Guilfoyle Named Assumption’s Executive Director of Communications

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo announced today the appointment of Michael Guilfoyle as executive director of communications. In this position, which reports to the president, Guilfoyle will oversee branding, integrated marketing communications, media relations, and other activities designed to promote the excellence of Assumption College.


“Michael brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the communications field to Assumption’s marketing and communications efforts,” said President Cesareo. “His professionalism, creativity, and understanding of social media will serve the College well in communicating to the world the value of an Assumption education. Michael’s appreciation for a liberal arts education and our Catholic identity will strengthen our marketing strategy in this highly competitive market.”


Guilfoyle joins Assumption after having served the past eight years as secretary for public affairs and communications and chief spokesperson for the Diocese of Providence, R.I. There, he provided communications counsel to the bishop and oversaw the production of the weekly diocesan newspaper. Guilfoyle also led an effort to redesign the diocesan web-based, multimedia assets, including the newspaper by revitalizing its visual presentation and editorial content.


He begins work at Assumption on Oct. 28.


“Through its faculty, students, staff, alumni and leadership team led by President Cesareo, Assumption College has earned a noteworthy reputation of excellence in higher education," said Guilfoyle. "I look forward to this exciting opportunity to share the tremendous value of an Assumption education.”


Prior to joining the Diocese of Providence, Guilfoyle served in the United States Congress for eight years as director of communications and chief spokesperson for Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin and as press secretary to Rhode Island Congressman Robert Weygand. Before his congressional service, Guilfoyle worked with NBC News’s political unit during a presidential campaign in numerous locations across the country.


With regard to his volunteer endeavors, Guilfoyle is a present or former board member of St. Raphael Academy, Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, Feed 1,000, and Smithfield Little League.


He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and lives in Rhode Island with his wife Kristen and their two children.


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Assumption Travel Seminar Offers Students Opportunity to Immerse in European History and Art
The historian John Hope Franklin once said of travel: “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore, and tell the world the glories of our journey.”

A group of 16 Assumption College students did just that. Through Assumption’s Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization program, they went out into the world – in this case, Belgium and Holland – and blogged about their rewarding, overseas educational experience.
 
  • Read more about the Belgium-Holland trip in the blog.
 
Traveling in May 2013 with professors Lance Lazar and Toby Norris, the students became immersed in Belgian and Dutch culture and learned about the “High Days of the Low Countries” in the “living classrooms” of Bruges, Antwerp, and Amsterdam. From the early 1400s to the late 1600s, the cities of the Low Countries (now Belgium and Holland) were the most exciting urban centers of northern Europe, laying the foundations of modern capitalism and producing some of the most dazzling art of any period.

“As an art history major, it was important for me to see, in person, the works of art I have been studying for the past four years,” said Amanda Carchedi ’13 of Foxboro, Mass. “There is no reproduction in the world that can compare to seeing the actual work of art masters such as Jan van Eyck, Vermeer, and Rembrandt and in the country where these artists were inspired.”

The Foundations program integrates the study of politics, arts, literature, philosophy, theology, and history to help students reflect on the heritage of the western world and better understand how those subjects relate to one another. Since 2009, the spring semester course “Foundations Travel Seminar” offers a trip to Europe for 10 days, giving students an opportunity to experience various periods of Western Civilization. Past destinations have included Rome, Venice, London, and Oxford. Paris is planned for spring 2014. Due to the generosity of Donald and Michele D’Amour, an endowment subsidizes the cost of the travel component for students in the Foundations Program.

“The Travel Seminars are an innovative and exciting opportunity for students to experience world cultures in an intensive fashion,” said Lazar. “Not only do the students invest more during the semester, with the knowledge and excitement that they will be able to witness the places and masterpieces they are studying, they also gain immeasurably during the travel program, with the advantage of having just spent a semester of concentrated study on the very area they are experiencing.”

The trips to Europe aren’t required, but they have been popular among students.

“The Travel Seminar through Assumption’s Foundations program was a life-changing travel and educational experience,” said Shannon Romanowski ’16, a political science major from Merrimack, Mass.

Prior to the May trip, the students spent their spring semester on Assumption’s Worcester campus, learning about Belgium and Holland in the 15th through the 17th centuries.

“The course, combined with the travel experience in northern Europe, opened my eyes to a hidden gem of the world tucked away in the Netherlands,” Carchedi said. “From the breathtaking art museums and stunning landscapes, to the rich history of the land and the people, it was an experience I will always remember and cherish. I would recommend an academic experience like this to anyone.”

Assumption Alumna Sheila Harrity G’92 Named National High School Principal of the Year
Worcester Technical High School Principal and 1992 Assumption College Graduate School alumna Sheila M. Harrity has been named the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year. The award was announced Sept. 10, 2013, at a surprise assembly attended by Gov. Deval Patrick, State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, and other dignitaries. Harrity will be honored during a black-tie gala this fall in Washington, D.C., to lead into National Principals Month.

Harrity, the first Massachusetts principal to be named a national principal of the year in the program's 20-year history, took over as principal at Worcester Tech in 2006 with a new building and a renewed community commitment to turn the school around from its status as one of the lowest performing in the state. Harrity seized the opportunity to implement small learning communities, change the school’s culture, and empower teachers so all of the school’s nearly 1,400 students would graduate to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Read the Sept. 10, 2013, Boston Globe coverage of the announcement.
  • Watch WCVB-TV Boston’s Sept. 10, 2013, coverage.
  • Watch WBZ-TV Boston’s Sept. 10, 2013, coverage.
  • Watch WHDH-TV Boston’s Sept. 10, 2013 coverage.
  • Read the Sept. 11, 2013, Telegram & Gazette coverage.
  • Read a profile on Sheila Harrity in the spring 2011 edition of Assumption alumni magazine.
Assumption College’s U.S. News & World Report Ranking Jumps Eight Spots

Assumption College’s ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “2014 Best Colleges” guide has moved up eight spots over last year. Assumption is ranked at No. 30 in the ratings of approximately 200 regional universities in the north that offer bachelor and master’s degrees. The “2014 Best Colleges” guide was released Sept. 10.

“The significant jump in our U.S. News & World Report ranking is welcome news for Assumption and is a recognition of the College’s continued commitment to excellence in our academic programs so as to provide the best education for our students. It is also a reflection of the strength and value of a liberal arts education," said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “With that said, however, this ranking is just one tool students use to identify colleges and universities that can help them achieve their individual goals. We strongly encourage students to visit Assumption so they can see for themselves the advantages of our college. Assumption’s highly regarded faculty members are scholars and mentors who are engaged and committed to the success of our students. Our strong academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies, and our outstanding facilities make the College very attractive.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for regional colleges and universities are based on several key measures of quality: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Today’s ranking follows last month’s announcement by The Princeton Review that Assumption is one of the best colleges in the northeast.

The Assumption College curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education – exploring new ideas, making connections across disciplines, and pushing themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills.

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Assumption College Announces New Director of Public Safety
Steven B. Carl has been appointed director of public safety and chief of police at Assumption College. Currently police chief of Framingham, Mass., Carl has 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 12 years as police chief. He will succeed retiring public safety director Robert Murphy.

Carl, who begins his new position on Oct. 2, will be responsible for the management and operation of Assumption’s Department of Public Safety, which provides for the safety and security of people and property on the 185-acre campus. He will oversee a staff of more than 27 full- and part-time officers, dispatchers, and support staff. Assumption’s undergraduate student enrollment is approximately 2,000, with most students living on campus throughout the academic year.

"We are very impressed by Steve’s experience, his deep knowledge of law enforcement, and his strong leadership skills," said Chris McCarthy, Assumption’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We are particularly excited about his strong commitment to promoting collaboration among all parts of the campus community and the positive aspects this approach will have on interactions with Assumption’s students, faculty, and staff."

Carl’s extensive law enforcement experience includes overseeing a 150-member police force in Framingham, a diverse community of more than 68,000 residents. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the department, including setting organizational goals, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and administering finances and personnel. Carl became only the fifth chief that the department has operated under since 1911, when he was named chief in June 2001. He began his career in Framingham in 1983 as a patrolman and rose through the ranks.

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Framingham State College and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Westfield State College. In addition, he has accomplished law enforcement educational training from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, FBI National Academy, Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar program, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He has served as vice president of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs organization, is a past member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Committee, and has participated in the selection of candidates for chiefs of police in municipalities across Massachusetts.

“As the father of one child attending college in an urban environment and another starting this year in a similar setting, I understand student life and the issues that can arise with this age group,” Carl said. “I am also keenly aware of the special level of care parents rightly expect for their children while they are away at school. I look forward to contributing to the safety and well-being of the Assumption community.”

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President Obama Appoints Assumption Adjunct Professor to U.S. Disabilities Advocacy Post
President Barack Obama has appointed Assumption College Adjunct Professor Janet L. LaBreck as commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

In her new role, LaBreck will advise the assistant U.S. secretary for special education and rehabilitative services on programs and problems affecting individuals with disabilities. She will provide overall direction, coordination, and leadership to two divisions -- State Monitoring and Program Improvement and Training and Service Programs -- and their support staff.

Most recently, LaBreck served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Since 2005, she has been an adjunct professor at Assumption College, where she has taught graduate-level courses in rehabilitation of the blind and case management in rehabilitation.

"Janet has been an excellent adjunct faculty member, and has brought many special programs and speakers to Assumption over the years," said Lee Pearson, director of Assumption's Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Program. "It’s great to have one of our own in such an important position in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling; we wish Janet well in Washington."

LaBreck was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry, and received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Springfield College.

The RSA oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services. RSA's major Title I formula grant program provides funding to state vocational rehabilitation agencies to provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities, giving priority to individuals who are significantly disabled.
  • Read the August 27, 2013, Berkshire Eagle article on LaBreck's appointment.
  • Learn more about Assumption College's Rehabilitation Counseling Programs.
TIME Magazine Features Assumption College Expert on Cheating in Classroom
TIME magazine has featured a column written by Assumption College English Professor James M. Lang, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Assumption. In the Sept. 11, 2013, online piece -- "News Flash: Harvard Students Cheat, Too" -- Lang writes that "educators shouldn't be surprised" that students cheat, as "they offer courses that are conducive to cheating."

In addition, InsideHigherEd interviewed Lang about his new book, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press). Read the Sept. 11, 2013, article here.

Other recent media featuring Professor Lang speaking about his research include:
 
 Watch Dr. Lang talk about cheating in the classroom:

Assumption College Named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 ‘Best in the Northeast’ List Assumption College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to nationally recognized education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 226 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The feature, which was posted August 5, 2013, includes colleges in the 11-state Northeast region that stand out as academically excellent and that have strong regional reputations. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“We are pleased to recommend Assumption College to students as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose Assumption mainly for its excellent academic programs.”

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo noted that the College is proud to once again be named among the best in the Northeast. “Assumption is committed to academic excellence and values all dimensions of the college experience – intellectual, social, community service, and spiritual,” he said. “Through their experience at Assumption, our students grow as individuals and reflect the values that are central to our mission as a Catholic institution."

Assumption’s selection was based on several factors including analysis of institutional data as well as an 80-question student survey. Assumption students rated the College on everything from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of campus food.
Recent Assumption Grads Volunteer for 'Year of Service' Programs
Assumption College alumni are participating in a "Year of Service" program, helping various organizations in Italy and across the United States. The six volunteers are 2013 Assumption graduates.
 
  • Daniele Caglioni: Associate Missionaries of the Assumption in Florence, Italy
  • Allyson Catalan: Teach for America in Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • Rebekah Chessic: Good Shepherd Volunteers in New York City
  • Jenna Garozzo: Redeemer Ministries in Philadelphia
  • Lauren Mulkern: Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Cleveland, Ohio
  • John Rasweiler: Jesuit Volunteer Corps in St. Louis, Missouri
Community service is a popular activity among Assumption College students. It enhances students’ liberal arts education and creates an on-campus environment that is inspiring and supportive of civic responsibility and community action.
 
 

Student Speaker - Daniele Caglioni '13 - President's Council Dinner 10/27/2012 from Assumption College on Vimeo.

Assumption Community Participates in World Youth Day in Brazil

A 13-member group of Assumption College community members was among the approximately two million pilgrims at World Youth Day (WYD) July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WYD is the largest gathering of Catholic and other youth from around the world, and the Assumption contingent was expected to be the only Worcester Diocese-based group at the event. This was the third WYD trip the college has participated in. The first was in 2002, in Toronto, Canada. The second, in 2011, was in Madrid, Spain.

“It is a profound experience for the Assumption College group to interact with so many young Catholics from around the globe and to be close to Pope Francis,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo, who is an internationally recognized authority on the history of the Catholic Church. "World Youth Day allows young people who are deeply committed to their faith and to the Church to recognize that they are not alone in centering their lives each day on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Literally millions of youth coming together from every corner of the globe in communion with the Holy Father not only re-invigorates the participants, but re-energizes the Church. The witness of these young people is a sign of hope for the Church’s future. As a college committed to the faith development of its students as an integral part of their education, Assumption provides opportunities such as World Youth Day to its students knowing this powerful experience will transform their lives and deepen their commitment to their faith and to the Church.”

WYD's theme this year was evangelization, and the scheduled activities -- prayers, service, catechesis, among others – were meant to help participants grow in faith.

"World Youth Day will be a community-building experience on many levels," said James Rizza, Assumption's director of campus ministry. "We'll have three weeks to bond as a group and to join the international Assumption community in many of the pilgrimage activities. The WYD events will unite us with other Catholic youth from around the world."

The first week of the group's stay is “Mission Week." The Brazilian Assumptionists hosted the Assumptionist WYD pilgrims for a week of service in the city of Eugenopolis. There, the Worcester group helped restore an old minor seminary building into a parish center.

The second week was the “official” week of World Youth Day and featured prayer and meetings with Pope Francis, catechetical sessions, and liturgies with bishops from around the world.

During the third week, the Worcester group rejoined the international Assumptionists for a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Aparecida.

The following Assumption community members attended WYD: Campus Ministry Director James Rizza of Worcester; Amy Logue '01, assistant director of alumni relations, of Worcester; Cross Cultural Center Director Bea Patino; 2012 alumna Lauren Murphy of Taunton; 2013 alumna Julianne Elouadih of North Kingston, R.I.; incoming seniors William Rein of Marshfield and Sarah Rogers of Simsbury, Conn.; incoming juniors Andrea Kolodziej of Orange, Arianna McLynch of Providence, and Alyssa Neslusan of Dover, N.H.; and incoming sophomores Lucas LaRoche of Gardner, Caitlin Schofield of Foxboro, and Molly Sweeney of Hebron.

Four of the Assumption College participants from WYD ’11 returned to the even this year: Rizza, Logue, Murphy, and Elouadih.

Assumption alums to be featured vocalists in Worcester's July 4 celebration. Tenor Richard Monroe '85 and soprano Jane Shivick' 06 will be the featured vocalists at an Indedpendence Day-themed concert offered as part of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra's free “Charter Summer Family Concert Series.”
The concert will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 8 pm in Cristoforo Colombo Parkand include a fireworks display accompanied by Sousa marches.

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette has the story here.
'Radio Boston' Interviews FBI Boston's Richard DesLauriers '82
Outgoing FBI Boston Special Agent In Charge Richard DesLauriers ’82 was interviewed June 18, 2013, by Radio Boston, a program on WBUR, a National Public Radio affiliate.

DesLauriers spoke with Radio Boston cohost Anthony Brooks about his years directing the Boston FBI office, from which he will retire in July after serving more than 26 years with the agency.

During the interview, DesLauriers also fondly recalled his years as a student at Assumption College. In May, he delivered Assumption's Commencement address, and a copy of his speech is posted to the Radio Boston website.
 
Listen to the interview here.
Assumption Grad Capt. Andrew Loiselle Takes Command of USS George H.W. Bush
Assumption College graduate Captain Andrew Loiselle has taken command of the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, a Nimitz-class supercarrier. A native of Cranston, R.I., Captain Loiselle graduated from Assumption in 1988 with a degree in mathematics.

"Assuming command of the 1,092-foot-long ship (which is about as long as New York City's Chrysler building is tall) will make Loiselle one of 10 people in the world in charge of a Navy aircraft carrier," a June 20, 2013, Providence Journal article states.

Captain Loiselle relieved Captain Brian E. Luther. The change-of-command ceremony was held aboard the George H.W. Bush -- which is home to more than 5,000 Navy personnel -- at Norfolk Naval Station June 20, 2013, in Virginia.

Media coverage of Captain Loiselle's appointment:
Assumption College-sponsored WISE Celebrates 20 Years of Continuing Education for Older Adults The Assumption College-sponsored Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding “A Taste of WISE,” a free community event on June 19 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Assumption’s Hagan Campus Center Hall at 500 Salisbury St. WISE gives older adults in central Massachusetts an opportunity to continue learning on a convenient schedule, with less of a time commitment, and no grades or pressure.

The public is invited to sample one of a variety of WISE courses and hear keynote speaker Jim Verschueren, founding director of the Elderhostel Institute Network and a New Hampshire state representative, talk about what lifelong learning has meant to him. The event’s sponsors are WISE, Assumption College, and Worcester Arts Council, which is a local agency supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

According to Director Charlene Martin, Ed.D., ’78, WISE?which boasts more than 400 members?has been beneficial to local seniors looking for ways to contribute to and be active in the community. Studies show that older people who continue intellectual development and stimulation are less prone to forgetfulness and dementia. Her research demonstrates that other benefits of participating in a lifelong learning program include opportunities for personal growth, self-esteem, contribution, and empowerment in later life.

“Baby Boomers are not retiring in the same way as in the past,” Martin said. “WISE has been a vehicle for them to keep learning.”

Many WISE courses meet on Assumption’s campus, and others are held at local cultural organizations, such as Worcester Art Museum, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Historical Museum, as well as at two retirement communities, Briarwood and The Willows at Worcester. Members also interact with the Assumption community by volunteering as guest speakers in classes, and by helping students who are looking to interview people for projects.
More information about “A Taste of WISE” can be found by visiting this website: http://cce.assumption.edu/sites/default/files/process/Taste-of-WISE-Promo-Flyer.pdf
Stained-glass Windows from Former Assumption Campus Unveiled

On June 1, Assumption College dedicated three stained-glass windows that were once part of the College and Preparatory School’s Greendale campus chapel, which was damaged 60 years ago by a tornado. One of the restored windows is called “The Tornado Window,” in remembrance of the three Assumption community members who perished in the June 9, 1953, storm.

Joining Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo at Saturday’s unveiling was the Most Rev. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester and Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) President Gail Carberry. (The Greendale campus is now home to QCC.) The ceremony began on the first-floor landing of the Testa Science Center overlooking the Atrium for the first window’s unveiling and shifted to Testa’s north entrance for the second window’s unveiling. Then the ceremony moved to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for the dedication of “The Tornado Window.” Bishop McManus blessed all three windows.

“These windows represent an important part of Assumption’s history," said President Cesareo. "The repair and installation of these unique pieces of art, with their intricate detail and luminous beauty, establishes a fitting memorial to the faculty and students of Assumption Prep throughout the Assumption College campus. Displaying these beautiful windows reminds us of the history of our college and our close connection with Assumption Prep. The past intersects with the present as we reflect upon the spiritual truths embodied in these windows and which continue to be central to the life of Assumption College.”

In 1950, 12 stained-glass windows were installed in Christ the King Chapel on Assumption’s Greendale campus to commemorate the centennial of the Augustinians of the Assumption, the order founded by Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon. The 15’ x 6’ windows were crafted in Paris by artist Raphael Lardeur. Each of the leaded glass windows is comprised of up to 18 panels placed in a metal frame, and prominently features the figure of Christ.

The 1953 tornado destroyed not only the windows but also the campus. The College was relocated in 1956 to its current home at 500 Salisbury St., but the Prep School remained in Greendale. Lardeur created a second set of windows, following the original sketches, and the windows were reinstalled in the mid-1950s in Christ the King Chapel. The windows stayed even after the Prep School closed in 1970 and QCC bought the property.

The first window unveiled, Christ the King, is located in the Testa Science Center Atrium. This window’s restoration is a gift of Fred Shea '73 and his wife Susan. Entrance of Christ to Jerusalem is stationed in Testa’s north entrance and is a gift of the W.E. Aubuchon Co. family. “The Tornado Window,” Christ Calming the Sea, is located in the south entrance of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and is a gift of Assumption Prep’s classes of 1953 and 1954. The window is dedicated to Assumption’s tornado victims, Father Engelbert Devincq, A.A.; and two members of the Antonian Sisters of Mercy, Sister Marie St. Jean de Dieu Martel, S.A.M., and Sister Marie Ste. Hélène Simard, S.A.M.

Assumption Grad Chris Colabello Promoted to Minnesota Twins
Assumption College graduate and baseball standout Chris Colabello '05 has been promoted to the Minnesota Twins, as announced May 22 by the organization. Colabello joined the team in Atlanta as the Twins took on the Braves at Turner Field that afternoon in the series finale. He bated sixth and played right field. Following the Braves series, Minnesota continued its road trip with a four-game series in Detroit starting Thursday, May 23.
 
Colabello is the first Assumption College athlete to appear in the majors and is the first player from a team that is a member of the Northeast-10 to appear in a league game and earn a spot on a major league roster.

A member of Assumption's 200-hit club, Colabello ended his Assumption career seventh on the all-time hits list with 202. His resume includes a three-home run game versus the College of Saint Rose on May 5, 2002. He is one of only five Assumption players to post a three-home run game.

Colabello began the season in Triple AAA Rochester and was the starting first baseman for the Red Wings. At the time of his promotion, he ranked third in the International League with a team-leading .358 average in 46 games. Colabello had just been named the Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino International League Batter of the Week after hitting .586 in a seven-game stretch, getting at least one hit in every game.

He leads the International League in hits with 63, home runs with 12, total bases with 116, slugging percentage at .659, and OPS at 1.076. He is also second in the league in doubles with 17, second in runs batted in with 39, and fifth in total runs scored with 28.
 
National, regional and local media reported on Colabello’s debut, including NBCSports.com, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press, Nashua Telegraph, Telegram & Gazette, MetroWest Daily News, among others.
 
 
Richard DesLauriers ’82 Delivers Keynote Address to 605 Graduates at Assumption's 96th Commencement In his Commencement address on May 11 to the 605 students graduating from Assumption College, Richard DesLauriers ’82, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Boston Field Division, said that his own Assumption education furnished him with skills that have helped him become the leader he is today.

“The liberal arts education I received at Assumption prepared me very well for a career as an FBI agent,” said DesLauriers. He identified specific skills – thinking logically and in a reasoned, analytical manner; writing; and possessing a moral compass – that have proven vital to his success. “In the FBI, [thinking logically and in a reasoned, analytical manner] has allowed me to form well-founded conclusions culled from the analysis of complex fact patterns, so that the FBI agents under my command can undertake the most effective investigative actions possible to mitigate the numerous national security and criminal threats faced by our nation on a daily basis here in the post-9/11 world.”

Assumption College’s 96th Commencement ceremony was held on the campus’s H.L. Rocheleau Field, where 402 Bachelor of Arts degrees; 161 graduate studies degrees (Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration) and certificates; and 42 Continuing and Career Education degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and associates) were awarded. Thousands of students, their families and friends, trustees, and other special guests were on hand to experience the inspirational messages delivered by keynote speaker DesLauriers, Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo, and valedictorian Hannah Lee-Hilsman of North Attleboro, Mass.

“As you prepare to go forth from Assumption, where your education has fostered a nobility of character, a mind open to infinite beauty, and a heart that banishes selfishness, I congratulate you on all that you have accomplished,” President Cesareo said in his remarks, “and I challenge you to take what you have learned to lead a life beyond the self by contributing your time and talent in service to the community so as to create a better world for future generations.”

DesLauriers, who joined the FBI in 1987, leads more than 500 FBI agents, intelligence analysts and professional support personnel responsible for the investigation of terrorism, espionage and criminal matters in New England. In the wake of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings, he is running the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into the attacks. In March 2013, DesLauriers reported that the FBI had identified the likely suspects in the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. In 2011, he announced the arrest of one of the most wanted fugitives in U.S. history, James “Whitey” Bulger, and his companion, Catherine Greig.

DesLauriers holds a B.A. in politics from Assumption College and a J.D. degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. He served as guest speaker at Assumption’s 2011 Honors Convocation and received the Fr. Louis Dion, A.A. ’35 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Assumption Alumni Association in 2012.

In his remarks, he told the students of his father, a 1950 Assumption graduate, who was convinced that only through pursuing a liberal arts education would one develop the intellectual skills to succeed as a person and who could make sound, values-based decisions. “It was this pathway which led me to Assumption College in the autumn of 1978, and over the ensuing four years, I received what I today consider to be one of the finest and most personal liberal arts educations available in this part of the country,” DesLauriers said.

Also during the ceremony, honorary degrees were conferred upon DesLauriers as well as two other distinguished individuals: Stephen F. Knott ’79, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College; and long-time Assumption College friend and benefactor Raymond Lauring, retired president of Worcester-based Lauring Construction.

Hilsman, a psychology and woman’s studies double major, told her fellow graduates, “Times may be hard, and life beyond campus may be daunting, but we have gained something special: We have received an Assumption College education, an education that has shaped us into a community of contemplative, informed individuals with the skills and knowledge to work together to change the world.”

In her introduction of DesLauriers, salutatorian Amanda Guy, an accounting major from Lakeville, Mass., said, “As he relies on his moral compass to guide him in his service to his fellow citizens, Richard DesLauriers exemplifies and embodies what it means to be an Assumption College graduate.”
Portrait of an Artist
Assumption College Associate Professor of Art Carrie Nixon was recently featured on GoLocalWorcester. The profile examines her career and her artistic process. In the article, Professor Nixon notes that "Painting is constantly challenging, but the physicality and juiciness of the paint and exploration of color relationships give me a lot of pleasure.”

Read the story here.
Assumption College Holds 29th Annual Honors Convocation
By Jessica Lynch '13
 
Assumption College honored 35 students with awards for academic excellence on April 22 during the 29th Annual Honors Convocation. The ceremony was held on campus, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Honorary alumni, Mr. James Rutledge ’74, President, Vice Chairman, and Chief Financial Officer of Clean Harbors Incorporated, addressed the gathering by sharing his thought on the value of a liberal arts education.

“Each year, Assumption College faculty take on the difficult task of choosing the most meritorious student in each of its major programs of study,” said Assumption College Academic Dean Eloise Knowlton. “To receive a Departmental Award is to be named the best among peers in the field. Among so many excellent and excelling students, it is never an easy choice for a department to make; to be named a Departmental Award honoree is a significant achievement.”

The following is a list of this year’s Departmental Award recipients:
  • Amanda Guy ’13, Lakeville, Mass.; Accounting
  • Margaux Finan ’13, Millis Mass.; Art History
  • Sean O’Gara ’13, Worcester, Mass.; Studio Art
  • Jenna Garozzo ’13, Milford, Mass.; Biology
  • Amrit Vinod ’13, South Grafton, Mass.; Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • Ramneek Hoonjan ’13, Fitchburg, Mass.; Biology with a Concentration in Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Marissa Bylsma ’14, Ashland, Mass.; Chemistry
  • Maura Corbett ’14, Rockland, Mass.; Classics with a Concentration in Greek
  • Daniele Caglione ’13, Redding, Mass.; Classics with a Concentration in Latin and Italian Studies
  • Megan Libbey ’13, Norwood, Mass.; Computer Science and Spanish
  • Matthew McLoughin ’13, North Haven, Conn.; Economics
  • Andrea Nault ’13, Brooklyn, Conn.; Economics with a Concentration in Business and Global Studies with Concentration in Business
  • Nicole Savi ’13, Dedham, Mass.; Elementary Education
  • Annie Schneider ’13, Plymouth, Mass.; Secondary Education
  • Gianna Gugliotti ’13, Barre, Mass.; English Literature
  • Amanda Bollacker ’13, Newington, Conn.; English: Writing and Mass Communications
  • Sarah Prizio ’14, Brimfield, Mass.; Environmental Science
  • Stephanie Chery ’13, Providence, R.I.; Foreign Languages
  • Marie Ebacher ’13, Dudley, Mass.; French and Global Studies with a Concentration in Cultural Affairs
  • Amanda Carchedi ’13, Foxboro, Mass.; Graphic Design
  • Paula DeCosta ’13, North Attleboro, Mass.; History
  • Alexandra Cassidy ’13, Bolton, Conn.; Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
  • Kimberly McIntosh ’13, Tewksbury, Mass.; Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies with a Concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Kimberly Parretti ’13, Leicester, Mass.; International Business
  • Ashley Carvalho ’13, Hudson, Mass.; Latin American Studies
  • Jillian Orabone ’13, Cranston, R.I.; Management
  • Nicole Carpenter ’13, Worcester, Mass.; Marketing
  • Michael Daly ’13, Willimantic, Conn.; Mathematics
  • Michael Conway ’13, West Hartford, Conn.; Music
  • Trae Alston-Swan ’13, East Hartford, Conn.; Organizational Communications
  • Nicholas Napoli ’13, Medford, Mass.; Philosophy
  • Joshua Boucher ’13, Worcester, Mass.; Political Science
  • Ashley Januszewski ’13, Haverhill, Mass.; Psychology
  • Katherine Boucher ’13, Worcester, Mass.; Sociology
  • Hannah-Lee Hilsman ’13, North Attleboro, Mass.; Women’s Studies
Assumption Senior Wins Prestigious Scholarship for Study Abroad
By Jessica Lynch '13

Megan Libbey, a senior at Assumption College, has won a prestigious national scholarship for study abroad through the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Libbey is one of only 20 students in the country to receive such an award through her superior academic record, outstanding character, and involvement in the honor society. She will be studying at the Sampere Language Institute in Alcala de Henares, Spain, in July.

A Norwood resident, Libbey is a double major in Spanish and computer science. She is treasurer of Sigma Delta Pi and head computer science tutor in Assumption's Academic Support Center.

“I am so unbelievably excited to be going to Spain," she said. "I have always wanted to go there, but never had the chance to study abroad because of my double major. This is an amazing opportunity. It’s exciting and a step toward independence because I will be living on my own in a whole new country. I will finally have a first-hand experience of Spain and its culture.”

Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, Libbey is the first student in Assumption’s Spanish Honor Society history to win the award.

Dona Kercher, professor and Sigma Delta Pi advisor, said, “I could not imagine a more serious and engaging student to send to a study abroad program. She participates fully in class, is absolutely responsible for her obligations, and has a positive attitude.”

Through her award, Libbey will be given the chance to study abroad for four weeks in July courtesy of the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcala de Henares (UAH). Her award also includes free registration and tuition, UAH credits, access to all campus resources, and a $1,000 stipend for travel.

Introduced to Spanish at a young age by her father, Libbey’s decision to pursue it as a major came naturally. Starting in the sixth grade, Libbey says she just never stopped taking classes. Her path to her computer science major came naturally as well, with her mother encouraging her to take a programming class and enjoying it enough to continue taking classes. When asked how to combine the two majors, Libbey expressed that she has a job lined up in the fall at Java programming company Aware Manager. The company is looking to start a firm in Spain, which would allow Libbey to combine her two interests.

Attending Assumption College was the best decision for Libbey, who believes that the school helped her achieve the esteemed award.

“All four years here I have had such awesome professors and classmates," she said. "I owe so much to Assumption and its supportive family environment. I also give credit to my Spanish professors who make you truly learn the language.

“I have to give both of my parents credit for always encouraging me to do my best and teaching me about dedication," Libbey added. "It is such an honor to win this, and really nice to have such great support from my family, friends, and the Assumption community.”

Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, which was founded in 1919 and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Assumption’s chapter of the society, Phi Rho was founded in 2004 and is advised by Professor Kercher of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures. There are 587 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi throughout 49 states, with more than 170,000 members.
Message from Assumption College President In Support of Boston

We are all still in disbelief from the tragic events at the Marathon on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. In true Assumption fashion, we have come together to support one another and those in our community who were personally affected by this senseless tragedy. The Mass and prayer service on Tuesday helped demonstrate our concern, and enabled us to join together as a faith community to pray for all those affected and to pray for peace.

As we continue to grapple with this situation, the Assumption community is again invited to come together to demonstrate your solidarity and support for Boston and the injured. On Friday, April 19, we will have a banner that can be signed, and purple ribbons will be distributed. You will also be able to make a donation to OneFundBoston to help aid the victims of the explosion.

Join us on Friday, April 19:

  • Taylor Dining Hall between noon and 2 p.m. or between 5 and 7 p.m.
  • Hagan Campus Center between 2 and 5 p.m.

On Saturday, April 20, PAWS and Campus Recreation are hosting a Color in Motion 5k/10k Run/Walk, starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to come down to the starting line by the Plourde (Laska lobby if rain) to sign the banner, take a ribbon, and donate. We will offer a prayer at the start of each race (10:30 and 11:30 a.m.).

A letter-writing campaign to first-responders and victims will begin next week. Those details will follow.

Sincerely,

Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D.
President

Notes of Distinction
By Jessica Lynch '13
 
Assumption College has introduced a new “Distinctions” page to the campus web site. Located under the “About” tab, the page lists distinctive characteristics of the college including its dedication to academics and commitment to student success.

The page is divided into four categories: “Who says?,” “Academic Excellence,” “Ideal Location,” and “Tradition of Success.”
  • “Who says?” includes rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, The Princeton Review, and Colleges of Distinction.
  • “Academic Excellence” contains the achievements of students and professors – including, the 13 students who have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships since 2001.
  • The “Ideal Location” section lists the advantages of being located in Worcester and the opportunities for employment available in second-largest city in New England.
  • Lastly, the “Tradition of Success” displays the success of Assumption’s graduates in finding valuable internships and obtaining jobs

According to Evan Lipp, Assumption’s vice president for enrollment management, “The web page helps us better communicate the distinctive attributes of Assumption College to potential students, parents and employees. It brings a lot of the third-party testimonials, facts and attributes into one place for people to see.”

See for yourself at http://www.assumption.edu/about/distinctions.aspx.

UConn Women’s Basketball Coach to Speak April 23 at Assumption College
Geno Auriemma, internationally renowned 27-year head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team (and proud parent of Assumption graduate Michael Auriemma), will deliver Assumption College’s 11th annual Business Lecture on Ethics on Tuesday, April 23 in Laska Gymnasium. In his talk, which begins at 7 p.m., he will explore what principled leadership means, and how to find the connection between ethics and business leadership. Through respect, passion, and dedication, Coach Auriemma has been able to balance leadership with his morals, which has transformed the UConn basketball team into the legacy it is today.

During his illustrious tenure as head coach, Auriemma has transformed the UConn program into the standard that all others are measured, both on and off the court. Under his guidance, the Huskies have eight national titles, 15 Final Fours, four perfect seasons, and 37 BIG EAST titles, all since Auriemma's arrival in 1985. On the court, his success includes seven national championships, as well as complete dominance in the BIG EAST Conference. Off the court, success means a flawless, 100 percent graduation rate among four-year players and one of the most beloved and followed sports teams in the country. This unmatched success, which is the standard for collegiate programs nationally, was recognized with Auriemma's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Mass.) and the Women Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 2006.

Auriemma was recently bestowed with one of the most prestigious honors someone in his profession can receive, as he was named the head coach of the U.S. National Team, which won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Auriemma's squad, which included six former Huskies, posted a spotless 8-0 record en route to the gold medal.

In addition to being a legendary basketball coach, Auriemma, who was born in Italy, is also a successful winemaker and restaurant entrepreneur, owning Geno's Fastbreak, located at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. A new restaurant, Geno's Grille, will soon open at Storr's Center in Storrs, Conn.

The Business Lecture on Ethics is sponsored by the Assumption College MBA Program and Department of Business Studies. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by April 16 to Nicki Lazaros at ext. 7205 or cn.lazaros@assumption.edu.
A Fresh Look at Assumption
By Jessica Lynch '13

Prospective students and their families get an inside look at Assumption College when they visit the college through our new “Virtual Tour.” Prominently displayed at the top of the homepage (www.assumption.edu), this user-friendly tour allows prospective students and their parents to experience the campus and get a feel for what it will be like to attend the college.

Admissions, IT and Public Affairs, worked with an outside vendor to break the “virtual tour” mold. Large, compelling photographs and headlines highlight different aspects of the campus and its community. There is also an interactive aspect that gives students the opportunity to share their experiences through social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pintrest, Google , and LinkedIn.

The tour opens with a grid of pictures on the opening screen, giving users an array of options to enter the experience. The navigation for the tour allows visitors to choose which aspects of the college they want to explore. The “Learn” tab, for instance, highlights the advantages of small classroom sizes and dedicated professors, while the “Grow” tab provides details on studying abroad, as well as on-campus opportunities for involvement through Campus Ministry and the Reach Out Center. Other tabs include “Live,” “Play,” “Explore,” and “Achieve,” which supply users with information on the living arrangements, campus activities, the Worcester community, and opportunities for success after graduation.

Short videos accompany each channel and showcase interviews with students and faculty and lively music. The new campus map uses Google technology and enables users to click on different locations and immediately see the features in a convenient layout. Buildings are categorized by function, making it easy to navigate the campus.

School officials are excited about how the new “Virtual Experience” will benefit both prospective and current students. Vice President for Enrollment Management Evan Lipp, believes that the tour is an effective tool for helping people understand Assumption’s unique virtues. He stated that the “vibrant photography and catchy headlines bring people in and tell a story. It’s not just a tour but an experience.” Assumption’s Executive Director of Public Affairs Renee Buisson, also noted that the interactive qualities of the “Virtual Experience” set it apart from other college’s virtual tours. “It’s fun to explore on it.”

Explore the “Virtual Experience” for yourself at http://experienceac.assumption.edu/.
Assumption Senior Aids Research Bureau in Analyzing Worcester Demographic Trends
Assumption College student Joshua Boucher, a senior political science and Italian Studies double-major, has played a key role in compiling data for a new series of reports by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau that were requested by Worcester city officials.

The first report, “Worcester’s Demographic Trends: 2010 Census,” was released in February. It analyzes the city’s growth, diversity, population by age and education, employment trends, as well as its labor force and household characteristics. In researching the report, Boucher used the 2010 Census and other sources to locate data and compile it into tables and graphs. His work was edited by Assumption College Political Science Professor Mary Beth Burke.

“The opportunity I've had to explore the practical side of politics and government while interning with The Research Bureau has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my academic career,” said Boucher, an Oxford High School graduate who plans to pursue his Ph.D. in political science. “I’ve had the chance to be a part of a study that may influence local policy making and to witness how that can impact people’s lives.”

Worcester Chief Development Officer Timothy McGourthy requested the series of reports to provide more data-driven information on the city's website and elsewhere for people interested in Worcester for business or other ventures.

“An analysis of the 2010 Census prepared by The Research Bureau shows that Worcester continues to be a dynamic city, one that grew in size, youth, and diversity between 2000 and 2010. The report, ‘Worcester’s Demographic Trends: 2010 Census,’ provides the kind of fundamental, unvarnished and unbiased data that can help inform and shape public-policy discussions,” stated an editorial in the Feb. 21, 2013, edition of the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette. “To our eye, the report both reaffirms the historical trends that have long characterized Worcester as a gateway city of immigrants in a nation of immigrants, while highlighting some challenges that must be met.

“By helping to clarify who constitutes Worcester and what they need,” the editorial continued, “The Research Bureau has with this report once more pointed the way to a bright future for the city.”

The Research Bureau relocated to the Assumption College campus in fall 2011. Since then, the two organizations have collaborated on projects to advance the missions of both as well as the well-being of the Greater Worcester community. Besides establishing The Research Bureau’s internship program and developing a research agenda related to Central Massachusetts public policy issues, The Research Bureau and the College have jointly sponsored lectures and forums and applied for foundation grants.

“We established our internship program last spring and welcomed Josh as our intern last fall. He has been an important member of our staff and significantly contributed to this critically important series of reports on the city of Worcester,” said Bureau President Roberta R. Schaefer, Ph.D. “Through Joshua’s internship and our collaboration with Assumption College faculty, we have been able to broaden the scope of our public policy research and enhance our expertise. And, in the meantime, Assumption students like Josh have the opportunity to learn more about public policy issues and government.”

Boucher, whose family moved to Worcester four years ago, added: “Interning for The Research Bureau has given me the necessary background to be a more experienced and effective scholar. The agreement between the Research Bureau and Assumption College has been a fortuitous one for me. I know it will be for future students as well.”

Read more about the study:
Assumption College Earns Place on National Honor Roll for Community Service Assumption College has for the third time been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement, and places Assumption among 690 colleges and universities that have received this honor.

“Assumption College has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award and owe much of it to the students. They are the energy driving our commitment, and they are the ones who make it all happen.”

Community service is a popular activity among Assumption students. It enhances students’ liberal arts education and creates an on-campus environment that is inspiring and supportive of civic responsibility and community action. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Assumption students volunteered 139,000 hours in and around Worcester and throughout the world.

Assumption’s Community Service Learning (CSL) program is fusion between academic inquiry and community service. An example of the benefit of CSL classes is Assumption’s involvement with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Worcester’s Plumley Village housing complex. Each year, approximately 20 Assumption accounting students help the residents with basic income tax return preparation. The students processed 2011 tax returns for close to 350 individuals and families, totaling $750,000 in federal and state refunds. Across Worcester, $3.1 million went back to taxpayers in returns that were processed through the VITA program.

Other examples of Assumption’s service programs are SEND Service Immersion Trips through the Office of Campus Ministry. SEND trips offer students the opportunity to travel across the country and world to partner with nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping those in need. In addition, the College’s Reach Out Center, Assumption’s community service organization for students, connects students with many organizations in Greater Worcester. More service examples can be found here.

“Congratulations to Assumption College, its faculty and students for their commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Through their work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting, titled “Leading Change,” on March 4 in Washington, D.C.
Assumption College Names Richard DesLauriers ’82 2013 Commencement Speaker
Assumption College has announced that Richard DesLauriers ’82, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division, will deliver the address at the College’s 96th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11. During the ceremony, DesLauriers will also receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws.

“Richard DesLauriers has made incredibly significant -- and historic -- contributions to public safety,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “He has devoted his life to service of his country, and has exemplified the finest values as a leader within the FBI. Rick has remained very involved with Assumption College. I expect that our graduating seniors and audience members will find inspiration from Rick’s life story and how his Assumption educational formation in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition has shaped his life and career.”

DesLauriers leads more than 500 FBI agents, intelligence analysts and professional support personnel responsible for the investigation of terrorism, espionage and criminal matters in New England. In the wake of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings, he is running the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into the attacks, the first successful terrorist bombings on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

TIME magazine profiled DesLauriers on April 17, 2013, and mentioned his graduation from Assumption. Read the article here.

In March 2013, DesLauriers reported that the FBI had identified the likely suspects in the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. In 2011, DesLauriers announced the arrest of one of the most wanted fugitives in U.S. history, James “Whitey” Bulger, and his longtime companion Catherine Greig.

DesLauriers joined the FBI in 1987, and has worked in Alabama, New York, Washington, D.C.; and Boston, spending much of his career in counterintelligence. Prior to his 2010 appointment in Boston, he served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters. He was responsible for nationwide counterintelligence operations and espionage investigations.

A native of Longmeadow, Mass., he holds a B.A. in politics from Assumption and a J.D. degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. DesLauriers served as guest speaker at Assumption’s 2011 Honors Convocation and received the Fr. Louis Dion, A.A. ’35 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Assumption Alumni Association in 2012. He and wife Christine have a son and reside in southeastern Massachusetts.

Honorary Degree Recipients

In addition to DesLauriers, honorary degrees will also be conferred upon Stephen F. Knott ’79, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College; and long-time Assumption College friend and benefactor Raymond Lauring.

Stephen F. Knott - Doctor of Letters:  In addition to being a faculty member of the U.S. Naval War College, Knott served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. He earned his bachelor’s degree in politics in 1979 from Assumption College and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College. Knott has worked for the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and taught at Boston College, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. A Paxton, Mass. native, he is author of a book on Alexander Hamilton's controversial image in the American mind, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, and has also published Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents. He is a co-author of The Reagan Years and At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House. His most recent book, Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics, was published in March 2012. In 2009, Knott received the Fr. Louis Dion, A.A.’35 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Assumption College Alumni Association.

Raymond Lauring - Doctor of Humane Letters: Lauring has improved the life of the Assumption community through significant financial support and has faithfully supported other organizations in greater Worcester. Retired president of Lauring Construction, he took over the business established by his father in 1920. His three sons now run the business, which last year completed the construction of Assumption’s Tinsley Campus Ministry Center. Lauring Construction built the Ryken Center at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury and has worked on many church renovations in the Worcester Diocese. Lauring is also co-owner of Emmanuel Communications (WNEB 1230-AM) of Worcester, founded in 2008 when a small group of Catholics answered the call to start a local Catholic radio station. He has volunteered at several local organizations and has served on the board for Southgate of Shrewsbury and both Shrewsbury and Salisbury nursing homes. The Laurings are a humble, hard-working family that has entwined family, faith and community into their lives for three generations. Together with his late wife Claire, Lauring has been committed to faith and the couple’s long-standing involvement with Worcester’s Christ the King Church, for which Claire volunteered. She also volunteered for Assumption College and Catholic Charities, among other local organizations. Over the years, the couple actively participated as lector, song leader, Eucharistic minister, Catholic Youth Council adult advisor, and CCD teacher. The Laurings have five children and 23 grandchildren. Raymond and Claire were the 2004 recipients of Notre Dame Academy’s St. Julie award, honoring individuals who demonstrate devotion to the mission of the church.
National Media Turn to Assumption College President Since Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Feb. 11, 2013, national and regional media have interviewed Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo for his knowledge of papal history as well as for his expert opinion on the conclave that elected Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. Dr. Cesareo specializes in and has been published on the Renaissance papacy and Catholic Church history. He holds a Ph.D. in Late Medieval/Early Modern European history from Fordham University.

President Cesareo has been interviewed by

The Wall Street Journal, print edition, March 15, 2013: “Bid to Remake Church Will Focus on Vatican Administration” (Subscription may be required to read online article.)

The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2013: “In Francis’ First Hours, Humility and Pressing Matters” (Subscription may be required to read online article.)

Telegram & Gazette, March 14, 2013: “Bishop McManus: ‘I Was Surprised’ by the Choice

Boston’s WCVB Channel 5, March 13, 2013: Watch the interview here.

Worcester News Tonight/TVCharter3/NECN, March 13, 2013: Watch the interview here.

Worcester News Tonight/TVCharter3/NECN, March 11, 2013: Watch the interview here.

Boston’s WCVB Channel 5, Feb. 26, 2013: Watch the interview here.

Associated Press, Feb. 23, 2013: "Reshaped Papacy Raises Questions for Church Future” This article also appeared in many outlets across the country and world, including ABC News, National Public Radio (NPR), The New Jersey Star-Ledger, Houston Chronicle, and The New Zealand Bulletin.

Catholic Free Press, Feb. 14, 2013: "Stunned but Not Surprised by Decision"

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2013 (print edition on Feb. 12): "Contenders in Line to Be Pope." This article also appeared in the German edition of The Wall Street Journal. (Subscription may be required to read the online article.)

Telegram & Gazette, Feb. 11, 2013: "Pope's Resignation Surprises Bishop"

Journalists wishing to interview President Cesareo should contact Lorraine U. Martinelle, associate director of public affairs at Assumption College, via email at lu.martinelle@assumption.edu, or by calling 508-767-7173.
Assumption College Offers 5-day Summer Residential Program for High School Students Assumption College is offering a five-day residential program from June 23-28, for high school juniors who are about to become seniors and sophomores who are becoming juniors.

Students will engage in classroom discussions with Assumption faculty about the ways ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the United States; visit local and regional sites (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Old Sturbridge Village) to see art, history and politics in action; live in a college residence hall with resident advisors; and eat in the campus dining hall. Due to the generosity of an Assumption College donor, the program costs $200.

“Assumption College believes that the liberal arts are essential to the development of a better society,” said Professor Geoffrey Vaughan, director of the college’s Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program and the summer program’s organizer. “This program is an incredible opportunity for high school students to experience many facets of a liberal arts education. Students will see how different disciplines are integrated, and this will serve them throughout their academic careers.”

Students interested in applying for this selective program can register now through April 19 at http://www1.assumption.edu/summerprogram.
Assumption College to Present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Hanover Theatre Assumption College’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre will present Little Shop of Horrors, its 5th annual spring production at The Hanover Theatre, March 23-24. Approximately 30 Assumption College students and faculty are members of the cast and crew.

Based on one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name. A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. Soon, "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Audrey II finally reveals itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination. Sophomore Jonathan Souza will play Seymour, the main floral assistant who is in over his head. Sophomore Nicole Gamberale will play the role of Audrey II. Assumption College Professor Brian Tivnan is directing and producing the performance.

Show times are at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The theatre is located at 2 Southbridge St., Worcester.

If purchasing at the Assumption College Campus Bookstore, tickets cost $5 for students, and $10 for general admission. If purchasing through The Hanover, tickets cost $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, and $10 for students and children.

Call The Hanover box office at 877-571-7469 or visit www.thehanovertheater.org for more information.

Half the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. Audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Worcester County Food Bank.
National Media Interview Assumption College President
Since Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Feb. 11, 2013, national and regional media have interviewed Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo for his knowledge of papal history as well as for his expert opinion on the process to elect a new pope. Dr. Cesareo specializes in and has been published on the Renaissance papacy and Catholic Church history. He holds a Ph.D. in Late Medieval/Early Modern European history from Fordham University.

President Cesareo has been interviewed by:
‘American Idol’ Phillip Phillips to Perform at Assumption’s Spring Concert
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will perform April 29 at Assumption College’s annual Spring Concert with country music duo Love and Theft. The show will start at 8 p.m. in Plourde Recreation Center. Tickets cost $20. (Click here to buy tickets.)
 
The 22-year-old Georgia-born Phillips won the 11th season of the hit FOX-TV singing competition “American Idol” in 2012. His signature song “Home,” released after his win, became the best-selling “American Idol” coronation song; it was also nominated for a 2012 Teen Choice Award. Phillips’s debut album, “The World from the Side of the Moon,” was released last fall.
 
American Country Music Award-nominated Love and Theft is composed of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. The Nashville-based band made its chart debut in early 2009 with the single “Runaway,” which reached the Top 10 on “Billboard” Hot Country Songs. Last year, Love and Theft released the single “Angel Eyes,” which hit number one.
The Assumption College Campus Activities Board is sponsoring the Spring Concert. For more information, contact Alexandra Paterson at al.paterson@assumption.edu.
Assumption College Opens Rome Campus Assumption College students and those from other colleges and universities now have the opportunity to pursue liberal arts studies in the heart of Rome at Assumption’s new campus. Seven Assumption students are studying in Rome this semester with two Assumption faculty members, and the campus can accommodate up to 25 students.

The academic program is especially geared toward sophomores, providing them with a curriculum that meets general education requirements. The program is open to students from other colleges and universities. Five courses are offered each semester, with one always being Italian. Students can take beginner to advanced levels of Italian.

The other four courses will vary and are selected based on fields of study that benefit most from the richness of Rome, such as history, art history, theology, philosophy and comparative literature.

“Our students are experiencing Rome and all of Italy as part of a learning community – living, studying and traveling together, enjoying a transformative adventure as they grow both personally and intellectually,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “They can stand where history was made, and where decisions and discussions helped shape our world today.”

The campus is walking distance to St. Peter’s Basilica and other historical sites. Full-time faculty lead visits to culturally and historically significant locations; students can take full advantage of their proximity to the many museums, galleries, theatres and landmarks in and around Rome.

The Assumption Rome campus is located on the property of the Augustinians of the Assumption, the founding order of Assumption College. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in March 2012 between the President and the Augustinians of the Assumption to establish the new campus.

“The exciting addition of the Rome campus contributes to Assumption College’s distinctiveness in the region, and it enhances our reputation for academic excellence,” said President Cesareo.

Learn more about Assumption College’s Rome campus at www.assumption.edu/rome.
Taming Love with Science NECN/Worcester News Tonight interviewed Assumption College Psychology Professor Sarah Cavanagh on Valentine's Day about her research into the science behind love. Cavanagh blogs for the internationally renowned PsychologyToday, which is where her research on this topic was published.

Watch the news clip here.

Read Professor Cavanagh's blog on PsychologyToday.
Assumption College Announces Commitment to Fair Trade Assumption College is one of only 13 schools in the United States – and the only one in Massachusetts – to be approved as a Fair Trade University by the Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Campaign. Achieving Fair Trade-certified status means that Assumption has committed to embed Fair Trade principles and practices within its administrative and purchasing policies and the academic community’s social and intellectual fabric.

“By becoming a certified Fair Trade College, Assumption College is helping the effort to transform the lives of millions of farmers, artisans, farm workers and their families through fair prices and fair wages, direct trade, access to credit, support for democratic organizations, protections for workers and the environment, and investments in community development,” said Assumption Campus Minister Vincent Sullivan-Jacques, who advises the College’s Social Justice Committee.

To celebrate Assumption’s national recognition, Social Justice Committee members held a ceremony Feb. 12 in Testa Science Center’s atrium. The event featured speeches from campus community members, and a sampling of Fair Trade products. Fair Trade-certified chocolate was sold in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

The Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Campaign’s goal is to increase the impact colleges and universities can make by ensuring that Fair Trade products are sold and served at campus-owned and operated outlets. Thousands of Fair Trade products are available to consumers, including coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, spices, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, bags, sports balls, and handicrafts.

Sodexo, the company that manages dining and catering services at Assumption, has partnered with the College in support of the Fair Trade certification.

“In alignment with Sodexo’s ‘Better Tomorrow Plan,’ we already source and offer our signature brand, Aspretto, certified fair-trade coffee and sugar,” said Michael Ward, Sodexo’s director of food services at Assumption College. “In addition, Assumption and Sodexo continue to work together on sustainable initiatives such as composting and recycling in Taylor Dining Hall, which will reduce 90 tons of waste from landfills; to use compostable paper, as well as to strengthen our local purchasing efforts.
Wall Street Journal Interviews Assumption President Cesareo The Wall Street Journal interviewed Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The pontiff announced on Feb. 11, 2013, that he plans to resign at the end of this month, citing his age as the reason. President Cesareo is quoted as a "Vatican expert" in the Feb. 11, 2013, story headlined "Contenders in Line to Be Pope." The article also appeared in the German edition of The Wall Street Journal.

President Cesareo specializes in and has been published on the Renaissance papacy and Catholic Church history. He is a frequent commentator for the media on issues regarding the Catholic Church and the Papacy, and holds a Ph.D. in Late Medieval/Early Modern European history from Fordham University.

“While this is unprecedented in modern times, this is not the first time in Church history that this has happened,” President Cesareo said. “In his book Light of the World, the Pope has said that at any point when the Pope can no longer carry the obligations of the office, he has a right and an obligation to resign. Pope Benedict has put the good of the Church ahead of his position.

In Pope John Paul II’s case, John Paul saw his suffering as teaching. Pope Benedict sees the needs of the Church as primary.

A dramatic shift in the positions of the Catholic Church should not be expected, according to President Cesareo.

“All of the cardinals in the College of Cardinals were appointed by John Paul II or Benedict,” he pointed out. “They will not choose someone who would dramatically change the direction of the Church or repudiate Pope Benedict’s policies.

President Cesareo anticipates the process to choose a new pope will move quickly.
“After a pope dies, there are nine days of formal mourning. In this case, I would expect the Cardinals to begin their Conclave early in March since Pope Benedicts resignation is effective Feb. 28,” he said.
Assumption Community Shows Christmas Spirit Assumption College faculty, staff and students are celebrating the holiday season by giving gifts to city children, and contributing to charitable organizations that serve Worcester residents.

GIVING TREE
Each year, the Assumption College Giving Tree allows students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to provide gifts to needy children in the Greater Worcester area each holiday season. Assumption’s Office of Student Activities works with the Worcester branch of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) to collect gift requests from 40 local children. Each gift request is then individually matched to a Giving Tree participant, making the Giving Tree a more personalized experience for everyone.

“Assumption College is a caring community, one that is deeply committed to helping people in need in Worcester and beyond,” said Lili Zannotti, who has organized the College’s Giving Tree for the past nine years.

Assumption’s Giving Tree stands in Charlie’s, the lounge and dining area in Hagan Campus Center, decorated with paper ornaments that each state the child’s name and their individual gift ideas (clothing and/or age-appropriate toys). Donations were collected from just before Thanksgiving through Dec. 10.

‘COATS FOR KIDS’ DRIVE
As part of a “Coats for Kids” Drive on campus, the Assumption community donated 60 coats, hats, gloves and mittens to students in need at Chandler Elementary School in Worcester and the Worcester Arts Magnet School. The women’s basketball team accounted for 35 of those coats through the generosity of friends, family and various athletic department administrators and athletic teams. The drive was done in conjunction with the Reach Out Center at Assumption.

The Assumption women’s basketball team members volunteer weekly at Chandler Elementary and have worked with the school for the past five years. This season, the team is working with two first-grade classes, two second-grade classes, and two sixth-grade classes on teaching the students how to read. Each Wednesday, six members of the women’s basketball team visit the school with members of the coaching staff.

TICKETS FOR TOTS
Assumption’s Department of Public Safety held its annual “Tickets for Tots” drive Dec. 5. The Assumption community donated toys to the Marine Corps League’s “Toys for Tots” program, and cash to the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette’s Santa Fund. Toy and cash donations were accepted. Up to two parking tickets (issued between August 26 and Dec. 5) per person could be exchanged for a toy with a minimum value of $10 or a cash donation.

FOOD DONATIONS
Canned food and used books were collected during a Dec. 2 Mass in Assumption’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The items were given to the College’s Reach Out Center to donate to local families. And at the Dec. 21 President’s Employee Holiday Luncheon, faculty and staff will be asked to drop off school supplies, which will in turn be donated to Grafton Street Elementary School and Saint Peter’s Central Elementary School in Worcester.

BABY ITEM DONATIONS
During Advent, Assumption’s Campus Ministry Center is helping Worcester’s Visitation Center collect baby items for pregnant women.
President Francesco Cesareo Expert in Papal History Pope Benedict XVI announced on Feb. 11, 2013, that he plans to resign at the end of this month, citing his age as the reason.

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo specializes in and has been published on the Renaissance papacy and Catholic Church history. He is a frequent commentator for the media on issues regarding the Catholic Church and the Papacy, and holds a Ph.D. in Late Medieval/Early Modern European history from Fordham University.

“While this is unprecedented in modern times, this is not the first time in Church history that this has happened,” President Cesareo said. “In his book Light of the World, the Pope has said that at any point when the Pope can no longer carry the obligations of the office, he has a right and an obligation to resign. Pope Benedict has put the good of the Church ahead of his position. In Pope John Paul II’s case, John Paul saw his suffering as teaching. Pope Benedict sees the needs of the Church as primary.

A dramatic shift in the positions of the Catholic Church should not be expected, according to President Cesareo.

“All of the cardinals in the College of Cardinals were appointed by John Paul II or Benedict,” he pointed out. “They will not choose someone who would dramatically change the direction of the Church or repudiate Pope Benedict’s policies.

President Cesareo anticipates the process to choose a new pope will move quickly.

“After a pope dies, there are nine days of formal mourning. In this case, I would expect the Cardinals to begin their Conclave early in March since Pope Benedicts resignation is effective Feb. 28,” he said.

Media wishing to interview President Cesareo should contact Lorraine U. Martinelle, Assumption College’s associate director of public affairs, at lu.martinelle@assumption.edu, or 508-767-7173.
Bob Chesney Named Assumption Football’s Head Coach
Assumption College has named Bob Chesney as its football head coach, as announced by Nick Smith, Assumption College director of athletics. Chesney succeeds Cory Bailey, who resigned in January to take a position at Coastal Carolina University.

“I am excited to welcome Bob Chesney to the Assumption College community and to our football program,” said Smith. “He has proven that he can win on the football field, and I expect that he will bring that success to Assumption as we strive for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

Chesney comes to Assumption from Salve Regina University, where he posted a 23-9 record during his three seasons as head coach. He coached 30 All-Conference selections, two All-Americans, 41 Academic All-Conference selections and one Academic All-American, and his defense consistently ranked among the league and national leaders.

Most recently, Chesney guided his 2012 team to a 9-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark at home. The Seahawks also advanced to the NEFC Championship Game after posting a 7-1 mark in league play.

In addition to the team’s work on the field, the Seahawks were recognized as the Child and Family’s Volunteers of the Year for their commitment to their foster home program and after-school homework club.

Prior to his arrival at Salve, Chesney worked as a member of the football staff at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. from 2005-2010. He began his time there as a defensive assistant and special teams coach for four seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2009.

Chesney’s other coaching experience includes time at King’s College (Pa.), Delaware Valley College (Pa.) and Norwich University (Vt.).

A 2000 graduate of Dickinson College (Pa.), Chesney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. At Dickinson, he was a four-year varsity letter winner and a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection in 1998 and 1999. He was also the 1997 recipient of the Vincent Correal MVP Award and served as the team captain in 1999.

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Assumption College Hosts ‘White Rose’ Exhibit
Assumption College’s d’Alzon Library is hosting now through Feb. 15 The White Rose photo exhibition, which highlights the student resistance movement against the Nazi regime. It displays the people and activities of the White Rose group, which was founded in 1942 at the University of Munich.

The White Rose fought against the oppression of civil liberties and the persecution of Jews and demanded an end to the war. After being uncovered, the core members – six students and one professor – were executed by the NS terror regime; others were jailed. The resistance group produced and distributed six leaflets calling for resistance against the Nazis. A lawyer and member of the resistance, Helmuth von Moltke smuggled the sixth leaflet (known as the “Manifesto of the Students of Munich”) to Scandinavia and to the United Kingdom in 1943. Millions of copies were dropped over Germany by the Royal Air Force until the end of the war.

The exhibit is touring the United States courtesy of the Munich-based White Rose Foundation. Housed at the University of Munich, the foundation seeks to remind today’s youth of the important fight for human rights as well as the courage of the White Rose members to stand up against omnipresent and brutal dictatorship.
 
The White Rose exhibit is open to the public and will be on display now through Feb. 15 at Assumption College’s d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass. Library hours are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Assumption College Professor Christian Gobel at cgobel@assumption.edu.

More information about The White Rose group can be found here.
Assumption Student Named U.S. Youth Soccer Young Referee of the Year
Jordan Cavaco, a first-year student at Assumption College, has been named 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year. At a Jan. 18 ceremony in Indianapolis, he was recognized for his dedication to the game, his outstanding personal accomplishments, serving as a role model to other youth referees and players, and for his excellence as noted by his adult referee peers and mentors.
 
A native of Brockton, Mass., Cavaco majors in business management at Assumption and is a member of the College’s men’s soccer team.
 
“Being a part of the Assumption men's soccer team is giving me the opportunity to play in the Northeast-10 Conference, which is one of the most competitive Division 2 conferences in the country,” he said. “What I enjoy about soccer is that it is a game of life skills. When you step on that field, you learn how to work with a team; you learn to win and lose; you learn how to deal with tough situations; and you are given the opportunity the express yourself. You have to earn what you want through hard work.”

Academically, Assumption College is opening up new opportunities for Cavaco.

“I fell in love with what Assumption College has to offer,” he said. “Every day, I am learning something new, which prepares me for the future. The support system on campus is great, and my classmates and professors are helping me reach my academic goals.”

Cavaco started playing soccer when he was 6 years old and began refereeing in 2007. Since then, he has worked many events, including the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup and the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships. In August 2012, Cavaco was named Young Referee (Male) of the Year by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC). In October 2012, U.S. Youth Soccer’s Region I selected him as its Young Referee of the Year. Cavaco was also a 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase U18/U19 finalist with the Boston-based FC Blazers. He aspires to become a professional referee in Major League Soccer (MLS), and, ultimately, a referee in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
 
Through the Young Referee of the Year program, U.S. Youth Soccer helps foster the development of referees for the future of soccer in the United States. Many of the leagues around the country would not be able to cover all of their games but not for the involvement of youth referees. The national Male and Female Young Referees of the Year award was announced at the U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Workshop in Indianapolis.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been chosen for this prestigious award out of all the youth referees in the country,” said Cavaco, a graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. “I wouldn’t be here without the support of my parents, family, friends and colleagues; I am very grateful to them.”
 
Newsweek/The Daily Beast Quotes Assumption Political Science Professor Assumption College Political Science Professor Greg Weiner’s expert opinion was included in a Jan. 27 Newsweek/Daily Beast story about President Obama’s second term. Professor Weiner was on a list of experts that included a former Clinton administration official, a Reagan speech writer, and representatives of Harvard’s Kennedy School for Government and the Brookings Institute.
Women's Swim Team Captures Worcester City Championship
For the first time in program history, the Assumption College women’s swimming and diving team has captured the Worcester City Championship, which was hosted Jan. 18-19 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The Hounds took home the Callie Taffe Trophy for the first time, finishing with 1,154 points to outdistance runner-up College of the Holy Cross by over 300 points.

Junior Monique Haney (Rialto, Calif./Bloomington) led the team with three wins in the two-day event to capture the Cathy Desrosiers Award as the Female Swimmer of the Meet. Haney won the 200 IM, the 400 IM in a meet-record time and the 200 butterfly.

The Hounds began the meet with an eight-second victory in the 800 freestyle relay as Kerry Silva (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk), Amanda Guy (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet), Victoria Weber (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and Haney touched in 8:08.07.

Haney then took the first of her three victories as she won the 200 IM by nearly four seconds in a time of 2:13.80 to lead a sweep of the first three spots in the event for Assumption. The Hounds swept the next event, too, as Silva captured the 1650 freestyle with a time of 18:05.36. Assumption got back to it on the relays in the next event, taking the top two spots in the 400 medley event. The team of Caitlin Schofield (Foxboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan), Elyse Prayson (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), Katherine Medeiros (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), and Weber won by a four-second margin in 4:09.78.

In the one-meter diving competition, first-year student Michele Galanos (Atkinson, N.H./Central) placed third, with a school-record score of 324.20, securing 16 points for the Hounds. After a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, the Hounds got back on the winning track as Haney took the 400 IM in a meet-record time of 4:44.61. The time shattered the meet record by over two seconds.

Silva added another victory in the 200 freestyle, winning by just .52 seconds in a time of 2:01.08. In the 200 backstroke, freshman Janelle McDonald (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) captured the event in a meet-record time of 59.67. McDonald broke the meet record by .32 seconds and let an Assumption sweep of the top four spots in the event. The final Assumption victory of session two came again from Haney as she won the 200 butterfly by nearly four seconds in a time of 2:17.22.

In the final session on Saturday night, the relay team of Schofield, Prayson, Maureen Quirk (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield) and Guy captured the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:55.23.

Weber captured the 100 freestyle in a pool-record time of 55.06, followed by a meet and pool-record performance by McDonald in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.32. Freshman Caroline Rose (Somerset, Mass./Bishop Stang) also set a meet and pool record as she won the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.75. Silva made it a trifecta with her third victory of the day in the 500 free in a time of 5:19.51 to lead an Assumption sweep of the top four spots in the event.

The Hounds ended the championship with a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of Haney, Weber, Guy and Prayson touched in 3:44.64.

The Hounds are back in next at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University. The three-day event will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.
Assumption College President Named 'Exemplary Administrator' Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo has received the 2012 Exemplary Administrator Award from the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA).

The annual award recognizes a college or university administrator who is “extremely helpful” to their campus ministry, and who consistently goes the “extra mile” to further the mission of Catholic campus ministry in higher education.

“I am humbled by this award and extremely honored to receive it,” said President Cesareo. “This award is really recognition of the important work that Campus Ministry does at Assumption College. As president, my role is to provide support for Campus Ministry so that it can enhance the spiritual life of our campus. It is my belief that Campus Ministry is an integral part of the educational mission of Assumption College since it helps students deepen their faith commitment and to live out their faith through their involvement in various prayer, retreat and service opportunities. The Catholic college is a place where students encounter Christ, and where faith gives meaning to everything the college does. Campus Ministry reminds the college community of this reality.”

James Rizza, Assumption’s director of campus ministry, noted the spring 2012 opening and dedication of the College’s Tinsley Campus Ministry Center, located adjacent to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. He said it took “courage, vision, determination, and a lot of charisma” to bring the facility to fruition, and he credited President Cesareo for this accomplishment.
“President Cesareo understands how the Campus Ministry Center symbolizes that faith and service are at the very heart of an Assumption education,” Rizza said. “He incorporates faith and service into every facet of the college, and we are grateful to him for his leadership.”
Assumption College to Host Screening of ‘Restless Heart'
The film Restless Heart will be screened at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Assumption College’s Hagan Campus Center Hall, at 500 Salisbury St.

Filmed in Europe, Restless Heart is the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Born in North Africa, Augustine studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator. After converting to Manichaeism, a guilt-free religion, he was called to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian Bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina sent imperial guards to clear a basilica where Augustine’s mother, Monica, was worshipping, her constant prayers and the witness of Ambrose won him over to Christianity. Serving in Hippo in 420 AD, Bishop Augustine urged the Roman garrison to negotiate with the Vandal King Genseric, but they proudly refused. He passed up a chance to escape on a ship sent to rescue him by the Pope, and stayed by the side of his people. Christian Duguay directed the film. The cast includes Franco Nero, Johannes Brandrup, Monica Guerritore, and Alessandro Preziosi.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, call Janet Lambert in Assumption College’s Office of the President at 508-767-7323.
Demarais Named Senior Advancement Officer at Assumption College Assumption College’s Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed back Melanie Demarais to its staff in November 2012 as senior advancement officer. She left the College in 2011 after 18 years of service in Institutional Advancement, to become senior vice president for resource development at the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Her ideas and creativity changed the quality of student life at Assumption for the better, and her leadership, creativity, and friendship has meant a great deal to the students.

Demarais received the College’s Honorary Alumna award in 1992 for her dedication and service as the director of student activities, from 1979 to 1988. She was director of alumni relations from 1993 to 2001, before her promotion to associate director of major gifts. In 2005, Demarais was named an honorary alumna of Assumption Prep School, in recognition of her years of service to the alumni of Assumption Prep, organizing its annual reunion at the College. In 2003, she was one of 11 Assumption community members to receive a President’s Medal as an exemplar of civility and colleagueship.
Assumption Introduces Sophomore-focused Initiative Assumption College will launch a special initiative for sophomores that will encourage them to find a deeper connection between their spiritual and religious commitments and their personal and professional lives.

SOPHIA (SOPHomore Initiative at Assumption) was introduced in December to the 600 members of Assumption’s Class of 2016, and officially launches in fall 2013. Interested students must apply to participate, and 24 students will be accepted. These 24 will comprise the program’s “Collegian” group.

Although there are many programs designed for first-year and sophomore students, SOPHIA uniquely combines residential, academic, grant, and travel opportunities and the guidance of four dedicated faculty mentors. SOPHIA’s mission is to foster a culture of vocational exploration at Assumption College to help students discern and choose lives of meaning.

The program’s success will rely on students’ commitment to discover their personal, professional and spiritual goals in light of their talents and desires and the needs of the world, according to Catherine WoodBrooks, Ph.D., Assumption’s vice president for student affairs, who proposed the initiative with Neil Castronovo, Ph.D., dean of student development; and Louise Carroll-Keeley, Ph.D., associate provost, and Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., vice president of mission at Assumption.

“We believe sophomores can greatly benefit from a program that allows them to deepen their appreciation of the complexity of the world and the divine reality sustaining it,” WoodBrooks explained. “SOPHIA is designed to help students develop their own understanding of their lives through vocational practices. It will also foster the culture of professional exploration as vocational exploration, which enhances the educational mission of the Augustinians of the Assumption.”

The program focuses on sophomores because these students typically have some academic flexibility. Juniors and seniors are busy fulfilling the requirements of their majors, and first-year students are immersed in adjusting to college life. According to Carroll-Keeley, sophomores can continue completing core requirements, while simultaneously searching for a career and spiritual path.

“The students will be able to do this with the help of a faculty mentor and like-minded students living in the same residence hall, which will provide a reflective and engaged community,” she said.

In addition, SOPHIA students will participate in co-curricular activities and special courses specifically designed for the initiative. The first course, in philosophy, is “Living Lives that Matter,” will be offered during the fall 2013 semester. An optional “Augustine Seminar” will be offered in spring 2014.

Along with the new courses, a two-day, off-campus retreat overseen by Fr. Gallagher will give Collegians a chance to reflect on their personal and professional lives in terms of their vocation. Collegians will also be invited to compete for three summer grants in the areas of faith, the life of the mind, and ¬community engagement. This program complements the vocational programming Assumption already offers through the College’s Reach Out Center and Office of Campus Ministry.

The capstone experience “ROME SOPHIA” will be an optional component of the students’ vocational journey. Students may choose to travel to Rome, Italy, for two weeks to focus on community, reflection and mentoring. The first trip will be in May 2014.

Faculty and staff will also be given the opportunity to take part in vocational learning in May 2013. A reading seminar, “Literature of Vocation,” will culminate in a two-day workshop to provide a hands-on experience in preparing to mentor Collegians.

To support SOPHIA and create the new courses, Carroll-Keeley, Castronovo and WoodBrooks successfully applied for a grant administered through the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant also will help future Collegians form a connection with those who took part in the inaugural program. A Book of Common Readings will be created to serve future Collegians in their vocational quests. Future students will be able to seek guidance from those who have previously completed the program and learn from their knowledge and experience.
Assumption College Professor Awarded Prix du Québec Assumption College History Professor Leslie Choquette, director of The French Institute at Assumption, was awarded the Prix du Québec in November for her contribution to the field of Québec studies.

She was presented the award at the biennial meeting of the American Council for Quebec Studies in Sarasota, Fla., by Jean-Stephane Bernard, the Québec government’s assistant deputy minister for bilateral relations. The prize consists of an original work by a Québec artist as well as a stipend of $2,500 to support research in Quebec Studies. Professor Choquette plans to use her award to begin digitizing The French Institute’s rare print and archival holdings.

"It's a tremendous honor for me personally and also great recognition for the work of the French Institute at Assumption College,” said Choquette, whose research interests include the French in North America as well as Native American history. “The Institute looks forward to continuing to collaborate fruitfully with the government of Québec, the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, and our many individual partners in promoting Québec studies in the United States."

Choquette, who is also professor of francophone cultures at Assumption, earned a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She began teaching at Assumption in 1989 and became director of The French Institute in 1999.

Established in 1979 as an integral part of Assumption College, The French Institute was founded by Fr. Wilfrid J. Dufault, A.A., late chancellor emeritus of the College, and Dr. Claire Quintal, founding director emerita, to honor the memory of the French heritage of Assumption College and the Greater Worcester region. An active community of scholars engaged in ethnic studies, social history, and linguistic analysis utilizes the French Institute collection. Undergraduate students, doctoral candidates, and professional scholars are among these users. The Institute exists as a specialized collection within Assumption’s d’Alzon Library and as an integral part of the College. It also coexists with other similar centers in New England, around the country, and across Canada.
Brian Kelly ’83 Wins Associated Press Coach of the Year
Brian Kelly ’83, head football coach for the University of Notre Dame and philanthropist, was voted Associated Press (AP) college football coach of the year on Dec. 19, for leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship for the first time. He is the first Notre Dame coach to win the AP award, which started in 1998.

Kelly – who delivered Assumption College’s 2012 Commencement address in May, when he also received an honorary degree from his alma mater – is a veteran of 21 seasons as a head college football coach. This was his third season at Notre Dame, the 29th head football coach in the university’s storied history. Prior to this season, Kelly had guided the Fighting Irish to 16 wins and two bowl games. He became the first Notre Dame head coach to win a bowl game in his first season there. Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), his victories as head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.

Ever passionate for his alma mater, Kelly established last spring a $250,000 endowed scholarship for Assumption College football players. The College will match the annual football scholarship amount with the same scholarship amount for female intercollegiate athletes.

“I am very proud to be an Assumption College alumnus,” said Kelly. “Establishing this scholarship is my way of giving back and saying thanks to all the people at Assumption who taught me, mentored me and helped shape me. This is a very special community with a spirit that helps students thrive in every aspect of their lives.”
  • Read the Associated Press coverage here.
Chronicle of Higher Ed Features Assumption Professor’s Service Trip
The Chronicle of Higher Education published a column on Dec. 13, 2012, by Assumption College English Professor Michael Land about his mission trip earlier this year with students to his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the places hit hardest by the April 27, 2011, tornado that killed more than 40 people.

During that January 2012 winter break trip, 13 Assumption students volunteered to help build a home in the city’s Rosedale Courts housing development. They spent a week with Professor Land and an Assumption staff member to work with local agencies Habitat for Humanity and the United Saints Recovery Project as part of the Assumption College Campus Ministry Office’s SEND Service Immersion Program. Professor Land’s column, headlined “Lessons in Transcending Geography,” notes how a new batch of Assumption students will return to Tuscaloosa Jan. 2-9, 2013 for another SEND experience.

SEND is a weeklong, voluntary experience established in 1986 that blends service to communities in need with education about that area’s culture as well as personal introspection. In the program’s 27 years, participating students have traveled to and served in various regions of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Ecuador (where 14 Assumption students are now through Dec. 23). These community service learning trips occur during winter, spring and summer breaks.
Brian Kelly '83 Leads Notre Dame to Undefeated Season
Brian Kelly ’83, head football coach for the University of Notre Dame and philanthropist, made national news Nov. 24, 2012, as the Fighting Irish completed a perfect, undefeated regular season.

Kelly – who delivered Assumption College’s 2012 Commencement address in May, when he also received an honorary degree from his alma mater – is a veteran of 21 seasons as a head college football coach. This was his third season at Notre Dame, the 29th head football coach in the university’s storied history. Prior to this season, Kelly had guided the Fighting Irish to 16 wins and two bowl games. He became the first Notre Dame head coach to win a bowl game in his first season there. Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), his victories as head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.
 
Ever passionate for his alma mater, Kelly established last spring a $250,000 endowed scholarship for Assumption College football players. The College will match the annual football scholarship amount with the same scholarship amount for female intercollegiate athletes.

“I am very proud to be an Assumption College alumnus,” said Kelly. “Establishing this scholarship is my way of giving back and saying thanks to all the people at Assumption who taught me, mentored me and helped shape me. This is a very special community with a spirit that helps students thrive in every aspect of their lives.”
White House Recognizes Assumption Student Internship Blog
Assumption College senior David D’Amico of Johnston, R.I., never thought his blog post about his summer internship with Dunkin’ Brands would have turned into a nationally recognized work, but that is precisely what happened. Upon submitting his blog post to Dunkin’, the White House – yes, that White House – contacted D’Amico to congratulate him on being featured on its site.

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands was part of President Barack Obama’s Summer Jobs initiative, hiring America’s youth for internships and allowing them to gain pathways to employment in their futures. A White House spokesperson commented on his post, “We chose David's blog because he was very engaged as an intern, raised questions, and had participated in really fun and exciting public relations events.”

D’Amico, who majors in organizational communications and is an avid ice hockey athlete, said: “I feel honored to see my name and Assumption College being represented on the White House blog. It’s very exciting, especially after having completed an awesome internship with Dunkin’ Brands.”

“The Assumption College internship program is excellent,” said Michael Mahon, senior manager at Dunkin’ Brands. “As an intern from Assumption, David brought his hugely enthusiastic personality and love of sports to the Dunkin' intern job. With an outsider perspective on our projects, some of the questions he asked even made the team rethink what we were really seeking to accomplish.”

With all of D’Amico’s hard work, he has gained an appreciation for the world that he could not get from only sitting in a classroom. D’Amico’s internship has effectively complemented his Assumption College course work, and the on-the-job experiences have given him confidence in pursuing his career.

D’Amico praised Business Professor Arlene DeWitt’s Internship in Business course. During his junior year, he had completed an internship at RDW Group, a large public relations and advertising firm in Worcester and Providence, during this course.

“In the internship course, students learn professional blog writing on a one-to-one tutorial basis,” said DeWitt. “It prepares them to write for professional social media use. David had written the blog for RDW Group, and thus, his blog for Dunkin Brands was so strong that it impressed the White House.”

DeWitt presented at the 37th Annual International Conference on Improving University Teaching in Austria this past summer, where she explained how blogging clarifies students’ tacit knowledge and improves their ability to act and think like a manager.
“The conference focused on fostering student knowledge transfer from the classroom to professional career,” she explained.

Through DeWitt’s course, his overall Assumption College education, and his internship experiences, D’Amico said he believes he received something beyond presidential recognition of his hard work.

“My internships gave me insight to what real-world marketing campaigns entail – with actual budgets, deadlines, clients, and the importance of strong public relations efforts,” he said. “What you learn from the internship experience is what is going to help you when you’re looking for your professional career path after school.”
 
At Assumption College, students may complete an internship as of their major, for general academic credit, and/or for career experience. The Class of 2012 graduates who completed an internship during their time at Assumption were 35 percent more likely to have a job lined up at graduation – and employers certainly laud the students that come out of Assumption’s program.

Employers interested in hiring Assumption students for internship opportunities should contact Career Services at 508-767-7409.
 
Assumption Hosts Annual Emmanuel d'Alzon Lecture Every year, the Ecumenical Institute at Assumption College sponsors the Emmanuel d'Alzon Lecture. This event honors the memory of Fr. Emmanuel d'Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Called the "Saint Paul of the 19th Century" by the people of his homeland, in southern France, d'Alzon was a tireless apostle for the restoration of Christian unity.

Fr. Lucian Dinca, A.A., will deliver this year's d'Alzon lecture. Titled “The Assumptionists’ 150-year Mission to the East: The Ecumenical Task and Challenge," it will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Assumption College's La Maison Française Salon. It is free and open to the public.

Fr. Dinca has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of Patristic Theology from Concordia University. His areas of specialization include the Trinity in St. Athanasius of Alexandria, and CERF Editions in Paris published his book on this subject, Christ and the Trinity According to St. Athanasius of Alexandria. A former member of the theology faculty at the University of Florence, he is director of the Library of the Byzantine Studies Center in Bucharest. He is also engaged in ecumenical work, in particular in the dialogue between Roman Catholics and the Orthodox Church in Romania.
Assumption College Student Athletes Hold Annual Food Drive
Assumption College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently took part in its annual food drive, collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items in neighborhoods in Worcester, Holden and Auburn, Mass.

The group collected over 1,000 pounds of food, which was donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. In addition, SAAC and the other student-athletes collected food and assembled Thanksgiving baskets for 25 local families that were distributed through Pernet Family Health Services.
Assumption College Student Volunteers Help Rehabilitate House in Worcester’s Main South Neighborhood
Community service is a popular activity among Assumption College students. It enhances students’ liberal arts education and creates an on-campus environment that is inspiring and supportive of civic responsibility and community action.

The Reach Out Center, affectionately known as ROC, is Assumption College’s community service organization for students. Assumption students gain positive and rewarding experiences through volunteering in the greater Worcester community.

Marshfield, Mass. native William Rein is a junior at Assumption College, majoring in human services and minoring in community service learning. Since last academic year, Rein has been the service director for ROC’s program with Matthew 25. Starting with only two other student volunteers last academic year, he has as of this academic year recruited over 40 Assumption students to volunteer two Saturdays a month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to help rebuild a two-family house at 3 Benefit Terrace in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood.

Approximately 15 students work at a time to assist Matthew 25 employees and other volunteers rehabilitate abandoned houses and transform them into neighborhood gems. They help with interior demolition, painting, staining, and landscaping. When Matthew 25 houses are completed, the organization rents them to low-income working families at approximately 25 percent of their income. For larger or disadvantaged families, this means that they may finally have access to decent affordable housing – and it positively changes a neighborhood.

One doesn’t have to travel far to experience poverty, Rein said.

“It’s a five minute drive away. It’s right here,” he said, adding, “We can’t avoid this problem.
“Through our work in rehabilitating these rundown homes, Assumption students are benefiting Worcester families,” Rein said. “We are immersing ourselves in these neighborhoods; we’re talking with families and kids who live in the neighborhood, getting to know them, and getting to know the neighborhood beyond the yard we’re working in. It’s not only hard physical work, but it’s also hard emotional work, because you can see how other people are struggling. This is their life every single day, not just on the Saturdays we’re there.”

The goal is to have the 3 Benefit Terrace home completed by the end of 2013.

“We look at the house at 3 Benefit Terrace and think, ‘Someday, this will be someone’s house. This will be a family’s house,’” Rein said.

Other houses Assumption College students have worked on with Matthew 25 are on Birch and Chatham streets in Worcester.

In addition to volunteer work in the city of Worcester, Assumption College will also hold on-campus events Nov. 12-16 to raise awareness within the college community of hunger and homelessness issues.

“Through this observance, students will gain greater awareness of the complexity and the issues that are connected to hunger and homelessness,” said Carleen Roy-Butler, Assumption’s director of the Reach Out Center. “We also hope that they become more empathic and realize the inherent dignity of the hungry and homeless in the city. People who are hungry and homeless are still very much marginalized, but hopefully by raising awareness, we can increase students’ understanding of their struggle and the importance of their humanity.

The following activities will be held:
  • From 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 12, campus community members can visit an information booth in Hagan Campus Center to learn more about homelessness in Worcester as well as around the world.
  • At 7 p.m. Nov. 12, the Reach Out Center and Honors Program will present the film Homeless in Paradise, which is about four homeless people living in Santa Monica, Calif. After the film, a group of Assumption students will share interviews they recently conducted with Worcester's homeless. The film and student presentation will be held in Kennedy Hall, Alden Trust Room 112.
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Assumption's 4th annual Sleep-out will be held, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the lawns of Hagan Campus Center and Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The evening will include reflections and simulations of hunger and homelessness.

Throughout the week, the Reach Out Center will hold food and toiletry drives. Non-perishable canned goods will be collected and donated to Worcester's Burncoat High School Food Pantry. Toiletries (deodorant, razors, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, etc.) will be collected and donated to the Massachusetts Veterans Shelter. All donations can be dropped off in the ROC, located in Hagan Campus Center, first floor.

CNN Interviews Assumption College Professor Geoffrey Vaughan
CNN has interviewed and quoted Assumption College Political Science Professor Geoffrey Vaughan, in a Nov. 4, 2012, article about how trust in federal government and news media is hitting historic lows.

The article, written by Todd Leopold and headlined "Still 'Paranoid' After All These Years," also appears on various TV news station Web sites, including KCRA-TV 3, an NBC affiliate in Sacramento, Calif.

Read the CNN article here.
 
Assumption College Professor's Art Exhibits 'Life at a Glance'

101 Portraits: a Lifetime at a Glance, an exhibit featuring oil paintings by Tom Grady, Assumption College's visiting assistant professor of art, opened in October 2012 at The Sprinkler Factory Gallery, 38 Harlow St., Worcester, Mass. The collection features Grady's paintings that were completed over the past 18 months. Each portrait represents a different age, from birth to age 100. This series captures the diversity of age in the community, celebrating the individual and passage of a lifetime. Each painting is 18”x18” oil on canvas.

In addition to his professorship at Assumption College, Grady also teaches studio classes at Worcester Art Museum. His education includes a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Grady has exhibited his work in various galleries around the New England region. He has received several Juror’s Choice Awards for his figurative painting at the Copley Society of Art and The Gallery at Worcester State University.

101 Portraits, which is funded in part by a 2011 Faculty Development Grant from Assumption College, was on view throughought October. It received considerable media coverage on Oct. 10 and 11, having been featured in Worcester Magazine and the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette, on NECN's Worcester News Tonight, as well as in The Auburn News and Southbridge Evening News.

Assumption Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Four Alumni The Assumption College Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame inducted four new members Sept. 29, 2012, as part of Homecoming weekend. The four inductees include Michael Alston ’84 (basketball), Chad Carges ’01, G’03 (football), Laurie DelGrego ’02 (softball) and Stephen F. “Merc” Morris ’72 (posthumous).

Michael Alston ’84, of Long Branch, N.J., was a four-year member of Assumption’s men’s basketball team from 1980-84. A two-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection and captain during his junior season, Alston is 10th on the Assumption all-time scoring list with 1,677 career points. He also finished his career with 447 rebounds, 563 assists and 255 steals while averaging 14.5 points per game and shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Alston’s totals rank him fifth on the all-time Assumption list in both steals and assists, while he holds the College’s career mark with 3,860 minutes played. During his career, the Hounds captured the Northeast-10 Championship in the 1982-83 season with a 21-11 overall record and a third-place finish in the NCAA East Regional.

Chad Carges ’01, G’03, of North Attleboro, Mass., was a four-year quarterback for the Greyhounds from 1998-2001, starting 38 games. A team captain, Carges was a three-time Team MVP and 1999 Offensive MVP, finishing his career with a number of college and conference records. He finished his career third in the Northeast-10 in passing yardage (currently 14th) and fourth in touchdown passes (currently 16th). In addition to his Northeast-10 marks, Carges holds Assumption records for passing attempts (1,140), completions (537), passing yards (6,517), touchdown passes (45) and total offense (6,833). In 2000, he was a Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference selection and also earned Eastern Football Conference Second Team Honors.

Laurie DelGrego ’02, of West Haven, Conn., was a four-year member of the Assumption softball team. A two-year co-captain, DelGrego helped lead the team to the 2000 Northeast-10 Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She earned Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman, and was then a First Team All-Conference selection over her final three seasons. In addition, she was a two-time First Team All-Region honoree, a 2000 First Team All-New England selection and a member of the 2000 ECAC All-Star Team. DelGrego was also the 2002 Team MVP as well. She holds Assumption career records in at-bats (597), hits (271) and singles (243), along with single-season records for singles (78), at-bats (183) and triples (8). DelGrego is also second in games played and started with 185, second in career triples with 14 and is second on the single-season list for hits with 89.

Stephen F. “Merc” Morris ’72, dedicated over four decades of his life to Assumption College. After serving as the statistician for the basketball team while a student at Assumption, Morris became the College’s Sports Information Director (SID) and served in that role for nearly 40 years before his 2011 death. During his Hall of Fame induction, Merc was presented by Kevin Hickey, HA’10, Faculty Athletics Representative and colleague. Accepting on his behalf was his long-time friend, Ryan Dawidjan. The only SID Assumption has had, Merc impacted the lives of thousands of Assumption student-athletes over the years. In fall 2011, the SIDs in Worcester voted to rename the Worcester Area Football All-Star Teams as the Steve “Merc” Morris Worcester Football All-Star Teams, honoring him for his tireless efforts founding and developing that All-Star program. Also last fall, a memorial bench was placed outside the Office of Athletic Communications in Laska Gym, giving student-athletes and others a place to sit and talk before practice or while passing through the gym, as Merc had done with thousands of people during his career.
U.S. News & World Report Article Features Assumption Senior
Assumption College senior Margaux Finan is featured in a Sept. 28, 2012, U.S. News & World Report article about how college students use LinkedIn to find internship and full-time employment opportunities.

In the article, headlined "New LinkedIn Endorsements May Benefit College Students," Finan points out how the professional networking tool helped her land two internships (RDW Group Inc. and Dunkin' Brands), as well as informational interviews with potential employers.

In addition to using LinkedIn, Finan has closely worked with her mentors in Assumption's internship program and Office of Career Services to develop her resume and portfolio. At RDW Group, she served as a public relations, marketing and advertising intern. In summer 2012, she worked at Dunkin' Brands as a retail merchandising intern.

Finan is a double major in organizational communications and visual arts with a history concentration and is minoring in the Foundations of Western Civilization certificate program.
  • Learn more about the Assumption College internship program.
Assumption Names Daniel DiTullio Executive Assistant for Government, Community Relations
Daniel DiTullio has joined Assumption College as executive assistant for government and community relations, a position that reports to Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. In this role, DiTullio will interact with public officials and members of the community, identify new partnerships, and address issues at all levels of government that affect Assumption.

"I am pleased to welcome Dan DiTullio to Assumption College," said President Cesareo. "In his role, he will focus on strengthening and broadening the College’s relationships with local, state and federal government officials and the community, among other responsibilities. Dan will also help explore opportunities that encourage our students to put their knowledge and skills to work, helping the Worcester community."

DiTullio brings extensive government and community relations experience to his new post. He served for more than five years in the office of Massachusetts State Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr., D-Clinton. Throughout his tenure in the Statehouse, DiTullio developed strong relationships with local, state and federal officials; as well as with community groups and private businesses throughout Greater Worcester. As Rep. Naughton's chief of staff, DiTullio was also responsible for overseeing constituent and legislative matters concerning the 12th Worcester District during the lawmaker's 2006-2007 overseas deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Most recently, DiTullio was government sales and marketing representative for Waste Management Inc., a Fortune 200 corporation. He oversaw government contracts in central and western Massachusetts and represented the company’s interest before government agencies, communities and private companies.

A 2001 graduate of Saint Michael's College in Vermont, DiTullio lives in Clinton, Mass., where he belongs to the Clinton Exchange Club; Lodge of Elks; and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is an active member of the St. John's the Guardian of Our Lady Parish and also serves as a director of Clinton Hospital Foundation.

"Over the years, I have remained very involved with civic groups and charitable organizations," said DiTullio. "I enjoy this immensely and look forward to sharing these experiences and passion to positively represent the interests of Assumption College."

DiTullio succeeds Paul Belsito '00, who recently became community relations manager at The Hanover Insurance Group in Worcester.
Assumption College in Top 40 of U.S. News & World Report Rankings Assumption College is ranked at No. 38 in U.S. News & World Report’s "2013 Best Colleges" ratings of approximately 200 universities in the north that offer bachelor's and master's degrees.

"The U.S. News & World Report ranking is just one tool students use to identify colleges and universities that can help them achieve their individual goals," said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. "We strongly encourage students to visit Assumption so they can see for themselves the advantages of our college. Assumption College's highly regarded faculty members are scholars and mentors who are engaged and committed to the success of our students. Our strong academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies, and our outstanding facilities make the College very attractive."

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for regional colleges and universities are based on several key measures of quality: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Today’s ranking follows last month’s announcement by The Princeton Review that Assumption is one of the best colleges in the northeast.

The Assumption College curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education – exploring new ideas, making connections across disciplines, and pushing themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills.
Assumption College Holds Its First-ever 'Flash Mob'
The Class of 2016 was welcomed into the Assumption College community on August 27 at the Matriculation ceremony.

Unbeknownst to the first-year students – and, actually, also to the majority of community members – was the fact that they were going to be treated to a "flash mob" performance following the ceremony.

A flash mob is a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place to do something entertaining -- in most cases, dance – for a short duration. In Assumption's case, 44 campus community members – faculty, staff and students – took part in the 2.5-minute performance, which was held after the Matriculation ceremony and during the campus barbecue. They danced to songs by Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Journey, and many other hit artists, to the surprise and delight of barbeque attendees, on the Hagan Campus Center lawn.

The flash mob was organized by Alexandra Paterson, Assumption's assistant director of student activities; and seniors Megan Evangelista and Nicole Carpenter. Planning started in July.

Check out the video:
 

Flash Mob 8 27 12 from Assumption College CAB on Vimeo.

Assumption College Welcomes Class of 2016
Assumption College welcomed the Class of 2016, including 615 students (first-year and transfer) at a Matriculation ceremony on August 27.

The ceremony, which is organized by Assumption’s Office of Student Affairs, featured the following speakers: President Francesco Cesareo, Provost Francis Lazarus, Catherine WoodBrooks, vice president for student affairs; Evan Lipp, vice president for enrollment management; The Rev. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., vice president for mission, Professor Amy Gazin-Schwartz, president of the Faculty Senate; and senior Megan Evangelista, president of the Student Government Association.

“Assumption College’s Class of 2016 is well prepared and poised for success,” Lipp said at the ceremony. “We are looking forward to these students’ contributions to the community – and to the world – and watching as they develop their personal compass and become lifelong learners and compassionate members of society.”

The first-year students come from 18 states and 16 countries, as far away as California and Saudi Arabia; and a record 16.5 percent are ALANA (African-American, Latino/a, Asian, Native American). The students’ average GPA and SAT score are higher than last year’s entering class.

Some facts about Assumption’s Class of 2016:
  • One student is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan;
  • One wrote a song that was sung and performed by Justin Bieber – while onstage with him during the performance;
  • One student sang at this summer’s Olympics in London;
  • One traveled 84,744 miles, back and forth, to high school – and that was just the first three years;
  • One student is a Wendy’s Heisman winner.

President Cesareo noted that while the students’ four years at the school will quickly pass, the impact of their college experience will last a lifetime.

“At Assumption, students, in collaboration with their professors, together seek the truth in all fields of knowledge,” he said. “Assumption students benefit from the support and encouragement of classmates and mentors, many of whom will remain lifelong friends. All of these experiences will not only contribute to the development of their ‘personal compass,’ but they will also prepare students for professional success and personal fulfillment.”

After the Matriculation ceremony, the Class of 2016 was treated to a barbeque on the Hagan Campus Center lawn, as well as to Assumption’s first-ever “Flash Mob” performance, which featured 44 members of the Assumption community dancing to hit songs.

Flash Mob 8 27 12 from Assumption College CAB on Vimeo.


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Assumption Named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 ‘Best in the Northeast’ List
Assumption College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to nationally recognized education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 222 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its Web site feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was posted August 20, 2012, on PrincetonReview.com. The site includes colleges in the 11-state Northeast region that stand out as academically excellent and that have strong regional reputations.

“We are pleased to recommend Assumption College to students as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose Assumption mainly for its excellent academic programs.”

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo noted that the College is proud to once again be named among the best in the Northeast. “Assumption is committed to academic excellence and values all dimensions of the college experience – intellectual, social, community service and spiritual,” he said. “Through their experience at Assumption, our students grow as individuals and reflect the values that are central to our mission as a Catholic institution.”

Assumption’s selection was based on several factors including analysis of institutional data as well as an 80-question student survey. Assumption students rated the College on everything from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of campus food.
Assumption MBA Students Make Italian Connection
Assumption College’s new “MBA in Italy” program was in the spotlight Sunday, July 29, 2012, as Telegram & Gazette Business Editor Aaron Nicodemus wrote a column about it for the newspaper’s “Business Matters” weekly supplement.

Eight Assumption College students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program visited Italy in May for three weeks to help small Italian businesses grow. In Nicodemus’ column, headlined “Assumption Students Make an Italian Connection,” he writes that while part of this pilot program, the students’ goal was to learn how the Italian economy operates, why it’s in trouble, and what impact they may have in helping the businesses.

“Their task, according to J. Bart Morrison, associate professor of management at Assumption and the director of the college’s MBA program, was to create marketing and export plans for several small- to mid-sized Italian businesses in the city of Varese, population 80,000. Varese is in the northwest corner of Italy, about 30 miles north of Milan,” the column states. “On a larger scale, Mr. Morrison said, the program’s goal is to forge a connection between the Italian companies and the university, and perhaps to Worcester’s business community.”

Nicodemus quotes Professor Morrison as saying: “I think all students think they can change the world, and these students are no different. In this case, I think they saw a way they can do it, attempting to assist with a real international issue. They’re playing a small but important part in trying to pull Italy out of its slump.”

“MBA in Italy” complements Assumption’s already established presence in Italy. Earlier this year, the College announced it would open a campus in the country’s capital, Rome. Classes there are scheduled to start in spring 2013.

Learn more about the Assumption College MBA program.

Learn more about Assumption College’s Rome campus.
Swimming Earns Scholar All-American Honors
The Assumption College women’s swimming and diving team has achieved Scholar All-American status for the spring 2012 semester, as announced August 1 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Hounds received this award during the 2011 season as well.

The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All-American award to college and university swimming and diving teams that have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Last season, the women’s swimming team posted a program-best, fourth-place finish at the Northeast-10 Championship, as well as a third-place showing out of 22 teams at the NEISDA Championship.
Timothy Stanton Named VP for Institutional Advancement at Assumption College

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo has announced that Timothy Stanton will become vice president for institutional advancement at the College effective August 22, 2012. Stanton was most recently associate vice president for advancement operations at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

At Assumption, he will supervise the Division of Institutional Advancement, including major gifts and planned giving, the annual fund, alumni relations, research and advancement services.

“Timothy Stanton brings extensive fundraising and corporate experience to Assumption College,” said President Cesareo. “Our national search has brought a dedicated professional who appreciates the unique attributes of our College, especially our Catholic and Assumptionist identity, and who will work closely to build even stronger relationships with our alumni and friends of Assumption College.”

Stanton had worked at the University of New Haven since 2007. Prior to that, he was executive director of development and alumni relations at Sacred Heart University for two years; and director of planning, administration and operations at Choate Rosemary Hall for four years. He had been in banking for more than 20 years, with his last position at Hudson United Bank as senior vice president and sales director. Prior to Hudson United Bank, he served as vice president of Shawmut Bank for seven years, working in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

“I am both excited and honored to assume this position with Assumption College,” said Stanton. “I look forward to working with alumni and friends of the College to further the mission of this wonderful institution.”

Stanton has his law degree from the University of Connecticut School Of Law and his B.A. from Amherst College. He replaces Tom Ryan, who left Assumption earlier this year to be chief advancement officer at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.

Stanton and his wife Colleen have three children, and live in Cheshire, Conn.

Assumption College Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards Eight members of the Assumption College faculty have been promoted; in addition, seven faculty members, including three of those who were promoted, have been granted tenure.

“I am pleased to announce the tenure awards and promotions of this esteemed group of educators and scholars – faculty members who are engaged and committed to the success of each Assumption student,” said Assumption College Provost and Academic Vice President Francis Lazarus. “They represent Assumption’s tradition of academic excellence balanced with real-world knowledge, skills and experience.”

Tenured:

Arlene DeWitt, assistant professor of marketing and organizational communication, has been granted tenure. She joined the faculty in 2005 and has an M.B.A. from Clark University, Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. in American studies from Elmira College (NY). She has published in Understanding and Managing Diversity, The American Journal of Business Education and Global Business Today and has also presented her research and published in national and international conference proceedings in Spain, Belgium and Austria. She is responsible for the organizational communication major and the internship in business course. Co-founder of the College’s Women’s Leadership Forum, DeWitt also taught in the Tagaste Program for first-year students.

Esteban Loustaunau, associate professor of Spanish, has been granted tenure. Loustaunau directs the Latin American Studies Program and has served on numerous Assumption committees and teaching assignments in the Honors, Community Service Learning, and Women’s Studies programs. He began teaching at Assumption in 2008 and holds a B.A. from Carleton College (Minn.) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is widely published in professional journals and has presented at conferences and conventions and previously taught at Ohio State and Augustana College (Ill.).

Daniel Maher, associate professor of philosophy, has been granted tenure. A specialist in ancient philosophy and medical ethics, Maher has taught an array of undergraduate courses since his appointment at Assumption in 2008. He has been widely published in professional journals and made numerous presentations of his work. Maher earned B.A. and Ph.L. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., (CUA) and a Ph.D. from Boston College. He has teaching experience from Ave Maria University (Fla.), CUA and Providence College.

Carrie Nixon, associate professor of art, has been granted tenure. Nixon began teaching at Assumption in 2008. She earned a B.A. from Yale University and M.F.A. from Wayne State University (MI). A talented and accomplished artist, she has shown her work in numerous exhibitions throughout the eastern U.S. and several foreign countries. Nixon has served on several College committees and donated her considerable talent to various local organizations.

Tenured and promoted to associate professor:

Molly Flynn has been promoted to associate professor of philosophy and granted tenure. A faculty member since 2006, Flynn holds a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s College (Maryland) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.). She has taught several philosophy courses, as well as offerings in the Tagaste (First-year) and Honors programs. Flynn has published numerous articles in professional publications, as well as several book chapters.

Toby Norris has been promoted to associate professor of art history and granted tenure. A member of the faculty since 2006, Norris earned a B.A. from Magdalen College, University of Oxford; a M.Phil. from Glasgow University (Scotland) and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He previously taught at Northwestern and DePaul University. He has published articles in scholarly journals and made presentations at professional conferences.

Smriti Rao has been promoted to associate professor of economics and granted tenure. Rao joined the faculty in 2006. She earned a B.A. from Birla Institute of Technology (India) and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rao previously taught at Bates College and has taught numerous courses in economics and global studies at Assumption. She has served the College extensively through various committees and by serving as the chair of the Fulbright Committee for the past two years, helping four students win Fulbright awards during that time. She has also been published in scholarly journals and made presentations at professional conferences.

Promoted to associate professor:

Nanho Vander Hart has been promoted to associate professor of special education. Chair of Assumption’s Department of Education and director of special education, Vander Hart has taught at Assumption since 1999. She earned a B.A. from Ewha Women’s University (Seoul, Korea), an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She has served on many Assumption committees and has had her works published in scholarly journals.
Promoted to professor:

Colleen Fahy has been promoted to professor of economics. Fahy began teaching at Assumption in 1992. She earned a B.A. from St. John Fisher College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from State University of New York at Binghamton. Published and presented widely, she has served the College on numerous committees and has been active in the community as well. Fahy has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Assumption and has received several Faculty Development Grants to fund her research. She previously held teaching positions at SUNY-Binghamton, Catholic University of America and Clark University.

Paula Fitzpatrick has been promoted to professor of psychology. A faculty member since 1995, Fitzpatrick holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She served as director of the College’s Honors Program and has chaired the Psychology Department. Fitzpatrick has extensive experience in publishing her works in scholarly journals and presenting research at professional conferences. She has served on several Assumption committees and earned many Faculty Development Grants. Fitzpatrick previously taught at UConn.

Nalin Ranasinghe has been promoted to professor of philosophy. Ranasinghe joined the faculty in 2001 and has published and presented widely. He earned an M.A. from the University of Dallas and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and authored The Soul of Socrates in 2000 and Socrates in the Underworld: On Plato’s Gorgias in 2009. He teaches courses about ethics, Plato and the philosophy of history, among others.

Owen Sholes has been promoted to professor of biology. A faculty member since 1978, Sholes has served Assumption as chair of the faculty senate, chair of the Department of Natural Sciences (twice) and on numerous committees, including those for curriculum enhancements and new course development. He holds an A.B. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. The recipient of several Faculty Development Grants, his works have been published in numerous scholarly journals and he has made presentations at many professional conferences.
Assumption College Alumni Association Honors Four for Dedication, Generosity
During its annual Reunion Weekend, the Assumption College Alumni Association lauded four individuals June 2 for their outstanding devotion and generosity to the College.

The Honorary Alumnus Award was conferred upon Daniel J. Jones of Needham, Mass. A faculty member since 2005, Jones is an assistant professor of accounting and a member of the President’s Council (since 2009). He has served the College on several committees and is a mentor to the baseball team. Professor Jones has endeared himself to countless alumni, many of whom are former students as well as others he has met at various alumni and sporting events.

The Young Alumna Award was given to Amy E. Beadle LaCroix ’02 of Wilmington, Mass., in recognition of her outstanding devotion and generosity to Assumption College and/or the Alumni Association as an alumna who has graduated in the past 10 years. A Class Agent since 2004, LaCroix received the Outstanding GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Class Agent Award in 2010 for leading her class to increases in the amount of donors and money raised that year. She was also named Outstanding Class Agent in 2005. Amy and her husband Jay LaCroix ’00 have supported the College over the years through several alumni events and committees. Co-chair of her 10th reunion, she is associate director of class giving at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Jack L. Bresciani ’72 Outstanding Alumnus Award was conferred upon former Assumption College trustee James J. Paugh III ’77 of Worcester for his continued enthusiastic service and devotion to the advancement of the Alumni Association; untiring, loyal, outstanding and unselfish efforts in fostering the ideals, spirit, traditions and growth of Assumption College; and for distinguished achievement. President of WorkersComp Analytics of Worcester, Paugh is a charter member of the Assumption College President’s Council with his wife Pat (Cahill), Ph.D. ’78, and has been the council’s chair since 2000. Paugh has served on many committees for the betterment of the College, and he coached the cross country teams for several years, earning Northeast-1 Coach of the Year honors in 1986.

The Fr. Louis Dion, A.A. ’35 Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Richard C. DesLauriers ’82, who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in his field of interest. Having spent most of his professional career in counterintelligence, DesLauriers is special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office and has worked for the FBI since 1987. While with the FBI, he has been stationed in Alabama and New York. DesLauriers is a member of the Assumption College President’s Council. He, his wife Christine, and their son Stephen live in Franklin, Mass.
Nick DiAntonio '12 Named Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Assumption College football senior captain Nick DiAntonio '12 of Milford, Mass., has been named as the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as selected by a committee of league administrators and faculty athletic representatives.

DiAntonio is the ninth Assumption College student-athlete honored with this award, the most of any Northeast-10 Conference institution. In addition, he is also a finalist for the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which will be announced this summer by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

DiAntonio served as the valedictorian of the Class of 2012 at the Assumption College Commencement, held May 12 in Worcester. DiAntonio was followed on stage by Brian Kelly '83, former Assumption football captain, current head football coach at the University of Notre Dame and the 2012 Commencement Speaker.

DiAntonio was recently awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a prestigious award given to the top senior student-athletes from around the nation. He is now attending Boston College, where he is pursuing a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, as he aspires to become a high school teacher and a coach. He was also honored as a member of the National Football Foundation "Hampshire Honor Society" which recognizes the top senior scholar-athletes in all levels of college football.

At the Assumption College Athletics Awards Night held in May, DiAntonio earned the Rev. Armand Desautels A.A. Memorial Award, given to the top senior Assumption College Student-Athlete. On the field this season, DiAntonio ranked second in the Northeast-10 and 13th in the nation in tackles per game at 10.60. A team captain, he ended the season with 106 total tackles, including a 21-tackle performance against Southern Connecticut that tied the single-game school record.

For his efforts, DiAntonio has earned a number of conference and regional awards this season. A Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection, DiAntonio also received the Northeast-10 Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award and was a unanimous Academic All-Conference selection. In addition, he was named as a Daktronics Second Team All-Region selection, as well as being named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Third Team. DiAntonio was recognized as the Worcester Area Football All-Stars Defensive Player of the Year, along with being named as a Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star.

DiAntonio was a double major in math and secondary education, as well as a theology minor at Assumption. He received the Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete Award for seven straight semesters for a perfect 4.0 GPA. Last fall, DiAntonio was awarded the Ray Marion Award, which is given to a select group of students with the top GPAs in the Assumption senior class. In addition, he was recognized as a two-time Augustine Scholar, an award which is given each spring at the Assumption College Honors Convocation. Recipients of this merit scholarship are nominated by a faculty member or administrator on the basis of their high academic achievement, who have demonstrated initiative and creativity in co-curricular endeavors and who have demonstrated good character.
Assumption Professor Bryan Carella Awarded Harvard Fellowship
Bryan Carella, assistant professor of English at Assumption College who teaches medieval literature, has won a prestigious fellowship from Harvard University’s English Department.

As the Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Scholar at Harvard, Carella will conduct research for a four-week period during the 2012-13 academic year on a particular topic such as Old and Middle English, the history of English, the history of Christian thought, or medieval Jewish studies. Bloomfield was a professor of medieval literature at Harvard who specialized in those areas, and who died in 1987 at age 73. Carella will perform the research, consult with Harvard faculty and graduate students, and present his work at Harvard’s Medieval Doctoral Conference. The $3,000 award will subsidize travel and accommodations.

“Since I teach a variety of medieval courses at Assumption College, both in early English and Irish studies, this chance to further my research will allow me to bring a greater depth of knowledge and experience into the classroom,” said Carella. “Moreover, while at Harvard, I hope to build bridges and make connections that can benefit students and other faculty at Assumption when I return.”

At Harvard, Carella will continue work on his book project, provisionally titled The Ideological Foundations of Insular Law and Its Sources, c. 600-c. 900, which he had started researching and writing during the 2009-2010 academic year while on a Mellon Fellowship awarded by the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. According to Carella, the book will examine how the Irish and the Anglo-Saxons conceived of and justified the continued application of their pre-Christian legal apparatuses after they were converted to the faith within the broader context of sacred history.

An Assumption College faculty member since 2007, Carella holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, and an M.A. from Indiana University. He lives in Southbridge, Mass.
Assumption College Honors 12 Students with Crown and Shield Award
Assumption College honored 12 members of the class of 2012 earlier this month with the College’s prestigious Crown and Shield Award. This award recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout their four years at Assumption in the areas of leadership and service.

Each recipient of this award has protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and Assumption College in various areas of leadership and community service. The students were nominated by faculty, staff and administration.

The following is a list of this year’s Crown and Shield recipients, who graduated from Assumption on May 12.
  • Robert Benoit of Millis, Mass. is a biology major and human services and rehabilitative studies minor.
  • Emily Carr of Drexel Hill, Pa. is majoring in economics with a business concentration, and minoring in law and economics.
  • Crismel Calderon of Roslindale, Mass. is double-majoring in English/writing and mass communications, and minoring in Spanish.
  • Meredith Deacon of Weymouth, Mass. is majoring in theology with a minor in human services and rehabilitative studies.
  • Nicholas DiAntonio of Milford, Mass. is a mathematics major and theology minor.
  • Robert DiGiammarino of Danvers, Mass. is double-majoring in psychology and Spanish.
  • Melysa Faria of Scituate, R.I. is majoring in psychology and double-minoring in human services and rehabilitative studies and education.
  • Brianna Murphy of Northborough, Mass. is double-majoring in history and political science.
  • Lauren Murphy of Taunton, Mass. is majoring in theology and double-minoring in education and classics.
  • Molly Pietrantonio of Coventry, Conn. is an English major and women’s studies minor.
  • Matthew Robinson of Cranston, R.I. is an accounting major and management minor.
  • Molly Wiley of Princeton, Mass. is a marketing major and international business minor
Brian Kelly ’83 Endows Football Scholarship At Assumption College’s 95th Commencement on May 12 it was announced that Brian Kelly ’83, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, has established a $250,000 endowed scholarship for football players at his alma mater.

The first scholarship will be awarded this fall. The College will match the annual football scholarship amount with the same scholarship amount for female intercollegiate athletes.

“Assumption is deeply grateful for this gift,” said Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo. “Brian has chosen to make the very significant contribution to demonstrate his appreciation for his Assumption education and experience. Football was an important component of his education here, and he wants to support others who can benefit from Assumption.

“The College also recognizes the importance of balancing the scholarship resources available for male and female athletes,” Cesareo added. “We’re thrilled Brian is offering this football scholarship, and the College trustees were very happy to approve additional and equal scholarship dollars for female athletes.”

“I am very proud to be an Assumption College alumnus,” said Kelly. “Establishing this scholarship is my way of giving back and saying thanks to all the people at Assumption who taught me, mentored me and helped shape me. This is a very special community with a spirit that helps students thrive in every aspect of their lives.”

Assumption College has 23 NCAA Division II sports and participates in the Northeast-10 Conference, with 11 men’s sports and 12 women’s sports.
Brian Kelly ’83 Delivers Keynote Address to 653 Graduates at Assumption College’s 95th Commencement
In his Commencement address on May 12 to the 653 students graduating from Assumption College, Brian Kelly, head football coach for the University of Notre Dame and philanthropist, remembered being in the collegians’ shoes at his own Commencement from Assumption in 1983 and wondering to himself: “What now?”
 
“What do I do with the strong foundation in education and spiritual formation (gained at Assumption)?” Kelly recalled. “How do I live up to the expectations that my parents, teachers, coaches, and I have set for myself? And I remember it is a scary place to be. That is what I want to talk to you about today – about those first steps from this spot, right here…”
 
Assumption College’s 95th Commencement ceremony was held on the campus’s H.L. Rocheleau Field, where 430 Bachelor of Arts degrees; 201 graduate studies degrees (Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration) and certificates; and 22 Continuing and Career Education degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and associates) were awarded. Thousands of students, their families and friends, trustees, and other special guests were on hand to experience the inspirational messages delivered by keynote speaker Kelly and Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo.
 
A veteran of 21 seasons as a head football coach in the collegiate setting, Kelly is heading into his third season at Notre Dame, the 29th in their storied history; he has guided the Fighting Irish to 16 wins and two bowl games over the last two seasons. Kelly became the first Notre Dame head coach to win a bowl game in his first season there. Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), his 110 victories as head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.
 
“Of all the things I learned here at Assumption, one of the most important was the value of relationships,” Kelly said. “Look at the people around you. Sure, these are the last days you will spend together on campus as students. The end of this special time together. But these relationships you built are important now and will be going forward. So cherish them, take time to nourish them.”
 
Also during the ceremony, honorary degrees were conferred upon Kelly as well as three other distinguished individuals: the Most Rev. Robert McManus, bishop of Worcester; Maurice “Moe” Boisvert ’66, president of Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. (YOU Inc.); and James Welu, director emeritus of Worcester Art Museum.
 
Valedictorian Nicholas DiAntonio of Milford, an award-winning student-athlete who captained the Greyhounds’ football team, told his fellow graduates to remember that they can be confident that the teachings of Assumption College will allow them to find their “true north in life. In the same way that a simple compass can provide life-saving guidance, our families, friends, faculty, staff, and administration have given us the light and direction we need to find our true north.”
He said, “Assumption College has challenged us to use our liberal arts education and the critical thinking skills we developed in all of our courses, whether they were in philosophy, art history, business, education, mathematics, or from any other department. Every course improved who we are as students and as people. In addition, every one of us, at some point in our college career, has formed a meaningful bond with a member of the Assumption College community.”
 
In her introduction of Kelly, Salutatorian Kirsten Chirichetti noted that the spirit of Assumption College, with its dual emphasis on scholarship and faith, has had a significant influence on Kelly’s professional career and personal life.
 
Throughout his professional coaching career, Coach Kelly has always been a Greyhound at heart. He has strived to instill in his players the determination, respect, and work ethic that he acquired from his experiences at Assumption College,” she said. “The entire Kelly family is committed to the ideals of personal involvement, educational advancement, and community involvement, principles that reflect his Assumption education."
Valedictorian Nick DiAntonio ’12: A star on and off the football field
Assumption College football captain Nick DiAntonio is the valedictorian of the Class of 2012. His stellar sports and academic performance was highlighted in a Telegram & Gazette article by sports columnist Jennifer Toland.

Toland's column talks about how Assumption's 95th Commencement ceremony on May 12 will feature two football stars: DiAntonio and the keynote speaker Brian Kelly '83, who is head football coach for the University of Notre Dame and played for Assumption as a student.

"His (Nick’s) accomplishments extend way beyond the football field," Toland writes. "A math major with a concentration in secondary education and a minor in theology, DiAntonio has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average for seven straight semesters. His cumulative GPA is 3.98."

Learn more about Nick DiAntonio:
 
Watch TVCharter 3's Worcester News Tonight interview of Nick DiAntonio.
 
Assumption Earns Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence Assumption College was among 24 Division II schools recognized as recipients of the first Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence honoring athletics programs with four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or more. Assumption ranked ninth out of all Division II institutions and third in the Northeast-10 with an Academic Success Rate of 94 percent. A total of five Northeast-10 athletics programs made the list.

The Division II Academic Requirements Committee established the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.

The Division II Academic Success Rate measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically related financial aid. Active and provisional member institutions when the data were submitted for 2010-11 were eligible for the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence. The four-year ASR measured the entering cohorts from 2001 to 2004, inclusive.

“The Presidents Council commends all of these programs for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Pat O’Brien, president of West Texas A&M University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “Achieving a 90 percent graduation rate over even one year is an impressive accomplishment. To do it over four years says so much about the commitment that these schools have to the academic success of their student-athletes.”

The Division II Academic Success Rate captures about two-third more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate, which does not count incoming transfers, counts outgoing transfers as having not graduated and counts only student-athletes receiving athletically related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 percent.

Regardless of the measure, Division II student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than the general student body. The federal rate for the 2004 entering class of student-athletes was 55 percent, compared to 49 percent for the general student body.
Assumption College Names Nicholas Smith Director of Athletics
Nicholas (Nick) Smith has been named Assumption College’s new director of athletics. He succeeds Ted Paulauskas ’67, who is retiring after nine years.

“After a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Nick Smith will become director of athletics for Assumption College,” said Catherine WoodBrooks, Assumption’s vice president for student affairs, who oversees the department. “Nick’s experiences will provide a strong foundation as we continue to enhance Assumption’s excellent intercollegiate athletic program.”

In his new role, Smith, who comes to Assumption from Stonehill College, will be charged with leading and overseeing the College’s athletics programs, employees and operations. He will also serve as Assumption’s liaison to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), the Northeast-10 Conference and other athletics organizations.

Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo noted: “Nick Smith has expressed a thoughtful vision for Assumption’s Athletics Department, and a deep understanding of and appreciation for the College’s mission. His commitment to working closely with student-athletes will enhance their liberal arts education through Assumption’s intercollegiate athletic program.”

“I would like to thank the entire Assumption College community for this exciting opportunity,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of student-athletes, coaches, and staff, in addition to getting to know the alumni and those associated with Assumption College.

“I believe that the future is bright for Assumption College athletics, and I am eager to get started,” he said. “I would also like to thank Ted Paulauskas for all he has done for Assumption College Athletics, and I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation he has developed.”

At Stonehill College, Smith worked in the Department of Athletics since September 2003, including most recently as associate director of athletics. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the department’s budget, providing administrative oversight for multiple varsity teams, as well as assisting in the planning and coordination for the construction of WB Mason Stadium, Lou Gorman Field, and soccer fields; and supervising staff. He also directed the Stonehill College Sports Camps, which generated more than $50,000 in revenue for the department over the last two years.

In addition to his experience at Stonehill, Smith also worked as an event manager for Contemporary Services Corp. at Gillette Stadium from 2002 to 2003, and served as director of operations at Bryant University from 2000 to 2002.

A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management in May 2000. He also earned his MBA in marketing from Bryant University in 2002. At Southern New Hampshire, Smith was a member of the men’s lacrosse team and served as captain during his senior season in 2000.

He lives in Cumberland, R.I., with his wife Melissa and daughters Alyson and Emily
Two Fulbright Scholarships Awarded to Assumption College Students Two Assumption College students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships.

Stephanie Bouley ’12 of North Smithfield, R.I., who is a a double major in biotechnology and chemistry, will conduct research on the BK Virus under the supervision of Professor Thilo Stehle at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Kathleen Burns ’12 of Norfolk, Mass., who is a psychology major and German Studies minor, will spend the next academic year researching the determinants of adolescent happiness in Lithuania under the supervision of Robertas Povilaitis, professor of psychology at Vilnius University.

“Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic merit as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields,” said Professor Smriti Rao, Assumption College’s post-graduate scholarship advisor. “We are proud of our students’ commitment to intellectual growth and cultural awareness. They want to make a difference in our world, and the Fulbright scholarship provides them the opportunity to contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables more than 1,700 U.S. citizens to study, teach, and conduct research abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year. This flagship international educational exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people other countries. The program operates in more than 155 countries.
Worcester Regional Research Bureau and Assumption College Announce Collaboration The Worcester Regional Research Bureau and Assumption College announced that the two organizations will collaborate on projects that will advance the missions of both institutions and the well-being of the Greater Worcester community. To facilitate this collaboration, The Research Bureau will move at the end of December to the Assumption campus at 500 Salisbury St.

By relocating, The Research Bureau and Assumption can increase their cooperative links on research and programs, while maintaining their independent structures. They intend to develop efficiencies with their respective resources, and their staffs plan on working together to develop programs of mutual interest and benefit. The opportunities for collaboration include development of an internship program and a research agenda related to public policy issues in Central Massachusetts, joint sponsorship of lectures and forums, and joint application for foundation grants.

Michael Mulrain, CFO of Polar Beverages and chair of The Research Bureau Board of Directors explained that the arrangement between the two institutions has been planned and developed over the past two years.

“I am very encouraged by the enthusiastic reception with which this new collaboration has been received by the boards of The Research Bureau and Assumption College,” he said. “I am pleased to serve as chairman of The Research Bureau as it transitions to a new and exciting phase of its work in providing solid, independent research in the public interest.”

Added Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo: “As a Catholic liberal arts college, Assumption is committed to the development of knowledge that will improve the human condition. The Research Bureau’s mission aligns with that philosophy and our students and faculty will have the opportunity to be active participants in the research process.”

“The Research Bureau staff is excited about entering into a relationship with Assumption College that will enable us to broaden the scope of our public policy research and enhance our expertise by collaborating with Assumption College faculty and students,” said Bureau President Roberta R. Schaefer. “It is an opportunity to build on the strengths, interests, and reputation for excellence of both institutions.”

Frederick Bayon, DMD, chair of the Assumption College Board of Trustees, noted that the school’s affiliation with The Research Bureau will benefit students as well as the Greater Worcester area.

“Assumption College is an integral part of the fabric of Worcester, and we are happy to partner with The Research Bureau to improve our community.”

About The Research Bureau
The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts independent research about public policy issues of concern to the greater Worcester region. Our research reports are intended to promote informed public debate and decision-making by citizens and public officials. For more information about The Research Bureau, visit http://www.wrrb.org/.
Assumption College Holds 28th Annual Honors Convocation
Assumption College honored 34 students with awards for academic excellence on April 16 during the 28th Annual Honors Convocation. The ceremony was held on campus, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

“Each year, Assumption College faculty take on the difficult task of choosing the most meritorious student in each of its major programs of study,” said Assumption College Academic Dean Eloise Knowlton. “To receive a Departmental Award is to be named the best among peers in the field. Among so many excellent and excelling students, it is never an easy choice for a department to make; to be named a Departmental Award honoree is a significant achievement.”

The following is a list of this year’s Departmental Award recipients:
  • Graham Bartlett ’12, Brunswick, Maine; international economics and Classics, with a concentration in Greek
  • Alexandra Bellerose ’12, Oxford, Mass.; organizational communications
  • Alden Bianchi ’12, Sturbridge, Mass.; philosophy
  • Katherine Biegner ’12, Easthampton, Mass.; psychology
  • Bryana Boudreau ’12, Leominster, Mass.; sociology
  • Matthew Brennan ’12, Shrewsbury, political science
  • Daniele Caglioni ’13, Redding, Conn.; Italian
  • Leah Cameron ’12, Northbridge, Mass.; environmental science
  • Jacqueline Carlson ’12, Saugus, Mass.; theatre/television arts
  • Emily Carr ’12, Drexel Hill, Pa.; economics, business concentration
  • Alexander Coury ’12, Holden, Mass.; French
  • David Damiano ’12, Medford, Mass.; economics
  • Zachary DeLoughery ’12, Medford, Mass.; biology concentration/neuroscience
  • Nicholas DiAntonio ’12, Milford, Mass.; secondary education and mathematics
  • Emily Fabbricotti ’12, Mendon, Mass.; English literature
  • Anne Harris ’12, Worcester, Mass.; studio art
  • Michelle Hemeon ’12, Harwich Port, Mass.; graphic design and mathematics
  • Melanie Hentz ’12, Hatfield, Mass.; music
  • Luke Jarvis ’12, Harare, Zimbabwe; international business
  • Shafayet Khan ’12, Dhaka, Bangladesh; economics and computer science
  • Delia Klim ’12, Brighton, Mass.; management
  • Alison Marinelli ’13, South Windsor, Conn.; rehabilitative studies/communication sciences and disorders
  • Andrea Moniz ’12, East Providence, R.I.; global studies and Spanish
  • Mikaela Motyka ’12, Walpole, Mass.; elementary education
  • Mark Mulligan ’12, Hudson, Mass.; history
  • Lauren Murphy ’12, Taunton, Mass.; Classics with a Greek concentration and theology
  • Sarah Powell ’12, Granby, Mass.; biology
  • Abby Raposo ’12, Riverside, R.I.; biotechnology and molecular biology
  • Kelly Simollardes ’12, Milton, Vt.; chemistry
  • Erin Sullivan ’12, Old Orchard Beach, Maine; writing and mass communications
  • Maciej Szyszko ’12, Holden; marketing
  • Katherine Vachawski ’14, Coventry, R.I.; Italian and global studies with a business concentration
  • Patrick Valinski ’12, Holden, Mass.; accounting
  • Steven Zembruski ’12, Middlebury, Conn.; rehabilitation counseling
Assumption College Dedicates Tinsley Campus Ministry Center
The Assumption College community officially dedicated the new – and vital – Tinsley Campus Ministry Center on April 27. The Center is connected to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the 8,800-square-foot building, and it was attended by generous donors, campus and church officials, students, faculty and staff. After the ribbon cutting, a Mass of Thanksgiving – presided by the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of Worcester – was celebrated in the Chapel. In addition, the centerpiece of the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center – the Heritage edition of The Saint John’s Bible – was unveiled. Assumption is the only location in Massachusetts, and the second in New England, to own this magnificent work.

“The Tinsley Campus Ministry Center is an important expression of Assumption College’s Catholic mission and identity,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “This distinctive center allows our Campus Ministry staff to expand and enrich its programs that contribute to the spiritual formation of our students.”

Campus Ministry plays a crucial role in the pastoral, liturgical, academic and social life of Assumption College. The staff is committed to the development and transformation of Assumption students through many programs; and yet, as with the faithful in the Old Testament, they had wandered in search of a permanent home since a fire destroyed the original center in 1993.

The new center offers a number of benefits including the fact that all Campus Ministry staff are housed under one roof for more efficient operation of services. There are individual offices for private conversations with students and staff, and an interfaith prayer room for personal prayer for students of all faith traditions. There also is a community room for receptions, lectures and dinner programs. There is a kitchen adjacent to the community room and restrooms to serve the center and the chapel; a conference room and library with theological and spiritual reading materials; and air conditioning for the Chapel, which will provide a comfortable setting for summer weddings and daily Mass.
Students from across New England to attend Shakespeare Conference at Assumption Assumption College will host the 11th annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference on Saturday, April 21. This year’s conference theme is “Shakespeare Recycled,” and the plenary speaker will be Brian Walsh, assistant professor of English in the Renaissance Studies Program at Yale University. Assumption College, The Hanover Theatre, and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium are the conference sponsors.

Papers that were researched and written by undergraduate college and university students from across New England will be presented at the conference. Some of the topics will be: explorations of Shakespeare’s work?such as his language and characterization?on stage and film; an analysis of Shakespeare’s works in adaptation, or as adaptation; an analysis of the ways Shakespeare’s works recycle or reuse sources, early modern textual materials, or early modern cultural ideas; and discussions of Shakespeare’s work in modern life, culture, and politics.

This year’s conference will also include an Access Hanover Lyceum Series performance of “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” including monologues directed and performed by Assumption College alum John Plough, MFA candidate in performance at the University of Georgia, and scenes directed by Assumption College Professor Brian Tivnan and performed by Assumption College theatre arts students.

A shuttle bus to the Hanover Theatre from Assumption is planned.

For more information, contact Assumption College Professor Allison Meyer at ae.meyer@assumption.edu.
Lights, Camera, Feathers!
Assumption College's Duck Day 2012 was featured in a Telegram & Gazette photo gallery on April 13. Charter TV3 “Worcester News Tonight” also covered Duck Day on April 12. The gallery and video footage feature Catherine WoodBrooks, Assumption’s vice president for student affairs.
Assumption College Announces 2012 Honorary Degree Recipients
At its 95th Commencement exercises on May 12, 2012, Assumption College will confer honorary degrees upon four distinguished individuals: the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of Worcester; Maurice “Moe” Boisvert ’66, president of Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. (YOU Inc.); Brian Kelly ’83; head football coach for the University of Notre Dame; and James Welu, director emeritus of Worcester Art Museum.

“Each year at Commencement, Assumption College recognizes extraordinary individuals who have contributed in significant ways to their fields, to society, as well as who embody the College’s mission and values as a Catholic and Assumptionist institution,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo.

In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Kelly will deliver the Commencement address. A 1983 graduate of Assumption College, Kelly is a veteran of 21 seasons as a head football coach in the collegiate setting. He is heading into his third season as the head football coach at Notre Dame, the 29th in their storied history, and he has guided the Fighting Irish to 16 wins and two bowl games over the last two seasons. Kelly became the first Notre Dame head coach to win a bowl game in his first season with the Fighting Irish. Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), his 110 victories as head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.

Honorary degrees will also be conferred upon Bishop McManus, Boisvert and Welu.

The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus was named the fifth bishop of Worcester in 2004 by Pope John Paul II. He chairs the Subcommittee on Health Care for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and is a member of the USCCB’s committees on doctrine and pro-life. After performing a year’s diaconal service at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in East Greenwich, Bishop McManus was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Providence in 1978. He pursued doctoral studies in Rome where he earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology. In 1986 he was named director of the diocesan Office of Ministerial Formation. Bishop McManus became diocesan Vicar for Education in 1987 while continuing as Director of the Office of Ministerial Formation. In 1990, he assumed the additional duty as theological consultant and editorial writer for The Providence Visitor newspaper. He was appointed a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor in 1997. Bishop McManus was ordained as Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary Bishop of Providence in 1999 and continued to serve as Secretary for Ministerial Formation and Rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary.

Maurice "Moe" Boisvert ’66, L.I.C.S.W., president and CEO of YOU, Inc. was the first employee hired by the board of directors in 1971. For more than 40 years, he has provided the vision and leadership to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families. He supervises a staff of more than 600 people, serves as the liaison to the board of directors, leads the organization in the delivery of a range of therapeutic, educational and residential services in central Massachusetts and provides legislative advocacy on behalf of children and staff. In addition, Mr. Boisvert has overseen the development of innovative and cutting-edge programs. He has published numerous articles in a variety of professional journals and has presented at professional conferences, including the annual conference of the Child Welfare League of America. Boisvert is an adjunct professor at Assumption College and Clark University, and is teaching a course at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College.

Recently named director emeritus of the world-renowned Worcester Art Museum, James Welu joined the museum’s staff in 1974 as assistant curator and went on to serve six years as chief curator and 25 years as Director. A specialist in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, Mr. Welu has published and lectured widely and organized a variety of exhibitions. During his tenure as Director, Welu oversaw many changes to the museum, which opened in 1898, and personally organized exhibitions of artists such as Judith Leyster and added works by major masters including Andrea del Sarto and Frans Hals. In recent years, he improved the display of the museum’s permanent collection, which is one of the finest in the country. Welu served as president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and chair of the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums. He has also served on the advisory council for the Princeton University Art Museum and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, and is active in many Worcester community organizations.
Telegram & Gazette: Research Bureau’s New Home at Assumption
The (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette recently featured The Worcester Regional Research Bureau’s opening reception in its “Out and About” column. The gathering was held to celebrate the Bureau’s move to the Assumption College campus. The Research Bureau is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that conducts research about public policy issues of concern to the Greater Worcester community.

See the gallery here.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: As I See It column
An opinion piece written by Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo appeared in the “As I See It” column of the February 29 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Titled "Erosion of Religious Liberty," the article explores the importance of religious freedom in American society.

“The principle of religious liberty was so central to the founders of our nation that it was enshrined as a fundamental right in the United States Constitution. The Founding Fathers recognized that religious freedom and the corresponding freedom of conscience were not subject to the authority of the state or the whims of its leaders.“

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.telegram.com/article/20120229/NEWS/102299903.
Author Andreas Widmer Speaks at Assumption
Former Pontifical Swiss Guard and successful businessman Andreas Widmer will deliver the 10th anniversary Assumption College Business Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in La Maison Française Auditorium.

Featuring anecdotes from his recently published book The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, Widmer – who served for two years as a Pontifical Swiss Guard, protecting Pope John Paul II – will impart advice that ranges from working with teams and building your career, to living a balanced life and incorporating faith and prayer into daily tasks. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will explore the nature and purpose of business education in higher education, and particularly in light of Assumption College’s Catholic intellectual tradition.

Widmer is cofounder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films and Web sites to further enterprise solutions to poverty. He was an executive-in-residence at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. He served as CEO of OTF Group and helped lead Eprise Corporation, Dragon Systems and FTP Software. Widmer has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and has brought more than 100 technology products to market. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, as well as a B.S. in international business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston.
Assumption College Announces Rome Campus

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Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Italy on March 7 with the Augustinians of the Assumption to establish a Rome campus, with classes to begin in spring 2013.

The agreement is the culmination of three years of exploration and discussions to establish a campus in Rome as a way of enhancing the educational opportunities for Assumption students. Full-time Assumption faculty will live in Rome and use the Italian capital as a living classroom, offering on-site lectures throughout the city.

“This is an exciting initiative that will contribute to Assumption College’s distinctiveness in the region, as well as enhance our reputation for academic excellence,” said President Cesareo.

The program will be located in a building on the property of the General House of the Assumptionists, which is near the Vatican; building renovation plans are under way.

The signing ceremony was attended by Massachusetts-based Assumption students, faculty and staff, as well as the Assumptionist community in Rome, and Fr. Benoit Griere, A.A., Superior General of the Assumptionists.
“I want to thank Assumption Provost Francis Lazarus and the Assumptionist leadership in Rome for their dedication, hard work and persistence in making this campus possible,” added President Cesareo.
 
Assumption College Participates in Recyclemania
By Marguax Finan ’13

For the third year, Assumption College is taking part in Recyclemania, a competition among 600 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to see which school can recycle the most cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum and tin per capita during two months.

Assumption’s Recycling and Sustainability Committee kicked off the campus-wide campaign in February, and it will continue until March 31. Assumption community members deposit their recyclables in the “single stream” blue buckets located throughout campus, and the college submits weekly data regarding the weight of the paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, water use, food waste and general trash.

“We hope to use Recyclemania to increase awareness of the need to involve recycling and environmental stewardship in our everyday lives,” said committee member Katherine Biegner, a senior from Easthampton, Mass. “We also recognize the importance of having fun while learning about recycling, so we’re developing easier access to recycling bins and buckets and launching on-campus competitions to boost participation in Recyclemania.”

Participating in Recyclemania is just one of Assumption’s many proactive efforts to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus. Through annual Earth Day celebrations, making energy-efficient improvements to campus buildings, and being a part of the “U Car Share” car-sharing program, Assumption takes the importance of being “green” seriously. The campus’s first solar roof was recently installed atop the d’Alzon Library. In addition, a cogeneration project at Assumption’s heating plant – which will produce 10 percent of the college’s electricity in a more energy-efficient way – is nearing completion.

“Assumption recognizes the importance of recycling, and we are proud of our students’ efforts to become more sustainable,” said John Langlois, director of auxiliary services at Assumption College. “The college is environmentally focused, and we are working hard to be even more effective ‘eco-stewards.’”
Assumption College to Host Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core
Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) – an organization at the vanguard of interfaith leadership – will speak from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 2 in Assumption College’s Laska Gymnasium.

Patel will talk about “Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” and his presentation will focus on how a leader defines reality. In a world too often convinced of the inevitable clash of civilizations, how do we lead our communities of faith to work with people from different religious and philosophical backgrounds and serve the common good? From Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day to Abraham Joshua Heschel, the answer is clear: interfaith leadership.

Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel established the IFYC in Chicago in 2002 to help build the global interfaith youth movement. Author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.

The public is invited to request a free ticket by contacting the Assumption College President’s Office at 508-767-7321 or shmahone@assumption.edu.
Assumption College Theatre to Present Seussical the Musical
Assumption College’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre will present the musical extravaganza Seussical, which is the college’s 4th annual spring production at The Hanover Theatre, located at 2 Southbridge St. Performances will be held Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, April 14 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.

Approximately 34 Assumption College students and 20 pupils from Worcester public and private schools are members of the cast and crew. Assumption junior Matthew Angelini stars as Horton the Elephant. The performance will be directed and produced by Assumption College Professor Brian Tivnan.

Based on the classic children’s books by Dr. Seuss, Seussical’s story is the heartwarming, fantastical tale of Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge. Not only must Horton protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all of Jojo’s fellow invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, his friend the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him or his “kind and powerful heart.”

This production of singing and dancing ultimately highlights the power of friendship, loyalty, family and community. It is a triumphant story that is sure to make audience members laugh and cry.

Tickets cost $20. There is a $5 discount for children and students, excluding the Friday performance, which is $10 for everyone. Call The Hanover box office at 877-571-7469 for more information
Assumption College Hosts Science Olympiad’s Middle School State Tourney Assumption College will host the 28th annual Science Olympiad’s Massachusetts middle school division state tournament on Saturday, March 17.

Approximately 450 students from middle schools across Massachusetts will participate in the team-based science competition that features 23 hands-on events in various branches of science including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and engineering. Science Olympiad's ever-changing event lineup provides a variety of career choices and exposure to practicing scientists and mentors. The competition’s goal is to boost interest in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), thereby creating a technologically literate workforce as well as to provide recognition for outstanding achievement by students and teachers.

Individual students earn medals and ribbons for placing at the top in their events; the winning school will be invited to the national tournament, which will be held in May at the University of Central Florida.

The Massachusetts state tournament for the middle school division has been held at Assumption since 2004. Volunteers will be from Assumption, MIT, Brandeis, UMass Amherst, UMass Memorial Healthcare, the National Weather Service, Entegris, and the City of Worcester Water Department.

The competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. across campus; the awards ceremony starts at 4 p.m. in Laska Gymnasium. Check-in will be in Testa Science Center, Room 155. Click here for details about the events and schedule.
Assumption Co-sponsors International Colloquium in Paris
Assumption College co-sponsored an international colloquium in Paris, France, on the “Cultural National Formations of Ecuador and Mexico: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach on Benjamin Carrion and Jose Vasconcelos.” Held March 9, it was organized in North America by Assumption College Professor of Spanish Juan Carlos Grijalva. The embassies of Mexico and Ecuador in France and the Center for Ecuadorian Studies also sponsored the event, which was held at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Paris.

Grijalva and Assumption College Professor of Spanish Esteban Loustaunau presented papers on Carrion and Vasconcelos, who were writers that died in 1979 and 1959, respectively.

The colloquium was attended by scholars and diplomats from Mexico, Ecuador, France, Spain, Italy, and the United States. Mexican Ambassador Carlos de Icaza and Ecuadorian Ambassador Carlos Jativa inaugurated it, and the keynote address was given by Javier Garciadiego, president of El Colegio de México, one of the top research institutions in Latin America.

After the Paris colloquium, Professor Grijalva was invited to deliver two talks at the University of Genoa.
Assumption College Partners on Doctoral Program with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Assumption College has established an articulation agreement with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), which will provide access for graduates of Assumption’s counseling psychology program to enter the doctoral program in clinical psychology at PCOM.

“Doctoral programs in clinical psychology are very competitive,” said Leonard Doerfler, Ph.D., psychology professor and director of Assumption’s Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies. “The articulation agreement with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine opens the door for Assumption’s counseling psychology graduate students to pursue a doctoral degree from a prestigious clinical psychology program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association.”

The agreement builds upon Assumption College’s distinctive graduate program in counseling psychology, according to Provost Francis Lazarus. “Our graduate program in counseling psychology emphasizes cognitive behavior therapy and it very highly regarded in academic circles. We are pleased to partner with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer Assumption graduate students greater access to a fine doctoral program in clinical psychology,” he said.

“This agreement is mutually beneficial for both schools,” says Kenneth J. Veit, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and dean at PCOM. “We are very pleased to welcome qualified Assumption College graduates to our doctoral program.”

Assumption College has developed numerous partnerships with other prestigious colleges and universities that allow Assumption students to enter highly regarded graduate programs and/or receive undergraduate course credits. These agreements also offer Assumption students greater academic options, guaranteed admission, and accelerated degrees or intensive study.
Assumption College to Host Shroud Encounter
The Shroud of Turin bears the image of a man who appears to have suffered in a manner consistent with crucifixion. Is it Jesus Christ? The origin of the Shroud is often debated among scientists, theologians, historians and researchers.
Shroud Encounter will come to Assumption College March 14 at 7 p.m. This highly acclaimed 90-minute, multimedia presentation will be held in the college’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Admission is free and open to the public.

Shroud Encounter is a production of Shroud of Turin Education Project Inc. and will be presented by renowned international expert Russ Breault. The presentation is a fast-moving, big-screen experience using more than 150 images covering all aspects of Shroud research.

Breault has been featured in several national documentaries including Mysteries of the Ancient World on CBS and, most recently, The Real Face of Jesus? on the History Channel. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities. See www.ShroudEncounter.com for more information.

The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world, yet it remains a mystery. The 14-foot-long linen cloth has been in Turin, Italy, for more than 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a 5’10” bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in The Bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus Christ.

Shroud Encounter will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.
U.S. News & World Report Interviews Assumption MBA Student
Assumption College MBA graduate student Lucia Sansoucy was quoted in a March 1, 2012 U.S. News & World Report article about whether there is a need for a social media concentration in MBA programs.

Read the article here.

Learn about the Assumption College MBA program.
Brian Kelly ’83 Named 2012 Commencement Speaker
Assumption College has announced that Brian Kelly ’83, head football coach for the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the address at the College’s 95th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2012. During the ceremony, Kelly will also receive an honorary degree.

“Brian has remained closely connected with Assumption and has proudly articulated how his Catholic liberal arts education and the strong sense of community at Assumption have served as a great foundation for his successful career,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “He is passionate about how Assumption College uniquely combines both intellectual and spiritual development that supports and encourages each student, and I expect that our graduating seniors and audience members will find inspiration from his life story and experiences.”

A 1983 graduate of Assumption College, Kelly is a veteran of 21 seasons as a head football coach in the collegiate setting. He is heading into his third season as the head football coach at Notre Dame, the 29th in their storied history, and he has guided the Fighting Irish to 16 wins and two bowl games over the last two seasons. Kelly became the first Notre Dame head coach to win a bowl game in his first season with the Fighting Irish. Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), his 110 victories as head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.

Born in Everett, Mass., and raised in Chelsea, Mass., Kelly attended St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass. A four-year star linebacker for the Assumption College club football team, and captain of the squad in 1981 and 1982, the Assumption teams in those years finished 8-3 and 7-1-1. After graduating from Assumption with a bachelor's degree in political science, he served the College as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator (as well as softball coach) from 1983 to 1986.

Kelly has long praised the value of an Assumption College education and its role in his spiritual and intellectual development, which “allowed me to grow as a human being,” he said. “I am a proud graduate of Assumption College. I greatly value the education I received there as well as what the College taught me about commitment to service. I am delighted to return to my alma mater to address the graduating class of 2012.”

He joined Michigan’s Grand Valley State University staff in 1987 as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach. There, Kelly became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1989 and took over, at age 28, as head coach in 1991. Kelly compiled a 118-35-2 record (.767) in 13 seasons as head coach of the Lakers, highlighted by NCAA Division II national championships in 2002 and 2003. In 2009, he was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 2011 Grand Valley State renamed its Laker Turf Building the Kelly Family Sports Center. The Kelly Family Sports Center is a 138,000-square-foot building that houses a regulation football field and a six-lane, 300-meter track.

After coaching three seasons at Central Michigan where Kelly helped the Chippewas win the Mid-American Conference title in 2006, Kelly spent three seasons at the University of Cincinnati from 2007 to 2009. Kelly led the Bearcats to a 34-6 record (.850) and two straight outright BIG EAST Conference titles that earned BCS appearances in 2008 (FedEx Orange Bowl) and 2009 (Allstate Sugar Bowl). He became the first BIG EAST football coach to win the conference’s coach of the year honor three years in a row and Kelly’s 12-0 squad in 2009 helped him earn ESPN/Home Depot National Coach of the Year Award. At the time he accepted the position at Notre Dame, he qualified as the winningest active BIG EAST football coach as well as the only league coach with more than 150 wins.??

The parents of three children, Kelly and his wife Paqui host annual events to benefit the Kelly Cares Foundation, established to support organizations, initiatives and programs that align with the goals and values of their family. Paqui, a two-time breast cancer survivor, and Brian have their charity focus on three main areas: personal involvement, with emphasis on breast cancer research, prevention, education and awareness; education and institutional advancement; and community involvement in selected initiatives and projects.

In June 2010, Brian and Paqui made a $250,000 gift to the University of Notre Dame in support of endeavors in research, academics and community engagement. The gift directly supports three Notre Dame initiatives: cancer research, the Hesburgh Libraries and the Robinson Community Learning Center.
 
In addition to Kelly, Assumption College will also confer honorary degrees upon three other distinguished individuals: the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of Worcester; Maurice “Moe” Boisvert ’66, president of Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. (YOU Inc.); and James Welu, director emeritus of Worcester Art Museum. Learn more about them here.
 
View a portion of Kelly's 2010 speech to a Chicago gathering of Assumption alumni below.
 
 

Brian Kelly, '83 At Chicago Alumni Reception from Assumption College on Vimeo.

Assumption Offers Free Summer Residential Program for High School Students Assumption College is offering a free, five-day residential program from June 25-29, for high school juniors who are about to become seniors and sophomores who are becoming juniors.

Students will engage in classroom discussions with Assumption faculty; visit local and regional sites to see art, history and politics in action; live in a college residence hall with resident advisors and eat in the cafeteria; and be taken on a road trip to Boston – all at no cost to students and their families.

“Assumption College has always believed that the liberal arts are essential to the development of a better society,” said Professor Geoffrey Vaughan, director of the college’s Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program and the summer program’s organizer. “This free program is an incredible opportunity for high school students to experience many facets of a liberal arts education. Students will see how different disciplines are integrated and this will serve them throughout their academic careers.”

Registration for the program is now closed.
Los Angeles Times Quotes Assumption Professor Carl Keyes
Assumption College History Professor Carl Keyes was interviewed for a Los Angeles Times article about the War of 1812, and why celebrating its bicentennial is more of a “big deal” in Canada than it is in the United States. The article appeared in the newspaper’s Feb. 25, 2012 edition.

Read the full article here.
NEASC Commission Reaccredits Assumption College Assumption College has been reaccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Assumption’s next comprehensive reaccreditation visit will occur in spring 2021.

“Assumption College’s reaccreditation is a testimony to the outstanding educational experience we provide for our students,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “I must commend the effort of all members of the campus community, and particularly our faculty, for their commitment to excellence and their concern for our students.”

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

The Assumption College curriculum and Catholic intellectual tradition enable students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education – exploring new ideas, making connections across disciplines, and pushing themselves to achieve more than they thought possible. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, and develop excellent communication and critical analysis skills. The 180-member faculty support and enhance Assumption’s well known undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Their expertise ranges from the digital arts to biology, from political science to rehabilitation studies, and from business studies to psychology and sociology.
Assumption Dean a Semi-finalist for National Award for First-year Experience Leadership Jennifer Klein Morrison, Assumption College’s associate dean for the first year, has been named a semi-finalist for the National Resource Center for First Year Experience’s annual First Year Student Advocate Award. This is a national award granted by the foremost center for research on the first year of college, headquartered at the University of South Carolina.

In a Jan. 11 letter announcing Morrison’s selection as a semi-finalist, Jennifer R. Keup, Nina L. Glisson, and Shana Harrison of the resource center state: “[Dean Morrison’s] nomination [for the award] attests to the respect and admiration that [she has] gained for the creative ways in which [she works] to enhance the academic and social success of first-year students” at Assumption College.

Each year, nominators are asked to prepare and submit a narrative description of the nominee’s activities to enhance the first year at their institution and to provide evidence of the impact and effectiveness of these activities. Ten award recipients are selected, two from each of five institutional categories. This year, the center received 140 nominations.

“In an especially competitive year, Dean Morrison finished in the top 5 as a semi-finalist within our institutional category, a mark of the strength of Dean Morrison’s accomplishments,” said Eloise R. Knowlton, Assumption College's dean of undergraduate studies. “I congratulate Dean Morrison on this strong showing, and offer my warmest thanks to her for her ongoing efforts to challenge and support first-year students at Assumption College.”
Worcester Business Journal Highlights Assumption Internship Program
Bethany Rossi, Assumption College's director of career services, as well as seniors Erin Sullivan and Alexandra Bellerose were interviewed for a Feb. 20 Worcester Business Journal article about the benefits of internships.

In the article, Rossi talks about how it's important for students -- particularly job-hunting seniors -- to take on more than just one internship. Sullivan and Bellerose discussed the skills and experiences they garnered through their respective internships, for Rachael Ray in New York City and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about Assumption College’s internship program and career services.
Le Provocateur: Assumption Student Reflects on SEND Mission Trip to Ecuador
This past winter break 15 Assumption students, including Nicholas Frazier ’12, took part in a mission trip to Ecuador as part of Assumption’s SEND program. Nicholas shared his experiences in the Feb. 1 issue of Le Provocateur, Assumption College’s student newspaper.

In the beginning of September, I was approached by Vincent Sullivan-Jacques who asked if I would be interested in joining a group of students preparing to venture to Duran, Ecuador on a SEND service trip. Little could anyone tell me about the trip, what to expect or how I would feel about it afterward. All the experiences were very different.

In preparation for the trip, the group of fifteen met every Wednesday starting in September and ending in early December. The group meetings were similar to other SEND prep meetings with a few differences. The group watched the film Crude which detailed the events of a massive oil spill in Ecuador caused by American oil companies. The group engaged in a retreat to bond and share an Ecuadorian meal. We attended the SEND-ing away mass at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and shared a meal together before break. The next time we would all see each other would be at Logan Airport on January 2.

That morning came quicker than anyone could imagine. The group's first dive into the new culture was spending a layover in Miami International Airport where the population was half American and half Latin American. But after a full day of flying, there was no half and half anymore. It became full immersion. Upon arrival to Guayaquil, the group was greeted by members of the host program Rostro de Christo, which translates to "Face of Christ." The volunteers helped guide the group to their van and we were introduced to the group leader, Billy. He would be our leader, guide, and translator throughout the week. Once settled and crammed into the van (Ecuador doesn't enforce driving laws) Billy instructed that the ride to the compound where we would be living would be silent. The point of which was for the group to observe and get an idea of where we would be living for the next week.

The ride to the compound was about 30 minutes. A large man named Eduardo opened a chain link gate and let us in. The Rostro compound had three houses in Ecuador. The house that we resided in was located in a section of Duran called Arbolito which translates to "little tree." The house in Arbolito consisted of two houses, one for volunteers and one for retreatants. While we were volunteering, we were there as retreatants. The group's lodging was less than ideal. We had prepared for simplicity. Each retreatant had an extremely old bed on a metal frame with a net hanging above them which was to be tucked into the sides of the mattress to prevent bugs from getting in. Showers were military style, water on, water off, scrub up, rinse off, get out. The water was freezing, but the coldest day was about 90 degrees so by the time showering was an option, cold water was welcomed.

After a rough first night of sleep, we had our orientation the next morning. We learned a little more about what we would be doing during the week. The group's purpose for being there and the mission of Rostro de Christo was ministry of presence. This kind of ministry was a type that we could not really understand until we lived it. How could just being present really help someone? One of the most prominent things we did was called "neighborhood time." We visited many neighbors in the very close community. There were many different stories heard through the week from people who owned their own businesses to people who sold handmade crafts. These people loved visitors. They loved getting to share their stories and asking questions about the difference in lifestyles. They were always genuinely interested in what we had to say and in who we were. Slowly, the idea of how important ministry of presence became apparent.

The other major aspect of the mission involved working with kids. We did this in different ways. We worked at programs called Semillas and Manos. Both were after school programs set up by Rostro de Christo to provide a safe, constructive place for children to spend their time. Semillas was a large stadium school area, nothing like a school area in America. It was all out in the open. Manos was smaller but a similar idea. The first part of these school programs included a classroom type activity. Children could do homework or be split up by age and do a constructive activity. After that was recess where more often than not, we played soccer. If there was a regret any of us had afterward it was not practicing a little bit of soccer because every child down there plays the sport.

But these were not the only things we had the fortune of doing. We had the opportunity to visit different types of schools. Nuevo Mundo was a school built for the wealthier citzens of Ecuador, because while we lived in extreme poverty, there were areas that were nicer. The woman who started the school was named Pat and she explained that her reasoning for building the school was not to exclude those struck by poverty, but to educate those who have wealth so they could help the less fortunate later on. We visited a different school called Chicos de Calle, which translates to "boys of the street." This was a school and shelter which sought boys who were either abandoned by families or homeless and took them in. The school would train them to play soccer only as long as they kept their grades up. But in the case that they would not be able to play soccer professionally, the school also taught trades like carpentry and mechanics.

The other major place was one that sticks in out memory. We visited a location called Damien House. It is a section of the infectious disease hospital for people with Hansen's disease. Hansen's disease is also known as leprosy. We all grew a little nervous after hearing this. But after learning more about the disease, we met the patients. They were lovely, amazing people who had incredible outlooks on life. In America, people in these types of hospital wards were sad and medical employees were constantly surrounded by death. But at Damien House it was all a positive outlook. They were not there to face death; they were there to enjoy the last chapter of their life.

We slept in sweat...barely. We lived off tuna, bread and warm water all week. We were attacked by bugs. But it was one of the best weeks of our lives. The lessons learned and beautiful friends met would always be in our heads. SEND Ecuador was not just an experience, but a new chapter for those willing to serve.

Learn more about Assumption’s SEND program here.
 
To read more from Le Provocateur, click here.
 
Assumption Students Help Alabama Tornado Relief Effort
Thirteen Assumption College students are spending their winter break helping build a home in the Rosedale Courts housing development of Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the places hit hardest by the April 27, 2011, tornado that killed more than 40 people. From Jan. 5 to 12, 2012, the students, a professor and a staff member will work with local agencies Habitat for Humanity and the United Saints Recovery Project as part of the Assumption College Campus Ministry Office’s SEND Service Immersion Program. SEND is a weeklong, voluntary experience established in 1986 that blends service to communities in need with education about that area’s culture as well as personal introspection. In the program’s 26 years, participating students have traveled to and served in various regions of the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, and Canada. The trips occur during winter, spring and summer breaks.

The Assumption students participating in the Alabama trip are Marissa Charles, Nick DiAntonio, Margaux Finan, Nicholas Finan, Danielle Folkins, Caitlin Goodhile, Nicole Kirkland, Erin Lagasse, Katherine McIssac, Marissa Reis, Courtney Trahan, Brittany Wilson, and Kayla Vicino. Joining them are Assumption Professor Michael Land, a Tuscaloosa native; and Paul Belsito, the College’s executive assistant for government and community relations.

Follow the students’ efforts to help Tuscaloosa residents by reading Professor Land’s posts on his Servingthestory blog.

Learn more about SEND.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Assumption's Paulauskas Retiring on Top
The Dec. 16, 2011 (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette published a profile of Assumption's Ted Paulauskas, the College's athletics director and a member of its Hall of Fame, upon the announcement of his retirement. "When Ted Paulauskas returned to Assumption College nine years ago to become his alma mater’s director of athletics, he found out right away that it wasn’t much different since his standout basketball playing days there in the mid-late 1960s," the article states. "True, enrollment had spiked, there were more buildings, technology had improved and, as Paulauskas said, the length of basketball shorts had gotten longer, but Assumption’s values, beliefs and heart were exactly the same."

Read the full article here.
Book Translated, Edited by Assumption College History Professor Wins Prestigious Award
A book translated and edited by Assumption College History Professor Irina Mukhina has been awarded the annual Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year Award by Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association). The book, Rural Women in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge 2010), will join a prestigious and selective list of publications that reflects the best in scholarly titles; the list will be featured in Choice’s January 2012 issue.

Authored by Luibov Denisova, the book is the first English, full-length history of Russian peasant women in the 20th century and early 21st century.
 
“To me, it was rewarding to see that the rural women of the Soviet Union, who had lived through many hardships yet remained strong willed and displayed a remarkable thirst for life and love, receive their due attention and recognition via this award,” said Mukhina. “I am so honored to have worked with my colleague, Luibov Denisova of Russia, to help tell their stories. These women can teach us a lesson or two about struggle and survival – and even joy – under the most trying of circumstances.”

 
Every year approximately 7,000 publications are reviewed in Choice, and editors single out about 10 percent of them as the most significant print and electronic works reviewed during the previous calendar year. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor’s knowledge of the field, and the reviewer’s record. In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form; originality or uniqueness of treatment; value to undergraduate students; and importance in building undergraduate library collections.
Writing their Way into History
By Margaux Finan '13

Every fall Assumption students participate in the interdisciplinary American Studies Seminar sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) for the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. A visiting professor explores a different topic, and the students in the seminar have access to the AAS’s extensive archival collections to generate a final, independent research project.

This semester’s program is led by Dr. Hannah Carlson of the Rhode Island School of Design, and focuses on “Dressing Democracy: Clothing and Culture in America.” While the independent research project requires a significant commitment, seven Assumption College students taking part in the seminar also are blogging about their experiences - http://www1.assumption.edu/blogs/history/?cat=8.
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“For all the students, it is an extraordinary opportunity to conduct high-level research with internationally acclaimed scholars using the unparalleled resources of the library,” says Professor Lance Lazar, associate professor of history.

The student posts follow the evolution of their understanding, from explorations of how scholars have analyzed the importance of clothing in expressing personal identity and political ideology, to discussions about changes their outlook and sense of history. Their blogs and the knowledge they’ve gained in the course is part of a large blogging initiative within Assumption’s History Department.

The students all agree that the AAS’s rich resources, the guidance of Dr. Carlson, and reflecting on their semester through their blogs, have been phenomenal experiences that have helped them shape their knowledge, personal identity and political ideology.

“The seminar has surpassed what I imagined it to be” enthused student Lauren Morocco ’12. “I’ve learned so much and the class itself was just amazing.”

To learn more about the American Antiquarian Society, visit http://www.americanantiquarian.org.

To read the student’s blogs: visit http://www1.assumption.edu/blogs/history/?cat=8
A Day in the Life
By Margaux Finan '13

Flying into Washington, D.C., meeting with high-level government officials, talking with the U.S. Senator from Rhode Island and then hopping a plane back home in the same day – not a typical day for most college students.

For Assumption student Jillian Orabone ’13, it was the chance of a lifetime. During the summer between her sophomore and junior year, Jill was an intern at Tech Collective, a nonprofit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island. Tech Collective works with local and national businesses and organizations to bring resources to members that drive innovation and growth in the bioscience and IT industries.

Jillian’s internship resulted in an invitation to attend the annual Rhode Island Business Leaders Day in Washington, D.C., hosted by R.I. Senator Jack Reed this fall. The day-long event included various presentations from political leaders on how policies and programs enacted in the nation’s Capitol directly affect the state of Rhode Island.

Jillian was particularly impressed with a presentation by Shaun Donovan, the United States secretary for housing and urban development, who spoke about the part he plays in President Obama’s American Jobs Act. What struck her was the connection she made between the presentation and her management, organizational behavior and sociology courses. The Jobs Act aims to create thousands of construction jobs to make recession-hit neighborhoods into the neighborhoods of choice and Jillian realized the practical applications of lessons learned in various classes.

“The trip to D.C. was a long day. We flew out at 5 a.m., and didn’t get back until 11 p.m., but it was definitely worth it,” says Jill. Through the opportunities she gained from her Assumption education, Jillian was able to engage in a once in a lifetime opportunity to further her academic and career path and know firsthand what it means to be a decision-maker in the nation’s capitol.
Assumption Students Reach Out During Hunger and Homelessness Week
By Margaux Finan '13

Assumption College’s Reach Out Center (ROC) hosted the College’s 3rd annual Homelessness and Hunger Week from Nov. 14-18. Assumption’s events corresponded with the National Awareness Week sponsored by the National Coalition to End Homelessness.

“Hunger and Homelessness Week is an important effort at Assumption, because it raises awareness of a population which much too often goes ignored or forgotten,” said senior Meredith Deacon, an ROC Committee member. “I hope that, by participating, students are now able to see the issue more clearly and can recognize their own ability to act.”

On Nov. 14, the ROC and the Campus Activities Board co-sponsored a screening of “Pursuit of Happyness,” a film about one man’s experience with homelessness. After the screening, students talked about how homelessness affects the Worcester community. On Nov. 16, 33 students took part in a “Sleep Out Simulation,” an all-night event in which students were asked to spend the evening in solidarity with the world’s homeless by sleeping outside, on campus. They also took part in activities that explored both privilege and poverty, held a discussion about homelessness, and observed a reflection period. Out of the 33 who participated in the evening’s events, approximately 25 students actually slept outside. They were allowed to bring only “whatever they could carry” and slept on donated cardboard boxes. Due to that night’s inclement weather, the students slept under the overflow garage on campus.

In addition, a Veteran’s Day/Thanksgiving food, clothing and toiletries drive was held Nov. 9-18 for the Massachusetts Veterans Shelter and for St. Paul’s Pantry in Worcester. Assumption community members participated in the drive; more than 800 pounds of food were collected and dropped off at the pantry.
Aftermath of a Heart Attack Assumption College Psychology Professor Leonard Doerfler, director of the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College, and Worcester-based medical doctor John A. Paraskos recently published a literature review on the link between life-threatening heart conditions and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). By compiling the results of 19 studies, Doerfler and Paraskos found data indicating that approximately 15 percent of heart attack and cardiac surgery patients are likely to develop PTSD in the year after their cardiac arrest. Worse, this form of PTSD can often go unrecognized and undiagnosed.

Their analysis, "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Following Myocardial Infarction or Cardiac Surgery", was published in Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology, a guide focused on the link between human behavior and cardiac health.

Doerfler and Paraskos note in their findings that the onset of a cardiac event like a heart attack can share many features with other traumatic events, such as combat or violent assaults, known to lead to PTSD. For heart trauma victims, the disorder can then manifest in a variety of ways, such as anxiety, depression, and “hypervigilance” toward bodily sensations that trigger memories of their heart attack or other traumatic heart events. Because of its negative impact on quality of life, Doerfler and Paraskos’ review suggests that patients who experience traumatic heart problems and surgery should consider a screening for PTSD.
Assumption College Hosts Archbishop of Philadelphia Assumption College hosted on Thursday, Nov. 10 the Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, who spoke as part of the Assumption College President's Lecture Series. The Archbishop's talk, which was attended by approximately 300 campus and city community members, focused on "Catholics and the Next America: The New Terrain of American Public Life, and What It Implies for People of Faith."

For a copy of the Archbishop’s lecture, please click here.
Assumption College Hosts ‘China Town Hall’ Webcast
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Assumption College took part in “CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections,” a national day of programming based in Washington, D.C., on China, as part of a collaboration between the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and Assumption’s Department of Business Studies. More than 50 cities throughout the United States participated in the program, which focused on the opportunities and challenges posed by China’s growing economic power.

After a short primer on US-Chinese relations presented by Cheng (Jason) Qian, a fellow in the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School and research associate at Harvard Business School, Assumption joined a live conservation between Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, via webcast. Brzezinski answered questions submitted by audience members across the country on topics ranging from international trade to the slow rise of Chinese democracy. Afterward Qian answered questions from the audience.

Eric Drouart, visiting assistant professor of management and marketing in Assumption’s Department of Business Studies, coordinated Assumption's involvement in the event. “China is such an important trade partner of the United States,” he said, “and with 1.3 billion people, it is country that every American citizen should take the opportunity to learn more about.
Harvesting Help On Sunday, September 24, 9 Assumption College student-volunteers spent the day helping pick, gather and prepare fruits and vegetables at Community Harvest Farm, a nonprofit, volunteer farming organization based at the Brigham Hill Community Farm in North Grafton, MA. All vegetables grown at the farm are donated to hunger relief organizations in central Massachusetts.

The Assumption College Reach Out Center helps coordinate student-volunteer activities in Worcester and around the region. At the farm, the students helped bag 943 lbs of apples, wash 992 lbs of squash, and care for the tomato plants. The vegetables were then donated to the Worcester County Food Bank for local families.

“It is always a great experience helping the Community Harvest Project,” said Colleen Penkala ’10, an Assumption College graduate assistant who helped organize the trip. “The Assumption students get to know one another and a local nonprofit organization. The students really make a contribution to the community and they find out more about themselves as they help others.”
Recognized for service Assumption College was recognized twice in one week for its contributions to the education of youngsters in the Worcester community. Assumption was one of several Worcester schools and programs presented with a certificate of recognition for sponsoring and supporting the Worcester Public School summer school programs. President Francesco Cesareo and Executive Assistant for Government & Community Relations Paul Belsito accepted the award on the College’s behalf.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to have this great group of partners in our community,” Dr. Sergio Paez, Director of English Language Learners Program for Worcester Public Schools, told the Council during the presentation of the certificates at a Worcester School Committee. “Thank you for this opportunity and for allowing our students to be part of the community.”

The Worcester Diocese also commended Assumption for its commitment to Catholic schools. Assumption has hosted the annual Catholic Schools Science Fair, participated in the Adopt a Student and Technology Days programs and assisted with teacher development.

“We’ve been so grateful for the ongoing support and guidance we’ve received from Assumption College and so proud of the things we’ve worked on together. Our partnership has touched on nearly every aspect of the work we do and serves as a wonderful model for other such pairings” enthused Delma Josephson, superintendent of catholic schools in the Diocese of Worcester.

“The liberal arts education that Assumption provides encourages our students to discover the importance of civic as well as personal responsibility and of the need to give back to one’s community,” said Cesareo. “We strive to help form men and women of character who will have a positive impact on society and see our partnership with local schools as a natural outgrowth of that mission.”
A new set of "Fresh Assumptions" Assumption College’s English Department has announced the publication of the seventh volume of Fresh Assumptions. The essays included in the collection are all drawn from works written by first-year students Assumption College students for their English Composition course. Nearly three dozen entries were submitted for consideration this year, and 12 were selected for inclusion by the anthology’s editors. This year’s edition features articles ranging from personal narratives to literary criticism.

Along with helping to spotlight some of the best work produced by Assumption’s young writers, the journal provides a useful teaching tool for future student: providing “model” essays for future study.

Fresh Assumptions is a journal that celebrates original, old fashioned essay writing.In a world where Tweeting and texting have become the communication norm, we are thrilled to be publishing thoughtful, well-crafted expository essays written by our freshmen students,” notes editor Mary Didomenico, a visiting assistant professor of English at Assumption. “Good essays should be discussed, savored, and appreciated.”
The Next Generation of Leaders Assumption College has created the Women’s Leadership Forum, a new initiative of the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement, Business Studies Department and Career Services Office. The Women’s Forum seeks to promote professional networking, leadership development and professional advancement opportunities among Assumption College students, alumnae, parents and other members of the college community by sponsoring networking events, presentations and mentoring opportunities.

The goal of the Women’s Forum, according to Linda Rosenlund ’82, one of the founders, is to assist the development of Assumption’s female students by providing a community of alumnae and parent mentors to advise, support and share professional experiences and best practices with each other and with the students. The Women’s Forum also will seek to identify and address the challenges facing women in leadership positions and advance the emerging leadership roles of professional women in the nonprofit and entrepreneurial fields, as well as in government and the corporate world.

“We’re proud of the success of Assumption’s alumnae,” notes Rosenlund. “The Women’s Leadership Forum provides a way for alumnae to stay connected to Assumption, network, and encourage and provide support for our next generation of leaders.”
Le Provocateur: AC Idol Draws Crowds
The following story, by Bethany Hepp ’13, appeared in the Oct. 26 edition of Le Provocateur, Assumption College’s student newspaper.

The stage was set, the lights were perfectly positioned and the microphones were in working order. The contestants took their seats and the judges proceeded to their table. Students, both sitting and standing, went wild as the background music stopped and the lights in Charlie's dimmed.

It was time to find out who would be the next AC Idol.

On Friday, October 21, Campus Activities Board held its annual Late Night @ Charlie's AC Idol event. Even though the event started at 8 p.m., students were already filling up seats at 7:15. Some were part of an entourage and wore specific colors to support their friends while others were there to cheer on all the contestants. All seemed to be excited for the event.

Ashley Recore, the Executive Chair of Music for CAB, was in charge of the event. She started brainstorming ideas about the event when she arrived back on campus in August. By September, plans for AC Idol were in full swing. "It's very gratifying when you put your blood, sweat and tears into something and you get to see everyone enjoying it and appreciating the work you did," she said. However, Recore added that she could not have made the event work without the help from other CAB executives, contestants, hosts and judges.

This year 10 contestants competed for the title of AC Idol, and the majority of them were seniors. Seniors Joe Grivers and Matthew Epstein represented the men in the contest. Seniors Andrea Gagnon, Eily Finn, Stephanie Bouley, Leah Bufkins and Melanie Hentz, sophomore Katerina Reilly and first-years Lea Rossi and Nicole Gamberale rounded out the top 10. Song choices ranged from the late Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" to Etta James' "At Last" to "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. It was evident that contestants gave each performance their all.

Hosts Jacki Carlson and Mike Weselcouch introduced the judges. Tyler Pau, the Resident Director of the Valley, Paul Belsito, Executive Assistant for Government and Community Relations and, former AC Idol winner, Ben Krol made up the panel this year. Carlson and Weselcouch then determined which contestant had the best entourage. Joe Grivers' entourage won and was upgraded to the VIP section in the front row of seating.

With the VIP section now filled, the contest began. It consisted of three rounds. Each participant had to select three songs to sing, all had to be approved by Recore. In the first round, each contestant sang one song. At the end of that round, the judges eliminated four contestants. Finn, Epstein, Rossi, Hentz, Gamberale and Reilly made it through to the next round.

The second round followed the same procedure. Each contestant sang another song and four more contestants were eliminated. While the judges deliberated, CAB raffled off an iPad 2 and the hosts entertained the audience. The hosts got members of entourages to voluntarily go on the stage, only to find out they had to take turns singing the National Anthem. Another time, other entourage members got to sing a song of their choice. The audience seemed to enjoy Weselcouch's rendition of Rebecca Black's song "Friday" and proceeded to sing it with him.

Before revealing who would move on to the final round, the judges requested that the hosts tell the audience that it was a very difficult decision to make. The judges selected Hentz and Gamberale. While there may have been some disappointment amongst the crowd, majority of the audience remained supportive of the two girls.

Hentz's final song was "Songbird" and Gamberale sang "Grenade" by Bruno Mars. Both girls gave great performances. In the end, Gamberale was named AC Idol. She won the grand prize of $500 and will now compete in the "Consortium's Got Talent" contest on November 4. If Gamberale wins that contest, she will receive another $1,000.

As a judge, Krol identified voice quality and control as main judging factors for the contest. "First off, I make sure you've got the voice. Obviously all of them had a really great voice, but being able to control it is important as well," he noted. "When you're up there it's exciting and your adrenaline is rushing and it's hard controlling that." He also emphasized the importance of stage presence, stating, "You have to be able to engage the audience and really get the crowd going."

Many who attended the event also noticed the amount of talent in this year's competition. Junior Sarah Lovas commented, "I thought that all of the singers who performed during AC Idol were great. I thought that they did a good job of picking out music that works best for their voice."

Overall, the event was a success. Kelley Arnold, a junior, particularly enjoyed AC Idol. "I've always had fun at this event," she said. "I've gone every year, but this year seemed to run much more smoothly than past AC Idols. I'm certain we have Jacki and Mike to thank for that! From our hilarious and dazzling hosts to our judges to our wonderful singers and to our fabulous audience- the night was beautiful."

To read more from Le Provocateur, click here.
Boston Globe: Milford grad plays with spirit, heart Assumption Greyhounds linebacker Nic k DiAntonio ’12 was recently featured in the October 13 edition of the Boston Globe. In the profile, DiAntonio discusses his past, his faith and his time at Assumption.

An excerpt from the article appears below.

"I treat sports and the classroom the same,’’ said DiAntonio. “No one is going to outwork me. My future is not in football. It depends on how I perform in the classroom. I want to be a high school math teacher and football coach. I love the game too much to give it up."

Read the full article here.
Assumption College Hosts “A Public Conversation with John Yoo”
The continued threat of terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and rogue-states pose serious challenges to those concerned with the integrity of international law and global peace and order. "Just War Theory and the 21st Century: A Public Conversation with John Yoo" examined the prospects of meeting these challenges through the recovery of a venerable “Just War” tradition.

The conversation was held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Assumption College’s Hagan Center Hall. It is sponsored by Assumption College’s Department of Political Science

Yoo is best known for his work as an official in the U.S. Department of Justice during the George W. Bush Administration in the areas of foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. He recently co-edited the book, Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security. Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California Berkeley.

Assumption Professor Bernard J. Dobski, chair of the political science department, interviewed Professor Yoo, who then took questions from the audience.
 
Read the Worcester Telegram and Gazette story on the discussion here.
Assumption College Department of Public Safety Awarded 'Certification’ Status
Assumption College’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) was granted a three-year state certification on Sept. 29 from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). It is only the 50th department in the state to receive such certification.

“Achieving certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is considered a very significant accomplishment and is a recognition that is highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said MPAC Executive Director Donna Taylor Mooers. “Going through the certification process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of Assumption College’s Department of Public Safety.”

Certification is a voluntary, self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training and communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Under the leadership of Police Chief Robert Murphy and Accreditation Manager and Administrative Lt. Steven Mackay, Assumption’s DPS was reviewed in July by a team of commission-appointed assessors.

“This certification recognizes the Assumption Department of Public Safety’s commitment to the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Chief Murphy. “And while I am very pleased that the department has received this prestigious certification, we are now seeking the commission’s highest award, and that is accreditation.”
U.S. News & World Report Quotes Assumption MBA Director/Professor Assumption College Professor J. Bart Morrison, director of the institution’s MBA program, was quoted in a Sept. 23, 2011, article in U.S. News & World Report talking about the benefits of applying directly to an MBA program after graduation.
Dr. Leonard Sperry to open 2011-2012 President’s Lecture Series Assumption College will host the 2011-2012 President’s Lecture Series. Through this annual forum, ethical, spiritual, and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.

Sept. 21, 2011, 7 p.m. – Dr. Leonard Sperry, professor of mental health counseling at Florida Atlantic University, and clinical professor of psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin, will speak on “Psychology and the American Catholic Experience.” La Maison Française, Salon

Oct. 18, 2011, 7 p.m. – Helen M. Alvare, associate professor of law, George Mason University School of Law in Virginia, will speak on “Envisioning a More Perfect Union of Men and Women: A New Feminism and the Theology of the Body.” La Maison Française, Salon

Nov. 10, 2011, 7 p.m. – Archbishop of Philadelphia, the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, will give the D’Amour Lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on “Catholics and the Next America.” Hagan Campus Center Hall

Feb. 22, 2012, 7 p.m. – James Patout Burns Jr., Edward A. Malloy emeritus professor of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, will give the annual Augustine Lecture on “Repentance, Reconciliation and Forgiveness: Lessons from St. Augustine.” La Maison Française, Salon

March 22, 2012, 7 p.m. – George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and William E. Simon chair in Catholic studies, will speak on “Catholic Social Doctrine and the Future of America?” Hagan Campus Center Hall

April 18, 2012, 7 p.m. – Rev. Ian Ker, senior research fellow at St. Benet’s Hall at Oxford University, and the world’s most renowned Newman Scholar, will speak about “Chesterton and Newman.” Hagan Campus Center Hall
Assumption College Moves Up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Assumption College is ranked at No. 34 in U.S. News & World Report’s “2012 Best Colleges” ratings of approximately 200 universities in the North that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees, moving up two places over last year. The rankings were announced Sept. 13, 2011.
 
“The U.S. News & World Report ranking is just one tool students use to identify colleges and universities that can help them achieve their individual goals,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “We strongly encourage students to visit Assumption so they can see for themselves the advantages of our college. Assumption has strong academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; and our outstanding facilities make the college very attractive. In addition, Assumption’s highly regarded faculty are scholars and mentors who are engaged and committed to the success of our students.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for regional colleges and universities are based on several key measures of quality: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. The Sept. 13 ranking follows last month’s announcement by The Princeton Review that Assumption is one of the best colleges in the Northeast.
Assumption College Welcomes New Faculty Assumption College welcomed 10 new faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year. They join 171 faculty members to support and enhance Assumption’s well known undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The faculty expertise ranges from the digital arts to biology, from political science to rehabilitation studies, and from business studies to psychology and sociology.

“Assumption College’s new faculty are tremendously talented individuals who are dedicated to teaching and research. They continue our tradition of academic excellence balanced with real-world knowledge, skills and experience,” said Assumption College Provost and Academic Vice President Francis Lazarus. “Assumption has a reputation for scholars and mentors who are engaged, and committed to the success of each student.”

Ananta Adhikari, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, joins Assumption after a two-and-a half-year, post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Texas-Pan American’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Ananta holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, and math from Tribhuvan University in Nepal; a master’s degree in physics from Tribhuvan University, and a master’s and Ph.D in physics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Alison Cares, Assistant Professor of Sociology, joins Assumption after four years as assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Currently, she is working on two research grants: “Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into University and College Curricula,” which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime; and “Bringing in the Bystander: Enhancing Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence on Two Campuses,” which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cares holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Eric Drouart, Visiting Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, previously served Assumption as adjunct instructor of the College’s graduate business programs. He also was associate professor and chair of Southern Vermont College’s McCormick Division of Business. He was a vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and worked in Japan, Italy and France, and was a manager for General Foods Corporation. He has exceptional experience in international management; business development in the U.S. and abroad; management of international products and category development and market research; as well as strategic planning and marketing communications consulting projects. He holds a business administration degree from IPAG in Paris, France; and a B.B.A. and M.S.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Patty Harris, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, comes to Assumption from the City University of New York and the State University of New York at Old Westbury, where she taught graphic design and animation. She recently worked at Scholastic as the art director on “The 39 Clues,” the company’s first interactive publishing venture. Harris’ work -- which has been exhibited nationally and internationally -- involves the creation of virtual landscapes in Maya, a 3D program. In 2005, The New York Times reviewed one of her one-person shows. Harris attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.F.A. from Queens College.

J. Bart Morrison, Associate Professor of Management and Director of the MBA program, returns to Assumption after serving as dean and professor of management in the University of Charleston’s Graduate School of Business. In the private sector, he has held positions such as chief operating officer for the Island Institute in Maine, director of New Ventures in Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., founding executive director for The Board Network in Maine, and assistant secretary and assistant executive director for The Clark Foundation in New York City and Cooperstown, N.Y. Morrison holds a B.A. from Fordham University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and a Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Alison Myette, Visiting Instructor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, joins Assumption after spending 14 years at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester. At Fairlawn, she evaluated and treated adolescent through geriatric populations within an acute rehabilitation setting, provided in-service education on a variety of topics including dysphagia, aphasia, and cognitive-linguistic disorders related to brain injury; and lectured on assessing and treating language and cognitive deficits in the brain injured. Myette has taught at Assumption for 11 years and is the coordinator for the concentration in communication sciences and disorders. She helped develop three additional classes in this concentration. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

Frances Skypeck ’83, Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting, previously served as vice president -tax at National Grid where she directed the corporate tax function in the U.S., overseeing all tax research and compliance activities. She liaised with senior management in the United Kingdom, managed teams of outside tax advisors, and managed, trained and developed a 10-member staff of tax professionals. While at National Grid, she was responsible for all governmental tax audits and appeals, and was a member of its Benefits Committee, which oversees the company's investments and operations of multi-billion dollar pension and retirement plan portfolios. Skypeck advises multinational businesses in the information technology industry on domestic and international tax matters. She holds a B.A. from Assumption College and an M.S. from Bentley College and is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

Scott M. Tyner, Instructor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, has served as a visiting instructor at Assumption since 2008, and as a teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst while earning his Ed.D. He has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families as an early childhood special education teacher, classroom teacher, mental health counselor, and early intervention developmental specialist. He is a special education consultant based in Northampton, Mass. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, an M.S. Ed. from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., and is completing an Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Adam M. Volungis G’03, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, is a counseling psychologist and his clinical experience includes working in residential and outpatient psychiatric settings serving youth, families and adults. Volungis’ research interests include prevention of school/youth violence, transportation of evidence-based practices, organizational management in nonprofit mental health settings, and predictors/comorbidity of psychiatric hospitalizations. Prior to joining Assumption, he was a pre-doctoral clinical intern at Casa Pacifica in California and served as assistant director for the Center for Human Growth at Indiana University. In addition, he taught psychology at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana and at Indiana University as a doctoral student. Volungis holds a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, an M.A. from Assumption College, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Gregory Weiner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey. As founder and president of Washington, D.C.-based Content Communications, LLC, he wrote speeches and op-eds for national political figures. Weiner’s ghostwritten articles have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. He has also ghostwritten books published by Penguin Viking Press and Simon & Schuster, and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. Weiner taught at Brown University, Georgetown University, and Johns Hopkins University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A.L.S. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. In addition, he was a postdoctoral research associate in Brown University’s Political Theory Project.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Memories in Song
Assumption College Professor of Music Michelle Graveline was featured in a September 9 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article on the “Mass Remembers: Voices of Hope” event, a musical remembrance of the events of those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Graveline, who will be conducting two works in the program, discusses the evolution of the memorial concert and the role of music in honoring the fallen. “It really evolved into something where music would express the feeling of that day,” Graveline notes. “It really makes it special.”

Read the full article here.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor, School Helping School
On Monday, August 22, 55 Assumption College students who are resident assistants (RAs) spent the day helping prepare the grounds of Nelson Place Elementary School in time for the return of students. They also worked with the Indian Lake Association to distribute information on helping keep the nearby Indian Lake clean. Worcester’s mayor Joe O’Brien also was on hand to assist, as were several members of Assumption’s Residence Life Staff and others from the Nelson Place community.

The student volunteers spent the afternoon weeding the grounds, cutting and pulling branches, cleaning up the softball field and painting railings. They also worked with members of the Worcester Public Works Department on spray-painting warnings on storm drains and distributing pamphlets and stuffers about keeping Indian Lake clean.

Assumption also donated a banner welcoming incoming students to Nelson Place as a sign of the continuing bond between the schools. Reading “Welcome to Nelson Place from your friends at Assumption College,” the banner was imprinted with the handprints of Assumption’s RAs in remembrance of their time at the school.

"Assumption’s Residential Life department has always worked to incorporate volunteer work into our training and programs and we’ve always received a very positive response,” said Gena Bevilacqua, a resident director at Assumption. “It's great that we were able to connect with Nelson Place. It really was the ideal situation to be able to help out our community.”

"Volunteering at Nelson Place was amazing,” Resident Assistant Jesse Hunt ’14 agreed. “It was a great experience working as a group to make a difference and then watching students play in the schoolyard we had just helped clean."
Assumption Students Receive Red Carpet Treatment
Assumption’s recent First Year Move-in Day was captured by Channel 3’s Worcester News Tonight. In a story aired on August 26, reporter Brendan Monahan covers the move-in process and interviews President Francesco Cesareo, Fabbio Villard ’15 and several Assumption parents.

“I’m super excited! I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m very happy I got into Assumption,” Viillard enthused.

The report appears below.
 

Assumption College Welcomes Class of 2015 Assumption College welcomed the Class of 2015 on Friday, August 26, 2011. This year’s entering class has 649 students, including transfers, which is an increase for the second year.

Evan Lipp, Assumption College’s vice president for enrollment management, attributed this year’s enrollment increase to greater recognition of the College’s outstanding academic programs that prepare students for today’s tough job market. “Assumption College is an appealing choice for students who seek a robust liberal arts education and business and professional academic programs. Our highly regarded and engaged faculty are committed to the success of each student,” he said. “Whether they become educators or public officials, scientists or business leaders, students will find that their academic and co-curricular experience at Assumption will give them the tools they need to reach their immediate and long-term goals – and to continue excelling.”

The Assumption College curriculum and Catholic intellectual tradition enable students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education – exploring new ideas, making connections across disciplines, and pushing themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills.

The incoming class is academically talented, interesting and diverse. The students come from 17 states and nine countries, and 16 percent are ALANA (African-American, Latino/a, Asian, Native American), which is an increase from 52 in 2007 to 101 this year.

The annual Move-in Day Mass was celebrated on August 26 in Assumption’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit; first-year students and their families were invited. A Matriculation Ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 29, in Plourde Recreation Center to formally welcome the students and introduce them to the values of Assumption College. Speakers will include Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo, Provost Francis Lazarus, Rev. Dennis Gallagher, vice president for Mission; Catherine WoodBrooks, vice president for student affairs; and Lipp.

President Cesareo noted that while the students’ four years at the school will quickly pass, the impact of their college experience will last a lifetime. “At Assumption, students, in collaboration with their professors, together seek the truth in all fields of knowledge. We awaken their innate desire for truth and their yearning for transcendence. This openness to the fullness of truth will define their values, refine their goals, and they will feel inspired to use their knowledge in meaningful service to others during college and beyond,” he said. “Assumption students benefit from the support and encouragement of classmates and mentors, many of whom will remain lifelong friends. All of these experiences will not only contribute to the development of their ‘personal compass,’ but they will also prepare students for professional success and personal fulfillment.”
Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Lifelong Learning is WISE An opinion piece on the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) recently appeared in the August 26 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Written by WISE president Barbara Groves and titled “Lifelong learning is WISE,” the article praises Assumption’s commitment to the WISE Program and the benefits WISE offers the Worcester community. “Worcester should be proud of WISE and thankful that Assumption College has sponsored this lifelong learning institute,” Groves writes.

Read the full article here.
New York Times ‘Sunday Book Review’ Mentions Assumption The New York Times “Sunday Book Review” mentioned Assumption College in its August 21, 2011, print edition and online on August 12.

Jennifer Schuessler’s weekly “Inside the List” column described books that colleges and universities assign to students to read; Assumption’s book for all first-year students, made the list.

Read the column here.
Six Assumption professors granted emeritus status
Six longtime Assumption professors have been granted Emeritus status by President Francesco Cesareo. The retiring professors were honored in recognition of their exemplary scholarly contributions and teaching during their tenure at the College.
  • Barbara Beall-Fofana, Ph.D, who joined the Assumption faculty in 2000, was named Professor Emerita of Art, Music and Theatre.
  • David St. John, Ph.D., who joined the Assumption faculty in 1987, was named Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies.
  • Carol Harvey, Ph.D., who joined the Assumption faculty in 1990, was named Professor Emerita of Management.
  • Jeffrey Hunter, Ph.D., who joined the Assumption faculty in 1987, was named Professor Emeritus of Management.
  • William Sullivan, MBA, CPA, who joined the Assumption faculty in 1980, was named Professor Emeritus of Accounting.
  • Jeanne M. McNett, Ph.D., who joined the Assumption faculty in 1997, was named Professor Emerita of Managment.

“Assumption students have long-benefitted from the academic excellence, service and dedication of these six important members of the Assumption community,” said Assumption Provost Francis Lazarus. “As Professors Emeriti, they will continue to enrich the College and the educational experiences of our students.”

Barbara Benoit named Director of Graduate Enrollment, Management and Services. Assumption College has appointed Barbara Benoit as director of graduate enrollment, management and services, beginning June 28. Benoit is responsible for recruiting and screening prospective students for Assumption’s graduate programs in Business/MBA, Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling and Special Education.

“Barbara’s experience, commitment and enthusiasm will be a great asset for the school,” said Assumption College Provost Francis Lazarus, Ph.D. “Her efforts will focus on identifying prospective students for Assumption’s various graduate programs and helping us develop programming and services that are needed by this community and our students.”

Benoit comes to Assumption from Springfield’s American International College, where she served as director of graduate admissions. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and earned a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from American International College.
Professor Daniel J. Mahoney, Ph.D., Selected as First Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship
Daniel J. Mahoney, Ph.D., professor of political science at Assumption College, has been selected to serve as the first Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship. The Augustine Chair was recently established with the support of anonymous benefactor to honor a faculty member whose publications and research has gained national and international recognition, and whose contributions to academic discourse demonstrate the high academic standards of Assumption College.

Professor Mahoney has served Assumption for 25 years and was the winner of the inaugural Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2008. He has compiled an impressive record of research and publication that includes authoring six books, editing 12 others and publishing more than 55 articles and 60 book reviews. In addition, he was awarded the Prix Raymond Aron in 1999 and is frequently called upon to address scholarly academic conferences both in the United States and abroad.

“I am proud to recognize Professor Mahoney as our first Augustine Chair, an honor that demonstrates the importance of the teacher-scholar model in the pursuit of academic excellence,” said Assumption President Francesco Cesareo. “His national and international reputation and unflagging pursuit of knowledge demonstrate the academic rigor of Assumption College and our commitment to provide our students with the finest liberal arts education.”

Mahoney will be formally inaugurated into the Augustine Chair in the fall semester.
Assumption Represented at World Youth Day in Madrid
A 16-member group of Assumption College community members is among the approximately half a million pilgrims at World Youth Day (WYD) in Madrid, Spain, from August 16 to 21. WYD is the largest gathering of Catholic and other youth from around the world, and the Assumption contingent is expected to be the only Worcester Diocese-based group at the event.

“It is a profound experience for the Assumption College group to interact with so many Catholics from around the globe and to be close to Pope Benedict XVI,” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo, who is an internationally recognized authority on the history of the Catholic Church. “Experiences in and out of the classroom?such as at World Youth Day?help shape an Assumption student’s ‘personal compass’ and encourage intellectual, spiritual and personal growth. The students attending World Youth Day are witnesses to an undeniably powerful faith experience, which will deepen their commitment to the Catholic Church.”

Joining President Cesareo on the trip are students Lauren Murphy '12 of Taunton and Julianne Elouadih '13 of North Kingston, R.I.; alumni Christopher Kelley '11 of Worcester, who is the trip’s coordinator, Alicyn Gilberto' 11 of Weston, and Amy Logue '01 (MBA '08) of Worcester; Director of Campus Ministry James Rizza of Worcester, Campus Minster Fr. Dinh Vo Tran of Worcester; Daniel Hicks of Worcester; Br. Ronald Sibugan of Brighton; Assumption missionaries Afton Caterina and Elizabeth Yancey; and the president’s wife Filomena Cesareo and their three children.
Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, the college’s vibrant Catholic intellectual tradition immerses students of all faiths in the works of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, and artists to explore the connections between faith and reason.

“Assumption College has given me not only an education steeped in the Catholic intellectual tradition, but it has given me the skills to respond to the modern world in a reasonable way," said Kelley, who graduated in May. “This becomes even more relevant at World Youth Day, where we get a sense of the modern universal church of today, alive and well, filled with enthusiasm and hope for the future. What is also extraordinary about World Youth Day is that we have the opportunity to meet with strangers and friends from around the world and to unite in prayer and service.”

While 1 million people are expected to attend WYD, more than 400,000 young pilgrims have registered to participate in WYD activities; among them will be approximately 30,000 from the United States?a record number for U.S. participation in a WYD outside North America. Sixty-four million people in the United States are Catholic; worldwide, the Catholic population is 1 billion, according to the latest available Census numbers. WYD will include 967 groups from the United States, representing diverse cohorts including Hispanic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Polish youths.
Assumption Names Bethany Ann Rossi as Career Services Director Assumption College has named Bethany Ann Rossi the new director of career services. Her appointment comes as the city of Worcester is ranked third in the nation for job growth, according to a recent Boston Business Journal study.

“Attaining a job is an important focus for students and parents,” Rossi said. “Assumption offers a unique program to help students identify their strengths and interests beginning in the first year of college. As they progress through college, we offer numerous internship opportunities and then help prepare students for the job market. This survey highlights that Worcester is a great place for students to find jobs.”

Prior to joining the Assumption College community, Rossi served as a senior program manager with the Liberty Mutual Group in Boston. Her background includes recruitment, programming, and professional development and training of talented professionals. She has a master of education degree from Boston University and a bachelor of arts in communication from Boston College.

For more information about Worcester’s job growth ranking, watch the NECN report and read the Boston Business Journal article.
Assumption College named to The Princeton Review’s 2012 “Best in the Northeast” List Assumption College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review in its annual "Best in the Northeast" listing. Princeton Review’s Web site includes colleges in the Northeast region that stand out as academically excellent and that have strong regional reputations.

“Assumption is proud to once again be named among ‘the best in the Northeast,’” said Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo. “The College’s continued commitment to academic excellence and the value it places on all dimensions of the college experience – intellectual, social, community service and spiritual – set Assumption apart. We strive to help our students grow as individuals and reflect the values that are central to our mission as a Catholic institution.”

Assumption’s selection as a “regional best college that offers excellent academic programs” was based on several factors including analysis of institutional data and an 80-question student survey. Students were able to rate their schools on everything from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food.
Keeping the Spirit Alive
Amidst the gatherings, celebrations and ceremonies of Assumption College’s Reunion Weekend, the Class of 1986 spent time reconfirming their commitment to community service. On June 4, 25 members of the class helped more than 100 Rice Elementary School students plant flowers and assist in landscaping at the school, and then helped to run a small carnival with arts, craft and games for the children.

Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot Blades, the official Boston Bruins Hummer and Pierre, Assumption’s greyhound mascot, also participated in the community service event.

“We’re always proud to see our alumni continue to reflect the values of an Assumption education,” said Assumption’s Dean of Students Bob Ravenelle ’86, who helped organize the event.
Assumption Honors 12 with Crown and Shield Award
On Friday, May 13, Assumption College honored 11 members of the class of 2010 with the Crown and Shield award. The Crown and Shield Awards recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership and service to the College throughout their four years.

The recipients of these awards have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and College in various areas of leadership and community service. The students were nominated by faculty, staff and administration at the College.

The following is a list of this year’s Crown and Shield recipients:
  • Carleigh Baldwin is from East Greenbush, NY. Carleigh graduated with dual majors in History and Political Science.
  • Jonathan Bishop is from Wilmington, MA. Jonathan graduated with dual majors in Political Science and English Literature.
  • Line Jessie Clervil is from Medford, MA. Line graduated with a major in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies.
  • Celia Fox is from Arlington, VA. Celia graduated with a major in Psychology, and minors in Education and Community Service Learning.
  • Megan MacKenzie from Dracut, MA. Megan graduated with a major in International Business and a minor in Accounting.
  • Alex Mascaro is from Wilbraham, MA. Alex graduated with a major in Economics.
  • Tracy Noncent is from Randolph, MA. Tracy graduated with a major in English, and a concentration in Writing and Mass Communications.
  • Alexandria Orlando of Red Hook, NY. Alexandria graduated with a major in Accounting, and a minor in Italian Studies.
  • Alexandra Shumway is from Amherst, MA. Alexandra graduated with a major in Political Science and minors in Women’s Studies and Sociology.
  • Kathleen Storer is from Foxboro, MA. Kathleen graduated with a major in Organizational Communication and a minor in Sociology.
  • Lauren Elizabeth Trapasso is from Worcester, MA. Lauren graduated with dual majors in Sociology and Philosophy, with a concentration in Criminology.
Assumption Awards 687 Degrees and Certificates at 94th Commencement
Assumption College held its 94th annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 on the campus’s H.L. Rocheleau Field. Rwandan genocide survivor and author of the New York Times best-seller Left to Tell – Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Immaculee Ilibagiza delivered the Commencement address and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Ilibagiza an international speaker and passionate supporter of human rights, recounted for the class of 2011 the harrowing story of how she was forced into hiding for 91 days in order to escape the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of her entire family, sustained only by her faith and the heroism of a local pastor who concealed her and seven other women in a cramped bathroom. She described her struggle to move forward after the tragedy until she came to the realization that “The worst question to ask is “Why me, Why did this happen? The best question is ‘What can I do now?” Illibagiza exhorted the graduates to balance their intellects with kindness and morality noting “If we grow our heads but not our hearts, this can damage. But if we do both, we can do great things”.

Assumption awarded 474 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 170 Graduate Studies degrees and certificates and 33 Continuing and Career Education degrees at this year’s Commencement. In addition, Fr. Richard Frechette, C.P., D.O. ’74, Thomas Walsh, M.D. ’74 and Susan Woodbury were awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws for their commitment to service.

Valedictorian Alexandra Orlando encouraged her classmates to challenge themselves intellectually in their everyday lives as well as to “understand at a deeper level and fully examine life’s questions.” She noted the experiences she had shared with her class and how they had strengthened them as both students and people. “Remember that we are always students,” she requested. “We will continue to learn new lessons every day, but our time at Assumption has prepared us to teach, to contribute, and to shape the world in which we live.”

Orlando, who is from Red Hook, NY, is an accounting major with an Italian studies minor. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa (the Leadership Honors Society) and the Honors Program, she has committed herself to serving the college and the community as a tutor in the Academic Support Center, a class senator, a member of the Campus Ministry retreat team, and an orientation leader. After graduation, she plans to become a certified public accountant and work as an audit associate for McGladrey.

Salutatorian Brendan Shea of Newington (CT) introduced the Commencement speaker. A marketing and history major, Brendan received the College’s Departmental Award in marketing and was a founding member of Assumption’s Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Brendan has striven to make a difference in the Worcester community through He has been active in the Reach Out Center, with two years as a service director, mentored first-year students and was a member of the Social Justice Committee. He plans to pursue a career in business.

Also among this year’s graduates was Henry A. Prunier, who graduated from the Assumption Prep in 1940 and went on to attend Assumption College for three years (1940-43) before enlisting to fight in WWII as part of the famous seven-member OSS “Deer Team”.

After the war Henry returned to Assumption, but was soon forced to leave the college to assist with his family business. Unable to complete his coursework, Henry never received an Assumption College degree, something that bothered him his whole life. But when Henry received a long-delayed Bronze Star Medal on February 23, 2011, his story came to the attention of the Assumption College administration and further research into Henry’s records (including his course work at Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts) discovered that he had more than enough credits for a degree. So at age 89, WWII veteran Henry Prunier was awarded his 1946 Assumption College diploma at Saturday’s Commencement.

Honorary Degree recipient biographies:

Fr. Richard Frechette, C.P., D.O. ’74 - Honorary Degree - Doctor of Laws

Fr. Richard Frechette, C.P., D.O. ’74, is a medical doctor, missionary and director of the NPH St. Damien Hospital in Haiti. Caring for orphans, ransoming hostages, providing medical assistance to children, burying the dead – it’s all in a day’s work for Fr. Frechette, who has served as a Passionist missionary in Haiti for more than 25 years. Fr. Frechette will give the homily at the Baccalaureate Mass on May 13.

Fr. Frechette graduated from Assumption College in 1974 with a degree in mathematics and was ordained a Passionist priest in 1979. After serving as a missionary for many years, he realized that the children of Haiti were in desperate need of medical support. Fr. Frechette came back to the United States and earned a medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. Along with his missionary duties, he is responsible for the healthcare at the NPH orphanage in Haiti, serving more than 350 children. He is NPH’s regional director of the Caribbean, the national director in Haiti, and a member of the NPH International Health Services Team, which oversees the medical needs of the children in nine countries. St. Damien’s is the country’s premier pediatric hospital and provides long-term care to critically ill children and outpatient services to more than 30,000 patients annually, all free of charge.

Thomas Walsh, M.D. ’74. – Honorary Degree – Doctor of Laws
Thomas Walsh, M.D. ’74, was appointed director, Transplantation-Oncology Infectious Diseases Program and professor of medicine at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College in 2010. He also serves as an assistant attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Walsh conducted medical research at the National Cancer Institute for 25 years. His research resulted in the strategic diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of life-threatening infections in children with cancer and other immune system issues, dramatically increasing their chances to live. He has helped to train many of the world’s leading experts in the care of children with weakened immune systems who are suffering from serious infections.

He also served as a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, providing medical care to the victims of national disasters until his retirement in 2010. Dr. Walsh graduated from Assumption in 1974 with a degree in biology and earned his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is board certified in medicine, infectious diseases and oncology.

Susan Woodbury – Honorary Degree – Doctor of Laws
Susan Woodbury is the retiring chair of the board of the George I. Alden Trust, located in Worcester. Woodbury has been actively involved in numerous community organizations and institutions including the Bancroft School, the Junior League of Worcester and the Worcester Historical Museum. She continues to serve as a trustee of Worcester’s EcoTarium and the YWCA.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she began her career at Providence National Bank in Philadelphia and was the youngest female titled officer at the time of her election in 1967. She also served as a paralegal at Bowditch & Dewey from 1987-1993. She was appointed a trustee at the Alden Trust in 1993 and elected chair in 2002. The Trust focuses on supporting capital projects at private, New England colleges and universities with full-time undergraduate enrollments of 1,000-3,000 students.
Class of 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced Provost Frank Lazarus has announced that Alexandria Orlando has been named valedictorian and Brendan Shea as salutatorian of the Class of 2011.

Alexandria Orlando from Red Hook, NY is an accounting major with an Italian studies minor. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa (the Leadership Honors Society) and the Honors Program, Allie studied abroad at Richmond University in Rome, Italy, in the spring of 2010 and interned at Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co. accounting firm in Westborough last summer. She is also a recipient of both the Augustine and Aquinas scholarships and recently received the College’s Departmental Award in accounting.

In her time at Assumption, Alexandria was a resident assistant and a tutor in the Academic Support Center, as well as treasurer and a senator for the Class of 2011. She also served as a member of the Campus Ministry retreat team, an orientation leader, and a Campus Activities Board executive. After graduation, she plans to become a certified public accountant and work as an audit associate for McGladrey.

Brendan Shea is a marketing and history major from Newington, Connecticut. In addition to high academic achievement, including receiving the College’s Departmental Award in marketing and being a founding member of Assumption’s Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Brendan has striven to make a difference in the Worcester community. He has been active in the Reach Out Center, with two years as a service director, mentored first-year students and was a member of the Social Justice Committee. He plans to pursue a career in business.
Assumption Alumna Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Leslie E. Lupien ’10 has been selected to receive one of 29 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships awarded to athletes across the country for winter sports participation. She will receive $7,500 to use toward her Ph.D. studies in the Experimental and Molecular Medicine Program at Dartmouth College, a program which she begins this September.

“Assumption College maintains a strong tradition of academic excellence for our student-athletes, and Leslie exemplifies that,” said Professor Kevin Hickey, the College’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. “She is the 15th Assumption College student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. That makes Assumption number one in the Northeast-10 Conference in securing post-grad scholarships and currently number nine among all Div. II NCAA colleges across the country. Assumption also ranks in the top 10 of all New England NCAA teams in Division I, II or III, in securing these scholarships ? including Harvard, Yale and Boston College.”

Lupien, who graduated with a major in biology and a minor in sociology, was a member of the College’s Honors Program and was selected to be Salutatorian. She also received the Augustine Scholar Award, the Marion Scholarship Award, the Convocation Award for Biology and was a four-year recipient of the College’s Presidential Scholarship.

Lupien was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team. In 2007-2008, the Assumption women’s team posted a 22-10 record and advanced to the NCAA East Regional Semifinals. Lupien received the College’s Rev. Alfred Berthiaume ’32 Memorial Award for Going Above and Beyond in 2009. In June 2010 she was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Female Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lupien was active on campus and in the community. She was served on the College’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was a staff writer for the student newspaper, a volunteer coach of TOPSoccer in Holden, a mentor at the St. Peter’s Afterschool Program in Worcester, and a volunteer reader at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center. She also worked as a volunteer for the Massachusetts Special Olympics, and annually participates in the 135-mile Angel Bike Ride, raising funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for sick children in Connecticut.

Currently Lupien is nationally ranked in the top 200 female triathletes in her age group. She is working as a lab technician at the M.I.T. Division of Comparative Medicine until she begins her Ph.D program.
Assumption Announces Two Fulbright Scholarship Awards Two Assumption College students have recently been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. Cerilenne Menendez Mendoza ’11, who is majoring in accounting and Latin American studies with a minor in political science, will spend a year taking business classes at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, the prestigious business school in Mexico City. In addition to her studies, she will intern at a Mexican financial services firm.

Kyle Johnson ’11, who is an economics major with minors in finance, accounting and mathematics, proposes to spend nine months in the Indian city of Hyderabad, working with Economics Professor Vamsi Vakulabharanam at the Central University of Hyderabad. Kyle’s Fulbright project involves research on the impact of new infrastructure development in Hyderabad. If he accepts the award, he will study the extent and nature of economic growth that has resulted from the construction of the city’s newest highway.

“Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields,” states Professor Smriti Rao, Assumption College post-graduate scholarship advisor. “We are very proud of our students and their commitment to intellectual growth and cultural awareness. They want to make a difference.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables more than 1,500 U.S. citizens to will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year. This flagship international educational exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Speaking Out
April 13 through 18 marked Assumption College’s third annual Sexual Assault Violence Education (SAVE) week. Sponsored by the College’s PAWS (Peers Advocating Wellness for Students) group, SAVE week strives to engage students and provide them with information about sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as strategies to help keep them safe.

Massachusetts Lt. Gov Tim Murray was on-hand for the week’s inaugural presentation and spoke briefly about the Commonwealth’s commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence and praised the PAWS group for its efforts.

“I appreciate the fact the students, the faculty and the entire campus community are coming together this week,” he told the crowd. “Your efforts this week and throughout the year are critical as we work to raise awareness and promote resources that end sexual violence. “

At the conclusion of his speech Murray presented PAWS President Lauren Trapasso and Vice President Alexandra Shumway with a proclamation signed by Governor Deval Patrick thanking them for their service. The Lt. Governor was also the first of more than 400 to sign a banner bearing Assumption’s pledge to work toward ending domestic and sexual violence.

Through presentations and information sessions, PAWS continued its program of educating and providing resources throughout the week.

“We know these are difficult topics, but as long as we can help make students think about ways to stay safe, speak out, or help a friend, we are making a difference,” Shumway believes. “If our programs can help one student, that is one less life that is turned upside down.”

Trapasso agreed. “SAVE programming allows for students to discuss issues that are not typically talked about, while asking students to be an advocate for the cause as well. The Assumption community has come together to raise awareness about an important issue that effects so many of us, and to speak out against it.”
Worcester Telegram and Gazette – Assumption Book Buddy Good Pal to Young Readers
By Margaux Finan ’13

The Assumption College Book Buddies program was recently featured in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette’s “Town News section”. Offered through the College’s Reach-Out Center, the Book Buddy program is a volunteer-based effort that helps pairs Assumption students with members of Kathleen Meagher’s second grade classroom at Nelson Place Community School during their reading groups and with literacy activities. The classroom volunteers provide extra attention to students who are struggling and reading below grade level by reading with them, aiding in various classroom activities and act as an extra set of eyes and ears during classroom instruction or during one-on-one practice.

An excerpt from the article appears below:

Indeed, according to Ms. Meagher, the students look forward to the day when their Book Buddy comes and she can often expect that her students will rise to the occasion. “They tend to be very well behaved when they are here,” she said with a laugh, “because they will have more time with them if they are.”

Read the rest of the story at: http://www.telegram.com/article/20110421/FLASH/104219565
Matt Mahar Named Head Coach of Men's Basketball Team
Matt Mahar has been named as the men’s basketball head coach at Assumption College, becoming the 12th head coach in the program’s history. The naming of Mahar caps a nationwide search to replace Serge DeBari ’71, who retired following the 2010?2011 season. Mahar begins his duties on May 23rd.

“Coach Mahar is a great fit for Assumption,” said Ted Paulauskas, Assumption’s Director of Athletics. “He is a proven winner and an excellent recruiter who strongly believes in the mission of the College.”

Mahar comes to Assumption from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he has served as the men’s basketball head coach and the assistant athletic director since 2005. During his five?year tenure, the Silverswords have compiled a 101?64 overall record that includes wins over Division I opponents Oklahoma, Princeton and Villanova at the Maui Invitational. A two?time Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year, Mahar has guided his team to three PacWest Championships (2006, 2008, 2011) and three berths in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The winningest coach in Chaminade history, Mahar has also coached two All?Americans and five All?Region players during his time in Hawaii.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to become the next head coach at Assumption College,” said Mahar. “The Greyhounds have a storied basketball history and I am proud to have been selected from such a great pool of candidates. Coach DeBari leaves behind a strong group of young players who represent the College so well. It’s with great excitement that I take on this challenge.”

Prior to taking over as the program’s head coach, Mahar, who graduated from Johnson State College (Vt.) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science, served as the assistant coach and sports information director for Chaminade from 2002?2005 before becoming head coach. In addition, he was also the interim athletic director during the 2005?2006 season, during which the school added three Pacific West Conference sports with men’s and women’s soccer and women’s basketball.

“The national interest in this position speaks to the tradition of success of the Assumption men’s basketball program,” said Paulauskas. “It also shows the respect that people show for the educational experience that Assumption has to offer and the strong reputation that the College has throughout the country.”

With a tradition of excellence, the Assumption College men’s basketball program is one of just three New England Division II schools with 1,000 all?time victories, surpassing that plateau in the 2007?2008 season. The Greyhounds have made 26 all?time appearances in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, claiming seven regional titles. In addition, Assumption has captured four Northeast?10 Tournament Championships and posted 15 20?win seasons.
Assumption's Sixth Annual Duck Day a Red Carpet Event
On April 12 Assumption’s sixth annual Duck Day rolled out the red carpet to welcome back the ducks that call the college home from April to November. The annual event raised more than $500.00 for “Duck Crossing” signs, which will be placed around the pond to ensure the safety of Assumption’s feathered friends in their travels.

More than 200 children from Flagg St. and Nelson Place elementary schools sported duck caps as they cheered the return of the ducks. Assumption mascot Pierre the Greyhound and Joey the Duck were, of course, in attendance, as well for the gala event. The Student Activities office, sponsor of Duck Day, provided duck umbrellas and duck whistles to the children, as well as cupcakes and cookies to decorate.
Worcester Telegram and Gazette - Pell Funding Key in Education An opinion piece written by Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo recently appeared in the April 20 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Titled "Pell funding key in education", the article explores the role of Pell Grants in insuring students’ educational futures.

“Danielle grew up in Worcester and dreamed of attending college. She was thrilled when she was accepted to Assumption College and received financial aid. She carefully budgets to afford her education, and she has a work-study job that helps with expenses. She also works during the summer and winter break to pay her tuition. The Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) are important pieces of her financial package and her future. “

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.telegram.com/article/20110420/NEWS/104209947.
Assumption College Joins ASIANetwork Assumption College has joined ASIANetwork, a consortium of 170 liberal arts college devoted to promoting Asian Studies. Created in 1992, the AsiaNetwork collaborates with more than 170 colleges to encourage Asian studies as part of an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. The network supports curriculum development, encourages collaborative research between institutions and between students and faculty, and stimulates fresh approaches to teaching and learning via its publications and an annual conference.

Associate Provost Louise Carroll Keeley noted the powerful synergies offered by the new membership. "Assumption has always rooted its mission in the primacy of the liberal arts and accented great teaching. The burgeoning student and faculty interest in Asia, whether its politics, art, history or economic dynamism, will be well-served by our membership in ASIANetwork."

Dr. Deborah Kisatsky, Chair of Assumption’s History department concurred. “By joining ASIANetwork, Assumption joins important trans-disciplinary conversations about Asia's place in the world and helps further our educational mission of enhanced global awareness and responsibility.”
Cellular Science Michele Lemons, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Assumption College, was recently awarded a $188,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for her ongoing research on neuron cells. The three-year grant begins in April 2011 and concludes in the spring of 2014.

“If we better understand how the axons guide neurons to their appropriate targets during normal development, we may be able to promote damaged axons to navigate back to their original targets in adults with spinal cord injuries,” Lemons says. She hopes the lessons learned in her research can be applied to spinal cord regeneration.

The grant enables Lemons to pay students to help with the research. Three Assumption undergraduates will work full time during the summers with Lemons and one student will work during each academic year on this project.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for students who either want to go to graduate school or medical school,” says Lemons. In addition grant funds will be used to purchase a state-of-the-art epifluorescent microscope that has a high resolution digital camera and a computer loaded with software that controls the microscope and camera.

Lemons joined the Assumption faculty in 2007. She did her undergraduate work in biology at the College of William & Mary and earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Florida.
Rwandan Genocide Survivor and Author Immaculée Ilibagiza to Speak at 94th Commencement
Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza will receive an honorary degree and address the Assumption College Class of 2011 at the 94th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, on the campus.

The author of Left to Tell – Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, a New York Times best-seller, Ilibagiza will speak about how her Catholic faith and prayer comforted her during her ordeal and enabled her to forgive. For 91 days in 1994, she hid with seven other Tutsi women in the tiny bathroom of a Hutu minister’s house to escape almost certain death. Over three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered, including most of Ilibagiza’s family. While hiding, she constantly prayed, taking comfort in the rosary beads given to her by her father.

She has since become an international speaker and passionate supporter of human rights. She established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which assists orphans in Rwanda with scholarships that provide such things as school clothes, fees, materials and food in some cases. She conducts “A Weekend with Immaculée Retreats” at locations throughout the country, where the attendees focus upon hope and healing. Ilibagiza has worked for the United Nations and authored three books. Her story has been featured on “60 Minutes” and she has received numerous honors and awards for her inspiring efforts.

The College also will award honorary degrees to the following three individuals for their outstanding contributions:

Fr. Richard Frechette, C.P., D.O. ’74, is a medical doctor, missionary and director of the NPH St. Damien Hospital in Haiti. Caring for orphans, ransoming hostages, providing medical assistance to children, burying the dead – it’s all in a day’s work for Fr. Frechette, who has served as a Passionist missionary in Haiti for more than 25 years.

Fr. Frechette graduated from Assumption College in 1974 with a degree in mathematics and was ordained a Passionist priest in 1979. After serving as a missionary for many years, he realized that the children of Haiti were in desperate need of medical support. Fr. Frechette came back to the United States and earned a medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. Along with his missionary duties, he is responsible for the healthcare at the NPH orphanage in Haiti, serving more than 350 children. He is NPH’s regional director of the Caribbean, the national director in Haiti, and a member of the NPH International Health Services Team, which oversees the medical needs of the children in nine countries. St. Damien’s is the country’s premier pediatric hospital and provides long-term care to critically ill children and outpatient services to more than 30,000 patients annually, all free of charge.

Thomas Walsh, M.D. ’74, was appointed director, Transplantation-Oncology Infectious Diseases Program and professor of medicine at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College in 2010. He also serves as an assistant attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Walsh conducted medical research at the National Cancer Institute for 25 years. His research resulted in the strategic diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of life-threatening infections in children with cancer and other immune system issues, dramatically increasing their chances to live. He has helped to train many of the world’s leading experts in the care of children with weakened immune systems who are suffering from serious infections.

He also served as a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, providing medical care to the victims of national disasters until his retirement in 2010. Dr. Walsh graduated from Assumption in 1974 with a degree in biology and earned his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is board certified in medicine, infectious diseases and oncology.

Susan Woodbury is the retiring chair of the board of the George I. Alden Trust, located in Worcester. Woodbury has been actively involved in numerous community organizations and institutions including the Bancroft School, the Junior League of Worcester and the Worcester Historical Museum. She continues to serve as a corporator of Worcester’s EcoTarium and the YWCA. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she began her career at Provident National Bank in Philadelphia and was the youngest female titled officer at the time of her election in 1967. She also served as a paralegal at Bowditch & Dewey from 1987-1993. She was appointed a trustee at the Alden Trust in 1993 and elected chair in 2002. The Trust focuses on supporting capital projects at private, New England colleges and universities with full-time undergraduate enrollments of 1,000-3,000 students. Over the years, the Alden Trust supported many capital projects at Assumption College, including the campus center, library, recreation center, science building and the Alden Trust Auditorium in the College’s Kennedy Memorial Hall.

For more information, please visit www.assumption.edu/commencement or contact Paul Belsito at 508-767-7478 or pbelsito@assumption.edu.
Exploring the Past in Person
This March, 12 Assumption College students and two faculty members traveled across Central Europe to explore its rich and complex history and culture. During their 10-day trip, the group visited Prague, Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest. The cities of Central Europe became a “living classroom” for the students, who witnessed first-hand the majestic places they had studied, from the spires of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Muzeum, home of several works by the Old Masters.

The tour was offered as complement to a history course on East Central Europe taught by Prof. Irina Mukhina. The class explored the region’s imperial past, as well as the more recent period of turmoil that followed the First World War. The students immersed themselves in Central Europe’s art, politics and culture, making important connections between their readings, discussions and real-life experience.

“Every single place we visited was absolutely incredible, from Wenceslas Square to the Hungarian Parliament” said Carleigh Baldwin ’11. “We saw so many amazing things and truly made the most of every second we had there.”
Assumption Announces the Creation of a New Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Assumption College has announced a new interdisciplinary minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS). The MEMS minor focuses on developments from the age of Constantine through Napoleon by studying a number of liberal arts disciplines in an integrated fashion.

Students can combine course work from eight areas including history, literature, languages, the arts, philosophy, politics, sociology and religion to fulfill the MEMS minor. MEMS is a strong complement to virtually all liberal arts majors because it incorporates the richness and diversity of many perspectives and encourages students to recognize the impact on the modern world.

“Assumption’s strong liberal arts tradition is the basis for the MEMS minor,” said Professor Lance Lazar, History Department. “Our students learn how the events and creative achievements of the Middle Ages are interconnected and how they continue to affect our world today. Students gain a greater insight into the development of the liberal arts and Western Civilization.”
God is Coming to the Hanover Theater!
God is coming to the Hanover Theater as Assumption College’s Theatre program presents the acclaimed musical Children of Eden at the Hanover Theater on April 15 at 7:30 pm., April 16 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and April 17 at 2 pm.

Inspired by the story of Genesis, Children of Eden takes a heartfelt and humorous look at the age-old conflict between parents and children. It begins with the narrative of Adam and Eve, followed by Cain and Able, and finishes with the story of Noah and his family. Written by Stephen Schwartz who also wrote Wicked, Pochantas, and Pippin, as well as John Caird who wrote Les Miserables, Children of Eden delivers an inspirational show about family and faith.

The show features performances by Assumption students, faculty and staff, as well as 26 children from the greater Worcester community. Rebecca Stewart of Pins and Needles Garment Co. in Enfield, New Hampshire created the elaborate costumes.

Through its contemporary score, lively dance numbers, and vivid pageantry, the play delivers the hope-inspiring message that “the hardest part of love...is letting go.”
 
A short video of cast members Marie Ebacher and Matt Angelini, performing the song "In Whatever Time We Have" from the musical, is embedded below.
 


Tickets for Children of Eden can be purchased at the Assumption College Bookstore or by contatcting Jacqueline Chlapowski at 
jchlapowski@assumption.edu or 508-767-7304. Tickets are also available at the Hanover Theater box office at $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $12 for children 12 and younger. For more information about tickets, call 508-471-1767.
NCAA Bound! The Assumption College women's basketball team has earned an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday night. The Greyhounds (21-7) earned the No. 4 seed in the East Region.

This is the fourth all-time NCAA appearance for the Greyhounds, all coming under the direction of 15th-year head coach Kerry Phayre. This is also the second NCAA appearance in the last four seasons as the Greyhounds reached the regional semifinals in the 2007-2008 season. The Greyhounds are currently 21-7 overall, giving the program its fifth all-time 20-win season and first since a program-record 22-win campaign in the 2007-2008 season.

The Greyhounds swept the regular-season series from Saint Rose, including a season-opening, 69-65 win in Albany and a 63-44 victory in Laska Gym on February 3rd. The all-time series between the two teams stands at 12-6 in favor of the Greyhounds, including two straight and seven of the last 10 contests.

This is the second time the Greyhounds and Golden Knights have met in the NCAA Tournament. The first time was the first-ever meeting between the two teams, which came on March 11, 2000 in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. Saint Rose took that game by an 88-69 final at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.
Committed to Service This March more than 50 Assumption College undergraduate students and 12 advisors (including student leaders, graduate students, staff and alumni) will take part in seven different Alternative Spring Break trips in locations across the country, from Camden, New Jersey, to Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

The programs assist humanitarian organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Operation Helping Hands in New Orleans, and Bethlehem House, a community for persons with developmental disabilities. The program combines service work and personal reflection. “The Alternate Spring Break program offers students the opportunity to put their faith into action, meet new people, travel to another part of the country, and see life from another perspective,” said campus minister Vincent Sullivan-Jacques.

The Alternate Spring Break trips are offered as part of the College’s SEND program, currently in its 25th year. This year three new locations were added. Students in Pine Ridge, SD, will serve on the Oglala Lakota Reservation. In Immokalee, FL, they will work in with migrant farm workers, and in Minneapolis, MN, they will volunteer at homeless shelters and food pantries.
Le Provocateur – Second Annual RecycleMania Competition Hits Assumption The start of the 10-week “RecycleMania” drive was recently featured in the February 16 edition of Le Provocateur, Assumption’s s student newspaper. Mikeala Porter ’13 reports on the history of the drive, its importance and what Assumption students can do to help.

An excerpt from the article appears below:

“Incorporating 630 colleges across the United States, RecycleMania calls the six million students and 1.5 million faculty and staff members of theses colleges to enhance their school's recycling effort. "It's a way to get schools involved, and hold themselves accountable through friendly competition in terms of meeting certain benchmarks or improving their recycling or just creating awareness [on campus]," said Bea Patiño, Area Coordinator for Residential Life.”

To read the full story, visit the Provocateur website.
Season of Giving
Assumption’s holiday gift drives, including a Student Activities run initiative which collects presents for children served by the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the “Tickets for Tots” program were recent featured on New England Cable News. The successful drives saw more than 400 gifts collected.

Watch the story here.
Making Connections On February 17 Assumption College held its 10th annual Career Networking Dinner. Sponsored by the Assumption College Parents Committee, the event provided 82 students, including 36 seniors, with career advice and the opportunity to network with Assumption students’ parents and Assumption alumni in a variety of professional fields.

Guest speaker Erin Champlin, the vice president of global business services at EMC Corporation and the mother of an Assumption junior, presented a talk titled “Secret Tricks and Tips to Land an Interview.”

“According to a Department of Labor survey, networking accounts for 70 percent of all annual hires,” said Linda Rosenlund, director of parent programming at Assumption. “The Networking Dinner gives us a chance to reach out to alumni and parents and engage them to help our students practice the art of networking and navigating their way to landing a job.”
Public Comments Requested for NEASC Study Assumption College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on April 4-6, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.

Assumption College has been accredited by the Commission since 1949 and was last reviewed in 2001. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, Assumption College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comment on Assumption College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
E-mail: cihe@neasc.org.

Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public Comments must be received by April 6. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.
Solar Powered Assumption College is continuing its efforts to “go green” on campus with the installation of a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the College’s Emmanuel d’Alzon Library. Drawing energy from the sun, the apparatus will generate up to 60,000 watts of electricity to be consumed on campus.

“This is another part of our ongoing sustainability and energy conservation efforts,” said John Langlois, director of Auxiliary Services.

The project, built through a partnership with Greenskies Renewable Energy, also uses a television display in Assumption’s Testa Science Center, connected via a network to the solar photovoltaic system, to provide real-time energy output statistics to students, faculty and staff.

“It is our hope that in addition to saving costs that it will be a good educational tool for our science department and students to see renewable energy in action,” Langlois said. The system will be installed and operational this spring.
Prof. Daniel Mahoney publishes new book
What we need is a conservative-minded liberalism. That is the idea proposed by Daniel J. Mahoney, professor and chair of political science at Assumption College, in his new book “The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends.”
 
Mahoney was recently interviewed on “Between the Covers” with John J. Miller on National Review Online. In the book and throughout the interview, Mahoney offers a thoughtful view of how Western democracy has become estranged from the historical, political, spiritual and cultural elements that are the “conservative foundation of the liberal order.” The book takes particular aim at partisans of “pure democracy” who have transformed the principles of liberty and equality into an unreflective dogma that undermines the very things that enrich human existence and give purpose to human freedom.
Assumption Introduces New Certificate of Graduate Studies in Business Assumption’s Certificate in Graduate Studies (CGS) in Business program offers three tracks for working professionals to enhance their management knowledge and expertise by taking five graduate-level courses.

The Graduate Business Administration program at Assumption College offers these certificates in front-line management, organizational communication and nonprofit leadership for business and nonprofit professionals in new management positions. Applicants to the programs must have completed an undergraduate degree.

Each certificate provides a variety of courses from which a student must successfully complete five courses within three years. Students also have the opportunity to transition into the Assumption MBA program after satisfactory performance in the CGS, and can apply their five CGS courses towards their MBA degree.

For more information, click here.
The Big Game
An essay on the Super Bowl and the importance of sports in American culture by Geoffrey Vaughan, associate professor of political science and director of Assumption College's Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program, was recently published in First Things. The article, titled “Our Egalitarian Elitism” explores the role sports play in uniting people across socioeconomic boundaries.

“Americans everywhere are now preparing for the festivities of the Super Bowl. Even tepid sports fans will probably watch the game, or at least the commercials. More so than the commemorations of the victims of the shootings in Tucson, let alone any religious observance, this is the most shared experience Americans will have all year.”

Read the full article here.

First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.
Assumption’s social network spotlighted in Worcester Telegram and Gazette The Assumption College Admissions Department, as well as the College’s VoiceView microblogging program, was recently featured in a Worcester Telegram and Gazette article on utilizing social networking to recruit new students.

“’That's where our target audience is hanging out,’ said Evan E. Lipp, vice president for enrollment management at Assumption College in Worcester, about social media and Facebook in particular.”

“‘We need to be there as well and have the tools they are accustomed to utilizing,’ he said.”

Read the full article at: http://www.telegram.com/article/20110123/NEWS/101230459.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - College is a good investment An opinion piece written by Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo recently appeared in the Dec. 29 issue of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Titled "College is a good investment", the article articulates the value of higher education and the liberal arts:

"A slowly recovering economy, a challenging job market and a strong media focus on student loan repayment and default rates have some parents and student borrowers asking if it was worth it …I offer a resounding “Yes!” to the question…but only if students and their parents make informed decisions, carefully consider affordability issues and have frank conversations with financial aid advisers as they explore college options."

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.telegram.com/article/20101229/NEWS/12290551/1020#ixzz19z807zD3
Campus Police Officer Honored
Corporal Donald H. Brickman, Jr., a campus police officer with the Assumption College Department of Public Safety, recently was presented with a Special Recognition Award by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) for “noteworthy performance among campus police officers.”

Corporal Brickman received the annual MACLEA bronze plaque for the exceptionally high level of professionalism, innovation and effectiveness that he has demonstrated in the performance of his investigative, enforcement and campus safety responsibilities. In particular, he was cited for his “concern students’ wellbeing and for community enhancement.”

MACLEA is under the umbrella of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), a professional organization comprised of more than 1,600 members whose mission is to further the professionalism of campus law enforcement.

Brickman was selected from among nominees at colleges and universities statewide. He joined the Assumption force in 2002 and resides in Worcester.
Books on Film
Joshua Moore, director of the Assumption College Bookstore, was recently interviewed by the National Association of College Stores about two commercials he filmed for the bookstore (embedded below). The commercials are posted on YouTube and appear on the College television station. In the article, Moore discusses the creation of the ads and his philosophy for the bookstore.

“I came here with the expressed purpose of changing how students see a bookstore,” says Moore. “We’re always looking for ways to advertise and this was a great promotion. The first one went over so well that I wrote a second one.”

Read the interview at: http://www.nacs.org/publications/campusmarketplace/news/111210assumption.aspx?id=cm


 

Giving Thanks By Kelly Moran

Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Ph.D. an Assumption College psychology professor who teaches, researches and writes about the science of emotion, motivation and wellness, recently blogged about the results of a new study, “The Power of Gratitude in Marriage,” on her blog on positive psychology for Martha Stewart Living’s online publication Whole Living Daily (http://wholelivingdaily.wholeliving.com/author/sarah-rose-cavanagh). Along with forgiveness and positivity during conflict, finding and expressing gratitude is a possible contributor to a happy marriage, Cavanagh wrote.

The findings are a result of a study in which 50 couples, married for 20 years or more, were asked to keep daily journals for two weeks about when they felt gratitude, expressed gratitude and felt marriage satisfaction. Cavanagh stresses the importance of actions over words.

“The researchers found that, unsurprisingly, there was a strong positive relationship between one’s own felt and expressed gratitude and how satisfied one was with the marriage,” Cavanagh blogged. “The researchers discovered something more intriguing, however…that in long-term marriage, expressions of gratitude may become so commonplace as to become background noise. However, truly felt gratitude toward a partner may be portrayed in nonverbal cues and in reciprocal actions (“she went out of her way to make my morning easier, I think I’ll make her favorite meal for dinner tonight”), both of which could result in higher marriage satisfaction.”

Cavanagh also assigned a task to her readers, “Find something to feel truly grateful for in your romantic partner and express that gratitude. Use more than words. You’ll both thank me later.”
Worcester Magazine: October 29, 2010 Light the Night Walk at Assumption
Worcester Magazine has posted a photo gallery of pictures taken during the 11th annual Light the Night event.
 
"Red and white illuminated balloons symbolizing blood cancer survivors and in memory of those lost from the disease floated were pulled through the night sky by those walking in the 11th annual Light the Night event at Assumption College."

View the gallery at http://www.worcestermag.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/Photo-Gallery-Light-the-Night-2010-106298438.html.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Young Guards Make Greyhounds Go Assumption is the only Northeast-10 school to place at least one player on the conference’s All-Freshman team in each of the past six years. Last year, two players were named to the All-Freshmen team, Gabrielle Gibson and Katy Howard. Now Gibson and Howard are sophomores and starting in the backcourt.

Read more about Gibson and Howard and the rest of Assumption College Women's Basketball team here.
Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Honoring in Bronze
The unveiling of the new three-piece sculpture of Father Emmanuel d'Alzon, the founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, the religious order that established Assumption College, was featured recently in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
 
View a picture of the unveiling here.
Assumption welcomes new tenure-track faculty and visiting instructors Four new tenure-track faculty in a variety of disciplines joined the Assumption community this fall. They include:

Mark Z. Christensen, assistant professor of history (Latin American history)
Professor Christensen earned a Ph.D. in history in 2010 from The Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded a two-month residency research grant from the Friends of the Princeton University Library, as well as an Academy of American Franciscan History Dissertation Fellowship and various travel awards. His doctoral project, using the Nahuatl and Yacatec Maya languages, was titled Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Ecclesiastical Texts and Local Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan.

Aisling S. Dugan, assistant professor of biology (microbiology)
Professor Dugan earned a Ph.D. in biology and medicine in 2008 at Brown University. She was a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Research Associate at Tufts University and a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. She has held fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and from the institutions where she studied. One of her NIH grants was a curriculum development grant, Great Diseases: a Collaborative Approach to Real World Science in the Classroom. She is an associate member of the American Society for Virology; her research has focused on the host-pathogen relationship for viruses and bacteria.

Allison Machlis Meyer, assistant professor of English (Shakespeare and early modern literature)
Professor Meyer earned a Ph.D. in English in 2010 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received several travel awards and a summer research fellowship, as well as the University of Illinois Donald A. Smalley Fellowship. She has made presentations at the conferences of the Shakespeare Association of America and the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. She has extensive experience in mentoring instructors of rhetoric. She wrote her dissertation on the topic of Agents of History: Women and Royal Politics in Early Modern Historical Narratives and Dramas.

Brian D. Volz, assistant professor of economics
Professor Volz earned a Ph.D. in economics in 2009 at University of Connecticut. He received the Albert E. Waugh Scholarship in recognition of academic achievement and promise as a teacher. His areas of specialization are labor economics, applied microeconomics, and industrial organization. He published a series of papers relating to Major League Baseball, and in his dissertation used the technique of data envelopment analysis from the field of industrial organization to measure discrimination and productivity in the professional baseball market.

In addition, three full-time visiting instructors were welcomed to campus.

Robert R. Caron ‘99, grad ’00, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, holds two degrees from Assumption, a master’s degree (2000) in rehabilitation counseling and a bachelor’s degree (1999) in social and rehabilitation services. He is completing his studies for a doctor of science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (2011) at Boston University. He has been a teaching fellow at the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and was an adjunct faculty member at Assumption College in 2006.

David Hoyle, Business Studies
Visiting Instructor David Hoyle earned an MBA (1978) in quantitative methods at Boston College and a BS/BA (1976), magna cum laude, also from Boston College. Mr. Hoyle has extensive professional experience and leadership in market research, advertising, sales and consulting, including serving as president of Research Options, Inc.

Joshua A. Shmikler, Philosophy
Visiting Instructor Joshua Shmikler is a Ph.D. (2010) candidate in philosophy, Boston College. He holds an MA (2002) in philosophy from Boston College and a BBA (2002) in philosophy and finance from Emory University. Mr. Shmikler focuses on ancient Greek philosophy, ethical theory, and social and political philosophy. He has won awards for teaching excellence and academic achievement, and is a Teaching Fellow at Boston College.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Black cats’ bum rap keeps them in shelters Assumption English professor Becky DiBiasio is quoted in a recent news article on the origins of superstitions about black cats.

Read the article here.
Justin Smith ‘03 named one of Worcester Business Journal’s "40 under Forty" Senior assistant director of admissions Justin Smith '03 was recently featured in the Worcester Business Journal's "40 under Forty" list of "exciting young leaders who are shaking up the establishment of the Central Massachusetts business community."

Read the WBJ profile of Justin here.
Assumption Celebrates 11th Annual Light the Night Walk
Student organizers at Assumption will celebrate the college’s 11th annual Light the Night Walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is at 5 p.m. in the Laska Gymnasium on campus. The nearly three-mile walk, which starts at Assumption and loops around Salisbury St., is organized by the schools Student Government Association (SGA) and is open to the public. This event raises awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), which provides information for patients and their families, researches blood related cancers and raises funds for local services for blood cancer patients.

The Light the Night Walk chair, sophomore Joelle Santiago, helped plan this year’s event. “Last year we had a great number of participants and I’m really hoping the Assumption and local communities will come and walk again this year -- and bring their families.”

Light the Night walkers will be given illuminated balloons to hold; white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember loved ones who lost their battle with cancer. At last year’s event, the walkers raised $120,000.

"Last year our walk was the best in the chapter for the total money raised,” Santiago said. “In large part, this is thanks to the walkers with the support of the college, SGA and Sodexho dining services on campus.”

The Light the Night Walk is held on fall evenings in towns and cities across the United States and Canada. For more information about Light the Night Walk s in Massachusetts, please contact Dara Croci at 508-810-1342 or email dara.croci@lls.org.
New district court judges have strong Assumption College ties
Governor Deval L. Patrick recently appointed two local attorneys, both with strong ties to Assumption College, to district court judgeships.

Janet J. McGuiggan, who graduated from Assumption in 1990, had been an assistant city solicitor in Worcester for 13 years. Judge McGuiggan is serving in the Worcester Central District Court. She earned her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law. She is the daughter of Paul and Carol McGuiggan of West Boylston. Carol McGuiggan is co-director of Career Services at Assumption.

Timothy M. Bibaud, head coach of Assumption’s golf program, had been an assistant district attorney in Worcester for two decades. Judge Bibaud, who is serving in the Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield, is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the New England School of Law. He is the son of the late Charlie Bibaud '55, an Assumption College Alumni-Athletics Hall of Famer and Carol Bibaud.

When Governor Patrick first nominated the new judges, he said, “Each of these nominees has demonstrated extraordinary litigation expertise and a proven commitment to public service, and I am confident that they will serve the district court well.”
New York Times College Blog - Sept, 27: Assumption College Takes Big Steps Up
From the New York Times College Blog:

"Fordham scheduled Assumption College, an N.C.A.A. Division II team from Worcester, Mass., as its homecoming opponent Saturday. Big white tents were set up outside Jack Coffey Field, but the game was not such a celebration for Fordham, which lost, 30-24."

Read more at: http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/assumption-college-takes-big-steps-up/?partner=rss&emc=rss
The Washington Times - Sept. 13: Crime rate dip rebuts link to bad economy
In an article in The Washington Times Assumption sociology professor Richard Gendron noted that many different and competing arguments have been put forward to explain dips in the nation’s crime rate in data recently reported by the FBI.
 
Boston Globe - Sept. 13: Malden Catholic Welcomes New Teachers
Michael Driscoll, ‘10 was one of eight new teachers recently hired by Malden Catholic High School for the 2010-2011 school year, including Driscoll, a Stoneham resident who received his BA in Theology from Assumption will be joining Malden Catholic's Theology department. 
Mr. Driscoll has previously done Catholic retreat work and community education in Worcester and campus ministry at Malden Catholic.

Read more at http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/malden/2010/09/malden_catholic_welcomes_new_t.html.
Worcester Telegram and Gazette: Movin’-in Time
First-year students Ethan Holman, Tom Souza and Brittany Hammar were featured in a August 29 Worcester Telegram and Gazette article on college move-in day. Holman, Souza and Hammar share their thoughts on what its like to leave home, why they chose Assumption, and the most important thing to bring with you to college.

Read the article here.
Assumption ranked among Best Colleges in the Northeast by the Princeton Review
Assumption College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review, a national education services company. Assumption is one of 218 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in the "Best in the Northeast" section of its Web site feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region." Assumption also is featured in its book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition" (Random House/Princeton Review Books), now on sale. The colleges and universities included in this cross-section of schools stand out as academically excellent and have strong regional reputations.

“We are very pleased to be recognized as one of ‘the best in the Northeast’ by The Princeton Review,” said President Francesco Cesareo. “This underscores our unwavering commitment to excellence in every area of our academic enterprise. It is especially heartening to see our students express a high level of satisfaction with Assumption’s strong academics, outstanding faculty and focus on the individual.”

Criteria for selection as a “regional best college that offers excellent academic programs” include institutional data and an 80-question student survey. Students rate their schools on everything from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food.
President's Lecture Series announces speakers
The President's Lecture Series at Assumption College launches its third season with internationally renowned medical ethicist and prolific author Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. He will present a talk, “Whose Call is it? The Future of Medical Ethics,” Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in Hagan Campus Center Hall (2nd floor) at Assumption. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pellegrino is a professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at Georgetown University, founder of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center and a senior research scholar at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. One of the founders of contemporary bioethics, Pellegrino has been committed to the advancement of the human, theological, philosophical and ethical dimensions of medicine throughout his career. He has written or co-authored 23 books and more than 600 articles and chapters about medical science, philosophy and ethics.

A former president of the Catholic University of America, Pellegrino is a master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees, including one from Assumption in 2009. His research interests include the history and philosophy of medicine, professional ethics, the patient-physician relationship and biomedical ethics in a culturally pluralistic society.
“Ours is an age of expanding personal choice and self expression,” Pellegrino says. “In medicine, this has expressed itself in a radical shift of clinical decisions from the doctor to the patient. What are the origins, nature and impact of the shift for the care of the sick, their families, and physician’s continence?”

The President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. All the lectures in the series are free and the public is invited. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited. Please contact 508-767-7323 or email jlambert@assumption.edu for more information or to reserve a seat.

The full roster of speakers in the 2010-11 President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College includes:

Sept. 15, 7 pm, Hagan Campus Center Hall, 2nd floor - free
“Whose Call is it? The Future of Medical Ethics”
Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at
Georgetown University and a senior scholar at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Oct. 20, 7 pm, Hagan Campus Center Hall, 2nd floor – free
“Church & Society in Communication”
Delia Gallagher, Vatican Press Corps member/CNN Vatican analyst

November 15, La Maison Francaise, Salon - free
Rabbi Klein Lecture: “Jewish-Catholic Relations: John Paul II and the Jews”
Rabbi David Dalin, Ph.D., Professor of History and Politics at Ave Maria University
Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Institute at Assumption College

Feb. 16, 2011, 7 pm, La Maison Francaise, Salon – free
Annual Augustine Lecture: “Augustine on Learning to Talk”
Gareth Mathews, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at UMass Amherst

March 29, 2011, 7 pm, La Maison Francaise, Salon – free
D’Amour Lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: “Three Battle Cries in Search of Meaning: Social Justice, the Common Good and Liberty”
Michael Novak, theologian, author and former U.S. Ambassador
George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute
On the Radio: Prof. Thomas Wheatland discusses his new book, The Frankfurt School in Exile Assistant Professor Thomas Wheatland from the History Department was interviewed recently on the public radio program Against the Grain about his new book, The Frankfurt School in Exile (http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/W/wheatland_frankfurt.html).

Prof. Wheatland discussed his pioneering research into the Frankfort School, a group of eminent German intellectuals who fled Nazi oppression and relocated their institute to Columbia University from 1934-1950. He also talked about their influence on postwar American thought.

As one reviewer wrote, “The Frankfurt School in Exile uncovers an important, but neglected, dimension of the history of the Frankfurt School and adds immeasurably to our understanding of the contributions made by its émigrés to postwar intellectual life.”

To listen, visit: http://www.againstthegrain.org/.
Assumption College and Notre Dame Partner to offer Arts and Engineering Degrees Assumption College has entered into an array of academic agreements with colleges and universities across the nation that enable Assumption students to receive undergraduate course credits, earn concurrent degrees in arts and engineering and/or be accepted into in highly competitive graduate programs. These agreements offer eligible Assumption students many valuable opportunities for guaranteed admission and/or accelerated degrees or intensive scientific study.

Most recently, Assumption signed an agreement with the University of Notre Dame to offer a rigorous five-year “3:2 program” leading to a bachelor of arts degree from Assumption and a bachelor of science in engineering from Notre Dame. The 3:2 dual-degree program means students spend their first three years at Assumption, followed by two years at Notre Dame in Indiana, while earning complementary undergraduate liberal arts and engineering degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, the traditional STEM disciplines.

“Students in the new 3:2 program will earn bachelor of arts degrees with majors in chemistry, environmental science, mathematics or computer science at Assumption and bachelor of science degrees in chemical, environmental, computer, aerospace, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering from Notre Dame,” said Steven Theroux, a biology professor at Assumption. “During their three years on our campus, they will complete their general education requirements and most or all of the requirements for their Assumption College major, depending on their major and the engineering discipline they intend to study at Notre Dame.”

Upon successful completion of both their first year of study at Notre Dame and Assumption’s graduation requirements, students in the 3:2 program will earn a bachelor of arts degree from Assumption. After successfully completing their second year at Notre Dame and its graduation requirements, students will earn a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

This program is designed to provide students with a strong liberal arts education in the sciences or mathematics at Assumption College, as well as opportunities to earn degrees in engineering at one of the nation’s leading engineering universities.

“This is a rigorous program, and it requires intensive study in science, mathematics and engineering,” Theroux said. “Students must be accepted into the program, complete a specified curriculum at Assumption, earn a G.P.A. of 3.3 or higher, and receive a letter of recommendation from the department chair in their major. It’s a tremendous opportunity for students with very well-defined interests in STEM disciplines.”

Assumption College students who successfully complete the requirements of the program are automatically accepted into the Notre Dame Engineering Program. Accepted students are eligible for financial aid from Assumption College during their first three years of study, and they are eligible for financial assistance from the University of Notre Dame during their last two years in the program.

“The liberal-arts-infused engineering education acquired in the 3:2 dual-degree program will make those graduates very competitive in the job market or for admission to graduate school,” Theroux added.

In addition to partnering with Notre Dame on the engineering degree program, Assumption has signed articulation agreements with Duke University for undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science, including marine science, Duquesne University Law School, Northeastern University in biotechnology and the health professions, and with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, among other regional and national colleges and universities. For more information about Assumption’s undergraduate and graduate degree program partnerships, visit www.assumption.edu/partners.
July 16, 2010 – Harvard Gazette: The Business of Summer School Assumption’s Cerlienne Menéndez Mendoza '11 was one of a select group of rising seniors from around the nation who participated in June in Harvard Business School's Summer Venture in Management Program. The intensive, week-long summer program is designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education by introducing undergraduates to Harvard’s rigorous business school environment.

Learn more about Cerilienne and the Summer Venture in Management Program here.
Notre Dame Football Coach Brian K. Kelly ’83 addresses Assumption Alumni Gathering
Brian K. Kelly ’83, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame and former Assumption football defensive coordinator, recently addressed a Chicago gathering of Assumption alumni. In his speech, Kelly praised the value of an Assumption College education and its role in his spiritual and intellectual development, which “allowed him to grow as a human being.”

Kelly took special care to mention the College’s commitment to service, which he greatly valued during his time here. “The spirit was alive, and still is alive at Assumption College” he affirmed.
 
View a portion of the speech below:
 
 

Brian Kelly, '83 At Chicago Alumni Reception from Assumption College on Vimeo.

City Journal - Spring 2010 - An Independent Mind Professor Daniel Mahoney, chair of the Political Science Department, reviewed the book Intellectuals and Society (Basic Books) by Thomas Sowell for the spring issue of City Journal, a quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute. “…The power of Sowell’s book owes to its concreteness. Sowell moves deftly back and forth from empirical evidence to a form of social philosophizing rooted in respect for ‘unforgiving reality,’ a reality ‘to which we must all adjust, because it is not going to adjust to us...’”

Read the whole review at: http://www.city-journal.org/2010/bc0618dm.html.
Hispanic Magazine - Carolina Correa ’13 named to list of "Young Hispanic Icons" Carolina Correa, the first Latina to be named “Youth of the Year” by the Boys and Girls Club of America, has been selected by Hispanic Magazine as one of their 15 "Young Hispanic Icons". Correa, the article notes, was selected for her courage, talent and commitment to helping others.

Read the Hispanic Magazine article here.
Worcester Business Journal – June 16, 2010 – Assumption President Joins AICUM Board
Francesco Cesareo, president of Worcester's Assumption College, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts Inc.

Cesareo became the 16th president of the college in 2007. Previously, he was dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania. Before that, he was a member of the history department at John Carroll University in Ohio, where he was also the founding director of the Institute of Catholic Studies.

AICUM represents independent colleges and universities in public policy.
 
Read the Worcester Business Journal article here.
Assumption College President Elected to AICUM Board of Directors The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, Inc., (AICUM) has announced that Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester, MA, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

“President Cesareo is a thoughtful and forceful advocate of independent higher education,” said Richard Doherty, president of AICUM.

Cesareo was inaugurated in October 2007 as the 16th president of Assumption College. He came to Assumption from Duquesne University where he was dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

“As the president of a liberal arts college, I am passionate about the important role higher education plays in the lives of our students and in the life of our community, locally and globally,” said President Cesareo. “I am honored to join the Board and to work in partnership with other independent colleges on the vital issues affecting our students and the future of higher education.”

Prior to his 2004 appointment at Duquesne University, Dr. Cesareo was a member of the history department at John Carroll University from 1989–2004. In 1997 he was appointed the founding director of the Institute of Catholic Studies, a position he held until 2004. He also was the holder of the John J. and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Studies. As director of the Institute he successfully raised an endowment of $4.8 million for the work of the Institute.

AICUM was founded by independent college presidents and today comprises 60 degree-granting, accredited independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. It is the leading voice on public policy matters effecting independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts. AICUM plays a critical role in advocating for state and Federal funding for need-based student financial aid, research, and addressing state and Federal legislative and regulatory issues.

Visit AICUM on the web at www.aicum.org.
Telegram & Gazette: Assumption provides transition for students with intellectual disabilities Recently featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Worcester public schools’ transition program in partnership with Assumption College, helps specific-needs students learn life skills in an age-appropriate setting.

Read the story here.
Assumption College Names New Provost
Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo has announced that Francis Lazarus, Ph.D., president emeritus of University of Dallas, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Assumption, effective June 15, 2010. Dr. Lazarus replaces Dr. Frederick Travis, who has served as interim provost at Assumption since 2008.

“Dr. Lazarus brings extensive academic leadership experience to Assumption, most recently as president of the University of Dallas,” President Cesareo said. “We are excited that our national search has brought to the Assumption community an accomplished academic leader of Dr. Lazarus’ stature at a time when our visibility is increasing beyond New England. He brings to this pivotal role on our campus more than 16 years of experience as a provost and vice president for academic affairs from his previous appointments at outstanding universities. ”

Dr. Lazarus, who led the University of Dallas from 2004 to 2009, also served as provost and vice president of academic affairs for 16 years combined at the University of San Diego and Marquette University. In addition, he was dean of the University of Dayton’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1980 to 1988, where he oversaw 18 departments and academic programs, among other responsibilities. He held teaching positions early in his career as a professor of classical literature at several colleges, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A member of the Classics faculty at University of Dallas, Dr. Lazarus recently completed a research sabbatical during which he conducted scholarly projects on Latin literature and Greek archaeology.

"I am delighted to join the Assumption College community and I look forward to contributing to the College's continuing academic and institutional development,” Dr. Lazarus said. “Assumption’s strong tradition in liberal arts education and its Catholic, Assumptionist character are very attractive qualities for me. Furthermore, Assumption has a distinguished history of service to the Worcester community, to the region and especially to its students.”

A summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College, Dr. Lazarus earned a master of arts and a doctorate in Classics at Cornell University, where he concentrated in Latin and Greek, as well as Latin literature and Greek archeology. He holds a certificate from the American Academy in Rome for his work in the monuments and topography of Ancient Rome. In addition to his scholarly interests, he has published and presented widely on civic engagement, service learning, faith and mission from the perspective of an involved academic administrator. His publications also include a book he edited on the character of Jesuit education.

Dr. Lazarus and wife Carol have three children and three grandchildren.
Telegram & Gazette: Assumption partners with Salvation Army on End-of-the-year Drive Assumption College recently participated in the Salvation Army’s End-of-the-year Drive, which collects donations of clothing, appliance and other items to support its Adult Rehabilitation Center. In addition, the college donated 1,300 lbs of food to the Worcester County Food Bank.

Read the Worcester Telegram and Gazette story here.
Assumption Honors 12 with Crown and Shield Award
On Friday, May 14, Assumption College honored 12 members of the class of 2010 with the Crown and Shield award. The Crown and Shield Awards recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership and service to the College throughout their four years.

The recipients of these awards have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and College in various areas of leadership and community service. The students were nominated by faculty, staff and administration at the College.

In addition, one student is chosen to receive the prestigious Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon Most Distinguished Crown and Shield Award. This honor is named for the founder of the Assumptionists, Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon, an educator who believed that his Assumptionist priests and brothers should perform the good works of four people. The recipient for the Fr. D’Alzon Most Distinguished Award is chosen for the profound and lasting impact she or he has made on the entire student body and College community. Two students may “tie” for this award, as was the case with this year’s selection of Thomas Benjamin Sleeper and Christina Marie Graziano.

The following is a list of this year’s Crown and Shield recipients:

Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon Most Distinguished Crown and Shield Award
 
  • Thomas Sleeper of Natick, MA. Thomas graduated with a major in Economics and a minor in Psychology.
  • Christina Graziano of Feeding Hills, MA. Christina graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy.
Crown and Shield Awards
  • Colleen Penkala of Cumberland, RI. Colleen graduated with a major in Marketing and a minor in Finance.
  • Hannah Brencher of North Haven, CT. Hannah graduated with a double major in English and Writing and Mass Communications.
  • Ashley Rivard of Winchendon, MA. Ashley graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Management.
  • Gregory Cash of West Haven, CT. Gregory graduated with a major in Organizational Communication.
  • Brandon Pare of Nashua, NH. Brandon graduated with a major in Psychology.
  • Thomas Roffey of Marshfield, MA. Thomas graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in Theology.
  • Daniel Anastas of Milton, MA. Dan graduated with a major in Theology with special interests in Human Resources and Management.
  • Molly Eastman of West Hartford, CT. Molly graduated with a major in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies and a minor in Psychology.
  • Usenabasi Esiet of Lagos, Nigeria. Usen graduated with a major in Marketing and a minor in International Business.
  • Michela DeLuca of South Windsor, CT. Michela graduated with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.
Assumption awards 720 degrees and certificates at 93rd Commencement May 15 Invoking an ancient Roman virtue, commencement speaker Richard E. Lamoureux, A.A., superior general of the Augustinians of the Assumption, called upon Assumption College graduates to “manifest pietas, a particular combination of respect and love, toward parents, toward country and toward all to whom you owe a debt of gratitude…they have been for you a source of life and well-being... and have shaped the way you think and made you who you are today. What will you do now to ensure that others enjoy these same benefits?”

Assumption College held its 93rd Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 15, on campus. Reverend Lamoureux, A.A., who has led the Assumptionists for more than a decade, delivered the Commencement address and received an Assumption College President’s Medal on behalf of the Assumptionists, the international religious order of priests and brothers that founded Assumption College in 1904 and sponsors it today. The Assumptionists are commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of the order’s founder, Rev. Emmanuel d’Alzon, A.A., this year.

Assumption awarded the following degrees and certificates during its 2010 Commencement Exercises: Bachelor of Arts (538); Graduate Studies degrees and certificates (145); Continuing and Career Education (37).

Commencement speaker, Rev. Richard Lamoureux, A.A., a Worcester native, attended the former Assumption Preparatory School and Assumption College. He entered the Assumptionist novitiate in New York and was ordained in 1971. Fr. Lamoureux earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Weston School of Theology, a master’s degree in art history from Boston University and a doctorate in art history from New York University. He joined the Assumption art faculty in 1976. After leaving the College to lead the Assumptionists’ North American Province during the 1980s, he returned as provost in 1990. In 1999, he was appointed to his first six-year term as Superior General of the Assumptionists, only the second American to hold that position. Fr. Lamoureux, who is based in Rome, is fluent in four languages and conversant in several others.

Honorary Degree recipients included:

Francis R. Carroll - Honorary Degree - Doctor of Public Service
Francis R. Carroll of Worcester is chairman and chief executive officer of the Small Business Service Bureau, which he founded in 1968. Carroll, a Korean War veteran who served in the United States Navy, is known as a tireless advocate for small business. He brings a strong voice and an informed perspective on important small business issues, particularly health coverage, to the attention of elected officials. The Small Business Service Bureau in Worcester, an affiliate of Carroll Enterprises, Inc., has grown from a private small business association to include more than 50,000 members.

Carroll has been recognized many times for his charitable and volunteer work over the decades on behalf of organizations within and beyond greater Worcester. The area located between his office and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts was designated as Francis R. Carroll Plaza in recognition of the office space he donated when the theater renovation project was under development. Carroll invested more than three decades in helping to build a hospital in Vietnam in memory of fallen American soldiers. Closer to home, he was instrumental in getting Worcester’s Korean War Veterans Memorial built, received the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s 2004 Isaiah Thomas Award. More recently, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center in Worcester established the Francis R. Carroll Guiding Light Award to honor his enduring efforts on behalf of small business and the community, in particular his support for inclusiveness and the development of small business.

Donald H. D’Amour, Ph.D. – Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters
Michele D’Amour, M.Ed. – Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters
Donald D’Amour ’64 and Michele D’Amour also will receive honorary degrees. Don, chairman and CEO of Big Y Foods, Inc., leads one of the largest independent supermarket chains in New England. Big Y Foods, headquartered in Springfield (MA), operates at 56 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, and employs more than 9,000 people. Each year Big Y awards more than 300 academic scholarships, totaling more than $250,000. Don graduated from Assumption Prep and Assumption College, where he served as a trustee from 1991-1999. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Michele D’Amour is Big Y’s educational partnership administrator. She oversees a variety of initiatives in support of students, schools and learning. Big Y’s Education Express program has awarded more than $11 million worth of needed equipment to 2,000 schools in its market area. Big Y’s Homework Helpline helps more than 10,000 children each year. She was a founding member of the Somers (CT) Cultural Commission and is a corporator of the Springfield Museums. She graduated from Westfield State College and earned a master’s degree in education at American International College.

In 2007, the D’Amours gave an extraordinary gift of $4.2 million to Assumption. That gift has established the Donald and Michele D’Amour Chair in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition; endowed an annual lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Life; increased the endowment they had established for the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program, and established a new faculty development grant fund.

Valedictorian Sarah Ambacher exhorted her classmates to foster civil discourse and respect for opposing points of view. “…we live in a democratic society which requires mutual compromises that benefit society as a whole. Diversity in viewpoints is a positive virtue, yet the resolution of society’s problems requires working together. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’”

Ambacher, who is from Blackstone, majored in accounting major with a minor in theology. In addition to high academic achievement, which includes earning Dean's List honors every semester, she was active in the campus and Worcester communities. In the fall, she will begin her accounting career with Grant Thornton, a public accounting firm in Boston.

Salutatorian Leslie Lupien, who is from Pomfret Center (CT), introduced the Commencement speaker. She majored in biology with a minor in sociology. A four-year member of both the Assumption College Women’s basketball team and the College’s Honors Program, Lupien raised money for research into the causes and prevention of cancer and muscular dystrophy. She also supported the Massachusetts Special Olympics. Lupien looks forward to a career in science and medical research.
Cheerleading and Dance Teams Compete in National Competition
The following story, written by student Kristin Geyer, originally appeared in the April 21 issue of Le Provocateur, Assumption College's student newspaper

Two minutes and fifteen seconds. A year of practice, months of training, days of grueling work?it all comes down to two minutes and fifteen seconds. That’s how long the Assumption College Cheerleading and Dance teams had to prove themselves at the 30th annual National Cheerleaders Association (NCA)/ National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida, April 7 through April 11.

According to Varsity.com, “Almost 5,000 student athletes and 15,000 supporters and spectators convene each year for this spectacular competition of technical skills, choreography, synchronization, showmanship and outstanding teamwork.”
 
The NCA/NDA College Nationals spanned two days with preliminaries starting at 8 a.m. on April 7, followed by finals on April 8. The following days held the Stunt Competitions ranging from partner and group stunting to mascots. Day one is held at the Volusia County Ocean Center for cheer teams, while dancers perform at the Peabody Auditorium. Traditionally, finals are held across the street from the original venue seaside at the Daytona Beach Bandshell. This year, however, finals were forced inside due to morning thunderstorms.

Judges rank each team based upon its safety, innovation and difficulty of its routines. “We knew that every team was going to out tumble us?we were prepared for that, but we knew that we could stunt, jump, and dance just as well as the best teams and we were relying on scoring well in those areas,” said Cheer coach Matt Holdridge.

What the judges didn’t see was the perseverance it took from both teams to simply get to Nationals. “As a [cheer] team we overcame several obstacles, at times I didn’t think we would ever compete,” said Holdridge. “Between first and second semester we lost four girls right before returning from Christmas break, so literally everything that we had done first semester needed to be redone.” Lack of commitment plagued the team in the beginning of the year, but ultimately 14 girls stuck together formed an unbreakable squad. “The 14 girls who were on the mat [in Daytona] were committed to each other from day one,” said senior co-captain Erika Geyer.

Junior cheerleader Kylie LaPlante credits the leadership’s faith in the team as a driving force. “With three injuries the week before nationals, I honestly was unsure of how we would continue and be able to perform in Daytona, but our captains and coach pushed us,” she said.

The Dance Team faced a deficiency of experienced performers. With only five seniors and no juniors, the majority of the team had never competed on a national level. “Having four freshmen that have never been to nationals, the girls now know what is in store to make it to that finals stage and what we really need to focus on,” said Steven Visneau, dance coach. “We really pulled through by depending on each other,” said senior dance co-captain Marie Torto.

Preliminaries presented heartbreak for both teams. With the cheerleaders’ injuries throughout the season, lack of competition experience resulted in first day jitters. “After our shaky prelim performance I was very aggravated. We made a lot of stupid little mistakes. I thought ‘this is nationals and we look like a Pop Warner team,’” confessed senior cheer co-captain Emily D’Errico. Holdridge echoed D’Errico’s sentiment, “I was frustrated because they were silly mistakes that I had never seen before, and of all times for them to happen it was in Daytona.”

Geyer added that overall, “We knew that because it was the first time we were competing as a team it might not be perfect, but we practiced hard after prelims and were proud to have a second chance.” That second chance came in the form of the Challenge Cup, where the teams who didn’t make finals have to opportunity to compete for the coveted last spot.

Competing against teams with far more girls and less injuries, Holdridge knew there was a slim chance of moving on to the Finals. “I wanted the girls to end on a good note. I wanted them to be happy and feel proud of their last performance,” he said. “Considering the circumstances, I am extremely proud of the team. We were standing against girls that are considered sports players in their colleges who receive full scholarships for their performances,” D’Errico said. AC Cheer held their own against those teams, finishing seventh in the nation in All-Girl Cheer Division II.

The dancers also found themselves in the Challenge Cup. With feedback from the judges, the team faced reworking parts of its program that were criticized on the scoreboard. “I was nervous about the changes just because they were so used to performing it a certain way, you don’t want to change it and have them do the old way and not the new,” explained Visneau. They improved .46 to stack an impressive 8.614 in the Challenge Cup competition.

Their improvement proved futile though, as they missed finals by .008 to the University of Minnesota Mankato. “We were obviously disappointed, but after looking back at our performances and knowing that we truly danced our best, we were genuinely okay with it,” said Torto. “We went into Challenge Cup in second place behind a team that finished third in Finals the year before,” Visneau added.

The Dance Team currently ranks ninth in the nation for Dance Division II girls, an all-time best for Assumption’s Dance Program. They’re already looking forward to what next year brings. “We have the team, dedication and drive to get us to whatever place we have our minds set to,” Visneau said.

Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Intramurals and Sports Clubs, Patrick Guerette oversees both teams. To describe them both, Guerette said, “In one word, I would say dedicated.” He continued, “Both teams are very dedicated to their sport and they’re very passionate about it.” Guerette explained that the majority of varsity programs have devoted athletes, but with much more funding they’re missing out on skills that club sport teams must acquire to achieve success. From managing budgets to fundraising and recruitment, the Dancers and Cheerleaders rely on the teams, not programs. “There’s a lot more as far as developing the student so that they can get some life skills out of working with the clubs,” said Guerette.

As the cheerleaders waited for their results on April 7, two young girls shyly approached the team clad in cobalt and asked for their autographs. Offering momentary relief of the stress leading up to and during the competition, the girls remembered why they were in Daytona in the first place. “Sometimes you can lose perspective about the sport of cheerleading and how important it is to people,” said sophomore cheerleader Marissa Reis. “When those two little girls came up to us to ask for our autographs, it made me realize that I am not only cheering for myself. I am also cheering for all the girls out there that aspire to be a cheerleader some day.”
The Etiquette of Success
The Career Services office staff is dedicated to helping students prepare for the job market, and they help students map out their future from the day they arrive here at Assumption.

With a range of tools, the Career Services office assists first-year students and sophomores in setting individual goals, exploring academic interests and career options, building a portfolio and making connections that enable them to succeed personally and academically. The office assists juniors and seniors with landing exciting internships and embarking on rewarding careers or successfully applying to graduate school.

An additional resource for juniors and seniors includes specialized professional development seminars including “Networking for the Long Run” and “Portfolio Development.” Other seminars available are the “Business Protocol and Dining Etiquette” and “Dress for Success” seminars led by Carol McGuiggan, co-director of Career Services in Assumption’s Student Development and Counseling Center, who has been affectionately referred to as Assumption’s own professional Ms. Manners.

McGuiggan is particularly enthusiastic about leading these seminars to help to students focus on how to handle multiple situations, including selecting the right fork and how to pull together a neat and professional look. “It makes all the difference in the world,” she explains. “They can be relaxed while confidently attending to the actual business component of the interview.”

McGuiggan was recently featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about the job search and business etiquette. Click here to read more.
Class of 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced Frederick F. Travis, Ph.D., interim provost and academic vice president at Assumption College has announced that Sarah Ambacher has been named valedictorian and Leslie Lupien as salutatorian of the Class of 2010.

Sarah Ambacher from Blackstone is an accounting major with a minor in theology. In addition to high academic achievement, which includes earning Dean's List honors every semester, Sarah has been active in the campus and Worcester communities. She was a service director in Assumption’s Reach Out Center during her junior and senior years, and organized and recruited volunteers for the Book Buddies program at Nelson Place Elementary School. In the fall, Sarah will begin her accounting career with Grant Thornton, a public accounting firm in Boston.

Leslie Lupien from Pomfret Center (CT) is a biology major with a minor in sociology. Leslie was a four-year member of both the Assumption College Women’s basketball team and the College’s Honors Program. She has served as the secretary and women’s basketball team representative on Assumption’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee for three years. As a student, Leslie has worked to raise money for research into the causes and prevention of cancer and muscular dystrophy. She also supported the Massachusetts Special Olympics, and worked for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's Hospital Outreach Program. This fall, Leslie will train to be a triathelete, as she looks forward to a career in science and medical research.
Will You Meet The Trustee Challenge?
 
Our Trustees have presented a challenge.
The 2010 Annual Fund is an important source of financial aid dollars.
  • 78% of our students receive need-based financial aid from Assumption College
  • Requests by current students for increased financial aid have TRIPLED this year.
  • Assumption is committing an additional $800,000 to financial aid next year to help our students.
Will you meet the challenge?
Members of the Board of trustees, led by Annual Fund chairman Stephen o’Brien ’69, have established The Trustee Challenge to encourage alumni support of the 2010 Annual Fund. Trustees will match your new or increased gift. For example:
  • If you gave $100 last year and give $150 this year, the Trustee Challenge will match $50 – making your gift worth $200 to Assumption.
  • If you did not make a gift last year – 100% of your gift will be matched.

Make your gift by May 31, 2010Click here to donate online or call the Annual Fund office at 508-767-7464. Please support the 2010 annual Fund today!

“Please, Sir, buy your tickets for OLIVER!”
The musical OLIVER!, presented April 23, 24 and 25 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester by Assumption’s Department of Art, Music & Theatre, features a cast of nearly 100 under the direction of theatre instructor Brian Tivnan. Cast members include 30 Assumption students, nearly 50 children from Central Mass and three young-at-heart performers over 85 years old.

The musical tells the story of a mistreated orphan who escapes the hard life of a London workhouse and joins a gang of pickpockets, led by the infamous Mr. Fagin. OLIVER! features musical classics, such as Food, Glorious Food; I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself and As Long As He Needs Me, among other enduring favorites.

For more information, visit www.hanovertheatre.org.
Annual Duck Day event raises nearly $1,000
The sixth annual Duck Day rolled out the red carpet to welcome back the ducks that call Assumption home from April to November. The annual event raised more than $850 for Britney Gengel’s Poorest of the Poor Fund. The fund was established in memory of Britney Gengel, a college student from Rutland who died in the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti in January. One of Britney’s cousins, Assumption student Vanessa Kusy, alerted Duck Day organizers to the Be Like Brit Poorest of the Poor Fund.
 
More than 200 children from Flagg St. and Nelson Place elementary schools sported duck caps as they cheered the return of the ducks. The Student Activities office, sponsor of Duck Day, provided duck hats to the children, as well as cupcakes and cookies to decorate. Proceeds from the sale of Duck Day t-shirts, hats and rubber duckies on campus were donated to the fund.
 
View NECN's Duck Day coverage here.
Human Services Honor Society Members Walk for Babies
Members of the Assumption College chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha (TUA), the National Honor Society for the Human Services, participated this month in the March of Dimes March for Babies in Worcester. Eleven honor society members and two faculty advisors walked three miles and raised $2, 235 for programs that help mothers to have full-term pregnancies and babies to begin healthly lives.
 
Chapter members and advisors who walked and raised funds include: Taylor Andrews, Kerry Benedict, Caitlin Beahn, Kristina Chakarian, Chrissy Cleary, Jenna Damato,Erin Fitzgerald, Heather Gianfriddo, Mallory Howard, Christine Marotto, Rachel Minotti, Jacqui Nardelli, Kara Shallow, Prof. Cinzia Pica-Smith and Prof. Susan Scully-Hill.
Assumption Professor Receives ALANA Diversity Award
Susan Scully-Hill, associate professor and chair of human services and rehabilitation studies at Assumption College has received the ALANA Diversity Award from the African-Latino/Hispanic-Asian-and Native American (ALANA) Network. Scully-Hill also directs the Institute for Social and Rehabilitation Services at Assumption. The award is administered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs on campus.

The ALANA Diversity Award recognizes Assumption professors who demonstrate sensitivity to diversity issues and a commitment to treating students fairly, and who incorporate different cultural perspectives into their course materials.

"Receiving the 2010 ALANA Diversity Award is a significant honor,” Scully-Hill said. “I also must acknowledge Brenda Safford, director of Multicultural Affairs, and the ALANA students because they have assisted me by supporting and contributing to my work in the classroom and by creating an environment at Assumption College that has made cultural perspectives and diversity initiatives a priority."

Scully-Hill, who joined the Assumption faculty in 2000, lives in Worcester with her husband Calvin Hill and their two children.
Give-a-Book Drive on Campus April 9-20 It's time to look through your bookshelves for long-neglected children’s books to donate to Worcester’s annual Give A Book Drive

Assumption and the other Worcester Consortium colleges have been invited again this year to participate in the Give A Book drive to collect new and gently-used books for students in grades K-8. The drive is conducted through the Worcester: The City that Reads initiative. The goal of this community service effort is to collect K-8 level books for the Worcester Public Schools to give to children for summer reading.

New and used books appropriate for children in grades K-8 will be collected April 9-20 at two locations on campus. Collection boxes are located in the d’Alzon Library lobby and in front of the Reach Out Center (near Charlie’s). More than 20,000 books for children were collected citywide last year.

For more information about the campus drive, please contact Public Affairs intern Mike Smith at mismith@assumption.edu or at x7173.
Senior Ryan Leary receives 2010 Doyle Merit Award Assumption senior Ryan Leary has received the 2010 Doyle Merit Award for Excellence in Economics or Global Studies. Leary is a double major in accounting and economics, with a business concentration. Leary is the son of Paul and Barbara Leary of Rockland.

The Doyle Merit Award is named for the late Professor George Doyle, who established the economics and global studies program at Assumption. The Department of Economics and Global Studies selects a senior recipient who, in the words of Dr. Doyle, is recognized for “academic success, character, well roundedness and potential within the field.” The award carries a $1,000 prize, made possible by generous gifts to the Doyle Scholarship fund.

During the past two summers, Leary interned at O’Connor & Drew P.C. in Braintree, where he worked in accounting within the financial auditing department. He has accepted an offer to join O’Connor & Drew fulltime in the fall and plans to begin taking his C.P.A. exams during the summer.

As an undergraduate, Ryan has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester and tutored in both accounting and economics in Assumption’s academic support center.
Seniors present papers at Sigma Tau Delta Conference

Four Assumption seniors had papers accepted for presentation at the 2010 International Sigma Tau Delta Conference held recently in St. Louis (MO). Ryan Donaher, Caitlin Larkin and Adrienne Masiello presented their work at the international conference. The fourth student, Giana Battista, was not able to attend. Sigma Tau Delta is the honor society for students majoring in English.

The Assumption students’ essays and creative writing submissions were selected from among hundreds reviewed by a jury of academic and professional writers. Submissions from students at only six New England colleges and universities were accepted for presentation this year, said Becky DiBiasio, an associate professor of English at Assumption. DiBiasio and colleague Paul Shields, an assistant professor of English, sponsor the Sigma Tau Delta campus chapter. Professors DiBiaso and Shields accompanied the students to the conference.

In addition to being selected to present, Donaher and Masiello were the Sigma Tau Delta Northeast regional delegates at the conference.

Giana Battista is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in writing and mass communications. Her submission was titled “I want to be a person!” She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Battista of Cranston, RI. Ryan Donaher is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in education. He presented his paper, “My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old-name: A Feminist Reading of Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess.” He is the son of Ms. Maria Moriarty of North Chelmsford. Caitlin Larkin is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in education. She presented her paper, “Exposed.” She is the daughter of Ms. Carol Larkin of Duxbury. Adrienne Masiello is a senior majoring in English, with a concentration in education. She presented her paper, “Ahab’s Wife vs. Moby-Dick: The Feminine Triumph Over Patriarchal Abandonment.” She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Masiello of Wilmington.

Among its many activities, Assumption’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter recently completed a campus-wide book drive to benefit the National Center for Family Literacy. To be considered for membership in the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, English majors must have a minimum “B” average in English and in general scholarship and must rank among the top third their class, among other requirements.

Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society that confers distinction on students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs, and on professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. With more than 750 chapters and more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, Sigma Delta Tau inducts about 8,500 new members annually.

Remembering the Past
Stephen Knott ‘79, associate professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., presented a lecture, “Reagan, Bush and Clinton: An Oral History Perspective,” at the Worcester Women’s Oral History Project (WWOHP) program at Assumption College. Linda B. Rosenlund ’82 is founding chair of the project. The event also featured presentations of oral histories by Assumption students. The Worcester Women’s Oral History Project records, collects and shares the personal and historical memories of women throughout the Worcester community. The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University is the new repository for the project’s 150 oral histories of Worcester's women.
 
For pictures of the event, click here.
The British are coming to Assumption College

The British are coming March 25 at 8 p.m. to Hagan Campus Center Hall at Assumption College for a public debate on the existence of the war on terror. The Cambridge Union Society, a debating team on tour from England’s University of Cambridge, and four Assumption students will field mixed teams to present arguments on either side of the question. This event is free, and open to the campus community and the public.

Four Assumption seniors, Max Ebacher, Matthew Owens, Matthew Jose and Josie Brown, have been selected to participate in the debate. The students have been working with political science professor Geoffrey Vaughan to prepare for the event. Vaughan also directs the College’s Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program. The students were chosen for their knowledge about the topic, “This house believes that there is no war on terror,” and their debating experience. Their preparation has focused on learning the format for a traditional British debate. Also, they are doing scholarly research on the subject of terrorism.

For almost two centuries, the Cambridge Union Society has stood as a vibrant center of debate and free speech in the intellectual life at Cambridge University. The society is fiercely independent and often at the center of controversy. Though shut down temporarily in 1815 for being too contentious, the society has become an integral part of student life in Cambridge.

In pairs, the Assumption students will join Cambridge Union Society teams on opposite sides of the debate. Matt Owens and Josie Brown will take the Government view on the question (affirmative), and Max Ebacher and Matt Jose will join the opposition. Each team will include two Cambridge Union debaters as well.

All are welcome to enjoy an evening of lively debate. This event is sponsored by Assumption’s Student Government Association, the Office of the Dean of Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Superior General Rev. Richard Lamoureux, A.A., to Speak at 93rd Commencement
In commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Rev. Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption (Assumptionists), the sponsors of Assumption College, The Very Rev. Richard Lamoureux, A.A. ‘64, superior general of the Assumptionists, will travel from Rome to address Assumption College graduates on Saturday, May 15, at the College’s 93rd Commencement. Fr. Lamoureux also will accept the Assumption College President’s Medal on behalf of the Assumptionists in recognition of the religious order’s efforts to support the educational vision of their founder, Rev. d’Alzon, at the College, which the Assumptionists established in 1904.

A Worcester native, Fr. Lamoureux attended the former Assumption Preparatory School and Assumption College. He entered the Assumptionist novitiate in New York and was ordained in 1971. Fr. Lamoureux earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Weston School of Theology, a master’s degree in art history from Boston University and a doctorate in art history from New York University. He joined the Assumption art faculty in 1976. After leaving the College to lead the Assumptionists’ North American Province during the 1980s, he returned as provost in 1990. In 1999, he was appointed to his first six-year term as Superior General of the Assumptionists, only the second American to hold that position. Fr. Lamoureux is fluent in four languages and conversant in several others.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Francis R. Carroll

Honorary degree recipients include Francis R. Carroll, chairman and chief executive officer of the Small Business Service Bureau, which he founded in 1968. Carroll, a Korean War veteran who served in the United States Navy, is known as a tireless advocate for small business. He brings a strong voice and an informed perspective on important small business issues, particularly health coverage, to the attention of elected officials. The Small Business Service Bureau in Worcester, an affiliate of Carroll Enterprises, Inc., has grown from a private small business association to include more than 50,000 members.

A highly successful entrepreneur, Carroll also gives back to his community. “You’ve got to keep one foot in the business and one foot helping the poor,” he says. Carroll, an active member of St. John’s Parish in Worcester, traveled last fall to El Salvador with U.S. Representative James McGovern and others for the 20th anniversary of the murders of Jesuit priests there. He returned committed to help raise funds for missionaries in El Salvador.

Carroll has been recognized many times for his charitable and volunteer work over the decades on behalf of organizations within and beyond greater Worcester. The area located between his office and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts was designated as Francis R. Carroll Plaza in recognition of the office space he donated when the theater renovation project was under development. Carroll, instrumental in getting Worcester’s Korean War Veterans Memorial built, received the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s 2004 Isaiah Thomas Award, which recognizes individuals who dedicate themselves to public service. More recently, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center in Worcester established the Francis R. Carroll Guiding Light Award to honor his enduring efforts on behalf of small business and the community, in particular his support for inclusiveness and the development of small business.

Donald D’Amour ’64 and Michele D’Amour
Donald D’Amour ’64 and Michele D’Amour also will receive honorary degrees. Don, chairman and CEO of Big Y Foods, Inc., leads one of the largest independent supermarket chains in New England. Big Y Foods, headquartered in Springfield (MA), operates at 55 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, and employs more than 9,000 people. Each year Big Y awards more than 300 academic scholarships, totaling more than $250,000. Don graduated from Assumption Prep and Assumption College, where he served as a trustee from 1991-1999. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Michele D’Amour is Big Y’s educational partnership administrator. She oversees a variety of initiatives in support of students, schools and learning. Big Y’s Education Express program has awarded more than $11 million worth of needed equipment to 2,000 schools in its market area. Big Y’s Homework Helpline helps more than 10,000 children each year. Michele has served on the board of the Springfield Diocesan Schools and on the Diocesan Blue Ribbon Commission. She was a founding member of the Somers (CT) Cultural Commission and is a corporator of the Springfield Museums. She graduated from Westfield State College and earned a master’s degree in education at American International College.

Individually and as a couple, Don and Michele D’Amour play leading roles in challenging Catholic schools and colleges to more fully live out their missions and express their Catholic identity. They co-founded the Fides et Ratio Grant competition for small Catholic colleges and are helping to secure the future of Catholic education. In 2007, the D’Amours gave an extraordinary gift of $4.2 million to Assumption. That gift has established the Donald and Michele D’Amour Chair in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition; endowed an annual lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Life; increased the endowment they had established for the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program, and established a new faculty development grant fund.

Don and Michele D’Amour have received many civic honors and awards for their good works and great generosity, including the naming of Springfield’s Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Art and the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, among many others. In 2004, Don received the Fr. Louis Dion, A.A. ’35 Outstanding Achievement Award from Assumption College. In 2008, the couple received the Assumption College President’s Medal for “Outstanding Commitment to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Also in 2008, Elms College honored Michele with a Via Veritatis Medal, presented annually to “an outstanding Catholic woman who exemplifies Catholic womanhood and culture at their best, and who has made significant contributions to society.”
Learning to Document Life
Ashley Bishop ’07 is traveling from Massachusetts to Philadelphia to South Africa to help film a documentary that chronicles the charitable works of the Augustinians for the Public Television program “Visionaries.” The series highlights the stories of nonprofit organizations from around the world.

In her blog “Learning to Document Life,” she is writing about her experiences as she works with Assumption writing and mass communication instructor Jody Santos on this project. Bishop, an English major who concentrated in writing and mass communications, was recruited to serve as executive producer for their episode of the PBS series by Santos, an award winning journalist and documentarian.

Bishop and Santos are following the charitable works of the Augustinian religious community. In Philadelphia they will focus on outreach programs and volunteer efforts to work with a community stricken by violence and poverty. In South Africa, they will profile relief efforts in Durban, where the Augustinians run a primary school, a boys’ home and various outreach programs for a region ravaged by the AIDS crisis.

An excerpt from the blog appears below:

“Today was our first day shooting on what is literally the other side of the planet. South Africa is an incredible, incredible place. We’re staying in a retreat house on the property of the Augustinians, which is situated atop a hill that looks out over the sprawling “Valley of 1000 Hills.” The Valley is home to mostly the Zulu Community, who lives in round, thatched-roof houses or tiny shacks.”

Read Ashley’s blog here.
OLIVER! April 23-25 at the Hanover Theatre
Tickets are on sale now for four performances of the musical OLIVER!, presented April 23-25 at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts by the Assumption College Department of Art, Music and Theatre. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; matinees are on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Members of the Assumption community can purchase discounted tickets through Jacqueline Chlapowski in Founders 012B or by contacting her at x7304. The Friday night peformance is Assumption Night and the President and the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre are offering a deeper discount to students, faculty and staff. Discounts for the Assumption community are available only on campus.

OLIVER! features a cast of nearly 100 under the direction of Assumption theatre instructor Brian Tivnan. Cast members include 30 Assumption students, more than 50 children from Central Mass and three young-at-heart-performers over 85.

The musical OLIVER! is based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, the story of a mistreated orphan who escapes the hard life of a London workhouse and joins a gang of pickpockets, led by the infamous Mr. Fagin. OLIVER! features musical classics, such as Food, Glorious Food; I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself and As Long As He Needs Me, among other enduring favorites.

To prepare the many children in the cast to sing, dance and act in this large-scale production, Assumption’s TheaterWorks program, a free, four-month intensive musical theatre training camp, has been underway three days a week since January. More than 40 young people, 9-16, from the greater Worcester community were selected by audition to participate in the camp to prepare for principal roles and for dual roles of the workhouse kids and Fagin’s gang.

The TheatreWorks teaching staff includes OLIVER! director Brian Tivnan, choreographer Jennifer Agbay and musical director Fred Frabotta. Four Assumption student interns help to manage the TheatreWorks program and work with the young participants.

OLIVER! tickets for the general public are available through the Hanover Theatre at www.hanovertheatre.org.
Assumption College Team Wins Woo Tube 101 Video Contest
Assumption College seniors Gregory Sebastiao and Thomas Sleeper have won the Woo Tube 101 Video competition, sponsored by the Consortium of Worcester Colleges (COWC). Sebastiao and Sleeper, who entered the competition as the “Hound Vision” team, will share the $1,000 prize to be awarded for their winning entry, “Wootube 2010.” An independent three-judge panel selected Sebastiao’s and Sleeper’s video as the best among the dozen entries submitted by student teams from COWC-member colleges.

The Woo Tube 101 contest challenged students at Worcester Consortium colleges and universities to make three-to-five minute videos that promote Worcester and/or the region. Students were asked to post their completed videos on YouTube prior to the competition deadline. Contest entries were judged on creativity and ability to promote Worcester and the region, said Michael Vigneux, director of public affairs at the Consortium.
Sebastiao, who is majoring in English with a concentration in writing and mass communications, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sebastiao of Uxbridge. Sleeper, an economics major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Neill Sleeper of Natick.
 
The video is embedded below.
 

 
Recognized for Service
The Colleges of Worcester Consortium recently presented its 2010 Community Engagement Awards to students and student groups from its 13 member institutions. Assumption senior Kimberly “Kim” Cohen and other area students were recognized for providing exemplary service to Worcester area community schools, agencies and organizations during the past year.

Kim has led several community efforts that have addressed hunger, homelessness, and poverty. She has been a service director for two years at the Reach Out Center on campus. She oversees Assumption student volunteers for Abby’s House, St. Paul’s Food Pantry and the People in Peril Shelter, three organizations focused on meeting the needs of the hungry and homeless in Worcester. During the past year, Kim recruited, trained and led reflection activities for eight volunteers who worked with these programs. Her volunteers have contributed more than 100 hours of service during the academic year.

Kim was the driving force behind the “Sleep-out” on campus in November to raise awareness about homelessness within the Assumption community. After proposing the “Sleep-out” to Carleen Roy-Butler, director of the Reach Out Center, Kim and seniors Sean Kennedy and Molly Eastman, and junior Megan Coughlin organized the overnight outdoor event.
Making a Difference
Assumption College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities based on the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.

“Community service is a vital element of Assumption College's mission and the Honor Roll recognizes our contributions to the people of Worcester “ said Assumption President Francesco Cesareo. “Our goal at Assumption is not only to provide our students with an outstanding education, but also to help them develop as compassionate individuals.

Winning this award is also a tribute to the many faculty, administrators and staff who coordinate and participate in the service learning program and community service activities. In particular, I want to recognize Susan Perschbacher, professor of Sociology and director of the Community Service Learning (CSL) Program, Susan Hayes, coordinator of CSL, Susan Sabelli, clinical coordinator for Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies, Carleen Roy-Butler, coordinator of Community Volunteer SUVs (the Reach Out Center), and the Campus Ministry staff for their tremendous leadership in implementing the academic programs and community service volunteer programs. Paul Belsito, executive assistant of government and community relations and Landy Johnson, director of grant development were instrumental in compiling the application for this award.”

Currently, 1095 Assumption students, about half of the undergraduate population, participate in academic service learning and community service programs. Assumption students volunteer in organizations throughout the community, offering their knowledge, skills and dedication in order to make a difference in the lives of others.
Four other area schools were also named to the Honor Roll. Clark University, The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College and Mount Wachusett Community College were each recognized for their community service activities.
Figuratively Speaking
Artist and Assumption College associate professor of art Carrie Nixon was recently profiled in the Spring 2010 edition of Worcester Living. In the article, Nixon discusses her works of art, her recent exhibition at Assumption, and her inspirations. 
An excerpt from the profile appears below:
 
"In her latest series, she also is interested in the effect of color against a black background. 'It creates a mood ? just by the fact of it being color ? how the red ends up looking somewhat demonic and how the blue is more melancholy or thoughtful.'

Much of the work in her Assumption show centered on her students as well as other artists or musicians absorbed in their work. 'I am an artist and I teach art, so I am surrounded by people making art,” she said. “I’m interested in creativity and also that kind of focus that artists develop as they work.'"
 
To read the full article, click here.
Making their Voices Heard
Assumption alumnae Maureen Ryan Doyle ’73, Charlene Longhi Martin ’78 and Linda Burlingame Rosenlund ’82 were recently featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for their work on the Worcester Women's Oral History Project, which aims to record, collect, and share the personal and historical memories of women throughout the broader Worcester community.

An excerpt from the story appears below:

“We are amazed at how much the students get out of it,” Ms. Martin said. “They are hearing Worcester history, and it’s amazing they don’t know what it was like for women of the previous generation. They are astounded that Want Ads were separated by gender.”

“One interviewer asked, ‘How could that be?’ ” Ms. Ryan Doyle added, drawing laughter from around the table.

Read the full article here.
To learn more about the Worcester Women's Oral History Project, click here.
Blogging with Martha
By Katie DiCioccio ‘10
Public Affairs Intern

On February 2, Assumption psychology professor Sarah Cavanagh appeared on television’s The Martha Stewart Show. Although the Emmy Award-winning show is focused primarily on lifestyle and the domestic arts, Cavanagh earned a guest spot as a blogger for the Whole Body Action Plan, a total mind and body wellness program.

Cavanagh talked easily with Stewart about her recent experiences as one of four bloggers selected to contribute to Martha’s Body Soul website. She has blogged about her struggles with temporarily giving up caffeine, new organic recipes she has tried, and the challenge of balancing a healthy lifestyle while juggling professional and parenting responsibilities.

Health and wellness have long been an important focus for Cavanagh. In her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Tufts University she examined how healthy people manage or regulate their emotions. This interest in wellness drew her to the Whole Body Action Plan blogging opportunity. “The focus was on being a well-rounded healthy person – eating right, fitness, meditating and journaling,” she explains.

In addition to juggling a full course load here at Assumption and making an appearance on national television, Cavanagh has also established a psychology research group here on campus. “The blog dovetails with my work in our new Laboratory for Cognitive and Affective Science (LaCASA). Both are focused on aspects of emotion and wellness,” she explains. “My overall research focus is on what factors predict wellness and resilience in people.”

Cavanagh hopes that her research into the factors that can lead to a balanced, happy and healthy life one day will lead her to publish on positive psychology and possibly share experiences on rejuvenation retreats with women friends. “I’ve always planned to write a book about how women gather to support each other and to relax.” But before sharing these stories with the world, she’ll continue to impart her extensive knowledge about creating a balanced, healthy life here at Assumption.

Visit Professor Cavanagh's blog here.
Students Speak at Assumption’s first Community Service Learning Colloquium
By Michael Smith '11
Public Affairs Intern


Assumption offers more than a dozen classes that involve Community Service Learning (CSL). In addition to the basic course requirements, students engage in 15-25 required hours of community service. They combine concepts from the classroom with experiential learning through volunteer placements in the greater Worcester community.

Recently, Assumption’s first Community Service Learning Colloquium featured six students who spoke about their CSL experiences. While the students’ community service placements were very different, each of them found the CSL experience to be eye-opening and profound. The students were introduced by English professor Mike Land and journalism instructor Jody Santos.

Initially, senior Brian Collier, an organizational communication major, was hesitant about opting for the CSL component in Prof. Carol Harvey’s upper-level management class, “Diversity in the Workforce.” He soon realized that the time he spent in community service was invaluable. Brian worked in a soccer program with a child named Brian, who had minimal motor skills. “I was not confident at first because I have never dealt with a situation like that before,” Brian Collier said. After a few weeks, he was able to make physical and mental progress with young Brian, who began to respond to him in a more positive way.

“It was a very humbling experience because I wanted my kid to be the best on the soccer field,” Collier said. “It also made me grateful for the things I have. I learned to slow down and adjust my expectations. I didn’t realize until the end of our time together that Brian taught me so much more than I could ever teach him.” Collier plans to volunteer with the soccer program again this spring, but on his own.

First-year student Victoria Flynn, a sociology major, and sophomore Ivanna Mercedes, an accounting major, volunteered at Burncoat High School in Worcester for the CSL requirement for Prof. Susan Perschbacher’s “Principles of Sociology” class. Once a week, Victoria and Ivanna helped some Burncoat seniors with their college application process. “I was part of this program when I was in high school at Burncoat, so I was quick to jump on the opportunity when I had the chance here at Assumption,” Ivanna said.

“We share our ‘cultural capital’ for college life with the students – and help with applications. It’s not an easy process for them,” Victoria added.

Students who signed on for the CSL option did not regret the extra time it demanded from their busy schedules. Two students in Prof. Nanho Vander Hart’s “Teaching Students with Special Needs” class gained new insights and found new directions for their lives after graduation. Junior Alexandra Prizio, a mathematics major, decided she was going to pursue a master’s degree in special education after teaching students with special needs for her CSL requirement. Sophomore Alyssa Papia, a French major, also realized how much she loved working with children and now wants to become a teacher.

Senior Lise Keeney, an English major, gained hands-on experience by volunteering at a local radio station for Instructor Jody Santos’s “Writing and Communications Capstone” seminar. “This course was a great preparation tool for me to start my career, and I even got to talk to a live audience at the end,” Lise said.

The students who presented their experiences found that they became very passionate about the community service they were doing along with their classes. In fact, it no longer felt like a requirement for them. For some, the experience offered a life-changing opportunity they would not have found if they had not challenged themselves by participating in the Community Service Learning Program.
President's Lecture Series Despite adverse weather conditions, Dr. George Yancy's lecture will continue to be held at 7PM in the La Maison Salon, as part of the President's Lecture Series.  The lecture and discussion will go from 7PM to 8:30PM.

Event details:

On February 16, George Yancy, Ph.D., will present a lecture titled “White Gazes and the Fear of Black Bodies” at 7 p.m. in the La Maison Salon as part of Assumption College's 2009-2010 President's Lecture Series.

Yancy, an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, is the author of Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race. He has published in a variety of scholarly journals, including African American Review, the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Philosophy & Social Criticism, the Review of Metaphysics and more. He also has edited 10 books, three of which won Choice Outstanding Academic Title Awards.

Trevor O'Leary '13 Honored with National Heroism Award The Wellesley Townsmen reports that first-year student Trevor O’Leary of Wellesley has received a national award for heroism from the Boy Scouts of America. Last spring, Trevor, an Eagle Scout, helped to rescue a seriously injured cyclist.

Read the entire article here.
Assumption and the Arts
Nine Assumption College students were accepted into the Sixth Annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Exhibition, a juried group exhibition that seeks to recognize works in mixed media, photography, works on paper, sculpture and paining from the student artists of the Worcester Consortium. Assumption’s contributions to the exhibition ranged from sculptures to self-portraits.

Dylan Ritchotte’s oil on canvas painting Testa was awarded an honorable mention. “I am honored to have my work featured in this show,” Ritchotte said “I presented on the Bauhaus (a German school of fine arts) last autumn and wanted to recreate the Testa Science Center here on campus in a way that both paid homage to the Bauhaus and showcased our science building.”

The exhibition which is being hosted by ARTSWorcester’s Aurora Gallery, runs February 6th thru March 6th and is free and open to the public.

A story on the exhibition was recently featured in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. The full article can be read here.
Sift Exhibition Makes News
A recent Worcester Magazine article by Doreen Manning titled "A Sift for Meaning at Assumption" features Assumption lecturer of art Lynn Simmons's "Sift" exhibition, currently on display in the d'Alzon Library.
 
In the article, Manning writes: "Artist Lynn Simmons offers a body of work that attempts to draw parallels between the sifting of information that occurs in Assumption’s Emmanuel d’Alzon Library on a daily basis, and the artist’s own sifting ? or simplifying ? of priorities and needs."

Read the full article here.

The exhibit, presented by the d’Alzon Art Series, continues through Feb. 25.
Assumption College Senior to Compete in Miss America Pageant on Jan. 30
Assumption College senior Laura Hall, Miss Vermont, is headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss America Pageant. On Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 p.m. on TLC, a one-hour documentary will air about the Miss America experience. After the Friday show, viewers have an opportunity to vote for four contestants who automatically will make it into the top 15 finalists to compete during the Miss America pageant. The pageant will be televised on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. Information about how to vote will be provided during the Friday evening show.
 
As Miss Vermont, Hall, daughter of Christopher Hall of Holden, has received a $5,000 scholarship and an additional $1,000 for her community service efforts. In addition to representing the Green Mountain State in the Miss America competition, Hall has toured Vermont to promote her platform, youth empowerment?leaders of today. She speak to audiences of all ages and engage in a variety of community service projects.

Hall, an organizational communication major at Assumption, has been named to the dean’s list every semester. She received the college’s highest scholarship award when she was named an Augustine Scholar. In addition, Hall has worked in the campus admissions office and performed in Assumption theatre productions. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, she is senate speaker for the student government association.

Hall is the second Assumption student to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Kristin Gauvin Neithercut ’05, who was Miss Massachusetts 2005, competed in the 2006 Miss America Pageant.
Ribbon Cut on New High-performance Track
By Michael Smith ‘11
Public Affairs Intern

On January 21, Assumption cut the ribbon on a new high-performance indoor track in the Plourde Recreation Center on campus. The track’s new Mondo Super X surface is made of the same materials that supported athletes from more than 100 nations competing in the summer Olympics.

“When we assessed the condition of the old track, we noticed that there were two areas we needed to focus on,” said Jaron Rider, director of recreation. “It was very slick, especially when wet, and running on it wasn't particularly good for the knees and the joints. We looked for a surfacing product that would have a good energy return to reduce knee and joint impact and something that would offer a surface that was less slick.”

Assumption’s new high-performance track is highly durable and should stand up to heavy use for many years to come. The multiple-density surface drains and dries quickly and has a cushioned high shock absorption surface to provide comfort and help runners fight for that extra mile.

At the ribbon cutting, President Francesco Cesareo noted the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which the new track will support. The College continuously looks for ways to improve its facilities and provide the campus community with the tools essential to wellness.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Assumption kicked off the opening of the track with a “race.” Participants included Dean of Students Bob Ravenelle, Michele Aubin from the Provost’s office, Prof. Michele Lemons, and student Will Skelton. The ribbon was cut and the racers were off, marking this promising new track and yet another great addition to the Plourde recreation center.

A video of the race is posted below.
 
 
A Thank You from the President Thank you for your swift response and great generosity in support of last week’s Hounds for Haiti fundraising efforts on campus. Over four days, the Assumption community contributed nearly $6,300 in a variety of ways to alleviate the suffering of the people of Haiti who still are desperate for help. A check for that amount has been sent to Catholic Relief Services, an international humanitarian agency whose immediate mission in Haiti is to provide food, shelter and access to medical care for the earthquake survivors.

It was tremendously heartening to see Assumption students explore ways to help while still on winter break. Several students who have extended family in Haiti -- and are reported to be unharmed -- helped to spur those efforts. By coordinating the ideas and efforts of many through the Reach Out Center, and with the support of Director Carleen Roy-Butler and others on campus, including our food services partner, Sodexo, a series of fundraising events unfolded over four days that culminated in a prayer service on Monday.

As a community, we have connected in a very real and meaningful way with the people of Haiti. They have suffered what the United Nations has called “the worst loss of life ever.” They will continue to need our concern for their great need and our prayers for their recovery in the very difficult days ahead. Thank you again for caring so deeply and coming together so quickly on their behalf.
Hounds for Haiti Efforts Launch
The heartbreaking stories and images from earthquake-stricken Haiti have spurred many in the Assumption College community to coordinate a variety of fundraising initiatives under the banner of Hounds for Haiti. From Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 21-23), students will be collecting funds to support Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to ease the suffering of Haitians in need of food, water and medical care. Also, Campus Ministry will offer a prayer service on Monday at noon in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on campus.

““The Assumption community has come together quickly during the first week of the semester to show compassion, care and support for the people of Haiti,” said President Francesco Cesareo. “The scale of this tragedy, while still difficult to comprehend, has deeply affected our community, especially because some of our students have family there. We hope to provide some relief and hope to the earthquake victims through our fundraising efforts and prayers.”
 
Efforts underway at Assumption include:

Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Students will staff the Hagan Campus Center information booth to collect donations (cash or check) in support of relief efforts in Haiti. Checks should be made out to Assumption College – Haiti. All donations will be combined into one check from the Assumption College community. Donors will receive bracelets – red with a blue bead (Haitian flag colors) – to remind them of the ongoing efforts to care for the earthquake victims.
  • Collection jars will be placed in Taylor Dining Hall, Charlie’s, the Plourde Recreation Center, d’Alzon Library and the book store.
Friday, Jan. 22
  • Mike Ward, general manager with Sodexo, Assumption’s food services provider, has announced that Sodexo will donate the cost of all lunches purchased in Taylor Dining Hall on Friday to the Hounds for Haiti fund.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear red on Friday to show support for the Haitian people in need.
Saturday, Jan. 23
  • Hounds for Haiti red T-shirts will be sold for $5 each in the Plourde Recreation Center at the men’s (1:30 p.m.) and women’s (3:30 p.m.) basketball games versus St. Michael’s College during Winter Homecoming.
  • Tickets will be sold for a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will be donated to the relief effort in Haiti.
Monday, Jan. 25
  • Campus Ministry will offer a prayer service at noon in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit for the people of Haiti.
Choosing their Paths Assumption College is a founding member of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), a nationwide network intended to expand the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation on college campuses. NetVUE is a new initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), a national association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities. NetVUE is supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

“We’re delighted to be counted among the founding members of NetVUE,” said Interim Assumption Provost Fred Travis. “Assumption faculty long have encouraged students to think beyond the basics of a job description and ask ‘how can I make a difference in this world?’ Such questions are at the heart of building lives of purpose. We look forward to engaging our colleagues across the country in a rich conversation about helping young people find meaning in their lives and work.”

Data collected by the Lilly Endowment indicates that structured programs, those that encourage and guide students in a theological exploration of vocation, help young people draw on the wisdom of their faith traditions as they make decisions about the future and determine how to lead purposeful lives.
Assumption Names New Continuing & Career Education Director Assumption College has appointed Dennis Braun director of Continuing and Career Education. Braun began work at Assumption on Jan. 4.

“Dennis Braun was selected from a large pool of strong candidates,” said Interim Provost Frederick Travis, who also serves as academic vice president. “He has considerable experience in the area of adult education. His knowledge and experience with adult learners, as well as his strong work ethic and enthusiasm for education impressed everyone who had an opportunity to meet him during the search process.”

Braun received his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State College, and earned a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Babson College. He previously worked at two other schools in the Consortium of Worcester Colleges, Becker and Anna Maria colleges.

Braun lives in Mendon with wife Carol and their children, Morgan and Ryan.
Swimming to the Top
Assumption freshman Carolina Correa was recently featured in an article appearing in the January 1 issue of The Catholic Free Press.
 
Read the full article here.
Coming Home
Assumption freshman Eddie Johnston was recently featured in an article appearing in the December 18 issue of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Titled "Homecoming", the story consulted college freshmen about their plans for winter break and provides advice on how to best make the transition from school to home and back again.
 
Neil Castronovo, Assumption's dean of student development and counseling, also offers suggestions on how to best to manage the vacation.
 
Read the full article here.
Boys & Girls Club’s National Youth of the Year interviewed at Assumption
NECN (the New Cable News Network) recently broadcast an interview with Assumption student and Boys and Girls Club National Youth of the Year Carolina Correa '83.
 
The profile is embedded below.
 
Assumption Students Write Their Way onto Pilgrimage The superior writing skills of two Assumption College students are taking them to Europe in May on a 10-day, all-expenses-paid pilgrimage to retrace the footsteps of Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, or Assumptionists, who established Assumption College in 1904. Senior Max Ebacher of Dudley and sophomore Christopher Moran of Webster won a student essay contest, one of many events planned around the world for the year-long celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of Fr. d’Alzon’s birth. The essay contest winners, who wrote about the importance of the Assumptionist perspective on liberal arts education, were announced in the college’s d’Alzon library at the official launch of the special year.

Ebacher and Moran will join an Assumption-based group, led by the college’s vice president for mission, Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., and Prof. Christian Gobel, on a pilgrimage to Paris, Nimes and Rome. In addition to seeing the sights in Paris and Rome, and attending Mass at Fr. d’Alzon’s tomb in Nimes, the students and their traveling companions will participate in a general audience with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.
Shakespeare conference explores love and honor
Though written amid the tumultuous political and religious strife in Elizabethan England, the themes of love and honor still resonate strongly 400 years later for the Shakespeare scholars who traveled to Assumption from colleges and universities across the nation to participate in October’s innovative multidisciplinary conference, “Love and Honor in Shakespeare.”

Organized by Bernard “B.J.” Dobski, an associate professor of Political Science at Assumption, the conference attracted 30 Shakespeare scholars from a variety of disciplines, including English literature, political science, philosophy and rhetoric studies. These scholars delivered papers on thematically organized panels distributed across several sessions over three days.

“Shakespeare portrays human longings within a political framework,” Dobski said in a welcome to conference participants. “We turn to Shakespeare because he offers us perhaps the greatest guide to understanding Western civilization of which Catholicism plays such a rich part…He is a bridge between the pre-Christian West, the Christian West and a modern West which seems to do everything it can to free itself from its Christian heritage.”

By continually returning to Shakespeare’s plays and poetry to reflect on how he depicts human longing and its consequences, “we are also reminded of the timeless genius of Shakespeare as poet, dramatist, artist, and thinker,” Dobski believes.

The keynote address, deleivered by University of Dallas professor John Alvis, is embedded below.

Brian Kelly ’83 Named Head Coach of Notre Dame Football team
Assumption alumnus and former defensive coordinator Brian K. Kelly ’83, who recently took the University of Cincinnati Bearcats to two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances and a perfect 12-0 regular season in 2009, has been named the 29th head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame's president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., praised Kelly in an announcement on the school’s website. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Brian and his family to the Notre Dame family. He brings to us a long and successful career as a head coach, and I am confident that he will have even greater success here. I'm also very pleased that he has put considerable emphasis on excellence in the classroom and that his student-athletes graduate at a rate well above the norm."

As an Assumption football player Kelly played at middle linebacker for the Greyhounds and graduated from Assumption College with a B.A. in Political Science. His football career at Assumption included 19 tackles in the final game of the 1981 season and he captained the two of the most successful club football teams in Hounds' history for Hall of Fame Coach Paul Cantiani '73. Kelly earned all conference honors in the New England Collegiate Football Conference as both a junior and senior and left with a school-record 314 tackles (currently seventh). His record 214 assists stood until 2005 when broken by Chris Grogan '06.

Kelly served as defensive coordinator at Assumption for four seasons under Hall of Famer Bernie Gaughan, raising the team’s level of play before leaving to coach for Grand Valley. At same time, he coached women’s softball and ushered the Assumption team to 20-plus and entrance into the postseason regional rankings. Kelly’s winning ways were recognized when he was named to the Assumption Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

A native of Chelsea, MA, Kelly graduated from St. John's Prep (Danvers, MA), where he starred in three sports: football, hockey and baseball. Brian and his wife, Paqui, have three children - Patrick Liam, Grace Marie and Kenzel Michael.
Notre Dame’s webpage has the official announcement.
Stamp of Approval The Assumption College chemistry department has been approved as an affiliate of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Affiliation with the ACS is widely accepted as the “stamp of approval” for chemistry programs and graduates at colleges and universities across the nation. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides the knowledge and laboratory experience, and analytical and communication skills that students need to become effective science professionals.

To achieve ACS approval, a chemistry program must undergo a stringent review process, demonstrate staffing by accomplished faculty, contain a modern and well-maintained infrastructure and provide a coherent, comprehensive chemistry curriculum, among other requirements.

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest professional scientific organization and a leading source of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, the ACS publishes many scientific journals and databases, organizes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry.

In surveys, employers have indicated that they find graduates of ACS-approved programs better prepared for careers in science and technology. In addition, Assumption students who major in chemistry and fulfill ACS requirements are eligible for admission into the Society after graduation. Membership enables the Assumption chemistry department, faculty and students to keep up with latest research and connect with other leading chemists and institutions around the world.
Angela Martano ’08 Deploys to Destinations Unknown with Civilian Conservation Corps Assumption Alumna Angela Martano ’08 was recently featured in Connecticut’s Record-Journal for her work with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). As a member of a team of 250 people, Martano travels around the country working on disaster relief, environmental issues, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, or urban and rural development.

To read the rest of the article, click here.
Assumption Student Carolina Correa ’13 featured on Fox News
Assumption freshman, and winner of the 2009-2010 Boys & Girls Club of America National Youth of the Year award, Carolina Correa ’13 was recently featured on the Fox News Channel in a segment titled “Beyond the Dream”.
 
Correa, a psychology major from Pawtucket (RI) who moved to the United States from Colombia in 2002, was the first Latina to win the Youth of the Year award.
 
The segment is embedded below.
 
 
Fran Anthes ’73 receives 2009 Women in Business Award
Assumption alumna and president & CEO of the Family Health Center of Worcester Frances Anthes '73 was one of six women selected by the Worcester Business Journal for a 2009 Women in Business award.
 
For more information, read the the Worcester Business Journal story.
Assumption Celebrates Faculty Publications
Written by
Alex Papastratis ’10


Assumption College recognized the academic publication achievements of its faculty members on November 3 in the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library. More than 40 professors from nearly every academic department were honored.

The program featured an introduction by Doris Sweet, director of library services, as well as remarks from Dr. Frederick F. Travis, the interim provost of Assumption College.

“The variety and quality of these publications demonstrates the vast range of academic inquiry found at Assumption College, and the excellence of our faculty,” Provost Travis commented.

To see the complete faculty publications list, visit the Faculty Publications page.
Sodexo and Assumption College Work Together To Make A Difference Written by
Alex Papastratis ‘10

As Thanksgiving fast approaches and the cold weather worsens, now is a perfect time to help those who are less fortunate than us. Every November Sodexo runs their “Cans Across America” campaign in an effort to battle hunger all across the nation.

In an attempt to bolster collection efforts, Sodexo is offering a free lunch at Taylor dining hall to anyone who donates four canned goods or non-perishable items. This offer is available on Mon., Nov. 9, Tues., Nov 10, Wed., Nov. 11, and Thurs., Nov. 12, and you can contribute each of these dates and receive a free lunch.

“The community really came together to make last year a success,” said Mike Ward, general manager of dining services. “I have a great hope that this year will be even better.”

Donations will be accepted in both Charlie’s dining hall and Taylor, however the free lunch is only offered at Taylor. All collected donations will be presented to the Greater Worcester Food Bank on behalf of Assumption College.

Those who wish to donate cash can purchase a “Helping Hands” cutout for only $1. These cutouts will have the donor’s signature and be featured on a wall at Taylor. All monetary donations will also be presented to the Greater Worcester Food Bank.

This is a great opportunity to embrace the Assumption spirit of service and dedication to community.

For any questions contact Mike Ward, general manager of dining services, at
508-767-7578 or mward@assumption.edu.
Alumna Comforts Cancer Patients with Pillows of Love
Assumption Alumna Beth Dabrowski '83 was recently featured in the Norwich Bulletin as their "Newsmaker of the Day". Dabrowski, an operating room nurse at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Connecticut, sews heart-shaped pillows for breast cancer patients recovering from surgery.
 
To read the rest of the article, click here.
Assumption Alumna wins “Teacher of the Year” Award Kristi Luetjen, a member of Assumption College’s Class of 1999 has won Connecticut’s “Teacher of the Year” award. Luetjen is a kindergarten teacher working at Whiting Lane Elementary School in Westhartford, Connecticut.

Click here to read a Hartford Courant article on her achievement
Assumption Theater Camp Makes News Assumption College’s children’s musical theater camp was featured in an article that appeared in the October 21 issue of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

An excerpt from the story appears below:

Please, sir. Can I be Oliver!

Well, let's see: If you've got some spark, a pleasing singing voice, you take direction well and are generally lacking in snarkitude, then you have a good shot at it.

About 130 boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16 turned out recently to audition for a free, four-month intensive musical theater training camp at Assumption College. The program leads to participation in four performances of the musical “Oliver!” April 23 to 25 at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. Originally, 40 kids were to be selected, but it now appears more will make the grade when training camp participants are announced later this week.

To read the rest of the article, click here.
Assumption and the Arts
Adjunct Professor of Art Glen Orlinsky’s “The Couch” wass featured in an article on the “stART on the Street” festival that appeared in the September 21 issue of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

An excerpt from the story appears below:

“But if you still feel nothing happens in Worcester, you can go find “The Couch” and verbalize your anxiety or anger or whatever you want. Dr. Freud would heartily approve. In this centennial of Sigmund Freud's visit to Clark University and the 10th anniversary of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, “The Couch,” created by local artist Gary Orlinsky, was unveiled at stART.”

To read the rest of the article, click here.
Brian Kelly ’83 leads University of Cincinnati football into Top 10
A captain of Assumption’s football team as a senior, Brian Kelly ’83 began his coaching career at Assumption as an assistant football coach and head softball coach. He later led the Grand Valley State University (MI) football team to two national titles and was named National Coach of the Year in 2002 and ’03. In just his second year at Cincinnati last season, the Bearcats won the Big East Conference title and advanced to their first Bowl Championship Series game.
 
To read a profile on Brian Kelly and the Cincinnati Bearcats appearing in the October 5 issue of Sports Illustrated, click here.
Assumption College Launches New Internship-in-Business Blog Web Site
By Alex Papastratis ’10
Public Affairs Intern

Reporting for newspapers and magazines, filming student profiles and writing for corporate and nonprofit web sites are just a few of the experiences Assumption students are blogging about on the college web site for their Internship-in-Business class.

Assumption students are on the cutting edge of business and technology as they write professional blogs on the college web site about their daily internship experiences. Students enrolled in the Internship-in-Business class are working at companies throughout Central Massachusetts including: the Worcester Business Journal, United Way, the Worcester Sharks, Worcester Magazine, American Cancer Society, City Living Magazine, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and others.

At the Worcester Business Journal, Assumption interns are writing articles and profiles about the top businesses and CEOs that are featured on the publication’s Web site. Interns working with the Worcester Sharks hockey team assist in creating marketing and sales campaigns, coordinating with sponsors, and promoting the youth hockey program. At the Worcester Chamber of Conference the interns are communicating with city businesses and planning and attending conferences and other events featuring some of Worcester’s top business leaders. All the students in the class are applying the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to contribute to the companies’ success – and gain professional experience.

“These internships are important because students produce a portfolio of their completed work, which is a valuable asset as they seek employment or graduate school admission,” says Arlene DeWitt, assistant professor of Organizational Communications and Marketing. “This professional blogging experience gives students a distinct advantage in the workplace because more and more companies realize the power of well-written, focused blogs.”

In addition to the hands-on work experience of 120 hours at an internship site, each student intern attends a weekly seminar with about 20 other interns to discuss and analyze management skills, organizational structures and culture, and to assess their career skills and competencies, work culture preferences, and risk tolerances.

Now our students can share their experiences with you in real time. To read our student internship blogs, please CLICK HERE.
Carolina Correa ’13 Named National Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America
The Boys & Girls Club of America has named Assumption first-year student Carolina Correa the 2009-10 National Youth of the Year. Carolina will serve a one-year term as the national teen spokesperson for the 4.5 million youth served annually by Boys & Girls Clubs. She is the first Hispanic female youth to receive the title.
Carolina, a psychology major from Pawtucket (RI), also will receive $26,000 in college scholarships from the program’s founding sponsor, Reader’s Digest Foundation. The Youth of the Year program recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club; academic excellence, and personal challenges and obstacles overcome.

Carolina is a seven-year member of the Boys& Girls Club program. At her local club, she learned English, made many friends and excelled in the aquatics program. A member of the Assumption women’s swim team, she was named most valuable swimmer three times in high school and created a basic swimming skills program for inner city youth, among other community service projects.
Life Lesson
The following story appeared in the September 13 College Town section of the Worcester Telegram @ Gazette

Assumption College freshmen received their first assignment, and it's something that many can learn from. Here's an excerpt from the task given to them by Eloise Knowlton, dean of studies:

“Welcome, Class of 2013!

“By now you have met with all of your classes and professors. You probably have received a syllabus for each course and have reviewed it with the professor and the class. There may be only a few quizzes, weekly readings that aren't that bad, and maybe a final paper. By now, you may be saying to yourself, ‘Maybe college isn't that hard.'

“Don't be fooled. College is hard, but perhaps in ways that you aren't expecting.

“Taking control of your freedom is hard. It has nothing to do with your brain and everything to do with your maturity, your will, your discipline, your self-command and your willingness to work. Plan to study for two hours before every one-hour class. Build it into your schedule. Hold yourself to it.

“Exert your will on the shape of your day. That is your first assignment.”
Children Invited to Audition for (free) Musical Theatre Training Camp at Assumption College
The Assumption College Department of Art, Music and Theatre invites area students (9-16 years) to audition, Oct. 10-12, for Assumption’s TheaterWorks program, a free, four-month intensive musical theatre training camp (acting, singing and dancing techniques) offered at no cost for 40 young people, 9-16 years, in Worcester and Metrowest. The program leads to participation in four performances of the musical OLIVER!, April 23-25 (2010), at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. Auditions will be held, by appointment, Oct. 10-12, on campus.

The 40 young people selected for Assumption’s TheaterWorks Program will prepare for the roles of the workhouse kids, orphans and street urchins in the musical OLIVER! Participants selected will be expected to commit to a training schedule, beginning Jan. 19, that includes Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4-7 p.m., and Sundays from noon-5 p.m.

The production’s teaching/coaching staff includes Brian Tivnan, Assumption College theatre instructor, who will direct and produce OLIVER!; choreographer Jennifer Agbay and musical director Fred Frabotta. A vocal coach also will be added to work individually with the participants. Four Assumption student interns will help manage and work with the program participants.

The musical OLIVER! is based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, the story of a mistreated orphan who escapes the hard life of a London workhouse and joins a gang of loveable pickpockets, run by the infamous Mr. Fagin. OLIVER! Includes the musical classics Food, Glorious Food; I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself and As Long As He Needs Me, among others.

Auditions for the TheaterWorks Program are Oct. 10-13, by appointment, at Assumption College. For more information or to make an audition appointment, contact Brian Tivnan at btivnan@assumption.edu or call 508-767-7410.
Students sign up for Woo Cards at Assumption
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette recently published a story on Assumption College's involvement with the Woo Card program in their September 5 edition.
 
"When Jessie Ouyang moved from Taiwan to Worcester for graduate school, she knew she wanted to get involved with the local arts and cultural scene. A stranger to the country, nevermind the Worcester area, she didn’t know where to start.

That’s where the Woo Card came in handy."
 
Click here to read the entire story.
New tray-free dining offers balanced meals, allergen-free pantry and take-away options
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette recently published a story on the changes to Assumption College's dining services in their September 8 edition.
 
"For the students, faculty, staff and visitors at Assumption College, the options available at Taylor Dining Hall on a recent weekday afternoon seemed endless.

For those looking for something “exotic,” for example, a bowl of noodles mixed with Asian aromatic broth or a machaca burrito stuffed with refried beans and Moroccan-style beef fit the bill.

Nearby, fans of rib-sticking comfort foods found a simmering pan of chicken potpie very much to their liking, while those looking for something lighter drifted over to food stations offering bagels and slices of pizza.

The choices!"
 
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Assumption College Band Conductor Invited to Perform in Germany Bruce Hopkins, the conductor of the Assumption College Band, was invited to give master classes and perform a concert at the International Music Institute in Leipzig, Germany, during the summer. While in Leipzig, he recorded a music video of the Brandenburg Concerto #1 and Cantata #208 by J.S. Bach with members of the world’s oldest symphony orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, along with soloists from New York and the Leipzig Opera. The video will be released this fall.
Chapel Choir Releases New CD
The Assumption College Chapel Choir, the college’s liturgical choir, has released a new CD, Gathered As One. Hailed as “contemporary Christian favorites sung by one of the best college choirs in the country,” Gathered As One features the Assumption College Chapel Choir, led by former director Jane Shivick and accompanied on organ and piano by Frank Corbin, director of music ministry. Assumption’s Chapel Choir, now under the direction of Lei (Ray) Yu, associate director of music ministry, has more than 60 members among the undergraduates and graduate students. The choir’s new CD is available for purchase at http://cdbaby.com/cd/taccc2 and at the Assumption College Bookstore.
Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Passing Saddens Assumption Community
“The Assumption College community is deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy,” said Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption. “Senator Kennedy was a powerful voice and tremendous advocate for people in need, and a tireless legislator who dedicated his life to public service, especially on behalf of civil rights, health care, and increased aid and access to higher education,” The Kennedy family has a distinguished legacy of engagement with Assumption College that dates back more than half a century and includes participation in many of Assumption’s milestones.

“In fact, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation gave the College $150,000 in July 1953 to rebuild the college, now on Salisbury Street, just one month after a tornado tore through Worcester and destroyed the original Assumption campus. In appreciation for what was then the largest gift in Assumption’s history, the college named one of the five original buildings constructed on the new Salisbury Street site in memory of the eldest Kennedy brother, who died a hero during World War II. The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Hall stands as a visible testament to the courage and sacrifice of Senator Kennedy’s oldest brother, to the compassion and commitment of the family, and to the enduring legacy of the Kennedy family at Assumption College.

“Senator Ted Kennedy was the Commencement speaker at Assumption in 1964 and again in 1979. At the 1964 Commencement, the College awarded him an honorary degree. In 2003 Senator Kennedy called for greater investment in science education and scientific discovery when he was the featured speaker at the ribbon-cutting for the College’s Richard and Janet Testa Science Center. We remember Senator Kennedy today, and join the people of Massachusetts and the nation in mourning his passing. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his extended family at this very difficult time.”
For more information on the Kennedy family legacy at Assumption, go to http://www1.assumption.edu/kennedy/

 
Assumption in the News
Assumption was featured in the photos that accompanied an article in the August 9 isssue of the Sunday Worcester Telegram & Gazette about first-year fall enrollments at private colleges in the Worcester area.
 
Recreation Director Named Jaron Rider has been named director of recreation at Assumption. Rider comes to Assumption from Winthrop University in Rock Hill (SC), where he served as program director for recreational services and facilities. Previously, he was the assistant director of recreation and wellness at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale (FL). In addition to his experience in recreational services, facilities and wellness programs, he also brings to Assumption extensive knowledge of best practices, risk management, policy development, assessment, and student leadership development.

Rider’s leadership brings a new direction and new name, Campus Recreation, to the campus department previously known as Recreational Sports (Rec Sports) or the Plourde Center. “Campus Recreation” better encompasses all the department offers, including its recreation facilities (Plourde Recreation Center), intramurals, club sports, instructional programs, informal recreation, student leadership, and fitness and wellness initiatives.

Rider, wife Natasha and daughter Isabel have found a home Worcester and are looking forward to getting to know both the Assumption and Worcester communities.
Lewandowski Receives State Unsung Heroine Award
Suzanne “Sue” Lewandowski, the academic secretary for the departments of history, and mathematics and computer science, was honored in May at the Sixth Annual Unsung Heroine Celebration at the Massachusetts State House. The Unsung Heroine award, sponsored by the state Commission on the Status of Women, honors 100 Massachusetts women who work quietly, without recognition, to make their communities and the Commonwealth better places to live. Lewandowski was nominated for the award by State Senator Stephen Brewer for her years of advocacy for eating disorders awareness and her work with people recovering from food and co-occurring addictions. She lives in North Brookfield.

“It’s easier to prevent an eating disorder, or other addictions, than it is to recover from one,” Lewandowski said. “Addiction prevention begins with parents who model healthy thoughts and behaviors. Educating adolescents and adults about today’s changing culture, trends, and concerns makes for more well-informed choices. Providing parents with positive family activities, community support, accurate information, access to resources and the most local treatment options will be the cornerstone for positive change and empowerment.”

NB CARES, the Web-based organization Lewandowski created in 2005, sends weekly updates and newsletters to 425 families in North Brookfield. In addition to her advocacy on behalf of food disorders awareness, she is a member of North Brookfield’s emergency management agency, president of Hearts for Heat, the town’s fuel assistance program, and is active with the PTA, Warren Domestic Violence Task Force and the ANAD Eating Disorders support group.

Lewandowski is enrolled in Assumption’s master’s degree program in rehabilitation counseling. In addition, she will complete a graduate program at the Plymouth State University Eating Disorder Institute this fall, where she will develop consistent and reliable (eating disorder) screening tools and related information for primary care physicians.
Floating through the Semester Senior Lauren Donovan found herself floating through spring semester. That’s because Lauren, a psychology major, was enrolled in Semester-at-Sea, an international program that combines academics and world travel by ship for fulltime students from accredited colleges and universities. Lauren spent nearly four months at sea during spring semester, traveling to Spain, Morocco and Namibia, and more than a half dozen other countries. She and her more than 700 other Semester-at-Sea classmates began their travels by ship in January in the Bahamas. Their semester afloat ended in early May when they disembarked in Fort Lauderdale (FL) after a 108-day voyage.

“I was attracted to Semester-at Sea because of the classes offered and the opportunity to travel to 11 countries on a ship,” Lauren said. “There were so many amazing things that I never thought I’d see or do in my lifetime, like climbing the Great Wall in China, hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town and hiking through an active volcano in Guatemala. We also went ‘sandboarding’ in Namibia and saw the cherry blossoms in Japan, which are in bloom only about two weeks each year. In India, we visited a neighborhood on the ocean where the tsunami hit a few years ago and we volunteered for a day at Mother Teresa's orphanage in Chennai. Semester-at-Sea really opens your eyes and your mind.”
Princeton Review Names Assumption a "Best in the Northeast" College
Assumption College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company selected Assumption as one of 218 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Northeast" section on its website feature, 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region, on www.PrincetonReview.com and in its book, The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2010 Edition. About 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included.

Schools included in the 2010 edition of Best Northeastern Colleges are selected primarily for their “excellent academic programs.” While the colleges vary by size, character and locale, their inclusion is based on institutional data, visits by Princeton Review representatives and recommendations from independent and high school-based college advisors, and student responses to an 80-question survey. Students surveyed respond to questions that range from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the food on their campuses. They also answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and campus life.

“The size of the school allows for a large amount of personal attention and professors go above and beyond to make sure you get the best education they can offer,” an Assumption student responded. “The students here generally are hard workers, committed, driven and smart. They get involved – in sports, student government, academic clubs, on-campus jobs or internships or community service off campus.”

“Assumption’s inclusion in the Princeton Review’s 2010 Best Northeastern Colleges list underscores in a very public way what we know to be true,” said Francesco Cesareo, president of the college. “We provide students with an education that is challenging, personal, meaningful and affordable. They graduate in four years with the deep knowledge, strong faith and broad experience they need to lead purposeful lives, build successful careers and give back to their communities.”

The 218 colleges the Princeton Review designated as "Best in the Northeast" are located in New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Dawn Thistle Named Executive Director of IT
Dawn Thistle has been named executive director of information technology (IT) and media services at Assumption College. Thistle has held the executive director position on an interim basis since January 2008, while still serving as the college’s director of library services, a position she had held since 1998.
 
In her new position, Thistle manages the daily operations of the IT and media services department, which supports the administrative and academic computing, networking, media, telecommunications and end-user services for the college. In consultation with other campus entities,Thistle’s office will determine the strategic direction for Assumption College’s information technology initiatives.

Thistle, who resides in Oakham, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Oberlin College and the New England Conservatory, respectively, and master of science and doctor of arts degrees from Simmons College.
Senior Laura Hall Wins Miss Vermont Pageant
Senior Laura Hall was named Miss Vermont in her state pageant in June. Laura will travel to Las Vegas in January, where she will compete in the Miss America Pageant. As Miss Vermont, she has received a $5,000 scholarship and an additional $1,000 for her community service efforts. In addition to representing the Green Mountain State in the Miss America competition, Laura will tour Vermont to promote her platform, Youth Empowerment?Leaders of Today. She plans to speak to audiences of all ages and engage in a variety of community service projects.

Laura, an organizational communication major, has been named to the dean’s list every semester. She received the College’s highest scholarship award when she was named an Augustine Scholar. In addition, Laura has worked in the Admissions Office and performed in Assumption theatre productions. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, she is senate speaker for SGA.

Laura is the second Assumption student to compete in the Miss America Pageant in recent years. Kristin Gauvin-Neithercut, a 2005 graduate, was Miss Massachusetts that year and went on to compete in the 2006 Miss America pageant. Today, Gauvin-Neithercut, a former New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader is a dance teacher and the Miss Massachusetts Pageant producer.
 
New Director Named for Chapel Choirs Lei “Ray” Yu has been named associate director of music ministry at Assumption College. Yu, currently the organist at St. Mary’s Parish in Southbridge, holds master’s degrees in choral-instrumental conducting and in organ performance. She is in a doctoral degree program in choral conducting at Boston University, where she also teaches. Yu has directed music programs at several churches in Kansas City and conducted a variety of choirs in Boston, Kansas City and Beijing. She will join the Assumption community in mid-August, where she will direct the student chapel choir, as well as the adult choir, which sings periodically at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. Mass and on special feast day in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on campus. Also, Yu will teach stucdents to serve as cantors.

In addition, Assumption will move away from its current model of one cantor singing regularly at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. “Instead, we will have a number of alumni/ae and student cantors who will rotate this responsibility,“ said Nancy Small, director of campus ministry. “Rotating this responsibility gives greater emphasis to the important work of forming students as cantors to serve Assumption during their time here and (to serve) the larger (Catholic) Church once they graduate.”
Picture Yourself Here
Each year, about 80 Assumption students choose to spend a semester, a summer, or even a year studying abroad. Their experiences are as individual as each of the students.

The College was looking to capture that sense of place and person by hosting a photo contest. All Assumption students who were studying abroad this spring were invited to participate and informed that their pictures would be used on the Web and in Assumption publications and promotional materials. Assumption students submitted pictures from all over the world, sharing some of the highlights of their unique learning experiences. After much consideration, entries submitted Marcus W. Farias and Daniel Zimmermann, both members of the Class of 2010, were chosen.

Marcus W. Farias, who studied in Venice, Italy, won the “Beauty Shot” category with a picture of several gondolas docked along a Venetian canal. Daniel Zimmermann’s (’10) winning entry for the “Best Shot of Self at a Famous Site” category was taken during his time in Australia and depicts Zimmermann and several friends sitting alongside the water’s edge at Sydney Harbor with the famous Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House in the distance.

Their pictures highlight the singular and transformative opportunities the study abroad program can offer students, allowing them to experience the world from a different perspective and to learn about themselves.

For their winning entries, Farias and Zimmerman were awarded $50 Assumption College Bookstore certificates.
Paul Belsito ’00 Named Executive Assistant for Government and Community Relations
Worcester native Paul Belsito has joined Assumption as the new executive assistant for government and community relations, a position that reports directly to President Francesco Cesareo. Belsito, who graduated from Assumption in 2000, brings extensive government and community relations experience to his new post.

“We’re delighted to welcome Paul back to Assumption, where he will focus on strengthening and broadening our relationships with local, state and federal government entities, among other responsibilities,” President Cesareo said. “Paul’s first-hand knowledge of Assumption and the Worcester community, as well as the breadth of local, state and national political and community action experience he brings to the job, make this an ideal fit for him and for the College. In this position, he will interact daily with public officials and community leaders, identify new partnerships, and address issues at all levels of government that affect the College.”

While Belsito has held several positions with financial institutions, since his student years he has assumed pivotal roles in high-profile political campaigns, including those of U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern and Lt. Governor Timothy Murray. In 2002, Belsito worked to galvanize local support throughout Central Massachusetts and the Metro West area for U.S. Senator John Kerry’s presidential bid by working with elected officials and area activists, and expanding and managing an expansive volunteer base.

In 2004, Belsito managed all aspects of State Senator Edward M. Augustus, Jr.’s successful political campaign by establishing and sustaining relationships and support with local officials and contingency groups. He later served as district director for the state senator for three years.

Belsito also has an extensive record of service to the Worcester community as a member of local governing boards and committees, including the Emerald Club of Worcester, Oak Hill Community Development, ACORN Housing and the Worcester Parks and Recreation Commission. For the past six months, Belsito has led the Worcester Tree Initiative, a coalition of federal, state and local governments, the business community, environmental activists, civic groups and individuals working on a 30,000-tree, five-year education and tree-planting effort. The group announced in April that it plans to restore and maintain the diverse urban forest that has been decimated, for a variety of reasons, in Worcester’s many neighborhoods and in nearby towns.

Belsito lives in Shrewsbury with his wife, Christie Bik-Belsito.
Assumption Partners with UMass/Boston on Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center In a new configuration for delivering technical assistance and continuing education in vocational rehabilitation service provision, the U. S. Department of Education (Rehabilitation Services Administration) has awarded oversight of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center for New England to the University of Massachusetts/Boston in partnership with Assumption College.

The new TACE New England Center provides training and technical assistance for the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and their 400 service delivery partners in the six New England states. To increase efficiencies and reduce costs, Assumption has merged its former rehabilitation continuing education program (RCEP Region 1) with that administered by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass/Boston to enable the two entities to increase their capacity to provide staff training and technical assistance for the New England region.

“The merger of these two programs into a single TACE Center makes sense, given our combined history of providing training and technical assistance to meet the region’s needs,” said Assumption’s Thomas McCarthy, Ph.D., who provides leadership from the college as co-director of the regional TACE center. The Assumption allotment of the federal TACE grant is $329,000 per year for five-years, McCarthy added. The total amount of the five-year grant is $727,000 per year.

The TACE New England Center, established in 2008, is one of 10 such centers in the country. The goal of the TACE Center is to contribute to the improved quality of vocational rehabilitation services; help to increase the effectiveness of the state’s vocational rehabilitation agencies and their partners in delivering services, and help to improve the quantity and quality of employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

For more information, please contact Tom McCarthy at tmccarth@assumption.edu or 508-767-7261.
Summer semester: Online Graduate Students on Campus June 22-26 The summer semester for the 26 students enrolled in the 16-course (50-credit) online master’s degree program in rehabilitation counseling at Assumption is short, but intensive. Graduate students in the College’s only fully online degree program will have a campus to call their own when they come to the Living Learning Center from California, Texas and Oregon, among other states to take two classes from June 22 through June 26.

“We offer classes on campus during the summer semester that cannot be taught as effectively online – practicum in rehabilitation counseling, for example,” said Lee Pearson, director of graduate programs for Assumption’s Institute for Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Each summer, the online graduate students, most working professionals, have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with each other and their professors during the five-day summer semester, during which they choose two of the four courses offered. Most of the students are working in social services or rehabilitation counseling, or are looking to enter the rehab counseling field.

Assumption’s online master’s degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling is considered one of the top 10 in the nation. In fact, there is a waiting list to enroll. It is the only online master’s degree program offered by a top-ranked rehabilitation counseling graduate program in the Northeast. The 50-credit online degree program can be completed over eight semesters in less than three years. Upon completion, students are awarded a master of arts degree in rehabilitation counseling and are eligible to sit for the CRC (certified rehabilitation counselor) exam.

For more information, please contact Lee Pearson at lpearson@assumption.edu or 508.767.7063.
Students Employed in Summer Research
Nearly a dozen Assumption College students have found summer jobs without leaving campus. The undergraduates are conducting or assisting in research related to their majors. Funding for their paid summer research positions comes from academic department budgets, the Assumption Honors program or from competitive grants awarded to faculty. For example, several of chemistry professor Betsy Colby-Davie students are supported through a grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund.
  • Sophomore Stephanie Bouley (Smithfield, RI) and senior Amber Morra (Johnston, RI) are working with Professor Heather Wilkins to study the effects of estrogen on colon cancer cells.
  • Seniors Leslie Lupien of Pomfret Center (CT) and Candice Baird, an honors student from Charlton, and juniors Chantal McLellan (Lewiston, ME) and Mike Dion (Waltham) are working in Colby-Davies’ laboratory to synthesize several natural products with anti-tumor properties. They hope to test some of their products on the colon cancer cells Prof. Wilkins’ students are studying. Morra and Baird, both honors students, are supported by Assumption College Honors Research Fellowships.
  • Senior Doug Reilly (Centereach, NY) is studying the growth of neurons during development and after spinal cord injury with Prof. Michelle Lemons.
  • Senior Mike McIntyre of Worcester and junior Erin Gombos (Norwalk, CT) are studying liquid crystals and carbon nanotubes with Professor Georgi Georgiev.
Two New Science Concentrations Announced Worcester, MAJune 9, 2009 – Exploring biological and psychological explanations for behavior and developing public policies on resource conservation are just some of the career paths Assumption College graduates can pursue now that the college has added two new concentrations. Interim Provost Frederick Travis announced that Assumption undergraduates can select biology with a concentration in neuroscience and behavior, and environmental science with a concentration in environmental policy, beginning this fall.

The new neuroscience-focused biology concentration introduces students to biological and psychological rationales for behavior. “It provides a strong foundation in biology, while offering an interdisciplinary approach to studying human behavior,” Travis said. “It asks the question at the core of academic inquiry at Assumption, ‘What does it mean to be human?’”

Students who choose the neuroscience concentration will be encouraged to do internships or independent studies in laboratories studying neurobiology or the biological basis of behavior. “These students will be prepared to work in the biotechnology and pharmacology industries or in other life science organizations,” Travis explained. “They could pursue graduate degrees in neuroscience or the health professions.”

While the college has offered a major in environmental science for a number of years, the new concentration in environmental policy introduces students to the principles and theory needed to develop public policies for the conservation of natural resources. “The program is designed for students who hope to make a substantial contribution to the development of green technologies and environmental sustainability,” Travis said. “The concentration combines rigorous coursework in environmental science with interdisciplinary studies in environmental policy.”

Graduates with this concentration can pursue advanced degrees in environmental science or seek employment in government agencies or industry. The new concentration in environmental policy is also excellent preparation for a career in teaching, law, or the health sciences, Travis added.
Art Professor’s “Read the Walls” Exhibit at Brookline Library

“Read the Walls,” an exhibit of drawings by Assumption art professor Edith Read, is on display in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Branch Library through June 18. “One way to describe my work is as a response to a desire to understand compelling experiences or observations,” Prof. Read explains. “It is literally a way for me to look at what I experience. Drawing stays open and responsive while my mind changes…”

Speaker puts Economic Loss in Perspective
On Saturday, May 30, Assumption’s Graduate School sponsored a daylong series of workshops, Stimulus 101, to help entrepreneurs, business owners and those looking to make a career transition. The keynote speaker for the event, The Worry Cure author Dr. Robert Leahy, was featured in a May 31, 2009, article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Speaker puts Economic Loss in Perspective

“Robert L. Leahy knows the stress people are under because of the economy. He invested in the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers last fall in what he was told were high-performing stocks. ‘I woke up in the morning and my last three years of savings were wiped out,’ he said. “But Mr. Leahy, of the American Institute of Cognitive Therapy in New York, also knows that it is not healthy for people to dwell on their problems. He said people who are anxious about the current economic troubles should manage what they worry about.”
 
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Vatican's Cardinal Arinze Speaks at Assumption College April 15 His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship at the Vatican, will present a talk, "Liturgy and Our Spiritual Journey in Life," on April 15, at 7 p.m., in Hagan Campus Center Hall. Cardinal Arinze is the final speaker in the inaugural year of the Assumption College President's Lecture Series. This event is free and the public is invited.

An expert in catechesis, or religious formation, Cardinal Arinze will speak about the importance of the liturgy in the development of a spiritual life. He says that the communal celebration of the liturgy "opens one to the mystery of God and helps people find God within their lives." His message is that the liturgy is not just an individual expression of faith, but an expression of the life of the Church that nourishes the believer.

Cardinal Arinze, who was born in Nigeria, became the youngest Roman Catholic bishop in the world when he was ordained to the episcopate in 1965 at age 32. Pope John Paul II named him a cardinal in 1985. Among many other honors, Cardinal Arinze has received a gold medallion from the International Council of Christians and Jews for his outstanding achievements in inter-faith relations.

The President's Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. Reservations are suggested for this event. For more information, contact Sandra Bousquet at sbousquet@assumption.edu or 508-767-7322.
Assumption honors student service with Crown and Shield Awards
Assumption College has honored twelve members of the class of 2009 with the Crown and Shield award. The Crown and Shield Awards recognizes students who have “distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership and service to the College throughout their four years. The recipients of these awards have protected (shield) and furthered (crown) the interests of the student body and College in various areas of leadership and community service.” These students were nominated by faculty, staff and administration at the College.

In addition, each year one student is chosen to receive the prestigious Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon Most Distinguished Crown and Shield Award, an honor named for the founder of the Assumptionists, Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon, an educator who believed that his Assumptionist priests and brothers should perform the good works of four people. The recipient for the Fr. D’Alzon Most Distinguished Award is chosen for the profound and lasting impact she or he has made on the entire student body and College community. On occasion, two students may “tie” for this award, as was the case with this year’s selection of Ukemeabasi Uyen Eiset and Anna Jean Maffeo.

The awards were presented on Friday, May 15 at the Crown and Shield Awards Luncheon in Hagan Campus Center Hall.

The following is a list of this year’s Crown and Shield recipients:

Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon Most Distinguished Crown and Shield Award
 
  • Ukemeabasi Uyen Esiet of Lagos, Nigeria. Ukemeabasi graduated with a major in Management and a minor in Computer Science.
  • Anna Jean Maffeo of Ansonia, CT. Anna graduated with a major in Organizational Communication and a minor in Spanish.
Crown and Shield Award
  • Kaitlin Mary Bevins of Northford, CT. Kaitlin graduated with a major in Theology and minors in Education, Psychology and Community Service Learning.
  • Stephanie Jeanne Boucher of Lawrence, MA. Stephanie graduated with a major in English.
  • Meghan Courtney Cassidy of Marshfield, MA. Meghan graduated with majors in English and Spanish, and a minor in Philosophy.
  • Ashley Rose Chapdelaine of Chicopee, MA. Ashley graduated with a double major in Theology and Visual Art, and a minor in Art History.
  • Leandra Dena D’Eramo of Ashland, MA. Leandra graduated with a major in Foreign Languages.
  • Meghan Elizabeth Donahue of Andover, CT. Meghan graduated with dual majors in Political Science and Sociology, and a minor in Women’s Studies.
  • Jennifer Clare Gonet of Attleboro, MA. Jennifer graduated with a major in Political Science and minors in English and Psychology.
  • Katherine Maureen Hartigan of Erie, CO. Katherine graduated with a major in Mass Communications and Writing Concentration, and a minor in Spanish.
  • Daniel Paul Meunier of Shrewsbury, MA. Daniel graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Marketing.
  • Melissa Erin Nally of Franklin, MA. Melissa graduated with a major in English and minors in Philosophy and Education.
  • Andrew Richard Rudzinski of Corinth, ME. Andrew graduated with a major in Accounting.
Making Education Affordable
In today’s economy, many families assume that a private-college education is not an option. This is a misperception. When you look at data, you find that a private college is both affordable and accessible for a wide range of students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition that students pay at private colleges has actually declined over the past decade, after adjusting for grant aid and inflation. Combine this cost efficiency with the personal attention that students receive at a private institution like Assumption College or any of the other private colleges in the Worcester area, and you may determine that the value of the education is worth the investment.
 
Assumption Professors’ paintings selected for ARTSWorcester Biennial Exhibition
Paintings by associate professor of art Carrie Nixon and visiting assistant professor of art Thomas Grady have been selected as part of the 14th annual ARTSWorcester Biennial Exhibition. The Biennial, held at the Aurora Gallery on 660 Main Street in Worcester, is one of the largest juried exhibitions in central Massachusetts, focuses on showcasing the regional contemporary art scene and features works by local artists in several varieties of media.

Nixon’s I-Phone-Sam, a miniature (7” by 5”) oil on campus painting, depicts a hand holding an Apple iPhone. The hand actually belongs to one of Nixon’s Painting II students, Morgan Burdette. The screen of the iPhone displays another of Nixon’s students, Sam Andrews. Grady’s oil on linen painting Toys’s 34x34 portrays a young woman holding a child and gazing out the window of a room filled with toys, balloons, and other playthings.

"I am delighted to have been juried into the ARTSWorcester Biennial. This feels like a warm welcome to the Worcester art community,” said Nixon who moved to the area last August.
“It’s an honor,” Grady agreed, “It is a great organization for this city and community."

Nixon’s painting was also featured in Artscope magazine’s profile of the exhibition. The painting, the article suggested leads one “to consider the beauty of the phone’s design and the promise of the hand.”

Over 300 artworks were submitted for inclusion in the exhibition, 88 works by 87 artists were selected.

The Biennial will run through May 29.
Presenti Received Award in Global Studies
Christina Presenti was awarded the 2009 Doyle Merit Award for Excellence in Economics or Global Studies at Assumption College this spring. Presenti, a global studies and political science double major, with double minors in women’s studies and economics, is the daughter of Raymond and Patricia Presenti of Nashua (NH).

The award is named for the late Assumption professor George Doyle, who established the economics and global studies program at the college. The Doyle award carries a $1,000 prize.
Doyle Award recipients are seniors, majoring in economics or global studies, who are recognized for their “academic success, character, well roundedness and potential within the field.”

In 2007, Presenti was invited to attend the United Nations’ Third Annual Global Forum and completed two internships. Last summer, Presenti and Prof. Smriti Rao, were awarded a summer research grant from the Assumption Honors Program. The resulting paper, “An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Human Trafficking,” was selected by The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for a poster session at the 2009 Hill National Conference in May in Washington, D.C. Presenti graduated on May 16.
“Follow your passion”
“Following your passion will give you the power to find a way to make a living doing what you love,” Commencement speaker Anne Lynam Goddard ‘77 told the more than 400 undergraduates who received their degrees on May 16, the College’s 92nd graduation exercises. Goddard, president and CEO of Christian Children’s Fund, delivered the Commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Goddard has led the Christian Children’s Fund since 2006. The international child development organization assists more than 15.5 million children and families in 33 countries. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Goddard began her career as a social worker, focusing on child neglect and abuse cases. Today, she is a veteran humanitarian aid worker, who has continued to advocate for and protect children and families around the world.

Goddard, whose son was wounded, but survived, during the 2008 Virginia Tech shootings, also shared her philosophy of luck, comparing it to an early-version Super Mario Brothers video game in which little platforms moved up and down. “If you pay attention, think, seize the opportunities at the right moment, have courage and make that leap, you’ll be ‘lucky,’” Goddard said. “You’ll find that job that pays you and feeds your passion.”

President Francesco Cesareo welcomed the graduates, and their families and friends, saying, “This is a day of celebration and also one of possibility.” He urged the graduates to be “people of conviction and belief.”

The Very Reverend Marcel Poirier, A.A., provincial superior of the Augustinians of the Assumption, offered the invocation. The Honorable Konstantina Lukes, mayor of Worcester, brought greetings to the graduates.

Valedictorian Lindsay Houle of Worcester told her classmates, “We have an unbelievable opportunity to shape ourselves as the generation that changed how everything works...we are the ones to whom everyone is looking for an answer.”

Assumption awarded 600 degrees and certificates during its 2009 Commencement Exercises: Bachelor of Arts (411); Master of Arts (97); Master of Business Administration (51); Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (15); Associate’s Degree (9); Bachelor of Business Administration (13); and Bachelor of Science (Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies) (19).

Other honorary degree recipients included Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., Ph.D., who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree. Dr. Pellegrino is the John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. A pioneer in the field of Catholic medical ethics, Dr. Pellegrino was director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown’s Medical Center. The founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, he is renowned for his discussions of Christian virtue and medical ethics in the treatment of patients, and his focus on humanism and the physician, as well as the philosophical basis of medical treatment.

Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree during the commencement ceremony. Fr. Schall is a professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University. A legendary teacher and highly prolific author, his defense of classical liberal learning and his engagement with the enduring questions about “what is” have influenced generations of students and readers. The Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., Award for Teaching and Humane Letters was established at Georgetown in 2008 in recognition of “Fr. Schall’s commitment to liberal education, the great books, and the philosophical and religious tradition of the West and, above all, the Catholic faith.”

Valedictorian Lindsay Houle, the daughter of Russell and Maryann Houle of Worcester, majored in accounting. She will join the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche as a staff accountant. This summer, she will enroll in a master’s degree program in business administration (MBA) at Bentley University.

Salutatorian Ukemeabasi Esiet introduced Commencement speaker Anne Lynam Goddard. Esiet, son of Uwem and Nike Esiet of Lagos, Nigeria, majored in management. This summer he will work with Second Nature, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit that promotes sustainability in higher education.
Assumption College to award 600 degrees at 92nd Commencement Saturday
Assumption will award more than 400 bachelors degrees, as well as masters and associates degrees, and certificates of advanced graduate studies on Saturday at the 92nd Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., on the H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field on campus.  Anne Lynam Goddard ‘77, president and CEO of Christian Children’s Fund, will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree. Honorary degrees also will be conferred upon two Georgetown University professors emeriti, Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., Ph.D., who pioneered Catholic medical ethics, and Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., a legendary political philosophy professor, prolific author and advocate for liberal arts education. Valedictorian Lindsay Houle will address her classmates and the thousands of family and friends gathered for this special day. Salutatorian Ukeme Esiet will introduce the Commencement speaker.

For more information about Commencement 2009, as well as to stream the Commencement exercises, visit our Commencement homepage.
Free Seminars on Navigating the Economic Downturn – without a Bail-out

There is such a thing as a free lunch – along with no-cost advice – at Stimulus 101, a free program of business and employment seminars offered Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Kennedy Hall at Assumption College for business owners, job seekers, entrepreneurs and anyone else affected by today’s difficult economy. Stimulus 101 is offered free as a community service by the Assumption College Graduate School.

Stimulus 101 offers seminars on working with lending institutions, presenting yourself effectively in a difficult job market and high-impact Web-based viral marketing, among other topics, as well as resume evaluation by certified career advisers and counselors. Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Leahy, author of the book, The Worry Cure, will present a talk, “Financial Anxieties: Steps for Coping with Your Worries,” during the lunch break. Seminar leaders include Assumption College professors and instructors with expertise and experience in banking and lending, financial planning, Internet-based marketing, career planning and search engine optimization.

“The Stimulus 101 seminars will provide real-time information and strategies for immediate use for people who have lost their jobs or are looking to change their jobs, and especially for those who would like to change careers,” said Jeffrey Hunter, a professor of management and director of Assumption’s MBA program. “Any firm, public or private, for-profit or nonprofit, affected by the current state of the economy, and especially any organization that markets itself, needs financial support, and/or has a website will come away from Stimulus 101 with new knowledge and new ideas.”

To register for Stimulus 101, make an appointment for a free resume evaluation or for more information, please visit the program Web site: www.assumption.edu/stimulus101 or call 508-767-7246 by May 15.

2009 Commencement Speaker
Worcester, Mass – April 6, 2009 – Anne Lynam Goddard, president and CEO of the Christian Children's Fund, will address the graduates on May 16 at the 92nd commencement at Assumption College. Goddard, who graduated from Assumption in 1977, has led the Christian Children's Fund since 2006. The international child development organization assists more than 10.5 million children and family members in 33 countries.
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Goddard began her career as a social worker, focusing on child neglect and abuse cases. Today, she is a veteran humanitarian worker, who has continued to advocate for and protect children here in the United States and around the world. The college will confer an honorary degree on Goddard in recognition of her lifelong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children through her more than three decades in social service and international humanitarian work.
 
Other honorary degrees recipients include Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., the John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. Pellegrino, a pioneer in the field of Catholic medical ethics, was director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown's Medical Center. The founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, he is renowned for his discussions of Christian virtue and medical ethics in the treatment of patients, and his focus on humanism and the physician, as well as the philosophical basis of medical treatment.
 
Also, Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., a professor of government at Georgetown University, will receive an honorary degree. A legendary teacher and highly prolific author, Rev. Schall's defense of classical liberal learning and his engagement with the enduring questions about "what is" have influenced generations of students and readers. The Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., Award for Teaching and Humane Letters was established at Georgetown in 2008 in recognition of "Fr. Schall's commitment to liberal education, the great books, and the philosophical and religious tradition of the West and, above all, the Catholic faith."
 
For more information, please visit www.assumption.edu/commencement or contact the Office of Public Affairs at 508-767-7160 or ewalker@assumption.edu.
Assumption Mourns Worcester, MA (May 12, 2009) The sudden death of Alyssa Nanopoulos, an honors program student who had just completed her first year at Assumption College, is a great loss to our community. We have expressed our sympathy and concern to her parents, family and friends and we will keep them in our prayers.

Alyssa will be remembered at the 5 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit tonight, Tuesday, May 12.

The arrangements are as follows:

The wake is on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at:
McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880

The Funeral Mass is Friday at 10 a.m. at:
St. Joseph’s Church
173 Albion Street
Wakefield, MA 01880

Assumption College is communicating with the students, faculty and staff to let them know about this accident and to offer support. To read more about this tragic accident, see the article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Ducks’ Return to Assumption College April 15 Helps NEADS Dogs The fifth annual Duck Day at Assumption College will be a red-carpet event on Wednesday, April 15, at 11:30 a.m., at the pond near the Salisbury St. entrance to campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Nearly 300 children from neighboring Flagg Street, Nelson Place and St. Mary’s elementary schools, and from the Jewish Community Center have been invited to help the Assumption community celebrate the return of the family of ducks that call the campus home from April through November. The ducks, owned and cared for by Assumption history professor-emeritus Kenneth Moynihan, will arrive by station wagon for their annual red-carpet waddle into the pond. Special appearances by the Assumption greyhound, Pierre, and Mother Goose are anticipated.

Assumption’s Student Activities office, sponsor of the annual event, will provide cupcakes and decorated cookies, and sell Duck Day t-shirts ($5.00) and rubber duckies. Every purchase provides entry into a drawing for two passes tickets for Boston Duck Tours. The proceeds from the sale of t-shirts and rubber duckies will benefit NEADS (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) headquartered in Princeton.
D’Alzon Professor to Discuss “Iago’s Luck and Providence Divine” at Assumption College March 31 Glenn Arbery, Ph.D., the d’Alzon Visiting Professor at Assumption College, will present a the Spring d’Alzon Lecture, Iago's Luck: The Question of Providence in Othello, on Tues., March 31, 7 p.m., La Maison Française on campus. Arbery is the author of Why Literature Matters and the editor of The Tragic Abyss. His edited collection, The Southern Critics: An Anthology, will appear in 2010. Among Shakespeare’s villains, Iago is almost unrivaled for sheer malignity. Arbery will discuss if it is still possible to find "Providence divine" (The Tempest) at work in the world of Othello.
Annual Rabbi Klein Lecture at Assumption College Alan J. Avery-Peck, Ph.D., will present the Rabbi Joseph Klein Lecture in Judaic Studies, “Fate, Faith and Free Will: Notions of Divine Providence in Early Judaism,” Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., in La Maison Français (Salon) at Assumption College. The annual Rabbi Klein lecture is sponsored by the Ecumenical Institute at Assumption College. This event is free and the public is invited.

Avery-Peck is the Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Religious Studies at College of the Holy Cross, where he chairs the religious studies department. His primary research interest is Judaism in the first six centuries C.E., with particular attention to the literature of Rabbinic Judaism. He is the editor of New Perspectives on Ancient Judaism and of the journal The Review of Rabbinic Judaism. He is a co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Judaism (3 vols., Brill, 2000), The Blackwell Companion to Judaism, The Blackwell Reader in Judaism, and the multi-volume Where We Stand: Issues and Debates in Ancient Judaism (Brill). Avery-Peck teaches courses on ancient Judaism and Biblical Hebrew, as well as topics in modern Jewish history, religion, and ethics, and a seminar on the social and theological implications of the Holocaust.

For more information about this event, please contact Gavin Colvert, director of the Ecumenical Institute, at 508-767-7027, or at gcolvert@assumption.edu.
Student Business Club Wins Fourth APICS Gold Award
The Assumption College student chapter of APICS has received its fourth consecutive Gold Award from The Association for Operations Management, an international professional organization, formerly known as the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). The Outstanding Chapter Management Award was presented to the students by Robert Manning, a member of the Worcester County APICS Chapter's board of directors.

Assumption's APICS student chapter, known as the Business Club on campus, is an independent organization whose members participate in professional development meetings hosted by the Worcester County Chapter of APICS, its parent chapter. The Worcester County APICS chapter provides the student group with educational and financial support.

"Our student chapter is very active and its members have been involved in the management and promotion of the chapter's activities – submitting papers to writing competitions, inviting speakers and going on (manufacturing) plant tours, among other activities" said professor of business studies Saeed Mohaghegh, who co-founded the student chapter at Assumption in 1984 and serves as its faculty adviser. "The student members have received many APICS awards and scholarships for their work over the past 25 years, including two bronze and one silver award, as well as the four gold awards. I think the great student officers, strong support from our parent chapter, and my guidance and support since the chapter was established, have all contributed to our success."
Former Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers (D) Speaks Feb. 19 Nebraska’s former senior state senator (D-Omaha) Ernie Chambers, who served for nearly 40 years, finally faced an opponent he could not beat – new term limit rules. Chambers, who built a reputation as a firebrand and as a master of process among his legislative colleagues was praised, as he left office in 2008, as a politician who made those around him think – especially when he sued God in 2007. Chambers will present a talk, “An Evening with Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers,” at 6 p.m., in Kennedy Memorial Hall, Alden Trust Auditorium (room 112) at Assumption College. This event, in celebration of Black History Month, is free and open to the public.

Chambers was a young barber when he first appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1966 documentary film, "A Time for Burning." During the 1960s, he emerged as a prominent leader in the North Omaha (Neb.) community when, during the 1966 riots, he successfully negotiated concessions from the city's leaders on behalf of the African American youths of North Omaha. He is considered one of the Legislature's most passionate, controversial and outspoken members, and has been characterized by some as “the Maverick of Omaha,” the “angriest black man in Nebraska,” and the “defender of the downtrodden.”

This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Assumption College. For more information, e-mail brsafford@assumption.edu or call her at 508-767-7100.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist to Speak about Creating a Meaningful Life Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Maria Karagianis will present a lecture, “Seven Ways to Create a Life Worth Living,” on Wednesday, February 11, at 7 p.m., in La Maison Auditorium at Assumption College. Her talk is free and the public is invited. In addition to her public talk Karagianis, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, and founder and CEO of Discovering Justice will spend the week on the Assumption campus, visiting classes in a variety of disciplines, talking with faculty and meeting with small groups of students.
Assumption Gets High Marks: Engaged Students and Great Teaching The buzz about Assumption College (Worcester, Mass) is good, according to the annual college surveys. The Princeton Review calls Assumption College “one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast.” The New York City-based education services company selected Assumption as one of 212 colleges it recommends to college applicants in its "Best in the Northeast" section on PrincetonReview.com, 2009 Best Colleges Region by Region. It also profiles the school in its book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition."

"We commend these schools as our 'regional best' colleges this year primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, vice president of Princeton Review Publishing. “We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s students report to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey. Our annual roster of 'regional best' colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale."

In the Princeton Review survey, students were asked to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. An Assumption student quoted in the profile said, "Professors go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you get the best education they can offer."

“We are delighted to be recognized once again by The Princeton Review and other national surveys as a premier academic institution in the Northeast,” says Assumption President Francesco Cesareo. “As a liberal arts college with strong business and professional studies programs, Assumption prepares students for a lifetime of learning.”

The 2009 US News and World Report Best Colleges issue ranked Assumption at number 30 among Master’s Universities (North). This is the top tier of the more than 200 liberal arts colleges in the northern U.S. that offer a wide range of undergraduate programs and also grant master’s degrees. The annual Best Colleges rankings offer a comprehensive look at how schools compare up based on 15 broad indicators of academic quality.

The 2009 Barron’s Best Buys in College Education included Assumption College among 230 accredited four-year colleges nationwide that offer “a first-rate education at a reasonable price,” calling them “outstanding schools where costs are lower than average.” The Assumption faculty’s devotion to helping students achieve their goals was highlighted. Assumption is also included in the 2008 Colleges of Distinction, published by Student Horizons, Inc., and has been invited to appear in the next edition as well. Colleges of Distinction includes schools that have a “proven record in four key areas – engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.”
September 22, 2014 Arnold Named NE-10 Rookie of the Week Easton, Mass. (September 22) -- Freshman Amanda Arnold (Dayton, Maine / Thornton Academy) of the Assumption College women's soccer team was named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday for the second time this season after another exceptional performance this past week, helping the Hounds go 2-0 in NE-10 play.
September 21, 2014 Women's Tennis Shuts Out Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. (September 21) -- The Assumption College women's tennis team (3-4, 3-2 NE-10) shut out Saint Rose (2-6, 1-5 NE-10) on Sunday for its third-straight Northeast-10 Conference victory, the second in two days.
September 20, 2014 Football Powers Past New Haven, 24-20 West Haven, Conn. (September 20) -- Assumption piled up 513 yards of total offense, including 303 yards in the air, as the Hounds defeated the University of New Haven by a 24-20 final in Northeast-10 Conference football action at DellaCamera Stadium.
September 20, 2014 Men's Soccer Falls to #7 So. CT in Final Minutes Worcester, Mass. (September 20) -- The Assumption College men's soccer team (0-4, 0-1 NE-10) fell to #7 Southern Connecticut (4-0, 2-0 NE-10) by a score of 2-1 in the final minutes of a close match-up on Saturday afternoon at the Assumption College Multi-Sport Stadium.
September 20, 2014 Women's Soccer Wins Fourth Straight, 4-0 Worcester, Mass. (September 20) -- The Assumption College women's soccer team (4-1, 3-0 NE-10) claimed its fourth-straight win on Saturday over Northeast-10 Conference opponent Saint Michael's (2-4, 1-2 NE-10) at the Assumption College Multi-Sport Stadium. Freshman Amanda Arnold (Dayton, Maine / Thornton Academy) scored two goals in the win to bring her inaugural season total to six.
September 20, 2014 Women's Tennis Tops Le Moyne 8-1 Syracuse, N.Y. (September 20) -- The Assumption College women's tennis team (2-4, 2-2 NE-10) topped Le Moyne (2-5, 1-3 NE-10) on Saturday in their second-straight win of the season. Freshmen Aida Vila (Girona, Spain / La Salle Girona) and Maggie Holland (Newburyport, Mass. / St. Thomas Aquinas) posted a shutout in the No. 2 doubles match en route to the win.
September 20, 2014 Volleyball Splits at Molloy Saturday Rockville Centre, N.Y. (September 20) -- The Assumption college volleyball team (2-5) split on Saturday in a tri-match hosted by Molloy College (5-5). After dropping the first match 3-1 to the Lions, Assumption rebounded for a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia University Rams (3-6). Freshman Stephanie Hawley (Savannah, Ga. / St. Vincent's Academy) led the Hounds offensively in both matches, accumulating 32 kills on the day.
September 19, 2014 Football Set to Travel to New Haven The Assumption College football team (0-2, 0-1 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday, September 20 as the Hounds travel to the University of New Haven (0-2, 0-1 NE-10) for a 1 p.m. start at DellaCamera Stadium.
September 19, 2014 Hounds Place Seventh at National Catholic Championship Notre Dame, Ind. (September 19) -- At the 2014 National Catholic Championships on Friday afternoon, the Assumption College women?s cross country team placed seventh out of 25 non-Division I teams in the meet that was hosted by the University of Notre Dame.
September 19, 2014 Fierimonte Places Seventh Overall in Catholic Championship Notre Dame, Ind. (September 19) -- Assumption senior men?s cross country standout Tony Fierimonte (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) placed seventh overall and first among non-Division I runners at the 2014 National Catholic Championships on Friday afternoon.
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Apr 30, 2012 | Women's Tennis
5
Concordia (N.Y.)
3
Stonehill
Final
NCAA Div. II East Regional
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Apr 30, 2012 | Men's Tennis
5
Queens (N.Y.)
0
So. New Hampshire
Final
NCAA Div. II Championships - East Regional
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Apr 30, 2012 | Men's Tennis
5
Concordia (N.Y.)
0
Merrimack
Final
NCAA Div. II East Regional @ North Andover HS
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Apr 29, 2012 | Women's Tennis
5
Dist. Columbia
3
So. New Hampshire
Final
NCAA Second Round - The Derryfield School
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Apr 29, 2012 | Men's Tennis
0
Bentley
5
Merrimack
Final
NCAA Div. II East Regional @ North Andover High School
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Apr 28, 2012 | Women's Tennis
5
Dist. Columbia
4
Adelphi
Final
@ Southern N.H.
NCAA First Round - The Derryfield School

Apr 28, 2012 | Women's Tennis
3
Chestnut Hill
5
So. New Hampshire
Final
NCAA First Round - Derryfield School, Manchester, N.H.
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Apr 22, 2012 | Women's Tennis
5
So. New Hampshire
1
Stonehill
Final
NE-10 Tournament Championship
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Apr 21, 2012 | Men's Tennis
1
Bentley
5
Merrimack
Final
Northeast-10 Championship (@ North Andover HS)
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Apr 20, 2012 | Women's Tennis
0
Saint Michael's
5
Stonehill
Final
Northeast-10 Championship - Semifinal
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President: Dr. Francesco C. Cesareo
Director of Athletics: Nick Smith
Faculty Athletic Representative: Kevin Hickey
Senior Woman Administrator: Bethany Ellis
Sports Information Director: Ken Johnson

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