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101 MAAC Championships!

Women's Swimming & Diving
Marist Women's Swimming and Diving Champions

On Feb. 15, the women’s swimming and diving program won the 100th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in school history. It was the 15th championship won by the program, tying it for the lead with men’s crew for the highest total on campus. Marist became the first school in the conference, which was established in 1981, to reach the landmark of 100 championships.Up until 1996, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs competed in the sport-specific Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference. Since then, men’s and women’s swimming and diving have combined for 27 MAAC championships.Hitting the century mark is only possible with a diverse amount of programs achieving greatness. Many Marist programs contributed to 100 championships including baseball, football, men’s and women’s crew, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis, as well as women’s basketball, cross country, and water polo.

Nicole (Thompson) Acker ’04 was a member of the women’s championship track and field team in 2004. “The 100th Marist MAAC Championship is a great accomplishment and point of pride,” she said. “Student athletes work hard on and off the field, court, track, etc. This win highlights the great work and dedication that Marist’s athletic program provides for students.”

Mark Paquette ’05, a member of the men’s lacrosse championship team in 2005, will never forget his own championship experience. “My favorite memory was the moment the final whistle blew and our team and fans stormed the field. We were fortunate enough to win at home.” He said that memory was quickly surpassed by NCAA Selection Day. “Later that evening, dressed in our travel attire, the team sat together in the Cabaret Lounge to watch as ESPN released the NCAA brackets and we learned that we would play #1 seed Johns Hopkins. That was an amazing moment that I still carry with me today.”

Both Nicole and Mark offered great advice for current and future Marist student athletes. “Continue to work hard in academics and athletics as this will pay big dividends for your future," Nicole said. "Your athletic experience will teach you many skills that future employers will value (i.e. teamwork, leadership, and communication).”

“It is a privilege to be a part of a team at the collegiate level but it all ends abruptly upon graduation and you will never get that experience back," Mark said. "Push yourself, sacrifice, be elite, and most importantly, enjoy the ride.”

Marist Women’s Basketball Makes Great Showing at 9th Consecutive NCAA Tournament

Women's Basketball 2014
The Marist women's basketball team won its 10th MAAC championship
with a 70-66 victory over Quinnipiac on March 10.

Just three short weeks after securing the 100th MAAC Championship, the Women’s Basketball Program added number 101. The Red Foxes have now captured 10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships, with all of them coming since 2004 under the watchful eye of head coach Brian Giorgis.

In the final game of the 2014 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship, Marist faced off with Quinnipiac, a school in its first year in the conference that was coming off an undefeated run through Northeast Conference play last season. A talented Bobcats squad used a 25-2 run to establish a 17-point lead with four minutes remaining in the first half.

Slowly but surely, the Red Foxes chipped away at their deficit. The teams engaged in a back-and-forth struggle through much of the second half. But ultimately, the Red Foxes earned a 70-66 victory over Quinnipiac to secure its ninth consecutive MAAC championship.

Sophomore Sydney Coffey was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Senior captains Casey Dulin and Emma O’Connor

Emma O'Connor
Senior Emma O'Connor in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament on
March 23, 2014

were named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team. Marist also earned several honors as a result of its performance throughout the year, which included a share of its 11th straight MAAC regular-season championship. O’Connor was named First Team All-MAAC, and sophomore Madeline Blais was named Second Team All-MAAC. Senior captain Leanne Ockenden was honored as MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year in addition to being named Third Team All-MAAC. Ockenden and Dulin both reached the 1,000-point milestone for their careers, and Giorgis won his 300th career game in Marist’s home finale.

The Red Foxes earned a #11 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament and faced sixth-seeded Iowa on Sunday, March 23 in Iowa City. The Red Foxes suffered an 87-65 loss bringing their season to an end.

Four Red Foxes scored in double digits, led by senior Emma O'Connor, sophomore Sydney Coffey, sophomore Madeline Blais with 12 points apiece. Senior Casey Dulin had 10 points while senior Leanne Ockenden had nine points and a team-high six rebounds. This was Marist's ninth consecutive NCAA appearance and 10th overall. Marist's senior class, including Dulin, O'Connor, and Ockenden, combined for 110 career victories and two NCAA Tournament wins in their four seasons. The senior class lost just three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) games in four years and won four MAAC Championships.


Marist XOX BetseyMarist Students at Betsey Johnson Fashion Show

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, more than 800 Marist students, alumni, families, and friends joined in acknowledging designer Betsey Johnson's remarkable career, endless creativity, and dedication to students, with a Silver Needle Icon Award. In The Salon at Lincoln Center, the Marist Fashion Program along with LDJ Productions, owned by Marist Trustee Laurie DeJong '87, produced an encore presentation of Betsey Johnson’s latest show for fashion students from Marist, FIT and Parsons, as well as prospective students and alumni. At the end of the show, Fashion Program Director Radley Cramer and President Dennis J. Murray joined Betsey for her infamous split on stage after presenting her with the second Silver Needle Icon Award. The first was given to the legendary Pauline Trigere in 2000.

Marist guests gathered at the grand Avery Fisher Hall following the show for a celebratory reception. A special thank you goes to alumni J.R. Morrissey '88 and Laurie DeJong '87 for their instrumental roles in the two events.

Save the date for the Marist Silver Need Fashion Show on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Photos by On Location Studios, Inc. - Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist XOX Betsey

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Getting to Know John Gilmartin '75

As senior producer for NBC's coverage of the Sochi Olympics, John supervised the Central Videotape operation at NBC's facility in the IBC (International Broadcast Center). John has covered 11 Olympic Summer and Winter Games since 1988. John graciously answered several questions for us shortly after returning to the United States from Sochi in late February.

What was your role in Sochi? Were you involved in producing all competitions, or just some?

As a senior producer for NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, I supervised the Central Videotape operation at our facility in the IBC (International Broadcast Center). Although we don’t use videotape anymore (since we’re all digital) we fondly keep the name. Our area is responsible for recording, editing, and playback of the sports coverage you see at home. We have large servers that enable us to record every event that is covered by both NBC and the

John Gilmartin '75
John Gilmartin '75

host broadcaster. We have edit rooms to enhance the coverage and help make the events fit our show timings. Some editing is done in the IBC, but a lot is done at the individual NBC sport venues and then fed to us at the Broadcast Center. Finally, we have 6 channel EVS machines (the same ones that are used for replays at sporting events) that play the segments to the control rooms to air. There is a lot of coordination to ensure that every segment is ready for air as well as management of the 60+ people who are working in our area to accomplish it.

What were the most challenging parts of your assignment?

Each Olympics you hope that the months/years of preparation done at home pays off when you get to the host city. We use a lot of freelance production and technical personnel who come together every two years so there is a short amount of time when everyone arrives to get them trained. This time, everyone was very nervous about the safety issues before they boarded the plane, so assuring them that their safety was NBC’s #1 concern was important so their families would rest easy and they could focus on learning the plan. Another challenging part was the hours. Because of the time difference (Sochi was 9 hours ahead of Eastern Time) my work day was usually from 1 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next morning, every day, for the two weeks of the Olympics. The hotels were very new and the staff tried their best, but the cleaning staff never understood that the morning wasn’t the best time to clean the room!

What were the most rewarding and/or fun parts?

The teamwork and camaraderie with your co-workers is very rewarding. Every two years, more than 2,000 people with a variety of expertise all come together, some for months and some for weeks, to be a part of NBC’s coverage of one of the most spectacular sporting events in the world.

Also, seeing the Opening Ceremony come together was satisfying. I had the opportunity to go to Fisht Olympic Stadium to observe a rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony a few days before the event and we knew it was going to take a lot of editing to make it entertaining for the audience. Combining the NBC-directed version, the host broadcaster version and accessing the over 25 individual camera feeds as it happened live at 8 p.m. in Sochi (11 a.m. ET), we edited through the night to deliver what was hopefully an exciting and successful Opening Ceremony.

As far as fun, although most of my days were spent either at the hotel or the Broadcast Center, one afternoon I traveled into the next town of Adler for an early lunch where I met an Adler, Russia, native who now lives in Chicago. Her family owns a restaurant there and she entertained us with stories about growing up in Russia while our table was filled with local delicacies. I’m not sure what I ate, but it was delicious.

Have you produced coverage at the Olympics before, and if so, which ones? If you worked on any Summer Olympics, how is it different producing Winter vs. Summer Olympics?

Sochi was my 11th Olympics. My first was the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, Korea. I have also done 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2002 Salt Lake City, 2004 Athens, 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing, 2010 Vancouver, and 2012 London. There are more sports in the Summer Games so that makes it more challenging. Each Olympics is a different experience. The location’s time zone determines whether we are broadcasting our shows live or on tape. Live is much more exciting because we are all seeing the events and stories unfold at the same time as our viewers are watching it at home. Now, with our Comcast cable partnership and social media outlets, we are able to deliver the events live, even if it is in the middle of the night on the East Coast. But if the location is far away, like Sochi or Beijing, our primetime shows are delayed and on tape, which is more difficult for my area and unfortunately has an impact on the ratings since people know the results.

What was the most inspiring, if anything, of everything you saw?

The most inspiring part of Sochi was the pride that the Russian people had for the success of their Games. Immediately after the

John Gilmartin '75 and his daughter Courtney

 John Gilmartin '75 and his daughter, Courtney,
who is a production associate with NBC Sports and
worked as a graphics PA for snowboarding and
freestyle skiing events.

Opening Ceremony, you could see the smiles on the faces of the local Russians who were assigned as security staff at our NBC entrances. They were proud that they had presented a successful show to the world. Every time a Russian won a medal, the usually stoic faces were grinning, as you could only imagine. We had many Russian support people working with us. They were extremely friendly and tried their best to speak to us in English. Unfortunately, we struggled with the few Russian words we knew for “good morning” or “thank you." But when it was over, I bet we all walked away with the feeling that we had something in common, pride in being a part of such a spectacular event.

Please share your career path with us -- how long have you been with NBC, where you worked before that? How long have you been a producer?

I graduated from Marist a long time ago, in 1975, and after working a few months at the Hyde Park radio station, WHVW, I got a job as a page at NBC in January 1976. I was fortunate to experience many jobs early on at NBC and landed a job in the Sports Department in 1980 as a unit manager. I moved into the Sports Production area a few years later beginning as a production associate, then worked my way up and eventually began producing and directing in 1989. For many years I was on the road directing football games or other sports, but now I direct a lot of the studio shows for NBC and NBCSN. Today I’m a coordinating producer and director.

Were any particular Marist staff or faculty especially supportive while you were a student? Did you complete a student internship? (If so, where?)

Professor Robert Norman was very supportive while I was at Marist. He ran the internship program and I was able to earn internships at IBM, WHVW, and the local Cablevision station. As a student, I learned some of the basic studio and control room positions at the Cablevision station and worked on many of their local shows. Marist was a terrific school for me. The internships gave me exposure to the working world and a thirst to learn more about the television business.

Do you keep in touch with any former classmates?

I still keep in touch with several classmates, including my three roommates Vinny Caruso ’75, Jim Orkin ’75, and Frank Bennett ’75 (we shared a “suite” on the 4th floor of Champagnat Hall all four years). I see fellow Marist classmate Kevin O’Connor ’75, who was also a Buffalo grade school and high school classmate, and I live in the same town as Marist graduates Ned ’74 and Michelle (Nash) Kane ’75 and Jim ’72 and Peggy (Miner) Quinlan ’73. There are several Marist graduates (many years after me) whom I work with at NBC: Kaare Numme ’00 is a producer with us, Jack Kensil ’12 is a production associate, Ryan Soucy ’98 is a senior director of operations, Erin McCarthy ’00 is a manager and Todd Bivona ’07 is a stage manager. So Marist obviously did a great job to produce such excellent professionals.


2014 Alumni Awards – Call for Nominations

The Marist College Alumni Association was proud to honor three alumni during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2013. Ryan Bingham '05 received the Marist College Young Alumnus Award, Maria Gordon Shydlo '87 received the Marist College Distinguished Service Award and Bro. Sean Sammon, FMS '70 accepted the Dr. Linus Richard Foy '50 Outstanding Alumnus Award on behalf of Bro. Richard Rancourt, FMS '53. Bro. Sammon is the 2012 recipient of the award. In early December, members of the Alumni Association Executive Board presented Bro. Rancourt with his award at the Marist Brothers Champagnat Residence at Mt. St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York.

Alumni Awards 2013
From left: President Dennis J. Murray;
Maria Gordon Shydlo '87, Ryan Bingham '05,
and Bro. Sean Sammon, FMS '70

The Alumni Office is currently accepting nominations for all three Alumni Awards categories: 

Dr. Linus Richard Foy '50 Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award

This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Marist College Alumni Association and is named in honor of Dr. Linus Richard Foy, a 1950 graduate and president of Marist from 1958 to 1979.  The award recognizes distinguished service by an alumnus or alumna to a profession, to the college, to the nation, or to humanity. The criterion for this award is a continuous record of distinguished service in a chosen field of endeavor that is related to the objectives and purposes of Marist. The candidate must have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Marist.

Marist College Distinguished Service Award

The Marist College Distinguished Service Award will be presented to an alumnus or alumna who has diligently and faithfully

Brother Richard Rancourt, FMS '53
From left: Marie Wicks '86, Amy Woods '97, Paul Rinn '68
and Joan Gambeski '83 presented Bro. Richard Rancourt, FMS '53
with his award at the Marist Brothers Champagnat Residence in
the Bronx, New York in December 2013.

served the Marist Alumni Association for an extended period of time. Service can be in the form of a regional chapter position (officer or committee member) or any involvement that advances the mission of Marist through dedicated volunteer efforts (e.g. Marist Fund volunteer, Admissions volunteer, Advancement event host, etc.) The candidate must have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Marist.

Marist College Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Marist Young Alumnus/Alumna Award will be presented to an alumnus or alumna who has reached a significant level of achievement in his/her profession and who is a model of the quality and caliber of today’s Marist student. One Young Alumnus/Alumna Medal will be given annually. The candidate must have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Marist within the past 10 years and achieved a significant level of distinction within his/her chosen field.

Although nominations are accepted throughout the year at, the deadline for 2014 submissions is April 30.



Senior Year Experience: Bridge to the Future Conference

The first-ever Marist College Senior Year Experience: Bridge to the Future Conference was held on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Marist Alumni at the Senior Year Experience Conference

Members of the Young Alumni Council participated in the Senior
Year Experience
Conference: (from left) Matthew Lubrano ’11/'12M,
Ken Juras ’06, Brian Apfel ’05/'12M,
Adrienne Zych ’05,
Neil Bhatiya ’06, Katie DeSena ’08, Casey McGowan ’12,
Julie Lavin ’09, Ed Wozencroft ’11, Kelsey Donohue ’13
and Andrew Paulsen ’12

Nearly fifty seniors participated in this full day conference. Financial literacy, apartment searching, graduate school, ways to stay connected to one’s alma mater, and career advice were among the many topics presented to the students by various members of the faculty and staff at Marist College. The day ended with a cocktail and networking reception sponsored by the Offices of College Advancement and Alumni Relations. Students in attendance had the opportunity to mingle with members of Marist’s Young Alumni Council. The Young Alumni Council is composed of graduates of the past ten years who work closely with the Office of College Advancement to create meaningful programs, events and communication for recent graduates. The Young Alumni Council scheduled their bi-annual meeting in conjunction with the conference to make themselves available to students both during the conference and at the networking reception. Katie DeSena ’08, co-chair of the Young Alumni Council said, “The Senior Experience was the perfect opportunity to pay it forward and welcome Seniors to the Young Alumni community.” She went on to say, “I think the attendees now realize there's a large group of alumni out there who have a strong bond with Marist and are willing to help graduates find jobs or offer advice.”

Students received tote bags with useful items that included products graciously donated by Marist Trustees and alumni Pat Lavelle '73 (VOXX International Corp.) and Chris McCann '83 (1-800-FLOWERS.COM1-800-FLOWERS.COM). Following the conference, students shared their thoughts. One student said, “Really a good thought, I hope this keeps on continuing every year.” Another senior said, “I really enjoyed all the workshops…they provided me with insight of what is to come in life after Marist.” The Senior Year Experience Committee hopes to continue this endeavor every year to help better prepare the seniors for life after college.

Remembering the excitement and fear that comes with graduation, DeSena offered the following advice to Seniors during the conference, “I told the students to remain open about experiences that come their way. I was a commuSenior Year Experience Conferencenications major, started work in finance at HBO, and now work in business development. No experience is irrelevant. I say dream big. You don't need to know how you're going to achieve your goals, but start with small strides in the general direction.”

The Senior Year Experience Committee:

Andrea Pesavento - Co-Chair, Jane Fiore - Co-Chair, Lisa Boyes '95, Maryellen Conway '07/'08M & '12M, Joe Ellman '12M, Allison Friedman, Andrea Greenfield '11, Dabby Hines '09M, Mary Lou Kutchma '77/'09M, Tenisha Lane '06, Melissa Lulay, Dana Murano '14, Samantha Proffitt, Greg Sand, Kait Smith '10, Jennifer Unterbrink



Marist Alumna Selected for Shakira's Team on NBC's The Voice!

“Does he love me, I want to know
How can I tell if he loves me so...”

Back in 2006, after a brief trio performance of Betty Everett’s, “Shoop Shoop” song, I never would have imagined that one of my

Danielle Mozeleski '06 - "Dani Moz"
Danielle Mozeleski '09 - "Dani Moz"

fellow Marist singers and classmates would have been on television just eight years later battling in one of the most popular reality vocal competitions, and performing on stage in front of four of the most admired musicians!

Danielle Mozeleski, a 2009 graduate of Marist College, has made it on Shakira’s talented team on NBC’s, The Voice! On March 4th, America found out the powerhouse, “Dani Moz”, won the heart of Shakira with her unique cover of Calvin Harris’ “I need your love”, featuring Ellie Goulding. Danielle began to sing before she started talking, and her first solo was at her kindergarten graduation singing Disney’s “A Whole New World”.  Danielle started exuding her confidence on stage at a very early age, and her passion for singing only grew stronger throughout high school, college and even more so after she graduated.

Danielle, a communications major with a concentration in public relations, moved to Boston after she graduated and worked at the TD Garden while practicing towards her passion of performing on the side as the lead singer of Hot Mess, a popular cover band.

I was lucky enough to speak with “Dani Moz” and found out how she made it onto The Voice and a few fun facts that will make this “powerhouse” singer a leader in Season 6 of The Voice!

What led you to audition for The Voice?

When I was in Boston, playing with Hot Mess every single night as the lead singer in the cover band, I was constantly being told by fans that I should try out for The Voice or American Idol, and while it was super flattering, I never really acted on it. That all changed when one day, I was contacted directly by NBC and The Voice, who are always actively recruiting talent for the show across the country. They discovered me and my music through my YouTube channel (DMSings) and asked me to come in for the audition. The rest is history.

Did being a student at Marist College contribute to your work on The Voice?

Absolutely! Marist College played an instrumental role in shaping the person I am today, both on and off stage. Getting a degree was always important to me, and what I gained from my Marist education alone was more than I could have ever dreamed of. But it was all of my time spent with other students traveling abroad (London, Fall ’07) and participating in various campus groups, including Marist Singers, that helped me grow and discover so much about myself. It was actually while at Marist that I began exploring song writing and honing in on my vocal abilities, and I remember feeling so inspired and empowered not only by my experiences, but also by my surrounding peers and mentors, especially my Singers family.

Dani Moz on The Voice
Dani Moz in competition on The Voice on March 17, 2014

Some of my favorite memories I’ll never forget are from our performances, including the Love in the Afternoon shows and the seasonal concerts at The Bardavon, to name a few! Being a part of The Voice this season is surreal, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. When I walk out onto that stage, I am driven by my passion and carried by the confidence I have gained over the years. Marist College is definitely on my list of people and places to thank for that.

Be sure to tune into The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC to cheer on our fellow Red Fox, Dani Moz as she battles throughout the competition! And be sure to stay tuned, as she will need your votes if she makes it to the live shows, when you can vote via text message, through Facebook, by iTunes downloads and by

phone!  Danielle will always be a Red Fox at heart and needs our support to rally as the battle rounds begin! To follow Dani Moz through her journey on The Voice, check her out on Twitter at @danimozmusic and stop by her YouTube page to hear some of her popular covers and original music at Dani Moz!  Danielle serves as the perfect example of someone who never gave up on her dream and worked extremely hard after college to achieve it.  The best is always unexpected and we shall wait to see where The Voice takes our own Red Fox powerhouse, Dani Moz.  

Story and interview by Julie Lavin ’09.


Marist Alumni Out and About

Since the start of 2014, the Alumni and Advancement Offices have hosted and/or participated in a wide variety of events that have offered engagement opportunities for alumni, parents, families, and friends.

On February 1, more than 40 hockey alumni returned to Poughkeepsie to participate in an alumni game at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center followed by a luncheon at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Past and current coaches were in attendance and thanked alumni for their ongoing support of the program.

Hockey Alumni 2014
Marist Hockey Alumni 2014

More than 300 alumni, families, and friends hit the slopes in southern Vermont on February 7 as Marist Trustee Jim Barnes ’84

Jim Barnes '84

Jim Barnes '84, Marist Trustee and
Owner of the Hermitage Club at
Haystack Mountain

once again hosted “Marist Day at the Hermitage Club." At a breakfast reception, Jim welcomed the group and provided an update on the construction of the club’s 80,000 square foot clubhouse at the base of the mountain. In addition, President Dennis J. Murray addressed the group and shared Marist news and updates. Guests enjoyed a full day of complimentary skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing, ice skating, and snow tubing. A photo slideshow from the event is available on the Marist Alumni Facebook page

The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a 1,400 acre enclave across West Dover and Wilmington, Vermont and provides members four seasons of private mountain activities, luxury accommodations, and a worry-free safe environment for families of all generations. Guests of the Hermitage Inn are provided access to ski on the private Alpine mountain Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and major holidays. For more information, please visit

Five days later, on February 12, the College hosted a one-of-a-kind event in New York City by honoring fashion designer Betsey Johnson with a Silver Needle Icon Award. Marist fashion students were given a unique opportunity to assist with the backstage workings of a live fashion show at Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. More than 800 students, alumni, families, and friends watched on as Fashion Program Director Radley Cramer and President Dennis J. Murray acknowledged Betsey Johnson following her infamous cartwheel and split on stage. A slideshow from the event can be viewed at

MIPO Panel Discussion 2014
Marist Poll Panel Discussion at the Paley Center for Media

On March 13, the Marist Poll hosted a special panel discussion in celebration of their 35th Anniversary entitled “Can 2014 or 2016 Fix a Broken Washington?” at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and Dr. Barbara Carvalho '79, director of the Marist Poll, moderated a panel which featured Mark Murray, NBC News senior political editor, Steve Thomma, senior White House correspondent and Government and Politics editor for McClatchy Newspapers, Michael Oreskes, vice president and senior managing editor of the Associated Press and Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report. Photos from the event can be viewed at

On March 17, Marist alumni, families, and friends marched up 5th Avenue in the 253rd St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. This year's honorary Grand Marshals were Dr. Lee Miringoff and Dr. Barbara Carvalho '79 from the Marist Poll, who were joined by the Amerscot Highland Pipe Band and President and Mrs. Dennis J. Murray. A photo slideshow from the parade can be viewed at

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014

253rd St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City  



Marist Connect - Brand New Website and Online Community

Marist Connect

The Offices of Alumni Relations and College Advancement are happy to introduce a brand new Web site and Online Community called Marist Connect, which will be released in a few short weeks. At first glance, you’ll notice that the site offers a fresh, new look with more alumni news and stories. Facebook and Twitter feeds are featured on the front page along with an interactive calendar of events.

The password-protected online community will allow alumni to:

  • Find and connect with Marist friends
  • Post and search alumni news and photos
  • Update the Alumni Office and build a personal profile – which offers Facebook and LinkedIn integration
  • Share news and photos such as marriage, births of children, job promotions, etc.

Alumni with active Marist Accounts (Email for Life) will be able to access the community immediately upon its release. If an account has not been used within the past six months, the password has expired. The Marist Information Technology Department has proactively determined which accounts are no longer active or have never been activated. They will send those users, via USPS, their Marist Accounts and temporary activation codes in sealed mailers in the near future. So please be on the lookout!



The FOLD, or theThe FOLD Fashion Online Learning Domain, is an interactive, global fashion community created by the Marist Fashion Program. The FOLD launched at the reception of the Marist XOX Betsey New York Fashion Week Event. Fashion in the Cloud is a course at Marist team-taught by Program Director, Radley Cramer, and Professional Lecturer, Melissa Halvorson. The students in the course walked around with iPads the night of the event to sign people up for the FOLD, and to register for the MOOCs. On the “learn” page of the FOLD, you can sign up to take a free, online course called a MOOC. A MOOC is a massive open online course with manMarist Fashion Programy options that would excite and educate any fashion enthusiast, perfect for anyone, anywhere in the world, and at any age or point in their careers. Whether you’re a high school student, college student, or working professional, our selection of MOOCs will provide stimulating information to all. Shalyn Baum and Amanda Cantor, with the help of Gabriella Fox, are fashion students who created the first peer-to-peer fashion MOOC in the world. Focused on street style and delving into trend forecasting, “The Future of Fashion” opened on March 12. The Mobile Consumer, Textile Fundamentals, and The Design Process are three faculty-developed fashion courses rolling out in March and April. Check for more information on the MOOCs and to register. To find out more about The FOLD, check out our informational video:


Marist Appoints New Dean of School of Management

Lawrence G. Singleton, PhD, CPA, has been appointed dean of Marist College’s School of Management.

Lawrence Singleton
Dr. Lawrence Singleton
Dean of the School of Management
Dr. Singleton comes to Marist from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he was a member of the faculty of the School of Business and served, most recently, as associate dean, responsible for all aspects of undergraduate programs at the business school.

Among his numerous academic and professional positions, Dr. Singleton has served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Accounting Association and as secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Human Resource Certification Institute and a member of its Executive and Human Resources committees.  He worked in the audit and National Securities and Exchange Commission Practice groups of Ernst & Young LLP’s Washington office and was a visiting professor at France’s Grenoble Ecole de Management and China’s Peking University.
Dr. Singleton received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in accounting from Louisiana State University.  

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Singleton has extensive private sector experience, having served as a consultant to many of the world’s leading organizations, including Cisco Systems, Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company, NASDAQ, the National Investor Relations Institute, the National Geographic Society, the Public Relations Society of America, Raytheon Company, Roche, Siemens Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the World Bank.

A recipient of The George Washington Award, GW’s highest recognition of exceptional contributions to the university, Dr. Singleton has also received numerous teaching awards and was recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management on several occasions as a Top-Rated Speaker at its annual conference.

Dr. Singleton is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, the American Accounting Association, the National Investor Relations Institute, and the Society for Human Resource Management.


Big Sean Headlines Marist's Big Spring Concert!

Big Sean
Big Sean

The Marist College Student Programming Council (SPC) is proud to announce Big Sean in concert Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Longview Park on the Marist College Riverfront.  (Gates will open at 1 p.m.) This show is open to the Marist Community (students, faculty, administration, staff and alumni). Alumni can purchase one (1) ticket for himself/herself for $15 and up to three (3) guest tickets at $25 each.  Ticket sales for faculty, staff, administrators and alumni will begin on Tuesday, April 1, at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Office of College Activities, Student Center Room 373.   All tickets are for general admission and Marist Money, cash, and personal checks are accepted. Sorry, credit cards are not accepted. 

If you prefer to purchase tickets at the gate, they will be the same price. But please bring a copy of this newsletter with  you.  For the most updated concert information, please monitor the College Activities website at or Facebook page.

Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on. Folding chairs, food and beverages are not allowed.


Contact College Activities at (845) 575-3279(845) 575-3279 with any questions.  Hope to see you there!



Alumni Invited to Participate in Relay for Life

Dear Alumnus/Alumna:

My name is Lauren Hirschhorn and I am a senior at Marist.  This year I am serving as one of the Co-Chairs of the Marist College Relay for Life.  On behalf of the Relay for Life committee, I would like to invite you to join the Marist community on Friday, April 4, between noon and midnight for our 10th Annual Relay for Life event.  Last year we raised $46,000 for the American Cancer Society! Currently, two out of three people survive cancer.  This statistic is all due to the efforts of the American Cancer Society and the research that they fund and perform.  With your continued support we can one day make two out of three become three out of three.  

This year Relay for Life will be taking place on the Campus Green outside the Student Center Rotunda.  We will set up a track Relay for Life Luminariesaround the grass and line it with luminaries.  These luminaries have names of those that we are remembering, honoring, and supporting who have been touched by cancer in some way.  Throughout the day, there are multiple ceremonies including the Survivor Lap, the Fight Back Ceremony, and the Luminaria Ceremony.  

The entire campus community comes together for a day to remember those we have lost to cancer and honor those who are still fighting their battle.  We would love to invite you to attend the event this year and also encourage you to start a team.  Alumni play a huge role at Marist College.  We have all been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form, and it is time to change that by coming together.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Be sure to visit our event website at if you are interested in starting a team, joining the Alumni Team or simply making a donation.  Also, if you have any photos of those that you would like to be showcased in our Luminaria Slideshow, please email them to me with the name of the person.  

Thank you so much in advance for your support!

Yours Truly,

Lauren Hirschhorn
Marist College Relay For Life Co-Chair



Center for Career Services

Alumni possess a critical element that is sought by current students. That element is experience. Because alumni have this element, current students will often reach out to alumni to gain information, insight and opinion. In other words, to network.

The Center for Career Services encourages current students to reach out. Whether it be through LinkedIn, the Alumni Career Network, Greek associations, clubs or athletics, alumni are a valuable resource to our students. This is where alumni can look back and remember the questions they had as undergraduates, and how they needed just to ask someone who has found career success, “how they did it.”

As an alumnus/alumna, you might be contacted by students for this guidance. Please understand that not all students may ask the right questions the right way. But utilize the experience to assist with a learning moment for the students. It is a challenging time to enter the work force. Your opinion and advice will be invaluable to the questioning student.

Also, feel free to contact the Career for Career Services with your comments and/or suggestions. We are here to be your partner if you are seeking employment or have something to share with our students or fellow alumni. The Career Services motto is simple, “Seize Your Dream.” We are here to assist at both ends of the spectrum.

Thank you!

Stephen Cole '72
Executive Director, Center for Career Services


Graduate Programs

Marist’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) graduate program offers excitement and challenges for the information age. Offered in both 100% online and traditional classroom format on the main campus, the MSIS degree provides students with advanced expertise and experience in both technology and business. Taught by faculty from the School of Computer Science and Math and the School of Management, the Marist program focuses on understanding and applying information technology and business analytics to improve organizational performance.

While the Marist MSIS is open to all interested students meeting the admission criteria regardless of background, there are three groups which can benefit most from this program: business professionals seeking to master the language of technology; technologists looking to deepen their business skills; and professionals from other disciplines such as government, health-care, and education looking to enhance how technology is used to make critical decisions within their organizations.

Marist’s MSIS program offers students two distinct tracks to choose from depending on their interest, background, and career goals. The Information Systems Management (ISM) track is ideal for students aspiring to become System Analysts, Data Administrators, IS Project Managers, and Chief Information Officers (CIO) and offers a business focus with practical applications of information systems in the workplace. The Information Technology Management (ITM) track is the foundation for students looking to become IT Administrators, Security or Network Administrators, and Chief Technology Officers (CTO) and is designed for professionals looking for a deeper immersion in the technology used to develop computer-based business solutions.

For those wanting to continue their professional development without undertaking a full graduate-level degree, Marist’s School of Computer Science and Mathematics also offers two advanced certificate programs in Business Analytics Information Systems Successful completion of advanced certificates can be applied toward the MSIS program.

If you wish to upgrade your knowledge, learn new technological and business frameworks, and get hands-on experience with business analytics tools, then Marist Master of Science in Information Systems program is perfect for you. Visit the new MSIS website at to watch video interviews with faculty, alumni, and students and learn how the MSIS degree can help you integrate business and technology to solve real-world organizational problems. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 855-627-4786855-627-4786 or

MBA and IMC Information Sessions

Interested in accelerating your career with an MBA? Or how about earning your Master’s in the exciting world of Integrated Marketing Communication? Marist invites you to join us for an information session to learn more about the most affordable business and communication programs in the area.

You’ll learn about Marist’s 100% online, AACSB accredited MBA program, which U.S. News & World Report ranks among the top graduate business programs in the nation.

You’ll also hear about the exciting Integrated Marketing Communication Master’s program, which gives you the skills you need to excel in the world of advertising, brand management, public relations, communications and more. It’s also 100% online so you can fit it into your busy schedule.

Join us on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at the Melville Marriott Hotel OR Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Long Island Marriott Hotel in Uniondale.

For more information and to RSVP visit --

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