Anna Maria College- Alumni eNewsletter November 2019
November 2019
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Service and Success Event Recap
October 17, 2019
In recognition of the members of our community, Anna Maria held its first annual Celebration of Service and Success.
The evening began with a welcome from the event co-hosts, Chair of the Board of Trustees John Spillane and fellow Trustee Tim Murray.
Following, was a spotlight on selected students, faculty, and administrators for their commitment to service in multiple ways, all of which better the lives and wellbeing of others.
Stories shared encapsulated leadership, volunteerism, innovation, and of course, the service of others.
The pinnacle of the evening came with the inaugural presentation of the Presidential Service Award, Anna Maria’s highest honor for outstanding humanitarian achievement.
President Mary Lou Retelle presented four alumni with this prestigious award for their unwavering commitment to service within the community.
Awardees included: Chief Robert Mortell ’93 (posthumously), Chizoma and Isidore Nosike ’99G and ’97G respectively, and Shannon Tellex Laine ’05.
Dedication of Caparso Field
During the 2019 Homecoming festivities, Anna Maria College celebrated alumnus Richard C. Caparso, a former Chair of the Board of Trustees, with a ceremony that dedicated the athletic field in his honor on Saturday, October 19.
Mr. Caparso, his wife Joan, and their family and friends, joined Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle, members of the Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Joseph Brady, and Head Football Coach Dan Mulrooney for a pre-game ceremony.
2019 Reunion Weekend and Homecoming
On a beautiful October morning, Anna Maria College welcomed hundreds of alumni, family, and friends back to campus for 2019 Reunion & Homecoming Weekend festivities. With a wide variety of community events throughout the day and evening, there was something fun for everyone!
Saturday morning activities included a 5K run/walk, an alumnae field hockey game, and the first annual tailgating content. The Mortell 5K Run/Walk , sponsored by alumnus and Chief of Holden’s Police, Dave Armstrong, and Director of Criminal Justice Programs, Mike Stevens, kicked off the day after a moment of silence for fallen Paxton Chief of Police, Robert Mortell. 60 participants set out on the 3.1 mile course and were welcomed back to the loud cheers of early morning supporters! The Alumni Field Hockey Game was a fun contest between current team members and field hockey alumnae resulting in a 2-2 tie; the game was followed by a champagne brunch for the alumnae players. The First Annual Tailgating Contest put the culinary skills of seasoned tailgaters to the test. For the inaugural contest, chicken wings were to be presented and judged by members of the community; while all entries were outstanding, the coveted first place prize went to Tom Marrone, parent of Vincent Marrone, a sophomore on the football team.  
Unfortunately, the football game didn’t go our way, with a loss of 41-20 to Dean. The last 12 minutes, however, belonged to Anna Maria, as the team achieved some momentum and scored two touchdowns. First Year Homecoming Most Valuable Players awards went to offensive player Marquis Roderique, a sophomore Dorchester, MA and defensive player Tyshawn Anderson, a sophomore from Lynn, MA.
While the game was being played, Sunny Armstrong ’68 led a workshop entitled “The Power of Souls.” Following the sudden death of her son, Nick, at age 26, Sunny used her counseling experience to handle the grief by keeping a journal. Ultimately, her journals were published in the hope that they would help others experiencing deep grief.
Following the annual Reunion Mass, President Retelle inducted the 50th-reunion class into the Saint Anne Society. Congratulations to the 21 members of the Class of 1969! All reunion classes attended a cocktail reception, at which they caught up with their classmates, followed by a lovely dinner. The evening closed out with two favorite on-campus events: “Anna Maria’s Got Talent” and Casino Night in the Hub.
Thank you to all who came to this year’s Reunion & Homecoming Weekend. It was wonderful to meet so many of you. We’re already planning for 2020, and hope to see you there. In the meanwhile, please enjoy some pictures.
Alumni Spotlight
Chris Koretski '16
“I’ve used my Anna Maria education daily in my jobs and in my life,” says Chris Koretski. “Anna Maria’s fire program opened my eyes to the work of the broader fire service.”
Chris, who lives in Westerly, R.I. — the town he grew up in — is putting his Anna Maria bachelor’s degree in fire science to very good use indeed. Today, he wears many hats, all in service to his community: He’s the coordinator for emergency response and fire safety for CVS Health, based in Cumberland, R.I. He’s a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Watch Hill (with the rank of lieutenant) and in Misquamicut. He’s a Rhode Island assistant deputy state fire marshal and a Rhode Island Fire Academy instructor. He’s also active with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation as an advocate for its “Everyone Goes Home” training program, which focuses on 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives.
In addition, Chris is an escort for the families of fallen-firefighter families at the National Memorial Service, in Emmitsburg, M.D., and serves as a member of the Rhode Island LAST Team, which provides support for fire departments during the funerals of fire-service personnel. He also volunteers with the Rhode Island Fire Chief’s Honor Flight Hub, bringing WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., on a one-day, all-expenses-paid trip to see their memorials.
“Anna Maria College develops the entire person to become a servant of the community,” Chris says. “You learn to put your faith and efforts into action for the betterment of others in an environment of learning, sharing, and service. I’ll always be an advocate for an Anna Maria education for all who want to be something greater.”
How does he relieve stress? “I enjoy making music with people who too enjoy making music to God for the liturgy or in concert,” he says. “And mini-vacations to the Cape. I love the water.” 
Perform Choral Selections from Handel's Messiah with Anna Maria College
The Anna Maria Music Department will perform selections from Handel's Messiah this Spring, following last year's noteworthy performance.
Interested alumni are invited to join the Anna Maria Choir for the choral selections. They will be performing six of the choral movements including the famous Hallelujah Chorus.
The performance will be March 22, 2020 at 2PM at the First Congregational Church of West Boylston.
Rehearsal commitments will include a dress rehearsal the week of the performance.
For more information any interested singers may contact Eric Balboni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Athletic Hall of Fame
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Anna Maria Men's Basketball vs. Johnson and Wales @ 1pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Men's & Women's Basketball Alumni Game @ 3:30pm, reception to follow in the Hub.
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Anna Maria College alumni are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount off of all graduate courses, where they can save over $4,000 toward earning their master’s degree!
In addition, AMC students are privy to a streamlined admissions process - no test scores required - and flexible course scheduling that allows them to successfully balance home, work and pursuit of a graduate education.
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Classes start the week of January 13.   
Graduate School Information Session:
Wednesday, December 4th @ 6pm
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October 23rd - December 20th
Jonathan Kirk, Sculptural Abstractions and Other Fabrications
Art Center Gallery, Miriam Hall
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm
November 19th
Art in the Park at Anna Maria College - Tom Matsuda, Purification
Lawn at Madonna Hall @ 4:00pm
November 20th
#Adulting Professionally & Faithfully
The Hub @ 7:00pm
December 7th
Winter Wishes Ball presented by the Campus Princess Program and the Anna Yan Ji (AYJ) Fund
Southeast Dining Hall @ 6:30pm
December 8th
Christmas Festival Concert and Reception
Christ the King Church, Worcester @ 2:00pm
For more information on these events, please visit our website -
In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of the following Anna Maria alumni and community members - Donna Menger 89G, Laura Johnson '05, and Trustee Brian O'Connell.
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