sense. ¶ Jean McDonald Snyder is still our “working lady” unless someone else is and please let us know. ¶ Beverly Freeman Ganley lived in Maryland near Frederick and when her husband died went to live at the Cape in a cottage her mother and aunt had. It was built in 1955 and she loves Cape Cod at all times. Having been a lifeguard in Lexington many years ago she loves to swim and goes anytime she can. You will be getting a call some year but I’ve been out of commission for some time this past year due to a staph infection and I’m much better. ¶ Our poet Jane McGrath is going to Washington, D.C. next week to spend a little time with her nephew. Perhaps she’ll write another poem while there. And here is another one of
her very touching poems: The summer of 1945/I was eighteen that summer after VE day/When they came home/old friends and new/our energy spilling out onto the hot sand/no one knew when/ they would leave again/for another war. An August day the sea like glass/a land wind from the marsh/wrestling newspapers on the stand/ the large black headline/a picture of a mushroom cloud /the edge of darkness uttered the words /the war is over. The relationships/form on the edge of a precipice/mellowed in the endless summer days. We saw out future in the/sunsets lighting up the skies/the cloud of death/that changed our lives/a world away.
✒ Betty Ann Hynes Elliott, 38 Oxford
Road, Wellesley, MA 02481, 781-2354697, email@example.com ¶ Ann McGrath Cullinan’s son Brian was one
65th Reunion ✒ Mary Daily Neylon, 69 Viola Street,
Lowell, MA 01851, 978-453-4237, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Anne Swiston O’Hara, 55 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, MA 01930, 978-525-3227, alfreda1928@ gmail.com ✒ Jacqueline Choquette Picard, 2970 Mendon Road, Unit 189, Cumberland, RI 02864, 401-658-0625, email@example.com ¶ As I, Mary Daily Neylon, am putting these notes
together, we are awaiting a blizzard to bring us two feet of snow. Right now I am envying all who live in the South. Anne Alfreda Swiston O’Hara has been on the phone recently and has gathered much information for this column. She talked with Mary Kilcoyne Choquette recently from her home in New Orleans. Mary’s health problems have improved and she is enjoying life.
She loves to read and recommends the latest book she finished, The Life of Fred Astaire. ¶ Terry LeBlanc Gray is taking courses with the Salem citizen group called Explorers; they listen to lectures on various subjects. Terry and Alfreda also belong to the Hamilton Hall Lecture Series in Salem, a series of six lectures by visiting professors from colleges in the area. After filling their brains with new information, Terry and Alfreda go out to lunch and replenish their appetites with good food and catch up on the latest news. Alfreda continues to enjoy her volunteer work as a visitors guide to the city of Gloucester. ¶ Cay Nolan Sokol’s daughter gave her a Kindle for Christmas and she is enjoying it and new technology. Cay, our class president, is working hard preparing for our 65th class Reunion. I hope everyone will make her hard work successful with a good turnout. ¶ Helen Harty Keough has begun to use a wheelchair now but is able to live at home. Helen has always had a positive outlook on life. ¶ Ginny Looney Weamer is looking forward to our class Reunion in May. She is in touch with Dreda Kallaher George and Jane Kraemer Dubuc who are also looking forward to the Reunion. ¶ Barbara Tyrrell Nugent has always been into exercise but even more so now for health reasons. I’ll bet all our physicians wish we were as faithful as she in that regard. ¶ Anne Stingel Bolton is living in a senior residence in Pocasset where she is doing very well. ¶ Last May I saw an obituary about a former classmate, Rilla Savage Young. Rilla, who was from Fort Kent, ME, left at the end of freshman year for UMaine at Orono. After graduation she became an airline stewardess and later worked for the Armed Forces Security Forces where she taught Russian and translated intercepted messages. Her next job was with the Pentagon where she met her future husband, Lt. Col. William Young. They settled in Redlands, CA, where they raised their family. She loved being a wife and mother. ¶ During the last ten months, Mary Daily Neylon became a great-grandmother twice adding Hazel Koch and Jack Martin to the family. Ever since I retired from teaching at Waltham High, I have been a volunteer at the information desk at Lowell General Hospital/Saints Campus and for a number of years have been a member of our parish council. Right now we are studying a document concerning the Family Synod to be held later in Rome. Good activities for keeping the mind busy! ¶ Jackie Choquette Picard is in the midst of clearing out her house in preparation for putting it on the market and moving into a new condo she has recently purchased. Meanwhile, she is spending a few weeks visiting her daughter in Texas. ¶ Our addresses are
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of only two people in the world to know the results of the voting before the 2014 Academy Awards. Brian, a partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, had overseen the tabulation process along with a colleague, Rick Rosas. Brian handles complex multinational clients such as the Walt Disney Company and Paramount Pictures Corporation. During the ceremony he and his colleague stood behind the curtain at opposite sides of the stage ready to hand the envelope to each celebrity presenter before he or she announced the Oscar. The names of the winners are not written down anywhere and Cullinan and his colleague memorized the 24 winners, then traveled separately by police escort to the ceremony. They walked the red carpet before the show and attended the Governors Ball afterwards. Brian looked forward to repeating this fun duty again in 2015. His mother Ann, who passed away in 2012, is not Brian’s only Regis connection. His wife, Andrea Curran Cullinan, is also an alumna, having graduated in 1986, and they were married in the Regis chapel with Jims Murphy, Pat Foley Granahan and Leon, Nancy Natoli Fay and Charlie, and Joe and me in attendance. ¶ Our class was well-represented at the Golden Tower Luncheon which was held in the fall for the first time: Mary Breslin, Nancy Fay, Eileen Locke, Rosemary McAuliffe, Elizabeth Shatos Thompson and her granddaughter on from Spokane, WA again, and yours truly. ¶ We remembered Dot Costello Merrill and Marie Fitzgerald Eberle at the Memorial Liturgy last November. Dot’s daughter Linda, her son, his wife, and their two daughters came to the Mass and stayed for the brunch in the foyer. They greatly enjoyed meeting and hearing stories from their mother’s classmates: Cay Foley Hines, Rosemary McAuliffe,
Eileen Locke, Mary Breslin, and me. ¶ Sadly, we lost two more classmates last fall: Pat Cauley Ross and Lou Moll Dallas. Pat passed away in October after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She never gave up, attending Reunion last May and any lunch or event she could. She and Jack had just moved from the Cape to Suffield, CT to be near their daughter Cauleen, and Pat was buried in Springfield. In addition to her daughter Pat leaves a son and five grandchildren. ¶ Louise Kelley Collins attended the wake and Joe and I went up to the wake and funeral. Pat and I met when we were teenagers on the Filene’s Fashion Board and reconnected at Regis when she transferred from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in junior year. That’s a very long time for a friendship to survive and, of course, I’ll miss her. Pat’s husband Jack passed away just seven weeks after her and was buried with her in December. May they rest in peace. Lou died in November, having lost her husband Bob several years ago. She leaves three daughters, one son, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Claire Eremian Scully, who was a bridesmaid for Lou and remained close to her all these years, told me that two of Lou’s very talented grandchildren sang at her funeral. Lou was another loyal alumna and classmate who served as our co-president with Claire. Sadly, Joanne Walsh Ochs passed away in January. She and her husband Joseph had lived in Wells, ME for several years. Please keep Pat, Lou, Joanne, and their families in your prayers. ¶ I recently came across some interesting facts from the ’40s, 1949 to be exact: the minimum wage was raised to 70 cents an hour, Harvard Law School began admitting women, and a firstclass stamp cost 3 cents! And on that note I’ll sign off. Enjoy the summer and let us hear from you, please.
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at the top of the column; we’d appreciate hearing from you.
✒ Anne Downey Tierney, 303 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 524, Peabody, MA 01960, 978-886-0181, JFTAFT@aol. com ✒ Ann Brown Janes c/o Catherine Staes, 4335 South Pin Oak Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84124, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶
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Congratulations to all you classmates who contributed to the Regis Fund. The class of 1951 scored 50.8 percent for participation. As a class we have always concentrated on participation and are proud to be the 5th highest of classmates from 1940 to 2013. ¶ We would like to remind you that in May 2016 we will celebrate our 65th Reunion. Hopefully some of you would like to join a Reunion committee to plan ways to celebrate. Please let us know (Anne Tierney or Janice Power) and if you have any ideas. The Golden Tower Luncheon was held in September for alumnae of 50 years and more. Pat Chisholm, Betty Cullen, Joan Wall Williamson and Janice Power attended the lunch held in Alumnae Hall. Regis President Antoinette Hays told us of the many building changes and improvements that are taking place. The alumni offices are now located in Walters Hall (the old Business Courses Building over near the Spellman Stamp Museum). ¶ In November, the Memorial Mass honoring deceased alumni was held in the Chapel. From the Class of 1951 were Roberta Cutting Donnelly and Barbara Phair McCarthy. At the brunch, we saw a video of yearbook pictures of the deceased. I saw Bert and Barbara. Nancy Moran Phalon lost her husband Phil, who left nine children and 22 grandchildren. Our sympathy and prayers go to you, Nancy. We sadly remember our faithful classmates. We received sad news from California about the death of Barbara Lee. ¶ On a humorous note: Marie Barbano Tassinari, while traveling in Europe, spent a day in a Swiss Jail. ¶ (Marie a Jailbird?) After her travel papers were straightened out she continued her trip. Regis Girls are special. ¶ Heard from Jeanne Bourneuf Burke. Her health has improved greatly since a bout with cancer and she participates regularly in a local food and necessities pantry. Pat Slager Baker is well and enjoying her 20 grandchildren—10 boys and 10 girls. ¶ Here are some changes of addresses you might be interested in: Barbara Watson Halpin, Sunrise Assisted Living, 285 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA 01778 ¶ Sister Marjorie Marie, Bethany Health Center, Framingham, MA 01701 ¶ Eileen Dunleavy Knott, 12139 Cathedral Drive, Woodridge, VA 22192 ¶ Gertrude Galvin Madrulli, 2024 E. Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, FL 33573 ¶
Elizabeth Dewes Mullally, Summerville
at Potomac, Potomac, MD 20854 ¶ Ceslaus King Carvalho, 900 E. Harrison Avenue, Apt D210, Pomona, CA 917672075 ¶ Mary Lou Conlin Pearson, 37 Q Street, Hull, MA 02045 ¶ Barbara Palmer c/o Schlichte & Johnstone, 14 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-283-3885 ¶ Janice Power is now our co-class reporter. Anne Tierney’s phone is 978-717-2959 (same as the beginning). This newsletter was professionally checked by Patricia Chisholm, PhD.
✒ Patricia Hogan, 100 Luce Street, Lowell, MA 01852, 978-453-1502 ✒
Joan Hartley Meagher, 102 Blodgett Drive, Folsom, CA 95630, 916-985-0643, email@example.com ¶ Greetings
classmates, and a happy 2015. When you read this it will be spring time, but I am writing while the New England area is experiencing a historic winter storm. You must be all plowed out by now. First item: Ann Purcell MacDonald kindly sent me an article from the Boston Globe which was too late for the last issue of Regis Today. Kevin Cullen, in a column regarding people who should be honored with a statue, wrote this about our beloved classmate S. Mary Hart. “Sister Mary, who died a few years ago, got hundreds of poor kids from Roxbury into college. When she couldn’t walk anymore, she did her business out of the back of her car. The kids still ran to her and hugged her. Sister Mary deserves a statue more than any politician.” I’m sure we all feel privileged to have been her friend. ¶ Patricia Hogan was unable to attend the fall luncheon due to health problems. However, Marie Rizzo provided me with information from that meeting. Present were Carlotta Krauth O’Brien, Nancy Quinn O’Keefe, Patricia Arroll Petrilli, Lois Brigham Saltalamacchia, Jill McKearin Paredes, Ann MacDonald, Marie Fleming Sisk, and Marie Rizzo. Sheila McKenna Burke won the wonderful quilt made by Sally Finnerty Tully. “It surely was a masterpiece,” said Marie. ¶ Marie has been very busy in her retirement. She is on the board of the Massachusetts Morality in Media. She and her sister organized a buffet supper in October. The speaker was Patrick Truman, president of Morality in Media in Washington, D.C., whose topic was “Moral Challenges Facing our Culture and Solutions.” In addition to this work, Marie attended the March for Life in Washington in January. ¶ Nancy Boland Johnson resides in a condo in Hanson, MA. In spite of some health issues, she keeps busy in parish activities, her condo association, and having lunch with friends. She keeps in touch with Joan
Barrett VanTassel, Marie Sisk, Carlotta
O’Brien, and Lois Saltalamacchia. She would love to attend class activities if she had someone to ride with. Give her a call if you can help her in that way. ¶ Patricia McNerney Kelleher enjoyed a family reunion on the occasion of her grandson’s wedding at a vintage hotel in Virginia. Even family members from Australia were present and stayed on for the Christmas holidays. Happy memories for all, I am sure. ¶ Sally Finnerty Tully suffered a bad fall which kept her from attending the fall luncheon. She has been receiving physical therapy and hoped to make the spring meeting. ¶ Joan Hartley Meagher and husband Richard spent Thanksgiving week in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia with their daughters, Sharon and Kathleen. Both had made recent moves and, of course, Mother had to see where they were living! Kathleen’s townhouse is four floors with a roof top patio. It is lovely but the stairs almost killed me. ¶ The following were remembered at the annual Memorial Liturgy on November 16, 2014: Jacqueline Moylan Callahan, Ann Hopkins Falvey, Nancy Kelley Geary, Marjorie MacKenzie Pellicane Williams, and Katherine Turschmann Sacco. May they all be singing in the heavenly choir. It seems we have many reports of illness and falls. At our ages, it is inevitable. We need to be very careful, and we need to pray for each other. God Bless you all.
✒ Kathryn Cauley Driscoll, 5 Quisset
Brook Road, Milton, MA 02186, 617-6985626, firstname.lastname@example.org We’re back!
I want to apologize for our absence from the last two editions of Regis Today. I am taking it upon myself to write this column—not my forte being a math major. We are looking for someone to step up and assume the position of class reporter. It does require some telephone communication. ¶ I thank and commend Helen Binell Valle (Bless her soul) and Shirley Connors Sardella for their dedication these many years. ¶ Peggy Donnelly and Nancy Campbell Rouleau represented our class at the Memorial Liturgy in November. Mary Martin Shea was our deceased classmate. She lived her entire life after graduation in Toronto, Canada. Please remember her in your prayers. ¶ Jeanne O’Sullivan McCarthy and her husband John moved into a new assisted living, Stonebridge in Burlington. They are adjusting nicely. ¶ Eleanor Hughes Nawn and husband Jim, both of whom had health issues this past winter, are living at the Willows in Worcester. They have 21 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren of whom there are four
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✒ Cornelia Murphy Davidson, 207
Prairie Street, Concord, MA 01742, 978-369-4489, email@example.com ✒ Patricia Cronin Huie, 2550 Presidential Way, #107, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, 781-834-7134, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶
Greetings and salutations! Classmates attending the Regis luncheon in September 2014 were Mary Roche Sullivan, Regina Seales Caines, Rita Fichera Fragala, Rosemary McAuliffe, Mary Alvord Biette, Kay Tobin, Connie Murphy Davidson, and Pat Cronin Huie. ¶ Adele Dengeleski Rufo has six grandchildren, two of whom are in the process of applying to colleges. One grandchild favors California and is applying to both Whittier and Loyola. Adele stays in touch with Jeanne Connelly McClellan. Jeanne’s son lives in Connecticut and has two children. The other son lives in Boothbay Harbor, ME. ¶ Leona Donahue joined the Sisters of Mercy after graduation. She taught locally for two years, then worked as a social worker. Then she went overseas, working in Thailand
✒ Gerry Dowd Driscoll, 7 Conant Road
#50, Winchester, MA 01890, 781-7297823, email@example.com ¶ Thank you to Mary Keelan Hubbard who
sent along a most interesting update from Sylmar, CA, about her continued involvement in ministry. Mary has developed a program for local parishes called “A Gift of Years” in which those over 65 discuss the changing call in these later years and how God works through us at this stage of our lives. The group does not discuss health issues since there are other groups that meet that need. Mary continues to conduct retreats for a group called “Crones at the Well” at Holy Spirit Retreat Center. This group celebrates aging, survival, and wisdom, and discusses what is important to pass on to succeeding generations. Mary paints metaphorical acrylics to enhance these retreats. She manages the scholarship program for the Sylmar Women’s Club which awards community college students scholarships to university. In addition, Mary continues to write and practice yoga. Her family now numbers 24! ¶ Mary Rose Campbell traveled to Key West last fall for the wedding of a grand-nephew, a great opportunity for a family reunion. These are precious moments to savor with family members scattered around the country. ¶ I periodically have messages from Pat Turner Kelley from Atlanta where she spends time with her grandchildren. How lucky for them. Pat is now on the Alumni Board of Directors at Regis. Please continue to send donations to her for the class sunshine fund at 114 Shaw Lane, Canton MA, 07021. A donation is made to the Regis Fund in memory of deceased classmates. Pat also comes up with creative gifts of cheer for classmates who are ill.
Please let her know of anyone who might appreciate some thoughtful remembrance. If you let me know I can contact our email list. ¶ Maggie Austen Faneuf shared family photos from her surprise 80th birthday party of her five children, their spouses and her fourteen grandchildren. I shared the photos with those classmates whose emails I have (take note of this not-so-subtle plug to send me your email address). ¶ Hope you are keeping up with all that is going on at Regis: construction of a new quad, a new dormitory, revamping of the Library space into the more aptly named “Learning Commons.” The College also announced the inauguration of a Liberal Arts Lecture Series in the spring. This series is presented by the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences at Regis College (SLAESS). This will be a great addition to the educational offerings already available for those of us who live in the local area. ¶ Carol Bonner Connell continues her work as our class fund agent. If you were able to respond to the Langenus Challenge, which resulted in a matching gift of $25,000 in 2014, we thank you. If you have not yet made your donation to the Regis Fund, please donate before June 30. If you would like your donation earmarked for the Sister John Scholarship, please remember to indicate that on your check as well as any accompanying material. Mary Keenan reported that one of the recipients of the Sister John Scholarship, Tamara Leroy ’13, is pursuing her MS at Simmons College School of Social Work. Your donation will allow us to continue to support additional Regis students in the tradition of Sister John. ¶ As I write this column at the end of January, I am filled with sadness at the passing of our dear classmate, Mary Edith Queeney Shinney, whose funeral is scheduled for the next day. A science teacher in the Plymouth School System for over 30 years, Mary was the devoted mother of eight sons and grandmother of 13. When I think of Mary, I think of that lovely hymn, “Gentle Woman.” Please keep Mary’s family in your prayers. You may remember Mary’s husband died within the past few years. ¶ Mary, who never touted her many accomplishments, recently allowed me to share information about her son Michael, the recipient of an Inspiring Greatness Award granted to only 38 Youth Football Coaches across the country. Congratulations to Michael Sousa, who coaches youth football in Marshfield, MA. ¶ Please continue to share your information via email, snail mail or phone. It is good for us to celebrate as well as to mourn together. Happy birthday to all those who have or will be celebrating that very special 80th birthday. Blessings to all!
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sets of twins. Eleanor says “they are adorable” but is glad she doesn’t have to cope with them. ¶ Carroll Beegan Follas ’61 called to say that she is starting a new project for Regis. She is trying to encourage members of the Golden Tower Society to interact more with the College. Peg Donnelly and I plan to attend a meeting for class presidents and vice presidents in April. A prayer line and a memoir—a history of our years at Regis—are among items to be discussed. We welcome any suggestions or recommendations that any of you have to offer. ¶ Please stay healthy and send any news to me for the next edition.
for four years, Jordan for three years, Jerusalem, working with the Palestinians for three years, then spent two years in Sierra Leone. She was mainly director of Catholic Relief Services. Back in the United States, she served as administrator of Homes for Women. She is one of the founders of Abby House. Leona now cares for elderly sisters. ¶ Marcia Gaughan Mahoney moved from Cape Cod to Walpole to be closer to her children. Marcia still enjoys playing golf. ¶ Kay Tobin is recovering from surgery in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. ¶ Alice O’Donoghue Harrington recently celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary. The Harringtons have 31 grandchildren and recently welcomed their first great-grandchild, Charlotte. One grandchild, Kaylie, is teaching preschool for autistic children in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Zaby.
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✒ Judy Sughrue, 47 Rosewood Drive, Stoughton, MA 02072, 781-344-3357, Nettiedog@comcast.net ¶ Having
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shed my incognito clothes I have sat at the computer to write this column. No I have not been recruited by my old employer, NSA, for undercover work as senior citizen Mrs. Pollifax does for the CIA in Dorothy Gilman’s novels. Rather it is the blizzard of 2015 and to walk my dog I dress in three layers of clothes. Only my glasses can be seen. Anne McNeil Hynes did some detective work in searching for why some of our classmates were not receiving Regis Today and Regis messages. Thanks Anne. Elly Zee Doyle noted she had to wear a wool sweater in LA. We should be so lucky. She sailed warmer climes in her latest voyage, a trip to the Caribbean, with her eldest daughter. Sheila Cruchley Campbell, also a lover of sea voyages, went on a 3-month trip around the world. Last year it was a north/south voyage; this year it is an east/west trip. Isabel Long Chesak’s latest food essay was on a Texas Thanksgiving in 2014. As the Pilgrims it was served outdoors but with much more cooking appliances and the turkey was fried. For health reasons Janet Petty wrote that she has moved further south from North Carolina to Georgia to be closer to her brother. Carol Noonan Driscoll visited her son in Puerto Rico and flew on to stay with her brother in Tobago. Carol still has season tickets for the Boston Symphony as does Elly Burke. Margaret Ann Mathews Murphy has slowed down on her addiction consultant work. She remains very passionate about women church. For many of our classmates who indicated they like Pope Francis, some hesitation concerning his views on women exists. Entering our eighties, health is a common concern: eyes, ears, and limbs. Not for us Botox but cataract surgery is common. In addition macular degeneration is a more serious problem for Suzanne Treacy McGovern and myself. Ann Ford Feehily has almost total loss of hearing. As a daily Mass attendee it bothers her that she can’t hear the sermons. Elly Sullivan Keefe had very successful knee surgery. She enjoys condo living and is active in its book club. Helen Graham McGonigle had surgery on her leg New Year’s Eve day. But her more serious health problem is senior form of anemia which has been a problem for months and has restricted her activities. ¶ The obituary in the Globe for Gerrie McDonough Canning showed an enthusiastic and versatile Regis woman who was very interested in her children, grandchildren, and anyone with whom she came in contact. She loved to share her thoughts on readings, films, and vocations. Gerrie had a great sense of style for home
decorating, dress and functions. A loyal friend, her best friend was her Regis roommate Linda Aimone Donovan.
✒ Carol Finnell Kenney, 23 Katy
Hatch Road, Falmouth, MA 02540, firstname.lastname@example.org; Joan Meleski Kenney, PO Box 33, Hyannis Port, MA 02647, email@example.com ¶ Our
class was well-represented at the Golden Tower Luncheon at Regis in September; it was a great opportunity to see the work that is underway on campus. Enjoying the ambience were Paula Buckley Buckley, Dotty Madden Cannon, Tish Albiani Carney, Carole Vannicola Clark, Kay Rosicky Devlin, Dottie Hogan Hennessey, Pat Salmon Hillmer, Mary Reynolds Kennedy, Carol Finnell Kenney, Joan Meleski Kenney, Mary Jo Kilmain, Pat Kelly McNulty, Bonnie Coogan Moran and Anne Smith Tobin. ¶ From Dotty Cannon: “I finally completed my move from Maryland to Cape Cod in December. Now I’m slowly getting settled in Mashpee and beginning this new phase of my life. Last year I was also blessed with a new grandchild in L.A., my 10th, a granddaughter named Cheyenne. She evens it out at five of each (boys and girls); the oldest, Kylie, graduates from JMU in May. ¶ Kay Devlin attended the Celebration of the Lay Apostolate held at the Carney Art Gallery last April. She enjoyed sitting with Linda Aimone Donovan ’57 and Margie Flavin ’55, both of whom also taught at Cristo Rey School in Santa Fe. In September, Kay moved from Pine Hills, Plymouth to the Willows in Westborough. She writes that “The Willows is a retirement community closer to much of my family, and approved by friends who have resided here for a couple of years. It is really a new adventure, filled with many lessons on how well some “seniors” embrace aging with courage and grace.” Her new address is 1 Lyman Street, Westborough, MA 01581. ¶ Joan Kenney was recently elected President of the Hyannis Public Library Trustees; she is the first female president in the history of the organization. ¶ A Christmas letter from Carol Howard and husband Jim details their travel in 2014 including a river cruise on the Rhone River ending in Paris, and a trip to Massachusetts to celebrate her 60th anniversary of high school graduation in Franklin, MA.¶ Also celebrating 60th High School graduations, from Belmont High School, were Margo Johnson Hughes and Ginny Kenney Kenny. Margo writes that she has been very busy with 5 great-grandchildren born in the past two and a half years, all born to her daughter Marybeth’s children. This beats Margo’s record for having the
most grandchildren in such a short time! She is still living in the west of Florida, but travels often to Marshfield and sends greetings to all. ¶ Jane Leahy O’Brien, Anne Tobin, and Pat McNulty met up at a BC women’s hockey game. Jane will be joining the Regis winter migration to Naples, FL this winter. Pat is enjoying the lifelong learning offerings at Regis. Anne and her husband had a wonderful trip to Lake Como in the fall, and except for flash flooding and water up to their knees for a brief period, it was a huge success, even though there were no George Clooney sightings. ¶ However, Pat Flanagan Neumann’s granddaughter Grace did get the chance to meet and be photographed with Jake Gyllenhaal at a theatre event. Pat went to Mexico for Christmas week with her children and grandchildren, all ten of them, and had a great time at the resort they have visited for almost thirty years. She said, “just think, sun, sand, sea, palm trees and margaritas…can’t beat that!” ¶ Carrie Sarosick Peacock writes “At present I live in a lovely community called Hawthorne in Florida. Have been here for a bit over ten years. It is a community that keeps me busy all the time and I love it! My youngest son lives with his family about 20 miles away, my other six kids are scattered in PA, NC, GA, and AL. I am happy to say I am well and look forward to spending the rest of my life here. Keep well and happy.” ¶ Lea Toto Dmytryck spent the month of January visiting friends in Key West and Venice, FL. It was a bittersweet visit, as she and husband Paul had come to this area for 32 years, until travel became too difficult for him. On her return, she jumped into rehearsals for the New England Regional One Act Play Festival. Last September her group won the Connecticut state competition and Lea was named Best Actress. ¶ Jeanne Denning Collier reports that she is adjusting well to life in Longmont, CO. She loves being in the beautiful mountains, is very happy in her condo, and is making lots of new friends. Her cousin, Martha Powers, who passed away in November 2013, helped develop the nursing curriculum and taught Nursing courses at Regis. Jeanne is very impressed with the expanded curriculum and graduate degree programs that Regis is offering. We extend sincere condolences to Maura McCarthy Grace on the loss of her brother James, and to Jeanne Collier on the loss of her brother Paul.
✒ Maureen O’Connell Palmer, 525
Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339, 781-826-6525, maureenpalmer59@ hotmail.com ¶ By the time this issue is
55th Reunion ✒ Mary Lou DeMaria Schwinn, 210
Osprey Villas Court, Melbourne, FL 32951, 508-420-8998, mlschwinn@ comcast.net ¶ The December issue of “SKI” magazine featured Ann Marie Volante O’Neil’s son Brian and family
in Telluride in an article titled “Living the Dream.” No wonder Ann Marie heads West many times. She is also planning a trip to Spain in the spring and to western Canada in the fall. ¶ Marilyn Stasio reported that her annual trip to Tucson didn’t come off this year, so she spent the holidays at home in New York—as a tourist! She visited Rockefeller Center to see the tree, cruised the window decorations on Fifth Avenue, watched the skaters in Bryant Park, mingled with the crowds in Times Square, went up to the Bronx Botanical Garden to catch the train show, spent happy hours at the Met, and just wandered around the city, taking in the holiday sights. Sounds like a great time to me, Marilyn!! ¶ Lucy Ricker Sheehan joined the Norwell, MA United Church of Christ choir. The music director is acquainted with Mark Hayes, an American composer of church music. Lucy was part of the choir that participated in the 13th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome, Italy. Along with choral groups from the Southwest, they performed the international premier of REQUIEM by Mark Hayes and MISA AZTECA by Joseph Juilian Gonzalez. Both pieces are written using Latin and English and the Misa Azteca includes
Spanish and Nahautl, an ancient Aztec dialect. The concert was presented at The Church of St. Ignatius on the last night of their stay in Rome. ¶ Other opportunities for sightseeing included the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s. At St. Peter’s the chorus sang 4 hymns at Mass. On another day they visited Assisi to tour and to sing at the church of St. Maria Maggiore. Lucy felt this experience was “is this really happening to me?” event. ¶ Rumor has it that Ann Hynes had a wonderful trip to England to visit a childhood friend. Ann writes: “This past November I did something I had been thinking about for a long time—I got on a plane for London and spent a week with a long-time friend I had not seen in years. What a wonderful week it was—museums, concerts, and of course Harrods! The best part however, was our conversation—over morning coffee, afternoon high tea, and evening wine, while on the tube, and walking all of London—of all that has transpired in our lives and our families’ lives. How fortunate we were to renew our connection of earlier years. l will be on a plane to London again in 2015!” ¶ In conversation with Carroll Beegan Follas ’61, Carroll spoke about several other classes creating a Prayer Line. The only need in this prayer line is for a personal coordinator from the class. Then other volunteers become prayers for a specific cause. Carroll said several other classes are doing this and it does help to keep them connected.¶ Another idea is for a Regis memoire. This would be something for all our class members to recount what life was like when we were there, such as the watching of Sputnik on the deck of the Main Building and how scared we all were!! The idea is to write down “real” memories of what life was really like—“in the olden days”—so that the current students can see how it has changed. If anyone is interested in getting involved with either of these ideas/projects, please contact me or any of the class officers.
✒ Kate Martin Hawke, 4 Rockland Road, Marblehead, MA 01945, kfhawke@ comcast.net ¶ Dear classmates, a few
days before these notes were due, I received the following letter from Connie Curtin Aaron: “I don’t think that I have ever shared news before but we did have a very special day not too long ago. My husband Jim became a Catholic in November. We had been 1 of 4 couples in a “fast track” RICA program since May. Jim and I were the oldest couple, of course, but we had a wonderful experience and bonded with the 3 younger couples. Jim was allowed to fast track because
he had been married to a Catholic for 47 years and was pretty familiar with the church already. In this program the spouses were allowed to be sponsors, which is not normally the case. Our grandchildren thought it was hilarious that Papa was making his First Penance at his age. We are headed to Naples in the morning for a vacation, the first in 2 years!” ¶ Since 2014 was the year most of the Class of 1961 turned 75, a group decided to celebrate our friendship and longevity in New York City early last November. Boarding the train in Massachusetts were Mary Doane Cassidy, Eleanor Mikulski Collins, Judith King Weber, Ellen Donahue Foley, Joan Murray and me, Kate Martin Hawke. In Providence, RI, we were joined by Cathy Ross Bettencourt, Ellen Kelleher Guillette, Barbara Hoyle Healy and Carroll Beegan Follas. Judith Powers came in on the train from Long Island and met us at the hotel. The 11 of us talked, laughed, ate, drank, walked, and went to museums and theaters for 3 days until we dragged our exhausted bodies home. What a gift of friendship our years at Regis have given us! ¶ If you enjoyed Connie’s letter, and how can you not, please consider sharing your stories with your old friends.
✒ Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea, 386 Essex Street. #2R, Salem, MA 01970, 978-7458448, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ As I
write our class notes, I am reminded of the passing of our beloved classmate Cathy Norris Norton and want to offer our prayers and express our sincere condolences to her family, colleagues, and friends. In checking her notice in our Mt. Regis, I noted Cathy’s quote: “As she goes her way, a brighter spot is left to mark her stay.” I was struck how prescient this was then, and is now. Kudos to whoever came up with this wonderful, apt description of Cathy. May her soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace, Amen. ¶ Thanks to Helene Swiatek Savicki for always being one of the first to respond to my request for news for the class notes. I only got two this time, so please start saving for next fall. ¶ Helene Swiatek Savicki: We just returned from a whirlwind cruise to the Caribbean: five islands in seven days, departed from San Juan. Snow drifts up to 8 feet here at Mayflower Beach have us wondering why we didn’t wait until this week. I bumped into Joan Darney Dwyer at Cape Cod Symphony. I have been volunteering as an usher to help hone some memory skills. I’m still active with bridge (Ann Bailey Reilly is one of our subs), Garden Club, keeping up with our 6 granddaughters, and 2 stimulating book clubs. Life is good! ¶
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published the copious amounts of snow will be a distant memory. However, at present, we’ve had it with the “white stuff.” Carol Donovan had a great time on her cruise from Prague to Budapest. Later, in January, she spent a week in Aruba. Audrey Bowen Criado and her niece cruised to the Caribbean in December. At the November lunch following the memorial Liturgy, there were several of our classmates: Marie Cronin, Gerry Chase, Mary Lou Holahan Hayes, Janet Veno, Marilyn Lombardi Nicholas, Carol Donovan, and Liz Russell Bilafer. Thank you to Fran Kopka Parsons for a beautiful Christmas card featuring her children and grandchildren—a stunning group! Also Ruthie Holland Lynch sent a picture of her husband and herself. She wrote a note about our memories of carpooling to Regis. None of us had our drivers’ licenses for long so the trip was an adventure every day. My book club read a couple of interesting books recently: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and I am Malala, the touching memoir of the young female activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize. They are both stunning stories.
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Thanks as well to our class president Mary Higgins who also responded right away. She sent the following: An update re: my travels: I spent Thanksgiving in Houston and Christmas in Maryland with my daughters and families. I returned to Houston this past week to celebrate family birthdays and enjoy some warm weather. I will return to Massachusetts in March and I look forward to seeing our classmates at the All-Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 16, 2015. ¶ From Barbara Loud, CSJ, I received the following professional news about Cathy Murphy and herself. Cathy Murphy is chair of the Math Department at Perdue Calumet and is very active in the MAA (Mathematics Association of America). She chaired a session at the Joint Meetings MAA/ AMA in San Antonio (January 10–13) and invited me to be on the panel. Barbara said that Cathy is a frequent chair of these sessions. The panel was for Mathematics Department chairs and was on assessment which is a key topic/concern in colleges today. Congratulations to both Cathy and thanks to Barbara for letting us know. ¶ Now and again, I have heard from Millie Diggs Veal, in Florida, and Dottie DeNav Rossi, in Maryland, but not recently, and no reply with news for class notes. Remember your suggestion Dottie, when I first started, if no replies, make it up. So, please next time, send news. Happy New Year.
surgery, having had both done at the same time. Good for you, Joan. She had it done in Boston, but couldn’t wait to get back to Albuquerque. ¶ Speaking of Albuquerque, Rosalie Digiovanna Mangels visited with Joan Kozon. While there, she went to the Balloon Festival, which she described as an awesome experience. She and husband George love to travel and have done quite a bit, to Europe, Caribbean and Hawaii, as well as to Disney World with the whole family. ¶ Another traveler, Joan Osgood Lawrence, toured the west coast from Seattle to San Francisco, seeing the beautiful Oregon coast. She also travels to Florida quite often. ¶ Last but not the least, Mary Rowe went to Regis to see the student production of Godspell. She had wine and cheese on the balcony with President Toni Hays. She went with her Red Hat group. I wonder how many of our class are part of the Red Hats? ¶ In conclusion, I wish all who are suffering from cancer the best and a full recovery. I know some of you are survivors of the horrible disease, and that is wonderful.
wonderful 50th Reunion in May, the Class of 1964 enjoyed our first Golden Tower Luncheon in September, then our annual class luncheon in October. It was nice to have all those opportunities to spend time together. We hope you’ll join us this coming October for our annual luncheon. ¶ I recently had a delightful phone chat with Maureen Burns Gropman, who missed our Reunion because she was in Croatia and Slovenia. Maureen, who lost her husband three years ago, keeps herself quite busy. She lives on the Cape, and has a condo in South Carolina where she loves to play golf during the winter. She plays mah-jong, hooks rugs, does zumba, and spends a lot of time with her grandkids in New Hampshire. Maureen plans a trip to London and Paris in March. She told me that she’s very grateful to Regis for training her mind and teaching her to think for herself. ¶ Many of our classmates are enjoying the freedom to travel in their retirement. Ann O’Sullivan reports that she went on a 15-day tour of southern Italy and Sicily in October. Ann especially loved Sicily: the scenery and the quaint little towns where you could just sit in a cafe and watch the world go by. ¶ Janice Foss Watts and her husband Paul had a wonderful trip up the Columbia and Snake Rivers in
✒ Jo Anne Dufort, 24 Notre Dame
Avenue, Allenstown, NH 03275, 603-4855014, email@example.com ¶ Thanks to you
who sent me information. There isn’t much to report and it is a good thing as I am leaving on January 28, for two weeks in Mexico. I am going to Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, as well as small towns along the way. After that I am heading for India again on March 11. Last fall I went to Italy, the Southern part, known as the stiletto, to Puglia. It was very different and I recommend it. Some of the trip brought back memories of 1962, when Maryjane Higgins Johnson and I traveled through Europe. We didn’t like the Napoli pizza then and I didn’t this time either. Enough of me! ¶ I received a lengthy letter from Joan Kozon. Apparently she had sent a letter for the Reunion but it had arrived too late. She was off in Costa Rica around the time of the Reunion, so didn’t make it. She spent her 72nd birthday in Cuba, which she described as one of her best trips EVER. She has closed her law practice, of which the most satisfying was as a children’s attorney. She now plans to travel and maybe get a beach house, either on the Cape or Ogunquit, ME. She, like others in our class, had knee
✒ Barbara Bye Murdock, 222 Oak
Hammock Circle, Vero Beach, FL 32692, 401-635-4876, barbara@ murdockadvisors.com ✒ Virginia McNeil Slep, 40 Jeffrey Road, Wayland, MA 01778, 508-358-2478, virginiaslep@ comcast.net ¶ In addition to our
October. The cruise was a “Lewis and Clark” theme. They’re planning to go to Glacier National Park in June. Janice spent a lot of time doing water testing on the Mystic (CT) River last summer, and she’s still doing her watercolor painting. They also enjoyed a visit from Ann Casey Collins and her husband Jack in December. ¶ Sheila Dineen Queenan and her husband Jim went to Ireland in the spring. They rented a cottage on the Dingle Peninsula and explored the breathtakingly beautiful area with family. She says that after several visits, they’re getting proficient at driving on the left. They also visited Sharon Callnan Rush and her husband Harry in Millinocket, ME, where they are both residents at the Katahdin Health Care facility. Sharon and Harry receive mail at Katahdin Health Care, 22 Walnut Street, Millinocket, ME 04462. ¶ Mary Elizabeth Ford (MEF) reports that she will be returning to Haiti in February to teach again. Her archived blog for her 2012 trip is available at drmef.blogspot.com and her new adventures will be available at drmef2.blogspot.com. ¶ Mary Carroll Epperlein told me at the Reunion that her son had just written and published a children’s book, Maybe in My Dreams. Mary has been an ESL volunteer for ten years, and this fall she and one of her students translated the book into Spanish: Quizas en Mis Suenos. She writes that her student, Esther Munoz Guzman, never dreamed that she would be translating a book when she signed on to work with Mary! ¶ Marcia Karbowniczak Petrillo reports that her daughter Tracee was married in July to Dan Murphy, and then the new couple joined Marcia and her husband Charles—along with their other daughter Lynn and granddaughter Charlotte—in Naples, Florida for Christmas. ¶ Barbara Bye Murdock reports that she contacted Lucille Demers Reilly after many years. Lucille and her husband Ted live in the Atlanta, GA area and come to New England to visit family, so she and Barbara are planning to get-together. Lucille also enjoyed a visit from Joan Fricker Burritt, who lives in South Carolina. By now you should have received a letter from our class president, Pat Luben O’Hearn, regarding two class of ’64 initiatives that were discussed at the October class luncheon: one is for a Prayer Line for requests from classmates; the second involves a personal class history that Regis would like us to start gathering: memories and events of the years we were at Regis. We encourage everybody to get involved in both efforts. ¶ And speaking of prayers, Anisa Shubita Kreitem wrote about the great difficulties they all undergo in East Jerusalem, handling daily life
class with the many travel restrictions. She asks for prayers from our class for an improvement in the future.
50th Reunion ✒ Kathleen McCaffrey Ford, 491
Everett Street, Westwood, MA 02090, 781-326-8273, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶
Eileen Donahue Connors, Andrea DeSimone Hallion, Anne Herron Healey, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, Patricia McCarthy Jacquart, Kathleen Davis Sparrough, Diane Boivin Sullivan, and Virginia Flynn Wright. Many thanks
to those of you who sent news and updates. After 35 years as a guidance counselor, Nancy Grohmann has retired. She is living in Naples, FL. ¶ In October, Valerie Valenti Cloutier, Anne Marie Healey, Kathleen Henighan, and Mary Ellen Lavenberg dined together in Somerville. In November, Janet DeAngelo, Anne Marie Healey, Kathleen Henighan, Carole Groncki McCarthy, and Ginny Wright met for dinner at the Villa, Wayland before attending a production of “Godspell” at Regis. Also in attendance at the musical were Anne Healey and her husband Gerry. In the fall, Mel Lavenberg completed her second walk of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This time she traveled with her friend Jan on the Camino Ingles; she dedicated her journey to friend and
Class notes for the Fall 2015 issue are due to the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by August 15, 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@ regiscollege.edu or mailing: 235 Wellesley St., Box 30, Weston, MA 02493.
classmate Val Cloutier. Wonderful news from Val who sends a heartfelt thank you to all of our classmates who sent her cards, prayers, and good wishes for her recovery from a terrible accident. She especially wants to deeply thank Mel for dedicating her walk to her recovery. She believes that all the intentions on her behalf helped work miracles. In August, she was struck by a pickup truck which dragged her 20 feet. She spent 3 weeks in the hospital, 4 weeks in inpatient rehab, followed by 6 weeks of outpatient rehab. She states that she is walking “fairly normally,” continues to see specialists, and is looking forward to reconnecting with the class of ’65 at the Reunion. Val and her husband Bob have relocated to Somerville. Fran Camarano Johns reports from Chicago that she and her partner Angelo Kokkino celebrated Christmas Eve with their 5 grandchildren under the age of 4! (On the other end of the spectrum, they have a 16-year granddaughter preparing to apply to college.) In 2014, Fran and Angelo travelled to Israel, Istanbul, and China. ¶ This January, the work of Carol Jewell Hunt was shown as part of the “Dealer’s Choice” Show at the Kathryn Merkel Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY. At this writing, Katherine Moynihan McGovern, class president, has indicated this March, 10 members of our class will participate in Regis in Florida events which include the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade
and Mass and Brunch at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club! Looking forward to seeing everyone in May. Until then, be well.
✒ Betsy Burns Griffin, 38 Pine Lane,
Framingham, MA 01701, 508-877-8826, email@example.com ¶ I’m writing
at the end of January up to my hips in snow, but I imagine you reading this column amid blossoms and warmth. Breathe deeply of spring! First, sad news only recently received of the death of Pauline Levesque Calvin several years ago. We heard belatedly about her passing via her daughter. She had been living in the Washington, D.C. area. Happier news which arrived too late for the fall column—Sr. Marie Louise Bishop, a Carmelite living in Reno, NV wrote that her order is celebrating the 500th anniversary of founder St. Teresa of Avila’s birth in 2014-15 with projects and festivities around the world. She participated in a “virtual choir” of 100 Carmelites singing “Nada de Turbe,” St. Teresa’s special prayer, and a new “Salve Regina” composed by a fellow Reno Carmelite. If you’ve never seen a video like this, Google “Carmelite virtual choir Nada de Turbe” or “Carmelite virtual choir Salve Regina” to enjoy beautiful hymns via an unusual format. ¶ Connie Alexander Giorgio headed to Portland, OR for her son’s wedding in March. She’s recently taken on the scheduling of Harwich, MA library’s Books on Wheels. She reports Ann Bernson visited last September, looking like the poster child for double-hip replacement. Ann said she’s never felt better in her life. ¶ Some more 70th birthday reports: Kathy Cass Herman cruised the Panama Canal for her 70th. Sherrin O’Brien Langler celebrated her birthday at the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, MA (a gem) with Joan O’Leary Foley and a party in Boston. Diane Valenti Liebmann’s husband listened when she said she longed to see Tahiti; they toured French Polynesia on a Windstar sailing ship, visiting 6 islands. Nancy Corcoran, CSJ and Mary McAuliffe celebrated with a weekend in the fall at Deedie Carr McCarthy’s home on Nantucket. Nancy reports a good recovery from bilateral knee replacement recently. At the end of this summer she plans to move from the Boston area to St. Louis, her order’s home base, where she hopes to begin a ministry with transgendered folks in the Midwest. Nancy Mytkowicz Sullivan and husband Lee moved from Norwell, MA to a condo at the Hingham Shipyard. She says Lee dragged her “kicking and screaming” but now she sees it was a good idea. ¶ Peggy Ventre Panagrossi retired in December 2014
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Sadly, I report the following losses. On December 25, 2013, classmate Susan Haughey Taylor passed away. Susan taught in Holliston, MA. She very much enjoyed time with her family and gardening. She was predeceased by her husband J. Peter. Susan leaves behind her four children Steven, Allison, Jarad, and Kyle and nine grandchildren. On September 28, 2014, Gary Armin Grohmann, husband for 39 years of Nancy Abbood Grohmann, died. Gary fought a long battle of complications due to traumatic brain injury acquired as a result of an automobile accident. Our prayers and condolences are with Susan and Nancy’s families. ¶ Apologies, in the fall Regis Today, I misrepresented Ann Marie Fontaine Healy and Kathleen Henighan’s fantastic trip to Asia. In March, they plan to travel to Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. In October, I attended the sixth Barbara Kelleher Hyland lecture at Regis. Joanne Massey Howes opened the event describing her classmate and friend as a force at Regis and a force in the Massachusetts State legislature. Featured speaker was Carolyn Clancy, MD, Interim Under Secretary of Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dana Hyland, Barbara’s daughter, offered closing remarks. Others present from our class included Rosabel Anderson Barroilhet,
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after 27 years as Executive Director of Safe Haven of Waterbury, CT. Mary Lou Collins traveled to Thailand and Vietnam in January. Gale Pandiani O’Toole toured the Amalfi Coast of Italy this spring. I heard from Linda Marinelli Bollettino at Christmas with a card and long letter—had to ask for a score card to keep up with the details. She and husband Vincenzo split their time between home in East Caldwell, NJ and a family farm complete with garden, orchard, and new vineyard in Pennsylvania, where twin sister Carole Marinelli Auth visited last spring. She has 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 grand-cats. Vincenzo just finished a first novel and is at work on a sequel. Linda ran into Susan Airoldi Kalloch while visiting her daughter in Massachusetts and realized as Susan shared some class news that she has not been receiving informational e-mails or Regis Today. If you know of anyone in a similar situation, encourage them to call the Alumni Office or register online at the Tower Talk site on Regis’s web site (registowertalk.net/ info). “Isn’t it fascinating to know how things turned out for us?” Linda wrote. “I am so grateful to be alive, happy, and healthy, and to realize that lots of friends continue to be so too.” Plans for our Reunion May 13–15, 2016, are developing. By May of 2016 the “new Maria Hall” will be ready with its single rooms and private baths; alumnae of that dorm may want to stay there and look out at the park-like “quad” where a parking lot used to be. Hope you got the first of a series of postcards about the Reunion in February. Watch for more. And something to ponder: now that we’re all septuagenarians, what surprises you most? Let me know.
✒ Carolyn Sammartino Moran, 105
Kittredge Street, #1, Roslindale, MA 02131, 508-696-0931, cmoran6@ comcast.net ¶ Sympathy is extended to Barbara DiRusso on the passing of
her mother, Isabel DiRusso, on January 8 at age 99. Barbara had lovingly cared for her mother at home. We are saddened to learn of the passing of Priscilla Consodine of Chestnut Hill on July 14. I recall meeting her at the Brookline Library where she helped one of our daughters in a research project. In her quiet way, she was a very effective research librarian. Condolences to the family of S. Ann Ryan SND who entered eternal life on August 23. An English major, Ann was from W. Peabody, and was a member of Student Council, Sodality, Literati, and business manager of Hemetera. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1970. Ann studied in Germany on a fellowship, received her
MA from Weston School of Theology, and her PhD from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Her ministries included teaching at 3 high schools, serving as Campus Minister at Yale, Spiritual Director at St. Stephen Priory, Dover, and most recently as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee. Friends Mary McLaughlin and Rachel Gustina Shea have fond memories of visiting Ann in W. Peabody. A former student says that Ann made a significant difference in her life, that s he was firm, but fair, and very caring. Mary also lost her roommate Mary Baker in September 2013. Mary Baker had been a Grey Nun of Montreal, and studied with us for a year at Regis. She later received her degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, and taught at St. Clement High School with Rachel while Mary worked at the elementary school. The death of Mary Baker has meant that Mary McLaughlin is now living alone for the first time. She recalled sharing her first apartment after Regis on Fairfield Street in the Back Bay with Mary Elinor Untiet Dagle, Judith Main Giuliano, Barbara Keller, and Rachel. Mary retired as a school administrator, and now volunteers at an interfaith food pantry in Quincy, and at the Jackson School in Newton, a K–6 school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph. She finds these opportunities life-giving. Rachel retired from teaching 3 years ago, and has been involved in eldercare for 12 years, now working with a woman in Everett and others. Daughter Nora is now 30, and towers over her mother, taking after Rachel’s late husband Neil. Pam Carberry Mueller also entered a second career after teaching as a software quality engineer for IBM for 15 years, retiring last year. Both Pam’s and her husband’s mothers died within a short time of each other, and they have been maintaining their own home as well as those of their mothers, in St. Louis and Franklin, preparing one for sale. Frances Hogan is congratulated for being the recipient of the Catholic Lawyers Guild Honorable Joseph R. Nolan Award. Patricia O’Brien now lives in Laguna Beach, CA with her husband. We laughed as we spoke about the beautiful weather in California compared to the single-digit Boston days. Pat retired as Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at UCLA, and is now consulting. She and her husband just returned from a vacation in New Zealand, his homeland. Pat asked for many of you, and sends her best. Another O’Brien, Mary Jo Egan O’Brien lives in Swansea with her husband Jay whom she married 3 days after graduation. Their 2 boys and 7 girls are now ages 47 to 32, and they enjoy 22 grandchildren. While home with her own children, Mary Jo was
often asked if she would care for other children, and she developed this into an official childcare business. Daughters each have the first name Mary, and all but the oldest go by her second name. Sons are named Joseph. They knew son Jay had met the right match for the family when he married a woman named Mary Ann at age 42. Jay has a master’s degree from the JFK School at Harvard, and has developed a program for the parents of autistic children. This follows along the lines of his father Jay who taught special needs children. Their oldest daughter Mary started her own school, the Mastery School of Independent Learners in Fall River. Their daughter Clare, whose husband returned from the military in Hawaii, and their 2 children are temporarily living with Mary Jo. Mary Jo and Jay welcome their family with a “come on back” invitation, and their days are full and fulfilling as a result. From Portland, OR, Ann Hosinski Madden and husband Andy are also fortunate to enjoy grandchildren ages 15 to 5. Andy retired from the Portland Police, oldest daughter Laurie and husband Kent celebrated a winter wedding in Sun River, and third daughter Claire and husband Kemper are close by. Second daughter Katie has Down syndrome, and continues to be a ray of sunshine, participating in Special Olympics for 36 years, and was recently chosen to greet Governor Kulongoski at the Governor’s Gold Award Dinner. Recent travels for Ann include: Spain with her sister Clare; Ireland with Andy; South Bend, IN to visit her nearly 95-year-old mother who is a Regis ’40 classmate of Kathleen Lynch O’Donoghue’s mom, Mary Kerr Lynch; and Disneyland with Katie. One trip she plans on making is to our 50th. Please forward your class dues of $25 made out to Regis College Class of 1967 to Patricia Connearney Deveaux, 55 Clark Lane, Waltham, MA 02451. Contact Class Presidents Ellen Kearns firstname.lastname@example.org or Mim Riley Flecca email@example.com who welcome your ideas about our 50th, and want to include you on email notices of upcoming gatherings. Please send information to Christina Duggan, Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement at christina.duggan@ regiscollege.edu to help us locate “missing” classmates. Thank you to all who have contributed to the RegisFund, and I encourage the rest to please do so by June 30. If all goes well, George and I hope to finally be in our home at the above address. Let’s encourage each other to celebrate our 50th when we will lend each other listening ears, laughing lips, and caring hearts! ¶ From Mimi Bowler: In September I traveled to India (the second trip in a year), Nepal and Bangladesh with my husband, who was giving a series of lectures for the
✒ Patricia Nelson Cross, 161 Oak
Common Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 904-823-1394, tricia.cross915@ gmail.com ¶ Greetings classmates:
Sorry there is not much news this issue. I guess most of us are regrouping after the holidays, the new year, and for some, a record snowfall that continues to inconvenience people in New England. ¶ Thanks to Mary Beth Govoni for telling us about her wonderful trip this past year. She writes: “In August I took a 2-week cruise to Scandinavia and the Baltic— my first big cruise. Countries I never thought I would visit and so glad I
now have. We started and ended in Copenhagen and filled in our itinerary with other major cities along the way. Beautiful scenery and good weather makes traveling so wonderful. My favorites were Helsinki, Taillin, Oslo, and Stockholm. I loved the open air markets. In Berlin, I couldn’t believe I stood at the top of the Reichstag, in front of Brandenburg Gate and drove along the Berlin Wall. My friend and I had to leave the Jewish Holocaust Museum, not due to photos, but the sensory displays that affect you deeply. My opinion of St. Petersburg was the opulence of the palaces contrasted with the poverty of their surroundings. One of my main goals was to see the Vasa Museum and we did that…magnificent. ¶ In fall of 2014, like many others, I attended my 50th high school reunion. As this was my first time attending a reunion, I chose to join the planning committee. I figured it couldn’t be much different than the college reunions, but I was wrong! It was a learning curve in some respects. Two nights of fun, catching up with classmates, prior phone calls and emails led the way to a great time. Our meetings were held at my alma mater—Bishop Stang—and were actually held in what was the convent, newly refurbished into admin, alumni relations, and a beautiful library. Wandering the halls once again and reminiscing at each classroom…all good. I also attended the Wareham High 50th reunion as a guest, catching up with elementary and junior high classmates…fond memories all around.” Thanks Mary Beth. ¶ Jo Mary Sullivan wrote the she is “still enjoying retirement, traveling, visiting and receiving friends: Liberia colleagues and friends from Peace Corps and fieldwork days, colleagues from Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. During my trip to Italy with my high school friends, we stayed with Maria Laura (Bishop Fenwick exchange student, class of ’64) in Milan as our base and the 4 of us visited Venice, the Lake Como area, Verona for the opera “Madame Butterfly” in the Roman arena, the Italian Riviera, and a side trip to Nice, France. It was grand. ¶ Clare Doyle Hayes and I were at our 50th high school reunion, which was a really great two-day event. In addition to the social events, there was a tour of the school. One poignant moment was reading a plaque with the names of our classmates who served in Vietnam. There were 17 men, one of whom died. There were about 100 boys in our class, so 17% served. I had no idea there were so many. ¶ During much of October, I worked on political campaigns and sorted through all my Liberia papers, documents, fabric, and artifacts. My winter project is to work on the bags of photos, boxes of slides, and letters
we wrote from Liberia. ¶ My son Peter and his wife Jade live in Boston; Colin is in Peabody and I see them often. We have been following the Ebola crisis in Liberia and worrying about our friends and colleagues there.” Thanks so much for getting in touch, Jo. ¶ I attended my 50th high school reunion in September. Believe it or not, the small reunion committee included Ellen Grimes Aamodt, Sherry Murphy McGann, Judy Murphy Lauch among the group. The
Regis girls were well-represented. We toured our now closed St. Mary’s High School, as it has become a very modern assisted living facility. What an ironic twist of fate as many classmates in the area will be looking at senior option in the near future! Retirement seems to be agreeing with Ellen and Sherry who both are enjoying their grandchildren. Judy and Bill Lauch have arrived in St. Augustine, just ahead of most of the snow and will be here for 2 months. I have enjoyed keep up with Nancy Brine Fredrickson, Sheila McManus Denahy, and Mary Beth on Facebook. ¶ Burt and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a wonderful Sailing Schooner trip along the Dalmation Coast. We started in Venice and ended up 10 days later in Athens. A great way to enjoy sailing, sightseeing, and relaxing as well. We are ready to do it again! ¶ That is about it folks. I will contact you soon looking for news and information, especially from those who have not been in touch.
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American College of Cardiology. Since the weather cooperated we had the opportunity to fly to Mt. Everest or “the Everest” as the Nepalese call it. In Dhaka I addressed members of the judiciary and representatives of the bar associations at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena as part of my work on the Committee on International Judicial Relations of the Judicial Conference of America. A few weeks later we traveled to Goteborg, Sweden, where my husband was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the treatment of cardiovascular disease. ¶ From Barbara Hunt Madden: I apologize for not remembering the class reporter for our class of 1967; I do remember reading probably in the latest bulletin that class notes were to be sent to class reporter by the end of January 2015. I wanted to be able to inform our class of the very sad death of classmate and my 4-year college roommate (along with Ellen St. Cyr freshman year who tolerated graciously our frequent pillaging of her delectable treats from home!), Margie (Marjorie) Foster Murray, Class of 1967, from colon cancer on December 30, 2014 in Columbus, OH leaving her son Spencer, daughter Alexandra, and 5 lovely grandchildren. Her brother, Bing or George, has emailed me photos of Margie with her many friends: Pam Hattem, Mary Jo O’Donnell Boden, Mary Armstrong, and me along with others including Mimi Bowler, Julia Shen Fung, and Ellen Farrell. ¶ My husband, Jack, and I were delighted to be part of a mini Regis reunion in August 2014 in Newport, RI with classmates Louise Gavlick Monnier, her husband Tom, and Linda Crespi whose wonderful husband, Michael, BC graduate, died 6 years ago. Our son, John, is still happily ensconced in London enjoying his single life, and son Justin recently moved to a duplex in West Roxbury.¶ Classmate Mim Reilly is so faithful about arranging dinner class gatherings which I hope to attend soon. Best wishes.
✒ Linda Garstka Daigneault, 300
Forker Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146, 724-342-5306, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶
Well, another year has gone by! 2014 is behind us and 2015 has begun. Remember when we couldn’t wait for time to pass? Oh, to be 16! Then came 21! The years started to blur after that with careers and families. We moved on to waiting to retire and reaping the fruit of our labors. I don’t know about you, but the years are speeding by much too fast these days as we approach 70! Let’s enjoy the days, weeks, months, and years! ¶ I reconnected via Christmas cards with my friends over the holidays. It was nice hearing what they have been up to. They are all busy with family and a variety of activities. Ted and I hope to get together with Sharon Curtis Spaulding Smith when we are in San Diego this spring. Sharon lives with her husband David in Fresno, CA. She spent 20+ years working for the University of California, San Francisco as director of medical education and although she loved her career, she loves retired life as much. Sharon has 5 grandchildren who live within a few hours of her. ¶ Lynda Durso has retired as a Vice President with Chicago Title
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Insurance Company and lives in Boca Raton, FL with her husband, William Hunter. They have traveled extensively throughout the world and continue to explore new places. Lynda and William spend September in Kennebunkport, ME. ¶ Carol Galluccio has enjoyed several career changes from teaching to business. The majority of her career was spent at Pearson Education where she worked in the Arts and Sciences college textbook publishing division. Since retirement, Carol’s winters are spent in Punta Gorda, FL. ¶ Maryann Griffin Wulff went on to Brown University after Regis for a Master’s and PhD and met her husband Rodney. They moved to his native Australia in 1977, have 2 sons and have lived there since. Maryann taught and did research at Melbourne universities. They get back to the U.S. every couple of years to see her family. ¶ Catherine Imbriglio is teaching in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University. She has written two volumes of poetry: Parts of the Mass and Intimacy.
45th Reunion ✒ Nora Quinlan Waystack, 126 Merrimac Street #50, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978-462-0777, email@example.com
¶ Thanks to all of you who responded so promptly to my quest for news. As I compile this report a swirling Nor’easter is raging, but know that will be a vague memory at the time you are reading this spring issue. I was pleased to finally connect with Christine Hansen McGill who just happens to live not far from me in Newburyport, MA! Christine and husband, Kevin, are still working. Christine is a CPA in North Andover, and Kevin works at Jet Blue which affords them some “awesome” travel benefits. They had recently returned from Orlando, FL for a get-together with all their kids and 7 grandsons (ages 1 to 8). Their youngest daughter, Makala, recently had her third child, and their first granddaughter. Makala lives in Tallahassee with her family and is working as a pharmacist. Christine’s son Deron and family live in Orlando, and another daughter Tara and family are close by in Amesbury, MA. Christine, Kevin, and Jane Scott O’Brien had an amazing trip to Peru this year. The highlight, of course, being Machu Picchu. She admits they definitely have the travel bug and are considering Cartegena, Columbia, and South Africa as upcoming destinations. ¶ I heard from Ouida Williams Johnson. She and husband Freddie are still working full-time, but admit retirement is in the near future. One daughter returned to school ten years after earning her BS in biology and has completed studies for a nursing degree. Another daughter recently married, as
How to Submit Class Notes Regis would love to know what’s new with you. Regis Today is a great way to stay in touch with your classmates and friends. Share news about babies, jobs, marriages, vacations, activities, anniversaries, and grandchildren. Contacting your class reporter is the best way to submit a note. All reporters are listed along with their contact information in the Class Notes section of this issue. If you’re unable to get in touch with your reporter, please send your notes directly to the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by visiting registowertalk.net/classnotes (login required) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for keeping in touch; we look forward to hearing your news!
well as their son. Their oldest daughter has been married for 18 years. Her husband has the distinction of having been featured in an AARP commercial wearing a grey hoodie, doing pushups, and winning a game of chess! ¶ Of course I need to include some news from my Regis roomie, Patty Hanifey. This year her son Graham married Sarah in a beautiful outdoor wedding in Beverly, MA. Regis “girls” Jane McCusker Taylor and Dede Dalton Martel attended with their spouses. Graham and Sarah now have a sweet daughter, Penny, making it four grandchildren for Patty to enjoy. She also works part time which allows her to return to her favorite past-times—drawing, designing, and best of all taking dance classes at the Boston School of Ballet North Shore, housed in the Marblehead YMCA. That along with working out at the gym and walking by the ocean keeps life very engaging. Patty also became politically active this year, volunteering for Congressman Seth Moulton’s campaign. She was invited to attend his swearing-in in Washington, D.C., which was a very memorable and
educational few days. ¶ Cass Leahy Brine was quick to respond via Facebook with some family news. Cass and Phil now have 4 grandchildren. Maura has 9-year-old Abigail, 8-year-old Daniel and 4-year-old Maggie. Her daughter Chrissie was married last year and is the proud mother of Sadie Grace. They are still offering the Fitchburg State University M.Ed. Program, and their Department of Ed initial and professional licensure programs. Chrissie still works with Cass, and Sara is still with McDermott, Will and Emery law firm in Boston as a paralegal. Sara, Phil, and Cass are planning trips to Savannah, then Ireland in the near future. She mentioned that her siblings are all well. Anne’s son Joe came home from Afghanistan last year, and two of Joe’s sons completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. All three home safely, thank God! Cass is anticipating a Leahy cousin family reunion which is being planned for 2015. ’Tis the time for reunions! ¶ Carol Giacomo checked in with her news. She continues to work fulltime as a member of the New York Times editorial board, writing editorials on all major policy and defense policy issues, including Afghanistan, Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the fight against ISIS and the challenge of a rising China. She also contributes to the board’s blog called “Taking Note.” She often meets with U.S. and foreign officials, and traveling overseas is an important part of her job. She recently was in India. She says her most interesting trip was spending two weeks in Iran at the end of 2013. A trip she would hope to take in the future is to North Korea. She also taught an undergraduate seminar at Princeton on editorial writing and shaping the debate on international issues. She saved her best news for last. Her 24 year old son Chris graduated from Holy Cross in 2012 and has recently received a master’s in sports management from Georgetown. He is teaching at a Catholic school in Washington, D.C. and also working as the school’s athletic director and basketball coach. He is also an assistant coach for the varsity baseball team at a D.C. public high school. As always, Carol is eager to see Regis classmates who come to NYC. Just send her an email! ¶ I received an email from Kathy Giardi Swanson from Honduras. She is volunteering for an organization called Honduras Hope. This organization is based in New Hampshire and has been working with indigenous communities in Yoro, Honduras since 2001. Kathy and her husband Peter began volunteering over a year ago and have made three trips in 13 months. One of the missions of Honduras Hope is to offer educational opportunities to the young people in the communities they support.
✒ Susan Schissel Fogerty, 113 Central
Street, Byfield, MA 01922, 978-4628647, email@example.com ✒ Mary Lou Wenthe, 8485 Berkeley Street, Honeoye, NY 14471, 508-229-7061, Cornhillcards@ frontier.com ¶ Hello Class of ’72! Mary Lou spoke to Anne Marie Shimkus who
has been residing in Minneapolis St. Paul, MN for 43 years, 31 years at the St. Paul Academy. She runs the Senior Project Program in which senior math students are placed in internships. Anne Marie took up running years ago and she and her Brittany Spaniel, Maggie, run every day. In 1993, she qualified and ran in the Boston Marathon where Jackie West Rogers, her Regis roommate, greeted her at the finish line. And if that’s not enough athleticism, she rides her bicycle throughout Europe. Previous trips include rides through Slovenia, Austria and Italy. Her summer 2015 ride is Slovakia and Hungary. Way to go, Anne Marie! ¶ Sharon McDede Kolor, now residing in Vero Beach, FL, is an avid gardener. It has taken her years to figure out which plants survive in Florida, and now her yard thrives with native shrubs and flowers. She wishes she had back all the money she spent on flowers that did not survive over the years. Sharon’s
daughter, Bonnie, will celebrate her 40th birthday at Thanksgiving by running in a Florida marathon with her husband. Sharon noted the recent death of Rod McKuen, whose poetry she enjoyed during her years at Regis. She also recently read the 50th Anniversary Edition of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift From The Sea, a great book to reread at this stage of her life. ¶ Lynette Szczgiel Crowley has lived in Uncasville, CT since graduation. After years of being a teacher in the local elementary school, Lynette “retired” 2 years ago and became a substitute. She is the permanent sub, so she is actually at school every day. Lynette and her husband, John, have 4 children. John worked several years for the post office but he returned to the classroom about 10 years ago and is the para-educator in Math, at the same elementary school. In August and October 2014 they had both a son and daughter get married so they had a very eventful year. ¶ I, Susan Schissel Fogerty, also had a daughter married in September of 2014. A very busy time, but I recovered by spending 11 days in Italy right after the wedding. Some of my siblings and I accompanied my aunt and uncle to Rome, Assisi, and Orvieto. It was wonderful. Hope we hear from more of you for next time.
✒ Karen Driscoll Montague, 9 Erwin
Road, Wayland, MA 01778, 508-3585130, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Save the
date: join your classmates for a 60th birthday celebration on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the home of Julie O’Connor McGinn in Peabody, MA for a backyard clambake barbecue. Savethe-date postcards have been mailed; more information to come. Questions? Contact Julie at mbn868992@comcast. net or Jane at L_enox@hotmail.com. We will have a block of rooms at a local hotel. If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group: Regis College Class of 77-ish, as we will post updates on that page. Along with planning our 60th birthday bash, Jane Lenox Leary is also busy planning her oldest son’s wedding coming up in September. ¶ Nancy Norton Sarvix is happily living in Merrimack, NH and reports that she moved back to New England in 2001 after 15 years in San Diego. She is an empty-nester now with her daughter Amelia living in San Diego and going to school. Nancy has worked for the same company for the past 28 years and has transferred twice around the country with them. She occasionally gets together with Carmel Coughlin Donaghue and Susan George McNulty. ¶ Coincidentally, Joanne Davies, who had lived in Merrimack for over 30 years recently moved with her husband Ron to South Carolina and is enjoying living
outside of Hilton Head. ¶ Valthea McGee Fry lives in North Potomac, MD and is an accomplished artist. She paints beautiful watercolors. Her daughter, also named Valthea, is recently married, lives in Boston and is interning in the Graduate Communications department at Regis. Coincidentally I am on the Communications Department Advisory Board and I met the younger Valthea at a recent meeting. She is as nice and beautiful as her mother. ¶ Sadly, you will remember that Denise Garvey Manahl passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in 2000 at the age of 46. She left behind young children. Val has kept in touch with Denise Garvey’s husband, Ken Manahl, and he wants to do a history on Denise. If you have pictures, remembrances, anything given to you by Denise, please email Val at Iris355@hotmail.com or directly to Ken at Ken.email@example.com. ¶ Joan O’Connor reports that she is well and is in her 35th year with Bank of America where she works as VP in Consumer Banking. She enjoys spending time with her 11 nieces and nephews and will also be celebrating our milestone birthday with girls from her high school. ¶ At the President’s Dinner last fall, Kathy Cove Curley and I met up with Anita Brennan. As reported in the last issue of Regis Today, Anita is a Regis trustee. Anita was accompanied by her daughter also named Anita, who is a recent Law School graduate and lives with her husband in Boston. Our Anita works as a Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services in Puerto Rico but travels often to the Northeast on business and to visit her daughter. Kathy continues directing her Parish’s Religious Education Program and enjoys having her youngest daughter at home, as she commutes to Framingham State University. Kathy is celebrating turning 60 with a trip to Paris in late spring. ¶ My husband Ira and I are looking forward to a two-week heritage tour to China in April with our daughter AiLi. We are traveling with four of the families that were part of our original adoption travel group. We will visit Beijing, Xi-An, Chengdu, Yellow Mountain, and Shanghai. ¶ Please send me news for the next newsletter.
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Recently, 75 scholarships were awarded to students who would otherwise be unable to attend high school. After teaching Spanish for 34 years at North Quincy High School, Kathy is loving the opportunity to use her Spanish language skills to assist in such a worthy cause. Peter teaches organic gardening to the high school students at a boarding house that the organization operates. Jane Scott O’Brien has also become involved. Her sewing and knitting skills have been very helpful in the Women’s Cooperative. Kathy and Peter’s son David is in the army serving in Korea. David and his wife recently presented his parents with their first granddaughter. Kathy’s daughter Julia lives at home and is working locally. ¶ Dede Dalton-Martell sent news of an interesting coming together of Regis friends. Last summer she and Patty Hanifey visited John and Abigail Adams’ historic home, Peaceful, in Quincy, MA. ¶ After their tour they had lunch at the nearby Tavern at Granite Links. During lunch Patty received a phone call from none other than me, just “checking in.” Then, as they were leaving the Tavern, Patty and Dede were astonished to see Alice Luster waiting to surprise them! Alice, who lives in North Carolina, was in Boston for a graduation and had tracked down Dede’s whereabouts. ¶ Peace and joy to all. Keep happy, healthy, and please keep in touch!
✒ Sheila Walsh, 13B Beal’s Cove Road, Hingham, MA 02043, 781-749-1044, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Lots of
news of weddings, graduations, and retirements from the class of ’78! Paula Bellorado Wolfert reports that her daughter, Jessica, is graduating from Villanova University in May. After her April 2015 retirement from the military, Paula will continue to work as a consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield and as a general dentist at Weymouth
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Dental Associates. She is still living in Hingham, MA, and says she is gently working her way towards becoming a retiree! ¶ Janet Buckley Bernard, who generously served as our class reporter for many years, also says that she and husband Jeff Bernard are starting to mention the “R” word and considering the appeal of winters down south after digging out of the blizzard of 2015. They traveled from Concord, MA, to England for son Andrew’s 2014 graduation from Oxford University; Andrew is now working for a London-based PR firm out of Abu Dhabi, which he describes as “Boston without a soul,” where he can use his Arabic. “He is a more adventurous traveler than I ever was, who only went as far as NYC via bus from Regis with one of the nuns!” reports Janet, who sends her best wishes to all her Regis classmates; she was also happily in attendance at the June wedding of Kate Honan Bird’s oldest daughter, Sarah Whittemore Bird, to Nicholas Stephen Neely, at the Old Manse in Concord, MA. Kate’s second daughter, Jane, served as “Best Woman.” Janet, who was also at the rehearsal dinner at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, describes the wedding as “an idyllic summer day on the banks of the Concord River.” Kate is a resident artist at the Umbrella Center for the Arts (theumbrellaarts.org) in Concord, MA, and an exhibiting artist at the Spring Street Gallery (springstreetgallery. org) on Block Island, RI. She and her husband, Sam Bird, are closing in on a June completion date on a house he designed on Block Island. ¶ Joan Brady LaCroix is currently a science curriculum coordinator, K-12, in Pembroke and says this is the first time in 36 years she is not teaching. She reports that it feels weird but loves her job: “I get to coach, evaluate teachers, and align curriculum. I am a mother of 4, grandmother of 10, and great-grandmother of 2! I am very blessed and so very happy.” Joan and her husband Henry moved to East Sandwich five years ago and love being near the water. ¶ Marijane Cunningham Blunk is an Associate Director of Clinical Affairs with Novartis in California; she reports that she has downsized to a townhouse in Walnut Creek, CA, near San Francisco. Her daughter, Kiera, turned 21 in February, and Marijane reports that “time does fly!” ¶ Mary Kay Milley is still happily with Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, MA as a senior recruiter. She says she is always looking for talent! Her brother Mark is a four star general in the US Army at Ft. Bragg, NC, and her father, who recently turned 90, graduated in May 2014 from Tilton Academy in New Hampshire, where he and other students who left school to fight in World War II were honored with diplomas. Mary Kay says “it has been a very busy year with the
family!” ¶ Lynne Davis Haddock, Nancy Salvetti Naimey, and Eileen McCormick Langenus and I all attended the AllAlumni Reunion at Regis in May 2014, and danced the night away, following up with some great, late-night conversations at Morrison House. I also see the Honorable Mary K. Ames frequently, when I get together with my high school friends from Fontbonne Academy. I hope to see many of you at this year’s All-Alumni Reunion to share memories and news. I have been living in Hingham, MA, for nine years, and am now in my 20th year in the classroom and my 13th year of teaching English at Milton High School, Milton, MA. I travel often to Raleigh, NC, where my sister, Eileen Walsh ’86 and my mother have relocated. I will be the happy maid of honor for Eileen at her November 2015 wedding! Thank you to those of you who responded for this issue; I am thrilled to be taking up the reins as class reporter. Please email me with your news.
✒ Debbie Southworth Howard, 12315
Winston Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50323, 515-619-9258, email@example.com ✒ Janet Mills-Knudsen, 12B Lawrence Street, Woburn, MA 01801, 781-4910698, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Karen Walsh Fortin reports that she has three
beautiful grandchildren. Shaleyn is 8, Briella is 5, and Kaleb is 2. Karen is the K–8 Math Specialist in Bolton, MA. She and her husband Larry spent a week last summer touring the Portland, OR area and visiting with her brother, Mark. ¶ Jean Jianos Gray, Rose Mary Lewis Irwin, and Sue and Mary McManus (both from Class of 1982) met at Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” in Foxborough, MA when Jean was in town in early February. ¶ Louise Clark has been working for 14 years for MERCK as a pharmaceutical representative. Last year her territory changed from Westchester, NY/Fairfield, CT to Manhattan. Louise and her husband Lewis live in Stamford, CT and recently enjoyed a New Year’s cruise to the Caribbean with her sister and boyfriend ¶ Sue Chilelli Wallace lives in Hampton, NH and teaches 7th grade science in Lowell, MA. Last summer she spent two weeks helping at a science camp put on by her school district. Sue has three grown sons: Anthony works for Porsche-Audi, Greg works for Hannaford, and Jon is working at a language school in Rabat, Morocco. Roseann Dahlgren Costello has three grandchildren, ages 4, 6 and 8, who live in Seattle. She and her husband visited them at Christmas and will see them again for their son’s wedding in May. Roseann teaches high school Spanish and ESL at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA. She and her
husband live in Holliston and have a vacation home on Thompson Lake in Maine. ¶ Deborah Finley Brancato and her husband Marco live at WestRidge in Hudson, MA. She says that they have made many new friends at their 55+ community. Deborah is a registered nurse working at Mount Alvernia High School (grades 7–12) in Newton, MA. Joanne Comer Bickford lives in Center Sandwich, NH with her husband and adult son. Their daughter is at college. Joanne works in the local school teaching reading, supporting math and language arts, and providing speech-language reinforcement. She is currently working on an additional degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Bickfords have a small farm with a flock of Shetland sheep, a llama, chickens, and ducks. ¶ Liz LaFountain Carder and Jean Jianos Gray got together recently in D.C. and Portland, ME. Liz is celebrating her 15th year as firm administrator at Norman Hanson & DeTroy, a 45-attorney legal firm in Portland, ME. She spends a lot of time attending sporting events in Massachusetts, since both her children, Christopher, 18 and Kathryn, 15 are boarding students at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA. Since the death of her mother in 2012, Liz has been spending a lot of time caring for her father, who is in a nursing home. ¶ Congratulations to Deb Flaherty Kizer, who recently completed a certificate program in health education to complement her volunteer work with WomenHeart and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Deb’s son Colin recently got engaged. The wedding will be after Deb’s planned heart surgery in May. Daughter Abby is living in Orlando and working for Disney. Deb and her son Keith are planning to visit her in April. Our deepest condolences to Louise Clark on the loss of her father in March 2014.
35th Reunion ✒ Judy A. Allonby, 7 Rockland Park,
Apt. 2, Malden, MA 02148, 781-3247735, email@example.com ✒ Marie O’Malley, 1 Green Street, Milton, MA 02186, 617-333-0740, omalley_marie@ yahoo.com ¶ Elizabeth Curran lives
in Knoxville, TN, works part-time performing pharmacogenetic testing PGT for a startup company, volunteers for the More To Life Trainings and Habitat for Humanity, and attained Reiki Level I. Betty visited with Regis security guard Mordecai Wilson, age 90, at Christmas. Maura Goulding is currently contracting for Haemonetics in Braintree as a Documentation Analyst. ¶ Jo-Ann Bafaro is interested in organizing a class service project for our Reunion year. Last February, Vicki Duff attended the Marga-Regis-ville
class event with Angela Liacopoulos Penney, Susan Oldroyd Vecchione, Pam Wongburg Radler, Betsy Sullivan Valorioti, and Marie Bianculli Chanoine.
✒ Carolyn Lacey MacLellan, 17 Ash
Swamp Road, Newmarket, NH 03857, 781-861-6862 ✒ Elizabeth Carey Stygles, 24 Macarthur Road, Natick, MA 01760, 508-655-1722 ¶ Sue and Mary McManus recently met with Maureen Taddeo to catch up and share teaching war stories. ¶ Ethel Sullivan Williams
is Program Director for the Mazie Mentoring Program at Waltham High School. The program recruits and trains adult volunteers who then mentor and act as role models for vulnerable, disadvantaged Waltham High School students. Running successfully in Framingham for 16 years, the Mazie Program was started in Waltham in November 2010. The program is based on a Goal Achievement Process that requires the students to set and reach specific goals throughout their high school career. Mentors commit to spending 8 hours a month for 1 year with their mentees in an effort to help and guide them. Mentors are always needed. For more information, contact Ethel at 781-314-5526 or ethelwilliams@ k12.waltham.ma.us and learn more by visiting us: mazie.org.
✒ Anne Gruszka McKenzie, 4508
Buffalo Trace, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-978-2121, anne.m.mckenzie@ gmail.com ¶ Thank you for the great
response to my shout-out for class notes! I was delighted to hear from many first-time contributors. Having lived in Rumford, RI for the past 30 years
with her husband Charlie, Colleen Bohan Sullivan is a realtor and also works part-time at the J. McLaughlin clothing company in Providence. Her son Chuck lives/works in Providence, son Dan lives in Hoboken and works in NYC, and daughter Nellie is a junior at Fairfield University. Most of their free time is spent with family and friends in Newport. Colleen has remained in touch with Jeanne Mitiguy Bruno, who lives in Vermont. ¶ Nancy Capalucci Antonio reports that life is good! After working 30 years in pharmaceutical R&D, she is now enjoying a slower pace with her husband Paul and her three daughters. She spent last summer drinking coffee and watching hummingbirds in her backyard in Framingham! Her oldest daughter Erica graduated from Nichols College with an international business major, her middle daughter Jessica is pursuing a degree in art therapy at Worcester State University and her youngest Angela will be a high school junior in the fall. Nancy now works as a full-time realtor and is certified as a senior real estate specialist. She still cherishes her friendships with Julie Bussiere Dutcher and Barbara Alarie French. ¶ In February, Laura diTargiani Lamere, Donna DeAngelis Ricciardelli, Susan Ryan Tierney and Cathy Foley Lewis reconnected for dinner in Burlington, MA. Unfortunately, the awful snow forecasts discouraged Marianne Gately Gray from making the trip from Oregon as planned! It had been more than 10 years since they were all together for an alumnae/children overnight at Cathy’s family spot on the water. A smaller group gathered five years ago before Donna moved to Colorado where she lives with her husband Jim. Donna and Laura were roommates senior year at Regis and are godparents to each other’s children. Donna is a Pilates instructor in Denver and Laura founded the nonprofit Pavoh (pavoh.org) to support bands and singersongwriters under the age of 21. Right before the group met, Cathy and Mimi vacationed in Mexico together. Susan and Cathy remain in touch; Susan is an esthetician in Newburyport and Cathy works for Botany Bay Properties, her family’s business in Worcester. ¶ Theresa Stukes shared the excellent news that she finally got her MBA after beginning online classes in June 2011. For the past 25 years, she has been in the social work field—from teaching grade school and Pre-K to finally landing a Community Case Manager position. She also shared some sad news: after 40 years of friendship, Theresa reunited with her teenage sweetheart Kelvin B. Grooms. She made wedding plans in October to marry the love of her life in October 2015; however, in November, Kelvin passed away in his sleep. Theresa’s Regis roommate
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They had a fun-filled evening at Regis. Vicki also had the pleasure of getting together with Marie Celona, Kate Mogavero Mullaney ’78, and Madeleine LaConto Gentile ’78 for dinner in June. Barbara Barrow is an attorney in Newport, RI, living happily in Middletown, RI with her husband Tim. Two of their three children are college graduates and the third will be as well this spring. Barbara’s life is good but she misses her Regis friends. ¶ Mary Byrne sold her pottery shop about three years ago and she and Jack bought a cottage in North Cape May, NJ where she spends summers selling her pottery and waiting for him to retire. Both their daughters now live in Denver. ¶ Caralyn Ahern Good and husband Mark have lived in Norfolk, MA for 24 years, raised daughter Megan and son Conor. They are now happily emptynesters and split their time between Norfolk and Bethel, ME. Caralyn spent 17 years in the Weston Parks and Recreation Department, went back to grad school to earn a master’s in Human Resources and worked in that field for five years. She then returned to school for English and Special Ed Certifications and for the past 13 years, has been a high school junior and senior year English teacher by day and works part-time at Dean College in Franklin (evening) for the past ten years. She skis in the winter and plays tennis in the summer. Caralyn nominated one of her students last year for an Alumni Scholarship; he received it and is doing well at Regis. ¶ Eileen Mulry Campbell and Dave celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Outer Banks in September 2014 after dropping their daughter Katherine off at the University of Tampa where she is now a freshman. Eileen is looking forward to her son Christopher’s wedding on Cape Cod in June 2015. Eileen still lives in South Carolina but plans to return to Massachusetts soon. She continues to work in Talent Acquisition for PAREXEL and will celebrate 14 years with the company in August 2015. ¶ Ilana Quirk is still practicing municipal law and is a partner at Kopelman and Paige, P.C. in Boston. She recently moved from Scituate (after 24 years) to Boston and traded an hour and a half commute (each way) for a twenty minute commute (round trip) and is loving city life. Her son Andrew is a civil engineer and building commercial projects all over the place. He’s happy, so Ilana is happy! ¶ Debi Perna Quattrochi is still in Florida with husband Bob, her Mom, and kitty Meeco. She works at Florida Urology Partners as the Accounting Manager (3 years in March).
Debi will be traveling to weddings this year in Massachusetts, Virginia, and California. ¶ Anthea Maria Poole is putting three of her four children through school. Her oldest, Nicholas, took a break from school, went to the army and is now back in an electrical engineering program in Greece. Christina is about to embark on a semester in Ireland. Next year will be her last year at Arcadia University (PA) and she is now looking at master’s programs in Music Therapy. This year Kimon ventured to the states to attend New England College (NH) and seems to be happy and doing very well. Anthea is hoping to have all her children home for the summer. Her little one, Elpida, is in the 10th grade. Anthea continues to teach English to all ages and work mostly, at this point, as an exchange in services. Her husband works hard to make sure they have wood for the fireplace and fruit and vegetables for the table. At the moment, they have their own potatoes, lemons, oranges, peppers, squash, jams, and tomato sauce. ¶ Mary Beth Halpin had dinner with Chris Murphy in December in New York City.
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Roberta Mogavero Fitzgerald said it best, “Remember the good times and all you cherish; no one can take that from you.” So in the midst of healing, she has accepted that he was her angel. Most recently, Theresa became the great aunt to Messiah Paris, named after her nephew whom she lost in September 2012. ¶ Speaking of baby news, Tammy Arcuri had baby daughter Zoe via surrogate in September. Zoe—healthy, happy, and beautiful—is the new love of Tammy’s life. She is also very proud of her niece Taylor Arcuri, a sophomore at Regis. From Regis, Tammy went to BC law and has practiced law for 29 years; she is now on the pre-law advisory board at Regis. ¶ Georgeann Abbanat Abatzis left her Regis position 4 years ago and returned to her career in banking. She now works in her hometown of Winchester as the Internal Audit Director of Winchester Savings Bank. Georgeann’s daughter Elena is a sophomore in high school and is working very hard in preparation for her college years! During the summer months, they enjoy boating in Boston Harbor and take an annual trip to Martha’s Vineyard. ¶ Mary Jane (MJ) Fietze has been on the Burlington Disability Access Commission for a dozen years and, this summer, she started writing on disability issues for the Burlington Union. In January, she joined the Editorial Board of Disability Issues, the quarterly newsletter of Spaulding Rehab. Her first article was about fellow 1983 alumna Mary Spinosa Wilson and her theatre company Theatre with a Twist and the drama therapy classes that she teaches to young adults with Asperger’s. Both MJ and Mary credit Sister Gretchen who taught them to love the art of expression. MJ proclaims to be an elated Sox season ticket holder. She has met many players and David Ortiz even kissed her… “the perks of being in a wheelchair,” she says! ¶ Maureen Dalton’s daughter Brianna left Moodz to concentrate on Brianna Dalton Photography, now an LLC. She does many photo shoots in the Weston area and welcomes your reach-out. You can find her on Facebook. ¶ Catherine Wilson left her job at Boston Children’s Hospital and has accepted the position of Insurance Verification Manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She still lives in Swampscott and classmates can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. ¶ Thanks to all who shared their news!
✒ Jocelyn Greene, 122 Jacquelyn Drive, Savannah, GA 31406 ✒ Sara Mulrooney, 2701 8th Street So. #302c, Arlington, VA 22204, 703-920-3129, smulrooney@usa. net ✒ Kimberley Livingstone Sinclair, 10 Fountain Grass Waye, Plymouth, MA
02360, 508-830-3581, blklab81@yahoo. com ¶ Hello classmates. It’s been a
while since we’ve had some news here, and it was great to hear from so many of you. If you didn’t get an email from Sara asking for news, it means we don’t have your correct contact information. Please get in touch with us to let us know what you’re up to. We heard from Vittoria Pacifico. She is in her third year as president of Bayview Academy in Rhode Island. She found time last summer to get together with Sally Kinder, and reports Sally’s doing well. Margaret Barrett was in touch to say that she is still in HR as well as adjunct faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She volunteers as an ESL tour guide at the MFA. ¶ Maura Moran is still living in Brookline and teaching kindergarten in Stow, MA. She loves spending her days knee-deep in paint and glitter. Her daughter Zoe is 15 and a competitive gymnast, so Maura’s second shift is as busy as her work day. She keeps in touch with Laura Kelly who is teaching first grade in Wellesley and living in Milton. Maura says Laura is as creative as ever! Eileen Vogel Hackney wrote to let us know that she is still in Groton, MA and is back in the work force after staying home with her children for 18 years. She has been working at Boston Biomedical Associates for 2 years now. Michelle Cafarella Sogolow dropped us a line on a snowy Scituate day. She closed her childcare program after 20 years and is currently working as an early intervention specialist on the South Shore. Her oldest is about to graduate college and her youngest is a sophomore at BC. Like so many of us she wonders where the time goes. Both Eileen and Michelle recently toured the Regis campus and enjoyed seeing the changes there. Several people made mention of big birthdays most of us had this year. ¶ Cathy Gagon McCrorey told us that she celebrated her big day with Lisa Dowd Shapard, Lissa Rothwell Ahern, Valerie Brown McGuire ’88 and Beth Alger Legare ’85. Cathy’s daughter, Sarah, is a sophomore at Stonehill College. Her son Ryan just turned 17 and is a junior in high school and starting the college search. Last September she joined her husband on a trip to Las Vegas and spent a day with Liz Bridgeman McDonald. They had a great time, and even had an Elvis sighting! She reflected that Regis girls are amazing and our friendships run deep, even when it’s been awhile. ¶ Kathy Sheerin DeVore also survived turning 50 and wishes a happy BIG Birthday to all the other ’64 babies!! She sent her firstborn, Ben, to college this fall and survived that too. She is currently in her first year-long sabbatical and is drafting a book based on 25 years of teaching English from South Africa to South Minneapolis.
Her daughter Molly is turning 16 soon, which we know Kathy will also survive. ¶ Lissa Rothwell Ahern dropped a line to say that she is still in Wilmington, MA. Both her boys are now in college. Brendan is a sophomore at Villanova and Colin is a freshman at UCONN. She is working in Special Education and loving it. Our sincere condolences go out to Lissa on the loss of her Mom this past holiday season. She really appreciated the support she got from Regis friends at that time. Lisa Dowd Shapard got a message in under the wire. She says she is kept very busy with 9-year-old Roy. She is enjoying life and trying to savor every minute of that great age with him. Eileen Walsh got in touch from Raleigh, NC. She recently got engaged and is planning a November 2015 wedding. Her real estate firm, Walsh Residential, continues to go great guns. She says life is good in North Carolina, and she welcomes Regis visitors at any time. ¶ Kelly Curtain Clifford is extremely busy in New Hampshire. She has 2 in college, 2 in high school, and her darling “happy surprise” Rileigh is now 10! After 16 years at home Kelly is teaching 5th grade and loves it. Maureen Finn recently sold her house in Reading and moved to Andover. She is in her 6th year working at Akamai Technologies. ¶ Liz Bridgeman MacDonald reports that all is great in Las Vegas. Her daughter is off to the Naval Academy this year, and her son just started high school. Liz is working part-time and enjoying getting out and meeting new people in her adopted town. Neither reporter has much new to share. I, Sara Mulrooney, am still in Arlington, VA, teaching in a family literacy program. I get to spend most of the summer in West Harwich each year. Kim is still in Plymouth where 8th grade Danny is keeping her busy with sports and school. Thanks so much for all the great information. Please get in touch and let us know what you’re up to.
✒ Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, 26
Marshall Street, North Reading, MA 01864, 978-664-4181, apaone@arqule. com ¶ Happy spring class of ’87! Save
the date for the Regis All-Alumni Reunion, Saturday, May 16, 2015. If you haven’t been back to campus then you are long overdue. The campus has had major groundbreaking additions since our days and worthy of a visit. I am happy to share notes for this issue. Thanks to all who responded! Lisa DeMasi has been published in Elephant Journal three times as well as in Shark Reef Literary Magazine. Articles are entitled: “What Happened When I Performed Reiki on My Conservative Mother, She Mother, Me Daughter and My Dear Friend, the Dirty.” ¶
class Christine Hyland Phillips’s son Matt is
up with Anne. I had the opportunity to visit with Paula Webster Sennett and her family at the end of the summer for a weekend garden tour in Peterborough, NH. We were inspired by these spectacular amateur and professionally designed gardens. Paula and her family vacationed for a week in Rome, Italy last October. Her boys, Will and Thomas, are both active in the robotics program at their middle school. Paula enjoys country living and continues renovation projects on her 19th century home. She is also quite the farmer! Her gentlewoman’s farm boasts a perennial garden, organic vegetable garden, and 8 egg-laying hens. Who would’ve imagined! ¶ Ginny Corey Nelson is a Corporate Training Consultant working for Unum Insurance Company. She has been married to Scott Nelson for almost 25 years and they have a son who is a sophomore in college. ¶ As for me, Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, I continue to work for a small biotech company developing oncology drugs. I have two sons in college and a daughter who is a freshman in high school. I look forward to hearing from you for the fall issue!
✒ Liz Higgins Fitzgerald, 69 Cleveland
Hill Road, Brookline, NH 03033, 603673-8754, email@example.com ✒ Kym Johnson Miele, 31 Randall Street, Greenville, RI 02828, 401-949-2828, Kymbori@aol.com ¶ We begin this column on a sad note. Lynda Sorgi Wrenn’s
father passed away in September. We offer our sympathies to her and her 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. ¶ I, Kym Johnson Miele, am writing this column surrounded by 2-plus feet of snow. Let’s go back to some warmer times. In August, Anne Maneikis and Mary Kate Smedile and family met the Red Sox mascot Wally. Christine Rhoades Travers is a Mortgage Loan Consultant at Salem Five Mortgage Company. Jenn Kelley Drain and Mindy Seifert caught up over lunch one day. Angela Mazzeo Johanson’s son met Dustin Pedroia at Fenway. Ryan was chosen to spray paint home plate and he got a game ball. Amy Buckley Meyer is starting a new job at Sodexo at DeSales University as the Catering Administer. Ros Powers-Kessel and Ken celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Ros is still in Plymouth, working part-time for the GAP and running her 3 kids around to hockey, basketball, music lessons, etc. She said that Sarah Wolcott Abramson has just started working in the Boston Public Schools running a Robotics program that she implements in various Boston Public Schools. ¶ Steph Palermo is living in Georgia and has written a
book, The Only Way is Up. She also has a radio show and is a Public Speaker. Just Steph provides engaging and motivational speaking services for corporate and public events. Steph’s crew has over 20 years of experience in entertainment, film, television, and live event hosting. They deliver professional and entertaining content for sales conferences, awards ceremonies, team building, and corporate meetings as well as festivals, concerts, and fundraisers. Steph has “single-handedly” managed a home and family while on a path to physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual well-being. She delivers a knock-out performance through humor about the everyday struggle that resides in each of us. Through personal trials, she came to understand that only through significant changes in these four aspects could she experience peace. Engage your crowd with Steph’s wit and charm to boost donations or create memorable experiences that last.¶ Pamela Egan-Walsh lives on the Cape with her husband, a USMM Captain, and her three boys, ages 17, 11, and 7. She has started a new position as a Reading Intervention Specialist on the Cape. ¶ Karen O’Brien Rondeau and Dave have sent their oldest son, Liam, to college at NYU. Karen is going back to school to obtain her master’s. ¶ Karla Robertson McCarron and family are still living in Quincy. Her son, Coleman, is a junior at Boston University and daughter, Riley, is a sophomore at Quincy High. Karla received her master’s in Advertising from Boston University in 2010 and is still working at City of Boston Credit Union as the VP of Marketing. ¶ Lynda Sorgi Wrenn is living in Pittsburgh. She earned her master’s in Teaching, but did work in Advertising. She and her husband have 4 kids and she is very active with their schools. Lynda is now running for a seat on the city’s school board. We wish her the best of luck! ¶ Rachel Hitchcock Gulen was recently in Turkey. She and her husband celebrated their 19th anniversary. ¶ Mary Bunnell Faulkner and Steven sent their two oldest boys back to college, with all the food necessities. Mary was also spotted at various Red Sox games this year. ¶ Chris Cavagnaro Kelley is currently the Principal of the Lynch Elementary School in the Winchester Public Schools. She is also an Adjunct Professor at American International College. ¶ Kate Covell Costello works at RPM Associates and Mentor Corporation. ¶ At the end of the fall season, Debi Brooks Puchovsky, Courtney Fenney Deschenes, Mary Ellen Kelley, Heidi Michitsch, Marianne Ritchie McMorrow and Anne Maneikis all hiked Mt. Monadnock. ¶ Anne Maneikis reported on Mary Ellen Kelley’s annual Christmas party with Marianne Ritchie McMorrow, Anne Maneikis, Maureen Foley Holland,
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anxiously awaiting acceptance letters for college next year. Her oldest son is now a sophomore at Villanova and her daughter is a freshman in high school. Kimberly Crane Daly will be celebrating her 16th wedding anniversary in May with husband Jim. They have three children: Patrick, Christina, and Catherine. This summer Patrick will be participating in a Junior Olympics regatta hosted by their yacht club in Camden, ME. Kim will be busy working on a committee and running all the promotions, sponsorships, and media relations for this. ¶ Carol Flynn, Deb Falvey, Marsha Slayton, Debby Wright, Nancy Finnell, Kathy Bourke and Jane Zeytoonian report that, this small nursing group meets for dinner every-other month and the tradition lives on after all these years! A note to alumni of the nursing program: the President’s health lecture series is a good way for nurses to get free contact hours towards license renewal. The info is available from the President’s office. Check it out: regiscollege.edu/about/pres-lectureseries.cfm. ¶ Katie FitzGerald McCully has had a busy year teaching, coaching and competing. In 2014 her Nauset High school girls swim team won the South Central MA State Sectional Title and her Nauset High School girls Cross Country team won the Eastern MA title. She was inducted into the MA swim coaches hall of Fame in April. Her son James entered Nauset as a freshman and was on the varsity soccer team. In addition, Katie traveled to Edmonton Canada for the World Aquathlon championships and placed 3rd in the world in the 45–49 year old age group. She also did the National Aquathlon championships held in Oklahoma and placed first in her age group and 3rd overall for all women. She continues to be an ocean lifeguard at Nauset Beach on the Cape and competed at the Lifeguard Nationals in Virginia Beach this past summer. Katie is getting married this July (on the beach!) to Christopher Novak, a clinical pharmacist that she met through the Cape Cod Athletic Club. Chris is an ironman triathlete. The couple is set to compete in NH this August in the grueling “Timberman” half ironman. ¶ Anne Musominari Gayima, her husband, 4 children, and a cat have lived in Olney, MD for the last 7 years. Three of her teenagers are in college and her youngest son is a junior in high school. Anne works for Thomson Reuters in Rockville, MD as a product support representative out of their Knowledge Solutions Department in Rockville. Life is fast-paced with 4 teenagers, work, and caring for her sweet mother-in-law who has dementia. ¶ Petra Malone Fallon, Kimberly Crane Daly and Annamaria Cobuccio Paone hope to visit to D.C. in the fall to catch
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Laura Doherty Reynolds, Mary Torchia Lussier, Barbara Grady Belmarsh, Sarah Wolcott Abramson, and Debi Brooks Puchovsky. Debi Brooks Puchovsky and
Anne Maniekis had a blast at the Jingle Ball at the TD Garden in December with Debi’s two daughters. ¶ Erin McCarthy Shields lives on the Cape with her husband, Scott, and two sons, Liam, 16 and Ronan, 14. Both of the boys keep Erin busy with their activities. ¶ Please feel free to send information to me or to Liz Higgins Fitzgerald! We love to fill up our ’88 column with lots of class notes!
✒ Maria Alpers Henehan, 33 Baker Road, Arlington, MA 02474, 781-643-4499, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Hello! As
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I type I am smiling thinking about how fortunate I am to be a Regis girl… yes, we all are in our hearts. I feel blessed to be able to reach out and to reconnect with friends and to share their news. We still have a special bond thanks to our Regis days. Shauna Burke recently moved to Falmouth with her boyfriend, Brian. She has become “step mom” to 7 wonderful children ages 8 to 18 and loves every minute of it! She is a Sr. Program Specialist for the Computer Merchant in Norwell. Lisa Perry Calderan started a new position in General Internal Medicine at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody. Susan Smith Porter has been teaching in the MAT program at Regis since 1996. The spring of 2015 semester is her first time teaching undergraduate students, and she is really enjoying it. She also serves on the strategic planning board for Walpole Public Schools. Susan adds that her daughter Kaitlin is finishing up her junior year at Walpole High School where her son Billy is a freshman. Her youngest, Brett, is in 4th grade. Susan and Will just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. The family spends summers in Chatham when they are not traveling for soccer, baseball, and gymnastics. Susan and Kaitlin are heading to Palm Springs for the Worlds USAIGC gymnastics championships in July. Best of luck! ¶ Mary O’Connor D’Amico continues to practice law. Her three children, Dan, 15, Christopher, 9, and Katelyn, 7, are all making a sacrament this year—First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation. Kathleen Fleming married Josh Gladstone on Columbus Day weekend. In her own words, “It was a super fun sunny fall day. We had a great time, and Sara Dwyer, Kathy Hennessy and her wife Phyllis Roche, Irene Mooka Richard, and Mary Gibney ’87 attended. Eileen Fahey Gill ’90 was my matron of honor. After 15 years of friendship and four years of being a couple, becoming Mrs. Gladstone is the best thing ever. Not the youngest
bride in the world, but the happiest!” Congratulations! I actually ran into Eileen Fahey Gill this summer at a Portland Sea Dogs game. It was really nice to be able to catch up despite the fact that she was hosting close to a dozen boys for a birthday party! Best wishes to Kim DeVito on her upcoming nuptials to her longtime partner, David. They are planning their big day for some time in May 2016. Best wishes for a year filled with good health and much happiness. Please consider dropping me an update as this column is only as interesting as the news I receive!
20th Reunion ✒ Johanna Taylor, 310 Wilson Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02916, 401-3831107, email@example.com ¶ Erika Nelson Labella received the Teacher of the
Year Award from the Mansfield, CT Public School System. She was honored in Mansfield, as well as at the State House in Hartford. Amy Larson Smith and Elizabeth Swan ’92 and were able to attend her Elementary School’s roast and party. ¶ Christine Powers: I graduated from Boston University with my MPH (concentration environmental health) in September 2013. I’ve now started my MBA at Bentley University in January 2015. I want to save the world environmentally when I’m done with all this schoolwork! ¶ Kerry Colozzi Wollner: After graduating, I went to grad school at Suffolk University and received an MS in Human Resources Management. I have been working in Human Resources ever since. I have been married to my husband, Greg Wollner, since 2005 and we have two boys, Ryan, 5 and John, 2. We were married at Regis and it was beautiful! We bought a house in the same neighborhood I grew up in and love it! There is no place like home. Likewise, I have been connecting and reconnecting with many Regis classmates and it has been tremendously fun! ¶ Aisha Vasquez Jackson: Since graduating, so much has happened. I lived in Boston and Cambridge from graduation to 2000. During that time, I worked for different organizations (located in both cities) in the areas of customer service, sales, and distribution. Then, owned a multi-family in Salem (where we lived until July 2003). By October 2001, I enrolled at Wheelock College full-time. I studied Language and Literacy and Elementary Education, and did most of my student teaching in Boston through the Urban Teacher and Reading programs. In September 2002, I married Todd at Zion Baptist Church Ministries in Everett. We held a beautiful, intimate gathering in Cambridge for family and friends (we celebrate our 13th-year anniversary this year). After I graduated from
Wheelock in May 2003 (with a MS in Language and Literacy—Teacher of Reading), Todd and I moved to Sarasota, FL, where we lived and worked for 10 years. I taught grades 1 and 4 for several years at a historically black elementary school and grade 5 for one year in Venice. My proudest moment was when I became a Mom. Maxwell was born in January 2010. Once the school year ended, I went on leave and dedicated my time at-home with him. Twenty-five months later (in February 2012), Benjamin arrived as the newest member of our family. During my life as a stay-at-home mom, I worked as an Adjunct Teaching Assistant for an online university. I taught writing to undergraduate college students from all over the U.S. and military personnel stationed abroad (it was a phenomenal experience). In May 2013, we moved from Sarasota to Boston to be closer to family. Last year, I taught grade 6 English/Language Arts at a charter school in Dorchester. This year, I am co-teaching grade 2 for the Cambridge Public School District. Todd and I are glad to be raising our boys with his father only a staircase away, but vow to return to Sarasota as loyal snowbirds by “retirement.” Until then, I am settled and doing what I love in Massachusetts.
✒ Valerie A. Sumner, 105 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054, 508-596-6598, valerie_ firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ A big round of applause is in order for our friend Sam Dutily Andros. Since 1999 she has been
proudly serving our country in the Navy. She recently got promoted to the rank of Commander—such an amazing accomplishment! We are proud to report that she has been selected to be the Commanding Officer of the guidedmissile destroyer USS MAHAN (DDG 72), which is home-ported in Norfolk, VA. MAHAN has a crew of 325 sailors with missions including Air, Surface, and Anti-submarine Warfare, as well as Ballistic Missile Defense. She is our hero! ¶ For our birthday milestone this year (yes, we are turning 40!), I had the pleasure of joining Lisa McPhail, Stephanie Marcouillier Robinson, Leigh Devereaux Young, Andrea Bolton List, Stacie Tremonte Allen and Annie Grady Marro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! This was the first time we had all traveled together since college. It felt like we were transported back in time to our Regis days living on campus. What an experience to be away for a week leaving our significant others and nineteen children behind! It was a trip we will never forget and we want to thank Lisa for putting together such a wonderful, relaxing time filled with a lot of laughs! ¶ Rumor has it that other
classmates are planning similar trips to celebrate turning 40. We want to hear the details ladies! I am sure this year will be filled with great celebrations and many accomplishments. Please make sure you tell us about them!
✒ Jessica Nowosielski Flaherty, 26
West Street, Weymouth, MA 02190, 781-340-0567, email@example.com
✒ Janine Lapan-Yawson, 171 Derby Dingle Street, Springfield, MA 01107, 413-746-8151, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Alexa Pozniak, 11 Chester Road, Billerica, MA 01821, 860-766-3388, email@example.com ✒ Stephanie Turgeon, 9915 Wiltshire Manor Drive #203, Riverview, FL 33578, 813-964-8925, stephanie.turgeon@gsinc. com ¶ Hi there class of ’99ers! Janine Lapan-Yawson here. I hope all is well with you. We have a few special events to share with you. Stephanie Schmidt
at Iron Horse. She and her husband, Joel, are enjoying every moment with their child, Anthony, who turned two in December. Julianne Wrobel-Fraize gave birth to twins, Anya and Skylar, on August 8, 2014. They are five months old and growing way too fast. She reports that she and her husband, Josh, are well and finally catching up on sleep. Nicole Merrill started a new job as an Account Manager for CEB. Though CEB headquarters are located in D.C., she will be working from a home office in Cincinnati, OH. Jessica Moffat Ressler and her husband, Craig, welcomed their son, Colton Robert Ressler, on March 11, 2014. Big sister Autumn is thrilled! Finally, I gave birth on January 2, 2015 to my son, Andrew Thomas. My husband and I are so excited by his arrival even though we are suffering from sleep deprivation. Please keep your exciting news and events coming. We all look forward to these updates.
15th Reunion ✒ Allyson DiGregory, 781-632-3344, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Grace Milner, email@example.com ✒ Jahjaira Mora, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Liz Avery Baguette and her husband, Jim, became proud parents in October to their son, Ronan James Baggett. He’s a sweet little baby and Liz is enjoying her time being a mom. ¶ Sarahí Almonte was married in May 2014. She graduated from nursing school in August and is now an RN at Community Health Center in Meriden, CT. ¶ Shannon Eldredge Hanegan just had her fourth son in April. Little Colby joins big brothers Parker, 11, Brayden, 8, and Jackson, 4. ¶ Megan Hotchkiss and her wife, Hillary, welcomed a daughter, Lena Beverly, in September. Megan is currently a graphic designer at the Dorel Juvenile Group. She still enjoys other things related to art and just finished an intensive two-week oil painting class in Boston. ¶ Jennifer Van Buren and her husband welcomed their second baby, Aurora Vivien, on September 30. ¶ Angela Hall LaRochelle and her husband purchased their first home last year in Bolton, MA. They also welcomed their first child, a son named Pierce William LaRochelle, in September. Pierce’s godmother is fellow Regis grad Kerry Griffin Silver. Angela and her husband celebrated their 2-year wedding anniversary in March 2015!
✒ Katie Blais, email@example.com ¶ Hello fellow class of ’03-ers. I hope you are all doing well. I have a few updates to share. Katie Sullivan started a new job this past June as Senior Graphic Designer at Massachusetts College
Q&A with Pattyanne Lyons ’91
When you first visited Regis, how did you know it was the right place for you? Certainly the beautiful campus, and the athletic center of course! I knew it would be a safe environment to explore the academic areas that interested me. Your mother is a Regis alumna from the Class of 1954. Did you grow up thinking you would follow in her footsteps and go to Regis? Not at all. Of course I always knew that my Mum went to Regis and that she and her group of friends would attend alumni events and have Regis Nights Out. I have those same relationships in my life now, and I am so grateful for them!
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¶ Big congratulations to our very own Rosie Martone and her family! They were featured on the Food Network’s “Chopped” in late December. This special edition was called “Family Feud” and Rosie, the owner of Figaro’s Boston and Revere Restaurants was competing against her mother Geraldine, father Ralph, and brother Gianni. On December 26—in celebration of Rosie and of 20 years since our Regis freshman year—several members of the class of ’98 took over Figaro’s Revere Beach location and were treated to an amazing dinner. The food was absolutely fantastic! Some of us had not seen each other in several years, so there were lots of laughs and even some tears. ¶ Demitria Nelson Comforti took some amazing pictures—you can check them out on Facebook. It was a fun group: Demitria Nelson Comforti, Rosie Martone, Nicole Thompson Perrault, Rebecca Kitchell, Lynne Grossman, Shannen Daley, Jessica-lyn Gremminger, Natasha Megie-Maddrey, Wendy Lucente Langelier, Danielle Smith Brennan, Fran Power, Mariah Donovan, Sarah Brawley Masciave, Angela Maunsell Moore, Amy Bantos Tiglianidis, Jamie Hansen and Miriam Finn Sherman. ¶ Of course, we truly missed our dear friend and Rosie’s best-best friend Marie Hoegerle, who could not join us from Baltimore. Rosie and Marie did enjoy a great trip to the Dominican Republic in late January though! They even managed to miss some of the big snow storms! Check out Rosie’s website: figarosboston.com. In addition to great breakfast, lunch, and catering, Rosie has a special wine dinner on Saturday evenings at her Revere location. We are already talking about planning our next event with the ’98 gals!
Orchard is celebrating 8 years at her job
What is your favorite thing about Regis? The friends and memories I have—not just from when I was a student, but the alumni that I have met over the years. I have been an active member of the Alumni Association, serving on the Alumni Board and participating in numerous events.
You have been to quite a few alumni events since graduation. What keeps you coming back to visit your alma mater? It is a very special bond that I have with my Mum, and I also have that with my friends and classmates from Regis. We will always be connected and pick right back up where we left off. I love that the reunions include non-reunion classes now—perfect for a few of us to get together annually! You give to the Regis Fund every year. What’s your philosophy when it comes to giving back? I am so grateful for my Regis education and the opportunities I had as a student, so it’s my appreciation that motivates me to give. I want others to have these opportunities while they enjoy the Regis experience! Your 25th Reunion with the Class of 1991 is next year. Any big plans? We always have a large number of classmates for Reunion. I’m sure it will be record numbers for our 25th, and hopefully it will show in the Regis Fund as well. If you had to choose one word to describe Regis, what would it be? Transformative.
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of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) on Longwood Avenue in Boston. It is her first time working in higher education and she is really enjoying it! In other news, Katie Sullivan married Thomas Marr III on September 20 at Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont. The wedding featured a tight knit ceremony surrounded by friends and family including fellow Regis alumni: Joan Desmond Sullivan ’81, Kara Bilotta ’03/’06, Laura Phaneuf Bertonazzi, Erica Glennon Farrand, Danielle Margarida Tessier, Heidi Pavlidis Keogan ’98, Amanda Shedden Mazzola ’08, Patrick Sullivan ’12, Megan Sullivan ’13, and Joseph Tocchio ’13. After the wedding, they look forward to spending their honeymoon exploring Ireland! ¶ On May 7, Erica Hass welcomed her second baby boy into the world, Lee Grayson. She has also changed her career for the time being to stay at home mom to her two boys. Best of luck, Erica. September 20 was the day for weddings for the class of 2003. Mary Caulfield was married this day to Janice Collein at the Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. It was a perfect day for a wedding and many long-time Regis friends, including myself, were in attendance. ¶ I know that many more of you have exciting updates to share. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can include them in the next issue.
✒ Paula Power Spadea, paulak.power@ gmail.com ¶ Happy 2015! As usual, Regis alumnae have been busy getting promotions, getting engaged, and making babies! Amanda DeMeo and her boyfriend, Mark, welcomed a beautiful baby girl in October named Madeline Cocco. Now that’s a name! Kamille Carthy was recently promoted to Manager of Health Outreach Workers at the Commonwealth Care Alliance. She received her licensure in social work and was accepted into a master’s program at UMASS Boston in Gerontology: Management of Aging Services. Dana Beguerie bought a condo in Somerville. She started a Master of Public Health program at UMASS Boston. She also learned to box and actually fought to raise money for Lights Out 4 Leukemia. Katrina “Trina” Hill just got engaged to her girlfriend, Lindsey Marsaw. Lorena Sestayo also got engaged to her boyfriend, Johnny Feijoo. They are planning an August wedding. She was also promoted to scientist at Pfizer. Bobbie Finocchio moved to Northampton and is working as a principal in Amherst. She finished another yoga teacher training. These are all such wonderful accomplishments! Keep it up Regis!
10th Reunion ✒ Kathryn Bloomquist, 508-429-2735, email@example.com ✒ Christina Aprea Young, firstname.lastname@example.org ¶ Nicole Kanelos graduated from Lesley University in 2009. She pursued a master’s degree in Expressive Therapies with a Specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She has begun a new job as the creator of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital Vernon Cancer Center. Nicole is supervising an intern as well. She is also dabbling in musical theater (still!) and was in a production of Les Miserables last November on the North Shore. A big shout-out to her sister, Lauren, who started the Regis nursing track this fall! Congrats, Loll!
✒ Erin Campbell, 781-431-7162, ErinMarie326@gmail.com ✒Ryan Carney,
508-212-3950, RyanElizabethCarney@ gmail.com ✒ Stephanie A. Larocque, 508-883-7633, email@example.com ¶ I
don’t think there is a better way to start class notes than with congratulations to our fellow classmates on their little miracles. Danielle Doherty Angelillo and her husband welcomed their first child, Cecilia Rose. Colleen Hill Lanata and her husband also welcomed a baby girl, Ava Theresa. Veronica Coles MacIntosh and her husband welcomed their second child, Cole, who joined big sister Victoria. Veronica also became God Mother to Melissa Gonzalez Sweeney’s son, Jace. Melissa’s son also celebrated his first birthday and some of his Regis “Aunts” were in attendance. Congratulations are also in order to Stephanie Larocque who is engaged and will be married in 2015. ¶ Angelina Rosa is currently in her last semester of nursing school. She is head over heels excited to finish. Her two amazing boys are growing up fast and doing well. ¶ As for me, Erin Campbell, I am coming up on my 8th work anniversary and have celebrated with a promotion to Senior Account Manager. I have a very bad case of the “running bug” which led to run close to 50 races in the last year including my first two half marathons. I was also honored to raise money and run in the Red Sox “Run to Home Base” 9K to honor veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war. Thanks to my generous donors, over $1,000 was given to this deserving charity.
✒ Leah M. Boniface, 978-310-7010, LBoniface16@yahoo.com ✒ Sarah
Boniface Sauder, sboniface17@yahoo. com ¶ Greetings from the Class of ’07! Leah Boniface got engaged to fiancé
Philip Solomon on December 13 in the Boston Common in front of the
Christmas tree. They celebrated that night with close family including sister, Sarah Boniface Sauder. Leah and Phil are planning a wedding in York, ME for August 2016. Kate Daley Fisher welcomed her second child, a daughter named Jovi on October 24. Her big brother loves her! Jovi is currently in the middle of chemotherapy treatment for retinoblastoma. Kate is also teaching third grade for the first time this year. Marrissa Gondola Brunetti was asked to join the Global Business Management & Economics Advisory Board and she is enjoying this new role. Kimberly Barrett has kept busy this past year attending the weddings of many close friends, which were celebrated at Sunday River, Atlanta, Aruba and a few places in between! Kimberly has also been busy acting in two regional commercials and was just recently cast in Wakefield Repertory Theatre’s Chicago. Check out event information on our class Facebook Page: RegisCollegeClassOf2007.
✒ Monique A. Colarossi, MAC_777 @msn.com ✒ Hillary A. Mosher, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Jocelyn C. Yabut, email@example.com ¶ From Casey Leon: In May 2014 I took a road trip to Ohio to surprise Kim Mariotti for her birthday. It was a fun weekend celebrating a great friend. In June 2014 I started a new job working for New England Communities, Inc. working as the assistant property manager and resident coordinator at Salem Towers Senior Housing, LLC in Malden. In September I began taking classes at UMASS Boston to get my degree in Human Services. I also began coaching the New England Aquatics Team for Special Olympics Massachusetts. It brings back many memories of being on Regis’ pool deck! On January 8 my son Brayden turned 3. We both enjoyed catching up with Katie Bradford ’10 and Kim Mariotti after Christmas.
5th Reunion ✒ Shannon M. Tonelli, spanelli3@ charter.net ¶ After graduation, Anna Correa completed a master’s in Theatre Education at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Until October of 2014, Anna was working at the Huntington Theatre Company in the box office when she and her boyfriend, Joe, decided to move to Pawtucket, RI for his new job. Anna is currently looking for work in Rhode Island while working parttime as a tutor and at the Museum of Science. Anna is also an active member of the Regis College Alumnae Chorus and beyond excited to see everyone for our five-year reunion! Anna Correa, 28 Bayley Street, Apt 506, Pawtucket, RI,
class with other educators to see the tourist sites and visit schools. In August she is looking forward to exploring Italy with her family. To all classes who did not submit notes, please contact your reporter so we can keep you connected through Regis Today! 1944 ✒ Margaret Young, 384 West St., Leominster, MA 01453, 978-537-3541
1990 ✒ Robin Daley Doyle, 5 Rose Ln., Atkinson, NH 03811, 603-362-5158, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Christina Ferlisi Kennedy, 80 Perkins St., Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-283-0879, cdlgkennnedy@ verizon.net ✒ Bethlee O’Connor Laughlin, 3601 Justin Dr., Palm Harbor, FL 34685, 727-939-1170, email@example.com ✒ Lt. Col. Elaine M. Posanka, 180 Winding Way, Normandy, TN 37360, 931-409-0628, firstname.lastname@example.org
1947 ✒ Phyllis E. Richardson, 3716 Ashley Court, Naples, FL 34116, 781-862-6262
1991 ✒ Rosemary Hughes, 111 Malden St., Everett, MA 02149, 617-389-6524, email@example.com ✒ Maria Rodriguez, 13911 Hedgewood Dr., Apt. 132, Woodbridge, VA 22193, 703-670-4883, firstname.lastname@example.org
1955 ✒ Peggy Vincent Kelley, PO Box 1346, Edgartown, MA 02539, 508-627-8596, email@example.com
1992 ✒ Audrey M. Griffin-Goode, 90 Leslie Rd., Waltham, MA 02451, 781-8907811, Audreygriffin04@yahoo.com
1971 ✒ Patricia Funder, 25 Sawmill Dr., Plymouth, MA 02360, 508-746-5684, firstname.lastname@example.org
1993 ✒ Jean M. Lorizio, 125 Warren Ave., Hyde Park, MA 02136, 617-276-3793, email@example.com ✒ Angela M. Valerio, 15 West Union Street, Ashland, MA 01721, 508-309-3261, firstname.lastname@example.org
1946 ✒ No reporter listed.
1973 ✒ Patricia D’Amore, 50 Jane Rd., Newton Centre, MA 02459, 617-969-1996, email@example.com 1974 ✒ Grace Murphy, 6 Colony Rd., Lexington, MA 02420, 781-861-3914, firstname.lastname@example.org 1975 ✒ Christina Mackiewicz McMahon, 841 Randolph St., Abington, MA 02351, 617-775-2205, email@example.com 1976 ✒ Rosamond Dunn Lockwood, 47 Greenfield St., PO Box 1480, Manchester, NH 03105, 603-641-6566, rlocknh@ aol.com ✒ Linda Reed Tolman, 11 Georgetown Landing, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, 508-394-8854, CapeC55@ aol.com 1981 ✒ Susan Clancy Kennedy, 40 Bowditch Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776, 978460-4601, firstname.lastname@example.org 1984 ✒ Nancy Maloney Donahue, 211 Park St., Stoneham, MA 02180, 781279-1926, email@example.com 1985 ✒ Holly Kendrick Babin, 241 Sandown Rd., Chester, NH 03036, 603-235-3596, firstname.lastname@example.org, ✒ Dianne Gaudet Baxter, 2 East St., Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-443-6034, email@example.com
1994 ✒ Andrea Fegan Bohn, 1 Bruce Circle, Randolph, MA 02368, 781-9631288, firstname.lastname@example.org 1996 ✒ Jody M. Michalski, 49 Brentwood Drive, Westfield, MA 01085, 413-562-1108, email@example.com 2001 ✒ Margo Cicciarella, 860-4548662, firstname.lastname@example.org ✒ Jessica Shumaker Grondin, email@example.com, Lisa Owen, 801-231-5487, lowen423@ comcast.net ✒ Katie Sticklor Tommasini, 978-534-1797, firstname.lastname@example.org
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02860, Annaecorrea@gmail.com. ¶ It has been a fast and busy five years for Megann DeTeso. In the fall of 2010, she moved to San Antonio, TX to complete her Officer Basic Course for the United States Army Medical Command. After graduating from the second phase in her training, she celebrated by visiting friend and fellow Regis alumna, Julie-Ann Gallagher, in Florence, Italy. After returning to the States, she began graduate school and will graduate from the University of Southern New Hampshire with a dual master’s in Elementary and Special Education this year. Last year, Megann began working for the Town of Arlington as a Teaching Assistant in a classroom for students with autism. She is now one of four staff in a new pilot program that provides high functioning children with special needs social support within the town summer recreation program. This past September she also began a new job as a Behavior Support Person for the district, where she works to provide support for children in crises. In addition, Megann was recently promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserves and has been working to further her career as a Medical Officer. She hopes for another busy five years to come and looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion! ¶ Since graduating, Cindy Lyons has completed her BSN through St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She expects to complete her MSN Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017. She currently works for Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, Inc. as the Director of Clinical Services. ¶ Melanie Hayward McDonough had been working in Home Care since graduation, most recently for Partners Healthcare at Home. Currently she is staying home with her two sons—Thomas, three and nine years and Liam, 10 months in Watertown, MA. She hopes to return to work in September. ¶ Melissa Murray is working at Children’s Hospital on an Inpatient Unit and is keeping busy with her two kids. ¶ Shedane Olukoga is in her 5th year at Roxbury Prep Charter School as a 5th grade Science teacher. For Shedane, it has been an amazing five years of helping students in and out of the classroom. Learning and teaching science is a great passion of hers. When she is not in the classroom, she is raising her 2-year-old son Xavier. ¶ Andrea LoPilato Sheldon and her husband David welcomed their baby girl, Charlotte Rose, on October 10, 2014. She has taken the rest of the school year off to be with Charlotte, and plans to return to teaching 6th grade in Boxford next September. ¶ Shannon Tonelli finished her MAT in Special Needs last August and continues to work in Medway as a fourth grade teacher with an inclusion class. In April 2015 she traveled to China on a trip
2002 ✒ Adrian Sexton, a.b.sexton @gmail.com 2008 ✒ Jennifer A. Thomas, 401-7235778, email@example.com ✒ Kristine Zarifian, 617-924-1452, firstname.lastname@example.org 2011 ✒ James P. Guaragna, 617-2465636, email@example.com 2012 ✒ Alyson Aguiar Goncalves, firstname.lastname@example.org 2013 ✒ Jacqui A. Williams, 781-575-0579, email@example.com 2014 ✒ Markenson Telfort, 781-629-2652
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In Memory 1935 Catherine Higgins Cannon June 24, 2004
1946 Dorothy MacCauley Murphy August 11, 2014
1940 Marie Scanlon Flaherty January 20, 2015
1947 Mary Redican McEttrick January 21, 2015
Mary McDevitt Hadley November 13, 2014
1948 Mary McLean Flanagan December 23, 2014
Yvonne Normandeau Waters Oswald June 12, 2014
Regis has been notified of the following alumni and friends who passed away. Those listed are notifications received between September 25, 2015, and April 23, 2015. May they rest in Godâ€™s eternal peace.
1941 M. Elizabeth Foley Crowley January 13, 2013 1942 Claire Ledoux Derringer November 3, 2014 1943 Marian Mulcahy Chase December 27, 2002 Jean Muldoon Connorton March 11, 2015 Elizabeth Cosgrove Kelley March 13, 2015 Marguerite Macdonald Sutherland December 22, 2014 1944 Helen Dunne MacDonald November 13, 2014 Gertrude Gorman Reardon Ripper November 19, 2014 1945 Nancy E. Concannon February 16, 2015 Elizabeth McNally Finigan March 29, 2015 Anne Reynolds Galligan October 23, 2014
Marilyn Santacroce Murray February 28, 2015 Barbara A. Sullivan March 14, 2015 1949 Louise Moll Dallas November 11, 2014
1956 Eleanor Shea March 16, 2015
1971 Marilyn Flynn February 16, 2015
Mary Queeney Shinney January 24, 2015
1976 Deborah Braden Michaelis March 23, 2014
1957 Patricia Handricken Bell August 15, 2014 Geraldine McDonough Canning January 16, 2015 1962 Catherine Norris Norton December 22, 2014 1963 Karolyn Burke Hagearty June 22, 2014
Joanne Walsh Ochs January 23, 2015
1965 Pamela Dubzinski Bent February 19, 2015
Patricia Cauley Ross October 14, 2014
Lorraine Hinrichsen, CSJ April 21, 2015
1950 Jean Blakeney King September 28, 2014
Mary E. Slack, CSJ April 8, 2004
1951 Barbara M. Lee January 1, 2015 Barbara McCarthy Mansfield October 28, 2013 Norma Racioppi Pino July 31, 2014 Constance Musante Setian February 16, 2015 1955 Patricia Hennessey Berlo March 27, 2015 Mary V. Morrissey February 20, 2015
Susan Haughey Taylor December 25, 2013 Doris Thorne February 16, 2004 1966 Joanne Pheeny Leone October 21, 2014 1967 Priscilla Consodine July 14, 2014 1969 Catherine Melanson Brannen December 15, 2014 Alice Marie Helfrich August 1, 2014 Patricia DeConinck Power March 10, 2015
1978 Janet Laspina Corkern March 27, 2014 2001 Virginia White Garry (MSN) January 6, 2015 Marcia Laiderman (MPG) November 12, 2012
Since 1927, Regis has provided unlimited opportunities to its students. Our revitalized campus coupled with our 21st-century programming ensures the success of our university; but more importantly, it ensures the success of our graduates.
Unlimited Opportunity Here are some current examples: ➥ We are unveiling a renewed library, a grass quad, and a brand new residence hall this summer. ➥ Apple named Regis an Apple Distinguished School, recognizing that we exemplify innovation and excellence.
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➥ We sent 30 students on spring break service trips, and another 20 studied abroad this semester.
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Listen to Carla Prophete ’15 talk about her service experiences, and you almost feel as if you’re there. Insulating Miss Ruby’s house to keep out drafts during an unusually cold Mississippi winter. Helping diagnose eyesight issues in a teenage girl who could barely make out the words in her school books. No matter the “who” or the “where,” service is one of the things that Prophete is “happiest doing.” “In high school we started studying the messages of the Sisters of St. Joseph, including service to the dear neighbor without distinction,” says the Biology major who attended St. Joseph Preparatory High School in Brighton, Mass. “Growing up, my church was always collecting canned goods, serving at soup kitchens, and donating clothes to the Red Cross.” That spirit became a part of who Prophete is. When she arrived at Regis as a transfer student her sophomore year, she headed to Campus Ministry and began volunteering locally at Bethany Hill School in Framingham to help students with reading and homework. Next was an alternative spring break trip to a struggling Mississippi community. The affection in Prophete’s voice is apparent when she talks about Miss Ruby, who was battling both illness and a drafty house. “I remember a particularly long day when we knocked down a wall to install insulation, and then put wallboard back up and plastered. Miss Ruby made all 18 of us a southern-style dinner. She didn’t have much to give, but she provided for all of us, including seconds. That was a big deal.” It was the annual Solidarity trip to the Peruvian village of Villa El Salvador, however, that presented the opportunity for Prophete to combine service with career plans to become a physician’s assistant. “I met Professor Nancy Bittner through the Peru trip and we really connected,” she recalls of the former Regis faculty member who is now a vice president at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Mass. Bittner later invited Prophete on an 18-day mission to Kenya to provide eye care for children with HIV.
The invitation was a tall order: preparing to apply the experience to academic research and an internship, training to perform eye exams, and working closely with her faculty advisor and professors on logistics. “I researched common diseases with the HIV population—cataracts, eye infections, and weak muscles—and learned diagnostic techniques like pupil dilation and testing for proper eye functioning.” Once there, it went beyond medical terminology and processes; the connections are what Prophete remembers most. “There was a teenage girl who was captain of the dance squad, on the debate team, leader of student council; but she was doing very poorly academically in school and no one knew why.” Until she came to the clinic for a vision screening— and failed. “As soon as she put on a pair of bifocals, the look on her face was like she was seeing for the first time. It blew my mind because her personality was like mine at 13, but the difference was that she didn’t have access to glasses and that’s why she was struggling academically. There are so many stories like that.” And she intends for more of those moments. “Once I finish PA school, I plan to join Doctors Without Borders and serve people around the world, specifically in the field of women’s health.” Prophete is known for naturally moving toward people with an open heart, says Sister Elizabeth Conway, CSJ, who presented her with a CSJ Spirit Award last fall. “She sees the power of connection and all that it makes possible, and when asked to lead, to serve, to sing, to pray, Carla always says ‘yes.’ ” And when you combine service with healthcare, it’s a prescription for great things—listening to heartbeats and touching hearts. “Making connections and helping people leaves me feeling like the world can be fixed and that there’s hope.”
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“Making connections and helping people leaves me feeling like the world can be fixed and that there’s hope.”
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