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Nashua Turkey

Haiti Costa Rica


St. John Senegal

The world is our classroom

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Rivier awards 705 degrees at first Commencement as a University



In this issue 9 Shaping the future of psychology

Rivier's new Psy.D. in counseling and school psychology is the first combined program in New Hampshire

10  New beginnings Rivier awards 705 degrees at first Commencement as a university

14 The world is our classroom Global engagement initiatives provide students with unique opportunities to expand their worldview

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Renovations to enhance dining experience

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Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013

Departments 2 Alumni Events 4 For the Record

Sept. 27-30

20 Raider Round-Up

All alumni are invited to a special fall weekend and Rivier's 80th anniversary celebration! Join us as we recognize anniversary class years: 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013.

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From the President


Dear Friends of Rivier, I continue to be inspired by the Rivier community, by the accomplishments of our students and alumni, and by the dedication of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. We have been blessed with the transformative leadership of Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff, who steps down from her role as Chair of the Board of Trustees after ten years of service. Rivier proudly celebrated its first Commencement as a University in May, and we took this opportunity to highlight our core mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world’ in which Nashua is our home and the world is our classroom. In addition to awarding more than 700 degrees this year, we recognized the achievement of our second graduating class of the Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Learning. Building on the success of this program, the University recently launched a second doctoral program, the Doctorate of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology—the first combined program of its kind in New Hampshire and one of only eight others in the country. Our campus master planning initiative continues with a refinement of drawings focused on the enhancement of our south campus. This includes entrance signage, reinvigorated entrances to our heritage buildings of Resurrection Chapel and Madeleine Hall, and a heritage plaza which will highlight our founding spirit and open access to the campus quad. We are in the process of renovating our dining hall, and look forward to the opening of the new facility for the start of the fall semester. Consistent with the strategic plan theme of global engagement, Rivier has developed partnerships with international universities and created opportunities for our students to learn on a global level with real-world, life-changing experiences. Current opportunities exist in Costa Rica, Greece, Haiti, Senegal, Turkey, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and new opportunities are in development. I invite you to join me in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Rivier University, as well as the anniversaries of alumni at Alumni Reunion Weekend in September. Whether you are celebrating a special reunion year or not, our fall weekend recognizes you and your place within the Rivier family. You will have the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and to learn more about our strategic and campus master plans, as well as our global engagement initiatives. I hope you will join us for this special celebration. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Rivier University. I look forward to your next visit to campus. Sincerely,


Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM Vice President for University Advancement

Karen Cooper ’03G Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events

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Reunion Classes: 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013 September 27-30

Rivier University invites you to celebrate your Reunion! All Alumni are invited back to campus for a fall weekend celebration. Join us as we celebrate the anniversaries of Reunion Class Years ending in 3’s and 8’s and Rivier’s 80th anniversary! Invitations will be mailed to alumni of Reunion Classes in July, and a full brochure will be available for download. Online registration opens on July 19.

Schedule of Events FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27


 riday evening events will take place at the F Radisson Hotel in Nashua.

All Saturday events will take place on the Rivier University campus.

❖A  nniversary Class Dinners

❖R  eunion Registration and Welcome Center

Radisson Hotel, 7-9 p.m.  Start off the weekend by catching up with your classmates at a Class Dinner at the Radisson Hotel.

❖ Alumni Social

Radisson Hotel Lounge, 9-11 p.m. A casual evening get-together at the Radisson lounge for all alumni. Catch up with classmates and meet alumni of other classes in a relaxed setting. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Plan to Stay the Night! Radisson Hotel,

11 Tara Boulevard, Nashua, NH Request the Rivier room block by September 15 for the special rate of $79 per night. (603) 967-9033

❖ Transforming the Rivier Campus

Dion Center Lobby, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Stop by the Welcome Center to check in when you arrive on campus. Receive your reunion schedule and weekend information, as well as a special gift to commemorate your campus visit.

Dion Center Board Room, 10-11 a.m. Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President will present the University’s campus master plan and share details of recently completed and upcoming renovation projects, including the dining hall renovation, the contemporary renovation of Resurrection Chapel, the creation of gateways and signage at campus entrances, the creation of a heritage plaza, and more.

❖C  onversation Starter Breakfast

❖T  he World is Our Classroom

Dion Center Reception Room, 9-10 a.m.  Enjoy breakfast and conversation with fellow alumni and members of Rivier’s faculty and staff. Pick the topic that interests you—Athletics, Global Engagement, Student Life, Campus Ministry, and more—and join the conversation!


Dion Center Board Room, 11 a.m.-Noon Rivier has initiated a variety of global engagement opportunities—bringing the world into the classroom and bringing our students and faculty out into the world. Learn about study abroad and global learning opportunities from Mark Meehan, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Global Engagement.

❖ Alumni Awards Luncheon

Dion Center Reception Room, Noon-2 p.m. Join us for a formal luncheon as we induct the Class of 1963 into the Golden Society and present the 2013 Sister Madeleine of Jesus Awards, the highest honor bestowed on a Rivier alumna/ alumnus by the Alumni Association.

❖ Featured Athletic Games

Athletic Field, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cheer on the men’s soccer team as they take on Emmanuel College at 1 p.m.; and root for the women’s soccer team as they play Albertus Magnus College at 3:30 p.m.

❖ Share your Rivier Memories

Dion Center, 2-4 p.m. In honor of Rivier’s 80th anniversary, we are filming the cherished memories of alumni. Stop by to share your story.

❖ Alumni Career Mentoring

Dion Center, 2-4 p.m. Drop in to speak with a representative from the Career Development Center to review your resume, discuss your job search, and learn about resources available to Rivier alumni.

❖ Regina Library Open House

2-3 p.m. Tours at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tour the academic center of our campus and learn how the library meets the needs of Rivier’s undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

❖ Reunion Class Photos

Dion Center Classes of 1953-1983: 2-3 p.m. Classes of 1988-2008: 3-4 p.m. Gather with your classmates for a class photo, a special keepsake commemorating your anniversary.

❖ Alumni and Faculty Cocktail Reception

Rivier House, 5-6:30 p.m. Join us for a cocktail reception prior to dinner and re-connect with faculty members and meet the newest additions to the Rivier University faculty. We will recognize Rivier’s donor investors and the impact of their generous support.

❖ Reunion BBQ

Dion Center Patio, 6:30-8 p.m. A casual outdoor barbecue and a chance to show your Rivier spirit! Wear your Rivier apparel and be entered in the Reunion Weekend raffle. Meet and take your photo with the Raider mascot!

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Dion Center Dining Hall, 8-10:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate anniversaries of Reunion Classes and the 80th anniversary of Rivier’s founding. The evening Anniversary will feature live entertainment including a special musical performance by Rev. Regina Shearer; a full coffee bar and dessert station, and a cash bar.

❖C  offee and Conversation

Dion Center, 2nd Floor Lounge, 9-11 p.m. Gather with your classmates for a cup of coffee while reminiscing about your Rivier days in a relaxed, comfortable (and quieter!) setting.

❖M  ovie on the Quad

Campus Quad, 10:30 p.m. Join Rivier students for an outdoor movie on the quad. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy popcorn at our cinema under the stars.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 ❖E  arly Riser Workout

Muldoon Fitness Center, 8-9 a.m. Start off your morning with a low impact aerobic workout.

❖M  uldoon Fitness Center

Open House, 9-10 a.m. Tours at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Get an inside tour of the Muldoon Fitness Center, home of the Rivier Raiders, and meet members of the Rivier University athletics staff. The expanded and renovated facility includes a new fitness room, training clinic, Raider Wall of Fame, and more.

❖R  eunion Mass

Resurrection Chapel, 10 a.m.

❖C  hampagne Brunch with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary

Dion Center Reception Room, 11 a.m. Enjoy a full breakfast while catching up with the Sisters. This annual Reunion Weekend tradition has become a favorite!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 ❖ 1 6th Annual Rivier University Golf Classic

Nashua Country Club, 1 p.m. Register your foursome at the alumni rate of $1,000, or register individual players for $250 per person and we will place you on a team. All proceeds support Raiders Division III athletics and health and fitness programs at Rivier. Visit www.rivier. edu/golfclassic

Visit a Reunion Class Facebook page to join the conversation and let your classmates know you will be attending! Look for these pages on Facebook or visit Class of 1963 (50th Reunion) Class of 1968 (45th Reunion) Class of 1973 (40th Reunion) Class of 1978 (35th Reunion) Class of 1983 (30th Reunion) Class of 1988 (25th Reunion) Class of 1993 (20th Reunion) Class of 1998 (15th Reunion) Class of 2003 (10th Reunion) Class of 2008 (5th Reunion) RivierUniversity/Alumni


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Dr. Jamison Hoff accepts the Jamison G. Hoff Leadership Medal from new Board of Trustees vice chair, The Honorable Joseph Laplante. Dr. Jamison Hoff was presented with an honorary degree recognizing her longstanding service as chair of the Rivier Board of Trustees. Pictured (from left to right) are Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President; Dr. Hoff; and Dr. Richard Foemmel, newly appointed chair of the Board of Trustees.

Photos by Jodie Andruskevich

Celebrating a legacy of leadership Dr. Jamison Hoff recently recognized for 10 years of service as chair of Rivier's Board of Trustees The transformative leadership of Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff was recognized at a dinner reception in her honor in May after she recently concluded a 10 year term as chair of the Rivier Board of Trustees. Dr. Hoff was presented with a medal established in her honor—the Jamison G. Hoff Leadership Medal—which will be awarded to a student leader at Rivier each year. On May 11, at Rivier’s 78th Commencement and its first as a University, Dr. Hoff’s leadership was further lauded with the presentation of an honorary degree (read article on page 13). Dr. Hoff was appointed chair of Rivier University’s Board of Trustees in 2002. During her tenure, in addition to obtaining “University” status and launching two distinct doctoral programs—both the first of their kind in New Hampshire—Rivier successfully completed its first capital campaign and received the largest gift in its history, a $2 million gift from the Conway family to renovate and expand the Regina Library. The University also expanded and renovated the Muldoon Fitness Center. “As chair of the Rivier University Board of Trustees for 10 productive and exciting years, Dr. Hoff has exemplified the founding spirit of Rivier University through her legacy of leadership and service,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president. A tree will be planted on campus in acknowledgement of Dr. Hoff’s years of service and the many accomplishments of the University under her dedicated direction.



Karen Cooper to serve as Vice President for University Advancement

Photo by Jodie Andruskevich

Rivier University appoints Dr. Richard Foemmel chair of the Board of Trustees Dr. Richard Foemmel of Nashua was recently appointed chair of Rivier’s Board of Trustees. He has served as a member of the board since 2008 and as vice chair for the past two years. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Foemmel's leadership, which will be invaluable as we continue to move forward with our strategic initiatives,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, president. An international entrepreneur and leader, Dr. Foemmel has developed and managed commercial operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Italy, and brings extensive experience in initiating global partnerships to the board. His experience includes key leadership roles with the world’s leading biotech, diagnostic laboratories, and medical research companies. Dr. Foemmel served as president and CEO, and currently serves as director of the board at DecImmune Therapeutics, Inc. of Boston, Mass., an early-stage drug discovery company, providing therapeutics for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. He founded and served as president and CEO of CytoLogix Corporation of Cambridge, Mass., a medical products company focused on development and commercialization of cellular diagnostic instrument and reagent systems. Prior to this, he directed operations for global health care and testing firms, Dianon Systems, Inc. of Stratford, Conn.; and Abbott Laboratories of Chicago, Ill. A chemist and research scientist, Dr. Foemmel holds a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University in New York, N.Y., and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He currently serves as vice president of the board of the Symphony NH.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President, announced the appointment of Karen Cooper to the position of Vice President for University Advancement. Cooper has served the institution for 13 years, most recently as a member of the senior administration in the role of Executive Director of Development and Marketing. As Vice President for University Advancement, Cooper will develop and implement fundraising strategies and programs designed to accelerate philanthropy and advancement of the institution consistent with strategic and campus master plans. She leads development, alumni relations, marketing, and communications. According to Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, “This appointment reflects Karen’s years of exceptional effort on behalf of Rivier’s marketing and development initiatives culminating in the comprehensive and successful rebranding and University launch.” Cooper serves as a Board Director for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and recently completed a term as Chairman of the Board. She was recently named to the list of the ‘Next 20’ leaders to impact Nashua’s future by The Telegraph. She is a graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. with a degree in English and Psychology. She earned her M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from Rivier in 2003.

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For the RECORD

Associate Vice President for Global Engagement Mark Meehan visits the Atilim campus in Turkey.

Partnership with Atilim University in Turkey offers new global opportunities Rivier University signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Atilim University of Ankara, Turkey. This mutually beneficial strategic alliance will enable students from both institutions to experience a rich, vibrant culture, and live and learn alongside their peers in the United States and Greece. This MOA is the foundation for initiatives that will enable Rivier students to travel and learn in Ankara, Turkey and for Atilim students to experience living and learning in the United States. The student exchange program will allow for students in each institution to attend from one term to one full academic year at the other institution. Dr. Gunhan Pasamehmetoglu, Atilim advisor to the board of trustees and former president of Atilim, and Dr. Hasan Akay, Atilim’s provost and professor emeritus at Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), were on the Rivier campus in April for the official MOA signing with Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, president of Rivier, and Dr. Mark

Meehan, associate vice president for Global Engagement. “We are thrilled to be launching a partnership with Atilim University, one of Turkey’s leading higher education institutions,” said Dr. Meehan. “The newly signed agreement will directly connect our faculty and students to a cutting edge institution in one of the world’s most strategic countries.” Atilim University’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey will host Rivier University study abroad programs to include students and faculty. The study abroad experience may include Turkish language courses, cultural immersion activities, service learning activities and experiential learning projects. The program will start in fall 2013 through a joint course focused on global issues which will be taught simultaneously in Nashua and in Ankara, and students will meet via a high definition video system each week to discuss shared reading assignments. “We are very pleased to sign this collaborative agreement with Rivier


University,” said Dr. Akay, “The agreement encourages short-term student and faculty exchanges, as well as collaboration among faculty and students. Some areas of collaboration we can foresee are in the business schools of both universities as well as math, psychology and computer science related programs. Because the educational values of Rivier are in line with our values, we expect a sustainable relationship as a result of this agreement.” Akay added that he has been impressed with Rivier’s global engagement program, and that Atilim hopes to host Rivier faculty and students for teaching trips in the future, as well as co-teaching courses from both campuses in which students can work on joint projects online. Also included in the agreement is a faculty exchange where faculty from both institutions will be able to conduct research and/or teaching residencies at the other institution. Atilim University was founded by the Atilim Foundation in 1997 and is located on 250 acres of land in one of the fastest developing residential areas of Ankara (read article on Rivier's global engagement initiatives on page 14).


First Freshmen Day of Service benefits Greater Nashua Community As part of its “Student Success: Campus to Community” program, Rivier University held its first Freshmen Day of Service in April. S E R V E S This year-long course helps students strengthen and develop their academic skills and also promotes cultural awareness, commitment to service, and vocational discernment. The Freshmen Day of Service involved students in service projects throughout Greater Nashua, working with agencies including Anne Marie House, Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, Girls Inc. of Greater Nashua, Harbor Homes, The Hunt Community, Nashua Soup Kitchen, The PLUS Company, Nashua Police Athletics League, Salvation Army, and the YMCA. Nearly 200 freshmen students and 25 upper class Peer Mentor students participated in the Day of Service, providing approximately 675 hours of service to the city’s deserving nonprofit organizations. The Freshmen Day of Service reminds students of the value of community service and sets them on a path to becoming dedicated citizens within their own communities. “This is an important part of the first year experience, focused on four goals: solidification and expansion of academic skills, cultural awareness, service, and vocational discernment,” said Dr. Bradford Stull, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. “Ultimately, it’s part of helping them discover where their deepest heart’s desire meets the world’s deepest needs.” The Rivier community offers a dynamic leadership experience for students at all levels, with service opportunities integrated in the curriculum, in the culture, and in the hearts and minds of students. The Freshmen Day of Service joins a robust culture of service already in place at the University, where all students in Rivier’s School of Undergraduate Studies are required to earn at least one credit in service learning prior to graduation.

Rivier thanks generous donors at annual recognition dinner Rivier recognized the generosity of its donors at its Leading the Way Donor Recognition Dinner in April. The event recognized alumni, faculty, staff, friends and corporate donors in the University’s top three giving levels. Pictured above is Vice President for University Advancement Karen Cooper with donors Tom Tessier and Paul and Jennifer Clark.

Welcoming the Class of 2013 into the Alumni Association The Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted a brunch for the graduating Class of 2013 at the Nashua Country Club in May. The event welcomed the members of the graduating class into the Rivier University Alumni Association. Members of the Student Nursing Association, Kathleen Flaherty and Hollyann DeCarteret, are pictured at the reception with Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling and the Raider mascot. The Class of 2013 was recognized for their support of the Graduating Class Gift program, a tradition at colleges and universities across the country. Members of the class made individual gifts to support the development of gateways and signage on the Rivier campus as part of the institution’s strategic and campus master plans. The class also gifted a plaque which will be displayed in the Dion Center to recognize all class gifts to the University, beginning with the Class of 2013.

Alumni Career Series event features Nashua’s mayor

Students add a fresh coat of paint at the American Red Cross in Nashua.

The Honorable Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of the city of Nashua, was the guest speaker at an alumni career event in March designed for working professionals seeking career advancement. The Mayor shared her experiences as a committed citizen, volunteer, and entrepreneur, and as Nashua’s chief executive. Mayor Lozeau was recently awarded an honorary degree at Rivier's 78th Commencement (read article on page 13). SUMMER SUMMER 2013 2013 77 9

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Early Childhood Center awarded national reaccreditation through National Association for the Education of Young Children The Landry Early Childhood Center at Rivier University recently achieved a new, five-year term of accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The administration, teaching staff, and families of the Landry Early Childhood Center at Rivier have continued to uphold the mark of quality represented by the NAEYC Accreditation system. Programs seeking NAEYC Accreditation are measured against national standards of quality that go beyond state health and safety licensing requirements. The accreditation criteria address all aspects of an early childhood education program, including: teacher education and qualifications; child-toteacher ratios; curriculum; and health and safety.

“Reaccreditation is a very intensive process that involves the entire staff working together towards a goal of validation,” said Nancy Pynchon, director of Rivier’s Landry Early Childhood Center. “Becoming reaccredited reaffirms our belief that our children and families are being provided child care services that are recognized nationally as high quality. We are all very proud of that designation and are happy to offer this service to the Rivier University community.”


A program begins the accreditation process with an extensive self-study to determine how well it meets these criteria. After the program makes necessary improvements, it is observed by independent, professional validators, and then reviewed by a national panel. Early childhood programs that demonstrate substantial compliance with the NAEYC standards are accredited for a five-year period. This is the fifth time the Landry Center has achieved this national honor, and is proud to continue offering the Rivier University community a highquality option for child care services. Rivier’s Early Childhood Center is also an important part of the University’s education curriculum, providing handson experience for education students by allowing them to observe and participate in various classroom settings and situations. “State certification requirements entail that pre-service teachers have a variety of field experiences in a variety of settings,” said Diane Monico, Ph.D., director of practicum experiences and certification officer at Rivier. “Having the Early Childhood Center directly on campus provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to engage with early childhood professionals along with academic instructors. This opportunity allows for a dynamic learning experience that helps to build the pre-service teacher’s career confidence.” Rivier's Landry Early Childhood Center is named in memory of Sister Joseph Landry, pm '39/'92H, a longtime education professor and divisional chairperson.

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Shaping the future of psychology Rivier's new Psy.D. in counseling and school psychology is the first combined program in New Hampshire By Julia Agresto

Rivier University announced the launch of a doctorate of psychology (Psy.D.) in counseling and school psychology this April—becoming the first college or university in the state of New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program and joining only eight other similar programs in the country. Rivier’s Psy.D. in counseling and school psychology will provide individuals who already hold a master’s degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in counseling or school psychology with an opportunity to obtain advanced training in their respective fields. The Psy.D. follows a competency based model of education to meet state licensing requirements. The unique design of the program will provide students with program options emphasizing counseling or school psychology leading to the Psy.D. degree. This will enable professionals to become more experienced in their field and prepared to pursue careers as licensed psychologists and school psychologists in a variety of settings. “The program fills a void in doctoral level training of psychologists in the State of New Hampshire,” said Dr. Robert Walrath, Associate Professor of Education and

director of the Psy.D. program. “There are no other programs like it in the state. The program is designed to provide broad and general knowledge and skills for psychologists to work across a number of settings such as schools, mental health agencies, private practice, and universities and colleges.” Rivier’s Psy.D. builds upon existing M.A. and C.A.G.S. programs in both school psychology and mental health counseling that are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The doctoral program curriculum meets the New Hampshire state licensure requirements under New Hampshire law and is consistent with the APA Accreditation Guidelines and Principles of the American Psychological Association. “Doctoral students in this program will be challenged not only by a group of distinguished faculty who are leaders in various aspects of psychology, but also by fellow students who share a passion for improving the lives of others,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president. “Students entering into this new program at Rivier will join a unique community of teachers and learners committed to the Rivier mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.’” The Psy.D. will be the second doctoral program to be offered by the University. In 2008, Rivier introduced the doctorate of education in leadership and learning—also the first in the state of New Hampshire, with four graduates to date. For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (603) 897-8219, email, or visit

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New beginnings Rivier awards 705 degrees at first Commencement as a University By Julia Agresto

Rivier University celebrated its 78th Commencement on Saturday, May 11 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.—its first Commencement since officially becoming a University on July 1 of last year. The University awarded 705 degrees to doctoral, masters, bachelors, and associate degree graduates. True to its core mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’ Rivier highlighted both its global connections and its home in Nashua, N.H. During the ceremony, honorary degrees were presented to three individuals—distinguished international scholar Dr. Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College; the Honorable Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of

the city of Nashua—home of Rivier University; and Dr. Jamison Hoff, recently retired chair of the Rivier Board of Trustees. Dr. Altbach delivered the Commencement address, celebrating the importance of global engagement as the University recognized the far-reaching influence of his scholarship and service. “The great universities of the 21st century will be those that have a global vision,” Altbach said. “The challenge for us as graduates and citizens is to understand the globalized world and to engage with it...we need, in a democracy, to have informed citizens.” Since the transition to Rivier University, the institution’s core mission has been sharpened by


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initiatives in global engagement and outreach to international students. In addition, academic programs in global studies and transnational security studies enhance the ability of the University’s students and faculty to connect to the world in the classroom and beyond. “Our transition to Rivier University provides the opportunity to reintroduce ourself to the world with a renewed focus on academic distinction, global engagement, and student leadership,” says Sister Paula. “Nashua is our home, and the world is our classroom.” In recognition of the importance of local community and its home in Nashua, Rivier presented an honorary degree to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau (read article on page 13). The University also recognized the legacy of leadership and service of Dr. Jamison Hoff, who recently concluded a 10 year term as chair of Rivier’s Board of Trustees. Christopher M. Rochon, of Hudson, N.H., who received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, spoke on behalf of Rivier’s undergraduate programs, tying Rivier’s focus on global engagement into his remarks. “Together, we are here today to rejoice in something that is both an end and a beginning,” Rochon said.

“Together, we are here to celebrate Rivier’s first Commencement ceremony as a University. And together, we recognize the hard work of seven hundred and five students that got them to this point, here, in front of all of you, ready to graduate. This is just the beginning for Rivier University leaving its footprint on the global community, and although this may be the end of our time at Riv, it is just the start of our chance to serve its greater purpose.” Student speaker for Rivier’s graduate programs, Deborah L. Jarvis, M.Ed., of Salem, N.H., touched on the importance of continually setting goals for oneself. “Like many of my fellow graduates, this degree means the completion of several years of hard work and sacrifice,” Jarvis said. “I would like to leave you with one final thought, and this is something that has stood me in good stead over the years,” she concluded at the end of her remarks. “Always follow your dreams. Always look inside yourself and find the strength to say ‘I can’. Today, I am completing one dream, and looking forward to finding the next.” Sister Paula welcomed the graduates to “a community of scholars, to a community of lifelong learners, and most importantly to a community of more than 15,000 Rivier alumni in this New England region and beyond.”


Members of the classes of 1953 and 1963 received a special invitation to Commencement from Sister Paula. Clair Pied-Hailu of Gaithersburg, Md. and Sister Helen Provost of Pawtucket, R.I.—members of the Class of 1963—attended Commencement and walked in the Presidential Procession. Members of the Class of 1963 will be inducted in to the Golden Society as they celebrate the milestone 50th anniversary of their Rivier graduation at Alumni Reunion Weekend this fall. Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Regina Shearer closed the Commencement ceremony in popular tradition with a performance of an original song, “You’re a Rivier Graduate,” sung to the tune of “Firework” by Katy Perry. Each year, Shearer chooses a popular song and writes Rivier-themed lyrics for the graduating class. “You’re a Rivier graduate, the best degree you’ll ever get,” Shearer sang. “So go out now and fight, fight, fight, to make the world around you right, right, right… Associate, bachelor, masters degrees, even C.A.G.S., were taught by faculty with excellence, so in this world you’ll have a fighting chance. So go out, transform hearts and minds, to make a difference in these changing times. You’re a Rivier graduate!”

Rivier awards honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to three distinguished leaders at Commencement 2013

Dr. Philip Altbach

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau

Dr. Jamison Hoff

In celebration of the importance of global engagement, Dr. Philip Altbach was presented with an honorary degree and delivered the Commencement address during the ceremony. Beyond academia, Dr. Altbach advocates the transformative benefits of higher education in the United States and abroad. He has played a seminal role in Boston College’s rise to a position of preeminence in international education. From the beginning of his career with a dissertation defended at the University of Chicago analyzing Bombay, India as a case study of higher education in developing countries, Dr. Altbach’s research interests have focused on the global impact of higher education. Established in 1995, the Center for International Higher Education, is a global resource for information and analysis about higher education and best practices in the field. In addition to his role as director, Dr. Altbach is J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor at Boston College. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, many of which have taken him abroad. His publications address challenges and opportunities in global education relating to students and faculty.

In recognition of her leadership of Rivier's home city, the University presented an honorary degree to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. This presentation highlighted the University’s commitment to serving as an economic development partner and providing community service opportunities for students to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Nashua. A third generation resident of Nashua, The Honorable Donnalee Lozeau has served the Nashua community her entire life, first as a dedicated citizen, committed volunteer, and entrepreneur; and currently as the city’s chief executive. Her belief in open and accessible government has contributed to her success as Mayor of the city of Nashua, first elected by her hometown constituents in 2007 and reelected in 2011. She invites citizens to engage in the workings of government, calling upon her constituents to take part in problem solving and community development opportunities. In addition, she was recognized nationally for her efforts to bring sustainable energy to Nashua, and has worked to meet the challenges of the economy while focusing on education.

The University also recognized the leadership of Dr. Jamison Hoff, who recently concluded a 10 year term as chair of the Rivier Board of Trustees (read article on page 4). An alumna of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she earned her Ph.D. in 1973 as a Regent’s Fellow, Dr. Hoff also held a post-doctoral fellowship from 1973 to 1975 in cell biology and cytochemistry at the Yale University School of Medicine. During this time, she published numerous scientific articles. An interest in lifelong learners led to her appointment as National Project Director of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. In addition to publishing several articles, she edited the association’s book, Policies for Lifelong Education. Because of her extensive experience in postsecondary planning, policy-making, and assessment, she was invited to serve on numerous educational committees and boards on both the regional and national levels. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, most recently the 2012 Founders Award from the Applewild School on whose Board of Trustees she served for 17 years, 12 of those years as Chair of its Development Committee.

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The world is our classroom


Global engagement initiatives provide students with unique opportunities to expand their worldview By Julia Agresto

After officially becoming a University on July 1, 2012, Rivier embarked on the implementation of a global engagement initiative to expand its global presence. This commitment, consistent with the University’s core mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’ was included in the University’s strategic plan. The global focus quickly began to take root, with the creation of diverse global opportunities including a study abroad program for students, faculty exchange agreements with other institutions, and a global speakers program. Dr. Mark Meehan joined Rivier as its first associate vice president for Global Engagement, and a robust Office of Global Engagement was established to pursue global opportunities for the University and guide students as they explore their place in the global community.


Partnerships and study abroad Over the past year, Rivier has pursued global initiatives and partnerships that will benefit students and extend the University’s global reach. Rivier’s transition to University status has been instrumental to the institution’s ability to “engage in a global environment” and “broaden the institution’s profile beyond its Nashua campus, offering students an opportunity to learn on a global level,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s president. “We have developed programs to locally engage refugees, teach classes in partnership with Atilim University in Turkey, and send nursing students to Senegal for hands-on experience in rural clinics,” Meehan added. Rivier entered into an agreement with On-Campus Boston (OCB), a new organization housed at Wheelock College in Boston, Mass. The agreement facilitates the recruitment and admission of international students who

will complete a college preparatory program at Wheelock in the first year of the program and have the opportunity to advance to the second year of degree courses at the partner institutions, including Rivier. This initiative will provide international students with a direct path to Rivier’s undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The University also entered into an agreement with Fairfield University, through which students are able to take part in study abroad opportunities in Ireland, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Italy, France, Australia, and Brazil. “I’m convinced Rivier’s long history of involvement with other cultures has created the perfect platform for a range of dynamic global initiatives,” said Meehan. In January of this year, Rivier signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Hellenic American University of Athens, Greece—a mutually beneficial strategic alliance enabling students from both institutions to experience a rich, vibrant culture and live and learn alongside their peers in the United States and Greece. This MOA is the foundation for initiatives that will enable Rivier students to travel and learn in Athens, Greece, and for Hellenic American students to experience living and learning in the United States. The student exchange program will allow for students in each institution to attend from one term to one full academic year at the other institution. The study abroad experience may include Greek language courses, cultural immersion activities, service learning activities and experiential learning projects. The program will start in the fall of 2013. Included in this agreement is a faculty exchange where faculty from both institutions can conduct research and or teaching residencies in the other institution. Download Rivier's ‘The World is Your Classroom’ screensaver!

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Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of Undergraduate Nursing Education Kathleen Patenaude, and Assistant Professor and Director of M.S. Nursing Program Susan Feeney, with Sister Emma, a Sister of the Presentation of Mary in Senegal.

A similar agreement was recently signed with Atilim University of Ankara, Turkey (read article on page 6), enabling Rivier students to travel, take classes and immerse themselves in the country’s culture. Like the HellenicAmerican agreement, this agreement includes a faculty exchange program. These agreements are just the beginning of what is becoming a vigorous global engagement program at Rivier, offering students life-changing experiences both on campus and in other parts of the world. “Currently, global engagement at Rivier means a robust study abroad program with nine international sites and Rivier faculty leading experiential teaching trips around the world,” said Meehan. A Polycom video conferencing system was installed in the Office of Global Engagement that allows communication with other Polycom users, from anywhere around the world. It works via the internet and provides a video and audio connection, allowing our students, faculty and staff to communicate with other countries.

Shaping globally aware future leaders Rivier offers a new bachelor’s program in Global Studies, which focuses on liberal arts but also includes broader subjects about the global environment to help students get a glimpse of worldwide culture and problems. In addition, a new bachelors program in transnational security studies takes a deeper look at globalization and its effects on business, security and culture. “Today’s college graduates need to be globally aware and be able to function in a globally competitive environment,” said Martin Menke, Global Studies program director and professor. “Our worldwide economy has impacted nearly every profession and profoundly influences our society in so many other ways. Travel is an outstanding form of

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One semester of study abroad, as part of a four year degree program, is an academic experience that is rapidly becoming a requirement for a world-class education. –Associate Vice President for Global Engagement Mark Meehan

experiential learning and we want to allow our students to personally witness life outside the United States.” Through the Office of Student Affairs, Rivier will also initiate a new Global Leadership Program in the fall, a oneyear program with a dual focus on leadership and mentoring connecting exceptional Rivier students to global issues, global leaders, and professional opportunities around the world. The program includes meetings with Rivier leaders, reading and discussion of globally focused literature, and dialogues with a variety of visiting scholars, guest speakers, and people from around the world.

On-campus global events The Office of Global Engagement, along with the Regina Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, hosted several Refugee Engagement Month events intended to create opportunities for the University and Nashua community to be enlightened about the experience of refugees, engaged by the New Hampshire refugee community, and to exchange ideas that facilitate relationships between both communities. Refugees from the Congo and Bhutan shared their experiences of their journey. “Global engagement has been an incredible new force on campus, exciting students and faculty while at the same time informing them of some important local people who have a global experience,” said Ginelle Testa, a junior Sociology


major at Rivier from Hudson, N.H., who serves as a student ambassador in the Office of Global Engagement as well as a refugee liaison. “Refugee Engagement Month was packed with events for all sorts of people, which was what was special about it—it reached out to a variety of students in different majors. I have considered myself fairly globally aware for a few years now and I had no idea refugees even existed in New Hampshire, let alone in our own city of Nashua. What this event was able to do was break down barriers that look at these people as ‘others’ and allow students to interact with and hear stories on a personal level. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to inform people in a personal and unique way about their neighbors and their unique struggles.” “Global engagement can be seen as increasing numbers of international students come to campus and the Student Affairs team creates programming to connect them deeply to their American classmates,” Meehan said. “Global engagement includes cultural celebrations of Indian and Chinese students, which draw students from across the campus and people from around the Nashua community.”

Serving—and learning from—the world: Rivier students abroad During spring break, undergraduate students took part in an eight-day biology field experience teaching trip for academic credit in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands with Dr. Joel Stake, associate professor of biology and coordinator of biology, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands. Students had the opportunity to experience first-hand the cultural and natural beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands by exploring coral reefs and conducting research on live coral through hands-on experiences. Biological field techniques were taught throughout the trip and used to conduct diversity surveys for selected habitats on the islands. In addition to gaining an appreciation for the natural beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands, students visited historic sites, providing a cultural framework for the modern identity of the islands. “This trip has changed my mind and the way that I think about restoration and resilience, and it’s changed my heart to give more compassion towards all those here working to better protect our environment,” said student April Krawczyk '13 from Tyngsboro, Mass. This fall and again in January 2014, nursing students and faculty will visit Senegal as part of the ‘Rivier University Institute for Global Health’ project as a study abroad opportunity to complement coursework and academics with real-world experience and service in another country.

Life-changing experiences Global engagement and study abroad opportunities afford students a lifechanging experience—allowing them to gain first-hand, in-depth knowledge of other cultures, develop new ways of looking at the world and understanding their surroundings, and cultivate

intercultural skills that will help them succeed on today’s global stage. According to Rivier’s Office of Global Engagement, study abroad can lead to both personal and professional growth. The acquisition of valuable skills—including adaptability, self-confidence, patience, cultural awareness, learning a new language, problem-solving, observation, making new friends around the world, expanding one’s worldview and awareness of global issues—enhances students’ perspective in life and increases employment opportunities. Many employers believe that a student who studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to handle diverse problems and situations. Inside Higher Ed, an online higher education resource, provides further confirmation of the positive impact of study abroad, saying that students who study abroad have improved academic performance upon returning to their home campus, higher graduation rates, and improved knowledge of cultural practices and context. Studying abroad also helps academic performance of at-risk students. Meehan has seen first-hand the importance of global engagement and study abroad in the lives of students. “One semester of study abroad, as part of a four year degree program, is an academic experience that is rapidly becoming a requirement for a world-class education,” he said, adding that recent research has shown that students who complete a study abroad semester are more likely to stay at their institution and graduate on time. Global engagement opportunities at Rivier—especially study abroad programs—are challenging students beyond what they had thought they were capable of, building self-confidence and creating a sense of worldliness and understanding of other cultures, truly bringing to life Rivier's mission. “Traveling abroad has been an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” says Rivier student Hillary Tarr, a sociology major with a minor in social work. “I traveled to Uganda in 2011, where I worked in an orphanage. It has given me insight into the way other people live and has made me realize how blessed I am to be given the opportunity to attend Rivier University while many other youth struggle to get a primary education. I encourage anyone who is given the chance to travel abroad to take the opportunity. They will not regret it and will come back with a new view on their lives and the lives of others.”


Several Sisters of the Presentation of Mary—Rivier’s founding order—who reside in Senegal will participate. A site selection and discussion, followed by a faculty exploratory trip, recently took place. The Rivier University Institute for Global Health: A collaborative project between Rivier University, the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, and the communities of Nashua, N.H. and Dakar, Senegal will aim to connect and support communities by creating and sustaining two related care centers, providing comprehensive health care, educational training, English as a Second Language programming, spiritual guidance, and support for microlending/business development programs. The project aims to connect students and Rivier faculty with refugees. For students, the opportunity will provide capstone hours, experiential learning, cross-discipline academics, and global engagement; for refugees, it will provide health care, a sense of community, education, business skills and consultation, and ESL experience; and for faculty and staff, nurse practitioner hours, health care, community public relations, and hosting a travel clinic and administering inoculations. In the future, it is anticipated that the project will expand to include business and education students. “Our Senegal trip was truly life changing and life affirming,” said Susan Feeney, assistant professor of nursing and director, M.S. nursing program. “The Sisters were gracious and warm. They live their faith and give selflessly. The sense of community and true joy in life was visible wherever we went in Senegal.” “Visiting Senegal can be described as a transformational journey not only personally, but professionally as a nurse,” added Kathy Patenaude, assistant professor of nursing and director of undergraduate nursing education at Rivier. “The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Senegal are amazing. Their love for the mission is evident in all aspects of their lives and in the care and service they provide to the people of Senegal. I can’t wait for our students to experience the same, and live out our mission to ‘transform hearts and minds to serve the world.’”

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Dining in style Renovations to enhance dining experience By PATRICIA GARRITY

The Rivier community can expect to see some exciting changes when they visit the Dion Center dining hall this fall. Renovations are currently underway in partnership with Sodexo, Inc., the University’s food service provider, and will be completed for the start of the fall semester. This transformation is consistent with the University's strategic and campus master plans. The most visible and exciting changes for visitors will be the new fresh cooking options. The centerpiece of the room will be a 360-degree action station where a chef will prepare fresh dishes for students while they wait. “This new station with display cooking is predicted to be a hit with students,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling. It will also include an expanded salad bar and deli area, and popular items have been added to the menu such as international, pasta and stir fry dishes. A new grilling station


will be installed where students can enjoy their favorite grilled foods daily. Stimeling knows how important this transformation will be for students. “The dining experience isn’t just about eating. It’s about the community coming together, hanging out, having fun, and sharing experiences. This renovated space provides students with a comfortable gathering place to meet for many purposes, with easy access to good food.” In addition to the 360-degree station and the grilling station, there will be a new seating arrangement which will make the room more open and appealing while increasing the seating capacity of the dining space. Round tables and booths will be arranged in a way that is both more attractive and spacious. Renovations will enhance the dining experience—the dining hall will take on the look of an upscale restaurant. New, contemporary classic colors will add a modern touch

The dining experience isn't just about eating. It's about the community coming together, hanging out, having fun, and sharing experiences. –Vice President for Student Affairs Kurt Stimeling

to the room and pounded copper, glass tiles, and tinted windows are among the elements and textures that will contribute to the New England feel. New flooring—a mixture of tile and carpet—will be added to complement the new atmosphere. Improvements include some much needed upgrades to the kitchen and the removal of the dish room, which will make the dining experience more pleasant and less noisy. Used dishes will move on a conveyor belt out of sight to the dish room. The metal grated window treatments will be removed, allowing more light to brighten the area. The dining experience will be further enhanced with real china dishes and high-quality silverware. Food will be made fresh with diners observing cafeteria staff preparing the meals and large open coolers with fresh foods in full view. “I believe this new dining hall is just the beginning of

the wonderful things that the University continues to add and build upon,” says senior and SGA Senator of Residents Melissa Arcari-Wood of Derry, N.H. “I am more than excited to see the finished dining hall in the fall. Returning and new students will be amazed at the transformation!”

The leading provider of food and facilities management in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Sodexo has provided dining services at Rivier for 12 years.

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Men's volleyball advances to NCAA final four Returning the NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championships, the Raiders defeated Juniata College in the quarterfinals before falling to the host school, Nazareth College in the National Semifinals. The program captured their sixth straight GNAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships as they finished with a 27-12 overall record and ranked sixth in the country. The program also holds an impressive 32 game win streak against GNAC opponents.

Senior Steve Visentin (Cheshire, Conn.) was the main reason for the success of the team this season as he controlled the floor and dished out 1,137 assists. He was named GNAC Player of the Year, GNAC Tournament MVP and an ECAC All Star. Junior Aaron Almario (Alhambra, Calif.) was named to the AVCA All American 2nd Team after a dominate season along the net for the Raiders. He collected 273 kills and 137 total blocks to go along with a .375 hitting percentage. Almario was also named to the GNAC First Team. Joining both Visentin and Almario on the GNAC First team are junior Terrance Matatall (Danville, N.H.), 274 kills and 111 total blocks, and sophomore Chris Markuson (Cupertino, Calif.)— 373 kills and 25 service aces. Junior libero Matt Bynon (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) was named GNAC Defensive Player of the Year after he registered over 300 digs and was named Defensive Player of the Week six times over the course of the season. The 2013 GNAC Coach of the Year, Craig Kolek, will look to add a few more players that will enable this team to take the next step and advance to the NCAA National Championship Match in 2014.


Men’s Lacrosse

Under the direction of second year head coach Anthony Perry, the Rivier baseball program recorded their highest win total in nearly five years. The 30 man roster competed in 38 games during the spring season and senior Aramis Velez (Lowell, Mass.) made the most of his final season. The three year captain hit a robust .371 and belted four home runs along with knocking in 32 runs batted in. The 32 RBI broke the single season record of 25 held by classmate Kyle Bowser (Newington, N.H.) in 2011. The talented freshman class was led by a pair of outfielders and a pair of pitchers. Jon Chotkowski (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Nick Pica (Hampstead, N.H.) combined for four wins on the mound while Chotkowski struck out 46 batters in 43 innings. Pica was the workhorse as he went the distance in three of his seven starts. In the outfield, both Jeremy Ball (Swanzey, N.H.) and Marc Medeiros (Arlington, Mass.) set the single season walk record with 21 as they started 35 games in their first year. Ball registered 31 hits as he finished with a .290 average and scored 23 runs. Medeiros, who had 28 hits of his own, was lights out defensively as he committed only one error all season in the outfield. Overall the team battled hard all season long. Despite their 8-30 record, the team saw 20 of its 38


games decided by four runs or less. The program will return 23 student-athletes to go along with another strong recruiting class for 2014 as the program continues to make positive strides.

The men’s lacrosse program enjoyed their most successful season in program history. The Raiders recorded seven wins in 2013 and made the program’s 2nd consecutive post season appearance under the direction of Head Coach James DeLanoy. Freshman Clark Plummer (Londonderry, N.H.) was the main reason for the seven wins. He served as the foundation under an improved defense that held their opponents to 9.69 goals per game. Plummer lead all GNAC goaltenders in total saves and had a save percentage of 60.5%. All these stats added up to Plummer being named the University’s Male Student-Athlete of the month for March, Men’s Lacrosse team MVP and Freshman Male Athlete of the Year. Several other freshmen made huge impacts during the season. Robert Auer (Salem, N.H.) lead the offense with 43 total points — 29 goals, 14 assists. Brandon Hanifin (Tewksbury, Mass.) added 25 goals and Kyle Graham (Londonderry, N.H.) led the team with 21 assists. David Bray (Suffield, Conn.) was also a top scorer as he contributed 26 goals and 10 assists. For the second consecutive year, The Rivier men’s lacrosse team

enjoyed the largest increase in power rating of any NCAA Division III lacrosse team, as rated by With another solid recruiting class, the men’s lacrosse program will continue to grow stronger and stronger moving forward.

Women’s Lacrosse With an overall record of 8-7, the women’s lacrosse program finished with a winning percentage over .500 for the second time in three years under the guidance of 3rd year Head Coach Kathryn Gaudreau. Also for the third straight season, the team advanced to the GNAC Tournament where they bowed out in the first round. Freshman Elena Reilly (Braintree, Mass.) made an immediate impact as she scored 35 goals and 16 assists on her way to being named the GNAC Rookie of the Year. Classmate Danielle Moran (San Diego, Calif.) was another reason for the 2013 success as the rookie goaltender made 150 saves over the 15 game season. Junior Rebecca Wickens (Tyngsboro, Mass.) was the offensive star as she recorded 65 points on the season (59 goals and 6 assists) while senior Lauren Brett (Otisfiled, Maine) finished her stellar four year career with a 42 goal — 18 assist season. Both studentathletes were named to the 2nd and 1st team All-Conference respectively.

While the program graduated five seniors, the 2014 team will have 16 returners that will integrate with a strong recruiting class that will bring this program back to the playoffs for years to come.


complete games in her 17 starts for the Raiders while hitting .288 at the plate. The Raiders will look to advance further in the GNAC Tournament next season with a strong core and leadership built off of a successful 2013 campaign.

With only one senior graduating, the women’s basketball team will be in the chase for the GNAC Championship next season.

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

With only four returning studentathletes, the Raider softball team was able to return to the GNAC Tournament where they upset the #2 seeded Emerson College to advance to the GNAC Final Four for the first time since 2010. Junior Nicole Peacock (Warwick, R.I.) led the team in almost every statistical category as she was the only Raider named to the AllConference team as a 1st team selection. She batted .478 with 55 hits, 47 runs scored and 35 stolen bases. The centerfielder also slugged six home runs and recorded 20 runs batted in during the 2013 season. Senior Marissa Mercier (North Smithfield, R.I.) had another standout season as the veteran catcher belted eight home runs and knocked in 28 RBI as she finishes her decorated four year career in Raider blue. The season also saw the emergence of junior Kirstie Clark (Brentwood, N.H.) who hit four home runs and had 24 RBI in her 36 games as the team’s primary third baseman. She recorded 32 hits and a .439 slugging percentage in 2013. Classmate Hillary Tarr (North Easton, Mass.) was stellar inside the circle as she won nine games with a 5.00 earned run average. The right-hander also tossed 13

For the second consecutive season, the women’s basketball program posted 15 wins and reached the first round of the GNAC Tournament. With a 15-10 overall record and an 8-4 mark in conference play. The season would come to an abrupt end as the team fell to Albertus Magnus College in the GNAC First Round. Sophomore Deanna Purcell (Hudson, N.H.) became the quickest student-athlete in the history of the GNAC to reach 1,000 career points as she reached the milestone on Feb. 5th at Lasell College. Purcell finished the season as the team’s leading scorer with 565 points (22.6 per game) and a spot on the All-Conference First team.

Junior A.J. Guidi (Derry, N.H.) transferred in and helped the team as she contributed 13.5 points per game and a 37.8 shooting percentage from the floor. Classmate Ryan Baker (Whitinsville, Mass.) provided the leadership from the point guard position as she directed the potent Raider offense and added 10.1 points per game.

After missing out on the GNAC Tournament last season, the men’s basketball program rebounded and returned to the tournament this past season. The Raiders would end up losing on the road at Albertus Magnus. The team finished 1015 overall, including six wins in conference play. Junior Tom Poitras (Bow, N.H.) had a fantastic season in which he earned All-Conference First Team honors. Poitras finished his 2012-13 campaign with 433 points (16.7 ppg) and collected 124 rebounds. He also recorded his 1,000th career point on Feb. 5th in a road contest at Johnson and Wales University. This past season also saw the emergence of junior Nick Walch (Dedham, Mass.) who was second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game. He amassed 299 total points and collected 191 rebounds in the 25 games he started in. With a talented freshman class this past season and only three graduating seniors, the men’s basketball program will look to remain in the GNAC Tournament for years to come.

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makingNEWS Associate Professor of Education Dr. Ann Ackerman recently completed her second term as chair of Nashua Ethnic Awareness Committee (EAC), a legislatively created city committee that promotes ethnic awareness and facilitates communications and contact between various city government departments and multiple community groups. Associate Professor of Education Dr. Susan Gately attended the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in San Antonio, an annual international convention with sessions in mathematics learning for children with disabilities, using iPads with children with disabilities, evaluating “apps,” and new council for neuroeducators. The research of Senior Lecturer of Nursing Mark Hand was featured in the Division of Research and Graduate Studies at East Carolina University (ECU) where he presented his research during Research & Creative Advertisement Week in April. Associate Professor of Business Administration Dr. Gregory Kivenzor was inducted into the LINKS Hall of Fame and named a LINKS Fellow for his achievements in successfully expanding student knowledge and facilitating their learning of business strategies. The LINKS business

simulation is a collection of comprehensive simulations of business activities focused on marketing, operations, finance, service management, and business strategy, used by more than 150 universities and colleges from 76 countries and actively used in executive education by companies such as ExxonMobil, IBM, General Electric, and Nokia. Kivenzor uses the LINKS Enriched Enterprise Management simulation in his M.B.A. capstone class, “Strategies of Innovation”—an extensive thought-provoking team competition in the global marketplace. Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Susan Murphy has successfully met the requirements to maintain the NCC (National Certification Corporation) national credential as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHC). The credential is earned by meeting educational and/or practice requirements and taking a rigorous examination that covers the specified specialty areas. Dr. Murphy and Nursing Instructor Marcy Ainslie attended the Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference in Newton, Mass. where they presented a poster session on the use of simulation with pre-clinical FNP students. Their session was voted ‘audience choice’ by the attendees.


Associate Professor of Undergraduate Special Education and Co-Director Dr. Naomi for the Center Schoenfeld for Faculty Excellence Dr. Naomi Schoenfeld co-wrote an article, “The Diamond Model: A Unique Elementary RTI Model That Meets the Needs of All Learners,” that was published in Intervention in School and Clinic.

Dr. Kevin Wayne

Associate Professor of Business Administration Dr. Kevin Wayne presented a paper titled “Mission Statement Relevance and Sector Ambiguity: A study of S&P 100 firms” at the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences. Wayne co-authored the paper with former Rivier M.B.A. student James Hussey, ’11, ’12. Wayne presented another paper, again co-authored with Hussey, titled “The Contemporary American Mission Statement: Explicit Manifesto or Bemused Corporate Speak” at the 39th Annual Meeting of the

Northeast Business and Economics Association held in Port Jefferson, N.Y. The paper, published in the Conference Proceedings, challenged conventional wisdom of corporate communications with statistical evidence. Wayne also attended the Eastern Academy of Management’s 50th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., serving as reviewer for the conference as well as facilitator for a panel discussion on Company Founders as part of the EAM’s Entrepreneurship Division. Professor of English and Communications Dr. Elizabethada A. Wright presented the paper “Woolson’s Andersonville: Before, During, and After” at the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Constance Woolson Society: “Witnessing and Remembering Civil War(s)” in Columbus, Ga. Wright also attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas. Her article “God Sees Me: Surveillance and Oratorical Training at NineteenthCentury St. Mary-of-theWoods in Indiana” was published in Rhetoric, History, and Women’s Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak by Routledge as part of their Studies in Rhetoric and Communication.

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70’s Ronald Norman Dube ’70G retired from teaching after 40 years. He has written a book about Nashua area men and women in World War II.


40’s Patricia (Chaffers) Croteau ’43 has recently become a great grandmother to two girls. Patricia is looking forward to helping her sister, Sister Madeleine Chaffers, SSND ’43, celebrate her 90th birthday. Patricia’s daughter and Rivier alumna, Madeleine (Croteau) Duboe ’72, is traveling from France for the birthday celebration. M. Margaret LevesqueMaynard ’43 at 91 years old still drives to church when she can or watches Catholic TV for her spiritual needs. Margaret’s sister-in-law, Dr. Henriette Allen Ph.D., is also a Rivier alumna of the Class of 1950.


Sandra Axton ’60/’67G writes, “I read the article "Rivier University signs Memorandum of Agreement with Hellenic American University" with interest. How proud Sister M. Ste. Blaise, faculty member when I was a student at Rivier in the late 50’s, would have been of this new program. Sister taught ancient history, especially that of Greece and Rome and, if I remember correctly, Greek! Congratulations to the University on all these wonderful new programs.”

Claudette Turcotte Burque and hustband Rene

Claudette Turcotte Burque ’62 and her husband Rene celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June 2013 with a family reunion and cruise leaving from Boston. They have four married children and 11 grandchildren. They have lived in Alabama for the past eight years. Pauline Gosselin Desautels ’63/’74G and her husband, Peter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2013. They are both very engaged in community volunteering. Their son, Daniel, recently retired from USAF as Lt. Col. and is presently an American Airlines pilot. Their youngest daughter, Hannah, is attending a youth leadership program in China this summer. Cheryl Simard ’66 retired from teaching math/health after 30 years and is currently supervising teaching interns for the Upper Valley Educator Institute (UVEI) in Lebanon, N.H. Mary (Burke) Gedroiz ’67 writes that her daughter, Gillian, graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and is now working for Ameriprise Financial, as do her parents. Patricia (Przekop) Landry ’68 retired from teaching kindergarten and moved to Lake Norman in Cornelius, N.C. She now lives close to her two grandsons and loves the area.


Carol (Welch) Catalano ’72/’84G writes that her daughter Courtney is a busy pediatric nurse practitioner at Centre Pediatrics in Brookline, Mass. and her son Chris works with his dad, Fred, at Catalano Bros. Inc. in Ayer, Mass. as the Assistant Financial Controller. They are looking forward to their son’s wedding to Simie Bhatia in October 2013. Lucille Joergen ’72 is teaching French at Tesoro High School in Santa Margarita, Calif. and loves it.

children. Their son Daniel is the father of Charlie, age 2, and Madeline, 5 months. Their daughter Catherine is the mother of two daughters: Lily, age 3 and Molly, born May 24, 2013. Their oldest son Brendan and wife Sarah are both teachers and live in Newtown, Mass. Their youngest daughter Margaret just graduated from Framingham State University in May 2013. Denise (Valliancourt) Lockwood ’74 retired from her position as a microbiologist and a quality assurance specialist. after almost 21 years at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated in Baltimore, Md. She is very active in her church and plays in two hand bell choirs. She enjoys traveling to such places as Italy, Israel and Africa. She is also pursuing her hobby of photography.

80’s Mary Pierce Mosier

Mary Pierce Mosier ’73 and her husband Joe have come out of retirement and opened a bookstore in downtown Belfast, Maine. Nautical Scribe Books features maritime themed used, new and children’s books, in addition to nautical art, ship models and collectibles. Brenda Bursey Poirier ’73 decided to open a bakery in New London, N.H. 12 years ago, after working as a home economics teacher and in the food service industry for many years. It is a flourishing business in a small college town in beautiful central New Hampshire. She has two grown children and has been married to her husband Don for 41 years. Margaret Hahesy ’74 and her husband John have four grandchildren and four

Patricia B. Hurd ’81 has retired and is now participating in the RISE program at Rivier University. Watercolor is her favorite medium and she served as the President of the Hollis Art Society from 2010-2012. She also has been taking harp lessons for a couple of years and loves it. Ronald Lavallee Jr. ’87 is finally a homeowner.

90’s Sharon Burlingame ’93G recently moved into a new position as Program Coordinator of the Computer Science & Information Technology Program at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn. She has also become an active member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) promoting practices to increase the number of women in the IT profession.

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Jaclyn M. Zingaro ’11 is working as an RN for South West Georgia Medical Center. In August 2012, her fiancé, Mark Wesolaski, proposed and they are planning a wedding in New Hampshire in August 2013.

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Doreen Champagne ’98 was promoted to Sergeant for the Haverhill Police Department (HPD). She is the first female ranking officer in the department’s history. She was sworn in as an attorney in Massachusetts in June 2012 and inducted into the Haverhill YWCA Academy of Women 2012. Nelly Padua ’98 graduated from UMass Lowell in May 2013 with a doctorate degree in nursing practice (DNP). She works as a family nurse practitioner.

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Matthew Farr ’01G retired as a Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in May after 24 years of service.

Laura Connors ’10 is a physician assistant at Penobscot Community Health Care. Rosanne Lupien ’11 M.B.A. has recently succeeded the four Certified Public Accountant exams. She is now in the process of completing her internship for CPA licensing. Rosanne’s grandmother, Alice (Moge) Lupien ’50 posthumously received the Sister Madeleine of Jesus Award in 2005.

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Jonathan Alexander with big sister Elizabeth

Tina (Cookinham) Cheshire ’03/’06 and her husband Casey Cheshire ’03/’04 announce the birth of their second child, Jonathan Alexander, on March 25, 2013. Big sister Elizabeth is pictured holding Jonathan. Brian ’02 and Sarah (Burpee) ’03 Denham had a baby girl, Stella Jane, on May 1, 2013.


Sr. Therese Boulay, p.m. ’54 Feb. 9, 2013


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Class of 2013 criminal justice Members of the Class of 2013 generously contributed to the Graduating Class Gift program, making their first gifts to Rivier University (read article on page 7).

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Putting names to the faces that your gift can help As a graduate, you know that the Rivier experience is unique. You know that Rivier is a place where service and learning go hand in hand, a place where values and ethics matter, and where real-world learning takes place across all disciplines. While you know all of this about Rivier, did you know that the undergraduate and graduate student experience is directly shaped by the generous support of alumni? Your experience as a Rivier student was shaped through the generosity of the alumni who came before you.

This is a powerful statement and means that you have the power to shape the Rivier experience for the next generation. Your support of the Rivier University Annual Fund makes it possible for students to attend Rivier and to receive the unique educational experience that you received. In addition, your support makes it possible for the University to continue to offer the most up-to-date academic programs and resources, ensuring that a Rivier degree continues to be a valuable asset to employers.

Your gift to the Rivier University Annual Fund will have a direct and lasting impact on Rivier and its students, continuing the tradition of alumni support that has supported Rivier students for generations. For additional information about the Rivier University Annual Fund and to make your gift, visit

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