Regis Today Fall 2015

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Fall 2015


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

Board of Trustees 2015 Chair Joan C. Shea, MBA Members Carole F. Barrett ’63, JD

Lee Hogan, CSJ, ’61, PhD (Vice Chair)

Kristen L. Walsh Managing Editor |

Ernest Bartell, CSC, PhD (Emeritus)

Ruth Sanderson Kingsbury ’57

Alexis Baum Director of Advancement Communications Contributing Editor |

Marian Batho, CSJ, ’70

Peter Langenus, JD

Anita Brennan-Sarmiento ’77

Mary Ann Walsh Lewis ’74

Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, ’70, MEd, MDiv

Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, ’71, PhD

Meyer Chambers, MLM

Glenn Morris, AIA, IIDA

Lilly Pereira Designer | Regis Today is published twice a year. © 2015, Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed in Regis Today are those of the authors and not necessarily of Regis College.

Hans Christensen, MBA

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Camille Ferazzi ’69

Kathleen Dawley ’79 Maureen Doherty, CSJ, ’68, MEd Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, ’67, PhD Michael J. Halloran, MBA Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN Sabina T. Herlihy ’81, JD

Kate Korzendorfer

Peter Minihane, MS, CPA 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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10 Building Regis

A vision comes alive with Phase I of the Master Plan complete; see why Regis has never looked better.

[Carole Remick] took me on that JOURNEY to Regis. I was able to help her on her final journey.”

16 Eternal Giver

The legacy of Carole Bocasky Remick ’54; remembering the “pied piper for the greater good.”

22 Educating the Whole Person

—Chris McCann ’60 [ pg 16 ]

A new Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities major is helping students find purpose, genuine success, and happiness.

26 Storied Passion

Writer and producer Lara Salahi will use the EdD to turn her experiences into teachable moments.


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Dear Neighbor Big changes are happening on and off campus; see where Regis is headed.

Tower Views W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports Regis Haiti Project with $767,695 grant; a decade of Lifelong Learning.

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Academic Innovation The art and science of tech-infused teaching and learning.


Class Notes


Hearts & Minds

Alumni Together Gatherings and events keep alumni connected.

On the cover President Antoinette M. Hays, with graduate student Lauren Ghazal and Student Government Association President Matthew Norton ’17, cuts the ribbon on a new-look Regis. Photo by Stephen Sedman.

News of the classes.

How Roberta Macdonald ’35 keeps a youthful spirit at age 101.


neighbor Regis Goes North, Staking a Claim on the Future in Greater Boston, is on the move as we continue to fulfill a major initiative of my presidency—partnership—and to take it to the next level. Having just cut the ribbon on a stunning physical transformation of the heart of the Weston campus, now Regis is expanding to urban Lawrence, Mass., in partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) downtown in that Gateway City. Our satellite campus is known as “Regis North,” and already this fall we have begun offering bachelor’s degree completion programs for graduates of NECC with associate degrees. But our relationship with NECC represents more than the usual articulation agreement in which four-year institutions sponsor courses off site, and certainly more than the academic tourism in which programs float on and off from one campus to another depending strictly on the market. Regis is on the move as an aspect of our Sisters of St. Joseph legacy and mission to welcome all without distinction. After my first exploratory meeting several months ago with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, an enthusiastic advocate, and throughout our planning this year with the highly supportive NECC President Lane A. Glenn, PhD, and his staff, my conviction grew and was confirmed with strategic data. Launching a satellite in Lawrence is the right thing to do, and Regis is doing it! From an academic perspective, Regis North is, then, approved as an official satellite by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education. From a Catholic and CSJ perspective, Regis North is a natural extension of our strong social justice mission, for it will contribute to the common good in the Greater Lawrence region by improving the overall quality and strength of the healthcare workforce and connecting people there to needed educational and economic opportunities. The Regis-NECC partnership is truly mutual and jointly targeted to a world that encourages stronger educationally prepared healthcare professionals and demands increasing diversity in the nursing and public health workforces to better reflect the changing population demographics of the country. As NECC Dean Grace Y.A. Young, MSW, has put it: “Regis is the first four-year college or university that has worked to establish and solidify a true partnership with NECC and the City of Lawrence by looking at the Lawrence community and the surrounding communities to assess the academic program needs that would offer upward mobility to residents of Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley. In doing so, Regis took a step further to gain the approval of NEASC and now has a satellite campus, Regis North, in downtown Lawrence.” Regis and NECC are, then, working together to create a seamless transfer and advising experience, and flexible and convenient program options for students who are often balancing family, employment, and other responsibilities while advancing their education. Regis North has started offering bachelor’s degree completion programs in public health and in nursing with a minor in public health because the interdisciplinary approach reflects Regis’s strong commitment to education in healthcare for the entire community, not just for the individual. And as the demand grows, we will offer other programs in the health sciences, such as medical imaging. On the wings especially of our third recognition by the National League of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, Regis is on the move and staking a claim in the future of Lawrence, our dear neighbor.


Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN PRESIDENT

photos: Brian Smith

Regis, a leading Catholic university


Students and faculty on the new amphitheaterstyle steps of the Regis Library and the Lorraine Tegan Learning Commons. [See story, page 10]

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NCAA Division III teams:

New England Collegiate Conference Champions Cups


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ON THE (LEADING) EDGE State-of-the-art facilities are the envy of the conference, and three fitness centers make working out easy wherever students are on campus. IN THE COMMUNITY All Regis teams are engaged in community service.


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Conference titles

NCAA Tournament appearances IN THE CLASSROOM Regis studentathletes shine with a

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ON THE RISE Student-athletes now account for


11 30% 9 20% 155 13 89-0 of all Regis undergrads, with

NECC Players of the Year

Rookies of the Year

hailing from outside New England ON ANOTHER LEVEL Women’s basketball and lacrosse teams have combined for an astonishing

All-Conference selections

Coaches of the Year

conference record since 2011

average GPA and

All-Conference Academics selections

ON THE GO Live video-streaming of all games lets alumni, families, and friends catch their favorite Regis teams wherever there’s an Internet connection. Visit:

Kellogg Foundation Grant Boosts Haiti Project

Access New Opportunities with CAREERlink

Please note that if you post a job or internship, and also want to use the system for your own job search, you should create two separate profiles: alumni and employer.

CLARIFICATION In the spring 2015 issue of Regis Today, Carla Prophete ’15 was identified as a graduate of St. Joseph Preparatory High School in Brighton, Mass. When she was a student there, the school was known as Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

Upon graduation from their master’s program in 2014, the first cohort of 12 Haitian nursing faculty members—already engaged with and projected to reach 7,300 students—took their place leading the institutionalization of the program throughout Haiti. The second cohort subsequently began their master’s program. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, awarded this July, assures both their completion of the master’s degree and also the inauguration and completion of the planned third cohort. “Investment in nursing has a multiplier effect, with each cohort or class in the Regis Haiti Project potentially affecting thousands of healthcare workers in Haiti,” says President Hays. The ever-widening circles of instruction and influence emanating from the lives of 38 nursing educators in Haiti will help the Regis Haiti Project to impact an estimated 20,000 students, along with their families and the patients they encounter. “The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has significantly confirmed the Haiti Project’s mission in 2015, just as the project is striving to reach its promised zenith,” President Hays notes. “The grant could not be more timely, and we are deeply grateful for this wonderful recognition and support, which will enable us to fulfill our purpose in the Haiti Project.” Teamwork was essential to proposal development and the project implementation. The Haiti Project team includes Executive Director Nancy White Street, ScD; Director of Advocacy and Policy Cherlie Normilus, MSN; and Director of Communications and Development Alexis Przybylski Lawton. They were assisted in the grant proposal development by Shawna Erickson, director of institutional support.

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Job searching and posting just got a lot easier. The Office of Internships and Career Placement offers CAREERlink for Regis alumni looking to search open positions and post openings to recruit from the Regis database. The online service provides 24-hour access to all full- and part-time jobs, internships, and work-study positions. Originally launched for students in January 2015, the system has registered more than 700 jobs and 500 employers. It also provides a résumé and cover letter builder, as well as many job search tips and tools. Create a profile at regiscollege-csm.

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Regis Haiti Project a $767,695 grant to support the delivery and execution of graduate education in nursing to Haitian nursing faculty and clinicians. “The Regis Haiti Project aims to improve access to quality healthcare in Haiti by addressing both an acute nursing shortage and also the call for an advancement of nursing education in Haiti,” says Regis President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. Since its launch as an idea in 2007, the Regis Haiti Project—also known as the International Nurse Faculty Partnership Initiative—has survived daunting obstacles, including the earthquake of 2010 and the need to create collaborative relationships among different hospital schools and universities and their personnel across Haiti. But the need for funds to support the project beyond the donated services of Regis and its faculty did not impede the drive of the Regis Haiti Project to fulfill its promised mission. From the beginning, a sense of human interconnectedness took the lead. In 2007, Paul Farmer, MD, and Ophelia Dahl, co-founders of the acclaimed Boston-based medical charity Partners In Health, asked Regis faculty to conduct an assessment of nursing in Haiti. The on-ground assessment that year yielded a direct, impassioned request from nursing professionals across Haiti for better education. Regis successfully partnered with the Haitian Ministry of Health, private and public nursing school leaders in Haiti (notably the Université d’Haiti in Port au Prince), and Partners In Health to launch an innovative, advanced education and leadership program for Haitian nursing faculty, most of whom held the equivalent of an associate’s degree.

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Bernie Shuster (left) and Robert Palter are longtime study group leaders for LLARC. Shuster, an attorney and financial services executive, is currently leading a course on Civil War Reconstruction. Palter, who holds degrees from MIT and Harvard Business School, is leading a course on British and German film propaganda in World War II.


Nothing says “intergenerational” like a Wednesday at Regis. Wednesdays are “Lunch, Listen and Learn” days for the program known as LLARC— Lifelong Learning at Regis College. Scores of older adults enrolled in an array of courses offered by LLARC are added to the daily mix of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and preschoolers at the Regis Children’s Center. LLARC was born in spring 2005 with six courses and fewer than 100 students. Today, the program features more than 60 courses annually for a membership of approximately 500 senior scholars, most of whom reside “It’s a chance for in Weston and surrounding communities. “It’s a chance for older adults to learn older adults to purely for the joy of it, and to meet new of varied backgrounds and interlearn purely for people ests,” says LLARC Director Jill Rosen. “No tests, no term papers, no credits, no the joy of it.” previous college experience required. Our common denominator is eagerness to expand our minds in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere.” LLARC Wednesdays feature brown-bag sessions with guest speakers who cover a wide range of topics, such as TV meteorologist Harvey Leonard examining the historic winter of 2015; the director of the Weston Observatory discussing earthquakes in the eastern U.S.; and observations from The Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss. Programming also includes a host of consumer advocates, historians, attorneys, radio personalities, theatre and musical directors, and even Regis faculty such as professor David Gilmore on the changing role of technology and the education model.

Throughout each week, LLARC study groups and mini-courses explore creative writing, geopolitics, opera, Othello, first ladies of the White House, Civil War Reconstruction, women and children in the labor movement, the Renaissance, religion and ethics, science and faith, photography, cinema, managing stock market risk, Broadway, the business of horse racing and ownership, and “Old Age Ain’t for Sissies.” And that’s just the fall 2015 semester line-up. “I’m very fortunate to have been here to witness the transformation of LLARC as it has grown and developed,” says Rosen. “The caliber of the study group leaders—as they share their subject knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm with all—is astounding. The volunteers who coordinate the recruitment of study group leaders and speakers are so dedicated to their work.” Rosen is continually amazed by the flexibility of the members in their interests, their ability to adapt to the everyday changing technologies, and their own histories and accomplishments. “The stories that are shared every day—experiences, losses, dreams, and optimism—constantly challenge us to offer a program that will continue to challenge the members cognitively, assist in building new communi-

New Trustee Sabina Woods Herlihy ’81 was appointed an administrative judge by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the Department of Industrial Accidents in 2013. Prior to taking the bench, she represented both employers and employees. She was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of employment law in 2007 and 2009 through 2013, and received the highest professional excellence rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Judge Herlihy has served as a director and general counsel of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, and in 2013 as chair of the board. She also served as a corporator of Dedham Savings Bank and as a council member of the Norfolk Bar Association. She holds a BA in Spanish and economics from Regis and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1988 and the United States District Court for the First Circuit in 1989.

New Hires Priscilla A. Boerger is the new chair of the Department of Education, as well as program director of the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education programs. Prior to joining Regis, she was program coordinator of both the undergraduate and graduate educational leadership programs at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Boerger is currently completing a year-long term as president of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators. She holds an EdD in educational organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Bridget Buoniconti is assistant director of Residence Life and Housing, where she focuses on first-year experience and resident assistant training and selection. She is also resident director of Angela Hall and a member of the FirstYear Seminar faculty. Buoniconti is a Boston College “Triple Eagle,” with a BA in English and secondary education, and two master’s degrees (in English literature and in higher education with a concentration in student affairs). Jocelyn Collen is the new director of the Center for Ministry and Service, working with student leaders, faculty, and staff to foster a campus culture that reflects the values and vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The newly named center (formerly the Office of Campus Ministry), provides opportunities for interfaith education, dialogue, worship, and sacramental preparation, and offers a growing variety of domestic and global service and social justice programs. Previously a campus minister at Fairfield University, Collen holds a BA in religious studies from Fairfield and a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Zakaree Harris is the new director of Undergraduate Admission. A graduate of Connecticut College with a master’s degree from George Washington University, he comes to Regis from Bowdoin College, where he held progressive leadership positions in the undergraduate admission office since 2011, culminating with his appointment as associate dean in 2014. Prior to Bowdoin, he served in multicultural recruitment capacities at George Washington and Johns Hopkins universities.

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ties, and reinforce everyone’s love for learning.” The first known Institute for Learning in Retirement in the United States was created in 1962 at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Since then, according to Rosen, more than 500 institutes around the country have been added to the list. “In the Boston area, the Regis program is one of the few that holds courses in the same classrooms used by undergraduate and graduate students, making us truly an intergenerational campus,” she says. “It’s so gratifying to watch a group of LLARC students filing out of a class as undergraduate students file in. We no longer hear ‘what are they doing here?’ or ‘am I in the wrong room?’ from either group.” Actually, the interaction of LLARC and traditional-aged students goes well beyond hallway encounters. In 2014, LLARC members established a Sharing Opportunities Scholarship Fund to support deserving Regis undergraduates. The fund will have awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships by year’s end. Also last year, LLARC members worked with youngsters at the Regis Children’s Center on environmentally friendly art projects for an art show and auction that benefited both LLARC and the RCC. Another group of LLARC members is currently working with a sophomore English class on interviewing and writing skills, culminating in an anthology of biographical sketches. “As we mark our 10-year anniversary, I look forward to LLARC’s continued growth, more intergenerational programming, and greater opportunities to provide community and learning to older adults,” says Rosen. Learn more at regiscollege. edu/LLARC

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Virtue of Reality The art and science of tech-infused teaching BY A LLYS ON M A NC H E S T E R


Given the vast and intricate nature of educational technology, one might be intimidated to walk into the classrooms and labs of Regis, where Apple iPad-toting students and faculty members are merrily connected on a regular basis. Still, the most tech-savvy members of the Regis community are quick to admit their secret to working successfully with educational technology: humility. “When I encounter a problem with technology, I assume it is the fault of my device or app,” says Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Joseph Draper, PhD, who incorporates innovative learning methods into all of his classes. “I then go to our Information Technology Services folks and, within 90 seconds, we correctly determine that I am the problem.” After learning how to post his lectures online, Draper utilized the “flipped classroom” concept to set up more efficient and personalized classes. Students view his lectures beforehand, so instead of using class time to lecture, he now runs in-class workshops in the Mac Labs. He meets with students on an individual basis to check in on projects, address grammatical and organizational problems, evaluate research methods, and challenge them on the validity of their findings. Draper’s students often produce work on iBooks

Author that he can evaluate from home on his iPad. “Other than the mild humiliation that sometimes comes with it, I love working with new technology,” he says with a laugh. Draper’s online lectures and project-based workshops reflect the growing trend in higher education of “classrooms without walls”—endless opportunities for collaboration not bounded by location, with digital content and information instantly available. It’s a raison d’être for Regis Chief Information Officer Marla Botelho and her Information Technology Services team, who work to ensure top-notch wireless connectivity, arrange rich opportunities for faculty development, and set up fun activities such as digital scavenger hunts during First-Year Orientation. With such active and innovative integration of technology on campus, it’s no surprise that Regis was recognized this year as an Apple Distinguished School. “Technology and tools are constantly changing,” Botelho explains. “The most important skills are the willingness to learn new things, to experiment, and to grow.” Classrooms without walls offer both practical and philosophical benefits. In the practical sense, the ability to conduct off-campus coursework allows non-traditional

students to balance their academic life with family and work obligations. Additionally, in the midst of severe weather, professors can share lectures and online activities with their students in place of face-to-face class. Philosophically, classrooms without walls open up possibilities for hands-on learning. This is exactly what inspired Assistant Professor of Nursing Michelle Cook, DNP, to create the Rehearse Nurse app, which launched in January 2015. Cook saw the need to augment theoretical knowledge with a tool that would increase her students’ working knowledge and confidence in clinical situations. “When you’re trying to teach students how to think in a reallife nursing situation, a multiplechoice question just doesn’t make sense,” she says. Rehearse Nurse, then, helps to familiarize students with the nuances of a nurse’s thought process. The app simulates various clinical scenarios and asks students to prioritize tasks and patients. When they have made their decisions, the app provides instant feedback. Although Cook is now in the process of completing an interactive Apple iBook and developing other Rehearse Nurse modules, she acknowledges that setbacks shaped her technological success.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Joseph Draper

photo: Holly Redmond

Striking a Balance While many educators struggle with the learning curve of technology, others worry that it compromises the intimacy of the traditional classroom. Fortunately, students and professors at Regis strive to balance the innovative with the familiar. Learning this balance, in fact, might be an even more valuable skill than learning how to use the technology itself. For example, Kathryn Edney, PhD, assistant professor of history and graduate program director of the MA in Heritage Studies for a Global Society, has students in her history classes make frequent

shifts between their electronic devices and the blackboard. On some days, they take 15 minutes to conduct in-class research and create a five-minute presentation, all on their iPads. Other days, they sketch out ideas on paper, brainstorm on the blackboard, or conduct hour-long debates. “Digital technology is there to help students learn, but so are pens and paper,” Edney says. “Technology is not the only answer; it is part of a larger repertoire for teaching and learning.” Her repertoire for teaching and learning leads students to exciting places. In her Museum Studies Practicum course, they design and curate an exhibit for the Fine Arts Center’s Carney Gallery. In 2013, with the exhibit on the history of Regis and the Sisters of St. Joseph, they pioneered the use of QR codes to add content to the object labels in the exhibit. This fall, Edney is challenging practicum students to use Omeka, a curatorial database program, to include a digital side to the Carney Gallery exhibit. She is excited for students to use the platform to ask new questions and visualize historical information in new ways. “Technology can be incredibly useful in the field of history; simply being able to access documents, images, and objects

Allyson Manchester is a freelance writer and teaches English at Falmouth Academy on Cape Cod.

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When she started working on Rehearse Nurse in October 2014, the app seemed far from a reality. “Learning how to create an app was incredibly time consuming, and it was so isolating to try to find something when I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for,” she says of her early days in app development. Because she didn’t have any programming experience, she struggled to correct even the tiniest glitches in her code. Still, she persevered. “I learned to wear my failure like a badge of honor. When I did finally get the app to work, I wasn’t even sure what I had done—but I was overjoyed.”

from all over the world is amazing,” says Sara Vedrani ’14, who majored in history and is earning her MA in Heritage Studies. “I’ve done projects that involved things like online genealogical research and digital storytelling, and the iPad has been a great tool for bringing everyone’s ideas together for discussion-based graduate courses.” Still, Edney acknowledges the risk of digitizing the traditional classroom. “We have to be careful,” she warns, “because an image of something displayed on a screen is not the same thing as the object or book itself. You lose the smell of something, the feel of it, and those are important bits of information for understanding history.” According to Edney, it’s important for students to consider the nature of historical evidence, and what scholars gain and lose when using technology. The vivid life of technology at Regis, then, points to a significant aspect of the school’s culture. On the surface, teachers and students know how to operate the latest electronic devices and apps. More importantly, however, they have acquired the deeper traits of techsavvy people. As Draper observes: “Education is often construed as little more than a can of soup. You study the content, the label and advertising, and perhaps even bar code technology. But in the end, students walk away hungry. What good technology and pedagogy do is put into the hands of students the can opener so that they can consume the content of knowledge and take their place at the nourishing table of learning.”


President Antoinette Hays was joined by graduate student Lauren Ghazal and Student Government Association President Matthew Norton ’17 in cutting the ribbon.

Gray clouds hovered overhead and rain was imminent, but President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, stood on the new brick plaza at the center of the campus and beamed. “I’ve worked here for over 30 years and can honestly say we have never looked better.”


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s students hurried to classes from their shiny new residence building, across the plaza and along walkways framing the new grassy quadrangle, President Hays reveled in the new surroundings. Just a few years ago, all this was a creative vision. Just 18 months ago, all this was an asphalt parking lot. But not anymore.

Library. The crowd stood on the center plaza; a reception followed on a new brick patio in front of St. Joseph Hall. The celebration included tours of the new Maria Hall Extension, which features suite-style rooms for 72 students, study areas, a multipurpose room, fitness center and dance studio, a lounge with a fireplace and big screen TV, a full kitchen, as well as monitors and touchscreen panels throughout.

Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, ’70, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, offered a special blessing to begin the ceremony. Vinicius Gorgati, principal of Sasaki Associates, the architectural design firm that transformed the inner campus, spoke of the stunning prospect of “this college upon a hill.” “Three years ago when Regis and Sasaki began talking,” Gorgati said, “it was clear that Regis had a vision about the heart of its campus. Together we saw that vision, and together we set about working upon it. As President Hays says, ‘It’s about the students making a community and a home here and, obviously, about their future.’ ” Mother Nature threw just about everything she had over the past 18 months as Regis moved to modernize its campus. Phase I of the Master Plan launched in May 2014 … with a rain-soaked groundbreaking ceremony. The next milestone celebrated, a “beam-signing” event marking the installation of the last structural I-beam on the new residence hall, came amid a December downpour. Then, of course, came the recordbreaking nine feet of snow. Add

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The completion of Phase I of the Regis Master Plan was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 10, attended by scores of students, faculty, staff, trustees, Sisters of St. Joseph, alumni, friends, bankers, architects, contractors, and municipal and state officials. A podium stood on the large, new granite staircase leading to the Lorraine Tegan Learning Commons in the main area of the

Left, students gather on the new quad in the shadow of the Maria Hall Extension, and stroll along the Great Walk leading from the Student Center to the main campus drive.

Walkways criss-cross the new quad, with St. Joseph Hall in the background.

14 REGIS TODAY in a bizarre summer hailstorm, and high heat and humidity. Yet the crews—led by general contractor Suffolk Construction— soldiered on. So it came as no surprise that the September 10 ribbon-cutting and reception was punctuated by a rainstorm. But nothing could dampen the spirit of the day. “We have placed special emphasis on the student experience and creating a contemporary learning environment,” said President Hays. “The ideas came directly from the students,

not the administration, on what they need to be successful and how we can enhance the Regis experience. “By renovating the Library and adding the Maria Hall Extension, we are able to encourage group learning, provide the latest technology, modernize a residential environment to make it competitive with those of other universities, and present a strong campus image, thus creating a new footprint to help prepare Regis for the 22nd century. The new space will

Inside the Maria Hall Extension, students gather in lounge spaces, fitness facilities, study areas, and four- and six-person residence suites.

“We now have a large grass area close to all of the residence halls where we can lounge around or do homework before colder weather arrives, and common areas inside to hang out or study with friends,” said senior Melissa Fay of Marstons Mills on Cape Cod. That sense of community is further enhanced by the Library renovation, which houses the Lorraine Tegan Learning Commons, named in memory of the trustee and member of the Class of 1963. The space includes new areas for studying and gathering and, to the delight of most everyone, a Dunkin’ Donuts.

When I came here as a prospective student, this was a parking lot. Now look at it!

serve our students for decades to come. I could not be happier with the results.” “When I came here as a prospective student, this was a parking lot,” said Marcos Aguirre, a sophomore from Norwalk, Calif., who provided music for the event with an array of DJ equipment set up in the new quad. “When I got here as a freshman, there were construction fences surrounding this space. Now look at it!” “The campus feels completely different,” said senior Giselle Rodriguez of Boston, who lives in a four-person suite in the Maria Hall Extension. “I love the contemporary look, and my dorm room is amazing. Big windows and wonderful views.”

16 REGIS TODAY Carole Bocasky Remick (right), celebrating her 25th Reunion with Chris Kennedy McCann ’60 (center) and Dorothy Gilbride ’31 (left).



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n Carole Bocasky Remick’s last day of life, at least from what her outside world could see, she was happy. French doors opened to a patio where nature spread before her. Birdhouses dotted the manicured landscape. Birdsong filled the October air. Foliage was in full color in the late afternoon. Never mind Remick had lost her hair she had once put up in a French twist. A wig replaced it. Never mind she was bedridden at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass. She was sitting upright, slurping a coffee milkshake—her favorite kind—overlooking the patio. Life was still hers. Her good friend, Chris Kennedy McCann ’60, had come by to check on her. “You know what she said to me?” recalls McCann. “ ‘I’m terrific!’ ” Remick always emphasized the second syllable. “Terr-IF-ic!” The next morning, with classical music playing softly in the background, Remick passed away. The Class of ’54 grad was 78. “She took me on that journey to Regis,” McCann says. “I was able to help her on her final journey, as she was able to help me. It’s just like coming full circle.”

Anyone who knew Remick, even briefly, knew she was an extraordinary person. Infinitely positive, brimming with infectious enthusiasm, the young woman of a Polish immigrant father and PolishAmerican mother would navigate her life in such a way that many of the things she did came full circle—and are still reverberating like ripples from a stone tossed in a lake. For example, McCann helped raise money to build the hospice in which Remick spent her final days. After all, it was Remick who inspired McCann’s career in fundraising. Remick, as secretary of the Regis Alumnae Association, became a “big sister” to McCann. The elder would bring McCann to Regis alumnae events where she learned the art of networking and The Ask. It was payback for the daily rides Remick gave McCann, who was left with no way to get to Regis as a commuter from the North Shore when her father’s 1941 Studebaker died on Route 128. When Remick heard about McCann’s plight, she called the Regis freshman: “She said, ‘I am the alumnae director at Regis and I live in Peabody, and I heard that you have to withdraw from Regis. So, I’m going to be your transportation.’ Can you imagine that?” Full circle. In many ways Regis was and still is at the center of Remick’s generosity. From the time she attended the all-women’s Catholic college in the early 1950s until she succumbed to lung cancer in the fall of 2011, Regis has benefited from Remick’s presence and gracious gifts. Though her monetary donations exceed $1 million, her greatest contributions have been her time and investment in not

“She took me on that journey to Regis. I was able to help her on her final journey, as she was able to help me. It’s just like coming full circle.” Chris Kennedy McCann ’60

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At the core of those lessons was Remick’s gift of enlisting people like a pied piper for the greater good, changing people’s lives for the better.


only the future of Regis, but, future journalists and young people in general. In 1987, she established the New England High School Journalism Collaborative (NEHSJC) at Regis, a consortium of professional journalists who helped Remick organize and run a weeklong journalism program. The program is a kind of boot camp in which participants learn alongside reporters and editors in the field, work on assignments on deadline, then produce a newspaper at the end of the week. The students published their 28th issue this past year. Initially the program focused on minority students. At the time of its inception, Remick was co-director of the University of Massachusetts Boston Cooperative Education Internship Program. She noticed students of color weren’t pursuing jobs or internships in journalism, according to her obituary that ran in The Boston Globe on October 25, 2011. In the same article, Theresa A. Mortimer, assistant chancellor at UMass Boston, stated: “Carole firmly believed and used to say all the time, ‘It takes all kinds of people to make the news; there should be all kinds of people to write it.’ ” Remick used Dow Jones News Fund grants (formerly called the Newspaper Fund) to start the collaborative, but in later years also used her own money. The Carole C. Remick New England High

School Journalism Collaborative Charitable Foundation is the main backer now, while Dow Jones still gives to the program. The idea is for teachers to extol the benefits of journalism and “reach out to more minority students at a critical point in their education, to give high school students a chance to examine print journalism firsthand and build memories to last a lifetime,” according to the foundation’s mission. The program is open to all students, grades nine through 12. The students stay together on the Regis campus for a week in June. As part of Remick’s generosity, she left funding to endow a position in Communication and Professional Writing in Regis’s School of Arts and Sciences, securing the connection between Regis and the collaborative. “Having this position is really going to link those two together— the school and the journalism program—since Carole had a great love of Regis and a great love of this program,” says Miriam Finn Sherman ’98, vice president for institutional advancement at Regis. A Natural Teacher Though she was never a journalist, Remick had a flare for writing and was a natural teacher. She was a feature editor for The Regis Herald, the campus newspaper of her day. In 1955 she taught underserved fifth graders

in the Cristo Rey School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a Regis Lay Apostle. In the late 1950s she was Regis’s alumnae director, driving herself and McCann (“she introduced me as her adopted little sister,” McCann says) around New England in her blue Chevrolet. “She loved the whole spirit of the nuns and saw leadership possibilities for women,” says McCann. In a 2009 Regis Advancement newsletter article, Remick refers to Sister John Sullivan, CSJ, the pioneer of the Regis Lay Apostolate, as the inspiration for the journalism collaborative. “Maybe in the back of my mind I have Sister John,” Remick was quoted saying. Remick earned a master’s in English from Boston College in 1963. She taught high school English, then landed a job teaching at Boston State College, which merged with UMass Boston in 1982. That’s when she began co-directing the co-op internship program and got the idea for the journalism collaborative. Having grown up the daughter of Polish parents, Remick could relate to her students’ struggle to make sense of their cultural heritage. After all, she said in the newsletter article, many Regis graduates had come from immigrant households. “I can’t explain it. But I understand how these students can feel,” she had said. Remick married E. Bruce Remick, a World War II veteran who was also a teacher and guidance counselor in various Massachusetts school systems, including Malden and Marblehead. The couple lived in Marblehead and had a house in Rockland, Maine—both places had well-stocked libraries, proving the Remicks’ love of reading and education. She had a timeshare in Arizona she also liked to visit. When Carole hosted parties, she would stimulate conversations by

Yurek. McCann. Milton Valencia, a kid from Fall River, Mass., with Mexican-Portuguese roots. Valencia, a courthouse reporter for The Boston Globe, credits the program he attended while in high school with helping him network into the industry. Remick wrangled him, along with many other journalists, into being part of the collaborative (actually, many journalists happily volunteer), and Valencia found himself directing the program that helped launch his career. “She did it kind of like, ‘We’re all in this together, and this is your part in it.’ And people went along with it.” Even when she was sick in 2011, Valencia remembers her arriving for the final edits in a red convertible, a car owned and driven by Remick’s good friend and classmate Marie Ward ’54. “[Carole] always had a nice, fancy pen, making markings,” he says. “She went all grammar on me.” She also played the pied piper for Neeraj Aggarwal, a graduate student from India in the UMass Boston MBA program in the early 1990s. After Aggarwal told Remick that the school wasn’t doing enough to welcome international students at the time, she tapped him to help her create a welcome program for that population. The two became close. She attended his wedding in Delhi, India. He called her his “American mother” and, later, his daughters referred to her as “Mother dadi,” dadi meaning grandmother in Hindi. He was “the son she never had.” “She impacted many lives,” says Aggarwal, chief financial officer at Ballard Spahr LLP, a major law firm in the United States. “We’re so thankful to God for having her part of our lives.” “I always think of her as someone who really wanted to make a difference,” says Alison Cass Cattan ’54, who roomed with Remick in Santa Fe. The two

became best friends. “She used to like to plan things, so we did a lot of things.” They traveled, visited museums. Remick remained infinitely positive and happy, except during football season when her beloved New England Patriots were losing. Then she’d turn off the TV. She liked to have fun and would find the fun in any situation. Even during her chemotherapy, she made a “spa” day with friends, taking them to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a course on applying makeup. “She made everyone feel like this was the greatest day and a most special moment,” says Mary Kaye Leonard, a friend and Marblehead neighbor. John and Mary Kaye Leonard became fast friends with Remick when they moved next door to her in 1998. They shared sunsets and attended each other’s parties. When Mary Kaye had a torn hamstring, Remick would go over every day with a book to keep her company and watch TV. “She was always there,” Mary Kaye says, “and she would never come over empty-handed.” When Remick got sick, they became caretakers, then executors, of her estate. One time when John was driving Remick to catch a plane to Arizona, she asked him and Mary Kaye to be her healthcare proxies. She also wanted him to establish the Regis foundation in her name. Though a certified public accountant, setting up a foundation was something John didn’t know how to do. No matter, he was happy to do it. “Carole’s last wish was to establish a foundation that could give to young people who want to learn about journalism,” says John. “She would be so proud of the way the collaborative has evolved. “Carole’s life was one of giving,” he continues. “I think she learned that at Regis.” Full circle.

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introducing current events and encourage intellectual discussions. She dressed stylishly, always put together. Some called her classy. When her hair wasn’t in a French twist, she sometimes sported a hat, New England Patriots or Boston Red Sox. Bruce passed away in 1996. The next year she retired from UMass, but stayed close to the journalism program. Though they didn’t have children, Remick often treated her students as her own, bringing them to her Marblehead home, taking them to Red Sox games or the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “She loved her kids,” says Paige Yurek ’16. “She was the nicest lady you’d ever want to meet.” Yurek, a Communication major with a Business Management minor, participated in the high school journalism collaborative as a senior at Malden High School in June 2011. She fondly remembers the time Remick brought her and a handful of students to her Marblehead home to pore over past newspaper issues in preparation of the program’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2012. Before any work began, Remick treated the students to lobster rolls. The experience changed the course of Yurek’s future. She fell in love with Regis, to which she applied and was admitted. It solidified her desire to keep writing and major in communication. Christine Vo, a 2000 collaborative participant, now does the layout and design for the journalism program’s student newspaper. She calls Remick a mentor, teacher, and friend. “Her lessons went well beyond the classroom,” says Vo, a lead designer at TripAdvisor. At the core of those lessons was Remick’s gift of enlisting people like a pied piper for the greater good, changing people’s lives for the better. And they let her.



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Nearly 67 percent of freshmen say the chief benefit of college is higher earnings, according to the Cooperative Institution Research Program’s annual Freshman Survey. But they arrive on campus with big, enduring questions: What is my purpose? Will I be successful? What if I change my mind? Students want to learn how to make a living, but they also want to learn how to live.


central theme, and truly learn how to think critically in an interdisciplinary way,” says Vice President of Academic Affairs Malcolm O. Asadoorian III, PhD, who is also dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Associate Professor and Chair of the Humanities Department Raffaele Florio, PhD, speaks to the ways in which the new department can advance the conversation on the liberal arts: “The formation of the new department is evidence of our commitment to the liberal arts tradition. The discussion has been reframed to include a unified front bound together by a common mission—to foster the quintessential characteristics of the Despite the public rhetoric about coleducated person, to equip students lege students only being interested in with the tools necessary for, as well as the desire to pursue, lifelong learning. financial security, they are also express“The liberal arts not only teach the ing a deeper need: a desire—spoken or essential skills demanded by employers; they foster a habit of inquiry.” unspoken—for education that allows It is this “habit of inquiry” that is perhaps the most useful skill for them the opportunity to ask and think students. College can be a radical about enduring questions. Articulating change for many students, especially those transitioning from a high school the answers isn’t always easy, but Regis where their class periods and notebooks were neatly divided by subject. is using a rejuvenated emphasis on Florio says that interdisciplinliberal arts to foster lifelong learners ary coursework allows students to examine a particular subject or equipped with the skills necessary to be theme through a variety of lenses. “This opens up the mind to multiple successful in their careers—and happy. possibilities as students explore an idea through varying perspectives that lead to a fuller, more colorful understanding of The idea isn’t necessarily novel; liberal arts have that concept.” always been the foundation of Regis. But a new Department of Humanities aims to make that JOINING THE CONVERSATION foundation visible across disciplines, serving as the Learning how to consider multiple perspectives and umbrella for Art, Music & Theatre; English; History, respond to divergent viewpoints is key to strengthWorld Languages & Cultural Heritage; Politics and ening the very skill many students feel they lack: Social Justice; and Religious Studies & Philosophy. interpersonal communication. Students will have the option of majoring in The Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities English, Criminal Justice Studies, or a new major, major emphasizes the importance of teaching Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. students how to think critically and creatively, and “The merging of the five departments allows for how to express their ideas articulately and pasintegration of disciplines and creates opportunisionately. This can occur during open and informed ties for students to learn about a particular topic or

“Indeed, the liberal arts have always been responsive to the needs of students in the real world.”

TAKING THE LONG VIEW The Department of Humanities can open up fields of study to students, as well as create new areas of interest for faculty. Recently, Drury University in Springfield, Mo., took a similar approach. A 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education article (“To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative”) cited the university’s cross-disciplinary efforts—such as pooling departmental budgets and sharing faculty grants and curricular programming— to help craft a unified message and demonstrate the broad impact of the humanities. At Regis, Associate Professor of English Julia Lisella, PhD, believes the department has great potential. “My hope is that creating the Department of Humanities out of disparate majors and smaller departments will enable us to spark creative collaborations among colleagues and with our students, and to engage in some great sharing of resources,” Lisella says. “Department meetings can really become locales for new ideas, information sharing about student interests and pedagogical approaches, and approaches to creative advising.” Confident. Engaged. Influential. Critical. Creative. These are the terms faculty in the Department of Humanities use when discussing the curriculum and describing the students at Regis. They are also the type of characteristics that employers value. In a 2013 study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hart Research Associates, 93 percent of employers agreed that candidates’ demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major. “None of us really know what will be useful or marketable 20 years from now,” Edney says. “Part of the value of liberal arts is that it does take the long—and yes often the slow—view of society, culture, politics, business, and art. It’s ultimately about thinking, very carefully, about humanity itself and why humanity matters.” Anthony D’Aries is an assistant professor of English and director of the writing program at Regis.

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dialogues in the classroom, as well as one-on-one conferences with the student’s advisor. Students choose a primary field of study—such as history, philosophy, or fine arts—and develop a study plan based on their academic and career goals. Giving students a voice in the design of the program addresses one of the issues that Ruth Sims, senior vice president for marketing and research at higher education consulting firm Noel-Levitz, has with liberal arts programs. In a 2012 Inside Higher Ed article (“Making the Case”), Sims says that the value of a liberal arts education is not a question of content, but of how that content is marketed to students. “The idea that a liberal arts education can prepare them for a job that might exist in the future, I think that message is lost on them.” Perhaps one way to ensure that message is not lost on students is to involve them in the conversation and the expression of that message. Assistant Professor of Philosophy Bernard Jackson, PhD, agrees that students need to know their voices are being heard. “Many students don't realize their own power. The world of the future is theirs to shape, and our curriculum should reflect their concerns. Our motto should be ‘Be part of the conversation,’ with discussion sessions for all of our courses.” “Historically, a key reason for academic change has been the push from students,” adds Kathryn Edney, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Master of Arts in Heritage Studies program. “For example, we would not have courses on African American history

and literature otherwise. Indeed, the liberal arts have always been responsive to the needs of students in the real world as they are living their lives. That is what makes the liberal arts so incredibly powerful.”

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Before long, college students will benefit from an experienced multimedia expert toting a newly minted EdD, a genuine sense of compassion, major newspaper and network TV experience … and a Pulitzer Prize with her name on it. Meet Lara Salahi. Given that Lara Salahi is New England field producer for ABC and a writer and digital producer for The Boston Globe—and was part of a team of Globe staffers awarded the Pulitzer Prize—one may think that she would have a certain sense of entitlement. But that couldn’t be further from reality. In fact, it’s her genuine empathy and respect for the people she interviews and reports to that has made her so good at what she does. “There’s a level of accountability there because you owe it to your viewers and readers to tell a good story, but also to tell it accurately because the work that you do has impact on others,” she says of being a journalist. “You’re essentially telling the story of people’s lives.” Those stories are sometimes scary and undoubtedly life-changing. A case in point is the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Salahi was wrapping up her day after an early morning of marathon coverage at The Boston Globe offices when initial reports came in from reporters at ground zero. “Things were winding down because the first wave of elite runners was done, and then we heard there was an explosion. Everything changed in an instant.”


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he ensuing breaking news coverage—from online photo galleries of the scene to content curation of information flooding in from reporters and law enforcement— was followed by reports of the aftermath on victims and families, which lasted for months. Salahi was part of a team that earned a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for exhaustive and empathetic breaking news coverage for The Boston Globe and its online news site. “The Boston Marathon is a staple here and anyone who has spent any time in Boston has either attended or knows somebody who has run,” she says. “Our goal was to tell everyone’s story; we didn’t want to stop until everyone felt they had a voice in this because when those bombs went off, nobody had a voice except for the bombers.”


FINDING HER BEAT Salahi is one of those people who knew early on what she wanted to do. In a classic case scenario, she was editor of her high school newspaper, went on to earn a dual undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and international relations from Boston University, and completed a master’s in health communication from Emerson College. “I wanted to get out and explore the world and share stories,” she says of plans to be a field producer. “I enjoy the social aspect, meeting people in their environment, and the impact that it can have—the fact that there could be millions of eyes on a story that you produced.” With that goal in mind, she joined broadcast television network ABC in 2008, working on major medical stories for all platforms:, and TV shows like Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sawyer. Her interest in health and medicine stemmed from a personal background that includes a “family of physicians.” “My dad was a cardiologist with his own practice and my mom ran

the office,” she says of growing up in a suburban town outside of Detroit. “When I wasn’t at school, I was there, and I knew all of his patients.” It helped her recognize and respect the power of information. “Health is unique in the sense that everybody is interested in some sort of health and wellness topic. If we’re doing a story about cancer, for example, even if someone hasn’t dealt with it in their immediate family, they know somebody who has.” At ABC, Salahi helped build an online medical database (OnCall Plus) that lived on, a research process that she says “really allowed me to understand health issues.” In 2012, she returned to Boston to serve in her current posts at ABC and The Boston Globe. Her passion to engage with others and share information is one of the reasons she is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership at Regis. “I sat in on a class and felt like it catered to what I want to do, which is more of a practical, hands-on degree,” says Salahi, who first learned about the program from her cousin and EdD candidate Jennifer Ostayan. “I want to be equipped with what I need to teach emerging media studies at a college or university.” That means learning about the theories and methods of teaching. “When I’m out in the field doing what I do on a daily basis, I’m learning the technical skills and gaining knowledge about storytelling and all the aspects of journalism,” she says. “But to be able to turn that into a teachable moment and do it in a way that will engage students, I felt like I needed that higher degree.” She understands that journalism requires a lot of learning in the field, but has ideas on what makes a good journalist: Curiosity: Ask questions really wanting to know the answers, versus just trying to get a soundbite.

Empathy: If you’re not empathetic toward people’s struggles, they can see right through it. Persistence: Many times people aren’t ready to talk, but you have to build a relationship so you’re the first person they call when they are ready. “There’s a difference between journalists who see it as a business and journalists who see it as a passion,” she says. “It’s very apparent to those you’re interacting with.” FINDING THE BALANCE Salahi’s professional multimedia background is indeed unusual for an EdD candidate, but it actually attests to the practicality of the degree. And Salahi considers it a perfect fit as she pursues her dream to teach in higher education. “Our industry is ever changing and growing, whether it’s technical aspects such as production or writing, or even ethical issues,” says Salahi, whose current research focuses on fashioning journalism curriculum to meet the demands on the future of emerging media, including the ethics of how to maintain a core set of values in the journalism field. Given her evident passion for education, it makes sense that her next step is to earn a doctoral degree. “We’re constant learners; there’s never going to be a time when we’re going to stop learning and teaching the skills that we know, and that’s so important for me to continue,” Salahi says. “It’s not only about teaching in a field that I love, but also about learning from others. The EdD is an outlet for that.” Living in the Boston suburb of Waltham, she juggles a busy career with raising two toddleraged children, doing service work with military families (her husband is a member of the Army National Guard), and completing her doctoral studies. She credits

EdD PROGRAM @ REGIS Lara Salahi is among 30 students in the Regis EdD in Higher Education Leadership program, which launched in 2013. Current students range from college and university administrators to public school teachers and curriculum specialists. Seven of the students are due to receive their EdD degrees next spring. The Regis program is part of the acclaimed Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a consortium of American and international academic institutions engaged in a critical examination of the EdD degree through dialogue, experimentation, critical feedback, and evaluation.

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the EdD program’s hybrid courses for making it all possible. “Being on campus once a month is important for visuals and interactions with colleagues, but there’s also the online component,” Salahi says. “In terms of work-life balance, it makes things a lot easier. “As an educator, I want to be engaged with students and also continue in my career. The Regis program is committed to allowing me to do that.” For Lara Salahi, this is a story destined for a happy ending. To learn more, visit

We’re constant learners; there’s never going to be a time when we’re going to stop learning and teaching the skills that we know, and that’s so important for me to continue. It’s not only about teaching in a field that I love, but also about learning from others. The EdD is an outlet for that.”

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1 These “dayhops” from the Class of 1962, self-named the “Dedham Carpool,” came together for their 12th summer reunion in July on Cape Cod. Left to right: Martha Valente Greene, Mary Lord Mahoney, Patti Cusack Morrison, Eleanor Forrest Fisher, Sue Donnelly Riley.



2 Annette Pendergast (right) and classmate Philomene Winchester Murphy paraded from Walters Hall to the Reunion tent to celebrate their 70th Reunion in May. 3 Members of the Class of 1958 attended the Cape Cod Luncheon at the Willowbend Country Club in August. Clockwise from top left: Carole Vannicola Clark, Kay Rosicky Devlin, Dorothy Madden Cannon, Patricia Graham Kelley, Tish Albiani Carney, Patricia Salmon Hillmer, Carol Finnell Kenney, Ann Maloney Leahy, Patricia Kelly McNulty, Mary Jo Kilmain, Margaret Cahill Scanlon, Joan Meleski Kenney. 4 Over 25 alumni and friends traveled to Ireland in July. Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy celebrated Masses in Killarney and Dublin.


5 Alumni and trustees enjoyed a reception in the new Maria Hall Extension in September. Clockwise from left: Glenn Morris, trustee, Joan Shea, chair of the Board of Trustees, Ellen O’Connor ’67, former chair of the Board of Trustees, Kate Korzendorfer, trustee, Mary Anne Doyle ’67, CSJ, trustee, John Tegan, trustee, Rosemary Brennan ’70, CSJ, trustee, Lee Hogan ’61, CSJ, trustee, and Maureen Doherty ’68, CSJ, trustee. 6 Young alumni sat with current students at Fenway Park for Regis Night at the Red Sox in July.


7 Alumnae from the Class of 1977 came together for the annual President’s Associates and Circles Reception and Dinner in September following the ribbon cutting. Left to right: Kathleen Cove Curley, Anita Brennan-Sarmiento, trustee, and Karen Driscoll Montague. 8 The Class of 1985 welcomed a special guest to their table at the Reunion Alumni Luncheon in May: Sister Zita Fleming, CSJ, ’59. Clockwise from top left: Maura Joyce, Melissa Hanlon DeRusha, Mary Beth Connolly Olbrys, Sister Zita Fleming, CSJ, Holly Kendrick Babin, Eileen Sullivan, Melinda Hanlon Powers, Susan Lombard McCarthy, Marijane Leahy Fetzer. 9 Alumnae from the Class of 1995 returned to campus for their 20th Reunion. Clockwise from top left: Aisha Vasquez Jackson, Kelly Reardon Kasprzak, Amy Larson Smith, Marie Jardine-Yeats, Tammie Burke Stanford, Kerry Colozzi Wollner, Stephanie Keeffe, Jawanda Spears Awutey, Thouy Chao, Sophia Boyer, Diana Coughlin Matthews, Johanna Taylor, Erika Nelson LaBella.



Upcoming Alumni Events 2015–2016 Hollyfest

December 2, 2015 Dan’l Webster Inn Sandwich, Mass.


Merry Mingle

NYC Christmas Reception

December 11, 2015 Union League Club New York, N.Y.

Regis in Florida

March 12, 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Naples March 13, 2016 Mass and Brunch Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. April 14, 2016 Location TBD


Reunion Weekend May 13–15, 2016 Regis campus

All Alumni Reunion May 14, 2016 Regis campus

Alumni Trip to Tuscany July 22–30, 2016

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December 6, 2015 New Maria Hall Extension

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32 REGIS TODAY Members of the Alumni Board of Directors show off the Regis shield on the new Great Walk in front of College Hall. Left to right: Joanne Lynch Schamberg ’81, Heather Wojcik ’99, Andrew Blanchette ’13, Donna Ribaudo Schow ’81, Pat Turner Kelley ’56, Joanne Crowley ’74, and Lorraine Schoen ’06, ’07.


✒ Annette P. Pendergast, 101

Weatherbee Drive, Westwood, MA 02090, 781-326-1230 ¶ I know you


✒ Phyllis Brosnahan Richardson, 3 Wingate Road, Lexington, MA 02420, 781-862-6262 ¶ Happy 90th birth-

days Class of ’47! What a milestone. In preparing these class notes, I’ve had a chance to speak with many of you. Most of us are still doing pretty well, staying on top of our health, keeping up with exercise, and doing some traveling, too. May the glow from our collective birthday candles continue to light the world!¶ Sadly, we lost four of our classmates during 2015. In November Regis held the annual Memorial Liturgy to remember all alumnae, including our friends and classmates: Barbara Cholakos, Catherine Doppman Hartman, Ann Howard, and Mary Redican McEttrick.


✒ Joan Doherty Mahoney, 32 Surrey

Lane, Fairfield, CT 06824, 203-259-7361, ¶ Fortunately

we have had only one death in our class of which I am aware. Marion Blue Brennan died on May 16, 2015. Marion was my roommate when we waited on tables at Hampton Beach during the summer before our senior year. Never having boarded at Regis, it was especially fun for me and I am so happy to have those memories. Reminiscing is what we do a lot of these days and how lucky we are to have some happy memories. ¶ Bless Gloria Faretra’s heart! I clearly made a mistake in the last issue when I called her a psychologist when in truth she is a psychiatrist! She did not want me to mention the discrepancy but I certainly hope any of you would let me know if I ever write the wrong information. Gloria shared that she loved her four years at Regis. She then continued on to Georgetown Medical. ¶ It was such fun talking to Louise Pothier Haznar as we were in Foods together. It is delightful to know that even when some people in our department thought she wasn’t cut out to be a dietician, she went on to receive her ADA from Beth Israel and spent over 50 years as a dietary consultant to many nursing homes! Her mother died five years ago at 102 years of age. It must be all that healthy eating! Louise is the mother of two sons and a daughter, another Regis grad, who went on to become a physical therapist. ¶ Louise told me she often speaks with Lee Marvin McCarthy, who lives near her in Mattapoisett. Lee has six children. Three of each! None of them live close-by but they all come to vacation at her family’s summer place in Rhode Island. ¶ Nancie Turner Donelan lived most of her married life in New York but when she and Frank retired they moved full time to her family’s home in Scituate. This darling Cape Cod house is where her family of eight children, 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren gather. Nancie wanted me to let you know that she is NOT seeing or dating anyone! ¶ Mary Harrington Cain recently lost her husband, Frank, after 64 years of marriage. She will continue to live at Carmel Terrace in Framingham. She has six children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren on the way. Two of her daughters attended Regis. One of her grandsons was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. Mary suffers from osteomyelitis but doesn’t allow her walker to slow her down! ¶ Marie Kelly Creedon has five children and four grandchildren. She said she would love to talk to other classmates so if any of you would like a copy of our class list with phone numbers, please feel free to contact

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would have enjoyed the 70th Reunion for the class of 1945 if it were possible. There were three of us present on Saturday of the May 15, 16, and 17 weekend. The three that I mentioned were Doris Lynch, Philomene Winchester Murphy, and myself. It was a delightful day because there was much construction on the campus and we had a tour in a golf cart throughout the campus. Also Phil Murphy and yours truly carried the banner in the parade of classes. The Saturday luncheon was set up outside under a tent on the front lawn below Morrison House. It was a delightful chicken luncheon with strawberry shortcake. Many classes received great mention of the donations made to the Regis Fund. All in all it was a most enjoyable day and the three of us wished that there were others who could have joined our class. In addition, we visited the library because there is a new quad being constructed there and a Dunkin’ Donuts. There was a four o’clock Mass being said by Father Paul Kilroy who is the Regis chaplain. All in all, it was a most enjoyable morning and afternoon getting back to our alma mater. So things are moving right along to the construction completion. ¶ Again this summer, I am in Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod. However I did not attend the Regis luncheon on the Cape this year and no other classmate of ours was present. I do plan to attend the Golden Tower Luncheon on September 25 at Regis. Hopefully I may see others there from our class. ¶ I’m sorry to say I have not spoken to any of our classmates so I have no news whatsoever to give you. When I get back to my home in Westwood, Mass., I’ll do some follow up work and make some calls to you so I will have more news for the next issue.

¶ As I write these notes in August, many of our classmates are enjoying the spectacular summer after the most terrible winter in years. Gertrude Breen Alfredson, Alice Dunbar O’Halloran, Jeanne MacDonough Cronin and Phyllis Gallinelli Campbell recently gathered for their annual gals summer weekend at Phyllis’ home in Humarock. This year S. Dorothy McKenzie was not able to join in the weekend’s festivities because she has been nursing a sore foot. Things are healing slowly and Dot’s picking up the pace with her regular routine of driving members of the Bethany community to appointments and other events. More importantly, Dot has news about the ever-growing McKenzie family. “Another gift from heaven,” says Dot about the birth of the 27th great-grandchild in the family. ¶ Catherine Gately McGunigle took a cruise to Bermuda in June with one of her daughters. Like all of us, Kay has a few health issues, but clearly nothing is holding her back. Patricia Curtin Mahoney has had a busy summer with family activities on the south shore. ¶ Our new class President, Alice Dunbar O’Halloran, is starting a telephone prayer line for the Class of ’47. Rita Dailey Fahey has agreed to help Alice get this wonderful program underway. ¶ I had a delightful phone call with Eleanor Consentino Feuer, who keeps busy with doctor appointments for both herself and her husband. Eleanor asks to be remembered to all our classmates. ¶ And reporting in from Cape Cod: Marguerite “Peg” Donovan is still traveling for family events when she’s not entertaining weekend visitors on the Cape. Peg has taken on an aggressive walking program with a physical therapist to get herself in tip top shape for a three-week fall tour and cruise on the Great Rivers of Europe. Dorothy Mahoney McKenna is having an active summer on the Cape– balancing an active social program at the Kings Way community and visits from her kids and grandkids. Rita Dailey Fahey spent a week in Wellfleet with her daughter Michelle and family. And I am grateful to be back on Cape for August and September with my husband Al. It’s been a long, 18-month rehabilitation for Al after his accident in Florida. He’s finally back on his feet and we are resuming much of our old routine. Al joins me in thanking all who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers; his recovery would not have been possible without all those prayers. I’ve signed up for our class prayer list, so that I may add my voice and prayers for others’ special intentions. I hope you will sign up, too. Stay happy and healthy!

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me. ¶ Nina Rubino Traietti has been widowed three years and like many of us, feels that the hardest time is the dinner hour. I enjoyed hearing stories about Arnold’s adventures in Italy. Nina and Arnold had two sons and she has two grandchildren. She would like to have her granddaughter look at Regis. ¶ Even though Jane McGrath had a pacemaker put in this past May, she was able to join her friends a few weeks later for a quick reunion. ¶ As we all face the loss of loved ones and some of our own abilities, like driving at night, I want you to know that it is touching to talk to so many of you and I have a lot more scoop to share next time. I am going to end with another poem by Jane McGrath entitled, “Worthless Treasure.”


Stained by wear and flames over the years the old pear shaped double boiler stands on the shelf it takes up too much room Spotted and dented the bottom burned like uneven blots of ink the gloss long gone I should toss it out But I remember favorite Sunday suppers and my mother presiding over fluffy welsh rarebit from the same pot Many years ago when she was very old I put it aside to be discarded indignant she lectured me on its superior powers It’s still there and when I am asked why I keep such an old and ugly tin smile and describe its permanent value I am older now Thank you!


✒ Betty Ann Hynes Elliott, 38 Oxford Road, Wellesley, MA 02481, 781235-4697, ¶ Elizabeth Shatos Thompson lost

her husband John last February in Spokane, Wash. He had had some health problems so his death was not completely unexpected. They even had seriously talked about taking a riverboat trip in China during the summer. John’s burial was in Palo Alto, Calif., where both their parents were laid to rest. Two grandsons spoke at the service and granddaughter Kate

sang a lovely song entitled “I Will Miss Him.” Elizabeth shared some happy news also. She was anticipating the birth of her second great-grandchild in Australia. Also, grandson Colin, having just graduated from college as a dance major, was touring Europe, performing in five major cities. Our condolences, Elizabeth, and thanks so much for sharing your news, good and bad. ¶ When I reached Rosemary McAuliffe in July she was about to leave on one of her frequent trips to Ireland. Noreen Mallal Wise had called her from England on the 4th of July to wish her a happy 4th. What a nice surprise that was! I suspect that’s not a much celebrated holiday in England. ¶ The usual ’49ers enjoyed the annual Regis Cape Cod luncheon held at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee in August: Betty Perrault Joyce, Eileen Dewire Locke, Dot Waldron Fitzgerald, Nancy Natoli Fay and yours truly. Betty Joyce is the proud greatgrandmother of Madeline Elizabeth Joyce born in New York City this year. Nancy Fay’s granddaughter Caitlyn is featured in the October issue of The Lawyers Weekly as one of Boston’s outstanding young lawyers in her field. Another proud grandmother is Marie Ash Reed. Her youngest daughter Susan’s daughter graduated from high school in Naples, Fla., as valedictorian and is now a freshman at Harvard. Marie is thrilled to have her so close by for a change. Sadly, Marie lost her sister Joan Morton ’53 last February. ¶ Rosemary Flynn Cashman died in June. She was pre-deceased by her husband George and leaves nine children. Dot Fitzgerald lost her brother Fr. Robert Waldron in April. Do you remember his saying Mass for us at our 50th Reunion? Elizabeth McCarthy Reggio’s husband Nicholas passed away in June. Elizabeth and Nick had five children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Please keep these deceased in your thoughts and prayers. ¶ Margie Sellers Fitzpatrick wrote recently that she has had some health problems (who hasn’t?!) but is still busy playing bridge and keeping up with grandchildren, one of whom lives with her while studying nursing nearby. Speaking of grandchildren, my grandson Brian was married to his high school sweetheart in May and they asked me to do a reading at the ceremony which made it even more special for me. Brian then passed his final CPA exam in July. I told him that I didn’t know when he found time to study with all that was going on, but he did. Am I proud of him? I certainly am! ¶ We had a very nice luncheon and class meeting at Mary Breslin’s lovely summer home in Hull in August–lively conversation, delicious food, and much discussion. Kay Healy Hassey agreed

to organize a Prayer Line for our class and several classmates volunteered to be “pray-ers.” If you wish to have a special intention remembered in prayer, please be in touch with Kay at 781-749-2648. You may also contact me at the above phone number or address. We look forward to hearing from you.


✒ Jacqueline Choquette Picard, 2970 Mendon Road, Unit 189, Cumberland, RI 02864, 401-658-0625, littlecho7@ ✒ Anne Swiston O’Hara, 55 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, MA 01930, 978-525-3227, alfreda1928@ ¶ Hi, how is everyone?

We missed a lot of you at our 65th Reunion! Cay Nolan Sokol, Mary Daily Neylon, Anne Swiston O’Hara, Alice Boyce LaPoint Smith, Amy Chin Guen, Terry Hegarty Quinn, and I, Jackie Choquette Picard, attended. We had fun. The star of the show was from the class of ’35—still spry at 101! ¶ I spoke with my fellow reporters recently and here’s the scoop: Mary Neylon was very explicit about having survived a summer from you-know-where! With two painful deaths in the family and multiple other concerns, she wasn’t up to searching for news especially where our deadline is less than a week away! A call to Alfreda affirmed that she, as well, had heard from no one (not really surprising as none of us are making much news or noise these days!). They both send their love to all of you and implored me to save the column! Well no one sent me news either so I’m sorry, you’ll just have to hear mine! These last few months have been the most tumultuous of my whole life, but it’s a ready-made story that will fill the column (and you can turn me off any time!). I’m in a sweet little condo that I absolutely love, but moving out after 62 years was a mega chore. Much stuff to be dealt with!! Complications galore because I sold the two lots separately and waited five months for a variance from the zoning board. Also put in a sewer. More obstacles and complexities, but I’ll spare you. ¶ Somewhere in here, I broke my tailbone (the sacrum). Yikes! With so much to do! The x-ray said fracture, the MRI said no fracture, but I called back two weeks later and verified the break. Under the doctor’s threat of later back problems if I didn’t sit still, and not drive for two months, I found two babysitters, alternating days, who kept me in a chair, made lunch, and prepared a dinner I could microwave. Sixty days went by, the move was smooth and simple, the zoning board approved the 15-foot transfer from the backyard, and life was good again. The next day, the dermatologist found you-know-what in my right nostril. Surgery ASAP



65th Reunion ✒ Anne Downey Tierney, 303 Brooksby

Village Drive #524, Peabody, MA 01960, 978-717-5929, ✒ Janice Power, 27 Redwood Drive, Norwood, MA 02062, 781-762-3548, janicepower11@ ¶ Since our last magazine,

the Class of 1951 has lost four of our loyal classmates. Constance Musante Setian died in March 2015. Connie had lived a very active life at Linden Pond in Hingham for many years. In her last days she lived in Pennsylvania. ¶ Ann Brown Janes died on June 13, 2015. She had been living in assisted living and her children held a funeral Mass at her old Parish–St. Joseph’s in Lincoln–and she was buried next to her husband. Recently we heard with

sorrow the deaths of Barbara McCarthy Mansfield and Barbara Coolen Corrado. We have a few classmates for whom we don’t have addresses. If you can help please contact Anne or Janice: Barbara Watson Halpin, Elizabeth Dewes Mullally, Shirley Finn Sheehan. Anne met another Regis graduate at Brooksby Village–Margaret Hyder Fragala ’42. Anne also met John Duff, MD, who was married to Estamarie Shea ’49, Anne’s junior sister. Margie O’Brien is recovering from a successful hip replacement. Mary Lee McLaughlin Girouard entertained many out-of-state relatives over the summer. Florence Kelly McKenna had successful cataract surgery. May we take this opportunity to encourage interest in our 65th Reunion coming up in May 2016. ¶ Come or not please shake your memory for a story or picture from a day at Regis from 1947 until 1951. A couple of hints to help you: car pools, ring ceremony, Tea Dance, CYO parade, and lots of others. Help make this fun and successful.


✒ Kathryn Cauley Driscoll, 5 Quisset Brook Road, Milton, MA 02186, 617698-5626, ¶ It

seems we are all doing well. No one is smoking now but everyone is playing bridge! After talking to Barbara Keenan McLarney, she is so enthusiastic about Regis, she brought back good memories! Claire O’Connell McAuliffe, Claire Russell Megan, and Katie Cauley Driscoll and their husbands spent a weekend in June down at Sea Crest in Falmouth. Nancy Campbell Rouleau had her annual visit to Nantucket with her whole family. Her son owns the Cranberry Livery service if you ever need a ride! ¶ Marey Casseu had a knee replacement and for some reason has decided not to have the other one done!!! She still has that beautiful Cape property! Our prayer line is ongoing thanks to Claire Megan, Peg Donnelly and Gerry Martin Kennedy. Mary Norton is recovering at the Braintree Alliance–we wish her well! Virginia Clifford Mohr has all her children within driving distance so she can visit often. Judy Perault Smith is busy sitting but not babysitting–her daughter’s dog! Corinne Mollomo LaRoche does such a good job she was chosen to plan the Acton Women’s Club program for the year, from September to May, to plan a current event speaker and a different restaurant each month. She and Connie Torrisi Miragliotta are a twosome in June Beach. Connie’s granddaughter was a recent graduate from the nursing program at Regis and she was very impressed with the choice of speakers at Commencement. Barbara attended the Willowbend Cape Cod

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Luncheon at a table with Kay Powers, Joan Carroll McAuliffe, and Barbara Keenan McLarney. Francy Byrne had to cancel at the last minute! Jerry Martin went to Hawaii to visit her son and took a broken hip fall, which meant she had to stay for therapy. Liz Farley Power is nestled at the Cape and enjoying it very much especially because her son moved in next door for the summer. Audrey Kendrick Rickard with her combination of 11 children, 19 grandchildren, and six greatgrandchildren is still maintaining her croquet championship! That’s all for now! Stay happy and healthy!

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with great likelihood that I would need reconstructive plastic surgery. Good call! Twenty-two stitches on my nose and black and blue face and I’m meeting new neighbors daily! I can’t say why, but honestly through all of this, there was not a hint of pain nor the least emotional distress! It amazed me that I was so unaffected by it all and grateful that was the case. God is good. Three days before the surgery, however, as I was leaving church after morning Mass I was hit by a car on Mendon Road. (This strains your believing doesn’t it?? It did mine, too!) It came barreling toward me and struck my left leg. I didn’t fall over or even stagger a bit. It was as though my leg stopped the car! The poor lady driving was sobbing that she hadn’t seen me, but I was able to convince her that I could walk and was totally unharmed. Glory be to God! My doctor checked me out though and I passed all the tests! ¶ And lastly (anybody still with me?), on the morning of the nose procedure, the surgeon noticed and biopsied something suspicious on my left leg. Sure enough, ASAP again, I’m back on the drawing board, this time for a second stage squamous piece. He had to go back four times for the nose, but did this in one move. He offered me the option of no stitches if I were willing to change the dressing three times daily and elevate my leg three times daily for half an hour. I agreed and it was a done deal, healing nicely. AMEN, I hope! Kudos to whoever’s still here! Isn’t this the weirdest account, though? I’m sure most reporters would be fired on the spot for being sole center of their whole piece! On the other hand, do you know how embarrassing it would have been for us three reporters to have had no column? Please think of this as the lesser of two evils; and who knows, after this, we may hear from you next year! That would be great! ¶ Stay well and happy, and give glory to God!



✒ Cornelia Murphy Davidson, 207 Prairie Street, Concord, MA, 978-3694489, ✒ Patricia Cronin Huie, 2550 Presidential Way #107, West Palm Beach, FL, 781-8347134, ¶ Greetings

and salutations. The Class of ’54 is on the move. Rosemary Denmark Murphy has a new address on Community Drive in Jupiter, Fla. Joan O’Connor is back in Belmont after living in Maine for a short time. Gail McGrath Bertolini has moved to Concord, N.H., to be closer to her daughter. Pat Cronin Huie went to California with some of her family. They stayed in Monterey and visited Big Sur and San Francisco. Joanne Hickey Johnson had lunch with Pat when they were both in Florida last winter. Marjorie McIntyre is recovering nicely after a bad fall. Kay Tobin went to Williamstown and Manchester, Vt., to visit the Clark Museum and Tanglewood. Peggy Rowe Dreger also went to Tanglewood with her daughters. Mary Roche Sullivan had successful gall bladder surgery in May. Mary

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has agreed to another three-year term on the board of St. Joseph College in Maine. Marie Clogher Malaro, an attorney, is the former legal advisor to the Smithsonian and the former director of graduate museum studies at George Washington University. Condolences to the family of Ann Kellaher Connolly on Ann’s death. ¶ Our class officers agreed to participate in a program organizing a prayer line. Another program will gather memories of our four years at Regis. Details on both of these programs will follow later.


Margaret Vincent Kelley, P.O. Box 1346, Edgartown, MA 02539, 508-627-8596, ¶ Greetings, class-


mates, hope you had a pleasant summer. The big news in this column is our 60th Reunion, held last May. There were about 30 of us and we had a grand time. By the way, all of you were

missed. Agnes Badrena Malaret was there with her husband; Janet Condrey Beyer, Jacqui Cyr Lewis, Barbara Kelley (with her arm in a sling). We decided to try and collect memories of our days at Regis and save them in the archives of our class. The first one, from Rosalie L’Ecuyer, is next: “What pops into my mind is not a ‘single’ event but an ongoing experience: being a ‘dayhop’ and spending time in a carpool or in the ‘smoker.’ Since I did not have access to a car until our senior year, I was fortunate to get a ride but our days were framed by the time of arrival and departure of our carpool. In the carpool, we shared and laughed. As freshmen on Initiation Day, Sheila Barry and I were in ridiculous alien apparel and forced out on Commonwealth Avenue near B.C.—I in burlap (if I remember correctly) at the bottom end and Sheila, wrapped in a sheet, at the top. We were ordered to walk toward each other while the upper-class


Golden Tower Society With just over 2,100 members ranging from the Class of 1934 to the Class of 1965, the Golden Tower Society is the largest Regis alumnae group. Carroll Beegan Follas ’61 is the Golden Tower liaison and she is currently working with Golden Tower classes on two special initiatives. For more information or to participate in these projects, please contact Carroll at Class Prayer Line Fourteen classes have named a coordinator and established their own prayer line. All Golden Tower classes are encouraged to participate, and anyone is welcome to be a pray-er. Class Memoir In order to capture the history of the Golden Tower Society classes, each class is being encouraged to produce a memoir of its four years at Regis. If the stories aren’t recorded, our memories will be lost for the future. Seminars, the “smoker,” comprehensives, censure points, wearing long coats over our gym suits—the memories are endless. Despite the tremendous changes at Regis, the spirit and the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph remain at the forefront, and this initiative will encapsulate the history and evolution of this great institution.

women in our carpool drove by us and hooted and tooted, calling attention to us and to our walk. That was the last Initiation Day on campus.” I remember that day well, and hated every minute of it and I think the greatest thing our class did was to get rid of that horrible “custom.” Grace Cronin Godefroy was planning on coming from California, but her son was in a bad bicycle accident, so she stayed at home. I am delighted to report that he is doing well; he is now in physical therapy and improving daily. Betty Gilmore Shanahan was there, but not Barbara. Estelle Ferraro Misto offers: There are so many memories but one that I think those of us who boarded will remember is Sr. Monica bringing hot lemonade to those of us who were sick. And somehow she knew when we were faking illness and we would not get the lemonade. And of course living in the boat and going out on the roof at the first hot day to start working on our summer tan. Also the early morning bell to summon all to Mass and trudging up and down the hill to the business building in all kinds of weather with Sr. Ellenice and Sr. Athanasia. The wonderful varieties shows with Bunny Murphy and Bob King singing duets and Nancy Roche tap dancing. There are so many. Hope this helps. I hope you enjoyed these memories and that they may trigger some memories of your own. If you send them to either me or Margy Flavin we will make sure they get into the archives. ¶ Sadly, we have lost three more of our classmates since the last column. Mary Leonard Duggan, Kitsy Finn Russo, and Pat Hennessey Berlo have passed away. That’s it until next time. Peace.


60th Reunion ✒ Gerry Dowd Driscoll, 7 Conant

Road #50, Winchester, MA 01890, ¶ Can you

believe our 60th Reunion is rapidly approaching? Regis Reunion Weekend is planned for May 13 to 15, 2016. It is not too early to make your plans. If you have not visited the college since our last reunion you have quite a treat in store for you. You will be proud and in awe of the major changes on campus. ¶ We recently received notice from Regis that our classmate Mary Jane Mead Mullin died on December 13, 2006. This comes as quite a shock to those of us who had been trying to find her over the years. Please remember Mary Jane in your prayers. If you have any knowledge of family members to whom we could offer condolences, please let me know. ¶ I received an email from Marie Vasaturo White who, like many of our classmates, celebrated a special milestone this year. She reports that this celebration had extended over

class a minor in sociology. She planned to return to New York to live with her family and looks forward to being involved in her community, pursue a career, and eventually to continue her education. ¶ Pat Kelley does a great job of sending appropriate gifts to classmates who are ill as well as making a memorial donation to Regis on the death of a classmate. She thanks all of you for your continued support of the Sunshine Fund. With our reunion approaching any additional money will be used to defray costs incurred by our class reunion committee. ¶ Please keep in touch with news of your travels and activities. Let me know if you have a particular need for prayers and I will convey your request to our classmates. As always remember also those whose intentions have not been expressed.


✒ Judy A. Sughrue, 47 Rosewood Drive, Stoughton, MA 02072, 781-344-3357, ¶ As we enter

our eighties certain trends continue and new ones develop: condos, new generation, and less travel. Some of us already live in condos. Mary Grace Sullivan Costa has been happy for fourteen years with hers. She is free for several activities in the area of Nashua which she loves. She keeps in contact with Gerry McCarty Ballotti. Mildred Iantosca Costa and Jack Costa live in a condo apartment with a garage on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton and are free to walk the old yet ever-changing streets of Boston free from shoveling all that snow. She still has her old love for the ballet as well as cultural tours of the Berkshires. Martha Ford Collier more recently moved into an assisted living condo due to her husband Fred’s health needs. She loves the place where they live for its many activities and meal delivery to their villa. They chose Virginia Beach since it is nearer to their children who had become southerners and Martha and her husband lived in Virginia for thirty years. Rosemary Weidner Mahoney and her husband had a brilliant idea. Instead of flying to see their children and grandchildren or entertaining them in their Brookline condo they rented a fourteen bedroom home on the Cape and had all come here. Mary McFarlin Murray and her husband Donald know that their condo in Walpole is taken care of during the winter while they play golf in Florida, and it is there for them when they come home to be near their children. Mary is delighted with her first great-grandchild. Connie Fontaine Perron also has a greatgrandchild. Her travels have been to family events in Virginia Beach and Lake George. She also has taken a

cruise to Bermuda. Connie keeps in touch with Maria Dellorfano Plante and Peg Calder Murphy who still lives in her home city of Worcester. Peg has enjoyed several Caribbean cruises with her friends. She especially loved the islands. After all the snow I flew to Arizona to fulfill my bucket wish to see the Grand Canyon. Elly Zee Zarotschenzeff Doyle met me at the airport. We had a wonderful week touring Arizona. One day we met Marie Nadeau Reck who treated us to lunch at an elegant hotel, drove us around Scottsdale and gave us dessert at her lovely home. Cynthia Souza Nakane has visited her. Marie says that Cynthia’s husband Paul has a great sense of humor. Marie also keeps in touch with Charlotte Maney Higgins. Rosemary Mahoney’s caring and loving support spent with Liz Wilbur during her last days in a coma at MGH is the best of a Regis friendship.


✒ Joan Meleski Kenney, P.O. Box 33, Hyannis Port, MA 02647, kenneyjo@ ¶ Our class had the larg-

est table at the August luncheon at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. Attending were: Carole Vannicola Clark, Ann Maloney Leahy, Kay Rosicky Devlin, Joan Meleski Kenney, Dottie Madden Cannon, Margaret Cahill Scanlon, Mary Jo Kilmain, Pat Graham Kelley, Tish Albiani Carney, Carol Finnell Kenney, Pat Kelly McNulty, and Pat Salmon Hillmer. Lots of talk, good food, and an informative program made for an enjoyable afternoon. ¶ Dotty Cannon is a new resident of Mashpee where she enjoys her yoga practice. Her California grandchildren spent a fun-filled week on the Cape visiting her in July. The oldest grandchild graduated with honors from JMU and is working in Washington D.C. ¶ Carol Howard writes that she and Jim MacDonald celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on a river cruise in eastern Europe. They are now back home in Cupertino, Calif., enjoying the weather, exercise, and frequent bridge playing. ¶ Sheila Dugan Block made a surprise call to Carol Kenney while in Falmouth visiting friends who have a home in Hilton Head. They spent an evening remembering adventures of the four who majored in retailing (Josepha Burczynska Johnson and Carol Howard). Sheila enjoys all her athletic endeavors with Hilton Head friends, playing lots of golf and tennis. ¶ Janet Duggan Hall, Doris Good Marr, Tish Carney, Pat Kelley and Carol Kenney enjoyed meeting for a June lunch in Hingham and were sorry Ina Catalanotti Roehr and Marilyn Dozois Rohrer were unable to attend. ¶ Marilyn Rohrer reports

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a few weeks and that she and her husband were planning to continue the fun with a Connecticut beach vacation with children and grandchildren. Marie still teaches one day/ week during the school year, keeps up with her Pilates, manages some skiing in the winter and looks forward to seeing everyone at our reunion in May. Betty Keane Hayes traveled to the Greek Isles and Istanbul on a Seabourn Cruise of the Mediterranean earlier this year. Betty’s daughter and family were visiting from their home in France this summer and were planning to spend some time at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Mary Lou Rawson sent news of an upcoming trip, called the “Sound of Music,” she and her sister had planned. The trip starts in Switzerland, proceeds to Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Austria, and Salzburg (where the movie was made) then to Munich, where they will board a river cruise for a trip down the Danube to Budapest. Sounds fabulous! Sally O’Connor’s timing was perfect as she spent last winter with her daughter in Sedona. If you lost track of Jane Miller Byrd (as some of us had), her new address is Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Eight members of our class attended the Regis Cape Cod Luncheon at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee in August: Carol Hughes Hickey, Mary Keenan, Candy Dillon Mattaliano, Carole Settana Scollins, Carol Bonner Connell, Virginia Clark Kristo, Patricia Turner Kelley and Gerry Dowd Driscoll. It was nice to meet Carol Hickey’s lovely daughter, Donna, who joined us for the afternoon. Joni Beshansky, associate professor and graduate director of regulatory and clinical research at Regis, gave an impressive description of the program and her role as mentor to her students, reflecting her passionate commitment to the mission of Regis. ¶ Carol Connell, our enthusiastic and capable Fund Agent, reports that our class donated a total of $12,598 this year with $4,576 designated for the Sister John Scholarship Fund. Mary Keenan, class vice president and liaison to the Scholarship Fund, reminds us that in the past five years we have awarded a total of $25,000 to five scholars. ¶ As you may recall a few of us had the opportunity to have lunch with the latest Sister John Scholar this past spring: Gete Solomon is a native of Ethiopia, whose parents moved to this country at great sacrifice when she was a child in order to provide her and her sister better opportunities. A beautiful, vivacious young woman, she repeatedly expressed her gratitude for the $5,000 award from our class which reduces her family’s financial burden. Gete majored in public relations with


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husband Bob is doing well and remains president of the Old Car Group in Florida. They are now traveling in New England and in the fall will head to the Williamsburg area, then south to the Florida Keys. Early spring brought a family reunion attended by 80 people in the Finger Lakes. ¶ A gathering in Florida during March included Tish Carney and Pat Kelley on the east coast and Janet Hall, Carol Kenney, and Marilyn Rohrer on the west coast. ¶ Joan Kenney spent a wonderful two weeks in April visiting her son in London and granddaughter in Munich. Highlights included dinner in Winston Churchill’s private dining room, High Tea at Fortnam & Mason, a rollicking performance of “Sunny Afternoon” (remember the Kinks??) in the West End Theatre District, and a trip to Neuschwanstein to tour the Bavarian castle that Walt Disney used as the model for the Magic Kingdom. ¶ Paula Kirby Macione took a break from her usual trips to New Orleans and went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. She describes it as being peaceful, beautiful, and REALLY quiet. ¶ Nan McGuire had a wonderful vacation in the Bahamas with Gail Oliver Corrigan and her husband, marred only by a fall causing a wrist fracture, which caused a flare up of knee arthritis. She is thankful for her attentive caretaker who does all the cooking and cleanup. ¶ Carrie Sarosick Peacock has established a wonderful tradition with her seven children. As each turns 40, she throws a surprise birthday party. The recipient never knows where or when it will be, but it always includes family and closest friends. This year her youngest Tina will celebrate in Georgia. Carrie loves living in Florida and all is well. ¶ Lea Toto Dmytryck reports her local drama group went to national competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., representing New England in the American Association of Community Theaters. She was nominated Best Actress. Way to go Lea!


✒ Maureen O’Connell Palmer, 525 Washington Street, Apt. 206, Hanover, MA 02339, 781-826-6525, ¶ Hello,

dear friends: I’m sitting here happily watching it pour. We so need this rain that it’s actually comforting to see. ¶ Jean Forgit Cooper and Bob were in Boston early in the summer. They got together with Mary Ann Kennedy Smith and Patty Polastri McPhie. They also attended a Red Sox/Yankees game, which the Sox actually won. Come back to Fenway, Jean… please! ¶ In July, Janice Canniff McCall and Bill went on a wonderful river cruise

from Prague to Vienna. Audrey Bowen Criado and Carol Donovan cruised to the Azores in May. ¶ Every month, Rita Noonan Griffin and I try to chat. She and members of her family came from Minnesota to the Cape for a week and she had a busy but marvelous time. ¶ From Michigan to Indiana, Marcia Shepard Heustis and Bruce are now residing in South Bend. I’m still substitute teaching. However, in a recent discussion about “Betsy Ross” with a group of 2nd graders, one little darling asked me if I had gone to school with “Betsy.” Perhaps I should find another line of work. ¶ Please pray for our dear classmates. Mary Lou Bettencourt passed away in April. She was a wellrespected educator and much loved by her colleagues and her many nieces and nephews. ¶ Mary C. Callahan, our dear “Mary C.” died in May. She was one of the nicest and funniest people in the world. ¶ Also our sympathy is extended to Cathy Carney Conley. Her husband, James Conley, DDS, passed away recently. ¶ Anne Daly Graham also lost her former husband in April. May God bless them all! I just read The Boston Girl by Anita Diament–a really good story! At book club, we read Cascade by Mary Ann O’Hara. It was about the controversial building of the Quabbin Reservoir–so much history that I knew little about. Love to all and please send me some news!


✒ Mary Lou DeMaria Schwinn, 909 Old Post Road, Cotuit, MA 02635, 508420-8998, ¶ Our condolences go to Laura Allen Rushton and Chris Kennedy McCann

who both lost their husbands early this year. ¶ Laura lost her husband of 21 years on March 21, 2015. She said they both thought of their life together as a surprise gift, meeting in their fifties, he from London, she from Saugus. Enabled by Bob’s work in exports, they shared adventures throughout the States, the UK, and Europe. “We were really lucky and grateful to have been best mates all the way from the beginning to the end,” she said. ¶ Chris reported Jim passed away on May 6, 2015, after a brief illness. He was her rock and soulmate, encouraging her involvement in philanthropy from her first job at Regis in 1979 until the last one, for Hospice of the North Shore (now Care Dimensions) building the Kaplan House for terminally ill patients in 2005. How ironic that Jim died in this sacred, peaceful place, surrounded by his family! ¶ Seven of us attended the Cape Cod Luncheon in early August. Mary Grover Rossetti now lives on the Cape full time. She and her husband traveled to Spain and Portugal this

spring. Later they took the entire clan—kids and grandkids—to Quebec for a grand time. Gail Brosnihan Walsh was having a wonderful summer with all family visiting frequently. A six and eight-year-old live with them all summer so she said her “house is hopping with all sorts of adventures.” Both she and Mary have enjoyed working on ¶ Winnie Murphy has adjusted to life on the Cape and continues her volunteer activity with the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. ¶ Ann Hynes was unable to attend the Cape Cod Luncheon as she was in Florida helping family. Although Florida is not her choice of places to visit in the midst of summer, she noted the forecast for Boston was just as hot! ¶ Catherine Keane Memory also planned to attend the Luncheon but broke her left foot on July 10 so is confined to home for four to six weeks. She asked to be put on the Prayer Line and appreciates the support. Fortunately she has help from her family, neighbors, and friends, but also loves visitors. If you are near Mansfield, Mass., and have some time, please try to visit her. ¶ Anne McIsaac Sullivan’s daughter Eileen received the Alumni Award for Service to Regis. Among her accomplishments she was President of the Alumni Board for two years. ¶ A week in August in Truro followed by a Cape reunion with Ann Marie Volante O’Neill, Jane Sprogis and other Regis alumnae will keep Marilyn Stasio happy. She reported that she initiated a political protest within the New York Drama Critics Circle, but there was no interest outside their narrow community of critics. ¶ Joan Findeisen Wise just loved the picture I found and sent her of our days at Regis! “Such a sweet young thing,” she commented. Her son Chris visited from Bangkok for a few weeks during the summer as well as daughter Suzanne from Brooklyn. Joyce Kennerly Bohan reported from Margie Moriarty Swider that her husband Joe retired fully in January. They are enjoying traveling and will be at Hutchinson Island near Joyce in Florida for a couple of months in 2016. Joyce hopes that we can have a Regis lunch this winter–so far this would include Laura Allen Rushton and myself. If any of you are in the Vero Beach area during the winter months, please get in touch with one of us. Joyce has also been in touch with her Regis roommate, Dottie Burns, after a long hiatus. Dottie is well, living in Salem, not far from many of her grandnieces and grand-nephews. Dottie enjoys gardening and bike riding. Joyce and Larry will go on their first river cruise in September cruising the Mosel and the Rhine to visit cities they have never visited before. I was not able to attend the 55th Reunion in May as my husband and I were traveling. But

class what a nice surprise to hear that our class achieved a third place award for a participation rate of 36 percent of alumnae giving! Let’s keep up the good work. By the way, Don and I enjoyed our Barge Trip in France…imagine both red and white wine for lunch and dinner with the most delicious meals for six days straight…delightful.


55th Reunion ✒ Kate Martin Hawke, 4 Rockland Road, Marblehead, MA 01945, 781-639-3492, ¶ Hello Ladies.


✒ Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea, 386 Essex Street, #2R, Salem, MA 01970, 978-745-8448, jfitzmc429@gmail. com ¶ Happy birthday to all class-

mates achieving 75 this year! From

Class Notes are now published once per year in fall issues of Regis Today, which means the next column of notes will be due in August 2016. The specific deadline will be communicated to class reporters as it approaches. Each class is limited to 750 words. News may be submitted to your class reporter or directly to Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations by emailing classnotes@ or by mail to 235 Wellesley St., Box 30, Weston, MA 02493.

President Mary McCauley Higgins I received news about the All-Alumni Reunion celebration. Ann McManus Joyce, Kathy McAdams Hughes, Jean Maloney, and Mary attended the All-Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 16, at the tent on the front lawn at Regis. A good time was had by all. Also, from both Susan Donnelly Riley and Mary I received notes about the Cape Cod Luncheon on August 6 at Willowbend in Mashpee. Attendees: Joan Darney Dwyer, Margaret (Peggy) Horan Kerr, Ann Bailey Reilly, Judy Fallon Rielly, Mary McCauley Higgins, Ann McManus Joyce, Susan Donnelly Riley. All had a great time and really enjoyed the luncheon. Afterward, Sue Riley invited everyone to her home in Mashpee where some of us visited with Sue and her husband, Jim, for the afternoon. More from Mary McCauley Higgins: I have been travelling a lot. Spent January and February with my daughter in Houston and watched all the snowstorms from there! June and July was spent in Louisiana. My daughter moved from Houston over to Louisiana and it was a very busy time. We did take vacation time for sightseeing and drove from Louisiana up the Gulf Coast, stopping in Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and over to the Florida Panhandle, enjoying some beautiful beaches along the way. Will be in Massachusetts a short while as I will head to Maryland soon to visit another daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren to celebrate birthdays. ¶ Mary chatted with Rosemary Shannon Robbins recently and said she is coming to Massachusetts from Hawaii in September for two weeks. Rosemary planned to attend the Golden Tower Luncheon and looked forward to seeing

classmates. She is very excited that her son Chris and his wife and daughter have moved over to Maui from the big island. They are now living close to Rosemary on Maui. She is thrilled! Special news from Sue Donnelly Riley. The annual Regis summer reunion for the Class of ’62 Dedham Carpool took place in July on the Cape. This year Patti Cusack Morrison organized the day beginning with a seaside lunch at the Wequassett Inn in Harwich. Six couples enjoyed a typical Cape Cod lunch (lobstah) followed by a birthday celebration, back at Morrison’s house in Chatham. Sue Donnelly Riley and Jim, Mary Lord Mahoney and George, Eleanor Forrest Fisher and Jack, Patti Cusack Morrison and Bill, and Martha Valente Greene and her friend Hank Coon were the celebrants. This group (boys and girls) can trace its beginning back to 1946 when several met as first graders at St. Mary’s school in Dedham. A few joined as highschoolers and finally picking up the last member the Dedham/Norwood carpool set off for Regis. They have been getting together every summer to reminisce and compare for over a dozen years and plan to continue the tradition, the good Lord willing. ¶ Some news from a couple of sister history majors. Millie Diggs Veal wrote to say that she and daughter Carolyn are trying to care for her sister-in-law long distance in Florida suffering Alzheimer’s. Carolyn Veal is participating in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Tallahassee, Fla., in her honor. ¶ Jane Guerke Gallagher now lives in Hartford, Conn. She likes city living. Jane enjoys working part-time at the Mark Twain House and Museum in the store and belongs to a wonderful Franciscan parish. She has four children all within two-and-a -half hours driving, and 10 grandchildren, with two more expected in December. She just came back from two weeks in Truro, Mass., with all four families. She feels truly blessed. ¶ Dottie DeNave Rossi wrote that she and Bill spent time in Washington, D.C., with children Rich and Joan. They went to the Smithsonian and to a winery, “Drink Naked,” that was not up to the standards of California?! Lots of laughs all around. ¶ I’m loving Facebook for gathering information. Penny Van Dell shared she participated in “Kickstarter” for a start-up firm delivering yummy, grown-up Lunch Boxes. Carol Ann O’Brien Barton sent photos of her daughter’s adorable new twin granddaughters from California. She and husband are enjoying a lengthy visit in California. Nancy Greene Mullin sent me a summer picture of herself with her granddaughter. Mary Reen Marasi has moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. Also on Facebook

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Because I have been trying to gather memoirs for Carroll Beegan Follas’ project, I have news from several classmates. Mimi Fleming O’Brien from Oregon wins the prize for having submitted the first memoir. Most of the rest of the class is in the running for last prize, including myself. Let’s get writing! I spoke with Brenda Fay Pfeiffer in Florida who had just brought her husband George home from the hospital. Hope he is improving. Joan Haney Noonan was planning to meet Mary Jane Halloran Phipps for lunch the next day and shared a great story about Fr. Buckley and a snowstorm. Kathleen Minihan Nauss reminisced about being both a resident and a day student. Maryanne DelGrosso Placentino wrote a very interesting piece about the transition from Girls Latin School to Regis and how her experiences shaped her. She also included some funny memories, especially from the library. On the travel front, we have news of Judith Powers and Carroll Beegan Follas who accompanied Joan Murray on her annual summer visit to relatives in Nova Scotia. The pictures of the lovely town were worthy of a calendar. Judy King Weber took her granddaughter Grace on a trip that focused on Portugal and Spain. Barbara Hoyle Healy and her two daughters toured the west of Ireland and the girls were able to meet and spend time with their Irish relatives. On the home front, Agnes O’Hara Barrett and her husband sold their family home and are now happily living at Fuller Village in Milton. No more snow to shovel or grass to mow. On September 5, Maryann Guillette, an artist, married Ethan Gilsdorf, a writer in Rhode Island. The happy couple lives in their new house in Providence, not far from Mary Ann’s parents Ellen Kelleher Guillette and Charlie. That’s all folks.

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from California, Joan Darney Dwyer said she and husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Many celebratory wishes, Joan. We have 15 classmates on Facebook. Please feel free to join us.


✒ Jo Anne Dufort, 24 Notre Dame Ave., Allenstown, NH 03275, 603-485-5014, ¶ Thanks to you who


answered my call for news. I am still getting rejected emails back from some of you. It appears there are a lot of 50th or close to 50th anniversaries. Congratulations to you, Janet Lydon O’Sullivan and Joe, Charlotte Cormier Montillo and Frank, and Nancy Colombo Corrow and William. To all the others who are celebrating anniversaries, congratulations. ¶ On a sadder note, my deepest sympathy to Regina Moran Holland on the death of her husband Bob, and to Maryjane Bittman Kenney on the death of her husband Larry. ¶ On the traveling side, Joan Iverson Gallivan took her two oldest grandkids to Italy: Venice, Florence, and Rome. She has also moved again to 9 Cannon Forge Drive, Foxboro, MA 02035. Maryjane Bittman Kenney is off on a river cruise to Prague and Budapest in October. Charlotte Cormier Montillo is going to Canandaigua with her husband. Madelon Zeuli Bures is quite the adventuresome one, with trekking in India, and kayaking expeditions in East Greenland, where their hearts are. She and husband are now off to Morocco. As for Jo Anne Dufort, she went to Northern India for three weeks, visiting McLeod Ganj, in Dharamshala, also known as “Little Tibet,” where the Dalai Lama lives. Also visited Rishikesh, where the Beatles stayed at an ashram in 1960. She swam in the Ganges and went white-water rafting also. That was followed by a visit to the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Her next adventure next

Class Notes Participation The ’50s, ’60s, and ’00s have 90% Class Notes participation! The ’70s and ’80s aren’t far behind at 80%. Let’s try to have notes from all classes in fall 2016!

month is to Bulgaria and Romania to visit Dracula’s castle. ¶ Janet Lydon O’Sullivan said the highlight of the summer was a five-day visit from Dodie McKeon Franz and Lynn Barry Scheff, as they enjoyed Goose Rocks Beach and Kennebunkport. Another visitor is Ann Cowhig Moln to see Regina Moran Holland and Connie Crean Carven on Cape Cod. ¶ Joanne McCathy is busy living between Sante Fe and Florida. ¶ I thought the news was due on the 18th, but it was the 15th. Sorry if I missed anyone. My dog Zoe and I are at York Beach, Maine, at Camp Eaton for five-and-a-half months and the rest of the year in New Hampshire. I am hardly there as I do travel a lot. Hope everyone is healthy and happy. Please send news. Got to get my boogie board and get into the surf. It is gorgeous today.


✒ Virginia McNeil Slep, 40 Jeffrey Road, Wayland, MA 01778, 508-3582478, ¶ The

Class of 1964 Prayer Chain is up and running, under the direction of Judy Machaj Susanin. A number of classmates have volunteered to join and offer their prayers whenever requests are received, and results have been enthusiastic and encouraging. You may contact Judy at and you may ask to remain anonymous, or you may allow Judy to identify you to the Prayer Group by name, whichever you prefer. ¶ Another initiative is our class history. Regis has asked each class to compile a history of our four years on campus: class events, personal anecdotes, favorite memories–so we’re asking each classmate to share some of her stories. They may be sent to Pat Luben O’Hearn, Class President, at or to Sheila or me. ¶ Mary Elizabeth Ford (Mef), a clinical psychologist, continues to go to Haiti to teach her Introduction to Psychology course at the University of the Grand Anse in Jeremie, 100 miles west of Port-au-Prince. She says professors come from all over the world to teach for three weeks, four hours a day, under conditions that seem primitive to us: open-air classrooms, a translator, blackboard and chalk. “If the school bus isn’t running (one day it had no gas) students walk an hour from town and arrive on time, without complaint or sense of hardship. One evening, two of our students, ages 26 and 39, apologetic and sweet, arrived at the faculty guest house to give us their daily assignment which they’d forgotten to turn in. When they left to walk the half hour or so back down the hill to town, we just looked at each other, slackjawed. If this appeals to you, find out more at ¶ Sister

Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, will celebrate

her 60th anniversary as a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in March. Congratulations, Mary Rita! She reports that she recently enjoyed a trip to the Berkshires, visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home, and enjoying some of the well-known restaurants in the area. ¶ Sue Sullivan Gabler recently traveled to Brussels. Sue’s daughter Julie and family recently welcomed a second child and Sue served as grandma-on-call for a while. Her son Dave and family are returning to the USA after a 10-year stint in the Air Force as a fighter pilot. He will be attending Stanford for an MBA. Her son Scott (an EMT) and his wife (a nurse) are active members of a Search and Rescue team in Lake Tahoe, Calif. ¶ Barbara Glacken Compton spent the month of July with her husband Jim and their Portuguese Water Dog Pearl aboard their boat Aviana. They met Karen Johnson Celi and her husband aboard their boat in Cotuit and enjoyed spending time together. ¶ Shelley Hackett Phipps reports that her tennis competitions are going well. She and Cathy spent two weeks in Kauai in August, enjoying the respite from Arizona heat. ¶ Elaine Buonfiglio Chinchillo still enjoys golf, and her husband Bob still runs Masters races locally. They enjoyed a trip on the Columbia and Snake Rivers this fall, and spent time in Portland. ¶ Judy Machaj Susanin visited Ann O’Sullivan at her beach house in June, and enjoyed her 55th high school reunion in Portsmouth, NH in July. Judy keeps busy enjoying her six grandchildren. ¶ Pat Luben O’Hearn reminds everybody that classmates can gather at three annual events: the August luncheon on Cape Cod, the Golden Tower Luncheon at Regis in September, and our annual Class of 1964 gathering at Regis in October. Please join us! ¶ Many thanks to Barbara Bye Murdock for her many years as our class reporter. Well done, Barbara. You set the bar high for Sheila and me. ¶ And finally, a reminder to check out the excellent courses offered at Regis in the Lifelong Learning program for adults. No papers, no exams–just come and learn and exchange ideas with other active, intelligent, interesting retirees. The price is right: for less than $200 you can enroll in all the courses you want. You can request a catalogue by contacting the director, Jill Rosen, at (Tell her Virginia sent you!)

class 1965

✒ Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, 54 Stacy

Street, Randolph, MA 02368, 781-9636964, annemariehealey@comcast. net ¶ Kathleen Henighan, 212 Church Street, Waltham, MA 02452, 781-9636964, ¶ With 71

those classmates who did not receive the Class Directory, contact the Alumni Office with your current email and address. ¶ Finally, a special bow to Kathi, Mixie, McCaffrey Ford who has kept us all informed the past five years. Thanks.


50th Reunion ✒ Betsy Burns Griffin, 38 Pine Lane, Framingham, MA 01701, 508-8778826, ¶

Although I’m writing in August, this column appears in late fall, so Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. As of January 1, our 50th Reunion is only four-and-ahalf months away. Watch for mailings from Regis and register to attend. We will be queens for a weekend, with nearly all events plus brand-new dorm housing at no charge, and hugs in abundance. The Class of 1966 now has a Facebook page, thanks to Kathy Bailey. Please join via groups/883108508374642/ if you have a Facebook account and post pictures, comments, and news for all to enjoy. Thirty class members gathered for a pot-luck at Susan Clark Cronin’s home in North Falmouth August 4, including some faces not seen at recent Cape events: Elsie Brennan, Mary Ellen Powers Miller, Deedie Carr McCarthy. Regis President Toni Hays and Miriam Finn Sherman, vice president for institutional advancement, also attended to share exciting news about campus changes and long-range plans. Over desserts Eleanor McCarthy Bouvier confided, “I’ve found my athletic niche. I am reigning bocce queen of Seacoast Shores in Falmouth.” Kathy Bailey and Sister Ann Bailey Reilly ’62 recently enjoyed a river cruise to Paris and Normandy. Connie Alexander Giorgio and husband Peter were on safari in Tanzania in June: “Jawdropping.” Gale Pandiani O’Toole is “fully” retiring in December after 30 years as a high school guidance counselor and 11 years as an independent college counselor–plans to golf, bikeride, read, play with grandchildren and “just live in the moment.” Diane Valenti Liebmann and her husband visited a new grandchild in Belmont, Mass., in June and spent time with Diane’s sister Val Valenti Cloutier ’65, who lives in Somerville. An extra delight: Joanna Rapp Holden’s daughter Katrina “was mesmerizing” as Musette in “La Boheme” in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the Holdens and Liebmanns plus Jim and Susan Airoldi Kalloch in the audience. Diane sends “a shout-out to Pat Donohue Bowman for the 50th... hope you can make it.” Thanks to Joanna and Jane Cronin Tedder for the New York Post clipping about Kathy

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classmates attending, what a 50th Reunion it was thanks to the leadership of Joanne Massey Howes and Andrea DeSimone Hallion. Venantia Fivawo Malima coming from Tanzania received the award for the long distance traveler. Ginny Burke Mckniff who has lived all over the world came from England. ¶ We began the weekend with a Mass of remembrance for the 22 deceased members of the class planned by Carole Groncki McCarthy and Kathy Moynihan McGovern. Following Mass we were inducted into the Regis Golden Tower Society as its youngest members! A dinner was held in the foyer with classmates catching up, reintroducing themselves and remembering Regis times. What an amazing group of women of whom Regis can be proud and living proof of women ahead of their time. There were so many interesting stories and not enough time to hear them all. ¶ Saturday was filled with activities. Carol Jewel Hunt was introduced by a beautifully crafted biography written and presented by Mary Louise Howe Gleason. We were all in awe at the¶ body of work that Carol has produced and shown including painting, digital, and fiber art. Thank you Carol for your inspiration. ¶ The afternoon involved a ceremony planned by Barbara Doran Sullivan to recognize classmates who served in the Lay Apostolate. A film recently produced at Regis on the uniqueness of the program and the contributions of Sr. John was shown. ¶ Leading the parade into the luncheon were classmates dressed with the Little Mary Sunshine theme and singing the signature song. Dana Hyland was dressed in full Mountie uniform to represent her mother Barbara Kelleher Hyland. At the luncheon two of our classmates were proudly presented awards. Carole Groncki McCarthy received a much-deserved award for her service to Regis and Sr. Judy Roxborough, STJ, for Service to the Community. Our class was the largest giving class pledging $200,553. Let’s keep the giving going. ¶ Class officers for the next five years were elected. Andrea DeSimone Hallion, president, Joanne Massey Howes, vice president, Patricia Gaumond Kasierski, secretary, Mel Lavenberg, treasurer. Thanks to Kathy Moynihan McGovern for the past five years of service. Saturday evening dinner at the Morrison House was special with presentations by the Beatles (Pat McCarthy Jacquart, Rosabel Anderson Barroilhet, Dana

Hyland, Melanie Varol Cashio). Then Singing Nuns (Barbara Doran Sullivan, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, Mel Lavenberg, Kathleen Henighan) reminded us of a few of our favorite things. Our brains were twisted trying to remember the trivia answers, which brought much laughter. The evening ended with dancing and Venantia’s family pictures. ¶ A class prayer group has been formed so if you have need of prayer for any reason or would like to be a pray-er, please contact Carole Groncki McCarthy @ cmc11@prodigy. net. A group including Ginny Flynn Wright, Carole Groncki McCarthy, Jean McMahon Horigan, Kathy Kane Chamberlain, Anne Marie Fontaine Healey, Mary Lou Burke Stewart met to bid Venantia farewell. She was so happy to see everyone at the reunion and those who came to her son’s wedding in Peabody. She would like to welcome everyone to Tanzania, the land of Kilimanjaro. ¶ Valerie Valenti Cloutier and Bob are enjoying Somerville and getting around the area on the MTA. ¶ Fourteen classmates were at the Cape Luncheon and reported The British Isles were a popular summer destination. ¶ Pat Gaumond Kasierski and George celebrated their 50th this summer by bringing the whole family to England including Oxford and London. Their family surprised them with a special celebration in Bath. Sharon Gibbons Reardon and Tom hiked many of the walking paths in the Lake District, The Cotswolds, and Cornwall. Anne Marie Fontaine Healey toured England, Wales and Scotland, and Gail Hoffman Burke arrived back from a wedding in Scotland just in time for the Cape lunch. Deirdre Casey enjoyed the great mix of people on the Regis alumni trip to Ireland. ¶ In a different part of Europe, Kathy and Bernie McGovern visited Finland and Norway, where highlights were feeding reindeer and home dining with an indigenous family. Mixie Ford and daughter Heather had a wonderful visit with Carol Jewell Hunt and Jay, and visited Carol’s exhibit. ¶ Enjoying the Cape with family, Anne Herron Healy and Gerry are planning fall trip to Italy and Switzerland. ¶ Sugar Hill, N.H., is the destination for the Groncki-McCarthy clan. Carole is keeping her historical interest with a Archeological Conservancy Tour of Colonial Chesapeake. ¶ Mel Lavenberg who will be helping on The Camino in Spain this May notices the ongoing changes as she passes the Regis campus almost daily. Andrea DeSimone Hallion is looking forward to becoming more involved as Regis undergoes its transformation. Andrea is working on a class history. ¶ Anne Bartley, Marie Shatos, and Barbara Doran Sullivan were also at the Cape Luncheon. For


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Hannon, a tech-whiz veteran of Google Maps, Gmail, and Facebook, hired last spring to head Hillary Clinton’s technology operations. Susan Cronin visited her daughter and family in Abu Dhabi last March and will return this Christmas. During the March trip she and husband Matt visited the Grand Mosque, went to the top of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), played grandparent games, then spent 10 days in Paris and Normandy. Linda Marinelli Bollettino and Carole Marinelli Auth joined older sis Felicia for the twins’ 70th birthday celebration at Waterville Valley, N.H. From Reno Marie-Louise Bishop writes she’s transitioning fiscal responsibilities for her Carmelite community to (love it!) four others after doing the job solo for 25 years. “I have to get the office and everyone fully organized, trained and up to speed before I move on” to advisor status; “I’m tired.” Joan O’Leary Foley and husband Michael took a train trip through the Canadian Rockies and visited Vancouver: “[The ride] does not disappoint.” Joan hopes to see Janet Banas Higgins, Clare Donaher, Susan Cross Judge, Esther Long Krapf, Annie Bernson, Kathy Frost Burke, Jane McCone Guthrie, Betty Guidara Hart, and Carol Cardillo Young next May. Libby Chamberlain Houlihan wants to see Jill Gilooly Reich (“.... lots to catch up on”) and Mary O’Hearne Hanemann (“I want to hear you pronounce ‘dog’ and ‘log,’ and no, they do not rhyme”). Last June Eileen Dooley and husband Denis Woods visited northern Spain on a 70th birthday trip and concluded “our days of driving in a foreign country are over—it was much harder than 27 years ago.” Nancy Corcoran, on sabbatical in St. Louis, would love to have time with Susan Hennessey Kobayashi, Nancy Greene Barry, Ann Bernson, Carroll Monahan Young, Deedie Carr McCarthy, Anne Ross Baxter, Sherrin O’Brien Langeler, and Mary Brooks Adams. Mary Lahnston Ford enjoys her winter nest, a condo in Bangor, and a summer lake house, also in Maine. She celebrated her 70th birthday in Boston with husband John and her four children. She and John had dinner with Kitty Sullivan and her husband Bob, who were on their way to their down-east summer home and also met Joan O’Leary Foley for lunch in Freeport. Mary [Lou] Scanlon Calcaterra and husband Victor did mission work in Honduras for a week last May at an orphanage/ school. Highlights: meeting beautiful children and presenting a puppet show despite elemental Spanish. Mary Lou still works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner/clinical specialist at a residential facility for adolescents and has become interested in the problems

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of gender-nonconforming children, especially transgender kids. A year ago she finished second in her age class in a “sprint triathlon” (there were two competitors in that group, but still....). The Calcaterras often see Carmen and Mary Jo Mead Zaccardi in Falmouth. See you ALL in May!


✒ Carolyn Sammartino Moran, 105 Kittredge Street #1, Roslindale, MA 02131, 617-921-5759, cmoran6@ ¶ Congratulations to Margaret Friel Sittig who is enjoying

7-month-old grandson Beau, named appropriately with a French flair to go along with his grandmother’s affinity for the language. Peggy retired 3 years ago as chairman of the language department at Catholic Memorial High School. She visited Patricia Murphy Buck at her home in Falmouth Heights this summer. Pat spends winters in Highland Beach, Fla. Peggy also saw Susan Lang Abbott at a gathering in their West Roxbury neighborhood. Susan was

honored in June in Connecticut at the Annual Meeting of the New England Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education. She was the first layperson in the Archdiocese of Boston to hold the position of Director of Religious Education, and tribute was given for her many years of service and national leadership in the area of catechetics. Currently, she is Director of Parish Outreach in the Office of Pastoral Planning. Susan majored in Russian, along with Mary Priebe Hicks of Wellesley. Mary is a part-time legal librarian working in law firms, businesses, tax libraries, and the office of the Norfolk County District Attorney. Although books are becoming extinct with everything online, they are still her joy. Her family now numbers 13 with four children and five grandchildren, and she sees them more clearly now that she had cataracts removed from both eyes. Mary celebrated her 70th last year with two weeks in the Dominican Republic, courtesy of the son of her fifth grade childhood friend from Poland who arranged for his mother and Mary to meet there. In 2012, she returned to Gniezno, the first capital of Poland, to celebrate her 50th high school reunion. Over the years, she and her friend have hosted each other’s children while they spent time in the USA and Poland. An advocate for the study of languages, Mary recalls learning Polish, German, and English in Poland before studying Russian at Regis. She remembers 7 in seminar, including those who majored and minored in the language. Celebrating her 70th in June at the Cambridge home of son Jonathan, his wife Alison and their children, Frances Waht Lewis enjoyed being feted. Rosemarie Melloni Dittmer and Myron, Frances Hogan, and I enjoyed seeing Fran’s daughter Amanda and grandchildren from France, son Nathaniel, and her brother, aunts, and other family and friends. Her husband Scott paid a special tribute to her, and we all cheered. Karen Thorne Crowley, an English major, hopes to be cheering with us at our 50th at Regis. After moving around with Jim’s job since graduation, Karen moved to Williamsburg, Va., in 2011 for her job and subsequent retirement. This move brought them closer to their girls, Trisha and Katie, who both reside in the DC area with spouses and children. She retired in 2013 with 25 years of federal service, the last managing Soldier and Family Readiness Programs (Social Services) for the Army East of the Mississippi River. Lots of traveling and challenges present themselves for soldiers and their families during the long war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their daughters have blessed them with five grandsons,



✒ Patricia Nelson Cross, 161 Oak Common Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 904-823-1394, tricia.cross915@ ¶ We received sad news

of the passing of our classmate and friend Patricia DeConinck Power. Pat was stricken during a vacation in the Caribbean with her husband and friends and passed away in March, five weeks later. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ¶ A number of the usual suspects attended the Cape Cod Luncheon at the beautiful Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee and enjoyed the chatter at the ’68 table. But we missed the rest of you who call the Cape home—full or part time. It is always an enjoyable and informative time at the luncheon. It was great visiting with Anne Marie Tucker Brooks,

Maryanne Skeiber Burtman, Barbara Murphy, Marcia Carey Walsh, Mary Beth Govoni Cormier, Mimi McDonald Concannon, accompanied by her lovely

daughter, Sara Concannon Desimone ’94, and Judy Murphy Lauch. I am lucky that the luncheon coincides every year with our family’s vacation in Mattapoisett, Mass. ¶ Anne Marie Tucker Brooks is still teaching and enjoys summer visits with her four granddaughters. Maryanne Burtman and husband Tim are looking forward to a trip to Spain and Portugal and loves pickle ball. Barbara Murphy is happily retired for the last five years but insists she has “no free time!” She volunteers at church, advocates on behalf of low-income housing, is involved with great-nieces and -nephews, and organized fundraisers, golf tournaments and wine tastings for the church scholarship fund. Marcia Carey Walsh and her husband had just returned from Ireland where they celebrated their 47th anniversary and 70th birthdays. Marcia reports she was able to visit Connemara and see the remnants of her grandmother’s home on Glassilaern Beach. Mimi McDonald Concannon and Bill are enjoying family gatherings at the Cape as well as travel. They are looking forward to a trip to Ireland next year. ¶ Judy and Bill Lauch and I, with 8 of my children and grandchildren, were privileged to be a part of the Jim Cormier Cape Cod Canal Walk for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation on August 2. Pulmonary Fibrosis is an insidious disease that took Mary Beth’s husband Jim, as well as Sandy Kowalski Diaferio’s husband Fred. Mary Beth writes, “We were thrilled with the walk attendance, just over 100 walkers. We are very happy that we surpassed our goal and have come close to $7,000. We are now in the planning stages of the 2nd annual Jim Cormier Walk for Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.” Well done Mary Beth, Stephanie (Cormier) and Josh Gregoire, and Jimmy and Kristin Cormier. Great family. ¶ Ellen Grimes Aamodt writes that 2015 has so far been lots of play and a little bit of work. “The work, of course, financed the play! Trips included the Dominican Republic (during a most awful winter), a cruise to Alaska, and a visit to Scotland. I accepted a twomonth consultancy in Kosovo with the UN. Soon I will be down on Cape Cod for a few weeks to recover from all of this.” ¶ Linda Gaioni Dranchak writes that daughter Sarah and Matt had a third son in June. Son Mike moved from Ft. Myers to Massachusetts last summer. No more Red Sox spring training for us, but now we get to see his two great kids on a regular basis! Daughter Dr. Kate is the Medical Director for the California Department

of State (psychiatric) Hospitals. She is married to a wonderful man and has two terrific teenage stepchildren. We try to get out to Napa to see them as much as we can. I continue to quilt for others. My little business, Gull Cottage Quilting, does not seem like work at all! ¶ Believe it or not, our 50th Reunion committee is up and running and determined to make it a memorable weekend for the Class of ’68 in 2018. Led by Class President Judy Murphy Lauch and yours truly, Reunion Committee Chair, the current goal is to connect with every classmate. Committee members will contact groups of friends, dorm-mates, carpool pals, like-majors, etc. so everyone feels welcome and enthusiastic about this milestone in all our lives: Reunion 2018. We will also solicit your thoughts and ideas on how to make our 50th the best ever. Watch for further communications to confirm email addresses and details on a proposed reunion Facebook page. 2018 seems a long way off, but our 45th was over 2 years ago! Time does fly at our age... Please keep in touch with me if you have any news. Be happy and healthy everyone!


✒ Linda Daigneault, 300 Forker Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146, 724-3425306, ¶ In my last

report I bemoaned the fact that time was flying by so fast. Well, it’s 50th High School Reunion time! That takes a little getting used to! Imagine, 50 years since those great High School years! Either you’ve already gone to your reunion or it’s coming up (mine was at the end of September), hope it was or will be filled with good memories. ¶ Speaking of memories, my husband Ted and I were able to meet up with Sharon Curtis Spaulding Smith and her husband Dave in the San Diego area in March. The guys golfed at Torrey Pines and Sharon and I had lunch and lots of margaritas. We called Peggy Corr Veneziano in Florida on a whim and enjoyed her surprised reaction. It was a great day reminiscing about our Regis days in College Hall and running up and down the steps to the gym to “hustle, ladies.” ¶ I will report on a few classmates from the info I got for the reunion booklet. At this time, I don’t know if there are any more left but, if you drop me a line, I’ll try to get one for you. Joan Wolohan Earls wrote that she retired from teaching English over five years ago. She lives in Westwood, Mass., with her husband Terry. They love visiting their kids and grandkids and have traveled to such memorable places as Botswana, Alaska, and France. Carroll Smith says she retired from teaching over eight years ago and

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current ages five to nine. They enjoy sharing their school and sports activities, and lovely Colonial Williamsburg with them when they visit. Since retirement, Karen takes part in bridge, golf, a book club, and some volunteer activities. Adele Donovan Coyne came down in February with eight others for a mini-high school reunion from Marian High, Framingham. Karen welcomes anyone visiting the area to stay with her. A flash from the past: Gertrude Breen Alfredson ’47 presented me with a letter I had written February 6, 1979, to our Family Day Committee preparing for the May 6th event. Among the Class of ’67 volunteers were: Fran Hogan; Patti McCurry Morley, games; Janice Settana Bingham, plants; her husband Frank, basketball; Rosemarie Dittmer, publicity. It was a great day with an art show by Mary Lou Cooney Manning ’48; an outdoor café with wine, pastries, and coffee; ponies; a disco contest; May Baskets; and a White Elephant Table with Gert Alfredson. Volunteers from other classes with their names as they were then listed include: Barbara Murray ’69, cake decorating; Beth Healey Kossuth ’66, prizes; the late Margaret Riley ’32, movie; Anne Fox Fitzpatrick and the late Mary O’Connor Brennan, both ’57, balloons and kites; Margaret Lynch Scafati ’69, puppets; Joan O’Leary Foley ’66, makeup and thumbprints; Cindy Hanley McKinnon ’78, clowns; Ellie Ryan Devlin ’70, Olympics; Mary Pat Ryan Joy ’69, baked goods; and Sally Finnerty Tully ’52, consignment table. The late Esther McDonald ’37, and the late Leslie Baldwin ’69 also assisted. The Class of ’67 continues to serve, cooperate, and bring joy to others in all of our professional, family, and volunteer endeavors. May good health be with us as we look forward to our next gathering!


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is enjoying her down time. She spends part of the year in Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, Maine. Rosemary Sheehan Snowling lived and worked in San Diego and Washington, D.C. She taught in Maryland for many years and is now retired and living in Florida. Sounds like Gail Ryan Benson loves her singing. She is a member of the Regis College Alumni Chorus and the Coastline Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines. Gail is living in Burlington, Mass., and has two children and three grandchildren. ¶ As most of you have read, class notes will be published once a year starting in the fall of 2015. I will be staying on as Class Reporter but would love some help, suggestions, input for the reports. Send me info on yourself now that you have so much “free time” after retirement. We would all love to hear what you are doing! Enjoy the fall and winter as well as the spring and summer. Next report, fall 2016.



✒ Nora Quinlan Waystack, 126 Merrimac Street #50, Newburyport, MA 01950, 978-462-0777,

¶ It’s with great sadness that I report on the recent passing of Alice Dillard Luster, the mother of our classmate Alice Ann Luster. Alice Dillard Luster was known as a trailblazer in that she was the first female to become an Agent for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Her trailblazing continued in Boston, Mass., when she became the first African-American teller in the Charlestown Savings Bank. She retired as a Supervisor with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination hearing and resolving cases that were instrumental in many landmark decisions. ¶ Margot Cleary sent a group email shortly before our 45th Reunion on May 15 to 17 sending greetings to fellow classmates and regrets that she was unable to attend. I will touch on the highlights of her message for those who missed it. Margot is still living in Minnesota and working for the University of Minnesota doing cancerrelated research primarily focused on prevention of breast cancer. Nancy hopes to join her husband who retired three years ago. They hope to relocate to Stuart, Fla., where they have already been spending time escaping the cold Minnesota winters. They have two sons aged 24 and 22. Stephen is in graduate school at the University of Minnesota studying plant genetics, and Kevin is studying biomedical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Margot and Barbara Lipcan Bagley and husbands enjoyed a great trip last year to Australia and New Zealand. They also manage

to connect in Florida although their respective residences are on opposite sides of the state. Margot hopes to see everyone at our 50th Reunion. ¶ Shortly after our reunion Madlyn Gillespie McPherson sent out an email to our class. Here are some highlights. She first of all thanked Nancy MacKenzie Connelly and her committee for all their hard work in organizing the Friday night dinner of the reunion. It was the perfect setting for the 40 of us who attended, and the lighthearted banter and reminiscing continued nonstop. The dinner was delish and the company delightful, a good reminder of what was and is good about Regis. Maddie especially loved hearing what everyone was up to as she missed our 40th. She also made a point that everyone looked exactly the same in all the best ways. ¶ Dede (Denise) Dalton/Martell emailed that along with catching up with classmates, our 45th Reunion gave an opportunity the see the many ways the Regis campus was changing and evolving. She was especially pleased to spend time with Trudi Brown Clark who traveled from Palm Beach, Fla. ¶ Now that I have some updated classmate emails I’ll be reaching out to some of you I haven’t heard from in years. My email remains the same, so please send me an update if the spirit moves you! In the meantime, warm holidays to you all.


✒ Mary Lou Wenthe, 8485 Berkley Street, Honeoye, NY 14471, 585-2297061, ✒ Susan Schissel Fogerty, 113 Central Street, Byfield, MA 01922, 978-4628647, ¶ Greetings

Class of 1972! Your class reporters, Susan and Mary Lou, look forward to hearing from you: news of your careers, families, children and grandchildren, retirement, and travel plans would be most welcome. Since many of us will be retiring perhaps we’ll see more members of our class at the 45th Reunion in 2017. ¶ We are happy to report that Mary Fitzsimons Bono and her husband, Tony, retired to Cape Cod about two years ago. They love to travel and plan to visit Italy next May. Mary and Tony have four children, two boys and two girls. Both daughters are married and have blessed them with four grandchildren. ¶ We also heard from Dr. Cathleen (Cathy) Kowalski, a pediatric dentist in Manchester, Conn. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 1976. After post-graduate work she began her practice in 1978. Her son, Dan, is a recent graduate of Fairfield University. Cathy is planning to retire at the end of the year. She looks forward to relaxing and spending more

time with her parents who live close by. Our best to all of our classmates. Please send us your news.


✒ Patricia D’Amore, 50 Jane Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, 617-9691996, ¶ Cheryl Welch writes that between trips home

producing two shows for the Belmont Dramatic Club, she has been spending the summer in her small cottage in Maine. Both keep her busy between long, languid periods of enjoying Maine weather with friends. Really busy times to come when she comes back to Massachusetts for good in early October. She retired five years ago after teaching 36 years in Somerville and she misses interacting with the kids, but not all the political paperwork. She loves going to their retirees’ breakfasts every month. For fun she goes to live drama in many of the local venues, professional and community. ¶ Paula Horton reports that she and her husband, Manny, have been living in the Tampa Bay area for a number of years, enjoying the beaches and loving the sunny weather. She is an accountant for Hillsborough County, specifically assigned to the Sheriff ’s Office as a supervisor in the Office of the Comptroller. Her office is in Ybor City, a section of Tampa that is part Havana with the cigar shops, and part Key West, with chickens roaming freely through the streets. Manny is an air conditioning consultant, which keeps him busy here. Both of their children are living in Boston; Nate is a musician, and Steph is a writer, and in the process of completing her degree at Lesley College. She stays in touch with a number of our classmates through Facebook, and corresponds with her roommate, Janice Cawley, who has been living in Palm Beach. Janice’s daughter is an accomplished makeup artist, who is in high demand for video shoots and gala events in Miami. ¶ Lastly, Dee Rando Hampe and I visited Janice Geoghegan Fortunato at her home in Eliot, Maine. We had a great visit with much catching up to do. Dee’s two sons and Janice’s son are both married and living nearby their respective moms. Janice and Dee are both retired from their teaching position. Dee is teaching at BU and Janice is helping her husband with his business. I, Patricia D’Amore, am still at Schepens Eye Research Institute as Director of Research; we recently merged with Mass. Eye and Ear and that transition is keeping me busy. My daughter Elizabeth is doing PhD political science at UC Berkeley so I have a great reason to visit the west coast. ¶ Please write with an update. Your classmates love to know what you are up to!




✒ Grace Murphy, 6 Colony Road, Lexington, MA 02420, 781-861-3914, ¶ Coming


✒ Cathy Grealy Cohen, 6028 Copley Lane, McLean, VA 22101, grealycohen@ ✒ Janet Arigo Dygert, 28 Oakcrest Drive, Framingham, MA 01701, ¶ We had a great

40th Reunion Weekend catching up and reminiscing about our years at Regis. We shared a lot of laughs remembering “stunts” we played. Our last minute planned Friday night dinner turned out to be a success considering that neither Eileen Dobbyn Ackles nor I (Janet Arigo Dygert) remembered that we had volunteered to be on the planning committee (oops!). ¶ Thank you to Cathy Grealy Cohen for taking great notes during the weekend. I tried to rely on my memory, which gets foggy after a few weeks. ¶ Cathy still heads the Washington operation for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where she is fighting to preserve the Medicare program and adequate payment for physicians and surgeons. Her three kids are scattered—in advertising in New York City, a doctor in Nashville at Vanderbilt, and a glass artist in Colorado. ¶ We missed several classmates and heard from a few who could not join us. Maureen Kelly Longo and her husband are living again in New Zealand. Lela Niemer Aukes sends her regards but had to miss this one due to the extensive travel from her home in Thailand. Edith Donovan Tibbetts and Donna Scanzillo were vacationing in Italy. And my favorite reason for not being able to attend—Patti Regele

Q&A with Joanne Crowley ’74 What is your favorite thing about Regis? Regis just never forgets you … ever. One of the best days I ever spent with my mother was on campus in 1996—22 years after I graduated—when I was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball, softball, and golf. My brother and sister were there as well my classmates. I was so surprised! Regis had reached out directly to this network of my family and friends to let them know of the event. A more somber second example happened on the morning of September 11. Some people at Regis knew that I and other alumnae worked in the World Trade Center. They immediately began acquiring and sharing information on our well-being. The Regis community caring for its own and others at such a terrible time says it all. How has Regis changed since you graduated in 1974? Our important underlying values, especially those of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, remain as strong as ever. The curriculum adjustment to support more “practical” degrees is most noticeable, but liberal arts and its focus on thought, analysis, discussion, and decision-making stay strong. Regis has shown that it is nimble, adaptive, creative, and serious about addressing gaps in the skills, knowledge, and abilities that we all need to compete and thrive in a global economy. And our athletic facilities have exploded to become some of the finest among smaller universities! You’re a new member of the Alumni Board of Directors this year. Why is volunteering at Regis important to you and what do you hope to achieve as a member of this board? I am honored to be a member of the board and look forward to contributing in any way I can. It brings me closer to the workings of Regis, which can only improve my understanding and appreciation of the many challenges we face. What are your favorite alumni events? Our reunions every five years are especially wonderful. Of course, the two Cape Cod events are standing dates on my calendar. And this coming year, it looks like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naples will be on the agenda! You give generously to the Regis Fund. What’s your philosophy when it comes to giving back? I feel very fortunate to have the ability to give in any way I can. I have received so much from life already, and this is a way of paying forward. Perhaps Maya Angelou said it best, “When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we may never see will benefit from our action.” If you had to choose one word to describe Regis, what would it be? Committed … to its students, faculty, community, and me.

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soon to a theatre near you–the movie “Spotlight,” starring (well maybe that’s overstating it a bit) our own Lisa Driscoll Tuite. The movie chronicles The Boston Globe’s award-winning series on the Church sex abuse crisis. The movie was filmed partially in the Globe’s newsroom, where Lisa is the Head Librarian. Another actress plays Lisa in the movie but Lisa has a small part. Check it out! ¶ It was a small turnout from our class for the Cape Cod Luncheon this year—just Marie Driscoll Hanlon and yours truly. Marie retired from teaching several years ago but is still selling real estate. Kathy Mason Podolski couldn’t make the luncheon because she was looking after her grandson while her daughter Amy was about to deliver her second. JoAnn Bayer Michaels has retired from her job with the State of New York. ¶ Finally, congratulations to Mary Anne Walsh Lewis, who was named to the Board of Trustees in March, and to Joanne Crowley who was named to the Alumni Board in July!

Nore did a triathlon that weekend. ¶ Felice Pelosi Beil retired from the


federal government and lives on the Cape in South Dennis and also spends time in Ft. Myers, Fla., during the winter. ¶ Mary Ellen Hartnett Fillo is very busy with her tax business and lives in Wellesley, Mass. ¶ Joan LeMarbre works at the Department of Education where she has been for 24 years. She is now the coordinator of adult literacy professional development for the state. Joan and her daughter live in Arlington, Mass. ¶ Betsy Owens Cronin has moved from the correctional work she did for many years to social work. ¶ Anne Dubzinski Jasinski continues as a social worker at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Mass. She is also a program coordinator for a suicide prevention grant. Our prayers go out to Anne who recently lost her sister Pamela Bent ’65. ¶ Mary Billings Sherman continues to work as a school social worker at Blackstone Millville Regional School District. Her news is that her two older children got married this past August and September and in April, her youngest just got engaged! Mary spends summer time on the Cape in Dennis. ¶ Denise Erwin Webber is also on a second career and is busy tutoring students in math. She is still living in Concord, Mass. ¶ Our prayers also go out to Patricia Koch, OD, who recently lost both her parents after caring for them for many years. She has returned to her work as an optometrist in the largest ophthalmic practice in Rhode Island. Diane Tortola Dideo is teaching high school history in Belmont, Mass., and has two grown sons. She commented that she “loves seeing the growing and vibrant Regis campus.” ¶ Michelle Shields Buono has been widowed now four years. She lives in New Jersey and teaches high school French. She was glad to be back on Regis campus to see long lost colleagues and offers her contact at ¶ Cathy Walsh Prendergast is an HR Director for the nonprofit Springwell in Waltham, Mass., and has two daughters. Ruth Keith continues to work at the Veterans Administration, currently in mental health coordination. Theresa LaBelle Tomlinson is in her second career working for the library in New Hampshire. She and her husband recently moved just over the border to Maine. Her younger son recently got engaged. Paula Salvadore Kelley still works in banking and lives in Westborough, Mass. ¶ Olivia Haggan Moore has been working as a Customer Service Rep at ShaneCo, a jewelry company out of Denver. She has three grown children, no grandkids, and lives in Alpharetta, Ga. Gloria Fernandez-Tearte is enjoying a sabbatical from her job at a private

school in Connecticut. Chatted with Mary Ann Dellea Cronin before dinner on Friday. She is still working (this is where the foggy brain kicks in) and often discusses retirement with her husband. I live in Framingham, Mass., and work in IT for Genzyme. My husband and I spend much of the “offseason” at our house on the Cape in South Dennis. I also challenge myself physically with Crossfit (all the time) and recently won a local competition in the 55+ division. When you have a minute, drop us a line and tell us what you’re up to. From Joan Gallagher: I was unable to make Reunion Weekend because of our board meeting so I thought I’d send the following update: I currently reside in Wichita, Kan., with my husband Charlie McKinny, who works in aircraft manufacture. I am the Vice President of University Advancement, responsible for fundraising, alumni relations, planned giving, and communications for Friends University, a Christian-based university with a Quaker heritage. I also am an Assistant Professor of English, and I currently teach business communications in addition to my administrative duties. After a career in corporate communications I decided to shift gears and move into higher education. I subsequently earned a PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. My area of specialization is adult learning and development, and my research is focused on the application of social capital in connection to building relationships and sustaining community engagement. In Wichita I’m involved in a variety of community-related activities such as the Salvation Army, The Rotary Club, Together Wichita, the Business and Education Alliance of the Chamber, and the Business Journal’s mentoring workshops. I’ve also become a certified yoga instructor. We have a house in Harwich, Mass., which we visit as often as we can in order to remind ourselves what an ocean looks like–notwithstanding the prairie’s amber waves of grain, of course. I’m sorry to have missed the reunion because it seems like forever since I’ve been to Regis.


✒ Karen Driscoll Montague, 9 Erwin Road, Wayland, MA 01778, 508-3585130, ¶ Happy 60th

birthday to our class! We celebrated with a backyard clambake at Julie O’Connor McGinn’s home in Peabody on Saturday, June 13. Thank you to Julie and Jane Lenox Leary for all their work. It was a beautiful afternoon and everyone had a great time. Almost 30 members of the class attended, so I have lots of news to

squeeze in 750 words! ¶ Joan Whalen Wilson is living in Hyannis with hus-

band Gary has three granddaughters and a fourth one coming shortly. Judy O’Brien is the proud grandmother of Ryan Michael who lives in Queens, N.Y. Anne Marie Hurley Darling is also a new grandmother. Her youngest son has moved from teaching in Chicopee to Lawrence High. Also teaching at Lawrence High is Janet Prior who was looking forward to spending the summer in Hyannis. It was great to see Sherri Arabian Moody, who along with her husband, three children and five grandchildren all live near one another in Milton. Sherri came with Marianne Carlton who started at Regis and then transferred to Holy Cross. Marianne lives in New Jersey and has had a successful PR career. She has two sons, the youngest of whom is an actor with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Her older son is in finance in NYC. ¶ Jean Burritt Robertson lives in Barrington, R.I. She serves on her town’s Planning Committee, teaches sociology part time at UMass Dartmouth and she and her husband have opened Medici Gelato in their town. Jeanne came with Patty Driscoll Pomerleau who lives in Seekonk. Dr. Vera DePalo lives in North Kingston, R.I., and is CMO, Chief of Medicine at Signature Health Care, in Brockton, Mass. Anita Brennan made the trip from Puerto Rico. Anita loves coming to Boston to visit her daughter and son-in-law who are expecting their first child. ¶ Marion Quinn-Jowett who works at the Williamstown Senior Center relayed that Donna Gabrielli Popkin is Director of the Council on Aging in Billerica and President of the Mass Council on Aging. Nicki Girouard is looking forward to retiring from Raytheon at the end of the year. Nicki, an avid bird watcher, lives in Newburyport and is busy working on her second master’s degree. ¶ It was great to see Sue Heslin Quish, who is VP National Accounts at CIGNA. She and Bill recently moved to the Old Saybrook area. They have three daughters. Diane Naehle McCarthy drove up from South Yarmouth. Diane is Assistant to the President at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. ¶ Jan Gleason Rogers and husband Chuck are considering a move to the Cape when they retire. Their son’s “Halt and Catch Fire” TV series is in its second season on AMC. Christine Leary Driscoll and her husband are in Upton, considering a retirement move to South Carolina. ¶ Jane Lenox Leary’s son is getting married in September. Carol Manning Chicarello is looking forward to son Paul’s wedding next April. Kathy Cove Curley celebrated her 60th with a trip to Paris with daughter Ann. Jan Rutkowski keeps us up-to-date on



JULY 22 to 30, 2016 “Traveling with Regis … was wonderful. We saw so much more than we ever would have traveling alone. The tour guide was great— we never had to worry about a thing. Terrific!” –MARY AND SUSAN MCMANUS ’82

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Tuscany Take a nine-day, seven-night trip to Italy Join Regis alumni and friends for a nine-day, seven-night excursion in Italy with President Toni Hays and Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy. The trip includes stops in Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, and other locations; and Father Paul will celebrate two Masses. FOR A COMPLETE ITINERARY AND FULL PRICING INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT

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the changes happening on campus. Joyce Sullivan Mucci, Dawna ProvostCarrette, Mary Lou Osborne, Dr. Sylvia Pattavina, Sharon Lally Doliber and Sara Monahan were all in attendance. As were our guests of honor, Sister Betty Cawley ’63 and Sister Lee Hogan ’61. Lee is on the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Betty stays busy on campus as Academic Assessment Liaison. ¶ Unable to attend included Debbie Bachry Sandler, who was on the West Coast visiting one of her children; Susan George McNulty, who was on a family trip in Ireland with their three children; and Carmel Coughlin Donoghue, who has moved to Camden, Maine. ¶ Val McGee Fry wanted me to thank all of you who generously donated to Denise Garvey’s children’s college fund. She also wanted to thank Andrea Menna Taylor for handling and distributing the donations for Cassie, Louise, and Richard who are starting college in the fall. Andrea lives in Concord, Mass., and has a daughter who is a Veterinarian and heads up an Emergency Clinic in New Jersey. Val recently ran into Cindy Janski McMahon and her husband at a wedding in DC. Cindy has two daughters, one is a doctor and the other is in her third year of medical school. Val’s daughter Thea is at Regis in the Accelerated Nurse Practitioner Program. Despite an undergraduate degree in biology/ chemistry and a master’s in forensic science, she decided she wanted to have a career with more patient contact. ¶ I apologize to the classmate who sent me a picture of a recent group of ’77ers who got together for lunch. I can’t find it. Please send again and I’ll include in the next edition.


✒ Sheila Walsh, 13B Beal’s Cove Road, Hingham, MA 02043, 617-319-0823, ¶ Happy fall greetings to the Class of 1978! Mary K. Ames reports that Mary Roche

bought a new sail boat, a 28' Morris, and sailed it from Northeast Harbor, Maine, back to its new home in Hull, Mass.. An adept and experienced sailor, Mary encountered some extreme weather on the trip down, but has been enjoying the bright red “Queen Mary” every weekend. Last October, they went on a river cruise to Germany, Austria, and Hungary, then spent another week driving through Munich, Salzburg, and Linz, where they visited the Mauthausen concentration camp. “Very moving and unforgettable,” says Mary Ames. “On the ship we bumped into Julie O’Connor McGinn ’77. What are the odds?!” Leany Godas De Martinez wrote from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to share memories of living in

College Hall with Frances Mongiello Buck and in Domitilla with her good

friend Anita Brennan ’77. Leany has been happily married since right after graduation, has four children and four grandsons. Her oldest daughter is a psychologist, she has one son who is a CPA and one who is a Dentist and her youngest daughter will be a sophomore at Fordham University in NYC this fall. Leany says “My mother is still with us in good health and enjoying the great-grandchildren.” Her family has had a clothing boutique for the last 40 years and now has a children’s shoe store. Nancy Salvetti Naimey did the “Tri for a Cure” again this summer in Maine, along with Lynne Davis Haddock’s daughter Riley. Lynne says, “It is a really big deal here and supports breast cancer awareness and research.” Patricia DiPasqua Woodward’s son Redmond graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton in June and will be attending UMass Boston Honors College Program with a Chancellor’s Scholarship. He plans on majoring in criminal justice; her daughter Harley will be starting her sophomore year at Cardinal Spellman, where Pat has just begun her 36th year teaching Spanish. She and Harley also enjoyed a summer visit to Mooresville, N.C., where they visited her cousin. Eileen McCormick Langenus, who just completed two terms on the Alumni Board of Directors and whose husband, Peter, currently sits on the Board of Trustees, reported that Mary Kay Milley’s brother, General Mark A. Milley, an Army four-star general, will be the next Chief of Staff of the Army. He will be the highest-ranking general in the entire U.S. Army. Congratulations to the Milley family! Ellen Harrison Finn reported in with lots of family news: her son and oldest child, Tommy, graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth Tuck Business School with his MD/MBA in June 2012 and recently finished his residency at Brigham & Women’s in Boston. He married a classmate from medical school, Dr. Avni Patel, last May at Hummingbird Ranch, Santa Susannah, Calif. Both of them are currently applying for fellowships. Her eldest daughter, Kiirsten, graduated from Boston University school of Dental Medicine in June 2014, and married her love and Holy Cross classmate Tom Murphy of Bernardsville, N.J., last August, at Brewster Academy, in Wolfboro, N.H. Kiirsten just graduated in June from a postgraduate Tufts Dental School general practice residency in Portland, Maine, and satisfied a lifelong dream by joining her dad, Ellen’s husband Tom, in their dental practice in Laconia, N.H., in August. Ellen and Tom’s youngest

daughter, Lauren, after graduating from Williams and some research work in between, is one year away from graduating from PNWU medical school in Washington and is currently in medical rotations and applying for OB/GYN residencies on the east coast, which is great news for Ellen! She and Tom continue to practice and manage their dental practice and are building a new facility to allow them more space as they welcome Kiirsten to the practice. “We love what we do,” says Ellen, “but are hoping Kiirsten joining us will finally allow Tom the chance to slow just a bit.” Deirdre Keough Ball sends news from Singapore, saying that she and Dorian are finally through with college, as their youngest, Daniella, graduated in May from U.C. Berkeley. The family all attended, and even managed a nice drive down Route 1 together. Deirdre’s son Darren graduated from Brown in ’09, followed by her daughters Devona, Tufts ’10, and Domina, USC ’12. She and Dorian returned to Singapore, which has been their home for over 30 years, following Daniella’s wonderful ceremony and their lovely West Coast holiday. Deirdre now works for Stanley Gibbons Singapore, Head of Investments in Stamps and Coins, alternative tangible asset class. “Who knew passion assets would be the new go-to?” she says. “Loving buying into history!” Deirdre sends warm regards to all. Diane Bednaz Gabel reports that her oldest son Adam Matthew, 29, will be married on September 19, 2015, to, literally, the girl next door! Diane says “We love her like crazy and I can’t wait to have a female in the family!” Her younger son Andrew, 26, will be the best man. I recently had brunch with Paula Bellorado Wolfert, who recently joined a new dental practice here in Hingham, Mass.; she has been spending time in Maine and Florida with family. I also recently changed jobs, leaving my teaching position at Milton High School to join the Hanover Public Schools as Humanities Director, grades seven through 12. Back on the learning curve again and enjoying the shift into administration! So great to hear from all of you; enjoy the holidays and keep me posted on your news!


✒ Debbie Southworth Howard, 1817 Primrose Lane Osceola, IA 50213, 515-441-9539, ✒ Janet Mills-Knudsen, 12B Lawrence Street, Woburn, MA 01801, 781-4910698, ¶ Cindy Kosak Dube lives in Shrewsbury and

works for the Mass. Chiefs of Police Association and the Shrewsbury Public Schools. Sadly, Cindy lost her 24-yearold son Richie on May 13. Her four



✒ Judith A. Allonby, 7 Rockland Park, Apt. 2, Malden, MA 02148, 781-3247735, ¶ Our

35th Reunion has come and gone and all who attended had an enjoyable weekend. Present for dinner on Friday evening were myself, Marie O’Malley, Marielana Walden Labonte, Eileen Mulry Campbell, Maura Mannion Edelmann, Carol MacGillivray Masters, Karen Callahan Masters, Debi Perna Quattrocchi, Wynn Foley Fargo, Janice Cameron Coady, and Chris Kelly. Nina Bertelli Hamilton, Jean Frazier, Elise MacGilvray Collagan, Vicki Brown Duff, Pam Wongburg Radler, Angela Liacopoulos Penney, Betsy Sullivan Valarioti, Donna Blakely Howard, Caroline Coscia, Marie O’Malley, Debi Perna Quattrocchi, Marielana Walden, and I attended the All-Alumni Dinner on Saturday night and we were the last class on the dance floor. Several of us also attended the Alumni Luncheon and spoke with Sister Zita Fleming ’59 who has fond memories of the Class of 1980. Proud mom Elise MacGilvray is excited that her son has started working at Boston Children’s Hospital while she continues to build her own company. Elise had such a great time at Reunion that she cannot wait until the next one. Nina Bertelli is experiencing empty nest syndrome with her son off to Loyola in Chicago. Please keep me updated on your exciting news and have a lovely holiday season.


35th Reunion ✒ Susan Clancy Kennedy, 40 Bowditch Road, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-4604601,

¶ Hello, all. I hope everyone had a great summer. If you are in the Boston area, you know we deserved it! ¶ Carol Weigel DiFranco and her husband Joe attended the All-Alumni Reunion on the Saturday night of Reunion Weekend in May. We had a very nice time eating, dancing, and socializing with alumni from all classes. I encourage people to attend. ¶ Carol got together at the end of July with Meg Simpson McDonald, Maureen Stephens, Maureen Mulcahy, and Maureen Fallon Leonard to celebrate Meg’s birthday. ¶ In August, Maureen Fallon and Carol attended the Regis Cape Cod Luncheon. It was lovely as usual and fun to have a chance to catch up in such a nice setting. ¶ Maureen Stephens reported that her beloved sister, Cathleen A. Stephens, died this past March of lung cancer, which is the fastest growing cancer in nonsmoking women. It is recommended that women with repeated respiratory ailments receive screenings. Maureen asks that you keep Cathleen and her in your thoughts and prayers. ¶ It is with great sadness that I report that Janice O’Rourke Damon passed away in June after a long illness. Janice had a great sense of humor and her laugh is well remembered, especially by the Maria pit crew. As many of you know, she and Susan Grady were roommates for four out of our three years. Our condolences go out to Janice’s family and friends. ¶ Next May marks our 35th Reunion from Regis. I have created a Facebook page for updates if you want to join. Susan Schumacher Fiaschetti ( and Carol Weigel DiFranco (carol_weigel@ would love to have some help with the planning. ¶ Susan Schumacher Fiaschetti has once again taught the Integrated Marketing Communications class for the Regis graduate students. This was her second year teaching. She was also at the event to commemorate the anniversary of the Communications program here at Regis. Susan introduced Dr. Joan Murray at the event. Dr. Murray essentially founded the program and is now the Chair of the Communications Advisory Board for the graduate program. ¶ Susan recently ran into Mary De Grandpre Melaugh. Mary is the Librarian/Media Specialist at the Middle School in Billerica. I saw Ann Dowd Goodhue over the holidays. Some of you may know that Ann and I introduced my father to her motherin-law. They were married for almost 20 years. It has now become a holiday tradition that both the Clancys and the Goodhues congregate at a local

restaurant. ¶ My daughter Julie and I participated in a Preview Day here at Regis for prospective students. Part of the day included a tour. It was a major flashback to actually be in Domitilla again. ¶ Things here at Regis are moving and shaking. This week we held our largest freshman orientation program in the school’s history. The first phase of the Master Plan renovation is complete. Maria Hall has an addition that will house students in suites. The library has been renovated. (To the delight of students and staff, Dunkin’ Donuts will be on campus.) The final piece of this phase is a large quad between College Hall and the Student Union. If you haven’t been back in a while, it’s worth the trip. ¶ Hope to see everyone at Reunion. Please let me know of any updates.


✒ Anne Gruszka McKenzie, 4508 Buffalo Trace, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-978-2121, anne.m.mckenzie@gmail. com ¶ First-time contributor Denyse Lanpher Collins was prompted to

write after spending time on the Regis campus during her youngest daughter’s college search. Her daughter is now at Regis majoring in secondary education in math. She has two older daughters; her oldest is working on her DNP at Mass General and her middle daughter, with a degree in Interior Architecture, works for an architectural firm in Boston. Denyse lives in Wilmington, Mass., and currently works in Human Resources for a large CRO in Billerica. ¶ I was also thrilled to hear from Louise MacLellan-Ruf, who reports that she woke up one day and realized she had turned 50…a time to reflect on her life, feeling a bit blue as she thought she had lost a portion of her life doing nothing. She soon realized her view of nothing was actually living. Here is what she has been up to since graduating from Regis. Currently, Louise is living the dream in Rockland, Maine. She gardens and shares her vegetables with her neighbors. The local paper calls her simply the Tomato Lady. Louise is also known as the Fairy DogMother as she helps others with their sensitive dogs and cats. Prior to moving to Rockland, she was an Ambassador for the United Way of R.I. She earned her master’s degree in social work from RIC and she parlayed that degree into working with all populations in need. Back in the day, she was selected as one of “Rhode Island’s Most Remarkable People.” Louise has built homes in El Salvador and Mexico. She was bitten by a nasty scorpion on one of those adventures and the swelling in her leg did not ease for six months. Ten years ago, Louise married a man,

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other children range in age from 14 to 26. Debbie Southworth Howard’s youngest son Sean graduated from high school in May. Sons Chris and Cory live in North Carolina. Deb Flaherty Kizer is recovering well from her May 21 open heart surgery and will soon begin cardiac rehab. She hopes to return to teaching in the spring. Her son Colin is getting married in May, and daughter Abby is still working at Disney World. Janet Mills-Knudsen is now Director of Marketing at NoteSwift, Inc., a developer of electronic health records software. One of her colleagues is Renata Aylward ’90. Jean Antone Murphy is living in Gill, Mass., a small town of less than 1,500 on the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts. She and her husband Peter have been enjoying the small-town life for 33 years and have two grown sons who live close-by. Jean works in the Advancement Office at Deerfield Academy. She says that she and Peter love to travel and look forward to doing more of that in the coming years. Our deepest condolences to Liz LaFountain Carder on the loss of her father in February 2015, and to Kathy Mulvihill Brutzman who lost her mother in August.


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20 years her senior, and the relationship is full of humor and joy. She says that “Oh yes, there is more that Louise has lived and is living, but this is more than enough to digest since not hearing from her since 1983.” She continues, “accurate reflection helps us put our lives in perspective. Louise did not do all of these things in a year but in many. Living life day by day, moment by moment, does make a difference in the world.” ¶ Elizabeth “Liz” Richmond Puopolo reminded me that we shared a taxi from the airport in Madrid the very first day of our junior year abroad. (Thank goodness, Liz still has her memory intact!) She writes “How can it be 32 years since graduation?!” She had hoped to attend our 30th reunion and make it to the Holly Teas but life seems to intervene with her best laid plans. Liz is on Facebook with a couple of ’83 classmates; she would love to connect with others. Liz is blessed with three sons, a daughter (-in-law), one granddaughter, and a future daughter (-in-law). ¶ Maureen Dalton writes that she moved into an apartment in Natick; she downsized as her daughter Brianna and boyfriend bought a twofamily home in Hudson and son Kyle moved into his first apartment in Marlboro. She is proud to share that Brianna’s photography business is doing well, and Kyle’s a successful barber at Hounds Barbershop in Sudbury. Maureen is still at Zales in Natick, and with AAA travel in Framingham. As she plans trips to exciting destinations for others, she writes that her bucket list gets longer! ¶ My oldest started Virginia Tech this fall; we are delighted to be paying in-state tuition although it’s still a four-plus hour trip to visit! ¶ If you are in touch with 1983 classmates, please share their email addresses with me. I have received such nice comments from classmates who are happy to read class news. I hope to engage others in the coming year!


✒ Nancy Maloney Donahue, 211 Park Street Stoneham, MA 02180, 781-9782121, ¶ Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and I hope this coming winter will be easier on us than last! Nancy Terrevecchia Rollins reports from Wakefield that her oldest daughter, Alyssa, passed her fourth CPA exam and was pursuing her CPA license. “She has put a lot of hard work into this and we are so proud of her,” Nancy said. Alyssa also got engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Brian, and the couple is planning a 2017 wedding. Nancy’s middle daughter, Lindsay, is entering her junior year at Westfield State and youngest daughter Katie

planned on joining her sister at Westfield in September as a freshman. While Nancy and husband Rick keep working to pay the bills, Nancy admits it’s not all work and no play–she’s had a ball going to concerts this summer! Michelle Gasson announced that her son, Richard, graduated from UMassLowell in May and has already landed his first job in Boston. He is working at Thomas Brady & Associates, and yes– THAT Tom Brady, sort of. The company belongs to #12’s dad. Hopefully, Richard will get some advanced notice if a certain visitor makes his way to the office in order to tell his Mom to book it from Tewksbury for her own personal meet & greet! This summer, Michelle got together with her Regis roomie, Mary Pacilio Haggerty, at Patti Murray DiBona’s home in Braintree. “We had a relaxing night by an outdoor fire talking about the good ole Regis days.” Elizabeth D’Agostino Kearns and family enjoyed two wonderful weeks this summer vacationing in Falmouth Heights. Elizabeth also enjoyed visiting with Sister Zita Fleming and some other Regis gals at the Mother House in Brighton to support A Place at The Women’s Table. She met up with Peggy Keegan in August at the James Taylor concert at Fenway Park. Elizabeth also reports that her daughter Rose, the oldest of Elizabeth’s four, received her driver’s license and has started to think about college as she enters her junior year at Westwood High School. Heather McFague Clement and husband just celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary! Heather told me that the Regis Directory Book lists some of her information incorrectly. Heather owns a pet boarding and day care business that she runs out of her farm in Sudbury, right next to the Wayside Inn, hence the name “Tails by the Wayside,” (not Waistside!!). She borrowed the name from Longfellow’s “Tales of a Wayside Inn.” Deb Tremblay Lynch and husband are empty-nesters now! Deb’s daughter Noelle graduated from UNH in May and was headed to London in September for an internship. Sounds like a great opportunity! Susan Shea had just returned home from vacation when I reached out. She is just as baffled as the rest of us about how much time has flown by since our Regis days, but reports all is well with her. I continue to write for the Stoneham Independent but am also embarking on a new venture with a friend who is opening an art gallery/gift shop at 300 Trade Center in Woburn. The store is called Gardens Galore–Gallery, Gifts & More and we are planning on a midSeptember opening. I will manage the shop and will give you the red carpet treatment should you find yourself in the neighborhood! My daughter,

Elizabeth, headed to Dean College to start her freshman year, and my son, Brian, is working hard and happy to keep my husband and me company at home, despite our insistence that we’d be just fine as empty-nesters. That’s it for now. If you’re reading this and wonder why I haven’t reached out to you, it is because I do not have correct contact information. Please email me or find me on Facebook. I would love to hear from everyone!


✒ Holly Kendrick Babin, 241 Sandown Road, Chester, NH 03036, 603-2353596, ✒ Dianne Gaudet Baxter, 2 East Street, Sudbury, MA 01776, 978-443-6034, ¶ The

Class of 1985 was well-represented at our 30th Reunion Weekend in May and we had a great time catching up with classmates. During the Reunion Luncheon, we were proud to see Eileen Sullivan honored with the Regis Alumni Award for Service to Regis. In accepting the award, Eileen credited her mom, who attended the luncheon as a fellow Regis alumna, with instilling in her the desire to attend Regis. Many thanks to Eileen for her support of our alma mater! Eileen continues to be active with Regis, particularly in singing with the Alumni Chorus. She recently completed her term on the Alumni Board of Directors, which included two years as President. “Most importantly,” she became an aunt for the 12th time with the birth of her niece. She wishes she could report she is enjoying her Powerball and Mega Millions wins, but it just isn’t so. Dianne Gaudet Baxter notes the reunion was “a lot of fun and well-attended. Our class was the last to leave the party Saturday night, and we continued the party back in Angela Hall. Looking forward to our next reunion!” Dianne has a new role at Fidelity, Director of Leadership Development. Her daughter Allison, the oldest of her three girls, graduated from Assumption College in the spring. “Two more to go.” Mary McMahon works as the Director of Development at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. She also serves as Vice President of Resource Development for the Washington D.C. Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking with a local meetup group, and taking pictures of our nation’s beautiful capital. Muffy Elizabeth Ellis Brown and her husband, Bill, recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary. They reside in New Ipswich, N.H., along with their four children–Carleigh (12), twins Courtney and William Jr. (9), and Finnian (6). Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom, and



✒ Annamaria Cobuccio Paone, 26 Marshall Street, North Reading, MA 01864, 978-664-4181, apaone@ ¶ Hello classmates! I

hope that you enjoyed your summer, although it went by too quickly. I had the opportunity to take a family trip to New York City in August with my entire family for a special visit to Ellis Island. My father and paternal grandfather both entered the U.S. by way of Ellis Island when they emigrated from Italy and are both registered there. This trip was especially meaningful as we were three generations together sharing memorable stories. My parents will celebrate their 89th and 88th birthdays in November. It was great to hear from you and I wish I would

hear from many more! Lisa DeMasi continues working on her memoir manuscript. She has had seven articles published in online publications including The Huffington Post. You can sign up to view her writing on her blog! Kimberly Crane Daly reports that her sailing program in Camden, Maine, hosted the Northeast Junior Olympics in July. U.S. Sailing’s Junior Olympic Program is a nationwide series of regattas for youth ages 8-21. It was invigorating to not only put on my marketing hat again but to dive into every aspect of the planning and execution for a sport our family loves. Instead of concentrating on profits and market share it was refreshing to focus simply on the kids: keeping them safe, improving their racing skills, connecting with others, having fun. For newbies, I think we pulled it off; 168 skippers, 110 boats, 21 clubs represented. The two-day event had it all. Mother Nature threw in every weather scenario possible, offering challenging sailing for each of the three fleets. Icing on the cake: Our son Patrick was competing and had home course advantage. One for the memory books. The local paper was there to capture the excitement: I get to do this all again in four years. By then my daughters Christina and Catherine will join in on the fun. Can’t wait! Angela Iatrou Simon passed the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam this past spring. The PMP is an internationally recognized professional designation offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Government, commercia,l and other organizations employ PMP certified project managers in an attempt to improve the success rate of projects in all areas of knowledge, by applying a standardized and evolving set of project management principles. Angela is a senior project manager for Tyco Integrated Security located in Norwood, Mass. She lives in Southborough with her children Korinna (15), Xander (14), Nathan (11), and her husband of 18 years, Erik. As a reminder, the Class Notes will now only be published in the fall issue of Regis Today. Please think about submitting a note to your classmates for the 2016 issue! The All-Alumni Reunion is a weekend event in May each year. It’s a great way to visit the campus, catch up with old friends, and meet folks from other classes. I have committed to being class reporter for another year so please let me hear from you! Wishing you all a happy and healthy year ahead!


✒ Kym Johnson Miele, 31 Randall Street, Greenville, RI 02828, 401-949-2828, ✒ Elizabeth Higgins Fitzgerald, 69 Cleveland Hill Road, Brookline, NH 03033, 603-673-8754, ¶ It is on a

sad note that we offer condolences to Kathleen Forrest Regan on the passing of her father in March, and Lynda Sorgi Wrenn’s mother passed away suddenly in July. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families. Kate Covell Costello and a group of friends travelled to Cancun, Mexico, in March for some R & R. In April, Laurie Henry Morrison traveled to Kona, Hawaii. She and her family moved into a new house in Stafford Springs, Conn., and it comes complete with chickens! ¶ In July, Lynda Sorgi Wrenn won a position on Pittsburgh City’s School Board. ¶ Steph Palermo O’Connell came up from Georgia in July for three-and-a-half weeks to visit with friends and family. Mary Bunnell Faulkner and Steven celebrated their 25th anniversary with Jackie Albrikes and Jackie’s family, which included herself, husband Michael, Marghee, and Jackie’s parents. They all traveled to Aruba. Mary’s son Nick graduated from Manhattanville College in May. In April, Patty Mullen Sardnola took a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas with her family. ¶ In July, Anne Maneikis, Debi Brooks Puchovsky, Mary Ellen Kelley, Heidi Michitsch and Courtney Feeney Deschenes got together on the Cape for some fun. ¶ Patty Condon Barton is still teaching second grade in Salem, Mass. Doug and she celebrated their 16th anniversary on July 31. Her daughter Erin will be starting high school in September. Erin danced in the Electrical Parade in Disney World with her dance school. ¶ Tricia Clisham Thorogood’s twin girls graduated from Nashoba High School in Bolton, Mass. One will be attending Sacred Heart in Connecticut. The other will be at Quinnipiac in Connecticut. Tricia works at Verizon and Sue Brogna has been her co-worker for 16 years. ¶ Natalie Kochergin-Pyka works at Mercedes-Benz of Coconut Creek and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ¶ Sonia Iturregui Miyares took her daughter Nina to New York City this summer for a culinary camp at the International Culinary Center. They then visited Pennsylvania where they used to live. Nina is going to be a senior in high school and her son Nick is a freshman at University of Florida–Gainesville. Sonia works at a soap shop in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where she enjoys making cold press soap and melt-andpour soap. She also does lotions and body products. The soap shop is called Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe. ¶ Christine Bates Slover started working as a

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helps teach the AWANA children’s program for K–second grade students at her church. She also homeschooled Carleigh who was to begin 7th grade in August. In addition to the children and their activities, Elizabeth and Bill enjoy their two dogs, nine laying chickens, tending their vegetable garden in the summer, and making maple syrup in the winter. Congratulations are due to Brenda Moran Richards, who recently celebrated her 25th year with SanofiGenzyme, where she works as a Scientist. Brenda, her husband, and two sons live in Hopkinton, Mass. Both sons attend college. Katharine Kathy McLellan works at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. She also dedicates her efforts to the Securing the Cities program, which works toward coordinated and integrated preventative detection and interdiction of illicit radiological materials that may be used as a weapon [Radiation Dipersal Devises (RDD) or Improvised Nuclear Device (IND)], in the national capital region. Kathy served as President of the Baltimore Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society, and currently is Affiliates director and reports she “is keeping quite busy.” I (Holly Kendrick Babin) worked as a journalist and editor years ago, but I transitioned from journalism to public affairs, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as Senior Media Advisor and Speech Writer for U.S. Forces– Iraq. When I returned from Baghdad, I concentrated my efforts in social media for the Joint IED Defeat Organization for a short time. I currently work for MITRE Corporation and live in New Hampshire with my husband, Mike. I travel regularly to Washington, D.C., for work, and also to serve as a lector at the Basilica of the National Shrine. My son Brett is working on a PhD in chemical engineering at CalTech.


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Paralegal at a law firm in Danielson, Conn., in August. ¶ Rachel Hitchcock Gulen completed 23 years of service with American Express in January. She made a quick trip to Boston in July and saw classmates Jeanne Doyle Eckare and Denise Sullivan. Rachel and Gurcan celebrated their 20th anniversary on September 16. ¶ Patty Medina Jacques and her son Drew spent some time vacationing in Florida this summer. ¶ Jeanie McDonald Klasen and Greg sold their farm in 2013 and still live in Sauk Centre on Saul Lake. The family took a trip to Yellowstone this June and I caught up with her as they were currently en route to Niagara Falls. Her dad, Bill, came along for the trip. Lily is 17, and heading into her senior year. Veronica is 14 and in eigth grade and Anthony is 12 and a seventh grader. ¶ Judy Aroyan Shaughnessey has a son Cory, 20, and daughter Sarah, 18. Judy works front desk and billing for her dentist’s office in Hanover. She also works part-time at a local breakfast/lunch place with her kids. ¶ Nancy Bellomo Heffernan and Brian have been married for 22 years and live in Westborough, Mass. She substitute teaches preschool. They have four children: Julia, 20, attends Merrimack College and plays soccer for them; Michael, 19, attends St. Anselm College and plays football for them; Bridget, 17, will be a junior in high school, and Kate, 14, will be a freshman in high school. Nancy is friendly with Dr. Jutras’ daughter and periodically sees him. ¶ Katie Brady Corcoran and her husband John participated in the Pan Mass Challenge the weekend of August 1 and 2. The Pan Mass Challenge raises funds for DanaFarber. Katie rode the one-day route from Wellesley to Bourne, which is 84 miles. Her husband rode the two-day route from Sturbridge to Provincetown. This is her third year doing it. They ride in memory of family and friends who have battled cancer as well as those currently going through treatments. She says that it is a wonderful experience. John and she celebrated their 25th anniversary on August 4. Their daughter Bridget will be a freshman attending the Commonwealth School in Boston. She recently had dinner with Mary LaBonte Walsh and Patty Driscoll Walker. Mary’s oldest, Peter, will be attending St. Anselm College in the fall. She also has a son and daughter at home. Patty has a son entering the third grade this year. ¶ Jenn Kelley Drain is still living in Mansfield with Tim and their three kids. She works at Sharon Credit Union in Walpole as a bank teller. Her oldest, Patrick, just graduated from Northeastern in civil engineering; her middle son, Matt, teaches karate in Foxboro and Molly, her youngest, is

going to be a senior at Mansfield High School and is looking at colleges. ¶ Kym Johnson Miele and her husband Jerry spent a week in Paris, France, in April for a figure skating event. I did more shopping and sightseeing than he did. A girl has to do what a girl has to do! ¶ Please contact Liz Higgins Fitzgerald or Kym Johnson Miele to be included in the next edition of Class Notes!


✒ Maria Alpers Henehan, 33 Baker Road, Arlington, MA 02474, 781-6434499, ¶

Hello! I hope this update finds you and your family happy and in good health! I have been enjoying every moment of this summer. Last week my two youngest and I had our annual Cape beach day with Christine Enwright Wilson and her family—one of my favorite days of the summer! Her oldest, Christopher, is entering his sophomore year at St. John’s Prep; her son Kevin is entering eighth grade. I also had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Karol Maybury McIntosh and her three children— Sam, Grace, and Ethan—while Casey and I were touring colleges in Maine. It was a beautiful afternoon, great conversation, lots of laughs, and not enough time! Karol’s oldest, Sam, is off to St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Karol is taking a sabbatical from her teaching responsibilities at UMaineFarmington to spend the fall semester working on a series of podcasts for the American Psychological Association focused on adolescent girl behaviors. ¶ Lisa Perry Calderan is working as a Medical Scheduler in General Internal Medicine at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody. She and her husband Paul will be celebrating 21 years of marriage in November. Her son Josh, a newly-licensed driver, is a junior at Lynn Tech in the plumbing program. Her daughter Lydia is entering eighth grade at Pius V in Lynn. Rounding out the family is their 10-year-old beagle, Biscuit. ¶ Congratulations to Irene Mooka Richard on becoming a LCSW. Her son Ned, a junior at Rutgers University, plays on the hockey team. Her son Kip is beginning his college days at USM. ¶ Kathy Nawn Conrad celebrated her 25th anniversary with her family in Oahu in an action-packed trip—parasailing, jet skiing, swimming in waterfalls, cliff jumping. Oh, she did mention that her kids, Steven (21) and Christina (18), were the adventurous ones! She also mentioned that Rita Ryan Greenberg’s daughter recently graduated from culinary school in upstate New York and is working at a five-star farm to table resort in Tennessee. Julia Aubrey

Kane and her husband Mike celebrated

their 22nd anniversary in July on Martha’s Vineyard. They have a trip planned to St. Thomas in November. Her daughter is headed to college as a music major, and her son is a rising high school sophomore. ¶ My oldest, Patrick, is headed to Lesley School of Art and Design this fall. I am currently in the midst of the college hunt with Casey…so different from when we were looking at schools—vegan stations and locally-sourced ingredients, anyone?? At any rate, Regis Today is adopting a new format and will only be printing the class updates once each year. So plenty of time for you to reach out to me! This column is only as interesting as the news I receive.


25th Reunion ✒ Pattyanne Lyons, 91 Halcyon Road

#1, Newton, MA 02459, 617-817-6017, ¶ Hello

Class of 1991. Can’t believe I’m about to say this… but it is our 25th year out of Regis College. Although it seems like yesterday… it wasn’t. :-( Please save the date for May 13 to 15, 2016, for our 25th Reunion… and please read email from your classmates putting together the weekend—we will be looking for lost classmates, address/email updates and sharing information. We will send out a planning survey, but in the meantime, rally the gang and save the dates for the December 6 Merry Mingle, December 11 New York City Reception, and certainly plenty of other opportunities for us to blast “Lean on Me” and relive the glory days! ¶ For all those who will be singing “Lean on Me” for the next two days: You’re welcome.


✒ Audrey M. Griffin-Goode, 90 Leslie Road, Waltham, MA 02451, 781-890-7811, ¶ Hello

to all my classmates! I was happy to hear from Carolina Costa Carlsen. She is working for Pfizer, and joined its Latin America Regional Team in 2014. She reports, “I am super happy and love working internationally and being able to continue living in my hometown, Lima, Peru.” Carolina also reports that her twins turned 8 in February. ¶ I was very lucky to catch up with several classmates over the summer. Michelle Barczykowski, Marea Santos, Paula Ventura and I had a great dinner in July. Michelle is very busy chasing after her two boys; Paula is doing well and traveling around the world for Walter Kluwer; and Marea is keeping up with the demands of her own consulting business. Michelle, Marea, and Paula have not changed and kept me laughing through dinner. Chise Toyoda Taketomi was in the

class states for her annual summer trip to Boston with her daughter. Her visit is always a highlight of my summer–it is so fun catching up, reminiscing about life in Domitilla Hall at Regis, and catching our annual Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Chise still lives in Toyko with her family. Susan Lucey Santarella came out for dinner with her boys during Chise’s visit to Boston. Susan is doing a great job of staying ahead of the demands of two active boys during summer vacation. In July, Norma Roque Harper organized a reunion with Orlando, Fla.-area Regis alumnae. Norma, Elsie Cruz, Caroline Pickett and Gianna Aviles Aguirrechea reunited for dinner and dancing. By all reports (and Facebook pics), they had a ton of fun.


✒ Andrea Fegan-Bohn, 1 Bruce Circle,

Randolph, MA 02368, 781-963-1288, ¶ Hello Regis


20th Reunion ✒ Jody M. Michalski, 49 Brentwood

Drive, Westfield, MA 01085, 413-5621108, ¶ Laura Edwards-Lassner and her wife Beth

just celebrated their twin boys’ first birthday. Benjamin and Theodore have added a dimension to their lives that far exceeds expectations. Most likely the fastest 12 months ever, but by far the most rewarding and worthwhile. Laura’s been living in Waltham for the past 10 years and recently started a new position at Corporate Technologies in Burlington. Laura is looking forward to seeing as many of us as possible at the upcoming Reunion Weekend in 2016! ¶ Michelle Scott and Jo finalized their adoption of their daughter on May 6. Tia joins big brother Quinn and she has been with them since she was 3 months old. Now at 2½, she is a bit of a live wire and keeps Michelle on her toes! ¶ Jody Michalski finished her first year as Academic Dean/ Educational Coordinator at White Oak School, where she’s taught at for 18 years. Being a new administrator brought lots of new challenges and triumphs. She’s looking forward to the new school year! ¶ Jennine Giaquinto Lesser, Trinity Hurlbut Edwards and Carly Kimball Smith continued their tradition of spending time together on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in August. Great friendships never fade. ¶ Please watch Facebook, your email, or mailbox for information about Class of 1996 activities during Reunion Weekend in May 2016. We will celebrate 20 years in style! Make sure Regis or Jody has your latest contact information!


✒ Valerie A. Sumner, 105 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054, 508-596-6598, ¶ Natalia Pari di Monriva McNamara has opened

a business to help individuals through the divorce process. Divorce Chaperone helps people thinking about divorce find their best options, resources and organization to cultivate the life they want and deserve. Natalia will work

with you to understand the process, help find and organize the documentation you need, and find the right professionals to support and counsel you during this difficult time. You can learn more at DivorceChaperone/ or divorce. In early August, Audra Connolly Williams, Lorie Aziz Adams, Susan Lynch Nee, Dami Shepard, Laura Johnson Vittum, and Samantha Dutily Andros celebrated their 40th birthdays with a trip to Costa Rica! The Blob enjoyed beautiful scenery, awesome food, and many laughs. They continue to celebrate life and friendship in many ways. Happy big birthday to all who turn 40 this year in the class of 1997!


✒ Jessica Flaherty, 26 West Street, Weymouth, MA 02190, 781-340-0567, ¶ Dawn Kielbania Brunell gave birth to her first

child on May 12 (6lbs, 11oz and 20.5") and they have named him Brodie. Both parents and baby are doing great. ¶ Pamela Wheeler Johnson is still working in research and recently had two abstracts accepted for presentation at a national conference. She has been lecturing on research methods, compliance, informed consent, and survey design to medical residents. Her son Carl is now 3 years old and full of energy. He’s keeping me on my toes! ¶ From Angela Maunsell Moore: It has been 22 years since most of us saw Regis for the first time; 17 since we graduated. Angela Maunsell Moore will return to campus as not only an alumna but also as the parent of two perspective students. It certainly isn’t their first time at Regis!

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Class of 1994! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and some muchneeded respite from the daily grind. A small group of us were on campus in May for the All-Alumni Dinner: Jennifer McGoldrick, Karen Corkum McCue, Heather Williams, Sharon Zemeir, Sharon Thomas Cleary, and me, Andrea Fegan Bohn. A couple of us are talking about going back every year for the dinner as a way of keeping in contact. It was also great to see all the new buildings going up, lots of positive changes on campus, and as usual things look beautiful! ¶ I heard from a few classmates and this is what they are up to: ¶ Jean Maguire writes: Hello, Regis friends! This may be the first update I’ve ever submitted, but I’ll keep it brief. In 1999 I received a master’s in library and information Science from Simmons College. I’ve been working at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for the past 16 years (after a five-year stint at Tufts University), and in 2012 became Library Director there. My husband Todd and I were married in 1998 and live in Framingham, Mass. It’s great to see that Regis seems to be thriving. I look forward to hearing what other classmates are up to! ¶ Brandy Brouillard-Lilly is currently working at Copyright Clearance Center in Danvers, Mass., and has been recently promoted to the Data Engineering Department, which focuses of properly representing data in all of our proprietary internal systems and customer-facing applications. ¶ Susan Felice Marroni currently works at CENTURY 21 Commonwealth out of Winchester as a Sales Associate. I would love the opportunity to help anyone searching to find or sell a home in the greater Boston Area.

Having my oldest attending her second year of college, I seem to be thinking more often about the Regis life and how good it was. Hope everyone is well. I would love to reconnect so please feel free to look me up on Facebook. Life is good! ¶ Let’s make a pact to keep each other informed of what’s going on in our lives. I can be reached on the Regis College Class of 1994 Facebook page groups/635005063210785/ as well as via email Until next time!



✒ Janine M. Lapan-Yawson, 171 Derby Dingle Street, Springfield, MA 01107, 413-746-8151, ✒ Stephanie Turgeon, 9915 Wiltshire Manor Drive #203, Riverview, FL 33578, 813-964-8925, stephanie.turgeon@ ✒ Alexa T. Pozniak, 11 Chester Road, Billerica, MA 01821, 860-7663388, ¶ Howdy ’99ers! In January, Rebecca Hancock began

a new position as Marketing Manager at Boston Medical Center. She also moved from Providence, R.I. (her home since 2006) to Brookline. She is really excited to be back living and working in the Boston area! Sandra Quinones-Hemphill is graduating in August from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania with her doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration. Kudos, Sandra! Nora Connolly Eyle is still living happily in Woodbridge, Virg., until the family’s

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move next summer. She is finishing her second master’s in public administration in August from Post University all while taking care of three adorable boys. Nicole Kilduff Abate gave birth on May 7 to her third child, Matteo, who weighed 9 lbs, 1oz. His big sister Lucia and big brother Niko are very excited. Finally, Kristin Wormley married Jody Lee in Marietta, Ga., on May 10. Based on Facebook photos, Kristin looked stunning. Best wishes on a lifetime of happiness! That’s all the news I have this time. Please feel free to send me a note with your latest and greatest news.


✒ Grace Milner Howard-Donlin, 774402-0462, ✒ Allyson L. DiGregory, 781-632-3344, ¶ What a


great summer we had! It was amazing to see so many of you at our 15th Reunion in May. We elected some new officers. Please help me congratulate the following people on accepting a position for the next five years: Michelle Merlino, reunion chair, Nyra Bannis, fund agent, Kate Murphy, vice president, Sarahi Almonte, president and fearless leader. ¶ Phara Boyer has started a women’s accessories line called Bungalow 77 ( and also on Facebook), launching in October. She recently took an amazing trip to Kenya for some jewelry scouting at the Kenyan open markets. Make sure to check out Phara’s line! ¶ Melanie Fletcher Bengtson and Mike Dalton had their second baby earlier this year. They named their daughter Holly. She was born on Melanie’s dad’s birthday, who passed away in 2009, so they are excited to have a new reason to celebrate the day. Melanie and Mike also have a two-year-old, named Benjamin, who is the greatest gift. The whole family lives in Seekonk, Mass. Melanie has been working as a project manager at Iron Construction in Warwick, R.I. ¶ Jill Gendron Muccino took a new job as home care director for Alere Health, providing care in the home for high-risk pregnant women. And with that, she relocated her family to Tallahassee, Fla.! Her family is loving the sun and their backyard pool. Two out of three of her kids are already in elementary school, with Laney in first grade and Nora in kindergarten. They are all excited to explore Florida! ¶ Kristen Gleneck Chiumiento has been busy with her three children. Daughter Mia is following her mamma’s footsteps and joined a local swim team, winning five medals at her state championships this summer. Kristen maintains that being part of the Regis swim team was one of her best memories at Regis! She’s officially

a swim mom. ¶ Lauren Liscombe Morris lives in Colchester, Conn., with her husband Casey, son Torre, age 7, and daughter Ellie, age 3. Lauren and Casey just celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary! She has been working part-time as an outpatient therapist in the mental health program at AHM Youth and Family Services on top of her full-time job as a mom. The Morris family has been focusing on local eating and love visiting nearby farms. Lauren has also been teaching herself to preserve food and garden organically. ¶ Kerri Oates Boudreault recently accepted a job teaching sixth grade ELA at Pickering Middle School in Lynn, Mass. She is busy at home too, running her sons Tyler, age 14, and Conor, age 10, practically everywhere! If any of you North Shore peeps are looking to join a softball league, Kerri is the coordinator for the Beverly Women’s Softball League. Look her up if you are interested in playing! ¶ Meg Tierney Connor had a wonderful time this past May seeing so many classmates over Reunion Weekend! She’s back working at Regis part-time in the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations as one of their major giving officers. She loves being back on campus and getting to witness the progression of the campus development plan each day. She’s quite busy with her 6-year-old daughter Grace and 2-year-old son Jack. She’s hoping maybe one of these days they will learn to sleep through the night! Meg spent some of her summer recovering from laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, but she did enjoy August as best as she could, visiting family down the Cape in North Falmouth whenever she had the chance.


15th Reunion ✒ Jessica Schumaker Grondin, 617435-3450, ✒ Lisa

Owen, 801-231-5487, lowen423@gmail. com ¶ After working for the Girl Scouts for 10 years, Thais Teixeira Frost left her job and moved with the

family to Keene, N.H., where husband Jason took on a position with C&S grocers. Thais is enjoying being at home with her children: Jonah (11), and twins Kara and Leah (7), volunteering at their school and starting her new floral design business from her home. ¶ Erika Swanson Walther and her husband Josh welcomed their second son, Camden, on March 20. He weighed in at 9 lbs. 8 oz., and was 21½". She is currently working as a 3rd grade teacher in Waltham. ¶ Courtney McAulay Patterson is still working at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the IVF lab. She has been there for nine years. Courtney had her second child, a boy, on April

1. His big sister Rylie loves him. ¶ Ruth-Anne Macauley reports that she has two cats and is planning a trip to Scotland next year. She and her husband, Seth, have been married for two years and currently reside in Arlington. ¶ I am heading into my 15th year of teaching in Salt Lake City. I am raising my 8-year-old niece (with my parents) and staying plenty busy. If you’d like to send information for our next update, please email me at Facebook has also been a great resource to connect with Regis grads. ¶ Jennifer (Kokoth) Jones reports that she finished her Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Administration at Sacred Heart University. Congrats, Jen! ¶ I was happy to see that we received save the date magnets for the 2016 Reunion Weekend, our 15th!!! Please spread the word so we can start discussing plans.


✒ Adrian B. Sexton, 646-320-0901, ¶ We have lots

of updates to share! On January 22, Ashley Poor gave birth to her second daughter, Ruby Laine Grantham, joining older sister Cannan. On March 6, Georgette Swain Oosting had another successful homebirth. She and Rudi named their third child Frederick Rudolf. He joins big sisters Mathilda (6) and Wilhelmina (2). Wedding bells rang on a windy, yet perfect day for Kara Sprague and new husband Steven Magee. They tied the knot June 7, 2015, on Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with a small gathering of friends and family. Kara is also starting her fourth year as a school counselor at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Maine. Erika Shupe made the trek from Bozeman, Mont., to be in attendance for Kara’s nuptials. Erika has been teaching Latin for 13 years and also teaches daily at the Virtual Learning Academy in N.H. After living in Montana for the last six years, she decided to put down some roots and just celebrated her one-year anniversary of being a homeowner! She loves hiking, mountain biking, and skiing in the mountains of Montana, but frequently comes home to Maine to visit family. Also in June, the celebration of an upcoming wedding in September was held when Colleen O’Connell was showered by friends and family including, Megan Eldridge Wroldson, a bridesmaid, as well as Becky Hamm Heins, Andrea DePaoli, Kate Lucek and Karyn Lessard. July brought the birth of a beautiful baby girl for Alicia Colcord and partner Jonathan Blank. Adeline Julie was born July 16 weighing 6 lbs, 14 oz. Adeline joins big sisters Freya and Ella and big brother Noah. Speaking of babies,

class Kelly Linehan and her husband, Noah,

They welcomed their daughter, Mila, September 4, 2014. If you haven’t already, please connect with our group page on Facebook “Regis College-Class of 2002.”


✒ Katie C. Blais, 978-790-8554, ¶ Some updates from the Class of 2003. Kerry Phipps

had the best day of her life on November 15, 2014, when she married Kaitlyn Marie Phipps nee Platt. In January the couple bought their first house together and moved from San Diego to Maryland. Kerry is currently working at Surefire Social and handles their search engine marketing. Kerry and Kaitlyn are looking to add to their family of two dogs following the loss of their beloved westie Eva who passed away in June of 2015. Danielle Margarida recently accepted a position as the Youth Services Coordinator for the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. Now a children’s librarian without a library, Danielle works in a state office building where there are (she thinks) no children. Despite the initial shock of working solely with grown-ups, Danielle is very happy to provide support services to children’s and teen librarians throughout the state. This fall she is looking forward to advising the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Committee and running the annual Mock Newbery program. Danielle had previously been the Head of Youth Services at the Sharon Public Library in Sharon, Mass., where she conducted rowdy storytimes, hyped books, and put glitter on everything. Kristin Smith Schultes and her husband Nick recently purchased a new home in Cranford, NJ. Aside of decorating and renovating the adorable 1920s house Kristin also works at MetLife as a Content Marketing Specialist. Sarah Turi Lepardo and her husband Robbie welcomed a little girl Elizabeth in April 2014. Big brother Joey (3) is adjusting to having a new sibling around. Sarah also accepted a new job in October 2014 as a compensation analyst at Dunkin’ Brands based in Canton, Mass. Carolyn Dandurand has had a full year. Among other things, she started off by getting her Digital Marketing Certificate from the American Graphics Institute in Woburn and just started a job as a Marketing Associate at Advanced Instruments, Inc. in Norwood – they asked her to come on as a full-time employee after she worked for them in a contract role for three months. As for myself, my husband Marc and I are still living in Miami. I am enjoying being able to walk on the beach every morning and have gotten

involved in local arts and community scene assisting the MiMo Biscayne Association with their social media marketing. I hope to hear from more classmates; please send your updates to


✒ Paula Power Spadea, 781-413-5593, ¶ Happy Fall

2015! It is amazing how fast this year has gone and all that our Regis ladies have achieved. Nicole Hoffman Solano and her family are moving to northern Virginia. Stephanie Barros Hansbury, her husband Tom, and their baby girl Guiliana bought a house in Dedham. Julie Burgoyne Sears, her husband and children moved to Simsbury, Conn. The children are loving their new house with a backyard. Lorena Sestayo got married in Spain with Melanie Acuna and Yokathelin Pimentel by her side. Jen Brundige is engaged and is getting married to her fiancé Adam Finnemore in 2017. Maria CoughlinLok and her husband welcomed a baby girl Cristina Meghan in February. Kaitlynn Malinowski Arvidson and her husband Will had a little gentleman named Gabriel Xavier added to their family. Paula Power Spadea and her husband Mike are welcoming a baby in October. The sex of the baby is still a surprise! Mary Gay-Donovan, her husband, their two daughters and Mary’s parents moved together to Duxbury, Mass. Her oldest daughter is starting kindergarten in September. Mary is a stay-at-home mother. In January 2016, they are taking a large group to Disney World to celebrate different occasions and to run in the half marathon. Lorick Wash continues to work in Boston, enjoys being a foodie at the latest restaurants in Boston while living a feline-free lifestyle. Dana Beguerie will be boxing again to raise money for leukemia. Thank you all for keeping in touch and updating the class on your beautiful lives. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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will be welcoming a new addition around Halloween! Gus, who served as ring bearer at their Valentine’s day wedding, will be a great big “brother.” Congrats! Christina Paul Marabella, her husband, Tony, and their pooch, Elliot, packed their bags and moved into their new home in Chelmsford, Mass., in mid-July. Congratulations! All good things are happening for Kat Yang! She’s in an indie film “Fairfield Follies” coming out in the fall. Kat also owns a fashion event planning company called Accessory Diary Productions, and puts on fashion shows in Boston and New York City. Adrian Sexton has been in a series of musical parodies including “The Hunger Games” (Effie) and “Steel Magnolias” (Clairee). Adrian is also a featured performer at the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC, every Monday night with her improv troupe Lightning Round. If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check her out! Jessica Albrent continues to travel the world! She is in her second year of teaching grade 5 at the Bilking Erbil College in Erbil, Iraq. In September, she will also start her Master’s in Educational Leadership with George Mason University. And some belated updates: Noelle Roop has been happily married for five years to her wonderful wife, Rachael. The couple also just finished a two-year renovation project on their house in Arlington, and are happy to be done with construction! (Not that they actually did any of the work!) Noelle is going into her eighth year as a school psychologist for Boston Public Schools, recently accepted a teaching position at Tufts University in their graduate school psychology program, and is also approaching her one-year anniversary of completing her doctorate from Northeastern. Congrats, Dr. Roop! Jessica Surette Scanlon and husband Pat have three beautiful “babies.” Mackenzie is 7, Madison is 4, and Kellan is 2. They bought a new house in April and have been married for 10 years! Jess currently teaches fourth grade and Pat is a State Trooper. Deven D’Angeli Heroux has been living in Framingham with her husband, James, their two Australian Labradoodles, Levi and Hadley, and their very active and funny 2-year-old son, Seth Henry, who always keeps them on their toes! Latoya McGregor Gimler is living in Connecticut these days with her husband of seven years and has a handsome 5-year-old little boy. Latoya also had the pleasure of meeting Carson Daly in Los Angeles when she went to support her sister, who was a contestant on “The Voice” finishing in the top 10! ¶ Mara Crisafulli Arnold got married August 3, 2012, at a winery north of Seattle.



✒ Christina Aprea Young, 401-835-1296, ✒ Kathryn H. Bloomquist, 508-429-2735, khbloomq@ ¶ Michelle Class Petersen: Hi!

We’d love to announce the arrival of Zoey Rose Petersen on June 3. She is truly a blessing and is very loved by her big brother Zachary. ¶ Lauren Pullia Spencer: I received my master’s in education with a concentration in special education from BSU this past December. Charlie Thomas Spencer came into our lives on Thanksgiving Day, 11/27/14. I am living in Osterville and have been working at Riverview School for 10 years now. ¶ Olivia

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Kelley: We welcomed Winston Peter to our family on January 28! He joins big sister Emmaline (3) and big brother Henry (2) and is a happy, healthy baby! We could not be happier. ¶ Mary Ann Stoica Manning: Craig and I welcomed our first child Nora Grace to the family on June 4. Mercifully she is a good-natured and happy baby who likes to smile and sleep through the night. ¶ Lauren Vey Fournier: My husband Dan and I welcomed our first child Hazel Anne to our family on July 6. She is happy, healthy, and such a joy in our lives. ¶ Meredith Ann Creeden: I received a Master of Science in Nursing and began my career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am engaged and will be marrying my fiancé, Patrick, in April 2016. We recently purchased our first home in South Hadley, Mass., and we love spoiling our beautiful hound dog Bailey. ¶ Kaitlynn Damon Muzrall: Riley Elizabeth joined the Muzrall crew (joining big brothers Aiden and Myles) last September. We are loving every minute of watching the kids grow. ¶ Emily Elizabeth Hall Aviza: I got married November 1, 2014 to Joseph Aviza Jr. Regis Class of 2004 girls Aroostine Brown, Moira Finley, and Bobbie Finocchio were in the wedding and Kamille Carthy was there as well. We moved to Phoenix, AZ, back in March, just getting used to the dry heat, no change of seasons, and no snow. ¶ Judy Solar Olivenza: In September I’ll be graduating from Northeastern University Amore-McKim School of Business with a Master of Science in Business Innovation. I’m continuing my graduate education in 2016 by pursuing my MBA. ¶ Meg Sullivan: I got my Masters of Education from Curry College in May 2013. I’m still on the Cape, and involved with a few community theatres here–watch my Facebook for the latest! I switched jobs last August to an education management-type job still at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod but no longer at their Child Development Center; I’m managing the Aircrew Training/ Records for the Coast Guardsmen there. Wish I could’ve made reunion. ¶ Sharon Lemay Ploss: My husband and I welcomed our second boy, Camden, to the family in April. We are just so grateful that big brother Callen is in love with his new brother.


✒ Leah Boniface, 978-310-7010, ✒ Sarah Boniface Sauder, 774-245-1085 ¶ Christin Ranucci Luttrell gave birth to her

daughter, Gabriella Sophia Luttrell, on January 10, 2015. She continues to work for a Boston-based hedge fund

as a Partner, leading U.S. marketing. She resides in Ashland, Mass., with her daughter and husband. Kate Daley Fisher is teaching social studies K–five this year. Her children, Jovi and PJ, finished cancer treatments recently. Marrissa Gondola Brunetti was asked to join the Regis Alumni Board of Directors. Her three-year term has begun and she is looking forward to working with everyone. Stay tuned for more Cape Cod events! ¶ This past May at the All-Alumni Reunion Kimberly Barrett received the surprise of her life. Ashley Villandry ’08 asked her to head up to the Tower to take a couple “selfies.” After a few pictures, Ashley asked if she could tell Kim something, and in an amazing, oncein-a-lifetime moment she proposed! Kimberly thought those were all the surprises in store, but later in the day, in her college dorm, Ashley had all of her friends there waiting to surprise Kim yet again. They then danced the night away under the tent with fellow alumni Melinda Rondeau ’06, Colleen Collarusso ’06, Liz Aiello, Elsbeth Hurley, Ashley Brown ’17 and friends. A huge thank you to all of the friends who came out to celebrate. If that was a small preview of their wedding, Kim and Ashley can’t wait for 2017!


✒ Jennifer A. Thomas, 401-723-5778, or ✒ Ms. Kristine Zarifian, 617-924-1452, ¶ Regis alum-

nae have been busy getting engaged and married, having children, and traveling! Abigail Kuzia recently got engaged to her fiancé Michael and they are planning on tying the knot in Puerto Rico (where Michael is from) in 2017. Abigail launched her own wedding and portrait photography business in March 2014. Tarah Harris Green married her husband Daniel on November 24, 2013. Growing up attending the same church, they have known each other since they were two years old! Tarah is working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with Multiple Sclerosis patients. She and Daniel live in Bridgewater, Mass. Shawna Smith Egan married Robert Egan in February, surrounded by family, friends, and the snow of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. They honeymooned in Europe and “memories of some of my Regis history classes emerged as we ventured through Rome, Naples, Tuscany, Pompeii, Barcelona, and Marseilles,” says Shawna. They are settling into a home in Metheun, Mass., and Shawna was recently promoted to the Assistant Director of the library at Rivier University. Jayme Girard

celebrated her wedding in Mexico in May and bought a house in Maine. She is keeping busy working as a Regional Marketing Manager for Core Power and has a 3-year-old son! Kendra Morgado Ryan is also a Mom and she and her husband are expecting their second little girl in December! Kendra is working part time as a pediatric RN. Jill O’Sullivan Donohue married Kelly Donohue at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Newton on July 24. The couple honeymooned in Longboat Key, Fla., and is planning a trip to Ireland in 2016. Jill works for TJX Companies and Kel works for the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The couple resides in Winthrop, Mass. Caitlyn Fraser graduated with a master’s in education from Lesley University in February. She is looking forward to celebrating her wedding in November with some lovely classmates who will be in attendance! Mardochee Val is attending the University of Pennsylvania where she is working on a master’s degree with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia. Before beginning her studies, Mardochee relaxed during a vacation to Mexico in May! Amanda Ventura gets the distinction of moving the farthest—she is living in Bologna, Italy, where she is teaching English and drama and traveling around the country. She spent the summer developing curriculum for summer campers to learn English in creative ways. A huge congratulations to our Class President, Ashley Villandry, who proposed to her fiancé Kimberly Barrett ’07 during Regis’ Reunion Weekend in May! Thank you to everyone who provided updates! With less than three years until our 10-year Reunion, be sure to join the “Regis College Class of 2008” Facebook page to stay connected and for more information.


✒ Monique A. Colarossi, MAC_777@ ✒ Jocelyn Yabut, ¶ Tiffany BlessingGagnon started a non-profit orga-

nization in August 2014. She is the President and Founder of Corner Kingdom Project Inc. (cornerkingdom Her mission is to design beautiful yet functional rooms for children with special needs or illnesses, providing them with a safe, comfortable space to sleep, play, and live. She currently resides in Hudson, N.H., and is expecting her second baby boy fall 2015! Casey Leon started a new job as the Office Manager and Certified Occupancy Specialist at CSI Support and Development, a company based out of Malden, Mass., that manages seven affordable housing complexes for seniors in the Greater Boston area. She is taking classes toward her

class degree in human services at UMassBoston and is enjoying every second of motherhood; her son Brayden turned three in January!

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



✒ Stephanie Voltaire, 617-304-7982 ✒ Medgyne

Lubin, 617-381-0470, megdyne115@ ¶ Colleen Marie Cormier

No reporter listed.



1941 75th Reunion

No reporter listed.


✒ Margaret Young, 384 West Street,

Leominster, MA 01453, 978-537-3541

1946 70th Reunion

No reporter listed.


No reporter listed.


45th Reunion ✒ Patricia Funder, 25 Sawmill Drive,

Plymouth, MA 02360, 781-356-9759,

1976 40th Reunion

No reporter listed.


Elizabeth Carey Stygles, 24 Macarthur Road, Natick, MA 01760, 508-655-1722,

1986 30th Reunion

✒ Jocelyn Greene, 122 Jacquelyn Drive,

Savannah, GA 31406, 508-650-7410 ✒ Sara Mulrooney, 2701 8th Street So. #302c, Arlington, VA 22204, 703-9203129, ✒ Kimberley Sinclair, 10 Fountain Grass Waye, Plymouth, MA 02360, 617-786-3000,

✒ Jean Lorizio, 125 Warren Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136, 617-725-8160, ✒ Angela Valerio, 15 West Union Street, Ashland, MA 01721, 781-895-6828, angmv11@


✒ Erika LaBella, 92 Sean Circle, Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-3164, ✒ Amy Smith, 40 Meetinghouse Lane, Marshfield, MA 02050, 781-837-2264, Amylarsonsmith


10th Reunion ✒ Erin Campbell, 781-431-7162, ✒

Ryan Carney, 508-212-3950, ✒ Stephanie Larocque, 508-883-7633,

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’09, master’s in nursing class of 2010, married Stephen Troisi on March 14, 2015, at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in Salem, Mass. Colleen is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the Department of Youth Services in Brockton, Mass. The couple resides in Woburn, Mass. Janelle Welsh recently concluded her first year of employment as a full-time School Psychologist serving students in grades pre-k through eigth grade at Pomfret Community School in rural Pomfret, Conn. During her time in Pomfret, she started a free afterschool Lego Club for social skills development and enrolled over 65 students ages 5-13. She recently accepted a position at Fitchburg Public Schools and will soon begin her new role as a full time school psychologist for Crocker and Reingold Elementary Schools in Fitchburg, Mass. Also, in October 2015 she celebrated three years as an Emergency Services Crisis Specialist at Community Healthlink, Inc. serving at-risk youth and families between Worcester and Leominster, MA. Shannon Tonelli traveled to Italy this summer with family and friends to connect with her Italian relatives and explore the country. Now she is back at school, beginning her third year as a fourth grade teacher in Medway. Stephanie Cornely Allien graduated from physician assistant school and she is working at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. On August 9, 2015, she married the love of her life! Stephanie Voltaire enjoys her new position at the Boston Public Health Commission as a Program Coordinator in the Chronic Disease and Prevention Control Division. She is also busy working on her line of handmade handbags and is enjoying her travels this year.


✒ Robin Doyle, 5 Rose Lane, Atkinson, NH 03811, 781-749-2925, rdoyle@ ✒ Christina Kennedy, 80 Perkins Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, 617-482-5440, cdlgkennnedy@ ✒ Bethlee O’Connor McLaughlin, 3601 Justin Drive, Palm Harbor, FL 34685, 727-872-4872, ✒ Lt. Col. Elaine Posanka, 180 Winding Way, Normandy, TN 37360, 931-454-3000,

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



5th Reunion ✒ James Guaragna, 617-246-5636,


✒ Alyson Goncalves, 508-287-0909,


✒ Jacqueline Williams, 781-571-9679,


✒ Markenson Telfort, 781-629-2652,

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In Memory 1936 M. Mercurio, CSJ February 9, 2012

1946 Dorothy Shea Connors May 5, 2003

1937 Mary Rourke Casey December 26, 2013

Joanne Gosselin Langelier November 17, 2011

1938 Katherine Black November 1, 2003

Joan McClusky O’Leary April 16, 2006

Anne Caputo Ciampa June 9, 2013 Mary Melanson O’Connor February 15, 2015


Regis has been notified of the following alumni and friends who passed away. Those listed are notifications received between April 24, 2015, to September 30, 2015. May they rest in God’s eternal peace.

Etheldrita Shay, CSJ September 2, 2011 Clare Morgan Steverman November 17, 2013


1939 Anne Laffin June 6, 2015 1940 Mildred Hickey Brown March 26, 2015 Mayrose Smith Noonan December 13, 2007 Mary Sampson Schmidt November 20, 2014 1941 Margaret Fahey Bakey August 17, 2010 M. Moran Sheehan August 18, 2010 1942 Phyllis Tremblay Kedney December 29, 2013 Marguerite McCann Scully July 8, 2012 1943 Marisol Gallagher, CSJ December 19, 2011 Marie Carroll O’Brien May 7, 2014 Anne O’Neill June 30, 2000 1945 Jacqueline Penez Criscenti May 24, 2015

Rita Leverone Phillips February 13, 2012 Muriel Furfey Wolff April 11, 2015 1947 Barbara Cholakos June 24, 2015 Kathryn Doppman Hartman May 7, 2015 Ann Sloane Howard, MD June 2, 2015 Mary Pez Mullen August 10, 2009 Rosemary Howe Sweeney June 1, 1994 1948 Marion Blue Fahey Brennan May 19, 2015 Mary Barrett Lyons September 18, 2015 1949 Rosemary Flynn Cashman June 1, 2015 M. Serena Cullen, CSJ June 11, 2014 1950 Mary Louise Mullin Cornes August 16, 2015 Mary O’Reilly Duclos October 9, 2014 1951 Patricia McAndrew Brainin July 2, 2015 Barbara Coolen Corrado August 3, 2015

Ann Brown Janes June 13, 2015 Marcia Porter Sherer April 29, 2010 1952 Helen Browne March 15, 2015 Ann Geisel August 15, 2015 1953 Regina Boyle Gordon July 22, 2015 Dorothy Hart, CSJ December 14, 2011 Joan Ash Morton February 18, 2015 Barbara Dalton Sweeney August 23, 2015 1954 Ann Kellaher Connolly May 20, 2015 M. Karen Cunningham, SBS August 27, 2015 Helen Hart Heneghan July 13, 2015 1955 Louisette Bouley, CSJ January 28, 2015 Marie Doyle, CSJ December 25, 2004 Mary Leonard Duggan January 28, 2015 Sylvia O’Donnell Grace June 13, 2015 Maryann Kennedy Nordin April 7, 2001 Kathleen Finn Russo June 4, 2015 1956 Mary Jane Mead Mullen December 13, 2006 1958 Jane M. Bushey September 15, 2015 Jeanne Denning Collier August 17, 2015

1959 Mary Lou Bettencourt April 2, 2015 Mary Callahan May 25, 2015 1962 Sharlene Riel Locker September 16, 2015 1967 Carole Lombard, CSJ July 23, 2013 Marjorie Foster Murray December 30, 2014 Grace Vera, CSJ September 27, 2003 1968 Patricia DeConinck Power March 10, 2015 1970 Therese Ascolillo April 10, 2014 Eileen Schmieder September 4, 2009 1972 Lois Stender Rolke May 9, 2011 1973 Catherine McGrath Terebetsky June 2, 1991 1976 Patricia O’Looney February 16, 2013 Zaida Petievich August 14, 2012 1981 Janice O’Rourke Damon June 24, 2015 1983 Sarah Hays June 16, 2015

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Financial aid. Faculty development. Technology. Library resources. Study abroad. Residential life. Mac lab. Furniture. Scholarships. Community service trips. Science labs. Student events. Building renovations. iPad program. Pizza with the President. Fine Arts Center exhibits. Mentoring. Athletics. Student clubs. Campus Police and Safety. Graduate student lounge. Snow removal. Nursing simulation equipment. Campus Ministry and Service. Campus maintenance. Theatre productions. Center for Global Connections. Health services. Pride Guides. Pep rallies. Student Government Association‌ ‌and the list goes on.

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A Youthful Spirit


Seeing Roberta Macdonald ’35 carry her class banner in the parade at her 80th Reunion is telling of two things: Regis is still close to her heart, and she is 101 years young. After all, she turned down a ride on the golf cart, instead opting to make the walk from Walters Hall to the Reunion tent on the front lawn. And proudly so. “Doesn’t your alma mater always mean a lot to you?” Macdonald is one of eight children, born in 1914 in nearby Somerville. “I went to Mount Saint Joseph Academy [in Brighton] and the regular route was from there to Regis,” she recalls. “I knew a lot of people when I went there— I had a lot of ‘sisters’ to look up to—and I had been around the Sisters of St. Joseph all my life. It was like home.” That sentiment runs deeper than the connection with high school classmates and teachers. Macdonald’s own family boasts impressive Regis attendance: three sisters (Constance Macdonald Butler ’38, Marguerite Macdonald Sutherland ’43, and Carolyn Macdonald, SM ’49—Sister Mary Joseph Regis); two nieces (Regina Butler Lally ’79 and Elizabeth Macdonald Natsios ’73); and a grand-niece (Rebecca Macdonald Randazzo ’08, ’09). Her mother, Regina Gage Macdonald, was a past president of the Regis Mothers Guild.

“It really is in the family,” Macdonald says. “It’s inside of us.” Betty Ann Hynes Elliott ’49, alumni relations assistant, became familiar with those family ties. “I enjoyed all of the stories about her sister, Carolyn, who was my classmate and became a Maryknoll Sister,” she recalls of time spent together at Macdonald’s 80th Reunion this past spring. “I was thrilled that Roberta was our first alumna to attend her 80th Reunion at Regis,” adds Christina Duggan, director of alumni and donor relations. Inside of Macdonald, a fiery spirit defines “young at heart;” but she is unassuming when she talks about her life’s accomplishments. She graduated from Regis with a Latin major and Greek minor, magna cum laude. She was a member of the Students’ Spiritual Council for four years, a member of Student Government, president of Sigma Tau Phi, and class secretary junior and senior years. She earned a master’s in business from Boston University and a doctorate in education law at the University of Florida-Gainesville. Professionally, she spent 35 years at Fisher College in Boston and 10 years at Virginia Western Community College. Today, Macdonald resides close to her Boston roots at Youville House in Cambridge. Regis blankets (one in blue, the other in maroon and

gold) are draped over chairs in her apartment—a reminder of her alma mater. “Regis was special because I was always comfortable,” she says simply, a sentiment oft heard by students and alumni. That feeling of comfort is still there for Macdonald. “When I come across fellow graduates—and it happens more often than not these days—they’re part of my connection to Regis. There’s something special about meeting someone tied to your previous life because it brings you back and makes things alive again.” Speaking of connections, it’s hard to put into words what it’s like to spend the afternoon with Macdonald. Her keen wit and knack for storytelling make for easy conversation marked with laughter, and a feeling of admiration for her youthful spirit (which the self-declared ice cream aficionado lightheartedly credits to her sweet tooth—“with extra whipped cream”). As our visit comes to a close, we experience a “Macdonald goodbye.” “At the end of a big family gathering, we would all make our way toward the door at the front hall,” she recalls. “Then we would stand there and talk and talk and talk and never go home.” A happy ending—complete with an open invitation to stop by anytime for ice cream.

photo (right): Kathleen Dooher


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