May 2019
@ Anna Maria College
Alumni Newsletter
"Once an Amcat always an Amcat"
Commencement 2019
The 2018-2019 year has come to a close with the 70th Annual Commencement Exercises taking place on Saturday, May 11th at The Hanover Theatre. President Mary Lou Retelle conferred 82 Masters degrees and 190 Bachelors degrees.
Honorary degrees were bestowed upon Francis R. Carroll and Claudia Margret Nassef Paul, R.N. during the ceremony. Mr. Carroll received a Doctorate of Public Administration and Ms. Paul received a Doctorate of Human Service.
Mr. Carroll has been deeply involved in small business advocacy, veteran's affairs and community service for many years. He also helped successfully raise $1.7 million to build the St. Francis Xavier Center for St. John's Church Food for the Poor program in Worcester. The facility provides daily meals for up to 600 individuals and groceries to 200 families each week.
Ms. Paul is the Director of Nursing at Marie Esther Health Center where she serves retired and infirmed nuns of The Sisters of Saint Anne.
Good luck Class of 2019 and
Welcome to the Alumni Association!!
Campus Princess Program
The Campus Princess Program was voted by students as the 2019 Organization of the Year.
It began in October, 2017, when Alyssa Banks, '21 founded this campus program. She established the program as a way to bring joy and happiness to children and their families who are in treatment for illnesses. Members of the Princess Program dress in princess costumes and travel to visit children in local hospitals, clinics and cancer centers.
Some of the places the program has spread their magic at include Boston hospitals Tufts Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital, Camp Sunshine in ME, Kennedy Donovan Center, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Bay State Children's Hospital and local organizations such as Why Me and Sherry's House.
The group also attends local events in costume and have been to the UMass Cancer Walk, the Boston Children's Eversource Walk, and Gillette Stadium's annual Buzz Off.
Upcoming Events On & Off Campus
June 13th
Alumni & Friends Cocktail Reception
Eaton Vance Rooftop Terrace Boston @ 5:30pm
June 24th
10th Annual Golf Tournament
Sterling National Country Club
@ 8am
August 10th
Alumni & Friends Red Sox Game
Fenway Park @4:05pm (first pitch)
August 17th
NH Alumni & Friends Reception
Hosted by
Dr. Constance (Gentile) Morrison '60, '77G, Hon. '02
Plymouth, NH @ 4pm
August 22nd
Cape Cod Alumni & Friends Reception
Hosted by
Georgene Riedl '70
Cross Rip Gallery, Harwichport, MA @ 6pm
For more information on these events, please visit our website -
Every day, people like you play an important role in creating the Anna Maria experience. With your help, we met our April 24th, Day of Giving goal of 424 donors; alumni, students, parents, grandparents, friends, faculty, and staff came together and made the day a success. Whether your gift is used towards scholarship money for incoming students, technology to enhance the learning experience for online learners, or campus renovations to better support the needs of our growing student population, you are helping to support the next generation of leaders to discover themselves; to discover something greater.
While this campaign ended on April 24th, you can still make a gift to Anna Maria College. Would you like to see how your scholarship dollars benefit Anna Maria students?
Campus Club Spotlight
Program of the Year
VIBES Fashion Show
The VIBES Fashion Show was the first of its kind on the Anna Maria campus in more than four years. This entirely student-run event filled Zecco Auditorium and showcased some local entrepreneurs, among them - designers, makeup artists, student models, dance groups, rappers, singers, and a DJ.
The team of students who organized and ran the event were Dolapo Sanni, Cheri-Ann Extra, Deborah Joseph, Derona Beckford and Theodora Jean.
Students recently voted the VIBES Fashion Show (the name is an acronym for Vibrant, Intelligent, Bold, Energetic, Self) Program of the Year.
Congratulations to all who helped to make this event so successful.
Scholarships & Athletics Raffle Tickets
$100 each
1st Prize - Trip for Two to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. FL. Includes roundtrip coach class airfare for two within the contiguous U.S. to Jacksonville, FL, three nights’ accommodations in downtown Jacksonville, and two tickets to THE PLAYERS Championship rounds on Saturday & Sunday with access to The Turn Hospitality Club. Trip is in March, 2020.
2nd Prize - Golf for Three Eastward Ho! Country Club, Chatham, MA
A round of golf as a guest of a club member (date TBD by winner).
3rd Prize - Four Tickets to a Patriots Game
Seats in Section 139 Row 19 (date TBD).
4th Prize - Two-night stay at The Mains’l in Hyannis, MA
Accommodation in Room 4, any date between October 15 – November 28, 2019.
5th Prize - Rhode Island Getaway
Includes a $350 gift card to the Omni Hotel in Providence and a $150 gift card to Café Nuovo, located on Providence’s famed Riverwalk.
ONLY 150 tickets will be sold
Proceeds to benefit scholarships and athletics at Anna Maria
Drawing: June 24, 2019 at the Anna Maria 10th Annual Golf Tournament
You don't have to be present to win
In the News
Anna Maria Reopens Pastoral Ministry Master's Program
The program is designed to help students who would like to deepen their faith and learn the skills necessary to become a faith leader. Marc Tumeinski, assistant professor of theology, said the College was reopening the graduate program to carry on the charism of Anna Maria's founders, the Sisters of St. Anne.
Already, 12 candidates are taking courses this spring and summer. The group is preparing for ordination as deacons in the Diocese of Worcester, and the program could be opened for catechetical leaders within the diocese, Tumeinski said.
The degree will enable graduates to teach religious education in a parish setting or theology in a school, work as a chaplain or pastoral associate in a medical setting, direct a campus ministry office, lead adult faith formation programs, or work as a pastoral associate within a parish.
Students in the four-year program may be eligible for a tuition discount for serving in parishes or Catholic schools in the Diocese of Worcester.
For more information on this program, please contact Marc Tumeinski at (508) 849 - 3414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2019 Signature Event
A Celebration of Success and Service
Thursday, October 17, 2019
AC Hotel
Downtown Worcester
2019 Homecoming/Reunion
October 18 - 20, 2019
Mark your calendars now for a trip back to Paxton to reconnect with your classmates, faculty, and staff during our annual Homecoming/Reunion weekend.
Start the weekend off at our 2019 Signature Event on Thursday night at the AC Hotel where we will celebrate Anna Maria's commitment to service and award the 1st annual Public Service Award. This event is not to be missed!
Throughout the weekend there will be tours of the campus, workshops and lectures, a barbecue, and class dinners for the 4's and 7's. President Retelle will provide a campus update and show off our newly renovated Dining Commons. And of course, there'll be football! Cheer on Coach Mulrooney and his Amcats as they take on Dean College.
More details and registration information will be available this summer.