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Awards Night Celebrates Academic and Athletic Stand-Outs
Much clapping and cheering could be heard coming from Zecco Performing Arts Center on Tuesday evening. Anna Maria College hosted its annual Awards Night and there was much to celebrate. Student honorees, faculty and family members were present for the special occasion.
      Scholastic and leadership honors were presented first. Among many awards presented, students who attained the highest GPA in each of the schools included Shelby Looney, Sport Management (School of Business); Samuel Gow, Education (School of Education); Kolin Matthews, Fire Science (School of Fire and Health Sciences); Angela Vousboukis, History (School of Humanities); Tiffany Thibodeau, Criminal Justice (School of Justice and Social Sciences); and Kallie Hunter, Art Education (School of Visual and Performing Arts). In addition, the female and male scholar athletes were announced as Field Hockey’s Kylie Dalbec and Football’s David Morrow.
     The results of student voting on a variety of leadership honors were also revealed at the event. Dr. Arne Christensen was announced as the inaugural Andrew T. McCarthy Jr., Ph.D. Awardee; The Wizard of Oz by the Drama Club won the Program of the Year; and the Student Government Association won the Organization of the Year.
     Also, the much anticipated John F. Kennedy Awardees from each class were announced and are pictured left to right above with President Mary Lou Retelle (far right) and Vice President for Student Affairs Andrew Klein (far left): Elizabeth Haggerty ’16, Ravi Lor ’17, Bryanna Tobin ’18 and Nicholas Whittemore ‘19.
     As the evening transitioned into Athletic Awards, the energy of the night sustained. Each coach presented a coach’s award and most valuable player award and seniors who played a sport for all four years of their college career were recognized.
     In addition, Football’s Kolin Matthews and Softball’s Elizabeth Haggerty received the Ray LeBoeuf Jr. Sportsmanship Awards; Men’s Basketball’s Tyler Delorey and Volleyball’s Samantha Parker received the Senior Awards; and Men’s Basketball’s Patrick Bradanese and Field Hockey’s Kylie Dalbec were honored with the Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively.
     The awards ceremony concluded a 2015-16 Athletics highlights video.
     For a full list of honorees, click here.

May12 JDiRedaDiReda Published Compelling Book on Addiction
At a time when Massachusetts is grappling with the opioid crisis, “The East Side of Addiction” has hit the shelves. Assistant Professor James DiReda, Ph.D., is a co-author of the compelling book, now available on According to one online review, the book is “a raw, open and most importantly honest look at what addiction does to our society.” To read more reviews, click here.
     In addition to serving as an Anna Maria faculty member, Dr. DiReda has 30 years of direct clinical experience in the field of mental health and addictions counseling. He holds a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University and a masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.
     To learn more about Dr. DiReda, visit his faculty profile.

Faculty/Staff Campaign Update
Thank you to those who have participated in our 2015-2016 Faculty/Staff Campaign, only $693 is needed to meet the goal. To meet Anna Maria’s goal allows the College to award four $5,000 scholarships. New and increased gifts will be accepted until June 30. Give online here.

Advancement and Phonathon are Hiring
The Office of Institutional Advancement is hiring a summer employee to assist with general office duties. Contact Barbara Warren with questions and more information. Also, the Anna Maria Phonathon is hiring enthusiastic and well-spoken students for the fall. Email Wesley Dunham for more information.

web KaneKane featured in Boston Globe
Nursing’s Eileen Kane was one of the nurses featured in “Salute to Nurses” section of the May 1 Boston Sunday Globe. Ms. Kane is the Senior Nursing Student Coordinator who is responsible for Nursing students’ clinical placements.

EIGHT Days until #AMCGraduates16!
Just a reminder as the semester ends, there are a few important dates to mark on your calendar:
Monday, May 16 - Watch the Social Work senior students make the Social Work Professional Pledge and receive their pins at the Social Work Pinning Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. All are welcome to attend. Contact Kelly Sullivan for questions.
Tuesday, May 17
 - The Office of Alumni Relations invites graduating students to attend the Senior Farewell and Alumni Welcome Reception. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hub. Contact Wesley Dunham with questions. 
Wednesday, May 18 - Those participating in Saturday's Commencement exercises are requested to attend Graduation Rehearsal at 5 p.m. in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. Following the rehearsal, graduating students are invited to go to Mohegan Sun. Buses will leave at 6 p.m. Contact Dean Lisa Saverese with questions. 
Thursday, May 19 - Graduating students are invited to go to Boston for the day. Buses will leave campus at Noon from the Campus Center. Buses will leave Boston at 8 p.m. Contact Dean Lisa Saverese with questions.
Friday, May 20 - Graduating students are invited to celebrate their last day as students at Anna Maria at the Champagne Brunch. Say goodbye to faculty and staff in the Dining Hall at 11:30 a.m. Contact Dean Lisa Saverese for questions. Later in the day, the senior Nursing students will receive their pins in the Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. This event is invitation only. Contact Lisa Braunig with questions. Afterward, the Baccalaureate Mass in the Fuller Activities Center will take place at 5:30 p.m. Students must be at Zecco Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. for line-up. Faculty must be at the Admission Conference Room at 5 p.m. for line-up. Contact Emma Gallagher with questions regarding the Baccalaureate Mass. 
Saturday, May 21 - The culminating event of the semester - Anna Maria's 67th Commencement will begin at 10 a.m at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. Students must arrive no later than 9 a.m. A live-stream will be available for those who cannot attend, click here for more information. Contact Laurie Hickey with any questions. 
Moving Out for the Summer
All underclass residents and seniors who have not paid senior dues must move out of the residence halls no later than 24 hours after their last final exam or by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17th, whichever comes first. If you would like to stay over the summer, contact Dean Lisa Saverese with questions.
Pics of the Week

May12 barnbabies

On Monday, May 9 "Barn Babies" came to campus and provided stress relief for all. Students, faculty and staff enjoyed baby bunnies, ducklings, kittens, puppies and a piglet.

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Congratulations to freshman Paul Schwarz who was named GNAC "Rookie of the Year." It marks the first time in history that an Anna Maria men's lacrosse player has earned a GNAC major award. Read more here

May12 lapierreall conference

Congratulations to sophomore Jacqueline Lapierre who was named to the GNAC All-Conference First Team. Lapierre becomes the first Anna Maria softball player to earn GNAC All-Conference honors. Read more here




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