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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.

“Ms. Retelle is a seasoned administrative executive with in-depth knowledge of Anna Maria campus dynamics and a keen understanding of its many opportunities and challenges. The board’s unanimous decision on her appointment underscores our confidence in her ability to lead the institution through this critical transition,” said Sr. Yvette E. Bellerose, SSA, chair of the board of trustees for AMC. Trustees will lead the national search effort for Calareso’s successor. Sr. Bellerose estimates the search and hire of its 11th president to take about a year’s time.

Retelle has served as AMC’s Executive Vice President since 2011. Currently, she oversees the college functions related to admission and financial aid, student life and athletic programs. Including her three years at AMC, Retelle brings to this appointment nearly 25 years of experience as an executive administrator at academic institutions. Most recently, she served as an enrollment consultant for Suffolk University following a total of 15 years at Merrimack College in North Andover. Positions held at Merrimack include Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. She also served as Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at State University of New York, Potsdam from 1991 to 1994. Retelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Merrimack College and her Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from Northeastern University in Boston.

“President Calareso has provided our students, faculty, board and larger community with exemplary leadership during his seven-year tenure at Anna Maria College. I look forward to building on that success to further enhance the campus community and its offerings to meet our central mission of educating the next generation of professionals,” said Retelle.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the college prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer 40 undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The college offers 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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May 30, 2014                                                                                      Tricia M. Oliver

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HABACKER NAMED ANNA MARIA COLLEGE’S

NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

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.

“Laura Habacker’s depth of experience in operations, coaching and recruiting is a welcome addition to our athletics programs,” said AMC Executive Vice President Mary Lou Retelle. “AMC coaches and athletes alike will benefit from her proven leadership gained over the last 26 years in collegiate competition.”

A roster of more than 300 student athletes participates in AMC’s 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women.

Habacker has served as head women’s basketball coach at Elms College in Chicopee since 2002, and as the college’s assistant director of athletics/senior woman administrator since 2006. She also served as Elms’ interim director of athletics during the 2011-2012 academic year. Habacker was named the 2012 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Coach of the Year following Elms’ 2011-12 basketball season that resulted in the program’s first-ever NECC tournament championship and subsequent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship berth.

Prior to her tenure at Elms College, Habacker was the head women’s basketball and volleyball coach for five years at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

“I look forward to starting this new chapter of my career at Anna Maria, while returning to the area I consider home,” said Habacker, who, as a Clark University graduate (’85), is familiar with the Greater Worcester area and competing schools within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). She has held other coaching and leadership roles in the area at Fitchburg State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Hudson and Westborough High Schools. She also spent two years once before at AMC as head women’s volleyball coach.  

Habacker was a three-sport student athlete at Clark University. She played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Cougars. 

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the college prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer 40 undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The college offers 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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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.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the college prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer 40 undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The college offers 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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May 23, 2014                                                                                      Tricia M. Oliver

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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.

Harrington Award

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science recipient Ernest Brooks ‘14, of Nashua, NH, was presented the Harrington Award for his commitment to community. Named in honor of the late Bishop Timothy J. Harrington and established in 1988, the award is presented to a student who exemplifies compassionate service in the promotion of peace and justice.

“There is no limit to this person’s definition of community,” said Klein before presenting the award to Brooks. According to Klein, Brooks was widely recognized by his peers and others for his compassionate manner and selfless sense of service. His AMC career included four years of community service involvement, both on and off campus, including the AMC Habitat for Humanity and service-centered spring breaks around the country.

Madore Award

Bachelor of Arts in History graduate Emily A. Williamson ’14, of Spencer, MA, was the recipient of the Madore Award. Created in honor of former president and longtime AMC administrator Dr. Bernadette Madore, the award is bestowed upon the graduate who earned the highest cumulative grade point average in a minimum of 90 semester hours.

“In additional to her stellar academic performance, this student is also a student athlete competing during an illustrious career at AMC,” said Calareso before honoring Williamson. Calareso also mentioned that her academic excellence came in concert with an “extraordinary work ethic,” as she balanced tennis competition, two work-study positions at AMC and significant work commitments off campus. At the time of graduation, Williamson attained a 3.95 GPA, which will likely improve once all grades have been posted, according to Calareso.

Bellerose Award

Whereas the Harrington and Madore Awards are longstanding honors presented annually, the Bellerose Award was first announced at Commencement and was presented in honor of Sr. Yvette E. Bellerose, S.S.A. ’72, who served as the Commencement Speaker at Saturday’s ceremony. She is the outgoing chairwoman of the AMC Board of Trustees, an alumna, as well as a former faculty member and administrator at AMC. The award is presented to a student who has embodied the values and commitment to the Anna Maria College mission as exhibited by Sr. Bellerose. In addition to a commitment to the Catholic faith, the recipient must display academic excellence, a commitment to the Anna Maria College community and a commitment to the greater community.

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies graduate Nicole Harvell ’14, of Shrewsbury, MA, was the inaugural recipient of the Bellerose Award. Harvell attained a GPA of 3.79 and is engaged in multiple programs and initiatives at AMC, most notably the college’s Day of Caring. She also serves in the Greater Worcester community in many ways, including volunteer work with her church. Harvell delivered the student address at Commencement and spoke to the strong sense of community on AMC’s campus.

The awardees are three of the 427 graduates who comprise the AMC Class of 2014. A total of 239 undergraduates and 188 graduate students received their degrees this year. More than 40 percent of the Class of 2014 reigns from Central Massachusetts and nearly one-third of AMC’s traditional (excluding online degree students) undergraduates is first-generation college graduates.

Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the college prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer 40 undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The college offers 17 Division III, varsity-level athletic programs for men and women. AMC’s campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton.

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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.