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Note from the Editor Summer 2011


his has certainly been a remarkable year at Emmanuel College and we are delighted to share some of the highlights in this issue of Emmanuel Magazine. At Commencement in May, 650 arts and sciences and graduate and professional programs students received their degrees, the largest graduating class in the College’s history. As members of the Class of 2011 move into the next phase of their lives, we eagerly welcome the new Class of 2015 this summer for Orientation. Emmanuel has experienced another record admissions year with the most applications ever for our traditional arts and sciences program and we anticipate 600+ new freshmen and transfer students in the fall. Along with record growth in enrollment over the last several years has come an expansion of the College’s academic programs. In this issue, you will learn about the new majors, minors and concentrations added in just the last five years to respond to student needs and to strengthen our core mission as a liberal arts and sciences college. New programs include neuroscience, crime & justice, theology & religious studies and more. We have also attracted and appointed talented new professors, doubling our number of full-time faculty in the last decade. Emmanuel’s faculty is committed to teaching and mentoring in and out of the classroom, with many working oneon-one with students on research projects not often available to undergraduates at other institutions. In addition to research, the accomplishments of our students under the guidance of our faculty have been impressive, including a Fulbright scholarship, numerous presentations at national conferences and articles published in prestigious journals. Emmanuel Magazine welcomes you to comment on this issue and send suggestions on topics for future editions by e-mailing or calling 617 735-9906. I encourage you also to visit our website frequently for updated news and to view videos and photos from recent events, including Alumni Weekend 2011. Sincerely,

Molly Honan Editor in Chief

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Undergraduate Work with Faculty Yields Impressive Results

Emmanuel Inaugurates Hakim Lecture

Faculty-Student Connections

Alumni News Recent Alumni Gatherings Clearys Start New Tradition


Academic Program Update New Offerings in the Liberal Arts and Sciences


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Reflecting on Emmanuel Spirituality and Catholic Identity

Writers: Bryan Mahoney, Molly Honan and Curtis Abram ’11 Contributors: Joan Caldwell, Ernie Corrigan, Andrea Dempsey, Kathleen Kelly ’10, Mark Nugent, Kay O’Dwyer, Elisabeth M. O’Hearn ’47, Valerie Stephens and Amy Stewart Design: LIMA Design Printing Coordinator: Helen Kimeria ’97


Emmanuel Speaks A Conversation with SGA President Caroline Dias ’11


Campus News College Wins Preservation Award Student Awarded Fulbright New Appointments in Academics and Campus Ministry


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Photography: Merrill Shea, Carla Osberg Photography, Tom Kates, Bryan Mahoney, Curtis Abram ’11, Esto Photographics and Carl Tremblay

Alumna Receives Medal of Honor

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Triathlon Chance Encounter Saints Once Again

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Donor Profile

Tom and Marjorie Cass Support Emmanuel

Faculty-Student Connections Continue to Evolve, Deliver Results At Emmanuel College, professors take “challenging” and “inspiring” to a whole new level. They engage students beyond the classroom, help them publish their work and present their papers at national conferences, and invite them to participate in groundbreaking research. Their enthusiasm is matched only by the eagerness of their students, who are willing to delve into the advanced academic experiences available to them.


Emmanuel today is an environment where countless collaborations between faculty and students are taking place. The campus is alive with the kind of interactive learning and community building that is the hallmark of the Emmanuel College educational experience. It is a place filled with the type of personal interactions, opportunities and outcomes that are simply not available everywhere.

Research, Scholarship and Publishing

Neuroimmunology Research Project (NIRP) – The Neuroimmunology Research Project (NIRP), run by Dr. Todd Williams and Dr. Josef Kurtz with the assistance of Dr. Joel Kowit, meet in one of the labs of the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center. above – NIRP members: Harrison Powell ’13, Nathalie Victoria ’13, Kayla Tremblay ’13 at that point,” said Dr. Pope. “I feel very strongly about teaching students where to go to get the information they need about publishing their work.” In the two years since the Writing and Literature program was revamped, four of the 17 graduating majors have had work appear in national publications, impressive results considering the average acceptance rate for submissions to national literary magazines is around one percent. Timothy Urban ’11 had his memoir “The Sweet Life” published in an anthology about doctor/patient relationships entitled, View from the Bed, View from the Bedside. Alison Amorello ’11 had her work appear in the literary magazine Punkin House Digest while Amanda Lee Hickey ’11 had an essay published in the literary magazine Splinter Generation. Rebecca Camarda ’12 had her essay “To Your Memory: New Jersey” accepted by the monthly online magazine Jersey Devil Press. All of the students’ work was written for either ENGL 2504 Prose Writing, ENGL 3504 Advanced Prose Writing or ENGL 4160 Writing Seminar. “It gives them an advantage when applying to grad schools, something concrete besides grades that says ‘This is what


machine, they see the effect the group’s track record has on current team members and how easy it is to get them to buy into the system. “It’s a big deal,” said Dr. Kurtz. “I think these students realize that by working with the NIRP group it has opened a lot of doors.” Doors that have led to meaningful contributions in the field, presentations at national and international conferences, notable graduate programs and careers — outcomes of faculty-student scholarship that resonate across academic departments throughout campus. Associate Professor of English Dr. Mary Beth Pope is one such professor who makes a habit of opening doors to her students — specifically one she herself was not guided through. A key part of her creative writing courses involves walking all of her students through the publication process. In fact, by the end of each semester, every one of her students is required to submit his or her work for publication to get a sense for what the process entails. “I was never taught this even as a graduate student. It is information faculty for some reason do not either bother to share or do not think students need to know

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Nearly four years ago when Emmanuel Magazine featured the Neuroimmunology Research Project (NIRP), it was to introduce the revolutionary scientific research being conducted by the group on campus. The Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center was just starting to take shape, and at the time, NIRP too was still in its infancy, having formed in the fall of 2005. Its original three members had just graduated a few months earlier, and the focus shifted to new students — including an eager young Chris Borges ’10, who after just one year with the project already spoke of making immunology and bone marrow transplantation research his life. Fast-forward to today and another generation of students is taking advantage of the opportunity to work side-by-side with Associate Professors of Biology Dr. Josef Kurtz and Dr. Todd Williams. Meanwhile, the list of NIRP alumni who helped pave the way reads like an all-star team of Emmanuel science students. Borges recently completed his first year at Harvard Medical School and remains as passionate as ever about neuroimmunology research. Classmate Joia Spinelli ’10 is a medical assistant for the Division of Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which in March performed the nation’s first full face transplant. Sam LoCascio ’09 set up the new Clinical Translational Immunology Center at Columbia Medical School in New York. Carolyn Ferrick ’08 is in her third year at Tufts Dental School, while Lisa Shubert ’08 is one year into the physician’s assistant program at Duke University. Forum Raval ’07 is a fourthyear Ph.D. student in immunology at the University of Massachusetts. What started out as a discussion between two colleagues interested in overlapping their work and carving out a niche, has developed into something Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Williams could only dream about a few years ago. Now they find themselves overseeing a student-research group that has gained national recognition among peer groups, having pioneered a split-brain technique for evaluating populations of microglia cells, the immune cells of the central nervous system. As two iterations of students have cycled through the NIRP


Writing and Literature Dr. Mary Beth Pope makes a point to teach all of her writing students about the publication process, something not taught to her even as a graduate student.

I am capable of,’” said Dr. Pope. “To be able to provide this for my students is huge. It is the greatest thing I could possibly give them.” This fall will mark 10 years since the College formally launched its funded faculty-student research program, allowing faculty members to apply for undergraduate assistants to contribute to ongoing research projects. The program has continued to grow throughout the last decade, allowing faculty to conduct their scholarly work on campus while enabling Emmanuel students to gain access to the kind of research experience rarely available at the undergraduate level. The program has been supported over the years by donations from Merck Research Laboratories-Boston, as well as through gifts to the Annual Fund. On-campus research continues to prosper both during the academic year as well as the summer months, the latter offering both faculty and students alike the chance to focus more of their attention on their 4

shared interests and respective projects. This summer, faculty members from a variety of academic disciplines are again conducting research on campus with the aid of student research assistants. In total, nearly 40 Emmanuel students will participate. As part of the program, the College provides free on-campus summer housing for students. Notable research being conducted on campus includes that of Emmanuel Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Allen Price, who will continue his research on the physics of DNA with Dr. Joseph Loparo of Harvard Medical School, and Emmanuel Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Katrin Križ, who will further explore kin networks of first-generation immigrants in Boston using a data set collected by Dr. Kathryn Edin, a professor of public policy and management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. For Dr. Križ, working with student assistants has been a constant since she

arrived on campus three years ago. She has been impressed with the eagerness of Emmanuel students to collaborate with professors and the availability of stipends for assistants. This summer, she will work alongside Alyson Iannicelli ’12, an English Communications major who hopes to expand her knowledge base by working with a professor outside of her area of study. “It is an experience no course or internship can provide,” said Iannicelli. “It goes beyond something I can put on my résumé. The relationship I will form and the knowledge I will receive is something that will provide great value.” Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Faina Ryvkin credits the growth of facultystudent research to the enthusiasm of Emmanuel professors as well as to the College’s continuing support. “The culture of engaging students in exploration through all disciplines, natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts, is well established on Emmanuel’s campus now,” she said. Faculty across disciplines agree that recognizing potential assistants early in their undergraduate careers influences the quality of the research, as students have a greater amount of time to acclimate themselves to the research environment. In the early years of NIRP, Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Williams instituted a six-month apprenticeship period during which new students worked with experienced students and faculty to learn laboratory techniques before being officially invited to the group. Recently, they enlisted the aid of Professor of Biology Dr. Joel Kowit, who gauges interest and evaluates student candidates as freshmen through his Honors Program biology course. “Identifying students at the sophomore and junior levels is something we did on purpose and it has worked out even better than we thought,” said Dr. Kurtz. “It is nice to see that this practice is not unique to our group.” When Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Jarvinen sought to establish a research group of his own in January 2010, he utilized a similar model. Like NIRP candidates, Dr. Jarvinen’s researchers must take part in an extracurricular reading group before officially becoming

“It gives them an advantage when applying to grad schools, something concrete besides grades that says ‘This is what I am capable of.’ To be able to provide this for my students is huge. It is the greatest thing I could possibly give them.”

Sociology Meaghan Mingo ’10 and Dr. Katrin Križ conducted research together for two years on first-generation immigrant families in Boston. The experience had a major impact on Mingo, who now works in the field as the research assistant for program evaluation at Facing History and Ourselves.

Society national meeting in Anaheim, Calif. This summer, Dr. Ryvkin, Lynch and Turman will continue their work in hopes of better understanding the enzyme’s diverse functions, which in turn, could prove helpful in developing therapeutic treatments for the diseases associated with impaired LOX activity, such as fibrosis, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. “Before coming to Emmanuel, I never imagined being able to get a research position starting in my freshman year,” said Lynch, who will be a junior this fall and already has two years of research experience under his belt. “It has been really rewarding and I am very thankful.” Such opportunities can provide a great confidence boost when it comes time for life after Emmanuel. Meaghan Mingo ’10 spent two years exploring the support networks of low-income immigrant families with Dr. Križ, resulting in research they presented in March 2009 at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting in Baltimore. Now, she continues to work professionally in the field, serving as the research assistant for program evaluation at Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization that delivers classroom strategies, resources and lessons that help students and teachers explore major historical events and “connect the complexities of the past to their choices today.” “My experience as a research assistant for Dr. Križ was integral to my growth and development as a student and thinker,” said Mingo. “The opportunity to explore such rich sociological data while collaborating with and being mentored by her was invaluable. It greatly enhanced my experience at Emmanuel, but most importantly, has enabled me to pursue my passions post-graduation in the nonprofit world.”


involved in part-time internships,” said Dr. Jarvinen. “They are doing the types of things I wish I had done during the summers of my undergraduate years. There is no way I could do my research over the summer without them.” For students to arrive to campus and realize such opportunities are available to them from the start is a powerful incentive. In fact, it is what convinced Mike Lynch ’13 that Emmanuel was the right fit for him. Two weeks into his first semester on campus, he connected with Dr. Ryvkin and the two have collaborated on research ever since. In March, Lynch and Dan Turman ’12 presented their research on lysyl oxidase (LOX), a copper-containing enzyme, at the 241st American Chemical

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members of the project. The approach has helped determine academically motivated students interested in field research and resulted in a very passionate group of student researchers. Dr. Jarvinen’s specialty is in the field of neuroscience, a collaborative discipline that blends psychology and biology. He focuses specifically on the study of brain plasticity, the ability of the brain to change with experience, using mouse models. This summer, the group will continue to expand upon research completed last year through which they were able to identify a very specific window in development when their mouse models become blind. Dr. Jarvinen and his students have presented their findings at conferences on a number of occasions, including the 3rd annual Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium held at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, in March, and the 2011 Eastern New England Biology Conference held on Emmanuel’s campus in April. The group recently submitted a paper based on its research for publication. “These students really want to make the most of their summers; some are even


Reflecting on how far faculty-student research has come on campus and the impressive outcomes it has delivered makes it exciting to wonder what the future holds for Emmanuel. For someone like Dr. Kurtz, the thought is ever present. He has already seen one of his visions exceed his expectations. What more could he hope for? “I have this dream of someday inviting as many alumni who were involved in the project back to campus for a reunion,” he said. “It will just be one of those moments where we sit back and say, ‘Wow. Look at everything you all accomplished.’”

Engagement Beyond the Classroom From generation to generation, Emmanuel students often speak of the strong sense of community that emanates throughout campus. Over the last few years, efforts to further foster the types of meaningful interactions that develop intellectual potential have become a focal point at the College. Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History Dr. William Leonard pointed to a recent national study, which showed that the more actively engaged students are with members of the faculty, the higher they achieve. This was a motivator

“These students really want to make the most of their summers; some are even involved in part-time internships. They are doing the types of things I wish I had done during the summers of my undergraduate years. There is no way I could do my research over the summer without them.” – Dr. Michael Jarvinen, Assistant Professor of Psychology for expanding Emmanuel’s approach to connecting faculty and students in a more formalized way. Last fall, the Dean’s Office sponsored student engagement activities aimed toward providing the opportunity for faculty and students to interact in a social and educational setting. Dr. Leonard put out a call to faculty members interested in coordinating events that would allow them to connect with students while using Boston as their extended classroom. Events included attending a jazz concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with Associate Professor of Management and Economics Dr. Patricia Clarke, visiting the New England Aquarium with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Aren

Psychology Joe Figuereo ’12 and Catherine Johnson ’12 are two members of Dr. Michael Jarvinen’s research group, which this summer will continue to expand upon research in brain plasticity.


Gerdon, and viewing work at the South of Washington Street (SOWA) art walk in the South End with Special Instructor of Art Stephan Jacobs. Each activity was capped at 12-15 students to allow faculty members the chance to interact closely with all those in attendance. “Students have a lot of social activities to choose from here at Emmanuel. We want to make sure faculty and students have the opportunities to engage in such activities with an academic focus,” said Dr. Leonard, who himself sponsored a “Walking Tour of Boston,” allowing him to share knowledge about the historic areas of Boston with students during a trek from campus to the North End. “It was not about a grade, it was just an opportunity for faculty to introduce students to something they are passionate about.” Efforts to engage students beyond the classroom walls have also taken shape in the forms of discipline-specific learning communities. In 2009, Emmanuel introduced the Science Living-Learning Community, an optional program for firstyear students intending to major in the sciences. The integrated, residence hall-based program offers a cohort of 20 students the chance to enhance their academic and social experience through additional science-related experiences. Students attend faculty presentations on their latest scholarly work, receive career preparation and counseling focused on the sciences, and immerse themselves fully in the disciplines while surrounding themselves with peers who possess the same interests. This spring, the psychology department piloted a learning community program of its own and received a solid initial response from students. Although there is no living component, the goal of the

psychology learning community is the same as its science counterpart — to establish a cohort-model approach to first-year student learning. Through this process, students progress through initial core requirement courses together, building a sense of camaraderie among their peers. The program also invites psychology faculty to learning community events to establish bonds between professors and pupils as well. Orchestrated by Assistant Professors of Psychology Dr. Jacqueline Alfonso and Dr. Clare Mehta, the pilot program will continue to be developed in the fall. “Research shows that these types of offerings help students make meaningful connections with one another and with members of the faculty,” said Dr. Leonard, who noted that students who participated in the Science Living-Learning Community achieved higher levels of academic success in their first year compared to other science majors.

driving force, the group hoped to explore ways to better connect with Emmanuel faculty as well as host events that could reach students in ways professors could not. Their unique approach immediately struck a chord with their professors. “They came up with ideas that I felt were revolutionary and visionary, things that had never been done before,” said Dr. Michael Jarvinen. “It dawned on the faculty that a student-run group fueled by student motivation could be a more powerful way to get more students involved. We know that peers are very influential at Emmanuel, at any college. To have a faculty member recommend students attend a lecture, maybe that will have some effect, but having your friend say, ‘this is a really good talk, you should go to it’? That is a whole other level.” The core group of motivated students put their approach to the test in March when SURGE held its first event, a lecture by Brooke Katz, a registered nurse who

“Students have a lot of social activities to choose from here at Emmanuel. We want to make sure faculty and students have the opportunities to engage in such activities with an academic focus.”

History Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History Dr. William Leonard sponsors events using the city of Boston as his extended classroom.

– Dr. William Leonard, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History

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That enthusiasm from both sides is reflected in the evolving culture that exists on campus today, one that continues to transform Emmanuel and leads to longlasting relationships that flourish years after students graduate. “These efforts help us distinguish Emmanuel from other liberal arts and sciences colleges,” said Dr. Leonard. “They build on the strengths and interests of our faculty, make good use of our extended classroom in Boston, and create a bond between students and faculty that impacts the quality of a student’s college experience.” t


offered her personal perspective on dealing with schizophrenia. The students saw the event as a good opportunity to complement the in-class literature and discussions on the mental disorder. Without the aid of the faculty, the students recruited Katz and spread the word throughout campus. They booked a classroom for the event, figuring a crowd of 30-40 would prove their efforts successful. When more than 100 students attended the lecture resulting in a standingroom-only crowd, it was clear they were onto something. “It was truly a student-initiated movement,” said Dr. Jarvinen. “We were impressed. I thought this group would have a great chance of succeeding due to the make up of the faculty in our department. Overall, faculty are overwhelmingly supportive of students and participating in meetings and activities with them after hours.”

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With the learning communities available to students during their first year only, faculty find themselves challenged to find new ways to maintain student engagement outside of class as students advance through their academic plans. Psychology faculty may have recently discovered that the answer to this question lies within the students themselves. Last fall, students pitched a concept during a psychology faculty meeting for a new organization on campus. SURGE, short for Student Undergraduate Resources and Guidance at Emmanuel, was the brainchild of a core group of students who share with their professors the common goal of finding additional opportunities to collaborate and further improve the academic environment on campus. They presented SURGE as a different type of organization — one truly student-driven from start to finish. Using peer-to-peer influence as their


The historic Administration Building, the academic hub of Emmanuel College

Expanded Academic Offerings Affirm Emmanuel’s Commitment to Liberal Arts and Sciences Education


ver the last five years, Emmanuel has added more than 20 new or

modified programs, including majors, minors and academic concentrations, reflecting the College’s commitment to preparing students for the world they will enter as graduates. 8

Accounting major, minor and concentration American Politics & Government concentration in Political Science Biochemistry major Biostatistics major Crime & Justice concentration in Sociology Forensic Science concentration in Chemistry Health Care minor Health Sciences concentration in Biology Human Services concentration in Sociology International Relations & Comparative Politics concentration in Political Science Latin American Studies minor Music-Theater minor Neuroscience concentration in Biology or Psychology Organizational Leadership minor Philosophy major Photography minor Social Inequality & Social Justice concentration in Sociology Sport Management concentration in Management Theology & Religious Studies major

For more information on Emmanuel’s academic programs, visit

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Students in one of the Wilkens Science Center’s multipurpose classrooms.

New and Re-Launched Programs in the Last Five Years


heritage have included the establishment of Founders’ Day, which recently celebrated its 19th anniversary on campus, the founding of the Center for Mission & Spirituality in 2006, and the expansion of Emmanuel’s existing Religious Studies department. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies will offer more than an exploration of Catholicism, as students will have the opportunity to explore the roots and religious practices of other religions such as Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. “The exploration of religion is a journey to understand the human quest for meaning,” said Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Department Chair Reverend Thomas Leclerc, M.S. “Religious studies is an indispensable part of the liberal arts curriculum at religious and secular institutions alike, and should be a defining part of the curriculum at a Catholic institution. A major in the field is a public recognition of that reality.” The quest for meaning is also at the core of philosophy majors, said Dr. Thomas Wall, chair of the Department of Philosophy, which has also seen resurgence in student interest. While philosophy is often viewed as an indirect path to a career, the valuable skill sets associated with and attained in the discipline — the ability to learn quickly, think critically, analyze ideas and write clearly and effectively — are some of the most sought after by managers in today’s professional world. “The intellectual rewards of studying philosophy need no justification beyond themselves; they are intrinsically valuable,” said Dr. Wall. “Yet, in addition, philosophy has practical value that counts heavily toward career preparation. Because of the thinking skills they develop, successful philosophy majors are extremely well prepared for today’s most interesting careers.” t

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Some of these offerings, such as the biochemistry major or the neuroscience concentration reflect Emmanuel’s strategic vision of leveraging its location in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. The most recent offerings, the newly reinstated philosophy major and the new Department of Theology and Religious Studies major, meanwhile, speak to the growing interests of the student body and emphasize Emmanuel’s dedication to a liberal arts education. The expanded program in Theology and Religious Studies is particularly important to the College’s Catholic identity. During the College’s Founders’ Day celebration in February, Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND credited the philosophical basis for founding a Catholic college to famed 19th century Roman Catholic cardinal and author, John Henry Newman, beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010. Newman viewed the study of theology as essential to a liberal education and defined a Catholic college as “a place in which the intellect may safely range and speculate, sure to find its equal in some antagonist activity, and its judge in the tribunal of truth.” Sr. Janet referenced that it was Newman’s forward-thinking approach that eventually guided the various religious congregations that led Catholic colleges and universities to change for the better. She also highlighted the impact of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, an apostolic constitution on Catholic higher education issued by Pope John Paul II in 1990. “For the next decade we engaged in substantial discussions on campus, with other colleges, with bishops about the key elements of a Catholic college or university,” said Sister Janet. “We recognized the need to articulate our Catholic identity in a more prominent way.” Over the last two decades, efforts to better communicate Emmanuel’s Catholic



Caroline Dias ’11 2010–2011 SGA President

From the very beginning of her college career, Caroline Dias embraced leadership roles. A native of Barrington, Rhode Island, Dias was vice president of the Class of 2011 during both her freshman and sophomore years. Junior year, she was appointed executive vice president of club relations. She brought this experience, as well as experience representing the student body on the Curriculum Committee and the Bookstore Advisory Committee, to her position as Student Government Association (SGA) president for the 2010– 2011 academic year. Emmanuel Magazine spoke to Dias just before graduation as she reflected on her Emmanuel College experience and her role in student government.

Emmanuel Magazine (EM): What attracted you to Emmanuel when you were choosing a college? Caroline Dias (CD): When I was considering different colleges four years ago, it was important to me to find a school that would challenge and engage me academically, provide me with options for internships and study abroad, and be a place where I could easily get involved, make friends and have fun. I’m so happy to look back now and see how Emmanuel has helped me exceed these goals over the last four years. I was very interested in going to school in Boston because of all the cultural, social and academic opportunities, and I have certainly taken full advantage of those. I also wanted to be part of a welcoming community, so Emmanuel has really offered the best of everything for me.

EM: What is your major? Tell us about your academic experience at Emmanuel. CD: I am actually a double major, Spanish and Global Studies, and have earned a certificate in French. Because of the liberal 10

arts and sciences tradition, I always felt that I could explore my options, especially during my first year. The general requirements at Emmanuel expose students to a breadth of disciplines, so I feel that I have received a very well-rounded education that has prepared me for work and life. What stands out at Emmanuel is how important relationships are to the academic experience. My small classes have allowed me to develop lasting connections with my professors both inside and outside of the classroom. Here, students work with the faculty closely through research, advising and even offcampus activities. I had the opportunity to go on faculty-led travel abroad programs to both Spain and France, which were both amazing experiences.

EM: Did you take advantage of other offcampus opportunities? CD: My off-campus experiences were some of my favorite over the past four years. In addition to traveling to Oviedo, Spain, and Paris, France, with my language professors, I also participated in Sea|Mester, a sailing

“As SGA president, I have made it my goal to meet frequently with clubs on campus, as well as the College’s administrative offices. I have found at Emmanuel that the administration is very supportive of student-generated programming and ideas.” – Caroline Dias

EM: What is your advice for the incoming Class of 2015? CD: Get involved right away; this is your chance to make new friends and start a new beginning. If you cannot find a club or a sport that you’re interested in, go to the Office of Student Activities and start one. We are an amazing community within the gates of Emmanuel College, but once you take a step onto Brookline Avenue or The Fenway, you are in a thriving city where you can take advantage of everything that Boston has to offer. Every day will be different. You’ll start the day in class in the Administration Building and that night you will be in Fenway Park cheering on the Red Sox with thousands of other people. Emmanuel offers opportunities for every person on campus and all around the region. These are the some of the best years of your life, take a chance and do something that you’ve never done before. t

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involved on campus and I thought that student government would allow me to meet a lot of different people and be exposed to many aspects of life at Emmanuel. I never participated in student council in high school, partially because I transferred high schools in the middle of my sophomore year, but I really became interested in student government at Emmanuel when I heard the executive president give a presentation to my freshmen class during “Welcome Week.” When I became SGA president, my top priority was to represent the needs of the Emmanuel student body, but I was also focused on raising awareness on campus of what SGA does. Our mission is to provide effective leadership for the college

I focused on promoting participation in our longstanding traditions here at Emmanuel, as well, including Convocation, Sophomore Pinning, Junior Ring & Tassel, Senior Cap & Gown and Founders’ Day.


EM: Why did you want to get involved in Student Government Association? What were your goals when you became SGA president? CD: I knew right away that I wanted to be

community; represent the student body in an official capacity; provide a communication link between the students, faculty and administration; fairly distribute and oversee the mandatory student activities fee; provide meaningful social, educational, community and booster programs for the benefit of the college community; and address any campus-related issues. The SGA is made up of 25 members, which include seven positions of the executive board, four senate members of each class, a commuter senator and a resident senator. Along with having our weekly Tuesday meetings during activities period, there are many subcommittees that meet weekly or bi-weekly that range from the finance committee to the food service committee. We receive a budget that comes from the student activities fee that is included in the tuition of every undergraduate student. This amount covers the intramurals for the COF, sponsored lecture series, leadership receptions, and each oncampus club’s budget to hold events and programs in which all students are allowed to participate. As SGA president, I have made it my goal to meet frequently with clubs on campus, as well as the College’s administrative offices. I have found at Emmanuel that the administration is very supportive of student-generated programming and ideas, and I meet weekly with various staff members and administrators. I also wanted it to be a year of unforgettable events and we started strong with a concert featuring the band State Radio that was sponsored by Ill Beatz, a percussion group on campus. We also hosted a flag football tournament in the fall with the classes competing against one another — the seniors beat the sophomores in the final game! We also had a phenomenal Midnight Madness event this year to kick off the basketball season.

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program that began in the Mediterranean and ended in the British Virgin Islands. After my freshman year, due to the encouragement of my Spanish professor, I attended a seven-week Spanish language program at Middlebury College in Vermont. Living in Boston has helped unite my classroom experiences to the real world. I have had a lot of assignments that have led me to visit the surrounding museums like the Museum of Fine Arts for a “Chemistry and Art” assignment, and the Museum of Science on college night. I’ve also become a member of Red Sox Nation over the past four years, having gone to at least three games a season, and was in Kenmore Square during my freshman year when the Red Sox won the World Series. I’ve also been able to take advantage of internships, including a journalism position in the world news and politics department of a local e-magazine, and a role with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.



Emmanuel Campus Recognized for its Commitment to Revitalization


his spring, Emmanuel College was awarded a Paul E. Tsongas Award by Preservation Massachusetts, which recognized “Massachusetts colleges, universities and preparatory schools that have utilized and embraced preservation into their educational identity.” An awards dinner took place on May 4th at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. “We are honored to receive this award given by Preservation Massachusetts,” said Treasurer Sister Anne Donovan, SND. “Emmanuel has worked very hard to construct modernized facilities that honor the traditional architecture. We are very proud of the new Wilkens Science Center and the restoration we are doing in the historic Administration Building. We believe we have enhanced not only the Emmanuel campus, but the entire Longwood and Fenway communities.”  The Tsongas Award acknowledges those “who have played an extraordinary role in promoting the preservation of [the] Commonwealth’s past for the benefit of the future.” Fellow higher education institutions honored this year include Amherst College, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Emerson College, Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Middlesex Community College, Springfield College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Wellesley College. The architectural firm Goody Clancy, which designed the Jean Yawkey Center and Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center, submitted a nomination on the College’s behalf. Emmanuel was one of three schools recognized in the “Campus Commitment for Revitalization” category, which highlighted projects that demonstrated an institution’s “commitment to community by incorporating educational facilities within the community fabric.” Emmanuel’s submission focused on core planning goals created by Goody Clancy in 2000. These goals emphasized leveraging the College’s location in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, the development of a campus master plan, and guiding the architecture of future buildings to ensure that they would uphold the “spirit and the

A view of the Administration Building from the Jean Yawkey Center


letter of the master plan as well as strengthen and honor the Administration Building as the symbolic center of the campus by building around it.” From this plan emerged the Jean Yawkey Center and the Wilkens Science Center, two buildings that reinforce Emmanuel’s vision of a community of learning and offer academic and social space to expand and enrich the College’s curriculum while restoring the cohesive, interactive community. Emmanuel also recently embarked on the restoration of the historic Administration Building. “Emmanuel is a very different place than it was a decade ago,” said Goody Clancy Principal Rob Chandler. “The physical changes that grew out of the master plan — the Yawkey Center and the Wilkens Science Center — support a revitalized social and academic community. The new buildings, planned to shape and animate a new green quad centered around the restored Administration Building, reveal that community. As you walk across the campus and look through their glass façades, you see the life of the College and feel the vitality of Emmanuel.” Emmanuel’s commitment to community and revitalization also speaks to the College’s “green” efforts in the restoration and preservation of campus. The Wilkens Science Center was designed to LEED Silver qualification, while underground parking expanded the quad and created additional green space around campus. In his official acceptance letter to Goody Clancy, Preservation Massachusetts President James W. Igoe praised both the College and the firm for their efforts. “Emmanuel’s commitment to their historic campus showcases the incredible work and dedication of [Goody Clancy] and serves as a model for other Massachusetts colleges and universities to emulate,” he wrote. Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic and cultural heritage. It was established in 1989 and is supported entirely by members and concerned citizens. The organization works in partnership with national, state and local preservation organizations and individuals across the Commonwealth.


Wyant Lecture Examines Issues of Middle East Peace


he February 8th Wyant Lecture Series featured a panel discussion by The Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace focusing on issues relating to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Lenore Martin, Louise Doherty Wyant Professor and Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel and member of The Boston Study Group, moderated the discussion. Members of the Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace co-authored the book Israel and Palestine — Two States for Two Peoples: If Not Now, When?, published online by the Foreign Policy Association in 2010. The book seeks to explain the most salient issues of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and to suggest policy options for addressing them. The book covers the refugee issue, settlements and borders, Jerusalem and security. All of the members of the study group believe that a two-state solution is in the best interest of the Israelis, Palestinians and the United States. The Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace includes: Alan Berger, an editorial writer at The Boston Globe; Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard University; Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, and co-chair of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard University; Everett Mendelsohn, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at

Members of The Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace Harvard University; Augustus Richard Norton, Professor in the Departments of International Relations and Anthropology at Boston University, and Visiting Professor in the Politics of the Middle East at the University of Oxford; Henry Steiner, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law School and founder of the school’s Human Rights Program; and Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A video of the lecture is available online at

Fr. Spencer Named New Director of Campus Ministry, College Chaplain Emmanuel is pleased to welcome Fr. John P. Spencer, SJ to the College community as the new Director of Campus Ministry and College Chaplain. Fr. Spencer, a Jesuit, has extensive experience in pastoral ministry, working with college students in the residence halls at Boston College and as a clinical social worker. He holds degrees from Boston College, Weston School of Theology and Boston University School of Social Work. 

Fr. John P. Spencer, SJ


and discussions on ethics and faith development.

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Fr. Spencer will introduce new relationships with the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to



Neal Lecture Features Discussion on Trends in Violence


ack Levin, co-director of the Center on Violence and Conflict and The Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, spoke about “Trends in Violence — American Style” during The Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND Lecture on February 28th. Levin shared shocking statistics on the violence that exists in the United States, which Dr. Jack Levin has a murder rate nearly double of any other western industrialized nation. He cited five major factors for the country’s elevated homicide numbers: guns, income inequality, the subculture of violence, eclipse of community and excessive national publicity. While the availability of firearms appeared to be the most logical reason for such statistics, Levin stressed that it does not tell the whole story. “We can’t blame it on guns, I wish it were that simple,” he said. “The U.S. non-gun homicide rate is still higher than the overall murder rate of any nation, so even if we got rid of guns we would still have a high rate of violence.” Levin highlighted trends of income inequality since 1970, which he says shows a “shrinking middle class,” and the impact it has had on building a subculture of violence, especially in poorer regions of the country. He pointed out that most murders occur in the Deep South where there are greater levels of poverty as well as more people likely to own arms.

“It is very hard to separate the subculture of violence from poverty,” he said. “We really don’t know which one it is, but there are a lot of criminologists that say it is this inordinate feeling that you have to protect your dignity when it is being challenged and you do it through the barrel of a gun.” In discussing national publicity, Levin emphasized how the growth of mass media has contributed to murderers gaining a significant level of celebrity status in the U.S. He used Cho Seung-Hui, the gunman who broke from his shooting spree on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007 to mail video of himself to NBC, as an example, and showed slides of playing cards and t-shirts of famous serial killers available for purchase. “You can be inspired by people you have never met and who live thousands of miles away thanks to cable television and the Internet more than anything else,” he said. The Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND Lecture Series is dedicated to promoting the social justice mission of Emmanuel College. This annual lecture honors one of Emmanuel’s most esteemed graduates and faculty members, Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND ’42, who influenced several generations of students and scholars worldwide through her inspirational teaching and her numerous groundbreaking publications on social justice and change, and women in the Church. A video of the lecture is available online at

New Offerings in Graduate and Professional Programs Emmanuel College Graduate and Professional Programs (GPP) has

The Graduate Programs in Biopharmaceutical Leadership

added new programs in nursing and biopharmaceutical leadership

offer scientists working in the biopharmaceutical industry leadership

in an effort to further prepare professionals working in some of the

and management skills that are often not part of their academic

area’s fastest-growing job markets.

preparation. Through a rigorous curriculum, jointly created by

New for fall 2011, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will

manuel College responds to the unique needs of these scientists by

of diverse populations, as well as patients served by the Longwood

providing opportunities to earn an academic, graduate-level creden-

Medical and Academic Area (LMA).

tial and expand professional networks. Students can earn a graduate

Emmanuel’s MSN will prepare students for an advanced role as

certificate in biopharmaceutical leadership or a master’s degree in

a nurse educator or as a nurse manager/administrator. Students

management with specialization in biopharmaceutical leadership.

who choose the education concentration will be qualified to pursue

Classes are offered in both a face-to-face format and online.

roles in clinical education, staff development and as nursing faculty members; graduates of the management track will be prepared for management/administration positions such as nurse administrator, manager, director, coordinator and case manager.


biopharmaceutical industry scientists and management experts, Em-

place an emphasis on clinical knowledge and expertise in the care

For more information on all offerings through Emmanuel College Graduate and Professional Programs, visit


to win in the fourth set, but failed to convert. The next play, Rietz landed at a strange angle and tore his ACL. We instantly lost

here always comes a point at the end of films about a close-

our best defensive player,

knit group or team, when the camera pauses on an individ-

and All-GNAC outside. We

ual, and a narrator reveals things he went on to accomplish

lost the fourth game and

after the team. Most find it heart-warming, the acknowledgement of

headed into a 15-point

success after an athlete’s career; the fact that his accomplishments

do-or-die game. Alex

are inspired by the time spent with that group.

McKeen ’13 stepped in and

What most fail to think of, at least I never did, is that while the indi-

played superbly; his back-

viduals are disappearing from the screen, they are also leaving each

to-back aces at the end

other. The group that viewers spent the past two hours watching

of the match sealed the

will no longer exist. The memory remains, but the group of individu-

deal as we captured the

als that morphed a team into a family have left.

win. The game boosted

My senior year, we may have never achieved our goal of playing

our confidence in being able

Curtis Abram ’11

for the national championship, or even won a tournament. Yet, we

to beat the ninth-ranked team in the nation without our starting

overcame adversity, such as the loss of 1st-team All-GNAC senior

outside, while time spent competing in practice allowed us to fight

outside Tyson Rietz ’11 to injury, to finish the season strong. We broke

through that adversity to accomplish our goal.

13 individual program records and won more games than any team

   It’s hard to believe we have reached that inevitable moment in

prior. As a team, we finished the season ranked second in the coun-

our film where the camera pans onto the team picture of the 2011

try in aces and blocks, and in the top-10 in six of seven recorded

Emmanuel College men’s volleyball team and pauses on a dimpled

categories. Middle blocker Thomas McCaffrey ’11 finished third in the

smile. As it slowly fades from the image, a deep voice informs us that

nation in blocks per set, while I ended the season as the first male

Matthew Salvi ’11 became the head of a chemistry lab in Connecticut,

All-American at Emmanuel and led the nation in aces, fifth in kills per

and later developed a new method that advanced cancer research

set, and ninth in hitting percentage.

a full 10 years ahead of its time. Keoni Rabaino ’11 purchased Teriyaki

We also put in an incredible amount of work in the classroom.

House, turning it into an international chain of restaurants. After play-

We were awarded the Team Academic Award given to the NECVA

ing two seasons for OK Dubrovnik, a Croatian volleyball team, the

squads with combined grade point averages of at least a 3.0 with a

voice informs us that I worked as the Marketing Director for the newly

3.13. Sean O’Connor ’11, Jake DeLuise ’11, Rietz and Jim Sutherland ’11 were

re-formed Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP). We learn that

also honored as part of the NECVA All-Academic Team, meaning

the tallest member, Cameron Todd ’11, started a hotel management

that they kept a 3.5 grade point average on top of their time spent

firm in Las Vegas, which partnered with PETA to find homes for race-

watching films, lifting weights, rehabbing injuries, practicing, travel-

horses after they were done competing.

ing and playing in matches. A single moment stands out to define this season as a whole,

It continues as such until all that is left is the volleyball net standing in the middle of the Jean Yawkey Center gymnasium. The movie

during which all the hard work and effort put in seem to be

may be over, but the four years spent on the squad created a bond

trumped by fate. This moment came during a home match against

stronger than anyone expected, and left us each with lasting memo-

our conference rivals, Rivier College. Prior to this match, we had

ries of our four years at Emmanuel.

won only one match against the perpetually top-ranked Raiders.


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we had an opportunity


Abram ’11, one of volleyball’s six Western players, led the Saints to a top-15 national ranking in 2010–11

In a hard-fought match,

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Emmanuel’s First All-American Male Athlete Reflects on Saints’ Award-winning Season



Commencement 2011 Celebrates Graduates, Honorees Honorary degree recipients Malcolm Rogers and Angela Menino, Sr. Janet Eisner, SND, Commencement Speaker James Roosevelt, Jr. and Board Chair Thomas J. Hynes, Jr.


mmanuel College conferred nearly 650 degrees to bachelor’s and master’s candidates during its 89th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14th. This was the largest graduating class in Emmanuel’s history. The College also honored James Roosevelt, Jr., the president and chief executive officer of Tufts Health Plan, Angela Faletra Menino, first lady of the city of Boston, and Malcolm Rogers, the Ann and Graham Gund director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the opening remarks of the ceremony, College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND commended members of the Class of 2011 for working together to make Emmanuel the vibrant place it is today. “When I welcomed you in the fall of 2007, you took to heart your Orientation theme, ‘We’re All in This Together’,” she said. “As involved students and leaders you created new organizations to ensure everyone had a place at the College. You pledged to make service to others a hallmark of your class and you volunteered often in the Boston community, and in other areas of the country.” Sister Janet further commended the graduates for their various academic achievements, including publishing their work in professional journals and presenting their research and scholarship at conferences across the country. Graduate and


Professional Programs student Rachel Glisper and undergraduate student Alexandra Gattineri Nigro ’11 also addressed the crowd, highlighting their experiences as Emmanuel students and congratulating all on their accomplishments. Two members of the Emmanuel College faculty were recognized during the ceremony: Assistant Professor of Biology Todd Williams and Professor of Nursing Joan Riley. Williams was honored with the Faculty Excellence Award while Riley was conferred the rank of Professor Emeritus. Riley is the first Nursing Emeritus in Emmanuel’s history, having served the College for the past 19 years and building the nursing program into what it is today. Sister Janet spoke of the admiration for Riley’s leadership in the field of ethics in nursing, as well as her deep commitment to students and the mission of Emmanuel. Mr. Roosevelt, grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, delivered the Commencement Address and received an honorary degree. During his address, Mr. Roosevelt encouraged the graduates to “commit to something that stirs [their] passion” and to share their gifts with others. He reminded them not to fear failure for the valuable lessons it could provide them all in life. “Failure is only temporary,” he said. “Failure allows you to recalibrate...and to redirect your energy.”


Boston, as the honorary chair of Rebuilding Together Boston, on the advisory committees for Women’s Lunch Place and the Sr. Janet with Class of 2011 Senior Class Officers Keith Massachusetts Women’s Political Dudley, James Dowd, Gavin Molta and Tom Cleary Caucus, and as a frequent collaborator with Women of Means. She regularly engages in events sponsored by Park ARTS, Read Boston, the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, One Family and hopeFound. In addition to her public service and her role as mother of two and grandmother of six, Mrs. Menino has balanced an accounting career at John Hancock Financial for over 40 years. Since 1994, Mr. Rogers has led the museum in welcoming new audiences to the MFA, expanding its encyclopedic collection, enhancing arts education, and bringing a variety of exhibitions to Boston of national and international importance. Under his leadership, the MFA has become a more vibrant institution, which welcomes over one million visitors each year. This past fall, the MFA completed its most ambitious building project, which included the opening of the acclaimed American Wing. Mr. Rogers served as deputy director and deputy keeper at the National Portrait Gallery in London before assuming his current role at the MFA. A native of England, Mr. Rogers was educated at Oxford University where he received both a B.A. in English Language and Literature as well as a D.Phil.

Members of the Class of 2011

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Mr. Roosevelt has enjoyed a distinguished career in law, business and government. Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel, he was associate commissioner for Retirement Policy for the Social Security Emmanuel College’s first Administration in Washington D.C. Professor Emeritus of Nursing Mr. Roosevelt spent 10 years as a Joan Riley partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. He has served as chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, and currently serves on the Change Commission of the Democratic National Committee. In November 2008, President-elect Barack Obama appointed Mr. Roosevelt to his transition team to co-chair a review of the Social Security Administration. Mr. Faculty Excellence Award Roosevelt has served on the Emmanuel recipient Dr. Todd Williams College Board of Trustees for over two decades. He earned his A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Honorary degrees were also awarded to Angela Menino and Malcolm Rogers. Mrs. Menino, the first lady of Boston since 1993, has had an indelible impact on the city, working as a public advocate for the citizens of Boston, including women, children, the elderly and the homeless. A founding member of the City of Boston Women’s Commission and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, she also serves as a board member for Dress for Success


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De Leo Named Emmanuel College’s Chief Academic Officer Emmanuel College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Joyce A. De Leo as Vice President of Academic Affairs. In this role, Dr. De Leo will provide leadership, vision and strategic planning for undergraduate liberal arts and sciences programs, as well as graduate and professional programs. Dr. De Leo will join the college community on August 1, 2011, from Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Joyce A. De Leo “I am delighted to welcome Dr. De Leo to Emmanuel and look forward to working with her to carry out the mission and goals of the College,” said President Sr. Janet Eisner, SND. “Dr. De Leo’s impressive résumé tells the story of an engaged faculty member, researcher and administrator and reflects extensive research, publications and student/faculty mentor achievements. She is a highly respected and trusted leader at Dartmouth and has been described as a consensus builder with a collaborative style, excellent managerial skills, and one who ‘builds bridges across disciplines.’”  Dr. De Leo has served on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School for the past 20 years.  She now chairs the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and is Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology at Dartmouth Medical School.  She also served as Director of the Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth from 2002–2010, a center she helped create which spans Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth College and the hospitals.  An internationally known expert in the neuroimmunology of pain, Dr. De Leo has led an active federally and industrially funded research program over two decades. Dr. De Leo will work with senior administration to build upon the substantial momentum and growth at Emmanuel College. Since becoming coeducational in 2000, Emmanuel has experienced an 11-fold increase in applications for admission to the traditional arts and sciences program. Today, the College has 1,750 arts and sciences students and a total enrollment of 2,500 including graduate and professional programs. The number of full-time faculty members has doubled to more than 100. “I am very excited to join Emmanuel College and to work with such dedicated faculty, students and staff,” said Dr. De Leo. “I have learned over the past few months how special Emmanuel College is and look forward to bringing my passion for higher education, teaching and mentorship to this community.”   Dr. De Leo earned a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.  As a Fulbright scholar, she conducted research for her doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in West Germany; she holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. De Leo received postdoctoral training as a research fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Medical School.    


Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages José Ignacio Alvarez Fernandez published a book, Miguel García. Prisionero de Franco: Los Anarquistas en la Lucha Contra la Dictadura in 2010, as well as two articles, “Fe de Vida de un Exilio: Alicio Garcitoral en Boston” and “De Campo en Campo: Lugares de Memoria y Trauma en la Literatura Concentracionaria de la Diáspora Republicana.” He presented at the Spanish Professionals in America ALDEEU – II Congreso Intercontinental in Arizona in April 2010 and at the XVII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas in Rome, Italy, in July 2010. New research led by Associate Professor of Psychology Joyce Benenson on social threats was featured on in February and was published in the journal Psychological Science. In the fall 2010, Benenson also had research featured on Discovery News and in USA Today, and was interviewed in New Scientist magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Her study contributed to the new research findings that female chimpanzees treat sticks and small logs as dolls by cuddling them, creating games and even putting them to bed, seemingly extending to girls’ preference for dolls. Assistant Professor of English Matthew Elliott had an essay, “Ethnicity, Race, and the Marketplace in John Fante’s Ask the Dust,” published in Florida English, Volume 8. In addition, he co-edited a collection of essays titled, “National Dreams and Rude Awakenings: Essays on American Literature and American Studies, from the Puritans to the Postmodern.” The essays were written by Elliott’s late father, Emory.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Janese Free, Assistant Professor of Sociology Christine McKenna and Assistant Professor of Sociology Cathy Bueker presented papers at the Eastern Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia in February 2011. In addition, Free had a paper accepted to and then presented at the 17th National Conference on Alternatives to Expulsion, Suspension, and Dropping Out of School in Orlando, Fla., in February.


Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope had a short story published in Dos Passos Review, a short story published in Ascent Magazine, and a series of poems published in Arkansas Review this year.  Associate Professor of Psychology Kimberly Smirles’ article, “Service Learning in a Psychology of Women Course: Transforming Students and the Community,” was published in the June 2011 issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly. Professor of Art Kathy Soles completed a residency in Greece last winter. The residency was through TransCultural Exchange, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting international art and the understanding of world cultures through high-quality art exhibitions, cultural exchanges and educational programs in Boston and throughout the world. The Apothiki Art Centre in Paroikia, Greece, opened its seventh season in March 2010 with an exhibition by Soles.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Jeanne Trubek was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture in mathematics at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Kigali, Rwanda, and served as a visiting associate professor for the spring 2011 semester. She is teaching differential equations to mathematics and physics students and directing fourth-year research projects. The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology is the premier technical university in Rwanda. It was founded in 1997 with a mandate to produce the technical and scientific expertise needed in the country. The establishment of KIST was part of the Rwandan Government’s mission to build a strong post-genocide human resource base. It recently held its ninth graduation ceremony and has produced over 4,000 graduates in the fields of engineering and applied science. Assistant Professor of Political Science Petros Vamvakas traveled with nine students to Greece as part of the travel course “In the Footsteps of Thucydides.” The group traced the Peloponnesian War as described by the Athenian general and politician, Thucydides, and visited locations such as Athens, Sparta and Olympia. Summer 2011

Assistant Professor of English David M. Palumbo had an article published in the winter 2011 issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation entitled, “Death Becomes Her: Figuration and Decay in Swift’s ‘Birthday Poems’ to Stella.” He has another article forthcoming in Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900 entitled, “Mary Wollstonecraft, Jonathan Swift and the Passion in Reading.”

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Jon Paul Sydnor was awarded a fellowship by the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The foundation awards fellowships for university and college professors to study abroad “to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction.” Sydnor will travel to Trinidad to study the island’s interreligious relations, rituals and ethical belief system, with a specific focus on its Hindu culture. This summer, Sydnor will also travel to India with 15 students as part of the travel course “India: Religion, Culture, Justice.”


Professor of Political Science and Louise Doherty Wyant Professor Lenore Martin traveled to Turkey during the spring 2010 semester as a Senior Research Fulbright Scholar. She conducted ongoing research for a book on Turkey and the Middle East at Middle East Technical University (METU) located in the capital city, Ankara.

Associate Professor of English Lisa Stepanski spoke at The Mary Baker Eddy Library lecture series “Radical Minds, Radical Times: Eddy and the Alcotts” in October 2010. Stepanski is an Alcott scholar and is working on a manuscript on the Alcott family and their domestic literary practices. She has been researching the connection between Eddy and Bronson Alcott through a fellowship at The Mary Baker Eddy Library.

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Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Mission and Spirituality Sister Mary Johnson, SND was a keynote speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s May 2010 symposium, “Stewards of the Treasures of Our Faith.” Sr. Mary discussed “Discernment of Vocation as Discipleship.”


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2010–2011 Student Accomplishments Alex Albritton ’11 presented his research at the Transplantation Society’s Basic Science Symposium held from Cape Cod on June 11–14, 2011. Albritton’s presentation pertained to research he conducted alongside Associate Professor of Biology Josef Kurtz at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jose Alves ’12, Lauren Van Hoof ’12 and Jason Young ’12 were awarded scholarships by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs Educational Foundation on May 12th at the Westin Hotel at Copley Place in Boston. Designed to recognize and Jason Young ’12, Associate Professor encourage today’s students who of Accounting Eustace Phillip and Jose Alves ’12 become tomorrow’s accountants, the foundation promotes new accountancy programs in higher education, and strengthens the links between business and academia. The scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, were funded by member firms of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. Alves received the Abrams Little-Gill Loberfeld PC Scholarship, Van Hoof the Grant Thorton LLP Scholarship, and Young the Parent, McLauglin & Nangle Scholarship.

Alison Amorello ’11

Alison Amorello ’11 published an essay in the national literary magazine Punkin House Digest. Her essay, titled “Driving in the Breakdown Lane,” appears in the publication’s family edition from the fall 2010.

Three students collaborated on research with Associate Professor of Psychology Kimberly Smirles and had posters accepted for presentation at the annual Association for Psychological Science Convention to be held May 25–29, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Posters presented included: “The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Stress” by Susan Bahnan ’11; “Effects of Perceived Stress and Social Support on Students’ Adjustment to College” by Rebecca Delaney ’12; and “Effects of Model Size and Evaluation Type on Women’s Body Satisfaction” by Emily Sullivan ’12. Rebecca Camarda ’12 had her essay “To Your Memory: New Jersey” accepted by the monthly online magazine Jersey Devil Press. The piece was initially written as part of Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope’s “Advanced Prose Writing” class.


Lauren Chartier ’11 collaborated with Assistant Professor of Sociology Christine McKenna on an abstract that was recently accepted for a chapter in the third edition of the undergraduate anthology “Race/ Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers.” Their research explores the question, “Why Are Some Bullying Victims More Newsworthy Than Others?” and relates to research Chartier presented at the New England Popular Culture Association Conference in October 2010. Lindsay Cyr ’12 and Catherine Johnson ’12 presented their research, entitled “Astrocytes and Brain Plasticity: Does Vision Loss Affect the Star Players?" at the 3rd annual Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium held at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, on March 5–6, 2011. Dylan Hillsburg ’13 Cyr, Johnson, Joe Figuereo ’12 and Dylan Hillsburg ’13 also presented their research, entitled “Rebuilding a Blind Brain: Cytoskeletal Remodeling in Cortical Astrocytes” at the 69th annual Eastern New England Biology Conference hosted by Emmanuel College on April 9th.  The students conduct research in collaboration with Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Jarvinen. Jack Ferdman ’12 had a paper accepted to the third annual undergraduate symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on April 1, 2011. Ferdman’s paper, “Thomas Cole, Shedding His Leaves,” was initially written for the art history course, “American Art to 1940.” Amanda Hickey ’11 will have an essay she wrote for Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope’s “Writing Seminar” course published in the literary magazine, Splinter Generation. Maureen Kellett ’11 had two articles published in the April/May 2011 issue of the economics magazine/ journal, Dollars & Sense. Her article “Foreclosures — and Fraud — Continue Apace” discussed the ongoing foreclosure crisis while “The Short Run” included brief editorial pieces highlighting topics such as equal employment opportunity and health care reform. Kellett served as an intern for the magazine Maureen Kellett ’11 this spring.

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Event poster designed by Kyle Potter ’12

Elyse Whitehead ’11 was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. She traveled to Muscat, Oman, to study Arabic as part of the program’s Intensive Summer Institute in May 2011. Whitehead was chosen from a pool of more than 5,000 students from across the country.

Patrick Wiklund ’13 was awarded a grant to participate in a leadership role in the 2011 U.S.-China International Youth Festival to celebrate the United Nations’ International Year of Youth. He is one of just 100 students awarded the grant. The program responds to President Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” and runs from July 12–August 8, 2011, in China. Fourteen Emmanuel students had their photography work included in the Boston University Photographic Resource Center’s annual student exhibition this spring. Emmanuel was one of 22 New England institutions of higher education represented in the showcase. Participating students included: Curtis Abram ’11, Clare Bucci ’13, Colleen Devereaux ’12, Sarah Dougherty ’14, Leah Donovan ’11, Aphrodite Easton ’13, Molly Hartigan ’13, Franko Kosic ’14, Chris Moraal ’11, Richard Morrow ’14, Maria Reali ’13, Stephanie Rosario ’11, Marianna Salza ’12 and Michael Swartz ’12.


Kyle Potter ’12 showed his work in the exhibit “New Voices, Unique Visions: AIGA Boston Presents the Best of the Student Design Community.” Potter was one of 42 undergraduate and graduate students from around New England represented in the exhibit. His piece was an event poster for the boxing match between Manny Pacquiano and Antonio Margarito, initially designed for a graphic design class with Assistant Professor of Art Erich Doubek.

Megan LaPorte ’11 received notification that she was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to teach English in Thailand, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced in April 2011. LaPorte is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director and Founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, President of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, Physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, Chairman and Founder, Bose Corporation; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, Writer; and Daniel Libeskind, Architect. Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

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Tyson Rietz ’11

Michael Lynch ’13 and Dan Turman ’12 presented their research on lysyl oxidase (LOX), which they conducted with Tyson Rietz ’11, at the 241st American Chemical Society’s national meeting held in Anaheim, Calif., on March 27–31, 2011.

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Megan LaPorte ’11 Receives Fulbright Award



Emmanuel Students Selected for Teach for America Program


mmanuel College students Jake DeLuise ’11, Jessica Robinson ’11, Kaitleen Gillis ’11 and Megan McPhilemy ’11 have been selected to join Teach for America, an American nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders to teach for two or more years in low-income communities throughout the United States.   Teach for America corps members dedicate their time to improving the education of low-income students within one of the program’s 39 regions. These areas have high levels of educational inequity, which corps members look to correct. According to Teach for America, educational inequity begins at a young age and increases as a child gets older. A child living in a low-income community will already be two to three grades behind their higher-income counterpart upon reaching the fourth grade. A statistic posted on their website notes that only half of low-income students will graduate from high school by their 18th birthday, and those that do graduate perform, on average, at an eighth-grade level. The nine-step application process begins in August with initial applications and continues to whittle down the applicant field, until the final selection date in April. Accepted applicants then attend a five-week training course in one of six locations across the United States. Both DeLuise and Gillis will travel to Philadelphia to develop the foundational knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed Jake DeLuise ’11 to be highly effective beginning teachers. Following their time in Philadelphia, the two will return home for a week before heading to their respective regions to begin their two-year stint as teachers.


Gillis’s path to joining Teach for America began well before college with her enrollment in a private secondary school. While there, her teachers “loved what they did and wanted to help us 150 percent,” inspiring her to “want to become one of those teachers.” After hearing about Teach for America through a career/ volunteer fair at Emmanuel College, Gillis knew the program was the perfect fit for her. “I knew I wanted to volunteer after college while staying in the States. Teach for America proved Kaitleen Gillis ’11 to be the ideal fit,” she said. For her, the program allows a head start on a teaching career, while being able to pay for the graduate school classes she will attend in the evenings. Teach for America also looks for corps members who bring leadership values from outside the field of education. DeLuise brings with him plenty of leadership experience as a threeyear captain of the Emmanuel College men’s volleyball team. As a corps member, he will work to translate his experience in athletics to the classroom by holding his students to high standards, which he feels plays a large role in their success. When asked how he plans to help fix educational inequity, he responded, “I believe the key to students reaching their full potential is pushing them beyond what they’ve been told they can accomplish.” – CURTIS ABRAM ’11


New Orleans Recovery Topic of Inaugural Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series


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Despite the trauma that continues to impact New Orleans and its people, Waters emphasized that post-traumatic growth and social and psychological resilience remain strong. She said that many people have tried to find the good that came out of Hurricane Katrina and have discovered new possibilities, personal strength and an appreciation for life they did not possess before. The Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series is endowed by Dr. Raymond Hakim in honor of his late wife Catherine, a 1970 Emmanuel graduate. The series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and focuses on issues of sociology, social justice and policy on the local, national and international levels. Catherine passed away in 1992 after a battle with metastatic breast cancer. In her memory, Dr. Hakim also established a chair in nephrology at his alma mater, McGill University, as well as a named professorship within Vanderbilt University’s Department of Medicine, where he served as a full-time faculty member in the Division of Nephrology until 1996. He believes his late wife would be touched by the lecture series named in her honor at Emmanuel. “Catherine always had fond memories of Emmanuel College,” said Dr. Hakim. “We thought it would be great to commemorate her memory and the memories she had of Emmanuel by establishing a lecture series in her honor in an area she loved.” A video of the lecture is available at video.

Sister Mary Johnson, SND ’79, Dr. Raymond Hakim and Dr. Mary C. Waters

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ary C. Waters, the M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology and former chair of the sociology department at Harvard University, presented the inaugural address of the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series on March 31st. Waters’ lecture, “Five Years After Hurricane Katrina: What ‘Recovery’ Looks Like for Survivors,” offered insight into the psychological and sociological resilience of the people of New Orleans, as well as the post-traumatic growth of the city since the 2005 natural disaster. According to data compiled as part of Waters’ research, nearly half of the New Orleans residents sampled suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within a year after the hurricane. Although the vast majority were evacuated before Katrina hit, the psychological and physical toll remains. Results from a follow-up survey completed in 2009–2010 showed that a third of the residents continue to suffer from PTSD; only 13% of the population are back living in their homes and just 35% overall have returned to the city. “New Orleans is recovering, but it’s a changed city,” said Waters. “Some of the city’s poorest residents haven’t come back and won’t come back.” Waters’ research was a collaboration between professors at Princeton University, Washington State University and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Originally, respondents were asked to take part in an “Opening Doors Sample” to gather statistics on community college student enrollment for the Louisiana Department of Social Services. After Hurricane Katrina, the data offered valuable insight into key demographics of New Orleans’ residents. Ninety-two percent of the sample population were women, 85% were African American, and nearly half lived in the city’s Ninth Ward, an area that suffered catastrophic damage due to Hurricane Katrina.



2010–2011 Alumni G BOSTON Baseball Club

Class of 1947

Alumni of the club baseball team returned to the field for an inaugu-

The Office of Alumni Relations helps classes organize non-reunion

ral softball game against current team members on April 30, 2011, at

year class gatherings. The Class of 1947 had one such luncheon on

Roberto Clemente Field. A post-game reception was held on the sec-

October 21, 2010, in the Administration Building’s Auditorium.

ond floor of the Jean Yawkey Center, followed by an alumni reception at the Baseball Tavern.

Saints on the Move Alumni pictured with current baseball club members include: Back row, left to right, Andy Crawford ’09, Tom Vadala ’05, Mike Zakarian ’07 (EC Baseball Club Coach), Christos Brennan ’10, Mike Fusco ’08, Steve Stoehr ’09, Tim Antonellis ’06, Tyler Norton ’09; front row, left to right, Greg Mathews ’09, Ricky Wong ’06, Rocco Piccirillo ’07

More than 70 members of the Class of 2011 and alumni attended the “Saints on the Move” networking event held at Game On! on April 20th.

G.O.L.D. Graduates of the Last Decade, the young alumni club of Emmanuel, celebrated a new event on December 16, 2010, called “Christmas in the Clink” at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. More than 100 alumni were in attendance.

Serghino Rene ’05, Vanessa Jean ’11, Natasha Pena ’11 and Jenny Saint Aubyn ’11 Thomas Vadala ’05 and Meghan McClafferty ’06


Shannon Muldoon ’09 and Sam Woodson ’08


Gatherings MASSACHUSETTS Newton

Merrimack Valley

Anastasia Kirby Lundquist ’35 hosted 25 alumni from the Villages

The Merrimack Valley Regional Alumni Club gathered for its

of Newton at her Auburndale, Mass., home on November 21,

Annual Fall Luncheon on October 17, 2010, at the Hillview

2010, for a “Tea and Talk.”

Country Club in North Reading, Mass.

Joan Glidden McGrath ’60

Marietta Marchitelli ’56 and Anastasia Kirby Lundquist ’35

Legacy daughter and mother Marie Lynch O’Connell ’49 and Susan O’Connell Chandler ’75

Western Mass The Western Mass Regional Alumni Club celebrated Christmas in Springfield, with a holiday reception at the Student Prince Café

South Shore The South Shore Club hosted a reception on February 13, 2011, at the Neighborhood Club in Quincy, Mass. Actors portraying John and Abigail

followed by a tour of the lights at Bright Nights on December 12, 2010.

Adams read excerpts from their love letters to celebrate Valentine’s Day and

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Karen Fosa-Salhaney ’84 and Diana Morrissey Kenneally ’94

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Daughter and mother Nancy Burns Lynch ’62 and Nancy Sprissler Burns ’40

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Presidents’ Day.



2010–2011 Alumni Gatherings REGIONAL New York


The New York Alumni Club hosted a reading of the book Heaven: Our

Naples alumni once again took part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day

Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife at the home of Mary Matthews ’55

parade on March 12, 2011, followed by a reception at the Inn on

in New York City on November 4, 2010.

Fifth. In addition, Sr. Janet Eisner, SND returned to Naples for her

Rhode Island

annual gathering at the Ritz on March 1, 2011.

The Rhode Island Regional Alumni Club held a Christmas reception at the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant in Warwick on December 12, 2010.

Baltimore The Baltimore Alumni Club celebrated “Emmanuel Night at the Baltimore Orioles” on April 27, 2011. Alumni watched the Orioles take on the Boston Red Sox and attended a reception at the Pratt Street Ale House.

The Emmanuel blue and gold was well represented in the festivities

Alumni Meghan Riley ’10, Chris Flanagan ’10 and Justin Prairie ’05 along with Gina Callahan and Chris London

Dory Wirtz Louden-Vaillancourt ’57 and Mary Dwyer Carey ’57

Gail Spitler ’69 and Mark Spitler



2011–2012 Alumni Association Board Announced Emmanuel College congratulates the new and returning members to the Alumni Association Board. The following

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is a complete listing of the 2011–2012 board. Those who have been elected or re-elected are in bold.

June 16 Emmanuel College South Shore Regional Alumni Harbor Cruise

Executive Committee Susan Pelleriti Cleary ’79........................................ President

18 Emmanuel College Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones

Judith “Judy” Chadwick LeBlanc ’64............. Vice President


Gwyn Oesterle Thakur ’75........................... Secretary


Serghino Rene ’05................................................ Treasurer

25 Emmanuel College Night at the Red Sox 28 The 34th Annual Club of Cape Cod Luncheon



Margaret “Peggy” Benz ’79


Anne “Maggie” Brutnell ’89

5 Emmanuel College Night at the Paw Sox

Judith “Judy” Ansara Campbell ’71

7 Club of Cape Cod “Pops by the Sea”

Lenore Merullo DelVecchio ’84 Clara Firmani-Musto ’81, ’08 Nicole DeMaria Grace ’93 Elizabeth “Betty” Cox Gravelle ’64

Please visit our website for registration, details and more information about any of these events. Please also visit our online events calendar for other opportunities in Boston, on campus and beyond to connect to your alma mater!

Ann Marie Keegan ’72 Joyce Lonergan ’84 Joan Glidden McGrath ’60 Eleanor Surprenant Morisseau ’56 Gerald “Jerry” Sloan ’05 Anne Toye ’65 Suzanne Wenz ’94

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A New Cleary Family Tradition


hen members of the Class of 2011 walked across the stage during Emmanuel’s 89th Commencement Exercises on May 14th, Alumni Association President Susan Pelleriti Cleary ’79 was there to welcome them all into the alumni community. There was one graduate in particular she was especially proud to usher into the club. Tom Cleary ’11, the younger of Susan’s two children, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management this spring, officially introducing another legacy into the extended Emmanuel family. “It is beyond anything I could imagine,” said Susan. “What is most important to me is that it is now his place. He really embraced Emmanuel and Emmanuel has done the same for him.” Thinking back to the all-important college decision, both Susan and Tom recalled his visit to Emmanuel’s campus and how everything just clicked. Susan and her husband, Tom Sr., secretly had their fingers crossed that their son would choose her alma mater, but maintained a “backseat approach” to the college selection process to allow him to make the decision on his own. It didn’t take any of them very long to realize that Emmanuel was the right choice. Molly Dever ’09, now an admissions counselor at the College, was the family’s tour guide that day and played a big part in Tom’s decision. Susan remembers how engaged and enthusiastic Dever was during the tour, something they had not experienced at other schools. During the day, the Clearys crossed paths with Academic Advisor Sister Mary T. Kelleher, SND ’67, the dean of students when Susan was a student, and Susan’s classmate, Sister Mary Johnson, SND ’79, professor of sociology and religious studies and the director of the Center for Mission and Spirituality, who each took the time to connect with Tom. When he got a chance to meet with President Sister Janet Eisner, SND, who had requested to meet with him personally, Tom was left with quite the impression. “I just knew that I wanted to go to school here,” he said. “I saw myself fitting in here more than any other school.” The Clearys were in the midst of visiting a number of campuses that day, but Tom had seen all he needed to see. He insisted that they cancel the remainder of their appointments, but his parents encouraged him to continue on before officially declaring his allegiance. As they walked back to the car, Susan remembers finding it difficult to hide her smile, sneaking a look at her husband and whispering, “This is great!” Over the last four years, Susan remained especially


mindful of Tom’s space on campus while she served in various roles on the alumni board, including two years as director-at-large. Prior to the start of Tom’s senior year, she was asked to serve as president of the Tom Cleary ’11 and Susan Pelleriti Cleary ’79 alumni association. Knowing the role would entail a more prominent role for her on campus, she initially considered declining the offer. It was Tom who encouraged and ultimately convinced her to accept the position. “He told me to do it because he thought it was important to me,” said Susan. “He thought that if I didn’t do it, I would regret it. He was right.” Halfway through her two-year term, Susan says Tom’s decision to attend Emmanuel has proven to be a true blessing for her in her new role. Being able to reflect upon her own experience as a student is one thing; to see it as a parent and through the eyes of her son has offered a whole new perspective. “It has shown me firsthand that Emmanuel has stood the test of time and will continue to do so,” she said. “Under Sister Janet’s leadership the College thrives, the students thrive, and I have no doubt that the students will move on with Emmanuel in their hearts.” “It all comes back to the Emmanuel community,��� she added. “Emmanuel has been able to, with each new class, attract those students that get the mission and what it means to be a member of this community. In my view, part of the legacy of being an Emmanuel student is giving back and I have tried to instill that in Tom and his friends. I tell them how important it is to give back early so that we can help the next generation of students.” Such advice is not lost on her son. Above all the things he says he will miss most about his time at the College (besides the food) is the strong sense of community fostered on campus. From the bonds he established with friends in his dorm freshman year to the various student organizations in which he was involved, it was the connections he made and that community feel he says he enjoyed most and will remember fondly. It appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. “It’s nice to think that the reason my mom enjoyed being an Emmanuel student is the same reason I enjoyed it too,” said Tom.

reflecting on emmanuel Augusta Gallagher Baum ’40 My Catholic religion is an integral part of my life…My church started as a mission and with increasing members is in need of expansion. I have been active in the church from its beginning…I even painted the wall behind the altar, did a sketch of the church for the bulletin, and participated in religious programs…I am grateful for my religion and continue to thank God for all my blessings. Margaret M. Blake ’47 I value the opportunity at Emmanuel because of its Catholic identity. We began every class with the Emmanuel prayer: O Emmanuel, our king and law-giver, The Expected of Nations, and their Savior O come to save us O Lord our God Marie Sally Cleary ’52

experience. Reflections on Making Connections, Academic Exploration in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Service and the Global Community and Campus Life were published in the fall 2010 issue of Emmanuel Magazine. Below are excerpts on the final theme of Spirituality & Catholic Identity.

Liberta Scheri Croce ’66 This is my 29th year teaching in a Catholic school. The school I was in closed and I am now in another Catholic school teaching art. My art teacher at Emmanuel was Sr. Vincent de Paul, to whom I am most grateful for my education. I started each class with a Kenyan prayer hoping that my love of God can mean something to the children. God only knows how much they need His love. Helen F. Delaney ’62 I particularly enjoyed having access to the Chapel for visits to the Blessed Sacrament and I grew in knowledge of the faith through theology and philosophy classes, discussions regarding changes needed, such as Mass in the vernacular and opportunities to serve through various groups.

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on themes of the Emmanuel College

Geraldine Hopkins Cooke ’77 Attending Emmanuel College gave me inner peace as I read your letter and your note above. It’s like a finishing touch to my life that I have a warm feeling having had the experience of the Catholic college, Emmanuel.


collecting reflections from graduates

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ast June, the College began

I chose Emmanuel in part because of its Catholic identity. Most of all, I profited greatly from my contacts with two outstanding nuns — Sister Wilfred, my Latin professor for four years, and Sister Theresa Regina, for whom I worked for four years. Also, I loved our sung Masses (Gregorian chant, as I recall) in the Auditorium. It was wonderful having Catholicism woven into the curriculum, for example, reading St. Augustine’s City of God in Latin, and in English, and the works of Hopkins and Newman.


The St. Cecilia window in the Emmanuel College Chapel.

Catherine McQueeney Duggan ’44 My years at Emmanuel College (1940-1944) were WWII years and years of intense spirituality for everyone. There were so many people and so many horrific events that we felt needed our prayers that the whole student body made visits to Chapel a regular part of our days. Our unforgettable SNDs who guided our educational experience also encouraged us to recognize the world outside our rather protected home lives and campus activities. Through sociology and economic classes, I became involved in volunteer work at various settlement houses and began an awareness of social problems, such as the need for interracial justice, the effects on families of poverty and poor housing and the terrible situations arising from the existence of the haves and have-nots of this world. Thus for me began a career in social work guided by the strong moral principles that were so much a part of my undergraduate classes at Emmanuel. After reading Sr. Janet’s address, I feel so gratified that our Emmanuel continues the ways of spirituality and Catholic identity that were part of my college years and for which I shall always be grateful. Ellen F. Ferrara ’93 As a Catholic, our faith and spiritual development is grounded in tradition and teaching based on scripture and the “communion of saints.” The beliefs we express in the Creed each Sunday at Mass remain unchanged. As a Catholic, we are offered so many ways to seek and find the meaning of God in our lives; daily Mass, Bible study, retreats, prayer groups, parish activities, etc. As a Spiritual Director, I have listened to the voices of those who have left the church and came back to experience all the Catholic tradition offers and most of all, intimacy with God. Sandra Stone Hines ’65 One of my fondest memories while attending Emmanuel from 1961-1965, was going to daily Mass at the Chapel. It was the central point of the day, which gave all other activities and studies meaning. It made the friendships between students and faculty more dynamic. Our raison d’etre was to bring the light of Christ to a waiting world. Therefore, we studied hard and learned our lessons well. Still today, the world awaits the enlightenment and hope from Emmanuel, God with us. Ann Uryasz Hurley ’69 As a student at Emmanuel in the ’60s, I was most impressed by the lessons learned in Rev. Bryan Hehir’s theology class where “faith met life.” In particular, we studied the requirements


for a just war, lessons that are still applicable today. On another level, Fr. Hehir impressed me as a young adult by being one of the first individuals I met who seemed absolutely committed to the Catholic faith. His class was a “come and see” event. Patricia Harrington Jaworski ’57 We know that we are on earth for a short time. No one has come back to tell us what to expect at the end of our time. That being said, our faith gives us hope and our Emmanuel experience showed us the meaning of our lives and taught us the values we need to attain happiness now and in the hereafter through the examples set by the faculty, the retreats, the encouragement to reach out to others and reminding us to keep our perspective. The hope and meaning of our lives is in our Catholic Identity. Mary Bethoney Letorney ’52 As I start my 80th year of life and look back on my formative years at Emmanuel College, I realize what a great gift was bestowed on me. In those precious four years, I learned not only historical knowledge, but began to understand the need to build a deep spiritual approach to life. Indeed, my education at Emmanuel fostered the foundation for compassion and the determined ability to use my talents and energy to help others understand the giving and sharing… compassion and patience…were true gifts to a fulfilling life. Justine Devlin McComiskey ’50 After serious spinal column surgery and time spent in a rehabilitation facility, I found my Catholic faith strengthened. I appreciated the visits by the Ecumenical ministers and following recuperation, I volunteered to become an Ecumenical minister at one of the nursing homes in Haverhill. I believe my Catholic identity and faith instilled by my parents, fostered and strengthened at Emmanuel College, has come to fruition in my work as a lay minister in St. James Parish in Haverhill. Carol Kolkmeyer McMahon ’67 My own reflections have become more personalized as I have dealt with great sorrow and loss. I do feel God’s presence and seek guidance daily negotiating this new path. The idea of giving back to the community— fostered at Emmanuel—has always been with me. For the last seven years, I have been a mentor with Take Stock in Children. In this capacity, I meet with a high school student for an hour a week. Through AAUW, I am involved with Just for Girls in Bradenton and Palmetto. With K-5 population, I run a lending library. At the middle school level, I coordinate quarterly

awards parties for girls. My work with these young girls has been very rewarding. Claire Reiss O’Toole ’47 My years at Emmanuel College were a pivotal point in my life. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and my friends provided the atmosphere for spiritual as well as intellectual growth. My friends were role models who helped me develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. In my career, I was able to use my Catholic identity to provide quality care for my clients. As the mother of nine children, my faith gave me the strength to create a loving home for my husband and children. My college years bring happy memories: Emmanuel — God with us. Sr. Marna Rogers, SND ’68 My current ministry is Director of Pastoral Care and Chaplain at Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Worcester, MA. Many residents choose Saint Francis because they value the Catholic traditions that have been in place since 1889. If they grew up on Grafton Hill or lived in Worcester, they look to the facility to continue these traditions of Mass, religious practices, reflection based in the Gospel, and a deep respect for each person. It is my privilege to accompany them. Mary Jane Hooker Toolan ’71 My education is life-long. I am constantly striving to learn new information. I was inspired by Sr. Marie Augusta, my Department Chair, Sr. Ellen Glavin, Chair of the Art Department, Dr. Mary Mason, Chair of the English Department, Sr. Lillian Morris, Chair of the German Department and Joan Nelson, Theresa Monaco, Dr. Mary Reardon, and Sr. Vincent, all in the Art Department. When I was 13 years old, Sr. Janet Eisner was my high school freshman English teacher at St. Mary of the Annunciation High School in Cambridge, MA. We were her first high school students and we graduated from high school in May 1966. I went to UMASS Amherst for one semester, then transferred to Emmanuel College. It was one of the best decisions of my life. In the early 80s, I had two very small children, yet I craved intellectual stimulation. I returned to Emmanuel College once again to attend the Women in Transition program.

classnotes We invite you to share your news with your classmates! You may contact your class notes correspondent(s) directly, or call 617 975-9400, or e-mail Your classmates want to hear about what you are doing!

Anastasia Kirby Lundquist writes:

I enjoyed a great telephone visit with

Agnes Handrahan Sweeney. Although

she lives in Boston (her apartment looks out on the waterfront!), she has not been back to the College to see the changes. I urged her to get her daughter, Annie, to take her and her Jesuit brother, Rev. Edward J. Handrahan, who visits her often, on a tour of the campus. I am sure they will be awed. When the Office of Development & Alumni Relations hosted a “Tea and Talk” event at my home for Newton alumni, I talked with Betty Strain ’50, a former President of the Alumni Association. I was interested in her outstanding career at Boston College from which she had recently retired. She told me about Father Handrahan, who had been Dean of Students and later had moved into the Development Office working with alumni. Father lives in retirement in Campion Center. Agnes’s brother is warmly remembered by many a BC alumnus. I hope my urging works and Annie gets them to Emmanuel. Agnes, in turn, is urging me to forget the vacuum cleaner and stay at my computer until my book is complete, promising to keep after me! I have not been idle. I have an article in the April issue of the magazine, America in World War II. I hope somebody reads it. Letters and calls from daughters of some of our classmates help keep the spirit of ’35 alive. My own children remember people and class events held at our house when they were growing up. Now they open windows on the world for me. Marilyn, my daughter, will go to Turkey for the seventh time this summer, taking New York City students to Space Camp Turkey, a space and science education center. She added to my Nativities collection exhibited at Emmanuel last year with items from the House of the Virgin in Ephesus and others from Cappadocia. As retired Navy captains, my boys, Carl and Ned, have given us at home a special view of the world. Carl even gave his mother the privilege of sailing on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln from Pearl Harbor

1936 reunion

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Mary Thorpe Lewis writes that she is in

fairly good health; still golfing and bowling. She drives to Massachusetts from New York twice a year to see her two brothers.


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1946 reunion Alice McCarthy

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134 Scott Circle Dedham, MA 02026-6416

Anna DiPirro DelTorto is proud to

announce that most of her grandchildren are now out of high school and attending college. She has grandchildren who are attending universities across the nation from the University of Alabama to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also has one grandchild who is teaching English in Korea. As far as how she is doing, she says, “I am just hanging in there.”


Lorraine Muse Crosby

93 Walnut Hill Road Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Joann Dorey Forkin writes: “The four

years at Emmanuel College were some of the happiest of my life. At 82 years old, they still remain a highlight of my life.”

1951 reunion Ann Blute Vogt

18 Pomfret Street West Roxbury, MA 02132-1810


Regina Sullivan Hunter

32 Stubtoe Lane Sudbury, MA 01776-1658


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33 Hancock Street Auburndale, MA 02466-2308

1941 reunion


Anastasia Kirby Lundquist

to San Francisco. And his contributions to the Nativities collection are spectacular. I need a map to follow Ned’s current travels. As I write, he is flying home to Washington from a conference in Singapore attended by many countries in the area. Earlier, it was Scandinavia, London, Korea, Iraq, Dubai and Bahrain. The striking Ethiopian Madonna in oil on canvas exhibited at Emmanuel College came from a little art gallery looking down on the city of Addis Ababa. The world may have changed since 1935, but Emmanuel still means — “God is with us all.”

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Arline Mullaney Angell and her husband, Bill, have lived in Florida for the last 20 years, 12 in Marco Island and eight on the Isles of Capri. Their parish is St. Finbarr Church, where Arline is in the choir. She is also a member of the Council of Catholic Women and sings with the Knights of Columbus nursing home singers. Arline and Bill have 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Rita “Edna” Murphy Wischmeyer ’43 Receives Congressional Gold Medal


mmanuel alumna Rita “Edna” Murphy Wischmeyer ’43, along with about 200 other women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II, received a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. Congress in March 2010. United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Republican Leader John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and members of Congress held a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on Capitol Hill to recognize these women with the long-overdue award. Wischmeyer was a sophomore at Emmanuel when she read a newspaper article about a government civilian pilot training program at Northeastern University and became inspired. She applied and was accepted into the training program as the only female student in a class of 10 and earned her pilot’s license in June 1941. After graduating from Emmanuel in 1943, she was accepted into the group of women airforce service pilots and went to Sweetwater, Texas, for Air Force training. She was assigned to Craig Army Air Field in Selma, Ala., an advanced flight-training base where she flew as an AT-6 engineering test pilot and was an administrative pilot. Wischmeyer became one of more than 1,000 women air force service pilots during World War II. The WASPs were a pioneering group of civilian female pilots employed to fly military aircrafts under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces more than 60 years ago. They flew fighter, bomber, transport and training aircrafts in defense of America’s freedom. These women, however, were never classified as military personnel but rather as civil servants. They paid for their own training, were ordered to return their uniforms as the war was winding down, and had to make their own way home. When disbanded in 1945, their records were sealed and went unrecognized for years.



Barbara A. Raftery

151 Wolcott Road Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3132


Ann Kelley Ryan

404 Country Way Scituate, MA 02066-2514

Rita “Edna” Murphy Wischmeyer ’43 In 1977, the U.S. Air Force announced that it was training the first group of women to ever fly military aircraft. The WASPs spoke up, exposing the fact that they had flown military aircraft years ago, finally uncovering their story and gaining their due respect. Consequently, Congress passed a law giving the WASPs veteran benefits for the first time. A few years ago, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Representative Susan Davis of California sponsored a bill to honor the women with a Congressional Gold Medal. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law in July 2009. Through their actions, the WASPs served as the catalyst for revolutionary reform in the integration of women pilots into the Armed Services. Nearly 200 WASPs attended the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony accompanied by their proud friends and family members, including Wischmeyer with six of her children. According to Emmanuel alumna Joan McAuliffe ’43, one of Wischmeyer’s closest friends, Wischmeyer was honored to be a part of this groundbreaking group of female aviators. “She has always been one who liked to do things,” said Joan of Edna. “It was just something she had in her mind that she felt she would like to do that was different. She was delighted that she and the rest of the Women Airforce Service Pilots were finally recognized.”

Rosemarie LaMonica Peduto writes: “My grandson, David, a senior at Middlebury College, participated in the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 23, 2010. It was a happy family reunion for all!” Congratulations to Ann Sullivan Casey, who is really going to retire this spring after 30 years of teaching (K-2 no less!) at St. Mary’s School in Brookline, Massachusetts. We are in awe of her vitality and enthusiasm for the profession she loves. Alice Fellows is looking forward to another season of providing educational tours of the Old Fairbanks Homestead in Dedham, Massachusetts. She is also busy with her nieces, nephews and their children. Cora Ciriello Maggioni is one of our classmates who escaped a few of the unpleasant winter-weather weeks with a trip to the Sunshine State. Our indefatigable Polly Donovan Smith and MaryAnn Connolly Kerrigan enjoyed a fun trip to Dublin, Ireland, before their yearly winter jaunt (with husbands) to Naples, Florida. Mary Burke, another energetic classmate, continues her tutoring on a near-daily basis.  Although she began assisting students she is now involved with young people who are working diligently to secure citizenship. Claire Delay Enright, our committed traveler, is soon to embark on a trip to France – touring Normandy and ending in Paris. She has not lost her enthusiasm for adventure in spite of the airport stress. Ann Drennan Forsyth reports from Tennessee that she is kept busy with 13 grandchildren (11 boys and two girls) ranging in age from newborn to 17. Ann does not get up to Massachusetts now because of her husband’s health, but she is always anxious to hear from fellow classmates. Our class luncheons continue! Peggy Gardner ably chaired our recent get-together, drawing 19. It was

113 Church Street South Easton, MA 02375-1580

Eleanor Surprenant Morisseau traveled

abroad last summer with her daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters and her sister-in-law. The group went on an eight-day cruise starting in Dover, England, with ports of call from Cherborg, France, to Barcelona, Spain, sweetened by two days of sightseeing in London before boarding, and three days in Paris afterward.  The trip of a lifetime, Eleanor reported.  The Marie Kelly Book Club, inaugurated shortly after our 45th reunion in 2001 by Marie, still meets monthly. We are very proud of this consistent record. There were originally seven; Marie died in 2004 and Mary Hogan had to drop out due to distance and transportation difficulties. Nancy Breen Lawton joined us. We are holding at six: Grace Nuttall Rooney, Mary Biggins Houghton, Gerry Lambert Molloy, Frances Wells Denzel, Nancy and me. We have been meeting in Norfolk for some time, in a small room at the Eaglebrook Saloon, where we have lunch and sometimes discuss the current book.


Irene Dillen Griffin

280 Liberty Street Braintree, MA 02184-6030

Theresa Dobrowolski Klim is enjoying her nine grandchildren. She and her husband traveled to Mexico, Poland, Costa Rica and Italy celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary in 2010.


Joan Cannon Murphy

11 Lilac Circle Wellesley, MA 02482-4569


Phyllis McManus Hayes

3 Oak Road Canton, MA 02021-2624

Phyllis McManus Hayes writes: Our dear classmate, Sister Mary Rose Crowley, SND, has had a difficult winter

due to health problems. Please pray that Sister’s health is restored and that she will soon be back in action in her community.

1005 Central Avenue Holland, MI 49423-5269 Last year, 72 of our classmates had a marvelous reunion at Emmanuel. Paula Wheelock Garrity and Kathleen Desmond Trahanovsky, who were unable to attend the reunion, joined Mary Sheehan Butler, Sally Sheehan Flores, Mary Mullin Miller, Pat Flaherty Moore, Joyce Donlan Harmacinski, Maureen Donohue Cullen, and Marilyn McEnaney McGovern for lunch (it lasted four hours) at Dalya’s in Bedford, Massachusetts, in August 2010. Kathleen was in Boston for an American Chemical Society Meeting. She recently retired as a chemistry professor at Iowa State University. Sadly, Anne Pasquino, a retired professor at Westfield State College, passed away suddenly this winter.  She was in Italy during our reunion last year. I had a wonderful phone visit with her in April. She was looking forward to our 60th reunion!

Maureen Keating McCaffrey visited

friends in Botswana and went on a safari in Botswana, Zambia and Cape Town, South Africa. She and her husband Ron celebrated their special birthdays in Provence, France, with old friends. They continue to enjoy their jobs, Maureen selling real estate with Coldwell Banker in Needham, Massachusetts, and Ron as a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mary McNulty McMahon looks forward

to spending time with all of her classmates at their 50th reunion!


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Maureen O’Leary Oates writes: “My husband, Mike, died on April 7, 2009. 50th reunion weekend at the beginning Life is certainly different. My faith was nourished and sustained while I was of June 2010 was wonderful. I really at Emmanuel. It continues to be a very enjoyed the 5K Run/Walk, Sr. Janet important foundation for progressing Eisner’s 30th anniversary celebration through the grief process. My chiland the champagne reception was dren, their families, my siblings, their fantastic. I had so much fun getting families, Mike’s siblings, their families, together with my classmates.” my friends, especially Susan Maguire McClory and Jackie Hingston Roberson, Nancy Doyle Navin writes: “The keep me tucked in close to their hearts 50th reunion program for Alumni Weekend 2010 was first rate. Thanks, in thought and prayer. I am blessed. Thank you all.” Emmanuel College!” Margaret Bruce Doherty writes: “My

Martha Donahue Patton writes: “We

visited our younger son, Keith, and his newly adopted daughters (biological sisters) for Thanksgiving in Oklahoma this past year. The year before, we went out for Christmas and the girls’ baptisms. The 50th Reunion during Alumni Weekend 2010 was amazing. Ellen Kelly and I couldn’t get over the many improvements and updates to the relatively small campus, together with all the opportunities available now due to the Colleges of the Fenway connections! Sr. Mary Friel, SND, came by my Cape home last August for lunch and a continued visit — great fun.”

Anne Power Parsons retired in June 2010 after over 30 years teaching special education at the Midland School in New Jersey. She now has time to enter art and photography in local art shows, as well as visit and travel with children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Anne is currently a lector, president of Rosary Altar Society and advisor for Interfaith Program for Special Needs Adults at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in New Jersey.


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1961 reunion

50 Webster Street Arlington, MA 02474-3318

50 Fairway Circle Natick, MA 01760-2563

Margaret M. Buckley-Kuc has been prac-

Maureen McKenna Horn

Kathleen Butler Lyng reports that she and her husband, James, are often occupied in New Hampshire taking care of their granddaughters. One of them is 10 years old, another is three

ticing dentistry for 43 years. She was the first woman in the North Shore District Dental Society to become a life member of the American Dental Society.


Send news to the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115 or e-mail Would you like to be your Class Correspondent? To sign up or ask questions — contact the College at (617) 975-9400. As a lead up to the celebration of our 50th reunion in 2014, the Class of 1964 committee is working with the Office of Development & Alumni Relations to provide events during the next couple of years. This will allow us to provide our members with opportunities to get together, share news and memories, and just enjoy being with each other! We need to be sure we can reach everyone with news of these happenings, so we ask that if any of you need to update your information (permanent and seasonal addresses, e-mail or phone numbers) please do so by contacting Marcia Gingrow Noyes at MarciaNoyes@yahoo. com. Several of our classmates have already offered to host get-togethers at their homes in various regions of the country! Other event ideas are in the works and we welcome any suggestions and/or thoughts for activities which we could enjoy. On March 31, 2011, nine members of the ’64 class joined other alumni, students, and faculty in attending the inaugural Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series established in honor of Catherine McLaughlin Hakim ’70. Catherine is the sister of our classmate Ann Marie McLaughlin Tuite.  Before the lecture, the Office of Development & Alumni Relations arranged for our group to gather for a guided tour of the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center and the renovated art department, which includes a dedicated computer lab. These are great additions to our campus.


Anne Toye

P.O. Box 1017 Newburyport, MA 01950-6017

Bernadette Dateo Argenti is currently working part-time in the Early Learning Center program at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her husband, John, is retired and enjoying their home in Mashpee, Cape Cod, a few days a week. Bernadette’s daughter, Noelle, is 35 years old and son John Paul is 27 years old.

1966 reunion Joan Hurley Black

950 Regency Square, #225 Vero Beach, FL 32967-1817

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Joan Mailloux Paille

Mary Sheehan Butler

months old, but the one who requires the most energy is the two year old.


1956 reunion


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a thoroughly enjoyable event. Jeanne Long Saunders is in charge of our next luncheon. All are welcome to join these very relaxed and fun gatherings.



Marcia Grandone Powers

501 Lexington Street, #31 Waltham, MA 02452-3036

Diane Viera Giggey retired from teaching French and Spanish in June 2008. Her two daughters married shortly thereafter. One granddaughter was born last year and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her parents. Her other daughter lives in San Mateo, California.

Nancy Petriello Barile ’90, M.Ed. ’93 Offers Weekly “Classroom Solutions” For National Blog


ell, you can now add national blogger to the impressive résumé of Nancy Petriello Barile ’90, M.Ed. ’93. Throughout the 2010–2011 academic year, the acclaimed Revere High School English teacher wrote for Scholastic, Inc.’s “Classroom Solutions” blog, an online resource center for teaching tips and strategies for pre-K through grade 12 educators. Barile was one of five teachers who wrote for the blog. She was selected amongst a nationwide pool of a 1,000 elementary and secondary teachers.  “Scholastic is a wonderful organization that provides fantastic opportunities for teachers and students,” said Barile, who wrote for the site’s grade 9–12 section. “I was thrilled to be a part of it.” A glance at her credentials immediately speaks to her qualifications for offering advice to colleagues around the country. During her 16-year tenure at Revere High School her exceptional ability to motivate students has earned her praise worthy of few educators in the U.S. In 2006, she was awarded one of six Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing from the College Board, a recognition that garnered her a selection to the National Commission on Writing. In 2007, USA Today named her one of 20 accomplished teachers nationwide, leading to discussions with Oprah Winfrey regarding Barile’s interest in expanding Winfrey’s South African educational program.  As part of her blogging duties, wrote one entry per week throughout the school year, complementing her write-ups with digital photos and video. She included helpful hints for readers, discussions on lesson plans, classroom strategies, book reviews and anything else pertinent to the high school classroom setting or topics the bloggers were especially passionate about. “Teachers always want to know about approaches and strategies that work and which ones do not, as well as books people recommend,” said Barile, who is currently pursuing an Ed.D. at Northeastern University. “I kept in mind what helps teachers and addressed things that I wish were there when I first started out as a teacher.”


Phyllis A. Riley McDonough writes: “The past year was a time for me to meet up with several of my Emmanuel friends. In April 2010, my husband, Jim, and I visited Melvina Najamy Strijdonk and her husband, Alfons, in Tucson, Arizona, at the same time that Constance Lamontagne Ries and husband, Charlie, were visiting. We had a fun time seeing the sights. In late October, Jim and I were in Washington, D.C., to cheer on our daughter and son-inlaw as they ran the Marine Corps Marathon. While in the area, we had a mini-reunion at Connie’s house with Madeline Accolla Andera and husband, Ed, Mary Rita Sullivan Beyer and husband, Richard, and Elizabeth Bullman Mariani. In November, Jim and I had lunch with Mary Quinn Kenney and Jim.” Carol O’Neil continues her primary

care practice as the medical director at the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center in Roslindale, Massachusetts. She was selected for the second time in a row by Boston Magazine as one of the top family doctors in the region. Carol’s lifelong Catholic school upbringing left her with the conviction that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”


Elizabeth Sullivan Cimini

133 Pawtuxet Avenue Cranston, RI 02905-4030


Patricia Klaus Keating

56 Oaks Road Framingham, MA 01702-5938


Valerie B. Gigliotti

235 Park Drive, #32 Boston, MA 02115-4721

1971 reunion Susan Cooney Murphy

569 Annaquatucket Road North Kingstown, RI 02852-5601

Twelve members of the Class of 1971 gathered in New York City on December 4, 2010, to celebrate the holidays and more than 40 years of friendship with an off-Broadway show and dinner in SoHo. Joining in the festivities were Susan Cooney Murphy, Marie

Mancuso Cromwell, Rosemary Hanrahan Maher, Sally Dunn, Carol Makowski, Nancy DiNardo, Patty Mojcher Sidlovsky, Mary Martin Fredericks, Mary Kathryn Harrity, Elizabeth Murphy Wirth, Leslie Perry Blank and Catherine Carr.


Ann Marie Keegan

185 S. Cobble Hill Road Warwick, RI 02886-9336

Susan Cimino Graceffa writes: “I am both amazed and amused that I have come full-circle to my original career, teaching music! I’m enjoying teaching music appreciation to middle-school students at St. Agatha School in Milton, Massachusetts. I also substitute frequently at a Montessori school. Peter, my husband, owns a real estate business in Quincy, Massachusetts. My daughter, Maria, 35 years old, received an M.Ed. from Columbia University last May and is a psychotherapist in New York City. Tom, my 23-yearold son, recently received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Bridgewater State University and is a personal trainer at Bayshore Athletic Club in Braintree, Massachusetts. Like everyone else, we eagerly await the end of the recession!”


Noreen Diamond Burdett

23 N. Hill Avenue Needham, MA 02492-1221


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Marie Campagna Franklin

29 Trowbridge Avenue Newtonville, MA 02460-2222

1976 reunion

Eileen Devlin MacPherson

57 Lincoln Woods Road Waltham, MA 02451-1431

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Kim A. Cronin

35 Hillside Road Lincoln, MA 01773-4106


Margaret M. Benz

28 Elizabeth Road Narragansett, RI 02882-5219


Jayne LaCarrubba Mazzaglia

14 West Parish Ridge Road Haverhill, MA 01832-1197

Sharon DiFino is currently a professor

of Germanic Studies at the University of Florida, where she has been teaching German language, literature and culture for 23 years. In addition to teaching about Germany, Sharon has been conducting research in the area of language disorders and disabilities. Recently, she was invited into the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. In the summer, she spends her time between Boston and Eastern Europe as well as Germany and the Netherlands.

1981 reunion

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Mary E. Donlan

161 Quai de Valmy 75010 Paris France


Sandra Capriulo Strong

9 Arlington Street Woburn, MA 01801-5743

Nicole Orlando ’13 and Janit Romayko ’67

Sandra Strong writes: “Greetings to

all members of the Class of 1983. Here we are, most of us celebrating our 50th birthdays this year! Happy birthday and best wishes for a wonderful birthday and a great year and decade. It’s hard to believe that we have reached this milestone year. It is a great opportunity to reconnect and get back in touch with lost and forgotten friends. Submitting information to this column is a terrific way to reconnect. Please drop me a line or e-mail me and I will be sure to include your news.”

Susan Keese was recently in Boston and had an opportunity to meet up with Sandra Capriulo Strong and Susan Najpauer Hickey. Sue Keese is living in the UK and is working in the area of cancer research. The family of Tish Smith DeSilva had a 50th birthday party for her at Plimoth Plantation. Many of Tish’s friends, her husband, Joe, and their son, Peter (now six years old), were there to celebrate the event.

Jeanne Stockwell Garefino’s oldest daugh-

ter, Connie, was recently married at an outdoor ceremony in Flemington, New Jersey. Maria Stater-Hannon was in attendance for the beautiful ceremony and reception.

Megan Shannahan Hovespian hosted a

small get-together on Cape Cod for some fellow classmates. The gathering took place at her home in Dennis, Massachusetts. The blustery weekend offered the perfect setting for reminiscing and visiting.

Maureen Hallice is currently working in the banking industry and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her mother is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and our prayers and well-wishes go out to her.

Chance Encounter


ou never know whom you will come across by sporting some Emmanuel gear. In September 2010, Nicole Orlando ’13 had a chance encounter with Janit Romayko ’67. The two met while competing at the 5th Annual Ocean Community YMCA Triathlon in Westerly, Rhode Island. “I noticed Nicole as she was parking her bike in the next rack over to me and I could not help but notice that she had an Emmanuel College sweatshirt on,” Romayko said. “I went right over to her and introduced myself. She told me that she was a member of the Class of 2013 and I told her what class I was.” Orlando said she was excited to meet and chat with an Emmanuel alumna. “I felt like we were instantly friends,” she said of Romayko. When the race was over, the two snapped a photo together. Since the race organizers did not have enough medals to hand out to all of the competitors, Romayko gave hers to Orlando. Afterward, they exchanged e-mail addresses. Both competitors had different reasons for doing the triathlon. Orlando’s boyfriend had competed in the triathlon the year before and she became inspired to do it herself. “I have never played a competitive sport, so it was exciting to challenge myself to something that I’ve never done before.” Romayko became interested in triathlons at the age of 40. She swam and ran competitively in her 30s and comes from an athletic family; her parents were serious golfers and her father was a minor league baseball player. When colleges and high schools offered women’s sports in the 80s, Romayko said that she “was on the bandwagon at the onset.” Both women will be competing in the 2011 spring and fall triathlons in Mystic, Conn., the partner triathlon of Westerly, sponsored by the YMCA of Mystic. Reflecting on her encounter with Orlando, Romayko said, “I think that it was meant to be that I saw Nicole at the triathlon. It shows that the Classes of 1967 and 2013 are versatile, vibrant and involved!” – KATHLEEN KELLY ’10

Summer 2011


Barbara Curtin Graceffa (Master of Science in Management from Emmanuel in 1996) has been promoted to director of marketing and communications at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. This is her second promotion in one year; she most recently held the position of online communications analyst.


grade at the Comprehensive Grammar School in Methuen, Massachusetts. Her three children are all over 21 years old and make their way in the world. Deborah’s daughter graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2011. Her son is deploying to Afghanistan this summer and her youngest is working.

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Deborah A. Donovan-Perez teaches fourth


Sandra Capriulo Strong and her husband,

Garen, recently bought a home. The 110-year-old house was Sandra’s grandmother’s house for more than 70 years. While it is nice to have a place of their own, it also comes with lots of hard work and endless projects.

Although it was a few months ago now, Christmas greetings were received from classmate Lisa Marus Fortier and fellow alumna, Kristi Dailey Heffron ’94.

Gabrielle Lugaric-Hicks writes: “I’m sending a big hello to everyone in the Class of ’83, particularly to Karen Hunt Todd. I’m still living in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. I went to the campus over the Thanksgiving weekend two years ago and hardly recognized it. Does anyone else feel that way? I don’t travel back East much but hope to one day attend a reunion. I would love to hear from anyone in my class. I am on Facebook.”


10 Drummond Road Stoneham, MA 02180-2121

12 Lexington Street Stoneham, MA 02180-2319

Christine Busi DeGiacomo

Stephanie Medeiros Wasserman

68 Birchtree Drive Westwood, MA 02090-2404


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Julie Nolet Berthiaume

16 Glines Street Haverhill, MA 01830-6550


1991 reunion

266 Grove Street, #6 Northampton, MA 01060-3680

790 11th Avenue, #34G New York, NY 10019-3512

Lisa M. Taleghani

Kathryn Begley

Kathleen L. Keough

11 Cheever Street Revere, MA 02151-5008


Kathryn T. Bowler Vitali

5996 Wescott Hills Way Alexandria, VA 22315-4746

1986 reunion Margaret Dillon-Cecil

7445 Yellowstone Boulevard, 3G Rego Park, NY 11374-5301

Kelly Fox is in her 12th year at the

United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Andover, Massachusetts. She is currently working in the Identity Theft Department. Her son, Owen, is now 10 years old and a Webelo scout. Liam, six years old, has started scouting as a Tiger scout. Kelly’s husband, Christopher, is employed at Analog Devices.

Julie P. Reyburn


7530 12th Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98117-4147

Karen Zraket Pappalardo

298A Hampshire Road Methuen, MA 01844-1119


Rhonda Cook Haller

10 Londonderry Lane Derry, NH 03038-5118


Tara O’Brien Cordeiro

73 Alice Street North Dartmouth, MA 02747-1915


Eileen Miller Crean

Melissa Tremblay Brimmer

Kelli Chapin Kennedy

84 Loring Avenue Whitman, MA 02382-1024

Elizabeth A. Motte

10 Boxford Terrace, #2 West Roxbury, MA 02132-2610


Paulita Velazquez Fernandez

18538 N. 114th Lane Surprise, AZ 85374-6975

Rebecca Consentino Hains

9 Beckett Street Peabody, MA 01960-6046

Alison Ward Nyhan

208 South Street Concord, NH 03301-2774

Mandy L. Price

1513 E. Mobile Lane Phoenix, AZ 85040-2396


Andrea Pappalardo Rossi

23 MacArthur Road Plainville, CT 06062-2420


Hilary K. Oak Hiers

20 Yorkshire Court Nanuet, NY 10954-3853

2001 reunion

Sarah Jackson Consentino

7 Central Square, Apt. 501 Lynn, MA 1901-1344


Christina Sullivan McCarthy

15 Springhill Avenue, #2 Bridgewater, MA 02324-2526

12 B Beach Street Millbury, MA 01527-1904

Ann-Marie R. Hart

Aine Mairead Cryts

36 Nahant Street Wakefield, MA 01880-33052

Jennifer Tobin Foss is currently teaching

14 Strawberry Hill Road Acton, MA 01720-5707

Jacquelyn Buck Kelley

1996 reunion


241 Plymouth Street East Bridgewater, MA 02333-1918



Gina DeVivo Brassaw

198 S. Park Street Willimantic, CT 06226-3634

Danielle DiRosa recently completed the Goofy Challenge in connection with the Disney Marathon Weekend. On January 8, 2011, she ran the Disney Half Marathon and on January 9, 2011, she followed it up with the Disney Marathon.


Amanda Fontaine

6 Westminster Avenue Haverhill, MA 01830-2702

Allison M. Fraske

68 Medford Street, #3 Medford, MA 02155-6524

Keri-Rose Harkins

13403 Bellingham Drive Tampa, FL 33625-4064

Catherine DiPerri-Tobin and her husband, Michael, welcomed their daughter, Isabella, on October 5, 2010. Congratulations! Kristen Bovill Corey and her husband,

Josh, welcomed their first child, Samuel Joshua Corey, on November 18, 2010. He weighed 9 lbs., 15 oz., measured 21 inches long, and is absolutely perfect!

Bhartiben Patel is currently starting her third year as a medical student at the American University of Antigua Medical College. She just passed the United States Medical Licensure Examination Step 1, in which she made the 91st percentile. Bhartiben is now in New York starting clinical rotations.


Aliece Weller Dutson

3 Heritage Hill Dedham, MA 02026-6206

Pauline Alighieri, executive director of the Friends of Mel Foundation, is working hard planning a conference for 400 cancer survivors and caregivers called “The Art of Living — Life Beyond Cancer.” The conference was held in June 2011. Pauline was also honored by radio station MAGIC 106.7 as an “Exceptional Woman” for the Community Service Award on May 6, 2011.

sixth grade in Hanover, Massachusetts. She welcomed her second child, a Casey Cartwright married Stuart Brown daughter, in April 2010. on May 22, 2010, in Kingston, Massachusetts. In attendance were 2003 some of her closest friends and famMaryann T. Ziemba ily from Emmanuel including Alexis Edwards, Marisa Lauria, Caitlin Bruscoe, 12 Thompson Road Rebecca Glaser O’Dette and Brian Braintree, MA 02184-4303 Cartwright ’06.

Laura K. Mason

10 Garfield Avenue Palmyra, NJ 08065-1309

Sarah Sullivan Komar was married to Ben Komar on September 18, 2010. The wedding ceremony was held at Kings Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts. The reception was at the Omni Parker House Rooftop Ballroom. Former roommate Danielle Robert was a bridesmaid, and attendants included Jennifer Murray, Maggie Brice, Chris Pecora, Jolie Condon ’07, Crystal Chappel ’08 and Liz Tompson ’05, who are all Emmanuel classmates and friends. In January 2010, Ashley Nigro received her Master of Science degree in crime and justice studies from Suffolk University. She was also inducted into the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society for outstanding academic achievement in criminal justice studies. She currently works for the General Services Administration.


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Heather Marshall Deitch married David Deitch on September 4, 2010, in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Classmates Elise Arsenault, Kari Lynch, and Holly Rosa were bridesmaids, and Erin Dalianis Beauregard, Samantha Scola ’08 and Andrew Marrone ’08 attended the wedding. In May 2010, Heather graduated from New England School of Law and was sworn into the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bars in November 2010. Heather enrolled in the Graduate Tax Program at Boston University School of Law and graduated with an LLM in Taxation in May 2011.

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Caitlin M. Santacroce

102 Thorndike Street Apt. #2 Brookline, MA 02446-5845 A group of 2009 alumni, including Heather Clark and Caitlin Santacroce, traveled to Miami, Florida, in March of 2011.

Emily Bergeron writes: “After graduating in May, I moved back home to Beverly, Massachusetts, and in fall ’09 I began a graduate program in counseling psychology at Lesley University. I am currently completing my second year of the three-year program. In the fall, I will be interning at a community mental-health facility in Burlington, Massachusetts, that works with adolescents and their families. I hope to graduate in May 2012.”


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Saints Once Again


mmanuel College men’s basketball assistant coaches Albert Hayle ’05 and Levi Smith ’08 sat beside one another on the team bench during games this winter. They schemed game plans, dissected the opposition’s strategy and constantly kept the team motivated and encouraged throughout each game. Although they were both firstyear coaches, it was hardly their first time working together. Hayle and Smith spent a season together on the Emmanuel bench before, as teammates for the 2004–05 campaign. Although Smith was an upstart rookie on the Saints’ squad, he wasted no time in making an impression on his senior Levi Smith ’08, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jamahl Jackson and counterpart. Albert Hayle ’05 “One memory that stands out to me was when we played Emerson College in a game right before the championship,” Hayle recalled. “Emerson had a lot of height and inside presence, but I distinctly remember Levi’s effort in that game. Despite being a freshman, he put the best effort out there to step up to the challenge.” By the time they would graduate, each would total over 1,000 points in his Emmanuel career. Head Coach Jamahl Jackson had the opportunity to coach both Hayle and Smith as Emmanuel student-athletes and coach alongside them. Having seen their presence both on the court and coaching from the bench, he has had nothing but the best to say about two of his current assistants. “Levi and Albert have brought the same qualities that made them great leaders, people and players at Emmanuel as studentathletes to the coaching side,” Jackson said. “They are genuine, hard-working, dedicated, good communicators and hungry to improve. They have easily developed great rapport with the team. They both truly bleed blue and gold.”

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position as coordinator for Student Development and Campus Life at Berkeley College in New York City, after three years at Health Science Communications, a medical education and marketing agency. Nicole is thrilled to finally be in her chosen field of higher education, where she is working to bring exciting social, educational, and community service activities to her students.

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In Memoriam We pray for the following alumni who passed away or were remembered at a Memorial Mass in the Emmanuel College Chapel from July 2009–October 2010. 1930s Margaret McCullough Buckley ’32 Elizabeth Bolton Roque ’37 Margaret McCarthy Driver ’38 Louise Keenan ’38 Rosemary A. McLaughlin Robotham ’38 Barbara Benson ’39 Vivian Burns McBurney ’39 1940s Clare Stanton Nash, ’40 Sister Catherine Twomey, SND, ’40 Kathleen Ryan Dacey ’41 Eleanor Gately O’Neill Farrell ’41 Barbara McNamara ’41 Myra Roberts Fillion ’42 Marion Flaherty ’42 M. Patricia Sparkes Mackin ’42 Marie Hines Murray ’42 Emma Martin Devaney ’43 Constance Dowling Dwyer ’43 Elizabeth “Bette” Phalen Keating ’43 Dorothy McDonald McNulty ’43 June Hill Miller ’44 Sister Marie Carmel White, SND, ’44 Eleanor Mahler Boyle ’45 Nona Rohan Mahoney ’45 Patricia Raftus MacAskill ’45 Margaret “Peg” McGaffigan ’45 Mary Cusack Perry ’45 Mabel L. Waggett ’45 Janet Smith Bank ’46 Mary Gaughan Ferrell ’46 Josephine Phillips Kelly ’46 Patricia Doherty Koch ’46 June Heffernan Kidney-Yeomans ’46 S. Corlyse Hazard Laporte ’46 Mary Elizabeth Martin DeLorey ’47 Jeanne McDonald Downes ’47 Anne M. “Annie” Groden ’47 Barbara McIntyre Hunt ’47 Eileen Kearns ’47 Margaret C. Salmon ’47 Miriam O’Connell Santilli ’47 Sister Catherine St. Alice Ball, SND, ’48 Mary Corcoran ’48 Marie Schneider Dolan ’48 Mary Louise Perry Gallant ’48 Ruth Doyle Johnson ’48 Geraldine Cochran Maher ’48 Catherine Sennott Mahoney ’48 Mary Alice Whalen McNamara ’48 Dorothy Coleman Rademaker ’48 Sarah W. Rollins ’48 Elizabeth Joyce Larivee Tivnan ’48 Kathleen O’Shea Boylan ’49 Sister Mary Elizabeth Broderick, SND, ’49 Monica J. Cotter ’49


Isabelle G. Finn ’49 Mary E. Kelley ’49 Jean Dowd Lynch ’49 Elizabeth Hurley Rogan ’49 Lucille Hayes Tagney ’49 Sylvia Morrissey Yunits ’49 Sister Carmelita MacNeil, SND, ’40s 1950s Eleanor McCarthy Myers ’50 Nancy Slattery Clifford ’52 Mary “Polly” Donovan Costello ’52 Joan Powers Curtin ’52 Mary Harnedy ’52 Margaret C. “Peggy” O’Connell ’52 Janet Cull Venti ’52 Ruth McCann Anketell ’53 Patricia McGonagle Norton ’53 Mary Louise Cloherty Young ’53 Noreen Kane McCarthy ’54 Carol Vaughan Fletcher Morrison ’54 Elizabeth A. Marley ’55 Sister Cecilia Julie Anderson, SND, ’56 M. Marie Kiely Boyle ’56 Sr. Martina J. Flaherty, SND, ’56 Ann-Marie Connors Tague ’56 Lillian Berestecky Juzukonis ’57 Joyce McCaffrey McGrath ’57 Mary Begley Rice ’57 Sheila Burns Shannon ’57 Sister Helen Thomasina Sheehan, SND, ’57 Sister Julienne Sullivan, SND, ’57 June Comeau Fahey ’58 Sister Claire Frances Murray, SND, ’58 Rosemary Liberty Caulfield ’59 Helen Rose Fuller Corbett ’59 Sister Paula Marie Farrah, SND, ’59 Julie Kelly Halligan ’59 1960s Rita Moniz Devarakonda ’60 Paulette St. Germain Farris ’60 Nancy Dean McDougall ’61 Margaret G. Sheil ’61 Sister St. Winifred Flynn, SND, ’62 Sister Mary Patricia Hernon, SND, ’62 Priscilla Mullen Riley ’62 Helen McGoey Gavin ’63 Maybeth Fandel Sonn ’63 Viola Pappalardo Bowden ’64 Patricia Donovan St. Cyr ’64 Carol A. Desmond ’65 Lucia Capodilupo ’66 Mary L. Sapienza ’66 Carol Alix ’67 Mary Duran Sarver ’69 1970s Mary Ellen Phanney Anton ’70 Kathleen M. Berry ’70 Reverend Thomas D. Conway ’70 The Honorable Eileen P. Fennessy ’70 Barbara Chesley Fleming ’70 Lucille M. Boulanger ’71 Patricia Ann Canty-Wyatt ’71

Sister Agnes Gertrude Grassini, SND, ’71 Juliet Lemelin ’71 Dorothy McDonald ’71 Lee Alexander ’72 Louise Danylowitz Smith ’72 Laurian Carroll ’73 Virginia McGowan Dorr ’74 Maria Giovinco Radzik ’74 Claire M. Manning ’75 Geraldine Gibbons Potter ’75 Mary Frankhouser Spring ’77 Nancyann Smith Gilbert ’78 1980s Maria Ciccia ’82 Sister Anne Sheridan C.S.J ’85 Joan Baruffaldi ’86 Sandra Recupero Ferrara ’87 Marya Panzica ’87 1990s Jessica Napolitano ’97 Michael Bender ’99 2000s Maurice Joseph Albert Hache ’02 Tracy Milillio ’09 Catelyn A. Duffy ’11

Marjorie Cass Endowed Scholarship Offers Support to Science Students


cience has played a meaningful role in the life of marjorie cass ’60. Now thanks

to her generosity, future Emmanuel students will be able to say the same. Marjorie and her husband Tom recently made a charitable gift annuity to Emmanuel to establish The Marjorie Cass Endowed Scholarship, which will provide financial assistance to a deserving student or students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the sciences. A biology major while at Emmanuel, Marjorie credits the College for providing her with the skills she would utilize throughout her life. She taught high school biology after graduating and later with Tom, a chemistry major himself, purchased Aqua Laboratories, a water management enterprise in Amesbury, Mass. The company has remained a family-run business for the past 42 years and is now run by their son. For the Casses, giving back to Emmanuel is about providing today’s students with the opportunities to explore and appreciate a discipline that has meant so much to them. “We want to encourage more students to explore the sciences, cultivate their intellectual curiosity and also see the entrepreneurial opportunity side of science, which will help them make a difference after college,” they wrote.

Tom and Marjorie Cass

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