April 15th


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.”

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March 31st


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.

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March 18th

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.

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March 10th

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.

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March 5th

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.

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February 26th

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.

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February 19th


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.

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February 11th


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.

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January 22nd


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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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APRIL 17th

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.

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MAY 30th


Long-time coach at Elms College to begin at AMC July 1

Paxton, MAAnna 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.

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MAY 23rd


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.

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MAY 23rd

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.

Prior to his attending AMC, Michael Gorman started a grass-roots organization for young people in his hometown of Lawrence called The Movement Family (TMF).  The idea was to get kids of all ages together a couple of evenings a week and weekends to run and be active. TMF has grown exponentially through word of mouth and now on any given Saturday during the summer up to 240 young men and women ages 10-27 will show up in the park to participate (Michael only hosts the group in the summer now that he is in college).

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.
Anna Maria College announces that Yvette E. Bellerose, SSA, Chair of its Board of Trustees, will be the speaker at the College’s 64th Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA. During the ceremony, Anna Maria College will also recognize the following individuals with Honorary Degrees: Raymond Lauring will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration; Edith M. LaVigne ’63 will posthumously receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Service; and Therese Noury, SSA ’68 will receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Service.

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

Raymond Lauring

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 18 students will be traveling outside of Central Massachusetts this year to participate in the College's annual Alternative Spring Break Program.  Under the direction of the College’s Campus Ministry, 18 students will be spending time in the Cherokee Nation in Northeast Oklahoma made possible through an organization founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne called: Vacations that Give.  While the students are in Oklahoma, they will be providing services on the Cherokee Nation reservation, working at an orphanage and a soup kitchen, and performing home repair projects.

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Anna Maria College announces that Matthew Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Fire Science and Interim Director, Fire Science Programs, has been named one of the top 15 arson investigation professors by Forensicscolleges.com.  ForensicColleges.com created this list to identify professors who have proven themselves as talented investigators and educators. The majority of those identified have decades of experience working in fire management and investigation, in addition to extensive work with training and teaching.
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Anna Maria College announces that art work created by three of its students has been accepted into the Arts Worcester Tenth Annual College Show.   The opening for the show is Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at  the Arts Worcester headquarters in Worcester, MA.  The students whose work was chosen are:
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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.


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Anna Maria College announces that the following students made the Dean's List for the Fall 2013 semester.  Congratulations to all on a job well done.
Elizabeth Abbott
Nicole Ackerson
Abigail Adair
Katherine Albro
Jonathan Alicea
Jaclyn Aliperta
Brittani Allard
Melissa Allen
Emily Amodeo
Melissa Andersen
Kelli Anderson
Michaela Anderson
Nicholas Andexler
Corey Andrade
Elizabeth Aprea
Julia Archambault
Justin Arzoomanian
Lindsey Asquith
Nathaniel Bachman
Amanda Baez
Andrew Bailey
Emily Baker
Eric Balboni
Kelly Baldwin
Debbie Ballentine
Karissa Bardsley
Charles Beaton
Sarah Bibbey
Kelly Bingham
Christopher Birtz
Kristen Blanchard
Eric Boll
Shane Boucher
Kylie Boudreau
Jacqueline Bourgeois
Heather Boutin
Beth Bowser
Adrianna Bridge
Michael Briggs
Ernest Brooks
Julie Brown
Haley Burke
Stacey Cabral
Laura Cabral
Meaghan Callahan
Stephen CampoBasso
Benjamin Chick-Reny
Thanasi Christoforou
Joseph Clark
Hannah Clark
Jacqueline Clinton
Stephanie Colacchio
Katrina Cole
Sarah Cole
Nicole Collette
Gregory Cory
Joseph Cotrona
Kayla Cummings
Kylie Dalbec
Seana Deffely
Maria Demalia
Patricia Demers
Matthew Denham
Hillary Dias
Marlena DiMattia
Lauren DiPillo
Kasey Dube
Ericka Dudley
Charles Dunham
Ashley Eccleston
Katelyn Edelson
Dimitri Elias
Donald Espinoza Valenzuela
Krystiana Ethier
Taylor Ewen
Victoria Fabiano
Kaitlyn Faucher
Ashley Fernandes
Jennifer Ferron
Kaycee Fitzgerald
Sarah Fogg
Cody Fontaine
Dillan Foss
Ashley Fournier
Brittany Garceau
Kayla Garczynski
Jessica Gautieri
Christina Gauvin
Alex Geiger
Jessica Gennaro
Heidi Gilboy
Cody Given
Amanda Glennon
Danielle Gordon
Nicole Goudreau
Joseph Graham
Mario Gramo
Danielle Guidi
Elizabeth Haggerty
Sean Haley
Toni -Ann Hanratty
Colleen Haran
Cassey Harrington
Nicole Harvell
Emily Hayward
Kelleen Heavey
Moriah Hicks
Michaela Hinthorne
Jacquelyn Horning
Robert Huffor
Nicholas Hummel
Kallie Hunter
Alexander Iziokhai
Holly Jacques
Kyle Jameson
Robert Jastrzebski
Leslie Johnson
Jessica Jones
Mike Joseph
Ashling Kelly-Keegan
Michael Kilcoyne
Katerina Kilmonis
Cacia King
Rachel Kniager
Mary Konola
Frank Kopeski
Christopher Koretski
Rebecca Krasowski
Dominique LaFlash
Alison LaForce
Justine Lalonde
Brianna LaRegina
Jeffrey LaRochelle
Natascha Lauchart
Matthew Leahey
Paige Leighton
Angela Littlefield
Shannon Looney
Ravi Lor
Nichole Lowe
Nicole Luce
Katrina Lugo
Alyssa Lugo
Elizabeth MacLennan
Jillian Major
William Maradei
Ashley Marley
Kolin Matthews
Frances McCarthy
Alexia McCree
Bryan McGinn
Maralyn McGrath
Everett McGuirk
Corey McNair
Emily Miyazaki
Jacob Moisio
Maureen Moore
Kasandra Morales
Kaitlyn Moran
Jonah Morris
Nicole Morrison
David Morrow
Tarnue Mulbah
Christina Murphy
Daniel Murphy
Amanda Nadeau
Matthew Nelson
Talia Nichols
Kristen Nolan
Marjorie O'Reilly
Katie Olsen
Corey Page
Jacob Parker
Alexandra Paul
Robert Payer
Casey Pelletier
Brian Peltier
Emily Perillo
Sloane Perron
Sarah Peterson
Tara Petrillose
Brianna Pike
John Plewa
Molly Pond
Ashley Putz
Rebecca Reese
Caitlin Reidy
Sarah Reuss
Desiree Rivera
Selys Rivera
Kate Roberts
Karin Robinson
Alexandra Rodriguez
Mitchell Rogers
Colleen Ryder
Lauren Sale
Lamoy Salmon
Elizabeth Sama
Seth Saulnier
James Scheuritzel
Marissa Senior
Sheila Shea
Angela Short
Kashanna Simeus
Kyle Simkins
Alicia Sousa
Antoinette Sprinkle Jean-Louis
Ashley Steinhaus
Joshua Stopyra
Caroline Then
Tiffany Thibodeau
Chelsea Thibodeau
Ashley Toothaker
Samantha Turcotte
Cristina Turley
Diane Vankevich
Alison Villanis
Ryan Warren
Thomas Washek
Philip Weihn
Lindsay West
Elizabeth Wiles
Emily Williamson
Benjamin Wilmot
Johnathan Woodley
Jacob Young
Brett Zaczyk
Anna Maria College announces that it will host family skate days for Paxton, MA residents, on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the College’s outdoor ice rink.  Sponsored by the AMC Alumni Association, the skating event is free and open to Paxton, MA residents.  Hot chocolate and treats will be provided.
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