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Vision 2020 New strategy map sets priorities for Rivier’s innovative future page 12

Creating a lasting impression Clement Street enhancements to unify the campus landscape page 14

Inspired to lead Celebrating Rivier’s transformative mission and first Psy.D. graduates at Commencement 2017 page 16





10  DEVELOPING 21ST-CENTURY LEADERS Alumni work collaboratively with Career Services to create new opportunities for students 12 VISION 2020  New strategy map sets priorities for Rivier’s innovative future 14 CREATING A LASTING IMPRESSION  Clement Street enhancements to unify the campus landscape 15  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Global Scholars Honors Program challenges students to adopt a wider worldview


16  INSPIRED TO LEAD  Celebrating Rivier’s transformative mission and first Psy.D. graduates at Commencement 2017




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From the President Dear Friends of Rivier, In this issue of Rivier Today, you will read about the University’s forward momentum, focus on achievement, and the continuing aspirations of our faculty and students. Vision 2020, the University’s strategy map, is the outcome of a five month visioning process inclusive of our Board of Trustees and the Rivier community. Like all good maps, this document will keep us focused on our “destination.” Each area of the plan will be outlined in future issues, so let me highlight Rivier’s strategic priorities for the next several years: • Innovation in the Sciences, especially in science facilities and programs; • Information Technology and Learning, especially the renewal of the University’s learning spaces; • Philanthropy and Partnerships: expanding opportunities for the University’s donor investors to make an impact in the lives of students and the

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next generation of our region’s workforce. Building on our transformed campus as a result of the Gateway Projects, we are sharing new plans for enhancements to the Rivier landscape. The Dion Center and Clement Street facilities will see improvements this summer and fall that will leave a lasting impression on campus visitors. This issue also recognizes students’ stories, bringing to life the most recent initiatives of the Employment Promise Program. Michael Croatti ’09G, alumnus, Rivier Trustee, and Alumni Council member, represents the qualities of one who pays it forward—sharing a Rivier education with the next generation. Global engagement and diversity continues as a theme, and you will see students engaged in study abroad in Beijing, China, Spain, and University-sponsored trips to New Orleans and Costa Rica. Our expanding Global Scholars Honors Program offers experiences of diverse cultures

and religions and challenges students to view the world from multiple perspectives. Rivier alumni are ever on the move, and we delight in the professional accomplishments of Cindy Arcieri, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Cindy’s profile and her work represents the quality of our graduates and our preeminence in the State of New Hampshire. Of course, there is no more exciting day in the life of a University than Commencement. Not only will you read about the Class of 2017, but more importantly you will see the sense of joy, accomplishment, and anticipation on the faces of more than 900 Rivier graduates who move forward transformed in heart and mind to serve the world. Sincerely, Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM President

President Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM

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All alumni are invited back to campus for this fall weekend celebration. Join us as we celebrate the anniversaries of Reunion Classes ending in 7 ̓s and 2 ̓s. Stay up-to-date on the latest Alumni Reunion Weekend news!

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and Welcome Center Dion Center, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Breakfast Dion Dining Center, 9-10:30 a.m. Start off the day with breakfast in Rivierʼs Dining Center.

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Departing from the Dion Center at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Take a walking tour of campus led by a Rivier Student Ambassador and check out the new developments since your last visit.


Reunion Class Photos Dion Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Gather with your classmates for a class photo, a special keepsake commemorating your anniversary. Check the time for your class photo at the Welcome Center. ■

Reunion BBQ Lunch Dion Center Patio and Quad, Noon Enjoy a casual barbecue lunch outside on the Dion Center patio. Show your Rivier pride by posing for a photo with the Raider mascot.


Hospitality Lounge Dion Center, Open from 1-5 p.m. Meet up with your classmates in a relaxing environment between reunion events. Enjoy coffee and conversation! ■

Canvas and Cabernet Dion Center Board Room, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

A little paint, a little wine, and a whole lot of fun! Our painting instructor will lead you in creating a masterpiece. (No painting ability required!) Sip wine with your classmates and have fun during this interactive painting class.

Campus Tour Departing from the Dion Center at 3 p.m.

President’s Cocktail Reception and Alumni Dinner Dion Center, Cocktail Reception, 5-6 p.m., Dinner and Entertainment, 6-10 p.m. Join us for a cocktail reception and dinner event. The Class of 1967 will be inducted into the Golden Society, and we will present the Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award and several alumni achievement awards. After dinner, keep the fun going while enjoying musical entertainment. ■



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SUNDAY • SEPTEMBER 24 ■ Alumni Reunion Mass Resurrection Chapel, 10 a.m. Join with classmates in prayer and thanksgiving. Champagne Breakfast with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary Madeleine Hall, Perreault Room, 11 a.m. Enjoy a full breakfast while catching up with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, a Reunion Weekend tradition.

MONDAY • SEPTEMBER 25 ■ 2  0th Annual Rivier

University Golf Classic Nashua Country Club, Noon Shotgun Start Join us for a great day of golf as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Golf Classic. All proceeds support the Raiders athletics program and health and fitness resources at Rivier. Register for a foursome or a single player spot. The tournament includes a barbecue lunch, 18 holes of golf, dinner and awards ceremony, raffle prizes, and more.

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Nominate a classmate for an Alumni Award The Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award, the Universityʼs highest alumni honor, is bestowed on a Rivier alumna(us) each year during Reunion Weekend in September. This is a lifetime achievement award honoring exceptional dedication and contributions to Rivier, the community, and the individualʼs profession. The University will also recognize an outstanding educator, nurse or healthcare professional, and a business and community leader, and will present a Young Alumni Award. To learn more about these awards, visit www.

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For the RECORD Rivier serves in Costa Rica

Costa Rican children participated in an afternoon educational health event presented by Rivier students and faculty.

Rivier nursing students and faculty traveled to Costa Rica for an experiential culture and clinical immersion trip this spring. Nursing instructor Tracy Hardy, MS, APRN-BC and Nursing Resource Center Coordinator Cheryl Bragdon, MS, RN, CNE, CHSE led 15 undergraduate and graduate nursing students on this handson transformational learning opportunity with the goal to grow their cultural competence and ability to care for diverse populations. The Franciscans of the Purísima Concepción hosted the group during their stay in Alajuela, a small village outside of San José. The group's days consisted of traveling to local villages and conducting home visits to survey and evaluate potential patients. When necessary, these patients were scheduled for an appointment at the clinic. With the assistance of local healthcare providers, students staffed this field clinic and obtained experience in interview and physical exam skills as well as the evaluation of tropical diseases and disorders. “We saw a lot of women's health, pediatrics, upper respiratory, gastrointestinal, dehydration, cardiac, and dermatology complaints, and addressed health maintenance and education,” says Hardy, who teaches in Rivier's graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program and is also co-director of the Office of Student Health Services. They treated patients with simple ailments such as colds and sinus infections, and referred those with more serious illnesses, such as one patient with congestive heart failure, to the local hospital for further treatment. “All of the students worked together, and it was so amazing when the graduate students stepped up and took the undergraduate students under their wings to help them do what they might not have



felt comfortable doing by themselves,” says Bragdon, who leads the Clinical Simulation Lab at Rivier. “The undergraduate students were very thankful. They wouldn’t have necessarily had the courage to do what they did without the support and encouragement offered to them by the graduate students.” Students and faculty observed many differences in Costa Rican healthcare practices as compared to those in the United States. “Costa Rican healthcare providers are much more conservative with antibiotics,” says Hardy. “I would say that ninety percent of the patients left the clinic without antibiotics, which is good.” Bragdon adds, “They do not use gloves when treating patients the same way that we use gloves in the United States. They have limited resources and cannot afford them.” Students also spent time with the local children interacting socially and learning about their daily activities including their health, education, and lifestyle. They provided education to the children and their families on the benefits of hand washing, oral hygiene, and hydration. Children are covered by a global healthcare system in Costa Rica, but transportation is a barrier. “With limited transportation to access healthcare facilities, local clinics are very important,” says Bragdon. “Consequently, home remedies are used, including snake oil to treat asthma, which was surprising to us.” This experience provided an opportunity to put Rivier’s mission into action, and students were rewarded as a result. “After being a nurse for 18 years, I have a better sense of who I am and what I want to do for others, a better sense of service, a better sense of enlightenment and fulfillment of my career,” says Melissa Wilson, an RN and graduate student in Rivier’s Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program. “I have a renewed sense of the nurse practitioner I want to be.” Emily Langley, a junior in Rivier’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, adds, “I am beyond blessed that I received this opportunity to learn from amazing nurses and professors. The trip has Rivier nursing students spent time transformed how I view visiting a local volcano and a cacao healthcare and my life for plantation. They also toured San José the better.” during their time in Costa Rica.

The latest news from around Rivier campus Journeys of discovery “The language barrier was a little intimidating at first,” says Whittier. “I had to find it in myself to go out and do things anyway. I couldn’t worry about being looked at differently because I could barely speak Spanish.” Whittier was able to experience both the urban and rural cultures of Spain

traveling on his own with a fellow student. The friends drove five hours experiencing the beautiful scenery including desert farmland outside of Madrid. Whittier is considering another semester abroad with South America as a possible destination. “Embracing new cultures is so worth it, and you grow so much,” he says.

Maria Amparo ’17 stands in front of Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beijing’s largest and best preserved Qing Dynasty example of ancient Chinese architecture, located at Qianhai Xijie to the north of Shichahai.

Maria Amparo ’17 completed her fall 2016 semester in China at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. “The journey of studying abroad changes you as a person and gives light to new perspectives in your life,” says the business management major. Amparo took a risk in traveling to Beijing, China—an entirely unfamiliar culture and language—but in doing so benefited personally from the experience. “China is a place where a person truly learns a lot about their character,” she says. Amparo's experience in China gave her unforgettable memories including forging new friendships, riding camels in the desert, meeting monks in Tibet, camping in the Gobi Desert, and retracing the legendary caravan trade routes that connected China with Europe. “These friendships will

live on for a lifetime because we share something that only we as explorers understand,” says Amparo. Amparo highly recommends a challenging study abroad experience. “Take a leap of faith and go somewhere that no one would expect you to go,” she says. “A place where you are forced to step out of your comfort zone because it is in these moments that you truly learn who you are and how you react to life. I believe studying abroad is an opportunity to truly discover where you fit in, in this giant beautiful planet full of mysterious places.” Psychology/business dual major Kenneth Whittier ’19 traveled to Madrid, Spain last fall to attend Comillas Pontifical University. This immersive experience required him to live on his own with limited Spanish which was challenging.

Ken Whittier ’19 visits the beautiful Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) in Retiro Park in Central Madrid. This building is considered one of the best examples of architecture in iron and glass in Spain.



For the RECORD The road less traveled—Rivier students spend spring break in Louisiana helping flood and storm victims

“Choosing to go to New Orleans, Louisiana, for my spring break was easily the best decision of my life,” says Emily DeCarolis ’18, one of 13 Rivier students who traveled with Kristin Nelson, Rivier’s Director of Campus Ministry, and Intervarsity staff member Isaiah Martin for an alternative spring break. The group embarked on a nine-day community service trip—complete with a 60-hour, roundtrip bus ride— to the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The Ward is bounded by water and was especially hard hit during Hurricane Katrina and more recent floods and storms. While some reconstruction has taken place over the last 11 years, the damage lingers, and vacant lots and homes still line the streets of the Ward’s predominantly African American neighborhoods.


The spring break trip was organized by Intervarsity, a Christian organization dedicated to building faith and leadership among college students. This program was designed to explore “Jesus, race, and justice.” Hosted by the Gentilly Baptist Church, the students worked in teams to restore homes, as well as build and tend urban gardens for residents. Days began with breakfast at the church, followed by manual work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at sites throughout the Ward. “It was a very different feeling being in the minority,” says Kristin Nelson. “We began to understand what some people feel every day.” In the evening, there were dynamic speakers and group discussions on the intersection of Christian faith, service, and racial reconciliation. Individual and group prayer were woven throughout the day.


Rivier students had the privilege of working on Deacon Floyd Brown’s home, completing two coats of primer and exterior paint and yard work over the course of their trip. Deacon Brown serves his church and is the sole caregiver to his wife, who is chronically ill. The Deacon is also an amputee. Given the time he dedicates to his wife’s care and his compromised mobility, the students’ help was greatly appreciated and his gratitude had an impact. “Every morning when we showed up to the worksite, Deacon Brown came out of his house with a big smile and a pleasant greeting for all of us. He continuously thanked us, prayed for us, and showed us how much he cared for us by actively assisting us in what we needed,” says DeCarolis. “He let himself be vulnerable and told us of the hardships he experienced in his life. It was truly inspirational because despite all of the things he [had] dealt with, he kept that beautiful and contagious smile on his face.” Through written reflections, students shared their experiences upon returning. Collectively, they described a sense of belonging, purpose, and impact while on the trip, which they attributed to God’s presence and grace. By stepping out of their comfort zones to

be of service to others, they experienced a deepening of their faith, and a greater understanding of themselves as individuals and their ability to make a difference in the world— true rewards of the road less traveled. Spring break student experiences “What I have realized is for people who have so little, [they] have such big faith. There wasn’t a time that Deacon Brown wasn’t smiling, or laughing, or sharing his stories. Life is funny in the way that attitude really is everything.” – Breanna Stewart ’18 “There has never been a moment in my life where I felt more important, strong, impactful, worthy, and loved … than on our last night in New Orleans. I am so thankful that God blessed me with this opportunity to not only grow, learn, and make a difference, but to strive.” – Sarah Jukins ’20 “I was excited to experience a culture different from my small, New England hometown of Eliot, Maine. The community was so different from the one back home; the church experience was something that I will always keep close to my heart and attempt to teach others…” – Emily Thibeau ’20

The latest news from around Rivier campus New board members contribute leadership and expertise in business management, healthcare, and real estate Rivier University has added three new members to its Board of Trustees. Mr. Michael Croatti ’09G of Pelham, Mr. Mark Mulcahy of Manchester, and Dr. Cecilia Warpinski Stuopis of Amherst, have joined 26 others serving on Rivier’s 2017-2018 Board of Trustees. “Rivier is delighted to welcome our new Board members and recognize their knowledge and varied experience," says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “The Board’s vision and leadership is vital to the advancement of the University’s strategic initiatives and the fulfillment of Rivier’s mission.” Mr. Michael Croatti is the Senior Vice President at UniFirst Corporation, an industryleading uniform service and supply company, where he has held various positions throughout his 25-year career, ultimately advancing to senior leadership. He received his MBA from Rivier University and his bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University. Mr. Croatti is a member of Rivier’s President’s Circle Council and the Alumni Council. He has also served as an Alumni Mentor to Rivier students. He regularly volunteers with Operation Care for Troops, and, in 2012, he created the “Thanks from Home” initiative. Both support programs prepare and send care packages to deployed military personnel around the world.

Rivier Trustees honored for commitment to the community Dianne Mercier, Rivier’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, was named 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in April. She was recognized for her exemplary vision, civic pride, and commitment to the betterment of the Greater Manchester community. Mercier is New Hampshire President of People’s United Bank and serves on several non-profit Boards in New Hampshire.

Mr. Mark Mulcahy is an operating partner and co-owner for Keller Williams Realty in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Londonderry, Hooksett, and Marco Island, Florida. An active member of the community, Mulcahy serves on the Manchester Rotary Club, and the boards of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, Manchester West High School Endowment, and Manchester Crime Line. Mr. Mulcahy is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New Hampshire Association of Realtors, and the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors. He was also a Keller Williams International Board Member in 2014 and 2015. A leader and clinician in regional healthcare, Dr. Cecilia Warpinski Stuopis is the Medical Director and Department Head at MIT Medical, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to this, she has held various executive positions at DartmouthHitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Stuopis received her M.S. in Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College of Medicine, her M.D. from University of Nevada School of Medicine, and her bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She is currently a member of the Association of Independent Living Groups, MIT Panhellenic Association, and Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity. The Honorable Joseph Laplante, Vice Chair of Rivier’s Board of Trustees, received the New Hampshire Bar Association 2017 Distinguished Service to the Public Award in March. The Association noted his public service on the bench as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire and his active participation in the Greater Nashua community. Rivier Trustee Mary Jane Conway King was honored with induction into the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua Hall of Fame in April, recognizing her 28 years of dedicated service. She is President of the Conway Management Company, an international consulting firm that enhances clients’ business performance though sustained organizational improvement.



For the RECORD Annual Day of Service impacts the Greater Nashua community

Inner Circle Reception honors leadership and advisory councils The University hosted an Inner Circle Reception to recognize members of its leadership and advisory councils. Throughout the year, more than 150 business, healthcare, education, and community leaders contribute to Rivier’s dynamic growth. Council members advise faculty and administrators on employers’ needs and industry trends and create greater awareness of the University within the fields they serve. Their expertise helps shape Rivier’s curriculum and professional development experiences, ensuring that academic programs continuously align with market demands. “Our Inner Circle Reception honored our leaders who serve as ambassadors in the local community and beyond,” says Sister Paula Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “It was our privilege to recognize their leadership roles and introduce them to the larger network of those whose aim it is to collectively advance the University.”

Rivier’s fifth annual First-Year Student Day of Service contributed hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua non-profit organizations on April 22. More than 250 Rivier first-year students, upper-class peer mentors, and supporting staff members participated in the event. Students volunteered their time and talents at Anne-Marie House, the Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, Girls Inc. of Greater Nashua, Harbor Homes, the Hunt Community, PLUS Company, Nashua Parks and Recreation, Nashua Police Athletics League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, and the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. In addition, Biology Club students held their 13th annual Earth Day Charitable Road Race/ Walk. “This collaborative event brings the Rivier community and our neighbors together in a unique way,” says Donny Guillemette, Rivier’s Service Learning Coordinator. “The students’ investment of time in the community and non-profit agencies creates greater awareness of local community needs and opportunities to serve.”



Senior Send-off Dinner celebrates Class of 2017, leadership and service award recipients The Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff Leadership Award was presented to Chelsey Hussey ’17 for her outstanding leadership and service to the Dr. Jamison Hoff, former Chair of the Board of Rivier and local Trustees, Chelsey Hussey ’17, and Sr. Paula Marie communities. Buley, IHM, at award presentation The following students were recognized for their service, spirit, and dedication in support of Rivier’s mission and values. Distinguished Service Awards Sarah Levesque Megan Caron Molly McCormack Dana Mott

Rivier Spirit Award Gary Archambault Danielle Willett Anna Davis

REACH Award of Excellence Kayla Davis

The latest news from around Rivier campus Division of Education contributes to Positive Psychology program for local teens Rivier’s Division of Education, the Greater Nashua YMCA, and Hudson Memorial Middle School have come together to create the Y Achievement Center, a Positive Psychology initiative launched in November 2016. In practice, Positive Psychology encourages people to flourish and helps them to function at their optimum level—to be their best selves. By proactively identifying and developing strengths and virtues, individuals, communities, and organizations thrive. The Center was envisioned and sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Nashua. Hudson Memorial School offered their site for the pilot program and time in students’ schedules, and Rivier education faculty Dr. Angela DeSilva-Mousseau and Dr. Diane Monico developed

the curriculum. Rivier graduate students are also involved in tracking and analyzing project results, and undergraduate student teachers will be placed in Hudson Memorial classrooms to help expand the program. In addition to a greater sense of overall well-being and achievement, the project’s goals are specific: to promote higher self-esteem, improved school attendance, and reduced incidence of drinking, drug abuse, violence, and dropout rates for high school students. “At the Y Achievement Center, we have the privilege of working with students from grades 6, 7, and 8th across a very wide spectrum of backgrounds,” shares Erin Mitchell, Director of Achievement, on her YMCA blog. “Today’s kids are seriously

overwhelmed—not for grades or attendance or even behavior issues. I see kids on a daily basis facing issues like cyber bullying and seriously low self-esteem. In our program, we have the unique opportunity to make being positive and expressing our gratitude cool.” Center activities focus on the positive rather than on problems. Students complete three units in 45 days: positive emotions—creating happiness; positive cognitive states— developing a belief in one’s ability to learn and improve; and fostering positive relationships. The program engages students in life-affirming practices and helps them develop skills to tackle challenges head-on. Class activities include Positive Psychology exercises, short readings, videos, journaling,

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group discussions, and service projects. “The response from the students, the school, and local communities has been incredible,” says Dr. DeSilvaMousseau. Initial results are promising; most students have experienced significant increases in self-esteem, happiness, and grit. The Y Achievement Center initiative has also received national recognition with the award of a State Farm “Top 40 in the Nation” Neighborhood Assist grant in February 2017. From a field of 2,000 programs requesting funds for community improvement initiatives, the Center was one of only 40 programs selected to receive a State Farm $25,000 grant.

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Developing 21st-Century Leaders Alumni work collaboratively with Career Services to create new opportunities for students by Patricia Garrity SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AT UNIFIRST Corporation, Michael Croatti ’09G, is a strong supporter of Rivier University, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, and as an Alumni Mentor. These connections to the University led Croatti to encourage employee Michael Murray ’17G, Business Project Manager with oversight for the management trainee program and deployment of UniFirst’s new enterprise program, to enroll in Rivier’s MBA program. Subsequently, Croatti and Murray worked together with Rivier’s Career Services to create an internship training program at UniFirst as part of Murray’s MBA degree. UniFirst is an industry-leading uniform and facility service supply company with 13,000 employee Team Partners at 240 sites who serve 300,000 business customers and two million workers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. This new internship training program will become a feeder program for bringing new management trainees into the business, with both the company and students benefiting. The company provided paid internships to two of the University’s undergraduate business students this spring, Brittani Garza ’17 and Jonathan Chotkowski ’17. “As a company, we have a major need today and for years to come to develop leaders,” says Murray. “I saw Rivier as a great place to find people that share our company’s values.” Real-world opportunities, such as internships, job shadowing, and informational interviews, provide students with hands-on, resume-building experiences that prepare them to successfully enter careers in the 21st-century workforce. “Since the launch of the Employment


Promise Program last year with the Class of 2020, Rivier is committed to broadening experiential learning opportunities that often result in jobs for students after graduation,” says Patricia Antonelli, Executive Director of University Career Services at Rivier. Rivier’s Employment Promise Program promises invested students that if they do not secure a full-time job within nine months of graduation, they will receive additional financial or educational support from the University with payment of federal subsidized student loans for up to 12 months or six graduate courses tuition free. The UniFirst internship program provided Chotkowski with the opportunity to work side-by-side with the plant manager to complete a detailed internal International Organization for Standardization (ISO) report in preparation for the Nashua facility’s annual ISO review in March. “Thanks to Jonathan’s efforts, we had one of our most successful audits,” says Murray. Garza honed her project management skills by creating multiple Work Breakdown Structures that Murray is utilizing today. The students spent the remainder of their internships working on a comprehensive merchandise control program that, when complete, will yield upwards of $100,000 in annual savings to UniFirst’s Nashua facility. “I am proud of both interns as they’ve proven they can think critically, execute complex tasks, and have shown the ability to work independently,” says Murray. This internship experience helped prepare Garza for her career by challenging her in areas that she had not yet experienced. “I have gained a lot more knowledge over the semester by working on projects that directly


benefit the company and me,” says Garza. As a result of his experience, Chotkowski has accepted a full-time position with UniFirst. “The internship was perfect,” says Chotkowski. “I learned how the business is run and it opened the door for me to enter the company after graduation.” “This was an excellent opportunity for both Rivier University and UniFirst to partner together on creating an internship program,” says Antonelli. “Working collaboratively on the design of the program and the recruitment process, UniFirst was able to attract the right candidates.” Rivier University continues to expand internship opportunities for all academic disciplines. Criminal justice students have worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and police departments, nursing majors complete clinical rotations in healthcare facilities, business students work at investment firms, education majors conduct student teaching in K-12 schools—all gaining invaluable experience and opportunities to learn and excel in their career fields. The UniFirst internship program is a flagship endeavor of the Employer Partner Network, a new University Career Services initiative, designed to build more robust relationships with employers locally, regionally, and globally. “This network will provide opportunities for employers to connect with Rivier students as early as their freshman year and provide employers with the chance to not only hire Rivier students as interns or for full-time positions, but to also play a role in preparing students with the skills that employers are seeking,” says Antonelli.

Business management interns Jonathan Chotkowski ’17 (left) and Brittani Garza ’17 (middle) work side-by-side with Business Project Manager Michael Murray ’17G (right) at UniFirst’s industry-leading uniform and facility service supply company in Nashua.

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Vision 2020 New strategy map sets priorities for Rivier’s innovative future IN DECEMBER 2016, THE RIVIER community embraced the process of visioning the University’s future through the year 2020. Facilitated by Dr. Charles Bamford, a nationally known writer and consultant focusing on strategy mapping, University members asked the questions: What do we wish our community and beyond to say about Rivier? What areas of the University are we committed to enhancing and sustaining? What are our truly distinctive strengths that encompass the mission and respond to the marketplace? Most importantly, community members reflected on areas of opportunity for Rivier’s future advancement, turning challenges into strategic priorities: innovation in the sciences, information technology and learning, and philanthropy and partnerships. Innovation in the Sciences In preparing students for the 21st-century workforce, the University realizes that science is encompassed in all professions. A Rivier education includes science as part of the core curriculum Journeys of Transformation through the course Stewards of the Living World and complementary courses in mathematics and the natural sciences. The new Biotechnology program includes science as it is applied to global and entrepreneurial activities. Education majors explore teaching methods that bring science to life for elementary and secondary students. Most concretely, Biology, Nursing, and Public Health students are engaged through biology, chemistry, and physics courses in understanding and interpreting the natural world. As part of this strategic priority, the University is committed to evaluating and planning enhancements to its existing science facilities. This is inclusive of Mendel Hall, built in 1959, which houses the Biology Department. In March 2017, the University selected the architectural firm Lavallee


Brensinger to work with the community in defining existing spaces and anticipating renovated and new spaces that will support the quality of faculty instruction while creating an environment that is state-ofthe-art. Innovation in the sciences also includes the development and launch of the University’s new online M.S. in Computer Information Systems degree, which will be offered beginning in spring 2018. Currently offered on-site, the University anticipates an increase in market demand for U.S. technology workers, and this degree will provide well-prepared graduates to meet that demand. The online Computer Information Systems program is an interdisciplinary degree offered jointly by the Division of Business and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Graduates will develop a combination of business expertise and technical competence positioning them for leadership roles in almost any organization. Information Technology and Learning This strategic priority encompasses refurbishment and renewal of the University’s learning spaces, including classrooms and lecture halls. The plan calls for learning spaces that are flexible and consistent with collaborative learning experiences. Incremental and scalable technologies will be added to classrooms, and state-of-the-art lecture spaces will be created. The Vision 2020 Strategy Map outlines significant improvements to the University’s information technology infrastructure, VDI

system, security and protection, WIFI, and network responsiveness. The University is also committed to ensuring that the technology available to students and faculty embodies the technology students will utilize in their careers and future workplaces. Philanthropy and Partnerships The University Board of Trustees has embraced philanthropy and partnerships as a strategic priority, knowing that the next phase of Rivier’s development will be driven by donor investors—dedicated alumni and friends who recognize the tremendous impact they can make in the lives of students. The institution’s future growth will be dependent on philanthropy. While Rivier’s expansion in recent years has been managed in part through the generous support of Gateway Project investors and largely through strong financial management and stewardship of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Vision 2020 priorities won’t be sustainable through savings and operational funds alone. “Our aspirations are achievable through expanded external support,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. The University plans to invest additional resources in advancement efforts to achieve this strategic priority.

The Strategy Map featured at right details the insights driving Vision 2020.


“This process brought out the best in the Rivier University community and reminded us of the strong foundations of people and programs that represent our core mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world. We look forward to working with the community, dedicated friends, and new supporters as we journey to make Rivier’s Vision 2020 a reality.”


– Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President

MISSION: TRANSFORMING HEARTS AND MINDS TO SERVE THE WORLD Vision: To provide a distinctive Catholic educational experience to undergraduate and graduate students, uniquely positioning them for career success and personal/professional achievement. Values: Innovation, Transformation, Integrity, Collaboration, Community, Service, Faith OUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND WILL SAY THIS ABOUT RIVIER STUDENTS Rivier challenges me to be ready for life and ready for work.

ALUMNI I am proud to be a Rivier graduate and to participate in the continuous transformation of my alma mater.

DONORS My gift to Rivier elevates the University’s profile and mission and has a direct impact on students.

PARENTS Rivier provided an environment for growth and a foundation for our child’s future career; it was worth our investment.

EMPLOYERS I hire Rivier graduates because they are well prepared to enter the 21stcentury workforce.

FACULTY/STAFF My meaningful work at Rivier contributes to an environment where students thrive.


Global Engagement and Diversity

Teaching and Learning Effectiveness

Student Experience

Human Capital Development


Scope of Nursing and Health Professions Programs

Learning-Centered Employment Promise Program

University-Wide Model of Strengths-Based Well-Being


Information Technology and Learning

Philanthropy and Partnerships



Creating a Lasting Impression Clement Street enhancements to unify the campus landscape RIVIER UNIVERSITY WILL continue its high-impact, exterior campus improvements, renovating several building entrances and walkways on Clement Street. These improvements, grounded in the 2012 master plan, will create a cohesive and functional experience for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. This work will extend the transformation begun with the Gateway Projects. “Our combined efforts on South Main Street and Clement Street will provide a positive first impression upon arriving on Rivier’s campus, but also

a positive last impression as campus visitors exit the Dion Center and depart from our campus,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “We know it’s important for both first and last impressions to be memorable.” The new entrance to the Dion Center will serve as a welcoming focal point for the campus community and visitors to the Dion Center via Clement Street parking areas. Once inside, visitors will be greeted by an artfully designed reception area. Plans call for the refurbishment of the first floor of the Dion

Center with an emphasis on collaborative gathering spaces. In addition, the crosswalk between the Dion Center and Sylvia Trottier Hall will be enhanced with granite pillars, matching the look and feel of South Main Street. The side entrance to the Division of Business will be complemented by realigned parking and sidewalks. The Benoit Education Center will also be revitalized with a new entryway. Work on these enhancements is scheduled to begin in June and to be completed in October.

A new Dion Center entrance on Clement Street will provide a positive impression for campus visitors.



Renderings by Derck & Edson Associates

A World of Difference

Global Scholar sophomores travel to New York City for an Immersion Weekend.

Global Scholars Honors Program challenges students to adopt a wider worldview “I THINK I’VE LEARNED more from the Global Scholars classes than other classes because I think about things I’ve never thought about before,” says Devinne Healy ’18. “They’re teaching me how to think.” In 2014, Rivier’s honors program was reimagined and relaunched as the Global Scholars Honors Program to prepare global leaders equipped to address the 21st century’s most pressing issues. Rather than a focus on pure academic achievement, the Global Scholars Honors Program challenges students to question longaccepted truths and look at issues from multiple perspectives rather than the singular lens of their own experience. High-achieving students are invited into the program. Those that accept form an honors cohort that becomes a highly engaged, learning community during their four years at the University. Academic and experiential programming focuses on answering three

essential questions: What is dignity? What is community? Who is my neighbor, and why should I care? Global Scholars explore these questions within the framework of Roman Catholic social teaching: the dignity of the person, the dignity of the person in the context of community, preferential options for the poor, solidarity and the Common Good, and the care of creation. Addressing the questions on a global dimension requires them to think more expansively and to encounter the world and various people’s experiences of it. The program builds firstyear students’ awareness of globalization within the Greater Nashua community through local experiences of diverse cultures and religions. Sophomores travel to New York City for an Immersion Weekend that includes touring museums to study international works of art and monuments that commemorate clashes of cultures. A trip to Harlem for a

jazz concert places students in the minority, often for the first time in their lives. “The interdisciplinary and experiential nature of the curriculum is very demanding,” says Dr. Brad Stull, Professor of English, Director of General Education and the Global Scholars Honors Program. “Students are challenged to make connections between theoretical and different realities than their own. They are moved to contemplate and embrace the larger global community.” Global Scholars acknowledge the program’s risks and rewards. Students share that the program often takes them out of their comfort zones. “The hard thing is that we’re used to [viewing situations as] black and white,” says Chad Saint-Amant ’18, “but in this class, there is more of the gray. We talk about issues that often don’t have one correct answer.” “We are challenged to think about the other argument as well as our own opinion,” says

Madison O’Neil ’18, a nursing major. She adds that students not only have to develop their own meaningful essay questions, “We have to argue both sides of the topic.” Collectively, Global Scholars articulate a host of benefits based on their participation in the program: increased awareness, which makes them slower to judge others; more compassion, especially for those marginalized by society; a greater respect for others’ opinions; increased patience with people; and the ability to manage conflict. They believe these soft skills will serve them well in their chosen professions. Global Scholars credit the program with helping them become better versions of themselves—“better people” in their words—expressing the transformative power of a Rivier education. “These students are remarkable,” Dr. Stull shares with a smile. “Just truly remarkable.”





Inspired to Lead Celebrating Rivier’s transformative mission and first Psy.D. graduates at Commencement 2017 by Patricia Garrity Rivier University celebrated its 82nd Commencement on May 6, awarding 949 degrees—its largest graduating class to date—to doctoral, post-master’s, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree graduates. During the ceremony, Rivier recognized the first recipients of its Doctor of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. This terminal degree allows graduates to obtain licensure for independent practice and to pursue careers as psychologists and school psychologists in a variety of settings. Rivier University was the first institution in New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program in counseling and school psychology, and it is one of only several similar programs in the country. Highlighting Rivier’s mission to transform hearts and minds to serve

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Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM (left) and Chair of the Board of Trustees Dianne Mercier (right) hood Peter James Kelleher.

Rivier awards honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Peter James Kelleher

the world, the University honored Peter Kelleher, President and CEO of Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living, with an honorary doctor of humane letters for his humanitarian work as an advocate for the needs of low-income community members, veterans, and other vulnerable populations. Mr. Kelleher delivered the address, reflecting on the privilege he has had to serve in the non-profit arena. “Being a part of the non-profit environment in any capacity creates the opportunity to maximize our hearts and minds to benefit those most vulnerable, and allows us to go home at night with feelings of accomplishment and fulfillment that are immeasurable,” says Kelleher. “The mission of Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living’s culture—to interact with all of our community members with dignity, respect, and equality—is the bedrock in the delivery of services and the betterment of life.” Kelleher encouraged graduates to consider pursuing a rewarding career with a non-profit organization and appealed to all Continued on page 18

In recognition of his inspirational vision, commitment to service, and exceptional leadership in addressing basic human issues facing society, especially the plight of the poor and powerless, Rivier presented Peter James Kelleher an honorary degree at the 2017 Commencement ceremony. Mr. Kelleher’s life’s work exemplifies the University’s mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world. The President and CEO of Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living, he has been a humanitarian and a strong advocate for those less fortunate. Throughout his extraordinary 35-year career, he has overseen six non-profit agencies offering more than 80 programs in the state that provide access to housing, healthcare, education, and employment to those challenged by mental illness, substance abuse, or homelessness. The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to the community, he has been presented with the NH Business Review Excellence in Nonprofit Award and named the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year by The Telegraph. He was nominated by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and subsequently appointed as the New England representative to the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans. He advises the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on homelessness issues on a federal level. He also serves as a Board member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.



in attendance to use the ‘power within us’ to improve lives, reignite hope, and influence change. Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President, shared well wishes with the graduates and welcomed them to a community of more than 20,000 alumni. “Congratulations to all our graduates of the Class of 2017,” said Sister Paula. “This is a singular achievement in your life and will serve as a strong foundation of the core mission of Rivier University to transform hearts and minds to serve the world.” Speaking on behalf of Rivier’s undergraduate programs, Elaine Boles, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, of Bedford, New Hampshire,



addressed her fellow graduates and thanked the entire University community for supporting the Class of 2017’s educational goals. “No matter where we go from here, Rivier University has prepared us, and we are ready,” she said. “It is time to share our education and knowledge with others as we continue our alma mater’s commitment to serve the world.” Student speaker for Rivier’s graduate programs, Christina Anderson, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, of Nashua, New Hampshire, acknowledged Rivier’s faculty for providing the best instruction and wisdom they had to offer. “We are surrounded by professors and an administration who care about us and want


COMMENCEMENT to see us succeed,” says Anderson. “Because of them, our academic experience was, and still is, incredibly inspiring,” she added. “We are ready to make this real world of ours a better place for our students, for our patients, for our clients, and for ourselves.” Associate Vice President for Student Success Dr. Regina Shearer closed the Commencement ceremony with a

performance of an original song, “Rise Up,” sung to the tune of Andra Day’s song. Each year, Dr. Shearer chooses a popular song and writes Rivier-themed lyrics for the graduating class. “And you’ll rise up, transformed in heart and in mind,” Dr. Shearer sang. “Yes, you’ll rise up, you’ve been equipped for these times. Yes, you’ll rise up, and be proud to be a Rivier Grad.”

Photos by Jodie Andruskevich SPRING 2017


FACULTY PROFILE The business of learning Innocentus Alhamis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Business Program Director for Business Administration by Michelle Marrone


… and respected” are just a few of the words students use to describe Dr. Innocentus Alhamis. Dr. Alhamis joined Rivier’s Division of Business in 2014 taking on the roles of assistant professor and program director. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Alhamis studied and taught in Tanzania and Japan. “I started teaching immediately after fulfilling my bachelor’s degree for the then newly established long distance university known as The Open University of Tanzania,” says Dr. Alhamis. “After two years of work, I was offered a prestigious scholarship to


pursue a master’s degree at International University of Japan where I also became a tutorial assistant for a number of business courses.” After completing his M.A. in Economics and International Finance, he resumed teaching economics and business courses with The Open University of Tanzania, offering distance learning through traditional “snail” mail, phone, and limited class meetings at established centers. “Electronic communications like email and other online services were very limited in Tanzania at that time,” Dr. Alhamis shares. “The Open University offers educational


opportunities in situations where traditional education has difficulty operating.” In addition to teaching, Dr. Alhamis established the Economics Department at The Open University and initiated a Master’s of Community Economic Development program before immigrating to the U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. in Developmental Finance. He has been teaching in New Hampshire and online for the past 15 years. Dr. Alhamis is a proponent of active learning; he engages students in the learning process via group discussions, case studies, guided inquiries, and other projects that develop analytical and critical

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

thinking skills. He applies a three-pronged approach to teaching: knowledge, activity, and reflection. As well as understanding coursework, students are encouraged to question, evaluate, and, ultimately, to apply what they learn to their daily lives to create new knowledge. He believes teaching higher-order thinking skills, like analytical and critical thinking, is the most valuable learning he can offer as an educator. “I try to make my classes fascinating and up-to-date by encouraging students to apply the principles they learn to realworld situations, especially the most current issues,” says Dr. Alhamis. “For example, my undergraduate and graduate students are analyzing the economic policies of the current administration. A number of students have expressed excitement regarding their ability to argue issues on their merits with colleagues rather than on political inclinations.” Dr. Alhamis is a lifelong learner, constantly bringing new ideas to the classroom. “I learn every day something new about the world and my students,” he says. “I always listen to my students’ points of view and experiences. I listen to the daily news and regularly read peer-reviewed journals, books, blogs, op-eds, policy reports, etc. This variety keeps my thinking process fresh.” Expanding on his teaching career, Dr. Alhamis is also a social entrepreneur. He is a founding member, co-owner, and coordinator of The eSoma, Inc., a massive online teaching platform for all levels of education—from elementary school to graduate classes. The platform is an educational delivery alternative or supplement for developing countries, starting with Tanzania, where skilled instructors, books, and other educational resources are severely lacking. For those students with internet access, The eSoma platform provides online

- Albert Einstein

learning opportunities by delivering entire courses via video lectures, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, documents, discussions, and web content. These resources are provided free of charge to instructors to create their courses, which are most often offered at no cost. In those countries where online learning is restricted due to a lack of technology and digital services, The eSoma provides educational resources on DVDs, audio cassettes, and in print. These materials are distributed to instructors and students in need. Dr. Alhamis’ experience and professional focus align with Rivier’s emphasis on exploring the global perspective in education. “Our programs deliver a highquality, hands-on education to prepare our students for leadership roles and are tailored to impart in them a holistic global perspective,” says Dr. Alhamis. “Also, our programs encourage students to connect their personal life, professional life, and social responsibilities.” He points to Rivier’s Catholic tradition, mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world, and “the finest team of credentialed faculty” as distinguishing factors for the University and the education it provides. Employing a business approach to learning, Dr. Alhamis strives for innovation and continuous improvement in his teaching. His students become change agents; they apply newly acquired knowledge to affect change in the workplace and in their lives. Appreciating the tangible difference education makes in people’s lives, he shares, “I get incredible joy in seeing the fruits of my efforts every day as I use my knowledge and creativity to help students gain new insights, to become more interested in subjects, to learn about the world and themselves, and to help them shape their dreams.”

Bio: Dr. Innocentus Alhamis Ph.D., Developmental Finance, Southern New Hampshire University M.A., Economics and International Finance, International University of Japan B.A., Economics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Assistant Professor of Business • Program Director, Business Administration • Business Majors Advisor • Business Students Association Advisor

Specialties • Economics • Strategic Management • Poverty Reduction Strategies

Classes Taught • Principles of Macroeconomics • Principles of Microeconomics • International Economics and Finance • Managerial Economics • Global Finance for Managers • Risk Management and Decision Making

Languages Spoken • English • Japanese • Swahili

Academic Philosophy Learning should be student centered, and both students and instructors need to be equal partners in the learning process.

Recent and Upcoming Publications Dr. Alhamis has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Effective Management Strategies for Organizational Success. Currently, he is developing a paper for publication on open educational resources titled “Pursuit for OERs: Will they transform academic practices?” and compendium textbooks for two online courses: Risk Management and Decision Making and Applied Statistics and Data.



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Driven to deliver compassionate care Cynthia Arcieri, Classes of ’96, ’04G B.S. in Nursing, M.S. in Nursing Education by Patricia Garrity

The human connection is so key to healing.


Dedicated nursing professional challenges herself and her profession A DRIVE TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED and awareness of Rivier’s excellent reputation brought this Nashua native to nursing and to Rivier. Cynthia Arcieri initially enrolled in the A.S. in Nursing program and continued to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a graduate certificate in Family Nursing. “I was drawn to the rich history and mission of Rivier and always felt continuing my education at Riv was a natural fit,” says Arcieri. During her years at the University, she benefited from many faculty members who were also her mentors including Dr. Paula Williams, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health Professions, and professors Denise Baxter and Judi O’Hara. “They were able to teach me the value of blending knowledge and compassion in caring for our vulnerable populations,” says Arcieri. “The holistic approach is a key facet to nursing excellence, and my mentors at Rivier were excellent role models.” Giving back to the community, she has gratefully served as an alumni mentor to two of Rivier’s student nurses pursuing their bachelor’s degrees. Arcieri’s career at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua has spanned more than 20 years, rising to leadership in her current position serving as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive. She has taken her career in many directions including principal roles in healthcare, educating nurses, and providing clinical

care as a nurse practitioner to oncology patients. “The programs at Rivier have well prepared me to practice in all these areas and truly tap into all the aspects of nursing that I am so passionate about,” she says. Rivier’s mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world has greatly impacted Arcieri. “The mission to serve the world makes you realize how important our roles are after degree attainment in going forth and doing good in the world,” says Arcieri. “I believe the human connection is so key to healing, for ourselves, our families, and our patients. Education and compassionate care go hand-in-hand in nursing, and we can do that by connecting with those around us and building relationships.” During Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016, the University presented Arcieri with the Outstanding Nurse and Healthcare Leader Award. This award recognizes a Rivier graduate working as a nurse or other healthcare professional that demonstrates a commitment to excellence and service to patients, as well as significant achievement in the healthcare profession. “I was so honored and humbled to receive an alumni achievement award,” says Arcieri. “A lot of the reason why I have been successful in my nursing career is my educational experiences and having a supportive group of nurse mentors. Many of my Rivier nursing classmates are transforming care at the bedside on a daily basis. This passion from my colleagues

really sparks me to keep challenging not only myself but my profession.” Certified in Oncology Nursing and Hospice and Palliative Care, she is a national trainer of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course as well as a member of the local and national ONS. In addition, she provides clinical care as a nurse practitioner in the St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center, serves as a Rivier adjunct faculty member, and volunteers at several local non-profit organizations. She has served with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life-Nashua, Southern New Hampshire Oncology Nurses Society, and the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration. “Being in healthcare is not always the easiest, but it certainly is beyond rewarding. “When things get difficult I find the greatest strength in making those connections with our staff, patients and especially my family.” says Arcieri. “I'm so fortunate for the support of my family. My husband and two boys are a constant reminder of the daily joys in life. They keep me grounded and their humor helps me during long days and stressful moments. I think humor is one key to resiliency and I try to incorporate it into my life to give me strength.” Arcieri is not sure what the future will bring but is “certain my education and experiences will guide me on the right path,” she says.



RAIDER ROUNDUP Game. Set. Match.


he seasons roll by and in each one Rivier student-athletes are competing, earning well-deserved honors, and representing the University across the country. The Class of 2017 has 47 student-athletes who are finishing their Raider athletic careers. They have left their marks on the fields and courts.

2016-2017 Women’s Volleyball Seniors (from left to right): Alley Stefanovski, Chelsey Hussey, Lauren Silverman, Dana Mott, and Molly McCormack.

Winter Season

Fall Season This fall, the Rivier women’s volleyball team continued its winning ways finishing the 2016 season with a 31-4 overall record and appearing in the GNAC championship match for the seventh consecutive year. Two seniors garnered honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Lauren Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Dana Mott (Medway, Mass.) were selected as 2016 AVCA Division III All-American Honorable Mentions. Both student-athletes were also selected to the AVCA Division III All-New England Region Team. This was Silverman's second consecutive selection as an All-American Honorable Mention as she earned her first selection last season. She had an outstanding season in 2016 recording a career high 373 kills and a career best .418 hitting percentage. The middle hitter also


totaled 124 blocks (46 solo) in 105 sets, and she recorded her 1,000th career kill this season. Mott was tabbed as an All-American Honorable Mention for the first time in her career. She was second on the team with 367 kills and a .390 hitting percentage while recording her 1,000th career kill this fall. The veteran outside hitter set career highs with 119 digs and 58 total blocks over the course of her 105 sets played this season. She was also voted onto the All-GNAC Second Team. A third senior, Molly McCormack (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), finished her remarkable Raider career becoming just the second student-athlete in GNAC history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. She was also a member of the All-GNAC Second Team.


The 2016-17 season marks the conclusion of the careers of two excellent women’s basketball players. Caitlyn Perry (Nashua, N.H.), a nursing major, and Savanna Butterfield (Londonderry, N.H.), a criminal justice major, have anchored the team for the past four years. Both Perry, a point guard, and Butterfield, a forward, were 1,000-point scorers. Perry ends her career with 1,381 points. Butterfield had 1,181 points and 812 rebounds and played out the final weeks of her senior year with a broken bone in her hand. Both also were named to GNAC AllConference Teams and will be hard to replace on the Muldoon hardwood. The men’s basketball team hosted its firstever alumni game in February. Twenty former players returned to the Muldoon for the game,

Rivier Athletics hosted its first Basketball Alumni Exhibition Game in February.

including Class of 2009 alumnus and Head Coach Lance Bisson, who participated and hosted the event. Coach Bisson intends to make the event an annual affair, so basketball alumni are encouraged to attend next year and catch up with old friends and teammates.

The Rivier men’s volleyball team also traveled during spring break, making the trek to Wisconsin to take on Midwest teams at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Loras College, and Carthage College. The team caught a Milwaukee Bucks game while on the trip.

Spring Season

Academic honors for Raider student-athletes

Spring always starts early for the Raider baseball and softball teams. This year during spring break, the teams traveled to Fort Myers to kick off the season in the Florida sunshine, and had the chance to catch a Red Sox spring training game in Jet Blue Park.

National College Athlete Honor Society—Chi Alpha Sigma Rivier University is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society Chi Alpha Sigma, which was founded to recognize

Chi Alpha Sigma Inductees Class of 2017 Athlete

Sport Major

Adam Arkell...................................Baseball..............................Homeland Security/ International Studies Alex Armstrong..............................Soccer.................................Finance Tyler Blank.....................................Volleyball............................Business Management Megan Caron..................................Soccer.................................Criminal Justice Maggie Cohoon..............................Soccer.................................Education and Community Leadership Jessica Cote....................................Softball...............................Nursing Brittani Garza.................................Field Hockey........................Business Management Chelsie Hubicsak-Muldowney........Field Hockey, Lacrosse.........Public Health Chelsey Hussey...............................Volleyball, Basketball..........Nursing Matthew LaSance..........................Volleyball............................Business Management Ryan Law.......................................Soccer.................................Finance Molly McCormack...........................Volleyball............................Human Development, Elementary, and Special Education Dana Mott......................................Volleyball............................Nursing

student-athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above in their junior and senior years. Chi Alpha Sigma’s purposes are to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of athletes at fouryear accredited colleges and universities; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics; to recognize and honor the individual athlete, the team sport, athletic department, and University; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.

Caitlyn Perry................................ Basketball......................... Nursing Michael Russo............................. Soccer............................... Business Management Charles Savard............................. Baseball............................ Biology Education Nicole Scotti................................ Softball............................. English Education Lauren Silverman........................ Volleyball......................... Human Development, Elementary, and Special Education Aleksandra Stefanovski............... Volleyball......................... Biology

Class of 2018 Athlete Sport Major Alex Baker................................... Soccer............................... Finance Lauren Goodspeed...................... Soccer, Lacrosse................ Nursing Anna Pearsons............................ Cross Country.................... Nursing Alexandra Trevains...................... Volleyball, Basketball....... Biology Tyler Tambouris........................... Lacrosse............................ Criminal Justice Bethany Trevino.......................... Volleyball......................... Elementary Education



At end-of-the-year awards ceremonies, several Rivier student-athletes were recognized for their achievements in the classroom. More than 100 of the Raider student-athletes were recognized in April at the Athletics Academic Honors Night for earning a GPA of 3.0 or above in the previous year. Senior baseball player Adam Arkell (Dover, N.H.) and junior volleyball player Bethany Trevino (Westminster, Colo.) were named the 201718 Scholar-Athletes. Both had the highest cumulative GPA for student-athletes this year.

Year-end honors for the Raiders First-year students Sally Kennedy (Billerica, Mass.) and Tristan Givens (Windsor, Conn.) were selected as the 2016-2017 Rookies of the Year. Kennedy was the leading scorer on the women’s lacrosse team. At the time of publication, she had tallied 38 goals and 11 assists for the Raiders. Givens led the men’s basketball team in scoring in his first Raider campaign with an 18.8 points-per-game average. He also shot 41.2 percent from the three-point arc. Seniors Matt LaSance (Madison, Conn.) and Kayla Davis (Wareham, Mass.) were selected for the Raider Athletics Sportsmanship and Sportswomanship Awards. LaSance was a four-year member of

the men’s volleyball team. Davis was a threeyear member of the women’s basketball team. Lauren Silverman (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Savanna Butterfield (Londonderry, N.H.) were named the 2016-2017 Rivier Female Athletes of the Year and both shined in their respective sports. Silverman ruled the court as a middle-hitter for the women’s volleyball team. She finished her illustrious career with 1,121 kills and was also named to the All-GNAC First Team in her final season. Savanna Butterfield was a force on the basketball court for her four years at Rivier. She dominated this season despite an injury to her shooting hand. The former 2014 GNAC Rookie of the Year swatted away 61 shots in 2016-17 while averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. She also recorded 48 steals and scored 11.3 points per game. Butterfield became the first Rivier women’s basketball student-athlete to record a triple-double when she registered 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the team’s 70-64 win over Anna Maria College on December 3. She followed that effort with another triple-double on February 4 in Rivier’s 76-54 win over Lasell College. Butterfield netted 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists that afternoon, and she also recorded eight other double-doubles on the season. This was the third consecutive year that Butterfield was named to the GNAC AllConference Team.

RAIDER ROUNDUP Individual honors Several Raider student-athletes earned individual honors.

GNAC All-Conference Teams Women’s Volleyball Hayley Macken ........................................... Clifton Park, N.Y. Lauren Silverman ...................................... Chelmsford, Mass. Dana Mott ...................................................Medway, Mass. Bethany Trevino..........................................Westminster, Colo. Molly McCormack.......................................Ballston Lake, N.Y. Women’s Soccer Maggie Cohoon.......................................... Windham, N.H. Men’s Soccer Alex Armstrong ......................................... Wakefield, R.I. Kyle Gambeski ........................................... Bedford, N.H. Michael Russo ...........................................Lynn, Mass. Women’s Basketball Savanna Butterfield................................... Londonderry, N.H. Caitlin Perry................................................. Nashua, N.H. Men’s Volleyball Tyler Blank...................................................Rochester, N.Y. Garrett Bucklin............................................Jamestown, R.I. Grant Andler................................................Chicago, Ill. Matt Heckler................................................Simi Valley, Calif. Ian Wolski ............................................. Westfield, Mass.

Riv Raiders Athletic Challenge Challenge raises $9,000 for facility enhancements All men’s and women’s athletic teams “competed” in another athletic challenge this spring—a fundraiser to support enhancements to Rivier’s locker room facilities. Student-athletes and the Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations reached out to alumni, parents, and friends for contributions that would allow the installation of wood lockers to organize and transform the locker rooms for the fall 2017 season. A friendly competition took place between Rivier’s 12 athletic teams to determine which would top the leaderboard in donations. The winning three teams were promised team nameplates on the lockers in recognition of their fundraising efforts. The Challenge raised $9,000 toward the project, and the top three fundraisers were the men’s volleyball team ($2,294), men’s lacrosse team ($2,231), and the women’s volleyball team ($2,130). The Athletics Department would like to thank all who have donated to the Challenge fundraiser and encourage those who would like to make a contribution today to visit or call the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations at (603) 897-8665.



MAKINGNEWS Executive Director of University Career Services Patricia Antonelli addressed Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Nashua participants in February on how higher education institutions are preparing students to meet employers’ demands and how community and business leaders can support that process. Director of International Student Services Dey Barriga met with colleagues at the Loyola University of Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy this past spring to build partnerships for future study abroad and faculty-led teaching trips. The site visit included discussions with many employers regarding internship and service learning opportunities for Rivier students. Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Dean’s book, a third Susan Warner mystery, was published. Cemetery Wine finds Susan at her New Hampshire home, which had been on the Underground Railroad. As she searches for a murderer, she uncovers how the sins of the past connect to the present. Staff member Michaeline Della Fera had two articles published in The Telegraph: “Lifestyle and Treatment Options for Atrial Fibrillation,” and “Matters of the heart, addressing aortic stenosis with a less invasive procedure,” the latter chronicling her own journey to aortic valve replacement. The spring issue

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of Heart Insight magazine featured an autobiographical account of Della Fera’s experience prior to surgery titled “Halftime in the Waiting Game.” Professor of Sociology Dr. Marjorie Marcoux Faiia presented two papers at the fall 2016 Mid-South Sociological Association Conference. “Developing and Describing Harm Reduction Strategies as a Response to Substance Abuse Issues” shared her recent research on the subject. “Mirrors/Windows, Sociological Mindfulness/Sociological Imagination: Using Sociology to Increase Awareness of Prejudice” discussed social construction of prejudice with an emphasis on media. She also gave a paper at the Eastern Sociological Society in February 2017 on gender differences in harm reduction strategies utilized by college students while drinking. Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Susan Langlois’ article “Accepting Differences” was published in the November/December issue of Camp Business magazine. The article focuses on the benefits of incorporating children on the autism spectrum into mainstream camps. Professor of History and Political Science Dr. Martin Menke led a discussion about the dynamics between Germany and Israel after World War II at Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua this past March. Landry Early Childhood Center Director Nancy Pynchon has received the Gwen and Henry Morgan Award from the Child Development Bureau. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to ongoing professional development by holding at least one Early Childhood credential for a total of ten consecutive years.

Associate Professor of Education and Mathematics Dr. Joseph Spadano conducted a Differentiated Learning and Instruction workshop in fall 2016 for faculty at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen, Massachusetts, a private, Catholic high school and a sister school to Rivier. Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling was a panel member for Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster’s public forum “A Conversation about Ending Sexual Violence in the Granite State” held at Rivier University in April. Panel members included local survivors, health service providers, educators, advocates, and law enforcement from the Greater Nashua community. Associate Professor of Business Administration Dr. Kevin Wayne had two new books published titled Deconstructing Management Maxims: A Critical Examination of Conventional Business Wisdom, Volumes 1 & 2. He also presented a paper, co-authored with Associate Professor of Business Administration Dr. Karen Spohn titled “Myths and Moats of Competitive Advantage: Disparities Between Practice and the Strategy Lexicon.” The paper was included in the Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northeast Business & Economics Association.

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Members of the Class of 1959 Agnes Grace, Beth Dickinson, and Liz Turbyne enjoyed a visit together in Punta Gorda, Florida, in January. 1970’s

Patricia Raia ’75 interviewed Sister Lucille Thibodeau, pm, Ph.D. for her article “Faith and Equine Welfare Share Long Connection,” which was published in The Horse magazine. Diane DeStefano ’79 has taken a position as a Financial Advisor with Ledyard National Bank in their newly expanded Ledyard Financial Advisors services group. She will work to expand Ledyard’s services into the Concord area by introducing Ledyard Financial Advisors as a premier wealth management firm providing integrated investments, tax, and wealth management services to individuals, families, and institutions. 1980’s

Ellie Eckhoff ’84 was promoted to Senior Vice President at ClearRock, an executive coaching and outplacement firm with offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. She has been a Vice President at ClearRock since joining the company three years ago.


Vera Manoukian ’84 has joined Denihan Hospitality as President and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for operations and management of the company and delivering superior performance, as well as accelerating pipeline growth of its portfolio of both branded and independent boutique luxury and lifestyle hotels. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Pamela McDevitt ’87 was named Executive Director of the New York State Bar Association. She will oversee day-today operations of the Association and help implement policies adopted by its House of Delegates and Executive Committee. She currently serves as Director of the Law Practice and Technology Group at the American Bar Association. 1990’s

Jeff Scionti ’91/’99G was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Jeff had served as Chief Operating Officer since 2007 and has worked at Parkland for more than 30 years. Amanda Milkovits ’94G, awardwinning Providence Journal reporter, has been named to The New England First Amendment Coalition Board, which promotes greater understanding of the right to free speech and freedom of the press nationally. Stephanie Vaughan ’96 launched the first Natural History Registry for Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC Registry) to study Necrotizing Enterocolitis. The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, of which Stephanie is the founder, was selected by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) to create the NEC Registry. This is part of a cooperative project between NORD and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that supports research on rare diseases and how they progress over time.


Melissa Janes ’97/’12G has been appointed Director of Early Childhood Development at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. She has assumed the leadership role for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program. Sarah Larson ’98 joined Third Rock Ventures as a partner and their Chief Human Resources Officer. She shares that she is excited to be working at Third Rock because they are passionate about what they do and are dedicated to making a difference. She looks forward to leveraging her experience in bringing people together around a common goal and making a positive impact. Rosemary Dougherty ’98G, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner, joined the staff at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont. She served Rivier previously as the Director of Health Services. Susan Bruno Thifault ’99G had her book titled Woburn High School – History, Pride, Tradition published by History Press/Arcadia Publishing. She graduated from Woburn High School in 1980 and is currently the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. She had several book signings at Barnes & Noble and the Woburn Public Library.

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Emily Collier Meehan ’04 successfully defended her Ph.D. in mathematics at North Carolina State University in March. Her dissertation title was “Posets and Hopf Algebras of Rectangulations.”

Carolyn Choate ’06G hiked from Copenhagen to Lejre, Denmark and reenacted a famous battle in literature— the battle of Beowulf slaying the monster Grendel. She felt this was the high point of her post-cancer experience to metaphorically defeat the monster that is cancer for all those who have fought this devastating disease and in honor of those who died trying. Choate, a Stage 3 breast cancer survivor, raised more than $3,000 and split the funds between the Danish Breast Cancer Organization and the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition. She recited Chapter 12 of Beowulf at the Lejre Museum of Cultural History at the conclusion of her hike. She was awarded a medal of honor from U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford for her endeavor.

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Robert Huckin’s ’06G fourth book titled This Day & Age was published by Chasing Jade Publishing. A collection of poems, short fiction, and the title novella focusing on human relationships and the various complexities and consequences between two people seemingly bound to each other in spirit and soul but separated by their own realities. Mary Rose ’06G was appointed Chief Nursing Officer at Thundermist Health Center, which serves three communities in Rhode Island—Woonsocket, West Warwick, and South County. She will oversee Thundermist’s nursing and medical assistant staff, and work with nursing directors and managers to promote staff education and training. She previously served the center as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Erin Kennedy ’16G was appointed Nurse Prescriber in an outpatient clinic at Bridgewell, a Lynnfield-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting and helping individuals with intellectual, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges. As a boardcertified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she has 18 years of experience in providing quality mental health treatment to children and adults with a wide range of diagnoses. BIRTHS

Kathleen West Bossie ʼ03 and her husband Ted welcomed their son Trevor on April 26, 2016. Gina Ricci ʼ00 and Joseph St. Jean welcomed their son Mason Anthony on September 26, 2016.


Katrina Fay Simpson ’11/’12G became the first female officer in the National Guard to graduate from the U.S. Army infantry officer basic course at Fort Benning, Georgia. She was one of only ten female lieutenants in a class of 166 to qualify as an infantry officer after completing the 17-week combat leadership school. She was assigned as platoon leader to the New Hampshire Army National Guard’s Milfordbased Mountain Infantry Company.


Devin Gent ’16 was awarded funding for his Ph.D. study at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. His doctoral work will focus on the field of mathematics.

Jessica Conway ʼ09 and Chad Galiano–September 10, 2016



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Elizabeth Villemaire ʼ09 and Eric Ngo–September 17, 2016


Thomas Roddy ʼ97G June 22, 2016

Caryl Doucette ʼ90/ʼ94G March 22, 2017

Michael A. Militello ʼ85G April 18, 2017

Therese Aucoin ʼ65/ʼ71G August 27, 2016

Lucille Gagnon Neveu ʼ55 April 13, 2017

Claire L. (Lessard) Carty ʼ85 April 20, 2017

Marguerite Korn ʼ82 October 17, 2016

Sr. Mary McCarthy, pm, (Sr. Mary Justin) ʼ60G April 18, 2017

Frederick D. Britton ʼ75/ʼ77G October 28, 2016 Sr. Mariette Plante, pm, ʼ64/ʼ71G October 30, 2016

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Raymond Rouleau ʼ83 October 31, 2016

Rivier mourns the loss of Sisters of the Presentation of Mary

Sr. Adrienne Gendron ʼ81G November 18, 2016 Kimberly Sanford ʼ10G and Robert Dooley–September 24, 2016

Mary L. Burke ʼ93G November 27, 2016 Regina Tracewski Dobrowolski ʼ72 December 23, 2016 Sr. Florence Jasmin, pm, ʼ66/ʼ73G December 25, 2016 Marie Bilodeau Condon ʼ48 January 1, 2017 Diane Larose Cunha ʼ68 January 3, 2017

Anthony Capone ʼ11 and Katrina Caruso–October 9, 2016

Donald M. Mayo ʼ78 January 6, 2017 Collen Darwish ʼ99/ʼ01G January 8, 2017 Marianna Caveney ʼ85/ʼ90G February 17, 2017 Laurette Lafleur Marquis ʼ57 February 19, 2017 Elaine Chandler ʼ92G March 12, 2017

Leanna Margaret Walters ʼ13 and Andrew DeCicco–October 29, 2016


Virginia A. Rosytinis ʼ50 March 19, 2017


Sister Mary Jane Benoit, pm ’53/’56G, a former Rivier education professor, alumna, and Sister of the Presentation of Mary, passed away on February 10, 2017 at the age of 95. Sister Mary Jane dedicated 55 years of her career to Rivier as a professor in the education department, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1971, she became the Academic Dean of Faculty and the Director of Elementary Education for graduate studies. She received many awards and commendations including the Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award in 1988 and the Catholic Education for Higher Education Award in 1994. The Benoit Education Center at Rivier University is named in her honor. Sister Mary Jane's contributions to Rivier, the field of education, and the lives of her Sisters, colleagues, and many students leave a lasting legacy. ________________________________ Rivier Alumna and member of the Board of Trustees Sister Claire Guerin, pm ’71 died peacefully on April 23, 2017. She was 79 years old and had celebrated 57 years of consecrated life. Sister Claire had been a dedicated Rivier University Board member since 2011 serving on the Student Affairs Committee. She worked for 21 years at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center of Biddeford, Maine. She also taught at the Presentation of Mary Academy of Methuen for many years and at Mt. Carmel Grammar School of Chicopee in Massachusetts.

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STUDENT PROFILE PROTECT and SERVE — A Career in Criminal Justice

Matthew Cieplucha Class of 2017 B.S. Criminal Justice by Michelle Marrone Why was Rivier University the right choice for you? At a young age, I began to realize that I wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement because it would allow me to help my community. I made the decision to be a commuter student, so I began looking for schools close to home. Rivier was the only school that fit my expectations—right size, great criminal justice program, and instructors that have knowledge and hands-on experience. What inspired you to become a Criminal Justice major? I chose the Criminal Justice major because it is a career field where you will experience something different every day. You never know what will happen next, and being able to help others in need or during a crisis makes the job feel that much more fulfilling. What do you enjoy most about being at Rivier? What I enjoy most are the relationships I’ve built with my professors. They really take the time to get to know you on a personal level, and they care about your career goals. Another great thing is the community atmosphere throughout the school; everyone knows each other and is willing to help if you need it. You’ve participated in two internships. Would you share insights from your work with the Nashua Police Department? My internship at the Nashua Police Department has helped me obtain a better understanding of what each bureau does within the Department and how each contributes to the overall goal of serving and protecting the community. Some of my internship tasks included going on ride-alongs, follow-ups with detectives, experiencing court proceedings with the Legal Bureau, and more. These experiences gave me the opportunity to see how cases travel through the different departments. What experience did you gain from your Drug Enforcement Agency internship? My internship with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been eye-opening with respect to the effects of the drug crisis throughout our state and the country, and how extremely dangerous the crisis is for law enforcement and our community. I’ve gotten an inside look at how drug organizations operate and the steps taken by federal law enforcement to apprehend those who manufacture, smuggle, or sell illegal drugs. What do you plan to do once you’ve completed your degree? After graduation, I plan to obtain my Master’s in Business Administration at Rivier. Once I receive my MBA, I will apply for Special Agent positions within the federal government. I will take what I learned at Rivier and use it achieve my ultimate career goal—serving others.


Committed to serving the community, Matthew is fulfilling his dream of a career in law enforcement.


Outstanding Criminal Justice majors' Rivier experiences Emilee Graham ’19 “Rivier is a university that honestly cares about you being the best version of yourself and … pushes you to reach your full potential ...” View at Tyler Tambouris ’18 “My internship with the Hudson Police Department was the turning point to my future. I have learned so much that I know I will be ready for the real-world scenarios of being a police officer.” View at George Landry ’17

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