This past October, Marist celebrated Homecoming and Reunion weekend by welcoming more than 1,500 visitors to campus!
|From left: President Dennis J. Murray; Maria Gordon Shydlo '87,
recipient of the Marist College Distinguished Service Award;
Ryan Bingham '05, recipient of the Marist College Young Alumnus
Award; and Bro. Sean Sammon, FMS '70, who accepted the
Dr. Linus Richard Foy '50 Outstanding Alumnus Award on
behalf of Bro. Richard Rancourt, FMS '53
(Bro. Sammon received the award in 2012)
Alumni returning to campus with their families and friends had a number of activities to enjoy throughout the weekend. On Saturday morning, three distinguished alumni were honored in the second annual Alumni Association Awards presentation. Honorees included Ryan Bingham ’05, Maria Gordon Shydlo ’87 and Brother Richard Rancourt ’53, FMS.
Additional notable events included the Alumni Family Picnic where guests enjoyed a horse-pulled hayride, face painting, inflatable rides for children, and a reunion tent where each class celebrating a milestone reunion had a designated meeting area. Alumni were also treated to a huge Red Fox Football victory over Valparaiso with a shutout score of 37-0.
The weekend’s events also included the Fifth Annual Theatre Hall of Fame Reception and Induction ceremony in the Nelly Goletti Theatre of the newly renovated Student Center. Honorees included President Dennis J. Murray, Paul R. Tesoro '73, Suzanne (Deak) Wittig '76, Edwin M. Budd '93 and Christopher M. Yapchanyk '01.
More than 600 alumni celebrating milestone reunions participated in evening celebrations throughout the Hudson Valley in such locations as Marist’s Historic Cornell Boathouse, Canvas, Cosimo’s Poughkeepsie, Union Square, Darby O’Gill’s, Poughkeepsie Grand and Coppola's Ristorante of Hyde Park. These receptions were organized in large by volunteer alumni committees.
On Sunday, the men’s crew program held a dedication and christening ceremony at the Historic Cornell Boathouse to welcome a new racing shell, the Harry A. Manley, named by crew alumni from the 1970s for winning the first ever Decades Cup Challenge.
The weekend’s events concluded with an annual Alumni Mass where alumni who passed away over the last year are remembered and honored by their classmates.
Please save the date for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2014 which is scheduled for October 10 - 12 (Columbus Day Weekend). If you graduated in a year ending in “4” or “9” and would like to volunteer for your reunion committee, please contact the Alumni Office at email@example.com or (845) 575-3283.
When asked how she became the valedictorian of the Class of 1991, Dr. Kristin Siebrecht Bohan answers, “Perseverance. It wasn’t a natural talent. It was willingness to stay up late, stay after class, stay in hard courses, and just stay in the game for four years, giving it everything I had.”
Born in New York and raised in Connecticut, Bohan received her bachelor’s degree with high honors from Marist in 1991 followed by a master’s degree in psychology in 1992. She completed Duke University’s Professional Psychology Internship Program in 1996. In 1997, she accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, where she trained under eating disorder and obesity experts. In 1998, Bohan relocated to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where she opened a private practice. She completed her Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in higher education administration at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2000. For more than 15 years, she worked with adolescents, adults, couples, and families from Georgetown and Horry counties. Enraged by the negative impact “girl culture” in the mass media was having on perfectly healthy girls in her community, Kristin founded the nonprofit organization myTERMS. The organization, which stands for my Time, my Energy, my Rights, my Mission, my Self, is in its second year of raising community awareness and offering direct services to girls.
An ardent supporter of quality choices in public education, Bohan now focuses all of her time on education and is the founder of the first and only public Montessori school in Georgetown County. Coastal Montessori Charter School (CMCS) opened with 150 children in grades one through six in August of 2012. CMCS grew by 20% before even opened the doors and they had a waiting list all year. Bohan is in the process of applying to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a $5.5 million loan which will be used to purchase property and build a new facility.
“The children are so excited to have more space,” she says. "Right now we are renting space in a vacant wing of one of the school district's middle schools and, while we are eternally grateful, there just isn't enough room for all of us. It reminds me a lot of how I felt when I was a student at Marist. My friends made fun of me because I literally never missed a class. I never loved learning until I went to Marist. All through my public school education I was not inspired. It wasn't until I sat in my first philosophy class with Dr. Anthony Cernera that I realized I loved to learn. I was 19 before I discovered a passion for knowledge and I am so grateful to Marist for giving it to me. I want children in my community to have that same passion starting when they are six.”
Bohan resides in Pawleys Island with her husband, Dr. Michael Bohan, an orthopedic surgeon, and their two children, Gabrielle (8) and Nolan (6).
Q & A with Dr. Kristin Siebrecht Bohan ’91/’92M:
How did you get to be the valedictorian for the Class of 1991 at Marist?
In a word, perseverance. It wasn't natural talent. It was willingness to stay up late (studying not drinking), stay after class, stay in hard courses, and just stay in the game for four years giving it everything I had.
And then it was what inspired me to persevere; a few amazing Marist teachers and the possibility of discovering the meaning of life -- at least my life.
I walked into the classrooms of Dr. Anthony Cernera, Dr. Ed O'Keefe, and Professor Maurice Bibeau my freshman year and my life was forever transformed. Each of these teachers helped me see a potential I had never noticed in myself. At the same time, I was excited about learning for the first time since maybe kindergarten. I realized all of the answers to life's most important questions were right there for me if I was willing to try to grapple with them. That's the joy of a liberal arts education.
Would you elaborate on the influence one of those professors had on your time at Marist and currently?
Ed O'Keefe is the best teacher I ever had. He gave me some of my worst grades. He basically said, "This isn't good enough; you can do better.” He was right, of course. He was and still is the most brilliant man I have ever known when it comes to understanding human behavior. I wanted to know everything Ed knew before I left Marist; a ridiculous idea. Ed convinced me I could handle graduate school and helped me with the application process. I am 44 and I still email him every time something good happens. I still want him to be proud of me. I'm still his student. He sends me copies of his editorials that get published in the local newspaper where he and his wife, Marilyn, live in Florida. He is still my teacher. My husband and I have visited him, and he and his wife have visited us in Pawleys Island. The entire trajectory of my life would be different if Ed O'Keefe had not been a psychology professor at Marist College.
Would you talk about myTERMS? This must have been very rewarding for you!
I worked with adolescent girls with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders for many years. The myTERMS organization was an idea for preventing the types of issues I was seeing in my private practice before they actually developed. I still see girls out in the community proudly wearing their myTERMS T-shirts. I think the myTERMS camps helped them fight back against the onslaught of harmful messages to create an identity based on beauty products. MyTERMS encouraged them to resist buying the "packaged girl" and to instead discover who they truly wanted to become. Working with girls at this stage of development is as challenging as it is rewarding. I'm positive I learned more from them than they did from me.
Can you elaborate or provide some more insight on why you founded the Montessori school?
Both of my children started out in a Montessori school when they were two. When I saw how much impact this approach to education had on children, I felt compelled to find a way to make it a public school option in my community. Before Coastal Montessori Charter School (CMCS), my county didn't have any choices for public education. We also have a fairly high poverty rate which means private school is not a choice for many families. CMCS now provides a high-quality public school option for any child in our county. I have an amazing Board of Directors, a very talented Montessori teaching staff, and a small army of volunteers who've really done all of the hard work.
It was January of 2013 when Matt Lavin, coach of the Marist Men’s Crew Program, reached out to the Alumni Office with an idea of how to get alumni more involved with the program and gain support for the purchase of a new men’s shell. On February 13, 2013, the “Decades Cup Challenge” was launched to see which of Marist’s five decades of alumni could raise the most money. If the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s could all raise $7,000 each, the team would raise $35,000 toward their goal of $38,000 (the price of a new shell). Volunteers came forth to “captain” their decades and lead the communication efforts. The decade who raised the most would earn naming rights for the new shell.
The ’70s hit the ground running with Jim Cockroft ’73 leading the way, followed shortly by Dave Buckner ’02 and the 2000s decade. Dave reminded his teammates:
In the years that each of us was a member of this crew, we gave our weight in sweat, blood, and tears. We ran the Psych center loop more times than we can count; we pulled more meters on the ergo meter than we would have liked to count and we drove ourselves into the floor in those early morning McCann center workouts. We had the unique privilege and thrill of pulling together as an eight while the sun rose up over the Hudson. How many times did you look around in the morning and think to yourself, “I can't believe I get to do this every day?” My fellow alumnus, it is time to pull hard for Marist once more.
J.C. Berzal ’84 led the ’80s decade and touched upon similar memories as Dave Buckner.
But most of all, it was the family I found in these very unique and superb athletes … In the end, it was becoming a better person, pushing our limits, not needing to be a star, just personal and team accomplishments.
Leading the ’90s decade, James Sullivan ’95 wrote to his fellow rowers:
We, all of us, helped to build a foundation. This foundation was built with sweat equity. 4 a.m. alarms to get to the boathouse in time for a 5 a.m. erg test. Waiting for that first day after the ice and slush cleared from the river so the docks could go in, so we could be freed from the tyranny of ergs and weights and set free to glide through the early morning fog on the Hudson. Tying into the boat in the silence of the early morning darkness. Knocking off the Hudson water that froze onto your rowing jacket in early spring practices … Subsequent years have continued to build on this foundation, and taken it from a quest to make Dad Vails finals, to regularly competing at the Sprints, to Henley, to oarsman on the US National Team. I'm not sure I could earn a spot on today's Marist Crew. That is not a self-effacing attempt at humility … that is a statement of quiet pride in a program that has grown far beyond the foundation we all built.
At the end of the 2013 fiscal year (June), crew alumni and friends had raised just over $34,000, with the ’70s decade earning the right to name the shell. They chose to name it after Harry A. Manley. A graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Philadelphia area, Harry was the first experienced coxswain to attend Marist and was an enormous motivator to his teammates. He coxed his crews to victories at the President’s Cup and the Head of the Charles. Harry tragically passed away at the age of 21.
On Sunday, October 6, during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, the Marist Department of Athletics and Crew Program held a
|Harry A. Manley's siblings - Kevin Manley, Maureen Manley Sarbello and
Annette Manley Ferris Christen the Harry A. Manley shell
with Champagne while (from left) former Coach Bill "Butch" Lenehan '62,Jim Cockroft '73, and former Coach Bill Austin look on.
dedication and christening ceremony at the Hudson Riverfront to welcome the newest Vespoli 8+, the Harry A. Manley, into the program. President Dennis J. Murray, past coaches Bill “Butch” Lenehan and Bill Austin, Marist Athletics Director Tim Murray, Director of Rowing Tom Sanford, and Men’s Crew Head Coach Matt Lavin welcomed members of the Manley family, Marist’s current men’s and women’s teams, alumni, families, and friends and thanked all of the donors for their generosity. Special appreciation was given to Marist Trustee Pat Lavelle ’73, Vice President of the Alumni Association Paul Rinn ’68 and the Marist College Red Fox Booster Club for their support. Coach Lenehan especially thanked Jim Cockroft ’73 for his superb leadership and undying efforts to reach out to as many former rowers as possible, whether they completed their degree at Marist or not.
With additional funds received from the Red Fox Booster Club and from the sale of two older shells, the Crew Program was less than $15,000 away from purchasing a second shell at the start of the 2014 fiscal year. To reach their new goal they began the Brother’s Cup which focuses on donor participation per decade. The decade with the highest percentage of members donating will be allowed to help name the shell.
If you would like to support the Men’s Crew shell fundraising efforts, gifts can be made in person at the Department of Athletics or Office of Alumni Relations at Marist, or:
- Send a check payable to “Marist College Men's Crew” to Tom Sanford, Director of Rowing, Marist College, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Please indicate “Men's Shell” on the memo line.
- Go to www.marist.edu/alumni/giving.html, and under “About your Gift” select “OTHER.” Please follow up with an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone call (845-575-3283) to the Alumni Office to designate your donation for Men’s Crew.
If you are interested in learning how to become more involved with the Crew Program and future boathouse renovations, please contact Director of Athletics Tim Murray at email@example.com or Vice President for College Advancement Chris DelGiorno ’88 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Harry Manley's siblings - Annette Manley Ferris, Maureen Manley Sarbello and Kevin Manley
in front of the Harry A. Manley shell with Marist rowers and coaches from the 1970s.
The program, named "The Classroom," is heard on Saturday mornings on 1220 ESPN Radio (97.3FM Poughkeepsie) from 10 a.m. to noon. The show is hosted by accomplished sports academic and commentator Dr. Keith Strudler, director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, and play-by-play sports broadcaster Geoff Brault, voice of the Marist women’s basketball team. They discuss the big topics and pressing issues in national and international sports, from amateur to professional, that are important to area listeners, going beyond wins and losses. Instead of only discussing what’s happening in sports, “The Classroom” also focuses on why it happens.
Strudler believes this type of sports talk can attract a large audience.
"Sports talk can be smart, entertaining, and funny," said Strudler. "We want our listeners to enjoy tuning in, to have fun, and to also feel like they learn something new each week. It’s kind of like that one great class you loved in school – we want to be that class, only about sports and without any homework."
"The Classroom" originates each Saturday morning from the Marist radio studio near the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, one of the nation’s academic leaders in the study of sports media. The show includes lively interviews with sports personalities, regular features, timely commentary, and audience interaction. Marist sports communication undergraduates help produce the show, adding a youthful perspective and new ideas. The show puts a smart focus on the games we watch and play, all with a quick pace and lively sense of humor.
Bob DeFelice, market manager for Sunrise Broadcasting, is excited about the partnership and the benefits it will provide to students.
"We are thrilled to partner with Keith and the Marist College Center for Sports Communication to bring high-quality locally produced sports programming to our airwaves," noted DeFelice. "What makes this collaboration so special is that we are creating an environment where students will receive hands-on training and gain valuable life experience involving all aspects of a commercial sports broadcast operation."
In addition to the Saturday morning program, every Friday, Marist sports communication students will write and produce a three-minute feature highlighting Marist athletics and other sporting events in the area. This segment, called "The Marist Sports Minute," will give listeners insight into what’s happening and what will happen locally in sports.
For more information about the show or the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, please contact Keith Strudler at (845) 575-3506 or Keith.Strudler@marist.edu.
About the Marist College Center for Sports Communication
Founded in October of 2011, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication promotes the study of and practice in sports communication, helping to prepare future leaders in one of society's most far-reaching disciplines. This is accomplished through curricular development in sports communication, research and creative activity in sports communication, presentations by leaders in the field, and community service. In working towards this mission, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication builds strong working partnerships with external agencies in the field of sports communication. It also builds symbiotic relationships with various agencies at Marist, promoting the interdisciplinary nature of this distinct field. The Center maintains an advisory board that provides guidance and support for the Center's activities. The center publicizes its work through its own online presence as well as through traditional media outlets. The web site is http://sportscomm.marist.edu/.
On September 18, approximately 75 young women representing two Marist student organizations, Dance Ensemble and Heart1, participated in a “Beautiful Me” self-esteem workshop presented by the Hance Family Foundation which was created by Warren Hance ’89 in memory of this three daughters. Warren and his wife, Jackie, created the foundation in 2009 after the loss of their three daughters, Emma, Alyson, and Katie, in a tragic car accident on New York’s Taconic Parkway. The purpose of the foundation is to memorialize their daughters by operating educational programs for local youth.
The workshop, which was sponsored by the Alumni Association, Marist Dance Ensemble, and Heart1 (a student organization working to end domestic violence on college campuses), began with an emotional address from Warren. He spoke about his daughters and the importance of this program. “Beautiful Me is not about being sad. Beautiful Me is about feeling special. That’s why this organization and the work we do is not about sadness,” he said. “It’s about happiness; it’s about feeling good about yourself and making a difference in your life and someone else’s life.” He encouraged participants to follow their dreams. “Through the course of life, you are going to be able to make your own decisions and write your own story.” Warren was joined at the event by his wife, Jackie, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir I’ll See You Again.
The workshop then paired Marist students with Beautiful Me instructors of which four were Marist alumni: Melissa Keenan Rafferty ’00, Susan Henn Murphy ’03, Amy Doerrie ’93, and Karen Phannemiller ’00. The teams spent the next hour and a half focusing on building confidence, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills.
Participants found the workshop both challenging and rewarding. One exercise asked participants to discuss which of their body parts they liked the best. “Everyone in the group struggled with it and no one could come up with something fast enough,” said Alyssa Damiani ’13, president of Heart1. It made her realize that many young girls struggle with appearance and self-perception.
“I think it really did increase people’s self-esteem,” says Dana Murano ’13, president of Dance Ensemble. “What you think you’re doing well, other people might see much better than what you’re giving yourself credit for.”
The program was so powerful that the student groups hope to bring Beautiful Me back to Marist in the spring. The Hance Family Foundation is fortunate to provide Beautiful Me to young girls due to generous donations from individuals and corporations who recognize the importance of their work. For more information about Beautiful Me or the Hance Family Foundation, please visit www.hancefamilyfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/HanceFamilyFoundation.
The Marist College chapter of Habitat for Humanity was honored recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. At its Nov. 15 National Philanthropy Day celebration at the Villa Borghese restaurant, the AFP's Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter presented Marist Habitat for Humanity with the Friends of Green Chimneys Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy Award.
In its citation, AFP noted:
Marist College Habitat for Humanity is a student run club with over 300 members who participate in local builds about once a month with Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County and Greater Newburgh, to help families have a decent, safe and affordable home to come to each night. They also hold multiple events on campus, such as Relay for Life, St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn and the 5th annual cardboard recycling project in which 3,570 pounds of cardboard was recycled on Marist move-in day.
Marist Habitat for Humanity completed 12 builds last year; six with Habitat Dutchess and six with Habitat of Greater Newburgh. They also had two builds in Breezy Point, NY, with a total of 60 volunteers, to help bring relief to those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
In addition, Marist Habitat has brought Habitat’s mission to the whole Marist community through several awareness events such as building cardboard huts on World Habitat Day, to teach the entire college community that housing problems are a global issue.
For three years in a row club members have spent their Spring Break traveling to other states to help with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. In March 2013 twenty-seven members completed their third Collegiate Challenge, a week-long build of three houses in various stages with Arkansas Valley Habitat.
Overall, Marist Habitat is a club that continues to grow every year. They are committed, hardworking students who generously continue to give their time to help their community while growing the organization. They plan to continue with all of these great opportunities this semester and to spread Habitat’s mission to the surrounding area and to other areas of the country.
In addition to the award, the chapter was presented with a Congressional Proclamation honoring its work by the office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.
|Current and former officers of Marist Habitat for Humanity accepted the Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy Award on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day: Melissa Suppe '15; VP; Gabrielle Gordon '14, treasurer; Molly Crowe '14, president; Thomas Plowinske '13, past president; Kerry McNulty '13, past committee chair; Caitlin Kelly '15, public relations
(not pictured: James Holodnak '15, secretary; and Chantal Lizzi' 15, committee chair)
On Tuesday, November 19, nearly 100 seniors came out to support the Senior Class Gift Campaign and had a unique opportunity to experience the new dining facilities. The Class of 2014 held the first annual Thanksgiving Dinner in the Grand Dining Hall as a way to reflect on their Marist experience. Students eagerly waited in line to take pictures in front of the Marist backdrop, while dozens of students gathered to write "Thank You" notes to express gratitude to those who made an impact in their college career. Students enjoyed this special time set aside to give thanks with housemates, friends, and fellow Marist community members. The evening began with a moment of reflection and blessing from Brother Frank Kelly, followed by performances from the Sirens and Time Check, and concluded with a senior reflection speech – all making this year's senior meal a night to remember!
Consider joining the Class of 2014 by supporting the Marist Fund this year. Your contribution will help ensure that the next generation of Marist students has access to the very best educational resources and opportunities available.
Donations can be made in any of the following ways:
- Give online at https://www.marist.edu/alumni/giving.html
- Call the Office of College Advancement at (845) 575-FUND (3863) to use a credit card
- Print a PLEDGE CARD and mail with a check or credit card information to:
Marist College Office of College Advancement
3399 North Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
|Members of the Class of 2014 at the first annualSenior Class Thanksgiving Dinner|
Consider it a joyous homecoming! On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Marist Poll Directors Lee M. Miringoff and Barbara L. Carvalho along with the entire Marist Poll team welcomed back hundreds of Marist Poll alums and other members of the Marist College community to celebrate the institute’s 35th anniversary.
The day’s festivities kicked off with tours of the Marist Poll’s state-of-the-art polling center, broadcast facility, and office suite in the Hancock Center. Excited alums reminisced about the days when Miringoff’s office was no larger than a shoe box and marveled at how far the Institute has come.
“It’s such a great event and lovely to see everyone again and especially the Marist Poll team. I am very jealous that the Hancock Center wasn’t there when I was interviewing. I think it's great and looks fabulous,” said Marissa Ryan, a 2011 political science graduate. Marist Poll alumni who toured the center included some who had participated in the original exit poll in 1978.
The “good old days” were front and center as guests tested their knowledge of Marist Poll history in spirited games of Marist Poll Jeopardy and a 20-question trivia quiz which utilized the latest polling software. Alums were also treated to hands-on demonstrations of how the Marist Poll visualizes its survey data on its 85-inch interactive touch screen. All the while, invited guests snacked on light refreshments, including freshly popped popcorn.
“It was a special day to reunite the Marist Poll family and to welcome so many friends back to a very different Marist College than the one that existed 35 years ago,” said Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. But, the celebration did not end there! About 250 guests joined the current Marist Poll team for dinner in the newly renovated Student Center. Attendees dined on a menu of Italian fare, including a Marist pollster staple, pizza! Guests mingled and shared “war stories” as a 20-minute photo montage covering some of MIPO’s greatest moments graced the walls in the room.
In a touching speech, Marist President Dennis J. Murray paid tribute to directors Miringoff and Carvalho, thanked them for their 35 years of service, and noted the importance of the Marist Poll. “Following political trends has always been MIPO’s specialty, and they’ve always done it independently, scientifically, and accurately,” he said. “MIPO has played an important role for the College, as well as for our democracy as a whole.”
Amid thunderous applause and a standing ovation, Miringoff and Carvalho took the stage. Clearly moved by the moment, Miringoff stood before the microphone and began the duo’s characteristic pitter-patter. The two offered a brief history of the Marist Poll, and paid homage topollsters past and present, their family, current staff, and the man who once placed “a two-dollar bet” on them and was “never afraid to double down,” Dr. Dennis J. Murray.
Barbara L. Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll engaged the gathering. “Whether you’re a former Marist pollster, a member of the greatest generation, a baby boomer, a member of Generation X or a Millennial, you were there, and now you’re all here.”
|Dr. Lee Miringoff made a cameo appearance duringthe Capitol Steps performance|
Miringoff's and Carvalho’s presentation also included a video testimonial from the Marist Poll’s polling partner, NBC’s chief White House correspondent, political director, and host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, Chuck Todd. Todd offered his congratulations to the entire Marist Poll team and fondly referred to the Poll’s margin of error as “zero,” alluding to MIPO’s history of accurate, scientific polling.
Never afraid to have a little fun, Miringoff and Carvalho embarked on a game of “Then and Now.” During the game, pictures of pollsters past were shown, and guests were asked to identify the correct person in the room. Attendees also tried their luck at the Marist Poll’s raffle. Winners took home gift baskets filled with Marist Poll shirts, glasses, chocolate, and CDs of performances by the political satire group, the Capitol Steps.
As if this weren't, enough the evening’s entertainment topped off the day. In a live performance in the Nelly Goletti Theatre, the Capitol Steps poked fun at politicians on both sides of the political aisle. And, in a very special performance, Miringoff made a cameo, dressing up like a man eaten by a shark in a spoof mocking the state of the nation’s health care system.
For three-and-a-half decades, over 3,000 Marist College students have participated in 750 polls and interviewed more than a million voters. The Marist Poll has accurately gauged public opinion while providing undergraduates a front-row seat to the political process. So, Happy Birthday to the Marist Poll…35 years and still counting!
One of Marist’s long-term goals is to build one of the country’s top 50 campuses for teaching, learning, and living. This academic year, we have moved one step closer to realizing that goal with our beautiful new multipurpose academic building and renovated Student Center, which features a spectacular new dining hall. This project was pursued under a very tight schedule, and remarkable progress was made immediately after Commencement in May 2012, when work began in earnest.
|Construction on new multipurpose academic building
Planning for this large, complex project involved representatives from academic affairs, faculty affairs, student affairs, information technology, the Student Government Association, dining services, alumni, and the Board of Trustees. The planning process for this project was guided by a keen awareness of and commitment to sustainable practices as evidenced by the inclusion in the project of features such as a vegetative roof and rain garden for storm water control and energy efficient lighting, windows, and appliances. The renovated Student Center is now much more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient thanks to significant improvements to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as a new glass curtain wall. The decision to renovate rather than demolish and build anew itself has greatly reduced the project's environmental impact. The project was designed by the world-renowned firm of Robert A.M. Stern, the same architect who designed the Hancock Center.
|Booths for more intimate dining||Sushi bar||New service stations|
The new, multipurpose academic building houses the Music Department and related programs, but it will be used by students and faculty of all disciplines. It includes three classrooms, a Symphonic Hall, a Choral Recital Hall, nine practice rooms, a String Ensemble Room, a music library, a piano lab, a computer lab, a conference room, and four faculty offices. An added bonus is that it has opened up additional student activity and meeting space on the ground floor of the Student Center.
The Student Center renovation enhances the entire building, especially the dining hall which involved the enclosing of the open-air courtyard beneath a cathedral ceiling which now showcases three specially designed 2,200-pound chandeliers. Originally built in 1965 to hold about 1,100 students, the new space now can serve over 3,300 residents.
|Marist's Newly Renovated Dining Hall|
Both the new building and the renovation will serve our faculty and students well for generations to come. The College would like to extend its thanks to the Marist community for its patience over the past 18 months. If you have not been to campus in a while, please come and visit our beautiful campus!
|Marist's New Multipurpose Academic Building|
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Marist College a five-year, $625,000 grant to recruit and retain Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology and Systems (ITS) majors. Full scholarships, including tuition, room an d board, will be provided to a cohort of 13 academically-talented students with financial need, who will enter Marist as freshmen for the Fall 2014 semester.
School of Computer Science and Mathematics faculty will personally recruit at high schools around the country to assemble the cohort, emphasizing the program’s low student-to-faculty ratio, access to Marist’s advanced technology platform, and an extensive support network of advisors and mentors both at Marist and at its many Fortune 500 corporate partners, which also provide access to internships and applied research opportunities.
This award comes as a similar cohort of CS and ITS majors, supported by a 2009 NSF grant, enters its senior year at Marist.
Earlier this year, the College and Goldman Sachs Gives announced the Goldman Sachs-Duet Family Technology Scholarship Fund, which will fund three additional full scholarships with the same structure and mission as the NSF scholarships, also for students entering Marist as freshmen in the Fall of 2014.
For the eighth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Marist on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges, where the College moved up four spots to 58th. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The full list is available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
Marist and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.
"With President Obama’s recent emphasis on rating colleges and universities based on their value, our rankings serve as a valuable resource to help students and families make more informed choices," says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year's list offer the best of both worlds."
"With college costs of increasing concern to students and their families, I am particularly proud that Marist is again being recognized for its academic excellence and affordability by one of the most trusted names in personal finance," said Marist President Dennis J. Murray. "The College’s place on this list affirms what the success of our students and alumni already tells us about the value of a Marist education."
Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation. Many of the schools on the top 200 list have appeared in Kiplinger’s rankings in previous years, demonstrating that these schools consistently deliver good value.
The Marist football team enjoyed its most successful season in its 36 years as a varsity program in 2013.
The Red Foxes claimed a share of their first Pioneer Football League (PFL) championship by going 7-1 in league play and set a varsity record for victories by going 8-3 overall. After starting the season 0-2, Marist won eight of its last nine games, and did so decisively, with an average margin of victory of over 20 points.
Several spectacular individual and team efforts contributed to the Red Foxes’ historic season. Fifth-year senior defensive end Terrence Fede set the program’s single-season and career records for sacks. Fede’s dominance made him a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the best defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). He was named the PFL’s Defensive Player of the Week twice this season.
Senior quarterback Chuckie Looney set the program’s single-season and career records for completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes and set the single-game mark for touchdown passes. He either won outright or shared the PFL’s Offensive Player of the Week award four times this season.
One of Looney’s favorite targets, senior wide receiver Armani Martin, set the program record for touchdown receptions in a season and tied the program record for touchdown catches in a game.
Marist set a program record with 378 points scored, easily topping the previous mark of 305, which was set in 2005. The Red Foxes also recorded two shutouts, marking the first time Marist kept an opponent off the scoreboard twice in a season since 2002. This also tied a record for most shutouts in a season since the program attained Division I status in 1993.
For his efforts in guiding Marist to the top of the PFL standings after being picked sixth in the league’s preseason poll, head coach Jim Parady was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is presented to the FCS Coach of the Year.
Volleyball Enjoys Historic Season
The Marist volleyball team gathered momentum as the 2013 season unfolded, and the result was a share of its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular-season championship in program history and several major award winners.
The race to finish in the top four of the conference, and earn the subsequent berth in the MAAC Tournament, was tightly contested throughout the year. After suffering a 3-1 loss at Iona on Oct. 26, Marist stood at 7-4 in the MAAC. The Red Foxes then reeled off seven straight victories to close out the regular season.
|From left: MAAC Player of the Year Mackenzie Stephens,MAAC Libero of the Year Brooke Zywick,and MAAC Coach of the Year Tom Hanna '91|
A 3-0 win at Manhattan on Oct. 27 was followed by a sweep at Quinnipiac on Oct. 30. Marist then returned home for its last five matches of the regular season. Convincing wins over Siena, Niagara, Canisius and Saint Peter’s locked up a MAAC Tournament berth for the Red Foxes with one match left in the season.
On Nov. 17, Marist hosted Rider on Senior Day. A win for the Red Foxes would give them a share of the MAAC regular-season championship. Marist dropped the first two sets, but fueled in part by boisterous student support from the McCann Arena crowd, the Red Foxes won the match by winning the last three sets, including a decisive 15-4 result in the fifth set.
Six days later in the MAAC Tournament semifinals, Marist took the first two sets against Iona, including a thrilling 31-29 triumph in the second set. The Gaels rebounded to win the next two sets, but the Red Foxes pulled out the match with a 15-9 win in the fifth set. Although the Red Foxes fell to Fairfield in the championship match the next day, Marist ended its season with 21 victories.
The conference’s coaches lauded the Red Foxes for their achievements. Junior Mackenzie Stephens was named MAAC Player of the Year, junior Brooke Zywick was named MAAC Libero of the Year, and Tom Hanna was named MAAC Coach of the Year.
During the fall 2013 semester, the Marist College Paralegal Program (ABA approved) hosted a site team from the American Bar Association, thereby completing the seven year re-approval process. On October 26, 2013, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals found the Marist College Paralegal Program to be in compliance with the Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs and declared that it will recommend that the American Bar Association House of Delegates adopt its endorsement at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in February 2014.
Since its inception in 1978, the Marist College Paralegal Certificate Program has enjoyed strong support from the local and tri-state legal community. The Program provides students with a premier paralegal education – offering the knowledge and tools to excel in the classroom, and in the legal community. The Program offers comprehensive training in the theory, information, and skills needed to be a professional legal assistant. Professional workshops and notary classes are built into the program.
Classes are offered on the main campus of Marist College and at the Executive Center in Fishkill. The faculty consists of practicing lawyers, judges, and law office managers from the Mid-Hudson Valley area. In order to provide flexibility for students, classes are offered either on the weekend as a structured cohort or during the evenings in a format that allows individual students to determine their own completion time.
Program alumni are networking via the Marist Paralegal Program Alumni Group on LinkedIn and look forward to creating an alumni association.
|2013 Graduates of the Marist Paralegal Certificate Program
From left: Alison Enson, instructor Sam Laganaro, Linda Batchelor,
Stephanie Minerley, Jillian Egan, instructor Scott Myers, Natalia Graham,
coordinator Donna Tompkins and Samira Matos
Thirty-five Marist students attended a My Money workshop on November 20th in the newly renovated Student Center to learn how to get a handle on their finances. Richard Yaffa, a former CEO who earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in economics from Princeton University, volunteers his advice as a public service by offering his My Money program to colleges, universities and high schools in the New York metro area. This is the fourth time he has presented on this topic at Marist College.
The workshop informs students on a wide variety of topics. For instance, it explains paycheck deductions, credit scores, and the value of budgeting, particularly saving for large purchases (house down payment, cars, etc.) and retirement. How to pay back college loans is another part of the conversation, as is the ability (or not) to afford living on your own after college.
A Q&A session brings up additional financial issues and Mr. Yaffa shares his knowledge and expertise so that students leave the My Money workshop savvier about Their Money!
Earning a Master’s Degree from an AACSB Accredited School
Deciding on where to pursue a Master’s Degree can be a difficult task. With so much riding on your education, there are many factors that should be considered, such as cost, industry reputation, and the alumni network. But the largest factor of all is accreditation. Accredited schools can come in many forms, but the most easily recognizable is through an AACSB accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. If you are thinking of earning a Master’s Degree, here’s why you should choose an AACSB-accredited school.
Since 1916, AACSB International has recognized elite business schools through a membership organization that allows business schools to network, discuss relevant issues, and better serve the business education industry. During this time, AACSB has worked to improve collegiate business education for undergraduate and graduate students. Today, AACSB’s accreditation standards are used to evaluate everything from a school’s mission and operations to the quality of its faculty and programs.
In order to earn the lofty distinction of an AACSB accreditation, schools must pass a rigorous accreditation process. To be considered, schools must first become a member of AACSB International and offer degree-granting programs in business or management. Once membership has been obtained, schools can then apply for AACSB accreditation. AACSB carefully considers each applicant to determine whether or not that school has the potential to receive an accreditation. Once it is determined that a school has the potential to be accredited, AACSB mentors, committees, and staff help to develop a Standards Alignment Plan, which a school must adhere to in order to gain an accreditation. Finally, the AACSB Board of Directors and review committees meet to ultimately decide whether or not to award an accreditation. This process is extremely arduous and time-consuming, leaving only the best schools standing.
The benefits of attending an AACSB-accredited school are numerous. First, consider that fewer than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned an AACSB accreditation. An AACSB accreditation puts any educational program into elite company and instantly gives greater value to a master’s degree earned from such a school. Because AACSB-accredited schools go through such a rigorous program to earn their accreditation, employers often give preference to graduates from these schools. These programs feature the best faculty, helping to attract the best students, which in turn leads to greater employer recruiting. Often, graduates of AACSB programs earn higher salaries than their counterparts from non-accredited schools.
It’s clear to see that when it comes to earning a master’s megree, a program with an AACSB accreditation can better help you achieve your career goals versus a non-accredited master’s degree program.
To register for the next online MBA information session, visit: http://think.marist.edu/gaersvp-mba/ or contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (855) 267-0167 or email@example.com.