February 2017
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Alumni eNewsletter 
February 7, 2017

We're excited to once again offer our annual March Mercyhurst t-shirt! Please show your support by making a gift to the Mercyhurst Annual Fund for $20 or more to receive this year's shirt. We're also offering an alternative to the shirt, an 8x10 print of the design. 
Make a gift today by visiting
Reunion Weekend 2017 is just around the corner. We hope you'll join us June 9-11 for lots of fun; we promise, when you leave campus after a weekend at the Hurst, you'll feel 22 again! Registration for Reunion Weekend will open in March. All classes are invited!
Learn more by visiting
CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and Athletics Hall of Fame inductees! We will celebrate these great alumni during Reunion Weekend in June.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Simon Arias `05
Sr. Catherine Edward Delaney `66
Maureen (Aleci) Gray `65
Michael Malpiedi `81
John Saxon `89
Sr. Patricia Whalen `63
Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Meghan Agosta `11
Tony DeMeo
Christie (Turak) Foster `11
Josh Helm `04
Tim Latimer `85
Danielle (Poole) Piser `03
Amy Plumley `04
Josh Shields `11
Martin Sturgess `77
Keith Swanson `99

Mercyhurst University announced last week a $1.25 million investment to develop a risk management program aimed at educating a growing workforce, creating economic opportunities and advancing the high-demand field. The program is being made possible through the generosity of Betsy Hirt Vorsheck from the Class of 1977, also a board member of Erie Insurance.
Read the full story online at
Mercyhurst will move forward with plans to construct the Ridge Reading Room and Gallery in the university's Hammermill Library, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation of Pittsburgh. The Thomas J. & Michele Ridge Collection was gifted to the University in October 2013; the renovations to the library will make the archive accessible to students, faculty, and the public.
Read the full story online at
Upcoming Alumni Chapter Events:

Education Alumni Event (Erie Chapter)
Student and Alumni Networking
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Student Union Great Room
Register at

Rochester Alumni Chapter
Hockey Game and Gathering
Friday, Feb. 24
Gene Polisseni Center
Register at

Cleveland Alumni Chapter
Ice Skating Event
Friday, Feb. 25
Wade Oval
Register at

Saint Patrick's Day Parade (Erie Chapter)
March with us!
Saturday, March 11
Register at
Click the links below to connect with the Alumni Chapter in your area or by visiting

DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)
New England
New York City
As a member of the Mercyhurst Alumni Association, we are able to provide you with several benefits - just because you graduated from the Hurst!
Check them out by clicking the links above or by visiting
Tickets for the 2016-2017 Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture season headlining acts are available at
Learn more about upcoming performances:

American Spiritual Ensemble, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
National Theatre Live: Amadeus, Feb. 19, 12:55 p.m.

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Mercyhurst Theatre Program: A Man of No Importance, Feb. 23-26, times vary
Caladha Nua, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD – Rusalka, March 4, 12:55 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD – La Traviata, March 11, 12:55 p.m.
Mercyhurst Dance Department: Raw Edges, March 17-19, times vary
The Met: Live in HD – Idomeneo, March 25, 12:55 p.m.
National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler, March 26, 12:55 p.m.
Your graduate degree is closer than you think. Mercyhurst University’s online graduate degree and certificate programs grant you easy access to our renowned faculty, cutting-edge online coursework and other dynamic learning experiences. Online program offerings include Organizational Leadership (Master of Science or four-course grad certificate), Applied Intelligence Studies (Master of Science or four-course grad certificate), Secondary Education (Master of Science) and—new for fall 2017—Criminal Justice Administration (Master of Science). With applications in almost every field, these online programs will help you build on your previous educational experience and develop the skills needed to advance your career—all without the hassle of a daily commute.

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Careers and Education
Courtney Olevnik `08 has moved to a role in Advancement at Mercyhurst University as the Director of Donor Relations
James Alexander `04 was named director at Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. He performs and supervises audit engagements for not-for-profit and governmental organizations, manufacturing, entities, school districts, employee benefit plans and rural electric, cooperatives
Jeremy Dickey `13 has been hired as media specialist for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland, effective Jan. 9, 2017
Brentin Martin `10  has been named chief executive officer/executive director of the Jeffco Sheltered Workshop. He has a lengthy career serving the developmentally disabled and his current work involves about 128 adult individuals at the Jeffco Production and Training centers
Phyllis Roman `08 has been named partner at Giamanco & Ooink
Matthew Konopka `96 obtained an additional graduate degree from George Mason University (GMU) in Emergency Management-Homeland Security in December 2016. Matt, a federal manager for the DHS National Operations Center, was selected as a member of the White House National Security Council in November 2016. The West Wing detail is for a duration of two years

Awards and Achievements
Christine Matha `89 was honored by the Sea Turtle Conservancy to design its 2016 Holiday Ornament after winning the group's art contest in May

Marriages and Engagements
Bruno Didiano `10 and Elizabeth McMullen `10 were married in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Sept. 17, 2016. The bridal party included maid of honor Amy Breininger `10
Sara Houston `06
 married Jamie Carracher on Nov. 5, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, DC
Robert Lawlor `05 married Christina Yetter on Oct.1, 2016 in, Pittsburgh Pa. Groomsmen included Shaun Lux `05, John Waldheim `05, and Dr. Kevin Tidgewell `03

Births and Adoptions
Jean-Paul Magermans `07 and his wife Mary would like to announce the birth of their second child, Paulette Amelie Magermans on Sept. 9, 2016
Erin Anderson-Hickey `02 and husband Courtland welcomed their second daughter Arwen Persephone Hickey on July 29, 2016. Arwen joins big sister Freya

Ryan Kennis `99 and his wife Kim welcomed their third child Charlotte Bobbee, June 8, 2016. Charlotte joins her brother Ty (5) and Hannah (4)
Deanna (Fletcher) Manbeck `08 and husband Joe welcomed their first child, Timothy Joseph, on Aug. 11 in Wilmington, DE

Kelly (Froelich) McColgan `02 and family welcomed baby Moira in August 2016
Kristen (McCaskey) Rice `02 and husband Seth welcomed their third child, Quinn Elyse on Dec. 29, 2016. Quinn joins sister Jillian and brother Collin

Alumni Deaths
Carol (Cairns) Brabender `50
Mary (Jachimczyk) Bankowski `53
Elizabeth (Bott) Fitzgerald `65
Sr. Janet Staab OSB `69
Margaret (Hughes) Muckinhaupt `74
Edward McGraw `75
Nola (Weingard) Lyons `80
Janet (Jelleson) Kuhn `84
Christopher Cuzzola `88
Lynda Kelley `90
Yvonne Galli Trettel `92
Destiny Thornton `07

Condolences to...
Joyce (White) Caruso `62 on the death of her husband Hank Caruso
Lynn (Falbo) Graham `01 on the death of her mother Susan Falbo
Patricia (Richards) Ogilvie `62 on the death of her husband William Ogilvie
Mary Lee Stadter Rinderle `62 on the death of her husband Deacon Edward Rinderle
Patricia Fessler `50 on the death of her husband Robert Fessler

To the families of:
Ann Cuzzola
Richard Ragan, former Mass Media and Communications professor
Peter Musacchio, instructional designer at the Ridge College
Rev. Eldon Somers
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