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M A G A Z I N E Winter 2014
Scrubbing a
Men in Nursing
Matt LeBlanc ’13
page 15
Amy Bouchard ’00
Women in
Nuclear Industry
Power Player
page 13
Nick Messier ’13
page 12
Dr. Salvatore A. Balsamo, Hon. ’97
Dr. Ruth Ellen Fitch, Hon. ’11
David K. Hemenway ’81
W. Patrick Hughes
Vincent J. Lombardo
John T. Mahoney, III, Esq. P’03
Dr. Joyce A. Murphy, Hon. ’99
Robert M. Platt ’67, P’00
Joseph P. Plunkett, III
Mitchell I. Quain P’01
Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
Thomas J. Quinlan, III, P’13
Curtis Rodman ’80
Dr. John J. Santilli ’71, Hon. ’02
Kathryn M. Sardella ’67, M.Ed. ’81
On Campus
W. Patrick Hughes
joins Board of Trustees
Dr. Les Muray awarded
Fulbright Scholarship
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Class Notes
Scrubbing a
Matt LeBlanc ’13
joins the ranks of
men in nursing
Legal Advocate
Krista Selnau ’09
From the Desk of President Quigley
At the beginning of each New Year, we are given the opportunity to build a road map for the months ahead. To dream,
and to set goals and plans to realize those dreams.
Curry College alumni are doing this continuously – always learning, challenging themselves, or even reinventing
themselves as they take on new endeavors and pursue new challenges, new service and new successes.
In this edition of Curry Magazine, we feature alumni at varying stages of their careers. Yet, they are all connected by their
pursuit of careers related to health care and science and their desire to affect change in others – in some cases colleagues
and coworkers, and in others strangers whom they have never met. They exemplify the goal of Curry for its alums –
lifelong learning and lifelong service.
In Scrubbing a Stereotype, you will learn about a recent alumnus Matt LeBlanc ’13, who is among a growing number of
men pursuing a career in nursing. I’m proud that two of Curry’s distinguished nursing faculty, Dr. Susan LaRocco and
Dr. Don Anderson, are nationally-recognized leaders in the field of men in nursing and have served as valuable mentors
to young men like Matt.
Also defying a stereotype is Amy Bouchard CE ’00, who has become a Power Player in the nuclear energy industry. Since
receiving her degree from Curry, Amy has not only furthered her own career, but has become a leading advocate on the
national stage for women in an industry that has been male dominated for decades.
Krista Selnau ’09 is also an advocate – for low-income children battling cancer in Arkansas. In Legal Advocate, you’ll
learn how Krista drew inspiration from her own childhood battle with cancer to create what she calls her “dream job.”
Finally, in Scientifically Minded another one of our recent alumni, Nick Messier ’13, is pursuing a career in forensic
science after completing a demanding double major in biology and criminal justice. Nick is a strong supporter of the
sciences, and the ways in which he believes research can change lives.
I’m consistently impressed, but not surprised, that Curry College continues to produce alumni like these men and
women. They are determined in pursuing and achieving their own dreams, while also being mindful of the ways in
which they can help others. They set a fine example as we begin this New Year. We’re very proud that they are Curry
alums, and you should be also. Like so many members of the Curry Community, they are role models who inspire us.
All the best to you and yours for the New Year – much health, happiness & success.
Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
Curry College Welcomes
New Trustee W. Patrick Hughes
W. Patrick Hughes
commenced his service
on the Curry College
Board of Trustees at
a Board meeting held
on October 17, 2013.
Mr. Hughes has served as the President and CEO of Fallon Community Health Plan since 2010. Fallon is one of the leading health
plans in Massachusetts and is the only plan in the state that is both an
insurer and provider of care. Mr. Hughes began his career at Fallon in
2007, as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing
and Sales Officer. In addition to his leadership at Fallon Commu-
nity Health Plan, Mr. Hughes is also the Chairman of the Board of
Directors of UltraBenefits, Inc., and of Home Staff LLC. He is the
Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans in
Boston, Massachusetts. He is also on the Board of Directors of the
Alliance Community Health Plans in Washington, D.C., the New
England Council, and the Worcester Bureau.
Mr. Hughes has had a long career as a healthcare executive which
includes previously achieving unprecedented growth and profitability at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He has also served
as a principal at Hughes and Company, a brokerage firm in New
Hampshire. He graduated from Boston University in 1970 with a
Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduating, he was drafted into the
NFL, where he enjoyed a 10-year career as a linebacker for the New
York Giants and the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Hughes and his wife
Carole have established two endowed scholarships at Curry College
to honor the memory of their son, Justin P. Hughes, a 1996 Curry
College graduate.
Dr. Les Muray Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
During the spring 2014 semester, Dr. Les Muray, Professor of
Philosophy and Religion, will be studying in his native Hungary after
being awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Muray will
be researching the influence of French philosopher Henri Bergson
on Mihaly Babits and Zsigmond Moricz, two major figures in early
twentieth century Hungarian literature, whose work anticipated
contemporary environmental ethics. While at Curry College,
Dr. Muray has taught about Bergson’s life and work as part of his
“Philosophies of Creativity and Process” class. Dr. Muray will be
hosted by the Institute of Philosophy at Eotvos Lorand University in
Budapest, where his father, Rev. Dr. Remus F. Muray, took his second
doctorate, and wrote his dissertation on Bergson.
Dr. Muray was notified of the Fulbright Scholarship earlier this year.
Dr. Muray is one of Curry College’s most prolific writers. He has
authored two books, along with 62 articles that have been translated
into five languages.
“In my home institution, in the classroom and in faculty researchers’
dinners as well as other settings, I seek to make people more aware
of other cultures. I intend to continue sharing my experiences
and travels—as well as the content of my research—in interesting
ways that will stretch the international and global awareness of my
audiences,” Dr. Muray said about his Fulbright Scholarship.
Dr. Muray also hopes that his international travel and study will
attract future students to Curry College.
“Drawing a larger group
of international students is
critical not only to support
those who do matriculate,
but also to ensure that
their voices can make a
significant impact in our
classrooms and across our
campus culture.”
Each year, the government-sponsored Fulbright Program awards
nearly 8,000 grants allowing scholars, students, and professionals to
study, teach, or conduct research abroad. Dr. Muray is Curry’s third
Fulbright Scholar. The late Joseph Schneider, an English professor,
was awarded the scholarship twice. Criminal Justice and Sociology
professor Magueye Seck was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in
2006, allowing Dr. Seck to teach in his home country of Senegal.
“The Fulbright Scholar award is among the most prestigious in higher
education, and very competitive. It raises the prestige of all the Curry
faculty, representing both national and international recognition for
our work,” said William Nancarrow, the College’s Interim Dean of
Faculty. “Dr. Muray is a wonderful colleague, friend, and scholar, and
the award has both professional and personal meaning for him. Not
only is it recognition of his scholarship and the value of his research,
but an opportunity to return to the country of his birth.”
Curry Council Holds
Inaugural Meeting
First Row – Christine Pulgini ’92, Kaitlyn O’Connell
Rodriguez ’05, Ken Wagner ’84, Bob Balletto ’79, Wade
Keats ’79, Matt Keats ’83, P’16, Margie Feinberg P’15
Second Row – Chris Lawson, V.P. for Institutional
Advancement, Andy Wrublin ’76, Jason Weissman ’99,
David Hemenway ’81 (Board of Trustees Representative),
President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr., Gary Leopold ’77,
Jason Ouellette ’99, Dave LaRovere ’95, Alex Mager ’92
Established in 2013, the Curry Council is a new leadership group comprised of individuals with expertise on a
wide range of key issues who help to inform and advise the
College. Members convene once each semester on the
Milton campus for full-day meetings in the spring and fall,
and the Council held its inaugural meeting on April 11, 2013.
Campus programs include dinner with President Quigley the
evening before each meeting, discussion with the senior leadership
team, forums with students and faculty, working groups, and a
sampling of cultural and athletic events. Each program highlights
Strategic Plan themes, issues of the day, and emerging programs.
Members are asked to support the College’s philanthropic program
at a leadership level and are encouraged to broaden Curry’s overall
fundraising effort. Members also serve as guest speakers on campus,
in the classroom or at alumni events; support the admission
process by hosting admissions receptions for prospective
students and their families, or by referring students; provide
internships, job opportunities and career advice to students;
host events in their local area such as alumni and parent
receptions, gatherings with campus leaders, and first-year
students; and open doors for Curry in industry and foundation
The College gratefully acknowledges the founding members of the
Curry Council and thanks them for their philanthropic support.
Members of the Curr y Council FY13
Bob Balletto ’79
Georgetown Bank
Georgetown, MA
David Hemenway ’81
Persuase, Inc.
New York, NY
Board of Trustees Representative
David LaRovere ’95
Messinger Insurance Agency
Everett, MA
Christine Pulgini ’92
Pulgini & Pulgini
Hyde Park, MA
Rob Bennett P’14
Managing Partner
Mill Plain Properties
New York, NY
Russell Jeppesen P’13
Private Investor
Newington, NH
Gary Leopold ’77
ISM/CP Travel & Lifestyle Group
Boston, MA
Ken Wagner ’84
Henry Elliott Company
Wellesley, MA
Diane Carugati ’78
Vice President of Operations
Candescent Healing, LLC
Tarrytown, NY
Matt Keats ’83, P’16
Keats Southwest
El Paso, TX
Alex Mager ’92
Alnic, Inc.
North Caldwell, NJ
Jason Weissman ’99
Boston Realty Advisors
Boston, MA
Margie Feinberg P’15
Early Childhood Teacher
Short Hills, NJ
Wade Keats ’79
Keats Manufacturing
Winnetka, IL
Kaitlyn O’Connell Rodriguez ’05
Director of Member Relations
Boston, MA
Andrew Wrublin ’76
Dalan Management
New York, NY
Sam Landy ’82
UMH Properties
Monroe Township, NJ
Jason Ouellette ’99
Vice President
PAN Communications
Boston, MA
Caroline Hirschfeld P’15
Non-Profit Board Member
Greenwich, CT
Hal Halpin ’91
Electronic Consumers Association
Wilton, CT
New Residence Hall to be Constructed
Artist’s conceptual rendering of a new residence hall to be constructed in the center of campus beginning in March 2014 and opening in September 2014.
Driven by enrollment and the need to provide on-campus housing
to greater numbers of students, Curry College is planning to build a
new residence hall. The new hall will accommodate approximately
170 beds. Construction is expected to begin in March 2014 and to
be completed by September 2014.
“The vision for the building is for it to be a space that supports and
encourages a living and learning community approach,” explained
President Quigley in a November communication to faculty,
students, and staff. “The goal is to create smaller communities
within the larger residence hall community – cohorts that allow
for increased collaboration linking experiences both inside and
outside of our classrooms. The design team is aiming to create
multi-functional spaces within the residence hall that can be utilized
for traditional classroom learning, study halls for both group and
individual study, tutoring sessions, and other co-curricular purposes
as opportunities arise.”
Plans are proceeding with the aim of making this new residence hall
the College’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) certified facility, as recognized by the U.S. Green Building
The site for the new residence hall will be in the area of the College’s
recently acquired property at 1016 Brush Hill Road, and the plan
is to build the residence hall adjacent to the existing structure on
the interior side closest to the Student Center. The location in the
center of the campus will allow Curry the best flexibility to meet the
changing needs of the residential population.
Curry College Dedicates Justin P. Hughes ’96 Reception Room
During the fall semester, Curry College dedicated the Justin P.
Hughes ’96 Reception Room in Alumni House.
A 1996 honors graduate of Curry College, Justin, lost his life
in the summer of 1997. He was 23-years old. In his memory,
Justin’s parents Patrick and Carole established the Justin P. Hughes
Memorial and Endowed Scholarship Funds. The memorial
scholarship is awarded to a returning student who has participated
in a community outreach program and has committed to at least
one semester of continued participation each year of the award.
The endowed scholarship is awarded to one or more students who
are at least entering their Junior year, have a minimum 3.0 grade
point average, are in good social standing and have a demonstrated
financial need.
Left to Right: President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr., Carole Hughes, Eric Murrer
and Elena Del Peral ’16, Amanda Birden ’15, Catherine Boustani ’14, and
W. Patrick Hughes in the Justin P. Hughes ’96 Reception Room
Current recipients of the scholarship are Eric Murrer ’16,
Elena Del Peral ’16, Amanda Birden ’15, and Catherine
Boustani ’14.
Students Present
Research at New England
Psychological Association
(NEPA) Conference
Curry College senior psychology majors
Heather Flaherty and Chelsie Young
accompanied by Dr. Bruce Steinberg traveled
to the New England Psychological Association
(NEPA) Conference at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut
on October 19, 2013.
The students were invited to present the
results of research they had conducted in
Steinberg’s Advanced Research Seminar. The
poster presentation was entitled, “The Effect
of Alpha Rhythm Contingent Feedback on the
Power Spectrum of the EEG - A Pilot Study.”
Calvin Bunton ’13, who presented at the
2012 NEPA conference, also made significant
contributions to this year’s research.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis with Professor Kathleen O’Donnell’s State and Local Politics class.
Massachusetts Political Leaders Speak to
Politics and History Classes
Throughout the Fall 2013 semester, students studying Politics and History had the chance to hear
from, and speak with, leading figures in Massachusetts politics, past and present.
The series included a visit on Thursday, September 26 from former Massachusetts Governor
Michael Dukakis. During his visit to Professor Kathleen O’Donnell’s State and Local Politics
class, the former Governor spoke about his rise in politics, all the way to winning the Democratic
Party’s nomination in the 1988 Presidential election.
Other speakers included Massachusetts State Representative
from Milton Walter Timilty, Braintree Mayor Joseph
Sullivan, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, Massachusetts State
Representative from Taunton Shauna O’Connell, and Ben
Bersani, who helped author “Melanie’s Law.”
“I had an awesome experience at the conference,” said Flaherty. “It was so exciting to
see what other students are working on at
their respective universities, as well as proudly
display our own hard work. I was amazed at
the number of professionals who were excited
to learn about our research!”
Young found the conference to be eyeopening.
“To be a part of the NEPA conference was a
great experience, as well as a great opportunity
to gain exposure to the professional world of
psychology. We met one professor who was
working on research similar to ours, but
we had more advanced findings, so it was
intriguing to see how the work we’re doing
can have an impact on the research of others.”
Heather Flaherty ’14 and Chelsie Young ’14
“Attendance and participation at professional
conferences is a wonderful opportunity
for our students to experience the practice
of psychology in a ‘real-world’ context,”
said Steinberg. “Heather and Chelsie did a
great job and demonstrated that they were
knowledgeable and comfortable relating to
the other professionals at the conference.”
Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan (D) speaks
to a Politics and History class.
Community Health & Wellness
Students Network at
Public Health Conference
Three Community Health and Wellness majors,
Gabriella Delmonte ’15, Vitalina Silveira ’14, and Sara
Left to right: Gabriella Delmonte ‘15, Senior Lecturer Alexander ’14, had the opportunity to attend the 141st
Marcia Richards, Associate Professor Katherine annual American Public Health Association (APHA)
Morrison, Vitalina Silveira ‘14, and Sara Alexander ‘14
Meeting & Exposition in Boston from November
2 - 6. Accompanied by faculty members Dr. Katherine Morrison and Marcia Richards, the students
were exposed to a variety of interactions with some of the over 12,000 public health professionals in
attendance, including lectures, workshops, keynote speeches, and conversations with vendors.
“Attending APHA this year for the first time was an amazing opportunity,” said Silveira. “Not only did I
learn new ideas, theories, and research, but everything I have learned from my three years as a Community
Health major were reinforced at the conference. The topics of sexual and reproductive health, as well as
women’s health fortified my passion in seeking a career in community health and wellness.”
Alexander echoed her classmate’s sentiments, “I always knew that I wanted to go into the health field,
and attending this conference not only put my potential career choices in view, but the opportunities that
could really open up for me as I continue this journey in the health field, as well as making this vision of
me becoming a health professional, a reality.”
President Kenneth K. Quigley,
Jr. greets families arriving for
the Family/Faculty Breakfast
during Homecoming and
Family Weekend.
Eliot Tatelman, of Jordan’s
Furniture, with Cramer Productions,
during filming in the Fitness Center
on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 of a
Jordan’s Furniture Commercial
which aired in January 2014.
A dancer performs during
a Native American cultural
celebration on Thursday, November
21, 2013.
Dogs from BONES (Dogs
Building Opportunities for Nurturing
and Emotional Support) help students
reduce stress prior to finals week on
Monday, December 16, 2013.
Danielle Halpern ’17 plays in
the snow outside the Student
Center on Tuesday,
December 10, 2013.
Actors perform during
the Main Stage Production of “Is
He Dead?” on Tuesday, December
3, 2013.
An ice skater plays hockey
on the frozen surface of the
basketball courts on Tuesday,
January 7, 2014.
Jason Ouellette ’99 Addresses
Class of 2017 at
Class of 2017 Stats
Fall 2013 Enrollment
• 643 First-year students
• 65 Transfer students
• 708 Total students
Jason Ouellette ’99
• 385 Female
• 323 Male
• 84% from New England
• 65% from Massachusetts
• 6% from New York
• 3% from New Jersey
• 23 States Represented
• 7 Countries of Origin: Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Greece, Saudi
Arabia, Spain, and United Arab
• 82% Residential
• 18% Commuters
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Convocation 2013
The day began as faculty and staff lined
the walkway to the Student Center to
applaud the students as they walked from
North Campus and across Westhaver
Park for the ceremony. Faculty members,
adorned in traditional academic regalia,
then joined the processional filing into the
Student Center gymnasium. The 643 firstyear students in the Class of 2017 reflect
the largest number of first-year, first-time
college students in Curry’s history.
In his keynote speech, Jason Ouellette ’99,
a Vice President at Pan Communications
in Boston, told students to embrace the
next four years as a growth opportunity—
much as he did.
Majors – Top Five
1. Nursing (120)
2. Criminal Justice (91)
3. Communication (78)
4. Education (77)
5. Business Management (73)
• 23% PAL
Curry College President Kenneth K.
Quigley, Jr., alumnus and keynote speaker
Jason Ouellette ’99, faculty speaker Dr.
Jeff Lemberg, and several other Curry
community representatives welcomed the
Class of 2017 during Curry’s New Student
Academic Convocation on September 3,
Jason’s growth has extended beyond Curry
to include a remarkable 12-year career
with Pan Communications that has seen
him consistently take on greater roles
and responsibilities—while continuing to
achieve success for his company and its
As Vice President of the Technology
Portfolio at Pan Communications, Jason
works closely with companies to develop
a strategic public relations plan that ties
directly to their overall marketing and
business goals. By aligning key messages
and market trends, his clients have had the
opportunity to see tremendous visibility
within the media and analyst communities.
“Standing here, 14 years later speaking
to you, I guess you can say I continued
to grow up and continue to grow up. If
you’re lucky you’ll never really want to
stop, because growing up means crafting a
better version of yourself every day. I owe
a lot of where I am today and who I have
become to this College—Curry College is
a part of me,” Ouellette said.
Ouellette also spoke about the importance
of community, urging students to take
advantage of the diverse opportunities
Curry offers.
It was a message reflective of Ouellette’s own
success and strategy as a communicator
and marketer.
“Immerse yourself in real community.
Even better, build it. Nourish it. Being part
of and even building a real, meaningful
community, of real live people—talking,
sharing, and learning from each other—
not just from behind a computer screen, is
what will define your four years here. No
matter what it is you choose to do outside
of academics, do something.”
Following the keynote speech, Interim
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Pennini
officially matriculated the members
of the Class of 2017, who then stood
proudly while senior Elton Silva, Student
Representative of the Alexander Graham
Bell Honor Society, led the recitation of
the Curry Class Oath.
Eric Ferris‘00, Michael O’Sullivan ‘05, and Kim Sturgis ’07
Inducted into Curry College Athletic Hall of Fame
Curry College inducted three new alumni into its Athletic Hall of
Fame on November 1, 2013 during a ceremony at the Alumni
Recreation Center (ARC). Each inductee – Eric Ferris ‘00, Michael
O’Sullivan ‘05 and Kimberly Sturgis ‘07 – showed excellence in
athletics while attending Curry College.
Eric Ferris ’00, of Taunton, MA was nominated for his contributions
on the basketball court and the baseball field. Ferris was the 19992000 Male Athlete of the Year at Curry College. On the basketball
court, Ferris ranks 11th all-time with 1,168 career points. He
was twice named the team’s “Most Improved Player” and served
as a Team Captain during his junior and senior seasons. On the
baseball field, Ferris had a career batting average of .323, and was
named the team’s “Most Valuable Player” during his senior season.
That same season, Ferris was selected to the Commonwealth Coast
Conference (CCC) First Team.
Eric Ferris ‘00, Kim Sturgis ‘07 and Michael O’Sullivan ‘05
Michael O’Sullivan ’05, of Dorchester, MA was nominated for
his contributions to the hockey team. Ranked 4th all-time with
172 career points, O’Sullivan excelled on the ice during his four
hockey seasons at Curry College. He was named Assistant Captain
his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. O’Sullivan also made
the First Team for New England Hockey Writers Association his
freshman, junior, and senior seasons. During his junior and senior
seasons he led nation in short-handed goals. He was named the
ECAC Northeast Player of the Year his junior season.
Kim Sturgis ’07, of Saugus, MA was nominated for her contributions
to both the soccer and softball fields. The two time Player of the
Year for Curry College 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, Kim Sturgis
dominated in both sports. On the soccer field Sturgis was named
team’s Co-Rookie of the Year her freshman season and was named
team’s Co-Player of the Year her sophomore, junior, and senior
seasons. Her senior season she was named Commonwealth Coast
Conference (CCC) Defender of the Week and made the First Team.
On the softball field, Sturgis made CCC First Team and was named
“Pitcher of the Year” her freshman season. Sturgis served as Team
Captain her junior and senior seasons.
Colonels Visit Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton
The Curry College Colonels continue to make an impact in the local community, recently teaming up with the Massachusetts Hospital
School in Canton to compete in a series of sports—wheelchair football, wheelchair basketball, and sled hockey.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work side by side with the Mass Hospital School in Canton and we look forward to
building the relationship in the years to come,” said Head Hockey Coach T.J. Manastersky. “One of these days we will get a win!”
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Alumni Softball Game Features Team IMPACT
The Curry College Softball program held its annual Alumni game on Sunday, September 29.
Eighteen softball alumni returned to the diamond ready for action. A pre-game ceremony featured the
recognition of several current players and the academic awards they earned last season. Coach Bruce Weckworth
was then thrilled to conduct the “Draft Day” signing of Lauren Dunn to the current team. This signing was made possible through the
efforts of Team IMPACT. Each year Curry teams partner with the organization to draft children as honorary members for a season.
Team IMPACT is a non-profit chartered to improve the quality of life for children
facing life-threatening illnesses. Team IMPACT children are drafted onto local
college athletic teams and, to the greatest extent possible, become an official
member of the team for the duration of their treatment and beyond.
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Pete Mendel Named EMASS College Coach of the Year
The Eastern Massachusetts (EMASS)
High School Soccer Coaches Association
has selected Curry College Head Men’s
Soccer Coach Peter Mendel as their
College Coach of the Year. Mendel was
honored at the EMASS High School AllStar Game, held November 29 at Veterans
Memorial Stadium in Quincy.
The Coach of the Year Award is given
to a college coach who demonstrates a
commitment to community service, camps, clinics, youth soccer,
and outreach to high schools in the Eastern Massachusetts area.
“I am flattered and honored to be recognized by the Eastern
Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association,” said Mendel. “My staff
and players deserve most of the credit as they are always eager and
excited and willing to get out into the community and grow the
game that has given us all so much.”
Coach Mendel is just six wins shy of becoming the all-time
winningest soccer coach in Curry College history. Since Coach
Mendel took the helm in 2007, the Colonels have set records for
most wins in a season, shutouts in a season, and consecutive wins.
Mendel has guided the Colonels to the postseason five out of the
past seven years, including an ECAC Semi-Final bid in 2008.
As evidenced by receipt of this award, the Curry program has shown
a great commitment to youth soccer and community outreach
during Mendel’s tenure. The Colonels have worked with the Friends
of Jaclyn organization, and have run skills clinics for Weymouth
Youth Soccer and Real Boston Soccer Academy. In addition, the
team has officiated during local youth soccer games at Cohasset
Sports Complex and used several home matches as learning and
coaching experiences for local high schools.
The Colonels have donated old uniforms and equipment to “Peace
Passers,” a non-profit organization that distributes soccer gear to
third-world countries. Mendel and his staff have also hosted several
National Soccer Coaches Association of America courses at Curry,
including their week-long residential courses over the summer, with
Mendel serving as site coordinator.
“I’m proud of the soccer family we have built here at Curry with the
support of the College administration. I look forward to continuing
the growth of the program’s visibility both on the field and in the
community,” said Coach Mendel.
Scientifically Minded
Nick Messier ’13 has always
had a clear idea of the career
path he would take, and just
months after graduating from
Curry College, Messier is well
on his way to reaching his goals.
Messier’s relationship with the
faculty became even more
critical once he was a student.
Messier took 20 credits during
each of his final three semesters
as he worked to finish his dual
justice major is employed as a
Biopharmaceutical Technologist
at Charles River Laboratories in
Wilmington, Mass.
“They really just made sure that
I understood everything. I really
think I took a lot more out of
those classes than just the letter
grade at the end. I left school
with a great understanding of
everything that I learned.”
“The department I work in is
called ‘In Vivo Biosafety’ and we
test viral vaccines to make sure
they’re free of contamination.”
Messier hopes this laboratorybased work will be a pre-cursor
to work as a forensic scientist in
the criminal justice field.
“I really like the concept of
using science to solve crimes,”
Messier says, explaining that he
has always been scientifically
inclined. “I like that every piece
of evidence, every trace is very
Messier took the first step
toward pursuing his forensic
science career when he enrolled
at Curry College.
Messier put that knowledge to
use during a critical internship
his junior year. He spent the
fall semester working as a
forensic chemist assistant in
the Massachusetts State Police
Nick Messier ’13
“By studying science
you realize
how many lives
and people
you affect... ”
He was initially attracted by
his desire to study at a smaller
college, along with the College’s
criminal justice and biology
decision to attend was really
sealed when he started interacting with science faculty
“The science faculty members were very giving and
very knowledgeable, and they really wanted students to
succeed. I wanted to be a part of that.”
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“It was very important. I had
read everything in textbooks,
but you don’t really understand
what you need to do until get out
in the field and you experience
Messier took advantage—asking
as many questions as possible,
visiting different laboratories,
and building a close relationship
with his supervisor. It was that
relationship that helped Messier
secure his job at Charles River
He still has the goal of working
for the Massachusetts State
Police one day, largely because he believes in the power
of science.
“By studying science you realize how many lives and
people you affect. Many of the medical products we
get at Charles River Laboratories are vaccines. Studying
in the sciences is what allows medical developments
to happen.” u
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When Amy Bouchard CE ’00 came
to Curry College to study Business
Management she thought it might
be the catalyst to a new and
different career. Instead,
something unexpected
happened. Bouchard,
a Technical Specialist
III at the Entergy
operated Pilgrim
Nuclear Power
Plant in Plymouth,
Mass., learned new
skills and gained
confidence to take
her nuclear career
to a new level. That
includes Bouchard’s
rise as a major
leader and advocate
for other women in
the nuclear industry.
In 1996, when Bouchard made the decision to attend Curry, she
had already been working at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant since
1983. To an outsider, a Business Management degree may not have
seemed like an obvious choice, but for Bouchard it just made sense.
“I like to learn; I have a very inquisitive mind. I went with Business Management because I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay at the
nuclear plant. I was impressed with the programs Curry offered, and
I thought that with what they could teach me, I could take it and use
it wherever I ended up,” Bouchard says.
As it turns out, Bouchard did stick with that nuclear career, but she
left Curry with the desire—and confidence—to take on a larger
leadership role at the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant and within Entergy,
the plant’s owner, and a Fortune 500 company that owns 41 plants
“In Continuing Education you have a diverse group of students.
When you have class discussions you have a breadth of experience
from all different levels which you think about and you learn from,”
Bouchard explains. “Leadership was a core aspect of many classes
and I used that to my advantage after I graduated.
During her three decades in the nuclear field, Bouchard has seen
many changes in the roles women have played.
Bouchard herself has worked in Engineering since 1987. As a Technical Specialist III, her responsibilities include performing Department Performance Improvement Coordinator Functions (DPIC) for
the plant’s Engineering personnel.
It’s positions like this that Bouchard wants to make other women
aware of—helping to change the perception of what a nuclear
career can be.
“When I started at the plant in 1983 there were not a lot of women,
and the women that were there were mostly in the administrative
support area. Currently, there are more and more young women
entering the industry in technical roles such as operations, or with
degrees in disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, and reactor
engineering. It’s encouraging to see the marked shift in what was
historically a male dominated industry.”
Bouchard is now working to continue that trend by taking an
active role in U.S. Women in Nuclear (US WIN). Founded in 1999,
US WIN is an organization representing more than 5,000 women
in 50 chapters across the country. Bouchard has been active in US
WIN since 2000, and is now in her second term as president of
the Entergy chapter representing Entergy employees up and down
the eastern seaboard and throughout the South. Bouchard is also
in her first term as Region 1 Lead for US WIN, which encompasses
all chapters from Washington, D.C. north through Maine. The
organization is not limited to Women—US WIN offers networking
opportunities for men as well.
“This is an organization that really gets it,” Bouchard says,
explaining why she decided to take on a leadership role. “The basic
premise behind US WIN is we mentor younger people coming in
and we offer professional development opportunities, whether it is
in seminars or webinars. And, most importantly we
have public outreach.”
That public outreach takes on many forms. For example, members
of US WIN work in their communities to educate the public about
nuclear plants, often working to alleviate concerns they may have
about the safety of those plants.
That is a mission Bouchard takes seriously, especially in her role
as a Technical Specialist. As she points out, the plant is staffed 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by a staff of dedicated
nuclear professionals. In fact, on the day we met, we conducted our
interview in a massive warehouse that serves as a training facility for
safety and emergency procedures.
“Safety is a huge thing at Pilgrim. After reviewing data, I sit with the
engineering managers once a month and we decide where we need
to focus our efforts to ensure safety among Engineering personnel.”
In addition to educating the public, Bouchard and members of
US WIN are focused on educating the nuclear workers of the next
generation—especially women. Bouchard and her coworkers
frequently visit school career days, explaining the myriad of opportunities available in the field.
Bouchard and the management at Pilgrim have taken it a step further by partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to
develop activities focused on the STEM fields—science, technology,
engineering, and math. The goal, Bouchard says, is to try and empower young women to consider non-traditional roles and careers.
“I think even to this day there are woman and girls that have the
thought, ‘math is hard I don’t want to do that,’ but you have to give
it a chance and that’s why we go into the high schools and show
them the diverse job options there are to consider.”
To offer a further incentive, the Pilgrim WIN group grants two
scholarships each year to one deserving high school senior from
Plymouth North and one from Plymouth South who has shown
exceptional talent and interest in STEM and who plans to attend a
college entering one of those areas of study.
It’s the kind of direction and inspiration that Bouchard wishes she
had at a younger age.
“The reality is that when I was in high school I didn’t have a clue as
to what I was going to do. Life just evolves.”
Bouchard is proof of that evolution. When she first went to
college, she says it just didn’t “work for her.” But, her experience
was the exact opposite at Curry. Bouchard was the valedictorian of
her graduating CE class—a shock to her and a testament to the hard
work she put into her education, attending evening and weekend
classes at Curry’s Plymouth campus.
“I left Curry College knowing that there are no limits and I could go
as far as I wanted to go. I could just be happy with the status quo or
I could keep challenging myself and see where it led me. And the
journey is certainly not over yet.” u
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The effort to attract more
men into the nursing field
It’s a word, and a profession, that as much as any other
conjures a specific image in your mind.
Matt LeBlanc ’13 is probably not that typical image of a
nurse. The recent Curry College graduate works with cardiac
surgery patients at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.
and is one of a growing number of men pursuing careers
in nursing. They are drawn by plentiful job opportunities,
competitive salaries, and opportunities for advancement.
Men may still be a minority, but two members of the Curry
College faculty are working to change this, hoping that more
young men like LeBlanc will consider a career that would
have been unlikely a couple of decades ago.
questions that you are going to be asked on
the NCLEX. They are preparing you three
years before you even take your test.”
LeBlanc says Anderson’s impact went
beyond the NCLEX preparation—or
anything he could have learned in the
Dr. Susan LaRocco
Dr. Don Anderson
Professors Dr. Don Anderson and Dr.
Susan LaRocco have been teaching together
at Curry for the past decade, with LaRocco
also serving as the program coordinator for
traditional undergraduate nursing students.
Both are members of the American
Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN),
and have spent much of their careers
researching why men historically have not
chosen careers in nursing, and pursuing
ways to attract more men to the profession.
“My sister studied nursing in college when
I was still in high school and trying to
figure out what I really wanted to do. She
had come home one of her breaks telling
me about everything she was learning and
told me, ‘you should look into it.’”
It’s something that has its roots in the 1950s
and 1960s, when Dr. LaRocco says many
nursing schools refused to even admit men.
Dr. Anderson believes the root of the
problem likely begins at an early age—
when children are taught that only women
can be nurses.
“When you look at kids in kindergarten,
they’re always talking about boys being
doctors and girls being nurses. That’s not
so much true anymore,” Dr. Anderson says.
“50 percent of medical school graduates
are now female. But that’s not the case
in nursing. I think that media has really
perpetuated that role of women being the
major care giver for nursing.”
Dr. LaRocco agrees that perception is the
main issue.
“There are very few barriers. The barriers
are truly the emotional idea that it’s not an
appropriate career path for men.”
That was a hurdle LeBlanc did not need to
For LeBlanc the timing was perfect. He
already had an interest in helping people so
nursing seemed like a natural fit. He also
knew that Curry would put him in the best
position to succeed after graduation.
Part of that is because of Dr. Anderson’s
work. In addition to being an advocate for
men in nursing, he is also one of the leading
authorities on the NCLEX—the national
exam responsible for nurse licensure
across the country. In the past Anderson
has written questions for the exam, and
launched a special program to help firsttime test takers.
When LeBlanc looked at colleges, he was
impressed by Curry’s high NCLEX pass
rate. In 2012, 95 percent of Curry College
students passed the exam, higher than the
national average of 91 percent.
“The preparation program we use
is designed to point out where your
weaknesses are. For example, you should
do more alternate format questions, or you
are weak in questions about the respiratory
system,” LeBlanc says, describing the
preparation process. “I think it’s what helps
Curry students pass, because we do so much
preparation; I think I ended up doing about
2,500 questions. Every test that you have as
a Curry student is a similar format to the
“Don was a bit of an inspiration. [Through
Don], it was cool to see what you can do
with your career; you don’t have to be in
a hospital for the rest of your career. He
showed me, that apart from just working in
a hospital, there are just so many different
career options.”
That diversity of career options within the
nursing profession is something that Drs.
Anderson and LaRocco view as critical to
attracting more men into the field.
“We’re trying to “degenderfy” nursing
so to speak. If you can understand that
nursing has so many different aspects to it:
surgical nursing, community nursing, the
possibilities are unlimited,” Anderson says.
A Snapshot of Men in Nursing
Males represent 9.6
percent of registered
nurses in the country,
up from just 2.7 percent in 1970
The proportion of
male licensed practical
and licensed vocational
nurses has more than doubled from 3.9 percent
to 8.1 percent during that same time period
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Men’s representation
is highest among nurse
anesthetists at 41 percent
Among those possibilities is the idea that nurses are more
frequently taking on a more proactive role in the health of
“Community [nursing] is the big trend. With the new
Affordable Health Care Act, there are expected to be
20 million new people coming into the healthcare
system, and nursing is going to play a huge part in that. By
maximizing what we’re doing with nurses and getting them to
become the major change agents, the coordinators, the health
avatars if you will, that will guide patients and families through
the whole system from health to illness and back to health again.”
This is a major goal of the American Assembly for Men in
Nursing, and industry leaders such as Anderson and LaRocco—
changing the perception of what a nurse can be.
“All of a sudden
I was responsible
for somebody’s life
for 12 hours and
if I moved a
decimal the wrong
way somebody
Peter Losi CE ’07
Peter Losi CE ’07 is a third-generation nurse, and a nurse
anesthetist at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, but
it took him several years before he finally decided to
pursue that career.
“In high school I knew I wanted to go into healthcare
and at the time I thought I wanted to be a physician’s
assistant. I started my career in PA school, I got into my
fourth year and was in the operating room shadowing
and realized I loved anesthesia. I ended up connecting
with a nurse anesthetist at the hospital I was at and she
mentored me. I decided that that’s what I wanted to
Nurse anesthetists undergo some of the most rigorous
training in the field because of the important nature
of their work, and the independence they have—
something that attracted Losi to the field.
“You don’t realize what a nurse does until you become
a nurse. I had lived with nurses all my life and when
I started my job in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as
a new grad it was like being hit with a freight train.
All of a sudden I was responsible for somebody’s life
for 12 hours and if I moved a decimal the wrong way
somebody died, or if I turned a valve the wrong way
somebody died. So, I don’t think the public necessarily
realizes some of the responsibilities that nurses have.”
Losi also believes that the work he and other nurses do
will eliminate the stigma that nursing school is not as
difficult as medical school.
“Doctor’s definitely work hard, medical school is very
hard, but nursing school is very hard too,” Losi says.
“Especially nowadays there’s lots of science; there’s
pathophysiology, I took organic chemistry, physics, and
Losi believes there is another important distinction
between the two. Medical school is focused on teaching
doctors to diagnose and treat a problem, while nursing
school offers a more patient-centered approach.
“It’s more holistic, and looking at a person, at all their
problems. I try to incorporate that even in my work
today as a nurse anesthetist; something as simple as
holding somebody’s hand before they go to sleep, or just
being nice. Whatever niche you think you want to be in
there’s a role for it. I think that’s what the commonality
of nursing is, that yes you’re a nurse but you can wear all
these different hats.”
Losi’s comments echo those of Professors Don Anderson
and Susan LaRocco; that nursing is an incredibly diverse
field with more opportunities than most people realize.
He believes that more young men would choose careers
in nursing if they could experience what a typical day
is like.
“Volunteer at a hospital and see if you like it. At 16,
I was volunteering at my local hospital. I was in the
emergency room and a patient came and needed a
defibrillator, like you see on any of these medical TV
shows. The cardiologist let me watch and I said, ‘I want
to do that.’ And I’ve actually done it now, I’ve done it
several times working in the ICU; you have to do it
and you do it by yourself. People are sick and they need
it. Go volunteer, see if you like it, and if you have the
desire go for it, because you’ll never regret it.”
This is especially important
because Dr. LaRocco’s research has
shown her that many men decide to
become nurses later in life—often times
after they witness the positive impact a
nurse may have had on a friend or loved
“Until they actually saw a nurse, they
didn’t really know what it was about. So
what many groups like the AAMN are
doing is holding career days, where they
can bring students into a nursing lab, show
them the equipment; teach them how to
take blood pressures,” LaRocco says.
“The other thing that has made a difference
is Johnson and Johnson, and their
campaign for nursing. I think a popular ad
is one that shows a male nurse going in to
visit a pediatric patient. There are almost
no words other than him talking to her
and he’s giving her chemotherapy for her
cancer, and it’s just the way he interacts
with her and that’s all it is. It’s short, I bet
it’s not 15 seconds, but you say, ‘wow,’ and
I think that has made more difference than
anything, showing people what a nurse is.”
The AAMN has launched its own effort
to draw more men into the field. The
“20 x 20: Choose Nursing” campaign.
The goal is simple: to reach a target of
20 percent male enrollment in nursing
programs by 2020.
The message is simple:
men who choose careers in nursing
are as diverse as any other profession. The
only prerequisite is a desire to care for and
help people.
Dr. LaRocco says that patients are generally
receptive to male nurses and the different
style of care they may offer. LeBlanc
agrees, saying he has never met a patient
who feels uncomfortable or unnerved by
having a male nurse. And, perhaps that is
the best endorsement for male nurses—
that patients don’t view them based on
their gender, they’re viewed simply as what
they are—nurses.
Faculty at the Curry College nursing
program lead by example. For example,
the language in classes is gender neutral—
the nurse isn’t a “he” or “she,” it’s just a
That’s how Anderson and LeBlanc
view their careers. Although both are
minorities—in the classroom and in the
field—they’re only focused on the positive
ways in which they can affect people.
A major component of this campaign is
a poster series that aims to accomplish
what Drs. Anderson and LaRocco have
mentioned—change the public’s idea of
what a nurse should look and act like.
“Our first poster is Patrick Hickey,”
Anderson says. “Hickey is an operating
room (OR) nurse in North Carolina, and
he’s climbed the seven summits in the
world and written about that. So, what we
did is we took a picture of him in an OR,
and then we matched it up with a picture
him on the top of Everest, and we call that
particular poster adrenaline.”
“Every day there is some type of an email or
there is some type of a student coming
in that reaffirms why I want to be here.”
Anderson says. “We’re changing lives,
we’re changing student’s lives, we’re
changing patient’s lives, because those
people have a direct impact on the
healthcare industry. So by working here
I see myself, almost like an octopus in that
I’m spreading my interest and excitement
for the profession.”
Though LeBlanc has only been a fulltime nurse for several months, he shares
Anderson’s passion.
“It’s a career that’s a lifelong commitment,
a lot of nurses, when you talk to them
later on in their career, they’ll say it’s the
best thing they’ll ever do. It can be tough
at times, and it’s definitely worth it in the
end, just to know that you help people
everyday, and that’s what you’re here to do.
It’s a very rewarding career.” u
Michael Rice CE ’13
Before Michael Rice CE ’13 became a nurse he
was already well accustomed to helping and
caring for people.
Before enrolling in Curry College’s ACCEL
Nursing Program, Rice had already spent more
than a decade as a paramedic and firefighter.
The decision paid off for Rice, and he is now
employed at an eight-bed urgent care center in
Weymouth, Mass. called Health Express.
Read more about Michael’s
career after Curry
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Krista Selnau ’09
All of these could have an effect on a
young person’s health care.
“If you are a low-income family or you
are facing other stressors, you might need
help adhering to your medical plan. Often
times, people don’t know they should ask
for help.”
Krista Selnau ’09 is a lawyer, but she
doesn’t spend much time in the courtroom.
Selnau, who was a dual politics and
history and english major, is working with
the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little
Rock to support low-income families who
use the hospital’s Hematology/Oncology
It’s a position that Selnau designed herself
as one of 57 Equal Justice Works Fellows.
The fellowship, sponsored by Walmart and
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, is
enabling Selnau to pursue her dream job.
In this case, a public interest law project
based at Legal Aid of Arkansas MedicalLegal Partnership at Arkansas Children’s
“I will be training the health care providers
at the clinic to help identify the range of
legal needs affecting this low-income
population,” Selnau says. “Arkansas
Children’s Hospital is the only facility in
the state that treats kids for cancer. There
is such a need for this type of project in
the state.”
In order to earn the fellowship, Selnau
had to complete a 20-page application
identifying the needs in the community,
how she would address them, and why
she was the best fit to address those needs.
Those legal needs facing patients and their
families are wide-ranging. Some patients
may have insurance or Medicaid issues,
while in other cases, young children
simply may not be able to get to school.
Selnau is trying to change that, by
setting up a system where new patients
and families entering the Hematology/
Oncology Clinic undergo a legal “checkup.” Medical staff or social workers ask
a short set of questions about social and
economic issues that will help target the
areas most in need of support.
Part of Selnau’s job is also educating
medical workers about the benefits of a
medical-legal partnership—and ensuring
them that it will benefit their patients.
“The goal over the two-year project is to
develop some type of infrastructure that
is sustainable,” Selnau says. “Before I
arrived, the Hematology/Oncology Clinic
had only sent over a couple of referrals
[to Legal Aid of Arkansas], so my goal is
to train providers to identify these issues
and put these procedures in place to
streamline the process.”
This is a very personal mission for
Selnau. When she was nine-years old,
she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a
bone cancer which was treated through
chemotherapy, and the amputation of
Selnau’s left leg at the knee.
Selnau considers herself fortunate because
while she battled cancer she had a
supportive network of friends and family.
In one instance, a teacher volunteered her
time to tutor Selnau at the hospital and at
home. Later, after her amputation, Selnau’s
school helped her purchase a specialized
wheelchair that would make it easier for
her to go up and down the stairs.
How Krista Selnau ’09
created her own
dream job
It’s this experience that helps Selnau
understand the unique needs of cancer
patients and their families.
“I realize that not everyone is fortunate
enough to have a family who can take
time off from work when they need to, or a
school that is able to purchase equipment
[like that wheelchair]. That led me to
thinking, ‘wow, this could have been
very different if I lived in a different town,
or had a different family, or my parents’
employers weren’t as understanding.’”
Selnau’s personal experience with cancer
may have served as the initial inspiration
for her legal advocacy work, but it was an
internship she completed at Curry College
that helped lay the foundation for the
work she is doing now.
During her junior year experiential
learning class, Selnau completed an
internship in the office of the late U.S.
Senator Ted Kennedy—a noted health care
“I had the opportunity to work with a lot of
different constituents, so it taught me how
to handle different needs that people may
have, and address them in a meaningful
way.” Selnau says. “I had this light bulb
moment that I need to go to law school;
this is what I want to do.”
Selnau says her work in Arkansas is only
the start. She wants to continue doing
public interest legal work, specifically
focusing on areas of public health and
policy with the goal of identifying longterm trends that could lead to better care
for patients.
“It makes me feel really proud that I
was able to go to Curry College where
I received the support I needed to discover
what I wanted to do and to then have the
opportunity to do work that is my dream
job is very meaningful and important
to me.” u
President Quigley Reunites with Past
Honorary Degree Recipients at NEC Dinner
Photo taken by Margaret Brett, Image Photo
Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley reconnected with past Honorary
Degree recipients at a New England Council Dinner in October 2013. From left to
right: Donald E. Rodman, Hon. ’08, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.,
Kenneth R. Feinberg, Esq. Hon. ’13, James T. Brett, Hon. ’12
19 - 21, 2014
Alumni Gather at 21 Club
For New York City Reception
The 2013 Curry College New York City Alumni
Reception was held on Thursday, November 7,
2013. This year’s event was once again held at
the 21 Club on West 52nd Street. Guests had
the opportunity to connect with Curry friends,
network and speak with President Kenneth K.
Quigley, Jr.
Left to right: Lea Liodice, Jason Lopez ’07, and Vice
President for Institutional Advancement Chris Lawson
Trustee David K. Hemenway ’81 speaks at the New York City Reception.
Marshall Cohen and his wife Dr.
Ellen J. Brooks
Left to right: Angela Morabito ’10, President Kenneth K.
Quigley, Jr., and Janine Martella ‘87
Homecoming and Family Weekend 2013:
Family, Friends, Fall & Fun!
Left to right: Michelle Kolovson ’11, Jenna Pieper ’11,
Tess Timm ’11, President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.,
Peter Harding ‘11, and Michelle McCarter ’11
It was a classic autumn weekend as Curry College welcomed
alumni, families, friends, and fans back to campus for the annual
Homecoming and Family Weekend, from October 18-20. Visitors
were treated to a bevy of events and activities, including the second
annual Friday Night Lights football game, a fall festival, a fun run,
and much more!
Friday Night Lights
The weekend kicked off with a matchup between the Colonels
Football squad and the visiting Salve Regina Seahawks on a crisp, fall
night under the lights of Katz Field.
Before game time, fans and families took part in pre-game festivities
including tailgating, and the Chili and Chowder Cook-off
competitions. Cindy Nagrath, mother of Hans Nagrath, Class of
2017, took the win in the Chili competition, while Tom Finnigan,
father of Lauren Finnigan, Class of 2017, took the win in the
Chowder competition.
On the field, the Colonels battled New England Football Conference
foe Salve Regina for three quarters, before the Seahawks pulled
away for a 43-10 win. Junior fullback Jordan Shairs scored Curry’s
lone touchdown on an 11-yard run in the third quarter. Senior
placekicker Zach Kumin also booted a 39-yard field goal. Curry
senior quarterback Kevin Fruwirth was 22 of 43 for 268 yards. Shairs
finished with 44 yards on eight rushes. He also had a team high five
receptions for 57 yards.
For the second straight year, the Homecoming game was streamed
live online. More than a dozen communication students, with the
help of Milton Access Television, broadcast the game to hundreds of
loyal supporters across the country.
Friday night’s schedule also included a reception for alums of the
football program, along with a Shabbat service and kosher dinner in
the Student Center.
A Festive Saturday
Saturday morning, families of current students had a chance to meet
up with faculty members for a delicious breakfast in the Student
Center. Afterwards, many darted off to attend a slew of academic,
alumni and campus life forums hosted by Curry faculty, alumni and
One of the highlights of the day was the Fall Fun Fest, held outside
the Student Center in Westhaver Park. Students and families gathered
on a perfect fall afternoon under sunny skies. The festival included
tractor-pulled hayrides, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, a dress-up
photo booth and lots of fall-themed food and drink.
Afternoon events included Men’s
and Women’s Soccer, while over
at the Alumni House, reunions
of the classes of ’78, ’83, ’88,
’93, ’98, ’03, and ’08 were in full
Fun Run Sunday
The weekend concluded with
the Third Annual Colonels Fun
Run to benefit the Mosi Tatupu
Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Dozens of alumni and friends
participated in the 2-mile campus run to honor the late, former
Curry football coach and New England Patriots fullback.
First place went to first-year psychology major Matthew Eaton.
“It was wonderful to see so many alumni and parents enjoying
the weekend on our campus,” said Chris Lawson, Curry’s Vice
President for Institutional Advancement.
“I received great feedback from our alumni about the physical
transformation of Curry over the past decade and our parents
really appreciated the engagement with our faculty. Overall, we
couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”
The 1998 “Turnaround Team” was honored at half-time at the Friday night football game.
See more photos from the weekend online
When the Boston Red Sox won the World
Series, current students and alums from the
communication program played a major role in
making sure fans across the country could see
and hear the games.
More than a dozen alums and students worked for
both local and national media, putting in long hours
throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Chloe Ferrarone ’14 and G.J. Smith ’06 shared their
experiences of what it was like to be at Fenway when
the Red Sox won it all.
Working for MLB Network during the 2013
Red Sox Postseason
was an incredible experience. My main
task when I was at
Fenway was that I had
to take the “tape” and
feed it down to the
network in Secaucus,
NJ. I was usually feeding down footage of
Chloe Ferrarone ‘14
either batting practice
or interviews. When I would get something to feed down,
I would have to go to the truck compound where the tape
deck was located, ingest the tape and call the Assignment
Desk. By the end of the World Series, the Assignment
Desk knew my number because I was calling so often.
Because I was running the tape, I had the privilege
of going on the field after the games. That was quite
an experience. I was right there in the celebration
when the Red Sox won the ALCS and World Series.
I was seen on Fox in the background after the Sox won
the ALCS, and when people realized that was me, my phone
was blowing up with texts saying, “I just saw you!” I was
excited and couldn’t believe it, but the whole time I knew
I had a job to focus on. I was keeping my eyes open the
whole time looking to see if there was a player free that we
could grab and interview, or being ready to sprint and get
the footage to send down to Secaucus.
GJ Smith ’06
Top of the ninth, with three outs to go and the Red Sox are
about to clinch the 2013 World Series. All eyes were on
the game—except for mine and those of WCVB anchor
Ed Harding. The reason why Ed and I were not watching
was because it was 11:00 p.m. and our newscast had
just started. I was shooting Ed’s live shot outside Fenway
Park. The plan, after the Red Sox win, was that Ed would
be broadcasting live inside as quickly as possible with
another crew, while I would shoot all the action on the
field. After the game, as I ran onto the Fenway grass
I rushed over to get a shot of MVP David Ortiz lifting
up the trophy. Everywhere you turned there were Red
Sox players celebrating wildly. I ran along with Johnny
Gomes as he waved a “Boston Strong” flag. The night
felt like organized chaos—just as one player would head
into the clubhouse another would come out and take us
for a ride. I was filming Boston history and it was a night
I will never forget.
Alumni & Students Involved in World Series
Paul Carroll ’83, Tape Library Coordinator, NESN
Dana Panepinto ’87, Sales Manager/Director, WEEI-FM, Boston
Anthony Pepe ’94, General Manager/Host, NBC/Yahoo Sports
Dominick Aielli ’95, Photographer, WBZ-TV, Boston
Were you on
campus when
the Red Sox won the World Series
in 2004 and 2007?
If so, you probably remember that the World Series
trophies made stops at Curry each time.
Sydney Lowe ’98, Manager, Broadcast Ops, MLB Network
Nick Sapienza ’02, Photographer/Editor, WHDH-TV, Boston
Christian Burgoyne ’06, Producer, Boston Herald Radio
George G.J. Smith ’06, Photographer/Editor, WCVB-TV, Boston
Tim Bausch ’07, Graphics Operator, MLB Network
Tom Furcillo ’07, Producer, ESPN
Dan Earle-Haddad ’08, Operations Technician, NESN
Steve Tagarelis ’09, Studio Technician, NESN
Matt Fitzgerald ’13, Production Assistant, ESPN
Tom Quinlan ’13, Assistant Producer, NBC/Yahoo Sports Radio
Shay Sinnott ’13, Production Assistant, ESPN
Chloe Ferrarone ’14, Production Intern, MLB Network
Noah Spigelman ’14, Production Intern, NESN
In 2004, Red Sox staff delivered the trophy to campus, giving students,
faculty, and staff the chance to pose with the trophy.
Left to right: Paul Carroll ‘83, Dan Earl-Haddad ‘08, and Steve Tagarelis ‘09
pose with the World Series Trophy at NECN
Tom Furcillo ’07 interviews Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny
In 2007, the trophies graced the mantel in the Office of Admission,
where the Red Sox staged their holiday card photo shoot.
Stay Connected
to Curry College
and Your
Fellow Alumni!
on Twitter to:
Welcome Jess Brandi ’13
to Curry Staff as Alumni
Relations Coordinator
There’s a new face in the Office of Institutional Advancement,
and she may be familiar to many of you.
Jess Brandi ’13 recently started as the College’s new Alumni
Relations Coordinator. Jess graduated in May with a degree in
public relations, and was the Class of 2013 Salutatorian. She
most recently worked for the ALS Association of Massachusetts
as the organization’s special events coordinator.
You can reach Jess via email at [email protected] You’ll be
seeing her often on and off campus at Curry College events.
Make sure you say “hi” at the next alumni gathering, or the
next time you visit campus!
• Get news about your fellow alumni and
tweet us your own class notes
• Learn about upcoming alumni events
• View articles from the latest editions of
Curry Magazine and the @Curry
alumni newsletter
• See job postings from fellow alumni,
or share your own
• Get real-time photo and video from
or share events happening on the
Curry campus
Alumni Portal Launches
The myCurry Portal, an all-in-one resource for the
Curry community, is now overflowing with alumni
information and news. Log into the myCurry Portal
today and click on the Alumni Tab for updates
about your classmates, information about upcoming
alumni events, and more!
If you are having trouble logging in please contact
Jess Brandi at [email protected]
Craig Burton ’74 celebrated the one
year anniversary of receiving a kidney
transplant. His wife of 31 years gave Craig
one of her kidneys in July 2012.
David Kimball ‘72 has enjoyed a successful
career in advertising and marketing and
now resides in Goffstown, NH. He is
pictured above with his first grandchild.
Dave writes, “He is a VERY happy baby,
especially when he is pulling the beard!”
Matt Keats is the proud parent of Brian
Keats, a member of the class of 2016.
Matt Keats ‘83 and Wade Keats ‘79
pictured together during a recent trip
back to Boston. They enjoyed a great
afternoon as they participated in the
Curry College Hockey Golf Tournament.
Left to Right: Matt Keats ‘83 and Wade Keats ‘79
are both inaugural members of the Curry Council
Paul Clerici ’87 recently saw his book,
History of the Greater Boston Track
Club published by The History
Press Publishing Company. It was
published in July 2013, in time for
the Club’s 40th anniversary. Clerici,
a freelance writer and former
newspaper editor, credits Curry’s
professors for his writing success. “They
didn’t just teach you, they showed you and had you do t h e
things you were learning,” Clerici says. “It was the application
at Curry that was beneficial after Curry. You can’t beat the
Timothy Puttre ’90 is the producer of the show American Jungle
that aired on the History Channel on November 10, 2013. Jim
writes, “We filmed on the Big Island in Hawaii for two months.
It is such an amazing and dangerous place. I hope we were able to
capture that in the show.”
Joe Sullivan ’90 was recently named
the lead weekday news anchor
for WXXV-TV (NBC & FOX) in
Gulfport, MS. He was featured in a
recent issue of South Mississippi Living
Magazine (pictured left on cover). Joe
lives in Ocean Springs, MS, with his
wife and daughter.
Tasha Bracken ’92 and her
company, SD Events, were recently voted #3 in the
Top Five, Boston A-List contest for “Best Wedding Planner” in
the Boston area.
Robert B. Levine ’92 recently launched his own business arranging
accessible travel for individuals with special needs, as well as the
entire travel market.
Jennifer Calardo ’98 recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She joined the United
States Army Reserves in 2010.
Sydney Lowe ’98 (left) recently
helped Chloe Ferrarone ’14
secure an internship at the Major
League Baseball (MLB) Network.
They are pictured together outside
MLB Network headquarters in
Secaucus, NJ. Sydney works as
the broadcast operations manager
for the Network.
Joseph Morabito ’06, Production
Manager for VIMBY, recently
hired Megan Flaherty ‘14, Walter
Riley ’13, Stephen Nicholson
’13 and Gabrielle Dube ‘14 as
Production Assistants to work on a
Wal-Mart “fresh-over” commercial
being produced by VIMBY in San
Luis Obispo, CA. Joe writes, “It
has been fun; they are hard workers.” The entire “Curry Team”
is pictured right.
Matthew Perrin ‘06 and Danielle (Crowley) Perrin ’06 were
married in 2011 at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. They
welcomed a daughter, Madison, on December 8, 2012.
Benjamin M. Sholes ‘09 participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk
on September 8, 2013. Ben writes, “Dana Farber helped me a
lot this year; they cured me of one cancer and are monitoring me
for another.”
Angela Grimaldi ‘10 recently became engaged to William Darrel.
They plan to marry on August 9, 2014. Angela works at Ultra
Diamonds in the Merrimack Premium Outlets. She writes, “I
can’t thank Curry College enough for the help and guidance they
provided me to get started in the real world.”
Allison Oddo ‘10 and Shawn Harrison ’09 became engaged
in September 2012. The couple met in 2008 while attending
Curry College and is planning an August 2014 wedding.
Siobhan (Connolly) Lopez ’11 was
married to Joey Lopez on December
28, 2013 in Nashua, NH. Fellow
Curry alumnae Meghan White ‘11,
Emily Joyal ‘11, Jill Young ‘11, Jessi
Adamchek ‘12, and Bridget Shannon
‘12 served as Siobhan’s bridesmaids.
Meghan McShane ’11 graduated from Boston College
with a master’s degree in School Counseling in May 2013. She is
currently working in the Needham Public Schools.
Maureen Ruane ‘07 recently became the head women’s lacrosse
coach at Elms College. Maureen played lacrosse for Curry
College for four years.
Jess Brandi ’13 recently
organized some Curry
alums to participate in
the Wakefield Walk to
Defeat ALS.
Jenifer Wade ’07 became engaged to Evan Brooks on February
14, 2013. They are planning a July 20, 2014 wedding.
Andrew R. Crea ‘08 recently became engaged to Elizabeth G.
Yaniv Havusha ‘08 graduated with a Master’s of Higher
Education in Student Affairs from Merrimack College in May
2013. He was hired as a resident director right after graduation.
Pictured left to right: Gina Caruso ’13, Jess
Brandi ‘13, Kassandra Spadaro ’13, Ericka
Beraldi ’13 and Kristin Hager ’13.
Thomas J. Quinlan, IV ’13 began working in May 2013 for
1510/NBC Sports Radio Boston as an assistant producer for a
mid-day sports talk show, The Bawstin Diehards. He was recently
promoted to the producer of a national radio show on Yahoo
Sports Radio. The show covers the nation’s top headlines and
talks to top sports media personalities. It can be heard daily
throughout the country on select radio stations.
Deborah M. Morris ’13 recently accepted a position as assistant teacher at the Wixon
Middle School, Dennis, MA. She will be working in the New England Center’s
innovative inclusion program for children on the autism spectrum.
Liz Robinson ’13 will be heading to Washington D.C. to pursue an opportunity
with the New Grad Nurse Residency Program at MedStar Georgetown University
Hospital. The MGUH Nurse Residency Program provides Graduate Registered
Nurses with mentoring and support that is critical to professional development.
She will be working on 6Main, a surgical floor, and hopes to further her education
through the continuing education possibilities offered at Georgetown. She is excited
to head to Washington D.C. in February!
David P. Ferrando ‘02 &
Alyson L. Pietrafitta
Matthew Perrin ‘06 &
Danielle (Crowley) Perrin ‘06
Kaitlin A. Eardley ‘09 &
Michael J. Rodriques
William P. Garten ‘09 &
Kimber Hamill ‘10
Siobhan (Connolly) Lopez ‘11 & Joey Lopez
Jenifer Wade ‘07 & Evan Brooks
Andrew R. Crea ‘08 & Elizabeth G. Franco
Allison Sturchio ‘08 & Kenneth Manning
Jeremy Held ‘09 & Julie Ann Testa
Angela Grimaldi ‘10 & William Darrel
Allison Oddo ‘10 & Shawn Harrison ‘09
Heather Paul ‘10 & Michael Seiger
Steven C. Burke ‘11 & Sherry E. Zide
In Memoriam
Constance Marques (Perry)
Dr. Gerald Thornell ‘63
Albert F. Viscardi ‘67
Have an update
or interesting fact to share
about your life after Curry?
Your Classmates want to know!
Milton C. Breault ‘68
George Sarkes ‘68
Robert H. Quinn, Hon. ’96
Former Faculty and Staff
Ruth I. MacDonald, Administrative Assistant
“I look back at all
of the amazing
things that I’ve
done so far, and
one of the things
I can do now
is give back to
Curry through the
Annual Fund.
Meet The
Colonel’s Involvement
This year, Curry College will celebrate its 135th
birthday. We hope you’ll celebrate the occasion by
taking part in the Colonel’s Involvement Challenge
and contributing to our Annual Fund.
Why Shawn Edge ’08
Contributes to the
Annual Fund
Major: Information Technology
Minor: Business Management
Curry thrives as an institution, in large part, because of
the many alumni, parents, and friends that show their
support philanthropically. Gifts to the Annual Fund
make a difference to each and every student, supporting
scholarship funds, technology initiatives, student
activities, and facility improvements for years to come.
Engineer, Silicon Valley
Shawn Edge ’08 gained employment in the Information
Technology field after graduation, and recently moved
to Silicon Valley to work as an engineer. Shawn credits
many of his classes and professors at Curry College
as being instrumental in helping him jump start his
career, and says that as a student, he didn’t realize how
much what he was learning in the class room would
translate to the ‘real world.’
“Curry gave me an education that has been so
valuable to me,” says Shawn. “I look back at all of
the amazing things that I’ve done so far, and one of
the things I can do now is give back to Curry through
the Annual Fund, as well as help prospective students
see that Curry is a really great institution. I think it’s
really important for any graduate to give back in any
way, whether it’s talking to prospective students or
donating, because the College does rely on our help.”
See the ways your gift makes a difference:
Spring Athletics Schedule
Salem State
Salem State 7:00
*Western New England
*Western New England
*Univ. of New England
#Saint Lawrence
4/26-5/3 CCC Tournament
# Spring Break Trip – West Palm Beach, Florida
* Commonwealth Coast Conference Game
Home games in BOLD
2/22 Oglethorpe (2) 1:00
#Anna Maria (2)
3/11 #Cairn University 9:30
3/12 #WPI (2) 2:00
3/13#Pittsburgh-Greenburg 9:00
3/18 MIT 3:00
3/22 *Salve Regina (2) 12:00
3/25 Bridgewater State
3/27 Suffolk 3:30
3/29 *ROGER WILLIAMS (2) 12:00
3/30 *Nichols (2) 12:00
4/4 *GORDON (2)
Southern Maine
*Univ. of New England
4/26-5/3 CCC Tournament
# Spring Break Trip – Charlotte, North Carolina
* Commonwealth Coast Conference Game
Home games in BOLD
4/5 *WENTWORTH (2)
4/8 KEENE STATE 3:30
4/9 Babson 3:30
4/12 *Western New England (2) 12:00
4/13 *ENDICOTT (2) 12:00
4/17 R.I. College 3:30
4/18 Johnson & Wales 3:00
4/21 UMASS BOSTON 3:00
4/22 Brandeis 3:30
4/25 Framingham State 3:30
4/26 *Eastern Nazarene (2) 12:00
5/1-5/4 CCC Tournament
# Spring Break Trip – Winter Haven, Florida
* Commonwealth Coast Conference Game
Home games in BOLD
The Colonels would love the support of Alums
and fans! Come and celebrate a win with them.
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3/11 #Wartburg
3/11 #New Jersey City 3:00
3/13 #Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 1:00
3/14 #SUNY Oneonta
3/19 JOHNSON & WALES (2) 3:00
3/21 *GORDON (2) 2:30
3/23 UMASS BOSTON (2) 2:00
3/25 Salem State (2)
3/27 NEWBURY (2) 3:00
3/29 *Nichols (2) 12:00
3/30 *ENDICOTT (2) 1:00
Fitchburg State (2) 3:00
*Eastern Nazarene (2) 1:00
*Roger Williams (2) 12:00
SUFFOLK (2) 3:30
4/10 UMass Dartmouth (2) 3:30
4/12 *UNIV. OF NEW ENGLAND (2) 1:00
4/13 *Salve Regina (2) 1:00
4/16 *WENTWORTH (2) 3:00
4/17 *Western New England 3:00
4/26-5/3 CCC Tournament
# Spring Break Trip – Fort Myers, Florida
* Commonwealth Coast Conference Game
Home games in BOLD
3/13 #Northwestern (Minn.) 12:00
3/19 Johnson & Wales 3:30
3/20 Newbury
3/22 *Wentworth 12:00
3/26 ANNA MARIA 3:00
*Roger Williams 4:00
4/12 *Nichols
4/14 Lesley 7:30
4/21 *GORDON
4/23 *Eastern Nazarene 3:30
4/26-5/3CCC Tournament
# Spring Break Trip – Tampa, Florida
Commonwealth Coast Conference Match
Home matches in BOLD
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