Graduates Honored at the 74th Annual Alumnae/i College
07/03/2012 

At The College of New Rochelle's 74th annual Alumnae/i College, 12 graduates were awarded with the Ursula Laurus Citation, five graduates received the Angela Merici Medal, and two were honored as Women of Achievement.

Ursula Laurus Citation


Twelve graduates of The College of New Rochelle were awarded the Ursula Laurus Citation at the College’s 74th annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. The Ursula Laurus Citation is given to honor CNR alumnae/i and friends who have provided outstanding leadership and have demonstrated by their capabilities, efforts and interest their selfless and generous devotion to furthering the high ideals and rich traditions of Ursuline education. The Citation was presented by Judith Huntington, president of the College.

Awardees:
Jane Grasso Dennehy of City Island, NY
Nilda Bayron-Resnick of Riverdale, NY
Virginia Shuford Brown of New Rochelle, NY
Frances Katy Connors McCaffrey of Davidsonville, MD
Mary Eckert of Austin, TX
Mollie McLaughlin Crumrine of Hartford, NY
Carol Nelson Andrews of Sag Harbor, NY
Francine Corcoran Edwards of Lexington, MA
Marie Valluzzo Convertito of Redding, CT
Caryl Corbetta Schiess of Madison, CT
June Swantko Olszewski of Wilkes-Barre, PA
Meghan Toomey of New Rochelle, NY


Angela Merici Medal

The Angela Merici Medal is bestowed upon outstanding alumnae/i for their exceptional loyalty to the church and to the College as well as for distinctive achievement in their careers. The Medal was created to mark the 50th Anniversary of the College. Since that time, more than one hundred CNR alumnae/i have received this distinguished award. The Angela Merici Medal is the highest alumnae/i award given by the College.

Five graduates of The College of New Rochelle (CNR), were awarded the Angela Merici Medal at CNR’s 74th annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June.

Awardees:
Kathleen Burns Hendrix of Canandaigua, NY
M. Veronica Gilligan of Long Beach, NY
Donna Matthews Walcott of Summit, NJ
Alice Timothy of Elizaville, NY
Kassandra Loucas Romas of Short Hills, NJ

Women of Achievement

Alice Gallin, O.S.U., a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) was awarded the Women of Achievement Award at the College’s 74th annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. The award was instituted in 1999 to recognize alumnae/i for brilliant accomplishments in their chosen careers. Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the award.
Following her undergraduate degree, Sr. Alice earned her Master’s degree from Fordham University while teaching at The Ursuline School and New Rochelle High School. During World War II, she went to Washington, D.C. to work for the Military Intelligence Service as a research analyst, then made the decision to enter the religious life as an Ursuline.

She returned to New Rochelle to become a well respected member of the CNR faculty, teaching Modern European History. During this time she earned her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.
Sr. Alice’s impact has been felt far beyond The College of New Rochelle. She was Executive Director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) from 1976 to 1992, where she became involved with the Secretariat for Higher Education as the group’s only female member. She also served as Visiting Research Scholar at The Catholic University of America, Visiting Scholar at St. Louis University, and published numerous books and articles on Catholic education in the United States. Fittingly, she also worked on the document implementing Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the U.S.

Since 1993, she has held the title of Scholar-in-Residence at CNR, served as Trustee at four institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, and has been the recipient of 21 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the country.  

Dr. Regina Peruggi McCallion
, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) was awarded the Women of Achievement Award at the College’s 74th annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. The award was instituted in 1999 to recognize alumnae/i for brilliant accomplishments in their chosen careers. Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the award.

Following her undergraduate career where she earned her B.A. in Sociology, Dr. Peruggi McCallion earned her M.A. from New York University and her Ed.D. from Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 1974 she was appointed Associate Dean for Adult and Continuing Education. In this role she expanded adult literacy programs as well as programs involving local business, industry and labor unions, and faculty development. From 1990 to 2001, she served as President of Marymount Manhattan College, followed by her position as President of the Central Park Conservancy.

In 2004, she assumed her current position as President of CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College. She served as chairperson of New York State Adult Learning Services Advisory Council and as a member of the New York State Literacy Council. She has been a board member of numerous organizations including the American Red Cross and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Currently, she is chairperson of the Board of the Havens Relief Fund Society and serves as a Board member of the Brooklyn Economic Development council, Berkeley College and Mount St. Ursula.