MARY LOU RETELLE SELECTED TO SERVE AS ANNA MARIA COLLEGE'S NEXT PRESIDENT
Anna Maria College Board of Trustees today announced the selection of Mary Lou Retelle as the College's next president following a year-long search. A dynamic and empathetic leader with in-depth knowledge of Anna Maria, Retelle will serve as the College's 11th president, effective June 1. She is the first woman to serve as president in more than twenty years and the first lay woman to lead the College since its founding in 1946.
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.
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.