ANNA MARIA DEBUTS LAVIGNE LECTURE FEATURING BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JULIANNA BAGGOTT
The inaugural Edith Mooney LaVigne ‘63 Lecture was held last week as part of Anna Maria’s two-day Academic Symposium on April 14 and 15. Featured lecturer and best-selling author Julianna Baggott spoke to two typically juxtaposed concepts in her lecture, “Efficient Creativity.”
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AND HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
66th Commencement Ceremony to be held at Worcester’s Hanover Theater May 16
Anna Maria College announces that Father John F. Madden, pastor of St. John Parish in Worcester, will serve as the speaker at the College’s 66th Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA. During the ceremony, Fr. Madden will be recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration. Michele M. Jacques, S.S.A. ’69 and Rev. Paul T. O’Connell, J.C.D. will also be honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Education and Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration, respectively.
Anna Maria College Hosts LaVigne Lecture April 15
Anna Maria College’s inaugural Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63 Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 featuring celebrated author Julianna Baggott. The Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63 Lecture Series was established through the bequest of the late Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63, alumna and trustee. Open to the campus and outside community, the annual series will allow Anna Maria to invite a contemporary author to campus each spring.
Donnelly Honored by the Hibernians
Assistant Professor Michael Donnelly received the Shamrock Award from Div. 36 (Worcester) of the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Saturday, March 7. The award presentation was part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration throughout the weekend in Worcester. Following Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Bishop Robert J. McManus bestowed Donnelly with this high honor and presented him an engraved clock.
Anna Maria Hosts District Attorney Early’s Annual Wellness Conference
Anna Maria College once again hosted this year’s Student Wellness Conferences presented by the Office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. The event drew a crowd of 300, comprised of Central Massachusetts high school and middle school students and educators.
AMC Faculty Panel Addresses Far Reaching Effects of Domestic Violence
Anna Maria College hosted the “The Far Reaching Impact of Domestic Violence” panel lecture last evening in the Zecco Performing Arts Center. The lecture was the second in a “The Intellectual Capital of Worcester” series presented by The Research Bureau in commemoration of its 30 year anniversary. AMC featured panelists included Professors Allen Brown, Michael Donnelly and Dianne White.
THE WASHINGTON CENTER EXPERIENCE PROVIDES DOOR-OPENING EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS
Anna Maria College places several students in internships with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. each semester and Criminal Justice Professor Michael McCartney, who coordinates the internships, is pleased with the feedback and stories he hears from the student interns. Aside from the life experience a semester in a new and unfamiliar location would bring, the connections the students are making will prove to be influential during their years at Anna Maria and beyond.
WELL-ROUNDED WARBURTON FEATURED IN THE TELEGRAM
Anna Maria College’s Women’s Basketball stand-out Trafficia Warburton was featured in the Jan. 31 issue of the Telegram & Gazette. Warburton’s defensive play is what draws such headlines—she has 88 steals so far, making her the nation's leader in steals per game with 5.2.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE TO OFFER FIRST OF A KIND MASTER DEGREE IN HEALTH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Paxton, MA— Anna Maria College and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Fellowship in Disaster Medicine have come together to offer a new Master of Science in Health Emergency Management degree. Administered by Anna Maria College, the graduate program is the first of its kind as it provides health professionals with the leadership, organization and communication skills to take on elevated roles during health emergencies and disaster events.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT ON DECEMBER 4 IN BOYLSTON
Anna Maria College will present its Annual Christmas Concert: “An Evening of Lessons and Carols” that will feature music and scripture from the holiday season. The event will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Chuch on 630 Cross Street, Boylston, Massachusetts. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.
Anna Maria College Zecconian Players will perform the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” in AMC’s Zecco Performing Arts Center on Nov. 20-22. General admission is $5, while student and senior admission is $2.
An art exhibit featuring work by contemporary artists and recent Yale MFA graduates Deirdre Sargent and Daniel Herwitt will be hosted at Anna Maria College in Paxton. The opening reception for the “Mod Coms” exhibit will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery at Miriam Hall on AMC’s campus located at 50 Sunset Lane in Paxton. An artist talk will also be held on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The exhibit will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 12. There is no fee to attend the opening reception or the exhibit. For more information, call AMC College Relations at 508-849-3344.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE AND FEMA TEAM UP TO OFFER NATURAL DISASTER TRAINING FOR CAREGIVERS OF SENIOR CITIZENS
Paxton, MA— Anna Maria College has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to present a “Natural Disaster Awareness for Senior Caregivers” training on November 5, 2014 at the AMC campus in Paxton. This is the second in a series of disaster preparedness trainings offered at AMC.
Large Crowd Turns Out for Burn Demo
On Wednesday, October 15, a crowd of more than 100 students, faculty, staff and first responders from area communities assembled for a live burn demonstration in the freshmen parking lot at AMC. The live burn was planned and executed by Professor Michael Matros’ Fire Protection Systems students. The goal of the demonstration was to illustrate the life-saving difference sprinklers play when fire strikes. It was made possible by a grant received from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE AND FEMA TEAM UP TO PROVIDE SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING FOR DISASTER RESPONDERS
Paxton, MA— Anna Maria College has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to present “Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery” on October 1, 2014 at the AMC campus in Paxton. This is the first in a series of disaster preparedness offerings to be held at AMC in the coming months.
ANNA MARIA STUDENTS HOLD SEPT. 23-24 “SLEEP OUT” TO RAISE HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS
Anna Maria College is hosting a campus “Sleep Out” event this evening as part of its student-led Homelessness Awareness Week. About 50 students are expected to spend the night outdoors to further sensitize themselves to the conditions that homeless citizens endure on a daily basis. On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. in the Campus Rotary, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA.
Current Executive Vice President to Begin Interim President Role July 1
Paxton, MA—Anna Maria College Board of Trustees today announced that Executive Vice President Mary Lou Retelle will serve as the college’s interim president effective July 1. This appointment follows last month’s announcement of President Jack P. Calareso’s resignation after seven years at AMC.
HABACKER NAMED ANNA MARIA COLLEGE’S NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Long-time coach at Elms College to begin at AMC July 1
Paxton, MA— Anna Maria College has hired Laura Habacker, head coach of women’s basketball and assistant athletics director at Elms College, as its next athletic director. Beginning on July 1, she will be the fifth administrator to serve in this position since the college’s athletic programs began in 1977.
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE HONORS THREE GRADUATES WITH AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
Worcester, MA— Anna Maria College President Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., and Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Retention Andrew O. Klein honored three undergraduates with awards of distinction at the College’s 65th Commencement on Saturday, May 17. Class of 2014 members Ernest Brooks, Emily A. Williamson and Nicole Harvell were recognized as the recipients of the Bishop Timothy J. Harrington Award, the Dr. Bernadette Madore Award for Academic Excellence and the inaugural Sr. Yvette Bellerose Award, respectively.
The undergraduate Nursing Program at Anna Maria College has received official notice of its continued accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Program accreditation, granted since 1989 for the college’s RN to BSN completion program, was most recently extended to include the college’s traditional, four-year BSN program that launched in 2011.
The accreditation confirmation follows a site visit and thorough analysis of AMC’s educational objectives and teaching standards and is good through 2019.
“This important endorsement further emphasizes the caliber of AMC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and the high standards employed by our talented Health Sciences faculty,” said Billye Auclair, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs at AMC.
Since 1979, AMC has offered its RN to BSN completion program for licensed nurses interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree. In 2011, the Nursing Program expanded to offer a four-year BSN to meet the needs of traditional, pre-licensure students. Its inaugural class of approximately 50 students is slated to graduate in spring 2015.
According to Carol Gabriele, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, director of AMC’s Nursing Programs and 25-year veteran of the nursing profession, “ACEN’s favorable findings strengthen our momentum as we strive to educate and prepare undergraduates to perform as skilled and compassionate nursing professionals in the dynamic field of health care.”
For more information on AMC’s Nursing Program, visit http://www.annamaria.edu/academics/undergrad/fire-and-health-sciences/nursing. For more information on ACEN’s accreditation process, visit www.acenursing.org.
Some of TMF’s activities include helping others: they visit and give food to the homeless and visit and bring flowers to the elderly in nursing homes. They also raise money so that they can take trips to the zoo or other similar venues where many of these young people have never been.
Michael began TMF because he lost so many of his friends to drugs and other tragedies that he wanted to change the paradigm for youth growing up in Lawrence. He has also gone out and interviewed homeless people on camera to hear their stories and share them with members of TMF. TMF has also done some work with gangs and has gang members attending meetings.
Michael is humble about his accomplishments: "I don't really want to be remembered for anything special.. Just a person who believed in people who others overlooked and didn't give a chance to. I want everyone to feel loved out there and important. Hopefully people can keep paying it forward and maybe just maybe the world can change one step at a time," he shares.
Sr. Yvette joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1961. She is a graduate of Anna Maria College and received her master’s degree from Duquesne University. Sr. Yvette joined the AMC faculty as an adjunct professor in 1978 and became a full-time faculty member for the College in 2000 teaching religious studies and theology. In 2002, she became the founder and director of the College’s Master’s in Pastoral Ministry and Bachelor’s in Catholic and Pastoral Studies programs. During her tenure with AMC, Sr. Yvette also served as a resident director, coordinator of campus ministry, a member of the technology committee and chair of the curriculum committee.
As part of her consecrated life, Sr. Yvette served as one of the youngest Congregational Leaders of the Sisters of Saint Anne overseeing over 1300 women in religious service around the world from the Congregation’ s headquarters in Lachine, Canada. She held this position for 12 years, from 1986-1998. In 2005 she was appointed a Province Leader of the Sisters of Saint Anne in Marlborough, MA to oversee the Sisters in the U.S. and Chile.
Sr. Yvette currently serves as Chair of the Anna Maria College Board of Trustees and helped to lead the 2007 search process to recruit the College’s 10th President. In addition to overseeing AMC’s continued commitment to educational access, especially first generation college students and those of limited means, Sr. Yvette led the Board’s efforts to implement a proactive and prioritized commitment to diversity. This resulted in the establishment of an expanded Office of Multicultural Affairs, the creation of a college-wide Diversity Committee and strategic efforts to increase the diversity of both the student and faculty of the College. With her support, the College received a major grant from the Balfour Foundation to increase programs and services to educate the community and support minority students.
Honorary Degree Recipient Bios
Born in West Boylston, Massachusetts, Raymond Lauring grew up on Brigham Hill in Worcester in a family that understood the meaning of hard work. The strong work ethic that infused his upbringing established a platform for Mr. Lauring to launch a successful career as a business owner, family man and quintessential community leader. His father, Anthony Lauring, was his role model for work and family and eventually planted the seed for what would become one of the largest family-owned construction businesses in the Worcester area.
Mr. Lauring is the patriarch of the Lauring Family and Lauring Construction. He graduated from Wentworth College in Boston in 1948 and founded his company in 1951. Mr. Lauring and his wife Claire (deceased in 2011) raised five children.
The Lauring family has been actively involved with Anna Maria College providing construction services for many buildings and renovations, most recently the Information Commons/Library and the AMCAT Center.
Mr. Lauring has been an outstanding volunteer in the community, especially to Catholic organizations including Christ the King Church, Saint John’s High School, St. Vincent DePaul and Calvary Retreat Center. Most recently, Mr. Lauring was the principle funder and visionary for Emmanuel Radio, the Catholic radio station in Worcester.
Edith M. LaVigne ’63 (posthumously)
Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63 left this life on August 15, 2013, leaving a legacy of good works and service to her ever-grateful family, friends and community. A member of the Anna Maria College Board of Trustees from 2001-2007 and then from 2009 until her passing, Edith always remained true to her alma mater serving as a generous supporter and benefactor of AMC.
Mrs. LaVigne graduated from Anna Maria College in 1963, the youngest of the three Mooney sisters who all attended the College. After a brief teaching career, she devoted her life to raising her family and community service. She was active in library leadership serving as a Trustee of the Richards Memorial Library in Paxton for fifteen years. She also served on the board of the Worcester Youth Guidance Center, as a corporator of the Worcester Historical Museum and as a leader with Girls, Inc.
In Florida, where she resided for part of the year, Mrs. LaVigne volunteered in the library of the Jupiter Elementary School and taught English as a second language to immigrant workers at El Sol, a resource center for day laborers.
Sr. Therese Noury, SSA ‘68
Sr. Therese Nouryhas been with the Sisters of Saint Anne since she left home in Central Falls, RI in the summer of 1958 to enter the novitiate of the Congregation. Throughout her life, she has exemplified many of the personal, spiritual, service and leadership commitments that are dear to the heart of everyone at Anna Maria College. A woman of deep personal faith, she has lived the past fifty-five years faithfully responding to the needs of the human family in a variety of ways.
Sr. Therese graduated from Anna Maria College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and from Boston College with a Master’s degree in Math in 1975. From 1961-1991, she was part of the educational scene in Massachusetts (Turner’s Falls, Holyoke and Worcester) as an elementary and high school teacher, and then as a Principal. For many years, while she was teaching at Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, she engaged in women’s prison ministry, visiting the inmates herself and bringing children to visit their incarcerated mothers.
From 1990 – 1991, Sr. Therese was an administrative assistant for leadership in St. Marie Province. Then, from 1993-1999, as co-leader of the Province, she helped break ground for a whole new style of team leadership that continues to this day.
In December of 2000, after a sabbatical year at the Washington Theological Union and a few months with an Intensive Pastoral Spanish immersion session at the Mexican American Cultural Center, Sr. Therese went to Chile to begin thirteen years of outreach to new sisters and brothers. In July of 2013, she was elected to the Congregation Leadership Team in Lachine, Quebec.
Anna Maria College announces that Vincent Sinagra, head coach for the College’s football team, has been named Associate Director of Athletics. Mr. Sinagra will assume the responsibilities of the current athletic director, Stanley Vieira, who is leaving AMC to pursue doctoral studies abroad. As Associate Athletic Director, Mr. Sinagra will oversee the entire athletic program at Anna Maria College, which includes 17 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III sports teams, while the College conducts its search for a new director. Mr. Sinagra will also continue to serve as the head coach for the football team during this transition.